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What’s Holding You Back?

Whatever your sticking point for not growing your business is… I’m here to suggest it might be something else entirely.

What’s Holding You Back?

Not enough money?

You could use credit cards or borrow from family. Or you could sell some stuff. Or get a part time job to build up a little nest egg, quit the job and start your business.

You don’t know how to set up the websites and software you need?

Hire someone to do it for you.

You don’t know how to create a product to sell?

Hire someone to create it for you.

And on and on.

Just about anything you need for your online business, you can hire someone to create or do it for you. And if you don’t have the money, there are ways to get it.

S… what’s REALLY holding you back from starting or growing your business?

That one little, lousy 4 letter word – fear.

Fear of what, only you know.

But maybe it’s fear of starting. After all, it’s a big project, right?

Easy solution: Break it down into small steps.

Then do one step every single day.

Maybe it’s fear of failing. Oooohhh, that’s a BIG one.

You are 100% responsible for the success or failure of your online business.

It’s a success? Good for you!

It’s a failure? No one to blame but yourself.

Solution?

I’ve got two for you:

Try to fail.

Yes, I know that’s crazy. You’re afraid of failing so you’re going to TRY TO FAIL? Actually, yes.

We’re talking about a shift in mindset here. Instead of worrying about failure, we’re going to embrace it. After all, most self-made millionaires failed over and over again. It’s because they kept trying that they were so successful.

So embrace failure. Know that it’s actually your friend and not your enemy. Do everything you can to avoid it, but if it comes knocking, you know your life isn’t going to end.

Instead, you’re going to sit down with failure and discuss how you can avoid it the next time around.

Think it through.

Ask yourself, “What’s the absolutely, positively WORST thing that could happen?”

Oh yeah, that you do the work and don’t make money. That’s it. Your face won’t fall off. Your life won’t be over. The world won’t end.

Yes, maybe you’ll feel some embarrassment. But do you know how many times professional ice skaters fall in their lifetime of learning? Me neither, but I guarantee it’s a BUNCH of times. Do they sit on the ice and cry about it? Maybe.

But then they get back up and start skating again. Failing isn’t death, it’s a learning experience. Embrace failure so that you can succeed.

One more thing…

Start with a proven plan and work from there.

You are much less likely to fail if you take a path that has already proven to get you where you want to go.

So don’t reinvent the wheel. Instead, choose something proven time and time again to work – list building maybe?

And start with that. Then once you taste success, you can start taking roads less traveled if you want to.

Here’s the bottom line…

All those ‘reasons’ for not starting or growing your business almost always boil down to one thing – fear.

It’s so much easier when you get home from your job to park yourself on the porch with a beer or in front of the TV with a bag of chips.

And that little voice of fear in your head will tell you that you should be doing ANYTHING but working on your business.

So take little steps.

Embrace fear.

Start with a proven plan.

And enjoy the ride.

Because once you come out on the other side, you’ll wonder what took you so long to get started.

And you’ll have more confidence in yourself, your abilities and your choices to continue growing your business into the 6 and 7 figure income you’re dreaming of right now.

Best of luck.

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5 tips to navigating the SFI Affiliate Center

Your SFI Affiliate Center home page provides you with a wealth of information about the latest SFI news, notices, and statistics; your own to-do list, daily business tips, streaming posts from you and your team members; and much more! It’s truly your one-stop SFI business summary. Consequently, finding your way around this resource is a vital part of your success. Following are some tips to help you navigate your SFI Affiliate Center:

5 tips to navigating the SFI Affiliate Center

1. To quickly return to your homepage page from anywhere at the Affiliate Center, just click the SFI Logo in the header.

2. Not sure where to find something at the Affiliate Center? Use the Sitemap (located in the footer of every page). Tip within a tip: Use your browser’s webpage search (e.g. for Safari, it’s Command-F) to quickly find whatever you’re looking for on the Sitemap.

3. Quickly get to popular places like the Genealogy, the Forum, Support, and the VP Ledger by using Hot Spots menu (designated by a flame icon) found in the main menu bar.

4. To view and learn from Affiliate Manager Snapshots of affiliates on leaderboards, winner’s lists, etc., just click their name.

