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Monday, April 03, 2006

Free Blogging Articles

Free Blogging Articles

Are you constantly searching for informative and interesting articles on the subject of Blogging? Everybody is into blogging and everybody is involved for their own reasons.

If you are searching for excellent articles to use blogs as part of your Marketing Stategy then take a look at my new site that I have just launched.

This is a pre-made, adsense rich site that provides new articles every month on the various subjects that are related to Internet Marketing. Some of the other areas that might be of interest are Viral Marketing, Website Development.

Take a look and let me know and if you would like a site just like this one, then click the rotating link at the bottom of the home page to see if this is something that might be of interest. Visit here:
http://www.new-home-business-success.com

Drop back and let me know your thoughts. I would love your honest opinion in regards to the quality of the articles and if they were of any help to you.

Thanks for stopping by. Please visit my other sites: Newbie Profits Now, Free Affiliate Programs.

I will leave you with this final thought:

Fail Forward, Fail Fast, Until You Fail No More!

Thanks for stoppping by:
Jackie

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Blogging Tips & Tricks

Internet Marketing for Newbies - A series of Articles Written from a Newbie's Perspective

Blogging Tips and Tricks


After the launch of the hugely successful "Blogging to the Bank", by Rob Benwell, I wanted to follow-up with some observations and tips of my own.

I was one of the first to jump in and buy "Blogging to the Bank" and although the the book is light at just over 40 pages, the quality certainly is not. I am new to blogging and was looking for some sort of reference or learning guide to show me the "how to's".

The book is utilizes the free blogging site: www.blogger.com. The screenshots are based on using their free templates. If you do not want anything to do with HTML the information that Rob shares may be abit too much to comprehend. I must confess that I had to read several parts of the book several times and even now, some of it still is over my head.

One of my major peeves with any of these reports or informational references or training materials, what-ever you want to call them, is that they are written from the author's, or expert's point of view and not the end-users. Most of these books are written by seasoned Internet Marketers who forget that some of us are just starting out. They are coming up with solutions to problems that they are encountering and most of those problems are way above the heads of us "newbies"

They forget to write their instructions in full detail which leaves us users scratching our heads trying to understand what it is they are trying to tell us. I hate it when I buy something to solve a problem that I have, and it remains unresolved.

Here are a few suggestions that I can make from personal experience with the blogs that I have launched. As you are here, you know that I use blogger.com as well.

This is a very user-friendly site that is sponsored by Google. That doesn't mean that it doesn't have it's difficulties. I now have 5 inter-connected blogs that all refer to Internet Marketing, Blogging and Affiliate Marketing.


Each of my blogs has been flagged at different times as possible spam blogs. What that means is that you are restricted from any postings until a team checks out your site and then white-lists you so that you can continue to post your articles.

I am not really to sure how I came under their radar. The only thing that makes sense is that I was writing my articles at their site and was publishing and correcting and publishing and correcting. I was just re-publishing too often over a short period of time and they flagged me.

That in itself was not too difficult to deal with as they only take 24 hours to get back to you. The really frustrating issue is that somehow several of my blogs just dissapeared off the map. All of my articles and all of the linking and hours of template changes were just gone, poof! I am still waiting for an explanation from the help team, but I don't hold out much hope.

I now have back-ups of all of my templates, and I would urge you to do the same. Set up a seperate folder on your hard-drive and name it Blog Templates. Go to your blog, go to the template tab and copy the entire template (right click your mouse, hit select all, right click your mouse again, hit copy) go to notepad, right click your mouse and hit paste. Make sure to title it "Template - Your Blogs Name", to find it again.

Everytime you make a change to your template, just follow the same procedure. If you lose your blog like I did you can just start a new one and copy your saved template into it. It will save you hours of re-coding.

This back-up system is only for the template itself, it does not include all of the articles that you have on your blog. When I started my blogs I made the mistake of doing my writing on site at the blog itself. The problem arises when you want to re-use the material to submit to article directories. You cannot copy your articles and then save them onto your hard-drive, I'm not exaclty sure why this is, it just is.

Do your writing in notepad or any text editor and then just copy and paste it into your blog. It is not suggested that you write your articles in Word as it does not copy well into web pages, something to do with the formatting. Make sure that everything copies over correctly, I usually have to make a few adjustments and then publish.

This will save you tons of extra work especially if you want to republish to your website or another blog. I suggest that you keep all of the articles that you write in the same folder for ease of locating in the future. Group them according to the niche that you are writing for.

