Yesterday a large chunk of the Internet stopped working!
As you’re probably aware a lot of things we do online and on our phones uses something called cloud computing and cloud storage.
One of the largest companies on the Internet that handles cloud computing is Amazon S3. Yesterday one of Amazon’s major data centres unexpectedly shut down causing chaos across the Internet!!
Everything from entire websites to tracking programs, mobile apps, email servers and loads more stuff stopped working for around six hours yesterday.
Some of the companies that were affected were:
And the “outage” also affected several people doing product launches yesterday…
Hmmm.. glad I wasn’t one of those…
The stupid thing is this could have all been avoided….
When you upload content to Amazon S3 you have two choices, you can either upload your content to a single server, or you can use their CDN service.
The CDN service replicates your content to multiple locations around the world, so if one data centre fails your content will still work.
Whenever I have something that absolutely has to work I always use Amazon CDN, Amazon calls this Amazon Cloud Front.
Whenever you upload content to Amazon they give you this option however for some reason very few people use it. I guess things might change now…
I’m actually quite shocked that companies like ClickfFunnels and Wickedreports don’t use the Amazon CDN Cloud Front.
I think I am going to write a letter to Clickfunnels and Wickedreports next week about this!!
After all, ClickFunnels is sort of “mission critical”, not just to me but to other people as well and for them to risk hitting their clients businesses like that is.. Well.. at least negligent if not downright careless.
So the simple moral of the story is if you’re using Amazon S3 always create an Amazon cloud front bucket. This will protect you from any data centre outages in the future….
New video on blog – 5K Per Month Case Study
I’ve just uploaded a brand-new video to my blog – 5K Per Month Case Study – Creating videos and getting free traffic.
This is the second video in the series about video marketing. In the first video I shared with you how I get traffic using YouTube advertising and how I made $30,000 using YouTube advertising.
Below is a link to Mondays video.
And a big “thanks” for those of you made all the positive comments and feedback about Mondays video. It was a pleasure making the video for you.
Please let me know if you’d like me to make more videos like this…..
Movies – Snowden
Yesterday I settled down to watch a movie I have been wanting to see for a long time – Snowden.
In case you had forgotten Snowden is the guy that copied loads of secret documents from the NSA in America and released them via Wikipedia to the world.
This is an absolutely brilliant film by Oliver Stone.
This movie is about The NSA’s illegal surveillance techniques, Prism, and if you’ve ever seen the TV show Persons of Interest there are some very interesting parallels, a case of fiction unknowingly parallelling real life !
It’s incredibly gripping and a massive eye-opener. As an Internet entrepreneur this is a must watch!
According to how you see things, Snowden is either a defender of democracy or an out and out traitor..
I suggest you watch it and make your own mind up !
Must go now as I have loads of stuff to do before my road trip to London tomorrow.
Tomorrow I’m heading off to the Broadcast Expo in London, BVE. On the way I am going to stop by the Tesla garage to find out what the ETA is on my new car.
All the best,
Wow I can hardly believe I’ve made over quarter of a million dollars sitting in the front seat of my car !
How did I do this?
Am I the world’s most expensive uber driver?
Maybe I’m an exclusive getaway driver?
Well, the simple answer is, sales videos. As you probably know I’ve made a couple of sales videos sitting in my car such as Affiliate Formula X.
And as you may know from previous newsletters – its called “Pattern Interrupt”
Well the time has come to sell my trusty range Rover Evoque. I’m planning to upgrade to an electric car, a Tesla model S.
I will miss my Range Rover, however, as it’s been an incredibly reliable car and great fun to drive. Also, as it’s been my first ever car I will be sorry to see it go.
I’ve never actually sold a car before so I wasn’t sure how to go about it.
I came to the conclusion that the best thing I could do was take lots of photos and also make a sales video!!
If you’re interested in buying my car you can view it on
Anyone who buys my car I would be happy to throw in some free coaching as an extra bonus!!!
I think we over ordered again!
I just love Indian food, I enjoy cooking it and I also enjoy going out to Indian restaurants.
However, it can be quite hard to find Indian restaurants that serve good food!!
One trick is to see if a menu has any special order items on it. My local Indian restaurant round the corner has such items on it.
One was a leg of lamb. The menu stated you needed to give at least 24 hours notice.
Ok, so I had to give this a try.
I phoned up the restaurant and ordered a leg of lamb, they seemed a little bit surprised, I guess not very many people order this!!
We turned up to the restaurant and there was a table reserved for us. The waiters wheeled out this leg of lamb on a trolley and everybody in the restaurant turned round to look!
Wow, the meat was falling off the bone. We had a fantastic meal but we definitely over ordered!!
We took the rest of it home. So far we’ve had sandwiches, and I have also made lamb curry out of the remains.
It was actually incredibly cheap for what it was. It cost £50 for the leg of lamb, however this probably would’ve been enough to feed at least four or five people.
So if a group of people want to go out to an Indian restaurant this would definitely be worth considering….
Where do high ticket sales come from?
A lot of my success has come down to one thing, and that is video marketing of some sort.
Getting affiliate review videos ranked in Google
making sales videos, sometimes in my car!
Outsourcing video production
In fact most of my high ticket sales, $2000-$10,000 come as a direct result of somebody seeing a video on YouTube!
Because of this, I have decided to produce a brand-new course teaching everything I know about how I make money with video marketing.
If this is something that might interest you please reply to this email.
Infusionsoft Mastery by Troy A. Broussard
This is a book that was recommended to me on the Internet marketers cruise. If you’re in Infusionsoft user this is a definite “must-read”.
It Is not really a technical manual it’s more of a book on sales strategy and behavioural marketing.
I bought both the paper book and the Kindle book.
Some books don’t have an audible version, audible is an audiobook service.
However I do have a Kindle which has a text to speech function. This is a function that was discontinued due to writers objecting. I guess they wanted an extra fee if a machine was reading out the text????
Anyway the Kindle DX (currently discontinued and was only available in the USA) has this feature.
If you want to get one you have to get one on eBay, that’s where I got mine.
Whenever I go on a long car journey I set my Kindle to text-to-speech and get it to read the book to me and that’s exactly what I did with Infusionsoft Mastery!
Last night I watched a fantastic film called Imperium. This is a story about a young FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a white supremacist group that’s plotting to build a nuclear device.
The interesting thing about this film was, it was all about how to influence people.
One scene which I found interesting was, when the FBI agent was getting advice from a colleague, the colleague told him that the only training he needed when working undercover was in this book.
“How to Win Friends and Influence People”!
The great thing about this film is he actually uses his brain to get out of tough situations rather than just running around with a gun!!
A great suspense thriller.
All the best,
Sorry I have been too busy to write a newsletter for a few weeks.
There is so much cool stuff going on in my head is about to explode and it’s difficult to know where to start ……
Wow I can’t believe we’re already in February!! I have to say January has been a complete blast…
I have to start somewhere so let’s start with the Marketers Cruise…..
As most of you know I spent a week on the Internet Marketers Cruise this January and learnt so many new things!
I got to hang out with Mike Filsaime, Tom Beal, and loads of other internet millionaires, including my good friend Tye Cohen.
Trust me on this, there is absolutely nothing like having a coffee or dinner with someone you’ve only ever met online, or whose books you have read.
It’s called interacting with a real person!!
It’s a completely different experience to seeing somebody on stage or on a webinar and being able to chat face-to-face with them in person can be a real game changer.
You get to ask any question you like and get a straight answer.
So let me ask you….
Imagine for a moment you were having dinner with three Internet marketing millionaires…
What questions would you ask?
It is difficult to understate how important the Marketers Cruise has been to me.
The big takeaway from my first cruise was that my small list was as responsive as people with much bigger lists and I was in the top half percent of serious marketers !
A few years ago on another cruise I bumped into Tye Cohen over pizza, we got on and did some JV deals that made me over $250k.
But the thing is… it’s not really about the money.
It’s about being with people who are driven and successful in the same market that you are.
It raises your sights, sometimes just knowing a thing is possible is enough to give you that spur to get on and do it !
Oh and did I forget to mention its a load of fun as well !
One of the weirdest things that happened to me on the cruise this year was getting my feet eaten by fish in Mexico, a fish pedicure!!
These are just some of the things that happen on the Internet marketers cruise….
Oh and the other fun thing was having a cookery class in how to create a 3 course Mexican dinner.
And we got to eat the results afterwards..
One of the highlights of the Marketers Cruise for me is the “Quick Tips” sharing exercise that takes place. You get so much good stuff from that you can fill a book with it !
So what I am going to do this year is put together a short video detailing some of the things I learnt on the Internet marketers cruise – simply because there are far too many things to list in a newsletter.
Give me a couple of weeks and I’ll send you a link to the video…
HOWEVER – In the meantime – here are some interesting tools that people told me about.
(By the way I discovered at least 30 to 40 new tools, way too many to put here, so what I’ll do is spread them over several newsletters !)
Not quite sure who told me this but it was probably at two in the morning at Pizza and Profits. Apparently by putting a live chat window on a sales page you can drastically increase conversion rates!! This is definitely something I’m going to try out. Zopim is the tool he recommended.
This is a business card scanner for your mobile phone. You take a photo of the card and all of the text is instantly converted and entered into your contacts list. You can then set it to automatically send out an email. This is great for networking events.
This is a really cool little gadget which I’m definitely going to order. It’s a single camera that does the job of a multi-camera shoot. Go look at the video on their website to get an idea of what this camera can do. If you put on workshops or seminars or like to do live video streaming on Facebook you probably want to get this camera. The only downside is it only works with iPads or iPhones.
This is similar to Facebook’s audience insights tool. You upload your email list to tower data, and they will clean your email list, and also give you extra data for all of your contacts. The extra data can be things like demographic information, how much people earn etc. powerful stuff!!
The Ultimate Sales Machine (Chet Holmes)
How I Raised Myself From Failure (Frank Bettger )
Infusionsoft Mastery ( Troy A. Broussard) I just ordered this one on Amazon….
Would you like to come with me on the next Internet marketers cruise?
The Internet marketers cruise is a very exclusive event. In fact it usually sells out nine or 10 months in advance!! Which is why you don’t see any advertising for this event!
300 people have already bought their tickets! This is not hype this is fact!
I’m looking to bring 10 people from my Licence Partner Team and my email list on the cruise next year.
What I’d like to do is run several masterminds either over breakfast or over dinner on the cruise. This will only be available to the first 10 people that book.
These mastermind sessions will be all about you. How you can build your business in 2018. How you can make your first $10,000. During the cruise we will also work on your plan.
That’s why I am limiting it to 10 people.
In fact several people from my list have already booked places on the 2018 Internet marketers cruise,
The 2018 cruise will last for eight days and you can book a ticket for only $1,098.00 per person! Remember that’s fully inclusive of all your food!!
The great thing is you don’t have to pay the full amount up front! You can simply place a $300 deposit per person today and the remaining balance needs to be paid later in the year.
If you’d like to come on the cruise you do need to book your ticket within the next 2 to 3 weeks before all of the places are taken!!
Where else will you get to hang out with some of the worlds best known Internet marketers and also have a chance to hang out with Sarah Staar over dinner and on the beach!
All the best,