How To Get Started Online To Build Your Online Empire

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Connie Ragen Green Get Started OnlineMy name is Connie Ragen Green and I teach people just like you how to build a profitable online business and use the basic technology needed to get started in this fun and lucrative field. The first year (2006) was difficult for me online, and I ended up spending about 10K and making almost no money. I vowed that my students would not have to struggle like I did.

I have now been making my full-time income online since 2006, and earn a comfortable income, primarily from my own programs and courses, information products, and affiliate marketing. I teach new online entrepreneurs how to write short reports, eBooks, and books for Kindle, as well as how to set up your own blog, set up mini-sites, use Twitter and Facebook, create your own information products, and write your own web sales copy, which is copywriting for the Internet.

My motto is: “If I can do it, YOU can do it!”

I took one of my students, Helen Raptoplous, to 10K a month as part of the 10K Laser Coaching program, did it again in 2012 with student Geoff Hoff, and am now working with student Adrienne Dupree during 2013/2014. This will help you to do the same thing in your online business, so please join us.

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Getting Started Online: Online Marketing Tips Podcast

Getting Started Online: Online Marketing Tips Podcast

 Getting Started Online Marketing Tips Connie Ragen GreenGetting Started Online is a wonderful way to build your business for now and the future. Are you focused on building your business on the Internet as an online entrepreneur? People around the world have discovered that starting an Internet business is the fastest way to achieve both time and financial freedom, as well as to great success in your life, and you need help to get there quickly. That’s why I started this online marketing tips podcast for my community.

Getting started as an online entrepreneur can be confusing and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In this episode of the Online Marketing Tips Podcast With Connie Ragen Green, my newest marketing training podcast series, I discuss in great detail how I was able to get started back in 2006. I share exactly what I was thinking and doing that allowed me to move forward so quickly. I also discuss the importance of growing a list and increasing your visibility to build your business as an online entrepreneur.

I take questions from those who attended the live recording, including why coaching and mentoring is so important, my 10K Laser Coaching program, and how to decide just how much personal information to share when you become a public figure online. Also, when I am asked how to start earning right away I share the details of what I did that very first year.

I also discuss how I have created a lucrative business online without having a business background or any previous experience in this area. Someone asks me what to do with the ‘hundreds of ideas flying around in their head’ and I address the importance of focus and clarity as you grow. We also discuss my next live event in Las Vegas (The Weekend Marketer: Affiliate Marketing) and why I’d like for you to be there.

The program I discuss is one that offers a monthly package that can quickly and easily be turned into an information products to sell online. I do this regularly and the sales are a part of my income as an online entrepreneur. Getting started online has never been easier. Just two or three sales and you have recouped your expenses and you’ll be earning income for months and years to come.

This online marketing tips podcast, as well as all of the calls in my podcast series is intended to teach you and other new online entrepreneurs how to take your business to the next level quickly and effectively, and as a way for me to share my exact Case Studies, secrets, and advice on creating a profitable and lucrative online business using the ‘multiple income streams’ approach. You will see that each session is first recorded live as a teleseminar, and then repurposed into a podcast to extend my reach to the world. Please join my list to be included on these calls, and be sure to introduce yourself and share your site for optimal exposure for years to come!

Also, you can now pick up my popular training on winning affiliate contests and other online marketing tips for only seven dollars at Affiliate Contest Secrets. Use the discount code CONTEST to bring the price down to $7. This training has been completely updated for with the latest information, strategies, and Case Studies for you to use in your own business.

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Top Ten Blog Post Ideas

Top Ten Blog Post IdeasTop Ten Blog Post Ideas

The question I hear most often these days seems to be: ‘Where do I get ideas for what to blog about?’ I decided to provide some ideas for you here. These ideas might seem obvious at first, but when you’re stuck nothing seems obvious, or easy, for that matter. At least, not for me.

Borrow Them!

Now I’m definitely not talking about plagiarism here. Instead, I’m talking about visiting your favorite blogs, making a list of your favorite posts from those sites, and then writing about the ideas presented there by giving your unique take on them in the form of your own post.

If you copy any content for a quote or reference, be sure to give credit to the author. This can help to forge a relationship with the other blogger that could lead to bigger things for both of you.

