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SOME AMAZING FACTS ABOUT SUCCESS UNIVERSITY

Hello fellow entrepreneur, let me give you a few FACTS about Success University so you understand exactly how real this opportunity can be for you and your financial success… And Why This May Be The Best Profitable Home Business Opportunity In The Past 50 Years — Maybe Ever

*Success University became the #1 most popular online personal development company in the world in only 9 months now it is 5 years since its inception.It has generated generated over $ 60 billion in sales during the past 5 years because of its fine-tuning and simple step-by-step fool-proof system for making money online.

*The same system to generate money is made available to all “beginners” on the Internet become successful with no prior experience or technical skills.

*Because of the unique “Learn & Earn” opportunity, tens of thousands of excited people from around the world have created an avalanche of traffic allowing Success University to become the most dominant online player in a 64 billion dollar a year marketplace.

*Success University has enrolled approximately 80,000 students in 178 countries around the world in the first two and a half years.

Unlike most other business opportunities that require a lot of capital to get started, Success University makes it affordable for anyone in the world to enroll. With no requirements to purchase inventory or to stockpile products, our global opportunity has spread like wildfire around the world.

In only two and a half years, Success University has become one of the top 10 most popular Network Marketing company on the Internet.

Success University has grown so fast and has created so many success stories that we have passed up the traffic rankings of companies that have been in business for decades.

Success University is EXPLODING around the world right now as you’re reading this letter. Up to 500 people a day (and climbing) are jumping on board…

When you enroll and secure your position in our compensation plan, the computer places you on one of only 2 teams in a straight line. As other people enroll after you, they get placed below you – and count towards credit for your commissions.

If you act now and enroll, you’ll be positioned above the people who enroll later. If you hesitate for even a few minutes, those people will pass you up and you will count as credit towards their commissions!
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Charles Kaluwasha is pleased to offer you a successful profitable home business and a Proven Marketing System that has already helped thousands of ordinary people around the globe reach their goals and create financial freedom. To subscribe to a Free Home Business Secrets Course and have a look at what we have to offer, visit:
http://www.LifeOnTheNet7.com
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The Silent Killer of Business Success

by Laurie Hayes

It seems harmless and innocent enough, but its crippling effects run rampant in the business world.

Entire days are lost, projects sloppily thrown together, and work pushed aside as entrepreneurs become slaves to its hypnotic pull.

It was designed to make life easier and speed up communications, but instead has become the nemesis of the already overextended business owner.

Have you guessed what it is? If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re also a victim of the cursed ’email.’

How many times a day do you check your email? How much time to spend each time you visit?

During a recent mastermind call, a colleague discussed challenges he was having with productivity and event management. As we broke his day into segments, we discovered he was spending 15 minutes of every hour checking email – the majority of which is spam.

Another member then shared the fact that he too had fallen into the email trap and had recently started a stat sheet. In one day alone, he checked his email 21 times! He was trying to curb his habit but was still struggling.

Several more of us chimed in confessing we had “slipped” in our email discipline efforts and were checking it more often than we should be.

Before the call ended we made a pact to check our email no more than twice a day and for a maximum of 10-15 minutes only. We will share our results at our next meeting.

An analogy one of our members shared really helped put things in perspective. Would you as a responsible business owner walk to your mailbox 10-15 times a day to collect bulk mail and advertisements? If not, why would you do it at your computer?

These challenges are not reserved for home business start-ups and amateurs. My mastermind colleagues who were discussing these difficulties are six and seven figure earners. Email infatuation does not discriminate!

My own coach, a multi-millionaire who has built several companies, recently discussed his obsession with email and the impact it was having on his productivity!

It’s an ongoing dilemma and all you, I, or any of us can do is be aware of it, keep our activities in check and do whatever it takes to stay the course.

This time I have taken extra steps to remove email from my mind. I open the application between 11:30 and noon and between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m., take care of business then shut it down.

Tim Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, defines email as, “The greatest single interruption in the modern world” and recommends weaning yourself down to one visit a day. He’s actually reached the point where he checks it once a week.

If anyone needs you badly enough they will pick up the phone and call, and if they don’t, how important could it really have been?

Are you ready to get a handle on the silent business killer? If discipline is an issue, find an accountability partner or state your intentions to your mastermind group or peers. If you can’t do it yourself, have others rally around you.

It takes 26 to 30 days to create a habit. Stick this out – create productive, winning habits and once you’ve mastered the monster, you’ll be on the fast track to business success.

