The Most EPIC Launch In The History Of The Online Marketing Industry

How ingenious and simply EPIC is the launch of Empower Network‘s new Blog Beast blogging platform?

This is how their launch panned out…

The key: Building pre-launch hype and executing a series of fun entertaining videos that pre-sold their new product – the Blog Beast!

I don’t usually like hype in marketing because usually the product doesn’t live up to the level of the product itself.
However, it’s true that hype sells. And when you consider they have spent $2 million on the development of the new blog beast blogging platform that is unique and is desgined to make users money, we’ll excuse them for building the hype.

It started when they told the world that their new product is coming but they will close their carts for 7 days.

People scrambled to join before the cart closed so they could participate in the launch, and they did.

No one could buy during the 7 days. At first you would think “why on earth would the close their shopping cart and cut off sales?”
This was also part of their genius.

Over the 7 days of “lockdown” they released episodes of their Hollywood production-like MOVIE series. Yeah, it’s an actual movie with a script, action, jokes and a story. Never seen anything like that in this industry before.

Their movie was released in 4 parts.

The first two told the story about the new blog beast software getting stolen and the head programmer Casey getting kidnapped by the guru syndicate.
Video three then blew the doors off the business opportunity and internet business world with a RAP song.

These guys, Dave Wood and Dave Sharpe exceeded everyone’s expectations for this launch. And to boot, the rap song “blog beast” is catchy and actually sounds like a professionally produced song! I’d love to download it and use it as a ring tone.

The Empower boys entertained people. They educated people about the soon-to-be-released Blog Beast and they started getting in line, credit card out and ready to get their blog beast when the cart opened.

And buy they did. David Wood posted on hi Facebook feed that sales were coming in at a speed of 250 sales per hour! Now that’s fast.
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I don’t care if you don’t give a rat’s ass about Empower network or their products, but no-one can deny this was the most EPIC launch this industry has ever seen.

Yes I’m a members and affiliate of Empower network so I may be a little biased when I say that, but these guys are leading the pack and others are running and scrambling to follow.

If you’re not a member of Empower network – the most bad-ass community of online entrepreneurs to walk this earth, just get in.

Get in with me and my team and you’ll never look back. Why try and beat the best there is when you can join them.

As of now, they’re coming up on their 2nd birthday – and in these 2 years they’ve paid out $70 million in commissions to affiliates, they’ve got 100 staff working for them and over 150,000 members.

I’m so looking forward to the future of Empower network 5 and 10 years from now. And I’m looking forward to what my business and my team will look like 5 and 10 years down the track. I can hardly imagine how big it will get. All I know is that I’m excited!

There is no better time than the present to make a new decision, to start something new that could change the course of your life. For you, that something could be Empower network.

See you at the top!

Unleash Your Beast!

Stuart Stirling
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6 Ideas For Getting More Comments On Your Blog

Since I started this blog in January 2010, I am delighted at the number of comments that my readers leave….even on posts that  are weeks/months old!

From 2006 till 2010 I was using a Blogger blog to share my Internet marketing tips on, and it was a real struggle to get comments on that blog.

Over those 4 years on blogger, I can count the number of comments I got on my fingers. Seriously!

Was it the change to wordpress that magically brought people flocking to leave their comments?

In a word – YES!

I would have to say that the vast array of readily available WordPress plugins have made it much more inviting and beneficial for readers to leave comments on this blog.

It’s normal to think that readers would leave a comment regardless of whether or not they get a backlink or get their gravatar photo on the page if they enjoy the content. But this, as I experienced with blogger, was not always the case.

It happens sometimes, but if you give your readers some extra incentive to leave a comment, the chances of getting them increase greatly.

For those of you who want the quick version here’s a break down of my little blog comment formula in bullet points…

  1. Share good, current, informative content on your blog.
  2. Use a Wordress blog. I think people are so used to WP and the commenting procedure, so it’s easy…not to mention all the cool (and mostly free) plugins for WP, some of which I’ll introduce below.
  3. Get Gravatars in your comments. Either get a theme with Gravatars built in or get a plugin that puts them in. People love to see a picture of themselves and it makes your blog look more lively.
  4. Install Comment Luv or a similar plugin. If you can give readers incentive like a link to their latest post, they’ll want to comment. I have comment luv installed on this blog. Watch this video to see exactly how it works.
  5. Allow readers to subscribe to comments. I use a plugin called .. well, “Subscribe to comments”. It helps to keep comment-ers updated on the conversation which can bring them back to your blog.
  6. Ask for comments directly. Ask and you shall receive, right? At the end of your post, ask your readers to leave a comment or question they had about the article. Or if you can’t think of a reason, just say something like “Leave a comment to let me know you’re alive!”

There are several other ways to capture comments too, such as running a competition or using a plugin to giveaway a freebie in exchange for a comment so you’re not limited to just the ideas I mentioned above.

