Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Essential Differences Between Reporter vs Expert Bloggers

How To Start making Money From Blogs

Recently, I read a pretty straight forward report about Yaro Starak, a professional blogger, who makes over $5,000 per month from his blog.

The report provides blueprint-like details of actions you can take to start profiting from your very own blog. Actually, it is one of the best reports about making money from blogs that I have read up to this point.

I’ve already started implementing the “Pillars” technique and I’ve noticed a pleasing increase in my blog traffic already. If you would like to learn more about this technique, you can get a copy of his report below:

k here to download the Blog Profits Blueprint Report

Blog Mentoring Program

Also, Yaro Starak just launched a brand new mentoring program for people who want to earn a full time income from blogging part time.

Click here to watch The Conversion Blogging Video

The mentoring program is called Blog Mastermind. With today’s financial crunch I know many people are searching feverishly for some ways to make additional income - me included. I am anticipating there will be a lot of folks interested in the program because so many individuals, including small business owners, already have blogs up and running. Therefore, the idea of making money from blogs seems very interesting to them.

A Change Is Coming
For those of you who may not know...I’ve had my blog, Christine’s Internet Marketing Spot, for about three years now. When I first started out, I did not have a clue about blogs or what I would be writing. If you don’t believe me, just take a peek at my archives.

When I started out, it was not to necessarily make money with my blog, it was essentially to challenge myself that I could maintain a blog and have a place to express my thoughts and opinions. However time, brings about a change. Reassessments and additional knowledge require that I step it up to the next level.

So stay tuned in as I further my business dreams, continue receiving my mentoring from others, and make changes to this blog. I will even be bringing some new blogs on the scene in the near future. I looking forward to your reviews...

Article: Reporter vs Expert - Why Most Bloggers Are Stuck Reporting

Every once in a while, you can come across a piece of hidden “gold nugget” information that seems to appear at precisely the right time to complement your progression, personal and business growth. The article caused me to contemplate various aspects of my small business image as well as my role of blog publisher.

Here’s To Sharing... I hope it sheds some light for you too!.

Yaro Starak's Article Begins Here:

There are basically two types of bloggers in the world - reporters and experts - and some people perform both roles (usually the experts, it’s hard for reporters to become experts, but it’s easy for experts to report).

If you have ever taken an Internet marketing course or attended a seminar specifically for beginners, you have probably heard about the two different methodologies. Whenever the business model is based on content, and if you blog for money then the model is based on content, people are taught to either start as reporters, or if possible step up as experts.

I’ll be frank; you want to be the expert.

Reporters leverage the content of the experts and in most cases people start off as reporters because they haven’t established expertise. Experts enjoy the perks of preeminence, higher conversion rates because of perceived value, it’s easier to get publicity, people are more likely to seek you out rather than you having to seek others out, joint ventures come easier, etc… experts in most cases simply make more money and attract more attention.

Most Bloggers Are Reporters

The thing with expertise is that it requires something - experience. No person becomes an expert without doing things and learning. Bloggers usually start out without expertise and as a result begin their blogging journey by talking about everything going on in their niche (reporting) and by interviewing and talking about other experts (reporting again).

There’s nothing wrong with reporting of course and for many people it’s a necessity at first until you build up some expertise. Unfortunately the ratios are pretty skewed when it comes to reporters and experts - there are a lot more reporters than there are experts, hence reporters tend to struggle to gain attention and when they do, they often just enhance the reputation of the expert they are reporting on.

Don’t Replicate Your Teacher

If you have ever spent some time browsing products in the learn Internet marketing niche you will notice a pattern. Many people first study Internet marketing from a “guru” (for lack of a better term). The guru teaches how he or she is able to make money online, and very often the view that the student gleams is that in order to make money online you have to teach others how to make money online.

The end result of this process is a huge army of amateurs attempting to replicate what their teacher does in the same industry - the Internet marketing industry - not realizing that without expert status based on a proven record and all the perks that come with it, it’s next to impossible to succeed.

Even people, who enjoy marginal success, say for example growing an email list of 1,000 people, then go out and launch a product about how to grow an email list of 1,000 people. Now I have no problems with that, I think it’s fine to teach beginners and leverage whatever achievements you have, the problem is that people gravitate to the same niche - Internet marketing - and rarely have any key points of differentiation.

