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    Website Development Tools - Building the Perfect Online Money Machine

    There are plenty of reasons to start an online business. You may want to join the ranks of successful eCommerce entrepreneurs because you want to escape a grueling rush hour and the toil or even the mind games of the workaday world. Maybe you're drawn to the idea of creating an online business because of the promise of prosperity and the low start up costs. Maybe you're forward thinking, and you recognize the trend toward interconnected worldwide business. Perhaps you already have a brick and mortar business, and you want to fulfill your customers' expectations by providing information, products and services online.

    What was appealing about the Internet lifestyle in the beginning has been transformed as the concept of online business ownership has become more popular, or even mainstream. Once the image of the online marketer was associated the techno geek, typically a young pasty-faced guy who stayed up all night writing code, putting out flames on forums, or giggling maniacally into his webcam like a modern day mad scientist. Not pretty.

    While this notion that you had to be a techno geek to build a website wasn't far off the mark some 10 or 12 years ago, these days the picture of the online marketer is a little closer to the everyday world of mom and pop shops, stay-at-home moms, retirees looking to boost their pension checks, or high school kids who'd rather make their spending money online than delivering pizza.

    All of these are compelling reasons to hang up your virtual shingle in the digital realm. But I've got to tell you, while they're the result of intelligent self-interest, in and of themselves, they mean very little to Google and the major search engines. The reality is that while your own reasons for creating a website are valuable inasmuch as they'll keep you going when the going gets tough, the world online is truly the great equalizer.

    Why Be In Business?

    The biggest reason to be in business is to bring value to the marketplace. You can only do this by being of service to the people you would like to call your customers. If you provide enough value, you can set yourself free financially. It's very democratic. The power in having a website is that if you keep the focus on the parameters that count, you have a 100% equal opportunity to achieve online business success. The key factor that counts online is whether or not you're providing enough value to your prospects and customers. Your website is like the setting for the jewel that is your core offering.

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    Whether you intend to focus your promotional efforts on email marketing, directory submission, social networking or article marketing, every one of these methods is, in some way, subject to the rules of online engagement - chiefly, where your site comes up on the Search Engine Results Page. You can only achieve top ranking by offering value in an intelligent, relevant way. You can only achieve long term success by serving others. eCommerce can be a very humbling endeavor, and you must keep the spirit of service alive in your business at every moment. Provide useful, relevant content on an optimized page; Offer products that solve problems; and develop lasting connections with people; and you'll find success in eCommerce.

    Having a website means you have a unique opportunity to make an income online that, once set up and properly promoted, requires very little maintenance. An eCommerce site that is virtually hands free is often referred to as a money machine. This kind of solution is one that a lot of online marketers dream about, and it's often the reason they become involved in eCommerce in the first place.

    But all too often, the stumbling blocks along the way can lead to a whole lot of discouragement, or even abandonment of their online real estate. The learning curve to create a quality website can be pretty steep, and shortcuts in technology get pricey in a hurry if you're not careful. Well, it doesn't have to be that way.

    Gone are the days when developing a website involved coding HTML by hand. You don't need a degree in computer science or graphic design to use the latest web development tools. In fact, the tools that are available today level the playing field. There are plenty of solutions for creating a website that looks good, is easy for your visitors to use, and is optimized for traffic. These days, websites have become a necessity for almost everyone. Companies, organizations, individuals, even very young folks have created websites that fill a need online. Whether your motive is profit or entertainment, in the next half hour you'll find some great insider tips for building that perfect online money machine.

    In this chapter we'll be taking a look at steps to Creating an Online Business. We'll take a comprehensive look at the parts of the eCommerce marketing machine that work together most effectively. You may be tempted to use others, and it's a good idea to stay informed about new methods and trends. But be careful not to scrap your initial marketing strategy. Give it a chance to work. Stay focused on your goals, and make refinements to your existing plan. In most cases, small changes can mean big results. Whether you already have an established professional service or storefront, you're looking to make a little extra money with an online business, or you'd like to set yourself free financially, the steps to building an eCommerce business are the same. Let's take a look at them now.

  • About the Author

    Liv Montgomery, the eCommerce Gal, specializes in online business promotion for today's busy entrepreneur, producing quantum results through customer relationships. Liv helps Small Business owners quickly get Page One results on Google and the top search engines, creating and enhancing their web presence with efficient core tactics, value for customers, and servant leadership. She's an authority on web development, SEO, networking and relationship marketing to bring massive value to the marketplace.

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Online business ownership has become incredibly popular – and even mainstream. If you want to join the ranks of successful eCommerce entrepreneurs, let Liv Montgomery, the eCommerce Gal be your guide on a fun and fabulous journey. If you want to escape a grueling rush hour and the toil of the workaday world, this comprehensive program will give you all the tips and tricks you need to get started building your online money machine. The eCommerce Gal takes you by the hand, step-by-step, through Website Development, SEO, Traffic and Conversion. Don’t wait another day to reach your dreams of online business success!

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