Welcome to my Home on the Web!

buying-a-green-home-welcome-matThis is a sticky post to thank you for visiting my website! (My blog is immediately below). This website is an ever-growing repository of information that will help you learn how to make money online.

In the different sections you will find tools, resources, and techniques that myself and many other Internet marketers use or have used successfully to make money online. You can find out more about who I am in the “Meet Rafael” section.

The Internet Marketing industry is very fluid and is constantly evolving, and I update this website accordingly in order to offer the latest information as it becomes available to me. A marketing strategy that works great today may not work at all six months from now, and if you keep up with this site you’ll be able to stay on top of changes that may affect your business and your income.

Learning how to make money online is not difficult, but requires focus, patience, and most of all, perseverance! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have, and let’s make some money!

Rafael  };-)

 

 

my-lead-system-pro-150x150Do you know what a Funded Proposal System is?

The term sounds a lot more complicated than it really is…In the course of building your online business, the majority of prospects you show your product or opportunity to will say no and walk away. That’s an undeniable fact that we all need to learn to deal with in the Home Business Internet industry.

A Funded Proposal System is nothing but a set of marketing plans and tools that you can use to profit from all those people who say “NO”…Doesn’t that sound good?

The main idea here is that you will offer those naysayers something of informational value that can help them grow their for-profit online activity, in exchange for the opportunity to expose your product or opportunity to them. Every smart online marketer must have this at their disposal in order to be able to successfully build their business.

There are several things that you will be able to accomplish by using a good Funded Proposal System:

  • You will be able to start generating immediate cash flow that will help you offset your marketing expenses and create profits. This will take off a lot of the pressure that new marketers usually experience!
  • You will be able to quickly build a list of targeted and qualified prospects that want what you have, using the system as a mechanism to sort the truly serious people from the time-wasting tire-kickers.
  • Your Funding Proposal System will act as your sales rep on the Web 24 hours per day, 365 days per year!

My FPS of choice is MyLeadSystemPro. MLSP allows me to generate more prospect leads than I can handle, and it allows me to build a relationship with those prospects on autopilot. This great system has also provided me with tons of training that allows me to brand myself as a knowledgeable and seasoned online business person.

The innovative MLSP Academy that sits in the back of the house features hundreds of hours of up-to-date training on every facet of Internet Marketing, from building your business using Social Media, to using Pay-Per-Click Marketing, to Solo Ads, and everything in between.

MLSP offers various membership levels, the most basic one starting at only $19.99 per month, (which is where you should start if you’re new to the online marketing industry). The more advanced levels offer more complete and inclusive business branding solutions, but you need to master the basics before you get there….Walk before you run!  };-)

Start using MLSP today and forget about buying expensive tire-kicker leads, forget about chasing people, and forget about having to use high-pressure selling techniques, (or selling altogether, for that matter). No rejection, no convincing anyone, no “closing”, and no headaches!

Most online marketers today face two big problems: Lack of good prospect leads, and lack of money. MLSP offers a combination of real marketing training and cutting edge tools in a single business platform that will help you eliminate these problems…It is time for you to start using the leverage offered by the Internet to build your business and make it thrive!

I absolutely HATE cold-calling! How about you?

phone-room_175x175-150x150Cold-Calling….An unfortunate term that gives rise to dreadful stress in the mind of every aspiring online marketer…I HATE IT!!

I hate nothing more than sitting in front of the phone with a list of strangers and having to call them out of the blue about my business offer! I hate it, but fortunately I was able to stop doing so a while ago thanks to MyPhoneRoom

Have you ever daydreamed about how great it would be to have professionals calling prospects for you and presenting them with your program, so that by the time you talk to the prospect he/she is already excited and anxious to learn more about how to join up? Daydream no more! This is exactly what MyPhoneRoom can do for you…

I’ve been using this service for a while now, and it has made a huge difference for me. I no longer have to cold-call strangers on the phone…Now interested prospects call me to ask questions about how they can join me in my business! The professionals at MyPhoneRoom present themselves to my prospective customers as “my team”, and help me achieve an image of credibility and stability that usually only big organizations can achieve.

If you desire to achieve success in the online network marketing arena, you have to do yourself a favor and look into making this awesome marketing tool work for you! CLICK HERE!

A Chain Is Only As Strong As Its Weakest Link!

broken-link4-150x150A chain is only as strong as its weakest link…This is something I learned while serving in the United States Army. A team is only as strong as its weakest member. This is a truism where military operations are concerned, and it is a truism of life as well.

