Turning On The Money In Your Business

And we're back… This is the third installment in a series of five blog posts I'm doing all talking about building an online business in a niche that you love and that actually makes you money.

I'm talking to those of you who don't have an online business setup yet and/or who have failed at getting one setup.

In the first installment in this series I talked about finding a niche that you LOVE. You can see that post at http://liztomey.com/blog/do-you-love-your-niche

In the second installment in this series we talked about building a business foundation which is VITAL to do once you have your perfect profitable niche picked out. If you missed that post you can see it at http://liztomey.com/blog/the-biz-foundation-method

Now once you have that perfect profitable niche AND a business foundation set up then you're going to move on to monetization and that's what we're going to be talking about in this post.

Show me the money!

So first things first… Depending on what your niche is will depend on how you're going to monetize it. You can also do “monetization stacks” where you use multiple monetization methods.

For example… In my Internet marketing business where I help people build and marketing online businesses, I sell my own digital products, but I also selling coaching, make money as an affiliate marketer, sell services, and have even sold physical products (a tshirt).

That's monetization stacking.

So let's say you're in the weight loss niche. This is a niche I'm going into and letting my attendees of the Get An Online Business Workshop watch me develop. I have created my business foundation in it and will be monetizing it by…

1. Creating my own digital products. (Journals and trackers and stuff like that. No ebooks or courses. I want to give people tools not teach in this niche like I do IM.)

2. Physical products. (Creating branded supplements, powders, etc., physical journals and trackers)

3. An mobile app. (Obviously not sharing the details there. 😉 )

4. Affiliate links

There are so many different ways you can monetize your business once you have a business foundation setup.

Here's a short list…

1. Digital products you create. (Ebooks, courses, software, app, etc.)

2. Physical products. (The list is never ending here. 🙂 )

3. Products your an affiliate for. (Again the list is never ending here and you can promote physical and/or digital products)

4. Ads (You can sell advertising on your site, emails to your list, put PPC ads on your site, and so much more.)

Now there are tons of sub categories for each of those things, but those are basically your options.

And as I said you can use one or all or any number of them in between that you want.

You simply need to research what people in your niche want and give it to them!

Whether you develop the products yourself, pay others to develop them for you, and promote products as an affiliate, you still need to find what your people want, and then figure out how to give it to them.

Okay so we've gone through the first three steps here…

1. Find your perfect profitable niche

2. Build your business foundation

3. Decide how you're going to monetize it and DO it.

The next thing we're going to talk about is…

TRAFFIC!

Once you have your niche, you've built your business foundation, and you've gotten everything monetized you need to turn on the traffic, and that's what we're going to be talking about in the next installment of this series.

If you'd like to learn how to do all of this then I highly recommend that you grab a seat in my Get An Online Business Workshop where I will show you how to do all of this step by step!

https://www.LearningIM.com/get-an-online-business-workshop-wp

Here’s what you’re going to learn in this live 5-day workshop.

Day 1: You’ll learn how to pick a niche, make sure it’s profitable, and make sure it’s one you’re actually going to enjoy so you don’t get bored and wander off. 🙂

Day 2: You’ll learn how to create an online business foundation that is absolutely VITAL to your success. This system is super easy to setup and can be done in about a day! Sorry no push-button BS here.

Day 3: This is the day you’ll learn how to monetize your new business foundation so you can actually make-money with it! Yeah baby!

Day 4: Want to REALLY know how to get traffic? This is the day you’ll learn the TRUTH about getting traffic and how to make sure you’re ready for it.

Day 5: Clueless as to what you need to do each day to run an online business? Today is your day then because you’re going to learn everything you need to do daily to keep your business making you money 24/7.

Here’s the bottom line…

Right now you have the chance to clear the fog and confusion from your brain and be lead straight to success by someone who has been running multiple online businesses for almost 15 years now.

ME! 🙂

With what you’re going to learn PLUS having all the help you need you’re going to be unstoppable!

NOW is YOUR chance to grab a seat in the Get An Online Business LIVE Workshop (at a HUGE discount), and finally get that business setup that you WANT for the freedom lifestyle that you NEED!

BUT… You only have a few days to get in on this offer, so do this NOW!

https://www.LearningIM.com/get-an-online-business-workshop-wp

Okay… Shameless plug over. 🙂

I'll see you in the next installment in this series in just a couple of days.

Talk soon!

Liz

The Biz Foundation Method!

If you haven't heard yet (I've been going on and on about it) I just released a brand new workshop to help those of you who haven't created an online business yet.

OR

You've attempted and just can't get anything to work. 🙁

It's called the Get An Online Business Workshop and you've only got a few more days to jump in on this so make sure you grab your seat now if you want to learn how to create an online business that you'll love AND actually make-money with!

https://www.LearningIM.com/get-an-online-business-workshop-wp

On Day 2 of the workshop I'm going to be showing you how to create a business foundation for the niche that you decide upon.

Don't worry I teach how to pick a niche on Day 1. 🙂

Here's the thing…

If you don't have a business foundation, you're done before you even get started.

Your business foundation consists of two things…

1. A page to build your list/audience – This doesn't need to be hard. People think you've got to create some amazing offer. You DO NOT! I have a super simple way to get people to jump on your list.

2. A content hub – YES! You need content, but quality wins over quantity. A simple blog will allow you to house your content for a multitude of purposes, but all lead to you building your list with it.

That's it!

That's a complete business foundation.

Now of course there are strategies you must use to do all of this right, but that's ALL you need to get started. Stop making this so hard!

And if you want to learn how I do it, then I highly recommend you grab a seat in my the Get An Online Business Workshop and learn how to setup your business foundation.

