Thursday, December 20, 2007


Are you using Craigslist to advertise for your home business? If so you are not going to achieve the results you are looking for. Yes Craigslist does have an Alexa ranking of 8 and yes Craigslist does get boat loads of traffic to it's site. But advertising on Craigslist is not worth your time and if you are paying 25 bucks to advertise in certain cities, I will show you why it is not worth your money. With that being said if you are going to post your home business ads on free classified ad sites, Craigslist is the best. You shouldn't even bother to post to any other free classified ad sites besides Craigslist, that is if you are going to post on free classified ad sites. There are many other ways to effectively market for your home business. One other thing to think about, if you are solely using Craigslist as a way to advertise your home business, the chances of you building a successful home business are slim to none.

First off most people posting on Craigslist in the small biz section are just posting their own home business ads up. They are not looking to join up with any other home business owners. So yes posting an ad on Craigslist is very easy but it is also very ineffective. Your ad will most likely not end up helping you build your business. In order to be effective on Craigslist you must post your ads massively and to every city possible. Great problem solved, right? Nope, Craigslist has spiders who search for spammers and these spiders ban and flag the ads. What are some of the things which can get you flagged on Craigslist? Well posting the same ad to multiple cities can and will get your ads flagged and removed. Next posting multiple ads with the same IP address will get you banned permanently. Meaning any ad you post on Craigslist will get flagged before it even goes up. This happens if you spam with the same IP address, that IP address is banned for life. And it's hard to know if the Craigslist spiders consider your ads to be spam but if they do you are done. Another issue you will have to deal with when posting to Craigslist is other home business owners flagging your ads for no reason. Somewhere in their twisted minds they believe more people will see their ads if they flag and remove other home business owner's ads.

Now true posting an ad on Craigslist here and there is easy but it is not effective. And if you are posting ads like "Earn 6 Figures Overnight", most people are tuning those types of ads out. Now what I am suggesting will take more work but the payoff will be 100 times what you could ever imagine. Why not create your own website and learn how to market it effectively online, instead of posting a couple of ads to Craigslist. Imagine having your website located at the top of the search engines for a keyword like "home business". How powerful would your business be if you could land that spot? Very powerful. There are plenty of keywords to go around. That is just one effective way of building your home business besides posting on Craigslist.

Here is one thing I can guarantee you. The people making over 6 figure incomes from their home business are not using Craigslist to market their business.

Home Business Opportunity

"Make 100,000 dollars in 48 hours with our home business opportunity!""Make a six figure income only working 10 minutes a day with our home business opportunity!" These are just a few of the home business opportunity ads I see posted online everyday. First off these claims are entirely fake and if anyone can show me a home business opportunity where I can make 100,000 dollars in 48 hours or make 6 figures a year working only 10 minutes a day, please show me. I am all ears. These outrageous claims are false. These companies are scam artists plain and simple. Don't you think if it was that easy, everyone would be doing the same thing. It is very possible to make a lot of money with a home business opportunity but it will require work and the proper training. I wish I could tell you it was as easy as pushing a couple of buttons a day and then sitting back and watching your money roll in. But it does work that way. You must dedicate yourself to your home business opportunity in order for you to succeed. You must also have the proper training in order to succeed at your home business opportunity.

Many people join a home business opportunity with no training in running or marketing for a business what so ever. They are then told by their upline or sponsor to make of list of family and friends. Then to call that list and invite them to a conference call or hotel meeting. Sound familiar? If most people are lucky they may bring in one or two family members, if that. Most people do not even make it that far. The traditional trainings taught to build a home business opportunity do not work. Which explains why 90 percent of all home business owners are failing. They are duplicating and copying business methods which have been proven to be ineffective, period. The reason why these worthless techniques, such as making a list of your warm market, continue to get passed down from sponsor to sponsor is because no one really has a clue how to build a successful home business. So sponsors and uplines alike continue to give out worthless techniques full well knowing the techniques are ineffective.

As a home business owner you must take it upon yourself to learn how to properly build your home business opportunity into a successful venture. It is possible but first you will need training on how to properly build a home business. Once you properly know how to build a home business here are a few of things you will and should know. You will know how to get an unlimited amount of targeted prospects looking at your home business opportunity through various techniques. Such as getting your websites listed on the first page of Google, gaining traffic through press releases and article marketing. These are just a few techniques, that actually do work, that can help you build your home business. Once you learn real marketing techniques, which actually work, you will be well on your way to making the most out of your home business opportunity.

Article Marketing

Article Marketing

Article Marketing: How to Build an EMPIRE Writing Five Articles a Month

Article Marketing: How to Build an EMPIRE Writing Five Articles a MonthDo you offer a truly brilliant product or service? Do youwish you had more leads to sell it to? Do you need todrive more revenue so you have cash on hand to spend onimplementing better and better ideas, or to bring onadditional staff?

If you are answering “yes&# 8221; to these questions,YOU NEED A MORE EXCEPTIONAL ONLINE PRESENCE THROUGH ARTICLE MARKETING!With so much business and research being done on theinternet these days, you absolutely have to be found there,and found at least a hundred different ways. Anything lessand you are missing out on TONS of business that you couldbe creating! Do you have any idea how much more revenueyou could be generating if you took the time to craft awell written article marketing campaign?

I’m telling you it’s millions!
Let me show youhow…For the purpose of this article, we will already assumethat your website does an exceptional job of describing thepain of your customers (what are they looking for?),presenting your credentials (to help the visitor see whyyou are qualified to solve their problems), and providingthe solutions to your customer’ s everyday problems.We’ll assume that it is filled with calls to action(provocative statements intended to poke the visitor intodoing something) and opt-in opportunities (ways for you tocollect visitor’ s contact info).

