Reasons to use live chat for your business website

Get a live chat for your website
Get a live chat for your website

Have you ever visited a website and left with a bad impression? It could be because they did not respond faster or you couldn’t find a better way to address your concerns. Quick response to leads or customer queries leaves a good and lasting impression on them as compared to having them wait for 24 hours before you can respond. Whether you run an online or offline business, it is good to know that customer support is the cornerstone of any business.

Customers come in handy in growing your client base. There are several ways you can improve your customer service and one of them is using having a live chat on your business website. Unlike before when live chat was not effective, these days it is a real chat with an agent. This means customer questions are answered there and then. There is no need to wait for two days to have a response. If you are here wondering why you even need to have live chat on your business website, read on to find out good reasons to do so.

Reasons to use live chat for your business website

If you have a website and still take time to respond to your leads or customers, check these reasons why live chat could help you take your business to new heights.

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It is time-saving

Time is money, they say. Nobody wants to spend one hour waiting for a response when he got other errands to run. That is why every customer that visits your website expect the quickest response possible. Not only does a live chat save the customer time but it also saves you the time of having to serve long queues of customers waiting for responses. This in return increases productivity while reducing frustrations on customers.

If you save time, then it means you have also saved money. Sounds good, right? What else is good than having extra time for other precious things?

Enhances customer loyalty

Imagine losing two customers in a day simply because you took long or could not answer their questions on time. Even a customer getting angry is not good for any business. A loyal customer foundation means a lot to any business. Without this type of customers, believe you me, it is not easy to survive.

Creating lasting relationships with clients and offering services that surpass their expectations work like magic on the growth of a business. Taking the loyalty of your clients for granted is like committing business suicide. One thing is clear here, your opponents are working around the clock to stand out and attract your customers. You can’t afford to take their loyalty for granted.

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Live chat helps you engage your customers at the time they need your help. Customers who received an immediate response on a website were found to be more loyal than those who did not. A customer is like a man if you can’t give him what he wants, he will find it elsewhere and that comes at a cost.

Customer support plays a great role in any business. If you manage to provide your customer with the best support, you have won their hearts for a lifetime. People want to buy and stay where they are treated right and their problems handled with a lot of concern. By attending customers instantly, you make them feel that that is where they belong.

Increases sales

No business owner wants to see his profits or sales going down month after month. A quick response means more leads and as a result more sales. There is more than selling a product or service to your customer. It needs trust.

How to Use Real Estate Virtual Assistants to Grow Your Business

Real estate virtual assistants
Grow your business with real estate virtual assistants

Pretty Homes and Villas is probably what comes to mind when we talk about Real Estate as a business. But there is more to real estate business than selling beautiful houses. Discussions, negotiation between parties, a lot of running around, huge paperwork, coordination with external agencies, all of it and more go into a deal. There are a lot of tasks that lead to the sale and that is where real estate virtual assistants come in.

Documentation formalities, paperwork, inspection, legal formalities involve a lot of work, a lot more than the business owner or the real estate agent can handle.

Maintaining a database of a network, calling up prospects, scheduling meetings, managing listings, meeting clients and showing properties all are typical activities in the day of a real estate professional. If you are a business owner add to it tasks like marketing, social media, managing listings, updating websites.

Yes, it is nearly impossible for a single person to be able to manage all of the above tasks efficiently without faltering. But thank god for real estate virtual assistants you can now manage your real estate business without any hiccups.

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So who are these virtual real estate assistants?

They are just like any other virtual assistant with expertise in real estate. They understand the industry inside out and know exactly what your business needs to scale up sales.

Be it administrative tasks like scheduling appointments, making calls etc to specialized tasks like managing listings on property websites and online marketing to generate leads, they know it all. Basically, they can assist you with anything you want.

Let’s look at some of the ways the virtual real estate assistants can help your real estate venture flourish:-

Maintaining a Database

Ask any real estate expert if they maintain a database of their clients or prospects and the answer will be a resounding YES. This database is their lifeline. It is a comprehensive list of all the people who may have expressed interest in buying a property through some medium.

It is a list of past and prospective clients who they keep in touch with for their future needs or referrals.

From adding names to removing names of those who are no longer interested or those who do not wish to be contacted further. This task alone can take up the entire day, something which business owners and agents simply cannot afford.

Real estate virtual assistants can help you manage your database effectively. They can call up prospects from the list and update accordingly.

You will no longer have to cold call all the names in the list and then screen. You can take a look at the updated list anytime and call only the important ones which would not only save you a lot of time but also help you focus your efforts where it matters.

Sending Out Emails

Sending out emails to greet your contacts, give them more information about the latest deals or simply to say hello, emails are an effective way to keep in touch with your client network.

Real estate virtual assistants
Real estate virtual assistants

Planning the content, design etc for it can take up a lot of time which can easily be handled by the real estate virtual assistant so you can concentrate on more important tasks.

Website Management

Your website is what represents your business to the online community. A website is a place where you prospect first lands to know more about your business.

Your website is what gives the clients the first impression of your business and therefore it is worth your while to have a good functional website with all the relevant information. From your company information to your properties listings, a website will have it all.

Real estate is a volatile market with stiff competition and therefore information like pricing etc can change. Removing old listings from the website and updating new ones, new prices etc on the website is important.

