FlareCopter Kills it at San Gennaro Feast

FlareCopter at the Feast

FlareCopterSo can I tell you it was crazy money with FlareCopter leading the charge…lol. It took about an hour to figure out where we would be but after that it was a money machine. First night at The San Gennaro Feast and we did just a hair under a thousand bucks. Btw…this was in under 3 hours.

I gotta be honest if it was not for the fun people have playing with FlareCopter I might feel a little guilty. Because of the smiles it makes it okay to take their money. Seriously you shoot this thing in the air and kids, adults it does not matter come running and then you are just exchanging money for FlareCopters.

Changing Lives With FlareCopter

Amazingly this is not the coolest part. The coolest part is that we are actually changing people’s lives and their living standard through this simple LED Toy. I truly mean that.

I had the epiphany today…I think it had been coming for a minute…that I was finally achieving my dream. Let me go into a little history. I did not always lead well. I had leadership skills but I did not always manifest them in a positive way. That is to say that when I was younger I was not the man I am now. I see things differently.

Today I realized that I am achieving a dream that had been un-uttered. I, for many years, have had no other real desire than to make amends for bad choices in the past. In essence I wanted to bring something of value to the people I came in contact with and finally through FlareCopter I am able to have a vital impact on people’s lives for the better.

I literally see people every day that are making 3-5 hundred dollars a day and more and by grace I am the guy that gets to show this to people. You wanna talk about cool…that is cool. I don’t deserve it for my deeds but I will honor it because I get it now.

I was talking to one of our new guys today and he just gets it. FlareCopter is going to make millions of dollars. It may be the new Slinky or Frisbee. If it is…look out. But really that is not the blessing. While there is a ton of money to be made the real blessing is that what has become my life’s dream, to help others, is manifesting before my very eyes.

There are going to be millionaires made from this, of that I am certain. I don’t know how many but I know it will be more than a few. The question is will you be a part of it? Odds are, probably not but you never know. If you want to see how I make three grand a week then go to http://flare-copter.org

This is for real you guys. You do not sell FlareCopter. You learn how to shoot it really high and FlareCopter does the rest of the work for you. Seriously if you want to make some CHING check it out.

Ad Media Profit Review – Alert

Ad Media Profit Review – Update

Ad Media Profit Review

Sorry Folks, I may have laid an egg on this one. I am recommending to my team to hold off on any more funding of this program until they get a few things ironed out. Please understand I am not saying this won’t work out, I am only saying for now let’s use some caution. Sometimes these short-term programs blow up out of the gate but when they go good they go very good indeed.

As an example, about 18 months ago I pulled 18K out of a program I had a little over 2K in placements. That is not the only time. I also in the last year pulled almost 9K out of a program I put a little over 500 dollars into. Collectively I have earned way more than I have lost.

The thing to remember with companies like Ad Media Profit and for that matter Ad Click Express, another revenue share program we like, is that they can be very volatile and you have to spread yourself out if you are going to play this game. A few of them will work and work big but several are going to blow up in your face. That is why you buy a few of these and spread your risk.

Having said all that, I am not walking away from Ad Media Profit, I am just suggesting caution. Back to my story of how I pulled 18K out of one opportunity. Since then this opportunity looked like it was going to die an ugly death and yet now it looks like it may be coming back for another run and yes I am building a new position so if it pays off again it will add to my profits.

So for now just hang tight with this and in the meantime continue to spread your risk. That is the key to having success with the short term stuff. Hope this update helps.

 

Flare Copter – Generating Cash Flow

Flare Copter For Cash Flow

Flare CopterIf you had told me 30 days ago that I would have made a profit of…I don’t know…at least 5 thousand dollars selling a novelty toy called Flare Copter I would have laughed at you and yet that is exactly what has happened. Oh and if you think I worked hard for it you would be very mistaken. Today I am going to show you exactly what I am doing to generate this money and just how easy it is.

For a minute I am going to digress and give you a little back story. About a month and a half ago now my friend came to me with this, what I thought, ridiculous idea. I indulged him because he sent me 100 pieces of this product for Free. Told me to pay for them after I sold them. I think…pretty bold statement. But this guy is not only a business associate but a friend and so I say why not?

To be honest I had no idea this was coming. I was on the ropes, waiting tables in a restaurant and wondering how the pieces were going to come together. Mind you, I knew they would but was secure in the idea that this might take a minute to get back on top…lol. And then came along Flare Copter. To say this is a game changer would be an understatement.

