Internet Marketing Sometimes Brings out Angry, Crazy, Over-the-Top People

Yesterday I sent an email message to my subscribers about a bonus webinar I'm offering in 12 days.

There was a mistake in the message. A few people brought the error to my attention.

I appreciate the people who did this. Especially with how nice everyone was with their approach.

There's Always an Exception

Except for one guy. He was over the top livid with the mistake AND went on to tell me what a slime bag I am.

He made it clear he didn't like my approach to letting people know they can opt out from my list. It's the wording at the end of the message he took issue with.

What he was incredibly angry about and basically told me to do “strange things to myself” because of it was the word WARNING! (It's in all my broadcast messages, this one included).

He went on to tell me that I don't care about my customers and shared with me several more of his judgements about my business ethic.

This isn't the first time I've received what could be considered a downright abusive and over the top message from someone who opted in for my information. In reality, it comes with the territory.

Don't Let One Person Ruin Things for You … Most People Are Fabulous

Thank goodness these type of messages (and people) are few and far between. The majority of messages I receive are from great folks in my community.

This is the reality of marketing online. Every so often you get a bad apple. You can't let that stop you from doing what you know you should be doing.

But sadly, many people quit when they get a message like I got from this guy. Or they spend so much time wondering how they could have not upset one person, they forget about all the other people who appreciate what they do and what they offer their community.

Renewed Commitment

The upside of this experience is my renewed commitment to sharing with my community that running a business online is not always a walk in the park. Sometimes it's downright weird.

I'm also committed to letting my community know how fulfilling an online business can be.

With this in mind, I would love for you to accept my invitation to join me on June 22nd.

To find out more about the online business lifestyle, join me for the webinar I was telling folks about when I got the message from Mr. OverTheTop. 🙂

Webinar Will Be Recorded

Even if you can't make the live webinar at 10 a.m. Pacific on June 22nd, I will record it. Anyone who registers gets the replay.

If you want to join in, all you need do is go here http://powerupforprofitsbook.com/ and get the Kindle version of my book, Power Up for Profits!

The book is chock full of great information on how to get the most out of your time online. Check it out.

I'm going to share with you how to manage your state when “stuff” happens. How not to let the one bad apple distract you from the 100 great people in your community. How to make sure you don't give up because of one insult. And so much more.

I would love for you to join in.

p.s. The Kindle version is only $2.99 for a few more days. That's 70% off the regular price. After that, it goes up to $9.99. Don't miss out.

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If you already registered, you made a GREAT choice. This is going to be fun.

p.p.s. Ironically, the guy didn't opt out. Making sure to not engage with his energy from this point forward, I did him the favor of taking him off my list. This way, he can find someone else to get upset with. LOL

Using Twitter to Market Your Books

As an author, it’s your responsibility to market your books. Regardless of what your publisher promises, you still need to get on board with you own strategies for marketing.

A great way to gain visibility for your book(s) is through blogging; both on your own and as a guest blogger.

Yet, you don’t want to stop there. There’s a lot you can do with the posts.

Start by making sure you have a link to your Amazon page for the book in the post. When guest posting, you need to get permission from the blog owner before posting your book link. Most blog owners are glad to have you do so. Some may want to use their Amazon Associate link. You can work out the details prior to writing the post.

On your own blog, post a link to your book Amazon page in the body of your post.

Permalinks Rule

Once the post is written, copy the permalink and post in as many locations on social media as possible.

For example, with this post, I will put the permalink in Faceook and LinkedIn groups and I will tweet posts on Twitter. Of course, I can do more, but for the purpose of this article, I wanted to show you how simple this is.

Using another blog post for this example, the images show you exactly how this is done.

Twitter Love

For a long time, I didn’t use Twitter. Mostly because I didn’t understand how valuable Twitter actually is. One thing I now know and appreciate is that my readers, my clients and my audience are already on Twitter. So are yours.

One of the most difficult things to understand is how to get your message across in 140 characters. This is why some people don’t understand the value of posting on Twitter. Yet, once you get the hang of it, it’s actually very easy to post a power-packed message.

Hashtags are a Must

A huge part of the success of posting on Twitter is to use hashtags (#) in your tweets. A hashtag is any word beginning with the # sign (an example might be #blogwriter).  It is a way to categorize messages to help them show more easily in Twitter search.

Hashtags can be used to organize conversations, themes, groups, interests, celebrity mentions and topics.

The best thing to do is develop a routine that you adhere to on a daily basis. As with just about anything, a hit and miss effort will get you minimal results. But a consistent, daily effort will yield great results over time.

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Why Not Get Paid to Mess Around on Facebook and Twitter?

It’s amazing how much time people spend on social media with nothing to show for their efforts. What starts out as simply checking out what’s happening on Facebook or Twitter results in hours of mindless activity.

Imagine if you could make money from your social media efforts. You can… if you have a plan.

Rather than mindlessly going from platform to platform, develop a strategy for your efforts.