Another quick tip that I want to pass along has to do with when you set up your blogs. If you are targeting several different niches, then I suggest that you set up separate accounts and separate passwords for each niche group. No one passed along that tip to me and I have unrelated blogs grouped together on the same dashboard.

Why should it matter? Well for one thing it will be easier for you to link and manage like blogs. For example, Gardening, Rose Gardening, Gardening Furniture they are all related. It you throw in acne, hormones or fly-fishing then your profile will not relate.

I like my profiles to relate to the subject that I am writing about. Take the above example, Gardening. I would not want to give my marketing profile on my gardening sites. It just doesn't make sense.

I strongly suggest that you take the time to read thru the help menus, I have found the solution to many of my problems there. Even points that Blogging to the Bank made and I couldn't quite understand, I found the answers right there.

Another quick tip to consider is adding your e-mail contact in the profile section. This will give your visitors the re-assurance that they can contact a real human being. I don't use my main e-mail account. I set up a free account at Yahoo. You need an account with Yahoo anyway if you want to submit your blog to their search engines, so you kill two birds with one stone.

Blogging to the Bank is very good to a point, but you just feel that something is still being held back, that there still are more trade secrets that could be shared. Please don't misunderstand me, I think that this is a must have for anybody looking to Blog and make money. It was my starting point, the point that motivated me to jump in and take action, any action.

I think that there are also other resources to check out and research, but this is a great jumping off point. You should at least check it out and decide if the investment is right for you.
Here is the link : http://tinyurl.com/mf6ar

Well I hope that I have given you some useful tips. Please visit my other blogs at Newbie Profits Now, Affiliate Marketing Information, Free Affiliate Programs

I will leave you with this thought:

"Doubt Can Only Be Removed by Action!"
Jackie Bigford
Blogging Tips & Tricks

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Marriage of Blogging and Affiliate Marketing

Internet Marketing for Newbies - A Series of Articles Written from a Newbies Perspective

The Marriage of Blogging and Affiliate Marketing – The easiest way to make money online.

People often wonder how to start making money online. They have no product, no website and most of all they are on a shoe-string budget. This doesn't leave the option to create a product as this will cost a few hundred dollars at the very least. The best option if you are in this same situation is to become an affiliate marketer.

For anyone who doesn't know, an affiliate marketer is someone who promotes other people's products and takes a commission on every sale they generate. You don't have to pay upfront and then sell the product on and the best part about it is that you don't have any customer service to deal with.

Many affiliate marketers promote products using pay per click advertising also known as PPC. This is where you bid on Google, Yahoo and other search engines and your ad is placed on their pages. You get to pick which keywords your ad will show up for and in all it is a great way to drive traffic to a website.

The only problem with the PPC method is that it can become very expensive, running up bills in the hundreds if not thousands of dollars. It's not really suitable for people on a tight budget. I personally like to drive traffic to my affiliate sites for free. I do this using blogs and you can find out how you can do the same by clicking the link below.

One of the keys to success with affiliate marketing is to select good affiliate programs. Here are the elements of a great affiliate program and what you should look out for:

1) You are getting paid a good commission. You should at least be getting 50% depending on the affiliate program. I avoid affiliate program that only pay a measly 5% or so as if I'm driving the visitors to the site then I should be getting well paid.

2) The website converts visitors into buyers. This is the conversion ratio and it should be at least 1% meaning that out of every one hundred visitors they make one sale. There are many affiliate programs out there that convert over 5% which becomes very profitable.

3) The product needs to be good. It is no use to you if the product is refunded and your commission is lost. A good product will only have a very small percentage of refunds so check out reviews etc.

4) Another main factor of a good affiliate program is that they provide the tools for you to succeed. They should give you the choice to use ready designed banners and email promotions already written for you that can just be personalized. This will save you a ton of time.

I personally own a great new e-book. It is brand new, hot off the presses as they say. It is light at only 40+ pages but you will find that it is excellent value for the money. It has been personally recommended by several gurus including Michael Green and Marc Hendrik. Of course, any informational e-book is only as good as the effort that you are willing to put into it. Effort In = Rewards Out.

It will take you you step by step through everything you need to know about setting up your own blog and making money through affiliate programs. I knew that blogging was here to stay and that there was a huge opportunity to have a successful business, I just didn't know where to start This new e-book will take you by the hand and show you step-by-step how to proceed. I highly recommend it.

Thanks for your time and I will leave you with this final thought:

Doubt can only be removed by Action! Click here to see if this is something that will work for you: http://tinyurl.com/mf6ar

Jackie Bigford
The Marriage of Blogging and Affiliate Marketing

Derek Gehl and The Internet Marketing Centre Hit a Home Run

Internet Marketing for Newbies - A Series of Articles Written from a Newbies Perspective

Derek Gehl and the Internet Marketing Centre Hit a Home Run!

