The “Secret System” you are looking for.

Everyone of you is looking for a “secret system”. I don’t care who you are. We all are. If you are diligent or lazy, Christian or pagan, internet marketer or lottery player, everyone is.

There are two reasons for this: a. you aren’t on the right track OR

b. you ARE on the right track to internet marketing success, but you don’t know it yet.  Even if you are on the right track, it can take time. And it’s easy to doubt yourself and wonder if you will get there in time to even enjoy it.

The Patriarchs of old went through this. Joseph had a dream that he would rule over his brother, and yet God let him sit in prison.  Don’t you think that he sometimes wondered if he would ever reach his dream? We read that God was putting iron in his bones.

Moses was on the backside of the desert for 40 years before stepping into his dream to deliver his people.

Abraham and Sarah were bona fide senior citizens before the birth of the promised child. What am I saying? I’m saying that just because you have to wait, doesn’t mean it will never happen.

How do you know if you are doing the right thing?

Well, first of all, the right thing can change. What does work today might not work tomorrow.  We all know this.  But there are some things that are pretty certain.

If you have a product that no one else has, but that everyone wants,

if you promote it on a reasonably attractive platform

and if you promote it properly, then you have a better chance of success. So start with that.

But now, I want to tell you the REaL and I  do mean the real deal secret to success. And it is the only truth that will never change in your marketing scheme, ever.  Here it is:

Content marketing and the reptilian brain.

Content marketing and the reptilian brain.

“I know it’s only rock and roll but I like it. I know it’s only rock and roll but I like it, like it, yes I do.”

Okay, do I sound two years old here? Read it again. This, readers, is the million dollar song. People from all over the world flock to hear singers from the group, “The Rolling Stones” sing this song.

Was it the lyrics that made this a classic? No way. It’s the ear candy. Without the background music and the muscicians, this song would be annoying to everyone.

It’s the same way with your website.

What eactly IS content?

Alot of marketers think that they can’t add content to their website unless they are writers who post 250 words in every article they add to their blog. But that’s not true! Other things count as content, not just writing. That’s because your content is so much more than just the words you write.

If your writing is really really poor, immature, or juvenile, then you can do one of two things; you can improve your writing skills (takes time) or you could spice up your space with some eyecandy.  You could draw your own illustrations, or pay someone to do that for you.  You could even hire a photographer. I think I have an even better idea.

Add better photos to your website.

Yep, that’s probably your best first choice for adding non verbal content that isn’t super annoying. So, having a song play automatically on a website, or a pop up form that assaults your readers– that’s not good. However, one super easy addition you can make to your website, if you aren’t much of a writer, is just to put a high quality photo at the top of each post.

How to get good photos on your website

Take them. No, seriously. Maybe you can’t work a camera really well, but you can invest some time in taking better pictures. I rcommend that my students spend one hour per day taking the very best photos that they can for their website. It’s expensive to constantly pay a fee for the pleasure of using a photo that isn’t exclusively yours anyway. Why not take your own?

Go online and find a really cheap camera. Get the very best one you can afford. Practice taking pictures in different lighting. Get a cheap tripod. Snap pictures of people doing very natural things that would resonate with your reader. Just make sure they look natural and not forced or staged.  At the end of the week, you are going to have plenty of pictures to choose from. Every week, put up a quality photo. You are going to learn so much about photography (why do marketers shy away from this?)

Educate yourself. If you keep screwing one thing up, go online and find out the solution. People do take selfies all the time that wind up on the front page of Google. You don’t have to have a huge lens and tons of equipment. Just intentionally invest some serious time this week in working that camera.

Well, I hope this article on Content Marketing has given hope to those of you who aren’t really writers. The truth is, your readers aren’t necessarily looking for a high articulation level in your posts, especially if they aren’t super articulate. Remember, it’s the user experience they are looking for. Even if you aren’t much of a writer, you can still help the overall atmosphere of your blog through the use of soundbites, graphics, and even an invitation for others to particate in polls and surveys. Inviting your readers to comment is also great, as this too counts as content.

Yes, it’s really true, you don’t have to be able to write well in order to write a song. The same is also true of your blog; even if you can’t write well, you can still improve your overall content.

Evaluating the quality of your internet marketing education

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When you are first starting your online business, you want to make sure that you are getting the right kind of information at a price you can afford. You want the education you are receiving to be the best it can be, and highly relevant to your particular business. And, you want results.

