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How I Made an Income Marketing On A Budget and You Can Too

How I Made an Income Marketing On A Budget and You Can Too

Let me start with an apology. All too often marketers like myself say things like, “Just use Leadpages with ActiveCampaign and you’re good to go,” without thinking that the costs involved might be too much for some people. Sorry! Something like that is easy for me to implement because I have ActiveCampaign and Leadpages so…

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ActiveCampaign vs ConvertKit Marketing Email Automation Review

ActiveCampaign vs ConvertKit: The Email Automation Battle

Let me start this review by simply saying, if you aren’t using email automation, you are leaving money on the table. Plain and simple. Email service providers like AWeber and Mailchimp are costing you money. The basic features they provide don’t get close to what you should be able to do. Let’s say you have a…

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Beat 90% of Online Marketers

Beat 90% of Online Marketers By Doing This

A few days ago, I wrote a post about how great content is all you need to make an income online. In that post I made a simple statement, “Don’t be average.” I thought I’d better expand on that. Being average is never going to get you the lifestyle you want. To succeed, you need…

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Make Money Online: The Power of Timeless Content

I’ve been an online marketer for over 12 years and in that time I’ve tried many ways to make money online. Some have been successful, some have bombed. Over time there is one thing that has constantly generated profits for me. My content. Yep, the stuff I write on a day to day basis. This…

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Social Media Blog Promotion

Savvy Bloggers Use These Strategies to Promote Posts on Social Media

Blog content is one of the best places to start attracting subscribers and future customers. We’re all guilty of spending hours perfecting a post only to spend a few minutes promoting it. Promotion should be almost as important if not more important than the post itself. It’s like the tree falling in the woods scenario, if…

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How To Create A Simple Automated Sales Funnel

The great thing about being a Lifestyle Marketer is that you build a business that works for you. Rather than spending 40 hours a week building a business for someone else, you spend your time building your own business while having the work/life balance that’s best for you. A few weeks ago I created a…

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Effective Content Marketing in 2016

Effective Content Marketing in 2016

Content marketing is becoming hotter than ever. When done effectively, it helps companies build relationships with their audience, and is becoming one of the favorite tools among marketers. In fact, the latest stats show that compared to 2015, 76% of B2B marketers and 77% of B2C marketers say they have a goal of producing more content in 2016.…

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Simple Ecommerce Business

A Simple eCommerce Business You Can Start Today

If you’ve been reading my blog you’ll know I’ve documented how both myself and my business partner, Pete, build our Lifestyle Businesses. For this post, I thought I’d go back in time to October 2014 when Pete was starting out with his first e-commerce website. He used the business model below as it was simple…

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3 Pillars Lifestyle Business

The 3 Pillars of A Simple Lifestyle Business

Before I get deep into this post, I want to first explain what I believe a lifestyle business is. A lifestyle business is simply a business, (it can be your main source of income or a “side hustle” which earns you extra money) that helps you to live the life you want to live on…

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Content Marketing Examples

6 Expert Examples of Content Marketing Done Right

Let’s get this out of the way right from the start. Content Marketing Works. It’s the most effective form of marketing currently available … bar none. The last time I stood up in a room of marketers and said that someone called BS. I like nothing more than a good discussion so I asked the guy…

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Storytelling Marketing

Why Storytelling Marketing is More Important than Ever

Have you ever tried to present your business through a meaningful storytelling marketing campaign? If you haven’t yet, now is the right time to do it. Consumers of today are overwhelmed by all the information coming their way. What do you think grabs their attention in today’s environment? Stories. Good stories that evoke real emotions.…

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April Blog traffic case study

April Update – Traffic Case Study

It would be very easy for me to get disheartened by April’s traffic case study results at first glance. The fact is the website traffic went down a little. (Told you this would be a warts and all case study!) Halfway through April I knew I had a problem and I was probably going to…

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How To Start A Profitable Blog

So you want to know how to start a profitable blog? When I was growing up, it was often said that everyone had at least one good book inside of them. Nowadays, it seems like everyone has at least one good blog inside of them. Before we start, let’s get the BS out of the…

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INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY WITH THESE EASY TRICKS

