Saturday, July 18, 2020

Getting Up and Running

Making an Internet-based business work and pay for you is more simple than business has ever been before - you just need to know how. The first thing to do is to decide on a price list for things that you will do. In order to make explanation more understandable, let us use an example. If you are a website builder for example, you can set prices based on how complicated or otherwise the site is. A site with an intricate design, multiple pages and interactive content will be a lot more time consuming and demanding than one that simply has a front page with basic information. You would therefore price it more highly.

Having a host site is preferable if you want to do business by way of the Internet. This can again be simple or more complicated. The site is like the front door of a "bricks and mortar" office - it will be what brings customers into contact with you. It acts as a shop front, so making it attractive and intriguing will bring in all the more business. For simplicity, you can set up a blog, something which is highly popular and easy. An original, more customisable site will require some HTML knowledge and other associated competencies - but if you build websites then you will know that.

On the site, you can display some short descriptions of what you do, how you do it and how much you charge. Really, there should be a limit to how much information you give to customers. To overload them will get in the way of things - you can give the specifics when they contact you.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

What Makes A Successful Shopify Store

Mobile devices like tablets and smartphones have greatly changed the shopping process and the path to purchase. These days, you can buy anything from a pizza to your own private island right from the comfort of your favorite chair. Due to this simplicity, new online shops are constantly popping up that cater to different customer segments.

It seems so easy to set up an online shop; just combine a domain, good hosting, content management system and theme, and you’re all set. Online stores can be cheaper to run and manage than a brick and mortar. After all, you don’t have to worry about overhead costs like rent.

But in reality it’s quite hard to create a good online store, and it’s even harder to make it successful and user-friendly. Below are useful tips that will guide you through to becoming a successful online store owner.


Create an Engaging Homepage

Think of your homepage as the face of your company. It tells your customers the products and services that you offer. Your customers don’t always have the time to figure out what you’re selling so the homepage has to clearly state that.

Be concise and direct in conveying the most important info to your customers (it will also be useful in a variety of other situations). Don’t tell the customer when your business was found or how many sales managers you have, save that info for the ‘About Us’ page. A good homepage also links to the categories to ease site navigation and make user experience seamless. There may also be banners with special offers and promotions.

Sometimes you also need to place contacts or even an online chat to answer all customer questions quickly. Live chats have the highest satisfaction levels for any customer service channel with 73 percent, so you should consider using it for your store.


Make the Most Out of Category Pages

Category pages are comparable to the shelves you find in a physical store. This provides you with a chance to show your customers what you have to offer. It’s always a good idea to place pictures, a short description of your products, the price, a small section for review counts, and an ‘Add to Cart’ option under each product indicated in your category pages.

You can also add sorting options (by bestsellers, reviews count, price, newest, etc.) or ajax scroll. If you decide to go for sorting, make sure you set all the canonicals and navigational tags properly. If you choose infinite scroll for your categories, remember to comply with Google guidelines since they can be quite strict about this.


Fine Tune Your Product Page

A customer navigates through your site to land on a product page. His intention is to find something interesting and to eventually make a purchase. The final decision greatly depends on the quality and quantity of information you provide but it doesn’t mean you should write a 1000-word description (save the words for a user guide or even a blog post about the product). Your goal is to show all the relevant info as quickly as possible, so it should be organized in a user-friendly manner.


Use a Tracking & Analyzing Tool

Don’t stop with just marketing your products and services. As an owner of an online store, it’s important to know if your business is doing well or not. The easiest way to get that info is to set up your Google Analytics. This will help you track key performance indicators so that you’ll know which aspects of your online store needs to be strengthened.

So, is it worth all the effort?

In just the past few years, the eCommerce space has developed by such leaps and bounds that online retailers now have countless tools at their disposal to streamline the process for consumers, allowing them to remain competitive in the face of a wildly growing industry. It’s a tremendous tool that more eCommerce businesses should be utilizing to strengthen their products reach. Therefore the simple answer is yes. Your store is like a sprout; you should take care of it, water it and nourish it. One day your hard work will result in a flourishing tree which will bear fruits regularly!

Here’s more tips on how you can make your online store successful in a short period, watch this short video and you’ll be amazed at how you can actually curate an online store which is aligned with key buyers’ wants and motivations to give you an edge over less mindful competitors.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Is Content Curation for You

One of the most common questions about content curation is...what does it really mean? Are we copying the content of other people and trying to get credit for it? Is it really that simple and if so, what about copyright infringement, etc.? Will Google and other SEs penalize our sites for curating content?

These are all valid questions and important ones because I'm sure some of the lazier and less savory folks may think it's that simple.

The idea behind content curation is to cut out the clutter of noise in the online publishing space and produce more infomative "chunks" for your readers to review.

For example, let's say you have a blog or website about fishing. You may have a passion for this niche and could write articles all day long. This is great but, not a particularly good use of your time. By grabbing content and provding links to other resources/sites that are relevant to your topic, you are providing your readers more information in one location...YOUR site!

