An Intro & Getting Naked...

by Danielle_B 45 replies
No, I'm not getting naked, but it got you to look at my post.


What I -really- meant was that I am about to bare my poor, reckless, and very stubborn soul and intro myself, as well as ask around for some advice. I am admittedly a forum junkie, and I've been cloaked in shadow reading through these forums most of the afternoon. I finally got brave enough to post and see if I can get some much needed advice/direction/confidence boost.

That being said; my name is Danielle. I have been a self-employed, working artist (jewelry designer...woe the stereotypes there...) for a little over 6 years now. With the setback of two kids and a busy military husband, my business ebbs and flows with my production, but I feel I've been pretty successful in my ventures. I do a lot of custom work and I'm known around the online jewelry communities as being credible and knowledgeable.

I recently got a harebrained idea to start a "professional" blog, hoping to find a niche in what some would already say is an over-saturated market. Since jewelry has become the rage for every woman in America and beyond, there's a massive amount of people claiming to be jewelry artists that really aren't, but regardless of your level of skill or talent, they all are very hungry for information, tutorials, etc. The tutorials I've posted on my personal biz site have huge amounts of hits, even 3 years past their posting.

So, being an Aries, stubborn and determined, I decided to bite the bullet and become the next Perez Hilton of the handcrafted jewelry world. I probably would have made more money picking on the variety of ppl that are attempting to sell their wares, but that's just not my style.

So, to the heart of the matter: I'm totally clueless about this whole blog thing. I've literally spent 2 weeks working 18 hour days in front of my computer building the site, learning the lingo, getting the analytics of the site going, and driving traffic like crazy. I know and belong to just about every forum for the market, so in less than 2 weeks time, I'm up to 1K hits on the site. Maybe not impressive, but my goal was 1K for the first month, so I'm ecstatic. I even have a whopping 11 RSS subscribers and I seem to get about one new person a day. Thrilling, right?

My question is this: My goal is to get some of the bigger industry art jewelry mags and ppl advertising to make myself some income while I go back to my bench and make my own stuff for my personal site. Am I totally nuts? Is it possible? And how in the heck do I start down that path? I managed to get one good person on board for advertising; she had confidence in me and purchased a 3 month ad spot. YAY! I've had 2 other inquiries for ad space, but they also are private business ppl.

So what do I do next? I don't think AdSense is the way I want to go; I know nothing about the affiliate thing or where to even start making a dent.

But I am determined, I'd love any pointers you all can give me, and I'm obviously long winded and like to write, so I think my content on the site is doing well. I stay above the 100 hits/day mark consistently so far.

Whew. Ok, I'm shutting up now.

Thanks for having me, and hoping I didn't just send you all running off screaming.



~D.
#main internet marketing discussion forum #intro #naked
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    Too bad about the getting naked thing, you started it , but to answer your question, here goes. You said that your tutorials are very popular. An easy way to make lots of cash is to create a jewelry membership site where you give out the plans to make a unique piece of jewelry each and every month. You could price it at $9/month and if you have 1,000 members, you will be making a cool $9,000/month in under a year with the right promotion. Well, that's my idea for you. You can thank me later!

    TomG. - Oh wait, there's a thank you button!
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  • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
    Tom,

    Thank you for the brilliant idea, but alas, we've both been beat to the punch on that one. Another artist I know has already started that site and she was smart; she's got other artists posting tuts as well, so she's not the only one doing the work. Site is very popular already. BAH! (Altho Kudos to her...)

    I like the brainstorming effect however, and best part is you can do that naked too!

    Ok, totally not professional of me.

    Ahem.


    ~D.
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    • Profile picture of the author Greg Cooksley
      Hey D,

      Welcome to the forum.....

      Don't write off the membership thing.....the Internet is a massive
      place....the whole world is your oyster.....

      Just differentiate yourself from the competition....do it better
      than anyone else....

      Regards

      Greg
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    • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
      Originally Posted by Danielle_B View Post

      Tom,

      Thank you for the brilliant idea, but alas, we've both been beat to the punch on that one. Another artist I know has already started that site and she was smart; she's got other artists posting tuts as well, so she's not the only one doing the work. Site is very popular already. BAH! (Altho Kudos to her...)

