“They’re always saying I should choose a niche I’m passionate about. But frankly, I’m not passionate about any of the big money-making niches like health, money, relationships and so forth.” “So how do I pick a niche?”
Choose something proven to make money that you are curious about.
You don’t need to be passionate if you’ve got curiosity.
Everything you do in marketing – research, interviewing experts, blogging, posting to social media, creating products – can be done really well as long as you’re curious to learn more about your topic and you want to share that information with others.
Follow your curiosity and your knowledge will grow. As it does, ideas will emerge that you’ll be inspired to implement. Do this consistently and you’ll have a growing business.
Do you want to activate your intuitive powers so you can receive information more clearly?
Here are my top ten tips for powerful ways to re-balance and activate your third eye chakra:
1. Relax Into Alpha
Meditation can be beneficial for almost anything in life, including helping you access intuition.
People with third eye blocks can over-use the analytical mind to help process the energetic build-up of the mind. Over-analyzing can never replace the type of direct knowing you can receive from the third eye chakra.
Attempt to move away from overthinking and stay in a more neutral, open state where you will be ready to receive intuitive information by leaving an overactive mind and focusing on your breath.
2. Enjoy Alone Time In Nature
Relaxing in nature, away from technology and the cognitive mind’s other temptations can open up the kind of intuition we needed when we as a species lived outdoors and relied upon it to keep us safe from the elements, predators, and other true fear dangers.
Honor your need to go within to recharge — there is nothing wrong with supporting your health by taking lots of downtime in between work or social engagements.
3. Observe Your Body Talk
Your intuition communicates through your body so the more you cultivate somatic awareness, the more attuned you become. See if you get an uncomfortable physical feeling when you’re trying to make a decision.
This could be merely the result of stress responses brought on by false fear, but it could also be your intuition trying to alert you to something.
4. Get Creative
Engaging in colorful, creative activities, such as drawing, painting, or journaling quiets the cognitive mind and turns the volume up on your intuition.
Trust the forms of creative expression which inspire you the best more and dedicate part of your day to exploring it further.
5. Trust Spontaneous Insights
Intuition arrives in many different forms. For some, it is very physical, for others, it is auditory or visual (in the form of seeing auras or other energetic information) but it can also come to us as a deep knowing.
6. Monitor Your Dreams
Observe what comes up for you when you are asleep. Often messages are received in your dream state so keep a dream journal by the side of your bed and set the intention to remember your dreams or nightmares when you wake up.
Make this the first thing you do upon waking in the morning otherwise you may forget as the conscious mind kicks in.
Rebalance Your Pituitary & Pineal Glands
The pineal gland regulates your circadian rhythm and helps your brain enter the meditation state easier by the alpha state of consciousness.
8. Avoid Fluoride
Fluoride can calcify the pineal gland which effects intuitive function. Fluoride is found in our water system as well as in toothpaste.
Skin is our largest organ; turning on the hot water opens pores and allows the fluoride into the bloodstream, circulating onto the pineal gland.
9. Use Vibrational Remedies
The third-eye Chakra, or the Ajna, is the area to concentrate on for heightened intuitive abilities.
Up the intensity of tuning by incorporating the color indigo around the home and office, carrying or wearing healing crystals (such as a lapis lazuli, fluorite, amethyst, or quartz), flower essences (such as Bush Iris, Yellow Cowslip Orchid or Angelsword), or organic essential oils (such as Frankincense or Rose).
10. Introduce A Non-Competitive Exercise
Releasing competitive energy that drains you will allow you to remain open to healing intuitive energy flow.
There are lots of energy practices and physical exercises that you can do to stay in an open and ready mental state.
You can try, Tai Chi, Qigong, walking, meditation or yoga. Discover a routine that uplifts you the most and make it a part of your daily routine.
If you have the same offer with the same amount of traffic but you double conversions, then you’ve just doubled your sales and profits, too. Here are 3 methods to do just that.
1: What’s in a Name? Everything
You pour your heart and soul into a blog post, article – even an entire book – and nothing happens.