Derek Gehl and The Internet Marketing Centre have done it again. I have an exciting announcement to make! Derek Gehl launches "Blogging for Dollars".

Derek Gehl and his team of marketing researchers have just released their dynamite package "Blogging for Dollars". After a year's worth of research, and a whopping investment of over $79,853.28 -- Derek Gehl and his team have just released a special report that's going to blow the lid off everything you THOUGHT you knew about getting FREE search engine traffic.

Do you think it's HARD to get a top-3 ranking in Google, MSN, or Yahoo? Are you spending $1,000's on SEO (search engine optimization) specialists... or buying pay-per-click traffic? Then you definitely can't afford to miss this. Because Derek's elite team of Internet marketing specialists has put together test results and case studies that *prove* there is still a FREE way to blast your website to a #1 ranking in Google, Yahoo, and MSN... Yes, I said FREE!

There's tons more to tell you, so visit: http://tinyurl.com/kpvyr

However, please note that while the strategies that are detailed on this page are EXTREMELY potent right now -- if you don't begin to apply them *immediately* (i.e., within the next 90 days), the opportunity will be lost forever.

Just like those who first embraced online shopping... e-mail marketing... and affiliate programs 10 years ago, only those who act TODAY will claim the lion's share of the traffic and profits.The rest will be left to fight over crumbs!

News Flash: Blogging is THE biggest trend to hit the Internet in the last 10 years. In fact, the number of bloggers in the US alone DOUBLES every few months!

I am so excited about this opportunity for myself and for you my visitors. I will tell you right up front that I have never personally endorsed a product that I do not own nor have tested, (mine is on the way, it is so new that it has only been on the market for a few days) this is the very first and probably only time that I will ask you to at least check this out. The reason for the urgency is that the information in this product is for right-now before the market becomes saturated and the rules of the game change.

I can tell you that I own several of the Internet Marketing Centers' products and they are quite simply outstanding. Here is a link to one of their marketing courses, "Insiders Secrets" to Marketing your Business on the Internet. http://www.marketingtips.com/t.cgi/869810 .

It is considered the difinitive reference resource that is a must for your library. I can tell you from first had experience my pages are dog-earred. If you have been around for awhile then you will realize that even some of the top guru's own this program.
I will leave you with this final thought:

If you have been trying to find a way to launch your business and just haven't had the resources then this is the one report that you must have. It will cost you a little but the immediate gains will more than make up for your initial investment.

Doubt Can Only be Removed by Action!

Please let me know if you decide that "Blogging for Dollars" is for you and come back and give your comments and/or review. Stay tuned for my review.

Jackie Bigford
Derek Gehl and Blogging for Dollars

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Yikes! Do you have "IOS"

Internet Marketing for Newbies - A Series of Article Written from a Newbie's Perspective

Yikes! Do you have \"IOS\"

The following article lists some simple, informative tips that will help you have a better experience with Marketing.

What is "IOS" ?, I'm glad you asked.

The most common symptons to look out for are a mild state of panic, an overwhelming sense of confusion, feelings of frustration, blurry eyes, stiff neck, slight buzzing in the ears, and a very sore bottom. If you currently have, or have had any of these symptons in the recent past, then there is a very good chance that you are suffering from "Information Overload Syndrome".

Don't panic, I myself am suffering from this dreaded syndrome, but I believe that there is hope. The group that appears the most affected is the New Internet Marketer, or as we are commonly referred to as "Newbies". I personally hate that term, I feel like I should be back in diapers. With over 30 years in the sales and marketing offline world, I at least feel that I deserve training pants.lol

Now that I have your attention, I wanted to address some of the very real issues that we face when we decide to pursue making a living online. These are some of the things that I have come across and I am sure that most of you have encountered the same problems. I just wanted to share with you my thoughts and possibly give you some advice and point you in the right directions with your new business. I have listed the five keys that I feel will keep you on the right path.

1) Firts of all, it is very natural to become overwhelmed and confused with all of the information that is available out there. I have made the mistake of not knowing when to stop researching and when to start the actual doing. It is very important that you educate yourself before you start opening your pocket book and spending your hard earned dollars. There is a wealth of free information, the only problem is, that it takes alot of time and energy to source it all out.

