Does Using Your Blog Attract Visitors to Your Site?

This is a question which can be debated over and over again. What is the reality of the question? First you have to realize the motivation of persuading people to visit your website. The truth is that you have become a business person, an entrepreneur and are driven, motivated to make money on-line. Once you accept that as fact you then can begin to see how useful or not your Blog can be and exploit it to you advantage

Blogging is a channel of communication on a variety of topics. A Blog can be used for Social Intersection, Politics and Religion to Advertising products for sale, just to mention a few. Even can be a combination of all or some of the above. Basically it is just a vehicle to disseminate information.

Can I use my Blog to generate traffic and drive that traffic to my site? You need to ask yourself a few questions. Why did you start the Blog? What are the main topics contained in the submissions? Do you run an open policy to accept any and all points of view so long as they don’t violate the norms of decency? Is what you want to promote or sell compatible with the foregoing? Having answered these questions and you consider there will not be a lowering of standards or conflict of interest then you must conclude that it is it can be another useful tool to aid in the conquest of the Internet.

Where to begin? I mentioned “Open policy” so through Directories and Forums you can invite submissions to be placed on your Blog. Either Articles or simply Blogging uploads. Make it a two way exchange which will allow you to upload your submissions to their sites, thus expanding your range of contacts. If your comments and articles are interesting and informative you will have many visitors come for a look.

Having caught their attention you need to “Set a Trap”. You can only have so much information on your Blog Pages without being accused of exploiting the Blog for monetary gain. So you need to entice them to visit your Sales Page, not just your Blog. You know something like “Click Here for a FREE Surprise download package” Human nature and curiosity will give you at least 90% success of attracting the to your sales page. You are on your own from there. It is up to your imagination as how to keep them there long enough for them to subscribe to the Bonus. The trap is sprung when they have Opted-In.

The conclusion to answering the question is YES. A Blog correctly used and maximized to develop its fullest potential will definitely drive more traffic to you site. You can spend many hours uploading to other sites and even paying to be allowed that privilege, but do not forget it is YOUR BLOG which is on your Web Site and carries you name and reputation which will win the day. So devote time and energy to see it develops its fullest potential, both to your pocket, but to society in general. Start writing articles for submission to Ezine sites and post them on your own site too. Make them meaningful and informative to get people talking about your site.

Network Marketing & Home Based Business – Why & How?

Many people today are getting tiered of working for someone else. Not only that but they are seeing more and more employers fronting less and less of the responsibility when it comes to an employees health and welfare. This is because there is an ever growing desire for the large companies to increase shareholder profits. The best way to show an immediate increase to shareholders is to cut something away from the employee. And that includes employee jobs. But I’m not hear to talk about what everyone is going through, I’m here to talk about what everyone is afraid to talk about. And that is the fact that 95% of Americans are living a lie. And that lie is this, “I’m Doin’ Pretty Good”. This is a load of garbage. People will make this comment and then turn around, get in their run down VW and head of to something that is suppose to be a home. They gripe about their low wages, their boss, their duties, their car & home, their wife/husband & their kids. But never do they take the blame themselves for getting their families into the mess in the first place. One of the biggest problems facing Americans is the lack of personal accountability.

These days most People have been approached by someone that comes from the home based business or network marketing industry. This is the exact opportunity that people who say that they are “Doin’ Pretty Good” should jump on in a heartbeat. I’ll explain why later. But this type of person is so blind to opportunities that they can’t see what this industry is all about. I was told by my father at least once a day, “You need to watch out for number one”. When I was 10 I thought that meant I needed to be a better shot when I aimed for the toilet. When I got older I finally understood what he meant. “Never have a business partner”, was another piece of genius that he preached. I could go one and on but that’s not the point I’m after. A person that wants to be wealthy can’t do it alone. You need a team of people to make money. Even Bill Gates didn’t do it alone. He was the leader and co-founder. No one knows where Microsoft might have been if they didn’t have the entire team that worked together towards a common goal. Donald Trump has a team that he works with. The team does all the important, yet tedious, footwork while The Donald makes all the crucial decisions. So what makes Bill Gates and Donald Trump Billionaires and the rest of us? Well, What we are today. It’s us. It’s because they are Leaders. A leader has a vision and is able to cast that vision so that people will attach themselves to it and help to make the visions a reality. When Bill Gates was casting the vision the majority of America, with the exception of his Microsoft team, thought that personal computers were just a fad. Boy were we wrong and now Bill Gates is paid extremely well because he was able to cast a vision to his team which helped to make Microsoft a reality and now we pay highly for those wonderful Windows programs. They are paid well not for their intelegance but rather for their Thinking.

