Top Search Engine Placement – How to Achieve it in the Tough Market

Many of us will remember the early days on the internet. Those days before the search engines got wise, especially those in the UK and US, when all a webmaster had to do to achieve a top ten search engine placement, was to include some META tags of their choice.

There are now literally hundreds of issues webmasters need to consider in achieving a consistent top search engine placement.

The internet is bursting at the seams with sales pages from this guru and that guru telling us about their latest search engine ranking service or secret discovery. Everybody has their hotline to the friend who is a former Google employee who has now set up their own search engine promotion company.

If you are new to the internet and to building websites, rest assured, you will hear of the best and only way to achieve top search engine placement at least once per month!

The Search Engine Marketer Quest.

One issue though never ceases to get the attention of even the most seasoned of webmasters and search engine marketers. That is the issue of links and link building to and from a website. Many of even the top search engines including Google and Yahoo have a tool within their own webmaster areas that gives you feedback on the amount of links to your site.

This is important, but how do we get good links?

There is article writing, and posting videos on YouTube. You can email other webmasters asking for a link to their site in exchange for you putting a link to their site on yours. There are as many ideas about link building campaigns as you can sit and take the time to think of.

The Crucial Decision.

One of the more crucial decisions you are going to have to make when optimizing for top search engine placement is your link building campaigns.

Specifically, your inbound link campaign and which websites you wish to have links pointing to your website is a significant decision when considering effective SEO solutions.

For example, do you want sites linking to you that are in direct competition with you? In some instances this may be a good thing as you may be able to joint venture with the website owner you are in competition with, effectively eliminating that competition.

In the past in the offline business world, businesses in competition may have once never spoken to one another. Now however, partnership marketing amongst competitors is very common.

With your website and online business, your link campaigns to your online competitors may be one of your greatest assets of your top search engine placement strategy in the UK market.

Network Marketing – The Great Equalizer

If you can fog a mirror, you’ve likely been approached by a well-meaning friend or relative who wanted you to get into their network marketing business. Touting residual income and commission checks too good to be true, their frenzied zeal probably had you faking an injury to make your escape and ducking for cover the next time you saw them.

The truth is, the vast majority (some say it’s as high as 97%) of network marketers bail before their business becomes viable. In addition to a slow ramp up phase, there’s that sleazy reputation to deal with: pyramid and Ponzi schemes, distant cousins who invite you to dinner only to try to sell you on their cleaning products business. “He reminds me of an Amway salesman” is hardly ever meant as a compliment.

Network Marketing Now

That was then, this is now. Network marketing, aka direct selling or multi-level marketing, is coming out of the shadows and is being widely accepted as a viable, profitable business model.

Why? For a number of reasons. In this economy, it makes sense to run a business you can’t get fired from. Residual income is a very good thing. And just as important, network marketing is the great equalizer.

The Great Equalizer

Where else can you become a “franchise” owner for a few hundred dollars with the potential to be pulling in serious residual income within 3-5 years? Where else does neither education nor social status nor ethnicity nor gender make a difference in your prospects, your possibility, your potential income?

Perhaps that’s why Donald Trump and Robert Kyosaki endorsed network marketing in their book, Why We Want You to Be Rich, stating that it gives the average person the opportunity to “play with the big guys.”

The (Slow) Road to Riches

In his book, Beach Money, author Jordan Adler shares his network marketing story: 11 failed MLM businesses before he struck gold with #12. “Gold” is relative if you look at his commissions for the first six months: under $100 per month. Most people give up by this point. They either have other jobs and are trying to do network marketing on the side, and its dismal returns and other interests get in the way, or they’re trying to support themselves on their network marketing and lose patience.

Months 7-12 he averaged $800 per month. Still not enough to pay the bills, and the few people who were still hanging in would probably have taken this as the sign of things to come and jumped ship. An entire year in the business and making just $800/month? In his second year he averaged $2,113. Two years in a business and making just over $25,000 a year. Again, most people would be disappointed by those results, even if this was in the early 1990s.

Fast forward a year. His monthly income? $34,000. Yes, monthly. What happened? A little thing called momentum. Once the snowball starts rolling, it picks up speed and girth. After his third year in business, at a point when 97% (or more) of the world would have bailed, Adler was racking up phenomenal increases each month, from 5 percent to 60 percent jumps. So in under four years, he was making a residual income salary enviable by most. Yes, he was still working to build the business, but he didn’t have to work too hard, he reports. Those he brought in were taking care of business for him. It was now his job to support them, nurture them along, and set them free to make him even more money.

