Have you helped someone today?

My day was made much more pleasant today with a private message and $5. I know $5 is really nothing much to write about, but to me, it means more than the last affiliate contest I won - much more. Some background: I am a member of a few forums. In one of them particularly, we all really try to help the other members, especially if they are struggling with some aspect of their business. There is a newer member in there who is a truly nice guy, and he’s trying very hard to make some forward progress. He has a relatively good idea for a product line he wants to work on, but his niche was too broad. We had been working on getting him to figure out how to find a more focused niche within that broader niche. He was getting it, but it was slow, and I could tell at times he was getting frustrated with himself. Let’s face it, you can only convey so much information through forum posts. I had previously created an information product that teaches how to find profitable niches, and part of that is how to find laser focused sub-niches, as well as identify the hot buyers within those sub-niches. I sent this guy a free copy of the product via private message. He said he got it and appreciated it, but it’s been a couple weeks and I hadn’t heard anything back from him. I figured maybe it wasn’t what he was looking for. In fact, by this time, I had forgotten all about it. Then, today, $5 shows up...

Testimonials

Today is day 16 of Sarah Arrow’s 30-day blogging challenge. That means I am now officially over the halfway mark. Yay! There is a daily task list that Sarah provides. Some days there is just some useful information and ideas, and other days we have tasks to do. Today is the day that we are to list testimonials for social proof. This is something that every entrepreneur should gather. If you don't have any testimonials yet, but you are out there working, start asking your clients and customers for them. I always encourage my off-line clients to get video testimonials from customers and put them on their website. Testimonials are always good to have, because it reassures your potential customers that they're making the right decision in purchasing from you.People buy from people. Yes, you need a good sales page. Yes, you need a solid, quality product or service. But, you also need a good reputation. The best way for people to find out if you have a good reputation is to provide some social proof to that effect. In light of today's assignment, I have gone back and gathered various testimonials from different places. I'm always accepting new testimonials. If you've done business with me, feel free to send a testimonial my way!If I'm a customer of yours, and you would like a testimonial from me, just ask!I am always happy to provide them. Keep in mind, that I am always honest, sometimes brutally so, in my testimonials. If I do not have something positive to say, then you can keep it private and use it to improve...