Any organization or team that doesn’t acknowledge this is destined for failure, because weakness in the structure undermines every part of it.

If you’re going to seek financial independence in the Internet marketing arena, you need to do so as a member of a team that will see to it that you have the knowledge and the tools needed for success. You need to be part of a team that will motivate you and remind you of why you chose to this in the first place when your drive starts lacking, and it will. It happens to all of us, and we all need that gentle push every now and again.

Join my team and you will learn how to make money using the Internet from home…You will have access to the same automated tools I use, which allow me to make money without selling and without convincing anyone to do anything. As a member of my team you will have access to the training and techniques that will allow you to finally put the rat race behind and stop trading time for money!

There is nothing like being able to control your time the way you see fit, without having to answer to a boss who does not have your best interests at heart…Join me and fire your boss!

Happy New Year!!

2014-new-year-resolutionsResolution time, Folks! If your New Year’s resolution is to make money you are in luck, because the best time to join the Home-Based Business Industry is between January 1st and May 1st of every year, (the holiday season is great too, but the January to May time frame is when most people that are seriously looking to make money from home decide to act!).

In this website you will find all the elements you will need in order to go into business for yourself and finally fire your boss, and say goodbye to trading your time and life in exchange for just enough money to get by. Make this the year when you take control of your life!

Here you will find several income-generating alternatives that are easy to implement, along with the marketing resources you will need to really put your business on the road to success, (check out the “My Business Set Up” and “Toolbox” pages for all the info).

The combination of the different business programs featured in this website with new powerful marketing options like MyPhoneRoom.com represents a magnificent opportunity for you to build the future you have dreamed of for yourself and your loved ones, but you have to act!

Seize the day and stop procrastinating! I am ready, willing, and able to actively assist you and help you achieve your goals, but you have to make the first move…Study the options presented here, and get in touch with me with any questions you may have.

Let’s hit the ground running right now, and make 2014 the year when everything changes!

Fiverr: Outsourcing the Easy Way!

profile_240397469_75sq_1350790316I have learned quite a bit about the technical side of Internet marketing in the past few years…Any prospective Internet marketer who wants to be successful has to! However, there are things that I need to get done from time to time that are just a bit too far from my level of skill. When that happens, I usually turn to Fiverr for help!

Fiverr is a website where you can find qualified people that will do all kinds of Internet marketing-related things for only $5. They post their service offer there and you can browse to find the person that seems the better fit for the job you need done.

Do you need to have a couple of landing pages designed and uploaded to your hosting account? You’ll find someone who can do that for you on Fiverr. Do you need to have someone design a nice Facebook page cover for you? You’ll find them on Fiverr. Do you need to find someone who can design an attractive banner ad for your website? You can find that person on Fiverr. Fiverr is really a great alternative for the budget-conscious Internet entrepreneur who needs to find quality services at affordable prices.

As always, you do have to shop around and do your due diligence in order to separate the quality service providers from the flash-in-the-pan opportunists who just want to make a quick buck and disappear. In order to help you do that, Fiverr has a rating system that shows how many jobs each service provider has performed and how many stars he/she received as a reward. Normally you will want to go with the provider who has the most stars and the highest ratings, because that shows they are trust-worthy and competent.

I’ve only mentioned the technical services you can find on the website, but there are also providers that deal with marketing, writing, translation, video and animation, music, and advertising, among other things. If you need to have a logo designed for your business, or a professional video made about it, you can find a provider that will do that on Fiverr. You can even get professional actors to appear in your video or do a voice-over reading any script you give them!

You’ll find that most providers offer additional “gigs” that complement their basic $5 offer. For example, I recently had someone design a landing page for me, and he charged me an additional $10 to install it in my hosting account in less than 24 hours. I ended up paying $15 for the service, but now it is done, and it cost me only a fraction of what I would have paid outside of Fiverr to a higher-scale technician.

All you need to have in order to use Fiverr is an email address and a PayPal account, (which means you don’t even have to worry about giving your credit card information to anyone). Just use your common sense and stay away from anything that sounds too good to be true, (things like “I’ll blast your solo ad to 900 million biz opp seekers” and such). The time wasted pursuing nonsensical things like that can never be recovered, even if the amount of money you lose in the process is minimum, and time is a precious commodity!

More Changes from Google…

n-GOOGLE-HUMMINGBIRD-large570-150x150Turns out that about two months ago Google went and changed its algorithm once again, but apparently this time it did it in a much larger scale than ever before.

