April 21, 2008
We had a large number of entries for our contest this past week.
And everyone made the decision SO TOUGH…a lot tougher than I expected it to be. This is the first time I ran a contest like this on the blog and I was really surprised at how good the comments were. Next time I’ll know going in just how well everyone is going to do and will likely make the rules a little different so I don’t have such a tough decision to make!
Priority #1: A Reader Who Will Use It
So I looked for people who didn’t just say they would use it, but who were already doing something. So even though it was hard to do, I gave priority to all the entries that included some type of website in the registration part of their comment (when you click on their name). I also read through all the comments to see which ones mentioned using the product…and who I really believed would use the product.
Priority #2: A Reader Who Is Likely to Give a Great Testimonial.
This is a more selfish reason on my part, but as you could expect I’d like to see some great testimonials and success stories come in from this product. This means I looked at the entries with the light of how well they’d likely write a really good testimonial when they were finished.
Additional Priority: I really wanted to find someone who needed it, but that was everyone in my opinion. So I wasn’t able to use this as a strong difference in looking at the entries.
After going through all the entries I was able to cut them down to 10. Then I printed those ten out and took them to my wife to also read through and give me her opinion. After she was done there were still 4 entries left.
So I made the hard decision to pick a winner. I picked Tom:
“Your Internet Lifestyle Retirement product is PERFECT for me. I am 61 years old and would like to retire from my “day job” world of sales that I have been in for the last 30 years and begin a new career.
I need to replace my current income with an income that will allow me to live anywhere.
My wife needs to be in a better climate for health reasons and succeeding with an internet business would be a godsend.
As soon as I receive this product, I intend to study it carefully and implement the processes exactly as you describe. I have researched severeal ideas but suffer from too much information and too little guidance.
I know that will succeed with your product.You are an excellent teacher and I am capable of successfully following a proven winner’s system and guidance. I have also been writing for 30 years and wait with interest to see your modules on writing and publishing!
For me to succeed will be a testimonial for your product that will spark a virtually untapped market of boomers my age ready to retire, but wanting to continue being productive.
I will spread the word about Terry Dean to every person I know and start a viral campaign for your product that enabled me to retire from the old system and begin a new life for myself and my wife. There are so many people my age wanting to do this but not knowing who to trust or how to do it.
This will be a winning proposition for yourself and many, many people just like me.
I have started a blog already that will running within a week. The url is www.grayzies.com.
I will bring a wave of “grayzies” like myself into your fold!
I am also from Columbus, Indiana. So, as a fellow Hoosier, I ask for your consideration. Many people will benefit from my success using your system.”
RUNNER-UP: I also decided to pick a runner up to win the same prize.
I choose Dave Hamilton for the second winner.
I’d like to throw my hat in the ring for your cool product! Briefly, here’s why I’d be the right person to receive it:
1. What Matters to Me
I’m not really swayed by the desire for big $$$- I’ve got a cozy home and an amazing family- with brand new twins (5hamiltons.com). The lifestyle I am seeking is to be in their lives as much as possible.. and let them follow dad’s example in adventure, actions and heart. Step one, I believe, is TO BE THERE. A smart online business would allow me that opportunity.
2. I Can Help Folks
My business niche is helping online marketing Newbies with all the technology they’re going to need.. a chasm I’ve seen too many people grow frustrated and get lost in. I’ve got a weird combination of techno-geek/patient teacher, and it feels great when clients have fewer tech related headaches, and more victories because of what I do. But the cries for step-by-step help are getting louder, and I want to learn to be more effective.
3. I’m Hungry for Training.
I’m a believer in “iron sharpens iron”, and I’ve learned there’s a time to shut up and listen, and a time to take bold action. I’m ready to do these, in that order. Bottom line, your wisdom and experience wouldn’t slip through the cracks, and I’d pass it along in my training.
4. You Da Man
I suppose a bit of this is shameless groveling, but the truth is you’re impressive on a couple levels, and if I’m going to make a living in an industry that has a questionable reputation, I want to follow someone who steers clear from the shady stuff. You’re one of the good guys out there- and the Internet needs more good guys. And, incidentally, more pizza delivery guys.
I will be contacting both of these winners to get their mailing addresses. If either of them doesn’t respond back this week, I will pick another winner to replace them.
For all those who weren’t the product winner, I want to thank you for entering. Everyone did an excellent job and gave me a much tougher decision than I expected.