Seriously not everyone could do this. Actually anyone could do this but many will think they can’t. They are wrong. Essentially I go out most nights for 2-3 hours and play with an LED Toy called Flare Copter. It is amazingly cool and fun to play with and I make much more money playing than I ever made working.

I don’t sell Flare Copter. I demonstrate it! That is all I do. When I shoot it into the air people are amazed. I mean it shoots 100-150 feet into the air like a rocket and then floats back down to the ground like a parachute, all the while lit up like fireworks. It is totally cool. Based on sales volume I am not the only one that thinks so.

Does Flare Copter Have Staying Power?

Listen I know you have heard it a thousand times before but if you really want some freedom to build your home based business then you are going to have to find a way to replace your income without having a full time job. The thing is that I am finding is that Flare Copter is not just a cash flow generator but is in fact a monster on the verge of going viral. In the first 30 days my partner and I generated over 5K in profits each and this month we expect to bank over 20K each. That is phenomenal growth. Frankly, at least for now, there is no end in site.

If you decide to develop a Flare Copter distributorship there are several things to consider.

  • The Margins are huge on Flare Copter

Once you are buying in large quantities your cost drop all the way under $2.00 per 3 pack. You can sell each 3 pack for $10.00. That’s better than a 500% mark up. This leaves you many options including developing your own distributorship and having other sellers under you.

To give you the idea of how powerful that is I want to give you a real life example. As my partner and I have been out demonstrating Flare Copter we have engaged many people who have shown an interest in demonstrating Flare Copter themselves. Those people already account for about $600.00 in profit to me and my partner each for just being a conduit. You can do this too. That is how large the margins are.

What started out as a way to generate cash flow is quickly turning into an opportunity to hit a home run. This toy has the potential to have longevity and to saturate the market would be impossible as there will always be more kids and the product itself will not last forever and so there will be repurchases.

  • You are In At The Start for Flare Copter

It’s kind of funny. Flare Copter is in many places around the world but for some reason just made it to the US in the last couple of years. Thing is nobody has really taken advantage of it yet. Frankly that is surprising. When you see the response you get from people it seems like this would have taken the US market by storm but no one has really, as of yet, capitalized on this. Sometimes the simplest ideas are overlooked and the idea of Flare Copter is simple. It is flat out fun to play with and I don’t care how old you are.

If the response in NYC is anything like the response you will see then this thing is going to go viral and when it does look out. Imagine being in front of that. The money to be made is enormous. We are not talking thousands we are talking at least hundreds of thousands if not millions.

I know I can’t sell you on this and I won’t but I will tell you if this kind of thing is for you…don’t miss this. There is a ton of money to be made.

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Why a Home Based Business

Web HostingSo Why would I want to own a home based business? Well how about this…Freedom! I realized as I was faced with a conflict in my business that the real reason I work for myself is not even the money…it is more about the freedom to work when I want, where I want and how I want. I realized that no one has the right to tell me when I can, can not, should or should not make money. I actually realized this when I made a recent decision to take on a partner. This was not the smartest move I have ever made. Thing is I have made this same mistake before. For some this may work but if you are like me the reason you want to work for yourself is so no one can tell you what you have to do that day. You are the Boss!

Why Do You Want A Home Based Business?

Are you like me or do you just need more freedom with your time. Do you have family things that you have to miss because of work that you wish you did not have to? Is it a nice family vacation? A summer home? The internet lifestyle looks a little different to all of us but the one thing I think we all have in common is this drive for independence. We don’t like other people telling us what to do. Nor should we. Frankly most people can not even manage their own lives and I certainly don’t want them to have any control over the management of my life. Make no mistake, when someone else controls the purse strings they control you.

Personally I think the thing that separates the entrepreneur from others is their need to work outside of the box and the corporate scene just does not allow this to happen. If you are like me you can’t work for other people…oh you can fake it for awhile when necessary but never for long and never with any great success. This is not because their is something wrong with you it is exactly the opposite. Problem is you have been told your whole life to conform. But to what? Mediocrity?

You will become what you think about most

For better or worse that is the truth. The entrepreneur understands this completely through either an innate understanding or through learning the hard way. Either way you learn. If you head is full of negative thinking do not expect good things to happen. You will ultimately manifest what you think about most. If it is negative then so will be the outcomes. That is not to say that if you have a positive attitude that nothing bad will ever happen but when it does you will respond with an attitude that enables you to learn. If you are negative all you do is blame others for why things are not working in your life.

