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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Making Money with Google AdSense

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Making Money with Google AdSense
by Marc Charles


With Google AdSense, you can run Google advertising on your website or blog – and get paid every time your visitors click on those ads.

There are hundreds of ways to drive traffic to your website. Some of them are free, and others cost money. The trick is to get “targeted” traffic. By that, I mean visitors who are likely to be interested in the content on your website and in the Google AdSense ads you’re running.

My favorite ways to do this are as follows:

1. Targeted e-mail newsletter advertising. Preferably using deep discount or remnant ad campaigns.

2. Keyword advertising on discount ad networks like Advertising.com, 7Search.com, ExactSeek.com, Kanoodle.com, and AdBrite. You can purchase keyword advertising “clicks” on these networks for as little as 5 cents.

3. Building your own search engine or directory, and redirecting traffic to your website that’s running Google AdSense. A search engine or directory is simply a website with a database and a searching mechanism. Most programmers can easily build one for you.
The best part of Google AdSense is its “auto pilot” feature. If you have a website running Google AdSense ads, and you have targeted traffic coming to the site, the ads run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – without requiring any maintenance or babysitting on your part.

[Ed. Note: These tactics for driving highly targeted website traffic to boost AdSense revenues were originally published in the Liberty Street Letter, a monthly publication dedicated to under-the-radar business opportunities and investments. To find out if you're eligible to receive regular profit alerts that could help you boost your income, click here.]

Monday, October 25, 2010

The "A" Prospect Advantage

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The "A" Prospect Advantage
by Marc Charles

No matter what you’re selling, your job will be a lot easier of you target your marketing efforts to “A” prospects. By that I mean pre-qualified buyers – people who have already purchased what you’re selling. Ideally, they’ve done it recently (and often).

“B” prospects are people who have shown an interest in what you’re selling – maybe by calling a toll-free number, sending an e-mail, or writing a letter to ask for more information. They’re interested, and they’ve acted on that interest. That’s great.

But they’re not nearly as valuable to you as “A” prospects.

Where do you find these primo prospects?

First, go to your own list of buyers. Always target them when you create a new product similar to one they’ve bought from you before. Then go directly to a company that has successfully sold products like yours. Rent their mailing lists. Their buyers should respond well to your offer.

[Ed. Note: Small-business and marketing expert Marc Charles reveals a new "under the radar" business opportunity - and the marketing tactic you can use to take advantage of it - every month in The Liberty Street Letter.

He's joined by experts in real estate, commodities, and retirement planning, and others who specialize in making money "off Wall Street." Find out more here.]

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Almost Perfect Business for Entrepreneurs of Every Shape and Size

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The Almost Perfect Business for Entrepreneurs of Every Shape 
By Marc Charles

China exports over $1 trillion in goods each year. And that makes it one of the great new opportunities of the 21st century for entrepreneurs like you. But you need to understand how the game is played.

Introducing the $6 billion Internet Goldmine…

I’m talking about a website that has become the largest and most successful import/export marketplace in the world. It boasts more than 25 million members in 200 countries. The company has offices in more than 30 cities in China (including Hong Kong), Europe, and the United States. And it was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange last year.

More important, it gets monster traffic from importers and exporters. It is a much more targeted eBay. Essentially, entrepreneurs are connected to manufacturers and wholesalers overseas, mostly in China. You can import (or arrange for the drop-shipping of) thousands of different products for pennies on the dollar and sell them for huge mark-ups online.

Here’s what the company founder said in a recent interview:

“Our focus is on helping small- and medium-size companies make money…. It has to be ‘click and get it.’ If I can’t get it, then it’s rubbish.”

How You Can Make Money With This Internet Goldmine

One of the fastest ways to hit the ground running and start making money with this site is to understand which products are already moving quickly. The next step is to determine which aspect of importing and exporting works best for you.

My focus today is on importing products that have the greatest demand and reselling them on the Internet for profits of 100 percent, 200 percent, 300 percent, or more.

The best way to find out which products are in demand is to review the “hot products” section on Google Product Search (under the Shopping tab on Google’s home page). There you will see a list of items recently searched for — and purchased — by consumers. Other resources for identifying hot products include eBay, Yahoo! Shopping, Amazon.com, Overstock.com, and Newegg.com.

And don’t forget our old friend Mr. Walmart. Whatever products you see listed on the main page of Walmart’s website are probably selling like hotcakes.

(As you’re probably aware, most of the products for sale at Walmart are imported… from China.)

The site I’m introducing you to today provides a marketplace for — and facilitates the buying and selling of — products like those. You will meet qualified buyers and sellers and reach agreements on pricing, delivery, insurance, and even storage (if necessary).

