People Are Awesome (Video)

Most people don’t know this about me but I’m a total extreme sports nut!

If you’re into some crazy stuff like mountain biking, skateboarding, snowboarding and just anything awesome too, you’ll get a kick out of this video like I did.

Like the title suggests, people are capable of extraordinary things!

But of course, to become awesome you need to practice, practice and practice(‘coz I’m sure that not many people can pull off a 100 ft putt like Jack Nicklaus the very first go!)

Hang in there!

Stuart Stirling

p.s. Please leave your comments below!

Tear Jerking Inspirational Story (Video)

This is an old one but it’s one of the most moving stories I’ve ever seen.

It’s about an autistic kid called Jason McElway who was the manager of his high school basketball team and finally had his wish to play with the team granted.

Jason’s job was to give out water to the players and motivate them. He never actually got to play a game until the last game of the season where his coach put him on the court for the last 4 minutes of the game.

This is what happened… (get a Kleenex ready)

Jason had a dream – to play a game of basketball with his team. He had to wait out nearly a whole season, but the time finally came where he would be able to live his dream.

This is just a simple example of the power of dreams – but a very powerful one. (did your tear ducts well up too?)

With our own lives, it doesn’t hurt to do something out of the ‘norm’ once in a while to get closer to achieving our dreams.

In fact, it’s absolutely necessary.

And of course, never stop dreaming!

To your success,
Stuart Stirling

p.s. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this video. Please leave them below.

Squidoo Is Not Dead!

Squidoo.com made waves on the web a few years ago.

It was a revolutionary (for it’s time) user-content driven site that marketers flocked too to funnel free traffic to their site or promote affiliate offers right from the pages (lenses).

It was the second favorite choice for Bum Marketers behind Ezine Articles because Google loved Squidoo. It was relatively easy to get #1 page rankings forĀ  lenses built on long tail keywords.

But like all good things, they have to end. Squidoo was probably too good.

People found out about the awesome-ness of Squidoo and started to abuse it. It was only a matter of time until they cracked down on the spam lenses and abusers of the technology.

Many copy-cat sites were built and soon people forgot about Squidoo.

But I’m happy to say Squidoo is back!

In the glory days of Squidoo I set up a lens where I was giving away a free “how to make money on squidoo” ebook. That lens is still functional today and I get anywhere from 10 – 30 new subscribers a day from it.

I got an email the other day from a subscriber who download that report and loved my emails. She included a link to her first lens.

I replied back and told her it looked really good and asked her if she has made any sales from it yet?

She replied and told me she had already made 11 sales of amazon products which has earned her $15 in profits – and it was her very first lens that she created just 2 weeks prior!

Sure, $15 is not enough to buy a yacht and take a year off to sail around the world, but if she scales it up, creates 10 lenses following the same pattern as her first one, she’ll be looking at some very nice passive monthly income.

I love success stories like this. It lets me know that my hard work in teaching others about online marketing is paying off.

And let’s me know that Squidoo is not dead – it’s very much alive.

Squidoo never died, they just took a step out of the spotlight to makes themselves better – and now they’re back in full force.

I recommend you check out Squidoo today! It’s totally free to join and start making lenses about anything you want.

They are still a great place to share your expertise to help promote your business – and better than before.

Use it for what it was made for and it will be good to you.

To your success,
Stu Sensei

p.s. What do you like/dislike about Squidoo? Leave your comment below and share on facebook and twitter!

7 Tips For Staying Creative

Ever feel like your creativity has gone out the window and wondering when/if it will ever come back again?

For entrepreneurs, it’s necessary to keep creativity levels high. As we are all one-man shows for the most part, we have to think and make the executive decisions on what product to create next or how to promote this affiliate offer etc, all by ourselves – or at least it feels that way most of the time.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could give yourself an instant boosts of creativity just like pressing the nitro button in a video game? Well, there is no switch for creativity button, but I’d like to share a few tips for keeping your creativity levels high.

Optimize Your Work Place

If you work from home on your internet business, your work space is probably in the corner of the living room with the TV in the other corner and your wife around the corner bugging you to take out the trash. It’s hard to get creative and just plain get work done in a room with distractions. Another idea could be to put up a poster with inspirational quotes.

Borrow Ideas

When you run out of ideas, just go and do some undercover spying to see what others are doing and borrow their ideas. For example when you can’t think of a good topic for your next blog post, go take a look at what your favorite blogger is writing about and some ideas will come to you. Don’t copy, just borrow ideas.

Mix Things Up

Monotony is the biggest killer of creativity. When we do the same thing over and over everyday, we get too lazy to think of new things. Do something random! Play some music really loud and jump up and down on your bed. Make a prank call to your local pizza shop! Go outside and so some somersaults in the yard. It doesn’t have to be so outrageous, but do something out of the norm to keep things interesting.

Join A Mastermind Group

I mentioned earlier in the post that as entrepreneurs, it seems like we have to do everything ourselves – but if we do, it’s easy to burnout – and that includes thinking up ideas. Talking with and bouncing around ideas with other like-minded marketers is a great way to come up with new ideas and keep the fire going. There are many times after a good chat session when I have felt really pumped with mind-energy to go out and press forward in my business.

Listen Or Read Inspirational Material

Similar to chatting with mentors or peers in a mastermind, listening to or reading good inspirational material is a great way to boost your inspiration. Hearing success stories from others in your field is a great confidence booster. Some of my favorite speakers are Zig Ziglar, Gary Halbert and Robert Kiyosaki.

