You’ve Got Questions? I’ve Got Answers.

Since I’ve started internet marketing, I’ve gotten a lot of great questions from people. So let’s dig right in with one that requires multiple answers, shall we? Q: “Hey Doug, for someone just starting out. What do I need to build a list?” A: Well, this goes back to one of my first emails I’ve ever sent. In order for you to build a list, you’re going to need the following: – An auto-responder. – A website. – A squeeze page. – Traffic. So let’s summarize what all this means starting with an auto-responder. (DISCLAIMER: Just so you know, the links below are affiliate links. Yes, I do make a commission if you click them, but these are all the products I personally use and would recommend. If you don’t wanna ‘hook a brother up’ feel free to google them instead. You’ll see they are the same price regardless. I ain’t no hater! 😛 ) Think of an auto-responder as a butler that delivers information to your house guests 24/7. This is arguably the most crucial of the bunch because without it, you have no viable means of getting information to your readers. (imagine me sending an email manually to 10,000 people…ain’t gonna happen.) I personally use Aweber. You can sign up for it and try it out for $1. (I think they are still doing that) and there are loads of tutorials to help you get started. http://www.ctrl-alt-success.com/marketing/aweber As far as a website is concerned, you’re going to need 3 things. A domain name. (www.yourdomainnameisthispart.com) A hosting package. (you need a place to ‘park’ your domain) A reliable system. (something that makes it easy to build pages) As far as...

Were You Ever Bullied?

Believe it or not, when I was in elementary to middle school, (Grades K-8th). I was picked on, bullied and quite frankly treated like filth. I could probably count on one hand how many “friends” I had during that time. Then the summer before my freshman year of highschool, I moved to Minnesota with my mom. I was able to start all over. From then on out, I transformed myself, I discovered myself and during my 9th grade year, I finally became “popular”. I became one of “the cool kids”. So now we fast-forward nearly 17 years…  Am I still a “cool kid?” Am I still popular? The answer is actually quite irrelevant. Because here’s what I discovered: “It isn’t who you hang out with that makes you popular. It’s who you become.” On top of that, it isn’t about what “cliques” and “groups” you are a part of. It’s who you associate yourself with. If you find yourself hanging out with a bunch of lazy asses, chances are you’re a lazy ass yourself. (Forgive the bluntness). If you’re hanging out or associating yourself with people who are convinced hard work at a J.O.B. to eventually retire is the way to go… chances are that’s what you’re doing now. So in order for you to BE something else. You need to ASSOCIATE yourself with people who are where you want to be. If you’re serious about moving forward in your life. You need to associate, listen and learn from the people who are already on the level you’d like to be. The MOBE Inner Circle does just that. Here’s...

Pro Tip – The Long “Thank You” Page Sucks Ass

Now something you need to know about this guy is that he’s quite a successful marketer. He’s been marketing full time since 2009 and has some incredible launches that bring him thousands of dollars on launch day. He came to me this morning and asked if I could take a look at his email sequence because he couldn’t figure out why people didn’t seem to open his emails after the first one. So like the awesome guy that I am I said yes. He’s a friend of mine after all. He sent me a word doc with this sequence of emails and I immediately saw the problem. …His first email. His “Thank You” email if you will. It was wayyyyyyy too long. Now don’t get me wrong here. The content of the email was fantastic! But it was just too damn long. So the analogy I gave him was this. *ahem* The opening email your readers receive is the very first impression they get of you. So there needs to be a balance. For example, if you and I just met and I said, “Hey there!” And you said, “Hello!” Then I said, “Hey! Would you like to know a good place to eat?” Then you said, “Sure!” Then I ended up going on a long rant for 10 minutes about why I know how to find a good place to eat… What would you do? You’d probably make a mental note to never talk to me again. haha Anyways, what I’m getting at is that this wasn’t a “newbie” mistake. It’s an oversight many marketers have. The great...

WHOA I Made Someone Mad!

