Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Unbelievable Stats about Facebook – The #2 site on the Internet for Traffic

    I came across this interesting article/post of picture should I say that I just had to share with you my fellow readers.
    Just think about, did the word Facebook even exist 10 years ago? Look at the unbelievable facts about this amazing Website
    It truly is amazing at hoe things change and some things just stick while others die out without even getting any recognition.
    Feel free to leave your comments at the end of the post!

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    About me - How I started My Bits n Pieces

    Make Money Online With A Blog
    I frequently ask myself and have many friends ask me - how I came to create this blog? Well I hope I will be able to answer that question in this post. I hope I could inspire some of you to start something of your own.

    Frankly speaking before this blog I was actually a newbie to all this blogging business. And it took a lot of patience and time to read and learn all the possible materials to be able to actually understand and talk about it freely.

    The initial idea behind "My Bits n Pieces" was to have a website where I could share my knowledge with others, and eventually at some point start making money (you have to do what you preach!) :)

    Looking back over the last year or so can say that I have come a long way and although I'm not a 6 figure marketer, I think I'm doing quite good.

    I think that when you start a blog the main motivation or idea behind it, like with any entrepreneurship should be - to solve a problem someone might have.

    So the problem I tried to solve here in my blog was to share my knowledge and have it all one place for newbies who I once myself used to be cause too many friends were asking me how I get traffic, what I do,etc .  It was out of solving this ‘problem’ that "My Bits n Pieces" was born.

    The truth is, I know that there are so many bloggers/people who are so excited about setting up a blog, but cannot for whatever reason get over that hurdle that exists when you first start out – of writing content, researching posts, building relationships etc (The GIVING bit) with very little in the way of income coming back in return.  Its so important so "GIVE" something to society before you start "GETTING" something back.

    So often I visit a Blog and see that in the first month of operation there are plenty of posts but come the second or third month the posts have become less frequent.

    I wish I could say Blogging is an easy way to make money – but I can’t. I can however say it is an excellent way to make money and frankly it does eventually become quite easy, but not until you have first gave of yourself and created something of value that other people will follow.

    Wanted to leave you all with a quote - or I should say something that could motivate to go forward and keep trying.

    The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake - 
    you can't learn anything from being perfect

    I hope you enjoy My Story and I hope it Inspires you.

    To all our Successes

    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Top 5 Reasons - Why List Building is so Important for Bloggers

    I have come to realize that by not starting building a list over a year ago when I initially started this blog, I now literally have to start from scratch! The truth is I'm just now in the process of implementing and building a list for this blog.
    You will probably ask, so whatš so important in this list.  Honestly speaking - your list is your income. Especially if you are focusing on affiliate marketing products.
    So here is my list on why creating a subscribers list is so important:
    • You are building your database of subscribers, therefore people who feel that you have authority in what you write on your blog and who are interested to read more about what you have to say
    • Number of opt-ins is very important - you might have a hundred subscribers a day - but only 2-3 opt in.  You need to get your conversions higher. 
    • Inexpensive marketing - imagine having direct access to people, especially people who are directly interested in what you have to say since they subscribed to your blog
    • Providing Value - frankly put - if your blog does not provide value the reader will not stick.  Make sure you offer a good product when people are signing up to your mailing list. And make sure that its not a one time thing, maybe if its an e-book make it into an e-course, then the people will not want to unsubscribe straight after they get a free product from you.
    • Make sure your sign up form is visible and is above the fold.  Make is accessible.
    I guess these are just some pointers which I wanted to point out.  So make sure, as soon as you start a blog, even if you just have one reader - make sure that "one" reader has a chance to convert into a subscriber and maybe later into a sales lead! It all goes in circles!

    Another important point is what you use to create this list.  As I'm in  the process of finally starting my own list for this blog I have done quite a thorough research on all possible programs available for creating a subscriber list.  Although unfortunately none of them are for free, I decided to stick to the Aweber option.

    They have a super $1 first month offer with a right to unsubscribe within 30 days.  After that one month is $19 a month.  But I personally think that this little investment that I'm making this month will pay well of in the coming years.  They have so many option such as creating the opt in page, all possible criterias to creating your list, designs,etc.. On this positive note I will end this post... Look out for my subscriber page! :)

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Michael Dunlop - young internet entrepreneur making a six figure income a year

    You know there are times when you are browsing the net and you just stubble upon something so valuable that you just have to share with everyone.
    Well one of these moments happened to me quite sometime back and now I would like to take a moment to talk a little about a guy names Michael Dunlop who is a young internet entrepreneur and honestly speaking one of my great inspirations.  He is running a blog/website called Income Diary, which has recently been ranked as Alexa top 20,000.  Might sound like a huge number, but trust me in Alexa ranking that's a pretty awesome position.
    To put it short how can a guy who is under 25 and making a 6 figure income through his blog not be an inspiration? :)
    On his blog he shares a lot of information, which is very precise, easy to follow and read on how to start a blog and how to make that blog go from zero to whatever you want it to become!
    With this good note I suggest you all to check this website out! If you are into blogging then trust me this is the place to start. Also check out suggestions below which could help!
    Look forward to your comments.