Real estate VA is skilled at performing the necessary research and then updating the website with accurate and correct information. They are skilled at creating converting landing pages.

Lead Generation

Generating new leads is important but also time-consuming. Your real estate virtual assistants is an expert in the industry and are familiar with different ways of generating new leads. You can focus on increasing sales while your real estate VA can help with a steady inflow of fresh leads.

Listing Strategy

Property listings is what helps real estate professionals get more visitors and in turn, leads. The more widespread your presence, the greater will be your client base. There are many different property websites where it helps to list your property.

Your website may take time to make its mark in the online sphere. These property websites are hugely popular and people flock to them for all their property needs. The higher the number of views your listing receive, the greater will be the chances of a sale.

Pricing

It’s no secret that the real estate market is a fiercely competitive one. Therefore in order to survive and thrive, you have to offer competitive prices else your competitors will draw your customers away.

Pricing is never easy and requires several factors to be taken into account. Not just about the property on offer but you also need to be aware of standard market rates area-wise, location-wise etc.

You can get a real estate virtual assistant to help you with the necessary research like market prevailing rates, competitor’s prices etc.

Online Marketing

Real estate businesses need a robust presence on social media.  Also, other mediums of online marketing like classifieds, Google, Advertisements, Press Release, Blogs etc all contribute towards brand awareness.

Use real estate virtual assistants for online marketing.
Use real estate virtual assistants for online marketing.

Most people these days use social media to look for things, search for information or even get in touch with people. Facebook and LinkedIn are powerful platforms to build connections, get feedback, communicate with the audience etc.

Conclusion

Real Estate Virtual assistants can help in myriad ways and are a great help to the business but only if you have your expectations clear from the beginning. You need to organize the way you do business so you are clear with your expectations.

Remember it’s you who determines the productivity of your VA. How many hours do you need a VA for? Does he have more or less on his plate than the hours paid for? You need to be sure what work to delegate to your virtual assistant and how many hours would it take? After all, a VA is just an assistant. 

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How to grow your Facebook group and earn from it

You just created your Facebook group the other day. Like-minded people of all races have joined but you are still wondering what next. Let me tell you one thing. A group is useless if there is no engagement. Evoking engagement is the biggest task you have as the founder of the group.

I know most people have heard about making money using social media platforms and are wondering how they can do it. Perhaps you have a group and are wondering if you can earn some dollars from it. Don’t be in a rush to make the group a money-making machine. Grow the group first and make it a place for fans to go to when they need help.

If you don’t have a group don’t worry. It is not yet too late to create one. Facebook is not the only platform that allows you to create a group. You can do the same on Twitter and LinkedIn. But before you start a group, you need to identify your audience and the products or services that they might be interested in. Read on to find out the practical tips on growing your group and turning it into a money-making machine. Enjoy the read!

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Earn from Facebook groups

Know your group objective

First, before you create the group ask yourself this question; what is the ultimate objective of the group? What is the end result? A friend once told me that I should always start the project from the end. What do I mean by this? For example, you want to start banana farming. Will you grow banana on large scale without a market? Of course not!

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Start your group with the end result in mind. What do you and the members stand to gain from? Once you find the answer to this question, you are good to go. When you have an objective, it is easy to identify if the group is making progress or not. With the objective in mind, you will easily grow the group to thousands of members because you are able to identify what is working and what is not.

Evoke engagement

Most group owners rush into getting new members as soon as they create the group. That is where you go wrong. Who here would find it enjoyable sitting in a cold house? I mean, my grandma used to say a house without kids is cold and I say the same. A group without engagement is the same as a house without kids. (If you don’t have kids, forgive me saying this!)

Before you go ahead and lure other friends or people to join your group, make every effort to engage the members you have. It doesn’t matter if you have 20 or 400 members. The thing here is to generate engagement and make them feel that the group is worthy of referring a friend to join. If the group is engaging, you will easily have more people joining the group after hearing the good things about it.

Ask people questions before they join

Ever tried to join a group and you are asked to answer a few questions? Well, that is one trick of growing the group with like-minded people. This criterion helps to weed out group hoppers. If a person can’t answer the questions when joining, do you think he/she will engage in the group? Obviously not!

If you don’t have a questionnaire for your group, create it today. Start by approving those people who answer your questions. These kind of people are likely to engage in the group once inside.

Add a group link in your signature

I’m sure you use email to communicate with colleagues and clients regularly. Adding the link to your Facebook group is the best strategy to grow the group. This increases the chances of an extra member joining the group with every single email you send. Ensure it is not complicated and it is clear what kind of group one is joining. If you do this, you will be growing your members every day.

Create quality and on target content

We all love reading content that appeals to us and adds meaning to our business. One thing I have learned about managing groups is offering content that gives value to members. For example, I ran a group that targets virtual assistants. This means I will have to share content that appeals to them and not what I wish or like. Yes, I may like the content but it should be on target. Posting content that your members can relate to may help generate likes and engagement.

Let me explain this. If I create posts and they get lots of likes and comments let’s say 1k and brand partners approach me, this will definitely convince them that my group Is worthy their investing in. What I’m saying here is that the brand will be convinced that its message will be heard by many.

