Sunday, April 27, 2008

10 Great Summer Vacation Tips

Whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile, summer vacations are the perfect opportunity to get away to a favourite spot or experience new sights and adventures. Most importantly, it is a time to be together and enjoy each other’s company. If however, your trip is not planned correctly, you will spend your vacation stressed out! So regardless if you are packing up the kids in the back of the van or traveling solo to exotic destinations, here are some travel tips to make this summer vacation your best one yet:
Pack Right
Easier said than done right? Packing is a fine balance of bringing what you really need without taking too much. How do you do it? Planning ahead and having a really good list. Bring anything you absolutely must have, bring co-ordinated clothing you can mix and match and make sure to have a list prepared well in advance so you don’t forget anything. Don’t bring too much of anything, you will not wear six pairs of shoes I promise you, and don’t bring anything that can be bought along the way if you really need it.

Have Plenty of Sun Screen, Hats and Sunglasses
The sun is stronger in the summer time and UV rays keep increasing. There is nothing worse then getting sunburned on the first few days of your summer vacation and spending the rest of it uncomfortable. Sun protection is more important now then ever before.

Be Flexible
Leave a little wiggle room in your plans. Give yourself plenty of time for delayed flights and traffic jams. Even if you do not get an opportunity to do something as planned, enjoyable rest stops or detours can be used to explore and can end up being even more memorable than the planned stops.

Bring A Camera
This one sounds obvious I know, but you would be surprised how many people either forget to bring the camera or the extra batteries or the memory card (in the old days it used to be the film) etc. Prepare your camera gear in advance so you have it ready to go, you do not want to miss that great sunset or your child’s first encounter with the dolphin.

Keep The Kids Amused
If you are traveling with kids, unless you love to hear “Are we there yet?” over and over, make sure they have enough to stay amused. Have them pack their own travel bags with things they love in order to keep themselves occupied during the trip on the plane or in the car. You can also find inexpensive travel games in stores, or you can play your own such as "I Spy" or the license plate game.

Be Prepared For Rain or Cooler Weather
There is nothing worse then packing t-shirts and shorts only to be hit with a cool spell and spending your summer vacation trying to stay dry and warm. Even if you are traveling to a hot desert, be prepared with basic rain gear and a warm jacket.

Be Ready For An Emergency
If traveling by car keep an emergency kit handy that includes jumper cables, basic hand tools, flares or reflective warning triangles, a first aid kit, a flashlight with fresh batteries, and a cell phone if possible.

What Not To Do On Your Fabulous Summer Vacation
There are a few things you should also not do in order to have a great summer vacation. First, try to avoid traveling during peak times, this means long weekends in the summer, unless you are a sucker for punishment. It also means rush hours in the city if you are driving, try to plan your time around these hours.

Don’t break the bank. A recent Expedia survey found that 57 percent of travelers blow their vacation budgets on food and drinks. Ways to get around this include staying at all inclusive resorts and booking rooms with a kitchenette. Before you visit a particular city, check out what activities are free to do there. Especially for kids, there may be lots of parks, museums or just interesting things to look at that will not cost anything.

But the most important tip for having a great summer vacation?
Just relax and don’t overdue it. You are on vacation, don’t plan too much into a short amount of time. Enjoy yourself and the glorious summer days and nights, as we all know, they go by way to fast.

Monday, April 21, 2008

3 Necessary Tools for the High Rolling Affiliate Marketer

What does it take to become a successful Affiliate Marketer? What are the ingredients of an affiliate marketing success story? Is there a shortcut to Affiliate Marketing glory? All these questions play around in the minds of affiliate marketers who want to make it big in this business. Although affiliate marketing is touted as one of the easiest and most effective ways to earn money online, it is not as easy as it sounds. The wise affiliate marketer plans every action and executes it the best way he can. He should also maximize the potential to earn by utilizing the right tools necessary for a successful Affiliate Marketing business. We have consulted some of the most successful affiliate marketers in the business and below are the top three necessary tools for a successful affiliate marketing business.

