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  Pitch a TV show
Posted by: Kurt - 02-24-2020, 12:23 AM - Forum: Out to Pasture - Off Topic - Replies (2)

What are your ideas for TV shows?

I have two. First, the 3 Manning bros buy Cheers. Peyton plays a character like in his SNL skit that parodies his good guy image. Cooper would be part Eddie Haskell and part Arliss and Eli would fill the Coach/Woody role...and Norm and Cliff would still be sitting at the bar.

Next is a Rockford Files reboot. Remember how Rockford used to have a mini printing press and would print fake business cards? Take it a step further with computer graphics and print on demand and 3D printing. Rockford could print a shirt to look like worker at a country club or print a hat that said just about anything.

Here's Peyton in the SNL skit...I think it's one of the funniest ever and he's actually a good comedy actor.

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  Affiliate Marketing for Beginners 2020 & How to Start an Online Business Infrastruce
Posted by: Jeffery - 02-23-2020, 01:14 PM - Forum: Cash Cow Marketing - Replies (3)

Greetings,

Here is my little guide to creating an Affiliate Marketing business for beginners. In many ways it is meant to be followed step-by-step based on how I have been creating the infrastructure for affiliate websites, general blogs and more.

You will discover simple in-depth tips and strategies that are often mentioned on this forum with good intentions, yet may be confusing to beginners when the dots do not connect.

Let's connect the dots starting with "Step 1. The Google Account."

[Image: 01.png] Google Account.

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Go to https://www.google.com and signup for your own GMail Account.

Step 1. The first step is to obtain a reliable Email Account with Google Mail, also know as GMail. You will need a reliable email address to join all affiliate programs and PayPal. The majority of Internet Marketers utilize GMail for the reliability.

Tips: Plan in advance. When selecting an email address it is a good idea to use your website domain name or you business name. Examples: your-domain-name@googlemail.com or your-domain-name.com@googlemail.com. Also, you may use the short email address @gmail.com because Google Mail automatically redirects for you! You can use the short email address when you run campaigns and give the email address to people, example: your-email-name@gmail.com.

Primary Tip. Make sure you save the email address and your password, so you can access the email account.

[Image: 02.png] PayPal Account.

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Go to: https://www.paypal.com and signup for your own PayPal Account.

Step 2. The second step is to obtain a PayPal Account. PayPal is an online payment processor. All reliable affiliate companies utilize PayPal. The primary reasons are you need PayPal are to process payments from your customers and to receive affiliate commissions from affiliate programs.

Tips: There are different types of PayPal accounts. You may select the basic account to get started. Also, you may always select a different type of account at a later date. However, if you will sell products and/or services then it is a good idea to obtain a Premier Business Account. Be advised that any type of account other than the basic account does take more time.

"There are many times we read posts about paypal closing accounts on people. Most of the time when this happens we find out the person was running a business with a personal account.

Last, use your GMail email address that you created in step 1.

[Image: 03.png] Website Host.

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Go to: https://www.hostgator.com/affiliates

Step 3. The third step is to obtain your website host. There are many good website hosts and we recommend HostGator Shared Hosting with a dedicated I.P. Address for three primary reasons:

  1. HostGator provides decent hosting with a dedicated I.P. Address.
  2. HostGator provides cPanel Control Panel which is perfect for beginners.
  3. HostGator is reliable for paying out affiliate commissions.

We also recommend DreamHost and BlueHost. Both are reliable, all payout affiliate commissions on time, but they of course differ in different ways and as with any website host always reference the Terms of Service.

It is important to know that the cheapest hosting is a "Shared Hosting Account" with a dedicated I.P. Address and it is good for your business. Also, you can always upgrade your hosting at any time at a later date. This is a good idea to get started and learn the ropes as you move forward.

Be advised that affiliates are not permitted to signup for their own website hosting account through their own affiliate link. This is the industry standard with all reliable website hosts.

Tips: Signup for your own website hosting using a partner's affiliate link. Your company and your partners should have an agreement in place to remit the commissions. However, if at this time, you do not have an partner simply move forward and signup with HostGator.

It is also important to know that most affiliate programs only approve affiliates that already have a website. The affiliate program manager may review the website to insure that all of the affiliate program policies, terms and conditions are adhered to as a condition of the approval process. Also, some companies do not review the website, but they do make it mandatory that you provide a website.

Last, use your GMail email address that you created in step 1.

Go to: http://www.getresponse.com/partners

[Image: 04.png] Email Autoresponder.

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Step 4. The fourth step is to obtain your autoresponder service. We recommend GetResponse for three primary reasons:

  1. GetResponse is reliable and provides excellent delivery rates.
  2. GetResponse is reliable for paying out affiliate commissions.
  3. GetResponse also has an excellent Referral Program.

