When you start a business, you’ll encounter a dizzying array of acronyms: ROI, SEM, CPC, PPC, OR, CTR, LTV and many more. But there’s one acronym you really need to know: CRM.
Simply put, – or customer relationship management – is software that tracks your interactions with prospects and customers.
The CRM stores contact information for your deals (their name, email and phone number) and any other identifying info you choose to track.
It also logs your touchpoints with prospects – such as sent emails, phone calls, and in-person meetings. To top that off, the GetResponse CRM also lets you track deal stages and see why a deal is closed-lost, closed-frozen or closed-won.
If you’re struggling to manage your contacts, a for growing and scaling your business. But on the other hand, it’s yet another tool you need to learn, implement and manage. So you’re probably thinking, is it really worth it?
Absolutely. And here are the top 4 reasons why your business – whatever its size, age or industry – needs a CRM.
1. Keeps your data in one place
In sales, speed and simplicity are essential. Spending precious time searching through your inbox or call history to get a prospect’s number – or see when you last got in touch – is a huge waste of time. It’s also unreliable. If you forget a touchpoint, you risk sending the same email multiple times, which can annoy your prospect.
A CRM gives you a full, accurate record of your entire interaction history with prospects. And it’s all accessible with one click. So you won’t have to manually reconstruct a timeline of touchpoints, because it’s all visible and easy to access in the deal.
You can also use a CRM to see the sales pipeline and opportunity queue. That way, you always know if you’re on track to reach your sales quotas or goals.
2. Connects the entire organization
CRM also improves communication across your business. What if a rep is working a lead their colleague spoke to a year ago? What if they don’t know they’re taking over a team member’s territory – and are working from an indecipherable Excel spreadsheet of prospects?
All these problems are solved with a CRM. Reps can immediately see what’s already been done with a given prospect – and the next steps. So they don’t need to reach out to their colleagues to get interaction history, because the information they need is already in the system. CRM saves time, and keeps everyone up to speed.
3. Makes your life easier
CRM also standardizes how you and your colleagues track activities and prospect interactions, which streamlines reporting.
Without one, salespeople will track activities in different ways. This makes it hard for managers and leaders to piece together data. Because CRM makes data entry uniform, managers can easily combine and analyze data to get a big picture view of the organisation in real time.
Consistent recording can also keep your sales team happier. They can easily see when leads are reassigned, and have a clear and complete picture of prospects as they move through the queue.
4. Sustainable, scalable tool for growth
“Can’t I just do this all in an Excel spreadsheet and call it a day?” you might be asking.
If you only have a handful of customers, you could manually track each interaction. But look ahead to one, two or even five years from now. I imagine you’ll want to make more sales and grow your database. Soon your salespeople will have to spend much more time recording prospect and customer information. And if you’re still doing everything yourself, 24 hours still might not be enough to do it all – and do it well!
Also, do you want to analyze your sales activities to see which outreach strategies or touchpoints work best? It can take a lot of time to pull inconsistently tracked data from different sources – and it might not give you a true picture.
It all comes down to one question: do you want to grow your business? If so, you’ll need to pinpoint the best times to contact your prospects and give them relevant info. A CRM is the simplest, most effective way to do just that.
Best of all, the GetResponse CRM is now fully integrated with email marketing. That means you can easily communicate with your contacts – and get a helicopter view of your sales and marketing efforts in one place.
Over to you
Thinking about using CRM? Or do you already use one in your business? We’d love to know what features and functionality you need to skyrocket your sales and marketing. Share your comments below – we’re always happy to help, and we might even add your ideas to our CRM!
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Internal link building is the most powerful SEO tactic you are not using.
It’s a tactic used by most well-known websites (i.e. those already ranking in the top 10) for one simple reason: it has the power to boost rankings like crazy.
Don’t believe me?
I am going to show you how one site used internal linking to jump from position #29 to #4 in a matter of weeks.
And another that went from position #33 to #5.
It’s also extremely quick/easy to implement and carries (almost) zero risk of Google penalties.
In fact, it can be implemented pretty much overnight.
In this post, I’ll be showing you everything you need to know about internal link building (and more).
What You Will Learn
- What internal linking is
- How internal linking helps Google to discover your content
- How strategic internal linking can bring huge ranking boosts
- How internal linking will make you more money
- 3 methods for building internal links (including my “quick ‘n’ dirty” method)
Ready to dive in? Let’s go…
What is Internal Linking? (And Why Is It Important)
There are two types of links:
Internal and external.
Basically, an internal link will take you to a web page or resource on the same domain, whereas an external link will take you to a resource on a different domain.
Let me illustrate with an example…
Here are two links from :
Link #1 is an internal link (i.e. it links to another web page on my domain) which takes you to (btw, this , so you can already start to see the power of internal linking!).
However, link #2 is an external link (i.e. it links to a page on a different domain) as it takes you .
Both internal and external links are important for different reasons but, as this post is about internal links, here are 3 reasons why internal links matter:
#1 – Internal Links Help Google To Discover Your New Content
Google’s discovers new websites/pages in a number of ways, although most pages are almost certainly discovered via web crawling/spidering.
Matt Cutts explains more about the crawling process in :
Here’s a practical demonstration of how Google uses crawling to discover new web pages:
Right now, Google has 554 pages from my blog in their index (hint: you can check the indexation status of your website with ).
I know my blog pretty well (obviously), so I know that 554 pages = pretty much all the pages on my blog.
Great, so that’s Google’s work done, right!?
Not so fast.
Google knows websites change all the time.
For example, you may periodically change the content on your “about us” page, or write a brand new blog post every few days.
Because of this, they have to constantly re-crawl websites/web pages to look for new content.
This is where internal links come in.
Google relies on internal links to discover new content, this works because whenever you add a new page/post to your website it’ll almost always be linked-to from somewhere on your website.
For example, whenever I publish a new blog post, a link to it automatically appears both on my main blog page and on the appropriate category page:
Because Google has already indexed my main blog page (and category pages), their crawler will follow that internal link to discover my latest blog post during their next re-crawl.
Like I said, most content management systems (e.g. WordPress) add internal links to new pages/posts automatically, but these aren’t always in the best location for SEO purposes.
This is why you need a smart internal linking strategy (more on this later!)
#2 – Internal Links Help Google To Rank (And Better Understand) Your Web Pages
It’s that the number of internal links pointing to a web page is one of Google’s 200+ ranking factors.
Google themselves that “the number of internal links pointing to a page is a signal to search engines about the relative importance of that page.”
Rumour confirmed, much!?
There have also been a number of case studies whereby a smart internal linking strategy has resulted in HUGE ranking boosts…
I’m talking about .
All using nothing but smart internal linking.
But, why would this be a ranking factor?
Well, Google uses the number of internal links to a page to figure out how important that page may be.
For example, I link to from within my main navigation bar (which is present on every page of my website) — this tells Google that I deem this content to be of high importance.
And if I think this page is important, chances are that other people will, too.
It also passes more “link juice” to that page, meaning that it’ll be more authoritative in Google’s eyes.
Here’s a good video showing how “link juice/flow” works:
Another important aspect of internal links is the anchor text used within the link(s). This helps Google to understand what that particular web page is about.
For example, in , I link to my with the anchor text “epic SEMRush review”.
In Google’s eyes, this helps reinforce what that page is about (i.e. a review of SEMRush) and helps them feel more confident about ranking it for SEMRush-related terms.
(that post actually ranks on the first page for the phrase “SEMRush review”)
In simple terms: the anchor text you use for internal links is almost certain a ranking factor.
And if you’re worried about like this, don’t worry; Penguin is much more lenient when it comes to internal links.
#3 – Internal Links Help Make You More Money (Yes, Really!)
Internal links provide a navigational aid for real-life visitors to your website.
The links in your navigation menu provide perhaps the most obvious example of this — they funnel visitors to the most important pages on your website.
But this is also true for internal links within your content.
For example, I funnel visitors to my using an internal link in .
But why do I do this?
Because it makes me more money.
Not only does my email marketing post provide a ton of value for my visitors (or, at least I hope it does!), it also contains affiliate links.
Strategically sending my traffic to this page results in more affiliate conversions and therefore, more money (ka-ching!)
Here are a few ways you can use internal links to make more money:
- Funnel people towards high-converting pages
- Funnel people towards pages with affiliate links
- Funnel people towards relevant products/services
It’s also worth noting that the use of strategically placed internal links will help ; this can have some SEO benefit and indirectly increase revenue.
Because Google probably uses a type of bounce rate as a ranking factor if people click back to the SERPs after visiting your site.
So while bounce rate is not a direct ranking metric (Google can’t know that for all traffic sources) it is an indicator towards people returning to the search results rather than engaging with your content.
A lower bounce rate may mean you rank higher and therefore lead to more organic traffic.
More traffic usually = more money.
