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September 12th, 2018

Autoresponders: Three Campaigns

by Rahimah Sultan

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When a prospect or customer signs up to receive your emails, there should be a response sent by an autoresponder. This should happen whenever someone clicks on a link and makes a purchase or when anyone signs up for a newsletter or membership in your program, to show your appreciation for their time and effort.

 

An autoresponder is a computer program that automatically answers e-mail sent to it. They can be very simple or quite complex. The software sends a sequence of emails to a person who has taken some action. You write the emails, enter them into the autoresponder system, set up the triggering function for the series, and schedule when they should be sent.

 

Sequence Emails
People generally want more than the initial offering. For example, if readers bought your ebook on the basics of knitting, you could do a sequence of emails beginning with the different types of knitting needles, the second email would be about the yarn, the third on patterns, and so on.

 

Drip Email Campaign

For readers who are ready to buy something from you, are thinking about it but want more information, and those who are interested in being on your list but don’t know if they want to buy anything right now, use a drip email campaign.

 

If you had a recent campaign to get more leads by offering something free pertaining to one of your services, and you’ve captured their emails, send this group a series of emails with engaging content about how you created the service to solve a common problem many readers encounter in the running of their business. You can give a case study in one email and another case study in the second email in a story-telling form.

 

In the bottom of these two emails, offer a short bit of content about your book or service with a link or CTA (call-to-action) button to the book or service on solving the common problem.

 

Now split your readers into two groups:  Those who made a purchase (Group A) and those who didn’t (Group B). Group A will receive automated emails referencing elements of the book shown in emails as to how you can help them be more successful. Once they’ve received a few of the supporting email sequences that may also have links to videos, you can offer your readers a product demo and a free consultation.

 

In the meantime, Group B is getting occasional automated emails like Group A received, but they also get other emails with different content about other services you provide, including links to content with more information such as a video. Those in Group B who click on the book link show they’re still interested in the book and, potentially, your personalized service but just may not be ready yet.

 

Webinar Autoresponder Email Series

Marketers like to show their fol­lowers how they can carry out something in their business that will help them make more money. Using the drip email example above, a webinar can be offered at some point for Group A because they showed the most interest in the product.

 

Group A has already seen a video or two as part of the sequence emails they received. Now you can send an email inviting readers to attend a webinar where they can see the service in action and how it can help them decide on using your product or information. When the webinar invitation goes out, readers fill out the form and send it back. This generates the reservation acceptance email that carries a link that is automatically code-created with that person’s identification and takes the person to the webinar link when the time comes to join up.

 

A day before the event you send a reminder email and again right before the webinar begins. Readers just need to click on the link several minutes before it starts. The link takes them right to the webinar page where each reader is recognized as a pre-registered attendee (because of the ID link code).

 

When the webinar is over, get the list of attendees and those who didn’t. Create separate channels (lists) for each group. Put aside those who attended but didn’t sign up for the service.

 

For the registered non-attendees of Group A in the “drip” campaign, now moved into a Group A short-term email list, send an autoresponder message saying they were missed at the webinar but there’s a link for a replay if they’d still like to see it.

 

If your short-term list of members clicked on the replay link but not the link to get your service, send an automated email several hours later, asking if they’d like to have a consultation to know more. They can click on a link in the email to generate a callback from you or set up an appointment with you.

 

After 24 hours, send out another autoresponder email reminding them that the discount will be over in 24 hours, so they need to act now. If no actions were taken, you can move non-responding people to another email list to receive regular emails about products and services you have to offer, including emails that just offer valuable content without any sales approach.

 

Sequence emails, drip email campaigns, and a webinar autoresponder email series are three types of email campaigns you can set up for a boost to your business.

 

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August 10th, 2018

Smart Strategies for Affiliate Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan

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You can start or boost your business using the internet and various platforms. A good place to begin is with affiliate marketing.

 

‘The beauty of affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to invest the time and effort to create a product to sell. You can begin selling something as an affiliate as soon as you have a platform to sell it on.’

 

There are two important rules to use when promoting products that are not your own:

 

1. Only recommend products with which you are familiar.

 

2. Never tell anyone directly to buy a product.

 

You can read my source for Smart Strategies for Affiliate Marketing here.

 
 
 

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July 26th, 2018

4 Main Stages for Your Sales Funnel

by Rahimah Sultan

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A sales funnel is the buying process that you use to lead customers or prospective clients through to purchase a product. It is a series of steps within a particular sales model. These steps can consist of landing pages, blog pages, re-targeting ads for bringing people back into the loop if they’ve left, and email follow ups.

 

Simply put, a sales funnel is the journey you take your website visitors through when trying to sell your products and services to them.

 

The top of the funnel works to attract people, the middle of the funnel is a kind of nurturing process such as getting people on your email list, and in the bottom you’re doing additional follow up.

