Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Indymac Boys Get Sweetheart Deal

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Marketing Guru’s Mindset | marketing guru's mindset

Marketing Guru’s Mindset | marketing guru's mindset

Monday, November 15, 2010

Quantitative Easing Explained

What the Federal Reserve is up to, and how we got here.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

How to Sell Gold Jewelry

How to Sell Gold Jewelry

It’s always a good idea to know how to sell gold jewelry unless you want to end up getting far less than what your gold items are actually worth. What most people don’t realize is that you can even sell gold that is broken and make some quick cash if you know how to go about it.

First, don’t fall for those ads where buyers claim you can get thousands for that bracelet that’s been sitting in the bottom of your jewelry box. You’ll just end up setting yourself up for disappointment when you find out that all they’re willing to offer you is less than a hundred dollars for that bracelet.

Be leery of selling gold to buyers who are willing to set up camp for a weekend event and then vanish back to where they came from. While not every business will be illegitimate, it’s not easy to determine who’s worth selling your gold to in a matter of a few days.

Ask them for proof that they’re licensed by the state to buy gold and whether they have permits and carry insurance. Any business that is legit will be able to produce the information without any negative reaction to your questions.

If you absolutely must have the business weigh your valuables, ask if they have an approved scale with a blue seal which is required by law in some states to verify accuracy of your weight. If not, have the dealer show you the readout from the scale so you know exactly how much your pieces are worth. If that dealer refuses, then you should find another buyer.

Remember, you have every right to know how your items are being handled. You have every right to ask questions and ask for proof so that you know exactly how to sell gold jewelry without being duped. If you’re told otherwise, take your items and run.

Sell Gold Guide

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Selling Scrap Gold You Find in Your Jewelry Box

Selling Scrap Gold

Just recently I was reading a news article about a man who is a professional mover that found a barrel in the trash. In that barrel he discovered ancient Mexican artifacts that are worth over $16,000. Isn’t it nice to discover such treasures just from another man’s junk? So maybe your jewelry box isn’t holding any artifacts from Mexico, but what if you could bring in a bundle of fast cash from selling scrap gold you find in your jewelry box?

Or what if you discovered that in your attic or garage is a box of old knick-knacks made from the precious metal, collecting dust. Maybe it’s time you cleaned out your home, a little summer cleaning, perhaps? You never know what gold items may be lying in your junk drawer just waiting for you to cash in.

You just never know what scrap gold might be lying around your home that you could cash in by selling the scrap gold that you find. After all, look what happened to the man who found that barrel!

Mike Stokes
Sell Gold

Friday, April 30, 2010

Selling Gold Online May Get You More Money

Selling Gold Online

When you’re considering selling gold online there are a few things you should always keep in mind. First and foremost, never sell to a website that looks suspicious. If there’s no information on the company whatsoever, that is not a good sign.

Next, consider checking with the Better Business Bureau. If they’re listed and it’s positive, then chances are they’re a reputable company. Yet, just because a company isn’t listed with the BBB doesn’t mean they aren’t any good. Google them to see if they come up and what people are saying about them.

When you decide on a company that you’d like to sell your gold jewelry or gold coins to, make copies of all of the paperwork and take photos of everything, including the items and the paperwork. That way if something gets lost, you have backup. And finally insure your package. You never know when the post office may accidentally lose or damage your package.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Make Extra Money Selling Old Gold

Make Extra Money Selling Old Gold

When I was growing up on Pensacola Beach, just about every day I’d see one or more people running around with metal detectors and little shovels, looking for buried treasure I guess (mostly consisting of lost jewelry and coins I suspect.) I guess they made some extra money selling old gold that they’d find.

Today you hardly ever see people with metal detectors any more. Instead many people are digging through their jewelry boxes for old and broken gold items, or they’re cleaning out abandoned houses and storage units for treasures.

Other people are inviting friends over for a get together at home and offering their gold jewelry and coins to companies who are willing to buy them via a gold selling party.

Another great place for selling old gold is online. Just make sure you’re dealing with a reputable company, preferably one listed with the BBB.

But no matter how they choose to treasure hunt, they all have one goal in common and that is selling old gold for extra money.

