If you are not building your list, then you are not building your business. Plain and Simple, you absolutely need to be building your list!
If you have yet to started your list, it is probably because you have felt that there is a lot that goes into doing it. I completely understand that thought, as I used to feel the same way. My biggest hurdle was trying to figure out exactly what to email my list. I never could just sit down and pre-write a bunch of emails. I wasn’t even sure where to start with that.
I am excited to write you today because Janet Legere’s 5 Step Success Blueprint at Contact List Builder is incredible! The CLB Learning 5 Steps to Online Marketing Success, gives you everything you need to create a powerful, income producing, online marketing machine. Emails, promotional material, training, everything!
From there, all you need to do is promote your lead capture pages and you have your very own list building machine!
They have taken the great model of building your list and made it explode! This is by far the easiest way to build your list. It is literally a one stop shop for list building.
I have just added a brand new plug-in to Tornado Traffic. The Login Spotlight. With this plugin you can win credits every day just for logging in to your account. The number of credits is determined by your level of upgrade. The higher your upgrade the more credits you will earn.
Currently one of my sites is being shown in the plug-in so that you can earn the login credits, but to kick off this new addition I will give away a 7 days booking to the first 4Tornado Traffic members who log in and sends in a support ticket. Just say “I want the spotlight” and provide me with the URL of the site you wish to display and I will add it manually.
The Login Spotlight is awarded once per day for every member that logs in. The other great benefit of this plug-in is that you can add your site to the Login Spotlight The normal price is $30 per week. For a limited time I have dropped the price to just $7 per week. That is only $1 per day.
I am sure the FREE bookings will awarded quickly, so don’t hesitate.
I want to share with you some tips and tricks that I use to market effectively with safelists and viral mailers.
A lot of people think that safelist advertising is a waste of time, but I think it is because they don’t know how to use them effectively. I use safelists all the time and get good results with them.
The most important thing to remember is what kind of safelist to use. The best safelists are credit based lists. With this type of list you click on a link in the email to collect points so you can send out your email to the safelist. If the safelist allows you to use html code, use it. You only have seconds to catch their attention.
Make your email subject line stand out from the crowd. Add symbols before and after your title.
This brings me to my next point. Offer them what they are looking for MORE FREE ADVERTISING. Don’t waste your time trying to sell them a product.
I would also keep your ad copy extremely brief. Remember the main reason the reader opens your email is to get the points so they can send you an email. Just dangle a carrot in front of their nose and lead them to your website.
If the person reading your email has their interest peaked they are more likely to look at what you have to offer. DO NOT OFFER TO MUCH INFORMATION. Keep them wondering “Hmmm, what is this?”.
Another extremely important thing to remember is the link that you use in your safelist email. Link to a splash page or a squeeze page. DO NOT send them to your full website!! They probably won’t read it. They are only collecting points. If the splash or squeeze page is of interest to them they may move to your website. The best advise I can give you is to move the prospect from the safelist to your own personal list.
Safelist marketing will work if you remember what it is all about. Think about your own behavior when you are clicking for credits.
I would also like to say a few words about the email server you use for your safelist mails. DO NOT USE YOUR PRIMARY EMAIL ACCOUNT!!! Your inbox will be inundated with emails from the list.
I use Gmail, which is also what most of the safelists recommend as well. I have 2 gmail accounts set up specifically for safelists. One for the list emails and another one for the admin emails.
I like Gmail because I can set up filters and folders for each safelist I belong too.
I hope this article was helpful in furthering your safelist advertising.
I have been dealing with diabetes for many years and I wanted to share a little bit about how I deal with this disease.
First let me tell you a little bit about the disease itself. I want to say that the opinions here are my own based on what I have learned about this disease over the years.
I suffer from what is referred to as Type 2 Diabetes. What that means is that my body does not produce enough insulin.
As I understand it, Type 2 diabetes is a three fold disease.
Your pancreas does not produce enough insulin to offset the amount of carbohydrates that are consumed. All carbs are the issue for diabetics not just sugar. Although sugar is considered empty carbs with little to no nutritional value.
Your body develops a condition called insulin resistance. What that means is that your body does not know how to use the insulin that it does produce.
Your liver produces glucose to give you the energy you need to go about your life. With diabetics this production can be out of control.
Many Type 2 Diabetics can control their disease with a carefully planned diet. I did this for many years until my blood glucose was no longer responding to the restricted diet. When that happened I needed to take medications.
