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  IN THIS ISSUE


1.     Welcome and Update from Elena
2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Bulletin Board
  Advertising Service
3.     Feature Article - Those Not-So-Beaut Information
  Products
4.     Surveys and Trends
5.     Success Quotes of the Week



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.

I'd like to end this year with another "debunking" article.
I receive way too much email from people asking whether
they can REALLY make a fortune promoting someone else's
information product as the author of the product invariably
promises.  This week's article, "Those Not-So-Beaut
Information Products" should make the answer pretty clear.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this
week's issue.  Happy New Year everyone!

Remember, AHBBO 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 .





2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Bulletin Board
  Advertising Service

Believe it or not, bulletin boards actually work as traffic builders
for just about any small business. They serve to enhance the
community relations image of a business, and the space required
to locate a bulletin board can be written off as a tax deduction
when listed as advertising or public relations expense.

People use these "business provided" bulletin boards to advertise
things they want to sell, home-based businesses, and whatever
they might want to trade for or buy. Then, they come back,
sometimes morning, noon, and evening everyday, to check on
them, or to see who else has an announcement posted. Each
time they come into the business owner's store or shop, they
may not feel an obligation to buy something, but of course the
business owner has another opportunity to sell them something.

Just about anybody can organize a route of bulletin boards:
charge the advertisers a small monthly fee, keep them up-to-
date and neat (which will make the business owner happy), and
make some really easy money in the whole process.

The first step is to contact as many businesses in your area as
possible. Grocery stores, drugstores, barber shops, beauty
salons, service stations, quick print shops, rental shops, mobile
home parks, shopping centers, apartment complexes that have
foyers or recreation rooms - and so on.

Sell these businesses on the idea of allowing you to install and
maintain a bulletin board service for them. Emphasize the
community service, the tax write-off, and the fact that you'll
keep it neat. When you get ten or more signed to allow you to
install a bulletin board, you're ready to start making your bulletin
boards.

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There are many more ideas like this at the AHBBO Home Business
Ideas page at free home based business ideas with more being
added regularly.



3.     Feature Article:  Those Not-So-Beaut Information
  Products

© 2017 Elena Fawkner

Every man and his dog will tell you that the Internet is an
information medium and this is precisely why one of the
greatest commodities you can sell online is information.

Many of you reading this article will already have been
suckered into believing that you can run a real "business"
selling ebooks from your site and may have even spent
countless hours creating a you-beaut site to showcase
the ebooks and various other forms of informational products
you have for sale.  Why have your sales been so
disappointing?

Quite simply, you're wasting your time.

Granted, the Internet IS an information medium.  Granted,
information products DO sell very nicely indeed online.  But
not if all you're doing is selling someone else's product in
isolation.  You will not generate an income from promoting
the latest Internet marketing guru's "insider secrets" marketing
course.  Sure, you may make a sale here or there but you'll
also be spending a fortune in advertising.  Don't believe
them when they tell you you will make thousands promoting
their products, if that's ALL you're doing.  Despite what the
"gurus" would have you believe, it just ain't gonna happen!

Why?

Because people need to have a reason to seek out your
site. 

How do you give people a reason to seek out your site?

Provide them with the information they're looking for.  In
other words, in order to sell information products from your
site (or anything else for that matter) you must first
create a content-rich site that contains the sort of
information the target audience for what you sell is
looking for.  Then, and ONLY then, will you have even the
chance to sell the information product.

There are a number of products out there that have done
EXTREMELY well for their authors by being bundled with
resale rights.  In other words, if you buy the product, you
then have the right to resell it to others.  These products
typically sell you on the notion that you, just like the
author, can make thousands of dollars each month reselling
the book. 

There's just one teensy bit of information the author neglects
to mention.  Although he "gives you" a website, just like the
one you visited when you bought the book, if you want it you
must host it with the author.  For a monthly fee. 

The product contains links to other products and sources
that you can't change.  Guess who gets the commission every
time one of these links is used to make a purchase?  You? 
Hah!  Author again. 

