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My Own Ezine                 December 14, 2004 Issue 9

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==> Timely Topics
==> Recommended Resource
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==> Guest Article: by Robert Decker
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==> Tips & Tricks for You, Your Home & Your Business
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==> Timely Topics

It's That Time of Year!

I would like to take this moment to wish Seasons Greetings
to you and those close to you. May your holidays be safe,
joyful and memorable.

This is that time of the year when we, in great numbers
and with great energy, exercise our great wealth to express
our love, joy and happiness. During this time we get so
involved with the excitement (and stress) of the holidays
that we pause only briefly to give thanks and to wonder about
the true meanings of life and death. Fortunately, in these brief
moments of introspection, we see with compelling clarity the
abject poverty, sorrow and despair that surrounds us everyday.
At this time of year mankind in little acts of kindred kindness
rises above the mundane toward spiritual excellence.

Last Sunday, in my local newspaper, "The Motley Fool"
column listed 5 organizations assisted by The Motley Fool's
8th Annual Charity Drive. They are:

assists Americans serving in Iraq and Afghanistan
promotes reading by children in low-income families
enhances the lives of the disabled by providing canine support
seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness
helps poor families worldwide by providing livestock & training

It's that time of year to turn a random act of kindness into a
deliberate extension of a helping hand.

Happy Holidays!

Stan Smith

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==> Guest Article:

by Robert Decker

Everybody loves a spine-tingling bargain. The heart beats
faster, the pupils of the eyes dilate and a spurt of
adrenaline races through the body when we discover a really
good deal.

For the past year or so, a compelling trend has been
developing that is saving cost-conscious online marketers
big bucks on high-quality Internet marketing tools.

Most newbies don't know where to look for this bargain. More
experienced online marketers are sometimes too busy to go
searching. I'll show you where to find it.

First, let's look at the traditional pricing of a couple of
important Internet marketing tools.

A good autoresponder generally costs around $20 monthly
and a decent ad tracker around $20 a month. That totals $40
for only two essential tools. Additionally needed tools can run
your monthly bill up really quick.

If you're on a tight budget or a bargain junkie, here's
great news! A low-cost alternative is now available. It's

"Bundled services".

This is when a company takes multiple products or services
and bundles them into a neat package. The consumer gets
several services at a dramatically lower price than if they
bought them separately.

You've probably noticed the major telecommunications and TV
cable companies bundling services over the past few years.

It's a genius marketing strategy. The consumer gets more for
less and the companies sell more products and services.
Both come out ahead.

It's such a great "win-win" concept that a few companies
selling Internet marketing tools have adopted the "product
bundling" idea.

Granted, you can count the number of these companies on
one hand and only one really stands out, but I'm sure more
will get on the discount bandwagon.

A warning...

Look for a company that offers "solid tools" and not "fluff"
(hype). Keep in mind that this article is addressing the
need for practical, workable tools and not informational

Fluff stuff can be things like: eCourse training (instead of
"live" interactive support), an eBook that may be available
elsewhere for nothing, "insiders secrets" reports, Etc.

Solid tools are things like: an autoresponder, list manager,
ad tracker, website or webpage, URL rotator system, web
conferencing system, "live" interactive training and
support. You get the idea.

There's nothing wrong with eCourse training, eBooks, special
reports or other informational products (in their rightful place).

Plumping up a tools list with them is not the right place.

The hallmark of a good online tools company is one that
generously offers you more in product "use value" than what
you pay. You get your money's worth (and then some).

This creates a happy and loyal customer who will tell their
friends. The customer and seller both win. So do the friends.

How can you know when you've found such a company?
Look at the product usefulness to your business and if
they've offered you a respectable discount.

Can you actually "use" the tools in a practical manner to
help grow your online business? Are you getting your
money's worth or paying for hype?

Are there any Internet marketing tool companies that truly
deliver your money's worth?

There are a few.

How much can you save?

A bunch!

To save you some time, following are two of my favorites.

1. http://www.BestInternetMarketingToolsInfo.info

Head and shoulders above the rest. At $27.97 monthly, this
one gives the greatest bang for the buck with a long list of
solid professional tools.

2. http://founders.robotreply.com/

At $34.95 monthly this one offers an autoresponder and ad
tracker. The remainder of items in the list of features are
things other than solid tools.

If you do a Google search and type in "bundled Internet
marketing tools", you'll get a *did not match any
documents* message.

Instead, type in "Internet marketing tools".

You'll have to do a little picking through the sites to find
the companies that offer bundled services. A bit more
searching will help dig out the really good deals.

Tip: Those that offer bundled services will not refer to
them as "bundled services" (even though that's what they
are). You'll know when you find them because they offer
several tools at a special discount package price.

copyright © 2004 Robert Decker

Robert and Mona Decker have been home-biz entrepreneurs
for ten years. Their current focus is finding the best online
deals for Internet marketers.

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