10
Feb

Is there a new sheriff in town, social media-wise? Yesterday Google released it’s newest product during a press conference. It’s called “Buzz”. It’s available only to those with a gmail account and links directly TO that gmail account. They also released Buzz for mobile devices, although I haven’t tested it yet.

Google Buzz offers you the option to connect publicly all the social accounts it can find for you. So you just type in the username for that account it found and it links you. It also finds all your friends from other accounts who are on Buzz and asks you if you’d like to follow them.

Once this is done, you see the live feed from all your friends and all their social networking accounts which are connected via THEIR Buzz, as well as all your own recent posts on your connected social networks. From the center of your gmail homepage, you can now post text, pictures and links which will go to all your connected friends and end up in THEIR live feeds in THEIR gmail accounts. So you can see, the potential is certainly there for this to become the Walmart of social network activity.

It’s been less than 24 hours since the launch of Buzz, and there are lots of questions and ideas and blogposts and buzz…about Buzz. And it’s not perfect…yet. But to have one place to handle email, chat and all social networking could prove to be the singular most awesome thing ever. We’ll just have to watch and see what happens as bugs get worked out and public suggestions get implemented etc. So far it seems pretty awesome. So far my only suggestions are 1. a feature which enables you to link the social networks which Google doesn’t automatically find for you. And 2. the ability to change your screenname.

Check it out for yourself, and see what YOU think. Here’s the link.

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Category : News
10
Feb

As you know, the forums is a place you can go to post questions related to your business, internet marketing, advertising, etc. and get them answered by my knowledgeable staff, knowledgeable forum members, or by me. During my live show on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm, I also answer a few of the week’s forum questions live.

This week the questions I picked were about what’s considered spam with regards to email marketing, and what’s considered ok based on the fact that the customer opted in. I also answered a question about pay-per-lead advertising. If you didn’t catch the show and you’d like to find out about those subjects, watch the clip below. And remember, you don’t have to wait until Tuesdays to get your questions answered, you can post your questions on the BusinessInnerCircle.com forums any time you like. You don’t have to be alone in getting your business profitable. You can get help from people who know.

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Category : live questions
10
Feb

This week there were a ton of great questions in the live show. I had to talk FAST to get them all answered before 7:30!

Questions answered this week covered topics such as:

*What Twitter apps I like
*How long I’ve been blogging
*What keyword tools I think are good

and MANY more.

Watch the clip to find out all the answers. And as always, if you have a question that needs to get answered about online marketing, stop by the live show Tuesdays @ 6:30pm and ask it! Or, if you’re shy or can’t make it to the show, you can always post your questions in the BusinessInnerCircle.com forums any time of the week. They WILL get answered. We’re here to help.

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Category : live questions
9
Feb

If you’ve watched the live show on Tuesdays, you’ve no doubt heard mention of the Gold or Elite programs I offer. Some of you are members, some of you maybe have no idea what Gold is. So rather than assuming that everyone already knows, I thought I’d post a clip of the description here for you. See you tonight!

Category : PSA
9
Feb
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Visa and Mastercard, in collaboration with the Federal Trade Commission, are drafting a new series of rules which you need to be informed about and prepared for.

So far in the past couple weeks, hundreds of internet businesses have lost their merchant accounts. The intention is to rid the internet of fraudulent businesses who charge customers for things of which they are not aware, and in general misuse the privilege of having a merchant account with Visa and Mastercard. Visa and Mastercard have a reputation as being trustworthy, ethical corporations. Abuses tarnish their reputation, and make the internet unsafe for all.

So that’s a good thing, right? Well…yes and no. The problem is that blanket rules can affect internet businesses which AREN’T involved in scams or unethical activities, as well.

The official regulations are still being worked out, but there is data available to you right now, so that you can stay informed and in compliance.

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Category : News
9
Feb

I’ve noticed many people view the subject of internet marketing as something out of their own control…like gambling. They hear they can make giant piles of money from it, so they try it, like a trick at a craps table…thinking if the stars are aligned maybe they may be one of the few who makes money at it. They don’t. So they walk away from it.

Online marketing is a skill, like any other skill. It requires study, hard work and persistence. It does not take a week or a month to have a successful website that makes you money. The tools, tips and tricks that I teach on my show can get you there. But you have to work at it. OVER MONTHS. Testing and refining what you’ve got, making necessary changes based on your own research, streamlining, and really finding out what works and what doesn’t with your market and your public.

Here’s the clip from this past week’s live show where I go over this point. My advice: Don’t give up. Watch my live shows at BusinessInnerCircle.com Tuesdays @ 6:30pm, ask your questions in the Business Inner Circle forums and in the live chat. And MAKE the stars align.

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Category : Training Videos
2
Feb

So many people have asked me how I got my Adsense video to be number 1 in search results. So I thought I’d just post my answer from last week’s live show here for you to watch and find out for yourself. Anyone can do this, it’s just a matter of following a few key points. Watch the video and then give it a try for yourself! And of course, let me know how it goes! See you tomorrow on the live show!

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Category : Training Videos
1
Feb

As you know, every week we take a few questions from the forums and go over the answers to them live on the show. The rest that we can’t get to on the show get answered directly in the forums. Topics covered on the live show this past week, and in the video clip below, were:

1. Images/graphics VS text and SEO, and
2. Why won’t some websites show up in a search when others do?

If you didn’t catch the show and want answers on those topics, watch the video! And to get your own questions answered, post them into the forums. We have a team of experts to help you, and maybe it will even get answered on the live show!

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Category : Training Videos
1
Feb

You may not know this, but Google search results vary from city to city and even person to person. So what YOU see in the results when you search for something is not necessarily even remotely the same as what others see. Google’s personalized search adjusts your own search based on your personal online activity. So when you do a search to see where your business is in the search results, what you see may not even be accurate! How do you correct this to see accurate results? Well, there are a few steps you have to take.

1. Log out of Google.
2. Clear your Google cookies.
3. Go to Google homepage and look for “Web History” link on top right.
4. If you don’t see it, do a search for something. Then you should see it. Click “Web History”
5. Disable your customized search.

See a demo of this procedure from last week’s live show below.

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Category : Training Videos
25
Jan
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Have actual customer reviews ever influenced you in your decision to go to a particular restaurant or store? Most likely your answer is yes. You want to know if actual people have been to the business before, used that ebay seller and had success, etc. So as a business owner, you can imagine how beneficial it would be for YOU to get positive reviews for your business, right?

Yelp is a great resource for both customers and businesses. It’s a local search website that you, the business owner, can create a profile on. Then members can review your site, even from their smartphones with Yelp’s apps. People search for local businesses on the internet and from their phones. So you’re going to want to have a big presence for local searches. When someone searches Las Vegas, NV for an Asian Fusion restaurant, wouldn’t you like knowing that YOUR Thai Fusion restaurant shows up instantly in that search? Of course you would!

Another great mobile app is Foursquare. It allows people to check in to whatever business they’re at, post comments or reviews, and automatically post their check in and comments on Twitter and/or Facebook. So the potential numbers of people who could see any single review are enormous.

Watch the video to find out more…

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Category : Training Videos