QSC Bonus Webinar

NOTE: This webinar was presented by Dean Holland and lasted about three hours. The majority of the words are his. However, I had to do quite a bit of editing and reorganizing of information for the sake of brevity (it could have been a lot longer) and clarity.

Title

The Ultimate $100,000 Shortcut

Introduction

We started this process with about 1,000 people and throughout the course of the last few weeks hundreds of people have been taking massive action overcoming boundaries and barriers that, in the past, they never thought they could. Because of being here with us, being held accountable, taking action and simply having a proven plan to follow, hundreds of people have gone on to get incredible results. We’ve seen people, some of whom had been previously unsuccessful, go from having absolutely nothing online, to having an establishment online, attracting targeted traffic, building e-mail lists and, and some people have already begun in the last 7 to 14 days to make money in their business.

If you think you’ve achieved massive strides forward over the last few weeks, what you’re about to see today could absolutely transform your life. And I don’t say that lightly and I know you’ve probably heard that before, but I’m about to fulfill on that promise to you. Give us your time and undivided attention today and stick to this webinar right through to the end and you’re going to see things that most people will never ever get to see let alone actually use for themselves.

Quick Start Challenge 3.0 Recap

Week 1 – The Big Beginning

When you took action on what was taught to you on that week’s Challenge, you actually established yourself online by having your own blog, building and creating this presence that you are going to continue doing long-term into the future to continue to get the results and benefits that you’ve already started to see.

Week 2 – The Free Traffic Tap

We gave you some real grounding by training you about traffic generation, the differences in traffic, traffic temperatures, and two free traffic strategies. With just those two methods alone, many people have seen their traffic go from absolute zero to thousands of visitors.

Week 3 – On Demand Income & Automation

We spoke to you about building your e-mail list from the traffic that you’re attracting and about putting automated e-mail sequences in place so that, as you’re driving traffic and gaining people onto your e-mail list, you are then sending out messages to them. We spoke about how you can build in messages that would build a relationship with your audience and also how you can build in promotional messages that would recommend related quality products and/or services to your subscribers allowing you start making money on complete autopilot.

Week 4 – Instant Internet Lifestyle

We talked about what is commonly referred to as the “Internet lifestyle”. This is the ability to make money while you sleep, and the ability to take off days, weeks, or months as you travel the world or do whatever you want to do and still make money in your business. We spoke about thinking in a particular way and putting in particular processes into your business to accomplish this. We primarily focused on the importance of constantly working to build recurring income in your business because, over the course of months and years, the compounding effects of this could result in tens of thousands of dollars of monthly income.

As we put all of this together over the last few weeks, I hope the pieces of the puzzle for you have finally all come together and you now have a sense of what you are actually working towards in your business.

The Secret to Your Success Now

As online marketers, the secret to your success now is to attract and generate targeted traffic and convert that traffic. You’re already attracting traffic and converting visitors into subscribers on your e-mail list. The next step is to convert those people into paying customers who buy things. We spoke about how affiliate marketing gives you the ability to sell things to your subscribers without having to spend months and possibly years gaining the experience to create products for yourself. You should now see that, from everything that we taught you and everything you’ve been doing over the last few weeks, is that all you have to do is simply attract a targeted traffic source, convert the traffic into sales, and earn commissions.

Dean’s Internet Marketing Business Journey

The Beginning

I started his journey into building an Internet marketing business way back in 2004. In my first four years, I made a total of $0. But I did build up a personal debt of $60,000 on credit cards and bank loans. Toward the end of 2008, I got a mentor and I began to learn what did go on ultimately years later to become the process that I’ve been teaching you with Craig and Robert over the last four weeks.

I learned how to start a blog. Through sheer determination, hard work, and effort, working with that mentor to continue to learn what to do, how to use that blog, how to drive traffic to that blog, how to build a list from that blog, and how to monetize that list into conversions just like we’ve been teaching you to do. I went from being somebody who failed for four years to finally cracking the code and making commissions just like we’ve been teaching you to do. I continued to invest with that mentor; and that led me to quit my day job in 2009.

The $600,000 Mistake that Crippled My Business

I went on to make over $600,000 in 2010. Being a young guy in my 20’s, I packed my bags and traveled the world. This truly did show me what was possible to achieve with an online business. But, I made a huge mistake. In February 2010, I made $115,602. But in the months following my income was plummeting by tens of thousands of dollars a month. An ultimately within a few months into the following year, I had lost everything. My business was back to zero.

Can we all agree here now that you don’t want to just have a small, short-lived bit of success in your business? You want to have long-term success. You want a business that doesn’t go successful and then fades off like mine did many years back. You want a business that is scalable and is sustainable. While I was living what I believed was the “Internet lifestyle”, everything was falling apart because I hadn’t built the proper business. I hadn’t put the right things in place. The truth is anyone of you right now could make that exact same mistake, if you fail to get the right things in place.

I had to move back in with my parents at the time and get right back to the drawing board. I figured out that I needed a business that was sustainable, scalable and could run with or without me there. What I had to figure out was: What was the best way to proceed?

Examining the Core Internet Marketing Business Models

I took a look at what everyone else in the industry was using to using to make money and discovered three core business models. I was already familiar with the first two. I wanted to make it back to six-figures a month in the fastest time possible and I realized that affiliate marketing would take me a long time to do that. That’s when I kept looking. I actually put tens of thousand dollars again on credit cards to buy my way into people’s product funnels; I spent thousands of dollars on individual products; I even paid up to $2,000 an hour once to speak to certain marketers and business owners on the phone to get to these big secrets that these people who were making seven figures a month were using. And that’s when I discovered something called product licensing.

Here are the three models:

Model #1 – The Product Launcher

With this method you create quality products that can actually help people, launch the products into the marketplace and sell them, and make a bunch of money in a very short period of time. Product launches can work great. You can make a vast sum of money and build an e-mail list of customers in a very short period of time.

But product launching is not the best route for most people, especially starting out. You need to have the experience and knowledge to be able to come up with new high-quality ideas on a regular basis like every 4 to 8 weeks. You need to have the relationships in place with affiliates and joint-venture partners which can take years to develop.

Model #2 –The Affiliate Marketer

This is by far the easiest and best route for anyone to start making commissions and banking cash online. The benefits are you don’t need to create products, sales pages, videos, or upsells, and you don’t need to deal with support issues or product fulfillment. You just drive traffic and bank the cash.

The only problem is low commissions per sale which means that you need to make a lot of sales to make a full-time income. We can make commissions as an affiliate and make some good money, but the big money is made when we have a complete business funnel.

Model #3 – Product Licensing

With this method you pay a licensing fee to the product creator to be given everything you need to sell the product and keep 100% of the money.

The drawbacks are that you have to handle all technical aspects and customer support (fulfillment, websites, etc.) Also, to license a product, you have to make a sizeable investment, usually 10 to 20 times the sales price of the product.

Creating a New Internet Business Model

All of the existing models had major drawbacks. That’s why in January 2013 I went on to create a revolutionary 4th option that combined the “best bits” from the other business models while removing the problems for people from those models to create an ultimate 6-figure shortcut for your business. It’s called iPro.

It’s something I will tell you about later, but before we get there, I want to break this system down piece-by-piece, step-by-step, for you.

The Fastest and Easiest Way for You to Bank $100,000 this Year

The big money is in the backend of the business. Making high-ticket, premium product sales is, without a doubt, the fastest and easiest way to a $100,000+ Internet income.

The Holy Grail of Making Big Money Online

  • A method of attracting targeted traffic
  • A system to convert that traffic into sales and cash
  • A process to lead them to high-ticket commissions for $1,000+ paydays

The Five Things You Need to Make $100,000+ in the Fastest Time Possible

An online marketing and sales funnel is a range of products based around a specific topic that all solve a problem or collection of problems. The offers are put together in a specific sequence. Each product in the range increases in value for the customer (and for you).

There are only five types of different products in a sales funnel system:

Product 1 – Free product of value to give away – video, e-book, checklist, etc.

  • Offered to drive traffic to a squeeze page where you add that traffic to your e-mail list of leads/prospects
  • You then use this list to follow up with additional offers

Product 2 – A low-priced ($5-$20), high-value front-end product to build trust

  • Sold via an online sales page
  • Automated delivery by e-mail
  • The purpose is to convert a lead into a customer

Product 3 – The upsell product(s)

  • Give even more value to the customer
  • Product is designed to make something easier, save time, or save money
  • Sold via an online sales page
  • Used to maximize your income per customer

Product 4 – The membership product

  • One of the most important income streams because it provides recurring income to your business
  • Sold via an online sales page

Product 5 – The high-ticket product(s)

  • Sells for $2,000+
  • The most valuable of all your offers for both your customers and you
  • Can be sold in several ways:
      • Online sales page
      • Live webinars
      • Automated webinars
      • Phone follow-up – There’s no better way to help someone than to speak one-on-one. Also, there is no better way to make high-ticket sales than speaking on the phone.

How Our System Works

  1. We drive traffic into the system using one of our many traffic-generating methods
  2. A percentage of visitors opt in for the free product
  3. A percentage of the leads buy the front-end product
  4. A percentage of the customers buy the upsell
  5. A percentage of people that bought the front-end product join the membership program
  6. A percentage of customers apply for a call to discuss our back-end programs
  7. A percentage of the customers we speak to buy our back-end programs
  8. The more people you get through the system to the high-ticket offers, the more people you help, and the more money you make

Our System in Action (with example numbers)

Targeted Traffic – 1,000 visitors

Free Product – 400 leads

Front-End Product – 12 Customers x $20 = $240
(These customers are presented with all the other product offers)

Upsell Product(s) – 6 Repeat Customers x $100 = $600

Membership Product – 6 Repeat Customers x $47/mo = $282/mo

High-Ticket Product – 1 Client x $1,000 = $1,000

Total Income = $1,840 + $282/month

Can You Do This on Your Own?

If we parted ways right now, would you immediately go out at set the world on fire with your new-found sales funnel knowledge, building all of this for yourself in a quick prompt manner allowing you to start finally making this level of income in your business? It’s doubtful. Attending this one webinar today is not suddenly going to magically build you this complete funnel.

You won’t have:

  • All the products that you need to have, a multi-million dollar business like this running online for you
  • A high-converting funnel system running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, like a well-oiled machine churning out commissions for you around the clock
  • All the help that you need in dealing with the technical aspects of setting up all of this that we taught
  • A profitable membership site that you can funnel people into on autopilot to grow you recurring income streams
  • A system and a business model that allows you to start putting $1,000 commissions in your pocket

If I were to let you leave this webinar alone today, you’d probably quickly default back to your old habits because you’ll be back alone again; you’d be left struggling to figure out where to turn and what to do next. I’m guessing that it’s already happened in the past to you, so you can probably understand what I mean by that. These old habits of yours that we’ve helped remove from your life throughout the Quick Start Challenge, so far are not, and have not, been making you the money that you deserve in your business and your life.

