Did you get a chance to see the latest offering from Google?
This is called SideWiki.
After the first 2 – 3 days of using it I feel that it is inspired by the latest phenomenon on the internet – Micro Blogging.
Twitter is today the hottest topic on the internet and it has redefined what Micro Blogging is. But with its extensive publicity and usage, Twitter has become more of a spamming tool than anything else. By this I do not mean that it has become a complete waste of time. Though most of the messages that you get at Twitter are more of spam, there are quite a few informative messages as well. There are also a lot of people and Organizations that are doing a lot of business through Twitter. (Check out Dell’s Sales Figures)
In the days to come, SideWiki is going to another such talking point.
What is SideWiki?
This is how Google explains everything about SideWiki -
Google Sidewiki is a browser sidebar that enables you to contribute and read helpful information alongside any web page. It is available as a feature in Google Toolbar.
You can read more about it here at Google help pages.
I was pretty excited with this new tool from Google. In a layman’s language, SideWiki is a tool that gives you an option of writing about any website that you are browsing, or, any specific content on the pages that you are browsing.
If you are wondering how this will help you, then let me tell you that I too was thinking on the same lines when I first saw this. After a bit of playing around with it, I could figure out a few very helpful things with this.
Voicing your opinion -
Quite often we come across websites that you feel like leaving a feedback on. But a lot of these websites do not give you an option of doing this. If this is a blog and the feedback or, comment that you want to post is negative, then be prepared to be moderated out by the blogger. In all such situations, you are frustrated at the fact that you cannot write that feedback or, comment and neither are you able to share it with your friends and other like-minded readers.
SideWiki now resolves this problem for you. Now you can write anything that you want about any website that you are reading or, for that matter any part of the content in the website.
Easy sharing of your comments -
A lot of times after I had commented on a blog or, a website, I have felt the need to post that same comment onto my Twitter account. I have always wanted to share the information with others. But there was no option for that. After I started using SideWiki, I got to see that this tool gave me and option of sharing the comment that I had written, with my Twitter friends, Facebook friends etc. It was a one click sharing and I loved it.
SideWiki was an interesting change for me. I loved the new tool from Google and am still researching more and more useful things with it.
You can check it out if you have installed the latest toolbar from Google.
Don’t forget to leave your comments about this new tool.
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“The Money is in the list” is a useless and worthless statement.
This statement has been professed by the Internet Marketing Gurus over the past so many years and every newbie internet marketer jumping onto the “make money online” bandwagon comes in with a subscription to an autoresponder and a squeeze page, hoping that people will come and sign up at this squeeze page and he will straight away start making lots and lots of money online.
I have seen only a handful of them succeed online. The rest simple fade away from the internet and go back to their 9-5 treadmills with the belief that Internet Marketing and Email marketing does not work.
My beginning too was like this. When I started internet marketing I did not have too much of money to invest. In fact the only reason why I started the Internet Marketing business was because it was the only low investment option that I had. I was desperate for success and had my plans in place. I bought my domains and a hosting account. I was left with just enough money to buy and autoresponder account and start off with my internet marketing business. I shopped around to find a low cost auto responder and based on the numerous reviews that I read, I signed up with an auto responder company and set up my squeeze page. I started writing articles like crazy under different pen names and directed all of the traffic coming from it to my squeeze page.
Until this, for all of you who would have read about the internet marketing tips written by the Gurus, I am absolutely on track. Ain’t I?
I started getting a trickle of traffic to my squeeze page and after about 43 days of tweaking and analysis, I got my first subscriber. I was happy. Slowly traffic increased and my subscriber sign-up also went up. I was even more happier. When I had about 100 subscribers in my auto responder account, I decided it was time to set up my auto responder series. I set up my auto responder series and the mails started going out. By the time the 4th email had gone out ( that was after the 10th day of the first email), I found that I had about 79 subscribers in my account including the ones who had joined newly. I assumed the rest had un-subscribed from my subscription list. I was zapped. I had no clue why they opted out. My auto responder company had no statistics which could give me a clear picture of what was happening. Everything was working on assumptions. I inferred that the subscribers might not have been prospective buyers and consequently they unsubscribed.
