How to Turn a Blog Post into a Video in minutes

Blog Post To Video

Would you like to be able to reuse your blog post and create quick story board videos?

I found this amazing tools that helps you to turn a blog post into a video do just that. It's called Lumen5. You can sign up for an account completely FREE.

Blog Post into a Video Social videos made easy

Creating The Video

After you sign up for an account creating your video is simple.  Choose a blog post that you want to turn into a video.
1. Copy the blog post link to dashboard of Lumen5 API your post will show as text at the left side of the screen.

2. You can select images or video clips for the background of the slides.
3. Choose which text to use as an overlay.

Add An Audio Track

4. Finally choose the background audio track music and your done. Lumen5 recommends keeping your videos to 2 minutes or less.

5. You also have the option to upload your logo or a watermark. If you upload a logo, it must be at least 400 x 400 pixels and will be placed in the centre of the last scene of the video (the Outro Scene).

6. After you click Publish, you’ll see a pop-up message that your video is rendering. You’ll receive an email when it’s finished. You will then have to wait a few minutes for the slides to be rendered into your video.

Blog Post into a Video Lumen5 rendering

When rendering is complete you can share the video on Social media,  download your video as an .mp4 file  and upload it to YouTube or Facebook.

Or add the video into another post on your blog and link to the relevant page or post. 

 

 

 

What is an Internet Sales Funnel?

An Internet marketing funnel is a marketing strategy whereby you are constantly funnelling new leads into your business, in the hopes of developing a sale and relationship with the user. A marketing funnel is often seen as an upside down pyramid. As in the image below.

How to

So how do you create a sales funnel, if you search the internet you can find many articles about internet marketing and sales funnels, for example at Wiki How or Entrepreneur EU.

sales_funnel_bootcamp

Breaking it down

There's a number of elements involved in setting up an internet sales funnel. Lets take a look at what these are.

  1. An offer either a product or service for your customers or audience.
  2. A landing page or squeeze page that directs people to give their name and email in return for something valuable, this can be a free or low cost digital product.
  3. A lead capture and email follow up program, there are many good ones on the market and yes most do charge a monthly fee, there are free services that you can use but be careful what you choose as not all of the free softwares are OK with promoting “affiliate programs” my recommendation is Aweber.
  4. Next you need a strategy on how to promote the landing page to your target audience. This is known as  Traffic Generation, there's a number of strategies that you can implement. When starting out I would not recommend spending too much on paid advertising. Paid platforms  are Facebook, Instagram, Solo ads, Google ads, Bing and even LinkedIn. Free methods include social media, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook Groups, Google+ & Twitter.
  5. When you start to generate prospects into the funnel via the lead capture landing page you need to provide them with the free digital product or service.  Whatever you offer you can deliver in the first email sent. You should have a number of emails in your autoresponder in order to follow up with these new prospects. Now depending on how targeted your promotions or paid ads were you could be generating red hot qualified leads. These leads will buy your products or services after seeing one or two emails. The follow up sequence should be at least 10 days and better still 30 days.

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My Who is who of Internet Marketing

Just a few of the  in Internet marketing successes
that I have discovered along the way…

I originally wrote this post in 2014 while I was still working on my full time “Property Management and Lettings” business. Since I sold my business I have looked at and tried out a couple of ways to get started with my own online business. After a number of false starts I finally found the program that is right for me. To find out more about the program I joined you can check out my story so far…. 

Mike Filsaime

He is perhaps best known for his Butterfly Marketing, which is one of the first e-books I purchased back in 2006.

Michael J. Filsaime was born in born 1967. He  is an American author, software developer and personal coach. As well as, a social media expert and business consultant who specialises in Internet Marketing.

He launched his first website in October 2002, and released his first product, Carbon Copy Marketing, in June 2003.

In 2004, he quit his job at the Toyota dealership and started working full-time in the Internet marketing industry.

Since his 2006 launch of the Butterfly Marketing home study course,  he went on to create other home study courses. Also creating software products and services including his own online advertising network.  He has hosted many Internet Marketing events and conferences, as well as the annual Internet Marketing cruise.  You might have seen the latest launch of  “Traffic Genesis” in partnership with Andy Jenkins and Laura Betterly.

Yanik Silver

Yanik's story – he started out with just a few hundred dollars while working from a one bedroom apartment.  Yanik is a self confessed serial entrepreneur and has built multiple  7-figure businesses. He will still tell people that he is a “techno dunce”.   He founded “Maverick Business Adventures” which is an invitation only club for high net worth entrepreneurs,  Yanik is also well known as an author and digital marketing expert.

Gary Vaynerchuck

From being known for his wine critique in promoting his families wine store to author on Internet marketing to  CEO of a social media brand consulting agency, he is a video blogger, and co-owner and director of operations of a wine retail store.

Gary Vaynerchuck first became well known through the launch of his first book “Crush It!”  in 2009 – the book was advising “Why Now is the Time to Cash in on your Passion” the book became a number 1 Amazon best seller for web marketing books.

The book encouraged people to determine what truly makes them happy and pursue monetizing around it on the internet. In his book he argues that because of recent social and technological trends the cost of producing content has been driven low enough that passion, knowledge, and effort, which the book calls “sweat equity”, are now all one needs to build a brand and business.

The book he launched in 2013 “Jab Jab Jab, Right hook” explains why social networks are important platforms for business and how you can tell your story, in a noisy social world.

Dan Kennedy – magnetic marketing

Magnetic Marketing was first devised 22 years ago by GKIC (which stands for Glazer Kennedy Insider's Circle,) founder Dan Kennedy who created this system to help regular business owners with NO experience, NO marketing knowledge and NO talent and empower them to create compelling marketing on their own without hiring outside help

Revealed: The Secrets our Clients Used to Earn $3 Billion

George Montague Brown (UK)

How many people have heard of George Montague Brown?  George became known as an internet marketing expert, speaker, author, 4 times Clickbank #1 bestseller by the age of  20 years, one of the youngest self made millionaires online.
He is best known for affiliate marketing and his own product “Google Sniper” in which George explained  how to build a wordpress site for any type of “niche” market and have it rank in the search engines of Google.

