Posted by: vagabondetteva | May 12, 2008

What can a Virtual Assistant do for you?

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5 Great Reasons To Hire A Telecommuter

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Picture of the Day – 5/12/08

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Do you Squidoo?

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By: Paula Brett

Are you Squidoo-ing? If not, you should be. It takes very little effort and the publicity and money you can make from it make it well worth your time.

Some people call Squidoo Web 2.0, while others call it a Social Networking Site. Whatever you might want to call it, it was created a few years ago by marketing genius, Seth Godin. Since that time many people have taken advantage of the site to help their Internet Marketing businesses and many other types of ventures.

It’s really very easy to set-up a Squidoo lens. All you have to do is go to Squidoo and sign-up. Then you can start creating a lens right away.

You can create a lens on any topic of your choice. It can be all about you or you can create the lens about a product or service of yours. It’s completely up to you.

You need to be careful, though; you have to put good content on each one of your lenses or your pages might be seen as SPAM and then you’ll probably get kicked off Squidoo.

Some people spend a lot of time working on their Squidoo lens(es). These people (called lens masters) might try to get a high ranking on Squidoo and a high ranking on Google and other search engines.

If you want to do this, then you are certainly welcome to do so. It’s comforting to know that Squidoo is once again favoured by Google. However, a few months ago all the spam content on Squidoo caused lenses to dramatically drop in ranking.

The one rule you want to follow is to include an important keyword in the title of your lens and then in the modules within the lens. This will let the search engine spiders find your lens and rank it according to the keyword / keyword phrase.

You can also visit other people’s lenses and leave comments for them and rank their lenses. Hopefully they’ll see you left a comment and they’ll visit your lens. This will help you in the rankings on Squidoo.

Lastly, update your lens at least once a week and preferably every other day. You don’t have to make any major changes but you should change something just to keep your lens fresh.

There are many great reports and books on the market that will help you succeed using Squidoo. But just having a lens or two will give you one more spot where you are marketing yourself and/or your products. And you can never have enough marketing opportunities.

So from now on when anyone asks you, “Do you Squidoo?” You better be able to answer, “Yes”!

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Author Resource:-> Paula Brett is a writer and internet marketer. For a detailed plan that will show you how to use Squidoo to crack the first page of Google, visit Social Networking on Squidoo

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Posted by: vagabondetteva | May 11, 2008

Virtual Assistant Home Business Blog Carnival – Issue 1

Welcome to the first issue of the Virtual Assistant/Home Business Blog Carnival! We’ve had a great response for the first time and there are some wonderful articles linked below. This will be a weekly carnival. If you would like to participate, just keep an eye out for the weekly call for blog posts and submit your article. Now, on to the carnival! (note: all links below will open in a new window)

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Posted by: vagabondetteva | May 11, 2008

How to Promote Customer Retention

by Eliezer Gonzalez

For those business owners who realize the true importance and wish to help themselves keep the customers that they have as well as add to their client base, there are many different ways to promote customer retention. Some businesses will find certain ways more successful than others and the best way to truly know their success is to try them all. The following are some of the more successful ways of pursuing customer retention when it comes to one’s business.

One way to promote customer retention is to offer products and services which clients want. The best way to go about this concept is to look at the products which your business sells or services that your business offers and determine what the general consumer public is truly looking for in that category of item or service. In order to gain this insight you and your company representatives should engage in various forms of research so that you may discover what individuals are buying. Perusing the Internet, taking surveys, reading business venture magazines on popular products and taking note of your stock and what is being sold can all aid in figuring out which products and services customers want. By knowing what your customers want from your business, you will ultimately be able to keep the customers that you have by providing them with their desired items.

Another very important way of promoting customer retention is to provide top-notch customer service to your clients. Customers want to shop at stores and deal with businesses which cater to their needs. These individuals want to purchase items at stores where the employees are friendly and helpful. For the owners of online businesses, customers who utilize these businesses to purchase items and obtain services want to have easy access to customer service representatives whenever they need it and for whatever reason they request such assistance for with regard to the business relationship. Whether dealing with customers via the telephone, Internet or in person, providing helpful, friendly service is a key component to retaining customers.

