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Getting internet marketing right takes dedication and perseverance. You probably won’t score an overnight success, but with the right set of tools, you will be able to build a solid foundation for any type of business.



At first, marketing yourself online may seem like black magic. It requires so much time and resources, and some IT wizardry on top of that, to make it work, right?



Not really.



The good news is that these days you can easily set up a professional online presence, without coding skills or advanced technical knowledge.



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est part?



Many of the marketing solutions available online offer free plans so you can start acting on your ideas without a substantial budget to start with.



You can think of the following tools as the online marketing circle of life. That means they are a complete package, so you can start with basically any idea and build it from the ground up.



Wix.com



There was a time when creating a website took long hours of tinkering with HTML and some expertise in the field. Nowadays, thanks to website builders like WIX, you can set up a professional web page in record time with no HTML or coding skills.



WIX uses a drag-and-drop mechanics that will allow you to assemble all the pieces of your new website like a puzzle. It offers one of the best website builders around. It doesn’t matter what your target niche is as they have over 500 layouts to choose from, including templates for blogs, e-commerce sites, portfolios and more.



Since WIX templates are mobile-ready, you also won’t have to worry that your site will look like plucked out of a horror movie when opened on smartphones or tablets.



The best part about WIX is that they offer everything you need in one place – you can buy a domain, create a logo, set up a website, and much more. The environment also takes care of the marketing side thanks to integrated SEO tools.



Their free plan offers everything you need to start, including the builder, layouts, SEO tools, WIX apps (they add new functionality) and free hosting. You will also have 500MB of storage and bandwidth capped at 1GB.



The downside, however, is that you are stuck with their free domain address (username.wixsite.com/siteaddress), and there will be WIX branding visible on your website.



If you’re past testing and want your site to look professional, you should probably go with one of the upgrade plans that start at $14.50/month and come with a custom domain. You can find Wix promo codes here to lower the bill. There is also a lower plan called Connect Domain where you can use your existing domain with the WIX editor, but it still displays the branding so you might as well skip this one.



MailChimp



Once you have created the foundation for your online presence, the next step on the internet marketing ladder is to build an audience or a customer base and make sure that you can connect with them easily.



MailChimp is an all-in-one mailing system that takes care of all your newsletter and mailing campaign needs.



You can think of it as a swiss-knife of mailing software.



You will be able to manage your subscriber lists, send personalized emails (newsletters, promotions, product information), and, best of all, automate the process to give you more time to take care of other parts of your online business.



Like WIX, Mailchimp uses a drag-and-drop system to create personalized emails from scores of templates and premade elements. It also boasts an advanced tracking capability and is able to generate stats so you have something to work with when improving your emailing effectiveness.



The free plan allows to connect with up to 2,000 subscribers and send 12,000 emails per month. It should be more than enough for starters, but they also offer some flexible upgrade plans that will get you covered as your business grows.



Google Analytics



It is said that marketing is a numbers game. Internet marketing is no different in this respect, and numbers and statistics are the most powerful resource for every successful internet marketing activity.



Would you like to know how many people visit your website? Where do they come from? How much time do they spend clicking through the content? Do they click at all?



Every successful business needs a reliable method of analyzing online traffic and turning the raw data into comprehensive and actionable stats.



In a nutshell, Google Analytics gives you an insight into your website’s statistics, including the number of daily or monthly visitors, devices the visitors are using, demographics, and much more. You can then access and analyze the gathered data within the Google Analytics Dashboard.



Google’s tool makes online marketing much easier by taking the guesswork out of the equation.



The tool is completely free and available to everybody. All you have to do is to sign up with your existing Gmail account, add a line of the tracking code to your website, and you’re all set.



The Bottom Line



The three tools will allow you to harness the power of internet marketing and take action on your ideas without much hassle. They require little to no starting budget but can make all the difference for your online business.