Nick Unsworth  “A guy on a mission”

His official  “Professional” bio: tells us that Nick Unsworth is a Social Media Pro. Nick teaches entrepreneurs, business owners, and service professionals how to build a tribe of raving fans, followers, and customers that will grow their brand and bottom line.

I first discovered Nick Unsworth from within Facebook as he began marketing his services online with free webinars via FB ads. He now runs the Life on fire web page, with events, products, coaching and speaking.

Read his story here: Nick Life on Fire

Lewis Howes

I first discovered Lewis Howes from listening to a WEBINAR, he gave some valuable tips on using LinkedIn and also building a twitter following.

Lewis Howes co-wrote, LinkedWorking: Generating Success on the World’s Largest Professional Networking Website,  in 2009.  He is an American author, entrepreneur, and former professional Arena League football player.  He hosts The School of Greatness, a talk show distributed as a podcast.

Simon Coulson (UK)

In 2013, I got to hear Simon Coulson speaking at a property conference in Wembley. His story is inspiring, he ha been working for BT in “Customer Relationship Management” for 14 years. Simon was made redundant in 2003, then after attending a IM seminar he decided to try his hand at internet marketing. Simon now has a number of successful internet business programs and training courses.

His specialities include, Internet Marketing, Business Consulting and Business Growth Strategies. As well as Video Marketing For Business, Social Media Training Programs, Mobile Marketing Training Programs, and SEO Training Programs.

There are many more successful Internet Marketers offering digital products, software, membership sites, training courses and coaching.

More Internet Marketers

A few more names that you might want to put into the google search engine are :

John Thornhill – he lives in the same City as me!

Omar Martin, and Randolf Smith.

So there you have it.  My who's who in Internet Marketing,

I hope it gives some inspiration to those of you who follow the in their foot steps…

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IM Acronyms Beginners Guide

IM Acronyms

Firstly what is an acronym: it is an abbreviation formed from the initial components in a phrase or a word.   See Wikipedia

Untangle the IM Acronym Jungle Beginners Guide – Our language becomes filled with acronyms in our jobs and professions there are terms and short codes for phrases that become common to those in that profession or industry.

Internet Marketers have created and use many acronyms so here are some I've gathered for you to help you out.

Alt Text = Alternative text to be displayed with images, or text that is associated with the image.

B2B = Business to Business transactions  and B2C = business to consumer.

Blackhat =  refers to unethical techniques being used   while Whitehat = ethical techniques

eg Blackhat hacker

CPC = Cost per Click  and CPA = Cost per Acquisition (used in determining cost of advertising)

PPC = Pay per Click  and CPM = Cost per 1,000 impressions

CTR = Click through rates, the number of clicks received from your advertising campaign.

CTC -= Click to Conversion (divide number of clicks received by captured sales / conversions )

Opt-In = a subscribers sign up  and Opt-out

FTP = File Transfer Protocol

FSI = Free Standing Insert

Favicon = created from two words Favourite Icon (fav-icon) and refers to a customised icon display in a browser / comments

HTML = hyper text markup language

ROI = Return On Investment

SEO = Search Engine Optimization   and  SEM = Search Engine Marketing

SMM = Social Media Marketing  while SMO = Social Media Optimization

SERP = Search Engine Results Page

URL = Uniform Resource Locator previously universal resource locator, which is generally known as a unique address for a file that is accessible on the internet

WSO = Warrior Special Offer  Warrior Special Offers Forum place where internet marketers advertise or promote offers give feedback and chat.

XML sitemap

Untangle the IM Acronym Jungle Beginners Guide

Other Phrases and words

Anchor text = clickable part of a hyperlink

Domain  = a website address name which can be purchased from a Domain and hosting service.
My recommendation is D9

hyperlink = element in an electronic document / webpage that links to another page or place

Meta Tags =  used to provide search engines with information about their sites.

Keyword = phrases to use in your web page content and online marketing materials.

google bot = is Google's web crawling bot (sometimes also called a “spider”)

e commerce = is trading in products or services conducted via computer networks such as the Internet

double opt-in = way to ensure subscribers e-mail address is valid used in auto responders like AWEBER and GET RESPONSE

Funnel – name given to a marketing plan that drives traffic into a large “funnel” eg webpage and filters clients or customers into buyers and non buyers, there are various companies that support small business and entrepreneurs with software for funnel creation.

My recommendations is CLICK FUNNELS you can start with a free trial.

Landing Page – A single webpage that provides information or video content and allows a person to sign up by providing an email address

Tracking Links – Helps business to see which ads are converting to leads and which ads are not performing well, helps to save money on poor performing ads while maximising your return on investment where ads are working well.

My recommendation for link tacking is CLICK MAGIC the lowest monthly subscription is $12, there is a 14 day FREE Trial.

 

That's all for now – don't forget to like this and share if you found it useful.

How to Sell Products Online Working From Home

Working From Home – creating an extra income

As someone who has started 4 or 5 businesses over the years and had some failures along the way.

I found success from 2007 working from home. I was fully self employed in property management in my own business while working from my home office, however the idea of having Multiple Streams of Income has been something I have valued since 1999.

Six reasons why you must think about earning an extra income.

  1. No one has a JOB for life any more
  2. You should think about having a back up plan as protection for the future if you should  lose your employment
  3. It opens up more choices. If you hate your day job, earning an extra income can help you decide on quitting.
  4. Fire your Boss –  you can grow your income to a level that replaces your current earnings
  5. Beginning a new venture can be exciting.  When you have a dream or a passion getting up at 5 am and working on your business for two  hours before setting off to the 9-5 is easy to do.
  6. Learning new skills is motivating and rewarding in more ways than one. Once you start to earn an extra income for yourself you can use your new skills and knowledge to create an income for the rest of your life.