Here’s the question, how is your thinking? Let’s start here first. I will assume that out of those who actually get this far in this article, the majority of you will not have the leadership skills to cast a vision, for a dream or passion you may have, to a team of people in order to build a business and end up with the lifestyle of a Bill Gates. I don’t mean to be harsh, but let’s be realistic. So how does someone like me who’s in his 40’s generate enough income so that I don’t need to work for the rest of my life? I bet everyone has asked themselves this question. I’m guessing not too many people have an answer. The reason you don’t have an answer is because you don’t have a vision. In order to have a real vision you need to have a way to achieve that vision and the resulting lifestyle that it will provide. To achieve your vision you need some way to acquire the business skills necessary to gather the business team that will help you achieve that vision. So what are you going to do? What will your business be? Who will you market to? What will you sell? Well I’m about to tell you how to answer all of these questions.

Network marketing and home based businesses cover all the bases for you. There are a multitude of businesses that cover all product areas. From the ever present health industry to energy drinks, insurance, financial planning, legal protection, video e-mail telecommunications and the fuel industry.

First things first,
Step #1. Find a product or service that you need and want but also that many people will need and want as well. The product or service has to fit you.

Step #2. Research all businesses in that genre. The key question you should ask yourself before anything else is a question to yourself. Do I trust the person who introduced me to this business.Also, Do I trust these people and this business opportunity and do they have MY best interests at heart. If the answer is no, then run as fast as you can. Here is how you know if they have your best interest at heart. Do they want you to sign up on the spot or do they ask you if you want to get started. There’s a BIG difference. If you sign up on the spot you’re paying for your startup cost. If you do this you may not ever see them again. If they ask you if you would like to get started and you say that you don’t have the money, their next step is to invite you to an event that is up coming to further your knowledge. If the event costs money to attend then I recommend that you pay for it and attend. You can go and gain more knowledge that will help you make a better decision. Plus you will get to meet some of the local people in that business. Again, don’t you want to know who you’re going into business with?

Step #3. Ask if they have a training system that includes thing’s like weekly CD’s, Books, DVD’s, Weekly meetings, monthly seminars and large conventions. This is how you learn the Business skills that I mentioned earlier. If you don’t want to pay for the system and don’t like going to meetings or listening to CD’s then stop reading right now go back to you job and work for someone else for the rest of your life. The SYSTEM is the key. Anyone who has succeeded in this industry has done it with the strong predictable training system. When you do decide to utilize the training system follow their recommendations exactly and to the letter. Do not deviate from their process or you will waist time. I’ve seen people pay for the system and continue to try and do the business their own way. This is the worst mistake anyone can make. It will frustrate you and you will quit. Throw you stupid EGO out the door and listen to you Mentor. Your ego will loose you money and time in this industry.

Step #4. LISTEN TO YOUR MENTOR. You will know your mentor because they are the one who is actually achieving success in the business by using the available system. Your mentor may not be the person who sponsored you. If your mentor says that you should attend a seminar. Attend the seminar and don’t make a fuss. If you hate your job so much then why use it as an excuse that’s stopping you from attending. These events are designed to help you retire early from that job you hate so much. Do you see the stupid thinking here? Oh, I can’t go to the seminar ‘cause I gotta work. Call in sick dummy. This is the difference in thinking from the wealthy and the working class. A wealthy thinker would do whatever it takes to get to that seminar. A wealthy thinker realizes that they don’t know everything and accept a mentor’s guidance no matter how much money they have or how much older they are then their mentor. I’ve watched people come into the network marketing industry who make 6 figure salaries at a job and not listen to their mentor and blame the business opportunity for their lack of success. In turn I’ve watched people who make a 6 figure income at a job come in and listen someone half their age with one third the yearly income at a job and they both became successful. This is because they both packed up their stupid egos at the door and left them outside so they could work together as equals and become successful together.

The secret to Network Marketing and Home Based Businesses is simple. You need to help as many people make a lot of money and in turn you will be paid highly to help them get there. Here’s the catch, you need to be mentored first in the process of becoming wealthy. Only then can you help others to make money. How can you teach people to make money in this industry if you haven’t made money in it yourself?

