I'll still keep the blog here up for as long as I can but for the latest info on how to boost your online profits and save time working online, stay tuned to my new blog.
So why did I turn to Wordpress?
1. WP offers more flexibility. So many features inside the base platform, not to mention the masses of free plugins and themes that allows me to create my blog exactly how I want it.
2. Easier And Faster! For one, Blogger publishing times are a killer! And even though WP is so much more advanced, it's easy to navigate and works much faster! I'm amazed at the point and click ease of use with wordpress. Great for a non-techy like me.
3. SEO benefits. What can I say, Google loves WP blogs! Blogger is not the worst for SEO, but the way it creates the url name with the date in there eg. http://www.stuartastirling.com/2009/07/are-your-screwing-up-your-social-media.html was not helping my rankings.
Basically, the main benefits are to help me save time and get better results from my efforts which is what every marketer and everyday person wants. And I suspect changing from a blogger blog to a wordpress will help me do just that.
If you're sick of losing money and time with Blogger blogs or another type of inferior blog, why not make the switch to Wordpress too? My Newbie Start Up Guide will show you how amongst other things to get your online business up and running successfully.
Having thousands of active subscribers and a dozen and more websites actively taking sales automatically around the clock like I do is great, but along with that comes a barrage of support emails.
Some days are heavier than others....some days you just don't want to face your inbox!
Even though you might be tempted to go the "select all > delete" route...take a second to realize that answering support emails is part of the job...
And you will be surprised that being a good web marketer and answering support emails can really pay off.
Here are some reasons and benefits of being the good support emails answerer...
Your customer expects it.. 'nuff said
Your customer will be thrilled you answered
Build trust with your readers on a personal basis
Opens up opportunities for sales!....because sometimes a support email is not what you expect
Most emails you'll get will be when a customer has a problem with a purchase. Either they couldn't get the download or couldn't order...or some other website issue.
If they have already paid and didn't get the download, it is your responsibility to follow through on your part of the deal..no question about it. Send them a download link.
I use $7 secrets script and RAP script almost exclusively for my info-product sales sites. I don't know about other scripts but if you are using these 2 scripts, you'll know all too well about your customers missing the download page. Apart from that, they are great scripts though ;)
One other common type of email I get from potential customers who want to buy but can't!
Can you say -"ka-Ching"?
You can easily turn this type of support email into a sale!
This often happens with products I'm selling on my RAP powered info product market place website where I sell a lot of different ebooks and videos etc. A customer will buy one product, then sign up as an affiliate and test their link which sets their cookie on their browser and when they go to buy another product, they can't because paypal won't let them buy from themselves.
This is when I love to give them a new link (my affiliate link) and say "this one should work"...and it does because it overwrites the cookie.
They are happy because they can finally buy it..and I'm happy because I just got a new customer ;)
Other emails will be from readers or customers who want your advice. And this can be another chance for some easy pickings.
Usually, for any question that your readers can ask...there is a handful of products you can recommend them to buy to solve their problem. But I don't just say "here..." and give them a link.
I like to try to answer their question as best I can and explain how if you do A and then B...you can see the result of C.
After I give that advice, I can give them links to recommended products and say...this will help you do A and this will help you do B. So it's not an obvious sales pitch. The can see why they need to get A and B.
One more important reason to watch for customer support emails is that they can tell you when something on your site is broken (exceeded bandwidth, broken link, sometimes a typo :o) which can harm sales.
These are just some ways how answering support emails can make you a more respected and wealthier marketer.
ps. Don't forget...simple manners like a "thankyou" or "sorry for the inconvenience" can go a long way too.
As the number of newbie internet marketers grows, so does the demand for newbie friendly training resources to teach beginners the basics of getting an online business up and running.
I get contacted often by many beginners with interest in starting an internet business and find a common theme in their questions.
"Where do I start? How do I set up a website? A Squeeze page? A blog?"
To be honest, setting up a website is a challenge for a first timer. It requires many pieces of technical knowledge that is simply not easily found in the one place.
So to give those newbies all the steps they need to get started online, I created the ultimate Newbie Start Up Guide.
Finally an answer to all questions a newbie might have about getting a money making internet business website started from scratch.
Nothing is left unturned, and no corners cut short. This is your sure-fire guide to take you by the hand and show you every step of the way.
Here is some feedback from some happy customers:
"Your new newbie guide is so simple and straight forward that anyone who reads this and still DOESN'T know how to build a money making website must be (in my most honest opinion) either a blithering idiot or armless. "
"What I really liked about it was the concise, clear instructions. Nothing is left to the imagination nor are you left to wonder about your next move."
"Stu, I love your no-nonsense approach and you've out-done yourself again here with Newbie Start Up Guide. "
I truly believe that my Newbie Start Up Guide will help the most clueless and hopeless internet marketer get started without stumbling and wondering what to do next.
You'll find 16 easy to follow steps over the 50+ page guide written in plain English and with images and diagrams to show you exactly how to do everything.
This really takes all the pain and head scratching out of the picture.
So I highly recommend you invest in Newbie Start Up Guide and get your list building website, order taking sales pages and traffic sucking blog started today!
At just a measly $7, you might be shocked at the low price. But don't take it lightly because I will be increasing the price very soon.
It's a small investment to make but it will be the best one you'll make for your online career.
Having your own website is the best thing you can do to kick start your internet business....I can promise you that.
I got an email recently from a reader who was trying a lot of stuff..and by stuff I mean a lot of different ways to make money from the internet, but failing.
He also relayed his feelings to me that in this way...
"Sometimes I feel like I'm a mile wide and an inch deep by trying to many different things. Since you seem to be doing well, what do you recommend?"
This is how I answered.
"Thanks for your email.
I mainly focus on one market..and that's the "help beginners learn internet business" ...
There are so many ways to go about marketing online that we want to do them all and that's where so many fail...kind of like how you say we feel like we're in a mile wide but only an inch deep.
It's best to choose one market/niche and focus solely on that. "
The internet has so many opportunities to make money that it's easy to get distracted by all the new shiny offers and opportunities that come our way.
The only way to be successful with our online business is to focus all our energies, resources and skills to one business...and not even contemplate chasing after another before we succeed at the first one.
So the real point to this is don't spread yourself too thin. Develop your skills and pour in effort into one business at a time.
Just like an Olympic athlete doesn't try to get the gold in every sport in the games, successful business entrepreneurs achieve and excel in one business venture at a time.
Up until now, I've only been keeping a private account on Facebook that I use to keep up with friends and family from Australia, and all the while I was thinking about making another account strictly for business, and this video I watched was the final push I needed to get me to do it.
Wondering what the video that got me excited about social marketing was? Come back in a day or two and I'll have a link to the video....it really is great, you won't want to miss it!
The great thing about using social sites like Facebook and Youtube, Twitter etc for your business is that they are not only great ways to get traffic and build your brand, you can have fun doing it. Now isn't that the best way to make money?
Hello friends, Nice to meet you all.
I'm just an oridinary guy living in Japan with my wife and using my time to work on a number of projects to offer for everyone to benefit from. Please keep in touch! Stuart