Do you have what it takes to be a successful online marketer? Read this and see!

By Sandi Hunter To be a successful online marketer, liken yourself to being a dog chewing on a bone. That means gnarling away hungrily to post and promote every day – or at least as often as you can. You can’t expect to make sales if you don’t constantly gnaw on that bone called promotion. We teach you all about promotion in George Kosch’s online and LIVE weekly bootcamp training sessions. Promotion, and the need for constant promotion is the one thing that many new marketers take along time to fully grasp. Many underestimate how much promotion you must do to see results and give up far too soon. Grow a thick-skin. When you contact people (people who’ve actually ASKED for the information) you’re going to hear things like "GET ME OFF THIS LIST" or " I never asked for this information" or "how did you get my email address/phone number!" Learn now to convert the negative energy of rejection into the positive energy of moving forward. Move on to the next person, lead or prospect. The Internet is a massive place, if this person isn’t interested in your offer the next person is waiting. The more you post, the more you promote, the more you connect with people, the MORE sales you make. Be nice, build relationships with people and you will gain lifetime customers. If you can’t do that or don’t want to do that you will never make it as a successful marketer. You’ve got to have instant access to products and services that are of real value, products that are in demand, new services that people need and want – NOW! You can’t be wasting time on looking for what to sell, what’s hot, you’ve got to be able to call up your product list and press SEND on the promotion materials. Not sure how to do that? That’s what we offer our Worldprofit Members, instant access to in-demand products/services and the marketing materials to promote them. It’s all in your Member area, the Clickbank Promo Kit, the Money Makers Kit, the Fast Cash Products, the PLR Store, the 20+ Income Streams and of course Worldprofit services too. Understand why and how building a list is so critical to your business growth and cements your long term sales objectives. Your products and services may change, your offers may change but your list is a targeted buyers list that must be grown and cared for with the utmost of your attention. George Kosch talks about this in the bootcamp training. You may very well have found Worldprofit by being on one of our marketing lists. Now we teach you how to build YOUR list so you are a seller not a responder ending up on someone else’s list! You need access to a goody bag of offers – really good offers. Really cool things you can add QUICKLY to your offer that have a real value to entice people to take action today, not next week. Worldprofit Members you have this in your Offer Builder, in your Goody Bag, and more – it’s all in your Worldprofit Member area. Offers are what gets people sniffing around and is what helps close sales. You, me, everyone likes a deal – offers are the icing on the cake! Employ a never-give up attitude. If you’re the kind of person who goes hard for a few days then peters out losing interest, then online marketing is not for you. You’ve got to be prepared to promote as often as you eat. When you are hungry you seek out food, when you want to make money online you must promote. Ask yourself, are you really committed? If you are that means investing the time, and effort into learning and DOING the tasks required, failing, making mistakes then continuing toward your goal. Eliminate or at least filter out the negative people in your life. You know who they are, the ones that tell you it will never work. They say you are crazy to spend so much time online. The people who are telling you all the reasons why you can’t do it, while you yourself are actually doing it. Don’t be smug though, when you start getting results, simply smile and give yourself a pat on the back. You are one of the truly unique, you think, you do, you tune out the negative and simply focus on your goal. Be realistic. Don’t start promoting online thinking you are going to get rich overnight, or even in a few weeks or months. Put on a "HYPE FILTER" to filter out all the bunk, promises and fake pitches you hear and see. Believe only that with hard work and consistent effort you will get results. Believe in yourself to build your own success not in the pitches that making money online is easy or instant. Set realistic goals for your earnings, and be prepared to grow your business over time. Build your online resources, build your lead list, build your customer list, grow your profits by nurturing your business. Your business is a tender green shoot, care for it daily and you will have an oak tree some day. Forget to water, overwater, walk away for too long and you will be left with a dead twig. Get help. You’re not going to do this alone, nor should you. Find online marketers, online communities, facebook groups, mentors, like-minded people who think like you do. Network, share, support, give and get back. Worldprofit’s home business community is made up of real people from all walks of life and experiences from all over the world with the same goal as you – improving their financial situation for self and family by learning how to earn at home using the resources of the web along with the security blanket of Worldprofit’s training and support. Be willing to learn and commit to applying what you learn. Being a successful online marketer is really no different than being a lawyer, plumber, pilot, truck driver in that you have to learn and MASTER specific skills. Apply those skills consistently, evaluate your progress, try harder, work harder to get the results. Don’t think for one minute that this is easy or that you will instantly "get it". If you don’t want to learn, won’t take the time, and have no patience, find something else. Internet marketing is not for you. Benefit from having a system, one that incorporates easy access to hot products, ads, services you can sell, reputable places to promote, coaching and training and ongoing support. You can build your business with one single hammer, or better yet, you can assemble an organized team of people, equipment and support services to accomplish the same thing faster and more efficiently. Worldprofit offers our Members the system to build your online business. The place online where you earn consistent income. Worldprofit is your one-stop-shop for all the elements of your system; the website, trafffic, software, lead sources, advertising resources, training, support, mentorship, and income programs from a number of reliable trusted sources. We don’t just give you the hammer to build your business, we give you the whole tool kit, a blueprint to build it, and the support and help you need to expand it for years to come. Ask yourself how much time you are going to commit to building your online marketing business. If your answer is an hour a day fine, set a goal, stick with it. If it’s 4 hours a day, stick with it. Be sure to adjust your sales goals based on the amount of time you work your business. The more time you put into it the more you get back. Take responsiblity yourself and your success (or lack of). No single product or guru is going to be your secret success solution, the one answer to your financial dreams. The only person who is going to make it happen and DO what needs to be done to achieve it – is YOU. Have an open-mind. Online marketing is not taught in school, you are an entrepreneur and thus made of a unique kind of tenacity and grit. Successful entrepreneurs don’t give up, they don’t know it all, they seek solutions, make mistakes, they get up and try again. Be a DOer not an analyst, not a deep thinker, but someone who rolls up their sleeves digs in, gets dirty and insists on results. I’ve been in the online home business industry for over twenty years as a business owner, a coach, and a marketer. I’ve seen it all. People come in, happy, eager, determined. Some last a few days, some a few months. Then you get down to a very small percentage of people, the truly determined, the people I have worked with for years. The one common trait the winners, the non-quitters all have is – are you ready for this? RESILIENCE. These people weren’t the top of their class, they weren’t the bottom, they are average people who have the ability to recover quickly from difficulties, from a tough life, from a path full of bumps and obstacles. Who among us doesn’t have "stuff" in our lives, problems, distractions that keep us from achieving our goals. The difference is how you recover from life’s challenges and go on. Here’s the actual definition of RESILIENCE from Merriam Webster: Resilience : the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens : an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change If you are a resilient, one of those strong, determined people who never gives up I devote this article to you. It’s over to you now. Do you have what it takes to be a successful online marketer? About the Author Sandi Hunter is the co-founder of Worldprofit Inc., a training and support company that has been teaching people how to earn online for the past twenty years. Find out how you can take advantage of the home business training and services offered at Worldprofit by starting out as a free Associate Member. Republished with author’s permission by John Silva http://InstantComputerBiz.com.