It went on for a few months and I kept getting subscribers and a lot people unsubscribed as well. Since the number of unsubscribers were much more than the subscribers that I acquired, my subscriber list never really grew sharply. I was still content with the results. In the meantime there were a few sales that I got, but since I had no ways of checking if the sales were from my auto responder emails, I had no clue where they came from. My auto responder emails had grown over a period of time. Since my auto responder account gave me an option of creating only a limited number of lists, I had to manage multiple offers and websites with the same list. Everything was still working fine for me, but there was one challenge that I faced. I used to receive adhoc offers to promote certain products that were not there in my list but still sounded lucrative. I wanted to send out a few emails but I had no choice to send them out instantly. I had to set them up in my series and had to wait until those emails would go out. I was still satisfied with my auto responder and the results (though there was nothing to be called results except that I had earned about $4873.00 in about 6 months) –
Then came that eventful day in March when everything changed. If you are expecting a fairytale end to the long and dragging story that I composed above, then that was not what it was. In the morning of that day I tried to log in to my auto responder account and I saw a “temporarily unavailable due to maintenance” message. While I was checking my email account, I found a mail from the auroresponder service providers that they were upgrading and that hey would be unavailable for about 12 hours. I was happy and knew there was some pleasant changes going to happen. After about 14 hours I tried logging and found the same message. I was a little annoyed. I decided I will try the next. The next day when I tried logging in, the message was still the same. I was frustrated. I wrote to their support as there was no support phone # to call. I received no response and the status remained the same. That was the last glimpse that I saw of my auto responder account. Since then whenever I try to login to my account I see a page mentioning, “this domain is up for sale”. After 6 months of list building I found that my list was gone and I was back to square one.
Does that seem to be your story? It might be the story of a lot of us.
That made me infer, that list building and email marketing cannot make me any money……If I do the wrong things.
Everything about list building does not end at the term “List Building”. There is a lot more to it that meets the eye. You need to do a lot of things right and avoid quite a few common mistakes in order for your list to produce money.
These series of posts will be about list-building and everything that your need to do right in order to benefit from it.
Let’s start with the most important thing here.
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I am a regular visitor and user of Google Trends. Google Trends is a place I often find useful information and valuable niche information to promote my products. But as the wise men says, “You never really learn anything completely. There is always something more to learn”.
This was precisely what I experienced today. I was browsing through the latest trends at Google and was unable to find anything worthwhile. As I browsed through the various news and stories, I was particularly attracted towards a news that was “hot”. It was about some spiral lights that appeared in the skies in Norway which people were guessing as to what it could be. Some called it a UFO, yet others called it a gimmick and there were few others who blamed Russia’s failed missile launches etc. The news was hot and I was particularly interested in the news because of the UFO angle to it.
I browsed a few sites that had the details of the news about this phenomenon and though of writing a blog post in my personal blog at http://www.apoeticexpression.com. There was no particular intention behind the post. I wrote the post and submitted it.
In the evening when I checked the stats at the blog, I was amazed to see that there were 140% more hits that I had ever received in the blog. My blog post was being ranked in Google’s latest blog updates and there was even a digg submission. I was surprised at the results.
At this point, I felt bad that I did not monetize the traffic that I had received. I could have picked some CPA offers which was relevant and could have easily monetized the traffic that I had received in the day. After all it was free traffic.
The lesson that I learnt -
This experience taught me a few lessons – “Never underestimate the power of Trends” and “Always keep your eyes on monetization, for you never know what could earn you a few bucks”.
Google Trends is a powerful tool. If you know how to make the best use of it, you can surely earn a few bucks. But more importantly, what you should keep in mind is the fact that it is easy to sell based on Hot Trends. The society sets a trend for itself and this trend is what people are searching for. As more and more people start following it, it becomes an even hotter trend, thus prompting more people to pursue it.
If you are able to identify the trend and push products that in some way are in line with the trends, the likelihood of your product being accepted and your sales surging is much higher because people are searching for it.
The trend that you see in Google Trends could be for weird terms, that might not have any resemblance or, relevance to the business that you are doing, but they are what people are searching for. Your success will depend upon how you relate these trends to a product that you want to promote and then push it through to the people who are searching for this information.
I was particularly impressed with Micro Niche Finder, because it had a feature that no other keyword research tool has today. Micro Niche Finder has an option of returning searches based on Google Trends. All you need to do is hit a button and the first 100 results from Google Trends are there. Then you can just click on any particular keyword that interests you and you can find a few relevant CPA offers that you can promote. What more can one expect from a keyword research tool?
I regret the fact that I did not utilize this excellent tool to monetize an unbelievable flow of traffic that I got from a keyword that I thought was irrelevant.