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Promote your group on your website

Even if your website does not receive lots of traffic, it is a good idea to link to the group. It could be within the blog posts, on the menu or the sidebar of your website. Ensure you place it where more are likely to see it and visit the group so they can join. Placing it on your website will not help if there is no description. An informative but short description that tells your visitors why they should join the group is something you don’t want to miss.

Send a newsletter

This is another exceptional strategy that will help you to grow your Facebook group. See to it that you mention and encourage every new subscriber of your email list to join the group. If you usually get over a thousand subscribers a month, it means thousands of humans are going to know about your group.

The best thing about this strategy is that most of these new subscribers enjoy your content. There is a possibility that they will click the link and join the group.

Promote it on your social media channels

If you have a Facebook page, YouTube channel or Twitter account, start by promoting the group on this platform. Your fans are most likely to join the group. Look, the fans have already shown interest in your content by connecting with you on these channels. That is why this tactic is one of the most effective on growing groups on Facebook. As I said earlier, be sure to tell them why they need to join.

When it comes to Twitter, it becomes easy to get more notice your group. You can do this by creating a graphic of the group and pinning on your tweets. Pinning allows the graphic tweet to linger around for some more time and hence more people get to see it. And yes, the graphic should be attractive so it may catch the attention of more people.

Add it to Pinterest board groups

Did you know Pinterest group boards are marketing powerhouses? If you have not tried Pinterest for any reason, I encourage you to try today. With Pinterest boards, you can reach millions of people without spending a dollar doing marketing. Here is what you should do; place a link to your Facebook group at the end of the description of the board. Got it?

Add it to your Instagram bio

Did you think Instagram too could help you get more members? I bet no. If you have an Instagram account, go ahead and add your group to the bio. I know you want to include your website up there. But wait, the link to your group will not stay there forever. Once your group has become large enough, you can replace the link with whatever you want.

 

 

Landing page copy mistakes you should avoid

Creating a landing page copy that converts is not a joke. This is the issue that many marketers are struggling with. They end up creating a copy that gives their visitors several options and therefore, they leave without doing anything. Among the lead generation tools, you should have as a marketer or blogger, is a converting standalone page.

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If your landing page is not converting, you probably made the following mistakes. Have a look at them and how to fix them.

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Not getting direct to the point

This is one of the mistakes that you can make on your standalone page. Since you have a specific objective in mind, there is no need of taking your visitor rounds. Your reader can only take seconds to make a decision. Get to the point right away and let the visitors know what solution you are offering them.

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Every human hates being taken rounds and then not gain anything in return. Tell your visitors how they will benefit from whatever services or product you are offering them.  Put your message across in a compelling manner. Ensure you stick to the point in a way that no reader will resist taking action.

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Placing the CTA button at the wrong place

Even if you know that people always scroll below to the end of the page, you should place your CTA in the right place. Just keep in mind that when people visit your page, they are looking for information. Obviously, they will not go past half of the page. Let’s be realistic here, do you usually read landing pages or you just skim? I’m sure you know the answer to this. And that is what many people do; skim.

This only means that you shouldn’t put your CTA after writing a long block. Make your block brief and it should not go below the fold.

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Disregarding the concerns of your audience

Even if you have a converting page copy, there are some buyer concerns that you shouldn’t overlook. It is hard for anyone to trust a brand or business he has just come across. Most people want to know who has worked with this brand and how was the experience. Some of the things buyers would be concerned to know about include:

  • Moneyback guarantee
  • Security and privacy
  • How to get in touch

These are some of the things that visitors are always concerned and want clarification before they buy your services. To avoid keeping your potential clients away, ensure you share some testimonials, feedback from customers, and awards you have received.

For example, if you are a writer, you can have testimonials from clients on the landing page. Also, reviews from clients can help your visitors feel that they can trust your services or product.

Your CTA is weak

The main reason why you are creating a landing page is to generate leads. The strength of your call to action will determine if you will convert the visitor into a client or not. The idea here is to create CTAs that inspire action. Your colors and fonts need to be attractive in a manner that they catch the interest of the reader. The should have a message that makes the reader see the significance of taking the action. For example, if I want people to download my e-book on the benefits of exercising, my CTA button will have something like;

  • Yes, send me the ebook
  • Yes, I want to know the benefits

Let me try and make this clear. For example, let’s take submit as your call to action message. This shows you are not serious. Use strong words that inspire action.

Not adding social sharing buttons

Most people fail to recognize the power of social sharing buttons. If you are one of those people, you better start including them on the thank you page. Your potential customers may want to share a valuable message with friends and family. This is an added advantage to you if they share. So, why not include them

Conclusion on landing page mistakes

One thing I have come to learn is that there is no mistake that is hard to make. All mistakes happen when you least expect especially when you are not careful. Before you start creating your landing page, think of the purpose, the striking colors, fonts, as well as a strong CTA.

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Interview questions to ask a social media manager

What comes to your mind when you think of a social media manager? Social media managers take responsibility for your online behavior on all platforms. They are responsible for creating engaging and useful content, responding to comments and messages. 

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Hiring a social media manager

 

For many years after the launch of Facebook, business owners did not see the use to include it in their marketing plan. But that is not the case anymore. Social media marketing is now part of the strategies used by businesses to reach their target audience. And that is where social media managers come in.

