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3 Steps To Designing Your Perfect Biz

Are you designing your perfect business right now at this moment? Are you dreaming big and going after it? Are you doing what you REALLY want to be doing? Or are you settling with whatever pays the bills?

I’m always looking to see what I need to change or what areas I need to step it up in. Well, let’s just say the truth to the above  questions can be very enlightening!

I’m a big believer in business design. You can create and build (by design) your own business around your expertise. Which usually means you pick and choose what you work on, who you work with, and really how much money you want to make.

These days the Internet makes it possible…and that can be a little problematic because there are so many things you can do! If you suffer from bright shiny object (BSO) syndrome then you might find yourself far away from that business you first envisioned.

But here’s the cool thing – if you are not building the type of business you really want to build then you can change directions starting right now!

Here is how to stop chasing bright shiny objects and start building (by design) your perfect business.

Look At You – Get CLEAR!

First, start with yourself.  This is such a critical part of building a business by design AND it’s  the most overlooked part! Your business starts with you! So spend some real time looking at yourself.

Be true to yourself and to what you ultimately what to be doing in your business. Don’t ignore that little voice that keeps telling you that you are not lining up with what you really want to be doing. Answer these questions honestly:

  • What’s your purpose in business?
  • What’s your expertise?
  • What do you want to help someone do?
  • What’s your message?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?

If you know these things then you are laying a good foundation and building your perfect biz will just flow from there.

Look At Your Market – What Is Needed?

Obviously you have to know who your market is. This is huge! You should not be all things to all people. One part of my business is providing Private Label Rights content to Internet Marketers. Notice I didn’t say…providing content to anyone who needs it.

Business is about serving a market. You’ll run in circles if you don’t know WHO you are trying to help. Think:

  • Who am I helping?
  • What problems do they have?
  • What keeps them up at night?
  • What do they really want?

Be A Problem Solver

Once you have things sorted out within you and you have narrowed down your market NOW you can get to work on becoming a master problem solver!

What is driving them to seek solutions? What problems can you help them solve? Look behind the questions to get to the root of the issue. Usually the root of the issue is not the tangible thing but the untangible.

Your Perfect Biz

Have you ever sat down and thought about what your perfect biz looks like. I know I didn’t when I first started…if fact I’m still figuring it out!

Do you enjoy working with people on a one-on-one basis? Do you prefer to work behind-the-scenes? Do you want to become a recognized expert in your field? Do you want to create products or services or both? Do you want to write? Do you want to do video?

There is a lot to think about when you want to design your perfect business. And if you’re not happy doing what your doing now then there is no time like the present to make a change and get more in line with what you really want to be doing!

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What does your perfect biz look like? Let me know below!

 

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Secret To Making Money Online?

As online business owners we are always looking to increase our sales and ultimately our profits. I used to think there was some secret to selling stuff online. But guess what? There’s not. This is what I’m learning…

The key to selling more online (and therefore making more money online) is to create MORE relevant offers and promote them more often.

Sounds pretty simple, huh? That’s because it is!  This applies to affiliate products as well as your own products. One great way to do this is to build a targeted email list. That way you can let them know about specific products and/or services that will HELP them (either yours or someone else’s). 

I’m really impressed by the results of some of my email promotions lately. And I can really only sum it up to building a targeted email list and sending out relevant offers. But I don’t just promote the offer once. I continue to promote it over time. This has increased my sales.

So today’s learning to thrive online tip…start building a targeted email list and promote relevant offers…more often.

To your success,

Lisa 😉

PS – Here’s a must read – Huge Profits With A Tiny List.

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Update – What’s Working For Me

It’s June already…half of the year is already gone! Now is a great time to assess those New Years goals. Are you on track or did you fall completely off the track? In January I talked about my Amazon challenge and how I wanted to get to $5K/mo by June. Well, that didn’t happen!

BUT, as much as I want my niche blogs to be out there generating me that all so important passive income REALITY says…I need to meet a certain monthly goal by a certain time. I’m happy I set up niche affiliate blogs for the passive income that I do get on auto pilot. But if I’m going to reach my goals in a certain amount of time then I had to change things up….STAT!

I was sooo discouraged by the constant up and down rankings and the complication of building backlinks and not knowing how Google was going to react. I had to change something…and I feel so much better about my business now.