We also recommend the Aweber autoresponder service and it is a good idea to join both GetResponse and Aweber. However, it is easier to get started with GetResponse, learn the ropes as you move forward and join Aweber at a later date when it is convenient for you.

Tips: GetResponse has a free, but temporary personal autoresponder service. It is a good idea to join the affiliate program and the referral program and at a later date - signup for the free autoresponder service. Be advised that the policies are always changing and that is good for your business. As of this writing all GetResponse clients are automatically assigned an affiliate ID. However, unless your business is officially pre-approved as an affiliate then your business may or may not receive an award from the Awards Program.

Again, policies are always changing and it is best to join the affiliate program as well as the award program and keep abreast of all the changes.

Last, use your GMail email address that you created in Step 1.

Get Your GetResponse Web Form ID

Step 4.1

Log in to your GetResponse account.

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Step 4.2 Click on Web Forms in the navigation menu and click on Create New.

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Choose a template. The first template is a good choice for this guide.

Step 4.3 Click on Next Step at the bottom of the page.

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Step 4.4 Click on Next Step at the bottom of the page.

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Step 4.5 Click on the Show HTML Code tab.

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Step 4.6 Scroll down and find the value of the webform_id field.

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IMPORTANT. save the Web Form ID in Text Pad or your favorite editor.

Step 4.7 Add Your GetResponse Email Autoresponder To Your Website.

Prerequisite: You will need a website before you can add the autoresponder to your website. We will use WordPress for this guide.

WordPress is easily installed on your HostGator Website with your cPanel Control Panel. Follow this Video Tutorial:

HostGator WordPress Tutorials:
https://www.hostgator.com/help/article/v...#wordpress

Note: WordPress will install the free theme: 2020.

Tip: Get a free WordPress Theme at WordPress.org or a Premium WordPress Theme and we recommend StudioPress.com. There are very important differences between free and paid (premium) WordPress Themes. The major difference is the premium websites are developed to "high standards", so if you are creating your own website to make yourself some money it is a good idea to select a premium website for your business.

Step 4.8 Log in to your WordPress Admin and go to Appearance > Widgets.

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Step 4.9 Place a text widget (1) into the primary sidebar(2).

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Note: Drag & Drop the text widget into the primary sidebar.

Step 4.10 Log in to your GetResponse.com Account and navigate to the last page of your Web Form. Reminder, the Web Form was created in Step 4. Next, Copy & Paste the GetResponse Email Autoresponder "JAVA Code" into the text widget and click the Save Button.

[Image: wordpress-appearance-widgets-3.png]

Last, Screen the autoresponder on your website and make any adjustments per your preference while you are signed into GetResponse.

Quote:Congratulations!


You have completed the steps and have added your Email Autoresponder To Your Website.

Recap, You have established your business framework on the internet:
  • You have an Gmail account for all of your important business communications.
  • You have a portfolio of affiliate links to start making an income.
  • You have an email autoresponder to build a list of prospects and customers.
  • You have a basic website or a premium website.

[Image: 05.png] JVZoo.

Go to: http://www.jvzoo.com/affiliates

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Step 5. The fifth step is to obtain your JVZoo Affiliate Account. We highly recommend JVZoo for many reasons, but not limited to:

  1. JVZoo is reliable for paying out commissions.
  2. JVZoo promotes a two tier affiliate program.
  3. JVZoo promotes both sellers and affiliates, and much more.
The Online Journey To Your Success Starts With Capitalizing On and Monetizing the Assets You Now Have!

[Image: 06.png] How To Monetize Your Website.

There are many ways affiliates capitalize on the assets you already have at your disposal and two of the most important ways are to monetize your website with JVZoo and Advertisements.

There are also many ways to place JVZoo products and advertisements on a website and the most important is to utilize a website that facilitates the placement of those advertisements in the right locations.

A WordPress website with a robust WordPress Theme is one of the the easiest and best website for the purpose of making money with advertisements. It is important to utilize a flexible theme from the start, so as to make changes when WordPress changes and when the market changes! We recommend any of the long standing themes from StudioPress.com and WooCommerce.com.

StudioPress.com is one our favorites because the themes are professional in every way. WooCommerce.com is our choice for eCommerce because the themes are also professional in every way, but are a bit complicated for beginners and are more for eCommerce.

Both companies provide excellent support which is vital to any online business.

As said earlier, it is important to capitalize on and monetize the assets you already have, so lets get started.

First, setup the framework of your graphical and text advertisements. This starts with WordPress plug-ins and widgets. It is important to know now that the advertisement of a product or service must not confuse the site's visitors in any way. Too many advertisements may cause the site visitor to "browse" the website instead of clicking an affiliate advertisement.

The best way to avoid confusing the visitor is to "focus" the visitor's attention on the advertisement and relative in-context text links.