One of the best ways to make money with social media is to become a social media manager. What this means is that you manage other people’s social media.

What’s great about doing this is you get paid to do what you already enjoy doing; mess around on social media.

One of the fastest growing job markets, consulting opportunities, and business growth areas is in the world of social media. There is so much available, it’s simply a matter of deciding where to put your efforts.

Social media manager

To be a good social media manager, you need to understand your client’s needs. You must know what they want, need and fear. If you can understand what they want and you can determine what they need, you are well on your way to a great outcome.

Keep in mind, your clients don’t want to deal with the minutia of social media. As a social media manager, they want you to handle the details that will get them the results. They DON’T want to do the work. This is where you can misread the needs of your clients.

Bottom line is this, your clients don’t want to have to think about the details. They want you to take care of this.

You must be the easy, simple solution.

Reputation Management

As a social media manager, something you can offer your clients is reputation management. Reputation management (sometimes referred to as rep management, online reputation management or ORM) is the practice of attempting to shape public perception of a person or organization by influencing online information about them.

A huge aspect of reputation management is building market perception. Another aspect is crisis management if the need arises.

Make Life Easy for Your Clients

The simpler you make it on your clients, the better. One thing to avoid is getting caught up in trying to explain details of what you’re doing to get them a result. Giving too much detail can frustrate those who are not as passionate about social media as you are.

What they want are results. Get your clients results and they will be happy campers.

Responsibilities

As a social media manager, your responsibilities can include (but are not limited to):

  • Goal setting
  • Strategic planning
  • Content management
  • Lead generation
  • SEO
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Content Marketing Manager
  • Customer Experience Manager
  • Community Manager

Recommended Traits

You must be highly motivated, creative and have a passion for what you are doing. You must also make yourself visible to build your own business.

To stay on the leading edge, it’s necessary that you always be learning. Things change so rapidly in the world of social media that you absolutely must stay on top of these changes.

However, you will be well served not to be all things to all people. Niche markets and niche areas of expertise will get you, and your clients, the greatest results.

For example, there are social media managers who focus solely on working with authors. By having this type of focus, you can go deep into your area of expertise and be able to more fully serve your clients, thus getting them the results they desire.

With the growth of the publishing industry and self-published authors in particular, there is ample opportunity for a social media manager who specializes in working with authors.

Earn while you learn

Check out what one woman has managed to do in order to monetize her efforts. www.powerupforprofits.com/social

To assure it would be a great fit for those in my community interested in easy monetization of your business, I ordered the program.  I was impressed with how simple the training is, yet chock full of great ideas.

You get a ton of value for the investment.

If you decide to get this program, I will get a small affiliate commission. And yes, this is just one way you can monetize your efforts… as an affiliate.

So rather than simply spinning your wheels on social media, why not get paid for your efforts?

Conclusion

The bottom-line is this; you can spend your time on social media and get nothing for your efforts OR you can make money doing what you love; messing around on Facebook and Twitter. The choice is yours.

 

One of the Best Ways to Create an Incredible Cash Infusion for Your Business

“Business is slow!”

“The economy is terrible.”

“The political structure is creating a fear of spending.”

Which one of these “stories” have you told yourself?

Have you noticed that some people are doing great while others continue to tell themselves how bad business is? It’s based on the stories. Stories either move us forward or stop us dead in our tracks.

For those who convince themselves business is slow, they likely won’t do everything they can to generate revenue. Those who find opportunity, regardless of outward appearances, in just about any situation, are likely taking massive action to generate cash.

Fastest Path to Cash

One of the fastest paths to cash is by picking up the phone as part of your follow up strategy.

Follow up by phone seems to be a very lost art. Recently, I was going through a shelf in my office that is the “collector” shelf. You know the one. You get something in the mail and plan on getting to it … some day.

Recently, I came across a package someone sent me quite a while ago. When I received it, I had a lot going on and never felt an urgency to open it.

The package contained samples of oils, creams, and other such items that likely cost a fair amount to send to me.

The woman who sent it never followed up. Not once.

Well, maybe she followed up with an email, but if she did, I never saw it.

What a waste of money. In her mind, she probably thought she was being productive by mailing me the package. She would have been a heck of a lot more productive if she would have followed up by picking up the phone to make sure I got their package. Chances are, I would have tried the samples quite some time ago. Who knows, I may have turned into a customer.

Emails are NOT The Best Choice

Yesterday, I got an email from someone asking what to do if someone hasn't responded to his emails for over two months.

I asked, “Did you pick up the phone and call them? You never know… they may not have gotten your emails.”

He had not thought of picking up the phone. He assumed the person was blowing him off.

You cannot rely solely on email as a tool for communication. There are far too many things that can happen such as your email being flagged as spam.

No Magic Bullet

Why is it that people are so hesitant to pick up the phone? It's as if the phone weights a ton and they will hurt themselves.

The phone is your friend. The phone makes you money. The phone is a great tool to use in your day to day business practices.