Hiring the complete services of a very good marketing agency would be the fastest way to get your business going. But definitely not the cheapest. A marketing agency will outsource all of the necessary work or do it with their own team. They will outline a plan for your business, and just do it all for you. Most new business owners can not afford this option at first.

If you are looking to learn how to market items yourself, you can hire a recommended “guru” to coach you and show you step-by-step how it’s done. Mentoring is hands down the best way to learn internet marketing and in the end, is almost as expensive as a marketing agency, but with the benefit of an education.

Consulting is always a good option if you just want someone to tell you what they think. Consulting may be done by the hour or a complete day, and if it’s really consulting it should just be you, not a group of people, getting advice from the expert. Note: many consultants refer you to other people for the services you need. And they get a commission for doing so. Beware of the quality of such referrals and ask the consultant if they are getting a kick back

Next best thing is a personal road map of your business. Not all coaches will do this and the reason is they either don’t know how, or they don’t think it’s as thorough.  A road map of your business is a written blue print or flow chart which tells you in written form what you should be doing, in what order.

If you can’t afford any of these specialized services, then you need to self-educate through free online tutorials or paid modules. The problem is, no matter how detailed the information is, it still isn’t going to tell you when to use it, or in what order.

The approach I take for my internet marketing program, is to provide a step by step system that takes you through each process needed to get your business online, looking good, getting traffic and making sales.

When you self-educate off of the internet, you may find it hard to know which style to use in marketing, and how to integrate all of these tutorials together.

But when you have real help from an expert, they can lift you above the clouds and show you the whole picture from a seasoned angle.

How To Win at Internet Marketing

How to win at Internet marketing.

Okay. Let’s talk here. So you have a dream to be successful. But. What does that mean?

What does it mean, exactly, to be successful at internet marketing? Well, different people define success in different ways. If you make money at internet marketing, most people would call that succeeding at it. Not because money is everything, but because we are specifically talking about marketing here. As in, marketing or selling something on the internet.

But now, I didn’t title this post, “How to succeed at internet marketing”  because, most people don’t look at internet marketing as something to make money at. They look at it as  a sort of Machiavellian style game…where they win. Here’s what I mean.

A lot of internet marketers are very competitive. And there’s a reason for that. Internet marketing is sort of set up to make you competitive.

Affiliate marketers want to scoop up the seekers.

Other marketers (okay most) have a highly focused goal of being number one on Google…or at least somewhere at the top of the heap.

And a lot of marketers have this belief that if they can get enough “likes” on their face book page, then (hurray!) they win.

But that’s not true. Because being successful at internet marketing has nothing to do with any of those things. It’s all about how much money you make.

You should have a definite goal of how much money you expect to make at internet marketing.

It’s easy to lose focus of what’s important, and get all excited when you have 5000 followers. But is all of that “fame” converting into cash?

Instead of counting your “likes”, checking your stats, and looking at your rankings on Google, you need to ask yourself this question:
“Are any of these things actually making me any money”

How long to wait for the ship to roll in.

The light at the end of the tunnel

 

rat2btreading2bwaterHave you ever been in a situation in your business where it looked like nothing would ever get better?

Or maybe you’ve been working at your business for a long time, and you are making little, if no money.

Don’t give up.

These scientists put these two rats in separate tanks of water (no life preserver in the experiment). (:0

the first rat treaded water for three days before reaching the light at the end of the tunnel.

The second rat had no light, and died after 45 minutes of trying.

What does your business need?

The light at the end of the tunnel.

What is that light?

A word.

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How to Outshine your Competitor

Bruce Wilkerson writes the following in his book: “The Dream Giver”

He defines what a “gimper” is, and how the definition of being a gimper changed his life;

“A  gimper is someone who always does a little more than what’s required or expected. In the furniture business, for example, gimping is putting the finishing touches on the upholstery, patiently applying the ornamental extras that are a mark of quality and value”.

 

So, the question I want to ask you today is, Are you a “gimper?” Do you do the bare minimum in your business, or do you consistently take time to go above and beyond the competition?

Here are some ways you can shine in your industry

Customer service:

always be there for your customers. Don’t make them wait for a response if they contact you. If you use voice-mail, be sure to answer all requests with 24 hours, always. Two hours is a better response rate. Ten minutes or less is ideal. Why is getting back to your customers so important? It shows them honor. And if you are on of the few businesses who takes response time seriously, you will be a gimper.

