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Working From Home? Transitioning To Working At Home

Transitioning To Working At Home

Have you been forced to work from home due to the global coronavirus crisis? Obviously you are not alone during these strange times!

The initial joy of being able to work from home can be quickly replaced by worry, a lack of motivation and never-ending distractions.

How on earth do you get things done when there are so many distractions in your home? While home working can deliver a lot of benefits, there are a lot of challenges it presents too and many people seriously underestimate these!

In this post, you’ll discover some useful tips you can follow when it comes to transitioning to working from home.

Set Up A Quiet Work Area

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With all of the distractions at home, it can be really hard to concentrate on work. This is especially true if you have kids at home.

So, if you want to ensure you can get things done in peace, it’s worth setting up a quiet working space.

Try and use a room that isn’t frequently used during the day. Place a sign on the door when you’re trying to work to let others know not to disturb you.

Make sure the workspace is comfortable too as you won’t get a lot done if you aren’t comfortable.

Start Work At Your Normal Time

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One of the main challenges that can come from working from home is delaying the time you usually start.

It’s tempting to have a lie in and take longer to relax in the morning before starting. However, this only zaps your productivity.

If you want to ensure you stay productive, you’ll want to start as early as possible. The positive side to this is that the earlier you start, the earlier you’ll get to finish.

Limit Social Media Screen Time!

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You’ll have a lot more time to check in on social media when you haven’t got the boss breathing down your neck. However, it’s easy to waste hours using social media accounts if you aren’t careful.

Many home workers find it useful to set limits on their social media use during working hours. It could be simply committing to using it during a specific time for example. Having limits in place makes you more aware of how much you’re using it.

Maintain Your Usual  Work Routine

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It’s really important to try and maintain your usual routine. This is linked to starting work at your normal time as mentioned above.

This means, getting ready for work in the same way you usually do.

So, wake up at the same time, have your usual cup of coffee and get dressed into your work clothes. It’s amazing how much of a difference this can make to your productivity.

These are just a few tips you can follow when transitioning to working from home. It can be a big adjustment, but there are lots of tools and tips out there to help.

Trying to maintain your usual routine is one of the best things you can do during these changing times and will allow you to be just as productive as you were in your work place.

Here are a few more tips to  help you with productivity when working from home.

How To Be Productive Working At Home

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As convenient and beneficial as working from home can be, it can also prove to be damaging to productivity.

The trouble is, up until now, you’ve associated your home as a space for relaxing. So, it can be difficult switching to a more productive mindset when you’re in the comfort of your home.

The good news is, there are ways to boost your productivity when remote working. Here, you’ll discover some of the best ways to stay productive when working at home.

Keep Your Workspace Tidy And Just For Work

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You’re going to find it hard to stay productive if your workspace is cluttered.

So, before you start, take time to clean up the area you’re planning on working in.

Get rid of any clutter and organize the space.

The cleaner and tidier the space is, the easier you’ll find it to focus on your work.

Take Regular Breaks And Get Outside For Air

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Suddenly being cooped up in the house all day can be detrimental to productivity.

It can cause issues with low mood and leave you feeling less motivated to get through your workload.

By taking regular breaks and making time to get out into the yard, it can really boost those productivity levels.

Spend just 10-15 minutes gardening or reading a book outdoors to help refresh productivity levels.

Always Prepare For The Day Ahead

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When you go out to work, you know there’s things you need to do to get ready for the day.

You have a routine which prepares you for work. However, when you start working from home you don’t really have that.

Rather than thinking you can now work in your pajamas all day, make the effort to get dressed.

Create a morning routine which sets you up for work. That way, you’ll find it much easier to stay productive if your mindset is geared towards work.

Harness The Power Of Nature

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Did you know that plants and flowers can help you to feel more motivated? Adding them into your workspace can help to brighten up the working environment.

Numerous studies have shown how effective greenery can be within an office environment. So, if you want an easy way to stay productive, add a few houseplants and flowers to your home office.

You can also utilize the power of scent too. In some countries, workplaces spray citrus scents to boost employee productivity. Try experimenting with different scents to see which ones make you work more efficiently.

Staying productive when working at home isn’t easy but it is doable.

The above are some of the best methods you can try to increase those productivity levels. Taking regular breaks away from your computer are important, not just for productivity but for your health too.

OK, I hope these pointers will help you to stay productive in your working from home during these unprecedented times, and stay safe.

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Do Blogs Still Work

Do Blogs Still Work?

Do Blogs Still Work?

The question “Do blogs still work?” is one which gets asked a lot and the answer is quite simple.

Of course, they do!!

Put it this way; providing good high-quality information is exactly how to earn the favor of the search engines, which have the potential to make or break your business.

Most businesses and entrepreneurs are all too aware that ranking on Google and other search engines can help their bottom line, and there’s no denying that this is a simple fact of doing online business.

And since it dominates 75% of the global market share it’s best to focus all your efforts to rank on Google above all else.

So, how do blogs play into this?

Well did you know that 47% of buyers view 3 to 5 pieces of content before engaging with a sales representative, and companies with blogs tend to get 67% more leads than those who don’t have an updated and optimized blog.

And being found easily in the search engines is obviously going to play a key part in people finding your blog posts.

You could have the most amazing content on the internet but if people can’t find it you are wasting your time.

SEO, or Search Engine optimization, is a very important strategy when building your blog, especially off page SEO strategies, and these are continually evolving along with any updates to the Google algorithm.

Sometimes businesses just aren’t clear on how content production can lead to lead generation.

The simple answer is, as stated earlier, people will need several exposures to you and your content before they feel comfortable parting with their contact details or their cash.

Building up trust and authority status is crucial to your success, and a blog is an extremely powerful tool at your disposal, to build credibility and showcase your expertise.

Your blog content should be your best stuff. Some will balk at giving away their best content for free, but that is what it takes to be successful in the modern online world.

So, are you still wondering “Do blogs still work?” Hopefully not, and here are some simple tips that you can use to optimize the way your blog will work for you.

These are easy to do, and you can get started right away; many are common sense, but you will be surprised that many blog owners are not doing them correctly, and that means you can get a competitive edge over them by following them.

OK, on with the tips…

Focus on quality rather than quantity

Going back a few years ago, short sub-500 word articles were the best type of article to write to gain a high ranking on Google, but those days are long gone.

Longer posts are much more favoured today and when I mean long, these articles can be over 3000 words, which is like a small ebook!

The focus is on high-quality information going deep into a topic that can really help your readers with their problems.

Don’t think you can just waffle and stuff keywords into your articles as you will be penalized.

Write with your reader in mind and you can’t really go wrong.

So, long high-quality posts are what is really required today to rank highly on Google, targeting long tail, “buyer intent” keywords which are MUCH easier to rank for.

Having a content calendar/schedule is a great tactic to use to try to instill the habit of creating content regularly.

