Many people have been asking me lately what email software I use to communicate with my customers. I have tried several different ones over the past few years, but the one that I have been the most satisfied with is GetResponse.
GetResponse Vs. Aweber
GetResponse is considered to be one of the two top auto responders on the market, the other being Aweber. They are both excellent services, but from my research it seems that GR offers more features and technology for the money. To start, GR is actually $4 less than Aweber. Below is a short explainer video that gives you the main features and power of how to build your list with GR:
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So, how does GR compare with Aweber? The latter has been around longer, but lately, GR has caught up with Aweber and surpassed it in features and technological capabilities. To get another viewpoint from someone that has used both, here is a short video I found that will further help answer that question:
Like he said, if you already have Aweber
and are happy with it, then there probably is not reason enough to switch. However, if you don’t already have an auto responder, then I would highly recommend start with the $15 starter plan
. You will only pay more when your list reaches past your initial starting package.
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has an easier interface that allows you to quickly and easily create beautiful newsletters. It contains dozens of pre-done templates that can be easily edited to fit your needs. GR
users also have at their disposal 1000 iStock Photos
that can be used royalty-free, which can be a huge savings.
The most important question is, “Does GR
have everything you need to grow your list?” The answer to me is a most definite YES!
If you are ready to give GR
a try, please click on my link below. As a special bonus to my customers, if I get a good response to this offer, I will be doing several training videos/webinars to get you up to speed as quickly as possible. So go ahead, click on the link below!
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Thanks for reading!
If you ever want to make a living marketing online, then you need to have people to sell to. It has often been said by top internet marketers that List Building is your biggest asset. That is, building a list of potential customers.
But I believe that just having a list isn’t enough. When List Building, you want to make sure that you build a quality list. You do not want people on your list not interested in what you have to offer. The goal is to attract prospective “buyers” that would be interested in your products or services.
The first step of the process is to select a profitable niche market if you have not already done so. It needs to be a niche with hungry buyers. Just because you choose a niche that you love, it may not be one that other people will be in to. I am going to show you how to do that in a following lesson.
Then I am going to show you how to create a quality free offer to use as an incentive for a prospect to sign up to your list by giving you their email address and possibly their name. You can follow up with them once you have their email. The goal here is to post a free offer on a website or a blog and that is exactly what I am going to show you how to do.
Next, we are going to set up an automated follow up sequence for your affiliate program or for selling your own product. Then I am going to show you how to do broadcasts as well. There will be affiliate offers from other marketers that will come up on a regular basis that you can promote. You will then be able to send out emails to your list and earn commissions for the affiliate products you decide you want to promote.
The key to making this work is to send all traffic possible to your opt-in page to build your list of subscribers. You can actually run a fully sustainable business, a full time income, if you focus on having one good opt in page. If you focus on sending traffic to your opt-in page, or even better, put your opt-in page where the traffic already is, then you can make money. You can also scale this up and use it across multiple markets to further enhance the amount of subscribers you get.
To put it simply, all it takes is one really good “squeeze page” (opt-in page) and one really good free offer (the bait) for good list building. Then you can generate a nice, sustainable, passive income. It is almost hands free once you have it in place. You can scale up with paid solutions after you have some income coming in. Those paid solutions can really help you to ramp up the income.
If you want to have more control over the list building process, I would highly recommend spending a little money. The first tool I would recommend is getting a good autoresponder. Ask any marketer what is their most used tool in their business and they more often than not will say their autoresponder. Two of the best examples that I recommend would be Aweber and GetResponse.
Both are great options, but Aweber has been around the longest and is probably used by more internet marketers than any of the others for email marketing and list building. I have used both, but I am currently using GetResponse. It has a lot of features and is easy to use and is only $15 per month to start. As of this writing, if you are a new customer, you can get a 30 day Free Trial. Just Click Here to start your free trial.
Having a paid autoresponder makes list building easier, gives you a layer of protection, automates follow-ups, and keeps you legal with ICANN anti-spam rules. The other great thing it does is when someone no longer wants to receive your emails, they can automatically remove themselves from your list by clicking the Unsubsribe link at the bottom of your emails. This removes the worry and chore of doing it yourself.
There are all kinds of directions you can go with this. Creating your audience is key to a long term income. Your audience is through your list. That is the key to this system and making it work.
