Free Traffic vs. Paid Traffic

The most important aspect of every business is traffic. Without traffic, you can have the best product in the world but you’ll make no money.

As soon as you start looking out for traffic you have a decision to make: free traffic or paid traffic?

In this article, I’ll have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of paid and free traffic sources. However, here it is important to mention that the most important aspect of traffic is quality.

Free traffic

Examples of free traffic sources are for example SEO or social media (see here the 5 best free traffic sources).

Advantages

Free Traffic

The biggest advantage of free traffic is of course that it is free. If you don’t count the number of hours you have to work for it, free traffic can have a very high return on invest (ROI).

Let’s say you pay $50 per year for hosting and you make $500 the first year on that website. That means you have an ROI of 1,000%! That’s amazing compared to the ROI of the stock market which is between 5-7%.

No Limit

As you are not paying for the traffic it doesn’t matter if you get 100 visitors or 1,000 visitors. There is no ad spend limit that can stop you from getting more traffic.

Disadvantages

That looks great, doesn’t it? But of course, free traffic also has its disadvantages.

Takes time to build

The biggest problem with free traffic sources is that it takes a lot of time to build these traffic sources. In SEO it can take 3-6 months before you get your first clicks!

That’s a lot of time compared to paid traffic where you can get the first traffic within minutes.

Even if you focus on other sources like forum commenting. As you need time to start engaging with the forum members you can’t get traffic right away.

Hard to scale / control

As the control of free traffic sources is usually in the hand of other companies (Google, Facebook) it is hard to control and scale the traffic. You can’t raise your traffic by 50% if you want to have more.

In addition, it is hard to forecast the traffic in the future. You can only keep building your ranking/social media page and hope that next month you’ll have more traffic but there is no guarantee.

Paid traffic

There are many different paid traffic sources. The biggest paid traffic sources are Google Adwords, Facebook Ads, and Bing Ads.

Advantages

Fast

One of the greatest benefits of paid traffic is that it is really fast. You can submit an ad and get the first traffic within the next minutes.

That makes it easy to test landing pages or sales pages and get a winner really quickly. Also, you can easily see whether a product works for this market or if it doesn’t.

Controllable

If you have a running PPC campaign you always know how much clicks you’ll get and how much you pay for every click. If you don’t get banned you’ll get this amount of clicks every day as long as you pay for it.

That really makes it easy to control your outcome and your income.

Scalable

If you have found a profitable PPC campaign you can easily scale that campaign. Let’s say you have a campaign where you invest $100 per month and you get $200 out the next month.

If you would invest $1,000 the next month you would earn $2,000. If you would invest $10,000 you would earn $20,000 etc.

Disadvantages

Need the knowledge to be profitable

In order to build a profitable campaign, you need to be very skilled. You need to know exactly for which keywords you want to pay and have a deeper knowledge of your market and your audience.

Especially if you work in markets with a higher competition you really need to know what you are doing to make the right choices.

I’m sure if you start a PPC campaign as a beginner you would lose money at first. However, if you keep improving and growing it will be possible for you to build a successful online marketing campaign.

Can be very complex

Should you pay for every impression or every click? What does remarketing mean? How can I see the conversions?

That are usually the questions from beginners when they come to paid traffic. I think that before you invest any money in traffic you should at first learn more about the traffic sources.

Here I can recommend the books of Perry Marshall. If you want to learn more about Google Ads I can recommend the Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords. If you want to learn more about Facebook Ads I can recommend the Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising.

So how should you start?

It is always a good idea to work on more than one traffic source. If your traffic is only coming from one traffic source you are very dependent and your business could crash very fast.

Also, I would mix up free traffic sources and paid traffic sources. The more traffic you can get the more money you can earn!

So for example, you can start with building SEO traffic and add a Google AdWords campaign at the same moment. That way, you already have the first traffic with AdWords and you can build trust and authority by creating content at the same time.

If you are able to convert your traffic into buyers you can start scaling your PPC campaign if you want to.

Conclusion

As you can see the best way is to combine paid and free traffic sources. However, each of these traffic sources have ad- and disadvantages and you as an online entrepreneur have to decide whether you want to work on this traffic source or not.

Now I want to hear more from you! What do you think about that? Would you add any ad- or disadvantages?

7 Reasons to Attend the 2017 Rich Dad Summit

The best selling author of the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki just announced the Rich Dad Summit 2017. The Rich Dad Summit is 2-day live event for the prize of $1.