In closing let me list all the points for your quick reference to wealth.

1) Stop thinking that you job will get you all you hope’s and dreams

2) Stop being cynical, skeptical & Negative about Network Marketing & Home Based Businesses.

3) Realize that this industry is your only way to generate a significant amount of passive

Income

4) Take your stupid EGO and get rid of it forever.It will cost you more then help you

5) Find the right product or service to build your business around

6) Start using their training system ASAP

7) Find a Mentor ASAP

8) DO WHAT EVER YOUR MENTOR TELLS YOU TO DO

9) Enjoy seeing your dreams become reality, all because you saw a vision for your future and you enlisted the help of Network Marketing or a Home Based Business as your vehicle to job freedom.

Advantages of Real Estate Investing

Investing in real estate is as advantageous and as attractive as investing in the stock market. I would say it has three times more prospects of making money than any other business. But, But, But… since, it is equally guided by the market forces; you cannot undermine the constant risks involved in the real estate. Let me begin discussing with you the advantages of real estate investments. I found the advantages as most suited and really practical.

Advantages

Real Estate Investments are Less Risky

As compared to other investments, less of misadventure is involved in a real estate property. I will not get away from the fact that just like any investment you make; you have the risk of losing it. Real estate investments are traditionally considered a stable and rich gainer, provided if one takes it seriously and with full sagacity. The reasons for the real estate investments becoming less risky adventure primarily relate to various socio-economic factors, location, market behavior, the population density of an area; mortgage interest rate stability; good history of land appreciation, less of inflation and many more. As a rule of thumb, if you have a geographical area where there are plenty of resources available and low stable mortgage rates, you have good reason for investing in the real estate market of such a region. On the contrary, if you have the condo in a place, which is burgeoning under the high inflation, it is far-fetched to even think of investing in its real estate market.

No Need for Huge Starting Capital

A real estate property in Canada can be procured for an initial amount as low as $8,000 to $ 15,000, and the remaining amount can be taken on holding the property as security. This is what you call High Ratio Financing. If you don’t have the idea as to how it works, then let me explain you with the help of an example. Remember that saying… Examples are better than percepts!

Supposing, you buy a condo worth $200,000, then you have to just pay the initial capital amount say 10% of $200,000. The remaining amount (which is 90%) can be financed, against your condo. It means that in a High Ratio financing, the ratio between the debt (here in the example it is 90% Mortgage) and the equity (here in the example it is 10% down payment) is very high. It is also important to calculate high ratio mortgage insurance with the help of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). If needed, you can also purchase the condo on 100% mortgage price.

Honing Investment Skills

A real estate investment, especially when you buy a condo for yourself, will be a pleasurable learning experience. It gives you the opportunity to learn and when I went ahead with my first real estate property, I was totally a dump man. Ask me now, and I can tell you everything, from A to Z. Necessity is the mother of all inventions. I had the necessity to buy the property and so I tried with it, and I was successful. I acquired all the knowledge and skills through experience of selling and purchasing the residential property. Thanks to my job. It gave me the experience to become an investor.

Not a time taking Adventure

Real estate investment will not take out all your energies, until you are prepared and foresighted to take the adventure in full swing. You can save hell lot of time, if you are vigilant enough to know the techniques of making a judicious investment in the right time and when there are good market conditions prevailing at that point of time.

You should be prepared to time yourself. Take some time out, and do market research. Initiate small adventures that involve negotiating real estate deals, buying a property, managing it and then selling it off. Calculate the time invested in your real estate negotiation. If the time was less than the optimum time, you have done it right. And if you end up investing more time, then you need to work it out again, and make some real correction for consummating next deals. You have various ways and methodologies, called the Real Estate Strategies that can make it happen for you in the right manner.

Leverage is the Right Way

The concept of leverage in real estate is not a new one. It implies investing a part of your money and borrowing the rest from other sources, like banks, investment companies, finance companies, or other people’s money (OPM). There have been many instances where people have become rich by practically applying OPM Leverage Principal. As I had discussed under the sub head – No Need for Huge Starting Capital, the high ratio financing scheme gives an opportunity of no risk to the lenders, as the property becomes the security. Moreover, in case the lender is interested in selling the property, the net proceeds resulting from the sale of the property should comfortably cover the mortgage amount.