We really don’t want that to happen to you. We’ve already enjoyed out time together so far, but it’s really only the beginning of what could happen. That’s why you need me by your side from this day forward on an ongoing, permanent basis, if you’re truly going to use what I showed you today and over the last four weeks and turn it into real spendable life-changing piles of cash.

Best of all, what I showed you today is awesome, but it pales in comparison with what I do for my iPro partners and clients.

Introducing the iPro Partner and Coaching Program

I’m truly excited to introduce you to the iPro program. Over the last few weeks, a few lucky people won a place in this program. Because of this, we’ve received countless messages from other QSC members asking for more information and how they could join. Normally, there is no way into iPro on the Internet unless you complete applications and go through all our funnels. But right here, right now, because we spent time together, I trust that you’re real action-takers and you will actually make yourself a success with this opportunity. Because I refuse to work with time-wasters in what is the industry’s only all-inclusive, done-for-you, business system that pays you commissions on every single purchase your customer makes. You can earn $5, $20, $50, $200, and $500 commissions. You’ll even have my team working on the phone working with your customers and making you high-ticket product sales without you having to speak to anyone yourself.

For the lucky people who take action today, this will be the start of the rest of your life in your business.

Features

You already understand how the funnel system works. Now imagine from this point onwards, you don’t have to spend years figuring out how to do this, because instead you get everything done for you: the free products; the front-end, low-price, high-value products, the upsell products to make you hundreds of dollars more at the point of sale; membership products done for you so you can earn and grow recurring monthly income but without having to build the sites or running the membership programs; and even high-ticket product sales all done for you so you don’t have to deliver the coaching or training, or run the seminars. You don’t even have to speak with anyone to make those sales. It’s all done for you.

High-Value Free Products

You have the high-value free products all built for you that will drive traffic into the system. From that point onwards, the system takes over. The system does all the following up for you to convert your leads. You can send them directly into our system and leave everything to us if you don’t even want to write your own e-mails or create your own lists in your autoresponder. Or, you can do what many of our partners do and you can build your own list in your autoresponder as well.

Licensing

Instead of charging you ten to twenty thousand dollars to license one individual product, we’re going to license to you a selection of our best-selling, highest-converting, front-end and upsell offers. But instead of you having to go through all the technical aspects – running the websites, fixing any technical issues, delivering and fulfilling the products, and handling customer support – you’re going to pay my company 10% of your sales to do that for you. Out of that 10%, I have to pay all the fees and employ all the people to run your business for you. So, you’ll actually get to use those offers to convert your leads into paying customers and you’ll start banking cash at that point. All our offers are highly optimized to convert, so you never have to worry about creating products, optimizing, or testing.

Upsell Products

We then present your customers with immediate upsells of huge value. These offers range from $17-$197 and get 90% commissions on all of them. These include:

  • Masterclass Workshop – $17
  • The Automated Income Seminar DVDs – $197
  • AIS Lite – $99
  • The Social Loop Traffic System – $47

Membership Sites

We work to get as many of your customers into membership sites for you. That means that you get to grow your recurring income on complete autopilot. You don’t have to create any of the monthly content. You don’t have to build any of the membership scripts. You don’t have to support or speak to any of the members.

One of the memberships is the Affiliate Club priced at $47 per month. You get 90% recurring commissions per sale.

High-Ticket, Back-End Programs

We have multiple high-ticket, back-end programs including courses, programs, coaching, done-for-you solutions, and even live workshops and seminars. Commissions can be $250, $500, and even $1,000. You never have to speak with anyone; we do it all for you.

Training

We turn every single one of our iPro Partners into a traffic generation master within ten days or less.

The moment you get started today, you’ll instantly have access to our private iPro traffic program.

This exclusive training reveals our most effective traffic generation strategies which include both free and paid methods.

Customers for Life

Unlike normal affiliate marketing, where you only get paid for immediate sales, when you get a customer into the iPro funnel system, that person is your customer for life. If they buy anything else, even if it’s years from now, you get paid!

Success Group

Imagine being part of a success group where you’re surrounded by like-minded people that help each other succeed.

Mentoring

To really ensure that you experience consistent results and explosive profits every single week, my team and I are going to personally mentor you. My priority for the iPro Partners is their success.

What to Expect When You Get Started

  • You’ll get immediate access into the private iPro members area.
  • Inside you’ll quickly get started and immediately progress through the training so you have 100% clarity on exactly how to bank massive cash online.
  • You’ll immediately hold a step-by-step plan of action in your hand so getting results and banking commissions becomes easy for you.
  • Next, you’ll quickly progress into our traffic training center where you’ll find a whole arsenal of easy-to-follow proven traffic strategies. Some of these methods are free; some are paid. You pick and choose which methods that we teach that you want to use.
  • When you are ready, you’ll log into your personal back office account to grab any of the tools that are provided that allow you to start banking cash as easily as possible. You’ll be provided with e-mail swipes, banner ads, and all the resources you need to make your business and income grow with as little work as possible. If you can copy and paste, you can get up and running fast.
  • You’ll have the ability to start driving traffic as soon as today, if you like.
  • Every single week you’ll join me and my team on a live weekly webinar for the next 3 months while you get up and running and fully scaling and growing your income. These include coverage of different marketing topics, review session to look at anything you want, and Q&A sessions so you’ll never get stuck or held back ever again.

Becoming your mentor, from this day forwards, not only am I going to show you exactly how I’ve made millions of dollars so you can follow in my footsteps, I’m actually going to give you everything that’s taken me over a decade to create to get you there even faster than I could.

The only question is: Are you an action taker who knows what you want and makes it happen, or are you an excuse maker who prevents your own success through lack of action?

What’s Included?

Here’s what you’re getting:

  • High-converting sales funnel systems
  • Lifetime license to our high-quality, front-end offers with 90% commissions
  • Lifetime license to our high-value upsell offers with 90% commissions
  • 90% recurring commissions on Affiliate Club ($47) sales to your customers
  • The iPro Traffic Masters Program (training)
  • Payment processing and product fulfillment done for you
  • Professional customer support done for you
  • VIP support for you with 24-hour or less response time
  • Expert phone follow-up team working to make you $1,000 commissions
  • Lifetime customer tracking for lifetime customer commissions
  • Weekly live mentoring with Dean Holland and his team for 3 months

Fast-Action Bonuses

Bonus #1 – Success Group Access

  • Lifetime access to our private community group
  • This is where you surround yourself with like-minded people
  • Everyone helps each other by sharing advice, strategies, the things that work, and things that don’t.
  • We also celebrate all of our successes

Bonus #2 – Big Commission Blueprint System

  • Our flagship front-end offer
  • Plus the Big Commission Blueprint Live Webinar workshop

Bonus #3 – Automated Income System Live

  • Online digital professional recordings of over 10 hours of live on-stage coaching
  • People paid thousands of dollars and came from all over the world to attend

Bonus #4 – Social Loop Traffic System

  • A perpetual, free-traffic generation system to add to your arsenal
  • Using this you’ll be able to grow your traffic every single week

Bonus #5 – 12-Month Affiliate Club Pass

  • Lifetime membership to the Affiliate Club
  • Ongoing affiliate marketing training
  • Bi-weekly live coaching for a year

Very Special Bonus for immediate action takers – Double Your Coaching with Dean

  • Instead of 3 months of weekly live mentoring with Dean Holland and his team, you’ll get 6 months

The Investment

Normally the investment is $2,997. Because we’ve developed a great relationship over the last few weeks, I’d like to offer you a $1,000 success-in-advance discount. When (and only when) you have your first 4-figure day, you will provide me with a testimonial of your results and experiences working with me in iPro.

A payment plan is available that consists of two payments of $1,100: one payment now and one payment in a month.

Guarantee

  • We do not accept failure in iPro.
  • The only way to fail is to not take action.
  • So here’s my personal guarantee to you…
      • Get started now and I’ll personally take all the risk on my shoulders so you don’t have to.
      • If in 6 months from today you have not made at least $20,000 in commissions, we will work with you one-on-one until you have made at least that.

QSC Week 4 Experience

This week, I once again attended the live webinar on Monday afternoon and then reviewed the replay the next day. I also posted “QSC Week 4 Webinar” to my blog.

This Week’s Assignment

The assignment for this week was a little bit easier than the others – attend next week’s bonus webinar.

Dean said that rather than overloading us with a lot more things to do, he would rather have those who need more time, have a chance to work on catching up, and for everyone to work on introducing the recurring income methods presented in the QSC Week 4 Webinar.

Blog Post Comments Spam

In the previous week, I had noticed that I received a few comments on my blog posts that seemed to be spam. This week, because I now had some time, I took another look. I was shocked to find that I now had almost 300 comments that appeared to be spam.

Because nobody is going to bother to leave real comments on a post that is full of spam comments, I quickly decided that I had better research and find a good spam-blocking plugin.

Akismet

Because it was pre-installed with WordPress, I decided to research Akismet first. I found an article by Samuel Wood on Quora.com where he explains how Akismet works better than I could:

“Akismet is the spam protection plugin that comes bundled with WordPress. It takes every comment and sends it to Akismet’s servers, where extensive checking is done and a spam or no-spam flag is sent back to the blog. The advantage of a centralized checking system means that Akismet can use information from all blogs using it to identify spam in real-time. It’s not limited to just using information from your blog to know what is spam and what is not. “

All the articles I read were positive on the spam-blocking capabilities of Akismet. However, many of the articles mentioned that Akismet sometimes registers false positives causing comments from genuine readers to be blocked. Also, like most other anti-spam plugins, Akismet leaves the spam comments in your database; it just changes a comment setting to register it as spam instead of a legitimate comment.

For commercial sites, which I hope my site will become, Akismet charges a monthly fee. It is very reasonable to start, but fees start going up as your traffic increases. Also, the fee only applies to one site; if you have multiple sites, you pay multiple fees.

I decided that Akismet might be a good option if I couldn’t find anything better, but I really don’t want to be paying more ongoing fees right now and I would rather not deal with the other negatives.

WordFence

Because Dean had mentioned in this week’s webinar that he has found the free version of the WordFence plugin to be work well for security, I had already done some research on this product and noticed that their website mentioned that the plugin included anti-spam capabilities. I decided to try it.