Like I said… You've only got a few more days to grab your spot before the price goes WAY up, so grab your seat at https://www.LearningIM.com/get-an-online-business-workshop-wp

Okay so far we've talked about picking your niche (I cover that on Day 1 of this workshop) and now building your business foundation (I cover that on Day 2 of this workshop). Tomorrow we're going to talk about monetizing everything and what your options are.

Talk soon!

Liz

Do You LOVE Your Niche?

Hey gang!

The other day I told you about the opening of my latest workshop… The Get An Online Business Workshop!

https://www.LearningIM.com/get-an-online-business-workshop-wp

On Day 1 of the workshop we're going to be starting from the very beginning of building an online business. I've seen a lot of people in niches that aren't profitable and/or that they don't love.

Here's the thing…

1. If you're in a niche that doesn't have buyers, you're never going to make-money in that niche. Do you want an online business that DOESN'T make-money?

Of course not!

You absolutely MUST find a profitable niche to build your business in.

So if you're not making-money with your online business it just might be that you're in a niche that doesn't have any demand.

This is pretty unlikely, but it DOES happen.

2. On that same note you might be making a “little” money in a niche and you've tapped it out. If that IS the case (and it could be likely) then you need to learn to broaden that niche and/or pick a more profitable niche.

3. You have no niche. You've done nothing to build an online business, and maybe you're even stuck when it comes to making the decision on what niche to pick.

If any of this applies to you, then you NEED to grab your seat in the Get An Online Business Workshop!

https://www.LearningIM.com/get-an-online-business-workshop-wp

On Day 1 of the workshop I'll show you how to pick a niche that is PROFITABLE and that you LOVE!

Both of these things are vital…

Yes, you CAN just go into a niche that is really profitable even though you don't like the niche, but how well do you think you'll do if you don't actually like the niche?

I can answer that because I've done it…

You WON'T do well. 🙁

SO I'm going to show you how to uncover super profitable niches that you either like and know about or would like to know about.

Plus I'll give you several niches that I know for sure are profitable and you can just pick one of those that you LIKE instead of doing the research yourself.

By the end of Day 1 you will know exactly what niche to go into and FINALLY be ready to start build a business in a niche you know will make you-money, and that you'll enjoy for years to come.

Here's the deal though… You've only got a few more days to get into this workshop at the discounted price. In just a few days the price is going to go WAY up, so make sure you grab your seat right now!

https://www.LearningIM.com/get-an-online-business-workshop-wp

Talk soon!

Liz

4 Steps To Build Your Email List In 24 Hours

I see a lot of people out there struggling with building an email list and the reason being is because the “gurus” are trying to make it harder than it really is.

It's NOT hard!

You simply dive in head first, get SOMETHING setup, and tweak it as time goes on.

OR

If your first attempt is totally horrible you start fresh and do it better.

So before you even get started here please understand that building your list isn't hard and if you fail at it you can always start over.

Now take a deep breath and repeat that sentence over and over, and then dive into this tutorial.

What I'm going to give you here is a complete tutorial on how to start building your list in just 24 hours from right now.

Ready?

Let's go…

Step 1: Give Em' Something!

What problem does your target prospect have?
What can you create to give them (for free) to help them?

What does your target prospect WANT?
What can you create to get it to them?

This is going to be different for everyone because everyone is selling different things (or you're trying to get people to join different opportunities). But these two questions cover just about everyone.

Once you can answer this question then get to creating “the thing” you can give them for free.

Example: You want to build a email list of people interested in playing pool so you can sell them things related to playing pool. You could create a quick video series showing some “trick shots” they can do to “wow” their friends. And remember… YOU don't have to be the one creating. You could find someone who can do this for you.

Example: You want to build an email list of people interested in building their own website for their business. Create a checklist of what they need to do. Again, you could pay someone to create this for you.

I could go on with a million examples, but you get the idea.

Step 2: Build Your House

When building an email list you need a place to send people to to pick up your free offer. There are different terms for this. A squeeze page, landing page, optin page, etc, but basically it's a page online where you send targeted people to (that has text and your email list form) that entices people to put their information in to get on your list.

There are so many tools and page builders out there now that ANYONE can do this. If you absolutely can't you can also hire someone to do this for you. See there's no excuses here. There is a way to do it all. 🙂

Basically you just need one page to put your text (persuasive words) and your optin form on, and one page as a thank you/download page.

That's it!

Note: An autoresponder service is something you'll need for this step. It's where your leads “live” and where you can email them, and do some other email marketing tricks we will talk about in Step 3.

Step 3: Create Your Emails

Now the above two steps are what we call list building. Step 4 falls under list building too, but this step is all about email marketing.

Email marketing consists of emails that you create and send to your list. You can create one off emails and send to your list about things that make you money or you can create an email series, load it into your autoresponder, and your email list subscribers will get them in the sequential order that you setup.

There's two very important parts to email marketing.

Part 1: Your subject line – If your subject line doesn't get people to open up your emails, they'll never read your emails, and then they'll never click on anything that makes you money in your emails.

Part 2: Your email copy – This is the actual words you put in your email. Generally these are persuasive words that you will use to get people to click on a link in your email. If you can't get people to click you're never going to make any money.

Learning to write emails is a long process. You've got to learn what to write and then practice to get better and better. Is what I recommend you do is either hire an email copywriter or use email templates.

I have a great resource called My Email Templates that will give you 101 fill-in-the-blank email templates that you can use to create all kinds of different types of money getting emails.

You can see them at http://www.MyEmailTemplates.com

Now let's move on to step 4…

Step 4: Build Your List!

Once you have a page up where you can entice people to get on your list, you've got to start sending people to that page.

