List Building Myth

fire-breathing-152667_150I have been trying to understand why so may people scream, “It’s all in the list” and don’t have one that pays it’s own way. I have been guilty of that for years and only recently cancelled my last autoresponder and quit using squeeze pages.

I still have a SMALL list, but it consists of people who buy from me and want to communicate so we can help each other. To me, that’s the only kind of list that is worthwhile.

So how do I get people on my list without a double optin capture form? It’s really simple, I offer them real value at giveaway prices and send them a thank you email with Gmail. Then I add them to a group of other people who bought that product and keep over delivering to them until they actually like hearing from me and start to respond. It’s that simple and I haven’t had anyone complain.

I have very few traffic exchanges I use, so it works for me to target one with branded offers to get those who know me to take action. One example is a page I did for Traffic Swirl offering a webinar on building splash pages with free tools. Click To See

I like the idea of On Demand Webinars so they fit my schedule and those who watch as well. They can rerun, rewind, pause, postpone, or even procrastinate to their hearts content and not miss a thing, I will be doing more of them.

Where do you stand on the autoresponder question?

Skype your comments to oldbuddy70 or find me on APSense

Unlimited WiFi Data Plans

karmaIf you have been using a smartphone or wanted roaming ability for your tablet or netbook, you have no doubt seen what the big carriers have done to unlimited WiFi data plans. The only ones left standing are so expensive only big corporations with expense accounts can afford them.

I looked at Hotspots a few times, but found pretty much the same thing, UNTIL NOW!

A friend of mine (just an everyday regular retired guy) had one and let me try it out. I didn’t use any of the data from his plan, but I did get online through his Hotspot to set up my own free account with 100Mb to play with.

To get unlimited data his way, there is a catch. I need to share my connection with others just like my friend did with me. When I connected through his Karma WiFi Device and opened my free account, we each got 100Mb of data as a bonus. Then when I purchased my own Hotspot while I was at it, we each got 500Mb more. With my casual usage, that should last me at least a month and it never expires. If I get more than one to sign up in a month, it banks the balance until I need it. That’s as close to unlimited as I need.

Since I have the lowest Solavei account available ($29 with no data), this really appealed to me. Solavei offers unlimited mobile data too, but Social Security doesn’t give me an expense account. Now I only pay $19 a month with the $10 commission for my 2 referrals and get remote WiFi free and it just gets better from here on. I can see this as a real door opener with those who want to save money the same way.

In fact, I set up another blog just to help at MakeCallsCheaper.com

It’s not as easy as letting people try it out in real time, but the reach is much better for potential prospects. Since they come with a money back guarantee, there is not a whole lot of risk to bag an extra 500Mb as a bonus. Let’s face it, it wasn’t a hard decision for me and might not be for a few others too.

The only thing I like as much as an easy way to make money online, is an easy way to save some. It all hits the bottom line with the same result.

See you at the Pizza joint where they don’t have free WiFi!(maybe we can snag a couple more)

Marketplace Advantage

TswirlMy recently renewed interest in Traffic Exchanges has led me to another valuable discovery.

Unless you are simply not paying attention at all, you can’t help but notice that showing your pages for credits you earn clicking on most traffic exchanges, has not paid off for a long time. Sure you will catch an occasional newbie that hasn’t seen your page, but generally speaking, action takers are rare.

The solution to this common problem is found on John Bell’s Traffic Swirl and specifically in the Marketplace that allows you to exchange features they use on the website, for Tokens. These Tokens are a form of currency used only in that Marketplace and for buying additional advertising that is far more effective than showing your pages in the exchange.

My favorite, is to submit a Task that other members complete to gain more Tokens to spend on their own promotions, or to buy features in the Marketplace. The demand is high, so if you structure your offers fairly you will get nearly instant action.

All it takes is a little trial and error to master this internal economy, but it is actually fun along with being quite lucrative. It’s free to get an account and give it a try! Just Click Here

If you do decide to give it a try, look for me in the Marketplace or on the Task Offers and add me as a friend.

Problem and Solution

problemIt’s no secret, that the fastest way to earn money online is to get referrals for various websites that solve problems that are driving people crazy!

One of the most frustrating problems I see people having as they try to earn online, is getting referrals. If you think about it, the simple solution is staring them right in the face, they simply need to learn how they can help other people get referrals!

Click Here To See HOW!

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Traffic Exchanges

I saw a post this morning on a blog that was talking about the captcha codes some exchanges have in the surf bar. The point is what’s the point? In my opinion, earning the credits and showing your pages is not all that important, it’s the interaction with other people I am after (and I don’t mean in some side chat while surfing).

That’s why I spend most of my surfing time where all that extra nonsense is minimized, on No Bullshit Traffic

They don’t have captcha’s and very few games and NO chat box, just surf for traffic and view other pages. My favorite part is the Team Surfing and maybe that’s because the team I started is usually at the top of that list.

