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December 18, 2001
SIM's INSIDER REPORT is a free weekly 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
==> Tips, Tools & Resources
==> Affiliate Spotlight
==> SIM's Weekly Reports
==> Feedback & Contributions
==> Food for Thought
Hello all. Each year I like to give my subscribers something special at this time of year as my way of saying thanks for sticking with me through the year.
Normally, I try to find something of value that I can pass on to you free of charge. I simply couldn't find anything suitable this year so I'm offering you a SUPER DEAL on my "Startup Bundle" whereby you get 5 very popular products for a buck apiece.
These include *Internet Profits The Quick Way by Andy Brocklehurst; *Autoresponder Magic! and *Million Dollar Emails! by Yanik Silver; *Email Marketing Strategies Revealed by Brian Kumar and *Creative Product Creation by Pam Renovato.
Each of the above books also come with reseller rights so you can start selling them from your website and keep ALL of the profits.
This offer is ONLY available to Insider Report subscribers and ends at Christmas. Full details at... http://www.startupinternetmarketing.com/instant/pkg1.html
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Have you ever thought about creating your own piece of software and selling it online? If so, BenJamin Prater has released a new ebook titled "Software Secrets Exposed!" that will guide you through doing exactly that.
It's easier than writing an ebook, and the profits are much higher.
People will pay a lot more for a piece of software than they will for an ebook. It has a higher perceived value. It can be about anything. Any hobby or passion you may have, like cooking, baking, sports, cars, music. Or it can be about organizing, tracking, management, instruction. Anything you can imagine, can be turned into software.
If you have a passion for something, chances are, there are millions of other internet users in the same boat. If you've ever asked yourself, gee, I wish there was a program that did that.... chances are, there are tens of thousands of other people asking themselves that very same question.
The process is a lot like hiring a construction company to build a house. It has a design, blueprint, foundation, frame, walls and finishing. Then it gets put on the market and sold.
But unlike building a house, the cost making software is much lower and sometimes even free. Once the software is made, the distribution cost is minimal. Everything can be digital, including the documentation. Plus there's ongoing revenue from upgrades, add-ons and plug-ins.
In the words of the author, "Software is fairly new to the economic world. For centuries, people have been trading food, animals, woods, metals and spices. To make money, people would have to plant food in the field, harvest the food and take it to the town square. In a good year, most of what they planted would make it to the market."
"But software is different. You write the source code once and thats it! Youre done! You dont have to go out and harvest the source code again. As soon as the software is completed, you can press as many copies as the market will buy. Its beautiful economics - build one, sell a million."
You can check out Ben's offering at...
Ben also offers a free 4-part MicroCourse titled "Software Profits Made Simple!." You'll discover the little-known secrets that you can use to generate software ideas, turn these ideas into powerful software, and blow away the competition with hot software products.
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SIM'S TIP OF THE WEEK
LOOK BACK, LOOK AHEAD
Well, 2001 has come and gone. And with a new year upon us, I'd like to close out the old one by sharing a few web facts with my fellow online business enthusiasts.
Here's a quick assortment of tidbits you may find interesting. Included are statistics about the web, as well as my own observations...
World Wide Web still growing...
While hard numbers are difficult to pin down, estimates indicate that there are now approximately 520 million with online access across the world. Of that number, just one-third are from US and Canada.
I've seen the global expansion first-hand...
During 2001, a full 23% of sales from my own websites were from customers outside the US. This was nearly double the non-US buyers last year. I expect this trend to continue through the next few years. Online business owners... remember, your customer base online is truly international. While you may not be ready to offer more languages on your site, your site CAN at least be "international friendly" by offering worldwide shipping and payment options.
Web use still growing in the US too...
According to the UCLA Internet Report 2001, a full 72.3 percent of Americans now use the Internet, up from 66.9 percent last year. What's more, users spend an average of 9.8 hours online per week, up from 9.4 hours per week in 2000.
Why so many people?
The three biggest reasons people go online are to find information quickly, for work reasons, and to access email. The five most popular online activities are email and instant messaging, browsing, buying online, finding entertainment information, and reading news. Of non-Internet users, 44.4 percent say they will be online within the next year. The main reason non-users do not go online is that they do not have a computer or access to an adequate computer. (This data also from UCLA Internet Report.)
And they're buying too...
About half of Internet users bought something on the Internet during 2001. That's a staggering 250 million people making purchases through their computer. Who was it that said online marketing was a fad? ;-)
So how do YOU get website traffic and buyers...?
