Call For Bands Going Beyond Myspace
You're loaded up on MySpace - tons of friends and fans with pictures from your most recent shows, flyers for your next tour, and comments from the peanut gallery on everything from the outfit you wore last week to the person you just broke up with. But as much as this is working, it's limiting. Hugely limiting.
With your own website, your band goes to the next level. First, there's the credibility. MySpace is for basement bands, kids who practice after school when their drummer isn't grounded. When you have your own website, you can actually be a basement band with a drummer under perpetual house arrest, but to the rest of the world, you are a professional group of serious musicians, each member with an email address that includes your band's name.
Include a link to your website in every email you send out, list it at the bottom of flyers, put it on business cards and attach it to the demo CD you send out to record companies. Reviewers can get information about you from your site and, in turn, you can post comments they print. Give bios of the band members and ways to contact you. List lyrics to your songs and tour schedules. The more you have on your website, the more street cred you get - and anything is better than a little spot on MySpace.
Next, there's the possibilities. What can't you have when you've got your own website? You can sell your new album, t shirts in a variety of styles, hats, posters, patches, pins. You can upload samples of your songs, making a pseudo-demo tape available for fans, club owners, recording executives, and potential agents to listen to. Have a variety of forums for your fans to meet each other, get rides to shows, ask you questions, discuss your music - all conveniently separated into categories that would be impossible in the endless list of comments on MySpace.
You can also communicate with your band members through your website. Use secure pages that the public won't have access to and pass notes back and forth when one is out of town. Upload clips of that bass line you're working on or lyrics that you're having trouble with. Even if you all have 'real' jobs or go to school full time, you can still have band practice via the website.
Websites are a great way to develop your cult status as well. Upload live tracks from your shows and start a bootleg craze, new millennium style. Offer limited edition, hand screened t-shirts and patches. Create a blog and pick a fan out of every show to memorialize. Make up rumors about yourself and spread them. Start an online war with another band. Get noticed and get people listening to your music, talking about your band, and coming to your shows. Then start your own label and help them make their website as big of a success as yours is.
Why Do The Search Engines Change Their Minds
One of the common questions that come up time after time on forums is , "why do the search engines keep changing their minds about what they want". The search engines really don't chop and change what they want, really they don't. They all want one thing, to deliver the most relevant pages to searchers. it isn't rocket science (despite what some of the telephone sake oil salespeople SEO's tell you). SEO is simple, here are off my cuff the simple basics of seo.
1) Make sure your site can be spidered
If not then all else is wasted, this is a basic that believe it or not many overlook.
2) Make sure the spiders can spider it quickly and understand the importance of every page in your site.
Set up a nice clean navigation and folder structure with the site broken dow into little pockets of focused pages. Put in place a sitemap, with links to the pages, and a brief text of what to expect at that page.
3) Carry out keyword research and do not cut corners.
Keyword research is the bedrock of any marketing, be it PPC or organic SEO, get it right and it is a joy, get it wrong you pay the price miles down the line when you have to come all the way back and start again.
4) Create the structure above, and create informative clear crisp focused pages.
A page should focus on a subject and the subject should be clearly identifiable. Make the subject the page title and your away.
5) Create clear page titles
How on earth do you expect a search algo to know what your pages are about if they are not clearly marked? Leep in mind that the page title serves two masters, the search engine, and more importantly the searcher. A clear focused page title will encourage clicks to your page.
6) Create clear quality on topic content. Search engines need content to work out what your site is all about, without it they have to guess. Quality content matched to quality backlinks into your site will help you rank well, and will please your visitors.
7) Focus your pages! The search engine algorithms need to be able to work out what each page is about on the web. Covering three or four topics on the same page will only serve to confuse the issue. Focused tight content and outbound on topic links will help both visitors and search engines.
8) Be proud of your site.
Let people know it exists, submit to directories, contact other sites that are likely to be able to share client types, and swap links.
9) Link out
So much is made of incoming links, but I am a firm believer that you can assist the search algorithms greatly by linking out to good authoritive pages from within your site. This is how it was in the beginning with academics citing each others work, and this still works today.
