Friday, February 6, 2009

10 Daily Activities to Grow Your Online Business

Congratulations, you have an online business! Now you just need to take the steps to make sure you are growing your business each and every day.

Your business will not prosper if you are always shuffling paperwork around. You need to do something every day to make it happen. No matter what it is you must take action. There is no growth without action. Here are 10 daily activities that can easily help your business grow.

Make Calls - If your business requires it make sure that you are making your daily phone calls. Some types of calls you can make include reaching out to past customers to see if they need anything, checking up on current customer orders, and asking their opinion of your service.

Answer Emails - Make it a policy to answer all of your emails within 24 hours. If someone went to the trouble of contacting you via email they are probably expecting an answer fairly quickly. Responding as quickly as you are able will give people the impression that they matter to you.

Build Your List - One of the first things you should do in any online business is create a sign up form to get people on your "list." It doesn't matter if you have a purpose for that list yet or not - just that you get one started. Once you get a list started then you can start communicating with them and build a relationship in which you are seen as the expert in a specific niche.

Build Relationships
- Part of any growing business is building relationships. You can do this fairly easy by using social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. These can be time suckers though so use them wisely. Responsible use of a social networking site can mean quick growth.

Become an Expert
- Start writing articles to share information. Post them on your own site or share them on some of the several article reprint sites. You can submit them for other people to add to their websites. It's like free advertising for your business. People look to "experts" for their information.

Share Your Knowledge
- There are so many ways you can share the information you have on your quest to become the expert in your field. Write a newsletter or write an article for someone else's newsletter. Offer your expertise to podcast show/audio site owners. They are always looking for interesting guests to interview that are willing to share valuable information to their audience. Make yourself available for written or phone interviews. Again, this can be a valuable way to boost your visibility as an expert.

Participate - Be a part of your community. Leave relevant comments on other people's blogs. Don't comment for the sole purpose of leaving your business information. That's spam plain and simple and isn't tolerated well by blog owners. Likewise, answer questions on forums and in chat rooms that have to do with your online business of choice.

Create - Alongside articles, create information products to sell or giveaway to your "list" (see why a list is so important?) In addition, create an FAQ page and answer popular questions or even publish the answer to questions posed to the readers of your newsletter.

Post Fresh Content
- Keep the information on your website up-to-date and add new stuff. Search engines like websites that look like they're updated frequently so you are more apt to appear high in the search engine listings if you do so.

Offline - Don't forget about marketing your business locally and offline as well. Anything you can do online can be done offline. Some ideas? Get a car magnet or sticker, business cards, create flyers, join your local chamber of commerce.

These are not the only things you can do to grow your online business by any means. They are good places to start and build from. The important this is to do something and do it daily. By making a conscious effort to grow your business each and every day, you'll see the fruits of your efforts before you know it.

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