Real Estate Leads For Realtors

Because real estate prices have dropped quite a bit, the potential commissions that real estate agents and brokers could earn have also dropped. But the drop in commissions can be more than offset by the amount of properties that can be sold. And getting quality real estate leads is one of the keys to making this a reality for real estate professionals. This is because there are so many more properties on the market now than there were before the bubble burst.

The rise in the number of homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages has increased so much that a very large number of them have decided that they cannot afford to stay in their homes. They would rather sell their home and buy a comparable home for a much lower price, and take the loss so that they can improve their cash flow situation by having a lower mortgage payment each month. And since there is no shortage of properties to buy, these people had no problem finding a suitable home for a good price.

And another result of the rise in available properties is that more and more people are becoming first-time homeowners. Since prices on homes are falling, more and more people are able to afford a home for the same amount they are currently paying in rent. So the logical choice for these people is to buy a house rather than continuing to rent.

These factors all lead to one thing – a higher need for real estate agents to help the buying and selling of all of these properties. Therefore, even though prices have fallen, the quantity of available properties, buyers, and sellers has raised which more than makes up for the lower prices in terms of how much a given real estate agent could make in the current real estate market. And as we all know, the more clients a real estate agent has, the more properties they’ll sell and the more money they’ll make.

The problem comes in when a real estate agent has already gone through their current client list. The best way for them to get more clients is to somehow obtain more real estate leads. Not only do they need more leads, they need high quality leads if they are going to be successful in converting a high number of them into clients who actually follow through on buying and/or selling one or more properties.

So how can you get more real estate leads? There are of course many different ways. These include buying them from an agency that offers them, advertising, subscribing to lead generation websites, developing and keeping current your own real estate website that draws potential

clients to it, and best of all by getting them through your own network. There are undoubtedly other ways of generating real estate leads as well, but these are the most common methods – all of which have proven to work to a certain degree.

One of the easiest ways to get real estate leads is by purchasing them. There are companies whose sole purpose is to find people who want to buy or sell a property. They then sell this information to people who are willing to pay for it. So if you are a real estate agent looking for real estate leads and either don’t have the time to find your own, or simply don’t want to, then this may be a good option for you.

There are two different major ways to do this. You can purchase the real estate leads from a company as a set of data that you will get in the form of a list or spreadsheet. Then you will need to start sifting through them and using the data available to qualify and categorize them yourself. And after that, it’s time to start making calls to find out they are valid leads or not.

The other way of purchasing real estate leads is by subscribing to a real estate lead generator website that will send you much smaller lists of leads on a regular basis. This can be nice because the information is likely to be much more current than buying a single very large list of leads. But this also means that there are fewer to work with so it doesn’t give you as much freedom in terms of choosing who to contact first.

Purchasing real estate leads or subscribing to a lead generation website can also be expensive. This can be a very bad thing since the whole intent of buying leads is to find clients, sell properties, and make commissions, if the leads that you buy don’t turn into commissions. In that case, not only did you not sell any properties (or many properties), but you wasted money on worthless information, and you wasted time contacting worthless leads when you could have been working on finding good real estate leads instead.

Another way to generate real estate leads is by advertising. If you are a real estate agent, broker, or business person, advertising your services may be a good way to generate real estate leads. This type of lead generation is great because rather than you doing the work to find people who want to buy or sell a property, the tables are turned and they come looking for you instead.

In addition to having people try to find you instead of you trying to find them, there is another benefit to advertising to generate real estate leads. The people who are trying to find you are already definitely interested in buying or selling a property. This means that you don’t have to worry about whether they are going to turn out to be qualified leads or not, because they definitely will be.

A similar way to generate real estate leads by advertising which can be even more effective than simply advertising on a billboard or in the paper is by setting up your own real estate website. Websites are surprisingly inexpensive to have hosted, and having one developed for you doesn’t have to be expensive either. And if you learn the basics of website development, you’ll be able to maintain it by yourself after it’s been set up so that you can always keep it current.

The reasons to keep your website current cannot be understated. First, you have to keep it updated with the properties you are trying to sell so that the people who visit your website will have something to look at – and since this list of properties will be changing frequently as your client list grows and changes, you’ll need to change your website often to incorporate the new properties and eliminate the ones that are no longer available.