Increase Your Productivity With These Easy Tricks

One question I hear a lot is, “Mark, how do you stay so productive?” I’ve not always been productive, in fact even now I need to focus on being productive when I am at my desk or nothing will get done. To be honest, productivity growth has been a long and sometimes difficult road for…

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Traffic Case Study March Updates

Blog Traffic Case Study: March Update

Welcome to March’s Traffic Case Study Update. March was the month that changed the way I build my blog based businesses. Even if this case study were to fall flat on its face, what I’ve learned in the past 30 days has been game changing. Before we get into what I’ve learned, let’s look at…

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20 Sources of Fantastic Free Stock Photos

20 Sources of Fantastic Free Stock Photos

Content is getting more visual and no matter what business model you are following, images will play a part in it. Using free stock photos is a great place to start if you don’t want to spend money on paid stock image sites like Depositphotos and Shutterstock. I first published this post over 2 years…

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How to Turn Goals Into Business Growth

How To Turn Smart Goals Into Business Growth

In this blog, I often talk about how you can start to achieve more once you focus on a single task. In the online marketing business, we all tend to be guilty of trying to do too much at once. We don’t often focus on goal setting as much as we should, in fact, I know…

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13 Blogging Tools

13 Tools That Will Make Your Blogging Easier

Creating a successful blog post is not as simple as just sitting down and writing it then posting it to your blogging platform of choice. Usually you’ll need to use a few blogging tools, this post will use 13. There is a lot of planning and tweaking that goes into your finished masterpiece. Currently, I am…

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How To promote Your blog

How To Promote A Blog Post Like A Pro

In this article, I want to look at several ways that you can promote your blog and in particular, a blog post. But first a sobering statistic: it is estimated that about 95% of blogs haven’t been updated in the last 120 days. So if you’ve created a blog post in the past 4 months…

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Traffic Case Study Updates

Blog Traffic Case Study: February Update

As promised, here is February’s Traffic Case Study Video. I have also posted it in the free members area along with a more in-depth look at the analytics and more importantly, which opt-in methods were getting subscribers and which weren’t. The main takeaways from the month were: Check your plugins after a WordPress crash! Video…

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See How Easily You Can Boot Your Income With These 5 Simple Changes

See How Easily You Can Boost Your Income With These 5 Simple Changes

If you aren’t making the level of income that you want to make, then you need to make changes. It really is as simple as that. I want to start this post with 2 quotes that I think go together like burgers and relish. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting…

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If You're Not Doing This ... You're Losing Sales

If You Are Not Doing This … You Are Losing Sales

Do You Want to Double or Triple Your Sales? Everyone should want  to increase sales, so I’ll assume you said yes. If by any chance you said no… it’s time to get back to your kitten videos while the adults talk about email campaign automation. Disclaimer: this is for people who sell their own products…

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The Truth About Blog Income How Does $100,000 A Year Sound?

The Truth About Blog Income: How Does $100,000 a Year Sound?

Hey Brain, SHUT UP!Before I say anything, let me give you this disclaimer:You probably already know all this, the only thing holding you back is your brain! That nasty little asshole between your ears will give you loads of reasons why you won’t succeed.So the first thing you need to do is tell it to…

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Productivity Secret

Discover My #1 Productivity Secret

One of the biggest issues people have with productivity is not starting projects, it’s completing them. They start with great intentions but within a short while lose focus and finally give up. There is an amazingly easy way to stop this happening … break up the project into small, easy to complete tasks. Don’t focus…

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Passion Leads to Success

Passion Leads To Success

Apologies for my absence over the past 6 weeks, I initially went on vacation for a week but that stretched into two, then four, then six. I spent time traveling around Spain (Madrid is an amazing city, can’t believe it’s the first time I’ve been there after 10 years in Spain) and recharging my batteries. Halfway…

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Why Some People Succeed and Others Don't

Why Some People Succeed And Some Don’t

I was watching a video that a friend of mine created the other day about why she quit her job at Oracle to pursue her dreams. One thing she said really struck a chord. “The difference between doing what you really want to do and what you are doing now is simply doing it.” She…

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Learn the Secret $0 - $250K Case Study

Learn The Secret: $0 To $250K Per Month Case Study

Have You Got What It Takes To Make It Online? I’ve spent over 10 years in online marketing which is longer than I’ve spent in almost any other job. I think it’s true to say I know this “game” inside out. During this time, I’ve had thousands of customers many of which I’ve taken the…

