Hello again readers,

There comes a time in every marketers’ life when he has to make critical decisions. Today is one such day. Hell I’ve screwed it all up, in my mind, and I am still at a loss as to know what the way through is. I hit these patches more often than I want to and I am left wondering ‘What am I doing wrong?’.I follow the coach’s advice and still don’t get the subscriptions to my email lists.

So I am not yet near enough to the flow of people who surf the net daily looking for solutions to their problems. It is no good just burying my head in my hands and feeling sorry for myself. There  is no agency which will come down and wave a wand. Actually it would freak me out if there was. I just have let more people see my posts,videos and feel inclined to click and see my free offers. Simple enough. Yet so hard to put into practice without a lot of knowhow.

I cannot even hide behind a certain sort of smug self righteousness you see in some marketers’ spiels which are sort of pretend humility. No this is the real deal. The bonfire of the vanities stuff. No where to hide, nowhere to run. Just debt and a not very successful attempt at business plus an awful lot of hours put in. So many hours.

Do I want your sympthy? Probably. Your commiseration? definitely. But above all I want people to come and subscribe to my list and get my emails on offers. There we are. I said it.

The Frank Zappa (I think) song-‘We’re only in it for the money!’ could cut in here. I know I’m not supposed to be. It’s not very Napoleon Hill after all. No. But that song sums it up. ‘We’re only in it for money!’ It’s strong! It’s loud ! And above all it satisfies the cynical soul in me that knows perfectly whatever people are saying,they’re only in it for the  money too! Kapish?

When everything is stripped away in this big old ugly world,it’s rampant materialism which wins, and I don’t care how many sickly sentimental claims of the opposite and false tears, and put up pleasure in other peoples’ achievements I listen to or see, I know that deep down they are counting the money too.

And hell I would like to now too!

The great Bill Hicks said all marketers and advertisers should ‘go home and shoot themselves!’ I kind of agreed with him.Lets face it. It’s about as dishonest a profession as you could find. A bunch of hyped up dissimulating grasping tricksters and frauds. I know too much without having been paid. And above all they have the nerve to pretend to be your friend….when it suits them! I tell you I get some emails,and some of them actually have the nerve to come with gobsh*te like-‘Oh Mike,I -heart- you!’ ‘Hi Mike,this is your future self!’ What presumptuous little a-holes! Wow!

Marketers are like the guy who’s sitting on the pavement outside a restaurant with a cardboard poster saying-‘Homeless-Can you help?’ They are about as popular. After all, is the homeless guy someone you want to meet when you are dolled up with a date and going for an expensive meal? Well obviously the lesson is about shame and guilt and to impress your date you might put some change in the homeless guy’s cash box.

We are about as needy. Actually maybe worse. The homeless guy knows his situation.It’s the cold pavement. He’s depersonalised completely by his situation. Who knows? He may have a PhD,a couple of kids in another city. But he will still get treated like a nobody. He may be tomorrow’s you! Or me! Someone might urinate over him tonight!How’s that for a treat? Real nasty!

Somehow in marketing we have to move from the position of that guy on the pavement and become someone who has authority and good reputation. (This is not my example,but Rich Shefren’s)

It’s a tough call. How to move from A-where we sitting with the begging bowl-to B,where we are looking pretty with a shed load of subscribers all desiring our communications and offers. I’m still on the pavement-metaphorically,because nothing really compares with that sort of horror show IMO- and holding out for loose change. I sort of know what is entailed but I will  not know for sure until I’m off the pavement.

Anyway if you would like a free product then go to:

https://mikeram.clickfunnels.com/optingx65g1dk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello folks, As I write this it is Halloween day. Here a lot of people get dressed up in fun costumes and have parties. It is all very colourful and as usual there are the usual selection of werewolves,Draculas,Frankensteins, Mummies as well as the odd dead person covered in blood or a zombie.And no doubt a few politicians like Trump will get a good outing!

It’s cool and one should celebrate in some way this level of imagination in our lives. It saves you from dull uniform drabness. In my opinion marketing too should have an element of imagination and fun. Yes we want to get products out there and into peoples’ lives but isn’t it better if we can have some fun doing it.

