The Northern Pike Syndrome Revisited

July 21st, 2012

“How to Avoid The Pike Syndrome When It Comes To Internet Marketing”
By James Nsien2

While the “Northern Pike,” also known throughout Europe, the United States and Canada as the “Water Wolf” and “Jack Fish,” is one of the largest, most powerful and aggressively carnivorous fish in the northern hemisphere, it suffers from what your “Life Coach” might refer to as “Self Limiting Perspectives” or “Stinkin’ Thinkin’”

You see, these tyrannical terrors of the Northern waters, who normally feast off every other fish in the water, from trout to large salmon, can quite easily allow themselves to be psyched into complacent attitudes of surrender by the simplest, minor setbacks.

You see, if a Northern Pike is placed into a large fish tank that is separated into two sides by a glass wall dissecting the center of the tank, he can quickly be turned into a submissive quitter who pathetically accepts failure without even trying to rectify the situation.

Now normally a Northern Pike would finish off 10 minnows tossed into its tank in about 15 seconds. However, if you put the pike into his half of the separated tank and place 10 minnows in the other compartment of the tank to teasingly swim around for a while, something very weird happens.

The more the minnows freely and quite visibly swim around on their half of the tank, the hungrier and more aggressively the Pike will try to attack and feed on the little fish, but to no avail!

After numerous unsuccessful efforts to get to these minnows by battering it’s snout against the glass divider, it begins to “LEARN” that reaching the minnows is an impossible task, and it eventually resigns itself to its fate of fish feeding failure!

But what’s truly amazing is the fact that, after the divider is removed, the Pike will continue to sit in solemn sadness, even though the minnows are now free to swim all around the giant “Killer.” The minnows will get right up in the Pike’s face, brush across it continually as they swim all around the comatose carnivore, and the Pike will just sit there, depressed and downtrodden.

What does any of this mean to you and I. A lot! The Pike Syndrome warns us to beware of ignoring the constant changes that occur all around us all the time.

Opportunities rise and fall like the changing tide, so we must consistently stay in tune with the constant alterations in our environment or we will pass up excellent chances to succeed, based purely on OLD, out of date information!

Our own self limiting perceptions can block us from seeing new opportunities all around us, based on being lost in the facts of the past. We need to constantly stay tuned in on shifting circumstances and continually question and test our assumptions about our limitations.

One thing that you can always count on in life and business is the consistently inconsistent “ebb & flow” of CHANGE!

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James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-05-01 22:26:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Do You Know The Benefits of a Devoted Server?

July 21st, 2012

Do You Know The Benefits of a Devoted Server?

The benefits of a devoted server can best be referred to through the following example:

Suppose you desired to own a vehicle. You can not manage to purchase one on your own, which means you made the decision to team up with four of your buddies and everybody would own a bit of the car. This resulted in, even though it was cheaper for everybody, you and your friends needing to share the vehicle. An agenda or a schedule could be exercised and everybody could follow the schedule of when they can use the vehicle.

Now suppose, out of the blue, you have employment in which you needed the car much more frequently. However, you only had accessibility vehicle on certain days at certain occasions and also the job wouldn’t wait. Since the vehicle is equally as your main buddies vehicle as yours, they’re also titled for doing things. You finish up losing the chance of employment since you cannot make use of the vehicle all the time.

The above mentioned is comparable to the main difference from a business utilizing a devoted server along with a shared server. A devoted server, just like the title suggests, is “dedicated” to serving only your company. What this means is that you don’t need to share space and bandwidth along with other internet business websites.

While a small company or personal website can perform well having a shared server, a sizable or growing business would look for a shared server as much of the disaster because the vehicle example highlighted earlier in the following paragraphs. There’s only some bandwidth inside a server. It may only allow some traffic through at some point.

Bandwidth could be in comparison to some toll booth. The toll booth enables some traffic through at any given time on the scheduled basis. This calculates fine, unless of course everybody decides to depart town simultaneously and go ahead and take toll road. It turns into a disaster as people watch for hrs to cope with the toll booth.

