Saturday, 30 March 2013

5 Ideas For How To Make Money Online From Home

Let's go over 5 ideas to make money online from the comfort of your own home. 

The task of making money on the internet is not that hard. But in reality, many people struggle to ever make their 1st commission let alone earn a full-time income online.

So in this article I will discuss 5 proven ideas to make money online and reveal how you can mesh them together into a unique online business model.

1. Affiliate Marketing - This is one of the easiest ways to earn money on the internet for beginners. You just make commissions by selling other peoples products. What I see in this industry is newbies trying to create their own products and just getting overwhelmed with all the complexities that it entails. However, when you promote an existing product online you shortcut the complicated stuff and just cut to the getting paid side of things!

2. Network Marketing - Traditional offline network marketing with old school companies such as Amway and Herbalife can be quite tricky for the beginner. However, when you take this model to the internet then you can do very well with internet based network marketing opportunities. These companies will give you all you need to succeed right out of the box including a lead capture system, sales funnel, and internet marketing training material.

3. Freelance Writing - Lots of people prefer to get paid by writing on the internet because it is more predictable income than trying to build your own business. If that is how you feel, then you are likely to find a steady stream of paid online article writing jobs from freelance websites like Elance and Odesk as well as contacting webmasters directly. There is a constant demand for fresh new content to be produced so this is a popular way to earn money from home part time.

4. Paid Surveys - This is another form of work from home job. You do not need any special skills to make money online by filling out surveys and companies are always on the lookout for people to do so. The money is low, but if you get through enough of them in a day then it can add up to a respectable amount. The reason companies want people to do these surveys is for lead generation and market research purposes.

5. Blogging - You can make money blogging by creating your own blog and publishing fresh new content to it each and every day. The key is to write simple posts that help solve problems for visiting searching for these answers via the search engines. If you stay consistent with your blogging then over time you will have a steady stream of free website traffic as a result of this. The aim is to pick out high quality affiliate programs to promote to your visitors. But the first part of the puzzle, is to get the blog traffic coming in.

Do social media ads really work? We put them to the test! By Christopher Null

Social media sites already offer free advertising in the form of tweets and Facebook posts, but these tools can only take your brand so far. The next step involves paying for social media ads, and if you're considering this option, you're probably most concerned with one big question: What will my return actually be? Will spending money on an ad on Twitter or Facebook bring more customers to my business than the same amount spent on Google AdWords?
I put that question to the test by setting up experimental ads across five services: Google AdWords, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon. I wanted to see exactly how these tools benefited my own content-creation and corporate blogging business. Indeed, Null Media is exactly the kind of small business that could benefit from social media ads—in theory.

Google AdWords: The baseline

Google's own ad for AdWords
First, a few words about the baseline for this experiment—Google AdWords—where I had already been running ads for several months. For this test run, I raised my overall budget to $25 a day to make it comparable with the social media sites being evaluated. (See page 2 for how I tested.) I quickly discovered that my budget wasn't being exhausted because my bids were too low. By raising these bids to about $2 per click, in line with other services reviewed here, I received more traffic, but not much.
Over the course of the ad run, at both low and high bids, I received 13,970 impressions and got 65 clicks for a total of $80.74. That's an 0.47 percent clickthrough rate at an average price of $1.24 per click.
The verdict: What may sound like poor performance is actually quite good, and since those ads are delivered to people who are actively searching for terms I'm targeting with my keyword ads, that represents a worthwhile investment.

