THE NEED to offer TRADEBEADS
A way to make FRIENDS WITH NET SURFERS!
by Anita Sands Hernandez firstname.lastname@example.org
In the last ten years of learning to use the INTERNET, I have learned that running a superb website is what it's about, no matter what your business.
Once your website is up in cyberspace, the second thing you need is TRAFFIC, done by registering your site with search engines, (although it could be argued, who uses them?) The important thing is to have information on your webpages that people GOOGLE AFTER....You gotta have the answer to their questions. So that when they search for "HOW TO MEDITATE" they find you as you put META TEXT in the top area of that article on meditation with that phrase in it. "How to meditate"
Next you attract clients by using Craigs List for ads that contain live links to your writings, and the ad is written peppily and persuasively so folks click on its URLS and they get to your articles. And yes, you gotta write articles. Because it is an INFORMATION AGE and people are looking for info!
It's not at all hard to write a little article. Spell Check makes it easy. I'll tell you what else makes it lickitysplit quick. SAVE a copy of YOUR EMAILS (BCC it to yourself,) any email to pals, where you discuss your fabulous info. That potato soup recipe. That 'wild yoga posture, or set.' That decor trick. Save it as text and rewrite it into HTML and post it with your FTP software. (free online,)
In your article, you are writing down what you know is important. You sit on unique information. And out on the INTERNET we have an information highway and you wanna be on it with some info of some kind. Potato soup or Meditation or HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN FREEBIE WEBSITE -- Web Tech for Dummies.
My scribblings are always on real useful stuff: like webtech for dummies or holism, how to rejuvenate, how to heal certain, specific maladies, how to heal pets without vets, how to catch a billionaire mate, how to find the cottage industry that's right for you and run it, gardening, a million things, cooking, recipes. Dumpster diving and frugal living. How to avoid the taxman. Guerilla Capitalism.
TO DRIVE the herds of cattle to these oases of goodies, I'd need five to ten different 'collections' of juicy things to read. The MONEY PAGE, THE COTTAGE INDUSTRY PAGE. THE MARRY WELL PAGE. And I do. Everytime I write an email to anybody and go into depth, I save a copy and turn that into an article. Text becomes htm text, becomes formatted, colorized FTP'd website pages
TO GET the cattle who hang out at the VAST PRARIE of CRAIGS LIST to come trotting to the different OASES (plural of oasis,) that I run, the very first rule is BE GOOGLE WORTHY. Have META TEXT on top of all articles you post.
Second, you want to USE THE INTERNET. Write to lists that interest you, your passions: fishing, cooking, real estate. Folks are reading you at that list.
Third, put out a lot of different Craigs List ads as oddly enough, they end up in GOOGLE. Recently I googled for HOT NEW AGE GURU and suddenly was face to face with MYSELF! Some ad I'd put on CRAIGS years ago and about a thousand more, all were still in GOOGLE's immense MAW
I do regular CRAIGS LIST ADS for HOW TO START a COTTAGE INDUSTRY. Sometimes they are placed at GROUPS or at FINANCIAL SERVICES (free seminar, how to become a merchant prince.) And in the ad itself, URLS go into detail on internet biz, import export and mercantilism.
ANOTHER set of articles, 90 to be exact, are at theLUCK IN LOVE (how to marry VERRY well website) TO GET visitors to hoof their way over to that one, I gotta PICK real BEAUTIES, right? Well, Craigs has no BEAUTIES section so the ads are placed at ACTORS/ TALENT section. Headline reads, "ARE YOU GORGEOUS? SHOW BIZ BEST JOB IS HERE. HIGH SALARY, WORLD TRAVEL!"
CLICK! The beauty clicks, and reads, her jaw drops, her brain cells cogitate, she writes me, I make a friend.
BUT.....It takes me ten pals a day help me do craigs list ads as craigs ROBOT only lets you do one a day per section. NOT ENUF!
WIth the help of my friends and my own skill creating headlines I can MAKE FRIENDS on the INTERNET. I consider my articles valid as teaching, training tools but they are also TRADE BEADS. My free seminars are my INDIAN WAMPUM. MY TRADE BEADS. I give them out like MARDI GRAS NECKLACES, to the crowds.
For me the trick is, the actual AD BANNERS have to be good enuf that folks CLICK on that ad and read them. IF I SAY "JOIN A GROUP AND STUDY CAPITALISM," it's too dry. If I say "LEARN TO BE A BILLIONAIRE" it's so juicy it doesn't get any respect. So I have to be very careful to say 'Expert teaches pro bono seminar on how to be a multi-millionaire in MERCANTILISM, import/export"
This leads readers to the ad, thru LIVE LINKS to my writing, my URLS, and each article has other URLS which lead to OTHER articles. BUT headlines or ad banners are the PORTAL!. They'd better be exciting or folks won't click on them.