No one reads it. No one comments. No one shares it on social media. No one buys your book.
Yet the content is excellent, it’s well-written and it’s entertaining.
People SHOULD be reading it.
So how do you fix it?
9 times out of 10 it’s as simple as changing the title.
That’s right – relaunch with another title and see if you don’t do a whole lot better.
I know of one fellow (retired now) who spent his career finding under-appreciated books, buying the rights and retitling and re-releasing them.
He made a fortune doing this before the Internet blew up.
So go back and find your content that didn’t do as well as it should. Polish it off, do any necessary updating, and most of all give it a new title that is irresistible.
You just might have a new bestseller on your hands.
2: Stop pushing your customers
BUY THIS! DO THAT! DO IT NOW!
“This is the greatest so-in-so ever and you will fall in LOVE with it, even though you don’t even know what the heck it is yet…”
Let’s face it – in the name of brevity and enthusiasm we tend to tell our customers what they should be doing and how they should be doing it.
We have their best interests at heart – don’t’ they see that?
Actually, no they don’t.
Imagine someone standing on the other side of the room from you.
They’re screaming at you that you should do what they say.
What’s your reaction?
My reaction isn’t fit to print, so I won’t.
Now imagine that same person smiles at you across the room, walks over, extends their hand and introduces themselves.
Next, they start talking about this problem they have. That’s funny, it’s the same problem you have. And they sound just like you. They even have the same thoughts about the problem, the same worries, and fears that you have.
How do you feel? Like you just met a kindred spirit perhaps?
They invite you to walk with them, and without even thinking, you are right there with them, side by side, going for a short walk.
By the end of the walk, they’ve shown you how they solved their problem. You’re elated. There is a solution! You ask if you can buy the solution and they graciously sell it to you.
What just happened?
Instead of feeling like someone was trying to command you to buy something, you voluntarily bought it because you wanted it.
All because they came over to where you were, talked to you in your own words and then walked with you to the solution.
That’s how truly great sales work. You don’t shout from the rooftops or across the room.
Instead, you go to where they are. You feel what they’re feeling, say what they’re thinking, and become a kindred spirit. Then you gently guide them to where you want them to go.
Use this technique in all of your sales materials and I guarantee your conversions will at least double, if not triple.
3: $40,000 a Month via Phone
Why do you suppose you see so many $10 products and so few $10,000 products?
It seems like it would be harder to sell a $10,000 product.
But what’s easier – selling 1,000 $10 products, or just ONE $10,000 product?
Odds are, it’s going to be much easier to sell one big product than 1,000 small ones.
John Chow opted to sell the big products and it paid off big time. In just 2 years, he grew his blog from $0 in revenue to more than $40,000 per MONTH.
To do this, he worked a whopping 2 hours per day.
And he didn’t even do his own selling. Instead, he licensed a phone team to sell big-ticket items for him.
If you want to sell big-ticket products, I would highly suggest hiring or licensing a professional phone team. They’re going to be able to convert prospects at a much higher rate than you can through online marketing.
Offer a free product that totally ROCKS to get the prospect’s information.
Work on building that relationship and let your phone team do the rest.
And in two years? If you follow in John’s footsteps, maybe you can be making $40,000 a month as well.
These are three very different methods that all have the same end goal – to increase your conversions on everything you sell. Use them wisely and the sky is the limit!
Developers are squeezing computer components into smaller and smaller spaces so that it’s possible to fit millions of microprocessors onto the head of a pin. Yet despite this rapid growth in capability, the human brain remains the most powerful ‘computer’ on the planet.
If you could look inside your brain, you’d find it contained 100 billion nerve cells called neurons. Each of these has the equivalent of around 60 megabytes of RAM. That’s enough to process thousands of operations every second. Multiply that by 100 billion and you get some idea of the power sitting on top of your shoulders.
And if you’ve ever wondered just how powerful your brain is, the placebo effect provides the perfect example.
The placebo effect occurs when a person believes they’ve been given something that will ease their symptoms or help them cope. This often takes the form of a pill, an injection, or a cream, but whichever form it takes, it has no real medical value.
