Pet Peeve – Reviews; give and take

peeveI’m so relieved. I thought I wasn’t going to identify a pet peeve today, but alas! I have.

It is when someone asks me to review a product or book for them, but they expect me to buy it first. Now I get that when I approach them and ask if I can review their stuff, I should in fact, expect to buy it.

But folks, if you approach someone and want them to give their feedback, don’t expect them to pay for it.

I just checked my LinkedIn inbox and had several requests like this, all of which wanted me to buy their “stuff” and then review it.

Nope. Doesn’t work like that.

Okay, in my book, here’s the protocol.

1. Someone approaches an expert and says, “I would love to review your “stuff” and will give you my feedback. Can you send me the link to access?”review

Answer: No. You can buy it.

2. You, as an expert and industry leader, are approached by someone to review their stuff. You say, “Give me the link to access.” They respond, “You can purchase it at….”

Answer: Really? You’re asking me to review your stuff and you want me to buy it when I likely have no interest in it. Nope!

Be watching for my next Pet Peeve.

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Law of Attraction – one thing 99% of people are missing

Lots of people say they practice Law of Attraction. but complain about how their life is. The reality is, Law of Attraction is always working. To see what you believe in, what you are attracting and what you allow into your life, take a look around.

What do you see? Is it abundant, healthy, joyful, connected and fulfilling? Or is it lack, feeling terrible, unhappy, disconnected and non-fulfilling?

The fact is, 99% of people are missing one key element to creating the life they want. Clarity. One person who has a ton of clarity is the person I talk about in this video. Check it out.

One person who is attracting amazing things to himself and in his life is John Lee Dumas. In less than two years he has gone from struggling in his business to having a multiple seven figure business. And he is the kind of person who blesses others, is very healthy, has a great relationship and loves life.

Not long ago I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing John. Lots of people asked if they could get the transcripts of this interview?

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Failure to Launch

Lots of people waste so much time and energy with the activities that continually prevent them from having a successful business. It takes more than a simple desire. It takes focus, commitment, footwork, action and consistent effort.

A simple solution to making money online

If you’ve found your way here, there’s a very strong possibility you’re seeking information on how to make money. Granted, not everyone is interested in this, but many are.

The best way to make money online is to have a solid system in place. Yet, many people don’t know where to begin.

Here are some things you need to do before you begin:4tips

1.  Identify your expertise. What makes you the “go to” person?
2.  Identify your ideal customers and clients. Who are they (specifically)?
3.  Know what keeps your customers and clients awake at night. What makes them have “monkey brain” at three in the morning?
4.  Provide a viable solution to their problem. How do they want it delivered?

You’ve likely heard these recommendations from others, but have you done anything about it? If not, it could be you really don’t know where to begin.  So you’ve searched out training programs to show you exactly what to do. But the problem might be they are so overpriced you hesitate investing.

I get it. I’ve been there. When I first started out online there wasn’t much at all available to teach me what to do. Now there is so much to choose from you have to wonder who you should listen to.

Here’s the deal… if you’ve been getting my information for any length of time you know I’ve been around for many, many years. And you know I love teaching others how to set themselves up for success.

Some of my programs are a few hundred on up to $20,000 plus to invest in. Yes, there are plenty of people who invest in my various programs, but if you have yet to take the plunge with my information, I have something you’re going to love and the barrier to entry is minimal.

In answer to those who want great information from me and they want it for a song, I’ve created a great program for a very minimal investment. It is designed to teach anyone who is serious about getting great information how to build a profitable business.insider

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Why your website isn’t conveying your message

under constructionI have a pet peeve and it’s likely something that is costing you customers. I am going through business cards I was given at a recent event. The last two had website addresses for sites that were “under construction.”

Even though our sites may not be what is selling us, it is representing our message. If your site is “under construction” or goes to the GoDaddy listings, bad, bad, bad.

One of the first places a potential client goes is to your website to “check you out.” Does your site represent the message you want to convey? If not, you best get this taken care of right away.