And why not? It’s a great way to think outside of the box when it comes to making some extra cash during this modern day gold rush.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Where Can I Sell Gold?

Where Can I Sell Gold?

If you’re asking, “Where Can I Sell Gold,” you’re certainly not alone. With the excitement of recent steady rise in the price of gold, more and more people are cashing in on this modern day gold rush. But before you decide to cash in on your own old gold, don’t rush off to the local pawnshop… Check out these other places instead.

Jewelry Stores – Your local jewelry store may offer you a good price for your gold jewelry, especially if it looks like they could clean it up and resell it in their store. You may or may not be able to sell your gold crown or gold coins there.

Online Gold Buyers – Many people have discovered that online businesses looking for gold to buy may be the way to go. This could be so if that business has a good reputation. Just keep in mind that once you mail off your goods, you may or may not be able to change your mind. Some of the better online gold buyers will email you their offer to approve before just sending you a check.

Gold Refiners – If you want to leave out the middleman and make as much as possible, you may want to consider heading to the refiners who actually process the gold. You will most likely have to have a large quantity of gold to be able to sell directly to a refiner.

And if you’re still wondering, “Where Can I Sell Gold,” then a pawnbroker may be your best bet. Just keep in mind that if you go this route, chances are you may not get the best price for your gold items.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Where to Sell Scrap Gold

Where to Sell Scrap Gold

Do you have old pieces of jewelry lying around, but you’re not sure where to sell scrap gold? Well, you’re certainly not alone. Many people have been digging through their jewelry boxes with an uncertainty of where to go with their old gold.

There are a few places that may very well be local for many and no we don’t mean the local pawnshop. Instead, you may want to consider your local jewelry store or coin shop. Many jewelry stores will take broken gold items if they’re not in need of major restoration, but there are some stores who will buy any old gold for re-selling to refiners as scrap gold.

Another place to consider is your very own living room. Having a gold selling party to sell your gold is the perfect way to make some extra cash. And if you don’t feel like playing hostess, there’s bound to be someone in your town who wouldn’t mind doing so.

And finally, if you live in a bigger city, you may find brokers at trade shows that are willing to purchase your gold and silver. And if that’s not enough, sometimes the best resources are your friends and family. So the next time you see them, ask them where to sell scrap gold. They may just have a great place in mind.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Monday, April 26, 2010

Where to Sell Gold Jewelry

Sell Gold Jewelry

Thanks to the recession not many of us have a choice when it comes to making a living just to make ends meet. Some of us may go from working in an office to working behind a fast food counters while others will consider trying to sell gold jewelry that they don’t really want any more. So if you’re one of those people, read on.

Friends and family will often suggest an obvious place like a pawnshop; however, this should be your very last stop since most pawnbrokers aren’t willing to give you top dollar for your scrap gold.

As a matter of fact if you’ve ever been inside of a pawnshop, you’ll understand why they don’t want to pay too much. Almost everyone uses a pawnbroker, so this means a lot of risk is involved and these guys just want to make as much money as they can.

If you want to sell your gold for market value, you may want to try selling them through auction or an individual. You should keep in mind that auctions charge a fee, and individuals who are willing to buy your item probably aren’t in it just for the item itself.

Now days there are gold buying stores in most towns that buy used gold. Many coin shops and jewelry stores have gotten in on the gold buying action as well.

No matter where you decide to sell your gold jewelry, however, one thing to keep in mind, if you go back to a place you were quoted before, that individual or company may not give you the same price as before, as the price of gold changes minute by minute.

Mike Stokes
Sell Gold Guide

Friday, April 16, 2010

How to Sell Scrap Gold

One of the most difficult tasks that you need to do when you want to sell scrap gold is to find out whether your valuables are real gold or not. Years ago my cousin learned the hard way that not everything you’re told in life is the truth, especially when it comes to jewelry.

One of the simplest ways to see if your jewelry is real gold is by looking for a stamped mark that says, 10k, 14k or 18k. Another way is by scratching the surface of the item with a sharp item. If the item’s texture cracks or flakes, it’s not real.