Some will say to write daily, some weekly, some monthly!!

The truth is, there is no right or wrong answer, but you must be consistent.

If you can only manage to write one article a month, that’s fine. Never sacrifice quality for quantity.

Once you have started writing your post you can move onto the next tip…

Encourage Engagement With Your Readers

When you are writing anything on your blog, try to write conversationally; use you and I in your writing i.e. talk to your reader one-to-one.

This really helps to create a connection with your readers. Don’t try to be aloof as the subject “expert” but rather try to position yourself as a fellow traveler.

This is much more engaging for both you and your readers.

Remember, all you need to be considered an “expert” is to know a bit more than your target audience; you don’t need to know everything, and this may even alienate some people as they may feel that you are out of reach.

Also, try to use stories if at all possible as these are incredibly engaging and powerful.

Another engaging post is a case study, and this also shows the readers proof that what you are writing about works.

If you allow comments on your posts, respond to all your comments as soon as is practicable for you. Having a dialogue is incredibly engaging for the reader involved but is also another indirect form of social proof.

So, now you have readers looking at your content. Let’s move on to the next tip…

Add A Call-To-Action

You should always write a blog post with the end goal in mind, whether it is for the reader to opt-in to your email list or to get them to click through to your offer.

Also use widgets to add opt-in forms or calls-to-action on your sidebar or use pop-ups and/or exit pops.

I can’t stress this enough; don’t just write a post for the sake of writing as it is a waste of time; after all, you are in business to make money and if you have people consuming your content, it is an ideal opportunity to get them to sign up or monetise them.

If you are recommending products or services in your posts and link to them, try to ensure that it is an affiliate link so you can gain a commission if they do click through and eventually buy.

You may be uncomfortable using more intrusive forms such as the pop-up, but they do work, as long as any offer you are showing them is highly congruent to the post they are reading.

Working in tandem with the call-to-action is our next tip…

Use Content Upgrades

What is a content upgrade?

Well, basically it is another chance to further encourage your readers to sign up.

And, because the focus is on longer posts, a very quick and simple content upgrade to offer is a copy of the blog post in downloadable pdf format so they can read offline or at their convenience.

Other types of content upgrades that work well include checklists, video, audio etc.

Video/audio doesn’t necessarily mean just having a video or audio version of the blog post; it could also be some complementary training that enhances the information in the blog post.

Get creative and you can have many opportunities to capture your readers email address.

If you are going to offer a pdf of the post, then a really quick way to do this is to use either Post Gopher (a WordPress plugin) or, my personal favourite, Designrr. Both of these tools can produce a pdf version of the blog post, but Designrr allows you much more flexibility to customize the end result.

Using calls-to-action or content upgrades aren’t the only way to engage and entice your reader to sign up. Now you can have your very own personal assistant on your blog, leading on to our next tip…

Start Using Chatbots On Your Blog

Messenger chatbots are hot right now and have super high engagement and you can quickly use a service like ManyChat or MobileMonkey (you can use the free versions to begin with although the Pro versions aren’t that expensive).

When you have signed up you can use the service to install a small snippet of code on your website that will allow a custom chatbot to show on your blog; cool. eh?

Both Manychat and MobileMonkey work specifically with Facebook Messenger and have incredibly high engagement, and there aren’t that many blogs doing this at the moment, so it is definitely something worth looking into.

So, there are 5 ways to ensure that your blog is still relevant today and in the future.

Implement them and you will be able to answer anybody asking you “Do blogs still work?” with a resounding “Yes!”


As a bonus, here are 4 reasons why blogs don’t work.

When you look at blogs that are failing, there are normally some common reasons that keep popping up and these are summarized below.

Again, there is a lot of common sense here, but these things can be easily overlooked, so refer to this list often so you don’t fall into any of the traps that could be hampering your success.

A lack of basic SEO resulting in poor ranking

This blog post is NOT about SEO, but you really need to be doing the basics to give your blog an SEO boost.

On-page SEO, such as having a keyword rich post, having your main keyword in your post title, using internal links (if appropriate), optimising tags in any images used, using Yoast SEO plugin (if using WordPress) etc.

Off-page SEO is more important for ranking, and involves building backlinks to your blog, using broken link strategies, reaching out to influencers and guest blogging etc.

If these things aren’t in place, the chances are that your blog won’t rank, which means that few, if any, people will see it and no additional lead opportunity will be created, which, of course, will result in zero new sales.

Blog topics not researched or strategically created. 

Serious question:

How can you know what topics are getting searched the most and are most relevant to your company if you’re not doing keyword research?

Writing blog posts with no target in mind is completely pointless.

You must do your research and find out what people are typing into Google to find the information that you are trying to give them.

As I said earlier, go for the low hanging fruit by targeting long tail keywords e.g. “How can I lose weight in the next 7 days?”

Targeting these keywords will result in less competition, thus making it easier to rank for, BUT it must be a keyword that people are actually using!

Lack of understanding of the customer avatar and journey. 

Some entrepreneurs don’t realise that people are reading their blog posts long before they ever converted. As stated earlier, it takes at least 3-5 exposures to your content before a reader will trust you; in all honesty it’s probably more like 7 exposures.

Along with keyword research, you should’ve already done your niche research and know who your ideal reader (and thus customer) is, and ALL your content should be written with this person in mind.

You also need to be able to analyse and track visitors to your website so you can see which post are working and which aren’t.

Without this kind proper analysis, it’s unlikely to know which blog posts actually led people to fill out a form or were part of leading people to fill out a form, so all the blogs were marked as a waste of time.

Lack of a coherent content promotion strategy

Even if you have done all of the above and you do have a wonderful blog that is based on keyword research and properly optimized you still need to promote the blog to your audience.

In all honesty, writing and publishing a blog post is only half the battle.

Without thinking about the different avenues to connect users to your content, your blog is only going to reach a fraction of your audience.

If you have an email list (and this should be your number one priority when building an online business) you should be emailing them and letting them know that you have just published a new blog post.

You should also share every blog post on your social media channels; share to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at a bare minimum.

OK, there you have it. You now have 5 ways to ensure that your blog is staying relevant, and 4 things to keep an eye on to ensure that you aren’t sabotaging your success and not ranking as well as you could.

All there is to do now is to start cranking out that content…

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How Can I Start Blogging

How Can I Start Blogging?

How Can I Start Blogging?

So, you have decided to use a blog to help you with building your business, expert status and brand awareness. Good for you; this is a wise decision.

However…

Here’s the truth about 6-figure blogging:

While blogging can be automated (eventually), you shouldn’t expect income to be passive from the beginning; this is simply unrealistic and a mistake that many aspiring entrepreneurs/bloggers make. You’ll have to work at it, especially when you are just starting out and trying to launch your blog and build a platform that you want to be recognized for in your market.

