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It’s Not Over Until I Win!

Why are you in internet marketing? Do you have a dream? Or has life put you in a situation where this is your only hope?

It can be a hard thing, to keep on working at this business when you have no idea how it will turn out.  Maybe you started because you saw an ad for some flashy product, and thought you would make quick cash.  And you didn’t get the quick cash, but something keeps you going.  Something inside you won’t let you quit.

Here is a great, encouraging video from a guy who created his success from the bottom up.  He knows what it is like to make it through the pain and keep on going, and he has done very well.  I hope you will find it as encouraging and affirming as I did.

Money, and the Sharing, Caring Person

How do you feel when “gurus” show you how to sell, with hype and pressure and scarcity tactics?

Do you feel confused because yes, you do want to make money, but you don’t feel right doing it like that?

Well you are not alone.

Money can be a tricky topic, although if you are here in the marketing world then you have moved past the point where you think it is evil and dirty.  So what is holding you back from raking in the rewards?

I’ve just finished listening to Mike Klingler‘s webinar  “How To Break Free From Your Resistance To Money (Money Consciousness vs. Money Resistance)”.

Mike talks about the difference between sales mindset and empathy mindset.

The sales mindset is all about creating a product and making the sale. It’s often self-oriented, as long as the person makes the money they want, they are happy.  And there is nothing wrong with that, overall.

If you are empathic sort of person, one who cares and shares, and deeply wants to help make this world a better place, then this approach will not work for you. It will only confuse you when you try to apply it.

An empathic person needs to understand that they need money too, because without money they have less power to change the world and make it a better place.  However, the empathic person needs to train themselves to bring in the cash.

How do you train yourself?  You do it by over-delivering, and getting feedback of appreciation.  Once you realize you are helping people then you will naturally feel better about asking for payment, and eventually, as your skills and contribution grow, you will feel ok about raising your prices as well.

Asking for payment is not just about asking for money, it is about the whole process of how you present your self, your product, your sales page and headlines.

The trick is, to make sure that what you are promoting and creating is in alignment with who you really are.  If, deep down, you don’t feel that your business is contributing, then it will be hard for you to get the results you want.

One way to know if you are in the right business or network is by asking yourself if the work is interesting, rewarding and fun, or just hard work?
If it’s mostly just hard work, then what you are doing is not in alignment with your deepest values.

I hope Mike has recorded this webinar.  If he does, I will post a link here.  It’s well worth the hour spent listening.

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Mike has sent out a replay link to the webinar – http://www.screencast.com/t/7fTIiNN6Fh – but it’s only good until Tuesday.  He says he will run seminars on this topic again, so if you are interested, keep an eye on his Facebook page.

Here on the traffic exchanges we get exposed to a lot of different money making schemes.

A few of them might be shady, but many are just someone’s idea, fueled by a lot of enthusiasm and often the owner’s wish to help others as well. Technically they should work.

So why don’t these things work for many people?

Here are the real reasons:

  • We subconsciously settle for what we are used to.  This means that if we are used to being broke, we are not likely to simply buy into a program and succeed in it beyond our wildest dreams.
  • Deep down, we may not feel that we deserve it, or should have it.  There is a lot of training in society about earning what you get, so to actually allow ourselves to reap big rewards without making an equal amount of effort, or making a contribution to others, goes against everything we have been trained to be.
  • We are playing in the fairytale wonderland of the internet, and don’t really want to be responsible business owners yet.  It’s too much fun just playing around in this environment, and who knows, we might just click on the right thing and our ship will come in!

All of these things are perfectly understandable, and we should not abuse ourselves over it, but at some point the glitter wears off and we know we truly do want to make a success of our online activity.

So what can we do about the things which sabotage our success?  Here are some things which will help:

  • Accept yourself as you are.  If you are used to being broke, then be willing to work your way up in small steps, and train yourself gradually into a better frame of mind for success.
  • Learn to value or love yourself more, so you can feel more deserving.  Sometimes loving yourself can be as simple as listening to how you feel about something, and doing what is best for you instead of what is “expected”.
  • Learn a skill, such as list building or blogging, or any other method of internet promotion.  Once you have learned something, and are getting results, you will feel more worthy of receiving the benefits.  This is not a feeling that “they owe me”, it’s a feeling of rightness about receiving what you deserve.
  • Learn to spend more time dreaming of what you really want.  This is not about longing for things, it’s about imagining yourself in that place of already having them. This helps to focus your mind in the right direction.  It also helps you to feel good, which gives you a good start for your activity and decision making.

