Internet Marketing 2014 Lessons Learned

I’ve been studying and implementing Internet marketing strategies for a little over a year now. “Internet marketing 2014,” may sound a bit premature since the year’s not over yet, but I wanted to write this post to let you know what I’ve learned in my first full year as an Internet marketer.Continue Reading

Work at Home Tips

I’ve decided to expand the focus of this site to work at home tips. It was previously focused on Internet marketing with the site tagline of “Online Rookie Tips.” I’ve been learning a lot about keyword research, authority site building, and SEO, from the experts at Nohatdigital, and I’ve decided to enlarge my scope for the site.

I’ll still be writing about Internet marketing and building an online business, because I have a strong interest in them and continue to develop skills and knowledge that I’d like to share. It’s a relevant subset of the broader work from home category.

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12 Ways to Get More Subscribers Infographic

This is an awesome infographic from Blogspot by Ginny Soskey.

I love the way this is laid out, the information provided, and the 12 point checklist. The fact that it came from one of my favorite blogs Backlinko gives it instant credibility.

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MTTB Review 2014

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a review of MTTB and there’s lots of new developments that are worth writing about. If you’re thinking of joining MTTB or MOBE, now is a good time to get in.

Since this article was posted, I wrote a comprehensive MTTB review for 2014 here.

A new traffic course was just added called the Traffic Masters Academy. This is one of the best sources of information on how to master traffic for Internet marketing. There are in-depth courses on blogging by John Chow, Facebook marketing by Michelle Pescosolido, and PPV marketing by Luke Lim and Bernardo De La Vega.

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Bulk email Lists or Scraping?

If you wanted to send out 5 million emails, where would you get the email addresses? Would you rent or buy a list? Would you use a scraper?

There are problems to both those methods. When you buy a list, the data is often outdated and you’ll likely get a high percentage of bounced or undeliverable emails. If your undeliverable rate goes too high, you risk getting your campaign shut down by your ISP.

If you use a scraper, it’s illegal to send emails out to those addresses because you don’t have permission.

So what’s the alternative? You can use a bulk email service that has co-registration agreements. The service I work with has over 1,300 partners like Netflix, eBay, Amazon, Career Builder, Career Track, WSJ, and many more.

We get over 200,000 new opt ins a day that are fresh and verified. This keeps deliverability rates and open rates higher than what you’d get with a purchased list.

The ROI is the most important metric that matters, and this service delivers. We have clients who continue to send 5-10 million emails out every week because they’re earning more in sales than what it costs to send out the emails.

We have a client who sells fine Egyptian sheets (bedding) who sends out 10 million emails every week. He sells 200 sets per week at $40 each from our emails. So for him it’s a no-brainer and he keeps reordering.

There are plenty of videos and sites that attempt to teach a person how to send bulk emails buy buying software that they’re selling. If you ever feel like wasting a whole weekend and too many hours to count, try it for yourself. I promise you that it’s one huge headache of a problem that’s best outsourced to the professionals.

I’m in a business opportunity where they have a professional phone team that handles all the calls to upgrade buyers to a higher level. These guys are stone cold professionals who are experts at helping my clients upgrade by solving their problems.

If someone in this business wanted to make their own calls to upgrade their own prospects, they have the option to do it and earn a little more. But just like the bulk emailing proposition, for most, selling over the phone is a very difficult skill to learn and could take months of practice.

It also takes a lot of time, patience, dedication, and commitment if you have a lot of prospects. That’s why most of the biggest earners in the company let the phone team do the work for them so they can continue to focus on the business building processes.

Bulk emailing is fraught with technical and legal hurdles, not to mention the enormous time it takes to get it all setup and working. In my opinion, it’s best left to the pros.

Fill out the contact form or join the bulk email list for a quote.

Outsource Your Bulk email Campaigns

Awhile back I was on a mission to figure out how to send millions of email to get sign ups for a business opportunity. I spent hours researching what would be required. When I found out I needed to buy an expensive list, buy software, setup a server, figure out how to not get blacklisted, buy domains, and all the other technical hurdles, I decided it wasn’t worth it.