When I first started blogging, I was spending 30-50 hours a month creating content, converting visitors into email subscribers, and selling products and services (none of which I created myself – I started by focusing entirely on affiliate marketing i.e. I was promoting other people’s products for a commission. I did this because it was -in my opinion- the quickest way to be able to monetize my content).

While I eventually outsourced a lot of my content to skilled writers, I still spend time evaluating advertising options, reviewing products that I can promote, building my mailing list and creating ad campaigns to boost traffic and keep my blogs in the forefront of my audiences’ mind.

The point I am trying to make is, while you can delegate many tasks to a team, such as content creation and even marketing, you will want to be directly involved in the initial building phase.

This is your brand, after all.

You need to make sure every piece of content has your voice, carries your message and represents your business in the best possible way.

No one will ever be as careful and professional with building your blog as you will be, right? So, dig your heels in and commit to spending the first few months building your blog from the ground floor up.

Then, and only then, should you begin to think about creating a team that will help you manage your blog and eventually, expand into other avenues with other niche-based blogs (if you choose to do that).

Again, you really need to understand that blogging is not a hands-free method of making money during the INITIAL stages. You must be prepared to put in some time and effort if you truly want to succeed.

But the good news? Your hard work will pay off.

So, how can you start blogging? Well, it is very simple to start and there are 5 distinct phases to getting your new blog up and running.


If you want to have a surefire way of setting up your blog the right way, grab a copy of my FREE “Starting A Blog Checklist”

The 5-Step Formula

Like I said, setting up a blog isn’t difficult and can be done by pretty much anybody. Yes, there is a bit of “tech” involved but it isn’t too hard to work out yourself (Google can be your friend if you do get stuck).

While there are countless reports and articles that over-complicated the process of making money with blogging, here’s a basic overview of how it’s done:

1: Create a blog and register a memorable domain.

Avoid remotely hosted options. You need to be in full control of your website so you can take advantage of all the different revenue options with no limitations (or other people’s advertisements). You need to buy hosting and you have a number of options (such as A2 or Siteground) so shop around for the best deals. You will also need to pick and buy a domain name and I suggest Namecheap for these. WordPress is the most popular blogging platform by far as it is free and incredibly customizable by the use of plugins and themes. My favourite theme is Socrates (it is a paid theme, but it is so versatile and quick and you will always get much better support with a paid theme as opposed to a free one, but the choice is yours).

2: Write (or outsource) killer content that will generate traffic.

This content needs to be extremely high-quality, targeted and informative. All meat, no veggies.

A good place to find writers is Iwriter and the thing I like about it is that you can see the article first before paying, so if you don’t like it you can reject it.

3: Convert your visitors into email subscribers so you can build your list.

A newsletter is key in building a successful blog online.

Scratch that; a newsletter is essential to be successful in nearly ANY market online. You will never make as much money without one.

Use a plugin or tool such as Thrive Leads or Conversion Gorilla to add sign-up forms and pop-up boxes to your blog.

4: Communicate with your subscribers regularly.

Build rapport and trust. Nurture relationships with your market. This is where you can build a recognized brand as an authority in your market and set yourself apart from the competition (especially those bloggers who aren’t doing this!). To do this you will need an email autoresponder. Popular ones include Aweber, Get Response, and my personal favorite, Active Campaign.

5: Sell products and services to your audience

This is a key strategy for monetizing your blog and also your newly cultivated newsletter. If you want to start with affiliate marketing, you can look for products and services in your niche and see if they have affiliate programs and sign up for them.

If you are in the Internet Marketing or Make Money Online niche, you can sign up for an account at places such as Clickbank, Warrior Plus and JV Zoo and promote a number of products from a host of vendors.

Just be sure that if you are going to promote something, that you either use it yourself, or you have tried and/or reviewed it and you believe it to be worthy of your audiences hard-earned cash.

NEVER promote something just for the money because if you promote something that is poor quality, you can quickly lose the trust of the people you are serving.

So, those are the 5 steps in a nutshell.

Sounds easy enough, right? It is. But it will take time.

The key is to be patient in the initial stages, and once you are up and running, you need to be consistent.

How often should you be adding content? This is a difficult question to answer, but I suppose I would say to upload content as often as you can. If that means once per day, great. If that means once per week, that’s fine too.

Just keep on going and eventually you will start to see some traction and this will give you a little bit of motivation to keep going.

When blogging, you are in it for the long term; it is not a quick win strategy. But you will build authority in your niche and could become the go-to person when somebody has a problem, and that is a great place to be.

Good luck… now go buy that domain name…

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Conversion Rate Optimization (What It Is And How To Do It)

Before we begin, we need to understand what Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) actually is. CRO is basically when you are trying to increase the number of your website visitors to take a specific action, such as opting into your list, buying your products or services, or anything else.

To be effective at CRO you really need to understand who your visitors are, how they move through your site, what actions they take, and what it is that is stopping them from completing your goals.

What is a conversion?

A conversion is the general term for a visitor completing a site goal and these goals come in many shapes and sizes.

If you use your website to sell products, the primary goal (known as the macro-conversion) will be for the visitor to buy your products(s).

There are smaller conversions that can happen before a visitor completes a macro-conversion; an example of this is to opt-in to your list to receive emails. These are called micro-conversions.

Examples of conversions:

  • Buying a product from the site
  • Requesting a quote
  • Subscribing to a service
  • Opting in to your email list(s)

What is a conversion rate?

Your site’s conversion rate is the number of times a visitor completes a goal divided by your site traffic.

If a visitor can convert in each visit (such as by buying a product), divide the number of conversions by the number of unique visits to your site.

If you sell a subscription, divide the number of conversions by the number of visitors.

 

Conversion rate optimization happens after the visitor arrives on your site. This is different from conversion optimization for SEO or paid ads which focuses on who clicks through to your site from the organic search results, how many clicks you get, and which keywords are driving traffic.

Conversion Rate Optimization is part of the sales funnel strategy that’s increasingly being embraced by modern marketers.

It is incredibly important if you are buying traffic via paid ads to minimize initial ad spend and possibly make your offer a self-liquidating offer.

One of the issues are all the distractions that are present in the life of a potential customer. An average shopper might start browsing on their desktop, stop to make a cup of tea, continue searching on their mobile, lose their signal while on the go and revisit the page later in the day. This is where retargeting can play a huge role in bringing these visitors back to your offers, but you will still need to persuade them to take the action you desire.

Important Conversion Rate Optimization Metrics

Conversion rate optimization only works if you’re tracking specific key metrics.

As you are continually testing and making changes to your website and funnel, you need to know what specific impact those changes are having on your visitor behaviour, number of sales, opt-in rate, and more.

And there are a number of things you should be keeping an eye on.

The key metrics you need to be monitoring and analysing are:

  • ROI
  • Bounce rate
  • Average time on page
  • Pageviews
  • Unique visitors
  • User experience (UX)
  • Number of Customers
  • Page load time

The key to successful CRO is to be constantly be testing BUT only change one element at a time. Split-testing is the key to successful CRO

The good thing about many of the newer page builders such as Click Funnels, Convertri and OptimizePress 2 is that they do have some built-in split-testing functionality so you can quickly change an element and clone a page and run traffic to both versions to see which is converting better. Once you have a clear winner, you can change another element to see if the conversion rate goes up or down.

It’s this methodical and systematic approach to split-testing that will enable you to really optimize your conversions.

If you want to dive a bit deeper into split-testing you can use tools such as Split-Test Monkey which is really easy to use but very powerful, and then you can do all your split-testing from a single dashboard, rather than possibly jumping from one page builder to another.

Ok, so now you understand what CRO is and how important it is, let’s look at 4 ways to increase the conversion rate on your website.

1 — Eliminate Unnecessary Choices And Distractions

An important part of high converting landing pages is being crystal clear on your objective for that page.

Your page shouldn’t try to get people to do more than 3 different functions…

The page can quickly become overwhelming and confusing, and a confused visitor will quickly leave your page, it really is as simple as that!

 

3 conversion points are the absolute maximum, but if you can, try to have just one conversion point on the page.

For example, if you are creating a sales page for a product/service, you need to minimize leakage and there should be only one call-to-action and that is the buy button.

There should be no navigation menus, and the only other links you should have are the legal requirements for using paid ads and for legislation such as GDPR.

Everything else is a distraction form the objective which is to get the sale.

The honest truth is you’ll only likely to get 1 click at best on your page so you want to eliminate any unnecessary choices.

If you want people to download an eBook.

Or start a free trial.

Or schedule a sales call.

Make sure that every element of your page works towards that goal.

The only exception is your home page and possibly blog posts (when you’re not targeting specific content to attract opt-ins to collect emails).

2 — Eliminate Unnecessary Distractions

After you have decided on the 1–3 (hopefully 1) conversions you’re looking for on this page, you have to understand what’s going on while the visitor is on that page.

What’s currently acting as a distraction and taking away attention from your ideal conversions?

How do you figure out what’s going on with your page?

 

Well, there is a great free tool which can really help you. And that tool is…

Google Analytics

There are a couple of things to keep an eye on in Google Analytics:

Firstly, there is On Page Time

A very general rule of thumb for “on page time” is between 1–3 minutes per page. If you have a look and see that the average on page time is under 1 minute you definitely need to try to improve that page!

This information can tell you a lot about what your visitors are experiencing and why they are behaving in such a way i.e. leaving!

People may be leaving the page after only 10–15 seconds because they can’t find the information they’re looking for quickly enough (many people have very short attention spans and a lack of patience)!

People may be leaving your page because you’re revealing the price before they’re truly convinced and sold on your offer.

Secondly, there is the 1st page traffic sources send prospects to

What is your biggest traffic referrer? Google, social media, email?

Whatever your top referral channels are, you can analyse the data and create reports which will show you which pages people visit from specific sources.

This is really valuable data and allows you to compare relative volumes of traffic from different sources within the same dimension; e.g. the traffic from different search engines, or social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.

Overall comparisons like this allows you to make some initial opinions about which channels are most effective or offering the best ROI (Return On Investment) if applicable.

You can also use it to work out other things such as:

  • Are they warm or cold traffic?
  • Where are they in their search process?

(Most search engine visitors are probably in the awareness phase of the buying process, but if most of the traffic to that page is coming directly from an email, those visitors are probably much closer to the decision phase.)

  • Are they in the top or middle of the funnel?
  • What’s their level of problem awareness?

(Think about it: someone who reads 1 page and goes straight to an offer is much closer to making a purchasing decision than people who go on to read 1–3+ informational pages after reading an initial informational page.)

Once you have looked at the data and know where your traffic is coming from, level of awareness etc. you can then focus on optimizing elements like the messaging and aim it specifically towards that particular type of traffic.

As you can see, there are a lot of moving parts to the buying process but looking at this data should help you narrow down what the specific sticking points of the step you’re optimizing are and ensure that you are making the necessary tweaks to increase performance.

3 — Simplify Design

Part of the reason why people might miss important information on your website is that the design of your website is too busy.

It should be said, that it is much better to have an understated, fresh, modern and minimalist design especially on sales pages.

Understanding how people read on the web can help you make conversion rate optimization decisions.

Just think about how you act when you are on different styles of sales pages; which ones are you more likely to stick on and read the sales copy

Here are a couple of design guidelines to use as a starting point:

Less Style Is More

We’ve all seen really sexy looking sales pages, with animated image flying in left, right and centre, but even though you can appreciate the design, do they make you want to buy? Are they sometimes style over substance?

Many times, a sales page may use white transparent text backgrounds over images or white text on a black background. This might look nice and communicate your personal style, but it’s difficult to read.

If the image is important and serves a purpose, it should be featured outright. If it doesn’t, get rid of it!

Choice of Colours

Most of us aren’t professional graphic designers and it shows in our sales pages. One of the biggest issues is choosing the wrong combination of colours, leading to a clashing palette.

If you don’t know much about colour theory and colour wheels, then use a tool such as Coolors to generate colour combinations that work together?

How many colours should you pick? At most, it is best to stick to less than 6 colours. (Plus, Black and White.)

4 — Streamline Your Message

Once again, less is more. One of the mistakes that novice business owners make is to create pages and marketing assets that are not well organized

The sections don’t usually have clear functions and this leads to confusion and a lost (potential) purchase.

This goes all the way back to point one where you need to ensure that every element on the page directly supports your specific conversion(s) goal and if it doesn’t, you should remove it.

Okay, we have covered a lot of stuff in this post! Don’t worry; conversion rate optimization might still feel overwhelming to you even after reading a great post like this. 😊

The thing is, you are now more well informed than many of your competitors and you can start to put this into action on your pages and funnels.

Use the built-in split-testing functionality of page builders such as Click Funnels, Convertri and OptimizePress 2 or use a dedicated split-testing platform such as Split-Test Monkey to test and tweak your landing/sales pages.

Now the only way you’re going to get more clarity is to start! So, go to it and start optimizing your content and pages today. Good luck!

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How To Make An Ebook Fast v2

How To Make An Ebook Fast

Content marketing for 2019 and beyond is really hot and only going to increase. Creating quality content regularly and quickly can be a real challenge, so it is important to work smart and ensure that any piece of content you create is made to work for you in a number of ways.

You can create video and audio from your blog posts, articles and emails and vice versa so you can allow your website visitors to consume your content in whichever medium they prefer.

The thing is, having an eBook with your name on it is an incredibly impressive business card and adds kudos and credibility to you within your niche.

So, what is stopping you from writing your own eBook? And how do  you make an eBook fast?

Are you stuck for content? Well, if you’ve been writing blog posts and articles for any length of time, think again! And here is how to create an eBook fast in 5 steps.