      I like the brainstorming effect however, and best part is you can do that naked too!

      Ok, totally not professional of me.

      Ahem.


      ~D.
      You know what they say.

      If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

      See if she needs some extra designs, and find out what she will pay you to work for her.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clark
    Tommy is right on the mark although, a membership site outlining the skill involved to make jewlery for fun and profit could very well be priced much higher given the levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and quality of content provided.

    Start at $7 then work your way up after hitting milestones Ie. first 100, $17/m 200 - 300, $27/m 300 - 400 etc. and also the all-attractive recurring annual membership fee.

    Look at the prices quoted here for a course on Silversmithing http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/library/z46813_8.pdf

    Keep your blog as is 'cause its your traffic pre-sell page... get a lead capture system in place (autoresponder) with a free special report which presells the benefits of metalsmithing and silversmithing for fun and profit then steer them toward your membership site to sign up from the report.

    (you could create a $47 ebook on the topic, offer 75% commision to affiliates on the front end then sell your membership site on the back end - quick money and traffic)

    Forget about adding Adsense and trying to attract your industry to advertise on your site.... go after them!

    Advertise on the major portals where people who are intersted in the jewlery may also want to discover how to make it themselves for fun and possibly profit online or offline. (joint venture possibilities also exist).

    My girlfriend is highly addicted to this stuff and I know it sells very, very well online and offline.

    This is a sweet niche for an expert like you with real buyers in the market along with very good traffic for industry related/ on topic keywords.

    Well done!
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    It does not matter one bit if someone else has a membership site like the one you propose. You can even join the other site to get an idea of what you could do to improve on it. Remember, Dr. Phil is one of the worst and most popular psychologists! It's all in the advertising.

    TomG.
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    • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
      Clark,

      WOW, that's a lotta ideas all thrown at a girl who's brand new to this quicksand. LOL.

      It all sounds insanely fabulous, but I think I'm going to need help figuring out half of it.

      You guys sure now how to inspire....My only worry is that I have to be able to develop that many popular tutorials. Ouch! I'm not sure if I'm that prolific to offer that many tutorials at that many different levels.

      Wouldn't that be 12 dif't tutorials per learning level?

      And I know not the first thing about making an ebook or portals or any of that. I'm really green. REALLY green to this. LOL.

      I just have crazy determination to make my way through it.

      Hahah, I had to look up what WSO meant....

      ~D.
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      • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
        Originally Posted by Danielle_B View Post

        Clark,

        WOW, that's a lotta ideas all thrown at a girl who's brand new to this quicksand. LOL.

        It all sounds insanely fabulous, but I think I'm going to need help figuring out half of it.

        You guys sure now how to inspire....My only worry is that I have to be able to develop that many popular tutorials. Ouch! I'm not sure if I'm that prolific to offer that many tutorials at that many different levels.

        Wouldn't that be 12 dif't tutorials per learning level?

        And I know not the first thing about making an ebook or portals or any of that. I'm really green. REALLY green to this. LOL.

        I just have crazy determination to make my way through it.

        Hahah, I had to look up what WSO meant....

        ~D.
        Welcome D...

        Hope to see you around more.. shame about the nakedness.. or lack thereof..

        But i'll let you off this once

        Peace

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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    Agreed a membership or tips site is the way to go, forum posts and the like are also good. Still the best is articles. I think you've got the knack for "pull" headlines as I certainly clicked on the thread! *chuckles*
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    • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
      Nyahhhh..I really thought somebody's getting naked in this post.

      Danielle, it is true the internet is a very very very big place for one person to monopolize. You can always do the same thing as someone else BUT YOU MUST ADD YOUR OWN TWIST. YOU MUST ENRICH THE MARKET PLACE.

      You can always go nakedon your membership site.....Oooooppps just kidding!

      What I mean is that you can promote your site with a seduction aspect to it. Your promoting jewelries right? Jewelries like perfume is seductive right? Why not work out from that angle. You've used it successfully to attract people to this post. May be could use it to promote a membership site, only on a subtle manner. That could be your sales pitch.



