11 Most Common Mistakes People Make Building Their Online Business



As an entrepreneur, you know the number one rule of business is to go where the customer is. And that means you must build an effective online presence.

The great news is that you don’t have to be a web marketing expert or programmer?or hire someone who is extremely expensive?to get noticed on the Internet and bring more people to your offline store or e-commerce storefront.

There are some simple but very effective strategies you can implement quickly and easily to boost your online presence, generate more leads, and sell more?resulting in more profits for you. That makes for an ideal return on investment.

Whether you’ve tried to create an online presence before and it didn’t work out? or this is your first time, you should try the strategies below.

Not all will work for every business. But once you find the right mix for your target market, it’ll put you on the road to online business success.

The important thing now is that you get started.

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Why Build An Online Business?



Episode #40: In Today’s episode we look at: Why Build An Online Business? 

Building a successful online business is much harder than most people assume.

And I’m just talking those of you starting with realistic expectations. If you’re still of the get-rich-quick mindset, you probably need to reset your expectations.

This isn’t just about hard work or the length of length of time it takes to succeed, either. You need to set your expectations higher for how much dedication, guts, determination, resourcefulness, compassion, empathy and self awareness you will need, because you’ll need all of those things in spades.

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Podcasting for Beginners Course Here In Sydney?

Learn to Podcast in Sydney

Learn to Podcast in Sydney… The Podcasting for Beginners Course

Learn how to create your own Podcast Show

Get practical advice and skills training from me – Phil Adair, and learn how to take your podcast from an idea to a completed, ready-to-upload file, in this one-on-one course. 

Why Podcasting?

Podcasts are portable – and because of they’re portability, they’re more personal.

Podcasts can perform so many functions:

  •  They can educate
  •  They can entertain
  •  They can inform
  •  They can inspire
  •  They can garner laughs
  •  They can gather tears

But there is one grand function podcasts perform that arch above all of these and more. And it is the single most important reason why you should seriously consider starting a podcast:

Podcasts Connect!

They connect content creators with content consumers, and they do it in a way that cannot be duplicated by any other content medium. The reasons for this are simple.

First, podcasts have a voice. Not the “voice” of a blog post, that is often talked about.

But a real, live, human voice, with subtleties of inflection, emotion, and emphasis.

It’s this voice that breathes life into the content. Second, podcasts go where you go, when you want to go there. You don’t have to plan your life around podcasts. You plan podcasts around your life. Podcasts are convenient. Which is why you invite them places other content cannot go.

Which is why podcasts connect in ways that other content cannot do. They ask, “What topic would you like to hear about? When? Where? Just hit play, go on about your normal business, and we’ll be happy to oblige.”

That’s why podcasts are there while you brush your teeth, while you wash the dishes, and while you mow the lawn. Because they work on your schedule.

Life is lived on the move. Podcasts move with you. Which is why podcasts present such a great opportunity for you to move your audience. The power of connection.

All of us who create content online sell something. And no matter what you sell — a product, a service, an experience, information, an idea, yourself, something else — you need your target audience to know you, like you, and trust you before they’ll buy it.

Podcasting is the best way I have found to build the know, like, and trust factors online across a broad audience. What better way can you think of to get people whom you don’t know to know you, like you, and trust you, than to get your voice into their heads during some of the most intimate moments of their days?

This is the unfair advantage of connection that podcasts possess. And it’s why you should consider starting a podcast, if you haven’t already: so that you can connect with your audience on an entirely new and more intimate level.

 Stop letting someone else speak directly into the ears of your audience. That voice should be yours.

Course Requirements:

• Basic audio recording equipment hand held audio recording device (such as a Zoom H5 Handy recorder – strongly recommended)

• Raw idea for a podcast series (this can just be a basic idea)

• Access to basic audio editing software on a computer e.g. Wavepad or Audacity

Course Description:

  • Getting started: The Fundamentals
  • Equipment Requirements
  • Developing Content Ideas
  • How To Structure A Podcast
  • Recording Your Podcast
  • Post Production Techniques
  • iTunes & Publishing
  • Promoting Your Podcast
  • Additional Resources

Learn how to take your podcast from an idea to a completed, ready-to-upload file, in this one-on-one course.