Why a Home Based Business?

Well for me it is a truth serum. At the end of the day whether I succeed or fail has nothing to do with any one else but me. That is good news and bad. The good news is I have all the power and the bad news is I have all the power. I can not blame any one for my success or failure but myself. That is a tremendous responsibility. To tell you the truth sometimes it scares the shit out of me. But this is what I do.

I have tried working for other people and I can even hold a job if I need to but to be honest I would rather walk on glass on my lips for a mile up hill than have a J.O.B.

A friend of mine has as his moniker “Profits are better than wages” I like that. It embodies the American Dream and everything the home based business person stands for.

To me that means producing a product that has value in the marketplace and then allowing the market to determine that value. If you have brought quality to the table then hopefully that will be rewarded. For the entrepreneur though the reward already came with the effort. If the money comes it is just further satisfaction.

That is the thing I believe most do not understand about the small business owner. While I am in it to make money that is actually the last reason I do what I do. The first reason is to honor myself, the second is to honor my family, the third reason is to honor my time and the last reason is the money.

Time and Money – Home Based Business Tips

Again you may have an entirely different list of reasons for why you want to own a home based business but I would guess that the last thing you are actually thinking about is how much money you will make and more time is spent thinking about what you can do with your new found time.

I encourage you to take some of that time and reward yourself for your efforts, even if they do not pay off as you had hoped. Do not diminish the value of the effort just because you did not get the result you hoped for. There is value in your effort and sooner or later it will pay off.

Just don’t give up…you know sooner or later you will get what you want if you just don’t give up!

To your success and to be continued…

 

The Entrepreneurial Way – Home Based Business

Cash Flow So as we mentioned in the last article cash flow is critical to your success while building your home based business. The thing is sometimes the thing you think is going to just generate “cash flow” turns out to be something much bigger.

This brings me to the topic of discussion I want to have today and that is about one of the greatest skills the entrepreneur possesses and that is the ability to think quick, move on your feet and make things happen. The most vital skill of the entrepreneur is to be able to think on their feet and turn on a dime when necessary. Sometimes opportunities come up at the worst moment, or so it seems, but as it will often turn out this was the thing that became the Cornerstone of your success. I have recently come right up against this and it has caused me to have to move quickly, be creative and make some personal sacrifices and take more than a few chances but the payoff will be huge. My partner and I have already made way more than we invested.

Go Big or Go Home – Home Based Business

As you are all aware my main goal is to build my online presence and generate residual income by building a team of like minded people and a strong subscriber base that would all push towards the same goal at the same time. This remains my main focus but for a minute I have to move in another direction to, in the longer term, facilitate the growth of my long term projects.

So the other day I was talking about the importance of being able to generate cash flow to build your business without taking so much time to do it that you have no time left to build your actual business. Some would call it luck that I have found a simple solution to this challenge. I do not call it luck. A specific series of events occurred but they only occurred because I allowed myself the chance to make the connections necessary for this “lucky” thing to happen.

To recap, in my last post, I was talking about this idea that a good friend of mine gave me to make some cash to develop my business. He told me it would not take a ton of time and he was right. He also told me that it would replace the income I was making with half the work and he was right about that too. To tell you the truth he way understated the income potential of what he showed me. Honestly though this is not the point of this post. If you want to read that post you can find it Here

Having The Entrepreneurial Mindset

So this great opportunity comes up but I literally have to put the brakes on everything else to get it all organized set up so it can grow and grow it will. This thing that was just going to generate some quick cash flow made me a few thousand dollars already and I am only three weeks into it. I think that kind of result deserves some extra attention for a minute while I build it and then I can refocus back on the longer term projects.

The beauty of this is that these longer term projects are exactly that…longer term! I love MCA (Motor Club of America) and Get Weekly Paychecks and I will continue to grow these businesses on a consistent basis. In addition there are also a couple of other opportunities we recently have started to get involved with that I will be posting on our Biz Ops Page. None of that changes the fact that at this exact moment in time to reap the full benefit of this opportunity full energy will be required for a couple of months.

The beauty of it is that full attention in this instance means somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-30 hours a week. That leaves me a significant portion of time left to devote to my longer term goals. The thing is though is that you have to be quick on your feet.

You have got to be able to recognize the opportunity when it arises and when it does you must take action…even if you can not afford too. You must because that is what the entrepreneur does. Essentially if you are an entrepreneur then you know no other way to be.

