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Why a good mentor can fast track your Internet marketing success

Posted on : 25-08-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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Most successful athletes usually engage the help of experience and good sports coach to mentor and teach them important techniques and effective training workout so as to enable them to excel in sport competitions, usually within the shortest possible time .

A good and experienced coach is one who is able to provide guidance, advice, strategy and personalized training workout for individuals. A mentor is usually someone who’s being there done that so to speak.

Likewise it is essential for you to find a good mentor to help you jump start your Internet marketing business particularly if you are new to online business or you are a novice in Internet Marketing. You should find an experienced Internet marketing coach if you are unable to earn profitable online income despite the massive efforts and time you put into it.

Some people feel that they can do without any specific coaching since there are tons of free online information on how to make money online. After all there are plenty of forums in the Internet where people can participate to share information, experience as well as gather knowledge on tips on Internet marketing.

Well, it is true that you can find lots of tips on how to start an online business however the main problem is not lack of information but rather availability of too much information so much so that you become overload with too many money making ideas and techniques till you don’t know where to begin with.

Lack of information can impede your online business success but too much information resulting in paralysis through analysis is equally bad. Information overload may cause you to panic and lose confidence in your ability to start online business.

Finding a good mentor that is willing to hold you by the hand so to speak, to guide and teach you step by step and to correct you along the way on mistakes that you make is extremely important.

A good mentor can drastically reduce the amount of time that you need to gain speed and knowledge on making money online not just quickly but also to build a sustain long term business. As a matter of fact an experienced and truly genuine honest mentor will share the blueprint that allows you to fast track your Internet marketing success.

A lot of people fail to make money online and then give up not because the market is saturated but rather due to the fact that they spend too much time on focusing on the wrong thing and trying to make things right instead of doing the right thing.

A good Internet marketing coach will help you to understand and avoid some of those Internet marketing pitfalls, the do’s and the don’t which you should pay attention to. You don’t gain anything by repeating mistakes that others had made and learn from it.

You can avoid many costly and time consuming mistakes as you built your online business with help of a good mentor. A little helping hand will dramatically improve and expedite your ROI (return of investment in Internet marketing)

Last but not least, make it a point to attend Internet marketing seminar if possible. Besides the opportunity to learn how to make money online, you can also take opportunity to network with some of the top Internet marketers.

Ewen Chia and Patric Chan are both well known Internet Marketers and experienced mentors who can help you make tons of money online. They have team up to conduct Internet Business LIVE 2! seminar in Singapore. It is an opportunity not to be missed. Do register and sign up for the event.

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Is Article Marketing Dead?

Posted on : 20-08-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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One of the most important factor that determines the number of targeted visitors to your website is of course the amount of useful, relevant and interesting information you post in your website. When it comes to online publicity content is king so to speak. Who would bother to waste time to look at a website devoid of any interesting information?

There is no reason why you cannot increase targeted traffic to your website so as to build up a good responsive subscriber list that you can easily convert into buying customers. There are many ways to promote your sites. Social network marketing is the in-thing and popular medium to reach out to visitors and customers. Some claim that the old technique involving article marketing is dead. Is it truly obsolete?

Nevertheless, you should not rule out article marketing. Article marketing is still one of the proven time tested winning strategy to gather targeted traffic to your site. Most article directories allows you to include links back to your website through the so-called article author ‘byline’ or the author biography.

Most article directories allows you to include links back to your website through the so-called article author ‘byline’ or the author biography. By syndicating your contents for others to publish and post (with the condition that the article must include the link back to your website) you increase and improve the opportunities for others to link back to your site.

The increase in back links, particularly from authoritative sites or sites with similar niche market of yours will greatly enhance and improve your site page ranking. You have a winning formula to put your websites at top ranking of Google’s search engine result page if you can consistently provide timely fresh useful information which the reader can apply to address their problems or needs.