A second reason for keeping your website updated on a regular basis your page rank will grow higher. Search engines use a number of factors to determine how relevant they are to certain keywords, and where to display them in a list of search results. And one of the biggest things that moves a website toward the top of the list is it’s page rank, which is greatly affected by how active and how current the website is. So the more often you update your website, the higher its page rank will be, the higher it’ll show up in search results related to real estate keywords, and the more visitors you’ll get to your site.

Once you get visitors to your site, you’ll be getting the exposure you want to potential clients for free. They can stay on your site for as long as they want to and look at as few or as many properties as they want to. And you don’t have to do anything in order to help them. In fact there could be thousands of people all on your website at the same time. That is something that you would not likely ever have the opportunity to do in person. This phenomenon is what is known as leverage, and leverage is what can turn a small business into a fortune 500 business in short order when managed correctly.

The best way to do real estate lead generation also happens to be one of the most difficult – at least in the beginning. The method of finding leads is by building a very large network, and using it. This is one of the best ways to get leads because it is one of the most surprisingly effective ways. But unfortunately, it’s also one of the more difficult ways to start, and takes a while to yield significant results.

The first thing you’ll need to do is to start building your network. And it’s not that you just need to start building it, you need to intentionally focus on building your network each end every day, no matter where you are or who you’re talking to. This is because for most people, networking does not come naturally.

If you are like most people, you are probably somewhat shy and don’t make it a point to intentionally meet and talk to new people on a regular basis. But if you want to build a network, you’ll have to do exactly that. This is something that can come as a challenge to say the least, both emotionally and technically, but it is well worth the effort in the long run.

It can be emotionally difficult because a large part of building a large network is dealing with rejection. And if you want to build a large network quickly, you’ll have to deal with a lot of rejection each and every day. Too many people, being rejected is taken personally and it ends up wearing them down so that they eventually give up before they gain the benefits that building a large network provides. But if you can learn how to not take rejection personally, you’ll succeed where so many others have given up and failed as a result.

And networking to generate real estate leads can be done almost anywhere. When you need to put some gas in your car, park on the other side of the pump from someone who’s already there and try to strike up a conversation where you’ll be able to tell them that you’re in the real estate business and can help them or anyone else they know who may be looking to buy or sell. And if you’re really serious about it, you may want to only get $10 or some other small amount of gas at a time so that you’ll need to go to the gas station more often and have more opportunities to network.

You can also build your network by meeting new people at any other place. You could talk to someone at the grocery store, library, church, waiting in line at the bank, or anywhere you are around other people for more than a few minutes at a time and starting a conversation wouldn’t be too awkward. It can be done anywhere, with just about anyone, at almost any time. And the more dedicated you are to it, the faster you’ll be able to grow your network and the better off you’ll be in the long run.

Some of the best ways to network are by talking to the people you already know. These are people who are already in your network, and you can use them to help you grow your network even larger. The most obvious way is to simply ask them if they are interested in buying or selling a property in the near future, and to keep you in mind if they are.

But another way to help you grow your network is to ask them who they know that may be interested in buying or selling a property. You are basically asking them for real estate leads using different words. You could ask them for the names and numbers of people who they know who may be interested in buying or selling a property, or you could ask them to give your contact information to the people they have in mind when you ask them that question.

It’s a great idea to have business cards with your contact information made up when you’re networking. That way you won’t have to rely on people’s memories which are definitely not the most reliable things when compared to something they can simply read from a card. Cards on the other hand make it so that the person you are giving your contact information to doesn’t have to rely on their memory, and it puts forth a more professional image as well which can only benefit you.

Real estate values have taken a dive and one of the results has led to there being many, many more properties on the market now compared to before the economy took a dive in 2008. This means that even though the prices are lower, the higher quantity of properties on the market make it possible to buy and sell more of them and make more money in commissions as a result which will more than make up for the decreased individual property values.

I order to sell more properties you must have more clients. And to get more clients, you need to have more real estate leads. These real estate leads can be generated in a variety of different ways, all of which can be useful to real estate professionals. Having reliable leads will definitely result in more clients, more sales, and more money made in commissions. Purchasing them, advertising for them, or getting them from your network is all great ways go get leads that all have their own strengths and weaknesses. Pick the one that will work best for you, and you’ll be on your way to making more money through real estate in less time that you think.