Writing Contests

Everyone loves a contest. Either start your own writing contest or enter one, or do both.

Google: “Writing Contest,” explore the various topics and make a list of the topics you’d enjoy writing about for reference. This can give you even more ideas for future posts.

Book Reviews

I especially love it when people review one of my books on their blog. I get a Google Alert for my name and dash over to that blog to thank them and leave a comment. Other authors have done this for me as well. Write book reviews and turn them into standout critiques that help potential readers decide which books to read.

If you write stellar reviews on a regular basis you’ll become considered an expert reviewer, admired, respected and, well, in some cases, hated. You’re not going to love every book you review, but that’s okay, as long as you are professional and honest in your review.

Make A Top Ten List

Whatever your niche, how about making a top ten (or 20, or 30, or whatever) list of blogs related to it. Other lists you might consider are your top ten favorite business books, inspirational movies, classic rock albums, artists, and anything else worthwhile you can think of.

Make your list more interesting by providing useful information about each item. When I created the list of blogs, I also included links to what I considered the best posts from each of those blogs.

Interviews

If you’re not sure who to interview, consider interviewing bloggers within your niche or bloggers who write about closely related topics. The key to getting interviews with top bloggers is to ask them. It’s really as simple as that – just ask!

Who knows, you might even land interviews with the top of the top, such as those people you admire most in your niche.

When I started my podcast series I wanted to interview leaders in the online marketing space. All I did was ask them. Now it’s your turn. Choose someone you admire and ask for an interview.

I have one more tip for you about asking for interviews, have your questions prepared before asking. I usually include the questions with my initial request.

Quotes

Make a list of your favorite quotes. Famous, inspirational, motivational or whatever kind of quotes you like. Just Google for this and you’ll find lots of sites to draw from. Many of them are even organized by category and topic.

How To Do Something

Do you know how to do something? Well, of course you do! Because you’re awesome like that. Write a detailed post teaching others how to do it. Do the same thing for everything you know and you’ll soon be regarded not only as an expert and authority, but also as a generous expert.

How-to posts are not limited to what YOU know. Perhaps you hired someone to design a book cover and you learned a few things from the experience.

Share Your Adventures

Everyone I know loves to travel and they all love to research places they are going to visit. Where have you visited, why did you go there and what did you learn?

I’ve done this with my trips to Europe, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and my trips with Rotary to China and Thailand.

Ask Fellow Bloggers To Guest Post

Set up guidelines for guest posters and only approve the very best. If you have an area within your niche that you don’t write much about, ask guests to fill the gap.

I’m always looking for people to write a guest post for me that my readers would enjoy.

Answer questions

If you answer a question in an email or comment that you know is relevant to the rest of your readers, consider writing a detailed post about it.

I hope these top ten blog post ideas have been helpful to you. Leave a comment and share your own ideas for what to blog about as you build your online business.

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Online Productivity: Online Marketing Tips Podcast

Online Productivity: Online Marketing Tips Podcast

Online Productivity Marketing Tips Connie Ragen GreenOnline Productivity is crucial as you build your business on the Internet as an online entrepreneur, and overall productivity is the focus of this podcast training. People around the world have discovered that starting an Internet business is the fastest way to both time and financial freedom, as well as to great success in your life, and you need help to get there quickly. That’s why I started this online marketing tips podcast for my community.

Having just completed my fourth annual Online Productivity Challenge for 2014, I am taking this opportunity to share how you can increase your productivity to build a lucrative business from your home computer. In this episode of the Online Marketing Tips Podcast With Connie Ragen Green, my newest marketing training podcast series, I discuss this topic in great detail. I share exactly what you need to do to begin with this profitable business model. I also discuss the importance of growing a list and increasing your visibility to build your business as an online entrepreneur.

Alice Seba offers a 15 Day Email Challenge that many people have been extremely successful with, and I recommend that you spend time each day during the fifteen days of her training going through the exercises and implementing them to the full extent. You will find that the gold is in the follow up and follow through you do with your permission based email list.

I also discuss how I have created this year’s Productivity Challenge a little differently than in the previous three years, and give examples of people’s sites where this would work extremely well. I also share why I have two main blogs instead of just one, and my strategy for using these sites to further my online goals.

