Today everyone is selling something on line. But there are so many choices out there that it leaves one wondering what the best method is for me?

Today we are going to be covering many of the common carts and the pluses and minuses of each.

WooCommerce– This is a free shopping cart and has been relied on for years. The issue is if you want to accept payments from someone other than PayPal, you will need to buy add on packages. Most of the common ones will cost $49 upward to $199 each. As you can see, these extensions can add up quickly. Also there is a NEW policy by PayPal that if you are a NEW PayPal customer, you will have to have all of your WooCommerce purchases confirmed by the customer before payment will be processed.  As you can imagine this could be a headache for you, and the client.

Ithemes Exchange– This is a great little plugin that is similar to WooCommerce. The plug in is free however, like WooCommerce, the add-on pack is an additional $197.00 per year. This does give you over 20 add-ons including

  • Membership Add On
  • Shipping Charts
  • Canadian Tax and US Tax Charts
  • Hook ups to your Autoresponder
  • Product Variations
  • And lots more.

This plug in is very easy to install and configure and is recommended as a great starter cart.  It also does not have the PayPal restriction as WooCommerce has.

Ecwid Shopping Cart– This cart had both a free plan with 0% transaction fees as well as paid plans up to $69 a month. Their plans are based on the number of products. You would take payments via Paypal or it supports over 40 other payment providers. It also includes a complete shipping chart so that you can ship via multiple carries.

1Shopping Cart- This is a great cart with some great features. It includes a autoresponder and a basic CRM feature in the monthly fee.  They also have no limits on the number of contacts.  They allow you to hook up your favorite merchant account to the cart. If you do not have one, you can sign up through them and get a small discount. They also will lover the percentage that they take on the sale.  In many cases this is lower than the fee PayPal takes.  The starter package runs $34 per month and the ultimate package will cost you $249 per month.  Note the starter package DOES NOT include Affiliate management, but for $34 a month, this could be a cheaper option than paying for an autoresponder program and the additional PayPal fees.

Ontraport– This cart is a nice alternative to Infusionsoft. The cost of this cart starts at $79 a month and limits your contacts to 1000. The next package will cost you $279 a month and allows you to have 25,000.  This price also include the ability to add memberships and affiliate management. Like 1shopping cart, is also includes an advanced CRM and autoresponder programs.  There is also a “If-Then” feature that will help you expand and build your sales funnels via your shopping cart.

Infusionsoft This is considered one of the best carts out there. It can be expensive and is recommend for the coach who is making at least $75K or more. The prices start at $199 a month and can cost up to $599 a month for the complete system. It is also based on the number of contacts. The starter package only allows up to 2500 contacts. For coaches that have a large email base, they would have to buy the complete package that allows 10,000 contacts. This cart allows for a full build out of sales funnels, a complete CRM and a complete Sales mismanagement feature. It is important to note here that most coaches that choose this will also have to find a VA or an Infusionsoft certified professional to manage the program and build your funnels. Support is there to help but at times this could be limited and wait times could be a little long, however if you are earning the money and making the sales, this is a great option for the higher end coach.

It is also important to note that there are other ways to accept money. Today Mailchimp, Aweber and Active Campaign allow you the option now to add PayPal buttons to their emails and allow you to accept payment via this system. Also naturally, you can use the PayPal button codes as well to accept payments. In fact, ActiveCampaign also allows you to build funnels and many of the common features of Infusionsoft for a starting price of $9 per month up to $300 a month.  Again, this is based on the number of contacts that you have on your list.

There are also other free carts such as ZenCart, OpenCart and many others that you can also choose to use. Most of these also are hooked to using the PayPal or Stripe payments.

The key to find the right cart for you is to determine what do you really need from your shopping cart. Do you want a CRM? Multiple Shipping Platforms? Affiliate Management? Sales Funnels? Multiple Payment Methods? Autoresponders? Once you know what you really want, the next step is to compare pricing and also ask for a free trial and take the time to really test them to make sure they meet your needs.

If you are needing more assistance in picking or setting up your shopping cart, we are here to help. Click here to set up your free consultation call today.

 

MC9004325561Last time we talk about VA tools that can make you money, this time we will be talking about tools you can use to make your job easier and save you money at the same time.

Every one knows that webinars are hot right now. But what if you DID NOT have to pay monthly and still be able to put on a professional webinar. That is exactly what RunClick offers you. For a small 1 time fee of  97.00 you can  host unlimited webinars.  They also have a commercial license available that allows you to see the package to your clients. This package has a custom registration page, thank you page, and autoresponder package. You can also export your subscriber to your favorite autoresponder as well.  If you want even more templates, there is also a template pack you can add on.

Infographics are hot right now as well. Making them can be very time consuming as a hassle. Having them made professionally can cost a good deal of money. What if there was a quick and easy way to make you infographic? That is what Instant infographics Presence gives you.  This simple program is a drop and drag builder that is as easy as 1-2-3 in putting a great looking infographic together. You can also make and sell these to your clients as well!  There is an upgrade pack that also offers you more templates and commercial license.

Instant Infographics Templates is another option for creating infographics.  The package sells for $17 for personal use and also has a commercial option available at only $27. These templates you simply open in Photoshop and edit the text portion and save and done.

Animated 3D Characters gives you easy 3D figures that you can customize and use in videos or pages. For the low price of $27 it is a bargain if you need 3D characters.

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Pinterest is hailed as the next big thing after Facebook and if this is the case then you should do the best you can to be one of the pioneering online businesses to make it big on Pinterest.

With this social networking site, it is important to understand that you can sink or swim with your photos. No matter how wonderfully worded your descriptions are, they won’t do any good if your photos are not worth repinning or if they do not qualify for a single like.

In order to make sure that your images are optimized for sharing and for search engine marketing, then you may want to consider the following tips.

Pin as many original photos as you can.

With photos that you have taken yourself, you get to choose where to link it. Obviously, it’s best to link it to your blog or website, as this will increase your chances of promoting your goods or services. Original photos are also better than repins because they have an increased likelihood of going viral as well.

Don’t forget keywords.

Keywords matter and they should be used as prominently as possible but without being too obvious about your focus on search engine marketing. Here are several ideal places for you to use your keywords in.

  • Replace generic file names with keyword-oriented names, e.g. IMG0014 to lemon_meringue.jpg
  • Include keywords in the first and last sentences of your pin description
  • Include at least one keyword in comments you post on related pins
  • Include a parent keyword in the title or name of your pinboard

Pay attention to the size of your photos.

More often than not, Internet users don’t really care about images that take too long to load – especially when they are accessing Pinterest using a mobile device. They don’t care much either for photos, which require them to scroll down, down, down to see it in its full size. Remember: they need to scroll back up just to repin or like your photo, and not all of them will have the time or interest to do so.

Images are not always photos.

At the end of the day, Pinterest is all about images – and these refer to not only the photos or pictures that you have taken with a camera. It can also be an artwork you’ve created with basic Microsoft Paint or Adobe Photoshop. It can be a full-fledged poster, a visual strategy – anything that can be saved as an image can still be pinned to Pinterest.

In fact, if you are targeting markets that aren’t exactly enamored by reading (such as teenagers currently busy with prom preparations) then you would have better chances of capturing their attention with images that serve as summarized versions of your articles. But of course, with such images you should also provide a link to the actual full-length text. If they like your image enough, they’ll probably be willing to give its accompanying article or blog post a fair shot.

Always start and end your pin descriptions with one-liners.

Naturally, those one-liners must include your targeted keywords. Pinterest only gives you 500 characters to describe your pin and Pinterest users who repin your photos would like to use some of them. In order to make sure that they don’t completely erase everything you’ve written, leave them with one-liners they’ll find irresistible to share with others.

 

Knowing how Pinterest works is just the start. You should also establish a clear link between your Pinterest account and your blog or website. You must also be able to conveniently pin photos to your account even if you are not tied to a desk and with access to your computer or laptop.

Have Pinterest buttons on display on all your websites and blogs.

Pinterest itself has several free buttons that you can use. They already come with the necessary HTML codes to make embedding hassle-free. You should also check with your content management system or CMS provider if they have options for including Pinterest buttons with every blog post you upload. If not that then maybe there are widgets or tools related to Pinterest, which you can host on your blog or site.

Download Pinterest applications in your site.

Pinterest also has its own official mobile application that you can download and use for free. However, there are also a number of paid applications, which are designed to make pinning quick and easy even when you are using a mobile device.

One application, for instance, allows you to pin photos straight from your mobile device’s browser – something that the official Pinterest app actually can’t do at the moment.

Make a list of possible pins you can use.

Photos, which immediately capture your attention are definitely worth pinning – maybe not now but sometime in the future for sure. You just need to come with a great article or blog post to link such photos to your business. Be sure to list the sites where you’ve seen such photos. Give yourself some time, and they’ll prove handy to your business sooner or later.

Have a camera with you at all times.

The best photos to pin are those that you have taken yourself. As the original source of such photos, your link will then be used every time your photo is pinned and repinned by other Pinterest users. As such, you should not let any opportunity for taking beautiful photos go to waste. Have a camera with you at all times – preferably one with an excellent range of features that include HD resolution, panorama sweeps, options for editing, and filtering effects.

In most cases, the cameras of high-end smartphones would already suffice. It’s actually better if you use a camera phone since this will automatically give you access to the Internet and have it pinned to your board in no time.

Subscribe to a mobile Internet service.

Speaking of Internet access, that’s yet another thing you should have at all times as well. A mobile Internet service will not only enable you to monitor your online business effectively, but it can also make sure that you will be one of the first to pin photos of events that you may be covering with live blogging. With the help of some handy-dandy applications, live blogging and pinning can be easily performed with just a smartphone or tablet.

Hopefully, these tips will be enough to equip your business with all the necessary tools and resources for maximizing the marketing opportunities offered by Pinterest.

 

 

11298757724_897e461d43_mSometimes I think that the internet marketing gurus make the information marketing model confusing so that they can sell you a solution.

Seriously, the more confusing you can make something, then the more you can charge for the solution, right?
And I’ve been thinking lately about how really easy it is to create a fully-functioning, profitable, information business. Then a friend of mine sent me a 9,800 word ebook he wrote in his niche, and he wanted my thoughts on it. And my response was that he could just turn it into a business!

This is what I told him:

Just create a new website, put some excerpts of that on your blog, make that your free download, then create a 3 hour audio course teaching EXACTLY what is in that report, sell for $97

Then have a blogging coaching program for $97 a month

That’s it.

That’s the model.

Nothing more.

Then just write an email a day.

Drive traffic to your blogging free giveaway page.

Then each week, record one hour of new training, sell it on the warrior forum each week.

Put warrior forum leads into your automated funnel selling your $97 blogging book and your $97 a month coaching program.

That’s it.

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The easiest coaching program in the world is the group coaching program model, with teleseminar coaching and recorded automated lessons. No email access, no skype access. Just one live weekly q and a phone call, with recorded lessons sent out via autoresponder. You can’t get any easier than that.

And you teach your group clients – 100 of them, 1000 of them, 10,000 of them – the EXACT SAME THING you teach your 1-1 clients. The training is EXACTLY the same. But instead of coaching one person for one hour, you coach 10 people during that hour or 100 people during that hour or 1000 people during that hour.

It works for your clients too.

Let’s say you charge $500 an hour for 1-1 coaching.

Your client gets 1 hour of coaching. You get paid $500.

But if you teach the SAME THING but have 100 people on the SAME HOUR –

and you only charge $100 for that hour – your clients get an 80% discount on the coaching – and you make 20 times more – you make 100 times $100 = $10,000 instead of $500.

Your client pays 80% less, and you make 2000% more.

Now, you might ask, but what if someone has a question?

Simply open the call up at the end for questions. Only about 5% of your callers will have a question on a live teleseminar with open questions.

So with 100 clients, you open the call live, answer 5 questions.

With 1000 clients, you simply ask that they submit their questions before the call, and you have an assistant (you can afford an assistant if you have 1000 clients paying $100 a month) screen their questions and answer the ones you have never answered before.

The questions that you HAVE answered before, since you keep a recording of all your prior calls, you simply have your assistant send your client the recording of you answering THEIR question for another client in the past.

(Once you have 100 clients, all in the same niche with the same problems, you discover over time that almost 100% of the questions asked are almost always the same questions as someone else has asked in the past).

Does this sound simple?

It is.

You deliver the live teleseminar coaching call each week using a teleseminar services that records your call for you, you send an automated email out to your client list after the call with the recording.

If someone has a question for you, they just have to come to the live call. That’s fair, isn’t it? They are paying for a live coaching call with you, not for unlimited access to you for you to jump anytime they send you an email, right?

How would YOU like to have a coaching program that works like this:

You hold one weekly live teleseminar, you teach for 45 minutes to an hour, you answer any clients’ questions that they have, and then your coaching is done for the week.

You can spend the rest of the week learning more in your niche so that when you teach each week you are teaching the VERY BEST information in the world in your niche, so that you become the #1 preferred coach in your niche, and you are only coaching for 60-90 minutes each week, no more.

Your time becomes focused on long term development, not scurrying around trying to meet all your clients needs all day long.

And because you aren’t scurrying around, you end up being the very best coach in your niche, so others are referring to you and talking about you, so you don’t have to work hard to convince people to become your client.

And you have time to write articles and emails that ATTRACT people to work with you, instead of spending your time chasing clients.

It’s essential that you have a free giveaway to give away to subscribers. It’s important because it gives them an opportunity to see if the value that you’ve put into it is sufficient to make them want any more from you.

But creating a valuable giveaway seems to be a lot easier than naming it.

The tendency seems to be to identify it according to the solution, rather than the problem it solves. For example, Semantic Revolution Course. Does this tell you what the problem is?

Or Free eBook (I kid you not!).

Or, The XYZ WonderWheel. Makes wonder what it’s about. The question is, are you curious enough to find out? Does it feel like something that you’d want to spend time to discover?

Although each of these giveaways may be the best things since sliced bread, it’s impossible to discover whether they solve your problem without going to the landing page to learn more.

You’re probably thinking that the context in which the link was found would make that obvious.

Not necessarily. For one thing there’s usually a limit to the number of words that can be used, and for another you don’t want your prospects to have to think about whether or not the giveaway is for them.

You want them to know it.

You also need to make sure that you identify the right problem.

Let’s say that your prospects want to learn how to get subscribers by using Twitter. If you name your giveaway, “How to Get Subscribers with Social Media”, then almost no one in your target market is likely to want it because they won’t know if it’s for Twitter, Facebook, or all a bunch of other platforms.

If you name it, “How to Get Subscribers with Twitter”, then those who want to use that platform will be attracted to your giveaway because it addresses the problem that they want to solve.

You have to specify the problem. In this case, it’s how to use Twitter to do something. So the giveaway name has to focus on it.

Anytime you create a free giveaway, you must focus on the problem that you want to solve, and then name it accordingly. That’s because you want your prospects to be sure that it is for them.

Marketing is one of the most important strategies in business because it introduces the business and its products to the consumers. Video marketing has the ability to take a business to another level as long as the business owner is ready to devote their time and resources. Today, most people are interested in video representation of information as opposed to the traditional text or audio.

With that said, anyone interested in effectively marketing their business should be ready and willing to use all the available resources to propel their businesses forward. It is important to understand video marketing well to get the optimum results. Here are highly effective video marketing tricks to assist you in succeeding.

Good Titles for your videos.

The power of a good title should not be overlooked in the distribution of online videos. Viewers are drawn by powerful and relevant titles which is why you should spend time in creating a title that will attract your target viewers. Keep in mind that the title should represent the content of the video. This means that it should not underrate the video or create a perception of something else.

Always remember that the title will pay a major role in determining the type of people who will be watching the video and taking the necessary action. A misleading title can attract a lot of viewers who will be disappointed in the video and will leave immediately. It is better to have a few viewers who are interested in what you have to offer than a huge useless traffic.

Be Original when coming up with content

People have seen quite a lot of things on videos and to get more attention, you will have to be unique and original. Instead of copying what most of the other people are doing, do your own research and put yourself in the viewer’s shoes. This will help you not only in creating something original, but in attracting the attention of the viewers.

Have A Marketing Strategy

It is crucial that you understand that making the video is just the first step. You will need to take the video where your viewers are and this calls for an effective marketing strategy. It is true that the video will be marketing your business but you will also need to market the video so that it can deliver positive results.

You should use all the necessary resources to ensure that as many viewers as possible are viewing the content. Embed the video on your business website and use social media to push the video to a wider audience. The more relevant viewers you get the more people you will have interested in your business and its products.

Have Goals

When you are creating a video to market your business, you should have goals. This is what you want the video to do for your business, do you want people to click on a link, visit a web site, take part in a survey, or like a social media page? Having well defined goals will assist you in achieving them by setting the marketing strategy properly.

It is possible to have a viral video which is useless because you have not given the viewers a way forward after they watch the video. Make sure you lay out everything in a funnel strategy where all efforts are focused on leading the audience to a particular direction that leads to more sales.

Be Consistent

People are always searching for fresh interesting content online and to succeed in video marketing, you should be consistent in positing new content. You also need to ensure that your new content is not only driven by quantity but also by quality. This means that you should be consistent in posting new content and also in keeping everything interesting to the viewers.

You Don’t Need A Fortune

Marketing does not have to be expensive. This also applies to all its strategies such as video marketing. You do not have to go all the way and get professionals to do the videos. Though quality is important, it is not a must that you break your bank account. Focus on high quality videos that are simple to cut down on the cost of the entire process.

You have perhaps seen a very interesting or even funny video on the web. You may have even wondered how the creators of such videos cash in from their work. Can you really make money with videos?

You will get surprised to find out how much money people are making from such videos. The following are some of the most effective ways to get the most out of your creativity.

Using YouTube

You can get a share of revenue from YouTube. Every month, over a billion people are visiting YouTube. The channel is making over 4 billion dollars every year through advertisements.

It is possible for you to get a share of this revenue by uploading your videos to this channel. To enable you do that, you will need to sign up with Google as a YouTube partner.

After signing up, you will then proceed to create interesting videos and upload them to the YouTube channel giving them a short description. Some adverts will be placed next to your video depending on your type of audience.

Whenever someone clicks on the advert before or after watching your video, a certain portion of revenue is credited to your account. The amount may be very small but it can build up to a good amount if a big number of people watch your video.

It therefore boils down to how many people will watch the video. To make your video go viral, you need to be creative and target the right audience. You also have to give it a very catchy description and ensure its presence in social media.

Apart from YouTube, you could also sign up with other revenue sharing sites such as Revver, Blip.TV, Google video, eefoof.com and many others.

Affiliate Marketing

It is also possible to make a kill with your videos using affiliate marketing. To start off, sign up with an affiliate marketing program where you can earn some money by referrals facilitated by placing affiliate links next to your videos.

You could create a webpage and upload your videos to the page. When people visit your site, some of them will click on the affiliate links after watching the video. You can then earn a proportion of revenue made through that link

Creating Google video websites 

Create a website for a specific niche that you are interested in and embed Google videos that are related to your niche. You can then monetize your videos by using Google Ad Sense or using other related links.

Selling your videos

There are a number of sites that are willing to buy your videos to stock them in their site. They must however be quality and professional videos that other people would want to use in their websites.

A good example of such a site is iStockVideo.com. In addition to buying your videos, they also pay you for inviting other people to upload videos in their website.

Get sponsors for your videos

If you can create professional and interesting videos that are appealing to a certain audience, then you can get some advertisers willing to sponsor them. You can then give them an opportunity to advertise during or after the video.

You could also promote their services and earn some commission by making a call to action after your videos.

Using Videos to support your own business

It is also profitable to use videos to promote your own products. This can increase sales by converting viewers into potential customers. Create a video that will interest a certain audience and advertise your products using it.

Create videos to advertise local businesses

Form a partnership with local businesses in your area and create some videos to market their products. This can be effective if you choose a specific line of business and create something that interests potential customers in that niche.

It is therefore evident that you can really make money using videos. However, not everybody will succeed in this field. You have to devise an effective strategy that will make your work stand out from the rest.

Choose one or a combination of techniques that you believe will work best for you. Do not expect to become a billionaire overnight but remain consistent and you will get income streaming in faster than you expect.

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affilate 2Affiliate work is a rewarding work at home profession. There are hundreds of companies and small businesses that will pay you a commission for selling their top selling products. There are 2 main ingredients for success. Successful affiliates learn networking techniques and apply them, and the most important ingredient of all is to have a positive attitude. If you have these two things, there are virtually no limits to what can be accomplished.

For anyone new, or old to the affiliate profession it can get extremely tough, Those tough times can make or break, the work at home affiliate. When times are rough it is sometimes easier to just throw up your hands, and walk away, but for the successful marketer there is no walking away, they stick with it, they are patient, and persistent. These people have started a mission and will not quit until they succeed. If this sounds like you than this profession may be just what you have been looking for.

For most people the most difficult times are seen, when they first start out. This is the time to be diligent. As a newbie you have to work much harder than the old timer who, has advertised their web pages and products for years. Most old timers can literally go away for a month or more, and come back to find that while they were gone they made sales. This is known to the industry as auto pilot. For the newbie it will be awhile until their site goes into auto pilot, but auto pilot should be something to shoot for in the affiliate based business.

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