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      • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
        LOL...

        Well, I hate to be totally cliche, but as we all know, naked women sell _insert item here_. (Wow, that's terrible....but it's too late to recover now)

        Ok, so I took some of the advice I got here, I spent seven bucks on someone else's Twitter Gold Rush piece about helping my Twitter following grow (sigh, it's ridiculous how many squeeze pages ((HA! LINGO!)) I've been a sucker to lately...I'm hungry for info) and I have a basic understanding of growing an opt-in email list, which I was trying to figure out how to do. However, I'm at a bit of a crossroads now. I started the blog with good intentions of keeping it -fairly- ad free from spam and such, and helping the mid-level designers improve their skills and find a one stop shopping place for reviews on tools, tips for jewelry related skills, etc.

        Soooooo, my dilemma now is if I go all IM on it, then I feel like I'm a sell out. LOL. Is that horrible? And what happens if I put up a new squeeze page now and I scare off all the traffic I've had cuz they smell something fishy? I will hate myself if I feel remotely like a used car salesman.

        How can I be subtle about the sale of a product or market in w/in the site w/o having to hit them in the face with a big yellow highlighted page that says, "Sell your email to the devil here X"?

        I see this conversion thing in my analytics and it's like pulling teeth getting ppl to join RSS or comment, much less give me their email address. And I think bounce rate is not something good either, and mine is at like 58%.....

        *cry*

        Perhaps getting naked would be faster.


        LOL.

        I kid. Really.

        I appreciate all the support, everyone, really. I'm in over my head, but I'm not a quitter, so I have to make it perform, since I'm working on 3 hours of sleep a nite trying to do the "build it, they will come" thing.


        ~D.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonl70
    getting people to opt-in is not nearly as hard as getting comments or rss subs.
    You simply need to dangle a carrot in front of them I get over 30% of the traffic to my squeeze pages to subscribe, which is not uncommon.

    here's an important thing to learn: competition is GOOD thing. it proves there's a market out here - that people will spend money. And honestly, you don't really need to offer anything better or unique in order to be successfull. You just need to get your offer in front of people who want what you are selling
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  • Profile picture of the author Rachel Goodchild
    you don't need to go all IM
    You just need to adopt some IM strategies

    And you CERTAINLY don't need to get technical about it!
    Keep it really simple- and pay anyone anything that makes you a little anxious to do yourself
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    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Hi Danielle - Welcome to the warriors.

      Do you buy your stones or hunt them down? I don't make jewelry - but I'm a hunter - see sig "get a life". Do you buy rough and Do you have a cab machine? Beader? Or do you buy pre-worked?
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      • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
        Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

        Hi Danielle - Welcome to the warriors.

        Do you buy your stones or hunt them down? I don't make jewelry - but I'm a hunter - see sig "get a life". Do you buy rough and Do you have a cab machine? Beader? Or do you buy pre-worked?

        Thanks for the welcome! I am mainly a smith, working with sterling silver. I don't have a cab machine, so I get them from vendors when I need a supply. I'm about to delve into steel as an "urban alternative" to my normal jewelry line. That website needs to get launched too, in addition to the 3 other projects I'm juggling. LOL. My family will disown me by the end of all of this. I'm working on very little sleep and putting in ridiculously long days researching, but it's all so intriguing that I'm kinda' hooked. Plus I already started the project, so I'm not about to abandon that which I know has potential.

        Anyway, enough of my rambles. Back to watching the 6 pages of vids and tutorials I'm picking up here. LOL.

        I'll be up 'til 4am again. :rolleyes:

        ~D.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ricky Parker
          False advertising!

          I want the 10 secs. of life back you took from me. Or deliver on the nakedness of the title.


          Yep........

          I'm shallow. And I clicked to see pics.
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          • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
            I'm a redhead.

            You couldn't handle it anyway, so I'm actually saving time on your life span by averting you from sudden disaster.



            And back on topic for a moment: I was reading the thread about the guy getting ripped off for buying into a site that he said didn't have SEO reach or something to that effect....

