How to Plan A Successful Online Business

When you see a successful online entrepreneur like a parenting coach, how do you respond?

Are you jealous because you want to be that person?
Are you wishful and feel like the success couldn't happen to you?
Are you scared and back away because it hurts too much to be who you are and not that successful entrepreneur?

When you feel bogged down in your personal or professional ruts, take note of your wish or longing to be in your own online business. After all, running a successful online business looks comfortable from the outsider's viewpoint.

What is the online entrepreneur doing that is different?

How does he seem to have a great life without working that hard?

What you don't see is the slow, yet persistent, process of long hours at the computer, tedious tasks, and focused time on these key elements:

Wearing the beginner's mindset
Focusing on the intention, not the goal at first.
Recognizing and using leverage.
Building a set of useful contacts.
Hiring a valuable mentor

All of the elements are crucial to the success of your online business. Let's take a closer look.

Wearing the Beginner's Mindset

The success of any brick-and-mortar or online business needs the best personal mindset from the beginning.
A healthy mindset doesn't guarantee success, but it is the best step of strength in the right directions.

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mindset hacksWhat Is A Heathy Mindset?

1. The willingness to focus on the task as long as is necessary to achieve your goals, even if you set only one goal per day.
2. Start with a sound business plan from the beginning and don't fly by the seat of your pants. Don't believe that you can learn and earn as you go along.
3. Don't hope for the best. Rather, make the best happen through your intentions and goals and get help when you need it. 

Recognizing and Using Leverage

Stretch your time and dollars far as you learn to use the power of the Internet to make your online business successful.
Your first temptation may be to do everything first. That isn't possible. Building your foundation first is more realistic.

The foundation is your base of operations:

Business plan
Intentions and values that guide your business
Determine your brand and how you want to represent yourself or your business.
Website - leverage search engine optimization
Gain page rank on Google through content like blogging, a course, or through articles on blogs or videos on vlogs.

These steps leverage your becoming indexed and available in the search engines. Leveraging also includes branding yourself, your website and your products.

Your reputation and credibility are everything on the internet. Don’t take any shortcuts.

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What Are Your Best Social Networking Sites?

With 200+ opportunities for social networking online, what is right for your business? You gain authority and leads, but you might take a closer look at the top five social networking opportunities.

You may find that some of those networks fit perfectly in with what youíre doing, but for the most part, youíll probably focus your efforts into the some of the five big systems we're discussing in this post. My goal is to help you understand what these networks are about and how they might fit in with your marketing plan.

Facebook

Was launched in 2004 and reported as of the first quarter of 2018, Facebook has 2.19 billion monthly users who are active. Facebook social networking reaches by far a wide audience and age ranges.

Facebook could serve you in two ways:

(1) You create your account page and start networking with people who fit your client or buyer persona.

(2) Facebook offers marketing through ads directed to your well-defined audience. Facebook has become a more visual network of companies and individuals sharing higher numbers of photos and videos. Your ads, then, are visually appealing. In summary, businesses advertise cost-effectively to grow their following and Facebook provides insights and also analytics to help understand the effectiveness of posts.

Having a Facebook group provides you with an interactive network that allows for content sharing, and the commenting system offers a stronger or cohesive connection. Interestingly enough, Facebook is a closed format, more so than networks like Twitter and Pinterest. Still, with a large number of people on Facebook, you can build a strategic presence and monetize that.

Twitter

Launching in 2006, Twitter now has over 500 million active users and receives over 1.6 billion search queries daily. Twitter also reaches a broad demographic as Facebook does.

Twitterí's uniqueness comes from the 280-character limit on tweet updates. Can you create concise tweets for your business that interest and entertain the users.  While you can upload photos to Twitter, the text-based social networking serves some businesses well.

While twitter updates are private, any user can search the content of people they follow. Can you imagine 6000 tweets go into cyberspace every SECOND? That amounts to "200 billion tweets per year." (www.internetlivestats.com/twitter-statistics)

LinkedIn

Linkedin, the oldest of these five social networking opportunities,  was launched in 2003. By design, the network was for professionals making professional connections. You will find that searching for professionals by the job, skill set, or interests is easy. Linkedin is smaller than Twitter and Facebook, but it is a focused network. With a claim of over 500 million users, the networking professionals can also purview the job market, which has increased since the recent change in ownership to Microsoft Corporation.

Service providers do very well on LinkedIn, but most businesses can benefit from a LinkedIn presence. The site is a source for not only finding employment and clients but also allows like-minded business people to share ideas, advice, connect to work on projects and more through groups.

