Selling Information on the Internet

By far, the hottest money making trend on the Internet is selling knowledge in the form of e-books including digital audio and video. Most people use the Internet to do research, gather business intelligence, find fun things to do, indulge their hobbies or as a medium for the exchange of information via e-mail. The idea behind this new business model is to leverage this insatiable hunger for information on the web by creating and selling digital information for profit. Think of this in terms of owning an asset that you can sell to earn recurring revenue without the large capital outlay required for building your own manufacturing plant.
What are Information Products? For the purpose of this article information products can be classified into three:
1. eBooks – eBooks are electronic books you can read on your computer or your MP4 player or print out if you prefer hard copies. eBooks are instantly delivered electronically via a simple download from the Internet to the customer.
2. Audio – You can record your information using freely available software and a microphone. Audio CDs are now being delivered instantly via digital download to the customer.
3. Video – They say a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is even more powerful. Contrary to popular belief creating a video product is not difficult. Digital video cameras and the necessary software are readily available. Most video cameras now come with full instructions and the software to get this done. A well-planned video presentation may be what is needed to reach your audience.
Why Information Products?
There are several reasons why this business model has become very attractive to many aspiring entrepreneurs:
1. Low cost entry. The cost for entry is small, you can create your products, build a website, pay your hosting fees plus acquire the tools to start an effective e-mail campaign for under $500. There is probably no other business with this much potential that you can start for so little money.
2. Easy to Create. Once you have gone through the process of creating your first product, the process becomes second nature to you. You can create as many products as you wish to enable you build multiple sources of income. The technology to do this is available in the form of e-Book creation software. These specialized software will help you automate the entire process including packaging and distribution.
3. Unlimited Inventory. Once you have created a successful product, it becomes an asset that you own and control. There are no more production costs and the inventory is unlimited. You do not need to purchase additional inventory because you now own a product that cannot be depleted. Your job is to continue to market and promote your product for as long as there is demand for it.
4. No shipping and handling required. Your product is delivered automatically without any human intervention. No lost packages, no stamps and no delivery costs. The computer handles all chores and tracks the delivery of your product to your customers.
5. Immediate Payment: No receivables, thank you. Product is delivered automatically once payment is made.
6. You can work from home no long commutes necessary.
How do I get started?
Is this a quick path to riches? The answer is no. No one can promise you instant profits without work. You have to do your research on the Internet to identify the products you can sell and put together a plan of action. There are good Internet marketing companies that will literally guide you step by step if you do not want to do most of the work yourself. A question that I am often asked is how can I create useful content, I have no expertise? In my next article I will show you where to go to find paid talent to write and develop your content for you. For now let us look at a plan of action to get you started.
Action Plan
1. Build a list of 10 ideas that incorporate your areas of expertise, interests or hobbies. Example, Investing in the Financial Market, Day Trading, etc.
2. Create a list of 100 –500 keywords related to your interests, hobbies or areas of expertise. Example (currency trading, FX signals, forex training, investment strategy, trading S&P 500, emini trading, options strategy, stock trading, IRA, retirement planning, etc)
3. Now go to Yahoo Marketing (formally known as Overture) or Google AdWord and research these keywords. You want to find out how many people are looking for information using these keywords. You want a niche, so narrow down the keywords to find a sizable target group. Avoid general keywords that produce too many hits, the market is too large for you to compete in.
4. Using the results from this effort, define problems and solutions based on what people are looking for on the Internet.
5. Create or find an existing product that will address the needs that you have identified from your research.
6. Register your domain name, create a website and setup a Paypal account to handle your transactions. This is easier than it sounds. All the resources you need to accomplish this are on the web. Most good web hosting companies will provide you all the tools you need to do this yourself. You must have a website to succeed in this business, do not shortcut this step.
7. Depending on your product, eBay may complement your website. You can setup as a seller on eBay relatively easily.
8. Write a good sales letter describing your product and your unique selling proposition. Use testimonials and reduce the risk for the buyer by offering a money back guarantee.
9. Finally, believe in your plan and work your plan.
The business of selling information on the Internet is alive and well. With some research and a little bit of hard work you can create multiple streams of income by selling your products online.
Another way to get started in this business is to find someone or a company that has successfully done this and use their help to fast track your entry.  The company I use for my affiliate marketing is My Online Business Education, or MOBE.