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Take Action See Results

Take Action to See Results Now – Case Study with Business Blueprint

Post Update This is a long post. Please don’t let that put you off as it’s a great case study on how taking action can give you excellent results. This post contains some of the most actionable content you’ll read for a long time. This post has been recycled and updated and had the blueprint…

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5 Lessons Learned in 10 Years as an Internet Marketer

5 Lessons From 10 Years As An Internet Marketer

When I first started in the internet marketing business my aim was simply to make an income creating small sites with ads on them. Having just moved, I was struggling to find a job and money was running out fast. I quickly realized that small sites with ads are a very short-term business and it takes…

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Keep It Simple – Results Don’t Lie

Marketing is Simple You don’t need a complicated funnel  you don’t need Ninja Tricks, you don’t need Loop holes and you most certainly don’t need every new tool and shiny object. You can complicate it as much as you want but you probably won’t make any more money. You need a platform to get your message across…

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5 Ways to Write Headlines That Get Clicked

Headings, titles, headlines, banners, call them what you like are clicked more often when they promise to deliver something the reader wants. If they do not get confirmation of this in the first few lines of content, they may click away and never reach your call to action. Rule #1 in the content writing game…

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How To Get Traffic and Leads For Free

To succeed with any kind of  Marketing takes time and effort. To get traffic and leads takes effort and often you’ll end up paying for traffic It takes time because you need to master several skills, some are obvious such as technical skills, some less obvious such as a bit of psychology. (What makes your client tick?…

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Friday Fun – Content Marketing Deathmatch!

I was feeling a little mischievous today so I did a little research with google trends, this came about because some idiot with potatoes for brains said that email marketing was dead and it had been killed by Facebook marketing… Ya Think? Look at the chart below… I admit back in 2013 it looked like Facebook…

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How To Use Email And Social Media To Get Great Results

When I started researching and writing this article the question I asked myself was “Which is best for business, Social Media or Email Marketing”. I wanted to get one clear winner (the original title was going to be, “Email Vs Social Media – The Showdown” but it very soon became clear that both massively compliment…

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How To Build a Sucessful Lifestyle Business

 What is a Lifestyle Business? There are various different interpretations of what a lifestyle business is. We believe that a Lifestyle Business is a business that generates enough income to allow you to live the life you want to lead. For most people with a basic grasp of reality that life isn’t all Ferrari’s, Yachts…

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10 Awesome Graphic Tools For Social Media

Our brain has the ability to be able to process images 60,000 faster than it can text.  So the use of visual content is vital as it helps to draw your audience in further.  If you don’t have the right Graphic Tools then creating images can be difficult Using the right images means that readers are more…

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Success Leaves Clues

Have you heard about John Rimmerman? I guess probably not but he sells $30,000,000 worth of wine each year via email. Until recently his website consisted of just a simple squeeze page, he has no e-commerce site, no advertising and he doesn’t follow the rules. He emails an offer daily and people are waiting for…

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2 Step Internet Marketing

Internet marketing is easy if you avoid the bull and focus on the simple things that matter and more importantly the things that work. In a recent post I wrote about how you should avoid always writing new content and focus on repurposing, refreshing and rewriting older content. Leverage the content you already have. If…

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The Worlds Greatest Marketer Ruined My Childhood

Last night on a drunken stroll down memory lane with several other children of the 60’s a 70 I went off on a rant about Sea Monkeys. Bloody Sea Monkeys even now they get me mad! Now you may be wondering what the hell are sea monkeys, they are incredibly cute humanoid animals that you…

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The Best Advice My Grandpa Ever Gave Me

  How do you view your online business? Is a source of joy or frustration? Do you jump out of bed in the morning itching to get to the PC or do you lay there with a sense of dread? If you work full time do you find yourself wishing you were at home working…

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The Naked Truth

  I am now  going to to win a bet. A While ago I was chatting to a few friends and the story of my first business came out. I was bet that I would never talk about it in an email. (this post was originally an email … leverage baby leverage!) Wrong! When I first…

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Has Facebook Taken a Wrong Turn?