I installed WordFence, changed some settings, and ran a scan. After the scan, I found that there were six comments in the “Pending” category that weren’t there previously. I couldn’t tell whether the program had scanned all the existing comments and moved a few to this category, or whether it had detected incoming spam comments during the scan. I waited a while and checked the comments again. There were no additional pending comments, and some additional spam comments had been added.

For me, the free version wasn’t very effective. To be fair, the advertising for their paid “Premium” version shows that it has an advanced comment spam filter that is not available in the free version.

I would not say that the free version is a bad product. It has many useful and interesting features, most of which I have not had the time to explore. One feature that is very nice is that every time that I log into WordPress, I get an e-mail letting me know who has logged on and when. The plugin provides notices any time that a plugin has been modified. The plugin also records every time that a web crawler accesses my website. I found it fascination to see how many countries were accessing my site. Here are just some of them: United States, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, France, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Austria, Netherlands, China, and India.

Continuing the Search for a Suitable Plugin

There are a lot of spam-blocking plugins. The search for “spam” brought up over 1,000 entries. “Anti spam” brought the number down to 256, which was a little more manageable. I then chose to look at those plugins that were tested to be compatible with the current version of WordPress, had at least 10,000 users, had a 5-star rating with a significant number of reviews, and had been updated within the last two months. At this point there were just a few candidates left.

I then started looking at the descriptions. I wanted a plugin that would accurately detect spam comments without false positives. Preferably, it would not leave the spam comments in the WordPress database. Also, I didn’t want anything that would annoy real commenters with CAPTCHA’s, challenge questions, or other validation methods. Ideally, it would be free.

Deciphering Author Information in the WordPress Comments Screen

One of the things I realized as I was doing my research for plugins was that in order for me to determine the effectiveness of the plugin, I would need to recognize which comments were spam and which were not. Some of the comments I received were so well written that it was hard to determine whether they were genuine comments. To figure this out, I needed to better understand what information was being displayed on the WordPress Comments screen, so I took a good look at the Author column. In most cases there are four pieces of information. I was able to figure out three of them. The first is the entered user name. The third is the entered e-mail address. The fourth is the IP address from where the user entered the comment.

Even after doing some research, I was unable to find the information that I needed, so I talked to a Support Representative at HostGator. At first, he didn’t know either, but after some exploration we figured out that the second is a link embedded in the comment. Sometimes the link is visible, but sometimes the link is hidden. Even if the link is hidden from view, the web crawlers will see it, which is important to the spammers.

While I was working with the Support Representative, I asked him if he had any recommendations for an anti-spam plugin. Interestingly enough, the recommendation he gave me was same plugin that in my research seemed to be the most promising.

WP-SpamShield

The recommended plugin was listed in the WordPress Plugin Directory as “WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam.” It was advertised to do everything I wanted and more. I went to the actual website and found documentation to be plentiful and informative.

These were some of the feature listed that attracted me:

  • By stopping spam at the front door, WP-SpamShield keeps spam out of the WordPress database altogether. This helps keep your database slimmer and more efficient, which in turn keeps your site running faster. You won’t have to waste valuable time sifting through a spam queue anymore.
  • Has a feature to thwart email-harvesting bots and keep them from scraping your site for email addresses.
  • Protects your site from user registration spam. No more automated bot signups on your site.
  • Includes anti-spam protection for all major WordPress contact form plugins.
  • No false positives.
  • No CAPTCHA’s, challenge questions or other inconvenience to site visitors — it works silently in the background.
  • See what’s been blocked! “Blocked Comment Logging Mode”, a temporary diagnostic mode that logs blocked comments, trackbacks, registrations and contact form submissions for 7 days, then turns off automatically. If you want to see what’s been blocked, or verify that everything is working, turn this on and see what WP-SpamShield is protecting your blog from.
  • Compatible with popular cache plugins, including WP Super Cache and most others. Not all anti-spam plugins can say that.
  • It’s completely free for both commercial and personal use.

The WP-SpamShield plug installed without problem. The settings were well-documented within the Settings page, so making my desired changes was easy. By the time I turned on “Blocked Comment Logging Mode” and downloaded the log, the plugin had already blocked 8 spam comments. I checked the log several times in the next few days and it had blocked every spam comment, and none of them had reached the database. Unfortunately, I had no genuine comments during that time, so I was unable to check for false positives.

Because the plugin is designed to catch spam comments before they enter the WordPress database, it did not check any existing comments, so I had to move those that were spam into the “Spam” category. I am keeping then now for reference, but will eventually trash them.

So right now, it seems to be doing the trick. After I receive some genuine comments, I will know for sure.

Other Issues

Questions about E-mail Subscriber Opt-Ins

FTC guidelines specify that for a marketer to avoid legal troubles related to spamming, the marketer should use a double opt-in when obtaining e-mail subscribers.  Also, more and more ISP’s are requiring a double opt-in. AWeber calls this a confirmed opt-in, where after opting in, users see a page that informs them that they will be receiving an e-mail with a special link to confirm that they want to subscribe. That is what their Basic version of the “thank you” page provides.

In this week’s webinar, Dean talked about putting a custom “thank you” page on our websites, because many people who subscribe may never get around to actually reading the e-mails that we send; so, the only place that they are guaranteed to see something from you is on the “thank you” page. On this page you can add links and banners to other products as well as providing a link to the giveaway product. To me this seemed like Dean was recommending using a single opt-in, where the AWeber confirmation process is bypassed.

I decided to ask the QSC Facebook group for help. I posted information similar to the above two paragraphs and asked, “Does anybody have an idea how to set up a custom “thank you” page and still have the ability to use the confirmation process?”

The responses were about 50% for each type of opt-in. Those who preferred the single opt-in recommended it because of better conversion rates; those who preferred the double opt-in recommended it because it would avoid later problems with ISP’s and the government. Nobody had an answer to the question; so I eventually forwarded the question to QSC Support.

Questions about Comment Subscription Plug-Ins

I was looking for a good plugin that allows people that want to keep up with my blogs, to automatically receive an e-mail when I post a new blog or when they leave comments and additional comments are added. I also wanted it to inform me by e-mail when I get a new comment to a blog post.

I had read about a plugin called Postmatic that might be suitable. This plugin lets readers subscribe by email when they leave a comment. Subsequent comments and replies will land in their inbox and they can comment back and keep the conversation going just by hitting reply.

I asked the QSC Facebook group if they had any suggestions for a good comment subscription plug-in or if they knew anything about Postmatic. I got a few replies that weren’t much help and one suggestion for a different plugin. I checked out the documentation for that plugin, but found that it didn’t do most of what I wanted.

Later, after researching additional plugins, I went back to the Postmatic website and discovered that I had previously overlooked a link to the “big FAQ.” When I clicked on that link, I found documentation that answered all the questions I had. It looks like it will do exactly what I want it to do. I plan to install it when time permits.

Additional Tasks Completed

I felt that it was somewhat impersonal to have my comments on other websites appearing with a default icon instead of my picture. I had heard of gravatars, but didn’t really know what they were. I went to gravatar.com where I learned that a gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums.

To log into Gravatar.com, I had to create a WordPress.com login account which was easy to do. Then I uploaded one of my photos and cropped it using their online software. I then put my website name in my profile and saved the profile. When I went back to my website, my gravatar appeared automatically in my replies to comments.

Because I want to start monetizing my blog, I took Dean’s advice from this week’s webinar and applied to be an affiliate with the services I use: HostGator and AWeber. The approval process takes a few days, so I am still waiting for a reply.

Thoughts before the Last QSC Webinar

The last few years have mostly not been a good time for me. Although the last few weeks with the Quick Start Challenge have been hectic and stressful, they are also one of the few times where I felt like I was accomplishing something and had some hope. It was also great to interact with a supportive group. Although, I have completed all of the assignments and don’t intend to quit, I don’t feel like I am prepared to start making significant money online soon without additional training and mentoring. So, I’m sad to see the Quick Start Challenge coming to an end. I hope that Dean will be offering some type of similar affordable continuation program during the bonus webinar.

QSC Week 4 Webinar

Title

Instant Internet Lifestyle

Recap – A Look Back at What You’ve Achieved

You started a blog where you’re publishing content on a regular basis, sharing whatever it is you want to share – your journey, what you have done in the past, what you hope to achieve in the future, what you’re learning, the things you’re trying, the results you’re getting, the things that work, the thing that don’t, everything that we’ve been teaching you about – essentially taking action and documenting what you’re doing. The key to your success is your consistency and sticking to it.

You’re generating traffic to your blog and your content using the SigniTraffic & Blog Hop methods. A percentage of your visitors will like what they see and become repeat visitors. By continuing to post blogs and continuing to use the traffic-getting methods, your traffic will begin to compound and your repeat visitors will continue to grow.

Then you put into place on your blog a list-building mechanism to put people on to your e-mail list: an opt-in form, a pop-up form, or a banner linking to your squeeze page. You continued using your blog to further your relationship with those who subscribe to get them to know you, like you, and trust you.

You then used automation strategies to send e-mails in which you continue to further the relationship and to recommend to your subscribers quality products and services that you genuinely believe will help them. A percentage of those people will act on your recommendations resulting in sales and an income for you.

The Internet Lifestyle (a.k.a. Freedom)

Ultimately, the Internet Lifestyle is having complete freedom in your life: freedom financially, and more importantly, freedom to do what you want when you want with your time, because your Internet business gives you the ability to do other things and still make money.

In most brick-and-mortar businesses, if they don’t open the store on any given day, they don’t make money. Unlike them, because we’re working in a digital space, we have the ability to set up systems and processes and use certain strategies and do certain things that actually allow us to make money even while we sleep.

Recurring Income

To have more freedom in your life, you need to introduce recurring income into your business. Until you have the level of experience where you can create your own recurring billing product (memberships), you need to find products or opportunities where as an affiliate you can earn a recurring income. You do this by choosing product to promote that pay a recurring commission for each sale you make. The best choices for generating a recurring commission are quality products of benefit to your subscribers that have a recurring OTO (one-time-offer) or upsell.

Over a period of time your recurring income will grow and can pay you for many years to come. For example, as your business grows and you start promoting many good products to your list, after a certain period of time you might have 10 promotions with recurring income earning you $200 per month; you would then have a recurring income of $2,000 per month.

General sources for finding these product offers:

The services you are currently using in your business may also pay a recurring commission:

  • Hosting service
  • Autoresponder service

Using Your Autoresponder to Generate Recurring Income Sales

By expanding on your automation training, you can incorporate recurring income product and service recommendations into your autoresponder follow-up e-mail sequence. This will automatically grow your regular income AND recurring monthly income.

