Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Referral Spam - Why you should be worried

What is Referral Spam

Did you ever see many hits from weird sounding referrers? 20, 40 or 100 in a few minutes? Did you maybe even look at one of those sites because you were excited and curious for you had that many visits?

Especially as a new website owner or local business, referral spam can be a problem.

Referral spam is produced by bots that crawl your site. They do not interact with your site and no real person is looking at your site.

In most cases they do not link to your site; they just pretend to (luckily).

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Review: Urgent Timer by Jimmy Kim

Can Jimmy Kim´s Urgent Timer increase your sales?

Double and Triple your sale is the claim of Urgent Timer. I know Jimmy for a little while and I know that he has no affiliation with "rich quick" schemes and such. Else I would have probably never had a closer look at his newest "baby".

What is Urgent Timer?


Urgent Timer is a cloud-based software that enables you to place countdown timers (and also "expired" notices) on your blogs, websites and in your email.

You have probably noticed those timers in presentations of large vendors. And I am sure if you think back you will find times where you were influenced to make an immediate decision by one of those timers.

Urgent Timer Review

You can watch Jimmy´s presentation HERE

Originally, Jimmy created this tool for himself. His unique mixture of the wish to help other marketers to more success and plain greed made him share his tool with the public.

Features of Urgent Timer

  • Works on all platforms, browsers
  • Compatible with every autoresponder on the market
  • Creates a sense of urgency, enhances click- and purchase rates
  • Point & Click 
  • Cloud based 
  • Can be used with a website or even without in emails
  • Free hosting of unlimited amounts of timer instances
  • Private member area

The good

  • Relevant to any industry, from Success Coach to Online Marketer
  • Proven to boost conversions
  • The same technology large vendors are using
  • Copy & paste. Point and click technology does not require technical knowledge or even a website
  • No hosting, download or installation required
  • Full reporting included
  • No reoccurring costs

The bad

  • Only available in English language
  • Introductory offer will expire soon, price will go up

Final verdict


You probably know that I do not have a technical background, but my industry is training and coaching. Neuroscience backs up the claim that a sense of urgency does get people to make quick decisions. 

The tool is easy to use, even for someone without any technical knowledge (or willingness to learn) like myself. 

An inexpensive tool allows us to easily set up timers that are proven by neuroscience and behavioral studies to increase conversions. Backed up by  a 30-day "no questions asked" money back guarantee. No brainer, right?

Get Urgent Timer HERE

Where to buy Urgent Timer


Currently available at an introductory rate of only $29 for an unlimited, lifelong license, the price will go up in a few days. He means it. I once made the mistake with another one of his products to wait it out and I did have to pay the double price from the initial offer. 

Do yourself a favor: Buy it, try it and if your first campaign or mailing does not show better results return it. Buy HERE


Honest GetResponse Review

Quick Review of GetResponse

GetResponse the Blacklist King


This is going to be a quick review. I was a customer of GetResponse for about 10 minutes today.
GetResponse Review Blacklist King

After a few issues with my current provider I decided it´s time for a change. I looked around for the best autoresponder solution.

The internet is plastered with positive reviews of GetResponse and what made the difference for me is that the integration with every other tool I am using is fabulous.

Features of GetResponse


GetResponse offers a large list of useful functions. At an absolute low-end price of under $ 50 you can even host webinars for up to 100 participants. 

I won´t dig into the feature list, as a customer of just 10 minutes that would not be very professional,  and without further ado I will share with you why: 

GetResponse stinks


They do offer a trial. I went ahead and tested this and that and especially the integration. It took me quite some time. To proper test it there need to be some addresses right? 

I uploaded my address file. So far so good. 

The program then told me that in the trial version only 250 contacts are allowed so that I was forced to sign up right away as I was stuck in the middle of an import. GetResponse is cheap (please take note that in my eloquent ways I usually use the term "inexpensive")  (; so that it´s not a big deal. 

I noticed that 10 % (9.6 %) of my contacts were missing. How strange. 

So I clicked on the support chat and was greeted by a cranky agent in a bad mood. (You will see soon why I feel nothing but deepest understanding for the poor guy). 

He knew what had happened and told me where to look. 1/10th of my contacts have not been imported, and the error code was "blacklist". 

The understandably cranky and unhappy support agent then explained to me that all of these people, 10 % of my list, have asked GetResponse to be put on their blacklist. 

Meaning that they can never again be added to a GetResponse list. Even if they have already signed up to your newsletter. 

Imagine you buy a car and after you signed they tell you that you are not allowed on every 10th road in the country. 

Naturally, I told the agent I would have to cancel. Like .... was I supposed to ignore 1/10th of the people who want to hear from me? Miss out on every 10th opportunity?