And finally, an old tried and true method is to wear the piece if possible. If it turns your skin green, it’s not real gold. Of course if you’re still unsure whether your treasure is worth trying to sell as scrap gold, you can always take it to a professional and have them evaluate it for you.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Sell Gold Guide

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Different Ways You Can Sell Scrap Gold

Sell Scrap Gold

If you’re interested in trying to sell scrap gold, you may be wondering just who you should to take it to. There are actually several options:

Jeweler: If you want to sell gold jewelry, you may find that a jeweler is the perfect option for your pieces. You should know however that not all jewelry stores may be interested in buying your items simply because they only deal in selling jewelry.

Refiners: Refiners are the perfect choice if your want to cut out the middleman and make as much as possible from your items.

Online Companies: There are more and more online companies sprouting up all over the web offering the opportunity to sell gold without having to spend your precious time traveling all over the place just to cash in your scrap gold. Instead, you’re asked to send your goods in to the company where there are weighed and a check is sent in return.

Commercials: You’ve probably seen them on your television late at night - those one of a kind (or not) commercials prompting you to call their toll-free number for more information about selling your scrap gold jewelry pieces, coins and even dental pieces for some quick cash. These work similar to the online businesses by having you send in your valuable items.

Newspapers: If you’re looking to cash in your stuff at a more personal level, then you may want to consider the want ads in your local newspaper where businesses and individuals both are looking to buy what you have to offer.

Gold Selling Parties: If you’re open to hosting or attending a party, you can sell your valuable pieces at one of these fun bashes and have an appraiser available to access the price of your goods. Keep in mind that you may not get the best price possible when you sell scrap gold at a party, since the appraiser and host of the party will get a cut of the profits from your wares.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Sell Gold Guide

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Want to Sell Gold Items For Cash?

I don’t know too many of us who wouldn’t want to sell gold. I mean the idea of making a little extra cash during this economic mess is definitely not something many of us are willing to pass up if the circumstances are right. Unfortunately when it comes to selling your old gold items, it’s hard to know where to start.

Of course it might be obvious to simply take your gold jewellry or coins to a pawnshop, but the problem with that is, you may not get the best deal there. Instead we need to spread our wings and consider other possibilities such as:

=> Jewelry stores, which may offer a decent price for old or broken jewelry
=> Auctions both on and offline where you can set your own price
=> Private gold parties where you can both host and take your gold jewelry for selling
=> Television and website dealers who offer to buy your gold through the mail
=> Newspaper ads where individuals are looking to buy your gold

The above are only a few places where individuals can make a little money from their scrap gold. Please keep in mind however, that not every company is legit.

So before you decide that you want to sell your gold to that particular company or individual, do your research and make copies of everything before that sale is final. Otherwise you may find yourself being taken straight to the cleaners.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Sell Gold

Sell Silver -  Sell Gold

Saturday, April 10, 2010

How to Sell Scrap Gold

When you’re scraping a precious metal, no matter what that metal may be, you always want to do your homework. So whether you’re wondering how to sell scrap gold or some other precious metal, you need to take a lot of things into consideration.

For example, while you can make a profit from this type of scrap gold selling, there are some pieces that are worth far more than that. Items which are usually scrapped are those that are bent or broken. Sometimes a simple wedding band or other rings like a high school or college class ring may also be scrapped since their value alone isn’t really worth much.

Also coins that are defective or damaged may be scrapped as well as dental crowns and bridgework, individual earrings, nuggets, wire, watches and some electronics.

Before you take the items to a buyer you will want to separate them first. The best way to do so is by seperating each piece into piles of 10k, 14k, 18k and so on. Next, you’ll want to remove anything that may be of value to another buyer since as stones or jewels.

And finally before you take your scraps to a dealer, weigh them and then call around to find out who has the best price for the weighed pieces. So now that you know how to sell your scrap gold, don’t let a buyer fool you into anything less than what your items are really worth.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Sell Gold Guide

Sell Silver -  Sell Gold

Friday, April 09, 2010

How Affiliate Marketers Sell

Affiliate marketers like Mike Dillard of Magnetic Sponsoring know how to sell. They know that in your face selling and cold calling just doesn’t work. I mean seriously, would you want a salesperson hassling your every move as you try to check out their store or products. Would you want a telemarketer calling you at all hours of the day trying to push their product? I don’t think so!