Another way you can be a gimper is to regularly: get feedback from your audience. Rather than running test after test and paying for market research, determine what your customer wants by simply asking. When you make use of polls and surveys, you keep your pulse on the desire of your customer so you can better serve them.

Few business owners rely primarily on public demand for forming their business strategy. When you do, you’ll be a gimper.

Do you have any tips or tricks you use in your business to delight your customer? We’d love to hear about it in the comment section !

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The Lonely Marketer’s Newsletter

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Dear Marketer,

I know you. You are busy, frustrated, underpaid and underappreciated. You spend hours on the computer and you are lonely.
Some mornings, you wake up and pound on the keyboard wondering if it’s even worth it, if your dream will ever happen.

Other days, you doubt your dream,,, and doubt yourself, wondering if you are even doing the right steps to get there.

Once engaged in a “This is the BIG one” project, you shut yourself off for days from friends and family. Or, you do your work right in the living room, clicking and typing while the family members hover over your shoulder, arguing inches from you on who gets the computer next.

If you have already hit “the big one” (as in, that winning online venture) you work for weeks tweaking and maintaining it; It consumes you.
It isn’t easy starting at internet marketing, and it’s even harder doing it alone.
Which is why I started:

The Lonely marketers newsletter.

This isn’t one of those deals where you sign up for free marketing info and get a snippet of gobbledygook directing you off of your email to another site.
And this isn’t some teaser email that acts like it’s going to give you info, only to pitch its product.

These are purely inspirational and motivational.

The newsletters come about every two weeks, or whenever I have something important to say.

You can get it by signing up below:

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Season of Isolation

Here are some of the reasons God puts His people in an isolated position ( see if any of these apply)

Do you find yourself in a season of isolation? Maybe you have been “in hiding” for a while. Maybe for a very long while. And you are wondering why?

You are being tested

 

Have you ever been in a situation where you thought you might lose your mind? I’m talking about not being able to get out for a long, long time. I went through a season in my life where I was completely homebound. My future was uncertain and I had to rely on God completely to come through for me, for everything from getting me to the store, and even hustling up a ride to church. It stretched my faith like few things could, and proved to me that I was much stronger than I realized. I remember almost feeling animosity toward the Lord. How could he abandon me like this while the walls were closing in on me. Didn’t He care?

Thoughts of divorce, walking down the street to the bar (the only place in walking distance) and other quick fix temptations assailed my lonely and seemingly abondoned heart.

It was during this tough time that I completely surrendered my very sanity to the Lord and , no, He did NOT let me lose my mind. And I did get through.

If you are in a tight spot and feel closed in, even trapped, it could be that God is testing you, to see if you will still be devoted to him. Some people think that their life is not worth living if they don’t have the freedom to mix with others. Or if they don’t have a family. Or someone to love. Lonely people are often bitter at God for their state, but could it be that God is testing them to see if they will love him… no matter what?

Character development

Sometimes God will separate someone so that He can develop their character. Some new believers that found Christ during a life of crime, later find themselves incarcerated for something they did before they were a Christian. Why would God allow that? I mean, He’s God. He can cause prison sentences to be reversed; He could have caused the person to walk away free. But He doesn’t always do that because sometimes, He wants to develop that person’s character. Stuck behind four walls with nothing but a Bible is a good chance to get to know God better.

The hardboiled personality. 

Hardboiled is a term  used to describe someone who is just hard to deal with. Sometimes, God will put overbearing people “on the shelf” so to speak, to protect others from them. There are many fine people who love the Lord, but their lack of tact makes them very hard to deal with. A lot of strongst-jerome

Christian leaders were like this, so if this describes you, take heart. Some personality types are so strong, so forceful, that if not left in check, they can cause regular damage. It appears that the Almighty has to put some of these people “on a leash” so to speak, until they are ready to be loosed for a special project or season.

Note: I speak this from experience

You are being protected.