Facebook bothers me.. in fact it bothers me a lot. I know they are a business and they need to make money for their shareholders but I do believe that they have made a big mistake and taken a wrong turn along the way. I put it down to arrogance. Google used to be arrogant,…

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The Small Things Will Kill Your Business

I crashed my helicopter last week, one minute everything was fine then next minute the rotor blade decided to make a break for freedom, The result was inevitable…carnage. Before you get too concerned I should point out that luckily it was a remote controlled helicopter and no passers by were injured although the cat has…

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Mistakes That are Stopping You From Being Successful

I fully intended to do a post about PPC this week but I’ve spent the last week doing some consults with people on my VIP list and I noticed several recurring mistakes. So I thought I’d address them here. Generally the errors I see fall into 1 of 2 categories Mindset Errors or Operational Errors…

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Troubleshooting Your Failing Ad Campaigns

  Let’s start with a nice simple fact if you aren’t yet using some source of paid traffic then my friends you are selling yourself and your online business short. Paid traffic is the only way to quickly kickstart your business and start to make money. If you don’t believe me I challenge you to…

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Kicking It Up a Notch or 10

I got an email last week from a subscriber that basically said, “Mark, your email about focus and scaling was one of your best emails ever” Awwww shucks thanks for that… (I’ll put a link to it at the end of this post..) I actually had several more messages in a similar vein (and the…

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10 Things Sucessful Marketers Know That You Don’t

When I started in Internet marketing 10 years ago I didn’t have a clue what I should be doing. Buying products did fill in some gaps but there was more that I was missing. I then got into the habit of watching exactly what the the top marketers were doing rather than what they were selling and…

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How To Speed Up Your Website

While doing some work on a site the other day I realised it was running slow and taking time to load. As we all Know Time is Money! For every second your site takes to load you are losing customers.. and losing subscribers and losing money. The method I show you is simple, will cost…

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The 2 Things You Need To Do To Succeed

Numerous times over the past few years I’ve asked people how much they’d like to earn a month. The answers always vary,although many answers are in the region of between $100 a day to $5000 a month. That kind of income is actually easy to do. Anyone and I really mean anyone can make that…

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How to Write a Headline That Will Get Kickass Results

This Post was updated July 2016 Each day there are approximately 294 billion emails sent and over 2 million blog posts written. Add to that the 900 thousand hours of video that’s created and you have a lot of competition via for your ideal target market Here is a sobering fact for you: 80% of people will…

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Make More Sales – Here’s how

One of the inherent problems with doing a promotion for your own products or an affiliate product is that to do it properly you need to send around 3 emails. This can annoy your best subscribers as they have probably bought the product on your first recommendation. They then have to sit through more emails…

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What’s Your Story?

Last week on the spur of the moment we decided to head down to Portugal for a few days. Some friends of ours had flown in for a week and had a villa with some empty bedrooms. It would have been a shame not to fill them! They’d bought with them a game called Cards…

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What To Do When Creativity Takes a Vacation

  You may have noticed I’ve been a bit quite so far this week. Last week I was a creative dynamo, I wrote 2 products and over 10 long form emails. This week I am as creative as a one legged cat with a box of lego. It’s just not going to happen. But that’s…

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4 Email Campaigns You Must Run

Email marketing is moving on, and if you are simply sending an email to everyone on your list, then you are missing out on sales. In fact, even the term Email Marketing is “Old Skool.” Clever marketers are focusing on Marketing Automation. Forget Lists and Broadcasts,  Tags and Conditionals are what the smart marketers are using.…

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Secrets Of Email Marketing

I’ve been doing email marketing seriously for the past 6 years. I thought i’d had it mastered , then a few months ago I realised I was barely scratching the surface of what is possible with emails. Trust me when I tell you building a list, and sending out emails is only the start. Rather than listening to…

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Getting More Subscribers II -Video

I never intended to have a part 2 to the “Getting More Subscribers” post however events have a knack of throwing pans out of the window. A few minutes after finishing the post I came across the perfect method of getting more subscribers , so perfect some may even say it’s Witchcraft! As previously discussed…

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Get More Subscribers by Being Smarter Not Spamier

  There is nothing more likely to get me to leave a site than a pop up that covers the content I’ve come to read. It’s intrusive and feels like that the blog owner wants me to signup before revealing what he has to offer.  You’d try on a suit before buying wouldn’t you so why…

