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successful internet businesses develop a network

Successful Internet Businesses Develop A Network.

It seems like just the other day we were aimlessly browsing the web in search of free and low-cost methods for posting our website links and ads. FFL (free-for-all) pages and classifieds were bombarded with eager entrepreneurs looking for quick and easy exposure.

It was about posting a few ads, submitting to search engines and making a few link exchanges. After the hard work we would sit back with excitement knowing hundreds of new visitors were on the way. Unfortunately, the visitors never showed so we moved on to banner and link exchanges.

Around that time banner ads were a fortune and website submission services were making bundles of profit. Many search engines were backlogged with submissions for weeks and sometimes even months.

Was anyone working in partnership during this time?

Today it’s hard to miss the harmony of ecommerce entrepreneurs building new relationships. Smart business owners are no longer wasting time submitting their websites to free classifieds or spending their budgets on URL submissions to hundreds of useless search engines.

Instead, business owners are working together in community-oriented ways. It is easily seen by the emergence of discussion forums, blogs, RSS feeds and the overall increase in sharing of information. Today, it’s about networking with each other.

Networking involves the creation of a supportive system of sharing information and services with other individuals and groups having a common interest. Not only is networking a vital part of online marketing, it is probably the most important skill for ensuring a successful online business. If you are not networking, you have no chance of making or building business relationships. If your company has no relationships than obviously no one is caring about it.

So, what can be done to improve networking skills? Here are several helpful business networking tips and resources.

Create a website.
Hopefully you have done this already.

Develop an ezine.
This is the same as an email newsletter. You can send it out weekly, monthly or quarterly – but you should be consistent.

Join affiliate programs.
Focus on developing a strong network of users willing to distribute your products and/or services.

Use pod and web casts.
These tools offer a great way to develop new relationships.

Create and distribute a press release.
Don’t underestimate the power of sending out a press release. They can bring in many new contacts.

Survey your website visitors.
Create a brief form linked from your home-page for users to easily provide feedback.

Install blogs and forums at your website.
Encourage free ways visitors can discuss ideas, share information and collaborate.

Join business networking sites.
The following sites will help you locate new contacts. Pick and focus on 3-5 that are most ideal for your target market. LinkedIn.com, FastPitch.com, Ecademy.com, OthersOnline.com, Craigslist.com, SmallBizPod.com, MyBlogLog.com, Explode.org, Xing.com, GlobalBusinessMarketing.com, InsiderPages.com, MerchantCircle.com

Join a club.
It doesn’t matter which one as long as you enjoy it.

A few things to remember while building your network:

GAIN KNOWLEDGE
It’s all over the internet – you simply need to absorb it. Read… read… and then read some more!

SHARE KNOWLEDGE
The more knowledge you have the more you can share. The more valuable information you can share the more positive relationships you will create. Strong relationships are the foundation to a powerful identity.

-be memorable and interesting
-be accurate and fair
-follow up with all of your contacts
-stay patient
-navigate and explore

GET INTERACTIVE!!!

using autoresponders with internet marketing

Using Autoresponders With Internet Marketing

If you’ve ever dealt with an online company or subscribed to an ezine or other service on the Internet before, you’ve more than likely received an email from an autoresponder. Although you may not have realized it at the time, it was probably an email letting you know that the individual you were trying to reach isn’t available. Even though it appears that someone else sent the message, it was indeed sent from an autoresponder.

Although autoresponders are great for letting others know that you are away, they are even more valuable when used as a marketing tool. If you’ve thought about selling products or services online or if you already own your own company, you could greatly benefit from autoresponders. In the world of Internet marketing – few tools and programs can compete with an autoresponder.

As many Internet marketers already know, autoresponders are a great way to put your business on autopilot and multiply yourself. With an autoresponder, simply set up your preset messages, and select the schedule that each individual message will go out. When messages go out is entirely up to you, you can send them out on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. You can also use as many messages as you want, and know without a shadow of a doubt that they will go out to those on your customer list when they are supposed to.

Best of all, you don’t even have to touch it. This will save you a lot of time, as your autoresponder will handle virtually all of your email tasks. It will follow up with your customers as well, saving you a lot of time there. If you had to follow up with each and every one of your customers yourself, it could cost a lot of time that you could easily be using for other things – even spending time with your family.

Even if your business doesn’t have a lot of site visitors now, an autoresponder can still help you out. Even though you may not think so, it can do a world of wonders. No matter how many visitors you have, you should always strive to capture all the opt-ins that you can. The best way to do this is by providing high quality products and services that will keep your visitors intrigued. If you keep them intrigued, they will gladly sign up to your list with their email address and their name, so that you can contact them with future offers. Even though may be starting out small, your opt-in list can get really big before you know it.

Once your list has grown, it will easily become one of the most valued assets of your entire company. In order for your list to grow, you’ll need to answer emails about your products, services, company, and what you can do for your customers. You don’t need to spend all day doing this anymore, as you can leave everything to your autoresponder. Your autoresponder can answer all of your email questions and give customers what they want – which will help your company grow.

Almost all autoresponders will enable you to send broadcast messages to your entire client list among other things. They will also let you stay in touch with your customers and establish relationships that will keep your customers coming back. No matter how big or how small your company may be – an autoresponder is one investment that you is more than worth your money.

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