3 Internal Link Building Strategies You Can Implement Today
OK, enough talk…
It’s time to build some strategic, rank boosting, revenue-increasing internal links.
Here are the 3 processes I’m going to walk you through:
- My quick ‘n’ dirty method.
- The manual method (hint: this is better than the quick ‘n’ dirty method, but is more time-consuming).
- BONUS: The power process (trying to rank a certain page? — you need this).
Let’s go through each one step-by-step.
#1— My Quick And Dirty Internal Linking Process
When it comes to SEO, time = money.
This is because the longer one task takes, the less time you have to spend on other important tasks (this is known as ).
My 3-step quick ‘n’ dirty process can be implemented super-quickly, yet it still leads to incredible results.
Note: This method only works for WordPress-based websites.
Here’s the basic process:
- Create a list of URLs and primary target keywords
- Find the LSI keywords for each of those primary keywords
- Use the to add strategically-placed internal links in seconds.
Important: I’ve created to make this process insanely straightforward. I recommend making a copy of it before you begin.
Let’s get started.
Step #1 — Gather A List Of URLs And Primary Keywords
Some of you will already have a list of URLs mapped to primary keywords.
If so, fantastic — paste them into the first tab of your Google Sheet (this is the one titled: “#1 — URLs / Keywords”) and jump straight to step #2.
If not, no worries, you can use either ( for a free 14-day trial) or URL Profiler (again, ) to export a list of keywords your web pages already rank for.
But first, you need to gather a list of URLs from your website.
If you have a (which you should), you can simply copy/paste the list of URLs from the sitemap into the sheet.
But, if not, here’s another super-quick way to do this:
Go to and search for the following:
This will return a list of all the pages on your website.
I also recommend setting the number of results per page to 100 under “search settings”, like this:
You can then use to scrape all 100 results from the SERPs.
Paste these into the URLs column in the Google Sheet.
Next, use the or trials to extract the keywords each of these URLs currently rank for.
Here’s how to do this using each of these tools:
How To Extract Keywords With SEMRush
Go to the (under Organic Research) in SEMRush.
Paste in one of the URLs from your Google Sheet (hint: it makes sense to start with the first one on the list!)
Scroll down and you should see a list of organic search keywords for that page.
Open the .csv in Excel, the copy/paste the list of keywords into — this will convert the list of keywords (which are exported into a single column) into a comma-separated list.
Copy the comma-separated list (on the right) into the “primary keywords” column in your Google Sheet.
Rinse and repeat for the rest of the URLs on your list.
How To Extract Keywords With URL Profiler
connects to Google Search Console to extract the keywords your website already ranks for.
Here’s how to do it:
Copy/paste your list of URLs into , then tick the “search analytics” checkbox.
Important: You MUST connect to for this to work. This can be done under Accounts on the menu bar.
Click Run Profiler.
should spit out a .csv showing all URLs and their corresponding keywords.
Annoyingly, these keywords are divided into multiple columns, so you’ll need to use to convert this into a comma-separated list.
Copy all the keywords from the .csv for a particular URL.
Paste them into .
Under Step 3: Choose output options, check the comma option under the options for Output Field Separator.
Click Convert CSV to Delimited.
Copy/paste the comma-separated list of keywords into the Primary Keywords column in your Google Sheet.
Step #2 — Find The LSI Keywords For Your Primary Keywords
“LSI keywords” is really just a technical term form “related keywords”.
For example, if we take the keyword “product launch formula”, an LSI keyword could be “product launches” or “launching a product”.
Because you’ve already got a list of keywords for each of your URLs, finding LSI keywords should be a breeze.
Start by brainstorming related keywords. Add them to your spreadsheet.
Still, brainstorming will only get you so far, so here are a couple of other methods:
How To Find LSI Keywords With Google
Copy one of the keywords from your Google Sheet and paste it into Google.
Scroll to the bottom of the results page and you should see a list of related searches.
Copy any relevant keywords into the LSI Keywords column in your Google Sheet (note: not all keywords will be relevant, so be picky!)
Rinse and repeat for the rest of the keywords (and for all the URLs) on your list.
How To Find LSI Keywords With LSIGraph.com
Go to and paste in a keyword from your spreadsheet.
It should then kick back a bunch of LSI keywords.
Add any relevant ones to the LSI Keywords column in your spreadsheet.
Step #3 — Add These Keywords To Your Website With SEO Auto Linker
Good news: most of the hard work is done.
will handle pretty much everything from here.
But, first things first, you need to .
Once installed, go to the plugin page in your WP dashboard and click Add New Link.
Next, go back to your Google Sheet and select the tab labeled “#2 – For WP”.
This sheet pulls all of the keywords you entered into a neat list that you can then paste into WordPress.
All you have to do is select a URL from the dropdown.
Copy/paste the URL and all the keywords from the “COPY ME” column into , like this:
will comb through your website looking for occurrences of those keywords in other posts/pages. If it finds any, it’ll automagically add an anchored link to your specific blog post.
Note: I usually set the Links per Page option to 1, as I don’t want a ton of links on every page — that just looks spammy.
#2 — The (Better) Manual Internal Linking Process
works well — the only issue is that you don’t have full control over exactly where these links are placed, as the plugin decides this for you.
In my opinion, it’s much better to do this manually.
That way, you can control exactly where the internal links are placed and ensure they make sense and attract clicks.
Here’s how to do it manually:
- Create a list of URLs and target keywords.
- Use Google to find relevant pages/posts on which to add internal links.
- Rinse and repeat whenever you publish new content.
I’m not going to go over gathering URLs and primary keywords again — simply use the methods laid out earlier in the post to do this.
However, I have created an alternate Google Sheet for this process, so I recommend making a copy of this and using it-
Here’s how it should look when you have your URLs + keywords entered:
Next, you can use the site: search + target keyword command in Google to find all other pages (from your domain) that Google thinks are relevant to a particular topic.
I’m well-aware that performing this search correctly over and over again can be a bit of a hassle, so I’ve built this into the Google Sheet to make things super straightforward.
Go to the 2nd tab of the sheet named “#2 – For Google”, select the URL you’re building internal links to from the dropdown, then hit the “Click here” button.
This will take you straight to the Google search — no hassle!
Let’s assume I was looking to build some internal links to my .
I would select that URL in the spreadsheet (see above), open the Google search results, then pluck out any pages that would make sense to add internal links from.
Here’s that fits the bill:
So, it’s now simply a case of reading through the post and looking for appropriate places to internally link.
This looks like a good place:
Next, I simply login to my WP dashboard and add a link in that location.
Here’s the final result:
Note: I only recommend adding 1 link per page, so when you’re done, head back to the SERPs and look for more internal linking opportunities.
Rinse and repeat this process for each page on your website.
Important tip: Do this process every time you publish a new blog post or web page on your website. Not only will this lead to Google indexing the page much quicker, it’ll also give it a much needed ranking boost.
#3 – BONUS: Power Process
Is there a particular page you want to rank above all others, yet it’s nowhere to be seen in the SERPs?
If so, you need my power process.
Here’s how it works:
- Find the most powerful pages on your website using (free 14-day free trial available ).
- Add internal links from these pages to your target web page.
Here’s how to do it:
Let’s say I wanted to boost rankings for my .
I would first need to find relevant, powerful pages on my website from which to add internal links from.
can help with this.
Go to and enter your domain (register for your 14-day free trial ).
Choose the “Best By Links” report from the “Pages” section on the left-hand menu.
This will show you a list of the most powerful pages on your website, ordered by # of referring domains (i.e. backlinks). In general, more backlinks = more power.
Look through this list and make a note of any pages that you could potentially add an internal link from. Make sure they’re relevant!
Right away, stands out.
With 110 referring domains, it’s certainly powerful.
And, because SERPed actually pulls in data from some of the backlink checkers I mention on that page, this would be the perfect page from which to mention (and add a link to) my .
Looking at the page and scrolling down:
I think the conclusion would be the perfect place to add the link.
Why? Because I mention Majestic (i.e. one of the tools SERPed pulls data from).
I also talk about positives and negatives for each of the backlink checkers, so perhaps I could mention that SERPed kills two birds with one stone by pulling in data from more than one of these tools?
Adding a relevant internal link like this would give this page a huge boost.
But there’s no need to stop there; keep working your way down the list of top pages on Ahrefs — there may be other pages you can add an internal link from.
This will give the page even more of a boost!
Important: Just make sure to vary the anchor text between pages!
Wrapping It Up
Internal linking is crazily powerful — don’t neglect it!
Plus, unlike regular ol’ (from external websites), internal links are entirely under your full control.
You can decide where they’re placed, what anchor text they use and which pages they link to.
Given the fact that you can implement a smart internal linking strategy within a few hours, I strongly recommend you give this a shot right now.
Let me know how it goes! 🙂
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Imagine if you could just share your opinion and make money.