How You Can Work From Home With Free Online Internet Jobs

If you’re looking for free online internet jobs, you’ll be happy to learn that you really have a lot of opportunities to choose from with a huge variety of topics and skill and time commitement requirements. This article will discuss some of what’s out there and where you can find it: Internet jobs can be found on SimplyHired.com if you type the word "internet" into the search box on the home page. This site offers all sorts of on and offline jobs that are currently available. One of the most popular free online internet jobs nowadays is survey taking. While this most likely won’t put a full-time income into your bank, it can help you make ends meet if you do it in your spare time. Survey taking is extremely easy and you can sign up at the many survey sites for free. Most surveys offer anything from $1 to $25 for each survey that you take although some can pay less and some can pay more. The appeal of this type of work is that you can get started right away for free and that there is really no learning curve involved. But the work can be dull and time-consuming. Other related online jobs pay you for reading emails, trying products, rating movie trailers or reviewing advertisements. If you have just a little bit of an entrepreneurial streak, you might want to look into affiliate markeing, one of the hotest free online internet "jobs" on the market today. Affiliate marketing is very popular for the following reasons: 1) You don’t need to invest any money to get started 2) There is a huge potential to earn a lot of money 3) This type of marketing alows you to earn money even when you’re not working – passive income. 4) You don’t need to have your own product or service to get started Affiliate marketing works like this: You choose a product or service that you want to promote. You can do this at one of the many affiliate marketplaces like ClickBank or commission Junction, after you’ve signed up for your free account. In most cases, you do not have to purchase the products that you’re promoting although you might want to check them out before you do recommend them to others. Once you’ve picked out your products, you’ll have your own link to these specific items. When someone purchases from your link, you make a commission. The key to affiliate marketing is getting your product in front of a lot of people. You can do this for free at Twitter, FaceBook, within online forums or even through your own free blog or website. You can find lots of free training online when it comes to learning how to succeed in affiliate marketing. Free online internet jobs and similar opportunities are extemely abundant in today’s internet economy. All you need to do is find the one that fits your skills, personality and requirements best. John Silva is the Owner of http://InstantComputerBiz.com. Check us out anytime for marketing tips and a free subscription to our cutting edge newsletter.