They are usually hired under the marketing department. Most of them opt to work from home but this depends on the agreement with the business owner. Apart from being in charge of your company’s social media presence, a social media manager can carry out duties like email marketing, blogging, and visual designing.

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Nearly everybody uses social media and this can make it hard to choose the right candidate for your business. If you are not a fan of Facebook, Instagram or Twitter it can be even harder to pick.

What to look for when choosing a social media manager

Just because the role of your community manager is to create content, respond to messages and comments, it doesn’t mean you should hire anyone who is on Facebook or Twitter. Let me explain this clearly. Yes, I can have a thousand followers, but I only share obscene content. This might not be appealing to your audience. Your intention is to get followers who will eventually turn into clients. Second, not everyone can engage people in a professional manner. Are you ready to hire someone who doesn’t know how to respond to negative messages or comments? Of course not.

The right candidate for your job needs to have verifiable experience with online marketing campaigns. The person should have a deep knowledge of keyword research, SEO, and Google analytics. In fact, this person should be able to turn their imagination into useful tacts to sell your name. Got it?

Interview questions to ask a social media manager

Hiring a social media manager is challenging. It needs you to asses the resources that you have and adjust. As I mentioned earlier, it is a challenging process. I know this is not an easy task and that is why I’m sharing some of the questions you should ask the candidate. They will help you get someone who will help take your business to the next level.

What is one crucial thing you will be doing for my company?

This is one way of finding out if the candidate is aware of the main role. You should expect the candidate to talk about monitoring and listening to the fans within the social medium of the brand. The candidate should also state that regular engagement with followers and fans is part of the main thing any social media manager should do. The engagement tells the audience that the company or business is there and ready to listen to and answer all their queries.

Which channel would you recommend for us to use?

The response the candidate gives you will tell you how much knowledge and experience she has with social media platforms. It will also tell you if this candidate has conducted some research about your business or not. If he has done some research, this is a serious candidate who knows her job well. Furthermore, the response will tell you the general strategy he or she intends to use.

Have you managed any pages before?

This is a critical question you shouldn’t forget to ask. In any job interview, people share their past experience. It will also be good to know what the candidate has done before. What was her role? Don’t be excited if the candidate tells you he can only create pages or profiles. Some say they are social media managers because they can create profiles. Well, that task everyone can do. The right manager should have the capability to create unique content and engage with the audience. Make sure you pay close attention to the answer because might end up hiring a social media user and a nit a manager.

What tools do you use?

I once asked this question to a friend who was parading himself as a community manager and the answer I got will shock you. Do not expect the candidate to use the tools you use or know. Some may be using free tools. Just ask them to state why they love the tool and not the one you use. Who knows? You might end up liking their tool.

How do you handle negative messages or comments?

No matter what we do, there will always be haters or people to think negative about our project. Even if the social media manager has not encountered any experience of this kind before, he or she should at least demonstrate some ability to handle the situation properly and win the customer back. 

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An expert social media manager should be acquainted with all the guidelines of every platform. For example, Facebook does not allow clickbait post which encourages sharing and liking of posts. Being aware of what Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram approves is important.

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Conclusion

In an organization, this is a position that should be taken seriously and it should not be viewed as a junior position. A social media manager speaks on behalf of the company to the online community. In this regard choose someone who is a position to build the company reputation to the clients and other stakeholders. Hire someone who is creative and engaging.💕💕 

Eight ways to increase audience engagement on Twitter


Have you been struggling with increasing your audience engagement on Twitter? Twitter is one of the best platforms when it comes to connecting people, customers, and forming a solid clientele base in this technological era. Through Twitter, you can easily ask questions, share your thoughts on a particular issue, and attract potential clients.

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Increase audience engagement on Twitter

It is good to note that you have to engage people on any social media platform. If not, there is no need to be there. Twitter has a set of rules that should be religiously followed. Here are some helpful tips and insightful tips that could help you get more engagement on Twitter.

Tweet during weekends and public holidays

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If you wish to take a break on Twitter, then the weekends are not the best days to do so. This is occasioned by the fact that most people on weekends and public holidays are relaxing at home and have more time to be on twitter. I engagements are usually high during weekends and public holidays.  If you want the topic of the day to trend, tweet on weekends.

Number of tweets in a day

The number of tweets you send in a day will determine the level of engagement with the Twitter users. Always remember to change the content in a day since posting many twitters with same content may result in people lacking interest in your twitters and hence leading to poor engagement. I am of the school of thought that believes that the more you tweet, the more the participation because if you tweet less most people might not come across your tweet. To play it safe it would be best to tweet around four to five times in a day and monitor how they perform before increasing or reducing the number of times you tweet in a day.

Include links to increase audience engagement

When tweeting it is worth noting that you can include links in your tweets to keep the audience more engaged. Tweets with links have higher or increased viewership. Do you want to increase audience engagement on Twitter? Ensure to include links to some informative content that can help solve the problems your audience is facing. It makes the bond between you and your target audience strong. The best way to know what to include in your tweets is to check the profiles of your followers. It will help you know what they are struggling with so you can create content to solve it. 