I have written about being yourself before but it is always worth reminding ourselves about. The Oscar Wilde quote runs thus:’Be yourself. All the other parts are taken’. People often think in this business they have to fall over themselves trying to be like someone else. As though the imitation of another person would be a better deal than the real version of themselves. Seriously it is a waste of time trying. On the other hand it IS a good idea to model things that other successful marketers are doing.

This does not involve aping another marketer, but seeing that if something is working for him, then that might just work for you. Modelling the things successful people do is the very stuff of becoming a success yourself. But one can only ever do it in a personal to oneself way. This is why so many art forgeries fail under detailed scrutinisation. The brush strokes give the forger away.He just cannot hold his brush quite the same as the original artist, however much he tries. So just be yourself and happily so!

To move this a stage further do  not just be yourself but be FULLY yourself. I do not know if you know the film Dead Poets’ Society- a film about a school in which the English teacher, played by the late and often great Robin Williams, in which a group students are taken to a special place to learn esoteric secrets about life. The main point really is to undergo an initiation into the works of Walt Whitman and to understand his view on life,  and learn them fully, but the lesson serves across arts in general. Living life to the full and absolutely is something not be skimped on. ‘Suck the marrow to bone’ is the exhortation to the students.

Expressed another way one might say that conforming to the dull and stultifying norms society seems to reward is no way to enjoy living. ‘Suck the marrow to bone’. Of course in the film tragedy occurs and a student kills himself and the experience is ended as the teacher is sacked, and the dull replaces the exceptional once again, as this is a film and we are meant to accept our dull lives, because they are worthy. In reality this is not the case.  But the lesson is one for eternity. Be ourselves and do it fully. Don’t apologise for it!

As a bit of a poet myself these things are not easily lost on me. I have not always  subscribed to the  dull conventions and norms of the mainstream really, and that is that and I fully intend to ‘suck the marrow from the bone’ and make it count!

So ‘Captain,my Captain…’ thank you for giving me your attention. It is always valuable to me.

Don’t forget there is a Free product I am promoting which is for Dean Holland’s ‘The Perfect Offer.’

You can follow this url and you will find:https://mikeram.clickfunnels.com/optingx65g1dk

 

 

 

 

 

Hello there readers,

I hope all is well with you. The other day I saw this very funny post about a day in the life of an affiliate marketer. It’s a diagram of how a marketer’s mood swings are portrayed. He might go from:’I’m excited’ to ‘Ugh!This is hard.’ to’ IT’S WORKING!’ to ‘I messed  up.’ to ‘Give Up the Good for the great!’ to  ‘ I think I’m going bankrupt.’ to ‘I’m good. I don’t know why I get so down on myself.’ to’ I was wrong. I suck!’ to ‘Wait a second my life is great!’ and so on.

You might recognise yourself in this description. Up and down, every hour different. You might think that one day you’d have a lever on this and not go up and down on the rollercoaster as you became used to it, but sure enough just earlier today I thought: Why bother with all this. You’re never going to get anywhere. It’s so hard; all this time spent and look where you are!

It’s true. Setting up one of these businesses would rank along with one of the harder Labours of Hercules.Such as the Lernean Hydra, who every time you chop off a head it just grows another! Or you might compare it to the eternal punishment of Sysiphus who has to roll a very large stone to the summit of a hill and every time he gets near the top it just rolls down again!

It just seems like a huge task just to get a subscriber! I may actually be a masochist and haven’t fully realised this yet. Months go past and yet I seem only a few yards further down the road.

I do have an idea though of why this is.In truth through all the preamble/preparation and getting educated, my actual practical steps have not been completed.

I did not connect my first blogsite to the outside world enough and thought though it was existing in a bubble it would somehow get noticed,through SEO or something, though I know virtually nothing about that area of marketing.

I did quite a few videos too, which I did not mark properly with working url’s to the next step. Maybe I was cowed by Youtube rules. But I gamely carried on writing and videoing with only a minimum chance of getting spotted. BTW my other blogsite which is educational can be found at https://marketingwithmikeram.co.

I think this enterprise can be a fairly forbidding one. Not for the fainthearted. And starting out it is probably best not to know quite how hard it can be.

