What Home-Based Business Is Right For You?


If you are looking for a home based business or any other way to make money working at home, then you have probably been overwhelmed with the information available online. You cant search for work at home on the internet without being bombarded by a million and one ads all of which claim to be the BEST work at home opportunity.

So how do you know which one really is the best? Well, there are a lot of factors, but Ive tried my best to highlight some of the items to consider before jumping into a new business venture.

My first recommendation is to answer the following questions as honestly as you can:

*How much time are you willing to invest in a job/business?

*Do you want to work 100% from home or would you be able to work outside the home a set number of hours per week?

*How much money are you comfortable with spending to start a business?

*How much money do you expect to make from your business?

*Do you enjoy working with people (in person, over the phone, online)?

*Do you enjoy sales?

*Do you prefer to work alone or with a group of people?

Once you have the answers to these questions, you are better equipped to tackle the mounds of advertisements for work at home opportunities. The next step is to see how well your needs/wants/likes fit into the businesses available to you.

Before agreeing to any type of business, find someone who is already doing the business and ask them the following questions:

*How much time do you work each week?

*What does your average daily business activities consist of? (This will give you a better idea of what type of work is involved and whether or not it is for you.

*What costs are involved in start-op? Ongoing operational expenses?

*Do I need employees?

*What is the product or service you sell?

*How much money can I REALISTICALLY expect to make working x number of hours per week? (x being the number of hours you are willing to work)

Now that you have your answers, go ahead and write down the top 3 business opportunities that appeal to you. Then think it over for a while. Starting a new business should never be a spontaneous decision especially if there is a large financial investment. Take some time at least a couple weeks! and sincerely think about and compare each opportunity until you feel confident with the one youve chosen.

In closing, I do have a couple warnings for you when searching for that golden opportunity.

*If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.

*You should NEVER…I repeat NEVER have to pay someone just to receive information about a job or business opportunity

*If an advertisement seems incredibly vague, it is most definitely intentional.

A good number of too good to be true offers dont give you all the details up front because they know if they do, no one would be interested.

Most importantly, be well informed. Do not give ANYONE your hard-earned money until you have the answers to your questions and the confidence in making the right financial decision.

Marketing Your Video – 5 Minutes Of Quality


When it comes to that all important website traffic, it’s important to use whatever tools you can online, and it gets easier all the time. With more and more tools available, and some of the older tools simply aren’t working as well, you can get more qualified traffic for less money. Using videos to drive traffic is definitely a growing trend, but to get the most out of the process you may need help marketing your video.

Of course, pretty much everyone has heard of YouTube and this is a great place to start. You can even get your own YouTube channel and have others follow you. This is a great way to establish yourself as a leader and someone that other’s would benefit from following.

Of course YouTube isn’t the only show in town, there are hundreds of online video directories where you can upload your videos. To make sure that your videos will actually accomplish for you what you want them to, make sure you take the time to make a quality video. Don’t try and throw something together in a few minutes.

A quality video doesn’t have to be professionally done. As a matter of fact a more personal approach usually works best. Having said that though, there are some things your video must have.

For one thing, it has to have decent video. If people can’t see what you’re doing or the video keeps breaking up, they’ll stop watching and any advantage you may have had will be gone.

Secondly, the audio must be clear. Again, if the viewer can’t hear or understand what is being said they will just click away. It’s not just about the quality of the microphone either, it’s also about what you’re saying and how you’re saying it. Are you stuttering and stammering throughout the whole video?

If so that’s a real turnoff. It’s much better to redo sections of the video instead of sounding nervous or like you don’t know what you’re talking about. After all, the whole point here is to personalize the experience for the viewer and let them get to know you, if they don’t like you it’s not going to do much good, is it?

Don’t make your video too long. Most online videos should be only an introduction and that means just a few minutes long. Usually around 5 minutes maximum is good. This isn’t the place to teach them all your knowledge, in most cases they’ll have to pay for that. This is the place you want to prove to them that you can help them. How? Simple, help them. Give them a short solution to some problem they are facing.

OK, so the video is decent quality: the audio, video and narration are clear, easy to follow and on target. Now what?