    If you're really considering making a living through blogging, then you absolutely have to check out Blogging To The Bank by Rob Benwell. In his book, the UK millionaire blogger reveals his step by step blueprint on how he makes as much as $90,480 a month.
    For people ready to dive into a more premium guide, you should consider Blog Mastermind by Yaro Starak. Yaro teaches how you too can master the exact SYSTEM he uses to make a minimum of $10,000 to as much as $35,000 per month, blogging part time.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    Dude I hate my job by Adam Howrwitz

    Many people don't know that it's possible to make a living online, or
    at least a good extra income. Most think you have to have to go to
    college and have a great job to make a lot of money these days. Well if
    you think that way, I'm about to really surprise you, and show you
    exactly how you can make a lot of money online starting now!

    Don't worry it's not a scam, pyramid scheme, or any of that fluff. I
    know, when I first heard about making money online that was the first
    thing that came to my head too. But when I started collecting checks
    every month, my whole theory changed! So enough of all that, I'm
    actually going to show you how to start making money online now! What I
    want you to do first is go to a website called ClickBank and sign up
    (it's free). What they do is manage a bunch of different products that
    you can promote for a commission. All you need to do is send traffic
    (people) to that product page, and if they buy, you make your
    commission. The correct term for it is, becoming an affiliate. Here's a
    quick example to clear your up your confusion. Lets say one of the
    products is selling for $100 and you get a 50% commission. Every time
    you make a sale, you'll obviously make $50. So if you get 10 people to
    buy it, you'll get a check for $500! See what I mean, it's possible to
    do and extremely easy!

    Once you've signed up in ClickBank, the next important thing to know is
    obviously picking a good product to promote. Now this is where a bunch
    of affiliates fail to be successful online. But right now I'm going to
    tell you a quick tip that helped me become extremely successful, very
    quickly. Under each product in the "Marketplace" of ClickBank, there's
    something called "grav", what it means is Gravity. What that tells you
    is if the product is selling well. You always want to pick a product
    that is over 50 gravity. If the product isn't over that, don't go for
    it! Once you know that, you'll be able to successfully sell products on
    ClickBank. The reason you want the Gravity to be high is because that
    tells you that other affiliates are successfully selling it. Let me
    tell you a quick secret that most people don't know about Gravity. The
    number of Gravity actually means how many affiliates that product has!
    For example, if the gravity is 75, that means 75 different affiliates
    are selling the product at that time... Easy enough right?
    So now that you have that down, go make some money online! It's
    seriously not as hard as most people think, especially when you have
    the right people teaching you. That's how I became successful online,
    just happened to be around the right teachers at the right time! If you
    want to find out more about how you can become successful online
    through affiliate marketing, and also find out WHERE to promote, check
    out my free 7-day Bootcamp! I actually explain to you in detail how I
    did it, and how you can "actually" use the exact steps I did. It's
    worth it, and it's free, how could you say no! Check it out here:

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010

    How to retweet correctly

    Ultimate Guide to Retweet for Twitter Users

    Retweet is a perfect example of Word of Mouth advertising on the web. It is so explosive that it can be considered as the new linkbacks except more explosive. Retweets shows how high your influence is on twitter because the only reason why someone else would even read your tweets is because they appreciate the content that you are putting on the web.

    The art and sciences of “retweeting” is best described as taking someone else’s twitter message, and reposting it on twitter again. In the course of doing so, you mention the original poster, or your source, and the link which is often associated with it.

    In this post, I will share how to properly retweet because not only beginners don’t know how to retweet, but alot of users who are on twitter for a good while often don’t use the right technique of retweets. I will also share the advantages of retweets for webmasters and bloggers. Lastly, I will share the tools that you can use to track your tweets.

    How to Properly Retweet?

    There are multiple ways of retweeting. You can use different labels to post retweets. The common ones that you will see mostly used are RT: or Reading: which are both fine.
    Next thing you need to make sure that you credit the original source, or the source that you got the resource from. You can do so by saying @originalposter, so if you are retweeting my tweets, you should say @alen4ik2003 in that tweet.
    Critics might say that by adding someone else as your credit, you are losing your followers to them, no you are not. You are just helping them build connection also. Giving credit is a good thing that is why you are required to do so in books, papers and other scholarly information as well. By mentioning someone else’s argument or point, you are only strengthening your credibility.

