Well Spent Freedom Money

One of the biggest complaints I hear about in this business is how much money you have to spend to be able to make money.

I mean you have to spend money on things like…

Domain names
Hosting
Autoresponders
Software
Training
Coaching

… and the list goes on and on!

But what if you were starting a brick and mortar business?

I mean an online business is a “real” business too right?

For a brick and mortar business there are all kinds of costs and usually you have to have hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital to even get started.

So my question is why are people complaining so much about having to spend money on starting their online business?

Just why should everything be free and handed over to you?

It's simple… It shouldn't!

Just because it's an online business doesn't mean it's not going to cost you money, but you need to look at it as what I call, “Well Spent Freedom Money”.

Each time you invest in your business you're investing in your freedom…

Your financial freedom
Your time freedom
Your lifestyle freedom

Because having an online business can give you all of that and so much more.

Now of course I'm not saying that you should buy everything under the sun. You should ONLY spend money on things that will help your business right now, but never think for one second that you shouldn't have to invest in your business simply because you run an online one.

Okay end of rant! ๐Ÿ™‚

I'd love to hear your thoughts on what I've said here so make sure and leave your comments below…

Liz

Setting Up Your Affiliate Marketing Hub

As an affiliate marketer you need to have a “hub” where you can keep all your affiliate links, keep up with stats, and more. In this video I'll show you how I've created my own “affiliate marketing hub” and how you can do the same thing!

 

Click here to download the resources document that goes with this video. All the resources mentioned in this video and other tutorials are in this document.

Note: If you would like for us to setup your own affiliate marketing hub (please watch the video above first so you know exactly what we will be doing for you) please click here for ordering information.

Setting Up Your Customer Support Center

Having a customer support center is important to your business. You need ONE place that you can send customers to so they can get the help from you that you need. In the video below I walk you through exactly how I've setup my customer support center. You've got several options and this is just one, but I wanted to show you what I've done and an easy way to do it!

 

Click here to download the resources document that goes with this video. All the resources mentioned in this video and other tutorials are in this document.

If you have questions about setting up your own customer support center please leave them in the comments section below.

Notes On Getting An Autoresponder

An autoresponder is vital to any online business. You absolutely MUST have one to be able to have prospects to market your online business to.

For example…

I run an online income coaching business. I have setup LizTomey.com to collect leads to market my products and services to. My autoresponder gives me a form that I can put on my website, collect the name and email address of leads, and then it puts them on my “list”.

As soon as someone joins my list my autoresponder automatically sends them a welcome message. I then have several other messages “loaded” into my autoresponder that are automatically delivered to the leads that are added to my list. You can have these messages sent out at any time you determine.

So if “Bob” joins my list today he will immediately get a welcome message. 24 hours later he will get another one. 48 hours after that he will get another one, and so on and so forth. This is all automatically setup and done by my autoresponder.

I can also log in to my autoresponder at anytime, select my list, and email everyone on the list at one time.

Hopefully you see how powerful this is! ๐Ÿ™‚

It adds some serious automation to your marketing efforts!

Now I want you to listen very closely because picking an autoresponder service/solution can literally make or break you. There are solutions out there that you can purchase install on your own domain name and be off and running. However that is NOT what you should do.

There are a million reasons you don't want to do this but the main reason being your deliverability rate. Imagine sending an email out to 1000 prospects and only 700 or even less of them getting it. You're leaving money on the table! You want to ensure you're using a reputable service that can get your emails delivered.

The only two I recommend areโ€ฆ

1. Aweber
2. GetResponse

I actually use both, but that's kind of an advanced technique I will leave for another tutorial. ๐Ÿ™‚

Use one of those for now, ensure your emails actually get delivered, and save yourself lots of headaches and lots of money!

Now I've created this post to explain autoresponders to you, tell you which ones to use, AND to answer any questions you have about autoresponders and/or how to use them.

If you have questions about using/getting an autoresponder make sure and leave them below. Iโ€™ll answer them here and create any tutorials that you may need to learn from.

I look forward to helping you with all your autoresponder questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

Liz

UPDATE:

Above I stated that I used both Aweber and GetResponse. I've done an update video that explains why. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can see it below.

Notes On Getting Hosting

Getting hosting is the second thing you'll need when creating your online business.

Hosting is what your server is and your server holds all the files for your website. Your domain name sites on your server and when people visit it they see your website.

So if a domain name is your house then hosting is like the land your house sits on so people can come visit you.

A little confusing I know, but once you understand a little how things work this stuff will become really easy. ๐Ÿ™‚

I've decided to help you understand more about hosting, where to get it from, how to get it setup, etc. that I would create this post here on the blog so that I can answer your questions about hosting.

If you have questions about hosting make sure and leave them below. Iโ€™ll answer them here and create any tutorials that you may need to learn from.

I look forward to helping you with all your hosting questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

Liz

Hosting Questions And Answers

Q1. I'm starting an online business. I have a domain name. Where should I get hosting for it?

A1: The one I've used for years is Liquid Web. I recommend that you spend the $50 (at the time of this being written) a month on the Stormยฎ Virtual Private Server. This will give you a WHM (web host manager) where you can add as many domain names as you want. Yes, you can get cheaper hosting, but why build your business on something that may or may not work for you. It's a business and you need to treat it like one.

NOTE: I've done a video tutorial showing you how my hosting works and why I recommend it. You REALLY need to get hosting that comes with a web host manager and in this video you'll see why!

Notes On Getting A Domain Name

Getting a domain name is always your first step in getting your online business up and going.

As time goes on and you build your business bigger and bigger you'll find yourself buying more of these domain names.

For instance with my business I have…

IMWithLiz.comย which is my main site.

ThisKicksButt.com which is a site I use to build my list, manage my affiliate links, etc.

LizLive.com which is my support site.

And then I have about 500 more (yes seriously) that I've bought for various reasons.

Now most of you wont ever have that many, but you will probably have 10-20 as you do this or that online to build your business.

So I've started this post here on the blog to share tutorials with you about getting domain names, how to use them, and the like.

If you have questions about domain names make sure and leave them below. I'll answer them here and create any tutorials that you may need to learn from.

I look forward to helping you with all your domain name questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

Liz