Cost: $595 – This is a one day intensive course. 

 

I can’t wait for you to join me on this journey.

I guarantee this course is going to expand your sense of what’s possible in your online marketing/business career. From basic podcasting principles to practical tips and support, I’m going to give you all the tools you need to succeed.

Plus, the course format makes learning fun!

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7 Expert Tips To Generate B2B Leads That Actually Work

Google AdWords is a superb way to generate quality leads for Business to Business –

as long as you set it up correctly to begin with…

Early Warning Bell: Don’t be fooled. Some of these principles will seem like fundamentals – Clearly obvious must do’s.

The reason that I’m giving them kudos here is that they deserve it and are often overlooked. Without applying the correct strategies from the get-go, your campaigns will only ever be average.

 

1.Your only goal: To generate as much business from your advertising budget – enabling you to achieve superb and ongoing results.

 

If you apply these principles and stay committed to monitoring them regularly, you will stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.

 

As Google love to tell you in their marketing blurbs, you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune on AdWords to get a lot more oomph out of your pay-per-click advertising.

 

Still, even if you have the smallest of daily budgets, you have an obligation to yourself and your business to make sure your money is not being wasted. You also want to ensure that the “right” people are clicking on your AdWords campaigns.

 

By using Google AdWords correctly, you appear in the sponsored listings (these are displayed above and alongside the organic listings that also appear on the page.)

 

Again, this may sound expensive, though if managed properly, the money you spend can be very reasonable – taking your business or your brand into achieving real visibility and pulling in the targeted traffic that you need for true online success.

 

2. The Benefits Of Google AdWords

  • Reach 90% of online users instantly
  • Gain instant positioning for your business
  • Control your spend with a daily budget
  • Ability to split test ads to maximise their efficiency
  • Decide exactly which pages to take you, searchers, too
  • Focus your targeting on specific countries or areas
  • Create and, therefore, manage your ads

 

I know how challenging and daunting Google AdWords can be, not just for the uninitiated, though even for the seasoned pros out there.

 

Professional advertisers who never stop looking for ways of staying ahead of the curve. Always looking to gain maximum exposure for their online advertising.

But the good news is: It doesn’t have to be intimidating – if you don’t let it! Organising your account allows you to better serve the right ads to the right customers, and it allows you to better track the effectiveness of your advertising efforts.

 

When people are searching online and they type a word or phrase, they’re looking for information that’s closely tied to those words. For example, if Dave types digital cameras and he sees an ad for Camera tripods, he probably won’t click the ad.

 

To show ads that are relevant to the searches of people you’re trying to reach, bundle related ads together with related keywords into an ad group.

 

3. Make Sure You Get Found Online When Customers Are Performing A Search

 

AdWords is where you want your business to be when customers do a Google search for your products or services. You’ll get fast results. With a well-managed AdWords marketing campaign, your business will move to the top of Google Search results.

 

You’ll experience increased website traffic immediately. And best of all—the customers who visit your site are those most likely to buy because they are searching for your products and services based on your targeted ads.

AdWords advertising isn’t free, though it can be very cost effective. You control the budget and decide where your ads appear — locally, regionally, and nationally.

 

There are no surprise costs. You only pay when someone clicks on your ad. You decide how much each click is worth and how much you want to spend each month.

 

You’ll know when an ad results in a sale and how many new customers you obtain from your AdWords campaign. You’ll know exactly where those new customers come from and what they do when they visit your website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s because AdWords has Google Analytics built in. Together, these two powerful tools provide an incredible wealth of statistics and data to make your website more profitable.

 

AdWords gives you the information you need to maximise your return on investment and grow your business. Many business owners don’t have the time or the expertise to make the most of AdWords. They feel their time is better spent running their business.

 

“Why use AdWords” and “Does Google AdWords Work?” are pretty common keyword phrase searched on Google, which suggests that there are a lot of marketers and business owners out there who have heard about Google AdWords but aren’t sure if and how it can work for them.

 

AdWords – Google’s enormously successful pay-per-click (PPC) advertising system – can work for almost any type of business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Organise Your Ad Groups

Using AdWords (or any PPC platform) requires time and money, but thousands of businesses have found that it’s time and money well spent, because AdWords delivers measurable ROI.