The response of the agent was: You do not get a refund. 

I did not even ask for that, but I was starting to get the slightest bit aggravated. After all, I lost a day of my life. 

I canceled. I was forwarded to a screen that said: You do not get a refund. 

That was the moment when I decided I will totally get a refund. I am probably amongst the top 2 % of peaceful people in the world. ... but if you really cross me the laws of the universe won't apply for 10 minutes. 

Next thing I found an email in my spam!!! folder from Getresponse. It was in the tone of a clown on acid. Like: Hahahahahahaha you left. You will be back because we are so great. We will continue to send you great offers. 

Calmly I wrote back: Do not send me any offers. 

Fake GetResponse reviews


Now, there is nothing wrong at all to make a commission from recommendations. I do that too. GetResponse offers a generous affiliate plan. 

My personal code of ethics is that I only recommend GOOD products. You might have noticed that I rarely write negative reviews. My time is too precious for that. 

I did not have too much experience with autoresponders because for a small list below 1k  I was happy with my old provider. Therefore, I depend on reviews of others to help me make an educated decision and NOT WASTE MY TIME! But my list has been growing and  I needed a solution. Later it turned out that I just misunderstood something about my old provider. 

Most of you who read this are probably new to the online marketing world. If not you are probably grinning right now... (shame on you (; )  I could not stand the thought that you would not be able to communicate with the people who want to hear from you... so I decided to share. 

Once you know what to look for and google for "blacklist Getresponse" or "delivery quote Getresponse" you will find a few real reviews. 

Conclusion


Unless you are a spammer (in which case get the hell of my blog), GetResponse is probably not the right solution for you. 

It seems that the response they get most often is spam complaints. 

I felt for a minute as if I had sent money via Western Union  to claim a lottery win. An email service that cannot serve 10 % of your clients should not even be in business. 

GetResponse is probably a terrific platform to market "get rich" schemes and such. 

I found a provider now that will allow me to deliver valuable info to 100 % of my subscribers. Try it (;

Other totally useless way to spend a day I would have preferred:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhcyaShl8PQ

UPDATE 12/3: Getresponse did issue a refund, they tweeted to me and they left a message on my VM. That does not change my opinion but influences my willingness to believe that they will make amendments.

UPDATE 12/06
They sent me another email. It´s nearly impossible to read it. See below one random normal email, and in original size the mail from GetResponse:




UPDATE 12/14
I felt a bit sorry for my harsh review and considered changing it. It gets a lot of views and I just meant to share my experience - not to be mean or cost anyone business. But then I looked at the mailbox I used to sign up on GetResponse and they have totally spammed me. They sent one email daily. Are you kidding me?




Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Difference between MLM and Pyramid Scheme

How to spot a Pyramid Scheme

Opportunity or Scam?


Difference between MLM and Pyramid SchemeMany new Online Marketers are not aware of the fact that pyramid schemes are illegal. To add injury to insult, the majority of people who spend money on a pyramid scheme end up with losses. The damaged reputation is free. 

Most pyramid schemes are pretty good at motivating you to annoy and bug everyone around you - starting with your friends and family. 

Pyramid schemes used to collapse latest after 2-3 years. With the speed information spreads over the internet, they tend to collapse way faster nowadays. Sometimes from intervention by the government, most often because they are not able to generate new "customers" once the word of the scam goes around. 

Only a few people on top of the pyramid make money. Not by selling products to end customer or businesses, but by fooling you with a vision of unlimited income. 

Some forms of Multilevel Marketing are legit (if you are into that which I am not) but  it can be hard to spot which is which. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

3 Crucial Tips for New Online Businesses

3 reasons why new Online Businesses fail

1. Tools for Online Businesses


3 Crucial Tips for New Online BusinessesRule Number One: Spending your days evaluating the next "greatest thing of all time" will not help you with your business.

Tools have certain functions and some are better than others. Some systems work better than others - but no system you do not follow consequently will work.

Driving a slower car steadily towards the destination will get you there faster than stopping over and over again to test drive the next fast car.

It´s a great idea to stay up to date. But many get lost in the sea of claims and promises.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Do you still need Business Cards?

Do you still need business cards?The Case of Business Cards

Outdated or still a thing?


I am reading many articles that state that Business Cards are over. In times of smartphones, emails and such many people do not see a reason to have them anymore.

Especially Online Entrepreneurs, Website Owners and Affiliate Marketers are of the opinion that Business Cards are a relict of the 90ties.

They are missing out on a lot of opportunities.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Start your Online Psychic Business

Start your Online Psychic BusinessThis niche is especially popular with women. It can be a great way of making a lot of money by helping other people - but most people fail because they do it all wrong.

