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10 Sure-fire Ways to Kill Your eBay Business

Search Engine SpecialistIt’s surprisingly easy to kill your eBay business, if you’re not careful – sure, you can start over from scratch without it costing you anything, but do you really want to? Still, if you want your business to end up dead in the water, here are some simple ways to do it.

Lie about an item: Say it works fine when it sometimes doesn’t work. Say it’s in perfect condition when it has a scratch. Your customers will hate you!

Post whenever you feel like it: Make sure to leave your customers hanging around, wondering when their item is going to turn up. This makes sure they buy from someone else next time.

Let items end anytime: Few people will be around to care about your auction if it ends in the middle of the night. Why go to the trouble of working out whether auctions will end at a good time?

Don’t bother with email: Customers are just timewasters anyway. eBay businesses are supposed to run themselves! Never give informed responses to questions about your item.

Sell rubbish: Really, it’s just eBay. You can just sell any old tat from the market for a 200% profit. Let quality be someone else’s concern – I mean, really, what do they expect for that price?

Refuse to give discounts: You know what your items cost, you know what your profit margin is going to be, and you’re not going to negotiate. Remember that giving customers special deals might make them feel good and come back to you again.

Make your listings ugly: As many colours, flashing lights and animations as possible will really give those customers a headache. Write as much in CAPITALS!!!! as you can. Preferably big, red capitals. Be sure to use the fonts Impact and Comic Sans. For an extra special touch, see if you can figure out a way to add some music.

Don’t take photos: It’s such trouble, after all. If buyers are picky enough to actually want to see items before they bid on them, then screw ‘em, that’s what I say.

Write short descriptions: Be as brief as possible, and use lots of mysterious abbreviations. This obviously makes you look very cool. You can even just write the title again in the description box. Think of the effort you’ll save!

Use reserve auctions: Now, this is a fairly controversial final choice, but it really is one of the best ways to scare away your customers. They’ll see ‘reserve not yet met’, and click that ‘back’ button before you know it. Luckily, they can always bid in a normal auction for the item somewhere else.

Now that you know the ten ways to kill your eBay business, how about we explore what to do if you want to do the opposite, and make a success of it? The next email will give you ten steps to successful selling on eBay.

5 Steps To A Successful Internet Business

Search Engine SpecialistHaving a successful internet business is simply a matter of understanding how things work, and applying that knowledge. It dose not take any special skill or any great intelligence. If you follow these five steps, you cannot fail. The most important thing, as with anything in life, is persistence.

STEP 1. Find something you feel is a good business opportunity. You can scour the internet for all sorts of different business ideas and opportunities. Doing a search on any search engine with the keywords Work At Home, Business Opportunities, Home Based Business, Affiliate Programs, Make Money Online, etc., will produce 1000’s of different search results. Affiliate programs are THE ABSOLUTE BEST business opportunities out there because the ONLY thing you need to do to run your internet business is to market your affiliate link. With a traditional business you must deal with inventory, storage, packing, shipping, complaints, returns, phone calls, emails, checks and credit cards just to name a few! Not so with affiliate programs, once someone has clicked on your affiliate link your only job is getting the next person to click on it. Sweet deal!

STEP 2. Get your own webpage. You want to put your internet business on a webpage of your own. A webpage is like a store front. It projects respect to your business and who you are. Think about it. Do you feel the same about buying from a vendor on the street as you do about buying from a person in a store? They’re both vendors, but the store gives you a certain feeling about the person you are buying from that a street vendor just can’t give you! Your webpage dose not have to be fancy. If you only have a brief description of what your webpage is about along with individual descriptions of your product or products people will respect that. If it is affiliate programs you have decided upon, simply put a BRIEF description of what is being offered along with your affiliate link. Do not disclose too much in your description because people might THINK they know what it is all about and not click on your link. You want to let your affiliate website do all the selling for you. These sites are professionally designed to maximize the number of people who buy or join so a brief description, just enough to spike their curiosity, is sufficient.

STEP 3. Get your own Blog and make one post a day. A Blog, short for, “Web Log,” is a great way to establish yourself as an authority figure on whatever topic you decide. As people return to read your daily articles, they will eventually come to view you as an authority on whatever your Blog is about. They will eventually develop confidence in what you are saying, and will begin to trust you. As a result some people will check out your webpage to see what you have to offer them, and people tend to buy more from people they know and trust. Their confidence in you will be an additional factor that will compel people to buy from you. There are many places online that will host and let you set up your Blog for free.

