Your Questions About Internet Marketing

Steven asks…

what is internet marketing?

and how do i get started

barry0912 answers:

Good question. Internet Marketing is taking the elementary ideals of marketing and applying those skills to the internet. Marketing is of course getting a business in front of potential customers, and turning those customers into clients.

Are you looking to market a business? Or are you looking to be an Internet Marketer?

I do custom business writing, and have used a small web firm called Alphabetix for my internet marketing. They are quite good. My web site had very little traffic, and with their help I get about 200 unique visitors a day.

Good luck.

Sharon asks…

What is the outlook on Internet Marketing in this economy?

barry0912 answers:

Internet Marketing – A Solution for cost cutting
Its recession period that world is facing; it’s the time of financial crisis. This is affecting most of the companies and most importantly their money management policies. Industries are cutting their expenditures and are looking for cheaper ways.

“Marketing & Advertising” are the most important area which no business sector can avoid. Though marketing and advertising is quite costly field, but an organization has to go for it as they have to show and maintain their existence.

Taking both the above stated cases together, what will be the best medium for advertising and marketing in the period of recession & financial crisis…… Of course INTERNET.

Internet is the cheapest and most effective of all other marketing areas. Here are the few important ways for promoting your brand through internet –

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Pay per click Advertising
Affiliate Marketing

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Donald asks…

How Can i start my own profit business online and retail?

Trying to take advantage of an open market during this recession by investing little of five thousand dollars. Searching for a market to expand an idea for my own enterprise. I am wondering where should i look for it legally without being scam by fake ads? What other legal site offers you the best idea to run both online and retail? Also how to find ways to get product into your business?

barry0912 answers:

My husband is a member of an Internet marketing community called Wealthy Affiliate. It is like a school for internet marketers.
There are a lot of people in it that know what they are doing and everybody is trying to help each other. You can learn so much there. The forums, the support, the coaching, all the information they provide you with. You can find the right answers for most of your questions regarding starting an online business, advertising, etc. It is a great program.
Check it out if you want to… I guarantee you will not regret it: http://www.wealthyaffiliate.com?a_aid=jV6Ylqvy

Mary asks…

I would like to learn more about the stock market, can someone tell me where to start?

I am interested in the goings on of the stock market. I would like to know how to decipher everything and possibly do some informed investing on my own. Can someone show me where to begin learning about it?

barry0912 answers:

Standard investment advice is that you should invest in a diversified mix of stocks, bonds, and money market funds. If you are like most people you will invest part of your money aggressively in stocks, and part conservatively in money market funds and bond funds. Vanguard has an on-line questionnaire which will give you an idea of how to do “Asset Allocation,” determining how much to put in each type of fund.

You want to buy a diversified portfolio of stocks as individual stocks are too risky. Highly knowleadgable people can buy a properly balanced portfolio, but most folks have a difficult time balancing things on their own. They will misbalance their portfolio by buying all small stocks or all growth stocks, or some other misbalanced assortment of stocks. Back in 2000, Some people bought all internet stocks; they got burnt when they all crashed together. You have to diversify across industries. Unless you know what you are doing, it is best to buy mutual funds. I like Vanguard.com, other people like Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, and DFA. Buy no-load, low cost funds.

If your company offers a 401K plan at work, try to invest the most you can. The money grows tax free, and some companies will match your contribution. Investing in a mutual fund IRA is also a good idea. If you have children, you may want to consider a 529 plan or other college savings plan that grows tax free.

I like index funds. Because of their broad diversification, you are less likely to have a dramatic drop in value. They also have the lowest expenses. For stock funds, I would suggest putting ~70-80% of your money in the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund. And ~20-30% in a foreign stock index fund. However, there are many different opinions out there on what the best mutual funds are. Read the links below and form your own opinion.

If you have high-interest debt, like credit cards, it is best to pay this off first before trying most of the investment ideas above. You should also have 3-6 months of salary saved up as an emergency fund in a bank or money market fund before trying more risky investments.

Believing advice you get on Yahoo answers can be risky, so read these websites for further information. If you find it too confusing, contact a professional financial advisor. They will charge you significant commissions, however.