 

Here are four main stages for your sales funnel:

 

Read magnet
Lead magnet
Introductory offer
Core offer

 

One strategy you can use to create sales funnel opportunities is to send an email to your list asking them what they need help with, a kind of survey. Your subject line can be, “Can I ask you a question?” Then ask the question.

 

As people respond, track the common issues or problems that are most popular and use them to create a funnel based on those core needs. You can also incentivize responses by saying you’ll pick a certain number of people to receive a one-on-one 15-minute consultation or whatever else you choose. Now you have a way to address their needs and concerns and a way to get to know and better understand them.

 

Your Read Magnet makes it all about the reader, before ever asking for the opt-in.

 

Now that you’ve got your funnel, it’s time to warm up your reader. This can be done by using the survey results to start mapping out a blog post that hits on the one struggle most of your audience is plagued with. Go in-depth with the information.

 

It doesn’t have to be a blog post. It could be a video, podcast or a Facebook live broadcast that you transcribe and turn into a blog post. Make sure this is all related to the overall purpose of your sales funnel. This should link to your lead magnet which has been included throughout the post.

 

Your Lead Magnet
Now you want people to see your lead magnet. You can do so by emailing your list with a link to the post, posting the link inside your Facebook group, placing it on your social media channels, and driving some paid traffic, among other things.

 

You want people on your page consuming content and opting in for your lead magnet, which can be:

 

1) Cheat sheets
2) Checklists
3) Swipe files
4) Buyer’s guides
5) Email courses
6) A recording of a talk you gave
7) Step-by-step blueprints

 

This is by no means an all-inclusive list. Be creative.

 

Introductory Offer
Once people have opted in, it’s time for an intro offer that is a relevant low-cost offer you make to a new subscriber once they have joined your list. Offer something that is relevant to your funnel and that is hard to say no to, while you “have their attention.”

 

Each step feeds into the next without any disruptions to the flow. This avoids losing anyone who might otherwise close the window or delete your email.

 

A few tips…

 

1) Keep intro offer below $50
2) The offer should be relevant to your read magnet, lead magnet and core offer
3) It should be 10x the value they’ve received in your read magnet and lead magnet
4) It should be offered on the Thank You page once someone opts in for your lead magnet
5) It should not be used as a money-maker, instead use it to change the relationship from subscriber to customer

 

A few things to offer, among many:

 

A video course
Done-for-you graphics
Audio course
Mini group coaching calls
$1 trial for your product or software

 

Now you sell your intro offer through another blog post. Once someone opts in for your lead magnet, they’re redirected to the post that contains something of real value, while they wait for the lead magnet email to arrive. They can only get this by following the instructions and clicking the link to the new post.

 

You want to keep the reader engaged while moving them down the page to where you present the intro offer for the first time. Now you’re building trust.

 

Core Offer
Your core offer has to be a great one. It has to be detailed, value-packed and help your customer achieve a specific outcome, goal or result.

 

Your core offer can be an online course, high-ticket coaching, done-for-you services, some software, mentorship, a physical product, etc. It’s your call.

 

A sales funnel gives you leverage and puts you in control to be able to do what you want whether it’s more travel, to stress less about generating leads if you’re selling services or digital products, and growing your business.

 

You can use these four main stages for your sales funnel to move your business forward.

 

Source: How To Create a Dangerously Effective Automated Sales Funnel

 

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July 17th, 2018

Making Money From Home with Affiliate Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Is this the year for you to start making money online? You probably know that people have made enormous amounts of money with this online business model. You can start making money from home with affiliate marketing.

 

If you aren’t sure that it still works (or how to make it work for you), check out this guide. It’s broken into the following chapters:

 

1) What is affiliate marketing?
2) Finding the right affiliate programs
3) How to choose your first affiliate product
4) Affiliate marketing tools
5) Affiliate marketing FAQs

 

Affiliate marketing allows you the freedom to work from home or any place in the world with Internet access.

 

Success in getting each step done will fuel your motivation to keep going until your first sale.

 

Seeing your first commissions come in will be all the motivation you need to achieve the affiliate marketing business of your dreams.

 

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June 28th, 2018

Blog Article Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Writing articles about topics that interest your prospects is a great way to become a trusted expert in your community. However, there are some important things to consider for ensuring your blog article marketing is effective.

 

Be sure that you’re reaching your target audience. These are the recipients for a particular advertisement or message. For example, people interested in starting a home business or those in a certain age group interested in certain fashion or prospects interested in weight loss, etc.

 

Be sure to have a very clear call to action included in the article. For example, if you have a free download to offer as a way to build your email list, it should be included in the article. Make sure that readers must enter their name and email address to receive the “freebie.” Once you have that information, you can engage with prospects and continue follow up with them.

 

In order for article marketing to be effective, you need to do it well and be consistent in your efforts, and provide quality content.