Facebook: Heavy exposure, light clickthrough

Over 1 billion served, but what about your customers?
Setting up my ad with Facebook was by far my most complicated experience with these services, although its management system and tracking services are quite powerful. The hassles began right from the beginning. I waited all day for my first ad to be approved, but it was "pending" indefinitely. I canceled it and tried again the next day, and it was abruptly approved within minutes.
My ad on Facebook
Facebook offers both CPC (cost per click) and CPM (cost per thousand impressions) ads. I settled on a CPC ad, targeting Facebook users who expressed an interest in various business topics, with a bid of $0.15 per click. Twelve hours later, the ad had received no impressions, likely because the bid was far too low. Facebook suggested a higher bid of $0.57, which got things moving, but slowly. A day later, Facebook's reporting tool suggested an even higher bid of $1.41. Again, impressions increased, but not clicks. Another day later, I raised the bid yet again to $2, at which point Facebook suggested a bid between $2.58 and a whopping $7.30 per click.
The final ad results from Facebook.
What was going on here? I'm still baffled. Is Facebook's ad bidding a bait-and-switch system or just bad programming? Regardless of how much you pay, Facebook encourages you to pay even more. Yes, higher bids result in additional clicks because your ad is displayed more often, but shouldn't Facebook's system be smarter about its recommendations?
After four days, the numbers were in, at a mammoth 253,207 impressions and a mere 25 clicks. The total clickthrough rate was an infinitesimal 0.01 percent, at a total expense of $37.70. That works out to an average CPC of $1.51.
The verdict: The numbers aren't terrible, and the heavy exposure, even without many clicks, is worth something. However, the scant number of actual visits makes me wonder if Facebook was the wrong venue for this ad. (My business page did, however, get one extra "Like" during the ad run.)

LinkedIn: Making impressions, not leads

LinkedIn makes a special pitch for SMBs.
I'm advertising a B2B service, so LinkedIn sounded like a perfect match. Like Facebook, LinkedIn offers both CPM and CPC ads, so I gave a CPM ad a whirl for my first day, bidding the minimum allowed rate of $2 per 1000 impressions, targeting a fairly broad segment of LinkedIn users with job descriptions relevant to my product.
My final LinkedIn ad.
My ad began showing within about 10 minutes, and took off. I hit my $25 limit within an hour. The results for this first day were 13,643 impressions and 6 clicks, for a 0.044 percent clickthrough rate and a whopping $4.17 CPC.
The CPM ad did not feel cost-effective, so I switched to a $2 CPC bid and turned on the "Collect Leads" option, which encourages people who click on your ad to provide contact information.
LinkedIn results.
The final tally: After four days, my ad had 51,192 impressions, 13 clicks, and a low 0.025 percent clickthrough rate. My total spend was $41.50 for a $3.19 average CPC. Take out the first CPM-ad day, and the clickthrough suffers—a net 0.019 percent rate—but the CPC of $2.36 (more than my bid, oddly) is more affordable. I never received any leads from LinkedIn, however.
The verdict: After my ad ended, LinkedIn emailed suggestions on improving my ad's performance.  It said the site's "better performing ads" averaged a 0.02 percent CPC, so my ad actually seems to have been a pretty solid performer for LinkedIn, compared to those by other advertisers.

Twitter: Clickworthy yet costly

Twitter has just beefed up its ad analytics.
Setting up ads on Twitter is fast and painless. I submitted a single promotional tweet linking back to my home page, with a $25 per day budget and a per-click cost between a penny and $1.50.
My ad attracted two new followers.
Twitter's fees are set dynamically, but the variability built in to the rate is confusing and disarming. My first click cost $1.30, but I'm not sure why, and Twitter doesn't do a good job of explaining how rates are set. However, Twitter did suggest that my ad might generate between 62 and 104 clicks per day. (I skipped the option to pay more to promote my Twitter account directly.)
My ads began showing up within minutes. There doesn't appear to be any manual approval process. Reporting is simple and straightforward.
Twitter results.
Ultimately, Twitter did not perform as well as promised. After four days, the ad received just 67 clicks, under a quarter of the 248 minimum clicks promised for a four-day run. The ad was promoted 7529 times, which works out to a great clickthrough rate of .89 percent. That's double the rate I got with Google AdWords, and at a CPC of 94 cents, it was the least expensive investment of the bunch on a per-click basis, too. (I also got two new followers on Twitter along the way.)
The verdict: The total expense of $62.87 is pricey for such a small number of impressions, but the clickthrough rate is still impressive.