I highly recommend you to attend this seminar! Here are my 7 reasons why:

Reason #1: The Presenters

A presentation is only as good as their presenters, right? At the Rich Dad Summit 2017, there will be only presenters that have a 7-figure income. Here is an example of some of the presenters:

Robert Kiyosaki

I’m sure everyone knows the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”. If not you should read it now! (Get the book here)

It’s one of the best books I ever read about investing and passive income. Robert Kiyosaki is also the founder of the RichDad company. That company offers training material for financial intelligence.

He also invented the board game “Cashflow 101” which is a great way to play and learn more about investing. (Get it here)

Anik Singal

Anik Singal is a huge name in the online marketing world. He’s found over dozens online marketing companies and is making millions every year selling products.

With his company Lurn, he wants to help people succeeding in online marketing. There are already over 100,000 students who followed his training and many success stories.

Kotton Grammer

Kotten Grammer is an online entrepreneur and one of the leading experts in the field of SEO. He’s the founder of the SEO agency Kotten Grammer Media that helps companies succeeding with SEO.

His Agency is ranking #1 in Google for Chicago SEO, St. Louis SEO, New Orleans SEO, Memphis SEO, Orlando SEO, Miami SEO. In addition, Kotton has also sold over $40,000,000 in digital products through webinars.

Fred Lam

Fred Lam is one of the leading experts in eCommerce. His career started with 12 years as a dishwasher. Knowing that he wanted more from life, Fred began venturing into the online business world. Today, Fred is the CEO of several multimillion-dollar businesses.

In addition, he’s teaching people how to build an eCommerce business with zero starting capital and zero knowledge.

And there are also many more presenters…

Reason #2: It’s virtual

The great thing about the Rich Dad Summit 2017 is that you can attend from anywhere in the world. You don’t have to book a flight, search for a hotel, ect.. Usually, the traveling takes a lot of time and money but in this case, all of this falls apart!

It can be also scary to sit in a room with a lot of strange people. Here, again you don’t need to go anywhere. Just take your laptop and attend the summit from wherever you want to.

You can even attend the seminar during your vacation if you have access to the internet!

Reason #3: The prize

Usually, for a 2-day seminar with presenters like this, you have to pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars! However, as I already mentioned, this summit only costs $1! That’s nothing compared to the content you’ll get.

For only $1 you’ll get access to knowledge that can make you more money and finally “escape the rat race”.

Even the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” costs around $7 and costs more than 7 times more than this seminar!

Reason #4: The content

In these 2 day live event you’ll learn everything you need to know to build a successful business and finally get financial freedom. Here is some information about the content you’ll get.

You’ll discover how to…

  • Increase your income…
  • Acquire assets…
  • Build passive revenue streams…
  • Invest in real estate…
  • The opportunity in cryptocurrency…
  • Build your own business…

The purpose of this seminar is to give you a blueprint you need to make a lot of money by working smarter (not harder).

You’ll get the tactics, strategies, tips, blueprints & secrets for:

  • Making more money…
  • Setting up systems that let your money make more money!

Reason #5: Time Saving

Sure you can learn everything you’ll learn in this seminar on your own. But that takes a lot of time and effort.

How many books can you read in 2 days? If you are fast and you really read a lot I think you could read 4 books. However, I think most of us can only read one book in 2 days.

In this seminar, you’ll get more knowledge you could ever get from reading 2 days straight. That will save you a lot of time and effort!

Reason #6: Best preparation for 2018

The event takes time on the 9th and 10th of December. This is the perfect time to start preparing ourselves for 2018. With all the knowledge you’ll get in this 2 days you can make sure to make 2018 your most successful year ever!

With all the great content it will be easy to create momentum and to crash your goals for 2018!

Reason #7: Christmas Present For Yourself

What are you giving yourself for Christmas this year? How about financial freedom?

How about the possibility to live the life you always wanted?

I believe that attending this seminar will be the best chance to give yourself the best Christmas gift ever. Think about it.

Where can you be next year by attending this seminar? How would you feel next year if you were able to build a successful business and quit your daily job?

Would you even be at home this Christmas or on vacation?

2018 can be your year. You only have to make the decision to do so.

Attend the Rich Dad Summit 2017 for only $1 and make 2018 your year!

The 5 Best Free Traffic Sources In 2018

Many beginners in online marketing don’t want to invest any money in paid traffic. And that’s totally fine.

