Tag Archives: websites

Making Useful Websites: Getting First-time Visitors to Come Back

Making Useful Websites: Getting First-time Visitors to Come Back

Whether it is to shop online, to book a plane ticket, to check movie schedules, or to pinpoint your current location via GPS, the Internet has become a one-stop shop for almost all the needs for daily activities – and then some.

And yet, despite all functionality many websites offer, there are still a huge number of websites that simply do nothing but take up space, particularly on a SERP or search engine results page. What happens is that even with the most stringent of filters employed by powerful search engines, Internet users still need to wade through websites that are practically dead – dead because they offer no real information and are therefore useless.

But should it necessarily be that way? Do functional and effective websites come into being by simply throwing money at it? Does it mean that small companies cannot produce useful and practical websites? The answer to all three questions is a resounding NO.

With just a little bit more effort, small websites can offer just as much information, if not more, than the high profile websites maintained by media giants and conglomerates. And it doesn’t necessarily entail needing to break the bank.

There is a fundamental rule in designing websites and that is Content is the number 1 consideration.

You could spend a fortune on producing glitzy and flashy animation and special effects, but if your target user is not getting anything useful from the site, then all the bells and whistle will be for nothing. Remember that the Internet paved the way for the Information Highway and as such, content – useful content – is the heart of this medium.

Just what constitutes useful content?

When you first set out to create your website, you had to think about your target user. These vary with the kind of audience you wish to reach. Some target young people, others go for the yuppies, still there are others who wish to cater to household moms and dads. There is practically a market for everything. It’s simply a matter of identifying what to present to whom.

Focus on Your Target Audience
And this is where you need to do your homework: You need to focus on your target audience and determine what kind of information and content material will capture and sustain their interest.

For example, if your target audience is women in their early retirement years, then you should probably be creating and posting content that has to do with hobbies taken up by your target market, which could be garden, golf, or maybe even both. The same applies to young teenagers if that is your target. You will most likely need to gather content about teenaged stars, fashion tips, sports news and / or the like.

Identify Your Website’s Goals
What should your target audience get out of visiting your website? This is the core question you need to ask to determine a website’s usability. Will it be able to answer or given solutions to problems commonly faced by your audience? The answer you should strive for that question is a big YES.

Sourcing Your Materials
Now that you have an idea what you want to give your website’s target audience, you need to find legitimate and reliable sources of the content you wish to present.

Of course nothing beats writing and producing the material yourself, or hiring someone to do it, because you can claim the material is uniquely yours and you do not need to worry about copyright issues. However, should you be unable to spare the resources of producing your own website content, there are still solutions around that.

The Internet is full of articles written by people of varied expertise, which very likely include your website’s line of interest. And the best part of it is that, very often, these articles can be published on other websites (including yours!) for free. The small trade-off is simply including the writer’s name and credentials before or after the article.

Nifty Knick-knacks
In addition to informative (and free) articles, there are all sorts of mini-programs (usually Java-based) that come in the form of games, quotation estimators, body fat counters, weather report update, etc.

The idea is to give your target user more tools to use that will help them with what they need to accomplish on and with your website. Once again, you have the option of programming these yourself and making it available on your website, or you can copy a code from a third-party programmer and integrate it with your own website’s code. Very often the only trade off again is reference to the creator – which is only just right. Other more interactive elements such as surveys, quizzes and the like may be enjoyed and appreciated by your audience (especially if prizes are available afterwards).

In providing useful content for your website’s target audience, you may not have to look very far or to pay prohibitive professional fees. All it takes is an attentive mind to what your audience wants and needs and the patience and resourcefulness of looking around and assessing what options are out there. Once you’ve got those down pat, it simply a matter of time when visitors will come by regularly and repeatedly because your site offers current and useful information.

Membership Websites in Full swing!

Membership Websites in Full swing!

Membership websites seem to be in full swing. They have become very popular and seem to be well liked by members. There are actually many reasons why you should consider starting a membership site, especially if you are an entrepreneur and love the experience of making your income online. First it produces a residual income, secondly it targets a specific market, and thirdly you are selling information or products in which you are the expert.
The most obvious advantage is that membership websites tend to produce a steady income. There is nothing better that a site that charges a subscription fee and makes a steady income from repeat clients or members. The membership fees are usually set up for a specified amount of time and that could be monthly, quarterly or even yearly.
What do You Sell in a Membership Site?
Basically there are all kinds of membership sites. There are membership sites that sell products like music, movies, programs, information, etc. There are membership sites that are network sites, or places to meet people, but the most productive membership sites are those that are selling online content. These password-protected websites are becoming the new “in” thing.
People are Willing to Pay for Information
In fact, studies made by the “Online Publishers Association” show that online content is the new way to make money, along with matchmaking, personals and entertainment.
It has been found that even small marketing areas are growing because of such membership sites. Businesses like coaching, dieting and international living are making a profit by marketing themselves through membership sites. It is estimated that Internet users spend upwards of 0 million a year on membership sites.
Membership Fees
Membership fees will vary depending on the site, what they sell, and what they want to charge. Some can be as little as every couple of months. Others charges as much as a month, and others may even charge as much as 0 a month. It really depends on the industry and what the customer receives for their money.
Subscription Renewals
It is a known fact that once a member has signed up he will generally continue to be a member. Most sites hold above a 70% renewal rate, which means that the owner receives a residual income over a long period of time.
Growth Rate of Membership Sites
Over the last few years’ membership rates have more than quadrupled, and that is close to a 600% growth rate per year. We are talking about a huge growth rate and this is for any site in any country.
How to Start a Membership Site?
There are a few things you should pay attention to when you start a subscription based membership site. First you need to seriously analyze your target market and you need to find a market that is really passionate about the product they are looking for.
Finding what people are looking for can be a little tricky, but you can start by conducting a keyword search. This will give you the words that are most looked for online. By doing a keyword search you will also be able to tell if there is really a big enough market for the product you are thinking of marketing to.
Your product needs to be unique and there should be little or no information on your product on the Internet for free. That way you can focus on really searching online and off for quality information related to that product. This information or product may be as simple as “specialized expert opinions” on a certain topic.
Finding Your Subscribers
If you have done your research correctly and found the market you want to target for finding your traffic and subscribers, then this is not going to be that difficult. The best way to market your site is through affiliate programs, online newsletters, pay per click advertising, and once you have all these other marketing techniques in place, you will create viral marketing (marketing from other members or sites).
In reviewing everything related to membership site ownership we can say that it is a growing industry, with residual income potential and the potential to earn well, if you target the right market and you do your homework prior to setting it up.

PPPPP

Word Count (719)

The Dangers of Documenting Illegal Activities with Online Video Websites

The Dangers of Documenting Illegal Activities with Online Video Websites

Each day, a large number of individual make an online video. Online videos, in most cases, are displayed on online video websites. While online videos are fun to make and share with others, there are a number of things that you should be concerned about. One of those things is the use of illegal activities in your online videos.

As previously mentioned, online videos are most commonly hosted on online video websites. Online video websites are websites that allow internet users to view videos or make and upload their own. In most cases, this is done free of charge. A number of popular online video websites, such as Google Video and YouTube, have restrictions in place. Those restrictions often prohibit the use of certain video material. While a large number of video sites do have restrictions, not all do. Even though you may be able to make a movie of whatever you want and post it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.

It is becoming popular to document your “bad,” side online. There are many individuals, especially high school students and college students, who are trying to impress others. Unfortunately, this often results in the documentation of dangerous or illegal activities. While you may think that it is harmless to post a small video of you and your friends getting into a fight, vandalizing something, or using drugs or alcohol, there are a number of ramifications, many of which you probably never even thought about.

When documenting the use of drugs, underage drinking, vandalism, or anything else that is considered illegal, it is important to remember that you are committing a crime. Most police departments will not scour the internet in search of online photographs or videos, but they may come across your online videos on accident. While you may not be able to be arrested, most officers are actually required to see you in the act, you may raise suspicions. If you enjoy participating in illegal activities, such as underage drinking, there is a good chance that you will continue to participate in them. With suspicion arose, there is a good chance that you may be being watched by your local authorities.

In addition to the authorities, if you are student, whether you are a college student or a high school student, there is a good chance that you could be suspended from school. Across the country, there have been numerous reports of school officials finding online content, including videos hosted on online video websites, that document illegal activities. These activities often included underage drinking, drug use, or threats against other students. In addition to be spoken to by your local police department, there is also the chance of school suspension or suspension for any school related activities, such as sports.

The possibility of being suspended from school and talked to by your local police department are things that could happen right away. Despite what you may think, your online video could come back to haunt you in a couple of years. Most online video websites will allow you to remove your video, if and when you choose to do so. However, it is likely that a large number of individuals have already seen it. Although they are not supposed, it is also possible that your video has been reproduced and redistributed throughout the internet. If illegal activities were documented in your online video, there is a good chance that you could be terminated from your job, especially if your video was viewed by your employer. Also, there are a large number of employers who use the internet to research their new applicants. Your online video, especially if it documented the use or participation in illegal activities, could prevent you from getting that new job that you always dreamed about.

As much fun as you may think it would be to make a video of your next underage drinking party, you are advised against doing so. Perhaps, it is best to stay cautious. You can never tell who will be watching your video and what they will do about it.

PPPPP

Word Count 682

Online Video Websites: Popular Alternatives

Online Video Websites: Popular Alternatives

When you think of online video websites, which websites come to mind? There is a good chance that you responded with Google Video or YouTube. Google Video and YouTube are known as two of the most popular online video websites. Although they are great sites to use, they are not the only sites that are available. If you are looking for other alternatives, you will find that you have a number of different options.

If you are looking for alternatives to Google Video or YouTube, you are advised to perform a standard internet search. Perhaps, a standard internet search is the best way to find other online video websites. In addition to being linked to those websites, you may also find online discussions that are centered on online video websites. If you have the time to read these discussions, you are advised to. They may help to give you an idea as to which online video websites are worth your time and which ones are not.

As previously mentioned, you should be able to find a number of different online video websites by performing a standard internet search. Your search results will likely include Vimeo. Vimeo is an online video website that is well known throughout the internet community. With Vimeo you can easily view a collection of different online videos. While their program is free to use, it is still advised that you register with them. Registration will make it easier for you to search for and find the videos that you want to watch. In addition to watching videos, you can also create, upload, and share your own.

Another online video website that you will likely come across is ClipShack. ClipShack is another popular online video website. In a way, their website is similar to YouTube’s, which makes the website each to use and navigate. When at ClipShack’s website, you can view a large collection of videos, free of charge. As with most other online video websites, ClipShack allows you to upload and share your own videos.

Sharkle is another online video website that you can use for free. On their website, you will find a collection of online videos, similar to the ones that can be found on YouTube or Google Video. With Sharkle, you can watch a number of different videos without having to register, but registering will grant you access to other member benefits. These benefits include the ability to rate and leave comments for videos that you have watched, as well as upload your own.

As you can easily see, Google Video and YouTube are not your only options when it comes to watching online videos. In addition to Sharkle, ClipShack, and Vimeo, you should be able to find a number of other online movie websites. Many online websites post videos on a wide range of different topics, subjects, and issues. If you were looking for online video websites with a particular theme, you should be able to find them online. You may need to alter your search phrase, but it is possible to find them. Popular online video websites exist for those who love pets, follow a particular religion, or love politics.

The features and services offered by each online video website will vary; depending on the sites own rules and restrictions. Although you may be unable to create, upload, and share your own videos, you should be able to watch online videos on a wide variety of different websites, including the ones mentioned above.

PPPPP

Word Count 582

Free Online Video Websites That Aren’t Really Free

Free Online Video Websites That Aren’t Really Free

Are you an avid online shopper? If so, there is a good chance that you have come across a number of different deals and discounts online. Similar to those deals and discounts is the ability to obtain something online without paying a fee, those items, products, or services are commonly known as being free. Unfortunately, you will find that when it comes to being free, not all free things are actually free. One of those things is online video websites, not all of them are as free as you would think they would be.

Before examining online video websites that are classified as being free, you first must understand that you may have to pay a small fee to view their online videos. Most of the sites that are labeled free online video websites are free to join. Essentially, this means that you do not have to be considered a paid member just to join the site. By creating a free membership program, there are many online websites, including online video websites, that are able to claim that they operate and run a free program.