I listened to a couple of podcasts yesterday by a marketer called Matt mcWilliams and he said in both the ones I listened to  that it is important to know how and when to ask for help. He pointed out how our educational system taught excessively about the virtue of self reliance,and not enough about relating to others so they could easily be a part of your team.

I think I am probably a prime example of this and so part of my journey ahead will need to examine my options for help. certainly my tech skills are limited,like most marketers.

I have started looking at others’ blogs, doing blog commenting where appropriate. I am told this is a good way to pick up ‘free’ traffic. Getting a message out there seems an essential ingredient to all this so communicating better is something I could spend time on.

Recently I posted a Facebook Ad. Well two to be precise. The test was my first attempt so I cannot be aggrieved by my failure to make too much of an impression. But I will continue as well as go through a course by Justin Brooks I have access to.

Up and down,in and out, that’s my journey for moment. Upwards and onwards is my rallying call for the future. Till the next time BFN.

 

Hello again,

I wonder what it would look like if  I were to suddenly set out EVERYTHING  I knew about marketing online. What would it look like? How much would it be  a repeat of everyone else’s ‘best of…’ or whatever? How much of what I do put out is just my slant and how much what I have been taught?

You see no matter what someone tells you, it is still understood through one’s own personal filters. Often to the point of an ordinary sentence looking like two differently meant things to two people reading it.

Philosophers have been concerned with such matters deeply through the ages. Is the object you see actually the object you are seeing? And is this object the same as the one which the person standing next to you is seeing?

So when in marketing we are addressing pain points in people and persuading them that we have the answer to their prayers, do we? Or do we just think we do? How far should we go in persuading them that we do, if in fact it is open to question? It is really a matter of communicating clearly to people so that they know what it is we are talking about so that it is possible to adress their problems.And find the correct solutions.

I can market x,y,z to people and maybe they will buy, but what use at all is it if I successfully market a product which though it produces sales, does not do what it claims and eventully lies dormant on someone’s hard drive,not being used. How much use have I been to them then? If I am properly to do my job, then surely I have to be clear that customer satisfaction rates very highly at the top of priorities. And I have to hear what people are saying about what I say.

I cannot control whether or not someone uses a product I sell them ,but I can sure as hell market well enough to ensure that people do buy suitable products which are of value. And I market products created by proper experts,not amateurs.

You’ve probably bought products where the marketing material was so good that you could not wait to buy, but then you bought and then the disappointment set in. The product just did not add up to the marketing.Feels bad,doesn’t it? It seems to me that keeping both the marketing and the product  of a high quality you have your best chance of winning.

So what does what I have been saying here add up to? This. Focus on your target audience more precisely so that they are the intended target so that they can make the most out of what they are persuaded to buy, because they are perfect for that product. In other words sell them stuff that they do want. And to do that the marketing message needs to be all the more precise, and our knowledge of the products we sell more complete. Then those we address may recognise themselves as being those who will benefit properly from purchasing the products.

If you want to make your offers better than they have been then you may well enjoy this FREE product from Dean Holland, a total pro who I listen to a lot and am a partner in his company. He gives you the lowdown on what you need to address to get the required  quality of offer onto the table:

https://mikeram.clickfunnels.com/optingx65g1dk. 

For the price of a couple of coffees for shipping you could learn the necessary steps to your best success yet! Go well and be happy!

Hello again,

I hope this finds you well and thriving. Although my blogposts are mostly about business they are not entirely as there is more to life than business online. A lot. And on this site the posts are more about my personal journey than about the mechanics,which I do extensively go through on my other blog site which is at https://marketingwithmikeram.co and which I hope you’ll look at some time and add comments there.

Anyway last time I was mentioning what I’d learnt from Tony Robbins recently and tying it in with my ideas of going forward feeling more certain. I was saying one can almost feel it in one’s body when one has certainty. So that is a good feeling to cultivate.

