Boost Activity On Your HBB Website Using Offline Methods


A major concern of all Home Based Business (HBB) Entrepreneurs is to get Traffic to their websites. Most entrepreneurs endeavor to promote their business online but, unless the website is ranked high in the major search engines, traffic will be hard to come by. This problem can become more frustrating and demoralizing when you are new to Web Marketing and have a low advertising budget.

Promoting your Web Business offline is a great way of getting over this problem while at the same time creating an image for yourself and a brand for your Home Based Business. Outlined below are popular, free and inexpensive offline methods that have been proven to work, are still very effective today, and can easily be followed by most entrepreneurs for promoting their businesses Offline.

Word of Mouth:

Word of mouth is one of the best forms of advertising your business. Pass the word around about your Home Business and your website. Let your friends, acquaintances, kith and kin get to know about it. More often than not you will find a few people who are prepared to go out of the way to help you in your efforts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the Web Marketing era places great importance to this mode of promotion, and he should know. He said on more than one occasion, “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful”

Business Cards:

Many entrepreneurs – and especially those who are new to business – do not realize the importance, significance and effectiveness of a business card. The card projects your business image and credibility. Seize the opportunity and pass the card on to friends and acquaintances at parties, seminars, conferences, clubs and other functions. A place to get started is Vistaprint which will supply you I00 cards free of charge if you contact them.

Flyers:

An inexpensive method of promoting your Home Business Offline is by distributing Flyers. This can easily be produced using your own resources part of which should be a computer. Provide all the details of your home business and your URL as briefly as possible.

Flyers can be distributed door to door with the help of your family members. They can also be placed at community centers, bulletin boards, libraries, malls, super markets and other places where people gather.

Brochures:

A well designed brochure always captures the attention of potential customers. This too can be done on the computer. If you are unable to design it yourself there are several sites in the internet that will help you design one yourself. One such site is http://www.mybrochure.com. Once it is ready, place them in clubs, bars, supermarkets and libraries.

Automobiles:

While we’re on the subject of inexpensive ways to promote your internet business Offline, let’s take a look at placing bumper stickers or magnetic signs on your vehicles. Have your website address, phone number and URL displayed clearly. This is a sure way of getting your website noticed by hundreds or even thousands of people everyday. Your friends could also assist you in this endeavor. Give them some of your products free as an incentive.


Classified Ads and Write up:

Placing Classified Ads in the local newspapers is a great way of promoting your Home Business and they do not cost much. Place a few ads on a regular basis and then request the editor to give your Home Business a small write up in the newspaper. Editors are always on the look out for news and if you are lucky your request will be granted. This will without doubt give your Home Business a great boost.

Novelties and Promotional Items:

Everyone loves free gifts. Items such as pens, key chains, coffee mugs and refridgerator magnets are popular and inexpensive gift items. Imprint your business name and URL on these items and distribute them at conferences, seminars and community meetings.

Promoting your home based business offline requires a certain amount of effort, public relations and organizational skills. Remaining motivated and dedicated is the secret of success in most businesses and the end result of all your efforts will be a steady stream of prospects, loyal customers and traffic to your Web Marketing website.

Home Based Web Business – A Network Marketing Affair


If you have been in the eCommerce market for at least 6 months, you are already receiving offers from many companies promoting their products/services to you, and this will continue as businesses offer you the opportunity to become a distributor of those products and/or services. While many of these businesses offer the opportunity free of charge, others may require you to pay a fee similar to that of a franchise, based on their willingness to set up a website with your name on it and provide instructions on how to make it a success.

Regardless of the motives behind their willingness to share knowledge, techniques and strategies, you’re still able to share in the wealth of their business operations. Where many people make the mistake, is in getting involved with a home-based Web business and then believing – mistakenly – that just by filling out the online forms and paying the required fees, they will immediately start on a money-making journey to riches, wealth and the realization of their dreams.

This could not be farther from the reality of what actually happens after getting involved with a home-based web business. Failure to think long enough about how you came to be involved in this type of business, and the fact that someone was marketing this plan to you, can often lead to failure to grow your new business by marketing it to others; as many “others” as you possibly can during the early years of the new venture.

So the time to relax is not in the beginning of your new business but after you put in the required time (10 to 18 hour days and 7 day weeks, for as long as it takes) to make your business a success. The major portion of your time, work and and money will be spent – or should be spent – promoting and advertising your new business.

There are numerous ways to promote your home-based Web business, such as old-fashion advertising, handing out business cards or even putting you web address on the side of your vehicle to be seen while you drive to the grocery store or around town. All that may be good to draw a half dozen people or so to your new business venture, but to help it really grow and ultimately succeed, it may be necessary to rely more on the network marketing strategy.

Oil millionaire J. Paul Getty is often quoted as saying, he would rather have one percent of the efforts of 100 people, than 100 percent of his own efforts; and that is the basis of network marketing. The Kirby vacuum cleaner company devised its own form of network marketing as far back as 1935 before the phrase was coined and the concept totally understood.

The KVC company knew that in order to sell their sweepers, a sit-down presentation was needed. They had a few dealers with whom they shared the profits of their sales and using their proven methods they taught others to sell the sweepers and each person who was brought in as a sales representative could also share in the profits off the efforts of others once s/he followed the proven success plan.

While a few people may make a lot of money in a short period of time with network marketing, most must grow their business slowly, because of the learning curve, as well as the marketing tests (or test marketing as the case may be) that must take place if your home-based Web business is to be a success. Test marketing is a time-consuming activity which cannot be rushed.

You owe it to your business and yourself (and family, if applicable) to devote the number of hours every day, week and month to learn all you need to know from and about the sponsoring company (if your business is network marketing or milti-level marketing in nature), and anything else you need to know about how to market the product or service you are selling.

Once you educate yourself, you can train others to be successful by teaching them to market the product or service and make money from their sales as well. The more people they have working under them, the more money they can make; And since you devoted valuable time, money and resources to train them, you will also make more money which you would deserve.