The goal is to find a niche that has a problem you can solve. You are giving them a free solution to that problem as an incentive for them to give up their name or email to get on your email list. You can follow up with them later for additional products and promotions. Once they join that list, they are yours until they decide to remove themselves from that list.
This is a much better approach than sending them to a landing page (a website with an offer to a product or service) that they go to after they click on an affiliate link. When they land on that page, they may or may not buy, but since you haven’t captured their information, that lead is gone forever. With your opt-in page, they are now on your list. Now you can send them an email to that offer. If they buy great, if not, no big deal. You still have their contact info that can be used to send them multiple offers in the future. With a list, you can make money over and over again for each email you get!
Capturing that information is the key to making list building work. It is a mistake that many people make. They don’t do it, they don’t see the importance of it. If you incorporate that method that I am teaching you, then you can avoid that costly mistake.
Choose a profitable niche that you are interested in. A niche market is a group of people with a common interest or problem that you offer a solution to. Look for a niche market where many people are buying things. Do a quick Google search with your keyword (interest) to see how popular it is. Don’t spend days or weeks on this. It can become too overwhelming if you spend too much time on it. You will just get confused and put it off or quit all together.
Don’t worry if you are not an expert in that market. You don’t have to be an expert to provide to your niche market. You can put together a great opt-in list with a niche market. If you can make someone’s life easier, make them money, or you can save them money, then you have a niche market. Keep that in mind.
Another great way to get ideas on your niche market is to go to www.clickbank.com/marketplace.htm. Look for marketplace at the top of the navigation. This is one of the most popular affiliate market places on the web. Clickbank is a great place to get ideas on creating your own information products as well as selling other people’s products as an affiliate. Internet Marketing is a very popular niche, but there are many others with sub categories to choose from.
There are tons of possibilities listed and you can see them by dropping down the Internet Marketing niche on Clickbank. In the Health and Fitness category there are also plenty of subcategories. You will be able to find plenty of products on Clickbank related to any topic like this. It is the most obscure niches that sometimes turn into a profitable market due to not a huge amount of competition out there.
Diet and Weight-Loss is always a huge niche. If you can help people lose weight, then you have a winning solution right there in this niche and the subcategories. The same is true with the Fitness and Muscle Building niches. They kind of go hand-in-hand. Muscle building in itself is a great market as people want to get fit and they want to get trim. This is one of the niches I have been interested in as well. You can check out my health and fitness blog at RichLeanFit.com.
Men’s and women’s health issue are a big problem that people need assistance with. There are all kinds of things that fall into this category and you can probably find something if you are into this niche market. Here is another one: Relationships and Communication. People need help all the time there. Self-esteem and Self-defense are also lucrative. There are so many products on Clickbank that will give you ideas to help you find your niche.
When there are lots of people selling products within a niche, then you know you found a hot topic. People are interested in that information. Anti-virus Software and similar tools are also in high demand. People want to make sure that their information is safe. You can give away a free report on how to keep your personal information safe.
Job Search and Resume Training is a big market. Especially now with jobs being more scarce due to the economy. Part of the key when selecting your niche market is making sure there are plenty of products in Clickbank that people are looking for.
So, get out there and get started list building within your chosen niche. In summary, the first step is to pick the niche market. Pick something you are passionate about or that you can become passionate about once you see subscribers coming in. It doesn’t have to be the perfect fit. It has to be of interest to you though so that you can get started and stay the course.
In the next post, we will continue the next steps in creating your free offer, getting your opt-in built, and how to get traffic and subscribers to your opt-in page.
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Have you ever needed some great ideas on a business card design or other graphics, but what was available left a lot to be desired? Yeah, me too. That is why I am writing this review, “How To Easily Create Awesome Business Cards and Other Graphics Using The Business Card Creator – Review.”
In my off-line job, I sell wholesale beauty supplies to salons, and the original business cards I started with have been exhausted. I never liked those business cards because they were the usual drab, boring looking ones with a plain white background with embossed print – you know, the ones with a single color. So in my quest to find the ideal business card design, I started looking on-line. After searching lots of different sites, there just was not much out there that suited my needs.
Then I came across an ad that was promoting this new software that allows you to create these amazing looking business cards. Its by a company called, Laughingbird Software. I thought the name was catchy, but more importantly, the guy that runs the company, Marc Sylvester, has created many different add-on paks that utilizes the core program, The Logo Creator. They have been in business for several years and from what I can tell, he continues to improve the products he creates.
