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This past week I coached two people on a roadmap for their business. Both of them have been floundering for a long time, trying to figure out which direction to take. In one case, it was a plan for a product. In the other, it was a plan for a free download plus ways to promote services. If you don’t have a roadmap, you don’t know where you’re going! And you might be going ...
I’m continuing to respond to those of you who completed my survey a few months ago. I received this question… “I don’t actually have an online business yet. I was thinking of private label products or the like. What do you think?” What is PLR and why would you want to use it? PLR is pre-written content that you buy and can then use pretty much any way you want.
Sometimes, coaches and other thought leaders say something like this: “Follow your passion. Do what you love. Listen to your heart. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.” Other times they say something like this: “You can’t achieve your goals without moving beyond your comfort zone. Any action is better than inaction. Get out there and stretch yourself.
Someone asked me, “What is the next big thing for passive income?” The word “passive” is very relative. If you want to make income without doing any work, you won’t find a solution here. You can outsource a lot of the work, but of course, you’ll have to pay for that. Usually, you get passive income by doing a lot of work up front.
A few months ago, I did a survey of my subscribers and discovered that many of you are trying to figure out how to get started with an online business. Here’s one question I received: “If you’re just starting, is it possible to buy a responsive list from a broker without spending thousands of dollars? What is a reasonable amount that is necessary to spend? Who is a reputable ...
I recently gave a presentation on this topic at the Presenters Network meeting in Manhattan and thought I’d share with you my points for designing presentations for webinars. By the word “design,” I mean both the visual design of the slides and the design of the content. Webinars have many advantages over live presentations: No travel (time or cost) Greater reach (all over ...
This is all about testing your opt-in pages and increasing opt-in conversion. I have an opt-in page for my weekly Star Power Half Hour webinar series. Conversion is pretty high because most people who get to the page were referred by one of the upcoming speakers, who is someone they know. The opt-in page has a video in which I welcome people. I had it set to start automatically.
I found an amazing deal on stock photos and since I bought a plan, I’ve been using the photos almost non-stop. It’s called Stock Unlimited (that’s an affiliate link; if you buy, I get $10) and what’s so special about it is the lifetime plan — unheard of in this business! They don’t have as many photos as some of the big names, which have millions. But over 600,000 is good enough for me.
During my 16+ years online, I’ve been lax in tracking and testing conversions, I admit. But it’s SO important to know your conversion on your opt-in and sales pages as well as your emails. And especially to test variations to see which one works best. Why? When you have knowledge, you can make changes that improve your conversion. And believe me, all of the highly successful marketers test.
Sidewalk. This question came from my recent survey. It can be overwhelming and confusing when you are working full time and therefore have so little time to build a new business. But quitting your day job might be your dream! How do you start? Where do you start? How do you make the right decisions? Where are you starting from? Your 1st 5 actions will depend on where you are now.
You should know what search terms (keywords) people are using to get to your website. When you know, you can write content that matches the search terms. While at one point you could get this from Google Analytics, that is now difficult to impossible. For information on using Google Analytics, see this post on increasing engagement and this post on increasing traffic.
You use images in your business for 3 reasons: To help people understand what you are saying To help them remember what you are saying To persuade them to take action Images will do the following: Get more people to read or view your content Increase engagement (clicks and shares) Improve conversion rates Where should you use images? Everywhere! At the top of each blog post and, if possible, s.
This year, I’ve been doing a lot of speaking online and it’s mostly been about webinars. That’s because I’m so high on webinars as a tool for getting your word out to the world and also for selling products and services. I’m sure you’ve attended many webinars and wondered how the entrepreneur got so many people to attend and to buy.
I’ve been answering questions that came up from a recent survey of my subscribers. One was: How do I simplify the “sales funnel?” Every online business owner who sells products needs to have a funnel. What this means is that you need a least one free product, a low-cost product, a mid-priced product, and a high-end product.
Why do people buy from you? Yes, you have a good offer. But a good offer isn’t enough. Lots of research has shown that emotion is necessary for people to make a purchasing decision. They buy because the purchase feels good. They believe that the purchase will help them. It’s a common saying that people buy on emotion and justify it afterward.
A few months ago I did a survey of my subscribers. I do this every couple of years because it helps me know what they need. It also gives me LOTS of topics for blog posts in which I answer the questions and concerns raised in the survey. A number of issues were from people just starting out. Here are some examples: “Help me to write a landing page for at least one service or ...
On a recent survey, someone asked, “Which method for making money online is the easiest to follow and has the highest likelihood of success for the average person if they stick to it?” Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer to this question. But there is a way to know which business is best for you. I wrote a series of 3 blog posts a while back called “The 3 things you need to succeed.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stephen_d_luke/6833671283/in/set-72157629210163641 I watched the Super Bowl recently, but you can think of almost any game you’ve watched that was mostly determined before the end–it could be football, soccer, basketball, whatever. Does the losing team give up? No! In fact, it’s considered poor sportmanship to give up.
In a recent survey, I asked, “What else is important to you to make your online business more successful?” One reply was, “Have an active presence in social media without wasting hours a day!” Do you feel like you fall into the social media trap? Down the rabbit hole? Lots of people have the same experience.
Or, how I added 301 people to my list last week. I just did a survey of my subscribers. (If you didn’t take it, please do so here and then come back, because it’s a way for me to know what’s important to you. And you can ask questions and I might answer them in a blog post. I’ve already done that twice.) In the survey I ask what’s important to you.