WHOA GUYS! lol Never did I imagine how many people I’d have upset with me over my last email about adding me on Facebook. I got messages from people saying: “DON’T EVER TALK TO ME LIKE THAT AGAIN!!!” “I can’t believe you’d talk to someone like that! How DARE you!” “You need to change your email subjects man. Not cool.” I even had a few unsubscribes. But you know what it also has gotten me so far? …35 friend requests and 2 sales. Anyways, that’s aside the point. What I REALLY wanted to share with you is my FAVORITE email I received this morning. It reads (WARNING: Explicit Language Below): —–Original Message—– From: Chris Mor*** [mailto:*******@yahoo.ca] Sent: Tuesday, September 7, 2013 7:31 AMTo: Doug Johnson Subject: Re: The SECRET to help you get your first $1,000 commission. What a bunch of bullshit SCAM you do not want a penny for it until i try it first but you want a credit card number..FUCK..Go suck COCK but the again yo are a cocksucker. My Reply? Well that’s quite a good way to get far in life, Chris. Bashing a guy that’s just offering an opportunity. If you paid attention to the sales letter, the $49 is a completely refundable application fee.Enjoy the rest of your day, and a little helpful advice; calling people names isn’t really the best way to communicate effectively. Have fun being broke. *tips hat*Doug You see, if I would have received this email last year, I would have been mortified. I would have profusely apologized or justified that it wasn’t a scam, etc. All in all?...

My X-Rated Secret

Do you want to know what one of my secrets are? What one of my most explicit and “sexy” strategies are? Well here it is: I care. Yep, that’s really it. I care about the people I talk to. And it means a lot to know you’re reading this. With that said, I want to reach out and help even more than I have before. Below is a list of questions. I’d be very happy if you just replied to this email with the answers. I sincerely hope you take 5 minutes or less and answer these questions as it will genuinely help me to help you. Here they are: 1.) What are you most interested in when it comes to marketing? 2.) What was the last product you bought? 3.) If money were not an issue, what would be the number one thing holding you back from achieving your goals? 4.) What kind of work do you currently do outside of marketing? 5.) What is your PRIMARY reason for getting into Internet Marketing? Feel free to leave a comment below. Even if you’re reading this a year from now. It doesn’t matter. Thanks for...

Why the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer?

I was having a conversation with one of my friends today and we got into the topic of wealth. I made the comment, “When I make my first million I can’t wait to get the most hardcore gaming computer the world has ever known.” (Yeah, I’m a nerd. Wanna fight about it? lol) Anyways, he said, “Doug, I don’t know why you keep kidding yourself. The rich will only get richer and the poor will only get poorer.” Really? You know what I think? I think he’s full of turds. He has what I call a “broke man’s mentality.” He’s convinced that he will NEVER achieve financial wealth. He’s convinced that in this world, only the privileged can make millions. And you know what? He’s right. But not like you make think. WE are the privileged. NOT because of our upbringing, NOT because of our “luck” and definitely NOT because of our educational background. It’s because of our mindset. With that said, I’ve grouped together with a few marketers to do a workshop about beliefs. Click the link below and raise your hand. It will take you to the first step. Even if you don’t go any further, the information on Step 1 is absolutely free to you and it will change your mindset without a doubt. I look forward to meeting you in the workshop. Click the link below. http://ctrl-alt-success.com/marketing/prosperity-trip/ See ya...

Why Gandalf Was the Greatest Marketing Professional of All Time

YOU SHALL NOT PASS! If you have been living under a rock for the last 60 years…it comes from Lord of the Rings and I’ve watched the cinematic trilogy…10 times or so, haha. In this particular scene, Gandalf the grey is the only thing standing between his comrades and a Balrog (think of a dragon mating with the Hulk and this would be their baby.) As the creature approaches them on the bridge, Gandalf stands firm, slams his staff down and yells… “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!” Now if you actually haven’t seen the movie, I don’t want to give away what happens…but the reason I’m mentioning this specific quote is because of the reasoning and idea on why those words were said. You see, Gandalf had a choice. Either run with the pack and all of them perish? Or stand his ground to in an effort to save them all. This is a philosophy that I apply to Internet Marketing. Whether it’s the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or The Hobbit, one of the most beloved characters has been Gandalf; the great wizard. The interesting thing about his character though…is he never really blasted enemies into oblivion with fireballs or Isaac’s Greater Missle Storm (for your D&D nerds out there.) In fact, in contrast to the other characters of the story, Gandalf didn’t really “fight” all that much. So what makes him such a badass in the eyes of the readers/viewers? Let’s take a look at it from the perspective of The Hobbit and the first installment of Lord of the Rings. What is the one thing Gandalf did from...