I’m not going to say that what I’m doing is the best way to make money online or that it’s easier.  I’m just able to see results faster…which is very important to me right now. I will definitely continue building my Amazon niche blogs and I even found some really good Adsense niches I want to get into once my other income is at a stable level.

So what exactly is working for me right now?

Looking at my PayPal sales I went from taking in roughly $900 in the month of March to over $3000 in the month of May.  And I’m aiming to double my sales for this month. As you can see I’m going to continue to do what’s working for me!

This income came from the following:

  • Services (mostly article writing)
  • PLR (PLR a La Carte and Health PLR Club – my own sites)
  • Affiliate Marketing (promoting other people’s products)
  • My own Affiliate Program
  • Basically all through my EMAIL LIST!

Of course, I had expenses so it’s not like it was all profit. However, once I have the systems and offers in place they run on autopilot and with little expense.

I now see the POWER in creating relevant OFFERS to an email list. It doesn’t matter if it’s your product or if it’s just a great product that you want to tell others about.

I attribute my growth to 1.) finding out what is working for me 2.) doing more of that 3.) working smarter (i.e. putting systems into place and creating more offers) and 4.) above all being focused and not spreading myself too thin!

So now that I’m seeing results I need to ramp it up. I EXPECT growth! I have to put better systems in place. I need to perfect my sales funnels and create more offers. I just bought the Profits Theme. So far, I can see I’m going to really like it.  I can’t wait to see how this helps to improve my sales funnels. There’s much work to do! But it’s fun!

I’d love to know! How you are doing with your goals! Are you on track? Did you change directions?

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5 Reasons To Start Up Your Own Service Based Business

With all the talk about over night riches and quick successes that you regularly see on the Internet,  I wanted you to know that you can make a good monthly income in a real and honest way!

I know many people (myself included) who have jumped from program to program and sale pitch to sale pitch and NEVER reach their goals. One, two, FIVE years later and they still have not reached the level of success they were hoping for and most have given up.

There has been ONE thing that has earned me a consistent amount of income over the past two years in my Internet Marketing journey. And I’m inclined to think that if I didn’t have this then I might haven given up long ago. What’s that one thing?

Selling services.

Yes, it’s not “passive income” but WHAT REALLY IS? Anything you do at least in the beginning IS WORK! And just because you put in work, it doesn’t mean you have to be a slave to your client work or that you will not have any freedom to do the things you really want to do. There are ways to work smarter so that you set yourself up for success.

Here are five reasons why you should start up a service based business:

1. You Help People. It is rewarding and fulfilling to help people build their businesses. It feels great to get client feedback that says “You Rock!” or “It’s always a pleasure doing business with you!” or “I’m a customer for life!”.

2. Cash on Demand. When you provide services you get cash sent right to your PayPal account. This means no waiting for checks. Plus, if you ever need extra cash you can sell your services for quick cash.

3. Create a Team. Once you get your feet wet with client work, you can take it to another level by building a team of people to help. Or simply put you can outsource the tasks you don’t want to do. This way you become a manager or overseer.

4. Expert Status. Once you start providing services you are looked at as an expert. Building up your skill base makes you invaluable to others. This is knowledge and experience that nobody can take away from you!

5. Opens Doors. The more you do the more people you meet and the more connects you make. There are so many things that can grow out of your services. It’s all up to you and what direction you want to take your business in.

Bonus – 6. Investment Money. While you are on the path to building your riches in niches (niche marketing) and setting up those passive type properties, selling your skills (services) will give you the money to invest in the tools needed to help automate backlink building, WordPress themes, content, software, and anything else that can help you with your niche sites.

If you want to learn more about building a service based business of your own then grab this report that I just created. If you want more stability in your business then I want to help you start selling your skills!

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A Blueprint For Affiliate Success: Amazonian Profit Plan Review

 

I’ve been meaning to write a review on the Amazonian Profit Plan for a while. This book is responsible for switching my thinking to less is more, which in turn has helped me earn more money.

If you are struggling to earn affiliate income with Amazon or any other program, this is a must read.

I’ve seen dozens of ads and promotional materials for internet marketing products and tools that promise to teach you how to make tons of money online and frankly, the Amazonian Profit Plan sales page is nothing like any of them.

In fact, if there’s one thing missing on the Amazonian Profit Plan sales page, it’s hype.

While most websites of products of a similar nature bombard you with screenshots of how much they are earning, pictures of their mansion/cars/yacht, and dozens of reviews and testimonials, the Amazonian Profit Plan website looks almost staid by comparison.

