It has been incredibly hot & and humid these last couple of weeks and therefore not exactly ideal for doing any kind of work! However, I do have some progress to report……
My latest solo ad, which was a three parter, has now completed. The second & third parts gave me 220 clicks each and netted me 58 & 69 subscribers respectively. I also got two Big Commission Blueprint front-end sales 🙂 I also had a sale of The Affiliate Club a day after the solo ad finished!
I have joined two more banner sites, MyTrafficSite & Traffic&Sales4Me which are sister sites to InstantBanners4Me, which I mentioned in a previous blog post. These three sites are owned by marketer Frank Salinas and it is in fact his traffic that was sent to this last 3 part solo ad.
I have upgraded in both these two new sites aswell, which saves a lot of time clicking on ads to collect points & gets me better commissions on any upgraded referrals.
I also grabbed Frank Salinas “Back To School” offer which comprised of a 120 click solo ad, a 100 click banner ad on his download & thank you pages, 3 lifetime banner ads on each of his above mentioned banner sites plus 12 months of e-mail follow-ups where he will place my e-mail swipe into his autoresponder and leave it there for a year! This deal was too good to refuse, and I am confident that this will result in lots more traffic to my BCB link and hopefully some sales too!
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Have set up another solo ad for 200 clicks which will be going out in a couple of days.
In the meantime I have had a trickle of new sign ups to Big Commission Blueprint . One of them came from this exit pop-up that I have installed on my JV Giveaway page and resulted in a front-end sale and two upsells! 🙂 Now I know that pop-up works, I will install it on other pages.
I am continuing to promote CB Surge, the free clickbank analytics tool that I mentioned in my previous post, and now have 51 people signed up from my link.
My latest solo ad was for 200 clicks. I ended up with 225 clicks and got 87 new subscribers. But the most exciting result was that I got two front-end sales of Big Commission Blueprint! The commission from those sales recovered nearly half the cost of the solo ad, so I am happy. More importantly, I now have 87 more people in the sales funnel 🙂
A couple of months ago I came across a handy FREE Firefox browser extension called CB Surge. What is it? Well, it`s a tool that gives you some great analytics when you log in to your clickbank account. This allows you to make better judgements on which Clickbank products are worth promoting. When you sign up for a FREE copy of CB Surge you will be offered a paid upgraded version. I took this upgrade because it means that when others use your link to get their copy of CB Surge they will be tagged to you. So, if at any time they make a purchase from Clickbank, you get credited with a sale and earn commission!
It`s pretty easy to get people to download CB Surge because it`s FREE! So far I have 43 people signed up through my link, 2 of whom took the upgrade, which meant commission for me 🙂 Also, I have had one Clickbank sale of a product I have never promoted, so I`m pretty certain that sale was to one of my 43 CB Surge sign-ups.
So my third solo ad, which was a two for one special , has ended. The results were not quite as good as I had hoped. From 200 clicks, I ended up with 55 new subscribers but again no sales were generated. I am slightly disappointed but not disheartened. I know that others have got sales from their first solo ads, but I`m sure this is a matter of luck. The new subscribers are in the system now and I trust that further down the line, the sales will start coming in.
In the meantime, I am continuing to use Giveaway Events and Cashblurbs.com to promote Big Commission Blueprint. Although these methods are slow in comparison to solo ads, they are certainly cheaper (virtually free) and I am getting a few sign-ups, so they are worth persevering with.
Am now thinking about my next solo ad, which I hope to send out in the next week or so. There are a lot of improvements being made at ipro by Dean Holland & his team, with more and more value being added. This is an exciting time to be part of this growing opportunity. Onwards & upwards! 🙂
My third solo ad for The Big Commission Blueprint is actually a two-parter. The first 100 clicks have been delivered, resulting in 32 opt-ins. Again there were no immediate sales, but I think at the moment it`s more important to get people signed up so that the system can start to do it`s work. The second 100 clicks should be delivered in a few days and hopefully that will result in at least 30 more opt-ins.
In the meantime, I am trying some free methods of promotion as well. Actually almost free would be more accurate 🙂 I have recently got back in to entering JV Giveaways after not being involved for a couple of years. I always upgrade when joining these events, which allows you to add multiple gifts and also text ads and special offers. The upgrade fee is usually low, around $7 or $10, and I normally at least cover the upgrade costs with one or two sales of special offers. So I am now promoting Big Commission Blueprint with text ads on the Giveaway Events and also by using banners on the download pages for my giveaway gifts.
