Friday, 30 July 2010

Traffic Travis

Traffic Travis is a software tool for search engine optimization. There are two versions currently available. The free version which allows up to 500 keyword searches and the Professional version will goes up to 3000 keyword searches as well as a lot of other cool features.

You can try out the free version of Traffic Travis by clicking here.

Traffic Travis Free Version: Search Engine Optimization made easy!

For more information about Traffic Travis please visit my Squidoo site.  I have put quite a lot information about how Traffic Travis can help improve your search engine optimization.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Internet marketing without a website

If you are intimidated by the thought of creating a website, setting up a domain name, tackling HTML and all that stuff you might want to consider some of the recent developments in Web 2.0 technology.  There are a number of websites like Squidoo which are less intimidating to newbies to the internet.

Jennifer Ledbetter, also known as Pot Pie Girl,  went from $0 to $156,000  within three years activity on the internet.  She attributes her success to Squidoo because initially she didn't have to invest anything except her time in creating her marketing campaigns through lenses.   Seth Godwin, who set up Squidoo, calls web pages you create on Squidoo lenses because they hone in on a particular subject.  This is ideal for internet marketing as you are more likely to succeed if you promote a niche rather than a general product area.  For example pets is a general category and dogs are general niche within the pets category.  However dogs barking is a specific and specialist niche and would make a good subject for promoting an affiliate program through a Squidoo lens.

Jennifer has created an easy to read e-book about creating lenses on Squidoo based on her own successful experiences on the site.  She has also created the One Week Marketing course which explains all the steps she has taken to make a $100,000+ annual income working from home on the internet.

If you are completely new to the concept of internet marketing the next step is to down load the Squidoo guide by clicking here.  Alternatively, if you would like to have more information on the One Week Marketing  course please click here.

Friday, 9 July 2010

How important is time to you?

Managing time is a problem for most of us.  We have all heard the phrase "time and tide waits for no man."  How true that is.  If we are doing something we enjoy - like browsing the net then time can fly by.  If we are waiting for someone to turn up and they are late we can find time dragging as we continuously look at our watch as we wait for them.

Many years ago I was lucky enough to be sent on a time management course by the company I was then working for.  Two elements of that course have remained valid to me. Firstly that time management is very important if we are going to make best use of our time.  Secondly that we should  be bold and do things that we have always  thought would be of interest but never got round to.  In my case this resulted in obtaining  a degree in IT through the Open University, even though I had left school at 15 without any qualifications.

Any personal or professional ambition could be achieved according to the course instructor if  wecould break the task down in manageable sections.  He used the example of elephant burgers: if you eat a small portion of the elephant each day then eventually you would finish it!  Relating that to my degree course I had to persevere through six years of study to achieve my goal.  I would also admit that at the end of each year's study I felt certain I would not carry on the next.  Somehow I managed it and made it to the final year.

Looking for ways to manage time, especially if you are trying to study or complete tasks in an orderly fashion can be difficult as we all face many interruptions during the normal working day.  I have recently read an interesting book called the "The Pomodoro Technique" by Francesco Cirillo.  This book tries to address the problems of task management by breaking the day up into seven Pomodoros.  What is a Pomodoro? Well time intervals were originally measured by Francesco with a wind up egg timer that looked like a tomato.  This device was called a Pomodoro which I believe  is tomato in Italian.  The importance of this device is that it makes a ticking sound throughout your 25 minute session and also informs you when the session has ended.  Each Pomodoro has to be completed without any interruptions  otherwise it does not count.  The author recommends four Pomodoros in the morning and three in the afternoon.  Between each Pomodoro you allow yourself a complete break for 5 to 15 minutes.  Then at the end of the fourth Pomodoro you can have up to an hour break.  The concept is that by planning your work in 25 minute sections you will be more focused on your task and achieve more.  Some might say that the whole process is very prescriptive but it is one method of ordering your work and evaluating whether you are achieving your goals.

If you would like to read the book you can obtain a copy from Amazon or if you cannot wait for it to be posted you can down load a copy here.   The down load version is free so that is also an added bonus.

Friday, 2 July 2010

The first week as an Internet Marketer

Could your first week at creating an on-line presence actually result in some much needed revenue? After all the main reason for promoting affiliate products is to make sales. If you don't make any sales in your first week there is no need to feel despondent. As they say, Rome wasn't built in a day. Even many successful Internet Gurus had difficulty in the early stages. Some didn't have a guide to help them get started quickly and others felt they lacked a clearly laid out route to success.

Jennifer Ledbetter, a successful internet marketing guru and stay at home mom, started out on her internet marketing journey just over three years ago and credits much of her success to the Squidoo website. There are other websites out there like the Hub that offer a free web presence, however Squidoo has developed a big following because of its easy user interface and how it links to Amazon and other websites. The fact that Google also likes it helps a lot. After all no one will be able to find your Squidoo lens, that's Squidoo for a web page, unless Google is aware of it.

When you start creating your lens just choose a topic which interests you. If say you are a tennis fan who loves cooking and learning to speak Italian then right away you have at least three subjects to inspire you to great lens creation. Remember if you have a passion for something it will show up in your lens.

You can create your first lens with the help of Jennifer's new Guide for Newbies. You can get a copy here which will show you how to create your first lens. It's really easy to do.