Thursday, June 27, 2013

Affiliate marketing can be one of the easiest and fastest ways to start your own online business. In order to do this business, you must first look at the overall big picture. In any kind of internet business including affiliate marketing business, the 3 components that are inside the big pictures are Products, Websites and Traffic. These 3 components are important as they are the basics and it is essential to understand them for your affiliate marketing success.

The 1st component is the Product. In affiliate marketing, you must first know what is the area of niche market that you want to go into. Once you have decided on your own niche market, you will then have to start finding affiliate products that is relevant to your chosen niche. For example you have chose the losing fat niche, you will have to find affiliate products that has got to do with losing fats so that you will be able to sell to your customers. Once you have chosen your products, it is time to go to the 2nd component.

The 2nd component is the Website. There are some people who will say that you do not need your own website to do your affiliate marketing business. Although it can be true as you only need to drive traffic to your own affiliate link but your business will not be long term. The main purpose of the website in affiliate marketing is to collect potential customers name and email address. This kind of website is call squeeze pages. When you have your own websites, you will look more professional and you will be able to create your own customer database. Once you have your own website uploaded, it is time to go to the 3rd component.

The 3rd component is Traffic. Without traffic to your website, your website will be useless as you will not be able to show any people what is the products that you will be able to provide. When you have traffic going to your website, your website which is your squeeze pages will be able to collect their details which will enable you to build a list. There are a lot of different ways to get traffic. One useful tip is to just focus on one traffic technique and be very good in it. Then you will move on to the next traffic technique. This will ensure that you will not suffer information overload and you will be able to focus and take consistent actions.

These are the 3 components that are the most basic and it is also the most important towards your affiliate marketing business success. Once you have seen and understand the overall picture, you will then be able to plan and take consistent actions to achieve your affiliate marketing business success.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How often do things happen that are out of your control? Is it safe to say this happens regularly, even daily? Well this happened to me this morning. I took my normal route to the office which is 26 miles from my house. The drive normally takes me 35 minutes in light traffic and can take as long as 45 minutes to an hour in heavy traffic.

As I do every evening, I looked at my calendar last night to make sure I knew what was on my agenda to start my day. I had a web conference scheduled for 9:30 am and planned to get to the office at 9:00 so that I could review the meeting material and plan the rest of my activities for the day before my meeting.

This morning made me realize again why I am a committed planner. As I said at the beginning, there are many things that happen that are out of our control; so it is a good practice to consider these unseen factors into our plans as much as possible.

On my drive this morning, the closer I got to my normal freeway onramp the slower traffic got. Just before my on ramp it got so slow it would have been faster to get out and walk. There I was stuck. I couldn't make a left turn, right turn, or U-turn. I just had to wait. Finally I got close enough to see a huge lift with a man working on the power lines above the street. I looked at the time and realized it was 9:00 am. I still had 30 minutes to make my web conference so I wasn't too worried.

I still called the other parties scheduled for the conference to notify them of my situation, just in case. I made it to the office at 9:20. Enough time to get a coffee and get mentally prepared for my meeting.

Leave Some Wiggle room - I've been doing it so long that I don't remember where I heard it first. At some point I started leaving at least a 30 minute buffer between appointments. So that when I finished my short web conference at 10:00 am I had 30 minutes until my next meeting.

One of the factors that helped me decide to adopt this practice was seeing so many managers rush from one meeting to another. It seems that some people show up right on time and then, many of those same people will complain that a meeting is boring and criticize the meeting content and purpose. I don't do well if I'm not prepared and focused before a meeting starts; whether I am running the meeting or simply attending. So, it's no wonder that many people don't get much out of some meetings.

I find that when I review the agenda and any material that was sent with the meeting invitation, I am much more prepared and able to add to the value of the meeting for myself and others thus making the meeting as meaningful as possible.

This "Wiggle Room" principle applies to your task list as well. If you think a task is going to take an hour, add 20% to 25% to the completion deadline. This helps you under promise and over deliver on your deadlines.

