I have learned so much over the past five years about creating an online presence. There is so very much to know and most people who start their own businesses really don’t know how to create, maximize and leverage their online presence.
I know I have only scratched the surface but if I can in any way reduce your learning curve by sharing the things I’ve already learned, then that’s what I want to do.
Writing articles is a tremendous way to get your name out there to the general public. I write at least two articles each month. I used to have my virtual assistant submit each one to online article banks individually. Now, for $100, I submit my article to I-Snare and they do the submitting for me. They will submit 100 articles for my $100 which is much more cost-effective than having to pay my assistant to do it.
There are still some specialized article banks I have my assistant submit to. I submit directly to eZine Articles because they post my submission directly on Twitter for me. It's a great benefit. I also submit directly to selfgrowth.com. You will likely have some you want to go directly to as well.
The purpose of writing articles is to help readers get to know you and what you have to offer. When you write, you are not necessarily trying to sell something—you are basically providing useful information, just like this article does. And you get to include a bio box at the end with a link back to your website home page, a product page or a sales letter. This will help increase the traffic to your website and it will be a targeted audience, meaning those who are already interested in what you have to say.
What tips do you have about writing and submitting articles? One thing I do is try to have a number in the title because these articles are read much more often than ones without a number. "Top 10 Reason to . . .," "Five Steps to. . .," or "Three Ways to . . ." are all examples of great titles for the Internet. Please share your ideas and successes here.
If you are interested in becoming a coach or developing your coaching skills, we are starting a new coaching school based on Choice Theory, affiliated with Prairie State College. It is starting in August. If you are interested in learning more, check out the Choice Coaching Institute. You will learn more details about creating an online presence in that program.