That is easily done by creating one single advertisement in a side bar or sometimes called a sidebar.

Our recommended WordPress plugin is the free Custom Sidebars: Allows you to create widget enabled areas and custom sidebars. Replace whole sidebars or single widgets for specific posts and pages.

Simply install the plug-in, create a custom sidebar, and place a text-widget in the sidebar that consists of your advertisement with your affiliate link. Last, assign or place the sidebar on your post or page.

The end result is two fold in a clever and indirect way your visitors are subtly focused on the advertisement and is not likely to cause your visitors to bounce out of your website, but more importantly increases the click-through-rate (CTR) to the affiliated product or service. The potential to make money is simply increased when your entire website utilizes this advertising strategy!

You are now armed with some very important information and some very important strategies. A deeper look and you will discover that you also have an infrastructure for almost any type of website.

Quote:Congratulations!

You have "Taken Action" and completed all of the essential steps to achieve your success as an "Affiliate Marketer."

Please make sure that you treat all of your website visitors honestly and as you would like to be treated yourself. It is important to gain and maintain the trust of your visitors, so they will keep coming back to your website and keep buying from your website. That trust is vital to your online success.

Do it right and your website will put money in your pocket!

Enjoy Your Success!
Jeffery 100%

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  What Are The Minimum Requirements For Having An Online Business?
Posted by: Karen Dot - 02-23-2020, 12:25 AM - Forum: Cash Cow Marketing - Replies (1)

I have been online for a while and this isn't for me personally but what do you think is the bare minimum things someone needs to start an online business?

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  Free Marketing Essentials - What are some of your favorite FREE marketing resources?
Posted by: Kurt - 02-22-2020, 05:56 PM - Forum: Cash Cow Marketing - Replies (17)

What are some of your favorite FREE marketing resources? Extra credit if we haven't heard of them before. Let's be more creative than saying WP. Instead maybe give us a great free plugin.

Of course I'm going to list MYBB. It takes about 3 min. to install if you have Softaculous or Fantistico or 10 min if you do it manually (and know how).

https://mybb.com/

Fontbase - It's a free font manager that works a little differently than others. It lets you organize and turn fonts on and off so they don't load in your programs every time. If you do design work and have a lot of fonts, Fontbase makes it easy so you don't have to scroll through 10,000 fonts every time...unless you want to. Fontbase is for the font addicts that can't delete fonts but don't want all the clutter either. Smile

https://fontba.se/  - Mac and Win

Motomo Web Analytics - I posted another thread about Matomo and IMO anyone that's serious about web marketing and wants to get great traffic info needs Matomo...especially if you're concerned about Google privacy issues for you and your visitors.

https://matomo.org/

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Thumbs Up Your own Analytics and why it's better than Google
Posted by: Kurt - 02-21-2020, 04:51 AM - Forum: Cash Cow Marketing - Replies (2)

This is a free open source option for website stats called Matomo. It used to be called Pikwik and I first installed it many years ago. Smile

It's similar to Google Analytics for web traffic stats. There's a paid version starting at about $20 a month and a FREE version that you can install on your site.

https://matomo.org/

The Good:

  • It's free.
  • You control all your sites' traffic info and don't share it with Google.
  • Just as important, if you use Analytics on your pages Google will track your visitors and sell that data to advertisers.
  • You just install it once and you can use it on all your domains. You can even give other people access to stats for their sites.

The Bad:

  • It's a big download and upload.
  • You may need to set the Config folder to 777 and they don't tell you this in the docs.
  • You need to be able create a MYSQL database.
  • If you have an old version of PHP on your site, there may be an issue with the php.ini file. It sounds complicated but if you have cPanel you just need to paste a small phrase into a form in cPanel. Just paste any errors into Google.

This is one of those things that will take an hour or so and a fistful of aspirin. But you only have to install it once and it will work for all your sites and you can protect your info and your visitors' info from Google and everyone they sell data to.

...and it's actually pretty cool.

Matomo is also a great opportunity for folks offering web services. Becoming an expert in Matomo is a skill that can be sold to businesses and since it's Open Source you can legally use it on all of your clients' sites for free.

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  Why a forum instead of a blog?
Posted by: Kurt - 02-20-2020, 09:06 PM - Forum: Cash Cow Marketing - Replies (5)

Why a forum instead of a blog? I get asked this a lot.

First, let me say it isn't either/or. It's like asking me if I want tacos or pizza. Both please. I have a couple of WP blogs. I even have a few WP installs on various domains that do nothing but run WP plugins.

My honest opinion is forums are possibly the most underrated free marketing resource and MYBB software can probably be installed on your site in a couple of minutes if you have cPanel with Fantastico or Softuclous. I just like posting on forums more than blogs. I feel like it's much more casual and I don't worry about being as perfect as possible.

I've also used a forum to set up private discussions with another person or small group...ON MY OWN DOMAIN for extra privacy. It only takes a minute or two to create a private forum for friends, family, freelancers, etc.

But the things I like most about forums is community and User Generated Content. That's you folks. A blog is all about "me" while a forum is about "us". While people can post comments on blogs, it's different. They can't start their own threads/topics so they are not as connected and the topics of every potential conversation are totally up to the blog owner.

Forums are better for social...

Both WP and MYBB have RSS pheeds. This means it's easy to post your new content on a variety of social media sites.

I use www.IFTTT.com (free) to take the RSS from the Pheeds.com Phorum and add the URL to IFTTT. IFTTT then checks the RSS to see if there are any updates. If so, it posts the title and link of every new thread here (in the public forums only) on my Twitter account.

Every time time someone starts a new thread on this forum, a new tweet is made to my Twitter account. Think about this...If you post a new thread, I get a new tweet on my Twitter account. And I get a link from my Twitter account back to the forum and your thread.

This doesn't have an instant impact. But it does build over time.

My Twitter account is pretty old. I got a good part of the followers using automation. It was easier then to get followers, but it's still a good idea now. For a site like Twitter, there's some decent follow/unfollow options available. I don't use them now so I can't recommend any..but put a lot of thought into getting the best sources for followers and take it slow and steady, especially at first.

There is a security risk with this. If a spam post gets through here it will also post on Twitter. But this problem is no harder to fix. Fix the spam on your forum. There's a number of things you can do.

You aren't just limited to MYBB and Twitter. IFTTT can take your MYBB RSS and share it in a variety of ways, including other social media sites.

A forum is the absolute best way to get other people to contribute to your site. While WP can do something similar with forum plugins, this is exactly what a forum like MYBB is supposed to do, make it easy for other people to add content as possible.

And every time someone starts a new thread, it also creates a tweet.

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  Arguing on the Net
Posted by: Kurt - 02-20-2020, 06:05 PM - Forum: Out to Pasture - Off Topic - Replies (3)

Ever notice how many arguments and flame wars on the net are about unprovable things? People take such strong positions on things that are unknowable, but they are RIGHT. I'm not talking about marketing, but it happens in IM too. 

I've seen football fans argue for weeks over what player a team should draft without anyone ever being to prove they are right because they both can't be drafted. There's also the possibility that they're both right or that they're both wrong.

With me I often pick a side of a debate based on the reasoning of a person, not the outcome. Knowing that the past doesn't equal the future is pretty much Logic 101.

This means it is NOT logical to say that the sun will rise tomorrow because it rose today. It may be correct and logical doesn't mean correct. But the reasoning/logic is wrong. The sun will rise tomorrow because the earth spins and orbits around the sun, not because the sun rose today.

I'm not arguing that the sun won't rise tomorrow, only that it won't rise because it rose yesterday.

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  Best Business/Mindset Books You've Read?
Posted by: Dkillo - 02-20-2020, 05:20 AM - Forum: Cash Cow Marketing - Replies (5)

What are some of the best books you've read for business, goals, mindset etc?  

I've read many but I'm always on the lookout for more as I feel you can't get enough food for thought so to speak.

It would also be helpful if you could say a few words about why you like the book you recommend.  I'm not talking a full review or anything.  Something like what you liked the most about the book.

I'll just name a few to start with as I don't want to steal anyone's "thunder".  I'll add more as other replies come in.

My all-time favorite is "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill.  I'm sure most have probably heard of this book but on the off-chance that you haven't read it yet, I consider this a must-read.  Napoleon Hill teaches core concepts that individuals must have to be successful.  Not only in business but in life.  He studied the most successful business people of his era for 20 years and writes about what they taught him.  Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Woolworth, etc.

Another book that I recently read "The E Myth Revisited" by Michael E Gerber.  This book talks about systemizing your business.  He uses the McDonald's franchise as an example to follow as he teaches the character "Sarah" how to change her entire business.  It's really a fascinating read.

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  How would you promote the XFL?
Posted by: Kurt - 02-20-2020, 05:14 AM - Forum: Cash Cow Marketing - No Replies

OK sports fans...how would you market the new XFL football league?

I'd make a dramatic rule change. I'd eliminate the line of scrimmage for a forward pass and allow one pass per play from anywhere on the field. A RB could be 10 yards down field then pass 30 more yards.

The NBA All Star game had a great idea. Invite lots of kids from various youth organizations to the games and pay their charities based on the performance of their team. Maybe if one teams scores on a drive the Girls Scouts get a donation and if they don't score the Boy Scouts get a donation.

This is not only great for publicity and goodwill, kids are the loudest crowds there are. If they had a stake in the outcome of results the stadiums would be full of screaming fans. They were crazy at the NBA All Star game.

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