The ability to provide consistent fresh content in conjunction with good niche product marketing and keyword research puts you in very good position to succeed.Staying ahead of the competition is not really not difficult so long as you are able generate quality back links to your website and one of the best ways to do is via article marketing.

Creating useful content for your website should always be a major focus and part of your Internet marketing campaign. There are many articles that seems more like sales pitch and lacking in terms of depth and substance. Take some time to so some research on what you wish to communicate to your readers. Write articles about your niche.

What if you are not a good writer? There are many good freelance writers out there who can do it for a small fee. Not all ghost writers and freelance writers able to write good articles that are search engine friendly (with good keywords). So when in doubt, check out the profile of these writers and ask for sample articles.

Here is the key to article marketing success. Rewrite the articles and post it to various article directories. Rinse and repeat. Do it over and over again for each of your website. You should consider automating the process so that it takes minutes instead of days. Here is a free article writing software which is completely free that you can use to help you with article research. One important thing to take note is that you should only rewrite articles that you hold copyright to change (original article that create or own.)

The major advantage with article marketing is that the articles resides in the article directories for years thus the more articles you submit for syndication (submit to major ezine and article directories ) the more opportunity it is for you to increase backlinks to your site.

In summary, is article marketing dead? Well, it doesn’t seems to be anytime soon or in the distant future given the fact that more and more people are going online to look out or search for information and solutions to problems and needs or access to information that enable them to make well inform decisions.

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24 Hours Salesman – Marketing Blog

Posted on : 13-08-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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Can anyone earn a comfortable living through blogging? Is it possible to establish a 24 hour salesman with almost zero operating cost? The answer is certainly a ‘yes’. It is established facts that there are many people who struggle with blogging; over 90% of bloggers hardly earn a single dime but on the other hand when done correctly not only can it enable anyone to earn a profitable income moreover one can build a sustaining profitable business for online as well as offline products and services.

Still doubtful if you can make any money from a blog? Well, do check out this interesting local news of a Singapore diva who makes well over 45K a month through her blogshop. The interesting thing about this lady is that she leverage on the power of blog to promote physical products. Now imagine the opportunity to promote digital information product such as audio, video, software, ebook and etc.

You may wonder what secrets these successful bloggers has that makes them so successful. Well, truth to be told, there are no secrets at all. People buy from whom they trust. Your website or blog must therefore contain and provide information of value to the customer. Be passionate about what you write in your blog.

You must not focus your entire goals solely just on making money online even though it is important. Instead, put your efforts and desire foremost to help others succeed in terms of providing and sharing good information. Zig Ziglar the famous motivational speaker says that you help yourself by helping others first. Good words spreads fast through the Internet, bad reputation and feedback spreads even faster!.

Providing good content is a must but not the only criteria in order to become successful with blogging. Besides good content, you also need to work on promoting and marketing your blog. Getting targeted traffic to your blog is equally important and in that sense, you have to implement the right strategies to attract customers.

What is targeted traffic? Essentially it refers to visitors who are interested in the product or service that you offer or promote in your website. In other words, targeted traffic are visitors that comes to your website not by chance but usually through search engines for the relevant keywords associated with your product or service that you promote.

Targeted traffic is also known as qualified traffic; visitors who knows what they are looking for and who are more responsive and likely to purchase the products that you promote and recommend in your website.

Identify a product or service that is in demand, promote it by driving targeted traffic to your web portal and build a strong relationship with your customer base so that you can continue to sell products to them. Marketing is essential and critical to the success of any business; a marketing blog allows you to do just that, it is a 24 hours salesman and spokesman for your product and service!.

The choice is yours, continue to live the rat race amidst the fear of losing your JOB in today’s global uncertain economic and financial market situation OR to take control of your destiny in building an online business empire.

As the saying goes, he who knows why will have no problem to make a living through online business but he who knows how will have the ability to establish a sustain profitable online business.

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Niche Marketing – Why It Is So Important

Posted on : 31-07-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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It bewilders me that some shops bother to sell humidifier in a hot and humid country such as Singapore. Just think about this for a minute; does it makes no sense to sell ice to the Eskimos. What has these got to do with Internet marketing? A lot more than you think though!