Recently, a virtual assistant contacted me about her services. When I asked for her site address to check out her services and testimonials she said, “Oh my. I’ve been so busy I just haven’t gotten around to updating the information.” Then she giggled.

I was not amused.

In a recent conversation with a potential client I asked the woman for her web address. “I don’t have a site yet. I need to get my logo done first.”

Nooooooo! She should get her site up and running first. Her logo is not as important as people being able to figure out what she does.logos

Recently, I did a web search for health experts who work with women over the age of 60. One person’s name consistently showed up. Wendy Ida.

Not only does Wendy have a great site, she has videos, blog posts and other great information to support her expertise.

Based on the great information I was able to review about Wendy, I bought her book, her $67 home study program, signed up for a free teleseminar and am on her opt in list. I eagerly await her information because the fact of the matter is, she’s an expert and everything I found on her conveyed this point.

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Are you an expert? Does your online presence support your position? Do you have information available that people can access to get a “taste” of you before they invest in your programs?

Or are you piddling your time away trying to get a logo done that 99.9% of potential clients could care less about? (If not a logo, it could be any number of time wasting activities that are not making you money).

Folks, if you want people to know, like and trust you, you best do what you can to grab their attention. You do so with great information in the form of an attractive and functional website, videos, audio files, interviews, reports, articles and blog posts to name a few key elements.

Do you procrastinate getting your information done? If so, I recommend you make getting quality information out to market a top priority.

If you say you don’t have the time, you need to make the time. It’s that simple. Or you need to hire someone to help you.

Product Creation Tip: One of the best ways to get your product creation moving forward is to block out one hour a day for nothing but product creation. If you’re guilty of saying, “I’ll get around to it,” there’s no such thing. You’ll watch time pass and then you’ll be saying, “What happened?”

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Ready to create information products?

productsI just finished interviewing an expert who works with experts who want to dominate their market. I asked Greg, “What’s one thing you can recommend to any entrepreneur who wants to build their business?”

“When you’re an expert, do all you can to gain celebrity status within your market,” he replied.

“Okay. That’s great, but how does an expert do that?” I prodded.

“By creating signature products and getting lots of media, both traditional and online, as possible,” he calmly responded.

He went on to say, “Far too many people think they need hundreds of thousands of followers to make a dent. This is not true. You’re better off having a very defined niche and going deep into that market. But you definitely need information products.”

If you’re an expert and you have yet to create your first information product, isn’t it time to start?

Here’s a very simple strategy to get your first product off the ground in record time.

  • Find an expert you can interview
  • Record the interview
  • Turn into an MP3

It’s really that simple to create a product. But obviously there’s more to it than just recording one expert. And then comes the marketing and selling.

Want to learn more? Join me for a free webinar on product creation happening Thursday, August 28th at 10 a.m. Pacific.

If you have a few products, but results with sales are lukewarm at best, this webinar is definitely for you.

Put 90 minutes aside because I’m going to cover a lot of information about how to get your products started and to market and sell them once and for all.

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Should you podcast?

todayIn the years I’ve been marketing and selling online, I’ve consistently watched people struggle in their attempt to get visibility for any number of eBased products they hope to move. Whether it be to move by way of a giveaway for the purpose of building a list or selling an eBook, teleseminar, webinar or home study program to additionally generate revenues, most fall short of their desired outcome.

There’s a very simple reason for this: left to our own devices, it’s incredibly difficult to get the traction we need to make a dent in our efforts.

In addition, many people are relying on outdated methods to build their presence, lists and revenues. In the past it was a heck of a lot easier to get people to pay attention to what we were offering and subsequently to opt in for our offer. Engagement was higher, as were open rates when follow-up emails were sent out.

Today, people are on information overload. They are more distracted than ever and there is a lot of “noise” they deal with day in and day out.

More than ever you absolutely must have a multi-prong approach to your marketing and promotions. One prong I love is aligned partnerships.