However results are quite important at the stage I am at because we all like to see some sign of an impact on our businesses from outside. Okay it is too narrow to limit the definition of a result to simply things going on out there. Every day I work I get some sort of a result as my business progresses in some small way daily. I am always progressing. But in an obvious way not quickly enough. In addition there is a higher level of this informing me and telling me I wish to concentrate most on the concepts of marketing and find another way of getting the small stuff done which is nonetheless important in overall functioning.The idea of being my own CEO starts to make sense even though I have no one yet to delegate to. It feels comfortable.

At present though there is one hell of a lot of stuff I have to get through to put myself out there and capture the interest of people who come across my work.  I also have wider interests which are roughly speaking creative-painting, writing, music. I do not have enough hours in a day. Sooner or later outsourcing,getting a VA will have to come into the reckoning. As ever I have taken on too much. But somewhere along the line I must have thought myself equal to it.

If various writers are to be believed, Tony Robbins is one, Andy Shaw-a very good personal development guy I have been learning off for ages- another,  I would say we only live at 10% of our capability. How can I harness the next 10% or the 10% after that? what would that look like?

I should be able to create the life I desire completely. Why? Because there is more than enough energy and power in my mind to do so. The power in my mind-and in yours for that matter-is some ridiculously large amount. We just do not yet know how to harness it. But creating the life we desire should be exactly within our compasses.

If you’ll excuse my jumping staight to the figues then this how powerful our minds are according to Phil Gosling: The brain’s potential in terms of connections and thought power is 2X10 to the power of 1,000,000. This is a line of 0’s stretching for 9.8 miles.

Now the total number of atoms in the unverse is calculated at  10 to the power of 89.( My keyboard does not have a device for putting numbers in quite right space to denote that fact so I simply use the words to describe the phenomenon.) Anyway just in case you do not think you have the mental resources at your disposal, then think again. The figures here are from Andy Shaw’s excellent ‘Using a Bug Free Mind’. Personally I feel quite at a loss when I actually stop to consider many of these things. But the then again we are weird beings living in a Universe which quite defies description as well as measurement. telescopes may explore the outer Universe,but how will we explore what lies within?

Back to earth for a moment, Dean Holland,CEO of internet profits, is due to appear on stage at the same event as  Tony Robbins for Russell Brunson’s company.(Funnel Hackers Live Event). Dean Holland is a master exponent of the most up to date system of Internet Marketing and his work can be sampled by following this url to his Free Product:.THE PERFECT OFFER

Till the next time, keep well.

 

 

 

Hi folks,

I hope you are doing well. I have spent a number of sessions this week listening to Tony Robbins videos on Youtube. They are great and I can easily get lost in them and forget that time is passing on the rest of my business.

However I do have to think that it does me a lot of good as it works directly on me and brings plenty of ideas to the table about what I should do with my business.

I think one important  thing I.got from the material was that hoping my business would succeed felt to me very differently from expecting my business to really succeed and all that goes with it.

Much of where I have been is probably hoping but with a view that if I just carry on then I will eventually make it. I do not know whether that is a good position to take, and in any case I have since decided that expecting it to do well is  a rather superior attitude to hoping. So that is my orientation sorted.

Of course Tony R. has plenty of other things to say and in a certain attention I can pay to my own performance he could have a massive influence. Take video making as an example. If I talk as I normally do on video then my performance are okay. I am after all fairly new at it, though been around long enough to lose a number of them,as mentioned before.

But in future I can see I will get better if I make them less like a teacher might and more like a performer might.In other words if I bring more me in a present state to the work then I will see better results.

So my aim for future videoing is to become a better performer. Try and score 8/9 rather than 5/6.

So far I have enjoyed making videos,just as I enjoy writing stuff. Just as well because there will be plenty of this down the line. It is important to actually get a kick out of this stuff because it would be a preciously unrewarding occupation if I did not.

Sometimes I get glimpses of things I do not really enjoy doing. DIY for instance. God,what a chore. Reading instruction manuals, technical writing, filling in forms, taking surveys. All tedious. watching rugby on TV-total nono!

But I really want to up my pleasure here, and just be ‘Happy as Larry’ with my work. so in the spirit of trying to give better value, I would encourage you to go to my Education Site -which is a sister site at:

https://marketingwithmikeram.co. basically there is a whole load of written material on how to get started in affiliate marketing. Read through the posts and discover what you need to know.