And beyond the customer service, there are the crucial issues of how regularly you stay in touch with you customers, and whether you do this in relevant, meaningful, personalised way. Of course, you need to make sure that your customer data is up to date!

Online accessibility these days is another important customer retention tool. As more and more individuals become Internet savvy, having access to businesses via the World Wide Web is an ideal notion to many customers. If your business is one which can be technologically advanced in the form of Internet access and website capabilities, it is a wise idea to do so as more customers will tend to stay with a company that is up with today’s technology. Although the mom and pop shops of the past have a unique character to them, the truth of the matter is that technology is advancing and so should businesses if they hope to keep their customers.

An additional factor which can determine whether a business keeps the customers that they have is the price of the goods or services offered. For most individuals, the price is the make or break component which will dictate whether they stay with their regular company that they deal with or move on to a new one which offers better deals. Since many individuals live on a budget, price is an extremely important factor. A business which offers competitive pricing is much more likely to retain customers than one which does not.

The location of the business is another factor to consider with regard to retaining customers. If the business is located in a far away place where customers may have a difficult time getting to and from the location, this may lead to customers leaving the business for one which is more accessible. As mentioned above, Internet capabilities may also play a part in retaining customers as the physical location of the store may not be an issue if the company offers online access, ordering and service. Also, a business which has more than one location may be more likely to see customer retention than one which has a single locale.

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copyright notice © 2008 Sumit Pty Ltd All rights reserved. Eliezer Gonzalez has written and edited several books and numerous articles. The article may be copied and used freely. For More Information: http://www.retentionofcustomers.com

Posted by: vagabondetteva | May 11, 2008

Picture of the Day 5/11/08

Temple

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Posted by: vagabondetteva | May 10, 2008

Simple Ways to Get Ready for a Greener Summer

by Stephanie Foster

Spring is here and I’m already thinking about summer. In my area that’s easy, since days get over 80 degrees F with some regularity already. But summer presents some challenges to living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Today I’d like to share some of my tips for keeping cool during the summer without using a lot of electricity.

Tip #1: Set the air conditioner thermostat to 78 or higher (if you use it in the first place)

The higher you set the thermostat, the less energy you’re going to use, obviously. If you’re finding it difficult to endure a warmer house, work your way up to it. Remember that people got along for a very long time with no air conditioning at all.

My own thermostat is typically set somewhere over 80, but the air conditioner is also generally turned off. You can get used to very warm temperatures if you don’t insist on adapting to air conditioned temperatures.

Tip #2: Try to keep the house from getting hot in the first place.

Good insulation really helps, but another key is to keep the heat from coming in through the windows. I have old cardboard boxes from the last time we moved. As the days get warmer, they get put into windows to help keep the heat out. More ambitious people cover cardboard with black cloth or aluminum foil to keep still more heat out.

Curtains also help. My office gets direct sunlight all morning in summer through the French doors, which are much harder to block with cardboard. But heavy curtains, sometimes supplemented by a sheet or blanket on really hot days, do quite a bit to control the heat.

Tip #3: Use fans.

While fans don’t really cool a room, they do make it feel cooler, and they use much less electricity than air conditioners. Ceiling fans are my own preference, but portable ones are nice if you don’t have a ceiling fan available.

Tip #4: Dress in cool, light clothes.

Should be obvious, but sometimes it’s easy to forget that lighter and more breathable fabrics really are more comfortable in warm weather. Cotton can be wonderfully comfortable.

Tip #5: Install or start using a clothesline.

In some areas this is more challenging than others, as homeowners’ associations often have rules against clotheslines, but do the best you can. If you can’t have one outside, take advantage of the warmth of your house and use clothesracks indoors. Line drying is gentler on clothes and is very kind to your power bills.

Tip #6: Think before you cook.

During the summer my crockpot gets a lot of use because it doesn’t heat the house the way the oven does. And of course there’s always grilling outside or even using a solar oven. There are a lot of resources online on how to build your own solar oven, or of course you can buy one.