To your continued success…

 

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Home Based Business Funding

Home Based Business Cash Flow

Home Based Business

The message of this article is that you will need cash flow for your home based business. It also needs to be a source of cash flow that does not take up so much of your time that you have none left over to build your business. This is going to take time and money. The Guru’s would have you believe otherwise. They would have you think that your mouse is attached to money and all you have to do is buy their $47.00 software which then turns out to be more like $200.00 with all the upgrades…”If you really want to be Successful”…lol…and then of course all you do is push the “Magic Button” and the money flies right out of your computer screen. I actually have an image of that somewhere in my computer.

So anyway that is not how it works. Building your home based business requires the same commitment to its growth that its offline counterpart needs. As I have mentioned before this is something that for some reason eluded my for quite some time. The problem is that building your business takes cash and oftentimes the necessary commitment to generating cash flow leaves you no time.

Let me give you a personal example. As I have mentioned before I really took a crash and burn over the last 12 months and had to rely on a job to pay my bills and not even all of them. So here I am working 50-60 hours a week at a job waiting tables and that left me little time to develop my business. Make no mistake I was still going to do it but it was going to take significantly longer unless I could devote more time to develop my home based business.

So to make a long story short, the other day I was talking with one of my long time associates and friend out in California. In the course of the conversation he asked me what I was doing to generate cash flow while I was building my business. I told him. He asked how much money I was making…I told him. Then he asked me if I would be interested in making a couple of hundred dollars a day for a few hours of work. Now understand I have known Greg for a few years and we have done business together and I really have a tremendous amount of respect for him and his wife so I paid attention.

My first thought when he told me what he was doing was that it could not be this simple. In reality I have come to find out that it is really that simple…lol.

I have a product that no one else has and I don’t even have to sell it. I literally get to play like a kid and get paid for it. When I say get paid I am not talking about ten bucks an hour paid. I am talking about 35-50 dollars per hour and that is when it is slow. Because of this increased cash flow I can replace my income and work about 15 hours a week instead of 45-50 hours per week and all of that extra time can now be devoted to my home based business, plus I have my freedom back to determine when, where and how often I work.

Cash Flow Needs For Your Home Based Business

So what is it that we need cash flow for? Well advertising of all sorts but advertising comes in many forms with many payment options and prices. There are many free options for advertising and they work but take time to set up. Realizing that your time is worth money even these are not free. Speaking specifically to paid options though there are still many to look at and frankly as you are learning you may lose some money.

Here is a short list of a few of your options for Paid Advertising

  • CPC
  • PPC
  • CPM
  • Solo Email Ads
  • AdWords
  • Ezine Advertising
  • Safelists
  • Traffic Exchanges (Premium Memberships) – Also have free options in exchange for viewing sites
  • Forum Advertising

In addition to that there are other costs involved with building your home based business such as the cost of the various programs you are trying to build. I have found that because of money constraints that many times I have left the party too soon and missed a great opportunity just because I was not generating enough money soon enough to cover my costs. Let’s face it and realize that in the beginning this is going to cost some money to maintain. Below is another short list of business expenses you will have on an on-going basis.

Other Home Based Business Expenses

  • Web Hosting
  • Purchasing Domains
  • Autoresponder
  • High Speed Internet
  • Office Expenses (Printer Ink, Paper etc…)
  • Educational Material

This is to name just a few additional expenses of running your home based business. I am not telling you this to scare you in any way but you have to understand that the same rule applies to your online business as would to an offline business, ie: if no one knows your pizza shop exists then you are not going to sell many pizza’s no matter how good it is.

So anyway the bottom line is you need cash flow for your home based business but you also need to be able to accomplish that in the shortest time possible so you have time left over to build your home based business. I think I have found an easy way to do just that. Having said that I am not going to go into a ton of detail on this post. If you want to know more then fill in the contact form and I will get back to you with the details.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

To Your Continued Success,

Glenn

 

 

Lead Generation Works

How Lead Generation Works

Lead GenerationSo I know you have all been waiting for an update on what has been happening with the efforts I have been putting into lead generation. Well your wait is at an end. Now listen I have not built a list of 20,000 people in the last couple of weeks but I have done a bit of advertising to test this out and the results are in. By the way my first solo ads are just scheduled to start this week so more to come but the early results look very promising.

So far I have only mailed to my LinkedIn connections and to be honest these connections are not very targeted. They are business associates and friends but most are not into Internet Marketing, Building Lists or Lead Generation and yet of about 400 emails sent I got a pretty solid response.