However, as long as the person receiving it believes it’s going to help them manage their situation effectively, then it does.
Like the WWII soldier who was operated on when he was told he was being injected with morphine. Or the man whose cancer-riddled body was healed when he was told he was being given a potent new drug. Or the students who were able to withstand intense heat when they were told a powerful cooling gel was being applied to their wrists.
In each case, the ‘medicine’ was a placebo. Saline solution for the soldier, distilled water for the cancer patient, and simple hand cream for the students.
If these were isolated incidents you might be able to dismiss them. But they’re not.
Study after study demonstrates how people can withstand almost anything when they think they’re getting some kind of assistance – even when it’s all in their mind.
They believe they’re going to get better or feel no pain, and their brain takes care of the rest. It switches off pain receptors and heals the body from within, eliminating discomfort and in some cases even reversing so-called incurable conditions.
So, how can you benefit from the placebo effect in your everyday life?
Here are a few simple exercises you can put to use straight away:
1. To increase your productivity
Worried there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done? Set your alarm clock half an hour early. Those extra 30 minutes will make you believe you’ve got the time you need to get a head start on that to-do list.
2. To boost your confidence
Put some sugar pills in a bottle labeled “Confidence Booster Tablets.” Pop one or two in your mouth when you need a quick blast of extra self-confidence. Your mind will register that they’re confidence boosters, and that will help keep your confidence levels up.
3. To cut down on your food intake
Try eating your meals from smaller plates. You’ll feel like you’re getting a more generous portion without actually eating more, and that will help to convince you that you’re getting full faster.
4. To get a quick surge of energy
Try pouring diet soda or water into an energy drink can. You’ll feel like you’re drinking the real thing, and that will help keep your energy levels up for as long as you need.
5. To enjoy fast and natural relaxation
Label a bottle of sugar pills or mints as “Super Stress-Reduction Tablets.” You’ll read the label and the words “Stress-Reduction” will get into your brain, helping you feel like relaxation’s on its way. Take a couple of tablets whenever you need to unwind.
No-one knows exactly how the placebo effect works, but it does. It harnesses the power of the world’s most complex ‘computer’ – the human brain – to make fast, significant changes. And the best bit is that anyone can utilize it.
Well over a decade ago I bought and devoured an expensive course called “Hypnotic Writing” from Joe Vitale. If I remember correctly, it cost $1,000 and arrived in a heavy box with tons of CDs and two thick manuals. And it was perhaps one of the best investments I ever made in learning not just good, but great copywriting that converts like crazy.
This morning I was cleaning out some old files and ran across my handwritten notes from the course. In the notes, I discovered a list of “The 7 Secret Principles of Hypnotic Writing.” They still stand the test of time today, so I thought I would share them with you here.
Please keep in mind, these aren’t so much a primer as a list of clues as to what Vitale’s “Hypnotic Writing” is. But from these clues, you can discern enough valuable information to almost instantly improve your own writing, whether it’s blog posts, sales letters, emails or anything else.
1: Make it Personal
Hypnotic writing speaks to YOU, the reader. You’ll find words such as you, me, I, yours, etc. All of this makes you feel like the writing is speaking to you personally. In fact, it is. The more personal, the more hypnotic.
2: Keep it Active
Hypnotic writing is active. You’ll find lots of verbs. You’ll find little passive writing. It’s the difference between saying, “The writing was hypnotic,” and saying, “Joe weaves hypnotic writing.” The first is passive, the second is active.
3: Get Emotional
Hypnotic writing taps your emotions. You may find it doing so in a story format or in a direct narrative. Either way, the writing will pull at your heartstrings. One of Joe’s most famous letters began, “I was nearly in tears…” That line engaged the emotions of readers. You had to read the letter to discover what the tears were for.
4: Be Sensual
Writing hypnotically involves your senses. You’ll find descriptions of feeling, tasting, seeing, smelling and hearing. All of this will help you become involved with the writing and therefore susceptible to what it commands.
