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Volume 1 - Issue 121 - Monday, Dec 8, 2003

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What a day!
The weather's grand all over the net.

Welcome to The WebPro Times. The ezine where business people, opportunity seekers, entrepreneurs and professional marketers meet.


Our Format for the WebPro Times is:

--> Editors Article
--> Guest Article (as they are approved)
--> Janes Jingle
--> Contest of the Day (win prizes)
--> Smart Tip of the Day
--> Smart Resources of the Day
--> Smart Freebie of the Day
--> Continuing Saga of J and P (NEW - listen in)
--> Feedback

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The holiday season is really a delightful time of the year except, perhaps, if you
are an internet marketer.

Everyone is busy buying gifts, going to parties, decorating their homes and, oh my, this doesn't leave much spendable cash left over or a lot of time for marketing.

Like some people, the net seems to suffer with those holiday blues right around this time.

What to do about Christmas?

Well we can't help you pick out your gifts or show you where to park the ornaments on the tree, but we can try to steer you in the right direction with some ideas you can use on the net at this time of year to help promote your business and generate some cash.


This is not the time to launch a new program, write an ebook or do anything that requires a great deal of attention and effort. You simply don't have the time you need to do these well.

Everyone is exhausted and bloated at this time of year and you will be spinning your wheels if you try to capture the world's attention right now.

So don't try.

Instead see if you can figure out a way to enhance the business you already have. Things you can do right now that won't take much time but will have a positive impact in a short space of time.

Start thinking about What you can offer to make your current business more appealing so people will take a second look even during the holiday season.

Here are some ideas.

  1. Offer a sale of some sort.

    Pick something you are selling and offer two for the price of one. That's a 50% discount and is usually a good Christmas grabber. To save changing prices on your site you could simply off "Cash-Back". On on of our partnership products worth $197.00 we offer $50.00 cash-back. This idea has generated a few thousands dollars over the past 5 days. People are looking for bargains at this time of year.

  2. Offer valuable free bonuses.

    Make it something worthwhile too, not the same old same old recycled "toothbrush" that everyone already knows about or has. Do some research and find something you can give away that you would actually like to receive yourself.

    I know that, when I am buying presents for someone at this time of year, I need to love what I am buying and part with it reluctantly. Only then do I know I have purchased the perfect gift.

    It's the same on the net. Find something you actually use and like and give that away. Your clients will appreciate this and you will be able to talk about the give away with the knowledge required to help your clients actually use the product or information.

    If you treat your clients almost like family with the respect they deserve, you will find that comes back to you over and over again.

  3. More Give-Away Ideas.

    Suppose you don't have your own program or product to discount? You still have plenty to give away.

    You could offer to run some ads free for your clients on the lists you use for advertising. Or, depending on the price tag of the item you are selling you may want to purchase some very inexpensive solo ads runs for a client if they buy your product.

    Believe it or not there are solo ads you can purchase for as little as 1.50 on the net. You just need to keep your eyes open and they turn up. We are testing one right now and don't know the results yet which is why we are not mentioning the location here, but you can find very inexpensive ad runs and offer them to your purchasing clients as a holiday bonus.

  4. It's Talent Time.

    What about your own talents? Some of you make great banners. Others write great ads. We have seen them.

    Some of you are brilliant website designers. Our JPE Advertising clients and WebPro Times readers are some of the most talented people on the net. You can certainly offer you own talents as a bonus gift to your purchasers.

  5. People Love Contests.

    How about running a contest on something and offering a prize. You could use a cash prize, as service or your talent as the prize. That might be just what some people are looking for.


The holiday season is the time to get your creative juices rolling.

If you are developing a new piece of software or a planning a new program
launch, you will find that even your programmers or your best affiliates get
lax at this time of year. Don't step on their toes or have a fit. Be prepared for the inevitable delays and plan something different to do during this time.

It even might be a good time to say hi to your kids or spend some time with your lover or spouse or.... well you get the idea.

Make this time a fun and profitable time on the net so you don't go into the New Year flat broke and feeling discouraged.

Use your creative talents. You all have them. Don't let them stagnate.


For our new readers: You should know: We always end our articles with a jingle to emphasize the point. You can capture the essence of our articles in the Jane's Jingle section every week.

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Jane's Jingle is the summary and conclusion of the editors article and
generally captures it's essence so if you need to cut to the chase, you can always skip straight to the jingle :-)


Holiday time can be really great
Except if you have a very full plate
To make it through and survive on the net
And keep from incurring that unwanted debt
Try to think of a great give-away
So you can live and play another day.

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Getting into Google through their open back door.
By Gary Harvey.

Word has it that it's better to be found by Google than to directly submit your pages. Spidered pages apparently rank higher, so the Google ranking algorithm is set to pay more attention if you get a highly-ranked site to link to you.

But if you don't know anyone in that category, let AllTheWeb.com rescue you!

Here's how...

In this link, just replace my website address (EPROFITNEWS.COM) with yours: http://www.alltheweb.com/urlinfo?q=EPROFITNEWS.COM&c=web

Copy this new URL and enter it into Google, here: http://www.google.com/addurl.html

Repeat this for all your websites.