Traffic exchanges are a hothouse of internet marketing ideas and people. You’d have to surf with your eyes closed to escape learning!

Here are 10 things I have learned about since I first came onto the traffic exchange scene, and I can take these things out of the traffic exchanges and use them online anywhere now:

1. Patience! Lots of small streams of income add up to bigger streams, and they are all worth having. You don’t need to “hit the jackpot”.
2. The use of an autoresponder, including how to put my opt-in code on any website or blog.
3. Basic email marketing.
4. How banners work, what they should look like, what attracts attention, and how to add them to a splash page or website.
5. How affiliate marketing works.
6. How to network using skype, twitter and social networks.
7. How to do my own promotions (splash pages, blogs, websites, basic HTML and CSS, hosting, cpanel, etc.).
8. How to do basic tracking.
9. SEO… now I know that if I put the right words in my blog post or title, or add them as keywords to my site, it will help my Google ranking. For example, I had page 1 with this post How to Use Your Free ListWire Autoresponder, though it’s slipped to page 2 since then…
10. How to do 10 things at once and keep track of it all!

So, if you are surfing hard and wondering if you will get anywhere, take time to realize the true value of being here on the traffic exchanges. They are a treasure trove of information, and a great place to practice your skills before you find your own niche out there in the “real” world.

Living the Dream (my way)

Making money in my sleep
Is where I wanna be
Living the Dream
In my house by the sea.

Me and my laptop
Sitting under my tree
Working on line
It’s really ea-sy.

Money flows in
Like the waves of the sea
From all my creations
It’s great to be me!

Making connections
From over the sea
I like meeting people,
And they like to see me.

Doing good deeds
With the stroke of a key
When you’re living the dream
You can really be free.

Lots of free time
Time to be me
Enjoying my life
Because now I am free.

The Abundance Manifesto

Is it really true that the economy is going downhill?  That we are all doomed and need to stock up and be careful with our money, and not expect too much out of life right now?  How does this situation affect us as internet marketers?

This is what Joe Vitale, the guy who wrote books such as Hypnotic Marketing and acted in the movie “The Secret” had to say recently on this topic:

I just recorded my new audio program in Chicago. I’ll tell you about it soon but want to share something with you first.

I was interviewed about the program while there. The host asked, “Joe, with the economy in the tank and sinking, what are we to do?”

“How do you know it’s sinking?” I asked.

But I didn’t give the host a chance to reply.

I went on saying –

“The only reason you think it’s terrible out there is because you are being programmed to think so by the mainstream media.”

The host stared at me as I went on my soapbox and continued –

“The media is trained to find bad news and broadcast it to you. The more they do it and you believe it, the worst the world looks. It then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. You live from the new paradigm of scarcity and the media, doing its job, broadcasts it. You don’t even see it happening. It feels real.”

I then turned direction and said –

“But what if there was a different channel to watch or listen to? What if there was an Abundance Network and all it broadcast were stories of people succeeding, accomplishing, attracting and achieving?”

I continued with –

“We all know that there are people doing well in the world right now. If this alternative media broadcast their positive news, you would soon be programmed to see the world as an abundant place. You would then create a self-fulfilling prophecy of abundance. THAT would then feel real.”

My host barely had time to stutter before I kept going with –

“Look. Both types of world exist right now — the lousy economy one as well as the abundant economy one. The trick is, which are you going to
let program you? Which do you want to live in?”

I’m not aware of an Abundance Network yet. But until something like it exists what are you to do?

Here’s my suggestion –

Reprogram your mind.

Take charge of it.

Feed it the positive and you’ll see and then attract the positive.

You’ll “tune in” to the Abundance Network in your own mind.

And then you can thumb your nose at the doomsayers out there.

You can become immune to them.

At this point he went on to advertise the Milagro Manifestation Method, but the point is that you can choose your perspective, and that when you choose to see the world as a good place full of potential, then you will increase you chances of success.

Joe gives away a free book – Attract Money Now – which begins with his story of how he ended up broke and living on the streets.  He achieved his success in a “bad” economic climate and is now a multi millionaire, so if he can make it, so can you and I!