5: Be Commanding
Hypnotic writing commands the reader to do something. As the reader, you might not detect the command as it may be embedded. But there will always be one. Ask yourself, “What do I want to do after reading this?” What you do next may be a result of the hypnotic command.
Hypnotic writing plays on your curiosity. You may find it beginning a story – but not ending it until the end of the article. You may find it promising to tell you how to do something, but it will only give you limited details, thereby urging you to order the product it’s promoting to get more information.
7: Hypnotic Writing is Hidden
You won’t find any obvious clues that signal, “Warning, hypnotic writing at work.” The writing will instead be smooth and personal, and the hypnotic aspect will sneak in below conscious awareness.
Now imagine if you actually had the power to influence your prospect’s subconscious mind.
Imagine if you could do it by using simple trigger words that activate involuntary reactions in their brains.
And imagine you can do it in writing and in speech.
You might not believe you can do this. But I’m going to tell you that you can because over time we are all subtly hypnotized to accept certain suggestions. This process started when we were babies and has never stopped.
You wouldn’t even suspect these simple words of holding any special power. But when you use them correctly, they can dramatically improve your power of persuasion.
Yes, I’ve just given you a sample of ‘hypnotic writing.’ If you re-read the previous 5 paragraphs, and if you study it very carefully, you will notice I used three little words to great effect – “Imagine, you and because.”
If all you do is begin using these three words more often in your copy, you will experience an increase in the persuasiveness of your writing.
Imagine if you could persuade anyone of anything because when you do, you’ll hold the power to make a fortune. Try it out next time your write, and see what happens.
If you’re an experienced online marketer, you may never have considered working with brick and mortar type businesses, but after reading this you might rethink your position.
First, it’s great money.
Second, it’s great money FAST.
Third, you don’t actually need to do any of the work yourself, since you can outsource everything.
The hard part? Getting clients. At least, it tends to be hard for most marketers trying to run a marketing business for offline clients.
But I’m going to show you how to get all the clients you want, using three easy techniques.
All three of the techniques center on one thing – offering a FREE 20-minute consultation about why their website isn’t getting them enough customers, and how to fix it.
Think about it – how many businesses want more customers? Nearly all of them.
How many businesses would like those customers to find them on the internet and then walk in the door, ready to buy? Nearly all of them.
And how many businesses would like someone to tell them why their website is doing such a lousy job of getting new customers, and how they can fix it?
Just about all of them.
So your offer is going to be a free 20-minute consultation on why their website isn’t getting them business and how it can be fixed. Totally free, no-obligation, no nothing beyond you honestly and earnestly helping them.
There are two keys to your offer – first, it’s only 20 minutes. Most business owners are happy to find 20 minutes to have an expert look over their site and give them some helpful advice.
Second, you are going in without expectation of self-profit. Your entire motive is to help them. And when you think like this, it will show. They’ll let their guard down and have a real conversation with you.
And more often than not, they’ll also hire you to do the work for them.
The three methods you’ll use to get these appointments are:
Posting on Craigslist or a comparable website if you’re outside of the U.S. Of the three methods, this one tends to get the lowest response. Yet the appointments you do get – perhaps 1 to 2 per week – will very often result in a sale. However, if you scale this up and post in numerous cities, this method alone can be enough to keep you busy. You’ll just have to conduct your appointments via Skype or phone. Be sure to find ways to post that don’t conflict with Craigslist rules, since they can sometimes get a little cranky if you post the same ad in multiple cities.
Create cards that you leave in strategic places. First, create your cards. They could be brochures, or they can be oversized business cards. Spend plenty of time getting your wording just right. Next, scout your locations. You want to find places where business owners have downtime – for example, accountants, suppliers, repair shops, computer shops, etc. Mark each card with a code so you can give a commission to the business where your new customer found your card. Done correctly, this will yield several appointments per week.
Email business owners directly. You can generally find their email address on their website, or you’ll find a ‘contact me’ form. Either way, let them know you’ve been studying their website. You’ve discovered 3 things they could be doing to bring in a whole lot more customers, and you’d be happy to stop by and show them what those things are.
