The Internet Marketer's Lifestyle
By Terry Dean
It's not the money. It's the lifestyle.
That's right. It isn't the money that motivates many people to turn to a home based business or to start their own Internet business.
Sure the money is good...very good.
The lifestyle is better.
It provides you with a freedom that you could never have with a 9 to 5 job. When you work for someone else, they tell you:
* When to get up and come to work * Where you can live (it isn't practical to live 100 miles away) * How often you can vacation * How much you can earn each year
When you work in your own online business, you are in charge of those things.
You decide when you want to work. One of my online associates chooses to work around midnight to 6 (I think he's crazy personally). I choose to work early.
You choose where you want to live. If you want to live out in the country fine. If you want to live on the beach, that's OK. If you want to live in Australia, then that's perfect for an Internet business. It's up to you.
You choose the vacation times you want. Some people prefer to take several weeks off at a time while others take weekend vacations almost every week.
As an Internet business, you are not limited to a specific income level. If you learn how to automate and outsource some of the work, you can build any level of income you want.
We made a decision this month. We moved from a town of 35,000 people out to a smaller town a little further out with less than 1,000 people. We actually didn't move too far (only about 15 miles or 20 minutes) and we are keeping our address at the Post Office in Richmond.
The difference is in the environment. We had neighbors around 35 feet from our house on both sides in Richmond.
Now, you can only see one house off in the distance. The closest neighbor is a cow named "Oscar" who hangs out close to our fence (it is the neighbor's cow, not ours). My two dogs have a good old time barking at it trying to get it to play with them.
For myself, this is the perfect environment. It is quiet and peaceful so I can work on writing (which is what I enjoy most in the business). My wife loves horses so we may purchase a couple of horses here in the future.
The point is that it is up to us.
The whole time we have been moving out here our automatic Internet machine kept right on working.
We have been so busy it is hard to imagine, but sales kept coming in. There are boxes piled everywhere, but my Internet sites just kept bringing in the orders.
It's been hectic answering the email and shipping out the orders, but they have all been done on time (and it only takes a few hours to do them).
There are periods of time where I only work a couple hours a day (now is one of them because of the moving) and other times I choose to work 12-hour days when setting up a new project.
Yes, I said "work." This is a business and it will require you to work if you want to succeed. The key is that you choose what work level you want and you can automate much of the rest.
The orders we are currently receiving have been occurring even though I have spent ZERO promotion time the past couple of weeks. I just haven’t had time to do any marketing, but money keeps coming in.
For our business, the two best auto-pilot order producing techniques currently taking place are:
1. Articles and Free eBooks
These are our primary viral marketing methods. There are dozens upon dozens of articles available in our free article section at: http://www.bizpromo.com/free
I have promoted the fact widely that any ezine publisher or web site can use them for content as long as they keep my contact information in tact at the bottom of each article.
So, guess what...They do publish them. I have thousands of links to my site through these articles being published all over the web. Every week we have a barrage of additional traffic as another large ezine publishes one of them.
It is a win-win situation for both of us. My site receives additional traffic and sales while the publisher (web site or ezine) has additional content to provide to their audience.
Submitting articles to ezines and large content web sites is one of the best free advertising methods still available on the net (forget posting FFA Links and free classified ads).
Do you have any free content out there working for you?
The second strategy we have built is our affiliate program. I haven't had time to promote myself, but my affiliate members have kept right on promoting.
They can become an almost automatic stream of income for your product (I say almost because it is essential that you spend time supporting them).
There really is no excuse for you to not have your own affiliate program if you are in control of your own product
. Affiliate software costs $200 or less.
If you hate technology and don't even want to touch it, then there are also numerous companies that you can use to do the affiliate tracking for you:
It takes a little work to build up your affiliate network and to train them how to sell your program, but it is more than worth it. Once they have been setup and trained, they can constantly and consistently produce sales for you in years to come.
Pay high commissions. Your affiliates are producing sales for you that you would have never had. It is almost like receiving free money. Who cares if you have to pay them $50 to get $40 free money in your pocket.
Having an affiliate program firmly established in place will help you to get to the place where you can have the kind of Internet lifestyle you choose.
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