Well, now you need to use keywords to optimize your search engine rankings for your video. When you submit your video to video directories you will need to fill out a short from. That form will consist of title, description and tags. This is where you’ll put the keywords that you’ve gathered for this niche. That way your video will get a top ranking for one or more of those keywords which means people will be able to find it when they do a search which is what marketing your video is all about.

Article Marketing Service – Your Own Business


I’ve always thought one of the coolest aspects of starting an online business is the number of ways you can generate traffic to your website and some of them are free. I can’t think of any place else where you could literally start a million dollar business for no money at all. One of the best free methods online is article marketing. If you’re one of those people who are convinced that they can’t write but want to take advantage of the benefits of article marketing, there are many article marketing service companies online that would love to assist you, for a price of course.

One of the biggest benefits of article marketing is that you get to shine. You can show the people who read your articles that you are an expert. You can gain virtually instant credibility. The goods news is for those of you who are ‘writing challenged’ that a marketing service can do as little or as much as you want them to.

For example, you can hire a company that will write all your articles for you but you can then distribute them to article directories yourself. This is time consuming but if you’re on a limited budget and just can’t stand the idea of writing but still need to save some money this may be a good option for you.

You can get the whole package and have the company write and distribute your articles for you. In most cases they can even help you with finding the right keywords to target in the articles.

Besides the obvious time saving advantage of going this route, the company will probably know about more online article directories and other sites that will accept original content. Sure, it’s all online and you could find out about these sites too, but it would take a lot of your time. For many, it just makes more sense to streamline their online business as much as possible and that means hiring a firm to take care of all the ‘grunt’ work.

Before you pull out your credit card, make sure the company you are considering is qualified and reputable. One way to do that is to check for testimonials right on their website. Do they have a lot of them? Of course you have to be aware of the fact that a company will only list their best testimonials and the negative ones will most likely end up being destroyed, still this can be a good place to start.

Also compare the rates and service plans of several companies. Don’t settle for the first one you find. Make sure that you carefully consider what each company will do as well as how much it will cost you.

If you want to take full advantage on all the traffic and credibility that article marketing can offer, but just don’t have the time to do it yourself, you should consider finding a good article marketing service. This is an excellent option for anyone who has more money than time when starting their online business.

Affiliate Article Marketing – 4 Tips On Being Effective


Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to start an online business. It’s free to get started and if you take the time to learn a few simple skills you can make a lot of money pretty quickly and easily. Your main job as an affiliate marketer is to drive as much targeted (people who actually want to buy what you are selling) visitors to your site. One of the very best ways to do that is to use affiliate article marketing
.

The basic idea of article marketing is that you will find a list of 5 to 10 good keywords for your niche. A ‘good’ keyword is a keyword phrase that has at least 1,500 searches a month but less than 20,000 competition. Once you have your keywords you can write several articles per keyword phrase. Make sure your article provides some beneficial information for your reader.

When you submit it to the article directories you can provide a resource box. This is where you can promote your website. You can provide a direct link here so that when people read your article they can click on the link in the resource box and be taken to your website.

While you can’t do any blatant selling in your main article, you can use the resource box to do your selling for you. Each article directory has it’s own rules, just follow those rules and you’ll get published.

This method is so effective for several reasons:

1. It’s free. You can write an article and submit it for free. It won’t cost you a cent. You can even use a free keyword tool online. You can submit as many articles as you want to.

2.You will establish yourself as an expert in your field. Don’t let this freak you out. Some people, especially those who are just starting out, can get intimidated by this. But just remember, you don’t have to know everything to be an expert, you just have to know more than most of your readers.

3.If you write a good article and target the right keywords you can have your article show up online for months, or even years. So, it will take more than one article, but you can write a few articles and have them stay online and drive traffic for a long time to come.

4. Submit multiple articles to several article directories. Don’t submit all the exact same versions. Instead submit several versions of each article. As long as they are mostly different ( I understand that if you are using the same keyword there will be a lot of similarities).

There are a lot of great resources available online that can help you build your business. Many of them are free and most of them are easy to use. affiliate article marketing
is one of the best methods of driving traffic to your website. It’s perfect for anyone who is getting started online and doesn’t have any money.