When you may watch for hrs to cope with a toll booth if you need to leave town and also have not one other method of doing so, your clients won’t wait hrs to get at your site if you don’t have sufficient bandwidth. Odds are, when they struggle your site once and can’t jump on, they’ll move ahead not to return again.

You’re employed so difficult attempting to attract traffic aimed at your website, it’s a shame to throw that effort the window by not getting enough bandwidth to support all your clients. This is actually the benefit of getting a devoted server. No more is it necessary to share space or bandwidth along with other companies around the server. The server is devoted simply to your company, enabling visitors to flow rapidly and easily.

Although a devoted server is more expensive in monthly costs than the usual shared server, it might finish up costing you less if you’re losing clients because of the truth that the cannot obtain access to your site since your server cannot accommodate the traffic. For those who have a sizable or growing business, a devoted server is the only method to go.

James Nsien2

NCN Online Marketing Services

Originally posted 2012-07-21 13:28:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Real Estate Investor’s Blind Date

July 21st, 2012

“15 Lucrative Income Streams In Real Estate”

by: JamesNsien2

About one and a half years ago, October 2006, I decided to take a plunge into something that I knew absolutely nothing about after attending a Get Motivated Seminar at the sports arena where the Detroit Pistons basketball team plays NBA Basketball in the city of Auburn Hills, Michigan. The arena was full of people who wanted to hear from great speakers such as ESPN’s Dick Vitale, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, former mayor of N.Y. City Rudy Giuliani, motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and several others.There were additional speakers who spoke about creating wealth in areas such as stock market investing and Real Estate Investing. Those investment topics caught my attention.

I signed up to learn about Real Estate Investing as a means of generating additional income and creating wealth.At the time I knew only a few things about real-estate.I knew that real-estate involved realtors; driving around for days, weeks, and sometimes months looking for a property; looking for and finding a bank or a mortgage company that will loan you money to purchase your new house.Additionally, I knew that being qualified and approved for a loan to purchase a new house, consultation with a real-estate attorney to make sure all of the legal stuffs are in order, and working with a title company were components of real-estate.At the time I knew that much, which wasn’t much at all.However, prior to then, I had been able to go through the process three separate times to purchase my primary residence as I moved from one place to another.

One month after the seminar, I proceeded to attend a three day introductory class to Real Estate Investing.There I found out that there were about fifteen or so different income streams in Real Estate Investing.I was shocked and amazed.Here I was a professional in a different industry sector, confined to my area of expertise and not opening myself up to learning about other things which were happening around me. (The point here is that one needs to continuously learn and grow – learn about things outside of your area of expertise, expand your comfort zone).  I found out that one can generate a substantial income and wealth from any or a combination of the following areas:

·Real Estate Training – (You get to teach others)

·Wholesale Buying


·Lease Option

·Property Management & Cash Flow

·Creative Real Estate Financing

·Asset Protection

·Tax Relief

·Discount Notes and Mortgages

·Manufactured / Mobile Homes & RV Park

·Fixing Up / Rehabbing for Profit

·Tax Liens and Deeds

·Commercial Real Estate Investing

·Land Investment & Development – Domestic

·Land Investment & Development – International

Some of these Real Estate Investing areas are considered earned income, some are passive/residual income, and some are portfolio income.Amazing stuff!In case you’re wondering how much it would cost to get trained in all of the areas above?Good question!How about a cool $130,000.00 plus? Some of these courses are set up so you can have a personal coaching for several months by phone; you get to have a personal mentor come and work with you hands-on for three days – this mentor actually comes to your hometown and work with you; you get three days classroom training (and of course you have to pay for your own transportation, room and board). I decided I could only afford less than a handful of these courses, so I signed up for Wholesale Buying, Foreclosure, Lease Option, and Creative Financing.I learned a lot, I traveled to places like Texas, and Florida, and Ohio to attend these courses in addition to iLinc “on-line lesson” via computer and telephone.Needless to say, I dropped a nice $50k to learn those stuff which I thought was well worth it.

The first thing I did after my first course, which was Wholesale Buying, was that I started driving around looking for deals.The first deal that I came across was a foreclosure auction (mind you, prior to this I had not taken my foreclosure class yet). During my first auction ever, I won a bid on a property that was in a mortgage default for $65,900.00.My winning bid was $700.00 plus a $3000.00 administrative fee to the auction company.For $3700.00 how can I go wrong?I was excited!Then it dawned on me that I have not even seen the property, no photos, nothing.I did not even know where in the city the property was located. This was a Real Estate Investor’s total blind date. Something kept telling me “you shouldn’t go home empty handed tonight – $3700.00?How can you go wrong?”I wrote two checks – one to the bank for $700.00 and another check to the auction company for $3000.00. I was told that a local Title Company will be contacting me in about 2 – 3 weeks for closing.I went home excited but nervous.I was excited because I’ve gotten my first deal, and nervous because I had no idea what I had gotten myself into.

After the auction it was too late in the night to go and check out my first real-estate investment deal.The next morning, I took a drive and found my property boarded up and pretty close to the war zone. The house was a two-story du-plex with aluminum siding missing from the ground level to about three quarter distance up on the second level.It appears the aluminum was missing due to scrap metal’s lucrative potential for the small-time neighborhood entrepreneurs.Immediately adjacent to my house, on one side, is an empty lot followed by a building that is completely un-salvageable – I think it needs to be bulldozed because it’s an eyesore; and on the side of the house are series of empty lots which extend all the way to a very busy street (and across that street is employees’ parking lot at one of the major medical facilities in the city – directly adjacent to the parking lot is the hospital).Directly across the street from my house are several decent nicely kept houses which are still occupied.My new house looked like it had been boarded up for a while.The front and side doors had padlocks on them so I was unable to go inside to check out my new investment deal.

Two weeks went by, I had not heard from the Title Company about closing.Three weeks and one day went by, I called the Title Company and I was told that they knew nothing about closing on that particular property; and that they had not heard from the bank.So I called one of my contractor friends to go with me and check out the property even though I hadn’t heard from Title Company about a possible closing date.When we got to the house we noticed foot-steps in the snow from the left-side of the house towards and around the back of the house ending by a window on the right-side of the house. It appeared that someone had been staying there.Since we had no keys to enter the house properly, we entered through the same window just like the person or persons with the foot-steps in the snow.The stench and garbage inside were awful. With flashlights, we inspected the interior of the house; luckily no one was inside the house to result in any negative encounter.The walls, ceilings, doors, windows, tiles, floors, 2-bath rooms, 2-kitchens – all needed major attention.For $3700.00, I am still thinking “it’s going to be okay.”After-all, I’m an investor now – “I will make it work,” I said to my contractor friend.

After I and my contractor friend came out of the house through the same way we got in, we proceeded to inspect the exterior of the house.That’s when we noticed a “For Sale” sign posted on the front of the house.Mind you, we did not notice this “For Sale” sign when we got there; I think we were too busy paying attention to the foot-steps in the snow.

My house is For Sale?How can that be? This is a Mistake!I bought this house at an auction and I got papers to proof it.It’s got to be a major Mistake.My contractor friend says to me jokingly “call the listing agent and find out how much they want for your house.”Good idea!So I called the listing agent and was told that the bank has it listed with them and that they’re asking for $9800.00. “MMmmmmm, interesting, thank you”, I said to the listing agent.Now I am really confused.“Why does the bank have my house listed when I just bought it at an auction?” I asked my contractor friend.“I don’t know,” he said.

Over the next day and a half, I made several phone calls attempting to contact the auction company, but was unable to talk to a person.So I left several messages.About a couple of days later I received a letter from the auction company telling me that the bank did not accept my auction bid of $700.00 and that they would refund all of my money – which was a total of $3700.00 ($700 + $3000).  The letter went on to say that the bank would put the house back on the market for interested buyers.I was somewhat left with mixed emotion – I was going to get my money back, however, this was also my first real-estate investment deal which I felt I could “make it work” with substantial return on investment.

I called the listing agent again and asked them “what is the lowest offer the bank will accept?”I was told $8600.00.I said “okay, I’ll make an offer but not for $8600.00.”The listing agent told me to go for it – “all they can say is yes or no,” he said.

Since I was going to pay $3700.00 total at the auction, I turned around and submitted my offer to the bank for $3700.00.On the offer sheet I stated that I would not pay for any back-taxes or water-bill.To my surprise, the bank accepted my offer.I closed on the property for a total out-of-pocket of $4165.00.Oh, by-the-way, the bank ended up bringing more to closing than I did – they ended up paying $5630.00 for a water-lien on the property.

I proceeded and rehabbed the property and now renting it for $800.00 per month ($400.00 for each apartment unit).In this economy, at that neighborhood, my house was recently appraised for $46,000.00.Not bad!

I have since completed my four Real Estate Investment training courses.I now have 5 rental units which are currently generating positive cash flow.I am now equipped with knowledge on real-estate that I never dream about prior to attending that Get Motivated seminar at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.I cannot wait for the housing market to turn around so I can “turn-on” my newly discovered pipeline full-scale.

The point here is that when you get a chance to learn something new or attend a seminar, don’t take it lightly.Go for it, spend some time and money and educate yourself.You may end up learning something or acquiring new skills that will last you a lifetime.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2008-07-14 20:26:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Determine The Listing Price

July 21st, 2012

Determine The Listing Price

When it comes to buying a home, most potential buyers will use the listing price to as the number one factor to determine the homes that they look at. Even though you and a realtor may determine the asking price, the buyer will determine the selling price. If the price is too high, most buyers won’t give it a second thought – which is why you want to determine the listing price carefully.

If you set the correct price, you’ll notice a much faster sale. Setting the right listing price will also attract more potential buyers to your property as well. You’ll also notice an increase in response from realtors, and receive more calls about the property. The listing price is very important – and it can ultimately determine whether or not you sale your property.

A home can be overpriced due to several reasons. Overpricing is something you want to avoid, as buyers tend to steer clear of homes that have been overpriced. Normally, this happens when a buyer asks a lot more than the home is worth or valued at. Some buyers ask a lot more than the value of the home due to location. Although the location is very important, most potential buyers won’t give the home a second look if they think the price is too high – and more importantly out of their price range.

When you put your home up for sale, most activity will happen within the first couple of weeks. If you put the right price on your home, you’ll notice immediate interest. There are always buyers looking for homes in their price range, waiting for new homes to be listed or homes to be reduced in price. Buyers who are waiting to purchase may miss seeing your home completely if the price is too high.

To determine the listing price of your home, you should always have it appraised before you put it on the market. This way, you’ll know the full value of your home. You can sell it for market value or go a little under, although you should never attempt to go way over the value. In doing so, you’ll miss out on a lot of potential buyers. The home market is very competitive these days, which is why you want your home to draw as much interest as possible.

Keep in mind that realtors really have no control at all over the real estate market, only the plan behind marketing. Realtors don’t determine the asking price – the seller does. You can ask a realtor for advice, although you are the decider of your listing price. If you do things right and take each thing step by step, you’ll set the listing price in the right area and have no problems selling your property.

James Nsien2
NCN Real Estate Investments, LLC

Originally posted 2009-08-23 09:35:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Land Investment

July 21st, 2012

“Land investment”
By James Nsien2

Land Investment has historically been the forte of large development companies, rich farmers or wealthy individuals. It can be a profitable business if proper development of land is undertaken. Land investment is referred to as a long term investment and with land prices on the rise in many parts of the world, it is said to be the safest and smartest way of investing ones money.