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Tweet during the day

According to research conducted recently, Twitter users are mostly active at during the day between 10.00 a.m – 1.00p.m. This is the time most people have settled in their offices or work, and they have set the ball rolling for the day. Tweeting during the day also may vary, depending on your target audience and what time they are likely to be active on Twitter.

In short, this means that you have to adjust your timing depending on your target audience. For instance, if you are targeting students in higher learning institutions, they will be mostly found on twitter after the mid-morning break and lunch breaks which falls between the 10-1.00 p.m. Based on your target group and their location, it is good to keep in mind the different time zones in the world and tweet accordingly.

Eye-catching #hashtags and generate human-related tweets

As a social media specialist always endeavor to be humorous so you can increase audience engagement on Twitter. Make the tweets so compelling and attractive. It makes people reading your tweets retweet automatically without you requesting them to retweet back. It is always prudent to respond when someone tweets or responds to your tweet.

Be realistic and authentic

When tweeting. do not post information that you are not aware of their origin or unable to substantiate. This is because they can quickly land you in trouble with law enforcers. Always address comments on twitter with empathy and gratitude. Avoid engaging with bullies or those people who decided to troll you for one reason or another. Always strive to be humane in the way you communicate and create or come up with ideas that seek to solve some social problems. This will result in increased and positive engagement with your audience.

Detailed biodata of yourself

If you want to get increase audience engagement on Twitter, include your detailed information on your profile. Use the keywords in your bio so people could find you easily. Always remember to put keywords in your biodata that will prompt people on twitter to be interested in your tweets. In your biodata, you could include a striking profile photo that is clear and well captioned.

Retweet or share

It feels good when you tweet and you come back to thousands of retweets and comments. Make your audience feel you value them by liking and retweeting their content. And of course, do not forget to only retweet tweets that are relevant to your audience.

Use catchy graphics

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. It is true, using photos on social media has been found to increase audience engagement. There are so many tools you can use to create eye-catching graphics and one of them is Canva. But there is another tool that can help you create even stunning graphic that will attract your audience. I want to recommend it to you. It is called PicMonkey.  Want to see what PicMonkey is all about? Sign-up for your free trial today!

Conclusion

Use these eight ways to increase audience engagement on Twitter and gain more followers than never before. Did we leave anything out? Don't forget to share in the comments below. 

Easy ways to make money online


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Make money online

Are you looking for ways to make money online? There are sure, tried, and tested ways that you can venture in to make cash online. Most of the time when dealing with online ways of making money it will depend on your passion. I believe making dollars online is not for the faint-hearted. It requires good customer care skills that will enable you to handle all sorts of clients.

In addition to that, you will need to be in a position to separate genuine and scams. It will help you avoid wasting your energy on a task you will not get paid for. Discipline is also vital since you are doing it on your own, no one is there to supervise you. Therefore, you should deliver the services on time and in accordance to your client needs. On the same breath, it’s difficult to make a dime on online without discipline.

It is worth noting that making money online is not a get rich quick scheme. But most of them can pay your bills like rent and groceries and in the long run, can transform your life and developing your finances in the long term. Here are some of the ways to make money online

Affiliate marketing

This is whereby as an online entrepreneur you have or own a blog where you can display ads. In this type of marketing, you look for a niche that attracts more clients. This means that you should offer informative, important content, and marketing messages that you feel your prospective clients will need to know.

When customers click on the link to make a purchase, they are directed to the affiliate partners’ site to complete the transaction. By so doing you get a commission from the purchase made.

One of the affiliate programs you should join include the following:

  • Technology Used by Successful Businesses. It is of the best ways to make money working online. It offers you an opportunity to find more advertisers and a wide range of categories.
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  • Viglink: This website will pay you 35% for the initial year for referring someone to their affiliate program.

I will cover more on the affiliate programs on my next post.

e-commerce

E-commerce is one of the best ways to make money online. As an e-commerce trader, you can sell your own products on your website. This is made possible by setting up a website or a blog that will enable you to reach your potential customers. If you have just joined e-commerce it could be prudent to have a website and a hosting account.

After this, you are required to design the site and create email marketing. To assist you in coming up with the website you will need e-commerce software and traffic to stream to your blog. This means you have to come up with adverts on social media like Facebook.

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Blogging

If you are very serious about making money online, you could easily turn your passion for writing into a money-making machine. Blogging is easier to begin and the most sustainable venture, this is made possible by setting up the blog for the right audience. But first, you need to get a domain name from Namecheap and set up your website.

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For instance, if you are good with fashion design you can start a fashion blog. It would be of great help to you as an entrepreneur to target the required group of persons by carrying out market segmentation. This is so that you do not target the wrong audience.

In blogging, there are many things that one can easily sell. For example, if you target students you can start selling them course notes and even e-books.  From blogging, you can come up with offers that can attract other internet entrepreneurs who wish to advertise their products on your website. Once they advertise on your blog you earn some cash. This is one of the ways to make money online that is not expensive.

 

Selling e-books

As a sole internet entrepreneur, you can sell your own articles to other publishers online at a fee. In this case, you do not need a lot of capital outlay to venture into this type of business. You can sell your books directly from your website.