Each of the three solutions should suit both beginners and more advanced users, so there is little risk that you will outgrow their capabilities anytime soon. It is also possible to combine their functionalities as all three integrate well with each other.



Original post: 3 Free Tools You Should Use for Internet Marketing

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After many, MANY technical issues, we are back up and running. Freelance-Zone.com has in years past served as an advice and lifestyle blog for freelancers, but today this site is primarily a means to connect with clients and potential clients who need freelance writing, editing, SEO, social media management, community management and related services.


Freelance-Zone.com is run by Joe Wallace, the founder and editor-in-chief for the site and all projects. We are now accepting new clients for a variety of writing, editing, and social media related work.


Do you need a bo

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ok edited? We have that experience. Joe Wallace is the editor of a variety of print and internet publications including Ultimate Voiceover by legendary Chicago voice artist Jeff Lupetin, as well as writer/editor of FHA Home Loans 101. In print, Wallace is also a contributor to To Japan With Love published by Things Asian Press, as well as Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks.


Do you need articles, web content, or print pieces? Joe Wallace, along with fellow writer/editors Patrick Ogle, and Carol Sponagle have plenty of experience including published pieces in Conscious Choice Magazine, HorrorHound Magazine, Chicago Dispatcher, American Fitness Magazine, Mapanare.us, Backroads Magazine, Korean Quarterly, Indie Slate Magazine,  Classical Singer Magazine, and many others.


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Earlier this week, I wrote about my quest for quality pajamas. I recently paid $80 to purchase a pair from Filson, a company I trust for well-made goods. It's my hope that these will be the last pair of pajamas that I ever purchase. My goal was to “buy it for life”. This experience reminded […]


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Episodic income is one of the biggest challenges freelancers face. As freelancers know all too well, when you’re too sick to work, you don’t get paid.



Until now.



Freelancers Union is thrilled to offer freelancers in Georgia exclusive access to Trupo, a brand-new short-term disability insurance product for freelancers. It will be coming soon to freelancers around the country! Enter your zip code to see if Trupo is available in your area:



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Trupo was started by Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz and it represents an important step in building a new safety net that works for freelancers.



Here’s how it works:





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If you’re ever too sick or injured to work for more than a week, you receive checks for up to half of your income



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As you might remember, blogs emerged as online diaries where people could share stories about their personal lives, interests, opinions and so on. Over time, however, those website owners understood that if they published interesting and useful content they could transform their blogs into a business. If you already have a blog or are considering to create one and generate some revenues from it, below you will find some tips you can use to grow it as a real business.



1 Focus on a single niche


Writing about all your personal interests, like baseball,

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sports car, nutrition and travel, would certainly be appealing to you, but less so to your readers. The greater your focus on a single nation or topic the easier it will be fine readers and therefore to monetize your content.



2. Focus on creating value


The more value your content has the more reason people will have to visit your website, bookmark it, recommend it to dear friends and so long. The main ingredient of any popular website is high quality content that will add value to the lives of the website visitors.



3. Explore and define your business model


Blogs and websites can generate revenue under a wide range of business models. You can use advertising, affiliate marketing, offering services, selling digital goods like e-books and courses, and so will. Make sure to experiment with this business models and keep the one that is most efficient for your particular blog and niche.



4. Consider incorporating your business


Once you start making some money you should consider to incorporate your business. This will give you more legal protection and sometimes tax benefits. These days you can incorporate a business from the Internet, whether you live in Hong Kong, Singapore, or in the United States.



5. Track your progress


Unless you track your numbers you won’t be able to identify what is working and what is not working, and therefore make adjustments to your strategy. Track how many visitors your website is receiving every month, how much revenue you are generating and so on.



6. Establish goals


Having clear and challenging goals is essential to any business owner. Unless you know where you want to go, you won’t be able to draw a plan and strategy to get there. Make sure to write the goals down, as keeping them in your head has been proven to not be as effective.



Good luck!



Original post: How to Turn Your Blog Into a Business

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