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Active Campaign Automation And Lead Scoring

In The Email Marketing Challenge (it’s FREE!) I talk a lot about keeping things simple. Simplicity is the key to building responsive lists that open your emails and click your links. Avoid making people jump though hoops and try to give them a seamless process to follow. Take them from becoming a potential subscriber to…

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Get Control Of Your Inbox

It’s difficult to run your business and be as profitable as possible if a large percentage of your time is taken up with managing your inbox. Email is the bane of most peoples business lives. It should be one of the most efficient business tools you have instead it’s an intrusion that needs to be…

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How To Kill it With Facebook Ads

Update – May 5th 2016 This post was originally published over a year ago, since then things have changed for the best with SEO.  In fact, I’ve since fallen back in love with SEO.  So please disregard my initial comments in the post. This all stems from the changes Google have made in the past year.…

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Email Marketing – The Myth Of Engagement

Straight off lets set the scene Forget get rich quick, loopholes and magic buttons , none of that crap works longterm. The best way to make money online is to create a list and then market it to them using ethical methods that your subscribers will love. My last 2 emails have had open rates…

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5 Minute Content and Product Research

You may have seen the email that Pete sent out a few days ago about Social Sleuth.  It’s a Chrome plugin extension  that allows you to find Facebook content. As most FB products seem to do these days the sales letter focuses on finding Tshirt campaigns, as i’ve said in the past I think this…

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What Has Eating An Aircraft Got To Do With Online Marketing?

  In 1978 Michel Lotito started to eat a Cessna 150, by 1980 he’d finished his “meal” and had eaten the complete aircraft. Now you are probably asking yourself what has that got to do with Internet marketing and the ability to make money online? Actually quite a lot, so stick with this a bit…

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December Round Up – Where did the time go!

Following on from Novembers achievements I wanted to continue to improve the ROI on my campaigns. If I can earn more by spending less then that makes my business easier to scale in the long term. I set myself a target of making $2500 with a budget of $750. I wanted to test some cashflow…

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November Roundup – Oh The Irony!

I decided to start doing a monthly roundup with a few slight differences. In these roundups I just want to focus on the non MMO projects I’ve started since we launched Serious Marketers Only. So no existing recurring incomes, no email marketing income nothing related to anything that existed before October 1st. I also want…

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There Is Nothing New In Marketing

Do any of you recognise this process? 1. You Make a Shocking Statement to get Attention 2. You Pose the Problem 3. You Offer a Solution 4. You List the Benefits of Action If you do recognise it then you will probably say it’s the formula for a sales page or sales email. You would…

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$0 to $100,000 in 90 Days

By now if you’ve been reading this blog you’ll know that out philosophy is to build a mixture of long term and short term lifestyle businesses. Start with a simple short term business that gets the cash rolling then add various long term options over time. This is the method that has worked for years…

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The Trouble With Steve

  I’ve known Steve (name changed to protect the guilty) for about 10 years, he’s an online “friend”. I first met him in the first Forum I joined when I decided to try my hand at IM, the forum was called Keyword Avalanche and it was originally designed to help you find profitable keywords for…

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Case Study 1 – Mistakes a Plenty

Most of the times that you see a case study you see perfect campaigns where nothing is wrong and all the ducks are lines up in a row. Unfortunately in real life we all make mistakes and there are very few perfect campaigns. So for our first case study I thought it would be useful…

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Do What You Love

What do you love to do? In this instance, I am referring to your online business. We all have aspects of IM that we love and stuff we hate to do. Personally, I love to write and I like to test things I also like to find simple ways of generating income. I am never…

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5 Lessons I’ve learned In Internet Marketing

When I first started in the IM Business my aim was just to make an income from creating Adsense sites, I quickly realized that that is a pretty medium term business as it takes time to get the income coming in so I started to build sites for others. By spending 4 or 5 hours…

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Cause and Effect In Internet Marketing

  I am going to get all “Back To The Future” on you today. Here is a challenge for you.. Go to your Paypal account, clickbank account, CPA account or AdSense account and check how much you earned today? How is that looking for you? Good, OK, Or plain bad? Now forget all about what…

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