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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th March 2011, 07:15 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,907
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: The Truth About Warriors Making Money (or not)

I think these points start to hint at something significant.

There's a disconnect in our little IM world. It's between the very real, highly satisfactory, and perfectly attainable "good" that is...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th March 2011, 05:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 971
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Do Your Outsource Your Articles/Blogs?

There's a Warriors for Hire section here on the forum. Check out who's offering what, and find somebody you're comfortable with, that you can also afford.

Most of the people who write content for...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th March 2011, 01:58 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,907
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: The Truth About Warriors Making Money (or not)

You know what, Andy?

I'm very much one of the "something" crowd. And it kind of embarrasses me to admit it, because I'm often pretty vocal in terms of giving people advice. Particularly over in...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th March 2011, 01:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,796
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Is this what is killing article matketing?

The major resource you want to consult is the single sentence that follows this one.

Stop creating content to please Google, and start creating content to please readers.

From that simple...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th March 2011, 09:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 831
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: What Would You Be Willing To Folk Out For A Top Quality Article?

Actually, I don't feel it does.

There's an answer that appears to be emerging to the question asked in the OP. And your post bears directly upon it. That answer is: people will pay more for a...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th March 2011, 08:43 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,221
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: What's your opinion? Chaos to come...

Wait...what?

What's wrong with numbers? This is like when people started wearing their pants around their knees, all over again. I just don't get the modern world.
Forum: Copywriting 24th March 2011, 07:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 710
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Please critique my headline.

I kind of know before clicking that I don't deserve to sleep in the streets, whether I click your link or not. I feel instant alienation. Like you're trying to manipulate me, but you don't even...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th March 2011, 05:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 938
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Opinion Please! Top 3 Skills For Net Marketers

1. I like the communication answer everyone is giving. If you can communicate well, you can sell. If you can communicate well, you can create. If you can communicate well, driving traffic is a...
Forum: Copywriting 23rd March 2011, 07:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 681
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Is My Review Site Too Soft?

I think the "soft sell" might be part of the problem. Test it against something with a little more aggressive call to action, instead of just, link/get it here/link. Even just a sentence or two...
Forum: Copywriting 23rd March 2011, 07:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 763
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: What do you think about this....

I actually followed the link just to be the guy who said something constructive about something OTHER than the headline...but I just couldn't do it. I actually could NOT bring myself to scroll after...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd March 2011, 01:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 572
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Best Press Release WSO?

If you mean "how to" type WSO's, I certainly recommend alyonafrendo's. (And God, I hope I got her name right.)

Along those same lines, Google yourself up "Trash Proof News Releases." A lot of it...
Forum: Copywriting 22nd March 2011, 09:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,079
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Does this title grab your attention??

My initial thought is that people who already know what "Instant Money Trends" is, probably aren't in the market for it any more. Because I can't imagine it's big enough news to be a household...
Forum: Copywriting 21st March 2011, 08:02 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,280
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Can ANYONE become a GREAT copywriter?? Or are they actually a ELITE breed?

When you can push the buttons with straight-forward honesty and enthusiasm, it will be time for you to leave the temple.
Forum: Mind Warriors 20th March 2011, 02:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,529
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: I Only have $18 Left in My Bank Account, but I'm Not Giving Up Hope

Holy crap, you're in NY, NY. There is more money flowing through that city than there is in the next five biggest civic economies in the world, combined.

You write reasonably well. ...
Forum: Copywriting 20th March 2011, 08:38 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,280
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Can ANYONE become a GREAT copywriter?? Or are they actually a ELITE breed?

I submit that this is *not* the premise of Gladwell's book.

His (actually, Ericsson's) "10,000 hour rule" is meant to be a benchmark...an amount of practice or participation it takes someone to...
Forum: Copywriting 19th March 2011, 02:40 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,280
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Can ANYONE become a GREAT copywriter?? Or are they actually a ELITE breed?

Anyone can become a very effective copywriter, assuming he can write.

Don't worry about "great." It's pretty subjective to begin with. But more importantly, in this line of work, it's probably...
Forum: Copywriting 17th March 2011, 07:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 844
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Want vs Need

Urgent need > urgent want > regular want > regular need.

Most people think their urgent wants are urgent needs. Until they experience an urgent need.
Forum: Copywriting 15th March 2011, 09:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,390
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Avoiding The Degree

Just need to clarify, since you did say, "applying for the position."

If you're trying to woo a client, that's one thing.

But if you're applying for some kind of position, a lot depends on the...
Forum: Copywriting 14th March 2011, 11:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,734
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Top 3 Eyeball Grabbing Words?