Sources:
http://www.vanguard.com/VGApp/hnw/planningeducation
http://www.fool.com/school.htm
http://sec.gov/investor/pubs/assetallocation.htm
http://www.diehards.org/readsites.htm
http://finance.yahoo.com/education/begin_investing
http://finance.yahoo.com/funds/basics

Asset Allocation Calculators
(Determining how much to put in stocks and how much into bonds and money markets is a personal decision depending on your financial status. These Asset Allocation questionaires give you a rough idea how to do this. I like Vanguard best, but try some of the other sites as well.)
https://personal.vanguard.com/VGApp/hnw/FundsInvQuestionnaire?cbdInitTransUrl=https%3A//flagship.vanguard.com/VGApp/hnw/planningeducation/education
https://ais2.tiaa-cref.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects.exe/DTAssetAlcEval
http://www.ifa.com/SurveyNET/index.aspx

Web forum: http://www.diehards.org/
(Many investment web forums are overrun by scam artists. This one seems the most legitimate site.)

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing Degree

Carol asks…

What college should I go to, to get a art education degree?

I’m looking for the best universities that offer a good art education degree program.

barry0912 answers:

First, let me know where you are. But if you are willing to study here in the Philippines, I can recommend my school: De La Salle-College of St. Benilde.

Under the School of Design & Arts of this college, you can choose the following degree programs: (source is www.dls-csb.edu.ph)

Bachelor of Arts in Animation (ABANI)

The Animation program strikes a balance between commercial and fine art animation. It is a comprehensive program that focuses on three areas: 2D, 3D and experimental animation, and will train you in developing original Filipino content. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management (ABAM)

The Arts Management program allows you to become proficient in art history, theory, and criticism as well as cultural programming and its resources, while learning design and arts management techniques and technologies.

Bachelor of Arts in Digital Filmmaking (ABDGFILM)

The Digital Filmmaking program combines motion picture production and broadcast arts with a strong understanding of the legal and financial workings of the film and television industries. You will undergo entrepreneurial training to encourage you to set up your own production studio or create independent features, short films, documentaries, music videos, or educational TV programs and shows. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts (ABMMA)

The Multimedia Arts program combines evolving areas such as digital media and the Internet with core skills such as communications, programming, and graphic design. You harness the power of the latest digital media technology. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Production (ABMP)

The Music Production program focuses on the use of technology in the field of music. The program aims to elevate the fields of video and music scoring, jingle and commercial music writing, and popular composition/arrangement for local and international audiences and markets. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

Bachelor of Arts in Photography (ABPHOTO)

The Photography program establishes photography as a fine art and as a viable creative industry that keeps up with global standards in communication and information design and technology and is used as a medium for social change. It focuses on aesthetics and the development of creative photography skills, professional and business practices, and promoting ethical practices in the field. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

Bachelor of Arts in Production Design (ABPRD)

The Production Design program develops your skills and interests in designing sets, costumes and props for movies, commercials, television, theater, events and advertising. Studies in theoretical exercises are offered together with studio classes in drawing, drafting, computer-aided drafting and design, stagecraft, props-making, prosthetics, costume construction, and other related practical skills.

Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theater (ABTHR)

The Technical Theater program develops your knowledge and expertise in the technical requirements of theater, events, concerts and other live performances—from designing lights, manipulating sound, and overseeing and enhancing the technical aspects of a concert or stage production.

Bachelor of Arts major in Fashion Design and Merchandising (AB-FDM)

The Fashion Design and Merchandising program focuses on design development and philosophies, as well as production and marketing procedures, with the fashion business at the core.

Bachelor in Performing Arts major in Dance (BPA-D)

The Dance program is designed to transform dance into an expressive art form and a profession. It is offered in consortium with the Ballet Philippines-Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design (BS-ID)

The Industrial Design program trains you to design products that would make the everyday lives of people easier and fun. The program develops your design skills with practical aspects of ergonomics, function, marketing, manufacturing, and aesthetics as well as business-related concepts like entrepreneurship and management.

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (BS-InD)

The Interior Design program program develops the mastery of interior space planning, as well as specifying interior elements, such as finishes and furnishings, that would lead to creating aesthetic and functional spaces. It is offered in consortium with the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID).

Associate Degree in 3D Design and Animation

Associate Degree in Web Design and Animation

Lizzie asks…

What jobs can I get with a Bachelor’s in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management degree?

I have been out of college for about two years now and have worked a lot of random jobs like receptionist, gym member specialist, personal home cook, etc… -the kinds of jobs I don’t need a degree for. I graduated with a degree that is probably more geared toward consulting than a skill related field. What other kinds of jobs should I apply for?
I have been out of college for about two years now and have worked a lot of random jobs like receptionist, gym member specialist, personal home cook, etc… -the kinds of jobs I don’t need a degree for. I graduated with a degree that is probably more geared toward consulting than a skill related field. What other kinds of jobs should I apply for?