There are thousands of different tactics that you can use. If you want to start building your list in 24 hours I highly recommend you use paid advertising. Google PPC ads, Facebook ads, Instagram ads, (the list goes on and on and on) are a great way to get targeted people in front of your page and start building your list.

There are many different strategies out there for getting people to visit your email list building site. It's up to you to create a plan, implement it, and be consistent with it.

The minute you stop driving people to your email list building page is the moment you stop building your list.

Okay so to sum this all up…

Step 1: Give Em' Something! – Create something you can give away for free.

Step 2: Build Your House – Build a page to build your list.

Step 3: Create Your Emails – Create emails that get people in front of your money makers.

Step 4: Build Your List! – Use website traffic tactics to get people to your email list building site.

If you follow what I have shown you here there's no reason that in the next 24 hours you shouldn't have a fully functioning list building machine setup and building you your own profitable email list!

I wish you much success on your list building and email marketing journey!

Reminder: Email marketing is probably the hardest part of this entire tutorial. I highly recommend you pick up the My Email Templates package that has 101 fill-in-the-blank email templates in it to help you to start creating emails that get people to open up their emails, read them, and click on the links inside. You can grab access to the My Email Templates package at http://www.MyEmailTemplates.com

7 Mistakes That Are Killing Your Email Results And Simple Ways To Fix Them

It’s a problem as old as old as email marketing itself: a poorly responding list. Sometimes marketers struggle to get clicks, they struggle to get people to open their emails, and they struggle to get readers to take definite action (such as purchasing a product).

Why does this happen?

There are actually quite few mistakes that can kill your results. Are you making one or more of these mistakes too?

Read on to find out…

Mistake 1. Setting Incorrect Expectations

From the very moment someone lands on your lead page or even reads the very first email you send, you should be telling them what to expect with regards to your list.

Specifically, this includes:

What kind of content they can expect to receive. Promos? Special discounts and other deals? “How to” instructional content? Freemiums? Curated content? Some combination of these? Whatever it is, let your readers know upfront what they get.

How often they’ll receive content. People don’t mind getting frequent content, as long as they know to expect it. However, what is a problem is if you email infrequently, such as less than once per week. If you don’t get in touch on a regular basis, your subscribers are going to forget about you. That means they’ll do business with your competitor who reaches out to them more frequently.

Related to this…

Mistake 2. Repurposing Your List

Some email marketers don’t see much of a response from their lists, so they repurpose it. In other words, they start sending content that violates their readers’ expectations. This is a mistake that will kill your results.

For example, maybe you’ve told your list they’ll receive “content and tips” once a week. But then you start hammering them with promos once a day.

Or maybe you have a bodybuilding list that started off focusing on specific lifts, but now focuses almost exclusively on nutrition. You’re likely to see your conversions drop, because current subscribers primarily signed up to get lifting info, not nutrition info.

So how do you fix this?

Obviously, the first step is to plan your list strategy carefully so that you don’t end up repurposing it midstream.

Secondly, if you DO make a major change, then warn your readers. Let them know what’s coming for a few weeks before you make the change. Be sure to also change your lead page and welcome emails to reflect these changes.

Mistake 3. Sending Untargeted Emails

There are actually two parts to this mistake:

The first part is making the mistake of simply not understanding what your market wants.

There are three ways to fix this mistake:

Do your market research. Find out what your market is already buying, and then put similar offers in front of them.

Survey your list. Find out what their problems are and find out what kinds of solutions they’re seeking.

Test your offers. If they don’t perform, find an offer that does produce high conversions with your list.

The second part is making the mistake of not segmenting your list.

You can fix this problem with these steps:

Separate your prospect lists from your customer lists.

Separate customer lists according to what they purchase.

Offer freemiums to your prospects to help you segment by their interests.

Once you have these micro-targeted lists, you’ll be better able to send out targeted content and offers that produce high conversion rates.

Next…

Mistake 4. Crafting Poor Subject Lines

Your subject lines can make or break the success of each email you send. If they’re boring, overhyped or irrelevant, people won’t even bother to open your email.

You can fix this mistake by applying these tips:

Offer a big benefit. Let readers know what’s in it for them if they open the email. (E.G., “Here’s the #1 way to get more traffic…”)

Don’t overhype. It’s okay to make a bold promise if you can deliver big-time within the email, but don’t exaggerate and hype things up. (Here’s an example of what NOT to do: “How To Make $1 million in 48 hours!”)

Use social proof. People are more likely to do something if others are doing it too. (E.G., “Find out why so many smart marketers love this app…”)

Next…

Mistake 5. Ignoring the Pre-Head

The pre-head is that little bit of text that is shown in the message preview, which is accessible before the recipient actually opens the email. If the subject line gets their attention, then they’ll often look at the preview. If the preview doesn’t hold their attention, they’re not going to bother opening the email to read the rest.

Point is, you need to make the first 100 characters of your email absolutely gripping. Tell a story. Present a big benefit. Build anticipation for what’s coming. Make people curious. In short, give people a compelling reason to open your email.

Mistake 6. Making The Email About You

One of the best ways to lose your readers’ attention is to make the email about you. It’s one thing to tell a relevant story about yourself, but it’s another thing entirely to make the entire email about you. When that happens, readers bail out. You can bet they won’t see your calls to action.

So how do you avoid or fix this mistake?

There’s actually a simple “quick and easy” way to ensure you’re making your email about your readers and not yourself. Simply take a look at how many times you use words like “you” versus how many times you use words like “I” or “me.”

HINT: You should use the word “you” MUCH more frequently than words like “I” or “me.” You should be using the word “you” about three times more often than self-referential words.

