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" Promoting Your Online Home Business the Right Way "

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Promoting Your Online Home Business the Right Way
Nicole Taylor

One thing you'll learn quickly about having your own home business is that it takes plenty of promotion to succeed.  You'll probably spend at least eighty percent of your time doing some sort of promotion.  This is the key to making money online, and failure to promote can cause your business to seem hopeless.

Promoting Always

Whether you're spending all day every day working on your home business or only a few hours per week, always save some time for promotions.  Keep a log of submissions for link exchanges with other businesses, submitting your articles or website as a resource to other websites, preparing and submitting pages of your website to the major search engines, etc.  Have a steady stream of promotions going on at all times.  Activity produces activity.  You'll be amazed at how steady promotions will help your home business.

Promoting Everywhere

Keep your website address before others as much as possible. Create business cards with your web address printed on them and pass them out to people and to other business owners around town.  When you have an opportunity to speak with or do business with someone online, send them a business card in the mail to get something tangible in their hands. Add your web address to all of your printed materials and ads.  For example, if you run a local newspaper ad, include your web address for more information.  If you place an ad in a magazine, do the same.  When you have envelopes or letterhead printed for your business, add your web address to every item.  When you mail out materials, keep in mind that the materials will be viewed by others as well (i.e. postal workers and mail carriers). The more exposure you have to your web address, the more visitors you will gain.

Promoting to a Targeted Audience

When marketing your online business, be sure to focus only on your target audience.  Study your market and find out who your target visitors are and where they hang out.  What types of searches do they perform in the search engines?  For example, when placing keywords in your web pages, use keywords that your visitors would use during a search.  You'll be able to reach your target audience if you learn to think like they do. When you find your target market, try to think of the types of websites they might visit and network with these websites for link exchanges, articles, etc. You'll find that this is more effective than blasting an untargeted ad out to millions in hopes that a few might buy.

Beware of Promotional Gimmicks

When searching for promotional avenues for your web business, you'll be exposed to a neverending stream of "cheap" promotions that promise huge results.  An example of this might be:

"For only $2.99 you can receive 50,000 visitors in a matter of minutes!"

What's wrong with this picture, you might ask?  First of all, where will the 50,000 visitors come from? Are these all absolutely unique visitors?  The reality is that many of these visitors are the same people viewing your website over and over again.  Watch out for these astronomical claims. This type of promotion sounds wonderful on the surface, however, when you ask yourself the questions above, the smoke begins to clear.Marketing your home business on a continual basis will lead to visitors and ultimately sales.  Never allow your business to become stagnant.  Visitors to your website will recognize when it's no longer growing. You'll need to keep promoting and keep growing to have a successful home business.

About the Author:
Copyright © Nicole Taylor is a successful Internet Marketer who helps people from all over the world start a home business and make money online. Please visit http://www.im-making-money.com for more information.

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