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  Issue 107 : November 5

  Sent to 11,140 Opt-In Subscribers

  Editor: Elena Fawkner
  Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
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   IN THIS ISSUE



1.     Welcome and Update from Elena
2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Grocery
  Shopping Service
3.     Feature Article - Growing An Online Business ... Doing
  the Right Things at the Right Time and Doing Them Right
4.     Surveys and Trends
5.     Motivational Tip for the Day - Winning More By Losing
6.     Free E-Book of the Week - Your eBook Daily Marketing
  Plan
8.     Subscription Management
10.   Contact Information



1.     Welcome and Update from Elena


Hello again and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers
who have joined us since the last issue.

First of all, a follow-up to an article from a few weeks back,
"It Could Happen To You", about the plight of Jan Dandridge
of Rim Digest whose domain name had lapsed and was
snapped up by a "Dave Web" who was attempting to extort
$500 to have the domain returned to her.  Why "extort"?
Because while "negotiations" were pending, he was pointing
the domain to a porn site.  (For new subscribers this article
is at http://www.ahbbo.com/happen2u.html .) 

Anyhow, I received an email during the week from John
Aidiniantz in the UK referring me to a recent ICANN arbitration
decision (to read the decision, see
).
Seems that our good friend Dave Web of 5 Tpagrichnery,
Suite 33, Yerevan, Armenia 375010 has some mysterious
sort of connection with an outfit here in Glendale, California.
Gee, what a surprise.  And all this time we all thought they
were far, far away in Armenia where we couldn't possibly
touch them. ;-)

And while we're on the subject of domain name hijacking
and extortion, I was busy the other day checking out
complementary websites for a possible reciprocal link with
AHBBO.   I came across at least three sites which were at
one time not too long ago big, excellent sites in their field
but which now all point to the same cheap, smutty porn
site.  Presumably the owners of these websites allowed their
domain names to lapse and the ever-present scum-sucking
Dave Webs of this world are holding the owners to ransom. 
Again, as I said in "It Could Happen to You", KNOW when
your domain names expire and PLEASE make sure you renew
them on time! (Not that this was the problem in the case of
the above arbitration but you don't have to make it easy for
them, just the same.)

OK, now that I have that rant off my chest, on with this
week's issue.  This week's article is all about what you
should be doing in your online business and, just as
important, when.  If, like me, you find website design too
much fun and marketing and promotion too much unfun,
this article is for you.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this
week's issue. 

Remember, this ezine is for YOU!  If you have comments or
suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed, or
would just like to share your experiences with other
subscribers, I want to hear from you.  Please send
comments, questions and stories to Contact By Email .





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2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Grocery
   Shopping Service


I hate grocery shopping.  When I moved to this country
in July 2017, one of the first things I did was start using
HomeGrocer.com.  Alas, HomeGrocer.com was acquired
by Webvan.com and things went downhill in a hurry with
that company shutting its doors earlier this year.  So, now
I'm back to the Saturday morning grind along with, it seems,
at least 50% of the population.  After all, if you work
full-time, when DO you shop for groceries?  On the weekend
or in the evening.  Either option is equally unpalatable in my
book.

Here's where you can come in.  There are many, many
people like me who would be quite happy (delighted, in
fact!) to pay someone a reasonable fee to take care of
this chore for them.  You could offer a grocery-shopping
service for busy professionals in your local area.  All you
need is a car.

Here's one way to go about setting up a simple system.
Set up a website where your customers can enter their
weekly grocery orders and pay you by PayPal (why pay to
set up a merchant account if you don't have to?).  I
recommend that you require an advance payment in
excess of your commission plus what you anticipate the
total bill will be.  You can always easily refund the difference
to your customer via PayPal without cost. 

In fact, if you get really organized (and can pair up with a
good web designer), you could even include a database of
frequently purchased items and their approximate prices
so that the amount will be automatically calculated when
the customer finalizes the order.  Add say 10% to make
sure you're not short and refund the difference.  You can
send the customer an email receipt of the actual amount
of the bill (even scanning the actual bill and including that
in your email).

If your business really takes off, you can leave the
grunt work to independent contractors and focus your
energies on building the business.  Once you have a
client base, it'll be easy to add on related errand
services such as dry cleaning drop-off and pick-up and
taking Fido to the vet.