I would estimate that about 75 of those 400 are targeted to Internet Marketing / Biz Ops. Of those 75, 30 are now on my list and 6 have signed up for my Primary offer. Frankly that is pretty awesome. I have already earned almost $500.00 – net profit but more important to me is that I have tested the conversion on this myself and the numbers hold. Now to scale it up. But before we go there I want to take a closer look at the numbers and show you the real potential of this and where you can go with this.

Let’s use my primary business as an example. So far the six people I have involved with me are business builders. So let’s just say for the sake of argument that none of us ever does any better than what I have accomplished in the first 2 weeks of actively promoting this.

This math will blow your mind.

If I and my first six business builders only do what i have done…you know what scratch that…let’s say the results are even less than I have gotten. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that we all bring in one person a week. Doesn’t sound like much does it? Honestly it is not and if you are serious this should be your lowest goal you can set. One person a week.

If each of us does just that little bit at the end of 30 days there will be 30 people in this opportunity…still no great shakes. Although each of us will have earned an additional $320.00 in pure profit. Okay I hear you…but what about my advertising costs for running solo’s? Well that is the best part! Even if you were to get such dismal results (which you won’t) you would still make a small profit. Not bad for your first 30 days in business. Now let’s look at month two.

This month we are starting with 30 people, all of which are doing the same thing…just one person a week. So in month 2 we add 120 people to our business for a total of 150 people at the end of the month. Now again still a small profit from the advertising because of the back end offer but you also must realize your are filling a forced matrix at the same time so now you have some residual coming in too. Plus now your list has over one hundred people on it.

You can obviously see where we are going with this. Now let’s say in month three, now that we have a bit of cash flow we scale our efforts up a bit and now instead of bringing one person in a week we are bringing 2 people a week. This is how you build a business. This is how I built my pizza shop and this is how I built my cleaning business. Both were madly successful. Had I used the same approach upon entering the online arena I dare say I would be well retired by now.

In any case I digress…at the end of month even sticking with the 1 person a week scenario there are now 600 new people coming into the business by the end of the month for a total of 750 people in the organization.

No Pie In The Sky – Lead Generation

Now for those of you that are more experienced you know not everyone is going to do those numbers. Some will do nothing…as usual…they will be the people that cry that nothing ever works except this time even they will make money because as you will also be aware…there are some that will go get 100 people all by themselves and so the numbers even out. More importantly because this is a forced matrix the efforts of each and all are going in the same direction so all benefit.

Please make no mistake, this is not an invitation to the slacker’s to get involved with us. In fact we would prefer you did not. If you honestly think with a complete system in place that does all the heavy lifting for you that you still can’t manage even one person a week then keep your day job.

**Note – The last paragraph is not meant to discourage but the simple fact is that we can show you how to do it but you still have to DO IT!!

I am not trying to be crass or uncaring but if you can’t find one person a week with this system then you are not using this system and you wasted your time and money. I just ask that you don’t waste our time and our money. We want to use our efforts with people that are engaged not people looking for a free ride. That’s what HYIP’s and Cyclers are for and they will be very happy to steal your money.

This blog is about List Building, Lead Generation and the reality that you will have to do something to get the results. Granted you don’t have to do much but you do have to do something. If it was as simple as planting my flag and the money would just somehow miraculously come to me then all would be living the dream. I have fallen into this trap too many times to do it again.

There is no free lunch!

Back on point. Even if we go with the meager test numbers and I never scale it up from there the math says I will have a list of over 1000 people at the end of year one. Again the numbers say that each of those people is worth about a dollar a month to me. So that is a thousand dollars a month coming in right there!

Would an extra grand every month change things in your life?

If so pay attention. This blog is not about showing you how to push a magic button to make a million dollars in a month. It is a blog to show you how to build the magic button and that button is your list. In the meantime you can make a ton of money If you have a converting offer. If you do have that converting offer already then that’s awesome but if you don’t then you should have a look at our offer cause it converts like mad.

Check it out. It costs you nothing to look and if you have been looking for ways to build your list then the free ebook is worth it. To get you ebook on Earning 100K a year with Solo Ads Click Here.

Remember it’s free. For real…FREE! What you do with it is up to you.

I could go on all day about the numbers but I will assume all here know how to do math so you can run the numbers further out for yourself. The simple fact is this – if you want to be successful online you need a list. To build that list you must have a compelling offer that will get your prospects attention and you must have a converting offer. If you want to search for the next couple fo years like I did for an offer that converts…well…carry on. If you are tired of the hype then start doing math. Marketing is Math!!!