Fast forward again to today: $100,000 or more per month is not unusual for Adler, and when he “only” makes $50,000 per month he checks to see what went wrong. Is this an isolated case? No. As Trump and Kyosaki remind us in Why We Want You to Be Rich, network marketing has produced more millionaires than any other industry. Although it’s rare, the founders of Amway, Rich Devos and Jay Van Andel, for instance, have a combined net worth of $6 billion. It’s good to be king.

Yes, there is opportunity, and yes it helps if you start when the company is young. The further up you are on the “upline,” the better your chance to make your fortune before the market becomes saturated.

Pyramid Is Not a Four-Letter Word

But isn’t MLM a pyramid scheme? Scheme no, pyramid yes. The more people you have below you in the business, the more money you make, generally speaking. It does make a difference whether and how they work the business. But isn’t a corporation built the same way? The head of the corporation makes the most money, and each level below makes diminishing returns. Network marketing puts you at the head of your own business: you can create an empire of your own, even if you have a few levels above you.

Not All Network Marketing Opportunities are Created Equal

But before you jump into the next network marketing opportunity to come your way (and they will), here are some tips to keep in mind when evaluating the company.

1) It should be a low start-up cost, and low maintenance costs

2) It should be a fairly young company, but not too young. It must have some legs to stand on, and have an oversight committee. If not a young company, a long-standing one that doesn’t have a saturated market is fine too.

3) It should provide a product or service you both understand and believe in, otherwise how will you sell it?

4) It must have integrity. This starts from the top down. Find out who the owners are and where they were before they launched the company.

5) It must have little or no competition. .It should be a unique product or service.

6) You shouldn’t have to buy and stock inventory (my pet peeve; some people don’t mind this.)

I have two friends in network marketing businesses. Both are doing well, in the $1000+/month range. I also know, through an acquaintance, a woman who sells a nutritional supplement and makes a confirmed $10,000 per month.

I buy these products, I love these products, I believe in them, and yet I wouldn’t want to represent them. This brings me to the next requirement:

7) You should be passionate about the product you’re representing

You’ll most likely spending months, even years, making very little money in network marketing, so you can’t be in it just for the potential income. You need to believe in the product with such conviction that you would represent it even if (read: when) you aren’t getting paid to do so.

Prospects in Working Full-Time for Direct Selling Organizations

You may choose to join direct selling companies and earn extra income aside from your regular salary. In case you want to spend more time in direct selling, it is important to know what to expect. It is a different kind of job with no fixed schedules. In fact, you get the chance to manage your own enterprise. However, there are also concerns to take care of to make sure that you succeed in this endeavor.

Learn about the Benefits of Direct Selling
If you wish to stick it out with this novel marketing approach, it is imperative to work with direct selling companies of good standing. This means that said firms should sell quality products with immense benefits for consumers. It is important to promote commodities so that consumers will find it rewarding and will be compelled to purchase these products. Likewise, learn about the skills required for selling products and concentrate on the communication aspect because this is needed to demonstrate the viability of products to customers. Clients will only comprehend what direct sellers are saying if everything is explained in a clear manner.

Provide their marketing and sales personnel with the necessary materials needed in doing the job capably. It is the practice of companies to provide marketing materials that describe product features, benefits and disadvantages so sales personnel will know what must be emphasized as well as the defects that need to be veiled. Through marketing strategies, prospective customers can find out all about the sales proposals, promotional offers, discount packages and other relevant perks for customers.

Most likely, the best thing in going into the direct selling business is that there is no shortage of options. You can turn out to become your own boss by converting that money-making concept into realism. You can go into collaboration with other entrepreneurs who may or may not have any concept and business plan. Another alternative is to partner with companies which have put in place a marketing system and merchandise ready for sale.

Direct Selling Advertising Strategies
The advertising strategy employed by direct selling companies is quite different from that of traditional marketing institutions. You can use the website in promoting your products. However, others do not make use of information technology in promoting their products. You have to be given free access to the company name, logo and profile for your advertising campaigns. Your promotional activities must match with that of the company.

You are the proprietor even if you have to buy products from another company with the intention of reselling them. You alone are responsible for your success or failure. Success will be less difficult if you set a fixed budget from the very start and stick to this figure with very minimal adjustments. You must put in the amount of money that you are ready to part with since failure is always a factor in all enterprises. You have to make yourself available for conferences, meetings, seminars, and networking events. You will benefit from establishing a powerful network with other business owners.