Because when you start your career in online marketing you usually don’t have a lot of knowledge when it comes to marketing.

And if you are paying for traffic you need to know how to convert your traffic into buyers.

If you don’t know how to do that you are paying a lot of money you don’t get back. That’s why I recommend to start with free traffic and later, if you have more knowledge, to add paid traffic sources.

Here is a list of my top free traffic sources:

Source #1: SEO

One of the best free traffic sources is search engine optimization (SEO) (see here the advantages and disadvantages of SEO). SEO traffic is very great because it is highly targeted. That means if someone clicks on your article they already typed in a keyword they are searching more information about.

And if you can provide value to that keyword you may convert that visitor into a buyer.

In order to get traffic from SEO you have to make a lot of work in advance (create a lot of valuable content) but later on you can get more than enough traffic.

If you want to know more about SEO I can recommend the training of Wealthy Affiliate (see here). They show you step-by-step how to build up traffic with SEO.

Source #2: Social Media

Another great traffic source is traffic from social media. That can be traffic from Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+etcct.

The key to get traffic from social media is to provide value. That does apply to all social media channels.

Your content should be interesting, it should be entertaining, it should be useful or it should be inspiring.

You’ll not get a lot of traffic by only promoting your own content. Think about it this way:

Why should anyone follow my profile/page?

Do you provide useful information or is most of your content useless? The better you can answer this question the more people will follow your page!

Instagram can also be a great source of traffic. With the right tool, it is easy to build up a huge base of followers.

Source #3: Forum commenting

Type in your niche into Google and add “forum”. I’m sure you’ll find many different forums in your niche.

Forum commenting can be a huge source of traffic if it’s done the right way. If you join a new forum you shouldn’t start posting your links all over the forum. I’m sure you’ll be banned within minutes.

If you really want to build traffic you have to engage with the community and help people with their problems. In some forums, you can add a signature. Here you can place a link to your website.

The more helpful content you’ll post the more people will see your link and the more people will visit your website.

This way is also great to build up authority.

Source #4: Writing guest articles

There are many blogs that offer you to write guest articles. That means if you send them an article they’ll post it on their website. Sometimes they make it for free and sometimes you have to pay some money.

The bigger the blog is (the more traffic it has) the harder it will be to publish a free guest article. However, maybe 9 out of 10 will not post your article for free but maybe the 10th so never stop asking!

If you were able to publish your guest post you have immediate access to their audience. If they like your article they will visit your website for sure! That way you can get a great source of traffic and a strong backlink.

Source #5 Blog Commenting

You can also build a great source of traffic by commenting on other blogs. Again, it is important to provide value. If you write “Great post” you’ll not receive any clicks at all.

But if you can provide additional value to the article or if you can ask a great question you get people to click on your link.

Don’t forget to add a profile picture with Gravatar and a link your website! Of course, you’ll not get hundreds of clicks with a single comment but you can build up a great source if you work daily on that!

Conclusion

As you can see there are great sources of free traffic. You should always know that free traffic takes some time to build.

But if you are willing to put in the time these can be great sources and traffic!

What is your favorite source of free traffic? Or maybe did I forget one? I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below!

The 5 Best Free Keyword Tools

If you want to be successful with SEO you need to know which keywords are easy to rank on and write articles that target these keywords.

However, how can you find such keywords? The goal is to find keywords that are easy to rank (low competition) and still have enough traffic so it is worth to work on.

To easily find these keywords it is wise to use a keyword tool. I’m sure there are much more than the five I mention. However, these are the tools that I use and I can recommend.

The title says that the keywords are all free and that is correct. However, there are usually paid plans for each keyword tool. With the paid membership you get usually more keywords, more searches or more data.

Should I pay for a keyword tool?

I wouldn’t see it as cost and more as an investment. Because if you find keywords that your competitor doesn’t you can easily rank faster and higher than your competitor and have a big advantage.

That’s why I am paying for some keyword tools and I can recommend to you to do the same!

So here is my list of my favorite keyword tools 🙂

Jaaxy

Jaaxy is one of my favorite tools when it comes to keywords research. You enter a keyword and within seconds you can see whether a keyword is easy to rank on or not.

What really helps are the “traffic lights” that show you if a keyword is good (green), average (yellow) or poor (red). However, the disadvantage of Jaaxy is that they don’t have any information about paid traffic.