To your success

Lead Generation – Update 2

lead generationSo here we are…finally. It seems like this setup took forever but I realize it is only a few weeks. There were quite a few details to make sure were completed before I started mailing. I needed to make sure all my links worked, tracking was in place etc…Now this probably sounds very confusing especially for someone new to this. In reality the simplest thing to do, at least for me, was to spend an extra $30.00 and have an expert set it up for me. Now all that is complete and I am ready to start my first mailing. From here on out we are either going to see results or not. I ran a small test campaign over the past few days and the results are very promising and this was not even targeted traffic I mailed to.

The Plan – Lead Generation

If you have not already done so then go to http://liveyourdreamlife.org and download your free copy of our guide to earning 100K a year with solo ads. Once you have this tutorial it will be much easier to follow along and more important this is your map to duplicating what we are doing here.

This report is chock full of valuable information and is a complete strategy for building your list in the least amount of time possible and in the most efficient way possible. Most important is that once you have this information you will have your complete roadmap to the “Internet Lifestyle”. I mean let’s face it…isn’t that what we are chasing?

  • Freedom to work on our own terms
  • More time to spend with family
  • traveling to exotic places
  • new homes and nice cars

We all have our own idea of what that lifestyle looks like. The point is that with this system you can achieve it. We give you the plan. If you implement it your results will be the same as the results we achieve. How do I know? Simple the guy that showed this to me, Dale Calvert, is very successful. Google his name and you will understand you are dealing with someone that actually does this and is qualified to lead.

I have always been a firm believer that if you want what somebody has then you need to do what they do. Well, Dale has laid it all out in a simple plan and even gives you the exact resources he uses. Start there. Once you have your feet wet then you will discover many other resources for solo ads. In fact the additional resources I have found will be compiled in a list on this site.

In any case as I said I ran a small test campaign and mailed to 500 people. These were not targeted prospects interested in internet marketing, these were just regular people that were in my personal contacts list on Gmail. The results were pretty powerful. I had about a 5% optin rate, which is not great but again it was not targeted and this was free traffic. Of those 20 optins though I have at least 4 people that are getting started with MCA. Not bad for a test since each of those 4 people is worth $80.00 to me. This is simple math. If I can make an extra $320.00 in a couple of days without even trying imagine what will happen when this is going to people that are actually interested in starting or expanding their own online efforts?

Running Solo Ads – Lead Generation

So to recap, we have built the lead generation funnel, we have set up our autoresponder to make the whole process work automatically and we have tested our links to make sure all is working properly. Everything checks out so now we are ready to send solo ads. There is an extensive list in the the eBook I am giving away “Earn 100K Per Year With Solo Ads”. Feel free to start with these. This list is 147 of the best solo ad sources that Dale uses. Again if you want what they have then do what they do.

In addition I have also compiled a list of solo ad sources that I will test as time goes buy. The ones that proof credible and effective I will add to the list so stay tuned for more.

Tomorrow or Saturday I will select my first vendor’s. I intend to run 2 or 3 small mailings to spread it among a few different provider’s. I will check back in with the results in a few days. Till next time…

Lead Generation – Progress Report

Working With A Budget – Lead Generation

Lead Generation
Okay so I did not properly budget out of the gate so everything is going to take a little longer than expected with regard to Lead Generation. Maybe saying I did not budget properly is being a little too harsh. The fact is that I am starting over and so do not have the budget of thousands of dollars to spend to develop my business. I am just like everyone else now, starting with not much and budgeting the best I can. The fact remains though that if I want to grow this I am going to have to invest some money. This idea that you can start and grow a business with no investment is pure folly. Now that is not to say you need to mortgage the farm to start a business, just saying that you are going to have to spend some money. If you are not willing to then don’t even get in the game. You will just lose you ass and blame others for your failure. So having said all that let me tell you where I am.

Honestly I realize now that this is the most critical part and it is the part I have always tried to shortcut. Don’t skimp here, if it takes you a few extra days or even weeks it does not matter in the big picture. If you set it up right the first time then you do not ever have to go back and fix it. It literally becomes a one and done. So what have I been doing the last couple of weeks?

Well first of all I have to work within my budget which as I stated is not what it used to be. This is not necessarily bad news, especially for someone starting out with no money. If it works for me it will work for you. Period! So I guess we will see what happens when you are starting with a budget of literally fifty to a hundred bucks a week and not every week. I suspect as I have already seen that this takes a bit longer than I had thought. Once I generate a bit of cash flow I will be able to grow much quicker. So again what have I been doing?