StumbleUpon: Cost-effective without clickthrough

StumbleUpon's ad results were surprising.
At StumbleUpon you don't bid for impressions. Instead, you pay a flat rate to have your ad displayed to "stumblers" as they use the website. You don't write ad copy and you don't even have to rely on an ad being clicked upon. The page you're advertising just appears in the Stumble flow of users as they click along. Ad impressions cost a flat 10 cents each, an amazing bargain.
I paid $100 up front and set a $25 daily limit for my ad to be displayed to users with an interest in business topics, then submitted my Null Media home page for review. StumbleUpon's evaluation took about six hours, at which point my ad began displaying. (Make sure you submit each page you're advertising to the regular StumbleUpon system as well, because the ad reporting tool tracks both paid and organic Stumbles.)
StumbleUpon ads: A sleeper hit?
Because no bidding system or variability is involved, StumbleUpon's tracking is very straightforward. Over four days, my ad was displayed 1001 times (or 250 times a day at 10 cents each), and my website received a surprisingly high 397 organic stumbles on top of that. While I paid $0.10 per paid ad view, the "effective" cost per view including the organic stumbles was just $0.072 per view.
The verdict: These are very cheap ads, but the effectiveness of advertising a B2B service on a heavily consumer-focused service is also questionable. Click the Reports link under your Account profile to generate a more detailed look at who looked at your ad and for how long.

The takeaway

First, the results of this experiment are hardly scientific, given the small budget and limited amount of time. Plus, my ads targeted business buyers, not general consumers. A test of ads promoting a hangover remedy product or a novelty wristwatch would likely have yielded far different results. That said, here are the most helpful observations:
  • Facebook ads appear particularly ineffective at getting clicks, possibly because users have already become accustomed to ignoring these ad placements due to their location. Experiment with low CPC bids on Facebook when getting your feet wet.
  • LinkedIn is easily the most expensive service on which to advertise, and clickthrough rates are low.
  • Twitter's almost 1 percent clickthrough rate is double the rate of AdWords, and far and away the best I encountered. Ads are surprisingly cheap. It's difficult to target your ads on Twitter, but they still appear effective despite this limitation. Perhaps that's because promoted tweets are virtually impossible for users to ignore.
  • StumbleUpon is a great option for extremely inexpensive ads, and if you are targeting a broad swath of consumers, it's definitely worth a look.
If you're sold on social media advertising, consider these tips before you begin.
  • Start small. Set a very low budget for a CPC (not CPM) ad, and let it run for as long as you can to get a sense of how it's performing. Tweak the ad frequently and track your results. Some services let you run multiple versions of the same ad, so you can compare results among them.
  • Clicks aren't everything. Despite getting hundreds of clicks over hundreds of thousands of impressions, my business didn't net any new clients from these ads. Understand what value your clicks actually bring to you, and make sure your ROI is positive after you have sufficient history to examine.
  • Think about your target market. It's an old adage that "Twitter is for business" and "Facebook is for fun." My experimental results bore this out, so think carefully about what social networks your potential customers are likely to be using before charging ahead.

How I Tested

How effective is a social media billboard?
The budget for these tests was small and the timeline compressed, so consider these results to be anecdotal instead of scientific. It's impossible to run the identical ad across all social networks, but I tried to keep as many variables as consistent as possible. For example:
  • I allocated a maximum budget of $100 for each social network, to be split up over four consecutive days, $25 per day. (Most services did not use the full budget.)
  • I ran a baseline of four days of Google AdWords advertising, with the same budget, before running the social ads. I then shut off AdWords.
  • I designed all advertising to send traffic to the home page of my business, Null Media, and not to various social network profile pages, in order to better compare those results with AdWords' results.
  • I tested each social network consecutively, and ads were programmed so they did not overlap.
  • If an ad network did not use up its ad budget for a day (due to the vagaries of the way ads are presented and bid upon), I did not extend the length of the experiment. Shortcomings in budget expenditures are noted.
  • I tracked results using the services provided by each social media site.
  • When at all possible, I used both the same criteria for the desired viewers of an ad (such as location, demographics, and occupation) and the same ad copy and imagery.
  • I kept all social media accounts active by posting fresh content, two to three times daily, across each account. Some content linked back to the Null Media target domain; some did not.