This site is primarily my story so I do not actually put too much of the educational stuff here. My journey has been quite a long one,and as yet I am not a superstar. But I do give 100% and I am fully committed and as I said before I do expect to succeed big time.

Thank you for reading and perhaps leaving a comment. Onwards and Upwards.

A very perturbing thing happened to me today. I discovered not only had some of my videos onYoutube completely disappeared but also that about ten of them I had stored on my laptop disappeared so I will have to not only repost but also rerecord again. This is obviously time consuming and a bore but such is the situation I cannot help it. One note is to tighten up on computer security and remember always to sign out at the end of a session but also to making sure I keep stuff double backed up.

And a further investigation of another video posting site showed the similar lack of videos. Or is this simply a senior moment?  Or has someone earmarked a passage of time out in my life and asked the question: ‘Do you remember what you were doing then?’ Ho hum!

So what is worse? Losing videos or my memory? Well I think the answer to that is obvious! So I shall be go deep into my memory to work out what I was doing at the time I thought I had recorded these videos. Yep,somewhere inside of me I reckon I have total recall, even if it is not obvious.

It may take a couple of hours or even a couple of days! But I confident I can come up with the answer.Certainly I do remember a lazy stage in the year so maybe that was then.

Is total recall possible? yes. Everything I have awareness of plus plenty beside is recorded in my unconscious mind…..

…….In following on from that later that evening on Youtube I found a load of videos in the general mix which were no longer fixed to my email account. Now the interesting thing is, that they are quite hard to get back into my email account. Funnily enough that account had been cleared out,but the vidoes were still attributed elsewhere to me.

Now for want of as better way of looking at it, I put that down to intuition. I had a knowledge of their whereabouts in my unconscious. To compound the strangeness of the event I then went on to my site on Vimeo and discovered I no longer had that period of videos on that channel. Stranger and stranger.

Though I cannot yet solve the mysteries entirely, mercifully I do have most of my videos in some place, but somehow not on my computer! And it’s an Apple. So what gives? I don’t know but I would sure as hell like to get to the bottom of it.

They are not the greatest movies ever,but I don’t reckon they are too bad either, and contain good information which is helpful to aspiring affiliate marketers. and of course no one like losing stuff like that.

You can see my videos onYoutube and in the main I am listed as marketingwithmikeram  https://youtu.be/XE3F4-7IgVs for example.I will be posting asap a later collection which are still in the composition stage, or rather in my head as a project to do.

I think in this business it would be useful to develope octopus like characteristics with any number of arms to do all the necessary tasks. A couple more heads would do. However as I am stuck with two arms, one head, one brain etc, progress will for now be limited. But a note to remeber is to start thinking in terms of a VA to do some of the heavy liftying and leave me free to do all the lovely flair stuff.

If you want to find some more educational material to help you, then please visit my other site at marketingwithmikeram.co

 

 

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Hello again,
I am writing again in a period of massive upheaval in certain places wherein people have lost their lives in pointless ways, thugs dressed as law enforcement agents have beaten up old ladies and children and at least one government has determined itself ready for the dustbin,not to mention Trump’s continuing downward spiral.
Gun control seems a controversial subject just where it needs to be put in place most. If this seems unnecessarily preachy, just ask the relatives of those who were slaughtered in Las Vegas whether THEY think there should be gun control The usual repugnant and asinine reasons get trotted out by the usual idiots who want to play with guns and the USA fails to evolve as a nation.
If I bring too much of myself to this well it’s done in the spirit of being myself. I do it to say I am on the side of evolution and not guns.
One of the reasons I do this marketing stuff is to give value to people. Another is to make myself a better life. Another is maybe to help others. I look at those who sleep on pavements and wonder how the hell they get through it. It should not happen in the twenty first century. Can you imagine sleeping just for an hour on a pavement? how would your back feel? Your head? It’s spinechilling really and yet so many do it because of lack of opportunity and funds.And they do it night after godforsaken night! Civilised? No way. Which is why greater humanity is required high up and not just immigrant bashing!
But would it not be a really positive achievement if I could turn on one or two of those who live like this to making money online? Tough for sure,but not impossible.
So what have I done the last few days? Well I have had a very interesting time setting up a Facebook Ads account and creating a first ad. I am marketing a product called the ‘Perfect Offer’, which incidentally you can get of hold of here if you follow this link:
https://mikeram.clickfunnels.com/optingx65g1dk