Copyright 2007 Laurie Hayes – The HBB Source
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Laurie Hayes, founder and visionary behind The HBB Source, helps government and corporate employees break free of their jobs to live their dream of entrepreneurship. To subscribe to her FREE e-zine for valuable resources designed to create home business success, visit http://www.thehbbsource.com.
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6 Low-Cost Marketing Strategies

By Sharron Senter

Small businesses must be extra imaginative with their marketing efforts in order to attract customers and get them to open their wallets. Even more challenging is that most entrepreneurs have shallow pockets and shoppers are being more selective as a result of the sluggish economy and volatile stock market. The following are six proven low-cost marketing ideas that help small businesses increase sales and generate referrals, ultimately helping you build your cash cow, while spending very little.

Get Out and Walk
Next time you walk down a street with high foot-traffic, pay attention to storefront windows underutilized. Approach the store owner and offer to pay a small fee to advertise your business in their window. Imagine, you pay $50 per month for a location that costs someone else $2500 a month in rent. This idea also works in reverse. If you’re the store owner with great window visibility, approach other entrepreneurs and offer them an affordable advertising opportunity.

Special Deal Today Only
The next time business is slow, try sending out an email to your prospect list that reads, “Please call me. I have a special deal I can offer you if you call me today. You’ll be glad you did! (978) 000-0000. Thanks, Sharron.” This method really works. Prospects call because of the urgency you create using such a short deadline and to make sure they don’t miss out on a worthy opportunity. Be careful. You’ll lose credibility with your prospects if your offer isn’t aggressive enough, i.e., 10% off won’t cut it!

Under Your Nose
Are your vendors doing business with you? Why not? Here’s a short list of the prospects you should contact within 48 hours of reading this article, your: accountant, attorney, plumber, electrician, daycare provider, housekeeper, greens keeper, mechanic, realtor, friends, family, minister/priest/rabbi, etc., dentist, physician, gynecologist, nail technician, hairdresser, Mary Kay Consultant, marriage counselor, coach, personal trainer, financial advisor, etc. If you and your vendor are not a match, he or she probably knows someone who should be doing business with you. All you have to do is ask your vendor to provide some word-of-mouth about you. At minimum, ask to display your business cards and flyers at their office, or to mention your business in their customer newsletter. Take a moment and make sure people in your immediate circle understand what you’re selling.

Customers on the Fence
Before you send off your next proposal, call your prospect and tell her the proposal she requested is ready. Tell her you’d like to forward the proposal, but before you do, ask her what time tomorrow would be convenient to discuss the proposal. Remember, always set up your next appointment before releasing any information.

Charge at Least Five Bucks
Always charge a fee for all your event marketing efforts. Fee-paid seminars and workshops almost always generate more participants than free events. The fee does two things. First, when you charge for something, there’s an implied “value” built in. Your prospect will believe they “get more” when they pay, versus not paying. Second, when a prospect pays you, they’re showing a commitment and are now a more qualified prospect and more likely to show up. Don’t just take my word for it; test it. It’s true.

Stimulate Customer Senses
Do you think the smell of fresh baking bread flowing throughout the grocery store or music playing is by chance? Absolutely not. Retail businesses have been going out of their way for years to stimulate shoppers and keep them browsing. Stimulating the senses works outside of bricks and mortars too. For example, let’s say you’re a business development expert and you’re getting ready to mail your quarterly newsletter on white stock. Instead, try a red or pink-hued paper. Or, if you’d prefer to remain conservative, use a white textured stock. Another example: There’s nothing worse than the smell of a disinfectant used in a doctor’s office. Try burning vanilla candles in the waiting room, they’ll help sooth your customers while they wait. If your business is notorious for long waiting room times, fresh baked cookies work well.

Remember, the more comfortable we keep our customers, the longer they’ll stay, the more memorable experience they’ll have and the more they’ll spend, or pass on positive word-of-mouth. When you’re planning your next marketing activity, remember to stimulate your customers’ senses, including eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
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Sharron Senter is a New England-based marketing consultant who helps small businesses deploy low-cost marketing strategies. Visit her at http://www.sharronsenter.com.
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5 Tips on How To Start Article Marketing…

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From time to time I’ll get an email from a person saying, “I’ve submitted several articles and I’m still not seeing results.”

My first questions to them are always–

* What type of results are you looking for?

* What is your means of measuring your results?

* How long have you been article marketing and how many articles a month have you been submitting?

Sometimes the person’s answer is,

“I don’t think I’m getting any results because I haven’t had very much of an increase in sales on my website, which is why I’m doing article marketing. I submitted 5 articles the first month, then I got busy the second month and didn’t submit any, and this month (my third month) I’ve submitted a couple.”

At this point I’m wishing that I had the ability to turn back the hands of time so that I could tell this person some very helpful tips before she started that would have eased her mind, helped her measure her results more accurately, and increased her success rate.

