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My Blog Traffic from ProBlogger

June 9, 2006

Last Wednesday my blog was listed on ProBlogger’s group writing project for blogging goals.

So how much extra traffic did that give me?

Looking at my log files yesterday morning it appears that I got about 67 direct hits from the link on ProBlogger. My overall pageviews was about 150 more than I would normally get for a Wednesday. So I would guess that I had about 67 more visitors and about 150 more page views that can be directly attributed to being listed in the ProBlogger group writing project. While that isn’t nearly as much as the most traffic I have recieved from one link (over 3000 visitors in a day), it’s certainly not bad.

My link was way towards the bottom of the list. If it had been closer to the top of the list, the link probably would have increased my blog traffic even more. I think that the headline of my post was interesting enough to probably grab a little more attention than some. Creating a good headline will definitely bring in more traffic to your blog.

Lastly, I wanted to say that having a link from ProBlogger is important for other reasons besides the traffic that I recieved yesterday. Quality links from related sites really help your blog rank higher in the Search Engines.

If you want to learn more about getting traffic to your site, I highly recommend checking out my seo tips blog and Aaron Wall’s SEO blog. Aaron really does a good job of keeping you up to date with the latest and greatest news in the Search Engine Optimization world.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Underground Videos Set to Release

May 3, 2006

Yanik Silver is going to release a limited run of videos from his recently held second Underground Seminar.

If you want to get on his mailing list to find out the details then go sign up by clicking here. Since I couldn’t make it to the seminar I am looking forward to the videos. I wish Yanik was not limiting the number. I know limiting the supply causes more demand for the product (scarcity marketing), I just hope there are plenty available and I hope they are set a good price.

We shall see…

Active X Patent Woes for Microsoft

April 5, 2006

I read on Jim Edward’s blog yesterday that Microsoft is having to change Active X because of a patent issue. It looks like this could affect some applications. You can read Jim Edwards post here. I searched for this news elsewhere and found it a couple of places like here on infomatics, but I am a bit surprised it hasn’t received more press coverage.

Anyway, go check out the details on Jim’s blog. Jim Edwards has lot’s of other good information on his blog. Also, for those of you just starting out he partnered with my favorite Internet Marketing guru Yanik Silver on a step by step guide to starting an online business called “33 days to online profits”. I found it to be an excellent read for beginners wanting to start their own e-business.

The Secrets of Writing Great Headlines

March 31, 2006

I found a new blog about making money called Copy Blogger. I found it because of this post on ProBlogger. I read ProBlogger on a regular basis and if you are a blogger I recommend you read it on a regualr basis as well.

Anyway, Copy Blogger has this excellent post that I recommend you read even if you aren’t a blogger. The post discusses the importance of your headline. Go check it out.

When you are done go check out Yanik Silver’s article on writing headlines that sell.

That’s it for now…

Online Business Success Story

December 6, 2005

I wanted to post this article that Yanik Silver sent me earlier this year. In this story Yanik talks about his road to online success. I always find inspiration in reading other peoples business success stories and I hope it serves as inspiration for you as well.


When Is Your Independence Day?

By Yanik Silver

July 4th for Americans is a chance to celebrate our independence.
Trust me, I’m not going to get on a soapbox and start waving the
flag – but I do think it’s important no matter what country
you live in to really think about that word “independence”
and its meaning for you.

My father reminded me that July 3, 1976 was his
“Independence day” since that’s the date my family came
over to the United States from Russia. (Pretty cool
since it was right before the bi-centennial celebration.)

For me, my independence day was on July 1, 1999.

That’s the date I left my father’s business to work on my
own. It was by far one of the hardest decisions of my life.
You see, I had worked for my dad since I was 12 and he
thought I was going to take over the company. I had that
same thought as well until I got the “bug”.

In fact, my wife, Missy, and I were talking about this
recently. She was talking about how when she met me 9 years
ago, I had only one thought: “how to grow my father’s
business”. I would stay late working on new ads and
marketing pieces. I was in early calling my accounts trying
to make sales, etc. etc.

Now I had been studying direct marketing, and results were
really paying off for my dad’s business. (Actually they
still use a lot of the ads I wrote in 1998 because they
still work today.) But with every ad I wrote I was getting
more and more aggravated. Not because the ads weren’t
producing sales – they were – but because of the grief and
politics I had to deal with. Everybody seemed to be an
advertising expert even though they’ve never studied or
read anything on the subject. People mistakenly believe
that if they wouldn’t “read all that copy” then nobody
will. Or if the ad is “ugly” and has no pictures or pretty
graphics it won’t work.

