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

How To Combat Your Blog Content Being Stolen

Auto-blog systems that run spam blog or auto blogs gets it’s content from other sites around the web using their RSS feeds.

If you’ve got a WP blog then chances are that your content is being scraped and used on auto-blog sites a.k.a. spam blogs.

Most of the time, you don’t even know that your content is being used.

When these spam blogs pull content from your sites, they sometimes keep the link back to your site, which is good and bad. Other times they post your content without even crediting or giving you the link you deserve.

I don’t know about you but if someone is going to steal my content and use it on their site, I want something in return. And especially if they don’t use a link back to my site.

The solution to combat content theft this way is to use a plugin like WP FeedAds.

Here’s how WP feed ads works.

It’s a very small, light weight plugin that does a simple job, but it can have big returns for you.

When the auto-blog (I like to call them ‘splogs’; short for “spamblogs”) plugin pulls your content, they pull in the ad that you set in the WP FeedAds section also, resulting in free advertising and free traffic for you.

Pretty cool idea huh? I thought so too.

You can download a copy of the plugin here.

Let me know what you think.

Stuart Stirling

 

 

Super-Achievers & Billionaires Productivity Secrets

This video will change the way you think about your time and how you spend it doing ‘work’.

It’s amazing at how counter-intuitive these time management ‘hacks’ are.

I’ve watched multiple videos and read several ebooks and blog posts about productivity, but this video below takes the cake.

WATCH IT. SERIOUSLY. It will be the best 91 minutes you’ve ever invested in learning how to ‘run a business’.

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If you’ve ever wondered how billionaires run a business – icons like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Warren Buffet etc, you’re about to learn them.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Stuart Stirling

“I’m A Nobody, Why Would Anyone Buy My Products!?”

I remember having these exact thoughts when I first started out….

“What makes ME qualified to sell to anyone?”

“Who on earth would ever buy from me? “

Maybe you’re having these same feeling too if you’re just getting started with your internet business. It’s normal to feel this way, but that’s not to say you should.

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If you have these feelings and thoughts, you need to try to quickly overcome them. In other words “Get over it!” Those feelings are just going to slow you down. You can overcome them by understanding one main concept.

You don’t need to be the smartest, most successful, experienced person in your niche to start selling, or start a business. You just need to be brave and put yourself (and your products) out there!

Like the old saying goes, “Ready, Fire, Aim!” Just shoot it out and re-asses later. In other words, forget about perfection!

You don’t need to have the most amazing product on the market right from day one to start selling it. Some people are terrified to sell a product because they think the customer will hate it and end up failing.

If that’s the case, sell it anyway and ask the customer what they thought. If it is rubbish, they’ll tell you and you may have to give a refund. But they might love the product. Either way, you will gain valuable feedback.

The faster you fail, the faster you can learn from it and improve.

Every time you fail, the closer you are to succeeding.

I love basketball, the NBA in particular. But not everyone who plays is an All star. Not every player is as dominant and athletic as Lebron James. Not everyone can jump as high hand dunk it as hard as Blake Griffin. There are hundreds of players ranging from mediocre to skilled to exceptional.

But they ALL play the game. They’re all training and ‘selling’ themselves on the court to the fans and to their coaches and team mates.

So take this example or think of any sport or you like and you’ll see it’s made up of a broad array of ‘players’ at different levels.

Business is the same. You just have to decide to play the game. Yes, you’ll start out at the bottom. Yes, you may feel inadequate at first. You may have to “fake it till you make it” a little. I confess, I did. (the only real person you really need to convince though, is you. remember that.)

Now if you’re going the personality marketing route, then there is a certain level of expertise you need to obtain if you want people to buy from you.

You do actually need to know what you’re talking about before you start going public with your content in blog or videos, or whatever. And your product actually needs to do what is says on the box. (i.e. help your customer. )

But the get to that point is easy. You simply study your niche. Study your target market. Observe other marketers. Hang out in forums and join the conversations. Study the niche topics and become an expert in it. It doesn’t take long. Another interesting fact is that every successful marketer or business owner you see is still learning. They’re still honing their skills.