Capital gains can easily be realized from land when land price increases. The most striking feature of land investment is that investment takes place in a tangible asset which the investors can readily put into use. It is a branch of real estate investment which is gaining ground as major part of capital budgeting analysis. Real estate is basically defined as immovable property such as land and everything permanently attached to it like buildings. It is essentially at this juncture that land as an asset differs from real estate as it does not necessarily includes buildings and the attachments to the land.

Land is perhaps the most basic asset that we want to invest in and may include vast open tracts with no significant estate on it. The job of developing the land lies with the developer, and with proper care to include modern houses and the associated amenities, it will significantly appreciate its value. Land situated close to developed areas will cost more as opposed to those in less developed areas. Land developed for commercial purposes and those developed for building residential complexes will have different prices and tax implications, if any.
Investing in land can be profitable as there is limited supply of land and the purchaser can really sell dear if he wants to. Besides, there is the short to medium term possibility of exceptional returns, and property values can be readily increased by erecting modern world class amenities as already mentioned.

Real property as opposed to personal or movable property is characterized by the right to transfer the title to the land whereas title to personal property can be retained. The investment in real estate essentially depends on the risks associated with it, that is to say, even if the venture succeeds when the future stream of income will accrue to the investor and the alternative investment opportunities. Real estate investment or investment in land can be attractive if viewed as a business opportunity; it can generate rental income, using it as collateral to secure a loan for a business venture, to offset otherwise taxable income through cash savings on tax-deductible interest rate losses, or simply from the profits garnered from its resale.

Land investment, while may not produce instant gratification as a real estate or home purchase does, can be extremely lucrative in the long run. With environmental groups raising a hue and cry over the lack of care towards basic environmental needs, environmental issues are some of the concerns plaguing land or real estate developers or investors.

The advantages of investing in land:

• Higher profits – Annual Return on Investment (ROI
• Ground floor with less risk
• Superior financing terms
• Greater flexibility for maximizing value
• Simple investment management

Regardless if you are looking for a real estate property for investment purposes, or as a site for a future home; investing in land is proven to offer a safer and higher return on your investment than any other financial instrument available today. Traditional investments (stocks, bonds, etc.) over the past couple of years have seen average returns of 4-8%. In contrast, real estate and land investments have realized cash on cash returns of greater than 200%; with less risk.

Finding locations:

Drive around- Spend some time driving around areas that appeal to you. It’s likely you’ll uncover for sale signs on available property. Often, a lot owner will simply put up a sign and use no other method of marketing the property. If you have retained an agent to represent you, just pass the information along to your agent, and they will do the legwork. If you are experienced in making real estate purchases, you can contact the lot owner yourself and get the information.

Check the classifieds- Both builders and property owners use the classified section of the newspaper to advertise their offerings.

Search online- Select a good site for MLS listings. Click on Lot Search and enter the parameters of your search. Remember, these properties are listed by real estate agents who represent the seller. You will want to employ an agent that represents you. Let your agent know what lots you have seen online that look appealing. They can research the properties, and organize a “shopping trip” to look at lots of interest and within your price range.

Talk to builders- Many builders “take down” lots from a subdivision developer, planning to sell the lot with a home built on it. Most builders advertise by placing signs on their available lots. Some list their lots with a real estate agent. These lots are a “package deal”. The builder usually has little or no profit built into the lot. Their profit comes in building the home. This is a good arrangement, provided you like the builder, his pricing and his reputation. It is important to look at the entire package: the land, the builder, your home, and price when you take this path. The most beautiful lot in Austin will not compensate for a nightmarish building experience or a poorly constructed home.

