30dc Revelation

I just had a sudden revelation –

For the last few years, I’ve bought dozens of online products – all sitting here on my hard drive – and I’ve never really known what to do with them.

And some of the “free” products I received as part of some package I always thought were kinda cheesy. Well, as I’m sitting here looking for additional niches, I’ve come across a good half a page of possible niches that I already own products for! I had no interest in those “cheesy” topics, but apparently, I’m alone in that thought. Because most of these key phrases have upwards of 300 hits per day according to GTrends and have less than 30k competing sites.

Hmmm . . . I’m so excited, I might just stay up half the night and work on them. I really want to see everything I’ve been doing all month come together.

And congrats to all the people out there who have made their $10 or more. I heard it’s official there has been a $700+ dollar sale and a $7,000 sale! WOW! That rocks!

Now . . . it’s MY TURN! 🙂

~Annie (lsandrsn on the forum)
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More Niche•ing

I have a niche I’ve been sitting on for over a year because I just didn’t know how to take it to the next level. Not that I didn’t try – I bought Butterfly Marketing, The 7 Figure Code and other programs trying to find an edge in the market – because it’s a tough one (and probably one Ed says we should steer clear of) – but I keep at it because I know the market well. It’s something I’m good at and have been doing as a hobby for many years and I want to share my knowledge and experience with others getting into it or trying to learn it.

And I think I’ve had a revelation today that will allow me to take it to the next level. I’m so excited about that I can hardly stand it. The kids will probably not allow me to get much work done until papa gets home from work, though, so I’m going to just work out a more long-term plan with it. desk.gif

It’s really too bad some niches are “off limits” because many of them are niches I know well. Take the health industry for example. I’m a health nut – holistic, all natural medicines, organic foods, natural cleaning products – the whole nine yards, as it were. And I can’t do anything in that niche because Ed says it’s a no-no.

Yeah, I’ve tried to find a cool little phrase in there somewhere that gets good ranking on the GTrends tool but nope, nothing. What a bummer.

I’m curious about everyone else’s niches too. Just curious – no underhanded thoughts there. I just want to know how my niches “fit” for lack of a better term with what others have found. So far, I haven’t found anyone doing either of my niches although one has a couple of very close – shall we say – relatives. 😉 I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

Looks like I’m rambling here and I’ve totally lost my point, so I better go watch today’s videos again because I missed part of Rob’s first video and then go work on my niches a bit more. One isn’t performing well so I think I may change it a bit and maybe add one more platform before I decide whether or not to dump it.

Oh – and I’m getting very excited about next month! Ed said in his video today that the strategy we’ll be learning in September is product creation. I’ve studied it some already but I’m looking forward to Ed’s “golden nuggets” – he explains things in ways many others don’t and I really like that. I always pick up something from his instruction that never came through in others.

Have a great day today! And I’ll be back later with Part 3 of my Useful Tools thread.

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Pulling my hair out . . .

Well, it’s one of those days where the kids seem to have “annoy the hell out of mom and be naughty” on their must do lists and I’m pulling my hair out over it.

The little guy has been up since 5 freakin’ 30 this morning, his little big sister is not feeling well and is whinnier than a power steering system that needs fluid and big brother is his usual “pick on the the little kids and make them scream” self. Oh – and I heard the teenager yell from her room for everyone to shut up.

Lovely.

And I didn’t finished the “Challenge within the Challenge” over the weekend as I was busy creating a book cover for a client’s brand new book coming out soon. He’s very pleased with the outcome so far and we just have one more revision before it’s finalized. If he gives me the ok, I’ll post the final design for you to check out.

Although I’m thankful for the work the client provided and it’s been fun working on the project, I really wish I could have done better with the “Challenge within the Challenge.”

So – now it’s Monday, the kids are not behaving well and to top that off, one of my old fillings in a back molar is giving me fits and caused the tooth to crack! Hopefully, the insurance will cover it but it’s the 2nd one that’s done this in the last 4 months, so I’m not sure they’ll cover it without a big deal.

Word to the wise – if you have old fillings, you might want to have them replaced BEFORE they cause any problems.

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Niche Mania!

Well, this weekend brings the “Challenge within the Challenge” and I’m busy digging for a new, fresh niche. I have a couple that look like they might be what I need but it’s time to head over to clickbank and amazon.com to check out available products and look at the competition.

And I only have a few hours to pull this off as apparently, Grandma wants to take my oldest daughter shopping today. Which means, I’ll need to go too. But I’m not a shopper – I go to the store, get what I need and get out. 😉 Definitely not your typical woman.

Anyway, leave a comment and tell me if you’re doing the Challenge within the Challenge and how you’re doing with it. I’d love to hear from you!

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Should the personal be kept out of business?

060110_macbook_pro.jpgA few years ago on one of my other blogs I wrote a post about what was appropriate content for a “business” blog. This was in response to a then colleague spouting off that I should not be so “personal” sounding on my business blog.

Well, for those of you who don’t know me – I’m fairly outspoken when necessary and quite opinionated most of the time. And while I am not afraid to speak my mind, that’s not to say I just go off or that I am impolite about it. In fact, many people have told me they’ve never heard someone put another person in their place so kindly or efficiently before or with such grace. But, really, that’s beside the point. I just wanted to tell you this up front so this will make better sense to you.

Anyway – back to the topic – here, in a nutshell, is what I think about keeping personal stuff out of your business blog or website.

Don’t.

Why, you ask? That’s a great question!

Well, because you don’t really want to sound like a stuffy 5,000 employee company that doesn’t give a rip, do you?

No, I didn’t think so. But that is what you will sound like if you keep it strictly business. It turns many a customer off. Some of us more than others.

When I go to someone’s website, unless they are a major corporation like Amazon.com, Wal Mart, or Macy’s, I want to know there’s a real person behind that business mask. A real person who cares, who is involved with their company, who appreciates the customer and genuinely wants your patronage.

I want to know when I land on someones blog, that they are a human with emotions just like me. And they’ll have a better chance of getting my business if they speak to me like they think I’m a thinking, feeling, intelligent human being too. Nothing turns me off more than corporate sounding bunk on the blog or website of mom and pop operation. If I want that, I’ll go shop with the “big boys” at Nike or Old Navy or whatever.

Just be real and people will follow you.

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Affiliate Links

In my research for the 30 Day Challenge, I’ve read many, many Terms of Service agreements for a variety of web and blog platforms. And quite a lot of them state that there are to be no affiliate links on your site or blog. Now, if you’re an internet marketer or even someone who is just hoping to make a few dollars here and there, that could be a problem.

But here is what I have found in my 4+ years of blogging.

It’s often not that they don’t want you to have affiliate links at all. The problem is when that’s ALL you have and all you do with your site. If you carry on a normal, daily conversation with readers and discuss normal, daily things in your personal and professional life, an affiliate link now and then isn’t so bad. And most of those hosts – there are a few exceptions – will be ok with that.

On the other hand, when you blatently use the site for the sole purpose of selling a product, it becomes a problem and you’re likely to violate the TOS. Your site may even be pulled or suspended. And they will tell you that your site is spam. Nobody wants that.

So the best advice I can give is to make sure your site is not “salesy” and doesn’t smack of useless info that turns people off. Because you can bet that if it violates the TOS and the host calls it spam, readers won’t find much value in it, either.

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