You just need to write the eBooks and upload it on your website and then publicize them. You can share them on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and even your email list. You can join websites like ebooks.com, Smashwords, Kobo Writing Life, Lulu, and others to sell your ebooks.

For example, you could write a book like this one Confessions of Eden and sell on Smashwords.

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If you already have an ebook and don’t have a website, don’t worry. You can still sell your ebook using SendOwl. All you need is to register an account, upload your products and start selling. They have an informative guide on how you can do this easily.

Alternatively, you can use the Thinkific, a course creation platform, to sell your ebook. There is no huge difference. All you need is to create an account, upload your ebooks and start making money. Don’t have a Thinkific account? Register on Thinkific Online Course Software.

YouTube channel

In this era, you can easily make thousands of dollars a month using a YouTube channel. This is due to the fact that many people are embracing the technological advancement. For instance, instead of buying and storing bulk CD’s to watch from the house, it is easier to log onto YouTube channel and watch the videos. This saves you of the storage space.

On YouTube, you can come up with valuable videos that are likely to entice people to watch like fashion designs, music videos, tours and travel, and comedy videos among others.

To set up a YouTube that will generate money for you here is what you should do:

  • Set up the channel on which you will be placing your live videos
  • Remain relevant, by always uploading the videos consistently and describe the content to the best of your knowledge such that viewers can understand them easily. Always make sure that the videos are of good quality and contain relevant information on the topic of the day. Make them as entertaining as no one would not like to look at boring stuff on youtube.
  • After setting up the videos and ensuring they are okay, advertise or share them on your social media platforms like twitter, facebook, and Instagram. You can also share the videos on your blog.
  • Whenever the viewers bring up issues or ask the question, respond to the questions calmly and show knowledge and understanding of the topic you were tackling. In so doing you attract a large fan base.
  • In order to maximize and monetize YouTube always include adverts such that when viewers click on the ad, Google will reward you. Kindly note when viewers click on the adverts your account is credited and this means, with more views you get more revenue.

Online tutor

You can do this by coming up with notes in particular areas and uploading them. This best suits those who have a passion for teaching, this can be done online or offline. When it comes to online, you teach your students using platforms like Skype, zoom or teleconferencing. Offline prepare the audios and visual notes to share with the students. There are many sites that you can use including Thinkific. Check this Create and Sell Online Courses Guide and start selling now!

Become a Virtual Assistant

There are several ways to make money online. Being a virtual assistant is one of them. Working as a Virtual Assistant basically revolves around working remotely for other people who are far away from you. There are so many virtual assistance courses you can enroll in including mine.

The following are some of the skills you need when you want to work as a Virtual Assistant:

  • Thorough knowledge of the topic at hand so that you are able to give 100% of the clients’ expectations.
  • Thorough knowledge of relevant computer packages. This depends on your specialization. For instance, if you are dealing with statistics you will need to have a thorough knowledge of statistical packages.
  • In addition to the skills a Virtual Assistant should possess the following qualities:
  • He or she should be able to handle the customers/clients expectations.
  • You need to have excellent communication skills. This is vital as you are working remotely
  • You should be reliable. This means, whenever a client needs your services, you should be a call away.
  • You must possess good time management skills. This is important since as a Virtual Assistant you are the manager of your business. At the same time make sure you deliver your client’s work on time.

You ought to demonstrate that you are going to add value to his or her business or company. Lack of this virtue will cause to lose a lot of clients. Need virtual assistant training? Get a 10% discount by registering now.

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Sell your services on Fiverr


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Fiverr is one of the leading freelance marketplaces in the world today. There are so many services you can sell on Fiverr to potential clients. This includes;

  • Copywriting
  • Web design
  • Virtual Assistance
  • Social media marketing and management
  • Web Research, and proposal writing

You can offer your services from as low as $5 and as high as infinity. Once you complete the project and the client approves the work, the money is credited to your Fiverr account. However, you will need to wait for two weeks to make a withdrawal. If you don’t have a Fiverr account, signup here to start working.

Write articles and sell

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make money selling articles

One of the easy ways to make money online is to write articles and sell. There are many ways you can do this. One of them is through your website where you write exclusive content on trending topics and allow access exclusively to people who purchase the article or pay to read. This option sounds more of a membership website.

Another way to sell articles is to register on content marketplaces like dotWriter. Once you register here, you can write articles on topics you are comfortable writing on. The good thing about dotWriter is that you choose the price for your articles. If you are also looking to buy articles, this a good place. Don’t have an account? Sign up here and start selling. 

As you can see from the graph, you can make a lot of money from selling your articles. Take action now!

Get paid to write on your website

This is one of the best ways you can use to earn money. If you have a website, people can pay you to guest post on your website. For instance, Writers & Spire will pay you $10 to write about our affiliate program. There are many people or website owners who are looking to earn backlinks. They are willing to part with a certain amount of money just to get a link from you.

Take surveys and get paid

If you are an opinionated person, this is your chance to make money online with Survey Junkie. This survey company is willing to pay you to complete online surveys by earning points that you convert to cash. What are you waiting for? Register with Survey Junkie and earn now!

Refer Customers to WP Engine

Join WP Engine – Affiliate Program and earn $200 commission for WP Engine sales. Refer potential customers and once they make a purchase, you get your commission.

