Internet Programs – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

So, you’ve decided to try an online opportunity. After all, they are quite the rage. But, before you sign up for just anything, know that Internet programs come in three types: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s pretty obvious that the good programs are the only ones worth considering. To find a program worthy of your time and efforts, look for the following features:

They Use Innovative Technology: The old ways of marketing are just that: old. Cold calling went out with the invention of caller ID, email solicitation declined with the onset of SPAM blockers and simply having a webpage suddenly became simply not enough. This makes the use of innovative technology in business programs extremely important.

A bad business program will have outdated marketing: it might rely on keyword driven traffic or only blog writing. A good business program will rely on much more. By using social networking, pod casts, and videos, good business programs utilize all the tools the web offers.

They Offer Training: Unless you are blessed with omniscience, chances are you don’t know how to do everything. If you are joining a new business, you need training. Without it, your success is compromised.

Good business opportunities will not only offer you training, but they will offer you training you can pursue on your own. Instead of waiting for someone to have to the time to tell you what to do, legit training programs allow you to roll up your sleeves and dive in as much – or as little – as you want.

They Don’ Require You to Have “Seven Friends”: We’ve all been there. We get a call from a long lost friend who says he’s calling just to say “hi.” Just as we are about to get off the phone, he tells us about a great opportunity he wants us to join. The only thing we need to do: get seven of our friends to join as well.

Pyramid schemes, though they run rampant, simply don’t work. They can only be sustained by talking others into joining, a task that grows increasingly harder in a poor economy. Avoid any business opportunities that parallel a pyramid scheme and stick to the ones where you benefit from your efforts.

They Don’t Require a Huge Deposit: If you had a ton of extra money lying around, you probably wouldn’t be looking at business opportunities in the first place. Chances are, if you lay down a huge deposit, you’ll never get it back. Instead, look for business opportunities that either require you to invest nothing monetarily or very little. You’re in this to make money, not the opposite.

They Make Sense: There are certain business opportunities out there that simply make no sense. You read the fine print once, twice, three and four times and you are still scratching your head as to how it works. If it’s that complicated, it’s probably a trick.

Certain businesses try to “sneak one by you” through confusion. This makes it a good rule of thumb to stay away from programs that are ridiculously longwinded, or ones that force you to read the entire dictionary, just to understand what they are saying.

What Makes an Online Video A Great Video on YouTube? The Basic Rules

Working at the viral videos market, viewing dozens of successful viral videos every day and picking the top of it to appear on our website, we have come up with the very basic guidelines for creating a successful viral video.

1. Your video should never ever cross the 3:00 minute limit, preferably staying within 1:30-2:00 minutes.

2. Your video should always use sound – never upload videos that are silent even if the original footage was recorded with no soundtrack.

3. Avoid long intros such as: “This video was brought to you by the coolest dude in the world” followed by some more blah blah that no one cares about. Remember, online viewers have no time for this – they browse content and don’t really read or have patience for anything else but your real content. Let them decide if your video is the most amazing thing they’ve seen or not.

4. Music makes a huge difference! Always, if possible, add some music to your videos. Try to be a real editor and wrap your video with the right music for it. By doing this you can get viewers excited over stuff they usually would ignore.

5. Edit your videos. Try to give your videos some nice editing rather than showing them as is. Sometimes a poor subject can be really exciting when given the right editing. Check out “Epic Meal Time” dudes on YouTube to get an idea of what great editing means.

6. Pick the right title. Most videos that reach the top views on YouTube contain the right keywords in their titles – words that get people excited and curious, such as: “exclusive! First blah blah ever! The most…ever! leaked video, rare video!” etc.

7. Use professional equipment. If you’re trying to stand out with your content you don’t need to get an expensive and professional equipment – a nice mini dvd camera would be just fine. All we’re saying is don’t use your cell phone camera for this. Avoid shaky and grainy footage that would simply annoy your viewers.

8. Don’t waste my time! Try to get to the punch as soon as possible and keep every second of the video interesting and fun. Many users create videos that waste the viewer’s time and really there is no reason to do that. Try to stay focused and have one subject / goal in your videos.

Of course, these advices only have to do with content quality – now you’ll have to use your social networks and some nasty tricks to get some initial buzz that would promote your videos.

Good luck!

Jeremy H.

Using Viral Videos For Additional Traffic

Although video marketing is somewhat new, it is here to stay. As a matter of fact, online videos are some of the most well trafficked websites that are available online and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. A simple look at the most popular websites that are on the Internet will prove this fact to you, and it seems that people are spending more and more time on these websites. You can actually use this to your advantage, by posting videos to the website to pull people in to your website indirectly.

Many of us focus on getting traffic to the search engines, and it is a good idea to spend a little bit of time doing this every day. It may come as a surprise to you that the second most used search engine on the Internet is YouTube. If you’re not showing up in the search engine because you do not have the videos on YouTube, you are leaving a lot of money on the table. That is why it is important to make sure that you’re not only posting videos but that you optimize them for the internal search engine that will drive a lot of traffic in your direction.

Something else that is necessary for you to do is to make sure that you are targeting the video to your audience. It would do no good for you to have a video about cars and then to send them to your website, where you’re trying to sell dog supplies. Make sure that your video is both informative and on target, and the people that follow through your website will be a warm audience that will be much easier for you to sell to.

You also need to make sure that you’re giving people the opportunity to get over to your website easily. There is nothing wrong with posting your URL on your video, either at the beginning or at the end. You can also include it in the title, and you should have a hyperlink to your website in the comments on the right-hand side of the page. When you do these things properly, you would be surprised at how many people will follow the link and then end up on your website. Some of the traffic will be type in traffic, but other traffic will come directly from the links that are available on YouTube.

Finally, you need to make sure that you’re posting videos which are worthy of having people watch. This is how you start a viral video campaign, by making the videos good enough that people will want to pass them along naturally. Although you may have to push a little bit to get it started, once one of these videos finds a life of its own, it will truly be able to generate a lot of traffic in your direction. The beauty of video marketing is, if you happen to fail the first time out, just continue with another video until it is successful for you.