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Ok, I'm back and ready to respond to all the new comments. I have not posted in a while because I was helping a friend prepare for his wedding. I LOVE weddings. They are awesome and they remind me of one very important truth in life. If you want something good you must commit to it. It's the same in making money online. I know a lot of people that dabble in various things, and make a little money in each, but they never achieve long term success because they are not an expert in anything.

Remember, the best way to make long term money online is to add value to the lives of others. Now, I'll answer all the new comments and tell you a secret that has made me thousands of dollars online.

Newbietocpa - The Forex niche is great, but I recommend you don't dabble. Make a commitment. The bots may be converting for you, but I would bet that taking the time to become an expert in a niche would explode your income. The bot things don't last. If you go this route you will be constantly seeking new bot schemes to make money from.

If you take the time to master a niche, and you can provide true value to someone else who is facing some challenges in that niche, then you will build something called a list. Now, the great thing about the list is that they will trust you if you provide value to them.

THE MONEY IS IN THE LIST!!! You cannot build a list by using some scammy bot system.

When you build a list the right way, you can sell them the products you create and affiliate products you promote. Here's the right way to build and make money from a list...

Step One - Build a list by offering something of value for free to a group of people who have a common interest.

Step Two - Keep in contact with them by sending them free information on everything the need to succeed in the niche except for your product. For example, if I am in the dating niche, I'm giving away all kinds of information except for the information I sell on 'The Surefire Way to Get a Second Date!'

Give away info on every topic having to do with the niche except for the topic you choose to sell information on.

Step Three - Create valuable information products, events, and coaching packages to sell to the list. Now that they trust you because you have given away so much free stuff, they will buy anything from you.

Step Four - Now, you can recommend affiliate products. THEY TRUST YOU, so they will buy what you tell them to buy. At this stage, you have to remember one thing. You MUST only recommend good products that you have personally reviewed. One bad product can break the trust they have in you.

Anniruddha0101 - Let me make something clear here...I wasn't judging you for your porn niche. I am the last person on earth to be judging anyone by moral or ethical standards. I just want to make sure you are doing what you are doing for the right reasons, and that your decisions align with your values. Here's why...

If your business does not align with your beliefs and values, don't waste time with it because there will come a day when you will have a conflict with what you are doing. Eventually it will eat at you, and you will quit doing it. The problem is that you will have already wasted valuable time on the business.

Now that I know where you stand, I will say this...

I would love to skype with you, but I think the moderators of the forum would have a problem with that and I don't have the time necessary to provide everyone with individual help, so I would rather keep the coaching at a group level within this thread. You can ask me any question here and I will answer it.

I guess I would have a question for you in light of your request. Here's the question...

What is it in life that you are most interested in? (Give me at least five things)

Why would I ask that question? Because you can usually help someone find a niche by asking them what they are most interested in. You may be asking yourself what I'm most interested in.

Well, I'm most interested in God right now to be honest, but it's not something I want to start a business on. It's a genuine curiosity for me. This is why I asked you for five things. You probably won't want to start a business in 4 of the 5 things that interest you, but I guarantee that you will find at least one thing that interests you that can turn into a viable niche.

After you find the niche that is interesting to you and has the most potential to bring you profits, then you create some products on a certain topic that the niche is interested in.

Looking forward to your answer...

Sanbelieveit - Now, I have a real treat for you my friend. I can help you build your downline for your MLM and get you a BIG money making information business at the same time. Here goes...

The best way to build your downline is with people who are struggling in other MLM's. This is because you know two valuable things about them. They joined an MLM, so they must believe in MLM for some reason. The second thing you know is that their upline is probably not helping them much. How do I know that? 99% of network marketers fail.

This is where you come in. If you create information products that teach MLMers in all MLM companies how to succeed, you will have a line of MLMers at your door. MLM is one of the most frustrating business structures for most people. If you can help them, you can make A LOT of money.

Now, you may be wondering why they would join your MLM if you can make them successful in the MLM they are already in. Here's the simple way to do it...

ASK THEM TO JOIN YOURS INSTEAD

They will join yours because they will be attracted to you on a business level. Does it work? Yes. Do I know why? No...

Warrior forum is great. I buy products from there just to keep my knowledge and skills up. There are some great products and some really bad ones. The thing I like about WSO offers is looking at the sales copy for the offer. You can get some cool new copywriting techniques by looking at some of the offers. I usually stick to buying continuing education products and not any "money making system" products. Buy products that will help you enhance your skills, not take your focus away from the business you are trying to build.