Do you know why many Internet marketers fail to make a single dime online? Chances are that many of them are like those who try to sell ice and water to the Eskimos. It is common sense isn’t it? How would you expect to make money if you do not know what people wants and you try to sell something to someone who don’t need it at all!

Can you imagine what it is like to anyhow rent a shop regardless of location and not knowing what to sell? It sounds pretty silly but that is exactly what many Internet marketers do. They try to promote or sell everything and anything that comes along their way, just absolutely plain ridiculous.

Before you set up a business website you have to figure out what product or service you intend to promote, the type of customer that you are targeting, the demography, estimated demand, popularity, short term versus long term business strategy, and etc.

Niche and market research is very important and it should be your foremost focus for each and every online business campaign that you plan to disembark on. As the saying goes, failure to plan is planning to fail;

Do you know what is the difference between Apple Incorporated versus other less well competitors? Well, Apple create products that sells while others try to sell products that they create. How do you know if your product will sell in the market? It is plain simple, you conduct niche market research of course!.

One thing that it worth to take note is the difference between market research versus niche research? Most of the time you will come across the term niche market research. In a nutshell, a niche is a subset of a market.

For instance, consider the market for aquarium. Within the aquarium market, you can categorize it into sub markets such as salt water versus freshwater aquarium. You can drill down further into more refine sub markets or niches such as freshwater aquarium accessories follow through by filtration system and etc.

Thus to succeed in any online business, you have to position your product/service in the right market where the money is, profitable as well as competitive but not oversaturate. What and how do you go about to perform market and niche research?

For a start you can gather some ideas on what’s selling hot in Amazon, eBay, ClickBank or any other business portals. You can get a lot of information on products and services that are high in demand and popular items for the various markets and niches.

It is also important for you to know how popular or what the demand will be for the niche that you have selected by using Google Trend or Google Insight, both which are free market research tools.

Successful Internet marketing or any online business for that matter is all about niche marketing, finding and promoting the most profitable and high in demand product or service within a targeted sub market that is competitive but not over saturated. The key factor to take note particularly if you are a novice Internet marketer is avoid competing with the big players and the Gurus for products in highly popular markets.

Online business newbie will find it much easier to start off by targeting smaller markets and focus their efforts on dominating smaller niche market. The major benefit of niche marketing is that in most circumstances your competition is significantly reduced, meaning it’s a lot easier to start earning an income from that smaller niche market, and it’s certainly easier to rank higher in the search engines.

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What You Need To Know Before You Start Any Online Business

Posted on : 09-06-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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The statistic is extremely grim. Over 95% of the online business kaput or hardly make any profit within the 1st 5 years since start-up. You may wonder what the remaining small successful Internet marketers do which the majority isn’t.

Is there any secret that the Internet Marketing Gurus implement which allows them to make excess money round the clock over and over again without doing much work while you spend hours daily struggling to pay the bills?

Well, truth to be told, yes there is a secret and the secret is that there is simply no secret at all. Here is a good article on what you need to know before you start any online business. A lot of Internet marketing newbie set themselves up for failure even before they achieve their first profit.

Please check out this interesting post on what you need to know before you start any online business. You will be glad you did it and for goodness sake, don’t just read it, implement it!

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10 Sure-Fire Ways To Kill Your Ebay Business.

Posted on : 13-02-2011 | By : Leslie Yc | In : Internet_Marketing

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A lot of people still make lots of money from eBay. You can build a reasonable and comfortable living through eBay. You can promote both physical as well as digital information products via eBay. It’s surprisingly easy to kill your eBay business, if you’re not careful – sure, you can start over from scratch without it costing you anything, but do you really want to? Still, if you want your business to end up dead in the water, here are some simple ways to do it.

Lie about an item: Say it works fine when it sometimes doesn’t work. Say it’s in perfect condition when it has a scratch. Your customers will hate you!

