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ISSN 1710-0747
E-Zine #140
May, 2004


SIM's INSIDER REPORT is a free monthly newsletter dedicated to helping readers succeed online while saving both time and money with cutting-edge tools, tips and strategies for internet marketing, online advertising and website promotion.
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IN THIS ISSUE
==> Tip of the Week
==> Online Weekly Reports
==> Tips, Tools & Resources
==> Feedback & Contributions
==> Food for Thought
==> Classifieds
==> Administrivia

SIM's Insider Report free marketing newsletter

First, a warm WELCOME! to all new subscribers!

Beginning with this issue, the Insider Report is moving to a "monthly" format.

The business services division of Startup Internet Marketing is taking off and I simply no longer have the time to publish the Insider Report twice monthly.

I look forward to doing an even better job of bringing you the very best marketing tools, tips and strategies available online with the extra time I will now have with each issue.

Many of my subscribers have been with me for quite some time and I value your loyalty enormously. I assure you that the Insider Report will continue to serve your marketing needs as it has for the past 4 years.

I welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.

. . .

I've got a brand new, hot-off-the-press ebook from Jason Bradley for you titled "eBook Secrets Revealed."

The selling of information is quickly becoming one of the most popular business models online. Many have discovered that others are willing to pay for their advice and expertise and many are earning very lucrative incomes as a result!

The marketing of digital products is an enormous industry and one that continues to grow at a staggering pace. Downloadable products offer the convenience of instant delivery to the customer, as well as low order fulfillment costs for the seller. It is no wonder that many call this the "perfect business."

Simply having your own information product is not good enough however. You must know how to present it to your potential customers and you must know how to sell it.

Creating "virtual packaging" or "eCovers" for your downloadable product is one of the easiest things that you can do to skyrocket your sales. It is a well known and proven fact that a professional looking eCover can increase your sales by over 300%!

Grab this 21-page report by Jason Bradley on how to create quality cover images for your products using his proven techniques and helpful resources.

http://startupinternetmarketing.com/dl/ecoversecrets.pdf
NOTE: to download simply right-click and select "Save Target As"


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Dan Porteous




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TIP OF THE WEEK
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Internet News Services Explode Online

It seems no matter how much information comes available online, people thirst for more.

To illustrate this point, just take a look at all the online news services sprouting up on the web like garden weeds.

With the click of a mouse you can instantly search thousands of news sources for specific and timely information on virtually any topic you choose.

Heck, if you're a real news "junky," you can even get up-to- the-minute news emailed straight to your in-box!

Now, I'm the first one to say that nothing beats a good old- fashioned newspaper you hold in your hands.

Few things rate as relaxing as a cup of coffee, a quiet morning, and today's newspaper ready for my inspection. In fact, my day doesn't officially start until I walk to the end of my driveway to retrieve the paper (occasionally from under a bush).

But as much as I love the paper, it rarely contains stories on highly-specialized subjects such as the latest email marketing laws, html parsing, and search engine promotion.

Of course, it doesn't make sense for virtually any local newspaper to carry news about email marketing laws (other than how they affect consumers), because the market demand simply doesn't exist on that level.

However, around the world, thousands of people just like me want to know the instant a news story breaks on the latest "Can Spam" legislation, and that's where online news services come into play.

Log on to http://news.google.com, http://news.yahoo.com and http://news.com to search thousands of different news sources from around the world.

On these sites you can dig up information on anything from current world events and your favorite Spanish soccer team, to cattle tagging regulations in Argentina (no kidding) and the exploding online auction markets in mainland China.

News from around the world on virtually any subject waits literally just a few keystrokes and a mouse-click away.

An incredibly useful feature offered by many of these sites includes email notification based on your keyword search criteria.

So instead of paying a "clipping" service to find articles and send them to you, these websites will do it free.

Now how could you use this type of news notification service?

Well, imagine you own stock in a specific company.

You could subscribe to a number of different news services and have them send you breaking stories about the company, CEO, affiliated companies, and anything else you choose.

All you do is enter in the names, companies and keywords you want them to bird dog, and they'll send you an email every time the find a new story for you.

For example: Let's say you want to know the instant someone publishes a story about "ebay" or "online auctions"... it's as simple as logging on to one of the news services, putting in the keyword phrase, and giving them your email address.

You can even specify to have them send you the updates as they happen or only once a day (probably a good idea for more active topics).

Another example: Let's say you deal in a very specific industry, such as real estate investment publishing.

You could sign up to get notified any time a news story gets published about changing regulations, interest rates, or other factors affecting your business.

All this online news certainly does not rate a substitute for morning coffee, local and national news, and an important ritual to start the day, but it has a place, especially for extremely specialized areas of interest, hobbies, or business news.

Watch for many new services, software, and opportunities to arise from this growing and dynamic area of online publishing.

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Copyright Jim Edwards - All Rights reserved
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ONLINE WEEKLY REPORTS  (change weekly)
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Creative Ways to Make Your Press Release Work
Email Strategies to Get Thousands in Free Media Publicity. You get free publicity money can't buy when you help media folks get the fresh content they constantly need... http://startupinternetmarketing.com/tips/tipmarketing.html

A Lesson From "The Apprentice" That Can Make You A Master
The whole idea of candidates - from all walks of life - vying for a position in one of Donald Trump's organizations piqued my interest. What kept my interest were the real-life advertising lessons every business owner needs to be reminded of... http://startupinternetmarketing.com/tips/tipsales.html

Cheap Radio Ads On Weekends
You can get bargain radio ad rates if you buy weekends. Even though many radio stations get their best ratings of the week mid-day on Saturday, those commercial slots often go unused or sell at much lower rates... http://startupinternetmarketing.com/tips/tipbiz.html