Take a Break

Have you ever heard about the guy that got his million dollar idea on the toilet seat? I don’t doubt it! Like I mentioned about mixing it up, taking a break let’s your mind relax and makes space for new thoughts to enter. I myself have had several “strokes of genius” when I’ve been away from the PC. When you’re searching for inspiration, how about go for a walk or listen to some music?

Keep Up The Momentum

This is key! When you’re on a roll with coming up with new ideas and getting a lot of work done, it’s easy to keep it going. Keep going – and actually, as you keep going, new ideas will present themselves as you work more. Take note of any new ideas on a notepad next to you as you work on one thing. Finish what you’re doing and come back to your list of ideas. You can use this list when you think you have run out of ideas again.

To your success,
Stuart Stirling

p.s. What do you do to stay creative?

iPad App Creator Swipes $70K In 20 Days

The iPad is here and it’s not only Apple that is cashing in on the trend!

iPad App creators are also pocketing nice pay checks. It seems there’s a new success story about overnight App developers hitting the jackpot everyday!

One example of a successful iPad App comes is Yuri Selukioff from GoodiWare.com who created the “Good Reader” – an app that allows users to read and transfer .PDF, .TXT, .Word and other files to their iPad.

iPad users can download his app for a mere $0.99 and because it’s nearing 100,000 downloads, Yuri is looking at receiving a healthy $70,000 paycheck from Apple.

(Apple takes 30% of the profits and remaining 70% goes to the developer)

Yuri’s success story is just one of many.

Another example: The creator of Smule’s “Magic Piano” app rocketed into the Top 15 after a video of a cat playing with the App went viral on Youtube.

In the video, the owner opens the App and the cat goes crazy playing with it. That video has over 6.7 million views as of this writing!

The owner of the app says he gets about 1000 downloads a day – again this app is priced at just $0.99. (I’ll let you do the math!)

As you can see, there is very decent coin to be made in the iPad App market.

I’m all about finding out and relaying new and profitable ways to make money on the internet and I have to say that this App creation business is definitely one with huge potential, as the above examples show.

Sure it’s a little more advanced and costly than selling ebooks, but it’s not out of reach for anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset.

If you wanted to create apps yourself, there is plenty of training material and software to learn all the programming languages. The other way to do it is to hire a team of developers to do it for you.

All you need is a good idea to get started and who knows, you could be the next iPad App success story!

If you’re interested in jumping on the iPad App gravy train, NOW is the best time to do it. More and more apps are being developed but there is still plenty of room for new ideas.

In the new App Cash Formula ecourse that I have released with James Brown, you will learn all the steps to creating top selling ipad apps for yourself even if you don’t know the first thing about App creation.

iPads aren’t going away any time soon and the demand for apps isn’t going to die down. This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

The digital age we live in is a very exciting time for entrepreneurs!

To your success,
Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. If you have any questions about iPad app marketing or related topics, please ask them in the comments section below! I’d love to hear what you think about this new and exciting business model.

How To Make Predictable Income Online

With a regular 9 to 5 job, you know how much money you’re going to walk away with at the end of every week or every month.

With doing business online, whether it’s selling products or services, it’s a little harder to predict your income because you get paid when your customers buy – there is no boss to pay you a set amount. You are your own boss!

I don’t know about you, but that kind of thing is a little worrisome to me. Especially when I have a family to feed.

But I have found that there is a way to have predictable online income streams.

And that predictability comes with my subscriber and customer email list.

You probably know how email marketing works – you write a promo email containing an “offer” of some sort and send it to your list.

Then sit back and wait for the sales to pour in!

Basically, that’s exactly how it works – and it pretty much works every time like clockwork.

It does depends on variables like the offer, the sales page conversions and how good my email copy is but usually I can predict exactly how much I will make from each email.

But overall, email marketing is predictable because the number of my subscribers is the constant (also constantly increasing) which means I can predict how many people will open my email, how many will click and how many will buy.

For me, having a list to send offers to whenever I want is the best way to make money, that’s why I really recommend you start building a list too.

In mine and partner James Brown’s new Sniper List Building course, we teach you the steps to building an effective list building system and the techniques to building a responsive list fast.

With a (growing) and profitable email list of your own, you can feel assurance in your marketing with predictable income, and our course will show you how to get there.

Your partner in success,

Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Are you building a list? If not, what is holding you back? Please leave your comments below.

Is Your Refund Rate High? Congratulations!

Wow, it’s been too long since my last post! While I’ have been a little lazy on the blog here, I’ve still been busy learning.

I’ve been reading, watching video, listening to audios, and checking out (spying on) what other marketers are doing.

In one video I watched that was of a copywriter giving a sales page copywriting critique, the presenter was talking about “refund rates”.

And something that made my ears perk up was when he said something like

“If you’ve got a low refund rate, you’re sales copy is not aggressive enough.”

Weird huh? Now naturally, we’d think that low refunds are better for our business.

But his point was that if our copy doesn’t create a mad buying frenzy, then it’s too weak.

So I’m not saying hype up your copy for a crap product to the point that you get 100% refund rates.

You product needs to deliver but what your copy needs is to do is get more people excited and take action now. No matter what, a percentage of people are going to ask for a refund anyway.

But what more aggressive copy is going to do is increase sales conversions which is a good thing but the negative will be that it will lead to more refunds.You’ve just got to make sure the proportion of refunds is not going to result in a loss of profits overall.

If you can crank up your sales conversions by 2% which increases your refunds by 1%, you are still 1% ahead.

Just something to think about if you’re currently getting low refunds and thinking you’re doing a great job.

There is always room for improvement. So get out there and start selling like a maniac!

Stuart “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Agree? Disagree? Leave your comment below.