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PostHeaderIcon Three Inner Secrets of Internet Success

By Yanik Silver
www.SurefireMarketing.com

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In only a few short months I’ve achieved the ultimate Internet “fantasy” of making a lot of money from a simple (almost primitive) web site that runs itself virtually on complete autopilot. Starting from scratch I banked over $51,351.94 my first 6 1/2 months online, just working part-time out of the corner of my living room.

Now today at age 31, I’ve gone on to earn over 7-figures. 

How did I go from a standing start to banking mega profits?

To do that, what I think you really need are these inner secrets to mega internet success.  This has nothing to do with search engines, pay-per-clicks.  It doesn’t have anything to do with any of the tactical stuff.  It’s all a lot of stuff that goes on in your head.

* Secret #1: Cheerful Expectancy *

One of my biggest mentors is Earl Nightingale. He passed away several years ago but you need to get everything he recorded at Nightingale.com. He has a program called “Lead The Field” and “The Strangest Secret.”  Just listen to that thing over and over again.  He talks about cheerful expectancy.

There’s a big difference between having expectancy versus hoping or wishing something is going to occur.  When you have that cheerful expectancy, you know it’s going to occur.  And that doesn’t just come from being “Pollyannaish” or having rose-colored glasses. 

It comes from having knowledge.  And you get that knowledge from studying in your field whatever it is. It could be Internet marketing or it could be neurology. That means reading, studying and buying everything and absolutely immersing yourself in it.

I learned from Earl Nightingale that if you want to be an expert, you spend an hour a day reading on whatever subject that you’re interested in, that you want to be an expert on. So I said, “Well, what would happen if I read for three hours a day?” 

I just started learning as much as I possibly could, and that knowledge gives you the confidence to know that you have that positive expectancy. Your expectations determine
your results.

* Secret #2:  Do one proactive thing a day *

You don’t need to do 100 things a day.  Just get that one proactive thing a day.  So each little brick builds a big wall for you.  Trust me it’s easy to be overwhelmed with hundreds of tasks.  You’re like, “Oh, we need to do e-zine ads and free-for-alls and pay-per-click search engines, and I need to do all this other stuff.” Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

But just relax and do one task a day.

Your action will create more and more and more action for you. You simply need to make a commitment to do one proactive thing a day no matter what. Even if you’re dead tired and worked a 14-hour day – come home and mail one letter or send out one joint venture proposal. I’m telling you – just these little tiny proactive things will have an immense impact.

Most everyone has heard of the ‘80/20 rule’ or the Pareto Principle. It says that 20% of your actions produce 80% of your results, and the other way around.  80% of your work only creates 20% of your results.

So go back and look where your successes came from, and I know that they’re from a tiny little group of actions.  So if you just get that one proactive thing a day (from the 20% group) that is going to propel you further, that’s going to bring you to where you want to be.

Make it a point to focus on those “20% activities”. In Stephen Covey’s famous work “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” he calls these activities “important but not urgent”.

One of my Apprentices, Peter Woodhead, from the UK is a perfect example of simply doing one proactive thing a day. A lot of Apprentices bolted out of the gate during our one year program but Peter was an Internet newbie and he also had a full time job so he was a bit slower getting started. However, he took my advice and simply managed to
do one proactive thing every single day. No matter how big or how small. It could be writing one autoresponder message or it might have been writing 50 headlines. No
matter the day – Peter was moving ahead. And not surprisingly his project was completed before many of the other Apprentices were finished.

* Secret #3:  Decision  *

This is such a big point.  A lot of people have so many problems with decision.  That’s because they don’t like it because it cuts off other options.  But frankly that’s exactly what you want.  You want to cut off other options.

One of our top apprentices, Cindy Kappler, WebAdMagic.com, had no other option but to succeed because she quit her job.  Now I’m not encouraging you to do that if you still have a real job but it does prove if you cut off your options, you’re much more motivated. Successful people make decisions quickly.

There’s a magic of attraction when you make your decision. However, when you’re hemming and hawing, you don’t experience this magic.  I don’t want to get into too much woo-woo or metaphysical or spiritual stuff. 

But there’s this magic of attraction.  I can’t even explain it.  When you set your mind up that you’re going to do this, all of a sudden, at the next dinner party you’re attending you meet somebody that can help you get to where you want to go.  Is that luck or is that something else? 

I don’t think it’s luck.

It’s like once the decision is made your mind is tuned into the solution and all kinds of ‘freaky’ coincidences and occurrences happen.

