Activities That May Rob Your Time in Internet Marketing

There are certain activities that rob your time in internet marketing and these must be avoided if possible. That is because you likely have little enough time already to complete all the tasks that are facing you. One of the fundamental factors involved in running an online home business successfully is to make the best use of the time available to you.

You can do that by tackling personal labor-intensive online tasks in one or more of four distinctly different ways:

•    Employ staff
•    Outsource
•    Automate
•    Ignore the task

Some people compensate for this time loss by employing others to work in their internet marketing business and other outsource certain tasks.  However, what do they do with their employees when times are slack, and should they outsource or automate? Can the task be ignored because it is not essential to the success of your online business?

Let’s have a look at these activities that can take up your time

Let’s have a look at these activities that can take up your time to the extent that you are unable to focus on the core aspects of your business. In fact, each of these could be considered an essential factor of any online business, whether you are involved in selling services or in network marketing.

Traffic Generation

Generating traffic is probably one of the most important factors in any online business. If you have no traffic to your website or blog then you have no business! No arguments about that!

Traffic is essential to any online business, but what if you are no good at persuading people to visit your website? There are many people like this: they are fabulous at creating products or making videos to explain what their products can do, but lack sales ability and that certain flair possessed by good salesmen and women that can drive traffic to their website and blog in droves.

… then your attempts to generate traffic are robbing you of time.

If that is you, then your attempts to generate traffic are robbing you of time that would be best spent doing what you are good at. You should look for a money-making program that takes you out of the traffic-generation equation. Maybe you should outsource those activities that will result in more prospects entering your sales funnel – and sliding all the way down to the bottom.

Sending eMails

EMailing is a very time-intensive activity, and there is really no need in this modern age for anybody to spend much of their time emailing manually. What is the purpose of your email? Here are some reasons why people send emails:

a)  Online Courses:  many online marketers offer online courses in order to maintain contact with their prospects. A common example is 7-part course on your niche, such auto maintenance or how to catch salmon. Trying to send each part of an emailed course manually to your individual subscribers will leave you with time for nothing else.

b)  Invoices and Receipts:  in many businesses, it is essential for invoices and/or receipts to be emailed to clients. The time you spend on these increases with your online success!  The more you sell, the more time you will spend on your computer and not on selling or creating new products.

c)  Marketing: marketing emails are very common, and everybody involved in internet marketing has been involved in email marketing in one form or another. It has been established that most people have to be exposed to a product between 7 and 8 times before they decide to buy it, and marketing emails achieve this. They expose your potential clients or customers to your product with every email you send: whether 7 or 70!

You can likely see where this is going now. Writing emails is one of those activities that may rob your time in internet marketing, and leave you with less time to do what you are best at. You should either outsource email writing and delivery or automate it.  A good autoresponder will look after the latter, and you can also automate some of your traffic generation activities.

Writing Web Content

All web pages must have web content if  they are to be listed on search engines, particularly Google, that is not only the most widely used search engine by far, but also focuses strongly on content in indexing and listing web pages. Whether your content is published directly on your website or is presented the form of articles published on article directories, it must be well written according to the needs of Google’s indexing algorithm.

You can outsource the writing for your web pages, and also the on-page optimization required to achieve high listings. You could also learn how to do it yourself, although Google uses more than 200 factors to calculate the listed position of each page.

Your Time is Rarely All Spent Wisely

There are many more activities that may rob your time in internet marketing, although many can be outsourced or automated. You have to consider whether your online and offline activities offer benefits commensurate with the time you spend on them. Only you can determine that, but what you should not do is assume that all of your time is spent wisely.

That is very rarely the case, and any activities that can be automated or outsourced in a way that makes them economically worthwhile should be. Any that cannot be automated, outsourced or optimized to make them more effective should be carefully examined and assessed. Is the time spent worthwhile, or are these activities that may rob your time in internet marketing not critical to your online home business?
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Brian Verigin, Internet Consultant with YahSuccess. I can help you to automate your online activities.

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