If you are only interested in free traffic than this tool is great but if you are searching for good keywords for your PPC campaign I would use another keyword tool.

Keyword.io

When I need new ideas I’m using Keyword.io. You enter a keyword and you get a huge list of long tail keywords.

That has two advantages. On the one side, it is much easier to rank on long tail keywords as it is on short keywords. So, for example, it is much easier to rank on “how to do affiliate marketing for beginners” than on “affiliate marketing beginners”.

On the other side, it is easy to find new ideas. So, for example, if you enter “affiliate marketing” you get a list of 450 keywords. I’m sure you’ll find at least one new keyword you have an idea you could write about.

SemRush

SemRush is also a great keyword tool to get a lot of information about a specific keyword. The functionality is very similar to Jaaxy.

However, the advantage of SemRush is that they also offer information about PPC campaigns. That means you get information about how much you need to pay for a specific keyword, ect..

SpyFu

SpyFu is another great tool with a lot of functionality. One the one side SpyFu is a great tool to spy on your competitors’ website. You can easily see the keywords they are ranking on and for what keywords they are paying.

On the other side, you can get a lot of information about specific keywords. You get information about traffic volumes, competitors, cost per click (PPC), and the ranking history.

Google’s Keyword Planner

If you have been working with Google Adwords I’m sure you already know the keyword planner from Google.

It is not as detailed as the other tools, but you can still get data about the search volume and the competitors. However, the data is only very rough data. For example, for the keyword “affiliate marketing” you get a search volume of 10,000 to 100,000 searches per month and the competition is medium.

Of course, you can use that data but I would recommend using the other tools to find specific data. However, this tool is also great to find ideas. You can use the function “find similar keywords” to find new ideas for new posts.

Conclusion

As you can see there are many very good keyword tools out there. Together with these tools, I can always find new keywords and ideas I can realize.

Now I want to hear more from you! What is your favorite keyword tool and why?

SEO – Advantages and Disadvantages

There are a lot of discussions about Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

The one side thinks that SEO is the best strategy to build an online business while the other side thinks that SEO is a waste of time.

But who is right?

What is SEO?

The goal of Search Engine Optimization is to rank your website high on search engines like Google.

That is achieved by creating valuable content for specific keywords. The more content you have the more websites Google can index and the more traffic you can have.

Advantages

Let’s at first have a look at the advantages of SEO.

Free source traffic

I believe that is one of the best arguments for SEO. You don’t have to pay anything for your traffic.

That’s also a reason why so many people try to succeed with SEO at the beginning of their online marketing career. You don’t have to invest any money (besides website hosting) and you can already earn your first money.

If you think about it that can be a very effective method. Let’s say you pay $50 per year for website hosting and you earn $500 the first year. That doesn’t sound like a lot but compared to your input you 10X your investment!

Compared to the return on investments in the stock marketing (usually between 5-10%) that’s more than 10 times more effective than investing in stocks!

Targeted traffic

Another great benefit of SEO traffic is that the traffic is highly targeted. As the user is already searching for a specific keyword on Google they show interest in a specific topic.

If you now can provide value and show them that you are an expert in your niche you can convert these people into your buyers.

High potential

There are over 3.5 billion searches on Google every day! That is a huge potential for traffic.

Of course, not everyone is searching for information in your niche, but there is more than enough traffic in your niche! If you want to you can use the free Google Keyword Planner and search for the volume of keywords.

For example, the keyword “banana cake recipes” has between 10,000 and 100,000 searches every month! And believe me, the people on the first site of Google for this keyword don’t have a problem earning money 😉

Disadvantages

Besides all these great benefits there are also some disadvantages of SEO we want to have a look at.

Takes a lot of time

The common mistakes people do at SEO is that they think that they can get a lot of traffic within the first month. However, if you have a brand new website it can take between 3-6 months to get your first traffic.

And that really depends on your niche! If you are in a niche with a lot of competition (like earning money online or weight loss) it can take much longer to get a good amount of traffic.

That’s also one of the reasons why people quit early. They set up a website, write posts for 2 months, they don’t see any results and they quit before even Google recognizes their website.

This is compared to paid traffic where you can get your first traffic within minutes a very long and demanding road.

The reason why this process takes that long is very obvious. Google needs to know if your content is valuable and helpful before they help you getting traffic.

Takes a lot of work

As I said it takes minimum 3-6 months to get the first results of Google. In this time you have to stay active and post new posts regularly.

