Copyright (c) 2008 Jim Suzak
There is a whole new way of marketing a business with the continued growth of the computer. Especially, for businesses who perform most of their transactions online. While reaching for online customers, internet marketing becomes the main target for your marketing efforts as it will attract the customers in your demographic which is the online user and create a residual income for you.
There are two distinct styles for online marketing, one is business marketing, the other is website marketing. The goal of web site marketing is to have people conduct an online search through the major search engines for products and or services and find your website. Many things are involved in web site marketing and once a business is able to get them all moving in the same direction together, there is a great chance they will experience a major flood of new visitors to their web site thus using their products or service once again generating a residual income.
One the other side are businesses that heavily promote their availability aimed at the internet users more so than the search engines. Buying internet advertisements, sending out emails and other promotional marketing materials that are designed to bring visitors to their online web sites, are just a few of the online marketing strategies being used today.
One of the things to remember with online marketing is to consider your home page as a billboard along the side of the road. If there is no traffic along the road, there will be no people who will see your billboard so your efforts should be focused on getting people on the right road. From another point of view, there may be over a thousand people selling a certain brand of personal care items and they all have a web site, many provided free when they signed up and they all look alike and have the same upgrades.
There is no telling whose web site is going to pop up in the search results if a person searches for the brand by name. If you own one of these thousands of sites, specific marketing will need to be done to guide that potential traffic to the site you own. To do this you can use pay-per-click advertising that you pay for based on the number of visitors who click through to your site.
Affiliate marketing is also a popular method of bringing visitors to your site and is a great way to produce a strong residual income.. As a business, an affiliate who drives the traffic to your site, you agree to pay a certain percentage or dollar amount of a sale to another site. Moreover, you are realizing free advertising and only pay for it if your site makes a sale. Having thousands of unrelated links to your site, you may turn search engines against you and lose your information from their engines and as a result from their results pages. This may be attributed to some link exchanges that may have thousands of unrelated links to your site.