STEP 4. Put Cost-Per-Click(CPC) advertising such as Google AdSense on your website. Having Cost-Per-Click advertising on your website is a way to earn additional income that can be VERY substantial. Most people who visit your website will not buy from you. If people are going to leave your website, wouldn’t you rather them leave through a link on your website that will pay you money every time someone clicks on it? Google makes putting their AdSense on your website E-A-S-Y! The ads are relevant to the content of your website. Google can even put its AdSense on your Blog as we’ll.

STEP 5. Write and submit articles to article submission sites. This is the most important advice you need to know. This is how you will get FREE advertising! People are searching the internet for free information. When you submit your articles online, the search engines will eventually find them and will spider every word. When people do a search using keywords or phrases that are in your articles, they will turn up in the search results, so be sure to insert highly searched for keywords and phrases into your articles! You will need to include at the bottom of all your articles your bio. Your bio will contain a brief description about who you are along with a link to your website. It might read for instance [ John Doe is the owner of yoursite.com. John helps people to work at home using various business opportunities that include affiliate programs. If you desire your own home based business visit http://www.yoursite.com] The more articles you write and submit, the higher the chances are of your articles keywords and phrases showing up on search results. The more links you have pointing back to your website, the higher your websites page rank with the search engines will be, meaning the higher up on the search results will your article turn up, so don’t stop writing and submitting articles! I do want to stress however, quality over quantity. Take your time and check your spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc. No one will take what you have to say seriously if you don’t write correctly.

So there you have it! Having a successful internet business is simply a matter of understanding how things work, and applying that knowledge. It dose not take any special skill or any great intelligence. If you follow these five steps, you cannot fail. The most important thing, as with anything in life, is persistence. Continue following steps three and five and watch your internet business grow!

Happy New Year From All Of Us At Strategy Based Profits

Money Coach, Financial Coach Internet Marketing Strategies, Article Marketing, Business CoachingFrom all of us at Strategy Based Profits we want to wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous New Year.

May 2011 be the best year ever!

7 Simple Steps To Writing An Ebook

Article Marketing StrategiesWe all have a wealth of knowledge inside of us. We all have a wealth of knowledge inside of us. We each know a lot about certain topics or areas. In a word we are all specialists in our own rite.

So why not take that info and use it to your own advantage. If you have specialized knowledge, people are willing to pay for it!

I can hear the thoughts going off in your hear now: come on Rob, will people really pay for what i know? Or; i am not an expert so why would someone want to pay me?

Most people do not give themselves enough credit for what they know. Remember Bill Gates wasnt born with a computer in his hand. He started out the same as you and i. The difference between someone that is successful and someone that is not is the successful person did whatever it took to get successful.

So lets get that specialized knowledge out of you. Dont wait, start on it right now. Heres what you need to do. Get out a piece of paper and write down 10 interests, or hobbies, or things you do at work. Once this is done score them from 1-10, one being the thing you know most about and ten being what you know least about.

Your next step is to take the top three items and pick the one that you have the most intrest in. This is the topic you will start with.

Step one and two: These steps are the hardest to do, find a topic to write on. You just accomplished that if you completed the 2 exercises above.

Step 3: Create a list of bullet points that you will write on. This list will serve as your topics for you ebook.

Step 4: Put the bullet points in chronological order that makes sence. For example it you were writing an ebook on “How to cook Great Pizza”, making the dough would come before putting on the cheese 

Step 5: Take each bullet point and write about it in detail. You will find that creating sub points for each main topic will be helpful. Once you start a topic ? to finish it in one sitting if possible. You will have already started the creative juices going, by keeping them flowing you will spend less time getting it done.

Step 6: Write your introduction after you have finished he body. By doing the body first you have a better idea of what you are introducing.

Step 7: Write the conclusion, her you will sum up what you just told your reader.

Once the ebook is done give it away to at least 10 people and ask them to review it for you. Print it our in double space so they can easily write comments for you. Also ask them to give you a written testamonial on the book. This will help you in your marketing. There you have it, creating an ebook in 7 easy steps!

Starting An Online Business, Success Or Failure, It’s Up To You!