Create Multiple Income Streams

You can search Google for ideas on multiple income streams you will find a lot of information out there.

Here are just a few ideas of how you could get started creating your  M.I.S.

Join a reputable network marketing company.

Affiliate Marketing, selling digital products online and earning commissions.

Buying property,  buy and let, or buy refurb and sell, and various other ways of making money from property.

Sell Products Online Working From Home

Consider selling physical products on an e-commerce platform like Amazon, Shopify or Etsy

Think about starting your own business on a part time basis doing something you enjoy. Photography or Writing for example, you could even start a blog.

Create your own products to sell.

Write music lyrics, write e-books, write a novel or a training book.

Teach people a skill that you have.

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Using Google Analytics on your websites

Internet marketing efforts need to be tracked so you know if you are using your resources wisely.  Google analytics is a good, free tool you can use to track traffic sources, conversion rates, etc.

Make sure you have Google analytics or some other type of analytics installed on your website.

Traffic Sources

You want to know where your traffic is coming from and where it is not coming from. This will help you allocate your resources properly.  Google Analytics is able to track where your site visitors are coming from, where they go on your site, etc.

A few examples of where your traffic may come from:

•    Search Engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc)
•    Pay-Per-Click campaigns
•    Twitter, Facebook, etc
•    Articles and press releases that include links
•    Websites that have your links
•    Etc.

Having this information can help you have a more effective Internet marketing plan.

Easy Come, Easy Go

It is easy to find out where the traffic comes from and what page they leave from.  Both of these pieces of information are valuable.  Knowing them can help you identify if your Internet marketing strategy is working.
The page people enter your site on is important.  You want to make sure they arrive on your website on a page that has a focused message for what they are looking for (most websites have multiple entry points, each focused on a different search term).   Pay careful attention to what page your visitors land on and make sure it is well designed and well written.

The page visitors leave your website on is also important because it may identify a problem with your site.  If you find that a certain page is the primary exit point you want to see if there are any technical or other issues with that page that make people leave your site.

Conversion Rates

Though it is important to learn about where your traffic is coming from it is more important to know where your sales are coming from.  Conversion rates in Google Analytics are tracked by traffic source.  You can see where your actual buyers are coming from so you can put more emphasis on those resources.

Google Analytics is important to add to a website.  Learn about your website traffic, conversion rates and more so you can make important tweaks to your Internet marketing strategy.

Five ways to make money online

Make Money Online  Niches

1. Affiliate Marketing

What is Affiliate marketing?  It's selling products for a commission that are created by other people. One of the most popular affiliate networks is ClickBank, they offer high commission rates on the digital products. Other affiliate programs can be found at Commission Junction and Amazon Affiliates, these are popular for physical products.

Pros – You dont have to create your own products. Start up costs are very low. You can easily scale up the business and can operate the business from anywhere. No need to buy, ship or store products. Affiliate platforms have their own payment processing and customer support so you don't need to worry about setting these up. There are NO LIMITS to the monthly sales. When you have a subscriber list that you have built a relationship with, e.g. your subscribers know like and trust you, the rewards of promoting a new affiliate offer can be huge.

Cons – The company you represent or have an affiliation with can go out of business, or suspend the program any time or pay less commissions. You need to find new offers to stay current. You are paid commission after your marketing costs on the initial sales, unless it is a continuity model. (Commissions on a monthly basis) If you are only referring people to the company they are not your customers.

2. Create a Product

If you are creative you can design your own product that you can market and sell online. Some good examples would be, a DVD information or training, your own e-book, monthly training program, if you are passionate about a subject you can create a product around that subject. Creating your own products means  you get to keep more of the profits in your pocket, rather than it going to someone else.

Pros– Relatively low start up costs. No need to create huge quantities of physical product in advance. You control the quality of your products, you can ensure they live up to your and your customers  expectations. You have the ability to control the price, and control your brand and marketing.

Cons- Creating your own products could be time consuming. It could be weeks or months before you have a product ready to launch. Your choice of product is limited to your own knowledge and skills plus the resources you have availble to produce and market the product. If your business or product takes off, you could have issues  in fulfilment of physical items or it could prove difficult to scale.

3. Create a Membership Site

A great way of  building an ongoing income year after year is to create Membership sites.  To add authority to your site  interview experts in your field. It can really give your Membership site some credibility and great content. Types of membership sites including ongoing coaching courses of 6 to 12 months.  Education and personal development where access to membership content can be indefinite or until the person unsubscribes.  Niches include health and fitness, wealth, relationships and education like music tuition, online education, and marketing training.

4. Flip Websites

Buy and sell digital real estate.  This can be a lot of fun. Purchase a cool domain then build it into an amazing site, then sell it. What you make will improve even more if your site is earning a profit. Some top level domains can be sold for $5,000 – $10,000. Places to check for research are sedo.com, empireflippers.com, and flippa.com.

Pros – The sale transaction and transfer of the domain or web business is often quick and simple, its a lot easier than selling a brick and mortar business. High-traffic, high-revenue, high-profit web businesses command the bigger price tags, anything from $10,000 to 250,000.

Cons – If you are new to the online web business world there can be many pitfalls not all domains are appropriate for flipping. Brochure websites don't make money and are only valuable to the business itself.
Another risk is a web business that is in an over served market niche.

5.  Print On Demand – Dropshipping

Print on demand is a form of e-commerce, it involves physical products. However you don't need to have a warehouse or even know how to create the products. There are a number of companies that you can partner with to promote niche products that are relevant to your business model or target client and customers. You might run a health retreat and already have a customer base of people who love Yoga, Personal development or the Law of attraction. By joining a print on demand, T-shirt manufacturing company, you can promote T-shirts and other apparel that would appeal to your market and clients.

