Do you understand the value of having social network (SN) accounts or how it benefits you? I found this article that I thought you would find interesting. This relates to a Twitter account, but the same comments apply to the other SN accounts as well. http://heatheracton78.wordpress.com/2009/05/31/six-reasons-why-everyone-should-have-a-twitter-account/
Take a look at http://www.twitter.com/topproductsnow. In the upper right hand corner you will notice that I have 10,310 Followers. Or in other words, over 10,000 people are interested in what I have to say! How long would it take you to achieve this by attending network meetings? And you will notice that every Tweet has a shortened Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or your website address. That is because Twitter only allows 135 characters in a tweet. That’s characters, not words! So there is not a lot of real estate to write your headline include your URL. As an example, look at the latest tweet. Article-Internet Marketing Pitfalls - How to Avoid Common Internet Marketing Mistakes That Will Kill Your Online... http://bit.ly/dOcccD. If I were to post this without the 135 character limitation it would look like this:
Article-Internet Marketing Pitfalls - How to Avoid Common Internet Marketing Mistakes That Will Kill Your Online... http://topproducertoday.blogspot.com/2010/12/article-internet-marketing-pitfalls-how.html.
That is more then 135 character and is not permitted by twitter. So what do you do? You use a URL shortener such http://bit.ly Check it out and sign up for it it’s free. And this is how I do it. I log on to bit.ly and insert the URL http://topproducertoday.blogspot.com/2010/12/article-internet-marketing-pitfalls-how.html. and they will shorten it to this: http://bit.ly/dOcccD. Then I have enough real estate to write a catchy headline before the shorten URL. The final tweet looks like this Article-Internet Marketing Pitfalls - How to Avoid Common Internet Marketing Mistakes That Will Kill Your Online... http://bit.ly/dOcccD Well within the 135 character limitation.
Let’s talk about blogs and your website and how your SN accounts are integrated with it. Integrating your SN accounts into the website is a must! You have to sign up with Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin (And really spend some time developing your Linkedin account, which most people do not do) and setting up a blog to tie it all together. This is very, very important. Why? If you have a new business or website how to do you get found or discovered? One of my favorite expressions is "Having a website is like opening a store in the Everglades. Who’s going to find you or how do you get discovered?” We are all interested in having our website be the main vehicle for generating dollars. But how do you drive traffic to your website? And by traffic I don’t mean “hits”, but “page views”. Big difference! I want visitors to not only click on my website pages, but to look at the content as well. All my blogs are tied into my SN accounts. When I do a post it is automatically sent to my SN Accounts. To do this I use http://tweetfeed.com/ Sign up today it’s free!
Finally, I talked to you, briefly, about the importance of signing up with www.cj.com, www.clickbank.com, and the Google Affiliate Network Why? Take a look at all my blogs and websites. What do you see on one side of the blogs? Advertisements, banners and promos. So when you do a post on your blog, the post is sent to the SN accounts which then directs the visitor back to your blog or websites and voila! There are your banner ads (And the banners have to be pertinent to your business.) You should have this philosophy “If a visitor click onto my site, doesn’t see anything interesting on my site and is ready to hit the “back” button, but see’s a banner ad that they are interested in and click on it and buys something, your get paid even though they are leaving your site.” Does that make sense? Why not get paid when they leave your site?
Oops! One more thing. Sign up for Google Webmaster http://google.com/webmaster. This is necessary to start your blog (and there are no limitations on how may blogs you can have) There is a plethora of other webmaster tools you can use, once you sign up, but that will be topic for another time.
For more information on the importance of having a blog go to: http://coolwebsitestoday.blogspot.com/2010/12/do-you-need-blog.html and http://www.coolwebsitestoday.com/blogdesign.htm
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