No holds barred, nothing held back.
I also told them if it was out of the scope of my knowledge, then I would find the answer for them.
Little did I know what a response that would generate.
First, all of the questions were basically concentrated in these 3 areas – list building, product creation and where to start when you have no money to invest.
And second, most of them were within the scope of my knowledge, but I consulted with some other go-to resources as well.
And so here’s my advice to anyone starting a business online…
… ask questions – and ask often. Something as simple as asking a question can save you light years on the learning curve.
Anyway, among all the responses, there were some that were asked more often in some form or fashion.
These were the most common and in the spirit of giving (the holidays are coming you know), here are some quite resourceful answers.
Q: How do I grow my list?
A: By repeating what’s working and stopping what’s not. If you are getting 2 subscribers a day from your blog – that is working, do more blogging, send out more content, write more compelling blog posts.
The more you publish, the more credibility you have; the more of a leadership role you attain.
Leadership means you have others looking up to you. Be the leader in your field and others will flock to your list.
If you have no list or a small one and want to grow a list, the first place to start is Raving Fans List Building Formula. But basically, you need something to give away to a niche of targeted buyers. In other words, find people in a niche who are avid (and spend money) on what they do. Whether it’s golfing or bike riding or gardening, they will join your list if you can give them something that makes their life easier.
Q: I need help with creating an info product
A: Being a serial product creator, I can tell you, creation is not the tough part; marketing the product is.
First, spend lots of time drilling down into a hungry market. Start big, then get smaller, then get smaller, until you have a nice little niche of people that buy stuff. Golfer’s buy stuff, people that cook buy stuff, people with problems buy stuff.
Next, you see what the competition is doing. Buy some of their products, get on their email lists and see what they are doing.
Then, see how you can make your product better than theirs. Make something easier, faster – solve their problem in less time.
Come up with a solution and be known for that solution.
One of mentors, who I refer to quite frequently, has an Info Product Dashboard where he takes you through the creation process, step by step. I highly recommend it.
Q: I have no money to spend on anything
A: Unfortunately, money is required to start and grow a business.
But fortunately, you don’t have to start a business to make money online. If you have time and patience, you can start a free blog at Blogger.com or write a lens at Squidoo.com and earn money from that. See this Squidoo Minisites course to help with that.
Offer to work for someone else while you are learning the ropes of what it actually means to have a business online.
As I mentioned, it does take time. But with your dedicated effort, you can get to where you are making money from your work.
Over to You
Did this answer your questions about list building, product creation and what to do when you have no money?
Ultimately, there are solutions for whatever questions you have – you just have to ask.
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