I started my latest struggle to make money online yesterday, so how is it going?
I had a look at some of the things I was doing a year or so ago that were quite successful, and I’ve started setting them up again.
One thing that was popular is a series of internet marketing training videos that I got from Dean Holland. I’ve set these up again with an opt-in page so that people can submit their email address to receive the training. You can check this out here…
LeadPages and OptimizePress
I had these videos and opt-in page set up in LeadPages, but I cancelled my subscription a few weeks ago. I really like LeadPages as it let me set up all sorts of pages quickly and easily, with the ability to do split testing, but I just wasn’t using it enough.
Before I got LeadPages I already had OptimizePress, and I used this to set up all the pages for the training videos. I had forgotten how amazing OptimizePress is. It comes with a great selection of templates that can be customised in all sorts of ways to get exactly what you want.
OptimizePress has just introduced some new functionality, which provides split testing, video page background, and some other great stuff. I’ve made a little resolution to learn more about OptimizePress and use it as much as I can in my online business.
One too many autoresponders
I also had two autoresponders: Aweber and GetResponse.
I started with Aweber a couple of years ago when I was in the Chris Farrell Membership program. When I got involved with Dean’s iPro program last year I subscribed to GetResponse, because most of the training used GetResponse to demonstrate setting up email sequences and newsletters.
I have my main subscriber list in GetResponse, mostly because they let you set up single, unconfirmed opt-in more easily. For this reason I have stopped my Aweber subscription, for now anyway. Aweber is a great service but I don’t currently need two autoresponders.
Becoming my own business coach
I’m feeling quite optimistic now, and I’m going to write down a plan so I can see what I’m going to do each day for the next couple of weeks.
This is preferable to starting each day trying to figure out what do to. Much better to have a sit down and think about what needs to be done, and in what order, in advance.
This is one of the reasons why I decided to include a journal element in this new website.
I frequently get contacted by internet marketers who offer online business coaching to see if I’m interested in getting involved. It seems that what you get for your money is:
- Encouragement to develop a plan for your business (you develop it, they don’t give it to you).
- Skype or telephone calls to check that you’re working your plan and doing what you said you would.
This is all great, but it’s expensive and I think (or at least hope) that I can develop my plan without encouragement.
That’s where this journal element of the website comes in.
If I make myself accountable to this public journal, and reflect on what I’ve done (and not done) on a regular basis, I’m hoping that it will work in the same way as the Skype calls from a business coach.
Chris Farrell included the number of hours he had worked on his online business in some of his blog posts. Maybe I’ll add the time up and see how long I spend on it too.
One thing’s for sure. When I started to see some success in my business I was spending quite a bit of time on it. When the money stopped coming in I hadn’t been spending very much time on it at all.
I see that now, so why couldn’t I see it at the time?
Also, why had I stopped doing what I knew I should?
Will I stop doing it again? Surely not…