One is Greater Than Zero

I ran across the following video from Gary Vaynerchuk.​It is less than 3 minutes and I highly recommend watching it. It is quite inspiring!​Sometimes as marketers we skip over the little things. Maybe we don't do a guest blog because the person only has a handful of readers, or we turn down a podcast interview because the podcaster is just starting out. Gary explains why that's a bad idea and shows, by his own example, the way to grow and succeed by doing the little things.Click here for Gary's blog post with the original posting of this video.​Please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the topic!​​​If you like this page, please...

Ed, Trust Funnel, and a Nod to Dr. Seuss

Ed Reads Trust Funnel, But Not in a Tunnel​ ​Ed reads Trust Funnel in the bed, ​​​​​and standing on his head.​ ​ ​​He’ll read it when he’s wet,​ ​ ​​and read it on a bet. ​ ​ ​​He’ll read it in the car,​ ​​​​ and read it at the bar.​​​ ​ ​​He’ll read it by the stove,​ ​ ​and read it in a grove.​ ​ ​​He’ll read it on the throne,​ ​ ​​​​and read it with a scone.​ ​ ​He’ll read it on the floor,​ ​​​read it in the store,​ ​​ ​​and read it out-of-doors. ​​ ​ ​​He’ll even read it with a clown,​ ​ ​​but he’ll never ever ever read it with a frown.​ ​​ Grab your copy of Trust Funnel today,and you can read it wherever you like!Click the image below​: Feel free to leave comments below!​​If you like this page, please...

2 New Products – Facebook Groups and Market Research

I released two products yesterday: A report on running and growing Facebook Groups and a full course on doing conducting profitable Market Research. I have listed them on the Products page, but today's post will contain a more in-depth look at them.​If these look of interest to you, feel free to get them, or if you know of anyone who might enjoy these, please share this page. If you are a marketer, and see that these are a good fit for your list, the affiliate links are on the Products page under the individual listings.Facebook Groups for Fun and Profit​​This report came about because I mentioned in one of the marketing forums I belong to, Earn1kADay Insider's Club, that I ran several Facebooks Groups, and some of them were quite large. In fact, I run about a dozen of them, either on my own, or with others. The smallest only has a few members, the largest has almost 28,000 as of this writing. Most have between several hundred and a few thousand.The questions were asked: How did I grow them so large, and how did I manage them​ with so many members?I started to write a reply, and realized it was not a quick answer​. I decided to create the report, as I am sure others would like to know this information as well.​In Facebook Groups for Fun and Profit, I share how to set up a Facebook Group. I also include a companion guide that has all of the FAQ items from the Facebook support site, so anyone who has never done this before, or who hasn't used...

Review – 30 day blogging challenge

Today is my 30th day of posting for Sarah Arrow’s 30 day blog challenge. This has been a rich and rewarding experience, and I highly recommend it. The challenge is designed with a specific task to do each day. Sarah sends an email out each day with that day’s task in it. You can also get her book, Zero to blogger in 30 days! in which she covers each days task, and also, for those who have never blogged, teaches how to set a blog up. Going through this challenge has been fun, but it has taken a lot of discipline and dedication.It is not for the faint of heart! With that said, it was worth every bit of effort. For one thing, my writing has improved over the last thirty days. I was much more conscious than usual about the effectiveness of my communication. That made me take a deeper look into how I am writing. I also met a proofreader, Gary Thaller, through the challenge. Gary has now proofread two of my products. That has helped me tremendously as well. When you are forced to write every day, you start to develop writing habits that not only improve your writing, but also improve the efficiency with which you write. I can complete writing projects faster, and I struggle less with editing them. I also learned some new skills over the last 30 days. On one of the days, the task is to create an infographic. Sarah provides several resources for doing this, as well as some suggestions for coming up with infographic topics and ideas. I am not...

