There's a stack of really mediocre instructional clips on everything from writing a business plan, understanding the science of marketing, or improving SEO and ranking higher in Google.
You could probably spend weeks combing through everything, but like most entrepreneurs you probably don't have the time.
That's why I've collected five of the most useful and important YouTube clips to help you get the basics right - especially when it comes to ensuring your business and website get the most from the Internet.
1. SEO basics in 10 minutes
This video, delivered by Maile Ohye from Google, is great for SEO newbies and startups because it gives a high level overview of the most important aspects of search optimization.
Think of it as kind of an orientation for new webmasters - including information like how to correctly use 301 redirects, setting up a Webmaster Tools account, domain background checks, fetch as Googlebot, website design, and plenty more.
In particular, there is a good section on how to avoid spammy behaviour and common pitfalls. Spending ten minutes here might save you lots of time and heartbreak later on.
2. The science of persuasion
As I love to say:
"No matter what business you are in, the business you are in is marketing."
And, because the online world is crammed with competitors, people don't tend to give online startups much attention. This means that in order to thrive you need to be able to get a compelling message across quickly and efficiently to drive conversions.
It helps to learn the following psychology principles:
and apply them to increase earnings from the get-go.
3. Google Analytics tutorial or beginners
This tutorial, given by Powered by Search, gives a great, rounded overview of how to make the most out of Google analytics in order to analyze and refine your website to improve its performance.
What's really valuable about this particular video (aside from being helpful) is that it is up to date. Many of the more popular videos on analytics have been around a few years and are now inaccurate.
They also take a bit of time to explain a few concepts around analytics that help make sense of the deluge of data you get from GA.
4. The basic online marketing funnel
Ensuring that your company gets the best return on investment from your online marketing activities is vital.
This clip by Aaron Fletcher shows how to set up a proper marketing funnel that reaches out to the right target audience, and engages with them in order to drive high conversion rates and revenue.
You'll probably come across a few great strategies that you might not have considered yet, and these will open up new possibilities for your business going forward.
Encouraging younger people to become involved in entrepreneurship by holding business idea competitions is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to innovate our way out of the current financial doldrums the world finds itself in.
The creativity and energy exhibited by the students who enter the top business idea competitions from around the U.S. have shown the rest of us just how easy they can make it look when it comes to generating a new idea, putting together a plan, and pitching it to the world like pros.
Starting a business can be a daunting task - often made all the more difficult by a small advertising/marketing budget and an insufficient network of contacts to help get things off the ground.
It's a good thing then that there is always one fantastic, free strategy to generate some high-quality buzz and exposure for your startup that will not only put your idea in front of plenty of the "right" people, but also, potentially, lead to some much-needed funds, influential connections, and media coverage.
I'm talking about university business competitions.
The Web is arguably the best medium from which to earn a passive income because content, software and online services can persistently drive traffic and revenue for years at a time.
In other words - build once; earn indefinitely.
The downside is that because there is this great potential to make money, a lot of people are trying it. And, with a lot of people, comes a lot of competition that makes starting out tricky. One thing's for sure; if you're not prepared to put in work upfront, forget about earning a passive income online.
Currently, the majority of water saving devices in the U.S. allow cold water to escape and shut off when the hot water arrives - preventing the loss of water heat energy, but not water itself. It's incredibly wasteful - especially in areas like California that are water stressed.
Design & sell a device that redirects (or saves) cold water until the hot water arrives. Saved cold water can then be used to cool the hot shower water.
An Australian product called Cullector already does this - perhaps they need a distributor in your region?
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