This online marketing tips podcast, as well as all of the calls in my podcast series is intended to teach you and other new online entrepreneurs how to take your business to the next level quickly and effectively, and as a way for me to share my exact Case Studies, secrets, and advice on creating a profitable and lucrative online business using the ‘multiple income streams’ approach. You will see that each session is first recorded live as a teleseminar, and then repurposed into a podcast to extend my reach to the world. Please join my list to be included on these calls, and be sure to introduce yourself and share your site for optimal exposure for years to come!

Also, you can now pick up my popular training on winning affiliate contests and other online marketing tips for only seven dollars at Affiliate Contest Secrets. Use the discount code CONTEST to bring the price down to $7. This training has been completely updated for with the latest information, strategies, and Case Studies for you to use in your own business.

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Productivity Challenge 2014 – Online Marketing Tips For You

productivity challengeWelcome, fellow online entrepreneurs! This is the fourth annual training and Productivity Challenge to help you get started with a lucrative business on the Internet. This is where I share my experience and knowledge with you on how to build a profitable online business from your home computer, or from wherever in the world you happen to be. Over the next thirty days we will explore the steps to online success and the actions that will get you there.

Productivity Challenge 2014

Day 1 – Google yourself and see what you find. For example, when I Google “connie ragen green” using the Firefox browser I see there are about two hundred thousand results. I then scroll through the first three pages and see what is considered by Google to be the most relevant search results when someone is looking for more information about me.

Do this for your own name and share your results with us here.

Day 2 – Now that you know where you stand with the search engine results, let’s discuss how you will build your online marketing platform. First, decide which business model(s) will best suit your needs. These are some of the most lucrative ones:

  • Information products
  • Authorship (Kindle and paperback)
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Physical products (Amazon)
  • Local business marketing
  • Niche sites/Membership sites
  • Providing your services to others
  • Coaching/Consulting/Mentoring

Since coming online in 2006 I have earned income with each of these models, but I currently focus on mentoring, physical products, affiliate marketing, and authorship/speaking as my primary focus in my business. Over time you can pick and choose in this way, but for now choose only two or three to get your online business off the ground.

Leave a comment to share what you are doing and to ask any questions you may have at this time in the Productivity Challenge.

Day 3 – Your hosted WordPress blog is your ‘Home on the Internet’ and is crucial to your success as you continue your journey as an online entrepreneur. I highly recommend posting twice a week, every week for at least the first year, and then once a week thereafter. I have two main sites, this one and Huge Profits Tiny List. They have served me well as my business grows.

Please share your site with us and we will come take a look and leave a comment. This will give you a powerful backlink and connect you with many other like-minded individuals you will be able to build relationships with over these next thirty days and longer. If you do not have your site set up properly right now, I’ll be sharing more about how I am willing to do it for you.

This all begins with purchasing a domain name (preferably a dot com) and hosting (I recommend a Storm VPS account) that can be used for all of your sites. This is an important part of your business, so don’t cut corners here.

You’ll also need to get started with an autoresponder service, if you don’t have one already. I recommend using Aweber, and you can get started for only one dollar for the first month by going here. They have excellent tutorials and customer service to make it as simple as possible to get started with building your list.

Day 4 – Let’s discuss how you can go about creating your free giveaway to ask people to opt in to your list. There are three ways to go about this and I’ll go into more detail about each one.

  • Creating your own short report, audio, or video – I tend to do this for my own free giveaways because I love to create original content that shares the essence of what I am teaching online.
  • Using PLR (private label rights) – this technique is faster, and I will recommend this site because their content is well written and complete.
  • Using other people’s content on your topic – this method involves searching for content on the article directories and putting it together into a short report. Make sure to leave the resource box intact so that the original author receives full credit.

When you leave a comment here, let us know your favorite way of creating free giveaways for your blog ad opt in pages. If you are using audio or video, tell us more about that as well.

Day 5 – Allowing your prospects and customers to hear your voice is the next best thing to meeting them face to face. That’s why I recommend that you get started hosting your own teleseminars right away and then turn them into a podcast.