By Christopher Null, Article source:

Friday, 29 March 2013

Facebook considers using hashtags like Twitter does to follow the money

Data-mining is fast becoming the purpose of Facebook as Facebook is preparing to roll out hashtags on the giant social network, opening up another front in its intensifying battle with Twitter for people's attention, according to the March 15, 2013 news article, "Facebook hashtags? Annoying Twitter feature is data-mining." Facebook will have one more way to sell when it makes its announcement, according to today's news article, "Copying Twitter Hashtags Gives Facebook Yet Another Way to Sell."
Facebook is testing whether to follow Twitter's lead and allow users to click on a hashtag to pull up all posts about similar topics or events, reports the Wall Street Journal today in its news article, "Facebook Working on Incorporating the Hashtag." Catching up to Twitter and other rivals, the company will incorporate hashtags into its network, The Wall Street Journal reports. See, " Facebook to roll out hashtags, step up competition with Twitter."
Facebook is reportedly considering co-opting Twitter and following its previous aping of the Twitter model of following strangers and sharing content publicly. Each time you click on a hashtag, you'll see numerous other posts with the same tag. The goal is to show what's trending.
Then the most popular pages on social media can be tracked and used to generate more advertising money by studying demographics and popularity in trends. What goes viral can be a money-maker. To see what's trending in Facebook, follow the money as Facebook looks at what's happening with Twitter in the competition between the two social media giants.
Facebook is testing the idea of supporting the use of hashtags in posts to the social network, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Facebook has declined to comment on the reports. Hashtags first emerged on Twitter.
Many people not familiar with social media don't know how a hashtag is used presently or in the past, unless they're in the publishing or other media-related industry. Hashtags are preceded by a hash mark ("#"). They're used because they can be tracked and aggregated on Twitter as they would presumably be on Facebook, if Facebook decides to use them. Twitter shows which tags are trending.
Hashtags will be used Facebook if it decides to use them as 'vectors' that point direction to advertisers of what's trending online as most popular social media
When you have a device that points direction (a vector), then advertisers can pay to promote their own hashtags alongside Twitter's list of most common hashtags, if Facebook incorporates the use of hashtags.
Pages that show the most posts, and therefore the greatest 'trends' linked to a particular hashtag means that advertising can make more money on those pages. Just follow the money by following the trend popoularity. That becomes the direction or 'vector' advertisers follow.
On Facebook, advertisers could hypothetically "promote" user posts that contain particular hashtags just as they now promote "likes" of their business pages, notes the March 15, 2013 CNN news article by Ryan Tate, "Copying Twitter hashtags another way for Facebook to make money."
Promoted posts could receive longer and more prominent placement on Facebook's News Feed
If you look at the more numerous non-promoted items, they're simply sorted by relevance. It appears that mostly the highest trending pages would get attention through prominent placement because the pages are emphasized and promoted more when they're trending or more popular than the importance of the information to making the world healthier, more peaceful, or more sustainable in many instances.
The reason is as you follow the money, the popularity goes to the sites that go more viral in how many people pay attention to them. Yet, if people don't know they exist because they're not prominent or promoted, they won't get the chance to know how valuable the information could be to individuals who need the information to thrive.
It's as if more attention is paid to the lives of celebrities than to the latest discoveries in medicine, technology, or education. Celebrity, royalty, or very wealthy people's choices in diets, fashions, or health solutions usually trend higher in popularity than choices by scientists, teachers, or librarians. How hashtags generate money is through advertising on the most popular pages online.
People usually follow the rich and famous or the most heavily promoted and prominent rather than the quietest information resources or databases online, even though those pages may have the most current information waiting for the media to broadcast. Facebook and Twitter appear to attract similar social media audiences. Which one will attract the most readers in the near future?
The 'war' between Facebook and Twitter in the tech press
Competition between Twitter and Facebook is viewed by the media as a 'war' between Facebook and Twitter that's framed in the technical media. On one hand, Facebook is vying and competing vigorously for the attention of its users in order to generate more money from its advertisers.
If you follow the money, the outcome is predicted to be whatever will have the greatest ability to grow more advertising dollars. That's the only way to make money in social media--by keeping and adding paying advertisers on the Facebook pages, or for Twitter, on the Twitter sites. Hashtags will be one more way to track the trends.
By Anne Hart.  Article source:

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Can Facebook Graph Search Help You Make Money? [Infographics]

Can Facebook Graph Search make you money?
Believe it or not, Facebook Graph Search has the infrastructure behind it to make it one of the best tools for small businesses that want to expand their social outreach and potentially make some money down the line.
Because Facebook Graph Search uses connections on the social network to provide relevant and personalized search results, there’s a huge opportunity for small businesses to grow naturally, via digitized word-of-mouth (which is trusted by 92 percent of consumers).
“Graph search could help over 13 million small businesses get discovered,” said Facebook’s Dan Levy.
As far as infographics go, this one below is probably one of the most complete and informative I’ve seen in a while, especially if you’re a business owner who is curious about how Facebook Graph Search will affect you. Heck, it’s even useful if you’re still not entirely clear what Facebook Graph Search is!
Check it out below, via Advantage Capital Funds and Neomam Studios:
Facebook Graph Search Infographic

By Dusten Carlson, Article source:

8 Effective Ways To Use Google Analytics

8 Effective Ways To Use Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website. By installing it on your website you can keep track of what is happening. It is considered to be a very effective tool for business websites in order to measure the conversion and sales. However many business owners do not make the right use of the data that the Google Analytics provide, due to the lack of skills and knowledge on how to make use of it effectively.

In order to make use of this service effectively for your business websites, here are a few important and principal tips that you can follow for making the right use of the data.

1) Set Your Goals

For an effective use of the analytics, it is important to have a certain unique goal for your website. You need to make your head clear about what course of action would you want from the customers who visit your website. This can include many things like making a purchase, signing up, filling a form, downloading a file etc. 

For example with a customer who makes a purchase from your website, you would know that who and how they visited your website and there would be a certain record saved which can be very useful to the analytics. Without such goals, analytics will become useless for you.

2) Creating A Dashboard

Creating a dashboard will help you manage your analytics inside a feasible size. The dashboard can contain the information that is important to your business website.

You can allow your dashboard to maintain information about the incoming visitors or the keywords that are used to search your website. It will help maintain important information about which content on your website is popular among the readers.

3) Track of Branded & Non-Branded Traffic

Apart from the already regular customers/visitors that you have, you should also be in constant hunt for new customers or visitors who might be interested to make a purchase from your business website. For this you will need to search for keywords that best suit the search for your website and make it easily visible on your website. 

Set up your analytics to show you the amount of traffic received, as well as which branded and non-branded terms visitors use to find your site.

4) Create Social Channels

Setting up analytics for your social media profiles such as twitter and Facebook can be really helpful. They will monitor your social media activities and give you important results like how much traffic is generated through your social media channel as well as the number of conversions resulting from your social activities. 

5) Video Event Tracking

In case you are marketing your business with online videos and visual promos, it is important to keep track of the number of people who have watched your videos. 

This will be effectively and accurately calculated by the Google Analytics, which provides you with results of how many times are users interacting with your website content and videos. To insert the tracking code on your website, you might need the help of a professional web developer.

6) Site Search

You will need to enable your site search tracking which will help you notify about what search are people making to lead themselves to your business website. This will also notify you about what kind of information are people looking for. In addition, analytics will show you how long they remained on your site, the number of pages browsed and whether they met any of your set goals.

7) Marketing Strategy Tracking

Different business websites run different campaign for marketing their online business. These marketing strategies can include social media activities, email marketing and link submission. You can set up your analytics to show which activities are producing the best results for your business.