Rather than tell you what this amazing software can do, I decided to create my first-ever video review
. Click on the video below to watch:
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So what did you think? Please comment below.
Here is how my business card turned out:
Created with The Business Card Creator
If you liked what the software can do, just click on the image below to get your copy.
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‘Til next time,
WordPress Comments are closed, I can’t open WordPress Comments!
Have you ever had this happen to you? You finish a long blog post with lots of great content and you ask people to comment when they finished reading your post. Then you wait, and wait, and wait for the notification that someone posted a comment. But nothing.
Then maybe someone posts a comment on Facebook that they tried to leave a comment on your blog, but got the fatal “comments closed” message. What?!! When you check your settings in the dashboard, comments are enabled but it still shows wordpress comments are closed at the end of your post.
Has this happened to you but didn’t know what to do about it?
I checked the dashboard under “settings” and “discussion,” but everything looked normal.
After doing a lot of searching, I finally found a solution to the problem. Here are the steps:
1. Go to your post page and click on “edit.” Then look at the top of your screen for “Screen Options.”
2. Click on the down arrow on “Screen options,” which will open up a menu that looks like this:
3. Make sure that “discussion” and “comments” are both checked.
4. Then scroll down until you find the following and check “Allow comments”:
5. Click on the Update button to save your settings. To see if you were successful, go to your post and scroll to the end to where the comments would be. You should see something like this:
So what do you think about my post? Please comment below! ha ha
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‘Til next time,
Niche Research and How To Find A Domain Name
If you are new to internet marketing, your first task is to determine what niche you want to focus on. Many people have trouble with this, as did I. This is why niche research is so important.
It really is not that hard to do. We just seem to make it more complicated than it really is. If you are going to be successful at internet marketing, you must focus on one thing until you become successful at it. If don’t do proper niche research and you try to do several different niches all at once, you will soon find yourself frustrated and jumping from one niche to another, never really accomplishing anything. I know this from experience.
You see, I have three different blogs covering as many niches: fitness, beauty, and internet marketing. You know what happened? I lost my focus! And what worse, I’m not making any money from them! I intend to change that now by focusing my efforts on this blog until I become successful at internet marketing.
So now that you know how important it is to get clarity with your niche, how then do you determine what niche is a good one? Simple. Look for where the traffic is going by doing a little niche research, and you will find great niches.
Niche Research Methods
One way to find a popular niche is to use Google’s Keyword Planner Tool. Just click on the following link:
Google Keyword Planner Tool
Now all you need to do is sign up for a free account. Once you’ve done that, click on Keyword Planner and do a search for keywords or niches that you have interest in.
This reminds me of a very important point in choosing a niche. Make sure it is something that interests you, or else you most likely will not do well in it, or you will quickly lose interest.
Here is an example of a search I did in the “make money online” niche:
Using Google’s Keyword Planner Tool
As you can see from the screenshot, the views on this one tops over a million views per month! A good niche will have several hundred thousand views.
A good rule of thumb when choosing your domain name is to try to find an exact match for your domain using those keywords with lots of views. That way when people are searching for those keywords, your domain name will show higher in the search rankings.
Another niche research method is to visit forums, such as The Warrior Forum
to see what niches are discussed the most. The most talked about niches are going to have very high search volumes.
What about Magazines? They tend to put their focus on the most popular subjects. Do a search for the best selling magazines and you will soon discover many possible niches.
A really great niche research resource is Amazon.com
. Do a search for books in the niche you are interested in. If you see lots of choices in the same niche, then chances are good that it is a popular niche with lots of traffic. Searching here will also give you great ideas for titles of your blogs, which will help drive traffic to you if you pick high-traffic subjects and / or niches.
Yet another great resource is Clickbank.com
. This is a very popular marketplace for people selling their digital products. Once there, click on Marketplace at the top menu bar. For example, try searching for Diet and Weight loss in the search bar, or click on the sidebar menu to the left and then click on Health & Fitness, and keep clicking until you get to Diet and Weight loss.
In the product description, there is an indicator called “Gravity” that signifies how well a product is selling. A gravity of 30 or more is a good selling product. Check out the screenshot below to see the gravity of this product:
The Venus Factor Product on Clickbank
Do you see the gravity on this one? That is such a high gravity, which signifies that this company is making some major moola! Needless to say, this shows not only is this a great product to sell, but also the weight loss niche is in particular is a very popular and highly competitive niche to go into.