I recently joined Cashblurbs.com. The way this site works is that you promote another members link, either on Facebook or Twitter and then after viewing 3 other members pages, you get to add your link to the top of a list, so that it will be promoted by other members on their Twitter or Facebook pages. I upgraded when joining, which allows me to post 72 ads every day.However, they ask you to allow at least an hour before adding another tweet to your Twitter account, so that the other members ad doesn`t get pushed down from first place.
I don`t expect great results from the almost free traffic sources, but I have had 1 sign up so far from a Giveaway Event and 2 from Cashblurbs.com, so for the small cost and effort involved, they could be worth sticking with 🙂
So, having joined iPro I am faced with the hurdle of how to drive traffic to my links. It doesn`t matter how good a webpage is at converting, you have to get people to see it!
There are of course many ways of driving traffic.They can be divided into two categories: Paid & Unpaid. In reality, there is no such thing as Free traffic. You either pay for traffic with money or with time & effort spent.
I decided to use the paid option, simply because it means things get moving faster. The unpaid methods can be painfully slow to show results.
Solo ads are where another marketer with an established subscriber list agrees to send your offer to his list. You pay per click.There are no guarantees of success, but providing you choose the right solo ad provider, this method is probably the quickest way to build a list. Solo ads seem to be the method of choice for most new iPro members.
I have now completed my first two solo ads of 100 clicks each. They resulted in a total of 79 sign ups, which is not bad. There were no immediate sales, but not to worry. They are now in the system, so sales may filter through later.
I am soon going to do a third solo ad and will post the results of that one soon.
Tracking your results when doing solo ads is vital. You need to know not only how many clicks you are getting but where they are coming from.Most solo ad providers will give you tracking figures, but far better to have your own system.
I decided to use the iPro recommended Clickmagick software for my tracking. It is really good with many functions which I haven`t even explored yet!
Click the image below to find out more about Clickmagick.They even have a free trial offer!
The following is a recent post from my driving school blog which explains the header image which I placed there and on my Facebook page.
So it`s high time I explained the meaning of above image, which has been on my Facebook page for some months. I have regrettably been obliged to close my driving school, since I am unable to renew my instructor`s licence which came up for annual renewal in December 2014.
The reason for the authorities` refusal to renew my licence is not that I have committed some kind of offence. I haven`t been accused of cheating anybody or groping any of my customers or any other kind of impropriety. No, it is simply because I have two jobs.
Apparently the Government`s master plan for recovery from the economic collapse, partly at least, relies on me only having one job. I suppose I should be flattered!
Yes, there is a law in place which states that a driving instructor can only have a second job if he or she earns less from it than from his driving instructing.I have been instructing for 25 years and for the last 15 of those years I have also worked in the hotel industry. Because I was not brought up in Cyprus, I do not have a wide circle of contacts amongst local people. My customers have nearly all been non-Cypriots, foreigners who prefer an instructor with English as a first language. For that reason I have found it impossible to make a living doing just the one job. My earnings from my salaried job have always exceeded my earnings from my driving instructing, but it never seemed to be an issue. Every year my licence was renewed without comment. It seems very strange that the Government would choose these times of economic hardship, to suddenly remember and enforce this law.
I would have thought that the social insurance contributions I have been paying plus the VAT I have been collecting on behalf of the Government (I wasn`t even obliged to collect VAT as my earnings did not reach the minimum threshold!) were in some small way helping to boost the economy but obviously I was wrong. I am sure The Government has greater intellects than mine advising it on such matters.
I have been hanging on these last few months, hoping there would be a change of heart, but to no avail. I have had no response to a letter I wrote to the Minister in charge. It therefore seems pointless to keep paying out for rental of an office and other expenses, when there is no income coming in. So this is the end of the road for Anthony`s Driving School.
I would like to say thank you to all the people I have taught to drive over the last 25 years and sorry to those new customers that I am not able to take on.
I will probably leave this site and my facebook page live. So if the Cyprus economy makes a dramatic recovery in the next few months and years, you can stop by and thank me!