That's the question most web business owners ask constantly. And this past year brought many new methods for getting website traffic. However, many of them were a disappointment. I tried quite a few new strategies myself, including "guaranteed click deals", a variety of "pay per click" engines, and even some innovative, new banner advertising strategies. Yet not one of the new techniques came close to the results I still get advertising with good old fashioned email. My best new email marketing strategy is paying email newsletter management sites to run top sponsorship ads across their network of newsletters. The traffic can be targeted to just about any niche and the clicks result in sales.
So what do today's observations reveal?
That it is FAR from too late for you to start your own business online.
Perhaps you've been considering it but have not made the commitment just yet. Or maybe you've started but have not given it everything you can. Why not make a New Year's resolution right now. Here are a few suggestions...
"I will tackle my financial situation with a long term solution."
"I will take the steps necessary to enjoy life more."
"I will find a way to spend more time with my loved ones."
If any of these sound like something you could get attached to and work toward, perhaps an online business is the answer for you. And no, I'm not leading into some big sales pitch here. I just want to motivate a few more of you to take the bull by the horns and tackle it. I know the rewards of being my own boss and I get a kick out of helping others do the same.
So start by downloading and reading my free ebook called "A Beginner's Guide to Starting a High Income Internet Business." It's filled with information to get you started on the right path. A direct download URL for my subscribers is: http://www.bizweb2000.com/fbd.htm
And if you have more questions about how to start and grow a business online, spend some time at the URL's below. You'll find more answers than you can imagine...
Those URLs reveal many of the low cost strategies I use to earn my living online. I'm quite sure they'll help you. Finally, be sure to read this newsletter every other week. I'll continue to bring you only the information you need to help you earn a living from the Internet.
To you success,
SIM's "Tip of the Week" back issues available at... http://www.startupinternetmarketing.com/ezines
TIPS TOOLS & RESOURCES
The Ebook Librarian
The Ebook Librarian is a free software tool that allows you to keep track of every ebook you've ever downloaded. For each ebook, you can specify:
* The format - exe or pdf, etc.
* The actual title
* The actual location of the ebook file.
* Specify whether the ebook was free, purchased, brandable, free to give away or if it has resell rights.
* Organize your ebooks into categories such as: marketing, advertising, publishing and more.
* Run reports like "Show all ebooks I can give away, show all that have resell rights" etc.
Instead of searching all over the place, you just have to open the Ebook Librarian and there it is! It's free! And you can give it away free too! Get your own copy here...
Microsoft eBook Creator
The freeware "Read in Microsoft Reader (RMR)" add-in for Microsoft Word enables you to convert any Word document into a Microsoft Reader format eBook in just a few simple steps. Microsoft provides a freeware viewer program on their site, which anyone who reads your eBook will have to download.
Just Tabs can instantly create a customized tabbed interface to make your web site easier to navigate! You control every aspect regarding your tabs appearance. Set the fonts, colors, shape, and much more! Seamlessly integrates generated interfaces into your existing HTML can help customers find what they need and thereby helps you make the sale! Don't lose sales because of a poorly laid out site! (1.7 MB - Shareware)
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5-Minute PDF Creator
The 5-Minute PDF Creator is the easiest way to publish like a pro - guaranteed. You can start your own electronic publishing business in just 5 Minutes!
The program comes with nearly 150 screenshots and walks you through every step in the publishing process.
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Their affiliate program pays 40% commissions for every sale from your unique link. Plus, you'll earn 10% from each affiliate who signs up under one of your referral links.
It features a state-of-the-art tracking and processing system that takes care of everything. (you can even check your referral stats in real-time)
You can plug into the 5-Minute PDF Creator affiliate program at... http://www.startupinternetmarketing.com/5minaff
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Updated November 15, 2001
SIM's WEEKLY REPORTS
Finding Your Voice
Building Your Business for Success in 2002
The Only Two Headlines
Open a Window on Page Load
Dropdown Navigation Menu Generator
FEEDBACK & CONTRIBUTIONS
Where To Find Free Quality Content For Your Website
After you have designed that killer website, what do you do next? You need to maintain it! The content has to be regularly updated in order to keep your visitors coming back.
Content is king!
For most websites, they cannot afford a professional editorial team to produce their own in-house content. So what is the next best solution?
There are many sources of free quality content that you can easily add to your website. Here are some good sources that you can consider:
Chee Wee is a widely-published marketing consultant. He helps small and medium-size businesses to market successfully online. Learn how a startup site gets over 200 million pageviews monthly without spending a penny on advertising. For FREE info, email him at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
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