And finally, because you go in with no expectation of self-profit, business owners will feel completely confident in recommending you to other business owners.
This will be a natural outcome of your business model, but it’s not the one to rely on. Some months you’ll get several referrals, and other months you might not get any.
So when they come, be thankful, be happy, and by all means go out of your way to show appreciation to the person who referred the new business owner to you.
Start offering free consultations, and deliver great value to everyone you meet with! Before long, you’ll have more people wanting to do business with you than you can handle by yourself. In fact, the next skill you’ll need for growing your business after implementing the action plan above is learning how to outsource or hire effectively!
Every morning as people wake up and make the commute to work, many dream of the day when they will finally work for themselves. Every time the boss lets someone know that they must give up their weekend plans for the good of the company, people contemplate the benefits of being the owner of their own business.
Are you one of these people?
If you are, it is important to ask yourself some very important questions before you make the uncertain leap into self-employment.
Many dream of the benefits of home business ownership, but few take into account the sacrifices that must be made to bring the dream to fruition. Please don’t make this mistake yourself.
You must approach home business ownership with your eyes wide open. Ask yourself the important questions, and more importantly, answer your own questions openly and honestly.
AN IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION
Are you the type of person who relishes every chance to gather around the water cooler for social interaction?
If so, then home business ownership may not be the right decision for you.
Instead, if you feel that you can be quite content sitting alone at your desk; speaking only to clients and really minding your own home business, then you might have what it takes to succeed as a home business entrepreneur.
If you feel at ease with your own company and don’t need a dozen coworkers milling around your desk, then you, too, could savor the freedoms that will allow you and your family, to live the lifestyle you know you want and deserve.
THE KEY TO HOME BUSINESS SUCCESS
Self-motivation is the key to success when you start a home-based business. You need to possess the ability to push yourself ahead. Your drive and determination will be reinforced with every new sale.
The level of success that you will achieve greatly depends on the time and effort you are willing to plow into your new home business. Your organization, planning and marketing skills, will all be put into practice when you embark on your liberating journey from employee, to being your own boss. In fact, you will be the wearer of many hats and gain a wealth of business experience along the way, when you finally make that commitment to work at home.
YOUR SUCCESS RESTS ENTIRELY UPON YOUR OWN SHOULDERS
You will now be the boss. Are you truly able to work independently? Do you have the drive; the tenacity, to persevere with your home-based business? Will you be able to invest the necessary time to nurture it, to watch it grow and see it through, from germination to full, glorious bloom? When you’re the boss, you are responsible for the success of your home business, from A to Z, from disappointments to victory.
When you work at home, it will empower you to achieve many things you were unable to do when you were stuck working for that tyrant boss. Remember him? He’s the guy that wouldn’t let you take time off when your baby was sick…the same guy that called you into work on Thanksgiving Day.
A home business means that you can take good care of your family and make money from home, simultaneously. You will have the best of both worlds! Just think–no more dirty laundry piling up–you can do it while you work. No more scurrying around at the last minute searching for a babysitter either. And no more worrying about getting fired; you’ll be the boss!
Stay positive and focused on your home-based business, even if, when sales aren’t up to par, you get occasional negative remarks or derogatory comments from people with stuffy, dead-end jobs. Ignore their cutting words and bear in mind that success is the best revenge! Keep your admirable, positive attitude at the forefront and show them what you’re made of!
The other day, I was at a family gathering and I noticed myself starting to get very stressed out. I needed air. When I removed myself from the situation, my cousin approached me and asked what I was so anxious and upset about.
I felt the room spinning and my heart racing, but when I opened my mouth to answer, nothing came out. I didn’t have anything to say, other than I was frazzled and frustrated, but couldn’t fully explain why.
The truth was, I personally wasn’t actually stressed, not in the slightest.
When I walked away from the kerfuffle my family was transfixed on, I felt lighter, but only later did I realize I was completely immersing myself in their energy.