Create Your eBook From Existing Content

As well as re-purposing content into blog posts, video, audio etc. you can also use them to create an eBook.

Want a quick lead magnet? Find 1-3 quality blog posts on that topic and use them to create a short report that you can give away in exchange for an email address.

Add a few more posts to your eBook and you could easily have a low-cost but high-value “tripwire” offer on your hands.

I think that we often tend to over-complicate these things, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. As long as you are creating content that is of interest to your audience, this tactic of collating blog posts is a very quick way of creating a good quality eBook that you can either sell or give away.

Once you have your articles ready, you can add them to your eBook in a natural order so the text flows from one article to another. Think of the articles as chapters of your eBook to determine the optimum order.

Write a brief introduction to tell them what the eBook is about and what they can be expected to learn and the valuable take-aways after reading it.

Now, all of this can be done with something like Microsoft Word, but if that feels like it may be overwhelming, then you can use a fantastic tool called Designrr. This is designed to create stunning lead magnets and content upgrades from your existing content super quickly and is well worth checking out.

Monetise Your eBook

 

If you are recommending tools, products or services make sure that you are using your affiliate link if they have an affiliate program. That way you may be able to monetize your eBook to by recommending good tools that you know will help them.

 

 

Design Your eBook With Stunning Visuals

If your blog posts or articles have images make sure they are incorporated into your eBook to make it even sexier. If you don’t have graphics, then use tools like Youzign (paid) or Canva (free) to add images. If you want to use high-quality stock photos, you can either use sites such as DepositPhotos (paid) or Unsplash and Pixabay (free).

You may also want to incorporate more design elements into your eBook to make it stand out from most boring white pdf’s. You can add background images, watermarks and headers/footers with links to your website to help with your branding.

As I have said before, all of this can be done with something like Microsoft Word, but can feel a little overwhelming, so do take a look at Designrr as it has been specifically designed to quickly create beautiful looking pdf’s from blog posts, articles and Word documents and it is very quick and easy to use.

Creating Your eBook As A PDF

Once you have finished designing and formatting you can create your pdf. This is the simplest way to publish your eBook. It’s an easy step to overlook, but extremely important that you don’t.

Exporting your eBook as a pdf will ensure that your content and format cannot be edited by other users. If you fail to convert an editable document into an uneditable one, your content can be distorted or misused by visitors. It is pretty simple nowadays to create a pdf version of an eBook. If in Word you can “save as pdf” and if you are using Designrr, that will generate the pdf for you too.

Marketing Your eBook

 

OK, now you have your eBook. The final part is to promote it.

After all, you’ve put a lot of time into writing, editing, and designing your eBook, but if you don’t promote it, no one will read, or even see, your eBook.

 

 

Squeeze/Sales Page

Creating a squeeze page is vital so you can send people to it and capture their email address in return for your eBook. If you are selling your eBook then you will need to create a simple sales page with a buy button linked to a payment processor such as PayPal so you can take payments.

There are many page builders out there to suit any budget. My personal favourites include Convertri and Click Funnels. They all have free trials, so you can try them out to see which works best for you.

If you are using WordPress for your website, your theme may include various templates for creating squeeze/sales pages. Good examples include Thrive Themes, Socrates and OptimizePress 2.0.

Tip: Try advertising your eBook on your website homepage with a link to its landing page.

Social Media

Social media is a fast and easy way to promote your eBook and is pretty much an absolute must these days.

Take snippets and quotes from your eBook and post then on FaceBook and Twitter. Maybe create an image with a quote and post this on Instagram and Pinterest.

The possibilities are endless, only limited by your imagination.

So be creative and schedule regular posts to spark interest in your eBook. Be sure to provide a link to your eBook in these posts so viewers can easily access it.

Tip: Why not create social media share buttons within your eBook to encourage readers to share on their personal social media profiles?

Tip: Learn how to pin a Tweet on Twitter and then pin your eBook at the top of your Twitter profile to maximize exposure.

OK, there you have it. A complete strategy to create an eBook super quick by using content you have already created. Writing an eBook from scratch may appear to be overwhelming, but by using content you have already created, this makes it so much easier. And by using a tool like Designrr to pimp your eBook, you are virtually guaranteed to stand out from the rest of the mundane same-looking eBooks out there.

So, get cracking and you’ll have an eBook that’s engaging, sparks conversation, and totally rocks in no time at all.

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How To Use Chatbots For Marketing

How To Use Chatbots For Marketing (5 Ways To Use Chatbots For Success)

I’m sure you have heard about chatbots as they appear to be all the rage at the moment!

So, why is that?

Well, chatbots and other marketing automation tools allow modern marketers to personalize brand messaging whilst also delivering good support to prospects and customers.

These automation tools help businesses become more efficient and increase productivity without the requirement of added headcount or time, while at the same time providing an enhanced customer experience.

And now, with chatbots becoming more fluid, reliable, and human-like, a whole new array of possibilities is opening up for online marketers.

And with the expectations that chatbots will better enable businesses to “engage, convert, close and delight their customers,” marketers are on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what new tools the future might bring.

The question is how to use chatbots for marketing? Well, here are 5 top ways that you can use chatbots in your business.

1. Lead Generation And Qualification

Chatbots are generally more engaging than other methods due to the immediacy of the experience. People open messages, respond, click links, and engage with chatbots up to 10x more than with email marketing or traditional communication.

As a general rule of thumb, even skilled email marketers are lucky to get 30% of their followers to open an email when they send a message to their list of email subscribers!

Compare that to a custom-made chatbot which takes only 5 minutes to create and it becomes clear why everyone should be creating chatbots.

Even the most beginner of newbies can get a 75% or higher open rate when they get a chatbot to deliver their marketing message! And more opens or engagement means more leads, and eventually sales.

And you can also use bots to qualify leads for you!

2. Answer Basic Questions For Website Visitors

This is one of the most useful and popular ways to use bots and can take a lot of work off your hands, as well as a host of other benefits.

When visitors come to your site, they’ll want to ask questions about your products or services. If they can’t find those answers, they may leave and will probably never come back resulting in lost sales for you.

Helping your potential customers is a priority, but that can be difficult if you are a solo entrepreneur or small business.

And this is where bots can come in and really help you enhance your potential customers experience.

You can set up a bot to emulate live chat and talk with your customers. And you may be surprised that visitors actually like this experience, IF they are set up correctly.

3. Enhance The Sale Process

What if someone visits your website, engages with your chatbot, but then leaves without making a purchase?

You can use that interaction via the chatbot and perhaps follow up with a special offer or discount email to try to persuade your prospect to come back and buy!

 

Thanks to email autoresponders, you can set up your system to email the discount to all customers who interact with the chatbot and fail to purchase. Those prospects will be surprised and pleased that you noticed, remembered and pursued them, and they just might come back to buy your product or service.

