My Website Was Running Slow. Here’s How I Fixed It.

This blog is running fine now, but for the last few weeks before writing this post, it was running so slow.

I finally got sick of the WordPress White Page of Death and aimed to put an end to the slow page loads.

I went to work and I FINALLY figured out WHY it was running slow. I was surprised at what I found. Watch my video below to find out what I did to make my site run faster. It wasn’t what you think.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. And if you have any more advice or tips to share for speeding up websites, please let the world know!

Stuart Stirling

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Hangout with Kevin Riley – How To Start An Automated Internet Business

Kevin Riley is another Japan-based internet Entrepreneur.

We got together for a Google hangout last night where I got him to chat about how to start and run an automated Internet business like he and I do.

We also covered some of the big things beginners or “Newbies” struggle with and how they can overcome them.

Check out the 40-minute replay here.

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A few of the points we cover in the Hangout…

  • Why Information overload is a BIG problem and how you can overcome it
  • How to Automate your business with simple tools so you can ‘unplug’ and still make money
  • How to Start taking your internet business seriously and why you MUST if you want to succeed
  • How you can Enter a niche even if it seems saturated

Kevin has been creating very comprehensive, easy-to-follow guides and courses to help people run their online business for almost a decade.

He’s soon releasing his new ‘workshop’ course called “Unplugged and Making Money“.

I highly recommend Kevin’s products. I’ve received review copies and even bought some of his products and every single one is filled with very detailed instructions to help even the most confused and tech-challenegd newbie succeed.

Stuart Stirling

Why Money Loves Speed And How You Can Get More Speed To See Money Faster

Have you ever heard the phrase “money loves speed”?

I believe it’s a phrase coined by the legendary marketer and copywriter, Dan Kennedy.

We all have our own different takes on what it means, and in this short video, you can hear what it means to me..

So which one are you?

Do you decide fast and then implement fast?

Or do you think and think and over-think about it.. and eventually get no-where?

I hope you’re the former because like they say, “Money Loves Speed”.

When you get this concept, it’ll be a real “ah-hah” moment for you.

And I want you to remember it.. and to use it.

Use it now if you’ve got something on your mind….

  • It could be that ebook or software you want to release
  • It could be that  traffic source you want to try
  • It could be starting to blogging like a mad man
  • It could be making videos and posting them online
  • It could be to do something real crazy and join me in Empower Network
  • It could be simply to change your attitude from negative “I can’t” to an “I can” attitude.

What ever it is that’s on your mind, don’t stew in it any longer.

You should “just do it” (like the Nike slogan says).

And remember to use it for future ideas and opportunities that come knocking on your door.

I’ve seen in my business and friend’s businesses.. that when I’ve decided to do something and take action fast, I always get results.

The most important thing is to just get decide and get started. You can fix it later.

The only only mistake you can make is the mistake of not doing it.

The longer you put off the urge to take action, the more time you end up wasting.

And the less you get in return in the case of a hot opportunity.

So don’t think too much – Just Do It!

As you practice taking action when you get the initial inspiration and just go with it, and stick with it even if you come to a speed bump, you’ll gain momentum and result, money, success are soon to follow.

Peace and leave your thoughts on this below!

Stu Stirling

 

 

Is This The Most Simple Way To Get Free, Long-Term, Quality Website Traffic?

On a daily basis I get people asking me “how do I get traffic?” their websites.

Here’s a quick video teaching you the method of ‘link exchanging‘ – or ‘link trading’.. there are several names it goes by.

The name is pretty self explanatory and if you’re wondering, it actually does work! Especially if you’re using a tool to automate and manage your link trades with a tool like LinkTradr.

I have been doing link trades since the beginning of my online marketing career and it’s still effective today in sending me quality clicks.

This method of link swapping is nothing new but the benefits are outrageous.

  • You get direct traffic from the site your link is on
  • You get a backlink
  • You get to build a relationship@ with your link swap partner
  • It’s free
  • You don’t need software or mad SEO skills to pull it off

The only bad thing is that you need to make sure of two things..

  1. Your link partner isn’t going to tear down the site or change it next week
  2. Your link partner’s blog or site gets enough traffic

Simple right? So go out there and try it!

It is literally a 5-minute method (even faster when using LinkTradr) that can have super duper traffic affects that last months or years.

