Blogging To The Bank-Make Extra Income

If you are wanting to make extra money to supplement your home business… a blog can help you, if written properly.

An Honest Review of Blogging To The Bank 2010

By now I think most people in the world know about blogs.

What most don’t know is that there is a great income to be made as well for free.

Rob Benwell is only a mere 24 years old and has already made several million dollars. Early in 2006 he shared his secrets with the world in his highly successful Blogging To The Bank ebook and has made making money online a whole lot easier for everyone.

Just over two years after the success of his first book and over 20,000 copies sold of it and the 2007 2.0 update he is now releasing his third version of Blogging to the Bank helping to whet our appetites and keep the big bucks rolling in.

I got this book as soon as I could and it covers quite a lot of new information and techniques to adapt your blog to the new demands of the major search engines. Many of the techniques in the old book are now dated and don’t work so well. This is why Blogging To The Bank 2010 is very effective.

Also this guy doesn’t consider himself to be a “guru”, he’s just a normal guy who wants to help the little guys out. I find this a nice change as he doesn’t talk “down” to you like most of the other guys do. He explains everything in a nice simple manor so everyone can understand.

Saying that when he “goes off on one” it may take a few reads until you get it but when you do it’s just shear genius. Some of the topics in my opinion could have been covered a little more, then others went into great detail. You also get his 5 Blogging Commandments For 2010 that you must follow to give you blogs the greatest success in 2009 and keep them future proofed. This should be printed out and put on the wall of every online marketer without a doubt! His book starts off with market research (so that you are making the most of your time) to building your blogging empire. Everything is covered in this new outing that helps bloggers with todays online issues regarding making the all mighty search engines happy.  Search engines are the invisible robots that scan the internet to help people find your blog or website.

Final Verdict: if you are out there in the blogging world and want to make money the easy way then I highly recommend Blogging To The Bank 2010.

Why work harder than you need to as the new techniques are there ready for you to simply implement.

Effective Advertising

When Marketing You Need to Remember These
by Kaye Z. Marks

Marketing is one business activity that your business should never be without. Marketing is essential to your business growth that you need to do it constantly in order for you to succeed.

If you want to reach out to your target clients, promoting your business is one way to do so. You can never be able to generate leads by your excellent product alone. You need to make your target market aware of what your business is and what it can do.

So before you start advertising, here are a few reminders that can help you have effective marketing campaigns such as poster printing and custom poster printing:

What type of ad do you have? Your marketing campaign’s success can be determined by the type of strategy you have. What would you want to use for your business? What type of advertising can help you relay your message more effectively? Therefore, whether you choose poster printing or even the ubiquitous sticker printing, the key is to choose the type of advertising material that would best convey your offer to your target audience.

Are you unique? You have to bear in mind that you have to attract their attention first. Even before they can read what you have to say, make sure you get them interested with your design. What better way to do that than to provide them with an advertisement that is unique and distinct – something that reflects the brand that is YOU.

Do you have a limit? Do not just offer special discounts and free items to get them interested. Be sure to put a limited time on your offer. You want to get your target clients to purchase your product NOW, not tomorrow or next week. If you can put an expiration date to your offer, your target audience would more than likely act on your message as soon as they finish reading it. Do not get them to procrastinate. The more time they think about your offer, the more chances they can think of ways not to purchase your product or service.

Do you know what is going on? It is also not enough that you send out your ads out there and then just hope for the best. When marketing, you need to know how your ad fared so you can improve if you need to and re-assess your tool when necessary. Keeping track of your marketing campaign can well-equip you later on with your next ad so you can provide your target audience better and more effective offers.

Kaye Z. Marks is an avid writer and follower of the developments in custom poster printing or poster printing industry.

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How To Increase Sales and Customers

  If possible, purchase samples and demonstration produces (fragrances, etc.), that interest you, to become  familiar with them. Try them yourself, and let clients try them.  Research the product, and all of its benefits.  If you are impressed with a product, you are more likely to make more sales.  You will sell more if a client can see or smell it for themselves.