4. Personalisation

It’s no secret that customers love personalization across the board, so, if you’re not providing that customized experience, you could be losing out to your competitors.

It’s a lot easier than it seems to use bots for personalization. You can use questions and quizzes to gather data about your prospects, and then use that data to communicate information and offers that are relevant to them.

Make no mistake, a little personalisation goes a long way!

And FB Messenger bots, in particular, really shine in this regard. If you want to learn to take advantage of Messenger bots, take a look at a course called Destiny by JayKay Dowdall, probably the best and most affordable course on Messenger bots available.

5. Improved Customer Loyalty

If you implement and use chatbots along with your email marketing via your autoresponder, this can have a number of positive effects, including a noticeable improvement in customer loyalty.

Imagine how your customers will feel if you were able to provide 24/7 support, respond to their Facebook comments immediately, send them follow-up emails with incentives, and offer them quick, convenient answers to questions whenever they stop by your website.

Couple this with high quality products or services, this kind of interactivity and engagement can create a powerful bond between you and your customers and shouldn’t be underestimated.

OK, there you have 5 ways to use chatbots in your marketing for 2019 and beyond. Which one will you start with?

And don’t forget that if you want to learn how to set up and succeed with FB Messenger bots, then take a look at Destiny (you won’t regret it)!

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Niche Marketing Strategy Go Large

Niche Marketing Strategy: Go Large!

There is a ton of marketing advice online about niching things down until you get to a small, fanatical group of people who will buy anything and everything in that niche.

And this is great advice – I offer it myself and follow it all the time.

But… you know how I like to be contrary. Sort of like, if everyone is selling stock, I’m buying. If they’re buying, I’m selling.

And if they’re niching things down to the ridiculous, I try going after HUGE niches that have a TON of people in them.

For example,… how many people like to eat good food? Or see movies? Or drive cars? LOTS of people.

So I got to thinking… what if you made an offer that appealed to a ton of people?

For example, how to take vacations for free.

This isn’t anything sketchy – it really is possible to take free vacations. In fact, there are several different methods of doing it.

So, I advertise this free offer: “How to take vacations for free.”

And then I bill myself to my new subscribers (using a pen name) as the guy that will hook them up with really great free stuff, like the free vacations info.

In fact, if they liked that one, they will LOVE what I have coming up, so watch your email…you get the idea.

Then I send them free offers.

For example, a free report or video on how to get all the dates they want.

They opt-in to a new list to get that report or video, and now I have a targeted list of people who want dating info.

Or I offer a freebie on how to save tons of money on groceries, or how to make more money, or how to lose weight, or whatever.

Generally, every offer I make is going to be directly tied into an affiliate product such as a Clickbank product.

They get the free report or video, and at the end of it I make a soft sell for the Clickbank product.

I also offer a free bonus if they buy the product. All they have to do is email me their Clickbank receipt, and I send the bonus. This way I can also separate my buyers from my prospects.

As I get these segmented lists, I continue to send them free offers that lead to paid offers.

And I make bank, all because I start out attracting as many people as possible and then segmented them down by interest.

Now then, you might be wondering how this is better than simply targeting a small niche in the first place.

Frankly, I don’t know if it’s better, but it is different, and it does work. And it allows me to build several lists simultaneously from the same main traffic source.

One person can be on several of my segmented lists, after all. For example, they’re interested in vacations, dating and dieting – three different lists, three opportunities to sell them products.

Using this method, it’s very easy to build a large list quickly. And if I want to immediately profit, I offer a one-time offer after they get the initial freebie.

The real payoff is when I start segmenting into smaller, more targeted lists.

And of course, it’s nice to have (for example) 10 lists in 10 different niches, because now I have 10 different profit centers, all coming from the same initial source.

The key is to bill yourself as the go-to person for great free stuff, and then be that person. When you offer a free video or report or whatever, it’s got to be chock full of dynamite info they can use immediately.

Tell them what to do, for example, but not how to do it. The “how to” is in the paid product.

Or tell them the difficult method to accomplish something, and then offer the easy method as a paid product.

And you don’t have to create any products yourself – just use the ones on Clickbank. But you might be creating short free reports or videos, which of course you can always outsource.

However, it is always worth making the effort to create your own products too and then you can have affiliates promoting YOUR stuff!!

Fortunately, it isn’t too difficult to add a product to Clickbank once you have created it, but you don’t have to work it all out for yourself. Just pick up the Clickbank Superstar course and it will guide you step-by-step in the setup process on Clickbank. Cool, eh?

You can take a look at Clickbank Superstar here: warr.us/CBStar

One last shortcut: A lot of affiliate offers will start out with a free report or video. Make a deal with the product owner to get that report or video in the hands of your readers yourself. That way you’re using their freebie to segment your list, and the affiliate product owner is still making sales.

There might be a life lesson in this – when others are all doing the same thing, think about how you might do the opposite. Sometimes it can really pay off in a big way.

So, just do what McDonald’s do and “Go Large” and you may just be surprised at the results!

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What Are The Benefits To A Business Of Using A Chatbot

What Are The Benefits To A Business Of Using A Chatbot?

With sites like Facebook and Kik opening their platforms to automated messaging for companies, chatbots have really exploded in popularity.

Facebook went from zero chatbots in February 2016 to 18,000 by July of the same year. Kik had approximately 300,000,000 registered users, and those users exchanged 350,000,000 automated messages with the platform in the first seven months of its chatbot.

You’ve probably seen chatbots in action. They are on all sorts of websites, from major retail chains to mobile phone service providers and many other types of sites and apps.

At first, you might think you’re talking to a real person. Usually, a popup appears with a picture of an agent, along with a name. The “agent” asks something like, “May I help you with anything?” Or, “Do you have any questions?”

Chatbots use artificial intelligence that is often quite advanced to answer many questions a user might have, and in the event that the bot is unable to help the user, it will usually as the user to call, email, or fill out a support form, or perhaps to check a F.A.Q. page

Chatbots are quite advanced, and many of them can almost manage to fool users into thinking they are speaking to a real person. This is beneficial, because it allows companies to lower their overhead by using chatbots to replace customer service agents in many circumstances, and only when the chatbot is unsuccessful in helping the customer must a real agent step in.

What are the benefits to a business of using a chatbot?

Well, they do have a few drawbacks, but they also have many benefits. So, let’s look at what the pros and cons are and whether chatbots are right for your business.

Benefits of Chatbots

Chatbots are very useful for a lot of different applications—from simple user contact, to answering questions, and even helping the sales process along.

One of the biggest benefits of using chatbots is that you can have fewer actual employees, because chatbots can take care of a lot of issues that might take up time from paid employees. This frees up paid employees for more important tasks and allows them to have more time to help customers with major issues.

This benefits customers, too, because they can get answers to questions and help with problems much faster than they might if they ended up contacting customer service through traditional means.