Post whenever you feel like it: Make sure to leave your customers hanging around, wondering when their item is going to turn up. This makes sure they buy from someone else next time.

Let items end anytime: Few people will be around to care about your auction if it ends in the middle of the night. Why go to the trouble of working out whether auctions will end at a good time?

Don’t bother with email: Customers are just timewasters anyway. eBay businesses are supposed to run themselves! Never give informed responses to questions about your item.

Sell rubbish: Really, it’s just eBay. You can just sell any old tat from the market for a 200% profit. Let quality be someone else’s concern – I mean, really, what do they expect for that price?

Refuse to give discounts: You know what your items cost, you know what your profit margin is going to be, and you’re not going to negotiate. Remember that giving customers special deals might make them feel good and come back to you again.

Make your listings ugly: As many colours, flashing lights and animations as possible will really give those customers a headache. Write as much in CAPITALS!!!! as you can. Preferably big, red capitals. Be sure to use the fonts Impact and Comic Sans. For an extra special touch, see if you can figure out a way to add some music.

Don’t take photos: It’s such trouble, after all. If buyers are picky enough to actually want to see items before they bid on them, then screw ’em, that’s what I say.

Write short descriptions: Be as brief as possible, and use lots of mysterious abbreviations. This obviously makes you look very cool. You can even just write the title again in the description box. Think of the effort you’ll save!

Use reserve auctions: Now, this is a fairly controversial final choice, but it really is one of the best ways to scare away your customers. They’ll see ‘reserve not yet met’, and click that ‘back’ button before you know it. Luckily, they can always bid in a normal auction for the item somewhere else.

Now that you know the ten ways to kill your eBay business, how about we explore what to do if you want to do the opposite, and make a success of it?

You got to check out The eBay Fortune that will show you exactly how to run a successful business on eBay. I have really benefited from it & now selling full-time on eBay making a decent income.

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5 eBay Selling Tips for Newbies

Posted on : 06-02-2011 | By : Leslie Yc | In : Internet_Marketing

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I’m directing this article to those who are just starting their eBay Selling Venture. Whether you’re selling books, DVDs, CDs, collectibles or clothing, all things (with the exception of eBooks and services) need to be mailed. And it’s the postage, handling fees and mailing that seems to cause a great deal of angst among new sellers.

You’ve heard the advice – don’t overcharge for shipping. That is very good advice, indeed, as nothing turns off potential buyers like sellers who gouge you on the shipping costs. It’s also a practice that can rack up bad feedback.

However, I’m going to play Devil’s Advocate here and suggest that you don’t go overboard and give so much of a break on shipping that you’re chipping away at your profits. It’s good to remember the “hidden costs” of shipping: bubble wrap to secure your breakables, tape, shipping envelopes, boxes, etc. Then there’s the gas you put in your car to take all those trips to the post office.

You might think I’m being cheap, but, if you added up all your eBay expenses for the year (as some did for their recent taxes) you might be shocked to see how all the packing materials and gas for your car added up and took a little chunk out of your eBay profits. And, believe me, they do add up.

Some people are even more surprised to find they underestimated the weight of their packages, causing their profits to shrink even further.

How can you be fair to both you and your buyers?

1. Buy a scale. It may sound simple, but purchasing a scale can save you a bundle in shipping. If you’re just eyeballing the weight of the package, you can often times guess too low, and be in for quite a shock when you go to the post office and see the package is going to cost twice what you thought to ship.

2. Know the dimensions of your packaging before listing the item. Some packages cost more to ship because of their dimensions. Knowing the weight alone isn’t enough.

3. Offer the buyer a variety of shipping methods. Some prefer speedy delivery with Express mailing, while some prefer to save money with parcel post even though the wait is longer. It’s always a good idea when using parcel post or other slower ground shipping to alert the buyer by email that it can take anywhere from 8 to 10 days.