 

While hardboiled people are often put in isolation to protect others from them, sometimes God will put you aside to protect you. When I was a very young Christian, there were many times that I would feel the hand of God sheltering me by putting me in a state of isolation. Perhaps this meant going without a car for a season. That lack of transportation protected me from the sure temptation of going to some unsavory places that I use to frequent This was temporary, as I later was given a vehicle, after I had matured a bit. Then, there was a season when I was pregnant, and was told I needed to take it easy. Again, I found myself without a car to take me anywhere and everywhere, whenever. What could have appeared as deprivation actually proved to be a blessing. I could sense the Almighty shielding me in and keeping me safe from my own impulsiveness. I got regular sleep, and didn’t stay up all night carousing around at various places, all be they wholesome. Finally, there was a time in my life when I was going through a very emotional time. My moods ran back and forth like wild horses. It was during this turbulent season that I found myself once again, without a vehicle. Just as before, I could strongly feel the hand of God shielding me from too much freedom. If you find yourself in a situation where you seem to be “tucked away” from the outside world, it could be that God is protecting you from it.
In addition to protecting you from yourself, there are also times when God may protect a person from real danger out there. Even good, stable steady people have at times been placed in a period of isolation to protect them from malevolent forces around them. It’s entirely possible that you would be entirely unsafe if you weren’t in isolation. A good example is prisoners who are put in solitary confinement. Could it be that God is actually protecting some of them from something that is about to happen? There is no telling. Not until we get to heaven will we fully know all of the times that God has protected us from the forces of evil.

 

Training and instruction

Moses went up into the mountain for forty days, and it was there that he received the Ten Commandments. He also received the law, which included lots of rules and regulations but he wouldn’t have got all of this if he had not separated himself and gone up into the mountain. Sometimes God separates us for a season so that he can train and instruct us.

Being taught contentment

Is God really enough? Can you endure a season of isolation or loneliness without being bitter? Can you learn to rest everything in God’s hands believing that He is in control and that He knows what’s best? If you can, then you will have learned how to be content in every situation.Remember, Job? He’s the guy in the Bible who had everything taken from him…his car, (no, not really….his camel) and his livestock, his family (except a nagging wife… he got to keep her). God was testing him. Satan and God had this discussion where he told God that Job only served God because he had been so blessed by Him. The text reveals that Job was going through a time of testing to  prove to Satan that God had a people who knew that their God was really enough.

Preciousness

Has it ever occurred to you that God is hogging you all to Himself? What an honor! Isolation provides us with plenty of time for intimate fellowship with the Creator. Will this season last forever? Will the honeymoon season of isolation have an end? Who knows…enjoy it while you can!

You are needed or maybe, where you are is where you are supposed to be. A family or responsiblity might need you right where you are

The “I don’t know file”– Let’s face it…like Job, sometimes we just don’t know and we never will. God has a big “i don’t know file” and it’s sealed. But one day maybe we’ll get to read it. Dump it there and don’t worry about it.

Climatic adjustment

It takes time for a goldfish to adjust to its surroundings. If you feel trapped in a sandwich baggie, floating in the sea of uncertainty, don’t fret…you may be getting acclimated to the environment before being dumped in.

You need to move on

Are you certain that there is nothing you can do to get out of your tight space? If you are restless, it may be more than an unsubmitted heart or the protecting, nurturing hand of God; instead, your restlessness could be God’s way of prodding you to move on. Pray, and then withdraw and analyze. Maybe you do have options and aren’t exercising them.

INTERNET MARKETING–the barebone basics

Internet Marketing Basics

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The very basics of INTERNET MARKETING ARE:

  • Having a product that has a market,
  • Using the right platform to sell it on (almost always, a website), and
  • Getting enough people to visit your website.

If your internet marketing program doesn’t cover these things, then they assume you already have the product, platform, and traffic.

Don’t buy any internet marketing program, any informational e-book, any “secret system” or “winning formula” until you at least know these things:

  • How to build a website
  • How to drive traffic to your website
  • How to write reasonably good content.

If you can’t write, don’t know basic web design, and know nothing about how to build online traffic, then you are wasting your time with the other stuff.

In the beginning, you need a way to make money without advertising. You need a way to draw traffic without paying to get links. And you need a way to make a website (without money) to drive all of your free traffic to.

I cover all of this and more in my e-course “How to sell anything online.”

You’ll learn how to develop a website that is effective, and optimized for the search engines.

You’ll learn how to drive quality traffic to your website.

And I’ll show you how to collect payments online.

I’ll teach you how to do all of this with absolutely no money or advertising in the beginning.

You’ll learn step-by-step what it takes to be an overnight internet success.

Will you make a million dollars overnight? Anything’s possible if you believe. But I think a better goal might be to make a decent income so you can afford some of the bells and whistles that can make you a million down the road.

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