An E-Mail I Opened Was All About The Ultimate Blog Challenge.
I may not have read this message a couple of days ago when I was swamped to overflowing with e-mails. It was down to my new filtering that this was noticed. It was from one of my Favs!
What about you – how good is your filtering of e-mails.
How many e-mails do you get in your inbox in the morning?
How many are important and need your attention?
I have actually been trying to get some control over this by unsubscribing from regular messages from people who’s names are familiar. The reason that I know the names so well is because I see them daily.
BUT are they e-mails I actually read. NO! In fact I haven’t a clue in many cases what is the speciality and focus of this ‘NAME’.
I need to get a grip I thought and the pruning has begun – (well it is springtime).
Love them or Chuck them. So I have been opening to read and then to make a decision. IN or OUT!
The good guys and gals are getting promoted into their own file and the rest – well kicked out.
So a number of ‘NAMES’ are disappearing but something ELSE has happened. I discovered that the best e-mailers with interesting content also had good blogs. VERY good blogs! Most of the juicy e-mails with riveting titles link off to blogs that rock!
THIS MORNING A MESSAGE CAUGHT MY EYE
One guy in the ‘YES – MUST BE READ’ file is David Perdew and he prompted me into action.
He was writing about a Blog Challenge that is going to be run in April.
Here is a bit of David’s Message:
“Hey, I’ve never done Paul Taubman’s Ultimate Blog Challenge, although I’ve always wanted to.
It’s a pretty awesome idea. 30 blog posts in 30 days…
So, I’ve signed up for the April challenge (just because I thought I might have a free 15 minutes).
Actually, this is one of those things I think I’ll make time for.
Blogging has been really good for us.
We just need to do more of it.”
I went over to my blog and – shock horror – the latest post there had ‘January in the title’. Now – here in the UK we put our clocks forward this weekend. What is happening to time and my new year intentions?
Like David – I actually know how important blogs have been for me in the past and I am letting it slip again.
There is nothing like a challenge to get you motivated again and commit to action – especially if there are other people involved.
I have heard Paul Taubman talk in a couple of webinars and I didn’t hang around. I know the blog challenge will be promoted and supported and that there will be mutual benefits for all taking part.
I signed up.
The welcome e-mail had a link to a conversation ‘Why You Need a Blog’ by Michele Scism who started the blog challenge some years ago and Danni Ackerman and Paul Taubman who have joined her to present the quarterly events.
So here it is – my first blog since January – inviting you to check out this challenge.
Come on Derek, Graham, Steve, Adam, Sue, Lucy, Uncle Tom Cobley and All. Why not join me? A blog a day during April.
Dear M – Yes this is an Affiliate Link
I am replying in this blog to a good question I was asked this morning.
I received an e-mail from a guy who I will call M. His message: “One question Keith – is that an affiliate link? As in you get a percentage if I buy?”
That is a fair question – and I usually put at the bottom of an article a note to indicate there may be an affiliate link in my message.
BUT what is the issue really. The thing is that it was an affiliate link and I will tell you more about that below. However let me explain the point of writing this blog. It does have a purpose.
I am going to write back to M – telling him to come and read this blog post.
I want M to get to know me. I wouldn’t put my affiliate link to anything that I didn’t know a lot about. I want M to get to know me and see that my intentions are to help him. I want M to see that I am genuine. Integrity is the most important part to make affiliate programmes work for you. Here in my blog I am exposed and bare (not a great thought). This is ME – warts and all.
HERE IS THE STORY
I have been involved with the web and internet marketing for many years. I have watched a lot of people that I know well who have made fortunes on the web – selling other peoples products as an affiliate.
The reason that they have had such success is because they have learned some skills – list building, driving large amounts of traffic to websites, making products to give away, using videos, webinars and social media – and so on – but most of all by having a presence on the web and letting people get to know them well. Self Branding.
And that is what I am doing right now.
So – we have a website where we sell self-hypnosis products – and they are evergreen products which sell well. We want nothing more than to get affiliates selling our products and giving a large commission for doing just that.
Who better to sell them? I will give you the answer – people who have used self-hypnosis products themselves in the past. They can promote them – as long as they have learned the skills as highlighted above.
AND – that is what I did this weekend.
I wrote to all of our self-hypnosis customers and asked them to put their hands in the air if they wanted to learn more about being an affiliate. I wanted to build a list of prospects who will receive the specific information about affiliate marketing.
M – was one of the responders who then got my follow up letter.
Here is that letter that M received with an affiliate link:-
Thank you for clicking on the link to say that you are interested about internet marketing and selling our products as an affiliate.
I must start off with a warning though. You need someone with you. There are many people that make money – in fact a lot of money – selling other peoples products – BUT – they have learned the game. You need proper training.
I myself, am part of a mastermind group and I am keen for you to join me – I totally enjoy learning how to market online.
Now I really want you to think about all of this carefully.
I am going to write and guide you if you will take one simple action.
I am going to send you to a page where you can find out all about making money on line. It will cost you 1$ (yes is an American website) and you will get 14 days access to the very best resources available anywhere on the web. (I am a man who has been around and made some bad mistakes before I got the best advice).
Now M***** – I will be in touch with anyone that signs up for the 14 Days trial – I will be delighted to help you in every way with all the advice I can give. Just $1 to go and find out about David and NAMS.
I will love to see you there.
[ As a footnote to this blog post – I will add. That Try Out NAMS For 14 Days $1 is an affiliate link]
I feel so confident that you will see the Integrity of David if you look into NAMS.