If you can think “win-win”, that’s always going to be the best for anything you do with your business – including your blogging.

Thanks for reading and if you liked this post, please leave a comment to let me know that you’re alive! (and you’ll get some comment luv too 🙂

To your success,

Stuart Stirling

How to Make Google Love Your Blog In 4 Steps

Dominating Google is not the “be all and end all” of internet marketing as some marketers seem to be fixated on, but they are still one of the major places marketers are tapping into a lot of free traffic.

You’ve probably heard by now that Google loves blogs.

So why does Google love blogs and how can you make them love your blog?

Here are a few pointers…

1. Set the “permalink structure” so your post title (keywords) are in the page URL. If you use WordPress, then it’s as easy as going to your settings and adding a custom permalink structure.

This is the code I use: %postname% and that makes the page URL for each post contain the post’s title. So when you use this, you want to make sure you’ve got some keywords in your title because as you know, Google loves blogs with keywords in the URL.

2. Update your blog often. Ok, you’ve had this one drilled into you a million times, but it’s important. Google loves fresh new content. It can be a drag updating your blog everyday but updating with a new post everyday is a good idea. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece or half a novel either. Just a brief post does the trick.

3. Add a sitemap. This one is totally necessary…I don’t know why but it is so just get one! Again with WP, there are a heap of sitemap generator plugins that will make one for you automatically. You just have to search for them.

I use this one Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator for WordPress. If you’re not a wordpresser, you can do a search for a generic sitemap generator on Google.

4. Get inbound links. Getting backlinks, inbound links or whatever you want to call them are super dooper important for your blog’s (or any website for that matter) Google rankings. Basically, the more backlinks you get, the better your ranking. Again I don’t know why this is, it just is 🙂 I guess that Google sees a blog with a lot of other websites linking to it, a kind of “authority” site so it gives it more love.

You can get backlinks by either buying them, getting them free by submitting content/bookmarks etc. to other sites or exchanging them with other webmasters. You want to get backlinks without the rel=”nofollow” attribute..again, don’t know why, just one rule for boosting up your Google PR (if this rule still applies I’m not sure). Here is a list of sites you that can find those “no-nofollow” websites.

SEO can be a tough game when you’re up against some heavy competition, but following these basic techniques, you’ll see your blog rising in the Google search ranks.

It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.

To your blogging success,
Stu “Sensei” Stirling

3 Reasons Why Every Marketer Needs A Blog

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If you’re trying to make money online, do you have a blog? If not, I recommend you pull your finger out and get one.

There are so many benefits and ways to make money with blogs that I could create a whole course about it (many already have).

Whether you’re promoting yourself and your own products or promoting other people’s products, you can’t go past a blog as a promotion tool.

Here are a few big benefits of having a blog and how you should use a blog to become more successful online.

1. A Blog Brands YOU. One of the biggest mistakes I see many marketers make is that they don’t brand themselves. People don’t trust a faceless website. People want to buy from a real person…someone they trust.

Blogs can be used for branding of a product too but they are great for branding YOU, a real person, because of the way blogs can be updated with articles, photos….and the way other people can interact on blogs gives them a more personal touch than a static HTML website.

2. Blogs are Quick & Easy to use. You don’t want to be making files and uploading them to your website every time you want to add some info..that takes too long! Blogs make it quick and easy to publish new content to the web. You just type and hit the publish button.

I love WordPress blogs and they are have become so advanced with all the plugins etc. but I’m amazed at how they are still so user friendly! You don’t need to be a computer geek to use a blog.

3. Blogs get Traffic! We all know that website traffic is the fuel that keeps our businesses running, and blogs are great traffic magnets! Google loves blogs and so do real people.

Blogs can be optimized for both the search engines to get free search engine traffic and for real people so they can keep coming back (and also to get them to click to other sites hint: affiliate links).]

Ok, I could go on and on but I’ll cut it there as I think these are the top 3 reasons why marketers need a blog.

If you can think of any more reasons that should be on this list, please leave them below in your comment. I’d love to hear your input.

Cheers,
Stuart “blogger” Stirling

My Brand New WordPress Blog

After blogging about my personal internet marketing career on my Blogger blog for over 3 years, I have finally pulled my finger out and built this WordPress blog.

And it’s on a much better domain name too – www.StuartStirling.com

My blogger blog is on the domain www.StuartAStirling.com (A is for my middle name “Alexander”)

Anyway, I’m glad I finally have this new WordPress blog set up because Blogger just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore…it never really did.

WordPress kicks butt and I’m looking forward to what I can turn this site into.

It’s nearly 2010 so with the new year, comes a new blog and lots of new info about making money online to share with you!

Lots more improvements to come soon so check back at any time!

Best wishes,

Stuart Stirling