You may be shocked at how much business you’re losing because you are relying on what could be a very unreliable source of communication.

Recently, I hosted an event in Portland, Oregon. 40 entrepreneurs attended Passion for Thriving.

I took one day after the event to regroup, organize my call list and begin the calling. Over the next couple of days, I called at least 90% of those who attended.

Not only did I enroll private clients as a result, I sold an information product to a couple of attendees and showed, by example, that picking up the phone is a very good thing.

If you feel business is slow, get out of your own way and pick up the phone.

Set a goal of a minimum number of calls you will make each day. The bottom line is this; your business success is not based on some secret or magic formula. It’s based on consistently doing what works.

Phone calls work. Simple as that.

Ladies! Join me for the next Passion for Thriving One Day Experience on June 19th. Limited seating available and we are already filling up.

Why wouldn’t you write “The Book?”

The Big Dream

According to some experts, 85 – 90% of the adult US population dreams of writing a book. Sadly, only a small percentage actually do.

The dream to write often starts, and ends, in our formative years.

I was in third-grade when the bug to become a writer hit. Mrs. Brown’s instructions were very loose. “Write about anything you want,” was about the extent of the guidelines.

I decided to write a fiction short story. I loved the process of letting the story of a haunted house unfold from my imagination, ending up on several pages of lined paper.

With great anticipation, the classroom of eight year old kids waited for Mrs. Brown to hand each of us our graded paper.

I beamed with joy when I saw the A++ at the top of the page. I knew right then and there what I wanted to do with my life.

That is, until I ended up in Miss Sasso’s class the following year. When I dared to share my dream of being a writer, my fourth-grade teacher wasted no time telling me why that was an impossibility.

Not only did she berate me, telling me I simply didn’t have the ability to be a writer, she proceeded to express her opinion as to why girls should be realistic about their future.

“You need to learn to type so you can get a job as a secretary,” she bellowed.

Miss Sasso seemed to enjoy watching tears well up in my eyes. The more uncomfortable I became, the more her voice raised, assuring every student within ear shot could hear her.

If humiliating me and wiping out my dream of ever being a writer was her goal, she accomplished this.

Buried, But Not Dead

Yet, the dream never really died. Granted, it took decades before I dared to let the dream bubble to the surface, but once it did, there was no turning back.

It was during a spiritual journey when I was thirty, I would make daily entries into my journal about my travels.

Having hitchhiked from the Bay Area to the West Bank of Israel, I was convinced my daily entries would turn into the next New York Times bestseller. Not only would the book be a favorite of millions of readers, my story would turn into a blockbuster movie.

Neither of those things happened. Why? Because again, I gave up on my dream. Upon my return to the San Francisco bay area, life got in the way. I got caught up with finding work and getting on with life.

Scheduling Writing Time is a Must Do

All of this changed when it became evident that writing needed to be woven into my schedule. It wasn’t simply going to happen. I had to make it happen.

In addition to writing books, I became very accomplished at creating information products. Blogging was another expression of my writing.  I had also submitted hundreds of articles to online directories.

With several books to my name, and many still to be written, I must wonder how many of the 85 – 90% of those who have the dream to write a book had their dream squashed as children.

I also wonder how long they will let the opinion of an adult, who may not realize what they did, stop them from fulfilling a part of their destiny.

The Big Ah Ha!

I was in my mid to late fifties when I realized that not only am I a writer, but I make a good living from writing. It was one of those big “ah ha” light-bulb moments when I realized there are unlimited possibilities for anyone who wants to be a professional writer.

Since that time, I’ve worked with hundreds of men and women who dream of making money from writing books. I not only teach them how to use their books to generate revenues, I consult with them on all a book can do for them.

Whether it be from selling the book through online avenues, at book signings, during a speaking engagement or using the book as a lead generator that leads into making offers of information products, there are countless ways to monetize one’s writing.

Unlike in the past, when a writer had to wait for the blessing from a publisher, today there is not much standing in the way of someone getting a book published.

With the right vision (and guidance) an author can use their book to springboard countless revenue generating opportunities.

It’s one thing to say you’re a writer, it’s something completely different to know you make a living from your writing.

In years past, wearing the label of self-published author was something said under one’s breath. Today, being self-published is widely accepted and approved of.

Add to that the ability to do very strategic book launches, and the possibility for being a profitable author is higher than ever.

Yet, most would-be writers never see their dream become manifest. Why? Because they romance the idea that somehow the book will write itself. Or they wait to be inspired to write. If I had to wait to be inspired, I likely would never have written anywhere near what I have.

For some, they fear no one will buy their book. While others, still hear their very own “Miss Sasso” telling them they will never be a writer.

Truth be told, writing is a discipline as is marketing and selling your books. In addition to discipline, it takes ongoing effort to do what needs to be done to make people aware of your work.

74 Year Old First Time Author Rocks It

Currently, I’m working with an author who recently had her first book published. At 74 years of age, Joan has more passion about sharing her book with audiences both online and off than anyone I’ve ever met. She is willing to put in the time, effort and money to drive to book signings, be interviewed and raise awareness because she believes in what her book is about.

With the energy of someone half her age, Joan’s passion is contagious. And that’s one of the greatest keys to what will likely be a very successful author story; her passion.

While others are still thinking of writing a book, Joan got serious about it. It’s the same with my client Shannon. She is working on a book that will be used to open up consulting opportunities within the corporate environment.

For a long time, Shannon thought about getting the book done, but now she’s completely committed to it.

Not long ago, Shannon and I mapped out a plan based on what opportunities she knows the book will create.

The big thing for both these women is they accepted that if they really want their books to be part of a revenue model, they also have to be thinking about how they will market the book.

Authors Must Know How to Market

Many authors give very little, if any, thought to how they will raise awareness of their book(s). Like the writing of the book, the marketing is something an author needs to take responsibility for.

Not that either has to be the one to do the marketing. There are plenty of people who can work with them to get the word out about their book.

With all that’s available with virtual teams, it’s likely their marketing team will reside in an area other than where the author lives.

The point is, if you want to make money as an author, you can. Will you be a world famous author? Not necessarily, nor do you have to be. You can work within a niche and do incredibly well for yourself.

The main thing is to get started. Carve out the time to write. And if you’re waiting to be inspired, perhaps this will inspire you; there are people who would love to read your work and will gladly buy your books… if they could.

The only way they are going to be able to is for you to sit down and get that book done and then raise awareness about the book. Simply put, raising awareness is marketing.

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7 Steps to Entrepreneurial Success

drownFor Every Problem There IS a Solution

Have you ever met someone who claims they want an solution to a problem, but when given the answer, they pooh-pooh it?

Then they say, “This stuff doesn't work.” It's not that the solution doesn't work, it might be they (deep inside) don't want it to work.

Some people are so attached to their story they'll do whatever they can to be right.

Why is it some people will ask for solutions to their problems, even pay for the strategies to solve problems,  but then continue to do things their way?

It's like watching someone drown because they won't learn how to swim and are constantly diving into the water.

Vetting Clients Comes with Time and Experience

I've made it a policy to vet potential clients by digging into their history. Mind you, I'm talking about high-end clients. I'm not referring to people who buy a $20 product. I'm referring to those who have one-on-one time with me, hire me to consult or keynote at their conference.

One of the quickest ways to determine if you will be able to help a client is to listen to their back story. A few simple questions will let you know if you will be just one more “they didn't work coaches” or if you actually can help.

It's not that you're not good, even great, at what you do. It's that some people continually fail to implement ideas that actually will work because they fear failure, success or both. Sadly, by not taking different actions, they are creating the very thing they fear most; failure.

Listen to The Whole Story

victimRecently, I received an email from a woman who was very upset with a vendor she hired.

“I wasted my money. Why does this always happen to me? One more time, I threw money away. When I complained, she wasn't willing to do anything to fix the problem.”

The email was long and drawn out, but the general tone was the same; the woman felt she had been burned… one more time.

I actually know the vendor and I know her work to be very high quality. I also know she offers stellar customer care.

Several of my personal clients use her services, as do I, and none of us have had this experience. And yet, virtually every vendor this woman worked with resulted in the same outcome; the woman feeling slighted.

Complainers Run In Packs

I've heard similar stories from people who have hired coaches. Although the coaches run very successful businesses, have helped lots of people get great results, there are those individuals who never get results from any of the coaches they have hired.

Often, these folks seek out others who have a similar mindset in order to console each other in the “ain't it sad” scenario.

A closer look will reveal it has little, if anything, to do with the coach and everything to do with the fact the person isn't willing to implement the ideas presented.

I'm not saying there aren't some bad, really bad, coaches. What I am saying is everyone has an M.O.

Success Was Hers… But It Frightened Her

Years ago I worked with a woman who wanted to build a strong local presence, increase the number of private clients she worked with and of course, increase her revenues and profit margins.

We worked on a great solution; it was to get out in her local market and offer complimentary presentations.

Initially, she was gung-ho, implementing virtually every idea we discussed.

She hosted her first ever event in which 45 people attended. Everyone gave her rave reviews.

She made a very nice offer to those in attendance and sold several thousand dollars worth of services.

Her results were wildly successful.She was on Cloud 9.

“I love this. I want to keep doing this,” she exclaimed.

Yet, within a very short period of time she reverted back to old behaviors. She quit doing the very things that resulted in her successful outcome.dance

When I asked her what was going on, she gave me a song and dance about this not being what she is meant to do. And off she went to chase more squirrels.

Last I heard, she was once again struggling in her business and deciding if she needed to close shop.

To me, this is insane.

How do I know? Because for years this was my story.

My Story Was Like A Broken Record

Although I knew I needed to do things differently and would seek out how to make changes, I continued to do things my way.

