Archive for August, 2010
What if, What if, What if. This question comes at us every day. What if I said this, What if I did that or what if I didn’t. It comes down to decisions. We all have decisions to make every day of our lives. We all make good and bad decisions. That’s life. When you look back on your life you can think of some really great decisions that you made, decisions that have altered the course of your life. You can also remember some really bad ones that have affected you in a negative way.
Life is never static, it’s always changing and opportunities come and go. Doors open and we have to decide whether to step through and seize the opportunity or not. When you are standing in front of that open door of opportunity the question arises “What if?” do I or don’t I. We need to make a decision. How do we make decisions? This depends on our background, education, life experiences and sometimes advice from others.
We don’t know each other, but I would like to give you some advice. Suppose I said that I knew something that could change your life forever for the better. Would you be interested? Suppose I said I knew someone that was showing other people how to acquire something like real estate for free. Suppose you could also learn how to build on your “land” something like a five star hotel. You would also learn how to market your “hotel” and collect rent from guests that pay to stay. Would you be interested?
What am I talking about? It’s called virtual real estate. Your own space on the World Wide Web or Internet if you prefer. If you own a space there it can turn out to be very valuable property.
The most expensive house in the world is a 12 bedroom mansion in London England for which an Indian steel tycoon paid $128 million.
The most valuable web page in history, to date, will probably be thesixmilliondollarpage by Alejandro Saavedra and Robert Kanaat. Now here’s the difference. The tycoon paid $128 million for the house. How much did these two guys pay for the page. Next to nothing. Maybe a couple hundred bucks at the most depending on how they went about it.
I am going to open a door for you that could literally change your life. The only cost is your time and effort. Now you must decide! Ask yourself the following question:-
“What if” I click on this link:
It could make all the difference.
What is a dedicated server? A dedicated server is a web host that only serves your website. Unlike a shared server, a dedicated server is entirely your own. Although the equipment for the server is usually leased from the provider, the dedicated server is entirely yours. It serves only your website.
This means that all of the space and bandwidth afforded by the dedicated server belong to you. You are hosting your own website. You can use all of the space and bandwidth on your dedicated server for your one website, or create affiliate websites that can generate ads and revenue to your product or service website.
There are two ways to make money on the internet. You can either sell products or service to individuals or businesses, or you can make money off of ads and affiliates. You can also combine these to do both.
Suppose, for example, you have a website that sells curtains. You have a fine site where customers can shop for many different styles of curtains. When they have chosen what they want, they can put it in the shopping cart and check out. This may work well for you.
Perhaps you would like to make more money with your curtains. Maybe you would like to have more customers and sell more curtains. But you are using as much space as you can on your shared server and it cannot handle a lot more traffic. You choose to spend extra money to get a dedicated server.
Now that you have a dedicated server, you have a lot more space. Although you may be content with your curtains website the way it is, you do have unused space on your dedicated server. How can you get that to work for you?
One way to do this is to create little websites that have the sole purpose of generating revenue and directing people to your website. You can do the history of curtains for one, and write about home improvements in window treatments for another and so on. Get some cheap content loaded with keywords that will drive traffic to your site. You can advertise on your own sites for free and also use links that customers can click on that will bring them to your curtain site.
In addition, you can have as many ads as you want on your little sites. You can even sell affiliate products. If your business is curtains, affiliate products can be other home improvement products or soft domestic goods, such as pillows or bedspreads.
With your own web host, there is no limit to how much money you can make on the internet. While you may have started out just wanting to sell curtains, you can generate revenue in many other different ways. This can end up paying for your web hosting while driving more traffic to your business.
Think outside the box, if you have an internet business website, and think of ways that you can generate more revenue by incorporating ads and affiliate products into your websites by using a dedicated server as a web site host.
If you’ve just entered the world of blogging or if you’ve been blogginh for a short time and find that things are not working out as you expected, it will be worth your while to spend some time understanding the common mistakes that bloggers make, mistakes that make it hard to enjoy what should be an enjoyable, satisfying experience: Blogging!
The five most common new blogger mistakes are:
Diving in (rather than wading in)
Having unrealistic expectations
Ignoring the reader
Diving in! Many bloggers are so anxious to get started that they dive in rather than wading in slowly — its a mistake in an unfamiliar swimming pool or pond and its a mistake when entering a new arena such as the ‘blogosphere.’ Consider these things before you start your Blog:
Find a focus for your blog . . . a focus that reflects what you know, what interests you and what you enjoy talking and writing about. No topics are out of bounds: politics, religion, science, sexual orientations, comedy, exercise, diet, diseases, etc., etc..
Take the time to read dozens of different blogs: note the colors, graphics and layouts to get an idea of what appeals to you. Also note that some bloggers are long-winded and others are brief and to the point . . . others are just chatty and entertaining and have no particular point to make . . . this too is a personal style you get to choose.
You need a host for your blog, some are free, some charge a small amount per month for their service, some are simple to use and some require more technical knowledge, some have more features than others; choose carefully, once you’ve established your blog and have a few regular readers you may not want to change your address (your URL).
You may or may not want to use your real name on your blog, this depends on many factors, not the least of which is your stance on controversial issues and how publicly you want to be identified with your opinions.
Unrealistic expectations! If you come to blogging expecting instant results: a large readership and many complimentary comments, you may be disappointed. There are tens of thousands of blogs online vying for the same audience. Patience and tenacity are essential on your part. If you write well, find a unique niche to fill, have appealing titles for your posts and tirelessly promote your blog the readership and comments (some of which will be complimentary) will come.
Losing focus! When you started your blog you had a particular reason for doing so; it might have been to express your views on a topic or it might have been to just communicate with a close circle of friends about your daily activities. Readers will come to your blog for the first time and either be interested in your subject matter or not, will either like your style or not and, if they like your subject and style they may comment and then come back later. Once you’ve established a topic and tone for your blog you’re free to change it but to do so you’re basically starting all over.
Be aware that you can have more than one blog, each one devoted to a particular topic and each one, if you choose, under a different identity.
Plagiarizing! There are some great bloggers out there and as you surf through blogs you might find one who said something really well, something that resonated with you and something you want to put in your blog. DON’T just copy and paste someone’s words in your blog without giving them credit, making it look to the world like the words are yours. If you write it, write it in your own words and write it better, adding your own thoughts and feelings and then be gracious, mention where you got the idea and provide a link.
Ignoring the reader! Some of the people who read your blog will leave comments; some readers will agree with you and some readers may even praise your insights but most will pick a point you’ve made and criticize it. People leave comments on others blogs for the same reason they themselves blog, to exchange ideas and express their points of view. Always respond to your readers comments; thank them for reading and taking the time to comment (even the severe critics) and then respond, as appropriate, to their comment. If you ignore your comments your readers may end up ignoring your blog.