This latest change is being called “Hummingbird”, because, (according to Google), it made the search engine “precise and fast”. From what I’ve been able to gather so far, “Hummingbird” effectively destroyed the rankings that many business websites had been able to achieve, and also destroyed their ability to attract organic traffic, (the free traffic coming to them from Google searches). This is similar to what happened when Google introduced its “Panda” and “Penguin” changes, and it is regrettable.

In my opinion, Google’s behavior is great for the casual user that goes on the search engine to look for flower vendors or auto-parts stores close to home, but it is disastrous for Internet entrepreneurs and marketers who insist on making Google their primary platform for business and profit generation. This unfortunate trend was set in motion when Google started its selective crack-down on advertisers, and with actions like the elimination of the Google Keyword Tool. It is the reason why I have been wary of putting any reliance on Google as far as marketing decisions are concerned.

Google argues that these changes are geared towards making the platform more open and conducive to community and social networking. They say that keyword optimization is pretty much out, and that a new question-answer approach to SEO is in, (in order to satisfy the end user’s need). In fact, this means that the entire SEO approach a vast majority of webpreneurs have used until very recently has become harmful, since paid back-linking and social bookmarking are now frowned upon very badly.

So, if for some reason you insist on relying solely on Google for your online marketing efforts after this last “update”, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Concentrate on using original content, (which may be fine for some, but will not work for all due to the different types of offers out there).
  2. Make sure you have a Google+ profile, and make sure you grow it consistently.
  3. Make sure you establish an ever-increasing presence in social media that is backed up by a lot of quality content that is informational, on-topic, and timely…(If you’re not good at this you will have to hire a ghost-writer, provided you have the budget for that).

Google is by no means the only source of quality traffic on the web, and there is no reason why anyone should be at the expense of their whimsical updates and changes. There is no valid reason why marketers should be bending over backwards trying to kiss Google’s ass if they risk losing everything anyway in one swoop, due to a random update Google decides to pull out of its rear end.

Yes, Google has been the big boy on the block where traffic is concerned up to now, but if this trend keeps up that will change sooner rather than later. I believe that with all these updates they are shooting themselves in the foot, because they are putting more and more constraints on the Internet marketers and advertisers that support them…You can choke the Goose only so much before it stops laying its golden eggs!

Why You Should Use Traffic Exchanges

viral-marketing-social-media-phoenix-150x150As we all know, traffic is the fuel that drives all commercial activity on the Internet. Without traffic, even the most modern and beautifully designed website will eventually wither away and die. This is why traffic generation has to be your #1 concern as an Internet entrepreneur!

Today I want to discuss traffic exchanges as a means of traffic generation. There are thousands of them all over the web, and more are popping up every day. A lot of people put them down as useless and time-wasting, but in my experience not all of them are. The main thing you need to keep in mind when dealing with traffic exchanges is that they  should be just one more element in a much greater traffic generation strategy, and not the strategy in itself.

Traffic exchanges are just that…The basic principle at play is that if you agree to take a decent look at my website, I will take a decent look at yours. Depending on the specific traffic exchange and the offer you are promoting, this can bring good results for you. I have found attractive marketing programs and services in traffic exchanges that I use to this day with good results!

Most traffic exchanges are free to join, and many of them offer affordable options to advertise your offer to all of their members. You will generally receive a guarantee that your website will be viewed every time you view someone else’s site. The method by which traffic exchanges allow you to build up credit is called “surfing”, and consists of spending about 10 to 15 seconds on each member’s site viewing their offer. In return, your website will be placed on the viewing queue for others to visit in the same manner.

You can also earn credit by bringing others into the exchange and building a downline. When you are dealing with a good traffic exchange this can create a viral effect, and truly multiply the traffic to each website in the queue exponentially, (but again, in my experience, this doesn’t happen with every exchange, though). That’s why you have to be selective about which traffic exchanges you decide to invest time and effort in.

The important thing here is to keep in mind that the other people “surfing” the exchange are doing the same thing you are doing, which is trying to increase exposure to their offer. They will not necessarily be in buying mode at the time, and are trying to generate leads and maybe grow their mailing list with an eye on the future. That is why you should not use traffic exchanges with the intent of generating sales, (though this can happen from time to time, especially if you are promoting a traffic generation product, or a product/service that can aid other members in marketing their offers).