I would strongly suggest that you join forums that are related to the subject of your business. I read this early on when I began surfing and totally ignored this advice because I was too embarrassed and didn't want to look stupid with my basic questions. You do not have to participate, you can just go in and read and you would be amazed at the helpfulness of some of the more experienced marketers. Not everybody is out to take you for a ride.

Forums are also a great place to check out the value of any course, e-book or software purchase that you may be considering. One of the huge problems that I have found is that alot of the stuff out there is a re-hash of readily available free information or it just does not live up to it's promise. You will get really candid reviews and then you can make a more informed decision.

Depending on where you are at with your business, it is also a great Free way to advertise your new business. You do this with your signature line which will include your web or blog address. Just don't try to spam and make sure that you read the rules of the forum that you are visiting.
Three great marketing forums to get started in are:

Rosalind Gardner's Affiliate Marketing Forum
www.netprofits.today.com/forum/
Michael Greens Marketing Forum
www.howtocorp.com/forum/
Mike Mertz's Newbie Forum
http://internetmarketingforums.im4newbies.com/

If you wish to locate a niche forum, just do a search on google, http://www.google.com/ and type in the search box your "your subject, forums".

2) Don't get caught up in the hype! I wish that I would have taken my own advice. I have only been online for a couple of months now and I have spend thousands of dollars buying into the promises of overnight success. I would eagerly await my "Promise of Financial Freedom" to be downloaded only to find that once again, the magic formula didn't exist.

Of course the only ones becoming the overnight success are the marketers cashing in their monthly cheques. I am smarter than that (I keep telling myself that I am) and yet late at night when I've read the millionth sales letter, I find myself pulling out the ole charge card and hitting that "buy now" button. I can't blame anybody but myself, these marketers are speaking to my desire to get rich quick.

It is said in the industry, that the easiest person to sell to is a sales person themselves. I don't know why that is, but I certainly fall into that category. I would sugget that you sleep on it before you make the decision to "buy now". Does this product or e-book help you right now, does it fill the gap in your education right now, does it move you forward right now.

These sales letters are very good at touching the right emotions and they are all designed to make you feel that if you don't buy in the next 3 seconds then the opportunity will be gone fore-ever and you will completely fail if you don't buy their products.

It seems like new information is discovered about something every day. And the topic of Marketing is no exception. Keep reading to get more fresh news about Marketing.

Trust me, I have more e-books and software sitting on my computer than I can possibly know what to do with. I have purshased more than 5 offline programs which have enough reading material to keep me on the throne for the next 12 years. The problem when you buy so much ahead of your learning curve, you will shelve it and then forget it, What a waste of money, n'es pas?

Whats' the moral here? I started out without any idea of where I was going, I had no business plan, I was a cork bobbing in the ocean and my business was going nowhere fast. I spent all of my time buying and then buying and then buying with the thought that the next purchase would unlock my keys to more wealth than I could imagine. Guess what, I have put the charge cards away, I am looking over the information that I already own and I am now getting down to the business of starting my on-line business.

3) Don't expect overnight success. The more I delve into this business, and the more that I read from the true "gurus" the more I know in my heart that their advice is the only right path to follow. It takes a tremendous amount of time to build any bricks and mortar business, so why should online be any different.

If you are desperate and need money and think that you don't have to do any work then I will tell you outright, you are chasing rainbows. Do not get caught up in the over-inflated claims of overnight riches, this will only slow you down and take your energy away from building the kind of business that will financially give you the independance that you are seeking.

4) Do decide to become an affiliate marketer, do decide to produce your own e-product, do decide to sell auctions on e-bay, do decide to become a wholesale dropshipper, do decide to pursue making money with blogging. Just Don't do them all at once.

This is the biggest mistake I have made, I am trying to learn evrything at once about the aspects of each and every one of these streams and I am making myself crazy. I am confusing myself, but worst of all I am getting nowhere with any of them.

I have slowed down and am going to focus on just one until it is up and running and making me some money. I am focussing on blogging with affiliate marketing because for me, it makes the most sense. I sell other peoples products with none of the expensive overhead involved and other people take care of all aspects of dealing with the customers. I only need to drive traffic to these sites.

I have opted to try the marriage of affiliate marketing with blogs because, again there is no cost associated with blogging. It is totally free. I have my blogs set up at blogspot.com and I highly suggest that you check them out. The process is so simple, I had my first blog up and running in five minutes. Of course adding content is the time consuming thing but any site would require the same efforts.

If you are considering affiliate marketing there are some great free resources available. Just go to my link at the end of this article and you will find a growing list of free resources that I am adding continually. The one resouce that I would highly recommend you purchase and that I personally own is also listed on my site. This marketer is considered "the super affiliate"and this resource has proved invaluable to me.