Profitable Niche:  Online Psychic Business

How to make your Psychic business successful


Generally speaking, there are two groups of people who make the decision to start an online psychic business. It is a huge market and profitable niche. 

There are those who have a gift or learned that craft (or are willing to learn) and those who do not believe in intuition or astrology and want to make a quick buck. 

I cater to the first group. As with any other profession, you will not be able to create long-term success for yourself if you have no clue about what you are doing.

The Psychic Business has a hard time when it comes to the public opinion. A lot of scammers, false expectations (psychics are NOT and legit ones do not claim to be fortune tellers) and movies made sure of that.

Still the psychic business is a 2 billion $$ market with an annual growth rate of 2.4 %. This number does not even take into account astrology and all of the private psychics that are not included in these statistics. You can get the full Ibis industry report HERE.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Comcast Data Cap and Net Neutrality

Comcast introduces data cap

Voted the 4th most hated company

Comcast Data Cap


Polarizing Seattle-based mass media company Comcast starts implementing data caps in markets from Alabama to Maine. In these "trial" markets, the new data limit is 300 GB. 

Users who exceed this limit will be charged $ 10 for every 50 GB over the limit. Recent news articles state that for a monthly fee of $ 30 - $ 35 customers can remove the data cap for good. Basically, unlimited data would still be available just with a drastic price increase. 

Currently, the "internet only" products start at $ 57 (including the modem) for a 6 Mbps connection. The most commonly used internet product is the "performance" 20 Mbps product for $ 75. 

Comcast Data Cap and Net Neutrality
Source: Consumer Affairs
A leak of a customer service representative script revealed that Comcast does not wish for it to be referred to as "data cap". Customers mumbling: "data cap" or "net neutrality" on a support call are being escalated to a special service team. 

With their reputation already being a mess, Comcast unleashes another wave of negative publicity. 

Comcast claims that only around 10 % of the customers would fall into the new data cap. Comcast sells a lot of complete packages (phone / tv / phone service) to people who do not use the internet so that this number is probably not accurate.

In times where more and more customers are ditching their tv service in favor of internet streaming and connect more and more devices via WiFi, data usage will further climb. Just watching a 2 hour HD movie uses 3 GB.

Comcast service reps deny that they take this measure due to net congestion. The official wording is "fairness".

Monday, November 9, 2015

The LinkedIn trick nobody tells you

The LinkedIn Trick nobody tells you


Marketing on LinkedIn

A simple but effective trick


A lot of marketers - out of enthusiasm or because they just don´t care if they spam - make a crucial mistake on LinkedIn. They send marketing messages to people they otherwise do not interact with.

LinkedIn connections are valuable and should be treated as such. LinkedIn is the most difficult and most rewarding platform. The large amount of professionals on LinkedIn makes it the potentially most profitable network.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Commission Gorilla Review

Review Commission Gorilla for Affiliate Marketers 

Available from November 9th will be what could be the next big thing for Affiliate Marketers: Commission Gorilla

Affiliate Marketers are always hunting for the holy grail. An edge to boost up those conversation rates. I came across Commission Gorilla when searching for a tool to create my coaching offer and I had the pleasure to get early access and test Commission Gorilla for you.

Commission Gorilla Review


 What is Commission Gorilla? 


Commission Gorilla is a joint project between PromoteLabs and MediaKettle. It is a SaaS platform that simplifies and automates the process of creating enticing offers and enables Affiliate Marketers to skyrocket their conversion rates and double, triple or even quadruple their commissions.

Made from Top Affiliates for Affiliates, Commission Gorilla automates and simplifies the process of standing out by adding value to your offers.

12 months of planning, developing and tweaking has gone into the creation of Commission Gorilla. As far as I am aware of there is nothing like that tool on the market. I am very skeptical when it comes to new "game changers". As we all know most of them only change the game for the seller who takes our money.

Commission Gorilla Features


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Do you need Klout (klout.com) - A Review

Review of Klout.com 


Is Klout scam or useful?


Klout is a site that claims to help people and companies to "unlock their influence".

Basically, you connect all of your social networking sites and Klout scores you from 1 - 100. They claim that over 200K companies and over 620 million users use Klout. Keep those numbers in mind please, you will see in a bit where I am going with this.

I recently signed up to Klout after the 12th person told me it is really essential and important. Just another site that rates you. We need more of those, right?

Here is a great advice for new online businesses and especially new blogs: Do not use sarcasm in a post. Ever. The people do not know you, they do not see your facial expression and there is a good chance for misunderstanding. That said, I cannot help myself when it comes to Klout.

So here I am
Klout Review