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Are you looking for information about helping your aging parents? You have come to the right place. You may be in a position where your parents are just beginning to need more assistance or maybe you are already a full time care taker for your parents.

How can you and I give our aging parents the care they need and earn money at the same time? A career in Internet marketing may very well be the answer. Unless you are in a position to quit working entirely, you need a job where you can work from home and Internet marketing can give you that flexibility. Not only can you work from home, you can also work for a company if you decide to. In addition, you can learn everything you need to know to enter this exciting field online in the comfort of your home any time, day or night. All you need is a computer and access to the Internet.

At the Internet Marketing Training Center of Virginia, we teach all the skills you need to become an Internet marketer and legitimately make money from the Internet. You will learn how to make websites, do email marketing, blogging and social networking. In as little as six months, you can earn your certificate in Internet marketing. Many of our students use their new skills to earn money even before they complete the course.

I invite you to visit our website at IMTCVA.org where you can download a career guide that will show you all the things I am talking about. There are also success stories of people we have helped who are now making a full time living online. Check us out to see if Internet marketing is right for you. Trust me; your grandchildren will be impressed.

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Woman using Internet on laptopIf you are like me, you a woman who has reached that place in your life where autonomy is very important. Maybe you have spent years acquiring professional skills that got you nowhere on the corporate ladder. Maybe you have bent under the weight of the glass ceiling and you have had it up to here with managers who take credit for your hard work. You feel it deep within your core — it’s time to strike out on your own and start a business.

I am going to tell you about a career that is growing by leaps and bounds, a career that you can do at home or in an office, a career that is high-tech and a career that is lots of fun. The career I am describing is Internet marketing. It simply means using the Internet to sell your products and services. In other words, using your computer to make money.

At the Internet Marketing Training Center of Virginia, that is exactly what we teach you to do. We teach real world techniques that allow you to sell on the Internet. These include  making low-cost high-return websites, social media, blogging, e-mail marketing and e-commerce.

As an Internet marketer, you can start your own home based business, work in an office or be a consultant to small businesses managing their websites. In a little as six months, you can complete our course, have a whole new career and acquire the autonomy you want. Many students earn money even before they earn their certificate. If you are seriously looking for a career that can give you independence, where you can at last be totally self-sufficient, Internet marketing is definitely worth a second look.

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Adapt your products to target cell phone users

For years we’ve were encouraged to think outside the box. Then we were encouraged to think outside the bun. After reading predictions from the Yankee Group, a high-tech research firm,  I would like to challenge Internet marketers to think outside their desktops and laptops to their mobile devices.

Look at this Yankee Group prediction, as quoted from a Newsweek article by Daniel Lyons:
“Over the next decade the technologies will become so cheap that virtually every phone sold will be what we, today, would call a smart phone. Most important, every one of those smart phones will be constantly connected to the Internet. The proliferation of low-cost handhelds will enable people in developing economies to see the rest of the world–and join it. Sanjay Jha, the co-CEO of Motorola says, ‘I can’t imagine anything since the invention of the spinning jenny that will so profoundly change the lives of people in the deepest rural parts of the emerging market.”

In addition, the Yankee Group forecasted “that during the next four years, Internet advertising revenue will grow 9.2 percent annually and will reach $33.7 billion in 2012. Growth hopes lie with mobile Internet access.”

More smart phones, a rise in advertising revenue…
Judging from these forecasts, it seems very likely that we will be buying and selling more products over mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones and Droids. Yes, the screens are much smaller than our PCs and Macs. How will you Internet marketers adapt your products and marketing strategies to capture the smart phone users? It is not too soon too to create products specifically for the smart phone users.

Categories : entrepreneurship
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While studying Tom Antion’s book, Click, The Ultimate Guide to Electronic Marketing for Speakers, and his three-prong approach to Internet marketing, I came across a section on Google penalties and how to avoid them. The book describes five common penalties, the causes and what you can do to make sure your website isn’t penalized. Whether you are having a web designer create a new website for you or you have an existing website, arming yourself with this knowledge can prevent a lot of grief in the long run. It’s definitely a case of what you don’t know can hurt you.

The book cautions against the practices listed below:

  • Linking to sites that are banned or penalized.
  • Having dozens and dozens of new links coming to the exact same page over again with the same anchor text.
  • Adding links to your site too fast.
  • Running more than one site off a single IP address, and heavily cross linking those sites.
  • Stuffing keywords into your website
  • Piling up excessive reciprocal links, directory submissions, backlinks from unrelated or low-quality sites.
  • Using too many links from sites that do not match your theme or industry niche.
  • Using stagnant linking strategies, obvious over-optimization and just general neglect.
  • Buying your way into the search results with paid links or link farm.
  • Being heavy on AdSense but light in content.
  • Using over optimization, poor or irrelevant link schemes and poor content.

To learn more about these common practices and the how to avoid the penalties Google imposes for using them, see http://www.antion.com/click.htm. If you would like to know more about designing your website using acceptable webmaster principles, visit http://imtcva.org/program/curriculum/.

