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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 7th October 2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 820
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Internet Marketer Question ... Being Too Skeptical vs. Being Too Gullible

To be honest, I'm quite skeptical myself. Maybe it's because I'm a copywriter so I'm used to hearing exciting descriptions of things, maybe it's just because I've seen so many ideas fall apart...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd October 2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,253
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Even "Article Syndication" Is Dead!

Original content has always been king, even before any of these major updates. A lot of the cheaper articles were written based off of information found in original content. People would search for...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th May 2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,586
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Content Creation Software

If you need good content but can't afford to pay for it then why not just host guest posts?

You won't be able to charge for publishing them until your site is more established but plenty of people...
Forum: Mind Warriors 19th February 2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 886
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Does this self-improvement strategy make sense?

Why not try creating your own product that helps people do exactly what you're doing? There are a lot of people like you, serial self improvers. I suppose I could be one of them since I'm always...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 19th February 2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 824
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: What if almost no one likes my product?

Here's what I would suggest:

1. Finish the Product
It doesn't have to be 100% perfect, it just has to be done. You can always add more flash and bling later.

2. Do a limited market release...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th February 2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 651
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: How does one break into the freelancer market?

The answer to what you're basically asking is the fundamental purpose of marketing. How do you get people to take notice of you? How do you get them to choose you over the competition?

This is...
Forum: Copywriting 17th February 2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 773
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: You really can make people believe a lie... with good advertising

I think you can't understand the importance of the engagement ring if you haven't been married. I had all sorts of ideas about what an engagement ring was meant for until I got married, then my eyes...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th February 2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 909
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Email series: Soap Opera Story Style? VS Giving BEST tips +secrets Free?(how to combine Both Sty

I would suggest utilizing all three elements in each email. This way you'd have:

1. A Story
2. Lessons from the story
3. A cliffhanger

Here's a quick example of what I'm talking about:

"I...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th February 2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,207
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Content Writing - Am I Paying Too Much?

I would certainly consider it, especially if the flat fee was a fair price for the material you need. The thing is most copywriters aren't interested in reducing their fee for a portion of...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th February 2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Which path to choose ?

I'm really tired so please excuse me if I don't sound very intelligent right now.

I would go with Number 2. The reason is that you'll be building something. That 80% figure is probably a bit...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 14th February 2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 706
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: What's One Reason That You Believe People Fail In Online Business?

One of the biggest problems I see is that people think IM is a real, tangible thing and not simply marketing done on the internet. The people who make a lot of money treat what they do like a...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th February 2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,212
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: E-Book Pricing Strategy?

The price of a product is somewhat determined by your business strategy. I don't mean "I want to make 5 figures a month". I mean the actual plan, the strategy for your entire business, your system....
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th February 2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,207
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Content Writing - Am I Paying Too Much?

I don't mean to sound like a contrarian, I'm certainly not trying to speak out against my fellow writers, but this is far from the first thread I've seen where people are advocating rather high...
Forum: Mind Warriors 13th February 2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,025
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: What is the biggest joy of being an Entrepreneur?

I really just love the process. The money is great, don't get me wrong, but after a while the numbers in your bank account are just numbers. Money is like a video game score.

What I really enjoy...
Forum: Social Media 12th February 2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,770
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Facebook, is this true?

Call me a Luddite if you want but I've never been fully sold on Facebook. Something always seemed a little fishy.

Now that they need to answer to shareholders they're going to be even more profit...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th February 2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 500
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: New to marketing analyzing. Need help and guidance

I love Asian food and I love small businesses. Here are a few suggestions which may or may not seem obvious.

Online Menus

Make sure the restaurant can be found on websites that host local...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th February 2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 775
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: How does a newbie make/sell an IM infoproduct?

Don't.

That would be my advice. There are just too many "newbies" creating IM info products that simply aren't any good. When you release a product, you're tying your reputation to it. If the...
Forum: Offline Marketing 7th February 2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 42,744
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Jordan Belfort's Straight Line System

I don't mean to insert myself into the middle of an active conversation but I really liked this video. I ended up watching a few other videos of his when this one was finished.

I really love the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 31st January 2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 693
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Contacting Businesses For Writing Opportunities

Well, this may not be very helpful to you but past work is the best way to convince them you'd be a good fit. I know, this is like a catch 22 "I can't land these clients because I don't have...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 31st January 2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,115
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Starting out, is this realistic?