How great would it be to sit on your couch, in your free time, and make extra money just by saying what you feel about products, services, and newsworthy topics?
You’re already doing it with your friends and on Facebook, so why not get paid for it?
Well…now’s your chance.
With online survey sites you have the opportunity to earn a side income by saying what you feel and shaping the future marketplace for products.
And you can start making real money from it right now.
In this article, I want to give you a complete breakdown of everything you need to know to make money taking surveys.
So, if you have an opinion and want to get cash for it, it’s time to read on…
What You Will Learn
- Why should you be taking online surveys?
- How much money can you make?
- The 6 best survey sites to make money from
- How to make money taking surveys TODAY!
- FAQ: Your Most Asked Questions, Answered
- Bonus Tip: How to make your first $20 in 15 minutes
You’ll also see quick tip boxes throughout the article
Why Should You Be Taking Online Surveys?
Online Survey sites allow you to start making money from performing simple online tasks.
If you have a computer, and internet connection and some free time that you want to get paid for – you’ve got everything you need. There’s no need for special qualifications or requirements.
While they are still called Survey Sites, many of them have branched out to give you lots of different opportunities to earn money.
You can find yourself getting paid to play games, watch YouTube Videos, talk about the products you love and even test them at home. Some of them will even pay you to shop through them.
They’re the tasks you were going to do online anyway, and now you can get paid for them.
But how much can you get paid?
How Much Money Can You Make?
You can easily make an extra $75-$100 per month if you use the sites and strategies in this article.
For example, uses just one site to generate $1,205 extra cash per year.
All by playing games, shopping and performing simple Google Searches. (You’ll see her exact strategy later in this article).
By adding a handful of these sites together, you can start to create a second income for just a small investment of time each day.
And, imagine what you could do with an extra $1,200+ a year? You could:
- Pay for your next holiday
- Cover the down payment on a new car
- Invest in a
- Buy a brand new laptop
Heck, that’s just what I’d do with the extra cash.
Survey Sites aren’t going to make you rich, but what they can do is provide you with a constant amount of extra cash to add to your disposable income (or put towards your debts).
Okay, so if you like the idea of earning extra money, where do you need to go to do it?
Well, that’s where this next list comes in…
Many sites use ‘points’ as the currency on their site. These points all have a cash value when you cash out.
The amount of points, and their dollar value, changes from site to site, so it’s worth checking the site to find out how many points equals what amount of dollars.
What Are The Best Survey Sites To Start Making Money From?
In this section, you’ll find the six best survey sites for you to start making money from. But, what makes them the best?
I’ve handpicked only the most tried, tested and proven sites with the best track record. And, all of these sites will pay you in cold hard cash and not try to make you redeem gift cards instead.
Read about each site, find the ones that you like, and sign up for them. Then you can head to the next section where I outline how you can make money taking surveys right away.
- Average Payment: 60 to 85 points
- Time Invested: 5-10 minutes
PrizeRebel points are worth $0.01 each. But, they have a minimum payout of a $5 Amazon Gift Card, and they will payout within 24 hours.
In fact your are not just limited to Amazon gift cards. You can also be paid via PayPal, with BitCoin or direct to your bank account.
I like PrizeRebel because they offer a lot of quick hit surveys so you can earn a fair chunk of change very quickly.
And so far I have made $92.24 with them-
This is where you’ll get the biggest return for your time and that is why I recommend them first.
- Average Payment: $0.50 – $5.00 (£0.35 – £4.50)
- Time Invested: 10-20 minutes per survey
MintVine has a perfect blend of payment amount and quantity of surveys. It’s not uncommon to earn in the region of $5.00 (£4.50) for a 15-minute survey.
So far I have made a total of $139.82 with MintVine-
You can also make money through them by:
- Redeeming offers
- Shopping for local deals
- Research studies
It’s simple, user-friendly, and gets good feedback from being part of the Better Business Bureau. So, you know you can trust spending your time here, too.
- Payment Range: Starting at $0.52 (£0.40) per Survey
- Time Invested: 10-20 minutes per survey
Swagbucks gives you the most opportunities to earn money. Surveys and Polls are the backbones of this site. However you can make money in 13 different ways:
- Complete daily Poll’s
- Answer opinion surveys
- Use the Swagbucks search function
- Watch YouTube videos or clips (Desktop and Mobile)
- Shop online through Swagbucks
- Play games
- Find trial offers
- Install the Swagbucks toolbar on your browser
- Complete specific tasks
- Print and use coupons from their site
- Read online articles
- Hit your daily target of Swagbucks (or get on a winning streak and get more points)
- Redeem Swag Codes
There’s money to be made here.
In fact, users over on the forum have reported making at least £25 per month from the site:
They even run a yearly challenge to see how much money can be made with hundreds of active participants, so there’s no shortage of money for you to get your hands on.
I have had great success with SwagBucks and you will as well!
- Average Payment: $0.50 – $3.00 per survey
- Time Invested: 5-10 minutes
CashCrate is another good payer for surveys. They also work all of your earnings in dollars, and not points, which is a breath of fresh air here.
I was able to rack up $18.51 quite quickly-
They have a payout minimum of $20, and it’s sent by paper cheque. You’ll receive your payment around two weeks later, according to reports from long-term users.
You can make money taking surveys, offers, and playing games. It’s one of the more fun sites to use, that will also pay you quite handsomely.
How Can You Start To Make Money Taking Surveys?
These strategies will help you make as much money as possible by choosing the most effective parts of each site is.
Don’t forget I have only included the best survey sites in this list so focusing on them will help you to make the most money.
Step #1: Sign Up To All Of The Best Paid Survey Sites
Have you ever heard of the compound effect?
It’s where you take small, incremental, changes and add them together to create one big overall result.
For example, earning $1.00 a day extra doesn’t sound like much, but over a year that’s $365 – a much more handsome sum of money.
That’s the approach you need to take to earning money from these sites. The more sites you have access to, the more:
You’re going to be able to make money from. Not all sites offer surveys every day, and not all of them have great deals, so it’s best to keep your options open.
If one site doesn’t look worth your time today, you can swap to another and cash in there. And on the days that all the sites are offering great deals, you’ve got access to an absolute goldmine.
So, go ahead and sign up to as many sites as you can and then meet me in the next step.
All of these sites have a cash out threshold. That means you need to reach a certain amount of points, or cash, before you can redeem them.
It’s in your best interest to at least reach this threshold on the site you’re working on, so you can definitely get paid for the work you’ve done.
Step #2: Cash In All Of Your Sign Up Options
When you sign up to a site, they’ll give you lots of options to start earning extra points or cash.
For example, gives you a lot of options.
In 61 seconds you can make around $1.00, and all you’ve done is click a few buttons.
Explore all of these options when you sign up, on all of the sites you choose, and you can find yourself with a fistful of cash that you didn’t have when you woke up this morning.
You can also do this with –
Not only that but they’ll also guide you through the entire process to make repeat instant cash.
are also a good way to generate some instant profits-
Just sign up and follow the steps – it’s easy!
In fact if you stopped reading this article and signed up for , and right now you would make instant money.
Step #3: Take (And Apply For) As Many Surveys As You Can
Some sites will require you to apply for surveys. Don’t worry; it’s nothing strenuous.
You’ll be asked to fill out some criteria that will test whether you fit the product or service. And, then they’ll decide if you’re a good candidate.
This may sound like you could waste time here, but , which all add up for when you do land a survey:
You won’t always need to apply for a survey – some will be offered to you, or be readily available, like the ones below. But the more opportunities you give yourself, the better.
But remember, this is the ultimate way to start making money from Survey Sites – taking the surveys that they offer.
They’re the most consistent, and most plentiful source of money on these sites.
I’d love to tell you that there is an amazing, foolproof, system that gives you $5 surveys every time.
But, sadly, there isn’t. Instead you need to check the sites every day for surveys and complete them.
Some days they’ll be worth pennies. Others, like on Pinecone Research, will be worth much more. Keep in mind this is a long-term strategy for making money, and it will pay off over time.
Just be consistent and focus on the highest paying surveys when they come available.
However, if they’re not available, there are many ways to keep on making money…
Short on time?
Focus your time and effort on the site. In 15-20 minutes you can take lots more surveys than you can on any other site. And, while the pay is less per survey, you’ll be able to get a much higher amount done.
So where you may only earn $1.00 for a 15-20 minute survey, you may make $1.50 – $1.75 for 20 minutes on there instead.
Step #4: Take Small, Daily, Actions On Swagbucks
Remember at the start of the article I told you about Gretchen? She makes $1,205 a year .
She performs small, daily tasks that mount up to create a big chunk of money.
Here’s what she does every day, week or month, to get her results…
- Searching each day = 50 SB a week = 2,600 SB per year
- Redeem 10 coupons each week = 100 SB a week = 5,200 SB per year
- Take The Daily Poll = 365 SB per year
- Do One Survey Each Day = 60 SB = 21,900 SB per year
- Earn 100 Bonus Swagbucks per Month = 51,200 SB per year
- Play 2 Games per day = 2 SB = 730 SB Per Year
- Complete Daily Offers = 2 SB = 730 SB Per Year
- Watch Videos Each Day = 20 SB = 7,300 SB per year
- Play Videos on the Mobile App = 50 SB = 18,250 SB per year
- Shop through Shop & Earn once a month = 100 SB = 1,200 SB per year
- Earn Daily Goal Bonuses = 3 SB per day = 1,095 SB per year
That’s 110,570 Swagbucks which is at least $1,105 in gift cards or around $100 extra every month.
Many of these tasks don’t take effort from you, either.
Watching a video doesn’t require any real watching as long as it’s running in the background.
You can even plug your headphones in and leave them out of your ears so you don’t have to hear it.
And, if you perform your Google searches through Swagbucks you can find yourself earning money for stuff you were going to look for anyway.
You’ve just been extra smart and monetised it.
These tasks can be performed through multiple sites as well.
You aren’t tied to here.
You can apply the same to & and any other sites that follow the same system and triple that income.
Step #5: Make Money Buying Products You Like
Buying products through your Survey sites can mean not only do you get some products for free, you can also make more money back on them.
Here is where you get the most money for the least time invested.
Take a look at this example from …
He bought an Audible Membership through a survey site at a discounted price of $1 (usually $7-$10). He likes audiobooks and was going to pick up the product anyway.
As part of that offer, he was able to redeem a certain amount of points for buying the product and for keeping it:
In total, Chris was able to earn $8 from a $2 purchase ($1 to buy and $1 to hold it for the second month), which is a $6 gain overall.
Not bad for doing what you were going to do anyway, is it?
You can earn money like this through:
And, they also give you the option to earn cashback on the other purchases you make online.
If you were to shop at your favourite high-street retailers through the options on the site, you can earn points or cash back on every $1.00 you spend.
Before you spend online, take an extra couple of minutes to look and see if there is an offer through any of the sites you’re signed up too.
Who knows, it could just make you a profit.
This Section In Short
Okay, I just want to quickly talk you through each of the last points, so you know what you need to do to start making money from Survey Sites.
Here are the steps you need to take:
Step #1: Sign Up To All The Best Survey Sites
The more sites you’re a member of, the more opportunities there are to make money.
Not every site is full of offers and surveys each day, so having more options help maximise how much you will learn.
However I would highly recommend you only stick to all of the best survey sites that I have listed for you above-
Step #2: Redeem The Sign Up Offers
There are lots of sign up offers on each site, so be sure to cash them in.
You can earn $20+ in your first few hours just be changing a few of your internet settings and signing up for a few free extras.
Step #3: Take (And Apply For) As Many Surveys As You Can
When surveys are readily available take them and focus your time on the highest payers.
If you have to apply – even if you think you might not be eligible – do it anyway.
You’ll receive a small amount of points that will give all add up for when you do get onto one of the surveys.
Step #4: Take Small, Daily, Actions
Much like Gretchen, find small things to do every day on each site.
Search, spend, redeem offers and activate toolbars to accrue points that will add to your total. It may sound small now, but it’ll make a huge difference over 6-12 months.
Step #5: Redeem Offers And Shop Online
Before you make any purchases online, be sure to check out what offers are being made on your different sites.
You could earn cashback, or even make more money than you spend on some of your purchases.
Frequently Asked Questions: What Do You Need To Know?
In this section, I want to explore some of your biggest concerns and put your mind at ease.
Are There Scam Survey Sites?
None of the sites on this list are scam sites. All of them have a good track record of paying on time.
There will always be people who have a negative experience with a site. So, you will be able to find bad reviews if you go looking for them.
But the sites here are all part of the Better Business Bureau, or larger organizations, to ensure they have excellent customer service & are all legitimate paid survey sites.
How Will You Be Paid?
This depends on the website.
While some sites are forward thinking and pay through PayPal, many of them opt to pay by cheque.
Will You Be Wasting Your Time?
Only if you don’t cash out.
While the sites are there for you to make money, they aren’t against you doing the work for free.
That’s why it’s important that you always try to hit the payment threshold, no matter how long it takes.
When you get paid, it’s not time wasted.
Can I Automate The Work?
Lots of people ask about if they can get the work done…without doing the work.
While it is possible on individual sites, it’s really not worth it. You’ll waste more time and effort setting it up than it’s worth.
And, if you get found out, you’ll have lost a lot of time for nothing.
Wrapping It Up
Okay, there you have it, that’s everything you need to know about the best free survey sites & how to make the most money with them.
If you have spare time, an internet connection and the desire to earn more money, you’ve got no excuse not to start using them.
It really is money for old rope!
- Volume is key: The more sites you sign up to, the better.
- Don’t only rely on Surveys: They are the most consistent way to make money, but explore the bigger money options around them too.
- It’s about the long game: This isn’t a get rich quick scheme, but after time you’ll find you have a solid amount of money to work with
And if you want to make instant money right sign up to , and right now & follow the steps.
Now, it’s over to you – where are you going to start with surveys?
Let me know in the comments…
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I’ve always been really interested in web design. In fact, one of my first online businesses was a small web design studio that helped local clients get a basic web presence and .
But a lot has changed since then, and many are wondering if we still need web designers in an age of free drag-and-drop WordPress themes, cheap A/B-testing software, heat map insights, etc.
This is a massive topic about a huge industry that and so I want to treat it with a bit of caution and respect. I also want to avoid the ire of designers who are thoroughly sick of the old “Do I need a web designer?” debate.
Let’s jump in anyway.
Disclosure – This post contains affiliate links. I’ll let you know which ones below. If you make a purchase through one I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. I only recommend services I’ve used and love.
Why people used to hire web designers
Go back in time 15+ years and you’ll see a very different Internet.
Many companies, for example, didn’t have websites and as they started to realize that business was going to be done online, scrambled to hire a web designer to build a beautiful site that was on-brand and helped customers.
In those days there wasn’t much in the way of and things like WordPress themes were very limited in terms of how you could customize features and design elements without also needing to know how to write and edit code.
Just take a look at Blogger in 1999…
So, you needed help.
And so a web designer would often build something from the absolute ground up. They’d get a brief, come up with a draft design, get feedback, and then cut and splice it all up and turn it into a functional website. They might then manage it for the client, making changes and edits over time.
That involved knowing how to use things like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and then manage hosting environments, FTP uploading and so on and so forth.
It was a big job.
And then (as always) the technology improved
Nowadays, if you want to build a website you can sign up to and get yourself set up on a premium WordPress theme in literally a few minutes.
You can drag and drop whole site designs using and similar, and even incorporate some pretty advanced elements like shopping carts with just or two.
Everything is a lot easier than it used to be, and so a lot of people started thinking that it was unnecessary to hire a web designer because the new technology allowed them to do much of it themselves.
This is a really positive thing in that it saved a lot of small businesses a lot of cash, and a really negative thing in that many web designers lost jobs while businesses created some pretty ugly and ineffective websites.
So what do web designers do today?
These days we’re seeing in the world, and especially to those on the net.
Web designing is not immune to that and that’s meant freelancers and agencies had to expand or adapt to the technology such that, instead of just designing websites, they now do a whole host of tasks and services that expand well beyond their title might suggest.
If you hire a web designer or web design agency these day they might:
- Set you up on a template or design a fresh site
While you might get a fully original design, it’s also possible that your designer will set you up on an existing template or theme. This will usually save you a bit of money and you can choose when you hire them.
- Work on different branding elements
Your business might not just need a website but also a color scheme, logo, typography recommendations, and so on. Many agencies will encourage you to do all of this at once so you have a cohesive approach for your business.
Helping you with SEO and promotion
Another area that many web designers have expanded into is search engine optimization which could mean installing plugins like WordPress SEO, helping you with local listings, and then even creating content for PPC campaigns and other promotional activity.
- Managing hosting, security and updates
Web designers also will often charge you an ongoing fee in order to keep your site safe, secure and up to date. That might mean just updating software, or it might mean managing things like your emails and any issues that arise with bounces and so on.
- A fully managed solution
Some web designers (and often this is done in-house) will also offer a fully managed solution where they take care of your whole online presence or a specific campaign. This might mean designing the graphics, landing pages, websites, adverts, etc. and then implementing the strategy through advertising on Facebook and other platforms. They then watch the metrics to see whether it’s converting and recommend changes.
As you can see from all of this, the job of the web design has not completely vanished into irrelevance. In fact, there are many situations where it’s important to engage one which we’re going to take a look at next.
So, do I need a web designer?