10) Use the right anchor text
Anchor text was again how we did it in the early days, but people kind of lost track of that. Now again they realise the importance of anchor text. Use descriptive anchor text when possible, and this includes internal links within your own site.
Well that is that take a look and tell me what is new there? The answer is nothing really. So SEO doesn't change, the search engines don't keep changing their minds about what they want. The problem is that too many people create sites that algo chase one factor or another of the algorithm, and when the weight is altered for this factor, they have to move onto another to shore it up. Create a good well balanced site with all the elements covered, and it will stand the test of time.
Death Records And The Internet
If you are looking to locate death records and do not know where to start, the internet is probably your best bet. There are tons of websites that will allow you to gain access to the information that you are looking for. The best way to find these sites is by typing "death records" into your favorite search engine. This will give you several different options on where to locate what you are looking for.
The first thing that you will notice when getting your results back will be that you can get access to death records through the health departments of most states. This is information that can be had by the public. In order to gain access to this information you will need to supply the site with some information. First off you are probably going to have to register with the site. Many times you can also only gain access if you have a valid reason on why you need to search death records (newspaper, news story, etc.) Next, many of the state health departments charge the user a small fee in order to access these records. The fee is not usually more that a few dollars and can be easily paid by credit card.
There are also several independent companies that keep death records on file. These companies gain access to this information the same way that you would through the state health departments. They contact all of the state health departments and get all of the records in order to have a one stop shop for anyone that may need this information. Some of these companies can include private and public hospitals, various businesses that require the withholding of health records.
Death records can be found on the internet with relative ease. Just get started with a simple search and you will be well on your way to obtaining all of the information that you could possibly want.
What To Look For When Starting A Myspace Account
With the internet continuing to expand and new websites evolving on a daily basis, no website has become as popular as MySpace. As of March 2006, MySpace had become the eighth most popular website in the world with over 68 million accounts. MySpace is a social networking website that allows people to do a variety of things to communicate with others around the world. The MySpace layout allows you to upload personal pictures of yourself, create interactive blogs, start a user profile, and much more. MySpace does have its flaws like everything in life, but there are so many benefits a person can receive from having their own account.
A MySpace layout is centered on your profile. Within the profile are numerous things about you and all of your interests that you choose to tell. The profile allows you to post information about you and basic interests among books, movies, music, television and more.
To personalize your MySpace account even more, it is common to upload several images of yourself or of other pictures that interest you. This helps people identify you and get to know you a little better. MySpace has also turned into one of the leading interactive and entertainment oriented websites on the internet.
Through the MySpace layout you can keep track of how many friends you have and who they are. This allows you to communicate and send messages to friends to keep in touch. There is an Instant Message feature that allows you to talk to friends instantaneously if they are logged on to their account as well.
MySpace has become a great way for music artists to get their name out in the public. By starting a MySpace account and posting their music on their profile, such bands as Hawthorne Heights and My Chemical Romance promoted themselves and became what they are today. Many bands around the world are doing the same thing by posting their music and sending it to hundreds of thousands of MySpace accounts to become noticed.
As noted earlier, MySpace does have its flaws and concerns. MySpace is set up so that anyone can customize the colors and layout of their own page with no restrictions. Most MySpace users are not skilled web developers, which can cause problems such as freezing web browsers through poorly constructed profiles. Along with the inexperience of web development, there are several ads and pop-ups that a user will encounter that can freeze a page or result in the page taking a long time to load.
Another problem with MySpace that has become popular in the news is the content that can be posted on the website. There have been a number of cases concerning nude and indecent pictures being posted on peoples' profiles. There have also been many instances of adults using the website to meet, talk to and stalk teenagers. That is why it is important that teenagers are aware of the danger they put themselves in by posting personal information.
MySpace can be a harmless interactive website if used with caution. It is fine to post your interests and talk to friends, but it's important that people are careful with posting personal information and know who to talk to and who not to talk to.
Making Fast Money Online
When starting the journey of making money online try and be as active as possible in you own business.
Do and try more things often to see what works and what doesn't. You might not succeed at first but persevere and don't get discouraged. It is all right to fail as long as you learn from it and just look at it as feedback. You will need to spend time and money to gain the experience you need. Also be ready to lose your money as well and just call it a lesson learned. A bit of burn will drill the network marketing lessons into your brain for sure.