Starting An Online BusinessDid you know that 96% of all people Starting An Online Business will fail?  Why am I telling you this, because I want your online business to be one of the 4% who will succeed and beat the odds!  Many people will tell you how easy it is making money online; guess what it’s not that easy.  You have to work and work hard at it.  An online business startup takes work, time and dedication and should not be jumped into as the latest fad.  However once you start making money online you will never look back!

So if you are thinking about starting a business online let’s take a look into the pros and cons of such a venture.  We’ll start with the cons first and work our way up to the pros.  I am not telling you this to scare you or steer you away from your dreams but a strong shot of honesty never hurt anyone.  When you begin your quest to making money online you will be known as a noob or newbie.  Don’t feel bad as all of us who have started a business online where in that very same boat.  However what you need to know is you are going to be preyed upon to buy every new making money online guide there is available. 

I believe most newbie’s will lose money before they make any from their online business.  If you just search online you will find so much more valuable material that is free about starting an online business and making money online in general.  With that being said there are many good quality products out there that will help you succeed, just don’t fall into the trap of buying everything that comes across your email.

Buying programs to help you with starting an online business can cut a lot of time out for you and your new business venture.  The important thing to do is to look for products that fit you, your work ethic and your business type.  Look for products that offer a money back guarantee for a minimum of 30 days.  This will tell you that the seller considers their product to be of a quality nature, or else they wouldn’t be willing to take the risk on the returns.

Now let’s talk about the pros of Making Money Online.  Starting an online business is so much cheaper than starting a typical brick and mortar business.  You can literally start making money online without a dime to your name, just try and do that in the real world.  As time goes on you will be able to reinvest that money and keep building a sustainable income. The worst that could happen is that you fail, trust me failing with an offline business is much more devastating emotionally and financially than failing at an online business startup.

Failure is an interesting word, it is perceived differently by people.  Some take it to heart and let it beat them down.  Others will take it as a positive and learn from it.  Thomas Edison was asked how he felt about failing 2000 times before creating the light bulb.  His answer “I didn’t fail 2000 times, I just found 2000 ways it doesn’t work”, now that is POWERFUL!

Just a piece of personal advice, if you want to succeed in making money you can.  Never let anyone and I mean anyone tell you that you can’t.  Run this business as if your life depended on it and you can have the life of your dreams.  A wise man once told me to do the things that you fear the most and the money will follow!

In Sales, Objections are Your Best Friend!

Money CoachMost sales people fear objections because they see them as a roadblock to the sale. To become a great sales pro, realize that an objection is the first step in closing the sale.

An objection is a customer’s natural reaction to the sales process. It’s an effort to slow the process down, to process the information and weigh the options. An objection means the customer is listening, is interested, and is working through the buying decision in their own head. Objections spell opportunity to the sales pro.

The ability to separate substantial sales killing objections from simple smokescreen objection is a critical skill every sales pro must master. The first step is to effectively qualify the candidate. This step typically follows the presentation on  the product or service.  Do they need the product or service? Can they afford the product or service? Are they the decision maker?  Get answers to these questions to properly qualify the customer.

Once the customer has been qualified, the next task is to search for objection(s). Sometimes the best way to do this is ask a closing question during the conversation. Occasionally, this results in an immediate close, however it  is likely that the test close will result in one of several objections.

Objections are typically viewed as something negative. To be successful in securing more sales, we must turn that perception on its head. Let’s look at a few typical objections and what they really mean.

1.       “I need some time to think about it.” This objection is exactly what it sounds like, they feel that they need some time. The customer is trying to slow the process down so they can absorb what has been offered. The good news is that they are interested and are working through the internal struggle on the buying decision. Help them overcome this objection and you close the sale.

2.       “I need to speak to my (spouse, boss, team etc.).” This is typically a variation of the time objection and is again an effort to slow the process. If this is a legitimate objection, it means the customer lacks authority to make the buying decision and this should have been discovered in the qualifying stage. The good news is that they are interested and if you can help them overcome this one, you close the deal.

3.       “The price seems high.” There numerous variations to this objection. It comes from one of two sources; they are interested and are looking to negotiate, or they are not seeing the value of the product or service to them. The latter may require further questioning to help them see the value, the former will be no real issue if value has been built into the presentation. 

4.       “I’m going to shop around.” This is a variation of the price objection and it comes from the same place. Help the customer see the value in the product and if they are truly qualified, this one goes away easily. This objection means they are interested but they don’t really understand the value to them so they resort to the most understandable point and that is price. This one can take some work to overcome and it highlights a flaw in the presentation.