The Things You Need To Know About Facebook Marketing

What is marketing on Facebook all about? What sort of opportunities are available there? What can one expect to gain once a campaign is complete? The truth is that the sky is the limit, and only your knowledge will hold you back. Read this article to learn all you can before you begin. If you do not have time in the day to maintain a Facebook page, you should get someone else to do it. People will notice if your messages become to brief and start to lack substance. It is perfectly acceptable to have someone else run the page while you work on other aspects of the business. Use images wherever you can on your Facebook page and posts. This is a very visual social media platform, much more so than Twitter or LinkedIn. Perhaps only Pinterest is more visual in nature. Because of this, to get the most value out of your Facebook marketing, you need to have an image strategy. It’ll help you succeed. There is nothing wrong with posting links to content on your website from Facebook. People think that Facebook fans want to stay on Facebook all day – this is a myth. In fact, they’re quite happy to visit your site as long as you offer them something of interest, so give it a try. People absolutely love pictures, so use them! Whether it be a fun infographic on how your product can save them time and/or money, or shots of your customers using the products themselves, a picture says a thousand words. Use the photos to create interactive posts, such as "can you guess what this is?" Let’s get real – everyone loves to get free stuff! This is one of the most surefire ways to market on Facebook if you want a huge audience to see your campaign. To target customers, give away your own product so you know that those who receive it are those who would actually use it. Do not forget to run your postings through spell check if you have any concerns about the way they are written. You do not want people to be treated to content that is full of errors. Even if these mistakes are minor, many people will be turned off and they may unsubscribe. Don’t think of your fans as numbers. That’s a big no-no in Facebook marketing. You aren’t collecting numbers, you are building brand champions. You are creating a community of people who love your company or brand. Treat them with the respect that they are due. These people can make a difference for your company. Try using a call-to-action graphic to convert visitors to your page into followers of your page. This will encourage people to "like" your page in order to receive some discount or content. When people come to your page, all they see is "like our page for more info", then after they like the page, they can see the content. When your campaigns are failing, you may question what went wrong, but it’s often a lack of education which holds you back. Thankfully, you read this article and now have a thorough understanding of how to market correctly on Facebook. This means that your next campaign should be a profitable one. John Silva is the Owner of http://InstantComputerBiz.com. Check us out anytime for marketing tips and a free subscription to our cutting edge newsletter.