Only if you keep updating your website Google will give you more and more traffic.

As I said, one of the advantages is that the traffic of Google is free. However, you have to put in a lot of work to get that free traffic. That means you don’t have to invest any money but a lot of time.

You could hire a writer to outsource the content creation but that questions the advantage of the free traffic. Maybe it would be more effective to pay for traffic instead of paying a writer but that is a decision you have to make as an online entrepreneur.

Controllability

One of the biggest disadvantages of SEO is the controllability. You can’t control the amount of traffic you get from Google. That may be 10 clicks today and 50 clicks tomorrow.

That makes it really hard to build a reliable business if your only focus is on SEO. There are stories about online businesses that crashed with a Google update.

I heard from one business that went from $10,000/month to $400/ month within one month. The reason for that was a Google update that destroyed the ranking of that website.

I believe that you can’t say you have a successful online business if your only traffic source is SEO. As I said from one day to another it can happen that your earnings shrink.

A good way to avoid that problem is to build other traffic sources. This can be paid sources like Google Adwords or Facebook Ads or other free traffic sources like Facebook or Pinterest.

I believe that the best way is to try to convert the SEO traffic into email marketing leads. That way you can create a huge email list and be independent of Google updates. If you want to know how to start with email marketing you can check out this post with 8 steps to email marketing.

Conclusion

I believe that SEO can be a great way to build a huge source of free traffic. However, you should be careful to also build on other traffic sources so you’ll be independent of Google updates.

Also always you should have a look at the big picture and not think that 30 posts will give you a huge amount of traffic. Have a look at website with a lot of SEO traffic. They usually have more than 150-200 posts and create new content every day!

If you want to learn more about SEO I can recommend the Wealthy Affiliate. In this training program, you’ll learn how to build a website based on SEO and how to earn money with it! (Click here to check it out)

What has been your experience with SEO? Do you think SEO is great or do you think otherwise? I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below!

Why you can’t earn before sowing

You check your Clickbank account or your Amazon affiliate account and there is still a big 0.

How could that happen?

The problem is that you didn’t sow. You can only harvest the plants you have sowed yesterday.

But what should you sow?

Do you want to earn money online?

Do you want to build an online business?

Do you want to break free from your 9-5 job?

Then you need to put in the seed first.

You need to sow value.

Only by producing high-quality valuable content you can harvest your wishes.

Who doesn’t sow can’t harvest

I’m sure you know that.

They see the opportunity to earn money with an online business and they start a website.

Soon they have a lot of (low-quality) posts and added some poor pictures. Now they place some affiliate links and banners on the side and they wonder why they still haven’t earned one dollar.

But nothing happens.

A big 0 is laughing at them.

Every day.

Every week.

And then they start questioning online business.

“That’s not working”

“Why is it not working for me?”

“My friend was right. That’s all scam.”

However, they forgot the most important part.

Putting in the seed.

5 steps for a rich online harvest

Step 1: Find your niche

Before you can create value for people you need to know your audience and how you can give them value. The best way to do that is to find a topic you like and feel passionate about.

We all have hobbies and interests we can talk about for hours.

There is an easy question that can help you figure out what you are interested in:

What would you do with 10 million dollars in your bank account?

That sounds a little crazy but that really can help. Think about it.

If you have enough money so you don’t have to work for money anymore what would you do?

Would you take care of your garden? Would you play basketball all the time?

Write down all your answers.

Now think about topics you could write about. If you can think about 5-10 posts you could write that can be your niche!

However, here it is important that you don’t need to be an expert in your niche!

You can become an expert by working in your niche. The more you learn about your niche the more you’ll be an expert.

So your niche can also be something you really want to learn.

It is important to mention that it is more important to start less than perfect than start never.

Step 2: Prepare your field

You need a place where you can place your seek, right?

That means in online marketing you need a domain and website hosting.

Step 3: Sow, sow, sow

Now you need to start sowing and build the foundation of your business.

Start creating high-quality and valuable content despite the fact that you don’t have any traffic yet.

Step 4: Start spilling

If you have created the foundation for your business you can start working on your traffic. However, it is not important to have a lot of traffic. It is important to have quality traffic.

Join forums in your niche and start engaging in discussions and help people by answering questions.

Join Facebook groups and comment on other blogs in your niche.

Step 5: Take care of your plants

Now that you have started earning your first money you need to take care of your business.

Look out for comments and answer them. Try to find new information that is relevant to your target group.