And that’s when it hits you. Amazonian Profit Plan doesn’t need any hype because Paula and Wanda, the authors of this ebook, are confident of their product. After all, they have “been there and done that.”

Now that they’re comfortably making an average of $10K every month promoting Amazon products, they’d like to share what they know with anyone who’s interested in learning exactly how they did it.
The Amazonian Profit Plan is the blueprint to success to affiliate marketing.

Why Amazon?

With so many merchants out there, why choose to be an Amazon affiliate?

The reason is simple. Amazon has high conversion rates. Paula and Wanda realize that most people trust Amazon and are used to shopping on this site. People are more inclined to click on a link to Amazon, and once they get there they tend to buy other products as well. You can get more than one sale from one click through.

Success Does Not Come Overnight

Most guides and e-books on affiliate marketing will tell you again and again how much money you can expect to make just working for a few minutes in front of the computer every day. They also say you can start earning from Day 1.

If that is what you expect from this product, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Paula and Wanda’s e-book tells it like it is. You can’t become an overnight success in affiliate marketing.

Paula and Wanda believe most people fail to become successful in online marketing for one reason – they want instant success and don’t stick around long enough for their venture to succeed. Considering that these two ladies have been doing online marketing since 2004 and are now enjoying a fantastic income level, it’s safe to say that they know what they’re talking about.

So What Makes This E-Book Different?

There are two things that really stand out to me. One is that they started seeing success when they started targeting a few review pages at a time. This is opposite to the build 1000 niche blogs mentality. For people like me who do not progress when spread so thin this is a welcome relief!

The other is that this ebook is  “meaty”.  After a short introduction, the authors go directly to the heart of the matter. They provide a short list of the steps needed to be successful online. Not surprisingly, the list includes stuff you would be able to get from hundreds of other online marketing guides, such as choosing the right products, doing keyword research, checking out the competition, building traffic to your website, etc.

This is stuff is what separates the men from the boys. Or should I say, the women from the boys. Because Paula and Wanda tell you EXACTLY how to do each crucial step.

In detail.

While many internet marketing guides often leave you wondering what you should do next, the Amazonian Profit Plan shows you, in words and images, every single step you have to do. In addition to showing you HOW, the authors also explain WHY.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Right from the start Paula and Wanda reveal their criteria for choosing an Amazon product to promote. They even walk you through the process. One thing that really struck me, though, is the importance they lay on quality, not quantity.
Basically, their advice is to work smarter, not harder (my motto!).

So, you don’t need dozens of websites and thousands of pages. You only need the right Amazon products to promote, a number of well-written product reviews, and effective strategies to build traffic to your site. The Amazonian Profit Plan shows you how to do all this.

In a Nutshell

As I said, this ebook is meaty. After a short introduction about themselves, the authors go directly into their 6-step Amazon money-making plan. They talk about the advantages of working with Amazon and what you can expect to get out of it. You will learn how to:

  • Select high-conversion Amazon products that provide higher commissions. This includes checking out the competition.
  • Write a fantastic product review. The authors literally walk you through the process of writing a review, including what to say and what to include.
  • Add your Amazon Affiliate links where you can get the best click-through rates
  • Build traffic to your site. You’ll find out how to research and find the best keywords.

In case you haven’t started selling at Amazon yet, there’s a guide for signing up with the Amazon Associates Program.

The e-book also comes with attachments that include a keyword template and a checklist for Amazon product ideas. It also includes a completed product review written their way to make the type of income that everyone is aiming for with Amazon.

Pros

  • Well written and easy to understand
  • Complete, detailed steps; no need for guesswork
  • Practical and sensible advice
  • Written by experts

Cons

  • Limited to Amazon products
  • Requires knowledge of building a website and blogging
  • Expensive

My Take

Amazon Profit Plan is one of the best e-books on affiliate marketing around. It is obviously written by people who know what they’re talking about. The step-by-step instructions are incredibly detailed.

Although you are limited to promoting Amazon products, this makes sense as Amazon is one of the most popular marketing sites. But you do not have to use only Amazon products. This can be an outline for any product you promote.

Expensive? Well, remember, you get what you pay for. If you are looking for ONE simple plan to follow then this is it hands down! Get the Amazonian Profit Plan today!

PS – You can use my product review PLR to get started fast with this method.