The rule to any successful business is sell a product to make money. In order to do this you must have salesmanship and must be able to close a sale. Having plenty of customers is essential to running an effective and profitable business. Winning customers online is great for business but still has its ups and downs. You will be exposed to the whole world and have a huge market place. On the downside the exchange is so impersonal that it is hard to make people feel comfortable and trust anyone. There are several ways to overcome the lack of direct communication on the web. Accentuate the positives to compensate for all the negatives. You can gain great and loyal customers online with some positive feedback.
There are those individuals who truly believe they can log online and make a business up and be making tons of cash in a week. Let's speak the truth, that isn't how it goes at all. Just because the web is huge and everyone and their grandmother seem to have an online business doesn't mean their business is successful. The ones that are took much time, money, and hard work to get there and it wasn't overnight. For most good online marketers it took at least a year to get up and running to get successful. They had to budget their time and money well,and focus all their efforts on their business. Don't assume that putting a huge sum of cash into your business will bring you instant rewards. It is too easy for newbies to not bother using multiple strategy methods and get burnt when their business doesn't take off. It is important to spend your time and money on several different approaches to see which ones generate the best hits.
There is a lot of room for growth with this type of business set up. This will be due to continual marketing efforts. The money will be assured to come in at the right time. Just link up with the best feedback companies and you will be laughing all the way to the bank.
What Is Reverse Dns
Reverse DNS (Domain Name System) lookup, also known by the acronym (rDNS), is the process by which someone can look up a host name given a particular IP address. Reverse DNS is also known in some places as reverse resolving. It is the opposite of DNS lookup, by which someone looks up an IP address given a particular host name.
Why use Reverse DNS?
A reverse DNS lookup is usually performed for troubleshooting purposes. Commonly, tools like a traceroute or a ping will do a reverse DNS lookup to determine the flow of traffic from one point to another. Another common place for reverse DNS lookup is when accessing a person's email. Many modern email providers will do reverse DNS lookups to determine if an email was sent from a known spam address. Finally, reverse DNS can be used to make sure that there is a proper relationship between the owner of a server and the owner of a domain name. This technique, known as Forward Confirmed reverse DNS (FCrDNS) is used to put a stop to phishing sites and spammers.
What is IPv4 Reverse DNS lookup?
IPv4 Reverse DNS is a type of reverse DNS that uses a reverse IN-ADDR entry with the special domain "in-addr.arpa". The IP address represented in the in-addr.arpa domain is written in reverse order to the usual way that the IP address is written. For example, if a person was performing a reverse domain lookup for an address such as 192.168.1.1, he would do the lookup using 188.8.131.52.in-addr.arpa.
What is IPv6 Reverse DNS lookup?
IPv6 Reverse DNS lookup is a type of reverse DNS that uses the special domain ip6.arpa. Unlike IPv4 Reverse DNS lookup, IPv6 Reverse DNS lookup does not use the standard IP address style of looking up host names. Instead, it uses a sequence of nibbles, or four bit aggregations, in reverse order with each number separated by a period. For example, if a person was performing a reverse domain lookup for an address such as 2001:0db8:0:0:0:0:1428:57ab he would do the lookup using b.a.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.0.0.8.b.d.0.1.0.0.2.ip6.arpa.
What happens when there are multiple host names assigned to one IP address?
A reverse DNS lookup will be able to determine all of the host names associated with a particular IP address, though this practice is sometimes frowned upon. Many cheap web hosting plans will offer shared virtual hosts where many sites share space on the same IP address. Although this does not affect the validity of the information returned by a reverse DNS lookup, it can lead to problems with other services.
Is Your Online Business A Hobby Or A Real Business
A common question today is: "Why aren't I making any money from my web site?" The main reason for this lack of success is that there are too many hobby sites rather than real business sites on the internet.
Your web site is a hobby business when:
+ Your web page is full of sophisticated animation and graphics taking forever to load;
+ You do not have your own product - instead you have links to many affiliate or network marketing programs, you have never bought the products or services and have no knowledge of their quality or suitability;
+ You respond to email enquiries as and when you feel like it rather than promptly;
+ You don't provide sufficient contact details on your page so that people can contact you easily;
+ You have a hit counter that keeps on being inflated by you visiting your own site to see how many hits you have generated;
+ You're advertising and promotion is non-existent or is inconsistent and poorly focused;
+ Your web site does not lead your customer through a sales process; and,
+ You expect that having a web site is all you need to do to make money on the net.
Business success on the internet demands a "real business" approach that is professional and focused on the customer or client. To have a real business requires that you have your own "sales funnel" that will usually involve having your own product or service.
In simple terms, a sales funnel is an approach to the sales process that works very successful for those who implement it properly. At the top of the funnel are your prospects. You qualify your prospects through offering something for free that is directly related to your product or service. In many cases this is a free newsletter or ezine that will allow you to demonstrate your expertise and stay in front of your prospects so that you can eventually convert them into customers.
As prospects move through the funnel, they are offered a product or service at a low price point. For example, an electronic book for $30 could be sold to your prospects. Once they buy this product they have become one of your customers. You have qualified their interest in or need for the products and services that you offer.
Moving into the lower part of the funnel, you offer your customers your higher priced products or services. As these people have already bought from you, trust and credibility have been established and they will buy the higher priced items more readily than if you offered them to your prospects directly. This is usually the area where you will make most of your profits.
While the above is a rough example of the sales funnel concept, I think it illustrates a sales approach that is characteristic of a real business. Additional products and services, including affiliate programs that you recommend, can be offered to your customers with greater potential for profit.
Real businesses know the profile of their likely customers and have a marketing plan for how to reach them in the most cost-effective manner. They are consistent in their advertising and promotion activities. They track the results of all activities so that they know what is working and what isn't. Decisions can be made on facts rather than guesses.
Full contact details are provided on a real businesses web site so that customers and potential customers can easily contact them. They are customer service oriented and answer e-mails promptly. They also provide a full guarantee that they honour without question.
As they know their potential customers, they ensure their web site is easy to navigate, quick loading, and provides the information their potential customer needs to decide to make the purchase.
A real business is conducted in a professional manner. Real businesses will make real money on the internet today! Don't operate your web site with a hobby mentality - be professional and follow business success principles and you will be able to build the business of your dreams.
How To Start An Online Business Without A Website
If you are new to Internet Marketing and finding it difficult to get started, you're not alone. You probably search the Internet for so long that you found yourself back at the same starting point, but with a lot of hype and information overload. Odds are your asking the same question, "How Do I Get Started?" Fortunately there is an easy way, and best of all you don't need a web site.
Many people think in order to start a business or sell a product they need a web site. The typical process would be:
- Find a product that can be sold or promoted. This can be anything from an affiliate program to buying resell rights or private label rights for ebooks or software.
- Build a website that requires finding a web hosting provider, design the site, and creating content.
- Promote the website and product by advertising, link exchanges and any other method that will drive traffic to your site.
If you take one part from each of the three processes above you will have: a product from joining an affiliate program, creating content for distribution, and promoting it.
The process now looks like this:
- Join a good affiliate program. This can be any kind of service or digital goods such as ebooks or software. After signing up for an affiliate program you will receive a link that will include your affiliate ID.
- Create informative quality content about the product.
- Promote the product.
The last step is the key on how to promote the product without a website. Instead of creating the content for a website, create it in the form of articles, blogs, ezines, or even an eBook. Here's how:
Articles - Write an article by creating content which is relevant to the product. The most important part of the article is the resource box at the bottom (see below), or sometimes shown as 'About the Author". This should include a short description of how to find more information for the product and include the link that points to the site selling the product or service. Once you submit the article, it will be picked up by web site owners looking for fresh content. Finding article sites are not hard since there are hundreds to choose from on the Internet.
Blogs - One of the hottest and effective method for selling. Best of all a website is not needed and it's free. Just create content similar to writing articles and naturally weave your links in the blog. Update the blog once a week and keep using your important keywords. Your blog will be distributed through feeds and will also be crawled by the search engines. If you do your homework, you may end up on the first page of Google by using good keywords!