Today’s MLMers know that selling a product means getting to know their customers and not forcing their product. Let them browse without harassing them. Let them sample the product with the freedom of not having to commit to anything. Let them have their cake and eat it too!

It’s all a part of Mike Dillard’s plan and it can be yours as well. Affiliate marketers don’t need to harass. It’s boring, a waste of everyone’s time and a part of the old rules that no longer apply. There’s a new set of rules in town. It’s time to play by them.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Internet Marketing Affiliate Program

A lot of you may be wondering is an Internet Marketing Affiliate Program really worth becoming a part of. Well, it all depends on who you go with. Some programs are more successful than others, but in reality no matter who you choose, you have to be willing to work with them.

You can’t expect a product to sell itself and you can’t expect someone to buy that product unless it’s appealing and they can find it. Imagine going to a website and seeing hundreds of different products strung out all over the place. Kind of irritating isn’t it?

Or just imagine visiting a website for a product that sounds interesting only to see a bright colored background with text that is barely legible. I know I’d be leaving that website in a hurry.

So if you really want to become part of an Internet Marketing Affiliate Program like Magnetic Sponsoring, for instance - you really must be willing to do your part as well. You can’t expect to make money by sitting on your rear end and doing nothing, now can you?

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

How To Get Started in Affiliate Marketing

I won’t lie to you. If you decide you want to get started in affiliate marketing, it’s not all fun and games. A lot of entrepreneurs try to sugar coat the truth just to make their business seem easy and sell you some bogus information product promising you to get rich with no work.

But if you’re not willing to put in a lot of hard work in the beginning, your dreams of vacationing in the Bahamas and spending more time with your family won’t come true.

You can’t just expect a product or service to sell itself. You have to promote that product and keep track of how it’s doing. If you’re not getting any hits to your promotional page, you’ll need to rethink things and figure out what needs improving.

You may need to make some changes to your website, promote your product through social networks like Facebook or Squidoo. You may even need to create some Google ads to get people to take notice in your business. Things may be easy or they may be frustrating. But in the end it’s really worth all of that hard work

So if you still want to get started in affiliate marketing, my suggestion is starting with a product that knows their business - one like Mike Dillard’s Magnetic Sponsoring.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Want An Affiliate Marketing Business?

So you think you got what it takes to become an affiliate marketing business magnate? Chances are you’re wrong. Affiliate businesses are a great way to bring in some income, but if you think you’re going to be rich overnight, you need to wake up and smell the roses.

No program is going to make you instantly rich. Instead it takes months to become successful and that’s only if you’re dedicated to making that success a reality. So if you’re the lazy type that thinks success is handed to you on a platter, you’re wasting your time.

(Affiliate marketing is a real business, just like a retail store or a restaurant.)

However, if you’re the type of person that knows in order to achieve success you have to be willing to work at it, then an affiliate marketing business like Mike Dillard’s Magnetic Sponsoring may very well be right for you.

Why? Because you already want to achieve success, so now it’s time to take it to the next level and attract customers without wasting your time doing so. You’ve got better things to do with your time; hunting down customers shouldn’t be a part of it.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Selling Scrap Gold

Monday, April 05, 2010

Affiliate Marketing Products

Did you know that you can make money online with affiliate marketing products? Most people assume that in order to sell affiliate products, you have to spend a lot of money just to get started. While some companies are that way, Magnetic Sponsoring is different.

For the price of a night out at a restaurant, you can purchase the Mike Dillard Magnetic Sponsoring book and system, and then make money from marketing it. And if you think it will be too hard, you’re wrong.

One of the best ways to get customers to buy a product is by giving away valuable information for free.. Unfortunately most companies no longer do that because of the economy. Yet, Mike Dillard is still going strong by giving his product away with no strings attached.

And the best part is, even if you’re just giving away his affiliate marketing products information, you’re still going to make money! I don’t know of any other company that will allow that, do you?

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Magnetic Sponsoring

Sunday, April 04, 2010

What Is a Twitter Direct Message?

It’s hard to imagine what an online business would be like without social networking. Take Twittering for instance. A lot of businesses are beginning to rely on programs like this because they can keep in contact with their customers on both a person and professional level with just a few short words.

Still, there is some confusion to a few of the program’s feature. One of the many questions that have come up is, “What is a Twitter Direct Message?”