That makes it more attractive for your visitors to come back.

Then you can harvest

I don’t want to lie to you.

Sometimes it can be really hard to work hard on your website and still get no results.

However, if you put in the seed and spill it with enough water one day your business will be big enough to carry all the fruits you wanted.

Most people don’t put in enough seed or wait long enough before they can harvest their fruits.

Put in the work first and then you can lean back and watching your plants growing 🙂

 

10 Tips To Find More Ideas You Can Write About

If you have a blog you should regularly post new content. At the beginning that can be very easy because there are many topics you can write about. However, after some time it can get really hard to find new topics you can write about.

I’m sure you know all that feeling sitting in front of your computer having no idea what you could write about. It always feels like you’re wasting a lot of time. And you are.

When I started with blogging I had the same problems. However, with the time I found different methods how I could find new ideas and I want to share my methods with you:

Tip #1: Inspiration from other blogs

It’s always a good idea to have a look at other blogs in your niche. What are they writing about? What posts have the most engagement (comments)?

However, you should never copy any content from other blogs. It may seem like a good idea, but that really hurts your ranking in SEO. Google always checks if your content is already posted somewhere and lowers your ranking if you are copying content.

Tip #2: Current topics – news

Is there a product of a topic everyone is talking about in your niche? Are there maybe exhibitions that your audience could be interested in?

The news channel is always a good source of new ideas and information. However, here it is important to write about news that is relevant to your niche!

Tip #3: Learn from your newsletters

I hope you already signed in for many newsletters in your niche? If not, you should do that right now! Why?

Because that’s an easy way to get information about new product launches or other news. You also get a lot of content and information you can use to write your own article 🙂

Tip #4: Learn more about the problems from your niche

What are the biggest problems in your niche? Search for the problems in forums of your niche and write down all the problems they have.

That way you can easily find ideas for new content. In addition, that makes you content highly relevant to your audience and that makes your blog even better!

That way also more people start reading your blog and leave your link in forums or other blogs.

You can also find problems in Facebook groups or in the comments of your own blog.

Tip #5: Remember yourself

How was it when you started in your niche? What has been your problems in the beginning? And how did you solve them? Write down your problem and how you solved it and make a post out of it.

With that method, you can find many ideas for tips and instructions, especially for beginners.

Tip #6: Learn, learn, learn

You should always keep growing. Invest time in reading books, visiting seminars, watching webinars or buy digital info products. The more you know the more you can write about. All these things lead you to an expert status in your niche.

And that will give you more readers, more trust, and more income.

Tip #7: Variety on your blog

Mix up different topics like reviews, competitions, surveys, etc. to get a variety of different blog posts. Nobody wants to read only product reviews.

If they only read about product reviews they soon will think: “he only wants to sell something” and they will never come back. The biggest part of your blog should be helpful content.

From time to time you can post a product review but the main part shouldn’t.

Tip #8: Stunning visuals

Your blog shouldn’t be only text. Add some visuals to make your blog more beautiful and worth looking. If you have great content and beautiful images your blog posts will be shared more often on your social networks.

Tip #9: Change your environment

Sometimes it really helps to change your environment. Instead of sitting in front of your desk all the time change your environment and go to a coffee shop instead.

Or go to the park with your laptop if the weather is great. Or maybe it helps to leave your desk and writing your blog post on the kitchen table. This can help you to boost your productivity and idea finding. I stopped planning on my laptop. Instead, I go outside and write down my weekly plan on a piece of paper.

That way I much more relaxed and I have much more ideas.

Tip #10: Don’t make this mistake

The biggest mistake you can make is to get stuck in front of your laptop. If you have no idea what you could write about and sit down for hours thinking you are wasting your time.

Especially when you pressure yourself to write that article. In the end, your article is not written very well and your reader doesn’t get a lot of value. And they notice that.

Sometimes you notice that yourself and throw your article away 😀

I hope that my tips help you to get ideas what you can write about 🙂

How do you find new ideas? How do you find new topics you can write about? I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below 🙂

Book Recommendation: Napoleon Hill – Think and grow rich

I think this is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. Inside the book, you’ll find many different success stories from many different people.

The influence of some of these people we still feeling today, like Thomas Edison. You’ll learn all the different steps you need in order to be successful. Every step contains success stories and examples to show the reader the importance of every step.

