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Setting Goals For Your Online Business

The need for goals

Reaching our goals helps us to believe in ourselves and setting goals is a great way to fuel our ambitions. It isn’t just about creating a plan for our success in life, it’s also to give us the inspiration we need to reach out and reap more than we ever thought possible. Goals focus our acquiring of knowledge and help us to set our time and resources in an order to get the very best for our situations.

In this article we’ll discuss:

  • Guidance in your niche selection
  • What are niche goal projections and outcomes?
  • Are you busy or productive
  • Ninja productivity hack revealed
  • Video – Goal projections and outcomes

Guidance in your niche selection

What do you like to do? What are your habits, hobbies, or passions? There are a number of niche choices within any main topic when you break it down.

An example could be Baseball which is a very broad term with lots of competition. If we break that down there are many niche selections to choose from within that keyword: baseball teams, major or minor league, kids, uniforms, statistics, jerseys, caps, equipment, collectables, magazines, etc.

All of these baseball niche can be fine selections to build a website around and can be quite profitable. I have an entrepreneur friend that has a number of sites, one of which is a website about football snack helmets, which has been doing well for a few years now.

What are niche goal projections and outcomes?

A projected outcome of your goals within your chosen niche.

Niche – The topic or category that you’ve chosen for your site.

Goal – The end result that you are seeking.

Projection – An estimation of when the end result will occur,

for example:

  • First commission sale within 30 days.

>>>>By writing an article per day for 30 days.

  • First page ranking with my targeted keyword within 30 days.

>>>>By writing posts three times a week for four weeks, with each having an internal link to my targeted keyword page.

What exactly are you going to do to reach your goal? Or what are you willing to give up in exchange for the desired goal? Maybe turn off the TV for a few hours each day, or trade in some wasted time for, that same time being spent to reach your goals.

The law of sowing and reaping

There is a time for sowing and a time for reaping. The time spent sowing, or creating the business can be for years depending on the project and the desired result. Once the sowing time is up, the reaping time can start and be indefinite.

There are many tasks that need to be done with any set goal and each one takes time and effort to complete. I’ve heard that “excellence is a commitment to completion”, so we need to be good finishers of each task and reach our goals.

The time spent sowing can be less depending on the effort given to it. If we sow little we will reap little also. If we are building a website and posting to it once a week it will take quite a while longer to reach our goals of filling it up with quality content, as opposed to posting 3-4 times per week.

Are you busy or productive?

The definition for:

Busy – actively involved in doing something, or having a lot of things to do.

Productive – achieving or producing a significant amount or result.

Are we busy doing many things without a proper order or timely, continuous task completion?

Example: spending hours on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and also additional hours on other things without making posting quality content for our viewers our #1 priority.

It’s easy at times to get involved or over-involved in a project that ends up taking a lot more time than we thought but aside from that we’ll be more productive and reach our goals quicker if we properly structure our time and always make posting fresh quality content a priority.

Create clear niche images

We need to do some internal and external research and visually see some other website businesses within our niche. This will give a look at how the other niche sites are presenting themselves and their products. The internal research is making a list, over a couple or few days, of things that we love to do, or what are we passionate about. It’s best to select a niche that you would like to spend a lot of time and energy on, not one that you’ll get bored with or become disinterested with. We can also choose to create a nice affiliate website setup to inform about and promote products, or have a non-profit or personal site (.org). Many website owners have multiple sites.

Create a vision board

Do you have any wall space at home to devote to a vision board? They’re great to increase motivation and energize your efforts as you pursue goals.

Take a nice area of wall space and fill it up with goal related images and headlines and pictures that inspire every time you look at it. See, visualize, and feel the goal being reached as you look at the board and are inspired to move forward and achieve. Keep on adding and replacing inspiring images and text to keep it fresh, in sight and also in your mind.

Websites like Pinterest are great for creating vision boards and one can create as many boards as they want for fun, or to keep private.

Ninja Productivity Tip

I guess it doesn’t matter what type of business that you are promoting but all have dozens of tasks that need to be done continually and properly. Many have multiple internet businesses and always have a list of things that need to be done asap. Well here’s a great tip I’ve used and recommend to you.

Plan ahead and:

  1. Remove all distractions or find a place where you can be uninterrupted.
  2. Choose only one thing to focus on completely for an hour and set a timer.
  3. Stop when the timer goes off and leave it for the next time. Don’t think about it anymore.
  4. Take a short walk or take a non-sitting break, unless you’ve been using a standing desk. Lying flat on your back might feel good too.
  5. Start the next task and repeat the process.