I Learned a Good Marketing Trick Today

I attended Joe Sansoucie and Rex Harris’ online webinar today, and learned a good tip which I’ll tell you about farther down.

I love these guys’ seminars, this is the second one I’ve been to and each time I’ve come away feeling encouraged and inspired, and with some practical advice which I can take away and use right now.

The webinars are on daily Monday through Friday at 10a.m. PST and are free to attend.

To get in to the seminars, you need to join Joe’s site  Superb Text Advertising.   You will find the link to the webinar in the main members area.  If you have the funds to take up the OTO, I highly recommend it.  I’ve got a whopping 3 million credits in my account, between the OTO and the promo code which Joe gave me.  If you take up the OTO, contact me and I’ll send you the promo code as well!

So here’s the tip:

Put a “tag ad” at the top and bottom of your safelist emails.  Something as simple as

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Instant Splash – fast, easy, and 50% commissions!

http://instantsplash.com/signup/carolw44

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In the seminar, Rex even showed how to sell that ad space in your emails, which is great if you do a lot of safelist advertising.  It took him about 10 minutes to create a splash page to sell the ad space, a PayPal button, a thank you page and an autoresponder email.  It was done live online so all the steps could be seen.

This is practical and useful training, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is building their list or doing any kind of online marketing.

Keeping a clear head in the chaos

So, you’ve just bought a new ebook or system and you are just getting started using it, and promoting it, when you get an email telling you about the next hot product … and in that email the promoter tells you how great it is, and how well you can build your list or make sales or whatever if you own this great product.

So you buy it.  You even take the expensive upgrade.  And then you find that it doesn’t actually give you anything very different from what you had before.  And you are not even all that sure how to use it… and you feel let down and confused and not very smart.

Has this happened to you?

What can you do to keep your focus and build your confidence in this dynamic, constantly changing traffic exchange marketing world?

Here are some suggestions:

1. Trust yourself. Making people feel that they are not good enough, don’t have enough, is part of the advertising game. Advertisers get you doubting yourself, and then they offer you a solution – their marvelous product.  You get it in exchange for giving away a part of your trust in yourself.  Don’t fall for it.

2. Buy on your own terms. Do you have a use for it?  Can you afford it?  Does it work for your personal style?  Do you think it would be easy to sell to your target market? If so then buy it, but if not then go back to point #1.

3. Relax. Over time you will realize that your favorite promoters will be equally excited over some other product next week, and yet another one the week after. They get exposed to a lot of great products but only you can decide which ones are a good fit for you.

4. Notice how you feel. If a product looks good on the surface but you get a bad feeling in your stomach when you look at it, then pass.  On the other hand if you feel excited about the possibilities then check it out, you may discover something that works great for you.

If you can stay centred you will have a lot of fun on the traffic exchanges.  If not you will end up lost and confused.  It is up to you (and it’s not easy).

A couple of years ago I was surfing the traffic exchanges 12 or more hours a day, the money was really tight, and it looked like I was getting nowhere.

(That was before I’d learned about splash pages, branding and list building, so I was struggling along, promoting standard affiliate pages, getting thousands of views and no signups.)

My life had taken a severe downturn after some bad events, and with one thing and another I ended up feeling like God/The Universe/All That… was definitely not interested in my well-being.

So there I was, surfing like mad, feeling like a hamster on an exercise wheel but not knowing how to change anything.  And yet I had this immense drive to keep on going.

Then I came across this little website with a free ebook and it really helped me to see money and survival  in a different way.  Somehow reading this little book broke the downward cycle, gave me new hope and confidence in my ability to make money and have what I want in my life, and also in my right to have it.  I’ve managed to improve my life a lot since then.

The name of the website is Science of Getting Rich.  You can get copies of the ebook in many places, but I really recommend this site because they will give you lots of caring support as well as the book, with a members forum, email newsletters, beautiful motivational and inspiring screen saver and more.

So if you are feeling desperate, working too hard, not getting where you want to be, I really recommend this site to you.  Once you are feeling better your results will improve too.

p.s. yes it’s an affiliate link… but in two years I’ve never made a sale here, that’s not what it’s about for me with this site.
Download The Science of Getting Rich free!