For the same kind of marketing information that you share on two different social media, like the Twitter an Facebook, analytics will show you result about which generated a better response. 

8) Cross Domain Tracking

As some business are running across different domains, analytics can help you monitor results across these different domains. By different domains it primarily means a website, blog and a possible e-commerce sites of the same business hosted on different domains. You will need to acquire assistance of a professional web developer in this case though.You can set up your analytics to show which activities are producing the best results for your business.

With all the above mentioned tips applied, you can make use of the Google Analytics quite effectively for  fruitful results. 

Author: SAAD ISKANDER   Article Source:

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Use Social Media Websites To Your Advantage

It’s challenging to keep up with all the new information online that can benefit your business. A constant influx of new websites, strategies, and market entrants can make running an online business exciting yet simultaneously intimidating. One such cutting edge marketing strategy is using social media. To do this effectively, you have to know how it works, though. This social media marketing advice will make you part of the social media revolution in no time flat.

Ways To Use Social Media For Business

In order to avoid offending followers, be sure you do not post content with a heavily political or personal message. Although it’s great to show that you are human with a great personality, putting too much info out there can be quite a put-off. Always write conversationally while sticking to your niche at the same time.
When developing your company’s design for social networks, include more imagery than just your company logo. Your customers will like that you are a real person so you want to show them photos and other content that will reflect this.
Don’t use your profile as a place to excessively post every aspect of your day. Although it is good to let others know more about you and your company, other methods of communication are also encouraged.
Let your followers know of some of the accomplishments your business has earned. This is strange, but people like seeing social credentials prior to interacting with you. You should blog about these friends and share them on Facebook and Twitter. Link to your other social media profiles, also.
A good method to use to get more subscribers to your social media profiles is to offer limited deals exclusive to your followers. By doing this, your followers can feel like they’re part of some exclusive club if they receive special offers, and this can also increase your profits.
It takes time and patience to build any kind of social media network for marketing. It is not likely that you will develop a long list of followers quickly. While it is possible to create an “instant hit” that goes viral within hours, that is not the norm. Take your time and be patient, and you will attract followers before long.
Take advantage of the power of social media websites to research new products or services or analyze reactions to old ones. People love to give their opinions on products, so they’ll likely oblige you if you ask them. They can give you information you did not realize about your product, which you can use to make improvements.
Learn how to listen to your customers and followers. Follow up on every bit of feedback you get. Thank everyone who gives you feedback, and offer some follow-up questions in order to understand the feedback more fully. Make sure to mine your feedback for notes, and you might start seeing trends in your feedback you can act on.
One great way to generate interest in your products and services through social media is by hosting online question and answer sessions. This is one way to glean clientele, and give you a reputation as an authority in your niche. This interactive method of communicating will bond you with your customers and help keep them loyal.

Best Time To Use Social Media Websites

Take note of the time of the day that you get the most responses and re-tweets on your account. Once you identify any patterns, adjust the time you send your tweets. If your messages are automated, modify your settings so that new tweets are posted during the times when your followers are especially active.
You should do your homework about the many choices open to you in social media advertising before starting your campaign. Each one of these social media websites has its own unique set of offerings, and learning what they are can help you get the most benefit from your time spent on them. Perhaps one of your social media sites reaches a larger number of people and is a better place to spend most of your time.

Social Media Contests

To help build up a larger customer base, hold a giveaway! To enter the giveaway, require individuals to like you on Facebook or follow your Twitter account. No matter what the prizes are, you’ll be gaining a lot of exposure.
You can enhance the effectiveness of your social media promotions by encouraging your potential buyers to take part in a photo contest involving your company’s brand. Inform your followers that whoever submits the most unique photograph that somehow incorporates your brand into it will win a prize. Any photos they take for your contest are likely to get shared in their own personal networks, giving your brand exposure to individuals that might not be aware of you.
Always take the time to look over your Facebook content or Twitter post for errors before you hit the submit button. It is important to make your page look professional. You can use some abbreviations, but be careful when using them. Your content should be attractive, concise and relevant.