My way ended me up fat, broke and frustrated. I was so attached to my story of why I couldn't succeed that no matter how clear the answer was I would hold fast to “my way.”

I came to realize (and accept) if things were to change in my life I HAD to be willing to do things differently.

I had to be willing to take full responsibility for my actions. I especially had to be willing to get uncomfortable in order to let go of what was familiar and keeping me broke.

Taking responsibility, changing the way I did things and not telling the same old story has allowed me to create a successful life and business. I'm coming up on my 23rd year in business.

Find Those Who are Doing It

Over the last decade, I've hired several business coaches. Each has a proven track record, has something unique to offer and each pushes me out of my comfort zone.

The fact is, if you want to go beyond your current level of success it is essential to get outside, often wayyyyyy outside, your comfort zone.

I would be incredibly foolish if I were to pay experts for their insights and then not apply what they recommend. After all, I hired them for a reason; they knew things I didn't.

By applying what they advise, I get to experience even greater success than I can achieve on my own.

For example, with one coach, one recommendation I implemented resulted in over $30,000 worth of added revenue in less than a month.

If I would not have tried her method I probably wouldn't have generated the extra $30,000.

The knowledge I obtained from my business coaches is beyond outstanding. Yet, it's worth nothing to me if I don't apply it.

The Insanity of Investing (ooops – throwing money away)

Frequently I see people who will invest in great information from people with a proven track record, yet they put a half-hearted effort into implementation or worse yet, do nothing with the knowledge (or argue why they are different, their market is different and hold to the belief the information won't work for them) and then they say the expert's information doesn't work.

It never ceases to amaze me how much people invest in programs, seminars, workshops and mentors only to continue doing things their way. The very way that got them where they're at and likely has them stuck in a rut of some sort. After all, if they weren't in a rut why would they invest in the knowledge and guidance in the first place?

Mindset is Everything

A place people get incredibly stuck is with their money mindset.  I see this every single day.

Countless men and women continually talk about how tough times are. They claim they just can't seem to make money. When they see others making money the first thing out of their mouth is, “You are so lucky. It's easy for you.”

screechThese type of comments grate on my nerves as much as fingernails on a chalkboard.

It's not luck or things being easy that allow some people to continually generate revenue. Not at all. It's that we have different strategies.

Building and running a successful business takes discipline. It's not something that “just happens.” It's something you plan and work at.

 

Stop the Blame, Stop the Insanity

Rather than blaming the economy or saying people are just not spending money, why not pay attention to your own habits, thoughts and conversations.

Organize your day in a way that you have specific outcomes you MUST achieve.

Avoid conversations that include, “I'm not making any money,” and “I have no idea how I'm going to make any money.”

This is absolutely essential to changing the money mindset. More people engage in the “Money is tight” conversation rather than, “There is more than enough to fill my needs.”

The willingness to NOT engage in negative conversations is absolutely essential to unblocking money channels.

Read books, listen to CDs, and absorb anything and everything on positive money beliefs that you possibly can.

7 Step Process

Want to see a change in your business for the better? Try these 7 Steps To Success

  1. For a period of 30 days start your day by expressing gratitude.
  2. Begin your time in your office with something that will monetize your business. Stay out of email first thing in the morning other than to access any emails that are directly connected with monetizing your business.
  3. Minimize your time in social networks unless the time is directly related to your business growth.
  4. Be willing to end conversations talking about “how slow things are, my market is different, my business is different, you don't understand, blah, blah, blah.”
  5. Engage in conversations about business growth, what the market wants, needs and is willing to pay for, trends and possibility.
  6. Map out your next 30 days. Put a plan in place to create something that will monetize and grow your business. Work the plan.
  7. Rather than assuming the success others experience is based on how lucky they are, dig deeper and take a look at what they are doing to create their success. Look at their systems and be willing to model what they are doing. It's likely when you do you too will experience a new level of success.

Here's the deal; you can choose to continue on the path of the insane people who have the solutions at their fingertips, but still do things their way or you can follow the path of those who are wildly successful.

The choice is yours.

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Are You Getting Your Share of Mailbox Money?

What the Heck is “Mailbox” Money?

mailboxMailbox money is income that arrives either in your physical or virtual mailbox, often in  a somewhat fixed frequency with a minimum of management, basically the definition of passive income. There are a number of types of revenues that fall under the definition including income property payments, ongoing affiliate commission, membership fees, monthly client payments, and dividends.

There are also revenues that are one time revenues that arrive by way of your physical or virtual mailbox. These could be for programs you host for others such as a webinar in which an offer is made, live events that people prepay for, a short term consulting gig, or a speaking engagement.

Regardless of what the money is for, there's something very sweet about getting various amounts of money from a number of different places. When you get everything from a $7 payment on up to one that is several hundred, even several thousand, and everything in between, in one day, that's something to smile about.

Who Coined the Phrase?

My research didn't deliver any answers on where the term first started (so if you know, put the information in the comments below).