 

A common method for organising an AdWords account is to organise with a category or business goal in mind. For many businesses, the way your website is structured is a good place to start, where each ad group representing a different page or category on your site.

 

Ad groups can help ensure that your ads are relevant to your keywords. For example, for your camera campaign, you may want to create separate ads for digital cameras and compact cameras.

 

You can create ad groups for each type of camera, each with its own set of focused, relevant keywords. For example if it was a television campaign, you can also create an ad group for each type of television you sell, such as flat screen and plasma TVs.

 

You can also set prices for individual keywords within the ad group.

 

5. How To Create An Ad Group:

• Sign in to your AdWords account.

• Click the Campaigns tab.

• Under All campaigns, click the name of the campaign that you’d like to add an ad group to.

• Click the Ad group’s tab.

• Click the + Ad group button.

On the “Create ad group” page that appears, follow the instructions to complete your new ad group (you’ll be given the chance to create an initial ad and its keywords).

Click Save ad group.

 

For instance, you are selling surfboards for both men and women. You set two different campaigns, one for men’s surf -boards and the other for women’s surfboards.

 

Let’s name them Men’s Surfboard Campaign and Women’s Surfboard Campaign. You have beginner’s surfboards, Intermediate Surfboards and Performance Surfboards for both men and women.

 

 

Now you create 3 ad groups based on these categories (Beginners, Intermediate and Performance) in both the campaigns.

Let’s name these 6 ad groups as:

• Men’s Beginners Surfboards
• Men’s Intermediate Surfboards
• Men’s Performance Surfboards

• Women’s Beginners Surfboards
• Women’s Intermediate Surfboards
• Women’s Performance Surfboards

• Now you have 6 ad groups, each of them has two key components, ads, and keywords

6. How many keywords should be in my ad group?

The best rule of thumb is to use no more than 20 keywords per ad group.

Sometimes you can get away with using a few more, but exceeding a 20 keyword limit is a sign that your ad copy isn’t matching the keyword being searched as closely as it could.

 

7. Strategies to optimise your ad groups:

• Identify an ad group per keyword group (theme)

• Add diverse titles and texts for your ads.

• Remember to integrate your keywords into the URL’s that will appear on your ads.

• Use a variety of targeting and ad extension options to the ad group theme.

 

Have I missed anything here? What are your best tips for getting more customers?

 

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7 Successful Google AdWords Ads And Why They Crush The Competition

What does it take to write an AdWords ad that gets the clicks?

7 Successful Google AdWords Ads And Why They Crush The Competition

Some businesses are able to create phenomenally successful AdWords ads while others fail miserably. Ultimately, success with AdWords comes down to your landing page/website. But the first step on that road to winning at AdWords is to get the clicks.

 

What does it take to write an AdWords ad that gets the clicks?

 

Let’s take a look at these winning AdWords ads in the video and see just why they work…

 

 

There are three other more general elements at work here that are important to note…

 

First, with the possible exception of the work from home ad, these ads are not overly sensationalistic.

You have very limited space with which to work in an AdWords ad. There’s no room to be cute or gimmicky… you have to cut to the chase and make every character count to get the clicks.

 

Secondly, these ads do a good job of standing out from their competitors ads. It’s not uncommon to do a search and see a good percentage of the AdWords ads with the same headline or using basically the same dry, boring message.

 

When you’re coming up with ads, look at what the competition is doing and make sure your ads are unique.

 

Lastly, and most importantly, all these ads are successful because of extensive testing on the part of the businesses. Testing your ad copy and testing your landing pages is the single most important factor in developing a winning AdWords ad and campaign.

 

Because while the ads above are top performers, what works well for your business may be quite different. And the only way to figure out what ads will be successful for you is to test, test, test!

 

 

About the New Character Limits for Expanded Text Ads

The Expanded Text Ads gave a boost to the clickable real-estate of the ad, and a longer description for more detail. If you haven’t updated your older ads, you’re missing an opportunity to increase your position and Click Through Rate.