Example Mini Follow-Up E-mail Sequence

E-mail 1

  • Example text: “Over the next few days, I’m going to be sharing with you what I’ve actually done to establish myself online, how I’m doing that, even though up until recently didn’t have an idea how to do it and I’ve been struggling for years. I’m going to show you how I’ve done that and I’m going to give you all the tips and hints that I’ve picked up over the last few weeks to help you get up and running yourself, if you want to follow in my footsteps.”

E-mail 2

  • Write about the benefits of blogging.
  • Include a message similar to this: “If you want to start a blog yourself, you’re going to need hosting. Here’s who I’m using and I can recommend.”
  • Include your affiliate link to your hosting provider.

E-mail 3

  • Example text: “Today I want to share with you something I’ve added to my blog to allow me to start building my e-mail list. Just like you’ve joined my e-mail list, I want to show you how to do that, so you can start attracting traffic onto your list, just like I’ve been able to do myself.
  • Include a message similar to this: “If you want to build an e-mail list, you’re going to need an autoresponder. Here’s who I’m using and can recommend.”
  • Include your affiliate link to your autoresponder provider.

Using Your “Thank You” Page to Generate Recurring Income Sales

When Dean analyzed what was working well for one of his membership sites, he found that the most successful method his top affiliates were using to get people into his membership site was to add their affiliate links or banners with their affiliate links to their “thank you” pages.

Your “thank you” page is what people see after they opt into your list. You can send people that you set up. It’s just a simple setting to add the URL or website link that tells your autoresponder that whenever someone opts into your list, send them to the designated page. If you don’t change your settings in your autoresponder, there is usually a generic one that is set up by your autoresponder service. You can change that page or you can send them wherever you want.

When building your e-mail list you want to have in place your very own “thank you” page, because this is what people see immediately after joining your list. And here’s the thing: once you have people on your list, only a certain percentage of those people will actually open your messages. The only place that you are guaranteed to be able to show something to every single one of your subscribers is on this “thank you” page. For many people this is such an underutilized resource. As an affiliate, this is the perfect place to make an offer to your new subscribers and is by far one of the easiest ways to actually make sales.

Other Methods of Generating Recurring Income Sales

  • Put banners with your affiliate link on a sidebar of your blog.
  • If you’re giving away a free product that you’ve created, had created by someone else, or bought the rights to, and you have the ability to edit the content, you can build your affiliate links into it.
  • Broadcast e-mails are e-mails that are not included in the follow-up sequence and are sent from your autoresponder to all subscribers at a designated time. Use broadcast e-mails for time-sensitive offers.

Week 3 Challenge Winner

The big winner for week 3 was announced: Shane Dolby.

The prize this week was the same as last week, a $2,000 iPro Platinum scholarship.

Week 4 Challenge

To qualify for this week’s Challenge, be on the webinar next week for the Bonus Session. In this session you will learn the secrets to making four, or even five, figures per day online in the fastest and easiest way possible.

3 people will win a 30 minute consultation with Dean Holland (each worth $1,000). Everyone on the live webinar next week will get a prize. As long as you are there live next week, you will have a chance to win a share of a potential $14,000 prize pool.

Question & Answer Session

Note: Not all questions are included here and, for the sake of brevity and clarity, many have been edited.

Q: After the QSC will we still be able to logon to the modules and the training?

A: Absolutely, it’s not going anywhere.

Q: Will our Facebook group continue after the official Challenge ends?

A: Absolutely, and we want you to continue using the group because we’ve built this thriving community. Don’t let it go. It’s a valuable thing to each and every one of you.

Q: When we’re blog hopping, should we be using anchor text for our name?

A: Personally, I don’t recommend that, because a lot of blog owners would actually delete your comment. I recommend just having your name, and if people like your comments or people click through then they’re doing so based on that. The whole principle of what we’ve been teaching is that you’re not doing these strategies where you’re actually obviously going out just to try and take someone’s traffic; you’re going out using these strategies to give value and getting results because of it.

Q: Do you guys use paid traffic sources?

A: Paid traffic is actually something that will be discussed in part in next week’s webinar. You’re also going to be getting the Facebook ad strategy case study from me over the next week or so, so that will obviously be covering paid traffic.

Q: What is the best theme to use on our blog?

A: There is no particular one best theme. Themes are largely based on personal preference. There are different designs and functionalities. I’m not a big fan personally of blog themes where they’re really busy and there are loads of things going off, because you want people’s attention to be concentrated. You don’t want their eyes being overloaded. My recommendation is to pick a nice clean simple clear theme that suits you. But don’t get too hung up on what to choose; sometimes people fall into the trap of constantly changing blog themes and other nitty-gritty details like that.

Q: What about blog security?

A: I use a WordPress plugin called WordFence. There’s a free version and a premium version. I’ve always found the free version to be adequate. I’m sure there are additional features and deeper levels of security with the paid version. The free version actually protects my blog by locking out people and bots trying to hack my blogs. It does this by blocking the associated IP addresses.

Q: Speaking of free, is it advisable to use free web hosting and autoresponders?

A: Absolutely, unquestionably not! I don’t recommend anything free like that, because they aren’t solid and secure. Ultimately, if you use a free autoresponder, one day that autoresponder could decide that we’re going to close down. We’re not a profit-producing business; we’re offering this for free; our overhead is too high; it’s costing too much; let’s close it down. Then they pull the plug. That happens every day with free services, because obviously everything has a cost to it. So I don’t advise basing such important things about your business and your future and your income on free resources that could be pulled away from you at any given moment.

Q: For affiliate marketing, what are your thoughts on Amazon or eBay?

A: Yeah, obviously Amazon and eBay both have affiliate programs. The only problem for me personally is that because they generally offer physical products, they pay very small commissions. But, there are commissions to be made if they offer suitable products for what you’re doing.

Q: Can we still get the QSC Reseller Package?

A: It’s not currently available. It was on a very special offer to new people joining the Challenge. We can certainly see about doing something with that going forward, if there are a lot of people interested.

Q: Is the squeeze page different from the opt-in page we created in our sidebar and should we do the squeeze page now?

A: It’s totally up to you. The benefit of having a dedicated squeeze page is that you can actually drive traffic directly to that squeeze page. A squeeze page has one purpose only: to get people on your list; whereas a blog has many different things on it. It has the posts and different pages, and people may or may not join your list. If you have a dedicated squeeze page, it gives you the ability to get traffic directly there, if you want. So, if you’re using the SigniTraffic method, you could also have two links in your signature: one to direct people to your blog and the other advertising a download that points directly to your squeeze page. So, if you feel like conquering that, then absolutely; it will only bring you further benefits.

 

QSC Week 3 Experience

This week, I once again attended the live webinar on Monday afternoon and then reviewed the replay the next day. I also posted “QSC Week 3 Webinar” to my blog.

This Week’s Assignment

There were three parts to this week’s assignment:

  1. Sign up with your chosen autoresponder service
  2. Get something of value to give away in exchange for people subscribing to your list
  3. Add an opt-in form to your blog sidebar or create a squeeze page

Although for some of the experienced QSC members this week’s assignment was probably an easy one, it was a tough one for me. I had to do a lot of research, learn a lot very quickly, and overcome several obstacles.

Signing Up for an Autoresponder Service

For my autoresponder service, I signed up with AWeber. It was one of the recommended companies and I know that there is a lot of available instructional information on the Internet for this service. Also, it’s free for the first month. However, it will remain to be seen whether this was a good choice for me.

One of things I noticed right away was that navigation was somewhat difficult. There was not a place on each page that would allow me to get to specific sections or a main navigation page. Even though there is a ton of documentation, and they have a good search engine, I had to know specifically for what I was looking, which often was not obvious. I found that for those getting started there was little to guide them to meaningful information and that many of the documents gave only rudimentary instructions and left out important specifics. Also, a lot of the pages, especially help pages, on the website wouldn’t appear; I would just get a blank window.

Setting Up an E-mail Account and a Mailing List

When I tried to create my mailing list, I ran into a problem; the form would not accept my Yahoo! account as a valid e-mail account. After reading several articles in the AWeber knowledgebase, I found out why.

As of June 30, 2015, Yahoo!, AOL, and Zendesk had made some changes to reduce e-mail abuse issues by changing their DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) records. Other free e-mail services, such as Google and Hotmail) are expected to do so soon. These changes are causing a lot of mail from users of these services to start being rejected by other ISPs.   This means that if you are to using an e-mail address from one of these services to send out e-mails to your subscribers via any autoresponder service, many of the e-mails will bounce. Currently, AWeber will not allow the use of e-mail addresses from Yahoo!, AOL, and Zendesk as the source for mailing lists. They recommend setting up an e-mail account on the same hosting service used to host your website. It also makes sense to use an e-mail address that corresponds to your domain name. Contact the Support Department of your hosting service, if you don’t know how to set up an e-mail account.

I logged into HostGator. Setting up an e-mail account was easy. The hard part was figuring out how to log in and access my mail. Because I have always used free e-mail such as Yahoo! and Gmail, I didn’t have a program installed on my computer to access mail. HostGator offers three different online programs: Horde, Roundcube, and SquirrelMail. I contacted HostGator Support and talked to a Support Representative who explained how to log into my new e-mail account and told me that Roundcube was the simplest and most user-friendly, so I chose to try it. I had no problem logging in and when I started Roundcube, everything seemed to be very straight-forward and sensible within the program.

After I created my new e-mail account, I went back to my AWeber account and was able to create my mailing list without problem.

Selecting a Plugin

When I was ready to create my sign-up form, I found I didn’t really like the design and looks of the templates. So, I decided to do some WordPress plugin research which I would have to do anyway in order to integrate a form into my blog.

In my WordPress control panel, I did an “AWeber” plugin search. I found the “AWeber Web Form Plugin” which was created by AWeber, but there were potential problems: it only allows for one form at a time; it has few features; it requires going back to AWeber to change a form; of those who left a review more people than not had problems with the plugin; and the current version of WordPress is 4.2.3 and this plugin has only been tested for compatibility up to version 4.1.7.

I decided to look for another plugin that has been confirmed to compatible with the current version of WordPress and would work with AWeber. Several of the plugins were very limited in opt-in form design. Other plugins had a lot of options, but required a payment.

I finally found a plugin, Magic Action Box, which has a lot of design options, multiple action boxes can be placed before or after a blog post or page and in a sidebar widget. This plugin is compatible with the current version of WordPress, has over 10,000 installs, was last updated 2 months ago, and has very good reviews. The Lite version is free, but there are two more advanced plugins that can be purchased offering many more features. For my current purposes, it looked like the Lite version would be just fine.