In my case, years because these links have been on each other’s blogs for years.

All the best!

Stu Stirling

p.s. Got a cool site and wanna swap links? Get in touch!

 

List Maintenance – AWeber How To Remove Dead Leads

Attention list builders! Are you using Aweber (or any other autoresponder) to build a list and paying a monthly fee?

Did you know that Aweber charges you for all the leads they store.. including unsubscribers and inactive leads?

If you aren’t taking notice, your unsubscribers can build up and cost you every month. More marketers are becoming aware of this, but fewer know that inactive or ‘dead’ leads are just as bad as unsubscribers.There is a difference and I’ll show you.

Here’s a quick video I made about how to remove unsubscribers and inactive leads from your aweber lists.

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You may be shocked to see how many subscribers are actually inactive*, like I was.. at first.

(* inactive  = no email opens in 4 months (sidenote: Aweber counts an unopen as no open and no clicks – just make sure you’ve been using click tracking. )

But when you look at it, if you’re regularly getting only a 10% open rate, then you’re just removing the 90% who never open your emails.So you’re really not losing anything.

I recommend doing a list clean out regularly – every 3 to 4 months for free subscribers. I’m a little more protective of my customer lists… as I do get a better openct rate when compared to free subscribers .. but I do get the feeling they need regular cleaning out too.

So why do people unsubscribe and stop reading emails?

There are a few reasons…

Mostly, I put it down to the fact that most people just lose interest in whatever it is you’re sending them emails about.

In my case, most of my lists are in the ‘internet marketing’ niche, so there is also the fact that these people get bombarded with ‘make money’ emails everyday they soon get sick of it and go through deleting and sending to ‘spam’.. and once they do that, it’s the spam box from then onwards.

That’s why I tend to like double-optin (confirmed optin) better than single optin – particularly for free offers. (I stick customers on single optin because the systems I use collect their paypal email which is usually a real address and one they check.)

Why I Like Double Opt-In

When someone confirms their email address, they 1) have to find and open the email – usually requiring them to take it out of their spam box., 2) click on the link which shows to me they are an active email reader and clicker.

I admit I was doing single opt-in for about 12 months, after doing double opt-in ever since I got started in 2006, but have now switched back to double optin for the reasons I state above.

There is the never ending debate over single vs. double opt-in but and I see the benefits of both. But the way I understand it is that the leads who confirm their email are better quality.. and because Aweber cleans up the unconfirmed emails after 30 days, I don’t have to worry about dead leads piling up and paying for them.

How about you? Are you for single opt-in? Or double opt-in? Let the debate begin!

Stu Sensei

 

How To Get Article Title Ideas Quickly And Easily

Ever get stuck when it comes to thinking up fresh new article titles? If you write a lot of articles, it can happen because you may often feel you’ve written on just about every topic under the sun on that topic and you just don’t know what to write about next.

If this is the case, here’s a cool little tip you can use to get article ideas fast and easily. This short little video explains it…

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Basically, I tell you about Yahoo! answers and how to use it to see what people are looking for information on in a  certain topic.

Some marketers will use keyword research tools to find word phrases to base articles around, but often they can be very limiting and sometimes miss what people are really searching for.

I like to use a mixture of both keyword research tools like Google Adwords suggestion tool AND techniques like this one to find what people really want to know.

I hope you can use this tip to help your online business and article marketing campaigns. I know it saves me a lot of time and brain power 😉

If you think others will find it helpful, please pass it along to your friends and colleagues. They will love you for it!

To your success,

Stu Sensei

How To Set Up A Download Page [Video Tutorial]

Here’s a video tutorial where I teach how to set up a download page with your download links to your PDF or any other downloadable file.

I decided to make this video after I got a lot of questions from customers and subscribers asking me about this. So here it is. Enjoy!

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In this video: The video squeeze page template I’m using in this demo is from the Easy Traffic Videos course.

Note: Kompozer works well for most HTML squeeze pages and download pages, but it can mess up HTML code from time to time so you may want to use one like Edit Plus. Edit Plus isn’t a WYSIWYG editor, so you have to know a little HTML to use it.

This should make setting up your “thankyou” pages a bit easier!

Stu Sensei

p.s. Still got questions? Leave them below.