Ways to make money online: Conclusion

Now that you know the seven ways to make money online, it is time to take action. I believe we all have that one thing that we love doing and I’m sure you know what it is. What do you want to venture into? I can’t wait to read in the comments.

 

How to Ace a Skype Interview


How to nail your next Skype interview

I was recently invited for a Skype interview for the position of a social media manager. I was thrilled because there were over 50 contestants who had an interest in this position. I used to think that remote interviews are a child’s play. But they are the same as one-on-one interviews.

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Nail your Skype interview like a pro

Future employers are found from anywhere in the universe. Although there can be some limitations, professionals who prepare well for the skype interviews, increase their chances of giving the interviewer a good impression.  Preparing well for the interview helps you to stand out from the rest. Here is how to make a significant impact from a distance.

Do not make excuses

When asked to do a Skype interview, do not say you have a bad internet connection or you would rather have a phone interview. The worst excuse is to say that you do not have Skype. The reason you applied for the job it is because you need it. Therefore, you should not make any excuse but find ways to make it work.

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Have a professional username

Choose a name which is easy to read or does not resemble a foul meaning, to avoid making an awful first impression. As much as it might be boring, use your name. After all, our names are all unique.

Wear official

Even though you are not on site, it does not warrant you to wear what you want. This interview is practical and may see you if it is a video interview. Ensure you dress up as if you are going to an office. You still need to dress from the waist up even if the interviewer does not see below your waist. You do not have to wear a suit, but dress up as if you are going for an office interview. Check on the company’s Twitter or Facebook page to see how their staff dress. When you dress up, it makes you feel great while sweatpants make one think halfway set for the interview.

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Think of your location

Whatever background there it matters in a Skype interview. Prepare a neutral, clean environment with great lighting. Unless you want to seem like someone protecting his/her identification, basements and sitting in front of windows should be avoided. Unless you do not have home internet, get away from public spaces. In case you do not have internet and have to take the Skype interview in a coffee shop, tell your interviewer so, to acknowledge that the place is noisy.

Make use of a headset

Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Canceling Headphones
Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Canceling Headphones

A lot of people might refuse to go by this point, though, if you possess a headphone set together with a talk-piece, as most phone and iPod headphones have, use it mainly in public space. A computer picks lots of background noise. Through the use of a headset, the interviewing personnel will be able to hear you precisely and with no distracting sounds.

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Engage the interviewer

Amongst the main differences between an interview through Skype and face to face one, is the engagement between your hiring manager and you. How do you keep them interested when there is just a computer screen between yourselves. First of all, is the body language – give a firm nod to the interviewer. This gesture shows acknowledgment of their presence and notifies them of your readiness to speak. Next, make eye contact – which can be tricky if you are not aware of which part of the screen to look. The client will feel the connection with you and notice your dedication towards the interview when you look into the lens of the camera.

Be yourself

Although you are not physically situated directly with your interviewer, social cues will still be looked at to see how great you are in interaction with other people. You, therefore, need to relax and become yourself, with this, the hiring personnel will see personality characteristics which show you as a fantastic fit for the business and team. When you are yourself and professional, you have the potential of going to the next round of potential candidates.

Find facts about the client

The worst mistake you can make during an interview is not knowing much about your interviewer. Ensure you do research on the client and his business. Check his social media pages and website to see what he does and how you will be useful to him if hired. Some clients will ask you, “what do you know about me?” Ensure you are aware of all the facts as regards to his business. This will help you to identify a gap in his business that needs a freelancer fill. And that is where you come in. Because you know much about him, propose some changes or things that you can do to take his business to the next level.

Compliment the client

As I mentioned, you need to research the client. Tell the client his website looks great or Facebook page. It makes the client feel you care more about his business. Tell him you loved his work that you saw somewhere. I’m sure you too love compliments.

Conclusion on nailing a skype interview

The main thing is to treat a Skype interview like you would do in an in-person interview. Show that you are actively listening and ask thoughtful questions. Give a thoughtful thank you note after the meeting. Ensure the potential client gets out of the interview knowing you are passionate about the position and his business. Try these tips and thank me later.

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Tips on writing a killer landing page copy that sells


Having a killer landing page copy is one of the first steps to converting visitors into leads. It is one of the ways to capture the attention of your visitors and assure them that oooh yes, I can! It is also a way to grow both your online and offline business. This is a unique space that needs special consideration.

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Tips on writing a killer landing page copy that sells

You will have to think carefully about what to place there that your audience would like. Well, I know you are here because you want to give your audience a reason to come back again or buy from you.  I have some great ideas that will help you write a quality landing page that converts. Try some of these landing page copy templates here.

Write a captivating headline


Most of the time, the article or stories you read have an appealing headline that you cannot resist. Think of the stories that go viral. What makes them viral? Your answer is as right as mine, the headline. You need to invest some time in getting a killer head to use for your landing page. Will the headline make the audience curious so they would want to read it?

If you must know, the title or heading is what makes people read your post. In fact, it has to capture your attention. Think of it in this manner, if you had seen the headline on a different landing page, would you have opened to read? If so, use it.

Use your experience

Copywriters and marketers are working hard to improve their art of writing selling copies. If you do a quick search on Google about the best landing pages, you will come up with many results.