Tips And Advice To Effectively Employ Internet Marketing

Whether you’re planning on becoming an affiliate or want to build a website to market your own products, you will have to learn how to market to your potential customers. Some marketing techniques are easy, while others require a good amount of skill, and you should be able to learn them all with the right information source. This article can help you to get started on an internet marketing campaign that is right for you. Exercise extreme caution before you pay anyone for internet marketing advice. Books, videos and courses sold on the subject come from "experts." Remember these "experts" are making their money selling you books instead of running internet marketing campaigns. Check the background of such experts before giving them money; make sure they have the experience to know what they are talking about. Use forums to gain readers. Posting a teaser paragraph in several different forums can get people’s attention very quickly. The best way to do this is to find the forums that your target audiences frequent the most, and post it there. Make sure the paragraph is enticing and entertaining to gain the most. If you have several products that you are selling or promoting, give each line of products their own landing page. It is going to make it much easier for your viewers to find what it is that they are looking for and will avoid them getting confused and leaving your site. Try to get your customers to buy additional products at your site’s checkout page. Prominently list a few other products that you have that they might be interested in based on their current purchase. Make it easy for them to add it to their existing offer, and you may get more sales. Use offers and discounts to lure in new customers. This is a time-honored technique used in all aspects of business, but it’s actually much easier to do online because most of the back-end stuff can be handled automatically. You can also use these offers as a loss-leading lead-generation tool for other products. To promote what you are selling, write a review of the product. Make sure to use the name of the product and the word ‘review’ in your title. People looking for the keyword ‘review’ will find your web page and chances are, they are thinking about buying the product, if they were looking for a review. Try upselling your customers. When they reach an older page on your site, provide them with links to related newer products. This may cause them to add additional items to their orders, as they may see it as a convenient way to save by purchasing related items at the same time. Set up an account with Facebook and Twitter. These are both great ways to reach many different customers. You want to be able to reach as many customers as possible so you can generate more business and sales. Since most people have Facebook and Twitter they will see your business. To get search engine traffic from other websites, write a guest post. Many websites welcome guest posters, and will link back to your site every time you contribute. If a website has a higher page ranking than you, getting traffic through their site can significantly increase your own page rank in a short period of time. This article is one of many you will read, that’s packed full of vital information pertaining to internet marketing. Remember that even the best information out there is only as good as what you do with it. So take your time, work hard, and reap the rewards of your successful business venture. John Silva is the Owner of http://InstantComputerBiz.com. Check us out anytime for marketing tips and a free subscription to our cutting edge newsletter.

Best Social Networking Sites

There has always been social networking of one kind or another; however, it has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years. When it comes to the internet, social networking refers to interacting with groups of people and, by extension, the groups of people that they interact with. Using the best social networking sites can help you to connect with more people, and do it in a more enjoyable way. If the 1960s through the 1980s were the Space Age, and the 1990s through the 2000s were the Information Age, then the 2010s will like be known as the Social Networking Age, that’s how revolutionary it is. People are able to do all sorts of things on networking sites, and they can let their contacts know what they are doing as well, and vice-versa. Here are some of the best social networking sites: Myspace was the first really popular networking site, but it is continuing to lose ground to Facebook. There are still a lot of Myspace users, and it offers a different environment than other social sites. For whatever reason, it seems as though musicians are attracted to it in large numbers. However, other people use it, too, so it’s worth checking out. Facebook is more than a website for a lot of people; it’s a way of life. Now, that may sound odd, but casual observation shows that it’s true. Sure, there were the tech-savvy early adopters who were quick to jump on board as soon as they heard there was a new social website for them to try. Over time, Facebook has become the site that everybody and their mother belongs to, and not just their mother, but also their kids, cousins, old friends, old co-workers, distant family and acquaintances from all over the world. There are tons of games with a social element to them, a built-in chat feature, and the ability to quickly share thoughts, photos, videos and just about anything else a person can think of. LinkedIn caters more to business people, and is all about networking in the truest sense of the word. If you’re looking for a site where you can raise virtual farm critters and plant virtual crops, then LinkedIn isn’t for you. However, if you are looking to connect with professionals and would like to get yourself in front of more professionals, then LinkedIn is a must. Twitter uses the micro-blogging model to drive its site. People can share posts and follow one another, but the catch is that all posts have to be 140 characters or less. This appeals to people who are in a hurry because they don’t have to spend much time on any single post, and that’s a big part of Twitter’s charm. While these are some of the best social networking sites, there are plenty more out there. Remember that you will only get as much out of each site as you put into it, so be sure to participate if you want to see results. John Silva is the Owner of http://InstantComputerBiz.com. Check us out anytime for marketing tips and a free subscription to our cutting edge newsletter.