When starting out with a niche, you want to spend a couple of weeks getting to know the niche. You need to find out their problems and passions. If you can find out what they are passionate about and the problems they are having, you can create lots of successful products for them.

You did not ask too many questions...

Montyz Python - Love the name. LOL!

Your own product is the ticket. I agree with you. Don't wait man. Start creating now! You can do it. As you create, share you experiences with everyone in this thread. We can all use the knowledge!

Victor35 - Dating is a great niche that I have never made any money in. Here's why...

I hate dating. I think I was the wort dater in history. If someone made a product about dating, I would have played the guy messing everything up on a date. The fact that my wife is hot is really amazing.

You can make lots of money in this niche. There's a guy who works with Frank Kern alot who has some good info about making money in dating. I think he even had a show in America that was pretty popular.

In the dating niche, you have to help them get small wins before you sell them something. I would give them free basic info on how to build the courage to talk to a girl. Most guys who struggle with dating can't even do that. Next, I would give them info on how to ask for a date. After that, they will be in a state of "Oh no. I asked for the date and it worked, now what do I do?'

That where you come in and sell 'THE ULTIMATE DATE' info product where you show them how to have the ultimate date that guarantees a good night kiss at the end.

That's my strategy for the dating niche, and any other niche...

CashCleaner - Thanks for the assist. I need help on this thread. I'm only one man and I have a wife and two kids. I can't be on here as often as I like, but moderators like you can really help the group!

Love the Solid Snake pic by the way. Did the new Metal Gear come out yet? I hate that it's only on PS3 (I am an X-box guy)

Here's the secret I promised you guys that made me thousands online.

BE HONEST and GIVE AWAY COOL INFORMATION THAT HELPS PEOPLE!!!

If you do those two things, you will build trust that will enable you to make millions online.

Looking forward to more questions and comments!
 

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If your new to online marketing or not for that matter, you definitely need to stay away from porn junk or anything that screams scam ( just like MoonlightMilli said)

You're starting out on the wrong foot, BIGTIME! I know some people need to make some money fast but that's no way to do it. It's very short lived, plus you have a bad reputation to try to cover up later.

The way I learned was doing affiliate marketing first, like, get paid while you learn. Then If you want to create a product then go for it. But please do all other newbies and others a favor, create something of value, something that will really help people.

Don't just throw together a piece of worthless junk to make a dollar off of, there's plenty of that floating around already.

Just decide what you want to do, learn the basic's of marketing then focus, be persistent and consistent and never give up, and over time (and it doesn't have to take THAT long) you'll build a business that will stand the test of time.
 

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Hi I'm a newbie & I just wanted to let u know that I have learned lots of new things :) thank you.
 

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I have a quick question, where do i start when it comes to the basics, do i need a domain? anything(quick tips) that will surely help me along my way to success. thx in advance!
 

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my question is : i need quick money ... can u tell me any idea. for quick cash . see i am not rude ,but when the peoples have enough money they goes to donate some . So when i will have some good money i will take care of peoples with nice product without selfish thing as u said .

i am in to some cpa networks . i got adwords but failed .. i need a help in some quick cash working method /
 

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Hey Moonlight, I think what you're doing is great and whatever help you provide is greatly appreciated. What I've noticed about your responses throughout the thread, there's a theme in your answers regarding the issue of being successful in making money online. The theme is that you should choose a niche that you know about and help solve problems within that niche. Now, I can't say that I know a lot about a particular subject to write about or make videos about (where I can be the dominant authority) so readers will come and buy my products/recommended products. I know a little about random things and by no means am I the best in anything. In my situation, what would you recommend me to go into?

Also, I have been trying to find a good basis to start learning about flipping websites (instead of buying them and sprucing them up and selling them, I am going to build quality websites and try to sell them). In your opinion, is that a business that can generate an ongoing income? I am not looking for a get-rich scheme, just looking for a way to make an honest day's work amount to support my family and have some money to indulge in my hobbies.

Do you have any suggestions of where to start learning on how to write an enticing sales page? How to drive traffic to your website? I know those things are the basics and there are services for such tasks but I want to learn everything from the bottom up so I can rely on my own skills to get the job done.