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Have a look at them, and they will inspire you to go on. Look at what worked in the past and how you can improve it to match your audience. What did people like about your previous page? Did they give some comments? If so, use those comments to improve your copy.

Email Copywriting Essentials

Use the chatty approach

Most businesses usually confuse formal and professional communication. Think about that company that you worked for and you dressed as you all wanted. I mean it was not a must that everyone dresses formal. Similarly, you don’t have to be formal to convert visitors into leads. We are in the world of the internet; any many users prefer it when you use the informal or causal approach.

It assists in relating to the audience effortlessly. Imagine your lead invited you for coffee, would you use the formal jargon or just a friendly tone? What would work for both of you? The answer is only with you, we all love it when we associate with people who are friendly and can speak what we can relate. Here are a few things to do in your writing:

  • Write naturally, like you are talking to someone face to face
  • Avoid using complex words
  • Keep the sentences short
  • You can break the rules of grammar to achieve your intention
  • Make it entertaining
  • Use the first person.

Find yourself

Before your visitors decide to buy your services or product, you need to do the following:

  • Identify who you are
  • The services or product you are offering
  • The solution you are providing your visitors

It is the most challenging task, and if you find the answer, you have completed the most laborious task.

Do you want a killer landing page copy? Use testimonials

Among the best techniques for having a converting landing page copy is the use of customer feedback. This means you let the happy clients be to part of your transcript. Your customer can write you a piece that will convert beyond your imaginations. Feedback is persuasive since telling your potential client what to expect from your service or product. You may have an image of your happy client together with his quote.

Stress on the gains

One of the things I have learned about marketing products and services online is that your potential clients do not care about the product or solution. Your potential client is only interested in knowing how they will benefit from your service or product. Even as you write your killer landing page copy, focus on telling the client how he will benefit from the service.

Just to mention, your clients know the solution. All they want to know is how they will benefit from your services.

Ask for action

You have written your killer landing page copy; it is time to ask the reader or the visitor to take action. Have an expert call-to-action. Most people place their orders when they see the button buy now. Remember your landing page intends to have conversions. The page should, in the end, give you impressive results. Use some words that can compel the lead to proceed with the purchase.

Conclusion

A killer landing page copy is all you need if you want to make some cash as you sleep. Once you have a quality copy, you may use it to generate leads and have control over your online presence.

When writing a copy, it is critical to keep in kind that capturing the emotions of your audience and speaking to their hearts may turn them into leads. Having a selling landing page is what differentiates you from other freelancers or businesses. Now, hit that button and share how you write your landing page copy.

5 Reasons Cloud Storage is Important to Your Business


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Cloud storage prevents data loss

A few years ago, cloud storage was not as important as it is now. But times have changed, and it is now the solution to data loss. We all know what it feels to lose valuable data in a flash. Many businesses know the importance of having a back of their information, but some are still employing the outdated methods. The world of business continues to develop in the digital era, and it is inescapable to acclimatize to new traditions of doing business.

Cloud storage being one of the new ways to store important data in this digital era, it is taking businesses to new levels. As you might have noticed, cloud storage is becoming popular day by day. But as its popularity continues to grow, is there a reason to use cloud storage for your business? Let’s find out below.

Importance of cloud storage

Disaster protection

I am sure this could be the first reason to make cloud storage part of your business. And yes, you are right. According to research, it is only 6% of businesses that undergo substantial data loss that survive over five years after the loss. This is where cloud storage comes in handy.

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It assists in preventing data loss that can be as a result of the server malfunction, natural disasters, and staff mistakes. Having this in mind, you don’t have a reason to panic when there is a malfunction of the server. It doesn’t matter the kind of business that you do. Whether you are a freelancer or doing your business offline, you need to protect your data.

Additional storage

When compared to in-house servers, cloud storage needs less space. This means you can save lots of information. Some of the cloud storage systems like DropBox, iCloud, Google Drive, and OneDrive, do not limit how much data you save on their servers.

You are also free to purchase additional space at a reasonable cost. You don’t need to set a new server to have extra space. If you are a freelancer, you can store as many articles as you want on your Google Drive or whichever system you prefer.

It is affordable

Another importance of cloud storage is that it is affordable. When it comes to physical servers, you probably spend several dollars to maintain them every month. But that is different with these digital storage systems. You buy the space you need or get the basic space that is free.  This sounds great, right? When your business grows from a small business to big one, you may upgrade to business space.

Integration is easy

If you are a virtual assistant, you know what it means to be able to share your files easily across all channels. Cloud systems easily integrate with other systems like project management and CRM. This means, if you manage projects, you can integrate the cloud system you use to share your files without the need to change anything quickly.

You can access data from anywhere

Whether you work from home or have a 9-5 job, you want to obtain client information any time you need it. Cloud storage offers you this flexibility. Whether a client calls at night and wants you to share some info on a project, you don’t promise about going to the office tomorrow and fetching the files.

All you need is to log in to the system and share the data. Clients can log in and check the progress of their project or see the number of articles you have uploaded.

Importance of cloud storage conclusion

With cloud storage, you are assured of accessing your data regardless of what happens to your computer.  Whether your machine breaks down or your office gets on fire, there is still a guarantee that you will access all your files without losing anything.