I first heard the term from Mary Morrissey on a webinar she hosted.  When I heard her definition, I realized I have had mailbox money for years. From that point forward, I was much more aware of how many avenues my revenues have come from.

Based on how you have your business set up you likely have a general idea of a minimum amount of money that will arrive daily whether it be a few hundred or a few thousand. Unless you receive payments based on what is listed at the beginning of this post, you likely won't know from day-to-day how much cash will arrive. The reason? Multiple streams of revenue that fluctuates from day-to-day.

How to Create Multiple Streams of Revenue

Multiple streams of revenue is exactly what it sounds like; money that comes from various sources. One way to create multiple streams of mailbox money is with information products; yours and those you sell for others.

The more information you have to offer that your market has an interest in the more revenue you can generate.

Additionally, you can generate multiple streams of revenue with services. Whether it be a one time VIP Day, a short term coaching package or a full year program, these are yet more ways to increase your streams of revenues.

Affiliate Revenue is as Sweet As it Gets

No products of your own? No problem. If you have no products of your own you can start by becoming an affiliate seller. I have colleagues who make all their income offering affiliate products and services to their market. This is a viable way to make a great living, when you know what your doing.

Make sure whomever you sell for and whatever you make available you are selling an outstanding product or service you are proud to make available to your market. Never, ever, ever sell anything you can't put your personal stamp of approval on.

A common way many of us become affiliates is by using a product or service, liking it, and then recommending it to our market. For example, I use LeadPages and really like the service. I have no problem encouraging my community to consider using LeadPages in their own businesses.

Avoid This At All Costs

Don't sell simply to make money. Making money simply for the sake of making money may be short lived. Start from the point of, “What would create the greatest value and truly serve my market?” When you think in terms of being of service, the money will follow for a long time to come.

You may have to test a few products to identify your markets' sweet spot both with the type of information you are introducing and the price point.

Some online entrepreneurs are very successful by selling other experts' products. Others prefer to create their own. Still others like a combination of the two.

I lean towards the latter.

If you're planning on developing your own products now is the perfect time to begin. However, you will be well served to plan out what you introduce.

Steps to Success

Follow these simple steps to move you in the right direction.

  1. Identify what your potential customers are interested in. A survey can help considerably in this area.
  2. Determine what knowledge you have that people would be willing to pay for.
  3. Decide the format for the information product; video, audio, MP3.
  4. Determine method of delivery; ClickBank, autoresponder, other.
  5. Determine method of payment; PayPal, credit card.
  6. Develop the product.
  7. Develop a landing page. If you're not qualified you can find plenty of eager designers on www.elance.com or get a free or low cost template program.
  8. Market.

Does it Take Work?

The short answer is YES! it takes work. Putting systems in place to generate multiple streams of revenue isn't something to be taken lightly. You need to know what your promoting that will generate the revenues AND you need to know that if you promote garbage products and services simply to make money is NOT the way to go. You will be setting your community up and you'll be setting yourself up for a lot of unhappy people.

Start immediately to make it policy that you only recommend things you can put your personal stamp of approval on.

I can assure you that when you have several things to offer your market, both yours and those of other experts, you'll get very used to watching your “mailbox money” arrive on a daily basis.

So much in fact, you will know what it means to have a lifestyle business.

What's your experience with mailbox money? Are you getting your share?

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A Few Must-Knows When Using Images in Your Blog Posts

There's no doubt about it, images94%45-60 increase views on a blog. According to digital marketing expert, Jeff Bullas, “Articles with images get 94% more total views. Including a photo and a video in a press release increases views by over 45%.

“60% of consumers are more likely to consider or contact a business when an image shows up in local search results.”

If your not using images, you may be missing out on increased interest in what you write about. And isn't getting people to actually read your posts what you want? If it's not, why the heck are you blogging for in the first place? If it's purely for your own satisfaction, go for it. But for most of the people I know who blog, myself included, we want people to read our posts and in many cases, take some type of action.

If you're selling products from your blog, images definitely increase the interest of the potential buyer. However, the quality of the product image is essential.

When using images you want to make sure you follow a few simple guidelines. Avoid copying images off of Google without either paying for the images or getting expressed permission from the photographer. If you miss this key point, you could set yourself up for a lot of problems.

You can utilize services where you pay for single use of an image. There are plenty to choose from such as iStock, Bigstock and Shutterstock.

If you're looking for ample choices on photos check out Pixabay. They have lots of free images you can choose from. Be sure not to use the ones with watermarks. This means you likely have to pay for the watermarked images.

The least expensive and safest bet is to use your own photos. But make sure they are not blurry and as high quality as you can get them. The best part of using your own photos is being able to  edit your photos into a real masterpiece you can call your own.

I recently discover Canva and love how easy it is to edit and create my own images. I can also buy images they provide for $1.

Another resource I recently discovered is BeFunky. Fun, fun, fun photo editor.

Here are a few of my “first attempts” at both Canva.

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I'll be the first to admit I'm not an artist or editor. But I've been having lots of fun with Canva and BeFunky.

