Affiliate Marketing to Monetize your Blog

What else can be done on my website or blog to make income besides selling my amazing services? I get asked this all the time. All the time.

And you can. You can! There are many ways to monetize your blog so that you are “making money in your sleep” as they say…, which honestly, sounds like a whole lot better than getting up and down 3 times to let the cat on and out which is what I did last night. Grr…. [Read more...]

Online Marketer: Market Thyself !

A member of my BNI group gave me an idea I’ve been ranting about to others for quite some time but obviously not heeding. (Marketer: market thyself), and that is the really important element of listening to what people want, instead of just ‘what you would like to shove down their throats because you think it’s a really good idea.’ A high end painter, Alberto was ready for the big plunge, wanting to re-vamp his website and his online marketing campaign. Having had an existing website that just sort of sat there not doing much of anything for him, Alberto was excited about the idea of creating an optimized website that was built not only to showcase his beautiful work, but to rise to the top of Google and the other search engine ranks, and act as a lead generator for his business as well. We’d met, discussed his vision and his options and all the bells and whistles we could implement to attain his goals, the costs involved, the ROI (return on investment) and I left him to mull it over. [Read more...]

Will SEO Alone Do the Trick?

A friend forwarded me a great article that I haveto share, as lately I’ve been adopting this strategy more and more:

The issue of how to strike a good balance between traditional, time honored marketing methods versus shiny toys like SEO is an ongoing debate and topic of discussion from many of us in the biz, as we struggle to position ourselves to do the best job possible for our clients in making their voice count, ensuring great ROI as well as making sure their visibility is front and center. In short, doing our jobs to best promote their business in front of the widest audience, ethically, affordably and well.

Will SEO alone do the trick? Like anything else, SEO if implemented professionally, should be a component, a crucial component for sure, but still, a component of a broader, integrated marketing strategy. Anyone that tells you that SEO in and of itself is the “magic pill” that will turn their business profits around is either not telling you the truth or implementing some pretty unsavory SEO tactics in oder to get you high rankings in the search engines. Buyer Beware, and remember the old addage: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Make sure your marketing plan contains at least 3 of the following components and that they are well integrated in order to obtain a good bang for your buck:

  • A well designed, unique, search engine friendly website
  • Inclusion in as many general, industry specific and geo targeted directories
  • Inclusion in all the major search engines, including Google, Yahoo and Bing
  • A warm lead generated opt-in , professional email campaign (no spamming)
  • Social Media, Social Media, Social Media
  • A blog or newsletter campaign
  • Targeted Pay-Per-Click advertising
  • Aggressive email (opt-in only!) capture strategy
  • Occasional specials, incentives, discounts offerings
  • An analytical tool to gauge just what is effective and what can be discarded

Most important, however you choose to spend your marketing money, is to make sure that your campaign is well branded and being delivered consistently and in a timely fashion. People need to get used to seeing your presence in order to expect your presence.

SEO alone does not a marketing plan make. My goal, as always, is yours: business walking through the door, orders flowing in, phones-a-ringing, trackable increases in dollars, and happy, smiley, business owners.

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