Do I really need an Autoresponder?

In today’s online business world, you simply cannot be successful at Internet marketing without the use of an autoresponder. They are used to do many of the marketing tasks that are essential to being successful with your online business.

Internet marketing can be very time consuming, and whether you do affiliate marketing or market your own products, an autoresponder will become a big part of your marketing arsenal. Autoresponders are used to keep in contact with all of your past customers, and to develop a relationship with any potential customers.

An autoresponder can be used to deliver recommendations of products to your opt-in customer list. It can be used to deliver email courses, to send reminders, and even to help you build an opt-in list if you don’t already have one, and we all know that the money is in the list. There are many creative ways you can use your autoresponder to make more sales and to build relationships with your customers.

If you were to ask any successful marketer, they will tell you that there are two tools that are essential to any type of online marketing.

  1. An opt-in list
  2. Autoresponder.

In fact, most marketers will agree that you could take away all of their other marketing tools, but they would fight to their death to keep the list and the autoresponder!

I am beginning to understand why.

Jeff G

Why Build and Use a List?

Commonly, not having a list is said to be ‘leaving money on the table’, and that much is
certainly true.

Take the example of a conventional clothes store. Customers come, browse around, maybe buy
something, and then leave. Once they’ve left, the store has no way of getting in touch with
them, and maybe convincing them to come back again.

On the other hand, if the store had their contact details, they could notify them when they have
a new stock of clothes on the rack, or special discounts, and so on. By doing so, the customer
would then feel compelled to perhaps come back, or at very least would consider doing so.

In the same way, in whatever niche that you’re into, if you had a list of previous customers then
whenever you have a new product, or some other offer, you’d just be able to shoot out emails
and see if anyone is interested. Simple as this sounds, this is amazingly effective.

Think about it in terms of figures, if that helps. Let’s say you have an 8,000 strong list, and you
send out an email regarding your latest product that costs $20. Even if only 10% of your list
buys your product, that is 800 instant customers and you would have made $16,000.
To sum it up, the reason to build and use a list is to establish a firm base of regular customers to
which you can market your products and offers too with great ease.

Until next time,
Jeff G

Looking for a different way to build your list?

Have you tried JV Giveaway Events?

What are JV Giveaway Events, you ask? I am glad you asked. They are a relatively fast and fun way to build your own mailing list. Everyone likes receiving freebies right? Well in these events you register for free and then are able to submit a squeeze page for people to give you their email address in exchange for the freebie that you are giving away.

Most of the giveaways have 3 different membership levels. The levels start out at the free level, the next step is around $10-$15, and the 3 level ranges from $20+. You are given more opportunities to offer more gifts/freebies as well as opportunities to earn some cash along the way, providing you help promote the event. Here is an example of the different levels for a JV Giveaway Event.

When you register for the free version you are able to submit 1 gift/freebie. For a small upcharge you are able to 2 gifts, 1 OTO or special offer and are able to earn around 50% commission on anyone that joins the giveaway event through your promotion of the event. If you go for the next step up you are able to submit 3+ gifts, 2-3 OTO or special offers, and 3 or more text ads, which can lead to a ClickBank product, and are able to earn anywhere from 75%-100% commissions. Some of the Giveaways run a little bit different but this gives you a general idea of how things run.

Now I mentioned you are able to earn some cash if you help promote the event, and why wouldn’t you want to help promote the event? The more people that sign up the more possibility you have of adding to your list. I hope that gives you a brief idea of a new and fun way to help build your own mailing list.


P.S. I almost forgot in order to help and speed up the process of entering all the information for your gifts, OTO’s, and text ads. There is a nifty little program called Push Button Giveaways

Another Look Into Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing has grown a lot in the past few years and the biggest reason for that is that businesses want to be present online in each and every possible way so that they are visible to their clients as much as possible. Affiliate marketing basically is a way of getting paid based on a certain performance. Here, the client you market for pays you a certain amount based on the sales your marketing generates.

There are four major people or entities involved here:

  • The merchant: This is the person whose product or services are marketed.
  • The affiliate: The publisher, the person who markets the products.
  • The network: This is like a middle man between the affiliate and the merchant. Here the merchant puts up the products or services to be marketed and the affiliate chooses the one he/she will market. The network also helps to make sure that the payments are made in a just manner.
  • The customer: Who chooses to buy the product or service through this marketing strategy.

Affiliate marketing is a very easy way of earning money for someone who is starting out to earn money online. It is as simple as obtaining the code for a product while promoting it. So the first thing you’re doing here is promoting a product for a company, for the company to know that the customers came to them through you, they provide you a code and that is the code you embed while marketing the product. If the customer buys the product or does what is desired by the company (in some cases, this could be as simple as filing out a survey), then you are the one who gets paid the decided percentage of money.