I began hosting weekly calls back in 2007, and no one attended live for the first couple of months. I refused to be disappointed by this, and instead continued to speak about the various aspects of my topic at the same time and place each week. Over time I had created quite a bit of content and I then repurposed it into blog posts, articles, short reports, online courses, and more.

Finally word got out that I had something to share that was valuable for people wanting to get started with an online business. I was thrilled to have so many people on my calls and my income increased steadily over time.

Almost three years ago I started repurposing these calls into a podcast over at iTunes. This is fairly simple to do using a free plugin called PodPress. I encourage you to subscribe to my podcast series here. Thousands of people from around the world download and listen to these calls, building my list when they come over to my site and opt in and increasing my income when they make a purchase.

Start with a 21 day trial of the teleseminar service for only one dollar. Record your first call as soon as possible. Leave a comment here and include a link to where we can hear your call. You may want to do something like I do with my Ask Connie Anything calls. If you have questions, ask them in your comment and I will answer every one.

Day 6 – It’s all about serving, and we must remember this if we are to build prosperous online businesses. In fact, any business you can think of only exists to serve others. I find that I serve people in my niche most effectively when I speak, share, and teach my topic in  person. This is also the most rewarding for me on a daily basis.

My challenge to you today is to find a venue where you can speak about your topic. Some ideas for this where I have presented my topics include the Chamber of Commerce, service organizations such as Rotary or Kiwanis, churches, groups based on a specific topic such as real estate, private social clubs, and corporations that are training their employees and need outside teachers.

This must be related to your primary business, and not to a hobby that makes you little or no income. I have worked with several people over the years who have insisted on doing this, and the result is a drop in income that can seldom be recovered. Keep this strictly business and find other outlets for your creative and fun side.

Instead, think of this as a way to further position yourself as an expert and an authority in your field, leading to increased income over time. You never know who will be in the audience, and much of my corporate work came about from speaking to these groups locally.

Please share with us where you will be speaking, the topic you’ll be teaching on, and how you will follow up with the people who are there for your presentation. Your goal is to do this by the end of this 30 Day Productivity Challenge, if you aren’t doing it already.

Day 7 – Building a successful online business requires focus, dedication, and diligence with everything you do. One important aspect of this is visibility, and an excellent way to let the world know who you are and what you are doing is my writing articles that can be published on the article directories. I got started with the free ones and now use a paid distribution service called Submit More Articles. I recommend starting with a free account and then moving up to the Silver level as soon as possible. This is how I began to build my list with people who were interested in what I had to say about the topic of online marketing.

Once you have written and submitted some articles, put them together into short reports to give away and/or sell as information products. Be persistent with this method and your knowledge about your topic will grow exponentially. Let us know where we can find some of your articles or reports.

My articles published online are here and some of my reports are available to you at no cost on the main page of this site under the ‘Short Reports’ and ‘More Short Reports’ tabs on the menu bar.

Day 8 – When I started blogging back in 2006 I was truly writing to no one. It was months before anyone found my sites and even then they rarely left a comment. Now we know that commenting on other people’s blogs is an excellent way to connect with people, to market our own site, and to increase our own search engine ranking. Even if the blogs you comment on are using a ‘no-follow’ structure, each comment you make is still indexed on Google. That’s why I always sign my comments with my full name.

My challenge to you today is to leave a comment on a recent post from two other people actively participating in the Productivity Challenge. This is the beginning of your relationship with someone who could end up becoming a friend, an affiliate, or even a JV (joint venture) partner in the future. Let us know whose sites you visited and what the experience was like for you.

Day 9 – Today let’s talk about how you are gaining visibility on the channels that receive the most responsive traffic on the Internet – iTunes, Amazon, and YouTube. I discovered years ago that I would be able to reach the most people and have the greatest credibility as well if I began leveraging the power of books, recordings, and videos. My challenge to you today is to check out each of my channels and see how they can work for you as well. Also, if you are already on any of these, let us know about that as well.

iTunes – I have two podcasts available on iTunes. One is my Connie Ragen Green Online Business Success interview series and the other is my Online Marketing Tips trainings. Subscribe to both of these if you aren’t already, and leave me a review over at iTunes. These are simple to schedule and record and I have listeners around the world.

