Blog of an Internet Marketer

January 21, 2009

Using twitter.com as a marketing tool

Filed under: marketing — Tags: , , — Enam @ 10:13 am

I am using twitter for a while. My profile is http://twitter.com/enamul . Feel free to follow me. I have seen a lot of articles using twitter as a marketing tool. I didn’t try seriously yet in that way. Twitter.com is within 400 most popular sites on the net and getting much more visitors day by day. It’s expected that twitter may be used for marketing your service or product. The import part of twitter marketing is to get targetted followers. The more followers you have the more powerful you are on twitter.

The concept of the twitter is “What are you doing?” But it has gone far away from this. People now use twitter to post some tips, asking for suggestions, sharing ideas, news and so on.

Following are some tips I have found on the net to get maximum visitors from twitter:

1. Share Some Interesting Things happening in Your Life. Post at least one twit dail. The more you twit the more followers you will get. But don’t try to send hundreds of twits daily. You may get banned.

2. Search for people your niche area and follow them. Don’t follow too many people suddenly. You may get banned for blindly following others.

3. Join Professional and Social Networking Sites Put link to your twitter page and request others to follow you.

4. Ask for help or direction to your twitter friends in an area where you need clarification – people wants to show their expertise and knowledge to others.

5. Don’t just post tweets, get involved with conversations – The more involved you are, the more friends that you will establish.

6. Follow back your followers unless he is a spammer.

7. Post some useful tips for your niche on regular basis. People who are looking for some tips or ideas for your niche will follow you.

Follow me on twitter.

Popularity: 4% [?]

January 2, 2009

Three successful years of freelancing

I have successfully completed three years as a freelancer. I started on ScriptLance.com. I won the first project on ScriptLance.com on 10/5/2005 at 20:26 EST.

I started with a veiw to get programming jobs as I know Visual C++ and some other programming languages. Eventually I have switched to internet marketing. Now I no longer offer programming as I can’t manage time for programming. At present I am offering online advertising, search engine optimisation and data entry services.

Although I started on ScraiptLance, now-a-days I get projects from various sources and I no longer participate in bidding on ScrptLance.

Craigslist ad posting service is the single most service which brings me a lot of fortune. I am trying to expand my services by offering new services day-by-day.

By this time my team has also grown. Initially I started alone. Then only a few guys started to work with me. Now about 10 guys work with me. I am considering to expand my team further.

I express my heartfelt gratitude to my valued clients who used my services. A lot of thanks to all who provided me valuable information and suggestions time to time.

I hope more young guys from Bangladesh will start working as a freelancer like me and earn some foreign currency for the country.

Popularity: 4% [?]

December 23, 2008

Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide from Google

Filed under: SEO — Tags: , — Enam @ 5:16 am

Google is the giant in the field of internet search. Google alone catches more traffic than all other search engines can combined. So the main target of search engine optimization is to reach first page of google’s SERP. Getting good positions on other search engines come automatically as a by-product if you can optimize your site for google. So a guide for SEO from google itself is highly valuable for SEO professionals.

Google recently released “Google’s Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide, Version 1.1”  which is published 13 November 2008. If you are new to the field of SEO then I highly recommend to download this 22-page PDF guide. It is full of useful information. This nice SEO guide is available  here.

Optimize your site for search engines. You will get a lot of business for free.

Popularity: 4% [?]

November 25, 2008

Country wise list of popular online free classifieds

craigslist and kijiji are two most popular network of online free classifieds worldwide. Other popular free classifieds networks are gumtree, olx, kugli, locanto, franglo etc. backpage is very popular in the USA but backpage doesn’t has network outside USA except a few sites in Canada

Following is a country-wise list of popular online free classifieds:

  • USA: craigslist.org, kijiji.com, backpage.com .  More free calssifieds of USA.
  • Canada:  craigslist.ca, kijiji.ca, Classifieds.Ca . More Canadian free classifieds.
  • UK: gumtree.com, craigslist.co.uk, adzooks.co.uk, adoos.co.uk. More free classifieds on UK.
  • Australia classifieds: gumtree.com.au, craigslsit.com.au, ozfreeonline.com
  • India classified ad posting: quikr.com, craigslsit.co.in, kugli.com, webcosmo.com, locanto.com, vivastreet.co.in, olx.in
  • Japan classified advertising: kijiji.co.jp, craigslist.jp
  • Spain local classified websites: loquo.com, spain.franglo.com,
  • New Zeland classified websites: gumtree.co.nz, auckland.craigslist.org
  • Singapore free online classified sites: www.gumtree.sg, craigslist.com.sg, olxsg.com
  • Italy classified advertising:  www.kijiji.it, italy.franglo.com, italyclassifieds.net
  • French local classifieds: www.kijiji.fr, frenchclassified.com, paris.franglo.com
  • Germany classifieds: kijiji.de, locanto.com
  • South Africa classified sites: gumtree.co.za, orangepages.co.za, youpost.co.za
  • China online classifieds : baixing.com,  shanghai.craigslist.com.cn, www.locanto.cn
  • Philippines free classifieds:  manila.craigslist.com.ph, classifiedsph.com
  • Russia : www.slando.ru, ru.anuncioo.com
  • Poland : www.gumtree.pl
  • Hong Kong:  gumtree.com.hk, hongkong.craigslist.org
  • Thailand: craigslist.co.th
  • The Netherlands: www.marktplaats.nl, amsterdam.craigslist.org
  • Mexico: craigslist.com.mx, www.mexonline.com, mexico.zeezo.com
  • Brazil: rio.en.craigslist.org, redeparede.com, brazzilads.com
  • Argentina: buenosaires.en.craigslist.org,
  • Switzerland : zurich.en.craigslist.ch, market.local.ch/en, www.kijiji.ch
  • Belgium: www.kijiji.be
  • Austria: kijiji.at
  • Czech Republic: www.slando.cz
  • Slovakia: www.slando.sk
  • Hungary: www.slando.hu
  • Ukraine: www.slando.com.ua
  • Turkey: www.kijiji.com.tr, www.turkeyclassifieds.com
  • Taiwan: www.kijiji.com.tw, tw.anuncioo.com

Feel free to share popular free classifieds of other countries here.

Popularity: 85% [?]

November 6, 2008

#1 on Google’s SERP

Filed under: Link building,marketing,SEO — Tags: , , , — Enam @ 10:32 am

 

google search results for "ad posting service"

google search results for

Wow! I am #1 on google’s search results page for the search phrase “ad posting service“. It’s a great achievement. Click on the image at left to see actual search results on google.

 

Content is the king. No fancy design is required for SEO. Don’t bother for PR. Only a few backlinks form related sites are enough for reaching first position on SERP. I didn’t use any graphics on my site except my own photo. My site is also on google’s first or second page for some craigslist and free classifieds related search terms. I am lucky to get most of my visitors form search engines. And most importantly, conversion rate for the traffic from search engines (particularly google) is very high as compared to traffic from other sources.
So try to put related quality contents on your site and get some quality backlinks. Reaching google’s first page is not tough unless you are competing for some highly valued terms.

I am not offering full SEO service yet although I am learning SEO basics and offering link building service. Now I am confident that I can offer SEO service professionally. I was doing SEO for my client’s site  gotengines.com on experimental basis for last few months. It’s now on google’s first page for “used engines” (without quote marks).  I am preparing myself to offer SEO service very soon.

Popularity: 3% [?]

October 14, 2008

Craigslist like sites for Canada

Like craigslist.org in USA, craigslist.ca is also very much popular in Canada. Craigslist has implemented phone verification for Canadian cities too. So it’s time to seek other sites like craigslist for Canada. Following are some popular online free classifieds sites of Canada I frequently use:

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  1. kijiji.ca : In Canada Kijiji is as popular as craigslist. In some cities kijiji is even more popular than craigslist. Kijiji has many more Canadian cities on it’s list than craigslist.ca
  2. backpage.com : Although very popular in USA, backpage has only a few Canadian cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal
  3. Red Leaf Ads: New but nice free ad site. Try it.
  4. http://www.adpost.com/ca/
  5. Tradepoint : Tradepoint is Canada’s free online classifieds network for used autos, cars, used trucks, boats, computers, Canadian real estate, antiques, furniture, electronics and much more.
  6. Oodle free classifieds : free classified site as well as free classified search engine.
  7. http://www.cdncc.com/
  8. Classifieds.Ca a premiere free classifieds ad network of Canada
  9. Adoos Canada
  10. Canadaclassify.com Canadian Online Local Classifieds Service
  11. BuyAndSell.Canada – Canada’s National Free Classified Ad Network.
  12. btcanada.com – Free Ads – Canada Free Classifieds
  13. OLX Canada
  14. http://www.sellitbuyit.ca/
  15. http://www.classified.ca/
  16. Canada’s bargain city
  17. Kugli local classifieds
  18. Hoobly free local online classified site.
  19. Locanto Free Canadian Classified Ads.
  20. Post an AD is a FREE Online Classifieds Website for Canada.

Popularity: 100% [?]

