5 Tools to Help Your Online Business

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Published: 04th July 2012
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On online business in no different from an offline business as there are always a set of 'tools' that you need to get the job done correctly and efficiently.

Imagine if you went to the dentist to have your teeth checked and when you were in the surgery he said that he had no tools or implements and asked if he could borrow yours?

It is no different for your online business. Here are some of the ‘tools’ you will need:

1. Domain Name
A domain name represents where your customers can locate you by way of an easy to use word, or sets of words, via your IP (or Internet Protocol) address.
An IP address is a series of numbers designed to allow one computer to communicate with another via the internet. Just like someone needs your mailing address to send you a letter, one computer needs an IP address to communicate with another computer.
Remembering a list of numbers is not easy so this is how a domain name is used: It's an easy way to reach the exact location of a website with words without having to remember the numbers of an IP address. There are several companies online where you can register your domain name and check if the one you want is available.

2. Proven Sales System
As an online marketer, your job is to develop highly targeted campaigns that promote high quality products and then build powerful traffic campaigns that funnel in red-hot prospects who are interested in purchasing the products you promote.
Choosing quality products is an important part of every affiliate campaign, because you want to make sure that you are setting up campaigns around products that are likely to convert.

3. Autoresponder
Your autoresponder is the 'salesman' who works tirelessly for you 24/7 - every day of the year. This it, as long as you have told it what you want it to do! Now that your landing page has obtained your lead's email address, you have to follow up that lead. Autoresponder services are used to provide your leads with follow-up and new information about your products and services via email. Remember, statistically, a prospect needs to see or hear your marketing message at least seven times before they take action and buy from you. There are several companies online where you sign-up for autoresponder services, some of which offer free trial periods or even a totally free service which is supported by advertising.

4. Landing Page (also known as a squeeze page)
A landing page, or squeeze page, is a single webpage created for one objective - to obtain leads! Your landing page must contain compelling information to tell readers about the benefits of your product or service and, in return for a person entering their email address, you provide them with something of value, like a free report or video.

5. Continuous Education
As you can see from points above, there are several tools you need to get your online business working for you. Sometimes, you can get stuck with a certain element which becomes more and more frustrating as you try and sort it out. With continuous education you can learn as you earn and draw on the experience of others while you build your online business. And, even after a few weeks, you will be in a position to start helping other new people who have recently entered the existing world of online marketing!

No matter what industry you work in, whether it is a traditional offline business or an online business there are always a set of 'tools' that you need to get the job done correctly and efficiently.

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