Bots can also provide you extremely valuable information about your customers if you log those conversations and analyze them, because you can see the types of questions they are asking. Never overlook those logs as a way to find out more about them.

Drawbacks of Chatbots

Of course, chatbots have a few drawbacks, too. No technology is perfect, and bots are no exception.

The biggest drawback is that artificial intelligence, no matter how advanced it may be, is not yet at the level that can replace actual humans. This inevitably leads to failure to help customers sometimes, which may end up frustrating the user enough that they leave your site. This is rare, but it can happen, so you must make sure your chatbot can direct customers to live help when needed.

Many bots are poorly programmed because they have been rushed to market to take advantage of the surge in chatbot use, so you must be on the lookout for this, as well.

The cheapest solution isn’t always the best, so it’s vital that you test your chatbot thoroughly to make sure there are no problems with it that could end up frustrating your customers.

Are Chatbots Right For You?

Chatbots aren’t right for every business. If you find that you don’t have a lot of contact with customers normally, you may not need a chatbot. But, on the other hand, if you do have a lot of contact with customers, or if you find you have a lot of shopping cart abandonment or your customers tend to ask a lot of questions or need additional help, a chatbot just might be perfect for your needs.

Here are some situations where a chatbot might work for your business:

  • Your customer service agents are overwhelmed. If you find that your agents are overwhelmed by the volume of help requests you get daily, especially if the are simple requests that could easily be taken care of by a bot, it makes perfect sense for you to use one.
  • You have a high rate of shopping cart abandonment. If you find that a lot of people are abandoning their shopping carts or leaving your site without converting into email subscribers or buyers, a chatbot might help by asking the customer what went wrong when they try to leave your site, and then guide them through the process so they can complete the conversion.
  • Customers keep asking the same questions over and over. Let’s face it, customers rarely read F.A.Q. pages. Sometimes you may wonder, “Why even bother having a F.A.Q. page? It seems like nobody reads them!” And that’s true. But chatbots are a great way to get more people to find out the answers to simple questions without wasting your or your agents’ time. You can program common questions into your bot and let it answer those questions.
  • Your business is oriented toward service. If you’re in an industry that is notoriously service-centric, such as the travel industry, for example, chatbots can go a long way toward helping customers get assistance while alleviating some of the initial work that agents might otherwise have to deal with.

These are just a few examples, but hopefully you’re beginning to get an idea of whether or not a bot might be a good fit for your business.

FB Messenger Marketing

The use of Facebook Messenger as a marketing tool has exploded in the last 12 months and it doesn’t look like it is going to slow down any time soon.

Many marketers report much higher engagement rates with Messenger bots than email marketing. This isn’t to say that email marketing isn’t effective, but rather that engagement is higher using Messenger chatbots.

This is probably due to the immediacy of the Messenger service which means that prospects can interact with the Messenger bot as soon as they request help/information etc. and time is all important.

And if you jump on this marketing opportunity as an early adopter, you will still be on the cutting edge of marketing techniques moving into this year and beyond, so it is well worth considering adding FB Messenger bots to your marketing toolkit to give you an edge over your competitors.

If you want to investigate this marketing strategy further, then I highly recommend a course by JayKay Dowdall. It is called Destiny and is probably the most comprehensive course on FB Messenger marketing currently available and is very reasonably priced so do take a look.

Chatbot Solutions

There are already a number of chatbot products on the market. Some are quite effective, while others have been obviously rushed to market and are full of bugs that will frustrate you and your customers.

Let’s take a look at some of the products that are currently on the market and are considered to be good quality.

Mobile Monkey

>> Mobilemonkey.com

The Mobile Monkey platform is one of the most popular chatbots available for the Facebook Messenger system, and also works with Facebook comments. They are remarkably affordable, with a 30-day free trial and a permanent free plan for under 100 customers.

The Mobile Monkey platform will even allow you to sell products directly to customers through Facebook with Stripe, Paypal, and other payment platforms.

Botsify

>> Botsify.com

Botsify is another very popular platform that works for Facebook Messenger, but also has a version that works directly on your website. They have a free plan (only for Facebook Messenger) that has a lot of features, but their paid plans (which can be used on a website) start at a very reasonable $10 per month.

Botsify also allows human takeover at any time, so you can have a customer service agent take over whenever the chatbot isn’t helping the customer properly.

ManyChat

>>Manychat.com

ManyChat is another very popular platform that has been specifically designed to work with Facebook Messenger. They have a free plan that has a lot of features, but their paid start at a very reasonable $10 per month for up to 500 subscribers. This is the preferred service for the Destiny FB Messenger course mentioned earlier.

ChitChatChimp

>> warr.us/ChitChatChimp

ChitChatChimp is poised to be one of the frontrunners in the chatbot realm. It allows absolutely anyone, even with zero programming knowledge, to create their own chatbot.

It can create all types of bots, including:

  • Customer support bots
  • Sales bots
  • Research-gathering bots
  • Educational bots
  • Entertaining bots

If you need something flexible and customizable that doesn’t cost a fortune, ChitChatChimp is probably your best option.

OK, there you have chatbot marketing in a nutshell. Adopt this strategy into your marketing and give yourself the best possible solution to collect leads, make sales and grow your business.

And don’t forget to check out the  Destiny FB Messenger Course for some stellar training to make the most of this new marketing opportunity.

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How To Get Leads From Your Website

How To Get Leads From Your Website

A website or blog is an essential business tool and it’s one that every business uses differently.

However, there is one thing that every business wants to accomplish with its website and that is leveraging it to create more growth by increasing leads, sales and revenue.

Luckily, there are several ways to do this and they are quick and easy to implement.

Before you get started you need to determine your current state of lead generation, so you can track your success and determine the areas where you most need improvement.

The first thing you can do is to work out where most of your online traffic comes from.

These sources can include:

  • Email Marketing: Any decent autoresponder will allow you to track clicks to your website when your prospects are reading, opening and clicking on links in your emails.
  • Social Media: You may be getting traffic from people who engage in a campaign through one of your social media profiles; this could be free or paid, although paid is easier to track.
  • Blog Posts: You may be getting some good organic traffic from your highest-performing blog posts.

So, here are 6 ways that you can get leads from your website, starting today!

1. Add Lead Generation Forms To The Posts/Pages That Get the Most Traffic

Now you know where your traffic is coming from and your best performing posts, you can add opt-in forms to your most popular blog posts. This could be offering a free report or eBook, but it MUST be related to the content they are interested in.

These can take many forms, such as a sign-up form on the side or top of the page, a form that slides in at a certain point in time, a pop up or lightbox and they can also be triggered by “exit intent” if a reader goes to leave the page.

There are numerous tools that can add opt-in forms to your website but my 2 favourite tools are Thrive Leads and Conversion Gorilla.

2. Make A Newsletter Sign Up

As well as opt-in forms that lead to landing pages, squeeze pages or sales pages, you can also have a form to sign up for updates on your blog as a newsletter style format. I would use a Thrive Leads widget to place a sign-up form on the side of the page.