            How do I determine in my current blog project is SEO'd? I have Google Analytics on it, and I try to remember to submit the good articles to social bookmarking sites, and I always put in target keywords, but beyond that, I'm clueless.

            Any tips on that?

            For that matter, would anyone be so kind as to -look- at my site and tell me if I'm a total loser? LOL. Thanks.

            Oh, and it's the PROJewelry site in my sig.

            ~D.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    Hey, you are on my time, also in NY. Wow, you're up late. You can be subtle about getting people to join your list. Give them a free project or maybe a tutorial on getting started. Also, you could give them a list of sources (think affiliate links embedded) for jewelry making. The ideas are endless. Time is not. Focus on what you want to accomplish first. Create a plan of attack and stay organized. Oh, and if you need writing, there are plenty of writers on the forum here, and webmasters and graphic designers, etc., etc.

    TomG.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Kenzington
    Hi Danielle,

    How about making your tutorials, videos? Show step by step how to create jewelry. It would be easy for you and you would be involving multiple senses of your prospects. Remember the more of the person's senses you can involve the more they will learn and absorb. And by demonstrating what you do in making jewelry, the more they will be (lazy) motivated to buy what they saw your create. ("Oh! I want that!")

    For advertising you could do a free Squidoo page that points back to your blog. Google love Squidoo lenses and ranks them high and does it quickly.

    You mentioned your tutorials were popular, so break a few of them down into small articles you can post on the Article sharing sites. Have a blurb in your Signature file that says: "If you would like to learn more go here" (to my blog's squeeze page).

    Create a squeeze page to collect contact info for your "7 part info course" (also make up of tutorials you have broken down into smaller bite size pieces) And with each mailing tell them about your excellent, easy to follow, "over your sholder" view, video tutorials (that you just happen to be selling).

    The Squidoo lens & Article marketing should bring you some really good organic (free) traffic, as google loves this type of content page.

    Finally, contact the person running the dreaded competition blog and have them offer your video tutorial course as a back end product that they will list on their Thank You page or their OTO page. You pay them 75% commission for making the pitch to their BUYERS. So you get sales from these motivated buyers and you build your list at the same time.

    Pretty sweet! It's really late and I'm tired, so I hope this made sense.

    This is do-able. Give this some serious consideration. I'm going to bed.
    (It will all make perfect sense in the morning. )

    Nighty Nite,

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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    You should listen to Adam, great advice there. Video is definitely the way to go. Oh, don't put the video and naked words together, might get you in trouble. Keep going back to this thread, must be the naked thing.

    TomG.
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    • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
      LOL....well, I've got skillz...

      I started with naked and now I've moved onto Redhead.

      It's all about the lure of the unknown, right?



      ANYway, you all are making me look bad. So yeah, Adam, that was almost easy enough for even me to understand. It sounds do-able, but I'm at a loss for the video thing. The only video capability I have around here is on my Macbook Pro and that won't be so easy to rig looking over my shoulder. LOL.

      I might have to come up with some new tutorials for this though...my stuff is bookmarked all over the web as it's about 2-3 years old now and has been printed in every jewelry forum known to man. I'll have to mull that one over and come up with something tangible.

      The vid is an issue tho..../sigh

      Tom, you're funny.

      I have so many notes all over the place, I had to start a journal to keep track of it all.

      I downloaded the SEO plugin and activated it, but I'm not sure what to do with it beyond that. I read the readme file, but I don't quite understand how to tweak the controls, or really what to do with them. I've learned Wordpress literally overnight through sheer determination and googling what I couldn't figure out on my own.

      It's late, my brain is all over the place and I didn't even blog yet!!! Gah.

      ~D.
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      • Profile picture of the author ShayB
        Hey, Danielle! Welcome to the forum!

        You are going to love it here!

        I sent you a PM.
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  • Profile picture of the author folkcare
    Hi Danielle

    I wasn't sucked in by your 'naked' thing, cos Im a gal too (sic).
    All I can say is I think you've done tremendously well getting 1K
    visitors in such a short time.

    There's some pretty cool software - I believe called dOLPHIN
    -which allows all kinds of myspace and facebook type activities
    which Im thinking of taking on myself actually. Though for a different
    niche. Foreclosure help.