If you’ve made it this far you might be wondering whether or not you still need to bother hiring a web designer given that so much of the process is now and plugins and other pieces of software that weren’t around even five years ago.
My answer? It depends on a few things:
- What level of expertise do you have?
The first thing you need to consider is that learning a lot of these, no matter how simple they are, will take you a lot of time if it is all brand new to you (). This is tempting to a lot of small business owners because it saves you money, but it also takes time away from building your actual business. Choose wisely.
- What are you goals?
Are you trying to build a web company that you then sell for $120m () or just something to keep you occupied as a hobby? If you want to build a serious company then you might want the expertise of someone who has studied it and worked in it for years.
- What is your budget?
Your budget in this decision, of course, and it will be a clincher for many smaller businesses or individuals. If you’ve just launched a business, however, please don’t choose the marketing and web presence as the place where you save cents. That is how you grow.
- What can’t you achieve without a designer?
It’s also important to look at the things you can’t achieve without a designer. For example, do you need custom graphics or logos or animations that you can’t do yourself? Importantly, if you were to download Photoshop and start to do these things yourself, would you be able to achieve anywhere near the quality that a professional could? Often .
- What could you be missing out on?
The last thing I wanted to mention is that idea that, by doing it yourself, you could be missing out on some pretty serious conversions, subscribers, and sales. The expertise that a professional web designer can bring to a project is often underestimated, so it’s good to try and figure out whether or not you’re making big mistakes by going solo.
I’d just like to add here that not all web designers are created equal and just because you hire one doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily get a good outcome for your blog or website. Often this is a case of “you get what you pay for” and it can take a long time to find the right person.
The experts weigh in on the future of web design
I really wanted to get some outside points of view before publishing this article as it’s such a huge scope and I knew there would be aspects that I hadn’t considered.
I jumped over to and posted the question which is currently on the front page and has had over 40 responses.
This one from really stood out for me:
I’ve been in web design since close to the beginning of it (1995). This is not a new question as I can think of at least a few times over the last 20 years that it’s been asked.
To me, a web designer is skilled in not only modern website design as well as fundamentals of both UX and UI (not necessarily programming, but the visual aspect, as well as understanding flow, and functionality), but also how design isn’t just something that looks good – it HAS TO have a purpose. This is why I feel that web designers should also understand marketing.
Where I see most of these aspects (especially the marketing) seriously lacking is in DIY and pre-made themes/template options. I see most builders such as Wix targeted to small businesses. And that’s fine, because many small business owners do not set aside budgets for marketing. Many also seem to be okay with spending hours and hours of their own time fiddling with these builders, reading blog articles on marketing, taking online seminars, etc. Occasionally, some realize that their time is also money and that it might actually be better to pull in a pro to handle all of this for them.
Someone here mentioned using the Divi theme for building their own WordPress website. I challenge any small business owner who has no previous programming experience, no previous experience with WordPress themes, and no real experience with marketing (and how to reach their target audience through design and layout) to use that or any other complex (and popular) WordPress theme and build their own website with it. Basically, good luck. I believe many WordPress themes are built to perpetuate the need for WordPress developers. Then there’s also custom WordPress themes where you definitely have to have skills in order to pull off. This is all more development than design though.
So what you’re really talking about here are different audiences with different budgets and preconceived notions of the value of design. Companies like Wix and Weebly place a very low value on design. They basically tell their audience that a professional web designer has no value because you don’t need one to build your own “stunning” website. Their target audience is people with zero to very low budget who are easily convinced that design isn’t worth it and they can do it themselves. Larger companies are more apt to understand the value and experience a professional web designer can bring to the table.
This is such a fantastic summary of the issue from a professional web designer’s point of view, and really gives some good insight in to some of the aspects that are facing both web designers and their clients (and non-clients).
My only reservation is that, despite it being a potentially bad idea, I do feel like the market is moving away from needing web designers in favor of more independent solutions. I think the web design industry will need to be mindful of this constant change.
What do you think?
Have you ever used a web designer or are you the kind of person who prefers to go in by yourself and build, tinker and track all the results? I’d love to hear your points of view so please add to the discussion below or over on the Inbound thread. I’d really appreciate it.
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For the past few days, I’ve watched female friend after female friend post the same update.
Each update has seen these brave women opening up candidly and honestly about the abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of men.
From unwanted advances to violent assault and rape, and every shitty experience in-between, it’s been a sobering and raw thing to watch unfold, and my heart aches for each and every one of my friends, and their friends, and all the friends of friends I do not know, yet share a common enemy.
Because let’s face it, there’s only one common denominator in all of this, and that’s men who feel so entitled that women are little more than a plaything to toy with when the moment takes.
And the only people who can really change this mindset are the ones who are responsible for it, either through inaction, complicity, silent knowledge, or – like me – past mistakes that we don’t see as mistakes until it’s too late.
He’s Just Being a Teenage Boy
How many times have you heard that? Or variations of it?
Boys will be boys. He’s just finding his way. He’s just learning about hormones and what it is to be a man.
Too many, I’d wager. Far too many. As a woman, I bet you’re sick and fucking tired of that shitty excuse being paraded every single time a guy gets caught with his figurative hand in the pie.
As a guy, I can pretty much guarantee you’ve heard that as an excuse for your indiscretions. Hell, I bet you’ve heard it so often, from people who should know better, that it became your stock defence.
Except it’s not a defence. It’s not okay.
And it’s not an acceptable excuse for your shitty behaviour.
When I was 13, maybe 14, I heard that a few times from my stepdad. We lived on a council estate in the Scottish borders, and come the evenings after school, or the weekends in-between, me and my friends would hang out and try and impress girls with our bravado.
Riding bikes with no hands, hanging off the monkey bars with one foot, etc. All good fun, all harmless flirting – until it wasn’t.
When the girls didn’t show interest, we’d chase them. We’d laugh, and they’d laugh, and it was fun.
Until it wasn’t.
Until we – a group of four boys – caught up with one of the girls, and we’d “cop a feel”. We’d hug them, and kiss their cheeks, and say “You’re our girlfriend now!”
And everyone would laugh. Except, really, only the boys would genuinely laugh. Sure, the girl would laugh too, but it was different.
A laugh that said everything:
I’m playing along, because that’s all I can really do, but this is not OK.
THIS IS NOT OK.
And, of course, we were excused by our dads/stepdads/men in our lives, and told it’s just for fun and part of growing up.
It’s just what boys do.
BUT IT’S FUCKING NOT, AND IT NEVER SHOULD BE!
It's just what boys do is not, and never will be, an acceptable excuse for shitty behaviour. #metoo
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When did we decide that? How did we get to the point where for boys, it’s just part of growing up, but for girls, well, clearly they were asking for it?
And why did no-one speak up and say it was wrong?
It was only after I was talking to one of the girls that played in the park alongside us, a few weeks after our game of “chase”, that the truth came out.
How she was terrified. Not just of us, but of what she’d be called at home if her dad found out.
Because, yes, boys will just be boys, but a daughter becomes a slut because she’s the one that got caught by the pack?
Fuck. That. Shit.
Do Better, Starting Now
I hadn’t thought of that time as a teen until this week, and all the examples came crashing through like a hurricane of pain.
Because, truth be told, I – along with my friends that summer – had been conditioned to believe we were just having fun.
It’s not real if no-one gets hurt, right?
Except it is real and the victim always gets hurt. ALWAYS.
Do you honestly believe no-one gets hurt when you’re in their space, in their face, in their safe zone, and you’re laughing while there, because that’s just “boys having fun”??
If you do, you’re a fucking moron. I know, because I was that moron.
It took a girl I’d chased and made truly afraid to show me that. How can that be correct?
How can the person we pain need to be the one that shows us it’s not right? Not acceptable? Not “fun”?
Simple – it shouldn’t be. Because it’s not their job to.
It’s ours, as so-called “men”, to do. And not just today, and not just for us.
But every day, for every man, to teach every boy as well as each other, that this can never be right. This can never be excused away as just boys being boys.
Because when was the last time you heard “oh, that’s just girls being girls, who cares if they’re grabbing that boy’s crotch”?
We have a choice. We can look at ourselves, and admit we were part of the problem (and still are, if we remain silent) and speak up about it, and fix it, and support women that are still going through it, every single day.
Or, we can remain silent, safe in the belief that we were never “like that”.
Except, if you take the latter choice, I’m going to call you out on it as a liar.
Because, much like almost 100% of my female friends’ feed has a example, I’m willing to bet that almost 100% of my male friends has been responsible for that at some point in their life.
And if you haven’t, if you truly haven’t, I salute you, and hope you pass that on to your kids, your male friends, your male peers. Because you are truly one of the very few men who has never mistreated a woman friend, lover, peer, in some form or other.
For the rest of us? Don’t stay silent. Speak up, apologize, and fix this shit, starting today.
