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Get Your Own Email Address for a More Professional Image »

I attended my local Real Estate Investors Club last night. It’s interesting how often I end up talking about how to use the internet with real estate investors. The most successful Real Estate investors now and in the future will be marketing and connecting on the internet. Here’s a question I was asked:

How can I get an email address with my company name?

You first have to buy your company name as a Domain address (URL). There are a couple ways or places to do that.

1) Find a Registrar you like and buy your name (if it’s available) Register your company as a URL (domain name) and use the registering site’s free email and Voila! you have an email address with your company name. Domains cost on average about $10 a year. The best, cheapest place I’ve found that I buy all my domains from is Netfirms.com

A domain name without a web site hosted on it is pretty ugly and not great image for your company. Having even a simple web site on your domain is better than visitors landing on “under construction.” In the real estate world it’s like buying land with nothing on it. Build a web site and add to the value of your address. You are literally creating virtual real estate.

Your registrar also offers web site hosting and web site do it yourself web site builders.

2) Plan ahead, buy your web site hosting and domain together. You don’t have to host your web site with the registering company. I generally buy my domains cheap from Netfirms and then buy hosting on Bluehost.com because I get a lot of space for multiple web sites and because I pay by the year it’s only about $7.95 a month for hosting. You will need to buy your first domain directly from Bluehost if you host with them. It costs a few bucks more than Netfirms.com but you will be able to have more domains hosted with them for free. Other companies will charge you a monthly hosting fee for each domain/site. You can also set up multiple email addresses for free.

Having your own email address is a must if you are serious about business. If you are still using a yahoo.com or hotmail.com or att.com email address, get your own email addres and you will project a much more professional image. Do it now! Register your name and your company name as URL’s.


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Learn to Make Money Online? Yes! With the 30 Day Challenge »

Just a quick note to share a very cool resource with you because I know you to be someone interested in internet marketing, making money online and/or creating streams of passive income.

I would like to introduce The Thirty Day Challenge. The “30DC” is free training for anyone from absolute internet beginners to experienced internet marketers on strategies for making money with the internet. The Challenge is about following the instructions and strategies of the founders to make just $1 from your own product online. “One measly dollar!” you say? Here’s the beauty of it, if learn to make just $1, you have learned a process that can be applied to make a lot more.

The actual Challenge starts August 1 and continues through Aug 31. Day lessons, videos, support and teams help you to understand and master everything you need to be a success – and it’s all f.ree. I started working through last years challenge (available through out the year) last February and found it extremely helpful. I am looking forward to doing this year’s challenge in real time.

To help you even more there is a Pre-season series of tutorials about the internet tools that will be used in Challenge. The Pre-season is worth a bunch all by itself! Learn to use all of the cutting edge tools that the most successful internet marketers use: The Flock browser, Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, video and more. The other cool thing is you can go at your own pace. Be sure to join a team. I’ve made global friendships since starting the Challenge earlier this year!

I hope you will join me in the Thirty Day Challenge. Just go here to learn more and to register…

http://www.ThirtyDayChallenge.com/challenge/15650

If I was mistaken and this isn’t your thing, please forward this post to someone you think might be interested. If you ARE planning to join forward this post too. It’s fun and possibly very lucrative!

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Internet Marketing Made Easy »

This is the first post in almost a year since I jumped into the fire of internet marketing. There is so much to learn and so many wonderful and interesting ways to make money online. I had no idea when I started. Since last summer I have attended the Internet Marketing Made Easy Conference in Detroit (modeled after “The Big Seminar” two times to hear some of the best and most successful internet marketers around. I learned many of the basics and also learned how much more there is to learn.

The biggest realization is that internet marketing is far from easy. It’s not a “get rich quick” plan. It takes dedication and persistence just like any other career. The rewards, however, can be staggering. I was inspired by the parade of 20-30 somethings who found there way to making 7 figure incomes from their dorm rooms or their kitchen tables.