    Anyway its got the video sharing and pictures and social stuff
    and its free so there you go, good luck ! Blog on there. See you
    at the top.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
    Thanks Shay! I appreciate your help from earlier.


    Ok guys and gals...here's the next question:

    So I figured out that I have a nice little "10 On-A-Shoestring-Budget Marketing Tools to help you sell your _blah_" that I was working on as an extended blog post, but I suppose I could convert it to a WSO w/o too much effort.

    My next question is, if I use a squeeze page to get their email and give them some little treat in return, how do I sell the above WSO idea w/o seeming too pushy yet getting their interest?

    I'm really worried about scaring ppl off, so i'm trying to go all B-52 Stealth.

    Thanks!

    ~D.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Danielle_B View Post

      Thanks Shay! I appreciate your help from earlier.



      ~D.
      You are welcome! Great talking to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    Hi Danielle,

    Welcome to the forum! Here's a Quick tip for you and a few of the best methods to Expose yourself...

    Study Google and connect with related web businesses that continually keep coming up on the Top of Google. Works with any niche. Another great example of success using Ken Evoy's SBI!

    Spend some time reading through Rena's site including submitting your own articles to her site etc. Think about joint ventures, cross promotions, commenting on her blog, social networking and following her advice...

    Definitely a perfect resource to help you achieve your goals.
    Rena Klingenberg's...
    Home Jewelry Business Success Tips
    http://jewelry-business-blog.com/
    http://jewelry-business-blog.com/jew...ree-countries/

    Dave
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    • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
      Originally Posted by Dave777 View Post

      Hi Danielle,

      Welcome to the forum! Here's a Quick tip for you and a few of the best methods to Expose yourself...

      Study Google and connect with related web businesses that continually keep coming up on the Top of Google. Works with any niche. Another great example of success using Ken Evoy's SBI!

      Spend some time reading through Rena's site including submitting your own articles to her site etc. Think about joint ventures, cross promotions, commenting on her blog, social networking and following her advice...

      Definitely a perfect resource to help you achieve your goals.
      Rena Klingenberg's...
      Home Jewelry Business Success Tips
      http://jewelry-business-blog.com/
      http://jewelry-business-blog.com/jew...ree-countries/

      Dave


      Dave, interesting that you mention that....

      Another blogger who stumbled onto my site and wrote an article about my blog just sent me a PM today asking if I was interested in working with her on a private membership jewelry site. Of course, I said I was always interested in a new business venture. Like I have time.... *forehead smack*.

      But back to your idea....I've seen Rena's site and newsletter... I feel it's not quite what I'm looking for, but do you think it's worth it just for the exposure? And won't she be onto me if I link my site in posts or something?

      I have no idea how to approach competition w/o stepping on toes and still getting what I need out of the deal.

      This is all brand new to me. Total noob. But happy for the advice nonetheless!


      ~D.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dave777
        Originally Posted by Danielle_B View Post

        Dave, interesting that you mention that....

        Another blogger who stumbled onto my site and wrote an article about my blog just sent me a PM today asking if I was interested in working with her on a private membership jewelry site. Of course, I said I was always interested in a new business venture. Like I have time.... *forehead smack*.

        But back to your idea....I've seen Rena's site and newsletter... I feel it's not quite what I'm looking for, but do you think it's worth it just for the exposure? And won't she be onto me if I link my site in posts or something?

        I have no idea how to approach competition w/o stepping on toes and still getting what I need out of the deal.

        This is all brand new to me. Total noob. But happy for the advice nonetheless!


        ~D.
        In my opinion you can never have too much exposure but it's got to feel right and be sincere for your likings and business model. Blog commenting is just another form of marketing as long as your comments are well thought out and presented. Not just one liners and spam related. As far as approaching your competition, do some reading on joint ventures, cross promotions in the warrior archives & Google. Just be yourself and make sure all deals are a win win situation for all parties involved! Try focusing on just one thing at a time for it to work...

        Dave
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        • Profile picture of the author Pete223
          Hi Danielle,

          Did you ever try and sell your jewelry
          on eBay... with auctions and an eBay Store...