My main passions are health, nutrition, psychology and public health.

barry0912 answers:

I find it ironic that you got a four-year degree in entrepreneurship/business management and didn’t mention anything concerning starting and running your own business. The brainwashing of us Americans into the template of automatically looking for jobs working for someone else is very strong. Unless, of course, you’ve already considered this and have no interest in this possibility.

As a business owner, you have total control of what you do and don’t do and your rewards when/if successful are virtually unlimited. And many businesses don’t require a lot of money to start. Plus it’s possible to get money in other ways other than out of your own pockets to start your business.

If you are interested, I would consider books written by Tyler G. Hicks. He has been writing books on this subject for many years (I recently got one with a copyright of 1966) and they are very good, IMHO. The only thing out of date seems to be the dollar examples he uses based on all the inflation over the years. He is still in business today. A number of people ding his books in reviews because he doesn’t take you through the whole process step by step and sometimes plugs his other materials, but I like him. I can virtually guarantee you’ll learn from his books. A true entrepreneur doesn’t need hand-holding. Just info, guidance, encouragement and options. I recently ordered a book of his entitled, “How to Build a Second Income Fortune in Your Spare Time” with a copyright of 1965, that I would very highly recommend to you in spite of its age. I’m only up to page 75 so far but it’s very, very good. I’m very glad I bought it.

I would suggest you go to Amazon.com or some other used book sellers on the internet and see if any of his books interest you and possibly get some ideas going in your head in the fields you are most interested in.

In school did you take coursework in business formation, business law, marketing and advertising? There are many good books on these subjects and I would use the reviews on Amazon.com to find the best ones to help you. Other business books on the subjects of interest and need to you to help you be super successful should also be considered. To look for good books on legal issues and the mechanics, I’d consider Nolo.com as an initial place to look. Their books are most often high quality, although some are of course better than others.

I am presently working on starting a nonprofit. It’s pretty hard to get fired when you’re the owner of the company. Plus, you can work at any job within your company as you desire. And switch around whenever you like. Or stay small and do it all. Or start off small and expand as you need or desire to. You can also start your business part-time while working a regular job until you start making way more money in your own business. Plus you can have more than one small business going at the same time if you’re so inclined.

My opinion is it’s pretty hard to beat the advantages and potential of the job of business owner. No matter what you do, it will build on your degree and experience in your field. That’s my suggestion.

Good luck, Lala. 🙂

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Your Questions About Internet Marketing News

Betty asks…

How Internet affects positive and negative way in the ecomomy nowadays ?

Hello I have to make a presentation for my oral comunication on wednesday and I am planning on doing about How Internet affects to the global economy in good and bad way, so I want to explain with some poimts for example one positive way it can be companies spend less money in marketing publishing on Internet or I am not sure but I think Internet business do not pay taxes and affects the economy (US) Ok thank you for helping

barry0912 answers:

The internet, overall has had a profoundly negative effect on the economy. It has completely obliterated entire industries, transmuted others to mere shadows of their former selves (classified ad industry), It has enabled mass outsourcing to occur. It has created a variety of new, unstable industries that rise and fall, here one day, gone the next. Truly, the list of its detrimental effects is too exhaustive to go into here. It’s trend of devaluing nearly everything it comes in contact with is the primary cause of our current ‘depression’. It causes people to go out less, interact without speaking more often, and waste time surfing and ‘wanking’ to free porn sites.

Positively, it has made things more convenient, fast and immediate. Money transfers, information access have enabled tasks and jobs to be done quicker. The influx of free information and media has resulted in new technological innovations and experiences that, prior to it, would have to have been paid for. It allows people to find answers to questions immediately and spend less time on directions.

But, in terms of the economy, there is not really any good news to report.

Donna asks…

What is the Voip Market Size in North America?

What is the Voip Market Size in North America in dollars and number of subscribers. What is the expected growth?

barry0912 answers:

Voip.com has some information about the US Broadband Market’s expected jump from the current 10.3 million users to a whopping 44 million users by 2010: http://www.voip.com/voip_news/Broadband_Penetration.aspx.

If you’re looking for US + Canada + Mexico numbers, I think you’ll have to cobble together the information from several different sources.

The Internet World Stats blog has some global numbers that may be useful toward that end, but your first stop should probably be the FCC’s statistical reports page; here are the links:

Voip.com: http://www.voip.com/voip_news/Broadband_Penetration.aspx
Internet World Stats: http://www.internetworldstats.com/blog.htm
FCC statistics: http://www.fcc.gov/statistical-reports/

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