How many products out there do you know of that all claim to teach the same things - email marketing, SEO, pay per click, affiliate marketing, and all the sub-niches that fall under the category of Internet marketing. It’s a saturated market, yet when you see your teachers and other gurus making money teaching others how to make money (and let’s face it - making money as a subject is one of the most compelling) - your natural inclination is to follow in their footsteps.

If the key is to become an expert and you haven’t spent the last 5-10 years making money online, I suggest you look for another niche to establish expertise in.

Report on Your Process, Not Others

The secret to progress from reporter to expert is not to focus on other experts and instead report on your own journey. When you are learning how to do something and implementing things day by day, or studying other people’s work, you need to take your process and what you do as a result of what you learn, and use it as content for your blog.

It’s okay to talk about experts when you learn something from them, but always relate it to what you are doing. If you learn a technique from an expert it’s fine to state you learned it from them (and affiliate link to their product too!) but you should then take that technique, apply it to what you are doing and then report back YOUR results, not there’s. Frame things using your opinion - your stories - and don’t regurgitate what the expert said. The key is differentiation and personality, not replication.

Expertise comes from doing things most people don’t do and then talking about it. If you do this often enough you wake up one day as an expert, possibly without even realizing how it happened, simply because you were so good at reporting what you did.

You Are Already An Expert

Most people fail to become experts (or perceived as experts) because they don’t leverage what they already know. Every person who lives a life learns things as they go, takes action every day and knows something about something. The reason why they never become an expert is because they choose not to (which is fine for some, not everyone wants to be an expert), but if your goal is to blog your way to expertise and leave the world of reporting behind you have to start teaching and doing so by leveraging real experience.

Experience can come from what you do today and what you have done previously; you just need to take enough steps to demonstrate what you already know and what you are presently learning along your journey. I know so many people in my life, who are experts simply by virtue of the life they have lived, yet they are so insecure about what they know, they never commit their knowledge to words for fear of…well fear.

Blogs and the Web in general, are amazing resources when you leverage them as a communication tool to spread your expertise because of the sheer scope of people they can reach. If all you ever do is talk to people in person and share your experience using limited communication mediums, you haven’t much hope of becoming an expert. Take what you know and show other people through blogging, and you might be surprised how people change their perception of you in time.

Reporting Is A Stepping Stone

If your previous experience and expertise is from an area you want to leave behind or you are starting from “scratch”, then reporting is the path you must walk, at least for the short term.

Reporting is a lot of fun. Interviewing experts, talking about what other people are doing and just being part of a community is not a bad way to blog. In many cases people make a career of reporting (journalism is about just that), but if you truly want success and exponential results, at some point you will have to stand up and proclaim yourself as someone unusually good at something and then proceed to demonstrate it over and over again.

Have patience and focus on what you do to learn and then translate that experience into lessons for others, and remember, it’s okay to be a big fish in a small pond, that’s all most experts really are.

This article was by Yaro Starak, a professional blogger and my blog mentor. He is the leader of the Blog Mastermind mentoring program designed to teach bloggers how to earn a full time income blogging part time.

To get more information about Blog Mastermind click this link:


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Business Funding Sources During Tough Times?

Today’s Blogspot Feature: Funding Universe
If you are one of the many entrepreneurs who is listening intensely to the most disheartening financial news reports floating around for small businesses...you definitely want to stay tuned for a different point of view.

As bleak as the economy may seem currently, still in existence is a business community of investors that recognize the strength and stabilizing force that small business ownership has on our country’s financial welfare and prosperity.

For those business people who have their business ideas, plans and products on hold, waiting for the right economic turnaround strategy from the government and experts, you may as well put your waiting time to some good and productive use.

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In the latter months of 2004, an entrepreneur by the name of Paul Allen and an attorney named David Bradford became plagued by the problem that an easy course did not exist for entrepreneurs to connect with angel investors.

Determined to find a solution, they asked current Funding Universe CTO Trent Miskin to create a web-based solution. Mr. Miskin tackled the problem and his efforts lead to the first version of Funding Universe.

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In September 2005, Brock Blake joined the FundingUniverse team and assumed the role of CEO, leading the company to its current status as the nation's leading connector of entrepreneurs and investors.

Mr. Blake leads the strategy and execution of the FundingUniverse team. His number one goal is to make the angel investing industry more efficient by increasing the amount of deals done across the nation. He has a passion for entrepreneurship and angel investing.