Just like Clickbank.com
is growing in popularity and may even surpass Clickbank.com
as the top marketplace for marketers. You can do a search in their marketplace and come up with the most popular products listed for sale, which again, will give you really good clues as to the best niches to be in.
Once you’ve thoroughly done your niche research, try to narrow that down into further sub-niches. This will give you a laser-focused niche and a clear direction in your marketing and end results.
Hopefully I’ve given you some good tips on how to do niche research. The next step is to do a domain name search to see if the keyword you’ve chosen is available for purchase.
One other thing I need to mention. Make sure your domain name is as short as possible, preferably two or three words at most, with no hyphens. If you can’t keep it to three, then go for as short of a name as possible that is as close or exact to your keywords. Oh, and make sure it is a dot com if possible. This is the most popular and most searched for extension type.
Below is a new tool I have added to my website to make it easier to find an available domain name. Just enter the name you are looking for in the box below:
If you need additional ideas on finding a domain name, then use this nifty keyword generator tool below to help you come up with more ideas, and at the same time, it searches whether or not they are available for purchase.
Once you find a domain you like, click on the Register button right then. Do not wait to buy your domain!
If you don’t buy it now, you may be very sorry you didn’t! What happens is, domain companies and “domain collectors” can track which domains are being searched for and they often will snatch them up and resell them at much higher prices!
I personally use Namecheap.com
as my favorite domain provider. They have a stellar reputation and provide domains at reasonable prices with great service. Here are their features as stated on their website:
We provide a set of DNS servers spread across the US and Europe to deliver highly reliable DNS service. Our Dynamic DNS takes care of a dynamically changing IP address and keeps your site running with no downtime. URL and email forwarding are also included at no extra charge.
Every eligible domain registered at Namecheap comes with one free year of WhoisGuard privacy protection service ($2.88 value) and a one-year Comodo PositiveSSL certificate for just $1.99. Also included: Registrar lock, grant modification rights and security notifications via email.
Domain management is easy with our collection of useful features. You’ll be able to make quick, straightforward changes with our advanced control panel. Customizable parking page, nameserver registration and domain push feature are included with every domain registration.
We’re here for you! Every product we sell is backed by the Namecheap quality guarantee. And our support staffers are some of the nicest, most knowledgeable people in the industry – they’re available 24/7 to answer your questions.
Be careful not to be lured in by too-good-to-be-true offers that you may see from time-to-time promoting $0.99 domain registations! I made this rookie mistake myself. You may think you are getting a great deal, but the truth is, they will get you the following year with higher priced domain renewals and other fees.
Since they are renewed automatically, before you can react to the higher fee, your subscription has already been renewed. Once you purchase your domain, you will forget about it until renewal time. Go with a reputable company, such as Namecheap.com
I hope I provided you with enough information on how to do niche research to find your ideal niche and domain name. What did you think of my new domain finder tool?
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‘Til next time, “FOCUS, Stay The Course, and NEVER GIVE UP!
Do you get easily distracted from your goals? Yeah, me too. It is a daily struggle with me. Ever since I started this blog, staying focused on this has been really difficult, especially since I don’t have a lot of experience as a writer. I like it when I feel I have something of value to say, but the creative side of me has not been exercised much.
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So, what did you think of the video? Tony Robbins is one of the most famous motivational speakers and I think this video gives you some really good tips on the power of focus. Here are the 5 key steps:
1. Focus on What You Want.
We most often focus on all of the things that are not important to achieve success. You know, Facebook, checking emails, answering the phone, texting, sitting in front of the TV, and many other distractions that we face in our daily lives. What we need to do is focus on what is important. If you are building a website, do all of those activities that you need to do to get it up and running, including posting content on a regular basis. That is one of my biggest challenges!
2. Create a Clear and Compelling Plan or Goal.
Where are you now? Where do you want to go? Make your plan or goal so clear and definite, so exciting, that when you get up each and every morning you can’t wait to work toward achieving that plan and working on the various parts until you get there. When you get clear with what you are going to do, you will have the energy and drive you didn’t know you had!
3. Get the Best Tools or Mentor.
Having the best tools available will make it easier to achieve your goals and help you get there even faster. Its great to have a focused goal, but if your goal is headed in the wrong direction, then that is no better than not having one at all! A mentor can help guide you in the right direction. Why reinvent the wheel when someone else has gone before you and made all of the mistakes? A good mentor will put you on the right path and help you avoid costly mistakes. Mistakes are inevitable and the path to success, but a mentor can minimize those painful ones.
If you look at the most famous people that achieved great successes in life, they most likely had a mentor or coach. Look at Tiger Woods as an example. He didn’t become one of the greatest golfers of all time without having a coach. You may be thinking you can do it on your own. Right? Yes, it is possible to do it on your own, but I will be willing to bet it will take you much longer and cost you a lot more money! And chances are, you will never reach your goals or even come close! You will quit out of frustration, or lose interest altogether.
4. Model Someone Who is Already Successful.
This takes us back to the mentor again. A really good mentor has already achieved the success you are looking for, so just copy what they did and make it your own. As Tony Robbins says, “Success leaves clues!” I too have a mentor and I have invested in his coaching program. But, the problem is I too have not stayed focused and strayed from the program. Now, I am back on the program and re-starting from the beginning. This blog post is my first action step!
5. Get Control of Inner Conflicts.
If you’ve got the focus, you’ve got the toolbox, and you are still not getting what you want, then you have inner conflicts. What I mean by that is success is 80 percent the psychology and 20 percent the mechanics. When you say you truly have clarity in what you are doing, and you say you are going to do this, but you don’t. Why? Inner conflicts are sabotaging your thinking. Your inner voice is saying, yeah I want to be successful, but my subconscious is saying I’m scared, friends won’t accept me if I become successful, or maybe I’m not good enough to succeed are just a few examples.
How do you overcome inner conflicts? Identify them and get clear what they are. Decide on what you should do today. Think about what is most important to you. Then take massive action! Once you start taking action, you will achieve the success you are looking for!
6. External Conflicts.
I almost forgot this one, but for me, this is really challenging! On your journey to success, you will undoubtably have many external factors that will try to keep you from staying on course. It could be work, family, friends, poor health, etc. One major factor that I and many other people have trouble with is not having enough time! You have to just get past that and realize that everyone has the same 24 hours a day. Some people just know how to manage their time wisely. Even if you have a full-time job and have kids to raise, there is still little bits of time that can be utilized that we just tend to waste each and every day. I try to find some productive time working on the computer in bed. Ok, so I lose a little sleep here and there. To succeed, you have to sacrifice the little things now to gain a lot later!
Refer back to this when you need a reminder and motivation to stay on track. The Power of Focus can literally change your life. Now get focused and just do it!
‘Til next time,
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Well…it happened again! If you read my last post back in March, I was on the path of creating an online journal of my experiences with a coaching program I had signed up for. I was so motivated to stick to my goal, but somehow I got side-tracked yet again!
One of the things that I think is so challenging in this internet marketing world is to stay focused on your goal and not look at all of the shiny objects that come along. For me it has been nearly impossible to avoid because I do not want to miss out on any cool new programs, software, or technology.
I have been advised by some of the big gurus to unsubscribe myself off of everyone’s list so that I don’t get distracted. Its kind of funny when you purchase a program, such as coaching, then they say to focus on that program and do not buy anyone else’s until you finish it and taken action on it. Since you are on that person’s list, obviously they are going to continue marketing to you with lots of other irresistible stuff, that it makes it very difficult to ignore.
They can’t help that since usually they do not separate you into the “purchased and do not send me any more offers” category! Even today I am being bombarded with new offers, but there comes a point where you have more than enough tools to do almost anything you need to do with internet marketing. One positive aspect of getting all of these offers is learning how the best of the best is doing it! It really gives you a good idea of the style and methods that are being used, from the sales pages and funnels to the quality of their videos. Some of the best out there are John Thornhill, Omar Martin, Ryan Deiss, Jason Fladlein, Marc Milburn, and others that I cannot think of at the moment.
Bottom line, there are a lot of great teachers to help you get on the right track in this business, and hopefully soon I will be in a position to be one of those guys to help you learn from my mistakes. Originally when I started this blog, I had started a coaching program with a well-known guru, which in all fairness, will remain nameless for now.
I started his coaching program with great intentions and started to document my progress, then life and distractions got in the way and was forced to cancel the program, since I was making a monthly payment and could no longer afford to continue. His training program was really good and I regret having to cancel…shame on me for not hanging in there! I am the one that loses big time – not him. I hope to do business with him in the future because he is that good! Oh, what the heck, it doesn’t do any good to leave his name out of this, so I will finally reveal his name…John Thornhill. Sorry John, you are one of the good and honest guys in this business…hope to get back with you in the future.