Important Tool #1: Your Own Website

The most important and indispensable tool in Affiliate Marketing is your own website. The first step in any successful affiliate marketing business is building a good, credible and professional looking website. Your website is the jump off point of all your marketing efforts. Thus, you must first build a user-friendly website, which will appeal to your prospects and encourage them to click on the links to the products and service you are promoting and make a purchase. Therefore, you must first concentrate your efforts in building a website that will cater to what your prospects need.

The most important thing you should consider is that almost all web users go online to look for information, not necessarily to go and buy something. Above all else, make your website full of original, relevant and useful content. People will love articles that are appealing and helpful. Keep in mind that, in the internet, content is still king and good quality content will not only build your credibility, it can also help you achieve a higher search engine ranking. By posting relevant and useful articles, you establish yourself as a credible expert in the field, making you a more trustworthy endorser of the product or service you promote. Establishing a good reputation is a good step in building up a loyal consumer base.

Important Tool #2: Incentives

Competition is extremely tight in the internet world. You must always be one-step ahead of your rivals to ensure that you capture a significant share of your target market. Therefore, you must use every possible means to encourage people not only to visit your site but also to click and proceed to the websites of the products and services you are promoting. Building an opt-in email list is one of the best ways to gather prospects. Offer a newsletter or an e-zine. Better yet, offer incentives to your prospects to encourage them to subscribe to your newsletters. You can present free softwares, access to exclusive services and other freebies that will be helpful to your prospects.

Important Tool #3: Link Popularity

The importance of driving highly targeted traffic to your website cannot be emphasized enough. The all-important web traffic is at the top of the list of the most important entities in the internet world. Attracting people to your site should be the first step you should carry out. Do everything to achieve a high search engine ranking. Link Popularity is one of the factors that search engines use to determine search engine rankings. Therefore, to enhance your link popularity, you must launch an aggressive reciprocal link campaign.

One of the best ways to do this – at no cost at all – is by submitting articles, with your website's link at the resource box, to e-zines and free article sites. You will not only gain exposure, you will also have the opportunity to advertise for free, just include a link back to your site. The more sites you submit your articles to, the better your link popularity is. Make your articles original, relevant and useful so that more websites will pick it up and post it.

These are but three of the many tools that an affiliate marketer can use to maximize earning potential. The possibilities are endless and are limited only by your imagination, creativity, resourcefulness and determination. You can always explore other ideas and adapt other strategies, which you think might help you become a high rolling affiliate marketer.

To Your Success,

Rich Dabney

Saturday, April 19, 2008

You Don't Find Free Graphics Anymore

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Network Marketing Offers Home Based Business Opportunities

Persons looking for another line of work or just the chance to earn some supplemental income may want to consider network marketing as a home based business. While there are many new scam programs on the internet every day, there are also some quality opportunities to earn extra money. Remember there is a difference between home based businesses and work at home businesses, but most will require some customer contact to make it work for you.
Before the internet, there were many home based businesses geared towards people who wanted to earn extra money but needed a flexible schedule, allowing them to continue working their full-time job or work around the schedules of other family members. Jewelry and makeup sales as well as home products were available as a home-based business as the participants went to others’ homes to peddle their wares. Many trade people had an office in their home but worked in the homes of others.

For the people holding so-called parties in other people’s homes, they were deeply involved in network marketing, adding people to their network every time they performed a demonstration. Whether the other attendees at the party actually made a purchase was not as important as them learning more about the products being sold and having the seed planted to host their own party.

The incentive to the customer was free merchandise. Usually depending on the amount of the total sales at the party, the hostess received free merchandise. The business owner could then talk to others about earning free merchandise, or better yet, buying everything at wholesale if they became an authorized distributor, working under you. You offered to train them and help them with their first few parties, offering to split the commission with them and once they developed their own network you could also receive a small commission on their sales.
Many of these party-plan programs ran successfully and unencumbered for many years with some still going strong today. While there were not called multilevel marketing companies at that time that is exactly what they were. Today, many of those same people shy away from the term MLM because they see it as an illegal method of making money. While they say they should not have to pay to do their job, these same people bought their own demonstration kits as well as “prizes” to hand out to those at the parties.