However, once I installed the plugin, it appeared that you could attach it to a list, but I could not find any documentation to indicate that it would handle the “thank you” page and an “already subscribed” page, and a “start on” message.

Documentation for the AWeber plugin states,” In addition, you can allow visitors to your blog to sign up as they leave a comment or register, without having to fill out a separate web form. On your WordPress dashboard, you will be able to see how many people have signed up to your list by commenting, as well as keep up to date on the latest email marketing advice from AWeber’s blog.” I did not see anything in the documentation for Magic Action Box indicating that it had these capabilities.

I decided to deactivate the Magic Action Box plugin, and risk using the AWeber Web Form Plugin for now. It installed successfully. When I checked the settings, I found that I would need to have my AWeber list and sign-up form set up before I could make a connection between my WordPress site and my AWeber account.

Finding Something to Give Away

I realized that it might be a good idea for me to find the item I wanted to give away before I actually designed my sign-up form because there would probably be an associated image that I would want to include. I wanted to find something that other members of the QSC wouldn’t be offering. From previous Internet marketing research, I knew of something called Private Label Rights (PLR) products. You can get access to many of these products for free and licenses on some of these products allow you to give them away. I decided that I wanted to give away an e-book. There are PLR videos and software, but videos would take too long to research and software can be problematic and have viruses. I did a  Google search for “free PLR e-books” and found lots of websites offering PLR products. There were many sites that required payment just to join. Others required payment for the products. There were some that offered free products, but the products were of poor quality. I finally found two sites that had promising products. On the first one, I found something right away that looked good, but when I tried to download it, I was supposed to click the “Like” button for one of three social media sites. I only “like” people or things about which I am very familiar and actually like. The other site didn’t make it very easy to search, but I found something and was able to download it for free. In the download file was the e-book along with marketing material including a book cover graphic.

Making the Give Away Accessible

I figured that the best place to put the e-book file was in my WordPress Media page, but I wasn’t sure. I call HostGator Support, and the Support Representative confirmed that this was a good place to put it. I was also concerned about security of my files, because it may be possible to browse through the folder in which the file is placed, so he showed me how to add some HTML files that would redirect a user that tried to access this folder back to my blog.

Building the Sign-Up Form

AWeber’s Sign Up Forms Design tool was an exercise in frustration. It took me a long time to find a template that I liked. I saved it immediately as a form and then made a copy. It was a good thing I did, because once I selected the template, there was no reference afterwards to the template name included with my design and I had problems trying to find the template again.

I wanted to design my form in the following way: header with text only, my image, additional text, the form fields, and no footer. I started with the image. I loaded it using the WordPress Media page and then entered the URL to load it into my AWeber form. I then moved the image where I wanted it. But then I ran into problems. I couldn’t enter text between the image and the form. I put some text into the Header section and then tried to move the image into the header section. I eventually found out that both the image and the form are included in what is called the body of the form and text can’t be added to that section.

So, I changed my design to put all the text in the header, but I didn’t like the icon in the header that was forcing all the text to be indented. I tried researching how to get rid of the icon, but couldn’t find any documentation. By accident, under the tool bar with the background and border settings, to the far right I discovered a faint “Advanced” link. When I clicked on that I found options to remove the graphic and change the indentation settings. I then modified the text in the header, changed the font size and put in the line spacing I wanted. When I previewed the form, I discovered that the tool does not properly display the line spacing, so I had to go back and forth several times to correct it.

I then wanted to match the header background color to the body background color. I found the 6-digit color code for the body background and entered the same code for the header background. It didn’t work properly; the colors weren’t the same. Because the color that came up in the header was an acceptable color, I decided not to waste any more time fighting with this tool. I then easily removed the footer and the design was done.

Sign-Up Form Settings & Publishing

The next page of the process is to determine the form settings. The Form Name field was pretty obvious; I entered the name I wanted to give the form. I left the Thank You Page and the Already Subscribed Page set at the default settings of “Basic Version” because I really didn’t feel it necessary to create custom pages. Under Advanced Settings, in the Start On Message field, I chose “Welcome Message (1st Follow Up)” because this would be the letter welcoming the new subscriber and providing the link for the free e-book.

The last page asked Who Will Publish This Form To Your Website? I selected I Will Install My Form and then clicked on the Raw HTML Version button. This brought up some HTML code to be copied for use on the WordPress site. However, I found out later when connecting the AWeber plugin to my AWeber account, I didn’t need this information because the plugin copies it automatically.

Setting Up My Welcome Letter

I tend to be straight to the point, so I didn’t think an e-mail that I would normally write would be personable enough. Fortunately, I have received and saved many thank you/welcome e-mails from websites to which I have subscribed in the past. I was able to use some of these to put together something friendly.

Then in my AWeber account, under the Messages drop-down menu, I selected Follow Up Series. I then clicked on the Create A Follow Up drop-down menu and clicked on Drag & Drop Email Builder. I used the default editor settings and replaced the sample text with my own and included the link to the free e-book.

Installing the AWeber Form in WordPress

With my AWeber list, sign-up form, and welcome letter completed, I went back to my WordPress account, selected Settings, and opened the AWeber Web Form page. From there I was able connect to my AWeber account, and select the list and form to use. I checked the Allow subscriptions when visitors comment and Allow subscriptions when visitors register to your blog check boxes. I also changed the Promotional text associated with the second check box.

Then I selected Appearance from the sidebar, and opened the Widgets page. I dragged the “AWeber Web Form” widget from the Available Widgets section to the Content Sidebar section. I chose this area for now because most of the activity on my website is in my blog posts and the primary sidebar already has a lot of information in it.

At this point, my assignment was done and I notified the QSC staff and the QSC Facebook group.

About Comments on My Blog

Once again this week, I had several personal issues to attend to. This took a lot of time and I was barely able to get my assignment and blog posts done this week. This meant that I did not have the time to respond to most of your comments on my blog posts. If you left a complimentary or useful comment, I do intend to reply and to reciprocate soon. However, I did have a chance to glance at a few comments and many of them look like spam. From some previous comments I have received that looked like spam, I was able to determine that they were actually sent from QSC members. The QSC is not a vehicle for posting spam, and I will not respond to these comments and I will record your website as one not to visit.

Questions

During this week, I found a couple of interesting products while doing my research and I ended up with unanswered questions. I hope that some of my readers can provide some insight into these products for my benefit as well as for those reading my blog posts.

The first product I have already mentioned: the Magic Action Box plugin. Has anyone used this plugin with AWeber and, if so, what other capabilities does it have besides creating nice forms and linking to an AWeber mailing list?

The other product is the Postmatic plugin. This plugin lets readers subscribe by email when they leave a comment. Subsequent comments and replies will land in their inbox and they can comment back and keep the conversation going just by hitting reply. How does this work? After subscribing, does the subscriber then get comments and replied only from one thread or from multiple threads? How does the subscriber know that this is a different list from the regular subscription list?

That’s it for now. Let’s see what next week brings.

 

QSC Week 3 Webinar

Webinar Title

On Demand Income & Automation

Recap

  • Once you are established online the right way with your own blog, you can start driving traffic to your blog
  • SigniTraffic Method – Using forums to siphon of targeted traffic back to your blog
  • Blog Hop Method – Using other people’s blogs to siphon targeted traffic back to your blog
  • Get into the QSC Facebook Group and share your experiences and feedback

Overview

“On-Demand Income” and “Push-Button Income” are normally viewed as “hypey” phrases that Dean tries to avoid. But in his opinion, there is one way in which this possible.

Even in the early stages of building your business, there are certain aspects of your operation that you can automate. The best things to automate are relationship building and income generation from your subscribers/customers. The benefits of this are that each new subscriber/customer that comes into your business will automatically begin the process to know, like, and trust you. This will build a loyal fan base which, over time, will create loyal customers who will buy upon your recommendation, making you money on autopilot.

In order to accomplish this you need to start building your list.

What’s Happening in Your Business

Remember the Success Metric: Traffic + Conversion = Sales

When you get targeted visitors to targeted offers that are optimized to convert you will make sales and generate income.

Right now, you are consistently posting to your blog and sharing your journey, and you are working on getting free traffic to the blog.

Let’s look at what will be happening to your business going forward after this week. A percentage of those people visiting your blog will join your e-mail list, and you will be recommending targeted, related offers that can help them, resulting in sales. Then you will have blueprint for a step-by-step, actionable process for getting traffic, building a list, and making money.

How to Start Building Your E-Mail List

There are a couple of things that you will need to start building your e-mail list.

The first is an autoresponder service. This is the service where your e-mail list will be created and stored. Your e-mail list will become your most valuable asset in your business. The problem with any kind of free service is that it could be taken away at any time. More often than not, someone who is footing the bill for the service gets tired of doing so and, often without warning, the service is shut down.

In order to prevent an unexpected loss of your e-mail list, you should use an established, paid autoresponder service. You can choose whatever service you want, but be aware that some have restrictions such as not allowing affiliate marketing. Dean recommends either AWeber or GetResponse, the leaders in this market. He uses both in different parts of his business and finds them particularly good for beginners because of their fantastic training and great support.

The other thing you will need is something to give away in exchange for a visitor’s e-mail address. This must be some that you have the right to give away. This could be an e-book, a report, or a video.   If you don’t have something to give away, you can go online and find a product where you can get the Private Label Rights (PLR). The product you give away will dictate what your subscribers are interested in.

Once you have these things, you have two simple options for getting people to subscribe to your list; you can choose one or both:

  1. You can add an opt-in form to your blog sidebar. AWeber provides a WordPress plugin to make this simple. The best way to learn how to implement this option is to get instructions from your autoresponder service.
  2. You can have a stand-alone squeeze (opt-in) page to which you can direct people from your blog. There are services, software tools, and WordPress plugins that can be used to create a page.

This is the process that you are setting up:

  • You will continue to drive free traffic to your blog
  • From your blog, people will join your e-mail list
  • From your e-mail list, you are going to begin to recommend targeted offers to your subscribers
  • Some people will buy what your recommend and you will make money.

Automation

Once you start building an e-mail list of subscribers, you want to stay in communication with those people. The best way to do this is to implement a follow-up sequence in your autoresponder – a series of e-mails scheduled to be sent out at pre-defined time periods. For example, a sequence to send out four different e-mails could be set up to send them on days 1, 3, 7, and 10. Every time new subscribers join your list, they start on day 1 of your e-mail series.

