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Sarah Staar IM Newsletter – £23,000 in Cash ??

Last Sunday Dave and I were counting out and checking £23,000 on my Mums dining table, this is the story of how that came about…….

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As you may know, dear reader, I am a bit of a fan of electric cars – quieter, faster, and self driving, and especially since my road trip to Scotland and back in a Tesla last year.

So I am afraid it was time to say goodbye to the trusty Evoque, the car that featured in countless sales videos !

 

My first thought was Land Rover would surely give me a good price for my car?

A local dealer offered me just £20,000 in November (yes 4 months ago !!) which was, frankly, something of an insult.

Okay, so my second thought was I would simply trade my Range Rover in when I collected my new car (a new Tesla Model S).

Tesla were very upfront with me and told me that they would only give me what the car would fetch at auction – which would probably be around £20,000.

So I decided to sell my car privately and listed it on eBay and AutoTrader.

After two weeks, I didn’t have one single enquiry from AutoTrader  – however, I had lots of interest from eBay, but still no bids..

And then I started to notice lots of negative stuff in the news about diesel cars….

(The Evoque was diesel engined)

– UK Pollution problems

– VW diesel gate

– Deaths caused by  Diesel fumes – nitrogen oxide, on today’s tv

  breakfast news

– Should there be a UK diesel scrappage scheme, on today’s tv

   breakfast news

– Pollution outside schools

There are talks about banning diesel cars from some cities, or at least bringing in a very expensive tax if you drive your diesel vehicle in the centre of town.

This made me incredibly worried about selling my car, would it affect the value?

Could I sell the car at a sensible price?

Had I left it too late to sell my diesel Evoque?

Then finally last weekend I got a phone call from somebody who said they would like to view my car and if it was OK they would buy it on the spot !! RESULT !!

So Sunday evening at 6 PM, Dave, my mother, and I, were all sitting around the kitchen table wondering who was going to turn up to view my car.

Then my mother asked, thoughtfully, how are they going to pay for the car?

So I replied,  “with a bank transfer of course, how else would they pay for the car?”

To which Mum responded “what if they want to pay with cash?”

And my comment was “Nah, who on earth these days would turn up with £23,000 in cash ?”

Well I think I spoke too soon. This young couple turned up to view the car, they took a quick look at the car, didn’t even do a test drive, and said they would take it.

And they said they would pay for it with cash…….

The husband pulled out 2 supermarket carrier bags full of money…….

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And then we realised it was all in £20 notes !

(UK banks restrict  £50 notes because of money-laundering regulations)

We all spent the next two hours counting £23,000 in cash! I had to check every single note with a security pen! Good thing I had one lying around…

 

 

Strange isn’t it ? We are all so used to Internet banking and the cashless card-based economy it really throws you when someone reverts to cash…..

Large amounts of it….

In small denomination notes…..

And the twist in the tale is………

It turns out this couple had recently sold their Chinese restaurant.

I asked them what they do now and they said they had a YouTube channel which they make an income from advertising.

It’s quite an interesting YouTube channel, it’s a channel which shows you how to make Chinese cakes and sweets.

This is their YouTube channel –

We then proceeded to have a lengthy conversation all about YouTube marketing, funny how things turn out…

 

I’m looking for 10 more people to beta test my new product

I just finished putting together a brand-new product called Video Hacker Pro.

 

 

Video Hacker Pro shows you how to generate high quality traffic for as little as three cents per click.

I’m really just looking for a few beta testers. If you want to get video hacker pro before everybody else have a look at the video below.

Click here to watch the video 🙂

 

London Workshop  (Laptop Lifestyle Bootcamp)

I want you to set aside 2 days at the end of March.

Because I am speaking at a 2 day workshop in London run by a friend of mine Ben.

Laptop Lifestyle Bootcamp 🙂

The speaker list is pretty good, with a bunch of people that deliver great content and are really interesting.

When I started out I went to a lot of workshops, and the bit I really enjoyed was talking to all the other people that were there, because they were at the same level I was.

Its called networking !

Its also a great opportunity to get away from the computer, lift your head up, and find out what other people are doing.

laptoplifestyleAnd refresh your thinking, shift your horizons.

And while it’s not a holiday, don’t you deserve to give yourself a bit of a break from the daily grind.

And of course you can get to ask questions of the speakers.

I am going to be there and this is your opportunity to come and see me face-to-face and ask me any questions you have buzzing around.

And for those of you who remember my business card strategy……

Here is your opportunity !

See you on the 24th – 26 March.

Laptop Lifestyle Bootcamp 🙂

Movies

A Street Cat  Named Bob

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This is a real feel good movie, a must see, and it’s a true story!!

This is a story about a recovering drug addict living on the streets of London. After a chance encounter with a ginger cat who he decides to name Bob, the busker begins to turn his life around largely thanks to this new feline friendship.

The two soon become a hit with tourists and onlookers due to the extraordinary trust shown between one another, with videos of the pair going viral on the YouTube.

I got the book and the film is really good !

 

 

 

All the best,

 

Sarah Staar

Sarah Staar IM Newsletter – Yesterday The Internet Broke

Yesterday a large chunk of the Internet stopped working!

Why ?

What happened?

 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:

 

Mailchimp

Clickfunnels

Pinterest

Wickedreports

Netflix

Reddit

 

 

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.

 Watch the video here 🙂

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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.

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…..


Tools

http://www.howmanyshares.com 


This is a really useful free tool which will tell you how many social media shares a webpage has had.

Movies – Snowden

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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,

 

Sarah Staar

Sarah Staar IM Newsletter – How I Made 300K Sitting In My Car!

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”

This morning I did a calculation of how much money I’ve made using my Range Rover Evoque and it is well over the 300k mark!!
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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!!

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If you’re interested in buying my car you can view it on
eBay here.

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

YouTube advertising

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

Quick tip……

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!

Movies: Imperium

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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,

Sarah Staar

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