Google+

Google, a relative newcomer in comparison, launched this network in 2010: http://plus.google.com-- Of 2.2 billion users, the active ones amount roughly to 111 million. Google+ attracts an audience with technical minds and offers interesting possible connections with Google's other products, including the search engine.

Google+ allows for the sharing of lengthy content, creating discussions, and sharing photos. And while Google+ does not necessarily reach the average social media user, the strength in Google+ comes from some important sources:

The +1 button -  On the network and throughout the web, Google users can show appreciation for content by giving it a +1. The +1 can help grow word-of-mouth audiences, but also have an impact on traffic through search engines.

Google Hangouts - Sophisticated video / audio conferencing software is built into Google, allowing businesses to make more meaningful connections with their audience. Even the President of the United States and other public figures have held their personal Hangouts.

The bottom line is if your audience is on Google+ (it may or may not be), you should explore the possibilities.

Pinterest

Currently, Pinterest is social media popular destination. They officially launched in 2012 and according to Comscore, by January 2012, had 11.7 million users. While on the surface, it seems like they have a tiny audience, it ís a unique network that many business strategists are keeping an eye on and businesses are tapping into the image extravaganza.

This network is the most visual by far, as its focus is on sharing photos (videos can be shared too) of things that interest users. These shares are called pins and allow users to create virtual pinboards in a variety of categories. The site also attracts considerably more men than women, giving you something to consider in your participation.

If your web content tends to be visual or your product photos are visually appealing, there could be a place for you on Pinterest. Like Twitter, Pinterest is a very open network, and you will find that your Pinterest content is readily seen and shared by people who don't directly follow you.

Parting Thoughts

Where you put your focus is where you will succeed. It is always better to do one or two things well, instead of a bunch of tasks haphazardly. If you are just getting started with social media, pick one in which to get your feet wet. If you're already involved, consider if you are putting your attention into the right areas and perhaps make a plan to explore new areas or dig deeper into existing ones.

Top Ten Tips to Build Your List

Each of us, who works online, knows that you build your list of e-mail addresses for successful marketing on the Internet. Your compilation of email addresses is your single, most powerful tool.

Email Addresses

You already have the e-mail addresses of the people who may be interested in what you have to offer.  Why not sell items that are related to topics in your email messages. The person, who trusted you enough to provide their email automatically, gave you the consent to communicate.  The informative tips in this blog discuss how to build your list in successful ways.

Tip Number 1: Blogging is king.

More precisely, regular blog posting is king. Starting a blog can be easy or difficult, depending on how you approach the task. The easy way is to automate your blog as you establish it. WordPress (WP) is one such tool of choice. It works on plug-ins and templates.  You create a customized look without the problems using coding.

If you can post a blog entry once a day, then you are doing well. I chose to post a new article every 3rd day. The timing allowed me to market each piece for several days on my social media accounts with the idea of generating leads to build your list.

Tip Number 2: Stay relevant.

Whether you are posting blog entries or sending e-mails to the addresses on your list, you need to stay on topic. If a client sees your facebook post, and then receives an email with useful information on another aspect of the same issue, they can connect the dots between you, the topic, and the varied streams of information..  You then maintain focus on the very subject that got people interested in the first place.

When you move away from the topic of interest, people will start skipping over what you send them. If they lose interest, then next step is marking your messages as spam. To make a transition to a new or ancillary topic, state the reason to move from topic one to topic two Use proper paragraphing can achieve this effect of movement.

Tip Number 3: Make a proper squeeze page.

A squeeze page (no, I don’t know why it is called that!) is a straightforward webpage built with an offer for visitors in exchange for their e-mail addresses. Sometimes the email is a way to access an online course, download a free ebook, or gain access to a membership site.

Examples of squeeze page software are Clickfunnels and Leadpages”

Don’t confuse the squeeze page with a sales page. A squeeze page asks for an email in exchange for information or a gift of sorts. A sales page does sell your services and products that are displayed on the pages along with price points.  What you put on a squeeze page is the premise of your service and sales content and headlines.

Tip Number 4: Skip the video on squeeze pages, or people will skip it.

Video works for generating leads, verifying your expertise,  and convincing visitors to buy.  People who visit your squeeze page and opt-in are the impulsive personality type. They come to the squeeze page to download what you offer. Mostly, they aren’t the patient type, even with high-speed broadband, to watch a video.

By keeping your squeeze pages free of videos, you allow it to load quickly and cleanly. Your visitors get to read the salient points right away, and they will opt-in during that magic moment when they decide they like what you do and represent.