Dean’s company gets hundreds of new subscribers every day, and those people start receiving his content. That content directs them to automated webinars, video series, case studies, and offers.  All of this is giving value, building trust, and converting subscribers into customers.

That’s what you’ll be doing with your autoresponder. You’ll be getting people to know you, like you, and trust you through your communication, and some of those people will start to buy products on your recommendation.

So what do you put in your follow-up series? Dean recommends a mixture of quality content and relevant promotions. For content you can use your blog. You can send subscribers to your “About Me” page or specific blog posts.

When you start your autoresponder series, it doesn’t have to be really long. Just get started with a few e-mails. Then you can start adding to it each week. Start thinking about the things you’re learning or things you can share. Sometimes you can take content from you blog posts and put it into an e-mail. You can find new products or services that you could recommend. Over time what started out as 5 or 7 days of e-mails could extend out to 30 or 60 days.

Week 2 Winner

The big winner for week 2 was announced: Phil Fox.

Week 3 Challenge

Here are the requirements to complete this week’s challenge:

  • Sign up with your chosen autoresponder service
  • Get something of value to give away to get people on your list
  • Add an opt-in form to your blog sidebar or add a squeeze page

On the webinar screen a prize was mentioned, but not specified. Dean didn’t mention it. I guess it will be a surprise.

QSC Week 2 Experience

This week, I had to deal with several unexpected personal issues that arose, so I lost a lot of time that I had originally allocated to my assignment. Despite these problems, with extra focus and giving up some sleep, I managed to complete the assignment as well as most of other designated tasks.

Because some of the personal issues kept me away from Internet access, I used some of the time to catch up on writing most of my blog posts. Later in the week I was able to publish the following blog posts:

  • QSC Week 1 Webinar
  • QSC Week 1 Experience
  • QSC Week 2 Webinar
  • QSC Week 2 Assignment (including a video)

As I did last week, I attended the live webinar on Monday afternoon. After wards, I took care of some of the things I could do quickly. I joined the Warrior Forum and activated my account. I signed up for Google Analytics and installed the Google Analytics Dashboard for WP plugin. Later in the week, after reviewing the Setup Tutorial & Demo, I chose the default settings and authorized the plugin.

In the evening, while checking my e-mail, I discovered that added to my Quick Start Challenge Facebook Group page announcing the completion of my first blog post was a comment from Keith Reilly. He informed me of a couple things of which I was not aware. First, I had not enabled comments on my blog, so nobody could post comments to it. Also, I should remove the “meta” widget because it is an invitation for hackers to log in.

I first decided to tackle removing the “meta” widget. I selected Appearance, opened the Widget page, and checked what my options were. Since I don’t know what many of things do, I am reluctant to delete anything. I noticed that there was an Inactive Widgets section which had a note under it stating, “Drag widgets here to remove them from the sidebar but keep their settings.” This is what I wanted to do, so I dragged the widget name from the Primary Sidebar section to the Inactive Widgets section.

When I visited the website, nothing had changed. I logged out as administrator and visited again, but there still was no change. I tried two other web browser programs and got the same results. I tried researching this problem, but could not find a solution. I decided to try again tomorrow.

To enable the comments, I selected Settings and opened the Discussions page. Because I wanted to keep things simple, I only enabled the following:

  • Allow people to post comments on new articles
  • Comment author must fill out name and e-mail
  • Enable threaded (nested) comments
  • E-mail me whenever anyone posts a comment

I added another comment onto my Facebook group post stating that I believed my comments were enabled and that I was having problems remove the “meta” widget and could use some help.

I then moved on to reviewing the Week 2 Webinar replay and went to bed.

The next day, when I checked my website, I had a couple of surprises. The good news was that the “meta” widget was no longer on the sidebar. The bad news was that I still had no comments. When I checked my Facebook group post, there were several more comments telling me that my comments still weren’t enabled.

So I went back to edit my blog post and clicked on a Screen Options drop-down arrow in the upper right-hand corner of the page next to Help. This exposed several Show on Screen options. I made sure that the “Discussion” and “Comments” check boxes were checked. This solved the problem. What I learned is that these settings from the Discussions page are the default settings that are used on new pages only. The settings on existing posts are not changed when the defaults are; changes to an existing post require using Screen Options for that post.

I eventually did receive a comment. I could see it in All Posts, but when I went to the website, I couldn’t see it. I tried two other themes and got the same results. I disabled all the plugins and still got the same results. I eventually discovered that if I clicked on the title of the blog, the “Leave Comments” link, or the “n Comments” link (where “n” is a number), the comments would appear with the “Leave a Reply” form.

Had I had more posts, it probably would have been obvious, but I finally figured out that the problem was my perception. When I visited the website using only the domain name for the URL, I was looking at the main blog page which displays a certain number of blogs, but does not display comments. To see comments, one must bring up a single blog post either by including the post name in the URL or by clicking on the title or the comment links. With only one post, even though I was on the main page, I had mistakenly believed that I was looking at a single blog post.

To prepare for making my video, I wrote a script because I knew that I would be too nervous to speak extemporaneously. Because I had never used my smartphone to record a video, I wasn’t sure where I should put it to get a good shot. For my first take, I decided to prop it up above and behind my laptop. I placed it sideways to get a landscape-oriented shot because that is how most videos, including YouTube, are formatted.

After my first recording, I reviewed it. I made too many mistakes, so I knew that I would have to record again. I also didn’t like the way I looked, because from where the smartphone had been placed, it was at about eye level, and because I was reading below it my eyes appeared to be shut.

I then placed the smartphone at the base of my laptop screen with a multi-folded piece of cardboard to prop it against the top row of the keys on the keyboard and to position the smartphone so it was pointing slightly upward. My next recording ended quickly because I flubbed my lines several times right at the beginning. I then took a third take that went fairly well, and I was satisfied. That is until I reviewed it and discovered that I had apparently inverted the smartphone when I set it up the second time; the video was upside-down.

I did some research and found some YouTube videos that demonstrated that I could make the fix using Windows Movie Maker. However, I have a Windows 7 computer and Windows Move Maker doesn’t work on Windows 7. But the replacement for Windows 7 is Windows Live Movie Maker which happened to be pre-installed on my computer. The procedure is a little bit different, but I was able to figure out how to do it.

The resulting video was recorded in WMV format. I found and downloaded a program to convert the video file into MP4 format because I thought that was what YouTube required. I found out later when submitting my video to YouTube that I could submit a WMV file because YouTube does its own video rendering when a file is uploaded.

While I was submitting the video, there was an online form that asked for information to be used for identification and search engine optimization. It asked for a title, a description, and tags. Because I didn’t see any available help information as to what is expected or required, I did a Google search and found some articles and YouTube videos that were helpful.

I will relate some of the information that I discovered that should be relevant to everyone. The title should be descriptive of the video and can be a maximum of 100 characters long. The description should also be descriptive, can include URL’s, and can be as long as 980 words or 4850 characters. YouTube prefers longer descriptions because they can extract more keywords. Put the most important information first because when the Google search engine displays the description in search results only about the first 160 characters will be displayed.

Tags are keywords or keyword phrases used by search engines to find your video. That maximum number of characters for the combined total lengths of all the tags is 500 characters. You should use as many relevant tags as you can, because that increases the likelihood that people using a search engine will find your video. Using specific phrases is best.

Here are some of the tags I used:

  • Quick Start Challenge assignment
  • Quick Start Challenge week 2 assignment
  • Quick Start Challenge video assignment

I was able to submit my video without problem, but I was surprised how long it took for YouTube to upload and render it. Apparently, there are things you can do to a video file before uploading it that will improve the quality and decrease the submission time, but it appears to be quite technical.

After submitting my video to YouTube, I created my blog post and entered the text. I then referred to the “Adding Pictures and Videos to Your Posts and Pages” YouTube video in the Members Area and followed the example to add my YouTube video to my blog post. I then published it. The result was “QSC Week 2 Assignment”.

To start preparing for our implementation of the Blog Hop Method, I copied the contents of the QSC blog roll to a Word document. I then edited the information so that it could be transferred to a CSV file and loaded it into an Excel spreadsheet and sorted the information by the QSC member name. I also added a few fields so that I could track whose sites I had visited and left a comment and who left comments on my site. I know I’m not the only person who did this, because I remember on one of the blog posts I visited, someone else had mentioned that he had done this as well.

At this point, it was already Sunday, so I spent almost the entire day picking sites from my spreadsheet, visiting them, and leaving comments on the blog posts. It was slow going because I chose to read the content on the sites I visited and then leave an appropriate comment. I also viewed who else was leaving quality comments and noted in my spreadsheet who these people were, so that I would make it a priority to visit their website soon. I first visited two sites of members who had already left comments on my site. I then left comments on eight more sites. Later in the day, I received five high-quality comments in return. This was a good experience and I intend to continue using this method.

I have now successfully completed challenges for two weeks. I’m looking forward to more.

 

QSC Week 2 Assignment

By nature, I am very analytical, so it can take me a long time to get started. I tend to collect a lot of information on a subject, analyze it, and finally make a decision. That hasn’t worked very well for me in trying to start an online business. I began accumulating quite a bit of free and paid information on the subject, but there were so much, and often conflicting, advice that I reached a point of information overload and never got started.

That’s one of the reasons I joined the Quick Start Challenge; I liked the idea that I would be given step-by-step instructions. I also liked that this would be a fast-paced program that would sometimes require me to step outside of my comfort zone.

That’s what this week’s assignment is about – create a video.

Here are the requirements:

  • Your video must be at least 30 seconds in length to a maximum of 3 minutes.
  • You should do an “on-camera” style video where people actually see you.
  • You must upload your video to YouTube with the title of your video containing the phrase “Quick Start Challenge.
  • You must then make your video a post on your blog, preferably with some additional text.

Well, I have never created my own video, and I certainly am not comfortable in front of a camera, especially a video camera. So, this was definitely a project that required me to move outside of my comfort zone.

As you can see, I was successful. That’s a couple of fears that will no longer be holding me back! I’m moving forward.

QSC Week 2 Webinar

Recap

  • You should now be established online the right way with your own blog.
  • You also know how to use your blog in a way to share your “journey”/ “story”.
  • You understand the importance of planning your time and tasks in order to increase productivity.
  • Hopefully, you are taking consistent action on all of this.

The Success Metric

Traffic + Conversions = Sales

When you can generate targeted traffic and can present an offer that is optimize to convert the targeted visitors into buyers, you will make sales and acquire new customers. Making sales means money in the bank.