If a little more than 60 minutes is needed go ahead and finish the task before taking a break. If it needs much more time to complete put it away until next time. After you’ve powered through a focused hour and taken a break to refresh, you can set the timer for another 60 minutes and continue where you left off or move to another task


Nuts and Bolts of How to Make Money Online – For Real

You see a gazillion emails everyday bombarding you for everything imaginable about making money online. How do you tell the difference between hype and ripe?

Well to start off, it has to be simple. You shouldn’t have to create web pages, you shouldn’t have to create capture pages, you shouldn’t have to write auto-responder messages.

Everything should be done for you. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

It doesn’t get any easier than this. All you have to do is learn to send traffic to a capture page to build your list so that you can follow-up and introduce them to you business flopportunity.

Get them from skeptical visitor to getting them engaged by sharing your story. (And everybody has one). Your job is not to sell them on the business, but to build a relationship with the people on your list.

Learn to be a Leader. Get out of the learning curve. Find a strategy that works and… Master It.

If you’ve never grown a business before, if you have zero business experience, no internet experience… you’re in the right place at the right time because there is nowhere better to learn all this… and nowhere easier.

Don’t get left behind – start your business online. It’s very easy to be a leader in your own home business.

You’re told… “We have everything here for you to help you develop the skills that you need to develop. You will learn how to turn those leads into members and to be the leader you want to be.”

Helping other people to realize their dreams, helping other people to become healthier, helping other people to understand or find a solution to the problem they’re having is pretty rewarding – pretty sweet, (and it helps that you’re making big money).

That feeling is what you need to fall in love with. Fall in love with helping the people whom you introduce your business to. You need to put YOU into your business. Engage, Learn, Teach!

And here is a million dollar idea for you…

When you wake up in the morning the first thing you need to do is decide that you’re going to have a GREAT day. Regardless of what went on yesterday, regardless of how good or how bad your results are, regardless of the amount (or lack of amount) is in your bank account, wake up and decide…


Make Money Online Completing Micro Tasks

Freelancing becoming more popular everyday.

The young generating is getting seriously into freelancing, making it their first priority. Everybody wants to become their own boss, to really enjoy the life and live without stress. Thanks to technology and specifically the Internet, freelancing has become way much simpler compared to 10 years ago. It’s actually becoming a huge business, where people use their skills to help others at a lower rate.

Short tasks or micro tasks.

Several college students, for example, are working from home. Same for homemakers and stay home mothers. All this is thanks to online platforms that allow anyone to join an accept online jobs from companies. Housewives, for instance, perform micro jobs in their spare time. The good thing is that these jobs require maximum one hour per day to complete. In case you have kids at home, you know how hard it’s to get things done, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work from home. Short tasks or micro tasks are perfect for busy moms. They can earn some good money this way and take care of their kids at the same time. Here is a good list of the tasks you can perform if you’re in that group of people:

Take surveys: you can easily make up to $100 per month just by taking online surveys. All you need to do is perform a Google search for “paid survey sites”. Join several of these sites to increase the income. When you register, use your main email address to receive regular invitations to make new surveys.

  • Most of these surveys pay up to $3 and take up to 45 minutes to complete.
  • You get paid in cash, gift cards, free products, or free entries to sweepstakes.
  • You don’t need to pay to participate in surveys, so if anyone asks you for money to join a survey site, don’t pay them.
  • Check the privacy policy of the website to verify they won’t sell your personal information.

Test websites: participate in something called “remote usability testing”, this means getting paid to navigate a website and provide feedback. Most of these tests take 15 minutes to do, and you get paid up tp $10 per test. One of these tests is about performing a scenario in the client’s website and while recording yourself. An example: go through the process of buying a product on a retailer’s website. You’ll need: a computer, a microphone, fast internet connection.

Tutor students: you can certainly help students by being what is known as online tutors. Nowadays several families really like this option to teach their kids. You can help a kid with his homework or help a college student studying for an exam. It depends on the level of education you have. All you need is your own computer and fast internet. Online companies assign students to you depending on your profile. You get paid from $9 to $30 per hour, it depends on your educational background and the subject you’ll teach.


What To Do Before Booking A Courier Service

Technology has made our world to be on the fast lane. We have finally gotten accustomed to the easy life that anything short of it makes us uncomfortable. When we want to send parcels to friends and loved ones, we expect the dispatcher to be fast. Courier service has become innovative with fast riders, vans and others. Companies involved in sending and receiving parcels work 24/7 to ensure that people are not disappointed. What do you know about courier services?