Complete and total crap.

For every ad I wrote I had to fight to get it out there. I
got sick of it and decided I would create my own product so
I could write ads for myself. My first product was to help
dermatologists who wanted new cosmetic patients. It was a
big kit (manual, tapes, reports, diskette, etc) based
around some marketing consulting I was doing on the side
for one of my customers.

I ran my first ad in April 1998 in Dermatologic Surgery
magazine. I got 10 responses so I sent them the 20-page
sales letter I’d written selling this $900 kit. Not one

I waited…

Sent out a 2nd notice to those 10 respondents.


Then I sent a 3rd notice telling them the expiration date
to get all the free bonuses was only 10 days away. Finally
on the very last day of the expiration date I got one order
over the fax machine.


I still remember that doctor’s name in Flushing, NY. What
an incredible feeling. That was the start of my
independence. I realized I now had the power to chart my
course as I wanted. That first sale. That’s one of the
greatest feelings in the world – when something you’ve
created is sold. It took me a little over a year after that
first order to realize I wanted my freedom and I finally
quit on July 1, 1999.

Maybe it’s the new confidence you get when you realize
you’ve created something that people want and are willing
to exchange money for. That first sale is usually the
hardest (but also the most rewarding).

It’s wonderful when I help turn on that light in people.
I’ve seen it first-hand working my Apprentices and seeing
them launch their products. How amazed they are by the
money pouring from around the globe. I love it!

And my wife is striking out on her own with a little bit of
my help. She set up her first web site – ( and she’s getting
checks each month.

So when will your independence day be?

If you’ve already achieved it – I bet you can remember it
perfectly. Sometimes the bleakest times that we believe are
terrible actually turn into a perfect opportunity.

Take my good friend, Jim Edwards’, for example. His
independence day came because he got fired. To him that
wasn’t a blessing at first but as he looks back on it – it’s the best thing that ever happened.

I remember the conversation we had right after it happened.
I was drinking a bourbon and Jim was having a beer. We were
talking about different projects he could try and pursue
and do now. We were throwing around some ideas and we came
up with “33 Days to Online Profits”.

It was right there during that call that we outlined each
of the days and moved forward from there. And “33 Days” has
been a tremendous six-figure income earner for both of us
and it doesn’t seem to let up.

So what can you do to achieve your independence?

I’ll give you a couple things to take to heart. I can’t
remember the author who said this but he said if you show
me what a man does in his spare time I’ll show you the type
of man he’ll become. What are doing with your spare time?

– Watching TV or reading? – Napping or practicing your copywriting? – Yakking to your friends or studying direct marketing?

It all comes down to the choices we make every single day.
In fact, you shouldn’t let one day go by without making
sure you are taking at least one proactive step towards
your own independence. Just because the thought of you
doing what you want when you want may seem so far away – don’t let that stop you from taking those baby steps each
and every day. That’s one of my rules and I hope you’ll
adopt it.

What else?

Learn to be different. The truth is you need to become
extraordinary to achieve extraordinary results. You can’t
be like everyone else (and why would you want to). That
means doing the things other don’t (or won’t) do. That
means not listening to their advice (unless they are doing
what you want to do). Frankly, if you simply did the exact
opposite of what everyone else is doing you’d turn out
okay. Why? If only 5% of people are truly successful and
the 95% are the mediocre majority – doesn’t that mean the
majority is wrong? Don’t engage in their thinking. Don’t
follow their lead. Don’t adhere to the same values and
standards the “95-percenters” do.

Two people who really helped me clarify my thinking on
this was Early Nightingale and also Dan Kennedy. (See
next article for his insight and a special gift I’ve
arranged for you.)

Please don’t get me wrong – in no way am I trying to be
elitist. I’m not. But it is tremendously important to go
through your day with your eyes wide open. The truth is
most of your friends (right now) probably don’t want you to
change and succeed. That would imply that they are losers.
That would mean they are failures. Nobody is going to
propel you to succeed except yourself.

So get on it and proclaim your own Independence Day
starting T-O-D-A-Y!

(c) Surefire Marketing, Inc.

Yanik Silver is recognized as the leading expert on
creating automatic, moneymaking websites…and he still
doesn’t know how to put up a website.

He is the author, co-author or creator of several best-
selling online marketing books and tools, which can be
found at

BTW - Feel free to send me your online success story. If I think it will benefit my readers I will post it here. I think success stories serve as great inspiration for all of us who are trying to make money online.

Make a Million Dollars

November 22, 2005

The other night I finished listening to a free teleseminar that Yanik Silver held for all of us who have signed up to be on his Underground Online Seminar Mailing list. It was excellent. Much different than what you normally hear from marketing gurus.

