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  };-)

 

 

There’s No Such Thing as FREE Traffic!

not-free-150x150The quick rise of Internet Marketing and the ease with which it can help aspiring marketers and entrepreneurs create successful businesses are well-known by most people today, and represent a wonderful opportunity.

However, this vertiginous rise has also created a lot of misconceptions and unrealistic expectations that end up hurting a lot of people who attempt to join this industry.

The more I talk to people who are interested in this industry, the more I realize that the fallacy of “free traffic” is one of the main misconceptions that abound out there in relation to online marketing, and I will explain why…

A lot of people thinking about becoming online marketers believe that free techniques like blogging, article marketing, and search engine optimization (SEO) will be enough to put their online business on the map and make it successful, without any kind of financial expenditure. This is part of the “something-for-nothing” mindset that the idea of online marketing seems to inspire in many prospective online entrepreneurs today.

While those free techniques do work if properly and consistently implemented, people don’t realize that they usually take a considerable amount of time to render significant results, (the kind of results that would allow a person to replace their income and quit their J-O-B’s). People may not spend money on these techniques, but they are paying in other ways that in my humble opinion are more detrimental than just spending money.

Time is a precious asset that is in many ways more valuable than money. By choosing to invest time rather than money in their online business, people make the uninformed decision to give up their ability to control the rate at which their business grows, and the potential volume that it can reach.

Free marketing techniques do not offer marketers the chance to control what happens to their business, but they do take a lot of time and effort to be crafted and implemented. You can’t control the way in which your article will circulate or how and why it will get linked once it is out in cyberspace, (in other words, you have no way of controlling or even influencing the amount of visitors you will get from that effort).

By the same token, your blog could well sit forever in your hosting account and attract the occasional visitor now and then, (unless you have thousands of uniquely crafted articles that have been published for years, and graced by the magnanimous mercy of Google and Yahoo, which is becoming ever more scarce and rare).

Even if you do start getting decent traffic at some point doing this, (which is unlikely), your investment in time and effort will have been VERY considerable.

In short, if you insist on using free traffic methods all you are doing is working a lot and investing a whole lot of precious time, just so you can end up waiting years for the traffic to show up on its own, (and to be honest with you, it almost never does).

The little traffic that you may manage to get in this situation is not really free, is it? You might have saved money, but your opportunity cost in time and sweat equity will horribly trump the marginal monetary gains you may achieve after having to wait forever for them.

In contrast to free traffic techniques, paid traffic offers online marketers the opportunity to exercise almost complete control over what happens in their business. It also offers the marketer the opportunity to scale up once a winning formula for high return on investment has been found…Free traffic techniques offer no such thing.

Money loves speed, and by using paid traffic even at a very small scale you can find out quickly if your efforts are going in the right direction of if they aren’t. Paid traffic methods provide the speed that money needs in order to decide which way it is going to go!

Like my grandmother used to say, you get what you pay for, and the things you get for free very often end up not being very useful. That principle applies to online marketing perfectly where traffic generation methods are concerned.

Do you want to work hard for years only so you can achieve marginal results very slowly, or do you want to boost your online business and create almost instantaneous cash flow and profits?

What is Pay-Per-View Marketing, (PPV)?

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To understand what Pay-Per-View marketing is, first we must quickly review the paid advertising methods that are available to you as an Internet marketer.

There are two types of paid advertising that you can use to promote your online business: Fixed-Cost Advertising and Performance-Based Advertising.

An example of Fixed-Cost Advertising consists on you paying a set fee to display your banner ad or link on a website and hoping that many people see it. It can be effective if you have a sizable advertising budget and if you are more interested in building your brand recognition than in achieving sales. This type of advertising is usually directed to the public at large, without any concerns for targeting a very specific audience.

On the other hand, Performance-Based Advertising consists on you paying for the actions that people take to view your ad and visit your website. It is almost always very targeted to a very specific audience, and you can start using it even if you don’t have a sizable advertising budget. Pay-Per-View marketing belongs in this category, along with Pay-Per-Click.