The Internet Lifestyle Retirement System will be available tomorrow (April 22nd).
I will be sending an email out to the list subscribers first (that box at the top right of this blog where you enter name and email). Then I will post to this blog. You can expect the email in the morning and the post to the blog around noon tomorrow.
There is a special discount price for the first 200 buyers.
There is also a special bonus being supplied to the first 50 and 100 who take action.
So make sure you’re watching for this email and post tomorrow!
April 16, 2008
It’s been quite a while since I ran a contest here. So let’s do it. I’m going to give away a copy of my new course, “Internet Lifestyle Retirement System” to one winner on Monday.
Instead of just running a random contest, let’s make this one work like this.
Post below in the comments why I should choose you to receive this product, and what you will do with it once you receive it.
I will then choose a winner Monday from the comments on this post. No purchase necessary to enter and no favoritism will be showed to customers in any way. Just post a comment below of why you want the product and what you will do with it. I have final say-so of which one I pick. You’re convincing me to pick you as the winner from your comment here alone.
Here’s a video to describe a little more about the product…
March 26, 2008
I need your help. One of my goals with this blog is to provide the information you need and want to help you improve your business.
To do this, I need your input. What types of posts do you most enjoy reading? What do you want more information on?
How can I make sure my blog is giving you the best information to help you?
I’ve put together a simple four question survey that will only take you a couple of minutes to complete. Sometimes I give special gifts for completing a survey, but in this case I’m not going to as I don’t want you to fill it out because of a bribe I offer.
I want you to fill in the survey because you’re a regular reader of this blog. As a regular reader, you care about the information that’s published here. This is your opportunity to let me know how I can best serve your needs.
February 25, 2008
Jay Abraham was one of the people I originally learned from when I came online…and I’ve continued to buy his products throughout the years. I first learned about doing Joint ventures, the lifetime value of a customer, and unique selling position from him.
In this 10 minute video he shares how to use Amazon to help you put together winning ads. I found it very unique and had to share it with you.
I originally noticed the video on Rich Schefren’s blog.
February 20, 2008
Using long tail keywords in your blog posts and website articles is one of the most profitable strategies you can implement for your business.
Many of the posts on this blog are targeting these kinds of phrases. Not all of the posts are targeted towards search results. I’d have to estimate around 50% are in one way or another.
When I first started my online business in 1996 I didn’t focus a lot on search engines. When I did though, we concentrated on big heavily searched terms as they were easy to rank in.
But back then there was less competition for keywords – unlike today when the competition for a keyword phrase can be fierce for some niches.
In October 2004, Chris Anderson, Editor and Chief of Wired Magazine coined the term “long tail”. In his article Chris explained that all the items in the long tail totaled more than the items in the high demand area.
So just what are long tail keywords? They are multiple word phrases searchers type into the Search Engines. Similar to a short question they are comprised of 3 to 6 words. No, they don’t have a large quantity of searchers every month but those that use the phrases become highly targeted visitors.
The best free keyword research tool for mining long tail keywords is the SEO Book Keyword Suggestion Tool. Just enter the keyword for your chosen topic and the SEO Book will generate the long tail keywords you can use for your articles and blog posts.
Once you’ve picked a phrase to write about make sure you use the long tail keywords in your title. There are a lot of other ways to boost your search engine ranking, but concentrate first on the title (that way incoming links will also be using your keyword search term). Build up a collection of these keyword phrases on your blog, and you’re now collecting targeted traffic from many different terms.
I checked my stats last month…and Google Analytics showed me as receiving search engine traffic from a total of 1,379 different search engine phrases over the past 30 days. Each one only had a few searches at most, but they add up.
Think about it this way. You target your main blog towards a higher traffic term. Your website article topics and blog posts can be directed towards the smaller segment of searchers who are using phrases instead. And let’s not forget that these visitors will be highly motivated to buy your products since they’re more targeted to the terms you’re using (no discussion of conversion rates should ever be held without identifying where the traffic is coming from).
You can see that the output from the SEO Book search can be a constant source of good topic ideas for your site. Go through and produce a long list of potential topics for your target market. Then revisit the site regularly as new terms will keep being added all the time. At a conference called Searchology last May, Udi Manber, one of Google’s VPs of Engineering, said that 20 to 25% of the queries that Google sees on any given day are queries they have never seen before.
