May 16, 2014

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Are You Stressed Over Blogging Social Media?

My friend Gale over at has put together a new community for helping members learn to utilize social media on their websites. There are over 160 dedicated and active members, not to mention the dozens of experts you'll gain access to on the Trello boards.

Give it a try! Go to Social Implications and take the stress out of social media on your blog.
Feb 28, 2014

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Free Tutorials for Building and Selling Websites

Want to build your own series of websites and sell them as I have? How about develop an army of fans that can't wait to read your every email? Here are several free tutorials I've written to help you in this journey.

How to Build and Sell a Site Worth $50,000

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Aweber Crash Course

Enjoy and please let me know what you thought of the free books on building your own $50,000 website and business.
Nov 3, 2013

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Ideas Are Cheap

Ever sit around the bar with a group of friends trying your damned best to come up with ideas for a website the four of you can use to make millions of dollars? In almost every single case, someone eventually utters the dreaded phrase:

"That's already been done."

No, actually, it hasn't already been done. You are a unique person with your own set of talents, sense of humor, skills, etc. The nuances that make up who you are, in comparison to the rest of the human race, are your ticket to creating unique, magnetic content.

If you state this fact, then your friends will surely counter with the following:

"Just because you realize that you're unique, doesn't mean that your ideas are."

This is your cue to quickly drink what's left of your beer because you have no rebuttal. Allow me to provide you one, and perhaps make your not-so-unique ideas become reality.

Not only are you a unique person, but the way you go about implementing your ideas is also unique. In order to be successful, you need to think not in terms of ideas or what people want, but how you're going to get those ideas into the brains of your audience.

The most successful people on the planet are businessmen. Not inventors, not scientists, not even rocket scientists. Do you even know what it is that a businessman does for a living? It isn't all pushing buttons on the copy machine and listening to hours of conference calls. Businessmen and women go about their day coming up with ways to get their products to their consumers. In other words; they create sales funnels and distribution centers.

When I look at my blogs, I see not a collection of products and services, but a cost effective method for attracting thousands of people to those services. Same goes for social media, podcasts, youtube videos, guest posts, etc.

The vast majority of my time, as a businessman, is spent not designing products, but designing the box that holds and distributes them.

I use Aweber to great success to achieve this. It helps me to create a series of emails which greatly improves customer loyalty and ensures that 60% of my readers purchase one of my products. Since readers are coming from very different places to visit my blog, that number is pretty impressive.

Now think long and hard about what I've written to you today. Do you want to be a person who comes up with ideas or a businessman who makes those ideas become a reality?
Aug 27, 2013

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Secret Reason Link Swapping Sucks

This post will explain why link swaps suck in comparison to every other traffic building method.

There’s a saying that no man is an island, and I think that it extends to blogging as well. Think of the internet as a highway, with all the people randomly driving up and down stopping along the way at various websites. You may think of your blog as an island, separated from the internet highway and thus devoid of traffic. Perhaps you’re thinking, maybe I can get links from sites already inside the beltway, so to speak, in order to bring those people to my little blogging island. While this strategy works, it doesn’t work as well as the bloggers who manage to drag their little island into the main stream highway of internet traffic.

See, it’s a different mentality. Are you bringing people to your blog or your blog to the people? The first strategy is mostly robotic; you focus in on getting links through any means to your website. But the second strategy requires that you become much more involved in the process. Perhaps you write guest posts, create content with other bloggers, or interact on any level besides link swapping.

If you don’t have the time to create your own link building projects, feel free to participate in the plethora of other opportunities online. There are calls for guest posts, various contests, blogging carnivals, etc. Don’t over think this, as participating in such activities is not rocket science. Be sure to check out my posts in the site guide for tips on guest posting.

That is how you bring your blog into the main stream fold, instead of trying to leach traffic from others. So here’s your mission: become an integral part of what’s happening on other sites. Offer to do guest posts, podcasts, make lists about interesting things you found on other sites, host or participate in blogging carnivals, etc. These activities build quality links, not just bare bones link shares.