  When talking to clients, talk about the benefits of the product, and how it has helped you.  Try not to hard sell them. They will most likely walk away.  If you genuinely want to help people, instead of sell  them, they will want to buy from you!

  To get fragrance or jewelry demo products for free, you will initially have to purchase one.  Wear it or let people try it (fragrance), and take orders for it.  Then sell it for a discount off the retail price, but more than you paid.  Example: your cost is $5.99 and retail is $22.00, sell it for $10, if it is over half full.  Your profit is $4.01 on this demo.

  You get your initial $5.99 back, then re-invest the profit of $4.01 into another demo product and do the same thing.  Keep re-investing your profits from demos, and soon you will have a nice income from all the sales, without investing your own money!

  Don’t stop there, suggest other products with it. Example: fragrance with body lotion, and shower gel, or a necklace with a matching bracelet and ring.

  Next, ask your clients:

 Who in your family is having a birthday, or anniversary?

What kind of skin care does your family use?

When will you need more shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, or deodorant?

How did you like the fragrance samples I left you?

Tell me about your favorite product.

Ask for 3 referrals, offer a small gift, or a discount on their order in return. 

Give them a trial  product for a week, and follow up.  If they like it, you have made a sale!

Offer a 5-10% discount on new customer orders.  Print out Coupons.

Follow up with a phone call after meeting new customers.

Get their wish list-offer a Free gift for it.

Be sure to close the sale.

 Don’t assume they will call you when they need something, call a few days before placing your order to ask if they need anything!

Watch your sales explode!

Expense Receipts

  From day one, try to get in the habit of saving all your receipts.  You will need these to calculate your profit, and for filing Income tax.

 Save receipts from anything business related, (your tax preparer will tell you which expenses cannot be used in your line of business).

  Some suggestions:  office expenses, printing (business cards, flyers, posters, post cards, etc.), postage, equipment, phone bills, utility bills, internet fees, demo products, samples, display items, gifts to clients or helpers, lunch with clients, gas and vehicle maintainace, accounting and tax preparation fees, charities, open house supplies/refreshments.  Save everything that you think may be deducted, you can sort them later when preparing taxes. Clothes are not normally a legitimate deduction, unless they are a required uniform.  If you are lucky enough to have an accountant, they can tell you what to legally deduct. 

  If you log expenses using a spreadsheet, keep the actual paper receipts for proof in case of an audit.

Your Home Office

  Organize your home office with good lighting, shelving and file cabinets to easily find important papers, books, demo products, and customer information.  In most homes today computer, printer and desk are probably already in place.  If not, check out local thrift stores for gently used office equipment.  If you save the receipt, most thrift stores will refund or exchange non-working equipment within a reasonable amount of time.  Ask them their return policy before purchasing used equipment. 

  Try to work smarter, not harder.  If your office is not organized, you will spend more time looking for things, than working.

Your Mindset

  Have you ever heard the saying, “If you think you’re going to fail, you will”?  Well, it’s totally true.  We can do anything we set out to do, as long as we set our mind to it.  If you find yourself thinking or saying “I can’t do this”, stop right away!  Try a fun experiment; Erase “can’t” from your vocabulary, and see what happens.

Dreams And Goals

  In order to be successful in any business, you need to have a dream, a good reason to work hard, and keep you motivated.  Think about what is most important to you.  For some, it is to buy a home, a car, or a child’s college fund.  For others it is earning extra income to take their spouse and kids out more often.  This gives you incentive to push forward to achieve your goals.

  Once you realize your dream, never lose track of it.  Every time you are having a hard time getting motivated, picture yourself in your new home, or car! 

  Now, write down your goals, and set a reasonable time limit.  Start small and grow them larger as you reach them.  You don’t want to get discouraged by setting your goals too high in the beginning.  Some may want to start with a down payment on a car or home.

  When you reach each goal, reward yourself.  Take a day off, sleep in, go to dinner, whatever makes you happy!

Hello world!

Welcome to , a blog for anyone starting a new business working  from home.  I hope you will find the posts helpful.  Feel free to leave comments and suggestions on how you run your home business.