That’s a pretty incredible statement when you think about it. This means as a blogger or article writer you’ll always have something to write about if you run long tail keywords searches often.
One question that should come to mind about this strategy is “What about competition?”
While it’s true you won’t have as much competition for the long tail keywords there is a way to insure you stay at the top of the rankings.
Write an article that’s directly related to your blog post. It must contain high quality content. Then in your Resource Box tie the article to your website or blog post. When you’re finished submit your piece to article and ezine directories.
This strategy will generate incoming links to your website and/or blog that will build over time guaranteeing you a high rank for a long time to come.
Using long tail keywords brings -
* Highly targeted traffic
* Motivated buyers
Creating a loyal readership for your online profit and success.
December 21, 2007
Research Site #1: http://pulse.ebay.com/
Search different categories to find out exactly what people are looking for on eBay. Here’s a powerful principle to remember. On Google, many people are simply looking for free information. On eBay, they’re looking to BUY something.
Research Site #2: http://buzz.yahoo.com/
What are people searching for this week online? Find out what they’re looking for information on now.
Research Site #3: http://www.viralvideochart.com
What are the top 20 most popular videos online? The majority of these are celebrity videos, but sometimes you’ll find a marketer just like you get something through to the top.
Research Site #4: http://youtube.com/browse?s=mp
Which videos do best on Youtube? Find out with the above link. The beauty is you can also search by category on the left side of the page.
Research Site #5: http://popurls.com
Find the most popular buzz going on right now on Digg, Delicious, Reddit, Newsvine, Google, and more. This site combines more than a dozen of the top sites to see which articles get the most attention.
Research Site #6: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/new-for-you/bestsellers/-/books/
Find the hottest selling books on Amazon. Use the categories along the left to search for books related to the subjects you’re interested in producing information products on.
Research Site #7: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
Over 20,000 digital ebooks ready for free download. Many of these ebooks are even in the public domain (not all of them – so check the licensing information). You can even check the Top 100 Books and Authors section to see what’s most popular.
Research Site #8: http://www.download.com/3101-2001-0-1.html
Find the most popular software downloads.
Research Site #9: http://findarticles.com
Over 10 million articles available online. Great resource whenever you’re doing any type of research for your own articles.
Research Site #10: http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/dvd/554048/ref=pd_ts_d_nav
Find the most popular instructional DVDs selling on Amazon. This continues with the principle to sell things people are ALREADY buying.
November 14, 2007
One of my coaching clients has entered and profited from 17 radically different markets successfully in the past 2 years.
Yes, that’s right. I said 17 different markets. Not just 17 different products….17 different audiences. This means his lists do not crossover in these markets.
He quietly enters a market…peeks inside the heads of customers and competitors…and builds an irresistible marketing machine.
And he does it over and over again in different markets.
I got him to do a 65 minute interview with me where he shared his system of finding profitable markets, examining from the inside out, and then making sure he was going to be successful before he ever entered the market.
We even get down to the nitty gritty where we discuss some ways to estimate just how profitable a market will be…and we compare the difference between niche markets and general interest markets. How to find the right one for you (hint: some of his businesses are actually of each type).
Find out more here:
The price is only $7. I know this is ridiculously low…and you may be wondering just how valuable it is when I’m sharing it for this price.
It’s simple really. If I can help you find a profitable market for your business…you’re going to have more money to buy my other products and services such as my Email Mastery, Blogging for Fun and Profit, and Internet Mastery courses. You’ll also have the right focus when you join one of my coaching programs.
Once you see just how much you can learn from this simple low cost product, you’ll be first in line for all my other offers. I’m building a list of buyers…instead of just a list of subscribers.
This is not a 24 hour or 48 hour special. I haven’t decided how long I will personally offer this report. I might leave it up forever based on test results.
So why should you jump on it now? There are two reasons. The first is there is a 100% commission affiliate program on it for the moment (not promising if I will leave it this high). Only buyers can participate in the program. You can promote the product to your list for as long as I have it available from my site and you keep all the money.
There are also reprint rights to the report being offered for a limited time at the current price of only $35 (again only offered to buyers).
The 2nd reason why you should take advantage of this now is because of how much it will save you by helping you choose the right market. If you’ve ever chosen a wrong market (sometimes referred to as a niche), you know just how costly of a mistake that is. Save yourself the time…the frustration…and the expense by knowing exactly what to look for…and how to compare different markets.
The price is only $7.