And finally…

Mistake 7. Offering a Weak Call to Action

Your subscribers can be hooked and engaged throughout your entire email, but you can still blow it at the end by offering a weak call to action (or, worse yet, NO call to action).

You see, people don’t click on a button or link just because it’s right in front of their face.

You need to do two things:

#1: tell them specifically to click on that link.

#2: give them a good reason to click now.

For example: “Click here now to take advantage of this special 50% off pricing – but hurry, this offer ends tomorrow!”

Okay so those are the basic mistakes… I'm sure there are a ton more. 😉

Did you discover that you’re making one or more of the mistakes you just learned about? The good news is that you also learned how to fix these mistakes or avoid them altogether. You can even use this as a checklist of mistakes to avoid the next time you send out an email. Here’s to better conversion rates!

Need email marketing help? The Email Marketing Kickstart Workshop is ready for you to enroll! If you want to learn how to use email marketing in your online business, get people to open your emails, click your links, and buy then you NEED to grab your spot right now at http://www.LearningIM.com/email-marketing-kickstart-workshop

15 Ways To Get More Clicks Within Your Emails!

I have a question for you… Humor me for a minute. 🙂

Why do you send emails to your list?

Because you want them to take some specific action, such as clicking on a link.

Right? Duh,  Liz! 🙂

But, if you’ve already started up your email list, then you know that subscribers don’t tend to do a lot of clicking. Sometimes they don’t click on the links in your emails. And let’s be honest: sometimes they don’t even bother clicking on your email itself to open it.

🙁

The good news is that you can turn that all around starting today by taking a look at these 15 ways to get more clicks in your email campaigns.

1. Use Images

Big walls of text are boring. You can break up the content by using images. Not only does this make your email more aesthetically pleasing, a well-placed image can also draw your reader’s eyes into the content.

Check out these tips for using images effectively:

Use simple images. Busy images are a turn off, as the viewer doesn’t know what to focus on. Use simple images, such as an image with one or two people or objects

Show happy people. If you’re using images of people, show happy people who are looking at the camera. Alternatively, the people in the photo should be looking in the direction of the text. That’s because your reader’s eyes tend to naturally follow where the subject of a photo is looking.

Place images near important text. This draws the reader’s eyes back into the content.

Next…

2. Write Enticing Subject Lines

We've talked about getting people to open your emails using subject lines, but  you can't get anyone to click on the links within your email if they don't open it! If your subject line doesn’t capture your subscribers’ attention, then they’re not even going to bother opening your email.

Check out these tips for writing enticing subject lines:

Present a benefit. Let readers know what’s in it for them if they open your email. For example: “Eat this yummy food to lose weight…”

Ask an intriguing question. For example, “Are you making these deadly copywriting mistakes?”

Keep it short. Some mobile phones cut subject lines to as few as 25 characters, while other email clients cut them off at around 50-60 characters. So be sure to get the gist of your headline in the first few words to get the click.

Next…

3. Arouse Curiosity

You can use this tactic in three ways:

1. Arouse curiosity in your subject line to boost your open rate. Example: “Do you know this copywriting secret?”

2. Arouse curiosity in the beginning of your email to keep people reading. Example: “In just moments you’ll discover the #1 way to increase your golf drive by 25 yards!”

3. Arouse curiosity near your call to action to get the click. Example: “Find out what million dollar marketers know about creating six-figure product launches. Click here to discover these secrets now for yourself!”

Here’s the next tip…

4. Offer More Information

The idea here is to simply offer something very valuable to your readers, and then offer them more (as a paid product). This valuable thing might be a free report, an app, a checklist, a gear list or even just a really good article.

For example:

“Now that you’ve seen the exact checklist I use to get my membership sites up and running, you’ll want to get your hands on my complete profitable site system. Click here to check it out…”

This will get them clicking for MORE!

5. Segment Your List

The idea here is to create targeted segments of your list so that you can send out targeted content and ads to these specific segments. The more targeted your emails, the more clicks you’ll get.

For example: let’s suppose you have a dog training list. If you segment this list into obedience training, trick training and agility training, you’ll get a much higher conversion rate.

Here are three ways to segment your list:

Send your existing subscribers to another lead page. Each lead page you correct should correspond to a specific segment of your list.

Segment your lists according to what they buy. For example, if someone purchases a book on a particular topic, then you can add them to a customer list that’s targeted to this topic.

Get subscribers to tell you what interests them. You can ask them to simply place a checkmark next to topics that interest them at the time they’re first joining your list, and then segment your list according to interests.

Next…

6. Format for Easy Readability

Here’s the long and short of it: if your email looks hard to read, people will bail on you.

So format for easy readability using these tips:

Use short words, sentences and paragraphs. This creates a lot of white space, and makes it easy for readers to jump in.

Don’t write at a college level. Instead, make it easily consumable for the average reader. What you’re reading right now is an example of making your writing accessible. 

Use a conversational tone. A friendly tone and entertaining comment will keep people reading.

Next…

7. Send a Series of Emails

People rarely buy something the first time they come in contact with it. That’s why you can boost your clicks and conversions by sending a series of emails that all promote the same offer.

For example, create a three-part series called, “The Three Secrets of Selling Your Home Fast.” Each email would explain one secret, as well as provide a link to a related product.

8. Focus on a Single Call to Action

The point is, each email should focus on ONE primary purpose. If you ask people to click on multiple links for multiple offers, your conversion rate will drop. That’s why each email you send should focus on one link and call to action.

However…

9. Include Your Link and CTA More Than Once

Even though each email focuses on one call to action, you need to repeat the link and call to action multiple times throughout your email.

For example:

Include a clickable headline.

