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About Angela Wu

Angela is the editor of Online Business Basics, a practical, down-to-earth guide to building an Internet business on a beginner's budget. If you enjoyed this article, you'll love the book! Visit http://www.onlinebusinessbasics.com or request a series of 10 free reports to get you started.
10 Quick Tips on How to Create, Distribute, and Profit from Free eBooks

Free eBooks are a powerful viral marketing tool that can literally provide you with an entire network of people who promote your business, absolutely free. Here are a few quick tips on how to benefit from your free eBook …

4 Tips to a More Visitor-Friendly Website

I remember my very first website. I thought it was the most amazing thing ever created; it had Flash, Javascript, an animated graphic I designed all on my own, plus various bits of ‘artwork’ placed at strategic locations throughout the site. Plus it used frames, something I thought would ease navigation for my visitors. What an astonishing display of talent!

Build Traffic and Value Through Reciprocal Links

Reciprocal linking is catching on in popularity. It’s a way for website owners to share each other’s traffic, a simple “let’s trade links” deal that can help to widen your web audience.

The Pros and Cons of Earning Money with Affiliate Programs

“I don’t have a product. I don’t even have a product IDEA!” This is one of the most common concerns I hear from people interested in starting a business on the Internet. It’s obvious that you need to sell either a product or a service in order to make money.

The 3 ‘Alternate’ Types of Online Selling

‘I think I finally found something I can do!’, Joanne wrote, ‘this company doesn’t need me to do any selling at all. All I have to do is advertise a telephone number and their staff handles my sales. I think I finally have a chance!’

4 Success Strategies for Ezine Promotion

It’s your masterpiece. You’ve worked hard to put together an informative and interesting newsletter. Your current subscribers often write to tell you how much they enjoy it. So why are you having so many problems getting new subscribers?

A Quick Guide to Third-Party Credit Card Processors

If you’ve ever looked into getting your own merchant account, you already know how expensive it can be. Application fees, setup fees, standard monthly fees, transaction fees… they all add up fast! It can be too much for a business that’s just getting started.

Are You Guilty of Affiliate Greed?

Drumming your fingers on the desk, you impatiently wait for the web page to load. Finally! After an agonizing five- minute wait it’s done.

“404 Not Found”:Don’t Let This Be YOU

You’re all fired up and ready to go. Enthusiasm bubbles over – you’re eager to start your online business and want to get going as fast as you can.

The Basics of Building a Business on the ‘Net

I remember the first time the idea of starting a business online popped into my head. Pumped and full of enthusiasm, I was scared but also ready to jump right in and make myself a whole load of money.

Are You Driving Your Customers to Your Competitors?

It makes my teeth ache when I am ignored. How many times have you emailed a business and never received a reply?

8 Essential Questions For Aspiring Ezine Editors

Online business ‘newbies’ have no doubt heard that offering a free newsletter is one of the best ways available to build their business and their profits. Some of the benefits include:

The Straight Goods on Traffic-Generating Programs

It’s no wonder that there are so many programs meant to help the online business owner drive traffic to their websites. With billions of web pages on all topics imaginable, most of our sites are just a tiny “blip” on the Internet radar.

Bringing Your New Business Back to Life

You drag yourself into the kitchen after a hard day at the office. Staring glumly at the empty fridge, you try to block out the sounds of the kids squabbling, the dog barking to go outside, and the blare of the TV in the background.

Building New Business Through Referrals

One of the most effective ways to generate new business is to encourage customer referrals. That is, you can use the influence of happy customers to help your business continue to grow without having to rely on constant advertising.

10 Deadly Marketing Mistakes that Can Kill Your Online Business

Small business owners sometimes lament over the fact that they don’t have a million-dollar marketing budget. While we’ve all thought about how much easier things would be if we had unlimited funds, it’s still possible to earn a decent profit with the right marketing plan. Thousands of home business owners can attest to their success at building a profitable business on a ‘shoestring’ budget.

Jumping on the “Next Big Opportunity” Bandwagon

How many times have you received email inviting you to join a brand-new opportunity — one that’s “sure” to be a success? Often times, we’re told that we can strike it big if we join an opportunity early:

Is Your Product Suitable for the ‘Net?

You’ve probably been subjected to the many hyped-up claims about how easy it is to make money on the internet. Simply grab a product, put a photo of it on a web page, and thousands of eager customers will flock to your site, credit card in hand!

Preparing Your Online Business for an Emergency

Many internet entrepreneurs manage their businesses almost entirely on their own — and if you’re one of them, then it’s a good idea to have some reference documentation prepared in the case of an emergency.

The Potential Downside to Starting a Home Based Business

Home businesses are an increasingly popular option for people seeking a way to earn an income in a way that better fits their lifestyle. The benefits of starting a home business are often highly praised — some of these benefits include:

Marketing Tips for Steady, Long-Term Traffic & Sales

Marketing an internet business requires consistent effort to be effective. “Consumable” advertising is that which needs to be constantly repeated, such as placing newsletter ads. While this type of advertising plays a role in your overall marketing plan, there are other methods which can yield a steady flow of traffic and sales over time, even if you were to take a break from your marketing efforts. These include:

Have You Fallen Victim to These Home Business Myths?

In the quest for a home based business, many people have been “burned” by dubious opportunities and have thus developed an intense skepticism that can hinder, rather than help, their goal of working from home.

The Pros and Cons of Double Opt-In

Many successful internet business owners state that their most important asset is their “list”. That is, their list of customer addresses or the email addresses of their newsletter subscribers is what accounts for a great deal of their profitability.

The Great Debate: Text vs. HTML Email Messages
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Some newsletter publishers swear that HTML messages are the only way to go. Others swear by the virtues of simple text. Although newsletters were “traditionally” published as text only, HTML newsletters are on the rise — and it helps, too, that most email software these days is capable of displaying HTML messages.