Affiliate marketing is beneficial for both the company and for someone who markets it online for them. The companies get a better reach towards their customers, and the marketers make money while building a good reputation that gets them better pay outs in the future.

A Look at Article marketing

Today businesses look at the best ways to position themselves in the market and one of the most effective ways to so that is through Article Marketing. Article marketing is a practice used since the time print media came to being and has been used since them by companies and businesses to market themselves and make the customers more familiar with their offerings. The initial form of article marketing used to have very basic information like what the business does, the products it offers, and what they provide to the customers. Then the trend changed and article marketing became more competitive where they started talking about what is better with their business and started building their image through article marketing. Businesses also started publishing articles about themselves in magazines and papers that would appeal to the target customers and the importance of article marketing became high in the world of strategizing how to popularize a business and to reach the customers in the best manner.

As times changed, technology came into the mix and gave us the option to conduct article marketing online. This has made the idea more competitive as all business have resorted to this approach because of its wide reach to the perspective customers. This has lead to certain complications as now there is a lot of information available about a particular line of business or service online and if a business wants to stay ahead of the competition, then it is important that their articles be the best in terms of content and positioning so that the customers prefer to read them.

Effective article marketing today needs the writer to be very knowledgeable and to have the skill to create material that is not just informative but is also relevant to the customers who read it.

List Building Tips

Here are some tips for building a email list. The first thing is to figure out your target audience. For example are you looking to market to animal lovers. If you are targeting that market, it is usually a vary large market so you will need to narrow it down, to something like dog owners. You can even narrow that down to a certain breed like German Sheppard’s. By narrowing your market you will be able to see what the needs are for that market. For example if you are targeting dog lovers you can create an eBook about a dogs health to send to that email list targeting dog lovers .

The second tip I have for you is that you will need to capture those visitors who are at your blog or website. There are popups that block the site where the visitor will need to give you their email before they can read the articles on your site. There are also popups ups that if a visitor leaves can capture their emails when they are leaving your site. Another way to get email leads if you don’t want to use a popup is to use a service like Aweber that will put a small form on your site. Now in order to get more visitors to sign up for your email give a small gift like a free report or eBook, you can get several PLR reports from PLRWholesaler. Send this report of eBook to your visitors after they leave you their email address.

Here is a Third idea for list building and this involves traffic building. Without traffic you can’t build a list. Join some article directories and write some articles to submit to these article directories. The links that you add to your articles leading to your website will bring traffic to your website. You can also do a press release. Press releases will not only bring you traffic, but links to your blog. Also think about joining some social bookmarking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Digg. From the social booking sites you will get visitors, leads, and links.

By consistently following the suggestions I outlined above, you should have a free list building machine in no time that will bring dozens of subscribes into your database. By utilizing these tips, you will establish a foundation for ongoing, continual success with your internet business. You will gradually see some business growth everyday and improve your profitability big time just by building an email list of subscribers and customers.

Cutting costs while traveling

Many of us are attempting to find ways today to save money when traveling to far destinations. Now you may ask how do you afford to travel cheaply today with the cost of rising fuel? If you haven’t tried using the less expensive flights, you should. If you are prepared to bring your own snacks or give up a meal on a flight, then you can save close to fifteen percent off regular flights this way. Most of these flights are shorter destinations so you aren’t going to feel that you are deprived of food. Now think about it, if you can save up to fifteen percent on the cost of a flight and choose to bring your own food aboard instead of having it served, then you might be better off with a cheaper flight.

Ok face it! Wouldn’t you rather find a way to fly cheaper and to have more money for spending when you get to your destination? It’s also a nice idea to know that when you have to get somewhere quickly by flying, you will not need to spend a lot of money. A few of these cheaper airlines provide opportunities to enjoy life while traveling more. I suppose initially my thought of saving money on an air flight made me think about being cramped on a small plane with having little trust in the experience whatsoever. After experiencing this once myself, I realized it wasn’t always the quality that was taken out of the trip. The cost was cut in other areas, such as the meal. Most people can live without that small meal! I also believe costs are kept low by offering shorter flights and having more passengers per flight to a specific destination.

If you are worried about feeling too cramped in one of these passenger seats of low cost airlines, there is without any doubt availability to have space on these flights. There is even a business class section available. When flying on a smaller flight, it is nice to know that there are ways to still save on the costs of airfare. It is my wish that the more I need to travel to some of my shorter destinations that I will be able to fly with low cost airlines as they advance to cover more cities and have a large amount of flight schedules on their calendar.

