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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 28th February 2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 300
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Landing Page Opinion/Constructive Criticisms

That's the million dollar question. I think the ad is pretty pointed so my assumption is that there is at least curiosity. And the ad is consistent with the message they are seeing on the other end....
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 28th February 2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 300
Posted By bobsedge
Landing Page Opinion/Constructive Criticisms

Hello folks.

I'm running a Facebook ad campaign. My ad seems to be effective in that I'm getting clicks at under 50 cents. With normal conversions, this would be an extremely worthwhile campaign...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 18th May 2010, 02:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,147
Posted By bobsedge
Re: "Have you no shame, Warriors?"

Most offline businesses don't really know what SEO is. They want leads and sales. Maybe they want increased brand awareness. Perhaps they want to be able to build a list or re-fresh an existing one. ...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th May 2010, 12:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 594
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Is Live Chat helpful or creepy?

I tend to agree with you. I've been experimenting and it concerns me that a good number of people apparently feel like Big Brother is watching and bolt when I reach out to them. When I'm in a store,...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th May 2010, 11:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 594
Posted By bobsedge
Is Live Chat helpful or creepy?

I implemented Live Chat on my site a few days ago. So far, the results are mixed. Though I've been able to engage some people by reaching out to them, an equal amount abandon the site when I do so.
...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th March 2010, 03:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 49,188
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Domain Privacy - Is It Really Worth It?

If you get your domains through 1and1.com, domain privacy is free.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th January 2010, 09:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Where do I find cost competitive outsourced contractors?

Take a look at elance. I have had a great deal of success there.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th January 2010, 04:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,547
Posted By bobsedge
Re: wordpress or Xsite PRO?

I love XSP but I actually do both. XSP is powerful and easy to use. I build my site with XSP and I then attach a WP blog to get the Google love.
Forum: Local Meetups, Mastermind Groups and Warrior Events 9th December 2009, 03:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 590
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Would anyone be interested in a Warrior Networking Cruise

I'm willing to make it happen if I get some positive feedback. It would also help if one of the "players" got onboard (sorry for the pun).

I really like this concept because it would be a great...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th December 2009, 07:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 986
Posted By bobsedge
Re: You Might Not Need A Mentor

There's a a difference between a mentor and a crutch.

I've had points in my career when I've had a mentor and other points when I have not. To me, the real benefit of a mentor is having someone of...
Forum: Local Meetups, Mastermind Groups and Warrior Events 8th December 2009, 11:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 590
Posted By bobsedge
Would anyone be interested in a Warrior Networking Cruise

Hello Warriors.

I specialize in niche cruises (my current project is tennis cruise - Home Page (http://www.Tennis-Cruise.com)).

I have thought of the idea of putting together a networking...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th November 2009, 01:40 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 9,046
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Why Is Everyone Scared Of The New FTC Rules For Internet Marketers Starting Dec 1, 2009?

The FTC will not care if someone complains and says that they weren't aware that John Smith was earning money by promoting a product. They won't even care if a thousand people make that complaint.
...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th November 2009, 01:28 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 9,046
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Why Is Everyone Scared Of The New FTC Rules For Internet Marketers Starting Dec 1, 2009?

I don't know anything about this case, but knowing how the agency works. The dealer must have been promoting the modification in one way or another or they were afraid that the modification technique...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 30th November 2009, 01:12 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 9,046
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Why Is Everyone Scared Of The New FTC Rules For Internet Marketers Starting Dec 1, 2009?

I, unfortunately, am more familiar with the FTC than most and I think we should all calm down a bit.

Honestly, nothing is going to change tomorrow. The FTC put these guidelines in place to make...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 20th November 2009, 11:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 599
Posted By bobsedge
Re: My biggest problem - help!

This is a common problem. What I like to do is step away from the computer whenever possible and do my creative work in a notebook. There are fewer distractions. Good luck.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th November 2009, 11:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 604
Posted By bobsedge
Re: How do the new FTC rules affect banners and buttons?

I wouldn't worry about the scenario you described. If the FTC takes issue with that, we have a great deal more to worry about than we can imagine.

I think people have been over blowing this FTC...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 3rd November 2009, 04:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,429
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Postcard Marketing Success!

I am not an expert, but I'm not sure there is such a thing since each market requires its own testing and formula, but here is what I know.

Based on some research, Vista Print was the least...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th October 2009, 11:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 595
Posted By bobsedge
Re: SQUEEZE PAGES

The only problem with not putting the squeeze page on its own domain is that you will have people clicking away to the actual domain out of curiosity.

With a squeeze page, you want to drive one...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 23rd October 2009, 09:47 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 10,820
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Newbies: Sorry to disappoint, but there is one word you've badly misunderstood ...

Steven,

I think you summed this up very well.

Let's face it, being in business is difficult. There are a lot more failures along the way than successes.

I think the problem is the hype. New...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st October 2009, 02:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 800
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Forget conversions... Until you have traffic.

This post is dead on.

Too many people look to build the perfect mouse trap before they know if there are mice.

First, prove the market is there.
Second, prove the market is willing to buy....
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th October 2009, 10:57 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,968
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Fake Guru's Earning Screenshot????

I don't think this is the best question to ask.

When I see these claims and assuming they are true, I want to know how consistent is the success and will it translate into my niche. In my...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th October 2009, 09:50 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Sorry, I don't really have the strength to re-hash it but if you go through the threads you will put it together.

Here is something to keep in mind that I don't think has been brought up.

The...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th October 2009, 09:46 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Ok, here is the way it goes down.

My home nor my office were raided. We were simply served with a forest worth of paperwork and given two days to answer to an order requesting that assets be...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th October 2009, 07:40 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Steven,

In retrospect, it was a risky business model but it wasn't when I started out. Remember, a bank even invested in my business.