Teach our sons about respect, and restraint, and the fact that no means no, with absolutely zero wiggle room. And teach them about equality and being the kind of man that stands against what is very clearly not okay.
And teach our daughters they do not have to dress a certain way, nor do they have to act a certain way, because that’s “just what girls are meant to do”.
Teach that, and more. And teach it daily. Until one day, we don’t need to draw up lesson plans like this, because it should have been common fucking sense from the start.
It’s the very least the better half of this planet deserve.
Andrew Davis joined us for the latest GetResponse Marketing Automation Hub webinar. In his webinar, Andrew discussed the – how the small things build customer loyalty, which adds up to big business.
The Loyalty Loop is about the post-purchase experience, and how you market it to drive a whole new set of valuable new customers. How do you treat your customers after they purchase from you? Leverage the customers you have to get the customers you want.
Take a step back for a second. When was the last time you examined your marketplace as if you were a prospect or customer? When did you last time you surfed the web like your do? That’s a short (15 minute) but important experiment for you. You can start to see things in the marketplace that you may want to change in your own business. These changes would make it clear that you are a differentiated service provider. Start by reading the About Us pages of your competitors’ websites. You’ll see a lot of the same things. How to stand out from the rest? Start showing your customers how you’re different.
How is your experience different? A great experience is:
- A higher value
- Clearly communicated
- Lasts longer
So, what, exactly, is the loyalty loop? It is a series of post-purchase encounters designed to deliver intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval. If you were to look at the customer journey, you’ll see that it’s more of a loop, not linear like a sales funnel. And it turns into a loop at the point where your customer makes a purchase.
If you’re a business owner who wants to start leveraging the power of your customers, and to build your loyalty loop, this is a great webinar for you to watch. Stick around and catch the .
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Just under a year ago, I put together my very first product launch for the blog and honestly at that time – I had no idea how to launch a product properly.
Even as an experienced digital marketer it was a daunting task with a lot of moving parts that left me feeling confused and pretty helpless.
I spent countless hours searching for the perfect product launch formula and boy did I find it because my very first product launch made $134,171 in just 6 days!
So today, for the first time ever – I am going to take you behind the scenes of my product launch. In fact, this is the first time I publicly revealed how much money it made.
What You Will Learn
- How I made $134,671 in just 6 days
- The exact product launch formula I used step by step
- How to layer mental triggers to make people buy like crazy
- A behind the scenes look at how I put it all together
- How I am taking it to the next level with a JV launch
- And most importantly… how you can achieve the same success!
Putting My Money On The Table
Before we get into the meat of things, let’s talk about the money because I know that’s all anyone is really interested in.
In total the product launch generated $134,171 in sales in just 6 days which was broken down like this-
- Day 1: $30,027
- Day 2: $15,264
- Day 3: $9,810
- Day 4: $22,701
- Day 5: $45,025
- Day 6: $11,344
That is right! On day 5 alone, I made over $45,000!
It would have taken me a year to earn that in my previous corporate job, but I made that in just 1 day using the product launch formula I’m about to introduce you to.
Now I know you might be wondering why the sales spiked so hard on day 5 and that is because I took the product off the market to create scarcity.
The trickle of sales you see on day 6 is just the difference in global timezones.
So technically it made over $56,000 on the final day.
Only making the product available to buy for 5 days might seem crazy, but that is part of the bigger product launch formula that I am going to share with you later.
But What About The Product Itself?
Before I introduce you to the product launch formula I used to achieve those results, I want to tell you a little about the product I launched.
My regular readers have probably already figured this out – but the product was my .
I put the course together because I kept seeing the same questions/problems coming up about Private Blog Networks and I had wealth of experience to share on the topic.
In total the course is made up of-
- 10 modules
- 53 lessons
- 39 videos
- 6 printable cheat sheets
- 6 exams
As you can appreciate that took some time to put together, which is why it was crucial that the product launch itself went well.
If you want to learn how to create your own product, you could read , or .
The Tech Behind The Product
I know some of you will be wondering how I put the actual product together, so this is what I used-
- – This is the WordPress plugin I used to make the course itself and structure it. LearnDash has a bunch of awesome features & integrates with a range of payment processors and membership platforms.
- – I used SamCart for the checkout as it integrated with lots of payment processors so I could switch them out in 1 click if I had a problem but it also made setting up payments plans and split testing the checkout design easy.
I may do a more detailed tutorial about the technical setup in the future, including how I automatically send out physical items like this postcard-
But for now, let’s focus on the product launch itself because that makes the difference between making no money and making a ton of money!
And you want to make a ton of money right?
The Perfect Product Launch Formula
I’m going to be honest with you.
Creating the product was easy, but when it came down to actually launching the product, I was like a deer caught in the headlights.
You see, I didn’t really know how to launch a product and I certainly didn’t know where to start!
On top of that as an experienced marketer I understood that trying to sell anything online these days is difficult because everyone is walking around with a super sensitive “BS Detector”.
But I was determined to break 6 figures with my first product launch and have the most profitable week of my life.
After making $134,171 in just 6 days, I’m pretty confident that I nailed it and that success was purely down to discovering the sideways sales letter.
Introducing The Sideways Sales Letter
After countless days of research, I decided to implement which was created by Jeff Walker.
I highly recommend you .
I remember when I first watched that video, it completely blew my mind and opened my eyes to the new world of selling & how to layer mental triggers to drive sales crazy.
And for those of you that are wondering who Jeff Walker is, he is the king of product launches. His strategy has been used to generate over $500 million dollars in niches like juggling, tennis coaching & internet marketing.
In fact, you have probably been the victim of his sales strategies over the past decade without even knowing it.
Essentially he took the traditional long form sales letter and turned it on it’s side.
Instead of having a single 10 page sales letter, he splits it up into a series of contacts over a number of days with individual pieces of prelaunch content which ends in a sales pitch.
Sounds complicated right?
Well don’t worry because it’s super simple and Jeff does a much better job of .
In essence it’s just 3 pieces of compelling, valuable pieces of content that is followed by a sales message.
The idea is that you deliver so much value across the 3 pieces of prelaunch content that people are ready to hand over their money by the time you make the actual sales pitch.
Before you continue or the rest of what I’m going to share with you won’t make any sense.
And trust me when I tell you that he knows what he is talking about, his last launch made over a million dollars in a single hour!
Behind The Scenes Of My Prelaunch Content
So now you’ve & understand the entire sideways sales letter concept & how to take advantage of the mental triggers that make us buy things.
Now I am going to take you behind the scenes of my own prelaunch content to give you a tangible real world example.
In Jeff explained the different types of content we can use. I chose to use 4 videos to deliver the content and sales message.
As you can see, I used an iPad as a teleprompter, a GoPro and a lavalier microphone to record the videos. These videos are also the only time you’ll ever see me in a shirt.
What really counts though, is how the videos were structured as part of the sideways sales letter.
Each video introduces a problem, a solution and then another problem through story telling, education & TV like cliff hangers.
All of which eventually leads into the final video & sales pitch.
This is how I structured my sideways sales letter-
Prelaunch Content Video #1
The first piece of prelaunch content is critical because it has to grab peoples attention and answer “why”.
Why should people listen to you, why should they pay attention to you, why should they care?
To do that you need to focus on the opportunity for transformation or change.
Essentially you are communicating how someones life will change for the better if they listen to you & what you have to say.
This is how I structured it-
- Title: “How To Increase Traffic & Rankings With The Most Powerful Backlink On The Planet”
- Mental Triggers: Authority, Reciprocity, Credibility, Proof, Anticipation
- Launch Story Theme: Reluctant hero
- The Problem: Viewers have no traffic, no search engine rankings & confused by SEO
- The Solution: Introduce private blog networks
- Introduce The Next Problem: How do you build a private blog network?
If you don’t know what mental triggers are, then you need to go back and .
Prelaunch Content Video #2
The first piece of prelaunch content focused on the “why”. The second piece of content is all about the “what”.
What is the transformation or opportunity that will change the viewers life?
This video has a heavy focus on teaching and I really went overboard with what I taught in this video.
This is how I structured it-
- Title: “How To Create As Many Authoritative Links As You Want To Seriously Increase Your Websites Traffic”
- Mental Triggers: Community, Relatable, Proof, Controversy, Emotion
- Launch Story Theme: Loss & Redemption combined with The Underdog
- The Problem: How do you build a private blog network?
- The Solution: Show people a top down view of the process over my shoulder
- Introduce The Next Problem: Getting caught by Google & how to avoid detection
As you can see, in each video I am introducing a problem, the solution to that problem and then closing with the next problem.
That creates an “open loop” which keeps people in suspense for the next video, much like your favorite TV series always leaves you on a cliff hanger.
Prelaunch Content Video #3
The last 2 videos answered the “why” and the “what” – the third video shifts focus to the “how”.
It is also designed to shift into the product ownership experience and really dial down exactly how it will change the viewers life.
