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Friday, January 9, 2009

What Is An RSS Feed?

Hello Fellow MLM'ers and Affiliates,

I'd like to share something that perplexed me when I began to work online. You know those finer "tekkie" points that snag newbies? Well, you know..., the big guys who've been doing this stuff for a while, it's no big deal to them.

But ask someone who's decided to work the business opportunity in an MLM (and they want to go online but might be forbidden to do so). They're caught learning a lot of stuff from scratch or they may be at the mercy of hunting and pecking for help (kinda like I was). Or ..., ask a new affiliate marketer to map out their first month of marketing activity! It's nearly impossible if you're starting your business from scratch.

So I'll cover a small point which confused me.

You'll see these everywhere.

RSS Feeds

What is this thing?

Ask a "tekkie" and they'll either tell you or they won't..., but let's hope they'll answer your question straight-up. If you've heard this saying before, there are no stupid questions but there can be poor answers. It's always up to a teacher, an upline or a mentor to make things clear.

By intuitive definition, here's what it is (so you can correct me if I'm still off-base):

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication", and it's used to describe a technology used in several formats but this technology creates feeds to help you follow news and other interesting tidbits. Now if that's still as clear as mud, an RSS feed can be understood by hitting your help function. If that doesn't work, a feed is a way to read content online without having to log back into a site or a blog. You can either track your own content or you can subscribe to someone else's feed. To do that, you just hit subscribe to feed...and wha-la! It pops up in your mailbox. You have to look at the column inside of your e-mail to read these feeds. I'm giving you the definition as I intuitively know it, without getting into precise terms.

Basically, feeds allow you to not only save time but they can simplify your online navigations.

What a Feed Can Do For You

It can help you connect things together. If you plan to create your own website or blog and more, the feed is one way of putting yourself out there (in cyberspace)...say..., in one fell swoop. But, it's also helpful when you want people to see what you're writing. Hope this makes a little bit of sense. If you're wondering how that's going to help you find more leads or close more folks, well...let's just say that everything I publish has a decent purpose.

Supporting Your Success Using Proven Means,

B. Brinkmeyer, MBA (under construction)

Fortune Cookie Wisdom - Self-Improvement

"Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection."
-- Anon
Stayed tuned for more content and may this reading find you well!
B. Brinkmeyer
Internet Marketer/New Paradigm Marketing
All Rights Reserved on Original Content, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

E-Mail Marketing Thru Twitter - New & Seasoned Vets

Hello Fellow MLM'ers and Affiliates,

A great part about the New Year is -- there's always positive change afoot. Ever wonder how the Top Dogs in MLM's or affiliates communicate with a lot of people at once? Read on.
  • Several social sites are now integrating themselves with each other
  • This means it's easier than ever before to use these sites
  • This gives you a better chance to increase brand awareness, when you publish content under YOUR NAME

Translation For Newbies --

If you follow online social marketing circles, you may have read more about or participated in discussions regarding the benefits of social media used to grow a business. This brings us to something I promised to talk about last year and the results are finally in.

What Social Marketing Won't Do

It's not a replacement for email marketing. It can complement your networking by connecting to more people through your site(s) and your campaign(s). If you don't own a website, you can set up an account at Blogger (free) to start your own blog.

When you have a site constructed in your name, many of the tips and techniques I share will work for any product being marketed. Of course, I can't spill all of the beans!

Now, keep in mind -- some corporate sites restrict how and what you publish. Blogger gives you an alternative starting place to brand your name but better still, you can market several products across several companies all in one place. Later on, you can organize your offerings by upgrading to more sophisticated services (self-hosting & automation).

Meet Twitter

Twitter is free! I talked about this free tool in last year's post..., around November. Twitter is one social media tool that's picking up steam and some autoresponder services are synchronizing with places like Twitter.

Publish Your Email Newsletters to Twitter

Now, whenever you create a broadcast message using a proven autoresponder, you can “tweet” that email. Don't worry. If you're not sure who to use, I'll offer a recommendation at the end of this post.


Here's How You Sync the Two

Look for broadcast page in the autoresponder account.

  1. Click on create broadcast.

  2. You should see something like a "Syndicate" checkbox before you save your broadcast. (Here -- you're activating an RSS/XML feed or HTML archive.)

  3. Because some autoresponders work differently so again...check the end of this post for a specific suggestion.

  4. Mark "Twitter" box to update your Twitter account.

  5. Enter login and password.

  6. Then preview your test newsletter in the autoresponder.

When you send your broadcast, the autoresponder will automatically update your Twitter status by a listed title in the subject line of your email. It will also include a short link to an online version of your email.

What's the Cost?

Imagine growing your business at a much slower pace with this service. Imagine dealing with spam complaints. That's a headache you don't want.

Imagine...for the cost of one pizza per month, you can build a more efficient business with this service.

What's In It For The User?

  • Continuous support 24/7
  • Live help
  • Hundreds of email templates
  • Ongoing tips & tricks to help you create and manage a responsive, targeted list (clients or leads)
  • Help to increase conversions (closings)
  • Identify profitable niches (through targeted market segmentation)
  • Boost affiliate sales
  • Properly visit with subscribers
  • Easy & affordable monthly billing
  • Web form tracking
  • Data management
  • Backup and exported data..., plus more.

For Newbies -- it's plenty of specific help your business can really use.

Common Twitter Email Newsletter FAQ's

A Few Q and A's --

Can I choose which broadcasts get tweeted?

  1. Once you enter your Twitter login and password once, the autoresponder assumes you'll want to tweet all of your broadcasts.

  2. If there’s a broadcast you don’t want to tweet, unmark the checkbox while editing it.

How many Twitter IDs can I link to my account?

  1. Link one Twitter ID to your account at any one time.

  2. You can change which ID is linked to your account by entering the login/password for it in step 4; this will replace your previously selected Twitter ID.

To find out more, click on:

Get My Autoresponder Here

Supporting Your Success Using Proven Means,

B. Brinkmeyer, MBA

Monday, January 5, 2009

If You're Big In Social Marketing Circles

Happy New Year 2009 Fellow MLM'ers and Affiliates,

If you're big in social marketing circles (called networking), here are a few networking sites which will keep you up-to-date!

Check out --

Plaxo, Linked-In, Facebook, MySpace, Squidoo, & Hubpages for starters.

Create your own profile anywhere, for free. There are hundreds of these sites online.

The Recent Web Trend Is --

1) Squidoo -- just now synchronizing with Facebook.

2) Plaxo --- has been synchronized with MySpace & Facebook for sometime.

Plaxo gives you the option of synchronizing several of your sites with Delicious, Twirl, and Twitter, to simplify the tediousness of posting (at too many sites). Easily post on one site and your business message will appear on another site. The best analogy is to imagine how you can best advertise yourself in several places, all at once.

The main advantage of using these sites is to keep your eye on recent business developments, relationships, collaborations, job searches, & more..., but even better -- social marketing allows you to test your business content long before you create a campaign of your own online. I talk more about these marketing details in my marketing newsletter.

Feel free to leave your contact information on the right-hand side of this blog.

In one of my home-based business reports, I talk about why it's not necessarily helpful to open your network of friends and family to an upline -- even when the guy or gal is great!

I talk about why it's not a good idea to send your list of contacts to a superaffiliate. This is all about helping you promote your business instead of someone else's, right?

Other recommended links I offer in several of my blogs give you the chance to survey what's out there. Let's face it, I've made some unnecessary "cash donations" along the way, done so in an effort to bring you the best resources. These posts are intended to bring you what works while keeping you on a cutting infopreneurial edge.

Supporting Your Success Using Proven Means,

B. Brinkmeyer, MBA

Feel Free To Check Out My Fitness Blog

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to show you my other blog dedicated to working moms who demand healthier lives.

Feel free to check it out. There's a place where you can enter your personal information to get my diet recipes book for FREE! It's there...made for you to help you reach your optimal health goals.

In addition, there are two special links listed on the right-hand side of the blog to help you manage your weight effectively but it won't require you to enroll in a manufactured, overly-processed food program. These items are available in any store and they're natural foods containing no preservatives, colorants or unwanted additives. Feel free to click on those links.

More content is forthcoming. I've been testing a home workout designed specifically for you. And... as a New Year's Offering, I'd like to give you a treat right now to say "You're valuable but only you can take care of yourself".

What do some of the world's finest dancers do to develop a strong, long and lean body? Hint: You can join a gym to get some of these benefits but it's not absolutely necessary! In fact, you can accomplish these goals right from home..., in your own time for less than 60-minutes of your time. Stay tuned.

Toasting Your Health For a Happy and Successful 2009,

B. Brinkmeyer