Social Media

Check what your competitors are doing. Seek them out on various social networks and see what marketing techniques they are using. Your goal is to develop a campaign that is more interesting than what your competitors are doing: use new tools, better content and more interesting discounts.
You can not only effectively market your business using social media, but can also have fun doing it. You should try different approaches to see which way suits your needs the best. The Internet offers a great way to reach out and find new customers, employing new methods first is critical. Learn the tricks of the social media trade, and improve the profitability of your business.

By Robby Cox.  Article source:

Monday, 11 March 2013

How To Use Social Media To Find A Job

Social media is by nature random. That’s why you, along with coworkers, your mom and even your cat-loving recluse aunt, may find yourself posting memes onFacebook, tweeting nothing-in-particulars, and endorsing every imaginable skill of your LinkedIn contacts. There’s nothing wrong with any of that. But if you want to use social media to find a job, it’s better to be more deliberate. Here are some steps to take.
Target your search. Posting a Facebook status saying, “I want a job. Who can help me?” will get you nowhere. Not only are you being far too vague, but you are choosing the wrong channel for such a plea.  Instead of using Facebook, which emphasizes friends, it’s better to focus your job hunting onLinkedIn, which is purely professional. Create a LinkedIn account, if you don’t have one already, and make sure you have optimized it. (See “What To Say On LinkedIn When You’ve Been Laid Off.”)
Then use the site to its fullest by connecting with contacts. LinkedIn helps you do that by asking to connect to your email and Facebook accounts to match any of your friends who are also on LinkedIn. This is the key for LinkedIn success: transitioning useful contacts from your recreational social circles into your professional circles.
Create a Google+ profile and design it in a similar fashion. Only after you have used these two professional sources should you direct your job-hunting efforts to Facebook and Twitter.
Personalize your message. Just having profiles on different social networks is not enough to find a job. You need to carefully craft the messages you’re sending. Blasting generic messages is equivalent walking down a busy street shouting that you are looking for work; you are speaking to nobody in particular and wasting your time.
A better strategy is to make a list of people with experience, contacts or knowledge of the industry in which you want to work. You can search keywords on LinkedIn or Google+ for industries or positions. Once you have a list of prospects and contacts, you can target your message to this group.
Rather than sending overly generic messages, craft targeted outreaches to those who can help you the most. Facebook statuses are almost worthless because of their broad scope and because only a small percentage of your network actually see them. Instead, send personal messages to contacts, introducing yourself and briefly explaining your interest in their field. Also consider joining some specific LinkedIn groups or Facebook pages to keep up to date on openings and connect with industry professionals.
Mind your online manners. Remember that if your social networking is successful, you may actually wind up meeting the people you are interacting with face-to-face. So keep all of your correspondences professional and courteous.
Be especially wary when using more personal platforms such as Facebook or Twitter where you may have photos or information that you would not want a potential employer to see. Don’t write anything you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. When describing your work, choose businesslike descriptions such as, “goal-oriented,” “seizes initiative” and “creative thinker.” Use a professional looking profile picture on LinkedIn and Google+.
Anticipate the next step. Social media is just a way to engage potential employers. You still need a resume in printed and digital format. And if you’re lucky enough to land an interview, make sure you research the company’s history, structure, products and services before you show up.
By Erik Bowitz, senior social media strategist at Resume Companion.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

How To Get Free Traffic From Page 1 of Google in 7 Minutes?

I just recorded a video tutorial on how to get free traffic from page 1 of Google in 7 minutes.

You can see that by using a powerful tool called Webfire, in just a few minutes, you can find all the top ranked blogs, forums and Q&A sites in your niche, where I can leave a comment, post or reply for instant exposure, leads, and high quality backlinks. 

This valuable Webfire tool is my "right hand man".  It can also help
  • Research the best domain name for quickly getting high rankings in Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
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