I was taking on their stresses as my own. No wonder I had no clue how to verbalize it.
In moments like this, we often mistake the feelings and thoughts others experience as our own. If they feel anger, frustration or stress, it can be transmitted our way and sometimes comes out through us.
The issue is that because this energy does not originate within us, we don’t know how to identify it, understand it or dissipate its intensity.
This is also why secondary hurt is often much harder to overcome. As the person truly going through the experience moves through it, outsiders are left confused and hanging onto old emotions suspended in time.
When you’re able to step away and recognize that the energy of others is not originating internally (and it’s not even your responsibility – or ability – to deal with), it allows you the freedom to support the person experiencing it, which is what they truly require in a time of need.
How can you protect yourself from absorbing negative energy?
I know what you may be thinking, “But it’s so tough to not go down the rabbit hole when my loved one is in distress, I need to experience their pain in order to help them”.
Yes, it’s true that being able to relate allows you to help your loved one, but that doesn’t mean you need to relive traumatic experiences, rather drawing from your own history is more helpful.
The truth is, if you do jump in the hole with them, you’re not able to remain level-headed and now you’re both stuck.
The protection of “The Golden Bubble”
The Golden Bubble is an impenetrable imaginary boundary that you can visualize yourself standing inside, blocking the absorption of emotions, thoughts, and feelings of others which can affect the way you think and operate.
I want you to think back to a scenario, or use the one above and recount a time when someone’s external emotions impacted you so severely that you took on their negative emotions as your own.
Now visualize the same scenario with you standing inside the golden bubble.
You can still hear what they’re saying and can offer insight from your place of safety, but their thoughts and words are bouncing off the boundary of your surrounding force.
It’s important to remember that what they are going through is a lesson that they need to learn personally and while you can offer advice or a listening ear, you cannot solve their issues or move through their emotions, so why are you taking them on?
Taking on the negative energy of others, be it fellow drivers, friends, family or co-workers, slowly wears us down, often sinking us to levels that are unfamiliar, as we are taking on foreign energy and confusing it for our own.
We all have our own challenges to face and taking on those of others distracts us from ourselves.
While it can feel good to help our loved ones, taking on their emotions is not something anyone is equipped to deal with, except the one experiencing them.
If you take that away and try to solve problems for others, you are in fact doing them a disservice and stunting their personal growth.
As with any theory, practice is the only way to strengthen and fully understand the effects, so next time you find yourself in a situation where absorbing others’ negativity is prevalent, try using the golden bubble and observe what unfolds.
When Joe Cool Marketer does a big splashy launch with prizes for the top 10 or 20 affiliates, wouldn’t you love to be on that list, making those commissions and earning those prizes? Not only do you make good money, you also get courted by other leaders to promote their products. Pretty soon you’re a high profile affiliate, and able to get joint ventures with product creators and the other leading affiliates – a great position to be in…
But if your list is relatively small, you might think it’s not possible – at least not until you get a bigger, better and more responsive list.
Guess again – there is a way you can get on those leader boards, and the trick is so simple you’ve probably overlooked it: Join up with other marketers. Find several other marketers with lists comparable to yours and make yourself a promotion club. Pick launches of a medium size so you’re not competing with every big name marketer out there.
Pool your resources and your bonuses with your fellow club members to offer a killer bonus package. Everyone in your club promotes the same link and you all share in the profit. Take turns on who gets their name(s) on the leader board, or choose a new name for your club.
Your promotion club can do a lot more than win affiliate contests – you can also ban together to create and promote products and help each other with ideas and implementation.
Play it smart. You want people in your club who are in this for the long haul like you are, who are trustworthy, who you like working with, and who you can mastermind with. Together the 5 or so of you can accomplish far, far more than anyone of you can individually, and it is likely you will find more ways to partner together along the way – possibly even creating products and running your own big shot affiliate program for others to join and profit selling YOUR products.
Success is a momentum game. Everyone starts at the beginning and builds their way up. Partnering up is a great way to speed up your journey to the top of the game!