And forget about choosing who you use for your payment
processor.  9 times out of 10 you're forced to use a payment
processor designated by the author because, of course, he's
negotiated the best possible deal.  For you.  Yeah right.  He
gets a commission of every sale you make. 

THAT'S how the author makes HIS fortune.  By lining up an
army of patsies, most of whom will be lucky to sell a single
copy of the product.  But because he has THOUSANDS of you
out there, he still makes a fortune.  If each of the thousands
of resellers sells only one copy, he still makes commissions
on thousands of sales.  You don't get that opportunity.

And one other piece of vital information.  You need to be
one of the very first marketing these products to generate
any income from them at all.  They have a VERY short
shelf-life.

Now, these types of products certainly have their place.
I promote one of them from my site, in fact.  But I don't
promote it as something to generate an income with.  I
promote it instead because of what it can teach you about
internet marketing in a very short time.  And I say so.

Information products can do very well online, indeed.  But
not these sort.  Think instead in terms of creating your own
content-rich site that attracts targeted traffic (the more
specialized your niche the better) and then write your own
e-books and sell them from your site.  Establish an affiliate
program to get others to sell your book for you.  There is
a veritable army of people out there looking for a product
to sell, and any product, so it sometimes seems, will do. 
In time, they will wake up and smell the coffee but until
then, put that salesforce to work for YOU.  Just don't
promise them the moon though, OK?

Think also in terms of publishing a newsletter on the subject
of your choice.  Not only does this help spread the word
about your website, vital to all-important traffic generation,
your newsletter can become quite a lucrative source of
advertising revenue once your subscriber base reaches a
decent size (of several thousand). 

Or you might decide instead (or as well) to launch a
subscription-based newsletter to generate subscription income
as well as advertising revenues.

Another approach is to create a members-only area of your
web site and charge a monthly fee for access.

All of these ideas involve information products.  Start
thinking outside the paradigm of "selling an information
product from your site".  Your site *IS* an information
product!  So is your newsletter.  And utilized effectively,
they're MUCH more likely to result in a steady, reliable and
secure source of income for YOU, not just another internet
marketing "guru".

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4.     Surveys and Trends

© 2001 Ryanna's Hope

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ADVERTISING ISSUES
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SO WHAT'S THE ATTRACTION?

According to Greenfield Research, here's some tips:

67% of on-line consumers are likely to be attracted to web
sites that offer free items. Other incentives include discount
prices (47%), contests (43%) and brand names (39%).

WEB SITES TEND TO BE SELF-SERVING

According to Media Metrix division AdRelevance, about 65%
of on-line companies fill advertising space on their sites with
their own banner ads; 63 of the 500 sites surveyed carried
more than 20% house ads.

DEALING WITH THE "HUMAN ELEMENTS"

People will do everything on the Web. The biggest mistake
a marketer can make is to not separate hype from reality,
to buy into a future that no one can predict. The marketplace
is littered with companies that have fallen into this trap.

What is known is that habits change very slowly. People will
continue to go shopping in stores. What is known is that
people need to see and feel certain things expensive
jewelry and haute couture clothing before they buy them.

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THE "WHY'S" OF ONLINE PURCHASING
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ARE YOU MAKING IT CONVENIENT?

NCL surveyed 1,003 US adults, age 18 and older, living in
private households. It found that 55% of US consumers with
internet access at home or at work have purchased something
online -- up from 44% in 2017. NCL says that convenience is
still the key factor for buying online: 56% cite it as their number
one motivation for e-shopping.

E-BUSINESSES DOOMED BY FLAWED PURCHASING PROCESS

By the end of 2017, the U.S. online purchasing population had
grown to 68 million consumers. Yet as they spend more time
and money online, consumers are growing intolerant of confusing
or flawed purchasing processes. A survey of almost 3,000
consumers revealed that 41% of customers who experience a
purchasing failure say that they stopped shopping at the site in
question.