The first thing I wanted to make sure of was that I had my lead funnel set up properly. So I did all that but let’s face it we are in this to make money. I needed to find some real “no-brainer” opportunities. It is actually surprising how many great companies are out there once you start looking. So I wanted to make sure I had something of real value to offer to people that subscribe to my list. All that costs money. The getting started part I mean. There is no way around it, you are going to lose some money out of the gate. Not really lose but you have to put that money out there in front and then look for the return on the back end. So I got involved with Motor Club of America (MCA). I figure that anyone that has owned a car or owns a car and has been broken down on the side of the road will see the value in MCA. This creates an immediate market and a sustainable one. Even if I am not making money right away with MCA…it is still a service I need and would buy anyway so why not set up a business where you can get paid for what you were going to do anyway? See? I am going to do this with several businesses. I think it makes sense. I know there are no shiny buttons and flashy phony sales letters but I believe if I provide a product that people need and are going to spend money on anyway then it is not too far a stretch to encourage them to see if they can’t make a few bucks in the process.

This process started from the beginning. My first goal in building this project is to make sure that whatever businesses are attached to it make sense to people. The only precedent I have for what makes sense to people is what makes sense to me. To me, MCA makes sense. I spend $19.95 per month for a service I need anyway, plus all the additional perks you get in the process. Anyway I pay $19.95 per month, get a service I need and get paid $80.00 every time I introduce this to another person…driver. Think about how many customers and potential business partners you have in a country with 350 million people. Plus this is in Canada too. So I spend $19.95 per month and get paid $80.00 for every new referral. Essentially I need to bring in a new referral every 4 months to break even…lol…are you shitting me?…lol. I don’t care how limited you think your skills are I think you can recruit one person every 4 months. You say you can’t…really? Think about that because this is your break even point. Every person you bring to this after the first person is pure profit.

Simplicity In Online Marketing

That is what I like about this…it appeals to my need to be conservative with my money. I am starting completely over and in the process of building my list of subscriber’s I want to earn some money for value provided. I can provide a solid service from a company that has been in business more than 75 years and get paid for it while my break even or at risk money is very low. Still it is costing some money.

To set up the whole sales and lead funnel will cost me about $140.00. I have spent about $100.00 of that to this point. I need to do one more thing on Friday that will complete the funnel. …I am not off the hook yet. That was the easy part. Now comes the part where I really need to take a chance. Starting next week I am going to begin running solo ads. I will tell you who I use and what the results are. I also will be testing different squeeze pages over time and all that fun stuff but for now I am going to use the systems in place and run with it. My budget for the solo ads is about a hundred dollars a week for the first few weeks. Hopefully if all goes as planned then the budget will increase dramatically over the next few months. I will keep you posted on what is working and what is not.

That’s it for now but in a quick synopsis…all should be set up by the end of the week and ready to roll next week. I just need to make sure my budget is secure. Till next time…

Web Hosting

Setting Up Web Hosting

Web Hosting for Lead Generation

So as I said last time I want to try and stay in order as Lead Generation and building your business can be confusing, so today we are going to talk about Hosting Companies.

Take my word for it when I say that nothing is more important than picking a reliable hosting company. That said there are literally hundreds if not thousands of companies that provide hosting for websites but not all are created equal. If you have done anything online you know how important  having a good hosting company is. If you are brand new let me provide you with a scenario that just happened to me. I feel it will really shed light on the importance of reliable support.

When I first got involved in internet marketing I bought this “Push a button and you’ll get rich” system…lol (They do not exist). Anyway I wound up using a company named CoolHandle Hosting by default as that was the hosting company the guy that sold me the product had worked a deal with. Little did I know just how important dealing with a reputable company would become for my business.

Fast forward two years and it all comes home to roost. About a month ago I received an email from CoolHandle telling me that my account had been suspended. This is the third or fourth time this has happened. Apparently someone hacked into my account and sent a gazillion emails from my server. Thing is that I do not have any email accounts on this hosting and I have checked everything on my end and they are not getting in through my end. They are getting in through CoolHandle somehow but CoolHandle does not want the responsibility for it. So they keep passing the buck. Meanwhile almost a month later my sites are still suspended and I can not get a response from CoolHandle that addresses the issue.