You must too, otherwise you’ll be left in your competitor’s dust. If you want your slice of the customers, you must compete with showing them YOU also know what you’re talking about and your products ALSO solve their problems.

Don’t expect success to come overnight either. Lebron James didn’t get the MVP award his first year. He trains hard to improve. You should too. But you can still be in the game while you’re working on it.

So if you’re reading this and are still on the fence about putting your product or service out there, just do it. Be brave and let it fly. See what happens. What’s the worst that could happen?

Stuart Stirling

How To Start An Affiliate Marketing Business In One Day

… and I should add, even if it’s your first day online, and only have $50 or less to spend.

And I’m not talking about getting in a “home business” program. They’re fine if you want to get started in the “home business” niche…but…

I want to give you a formula you can use for ANY niche you decide to enter into.

Follow the steps below and you’ll feel like this guy at the end of the day…

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I was recently asked by a customers who is trying to promote a weight loss product – acai berries to be exact.

She asked me the best ways to promote her affiliate link without buying ads, or without using article marketing because article directories won’t allow any articles that promote or talk about acai berries!

I gave my advice in a couple of steps….

1.  If article marketing is out, get traffic with Youtube videos.  Create videos with helpful content about acai berries and weight loss and upload them, with your titles containing keywords.

2. Put a link in the description to a lead generation page (squeeze page). When they land on your squeeze page, offer them a free “giveaway” product if they optin to your email list (autoresponder). For example, a free teaser report about the benefits or dangers of acai berries.

The other option, and this is much more effective for cold traffic (i.e. traffic from Youtube) is to make the offer on your squeeze page “blind copy”.

Blind copy means you don’t actually let the reader know that you’re talking about acai berries – You hide the fact that it’s anything to do with acai berries and just refer to it as a “weight loss super food”, or something along those lines. The main reason for using blind copy is to muster up some curiosity in their mind so the reader can’t help but to opt-in in to learn more.

3. Another way to drive traffic for free would be by posting in weight loss or mummy, chat forums and social media sites (groups).. and putting your link in your forum signature file! Again you want to send people to your squeeze page so you build your email list. Your email list is your most important asset as an internet marketer. With a list, you can follow-up with them at any time and use the emails to build that all-important relationship.

So that’s the ‘what to do’….

The ‘how to do it’ is explained in this next part.

This involves actually going out and doing work. However, none of these tasks are overly technical or require a phd in computer science. Admittedly, these are the bare essentials, but they’re enough to get you started running a proper, reliable affiliate marketing business.

  1. Write a 5~10 page report in Word about acai berries and how they help you burn fat.
  2. Turn your report into a PDF using Doc2pdf.net
  3. Get an ecover for it on fiverr.com
  4. Use a site like 1MinuteSites.com to create your landing pages (squeeze pages etc),
  5. Get an autoresponder (email management software) like Aweber or Pure Leverage so you can start your list building
  6. Focus on the traffic methods I explained above to promote and give away the free report.

That there is a quick outline of a basic, but complete affiliate marketing business model. You could literally get this kind of business up and running in one day and for less than $50.

Internet marketing doesn’t need to be complex. You just need the right pieces in place. I’ve listed the bare essentials of how to set up a list building system and two examples of how to promote  for free, apart from article marketing.

Stuart Stirling

p.s. For slightly more detailed steps, check out my Newbie Start Up Guide [use coupon:  f38c461d9f  to whack a little off the price.. even though it’s already super affordable 😉 ]

How I Got A Page One Google Listing In Less Than 2 Hours

Google Hangout!

It’s how I got a page 1 listing in less than a couple of hours with a 5 minute ‘Hangout’. See the proof below:

This good news comes at a great time because RunClick webinar plugin which works with WordPress and Google Hangouts has just been released.

I am affiliate promoting the plugin so I thought it would be fitting to actually make a Hangout to promote a plugin that works with Hangouts.