Amazon – Since 2010 I’ve been a bestselling author, and I currently have nine books (seven of my own and two co-written with a friend), several books I have compiled, and more than twenty books that I have contributed to. Take a look at my Author Page and see how I have done this to create a residual income stream as well as readers from countries all over the planet.

YouTube – We must be ready for our closeup! My YouTube channel is the place where I can show people my lifestyle and connect in a very different way than through my writing and audio recordings. Please subscribe to my channel to see what I’m doing there.

What about you? Can we find you as a published author, a podcaster, and a video trainer? What do you need from me in order to move forward with this?

Be sure to sign up for the Book Marketing Challenge as my guest. This will help you to become a bestselling author in record time.

Day 10 – Let’s get social! When I started online in 2006 social media was not yet a part of our lives. Facebook was still just for college students, LinkedIn was geared towards the corporate world, and Twitter was not even a gleam in anyone’s eye! Today that has all drastically changed, and you may find yourself caught up in the social media frenzy that sucks your time, distracts your focus, and sends you down rabbit holes when you read something of interest.

Instead, think of social media as a venue for marketing yourself and your business. Post something to one of your social media profiles that positions you as an expert in your field. Leave a comment here to let us know where we can have a look at what you have shared.

Day 11 – We’ve talked about content you create on your blog, comments you leave on other people’s blog, and now let’s discuss tracking back to someone’s blog within your own post. The way you do this is to write a blog post about the 30 Day Productivity Challenge and to link it back to the permalink (the permanent URL) for this post using the anchor text 30 day productivity challenge or connie ragen green productivity challenge. It is http://connieragengreen.com/productivity-challenge-2014/

Once you have done this I will receive notification and go over to comment on your blog post. When even small groups of people do this for each other the impact is huge, helping everyone who participates to expand their reach and increase their search engine ranking for prime keyword phrases. Please let me know if you are doing this type of tracking back already or of you need more help using this strategy to build your online business.

Day 12 – Now let’s take another look at your blog. Remember, this must be a hosted WordPress blog on your name domain or another domain that brands your business. You will see that I maintain two primary blogs; this one that bears my name and another one at Huge Profits Tiny List. I want to focus on your ‘About’ page today. Take a look at each of mine to get some ideas.

When people first visit your site they want to know more about the person behind the computer who is sharing information with them. Make sure your photograph is clearly visible (one that really looks like you!) and share something about yourself that will help the reader engage with you and resonate with your thoughts, tips, and ideas on your topic.

Give us the direct link to your ‘About’ page in the comments section of this post. For example, the direct link to my ‘About’ page on this site is http://connieragengreen.com/about/.

Day 13 – Today I’m going to ask the question that separates the entrepreneurs from those who are ‘trying’ to start a business online. The question is…’What’s for sale?

Several years ago I was helping a woman on my training webinar. She told our group that she just could not understand why she wasn’t earning any money online when she was working at least thirty hours each week on her business. I casually asked her what she was selling, and when she finally answered ‘Nothing, yet.’ it dawned on me that this was not an obvious question to new online entrepreneurs. You can’t earn money until someone makes a purchase, either directly of one of your products or services, or from someone else for whom you are an affiliate.

Many of the products you sell may belong to someone else and you are an affiliate. That’s the perfect place to begin. You may also be offering your services to others. Go back to Day 2 and review the different business models that are available to you.

Please share with us what you are selling online. Also, if you are an affiliate for me or someone else and you post the link on social media, this does not count as being in business. I’ll discuss more about this concept during the last few days of the Challenge.

Day 14 – Social media can be a huge boost to your business or a colossal waste of your time, depending upon your focus and goals. I chose to use the ‘Big Three’ sites – Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn – as a way to share my lifestyle, manage my reputation, and to attract the right people for me into my business inner circle. This has paid off handsomely over the past few years with an increase in business, connections with people I would have otherwise been unable to meet, and ideas for new products and courses based on my observations and discussions with other new online entrepreneurs.

LinkedIn has been the biggest boon to my business, and I recently expanded my network to include over sixteen million people! Twitter is an excellent place to stop by and share what you’re working on, and Facebook allows you to share your lifestyle with photos and videos right within your posts.