The 2 Types of Traffic

  • FREE – Investing TIME into getting traffic
  • PAID – Investing MONEY into getting traffic

By far, the most scalable way to get traffic online is by buying the traffic, because you have the ability to drive traffic on demand using methods such as solo ads, Facebook ads, and PPC ads.

Because at this time not everyone is in the position to use paid traffic, the focus today will be on free traffic strategies. Dean started using these strategies in 2008 to grow his business. They work as well, if not better, now in 2015.

Compounding Effects

By no means will we pretend that the methods you’re about to learn get instant massive results, nor do they happen without you taking regular and consistent action. Nothing in life that brings results does. So put in the time and effort to make it happen. The only deciding factor is how much of the correct action you take.

First Impressions Count

One of the key effects of getting traffic to your blog is to further establish yourself online. The more people you get to visit your blog, the likely you will be to attract people with whom you are likely to build a relationship.

KLT – Know, Like, Trust – This is the process that a visitor needs to go through for that person to become a loyal follower of yours and eventually a loyal trusted customer who will buy upon your recommendation, which will enable you to make money in your business dependably and consistently.

What you are striving for is attract visitors who initially won’t have a clue who you are. A percentage of those visitors will actually read your content. A percentage of those visitors will like your content. Some will engage with it and some will actually become repeat visitors to follow your posts, to see what else you’re talking about because they enjoyed your content. They got to know you over a period of time. They got to like you. Eventually, they get to trust you. That is when they will buy upon your recommendation.

In time, you will actually start to build your own e-mail list. You will be using your blog to further develop the relationship with your subscribers.

In the early stages of your blog’s development, you need to strongly encourage interaction. The more active your blog appears to new visitors, the more likely they are to stick around on your site. If you land on a blog with zero comments, the first impression is that the information/content cannot be worth reading.

On the flip side, if you land on a blog and it has comments, it gives the impression that it’s worth reading because others are responding, which creates a “buzz”, encouraging new visitors to “see what all the fuss is about.”

Track Your Traffic

You can track your traffic very simply using free tools and services. All you need is a Google Analytics account and a “Google Analytics” WordPress plugin. (Others are available.) Video tutorials on how to do this can be found on YouTube.

Make this a priority because you will want to know from the very beginning the increase in traffic you are getting.   Also, it will help document your success story for the QSC team. Track what you are doing and see what methods work best in getting new traffic.

Methods of Driving Traffic to Your Blogs

SigniTraffic Method

This method alone drove thousands of visitors to Dean’s brand-new blog in just weeks after starting it.

Just using this method a few times will not grow your traffic consistently. The major key to getting results with this method is to implement it regularly, consistently, and as much as you can (at least 20 to 30 minutes a day).

SigniTraffic is a method of driving traffic to your blog through the use of a “signature” in online forums. An online forum is a site where people interested in a topic come together to create a social environment where they are all sharing content based around that particular topic. This method simply requires you to become an active member within one or more targeted forums within your niche. For example, in the Internet marketing niche, Dean primarily used the Warrior Forum – www.WarriorForum.com (over 700,000 members). At any given moment, you can find tens of thousands of members online.

A forum signature is a piece of content that is shown at the end of all your posts and all your comments that you make within a forum. Your signature can contain a link back to your website, blog or individual post (but not an affiliate link). The more active you are on the forum, the more people will see your signature and click on the link. Now you have free traffic!

The reason this works so well is that you are tapping into and siphoning visitors from an existing traffic source. Everyone on the forum is a potential targeted visitor for you. The hard work in establishing and building this traffic source has already been done.

But you must do things the right way. Don’t start spamming the forum by writing short, pointless comments and posts with the sole intention of getting your links in front of people. You must post valuable content that can benefit others. You can get involved in discussions, giving your personal feedback relating your thoughts, opinions, or experiences. If you are thanking someone, elaborate why you are thanking them. You could also pass along instructions on how to do something.

Blog Hop Method

Blog hopping is much like it sounds – you hop around to other blogs. Similar to the SigniTraffic method, this method works so well because again you are going where the traffic already is, tapping into it, becoming noticed and siphoning off some of those visitors for your own gain.

You will become a regular visitor to other blogs in your niche that already get traffic. You can determine this by the fact that they always get comments on their blog posts. On these blogs you will visit often and will get involved by leaving a comment in their posts.

When you leave a comment on these blogs, you have to enter your name, e-mail address, and blog URL. When your comment goes live on their blog, your name becomes a clickable link back to your blog. By visiting often, and entering a genuine comment, you can get noticed by other visitors to that blog.

A sideline benefit that can sometimes outweigh every other benefit is that you may also get noticed by the blog owner. This could possibly lead to future business friendships, joint venture relationship, and partnerships.

With this method, we have a treat for you. As you now know, the more active your blog becomes and the more comments you start to get, the more appealing your blog becomes to your visitors. So, the sooner we can get your blog active, the faster things will grow.

To help you do this, you are about to get an advantage that no one else can get – the biggest jumpstart to the success of your blog and business that you could ever possibly hope for.   About a thousand people joined this year’s Quick Start Challenge. Although not everyone took action, hundreds of people have already taken action to set up their blogs. When these people submitted their blogs, they were added to a list. This “blog roll” is in the Members Area. So you’re going to start to blog hop within our very own QSC community – hundreds of action takers who are will to do what it takes to get results.

As soon as you can this week, use this list to start blog hopping amongst your fellow peers in the Challenge. Also, for everyone who comments on your blog, visit their blogs and comment on their posts as well. Let’s all help each other and we will all win.

Week 1 Challenge Winner

The big winner for week 1 was announced: Christine Fong.

Everyone who took action will also won a prize: Free lifetime access to Craig Crawford’s “Personal Reinforcement” personal development and training membership site.

The prizes are a nice bonus, but actually implementing what is being taught is the main goal, because that is what will get you the life-changing results to build your business.

Week 2 Challenge

The Quick Start Challenge is about fast results and monumental progress, not just for your business, but for you as an entrepreneur. So this week we are doing something a little different. This week we want to push you through your comfort zone, and get you feeling “comfortable at feeling uncomfortable”.

The prize this week is a $2,000 iPro Platinum scholarship. This is the entry-level program into iPro. The difference from last week’s prize is that this one provides a shorter period of time (12 weeks) for the live webinars.

This weeks’s challenge is to create a video and put it on YouTube and then publish the video on your blog as a blog post. You can also add text to the post if you wish.

In this video you can introduce yourself on camera, relate what you think about QSC, and talk about your experiences. You can do anything else you want. The only requirement is to mention “the Quick Start Challenge”.

Video is a great way to communicate with your audience in a way that can build great relationships. By doing your own videos can get you even more traffic and many other rewards long-term in your business.

Standing in front of a camera and making a video is very much out of the comfort zone of most people. However, if you allow fear to hold you back, there will always be something to hold you back in your life and your business. This assignment is meant to encourage you to become confident and be the best you can be. Just take action, and you will find that more often than not, in your life and in your business, the times in which you do things that weren’t initially comfortable, are the times when you’ll see the greatest progress.

Here are the requirements to complete this week’s challenge:

  • Your video must be at least 30 seconds in length to a maximum of 3 minutes.
  • You should do an “on-camera” style video where people actually see you.
  • You must upload your video to YouTube with the title of your video containing the phrase “Quick Start Challenge.
  • You must then make your video a post on your blog, preferably with some additional text.

Bonus Reveal

Everyone who completes this challenge will receive an exclusive bonus prize: A short case study revealing a new paid Facebook ad strategy that has never yet been revealed anywhere.

QSC Week 1 Experience

After attending the live webinar on Monday morning, I watched the recording of the webinar when it became available the next day to make sure I hadn’t missed anything when I was on the live webinar. Because I had misheard some things in the live webinar, some questions I had were answered in the replay. But I still had other unanswered questions. I wasn’t sure whether I should install WordPress in the root of my website or in a subdirectory. I also wasn’t sure whether I should use my personal name for my domain name.

I watched all ten WordPress training videos by Craig Crawford in the Members Area. Not all of them were useful for this week, but it was good to know what to expect when working with WordPress. I also got answers to the two questions above. Craig said that if you want to use WordPress for both the blog and for the website pages, it should be installed in the root. Craig listed both the pros and cons for using your personal name as your domain name. I chose not to use my name because (1) if for some reason my website or blog got a bad reputation, that reputation would stay associated with my name; (2) if I sold my website in the future, I probably would lose the rights to use my name for other businesses; and (3) I have other interests and don’t want to use my name for a strictly business-oriented website.

I contacted GoDaddy to register my domain name because I have had previous experience getting domains there, had no problems registering, and always got good support. To save money, I used a promo code I found online by doing a Google search for “godaddy promo codes 2015”. If you want to do the same, be sure you go to several different sites and find more than one code from each, because many of the listed codes are often expired. You can test them in the shopping cart before completing your order, or you can have someone in Support try them for you.

Because some of the QSC members in the Facebook group had some negative things to say about the recommended hosting companies and instead recommended others, I decided to do some online research. I soon had the choices narrowed down to GoDaddy and the recommended HostGator. I eventually decided on HostGator because they had a few less restrictions and because of the recommendation. I’m sure it will be a while before I know whether I made a good decision, but it is my understanding that, in most cases, it is fairly easy to change from one hosting company to another without any noticeable changes to the outside world.

It was fairly easy to sign up with HostGator. I purchased 6 months of web hosting as well as backup and malware/network protection. I received two e-mails from Host Gator. Both had login credentials: one for my billing account and one for my cPanel account. I was able to get into the billing account but not my cPanel account. I called the Support phone number and didn’t have to wait long to talk to a Support Representative. She helped me change the password on the cPanel account and then I was able to log in.

The representative also said that she couldn’t see my website which made me realize that the change of the nameservers and the IP address had not yet occurred.  I logged into my GoDaddy account and entered the information manually. If you don’t know how to do this, you can call Support; they are very helpful.

Later, I logged into my cPanel account so that I could install WordPress, but ran into a problem. In one of the tutorials Craig Crawford said that we should use Fantastico De Luxe to install WordPress. However, it was nowhere to be found. I searched some of the articles on HostGator and found one that explained that HostGator had retired Fantastic De Luxe and replaced it with QuickInstall. I started the program but ran into a problem of knowing what information was being requested for some of the fields in the form. I called Support and once again was able to get to a Support Representative quickly. He helped walk me through the process and stayed on the line until I finished the install. He was surprised that I could access my website so quickly because it often takes up to 24 hours for the nameserver/IP address changes to occur. Maybe my manual changes at GoDaddy sped up the process.