There are several other objections but they all offer opportunity to the sales pro. By understanding what these objections really mean anyone can start to learn to overcome them and that is the first step to becoming a true sales pro.

Guest Author
Bill Corcoran

How to Create an Online Business Easily!

Create An Online BusinessThe internet has allowed individuals to create an online business without too much effort.  Not only is it easy to learn to have an online business but it is a major “attractor factor” to people around the world. There are many people across the globe that keep themselves glued to their computer screens in search of some positive monetary gains. The internet can offer rewarding opportunities in the form of new jobs, earning extra money or creating an online business!

Although creating an online business is fairly easy so is “driving a car”.  Go back to the first time you drove a car and think about all of the things that were going through your mind as you got ready to pull out of the driveway.  After driving for a little while these things become second nature.  When setting up an online business for the first time you will need to put extra thought into your website.  To be successful you have to focus on the details!

The demand for website designers is on the rise. Nearly all online companies are on the lookout for a designer who can create an attractive and high rating website. A striking online site does half of the task by drawing traffic towards itself. It also gives a business a competitive edge over others in the same type of business. Potential customers look out for sites which offer easy navigation. When a website is user friendly, it can convey its message clearer since a surfer will not have a hard time moving around the site. On the contrary, if the website is complex, the browsers will end up leaving that site and not revisiting it again. It is therefore stressed time and again that a website should be easy to comprehend.

The next and most imperative step towards having a flourishing online business is sales and marketing.  It is imperative that this be given serious consideration up front, during the early developmental stages of your business.  Leaving this segment for an afterthought can lead to hazardous results in future.

First things first, the company must try to locate and hit the targeted cluster of individuals, this would be your “Target Audience” or your “Target Buying Group”. Once this is done, people can then move on to create different marketing strategies. Lastly, the company must try to provide the services of business in as positive manner as possible. An excellent and friendly service is what is required by customers of today. Fulfillment of customer satisfaction is beneficial to the business for both long and short run. With these simple steps, individuals can create a lucrative online business for themselves. The range of online money making activities waits to be explored!

Strategy Based Profits Tip – Start off with an idea, create a wonderful website that is simple for your visitors to use and have a strong sales and marketing plan in place to bring home the bacon.

Robert J. Roy
Money Man

Making Money Online Is Easy (If You Know The Secrets Of Internet Marketers)!

Making Money Online, Secrets Of Internet Marketers, Internet Marketing Secrets, Article MarketingMaking money Online is the latest trend that everyone is chasing after. The secrets of professional internet marketers have been well hidden for many years.  Over the last few years some of these little known secrets have escaped into the general public.

The allure of making easy money online is an attractor factor. Searching for the brass ring is something that has been sought after for generations.  Making money on the internet takes work and commitment but still it is a very in vogue way of earning huge piles of cash.

There are numerous benefits that one can get from learning how to make money online. Some of them are:

  • No infrastructure required for establishing the home business – A person can start on a shoestring.
  • Physical problems – If someone has a physical problem that prevents them from moving around too much the internet is a great alternative for making money.
  • Rush hour traffic – No traffic to fight day in and day out.
  • Earn while you learn – Start making some money while learning some of the secrets of internet marketers.
  • B.Y.O.B – Be your own boss, you get to run the show.
  • Make unlimited money – You determine how much money you want to make.
  • How much time do you want to work – You chose how much time and effort you are willing to put into your business.
  • You set your own schedule – You decide when you will work and when you get the day off.

These are many benefits that one can get from making money online but doing so is not always easy, it takes hard work and commitment to become successful with internet marketing. Studying the masters is a good way to start any business. 

Find an internet marketing coach to lay out a customized plan for you and your business. There are cookie cutter templates out there that work fine when it comes to internet marketing but you need to know what works best for your business.  Some marketing strategies are very specific in the way they are to be used.  There are some that are much broader such as article marketing. Article marketing has many benefits, here are just a few:

  • It is free to do
  • The article can easily go viral
  • Once the article is on the internet it never goes away.

So when you think about it there is no cost the article can go viral and it remains on the internet forever.  Sounds like a pretty good marketing strategy for a business to use.

Keep in mind this is only one the many secrets of internet marketers.  Article marketing becomes a tool in your tool belt to promote your business.

Strategy Based Profits Tip – The takeaway here is to find an internet marketing coach, lay out a marketing plan suited towards your business and keep tweaking it until it brings in boatloads of cash.