This book really shows the reader that the subconscious mind, as well as the intuition, is important for success and that every kid has everything it needs to be successful. However, society and parents aren’t trained to have success so we unlearn many things.

I can really recommend this book to everyone who wants to reach any goal in this life. That doesn’t mean your goal has to be to “become rich” but the principles and strategies can be applied to every goal.

Click here to get the book.

Blurb: “This edition of Napoleon Hill’s Classic Think and Grow Rich is a reproduction of Napoleon Hill’s personal copy of the first edition, the ONLY original version recommended by The Napoleon Hill Foundation, originally printed in March of 1937.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort to produce the Law of Success philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized and explained for the general public in this book.

In Think and Grow Rich, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. This book will teach you the secrets that could bring you a fortune. It will show you not only what to do but how to do it. Once you learn and apply the simple, basic techniques revealed here, you will have mastered the secret of true and lasting success.

Money and material things are essential for freedom of body and mind, but there are some who will feel that the greatest of all riches can be evaluated only in terms of lasting friendships, loving family relationships, understanding between business associates, and introspective harmony which brings one true peace of mind! All who read, understand, and apply this philosophy will be better prepared to attract and enjoy these spiritual values.

BE PREPARED! When you expose yourself to the influence of this philosophy, you may experience a CHANGED LIFE which can help you negotiate your way through life with harmony and understanding and prepare you for the accumulation of abundant material riches.”

Have you read the book? What has been your experience with this book? I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below 🙂

Why your idea is worth nothing

You are lying in your bed and suddenly you have a great idea for a new blog post or a new digital product.

You turn on the light and note your idea into a notepad.

And then.

Nothing.

You stay in your daily routine and even don’t think about your idea. You had so many ideas that could have been best-selling books, high-converting digital products or fantastic blog posts.

But you didn’t.

Don’t worry you are not alone. There are too many people who have great ideas but don’t realize them.

If you have an idea but you don’t realize it your idea is worthless.

“It’s not about the ideas, it’s about making ideas happen!”

Don’t get me wrong. Your ideas aren’t worthless. If you realize your ideas your ideas can be very valuable. So let’s have a look how you can realize your ideas.

How to realize your idea

Step #1: Make a plan

There are unlimited tasks every day. You have emails you have to answer, Facebook messages you have to take care of and then there are non-business tasks like cleaning, shopping or cooking.

If you only react to the circumstances of your life you’ll never be able to realize your ideas.

That’s why you have to make a plan.

I have made the best experience with weekly plans. That means every Saturday or Sunday I sit down and write down all the things I have to do the next week.

Then I look for appointments the next week and make a plan on which day I want to finish which task.

That way it is easy to stay productive and motivated. However, here it is important that you don’t give yourself too many tasks.

You shouldn’t get demotivated by looking at the number of tasks you have to finish.

Maybe at the beginning, you give yourself too many or too fewer tasks but after some weeks you’ll figure out the perfect amount.

And still, if you realize 3 of the 5 ideas you are still have realized much more than nothing.

Step #2: Block time frames

If you want to realize new ideas you need time and effort.

That means you have to take your time to work on your ideas. Here I recommend blocking time frames every day to work on your ideas.

That doesn’t have to be big time frames. 1-2 focused work is much more worth than 8 hours 50% focused work.

Inside this time frame, you should put away your phone, close your email program and have only programs open you need for this task.

After this 1-2 hours, you should make a pause. Now you can go on Facebook or answer your friends’ messages.

Tip: Try to find the time you are the most productive. For me, the most productive time is in the morning after breakfast. Here I only work on the most important tasks.

On the afternoon when I have a little down phase I answer emails, go to Facebook etc.

Step #3: Set a goal

The best way to stay focused and productive is to create a goal you want to chase.

As this is your personal project you usually don’t have a limited time. Do you remember back when you’ve been to school and you had to create a presentation?

I never started working on my presentation two weeks before. I usually waited until the last day and try to make the best working hard on the last day.

But now you don’t have a date for your presentation. That’s why you have to set yourself a goal. If you don’t know how to set a goal you can check out this article!

Every month I write down all my goals I have for this month. Then I make a plan how I want to achieve this goal. I write down all the steps I need to work on.

Then I make a weekly plan to work on these tasks. All you need to do now is to follow your plan. It can be really motivating to see your progress every single day.

That’s how you can build up momentum and together with the momentum you are unstoppable!