Advertise - Many people may opt not to advertise because of the costs, but if you plan your advertising campaigns carefully, they will pay for themselves quickly. If your budget is tight, look for free classifieds ads.
Forums - Visit the online discussion forums where people in your target market like to gather. Post useful responses to people's questions, and include any links that you want to promote at the end of your post next to your name. You may be surprise at the results.
E-Mail Signatures - Create an e-mail signature with your name, link, and a short tagline describing the main benefit of your product. Set your e-mail program to automatically add your signature to every e-mail that you send.
These are just some methods you can use to market products with out a website. Start out with the examples above and learn how to create quality content and effectively distribute them around the Internet. Based on this knowledge, you can begin to build a solid foundation for your business which will help you make money instead of ending up at the beginning from where you started!
Do You Have The Winning Mindset To Earn Money Online Successfully
Many have asked me what the key to earning money online successfully is. This is not an easy question to answer in terms of what you can do to earn money online. There are a thousand and one ways to earn money online successfully but are they really the keys to success? Unfortunately, the methods to earn money online are less significant than the mindset behind it.
What really differentiates the winning online marketers from the losing is very much not what they do but what drives them in their actions. Anyone can try and experiment with a myriad of ways to earn money online but ultimately without a winning mindset, they will never succeed.
Then what are the qualities of a winning mindset to earn money online successfully? Well, the following are considered the key pillars of a winning mindset.
The fuel to succeed online is pretty much fired by what you want to gain in the end. What do you want to achieve in the end? Is it financial freedom? Or do you to want to have more time to spend with your family? Maybe you don't want to be very rich; you just want to earn a little extra income to lift the financial burden of the family. Or maybe you hate your job and you hate your boss and you hope to one day "fire" him and be your own boss. Whatever the reason may be, you must have a strong desire to earn money online successfully, because this is what determines your motivation and is the main source of your strength. So know what you want to achieve in the end and let this be the fuel of your success.
There are truckloads of ways to earn money online. You can be an affiliate marketer and sell other people's products. You can join an online MLM business opportunity and build your income from there. You can even offer your own services or products to others for a price. But whichever method you choose, it all comes down to focusing your efforts.
From the moment you step into the world of earning money online, you expose yourself to a myriad of business opportunities. They come fast and hard and they never seem to stop. Every day, there can be a new business opportunity to earn money online that seems like the "next big thing". And you will be tempted to "jump in before it is too late". But the sad truth is, business opportunities will never run out, but the amount of time we have will. Each of us only has 24 hours a day and we can only do so much. What you need to earn money online successfully is not to jump in on the "next big thing" but to focus on "this big thing". You do not need so many "big things", you only need one. So focus your efforts on what you set your sight on and give it your best. You will not regret it.
Many people who first begin to try to earn money online believe that they can do it fast and easy. They think that if they try something that promises them that they will earn money online successfully, they can do it in a few days to a few weeks. And if they do not succeed, the method is wrong and they give up. Sadly, this is not how it works. It is true that there are plenty of scams out there that only want to cheat you of your hard-earned cash. However, most of the time, the reason for failure is simply the lack of patience. Gathering knowledge and applying it is a necessity to earn money online. All these take time and nothing comes without it. Be patient with what you believe in and your efforts will be rewarded.
4. Willingness to take massive action and commit consistently
Finally, armed with a flaming desire to succeed, laser targeted focus on your objective and a rock-solid patience to carry it to the end, you still need the last crucial ingredient to success. You need to take HUGE MASSIVE action and be willing to commit consistently. Your mindset alone cannot win the battle for you. You must be willing to put in your biggest effort to make it a success and commit to doing it consistently, because only with MASSIVE action can you achieve MASSIVE results.
Now, take some time to review what you have done up till now. Do you have a burning desire to succeed? Have you been focusing your efforts and resisting the temptation to join whatever new opportunity that comes along? Have you been patient enough to continue what you are doing and promise yourself never to give up? And finally, are you taking MASSIVE action to turn your dream into a reality? If your answer is a resounding "YES", then there is no doubt that you will be able to earn money online successfully.
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