Robert J. Roy
Money Man

Online Marketing, Feast Or Famine “Having The Right Mindset Will Make All The Difference”!

Having the Right Mindset for Online Marketing of an Online BusinessTo be successful with online marketing having the right mindset is critical. Without the right mindset no business online or brick-and-mortar can be successful. Whenever starting anything new, including a new business is important to make sure that you are in the right frame of mind.

Many individuals feel that the Internet is a get rich quick scheme. They believe there is no way someone can be successful or can make good money online. But that is not the truth; the truth is good money can be made on the Internet. There are tens of thousands of people right now online creating a full-time income for themselves.

The problem for most online marketers is they get their website set up, they make a few sales, and they might even break even or make a little bit of money. Most business owners will never see the true potential of what their website can do for them.

Is it possible that some of these successful online marketers have gotten lucky? The answer is yes, it is possible but the truth of the matter is most successful business owner’s work extremely hard to build their businesses up. Along with hard work comes some luck every once in a while. It goes back to the saying “you’ve got to be in it to win it”! The only way to be successful in a business is to get your hands dirty and do whatever it takes to make it successful including having a good mindset.

Great success requires the right mindset. To make money online there are a few things you will need to do if you want to be successful.

  • You must believe in yourself – Before you can be successful you have to believe that success is possible. It is impossible for success to breed if negativity is standing in your way.
  • You have to commit the time – You will not be successful by luck or hoping that everything works out for you. The only way you will be successful is committing time to your online business. That means laying out a schedule of how much time you have each day to work on your online business.
  • You have to commit the proper resources – Every business will require financial resources. Some will be greater than others. Many businesses can be started with a small dollar amount. As part of your plan you should determine how much money you will require upfront to get your business started.
  • Be teachable – Too many people feel they know it all; they refuse to reach out for help. Many feel that asking for help is a sign of weakness. The most successful business people today all have mentors. People that they can go to and ask for help when they’re unsure what to do. Some have a team or staff that they can work with. Starting out you may not have that team but there will be others around you that are in business or are running businesses that you can go to for guidance.
  • Never quit – Too many times individuals get started with things in their lives and never finish them. Don’t let this be you, don’t let this happen to your online business, don’t let this happen to your finances! The end is within reach, your business can be successful and you can learn to make a full-time living with Internet marketing. But if you quit before ever reaching the finish line how is it possible to obtain the freedom and financial success you are looking for? Quitting should never be an option!

To have a successful online business requires you to be in the right mindset, in the right frame of mind. You will never be successful without it!

Strategy Based Profits Tip – to have the right mindset believe in yourself, commit the time and the resources to your online business, remain teachable and never quit!

Robert J. Roy
Money Man

Without A Business Plan, Failure Is All But Guaranteed!

Creating a business plan, Hiring a Money Coach, Having a Financial Coach, Creating a Budget, Get out of DebtA business plan can be considered the summary of the activities which are much be performed in order to achieve the desired results. A plan is a written document designed to support the long as well as short term goals of a business. It doesn’t matter if the business is an online store or a brick and mortar establishment a good business plan can lead to huge profits. A good business plan includes strategies, operational plans, key objectives, roles and responsibilities of all employees, an overview of management, a list of risks associated and ways to tackle them.

A business plan of an online company should include an analysis of different websites, strategies of competitors, main objective of business, target audience, SEO tools, measurable results, ways of generating traffic, type of content etc. Before making a business plan for an online business one should do good amount of research. One should visit blogs, discussion groups and social networking sites. This will help in finding out the target audience. This will surely attract more customers to one’s website thereby helping the company to earn huge amount of profits. A business plan will guide your online business step by step towards success.

There should be a good business plan no matter whether the online business is operating on a small or large scale. This will ensure the owners and the management team of finding the best business opportunities possible and utilizing resources in the best possible way. This is a plan of action which provides an in-depth view of the work to be done practically. Errors can be reduced to a minimum by practicing best efforts to ensure a good quality of work leading to success. A good business plan also helps in financial projections. Creating a plan requires work and dedication from all levels of ownership, management, and the support staff. Just developing a plan is not enough, proper implementation will be critical. By taking the time to get all of these steps right a business has the best potential to be successful.

Strategy Based Profits TIP: – To create a top notch business plan get the buy in from the owners and management. Input, creation and implementation are the keys to success!

Robert J. Roy
Money Man

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