The following are things you should know before sending out a parcel:

The internet

The internet has made it possible for companies to build their organizations around it. With an online booking feature, you do not need to visit an on-site office. The challenge of meeting unpleasant customer service personnel or wasting your time is completely eliminated when you make use of the online office. Dispatchers are always waiting to move a parcel from one location to another including outside the country.

When you use the online service, you can easily track your parcel. If you are looking for a reliable courier firm, it must have an online presence. Without an online presence, it may be difficult to know what is happening to your parcel.

There are things you should consider when it comes to a dispatcher firm. The first thing that you should consider is time. There are comparisons sites that will help you decide the suitable firm that you need within minutes. A lot of people take a look at comparison sites before they can decide on the firm that they need.

The Time

Time is important when it comes to sending your parcel. There are parcels that are limited with time. What this means is that if they fail to get to their designated location at a particular time, they may get damaged or destroyed. Take for instance, vaccines that may denature when their ice jackets are melted.

High Quality

You should not compromise on a high quality service when looking for affordable dispatcher firms. A suitable dispatcher firm should be able to beat deadline and also deliver the item without damaging. It can be painful when you spend a lot of money in buying an item, and losing it because a dispatcher was careless in handling it.

International Courier Service

Moving items from one country to another has options in timescale. When you want your items to get to its designation within one to three days, you may need to go for the air flights. However, if time is not paramount, you may go for ships. The time duration varies with firms. You should check the policy of a dispatcher before making use of their service.


Top 3 Ways to Earn Passive Income

To be a financially successful person you have to work really hard and there is no way around it. You have to give at least 40 to 50 hours a week to earn an active income. But what if I told you that you can also earn while you sleep? Too good to be true right? But it is true, though it requires a little bit of your time, but again everything worthwhile requires time. You can dedicate your free time into earning passive incomes. What is a passive income, you ask? Passive income is any source of income where you do not take part actively but do it on a less regular basis, like in your free time which continues to earn money for you even while you sleep. To have a strong financial foundation, having more than one income source is very essential. You can read it in every financial book or hear it from every great investor that having more than one source of income is of the vital importance.

So, you understood that and want to take up on your own passive income venture, but you are confused about how to get things rolling initially. If this is your dilemma then do not fear even a little because I am here to help you out with your problem. I will discuss some great passive income sources which you can take up in your free time and open many different channels of income. So, without wasting any time, let us get started.

Blogging

Blogging took the world by storm a few years back and even today it is very popular. Many people have their own blogs which have become their primary source of income. If you also want to start an alternative cash flow you should consider opening a blog. There are various free and paid blogging platforms where you can get started. The main income for blogs are advertisements and affiliate programs. Your aim should be to write interesting articles which drive an insane amount of traffic to your blog.

Teach Online

Various educational websites online offers various educational courses from high school to college level. If you have a knack for teaching you can consider to create an online course as an instructor and upload them to various educational websites to set up a source of passive income.

Amazon FBA

I think this is the best source to earn money and many people have made this their primary source of income. You can sell your own products on Amazon, which is a huge worldwide marketplace and guarantees a plethora of customers. Things become more interesting when Amazon lets you use their resources to increase your sales, which are called Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA). They provide with fast and free delivery and round the clock customer service. Inventories are maintained by Amazon themselves so you can focus on increasing your customer base and your business in the process. If you want to make good amounts of money FBA is definitely a good choice to start your journey.


6 Simple Things That Will Make Your Company Look Better Online

  1. Mobile Website – You need to have a mobile friendly website for a few reasons. Everyone uses a phone and you need to have an easy user experience and Google likes them for a few other reasons that I will not go into right now.
  2. Email with Your Company Name – The days of being able to use free Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail emails are long gone. Those are fine for personal use, but to show a more professional face, always use your company email. You can get them for like $10 a year from whoever you have bought your domain from.
  3. Consistent Branding – So you have a great looking website. You love the look and feel, but you don’t follow through on it everywhere. So, to get consistent branding throughout your online presence and properties use the same images and messages across all platforms. It will make you look much more professional.
  4. Professional Pictures – Yes you can get away with using your phone camera for a lot of online things, but imagine if you paid someone to have a real photo shoot and take a professional picture for your website and social media. With everyone else using only phone to take picture, you will stand out like a real pro.
  5. Professional Videos – It goes the same way for videos and for pictures. Video phone cameras are great for things like video testimonials, but if you want to show off you showroom or you Law practice, nothing will make you look more professional then a hiring a video guy to do a great professional job.
  6. Social Media Engagement – Let’s see you post a ton of stuff on Facebook, but do you ever check to see if there are comments made? If you do check is it a week later. How do you engage at that point? It is a tough thing to do, because by then you probably have lost any chance of a sale. That person has moved on. But what if you had a way to get notifications that did not get buried with personally ones from Facebook? My suggestion is to down load an app called “page manager”. It will connect to your business page on Facebook, and notify you when anything is happening on your page. My recommendation is to answer anything within a few minutes. If you don’t you will risk wasting all the time and effort to get the person to your page in the first place.