Pros –  Low start up costs, you never need to carry inventory upfront. You are not staking your money in advance of finding customers. No risk of having items you cant sell so low risk. You can manage this type of business from anywhere where you have connection to wifi. The drop ship partners manufacture, supply and fulfil your orders. You don't need to have a merchant processing system set up.

Cons –  There are high levels of competition, because dropshipping is low barrier to entry in the market place, unless you are very niche specific. Low margins on individual items sold mean you need to sell high volumes to make a decent income. You have to have your marketing budget for paid advertising set at a realistic level, or already have a market/ customer base that will love the products.

Write Your Way to Success

Find Success in Writing

Are you ready to learn how to become a successful writer?

Until you are a successful writer, the first thing you need to realise is that your editor doesn’t care  who you are. The only concern your editor has is that your writing is at the acceptable standard.

In order to achieve this standard you will need to be serious and committed in your writing. The first thing you need to do is develop your writing style and technique in a way that gives value to your audience. You can achieve this “success in writing” technique by reading books on a wide array of subjects, by observing what is happening in the world, by taking notice of people’s opinions, and by analysing attitudes of the people you meet on a daily basis.

Become an expert

Next you need to recognise the importance of being an expert. To become an expert writer you are going to need the help of an expert writer. Start by submitting articles to a number of article sites. They will accept or reject your article. If they reject it, they will let you know what your mistakes were. There are tons of these sites. Just do a search. Although, I do recommend using ezinearticle.com as it is considered one of the leading article banks online.

To begin with don’t write in just one field. Instead try your hand at a number of different areas so you can begin to recognize where your potential lies. Never restrict yourself. Finally, have some fun and enjoy your writing experiences.

Here are 5 tips to help you get started:

1. Use your life experiences to help you write.
2. Put your thoughts into mini writings
3. Sharpen your observation skills
4. Always have a professional attitude
5. Write – write – and then write some more – that’s how you learn

You can become a successful writer if that’s really what you want to do. It’s really up to you.

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Sixteen Must-Have WordPress Blog Plugins

WordPress Blog Plugins

Some of you may not know that I have been using WordPress since 2005. The main reason I started creating websites with WP was to market my Property Lettings Business. I started out in a niche market for Student Lettings in Sunderland. For a while our business was probably the only “Student Lettings” Business in Sunderland that had a searchable website to showcase the properties.  I tried lots of WordPress Blog Plugins over the years and the list below is some of the most useful plugins I'm using now.

WordPress Blog Plugins

Here is a list of some of the plugins I have installed on my websites.

Akismet Anti-Spam –  Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. Your site is fully configured and being protected, even while you sleep.

Shareaholic – share buttons for your pages and posts, help you and others to share your content around the web via selected social media networks. I also like the print PDF of web page which I found very useful in my property business.

Facebook comments by WPDevart – This Facebook comments plugin will help you to display Facebook Comments box on your website. You can use Facebook Comments on your pages/posts.

Pixel Caffeine – Quickest and easiest way to connect your Facebook Advertising account. Install the base code pixel on your web pages so you can build custom audiences from your website / blog for your Facebook marketing.

Pretty Links Marketers Edition – Shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website.

NextScripts, Social Networks Autoposter – This plugin automatically publishes posts from your blog to multiple accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ profiles and/or pages.

WP InstaLegalPages – A helpful and time saver premium plugin to auto-add legal pages on your sites. (you will need to check and edit where required to fit with your product or service, but very handy plugin.

YouTube Advanced by Embed Plus – Uses an advanced YouTube player to enhance the playback and engagement of each YouTube embed. Just paste YouTube Links!

Note the White Screen of Death

OptimizePress – OptimizePress plugin for marketers. Create squeeze pages, sales letters and much more with ease. This plugin has caused me some headaches (note “White Screen of Death”) a few years ago.

Yoast SEO – I use this on all of my websites. The all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps. It helps you to optimise your headlines and post copy so that it is search engine friendly.

Google Sitemap – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.

W3 Total Cache – Improves the SEO and user experience of your site by increasing website performance, reducing download times via features like content delivery.

WP Email Capture – Captures email addresses for insertion into software such as Aweber or Mailchimp

WordPress Editorial Calendar – The Editorial Calendar makes it possible to see all your posts and drag and drop them to manage your blog

WP Content Copy Protection & No Right Click – This WP plugin protects the posts content from being copied by any other web site author, if you don't want your content to spread without your permission! There will be no copy and paste function.

WP Property – WP- Property is a leading WordPress plugin for creating and managing real estate sales and property rentals and management.
This last WordPress Blog plugin I used to showcase the student rental properties. I don't use this now, but it is still available to transform WordPress sites into Property Marketing websites.

What’s happened to my WP Blog? White Screen of Death

The White Screen of Death

Now some of you may not have experienced what has been termed “The white screen of death” but let me tell you as a beginner (IM Apprentice) the first time this happens to your WordPress blog it can be a bit scary.  You may not be able to log back in through the WP Admin panel, all you see is your URL  in the browser and a blank white screen in front of you.

So I thought I would share my experience here, and point out that all is not lost when this happens.

Regular Backups

Firstly, when ever you make changes to your WordPress site by adding themes, or updating plugins, always take a backup. This is good advice but its not always followed. Luckily I did follow this advice this time.

Why has this happened?

If you were updating or adding a theme or a plugin when you lost the site then the likely cause is the last item added or updated.

This is what happened to me today. Three of the plugins I have installed on my blog were showing updates available, so before clicking the update I took a back up of WP and saved the file to my desktop site folder. So I know where to find the backup if it is needed.  See some of the most used plugins.

One by one I updated the plugins. The final plugin update caused the site to fail.  I know exactly which plugin caused the issue and I need to deactivate that plugin, but when trying to log back into WordPress the Admin panel is just a “White Screen”.

What to do when Locked out of WordPress Admin?

I wanted to deactivate the plugins but was locked out of the admin panel. This is when I try Google!