Tip Number 5: No heavyweight effects on your squeeze page

In addition to not putting videos on your squeeze page,  also avoid media that consume high bandwidths. I have seen audio files, sparkling glitter, and falling raindrops on websites. The site was pretty, but…

Sounds and music slow down the loading time of the website. Ensure that images are compressed too.  Smarter Internet users block media from untrusted sources, so your special effects are just left out, and you do not lose your intended impact.

Tip Number 6: Use video in your posts!

YouTube has made publishing videos a breeze, and it is free, which means you can get a stronger emotional connection with your audience. Facebook Live offers a shorter video opportunity if you have a tribe or group with whom you teach and converse.

For awesome impact, add videos to blog posts. While some people prefer to read, higher numbers of people like to watch and listen. By including a video in your well-written blog posts, you can generate leads from the readers as well as the listeners.

Tip Number 7: Video responses are cool

Use videos in marketing blogs to respond to your clients’ essential questions. Your followers will know that you do care about what they think and ask because you take the time to create and post videos for them. Picking out the questions that matter most is the tricky part. Another tricky part is staying on topic as you discuss questions and answers. You can answer off-topic questions through email. Another way that videos work for you is that answers generate traffic and boost your popularity.

Tip Number 8: RSS is your friend

RSS refers to “Really Simple Syndication.”  The idea of using RSS to publish your blog posts is that it can publish your media to any RSS reader who is tuned in and signed up for your feed. When you post a blog entry, video, or an audio podcast, then those who chose to receive RSS data from you will get an update on their RSS readers. It’s like they get a personal notification every time you put something up online.

Tip Number 9: You can substitute audio for video

 If you are not confident about your appearance on video or want to keep your online footprint as small as you can, then using audio instead of a video is a perfect solution. The most important advantage of audio over a video is that it consumes less space and is downloaded quickly.

Tip Number 10: SEO

Search Engine Optimization, also called SEO, is a set of procedures that guide you to fix your web pages and their content, so search engines (like Google and Bing) feature it higher among results for relevant searches.

In practice, SEO is complicated because the rules change over time. Is it worth your time to learn and complete SEO for your site? Or, are you the type of business person who hires a support person to create SEO for your website? Unless you have a fast learning curve, hiring this task out might better serve your goals. At least, once I learned all about SEO, I did hire another person to complete my sites and I learned best practices also.

Grow in Knowledge for Successful Online Business

One positive fact about a successful online business owner is that you must stretch and grow and learn. Within you is the motivating force of your temperament. It pushes you forward to recognize, try, fail, grow, succeed, repeat, rinse. How can you take advantage of this fact?

This motivating force, one law of nature, applies to all living things and those businesses we create. Businesses cannot begin, grow to a certain point and then remain so. The business would stagnate, and it needs to continue to thrive. Your business is your creation and reflects your state of mind and emotions. As the business owner or manager, you control the business prosperity through expansion.

Growth and development are necessary for the firm to survive. If your online business grows too fast, you easily become over-extended. A steady, controlled growth is an ideal. Otherwise, stagnation causes a company to fade or crash.

You may not fully understand the terms growth and expansion’. The obvious meaning of the words is to get bigger and broader. Growth, for example, can mean gaining knowledge or wisdom. Development can mean broadening the knowledge base or defining the values from which a company operates.

A small internet-based company does not have to grow into a huge company. Rather, as the owner of the online business, you grow by learning online skills, developing an app. employing new marketing strategies, and test what works and what does not.

You expand your viewpoint and welcome change to adapt to internet changes like in Google's ranking data for your website. Growing, changing, and developing are vital to the survival of any online business.

What is the key to growth and expansion of Internet-based businesses? As the biz owner, you always and continuously invest in yourself, your values, and apply what you learn to your endeavors.

Stay on the cutting edge of technology,
Are you willing to accept and adapt to changes as they occur, even if you just made a recent change?
Internet businesses grow prosperous when the person who is driving that business invests in her knowledge and ability.

The key to the continued growth of an online business is investments that you make in yourself.

Invest in yourself.

What Does That Mean?

  • Your business is a result of your knowledge.
  • Your ability to manage a business ensures that it grows consistently.
  • Invest eight percent of your time and income into improving yourself.
  • Stay on top of new technologies, like automating your social media or content creations.
  • Outsource your tasks like writing or technology needs to keep on top of your timelines and goals.
  • Make a conscious effort to organize all tasks.
  • Stay on top of technological changes.

Suggested Tasks

  • Spend one hour a day marketing.
  • Spend one hour a day learning how to improve your skills, website, or outreach.
  • Then apply what you have learned or tested, and imagine the free time you have when you get to automate as well as outsource your successful online business needs.

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