Having said that, even though I fell down, I got back on the horse and signed up for another coaching program that I could somewhat afford. So now I am going to continue my blog journal and pick up where I left off.
Guess what happened again? Yeah, shortly after signing up for this new coaching program, which I will name sometime in the future, I got side-tracked again! Damn those offers! I will try to stay focused on this one for at least a little while 🙂
Have you had the same challenges as me, and if yes, how did you get back on track and avoid distractions?
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Hello again! I am back again already with another post on my training progress. If you are new to my blog, I have been involved in a coaching program that teaches how to build a successful internet marketing business. If you missed the previous 4 weeks, you may want to start at week 1 so that you are not lost.
This week is all about connecting with other blogging students by networking – commenting on each other’s blogs so that more organic traffic from Google will be driven to our blogs. We do that by using a special widget created by Dave Nicholson called Widlink. The purpose of this widget is to link each other’s blogs together by displaying them on a rotating basis on the sidebar.
So the first thing we need to do is download the widget to our desktop, then go to Dashboard > Plugins > Add New > Upload File > then Activate the plugin.
Next go to Appearance > Widgets > Find it in the list, then drag it to our sidebar. I dropped my widget under my social widget buttons. Click on Widlinks, then in the drop down menu give it a name in the Title Box. Choose the number of links; I think 10 is enough. Then add your name in the Ignore box, so that your name does not show up in the list. You do not want to link to your own blogs. Click on Randomize links so that every time the page is refreshed, it will display 10 random links.
Now when you visit your site, you should see 10 links on the sidebar. Test it out by clicking one of the links. It should go directly to that person’s blog. In order for this to work properly, you will have to make sure to register your blog with the administrator of Widlink. You also need to list your blog on the forum and start commenting on each other’s blog. The more commenting we do, the more traffic will be driven to our blogs.
The final task we need to do in order to start making some money is to sign up for an Adsense account. Before you go through the signup process, make sure that you have at least 10 blog posts published. Google usually will not approve your site for an Adsense account until they see that your blog has a good amount of original content.
Once your account is approved, Google gives you a code that you place on your blog that will display ads relative to your content. Google crawls your site to learn about the content so that they can display ads that make sense (no pun intended :). Once a customer clicks on one of the ads on your site, the owner of the blog will be paid a certain amount depending on the cost per click of the ad.
This method will not make you a lot of money, but it will start generating you some income. One thing I need to really stress to you. NEVER…EVER…EVER…CLICK ON ONE OF YOUR OWN ADS!!!!
If you do, it will get you banned from Adsense. Google is very strict about this and do not try to trick them by getting friends and family to click your ads. They have sophisticated software that can sniff out violators. Let me repeat that again:
NEVER…EVER…EVER…CLICK ON ONE OF YOUR OWN ADS!!!!
So that is going to wrap it up for this week’s training. Please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE to my blog!
‘Til next time,
Welcome back! Even though I am a little behind on my internet marketing blog, I will spend the next couple of days catching up. I am now working on week 6 of the coaching that I am attending. It has taken a lot of time to keep up with the weekly training and doing work on two blogs! I asked for it, didn’t I? I will have to say it has been great staying on a structured course of weekly training and tasks to complete! My blogs are coming together nicely. Now on to Week 4!
Week 4 is all about connecting your blog to all of the social media accounts that you belong to. The reason for this is that when someone finds your blog, and should they become interested in connecting with you on say, Facebook for instance, if set up properly, they can just click a button on your page and it takes them directly to your Facebook page. What this does is help you build an online presence.
[su_heading size=”16″]1. Set Up Social Media Accounts
If you have not already set up any social media accounts, this will take a little time to set all of them up. You can do as many as you feel comfortable with, but you should at least do the most popular which are:
In addition to those, on this blog I have also included Skype and an RSS feed. When you set up your social media accounts, it would be helpful to have each one in its own browser tab so that you can refer back to them quickly when needed.
[su_heading size=”16″]2. Upload social media icons into your media area.
The first thing we need to do after the social media accounts are set up is upload social media icons into your media area. These are just little graphical buttons that represent the various social media platforms. You can have these created for you or you may find them in many graphics packages online. All you need to do to upload them is Click on Media > Add New > Select Files > then click Open. The files will then be uploaded to your media center.