A Craigslist ad banner might say "LEARN HOW TO DO IMPORT/EXPORT and make a million. That will take them thru a maze of articles. ONE LEADS to another! TEN, TWENTY articles away, they have no idea how to get back to the craigs list ad and find me (GO BUTTON would go back though,( so each article has my email, website. Or they go back to CRAIG and then FINANCIAL and then recognize my headline banner "LEARN HOW TO DO IMPORT/EXPORT" And get the URL FOR ARTISTS, DESIGNERS.
NOW my ten friends wonder at all this, the ten pals who put up the ads. They wonder is this safe for them? I think so. I put up ten myself, using ten different addies. I have fifty and use ten a week, til they're dried up, Then it takes a week for them to clear up again as CRAIG ROBOT has marked me as 'used up my right to place ads.'. The ads are ANONYMOUS so no spammer can find my friend. However, if my pal regularly uses CRAIG and has no wide selection of addies, I COULD cause him to be banned for a week!
Sometimes a pal asks in astonishment, absolute WONDER "how the Hell do Craigs list ads help you, Anita?" Well the answer is, I do astrology for 25$ an hour. No matter what article they come to, they are going to notice I know stuff, I"m passionate about it, I share it free. The info is way off to the side of what people find in MC CALLS, so they need it. It's not even in NEW AGE magazines. Who else wrote the sure path to talk to ALIENS? I DID!
Now it might be argued, what does my writing articles on the tricks of dumpster diving and frugal or cheap living have to do with attracting clients for making 25$ horoscopes? WHO IS GONNA TRUST A LADY WHO DUMPSTER DIVES? PROBABLY some people will flee. So fine. I'll do astrology for the ones who see a potential in this info. Cuz hey, maybe their MOM AND DAD also lived thru the great depression as my folks did. In Germany, My grandpa had to wheel a barrow of cash to buy a loaf of bread. My Grandma had to rent the rooms of the house to BOARDERS and cook for them. She'd have liked to know which dumpster had hundreds of loaves of fresh baked bread in them.
And last, man lives by more than bread alone, even if it's bread found behind BAKERIES and wrapped in baking sheets and scarsely HOURS old! WRITERS need to be well fed and then read! Right? That is life's blood. Well, CRAIGS GETS ME READ! I know how to get the Bread. Free, too.
I want to share the knowledge and the seeds also. For instance. My skull is busting out with stuff on planting biennials in September, but I also have "GIFT PACKAGES OF SEEDS of all kinds of RARE fruits, vegetables, available free. Real trade beads. I have reacipes on cooking tofu so it tastes good (black mushrooms and brown sauce are how,) and how to live on a dollar a day, which I've had to do for forty years. Dumpster diving. And for younger set, how to find a good mate, marry and how to make a great cottage industry in mercantilism that would make them very rich. I share this stuff. Now would I get read if i didn't put those ads up? NO. So make your own website, advertise it on Craigs, use META TEXT so GOOGLE can find you with its robot spider, and if you want, register your URLS at search engines but that last is the least..
When did you ever in your life use a search engine that wasn't google? GOOGLE IS THE ONLY ONE YOU WANNA BE ON! AND YOU GOTTA PAY them heaps a' cash a month! So I don't go there. No, I do better than that, Craigs gets me lotta hits. Twenty thousand a month per page! each article, twenty thousand people read it, according to my websites' counters.
NOW here is the WEENIE. OUT OF TEN PEOPLE who read articles on how to live life, how to be spiritual how to make a living, how to get into show biz safely, how to live frugal and dumpster dive, ONE will eventually note that all my addies are ASTROLOGY, astrologer.. starlady, calstarlady, myself I have fifty addies by the way....all starlady stuff....and they will come to me as an astrology client. OR, in your case if you were to get a website & do writing and do craigs list ... a what? B&B GUEST? A client? A BUYER? A healing patient? I only make 25$ an hour and I'm motivated to do this webwriting thing. YOU PROBABLY make much more and so you should really do this thing. CREATE A WEBSITE with articles and then CRAIGS ADS to lead folks to them! AFTER ALL, There are all levels of trade beads. Some are pretty posh.
Another thing, after the happy recipient of the fun articles has enjoyed and learned from them, this very act of being very first person intimate, a voice, an oddball ole lady type.....and being READ gets me into friendship and then dialogue with new readers. Daily a person writes me having read me. I get into dialogue. On frugal living, on creating living room groups. Or on astrology, the future. Their love problems. Invariably they bring up their personal life and hey, may I remind you, I CHARGE for that! and they feel by that time I'm their fave fun to read author/writer/ idea sparker or guru/ friend....they pay my fee of 25$ an hr.
Don't do as I say, do as I DO! BE A FULL ON INFO CITY PERSON, a self styled expert on something. A GURU! WRITE SOMETHING, send me graphics, * I'll make you a website. MInimum of bells and whistles. I have no frame making capabilities. For that you need CATHEANN who costs l00$ for a website. or SRI MAD, (Sam Ellsworth before he met the Hare krisnas,) also l00$. They do professional work. Actress pal of mine paid a grand for a site, so they are bon marche.
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