          Jewelry is a very popular category and
          it's pretty easy to funnel some of the
          traffic back to your own website.
          (make sure to follow their TOS)

          Regards, Pete
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          • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
            Thank for the thoughts Pete....

            I work in a special niche of jewelry called "art jewelry". There is very little market for it on ebay, and really, I sell my personal work to art galleries, museums, etc. There's no way I'd take it to ebay and depend on bidding to get value out of it. A few friends of mine have thought to prove me wrong however, and did try that tactic, but had little success.

            I don't mean to sound negative about it; I'm sure it works for some, but it's not the place for me.


            Thank you for the advice though! My personal jewelry business will benefit greatly from what I'm learning here by way of general marketing skills and I plan to get to work on that site when I've achieved greatness with the jewelry blog I'm currently working on.

            Next Perez Hilton and all that jazz....hopefully less hated.


            ~D.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    Ahhh... it's the naked/not naked lady again! Hello, I have an answer for you. Typically, you get the signup first and then you send informative messages that point to your WSO as having the solution to the problem you setup in each message. You go for the soft sell. Eventually, if you have what the customer wants, you'll get the sale.

    TomG.
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  • Profile picture of the author peteinoz
    Hey Dannielle,

    do not hurry into this ok

    there has been some excellent advice in this forum.. cool huh!!

    You've got the head for IM no doubt, e.g the title of this Thread


    Heres the thing, you are in a very strong position, with credibility in your market.

    Most of us here jump into new markets and do very well without any credibility.. so YOU can do it easier with Cred in place..

    Successful Im'ers have these two things in common..

    1. Understanding how to leverage their time.

    2. Solving Peoples problems



    You are in a great position to POLL your existing market, to find the problems they are experiencing, or what is the hardest part about their market? the better you poll your market, the more information you will have for a product to sell to them..

    This is really important, the more time you put into this research..
    1. the more profitable your future will be.
    2. The less time it takes till you become successful.

    Untill you have this data,, you have no idea about which product will be successful..

    People will depart with their hard earned, if they perceive you are going to make their live easier.

    You have a blog, see if you can find a free Polling script to use, then promote this question via the online arena's you are an authority in already , or start discussions on your related forums about the biggest headache I have is .....................?

    Let them tell you which product you need to create.

    Then you'll know whether you need to produce
    a video series
    ebook
    membership site.
    or all three

    So first thing, is get out there and find a problem people are experiencing in your market

    No need to guess about this stuff,, when your in a position with your credibility to get the market to supply you the real answers

    hth's

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    • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
      Originally Posted by peteinoz View Post

      Hey Dannielle,

      do not hurry into this ok

      there has been some excellent advice in this forum.. cool huh!!

      You've got the head for IM no doubt, e.g the title of this Thread


      Heres the thing, you are in a very strong position, with credibility in your market.

      Most of us here jump into new markets and do very well without any credibility.. so YOU can do it easier with Cred in place..

      Successful Im'ers have these two things in common..

      1. Understanding how to leverage their time.

      2. Solving Peoples problems



      You are in a great position to POLL your existing market, to find the problems they are experiencing, or what is the hardest part about their market? the better you poll your market, the more information you will have for a product to sell to them..

      This is really important, the more time you put into this research..
      1. the more profitable your future will be.
      2. The less time it takes till you become successful.

      Untill you have this data,, you have no idea about which product will be successful..

      People will depart with their hard earned, if they perceive you are going to make their live easier.

      You have a blog, see if you can find a free Polling script to use, then promote this question via the online arena's you are an authority in already , or start discussions on your related forums about the biggest headache I have is .....................?

      Let them tell you which product you need to create.

      Then you'll know whether you need to produce
      a video series
      ebook
      membership site.
      or all three

      So first thing, is get out there and find a problem people are experiencing in your market

      No need to guess about this stuff,, when your in a position with your credibility to get the market to supply you the real answers

      hth's

      Pete
      Peteinoz:

      Now that's creative thinking I understand! I already have a poll option on my sidebar, and remarkably, it gets a lot of hits. I'm definitely putting it to work now!!!! That's fabulous *blows you kisses* I don't know if I have the head for this or not, cuz I'm feeling pretty stupid that I didn't think of that myself earlier.