Currently, saving money on travel isn’t just significant to any one individual but also to companies. Companies need to find ways to cut costs within their budgets and this is a great way in doing just that. As our world continues to try to rebuild itself from the economic crisis it has faced, airline companies are doing their part in helping the world today succeed in rebuilding a stronger economy. So why not look into saving money when you start traveling.

Simple and easy Tips For Creating A Blog

So, you probably have been thinking of setting up a blog, but aren’t sure where you need to begin. That’s just fine; this article is going to fill you in on what you want to know before you begin. The good news is that blogs are very easy to set up; you can setup a basic blog in a rather short amount of time. Here some basic tips to help you on the road to your blogging success.

1. Determine what type of blog you want to have – Will it be a personal blog which is made to be read by your family and friends? Will it be a blog about one of your chosen hobbies? Or will the function of it be to generate an income? Knowing the type of blog you’ll make is going to determine a number of the other stuff you should do.

2. Select a topic – After you really know what type of blog you’ll going to have, you will need to narrow it down to an even more specific topic. So, if it is only for family members and friends, then it doesn’t matter very much as you won’t be as worried about the quantity of visitors you will get to your blog. In the event that it’s a blog relating to a hobby, then you can certainly make it much more basic, or maybe you can blog about a certain part of the hobby. On the other hand, in the event you should be making a blog to generate an income, you probably should be more mindful about the subject you end up picking.

3. Researching – Let say you are considering earning money with your blog, you should begin with research. Initially, you must research who your target market is; the number of people that represent your target market, what exactly their troubles are, what answers they’re searching for, and the amount they may be prepared to spend to resolve their issues. Next, you should research the most beneficial keywords for your blog. There are some free of charge keyword tools that could provide you with enough info to start out. However, it might be wise to locate some paid keyword tools if you really want to see even more results.

4. Always keep your visitors in mind – This may be tough when you’re the one who’s creating a blog, but you need to do your best. Visualize precisely what your customer observes when they first go to your blog. Are the colors to intense? Too boring? How are the graphics? Is everything presented in a reasonable and user friendly way? Are the posts simple to read through? All these features, and more, are likely to make a major difference to visitors. Obviously, if they don’t care for the things they see, they may head over to somebody else’s blog. For this reason, it makes more sense to make an effort to carefully consider your blog through the perspective of your visitors.

5. Be yourself – So what actually keeps individuals returning to a blog? Simply put: personality. For that reason , go on and allow yourself to come through in your posts. Some individuals might not exactly like it, but those that do might grown to be many of your most popular followers , which will start suggesting your blog to people they know.

Blogging through it…


I couldn’t figure out what to blog about today due to two things, writers block was one but the main reason was fear or stepping outside of my comfort zone. That reason alone I believe is what has cost me in getting started and making it online. I started this internet venture probably 9-10 years ago when I really sit down and think about it. Back then everyone was saying that you need to step out of your comfort zone in order to be successful but I never really knew what that meant.

Well now that I have started my own blog and trying to figure out what to write about each and every day I can kind of feel what everyone was talking about. It feels VERY uncomfortable for me to write as I don’t think of myself as a writer but I am following John’s course and I have to make it work for me this time.

So now I am blogging through it and writing about not being able to write about anything, lol. I have a group of friends that I have met through my online venture which I tend to lean on a lot in order to keep me going. They really don’t know how much they help each and every day not only by keeping me focused business wise but just being there for the moral support, well I guess now they might find out.

So in closing I would really recommend that if you find yourself stuck with writers block or just don’t know what to do next with your online venture. You can find yourself a support group, a mentor and just blog through it!

ClickBank Basics

Before talking about ClickBank, here is a brief explanation for anyone who is completely new to the world of Internet marketing.

The most common – and simplest – way to make money on the Net is to become an ‘affiliate’ which means you get paid commission for making sales of other people’s products. You leave the whole task of product creation, web sales copy, order processing and customer support, to the vendor: your job is simply to get the word out about the product.

You are given an affiliate link which leads the customer to the sales site and identifies you as the person who gets credit if a sale is made.

One of the most popular affiliate programs is ClickBank.

They are in fact the world’s largest provider of digital products – essentially ebooks and software. You can choose from over 35,000 products in many categories and their affiliate program is simple to join.

As a guide the average price of a ClickBank product is $41. The average commission rate is 55%, although the top sellers often offer a much higher rate e.g 70% or 75% (the maximum).

We can say that success with ClickBank boils down to

– selecting a suitable product

– promoting (getting the word out) about the product

Want more information on using ClickBank? Here’s a book I HIGHLY recommend. It’s a short free book showing a great strategy for getting ClickBank Newbies up and running together with a viral technique which has already proved VERY profitable for me.

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