For anyone who has just stared doing article marketing, or is on the verge of starting, or who is considering starting, I’ve got 5 tips for you that will make your life easier.

Oh, and even if you’ve been submitting articles for a while now and didn’t have these tips when you started–it is never to late to do these! 🙂

1) Have a realistic time frame for results.

Although a article marketing can produce dramatic results right away for some folks (for example if your article gets picked up by a major ezine and sent out to tons of folks), it is generally a long term marketing strategy that usually does not show significant results for several months.

The reason for this is that Google and the other search engines don’t update your rankings on a daily or even a monthly basis–usually their cycles run every 3 or 4 months where they will re-establish the ranking of a website based on incoming links.

So, when you start article marketing, you may see a dramatic result right from the start if one of your articles gets picked up by a major ezine or something, but please do not expect to see immediate drastic results. Commit to doing your article marketing consistently over the long term, and know that it will likely take 4 months or so to see a noticeable impact.

2) Make a note of your traffic baseline.

Writing things down helps soooo much. It’s easy to say after the fact, “Well, I think I remember my traffic being higher than this previously” but if you aren’t conscientiously tracking things your memory may be a bit foggy.

There are stats programs out there to help us track traffic–use one of them! Then, create a spreadsheet where you insert your monthly traffic results. Or, if your traffic tracking program generates monthly reports, use those, but please don’t look at your stats and try to go off of memory for a few months back. We want concrete data!

For the last completed month, jot down what your traffic was. This is your traffic baseline.

3) Check how many backlinks you have before you start your article marketing campaign.

Google has a cool way of checking your backlinks. Just type this into the search box: link:http://yourwebsite.com (you would substitute the URL of your website after the “link:” part).

After pressing the “search” button, you should see a list of results that indicate the websites that are linking to your site. In the upper right area of the page, you can see the number of sites that are linking to your site.

In your notebook or spreadsheet, or whatever you’re using to keep track of all this information, jot down the number of your website’s backlinks. This is your baseline for your backlinks.

4) Check your ranking for your keywords.

This sounds like it might be technical, but it’s not! It’s soooo easy–just type your keyword or keyword phrase in the Google search box.

Where does your site come up in the results pages?

Are you at #5, #25, #357 or something else?

Whatever your ranking is, jot down that number. This is your keywords baseline. Repeat this process for all your keyword phrases and make a note of your rankings.

Oh, and what if you can’t find your website in the results listings?

Don’t fret!

Everyone has to start somewhere, and remember that even the #1 site on the search results pages at one time wasn’t visible ranked at all! You are just starting out–you don’t have ranking yet or perhaps you’re so low on the ranking that you’re not even listed.

This is fine–you’re starting to market your website at least–just make a note saying that you’re unranked. You’re about to change that! 🙂

5) Check your PageRank (click that link if you’re not sure what PageRank is).

It also isn’t hard to check what your website’s PageRank is–just install the free Google Tool Bar found at http://www.toolbar.google.com

When you install that tool bar, you’ll be able to see what your web page’s PageRank is by looking at the PageRank bar (it will turn green when your web page has PageRank). Hover your cursor over the PageRank bar and you’ll see a message similar to this:

“PageRank is Google’s view of the importance of this page (5/10)”.

In this example, the web page has a PageRank of 5– when they say 5/10, they mean that it has a PageRank of 5 out of a possible 10. Zero is the lowest and 10 is the highest. (We are all aiming for a 10, but it will take a while to achieve that!)

So, look up your PageRank and jot that number down in your stats tracking journal. This is your PageRank baseline.

If your web page doesn’t have PageRank yet the bar will be clear, and the message will say “No PageRank information available”

If that’s the case, no worries. This probably means that your site is brand spankin’ new, and you’re doing a great thing by starting an article marketing campaign!

Diversifying Your Eggs

As you can see, there are several ways that you can measure results when you start your article marketing campaign–if you become super focused on any one aspect to the exclusion of the others you will end up with a distorted view of your results, and you’ll get an “all eggs in one basket” effect.

When measuring our online marketing results we want to diversify our eggs–have several avenues for measuring results. Why?

Well, search engines are in a constant state of flux, so one area may be going great while another area is at a momentary stand still or has even taken a few steps back.

Just to give you an idea of what you can expect as you’re trying to build traffic and links to your website (and this is true whether you’re using article marketing or some other marketing tool):

A Day In The Life Of A Website Owner

You check your stats and notice that your PageRank has increased (yay 🙂 ).

Then on the same day you notice that you’ve moved down a couple notches in the search results for one of your keyword terms (boo 🙁 ).

But your traffic has increased (yay 🙂 ).

