This is also true for building email lists. In the past, I have shared how a contest helps you to create readership & Vijay has shared some vital information on making your contest viral. If you are already a regular reader of ShoutMeLoud, you must be aware of the various giveaways I run to help our community start blogging. Most of our giveaways are related to hosting, domain names, WordPress themes, online courses & some other stuff which makes it easier for anyone to start & grow their online business. If you understand the importance of giveaways (maybe from reading earlier posts of ShoutMeLoud), let’s talk about a tool called Gleam which makes it easier for you to run your first contest. If you are wondering what kind of prizes you should offer for your giveaway, here is a detailed guide to help you. Before using Gleam to run giveaways here at ShoutMeLoud, I have also used Kingsumo which is another useful tool to … [Read more...] about How To Run A Giveaway On Your Blog Using Gleam & Grow Your Readership
Running a business online
You might be doing everything wrong then! Most bloggers (especially the new bloggers) consider blogging as fun, not as a business. This is the reason they miserably fail to build a successful blog. They don’t see any results as they expected on their blogs because their lack of dedication, hard work and consistency. When you take blogging as fun, you will never focus on seriously taking it to the next level or to make your blog a BRAND like ShoutMeLoud. There are many examples of the successful bloggers who considered blogging as a business, such as Harsh Agarwal, Darren Rowse, Brian Clark, John Chow and the list goes on and on and on. Reasons to consider blogging as a business When you consider blogging as a business, you will certainly put serious efforts in making it successful. Remember that, your blog will succeed only when you know what you are talking about, and when your efforts are serious enough to build a great blog. Here are few reasons to consider blogging as a REAL … [Read more...] about Why Should You Consider Blogging As A Business?
The Internet is one of the best places to get your business to stand out from the crowd, but it is also one of the most competitive. This is why pay per click advertising is one of the most important online marketing tools available to any business owner. It is the fastest way of making your business popular and lucrative online. If you own a sportswear store in the center of town, you might be competing with other sportswear stores in the area. However, when online, your sportswear store might have to go into competition with sportswear stores across the country, the continent, or maybe even the world. Learning how to stand out online via PPC advertising is an incredibly important lesson for all business owners in the 21st Century and the rest of this article aims to explain a number of fundamental actions you can take in order to achieve pay per click success and generate a healthy return on investment every month. How to make most out of PPC Advertising for Better result: 1. … [Read more...] about How to Make A Business Stand Out via Pay Per Click Advertising
If you run a business solely online, you may think you should be advertising and otherwise to the online community as well. That could very well be a mistake. The Internet is a huge beast, and most businesses – eespecially small ones – are merely fleas. To stand out, you have to be doing something so innovative and spectacular that it can seem daunting to even begin. But have you thought about the offline world? In your community, your company may be the only one doing what you’re offering to do. So it’s important not to only advertise your company online, but also in the offline world. The return on investment may very well surprise you. Avoid direct mail and billboards, even though they may seem like a great idea because more eyes will land on your ads. They’re too risky – and cost too much when there are so many other free options. Here are a few free ideas to get you started. 3 Easy Ways for Offline promotion of Online business: Join Your Local … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Promote Online Business in the Offline World
Here I’m highlighting some tips which you should work on before starting a business online. In particular, for bloggers, these tips will really help create a blog which will not be just another blog. Some of you may be surprised to learn that blogging is a business, and you can apply all of the business “tricks” to your blog. Now, I’m not saying you need to join a top MBA institute to learn the basics of business, but if you apply some discipline to your blogging, it can very easily turn a profit in a short amount of time. Before I start sharing these tips, depending on your business model, you should decide if you wish to create a branded blog like ShoutMeLoud, or if you wish to create a quick, money-making blog. Identifying this will help you a lot when you get into the saturation period. Planning is very important for any business. If you are blogging day and night without any substantial planning, then don’t expect anything big to come from your work. … [Read more...] about Checklist For Starting An Online Website For Business