I know the more I use each of these, the better I will get. (Isn't that true for anything we do!) For my first few, I'm pretty happy with the results.

Regardless of what route you go, images do make a difference. Think about it. Amazon wouldn't sell anywhere near what they do if it weren't for the images of every product listed on the mammoth site.

For example, I recently bought a table water fountain for my office. I liked it so much, I bought a couple of my clients the same water fountain.

If I were to try and describe it without a picture, you may not get the actual feel for what it looks like. But with an image, you know exactly what I'm referring to.

The image below lets you know if this is something you would be interested in…or not. Click the image to go to Amazon for the full description of the water feature.

Put careful thought into the images you use. Make sure they tie into your message. Avoid simply throwing something into your post just because you heard you need images.

As with anything, the more effort you put into what you're doing, the better.

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An easy to apply way to use Kindle books to build a subscriber list

A huge area of confusion for many entrepreneurs is how to effectively build a subscriber list.

There are a few ways this can be addressed. First, rather than thinking in terms of simply building a list, think in terms of building a quality list.

Determine the following…

  • Who is your ideal, sweet spot client?
  • Who would you really enjoy working with?
  • What type of people are you in alignment with?

Next, research where your ideal clients reside. What this means is…

  • What blogs do they read?
  • What magazines do the enjoy?
  • What radio and podcast shows do they listen to?

One of the most underutilized ways to build a quality list, with those who are likely already admirers of your work, is with Kindle books.

Kindle books are a gkindlereat resource for experts who want to gain visibility, market reach and increased credibility.

Kindle books are a great tool for lead generation. Most authors don't know this and as a result, miss a lot of great opportunity to sell products and services beyond their Kindle books.

It's not that you get any kind of information from Amazon on who buys or downloads your Kindle books; you don’t.

But… there are specific strategies you can use to drive traffic to an opt in page.

To fully optimize this strategy there are a few things you need to have in place.

Essentials

  1. Know who your ideal target market is and is not.
  2. Write a good Kindle book.
  3. Create some type of an ethical bribe that your ideal prospect would be interested in.
  4. Put the offer inside your Kindle book.
  5. Set up your landing page.
  6. Write and schedule your autoresponder messages
  7. Create a plan for promotions

These are a few of the most important steps to take. From there, upload your book to Amazon. Make sure you have your categories selected according to the genre of the book, you have a robust description and if possible, reviews for your Kindle book.

Then you want to drive traffic to the book on Amazon.

Again, Amazon won’t give you any contact information at all. It’s up to you to create an offer that readers of your Kindle book want to read. From there, you add the offer to the Kindle book. It’s that simple. Or is it?

Actually, where you place the offer in your Kindle book makes all the difference in the world. Miss this look-insideand you miss a lot of potential subscribers. The first place to make your offer is in the first 10% of the book. Why? Because that’s where the look inside feature usually takes readers. That way, even if someone doesn’t buy the book, they see your opt in offer.

There are other locations. To find out what they are, join me on Tuesday, November 29th at 4 p.m. Pacific for The Power & Profit of Kindle Books – Increase Visibility AND Cash with Content You Already Have FREE webinar.

http://powerupforprofits.com/webinar-power-profit-of-kindle-ebooks.html

Because I know how valuable your time is and how frustrating it can be to join in on a webinar without getting lots of great content, I can assure you this; when you join in on this webinar your time will be well invested.

If you've been thinking of getting your book up on Kindle, this webinar is perfect for you. It will be a great use of your time. http://powerupforprofits.com/webinar-power-profit-of-kindle-ebooks.html

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5 Ways Solo-Entrepreneurs Sabotage Their Success

Ask most solo-entrepreneurs why they are in business and they will tell you it’s to make a difference AND make money. Yet, the majority make the road to success much more difficult than it needs to be. In essence, they are sabotaging their success by what they do and by what they don’t do.

Let’s begin by defining just what a solo-entrepreneur is.  A solo-entrepreneur can be a speaker, author, consultant, coach or business advisor.

Solo-E.com founder, Terry Zwierzynski, has a very clear definition of a solo-entrepreneur. “A Solo Entrepreneur (Solo-E) is a professional who chooses to go into business by themselves (go solo), collaborate with others, grow their business without boundaries and, more than likely, without employees. The Solo Entrepreneur may also be called a free agent, freelancer, solopreneur, self-employed, sole proprietor, personal business or home based business owner (although not all Solo Entrepreneurs are home-based.). Other terms used by government agencies (like the U.S. Census Bureau) that count and classify solo entrepreneurs include: nonemployer business, no-employee business, microbusiness (which usually means less than 5 employees), and SOHO (small office – home office).”

Every day, men and women are joining the ranks of the self-employed and solo-entrepreneurs. According to a recent report by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), sponsored by Babson College and Baruch College, finds that 27 million working-age Americans–nearly 14 percent–are starting or running new businesses.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that many of these won’t survive to see the light of day due to one very simple reason; few potential clients know they exist.