The traffic exchanges that I have gotten good results from and recommend are these:

  1. TopSurfer.com
  2. Traffic2Prosperity.com
  3. TrafficHoopla.com

Since more and more exchanges are coming online every day this list may eventually grow, but as of right now these are the exchanges that are working for me. I would suggest to you that spending the time setting accounts up with them is worth the effort, because in the quest for traffic generation no stone should be left unturned!

 

A Word About Mindset

5011438663_4b18a760ac_qThe world of Internet Marketing requires newcomers to learn and adopt a very special mindset that is somewhat contrary to the mindset that most outsiders have. This special mindset has to do with two main things: Accepting the fact that wealth creation invariably requires investment, and accepting the fact that loss is a very real part of the equation.

Wealth creation requires an investment in time, effort, and money. Thousands of well-meaning people come into this industry every day looking for a free, effortless, and instantaneous way to make money and create wealth, and that just does not exist. It doesn’t exist in the Internet Marketing arena, and it certainly doesn’t exist in the brick-and-mortar business world either.

Part of the reason for this is that people know that the Internet opens the door to a world of possibility, but the medium is so advanced and so revolutionary that it leads folks to believe that this possibility tends to presents itself automatically and as if by magic. It is an illusion that ends up disappointing a vast amount of people every day, and then those people become convinced that Internet Marketing is a scam, only because it didn’t work for them without any effort or investment.

The truth is that, as the old saying goes, it takes money and effort to make money. And that effort is always accompanied by the very real possibility of loss. That was true 100 hundred years ago when business giants like Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller risked losing enormous amounts of money to create the industries that propelled America into massive wealth and power, and it remains true today, in the Age of Information. The means of wealth creation may have changed, but the fundamentals are still there, and aspiring entrepreneurs ignore them at their peril.

There is no such thing as a free lunch, and nobody rides for free. There are a lot of very, VERY successful and prosperous Internet marketers who have really become millionaires by doing business online. All of them started from the ground up and risked losing money at every turn, until they acquired enough knowledge and experience to avoid the pitfalls and hit the sweet spots consistently. The learning curve is indeed steep and somewhat long in Internet Marketing, but it is not insurmountable by any means.

In order to achieve any kind of success online, you will have to adopt the mindset of prosperity as well. The sooner you accept the fact that negotiating the learning curve will cost you effort, time, and money, the more likely you will be to overcome the inertia and paralysis that usually come with inexperience and lack of knowledge.

You have to spend money to make money, and sometimes you will lose money acquiring the knowledge needed to achieve success. That comes with the territory and is part of the process.

Don’t allow unrealistic beliefs to ruin your chances, because the truth is that the people that have achieved untold success online are no better than you or me. They just adopted the prosperity mindset and liberated themselves from the mundane and defeatist attitudes that keep most people down!

7Search.com, a Fantastic Pay-Per-Click Option!

7search1-150x150If you know anything about PPC marketing, you know that Google AdWords has been the leading PPC platform for many years. If used correctly, it offers all the targeted traffic Google can possibly bring to any given website.

However, the AdWords platform has always been quite expensive to use, and the powers-that-be at Google have been making the ad approval process increasingly more restrictive and difficult. As a result, many marketers have started looking for less expensive and friendlier alternatives, (not only for the AdWords PPC platform, but for all the other advertising services Google offers). It isn’t wise to rely on Google entirely for your business income, (you should never put all of your eggs in one basket).

In the quest to find these friendlier alternatives, I came across 7Search.com, a so-called “second-tier” search engine that works almost in the same way as Google AdWords. I believe the “second-tier” label is rather unfair in relation to 7Search, because it offers a decent amount of traffic for a fraction of the price that Google AdWords charges.

The 7Search interface is way more user-friendly, and they are a great option for newbies who are just getting started with PPC marketing. The key to success with PPC is testing your keywords and your ads, and 7Search makes this affordable and easy. Once you find the specific campaign that produces results for you on 7Search, you can scale up and take it to the big PPC platforms like Bing and MSN, (but I would stay away from Google AdWords, personally).

7Search offers a very useful Keyword Suggestion Tool that will help you find the appropriate keywords to use with your offer, and their bidding system makes it easy for you to determine which keywords are working and which are not. I am running ads right now on 7Search that cost me only 10 cents per click. I used to pay up to 2 Dollars a click for the same ads on AdWords…That kind of difference in cost can really make an impact on your bottom line!

If you are new to the industry and want to try an affordable PPC option while learning how to use it, I strongly recommend going with 7Search.com!

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