How are you using social media to grow your business? What are your biggest challenges? Note that I do all of this in fifteen minutes a day or less, and that much of it is automated so I don’t even have to show up most days.

Day 15 – Many of us doing business online today got our start by promoting other people’s products as an affiliate. I continue to recommend this as a way to ‘earn while you learn’ and recommend what you use and love. Are you an affiliate and earning money every month with this?

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Info Product Creation: Online Marketing Tips Podcast

Online Marketing Tips Podcast

Online Marketing Tips Connie Ragen GreenInfo Product Creation is an excellent way to build your online business, and I have been creating and marketing my own information products since 2007. Starting an Internet business is the fastest way to both time and financial freedom, as well as great success in your life, and you need help to get there quickly. That’s why I started this online marketing tips podcast for my community.

Creating and publishing your own information products allows you creativity, as well as the opportunity to control your financial destiny online. In this episode of the Online Marketing Tips Podcast With Connie Ragen Green, my newest marketing training podcast series, I discuss this topic in great detail. I share exactly what you need to do to begin with this lucrative business model. I also discuss the importance of learning how to get started with info product creation as an effective way to build your business as an online entrepreneur.

The examples I use during this training include a product I created with Adrienne Dupree called Top 20 WordPress Plugins where we explain why plugins are so important and which ones we recommend for entrepreneurs. The other product is from Dennis Becker and is called ‘10 Challenges‘.

Using Dennis’ excellent 10 Challenges training I discuss how to choose a niche using a student of mine as an example (she has almost a thousand members in a site devoted to horsemanship) of exactly what is possible. Creating info products is also the way to jump start your list building efforts to have a community of people to stay connected with and to market to for years to come.

Listen to this training, take lots of notes, pick up the 10 Challenges course (very reasonable priced!) and get started today by taking massive action.

This online marketing tips podcast, as well as all of the calls in my podcast series is intended to teach you and other new online entrepreneurs how to take your business to the next level quickly and effectively, and as a way for me to share my very Case Studies, secrets, and advice on creating a profitable and lucrative online business using the ‘multiple income streams’ approach. You will see that each session is first recorded live as a teleseminar, and then repurposed into a podcast to extend my reach to the world. Please join my list to be included on these calls, and be sure to introduce yourself and share your site for optimal exposure for years to come!

Also, you can now pick up my popular training on winning affiliate contests and other online marketing tips for only seven dollars at Affiliate Contest Secrets. Use the discount code CONTEST to bring the price down to $7. This training has been completely updated for with the latest information, strategies, and Case Studies for you to use in your own business.

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Authority Marketing

authority marketingAuthority marketing, according to direct marketing legend Dan Kennedy, is the act of “deliberately, systematically, methodically establishing yourself as a celebrity rapidly and dramatically, at least to your clientele and target market. Without this you’re asleep at the wheel, ignoring what is fueling the entire economy around you, and neglecting development of a measurably valuable asset.”

When I wrote a column several months ago about becoming a local celebrity, this was the idea behind it.

In its purest form, authority marketing helps you as an entrepreneur or small business owner to leverage your knowledge to gain authority status in your industry. This authority status then allows you to dramatically amplify your message and also to convert this new audience into higher paying customers. In other words, it’s the process for positioning yourself as an authority, or even a celebrity, in your marketplace.

This can best be done by consistently providing useful information to your market. I refer to this as ‘being a resource before you’re a vendor’. The information you provide solves problems, offers solutions, and addresses urgent needs. Creating content in a variety of formats makes this a doable strategy for everyone wishing to grow a business, online or offline. You will have positioned yourself as an educator and an advocate for your niche market, instead of just another person selling widgets.

Strategies which are most effective at improving your expert positioning include highlighting your media appearances and your published books, and anything else which shows that you are uniquely more qualified and credible than your competitors. Increasing what is known as the ‘know, like, and trust’ factor is crucial to success. In your favor is the fact that most of your competitors have not been doing this, giving you the ultimate edge in the marketplace.