What can Wil E. Coyote teach us about business?

RoadRunnerpersistenceDo you remember the classic Warner Brothers cartoons? Wil E. Coyote over to the left is one of my favorites.

Not because he never actually gets the Road Runner, but because he has persistence. He also has imagination when he orders his “tools” from the Acme Company. He always is thinking outside the box.

We have plenty of really effective tools to help us grow personally & as entrepreneurs. We will actually get to our dreams & goals if we just apply the same persistence and imagination as Wil E. Coyote.

If you want to see Wil E. Coyote in action, check this out on Youtube & have a good laugh click here.

Then, get back after it.

How Can I Find Time For Myself During My Busy Day?

Life is hectic. Face it. It seems like, if we’re not actively doing something, then we’re on our way to the next thing. There is laundry to do, dinner to prepare, work piling up on your desk and you’re already late for your son’s soccer practice. How in the world are you supposed to find time for yourself?
Yet at the same time you know that you will be a much better spouse, mother, friend and employee if your life is in balance and you take time to relax and rejuvenate.
Delegate
We are all limited to 24 hours in any given day. Since you can’t get extra time, you need to free up a few hours a day by delegating some of your tasks. Get the kids and your spouse to help out around the house, ask someone else to work out all the details for the church fundraiser this year, and delegate some of your simpler tasks at work to your assistant or if you own your own business, consider outsourcing.
Tackle One Thing At A Time
Multitasking is great, but sometimes you waste a lot of time trying to get 5 things done at the same time. Try focusing on one project at a time, putting your head down and getting it done before moving on to the next one. You’ll find yourself getting things done much faster without all the distractions multi-tasking can bring.
Schedule “Me” Time First
Make yourself a priority. There are always going to be at least 25 other things that you could be doing. Just ignore them for a moment and schedule time for yourself first. Get out your day planner and block out a few hours each week that are just for you. Unless there is a dire emergency, don’t reschedule.
Now that you have carved out some time for yourself, put it to good use. Take a hot bath, read a good book, or give yourself a facial. Relax before diving back into your hectic everyday life.

The SMART Way to Set Goals

Goal setting is equal parts art and science. Many people create goals that simply don’t work. If you’re in business, you don’t have the luxury of creating goals that don’t work. You need to work effectively and you need goals you help you do it.
Here is a great way to create good goals that work… that keep you on track. They’re called SMART goals and the acronym SMART will help you to remember the things that each goal needs to be:
* Specific: Your goal needs to be stated in a way that is clearly defined. Saying, I should work more, is not a goal that will be kept. However, saying, I am going to work a total of 8 hours each day, is a goal that is much clearer and specific.
* Measurable: This is closely related to the above attribute except that it also includes a way to make sure you are on track. A goal that says, I want to make more money, isn’t measurable. However, a goal that says, I want to earn $6000/month, is a far more measurable goal. It’s easy to see, at the end of the month, whether or not you achieved it.
* Actionable: This means that your goal should be something that you need to do yourself in order to accomplish it. If you want to increase your income this year, it’s not realistic to say, I’m going to win the lottery this year, because you have no control over whether you will win the lottery or not. However you might say, I’m going to increase my sales efforts by cold calling 10 people each day, which is something you can take action on yourself.
* Realistic: Goals that are actually achievable are much better and far more motivating. You’ll feel better about yourself when you do hit goals than if constantly shoot for them and fall short. Realistic goals should not be so easy that you hit them every single time but should not be so hard that you never reach them at all.
* Time-oriented: Similar to the measurable attribute, your goal should have a timeframe for you to accomplish it in. Deadlines help people achieve their goals. If you anchor your goal to a time, you’ll be able to watch your progress.
You can remember this with the acronym, SMART, so that when you’re creating goals, you can create better goals for yourself. This is a popular goal-setting acronym in business, although occasionally the words are changed slightly to reflect the needs of the business.