Have you noticed that I rarely post on this blog, yet it still gets traffic (you’re here duh)? This is from years of linking activities with various bloggers inside the beltway of the internet traffic super highway. You can do the same, if you focus on people (projects with other bloggers) more than pleasing robots (link swaps).
Jun 22, 2013

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3 Great Myths About Your List

I have never been to your website, but you know what’s interesting? I already know the most important part of it, even if it doesn’t exist there yet. For years, I have had trouble convincing people of just how amazing life can be with a list.

My Own Mother Didn’t Believe Me About Lists.

It’s true, my own mother did not believe me and eventually quit her blog. Perhaps you’ve heard of a list, and maybe you haven’t. If this topic bores you already, then hopefully these numbers will convince you to keep reading:

·         Sold My First Blog for $50,000 [Problogger]
·         Made $10,000 During First Month From a Different, But Brand New Blog [BlogcastFM]
·         Soared From 2,000 to 10,000 Subscribers in 6 Months [BlogcastFM]

But you’ve seen numbers like this before, haven’t you? Empty promises of what you could be if you were someone else. Your doubt stems from a complete lack of understanding. Allow me to enlighten you, which is far more valuable to you than just pointing at the glorious possibilities of list building.
The better you understand lists, the more compelled you will be to start one. Today.

Myth #1: Collecting emails won’t help me. I already have Feedburner.

First off, your list is not just a collection of emails. Instead, this blogging Holy Grail is THE collection of your most interested customers and followers. These are the movers and shakers who will spread your content when asked, buy your products, and converse with you about your subject. They are greatly interested in your thoughts and therefore your blog is not enough to satiate their hunger for new information.

To not have a list is to ignore the needs of your readers.

Pigging backing on the concept of your list being more than customer information, it should also have an automatic system that sends out a series of emails after someone signs up. That way your list has moving parts instead of just being a collection of data.

Second, your list is the lifeline between you and your most valuable clientele. At any moment you can instantly email them, but at the same time, they have a method for contacting you! If you want to contact them now, what do you do? Write a blog post? That’s clumsy at best and not real time.
Third, if you use an email broadcast where you send out blog posts (perhaps weekly, daily, or monthly) then your list will be counted on feedburner.

Myth #2: A List is Set and Forget Money Making

No, this couldn’t be further from the truth, and I think it is where people screw up the most with list building. The best list builders have some active component to their lists, such as weekly links to other websites. This keeps people subscribed to the list because there is reliable, consistent content that they look forward to and recommend to others.

When people email you in response to your autoresponder emails, this is an opportunity for you to shine. While the autoresponder email was indeed automatic, your response will convince people that you care about them. This is the most important part of the list.

Emailing people back when they respond to automatic messages is the most important part of list building. Read that sentence again. It’s important.

One thing I like to do is have an automatic email that asks people how they’re doing, which usually comes out around day 8. I respond to every email I get in response, within 24 hours if not sooner.

Myth #3: I Need to Offer Free EBooks to Build My List

Wrong again. The best way to build a list is to offer a series of emails, such as “7 Ways to Lose Weight” or “My Top Ten Methods for Making Model Choo-Choo Trains.” By offering a series of emails, you achieve several things all at once. For starters, you don’t have to write these more than once for the thousands of people who join your website, because it’s automated. That is called scaling of your business! You also can automatically send these emails over the course of many days, which will keep people very interested in your emails for an extended period of time. The longer someone looks forward to your emails, the more trust you build with them. By the time you recommend a product you honestly believe will improve their lives, they skip your explanations and just purchase it on the spot.

People don’t want to “subscribe,” they want to learn. EBooks are a boring way to learn.

You know who else uses an email series to build their list? Copyblogger! They are one of the few sites I’ve seen adopt this method. This is such a great alternative to free ebooks because those downloads are daunting to read, often boring, and could contain viruses.

What Did These 3 Myths Teach You Today?

  • 1.       People want to be on your list.
  • 2.       Your customers enjoy listening to and potentially conversing with you.
  • 3.       EBooks are a terrible way to build your list.

To help you with building your list, write autoresponder emails, and conquer technical hurdles, I have included a free aweber crash course which you can open in your browser, no download required. Even if you already have a list, perhaps my ideas will help you to enhance the one you already own.

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