5. Quick jump to any Zing Network site (TripleClicks, Rewardicals, Localvantia, Eager Zebra, Astro Auctions)—and be automatically logged in—by clicking on the Zing lightening bolt logo in the right side of the main menu bar.

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Secret Deals DO Exist in Online Marketing

Have you ever suspected that marketers make secret deals with each other behind the scenes? And that perhaps they will call each other on Skype or Zoom and coordinate activities and launch dates? And maybe they work together on marketing deals, promote each other’s products and work together to maximize their profits? Well, it’s 100% true…

Secret Deals DO Exist in Online Marketing

Marketers network and mastermind with marketers on their own level.

Now, if you’re new to the game, how do you break into one of these million dollar mastermind groups?

Unless you have something incredibly spectacular to offer – like some marketing holy grail or something – you don’t. But you don’t need to.

Think about college – you go to school with a group of people. You meet as Freshmen or Sophomores, hang out together, do stupid stuff together, take classes or study together, etc.

After graduation, who can you call to get an “in” at a company, get a lead on an account, get an introduction to somebody and so forth?

Your pals from college, that’s who. You came up together. You’re friends. And of course you’ll help each other out whenever you can.

Marketing works the same way.

Find people on your level – marketers who are on their way up. Make friends. Hang out. Have drinks. Talk on Skype. Work together. Bond.

You and your friends will progress up the marketing food chain together.

And there’s your ground floor opportunity into your own million dollar mastermind group – the guys and gals who came up with you through the ranks.

So start networking. Get a team of friends. Work together. Help each other out. Have each other’s backs. Care as much about them and their success as you do about your own.

And in no time, people will be looking at your group and wishing they were you.

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Get the MOST from your PSAs To Go and Auction-won PSAs!

Maximize the value of your TripleClicks PSAs To Go or from PSAs you’ve won in an auction: run them through your TL Co-op Manager!

Get the MOST from your PSAs To Go and Auction-won PSAs!

Your participating affiliates will benefit with guaranteed PSAs added to their downline. YOU will benefit from motivated affiliates with expanding teams of new PSAs, whose activities could add long-term profits to your bottom line!

To funnel your PSAs To Go or auction-won PSAs through the Co-op Manager, just go to the Start A New Co-op page at the SFI Affiliate Center and choose “Your Gateway Site” as the co-op source. Be SURE to enter 1104 in the key code field. Click the Create A New Co-op button at the bottom when you’re done.

IMPORTANT! After purchasing your PSAs To Go or winning the PSAs auction, you’ve got a day or two before your new PSAs begin rolling in. Once they begin to arrive, it will be too late to run them through a new co-op. Therefore, be sure not to wait too long after winning your auction to set up your co-op!

For help and information about creating co-ops and using the TL Co-op Manager, see TL Co-op Manager FAQs.

You can also check out Gery’s SFI Co-op Manager & The Magic Of Co-oping article for more tips and hints.

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Don’t miss out on upcoming Astro Auctions!

Don’t ever let an Astro Auction item you want to bid on slip by. Select an auction alert and get an e-mail alert letting you know your auction has begun.

Don't miss out on upcoming Astro Auctions!

Just go to the main Astro Auction page to view a list of auctions. Click the bell icon at the top of the index. You can then add an e-mail Alert for an individual product from the dropdown menu, add an alert for Multiple Rocket Box Auctions, etc. You will receive an email alert every time an auction starts for your selected item(s)! Maximum of 5 items. You can remove alerts any time you wish.

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How to Build a Big List of Buyers without Making a Single Sale

No doubt you’ve heard that offering a bonus for other product sellers to give to their buyers is a good way to get a list of customers. And that’s true. If your bonus is good enough that the product seller believes it will increase their sales, they might be willing to let your bonus tag along with their product.

How to Build a Big List of Buyers without Making a Single Sale

You might need to contact 5, 10 or even 20 product sellers to make this happen. Obviously, the better your bonus and the closer it’s tied to the original product, the higher your odds of getting a yes. Having a relationship with the product seller helps immensely, too.

But there is an easier way to get that coveted “yes” from the product seller, and here it is:

Offer them a complete upsell funnel.