5) Follow only one, possibly two gurus. When you are reading and listening to the advice of too many people you get bogged down with information overload. You will also get conflicting advice and this again can confuse the heck out or you.

You can check out the forums again to see who your peers are recommending. I suggest that you sign up for a few newsletters to see whose style you like and to see if they are providing value to your business. I know that the big thing now is to pay to join membership sites, and I think that this is a good thing (I have joined a few myself) but in the beginning if money is tight,
there are plenty of excellent free newsletters. For a list of who I belong to just visit my site below and source the article "My Top Picks for Newsletters". I made the mistake when I first came online of joining far too many newsletters and now I am dealing with e-mail hell. (that's a subject for another article)

I want to leave you with the knowledge that you are not alone if you are suffering from "Information Overload Syndrome" and I would love to hear from you. Just visit my blogsite and leave your comments to share with all of my readers. Together, we will overcome this dreaded syndrome and come out wealthy, healthy and wise.

"Teachers Open the Door, but your must enter yourself" - chinese proverb

About the Author:30+ years experience as an offline marketing/sales professional, a life coach and mentor. A professional customer service trainer, author, and speaker

Jackie Bigford
Internet Marketing for Newbies
http://newbieprofitsnow.blogspot.com
http://affiliate---marketing.blogspot.com

There's no doubt that the topic of Marketing can be fascinating. If you still have unanswered questions about Marketing, you may find what you're looking for at one of the above posted sites.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

There's Gold in them there "Blogging" Hills

Internet Marketing for Newbies - A Series of Articles Written from a Newbies Perspective


Are you Blogging yet? If you have landed on this page then you are at least curious as to what blogging is all about. Blogging is the fastest growing source of free informaton on the net today.
In 2005, American workers spent the equivalent of 551,000 years reading blogs online. (Source: October 2005 issue of Ad Age)

Blogging is still new technology and is the absolute perfect opportunity to start a new business. Up until just a few months ago, I probably was the only person on the planet (slight exageration) that didn't know what the heck a blog was. I was reading references to blogging everywhere, but when I tried to source it's meaning, I was still confused.

The definition of a blog is really quite simple: A blog (derived from the term "web log") is basically a website where your record your thoughts and messages.

Ok, but this explanation really didn't help me, I still had questions, how did you create a blog?, how did you find the blogs?, how did I get my hands on one? Eurika, one day a good friend e-mailed me that he had started his own blog about raising seeing-eye dogs. It didn't take me long to set up my first blog and post to it. You are here now.

The great thing about blogs are that they are free and they are very easy to set up, it takes less than 5 minutes. The templates are provided for you and you just add the content. There is no expensive software to buy and you can get fee traffic to your sight. You can upload images and now you can add sound to really personalize your blog.

If you want to start a business with your blog, I have a great tip that I recently came across and will share with you. You should target a subject, lets take the example of growing roses. Go to goggle search: http://www.google.com/ and type in:
+blog+"growing roses" (only 12 matches for this one) but it gives me the list of blogs on the subject, now create a file in your favourites to bookmark and place the best blogs. You now have a resource to check out the competition, analyze their keywords and you can see what's new for your chosen subject.

Ok, you've set up your first blog, now what to do with it. I launched my site, but how to get visitors to come in droves. I grappled with this question for several weeks, I am not a techie, I am not a specialist in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and then I came across a must have resource.

It is a newly released, hot-selling e-book that literlly takes you by the hand and shows you how to gain ranking in the major search engines. I personally own this e-book and it will walk you thru the abc's of becoming a successful blogger. The book is thin, only 40 + pages but the info is very current and relevant for now.

If you are thinking of a blogging business for sometime in the far future, then this book is probably not for you. I say that, because in this internet world things change fast and the smart people that get in at the beginning of the swell will be able to take advantage of the blogging revolution and may make some decent dollars doing it.

Go here if you want to see what all of the fuss is about :
http://tinyurl.com/mf6ar

This e-book has been personally endorsed by the likes of Michael Green and Mark Hendricks.

I hope that the above information has been of value to you and that you will stop back once and awhile. Feel free to post your comments.

Thank you for your valuable time, I will leave you with this thought;

Doubt can only be removed by Action!

Article written by:
Jackie Bigford
Internet Marketing for Newbies
http://super--blogger.blogspot.com
http://newbieprofitsnow.blogspot.com

You are free to republish this article as long as the links remain intact and you reprint it exactly as it is written.