There's Stuff Out There You've Never Heard Of

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Just got a PM from a fellow warrior. He wanted to tell me about something
he had put together. I won't go into details but it had to do with a site online
that I never heard of. From the description of how it works, it sounds like a
great way to get your content out there and build an opt in list or for that
matter even make straight sales from.

But that's not the point of this post.

I consider myself a fairly knowledgeable marketer and yet I never heard of
this site or the service it provides. I am quite sure that this one site is just
the tip of the iceberg of sites out there that just might be of benefit to
your business in some way, either in providing a means to reach prospects
or even just automate some tasks.

While I am not one to recommend spending a lot of time looking for these
sites, it may not be a horrible idea to at least spend a few hours a month
looking to see if there isn't something out there that might aid your
business in some way.

Personally, I know that by utilizing this site correctly (not spamming or
anything that ends up making these sites useless) I can probably add to
my list of subscribers, if for no other reason than I might be reaching
people who I wouldn't have reached otherwise.

This is going to be true with just about any medium you choose to access
whether it's Squidoo, HubPages, Digg, YouTube or whatever.

The key, and I'll repeat this until I am blue in the face, is actually
providing your prospects with something that they can actually use and
will actually make their lives better.

Too many marketers lose sight of that and instead just focus on making
money. You can't make money if you don't provide value. And yes, I know
I'm kind of taking this thread off topic, but it's important to understand
that no matter what you find online to help you with your business,
especially if it's related to traffic generation, you're not going to get the
most out of it if you're not prepared to give first.

If more marketers would remember this, we'd have fewer people
complaining about how so many of us are just after a dollar and don't
really care about the value we give in return for that dollar.

It's something to think about anyway.

But back on topic, there is stuff out there that you've never heard of.

Don't close your eyes to it. Approach it with an open mind, test it for
yourself, and see if it works for you.

Had I not always had this attitude since I started marketing online, I
wouldn't have found half the things that I have found to help my business,
the list of which is too long to go over here. This forum alone is a perfect
example. Had I not come here on the suggestion of a friend, I would have
never made all the friends that I've made here.

No, not everything is going to turn out to be a winner. But if you don't
keep your mind open to the possibility, you'll never know.

So the next time you see a site or service that you've never heard of,
don't dismiss it right away. Give it some thought and maybe even a small
chance.

You might be surprised at the results.

As Spock would say, "Live long and prosper."
#heard #stuff
  • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
    Our knowledge of the web is a reflection of the big head and long tail. We all rely on the top 5 results in google to find anything at all. Yet we complain that our own site which ranks #85 is better than #1. So to be consistent we should be looking at result #85 when we do a search ;^)

    Before Yahoo! was invented everyone relied on word of mouth. It's still a great way to find new stuff before most other people. And of course it doesn't hurt to hang out on the Warrior Forum too!
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
      Originally Posted by Peter Adamson View Post

      ...we should be looking at result #85 when we do a search ;^)
      Peter, I actually do this. I go to through the fourth and fifth pages and scan the results. Then I go to the other enigines to see what they have and where.

      If I really need to know the best answer to a problem that I'm trying to solve I look through the forums on the subject and usually you can find enough experienced people giving the same advice.

      Also, (back to this thread and thanks Steven), those forums are where most of the people who are on top of their area of interest know where all of the "cool" new stuff is and how it works with them.

      Living on the first page of Google starts giving you a tunnel vision and you miss out on all of the weird, the wacky, and cool stuff the world is giving us.

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      • Profile picture of the author sevenish
        Originally Posted by Matthew Maiden View Post

        Peter, I actually do this. I go to through the fourth and fifth pages and scan the results.
        Set your preferences to 100 results per page and cut down on the clicking. You can do it with advanced search too, but it's easier if you just sign into Goog and set your prefs.
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        • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
          Steven,

          That is how I use Twitter. A few minutes each day I choose a person and check out a few of their followers.

          I have found some interesting folk.

          For example, this guy

          Bottle Cap Art Tutorial: How I Craft my Bottle Cap Mosaics: john t. unger studio

          And do you know what, he's just started an affiliate programme to sell his artwork!

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        • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
          I've always gone several pages deep into a search result ... found most of my drop ship vendors that way ... found great relevant sites for backlinking/link exchanges ...etc.

          You'd be surprised what sites are popular with certain crowds. It was well over a year before I heard of Facebook, and yet they were already wildly popular by then. That's a lame example, but you get the idea.

          Not all the popular, high traffic sites are on page one of Google ... gems are typically tucked away. All depends on your niche. Same goes with advertising aids.
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        • Profile picture of the author Peter Adamson
          Originally Posted by sevenish View Post

          Set your preferences to 100 results per page and cut down on the clicking. You can do it with advanced search too, but it's easier if you just sign into Goog and set your prefs.
          Mais oui! I knew this but have never made use of it. Great idea!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Anderson
    hi.
    your point is clear to me, and i agree 100%
    one thing that i have noticed is that things change very quickly online, and if you stop learning by searching, then you will always be one step behind.
    sure you could wait for others to tell you, but by surfing and searching you will stay current outside of places like this.
    check out that SEO is dead guy .. justin harrison he has something that might be important.
    sorry i do not have a link
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    Steven,

    You are soooo right. I've observed this for a long time now. There are services (I just found out about ether.com in the past few months) Products and successful IMers who never set foot in here. My "home base" is the Warrior forum. When I search for a certain type of product and find something new, my first stop is back here to the WF to search the Person, Place or Thing. Most of the time if I haven't heard of it, it is not talked about on the WF.

    George Wright, P.S. I sure would like to know what site you are talking about, hint, hint
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    You know, I'll bet there are some niches that the first 3 pages of Google are just nothing but re-written PLR.

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