And that brings me to another important point about decisions – fail quickly. Don’t be afraid of failure.  A lot of people are so afraid of screwing up, or making a mistake that they are forever frozen.  Who the hell cares?
Screw up quickly!  I screw up all the time.  And you want to fail quickly. 

That’s the great part about the Internet.  You want to go out there and find out if your dumb idea is going to work right away. You can do it in days instead of months. Sometimes hours and if it doesn’t work, you move on.  You say, “Next!”

Look, I know a lot of people who are working on their products for the last two, three, four years.  Get the damned thing out!  You just make it better as you go along.

InstantSalesLetters.com, our first product was not where it is now.  We’ve added a ton of stuff to it and made it better.  But I just wanted to see if the thing was going to sell.

It wasn’t complete and utter rubbish, as my British friends say, but it was enough that it made the point.  It found out if there was a marketplace for it.  So find out. 

Some people like to go around at dinner parties and so on and say, “I’m writing a book.  I’ve been writing a book for five years.  I’m an author.” 

Uh huh…

I can show you 6 different ways to have your book done in days. It’s a cop-out and complete B.S. Bottom line – make the decision to get the product out there.  See what happens and fail quickly.

Now get out there and do it!
(c) Surefire Marketing, Inc.

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Yanik Silver is recognized as the leading expert on  creating automatic, moneymaking websites…and he still doesn’t know how to put up a website.

He is the author, co-author or creator of several best-selling online marketing books and tools, including
“Power Pause”
In just 3 minutes and with 3 simple steps, you could change the way your business works. Seeking more capital? Want more customers? Need more business? Then you just read the material that many successful web entrepreneurs read. Success is only minutes away. Find out more about this fantastic formula:
http://www.surefiremarketing.com/powerpause/?52502

PostHeaderIcon Three Types Of Websites That Can Make You A Fortune

Author: Joel Comm

One of the best things about making money on AdSense is that anyone can do it – and with just about any type of website. You don’t have to own a mini-Amazon or build a budding Ebay to make big stacks of cash on the Internet; you just have to have a site that attracts users.

AdSense For Owners Of Commercial Sites
A lot of people who have built a website specifically to make money worry about putting ads on their sites. They’re concerned that people might be put off buying if their browsing is interrupted by intrusive ads.

That’s absolutely right. If your ads are intrusive, then you are going to annoy your users. But if you’ve used all the strategies I recommend in my book Google AdSense Secrets to blend your ads into the site, then not only will you keep your users sweet, you’ll also increase the number of your click-throughs.

Not everyone who reaches your site will buy. In fact, most won’t. You’ve paid for those users; shouldn’t you profit from them? Put AdSense ads on the right pages and in the right way and you’ll make even more money from your site. And that’s the point, right?

AdSense For Owners Of Information Sites
Information sites are probably the most obvious places to put AdSense. If you’ve created a site that’s designed to teach other people about your favorite topic – whether it’s video games, mahjong or raising guppies – then AdSense is ideal for bringing your site money. Again, you’ll still need to be smart about the way you use those ads (just put them on the site any old how and you’ll barely make enough money to pay for the server.) Do it properly and use all the proven AdSense revenue-generating techniques and you’ll be able to turn your hobby into cash.

AdSense For Owners Of Blogs
Blogs are intended to simply let people know what their writers think – and do no more than that. But a lot of bloggers have recently discovered that with the help of AdSense, their blogs can quickly become cash cows! Because they’re updated regularly, Google loves blogs and because they have regular visitors so do advertisers.

The techniques used to get blog readers to click on ads are a bit special but once you’ve read up and know what you’re doing, you should be able to turn your writing into a very nice income indeed.

For more Google AdSense tips, visit Adsense Secrets

Adsense Secrets

Joel Comm is Dr. AdSense, an Internet entrepreneur who has been online for more than 20 years. Joel is co-creator of ClassicGames.com, now known as Yahoo! Games and is the author of the web’s best-selling AdSense ebook, “Google AdSense Secrets (Or What Google Never Told You About Making Money With Adsense)”.

Copyright © 2005 Joel Comm. All rights reserved

PostHeaderIcon Can You Really Make Money With the Clickbank Affiliate Program?

Clickbank has become almost synonymous with affiliate marketing, and with good reason. Clickbank makes it easy to setup a free account, just go to http://www.clickbank.com and enter some details, and you are an affiliate marketer. Not just yet, there’s slightly more to it than that don’t you know.

So what else do you need to make money as a Clickbank affiliate?

Firstly you need to know what you’re going to sell, the Clickbank marketplace has literally thousands of products for sale, most of which will pay you commissions to sell for the products owner. A common mistake beginners will make will be to dive in, and pick a load of products, and add all the affiliate links to their site, and expect the cash to roll in. It won’t!