Categories : web design
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Is your blog consistently reaching your target readers? If not, it could be because you are not fully acquainted with your blogging software. Invest the time to learn the features of the software, even it means hiring a professional blog coach or buying a book on the subject.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Post about two to three times a week y to develop a following.
  • Include keywords in the headlines so the search engines can find you.
  • Familiarize yourself with your niche market so you can provide valuable tips and information.
  • Write content that makes people think, respond and react. Take some risks to reach their emotions so they will want to come back to read your next entry and tell their friends about your blog.
  • Post brief articles. Long postings can bore your readers.
  • Add a subscription form so visitors can sign up for your blog.

To discover where you can learn more about blogging, visit http://imtcva.org/program/

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One of the great advantages of being an Internet marketer is that you can work from virtually any location around the world.  You may work for an employer in a towering office building or for yourself in the comfort of your own home. I came across a thought-provoking article about the reasons people give for wanting to work from home and decided to share it with our readers. If you are thinking about asking your employer to let you work remotely from home, this article by Sylvie Fortin offers insight into how to present your case.

Great versus Lousy Reasons to Work from Home

By: Sylvie Fortin

Did you know that many people have lousy reasons for wanting to work from home? Believe it or not, these same people are often the ones who fail as telecommuters. If you want to work from home, have you assessed whether your reasons are lousy or great? If not, take a few moments to see some of the most typical Lousy versus Great Reasons for Working from Home and then decide if you’re on the right track or not.

Lousy Reason #1: I want to stay home with my children.

Great Reason #1: I want to be able to be more reliable and work harder for my employer. I have children, so I am realistic enough to realize that working from home late at night, on weekends, and during holidays will make me a more efficient worker than if I had to miss work because of my children. By staying at home to work, I can make up for lost productivity by working off-shifts.

Lousy Reason #2: I don’t like to commute.

Great Reason #2: I would rather spend an extra 1-2 hours a day working, rather than waste time in traffic. During a typical commute to work, a lot of quality work time gets wasted sitting in traffic, when my time would be better spent doing extra work and meeting tight deadlines.

Lousy Reason #3: I want to make my own hours and work when I feel like it.

Great Reason #3: Standard office hours tend to restrict me. My skills are best utilized outside of the ordinary workday and I am most efficient and focused when I have the freedom to work longer hours than the standard office setting allows.

Lousy Reason #4: I hate working with other people.

Great Reason #4: My personal preference when working is to focus on the task at hand. I find the office setting to be too inefficient for me to truly work to my employer’s advantage.

When co-workers spend time chatting and socializing, it interferes with my ability to concentrate and work to my best ability. Although I enjoy socializing, I would prefer to choose my own social situations and leave my friendships outside of the work environment. This, to me, is the best situation for the employers whom I work with, as I am only billing for time spent physically working on tasks, rather than being paid for time spent around the office.

Lousy Reason #5: I want to make a lot of money.

Great Reason #5: I prefer to be compensated for the value of the work I do, rather than restricted to working an 8-hour day. In order for me to truly explore all my talents and expand my financial status, I recognize that I will need to work on many different projects and work with many different clients. This is my best possible opportunity to expand my skills and explore all the different career paths I would like to pursue.

Lousy Reason #6: I don’t want to work for a dumb boss.

Great Reason #6: In today’s tough economy, working for a single employer is not as secure as it once was believed. Providing my specialized skills to a number of clients at a time allows me to enjoy greater financial stability, because I am less concerned about losing any one particular job.

I do recognize, however, that each of my clients are my bosses. I simply choose to work for many bosses, rather than just one.

Although I have my own business and can choose my clients, I recognize the importance of treating each of my clients with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. This is critical to my success as an independent contractor. Once you have taken a look at your reasons for becoming a telecommuter, you can better determine whether you’re in it for the right reasons. Some people just aren’t made for working from home. There’s no shame in that reality, but it’s best to find that out before you cause yourself all kinds of anguish and heartache. Good luck in whatever you choose to do from wherever you choose to do it!


This article is excerpted from “You Can Work in Your PJs”, a real world guide to telecommuting.

To learn about a legitimate work-from-home business, visit http://imtcva.org/about/.

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Jan
12

Do You Know About “Toe-full”?

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Have you ever heard of TOEFL? Pronounced “toe-full”, TOEFL is the acronym for “Test of English as a Foreign Language.” If English is not your native language and you are planning to attend school in the U.S., it’s important that you know about TOEFL. It is frequently required for admission into American institutes of higher education, and is, in fact, a requirement for entrance into IMTC for non-native English speakers.

Here’s what you need to know about TOEFL

  • TOEFL is a test that measures a student’s ability to understand and use the English language in a classroom environment.
  • The test is administered worldwide by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
  • The exam is Internet-based (iBT), though paper-based tests (PBT) are used in some remote areas. IMTC requires that non-native English speaking students take the Internet-based (iBT) version.
  • The test cannot be taken more than once a week.