Dominate Affiliate Marketing

1. Successful online marketers know that marketing must be done as consistently as possible. Marketing and promotion must be scheduled, frequent and without fail. 2. Successful online marketers know that the money is in the list and thus list building strategies MUST be integrated into all marketing campaigns. 3. Successful online marketers know that landing pages, also called squeeze pages are what will generate leads NOT a static website. 4. Successful online marketers know that you must continually seek out NEW advertising sources. Don’t stop when you find a few good sources, keep looking for new sources to expand your marketing reach. 5. Successful online marketers know that paid ads produce the best results IF the source is trusted and proven, but a combination of free and paid ads is still smart marketing. 6. Successful online marketers know that ad swaps are both cost effective and a clever way to reach your target markets. 7. Successful online marketers know that having access to a number of quality products, services, affiliates or referral programs produce multiple streams of income is the key to generating online income. 8. Successful online marketers know that you need a reliable way to track your ads so you know exactly where you are getting results for your efforts and advertising dollars. 9. Successful online marketers know that one cannot know it all, and investing in proven-effective reputable training programs for access to software, list building techniques, and mentoring can save a lot of time, money and frustration. 10. Successful online marketers know that it takes time to build a successful online business. George Kosch is the Home Business Bootcamp Instructor at Worldprofit Inc., a web-based company providing training for people who want to learn how to earn at home using the power of the Internet. This summer Worldprofit celebrates its 19th birthday! Get a free Associate Membership and join over one million Worldprofit Members around the world benefiting from the home business resources, training, software, marketing assistance, traffic generation and mentoring program. Republished with author’s permission by John Silva http://InstantComputerBiz.com.

How To Generate Traffic Using LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great social networking site that if used properly, can help increase your website traffic. The icing on the cake is that Microsoft just bought Linkedin, adding it to the MSN/Bing portfolio, which means it will bolster it’s network presence and allow it to compete with google and facebook. Not only do you have to create a LinkedIn profile, you also have to submit the name and the link of your business website to the Website Section of LinkedIn so that people visiting your profile can visit your site too. Keeping the LinkedIn status message constantly updated with a few words about the things you work on or the product or services you offer helps generate website traffic. Make sure you add the blog link widget to your LinkedIn profile so that it automatically informs your profile visitors about the latest blog and Twitter updates you make. Just becoming a member of LinkedIn will not help generate website traffic; you have to be active with regular visits to the site and constant update of your profile. By joining various groups related to your field of work, you increase your website visibility and also draw in more traffic to your site. You have to apply to a group in LinkedIn before you can become a member of it; so make sure you select only groups with many members in it so that your site gets maximum exposure and visibility. Answering some of the questions posted in the LinkedIn website helps draw traffic to your site. Start group discussions by posting interesting questions to the group or by offering helpful information that is perhaps located in your site, and use this as a means of gaining exposure for your business. You have to increase the number of LinkedIn contacts you have by asking other members of LinkedIn to become your contacts. Once you develop the number of LinkedIn contacts you have, you have to send them messages to try and understand their needs and if you have something they may be interested in, you could slowly offer them a solution to their problem. These tips will help you dramatically increase your website traffic just by becoming a part of the social networking site, LinkedIn. John Silva is the Owner of http://InstantComputerBiz.com. Check us out anytime for marketing tips and a free subscription to our cutting edge newsletter.

Internet Marketing Trends – Will Make You Or Break You

As more and more people are getting tuned into the idea of making money online, internet marketing trends are constantly and quickly evolving. Being able to identify the trends and tap into them with an up-to-date marketing plan can really set you ahead in your business. Here are just a few of the current hot trends: The Economy Today’s rough economy is the subject of many business conversations. <p> This goes for internet marketing as well. We will continue to see recession-proof internet businesses being marketed as well as various money-saving plans, tools, clubs and forums. If you aren’t already bringing up the state of the economy in your marketing, it’s time to start. <p> Less Hype Marketing For a while, one of the biggest Internet marketing trends included lots of hype. So the web was made up of one big glaringly flashy advertisement after another, each competing for your attention. It finally seems to be hitting home that flash and hype is not the way to go. While it might initially capture some interest from your target audience, you’ll need to support it with great high-value content to keep them interested. <p> Your customers are looking for solutions to their problems – make sure that you offer these in your marketing message. The money is NOT in the list (exactly) Most of you have heard the saying. . ."the money is in the list" or the leads that you can generate from your marketing. This is not exactly true. Building up a huge list really won’t do you much good unless you actually interact with the people on the list. <p> The money is in the relationships that you develop with the people on your list. Learn how to develop relationships with people by using auto-responders, participating in forums, Facebook and Twitter, etc. Niche Marketing Along With the economic downturn, businesses are focusing on more and more narrow niches. This is counter-intuitive but smaller, more targeted niches will bring you more traffic than large broad ones. Social marketing continues to dominate And more and more businesses are tapping into this trend. It’s been proven that adding videos to your marketing mix increases traffic to your site as well as the amount of time a person spends on your page. <p> Along with all of the other social media tools, the use of video is increasing dramatically. Some people are intimidated by the idea of doing videos. The important thing to remember is that your potential customers want to see other real people, not some sort of corporate actor, so just be yourself and you will draw more people to you and your business. Quick customer service If you want to maintain relationships with your customers, you must respond to their needs immediately. If you can’t, they will turn to your competitor who can. Knowing and understanding these general Internet marketing trends and then adapting your business to keep up with them can really put you at an advantage.<p> John Silva is the Owner of http://InstantComputerBiz.com. Check us out anytime for marketing tips and a free subscription to our cutting edge newsletter.

