Are You Training Your Audience to Ignore You? (3 Strategies to Engage Your Audience and Become a True Authority)

I really love today’s guest post by Clayton because it talks about a real obstacle that many Internet marketers have…

…Getting your audience engaged enough to take action on your offers. 

Today, Clayton provides an in-depth explanation for why your audience might be unresponsive and three simple ways to fix it.

I noticed the trouble started when I sent the first “broadcast” message.

I had worked for about 6 months to build up my little email list in my new niche business (after shifting from several niche mini-sites to one authority niche site).

I had 2500 people on my list. Not huge, but not tiny either.

I was finally ready to launch my first product after doing nothing but affiliate offers for over two years.

The response rate from my first message was dismal. Only 16% of my list even opened the email and 5.3% clicked through.

That means that only about 130 people even saw the offer.

Clearly this launch wasn’t going to go quite as well as I had hoped.

All those months of making the product, planning the launch, writing copy… and only 130 people even saw the offer.

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How to Deal with Disappointment Even When Nothing is Going Right

Dealing with Disappointment as an Internet MarketerYou will have things go wrong as an affiliate marketer.

Life does not always go the way we want or expect. Disappointment is a part of life.

Because of this, dealing with disappointment, is one of the best things you can learn as you’re building an Internet business.

Disappointment comes in many shapes and sizes. There are minor disappointments, such as no one responds to a great blog post you spent hours writing.  And there major disappointments, like Google de-lists your primary website.

Disappointment leads to fear and anxiety. It is difficult to be rational and make good choices when you are mired in fear and anxiety. Some people will allow disappointment to crush or cripple them.  They will allow the fear and anxiety of disappointment to beat them.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are some steps that will hopefully help you to deal with disappointment

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The Most Important Post You Will EVER Read

The title says it all!

Today’s post will be the most important thing I’ve ever written on this blog.

So do me a favor…

…Spend five minutes to read the entire thing.

It will change the way you look at blogging and how to run an Internet business.

The people who truly *get* this will be one step closer to their dreams of online success.

To paraphrase a famous movie quote:

This blog post is kind of a big deal.

So let’s jump into it with two quick stories…

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Take 100% Responsibility for Your Actions [Internet Success Series #1]

I’m a huge fan of Jack Canfield’s book:

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

I think this is the best success guide ever because it’s full of actionable content.

You’ve probably heard me mention Jack’s book in a number of blog posts.  But I think you can get a lot more by applying these lessons to an online business.

That’s why I’ve decided to start a brand new series – One that will take what I’ve learned from Jack’s book and apply it to achieving success on the Internet.

I call it the Internet Success Series.

Each update to this blog series will cover a specific principle from Jack’s book and how it can be applied to your Internet business or blog.  I know these lessons work because this is the same path I followed back in 2006 when I was struggling my own business.

I’m pretty psyched about this series because it coincides with the beginning of a new year.  Hopefully by the end of 2012, this will be an in-depth collection of blog posts that can help any struggling Internet entrepreneur.

With further ado, let’s get started with the first lesson

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The *Cruel Truth* About New Year’s Resolutions…

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's ResolutionsIt’s that time again…

The ball has dropped.  It’s a new year.  And many people have picked their annual “resolution.”

Unfortunately it’s been my experience that New Year’s Resolutions are a complete waste of time.  Even worse – Some resolutions actually prevent people from achieving their goals.

Think of it this way…  Imagine it’s the final minutes of year.  You make a resolution simply because everyone else is doing it.

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How to Prevent a “Red Sox Collapse” with your Internet Business

Avoid Internet Business Collapse

Red Sox Collapse David OrtizOn Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox made baseball history with a complete collapse in a single month.

At the start of September they had a nine game lead over the Tampa Rays for the final playoff spot.  And on the last night of regular series they lost their final game; thereby eliminating themselves from the playoffs.

Sidebar: Okay I know some people don’t watch baseball (or have it their country.)  So here’s an article that described what happened.  Sorry to my overseas friends.  I couldn’t think of a football, cricket, or rugby analogy 🙂

The “Red Sox Collapse” will become legendary because they’re a really good team.  They have excellent hitting.  A great closer.  And an okay starting rotation.

In other words, there should be no reason why they missed the playoffs with one month to go.