The whole idea behind this particular video was to explain the bonus package for customers who purchase the plugin through my affiliate link. So the keywords I chose to target was “runclick bonus”.

After recording the Hangout (I didn’t even have to upload it because it automatically is listed in my Youtube account within minutes of ending), I went to check a few search terms and, BOOM!! My Hangout was there!

I’ve been hearing marketers go on about Hangouts and how you can rank quickly and easily with them, and now I can can attest to the fact. Hangouts rank!

first page of google with a hangout

(UPDATE: Two days later and my Hangout is still ranked on page 1… although it has dropped a few spots… a few social bookmarks with Socialadr should fix that though.)

There is no better time to get started with Hangouts if you’re not already. They are amazing for not only SEO, but for connecting with your audience, building up your brand and credibility and for selling things too!

To run your Hangouts like a pro, go with Runclick. For just a one time fee, you can run unlimited webinars with unlimited seating. Other companies like GotoWebinar will cost you hundreds each month and have a limit to their maximum capacity.

Walt Bayliss (another fellow Aussie marketer) is the man behind it and his products and training is super solid. I grabbed the complete Runclick package from him and I highly recommend it.

If you decide to buy Runclick, do it through this page so you qualify for the bonuses. Make sure to pick up the developers licence and the templates too so you get the very most out of the system.

To your success,
Stuart Stirling

How To Attract & Get Affiliates Promoting More

A strong team of affiliates can be responsible for driving an amazing amount of traffic and sales to your products.

If you haven’t set up an affiliate program for your products yet, I highly recommend you get started asap. The easiest solution I found is Zaxaa. They manage the payment checkout and delivery of your product seamlessly, plus let you run your own affiliate program, with instant payments if you choose.

I’m using Zaxaa for a lot of my Internet marketing training products and tools paying instant commissions. Take a look and sign up for affiliate notices and training here http://InstaCommish.com

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So once you have an affiliate program with your product, the next challenge is to recruit affiliates and motivate them to promote.

Your Offer/Product Must Convert

First and foremost, you’ve got to have a killer product and/or offer that is going to convert like gangbusters. If the product sucks and the sales copy sucks, then affiliates are not going to waste time sending traffic. These are the two MUSTS to get right if you want affiliates to promote you.

Offer a Hefty payout

What gets affiliates excited is the big dollar signs. Yeah 100% commissions is cool but 100% of a $5 sale and nothing on the back-end is hardly attractive.

Compare that to a funnel with $7, $97 & $197 products, and you pay out 50%. You’re giving affiliates quite a nice payday when the sales in the back-end go off!

Run contests

Contests gets your competitive affiliate excited to promote as it is a chance to get their name in lights. Plus they get a lot of satisfaction from beating other affiliates. Make sure to offer prizes to affiliates, such as money or actual physical prizes too. Or you could bump up commissions for the duration of the contest.

Provide Promo Tools

The more tools you have the better. Affiliates can be lazy and if you don’t have at least the basic promo tools, such as banners and email swipes, then it’s a real turn-off for affiliates. You need to make their job as easy and quick as possible.

Train Your Affiliates

When you train and provide tips and resources for your affiliates, they’ll then be able to market with much better results. You can provide training via email, pdfs, hangouts etc. If you show them how they can get results and make money, they’ll be happy to keep promoting you.

Send Them Email Swipes

Sometimes affiliates can be so lazy that they won’t even log in or go to your affiliate tools page to copy the swipe email. The way to fix that is to email them the swipe copy right to their inbox. This ,means one less step for your affiliate to take.

Reward High Performing Affiliates With A Commission Boost

Give your top performing affiliates a commission boost or gift like extra cash as a reward for their hard work. You can give them these gifts as unexpected gifts or when they reach a Milestone that you’ve made public. A surprise reward is always going to be more memorable though.

See how I run my affiliate program at http://InstaCommish.com – It’s still a work in progress, but you may be able to get ideas for setting up a product range and running your own affiliate program through systems like Zaxaa.

To your success,
Stuart Stirling