James Nsien2
NCN Real Estate Investments, LLC



Originally posted 2009-05-04 16:05:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Streaming Video Capture Ideas

July 21st, 2012

Streaming Video Capture Ideas

There are a number of different genres that offer streaming videos. There are adult websites, kid websites, superhero websites, sports websites and movie websites, all which hinge at least partly on the streaming video that they are able to offer the individuals that will view the websites. Streaming video is very good at capturing peoples’ attention. This is important to many people since they want to be entertained when they learn about things, or simply entertained in general. Many people are much better at absorbing information visually then through reading, analyzing or interpreting. In some ways, this is why watching television is so important to many different people. They are able to entertain themselves. Television is one way in which individuals are able to view streaming video. Streaming videos are those images which are offered on a continuous basis. Television channels are almost always sending out information for people to view and see and watch. The internet is beginning to offer this as well.

When a person wants to examine streaming video capture ideas with the television they are often aware of what is available to them. Most people know that they can use a VCR to tape television programs. Most television programs are streaming videos. If the individual is looking for a different format of streaming video capture ideas, they could consider burning the television program onto a disc. There are some computer devices that will hook up to the television, find different programs and automatically go through the streaming video capture process, which many people appreciate, particularly if they are unable to see the show when it is on or if the show is on a channel they can’t turn on for whatever reason.

When it comes to streaming video capture ideas on the internet, there are other ideas. Some people are able to download simple software programs and this is a great streaming video capture idea if it is a simple thing and there are no locks on the program or video. Locks can make it more difficult. Using the internet is a great way to look at different streaming video capture ideas in order for individuals to share information more easily and learn how others relate to streaming video capture ideas. On the internet it is not possible to put the images on cassette tapes. This is because the formats are not compatible. They are different types of mediums and were created in the midst of different types of technology booms. However, when it comes to the computer it is possible to consider the streaming video capture ideas that go along with the DVD or disc. This is a great way to capture and transfer streaming video from one computer to another, without streaming again, or to transfer from computer to television through a device that will play burned discs. The individual will need to decide what is best for them and what will work best for the things that they want to accomplish through capturing streaming video information either on a video cassette or on a disc.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing services

Originally posted 2009-12-26 22:12:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Set Up Search Engine Friendly Pages for your Success

July 21st, 2012

Set Up Search Engine Friendly Pages for your Success

There is no point in building a website unless there are visitors coming in. A major source of traffic for most sites on the Internet is search engines like Google, Yahoo!, MSN, Altavista and so on. Hence, by designing a search engine friendly site, you will be able to rank easily in search engines and obtain more visitors.

Major search engines use programs called crawlers or robots to index websites to list on their search result pages. They follow links to a page, reads the content of the page and record it in their own database, pulling up the listing as people search for it.

If you want to make your site indexed easily, you should avoid using frames on your website. Frames will only confuse search engine robots and they might even abandon your site because of that. Moreover, frames make it difficult for users to bookmark a specific page on your site without using long, complicated scripts.

Do not present important information in Flash movies or in images. Search engine robots can only read text on your source code so if you present important words in Flash movies and images rather than textual form, your search engine ranking will be affected dramatically.

Use meta tags accordingly on each and every page of your site so that search engine robots know at first glance what that particular page is about and whether or not to index it. By using meta tags, you are making the search engine robot’s job easier so they will crawl and index your site more frequently.

Stop using wrong HTML tags like to style your page. Use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) instead because they are more effective and efficient. By using CSS, you can eliminate redundant HTML tags and make your pages much lighter and faster to load.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-10-15 23:02:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Give Great Presents without Paying a Fortune for Them

July 21st, 2012

Give Great Presents without Paying a Fortune for Them

Sometimes it seems that you are always trying to budget for different occasions where you need to provide presents. There are always plenty of housewarmings to attend, weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays to keep you digging into your pocketbook. Since you know you will always need presents, it can save you plenty of time and money if you purchase such presents or gifts in advance while they are on sale. This is the perfect way to find bargains for gifts so that the recipient thinks you spent more than you did.