Protect Your Email Address From SPAM Robots
If you would like to display your email address within your web pages and not worry about it being harvested, you can protect yourself. Instead of the usual mailto:you@yourdomain.com, use this code within your HTML... http://startupinternetmarketing.com/tips/tipdesign.html

Floating Menu Bar
Your entire site can be navigated from a Floating Menu Bar. It's a popup window and it works like a remote control. Clicking on a menu item displays the appropriate page in the main browser window... http://startupinternetmarketing.com/tips/tipsite.html


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TIPS, TOOLS & RESOURCES
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eCover Secrets Revealed
Learn how to create graphical images that truly project
professionalism.in this brand new 21-page report from
Jason Bradley, the unquestionable authority on cover
design. Download your copy here...
http://startupinternetmarketing.com/dl/ecoversecrets.pdf
NOTE: to download simply right-click and select "Save Target As"

Color Harmonies
This online color combination tool allows you to simply
type in the hex values for a color and you're instantly
presented with the exact color combinations that will work
with it... (this is one very handy tool - bookmark it)
http://www.easyrgb.com/harmonies.php

Magic Mail Monitor
Similar to MailWasher, Magic Mail Monitor allows you to
access any POP3 email account to preview, filter and
delete unwanted emails. This program is most useful for
those with dial-up connections at home or traveling, since
you can delete unwanted emails and attachments prior to
downloading them into your regular email client.
http://www.geeba.org/magic/


SIM WEB BOOKS

    Syndicate Your Headlines Using RSS
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    The Birth of a Professional Website
    This free download is brand new and available from the SIM
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    that completely covers the job of launching a professional
    website, as only Shelley can. HIGHLY recommended...
    http://startupinternetmarketing.com/birth.htm

    Internet Marketing Basics
    If you're not TOTALLY familiar with the BASICS of marketing
    online then you owe it to yourself to grab AND read this
    dynamic 39-page report by Shelley Lowery. She discusses the
    many aspects involved with bringing your business online...
    http://startupinternetmarketing.com/shelley


FREE COURSES

We have a large selection of free courses waiting for you at http://www.startupinternetmarketing.com/fc

Courses:
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FEEDBACK & CONTRIBUTIONS
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Online Tutorials Build Computer Skills - FREE

It's a problem as old as computers...

Trying to read, understand, and use a software manual to quickly learn how to operate a new software program rates one of the most frustrating experiences you can face.

If you browse the computer section of the local book store, Amazon.com... or even look at a Video Professor disk on TV to try accelerating your learning curve, you'll soon find that a book (usually thicker than the original manual!) costs at least $29-59 and a simple tutorial on CD-Rom costs a minimum of $59 plus shipping and handling.

Learning how to operate you computer and basic software can be very frustrating, not to mention expensive!

But what most people don't realize is that basic computer, software, and other training is readily available online, some of it as good or better than those introductory courses that cost you a chunk of money.

Would you like to learn how to set up a web page?

Do you want to learn how to use your word processor for accomplishing more than just typing simple letters?

How about learning to buy and sell like a pro at online auction sites like eBay?

Find Tutorials
Log on to http://www.findtutorials.com and browse through hundreds of tutorials!

Want to learn how to use Microsoft FrontPage?

Do a quick search for "FrontPage" and up pops a number of free tutorials to teach you everything from creating basic hyperlinks to working with javascript.

Though not all the tutorials are free, many of the tutorials listed come free of charge since the sites hosting the classes contain the usual advertising most of us have come to expect online.

After plowing through the site, you'll find some categories contain more available classes than others, but this site rates a serious look and a bookmark so you can check back on a regular basis.

Investigate here first before spending money on training, especially for introductory software help and general computer instruction.

Learn To Use eBay
If you want to learn how to use eBay, instead of spending money on a book or online course, why not go straight to the source?

Log on to http://pages.ebay.com/education/ for the best free education available when it comes to learning how to buy and sell on eBay.

Let's face it: the more successful you are as a buyer or seller, the more money eBay makes! It makes sense that they should provide a very detailed and helpful overview, as well as an extensive help section.

If you want a free "basic training" on eBay, start with eBay's site, then move on to third party information products if you want to expand your education.

Microsoft Office Training
Most people really have no clue how to use most of the features that come built into Microsoft Word, let alone the rest of Office. You can do some really impressive stuff with Office, if you know what it can do.

Log on to http://www.computertim.com for an extensive collection of articles to help you learn how to operate various Microsoft Office programs more efficiently, including: Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, and FrontPage.

Some articles might need updating periodically, but most of them make an excellent starting point when exploring new features.

More Sites
The following sites also offer free online training, however, understand that many of them use the introductory courses as a lead-in to get you to purchase additional books, classes, or other advanced instruction.

http://www.lgta.org
Land-Grant Training Alliance - teaches you how to use various software packages online and even has an interesting tutorial on how to use the Internet as a teaching tool to help others.

http://www.trainingtools.com
Offers a variety of introductory training courses for software packages dealing primarily with website creation, installing scripts and making your website do cool things!

http://www.learnthat.com/courses/
Offers a variety of courses on everything from computer training and software packages to even dealing with some hardware issues and how to purchase the right digital camera.

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Copyright Jim Edwards - All Rights reserved
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If you have a promotion tip to share (or an affiliate program that would be of interest to the rest of us) or if you have a web design tip, or a specific question, please feel free to post all tips, questions, or answers to posted questions here and I will add your email or URL with it. It's FREE promotion!

Send your tips, questions or answers to:
mailto:editor@startupinternetmarketing.com?subject=Q_&_A


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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
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When you help someone climb the mountain...
you get closer to the top yourself.
-anonymous-


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