I had experienced the white screen of death once before and I remember that there is a number of good resources on the subject.  So here is what I searched for “the white screen of death wordpress”

Top blog showing at the number one spot for the google search  is www.wpbeginner.com 

This site will help any WordPress beginner or  IM apprentice.  So a quick read of the first page “How to fix the WordPress White Screen of Death” and I find the heading two thirds of the way down the post “Disabling All Plugins” and a link to a new post

“How to Deactivate All Plugins when not able to access WP-Admin.”   Using the FTP from the host's file manager is the method I used to recover my blog.

This resource describes how you can find the plugin folder in the WP-content file.  All you need to do is rename the plugin folder to “plugins.deactiviate”  next step I go to the WP admin and re try log in, SUCCESS!

Once logged in to WordPress all the plugins are showing as deactivated, I just followed the instructions on wpbeginner.com resource and renamed the file via the FTP host to plugins again the returned to WordPress to reactivate the plugins one by one.

So my blog site is restored – all I need to know now is what to do with the faulty plugin?

Any comments anyone?

Start Making Money Online in any Niche

March 21, 2018

Making Money Online

Are you still looking for that making money online  “get rich quick”, “push button system”, or “risk free investment”?

If you are TRUE to yourself you and I both know that these things are not real.

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How to start and grow your online business

February 14, 2018

Grow Your Online Business

Get clear about exactly what you deliver, take a look at your products and services, understand what it is that you provide your customers, they want to know “What’s In It For Me” WIIFM. This is how you will grow your online business.

Get clear on the audience that you are actually serving, start out targeting broad, then niche down.

Get very specific so people know exactly who you are helping and how you help them.

Understand why someone will actually buy from you… if it is YOU or Your MAGIC then this can be a roadblock, it’s better to have a message and process that you bring someone through.

The sale process is a simple one…

a). Find someone's pain

b). Find someone's vision

c). Find the solution

d). Show them the solution for a new reality

Lead generation

Don't rely on one source of lead generation… use multiple sources… Solo Ads, Facebook, YouTube, PPC, Bing or Google ad words, SEO Organic, PR…

Get one working first, then keep expanding… this is SUPER important, if you don't do it, it is the SINGLE biggest risk in your business.

Multiple Revenue Streams

This means, that you should have a couple different sources of revenue.

You want to be able to ensure that if something doesn’t “work”, you wouldn't be out of the game.

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To grow your business you need to figure out which part of your business you’re weak on…

Marketing / Sales OR Operations/Finance/Management and then hire your #2…

This is critical…

Your either good at one of the two, most aren't good at both.

If you are good at Marketing/Sales and have no one for the Operations/Finance, you'll get yourself into fire fighting mode.

If you are good at Operations, but not Marketing/Sales, you'll very soon have no customers to buy your stuff.

Plan and Implement a Marketing Funnel that can turn strangers into customers.

Base your lead generation on the first part of this strategy. Think about your product, your sale cycle/conversion times, your audience and calculate the numbers you need to reach $1M, or $100,000.

If you don't know your numbers here, you'll be fire fighting again…

Build Your Community not just Leads

Build an audience/community not just generating leads… this can be on social media platforms like a Facebook Group, or Linkedin Group, a Meetup Group… I don't care HOW you do it, just do it…

However, if you don't build a business that has a community, you will be working blind… Every single lead coming through your funnel should have the chance to both become a customer and a part of your community.

Failing is almost impossible when you have created a great community around your business.

And finally find a Mentor, Coach or Mastermind program

If you can buy access to solving a problem that would take you 4 weeks or 4 months to resolve, that someone else can solve in much less time…

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VALUE your TIME and look for the money, and think of the STRESS & TIME you'll save…

Don’t forget

Work Hard… Work Smart… Stay Focused

WordPress for Niche Markets Top 3 Reasons

Niche market website or blog

Multitasking is a skill which can be really beneficial in a number of situations but not always. Multi-purpose themes may suit certain businesses but not all of them. WordPress is a great content package which can be perfectly utilised to suit the needs of every niche website of blog.

Still wondering which platform to choose for your latest niche market website or blog?

A simple and effective way would be to understand what exactly you need to get started. Once you consider the topic carefully, there would be two good options. One would be a comprehensive content management system and another a simple website or blog platform, but the truth is that one clear answer comes up organically: WordPress.

With 32 versions of WordPress released till 2017 and over 72 languages supported, WordPress is versatile and modern, and it can be effectively used in virtually any niche market. A proof of its power and flexibility is the fact that WordPress is embraced by some of the  biggest names  in the web hosting industry as a product that is well-worth special attention.

Introduced in 2003, WordPress started out as a humble blogging platform and then evolved rapidly into a wholesome content management package. Built on PHP and MySQL, WordPress can be self-hosted by choosing a third party hosting company or outsource the hosting, customer support, and services to WordPress.

Whichever you choose, you can’t really go wrong. Not every content management platform can say that 28% of all websites across the world are powered by it.

WordPress can.

51 Amazing Facts You Probably Don't Know About WordPress

Launching Investment & Value

At the time of launching a website or a blog, there are some considerations to be pre-decided before implementation.

As a rule of thumb, niche themes on WordPress are cheaper and easier to install compared to themes available for the mass market. It helps that the niche themes come with unique and innovative functionalities. Most themes likely be used by fewer number of your competitors as they are suitable for a specific target group and not for mass market consumption.

Nature of Business

When making the decision on picking a theme for your website or blog consider first the nature of business. It makes more sense to go with a niche theme when a business is going to be limited in scale and scope.  Niche themes are more compact and suitable for the purpose. A business which is starting small with good prospects to expand on either product lines and markets would need a more wide-ranging mass market theme with greater functionalities to scale according to the increasing scope of activities.

Skills Inventory Available

A small but often overlooked aspect of the entire WordPress theme selection and installation process is the level of user skills.

 A simple skills inventory of the user who will be involved in the entire process is useful.  If it is going to be you, see how capable or experienced you are with identifying, customising and installing a particular theme.