As you probably already know, Pay-Per-Click is a type of marketing where you use keywords to get people using search engines like Google and Yahoo to click on your ads, and then you pay a fee for each click depending on the keyword. That is a form of Performance-Based Advertising that most people wanting to promote their business on the Internet are familiar with.

However, not many people are aware of the existence of Pay-Per-View marketing and the different Pay-Per-View networks that provide this service. When using Pay-Per-View marketing, you pay for each time that your ad is shown to a person that you target through the use of keywords and URL’s. In other words, you pay for each impression of your ad, (as opposed to paying for each click like in Pay-Per-Click marketing).

Pay-Per-View networks like Lead Impact, TrafficVance, MediaTraffic, and Direct CPV have tens of millions of members who have agreed to be shown advertisements matching their interests, in exchange for being able to download things like screensavers and games. You can become an advertiser on these networks and promote your business to all these millions of people, without having to put up with the inconvenient and often unreasonable hassles that expensive Pay-Per-Click platforms like Google AdWords impose on their users.

It works like this: Say you are promoting your business opportunity, and you want to use PPV marketing. You need to apply for admission into one of the PPV networks, and then research which keywords people looking for a good business opportunity would use on their web searches. When you find the keywords you think would be good, you upload them to your PPV network account and put together a campaign, (which is easy to do).

Once your campaign is running, if a user in the PPV network does a search using one of your keywords, your ad will pop up on their browser in front of them right at the moment when they are searching for what you are offering…THIS IS VERY POWERFUL!

PPV networks work on the bid system, where you bid for the keywords you want to use, and the impressions go to the highest bidder. I have run successful PPV campaigns where I only paid a penny and a half for each impression!

When used properly, PPV marketing can be a very, very affordable way to promote your offer to a very large number of targeted prospects, for a fraction of what it would cost to achieve the same results using PPC with Google or with Facebook.

For more detailed information, I invite you to watch my FREE TRAINING on how to use Pay-Per-View marketing and achieve success in your online business!

A Very Affordable SEO Solution…

linkluv-150x150If you have a website, you probably know that in order to start achieving decent rank in Google and other search engines you need backlinks, right? However, with all the changes that these search engines are constantly making to their policies and practices, it is difficult to know which backlinks will be acceptable to them and which ones won’t from one day to the next.

One type of backlink that is very safe and almost always acceptable is the one that comes from social media, because it looks like a recommendation that goes from social media users to their followers, and search engines like this type of activity A LOT. The tool I am sharing with you today will help you to obtain loads of these social media backlinks, and it is called LinkLuv.

LinkLuv is a site that enables users to share bookmarks of their favorite web documents, which is the essence of the social bookmarking practice. It incorporates the crowdsourcing principle, in that we get to benefit from the efforts of large amounts of people. The end result is that hundreds, (and even thousands), of social media users end up sharing your link on their social media accounts, generating lots of backlinks to your site.

The way it works is simple: You enter your website’s URL into the LinkLuv platform, and from there it gets shared by social media users in different networks, creating high quality backlinks to your site. Then you share other people’s links to the social media accounts the system will ask you to set up, and press the “share” button….Easy! (You can always get someone on Fiverr to take care of creating your accounts for you).

If you get the free membership you will have to do all the sharing manually, (one by one), which can take a great deal of time. However, if you get a paid membership everything is done for you, pretty much on auto-pilot mode. For $10 per month you can start using the auto-pilot version of the system, and set it to create backlinks for you while you sleep!

The system will provide you with a list of all the backlinks if you need it and all is done in the Cloud, meaning that you will not have to download anything to your computer. Customer support is excellent with this service, and if you’re sharing your own content there is an integrated Spinner within the system, to make sure that your content is unique every time it gets shared. That feature in itself is worth the price, if you ask me.

SEO becomes a lot easier with systems like LinkLuv…Do yourself a favor and start using it today!

The BEST Funded Proposal System Ever!

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 the opportunity to collect 100% profits when you sell the flagship products that are part of the Mastery set-up, which is unheard of in the affiliate marketing industry, and that is just one of the four income streams that this innovative system provides. The truth is that you could start making good money promoting only this system!

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!

 

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