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Volume 1, Issue 15                     Dave Wray
Date: November 19, 2003          webmaster@work-at-home-ideas.com

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1. Editorial: An Organized Mess!
2. Article: Free Advertising, Part 1
     by DaveWray
3. Marketing Tip of the Week: Testimonials
4. Free Resources: Website Archive
5. Q&A: Get Help!
6. Marketer's Site of the Week: Yours Could Be Here!
7. Feedback
8. Contact Work At Home Ideas

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An Organized Mess!

I have a question. How many of you are neat freaks? You know, the Martha Stewart type that seem to even have the toothpicks in the right place? I personally know of a few people that are obsessive/compulsive when it comes to cleaning and organizing. I swear it must be some kind of disease!

But you know, I sometimes wish I had that “disease”! You see, I am FAR from being an organized, neat freak. Most of the time it doesn’t affect me because within my “organized mess” I seem to know where to find things. I’m sure many of your know what I mean when I say “organized mess”! Basically you are the only one who would know where to find that certain document or piece of paper!

You’ll find though that as your business grows the number and amount of papers that are just lying around will grow and grow. I’m getting to that stage now. It’s pretty much chaos around my office at home!

I believe, to truly succeed at your business you need to be somewhat organized. I’m not talking “neat freak” status, but semi-organized so that you know where to find things! I’ll be the first to admit that I need to organize my office space.

I have this feeling that come January 1st, this may be one of my first resolutions ;) A very happy Thanksgiving to all of my American subscribers!

-Dave Wray

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Free Advertising, Part 1

It’s been about a year and a half since I started working at home online. Over the past year I have learned so much it sometimes amazes me! Over the past though I have fallen victim to many a scam, especially when it comes to advertising and spending money to see what works and what does not!

To keep new work at home entrepreneurs from making the same mistakes I made I thought I would do a series on free advertising techniques. I want to explain what works and what doesn’t and what to stay completely clear of!

In Part 1 of this series I am going to go over the positives and negatives of placing free classified ads on the internet. Do these sites exist and are they useful? And how to make your classifieds attractive and effective.

Free Classified Ads

Can you even place free classified ads on the internet? You bet you can! There are literally hundreds of sites online that will allow you to place your advertisement on their site for no cost at all.

Many site owners will allow people to place free ads on their site as a way to get return traffic to their site and make sales off of them in the future. Typically free services will always get people to return to a site again. Of course, our purpose isn’t to be sold a product, but to use these sites to advertise OUR product and make a sale!

So, where do you find these sites to place ads on? I have come across a few sites that list hundreds of free classified sites in their directories. A couple of them are:

1. Ecki Free Classifieds
2. Ad Sites

As you can imagine, hundreds of thousands of people are posting their ads on these sites. Why? Because they’re free! As a result, your ad on a specific site may not last long, or may be pushed to the bottom of the list really fast. When going to each free classified site you need to find out how often you can post your ad. The more often, the better because then your ad will get more exposure near the top of the list.

When looking for sites to add your classified to, make sure the site looks professional. You don’t want to post your ad on a site that looks run down and old. Another important key to think of is, “How many people actually visit this site?”. This is a very important question! If noone visit’s the classifieds site, then your ad will not be seen by anyone!

To find out approximately how popular a site is, just visit Alexa and type the URL in question in their search box. Alexa ranks all websites based on traffic statistics. The more traffic a site gets, the higher their ranking with Alexa. (A rank of 1 with Alexa means that the site in question is the most visited site on the internet, a rank of 10,000 means 10,000th most visited and so on).

There’s a very important step you must take before you start posting your ad to classified sites. You MUST get a throw-away email address. What’s a throw-away email address? This is an address that you can sign up for through hotmail or yahoo and that isn’t your primary email address.

You see, free classified sites are a target for spammers. They visit these sites and harvest people’s email addresses. The last thing you want is tonnes of spam email to your good email account! As well, every time you post an ad on one of these sites you will receive a confirmation from the site itself that you posted an ad.

So you must be thinking to yourself, is this all worth it? Yes, it is! I have used the free classifieds method and it worked for me. You’ll need to post dozens of free ads per day, but it does work. Now you may be thinking, “How on earth am I going to have the time to post that many classifieds per day??”.

Well, if you tried typing in dozens of ads by hand per day it would take a long time! That is why I recommend you try and automate the process a bit. No, I don’t mean spamming these sites, but rather using a piece of software that is fr*e to download that will type the ads for you.

AdWizard is just such software for the job. The initial setup entails you having to go to each classified site and inputting the specific information into the program, but once you’re past this initial step you’ll be able to place dozens of ads in just 10 or 15 minutes! And remember, time is money, so AdWizard is a godsend!

To download AdWizard fr*e, just go to this site: AdWizard Classified Submitter

A note of caution here. Do not confuse fr*e classified ad sites with FFA (free for all) sites. FFA sites are surfer’s worst nightmare. They are literally spam machines! So please, do be careful.

So, we’ve talked about where you can find free classified sites. We’ve also talked about how you must get a disposable email address to deal with the spam issue. You’ve also downloaded AdWizard and are ready to set it up. What now?

Well, you must be thinking, “How do I filter through the legitimate emails I get from interested prospects and spammers?”. One method of tackling this problem is to set up an auto responder. When an interested prospect wants more information about your product he/she will email you for more information.

If you set up an auto responder it will automatically send an email to the interested prospect on your behalf when they ask for more information. All you have to do is set up the auto responder, input your email message and you’re done! Autoresponders are easy to set up and most are fr*e. They automate your business and follow-up for you.

Here are a couple of free auto responder that I have used and have had success with:

1. Free Autobot
2. Get Response

If you implement what I discuss above and follow all of the steps you’ll find that free classified sites do in fact work and can make sales for you. It is a fair amount of work, but it will work if you persist and stick with it. Good luck!

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Testimonials

There’s almost nothing better for your business than a good testimonial. Not only does it feel good when you get an email from a satisfied customer, but it also shows you that you are doing something right.

So, if you’re doing something right and making someone a happy and satisfied customer, why not let everyone else know too? That’s right, when strangers first approach you or your business they don’t know you from a hole in the wall. They can’t trust you just yet.

However, if this new person sees a testimonial from a happy and satisfied customer that has dealt with you in the past, they are most likely to be comfortable dealing with you. It’s like a good endorsement, and sometimes that is all people need to see to trust you.

Before putting a testimonial on your website or in your flyer make sure first from the person who sent you that nice email that it’s ok with them to publish their comments. So, go ahead and put up that testimonial, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the positive effect it will have on your business.

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Website Archive

If you want to build a website one day there is one thing that you must do. Not only do you need to do research to find the best possible name for your website or domain name, but you need to find out whether that specific domain name has been used by someone else previously.

Why? Well, you want to make sure that the domain name you choose is clean. You don’t want to purchase a domain name that was owned by someone previously who abused it. A lot of people purchase domains only to find that the previous owner was a spammer and that the search engines penalized the domain name.

I know of too many people who have fallen into this trap and then wonder why their site isn’t showing up in the search engines! It’s because a previous owner has ruined it for them.

To find out whether the domain name you’re interested in has been owned previously there’s a great site that has archived web sites over the past 7 years! Just type the domain name you’re interested in in their box and they’ll show if it’s been owned before. Here is the site: Archive.org

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