The profit potential of selling imported products on the Internet is staggering. And when you stick with products you can move quickly, you don’t have to worry about carrying a large inventory and keeping your shelves stocked. (In some cases, you have to purchase them in bulk — but not always.)

Start out small and grow from there.

There are hundreds of ways (and places) to sell products on the Internet. The easiest (and least expensive) way is on sites like eBay and Amazon.com.

When you sell on these sites, you don’t even need your own website. (Most entrepreneurs miss this crucial point.) So don’t get all tied up in knots trying to design the “perfect” site before you get started in this business.

All you have to do is list your products on one or all of these online marketplaces. You can customize your listings so they stand out. You can even feature your products on the front page of these high-traffic sites for a small fee.

You can always open an online store once you get going. An online store would enable you to offer hundreds of items on one website. And by including a simple search feature, your customers will be able to find the products they’re looking for quickly.

Having an online store may be more involved than just listing your products on eBay and Amazon.com. But don’t let the technical aspects scare you away. Opening an online store is super-easy! I opened one on eBay in less than 30 minutes.

Believe me when I tell you that you can do it.

Fast-Start Tip

Go to Google Product Search, Amazon.com, Yahoo! Shopping, and eBay. Make a list of the top 10 bestselling products. This will give you an idea of the size and scope of this huge market.

Then check out my China Wholesale Secret Alliance to get all the details on the Internet Goldmine and how to start your own import/export business online with very little start-up cash. I also give you tips and tactics for finding and negotiating with manufacturers using this site, marketing your business on the Internet, and much more. Check it out here.

[Ed. Note: Marc Charles is often referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities." He is a regular contributor to Early to Rise and The Liberty Street Letter. He's written dozens of bestselling e-books, courses, and special reports on business and moneymaking opportunities. He recently launched the China Wholesale Secret Alliance.]

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How to Profit From a Web-Based Business Phenomenon

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How to Profit From a Web-Based Business Phenomenon
by Marc Charles


I was amazed when I saw the numbers for Kevin Hickey’s Web-based business.

I’ve reviewed, dissected, advised, and researched hundreds of businesses over the last 30 years or so… and Kevin’s stood out.

I’m hoping you’ll grab something from Kevin’s story and apply it to your life or business… so you can “cash in” like he did.

Here’s the deal…

Kevin Hickey and his wife Lisa started an online business from their basement in January 2001 by importing and selling flags.

Today, their company is listed as a Top 500 Online Retailer… and they make a ton of money on their terms.

Kevin and Lisa started their business on a very limited budget.

They needed to obtain flags and flag cases as inexpensively as possible.

Then, they discovered a secret used by the largest retailer in the world, Walmart.

And once they did… and applied that secret to their business… Online Stores, Inc. grew from $1 million in revenue in 2002 to more than $25 million last year!

But get this…

When I asked Kevin if the recession had rained on his parade, he said “What recession? Our sales are up 20 percent and we’re making more money than ever.”

Think about this for a second…

January 2001: A business launched from a basement, with a limited budget and zero revenue.
December 2009: A $25 million year comes to a close, earning a spot as a Top 500 Online Retailer.

And get this…

Kevin and Lisa used the secret to build their business and keep thousands of people safe and healthy during last year’s swine flu outbreak.

Here’s what happened.

At the time, U.S. suppliers were sold out of blue surgical facemasks — the ones that people at risk were using to protect themselves from the virus.

So Kevin contacted 200 suppliers through a special website (I’ll tell you about this powerful website in a second) to see if the masks were available in another country.
And then, they applied the “secret”…

As a result, four suppliers shipped them 250,000 facemasks… at dirt-cheap prices.
The surgical masks sold out the day they arrived!

Kevin’s company made a quick $40,000 profit.

Today, Kevin’s business handles more than 10,000 products on its websites. It has become a major force in the e-commerce market. And it’s expanding at an incredible rate.

The “secret” used by the largest retailer in the world, and thousands of other companies and entrepreneurs like Kevin, is to “import” products at deep discounts and resell them for huge profits.

Most people know how importing and exporting works.

But most people haven’t been able to break into this business, make reputable, trustworthy contacts… and have an easy way to resell the products.

Until now.

I’ve developed a system that can help anyone launch an import-export business quickly and easily.

I’ll tell you how to learn more about the system at the end of this article. But first, I’ll let you in on part of the “secret” behind it.

It’s a website that levels the playing field — in a big way — for entrepreneurs and businesses engaged in the import and export market. Hundreds of people have tried to develop similar sites, but this one nailed it!

I guess multibillionaire George Soros saw the value of this site because he recently dumped a pile of cash into it.

But don’t worry…

You don’t have to be a multibillionaire or multinational company to benefit from this site. It is committed to helping small to medium-sized importers succeed.

