These days, your business’ online reputation can make or break your business success.  This is one reason why we have setup the Online Reputation Management System over at http://www.BestBusinessReviews.co.uk/.

People talk – whether they are unhappy or happy with your business – and talk spreads like wildfire on the world-wide web.  It’s not effective to stay impartial, “take the high road,” or turn the other cheek when it comes to handling things others say about you on the Internet.  As a matter of fact, being anything less than proactive about your online reputation can be downright dangerous to your business, as you can guarantee that if you don’t create your online reputation, someone else will . . . and that power could be very destructive in the wrong hands.  The first step to protecting your online reputation is monitoring it.  Here are five ways to monitor your online reputation:

How Sociable.  Register each of your social networking accounts with this program and it will tell you how relevant your pages are in relation to your competition, and then use that information to improve your online reputation.

Hootsuite.  This is a Twitter dashboard that you can also link to your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts in order to manage all three social media networks from one interface.  Hootsuite helps you to identify when people talk about your business, what they are saying, and how they are reacting to your posts.

Social Oomph.  This free Twitter monitor allows you to type in keywords, and then returns you real-time information about Tweets on those keywords.  If you want to know what is being said about your business, for example, you can type in your business name (as well as other keyword terms used to describe your business product or service), and find out if there is either positive or negative news spreading about it.

Addict-o-Matic.  Simply plug in the terms you are interested in monitoring, and this application searches all the major web entities (Google, Yahoo, WordPress, etc.) and delivers a news-feed to you of everything it finds based on your terms.

Google Alerts.  Use this handy tool to search for terms that are related to your business, and then to see how often others are searching for the same terms.  For example, you can type in your business name and have Google email you a daily or weekly report on how many people searched for your business.

With all of the things that you have to do in your business, managing your online reputation that may not be on your priority list. To learn more about how you can use business reviews to enhance your business credentials download the free reputation management report over at http://www.bestbusinessreviews.co.uk/ today.

At the end of the day, your goal for all social media projects should be to earn some type of return. Now, this return might not be immediate; and it may even take months or even a year to realize.  But with that said, your goal should still be a return.

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This is a continuation of providing information from my how to make money online product [InternetAndDirectMarketing.com]. In the bonus I have recorded a 2 CD set on social media marketing strategies. Now back to the theme. With that in mind, think about how you can make your social media marketing ventures more profitable. One way you can do this is to cut down on the amount of time you spend doing things that aren’t profitable.

For instance, on a daily basis, you might receive Facebook friend requests, Twitter follower requests, and other requests; however, rather than processing each one as it becomes available, you should think about doing it on a weekly (or at least daily basis). Alternatively, you might consider using social networking sites with your phone.
This will allow you to make requests, accept requests, and perform updates when you have free time, but are not near a computer.