Your premise dies with the idea, "(no matter what the product)."

Think about "granite," "gourmet," and "spa-style." Will these grab your eyes if you're buying a piece of software? How about if...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th March 2011, 12:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,121
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: How many hops should it take for a sale?

How Do Top Professional Dog Trainers Raise Their Own Dogs?


This surprising and simple system based on understanding instead of discipline will give you the happiest, healthiest, best-behaved...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th March 2011, 01:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,121
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: How many hops should it take for a sale?

Question: who wrote the thing?





Was it some guy who wanted to learn how to make his dog happier, healthier, and more well-behaved, or was it professional dog trainers?

Just wondering for...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th March 2011, 12:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,121
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: How many hops should it take for a sale?

Get rid of that header with the freaky Godzilla beagles towering over the house. No idea what the hell is going on there, but it's not the cuddly, lovey-dovey, happiness-inducing sort of image that...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th March 2011, 09:03 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,967
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Disaster Marketing - Should You or Shouldn’t You?

You'll drive yourself nuts trying to figure out where the ethical lines are in this stuff.

Don't try to promote after a disaster, because it's unethical to profiteer on the backs of people's pain...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th March 2011, 02:49 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 6,190
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Grammar + spelling (((sigh)))

The message that people appear to be missing is that it doesn't matter how far down this rabbit hole we go. There's no better, brighter world anywhere down there. Nobody in this story is Alice. ...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 11th March 2011, 02:19 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 6,190
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Grammar + spelling (((sigh)))

T&P to you and your family, BW. Glad you're doing okay.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th March 2011, 07:49 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 6,190
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Grammar + spelling (((sigh)))

Not sure I'm seeing the contradiction or the arrogance.

TW's whole message seems to be this: be reasonably proficient with the lingua franca of your target audience if you want to be taken...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th March 2011, 09:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,325
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Here's a guaranteed little money maker

Giving away a free *what*, exactly?

There's a reason most CPA networks actually screen applicants before admitting them, even if they don't do as thorough a job as they could.

It's because they...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 1st March 2011, 11:56 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 6,111
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: What is the EASIEST way for a newbie to make $$$$$

Go to the WSO forum.

Search for the word "free" in the titles. Plenty of people are giving away valuable info in exchange for your email. Choose one that's well reviewed, and mentions using...
Forum: Copywriting 1st March 2011, 11:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,496
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Hire a Super Cheap Writer!

The logical consequence of the message here is: "don't hire me."
Forum: Copywriting 28th February 2011, 11:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 998
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: 1st Copywriting Epiphany since Allen Says in '99 talked about "White Space"!

It's always kind of the nature of direct marketing that you speak directly and selectively to your target audience.

If you want to write a successful ad for the USA Today, you're still going to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 27th February 2011, 06:45 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,444
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Why Didn't I Do This Earlier!? (100 New Subscribers In 7 Hours)

I applaud people for their success using popups, shock advertising, and whatever other tactics they choose to employ.

And I admire people who refuse to stoop to what they see as shady and...
Forum: Copywriting 24th February 2011, 07:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,188
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Quotes around the headline of a sales page?

There's a bit in copywriting that says: the purpose of the headline is to get the prospect to read the first line of copy...the purpose of the first line of copy is to get the prospect to read the...
Forum: Copywriting 14th February 2011, 11:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 512
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Google and "unique" pages?

It's amazing what you can do with a good knowledge of Engliah and meanings.
Forum: Copywriting 13th February 2011, 05:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 781
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: OK, You Lost Me...

I don't know what to make of it from a branding standpoint. That's not to be critical...I just honestly don't know.

Actually, I think it's almost more of a positioning piece than a branding one. ...
Forum: Copywriting 11th February 2011, 11:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,070
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: First Clickbank Sales Page/Letter - Critiques appreciated

Mal's dead bang here.

I'm only quoting him instead of re-writing exactly the same things myself. Hope you give it a little extra credence with another voice chiming in.
Forum: Copywriting 10th February 2011, 11:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,069
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: American vs Canadian Grammar

This has been my experience as well.

I'll only add that the line gets even blurrier and less important the more informal your voice gets. Try to be high-fallutin', and you get held to a high...
Forum: Copywriting 2nd February 2011, 02:52 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,596
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: STOP posting asking for critiques and do this instead....

Of course you've got better things to do with your time, because the challenge I gave you would be impossible. With "enough testing", naturally, you would eventually have a letter that smokes the...
Forum: Copywriting 31st January 2011, 03:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 635
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Do You Think Sales Copy Has Changed And "Set Up" In General?