 

So start with a schedule that you know you can stick to. You can strive to publish one article every week, for starters, and then add more. You need to realistically assess what’s sustainable for you.

 

Blog article marketing is useful for your online business. It’s a cost-effective way to drive traffic to your website or blog and a way obtain potential customers. When you write about what you’re offering, you can place a link in the article that redirects wherever you wish – to a squeeze page, another article or website.

 

When writing be sure you’re reaching your target audience, include a clear call to action, and start with a schedule that you can maintain.

 

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June 13th, 2018

Online Marketing Strategy for Business Success

by Rahimah Sultan

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You can market your business like a hunter or a farmer. As a hunter, you wake up in the morning, gather your weapons and head out to the hunt. Some days you come back with a kill and your family has a feast. Other days your family goes hungry. It’s a constant daily battle.

 

Your online marketing strategy for business success should be like the farmer who plants seeds and waits for them to be ready for the harvest, while nurturing and caring for them. You water and tend to your crop, and when it’s ready you start harvesting.

 

So many businesses operate like hunters—cold calling, spending huge amounts of time and energy trying to get new customers, discounting and competing on price out of desperation, and wasting large amounts of time pestering people who are not interested in their product or service.

 

When marketing your business farmer style, you set up a data base for emailing or direct mailing your prospects. Then you form relationships with your list, and some will eventually purchase your product or service.

 

Click here to read The ‘Secret’ Marketing Strategy That Will Guarantee Your Business Success If You Use It, Or Kill Your Business If You Don’t

 
 
 

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May 27th, 2018

Affiliate Marketing Allows You the Freedom to Work From Home

by Rahimah Sultan

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The rise of the internet has had a profound effect on all our lives, radically altering how we live and work. In our on-demand society, one of the single most important benefits has been the ability to work from any place in the world and digitally earn an income. This idea appeals to scores of people who are frustrated with the 9-to-5 life and are seeking ways to free themselves from corporate responsibility.

 

You can start or boost your business using the internet and various platforms. A good place to begin is with affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing allows you the freedom to work from home.

 

What Is Affiliate Marketing?
When you sell anything for anyone else and you receive a commission for it, you’re marketing as an affiliate. You’re independent and on your own, not just a salesperson working for that company. Although there are no limits that need to be met, the more you sell the more you earn.

You can effectively earn money by marketing for many companies at one time. There are no limitations and you don’t need to create your own products or services to earn money selling anything in this format.

 

Affiliate marketing isn’t easy. Unless you have a significant audience or a platform, selling anything will require a substantial investment of both your time and money. You can’t do it without traffic – someone to see your offers.

 

You have to get people to care about you. You have to get them emotionally invested in you before you can sell them anything. Don’t try to sell something right away, at least not until people become fully vested in you and your personal journey.

 

You need to create a diversified platform. If you have a blog, don’t focus solely on that. Build a Facebook Group, an online forum and other ways that you can stay connected with people.

 

Once you’ve built your platforms, develop and nurture your audience. Connect with them on social media channels. Respond to their emails. Engage with them in comments. Make it easy for them to reach you. You need to connect with your audience and develop that relationship over time. They need to get to know and trust you.

 

When you’re ready, search for the right product or company that’s relevant to your audience.

 

If you’ve taken the time to build an email list, you can use that opportunity to survey your subscribers. Ask them, specifically, what they’re most interested in. The answers can allow you to laser-focus your affiliate offers in the right direction.

 

When building an email list, you need to offer something in return. Use email providers like InfusionSoft, MailChimp, ConvertKit, Aweber, or any number of others, to send out the email to a survey. Survey Monkey is good for building your survey. Determine the best thing to offer and be sure to get clear on what your audience needs to do and what you’ll give them in exchange. It can be a free cheatsheet, a downloadable how-to ebook or some other useful item.

 

You then need to apply to related networks such as ClickBank, CommissionJunction, Rakuten’s LinkShare, Impact Radius, which are some of the larger affiliate networks, or numerous others.

 

Just know that you must submit an application to most of these networks to be accepted. Once you’re accepted in, you’re often required to apply directly to the merchant afterwards. So there are two layers or gates that you need to bypass. That’s also why it’s important to build up your platform and create that emotional bridge between yourself and your audience before attempting to promote anything to them.

 

Now you need to build content to promote. You can use countless mediums of which your blog is the most important. Build content that delivers massive value and that is engaging.

 

Every single network or merchant will provide you with specific links that you can use to promote whatever it is you want to sell. Be sure to study the details of any offer that you decide to use. Then, build out your affiliate links and ensure that the sales and clicks are registering to your account. You can use URL shorteners like Bitly or one of these to make the links more manageable in terms of length.

 

Affiliate marketing allows you the freedom to work from home. So be persistent and don’t give up.


