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Social media is an excellent resource for every type of business—brick and mortar, online, or both. Twitter is one of the biggest social media networks out there, which means you’re missing out if you aren’t maximizing your tweeting potential. Here’s how to get more Twitter followers for your business, both the easy way and the hard way.
1. The Easy Way – Buying Your Followers
Social media can feel like a popularity contest—people judge the importance and prestige of their peers based on a single number: how many followers. The more followers you have, the easier it is to accrue even more followers. But how do you get people interested in the first place, when you’re just starting out? One shortcut that’s been gaining momentum recently is the practice of buying Twitter followers. If you want to buy some fake followers to raise your profile, all you need to do is visit one of the many third-party websites offering the service, enter your credit card number and Twitter handle, and you could gain thousands of “fans” over the course of a couple days. Prices vary, though it tends to be relatively inexpensive: some sites offer 1,000 followers for only $5. Though the practice is technically against Twitter’s terms of service, it’s incredibly widespread; high percentages of even the most famous tweeters’ followers are fake. Read More
Social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon, Digg and Typepad have been a social craze among bloggers nowadays. Not only because users in social media are more fond of sharing stuff that they find interesting to their friends and network, but this is mainly because of the huge potential social bookmarking holds to drive traffic to their blog sites. How can social bookmarking sites help save you time and energy, and keep you ahead of your competitors? In this article, we’ll find out the answers and you will also learn how you can take advantage of these sites for your own blog. Read More
We all are well aware about the importance, dos- don’ts and basic etiquettes associated with email marketing. But one question that intrigued and amazed me was why this marketing option enjoys the monopoly in the social marketing world. True, it has the ability and scope to reach out and engage maximum customers but so does the other online marketing tools. Then where does the difference lie? To discuss it and compare it with other marketing tools, here are few points that deserve consideration: Read More
Nobody likes to fail. Unfortunately, it’s a part of business, and while “I succeed because I fail” is somewhat of a cliche, it still rings very true, and there are real lessons to be learned from not coming up on top. Besides the somewhat obvious “soft lessons” we gain from failing time and again, there are also more direct ways we can leverage failure to come up significantly better than we were before.
While not all of these answers may be directly applicable to your business, hopefully they will offer enough motivation that when you suffer your next, inevitable dip in business, you’ll see opportunity through that collapse. Read More
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Did you know that some online marketers are banking 5 to 6 figures monthly by just using forum marketing?
If you use forum marketing correctly you can make a very nice living out of it, plus reinvest money into other online marketing avenues and keep as much money in the bank as possible. To excel in forum marketing you have to acquire very specific criteria of skills that will enable you to generate the amount of money you want.
Let’s have a look at 3 main factors of successful forum marketing. Read More
Perhaps you are just now considering a career move into the world of online marketing. Or, you have been working at it for a while and just can’t get the production up where you want it to be. Technology plays a large role in keeping the business rolling along.
I had the pleasure of listening to Justin Martell, the son of James and Arlene Martell, of the Affiliate Buzz. If you are unfamiliar with it, the Buzz is a series of podcasts hosted by the Martells to provide information and tips on how to best succeed in an online business. Read More
Earlier this week, we’ve discussed techniques for managing blog content and design. Now that you’ve mastered these essential topics, it’s time to focus on developing your followers. Here are my stand-by techniques for promoting your Tumblr or your Blogger (or both!) after you’ve created a well-designed blog with quality content.
The “Ask” Box
On Tumblr, the Ask box is your best tool if you want to get followers. You can use it to create relationships, ask bloggers to check out your blog and drive traffic to your blog. One word of caution—do not be insincere when you ask people to check out your blog. One of the most disappointing messages a blogger can receive is “Hey, I love your blog, do you mind checking mine out?” because it’s clear that the compliment is hollow. Bloggers understand that you want to gain followers, so be direct and ask them to check out your blog—they will understand what you are trying to do and they will look at your blog. Bloggers have feelings too! Read More
Question and answer websites have remained pretty popular over the years. But they have limited function, which is why they are usually last resort options for those who need to find something out. Most will turn to Google, or a forum or someone they know – which works well enough with most queries.
But what if you want to create a sharable blogging resource, like a network, where people can mentor one another on specific subjects? For example, a mentor network based around online marketing as it currently stands, or maybe graphic design in advertising or WordPress themes, etc. What do you do then, when endlessly posting questions or advice just isn’t feasible?
Luckily, it isn’t hard to build a mentor network these days, not with the many sites dedicated to professional or educational social connections which are being built around question and answer content. Here are five that you can use to make your own. Read More
You’ve probably listened to guru advice on how to make money online before, and if you’ve ever tried any of these advices before you’d have noticed how ineffective they usually are.
For example, most top marketers and bloggers will want you to believe that the best way to make money online as a blogger is by starting a blog that teaches people how to make money blogging, and possibly selling your own information product on the subject. The problem with this advice is that it rarely works; not only because most of us aren’t as passionate about the blogging and make money niche as we are about other things, but because there are so many blogs on this subject that it is very difficult to stand out. Read More
Do you know the most discouraging piece of advice for a new freelancer?
Do not look at the online job boards or content mills to find jobs. They contain nothing but ads from trashy, greedy businesses waiting to take advantage of people who do not know any better. Also, be wary of people asking for free samples and do not apply for jobs that offer you a $5 fee, per article.
Well, there is no doubt that most expert advisers and freelance veterans want to protect us. Certainly, we have all heard the horror stories going around, highlighting clients from hell. The exact, same type of client we are being warned against.
While experts may have their hearts in the right place, I do not agree that we should ignore all job boards.
Content mills – yes, job boards – no! Read More