The test consists of four sections

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing

How to register for the test

  1. Download a copy of the TOEFL Information Bulletin from the TOELF website. http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about/bulletin/
  2. Consult the bulletin to determine the closest testing location and when the test will be given.
  3. Carefully follow the instructions for completing and submitting the registration form as outlined in the TOEFL Information Bulletin.

If you are required to take TOELF for admittance into IMTC, register for the test as early as possible. This will help you avoid delays in the admittance process and allow you to begin your Internet marketing training as soon as you are ready.

To download a free career brochure, go to  http://imtcva.org/.

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Jan
09

Internet Marketing: Who Will Hire You?

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You’ve decided to enter the field of Internet marketing. Who will hire you? The possibilities are endless. Take a look at the myriad of ways businesses are using the Internet today and think about where you might fit in, then find appropriate training to prepare for your new career.

Advertising
Today’s businesses are using advertisements to inform and educate visitors to their sites. You may even see advertisements disguised as brochures, technical specifications or lists of suppliers, as well as giveaways to encourage repeat visits to their site.

Communicating
We have become so accustomed to email that we rarely think about how it actually benefits companies. Used in conjunction with automated mailing lists, email can help businesses create interest and raise awareness of both their company and products. In addition to email, business owners can use the Internet to establish their own virtual community of customers or suppliers.

Informing
Selling your knowledge is one of the primary ways to profit from the Internet. Both businesses and individuals establish their credibility and then sell services, products and technology online.

Publishing
Both newspapers and magazines are now publishing online versions of their publications and attracting digital advertising from manufacturers and suppliers of goods and services.

Recruiting
If you have searched for a job within the last ten years, you are aware of the many job sites and recruiters, as well as large corporations, using the Internet for hiring.

Researching
Google it! Companies use the Internet to conduct research, turning to it to find financial results, technologies, solutions, suppliers and experts, as well as new product areas and markets.

Selling
Shoppers seem to love shopping online, offering business owners the opportunity to sell their products directly to the consumer.

Technical Support
Where new products used to come packaged with a user’s manual, most manufacturers now direct the consumer to their website to download digital version. In addition, software companies provide online technical support to their users and invite you to try upgrades.

Training
More and more businesses are offering interactive training and long distance learning on the Internet. For stay-at-home parents and people with disabilities seeking training, this is a invaluable.

Have questions about your career in Internet marketing? Visit http://imtcva.org/ to download a free career brochure.

Categories : e-commerce
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What comes to mind when you think of becoming an Internet marketer? Making lots of money? Selling your own products? Distributing your e-zine to thousands of subscribers? For each of these activities, a first-rate electronic shopping cart is a must and choosing one that makes it easy for your customer to do business with you is imperative.

What should you look for when choosing a shopping cart?
Think about what you want it to do. Here are some questions to get you started.

  • Will it calculate tax and shipping costs?
  • Can it handle both physical products and downloadable products?
  • Will it alert you when your product inventory is getting low?
  • Will it suggest related products to the shopper based on what they have already bought?

There is much more to evaluate when deciding which shopping cart to use. The subject of shopping carts  is covered in detail in IMTC’s Internet Marketing 101 & 101-OL courses. To learn more, see http://imtcva.org/program/curriculum/

Categories : e-commerce
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I found this updated version of the Christmas classic floating around the Internet.  Hope it adds a little merriment to your day.

Twas the night before Christmas, and in a cyberspace “House”
Many souls stirred, now clicking their mouse.

Warm messages were sent, through the lines with care,
as merry yuletide greetings sang in the air.

The people now met, from all through the land
In “Mucks” and “IRC’s” and chat rooms to hand

These festive wishes which left no doubt
Of the peace and happiness the season was about.

And me in my nightclothes now seeing it quite late
Prepared to log off, to rest for the date

That now was only some hours away,
For all too soon, it would be Christmas day.

My finger hovered over the exiting key
When what to my wondering eyes did I see!

A small moving icon did appear on the screen
And for a moment I thought, “this *must* be a dream”.

Nine reindeer now flew, one with a red nose,
Pulling a sleigh and up they all rose,

As a jolly old driver now called them by name
And I stared in wonderment as I knew of their fame.

Prancing in the air, to the top of my page,
They landed quite deftly, setting the stage,

For the one called Saint Nick as he smiled at me
Letting me know I had no reason to flee.

Seeing this I relaxed, and sighed with relief,
For I knew that this vision would cause me no grief.

No figment was he, no vision brought on,
By an addled brain that was too far gone

Or a “virus” of some sort, to lead me to think
That my entire system was now on the blink.

He spoke not a word but went straight to work,
And leaping from the sleigh, turned with a jerk.

To the icon of my mailbox I watched him now stride
And opening the cover, he slipped quickly inside,

A wrapped gift taken from the sack on his sleigh,
And raising the “flag” was then on his way.

Leaping to his sleigh to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down on a thistle

But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all! And to all a good night!”

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