But after some unbidden prodding by a somewhat well-known ghostwriter turned Internet marketer, I came by again, and saw the "how bad do you want success?" thread, and the post here below, and I got to thinking that maybe I have been denying myself a good resource.
So I'm going to take Neil up on his challenge:
Wanting success is a great start.
Now create another thread where each person who has posted can post the specific details of EXACTLY (specific tasks) what they're doing to:
- create or source a product to sell/promote
- build a quality web presence that converts
- build a list
- drive targeted traffic
- measure their success
1. Post as often as you want. In each post, tell us EXACTLY what you've just done, what you're going to do next, and by when. Ask for help when you need it.
2. Go back to 1.
Do that, and your dreams will come true.
I'm learning to drive traffic via articles, Hubs, Lenses, Knols etc, and I'm building a list. Slowly, but it's growing.
My biggest problem is that the sales page conversion rate is effectively zero; two sales for almost 1000 visitors. I wrote all the copy myself, and until just the other day the only comments I've ever gotten on the copy were along the lines of, "This is your first sales letter? Really?" Which has done nothing to increase my conversion rate. John Rhodes actually gave me some constructive criticism, and I'm working on improving the copy based on his comments. I'm a little out of my league with it, but I'm trying ( I did just go ahead and sign up for AWAI's copywriting course). I do enjoy writing the sales copy; I'm just not very good at it yet, apparently.
I have analytics all set up and I know where traffic is coming from (EZA and one affiliate site, almost exclusively), and I'm working on building out my AR mail campaign (I've sort of struggled with that too, so it's pretty ineffective). And I've got a project out there for some more articles to be written. I've kind of run dry on that in my mind for a bit. The keywords are there; I'm just repeating myself now. Time for a fresh perspective.
I've found that I really dislike building Lenses and Hubs and such; I probably should outsource them, because I know you don't do as good a job on things if you're not really fond of what you're doing. It just seems like I'm writing the same article over and over and over... But I'd actually like to get to the point where there is some income coming in to support stuff like that, instead of constantly bleeding. The wife (that's her beautiful face on the sales letter, btw) is understanding, but even her patience wears thin after a while...
So, I'm kind of running down here, but that kind of covers where I am. If anyone has any suggestions, fire away.