The Benefits of Listing Your Business in an Online Local Business Directory

Nowadays, listing on the business directories is essential for any business to have an online presence. Top business listing sites can amplify your company’s reaches effectively. Directories which focus on customer reviews are very important. It shows how good/bad certain companies/organizations are. Hence people will know which one would be the best or suitable to opt for. If you are already listed you can efficiently work for better reviews and enhance the reputation.

Positive reviews after all generate more customer satisfaction and growth will therefore be inevitable. Negative reviews however will have an inverted/opposite effect with the same amount of intensity as positive ones do.

Pertinent for search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO is a digital marketing process where one can promote his/her website to a search engine’s preference. In other words, search engines such as Google will showcase your website on the first page when a topic relating to your company gets searched due to the amount of information it derives from the internet.

Such is possible if your website is listed in a certain number of listing sites. The more information a search engine is able to acquire from the internet’s database the more preference that particular website gets and hence will be featured on the front page for hundreds of people to view.

Increasing brand awareness through the internet

As already mentioned, the internet provides a massive platform with everyone connected conveniently. When users search in any free business directory a list of results gets generated which may showcase your business as well.

A brief description, image or snapshot will be featured along with the list of businesses so as to give people better ideas about where to click for further favorable results. In such an instance people will go through your business as well. This in-turn creates a lot of awareness for your brand and people will come to know about it even if they don’t click it for more information.

Advanced filtering mechanisms

Such directories have a special mechanism that can link your business directly with your target audience. There are filters and suggestive features that can classify your concern according to its type or description and altogether showcase your company to the audience who actually are looking for people like you.

This process is also referred to as B2B marketing. Clients can check out your website everyday and you can also record any progress that gradually takes place. One can also connect sites to any local advertising company. By adding reviews, bios and attaching links for your brand the visitors for your website will progressively increase over-time.

Improving one’s brand identity

This is one of the most crucial parts of online directories. When listing a particular brand we can always make it impressive by adding catchy features such as images, descriptive texts, creative punch-lines and general information such as name, address, etc.

The competition in the online market is obnoxiously high so marketers should be wary about creating an impressive image for people to see and appreciate. One can always add positive reviews so that people may develop a better impression regarding the particular brand.

Getting good responses from people on the internet ultimately means that you are able to make your business relevant for hundreds of people who stream through the World Wide Web everyday. This process therefore lucratively develops your brand identity in the entire global market.

Shivu Singh, An Article Writer, helps corporation for promoting their business online, So they get the better opportunities to reach there targeted audiences. For local businesses, it is better to add their business to a local business directory.


Resources for Getting Product Information

Whether you are researching a product to buy or write about, and possibly promote as an affiliate, it helps a great deal to know where to look for accurate and up-to-date info. If you are writing reviews, knowing as many resources as possible to gather information will really boost the quality of the content in your articles.

Below I list 5 of my favorite resources for finding product information, reviews and content for an article also.

1. The best place to get the most accurate information, specs and features on a product is the official website. A simple Google search for the product should reveal the official site. You can also enter into the search bar: product manufacturer, or product supplier

2. One of the best resources to check out for product information is YouTube. There will usually be a video on YouTube or within the search engine results if the product is popular. Obviously, you can see and hear about the product by watching the video but you can also write down the info word for word without being penalized for duplicate content, in a product review or article of your own.

I always watch at least a few videos from different sources and take notes as I go through them. You can also embed one (or part of one) of the videos into the article.

3. Another potentially great source of information that can and should be used is the Amazon Customer Reviews. The comments that are listed for each product give a great review which we can use in our article or review.

4. Quora, with close to 200 million monthly unique visitors is a platform where people ask questions and connect with others that give quality answers and insight on just about any topic or product.

5. Yahoo Answers is a great source also, a community-driven website or knowledge market. They are much larger than Quora and have been active since 2005. Yahoo Answers is also a platform where many people ask questions and many answer them.

Here are some keyword searches that you can do to find information on a potential product to promote on your website. Search with these, and similar type keywords in the Google Search Bar to gather product information, which can be used as content for a product review or write-up:

(Replace product with product name)

  • is product a scam
  • does product work
  • product reviews
  • How much does product cost
  • Is product any good
  • product complaints

We can also use the alphabet soup technique on the product and you will come up with a lot of ideas as you research your product related keywords.