      LOL.

      I am on Etsy a lot in the forums, answering biz related questions frequently, so the few things I know most crafters in general complain about is traffic/marketing/pricing.

      So I guess I'll do some more research and go with what I know. Here's hoping!

      Thanks so much for the great post and the props. I'm having a hard time believing how awesome you all are. It's mind boggling.

      Best,

      ~D.
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      • Profile picture of the author peteinoz
        Originally Posted by Danielle_B View Post

        Peteinoz:
        I don't know if I have the head for this or not, cuz I'm feeling pretty stupid that I didn't think of that myself earlier.

        LOL.
        LOL please do not feel like this..

        Ive been doing this since 95 so its an experience thing not a brilliant mind or not thing

        Put it this way, if we all had all the answer.. erhm. we'd all go broke LOL

        because there'd be no problems..

        After reading this again..

        Your in a unique position. that actually helps me with a problem I have.

        I'll Pm you to see if you can help solve my problem

        Cheers

        pete
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        • Profile picture of the author macki
          I'm inspired by what you've accomplished in two weeks. You given me a push to work harder (and smarter). Of course this darn 8-5 gig gets in my way. Great work! I'm looking forward to hearing more!
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  • Profile picture of the author Pete223
    Danielle, eBay can be a great way to drive
    traffic... not just selling... and you don't
    need to do auctions and risk "loosing" your
    pieces for low prices.

    The exposure and the backlink
    alone are more then worth the
    listing price... especially in a micro-niche
    like "art jewelry"

    Just a tip you can write down in your
    scrapbook for when you have time to
    research it a bit more... you'd be
    surprised of the effectiveness !!!

    Keep at it...

    Regards, Pete
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    • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
      Originally Posted by Pete223 View Post

      Danielle, eBay can be a great way to drive
      traffic... not just selling... and you don't
      need to do auctions and risk "loosing" your
      pieces for low prices.

      The exposure and the backlink
      alone are more then worth the
      listing price... especially in a micro-niche
      like "art jewelry"

      Just a tip you can write down in your
      scrapbook for when you have time to
      research it a bit more... you'd be
      surprised of the effectiveness !!!

      Keep at it...

      Regards, Pete
      Pete223,

      I suppose that's not a horrible idea either. I will definitely put it in the ole' notebook for the other business site when I get to it.

      Really, I don't think there's anything to lose by doing it. Some time, perhaps. But I have curiosity seekers and jewelry makers to gain!

      Thanks hon,

      ~D.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Kenzington
    Hi Danielle,

    It's Adam, again. I want to cover 2 points. One is about the camera, and two is about your autoresponder question.

    So, here it is. You mentioned you only have your MacBook camera. Fine, start off doing what you do while holding up your project in front of the little lens on the MacBook and let whatever you are trying to show/teach be exposed from that angle. (Work with what you've got). Next, find a friend who has a Mini DV camera and let them film you doing what you do from other angles you couldn't get with the computer camera. With editing software freely available on the net you can "splice" these different shots into a cohesive (is that spelled right?) finished product that just flows. It is pretty easy to make this project look professionally done.

    Although I am not up on this part, I hear you can use your cell phone camera to shoot video that would be usable for a project like this. Once again, I have no personal experience with cell phone cameras, but someone else on this thread may be able to address this. I'd stick with the friend's Mini DV. Someone you know will have one of these. So many people do. (You could buy a decent one for $200).

    Next, AutoResponders. I have been doing a lot of personal research on this. Of course you have the big 2, Aweber & GetResponse. Both good products. But here are 2 worth looking at. First is Kelvin Brown's WSO, Follow101.com. He offers an AutoResponder package that includes custom made surveys in the deal. The cost is $79 per year! ($99 for the advanced package) There's lots more to it. You can read the WSO yourself, here:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...open-rate.html

    The second one I have just come across and I have to admit I'm impressed. I plan on starting a thread and asking if any warriors have any experence with this company. (I'm looking for a good package for my personal business use) This company is called "Ultimate Marketing Center:

    www.ultimatemarketingcenter.com


    And it has everything included you would need to have your online presence. I mean web hosting, unlimited autoresponder, a website builder program with over 370 templates, RSS Autoresponder, Affiliate management software, unlimited Ad Trackers, Membership Manager...