This way, although someone may not want an ebook, report etc. they may be interested in the stuff you post so may sign up to be kept in the loop with new articles that you post.

3. Offer Content Upgrades

A content upgrade is where you can offer the reader something in return for consuming the blog post they are reading.

This could be as simple as offering a pdf version of the post that they can download for reading later (this works well with longer posts). But it could also be a checklist or audio/video version of the post too. The key is that it must be entirely congruent with the post they are reading.

There are a couple of tools that you can use to create mini pdfs of your blog posts and the best two are Designrr and Sqribble, but you don’t need them as you can also do it in MS Word. The software’s will give you some styling options to make your reports more stylish if that is what you want and this does help you to stand out from others just offering standard pdf reports.

You can also use Post Gopher which is a very handy tool as the reader can fill in the details in the form and Post Gopher will automatically create the pdf and email the link to the reader when it has been generated.

Content upgrades can be a really powerful but simple way to grab leads from your posts, so don’t underestimate it and try it for yourself.

4. Always Have A Call To Action

Every piece of content you write should be designed with an end goal in mind. You should always be content marketing.

Your content should always provide great value and be useful to the reader and you should guide them to look for more information from you in the form of a free gift in exchange for their email address, or, better still, in the form of a paid product or service.

Once again, the key is congruency. If the offer is related to the content they are consuming, and the content is useful to them, they are much more likely to take you up on your call to action.

Use images to make your calls to action stand out. Use tools such as Canva or Youzign to create an eye-catching image, and you can use a Thrive Leads shortcode to create a clickable image that will allow them to opt-in.

5. Create An About Me Page

One of the most widely visited pages of any website is the “About Me” page.

A good About Me page should not just be a few words about who you are, but rather a mission statement and a subtle marketing message that garners authority and trust.

When done right, this can have an indirect effect on your opt-in rate as people will have an idea about who you are, what you stand for and are more likely to trust you and accept what you say.

This is probably one of the most overlooked pages on most websites but taking a little time to craft a good About Me page can really pay off, so it is really worth the effort.

6. Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly

Did you know that over three-quarters of all Americans 18 and older now own a smartphone, and nearly 20% of smartphone owners use their mobile devices exclusively to access the internet? And outside the US, the figures may be even higher, so this is a huge source of potential traffic.

By making your website mobile-friendly, you’ll capture leads from the lucrative and ever-growing mobile internet user market and this is only going to expand, so it pays to get in now.

It is also alleged that Google penalizes sites that are not mobile-friendly, so it is definitely something to consider.

OK, there are 6 ways that you can use to get more leads from your website.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to boosting website lead generation, by implementing these six simple tips you can transform a potentially under performing site into a strong, lead generating machine for your business.

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Copywriting 101 7 Things You Need to Know About Writing Great Copy

Copywriting 101: 7 Things You Need To Know About Writing Great Copy

Well over a decade ago I bought and devoured an expensive course called “Hypnotic Writing” from Joe Vitale. If I remember correctly, it cost $1,000 and arrived in a heavy box with tons of CD’s and two thick manuals. And it was perhaps one of the best investments I ever made in learning not just good, but great copywriting that converts like crazy.

This morning I was cleaning out some old files, and ran across my handwritten notes from the course. In the notes I discovered a list of “The 7 Secret Principles of Hypnotic Copywriting.” They still stand the test of time today, so I thought I would share them with you here.

Please keep in mind, these aren’t so much a primer as a list of clues as to what Vitale’s “Hypnotic Writing” is. But from these clues you can discern enough valuable information to almost instantly improve your own writing, whether it’s blog posts, sales letters, emails or anything else.

You need to understand that copywriting is a key skill that ALL marketers need to master (or outsource it to someone who already has); it is that crucial to your success, so these 7 tips are pure gold, so use them to make your copywriting more persuasive and effective.

1: Make it Personal

Hypnotic writing speaks to YOU, the reader. You’ll find words such as you, me, I, yours, etc. All of this makes you feel like the writing is speaking to your personally.

In fact, it is. The more personal, the more hypnotic. This is an incredibly powerful tool when used correctly.

 

2: Keep it Active

Hypnotic writing is active. You’ll find lots of verbs. You’ll find little passive writing. It’s the difference between saying, “The writing was hypnotic,” and saying, “Joe weaves hypnotic writing.” The first is passive, the second is active.

Don’t use over the top adverbs as this can scream BS, so use adverbs sparingly; your copy should be persuasive enough without resorting to over the top or outrageous claims that most readers would doubt or disbelieve. If in doubt, reign yourself in a bit.

3: Get Emotional

Hypnotic writing taps your emotions. You may find it doing so in a story format or in a direct narrative. Either way, the writing will pull at your heart strings. One of Joe’s most famous letters began, “I was nearly in tears…” That line engaged the emotions of readers. You had to read the letter to discover what the tears were for.

 

4: Be Sensual

Writing hypnotically involves your senses.

You’ll find descriptions of feeling, tasting, seeing, smelling and hearing.

All of this will help you become involved with the writing and therefore susceptible to what it commands.

 

5: Be Commanding

Hypnotic writing commands the reader to do something. As the reader, you might not detect the command as it may be embedded.

But there will always be one. Ask yourself, “What do I want to do after reading this?” What you do next may be a result of the hypnotic command.

 

6: Curiosity

Hypnotic writing plays on your curiosity. You may find it beginning a story – but not ending it until the end of the article.

You may find it promising to tell you how to do something, but it will only give you limited details, thereby urging you to order the product it’s promoting to get more information.

 

7: Hypnotic Writing is Hidden

You won’t find any obvious clues that signal, “Warning, hypnotic writing at work.” The writing will instead be smooth and personal, and the hypnotic aspect will sneak in below conscious awareness.

Now imagine if you actually had the power to influence your prospect’s subconscious mind.

Imagine if you could do it by using simple trigger words that activate involuntary reactions in their brains.

And imagine you can do it in writing and in speech.

You might not believe you can do this. But I’m going to tell you that you can, because over time we are all subtly hypnotized to accept certain suggestions. This process started when we were babies and has never stopped.

You wouldn’t even suspect these simple words of holding any special power. But when you use them correctly, they can dramatically improve your power of persuasion.

Yes, I’ve just given you a sample of ‘hypnotic writing.’ If you re-read the previous 5 paragraphs, and if you study it very carefully, you will notice I used three little words to great effect – “Imagine, you and because.”

If all you do is begin using these three words more often in your copy, you will experience an increase in the persuasiveness of your writing.

Imagine if you could persuade anyone of anything, because when you do, you’ll hold the power to make a fortune.  😉

Try it out next time your write and see what happens.

Just remember that copywriting is a skill, and just like any other skill, it can be learned. Take the time to learn this critical skill and your business will thank you for it!

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