Monday, November 23, 2009

How To Dominate Your Online Market

Online Business is more competitive now than ever before. And, I've got news for you, I don't see it slowing down anytime soon. So, if you want to dominate your online market, there are a few things you are going to need to do on a consistent basis. While it is true that you can have a great Marketing and Sales system in place that requires little involvement of you, truly dominating your online market is going to require some hands on work. Let's get started!

1) Content: This is so important it's ridiculous. I don't care what industry, market or line of work you're in, if you want good rankings and quality traffic to your business, you need to produce good quality content. I spent some time over the weekend with a friend of mine in the insurance business. We got to talking about manufacturing leads, driving traffic and all the other good stuff I love to talk about. I took a look at his site and immediately saw a few mistakes. The first being content. Look, nobody cares how nice your office, how long the company has been around, what part of town your located, etc. You know what people want? They want FREE content that they can actually use. Now, the better the content, the more information you should get. In the case of my insurance buddy, why not give out the 10 most commonly asked questions about buying Health insurance, or the 10 most common questions that SHOULD be asked. Or, a report on how new Government guidelines can and will effect your insurance policies. I have no idea what it is for your business, but what ever it is, make it relevant to your industry and make it so that it helps people make a decision to buy. When you have given them enough information to buy, they will buy from you.

2) SPECIFIC Keywords: Keywords are great, but specific keywords are even better. Some call these long tailed keywords. I like to just say specific. So, if you're a mechanic that specializes in the restoration of '65 Mustangs and you live and work in Orlando, FL, you should be HAMMERING those specific keywords. "Orlando, FL '65 Mustang restoration." Get creative with this. Add words like "how to" or "did you know" maybe "you'll never believe." Again, whatever it is, make it as specific and as relevant to you and your business as possible. The previously mentioned keywords would get you much better results that simply "Mustang restoration." You may get more traffic with the broad keyword, but it won't turn into more revenue for you. So what do you want, a lot of traffic or a lot of money?

3) Media: You have multiple outlets to distribute your content and you should take advantage of all of them. Currently the most effective medias to get your message out to your market are: Articles, Blogs, Videos, Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and of course PPC (Pay Per Click). 4 of the 5 of these are free by the way. It doesn't take a genius to dominate your online market, it just takes a little work. And when I say a little work, I'm serious. You should be able to do all of your Marketing work in less than 2-3 hours. If your best skill set is not marketing, outsource. I don't care how you do it, just make sure you do it. Like I said before, anyone can put together a great Marketing and Sales system and generate a good revenue. However, if you're a business owner who wants to dominate your online market, you will have your message out on as many medias as possible.

Online Marketing is a lot like the news. Messages change, offers come and go and tools soon become out dated. Make sure this is something that is done regularly. I'm not telling you that you've got to do these things 4-5 hours a day every day, but it should be done minimum 3 times a week. Yesterday's news is old news and with the speed of information these days, it truly pays to be in front of the curve. I hope these tips help you dominate your online market. Until next time, Happy Marketing!

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