Embed your call to action and link in the middle of the content.

Create a call to action button and place it at the end of the email.

TIP: The idea is to tell people to take action and give them the link to do so. Next, give them even more reasons to take action, and then repeat the call to action and link.

Next…

10. Reward People For Taking Quick Action

If you give people a chance to procrastinate, they will. If they leave your email without clicking, it’s unlikely they’ll come back. That’s why you need to create a sense of urgency. And one way to do that is by rewarding people for taking quick action.

For example…

Be one of the first 100 people to act now, and you’ll get a copy of “Online Business Made Easy” absolutely free! Click here to get yours now…

11. Write One-to-One

So many email marketers make the mistake of referring to their “subscribers” or their “list” in their emails. Don’t do this. You want each of your subscribers to feel like you’re writing to them one-on-one.

Here’s how:

Don’t make any references that suggest you’re writing to multiple people. For example, avoid words such as subscribers, list, readers, prospects, etc.

Know your audience. The more you know about them, the easier it is for you to create targeted content that makes them feel like you’re talking directly to them.

Use a conversational tone. Make your subscribers feel like they’re reading a personal email from a friend.

Next up…

12. Be Emotional And Personal

Here’s a simple truth: once someone “connects” with you and your email message, the more likely they are to take action. People do business with those that they know, like and trust. That’s why it’s important to evoke emotion and personality in your emails.

Here’s how:

Tell stories. Not only does a good story evoke emotion, it also engages readers and keeps them reading.

Empathize with readers. Let people know that you understand how they feel about the problem (if you really do understand!).

Get them to imagine the joy of the solution. If people can imagine how good they’ll feel if they solve their problem, they’re more likely to click your link. Tell how it changed your life.

Next…

13. Promise and Deliver Tremendous Value

Sad but true: your prospects are used to people over-promising and under-delivering. You can pleasantly surprise them (and bond them to you like glue, creating loyal customers) by delivering tremendous value.

This includes:

Sending them valuable freemiums that others in your niche are charging for.

Being sure each email you send is in-demand, valuable and high quality.

Sharing some of your best content with your subscribers.

Giving your subscribers things they can’t get anywhere else (such as exclusive deals, tools and content).

Next…

14. Use a Bullet List

A bulleted list of benefits gives you two awesome advantages:

It sets important content apart. In fact, many people are conditioned to looking at bulleted lists, as usually they contain important information and benefits.

Skimmers will take notice. This is a great way to draw a skimmer/scanner back into your content, lead them down to your call to action, and get more clicks.

Next…

15. Test, Track and Tweak

Don’t guess at what produces great results for you. Instead, test, track and tweak every major part of your email.

Now most people know to test subject lines, email openers, calls to action and offers. However, don’t forget to test the design of your email.

This includes:

The overall design or template you’re using, including the layout.

The design colors.

The graphics and their placement.

The call to action buttons (both the design and the text).

Most major email service providers have built tracking tools right into their platforms so you can easily split-test your emails.

Now let’s wrap things up…

You just discovered 15 effective ways to increase clicks across all your email campaigns. These proven methods work for me, they work for countless other successful marketers around the world, and I know they’ll work for you too. But don’t take my word for it – start implementing these tactics today to see for yourself!

Need email marketing help? The Email Marketing Kickstart Workshop is ready for you to enroll! If you want to learn how to use email marketing in your online business, get people to open your emails, click your links, and buy then you NEED to grab your spot right now at http://www.LearningIM.com/email-marketing-kickstart-workshop

How To Get People In The Habit Of Opening Your Emails!

Every Internet business owner looks for ways to generate more income from their email campaigns. Well here’s where it all starts: you need to get people in the habit of opening your emails. 

If your subscribers are not opening your emails, then they’re obviously not going to see your awesome content and strong calls to action.

So how do you get people in the habit of tapping open your emails the second those emails hit the recipients’ inboxes?

Take a look at these seven proven ways…

1. Send Emails When Your Audience Can Take Action 

Since so many people have mobile phones, most folks are almost always connected and monitoring their inboxes. However, just because they’re monitoring emails doesn’t mean they have time to take action on them.

If they open your email and don’t have time to take action, then it’s unlikely they’ll remember to take action later. By that time, their inbox will have filled up with your competitors’ emails. Yikes!

So what you need to do is figure out when your readers are not only online, but they also have time to respond.

Here are four steps you can take to figure out the best time to email your list:

1. See when most of your subscribers originally joined. For example, if a lot of people seemed to join on Tuesday morning, then that’s probably a good time to send emails.

2. Think about your audience. Where do they live? Do they work? If so, what are their work hours? What kind of hobbies do they have and when do they do them? Answer these types of questions, and you’ll get a better idea of when your prospects have time to read emails.

3. Look at when your audience is otherwise active. For example, when are they commenting on your blog or social media pages?

4. Test and track. Ultimately, this is the best way to figure out exactly what days and times are best for mailing your subscribers.

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2. Broadcast Emails Regularly 

The idea here is to get your subscribers used to receiving your emails on certain days at certain times. Indeed, you want your subscribers to look forward to your regular emails.

For example, you might create a regular feature, such as offering a new freemium every Friday. You can bet your readers will eagerly open every email they get from you on Fridays!

3. Offer Your Best Content and Deals 

Sometimes email marketers figure that since they’re offering their newsletter for free, then they can offer content that’s worth zero dollars. That is just the opposite of what you want to be doing. Instead, you should be offering your BEST content to your readers.

Learn this…

You want your readers to be thoroughly impressed every time they open your emails.

That means you should be consistently sending out high-quality content. Every. Single. Email.