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According to Center for Venture research, 98% of entrepreneurs fail to find funding.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

How To Get PPC Ads For Free

Most recently, I came across a site that was offering to show internet marketers how to show their PPC ads to 1,398,100 prospects for free.

I’m always somewhat reluctant to pass on this type of information on my blog. I find such strong claims and potential results with these extremely high numbers just a bit unsettling.

My first reaction when I went to the website was... Here We Go... this is just another over-exaggerated proposition to get more visitors and signups. However, after spending considerable time on the site and understanding how the system works, it does makes sense to me. Once explained, the potential does exist to reach a high number of prospectz.

Today, I want to share with you an overview of this free traffic generation system called LeadsLeap.com.

LeadsLeap is an ingenious system that combines the power of contextual advertising and network lead generation. For those of you who are not familiar with the term contextual ads, they are simply advertisements formatted similar to Google Adsense or Google Adword ads displayed on various websites.

In this system, you are allowed to post PPC ads to 10 levels of a network you have built.

Unlike traditional network lead generation methods, LeadsLeap only allows members to post their ads in the form of contextual ads.

This means your leads do not receive obtrusive ads from members in your upline. Personally, I found this one attractive aspect of the system. I do not particularly like to receive a bunch of junk ads that I am not interested in reading or could care less about the information being sent.

However, LeadsLeap provides the option to their members of receiving very informative and useful newsletters. I've saved some of the newsletters for future reference. If you are an internet marketer or small business owner that advertises your products or services online, you may find yo may well benefit from this newsletter also.

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Give Your Feedback
I'd very interested in getting your feedback after you check the site out. Leave a comment - Is this over-exaggeration or useful lead generation information?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Free Listbuilding Software | Product Evaluation Announcement

When I first started marketing online, one of the most difficult challenges for me was building a subscriber list. There were many claims being made that marketers were getting hundreds, even thousands of subscribers daily...but it wasn't happening like that for me!

One of the reasons may have been, I was operating on a shoestring budget. I was looking for as much free as I could find. Before parting with my dollars, I wanted to know there was a strong potential that I was definitely going to benefit from it. So maybe those marketers who were getting thousands of subscribers daily were shelling out a whole lot more money than I had or was willing to pay.

Anyway, my yesterday seems more like today for many entrepreneurs trying to get started with their own online business. Also more and more offline business owners are opting to promote their products and services online. From all that I can pick up from online marketers, building a highly responsive subscriber list continues to be one of their biggest ongoing challenges.

Of course, an alternative is PPC advertising. However, PPC costs can mount up quickly without you realizing any real profits. True, we are in the age of Web 2.0 social media, but this method takes time to build communities.

According to some forecasting reports, online businesses are expected to be increase dramatically as more job losses occur and folks search ways to supplement and/or replace their income. One thing is sure, they will want the cheapest method to get subscribers and buyers for their products and services.

So, for the next week or so, I will devoting some time and space evaluating cost-effective and fast list building methods through various channels.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

BizDoc | Small Business Compliance Help

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Today’s business owners are faced with the many challenges of keeping their companies flourishing. Not to mention the time and effort required “trying” to stay on top of all the rapid growing technology in every aspect our lives. It’s simply mind boggling at times, I must admit.

With an already fully loaded day, it’s no wonder that the vast majority of business owners fail to retain proper documentation of their corporate activities. What this means is the asset protection you feel you are getting from your entity – just may not be the case. . So, as consuming as your day may be, this is definitely a topic that deserves a little spotlight.

Did you know that by NOT maintaining corporate records accurately such as corporate resolutions, meeting minutes, stock certificates, and stock ledger regularly, you can put your corporation at risk?

It’s the Law in almost ALL states that maintaining corporate records is required.

Like most serious business owners, I’m quite sure you want to adhere to all these compliance matters – but isn’t there just a way to get it over with as simply and quickly as possible? The answer is, YES!

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I initially expected the software to be a set of templates because of its easy use. What I found out is that it is an extensive database that can store information for multiple corporations. Data is automatically inserted into documents and all your company information can be modified and saved while documents are being produced.

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Corporation documents are not stored on the Internet or beyond your immediate access. data files are separate from program files, so the data folder can be backed up and stored in a secure location as you so choose.

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

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