It’s really fairly simple. When you send messages directly to a specific person only they can see what you’ve sent them even if you have hundreds of customers or friends on your list. So it’s like sending private messages that only that person can read.

So now that you know what a Twitter Direct Message is, the rest of Twittering is fairly simple and a great tool for anyone who wants to improve the customer service relationship of their online business.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Weber Summit S 671 Grill

Saturday, April 03, 2010

What Are Twitter Followers?

Okay, so maybe you’ve heard all about Twittering, but you’re wondering, What Are Twitter Followers. When you follow someone on the social networking site or they’re following you, that’s them! Pretty simple huh?

Well, to be honest there’s a lot more to the social site than just that. When you follow someone and they follow you, you’re making a fantastic connection, especially if you have an online business. Following someone is a great way to keep in contact with what’s new with them and when they follow you, they can do the same with you.

Even if you don’t have an online business, the site can still be beneficial. For example, if you have a blog, you can let your contacts know that you’ve updated it and even send them the link and all in just a few simple words. How great is that?

Okay, so now that you know what twitter followers are, how are you going to take advantage of that information?

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Coleman 9949 750

Friday, April 02, 2010

What is a Twitter Update?

Businesses need customers and the best way to reach them is with a Twitter Update. Twittering is one of the easiest and best ways to keep in touch with your customers and even friends. You can send a message to them from online, using a messenger or by cell phone.

The best part is, the messages are not long and lengthy like instant messages can be, which means you don’t have to worry about spending precious moments skimming through paragraph after paragraph just to find what you’re looking for.

This is especially great for those who use their cell phone for twittering and want to let their contacts (customers and friends) know what they’re up to on both a personal and business level.

In reality a Twitter update is a great tool for anyone who has an online business and wants to keep in touch with customers, friends or even other business associates without spending hours doing so. But, be warned, Twittering can be very addictive!

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Thursday, April 01, 2010

What is an RT on Twitter?

It’s really no surprise that Twittering is the latest social networking tool for MLMer’s in the world of online marketing. But, have you ever wondered what is an RT on Twitter?

If you’re just getting started with twittering, there are definitely a few things you’ll want to learn! Like for instance Retweeting (RT). Retweeting is a great way to share information to your customers and vice versa.

Say for example you’ve just tweeted (messaged) about your MLM product being free for a limited time. Your customer can then retweet your message (along with your username) to others on their list who in return may want be interested in your product or at the very least add you to their list.

When you RT on Twitter, you’re expanding your business with just a few simple words and the click of a mouse. It’s simple and just one of the many great tools used by Twitterer’s everywhere!

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Sell Gold

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How Do You Use Twitter

By now you may have already heard of the term twittering. Everyone seems to be talking about it, even celebrities. But the biggest question for some still remains - How Do You Use Twitter?

It’s simple really, but first things first. You’ll want to sign up for an account through their website. It’s free and you can edit your profile with any background you choose.

You can also leave a link that will direct followers or anyone visiting your page to wherever you choose.

Once you’re signed up you can choose to add other users or you can send a message to the world. Just type a message into the box on your profile and hit send. It’s as simple as that.

Of course if you want to send a message to a specific person, you can do so using direct message. Of course, they must be your friend and vice versa in order to use this feature.

You can also retweet messages so that others can read what you have to say or what someone else has to say. But, the best part about twittering that makes it so popular is the short and sweet messages.

No more weeding through long paragraphs. Update friends about your life or let your customers know what’s new with your business. It makes no difference because now you know a few simple ways on how you can use twitter.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Buy Seasilver

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How to Get Twitter Followers

If you’re looking for information on How to Get Twitter Followers for your online business, be very careful because there’s a lot of misleading info out there. As a matter of fact if you use some of it (think spamming), you could get banned from twittering forever.

Some simple and easy ways that aren’t misleading and won’t get you banned are:

Update your profile. Make sure you’ve got everything filled in and leave a link for visitors to follow.

Leave your profile link on your business page, blog, Squidoo pages and other social networking sites.

Follow other users on the site such as celebrities and don’t forget to say hi.

Invite your friends and family to create accounts with the website.