I recommend signing up to be on Yanik’s mailing list now so that you don’t miss out on any more of these free seminars.

Also, I wanted to share with you an excellent article that I just came across. The article is written by the man who created howstuffworks. Check out “How to Make a Million Dollars” by clicking here now. It is a really good read.

That’s it for now.

Make Money Online Fast – Set a Deadline

November 3, 2005

I recently decided that one of the biggest business mistakes I have made for my online business is to create financial goals that have an end date of 2 or more years. By doing this I can procrastinate and not put all of my effort into the goal, because there is always plenty of time to reach the goal. There has been no sense of urgency to drive me.

So after thinking about it for a while I have decided to increase the amount of money that I want to being making and decrease the amount of time I want to take to complete my goal. I have not yet set the goal amount of money or the goal date for achieving this, but I have decided that it will be more than enough money to work from home full time and I will do it in less than a year.

What is interesting is that after making this decision Yanik Silver sent me an article that talks about creating deadlines for your business goals. If you are interested in learning how to make money online fast, then check out the article below…


How to Make This Year Your
Best Year Ever

By Yanik Silver


Every year I’ve been in business for myself online
has been better than the previous one. Recently, I
decided to create an “Apprentice” program (Yes, even
before Trump) and I was extremely pleased that we
had nearly 100% of my Apprentices get an online
venture up and running.

I’ve gone back and thought about their projects and how
they developed and I came to a striking conclusion that
will be worth a lot of money to you this year if you heed it.
There was one key aspect that got them off their butts and
making money and it came down to one thing…

...A Deadline!

As simple as that sounds, once a firm deadline was
established that’s when the rubber met the road and all
obstacles melted away like snow flakes in a frying pan.
I’ll give you a perfect example for one Apprentice we were
going back and forth a bit tidying up some finishing
touches on the project and trying to get it out the door.
Many times people can try to make everything too perfect
and it never gets out making money so we said we are
launching this project at the LIVE Apprentice Summit. That
was it and that was final.

The date of the Summit was getting closer and closer and I
could see this Apprentice start to sweat a bit. But I made
him make the commitment to this deadline publicly during
our group call and he couldn’t back out now.

Fast forward to the day of his launch he had multiple
obstacles that would normally have put the project on hold
get swept away but not now. With the firm deadline in place
and the opportunity for him to be embarrassed our fine
Apprentice finished his project. We hit the ‘send’ button
and he made a tidy sum from a tiny list over the weekend.
And this was just the start because his project has made
well into the five figures already. And why did it get

The deadline once again.

What’s your deadline for your first project or your next

Is it something that’s in your head? Not a good idea. It’s
pretty easy to keep moving that forward or letting other
things take precedence.

Who knows about your deadline and who’s going to hold you
to it? In some cases it’s not a good idea to share your
deadline or goal with another person, especially if they’re
the kind of negative energy vampire a lot of well-meaning
friends and family are. But if you’ve got a group of
colleagues all with the same thinking use them. This works
especially well if you don’t want to look like an “idiot”
in front of them and they are people you really respect.

I’ll tell you what works for me and maybe it’ll work for
you too.

For me, I work best when I absolutely “have to” perform.

For instance my first product on Internet marketing
might never have been made (or at least it would have taken
much longer) if I didn’t sell it before it was done. In 2000
when I first started marketing online a lot of people wanted
to know exactly what I did and how I started making money
so fast.

Well, I got my first opportunity to share my story in
Atlanta at an Internet seminar. I was extremely nervous and
my heart was beating out of my chest to go talk in front of
100 strangers. I gave my presentation and then I sold this
product (yet to be created).

I told people it would be delivered in a few weeks so they
knew it was a prepublication offer. I walked away with 10
orders at $200 bucks. All well and good except I couldn’t
charge anyone until the manual was done. Even though it was
only $2,000 (less what I had to pay the promoter)

I knew that at least people wanted this information and I
could keep selling it once I finished it. I probably had a
week or two of 3 o’clock in the morning work sessions but I
completed it and charged the cards. I was under pressure to
get the manual done because these people paid me (though I
didn’t charge them) and I owed them the material.

Since then I’ve updated my course material and it’s been
worth well into the six figures just because “I had to
do it”.

How can you set something like this up for yourself? If you
can stand the pressure – you can decide to put on a tele-
seminar. This is one of my favorite ways of creating
product by a deadline. You can do either a one-time tele-
seminar or series of tele-seminars and you get paid to
produce the product. How great is that? It doesn’t matter
if you have 1 person or 1000 people on the call because
this is forcing you to create product and perform.