You should also be offering your best deals to your subscribers. Reward them for staying on your list by offering bonuses and discounts that they can’t get anywhere else.

4. Build Anticipation 

The idea here is to use your current email to boost response for an upcoming email. You do this by building anticipation, as well as telling readers exactly when to expect the next email.

For example: “Stay tuned, because tomorrow you’ll discover a surprising way to save thousands of dollars on your taxes this year. You won’t want to miss this, so keep an eye on your inbox…”

5. Use Relevant Subject Lines

You can get away with using irrelevant subject lines… once. But once you do one “bait and switch” where the subject line doesn’t match the content, your readers are going to lose faith in you. And that means they’re not going to open your future emails.

Let me give you an example…

Subject line: Here’s your $5487 affiliate check…

Email: If you join my affiliate program today, you could be receiving emails like this every month!

See how that works? You get people thinking they’re getting money, and then you pull a fast one on them. They’re going to be disappointed. They’re going to trash your email. And they might even unsubscribe.   In other words, use only relevant subject lines … not “clickbait” type subject lines!

6. Format For Mobile

More and more people are checking their emails on their mobile phones, which means you need to be absolutely sure your emails look good. Of course if you’re sending text, it’s generally no problem. Just be sure to have plenty of white space, and put links on separate lines so they stand out and they’re easy to tap/click.

And what if you’re sending HTML emails? Then you need to be sure you’re using a responsive design template. This means the design, images and columns should naturally grow or shrink to best fit the user’s device and screen size.

7. Resend Unopened Emails

Most every major email service provider (such as Aweber) provide tools for you to track how many people are opening your emails and clicking on your links. Better yet, these service providers also give you the tools to segment out the people on your list who didn’t open your last email. And that means you can send a follow-up emails to those folks.

Heads up…

Don’t send out same email with the exact same subject line and pre-header (preview) information. It’s possible the recipient decided to simply not open your last email because it didn’t grab their attention. So offer something new—a new benefit, and/or a pinch of curiosity to persuade recipients to open this second email.

Okay so… You just discovered seven proven-effective ways to get your subscribers in the habit of opening your emails. If you apply AT LEAST one of these tactics, you’re bound to see an increase in your open rate and overall conversions. But don’t just choose one method. Instead, put them all to work for you as soon as possible to see what they can do for your response rates!

Need email marketing help? The Email Marketing Kickstart Workshop is ready for you to enroll! If you want to learn how to use email marketing in your online business, get people to open your emails, click your links, and buy then you NEED to grab your spot right now at http://www.LearningIM.com/email-marketing-kickstart-workshop

The 10 Most-Effective Types Of Calls To Action And When To Use Them

Look… A button or link doesn’t do a whole lot on its own to compel someone to take action. That’s why you need to specifically instruct people on what you want them to do next. This is referred to, of course, as your CTA, or call to action.

Heads up…

There is no one-size-fits-all CTA. That’s why you’ll want to take a look at these ten effective CTAs and when to use them…

1. General Offer CTA

This is a call to action that you use when you want someone to purchase a product or service, but you’re not offering any discounts or other special offers.

For example: 

Click here to purchase this meal-planning app today – and do it now, because this is your key to losing weight and getting healthy!

Take out your credit card and click here to join the #1 copywriting club – this is a great way to start making more money with every sales letter!

This is probably one of the most common calls to action you’ll use, as it’s a great way to promote a product at the end of a piece of content.

2. Special Offer CTA

Whether you’re launching a product or you just want to drum up some sales with a special offer, this is the call to action to use.

For example:

Click here now to claim your 50% discount – but hurry, because this coupon expires tomorrow!

Be one of the first 50 people to order this tub of whey protein, and you’ll get a second tub absolutely free! So click here now before this special offer ends…

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3. Upsell/Cross-Sell CTA

If you’ve already convinced your reader to purchase a product, then your next step is to persuade them to purchase something else. Ideally this call to action should go on the order page itself, although in some cases you may offer it as an additional option right inside an email, particularly in a follow-up (post-purchase) email. Just make sure you set your email automation up correctly if doing this right inside of the email.

For example:

Click here to double your whey protein order for just $25 more…

Click here to upgrade to the gold membership, where you’ll get two free coaching sessions every month…

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4. One-Time Offer CTA

The idea here is to present a one-time offer. If the prospect doesn’t take advantage of the offer, they’ll never see that particular offer again. This special offer might include a discount, bonus products, or both.

TIP: If you want to create even more urgency with a one-time offer, then present a countdown timer next to the offer. For example, you might give your prospect 60 minutes to order, before the offer disappears off the table forever.

For example:

You’ll only see this offer one-time, so order in the next 60 minutes before it’s gone for good!

This is a one-time offer that you can only take advantage of today, so order now to avoid disappointment!

Here’s the next CTA you’ll want to use…

5. Lead Generation CTA

Now you may be looking at this CTA and thinking, “Wait a minute… why on earth would I want to use a lead-generation call to action when my leads are already on my mailing list?”

There are two good reasons to direct your subscribers to join a mailing list:

1. You can segment your list by offering your subscribers freemiums for joining your other lists.

2. You may be doing a joint venture where you tell your leads to join your JV partner’s mailing list (and they do the same for you).

For example:

Enter your name and email address in the form below, and then click “submit” to download this free WordPress plugin!

Click here to get your free golfing report – it’s sure to shave strokes off your game, so claim yours today!

This gets your existing subscribers onto an additional list with additional targeted mailings to create additional streams of income!

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6. Free event CTA

One of the most valuable ways to offer information is through a live event such as a webinar or even an offline workshop held in a hotel or other conference room. These sorts of events are also great ways to generate leads or even segment an existing list.