When you look at the numbers, it’s no surprise that many “stars in their eyes” startups will fail. Many will blame it on the economy, competition, their spouse doesn’t support them, it’s too expensive to do all they need to do or any number of justifications for not fully going for it.

The bottom line is this; there is more opportunity today than ever before. In order to succeed you absolutely must be willing to get outside of your comfort zone to create the success you want.

To succeed, it’s essential to identify the most common ways you set yourself up for failure. In other words, what are the top ways you are sabotaging your success?

  1. Not having a clear vision for your business
  2. Not saying NO enough.
  3. Not being visible to potential clients.
  4. Not having a sense of urgency.
  5. Not having a clear path for people to do business with you.

Create a clear vision

It’s amazing how many so-called entrepreneurs haven’t taken time to determine where they want their business to go. They barely create a vision beyond, “I want to succeed.”

What does that mean? What kind of revenues do you want to generate? What products and services will you offer? How much of each will you need to sell in order to reach your numbers?

Without a clear vision of where you need to be, how will you know when you’ve arrived?  Additionally, you must know how much, at a minimum, you need to generate to keep your doors open.

Just say NO

Entrepreneurs love to help others. That’s one reason we go into business. We want to make a difference. Yet, it’s absolutely essential to know when to say no.

Equally important is the need to say yes when the right opportunity arises. Not long ago, a client I’ve worked with for a few years, had a great opportunity to present a keynote to 500 people.

“I don’t think I’m going to do this,” she said during one of our calls.

I was somewhat taken aback due to this being the very type of opportunity she had been working toward.

She told me the reasons she was going to say no. What it boiled down to was fear. Every reason was really an excuse.

I strongly encouraged her to say yes to this incredible opportunity. Somewhat reluctantly, she agreed to say yes.

Not only did the audience give her a standing ovation, her consulting business filled up as a result of this one engagement.

There are times you must say NO and other times you absolutely must say YES! The way to determine which is to evaluate if the activity moves you closer (or further away) from your overall goals.

Gain visibility

Many entrepreneurs are under the mistaken belief they will somehow get discovered with little effort to gain visibility on their part. If people don’t know you exist, how can they possibly do business with you?

Case in point: recently I was searching for information on how to Feng Shui my office space. Over and over, one expert’s information showed up. Not only did he have articles written, I found blog posts, videos and reports by this gentleman.

From my perspective, that of a potential client seeking an answer to a specific question aka problem, “How to Feng Shui my office,” the person who stood out was the one who was very visible. Not only did I read and watch much of his information, I signed up for his 60-page complimentary report.

There are likely many Feng Shui experts I would be willing to learn from, but I haven’t a clue who they are because they are not visible.

It is very apparent; the expert I am now following put a lot of effort into gaining visibility.

As obvious as this fact is, it’s amazing how many experts don’t focus daily effort on raising awareness in order that potential clients know they exist.

To not do so is one of the top five ways you sabotage yourself. However, to get the most out of your efforts, you must concentrate your efforts on where your market hangs out.

Create a sense of urgency

The sooner people know you exist, they know about your level of expertise and they know about the products and services you offer, the better. To succeed in today’s fast paced world, you absolutely must have a sense of urgency in what you do.

Urgency does not mean panic. It simply means you know time can either work in your favor or against you. Urgency means you know there are things you must do on a daily basis to get the momentum going.

Everything today is moving faster than ever before. This is even more prevalent in the business environment. There is a need for speed, but with focused effort. It’s not about simply throwing mud up on the wall and hoping it will stick. It’s about being incredibly strategic with all you do, especially how you manage your time and what you do with your time.

Create the mindset that you need to take as much inspired action as possible while in your office. The more focused, targeted and strategic you are, with a sense of urgency in what you do, the greater your results.

Make the path to do business with you incredibly clear

When I sought out answers to my Feng Shui questions, I was very impressed with how simple the one expert I gave my contact information to made things.

First, he made it very easy to find him. Next, he made it easy for me to opt in for his report. Next, his thank you page was easy to navigate. Next, he offered more high value information that continued to position his expertise.

Within a few hours, he sent me another tip on how to get the most out of the information I signed up for.

All of this was automated and very seamless. The only thing he didn’t have was a book on Amazon. Admittedly, I was disappointed.  With as much as he had established his expertise, I would have likely bought a book written by him.

Although he did a great job of getting me, the potential client, into his funnel, he did miss a great opportunity to get me to make the first purchase with him.

Conclusion

The question that begs to be answered is this; are you setting yourself up for failure or success? When you read through the five ways entrepreneurs sabotage their success, where are you with this?

  1. Do you have a clear vision for your business?
  2. Are you saying NO enough?
  3. Are you visible to potential clients?
  4. Do you have a sense of urgency?
  5. Do you have a clear path for people to do business with you?

Your answers will determine the next indicated steps you need to take to create the success you desire.

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