What made it risky were the players that followed me into...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 09:17 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Nathan,

These cases look interesting. They all occurred after my case commenced so I wouldn't have come across them in the few days I had to decide my path.

I'm glad I didn't have to make that...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 06:09 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Nizam,

I'm not a lawyer and I'm not an expert on the new rules, but the advice looks pretty sound.

But here is my guess as to what is going to happen.

Ninety percent of marketers won't...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 05:36 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Steve,

In that last quote I actually meant to say "he" (referring to Joe Sugarman) not "we". I don't admit that I broke the law.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 05:15 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

I don't know the inside story as to what happened, but do you really think the FTC goes after every business that misses a shipping deadline?

There has to be some reasonableness here.

I'm...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 05:08 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

From what I understand, the end result was not that great for him.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 05:04 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

I think I have been fairly transparent here. Was my company perfect? No. We were imperfect an an imperfect industry. And when we were growing very rapidly, I'm sure we made a ton of mistakes. But we...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 04:48 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

I don't know what you are talking about. Who said I stipulated to anything. In the final settlement there was no admission or assumption of guilt.

In the settlement it just states the allegation,...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 04:44 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Steven,

I'm not going to go into this whole thing, but there are truths and half truths. Most of it is not true, but some of it is true and just a characteristic of joining this type of program.
...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 04:18 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Don,

I'm not sure of the facts about Sugarman's story. I heard it from someone who knows him.

Actually, I wasn't fined at all. They usually only fine people to the extent of the money they...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 03:20 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

I wouldn't trust that claim one bit.

They hang you upside down and shake the change out of your pockets. And if you hide funds overseas and don't disclose them, if and when they do find out you...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 02:24 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

I agree with your assessment for the most part but this is not a product of a political party.

My problems occurred under the Bush administration. The FTC has always been there but businesses...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 02:17 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Lakshay,

I could never have won. I'm a fighter, so it killed me to do the smart thing and not fight in this case.

I can just tell you the story I heard about Joe Sugarman. I heard this second...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 02:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 926
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Anyone Promoting Foreclosure Products?

I would be very careful in this niche because it has hit the radar of AG's.

The government wants all loan modifications and workouts going through gov. sponsored agencies and they will make that...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 02:00 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

It's really a misconception that the FTC is hitting any harder now than before. They've been at it for many years, now it's just hitting our industry so we are aware.

I lost some assets but I...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 01:15 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Gary,

From a consumer standpoint, I think the BBB has less of an impact today than they did years ago, particularly for internet businesses. They have more of an impact on brick and mortar...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 12:09 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

AA and sasha,

What you say is true but that doesn't take away our responsibility of painting a truthful picture.

People want things to be easy. They want a formula. That is human nature.
...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 12:04 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Nathan,

Excellent question. I have asked this of myself a million times.

I don't think my company was perfect. We definitely made some mistakes. When we started in the industry there was no...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 11:41 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

George,

As far as I know the Chamber is a benign membership organization. They are not in the same category as the others.

In some areas of the country Consumer Affairs basically has the same...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 11:39 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Jack,

I didn't approach any government representatives because frankly, the FTC is a product of them.

Anyway, they hit you with so much crap that you are buried in details. Imagine, one day...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 11:22 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

gjabiz,

I always wanted to be a world beater, but not anymore.

Now, I'm just looking for more my thin slice of the pie. In another lifetime I'll be another Bill Gates.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 10:57 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

$1 million to start a defense.

Plus if anyone knows Joe Sugarman, ask him what happens when you fight back against the FTC. From what I understand, he lost everything.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 10:53 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Rod,

I would never have advised this is the past but back off the BBB.

I am telling you that they have more power than you can imagine. And it's not just the FTC. They influence the AG's, DA,...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 10:49 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

I have spoken about my ordeal in the past but this is the first time I have really gone into this much detail.

I really value this forum and I was bothered that so many people had misconceptions....
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 10:45 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Here is the big difference in this country. Lawyers. The legal system is really geared toward the lawyers. If there is a lawsuit, lawyers win no matter the outcome. In other countries, the loser pays...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 10:39 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

You could not be more right.

They are bullies with unlimited resources.

But do you know who I really have disdain for? The BBB.

That agency controls the welfare of so many businesses yet it...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 10:30 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Thanks Lisa.

This is not an easy process because it's not like losing a business the traditional way, which is not easy as well.

The local publicity and the google stigma is not pretty. It kind...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 10:24 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

Thanks guys. This post was partially therapy because the anniversary day is always tough.

The story is actually worse.

When the industry started getting beat up I made a conscious decision to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 10:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 777
Posted By bobsedge
Re: Any one got affected by the new FTC law?

I don't think that this will have any impact on Google.

No government agency has ever gone after the media delivery channels. Google does have the right to refuse advertising for any reason but I...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 09:09 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

That's silly, but ok. The name of my company was Edge Solutions, Inc.

Why do I need to "better the credibility" of my story? who would make up such a thing
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 08:55 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,118
Posted By bobsedge
The FTC sued me out of business two years ago yesterday- here is my story

These latest rule changes have triggered a number of threads on this forum over the past week or so.

I've been reading as many as possible and I feel compelled to step in and offer my unique...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th October 2009, 07:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 814
Posted By bobsedge
Re: The Best Marketing Book!

Read "Predictably Irrational" by Dan Ariely.

It's not so much about strategies (though it does cover that) but it will change the way you look at marketing forever.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th October 2009, 03:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,668
Posted By bobsedge
Re: You think the FTC's new rules are out to get you? Then I hope they do...

I agree with you that government agencies are generally lazy and uninspired.

But the FTC has a very specific agenda. They target certain industries and go after deep pockets and headlines.
...
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