Here are two examples of how to put this call to action to work for you:

Now you too can discover the secrets of getting washboard abs – click here to register for this free webinar!

Are you on the path to retiring with at least one million dollars in the bank? Find out tonight at 9:00 by hopping on this free webinar. Click here now to register – and hurry, because seating is limited…

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7. Contest Entry CTA

If you’re looking for a way to drum up some excitement in your niche, you might offer your prospects and customers a chance to win prizes through a contest.

Here’s what your calls to action might look like:

Click here to enter the contest for free—and do it now, because you’ll kick yourself if you miss out on winning these great prizes!

Click here to enter the contest now—and be sure to tell your friends, because you’ll get an extra chance to win if you share the contest on social media!

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8. Get More Info CTA

Sometimes you may want your prospects to contact you for more information. Maybe you want them to call you for a free consultation, or perhaps email you about their needs. If you do any pre-sale consults, then you’ll want to use this call to action.

For example:

Click here to begin your free 15-minute consultation (hurry, this offer is limited to the next 25 people who act now…)

Click here to get your free no-obligation estimate for web development and marketing – you might be surprised at just how affordable it is to put your best foot forward!

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9. Read More/See More CTA

Sometimes when people get to the end of a piece of content, you simply want them to look at another article, read a social media post, or perhaps watch a video. That’s where this call to action comes in. It’s a great way to get people to your blog to see your ads, and it also works well to get your prospects to watch a pre-selling video.

For example:

If you liked this article, then you’re going to love Part 2, where you’ll discover 10 more fat-busting secrets. Click here to read it now…

The very best way to learn how to tune a carburetor is to watch someone else do it first. Click here to watch a video where you can literally look over my shoulder as I clean and tune a ’66 Mustang carb…

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10. Social media sharing CTA

If you’re trying to kick start a viral effect, then you’ll want to include this call to action alongside the content you want shared.

For example:

Your friends will love finding out this secret too! Click here to share it with them on Facebook…

Do you know anyone else who’s struggling with insomnia? Click here to share this article with them so they can start getting some much-needed sleep…

Now let’s wrap things up…

It’s not enough to simply drop a link, button, or form in front of your prospects. If you want to get great response rates, you need to offer a strong call to action. And you just learned ten of the most effective calls to action along with good times to use them. Put them to work for you starting today, as I know you’ll love your results!

Need email marketing help? The Email Marketing Kickstart Workshop is ready for you to enroll! If you want to learn how to use email marketing in your online business, get people to open your emails, click your links, and buy then you NEED to grab your spot right now at http://www.LearningIM.com/email-marketing-kickstart-workshop

20 Tips For Writing Great Emails That Keep Your Subscribers Reading

It’s one thing to get your subscribers to open your email.

No… That's a HUGE thing! *lol*

It’s another thing entirely to get them to keep reading every single word of your email, right down the part where they see your call to action.

Simply put: if you can increase the number of people who see your call to action, then you’ll increase your conversion rate.

So with that in mind, here are 20 proven ways to keep your subscribers reading…

1. Make It About Them

Your readers aren’t cracking open your email to read about you. Truth is, they’re a little self-centered. As we all are. They want to read about their problems, they want to read about solutions that could help them and they want to read stories, tips and articles that are relevant to their lives.

Here’s a quick and easy way to check if your emails are about your reader: check how many times you use words like “you” and “your,” versus using words like “I,” “me” and “mine.” If you use self-referential words (like “me”) more than reader-oriented words, it’s time to rewrite your email to make it about your reader.

2. Tell Stories

A good story engages readers, pulls them into the email, and keeps them reading until the end. Especially if you interrupt the story before its climax to share other information, and then return to finish up the story at the conclusion of your email.

And as an added bonus, a good story makes your content more memorable, too. That means your readers will be thinking about your content long after they’ve closed your email.

3. Build Anticipation

Get this: as soon as readers open your email, they’re going to be looking for signs that reading it is worth their time. One way you can persuade them to keep reading is by building anticipation right up front for what’s coming. In other words, let them know the benefits they’ll get if they keep reading.

For example: “You’re about to discover a simple three-step process for house-training your new puppy in 10 days or less…”

4. Make Them Curious

Another good way to keep people glued to your email is by making them curious. In other words, don’t just build anticipation – make them curious about what’s coming up.

For example: “In just a few moments you’ll discover a surprising tweak that can double your conversion rates!”

5. Format for Easy Readability

Have you ever taken one look at a hiking trail, realized it looks way too hard for the hike you had in mind, and turned around to head back?

That’s kind of like what your readers are doing when they open your email. If your content merely LOOKS like it’s going to be difficult to read, your subscribers are going to bail out early. Here are three quick tips to avoid this problem:

Break up long paragraphs of lists into a bulleted list.

Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs. This is particularly true at the beginning of the email. Hint: Try to open with a one-sentence paragraph, which makes the content look really easy to read.

Break up the content. For example, insert sub-headlines into the middle of your content, which breaks up long blocks of text. Added bonus: it draws a skimmers’ eyes back into the content.

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6. Use a Friendly Tone

When you craft an email, imagine that you’re writing to a friend. That way your email will take on a warm, conversational and friendly tone.

Bonus Tip: Add variety to the way you open and close your emails. For example, instead of always opening with, “Dear [name],” try something like “warm greetings” or “Hello!”

End result? You seem more like a human rather than a robot, which helps you build a relationship with your subscribers.

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7. Break Big Topics Into Multiple Emails

When people open an email, they don’t expect to find an article the length of “War and Peace” inside. That’s why you should break up big topics into multiple emails. This makes your content easy to read, which keeps your readers’ eyes glued to the page.