I'd add that this goes a long way toward explaining why it can be an extremely lucrative thing to either specialize in one particular niche area of copy (which you already ARE personally a part...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th January 2011, 10:25 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,480
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Question to writers - writing difficulty...

I would rather be locked in a closet with a half dozen pissed off badgers than have to rewrite what passes for PLR in this world.

I would charge accordingly.
Forum: Copywriting 26th January 2011, 09:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,160
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: If Gary Halbert were starting over today...

Nah. We tested it, and the Russian outpulled almost 2:1. Pretty sure it tapped into mail order Russian bride fantasies that are hardwired into the collective unconscious.
Forum: Copywriting 24th January 2011, 03:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,728
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Women Are Better Copywriters Than Men

Well didn't the creepiness quotient here just go through the roof...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st January 2011, 05:31 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,934
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Take Responsibility for Your Purchases

I've been baited!

:)

That's okay. I'd still say that's a cost of doing business with CB. They offer a pretty amazing service, and part of that is a reality that exists because they have a...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st January 2011, 05:25 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,934
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Take Responsibility for Your Purchases

I don't know if by the time I post, I'll be the *first* to disagree with you, but disagree I do.

Marketers *use* the psychology of the guarantee as a tool. They knowingly and with aforethought...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization 21st January 2011, 12:18 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,020
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Google is going after Content farms, is your blog one of them!??

Ample and higher-paying opportunity looms large on the horizon for capable freelance content providers. Warm up your keyboards.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st January 2011, 11:30 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,246
Posted By Oxbloom
Forum: Copywriting 20th January 2011, 08:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 976
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Sales and Squeeze Page Review

Three quick hits on your squeeze page (since that's all the free time I've got this AM).

1) Although your graphic is cool, and well designed, it's a bit of a turn off for me. Why? Well, I'm not...
Forum: Copywriting 14th January 2011, 12:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 649
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Focus Of What You Sell -- Mostly Self-Help?

Well, I was only using "spammy" because it was what the OP said.

However you want to think of the commonplace Headline/Story/Bullet/Action/PS style letter...spammy, hype-y,...
Forum: Copywriting 13th January 2011, 11:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 649
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Focus Of What You Sell -- Mostly Self-Help?

To me, it looks like mostly Internet Marketing stuff, with a good bit of self help, a good bit of health and fitness, a good bit of relationship, and a smattering of "other."



You've got to...
Forum: Copywriting 11th January 2011, 08:03 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,432
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: "It's Like Selling Needles To Addicts"

They won't buy it. And you as a marketer have to come to grips with the fact that your advertising may well have alienated a small percentage of your market. Your hope then becomes that your sales...
Forum: Copywriting 9th January 2011, 11:19 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,432
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: "It's Like Selling Needles To Addicts"

I'm not sure I'm seeing where selling dollars at a discount taps into the kinesthetic.
Forum: Copywriting 8th January 2011, 10:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,432
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: "It's Like Selling Needles To Addicts"

I find "It's like selling needles to addicts" to be very powerful imagery. It speaks to me about the desperate, needful nature of the consumer...their almost animalistic hunger...and about the...
Forum: Copywriting 6th January 2011, 10:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,165
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Copywriting Chops

I'm afraid this may be too vague and broad to generate a lot of great response.

But I'll try to dig a bit into something kind-of-sort-of similar that I think might be relevant, and which has...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th January 2011, 10:22 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,280
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: What Would You Do If Your Wife Said This To You?

I think others are onto it.

You've said you're not ready to pack it in. You've got this amazing talent and depth of knowledge you've spent years accumulating...about how to use information to...
Forum: Copywriting 3rd January 2011, 10:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 526
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Critique Needed for New Squeeze Page

?

"Split testing" can't be the end of the story here. He doesn't have anything to split test *against* yet.

Craig, I'd advise you to take a look at ewenmack's post on the first page of this...
Forum: Copywriting 2nd January 2011, 09:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 526
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Critique Needed for New Squeeze Page

I think you're kind of missing the point of the "18 y.o. does so-and-so..." headline.

That tactic is used to reframe a seemingly awesome and unattainable result in a way that the average schmuck...
Forum: Copywriting 1st January 2011, 01:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,401
Posted By Oxbloom
Re: Looking for constructive qualified criticism - betta fish care

Maybe you're right, Ross.

My gut, my instinct, and my experience across fields tell me that there's likely to be a big, demand-intensive, and immediate market for cures and problem-solving, but...
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