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March 9, 2004
SIM's INSIDER REPORT is a free bi-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.
IN THIS ISSUE
==> Tip of the Week
==> Online Weekly Reports
==> Tips, Tools & Resources
==> Feedback & Contributions
==> Food for Thought
First, a warm WELCOME! to all new subscribers!
Have you been erroneously accused of sending viruses in your email attachments recently?
Although the email may look very much like it came from you, in fact the email is being "spoofed" to appear as though it's coming from you...
Virtually every web site owner is suffering from this plague.
If you find yourself on the defensive in such a matter, you can send the accusing party to this URL for additional information about such viruses... http://securityresponse.symantec.com/
There are many good anti-virus programs available--Norton and McAfee being the best known. AVG from grisoft.com is another consideration. Their anti-virus software is free for all SINGLE HOME users.
If you are not running virus scanning software, I urge you to do so today. If you are running this software, be sure to update your definitions regularly. Mine is set to automatically update daily.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Pay Per Click To Guarantee Targeted Traffic!
The days of free search engine traffic are over! (And the reign of cheap search engine traffic has begun!)
Okay, that may not be quite the case *yet*, but you really do have to work hard (or pay someone to work hard), to even get close to guaranteeing a top 10 position on search engines like Google.
Pay-Per-Click search engines, however, offer the promise of guaranteed visitors, for the keywords of your choice.
Choose to pay per click wisely!
There are literally hundreds of pay-per-click search engines available for you to spend your money. Only a few can guarantee targeted visitors to your site, though. I've listed the best pay-per-click search engines below.
Overture (formerly GoTo) is the original (and most popular) pay-per-click search engine. Overture is also one of the most expensive, and competitive. A quotation taken from their sign-up page:
"A $50 initial deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to click-throughs or to the minimum monthly spend. Each account has a $20 minimum monthly spend. There is a minimum bid requirement of $0.10 per click- through."Overture does have tough anti-fraud measures in place - always evolving, obviously - so there is far less chance of receiving so-called 'bogus clicks' using Overture. And Overture has an impressive search engine reach, with its results found in "Sponsored Listings" in many search engines. You can currently choose from Fast Track or Self Serve sign- up options.
Verdict: If you're serious about generating targeted traffic to your site, but less bothered about minimum (or maximum!) bid amounts etc. then you should consider signing-up with Overture.
Overture - http://www.overture.com
Overture UK - http://www.uk.overture.com
Espotting is the self-proclaimed #1 pay-per-click search engine in Europe. Its results appear on many major search engines as well as well as thousands of relevant smaller sites too.
This is what is says at Espotting UK's sign-up page:
"Espotting Media can help you access targeted leads from 72% of the UK's online population... By ensuring that your listings appear within our top 3-5 search results, you will benefit from highly targeted leads from Yahoo! Europe, Lycos, Kelkoo and Netscape and many more."It offers a Gold, Silver and Bronze service depending on how 'hands-on' you want to be with your pay-per-click campaign (and how much money you want to spend!).
Verdict: A serious contender in Europe, worth considering.
Espotting - http://www.espotting.com
Even Google operate a pay-per-click search engine. Called Google AdWords, results appear on the Google search engine itself, as part of the search engine listings (right hand side).
Results also appear as part of AOL and Yahoo!'s searches and other major content providers. Though this might change soon. And, with it's recent launch of Google AdSense, Google AdWords now appear on minor, but still relevant, content sites.
Unlike other pay-per-click search engines, Google AdWords doesn't always list the highest bidded term first (see BID, BID, BID below for details). In Google's words:
"Getting great results in AdWords doesn't necessarily mean spending a lot either. The AdWords system rewards the best-performing ads."Verdict: Definitely consider signing-up to Google AdWords, but learn how to make the most of your AdWords campaign first via a suitable tutorial or learning resource!
Google AdWords - https://adwords.google.com/
There are other pay-per-click search engines worth considering. All of the pay per click search engines listed below have considerable reach, and can guarantee visitors to your site (often at a much cheaper cost than Overture etc.)
Using Overture as an example here, making a bid is simply a matter of choosing the following:
Choosing your keywords, and the amount you are willing to bid is also simple, but can take a lot of time.
This is because you need to research suitable in-demand keywords, that cost little. Solutions to this problem include using the paid-for version of Wordtracker - the excellent keyword suggestion tool allows you to brainstorm good keywords, and determine the current cost of the top 20 bids. You might also want to use bid management software.
Wordtracker - http://www.wordtracker.comBUT BID CAREFULLY!
Make sure you don't spend too much money.
Clicks can add up quickly. It's probably worth investing in some kind of bid management software, or at least worth using the in-built bid management provided by search engines like Overture.
Remember, you ONLY want your prospective customers to click. And you must know the value of your visitor! (A rough guide: Value = average earnings / average unique visitors .) Try and make sure that the cost of a click never exceeds this 'value' of a visitor.
One successful strategy is to bid low on many listings.
You can find out a great deal more about pay-per-click search engines from this excellent resource. http://www.PayPerClickSearchEngines.com/
And the online version of this article contains a variety of sign-up offers for some of the search engines listed, as well as details of Google AdWords learning resources. http://howipromotemywebsite.com/pay-per-click
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Article by Steve Nash - Copyright 2004
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TIPS, TOOLS & RESOURCES
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AVG Virus Checker
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FEEDBACK & CONTRIBUTIONS
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?
Log on to www.findtutorials.com and browse through hundreds of tutorials!
Want to learn how to use Microsoft FrontPage?
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Offers a variety of introductory training courses for software packages dealing primarily with website creation, installing scripts and making your website do cool things!
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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