But it happened.

What’s my point?

With an Internet business you could experience the same thing.  One day you’re making a solid income with a loyal group of followers.  And then suddenly you get hit with a disaster – Something that destroys part (or all) of your livelihood.

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68 Free eBook PDF Downloads for Mastering Your Internet Lifestyle Design

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Adobe PDF IconWe all know that offering a free report is a great way to build a list.

{This is especially true if you want to build a profitable, six-figure affiliate marketing business.}

But what some might not consider is the value that’s often provided with these freebies.  Often, a person will give away their best stuff in one of these guides!

So the other day I did some digging.  I decided to search around the blogosphere and link to the best free ebooks; relating to the Internet Lifestyle topic.

Without further ado; here are 61 68 of my personal favorites:

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Bad Internet Marketing Advice: 19 Recommendations Ruining your Online Efforts

Bad Internet Marketing Advice

Bad Internet Marketing AdviceAt one point, we’ve all asked for advice about online business tips and  Internet marketing tools.  This is especially true when we’re starting out.  Unfortunately there’s a lot of bad information being given by the supposed Internet gurus.  Following this advice can cost you both time and money.

Today I’d like to talk about 19 faulty recommendations I’ve seen in the last few years.  Some of them are due to misinformation.  Others are outright lies told by people trying to sell their particular product.

Read each to learn what advice might be ruining your online business…

#1 – “Do What You Love and the Money will Follow”

This is a warm, fuzzy piece of advice that people love to recommend.  (It’s even included in the ever-popular book Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuck.)

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6 Steps to Becoming THE Self-Confident Internet Entrepreneur

How to Overcome Self Limiting Beliefs Self-confidence plays an important role in success.  This is especially true when it comes to an online business.  You often face a lot of challenges.  And often the only thing that gets you through these moments is the belief that you will succeed.

Truth is your mindset can make or break what you do online.  It’s been my experience that most people have the potential to make a full-time income.  But they allow “self limiting beliefs” to hold them back.

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Top 10 Successful People who have Failed

Edison talks internet marketing

(This article is a guest post by my brother Gene.  Gene has been working with me behind the scenes and on his own internet business for over a year now)


That is a word that most people dread.  Everyone wants to be a success.  We want to be liked and admired.

But that dreaded “F” word always pops up. Failure.  This experience is strong enough to make you want to quit and start a new life.

Having an internet business is no different.

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How a 30-Day Habit can Revolutionize your Internet Business

30 Day Internet Habit ExperimentWhen I first started this blog, one of the things I did was try a concept called the 30-Day Habit Experiment.

Today I’d like to talk about this concept; why I initially failed with it; and how it’s now helping me get incredible results with my Internet lifestyle.

Introducing the 30-Day Habit Experiment (30DHE)

The 30-Day Habit Experiment (30DHE) is a popular concept in personal development.  The idea is simple.  You “test drive” a habit for a month and see if it sticks.

We all want to live better lives.  Lose weight.  Quit smoking.   Make more friends.  Get that promotion.  Find that special someone. These are all goals people make for themselves.  But they often fail because it’s hard to make a permanent change to their behavior.

The reason people fail is because ‘forever’ seems like, well…FOREVER.  If you wanted to quit smoking, it’s really hard to say you’ll never have another cigarette.

With the 30DHE, you don’t talk about forever.  Instead you make the promise to develop (or change) a habit for only a month.  That’s it.  After the month is over, you evaluate this habit and decide if you want to keep doing it.

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Is it *Wrong* to Want Money?

Today I’d like to hear your thoughts on something.

Is it Wrong to Want Money?It’s about a concept that’s at the core of numerous blogs, websites, and information products – Making money.

Specifically I want to know if you think it’s *wrong* to want lots of money.

Last week I was reading No B.S. Wealth Attraction in the New Economy by Dan Kennedy.  There was one passage that stood out.  Kennedy talked about how society loves to blame the rich for all its problems.  That many people feel it’s inherently wrong to have a desire for wealth.

I’ve noticed this attitude with some people I’ve met offline.  When I talk about running a blog teaching the principles of Internet income; I’m often met with suspicion…even outright dislike.  Many times I can tell they feel it’s *wrong* to talk about making money online.

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