Any suggestion on where to get started, would be great! I know I'm asking for a lot and what you're doing is already enough, so I thank you for any help you can slug my way!

Aizen
 

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i have a question, did you have a profitable idea for a show business i am just starting but i need an idea that profites, the page name is tieshow.com just bought it today so im waiting for the idea for start the building, please help me. thank you..
 
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Ok, I'm about the answer your posts with some new info that can help you make some real money online. First, I have something to share with you.

Every year I swear off internet marketing, but something always keeps calling me back. I'm not sure what it is, but apparently, I am in a love hate relationship with IM. I love to teach people about the right way to make money online, but I hate the fact that they just don't listen. They insist on wanting to make money the easy way without doing any work.

Let me tell you this. There is a way to make easy money very quickly without much work at all. Here's how...

You must learn how to help someone solve a problem or reach a goal, create a way for people to pay you for the information, and then sit back and collect money. See, all the hard work is upfront. After you do the hard work up front, then you can sit back, relax, and watch the money flow into your bank account.

Think about it. You read my posts because I have information that can help you. It took me some time to learn this information. I have already put in the handwork, and now I can sell the information I have in my head.

For some strange reason, I choose to give it to you for free in this forum. I think I'll try to sell something eventually, but I don't know what it is yet. By the time I do decide to sell something, two things will already have happened...

First, you will trust me as an authority on making money online. Second, you will feel a sense of reciprocity to me. Those are two keys to making money online. Establishing trust with a group of people and creating a sense of reciprocity. The best way to do both at once is give away a bunch of free and useful information.

Now for your posts...

Profitstream - I agree with your points 100%. There are lots of scams out there, don't join in with your own scam. Using affiliate marketing to learn is good, but make sure the product you are endorsing is a good product. There is a TON of worthless junk out there. If you put out one piece of worthless junk, you are ruined. It's as easy as that.

Now, the most interesting part of your post was the part about learning the basics of marketing. I attribute most of my success to learning basic marketing. How did I do this?

Easy, I read a couple of marketing books. I especially like Dan Kennedy. He's my favorite right now. I listen to a lot of Frank Kern too in terms of transferring my marketing knowledge to the internet.

Here's the problem. People don't read. I guess it's not a problem to me because I am one of the people that do read. As a matter of fact, don't start reading, because you may cut into some of the profits of the people like me who do read and learn...

Hate for learning/reading = hate for making money

GraceTelles - Thank you. I really hope this has been valuable for you. It really hasn't been for me because I'm spending time in this forum and not making money. I actually hate the fact that I have to do this, but I hate to see people wasting time with scams more.

Like I said above, this is love/hate for me. I think it's more hate today, but lucky for you, this is when I'm at my best...

Keshab.Neyak - Here's what the great Jim Rohn told me...

"Don't bring your needs to the marketplace, bring your skills. The marketplace does not respond to needs."

In other words, if you have no skills or value to offer, you will be continuously looking for quick ways to make money. You can't make good money without taking care of people first. You can make some scammy, bad, fast money, but I gave on that route when I realized that I was broke while I was on it. I am not being rude here, but I don't think this thread is for anyone who is looking for quick money...

Aizen - You GOT ME!!! You have seen my theme. Now that you called me out, I have to open the bag and tell everything!

Yes, I believe the best way to make money online is to choose a niche, establish yourself as the authority by giving the niche some valuable free information that helps them immediately, and then selling great products to the same niche for years. If you research most successful internet marketers, that's how it happens almost all the time.

Now, let's address the problem of not being an authority on anything. Now, I've learned a dirty little secret. Not many people know a lot about any one subject. For example, I am amazed how little business owners know about marketing. It is astonishing!

Here's how I capitalize on that. I am the one who reads the books, goes to the seminars, and learns the things they should be learning about marketing their business. Then, I charge them to create and implement marketing plans.

You can do the same with any topic. See, in my case, I am the one eyed man in the land of the blind. Do I know a lot about marketing? Not really. I didn't go top school for marketing or anything like that. I just read books and model great marketers. That's it.

You must pick a niche and then become the expert in the niche. Don't do it backwards by thinking you have to be an expert in a niche in order to choose the niche. I pick a niche, research it, read about it, and create a product on it. I think of new ideas and build on old ones.

The best question to ask yourself is: What do I like to do?
The second best question is: What are some common niches that buy lots of information?

Flipping websites can generate money, but you have to be good at creating sites that make money. You have to be skilled in traffic generation and be able to prove that the site is generating revenue from the traffic you generate. If you don't know how to build traffic, you have to learn.

SEE. You can't escape learning!!! As much as any of us try, we can't escape it. The only way you make any money is by exchanging some type of skill for cash. No other way...

Now, you ask me a question that I've been really wanting to answer. You want to know how to create an enticing sales page. Here's the best advice I've ever received about sales pages...

"When writing a sales page, never write a sales page"
- Gary Halbert (Greatest Copywriter Ever!)

In other words, don't write to sell, write like your really talking to someone face to face. Now, here are three tips that I would start with in terms of the technical aspect of copywriting. I can't teach you everything today, so I'll expand on these tips during my next post:

1. The Headline is Everything!

You must write a headline that draws people to your offer. The best way to write a headline, or write good sales copy in general, is to study great headlines. They are usually found in the National Enquirer and other gossip mags. They make a living on the quality of the headlines they create. Your headline should sound like a news update. If your headline is not good, no one will read your sales page.

2. Use a formula

In his Book, Ultimate Sales Letter, Dan Kennedy says he uses three formulas for all his sales letters. The first is Problem-Agitation-Solution. This is where you bring up a problem that the person reading the page should have. You make them so agitated about the problem that they want to buy from you.

Second, you have the fortune-teller formula. This is when you tell someone about something bad that is going to happen in their future and scare them into buying something to protect themselves.

Third, you have the separation of winners and losers formula. This is where you create a separation between where they want to go and where they are now. This is where you would say that all people who are making money online have learned how to write copy and all the people who aren't making anything don't know how to write copy. That statement creates separation between two groups. One successful and one unsuccessful.

3. Write for Triple Readership

People will read your sales page in three ways. First, they will skim through your page and only read the bold, highlighted, and cost based copy. Second, they will read the whole page in detail to make sure they are buying the right product. Third, they will read testimonials only to validate their purchase.

You must write for all three audiences. Look back at this post. I have two reader tracks going. Look at all the words that are in bold, underline, or italics. They are all highlighted for a reason. They all would draw the interest of someone who is skimming through the post before deciding to read it.

There are about 20 other tips I can give you, but frankly, my fingers are about to fall off at this point as i am writing this in one sitting after spending my morning writing chapter one of a book where I am trying to convince people God exists.

Let's just say my brain is fried for the day...

Salomon Franco - Not sure what you are asking here buddy. It could be because your post is unclear or because my brain is not functioning right now. Please post again with a little more clarity.

Ok, that's all for now. Be sure to ask your questions below!!!
 

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thank you very much for this topic,i am most gratefull,i never succeded earning online and noone wants to share,i am glad atleast someone is good enough and not selfish,you are really smart person as you see things clearly,i obviously tryed all different ways of earning money since i never earned anything,i manage to earn 1$ or 2$ a month but that is luck,i would really be happy just to earn 20$ extra a month,i dont need money so much,i just want to earn it online,it became my obsesion,i hope you will tell me how could i finally start earning some money,anywhere,i am ready to learn and read,and i will take all your posts till now seriously and study them good
 

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Do you know about makeanysite.com? DOes any have a review of this?
 

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Hi moonlight. Wowzer man! You are a pot of gold when it comes to internet marketing information. Keep on gracing the community and giving back. I like how you just concisely tell it like it is. Your style of writing and how you say it, I believe and think... makes it easier for people to understand its whole real entirety with no fluff whatsoever. (If that makes sense heh)

Anyway...could you recommend any great and reliable affiliate networks that maybe solely provide affiliates with beauty products or something of that nature.(I am basically just looking for an affiliate network that has beauty products for women) Looking forward to your response. Thanks in advance sir. I will be looking forward to all of your future posts. Keep on keeping on!!! MMD FOR LIFE! :D

Oh hey BTW! I am offering free graphic design services in the graphic design section of this forum. Would you be interested in me making you a custom avatar that you could rock on the forum? I think you rightfully deserve one good sir. If so, send me a PM as to what you want (What would you want on the avatar, preferred colors..etc etc.) Look forward to making you an avatar and maybe some other graphics if needed if you want them created. :cool:
 
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Hey Moonlight, thanks for getting back with a response! Greatly appreciated. Can't wait to read your expansions on your previously mentioned tips :)
 

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In my search for finding a niche, a few questions came to mind. Now I know that anything is a possible niche and that every question asked, the answer can be turned into a niche but I was wondering how you can find profitable niches. I know niches like weight loss and dating are good areas to make money but how can someone starting out in this internet marketing find a niche that is profitable and not over-saturated. I, also, know that any niche like weight loss and dating are hard to succeed in but if you got a good product and it's new, you can do well for yourself. I'm going to stay committed to try to learn how to make websites and flip them (following what you said about learning how to generate traffic and converting it into revenue) but I also am thinking about making a bunch of small websites focused on micro-niches.

What are your thoughts? Any suggestions on what I should be reading to learn how to do all this? Or any suggestions on where I can find information that would allow me to learn?

Thanks Moonlight!
 
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Sorry about the delay, but I've been working on a project. The project was inspired by some of the things we have been talking about in this thread. I am about half way through, and I think many people will like it.

Ok, enough about my project. Time to answer you questions...

Before I give you my responses, I want to tell you about a breakthrough I had in my marriage that will help you in your quest to make money online.

I've been trying to get my wife to like basketball for years now. I've tried everything including having romantic game nights where we watch the game together, playing basketball with her at the park, and bribing her with gifts. Nothing worked, until now...

I took her to an actual game! I can't believe I've never thought of this before, but she LOVED it. I asked her what the difference between watching the game at home and going to the arena was, and she said:

"I don't know. I think it was the experience. I loved the fact that we went together as a family, the dancers, the hot dogs, the half-time show. I just loved the EXPERIENCE."

Here's how this relates to what you are trying to do...

If you want to make money online, you cannot simply offer a product. Your audience does not want a product. They want an experience. Let's take you for example. You want to learn how to make money online, but that's not really what you want. You are looking for a certain experience. You may want to make money online because you want to experience what it's like to be financially free or you want to know what it feels like not to work at a job you hate.

In any case, people who buy anything want an experience, not a product!

Ok. Here are my responses...

Lovator - It would probably take me an entire day to answer your question because I don't know much about you, your skills, or your availability. Like I said earlier, I am working on a project that would be perfect for someone like you. It's an eBook that will tell it's readers exactly how to make money online with a real business that can grow and provide you with great income for LIFE. Be on the look out for it.

Peluca77 - I just looked at the site. This site looks OK as a template website builder for people without any web design experience. I actually used a provider like this called Citymax when I started out. I do have a question for you...

Do you have a product to sell? If you don't have a product to sell. there is no use getting any kind of website.

Second question - If you do have a product to sell, can you customize the site to your liking? In lots of cases with template websites, you are limited in terms of the customizing you can do.

As far as my review on the site, I can give it to you in two sentences...

It probably does what it says, which is allow you to build a functioning website. Don't get a website until you have a product and you know how you are going to promote it.

Quicksilver - I appreciate that. There's a guy on here who is mad because I am giving away too much information. He said that I was giving away information just to sell something later on. I told him...

"You know what? That's a great idea. I think I will sell something in the future. Whoever wants what I sell can buy it, and the people who don't can just learn from the free info I give here. I think that's called capitalism in a free country, right?"

He got even more pissed off when I said that...LOL!!!

Anyway, I am not really that good with beauty products. I would probably recommend something like MaryKay if you are looking for makeup and stuff like that. If your looking for supplements, there are other Network marketing companies out there. I prefer MaryKay because I know a lady that makes a lot of money selling it on and offline.

Here's something to consider. How about making your own product? I know it may sound crazy, but if you have money through your personal finances or investors, it's not as expensive as you think. The one thing I can do is create a sales letter that will sell lots of it.

I'm good on the Avatar for now, but thanks so much for the offer! I appreciate the gesture so much that I would like to do business with you in terms of my project. Do you design ebook covers?

Aizen - Thanks my friend. I wish you nothing but the best. Lucky for you that I finished the "Finding Your Niche" section of my new project. I'll address your questions one by one...

1. Here's a rule to remember. This helped me so much when I was just starting. No one can ever be too rich, too in shape, too beautiful, or too successful. If you can create a product that fulfills any one of these needs, you have a winner on your hands.

2. If the market is over-saturated, it's probably because it is very lucrative. It's going to be hard to find a market that is unsaturated and profitable. One of my first successful products was an eBook on how to start a credit repair business. That's a niche inside a niche. It taught people how to make money, but it was a specific way of making money.

Let's take weight loss for example. If you create a product and the title was "A Workout Plan for Losing Weight" you would probably only sell one copy and that would be to someone in your family.

Now if you had a product called "How to get rid of cellulite in your legs after pregnancy" you would probably have a much better chance to be successful while you are still in the weight loss niche :)

I would also ask you permission to correct something you said. It is not hard to succeed in weight loss or dating. You just have to really know who you are selling to, and since there are millions looking for information on this stuff, you are bound to sell a bunch of stuff if your marketing and sales copy is good.

It looks to me that you are spending too much time racking your brain about a niche when you probably have never thought about what your natural niche is.

Yes, believe it or not, you have a natural niche that will sell well. I didn't tell you this before because I wanted you to experience the pain of racking your brain day and night trying to find the perfect niche. I'll bet you have switched niches a couple of time already :)

Now, here's how you find a niche. This is directly from my eBook, so it references some things I talk about earlier in the book. Read this, and it will solve your niche finding problems...

Identifying Your Natural Market

This is where the activity you did earlier in the book comes in handy. You wrote down what your perfect day would look like. You focused on the experience you would have instead of the material things you would have. We used that activity to modify your sub conscious mind. Now we are going to use it for another purpose. We are going to use it to identify your natural market. A market is a group of people who are looking for a solution to an obstacle that is preventing them from living the life they dream of living. Your natural market is a group of people who are looking for a solution to an obstacle that is preventing them from living the life they dream of living, and you are able to provide them with a solution because you have overcame the same obstacle in your past to make your life what it is today. You’ve already been through what they are going through now, and you have successfully overcome the obstacle.

For example, you suffered from really bad stage fright in the past. It was to the point where you would avoid team meetings and functions where you had to speak in front of groups. This obstacle prevented you from having a voice in what was happening in your company, made you feel bad about yourself, and stopped you from getting promotions you deserved. It was a mess, and you wanted to get over it, but you just didn’t know how. Eventually, you got over this fear by using some specific techniques you learned from your friend who practices Neuro Lingusitic Programming. It turns out that the techniques are public knowledge, but not many people know about them.

Millions of people suffer from stage fright. They fear speaking in front of groups just like you did in the past, and it is costing them big promotions and hurting their self-esteem. You know exactly how they feel, and more importantly, you know some techniques that will help them overcome their stage fright and can help them feel confident when they speak in front of groups. You really feel for this group because you can remember how you felt when you had to speak in front of a group. You felt the butterflies in your stomach. You felt naustious before a big presentation. You felt terrible when people were getting promoted over you because they had the confidence you were lacking. You KNOW this group! This is your natural market.

It is always easier to sell to your natural market because you can empathize with them. Think about it. How effective is a guy who has never had stage fright who is trying to teach a group of people with stage fright how to overcome stage fright. He may be somewhat effective, but the person who has experienced and overcame stage fright will be more effective. More importantly, the person who has experienced and overcome stage fright will be more effective in marketing his products because he has a good idea of what the person he is trying to help is going through. Now the big question is “How do you find your natural market?”

Finding your natural market is very easy, but it does take a little bit of work. Everything worth anything takes work. I’m sure you can look back on your life and see that most of the great things you have are the product of hard work. The first thing you must do is write down an exhaustive list of all your accomplishments. The one word of advice I will give you here is to remember that many people may not have had the advantages in life that you have, so remember not to devalue any of your accomplishments. I recommend starting at learning how to read. Believe it or not, that is a big accomplishment. Now, do I suggest you create a product that teaches people how to read? No, simply because people who can’t read usually don’t have much money. The purpose of the activity is to get you to really remember al your accomplishments. There is a good question you can ask yourself to help jog your memory.

What are some things that used to prevent you from living the life you live today?

After writing your list of accomplishments, there are two things you must think about. First, you must cross off all the accomplishments that you have no desire to teach others how to attain. When I made my list, one of my accomplishments was buying a home. I don’t want to teach anyone how to buy a home. I actually hated the process. It took too long, the mortgage broker asked me for too many financial documents, and my realtor was annoying. The next step is very important. Circle all the accomplishments you are passionate about. All the accomplishments that make you smile. They may have been very hard to attain, but they make you feel very proud about yourself. When I made my list, one of mine was making my first dollar online. The process was difficult because I had no one to teach me what I really needed to learn, but it was very rewarding. I hope to help others have the same experience minus the mistakes and expensive lessons I had to learn. The next step is probably the most difficult…

After you cross off all the accomplishments that you have no desire to help others attain and circled all the accomplishments you are passionate about, you know have a very difficult task. This is where you have to do a little research. You have to figure out how profitable it will be to teach people how to reach each accomplishment. There are three things you have to find out. First, you have to find out if there are people looking for information on each topic. Remember, if you can teach someone how to reach a goal or overcome an obstacle, but not too many people are looking for teaching on the subject, your product will fail. The good news is that there is a sneaky way to find out the answers to these questions within a couple of minutes. Here are the questions I ask myself to find out if my topic will be profitable:

Are there blogs/forums about it?

The quickest way to find out if the topic is viable is to see if there any blogs or forums that discuss the topic. I’ll give you an example. If you are passionate about helping people overcome stage fright, you can identify if there are any blogs or forums by going to Google and typing “blogs about stage fright” in the search bar. Now, you will be able to see all the blogs that offer discussions about stage fright. In order to find forums on stage fright, you would search Google by typing “forums about stage fright” in the search bar. Also, you may want to try to replace the words “stage fright” with “fear of public speaking” or another term that is synonomous with your topic.

Are there other people trying to sell information on this topic?

The quickest way to find out if people are trying to sell information on solving the particular problem you are passionate about helping people solve is to utilize the Google search. I would approach this search as if I were the customer. Let’s say you are thinking about selling information on how to overcome stage fright. You will have to assume the role of the customer. In order to do this, you have to think like the customer. What would a customer who is looking for help with overcoming stage fright type in when they are trying to find information on Google? They would probably type in things like “how to overcome stage fright” or “getting over stage fright” or “cure for fear of public speaking” or “stage fright remedy”.


Ok, now look what you made me do...

First, no one will read this post because it's too long.

Second, I just gave away some of my good stuff for free.

Third, I just pissed the guy off who said I was giving away too much free information :)

In closing, I'll leave you with this quote from the great Jim Rohn...

"If you will change, everything will change for you"
 

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Wow, thanks Moonlight :) Appreciate all the information you give out! I've started on what you've talked about and let's hope all goes well (it's all for the experience).
 

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Hey Moonlight, just wondering if you had any recommendations on any good books on how to write a good sales page or methods to convert traffic
 
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Ok. Here's how I learned copy writing. Now, this just isn't for creating a sales page, this is for learning how to write sales copy for any kind of ad, which comes in handy because you will find yourself writing all kinds of ads online ranging from a full length sales letter down to a 50 word pay per click ad or banner.

If you follow these instructions, and you have some common sense, you will learn copywriting quickly. Learning copywriting will help you write a sales page, convert traffic at a higher rate, and have a skill that can earn you some cash for helping clueless small business owners write ads that actually work...

1. Read Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins (Can be found online for free)
2. Read The Robert Collier Letter Book by Robert Collier (Can be found online for free)
3. Read The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert (Can be found online for free, but you need to make sure it's the full length version)
4. Read The Ultimate Sales Letter by Dan Kennedy (Can be found online for free)

Ultimate Sales Letter and Boron Letters are really easy to read and very insightful. You will LOVE Boron letters because there are two stories going on at once. It illustrates how your sales letter should read like you're talking to one person. Gary actually writes it from jail to his son. He ends up in jail after being convicted of some kind of crime having to do with writing sales letter.

Dan Kennedy is the best in terms of small business coaches right now, but he got his start working for Halbert. He is famous for his No BS books, which I find very helpful for business and life.

Here's something else you should do everyday that will help you. You may find this weird, but it actually helped me a lot. Find out some of the most successful sales letters ever wrote and write them out yourself. I mean copy them word for word into some kind of note pad. As you write them, pay attention to the techniques used and the styles.

After you write some of the greatest sales copy ever written, then try to write some of your own. Write sales pages for anything. Write one for your computer, some food item in your refrigerator, etc. Practice makes progress.

I know it's a lot of reading, but here's another recommendation. Take a speed reading course. I took two and they've helped me learn how to read a sizable book in a couple days. Also, if you have a smartphone, try getting all your books downloaded on it. That way, you can read whenever you are faced with an unexpected delay. For example, when I am waiting on line for anything, I read to pass the time. This way, you are not wasting a second from your day.

Time is more valuable than money...