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Maintaining a Positive Mindset Despite Disappointment

Maintaining a Positive Mindset Despite Disappointment

Dealing with the shenanigans of some marketers can be a challenge to anyone’s mindset! In fact, I was working with one marketer on an e-book about personal growth and personal development. Much of the personal growth and personal development content revolves around ethics and marketing and how to provide value to people and help them first. Little did I know, the marketer that I was dealing with was perhaps not the most...

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The Myth of the Ethical Marketer

The Myth of the Ethical Marketer

With all that we hear about in marketing these days, what we rarely hear about is the ethics of marketing or how to be an ethical marketer. You may ask “what does ethics have to do with marketing?” “After all, business is business.” Marketing boils down to how you present an offer or product to people. You can present that offer in a way that reflects the truth behind the offer, or you can present that offer in a...

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Network Marketing Revisited

Network Marketing Revisited

While Internet Marketing takes a takes a more “virtual” approach in its interaction with clients and customers, Network Marketing takes a more personal approach. Network Marketing works best through personal contact and personal recommendations (“word of mouth”).  Even so, network marketing efforts can significantly benefit by using some of the principles taught in Internet Marketing. Social media campaigns and...

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Your First Website!

Your First Website!

Building your first website can be an exciting, but daunting task.  Where do you start?  Can you do it yourself, or do you need to have someone do it for you?  The sheer number of questions you have about building a website can prevent you from ever taking the first step to create one! Let’s start with the “why”; why do you want to build a website?  Is it to express yourself or your hobby?  Is it to start a business or...

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HYIP Success

HYIP Success

One of the fastest growing segments of network marketing are High-Yield Investment Programs, also knows as HYIP programs. HYIP programs take a spin on the traditional MLM-type of network marketing programs by removing one of the key drawbacks to success for the beginner:  the requirement to recruit other individuals into the program. Most HYIPs will pay a considerable daily percentage on your balance without the need to sponsor anyone else...

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How to Monitor Your Network

How to Monitor Your Network

As Online Marketers, we put a lot of time, effort, and attention into what we do online:  blogging, emailing, testing ideas, creating ads, etc. We often overlook the need to monitor the foundation that supports all our efforts:  your home network. I know what you’re thinking:  “Please!  Not a technology article!” 🙂 Don’t worry; I won’t write about the bits and bytes of how all the components of your home...

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Internet Marketing Stealth

Internet Marketing Stealth

Security is a hot topic when it comes to any type of Internet activity.  We see and hear of many stories of how easy and how often hackers penetrate even the most secure of networks.  Although much of this visibility revolves around high profile cases and high-profile targets, the average internet user can still benefit from some security measures—even if only to protect their privacy, which seems to be dwindling year after year.  ...

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Network Marketing: The New MLM?

Network Marketing: The New MLM?

If you spend any time in Internet Marketing, it won’t be long before you hear about it’s cousin, “Network Marketing”.  Network Marketing is often thought of a a new “MLM” construct suited for those who would prefer to market via the Internet instead of marketing face-to-face. Despite the title of this article or the thoughts of many, neither Network Marketing or MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) is...

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Prepping for the Holidays

Prepping for the Holidays

Internet Marketers and traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have one thing in common during the holidays:  the potential to draw a huge chuck of yearly sales. Internet marketers face a huge challenge from retail outlets:  “Black Friday”, “Cyber Monday” sales, midnight-madness sales–you name it; whatever tricks retailers can use to bring in the crowds, they will. Sure, there are plenty of people who try to...

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“Entrepreneurship” – I Approve This Message!

“Entrepreneurship” – I Approve This Message!

Here in the United States of America, we are hot off the heels of another slightly dysfunctional election cycle, I am often left wondering about the overall message of the contest–not the message from the candidates but the message the American people were sending to the candidates. Though the mindset of each individual can vary greatly, there was a common theme throughout the election process…a persistent question that was...

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The Affiliate: The Man in the Middle

The Affiliate: The Man in the Middle

“What is the quickest way for a beginner to make money?”  That is perhaps one of the most-often asked questions by any aspiring online entrepreneur. The most-common answer:  Affiliate Marketing. As an affiliate marketer, you are essentially a “man in the middle”.  You are in between the buyer and the seller.  You help Buyers find products and services they are looking for, and you help Sellers advertise the products...

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When Does Product Support End?

When Does Product Support End?

Product Support.  It is an essential consideration for any product creator.  Knowing “how” to provide adequate product support for customers is only half of the equation.  “How long” to provide product support is a more difficult question that is not often asked or answered! In the world of Internet Marketing, particularly with product launches, “support” is a simple mechanism to set up but not always...

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Double-Dipping: Managing Your Job and Your Business

Double-Dipping: Managing Your Job and Your Business

Do you find yourself in pursuit of the “Internet Lifestyle”?  Are you trying desperately to become an “Online Entrepreneur”? For many, these endeavors often brush up against the harsh reality of walking in to a “9-to-5” job during the week.  It becomes even more challenging when your “9-to-5” job involves evening hours and some weekends!  The “9-to-5” becomes more like the 8:00 am...

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Building A Business Around Your Niche

Building A Business Around Your Niche

If you were to walk up to someone who has built a successful online business and asked them for advice on how you could get started, you will probably be asked the following question:  “What is your niche?” When I was first asked that question, my mind drew a blank:  on the meaning of the word “niche“. 🙂  Defining that word seems to be the first rite of passage into online entrepreneurship!     The 3 most...

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5 Steps to Avoid a WordPress Mess

5 Steps to Avoid a WordPress Mess

If you’re using WordPress as the platform upon which to write your blog or display any other type of website, one of the first things you should consider is protecting your asset from disaster. You are not necessarily protecting your site from hackers, who seem to get the majority of the spotlight; you’re protecting your site from hosting errors, update mistakes, theme issues, and plugin crashes.  The list of pitfalls that...

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Save Your Economy!

Save Your Economy!

It seems as if everywhere you go, you hear negative news about the economy.  Even good economic news is cast in the greater context of an overall gloomy economic climate. The constant bombardment of this “gloom and doom” message on the masses by numerous media outlets causes many people to buy into it, even if their own circumstances and environment don’t reflect that reality.  A person can feel nearly powerless to do...

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No More Pencils…

No More Pencils…

Do you remember that schoolhouse rhyme?  “No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks!” The beginning of summer vacation, the end of the school year, or even graduation from high school or college often marked a period when (theoretically) the grind of education would end.  Of course, we now realize that success in Internet Marketing–like success in most other industries–depends on our...

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No Time Like the Present

No Time Like the Present

No matter what industry or business we may be in, success favors those who make the best use of their time.  Sometimes, the best use of that time involves us engaging in activities that we would rather not be a part of.  So, we adopt the mentality of having to face it “sooner or later” or waiting until the last moment to “get it over with”.  This describes the one thing we could all use a little less of:...

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Motivation

Motivation

From time to time, one thing we can all use a little bit more of is motivation.  Motivation can come from within, or it can come from an outside catalyst.  The decision to act on that motivation is always left up to us. It all can be a daunting task that requires a tremendous amount of mental and physical energy! For those of us who work full time jobs (with the “occasional” evening and weekend work), finding the motivation to...

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First Things First

First Things First

“First things first.” When considering the myriad topics that I can write about for my first blog, the one that comes to mind most often is the nebulous concept known as “mindset”.  A “mindset” can be defined as the set of ideas and attitudes that we use when we approach a situation.  A mindset is often thought of as being something difficult to change—almost immutable.  However, with focused attention and practice, any mindset can be...

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