Step #4: Celebrate every realized idea

Celebrate yourself for every realized idea! Be happy about every realized idea. That makes it easy to motivate yourself to work on new ideas.

Also, you can give yourself a reward for every realized idea. Maybe you buy something you always wanted or you go into a fancy restaurant. Whatever it is you should celebrate your hard work and feel good about it 🙂

Conclusion

Every idea is worthless until it is realized. With the help of these 4 steps, I have been able to realize a lot of ideas I had and to built up a lot of momentum!

What is your idea you finally want to realize?

Online Sales Pro review – Scam or Opportunity?

Online Sales Pro is a lead generation, marketing automation, and direct sales software tool. They say that with their help you are able to grow your leads, your sales, and your cash flow (check it out here).

Let’s see if that’s true and dig into this tool a little more.

How does it work?

Online Sales Pro has different features we want to have a look at.

Landing Page Creator

Online Sales Pro offers nine different landing page templates you can choose from. The templates look very professional and they are all fully responsive.

This is very important since more and more traffic is coming from mobile phones.

You can change the headline, the background, the button, and the colors. However, the problem is that you can’t edit the format of the landing pages. So for example, you can’t add text labels, other buttons or anything like that.

If you want to focus on short landing pages with a video, for example, the templates are great!

Lead generation

One of the greatest features of Online Sales Pro is the Online Sales app. Every time you get a lead you get a notification on your phone. That means you can instantly write them a personalized email or give them a call (if they give you their number).

This can really boost your conversion. Especially if you work in a business where you need to spend more time with your lead like multi-level marketing or coaching.

Email Integration

Of course, you can also integrate your favorite autoresponders. The integration is very easy and works very well. You can integrate AWeber, GetResponse, MailChimp, ActiveCampaign, and NowLifestyle.com

3rd Party Funnels

Online Sales Pro also offers a variety of different pre-built funnels for other services like DigitalAltitude, MCA, Reverse Commissions, and much more.

That feature really takes out a lot of work if you work with the programs. Just fill on your affiliate links and you already have a funnel. I don’t think it can get much easier 🙂

Training

Online Sales Pro offers a variety of lessons about affiliate marketing. The focus of this training is on list building. I think the training is easy to understand and has a lot of good and valuable content.

They also offer different training guides if you want to learn more about SEO, Social Media Marketing, or mindset training. These guides are very short but effective.

If you are already an experienced marketer I don’t think you’ll learn a lot of new stuff but still, you’ll find one or two strategies you can use.

However, if you are a beginner to affiliate marketing maybe this free guide can help you out.

Cost

Online Sales Pro costs $37/month. Within this package, you get as many landing pages and funnels you want to create. This also includes the hosting of all your landing pages.

Besides the basic package, there is also the MVP upgrade. The MVP upgrade costs $97/month. By upgrading your account you get more advanced training and early access to new templates and sales pages.

In addition, you can create a customized MVP store with your affiliate links which your referrals will see. That way, you can easily create different income streams.

Does it work?

The templates are set up very easy and the app works very well. As I already mentioned, if you are a coach and you want to phone with your new leads that is a great software as you get an immediate notification on your phone.

However, if you don’t need that notification this can be a little annoying if you get a lot of new leads every day. But you can turn off the notification every time of course.

The integration with the autoresponders are working very well and the training is good.

You can’t integrate your landing pages within WordPress that means that can be a huge turn off for many bloggers. However, you could send them with a link to your landing page but the landing page will not have the URL of your blog.

That makes it not the best landing page tool you can have if you have a WordPress blog.

The Affiliate Program

Of course, Online Sales Pro offers an affiliate program. For every basic referral, you get $20/month. That means with two referrals you have lifetime free access to this tool.

However, there is a threshold of $50 you have to overcome to get paid.

For every MVP sale, you get $50/month. But you can only get the commission for the MVP sales if you are an MVP member yourself.

The affiliate training is good but they only focus on list building. I think there are better affiliate training, e.g. Wealthy Affiliate.

Conclusion

Online Sales Pro is a great lead generation tool for coaches and multi-level marketers. The notification feature really helps you to build up trust and boost your conversion.

If you have a WordPress blog I can’t recommend you this tool as you can’t integrate it with your blog. Here I would choose a different tool like OptimizePress or ThriveThemes.

If you want to build up a new source of income OSP is a great way and offers good and valuable training (see here a product demo).

Now I want to hear more from you!

What do you think about Online Sales Pro? Are you using it to generate leads?