[su_heading size=”16″]3. Edit Top Sidebar Code[/su_heading]
Next, you will need to download a file called, “Top Sidebar Code
,” which basically is lines of code that is pre-written that allows us to insert bits of account info from the social media accounts that we intend to use and allow us to display the media icons on our sidebar. Once you download it, open it up in a text editor. Go to your social media account, lets use Twitter for example, and find your Twitter account info. Copy the Twitter profile url, then past it where it goes in the appropriate sidebar code area for Twitter (Link To Twitter).
Once that is done, then we need to go to our Media, find the Twitter Button icon, highlight the button url, copy, then past that info in the section that says, “Link To Twitter Button.” Repeat this procedure for all of your social media accounts that you have buttons for. Once that is done, then you are going to save the newly revised Top Sidebar Code in your text editor. Then highlight the entire paragraph of code.
[su_heading size=”16″]4. Add Top Sidebar Code To Our Blog[/su_heading]
The next step is to add the code to our blog. To do this, go to Appearance > Widgets, then find a Text widget. Click on the widget, click Add Widget, then drag it to your sidebar section. Past your code in to the body, and if you care to, put something in the Title area, then click on Save. Then you can drag your widget wherever you want it to appear on the sidebar. Next, view your blog to see if the icons are displaying properly. You may have to adjust the column width of your sidebar in order to make the icons line up properly. Then you will want to click on each icon to make sure they all connect to their respective accounts.
[su_heading size=”16″]5. Set Up Comments In OptimizePress 2.0[/su_heading]
One of the things we did not go over is how to set up your comments. To do this, go to OptimizePress > Blog Settings > Modules > Comments System. Once there, you will be presented with a choice of either Facebook or WordPress comments. You will have to chose between one or the other and must stick with that choice. It is not recommended to use both. Wordpress comments is preferred over Facebook, so that is what I chose.
That will wrap up Week 4 training. If you are enjoying my posts, please comment, share, and SUBSCRIBE to get updates when published. Thanks!
‘Til next time,
This week’s lesson is probably the most important single thing you will do in internet marketing – building your list. Why is building your list so important? Without a list you have no business. When you have built a huge mailing list, it is like being able to print money at the push of a button.
Say you have a new product of your own to promote or someone else’s product as an affiliate. If you did not have a list already built, you would have a hard time making money because you have no one to send your offer to. Once your list is built, you can send out offers whenever you need to make money. Your entire business revolves around your list! You will be building 3 different lists for each product that you promote: a prospect list, customer list, and an affiliate list.
To start building your list , you will need to invest in an online tool called an auto responder. There are quite a few of them to choose from, but with this coaching program they are recommending we use Aweber. However, since I had already started with a different company, GetResponse
, I am going to stick with that one and not follow the advice of the instructor. Both Aweber and GetResponse
are probably the top two auto responders available. I have used Aweber before, but I cannot afford to have them both, so I will stick with GetResponse
since I already have it set up.
Signing up for an account is quite easy, and with GetResponse
, it is free for the first month for you to try before you buy. Click HERE
to try GetResponse! Once you get your account set up, be sure to save your login username and password.
The first thing we need to do is create your first list. In GetResponse, a list is called your campaign. To start, click on the drop down menu under your account name next to the gear wheel symbol, then click on Create New Campaign. Give your campaign a name, such as the name of your blog or promotion. Then just follow the instructions as you go through the steps. Once that is done, then you are going to set up your followup email or confirmation message.
The next step is to create your web form, or opt-in form. Click on Dashboard if you have not already done so, then click on Web Forms at the top menu. Click on Create New. You will be presented with many different web form styles. Pick a style that suits you and follow the on-screen instructions. Then go to your OptimizePress Blog Settings, which is OptimizePress > Blog Settings > Modules > Side bar Opt-in > Integration Type > Choose GetResponse > The List Name. Next, click on color scheme to choose your form design and then choose Content to make any personalized changes to the form, and finally, customize the form button. Save settings.
To place the form on your blog, go to Appearance > Widgets > then drag your Side-bar opt-in widget to the top right side of the page. Save and view the page to see if the form is displayed on the home page. You may have to refresh the page to see the changes. If you see a form on the right side at the top just under the header, then your form was successful! Be sure to enter your name and email to test your form to be sure it is working as it should.
That concludes training for Week 3!
‘Til next time,