October 5, 2008

Make money from classified sites

Filed under: Advertising,Free Classifieds,marketing — Tags: , — Enam @ 12:10 pm
classified sites are the largest free advertising venues on the internet. Millions of people are doing trade on local classified sites. These are free both for the buyers and the sellers. There are a lot of ways to make money from the classified sites. Some people browse classified sites to spend their leisure time, some people to find out home business opportunity, some other to find out their soul-mates. You can make money from these floks if you can advertise properly on these online classified websites. [ad#300×250]

Following are some ideas for making money from classified websites:

  1. Sell your old un-used household items like old furniture, dress, toys etc.
  2. Advertise your affiliate products.
  3. Advertise your service on relevant sections to get some more clients.
  4. Collect emails from various classified sites and email people offering your service. Be aware of spamming.
  5. Post ads for other people. Classified posting service has good market demand.
  6. Write eBooks and sell on the classified sites. You can write eBooks on a lot of subject like Photoshop tutorial, how to make money online, affiliate marketing, credit repair etc.  Quality eBooks are sold well on classified sites.
  7. Some people use the classified sites for list building too.

Popularity: 100% [?]

September 24, 2008

Finally on HostGator

Filed under: web hosting — Tags: , — Enam @ 8:59 am

Three years ago I choose  EstHost.com for hosting my website. At that time e-gold was the only payment option available to me. Searching the net I found that estHost is a big renowned web hosting company accepting egold. So I choose it. I was quite happy with their performance and hosting cost is also reasonable. But few days ago a big crisis arised. The EstHost was suddenly shutdown beacuse they failed to fight with spam and virus sites hosted with them. I was fearing that google may remove my site from their index if it remains down for longer time.

So I take quick decision to switch to another hosting company although I have some balance money with estHost. After discussion with my friends I decided to host on hostgator. My hosting cost will increase but I will be quite happy to pay this extra fee for the shake of more reliable and fast service.

Now this website is hosted on HostGator.com. Now I feel more secure. If you are planning to start your own website, I shall also suggest your HostGator.

Popularity: 1% [?]

September 16, 2008

Marketing of a new website

Filed under: Advertising,marketing — Tags: , — Enam @ 5:45 pm

Marketing of a new website is not an easy task. A lot of new websites are coming into existetance everyday. Only a few of them can catch significant amount of traffic. While quality content is a must for an website to be popular, a good website with unique quality contents may fail to catch expected amount of traffic due to lack of proper marketing strategy.

Follow are some marketing strategey which should be considered to market a new website:

  1. Advertising on free classified sites like craigslsit, backapge, kijiji etc.
  2. Exchange  links with relevant sites. Don’t exchange links with spammy sites.
  3. Bookmarking on social bookmarking sites like digg.com, stumbleupon.com, delicious.com etc
  4. Blogging on free blogging sites like wordpress.com, blogger.com.
  5. Comment posting on relevant blogs
  6. Posting on forums
  7. Directory submission
  8. Offering affiliate program
  9. Advertising on local newspaper, TV, billboard and other off-line media
  10. Submitting press release
  11. Article submission
  12. Sponsoring news letter
  13. Marketing through social networking sites like MySpace.com, facebook.com etc.
  14. Advertising on Google’s AdWord and similar other advertising network.
  15. Search Engine Optimization
  16. Publish RSS feeds and submit your RSS feeds on feed directories.
  17. Publish videos on YouTube and other video sharing sites.
  18. Promote on Yahoo Answers
  19. Make a custom 404-error page so that you don’t miss any traffic. You can provide a link back to your main website or directly redirect to your home page.
  20. Put a “Tell a Friend” feature on your site so that anyone can easily refere other people to your site.
  21. Promote on Yahoo Groups and google groups
  22. Offer free news letter.
  23. Buy traffic
  24. Participate in traffic exchange programs
  25. Put your website address on your business cards, brochures and flyers etc.
  26. Use twitter.com to send regular updates of your site.
  27. Make a lense on squidoo.com

Popularity: 2% [?]

August 30, 2008

Tips to get maximum response from craigslist posting

Filed under: Advertising — Tags: — Enam @ 2:40 pm

Following steps may help you to get maximum response from craigslist posting:

1) Put all necessary details in description but keep it as short as possible. Use short description with phone number, if applicable. But don’t use your personal email address. Use anonymous email feature if you need to receive email queries from the visitors. 

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2) Use image whenever possible. In the categories where you can’t use external image and need to upload the images, image size is restricted to 300×300 pixels. If you upload images more than this size, craigslist will downsize. So it’s better to use image not larger than 300×300 pixels.
3) Use attractive titles which clearly describe what you are offering. Avoid using excessive symbols and capitals. Lenght of title is limited to 70 characters only. If you title is more than 70 characters, craigslist will discard the extra characters which may make your title meaningless. Be careful not to use titles longer than 70 characters.
4) Use your webpage URL in description, if you need traffic to your webpage. Use multiple domains if required. Free URL forwarding services like tinyURL.com will not work. So you must register your own domain to redirect visitors to your webpage.
5) Post the ads on appropriate time. Proper posting time varies depending on service or product.
6) Post the ads under the appropriate category and appropriate locations. Posting ads under wrong category or location may compel the visitors to flag your ads.

Popularity: 48% [?]

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