Turnkey Business Revolution – The Entrepreneurial Myth

If you run a small business, you owe it to ourself to set aside 40 minutes and watch this extraordinary Michael Gerber video.You will look at your business completely different afterwards. Michael Gerber is the author of The EMyth and he runs a business coaching program. In this video, he discusses the reasons most businesses fail and what to do to make sure you don’t become a failure statistic. Are you working in your business, or are you making your business work? Do you understand the difference? This video will open your mind, and show you the way to true lifestyle freedom. “Knowing how to do the work in a business has nothing to do with creating a business that works.” The system is the solution. Michael Gerber shows exactly you what you need to to create the system and make your business turn-key. This video was recorded in 1989, but the information Michael Gerber provides is as relevant today as it was the day he recorded it. Enjoy! Please leave comments below. Please share this if you found it helpful (or click the like button on the left floating...

Backlinking Basics

A few years ago I created a series of 6 videos on backlinking, called Backlinking Basics for inclusion in a product a friend of mine was releasing on the subject.If you are not familiar with backlinking, the short description is that backlinking is ​what you do to get links put on websites that link back to your website when someone clicks on them. This can get you additional visitors to your site, as well as potentially increasing your search engine rankings.In the video series​, I show numerous places to get backlinks, and exactly how to create them.I ran across these videos again last week, and re-watched them. All of the info is still relevant today, with the exception that some of the article sites mentioned in Video 4 may no longer allow backlinks.​ Everything else operates exactly as it did when the videos were created.If you have a website or blog, you will want back links. I hope these videos help point you in the right direction. Feel fee to leave any comments or questions in the comments section below. Don't forget to leave any comments or questions below!​Please share this if you found it helpful (or click the like button on the left floating...

Local Networking Tips

Are you connecting with people in your community?If you run a brick and mortar business, you (hopefully) already know the value of building relationships in your community.For example, local restaurant owners can do a great side business hosting business lunches for local business meetings. The best way to get that type of extra business is through networking.For those of us who earn our living online, it is easy to think we don’t need to reach out to our community. However, there are many advantages for doing so, and if we miss out on them, we are potentially costing ourselves numerous business opportunities.First, let’s cover some of the best reasons to do local networking, then we’ll get into where you can go to get this accomplished.Why network locally?Here are just a few of the things that can come from local networking:You may have some online skills that local business people are in need of. Perhaps you know web design, or you can drive traffic to a landing page. You might know how to run social media campaigns.These are things every local business needs. They also need press release writers, article writers, copywriters, design work, marketing help, and tech solutions, such as business apps and text marketing campaigns.Even if these things are not your area of expertise, I am sure you know people who do this kind of work. We run into them every day as online marketers.Imagine how well we could network online if we can send lots of new work to a web designer we know.As an online marketer, you inevitably need websites built. What if you could get...

5 Keys to Productivity

Those of us who earn on the net need to stay productive. There are no bosses telling us what to do. If we want to make more money, we need to be more productive.The infographic below has 5 keys to productivity.You may click on the image to download a PDF version of the infographic.​ The PDF open in a new window, or you may right-click and "Save As..."Enjoy!Please leave your comments below. Tell us what keys you use that help you​ be more productive. ​Please share this if you found it helpful (or click the like button on the left floating...

Success Formula Webinar – Join Us

JVFocus has invited me to guest host their first webinar of the year, with Gordon Russell. I am going to cover my Success Formula. You can grab a copy of the Success Formula PDF on the Free Downloads page. If you saw the Success Formula presentation I gave to Jason Fladlien’s 6-in-6 Coaching students, you will know I go more in depth and cover more areas than the PDF. On the webinar, we will be discussing the foundation of success, which is being able to set and reach every goal every time. Whether a business venture, an online marketing business, or even a personal goal, such as weight loss or smoking cessation, in order to succeed, it must start with a solid foundation. The foundation we will be covering is a solid tangible formula for success. We will analyze what can be controlled and influenced and what to do about that which is out of our control. We will talk about how to set goals properly so you are best positioned for the greatest success. We will take an in-depth look at what to do to make sure your goals are achievable. By the time the webinar is complete, you will be prepared to tackle every goal confidently, with no fear and no self-doubt. We are going to cover setting and reaching goals from A to Z, from the time you conceive of your goal, until you successfully accomplish it. The goal of the webinar (pun intended) is to make sure everyone who attends will always be able to reach every goal they set. Join us and ensure your success!The...