Recommended Reading:

=> How to Start and Operate an Errand Service
by Rob Spina
http://www.ahbbo.com/soes.html


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Ideas page at free home based business ideas with more being
added all the time.





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3.     Feature Article: Growing An Online Business ...  Doing
   The Right Things At The Right Time And Doing Them
   Right


© 2017 Elena Fawkner

Once you get past the initial utter confusion and
"overwhelmingness" of the scramble to learn how to
start and run an online business, the time eventually
comes to dispense with the training wheels and just
get on with it. 

A common trap for new online entrepreneurs is to
try and perfect their website before inviting anyone
to come over.  It's true that you shouldn't submit
your site to the major search engines and directories
while your site's still truly under construction but at
some point you have to stop developing and start
marketing.  Your site will NEVER be finished and it
will certainly never be perfect.  If you wait until it is
before you start inviting guests, you're going to be
one very lonely webmaster indeed.

Working on your website is fun.  The visual results
are immediate and, as a result, the self-gratification
you feel admiring your handiwork becomes addictive.
After all, it's a helluva lot easier to control how your
site looks and works than it is to actually drive traffic
to it.

Because of this, and the fun factor, there's a tendency
to spend a disproportionate amount of time dabbling
with your site, tweaking this and that and trying out
new cgi scripts when the time has long since passed
when you should have started working on driving traffic
to your site already.

To make a success of any business, including an
online one, you must strive to always be doing the
right thing, the right way and at the right time.

Because being disciplined is so important to making
the most of your time, I find it helps if I commit to
spending a certain period of time every day to one or
more of the marketing activities listed below and
getting it over with as early in the day as possible.
Then I can enjoy the reward of spending time on areas
of my business that I find more enjoyable such as
writing articles, and sourcing new and interesting
programs for my website visitors.  By getting the
marketing chores out of the way first, you can enjoy
the rest of your day guilt-free.  (That's not to say
that all marketing activities have to be "chores".  It's
just that some are more enjoyable than others.)

Be especially careful of your time when it comes to
email.  This is another common trap many online
entrepreneurs get sucked into.  It comes in endlessly
and builds up quickly.  We are always so conscious that
it's sitting there waiting to be read and responded to
that it can become a major distraction.  Try to read and
respond to your email in one or two sittings at 
particular times of the day.  And impose a time limit
too.  This will force you to work more efficiently.
(The exception is email from customers who need your
assistance.  You need to devote whatever time is
necessary to correcting the problem.)  If you're not
disciplined when it comes to email you can quite easily
fritter away an entire day and another and another
with very little to show for it.

OK, so here's a list of the top 15 things you should be
doing to market your online business once your site is
ready for launch.  You don't have to do every one of
these activities every single day (although if you do your
business will certainly have a lot to show for it) but do
strive to do at least a few.  The results will definitely be
worth it.

1.  Submit Your Main Pages to the Search Engines

Once your site is "ready" (bearing in mind what I said
above), your first job is to hand submit your main pages
to the major search engines.

My "majors" (opinions differ) are:

Yahoo - http://www.yahoo.com (fee)
Alta Vista - http://www.altavista.com (free and fee)
Northern Light - http://www.northernlight.com (free)
Excite - http://www.excite.com (fee)
Hotbot/Lycos - http://hotbot.com (free)
Looksmart - http://www.looksmart.com (fee - get listed
with Looksmart and your listing will also appear at MSN,
Excite, Alta Vista, iWon, Webcrawler and CNN)

It takes anywhere from several weeks to several months
to get listed with some of these engines so start early.

Then submit to the "minors" (i.e. all the others).

Visit http://www.searchenginewatch.com for the latest
news on the search engines and what you can do to
improve your rankings.

Automate the process of search engine submissions as
much as you can.  The program I recommend ahead of
all others is Webposition Gold.  Check it out here:
http://www.ahbbo.com/webpositiongold.html .


2.  Submit Your Home Page to Directories

There are literally hundreds so this will be a time-
consuming job.  Aim for ten per day and you'll make
progress.  Visit for links to
hundreds of directories.


3.  Publish An Ezine

For information about how to do that and generate
subscribers, read "Growing Your List" at
http://www.ahbbo.com/growingyourlist.html .  If
you're new to ezine publishing, an excellent resource
is List-Universe.com's Ezine University at
http://www.ezineuniversity.com .