4. Save yourself money whenever possible by using boxes that have been used. Most stores are more than happy to let you rummage through their old boxes and take some home with you. But, do remember to choose boxes that are presentable, secure and strong enough for your items. And, if you have breakables, don’t skimp on the bubble wrap.

5. Give yourself a small handling fee that will cover your expenses. Some sellers add on an additional $1 or $2 to the shipping fees for their handling fees (depending on the cost of the item and how much packaging you have to use). I really advocate doing this because your expenses will add up if you do a lot of selling on eBay. Be sure to be upfront with your buyers that you have a small handling fee so they can’t complain about it later.

Being fair to both yourself and your buyer will keep you both happy, and keep more of your profit in your pocket.

Lastly, if you want to make some serious money on eBay, check out this ebook “eBay Inside Out“. It has changed my life by simply following the system exactly. I’m now a Platinum eBay Powerseller selling fulltime on eBay, making average $50k of sales every month, you too can make it! You can get a unique content version of this article from the Uber Article Directory.

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One Email Marketing Mistake That You Don’t Want To Make

Posted on : 11-01-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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I subscribed to tons of Internet marketing newsletters almost on the average once a week. Well, it’s not that I am greedy and hard up for some of the freebies that comes along with JV Giveaways (Joint Venture) ; as a matter of fact I rather selective when it comes to subscribe to opt in emails for those campaigns that are aligned to my niche business. Well, you can imagine the amount of promotional marketing emails that I received on daily basis as a result of all that I sign up for.

It is obvious that I can’t open and read through each and every one of those emails but what I have noticed were some common mistakes a lot of Internet Marketers make, either to the subject line, sender, recipient or the message format. You should pay attention to basic requirements on how your message is written and formatted before you send it out to your list.

The subject line or title is the most important part of the email that you need to pay attention to. After all, a recipient usually make up their mind from what they perceive through the subject line, usually in the first 10 seconds if it is worth their time to read the remaining content of the email.

A boring or misleading subject line will cause your email to end up in the junk folder and that’s the end of the whole email marketing campaign. Please check out my earlier post on email marketing misleading subject line.

Another serious mistake that you need to avoid is including dozens of recipient addresses in the To:Field. This is a big no no that you must avoid at all cost. Firstly you are telling the recipients (the whole bunch of them in the email list) that they are getting the same email sent out to dozens or even hundreds of other people. It is not personalized, which makes it less relevant and less likely to be clicked or read.

Secondly and more importantly, you are exposing your customer’s email addresses to other customers. That’s a serious violation of recipient privacy. Thus always remember to configure your email responder software to list only a single recipient’s name and email address in the To: line. It may seems trivial but the consequence of making the one mistake could be disastrous if your recipient file a report and complain about violation of privacy.

Make it a point to go through your email before you clicked the send button. Once you have done that, your email goes to the mail in box of the recipients and there is no way for you to recall back what you send out earlier. You don’t need to have a PhD to address some of these common mistakes highlighted. Bear in mind the consequences of these email marketing pitfalls which awaits you.

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Email Marketing – Why It Should Be Part Of Your Internet Marketing Strategy

Posted on : 02-01-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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Nowadays customer expectations are getting higher and higher. We live in an instant gratification world. We want solution to our problem fast. The Internet provide the means for people to find answers and solutions to their needs and desire in the shortest possible time.

Even though customers wants to get their hands on the product or service they need in the shortest possible time, it is important to note that they are spoil for choices given the plenty of websites offering all sort of products and services.

It rare for a customer to purchase any product from a website within their 1st visit. After all, there are so many competing websites offering similar solutions to a customer needs thus it is not surprising that it will take a lot of selling efforts on your part to convince the customer as to why they ought to purchase your product over competitors.

Research indicates that it takes at least 7th or more times for you to approach and touch base with a customer before they start to consider if they should purchase any product from you. The general and standard approach to cling a successful sale is what is define as email marketing.