The real benefit is a few of my team members also participate in a Skype Group for the team and that is where relationships are connected and cultivated, not while blindly clicking for credits.

If you seriously want to share ideas and help other people, that’s a far better way to accomplish that goal in my opinion. If you agree, come on over and surf with us.

002_11Some people are aware of RSS Feeds, but the majority have no clue how to use them and would prefer to get a plain old fashioned email to let them know when the blog has a new post. I want to make it as easy as possible, so I use Rocket Responder

It’s not only the simplest for me to use, but offers easy ways for my readers to get involved. On the right is a form to submit, or clicking the Email Button on this post opens a larger form, or you can just bookmark This RSS Feed Link and check manually.

The advantage to subscribing to the updates by email, is I also send out bonus gifts on occasion to reward loyal readers. No I won’t bombard you with offers to make me more money, unless it makes you money too. I never send just a pitch or a bare link, if I can’t explain WHY, I won’t send anything.

I hope you see fit to give me a try, then you can cancel if I don’t live up to my promises.

Come On Back Anyway!

Authority Sites

authority-sitesOne of the terms you hear thrown around in Internet advertising circles, is authority sites. Most people will believe something they read on the Medline Plus website, over some remote obscure blog page.

The same trust issue prevails when you try to advertise online. They are skeptical enough, that they dismiss most of what they see without hesitation.

That’s why I started using a plugin for this website that lets you hijack the authority of any website to support your offer before people actually see it.

I know that must be confusing, so let me walk you through an example. I could rely on a blog post here to introduce people to my offer, but I am nobody important that they should listen to. So instead, I send them to an authority website that talks about the company I represent, then as they leave that website I show them an ad that leverages off of what they just read.

For instance, Solavei was reported on by Geek Wire in February 2012, so if I follow that with the fact they are still around and doing well, it may attract people to take the next step and at least follow up on the curiosity that should exist by then.

To see it in action, Click Here

If that sounds like something you could use in your own promotional efforts and you have 15 minutes to watch a video that gives the whole story (not just a pitch or capture form) Click Here

Seriously you should watch the whole video, then it might start wheels spinning in your head just like it did mine.

Conversation

sha_02The longer I apply myself to learning what really works to generate steady passive residual income, the more convinced I am that conversation is the key.

It doesn’t matter if you engage people online or in person, if you want to guide them to take a particular action, it can’t be easily done without open sincere communication. Advertising may get you the initial contact, but until you can get them to open up and discuss their concerns, you are not going to meet with much success. It’s that simple.

It takes alliances, not customers or prospects to achieve true success.

That is exactly why I decided to focus my attention on Solavei. It’s the one opportunity I found that saves you money INSTANTLY and as you simply talk to people about what you are doing, you will find the ones who agree with you without any pressure or hype. Once again, it’s that simple.

If you live in the United States, you owe it to yourself and your family to take a serious look at this chance to change your entire perspective on earning money through leveraged activities like talking to people without fear if rejection. Who is going to be upset if you share a way to save money?

I sincerely invite you to talk about it with me. No pressure, no hype, no obligations, just talk. Use the contact link on this website to get a dialog started.
Hope to see you inside!

Backup Solution

MyBackupI don’t know if this will help anyone else, but I would have felt a lot better if I remembered seeing a post like this before I started!

A few years ago I bought a Western Digital MyBook 500Gb backup drive. It was very sleek looking and simple to use, but I never thought about what would happen if it doesn’t work some day??? There are NO SCREWS and apparently no way for the end user to service it.

So you can guess what happened, the other day when I went to do my backup I plugged it in and NOTHING. I checked the power supply and it was putting out power, but the drive would not turn on. I have had bad experiences from not having a backup, so I was almost ready to buy another one when I had an epiphany! This thing came from Western Digital, so it must have a real hard drive in there someplace.

I’m not kidding when I say I had to RIP IT APART, but I finally got to the hard drive and removed it. Then I hooked it up to a USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE combo adapter and I was right back in business. You can get these on Ebay for about $10 (if you look around) and hooking it up is simple. Plug in two cables and stick the USB plug in your computer, that’s it.

Another option would be to install the drive in a computer, which is not that hard to do. You just put it in an open drive bay and plug in the SATA data cable and Power, the computer does the rest.

Bottom line is, don’t give up hope if it happens to you, there are ways around it.

Responsive Websites

Responsive WebsiteDuring the transition from desktop to mobile devices, we are faced with meeting the needs of both audiences without a lot of stress if we want to maximize our advertising impact. The solution that shows the most promise is Responsive Web Design, where the layout automatically adjusts to compensate for the browser the visitor is using. Your page can look good on a high resolution desktop monitor or the smallest smartphone screen if it’s designed correctly.

I found a free WordPress Theme that accomplishes that goal, without sacrificing speed or simplicity for the visitor in the process. See what you think by taking a look at http://WII-FM.com

qr-wii-fmResize your browser to get a better idea what it does, or even better take a look with your mobile device and compare that to what your desktop shows you.

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