Try to write your own original articles for publication in
your ezine rather than relying on other people to provide
your content.

Make sure you have a sign up form on every page of
your website and a pop-up page inviting visitors to
subscribe.  To see an example of this in action, visit
http://www.ahbbo.com.

Also, automate the process of publicizing your ezine
and submitting your articles as much as possible.  One
excellent software program that will do this for you (in
fact the only one I know of) is Ezine Announcer.
Check it out here:
.


4.  Negotiate Reciprocal links

Find websites that target the same demographic as
your site and contact the webmasters of those sites
for a reciprocal link.  (This just means that each of you
links to the other's site from your links page or
elsewhere else on your site.)


5.  Submit to FFA Pages

Opinion is divided on the effectiveness of FFA pages.
Personally, I think they're a waste of time.  Others
maintain that although they're pretty useless in terms
of people actually reading your listing, they can be
helpful with search engines that rank your site according
to popularity (i.e., by how many other sites out there
link to your site). 

If you do decide to go the FFA route, make sure you
use a free email account rather than your main email
account.  You will get a LOT of rubbish mail in response. 
You want to be able to delete it in one fell swoop
without having to sort through legitimate mail first.


6.  Identify Commonly Searched for Keywords and Create
Doorway Pages to Submit to the Search Engines

What's a doorway page?  Just a simple page targeting
a particular keyword tailored specifically for the search
engine you're submitting to.  How to create and submit
a doorway page?  You can do it manually if time is not
an issue or you can use search submission software
like Webposition Gold mentioned above
(http://www.ahbbo.com/webpositiongold.html).  Webposition
Gold also gives you all the information you need about
what the particular search engines look for in order to
rank pages well.

How to find commonly searched for keywords?  Use
the Word Tracker service.  Dirt cheap but turns up
excellent keywords.  Click here for info:
http://www.ahbbo.com/wordtracker.html .


7.  Write Articles and Submit Them

Submit them where?  Directly to ezine publishers looking
for quality content for their publications, to article
submission lists, to article databases that exist for the
express purpose of providing other people content for
their sites and ezines.

The ezine submitter software I mentioned above can
automate this process for you and save you literally
HOURS of time each week.
()


8.  Remind Visitors to Recommend You

Include a short note in every issue of your ezine
asking your readers to forward your ezine to their
friends and family, sign up for the Recommend-It
service at and put
the button on your site and the link in your ezine.
You get the idea.  Word of mouth sells!


9.  Monitor Your Search Engine Rankings But Don't
Obsess Over Them

Again, use software to take care of the grunt work.
Webposition Gold includes this function.

And when I say don't obsess, realize that search
engines are only one source of traffic.  You will find
that a LOT of traffic comes from sources other than
the search engines.  Do the things recommended
here and you'll soon see that for yourself.


10.  Negotiate Joint Ventures and Co-Ops

Find people to joint venture with - whether it be
for ezine subscribers (you each recommend the
other's ezine on your "thank you for subscribing" page)
or bundle your products together and each sell the
bundled package.  There is no limit on the types of
joint ventures and co-operatives you can negotiate.
Be creative and flexible.


11.  Join Web Rings


12.  Offline Promotion

Don't forget to promote your online business offline.
For more on this, read "Offline Promotion Matters Too"
at http://www.ahbbo.com/offline.html .


13.  Host a Forum

Host a forum at your site and contribute to forum
discussions.  A lively forum (or bulletin board) will keep
visitors coming back for more.


14.  Contribute to Other Forums

Contribute to forum and newsgroup discussions run by
others to establish yourself as an expert in your field. 

Remember, these are not platforms for blatant advertising.
The most you can get away with is a short signature
file.


15. Create Your Own E-book

Create your own e-book with links to your products and
services or your affiliate programs and distribute it freely
and encourage others to do so too.  This is what's
known as "viral" marketing - it spreads like wildfire.


The above activities represent a lot of work and a serious
investment of time on your part.  By no means are you
expected to do each and every one of these things
from the get-go.  Once you have an established online
presence, though, they do represent a good range of
activities that, pursued regularly, diligently and
consistently, with discipline and patience, will truly grow
your online business exponentially ... and your profits
right along with it.

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There are times when you can win more by losing. Many times
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Denis Waitley, in his book *The Double Win*, says that failures
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