I prefer to write my document drafts locally on my computer rather than using an online editor because I have often found online editors to be problematic. Some online editors are sluggish. Some have problems with manual formatting, but will accept the formatting if the text is cut and pasted from a Word or .RTF document. Some make copying text from one online document to another difficult. Of course, the most aggravating problem is when the network connection goes down and the entire document that you just spent a long time entering is lost. I also prefer using my computer locally because I can save multiple backups and don’t have to depend on an Internet connection to type up my document.

After finishing my drafts for my “About Me” page and my first blog post, I logged into my wp-admin account and also brought up one of the WordPress training videos. I followed the instructions for changing settings and removing the sample page and blog post. I then created my “About Me” page, copied the text from my draft into the editor and made some formatting changes. I did the same for my first blog post. When I was done, I didn’t like the look of the pages and the formatting of the text.

I had originally installed the “Twenty Fifteen” free pre-loaded template. I decided to try the others. I liked the look of “Twenty Thirteen”, but when previewing it, I saw a message telling me that only one menu could be used. Since I didn’t want to have possible future problems, I then tried “Twenty Fourteen”. I liked the look, the text formatting was much better, and it seemed to have more functionality than either of the other two.

When I was happy with the results, I opened the e-mail I had received that had the instruction on how to submit my blog. I had no problem sending an e-mail with my information to Support. However, when I used the link in the e-mail to submit my URL to the blog roll, I could get to the form and enter the information, but it wouldn’t do anything after that. I then used the link to a short video showed how to enter the data and tried again several times without success. It finally dawned on me that, although it wasn’t mentioned in the e-mail or the video, maybe I had to be logged into the members area. I logged in, went to the blog roll, and entered the data in the form. Voila! My blog had been submitted.

So, I successfully completed the challenge for week 1. Week 2 could be tougher, but I’m ready to get going!

QSC Week 1 Webinar

 Motivation

To get us into the proper mindset, Dean started by playing a motivational video by Arnold Schwarznegger (in his younger days) called the “6 Rules of Success”. Here are the rules:

  1. Trust yourself
  2. Break the rules
  3. Don’t be afraid to fail
  4. Don’t listen to naysayers
  5. Work your butt off
  6. Give something back

 Overview of the Quick Start Challenge

Then Dean revealed an overview of the next four weeks:

  1. The Big Beginning
  2. The Free Traffic Tap
  3. On Demand Income & Automation & E-mail List Building
  4. Instant Internet Lifestyle (via Systemized Processes)

 Introduction

Dean then started to talk to about what to expect. We are going to learn of a highly-proven process to start our online businesses the right way. We may have tried for months or even years before attending the Challenge today. We should leave everything else we have done before behind us because what we have been doing clearly has not gotten us where we want to be. We need to take the Challenge as almost a brand-new beginning.

What we are going to learn can be applied to pretty much any niche, once we have learned the fundamentals of what we need to apply on the Internet to get traffic, build our lists, and generate income online. The course will be taught using the niche that is the primary niche for Dean, Craig, and Robert – the Internet Marketing home business market. Those who want to specialize in a different niche should take the principles that are being taught and apply them to their niche.

And the teaching began…

A hungry market is one in which a prospective customers have a strong desire to solve a problem in their lives. The big markets that Dean recommends because there is usually an urgent need to solve a problem within them are:

  • Health/Fitness
  • Wealth
  • Relationships

Dean related his history in Internet marketing. He didn’t start being successful until he got himself a mentor. The processes and principles he learned helped make him successful. With some modifications and improvements to these processes and principles, they have continued to work every single year for Dean, and eventually Craig and Robert, since 2008. What Dean learned is that when you have a proven process to follow and implement consistently every single week, you will not only get results, but those results will continue to grow. Once you know how to make one dollar online, you know how to make $100, $1,000, etc., because the principles always remain the same.

It is those principles and that process that will be taught, step-by-step, bit-by-bit, in the next four weeks.

If you don’t take action on what is being taught, at the end of the Challenge nothing will have changed. This is the third year of the Challenge and every year, without fail, people taking action have seen an increase in their traffic, a growth in their e-mail lists, and some already started making money.

Success starts from within. Determine why you want to make more money. Money by itself should not be the biggest motivator, because you to stay motivated long-term; it is the deep, underlying reasons that will keep you going. Write it down and focus on making it happen. Then stick to the program.

 TM + EP = Faster Success

“TM” is time management. Your hours are restricted when you are starting out. You can’t afford to lose precious time.   An easy way to implement time management in your life to increase your progress in your business is to take a look at the next 7 days and determine what commitments you have on each of those days and the times of those commitments. Then determine which of the remaining available hours you want to commit to your business. Now you know exactly when you’ll sit down with no distractions to get things done. To make it easy for you, a simple downloadable PDF 7-day time management planner sheet will be available in the online Members Area.

“EP” is effective planning. Once you know the time that you have available, it’s time to plan what tasks you will complete during that allotted time.

Remember: Change is automatic, progress is not. You have to be responsible for your progress. You have to take this seriously in order to create your own progress and improve your business and financial situation.

 The State of the Internet

Times have changed. The days of putting mindless content packed with affiliate links online to bank a ton of cash are gone. The Internet and the world have become massively social. People prefer to read about and see the experiences of other people, especially like-minded people. People who are looking to buy something, more often than not, go online to look for reviews and what other people saying about the products.

 The Big Beginning

You are going to create your very own social platform by creating and setting up simple WordPress blog. Having your own blog allows you to share your story and your journey with like-minded people. Some of you may already have a blog, but most of you aren’t using it properly for creating long-term results. Some people make their living selling directly from their blog posts. Dean no longer sells products from his blog posts, but may have pages on his blog that offer things.

The way you will be taught to use your blog is slightly different from what most people do, but it will still allow you to make money from your blog. You should view your blog as your personal space to share things with people. At the beginning you will be posting on a blog that doesn’t get any traffic. In time, by being consistent, very quickly you will. It’s important that if you are ever going to achieve long-term success in your business, that you look beyond the now. Being real and telling the truth will get you to the results. Dean believes that if it took you 6 to 12 months from today for you to make a full-time, six-figure online income and be in a position to be growing that very quickly, it was very well worth the consistent effort over that time to create a real business. Overnight only happens to a very lucky few (like lottery winners.)

The question of what to post on a blog keeps many people from starting in the first place. Some people used to (and some probably still do) start a blog presenting a false image of themselves or pretending to get results that aren’t real. This is just the wrong thing to do, and lying is too much work. Also, this is not what most people want to listen to.

Do something far easier; be yourself! This will attract people to you. People can relate to you. Being honest actually gets you the best results. It’s worked very well for Dean; everything in his life has changed massively because of it.

So what can you post about on your blog? Share your experiences. Share your reasons why you are doing this. What are your goals? What do you hope to achieve? What have you done in the past? What have you tried that has worked? What have you tried that hasn’t? Share the things that go wrong. Don’t be afraid to admit that you screwed up. What you are posting on your blog does not have to be ground-breaking, earth-shattering information. You don’t have to be telling people how to make $1,000 this week if you are not yet doing it yourself. Just be you and, in time, people shall follow.

 Establishing Yourself Online

Later in the Quick Start Challenge you will be learning more about traffic, but for now you must be set up online and established correctly. Traffic comes after because it is no good without anywhere to send it. Traffic is useless without something to do with it.

Things can get complicated when you start a blog, if you allow them to or if you overthink the process. To keep things simple, there are a few important elements. There are countless plugins and add-ons that you can attach to a blog to perform different functionalities or add certain things to the utility or use of your blog. But right now in the Challenge, it is not about getting everything perfect or delaying your results; it’s about getting started and getting things moving as fast as possible. You can learn, adjust, adapt, and add things on in the future when your business develops. Don’t find reasons not to do things. A good saying is, “Don’t get it right; get it going.”

As a basic minimum when starting this week, creating an “About Me” page and publishing it to your blog is recommended. A lot of new visitors to your blog go on to read your “About Me” page, particularly people who read your content. Visitors who find your blog posts interesting may want to find out who you are. Also, a certain amount of your traffic will end up becoming repeat visitors. You will go through a process where people will get to know you, like you, and trust you.

In time you will see people commenting on your blog. Get into a habit of replying to their comments. Thank them for commenting. Leave a response to what they say because that will encourage them to come back. It also makes your blog look active which helps make a good first impression on new visitors and helps pull them in and hook them into your content. Later, you will learn how doing this will also help you build an e-mail list that will make you money.

Remember, when your blog is new and you’re not getting traffic to it, you may feel like the posts aren’t even worth doing, because if nobody is reading them, what’s the point? Don’t let this stop you from posting because when you get traffic, your visitors will need something to read. Every single blog on the Internet started on the very first day with no exposure, no authority, and no existence; if the blog hadn’t been started, it never would have grown.

 WordPress Blog Installation

Before you can set up a blog, you will need to purchase a domain name and a hosting service account.

Because installing and setting up a blog is somewhat technical, showing you how to install and set up a blog in this webinar is not the best use of your time and probably would not be very effective. Online there is a host of free YouTube video tutorials on how to install a WordPress blog. You should get used to using resources at your disposal, and you will learn over the next few weeks why this is. But in order to make this easier, a complete collection of WordPress video tutorials are in the Members Area for you to use.

If you have very little time, are technically challenged, or have no desire to learn how to install and set up a blog, you can choose to invest your money instead of your time by outsourcing. You can get a blog installed on your hosting service for a very low price. You can search on www.Fiverr.com for something like “WordPress blog installation” or you can advertise your task on www.Elance.com or www.Odesk.com.

Using a free blogging platform such as Blogger.com or WordPress.com (different from WordPress.org which is the source of the WordPress software you will be installing) on which to grow your business is not recommended, because you don’t actually own that free platform. There are countless horror stories of people who have spent years posting on a free blog, only to one day have it shut down because something didn’t comply with their terms and conditions or somebody complained about a post.

This week’s Challenge

Throughout the Quick Start Challenge Dean, Craig, and Robert will be putting up prizes to reward members for taking action each week. Every person this week who completes this week’s challenge will be entered into a drawing for a prize Dean is offering a 12-month partner and mentoring package in his exclusive iPro program worth $4,997. Also, every person who completes this week’s challenge will win a valuable prize to be disclosed next week.

Here are the requirements to complete this week’s challenge:

  • Get you blog set up on your hosting account.
  • Include an “About Me” page (recommended, but not required).
  • Make at least one blog post mentioning “the Quick Start Challenge”.
  • Follow the instructions on the e-mail sent to you on how to submit your blog to enter the Challenge.