The SEO potential of WordPress make it very good for targeting niche markets.  Topics such as magazines, businesses, ecommerce, online communities, photography, affiliate websites, nonprofits and job boards, among others.

With amazing and effective user management system and powerful SEO plugins, WordPress is a world leader in creating diverse niche websites and blogs.

Honestly, WordPress is just waiting to be discovered.

Go ahead and innovate today!

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How to generate leads using your mobile phone

Just the other day I came across a post in one of the Facebook private groups where someone was asking this question..

Click Funnels vs Online Sales Pro which do I use?
To generate leads using your mobile phone…

The person who asked this questions inside of the Click Funnels group of Internet Marketers, said he didn’t get any serious answers and was laughed at.

Well let me tell you my thoughts. 

Well firstly, It’s not good to be laughed at when you ask a decent question, perhaps it was the wrong place to ask the question… but really that shouldn't matter.

I've used both software systems in the last year.
I was recommended to buy into ClickFunnels when I joined an IM education affiliate program.

I joined Tecademics though Fourpercent – I no longer promote either of these companies.

1. I found the ClickFunnels platform has steep learning curve. And I’ve come from a WordPress background.

Online Sales Pro is very easy to understand for new marketers and those who are not tech savvy.

2.  CF price is nearly 3x that of OSP. Online Sales Pro DEMO

3.  CF has a limit on the number of funnels you can create.  OSP has no limits, I have linked an OSP landing page to every banner ad on my websites. 👍🏻😉

4.  Most new people don’t understand or need CF. It should be something that you decide to use after you have started to earn a small residual income from your marketing efforts. 👌🏻

5. OSP has a mobile app with a text and email follow up system built in, the fortune is in the follow up.

6. OSP has a ton of free training materials. CF you have to upgrade and pay for your training.

7. The WordPress plugin for CF was clunky, landing pages were not super responsive.

OSP no plugin required and is easy to link your custom domain, and have an unlimited number of capture pages to gather leads and new customers.

8. Both CF and OSP have an affiliate program that is available to their customers. Which means when you recommend the software to your business colleagues or your downline marketing team you receive commissions.

Watch a DEMO of how Online Sales Pro can help you get more customers and also earn you money.

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10 most useful WordPress Plugins for better blogging

January 22, 2018

Here are the 10 most useful WordPress Plugins I am using on my websites and blogs.

AWeber Forms Optin Cat or Contact Form 7

Two plugins to integrate with email autoresponder software, create forms to collect names and emails from your blog.  If you are a small business offering a service or products then this is a great way to build a list of subscribers, clients or customers who you can follow up with and send communications about new products and services.

WordPress Editorial Calendar

I found out about this plugin from a master blogger while in Costa Rica attending a marketing training event. It's a calendar tool that allows you to upload a number of posts and schedule them over the month or week so that your posts get published on a consistent basis. If you want to use Wordress to create a professional blog the best way forward is to have one or two set days when new content is released. I've researched some of the top bloggers and social media influencers and they state the days of the week when new content will be published. That way your subscribers know what to expect from you and your website.

WP Legal

All websites should have a “Legal Disclaimer” whether your site is selling ecommerce, affiliate marketing or just an info blog hobby because what you write is available online. If your blog is personal you could add something like “This is my personal blog and the views expressed are my own”  If you gather data you should have a “Privacy Policy” and in the UK there are laws about keeping data and “Data Protection Principles” will tell you more.

Yoast SEO

This plugin helps you to get your SEO and readability optimised. When you know how to write and optimise the content and images you will have a much better chance of ranking your posts to be seen.

Shareaholic

I love this plugin, when you publish new content you can share the post to your own social media pages, like Twitter, Facebook or Google plus.  Your readers can also easily share the post to their friends. Also useful to create PDF's of posts if you are in business and want to give a report to your customers or create some sort of lead magnet that you can promote to drive traffic back to your website.

Pixel Caffeine

Now this little “Pixel helper” tool is for anyone who wants to really cash in on their marketing budgets with Facebook promotions. It helps you to install a piece of code on your website from your Facebook ads manager. Then when you promote a sponsored ad with Facebook you can actually retarget your website visitors on Facebook.

Google analytics By ShareThis

The best way to add a Google Analytics tracking code to your website without modifying any files. You can check GA to see how many visitors your website has and also see where your visitors are in the world. Another useful analytic is how your visitors found your blog. GA will tell you the keywords that were searched and also the platform that the visitors arrived from. If you have shared out your posts or page links to social media you will see which platforms are bringing in the most visitors.

WP Paypal shopping cart

Do you have a digital product? An ebook or reports that could be sold from your blog, this is the plugin that will help you with setting up your Paypal checkout.

Youtube Embed plus

Do you have a YouTube channel? If you create videos you can use this plugin to embed and share video content on your blog.  The videos you share also don't have to be your own.

W3 Total cache

Improve the load speed of your pages and posts. Optimise your SEO. Your visitors don't want to wait for images and pages to load. If your site is slow you will lose visitors.

WordPress Image Sizes

thumbnail – 150×150
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medium – 300×300

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Other images sizes for information

large – 1024×1024

post-thumbnail – 630×315

featured-post – 285×200

list-image – 182×125

small-image – 78×55

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My Top 7 Solo Ad buying Tips

December 12, 2017

Solo Ad buying

There are several sites to help you find good “solo ad” providers …

1. Udimi – Udimi is world's largest email solo ad community.  It is my favourite for Solo Ad Buying because you can search solo ad providers based on various categories.   You can set the number of visitors, the price per click, percentage of sales, plus the number of positive ratings the vendors have achieved.

Click on the banner below and watch a quick video tutorial showing you how you can locate the best Solo Ad sellers to build your subscriber list for your affiliate promotion.

