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Forum: Wanted - Members Looking To Hire You 9th February 2012, 10:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: [NOW HIRING] Need Help Finding Guest Post Sites

Basically, I'm looking for people who can help set up guest posts for me. I'll do the writing, but I need someone to find places to guest post and then communicate with the owners of these guest...
Forum: Wanted - Members Looking To Hire You 25th January 2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Posted By Sarah Russell
[CLOSED] Need Help Finding Guest Post Sites

Hello,

I am looking for someone who can help publish my guest posts for me.

Basically, I'll do the writing, but I need you to go find places to post them, then coordinate with the owners of...
Forum: Copywriting 12th October 2011, 12:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,076
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Need your help with a copywriting case study!

Andrew - Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate it, and I like your headline ideas. I agree that the sales letter could do a better job selling the benefits of...
Forum: Copywriting 12th October 2011, 10:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,076
Posted By Sarah Russell
Forum: Copywriting 12th October 2011, 09:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,076
Posted By Sarah Russell
Need your help with a copywriting case study!

Hey all,

Since you all have been so fantastically helpful to me in the past, I'm hoping you might have some good ideas for a case study I'm working on right now. Over on my Common Sense Marketing...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th June 2011, 02:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Best Split Testing Plugin For WP?

@Fenshon - Have you used that service before? If so, would you recommend it?

I've been wondering the same thing as the original poster, but I'd rather learn more about that option before...
Forum: Copywriting 9th June 2011, 12:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 715
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Help me make this more compelling!

Thanks so much for all the feedback, you guys! I'm going with something similar as the above listing, but spiced up with a few quotes and data points from participants (just for the warm launch). ...
Forum: Copywriting 6th June 2011, 07:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 715
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Help me make this more compelling!

@AdwordsMogul - Knowing that it's a product thats composed of video training, workbooks and forum post transcripts answering common questions, what would you consider to be the primary benefit? I'm...
Forum: Copywriting 6th June 2011, 05:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 715
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Help me make this more compelling!

@Daniel Scott & AdwordsMogul - Thank you both for the feedback, it's much appreciated :)

To clarify, this is just a blog post announcement for my regular readers (I'm working up to tackling the...
Forum: Copywriting 6th June 2011, 04:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 715
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Help me make this more compelling!

Wow - thanks guys :) I do a lot of work as a ghostwriter, so sometimes it's hard for me to get out the "informative" tone and into the "persuasive" tone. Glad to hear I don't suck as much as I...
Forum: Copywriting 6th June 2011, 03:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 715
Posted By Sarah Russell
Help me make this more compelling!

Okay, copywriting Warriors... I humbly acknowledge that I suck at copywriting, and hope that you can spare a few moments to help me make this copy more compelling. Thank you thank you thank you in...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 3rd June 2011, 10:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,186
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Anyone Using Google +1 Yet?

I'm holding off on this until I see some more reviews about whether people are seeing a benefit from it.

To use it, you have to use a public Google profile, which is something I've shied away...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd June 2011, 10:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,027
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Make money from ipad

Don't know if it'll be useful or not, but I just did a post on all the different business tasks I was able to do with my iPhone. Might spark some ideas for you...

Experiments in Mobile...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd June 2011, 10:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 730
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Bright Shiny Objects - I LOVE 'EM !

As long as you're picking WSOs that are relevant to your business model, and you plan to act on the content you uncover, I don't see an issue.

Lord knows I've spent way more than "a few pints of...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd June 2011, 10:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,108
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: OK I bought your WSOs, but don't email me 120 emails!

To the marketer, it doesn't matter whether or not you like receiving that many emails - what matters is what number of messages/week results in the greatest number of sales. Sure, these sales might...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd June 2011, 10:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 515
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Working for Client's Competition?

As long as you can keep the two designs pretty different, there shouldn't be too much of an issue. It'd be a bigger problem if you did two similar designs, or if you were pitching SEO/promotional...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 3rd June 2011, 10:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,007
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: "Buying" keywords, such as "best" or "review"

I'd be wary of using consumer reports in the domain name as that's a trademarked brand.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd June 2011, 10:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 910
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: A new issue with Name Cheap

Agree with Suzanne. I think until we hear about this practice becoming more widespread at NC, it's safe to assume that it's just more competition in the internet marketing world. If a domain was...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 23rd May 2011, 12:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 539
Posted By Sarah Russell
WP Banner Rotater Plugin That Works on the Post Level?