How You Can use Facebook To Attract New Customers

Some business owners ask, why is it important to establish online presence through social networking sites particularly Facebook even when you already have an official website? Simple, because Facebook is more accessible and to most, more user-friendly than any traditional website will ever be. It gives a sense of friendliness to business that puts prospects at ease and lends a sense of credibility to businesses who have no website to speak of. Aside from this, a Facebook page allows a business to be more interactive with present and potential customers, getting their feedback for everything from product reviews to testimonials. While it may seem scary because you can be given both positive and negative feedback, businesses should not be afraid because with Facebook it can be easily moderated. If you have a mind to you can retain the best feedback and hide the rest. This way, most potential customers will be able to read the positive testimonials of previous customers. Such feedback adds a touch of authenticity to your business, and can entice the potential customer reading it. Furthermore, customers who are tired of traditional online marketing such as email, newsletters and online ads will look to the Facebook page to have their questions answered. Having a Facebook page will give your business access to over 500 Million users without even having to buy e-mail addresses like what traditional email marketing resort to. Interaction isn’t limited to Facebook updates and wall posts though. You can also use Apps to provide photos, notes and videos. When using a Fanpage which is the recommended page for businesses (instead of the more personal profile page), you can change the posting ability of fans which allow them to post photos, videos and links to the page. This way, potential customers will be able to see how other customers use the product or service. Again, this can engage the community to be more interactive as was successfully executed by the Pampers? Facebook Fanpage. Other companies like Ben & Jerry?s go as far as polling customers. This gives customers a sense of power with regards to their products, which in turn will give them a sense of ownership and acceptance. Facebook is also a great tool to gain audience to promos, special prices and discounts as in the case of the company rushIMPRINT, who use their page to feature their products for sale. The site easily leads back to their official website as well as their toll free number. Some even use Facebook to give exclusive deals to their customers. This is a good way to gauge the effectively of your page.Various incentives can be given exclusively to Facebook users which aren’t accessible by those who follow you through e-mail, Twitter or your official website. Other companies such as Baskin Robbins develop and use a Facebook application to make their Facebook page more interactive and enticing to customers. Through their account, they?re giving out a very enticing deal, a Buy One, get one promo that most enthusiasts will not surpass. Facebook is an easy tool to master and can add just the right sense of fun, differentiating you and your business from the rest in the market. John Silva is the Owner of http://InstantComputerBiz.com. Check us out anytime for marketing tips and a free subscription to our cutting edge newsletter.

When People and Technology Connect for a Greater Good.