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2. Clixli  –  Get access to the secret traffic sauce of the heavy hitters when you join Clixli as a premium member. Premium sellers sell privately to some of the industry's top dogs, 6, 7 and even 8 figure earners, and you will have the opportunity to access the SAME traffic as these industry leaders!

3. Safe-Swaps – The original and still a popular site, but only buy from members with good reviews.

4. Solo Ad Marketplace – A lot like Safe-Swaps. They use a verified vendors flash on the profiles. Three main categories include IM and Business Opportunity, Health and Fitness, plus Investing.

Forums and Facebook Groups

5. Warrior Forum – Spend some time looking around on the Warrior Forum, and other popular online marketing forums, and you'll find plenty of people offering solo ads or “ad swaps.” A good place to start is to google the Warrior Joint Ventures sub-forum.

6. There are over 100+ groups and business pages on Facebook dedicated to buying and selling solo ads. Just do a search for Facebook groups using the phrase “solo ads” and you'll find LOTS.  Most are closed groups which you will need to request access to join.

7. Search Google for phrases like this:

“internet marketing solo ads”
“make money online solo ads”
“work from home solo ads”
“biz opp solo ads”
“mlm solo ads”

The top three or four Google search engine results will be from paid ads. Next, the organic results will show below.  Do your research and due diligence before making any buying decisions.

Hope you've enjoyed reading My Top 7 Solo Ad buying Tips

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

There is Traffic and There’s Traffic

I want to talk about Solo Ads in my post “There is traffic and there's traffic”

A solo ad is a one time email blast you buy from a vendor that has created a large “list” of people who have opted in to receive information via a blog or newsletter of some sort. Simply, some internet marketers will accept payment in exchange for sending an email you have written with an offer you are promoting, which will be sent out to their mailing list.

Three platforms where you can find solo ad vendors are places like UDIMI – receive a $5 Gift code when you order traffic through my Udimi link above. You can use this on any $70+ order.   A newer platform is Clixli similiar to Udimi you can set up an account for free, browse seller profiles and order traffic at various prices. When you use the platform payments are processed through the  Clixli which is a protection against fake accounts and sellers. Vendors are rated by the buyers. You can find various types of solo providers for example in the health niche or personal development niche not just the business opportunity niche.  Find out more about 
CLIXLI  and finally there is  https://soloadsx.com/ where you can find many great solo ad vendors. If you would like some personal recommendations hit this MESSAGE ME ON FACEBOOK 

I have personally used solo ads to grow my email subscriber list and to promote affiliate offers to grow my online business.  Now this is an example of how tracking the clicks received can help you to understand why there is traffic and there's traffic. 

Check out this images below

Traffic Quality Scores

The software I'm using here provides a Traffic Quality Score in this case the score is 33.

Poor quality usually cheaper traffic - There is Traffic and There's Traffic

Poorer quality traffic is usually cheaper traffic.  Anything less than a score of 40+ with a low number of  Top tier 1 clicks or a high number of Tier 3 or Tier 2  is considered to be poor quality.  So here in this image it's showing that this traffic source is not producing Top tier clicks. 

It could be suspect traffic. The email open rates on these leads are normally very poor. With around 3% opened and very limited numbers of clicks.  You would probably find that a subscriber list from this traffic source will not be eager buyers.

Traffic Quality Score: 100% Tier 1 

Traffic Quality Score with Clickmagik

This 200 click solo ad purchase has produced some good quality traffic.  It included 1 sale on delivery and three more sales during follow up within the first 17 days.  

As you can see it produced 100% Tier 1 clicks. What is also important is that 55% of the clicks received are coming from MOBILE.

Mobile Traffic is Growing

Please beware that this trend will only be set to grow.  More and more people will browse the internet using mobile devices in the next few years. Be prepared to have your webpages and landing pages optimised for mobile devices.

Moral of story always test your traffic sources. Ensure you are tracking the clicks to the landing pages and also the leads opting in to your list.  This way when you find a vendor that has produced some real quality traffic with top tier clicks you know that you can then scale on your next order or repeat an order with the same vendor. 

Never purchase a large order without first testing a sample. I recommend 100 to 200 clicks as a trial never go higher on a first run with a vendor.

If you don't have a tracking system in place then I can highly recommend the one I am using here. Clickmagick

Solo Ads are just one method of driving traffic to your website, business or affiliates offers. There are numerous other ways to get people in front of your offers and business niche. These include  Media ad buys, Banner ads, Social Media and lots more.

Hope you enjoyed reading “There is Traffic then there's traffic”.

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Do You Believe These 4 Online Marketing Myths That Hurt Marketers

Marketing online is already incredibly difficult. Sure, you have the entirety of the internet to appeal to, but it also means that you’re competing against countless other online marketers. The internet is a vast place and standing out against a sea of competitors isn’t an easy feat, but a successful online marketing campaign can easily bring you the customers you’re looking for.

Unfortunately, many marketers are far too misguided about what they think works and doesn’t work on the internet. Many marketers go barking up the wrong tree so to speak and end up wasting time and resources on fruitless endeavours. Here are just a few commonly held online marketing myths that end up hurting marketers:

Myth #1: We need to be on as many social media platforms as possible.

It’s true that you certainly want to get your message out to as many people as possible, but not all audiences equally deserve your attention. There are countless social media platforms to take advantage of–Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.—but that doesn’t mean you need to use all of them.

Each social media platform has a different audience and those audiences are all interested in different things. Do you think a company like Tastemade that markets by making cooking videos would have as much success on LinkedIn as they do on Facebook? Would a company for elderly people like Life Alert want to market on Snapchat where 71% of its members are under 34?

Rather than trying to spread yourself thin, choose the most ideal platforms and focus your efforts there. You can expand your marketing efforts when you have more cashflow. Best to play to your strengths while still starting out.

Myth #2: My company needs to be #1 on SEO results for important keywords.

SEO can be a difficult game to play and it’s never easy to get to the top of a Google search for popular keywords. For example, if you are running a shoe store, it would be very nice to be the first result when someone types “shoes” into Google.