With most online video websites, you fill find a wide variety of free videos. These types of videos have been found on almost all types of video websites. Free videos are, in most cases, considered homemade videos. Homemade videos are made by internet users, just like you, who have little or no experience creating professional videos. Many of the free, homemade videos that you can find online include comedy skits, unprofessionally constructed music videos, how-to videos, and funny, but unscripted recordings.

The video types that you may have to pay for include popular television show reruns, professional music videos, celebrity interviews, children’s television shows, and much more. Most online video websites, if they charge for these types of videos charge only around two dollars for each video, sometimes even less. Google Video is one of those websites. Depending on the type of video website you are at, you can typically view this video more than once, after you pay for it.

While you may assume that it is a pain for pay for online videos, it is something that needs to be done. In fact, these small fees are, often times, the only legal way to watch your favorite television shows or music videos online. This is because the content is owned by another individual, often a television producer or a record label. With these types of video, most video owners need to receive reimbursement for their work; thus the payment. Unless permission is granted by the individual or company who owns the video rights, it technically illegal to have videos, whether they be music videos or television show reruns, available online free of charge.

In addition to legally viewing videos, you will also help to be generating income for someone else. For instance, if you purchase the right to download or view a popular music video, it is likely that the artist or group you are watching will receive a small amount of compensation for their work. This compensation is often what keeps the television, movie, and music industry going in full swing.

As previously mentioned, you may find it inconvenient to have to go through the process of buying an online video, but it will be worth it in the long run, often in more ways than one. You are encouraged to remember that the next time you go searching for an online video in an illegal matter.

PPPPP

Word Count 585

Using Online Video Websites to Promote Your Business

Using Online Video Websites to Promote Your Business

Are you a small business owner? If so, how is your business doing? Despite businesses that are a success, there are many business owners who want more. If you are one of those individuals, it is likely that you would do just about anything in your power to improve your business, especially if you sell a particular product or service. When working to improve their businesses, many business owners spend thousands, if not millions, of dollars on advertising. How would you feel if you learned that there was a free way that you could promote your business?

A free way to promote your business? Unfortunately, many business owners believe that there is no such thing. If by chance it is believed, there are many who would automatically assume that it was a wasted effort. Although many free advertising methods can be deemed time consuming and not worth the effort, there is one that you should try. That method involves the internet and free online video websites.

If you are an avid internet user, there is a good chance that you are fully aware of what free online video websites are and what they do. If not, you will want to learn. Free online video websites are websites that allow internet users to watch videos that are hosted on their website, free of charge. What is nice about free online video websites is that most will also allow internet users, just like you, to make, upload, and share their own videos. Depending on the type of business you own and operate, you may be able to use these websites to your advantage.

When it comes to using free online video websites to your advantage, you will want to familiarize yourself with the websites that are currently available. You can easily do this by performing a standard internet search. Your search should produce a fairly large number of results, including Google Video and YouTube. Before making your video, you will want to examine any of the rules and restrictions that are set in place. When doing so, you will find that most video websites do not have any rules or restrictions concerning the use of online videos to promote your business; however, you will still want to make sure that your video is tactfully done.

If you are an online business owner, especially one that sells a particular product, you could make a video showcasing your product. For instance, if your specialty is photo blankets, you may want to show your samples or even go over the process of making them. It may also be a good idea to mention the overall cost of photo blankets and who should own them. If your product would make a great gift, it is also advised that you mentioned that. When doing your video, you will want to refrain from making your video seem like spam. Although you may want to mention the price, you will want to refrain from promoting your business too much. At the end of your video, you may want to offer directions on how to make a purchase or learn more information.

Although products are the easiest to showcase in an online video, you can also use your video to help promote a particular service that you sell. For instance, if you offer assistance to those that are indebt, you will want to provide an overview of what debt is, who it hurts, and how help can be obtained. Providing general information on debt is a great way to keep your video from appearing too pushy. As mentioned above, you may also want to include information on your business at the end of your video. This may help to increase the number of clients you receive, especially if you provide a service that is used and needed by many.

