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8 Ways to Create Paperless Business Cards

What’s that, you’re still printing your business card on paper? That is so last year. These days, business cards are going all virtual and that’s a good thing. Not only are paperless business cards good for the environment, and easier to carry, they’re also unlimited — you’ll never run out when you’re networking at an event or conference.

But there are a bunch of different ways to construct a virtual business card, which is right for you? Below are eight ways to build a virtual business card that you can use to send your information to contacts the next time you’re at a networking event. Please share any other services you use in the comments.

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The Twitter Guide Book

Twitter! deffinitely a huge market and a place where internet users around the world meet several times a day!

How does it work? How can you make it work for your business?

Mashable recently launched The Twitter Guide Book, a one-stop shop for getting up to speed with everything Twitter (Twitter), from managing your Twitter stream to promoting a business.

This is a downloadable presentation, packaged up with all the best Twitter resources, so you can flip through all of the content in one place, and print and share it with your friends and colleagues.

Follow THIS LINK to download your copy now.

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Affiliate Marketing! A dollar today or 10 tomorrow?

If I said that I’d give you $1 right now, or $10 tomorrow, what would you choose?

Many of you might immediately say “Well the $10 obviously! It’s more money and I only have to wait a day!” That might be a simple decision, but what about $100 today and $1000 in 6 months? Sometimes the thought of immediate reward is just to enticing to pass up – and if you need $100 right now, it’s somewhat of a different equation all together.

But that is exactly the decision you have to make when you build an affiliate site – are you going to focus on short term or long term gains? One of the simplest illustrations of this is the process of building an email list. An email list is an investment in future sales. It takes work to build and maintain a list, as well as work to create new and interesting content to send out to a list. But run a list well and it can become one of your biggest assets as an affiliate marketer.

Instead of bringing in a single visitor, selling something to them, and then never hearing from them again, strategies like building an email list allow you to make multiple sales to the same customers. And if you want to know where that $10 tomorrow is coming from, that’s it – repeat sales. Newsletter series, regularly updated blogs and even ebooks can all be very effective ways of turning a single visit into an long-term income stream – one which cannot be turned off overnight by a Google algorithm change or Adwords slap. By building up multiple, long-term income streams, you will ensure far greater security in your business.

But, it is a trade off. Just like giving up the $1 today, you have to decide what your current goals are, and what’s of most value to you now. If you are just starting out, then perhaps focusing on short-term sales could be in your best interest. Focus on learning the process of site building and monetization. Build up capital that you can use to develop a more sustainable business in future. But, if you do go this direction, my advice is to set a strict time frame. Do this for a couple of months while you’re learning the ropes, but be sure to move onto the phase of creating long-term sustainable profit after that time.

Whether it’s adding to your existing site, or moving onto a completely different niche altogether, start thinking of ways that you can focus on long-term sales to the same people, rather than just selling whatever you can to whoever walks in the door of your site, so to speak. Because, while the first sale might be a big buzz, once you start making your second or even your hundredth, the novelty wears off and things get serious: You’re in business. And in business, the $10 tomorrow is worth more than the $1 today.

I hope you enjoyed this article.

Thank you!

Heide Holtz

SmarterSites.net

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Your Blog´s Name!

You can register a domain name for your Blog or simply use a sub-domain.

Either way, you need to think a bit about what your Blog is going to be about. The purpose of your Blog, what you will write about on your Blog…

The NAME of your Blog should describe the PURPOSE of your Blog!

Suggestions:

  • Before you go on to create your account with WordPress or Blogger, take a few minutes and read through steps 3 to 10.
  • This will give you a few ideas of what you want to write about, the purpose of your Blog. Write those down!
  • Then, come back to Step 3 and do some research on those subjects. Have a look at other websites and blogs in your category of interest. Take notes of what you like and what you don´t like on those sites.
  • Keep thinking about the name for your Blog or your Business actually! because you will earn money from your Blog!

Examples:

* Our websites address is: http://smartersites.net (this is our domain name)
* Our blog´s address is: https://smartersites.wordpress.com (this is a sub-domain)

“SmarterSites” describes the purpose of our business. Our goal is to show you how to build successful Sites >> Smarter Sites. Sites that earn money for you in multiple different ways.

Brand awareness!

You want people to remember your Blog´s name. One way to accomplish that is by registering that name in different directories, communities and so on.

Email address
Even if you have your own domain name, open a new email account with google

Example: smartersites@gmail.com

Directories & Communities
Use your Blog’s name when getting registered at Twitter, Technorati, Stumbleupon, this will create brand awareness and increase your search engine ranking…

Examples:
http://twitter.smartersites.net
http://www.stumbleupon.com/url/smartersites.net

More detail on getting set-up in directories and communities in step 10 of our 10-Step Guide inside http:smartersites.net

Heide Holtz

SmarterSites.net

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