The Perfect Offer is a Free plus shipping offer, put out by Dean Holland and Internet Profits. The only cost to an interested party is $9.95 to ship the USB stick to you. Whilst it is not an offer you cannot refuse( a la Godfather) it is one which you would be foolish to for quite the opposite reason as it could be business transforming. In the ‘perfect offer’ which is delivered to your door on a USB stick, Dean goes into the sorts of questions you need to ask in order to develop an appropriate marketing message for possible customers. His mentor Russell Brunson is hot about asking these sort of questions,such as who are you marketing to, where are they be found, how are they found and why would someone want this product. Sound stuff if you wish to build a perfect offer to present to your not yet knowing audience.
Now to tell you more would be to lessen the need for you to get it, but the trailer should be sufficient to turn you into a hungry subscriber.After all the only cost to you is the shipping cost.
Anyway the link is above so just click there and fire away.

Hello again,
I do not know whether there are times when you have many ideas forming in your head sometimes and queuing to get expression somehow,and just mixing themselves up in the process.Well that is how I feel today as I stand on the cusp of writing this post.
Oh sure sometimes it’s the opposite and nothing mind stares at a blank sheet searching for ideas,and finally forms one idea. But today,no. It’s as I said above. Like am I going to talk about the technical stuff I have difficulty doing, or am I going to talk about environmental change and renewable energy and tie that in with recycling content, or am I going to approach this as a deeper confession about my ability to do the stuff I have to?
This is convoluted for sure. I guess my approach to getting things done is a good point to start because I have been trying to get this site into good working order and putting monetising items into it. So I sort of press a few buttons more in hope than judgement and something appears,while another box disappears.
The problem is to tie it all up. I can add a plugin or a widget and see that show in the sidebar, but then I have to tie it all up to the place I keep the email subscribers names and from where I will mail them.
It has all gotten chillingly complex and I have surrounded myself with answers to my technical questions which make so little sense that I have to go and learn a new language to understand.
Perhaps you are one of these people too. You have some ability in this business but as soon as it gets too technical you shy away from the solving of the problem. Unsurprising in my mind. One just cannot be all things in this business.Technical answers go so far but in reality it can take a lot of time.
Now in the building of this site I have ‘magically’ manifested a few good things in the side bar,but none of it is perfect. None of this blogsite is perfect. But in all honesty it does sort of work. Not perfectly. But just about functionally enough. So although I will look to improve it over time, it’s gonna have to stay like this. As they say, just good enough is better than not all. And it does at least get out of the door!
Anyway I was going to also talk about the last part of the Quick Start Challenge, which ended over a week ago.
Well I sort of ended the QSC and felt vaguely triumphant,though I am not prone to outbursts of self gratulation. But then suddenly I felt like there was nowhere to go, and I was going to have to summon up my own next steps without the guidance and map.Help! I felt like a flopped souffle for the weekend. NOTHING. No energy, no direction, no enthusiasm. But then I heard Dean Holland say we had to really make this work and move on and not give the game away. So I have got myself to this point after dealing with technical matters related to my site.
But that does say something to me. My mentality is without direction if I do not have a clear idea of what to do next. And though I am fairly inner directed, it was great for a while having clear instructions on the next step, and the next step. So once I have done all this tech stuff on my site, I am then going to get clearer about Facebook traffic and set up a campaign for that, and also take the chance to do some more blog hopping. Along the way I will also make a couple of videos. There now. It’s put out there. So can I carry out those steps? Who knows.
The number one important thing is to know that the entire marketing machine works like it should and things like emails get to those who should receive them, so I have to work a lot in the machine room to get that done.And that means coordinating moving parts. Oh,well. I may yet astound myself! Oh yes, and I may tell myself also that getting results is not simply about getting money from this enterprise. Bye For Now!
Oh yes. If yhou want more detailed instruction in the finer points of affiliate marketing set up then PLEASE VISIT THIS SITE:http://www.marketingwithmikeram.co/

Moving forward into the autumn equinox there have been the usual equinoctal winds and rains and the season has definitely flicked over into autumn. Whilst I do lament this in part I am aware I cannot change a thing,least of all the march of time. So I have to concentrate on changing those things I can change,such as my Internet Life.