It's a fact that the better you plan, the better your result will be. Skeptics may ask what I do with the time I gain when nothing unexpected happens. The answer is, more of my top payoff activities. Some might think that planning takes more time that it yields. The reality is that lack of planning creates problems regardless of uncontrollable circumstances.

You may have heard the saying "failing to plan is planning to fail". It's true, and giving yourself time to think and prepare in between every task is a top ten productivity practice in my book.

Are you a planner? Does planning come naturally or are you like me and have to work at it?

Do you give yourself wiggle room? If not are you going to try it after reading this?

Please get involved by leaving a comment of asking a question.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

One of the first things to check for when filing Form I-130 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services is to make sure that you have the most current form. In the top right hand corner, you should see an expiration date of 01/31/11. If this does not appear on your I-130 application, check the USCIS website for further instructions and that your version is current. Previous versions of the Form I-130 are being accepted but this could change in the near future.

Next I would like to stress the importance of filing a computer printed I-130 form versus a handwritten I-130 form. A computer printed I-130 form is generally much easier for the USCIS to read and scan than a handwritten form. The USCIS has found that it has a lower rejection rate for computer printed forms against handwritten ones. Some of the common mistakes made by those who try and file handwritten forms is they are not in black ink (USCIS only accepts black ink) and items that are not applicable should be marked with "N/A" and if the answer is none, then "none" should be wrote in the appropriate space. Using a computer to fill out a form I-130 will generally help avoid these two problems. Remember, filing an incorrect I-130 form could cost you several months delay in processing time from rejection and a possible loss of the $355 filing fee.

After printing your computer generated I-130 application form it is very important to sign your name. If the I-130 is not properly signed or accompanied by the correct fee ($355) it will be rejected with a notice that the petition is deficient. These are some basic things to remember but are very important to insure the completeness of your I-130 application. Incorrectly filed I-130 forms can costly and time consuming, best to get it right the first time when dealing with your family and the USCIS.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Because the cost of almost all commodities is rising, stay-at-home moms want to help support the family, and what better way to do this than online marketing businesses like networking and an online store? Because most moms want to be there for their children, such opportunities should be taken advantage of. They get the benefit of an added income plus they get to stay at home and take care of the children and the house at the same time. This is also perfect for anybody who already has a job but still wants an extra cash to augment his income.

Benefits of Online Marketing Business

There are so many advantages that an online marketing business can give an individual, so better grab the opportunity lest it slip your grasp.

The most obvious benefit that this can give you is the convenience of time. You can work anytime you want and anywhere you want. Buildings, offices and office policies need not matter since you are the boss.

With online marketing businesses, you also get to save money on utility bills such as electric bills and water bills since you need not put up an office for your business. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection, and you are good to go.

Online businesses do not limit you in your local area alone, but you get to reach a lot of people locally, nationally and internationally.

Creating a website that is made especially for your business is also a great idea as it is proven to boost your business. There, you can talk about your products and services, but you must include your contact information for interested potential clients. Having an online marketing business can also give you loyal customers. If you have a website that potential customers like, they will frequently visit your site. They can also tell their friends about your business, website, thus, increasing traffic for your site.

Creating Your Website for Your Online Marketing Business

In making your website, you have to make sure that it is simple and not to overdo it. If you put in too many flashing graphics in your website, it will look gaudy and unprofessional. Always remember, keep it simple and straightforward.

After you have created the website that best suits your business, the next thing you need to do is to make sure that it contains relevant web contents for it to get a higher page ranking in search engines.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Nowadays, people seems to be attracted on the idea of making money on the Internet, putting their heads on how to reap the benefits and other advantages. However, some of them haven't been able to achieve success by doing so. The reason to this is actually simple: they don't have the understanding on how to reach their particular target market and how to make an impression on the products. The method of Internet marketing provides the necessary steps herein.

However, the idea of marketing, either online or offline is a constant process and for you to run a thriving business you need both the time and the important knowledge to take it on. Some do tend to focus more on running the business while the experts do their thing when it comes to marketing strategies. This is the reason why there is a growing demand for Internet marketers in the Internet world.

Starting your opportunity

We do have a lot of choices, and you can actually choose to market almost anything from picture frames to complicated software or programs online. This is actually up to the resources that you have and your creativity to decide who and what market should you put the spotlight on. If you are thinking of starting a small and establishing your home based Internet marketing business career, you can choose for an affiliate marketing, which is becoming the most popular method of advertising online.

The affiliate method is simply the idea of promoting that individual or company's products or services by simply giving out a link to the provider's website using your own website. The idea to this one is for you to attract visitors, and possible customers, to your site and provide the means of making them click on the company's web link. The sales that materialize are recorded through the tracking system and you should be able to get an ample amount of commission on each sale made. These companies' aggressive marketing has paved way for you to find a handful of suppliers who are enthusiastic to hire you just as long as you can provide possible customers for them.

The characteristics

There are actually two characteristics when it comes to the idea of home based internet marketing business; the selling of the products and the hiring of new marketers. These characteristics are very important and should be handled as if they are your beloved Barbie dolls.

Creating a website is just one thing but the continuous process can be a very daunting task, unless you have the determination and will to become successful.

When you want to undertake the online business, becoming an online entrepreneur should meet the necessary skills of marketing since online marketing is actually a daunting work and it is not simply about acquiring knowledge right here and then. It takes an ample amount of knowledge and understanding on how Internet really works and not just any method. The imaginative display of how and what the Internet users are doing to figure out ways on how to get their attention to the products or services that the website is offering. Figuring out the rules and tricks on how to get to the top of a search engine is also a key feature.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

As an addendum to the EB-5 Visa program, the regional center immigrant investor program was created to allow foreign nationals to invest the required funds in a government designated enterprise. The minimum amount of investment required for this type of the EB-5 Visa program is $500,000. Complying with the general conditions of investment for the EB-5 Visa, these investments must have a predetermined positive economic impact on the US economy.

If you are thinking of investing in one of these projects, it would be of interest to you to know the criteria behind the designation of a Regional Center by the US Citizenship and immigration services (USCIS). Apart from the general information, you will also be motivated to enquire about the organizational and operational structure of the project that you plan to invest into as well as educate yourself on the means that will be used for the allocation and the management of your money. Although the structure of a Regional Center varies from project to project, the following is the archetype which runs common to all.

The Regional Center's investments must focus on a particular geographical region which must be clearly earmarked in the proposal. Targeted Employment areas (TEA) which will be benefited by the regional center investments must be clearly mentioned. A series of maps consisting of the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Rural Areas and TEA along with Census Tracts must be submitted with the application.

The Regional Center must clearly demonstrate in what manner the 10 direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created. A valid employment forecasting tool with statistical and economic analysis is mandatory in the application. A business plan which will unambiguously indicate the viability of the project under current economic conditions is also necessary.

Included in the proposal will be a statement from the principal of the Regional Center that will explain the means of follow up on each EB-5 investor's funds in the enterprise and the alignment of the created jobs to each investor. Most commonly, investors are empowered to have a limited partnership interest in the new commercial establishment within the Regional Center. The investor is party to all rights and obligations under the Limited Partnership Act of the state where the investment is made but for the efficient running of the enterprise, the participation of a General Partner is a must.

The application must also include details of all promotional activities of the Regional Center, along with a specific mention of the budget set aside for this purpose. A clear method of action which will demonstrate the criteria by which the investors are chosen and also the means of verifications of the investor's funds to determine its lawfulness is also to be presented in the proposal. A detailed charting of the expected positive impact of the investment projects on household incomes, demand for services, repairs and maintenance must also be provided.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Many times you see titles for articles that talk about the best of something. This is always a good idea because people like to be associated with the best. When it comes to starting an affiliate marketing business most people fail to do so because they do not pick the right products to sell.

In this article we will look at 3 mistakes you can make when it comes to working with your affiliate marketing business. Not so much specific businesses, but more general ideas to avoid when you first get started.