Once you’ve set your deadline for anything you’ll
“magically” see certain resources fall into place. Trust
me, it’s a bit eerie but when it occurs every time you set
a firm deadline you know there’s something to it. Just the
act of making the decision sets these events into motion
for you. It’s also because what you focus on becomes your
reality. Your perception has changed. Your internal
“radar” is now attuned to resources, allies, etc that can
help you get your project completed.

Now I leave you with one more secret…Set “mini

When you’re looking at the whole task of setting up an
Internet business (or anything really) it’s easy to get
overwhelmed. But if you break everything up into small
tasks with their own deadlines you’ll be at your
destination before you know it. I promise it’ll work for
you. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I really like
Franklin planner systems (now Franklin Covey). I’ve been
using them since 1998 and that’s when I first started
making some significant changes in my life.

Actually the founder of Franklin, Hyrum Smith has a great
book called “The 10 Essential Laws of Time and Life
Management” – this should be required reading for you!

Even though I hate ad slogans (since they don’t work) this
one should become your mantra for the year – “Just Do It”.

As cliché and overused as it is – that’s all it comes down
to. Whether you’re willing to roll the dice and put
yourself out there a little. I promise whatever the worst
case scenario you’re thinking, it is far from the reality.

And if you need someone to send your deadline list to – go
ahead and email it to me. I’ll keep it confidential and
we’ll celebrate together when you reach your destination.

(c) Surefire Marketing, Inc.

Yanik Silver is recognized as the leading expert on
creating automatic, moneymaking websites…and he still
doesn’t know how to put up a website.

He is the author, co-author or creator of several best-
selling online marketing books and tools, including his
newest resource for making this year your best yet –


Underground Seminar is Back

October 9, 2005

Yanik Silver is running another Underground Online Seminar. Looks very interesting yet again. For more information click here.

You should check out the sales page. It’s rather unorthodox. I would be very interested in knowing how well it converts visitors into customers.

Yanik Silver Free Ebooks

August 13, 2005

I just wanted to mention to those of you who are interested in Yanik Silver’s writings that when you sign up for my free website marketing newsletter, you will receive the following 4 free ebooks by Internet marketing guru Yanik Silver:

  • 7 Psychological Secrets Report

  • 14-point Web Copy Analysis

  • A Case Study of the ultra-successful
    “33 Days To Online Profits Video Enhanced eBook Tutorial” 2 Volume CD-ROM set

  • The Greatest Marketing Secrets of the Ages


Underground Seminar

August 4, 2005

Note: The Underground Seminar has been sold out.

I just recently received news that Yanik Silver only has 221 copies of his new Underground Seminar left.

What is the Underground Seminar ?

Yanik Silver gathered some “Underground’ insiders who are silently making big bucks online (and they would have been happy to keep it that way too…). Yanik Silver figured out a surprising way to hold them hostage and let you “SPY” on their businesses!

I currently don’t have the money to invest in the videos, but even if you don’t have much money to spend, I suggest you go sign up at to get a sneak preview of the information. Some of the video is really interesting.

Go check it out for FREE!

It looks like my 9-5 job won’t be as busy next week, so I should have time to write some of the posts I have been wanting to write. Later…

Instant Sales Letters

July 20, 2005

I have been quite busy at work lately, but hopefully that is slowing down.

Tonight, I just finished making some changes to my sales letter for my website promotion book.

They were just minor changes, but I think the changes will help the overall conversion rate for the book. There are some more things in the sales copy I would like to tweak at some point in time. I based the sales letter off of one of Yanik Silver’s Instant Sales Letters. I really love that product. I see his sales letters all over the web, so either they work really well or he sells them really well or both.

I am not the greatest sales person in the world, but my wife is great at selling things. For some reason, she naturally can come up with words that sell. Since I write most of my own copy, I have found one of the bonus books called the “Ultimate Sales Letter Tool Box” too be unbelievably helpful for me in selling things. It is loaded with great words, phrases, etc. that motivate people to buy. I refer back to that book almost evertime I try to sell something.

One other thing about Yanik’s Instant Sales Letters... It is EASY to sell as an affiliate. It’s such a great product it practically sells itself. If you are in the business of Internet Marketing you should probably try selling Instant Sales Letters, because to date it’s earned me the most money of any affiliate program I market on my site. This has been a bit of a suprise, because I thought that I would earn more money from SiteSell. That has not been the case so far.

Anyway, it’s getting late. I better go get in bed now…

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