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Sarah Staar IM Newsletter – Cold Wet and Windy

No no……. that’s not me that’s windy !!

I am spending Christmas in a house up in Northumbria, near to relatives of my sister’s husband. The house is in a National Park where everything is strictly controlled to keep modern civilisation from spoiling the historic beauty of the land.

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Not far from here is Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd Century AD to mark what was effectively the northern limit of the Roman Empire. (1800 years ago and it’s still standing – they don’t build them like that anymore !)

So this morning we went for a family walk amongst the hills, moorland, and forests of the area. The temperature here is about + 4C / 40F. The wind is about 20 miles per hour.

And then it started raining……. Fortunately, some among us decided to turn back early and got the fire going, so when the rest of the party arrived back soaking wet the house was reasonably warm.

I can see why the Romans invented hypocausts and underfloor central heating. Nevertheless I can understand why the Romans didn’t hang around here for long……

Getting away from Modern Technology

I am quite comfortable with modern technology, but I use it rather than have it use me, if you see what I mean.

Certainly what is going on in Facebook is something I stay clear of, and I don’t need to chase attention or “likes”.

And email…… well I use it for business but again I don’t feel the need to be in 24 hour contact with it either to run my business or keep in contact with stuff.

I mean, like, what is really important ?? And do I have to respond right now ?? And sometimes I think that mobile phones, the internet, gmail, and Facebook are more curses than blessings because they are just so intrusive and create that “knee jerk” response.

Dave is of a similar view and is trying to keep the technology in France unobtrusive. Now the house we are staying at has no internet access at all.

It sits in a fold in the ground and consequently there is no mobile phone signal. There is no wi-fi. There are no outdoor lights (apparently because in a National Park light pollution is a big No No)

Then I spotted that the owners house has 2 way satellite broadband, identical to the system we have in France. I chatted to one of the owners and asked if they had thought about offering broadband and wi-fi as an upsell.

From their reaction you would have thought I was proposing building a nuclear reactor next door !!

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Angela and Kathy on my support team have created and launched their first product called “AdSense HQ” (round of applause for them please !!)

Adsense is where you put Google adverts on your site and you get paid by Google. It works well where you have a niche of customers and you build sites to match.

It’s more of what I call a hobby income, but it does have the virtue of being “fire and forget ” You do the work once to build and market the site and continue to get paid week after week for years to come.

I have a few sites I built way back before I got into internet marketing properly and they still generate me a bit of money each month.

So if you are looking for something to do this Christmas then check this out Adsense HQ

Tools

WHOIS This is a tool to look up domain name information such as who owns a website and IP address.

https://who.is/

Royalty free music

http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/

Royalty free stock photos

https://pixabay.com/

All the best,

 

Sarah Staar

 

Some of Sarah Staar’s Products

Affiliate Formula X

A four-week training program teaching everything about affiliate marketing.

Income Blueprint Workshop

Recording of a live seminar with talks from experts in their fields of Internet marketing.

Get Organized Like A Staar

This course teaches you how to increase your productivity so you can spend more time doing the things that generate you income.

Affiliate Tripler

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Sarah Staar IM Newsletter – The 7K dyslexic Mistake

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Okay, so I was at an Internet marketing event a couple of months ago and I got chatting to Neil Stafford. He told me about a cool strategy, promoting webinars using direct mail, you know “snail mail”, old fashioned paper post…

I thought to myself okay I am definitely going to try this,sometime….

Because……

Email open rates are pretty low

A one-pager letter  is more personal

 

 

You can reach people who may have “switched off” from emails

A couple of weeks later I was brainstorming ways to get more traffic to my new squeeze page promoting my next webinar.

The next morning (Friday) I phoned up  the direct mail company, they told me it was definitely possible to get a direct mail sales letter out and have it delivered to people’s houses by Monday or Tuesday.

Deadlines were tight BUT if I could get the letter to them within the next couple of hours they could guarantee the delivery in time for my webinar.

I put the phone down grabbed my direct marketing box file, full of marketing letters from other internet marketers, and ran downstairs.

I just dumped the contents on the living room floor and started analysing what other marketers were doing with direct mail. After about an hour or two I had a clear idea in my mind of what I was going to talk about in my sales letter.

I quickly put together a one page sales letter, printed it out, and sort of proofread it.

Okay I must admit I proofread it about as good as a dyslexic person can !

I sent it over to the mail house along with an Excel spreadsheet of names and addresses of 600 of my customers, and paid them £271.

Phew !!!   I just about made it in time……

Okay now here’s the funny part…..

I get a Skype message on Tuesday morning from one of my team, Catherine. (I  had put her name on the list as a seed name to check the mailing and timing)

She told me I had made a big error in the headline.

It was meant to say how to make £1K per day……… instead it said how to make £1 per day!!!!

Now the interesting part is I was tracking all of the traffic that was coming from the direct mail piece.

I have just looked at my numbers.

Now bearing in mind all the sales aren’t all in yet, but it looks like we’ve made over $7000 so far just from the direct mail traffic.

Now that’s not a bad return, considering I only spent £270 on the traffic!!

And the point is….

It’s better to do something badly, than not do something at all!

I think I will try a bit more of this direct-mail stuff…… I will keep you informed of what happens. I think next time I will get someone else to write the sales letter!!! (Dave ??!!)

 

Christmas Affiliate marketing

Quite a few people think that Christmas is not a good time to promote Internet Marketing products – especially of the knowledge based sort.

However if you are a regular reader of this newsletter you will know that my experience is exactly the opposite !

In fact, one of the best times to promote offers is when people have had enough of the food (and maybe the annoying friends or family) and they are thinking about What Xmas has cost them.

What they are going to do different in their lives next year.

So why not get into Affiliate marketing with Affiliate Formula X:-)

You will find at least one way you can recoup the cost of Christmas…

And it’s going to be more entertaining.

And it’s going to help you start the New Year with a bang !

Tools

WHOIS This is a tool to look up domain name information such as who owns a website and IP address.

https://who.is/

Royalty free music

http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/

Royalty free stock photos

https://pixabay.com/

All the best,

 

Sarah Staar

Some of Sarah Staar’s Products

Affiliate Formula X 

A four-week training program teaching everything about affiliate marketing.

Income Blueprint Workshop 

Recording of a live seminar with talks from experts in their fields of Internet marketing.

Get Organized Like A Staar 

This course teaches you how to increase your productivity so you can spend more time doing the things that generate you income.

Affiliate Tripler 

This is a wordpress plugin that enables an affiliate to drop multiple product cookies on a purchasers site whenever it is visited by a customer sent there by an affiliate.

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Sarah Staar IM Newsletter – I Was Wrong….

Making Facebook Advertising Really Work – Part 1

I want to share with you a little story about the last few days..

This is absolutely true and has more than a few tips and hints in it for you…

So last Monday I decided to set up a brand-new video-based ad campaign on Facebook.

I spent most of Tuesday setting everything up, shooting the video, editing it, creating the Facebook ad campaign and getting everything  perfect.

I was super excited because this was a brand-new technique I was trying out and in my mind  I thought it couldn’t fail…

 

I was wrong….

 

The campaign flopped and didn’t work at all…..

And then I remembered last week’s newsletter all about pattern interrupt, and it occurred to me that my advert looked just like everybody else’s.

I needed to make my Facebook ad stand out and look different, In other words, I needed to use some pattern interrupt to get attention.

The purpose of my advert was to send people to a squeeze page for the “37 Free Marketing Tools” ebook.

So, totally on the spur of the moment this is what I did…

I printed out the cover of the book and glued it to a piece of cardboard.

Got in the car and headed for the beach.

(It was an incredibly windy day and cold)

I figured if I could get some photos standing on the beach holding up my banner for my new product this would be totally different  to most adverts.

Now get this, I had the idea and within one hour I had implemented it…….

No fancy photographers, just  a quick snapshot using my phone…

It was more important to me that I tested the idea before committing lots of time to it…

This is how my advert looked….

37 free tools

 

Straightaway the advert started to convert. After a bit of split testing of different demographics and different targeting  I eventually got my click through rate up to 3%  which is incredibly good for Facebook.

The squeeze page was also converting at between 60 and 75%!! These are some of my best results ever..

So what’s the take-away from this story ?

– Don’t give up, analyse what might be going wrong and try again.

– Measure and evaluate your campaign.

– Keep refining your audience segmentation and targeting.

– Don’t waste time trying to be perfect, just do it !

ITS RESULTS THAT MATTER !

 

Missing the Point – Part 2 of the Story

However, the advert did get some negative Facebook comments.

One guy (a professional illustrator and artist apparently) went on about how bad  they thought the photo was.

I guess he was offended  that I wasn’t using a professional photographer and a lighting setup on the beach???

 

 

(Thanks  Philip for your support – and you clearly understood what was going on !)

I suppose yes the photo isn’t technically  perfect – but the point is that it got the job done.

One of the major things about online marketing is that you can test stuff out quickly, Dave calls it “sandboxing”, without spending lots of time, money and effort.

Time and time again I see people fail online because they spend too much time  doing the wrong things.

Too much time  building their website.

Too much time designing their logo.

Too much time designing their header graphic..

You get the picture, sometimes you just need to throw something up quickly to see if it’s going to work. In my experience, the things I’ve thrown up quickly, kind of on a whim, are the things that get me massive success.

 

And there is one final point.

 

What I have found is that the more slick and professional I make my stuff look, the less well it works, sometimes the less-than-perfect finish lends an air of authenticity…

So I hope that was  a useful little story for you….

 

Movies: The Arrival

the arrival movieOkay before I give my opinion on this film I have to make something very clear.

There will be a lot of people that will absolutely hate this film and find it incredibly boring.

However, there are a lot of people, including myself, that think this is potentially a science fiction masterpiece with a plot and scenario that hails back to the golden era of science fiction – it’s very JG Ballard I think.

I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t seen the film but I have to say that I think this is one of the best betrayals of truly alien thought patterns that I’ve ever seen.

 

Last night Dave and I went to Chichester to see this film, not expecting very much as the film had had some bad reviews. However we were both stunned.

My one criticism of the film is the fact that they mis-used Forrest Whitaker.

He’s such a great actor but yet they didn’t really give him a decent role, what a shame….

Tools

Case convert

Sometimes when creating squeeze pages or sales pages  you need to write your headlines  in UPPERCASE, lowercase, Or Sometimes You Need to Write in Title Case.

Case convert is a  very simple online tool, you can paste your text into a text box, click a button, and it will convert your text into, uppercase, lowercase, title case. I use this tool all the time. Yes Microsoft Word will do the same thing but it’s too difficult for me to use. Case convert is one of those tools I seem to use all the time and the best part is it’s free  to use.

Have a great day whatever you’re doing,

 

Sarah Staar

Products recommended by Sarah Staar.

The Affiliate Black Book.

This is the product that got me started in this business back in 2008.

This book/manual  was the guide I originally followed and had massive success with when I first started. Why am I recommending it?  Because when I was a beginner  I followed this step-by-step, and it worked…

Watch my video review  of this product  below.

http://www.sarahstaar.com/the-affiliate-black-book-3/

Some of Sarah Staar’s Products

Affiliate Formula X

A four-week training program teaching everything about affiliate marketing.

Income Blueprint Workshop

Recording of a live seminar with talks from experts in their fields of Internet marketing.

Get Organized Like A Staar

This course teaches you how to increase your productivity so you can spend more time doing the things that generate you income.

Affiliate Tripler

This is a WordPress plugin that enables an affiliate to drop multiple product cookies on a purchasers site whenever it is visited by a customer sent there by an affiliate.

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