1. Starting a portal website is not the best way to get started in affiliate marketing. A portal website sells many different types of products as opposed to specializing in just one. Cars would be an example of a broad theme and a narrow theme would be car parts. And even more narrow theme would be Cadillac car parts.

The mistake that people make is they try to sell to many different things, as opposed to specializing when they first start out in their affiliate marketing business.

2. Another mistake people make is they do not choose a market that can be profitable for them. The best way to make money with affiliate marketing is to identify a problem, determine that people are seeking ways to solve that problem, and then help them do it.

An example of that would be how to stop sweating. This is a problem that many people face, and you could sell an information product that helps them deal with that. Clickbank offers e-books that you can sell and earn commissions on. You could find a stop sweating ebook to sell from them.

3. One of the most common affiliate marketing business mistakes is using the replicated website that comes from the merchant. Many times this is bad for you because the sales copy of the affiliate website is poor. Another reason you do not want to do that is you are not differentiating yourself from the thousands of other affiliates using the exact same website.

One way to sell more products in affiliate marketing is to try and be different. Creating your own website and putting your personal testimonial on it is a much better way to make money selling their products.

These are three of the worst mistakes you can make with your affiliate marketing business. If you want to be successful you must create a narrow theme website, solve people's problems, and do it with your own website. Only then will you have a chance to make money selling other people's products.

Monday, June 10, 2013

US work visas ! ! ! ! !

United States citizen may use an immigrant visa to enter the United States as a lawful permanent resident. Upon entry into the United States with an immigrants US work visa, a lawful permanent resident is entitled to receive a green card. There are many different ways to obtain an immigrant visa or green card. A non- United States citizen can obtain a green card through:

· Employer sponsorship.

· Investments in the United States.

· Family sponsorship.

· Self-sponsorship as a person of extraordinary ability in business, athletics, arts, education or scientific research.

· Visa lottery.

· Political asylum.

· Amnesty programs (most amnesty programs are now completed and if you have not yet filed for it, you are ineligible to do so now);

· Registry (proving continuous residence in the United States since 1972)

· Applications for Cancellation of Removal in Deportation.

Each of the above paths to obtain a green card requires the filing of different and complex applications and visa petitions with the United States Visa Department of Homeland Security.

There is also no reason not to file more than one "green card application" or visa petition at the same time to obtain your lawful permanent residence. For example, a non- United States citizen can be sponsored simultaneously by an Employer, a permanent resident parent and can simultaneously submit an application for the visa lottery. This same non-United States citizen can obtain his or her green card from which ever case is completed first.

The reason different cases take different time periods to complete is because the number of people allowed to enter the United States each year with an Immigrant Visa is limited under a quota system. Some cases have a long waiting list under the quota system, such as sponsorships of brothers and sisters of United States citizens and other cases have very little wait at all, such as self sponsorship based on extraordinary ability. A person who is being sponsored for a green card is called a "beneficiary". A beneficiary's place in line under the quota system is determined by priority dates. A priority date is the date in which a beneficiary's application is first received by the immigration service or labor department.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

If you've ever wanted to make it big online, this is the article for you. Those home based internet marketing businesses that are successful are run by people that have distinct characteristics separating them from the common man. All you need to do to be successful yourself is to emulate your life after their's.

Of course the first thing you must do is decide upon a business plan for your home based internet marketing business, namely what type of products and services you'll be offering, how you will be offering them (whether reselling, affiliate marketing, or selling them directly yourself), and the target market niche. Once you've nailed all of these down, then it's time to get started!

Get started?

Well, that seems pretty scary, doesn't it? Nobody told you you'd actually have to start doing things to make lots of money online and build a home based internet marketing business!

But, I can assure you that the defining characteristics of successful home based internet marketing business owners are their unique ability to execute their plans. Anyone can come up with a business plan, a great product idea for a market niche, or marketing campaign. That kind of information is all over the internet, available for free if you look in the right places.

The major thing you have to do if you want to build a home based internet marketing business like the pros is actually start doing! Even taking a small step, like setting up a free blog and making a new unique content post once a day, is enough to separate you from the rest of the world.

