A Provacative Suggestion

The secret to success in any venture online or off is to understand that persistent focused action pays.  In internet marketing circles that is as true as anywhere else, but in few fields are the temptations to wander from one thing to another as strong or as ever present.

If you are interested in supplementing or replacing or greatly surpassing your current income, I invite you to listen in on the following video I put up on Youtube.

I was on my way out of town to attend a family wedding a couple of weeks ago when Affiliate Silver Bullet launched.  As a result, I did not promote it, but since returning I joined myself, and after a few weeks I’ve decided that this is one of those programs I really should promote.

Do yourself a favor and join it yourself and then take persistent focused action to drive traffic to your affiliate silver bullet sites.

Go here to learn more: Affiliate Silver Bullet

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Yearlings Interview with Earl Netwal

Yep, it’s Earl Netwal interviewing Earl Netwal on my progress to date in internet marketing.  My scheduled guest was unavailable today so I interviewed myself. Thought it might be a good idea to do what we call an Ice Breaker in my Toastmasters Club.

Ideally, I would have spent some time pre-planning the presentation, but due to the last minute idea of doing the broadcast myself, I did not adequately plan my content. Nonetheless, I did pretty well and think you may find it interesting.

I discuss some of my successes and failures in internet marketing.

In the presentation, I suggest that you contact me by email to get a couple of freebies.  Since I sell these, I don’t want to put a free link here, but if you listen and decide you want one of the freebies you can just leave a comment here and I will get the links you want to you.

Listen to internet radio with Earl Netwal on Blog Talk Radio
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Interview with Lonnie Amirault

Well I ran into technical difficulties yet again with Blog Talk Radio this week, so I recorded my scheduled interview with Lonnie Amirault off the air.  It turns out that it was perhaps the best interview to date, although a number of my others were pretty good as well.  This one runs about 45 minutes long since we didn’t have to deal with the 30 minute time limit I set up for Blog Talk radio.

I highly recommend you listen to this interview.  It has some real meat in it, whether you are brand new to internet marketing, have been at it for a while, or are fairly advanced.

Lonnie Amirault Interview
Click to hear Lonnie Amirault Interview

[tags]Internet marketing Interviews, Lonnie Amirault, MicroBusinessSpecialist, Yearlings[/tags]

Affiliate Marketing Secrets

One of the easiest and fastest way to make money online in through affiliate marketing. This is when you send visitors to someone else’s product sales page, they make the sale and deliver the product, and you get a percentage of the sale price as you commission (usually 50% or more for digital products).

The benefits of this are

  1. You can get started almost immediately because you don’t have to create a product, write the sales page, design the website, develop marketing materials, or set up the ordering, billing & delivery system.
  2. You have almost no investment of time because you don’t have to do the customer support or deal with billing or technical issues.
  3. You have nearly zero risk because you already know the product sells. So if you send visitors you will get paid.

Looking at these benefits, it’s clear that affiliate marketing is the way to go!

The downside is…

After all your hard work of generating traffic to the sales page, you will never see any of those visitors again. Most of them will not buy on their first visit, which means you’re losing over 90% of the traffic right off the top. And of the 10% or less that do buy, the product owner will be able to sell to them again, but you will not.

What’s the solution?

Simply put, you need to capture the name and email of your visitors *before* sending them to the product sales page. This way you can follow up with them and keep sending them back to the sales page to increase your chances of making the sale. And if you’re really on top of your game, you’ll then send to a pre-sales page in between.

Here’s what these affiliate marketing strategies will do for you:

  1. You’ll be building your own list of potential customers that you can market to again and again.
  2. You’ll be pre-selling them by providing valuable information and then casually linking to the product sales page in the context of this information.

In order to set a system like this up, you will need the following affiliate marketing tools:

  1. A Video Squeeze Page (with video)
  2. One or more content-rich Pre-Selling Pages
  3. At least a 5-Part Email Followup Series

The video squeeze page is where you’ll direct your traffic instead of directly to the product sales page. It captures the name and email of your visitors and puts them into your autoresponder, which then begins sending out the 5-part email series. Then it redirects them to your pre-selling pages after they subscribe to your email series.

All of this together increases your chances of making the sale by up to 500% so it’s well worth the effort of setting it up. And once it’s set up, it runs automatically – you just keep sending visitors to the squeeze page.

If you don’t have the time or expertise to set it all up yourself, you can use something like Affiliate Silver Bullet. Services like this design the enter system (the video, the video squeeze page, the email series, the content pages, etc). The benefit is that it’s much less expensive then you could do it yourself, and it’s instantly set up. The downside is that other people will be using the same affiliate tools as you. But the internet is pretty big, so this isn’t much of a concern.

The other route you can take is to hire people on Elance to create and implement the various aspects for you. Either way, it’s an important step that you need to take if you’re going to be serious about your business.

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Internet Marketers Can Help Oil Spill

I spent this past weekend at my niece’s wedding in the Tampa, Florida area, and took the opportunity to go fishing with my brother a couple of days later in the Gulf of Mexico.

While the oil slick is still a ways away, the fear of disaster was evident everywhere. Now I have heard of an interesting way you and I can help. By getting a hair cut!

It appears that hair is a natural oil absorbent, and may actually be an extremely effective way of helping protect significant areas, but its going to take a lot of hair. Its being stuffed into panty hose like material to create oil absorbing booms that will help soak up the oil. With luck and a lot of hair, it may be possible to save many natural areas.

As internet marketers we can help spread the word to our lists, and that would be good. The link to publish appears to be: http://www.matteroftrust.org/

But here’s one more idea for those of you taking your skills as internet marketers to main street. Talk to your barber or hair dresser. Ask them to consider how many people they could draw in for hair cuts if they had an email list of past customers, and were to send them an appeal to get their hair cuts so they as owners could ship the hair to fight the spill.

If nothing else, it would give you a talking point to bring up the topic, and perhaps land a new customer for email and auto-responder services that you could manage for them.

[tags]Oil Spill, Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Hair Booms, Hair Cuts, Barbers, hairdressers, main street marketing[/tags]

Information Product Creation: Ghost Writers

Getting a ghost writer to create your information product for you is a great idea if you do not have the time or skills to do a great job yourself. In the video below I provide some practical tips on the process.

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Info Product Creation: Interviewing Experts

One of my favorite ways to create a product for sale or giveaway is to do an interview with experts or others with a special point of view.  If you have been following my Blog Talk Radio series caller Yearlings, you will know that the interviewee need not be world famous.  Yet if you try you would be surprised how many famous people you can actually get to participate in an interview – if you ask.

[tags]product creation, information product creation, internet marketing, [/tags]

Yearlings Interview: Singing Steve Bermann

Today I had the pleasure to interview Singing Steve Bermann of Las Vegas, Nevada.  While what happens in Las Vegas Stays in Las Vegas, Steve let a few secrets slip out. Listen below to the interview.

You can listen to past shows here:

Roy Fielding

Michael O’Reilly

Fred Lotgering

Gaj Subudhi

[tags]Singing Steve Bermann, Steve Bermann, Information overload, Mentors, safe swaps, internet marketing swaps, yearlings [/tags]

Yearling Interview with Saj Subudhi

Last Tuesday I had another of my ongoing Yearling interviews on Blog Talk Radio. Been caught up with some extraneous issues and did not get a chance to post the interview here till now.  I promised to post Gaj’s web site here: So here it is:  www.superstarsmarketing.com/ibmb

Next Tuesday I will be interviewing Sing Steve Bermann at Noon EDT on Blog Talk Radio. Join us if you can.