Thousands of entrepreneurs from around the world — like Kevin and Lisa Hickey — discovered the benefits of this Web-based business phenomena and started importing products quickly and easily.

If a business like this interests you, my China Wholesale Trader program may be a perfect fit.
[Ed. Note: Marc Charles is often referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities." He is a regular contributor to Early to Rise and The Liberty Street Letter. He's written dozens of bestselling e-books, courses, and special reports on business and moneymaking opportunities. He recently launched the China Wholesale Trader.]

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

How I Rebounded From a Total Loss

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How I Rebounded From a Total Loss
by Marc Charles

I’ve had my share of failures in life and in business — but nothing like this.

My home in Owls Head, Maine was recently hit by lightning, which caused a fire that practically burned the place to the ground.

My wife and kids got out safely, as did our pets — but we lost almost everything in the house.
This article is about how I rebounded from that loss

Two days after the fire, I was standing in the basement with BG, the senior adjuster from my insurance company, and JD, a general contractor.

BG referred to my wife and three kids (he actually remembered their names) with great care and concern for our situation.

I consider myself a fairly strong, self-sufficient, street-smart kind of guy. I hold up pretty well under pressure. But the fire stripped away my facade. I looked at the devastation and just cried.
The two guys stood there quietly… not sure what to say.

BG finally looked at me and said, “Marc, we’re going to make this right for you. I’m saying this as a man, not as an insurance adjuster.”

JD added, “I’ve rebuilt more than 40 homes destroyed by fire. When I’m done… if you allow me to do the work… you won’t smell or see any sign of the fire. I promise.”

The men followed me outside. BG patted me on the back and said, Maybe you can stay at a resort or something with your family for a few days. Have some fun. And don’t worry about what this is going to cost. You’re covered.”

One of the first steps in my rebound came when I saw how men can rise to greatness when they’re moved by genuine compassion. BG and JD broke out of their “bureaucratic shells” and took my ordeal personally.

The rebound continued when I realized the fire wasn’t a “total” loss. My family is alive and no one was physically injured.

In other words, when I looked at the reality of the situation, and not how I felt about it, the rain clouds parted.

And a good laugh didn’t hurt!

Four days after the fire, I was sitting with my family at a park by the ocean, eating lunch. Everyone was quiet. No one talked about the fire or all of the “stuff” we were going to have to replace.

All of a sudden, we heard a noise. We looked up and spotted two snow white poodles about 20 feet from our picnic table… doing the dirty deed!

My two youngest kids started laughing so hard they fell to the ground! My wife was laughing to tears, and my 18-year-old was trying to control himself long enough to get a snapshot on his iPhone.

The fact that we were able to laugh like this… I knew deep in my soul the rebound was in full swing.

I’ve seen firsthand how, as the Book of Proverbs tells us, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

In the aftermath of our loss, I’ve tried to keep my heart merry. I haven’t allowed the circumstances, anger, or bewilderment to steal my cheerfulness. And that has helped me rebound.

We’re often told to “take the time to tell people you love them.” That’s good advice even when you’re not faced with a tragedy. But doing it more now than I ever did it before… that’s another thing that’s helped me rebound.

In fact, my kids are getting annoyed because I’m kissing them so much and telling them I love them. My daughter said, “Okay, Dad, we get it.”

It’s been a few weeks since the fire. We’re finally over the initial shock, and we’re ready to rebuild.

As a side note, the first time we built this house, it was a family affair. I played general contractor, and the kids watched it go up, every step of the way. So they have their hearts invested in it too.

Anyway, we’re moving forward — and we’re making some changes to the original design of the house. We now have an opportunity to correct some annoying mistakes we made the first time around.

Here’s the takeaway on this…

In the midst of a serious loss, it was good to “tip my hat” to the reality of the situation and not focus on the emotions associated with it.

It was good to keep reminding myself to be thankful for what I have… and my wife and kids was a good place to start.

It doesn’t hurt to laugh either.

A final note: I want to wholeheartedly thank all the Early to Risers who sent me e-mails after hearing about the fire. You have touched my heart in ways you’ll never know. I hope to see all of you at ETR’s Info-Marketing Bootcamp in November.


[Ed. Note: Marc Charles is often referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities." He has launched more than 40 successful businesses over past 22 years (and advised on many more). One business (ad rep agency) produced more than $6 million in sales in 36 months with a start-up budget of less than $2000.

Marc is a regular contributor to Early to Rise and The Liberty Street Letter, ETR’s premium wealth building newsletter. He's written dozens of bestselling e-books, courses, and special reports on business and moneymaking opportunities. He recently launched the China Wholesale Trader, a guide to starting an Internet-based import-export business.]