Last July was my first big live event on internet marketing. I highly recommend attending one of these events if you are serious about internet marketing. I heard from professionals like Matt Bacak, Eric Graham, Greg Cesar and Anik Sengal on how to get started making money quickly on the internet.

One of the most important topics covered was how to find customers online. Marketing is so different online. Instead of creating or choosing a product and throwing up a web site to sell it, successful marketers find and create markets first by discovering what people already want. The key skill here is to create a “system” to build a list of potential customers, find out what they want and get it to them. Bacak, calls that market creation. How hard is to to sell to someone who is hungry for what you have to offer?

One system that has worked well for many is to offer valuable, quality content (information) around a niche, usually on a very simple web site and invite visitors to “subscribe” to receive more information on a regular basis. This is the way visitors are turned into leads and prospects. This is a time proven method of building a list of people with interest in your product or services. Chances are that you have already found places like this on the web that you wanted to have more of what was offered and gave your email address in return for information.

For internet marketing newbies, the concepts and techniques involved in setting up a system like that is overwhelming! Getting the web site (even a simple one) and the software required to collect email addresses into a list is quite technical and daunting to most. Anyone that wants to succeed in business in the next 5 years is going to need to understand how to use this system.

I’ve spent the last 8 months learning how to apply this system to my various businesses. I’ve learned how to create all types of web sites, use autoresponders and many ways to deliver traffic to those sites. A couple of months ago I was invited by the one of the founders of the “Internet Marketing Made Easy” seminar to teach a class in using autoresponders and generating customer lists. Since then I attended the “Internet Marketing Made Easy 2008” seminar March 28-30 and was asked by numerous people if I would be teaching that class again soon?

I’ve decided that instead I will be creating a series of video tutorials that will walk people through the material step-by-step. Stay tuned for an announcement on how you can get those tutorials for free. Internet marketing may not ever be exactly easy, but I intend to help make the path to success a little clearer.

Design Dashboard- the Best Place to Start »

Four years ago, when I put up my first web site to market coaching (applying my new business knowledge along with my counseling skills), I  signed up for a hosting service with a site builder program available as part of the package. I wanted to have a web site quickly and I didn’t want to have to learn how to program HTML. The site builder worked and I still have that site today. As I became more aware of internet marketing sites I wanted more control over the design and function of the sites I was creating.

I’m an amateur at web design, really. I took a Front Page class five years ago but never really got to use it. I finally got my own copy of FrontPage last year and quickly become completely frustrated trying to create something that was close to what I envisioned. I started looking for templates on the internet that could be plugged in to FrontPage. Did I mention that I’ve been trying to do all of this on a shoestring budget? The templates were not up to my standards and design sensibilities. Hiring a professional seemed out of reach for me financially. I tried other HTML editor programs, like NetObjects Fusion, but I was just as frustrated trying to get what I wanted. Then I discovered the Design Dashboard, created by Marlon Sanders, an internet marketing wiz. Click here to read more »

Everybody Markets (Some of Us Better Than Others) »

Marketing is a life skill they don’t teach you in school. I now call myself an internet marketer since I realized that, in reality, every interest I have will likely end up being shared on the internet, sooner or later. The Web Life, as defined by Frank Feather, futurist and author, is becoming a reality (Get a Web Life!).

Why marketing? Marketing, defined as offering goods, services and information for sale, isn’t just on the internet and it isn’t just done by business people. We are all marketing all the time. Every time you attempt to communicate an idea or try to influence another person you are selling, selling an idea, selling your time (ie a job) or offering a personal creation. Marketing isn’t always about money (money is great, of course). Marketing is about persuading someone to take action- sometimes the desired action is buying what you are offering. Sometimes the desired action is a phone call or merely an acknowledgement. Artists know the fine edge of this sword very well. We make art (music, poetry…) because it is who we are. The presentation of our work to others for acceptance, accolades and for sale, is marketing.
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