Oh, but there is not a noticeable difference in the amount of sales you’re making on your site (boo 🙁 )

Now, you can see that if you were only looking at one of these stats that you wouldn’t be getting the whole picture. This is why I measure several areas, because you won’t necessarily be seeing results for each of these areas at the same time.

I always advise people that when you’re starting your article marketing campaign to commit to it for at least 4 months. Submit your articles on a regular schedule, be consistent month after month after month.

Check your stats each month if you like, or just check them again at the en

d of 4 months. I do check my stats every month, but I don’t expect to see results for several months when I’m starting a new article marketing campaign.

How To automate Your Online Business in 5 Easy Steps

Automate Your Online Business in Five Easy Steps
(c) Charlie Page
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A good friend of mine used to have this saying …
“You’ve heard that the goal is to work smarter, not
harder, right? Well I say the goal is to work LESS!”

Jeff was a wise individual indeed. He saw the Internet
as a tool that offers the ability to set up a business
that runs, as the gurus love to say, on autopilot.

And Jeff achieved his dream, seeing his online business
earn over $250,000 almost completely on autopilot.

So let’s take up Jeff’s words and see how that looks in
the real world.

Here are five ways that you can create an automated
business – one that earns 24 hours a day without your
continuing involvement.

1. PAY PER CLICK AUTOMATES YOUR PAID TRAFFIC

The beauty of pay per click advertising is that you can
set it and forget it.

The key is to create an account with your preferred
provider (these days it’s usually Google or Yahoo) and
establish a fair bid price (what you will pay for every
visitor they send you).

Once you have done that, you can tell your pay per
click provider how much you will spend and they will
keep sending traffic to your site until they reach
*your* budget amount.

What could be better than that?

Now you are getting the traffic you need for a price
you choose and at the rate you choose.

All you need do now is log in to your pay per click
account once a month and make sure things are going
well, and make any adjustments you want.

Super easy traffic control. Profitable too!

2. AUTORESPONDERS AUTOMATE YOUR FOLLOW UP

If your site is *wildly* successful, you will convince
about 5% of first time buyers to buy now.

But what about the 95% – the ones that don’t buy today?

You’ve got to remind them to return and buy.

And the way to do that is by using an autoresponder.

Email marketing is still the most powerful form of
online advertising, and it can begin working for you
today!

Just make a list of the top ten reasons why someone
should buy from you. Then make each reason into a short
email message. Then set up a form on your site (your
autoresponder company – like Aweber or Send Free will
show you how) and invite people to learn more.

Those who do want to learn more – your best prospects
by the way – will get your ten messages over time and
be prompted to return and buy.

This is TRUE marketing automation.

If you aren’t doing this now, you ARE losing money.

3. RSS AUTOMATES YOUR CONTENT

IF you want a site that is always fresh and new (which
the search engines love) and don’t want to spend hours
creating new content, then you need to know about RSS.

RSS is simply a way to display content from other sites
on your site automatically.

My suggestion is to find a good book or article on RSS
and learn more if you think that showing fresh content
on your site is important.

4. CLICKBANK AUTOMATES YOUR AFFILIATE PROGRAM

Clickbank is a company through which you can sell your
product and have affiliates too. Selling through
Clickbank is easy and fast.

The best part of working with Clickbank by far is how
they manage your affiliate program FOR you. They
literally do all the work.

* They provide the form you need to sign up affiliates.
* They track clicks and sales.
* Best of all … THEY pay your affiliates for you.

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HOT TIP: If you have a brisk affiliate program,
you can forget about fresh content, struggling to
get traffic, and more. Motivated affiliates will
send you all the traffic you need to succeed.
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5. VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS AUTOMATE YOUR SUPPORT

Today there is a trend that is gaining steam called
‘virtual assistants’.

In the old days, we had answering services that would
answer our phones and take messages. This was a win-win
because your phone was answered by a live person and
the message got through.

Now fast forward to the 21st century and discover the
power of virtual assistants.

These well-trained individuals can do almost any task
you need done.

They can …

* Answer your phone
* Answer emails
* Maintain your website
* Run a forum for you
* Do light programming
* Run a support center for you
* And more

You *will* lose some personal touch by using
assistants, but if your goal is to work less, it is a
very cost effective way to go.

Should you automate your business to the point where
you no longer have to work every day?

Only you can decide how much automation is right for
you, and how much you want to personally interact with
clients and others.

But a very high degree of automation is possible if you
structure your business correctly.

By using these methods you can work alone, make a full
time income, and have the free time you want to enjoy
life to its fullest.

And THAT is a beautiful thing indeed!

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Charlie Page helps people succeed online with products
that educate combined with personal support.

To see all that Charlie offers, including a chance to
work with Charlie personally, visit him now at …

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