For instance, once you position yourself as an authority, you’ll no longer have to chase sales leads and prospects for your business. In fact, you’ll find that they will seek out your company and your offers. Once people find you they stop looking for anyone else. Traditional networking is no longer a necessity and doing business takes on a whole new meaning.

You will also increase your income with this strategy. Entrepreneurs and small business owners that are seen as authorities have a higher value position, and are therefore expected to charge higher rates. You will quickly find that people will happily pay more for services from someone who they perceive to be the top expert in a field.

Having clients that trust and respect you is yet another benefit of positioning yourself as an authority. Instead of questioning you every step of the way, they will be more likely to follow and take action on the advice you share with them. That’s an excellent feeling to experience.

Books, podcasts, radio appearances, local appearances, and blog posts become the best sources for information in your market, saving you countless dollars and endless hours for other types of marketing. I’ve written about all of these topics in recent issues of this publication. You will also gain influence in your marketplace and opportunities for speaking, joint venture partnerships with other authorities, and more will readily present themselves to you. These, in turn, increase authority further and open other doors.

Authority marketing is one of the most powerful strategies to differentiate yourself from all of your competitors. If you aren’t actively working on creating your business around becoming a local celebrity and being perceived as the ‘go-to’ authority in your field, you are missing a huge opportunity. What are your thoughts on this?

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Online Marketing Tips Podcast: Content Marketing

Online Marketing Tips Podcast

Online Marketing Tips Connie Ragen GreenContent Marketing is the strategy of building an online business with a variety of content and I’ll explain exactly how during this podcast. Starting an Internet business is the way to financial freedom and great success in your life, and you need help to get there quickly. That’s why I started this online marketing tips podcast for my community.

Private Label Rights (PLR) content marketing is the way many of us build our businesses online quickly and successfully. In this episode of the Online Marketing Tips Podcast With Connie Ragen Green, my newest marketing training podcast series, I discuss this topic in great detail. I share exactly what you can use the PLR you purchase for in your business, and also what you must avoid if you are to stay within the TOS (Terms of Service) of sites such as Amazon and Ezine Articles. I also discuss the importance of this content as an effective way to build your business as an online entrepreneur.

The examples I use during this training include PLR from Nicole Dean and Melissa Ingold at Coaching Sticky Glue, and also from them at their site for small business training on PowerPoint Made Easy. This is the blog post where I use a portion of the package I purchased to create a post on using PowerPoint. Using this type of content marketing that is available at reasonable prices makes your work seem like child’s play as you will have enough content to market on a regular basis.

I also share a site called Just Retweet, which gives you the opportunity to promote your blog posts to the world. Then I go into great detail about how to get as much valuable as possible from any PLR package you buy for your business, as well as how much you will need to rewrite before you publish it as your own. Just one package will provide you with enough content to create a new product of your own, start a related blog, set up an optin/squeeze page, and to create an autoresponder follow up sequence. The possibilities are almost unlimited.

This online marketing tips podcast is intended to teach you how you can take your business to the next level quickly and effectively, and as a way for me to share my very Case Studies, secrets, and advice on creating a profitable and lucrative online business using the ‘multiple income streams’ approach. You will see that each session is first recorded live as a teleseminar, and then repurposed into a podcast to extend my reach to the world. Please join my list to be included on these calls, and be sure to introduce yourself and share your site for optimal exposure for years to come!

Also, you can now pick up my popular training on winning affiliate contests and other online marketing tips for only seven dollars at Affiliate Contest Secrets. Use the discount code CONTEST to bring the price down to $7. This training has been completely updated for with the latest information, strategies, and Case Studies for you to use in your own business.

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Marketing in 2014: Marketing Tips Podcast

Online Marketing Tips Podcast

Online Marketing Tips Connie Ragen GreenIt’s 2014 – now what? Are you still marketing like it’s 1999? Starting an Internet business is the way to financial freedom and great success in your life, and you need help to get there quickly. That’s why I started this online marketing tips podcast for my community.

Are your domains locked by your registrar because you haven’t updated your email address? Are you using one email address for all of your business connections? Is your online business growing, or have you become stagnant? In this episode of the Online Marketing Tips Podcast With Connie Ragen Green, my newest marketing training podcast series, I discuss these questions and more. We also discuss the importance of blogging as an effective way to build your business as an online entrepreneur.

During this call we also discuss my ‘Five Pronged Approach’ with blogging, short reports, teleseminars, social media, and affiliate marketing. I also revisit the idea of writing down your plans and goals for the coming year. I’ve been goal setting and achieving since the spring of 2005 in this way and it has made a huge difference in my personal life and in my business.

All of my open calls are interactive so that your voice may be heard. During this call I am joined my many of my students and subscribers who share their questions, concerns, and accomplishments with their online business in regards to content creation, list building, social media marketing, and more. This time we discussed using LinkedIn and teleseminars effectively to promote yourself and your online business, using the Instant Teleseminar service to host your podcasts, the free PodPress plugin for your podcasts, how to know when the time is right for you to set up an autoresponder sequence, how to see which WordPress theme and plugins someone is using, using royalty free music for your podcast and other websites, and much more.

This online marketing tips podcast  is intended to teach you how you can take your business to the next level quickly and effectively, and as a way for me to share my very Case Studies, secrets, and advice on creating a profitable and lucrative online business using the ‘multiple income streams’ approach. You will see that each session is first recorded live as a teleseminar, and then repurposed into a podcast to extend my reach to the world. Please join my list to be included on these calls, and be sure to introduce yourself and share your site for optimal exposure for years to come!

Also, you can now pick up my popular training on winning affiliate contests and other online marketing tips for only seven dollars at Affiliate Contest Secrets. Use the discount code CONTEST to bring the price down to $7. This training has been updated for 2013 with the latest information, strategies, and Case Studies for you to use in your own business.

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Positioning Yourself As An Expert

positioning yourself as an expertPositioning yourself as an expert and a trusted advisor in your niche market is a worthwhile goal. I started doing this when I came online in 2006, and here are some ways you can do the same thing.

Sharing relevant and timely content with your community is an excellent way to begin. This way you have introduced yourself to them as a resource, rather than a vendor. This content can be free sites and materials that are readily available online, even though it may take some digging to find it. It can also be PLR (private label rights) content from sources that provide high quality on a consistent basis.

Once you begin positioning yourself as an expert, advisor, and counselor of your clients in your area of expertise, you will know the specific the outcome your products and services, as well as affiliate offers produce for their lives. Let people know who these products are for…and who they’re not for. Maintaining an authentic voice becomes a magnet in your market. You’ll attract the right customers and clients while repelling those who shouldn’t do business with you anyway.

In my online business I focus on new entrepreneurs who are serious about building a solid, long-term income online.  If someone comes to me who is only looking for a ‘get rich quick’ scheme they see very quickly that I am not the right fit for them. I prefer people who value the relationships we are building to grow our businesses surely and steadily.

The pieces of the puzzle are simple enough; choose a niche that makes sense for you, your background, your experiences, and your interests. Set up a site where you can let people know who you are, what you do, and how you can help them to achieve their goals. Offer them a report or audio recording to get to know you a little better. Stay connected and build the relationship with them through email messages, social media, and regular teleseminars and webinars.

You won’t earn any money until someone actually purchases something, so you also need to know how to find and tap into bulls-eye buyers.  Having a ton of freebie seekers on your list won’t do you any good.  Sure, maybe you get people to open your emails and click on your links, but if you’re not attracting buyers with money to spend to your list, then you’re out of luck.

How do you accomplish this?

What about staying on track and getting things done? As an entrepreneur working online today, it’s not a lack of opportunity that holds you back.  Instead, there are so many opportunities that you can’t figure out where to focus your attention because of all the available options. This causes BSO syndrome (Bright Shiny Object).  You bounce from idea to idea and traffic source to traffic source and product to product.

The solution is creating a clear entrepreneurial vision.

When you’re focused on where you’re going, it becomes much easier to just say NO to everything that takes you off that path.

Next month – April – I begin my fourth annual Productivity Challenge. I’m not going to link to previous ones here; instead I want you to think about what you would like to achieve during the next thirty days. Where will you be then? What will you have had to do in order to get there? What questions do you have about the upcoming Productivity Challenge? What could I do to make this the most transformational month you’ve ever had in your business?

 

 

 

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