If your website does not yet include all of these elementsaddress these issues first!
If it does, READ ON AND LET’S DISCUSS THE POWER OF ARTICLE MARKETING.When people have a question, they go to Google, Yahoo orMSN and they type in a list of keywords or keyword phrases.The words they type determine the list that comes up onthe search engines and it is there that magic can happen. YOUR WORDS CAN APPEAR! Are they up there now?

TIME OUT: Go to a search engine and type in the keywordssomeone might use if they were looking for someone to solvethe problem that your business solves. Do you come up asthe solution? Do you come up in the organic list? Do youcome up multiple times? If not, keep reading!

YOU NEED ARTICLES OUT THERE DOING YOUR WORK FOR YOU!When someone is looking for a business like yours, doesyour voice ring out from the heavens, providing guidance,words of wisdom, and words of inspiration? Does Googlebring them to your front door and invite them in to lookaround?

Articles are like little sales people, and brilliantly,they are little sales people that you only have to hire onetime to work for you FOREVER. Let me say that again,because you probably didn’t hear me. Articles workfor you FOREVER. F-O-R-E-V-E- R.

The reason I emphasize this is because of the power of article marketing. Every time you put together an articleand send it out onto the internet, you are putting in placea sales person that will forever deliver your message. Dothat again and again and you are putting out a SALES FORCE—each of which you pay only once!WRITE ARTICLE, SUBMIT ARTICLE, REPEAT.WRITE ARTICLE, SUBMIT ARTICLE, REPEAT.WRITE ARTICLE, SUBMIT ARTICLE REPEAT.

Like the law of compounding interest with money —repeatedly putting out articles onto the internet willexponentially create value and generate more and more leadsfor your business. If you can commit to five articles permonth, at the end of three months, you’ll haveFIFTEEN (15) sales people talking your talk and introducingsearchers to your message and your SOLUTION to theirproblem. After six months, you’ve got thirty (30) ofthese sales people. At the end of one year, you’llhave sixty (60). After two years, you’ll have ONEHUNDRED AND TWENTY, and…

After three years, YOU’LL HAVE NEARLY 200 SALESPEOPLE delivering different and exceptional messages aboutyour business.And the most wonderful thing, is that they are all littlereplicas of you. So they are consistent. They deliverdifferent messages, present different solutions, coverdifferent topics, but they all express your uniquemethodology and the core values and spirit of YOUR business.

If you submit five articles per month, and generate $30,000per month in revenue, after three years, and one hundredand eighty articles you have the potential of driving$360,000 of monthly revenue. Yes, I said MONTHLY revenue. That’s more than 4 MILLION in annual revenue. Areyou kidding me?So why aren’t more people utilizing article marketing? The answer is — they are. But they arewriting terrible articles!!!! ! And they are killing theirbusinesses, because each article they are sending out isdoing BAD business for them, and doing it FOREVER!


Here are five things your article marketing MUST do! (Areyou taking notes?)

1. IT MUST HAVE A CATCHY TITLE OR NO ONE WILL READ IT!We are a snippet society. We read everything in headlinesfrom newspaper stories, to search headlines, to booktitles. Titles grab us or they don’t. Make surethat yours is clever, provides the solution to thereader’ s problem, and utilizes your keywords!

2. YOUR OPENING PARAGRAPH NEEDS TO HIGHLIGHT THEREADER’ S PAIN.Look at the first paragraph of this article. Did it drawyou in? Did it help you to determine that this article hadvalue? Make the opening emotionally impacting by grabbingthe reader’ s attention and identifying with theirPAIN!

3. YOUR ARTICLE MARKETING MUST DELIVER VALUE.It must offer them a solution to their problem. GIVE AWAYYOUR SECRETS! Don’t be afraid to give your readerwhat they need for FREE. Chances are they are going torecognize that they would rather work with an expert thantry to solve this problem on their own. Give someone afish and they have dinner tonight. Teach them to fish andthey can feed themselves forever. But open a grocery storedown the street and chances are, they’ll buy the fishfrom you. People only have so much time in their days andif they find a trustworthy source that can make their lifeeasier or their business more profitable, they are going totake you up on it!

4. YOU MUST USE YOUR KEYWORDS WITHIN YOUR TEXT.The search engines are going to identify each article bythe words within it. So you have to be thinking about howpeople are going to find you. What words are they going touse in their searching? There are so many resources on thenet that can help you determine the right keywords. Findone and use it. Then repeat those words throughout yourarticle (just shy of being irritating about overusing them)and you’ll find greater success!

5. LASTLY, YOUR ARTICLE MARKETING MUST PROVIDE A CALL TOACTION.Lead the reader to do something. Whether it be to downloadyour eBook, call you directly, or click onto your website. Typically, you want to lead them to the next thing they canget for FREE. People like FREE. So lead them to yourwebsite, where they can download an eBook that solves thissame problem but in more depth, or better yet, offer them aFREE strategy session if they contact you by email. Makeit easy for them, like “Hey, I’ll even have myassistant set up a time for me to talk to you directly for20 minutes about ways you can build your business based onthese principles. FREE.”

Wishing you the best in business and the best in life.

About the Author:Corey Blake the co-author of "EDGE! A Leadership Story"(Morgan James, 2008), is President of Writers of the RoundTable, Inc., a strategic literary development company.Visit us at or emailme right now: . Tell meyou want 20 minutes of my time to discuss how we can helpyou set up an article creation program that DRIVES YOUREVENUE!