For many more years I took a medication called Metformin and I still do. When that was no longer enough I was forced to begin insulin therapy. I was taking 2 different kins of insulin. The first one was a long acting insulin which I injected once a day. I also took a fast acting insulin before each meal. In addition to that I was injecting an insulin resistance drug before meals.
I did this for a few years until my doctor prescribed an insulin pump about 15 years ago. I am currently on my third pump, a Mini Med 770G pump from Medtronic. It attaches to my body through an infusion set. There is another devise that attaches to my body that reads my blood glucose and feeds it directly to my pump.
This has made a very big difference in my diabetes control. The measure used to determine the effectiveness of your therapy is a test called A1C. The range of this test to avoid damage to your body from diabetes is under 7.0. Before my pump my A1C was in the 9 and up range. Since I began using the pump my level has dropped to between 6.5 and 6.9.
If you have diabetes and are struggling to keep it under control, I would recommend talking to your doctor of diabetic educator about getting an insulin pump.
I have been a diabetic for many years and have successfully managed it with the help of my doctor and diabetic educator. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to help.
To Our Mutual Health Steven Ackerman Long Term Healthy Diabetic
I am taking part in the Click Track Profit 30 Day Content challenge and today I was drawing a total blank as to what to write so I decided to do an update about me and my life.
My name is Steven Ackerman and I am married to my wife Suzanne for a month shy of 32 years. We live in a small town, Buffalo Minnesota, about 40 miles west of Minneapolis. Suzanne and I have three adult children. Our son Shawn who is 31. He just got married this summer to his wonderful wife Andi.
We also have 2 daughters. Megan is 30 and is married to Mike for 3 years. Pam is 28 and is married to Cody for a month shy of 3 years. My 2 daughters almost sent us to the poor house. They both got married the 3 years ago about 2 months apart.
Pam and Cody are the parents of our first grand child, Charlie who is 14 months. He is a real cutie. I just wish I could see him more. Suzanne and I live in Minnesota and Charlie lives in Texas.
I am mostly retired at the age of 65. I will be 66 in October. In addition to my online efforts I work a couple days a week at my local Walmart. It helps pay for my online efforts. I am hoping to replace that income with online income in the near future. Suzanne also works part time as a Personal Care Attendant.
As far as my online business is concerned. I am the owner of Tornado Traffic, a traffic exchange that just celebrated it’s 4th anniversary. My main affiliate effort is with a very exciting new program Genesis Lifestyle Network.
So that is a very brief overview of Me, my family and my online business. I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a litter better.
I attended the annual men’s FUEL conference at my church last night, Free Grace United. In Elk River, Minnesota. I am not sure how many men were there but I know it was well over 200. And a good time was had by all.
We started at 6pm with some fun stuff like throwing axes at a wooden target, checking out a restored GMC Pickup Truck, a couple other manly games and incredible fellowship with other Men of God. This was followed up with a great dinner consisting of a pulled pork sandwich with all the fixings.
You can check out a bunch of pictures and comments at our Facebook Page. Here is just one.
The actual conference began at 7pm with some awesome worship music followed by 4 very inspirational speakers.
Pastor Erik Dykstra – Senior Pastor for Free Grace United
Bob Dettmer – Minnesota State Representative!
Anthony Bass – Church planter and former Minnesota Viking
Pastor Anthony Milas – Senior Pastor at Granite State Baptist Church – Concord, NH
During the conference there was also a drawing for several prizes including 2 freezers filled to the brim with meat. This was followed afterwards by a bonfire, cigar lounge and more fellowship.
The main theme of the conference was taken from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
“Be watchful. Stand firm in the faith. Act like men. Be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”
This is a very tough thing to do in today’s society, where standing up and being a man, especially a Man of God, in not considered politically correct. I think it is critical that all Men of God, including myself, begin to do this.
I think Pastor Anthony Milas summed it up best in his talk as to how we can do this.
Love the Lord
Love your wife
Love your family
In that order!
If we as Men of God will stand up and do these three simple things we can change the world. Be bold in your faith and don’t bow to the pressures of this world. Share your faith with others. There are a lot of very broken people out there who need our help and the help of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ.
Writing this blog post is bold step for me personally. I am a Christian Man, but it is difficult for me to share that with others. The Lord has been very good to me and blessed me in many ways.
Thank you for reading my heartfelt blog post. God bless you and everyone you know. Men of Faith, let’s get out there and start sharing the love of Jesus with those people close to our hearth but far from our God!