Hi all,

Can anyone recommend a WP plugin (free or paid) that allows you to split test different banner ads by post? Basically, I'd like to assign two banners to a specific post, two banners to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th May 2011, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 624
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Will Amazon affiliates be competing with Borders?

It'd be interesting to see Amazon enter the brick and mortar sphere, but the bigger concern would be Amazon having to collect sales taxes in any state where they have a physical presence. And since...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 18th May 2011, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 515
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Anchor Text Questions

Anchor text refers to the linked text in a link, not the link itself. For example...

<a href="http://www.warriorforum.com">Warrior Forum</a>.

In this case, "Warrior Forum" is the anchor text....
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th May 2011, 12:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 773
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: 2 years and back to square one. Need advice!

Second the PLR suggestion, or if you're good at writing sales letters, why not write some of your own to promote affiliate/CPA offers? You don't have to use paid traffic to promote them - there are...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th May 2011, 12:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 947
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: First Amazon sale...32p!

Congrats! We all have to start somewhere... :)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th May 2011, 12:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,627
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: SNEAKY Testimonial Tactics

As long as you're clear about the fact that the feedback is taken from a related product/service - not the actual product/service you're selling - I don't think there's an issue.

Yes, having...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th May 2011, 12:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 926
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Newbie - "NO GO Amazon Products to Promote"

Oooh - thanks for the tip! I was just researching some vacuum keywords, but I think I'll stay away for now.
Forum: Internet Marketing Product Reviews & Ratings 18th May 2011, 12:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,990
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Which hosting company do you recommend?

Hostgator for cheap, fast hosting; Bluehost for beginners (due to their support) and DowntownHost for reseller hosting.

If you need more help, check out this post I wrote on choosing the right web...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th May 2011, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 613
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: $400 too much for Personal Coaching?

Depends on so many factors - Does the coach teach the kind of techniques you want to use? Are you willing to take action and put the things you learn into practice? Is the coach reputable (ie - can...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th May 2011, 12:09 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,637
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: The War Room

I see you've already joined, but just a word of caution about the War Room...

Yes, it's an incredible value, and the caliber of the information being given away there is unparalleled.

That...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th May 2011, 10:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By Sarah Russell
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th May 2011, 10:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 381
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Affiliate Programs for Membership Sites - Looking for One but Need Help!

Are you using a membership script to run your membership program? Many of them have affiliate tools built in, although you'll have to do more work to find affiliates this way.

If not, you could...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th May 2011, 10:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 879
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Monthly or Yearly?

Monthly fee for web hosting (DowntownHost) as I like having the flexibility to leave any time I need to if my host goes downhill. Yearly for domains (Namecheap) - I usually only buy a year at a...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th May 2011, 11:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,573
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Why do good writers market for others instead of themselves?

I started off as a freelance article writer, and eventually - like others here have mentioned - got clued in to the fact that people had to be making more with my articles than I was selling them for...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 4th May 2011, 09:14 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,067
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Google +1 Button - The Game is Changing

Can't see this gaining too much traction if it's only on Chrome and you have to install the extension in the first place. Even if it does, Google can't give it too much of a priority over other...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd May 2011, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: How to Research an Affiliate Program

How well written is the sales copy?
How professional is the affiliate sales process?
Will my traffic respond to the offer?
Does the sales page include anything that pulls visitors away from...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd May 2011, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 600
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: How do I start guest posting?

Guest posting earns you exposure, traffic and backlinks.

To do it, identify the top blog owners in your niche and then email them to see if they accept guest posts. Some may even have info about...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd May 2011, 01:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Can Clickbank Screw Me?

Try opening a new account and using your new user ID in your old affiliate links. If the sales bounce back, there might be an issue with Clickbank. If not, there's some other variable at play.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 3rd May 2011, 01:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 412
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Please explain

Yes - backlinks help improve your site's rankings, as they show the search engines that your content is valuable enough for some other website to refer back to it.

However, there's a lot that goes...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd May 2011, 01:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 719
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Where can I find writing tasks/jobs?

