Archive for December, 2011

Finding Great Freelancers

There are so many places where you can hire freelancers, that it may be confusing. Where you go will depend on what it is you need done. Forums are one great place to find freelancers. The Internet is teeming with freelancers who need work and are willing to work at great prices for the members.

Hiring people through forums has the added benefit of being a place where you can look around to see a person’s reputation before you hire them. You can search the forum for their name to see if anything negative has been said about them, and to see if any positive remarks have been made.

You can also make a post on a forum and ask for recommendations. You can post something like, “I’m looking for a good graphics designer who works quickly and charges a fair price. Who do you recommend?” You’ll probably get a number of recommendations, as well as a few private messages from freelancers who want to work for you.

Elance is a very popular freelance website. You can look through a number of different freelancers‘ portfolios, and you can also see their feedback. People with high feedback and very few negatives are less likely to do a bad job than others might be.

You can also post a bid request and have freelancers bid for your job. You can get a variety of prices and freelancers to choose from, but don’t automatically choose the lowest price. Lower priced freelancers are sometimes cheap because they’re less experienced.

That’s not always the case, though! Sometimes they’re cheap because they’re new to the site and they need to build a reputation. Rent-a-coder is another popular freelancing site. They’re popular for being a place to find programmers, but they don’t only have programmers available.

You can also find writers and graphics designers there, and sometimes people who will do things like site submissions and other administrative tasks. Perhaps the best way to find a good freelancer is to ask for referrals from friends and acquaintances you’ve met while networking.

If you’re really worried about the financial part of outsourcing, you could go through a site like They let you make a deposit for the job, and they tell the freelancer that you’ve paid. Then the freelancer can being work, knowing the money has already been funded.

Once you’re happy with the work, you can tell and they’ll release the funds to the freelancer.

By using one of the more reputable outsourcing companies and checking references and feedback, you stand the best chance at finding a good freelancer that works at a reasonable price and will do a great job.

Watch for another marketing tip real soon, and good luck with your online marketing efforts in the New Year!

To your online success,

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Creating Profits With Your Own List

List Building List building is a cornerstone of any online business. You might have even heard or read that “the money is in the list.” First of all, let’s answer the question, “What exactly is a list?”

A list in Internet marketing terms is a database of your prospects and their contact information. If you have a product or promote products and I sign up for your list knowing that you might promote to me, then I’m a prospect that you can now market to repeatedly, with my permission, until I unsubscribe.

So why is building a list so important? Let’s say you start off as an affiliate marketer. You find a niche to promote to and you start working what you’ve learned into some traffic for your affiliate links.

Over a period of 30 days, imagine that you funnel 5,000 prospects from the Internet who are interested in your niche straight through your affiliate link to the product owner’s site.

To continue our example, let’s say that some of them even buy the product you are promoting. If you’ve made a 50% commission with a 2% conversion rate, for example, that means 2 out of every 100 people you sent bought the product, and your share was $26.00 (as an example). That would mean you earned a cool $2,600 this month – good for you!

But you’re leaving money on the table. Those 100 people who bought from your 5,000 clicks? They’re now on the product owner’s list, not yours. So what he’s going to do is send them more offers over the coming weeks.

After all, they are proven buyers. Over the next 30 days, those buyers fork over some more money for products that complement the original one they bought. That money goes to the product owner, not you – because you passed on building a list the first time around.

A better way to build an Internet marketing business is to start with a list from day one. Before you let a single person slip through your link without capturing their name and email address, have your system set up to build a list.

You can have unlimited lists for different niches using a simple tool, called an autoresponder. Every day you can log in and see how many people have signed up, and you can create automated messages that get sent out to help convert your list into more sales.

Why should the product owner get to cash in on that person again and again when you’re the one who brought him the customer in the first place? Stake your claim to each prospect and leverage your relationship with him or her for future sales and commissions.

Watch for another marketing tip real soon, and good luck with your online marketing efforts!

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