A quick hands up if you signed up for any of the social networking sites I listed in my last post. Now keep your hands up if you have already ran out of friends and family to sign up with you? Again, keep your hands up if your friends and family looked at you funny when you explained what you were doing?
Ahh…let me count…yup just about all of you! I know the difficulty that comes with that initial shock of what you are doing. What you are asking your friends and family to do. I still get those looks and comments. I just don’t let it bug me anymore. I know what I’m doing and I’m doing it well. I’m achieving my goals and do right by my family at the same time. That is pleasing enough. Moral of my “bird walk” is that you need to have a can do attitude, you need determination and you need to know your goals.
Today, I’m going to talk about what internet marketing actually is. Explain what traffic exchanges are and why they are awesome! Ha ha. My next blog will be an overview of setting goals and achieving them.
What is internet marketing? Basic terms it is advertising and selling products and ideas over the internet, email and socially. Internet marketing uses it’s own set of companies and programs that work towards the needs of the advertisers.
There are a couple different ways to get a product or company out to people online. You want to know SEO (Search engine optimization) so that your website or blog has the best chances of popping up within search engines. Then you can use pay-per-click (PPC) sites where other internet marketers view your ads to gain credit to show their ads for free. You can use traffic exchanges (TE’s) which are basically social sites that allow you to again view other marketers’ websites and make connections with other internet marketers. There are mass email sites and creating newsletters to email to customers.
You can also advertise for companies by writing blogs and articles that are published online. Advertisers specifically hire bloggers (whose blogs they like and have lots of activity) to write reviews on their products or up coming products. That’s also where you run into market research and paid surveys. These methods of internet marketing are what helps business know what customers want, what they like and don’t like, and what their overall opinion is. These methods have been around for years they were just done without the use of the internet to open up the sample number.
Now the questions come up about what is advertised and where. Well, I’m here to help with that. I want to help guide you through some of the internet marketing world. I say some because what makes a great blogger and marketer is reading and research. You need to know all you need to know when you are marketing for businesses. You need to inform yourself so you don’t get scammed. Yes scams are out there and they get easier to fall for when using the internet. I hope I can help you get to where I am without going through all the hardships I did.
Make sure you are making connections on those social networking sites. You want to ask questions and read blogs. Check out programs and google them. Get to know what is out there. Learn the ropes. Read. Oh, and keep reading my blog too, please?
Back to my original questions. How do you get other people to join to help boost your income within social networking when you have ran out of friends and family? Start advertising the social sites. This is the simplest way to get started.
Every profile you opened at the social networking sites gave you an individualized referral link. For example, my referral link for the social site SideTick is http://www.sidetick.com/signup.php?signup_referer=34057. You want to find those links for all the sites you signed up for. Copy and paste these links to a word document or something to put it somewhere you can get to easily.
Traffic exchanges allow you to post a website page using your referral link to add to their rotation of websites. You login to “surf” internet sites and a timer allows each site to appear on your screen anywhere from 8 to 30 seconds, depending on the traffic exchange. You gain credits for “surfing” the sites. You than use your credits for free website views of your promotions. Seems a little crazy I know, but honestly it works great. It especially works great when you are marketing products or programs online that can be marketed by others online. Internet marketers will eat up a great program or idea! I learned that from chatting while surfing. *wink wink
All five of those sites have produced good results for me. You will find out that there are a bunch of traffic exchanges and pay-per-click sites. These five are literally just a drop in a bucket. I will be adding pages to my blog soon that lists all the sites I have discovered that allows you to surf for free advertising. You can also join my newsletter and get more information than what I put in my blog.
Between the social sites and the traffic exchanges there is a good start to internet marketing and making money online. In order to receive a little training that goes along with how to find links and where to post them and how to track them. You want to check out Click Track Profit. This site shows you the three easy steps to marketing your business online. If you serious about making money online than you want to check out Click Track Profit.
I think I have filled your head with a lot of things to think about and enough to research for yourself for one day. Until next post.
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