Getting a mentor to help avoid rookie mistakes can seem like an enticing idea but think about this:

Your mentor made rookie mistakes in the beginning.

Rookie mistakes are great, as long as they...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 28th January 2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 718
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Thinking about setting up my own website

I had a lot of luck with setting up my own website in the beginning. These days, my marketing efforts are much more targeted so I prefer direct interaction. Here's my suggestion, as someone's who...
Forum: Offline Marketing 28th January 2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,670
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Outsourcing

Well, as someone who a lot of people outsource to, maybe I can offer some insight from the other end of things.

When it comes to people "dropping the ball", as you said, I think a lot of that...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 27th January 2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: How do Ad-Free websites make their money?

Unfortunately, I think some websites sell user information for market research. Everyone is doing it these days, that's why there are so many membership cards. Some of my friends were surprised to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th January 2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,139
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: This is Why Newbies Sturggle to Find a Good Niche

I think you're looking too closely at specifics. When I say "Look in the mirror" I'm really saying to look to yourself. You say you have these items but why do you have these items? Why does...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th January 2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,139
Posted By Shadowflux
This is Why Newbies Sturggle to Find a Good Niche

If you spend any amount of time on Warrior Forum then you probably already know of a few different money making strategies. It always comes down to the basics: provide something of value, grow your...
Forum: Offline Marketing 16th January 2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 985
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Any of You Worried About Net Nuetrality ENDING?

I think the big problem with this issue is whether or not ISPs are common carriers. There are certain laws which govern the way a telecom company can operate because they've been labeled as common...
Forum: Mind Warriors 15th January 2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,451
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Key Principles of Persuasion

Influence by Cialdini is a great book and I'm always recommending it.

One thing which I feel was somewhat left out, in the book, is the desire for inclusion. People want to be accepted by a...
Forum: Offline Marketing 15th January 2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,016
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Thinking Of Accepting Bitcoin?

I'm still on the fence about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in general. We've seen a lot of growth coming from bitcoin but it's been so fast I'm not sure you can call it stable growth.

The...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th January 2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 581
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Heath Niche, Please help me, What content can I provide to my list?

I've found the most popular content to fall into one of a few categories:

Actionable Suggestions

This is the type of content which tells you what to do. Maybe it's a new trick for marketing,...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th January 2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,622
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Why do internet marketers and internet marketing tools/services come across as so sleazy?

You mentioned bodybuilding and I think that's a great example. Think back to when you first entered the weight room. You wanted to be big, strong, lift more than the other guys. Naturally, you...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 14th January 2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,203
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Taking a Stand on Scams and Junk Marketing

No matter what happens, the cream will always rise to the top, the chaff will always blow away in the wind. Remember the days before Google's Panda update? There were countless websites filled with...
Forum: Mind Warriors 13th January 2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,102
Posted By Shadowflux
You ARE going to fail......and that's good

Every week we see a slew of posts by people new to the world of IM. These posts are asking for advice, the new members are looking for answers and many of their questions are the same. We do our...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th January 2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 534
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: How does one desgin/program/decide a product to launch ?

Well, I'm a writer so I can't speak from a programmer's point of view but I can talk about product creation. I'm constantly coming up with new ideas, I don't restrict myself so many of my ideas are...
Forum: Copywriting 9th January 2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 985
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Do You Want To Educate People... Or Make Money?

I think this is a problem all writers are facing and it goes beyond just copywriting. A few years ago there were a lot of writers but it seemed like the competition was based more on marketing and...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 7th January 2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 529
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Trapped, Please Help

I can understand where you're coming from, possibly more than any other Warrior on these boards. You can do it, trust me. You can make it if you're willing to work.

The first thing you need is...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 7th January 2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,349
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Best fiverr services that worked for you ?

I was feeling a bit masochistic last year and put up an ad offering 200 words of sales copy. It basically exploded and I could hardly keep it live for more than a day at a time before I had to close...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 3rd January 2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 418
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: How many goals do you pursue at a time ?

I think a well rounded person has multiple interests, each of which has some sort of goal. If you focused only on work you might burn out and get sick of it. You need to also pursue things which...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd January 2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 876
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Which of these is better way to make money in long run?

I would go with the ebooks, partly because I'm a writer myself so I'm better suited to that. Website work, to me, gets tedious fast.