Take control of your life and build a business plan. Then get started on it, right now. Build your home based internet marketing business and never look back (except of course to find out what is working and what isn't, for adjustments!).

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Your business success is dependent on three critical factors - your energy, your drive and skill. In its infancy, your business mirrors you in every way. Let's see how each affects your business.

Your energy

In early stages your business resembles a wheelbarrow. It moves only when you put in some effort and stops the minute you do. When you choose not to go to work, your business suffers. It may sound painfully obvious but a casual observation of businesses shows this is not the case. People tend to view business as a separate entity, from where all cash flow with minimum effort (compared to a 9-5). This cannot be true at this point because few people know you or trust you enough to want to deal with you. Your good intentions alone cannot guarantee you business success. You have to earn it.


Drive comes from the vision you see into the future or the troubles you want to escape in the present. Drive is the single most determinant of how fast you will reach your goal. You cannot succeed without it. Drive not only propels you forward but also attracts the right people who will make you want to see you succeed. Drive also shows in the quality of work. Who will not want to buy from someone who is enthusiastic and seems to know what he's doing. He is more likely to be the person will go beyond the call of duty to get things done. Compare this to someone who seems content, indifferent, and unmotivated


Running a business calls for more skill than just being an employee. As an employee, your technical and sometimes inter-personal skills are what you use most. In contract, a business requires you to good with finances, human relations, marketing and production. If you do not have these, you must find someone who has, and let him do his job. If you do not, you become an expensive impediment to your enterprise. You can get away with a lot as an employee but when you are the face of your business, sooner or later your true colors come out. You also have to take cold look at what you know about your business and lose no time learning all there is to your products, even if your will not be the one doing some of the actual work. This aspect is crucial as it enable you to see things from the employee point of view and from the customer side and leading to better decisions.

If you are thinking of starting an Internet marketing business and making money online, here are 7 simple secrets I have distilled from successful gurus in the business.

1. Follow A Proven System And Mentor

If you have never been to Paris but would like to, the easiest and quickest way is to follow someone who has been there and ask him to take you there. Similarly, if your goal is to make money online and be successful, then find someone who is already successful online and ask him to show how. And find a mentor who has documented his success into a proven system that you can follow. This one step alone can and will shortcut your path to success.

2. Love What You Do

What gets you excited? What keeps you going? More importantly, what are you passionate about? The answers to these questions will provide you with vital energy to keep you going in your business. When your business is about what you love to do, you will find an enormous storehouse of creative energy you can put to work on your business.

3. Focus On One Thing At A Time

Remember that science experiment you did in school with a magnifying glass and sunlight? It illustrates the powerful principle of focused energy. That act of focusing the sun's energy with that magnifying glass could really set a leaf on fire! This is the same thing you should do in your business - focus on doing one thing at a time. Trust me, it's really easy to get distracted online. Your job as a serious entrepreneur is to stay focused. If you have found a proven system and mentor, stick with it until it produces results.

4. Understand The Business

You don't have to be an expert in everything but you do need to understand the basics of your business. Make it a point to understand the component parts of your business but do not aim to master every single detail. As a rule of thumb, work on your strengths and outsource the rest.

5. Build Up A Strong Foundation

There are core skills that are important in your Internet marketing business. These usually include building a relationship with your list and driving targeted traffic to your business offer. Make it a commitment from the start to learn these areas well and build a strong foundation in them. You will reap huge dividends in the long term.

6. Think Like A Marketer

This is your main job as an entrepreneur - think like a marketer. What solutions does my market need? How can I provide the greatest value to my market? How do I motivate my market to buy? How do I get my existing buyers to buy even more? These are some of the questions you should always be asking yourself.

7. Form A Mastermind

Things do get tough and you really don't want to work on your business by your lonesome self. Form your own mastermind group. They will help hold you accountable to your goals; help sharpen and refine your ideas. Start one today.

So, there you have it. Seven simple but powerful secrets to your success in Internet marketing. I wish you success.

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