We Can change this world and it’s current anti-Christian climate if we are bold and love people. The key to everything is LOVE! It will not be easy but it will be rewarding! I am sure of that!
Today I attended the weekly training session for Genesis Lifestyle System. Janet did a great job as she always does.
Today’s subject was “What do I do now that my traffic is coming in?”
The biggest thing I took away from this training is the importance of following up with your leads. I have to admit, this is not my strong suit. Regardless of that, I listened to what Janet had to say and actually did some followup. We will see how that plays out.
Janet also issued us a challenge, which I know we can all do and which will help all of our businesses.
Contact at least 2 of your “Facebook Friends” everyday for the next week and just start a conversation. DO NOT try to sell them on what you have to offer but rather ask them what they are doing. Start a dialog! Who knows where that may lead. I am sure most of us have a large list of “Facebook Friends” who we have never spoken to or have not talked to for a very long time.
She also suggested that, before you contact them, look over their timeline and see what they are posting about to determine if this is some one you would be interested in getting to know better.
Remember the old saying, “People buy from those they know, like and trust.” Let’s get to know them!
I want to say thank you to Janet for taking the time to do these very valuable tranings every Wednesday. I always learn a lot when I am able to attend.
To Our Mutual Success, Steven Ackerman
P.S. This is my day 4 entry for the Click Track Profit 30 day content challenge. #ctpcontent
Most people who use traffic exchange, safelists and other advertising sites, including myself, use them to show your site to others as you visit their sites. But there is an aspect of these sites that is far under used.
Banners and Text Ads!
You may ask, “Why should I add these banners and text ads. There is such a low number of clicks.”
There are a couple of very good reasons.
The First Reason is that since there is no incentive for people to click on your banner or text ads they are very targeted visitors. They are interested in what you have to offer!
Most of the people surfing the traffic exchanges are just collecting credits in order to show you their site or offer. They are not paying much attention to what is on their screen as they surf.
The second reason is subconscious. Even though they may not actually pay attention to the banners and texts in front of them their subconscious mind sees it!
Later when they see you ads elsewhere they may think “This looks familiar, I have seen this person before.” The importance of this that people buy from those they know, like, and trust! The more advertising you put out there the better the chance they will join your site or buy your product.
I know this from my own personal experience. Many time when I have taken a look at a site I think to myself, “I think I am already a member there.” So I click the login link and if I discover that I am not a member I join! Somehow, somewhere that site was imprinted on my subconscious.
In order to increase the number of banners and text ads circulating at my site, Tornado Traffic, I will offer you an incentive.
If you read this and either login or join and add banners and text ads I will reward you for your efforts. For every text ad or banner you add and add impressions, I will add 500 impressions. If you have a paid upgrade I will double that to 1000 impressions.
Just add your text ads and banners and send in a support ticket with the subject, “I added”, along with the links you added, and I will add your impressions
To Our Mutual Success, Steven Ackerman Owner/Administrator of Tornado Traffic
P.S. Join the 30 day content challenge. #ctpcontent
Welcome to an epic adventure at Click Track Profit and Tornado Traffic this Thursday and Friday!
Here is what CTP says about it.
“The Scavenger Hunt puts two of the most important groups of people together in our program and allows them to build relationships with each other….
The promo partners who sponsor the Scavenger Hunt & The CTP Members
Here’s how it works….
We’re on a mission! A mission to find Luke The Listbuilder.
You see Luke is travelling around the world of Listopia, and making stops at all the different countries. In these countries, he is hiding at different stops within them.
These stops, are our Promo Partners websites and offers.
Not to worry though, Luke give clues on what you must do to unlock his location and once you find him…You have completed that first step in the hunt.
To complete a Hunt everyday, you must find Luke at least 5 times!
Pretty simple right?
The more Scavenger Hunts you complete, the closer you get to completing your Scavenger Hunt Mastery & are entered to win our weekly drawings….
Cool right? Let’s start travelling around Listopia to find Luke!”
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Thursday 6/24 Dracula Hits, Nuclear Hits and Surf With the Titans
Friday 6/25 Spy Bubble Power, Traffic Corps and Traffic Dodgems
Saturday 6/26 500 Best Hits, Free Ad Swap and a 3-way with Northern Traffic/Trucking Traffic
Sunday 6/27 E Traffic Freedom and Traffic Pharaoh
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