In a nutshell, what you do is that you try to offer a freebie in exchange for a customer email contact. Once you obtain a prospect contact email address, you can then follow up with the him or her by sending regular follow emails on updated and quality information pertaining to the product or service.

Most Internet marketers leverage on the power of auto responder to manage their email list and email marketing campaign. By far and large email marketing is still one of the most economical and most effective ways to reach out to prospects and customers.

It is a mistake to think that email marketing is outdated or no longer effective given the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and etc. Everyone has at least one email account and unlike Facebook which is ban in certain countries such as China, email accounts are usually accessible in most countries and to both mobile network devices such as smart phones as well as computers.

One of the main advantage of email marketing software is that it allows you to personalize the email for respective customers. For instance, you can address the customer by name, schedule the communication, organize the contacts, create multiple campaigns and ensure the emails are permission based and conform to the CAN-SPAM law.

Some people argue to the fact that email marketing service is no longer as effective as it used to be given the amount of spam emails and as a result increasing trend of emails being deleted or blocked by email filtering and anti spam systems.

There are ways to improve email delivery and open rate which does not cost a cent. Email marketing software and services offer by reputable companies such as Aweber and GetResponse can increase your online business significantly without costing you bomb so to speak.

In summary, do not underestimate the power of email marketing. It is not just a form of communication channel that you need to focus on ; moreover it should part of your overall strategy marketing plan as well.

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How To Monetize Your Blog – Even If You Hate Selling

Posted on : 01-01-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing

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If you are thinking of making money with your blog then you may wonder how best to go about it. Lot of people don’t feel comfortable to ask for sales in their blog but that is exactly what you should do if you wish to monetize your blog. It is easy to sell product through your blog if you know how to do it. You don’t need to do hard selling because such technique won’t work with Internet marketing and any online business.

Can you sell a product online if you hate selling or you don’t think you are cut out to be sales person? The answer is of course you can!. Have it ever occur to you that we do selling all the time? Say for instance, you watched a movie and you like it. Someone you know talks about going for a show and you tell them the movie that you watched recently, how interesting the plot and so and so. That’s is in fact selling!.

Selling becomes hard, really hard if you attempt to sell someone a product that he or she has no need for at the present moment. For instance, what are the chances of selling a hair comb to a guy who is completely bald? The days of shouting and screaming at the top of your voice to try get customers to buy your product is over. What you should be doing is to get qualified customers or targeted prospects to approach you and your task is to promote a product or service that will help customer address their wants or needs.

Don’t go around chasing after customers. Let the customer come to you!. It sounds weird but this is what set the successful online business entrepreneurs and Internet marketers from the majority of those who struggle to keep their business afloat. It is much easier for you to promote a product to someone who don’t need anymore convincing words and who is in the buying mood.

You don’t need to do a lot of selling if your customer already qualified themselves in the sense that they need such a product to address their wants or needs. Your job as a Internet Marketer is try to match the best product or service that will meet the customer requirements. Sometime a customer may not even know for sure what they want specifically so you have to help them by explaining the values and benefits of your product.

Half the battle is won if you are able to get qualified customers to visit your blog or website. Thus the key factor is not so much about selling but rather how to promote your website or blog so that the right customer can find you. This is where search engine optimization is so important. You need to get your website to be rank as high as possible by the search engines. Of course you can also consider using paid traffic such as Pay Per Click (PPC) to get your website rank highly as fast as possible.

In summary, making money from blogging is not hard even if you hate selling. Qualified customers will buy from you if you can promote your product or service in such a way that they can see the benefits and values that directly address their problems. You should post regularly and over time your blog will earn credibility and the customer will consider you an expert in your niche.

You don’t need to do any hard selling once you have establish an authoritative blog in your niche market. You can monetize your blog without doing any hard selling. Of course, you should try to master the art of persuasive soft selling as well as being able to write effective sales copy letter. You will be able to achieve good comfortable income through monetization of your blog if you have a good authoritative blog and persuasive sales copy.

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