    The list goes on, and you get everything for $19.95 per month! Read their sales page.

    Well, it's midnight and I'm going to bed.

    I hope this helps. Keep us informed, I'd like to know how this all works out for you.

    Take Care,

    Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    Danielle,

    Took a Quick look into the Art Jewelry niche... Keep in mind there are all kinds of related keywords and phrases to consider using in your web business model and domaining too!

    A little food for thought...
    art jewelry,art jewelry forum,art jewelry mag,art jewelry gallery,art jewelry exchange,art jewelry blog,art jewelry rings,art jewelry supplies,art jewelry today,art jewelry magazine forum,art jewelry website and lots more using a couple good free tools...
    https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal
    Seo Book Keyword Suggestion Tool

    On your mention of Etsy...
    “I am on Etsy a lot in the forums, answering biz related questions frequently, so the few things I know most crafters in general complain about is traffic/marketing/pricing.”

    I have a question for you... If someone has an Amazing marketing tool for the many Etsy members who run their businesses Locally, what are some tips and the best way to connect with Etsy members if you're not a handmade artist or an ongoing customer. I would appreciate any suggestions and ideas. Might even be a nice little joint venture/commissions in it for you!

    Thanks
    Dave
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    • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
      Originally Posted by Dave777 View Post

      Danielle,

      Took a Quick look into the Art Jewelry niche... Keep in mind there are all kinds of related keywords and phrases to consider using in your web business model and domaining too!

      A little food for thought...
      art jewelry,art jewelry forum,art jewelry mag,art jewelry gallery,art jewelry exchange,art jewelry blog,art jewelry rings,art jewelry supplies,art jewelry today,art jewelry magazine forum,art jewelry website and lots more using a couple good free tools...
      https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal
      Seo Book Keyword Suggestion Tool

      On your mention of Etsy...
      “I am on Etsy a lot in the forums, answering biz related questions frequently, so the few things I know most crafters in general complain about is traffic/marketing/pricing.”

      I have a question for you... If someone has an Amazing marketing tool for the many Etsy members who run their businesses Locally, what are some tips and the best way to connect with Etsy members if you're not a handmade artist or an ongoing customer. I would appreciate any suggestions and ideas. Might even be a nice little joint venture/commissions in it for you!

      Thanks
      Dave
      Dave, I'll shoot you a PM on this. Etsy members are easy to find and they're ripe for the picking. Business is really hard for them for one main reason: 1. Competition in the Etsy site is REALLY stiff....that's why I don't belong to those online gallery places. It makes it that much harder to sell YOU when there's 500 more shops next door selling the same if not nicer. They don't get that for some reason. *boggle* Of course, this is all personal opinion.

      In any event, I'll talk more w/ you in a PM about it.

      ~D.

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    • Profile picture of the author Danielle_B
      Adam & Yaji:

      Thank you so much for all the encouragement and support. You guys have more ideas than I know what to do with at this point. LOL. My poor blog is suffering; I haven't posted in a day and a half now, I've been so busy reading all the stuff you all keep giving me.

      I really have to say, in all honesty, I thought IM'ing was total hogwash and (hangs her head in shame) that a lot of ppl were icky used car salesmen types.

      You guys don't even REMOTELY resemble that, and I'm totally humbled by all the good wishes and encouragement and information you offer.

      So hats off to WF! You all rock.



      ~D.
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  • Profile picture of the author yaji
    Agreed with Adam. Show what you have now and let your mouth explain the details. The most important thing is to take actions NOW. Your videos might not be perfect, but who would complain about not having video details if you said or wrote it clearly about jewelry making? (As long long it is not naked thing, who cares :-)

    By the way, Danielle, are you doing beaded jewelry too? I have a friend doing that and she is very successful. She has her class all day/night long. I really wish you good luck and let us know your progress. No hesitation to ask here as we have many resources you can not imagine... Trust me.
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