Example: let’s say that we’re researching “headphone” products. Into the search browser Enter:

  • headphone
  • headphones
  • headphone a
  • headphone b
  • headphones a
  • headphones b
  • c, d, e, f, g, etc.

Notice the keywords that are revealed in the browser drop down as you type. These are the most popular search terms used by those using that search engine to find a headphone product. You can see just what people are searching for and get some great ideas for products as well as sources and targeted audiences to promote the product to.


Major Disadvantages of Using the Internet in Our Daily Lives

The Internet is said to be the boom to the tech world. Today, it has influenced us so much that we cannot imagine our lives without the internet. Be it the children or the adults, all spend their half of the day on the internet by using it for their work or as a source of entertainment.

But, as every coin has two sides, the internet also has its negative side. People these days have become so addictive to the internet that it has started to show its negative impact.

Some of the major disadvantages of the internet are given below.

1. Wastage of time

It has now become the major source of wasting time. Be it children by sacrificing their studies or the working people using it during the office hours as the mode of entertainment, it has influenced everyone to hinder their work. Individuals get distracted and do not realize that by the name of a short break, they end up wasting their whole hour for which they have used to do something more productive.

2. Zero physical activity

By sitting in front of the screens and surfing the internet while binging the food makes you obese. The usage of the internet has reduced the physical activity to zero level. Instead of going out for a walk to get fresh air, people go over the social platforms, play online games and deteriorate their health.

3. Other medical problems

Besides getting obese and gaining weight, there are so many other illness people are getting prone to because of the internet.

— One of the major consequences of it is on the weakening of the eyesight. By spending a lot of time in front of the screens, one gets its effect on the eye muscles.
— People also get back aches while sitting on the chair for hours.
— The effect can also be seen in the sleeping disorders. By using the internet even on the mobile phones just before going to sleep can affect you in a great way.

4. Cybercrime

Cybercrime has also got pace with the growing tech environment. With access to billions of people and their information, there is a fear of getting hacked or even misuse of the information can happen.

Even when you pay the bills using debit and credit cards, the major risk is with them. Someone can steal all the information by getting it all on a fake site.

5. Feeling of Loneliness

With the internet usage, the in-person meetings of family and friends have reduced by a great level. There are no big gatherings and events that used to take place earlier. The internet has shrunken the world by a great amount. Though you get to talk to the people who are far away from you, it has disconnected you from the real-life connections.

Also, by looking at the posts of your friends on social networking platforms, there comes a feeling of dejection and jealousy. People get depressed by some other’s success.


Online Jobs Versus Online Businesses

It’s Your Online Business, Not Your Online Hobby
An online business versus an online job has a different mentality for the individual. A job is something you do for someone else. It’s something that dominates your day and your time with a prearranged schedule.

The job is your master, not the other way around. You work for someone else. Even if this is online the truth remains the same… you are still an employee. You have heard that you can make money online through working online for a company or a third party (this is not as an affiliate or a salesperson). You do jobs for someone else and complete a W4.

This to me is literally the lifestyle I intended to avoid when I got into online business. This model could not and would not do.

I know you see the ads. “We are looking to give stay at home mom jobs”, but you may find that some of these places not only do not offer you a good job but will stick you with a horrible schedule. Not all of them are like this, though some are.

Why I like the online business model
For me it’s about control. I like to control my day. If I want to work in the morning, I can do this. If I want to work late into the wee hours of the night… it’s my right. Why? Because I decide how successful (or unsuccessful) my business is and this is through my effort.

It can be the highest paid hard work I ever done or the easiest, lowest paid work I have ever done. This lies squarely on my shoulders. You see the problem with a lot of online companies you may work for is stability.

Many of them catch people unawares stating grandiose claims making things look easy. For example, you may read something like “Earn Money Online Today, $55-$65 hour, no experience required”.

What happens is that unsuspecting folks who trust these people invest time, money, and effort into a business that might not last the rest of the year. I have seen this with my own eyes. I always advocate starting your own online business. Why you ask? Who can you trust better than you? I will tell you, if I am going to invest in anything it will be me, period.

You Won’t Let You Down
When you succeed those you love succeed. Those you care about succeed. It’s about grabbing your dream and never letting it go. Working for someone else is helping them promote their dream through your effort. Working for yourself helps you to bring your dreams to fruition.

I know where the difficulty comes in. It is at the point of the beginning. How do you get started? Where do you start? Can I startup my online business quickly and with a minimal amount of investment?


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