To make this concept work well for you, organization is very important! I know people who buy plenty of bargains to give as gifts, but the problem is they can never remember what they have or where it is when they need something. If you create a list and keep it in a safe place you will always know what gifts you have available. I keep them in an air tight Tupperware storage container (that I got on sale!).

If you have children then you know there are always plenty of birthday invitations coming your way throughout the year. When the toy store or another retailer has a sale on toys purchase some common ones. Girls generally like dolls and Barbie’s. Boys will always enjoy cars and action figures. Board games, puzzles, and books make great gift items for both boys and girls.

Try to avoid anything that is trendy because you don’t know how long that fad is going to be in existence. If you give a gift that used to be trendy but isn’t popular anymore it will be very obvious that you didn’t shop for the gift recently. Some children’s characters are always in style though like the Disney Characters and Looney Tunes so you should be save purchasing toys with these themes.

For adults, there are a variety of great items you can find at bargain prices to give them for most any occasion. Flower vases, picture frames, photo albums, and candles all make great gifts for even the most difficult people on your shopping list. These items are timeless as well so it doesn’t matter how long they stay in your gift chest before you give them to someone.

You can even incorporate this concept to purchase birthday and Christmas presents for your spouse and your children. This way you will spend less around the holidays, and you won’t be burdened with shopping while everyone else it that time of year. It can help to keep a list of the items that catch the eyes of those in your family so you can make sure you get the right item when you see it on sale.

Being able to offer someone you care about a very special gift is important, but it can also be stressful when you are pressed for time and money is tight. By purchasing bargain items as you come across then you will always have plenty of great gifts to share without breaking the bank. This will allow you to give people better gifts than if you have to shop for them right before the occasion. Sure, you may get lucky and find a good sale at that point it you can’t be sure it will happen.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-08-04 23:49:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Important Things You Need to Know About Affiliate Marketing

July 21st, 2012

Important Things You Need to Know About Affiliate Marketing

Well you have finally done it. You have packed in the rubbish job and told your boss exactly what you think. You have taken the plunge and made the decision to begin your own affiliate marketing business. Affiliate marketing can be very lucrative. It provides people with the opportunity to work for themselves with very little risk to them. Those that are sales savvy, good at marketing and are not afraid of a little hard work can often do incredibly well with an affiliate marketing program.

Affiliate marketing sounds easy but you do need to exercise some caution. You want to avoid the affiliate marketing pitfalls that can ruin your business and worse, have you crawling on your hands and knees back to that boss that now knows how you truly feel.

People tend to get excited when they start a new venture. Unfortunately this excitement and eagerness can cause them to miss key things in their agreement. Whenever you sign up for an affiliate marketing program, you will be expected to sign an agreement. The terms and conditions of the agreement for both sides should be outlined. However, if they want to hide something this is where they will put it. It will either be in the small print, so get your magnifying glass out, or they will baffle you with legal language. Either way, you need to read and understand your agreement thoroughly to avoid disappointment and lost earnings.

If you are signing up for a commission based affiliate marketing program then you need to understand how the term revenue is defined. This is one of the biggest pitfalls of the contracts. They may advertise 5-10% commissions but it all fall on how they define revenue. Most affiliate marketing programs will calculate commission on the gross value of the sale. In other words, the amount of money the site will get at the completion of the sale. You may think that this sounds great. However, you need to read this part of the agreement very carefully. The amount of the sale almost always excludes credit card or debit card payment surcharges. They also are likely to exclude payment and delivery charges as well as any gift wrapping or other surcharges. What sounded like a nice commission is soon shrinking before your eyes. Ask these questions specifically before you sign an agreement.

Some affiliate programs are even stricter in their definition of revenue. Your commission may be based on the profit margin of the sold product. For example, if you help sell a book for 20 dollars but the company only makes 10 dollars profit, you’ll receive a percentage of 10 dollars not 20. This can make a substantial difference in your earnings. Again, make sure you understand these things and ask specifically what your commission will be based upon. Read your agreement and look out for odd sounding clauses. These could come back to haunt you later.