    So there are more than one way of retweeting, you can’t get it wrong. But people still do. So make sure you analyze each tweet carefully before you RT because not only will it be worthless to your users, but to the original poster as well sometimes.
    Let’s take the scenario if one of your friends Direct Message you, asking to Retweet an URL. Direct Message reads:
    Hey, I am promoting this article can you please RT – example...www....
    Now what you should do is first check out this post to see if you like it, and then don’t just RT the direct message. Take some time writing the headline, or just taking the article’s headline and using that in your RT.

    I have seen users not even spending enough time in retweets. They will just post:
    I am promoting this article can you please RT – (@alen4ik2003)
    Which not only makes the original poster look bad, but it hurts your own reputation even more because you didn’t take enough time to read the article before you suggest it to others. Which means that for all you can be sharing a virus site and pissing off your readers.

    Only Retweet Articles that You Find Interesting

    Retweeting is not just about sharing the love. You must find the article interesting in order for you to RT. Don’t ever feel obligated to Retweet because then you are jeopardizing the quality of your tweets and losing your loyal followers. First read the article, and then share it if you think it is interesting. Also consider, if the article is related to your followers as well. If it is something that will help them, or if it is something that they will enjoy.

    Retweets help build Relationships with other users

    Retweeting actually help you build relationships with others and the original poster as well. I have noticed whenever I retweet something, I usually get more followers. Because someone usually retweet that url with me as their source and it spreads. So people see that I am sharing interesting content, and they follow me. The original poster is also happy because I retweeted his post, and I am someone who will help him promote his site in the future also if he keeps writing these interesting articles. It is just a good act which you should do before asking others to retweet something for you.  By retweeting you increase your chances of being retweeted because most users return your favor, only if it is interesting though.

    Retweeting increases other’s trust in you

    The reason why I have said above to post interesting content which is relevant to your users is because it also put your reputation on line when you retweet something. If you retweet something, you are asking your users to check it out. When they check it out and it is superb and relevant to them, they will begin to trust you. They will check out everything that you post because they like the stuff you post, and they trust you. On the other hand, if you retweet something bad which is completely irrelevant, then you will often lose followers after such sort of tweets.

    Retweets are Explosive form of Word of Mouth Advertising for FREE!

    All you have to do is make your article interesting, and this is the best form of viral marketing you can get for yourself. Retweets are natural linking so it can be considered more like what google would like to see in text linking. People link to what they find interesting. So if I share something interesting, then people will retweet it without me asking for retweets. Although it does give you a boost if you ask. I will say from my experience in receiving traffic from twitter, it is better than any text link that you will see. Twitter effect is much like a Digg effect if you get the right people to tweet.  Twitter is Viral and it can really help webmasters if you want to get tons of traffic to your website.
    Not just the new posts, people who are coming from twitter are now tweeting my older posts from my archives which is also recieving good traffic. I have tweeted some of my older posts to get more exposure. I am getting textlinks also from bloggers who are now seeing my content. Twitter has just put me at a new level. And it is all the power of Retweets.

    Tools to Track your Retweets

    1) Retweet Radar – This tool collects ideas most tweeted on twitter in the form of tag cloud where you will see more tweeted ideas bigger. It claims to show you the trend of topics and ideas on twitter.
    2) Retweetrank – Retweet rank is a representative of the number of times a user have been retweeted by others recently on twitter. It ranks the users based on the retweet amounts and gives you a percentile rating.
    3) Retweetist – This service highlights the most tweeted links on twitter.
    4) Tweetmeme – Similarly this service lists all the popular links that are being retweeted on twitter. You can track your own links here by just searching for the url. You can also incorporate their plugin on your website and see the retweet count of a specific article.
    All to all I am saying that you need to know how to retweet if you want to get anywhere in twitter. This will help you build your own brand and trust among your followers, it will help you build good relationships with others such as original posters, and your friends who you retweeted. It will also help you increase your influence if you do it correctly. It will get you insane amount of traffic if your article is interesting and relevant to your audience.

    Since you have learn’t how to properly retweet through this article, let me see you retweet this article properly. I am @alen4ik2003 (original poster) follow me on twitter.


    Alena A Wife, social media junkie, internet marketer and just a young woman with great ambitions.. just need to find the time to realize them! If you have questions on optimizing your blog please do not hesiate please contact me. :)

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