By Sandi Hunter Recently at a dear friend’s funeral, I heard someone remark that she would live on in our hearts and on her FaceBook page. For some of us there that day, the fact that Isabella still had a FaceBook page including recent posts made it seem she was still here among the living. Later that day I reflected on how much technology and the Internet has changed our lives in such a short time with so much more to come than most of us can imagine. Facebook, Twitter and other social media connect us in ways we never could before. Through these sites we know more of people than we ever knew before. What they are doing, where they are, personal details, photos and more are all posted online. People are willing to share personal details that you may have never known or they would never have told you. Computers once thought to be a past-time only for geeks and the socially awkward have become through the Internet, a powerful way to connect people around the world and as we are seeing more and more, a way to change the world. But there is more, so very more to the benefits this technology offers each of us that extends beyond connecting with people via Facebook and Twitter. Mobile applications now allow people to do their favorite online activities from the convenience of their phone or iPad. While standing in a long line at the grocery store, I noticed 4 out of 10 people tapping away madly on their phones. I snuck a covert look at a couple of them to see they were on Twitter, Facebook, checking email, reading news feeds or firing off a text message. Spend anytime in an airport lounge and the majority of people have phones out and are pre-occupied with something far more interesting then the buzz of the airport around them. Technology is integrated INTO our daily lives – no longer so separated. At any given time thanks to our phones and the Internet we are all connected in a very personal way. Even when we are not in physical contact with our friends and loved ones, we feel that we are still close. No longer chained to our home computer, we can carry on our business, our hobbies and our relationships conveniently from our smart phones. Five years ago when my company, Worldprofit released the Live Business Center it was brand new interactive technology. We were able to stream LIVE video to our website audience. When visitors landed on our site, they were startled to have someone on screen say hello to them. People were shocked and confused! They couldn’t understand at first who was talking to them and how they were doing it. Today, years later people are more comfortable with interacting with their computers and phones. FaceTime on the IPhone for example has made it wonderfully easy to connect LIVE face to face with their family and colleagues. Webinars once unknown are common now. Web-based conferences and meetings are convenient for the consumer, a money-saver for corporations and happily a good thing for the environment with fewer people traveling to meetings. Today, Worldprofit offers a personalized version of the Live Business Center that our Members can use and add to their own site. The technology allows them to greet their site visitors, answer their questions, provide customer service, make offers, and close sales, In short , they can connect with prospective customers in real time. Massive unemployment and world turmoil has meant that the number of home based businesses and entrepreneurs has skyrocketed. The Internet has allowed a person working from home incredible freedoms and opportunity to make money by selling products, promoting affiliate marketing programs, blogging, offering web-based services and more. As the world has now surpassed 7 BILLION people, I can’t help but think how we may be bigger but through the Internet the world feels smaller and closer. Technology has made all of our lives better. When like-minded people unite, good – even great ideas emerge. Perhaps technology will be what moves us closer to solving problems, finding cures for diseases. Technology powered by PEOPLE is changing our world – for the better – just look at these stories and start to imagine what is yet to come! In September of this year, a group of video game players solved a molecular puzzle that has stumped scientists for years. The gamers accomplished this by using a collaborative online game called "Foldit". Foldit is a computer game that enables players to contribute to important scientific research. The area of focus is proteins and how they fold. Proteins are found in all living things and involved in diseases such as cancer, AIDS and Alzheimer’s. According to the people at Foldit, "We’re collecting data to find out if humans’ pattern-recognition and puzzle-solving abilities make them more efficient than existing computer programs at pattern-folding tasks. If this turns out to be true, we can then teach human strategies to computers and fold proteins faster than ever!" More than 236,000 players have registered for the game, that’s a lot of collective brain power to solve problems and a huge and growing body of knowledge from which to draw. What this means is that the door has been opened to discovering "crowd-sourced" solutions to age-old problems including AIDS and other diseases that have plagued mankind. Take the case of the New York Times where readers were invited to solve an actual real-life medical mystery. The basic facts of an illness were made available and readers were asked to diagnose the problem. 300 readers responded, and within the first 30 minutes of posting, a correct diagnosis was made and many more correct answers came in thereafter. Think of the implications for pooled knowledge? A hive of brains working together to solve problems from all corners of the globe. Finally, what happens when great technological minds meet for their own individual purposes but the side-effect of that collaboration being a benefit for all of humanity. Google’s Peter Novig and Microsoft’s Eric Horvitz recently met to discuss artificial intelligence. These two companies may be fierce business competitors but they both recognize the importance of artificial intelligence to the future of technology. Both of these creative minds spoke publicly about how machine-learning techniques have advanced by taking in large volumes of data and figuring out how to translate text or transcribe speech. As users of the new IPhone 4S already know, Siri, the Voice activated assistant is here now but is only the beginning. Data, mass amounts of data is information. Knowledge is power. The future is so very exciting! Imagine how every human being on the planet will benefit as new technology emerges that can extract specific data for problem resolution for everything from preventing traffic jams, to precise medical diagnosis, to eliminating oil spills, to research and space travel. There are no limits. Facebook was really an accidental early social experiment. What we are learning now is that social media and other massed pooled data may be instrumental in social adaptation and actual survival. About the Author Sandi Hunter is the Director of Website Development at Worldprofit Inc. Worldprofit provides a number of services for the small and home-based business community including hosting, design, webconferencing, traffic, advertising, SEO, safelists, traffic exchanges, training and resources. This year Worldprofit enters their 18th year in business. Republished with author’s permission by John Silva http://InstantComputerBiz.com.