Need advice. I have everything I need set up - What now?

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Hi all,

So I've got myself a Domain Name (generic), my Hosting is setup, I'm subscribed to Aweber and I've started a Wordpress Blog. What should I do now?

I have a few bundles of PLR/MMR stuff and quite a few ebooks/articles mostly relating to IM but I'm unsure of the best way to proceed. Do I buy specific Domains relating to the PLR material and put up a sales pages on the separate domains? Or should I bundle a few together for free as an incentive to get my list building off to a start?

It's a blank canvas really. What would you do if you were in my situation?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Ps. If you check out my blog, you can see where I'm up to in my IM career - not very far(!) but I'm working on it. If anyone is on the same course, let me know how your getting on - I'm a bit stuck at the moment as you can tell....
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    I'm a little confused about your situation.

    Setting up a blog, getting an auto-responder etc. are things I would do AFTER I had my business plan clear and realised that I needed them in order to fill a gap in that plan.

    So my normal question would be - what market are you in? are you clear about what the people in that market want/need? what is already selling well? do you know how/where/why they want/need those things? What mechanisms (email, website, blog, ppc etc.) are required to access that market? do you need to create a product or source an existing product to offer them? what is your product funnel like (free - low ticket - high ticket) so maximise the value of each new customer?

    Whether a website or blog, or email system is required are usually the last components and only needed once you have something to deliver and a target audience you have a strategy to attract.

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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Faber
      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      I'm a little confused about your situation.

      Setting up a blog, getting an auto-responder etc. are things I would do AFTER I had my business plan clear and realised that I needed them in order to fill a gap in that plan.

      So my normal question would be - what market are you in? are you clear about what the people in that market want/need? what is already selling well? do you know how/where/why they want/need those things? What mechanisms (email, website, blog, ppc etc.) are required to access that market? do you need to create a product or source an existing product to offer them? what is your product funnel like (free - low ticket - high ticket) so maximise the value of each new customer?

      Whether a website or blog, or email system is required are usually the last components and only needed once you have something to deliver and a target audience you have a strategy to attract.

      Andy
      Andy,

      I agree 100%. I gave my advice above with the expectation that he'd already determined his niche, and a few effective ways to monetize it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Faber
    - Start creating content and posting it to your blog.
    - Make sure you have a good looking theme and the blog looks good.
    - Keyword research your posts and post titles.
    - Start promoting the posts in social media sites like stumble upon, digg, delicious, and reddit. Use one of the many methods around, like sexy bookmarks, to make it easy for others to do that and also to like your posts on FB. There are some scripts that you can add to your blog that will give you a pop up or drop down to get people to like or share the post on FB as well.
    - Do some guest posts on blogs in yours or related niches and link back to your posts that relate to the content of your guest post. You'll get links, exposure, and start building relationships with other bloggers.
    - If they apply, get your posts featured in blog carnivals. That will get you more exposure and back links.
    - Although there have been setbacks of late, do some article marketing by posting articles in various article marketing directories. There are about 10,000 posts on that in this forum, so I won't expound on it here, but the goals are:a link from the directory, traffic from people reading your post at the directory, and syndication on other blogs or e-zines. You can use your posts for these, or write entirely new or partially new articles for this.
    - Syndicate articles to some of the e-zines that are in your, or closely related niches.
    - Keep posting high quality content at least 4 days a week for the first 4 - 6 months.
    - Make sure you're using that Aweber account, Don't let it gather dust. Build that list from the get go.
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  • Profile picture of the author la dominatrix
    Whatever you do , don't put off your list building until you are more established, do it from the start.

    There are several ways of building a niche fast. Use
    List Building Subscription Co-Op Co-Registration for Internet Marketers!!
    its a free service that will fast track your list building.

    Also read the JV sections here on the forum or look in
    Joint Venture (JV) Lists, Announcements, Blogs, And Community Forums.
    Hang out with product producer's as a launch approaches
    the pressure increases, they are always short of something.
    Provide that something maybe a free report or a complimentary
    video, ask them to put your link on their download page and their
    sales will build your list.
    Just a couple of ideas to get you started
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    • Profile picture of the author TracyNeedham
      Originally Posted by la dominatrix View Post

      Whatever you do , don't put off your list building until you are more established, do it from the start.

      There are several ways of building a niche fast. Use
      List Building Subscription Co-Op Co-Registration for Internet Marketers!!
      its a free service that will fast track your list building.
      I agree about the list building and haven't checked out the service above but you might have trouble using a co-op reg service with Aweber.

      Once you decide what you want to build a list for, use some of that PLR to create some opt-in incentives. You may also want to create an audio--just reading whatever you put together as a report--using Audacity. It's free and will up the value of your incentive.
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      • Profile picture of the author la dominatrix
        Originally Posted by TracyNeedham View Post

        I agree about the list building and haven't checked out the service above but you might have trouble using a co-op reg service with Aweber.
        it can be used with Aweber.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    With every intention of sounding redundant but with
    absolutely no need to pad my post count... everything
    that Andy said.

    Decide on your market...the rest should flow from there.

    I'm sure there will be many vague and fragmented suggestions
    of what to do next but it doesn't sound to me like you're ready
    to do anything.

    Decide who you are and what you want to be... then proceed.

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  • Profile picture of the author Scouser
    Hi,

    Thanks for the comments. That's exactly my problem - I'm not too sure what plan I should have. I'm interested in Niche marketing as it's so diverse and interesting but at the moment I'm just learning to walk before I can run.

    The reason I went and got the domain, hosting etc is because I've been dithering about trying to figure out what I'm best at, what I feel I am capable of etc and procrastinating whilst reading endless ebooks/artcles etc and not doing anything productive.

    I thought that shelling out for the above would give me more of an incentive to get off my backside and start trying out things, right or wrong, mainly as a learning curve.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nickolie0990
    Seems to me like you are a ship without a destination in mind. I would first take a break and congrats on getting all that done. Many people don't make it to that point. Second I would recommend in really asking what is it you really want out of all this that you are doing.

    Are you doing this just for some extra cash or are you doing this to make a living on?

    The more detailed questions you ask yourself, the clearer the next step will become.
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