Tweet about your life and about the things you love in life.

The above are just a few ideas to help you get Twitter followers. Have fun and enjoy!

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Monday, March 29, 2010

How Do You Twitter?

The media once said that the world of Twittering was just going to be a phase. Well, obviously they were wrong because more and more people are asking, How Do You Twitter? - and loving it.

The social messaging tool is perfect for those who want to keep in contact with friends, family and even clients, without spending a lot of time doing so. It’s sort of like a mini-blog. You can access the tool through their website, instant messaging, a third party social networking application or by cell phone.

And Twittering doesn’t require any special skills to use it. If you can type a few words, then you can do it. Even adding people is easy. All you have to do is do a quick search by interest or name and add them to your page and they can do the same with you. Of course Twittering can be addictive and you may soon find someone asking you, How Do You Twitter?

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Sunday, March 28, 2010

What You Need to Know About Twitter

Have you ever wanted to learn all about Twitter, but just didn’t know where to start. Well, you no longer have to look any further. The social networking site that has also been called a mini-blog is a service that allows people to send and receive updates, also know as tweets.

The tweets allow members to send a message of up to 140 characters. That message is then displayed on their Twitter page and sent to anyone that’s added to their contact list or anyone who’s added them to theirs.

If members don’t want everyone to see what they’ve written, there are two options. They can either block specific people, which also prevents those blocked from contacting them entirely or they can send a direct message to a specific person that can only be read by them.

Of course there is a lot more about Twitter than just the above basics, but once you get the hang of it, it’s fast, fun and best of all it’s free!

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Define Twitter and Your Goals

Social networking services like Twitter are the hottest craze in the world of MLM marketing right now. Entrepreneurs know that social networking services are a fantastic tool that allows them to reach and even gain new customers. Those customers may then choose to tweet about your product or service.

Tweeting about your MLM business is a great way to expand your business and beyond. One of the best ways to go beyond tweeting is to define your Twitter goals.

I mean really, what goals do you have in mind when you tweet? Are you just sending out messages because you’re bored, you think it will help your business or you just really like the idea of receiving fan mail from your customers?

I know I tweet because I enjoy talking to my followers and letting them know what’s new with my life. But in reality that’s it. I have no true goals when it comes to my business and that’s one of the biggest mistakes I’m making when I tweet.

Oh sure sometimes I’ll throw in a tweet about my blog every now and then, but it’s not enough to make someone really notice. So I’ve realized I need to sit down and write out a list of goals.

And then I need to define those goals with Twitter and decide what’s working and what’s not. Currently my number one goal is to tweet at least one link a day about my business. How about you?

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Friday, March 26, 2010

How to Twitter

How to Twitter
 I’m no stranger to the world of social networking and I know not every networking site is easy to set up. Yet I was really impressed since it didn’t take me long at all to learn how to Twitter, which is great since I never have a lot of time on my hands.

Setting up an account with them is fairly easy and the best part about twittering is you don’t spend a lot of time sending out long lengthy messages because they don’t allow it. The networking application is very similar to sending a text message on your cell phone without getting charged to do so.

So for those who don’t have a cell phone it’s actually a great online tool that will allow almost anyone to keep in touch with friends, family, acquaintances and even business clients. The only drawback is they must also use the service.

Still, it’s easy enough to use and with a few words and the click of a button, the entire world will know what you’re up to. If you’re a little more private with your life, you can always send a direct message, which can only be seen by the person you specify on your contact list who’s also on yours.

Once you get the hang of things, you’ll soon learn how to twitter in no time. And with its great benefits you may even find yourself wondering why you didn’t start sooner!

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Make Money With Squidoo

Make Money With Squidoo

A lot of entrepreneurs will try to tell you that you can make money with Squidoo quickly. And while you can make a profit from the social networking site, the cold hard truth is, it’s not going to make you rich overnight.

If you have a product to promote, then you should definitely take advantage of creating a lens for it. However, if you have more than one product to promote, build another lens or series of lenses for each product you plan to promote.

Another word of advice, if you know nothing about your product from experience and you don’t love it - don’t try to promote it. You should always promote a product or service that you truly believe in.