I say Internet Life because I spend many minutes of my life scrolling through facebook,in spite of being told I should not by time management’experts’.Mind you there is no one here to tick me off if I do and to be sure there is plenty to occupy my attention when I do look at FB.

However soon I will be using it to create adverts to target audiences tailor made for my purposes. Learning the outline of this was the main topic of the last teaching class of the QSC and amongst the most interesting of all the topics covered in the course.

The challenge has now more or less finished and I am surely not in the same place I started. I have now a functioning basic model of a business system which will underpin my future marketing efforts.

Having set up this blog site as a space in which to record my experiences of marketing and to document my victories and my failures I then set up a two tier Lead capture site. I built first an Optin Page consisting of a Headline about the Free product I am offering (one of the first necessities of running a business like this) and a box in which the interested person could put his/her email address in, so that the Free product could be made available to that person, and a Button to press to access it and the next page-the Thank You page., while the email address was stored in a list within my Click Funnels/Actionetics account.

The email address duly captured would be stored within the machinery for sending emails out , while the Free Product would be made available to them and on the Thank You Page , they would get a further piece of content-for free-which would give them information as well as tell them about an offer they might be interested in going forward. From that point they could if they wanted sign up to a free webinar or simply take the free product and leave.

Now within that lead magnet/free product there would be a certain amount of information given which would be relevant to the later affiliate offers to be made, ensuring that what was in place was a coherent internally logical piece of preframing which would be relevant  going along. The nature of the eventual affiliate offer is really the factor which determines what information is given before it and how. Creating inner congruity between all of the parts of the process is a major concern as well as congruence of colours and fonts used.

If you desire more detailed information on the actual process of creating a lead magnet and the steps after, please visit my other site at : http://www.marketingwithmikeram.co/ This is a more educationally based site where I have outlined most of the basics of affiliate marketing for beginners and beyond. There is quite a substantial amount of information there and I suggest you look around if it is something you think you could benefit from. I am here always to answer questions you have and you can either post them here or send them to my email adress as listed.

Moving on from that part of the Challenge and having a working email optin and thank you system, in the third part of the Quick start challenge the exercise was to create a series of emails to send out daily on automatic. This meant that whenever someone signed to my optin page their address would be stored in an Email list pertinent to this series, and then they would be sent a daily email in a seven letter sequence informing the recipient about who I am, what would be sent to him/her moving forward and reminding him//her of the next part of the process,in this case to sign up for a Webinar for Free to hear about the Affiliate Offer down the line-in my case an offer from Internet profits, with the free webinar an occasion to hear about the products offered by Internet Profits.

Thus armed with an automated email delivery service, the Final part of the Quick start Challenge was to learn about getting Traffic, the lifeblood of any online system. As the body cannot do without blood transporting oxygen around it so a business, an organic entity like a body, cannot do without the constant flow of traffic coming to it and subscribers, like nutrients, being attracted to and brought into the first parts of the system.

Dean really went above and beyond in the final part of the QSC in delivering three webinars on traffic. Types of traffic and how to get them were the main subject of each webinar and the processes which they work through. As mentioned early in the piece the final part was on paid for  Facebook traffic, which I found quite exciting to contemplate moving forward. Otherwise I am into blog hopping and video content marketing-both free traffic methods- in order to get people to look at my site and possibly optin for my free products.

Now that was not the final actual webinar in the process which I will cover in the next post on this site. This will happen in a few days time.

I feel for now I have been though a telling and enriching learning process which should hold me in good stead moving forward with my business. It was always necessary as I seemed to suffer from overwhelm and massive plate spinning without actually being able to get the various parts of the process down and in the right order.

From this point on I should be able to start to generate some leads to send through my automated machine and start to generate conversions to my affiliate offers. Upwards and Onwards….