There really is no difference in this type of home-based network marketing than those being offered today. It is the reputation some companies have transferred to legitimate business offers that have formed a negative view that hinders participation and growth. It may only taken a year or two for this negativity to overshadow the benefits of a home-based network marketing program, but it will takes years for legitimate businesses to climb out from the shadow.
When talking to friends about a new network marketing program the wrong approach is often taken. Instead of talking about how you plan to be rich in a few years by working this multilevel marketing program and they should get in on it as well, talk to them about how the product is working for you. In time they will want to sign up if, for no other reason, that being able to buy the product at wholesale.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Why Do Prospects Keep Rejecting Me?

Have you spent year's on the phone with prospects who either rejected you or were too crazy to even be considered working with?

Myself, I didn't get it. I thought if I just kept calling them that sooner or later the RIGHT one's would join with me.


Nothing happened until I started finding the right prospects. Don't waste you're time on prospects that are not worth your time, instead spend your time finding the ones who are.

Here's how . . .

Here's to your successful recruiting.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Why, They Never Bring Up The Revolving Door . . .

You're excited, you just joined a business you feel a strong connection to, you call your sponsor and you're ready to hit the ground running. So, you ask. What should I do first? In most cases what your going to hear from your sponsor is go to “abc leads” and pick up some leads. “Just pick the package that works best for your budget”.

So, here you are new to this business and you’re a real go getter and your going right to the top. You tell yourself, the most lead I can call through the faster my star will rise to the top. You desperately want the lifestyle or the win the free car promotion your company is running. Your thinking to yourself, “all I have to do is just get a few”, and your network marketing dreams will come true.

So with you get the mega lead package. Of course when you tell your sponsor, they praise your and wish you the best of luck. Your sponsor provides you’re with your teams powerful, easy to write script that has a “3% conversion ratio”. You think to yourself, this will be a piece of cake, meanwhile doing the math in your head about your uncollected sign ups and commissions.

You have just taken the bait and are already trapped. That said, let’s continue. With leads in hand you pick up the phone and commit to call at least 25-30 people each day. The first day go a little something like this... 12 disconnections, 10 answering machines, 1 claim’s to have not requested any information and 2 seem to be interested. You so excited that you shared your opportunity to with two callers and directed them to your website and setup follow up calls for the next day.

The very next day you’re optimistic that you’re going to close at once one of the two prospects you spoke with the day before. Today you actually get more folks that actually remember requesting information, 3 more that your share your opportunity with, but you get at least 10 people that blast you out of the water for disrupting their quiet family time with your “pills and potions pushing”. Just a little hurt, you say to yourself that your tough and a few nasty comments are not going to stand in your way.

Be this time, it’s time for your follow-up calls. And guess what? They are a no show. You say that’s OK because you have two more to three more the next day.

Fast forward a month and you've hammered through your leads. You got your script down pat, and have a few more promising follow up calls that never pan out. You say I guess this is a little harder than I thought. You buy your next month of leads and do it all over again with the same results.

Again, you buy another month worth of leads and do it all over again with the same results.By this time you seek advise from your sponsor as to what your doing wrong, he or she gets on the phone with your and a few calls and tells your you’re doing everything right and it’s just a matter of time before get your first sign-up or commission. With the backing and confidant's from your sponsor your get back on your horse and get started on you’re next months worth of leads.

By this time you start to question ask yourself this question? “When I do get someone sponsored are they going to spend over $2,000 to get this opportunity off the ground?

Your mind says . . . "No way!"You start to get suspicious of how all this duplication stuff works, but you keep going. Two months later you're $3000 in the whole and you cut it off. You think to yourself, “Why didn’t it work?”Well, you see it does work, but just not for you as the newbie. And here why... on a larger scale your up line leaders business does grow following this model, because they have 100’s of folks like you and me out there calling thousands of people at our expense, basically to see if we can get someone to sick and start the process all over again.

Based on the laws of large numbers this theory will work. That’s why the people at the top consistently make money checks with commas and the folks on the bottom barely get by or lose.

A recent survey of the largest network marketing companies showed that nearly 45% of total commissions were on average distributed to less than 1% of all reps within the company.

So how do you make sure your business has a chance?