Is the money in the list?

Within the Internet marketing industry, there's a popular saying: “The money’s in the list.” This means the people who are making “the big bucks” are making it from their email list, not from their product launches. Is it true? If we only look at the math, it would seem to indicate it might be true. In the marketing circles where I hang out, a marketer can typically make between $2 and $3 a month for every person on their email list. As an example, let's say they sell a product for $27 and give a 75% commission to the affiliates. They are making, on sales from affiliates, a gross profit of $6.75 per sale. Of course, they have payment processor fees, etc. to also take from that, but we’ll use the $6.75 figure for our purposes here. The buyer gets put on an email list, if the launch is set up properly. The product creator earned $6.75 for the initial purchase. If the marketer is of average ability, the marketer will make between $2 and $3 a month from that customer from that point on, as long as they stay on the marketer's email list. It will only take 3 - 4 months before the profit from the email list surpasses the profit from the initial sale. Even if a customer stays on their list for only 12 months, the total earnings for the marketer will be $6.75 from the initial sale, and an additional $24 to $36 from email marketing. So, it would seem the math supports the statement, “The money’s in the list.” Is it really true?...

How tracking changed my life

Guest Post by Avani MisraI am honored to have Avani Misra as a guest blogger today.​Avani Misra is - for the most part - a writer. In the smaller parts, she tends to engage in code, business, life hacks, and design. She writes at her blog.I met Avani over 3 years ago in Dennis Becker's Earn1kADay Insider's Club.She has helped me in the past with several projects, and is fantastic to work with. She understands the power of networking and is one of the most intelligent people I know, as well as one of the most generous.Fortunately for us, she also has a deep understanding of measuring and tracking. Read on for some of her great insights on that topic.We welcome you to leave your questions and comments below in the comments section​. Be sure to check out Avani's blog also. You will want to bookmark it.​How tracking changed my life​ You can't manage what you can't measure. This is apparently a misquote, according to Wikipedia. Edwards Deming, to whom the quote is usually attributed, actually recognized that a lot of important things cannot be measured. So let me get this out of the way: of course, not everything is tangible, in life, health, business, or management. Although folks are pushing the bar everyday, with a Kickstarter project going as far as a device that can tell you how many calories you're eating by looking at your food. Anyway, today's post isn't about things that are hard or impossible to measure. It's about things that are easily or do-ably measurable. Even among things that can be measured, there are...

How To Use Curated Content For Niches

Mike Darling Guest Post by Mike DarlingToday we have a guest post by Mike Darling of SellFromYourDesk.com.I know Mike from a private online forum we both belong to, and I am quite honored to have him as a guest today.​​Mike is a successful online marketer. He is also a Registered Geologist out of Bend, Oregon. He runs Smarter Web Solutions, LLC.Mike teaches others to create an online business based on a laptop - one that can be conducted from anywhere in the world, needing only a computer and an internet connection.He trains how to create passive income streams through the development and proper nurturing of lots of niche websites.​ He also specializes in niche market research, search engine optimization, direct response marketing, and creating and selling digital products on-line.Please take the time to leave comments or questions below.​​How to Use Curated Content for Niches We all love the idea of creating niche websites, but one of the biggest challenges to building niche sites is getting content. Writing content for blog posts on subjects we know and love is a challenge to most people. Writing content for our niche websites on subjects that we may have little knowledge of can be even a greater challenge. There are two ways to get content for a website - create it yourself, or borrow the content from somewhere else. If you create the content, then you have to either write a blog post, record a video or podcast. The task of writing a blog post can be made easier by paying someone to write articles for you, or utilizing private label rights (PLR) source material. With both...