Tip #7: Drink a lot of water.

You will feel better if you keep yourself well hydrated. Get a good quality water bottle that you can keep filled throughout the day. You can keep a bottle of water in the fridge or just use tap water and ice cubes to ensure easy access to a cold drink of water all day long.

Obviously, don’t buy individual plastic water bottles from the grocery store if you’re trying to be green about it. If you’re concerned about the quality of your tap water it’s better to get a filter for it. Filtered water is still cheaper than buying it from the store.

There’s plenty more you can do, depending on the commitment you want to make, but these tips should help you to get started. Long term possibilities include things such as planting trees or adding insulation to your home. Now is a good time to start so you’re ready before the weather really heats up.

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Stephanie Foster blogs at http://www.greensahm.com/ about being a green stay at home mom. She offers more tips on budget environmentalism at her site.

Posted by: vagabondetteva | May 10, 2008

Viral Marketing For Beginners

by Tyler James Ellison

Magnetism.

This is one virtue a site must possess to lead the race in the ruthless competition in the Internet based business. With so many competition and rivalry going on, every method of marketing must be employed and utilized.

It doesn’t matter if you have a killer product or a fantastically designed website, if people don’t know that you exist, it doesn’t matter, and you are not going to make it big. Worse of all, you business could just get killed.

While there are so many methods and schemes used by so many e-commerce sites today, there are still some of those that can help you with an extra boost in the popularity ratings. One of these is the so called Viral Marketing.

While the term viral easily depicts a virus, a word very much dreaded by all computer owners, it is not what it seems. You do not actually use a computer virus to spread your business; on the contrary it just might kill you. Everyone has had enough of all those pop up ads and spywares.

Viral Marketing Overview

Viral marketing, also known otherwise as viral advertising, is a technique used to build the public awareness of one’s product or company. They use many forms of media to reach out to the public without actually promoting the product by riding on in other forms of addictive means that could get a person hooked and be obliged or amused to actually pass it on, with the product or company advertisement along with it.

In a nutshell, companies ride on the idea that if people like the content of a media they will pass it on to their friends and family. They sponsor the certain media, such as a cool flash game, funny video, amusing story and such, which one may pass on to another with the company brand or logo or the products description or any other content to help promote the company or its product.

Viral marketing has become a popular means of advertising and marketing because they are relatively low cost. To avoid being tagged as spam mail, viral marketing counts on the eagerness of one person to pas on the product. If a person sees the name of the person they know as the sender, they won’t block it and open it as well.

Many companies offer incentives such as discounts and rebates when they help in spreading their viral marketing. They rely on the number of recipients a viral marketing gets from one person in determining the amount or number of incentive they can be attributed with.

Using Viral Marketing to your advantage

The main and foremost advantage of viral marketing is that you get a lot of publicity and public awareness about your site and your company. You get to generate a flow of traffic that are potential customers. With a little ingenuity and imagination, plus some incentives or prizes, you can reach out to a great number of people and announce your existence.

Most every site and companies are catching on to the effectivity of Viral Marketing and Advertising. Not using it could kill your business. Along with other schemes and methods in promoting your site, like Search Engine Optimization and such, viral marketing could easily push you ahead in the rating games.

Viral Marketing could be a sneaky way to get people to know about you and your company. You get them to pass your advertisement along. They are also very low cost that not investing in it could be downright a business suicide. All it takes is a great idea, a good addicting game, a funny story many ideas are still out there. Create a gossip or a buzz, many movies are promoted by using scandals and gossips to make them more popular. Remember the movie “The Blair Witch Project”??

Many big companies have tried viral marketing and have had many success stories with it. A classic example is Microsoft’s Hotmail. They were the first known big company to utilize the scheme online and it has worked wonders for them.

Now it’s your turn to use viral techniques to work wonders for you. Act now and reap the benefits Viral Marketing will provide for you and your sales figures.

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Tyler Ellison is a successful entrepreneur who teaches the Free Fully Automated Traffic System and encourages others to join the community at Little Guy Co-op .

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Posted by: vagabondetteva | May 10, 2008

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Swedish Summer

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