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MEN AND WOMEN
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In 1995, just 15% of internet users were women, currently it
is about 50%. "Over nine million women have logged onto the
internet for the first time in the past year, and 58% of all new
internet users are now women," says Rosenzweig.

PeopleSupport expects women will outnumber men on the
internet by a 3-to-2 margin by the year 2003.

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CUSTOMER ISSUES
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AT YEAR END, HERE'S WHAT MOST ARE DOING ON THE NET!

America's Research Co. has made these stats available from
recent surveys which give entrepreneurs an idea of what
people on the Net are really looking for:

1. To do personal research 54.2%
2. To send and receive E-mail 51.6%
3. To do research for business purposes 42.6%
4. To look up information on products 42.2%
5. To research children's homework assignments 34.4%
6. To obtain health information 31.9%
7. To check on local and national news 31.4%
8. To play games 30%
9. To locate people's names and addresses 28.7%
10. To keep up-to-date on the latest technology 28.4%

THE CONTINUED "ABANDONED SHOPPING CART" PROBLEMS

In a study released by BizRate.com and The NPD Group, more
than 10,000 consumers were surveyed. Respondents indicated
what occurred after they abandoned the shopping cart:

> 39% did not purchase the item at all
> 26% purchased the product from a competitor
> 17% made their purchase offline
> 18% returned to the site to make the purchase at a later time

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WHAT DO THE YOUTH WANT?
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WHAT ARE BOYS AND GIRLS BUYING?

According to the Zandl Group, clothes, sports equipment and
books are the "most recent" purchases of US boys in the 13 to
17 year-old age group. Popular purchases for girls in the same
age group include clothes, books and CDs.

Zandl studied boys and girls in three age groups -- 8 through 12,
13 to 17 and 18 to 24 -- in December 2001. The company found
that boys in the 13 to 17 year-old age bracket are the only boys
to say they recently purchased books online. Zandl notes that
girls in every age group say they recently purchased CDs online.

IF YOU'RE SELLING TO THE YOUNG, HERE'S THE LATEST

For an idea of how many young people are online, in its latest
eCommerce: B2C & Demographics Report, eMarketer estimates
that in 2001, 80% of teens in the US between the ages of 14 and
17 are online. eMarketer predicts that this percentage will grow to
88% of the total 14 to 17 year-old population by 2005.

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AND OF COURSE...THERE'S ALWAYS THE ISSUE OF GOING TO
CHURCH!
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GET THE FAMILY UP! GET DRESSED! AND GET IN FRONT OF THE
SCREEN!

Barna Research reports that 8% of adults and 12% of teenagers
in the United States use the internet as part of their religious or
spiritual lives. The 2001 study finds that just 1% of adults and
2% of teenagers eschew physical houses of worship in favor of
going online, but predicts that use of the web for religious
purposes will continue to grow. Barna forecasts that at least
10% of the US population will rely on the internet for their entire
spiritual experience within this decade.

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5.     Success Quotes of the Week

"Forget the resolutions. Forget control and discipline...too
much work. Instead try experimenting. Go in search of
something to fall in love with."
  --  Dale Dauten

"Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. Thinking about
swimming isn't much like actually getting in the water. Actually
getting in the water can take your breath away. The defense
force inside of us wants us to be cautious, to stay away from
anything as intense as a new kind of action. Its job is to
protect us, and it categorically avoids anything resembling
danger. But it's often wrong.  Anything worth doing is worth
doing too soon."
  --  Barbara Sher

"What you see (in your mind's eye) is what you get. Proof:
What you saw is pretty much what you got!"
  --  Joe Klock

"Those who are fired with an enthusiastic idea and who allow
it to take hold and dominate their thoughts find that new worlds
open for them. As long as enthusiasm holds out, so will new
opportunities."
  --  Norman Vincent Peale

"You may feel like dwelling on your limits or your fears. Don't
do it...A perfect prescription for a squandered, unfulfilled life is
to accommodate self-defeating feelings while undercutting
your finest, most productive ones."
  --  Marsha Sinetar


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