A lot of newer product sellers on Warrior and JVZoo don’t have their own upsells yet. And because of this, they’re leaving a lot of money on the table.

If you offer them a complete upsell funnel and let them keep 100% of the profit, you stand an excellent chance of them saying yes.

Your upsell funnel should include a squeeze page offering a good freebie – this will capture product buyers who don’t purchase your upsell. It also should also include a proven product that converts well.

You can add exit splashes, pre-populated forms, bonuses and trial offers – basically whatever it takes to:

1. Capture the email addresses of the buyers, regardless of whether or not they take your upsell.

2. Makes sales for the product seller.

Using this method, you can add hundreds of buyers to your list every week. And as you know, buyers are worth far more than tire-kickers.

Everyone is happy using this model:

– The original product seller is making more money – often twice as much or more.

– The product buyer is getting a good deal on your product.

– Even if the product buyer doesn’t buy your product, they still get your freebie (remember to make it VALUABLE.)

– And you get a list of buyers with very little effort on your part.

For maximum success, rinse and repeat as often as you like.

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Make Your Price Look Like a Stellar Deal

Let’s say you’re offering a course with 10 videos, 10 corresponding pdfs and 3 great bonuses, all for $47 – and you want to make that $47 seem like an absolute and total bargain price. How do you do it?

Make Your Price Look Like a Stellar Deal

By giving your customers a choice right there on the sales page, the check-out page or preferably both.

Here’s how to do it:

Strip your package down to a much smaller one.

For example, 10 videos, no pdfs and no bonuses. Or 10 pdfs, no videos and no bonuses. Whatever works.

Offer that smaller version for $37, or $39, or even $45. You might want to test this to see which one works better.

Have the smaller version right there next to the big version for $47.

Let them know they have a choice. Of course, you recommend the full $47 version, but it’s up to them.

This is a variation of decoy pricing which typically uses 3 prices to sway buyers into purchasing a particular item.

With the slightly lower price giving them so much less, your regular price looks much better.

Also test having a higher price with not much more benefit.

In this case, it could be $67 for a slightly bigger package. That might increase sales of your regular priced product as well.

Remember to test, test and test some more to see what works best.

Curious about the 3 price decoy effect?

The most famous example is pricing used by the Economist, and later by many other magazines and newspapers.

The Economist offered an online subscription for $59, a print subscription for $125, or an online and print subscription for $125.

Naturally, this greatly boosted sales of the third option.

How can you apply this proven strategy to your business? I know you can find some creative ways to do so and boost your sales in the process!

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How to Have FUN with Online Marketing

Okay, so you’ve hopefully got your core business online, or you’re about to put one online. You have it up and running, making money… Now what?

How to Have FUN with Online Marketing

First things first – figure out how to make MORE money in the business you already have.

How do you get more customers?

How do you sell those customers more stuff?

And how can you charge more for what you sell?

This is basic and should always be your focus. The more value you give, the more money you typically make. Give more value and you can charge more and sell more.

But what about the ‘fun’ part?

That’s a matter of trying stuff out.

Buy new stuff on Warrior and JVZoo. Read the case studies. See the new techniques someone’s dreamt up.

Pick and choose stuff to try and then just try it. Don’t devote a week to it – it might not work. But devote a day or two and see what results you get.

That new thing that everyone is doing? Pick a topic (or whatever needs choosing) and outsource it. Or if you can do it yourself in a day, go for it.

Is it promising? Keep going.

Does it look like a loser? Good – you just found something that doesn’t work for you.

Either way, if you always look at it as experimenting, as having fun, as trying new stuff and seeing what happens, then you’ll never take it too seriously.

You won’t get stressed. You won’t smash your head against the desk when you realize the last 24 hours taught you nothing more than how NOT to do something.

Because you’re having fun.

And when you do strike on a winner, sha-ZAM!

Rinse and repeat and you’ve got another money making avenue in your online business.

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How to Sell a Lot More Products Online by Having them Translated to New Languages

Smart marketers are not limiting themselves to the English market. Instead, they are taking their best selling products and getting those products and the associated product funnels translated over to French, Italian, Spanish, etc.