Jobs for Bloggers - ProBlogger Job Board (http://jobs.problogger.net/)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd May 2011, 01:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,780
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: What do you do with your profits? Invest? Trade? - Have you thought about your retirement yet?

Reinvest in business, pay off personal debts (student loan, mortgage, etc) and spend way too much money on iphone apps... :)
Forum: Internet Marketing Product Reviews & Ratings 3rd May 2011, 12:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,498
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Need a solid Social Bookmarking Software

I use Incansoft's tool, but have had good results with Onlywire as well (and it's free!)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd April 2011, 01:52 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 14,568
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: RIP: Bev Clement

Sending my thoughts to her family. She will be sorely missed here! :(
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th March 2011, 09:01 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,073
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: What Is The Biggest Mistake You Make As A Newbie??

Spending *wayyyyyyyy* too much money when I shouldn't have.

Funny you bring this up - I just wrote a post on this topic (see the link in my sig :) )
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th March 2011, 08:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,289
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Google updates Blogger - Would you still prefer Wordpress?

Yes, I'll still prefer Wordpress - the self-hosted version only, though.

Why the f would I spend all my time building up a business that could be taken away from me without notice? Almost all...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th March 2011, 08:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Long-haul flights & refunds..

Agree with what everyone else is saying - set up an auto-responder or have your VA communicate with customers if possible, and then stop worrying about it. Being that hands-on about every aspect of...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th March 2011, 08:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 392
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: How much traffic before adding a forum?

I don't think there's any minimum amount of traffic necessary to run a successful forum. Right now, I'm testing a forum set-up with the members of my Community Marketing Challenge, and it's getting...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th March 2011, 08:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 667
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Poll: For people that buy PLR-individual packs or membership model

Agree on the individual packs. Unless your membership site is niche-targeted (something like a micro-membership site that sends me 5-10 articles each month in my niche might be cool), I probably...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th March 2011, 08:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 588
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Selling Ad Space on Affiliate Review Site - Good/Bad?

Honestly, you won't know if it'll be worth your time until you try. Pat Flynn had a few interesting posts recently on how he priced advertising space based on the estimated number of Adwords click...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th March 2011, 08:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 449
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Is this illegal??

It's definitely a misrepresentation, but it's hard to imagine it being actually illegal, as you have no financial interest in receiving the report.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th March 2011, 08:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 706
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Tips in picking a good VA, especially writer

Exactly. If it's working for you as a selection criteria, that's great. As a writer, though, I'd be turned off by this kind of request. All of that info can be found on my website, and writing up...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th March 2011, 08:02 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,873
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Amazon drops Illinois affiliates

That sucks, but it's not entirely unexpected. If states are broke, they're going to try whatever they can get away with to increase revenues.

Definitely a good reminder to diversify monetization...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 14th March 2011, 07:39 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,033
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Do you trust Google Analytics?

I like the tools Google Analytics offers, but it does have it's limitations (not the least of which is having all your data right there for Google to look at!). I use it, though, along with AWStats...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th March 2011, 07:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 797
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Ethically speaking...

That's a tough one. There are always going to be people who try to prosper off of other people's suffering - that's on the buyer, not on you, although I like your plan to give the money to charity....
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th March 2011, 07:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 706
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Tips in picking a good VA, especially writer

As both a writer and someone who's hired VAs, I think that the most important thing you can do is to get a paid test of the kind of work you plan to hire the person for.

So, basically, if you're...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th March 2011, 10:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,589
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Freelance writers - Upfront payment, in arrears or split?

Split, 50% up front for new clients, with the remaining 50% due upon completion. After a few successful projects, I'm open to adjusting payment terms as needed.

So far, I haven't been screwed...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th March 2011, 10:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,073
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Article Marketers: What will you do with your article?

Exactly what Tim said - business as usual until I see a good reason not to. So far, I haven't seen a dip in EZA or Web 2.0 traffic, so I don't plan on changing anything up yet.

That said, I gave...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th March 2011, 10:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 807
Posted By Sarah Russell
Re: Legal - Is "Case Study" the new workaround term for "Testimonial"?

Case studies to me mean actual in-depth analysis, as well as proof of how the tool/product/etc was used. You're right, though, I've been seeing a lot of "case studies" (glorified testimonials) that...
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