Always use keywords to promote what you have to offer. If you’re trying to promote your Cajun cooking recipes, you should use keywords and phrases like Cajun cooking. Add them a few times throughout your article, but don’t over do it.

Take advantage of the Amazon and Ebay modules. If you want to make even more money, add a few related Amazon products like Cajun Cooking Books. If you have some cookbooks for sale through Ebay, add them to your lens.

And don’t forget, that you can also make money with Squidoo through their Adsense revenue program. You might not get rich overnight, but with these great lens options, you can make a little extra income without having to spend money doing it!

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Weber 3880001

Friday, March 19, 2010

How to Squidoo

Lately everyone wants to know How to Squidoo. It’s the hottest thing in social networking and a great solution for anyone with a business. By creating lenses (web pages) you can share your product or service with those who are willing to listen. Yet you don’t even need a business to make a profit from your lenses.

When you’re creating a lens, you’ll be working with several modules. In these modules is a place to add a title. If you want your lens to get noticed, you’ll want to add a title to those modules. It helps break down sections and makes things easier for your visitor to read.

You’ll also want to write out a description for those modules. This will give the reader more information about what’s in store ahead and also help break up paragraphs.

You’ll want to take advantage of the Amazon affiliate module. This is a great way to find products through Amazon that are related to yours and make a little extra profit as well.

Always back up your lens. If you don’t you stand the chance of losing every bit of what you just worked so hard on. An easy way to remember to back up your lens is by doing so every time you complete a module. So now that we’ve covered the basics of How to Squidoo, let’s see what you’ve got…

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Samsung WF328AAW Washer

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Squidoo Basics

Just a few basics will make your Squidoo page (called a lens) really stand out and deliver the results that you want. It’s really not hard at all and with just a few simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to creating great lenses like a pro.

First and foremost, you need to make sure that you’ve filled in your bio. If your biography isn’t complete, it’s hard for people to find out what you’re like on a more personal level. People like to relate, so you should definitely give them the chance.

Don’t forget to add a photo of yourself. People want to see what you look like. And please don’t think that some hot celebrity or model will do quite nicely, because it won’t. All it does is makes you look fake. Show off the real you and people will love you for it.

Don’t share junk and call it quality. If you’re going to create a lens, you need to make sure it’s something that people really want to read. And telling someone they must buy, buy, buy your product isn’t a good idea either.

And finally, don’t forget to add photos to your lenses. While the quality of your content is a must, a great photo can also do wonders. People enjoy seeing what they’re reading about. Really.

Of course the above are only a few Squidoo basics. Once you’ve discovered how great creating lenses can be, you’ll realize the possibilities are endless!

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Weber 2780301 Summit S 670 Grill

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Squidoo Tips

Want more out of Squidoo?

Here are some tips to help get you started.

Become a Giant Squid – If you want to get noticed you need to create a lot of lenses and make sure they’re informative. And adding a few links here and there just isn’t enough. You’ll need a minimum of 50 quality lenses to become a Giant Squid.

Know Your Keywords – Sure you’ve heard about keywords, but have you really listened to what’s being said. Research your keywords and then use them in your title and in the content of your lens. Just don’t over do it unless you want your readers to run the other way.

Use Other Social Networking Sites To Your Advantage – Use other networking sites to promote your lenses. Add your lens to Digg, Stumble It, Twitter and Facebook. The more people know about your lenses, the better your reputation will be.

Want more Squidoo tips? Check out the website’s forum and other lenses for even more information on creating them.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge Website Design

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What is Squidoo?

When you’re just beginning to learn about MLM marketing, it’s generally not easy to promote that business’s products. To solve that problem, many people have turned to social networking sites like Squidoo. However, even with its rise in popularity, some are still asking the question of, what is Squidoo?

Founded by Seth Godin, the social networking site is a fantastic tool that can be used to promote products and services to those who need or want it, but don’t want to spend money promoting it.

All you have to do is create a profile and from there you can begin making lenses (web pages) about any topic you are interested in writing about.

But the added bonus is you can also use the lenses (actually free websites) to make money using Amazon and other affiliate products and links.

You can add text, video, images, audio, RSS feed and links to each lens without having to learn HTML. And if you still need more information on what squidoo is, you can check out the tutorials on their website.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
Cajun Cooking Recipes