How to Sell a Lot More Products Online by Having them Translated to New Languages

Here’s how to do it:

Unless you’re really sure you want to invest the money, do NOT go with a professional translation service because the cost will be too prohibitive. Not to mention their translations can be too dry and boring to be effective, especially on the sales material.

Instead, find someone on Upwork or Fiverr who is fluent both in English and the language you’re translating your work into. They must be fluent enough to thoroughly know the slang and colloquialisms of that language.

Have them translate the product, the sales letter, the emails, the squeeze page, etc. Also have them translate a month’s worth of PPC ads to bring in new subscribers to your funnel. You’ll want a month’s worth because it can take you that long to test and tweak your ad campaigns.

Then retain that person with a small monthly fee to handle all customer support emails for you.

Rinse and repeat with another language.

No Products of Your Own? No Problem…

Negotiate with product owners for the rights to sell their products in other languages. You might pay them a flat fee, or a percentage of sales after your initial expenses are recovered.

You could build an entire business doing this one thing – getting licensing rights to popular products and translating them to various languages.

And if you’re fluent in another language, then you don’t even need to hire a translator if you’re willing to do the translation yourself.

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Double Your Income Using the Least Effort

Your very best products – the premium stuff making you the most money – is worth even more than you think it is.

Double Your Income Using the Least Effort

Let’s say you’ve got a successful membership site. You’re charging $20 a month and you’ve got 300 subscribers. That’s $6,000 a month you’re bringing in, before expenses. Obviously you’re doing well with that, right?

So what do some marketers do? They make an info product teaching how to do this very thing. How to set up the site, how to get the outsourcers to create the content and how to get subscribers.

And they charge maybe $9 or $17 for a Warrior Special Offer or JVZoo offer on this product. That’s one way to go.

But there is another method – one that generally makes more money with less hassles, and it’s this:

Make a premium offering.

Let’s face it – there are significant advantages to attracting $500 customers over $10 customers in the online marketing field.

A $10 customer tends to be skeptical. They need a lot of convincing because they’re pretty sure nothing works. That’s because thus far, they haven’t met with much in the way of online success.

And when they buy your $10 program, they often need help. A typical query: “How do I take payments?”

You: “Have you heard of Paypal?”

Your customer, “Sure, but could you walk me through on how to set that up?”

A $500 customer, on the other hand, tends to be on an entirely different level. They’ve likely already experienced online success, which is why they can see what you’re offering works.

They don’t have as many questions. And they know that any basic answers they do need (like how to set up a website, or Paypal) can be found online, rather than expecting you to do the work for them.

It’s paradoxical, I know.

A $10 customer needs $100 worth of your time. Or more.

A $500 customer generally doesn’t need help. But even if they do, you don’t mind spending the time with them because they’ve paid you good money.

So to get back to my original point, don’t sell your knowledge short.

Packaging your know-how and experience into a $10 product may lead to more frustration for you than anything else, even if you do have a great upsell.

Since, in this example, you’ve got a membership site that’s doing well, you could:

1. Offer to build them a similar but non-competing website, complete with 6 months of content.

2. Offer to coach them one-on-one on how to build their site themselves (far more valuable, since they will then own the skill).

3. Work with membership site owners to get their subscribers up to a certain level.

And so forth.

And for any one of these things, you can easily charge $500 – $2,000. Get 10 customers at $500 each you’ve just made $5,000.

To make that same money selling a $10 book or program, you’d need to sell 500 copies, assuming you make all the sales yourself without affiliate help.

Now then, how about getting the best of both worlds?

Create the inexpensive product and sell it without any personal coaching. Make this clear – they get the information, but you’re not holding hands for 10 bucks.

If they want personal help, you can offer that as an upsell. And if they’re truly serious, you can offer one of the above three options at full price as well.

Of course, the $10 and $500 is arbitrary. You will set your own prices as you see fit. For example, setting up a full membership site with six months of content is obviously worth a great deal more than $500.

As long as you’re not setting up direct competitors to your own membership site, you can do this every single month if you like.

Using this method alone, you can easily double your income.

Membership sites are just an example. This works no matter what you’re doing online that is making you good money.

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