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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th August 2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 602
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: How did you deal with Information Overload?

Keep focused. What are YOU good at/passionate about? Who, specifically, can benefit from your expertise? What's the best way to reach them? What do they need to see/hear from you in order to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th August 2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 520
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Tactics For Getting Traffic Through Articles

Thanks, Alexa, for (once again!) giving out such valuable advice. When it comes to article marketing, the misinformation that's floating around out there is downright scary.

Bottom line --...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th July 2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,364
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Pore speling, bad punctuation; and terrible grammars

My guess is that most people feel ^^this^^ way. After all, if you don't bother to proofread your own content, where else are you cutting corners? Did you cut corners with the product you created? ...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 28th July 2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 715
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Researching the right way to ALWAYS create quality content

First off, Rene, kudos to you for wanting to offer something of value to your readers! Sadly, alot of marketers out there don't!

There's actually a great resource out there that most people never...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th June 2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 513
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: How much content should you have on a site when you first launch it?

Enough to make it useful :D Even one blog post can be enough if you're explaining what kind of great stuff your future posts will cover and how frequently people can expect to see something new.
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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th May 2014, 06:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 798
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: How I got hundreds of ideas for content writing ... and how you can do it too

Great advice! After all, great content is supposed to solve people's problems and answer their questions. The threads on a forum will tell you exactly what people are wondering about/worried about!...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th April 2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 882
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: What do you email to your subscribers?

Catherine, WHY do you plan to send an email once a day? Is that what you've promised your subscribers? Or, do you think emailing once a day is what you're "supposed" to do?

The worst thing you...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th April 2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 882
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Question about Article Marketing

The best way to submit these articles is actually a 3-step process:

1. Print out spun article

2. Toss in toilet

3. Flush


;):p:D
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th March 2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,367
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: When hiring a ghost writer questions

I know it can be scary to do business over the web. That's why you have to do a little bit of homework first. When you find a writer you like, ask questions. The good ones will be happy to answer...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th March 2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 614
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Getting articles syndicated for free traffic

Myob is absolutely right (as usual!!). Building a relationship with editors is just as important as building a relationship with your readers. Personally, I wouldn't be comfortable with anyone...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th March 2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,367
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: When hiring a ghost writer questions

My company covers this in the Terms of Service on our site. Basically, it says once you've paid in full for the work, you have the full copyrights to it.

Quite honestly, though, it all comes...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th February 2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 929
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: What's the New Method of Press Release Distribution for 2014?

Of course they are! :p As long as you're writing about actual news that has a genuinely newsworthy hook to it -- and not trying to disguise sales pitch as news.




Yes, local news stations and...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th February 2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 387
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: 100 articles

Unfortunately, that description alone doesn't make them "great". It simply means that they're grammatically-correct (hopefully... I've seen intelligent, educated native English speakers butcher the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th February 2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 394
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Engaging website visitors

The goal is to establish yourself as an expert. If people see you as someone who offers legitimate answers and solutions, they'll be more than happy to stick around. You don't necessarily need to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th February 2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 468
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: They say there's no dumb question, but...

I agree with going the PLR bundle route. The "Warriors for Hire" section or the WSO section are probably your best bets.

If you're thinking of writing more articles to make extra cash, I would...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th February 2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,207
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Content Writing - Am I Paying Too Much?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I have a feeling that you're asking this question because you already have a gut feeling about the answer :) If the $75 article was bringing you a bunch of new traffic,...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 6th February 2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,514
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Does article marketing still work?

Sadie, article marketing is very much alive and well -- as long as you do it the right way. The web is still littered with countless marketers who think "article marketing" is dead because they...
Forum: Offline Marketing 4th February 2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,385
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Would a Press Release be effective for a local business?

^^THIS^^ A million times over!!

As someone who spent years in the news business, I can think back to many, many stories that I needed an expert to give me a soundbite for. I can also think back...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th January 2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,430
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Press Release - have you tried it?

I'm sad it took 14 posts for someone to make this point! :( :rolleyes:

Press releases are for the PRESS. They're designed to give news outlets the what, where, when, how, and why of something...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd January 2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 695
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Writers For Articles?

Like some of the others have mentioned, the "Warriors for Hire" section is a great start. Or, if you know a colleague who's hired a writer before, see who he recommends.