On top of that, however, I think it is a much better long term...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 3rd January 2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 988
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: So What Makes You so Special?

What makes me special is my drive, strength, and determination.

The thing is, I've been at the bottom. I've had to eat at soup kitchens and wear dead people's clothes. I've faced living on the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd January 2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 601
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Trying to do over 1000 a month but stuck

What I've come to realize is that some businesses, products, and services seem to have a cap on them when it comes to the money you can make from that alone. Basically, you can sell the best apples...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 2nd January 2014, 11:59 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,552
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: How fast did it take you to start making money

I started making money right away. It wasn't much but it was enough to keep me motivated. I just did some research, figured out how people make money online, and implemented some of the most basic...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 2nd January 2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,270
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: What is your Money Creation Model?

It's easy to make a few bucks here and there. If you want to make an impressive amount of money, however, the game is completely different.

You have to start with the preliminary stages. The...
Forum: Copywriting 25th January 2013, 01:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,587
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Magical Words that Sell...

I think I say this at least once a day but there are no "magical" words or phrases which will make someone buy something. If this were true then these words would be commonly known.

Copy isn't...
Forum: Copywriting 25th January 2013, 12:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,220
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: What is the most important factor in the decision to buy something?

I like all of the responses, they've given me a lot to think about. I'm also not really surprised that everyone pretty much had a different answer.

I like what Rezbi said about desire and I have...
Forum: Mind Warriors 25th January 2013, 12:32 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,528
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: 4 Bad Habits Newbies Need To Pay Attention

I'll add some:

1. They think "writing articles" is a good way to start making money.

Seriously, this needs to stop. There are real writers out there and they do not appreciate this sort of...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 25th January 2013, 12:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,256
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Make $100 in a week starting from scratch

That's called fondue and the profit margins are HUGE.


To answer you question, I guess you could just contact as many people as you possibly can and offer to do something for which you could...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th January 2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,160
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Not Writer's Block -- it's Writer's Inferiority Complex

I honestly don't believe in writer's block either but I understand that this is not really what you're talking about. The thing about life is that you have to believe in yourself. If you don't...
Forum: Copywriting 24th January 2013, 01:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,220
Posted By Shadowflux
What is the most important factor in the decision to buy something?

There are plenty of theories about why certain sales copy turns readers into customers. Each piece of copy has the same objective but will go about it in a different way. I feel that every piece of...
Forum: Copywriting 24th January 2013, 11:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 887
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Need help selecting an ad tagline

It might help if you spent a few minutes trying to come up with what makes your service and products different from everything else that is offered. It's incredibly important to find a unique angle...
Forum: Copywriting 23rd January 2013, 03:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Is Cultivating an Original Copy Style Beneficial?

This post actually brings up something which has confused me for a while. We hear a lot about the importance of "cutting through the noise" and "standing out" yet I see so many people advocating...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd January 2013, 03:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,618
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Can you tell me any tips to write a good article myself

I really hope you don't take this the wrong way but if the writing in your opening post is indicative of the quality of your article writing then you should really consider hiring someone. The...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st January 2013, 10:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 891
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Freelance Writers - What did you do to improve your writing?

The best thing you can do to improve your writing is to read. Read anything you want and read often. Writing a lot is good too but reading is really important.

As for getting paid more, that's...
Forum: Copywriting 21st January 2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 860
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: How do you go about picking and choosing clients to work with?

Here are a few of mine, in no particular order:

1. Realistic goals based on experience.

This is really important for me. I do not want to waste time holding someone's hand. I don't want to be...
Forum: Copywriting 21st January 2013, 03:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,170
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: I must suck at copywriting...any advice?

I agree with others, 20% isn't bad and the headline is too long. Think of it a bit like a haiku, you want to capture the essence of what you're saying in the fewest yet most powerful words possible....
Forum: Copywriting 21st January 2013, 03:16 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 13,411
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Is NLP Utter Hogwash?

So what this thread has really taught me is that bringing up NLP on a copywriting board has the same effect as bringing up Ayn Rand or Nietzsche on a literature or philosophy board.

There are a...
Forum: Copywriting 17th January 2013, 04:12 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 13,411
Posted By Shadowflux
Re: Is NLP Utter Hogwash?

I'm a fan of NLP but mostly of the books by Bandler and Grinder as I found most other books I've looked at to be mostly garbage. The problem with NLP is that forcing it into applications in...
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