If content is curated successfully, meaning you are genuinely providing additional information and sources that support your topic then you can quickly be seen as an authority, not only by your readers but by Google. This can have a huge impact on your earning potential and longevity in the search engines.

By the way, you are NOT stealing other peoples' content. Some webmasters may only provide a link to "other similar stories" while others may provide excerpts or short descriptions about another writer's work and of course provide a hyperlink to that source for the reader to follow if they want to read the full story, etc.

If used correctly, content curation can help provide a huge amount of original content to your website helping you get more traffic, earn more money, and hopefully stay on page one of Google for your niches no matter how many new algorithm changes Google decides to make in the future!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

CPA Marketing and Its Advantages for Affiliates

If you’re new to affiliate marketing, you should consider CPA (or Cost Per Action) marketing. While CPA marketing is certainly not just for newbies, as some CPA affiliates make a ton of money, it’s a great type of marketing to get into because you get paid whenever someone (ie your site visitor) performs a certain action, such as submitting an email address.

As an affiliate, you promote different CPA offers. These offers vary in terms of the actions requried to get paid. Let’s take a look at some examples:

1) Email submits – This type of CPA offer requires that the visitor submits their email address in exchange for something like a voucher, entering a contest, getting a discount, a free sample, etc. You as the affiliate would get paid a small amount (let’s say $1) for this email.

2) Zip submits – Similar to email submits, the visitor only has to submit their post code to again, receive something in exchange. These may pay even less than email submits but are about on par with the payments.

3) Free offer that requires a credit card – These types of CPA offers usually pay a lot more, from $10 to $30 and above. The reason being that in order for the visitor to get a free something, e.g. a free bottle of diet pills, they must submit their credit card information because the free gift requires a small shipping fee. Since the company offering the free product now has your site visitors credit card information, they can rebill them for next months shipment, therefore you as an affiliate, get paid a lot more.

Whether a newbie or a pro, you’ll want to focus on getting qualified traffic to your high converting sales/squeeze page. If your traffic is good but conversions aren’t, then focus on improving your site in order to increase conversions. Always track where your visitors are going and if they’ve taken action on the merchant’s website so you can be sure you’re getting paid for every lead you send.

CPA marketing is a great way to begin your affiliate marketing career and if you follow proven steps, you could potentially earn a ton of money.

Navigating Your Cpanel and Hosting

This is a beginner’s tutorial to using Cpanel to manage your web hosting account. We can’t cover every single thing that Cpanel can do, because it’s just too complex. It’s so complex that many people are afraid to even use it.

It can certainly be a bit scary for anyone who hasn’t used it before. Technical people pick it up pretty quickly, but non-technical people usually stick to using only the most basic features to avoid confusing themselves.

(Just as a side note: At we use a proprietary Control Panel, which we believe is much easier to use than cPanel).

Let’s go over some of the most common things you may need to use Cpanel for. First, you can add a domain to your hosting account. After you log into Cpanel, click “Addon Domains.” Where it says “New Domain Name,” enter your domain name with the format

Then add the name of the subdirectory and username you want to use as your FTP login. This will be the directory where your website is stored on the server, and also your FTP username. Use something easy to remember, but not “yourdomainname.”

You don’t want to make it easy for hackers to find out your username. Then simply enter the password you wish to use for FTP and click the button that says “Add Domain!” Now you’ll be able to log in to the FTP account using the username and password you just set up.

Just remember, the domain name won’t resolve until you change the name servers in your domain account to point to the correct name servers. You’ll have to do that by logging in wherever you purchased the domain and finding the name server section for that domain.

The next thing you need to learn how to do is set up a MySQL database. From within Cpanel, click on the button that reads “MySQL Databases.” Enter the name of the database you want to create. If you’re creating a database for WordPress on a domain called, you might call it “wplbc.” Then click on the button that reads, “Add Db.”

After the database is created, you have to set up the username and password. It will automatically take you back to the page where you can do this, so enter a username and password in the fields and submit it. Do NOT name your username the same thing as your database. That’s just making it easier for hackers to get into your database.

Make sure to add the user to the database. So many people forget to do this, and then they wonder why their scripts don’t work. You MUST add the user to the database. Use the dropdown boxes to select the username, then the database name. Tick the box to add all privileges for the user. Then click the button that says, “Add User to Db.”

Finally, you’ll probably want to set up an email address for your domain. To do this, click “Mail.” Then click the small link at the bottom that says, “Add Account.” Enter the name you wish to use, and then use the dropdown menu to select the domain you wish that email address to be set up for.

If you want the email address, enter johndoe in the name area, and select the proper domain. Next, enter a password that’s hard to guess, but make sure you write it down.

Leave the quota blank if you want the amount of space the email can take up to be limited only by your web space. That’s it! Your new email is ready to use. As you get comfortable with one feature of cpanel, see what the others have to offer.

There are many exciting elements, like being able to add a blog, add a forum, and check your web page statistics, to name a few. None of them are difficult to manage once you know the step-by-step details to follow.

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