However, it might be more beneficial and realistic to aim for mastering long tail keywords—that is longer and more specific phrases. Long tail keywords make up 70% of Google searches and generally indicate that a consumer is more willing to convert and purchase than a short tail generic search.

For example, “shoes” is a short tail keyword that might be used for someone who’s simply browsing the internet.  While someone who uses long tail keywords like “black dress shoes,” “good running shoes,” “cheap sneakers,” or “sandals for summer” may be ready to buy.

Myth #3: This other company is doing it, so, why can’t we?

It’s tempting to look at successful companies and try and imitate what they’re doing. Sometimes it works such as when Instagram copies Snapchat’s story features and ended up beating Snapchat at their own game. However, this isn’t always the case.

Take the example of the Amazon Fire Phone: Amazon’s short-lived attempt at entering the smartphone market. The phone’s multiple flaws and inability to stand up to Samsung or Apple means that it died a death. However, Amazon has been instrumental in killing orders and has companies like Sears, Macy’s, and Best Buy on the ropes.

The takeaway is that what works for one company doesn’t work for everyone else. If it did, every company would be doing the same thing. You have a different audience, different brand, different mission, and a different set of values. Find your own unique voice.

Myth #4: Email is dead. Long live the new social media king.

Social media might be the new big thing, but don’t count out email just yet. Believe it or not, a study from McKinsey & Company found that companies acquire new customers via email 40 times more than they do on Facebook and Twitter combined.  The study also found that 91% of consumers check their email every day. Purchases are made three times more often via email than via social media. Consumers order 17% more when ordering via email.

Clearly, there is a lot of misinformation in the air as to how online marketing should be done. Knowing what works and what doesn’t work can mean the difference between life and death for your company. For more handy internet marketing tips, and valuable lessons that will help you get started on the right path check out this video… 

You might also like “Get more organic traffic from your website images.”

Three Keys To Online Success by Ann Loraine Marshall, Digital Entrepreneur. 

Get more organic traffic from your websites images

Organic Traffic

We all know the old cliché, “A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words.” well with today’s social media shares, we are consistently finding new ways to use images to communicate, tell stories, and make sales.

When it comes to e-commerce, companies like Amazon owe a large part of their success to imagery. To hold the customer’s attention, most product descriptions need to be short and to the point. This means you want the photos to speak volumes.

Imagine if you will, you’ve gone through the effort to create the right product, buy the ideal domain name, paid for marketing ads, and launched the perfect website. So, why isn't traffic to your site what you want it too be?

You need to make sure your buyers can find you, or more importantly, your product. One way to do this is through Image Optimisation or, Image SEO.

Choose a Descriptive Filename

By now in your journey through online marketing you’ve probably heard the word “Keyword” from a vast number of sources. According to most experts in the SEO field, keywords are the be all and end all of SEO. Primary Keywords, secondary Keywords…Google “Keyword” and the list of sources of info will probably go on forever.

With Image SEO the first location to use your primary keyword will be the image filename.

This means if your image is a women’s top in a specific abstract design, the file name shouldn’t be DSC12345.jpg.

 

Instead, you want to rename it: “ann-monique-womens-top-abstract-v.”

This gives the search engine spiders something to grab onto and take back to their part of the web.
Have you ever searched on Google images for anything?

Try searching Google for “funny banana wine stopper” and see what pops up!

Do you get the idea now?

Start a file name with a lowercase letter or a number and remove all spaces. For multiple words, join them with a dash.

Make the Image File as Small as Reasonably Possible

Loading times can be crucial for websites to maintain traffic. The faster the site, the easier to visit it. Images can have a huge impact on this. Standard resolution for a screen image is 72ppi and most web pages won’t need an image to be more than 1000-1200 pixels wide.

To put that into perspective, a typical smart phone camera today will give you an image at 72 ppi but the file will often be over 3000 pixels wide (or more). In the early web days it was a real pain to resize images every time you wanted to upload to the web, now with most programs your image file sizes will be crunched to a managable size.

When you are using a website builder online, you may have the advantage of the builder site doing some downsizing work for you. If you aren’t sure yours will, or if you expect to have a lot of images to process, getting a program like Adobe Photoshop would be a good investment.

There are also a few online image and design editors that work quite well and often don’t cost a thing or have a minimal membership fee with added benefits.

Three of my favourites are Canva, PicMonkey and Pixl.

Alt Text-aka-Alt Tags

When you get to the point you are ready to upload your image, you will often be given an option to add “alt text” or “alt tags.” This is another good place to use keyword placement.

In one of Google’s articles about image publishing guidelines, they include a section on creating great alt text. Google places a high value on alt texts. In the article, they give the following reasons to consider:

Alt Text provides Google with useful information about the subject matter of the image. They use this information to help determine the best image to return for a user’s search.

Many people, like users with visual impairments, may not be able to see images on web pages. Descriptive alt text provides these users with important information.

https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/114016?hl=en

To JPEG or PNG?

In most e-commerce catalogue pages, the product is shown in a specific place on the page that doesn’t overlap any other image or text. JPEG images are most commonly used for this. I’m adding this quick highlight in case a need arises for you to remove the background of a photo.

JPEG images include a visible background showing behind any curves or irregular lines. If you’ve taken the trouble to remove the background of the photo of a product but, save it as a JPEG (JPG), you will still be stuck with a background colour when you re-open it.

PNGs allow you to make the background transparent so the image can be used on top of any colour, texture or other text. This can be helpful if you decide to show multiple products in one virtual shot but don’t have the means to retake the photo.

So Now You are Ready

As history shows us, images will continue to be a primary tool of our culture and the world around us. Now you have the right knowledge to take your products to the next step. Taking the time to Incorporate these into your regular marketing routine will assist your product’s ability to be seen in your customer’s searches and get you the traffic you desire.

So, get your images together and make them work even harder for you. Find out more about how you can work with Loraine check out this done-for-you system.

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