And as an added bonus, sending a series of related emails makes it more likely your readers are going to open and read the next email you send, too. That means they’ll see your links and calls to action repeatedly, which gives your conversion rates a nice boost.

The more contacts you have with your readers about a particular offer, the more clicks you will receive.

8. Build Credibility and Believability

Sometimes people simply stop reading your emails because they don’t believe what you’re saying. That’s why you need to build credibility and readability.

Here’s how: Deliver on your promises. Avoid hype. Avoid false promises. Instead, under-promise and over-deliver.

Be honest. For example, if you’re reviewing someone else’s product, be honest about the product flaws. People will trust you more if you’re known for telling the truth (even if that truth means you won’t make as many sales that day).

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9. Insert Plenty of Tips and Examples

Slogging through a “how to” article isn’t any fun if the reader isn’t quite understanding what you’re trying to teach them. And if the reader is confused, they’ll bail.

The solution? Provide plenty of tips and examples to make the concepts more clear. If you need an example of how this works, just look at the additional tips and examples provided right in this very post!

10. Offer Something Unique

Did you know that peoples’ brains actually light up when they encounter something unique? That’s right, the brain rewards learning new information. And that’s why you should always seek to offer new information, or even just new twists on old methods. If you can get your readers’ brains to light up, you can bet those readers will read every last word of your email.

11. Make Use of Graphics

One good way to break up the text, make the content more aesthetically pleasing, and illustrate complex concepts is through the use of graphics.

This includes:

Infographics
Charts and tables
Screenshots
Illustrations
Mind maps
And any other relevant graphic that will engage your readers’ interest.

12. Provide Actionable Info

The idea here is simple: teach your readers how to do something, and then provide an action step they can take. Try to give them an action step that will produce fast results.

For example, you might show readers simple ways to boost their conversion rates. The action step might be to change one of their email subject lines using a specific (proven) template that you provide. It only takes a few minutes to take this step, and yet readers will get fast results This makes it more likely they’ll open up the next email you send to them!

13. Create a Regular Column

The idea here is to give your readers something to look forward to every week.

For example:

My #1 Tip Tuesdays, where you offer a high-value tip.

Freemium Friday, where you give your readers a valuable and highly desirable product.

You get the idea – I’m sure you can come up with your own regular features and columns that your readers are sure to love and anticipate.

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14. Get Personal

Basically, use a couple lines in every email to tell your readers a little bit about you.

For example:

“I just got in from my 10-mile training run…”

“I hope you don’t mind, but I just had to share this pic of my newborn son…”

Obviously, you don’t want to drone on and on about yourself, because readers will lose interest fast. But dropping in a few tidbits here and there will make you seem more human. And if these tidbits are relevant to the niche, that’s even better. People will start caring about you, which means they’ll be more interested in reading every email you send.

15. Surprise Your Readers

The idea here is to say something others in your niche aren’t saying, offer a controversial viewpoint, or even pleasantly surprise them with a freemium.

Bonus Tip: Don’t use the same formula for every email. For example, don’t always send “How To” emails. Instead, drop a video with a few tips.

Bottom line: mix things up, as the variety will keep people reading (and coming back for more).

16. Let Their Voices Count

Asking your readers for their opinions does two things. First, it makes your readers feel special when they know their opinions are valued. Secondly, it gives you insight into what your readers want, which is always a good thing.

So what should you ask readers about?

These:

Ask them what kind of content they would like to see next.

Ask them for their most pressing questions (which you can answer within the newsletter).

Let them choose between content idea options.

Ask for their feedback.

Let them beta test.

Basically, ask your readers how you can better serve them.

17. Tie Your Email Into Current Events

Tying your emails into current events helps you enter the conversation that’s already going on in your reader’s head. That means they’ll stop what they’re doing and read your email. That’s exactly what you want them to do!

For example, if the Olympics are going on, you might tell a story about the Olympics that ties into your niche.

18. Keep Focused On the Benefits

Earlier I mentioned that your readers should understand the benefits of reading your content as soon as they open your email. But don’t stop there. Keep your readers focused on the benefits.

Here’s how:

Keep letting readers know what’s coming up. For example, halfway through your newsletter you can drop another set of curiosity-arousing benefits.

Let readers know the benefits of taking action on what they just learned. (Hint: provide the actionable information we talked about earlier, where people will get good and fast results)

Let readers know the benefits of following your call to action, such as clicking on a link. This increases your conversion rate.

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19. Spice Up Your Content

Don’t just educate your readers—edutain them. This means you entertain them while you educate them. Be careful with this though.

You can entertain them with:

Occasional humor.

Stories.

Expressive language that includes analogies, metaphors and similes.

In other words, don’t write like you’re creating a stuffy textbook. Make the content both entertaining and useful, and people will keep reading.

20. Ask Questions

Here’s a really good way to engage readers: ask questions. You can ask a single question, or you can even provide a short quiz. Either way, it not only engages readers, but it’s also a good way to get them to self-identify.

For example, “Do you ever have trouble falling back asleep when you wake up in the middle of the night?”

Whew… That's a lot of info, and I hop it helps!

Your conversion rates and profits rest entirely on you holding your readers’ interest and keeping them reading right to the end of each email. The good news is that you just discovered 20 proven ways to keep readers hooked and reading. Just be sure not to cherry-pick through these ideas. Instead, implement as many as possible, and I’m betting you’ll see some great results!

Need email marketing help? The Email Marketing Kickstart Workshop is ready for you to enroll! If you want to learn how to use email marketing in your online business, get people to open your emails, click your links, and buy then you NEED to grab your spot right now at http://www.LearningIM.com/email-marketing-kickstart-workshop