Here is the best affiliate marketing teacher I can send you to check out. I think you will soon be happily adding affiliate links in your messages in the future.
Check it out and see.
Hypnotic Affiliates – that is what I am after. Yes – maybe you!
A few years ago, I began to sell other peoples products online. In fact I used to spend about 1 hour a day doing all the bits you have to do – and I made a great part time income.
Some affiliates make it a full time occupation and I know a lot of very successful affiliates.
I didn’t get that involved – but – what is actually weird (but great of course!!) is that I am still getting cheques for sales that I made a decade ago for ongoing long term online services.
Products have not been my priority for some time now.
I have been involved with Adam Eason building up a training college for hypnotherapists. To tell you the truth the college work has been an incredible task as we have videoed and prepared all of the materials and resources for online training. Yep – hundreds of hours!!
So the poor old products have sat there on our online ‘Hypnosis For Download’ store – actually selling – but by accident rather than by design.
NOW that is changing – the college marketing is under way with all of our courses in place BUT also our products are back on our radar and are part of our marketing plans.
How best to sell self-hypnosis audios and videos and promote them – with affiliates.
The best affiliates out there are people who have been selling marketing products for online selling. Great they are with huge mailing lists – and OF COURSE I will welcome those aboard – in fact GET IN TOUCH.
The best affiliates for us will be people who are hypnotherapists or people that have used the audios. Selling is all about knowing your products. BUT there is something much more important. A great affiliate is a personality who gets to know his potential customers.
So a successful affiliate will be somebody who uses social media and blogging to build the list. He/she then builds a mailing list using the opportunities and traffic building techniques guided by us – the merchant.
On the right hand side of this blog post (in the right hand column) you will see a ‘Hypnosis For Download’ Offer. I have put that there as a demonstration to our current affiliates. The offer there is totally alive and if you fill in your e-mail you will get instructions sent to you to get the half price products.
Our affiliates need to create their own blog if they haven’t got one to do just the same – but to write posts and articles/reviews about the products etc.
You may be saying I can’t write a blog. There are services out there to get the articles written (more about that another day)
Anyway I say stop those excuses. If you want to you can take an hour a day to come and learn with me – how to sell these (evergreen products) and get an additional income –
Affiliate sign up. – https://hypnosis-for-download.leaddyno.com/
If you want to get some self-hypnosis audios at half price then fill in the form on the right. You will also get a free gift of “Hypnosis Revealed” if you buy an audio. This is a great way to get some knowledge about the products if you want to sell them.
I hope to see some of you on board. There are videos and training material in the affiliates area.
My wife has kept a diary for years. I must feature in there somewhere – well probably everywhere – dread to think.
Like all diaries it is her private corner and will probably make a good read some day for our ancestors. I am not destined to see those entries – I have never been tempted to look.
The diary is really useful though and if we are chatting away at a dinner party and bickering over the date of this or that – then the diary is consulted. In many ways I wish I had kept one – all too late to say that after the event – there you go. Is it too late to start now? I will probably just go on blogging – probably on and off.
I have dabbled with a blog over the years – not this one as you can see by the dearth of entries – and actually enjoyed my moments of putting down some thoughts. The odd smirk as I re-imagine wacky ups and downs of my life. It is however very public and you do have to hold yourself back from saying TOO much.
I came across an old blog of mine the other day – and was embarrassed. (you note – I haven’t added a link) Did I really SAY that – Did I even think THAT!! It is amazing how our experiences do update our behaviour.
Till my next blog – goodbye and have a good day.
Well this is it then. I said I would update my blog this year.
OK – this is random. I am well now so what is the excuse this time for not posting more blog posts?
That is a great question even though I posed it myself. There is no answer really though except I haven’t.
So well done those who set a daily target and just do it.
One such person is Robin Ince who clearly has much more discipline than me – AND – I find his blog posts amusing and he is a great observer of the absurd.
I have just been reading a few blog posts by Robin who is an author and broadcaster (I first heard of him presenting a science radio programme with Professor Brian Cox) I found the posts very amusing. One post was about insomnia and as well as clicking that I liked it I saw a link at the top of the page that I had never seen before marked reblog. Now I am familiar with retweeting so I thought go for it!
How many times have I told Tom (son) Zoe (daughter) Babs (the one who is to be obeyed – the missus) not to just click things to see what happens.
What I expected to happen and what transpired – you’ve guessed it – were totally different.
I expected to be asked to login to my blog – this one you are reading now – and for it to just land on my site with all the references back from where it came.
After a lot of clicking about I found it on one of my clients blogs (well I did and didn’t) – it turned out that for some reason I was still logged into one of my client’s websites which I finished setting up for him about two years ago – and that is where the blog was reblogged. Huh! Sorry Shaan. Except the page was headed up with the insomnia title etc but with also a 404 message that the page couldn’t be found.
If you have just found that last paragraph confusing so did I. What is it all about – we are losing control of where our data goes.
The web has certainly turned strange since social media has developed. Now everything is linked up to each other – a whisper in Poole Dorset can end up on a Pinterest- -Instagram-Facebook-Twitter retweet on a Japanese website. It’s all out there now but not necessarily where you want it or expect it.
Maybe I am beginning to show my age.
Yes! I’ve posted a message – NOW can I do the same tomorrow? You’ll have to come back then to find out.
Oh and that post by Robin Ince can be found at: