The ten commandments in the Hebrew bible is something that if followed, can certainly help promote harmony in our lives and in the lives of others. It can be considered a basic road map of principles on which to live our life. Life doesn’t come with an owners manual, so often times we learn the laws of cause and effect the hard way.
Stick your finger in the fire and you get burned. Guidelines for our lives can help us avoid some of those un-pleasantries by heeding the advice given by others. The learned ones who have been down that path and have made the mistakes so you don’t have to.
Well now, I give to you the Ten Commandments of Internet Business. There was no trip to the mountain top with a burning bush. No golden tablets zapped out by a divine presence. Just something to help guide and keep you on the right hand path.
1. You Shall Take Action
Action is the key to everything. If there were ever a magic formula, it could be summed up in one word, ‘action’. Poverty is merely the visible manifestation of inaction.
2. Diversify Your Income Streams
Never depend on one source of income. Once you have a stable source of income such as from your own product, diversify into other markets. Also, add affiliate income for digital & physical products, as well as CPA to your repertoire.
3. Diversify Your Traffic Sources
Never depend solely on one source of traffic. SEO is great, but then you’re at the mercy of the Search Engines. Same with PPC (Pay Per Click). Add other strategies as well (Blogs, forums, articles, E-Zine advertising, banner ads, CPM, etc.).
4. Forsake Not Your Customers
Supporting your customers is one of the single most important elements of your business. If customer service gets to be too much of a bother for you, just start ignoring them. They’ll all go away eventually. Oh, and so will your income.
5. You Shall Not Offer Junk Content
The quality of your content directly reflects the quality of your products or service. Going that extra mile for good quality content will pay for itself forever. If your site is full of scraped, auto-rewritten content, then your visitor will immediately pick up on it and go elsewhere.
6. You Shall Not Enslave Yourself
Define your goals before you go into business. Is it more freedom that you want? If so, don’t get caught in the enslavement trap by trading your own skills for money. You’ll find yourself working 15 hour days for a paltry income. Outsource the work. Collectively, you can get thousands of hours of work accomplished in a week instead of just 60+ and killing yourself to boot. Leverage & scale = profit and more profit!
7. You Shall Not Bear False Info to Your Visitors
Never mis-lead your visitors with hyped up information, false promises and fake testimonials. This kind of stuff will catch up to you fast, and will ruin the one thing that you can’t fix… your reputation.
8. You Shall Not Spam
This one should be obvious. Not only is e-mail spamming illegal, it can get complaints filed against you that can get your domain suspended. Also, spamming the forums & blogs accomplishes little more than pissing people off.
9. Honor Your Mentor
If you have a mentor or marketing coach, listen to what they have to say and carryout their advice. You may sometimes think that they are wrong about some strategies, because they don’t fit comfortably into your perception of how your business should work. Just remember that he/she has already been to the mountain and back, and you are still the grasshopper preparing for the journey.
10. You Are Commanded To Prosper
Sometimes it seems that society has made ‘rich’ a dirty word. It’s OK to be wealthy. Don’t settle for a mediocre existence. Think big! Don’t limit your ambitions to making just enough to pay your bills with a little left over at the end of the day. Be set for life. Our cup was not meant to be empty, or simply to be filled. It is meant to be continuously running over with all the prosperity, joy and good health that the universe has to offer.
Don’t miss out on the wonderful things that surround us in life. Follow these guidelines for your Internet business, and success will be yours for the taking.