Sabtu, 05 April 2008

The Keys To A Successful And Profitable Work From Home Business

Are You Interested In Work At Home Business Opportunities?? ...READ THIS FIRST!!!!

What if I could work from home and not have to dredge through the day to day grind of long hours, back-breaking work, and mediocre pay?

Is there more to life than just punching a time clock every day?

How can I attain the financial security to work at home and have the freedom to spend more of this time at home with my family?

If you've ever asked yourself any, or all, of these questions, then there's no doubt that you've thought about starting a work at home online money making business of your own. Right? But be honest. What's stopping you? The fear of not making it? The risks that may be involved? The lack of experience with the Internet and website design? Maybe you just don't think you have the skills required to make it all come together and work? Well, let me tell you a little secret. Not so long ago, I was right where you are now. My head was filled with ambition and thoughts of an endless stream of cash waiting on my doorstep each month. But then my mind would start to fill up with the clouds of doubt. I'd tell myself:

--"I can't possibly do it".

--"I don't know how to build and design a website".

--"I've never worked with computer programming before".

--"Besides, even if I did manage to get a website, then no one would want to come to visit it".

Any of this starting to sound familiar? I would search and search for that one perfect program that would take away all the fears, risks, and headaches involved in the process and I could just sit back and watch the money roll in. Then I had something amazing happen. No, I didn't strike it rich and become a millionaire overnight as some of the programs said I would. I had a reality check. All of the get rich quick envelope stuffing, claim processing, and survey taking scams were only a get rich quick trick for the companies that offered them. I soon realized that while there actually is good money to be made on the web, there really isn't any such thing as "free" money. There are definitely some amazing money making opportunities out in cyberspace, but most are going to require a little effort to make them really successful. I guess the old adage is right, "you reap what you sow".

So, how do you apply this new found insight to picking a program that's right for you? First of all, those 5 minute success stories are just that... stories. In all likelihood, and without some miraculous stroke of luck, the only way you are going to go from everyday Joe (or Jane) to millionaire in five minutes is if you win some lottery. Although, in most cases, your odds of making money with the lottery are probably better than your chances of making money with some of the shadier get rich quick online schemes. Also, all of those sites that promise to set everything up for you and all you have to do is sit back and watch the money fall at your feet? You might want to find a comfortable place to sit, because if you do nothing and expect them to do it all for you, then you will probably be sitting there for quite a while.

So, while you're sitting there, why don't you take some time to read all the way through this site. I know it may seem like it goes on forever, but I am going to tell you what you really need to know to succeed in the work at home business. And first things first, nearly every worthwhile work at home program is going to require at least a little time and effort, at least to start with. Some will require more than others, but expect to spend at least some time with the initial start up. The key to how much will be required really depends on several factors, but the main ones are:

1. How much time you have to devote to developing your new online business.

2. What kind of skills you are bringing in with you in regards to things like website design, html coding, and the other technical aspects of the business.

3. How much support you get from the program publisher.

4. How willing you are to learn and follow instructions from those who have been successful in the business.

5. How much money you are willing to invest in the business.

Let's focus on these key factors for a moment:

Number one: Time

The first, and possibly one of the most important, is how much time can you "realistically" spend working on your business? Let me be perfectly honest here for a moment. If you are not willing or able to put the time in to developing and setting up your business correctly, then you are most likely not going to see much of a return from your program. While most of the higher end programs are very well established for you in advance, there are still going to be some actions that you will have to take to see that you are achieving the goals you are trying to reach. Once again, "you reap what you sow".

For starters, most of the programs that include "free" websites with your purchase are going to need some work to truly be useful and "search engine friendly". Most of these sites have the required elements to be a useful website, but they lack a lot of the "personal" elements that make them stand out from the crowd. In a sense, they are "cookie" cutter websites in that they all pretty much look alike. This is a problem in and of itself, in that the search engines, and Google in particular, does not like this type of website. In fact, if Google finds that your new bargain website matches a hundred other websites, then they will more than likely not even index it in their searches. This is something that most of the "gurus" on the web won't tell you. Now this isn't to say that you should stay away from programs that provide a free website with your program. Not at all. If nothing else, you at least have a starting point to build from, without all of the expense and time of cr!

eating your own website from the ground up. Think of it this way, they built the house. All you have to do is decorate it.

Do yourself a favor. If you don't take anything else from this paragraph, read the next sentence VERY CAREFULLY! The single most important part of your website is NOT the ads or the product you are selling. It is the CONTENT that makes up the bulk of your page. I can't stress enough how important this is. It may not sound that important at first, but once you get an idea of how the search engines actually work, then you will see how important this really is. Basically, if you do not have unique, interesting, and informative content on your website, then you can pretty much forget about ever being anywhere near the top of the search engine results. In fact, without good quality content on your page, most search engines will not even index your pages. Remember the reference to Google earlier? They are a prime example of this. Google bases a lot of its search indexing on the quality and quantity of the content on your site. If Google doesn't feel you have enough content, or good, quality content that would benefit their searchers, then they will simply pass you up, or at the least index you so far down in the search results that you might as well not even exist. And most of the other search engines are picking up on this and looking more closely at their own website submissions.

So, make sure that you add good quality content that would actually make the web surfer who has just found your site actually want to spend time on your site. Don't just give them a basically empty page with a bunch of links to programs and gadgets for them to buy. Give them the information that they came to your site to find in the first place. And it really isn't that difficult to do once you understand a few basic principles about website design.

But that's a topic for our next key factor, so let's just sum this part up by saying this: Just be prepared to put in a little time to fine tune your program, whether it is embellishing your website by adding features, adding text and content, or whatever. This is one of the most important things you can do if you expect to have a productive site that attracts the search engines, and eventually, your customers.

Number Two: Skills

Now, as for the skills that you bring to the table? Rest assured that you do not have to be a computer programmer to make money on the Internet. This is merely going to slow the process down a little as you move through the learning curve.

While not all programs will require you to have a website, in my honest opinion, you are passing up on multiple streams of income without one. Most programs will not expect you to already be an Internet guru with your own arsenal of websites at your disposal, but if you do have one, then you are ahead of the game. Nearly all good programs will be designed with the beginner in mind and some even provide you with your own starter website, as was mentioned in the previous section. If you do not already have a website of your own or the necessary tools to edit and update a site, there are many helpful and useful websites out there that can guide you through every step of the way. I highly recommend downloading one of the free HTML and programming editors. They work right on your computer and you can re-work or change your existing websites, or event create your own from scratch. The best part, other than being free, is that you really do not need any prior programming experience to use most of these programs. They are very easy to understand and user friendly for the beginner as well as the expert. I personally use the NVU HTML-editor myself and it works great. In fact, most of my site listed in the resource box below was designed and modified using that very program.

And if you do reach a place where you are stuck and don't know what to do, then the very tool you're using now is a gold mine of information and help for you to use. There is a wealth of knowledge on the web just waiting for you to tap into it. There is everything from free information such as forums, blogs, and articles to complete premium services that will walk you through the process or even do it for you. Not sure if you need a premium service? There are many free website tools available to help you along as well. These can include checking your site for errors, ranking, dead links, and all kinds of other problems. If that doesn't fulfill your curiosity, then there are some more free products and services on my site listed in the resource box below that you might want to try.

The point to remember here is this: Don't be afraid of what you don't already know. Look for the answer if you don't know what it is. Everyone has to start somewhere and most people's fears of technical issues are nothing that can't be overcome with a little research and knowledge.

Number Three: Support

Which brings us to the next factor. What kind of support is your program publisher going to provide? This is very important in speeding up your learning curve and has a big impact on how quickly you can expect to see results.

As was stated in the previous paragraph, most publishers have the beginner in mind, at least to some extent, when they design a new money making opportunity. After all, the majority of their customers are going to be people that are new to making money on the Internet. If you already knew how to do it, you wouldn't need their product in the first place, would you? So, expect the program you join to provide you with most of the tools you need to get a reasonably good start on your business. The more materials and support they offer, the better off you'll be no matter what your level of skill is. These are the building blocks that will be the foundation of your business, so don't overlook this when deciding on a program.

Take in to consideration your own skills when deciding what type of program you want to try. If you already have your own site and are just looking for something to add to that, then you may not need a program with a free website and all the extra bells and whistles included. On the other hand, if you think HTML is something that you get off the dollar menu at McDonalds, then you may want to find a program that is designed for someone just starting out. It's all about what you think your capabilities are and what you're willing to do on your own.

There's no shortage of variety in the styles of programs out there. You will find everything from turn key online stores, to affiliate programs where you advertise other peoples products for them, to direct marketing of your own products. The possibilities are truly endless here. Just as a little side note here. If you are new to working online, then you owe it to yourself to check out the wide variety of affiliate programs that are out there. As a beginner, I would highly recommend this type of program to start you out. What could be simpler? You simply advertise other people.

Author: John Newby

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