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May 15th, 2018

Affiliate Marketing Success

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Tom Dupuis, of Online Media Masters, discusses how to make money with affiliate marketing. In his article, so titled, he discusses how affiliate marketing works and the biggest success factors. This in-depth article covers setting up a blog, hosting, finding a niche, types of affiliate programs, affiliate market places, signing up, nofollow affiliate links, SEO, monetization of YouTube videos, and much more.

 

You can read the article here.

 

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May 3rd, 2018

Five Tips for Becoming a Creatively Prolific Content Creator

by Rahimah Sultan
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Sitting down to write an article without knowing what to say really wastes time. A blogger wants to write extremely useful and insightful content.

 

There are a few simple, common habits that will help you do your best writing in less time. Here are five tips for becoming a creatively prolific content creator.

 

Keep a stack of good ideas on hand
Keep a running list of topics. There are many sources for ideas. You can sign up for Google alerts with a few industry keywords. You can skim national newspapers and magazine stories, read small publications and trade publications, try new mediums like YouTube videos, and listen to podcasts. These are only a few suggestions.

 

Blog in Batches
You may need to find photos, upload them and enter credits. Of course you need great headlines. This can be done in one sitting for future posts.

 

Don’t try to write during your least productive time periods.

 

We’re hard-wired to be more naturally creative at certain times of day. Use that to your advantage. Try to organize your life so that your peak creative time is free of trivial tasks, phone calls, or social media. Write as much as you can during this time frame.

 

Write ahead
Back up all your deadlines by at least 48 hours, instead of writing frantically and having to post right away. Then you’ll have time to write a first draft today, leave it alone, and revisit it tomorrow.

 

Keep it simple
When writing your posts, don’t ramble on too long or wander off onto multiple trails and tangents. Follow one train of thought, and don’t overthink it. If you have more ideas on a subject, split them up and create a series. Don’t try to cram everything into one post.

 

So, stay on top of your blogging by keeping a list of ideas on hand. Blog in batches and don’t try to write during your least productive periods. Give yourself a 48-hour time frame so you don’t have to write and post your article immediately, and keep it simple. Using these five tips for becoming a creatively prolific content creator can help with your blogging.

 

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April 12th, 2018

3 Tips for Establishing Your Online Presence

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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So what do you need to build your online presence? You want people to know about you, to know you are open for business online. People need to know you exist in order to connect with you. Setting up shop on the Internet entails the same process as creating an offline business. You have to come up with a name, find a suitable location, and advertise it. Following are three tips for establishing your online presence.

 

Address
Just as with an offline business, you first need to decide on a name. Your online address or domain begins with buying virtual real estate so you can brand yourself. You need to look for some online real estate to which you can attach your name. This means purchasing a domain name that is unique, easy to spell and sound out, and not already taken. You need a name that defines you.

 

Make your domain name relevant to your content, service or business. Keep it short and look for an exact match. Ideally, you want your own name. If it is not available, look for something as close as possible. You can use your name or place a hyphen between your first and last name or use your name along with some aspect of the business. Choose wisely or it could become costly or even impossible to change it later. Use the “com” extension as opposed to “org” or “net” for business names whenever possible.

 

There are many domain name providers you can use. Run an online check for a few and compare prices. When buying a domain name, purchase the name only and do NOT sign up for anything else they offer like web hosting special security or other available services.

 

Location
Now that you have your domain you need to choose a web hosting account. This is where your domain (website / business) will be housed. This will be where your shop or business is located online. Buy your own hosting package so that you have total control. Once you have your hosting you can then install a WordPress blog for free, as it will be part of your package. It is the most popular blogging software in the world, it has unlimited plugins and themes, and free templates and much more. This is your asset that is totally under your control, and it can be monetized. Do not use free blog hosts, as you will have absolutely no control if you later decide to change anything. Any work you do on it will be for nothing. I suggest a WordPress blog over which you have total control.

 

Advertising
If you have an offline business that you are bringing online, use blog posts to talk about how to perform what you do. It could be consulting, making jewelry, presenting seminars, speaking engagements, writing books, affiliate marketing, creating online courses, writing eBooks, etc.

 

You can monetize your blog by including an appropriate link, in your posts, to something you are selling. This can be your own products, affiliate links or other offers.

 

You can get visitors to your site (blog), through social media, visible content on search engines, reading and commenting on other blogs, linking to other blogs, and regularly blogging. Post a minimum of once a week, especially, when just beginning to blog.

 

There are many advertising resources available both free and paid. Know that you will not develop a huge following overnight. It takes time, patience and perseverance. In time, some of your site visitors will become buyers.

 

You want people to know that you exist, so create your online presence with a domain name appropriate for your business, get a hosting package, set up business on a WordPress blog, and advertise to let people know what you have to offer. Use these three tips for establishing your online presence.

 

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