Social Networking – A Waste of Time? Tuesday, Mar 10 2009 

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Social Networking

There has been quite a buzz about social networking and whether it’s a waste of time for your business. Can you really market effectively on social networking sites? How is this possible? Most people believe that these sites have a lot of people that are attempting to sell their opportunity to each other.

However, statistics show that there are 75,000 people/day looking for home based businesses. I’m sure this number is growing daily especially with 70,000 layoffs on Bloody Monday. What a better place to find these people than on social networking sites! The key is to find your target market and focus your efforts in those areas. Here are some of the sites that I visit and have had many people join my business opportunity.

Myspace – This is my #1 lead source for my business in the social networking arena although many people continuously bash Myspace.  That’s ok because I’ll just take that business, thank you very much!

Facebook – is quickly taking over the #2 spot and could be my #1 source very soon. There are some great features such as Facebook Pages for your business.

Twitter – is the newest buzz word in the neighborhood and I’ve actually had a few sales from this source already! Make sure to check out my Twitter tips to grow your business. I also highly recommend following Mari Smith on Twitter and Facebook.  She gave me all the tips for my Facebook business page.

Sta.rtup.biz – is a great place to meet like-minded individuals and those looking to start a new business. I’ve received my largest amount of traffic from posting this article to this site. I also gained 700 new Twitter followers from one twitter blog post on this site!

Youtubevideos are the wave of the future. Many people love watching videos more than reading content so this is a great avenue to promote your business.

Here are some professional networking sites that you can align yourself with potential business partners.

Professional Networking Sites
Ecademy
LinkedIn
Ziggs
Xing

One of the main keys to success is to plan. Many people spend too much time on the social networking sites and do not get much done with their actual business. I’m not advocating joining every single site but choose a select few and focus on them.

Be sure to allot a certain amount of time for each site so you don’t run into the problem of spending all day on certain sites. For example, I try my best to get on Twitter in the morning, afternoon and evening for 10 – 20 minutes each time. This allows me to interact with different people as there are different high traffic times for Twitter.

My top places to visit on a daily basis are Twitter, Facebook and Star.tup.biz. Go make some friends as people are more inclined to buy from people they know. Which ones are your favorite social networking sites?


Naomi Trower

YouTube Viral Marketing Strategies Tuesday, Dec 23 2008 

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Until YouTube came along, there was no social networking site that promoted user content in the form of video. This niche has catapulted YouTube to the forefront as a leading social networking site. Because of its ease of use and popularity, YouTube has become a launch pad for many business viral marketing campaigns as well.

Do you have a digital camcorder or webcam? If so, you can make a video that can be shared online. People like to see what others are doing. There is no better way to allow others to do just that, than through video media. YouTube is the largest generator of user video content on the web.

Businesses have found a way to use YouTube to increase their bottom line as well. Videos are a great to head up a viral marketing campaign. What is viral marketing you might be asking? We do it all the time and many don’t even realize it.

When someone shares a good review of a product with us and we go out and buy it, that’s viral marketing. Essentially, it is word of mouth advertising. It also works on the negative. Poor reviews lead to lower sales of certain products. On the Internet, negative statements spread like wildfire.

Here are three strategies that we use to promote our sites via Youtube:

1. Have keywords for your particular business in your video titles for people to find your videos. This video is called Myspace Marketing: Truths Revealed! This video is placed on a website right next to the link for the ebook.

2. Have your website viewable on the screen several times throughout the video.

Here is a Youtube video of one of my fitness friends, Holly Rigsby, that is doing a phenomenal job of promoting her product via video. She has a great niche, Busy Moms Fitness Workouts, and what a better way to distribute your videos virally than via Youtube.

3. Post your video on Facebook and Myspace. The great thing about Facebook is that all of your friends see every move that you make in the status section. Myspace bulletins are great areas to post your videos as well.

YouTube provides opportunities for businesses to market their business in a viral fashion. With high quality video and a bit of social networking around the site, traffic and sales will benefit.

If you haven’t begun advertising your business via video, YouTube is the perfect place to start. It doesn’t cost a dime to put your business in front of millions, but can produce a return that maybe even you could never have imagined.


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My Internet Business Stuns Competition With Quick Video Marketing Joint Venture Thursday, Sep 18 2008 

 

 
The My Internet Business massive product suite just got larger and even more valuable to its members across the board due to recent joint venture with QVM (Quick Video Marketing). The My Internet Business management team has been working diligently to expand its line of services and products and has inked an extremely profitable deal with Jeff Schwerdt, co-founder of Quick Video Marketing. To learn more about this joint venture, click here.

Jeff Schwerdt, an ex-fighter pilot for the U.S. Air Force turned internet marketer was forced to hang up his wings due to lower back problems caused by frequent F-16 flights. As an F-16 instructor, Jeff needed to find a profitable business he could run without the heavy stress on his lower back. After deciding to embark on internet marketing he became incredibly successful with the use of video marketing strategies. Many of his colleagues wanted to know more about his successful techniques which spawned the creation of the Quick Video Marketing Home Study Course – A Fighter Pilot’s Guide to Online Success.

My Internet Business founders Rob Hannley and Dave Garvin have recently negotiated and signed an affiliate deal with QVM which will provide an even greater level of extensive Web 2.0 training as well as an additional income source for My Internet Business members.

The top five traffic sites on the internet (Google, Yahoo, MySpace, YouTube and Facebook) all have a video component which makes this joint venture very powerful for My Internet Business members. The value of this alliance gives MIB members immediate access to the Platinum QVM Home Study Course along with unrestricted resell rights to the course as well.

“It is great to work with someone that is committed to integrity and excellence in the online world”, said My Internet Business co-founder Rob Hannley during an interview with Jeff Schwerdt prior to the new product roll-out. Take your business to the next level with the best of both of worlds: internet and video marketing.

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