Something else to beware of when you work on commission is returns. Many affiliate marketing companies only pay commission out on completed sales and then only if the customer keeps the item. If they return the items your commission could be cancelled. To really rub salt in the wounds, you could be billed for the outstanding commission if you do not have sufficient commission credit built up. Make sure you understand this before signing on. You cannot expect a company to pay you a commission on an item that is returned but make sure you understand their return policy. Find out your rights in this situation.

Affiliate marketing can be a great way to earn money. If you have good sales and marketing skills then it can give you the opportunity to out them to good use. You’ll be able to work for yourself and not someone who undervalues and does not appreciate them. One needs to consider affiliate marketing carefully. Make sure you understand your agreement and exactly what you will be paid for. You don’t want to have to go crawling back to your boss begging for your old job back.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-07-25 17:25:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Evaluating Web Site Performance

July 21st, 2012

Evaluating Web Site Performance

Setting up a website is the very first step of an Internet
marketing campaign, and the success or failure of your site
depends greatly on how specifically you have defined your
website goals. If you don’t know what you want your site to
accomplish, it will most likely fail to accomplish
anything. Without goals to guide you in developing and
monitoring your website, all your site will be is an online
announcement that you are in business.

If you expect your site to stimulate some form of action,
whether it is visitors filling out a form so a
representative can contact them, or purchasing a product,
there are steps you can take to insure that your website is
functioning at peak efficiency. One of the first indicators
of how well your site is working for you is finding out the
number of visitors in a given period of time. A good
baseline measurement is a month in which you haven’t been
doing any unusual offline promotional activities.

However, just because hoards of people have passed through
your gates does not mean your site is successful. Usually,
you want those visitors to actually do something there. It
is equally important to monitor the number of visitors to
your site who made a purchase. This figure is called the
site conversion rate, and it is an essential element of the
efficacy of your website.

To find the site conversion rate, take the number of
visitors per month and figure out the percentage of them
that actually performed the action your site is set up for.
For example, if you had 2,000 hits to your site, but only
25 of them purchased your product, your site conversion
rate equals 1.25%. To get this figure, take your number of
visitors and divide that figure by the number of visitors
who made a purchase. Then divide that result by 100 (25 ?00 X 100).

If your website is set-up to get visitors to fill out a
form, make sure to then figure out what the difference is
between your site conversion rate and your sales conversion
rate. This is because not everyone who fills out your form
will actually become your customer. However, whether your
site is set-up to sell a service or product, or to get the
visitor to fill out a form, the site conversion rate will
measure the success or failure of your website whenever you
make changes to the site.

You may find that you need to implement some additional
marketing strategies if you find that traffic to your site
is extremely low. There are several effective methods to
improve the flow of traffic to your website, particularly
launching a search engine optimization campaign. This
campaign is targeted at increasing your position in search
engine results so that consumers can find your pages faster
and easier. You can either research the steps you need to
take to improve your search engine rankings, or employ a
search engine optimization company to do the work for you.
In either case, after your have improved your search engine
positions, make sure you keep on top of them by regular
monitoring and adjusting of your efforts to maintain high

Another factor to examine is how easy it is for a visitor
to your website to accomplish the action the site is set-up
for. For example, if your goal is for the visitor to fill
out a form, is this form easily accessible, or does the
visitor have to go through four levels to get to it? If
it’s too difficult to get to, the customer may just throw
in the towel and move on to another site. Make sure your
buttons are highly visible, and the path to your form or
ordering page quickly accessible.

Finally, have a professional evaluate the copy on your
website. The goal is, of course, to get your visitor to
make a purchase or fill out your form. Website copy must be
specifically geared to your online campaign and not just a
cut and paste job from your company brochure. The right
copy can make the difference between profit and loss in
your online campaign.

James Nsien2
NCN Internet Marketing Services

Originally posted 2009-10-07 20:50:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter