Make Money Tips: Build Good Relationships And Connections

Make Money Tips: Build Good Relationships And Connections

Hope you are doing good this Sunday evening! I spend most of my day with my family celebrating my twin’s birthday!

And I wanted to do a quick video on something that’s so important that without this factor, it’s going to be close to impossible to make money or live your dreams.

I’ve been talking about MONEY all week, and I wanted touch on one of the most important factor that contributes to your financial success.

Your relationships and connections with people.

Without people there is no business. It doesn’t matter if you are selling your own products, or networking for another company.

Business is people and without people there is no business.

Connecting with people goes far beyond just saying hi to them on social media, and pushing your product on them.

We all get annoyed when that happens.

Relationships takes time. You can’t rush it.

You cannot have one or two conversations with someone and call it a solid good relationship.

It takes many many small and honest interactions to build that trust and loyalty.

Good relationships eases our pain and our suffering and it makes sense to have good relationships in business.

But you know what?

A study out there shows that human beings can only manage 150 good relationships in his or her life.

That’s a lot, but it’s enough to achieve anything you want in life… and ease each other’s pain.

We can only handle 150 close relationships, maximum, because of our time and memory shortage…

We don’t have the time to give to more than 150, and we don’t have the memory to remember more than a 150 names.

Our goal is to build that relationship, know them well enough to, learn some of their stories and the life that they are living.

A lot of people say that you are the sum total of the 5 people that you hang around with…and they often say that they better be all successful people.

I don’t subscribe to that… I think you should have relationships with people from different walks of life.

That way we don’t get polarized to one group of people… only the successful ones, or only the unfortunate ones..

I think we should have close relationship with all kinds of people… we become a well rounded human being that way.

So, relationship first before money…

Business is trading….. goods, products, services… etc.

Who are we gonna trade with? PEOPLE.. obviously.

And People are not dollar signs… When we give value to people, they pay back in dollars.

So relationship first… before money.

That’s my message today.

Have a great week ahead!

Abe
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Lessons I learned from quitting my job with NO back-up plan.

Lessons I learned from quitting my job with NO back-up plan.

Warning!

Do not do this if you do not feel it in your gut, or don’t have a clear intention in your heart… Trust me, you’ll know when it happens.

I am not going to go into too much detail, but I wanted to share 3 things that I learned when I quit my day job to pursue my own thing..

The last two years of my outside job was in sales. As an advertising rep for a reputable Ad agency in New York City. I had built a decent client base for the company and they loved the sales I was generating for them.

996-1It was 1998. The e-commerce industry was just beginning on the Internet. Dial up, Prodigy and Earthlink was KING.

I had been thinking hard on what to do with my life for a while. Working for someone gave me the skills I needed for sales, but it wasn’t satisfying.

I have been nurturing the thought of starting my own business, and having the freedom to do what I want. Moonlighting on the Internet, and attempting to learn web design and programming….etc.

I started looking for people who can help me and I came across people who were in the same position as I was. Ambitious, fearless and creative people that I looked up to.

Not having a plan or a road-map on how to start a business – BUT I had this intense feeling in my gut that I should quit my day job and strive to start a service based business online.

However, I do think taking that terrifying leap of faith was one of the most enlightening career experiences I’ve had so far.

Call me stupid, impulsive, or brave – at the very least, it was educational. Here are 3 of the (many, many, many) things I learned.

Power of Intention…

Intention is generally viewed as a pit-bull kind of determination propelling one to succeed at all costs by never giving up on an inner picture.

Our intention gives us the courage to act. If you do things with the right Intention, it usually works. Change happens with an Intent to change.

You don’t need the approval of others.

When I tell people about my plan to quit my job and start my own thing, I so desperately want them to reassure me with statements like, “Oh Wow! you are so brave!”, “Good for you!”.

Unfortunately, that’s not what I got. Instead, I was faced with a lot of, “Wait, you’re doing what?” types of comments.

In the end, it really didn’t matter. I was the only one who needed to feel good about my decision. Yes, we all naturally crave approval and reassurance from others every now and then. But, trust me, you don’t need it — at least not as much as you think you do.

Your career really doesn’t define you

We all have the tendency to use our careers to define ourselves. But, it’s important to remember that your job isn’t who you are — it’s what you do.

When I left my job, I felt the need to justify my decision and clarify every last detail until people were literally bored with me. There was this immense need to explain my employment situation in order to give myself a purpose and identity.

Turns out, that’s really not the case — all of that pressure to define myself using my career was totally self-imposed. In fact, most people honestly didn’t care if I was an Electrician or the Entrepreneur.

So, if you’re contemplating taking your own leap of faith anytime soon, I hope these lessons encourage you and help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. And, in those moments when all you feel is sheer panic?

Another important thing to remember when you are prepping to take control of your career is..

You need other people to help you with your business.

If marketing a program, or your business is something you are looking for then you need people to help you with it.
Check these service specifically created for Solopreneurs

Abe

Celebrating Labor Of Love

Celebrating Labor Of Love

I believe that everyone has what it takes to be creatively happy in life and work.

To do something great requires a labor of love. This coming weekend we celebrate those who dedicate their lives to such labors. Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Most people are lured by the prospects of making money on the Internet – and often get persuaded by flashy Internet Marketers who themselves have very little practical knowledge in the subject.

Now don’t get me wrong, Internet Marketing is a great skill to have.

But imagine using this skill to sell what you enjoy doing. Maybe you like to make Guitars, teach musical instruments, airbrushing, astronomy, blacksmithing, and a hundred different things. [List of 300+ not so boring things]

Wouldn’t it be just awesome if we could do what we are born to do?

To get inspired take a look at 9 people doing extraordinary things:

1. Matt Madeiro raised $43,870 and bought a school bus for kids in Nepal to celebrate his 25th birthday.

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2. James Greig cycled a hundred miles to meet his first customer.

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3. Shane Koyczan delivers a powerful, artful message about bullying.

4. Shannon O’Donnell tells you exactly how much it costs to travel around the world for a year, visiting fifteen different countries.

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5. Maria Brilaki helps you produce better online video.

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6. Danny and Annie’s love story will make you cry.

7. Kevin Richardson walks with lions.

8. Caroline Leon wrote a 50,000 word novel in 9 days.

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9. John Bardos has been living abroad for more than 16 years and has given up everything to change careers and countries, twice. He’s now on a mission to spread the Unconforence for Social Good around the world.

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These wonderful people are doing work done for the interest in the work itself, rather than for payment — which is Labor of Love!

To celebrate Labor Day, I am offering a sweet deal on Webtraffic21.com a targeted traffic network. We have already been helping literally hundreds of website owners drive a steady stream of traffic.

All you have to do is use this Promo Code (CHK25) to save up to 45% off all traffic packages.

You can get it here now.

I wish you a great Labor Day Weekend!

Pessimist or Optimist?

Pessimist or Optimist?

Would you describe yourself a pessimistic or optimistic person?

If so why would you describe yourself in this way?

After many many agonizing years of worrying about everything in my life, I have given up being a pessimist or an optimist.

To me, life is a flow now. Business is a flow. Flow of ups and downs and therebetween.

Flow is movement, and so there is no time to look back or look forward to anything.

What we do NOW defines our future… What we do now IS our future.

Ask yourself this, “What have you done for your business TODAY?”

That’s all that matters.

Have you done something TODAY that will drive traffic to your site tomorrow or years to come?

If we take a closer look at what we worry about, you’ll find “Money” is a major thing.

As a business person, it’s about new leads and new sales.

Do something to take care of it and put your worries away about tomorrow.

You can do something NOW!

Talk soon!

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Email Marketing: Write Broadcast Emails That Connects & Converts.

Email Marketing: Write Broadcast Emails That Connects & Converts.

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Connecting to people is tough but crucial in the sales business.

Ask any salesperson and they will tell you that they can pin-point the exact moment when they make a sale.

It’s when they penetrate the defensive walls people have built around themselves in order to become impervious to sales bullshit.

Same applies to writing emails to your list.

This is even more difficult as you have to thaw those icy walls without even being present at the scene!

This is an art form that every affiliate marketer needs to master if they want to see their revenue increasing steadily.

There are two major obstacles you need to overcome when writing emails to sell:

Sounding like everyone else
Wasting peoples’ time

How do you do this?

Well, first you want to develop your unique style of writing – that’s going to sort out obstacle number one.

The second one is trickier but in a nutshell: don’t waste peoples’ time by always selling!

I know this sounds totally counter-intuitive but what you’re after is a relationship: sales come later.

Here are a couple of points to keep in mind.

1. Know your writing and stick to it

I challenge you to sit down right now and write a couple of short sentences on a few topics.

Pick whatever you want: briefly review one of your offers, answer a reader’s question in the form of a blog post, or draw up a short list of don’t for something in your niche.

Try to write each one differently.

The point of this little exercise is to find out what you’re good at.

Some people are good at writing long-winded descriptions that are full of flare.

Others can shock with their writing.

The third type doesn’t beat around the bush and instead they keep everything short and sweet.

Once you find out what type of writing you’re good at and what works for your lists – stick to it!

You will send out a subliminal message to your readers and that message will be all about consistency and familiarity.

People tend to respond better to marketers they know – your unique style of writing plays a role in building that trust.

2. Model but don’t imitate

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, they say. And I agree.

If some aspiring affiliate marketer was to copy my emails word for word I’d be over the moon!

But I’d also know that he’ll never see the same results that I did. Use other peoples’ work as an inspiration but adapt it to your own writing style.

Also, affiliate marketers often use swipe emails provided by the manufacturer to shortcut their writing process.

A same piece of fluff goes around the globe thousands of times in a day.

Do you think anyone care or notices it?

Use it to get the key point about the product then work your writing magic to make something truly unique.

3. Respect everyone’s time

Your subscribers are people with things to do – some might even have more on their plate than you do, juggling two jobs or raising a family.

That’s why I recommend keeping your pitches short and sweet in the emails – they’ll mozy on over to the sales page if you did your job right.

Break this rule only when you have something of real value to share – a set of tips to do something better, a guide on how to best use a particular product, or something of that sort.

If you can make peoples’ lives better with your content then the length is rarely of any concern.

4. Reach out on a regular basis

Consistency is important in email marketing. First, you need to get people accustomed to your emails – you don’t want them forgetting about you and unsubscribing when your next email finds them puzzled.

The second reason is more important – you want to keep a continuous stream of helpful information flowing their way.

This will help establish you as a thought leader and someone who is out not just to make a sale but to help them sort out problems in their life.

5. To write or to hire?

Not everyone is a writer.

If you can’t cobble out a good sentence for the life of you and you don’t have time to invest in getting better at it, hire a professional to do it for you.

However, don’t think your work is done there.

Someone else’s writing can be disconnected from what you stand for.

That’s why it’s important to keep the communication lines with your writer open at all times.

Give them the sense of what you’re all about before they start writing and regularly discuss topics you want covered and angles you want them covered from.

6. Leverage social media networks

Connecting to your subscribers on social media sites can be tricky but it can also help boost your relationship with them.

It gives you an opportunity to build your credibility outside their inbox.

Make sure that you have social buttons embedded in your email and on your posts and invite people to join you on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else.

Hint: don’t expect your audience to follow you – you will need to proactively find networks where they gather and establish a presence there.

These tips are an all-in-one package that you need to systematically apply in order to get a response from your subscriber base.

Each step is critical in getting it to work – the only thing you need to decide is whether you will be writing those emails or are you going to bring in a professional to do it.

Make sure to leave a comment below – I’d love to know how you approach this and how you get your subscribers to respond!

Abe

6 Tips To Building A Super Responsive List In 2016.

6 Tips To Building A Super Responsive List In 2016.

Building A Super Responsive List In 2016.

So you’ve made it across the first hurdle – you’ve managed to build a list for email marketing and now you are getting ready to…what, start counting the cash?

Hold your horses.

While list-building is an important first step in this entire process it’s definitely not a done deal that will magically turn into a money-making machine.

Your lists or rather, potential customers on those lists, have to be ‘primed’ so to speak.

There’s little worse than spending all that time building a subscriber base just to get no interactions, no love from your list.

So what constitutes a good list?

It’s fairly obvious: response rates, open rates, and clicks.

Building a responsive list is not easy but here are some tips I found to be working in 2016.

A combination of some of these might just do the trick for you and help you engage your subscribers on a level that will allow you to substantially increase your affiliate marketing revenue.

Build up your brand

Affiliate marketers were not big on this in the past – they didn’t need it.

Today, you can’t make a dent without relating to people and telling them what makes you different.

It hinges on two things:

  • Your ability to tell a believable story about who you are
  • Your willingness to share a problem that you were able to overcome

Both points are completely understandable. Let’s say you walk into a brick and mortar shop and you want to buy shoes.

The salesperson comes to you with a pair of shoes and exclaims: ‘Buy these, they’re $ 199 and they’re great!’

I would turn around on my heel and walk out.

Now imagine you walk into a different store. You’re browsing when a salesperson comes to you and starts weaving a story:

‘Listen friend, I noticed you’re checking out those price shoes over there.

Some of my customers complain they are a bit hard on the feet.

If you end up buying those I’d recommend buying a pair of shoe stretchers too so you don’t get blisters and calluses.

But I’d recommend these here – they’re $ 50 cheaper and more comfortable, in my opinion.

In fact, I’m wearing them right now. I’ve been working here for 8 years and I spend a lot of time standing up so I know what I’m talking about.

Who would you buy from – the pushy guy or the one who was able to inject a bit of personality into his pitch and even went the extra mile to give you a solid piece of advice completely free of charge?

The second guy reinforced his offer with credentials and a personal testimonial on why he uses the shoes himself.

This guy has a couple of minutes though; you have a lot more time at your disposal when you’re reaching out to your lists.

Use that time to establish yourself as the expert in the field and to build credibility.

Content / Offer Ratio

People don’t like to be sold to at every turn.

They’ve subscribed to your list not because you have the best deals out there but because they think you can answer their questions and offer solutions to problems they didn’t even know they have.

Don’t let them down.

My personal favorite is 3 to 1 – that means three helpful articles or blog posts followed by one offer.

It might be different for your niche, however.

I’ve once gotten a dozen of emails from a company before they even hinted at what they were selling.

It’s going to depend, but don’t go for the offer overkill – it’s the surest way to lose subscribers.

One more piece of advice: make sure to send them to your blog to read posts and articles – that way they’ll have a chance to take a peek at your past content and offers as well.

Diversify Your Content

In-depth guides like this one are great but they are not really everyone’s favorite format.

Make sure you diversify your content delivery and send out an occasional video to your audience.

It can be a recorded testimonial or a walk-through on how to use a particular product you’re promoting.

This approach will show significant results, especially if you’re reaching out to a younger audience.

In addition to videos, you have e-books, case studies, white papers, podcasts, and a whole bunch of other things at your disposal.

See what you can work in at minimal cost and incorporate it into your strategy.

Segment The Lists

I’m very careful with what I subscribe to personally but even with that I sometimes get a completely unrelated offer in my inbox.

Just the other day I got a great written pitch for a natural childbirth book.

It was a laugh because I usually get very on-point online course offers from that site.

My guess is that they’ve added a new product and simply ran it to their entire list.

Now, one time won’t really bother me – or anyone on your list for that matter – but multiple off-mark offers will get me to hit that unsubscribe button fast.

Collect as much data as you can without alienating your list and send out content that is specifically tailored to particular segments.

If you’re offering a toddler product, don’t send it out to mothers with preschool children and vice versa – they won’t have any use for it.

Connect With Them on Social Media

Make sure that all the posts that you send out to your list prominently feature social media buttons for platforms where you can be reached.

The purpose is two-fold:

  • You can connect with people there and possibly engage them in a conversation and build a stronger bond. This is great for personal brand-building as well.
  • People can share your content with others easily. More eyeballs might translate into more subscribers, especially if your squeeze page and opt-in form are good.

Keep a Schedule – Don’t Let Your Lists Run Cold

Have a rhythm to your emails.

Sending them out every day might not be a good idea unless you have killer content or you’re running a freebie email course.

People will get tired of fluff content laced with offers.

On the other hand, letting your lists run cold is also a huge mistake.

What do you do when you get an email from a company that you didn’t hear from in a year?

You delete it because you probably have no idea who they are and what they do.

You put a lot of effort into building a list so use it.

Email out 3 times a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – preferably at the same time.

These affiliate marketing list building tricks worked for me pretty well in 2016 – at least up to now.

Do you have any aces up your sleeve you’d be willing to share?

Drop down by the comments section; I would love to hear from you!

Abe