This approach to selling products from the Clickbank marketplace is like throwing a handful of gravel at a tank, it’ll have no impact. Your potential buyers will get confused as to which link to click on and most likely won’t click on any. As with any kind of selling, you need to be focused on selling one or two products, and have a campaign dedicated to those products and nothing else.

You also need to be aware of your potential sales competitors, if you are going to make sales you want to find a small niche to concentrate on which isn’t already filled with competition. When you find a small niche, then you can exploit it to the max, using a themed website built around this niche, and a newsletter or autoresponder to keep you and your site in your potential customers minds. And keep reminding them of your Clickbank links.

What niche can you find to dominate in?
Looking for a niche market to sell into needn’t be difficult, start off by exploring your own hobbies. If you have a hobby, it’s a bonus as you will already know a little about what products people would be interested in. Clickbank is focussed on downloadable digital information products, so consider what someone starting your hobby, or wanting to improve in it would want and then look for associated products in the Clickbank Marketplace.

The talk among internet marketing experts is about “micro niches” which are the nitty gritty bits inside the main niche. So if your hobby was golf for example, you’d be looking for something in golf, but narrowed to a more specific area within the golf niche like “improve your putting”. Most marketers would target golf as a whole, but targeting the micro niche of putting would get you noticed by people who are looking to improve their finishing technique in sinking the ball.

So to answer our original question “Can You Really Make Money With the Clickbank Affiliate Program?”
The answer is yes, but you need to plan your assault on the market carefully, and then dominate one niche at a time in the Clickbank marketplace.





PostHeaderIcon Reducing Load Time Through Image Optimisation

Even though more and more Internet users switch to broadband every year, a large portion of the web’s population is still running on good old dialup connections. It is therefore unwise to count them out of the equation when you’re designing your website, and a very major consideration we have to make for dialup users is the loading time of your website.

Generally, all the text on your website will be loaded in a very short time even on a dialup connection. The culprit of slow-loading sites is mainly large images on your website, and it is very important to strike a delicate balance between using just enough images to attract your users and not to bog down the overall loading time of your site.

You should also go to a greater length and optimize every image on your site to make sure it loads in the least time possible. What I really mean is to use image editing software to remove unnecessary information on your images, and thereby effectively reducing the file size of your image without affecting its appearance.

If you own Photoshop, it will be obvious to you that when you save an image as a JPEG file, a dialog box appears and lets you choose the “quality” of the JPEG image — normally a setting of 8 to 10 is good enough as it will preserve the quality of your image while saving it at a small file size. If you do not have Photoshop, there are many free image compressors online that you can download and use to reduce your image’s file size.

On the other hand, you can opt to save your images in PNG format to get the best quality at the least file size. You can also save your images in GIF format — the image editing software clips away all the color information not used in your image, hence giving you the smallest file size possible. However, saving in GIF format will often compromise the appearance of your image, so make your choice wisely!

PostHeaderIcon 5 Important Rules in Website Design

When it comes to your website, extra attention should be paid to every minute detail to make sure it performs optimally to serve its purpose. Here are seven important rules of thumb to observe to make sure your website performs well.

1) Do not use splash pages as your entry page.

Splash pages are the first pages you see when you arrive at a website. They normally have a very beautiful image with words like “welcome” or “click here to enter”. In fact, they are just that — pretty vases with no real purpose. Do not let your visitors have a reason to click on the “back” button! Give them the value of your site up front without the splash page. A splash page can be used as a lead generator for collecting email addresses for your newsletter.

2) Do not use excessive banner advertisements

Even the least net savvy people have trained themselves to ignore banner advertisements so you will be wasting valuable website real estate. Instead, provide more valueable content and weave relevant affiliate links into your content, and let your visitors feel that they want to buy instead of being pushed to buy.

3) Have a simple and clear navigation

You have to provide a simple and very straightforward navigation menu so that even a young child will know how to use it. Stay away from complicated Flash based menus or multi-tiered dropdown menus. If your visitors don’t know how to navigate, they will leave your site.

4) Have a clear indication of where the user is

When visitors are deeply engrossed in browsing your site, you will want to make sure they know which part of the site they are in at that moment. That way, they will be able to browse relevant information or navigate to any section of the site easily. Don’t confuse your visitors because confusion means “abandon ship”!

5) Avoid using audio on your site

If your visitor is going to stay a long time at your site, reading your content, you will want to make sure they’re not annoyed by some audio looping on and on on your website. If you insist on adding audio, make sure they have some control over it — volume or muting controls would work fine.