Recently, I launched Power Up for Profits Podcast. It’s listed on iTunes and Stitcher, as well as on a website dedicated to my show—

The announcement of my show’s launch was very well planned. I didn’t one day think, “Hmmm, I think I’ll start a podcast show,” and immediately put something up on iTunes.

Nope. I assigned two team members the task of getting the website done and securing interview commitments from experts I know my market has an interest in.

We actually worked behind the scenes with the show for nearly two months before announcing it. The results?

Within a week we had over 1,000 downloads and by day one of the second week we hit 35% of the previous week’s downloads. This simply means we have momentum building. With the numbers of listeners and downloads rising by the day, I am confident we will hit 10,000 downloads within a couple of months. But! I am not resting on my laurels. Nope. We are continuing to promote the show and our featured experts, as well as running a contest to drive listeners to iTunes, and we announce each new show that rolls out.

As a result, my show has hit #3 in Careers category and #7 in Education in the first week. That’s out of hundreds of thousands of shows on iTunes.

Here’s the rub, though…If I stopped doing everything I did in the first week to get the position we have, there’s a great chance the show would quickly be forgotten and all our efforts would be for naught.

On the backend, the benefits of having a podcast are many, but again, not without a very targeted effort on the part of me and my team.

Benefits include market reach, visibility, getting your foot in the door with experts you might otherwise not be able to partner with, driving traffic to your blog, website, landing page, or any number of locations you want potential clients and customers to end up—more of a dedicated following and ultimately increased revenues. The revenues are a result of introducing people to your products and services or your becoming an affiliate of your featured guests. There are plenty more benefits, but you get the idea. Podcasting is HOT!

Do you need a team to get going with a podcast? Nope. You’ll just have to work harder to do everything that needs to be done. For many people, you won’t have a team. I certainly didn’t early on in my business development days.

One of the most evident reasons my show has done so well this early on has to do with the experts I’ve interviewed. People like TFOI founders, Denise Wakeman and Ellen Britt; Internet super star, Jason Fladlien; real estate investment expert, Susan Lassiter Lyons; and Kindle whiz kid, Brian G. Johnson, to name just a few of my hot guests.

Not only have they helped to spread the word about the show, their communities have also jumped on the bandwagon to spread the word. In a nutshell, it all boils down to my circle of influence.

There was a time I dreamed of having this type of circle of influence. The network of influencers where I could just pick up the phone and say, “Hey Bud! I have this thing I want you to do,” and they would immediately say yes.

Today, it’s part of “business as usual.”

There’s something to be said for being able to do this regardless of the industry you are in. But this type of influence doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with the first relationship you build. Then the next. And the next. And the next.

It happens by taking a long-term approach to building your online presence. It happens by not burning bridges. It happens by sticking with what you are doing.

It happens by being willing to serve others before you want them to serve you.

When you take this approach, the results can be staggering.

If you really want to have great results with your efforts to give away and sell digital products, start now to build aligned relationships. Avoid simply trying to build relationships for how it will benefit you, but rather, how can you create a win/win/win.

Win for you. Win for the other person. And ultimately, win for your clients and customers.

JohnLeeDumasWant to learn how to get a podcast show up and running? Check out this free webinar from John Lee Dumas taking place on Wednesday. Click here.


And the winner is…

The winner is you for simply leaving a review on iTunes.

That’s right. When you hop over to the Power Up for Profits iTunes show and leave a review (of course, you will need to listen to an episode or two) you automatically win. You will have free access to How to Sell Thousands from The Platform. This is a $57 program and it’s yours simply for leaving a rating and review.

Here’s what you do. Click here to access the show.  Click the button below my image to go to iTunes.

itunes 1Listen to any episode (some are as short as 5 minutes), leave a review, send an email with an image of your review to and you will see how to access the program.

Not only will you receive my program, you are going to hear from top entrepreneurs around the globe on the Power Up for Profits Podcast show.

Again, here’s what you do. Hop over to this page (Click Here), click the link under my image (View in iTunes), leave a rating and review, send a screen shot of the review to to access the program.

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