To make you video, whether or not you plan on using that video to promote your business, you will need a few pieces of equipment. Perhaps, the most important is a recording device. For the best results, you are urged to use a camcorder, but you can also you a webcam. Movie making software is important, as well. Most computers already come equipped with movie making software. After you have made and saved your video, you will have to follow the instructions of the free online video website you wish to use.

PPPPP

Word Count 731

dosage anybody recognize free videos website’s ?

Question by TinaR: dosage anybody recognize free films website’s ?
dosage anybody understand where i could observe free films online ‘ please x

Best answer:

Answer by Angel Padilla
yes go to the stagevu.com plus look for any show or film plus click download or observe it their I recognize others may state different websites however, trust me this best one

What do we think? Answer below!

What website(s) are superior for viewing videos online?

Question by Fantasy Sports Guru: What website(s) are wise for viewing videos online?
I utilized to utilize Watch-Movies.Net, however the link looks to be broken.

I’d choose free videos

Best answer:

Answer by sk8ergirl
www.zshare.com
www.megavideo.com

Give the answer for this query below!

Q&A: What are certain wise websites to receive full size free films (no download)?

Question by misswhit92: What are certain wise websites to receive full size free videos (no download)?
So my friend plus I are struggling to observe Garden State online plus you can’t discover a site which isn’t struggling to market you anything or create you download certain crap. Any suggestions regarding a advantageous secure website which we don’t need to download anything about? Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by Mercuri
http://www.hulu.com

Know greater? Leave your answer inside the comments!

Why Pinterest Makes Websites Visitor-Friendly (2)

Why Pinterest Makes Websites Visitor-Friendly

Pinterest, the newest social media webpage, has its method to create a sites truly tourist friendly. Today, a great deal of businessmen plus hobbyist utilizes Pinterest to market the goods plus services or share their experiences plus interest to the entire globe. By using Pinterest, you are able to merely link a url for this social media website. You are able to pin photos of the treatments which points back to your website. Make it to a point which all a pins are quite interesting to the eyes of the potential customers. This will be so that they receive interested inside clicking about with it plus following we back to the site.
Visitors can receive the ease of creating url exploring extremely friendly. They never need to go to a hassle of looking for we product by Google. In Pinterest, the initial thing which visitors might see is the product or the kind of services which we provide. In this site, all stuff are bunched up into categories which makes visitor simple look for them. Once they saw 1 pin which catches their interest, plus visit it, they is brought to the origin site of which pin. That eliminates the hassle of facing a quite tiring technique of browsing from 1 website to another to find how the goods we provide might resemble precisely.
Indeed, Pinterest makes a webpage really tourist friendly. However before you have them clicking about website, you need to initially always capture their attention. There is one fact that you need to recognize – Pinterest has prepared it to a point of generating company easily advertised online. It plays a quite important inside terms of look engine promoting industry plus inside the industry or social media. It has even reached to point it Pinterest is today the 3rd inside the best social media sites upcoming to Facebook plus to Twitter.
Now, in the event you pin images about Pinterest, pin it from a website plus not about the desktop. By carrying this out, the consumers is guided to the url, where the company has been focused. Pinterest is merely a method to have visitors conveniently discover we plus a goods. By carrying this out you might have the site’s traffic as much as a fantastic level we can ever imagine. On the other hand, in the event you pin images from the desktop, plus somebody gets interested found on the product from a pin, they might have difficult time to adhere to it, and you may end up losing visitors at which instant. If you write for image descriptions try to employ key words focus. This is a greater method to optimize the product ability to show up found on the initially results because the visitors kind inside inside the look engine.
As Pinterest added a look box about its page to create it appear simple to visitor, visitors might only need to kind inside what product or services they are interested inside. should you never employ these keyword usual to visitors, then there is lower chance for we to strengthen the customers. Remember, there are millions of individuals about Pinterest, along with a superb quantity are company persons like we. How might we compete then?
By doing these stuff about Pinterest for the website’s sake, you’ll definitely be assisting visitors to be guided about website. With Pinterest, plus the abilities to market the product, visitors can definitely be guided about website without hassle and you may have the site’s traffic to strengthen inside numbers we can’t imagine.

Powered by Yahoo! Answers