What the Movie Goonies Taught Me About Internet Marketing

So the other night I decided to watch the movie Goonies. It has a perfect blend of adventure, comedy, suspense, action and even a dash of romance. The movie quite honestly has proven time and time again as being one of the greatest movies ever made. It wasn’t just the “story” of the movie that made it so amazing. It did something that many movies just cannot do; build the dream. I remember as a child watching Goonies for the first time and being completely enthralled. I still joke around with my mother about how I made her call every toy store in Iowa City to see if they had the gadgets that Data made (bless her heart lol). The movie’s story to a child was so believable to me that I rummaged through boxes for the hope that I would somehow stumble across an old map that would lead me to buried treasure. Those were the days… Now after recently watching the movie, I began to look at it from a different perspective. These kids from the “Goondocks” did something so brave. They stepped out of their comfort zone and took a risk based off of a piece of paper. There was no guarantee that map would lead them anywhere. Yet they still chose to take the journey. There were many times they could have given up. One pivotal moment in the movie was when they were under the wishing well. Everyone wanted to go home. They were tired, exhausted and had lost their faith. It was only Mikey who reignited their faith by reminding them that even...

Is “Proof” Really Something You Need in Marketing?

I’m an avid reader of Ben Settle. He has a really good style to his writing and I honestly enjoy reading 90% of his emails that come in. He had recently sent out an email in regards to the Warrior Forum respectively (and hilariously) titled, “Warrior Forum 90210”. Essentially someone had posted asking about him and it turned into a couple of pages of people agreeing and disagreeing with what his methods were. Now, whether you know about Ben or not. The fact is: HE IS LEGIT. He knows his stuff and is easily one of the best engaging emailers out there today. So whether you like him or not, the fact is that he’s well known, he’s successful and he knows what he’s doing. On the Warriorforum (or as he calls it, the ‘Worrier Forum”) this thread ended up turning into a talk about him not having any “Proof” to his claims. Some people were backing him up, other people weren’t. And someone said, and I quote, “Obviously proof is not the only thing… but my point the whole time is when you have proof, you don’t need to worry about that “other” stuff.” That “other stuff” being positioning, believability, etc. If you haven’t figured out by now, the Warrior forum; for the most part, is just rehashed gobbledygook that turns into a flame war and pissing match between who thinks who is right. Who claims their business is better, etc etc. If any of you have purchased a WSO there before…you’ll know what I mean. Most of the crap there is awful. So when it comes to “Proof”. Is...

I’m the Worst Dad Ever…

Yesterday was a pretty hectic day for me. I was all over the place. Meetings, consultations, checking emails, etc. etc. For the last week and a half I’ve been so caught up in the balancing act of my personal life, my professional life and family life that something happened that just really put me on my ass. To give you a quick rundown if you haven’t really read up on me or asked, I’m a 30 year old guy. I’m about to be married to a remarkable woman in November. She’s going to become the step mom to my two awesome little guys who are 9 and 10 (in just a few short months they’ll be 10 and 11…man, time flies.) So long story short, I had received a text message from my Fiance and it was a video. When I opened it…my heart dropped. It was a video of my oldest son walking across the gymnasium stage in front of a bunch of people. It was his 5th grade graduation…and I totally missed it. For some of you this may not seem like a big deal, but here in the Midwest; 5th grade is the END of elementary school. Next year he starts middle school (grades 6th to 8th) and after that? My little guy is in high school. You see, to my son? He probably didn’t really think anything of it. “Dad’s busy, no biggie, SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! NO MORE SCHOOL!!! WOOHOO!” But to me? “Doug, you just missed your son’s 5th grade graduation. What the hell kind of parent are you? You can’t go back...
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