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Services Offered/Needed / Re: I need honest partners now!
« on: May 20, 2012, 09:53:21 PM »
Hey, Paul, I don't know if you've received, or will receive, any responses, but when I read this, I had to response with my thoughts...

Not meaning to rain on your offer, and I, personally, am not interested,  but I've had some experience in recruiting these types of salespeople. The model doesn't work...

1. The commission rate is too low, and the payout period is potentially too long.
2. Most folks cannot finance the gap between contacting a prospect and receiving the commission. Your package prices are too low to attract those who can afford to do so, and these people concentrate on high-dollar sales.
3. The sales process is not a small thing. It is difficult: from investigating prospects, identifying target customers, making contact with those targets, pitching and closing the sale. And most customers will have no patience for a salesperson who turns over the account to production with no/little further contact. It takes time to build the relationship, and hard to bring someone else into that relationship who is unknown.

And, 4, probably the most important: Anyone smart enough to do all of those steps and self-finance the lag time, is smart enough to outsource any of the services you're offering, purchasing for about 25% of your charge and pocketing the rest, for an effective 75% commission. A no-brainer which works against your interests.

Here's what works: Make some calls to likely prospects yourself, then pitch for an appointment (if local) or a close (if not local). You can use other marketing to do this initial "touch" if you don't like cold calling (email, direct mail, letters, etc.). Cold calling, although scary at first, very quickly becomes routine. Or,  just hire someone straight out. Young people (ages 18-24 college graduates) are suffering a 24% unemployment rate. They're energetic and ready to learn, and used to use work. Interview carefully, and get references, and you could end up with a long-time partner.

Just my $.02. You can tell me where to jump from, if you like.

gary

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Mastering PLR & MRR Products / Re: PLR On Amazon.com
« on: April 21, 2012, 11:56:03 AM »
!!!

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Mastering PLR & MRR Products / Re: PLR On Amazon.com
« on: April 19, 2012, 04:32:36 PM »
I want to ride with your club, Headbanger. I'd fit in better!

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Mastering PLR & MRR Products / Re: PLR On Amazon.com
« on: April 18, 2012, 07:10:41 PM »
My biker name is Ol' Nutcase, and I ride with the Satan's Barbers Motorcycle Club.

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Product Requests / Re: WP Twin
« on: April 18, 2012, 11:51:37 AM »
I've never seen WP-Twin offered at a PLR site or at a discount (currently $97).

I use WP-Twin and it does exactly what you'd think it does. If you plan on deploying a lot of WP blogs, it's essential. I also use it to generate backups of each of my sites when I don't want a full site backup.

Expensive, but worth it.

My $.02.

gary

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Technical Assistance / Re: Changing Amazon to adsense2
« on: March 15, 2012, 09:57:04 PM »
You'd be better off replacing those spots with Commission Junction ads.

gary

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Web 2.0 Marketing / Re: Using Pinterest To Market Your Business
« on: March 15, 2012, 09:55:52 PM »
Be careful when using Pinterest.

I was researching it and found some unreasonable clauses in their terms.

Anything you "pin" that belongs to someone else -- photos, posters, etc., which are protected by copyright, should not be pinned without permission from the creator. If the copyright holder decides to sue Pinterest for copyright infringement, which many photographers, for example, are considering, YOU bear all costs to defend yourself, and Pinterest.com's costs as well. Copyright suit expenses can be devasting.

Also: For anything you post of your own, you give Pinterest irrevocable rights to use, exploit and sell (among other things) any of your material, without compensation to you or even letting you know what they're doing. So that cute dog photo you post? They can assemble it with other cute dog photos and sell the picture book, or sell it as a stock photo, or whatever. You get squat from the deal. I believe this could extend to rights over content, covers, etc. as well.

Also, too: as late as last month, Pinterest was stripping affiliate ids from embedded links and replacing them with their own IDs, taking credit and commission for any sales. This was undisclosed until a blogger outed them, when they announced they were stopping. They can begin that practice again at any time.

Bottom line: You can be sued for posting material that is not originally created by you. You can lose the rights to anything you did create to Pinterest. Read their terms and conditions carefully before pinning. Also do a search for "pinterest copyright violations"; there's lots of discussion and anger from creators, especially photographer.


Nice idea, but flawed in execution, no matter how popular it is. I'm staying away from this one unless there are some serious changes in terms.

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Kayla,

For your purchase and download solution, you  might want to consider WP-eStore (http://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/wordpress-estore-plugin-complete-solution-to-sell-digital-products-from-your-wordpress-blog-securely-1059). It's a Wordpress plugin that manages you content, provides a shopping cart that ties into Paypal, and automatically delivers after the sale, but it's only $50.

Rock solid, under continuous development and with an excellent support forum and frequent updates.

When you're ready to add memberships, there's also WP-eMember which allows unlimited levels or protection and ties in perfectly with eStore.

I've used both for several years on my main product site (http://www.youremployeehandbook.com) and it has never failed or let a scammer into the protected system.

Just my $.02.

gary

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Pare down my project list. So many going on at once that it's hard to actually finish any of them!


gary

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Off Topic Forum / Re: Project Gutenberg.
« on: December 31, 2011, 04:16:30 PM »
Project Gutenberg is a great resource. Often the titles are available as text files you can edit..

Don't know if you still need a way to edit PDFs, but this site:

http://www.pdfonline.com/pdf-to-word-converter/

does an excellent job of converting PDF to Word RTF files, which are then completely editable.

It's free, returns a file to download via the web page (not via email) and is fairly quick. I converted a number of PLR pubs I bought to Word to I could edit, and it worked well.

My $.02.

gary

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Mastering PLR & MRR Products / Re: It's time for me to leave
« on: December 31, 2011, 04:07:04 PM »
You'll be back!

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Technical Assistance / Re: How Do You Do This ???
« on: December 31, 2011, 04:06:15 PM »
Although you can set the anchor link with a visual editor, it helps to know the code (in case you don't. Pardon if you do...)

This is the HTML code that makes the link you saw:

<a href="http://searchenginewatch.com/topic/conductor"<Conductor</a>

The "a href" triggers loading the new page. What follows after the equal sign is the complete URL. Closed by an ending anchor tag.

My $.02.

gary

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Amazon Kindle is a hot trend. It's "dirt simple" to do - you don't need to spend money on WSOs.

The Kindle site has lots of instruction, a previewer, and marketing tools.
Kindle files are basically plain-vanilla Word docs.

For a good primer, go over to http://www.smashwords.com and download their prep guide. It's free and tells you everything you need to know.

A few hours of reading and working through the steps and you'll be published!

My $.02.

gary

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Marketing Talk / Re: Static Website vs A Blog
« on: December 31, 2011, 03:56:41 PM »
I don't do static pages any more, even for small sites. Everything is a Wordpress install. I use WP-Twin to quickly install a clone, whip up a header and some copy, and she's done.

Even a seasonal site can benefit from regular content dripping during the off-season. That way it doesn't die in the SER.

My $.02.

gary

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Mastering PLR & MRR Products / Re: PLR On Amazon.com
« on: October 24, 2011, 07:27:52 PM »
I know I'm late coming back to the party, padre, but wanted to answer your question.

To get into the Nook, I signed up at http://www.Smashwords.com

Once signed up (get the "publisher" account (free) so you can use multiple pen names,  you upload the file and once it works it's way through their review system, you get listed on the catalogs for Nook, iStore and lots of other ebook retailers, including Kindle. I don't worry about the duplicate listings.

Smashwords formatting is dirt-simple, and they have a comprehensive style guide. Basically the same as Kindle formatting with a few exceptions.

I check both formats in ebook readers on my Mac (although Kindle has a pretty good previewer).

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