sentence will be left out of this article: Automating your online
business is one of the most important steps you can take to insure your
success on the internet. You're probably saying to yourself "Thank
goodness he left that out. I've been on the Internet for a while, and if
I know anything, it's that there are just too many tasks to do each day
to be really efficient and productive with them all."
Learning to delegate
and automate some of the routine activities of Web maintenance is one
way to insure your site's success and to give you much more time in the
day for the most important task which is that of the promotion and
marketing of your site.
HERE ARE 5 SIMPLE WAYS TO AUTOMATE TODAY:
1) USE AUTO-RESPONDERS:
Probably one of the best-known and most popular ways to handle routine
messages to inquirers is the use of auto-responders. It is simple and
easy to set up your messages which usually involve several follow-up
messages to remind your visitors what you are offering and how to find
your site again.
Here are some free ones:
2) MAILING LIST MANAGEMENT:
If you are trying to run your own newsletter, handling the process by
yourself can eat up a lot of valuable time. In the beginning this may
be possible, but as your list grows and the tasks involved keep
multiplying, your time demands will increase also. There are lots of
ways to manage a mailing list including installing your own scripts and
purchasing your own software.
Weigh the pros and cons, but be sure and check out the possibility of
*outsourcing* the responsibility to a mailing list service.
Here are some to consider:
3) USE SOFTWARE:
There are many software options available depending upon your work
online. Here are some possible software applications available. Just do
4) PAYMENT SYSTEMS:
Well, this is just a no-brainer. It is just too simple not to do this
one. Having an automated payment system that allows you to accept credit
card payments for your products or services and is something that
everyone has to have to be successful online.
Here are a couple of third-party resources we recommend:
5) AD TRACKING SYSTEM:
If you are going to advertise your products and/or services online,
then it is critical that you track your results. Knowing how many hits
you got to your site is nice, but it won't take care of your questions
like, "Where did my traffic and sales come from?"
Implementing these five
time-saving helpers is a very important benchmark in moving your
business into a phase that will free up some time to insure your success
online. Best Web wishes for your promotional efforts.