At this point I’ve already introduced people to private blog networks with a top down view of how to build them.
This video shows them how to avoid getting caught, but it doesn’t show them how to put all of the pieces of puzzle together.
This is how it was structured-
- Title: “My Secret Strategies To Fly Under The Radar & Remain Undetected For Complete Ranking Domination”
- Mental Triggers: Social proof, Proof, Simplicity
- Launch Story Theme: Discovery
- The Problem: Getting caught by Google & how to avoid detection
- The Solution: Understanding footprints
- Introduce The Next Problem: How to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together
The Sales Video
The last 3 videos were designed to take people on an educational journey by delivering huge amounts of value through story telling while simultaneously touching on key mental triggers.
You might not realise it by reading through these notes, but I can’t stress enough just how much value I delivered in the first 3 videos.
I ensured that I delivered actual tangible content with real substance that would change peoples lives if implemented.
That is where the true power of the sideways sales letter comes into play and with this power, we can now safely pivot into the sales pitch.
At this point people have a thorough understanding of private blog networks, how to build them and how to avoid the common pitfalls – but they don’t understand the wider strategy which is where the pivot into the sale comes in.
This is how I structured the sales video-
- Title: “How To Take Full Control Of Your Websites Traffic & Search Engine Rankings”
- Mental Triggers: Social Proof, Credibility, Scarcity, Proof, Reason/Why
- Launch Story Theme: Reluctant hero, loss & redemption, the underdog and discovery.
- The Problem: How to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together
- The Solution: Buy the full course
You should notice one significant change in the structure of this video.
Instead of introducing a new problem like the first 3 videos, this video delivers the full course as the final solution with a call to action to buy.
And people bought like wildfire!
The Results Speak For Themselves
The took me from clueless to 6 figure product launch step by step.
Without it, I don’t know where I would be!
But what I do know is that the product launch formula Jeff teaches WORKS and it not only works, it works VERY VERY WELL.
Whether you have a new product to launch or want to re-launch a product you already made, his product launch formula is a license to print money.
I mean just look at these outrageous numbers-
Just to recap, that is $134,171 in 6 days!!!! It really is the perfect product launch formula.
So if you only do one thing today, .
You might just regret it if you don’t.
Taking It To The Next Level With A JV Launch
Once you have had a successful launch the next phase of the product launch formula that Jeff teaches is a JV launch.
In essence you setup an affiliate program and split profits with affiliates 50/50.
That way I will have an army of people all promoting the course to their list in the same moment which will create a huge amount of buzz.
It also allows me to reach new audiences outside of my own subscribers.
How To Prepare For A JV Launch
Preparing for a JV launch is easy, all you need-
- Is a method to track affiliate sales
- And a page that explains the JV launch
And you can set all of that up in a day!
Choosing An Affiliate Platform
You have a huge range of options to consider when choosing an affiliate platform. But for 99% of people you are going to want to use .
Not only is it super easy to setup – but it’s literally built from the ground up specifically to handle JV launches with some unique features.
For example you can build simple or complex sales funnel with your own products or other peoples products and the system automatically splits the money between you, the vendor and the affiliate.
Not only that but there is an existing pool of hundereds of thousands of affiliates all waiting to promote your product.
Creating Your JV Page
Your JV page needs to include all of your launch details, including-
- Important launch dates
- Product details
- Pricing/commission details
- Sales funnel details
- Graphics/emails/resources to make promotion easy
- Reasons affiliates should promote
You can see for a live example-
I also decided to record a short video that included all of the details of my launch.
It’s basically a GoPro and an iPad stuck to a stick but it works well-
Once you have all of that in place it’s time to start recruiting affiliates because without affiliates your JV launch is going to fall flat on it’s face.
I am going to share all of the places I used to find affiliates, but first you should write a few lists-
- People you know who might want to promote your product
- People who have already bought or used your product
- People who promote similar products
- Companies you have generated affiliate sales for
Once you have finished that you should have quite an extensive list of people to contact.
You can take a look at an example email I sent out below-
Don’t forget you can also ask your existing email or social media subscribers.
This the email I sent out to them-
And you would be amazed at the glowing responses of support I have received!
Other Places To Find Affiliates
Once you have contacted everyone in “your world” you need to reach out to other places to recruit potential affiliates.
Product Launch Calendars
First of all you should submit your launch to the various launch calendars-
You can also choose to upgrade your listings.
For example I bought the following featured listing uogrades-
- MunchEye – $250 for a 7 day featured upgrade
- JVNewsWatch – $47 featured listing upgrade
- JVPlanet – $37 permanent featured listing upgrade
- JVPromote – $19 permanent featured listing upgrade
Some of these services will also mail your offer to their database of affiliates-
This isn’t cheap but it’s really worth it!
One of the main benefits of using JVZoo as your affiliate platform is the fact they already have hundreds of thousands of affiliates across every niche you can think of.
But also offer a number of advertising options that will see your affiliate sign up shoot through the roof,
For example this advert gets shown front and center to every single affiliate and seller that logs into JVZoo-
It costs $300 per day which may sound expensive, but the return will be huge once those affiliate sales start flowing.
It’s JV Launch Time!
So once you have prepared everything and recruited a small army of affiliates, it’s time to launch!
And while I would love to be able to share the next part of the story with you-
Because my JV launch hasn’t actually happened yet!
Right now I am recruiting affiliates ready to launch on September 22nd.
So and you’ll get a front row seat to the inner workings of a JV launch live!
And in the mean time if you want to learn more about how to build and launch a product the right way,
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If you want a stress free launch that maximizes profits then you need to create your own product launch checklist.
That might sound like hard work, but I am going to share my personal product launch checklist with you later in this post.
This is the same product launch plan that .
What You Will Learn
- The 7 stages of a 6 figure product launch
- How to get people excited about your product
- The strategy that delivered $56,369 of sales on the last day
- Download a copy of my personal product launch checklist
The 7 Stages Of A 6 Figure Product Launch
Before I give you a copy of my product launch checklist, it is important that you understand all 7 stages of a successful product launch-
- Pre-Pre Launch (this is the secret sauce everyone misses)
- Prelaunch Content Release #1
- Prelaunch Content Release #2
- Prelaunch Content Release #3
- Open Cart / Sales Video Release
- Closing The Cart
- Post Launch Management
I am going to explain each of the stages along with real examples from my own 6 figure product launch to give you a better picture of how it all fits together.
Until you understand each stage, my product launch checklist won’t make any sense at all.
Step #1 – The Pre-Pre Launch
The pre-pre launch is the most important part of the entire product launch but is often overlooked entirely.
It serves a few important purposes-
- To finalise your product and offer
- To identify any objections to your product (reasons people won’t buy)
- To collect testimonials
- To build excitement & anticipation
That might sound difficult to do, but trust me – it is as simple as sending an email and scheduling some social media updates.
The Shot Across The Bow
Using , I sent out the email below.
Take note of how it is written and structured to gently introduce the product and start to build excitement.
That then took people to a survey which continued to build excitement but also asked 2 very important questions-
- What is your single most important question about private blog networks?
- If I could go the extra mile & include something you haven’t seen before – what would it be?
The first question is used to create a list of reasons people would not buy the product so I can tackle those issues head on later on in the product launch.
Here are some of the answers that I received-
The second question is purely to help me deliver the best final product possible.
It allows me to see where I might have holes in my teaching or how I can really knock peoples socks off with the product.
Here are some of the answers I received-
As you can see, each of those answers serve to help me to plan the rest of my launch and fine tune my product.
But it didn’t stop there, on the next page of the survey I implemented to collect testimonials to use during the launch.
Building Buzz & Excitement
The other purpose of the pre-pre launch is to build excitement and buzz for your upcoming product.
The way I did that was by teasing people with behind the scenes tidbits of information and photos much like popular TV shows do when they are about to launch a new season.
Here is an example of how I did that-
Nothing too fancy but enough to start drumming up interest.
Take a look at another example here-
I applied the same strategy to every marketing channel I had available to me, including all social networks, emailing people I know and on the blog.
Drip feeding out that teasing content as you approach your launch will get people excited for what is about to come.
You should do the same thing with your product launch!
Step #2 – Prelaunch Content Release #1
I talked about the importance of prelaunch content and how to structure it .
When you release the first piece of content you want to make as much noise about it as possible.
You should write down a list of ways that you can promote that first piece of content and then use each of them to their full potential.
For example I had these opportunities-
- This blogs email list
- A new post on this blog
- Deploying a header bar across the blog
- Deploying an exit popup on the blog
- Updating signatures in related forums
- Updating my personal email signature
- Adding a PS line to all emails in my autoresponder
- Contacting people featured in the product
- Social networks
- Facebook adverts
- Twitter adverts
I suggest you make your own list of promotion opportunities to work from!