Recently, I discovered a service to do bulk email at very reasonable rates. They do all the design and creative work, supply the list, and send the emails out on their servers. They offer real time tracking so you can see your results live. I like the service so much that I’m now marketing the service as part of my business.

It reminds me of my Craigslist posting project, where I wanted to figure out how to do multiple postings and not get ghosted. When I learned that I needed several phone verified accounts, my own servers, lots of unique IP addresses, and had to create unique text and images for each post, I also decided it wasn’t worth it. In the end I hired a service that did 300 beautiful and unique posts for me for a $1.00 per post.

I got sign ups and made sales with the Craigslist posting service I used and was able to focus on activities that produced income for me.

When you’re in business, you have to decide what the highest and best use of your time is. For me, it was talking to people and building relationships so they would eventually join me.

Believe me, you don’t want to spend the time, money, and frustration to learn to do bulk emailing or Craigslist postings like the pros do. It’s cheaper and you’ll get better results using a service who knows what they’re doing.

If you’re looking to outsource your bulk emailing or Craigslist postings to market your business, send me a request on the contact form on the site. Or you can connect with me on my Facebook page:

Bulk email Marketing

Sending out millions of emails in an effort to expand your customer base might sound like a good idea. After all, it wouldn’t cost much to send the emails since it’s just a server processing data, right? The fact of the matter is that it’s a little more involved than that.

Let’s say you wanted to send out 1 million emails over the course of 5 weeks. First you’d need to get a list of people who agreed to get emails for offers. Otherwise, you’re in violation of the CAN-SPAM act. How do you get a list like this? You need to either buy/rent a list or setup a co-registration agreement with a partner.

Next you’d have to setup your creatives in terms of the type of email you’d like to send out. You’d have to decide on your call to action, e.g., links that go to your website, an opt-in page, etc.

Once your creatives are setup, you’d need to get everything loaded onto a server for delivery. If you’re not good with tech projects, this could prove challenging.

Once you started running your bulk email campaign, within an hour you’d likely be shut down due to the way you setup your campaign. There are specific steps one needs to take to avoid getting blacklisted and to ensure delivery. It involves using multiple IP addresses, and domains.

If all this sounds like a lot of work and expense, you’re right. Setting up and running a bulk email marketing campaign is best left to professionals. Send me an email for more information or a quote.

What’s up with this blog?

I’ve neglected this blog for about six months now and plan to start posting again. Why have I neglected it? I got busy with other projects and didn’t want to spend the time and effort to keep posting here.

I have a new mission and I’m going to use this blog as my testing ground. I’m going to start posting to see if I can get articles to rank for some long-tail keywords. So if some of the content seems new and different from what I usually write about, that’s why.

I will still be posting articles on Internet marketing and ways to earn income online. I’ve got lots of new information to share on what I’ve been learning over the last six months.

My readership for this blog is probably down to near zero, and my subscriber list with aWeber is likely dead and unresponsive, but I’m going to build a whole new list using different tactics.

Instead of being a site that focuses on promoting one specific opportunity MOBE, I’m going to focus on providing value and solid information.

So if you’re one of the few people reading this, stay tuned for my new posts.

Facebook Privacy Settings

I’ve been wanting to write a post on Facebook privacy settings for awhile now. I found this article yesterday from the New York Times and I think it covers everything better than I could:

“Flipping the Switches on Facebook’s Privacy Controls”

Why I Hate Blogging

I started this blog about three months ago. I’ve had blogs before, and one time I gave myself the challenge of writing a post every day for 30 days. I did it, but it almost drove me mad.

The relentless pressure to write starts to get to me even when I try to ignore it. I know I should write and post every day, at least that’s what the big-time bloggers tell me, but for now my goal is three posts a week.

Why not post more often? Because I don’t want to drive myself crazy trying to stick to posting every day. I figure if I do start posting more often I’ll look at those as bonus posts. Continue Reading