Email List Building – Content Marketing

In this video, you will discover:

  • Why content marketing is more relevant today than it was less than 12 months ago
  • How to get your high-value content to cut through the clutter and get noticed
  • How to post the content on your blog and post it on social media for recycling and repurposing
  • 6 steps for posting content online to get traffic and get leads
  • How to generate compelling content using video, audio and text
  • How to leverage social proof and credibility of your content to build your email list
  • The most important part of your content that compels visitors to optin to your email list
  • The magic bullet that gets your content ranked on page one of Google
  • 5 ways to share your content on social media to get even more visibility and awareness


Email List Building – Website & Blog

In this video, you will discover the following:

  • The new ClientAttraction.com website and the most critical elements in your web design
  • The best blog based web platform for generating a ton of content your visitors will love
  • The 4 most important elements of your website design and how you can do it too
  • The secret of what Google loves and how can jump on the “Google love” bandwagon
  • How many people convert on your website right now? Here’s how to dramatically increase your conversion
  • Did you know your website visitor spends less than 3 seconds on your site before deciding to “stay” or “click away?”
  • The distinction between lead generation (driving people to your website) and lead capture (getting them on your list)
  • How to get a “big asked list” to get a “big ass list”
  • The framework for generating 10,000 optins to 80,000 optins
  • The formula for massive lead conversion to attract more optins from your website visitors

This video is a sneak-peek into thirteen cutting-edge email list building strategies I will share as part of my 3-day live event happening this August – the Internet Marketing Intensive.

Registration is close to 65% full – register here ->http://internetmarketingintensiveevent.com/.

How To Get On Page One of Google

I get asked all the time – how do I get my site to the top ranking on Google? If there was an easy and quick solution – we’d all be doing it – and we’d all be at the top page of Google.

But, it doesn’t work that way. It takes knowing what works – and the commitment (plus time and effort) to get the results.

We all want top rankings from Google. Why? As people online are increasingly using the Internet (and most of the time Google) to search for information or resources – top ranked websites in the Google search results are getting the most clicks. How much more traffic and visibility do the top ranking websites get in the results?

A ton… The top ranking gets more than 50% of the clicks from a search. #2 gets close to 14%. After that you’re in the single digits (and not even to mention if you’re not on page one of Google.) More clicks = more traffic = more leads.

So, it’s important to know how Google determines page rank. Page rank represents how important a site is on the Internet. Google figures that when one site links to another site, it is like a vote for the other site. The more votes – the more important the site must be.

But, the importance of the site that is casting the vote also determines how important the vote itself is. Google calculates a site’s importance from the votes cast for it. So, the importance of each vote is also taken into account when determining page rank.

It’s basically Google’s way of deciding a site’s importance. The more important the site, the higher it will appear in the page rankings.

I will break down the 3 most important concepts to increase your page ranking and get on page one of Google.

1. Content. Content is king – more important than anything else. No matter how slick or compelling your website looks – or how many other sites link to it – the content has to got to rock. It must be relevant and keyword rich for the search terms that people are looking for on Google. If you can create killer content and match that to exactly what people are searching for – you’ve reached Google page rank nirvana.

2. Consistency. Now that you’re churning out fresh and relevant content – you must do it consistently. Once a week just doesn’t work anymore. Writing an article for your newsletter once a week is not going to bring you a ton of traffic. Why? Because that content once a week won’t get you on page one of Google (top page rank.) What does? Blogging. You need to be blogging 2-3 times a week (if not more) to consistently put out new content that gets noticed and gets traffic. That will get you on page one of Google. And the blog posts don’t need to be long, drawn out articles (see content point above to ensure you’re putting out the best content.)

3. Compelling. If it’s not interesting to read or worth the time and effort for someone to consume it – don’t bother. Your content (blog posts and articles) literally has to rock the reader’s world. Keep it interesting and the reader will want to share it with others and comment on the relevance. This helps build visibility and back links (which helps your Google page rank.)

Want proof? At ClientAttraction.com we have generated twice weekly blog posts and video content around compelling marketing and mindset information – for very relevant and highly searched keywords (i.e. “how to implement more”, “avoid price resistance”, “how to delegate”) and we’re all #1 top ranking.

If you search for “how to implement more” on google.com – see what shows as top rank on page one. Of 279 million web pages – we’re #1. We didn’t even exist for that search phrase 4 weeks ago before we generated that content.

How did we do it? See #1, #2 and #3 above.

There you have it. An SEO lesson on Google page rank and 3 important strategies to ensure your site is up at the top. I look forward to seeing you there with me. 😎

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Get Higher Open Rates With Split Testing Email Subject Lines

We all know the power of a compelling, engaging and thought-provoking email subject line. It’s the key to cracking the code of having your subscribers open your emails, read your content and click links to get to your sales pages, blog posts and landing pages. I shared all this in a previous post about the chain of online marketing.

And one of my earliest posts about how to create compelling email subject lines received some great feedback and response from readers as well.

However, there’s something missing that makes it all work together: Knowing what email subject lines work best. But, how do you know?

Split Testing.

That’s right – you need to split test different email subject lines to see which ones get higher open rates. Once you begin to see different open rates for different email subject lines, you’ll begin to incorporate the elements of the higher open rate email subject lines in your emails going forward.

For example, let’s say you’re about to send an email to your list of 1,000 subscribers on a new blog post. The first thing you need to do before even thinking about the body of the email is come up with the subject line. You need to answer these questions:

What is engaging and interesting to the viewer?
What is compelling and thought provoking to the viewer?
What is going to make your email “stand out” from the rest in their inbox?
What is going to get a reaction like – “wow, that’s cool – I’ve got to read that!”

So, you come up with a basic email subject line and then continue with the rest of the email and send it out to your list. Chances are you had a few different ideas or variations of the subject line – but you just couldn’t decide.

That’s where split testing comes in. Instead of using just one email subject line, split test using your #2 choice and see what the response is. If you did just one email subject line and that generated an open rate of 30% – great. But, if you chose to split test the second subject line and got an open rate of 40% – bingo. You know which one would work better for you in the future.

I’ll explain it this way. An open rate of 30% for 500 people and 40% for the other 500 people is not as good as an open rate of 35% for 1000 people. Why? You don’t have the benefit of knowing that the subject line of 40% worked best and be able to refer to the elements of that email subject line in the future for higher open rates.

I split test pretty much every email I send out. And pretty much every email marketing system can support it relatively easily. I’m a stickler for split testing as many different email subject lines to see which ones generate the highest open rates.

Here are some examples:

Even a subtle change with the word “the” and “here” made a 9% difference in open rate…

But here’s a real good example:

65% vs. 47%. Which open rate would you prefer? And look at the difference in the subject line. One is referring to my blog post and actually telling the reader to “open up!” which is pretty compelling on asking them to take action. The other one is more curious and thought provoking about how getting an optin is like getting a kiss on the cheek (I liked that one.) This one is clearly more engaging and interesting and thus got a higher open rate. So, I’ll clearly be using more subject lines like this going forward.

Split testing email subject lines is one of the best ways to gauge how your list responds to your marketing efforts – often better than your emails and web copy.

So, the question is: Are you giving it enough thought? Try split testing for your next email campaign and see what the results are for higher open rates. You’ll be glad you did.

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Recycle Your Tweets for Massive Exposure

I get this question all the time from my friends and followers on Twitter. “How are you so active on Twitter and how do you find the time to generate all this GREAT content with your tweets?” It’s quite simple, really.

I’m a huge fan (obviously) of blogging and Twitter. The power of the two together is immeasurable. But, what most people overlook is the ‘recycle’ factor of your blog posts and your tweets. Here’s what I mean:

Most people write an article and post it to their blog. They might tweet about it once or twice and then move on from there. After a few days their focus is onto the next article and the next series of tweets for that article and so on and so on. The cycle repeats.

Now, this is great from a content perspective because you’re creating more and more high content articles on your blog for generating traffic, building your list, etc.

But, remember that Twitter is a conversation. Upwards of 90% of your followers may not be “in the conversation” taking place on Twitter during those one or two days when you’re mentioning your most recent blog post or article. Thus, they don’t know about it!

So, why not recycle those tweets and refer back to them again in the future to further supplement the exposure the articles get?

I do this all the time and constantly drive new traffic back to my articles that I wasn’t generating when I originally created the article. Recycling your tweets about previous articles and blog posts you’ve created is a powerful way to consistently build the exposure for your content. It doesn’t mean if I re-engage my followers again later about the same article I’m over promoting my article – I’m just sharing again the high content blog post I wrote previously.

The simplest way to do this is to use Twitter favorites. I generate my blog post and then will tweet about it in 3-4 different ways using different words and copy in my tweet. I will mark each of those tweets as a “favorite” in my Twitter account. Then, over the next several weeks and months I will refer back to my list of Twitter favorites (which has been growing steadily now with all of the tweets I’m adding as favorites) and then “retweet” them in different ways. Now, I don’t just retweet the exact same tweet. I mix it up by changing the wording or copy in the tweet so it has a similar message – but perhaps a different angle than the original tweet.

The objective is the same – drive that traffic back to my article on my blog. If you’re writing really good and high content articles – and you’re referring people to them using Twitter, recycle those tweets in different ways to re-engage your Twitter followers and continually build exposure for your articles.

I will also setup Google Alerts for my name and anytime my articles are picked up on other websites or article marketing sites, I will use that web link in my tweets. That way I’m adding different high-traffic websites that I’m tweeting about to generate even more followers and friends to my content.

It’s an amazing powerful strategy to build exposure for your articles AND generate great content and interest from your Twitter followers. Try it…

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Your Assignment:
Start developing a strategy where you mark some of your best tweets about your articles and blog posts as Twitter “favorites.” Not on Twitter yet? Definitely visit www.twitter.com to get started. You can find all of my favorites at twitter.com/derekfred/favorites to see how many I have saved for all of my blog posts and articles. Interested in finding out more about blogs and Twitter and other authentic Internet marketing strategies to help grow your online business? The Authentic List Building Coaching program can show you exactly how you can authentically add up to 1,000 new qualified prospects to your business each month. People who really “get” your message and are eager and ready to become your client or buy your products. And, you could do this authentically, quickly and consistently, without being spammy or icky, but just by being you. How would that make a difference in your life? I created this one-of-a-kind program to personally walk you through the same secrets we used (and continue to use daily) to add over 1,000 highly targeted and qualified leads to our list each month for the last 12 months. To see the presentation I created for you about authentic list building principles [IMPORTANT VIDEO], go here.

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The Lights Are On, But Nobody’s Home

When it comes to Internet marketing, we tend to get overwhelmed and distracted with all the “bright shiny objects” to help market our business. And what happens is most people jump into all of them – but never actually COMMIT to the work and follow-through that is needed. When it comes to your website, blog, email, video, social media, etc. often times people will do THEM ALL, but unfortunately NOT DO THEM ALL WELL.

Here’s an example. I love to check out someone’s online presence when they express interest in coaching with me. It’s one of the first things I do. I will check out their website, social media, videos, etc. It gives me a great sense about them and their business (and their online marketing challenges) when I spend JUST 2-3 minutes reviewing their website and online presence. I recently went to a website (they indicated their website was still in the “beginning” stages) and saw it was “Under Construction.” It remained like that for months… I mean, come on!

Don’t flaunt it if you don’t have it!

If you “say” you’re active on a social media site but have nothing there, what does that say about your online presence and even more importantly, your business? How do you expect to get clients if you’re saying one thing about your marketing, yet not actually doing it? You’ve got to walk your talk, not just talk your walk. You hand out business cards with a website you’re ashamed of that doesn’t get you any traffic or leads? You’ve got to be serious about your marketing to be serious about making money with your online business. If not, you’re basically saying “lights are on, but nobody’s home!”

Here are other examples that you want to think about:

Website: Just get it done, really. There is no excuse you have to delay buying a $9.95 URL via GoDaddy.com and have a fully-functioning website setup on WordPress within minutes. Hire a web designer on elance.com or odesk.com and get a decent web banner/logo and just some simple welcome pages for your site. The words “Under Construction” on your website are worse than having no website at all.

Social Media: I see so many people that are jumping on the Facebook and Twitter bandwagon when they haven’t even stopped to think for a second if it actually ‘makes sense’ for their niche. They create a profile, setup an automated feed of tweets and then walk away thinking, “Great, I’ve now used social media to help build my online business.” I’ve visited countless websites to see the prominently displayed and ever-popular “Follow me on Twitter” or “Visit me on Facebook” links. So, I visit and see there is practically nothing there – it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It’s like false advertising. Worse is when you visit a Twitter profile and they have no picture, no bio, no tweets – nothing but just the account. It’s like – who is this person?

YouTube: I’ve visited people’s channel on YouTube only to discover they only have ONE video posted to their account. Not good. The video had nothing to do with their business – but a family vacation trip two years ago where the kids were water-skiing. Yet, the website I was looking at had a button and a link saying, “Check me out on YouTube for my videos!” Why bother

Blog: Don’t say you have a “blog” when you don’t have anything to share like high-content articles or content-rich posts. Blogs are designed to share fresh, current and relevant information. It’s hard to say you have a “blog” when you haven’t posted anything in months.

Email: This is the worst of all. If you’ve added someone to your list and you don’t have a consistent strategy in place to email them and deliver content to them on a regular basis, then why did you build an email list to begin with? It’s like inviting someone over for dinner and the guest commits with an emphatic “Yes!” – But you never stay in touch with them and actually invite them over. You need to stay in touch with your list!

The moral of my rant here is to stick to what works for you and JUST DO IT. Don’t get distracted or influenced by what everyone else does; focus on what works for your niche. When you do commit to something for online marketing, then COMMIT. It’s all about ACTION, not PERFECTION. If you do it half-assed, honestly, and this is my personal opinion, it’s almost worse than not doing it at all.

So, it’s totally cool to hang out in different places online to market your business and help other people, but make sure you’re actually there.

I look forward to “seeing” you there…

Until Next Time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

The Online Debate: Blog vs. Website

I get this question all the time from clients. Whether they are just starting out and have no online presence or are considering upgrading their online presence – they ask me this question.

“Derek, should I use a website or my blog or both? What’s the difference?”

It may sound like a basic question – but it is actually one of the most important questions to consider regardless of whether you have a website or a blog already – or are considering changing what online presence you have.

There are some fundamental differences and reasons why you should choose one over the other – that essentially combines a “best of both worlds” approach with a blog and website.

In this article I will share why having a blog is actually the best solution and I’ll reveal the best resource for setting up your blog. The best part is that it’s free and easy.

And just to be clear: a blog IS a website. A blog (web-log = blog) is a dynamic website. It supports the idea of having fresh new content that is updated consistently. As opposed to a website which is more traditionally seen as static and not frequently updated with new and relevant information.

Here is why you should not have both a website and a blog. Imagine your prospect is searching online for your niche or subject matter. They type in some keywords and look at the results to see two different search results. One is your website, say www.mywebsiterocks.com and they then also glance at the other search result and see something similar – but a little different. It may have your name or company presence on there – so the prospect is a little confused what the difference is. That website is www.blogpost.mywebsiterocks.com. Well, guess what – you’ve essentially just confused your prospect before they even come to your site. They will ask themselves? What is the difference with these two sites? Are they the same person or company or something different? Which do I click on? These are questions you NEVER want your prospect to be asking when they are reviewing search engine results and deciding which site to visit.

Having both a blog and a website is essentially putting you in competition with yourself. This will confuse your prospect and ultimately decrease the number of visitors to your site and compounded from that will decrease leads to your list and clients or buyers of your programs and products.

Even worse in this example is the fact that you’re essentially giving blogspot.com search engine credibility for your keywords by having your blog hosted on that site as opposed to your actual website name – say www.mywebsiterocks.com.

Let’s take another unfortunate scenario. You’ve decided to host your blog on your own website or domain – so you now how have a menu item on your website that says “Blog”. So, when people come to your www.mywebsiterocks.com website and see the menu item “Blog” – they will click on it and go to your blog. Not good. Not only will you be competing again in the results of the search engines – but you’re adding an additional step for your visitor to take to get what they actually came for – CONTENT. Typically a blog will have new and fresh and updated content (articles, posts, tips, etc.) – why not showcase that on your homepage of the website as opposed to having it hidden in another area of your site?

The moral of the lesson is this: don’t create a dual presence online with your website and a blog.

So you might be asking yourself, “Great Derek, what’s the solution?” Well, the answer is to setup your website as a blog. Combine the website and the blog together to have the best of both. Here’s how:

If you don’t have a website or a blog yet – set one up using WordPress (www.wordpress.com). There are hundreds of reasons why you should use WordPress to setup your blog. But, the best one is this – you can setup your blog like a website. It’s totally customizable in everything from the layout to the design to the look and feel – so you can actually have it look like a website – but with all the benefits of having a blog.

What are the benefits of having the blog?

  • Search Engine Optimization. Google loves new content. So, Google loves blogs because those have the most new and updated content. And, Google loves WordPress blogs because they are the best at setting up the content and including all the SEO “stuff” so your site will rank higher in the search engine results
  • True plug-n-play. Wordpress provides all the social connectivity with Facebook and Twitter and other state-of-the-art “widgets” that allow you to literally have a site setup in minutes – and connected to the other online outlets to help showcase and broadcast your content
  • Easy. It’s so easy to customize and design a WordPress blog. WordPress has hundreds of “themes” out there where you can choose a pre-defined blog template that you like and then very easily customize. Adding images and videos is a snap.
  • Scalability. As your business grows or evolves – you can very easily change or re-design your blog without having to hire an expensive web designer. Using a customized “website” that is built on a non standard platform could make it very difficult, time consuming, and expensive to change in the future
  • Show off your content! Blogs are designed to showcase your content. So, it helps you showcase new and updated content. This will most definitely help you attract more visitors to your site.

An example of a WordPress blog that is setup as a regular website is www.clientattraction.com. Our site “looks” like a regular website but it’s designed using a custom WordPress theme. So, we get all the benefits of using a blog (and a WordPress blog at that) and the ability to customize and design it like it was a customized design website.

And don’t worry. Other website functionality is available for WordPress sites like membership site functionality using applications like WP Wishlist (member.wishlistproducts.com).

So, if you fall into the scenarios described above where you have a separate website and a blog – or no blog at all – consider moving it over to a WordPress blog format. It’s not difficult to do and will position your website in a way to attract more leads so you can build your list and get more clients.

Until Next Time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!