 

Here’s a little more information:

 

(See below for the character limits list)

  • Expanded Text Ads are the basic format for text based search ads on Google’s Search Network.
  • The ads will show slightly different from mobile and desktop (and variations on the Display Network).
  • New character limits apply to the elements of the Expanded Text Ad.
  • Ad Extension also carry their own unique character limits, which I’ve included below.

 

The image below is generated using an ad preview tool to show how all the various Ad Extensions display on an Expanded Text Ad, and the character limits list is located below.

Note, that the ad above the phone is the desktop view, and the ad in the device is a mobile view. That preview tool is located at: Expanded Text Ad Preview Tool 

 

Character Limits for AdWords Ads and Extensions

Expanded Text Ad

Headline 1: 30 Characters
Headline 2: 30 Characters
Description: 80 Characters
Path 1: 15 Characters
Path 2: 15 Characters

Sitelink Extension

Link Text: 25 Characters
Description Line 1: 35 Characters
Description Line 2: 35 Characters

Callout Extension

Callout Text: 25 Characters

 

 

Top Tips For Successful AdWords Ads:

  • Use Numbers
  • Use ASCII characters
  • Focus on benefits
  • Offer proof/credibility
  • Use quotes
  • Ask a question
  • Make a strong offer
  • Include a call to action

What tips do you have for your own expanded text ads? Are you getting better results than before? Let me know below!

 

 

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Google AdWords #1 Killer Hacks

Mastering Quality Score with the “One Per” Rule

Google AdWords #1 Killer Hacks: Mastering Quality Score with the “One Per” Rule

 

 

Just uttering the phrase “Quality Score” can strike fear in the hearts of Google AdWords advertisers.

What is it?
How does it work?
What can I do to make it better?

I get these questions all the time, and my response to them is always, “Follow the ‘One Per’ Rule.”

As the name suggests, the One Per Rule requires you to limit the number of keywords per Ad Group to 1. It may sound a little crazy and counter-intuitive, but there is a method behind the madness.

 

Limiting yourself to one keyword per ad group ensures that your keyword is tied closely to your ad text and the text on your landing page.

This tells Google that your relevancy is through the roof, therefore awarding you a high Quality Score. It’s easily my favorite Google AdWords hack.

This isn’t a technique to use with every keyword, however. Only employ the “One Per” Rule on your top-performing keywords. Here’s how to get it going:

 

Step 1 — Research. Select the Campaign you want to optimise and locate your five to 10 top-performing keywords across Ad Groups. If you’re looking to optimise conversions, choose the keywords that are most successful in generating that result. Or, if you want to optimise cost per conversion or cost per click, choose those top keywords. Every keyword you choose should be competitive when it comes to click-through rate (one percent and above).

 

Step 2 — Create one AdGroup per keyword. Create an Ad Group for each of your top-performing keywords. If you have five top keywords, you should also have five Ad Groups. Keep things organised by using each individual keyword as the name of the Ad Group.

 

Step 3 — Ensure your ad text is relevant. One of the keys to ensuring the “One Per” Rule is effective is sprinkling the keyword throughout the ad text. The keyword in your Ad Group will appear multiple times in your ad text and again on your landing page. Quality Scores tend to be higher when the keyword appears in the ad headline, description and display URL. If one of my top-performing keywords is “women’s hats,” the structure of my ad should be similar to the one shown below:

 

Step 4 — Optimise your landing page. The final step in the “One Per” Rule is simple: Ensure the keyword appears somewhere on your landing page.
Thinking about Quality Score as numbers between one and 10 makes it easy to forget why it’s really important — it’s Google’s way to determine how you as an advertiser create a good user experience by matching your ad to its message, its destination and what you are offering the consumer. Following the “One Per” Rule puts you in a position to check each one of those boxes and makes your life a little easier along the way.

 

Not sure how to set up your own winning Landing Page? Still not sure about “Quality Score?”

Further Reading:

 

I really hope this helped. Hey, have I missed anything here? Drop me a note in the comments section below and let me know your thoughts. Please take your time to grasp this concept properly. Believe me, it works!

 

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Hot Clicks Pay-Per-Click Online Marketing

Suite 12, 5th Floor, Dymocks Building

428 George Street, Sydney 2000, NSW, Australia  

W: hotclicks.com.au

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