You'll get about a...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th January 2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 752
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Guest Posting Best Practices

Why? Many sites simply want interesting, informative, compelling content and don't care if you've published the piece elsewhere first. Each site will let you know exactly what they want.

If...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th January 2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 616
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Should I Buy Articles In Mass?

I always suggest -- even people who are thinking of hiring me -- to buy a few articles first (instead of big batch like you're talking about) to see if you and the writer "mesh" like you're supposed...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th January 2014, 07:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 528
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Outsourcer plagiarised articles

If you're going to go with option #1, be sure to tell her that if she does it again, she's fired. Although, are you really willing to keep working with someone that you can't trust?? :confused::( ...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th December 2013, 01:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 522
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Thoughts on clients paying after they receive the service?

Always get the money upfront. I've dealt with a few "upstanding companies in North America" who I billed at the end of each month -- and, inevitably, they wound up falling behind on their payments...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd December 2013, 10:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 600
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Whos crazy me or my writer?

The others have made some great points about being specific in your instructions. Of course, if you told your writer what your target keyword was and he didn't use it at all, then that's on him. ...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 2nd December 2013, 02:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 907
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: The best content spinning software?

I'm going to skip the "don't-use-spinners" point that the others have already made. Instead, I'm wondering WHOSE articles you're going to rewrite?? I sincerely hope you're not going to take someone...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 27th November 2013, 01:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 970
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Need to hire a writer ASAP, what could go wrong?

Yikes! Anyone that you have to train is not worth your time or your money. Think about it -- you're hiring someone to do specialized work for you. If YOU know more about it than THEY do, there's...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th November 2013, 12:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 490
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Best Business Forum?

American Express' OPEN Forum (http://openforum.com) allows you to ask all kinds of business questions -- from marketing, to leadership issues, to customer service, etc. And, the people who answer...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th November 2013, 09:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Press Release Help Required ?

Not necessarily... on both fronts :)

There are some good free PR sites out there. Personally, I use PRLog's free option whenever I need to publish a press release. (Last time I checked, the main...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th October 2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 832
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Press Release Strategy for new ecommerce site

Ruth made some awesome points, and I wanted to throw in one more tip to help you figure out where to actually publish your press releases...

Before you bother with any press release site, check...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th September 2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,128
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Why you don't want to have a blog or newsletter for your business

Obviously, then, those aren't "good" blogs. They're clearly doing something to make you distrust them, which means they're failing miserably in their mission.



Wow :eek: This is why people are...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 25th September 2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,357
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Guest Blogging for Niche Related websites

Justin, there are 2 resources you really need to check out -- Blogger LinkUp (http://www.bloggerlinkup.com/) and My Blog Guest (http://myblogguest.com/). Both will put you in touch with people who...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th September 2013, 10:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,101
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Synicating a Blog Post

I was going to highlight that part, too, because it is SO important! For some reason (I guess it's the duplicate content mania/misinformation that's so prevalent out there), lots of marketers think...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 11th September 2013, 08:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,006
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: what is the future of Guest Post?

The part I bolded and underlined is the key to that entire statement. Cutts isn't saying NOT to do guest blogging. He's saying NOT to publish junk. If you take the time to create guest posts that...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th September 2013, 10:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 652
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Where To Buy A Video Tutorial?? Cute Lady

Great idea, but unfortunately, that's likely a no-go. Most TV contracts (which virtually all anchors and reporters are going to be bound to) say that you can't appear on-air for anyone else, without...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th September 2013, 08:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Two articles a day - same or different topics?

Great point! If you can write two informative and engaging articles every single day, go for it. If you can't -- or think that a so-so article every now and then is OK because you're simply trying...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 6th September 2013, 08:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 322
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: How much content before promoting

I promise I'm *not* trying to be difficult here, Scott, but the answer is "as much as it takes to make the site valuable". The last thing you want is for people to arrive and say, "is that it?".
...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th September 2013, 10:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 514
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: How Long Does It Take to Create Your Content?

You've gotten some really good advice in here, and I hope you take it to heart. Just wanted to throw in a couple of things...

One, you don't *have* to be funny to have a voice. Your voice can...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th July 2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 549
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Is a Sales Letter the same thing as an Article?