The fact is that I should have switched from this company long ago but it is a pain in the ass to move sites after they are built and I did not want to hassle with it. Anyway, finally I am forced to do something about it but now instead of just having to buy hosting I also have to pay my tech guy to move all of my websites to the new hosting. If I would have done my research properly I could have saved myself hundreds of dollars paid to someone to move all of my domains and sites.

So water under the bridge but I can tell you that nothing is more pleasing than when I have an issue I can pick up the phone and speak to a live human being. See most of these hosting companies do not even have a way for you to contact them if something does go wrong, except by email. Now in the case of CoolHandle they do have a phone number but just to their sales team. When you try to get to tech support the only way to reach them is by email. My experience has been that if this is the only way to contact a company there is a reason they do not want to take calls and it is not because their service is sooo good. Quite the opposite, it is because their service sucks and they want a barrier between them and their pissed off customer’s.

How To Spot A Reliable Hosting Company

Well as I said, having a phone number is critical but more importantly is having a phone number to someone that is technically able and willing to assist you. There are only two companies with these credentials I would recommend using.

The first company  that meets this basic criteria is Host Gator. I have actually been working with them for quite a while now so, fortunately, the bulk of what I have done is already with them but as I said there are several sites that will have to be moved. In fact it is happening today.

Let me give you the exact same scenario as it would play out with Host Gator. My account gets suspended and I call Host Gator on the phone where I am immediately greeted to the option of speaking to someone in sales or tech support. I choose tech support. When I am transferred it is not to a recording but to a live person that actually knows what they are talking about and more important are eager to help.

I explain the issue and while I am on the phone the issue is resolved. In fact they will not let you get off the phone until the issue is resolved. Ten minutes or so later I am on about doing my business and my sites are fixed. No going back and forth with people in another country that do not really care whether your business functions or not. It does not take a month for the issue to be addressed. No gatekeeper’s telling you they have no record of the support ticket you sent in. No excuses! Just results.

Think this is no big deal? Think again. I have literally wasted hours calling CoolHandle and writing support tickets to CoolHandle and still a month later am no closer to resolving the issue than I was before I contacted them. How frustrated do you think you would be in that circumstance. All that energy and time wasted.

Reliable Web-Hosting is Critical To Your Online Success.

Bottom line is that if your sites are not functioning properly it will not matter how many links you build or how pretty your site is or how good your offer is because no one will see it. This is your business. Imagine if you own a pizza shop and you are open for business but there is no way to get in the store as the front door does not work. Think you are going to make any money. What if your landlord (Hosting Company) refused to fix the door? Simply you will go out of business. Maybe it takes a week or a month or a year, depending on how deep your pockets are but sooner or later you will go out of business or give up in frustration.

There is also another option though I have not used them for hosting so I can not say how good their service is but as a company I can vouch for them and that is GoDaddy.com. Now in the interest of full disclosure I have never used GoDaddy for hosting but I have bought numerous domains from them and their service has always been top-notch. I see no reason why their hosting would not be top-notch also. But…as I said I have not used their hosting so make sure you do your own research here.

Cloud Hosting Benefits

Cloud Hosting is a relatively new service that I have just started to investigate. Again the problem I have run into in my initial foray into this is that the support sucks! No phone numbers to tech support means that every time you have an issue you need to send an email and god knows when they get back to you. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to take three days emailing back and forth to fix a five minute issue and yet that seems to be the case when their is no phone number. I don’t know why but that is what it is. All these technological breakthroughs were supposed to make it easier to communicate but that depends on the level of professionalism that the other company is bringing to the table. While email and instant messaging can speed the process this is only if the company you are dealing with actually has the desire to resolve the issue. If they do not care then it is a great wall between you and them.

In theory I love the idea of cloud hosting as each of your sites would have their own unique IP address and so if Google was looking it would not appear that all site are owned by the same person. Think building out several sites in the same niche…if Google suspects you are trying to lock up a search term they do not give any credit to the sites at all and won’t rank any of them. But if each of your sites has its own unique IP then there is no way for Google to know that they are all owned by the same person or company. This is crucial to ranking high when trying to build a network.

**As a side note, you can do the same thing with a dedicated server from Host Gator but there are certain limitations with HG that are not present with cloud hosting. 

Stay tuned for more info on this as I will surely be doing more research over time. I just do not want to recommend this course until I know all the ins and outs.

So anyway there you have it. My two best reco’s for hosting with Host Gator at the top. I hope you trust me on this one as the headaches to come if you don’t are just not worth it. I learned the hard way. The right hosting company is absolutely crucial to your online success.