Better still, add these AllTheWeb URLs to one of your pages that is regularly crawled by Google.

That's it, my friend.


If you don't have a site that is regularly crawled by Google, why not make a post to one of the forums and use this URL in your signature?


Easily, my friend. Here's what I did.

- Go to Google, http://google.com

- Type in the domain of the forum and the name John (because there's sure to be a post from someone called Gary in any self-respecting forum, right?)

Example: Type in "ablake.net gary" (without the quotes).

- Bingo. Mr. Google shows me a current page at the Anthony Blake forum, which proves that their spiders regularly crawl this site.

So post your URL there and it won't be long and you'll be found by Google.


Since that wasn't too hard, why not do it with other spidering search engines?

http://www.metacrawler.com is one. It searches Google, FAST, Ask Jeeves, Inktomi, About, Looksmart, FindWhat, Overture, Teoma.


If you're wondering where you can enter the AllTheWeb process through their front door, just go to http://www.marketleap.com/publinkpop/

And in the panel marked "Enter your URL here", type in your website's URL.

Or several URLs if you wish to see a comparison of your site and up to three other sites.

One of the engines that MarketLeap searches is AllTheWeb and it will show you the number of pages where your site is listed. In my case, it's 1015.

Click on the number and you'll be taken to the URL that we started with: http://www.alltheweb.com/urlinfo?q=YOURSITE.COM&c=web

That's where it comes from.

Happy AllTheWeb-ing!


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Copyright 2003. Gary Harvey. All rights reserved. But you're
most welcome to reprint this article with these two notices.


Want to get noticed? Submit an article for review and if your article is just
what our readers need to hear, we will include it here in our guest experts
spot. Your articles must be on some aspect of online marketing that works.

Submit your articles here.

You could become quite well known.

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Contest Winners December 8 - issue 120

Last weeks contest question.

Name the English Cheese that can be either red, white, or blue.

Winner: Stella Madsen did it again - She's really good.

This Weeks Contest Question:

It's Christmas and for some that's Hanukkah time. So brush up on your Hanukkah and let's get the answers to these questions rolling in.

1. How many candles does the Hanukkah candelabra hold?
2. How many days does Hanukkah last?
3. What is the Hanukkah candelabra called?
4. Who is the Hebrew Warrior commemorated in Hanukkah?
5. What Hanukkah game is based on an old German gambling game?

This weeks prize.
Another fabulous Free ebook by Yanik Silver - 14-Point Web Copy Analysis
This is a great read.

Send your answers to...

Contest Rules: First correct entry received wins.

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Writing Compelling Ad Copy

As you browse through your inbox each day it becomes apparent that many marketers have no idea how to write good ad copy. They try as hard as they can but there copy leaves a lot to be desired and doesn't make for good reading. Others know they can't write so they do the opposite. They hit you with a buy me now type ad. A sales ad full of punchy copy, benefits and buy me now links that can be a real turn off.  

One of the best ways to write compelling copy is to write as if you are talking to a friend sitting across the desk from you. How would you talk to a friend about your product, service or opportunity? You'd be excited, right and you would want to convey that excitement to them. You'd also use language that is natural to you, wouldn't you? Of course you would.

One of the most powerful keys to writing good copy is to write as you speak. Completely naturally. You can see what I mean here in the ebook below.

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This week you can either read the continuing saga of J and P or you can listen in on it instead. We just thought you'd like to hear the unique mix of J's raspy, loud, New York Accent and P's softer, more laid back approach... Either way turn up your speakers and have some fun with us today...


Yes, J?

I'm really exhausted from trying to do Christmas and Chanukah and see my grandchild and call my mother and plan parties and advertise and cook meals and be creative at the same time. Something's got to give.

P: Take a breath, J. That was a mouthful. Let's figure out what we can give away or get rid of.

J. Okay, P. I am totally calm now so what can we give away?

P: Well, let's see. I need some shirts and your mother wanted some jewelry and my daughter wants channel no. 5 and...

J: Oh P, be serious. I need a week's vacation somewhere where there are no phones and no computers and I can just lie in the sun and have time to write and to think.

P: What did you have in mind?

J: I don't know exactly. I thought perhaps we could hire a leer jet and fly to Paris for a few days and then hop over to Venice and go for a ride in one of those gondolier things and...

P: You're dreaming, J. You have a ham you promised to cook for Christmas and we have a dozen projects we're involved in and who's going to write the WebPro Times if you're flying off to Paris.

J: Oh P. You're always so technical. I guess Paris is out. But, we do have an office that looks right out onto this beautiful beach front, couldn't we at least go for a walk on the beach or something...?

P: Yes, J. I suppose we could do that.

J: Now? P

P: yes now, J Say good night to the folks.

J. Good night folks.. and P could we also get some ice cream and maybe rent a sail boat and spend some time on one of the islands and buy some new clothes and...

P: J?

J: yes, P?

P: Don't start....

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