No. Unfortunately, this guy proved he's not trustworthy. First, he made promises in the subject line, and then didn't apparently deliver on them. Then, he made you think you were getting an...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th August 2012, 02:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 634
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: It Seems That No One Can Answer This

Ugh... I hate when people do this. I mean, if you're going to rip off my content and run it through a spinner, at least have the courtesy of removing my name and my links so that I don't look like a...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th August 2012, 01:27 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 6,069
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: You must be a superstar professional writer BUT I can only pay you $2 per article - say WHAT?

I totally understand your frustration, Martin, and there are definitely alot of people out there who think this is a legitimate offer :eek:. I think people are emboldened by the anonymity of the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 25th July 2012, 07:31 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 5,939
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: A Question of Branding. Nearly died when I saw this .... lol

Seriously! I almost fell out of my chair when I heard the music! But, hey, anyone who can rock LMFAO on their campaign website gets my vote ;)

There's no doubt this girl is getting a ton of...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th July 2012, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 501
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Traffic Through Press Releases

It depends on 2 things:

1. How your press release is written -- Is it written up to news industry standards? Is it the right length? Does it have a legitimate news "hook", or is it sales copy...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 11th July 2012, 12:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 759
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: How to Solicit Freelance Journalist/Writer

Is there a college near where you are? If so, you might be able to get an intern. That way, you wouldn't have to worry about paying them, and you would (hopefully) wind up with someone who's...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 27th June 2012, 10:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,188
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Please clear my Doubt

Gill, definitely search for some article syndication threads here on the forum. That's a great way to learn what works and what doesn't.

But as you read all of those details and tips, remember...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th June 2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,188
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Please clear my Doubt

You say this almost as an afterthought, but it's what's going to keep your business from succeeding. If you're simply trying to squeeze as many backlinks as you can from any site that will give them...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th June 2012, 01:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 584
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Penguin update and article writing

Alexa is absolutely right (as always! :)) If you've been "blasting" articles to directories all over the web, you may now be viewed as a spammer under Penguin. It has nothing to do with the quality...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th June 2012, 01:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 890
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Help: Remedies for "lost mojo" / "writers block".

First, stop staring at the blank computer screen. Seriously. You'll just psych yourself out if you do.

Then, stop thinking in terms of paragraphs, bullet points, and anything else "formal". ...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 1st June 2012, 09:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 723
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Do person-based videos convert better or more promotional ones?

Anytime you give people a chance to see and hear you, you're getting a chance to show them that you really are legitimate -- instead of some kind of slimeball who's just trying to make a quick buck...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 31st May 2012, 02:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 583
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Where do you get content idea from?

Finding great things to write about means more than just coming up with a good keyword to put in a title. You'll need to keep track of developments in your niche, so that you're offering your...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th May 2012, 12:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Article Content Question.

Exactly! If you're publishing content that isn't stuffed with keywords, spun to holy heck, and actually provides legitimate information and is interesting to read, you're doing everything right --...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th May 2012, 12:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,062
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: PayPal $500 Gift - Will this look suspicious?

Very good advice, Alexa! PayPal is actually very easy to deal with over the phone. I've had to call them a couple of times with questions, and you'd never know they were a giant company. Unlike...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd May 2012, 07:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 856
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Wasted money on PR guy...need help figuring what's next

I know how tough it can be to balance everything (especially when you have a full-time job to contend with, too!), but by only focusing on 1 type of marketing, you're putting all of your eggs in one...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th April 2012, 02:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 766
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: Outsourcers Confidentiality about Business Ideas

Even if they could, the good ones won't want to. If you're working with true professionals (in any kind of outsourcing, not just web design), they're focused on building their own business, because...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th April 2012, 12:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,490
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: How To Make Money Online

But... But... aren't you going to offer me a $97 product that does all of that for me?? After all, I heard I could put everything on "autopilot" while I live on my own private island!

:D;):p
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th April 2012, 08:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 968
Posted By NicoleBeckett
Re: $200 Right Now To Spend - Where Do You Put It

Personally, here's what I would do in each situation:




If I was on page 1 -- but below the fold -- I'd invest in some extra content (maybe a few new article pages or start up a blog on my...
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