Then you just need to make a plan of attack like I did with which you can download below.
Step #3 – Prelaunch Content Release #2
Launching the second piece of prelaunch content is in essence a mirror of launching the first piece.
The only difference is now you must also send an email to all of the people that opted in to receive the first piece of prelaunch content to let them know the second piece is avaialable.
Again you can see everything I did to promote it step by step in my below.
Step #4 – Prelaunch Content Release #3
As with the first and second prelaunch content releases, you want to maximise exposure of the third release through all available channels.
Don’t be afraid to push your message hard.
Remember, prelaunch content in itself is highly valuable and will knock the socks off anyone that watches it.
At this point in the game, all you have delivered is pure content that helps people so don’t be afraid to push it as hard as possible.
Step #5 – Open Cart / Sales Video Release
For me, this was the most difficult part of the entire process.
Not because it was actually difficult, but because the day you put the sales video live and open the cart is the culmination of all of your hard work.
If you get it wrong – it sucks!
But if you get it right, you will make it rain.
Before you rush out to tell everyone that the final video is available and you have opened the cart, you must do one important thing.
And that is to test everything AND THEN test it all again. Here are a few examples of things you should test-
- Does the sales page load correctly
- Do all of the links to your cart work
- Is your payment processor set to “live” mode and not stuck in “test” mode
- Try placing a live order – doesw everything work as expected?
Make a list of everything you need to test ahead of time and then run through it all before you start sending traffic to your final offer.
Trust me, you don’t want to learn that lesson the hard way!
Once the cart is open you need to PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE.
Promote harder than you have ever promoted in your entire life because the cart is only open for 3-7 days depending on the you have used.
That means you have got less than 1 week to make as much bank as possible!
I have shared my entire open cart day promotion plan in the product launch below.
Step #6 – Closing The Cart
Closing the cart might seem like a bad idea, but it’s important that you create scarcity by taking the product away from the market.
This drives sales absolutely wild, I mean take a look at how my sales were distributed below-
The last day shows $11,344 in sales but that was just to account for time differences.
In actual fact the last day made $56,369 which is over 40% of total sales.
To maximize your sales you always want to make sure that you close the cart on a weekday. Avoid closing the cart on a weekend like your life depends on it.
You can take a look at how I closed the cart in below.
Step #7 – Post Launch Management
After everything is said and done, it’s very important that you shift your focus to the customer.
Make sure that you follow up with all of your new customers and most importantly, deliver first class customer service.
People will have all sorts of problems from losing their login details to questions about the product itself. Make sure you are available to answer them.
You should take all the questions you get asked and use them to build out an FAQ page that will help serve other customers without duplicating your own workload.
I can’t stress how important it is to deliver a fantastic customer experience end to end!
There are a couple of things I like to do that helps with that.
First of all I send out a little thank you post card that looks like this-
Secondly I have set up my email marketing automation system to congratulate people as they move through the course automatically.
I have also set it up to reach out to them if they haven’t started the course or stop working through it at any point-
This will ensure everyone who bought the product, actually consumes the product which will lead to happier customers and significantly less refund requests.
Take time to get your post launch right and you will transform every customer into a raving fan for the lifetime of your business.
My Product Launch Checklist
So now you understand the 7 parts of a successful launch, I am going to share the exact product launch checklist that I created for my own 6 figure launch with you.
But before I do that, I highly suggest you check out Jeff Walkers .
You will learn how to take everything I have shown you above and put it all together to drive sales wild!
There is also a 22 page PDF that outlines the entire process for you that I highly recommend.
My Personal Product Launch Plan Checklist
For those of you that just want to download my personal product launch checklist, you can do that below-
Wrapping It Up
So there you have it!
In the last post I showed you .
And in this post I detailed my entire product launch plan by sharing my personal product launch checklist with you.
The only thing left to do is .
After all, that is precisely how I learned to put together my 6 figure product launch.
I hope you choose to do the same!
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This is the 60th as part of the .
Every month I will publish a post like this one that shows you how this blog is progressing and everything I have done across the month to get it there.
These reports will help me track my own progress while teaching you what to do and more importantly what not to do.
What I Have Done In September
For me September was all about preparing for the JV launch of my product.
Every minute of every day was dedicated to that sole project and what a wild ride it was.
As I was focused on the product launch during September, I didn’t pay much attention to blog content.
In fact this month was the worst month ever in terms of total content published.
But don’t fret – I already have the next 6 weeks of content scheduled out and locked in to make up for that.
Quuu Promote Experiment Failure
You may have heard of Quuu before – basically you can either sign up to get hand reviewed content suggestions relevant to your niche to share on social media easily.
Or you can sign up to submit your post to be reviewed as a content suggestions which takes seconds to do.
So after submitting 9 posts to the platform, I started to see some very encouraging results-
According to Quuu across my 9 posts I have had a total of-
- 6,808 shares
- 2,572 clicks
So knowing that the Quuu platform adds Google Analytics campaign tracking to the links, I jumped into Google Analytics.
I was excited!
But thats the the problem with expectation-
The reality is they sent 1 visit.
With 100% bounce rate.
And zero seconds on site.
So is Quuu just jacking peoples money and faking stats?
I would like to find out.
If you use Quuu promote .
Learning Video The Hard Way
Whilst preparing for the launch I ran into a huge amount of problems.
The main problem was not being properly prepared.
I wanted to re-record all of the launch videos and last time I did it with a GoPro and an iPad.
That worked great when I was filming outside but inside it was a different story and I very quickly learned the importance of lighting.
After many stressful days a friend came through and lent me some equipment-
After learning this lesson the hard way I am going to fly to the states later this month to pickup everything I need to build a full video studio.
Unfortunately I can’t just press a few buttons on Amazon and have it all show up here.
Re-recording the launch videos was very stressful and where I had planned for 3 days of work it ended up being 2 weeks of work.
But with that said, I am going to be producing much more video content in the future across the blog – stay tuned 🙂
Crunching The Numbers
So let’s get our hands dirty and see how the blog has actually performed this month.
Last month traffic dropped to 56,457 (1,821/day) but this month it jumped to 72,072 (2,402/day) largely due to increased Facebook spend.
Most Popular Content
I really slacked off on content production this month.
The content piece that stole the show was actually a post I was using to generate leads for the launch, but I have removed that now.
So technically that means the stole the top spot again!
Closely followed by my awesome guide to .
Top Traffic Sources
Not much has changed in traffic sources with a good mix of traffic coming from Google organic and social sources.
An interesting note, I saw a huge leap in YouTube traffic the past months AFTER deleting YouTube Cards I had previously setup.
Search Engine Traffic
Last month search increased slightly to 44,121 (1,423/day) which has continued to increase this month to 43,483 (1,449/day).
I lost all of my historical YouTube views because of changes I made to the branding – so I keep track of them separately.
YouTube views decreased from 13,746 to 12,346 this month.
Total minutes watch also dropped to 53,661!
I am having a problem with Google+ data today, I will come back and update this section.
This month the total social shares across Facebook and Google+ increased from 83,925 to 85,635.
- – 27,673 (27,307 last month)
- – 57,962 (56,618 last month)
The most important metric on the entire blog – earning a subscription from someone is the ultimate form of commitment and conversion.
There are now a total of 131,550 subscribers across all of the various channels compared to last months 130,333!
- E-mail – 8,207 (790 last month) / Total: 62,955
- Twitter – 320 (190 last month) / Total: 16,884
- YouTube – 184 (96 last month) / Total: 15,051
- Facebook – 3,684 (177 last month) / Total: 30,668
- Google+ – -4 (-10 last month) / Total: 17,823
- RSS – 7 (-26 last month) / Total: 567
Unable to post graphs at the moment – will update asap
Here are the numbers you really want to see-
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I separate out the consultation earnings from the affiliate earnings. The blog drives affiliate sales directly and whilst it does generate consultation leads these are separate projects in their own right.
This month I didn’t taken on any consultation work so made a grand total of nothing!
I’m working on another project right now that is part of the blog but not something I’m ready to talk about publicly yet or maybe ever.
I will declare the income here though as it wouldn’t be possible without the blog and ‘technically’ it is affiliate income.
Last month this was $12,929.53 which decreased a little to $12,177.37 this month.
- Affiliate Income – $14,614.57
- Consultation Income – $00.00
- Other Income – $12,177.37
- Expenses – $2,752.06
Grand Total: $24,039.88 / £18,183.77 ($23,409.06 / £18,069.45 last month)
Unable to post graphs at the moment – will update asap
While September was all about preparing and promoting my product launch, October is about sales.
The first couple of weeks will be focused on driving sales and also supporting new students as this is the “hand holding” period.
The final two weeks I intend to take a bit of time for myself and start building out a framework to begin growing a team to drive the blog.
Thank you again to everyone that has supported the blog over the years – you guys are amazing!
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