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Hi, I’m Tim – nice to meet you, and welcome to my new blog!

After years of struggling, I’ve finally decided to take some massive action…

So on this blog, I’ll be documenting my findings from my new journey into the Internet Marketing industry – including what works, what doesn’t work, and everything in between.

I’m all about giving value, so stay tuned for my step-by-step guides, video tutorials, and helpful tips to help you make your first money online.

Finally, to learn more about me, my story and how I’ll be helping you achieve your goals, please check out my About Me page.

I’ll be in touch,
– Tim Fuhrman.

Follow Up Email

It is time to talk about follow up email now that you’ve figured out your niche and have your opt-in, redirect and thank you pages figured out.   There are two primary ways you can follow up with email messages on your auto-responder.  You can have your follow up emails preset and ready to go or you can broadcast to your list when you figure out something you want to send to them.

Follow Up Email Frequency

Follow Up Email

Write Follow Up Emails Every Day To Stay In Touch With Your List

One of the questions that gets asked a lot is “how often should I write to my list?”.  The answer may surprise you.  But you should communicate at least every day, that’s right, I said every day.  I admit that I take Sunday’s off but that is a personal choice that is not based on the research that is out there.  Research has shown you should communicate at least once a day.

You are probably thinking “don’t people get tons of emails everyday?”  Yes, they do and that is why you should be writing to your list frequently. How often do you just toss out email you get because you don’t have time?  But then one hits you at the right time on the right day and you open the email and read it and maybe even click through.  That is why you should be writing everyday.  The odds are pretty good that your list won’t be opening and engaging with your email every day.  Hopefully, you will catch them a few times a week.

Follow Up Email- Preset

Preset follow up emails are a great way to go because you write them once and then you are done.  Some people actually load a few months of emails into their auto-responders.  I tend to only go out 7-10 days to get started and then I interact daily based on what is going on.

Everyone should have their Welcome follow up email preset.  The Welcome email is your first email and should tell your list what they should expect to receive from you.  It is important that this first Welcome email provides them with a link to some very valuable information. You need to make a good first impression and this is your only chance.  So make it seem like this is something they will want to be a part of.

Follow Up Email- Broadcasts

Broadcast emails are really no different than pre-set.  It’s just that you may write them on a daily basis depending on what is happening in your category.  Maybe someone just came out with a new product or service and you want to tell your list about it.  Write it up and send out a broadcast.  Maybe there has been some legislation passed that impacts your audience so you want to tell your list.  The advantage of broadcast follow up email is that it is timely and topical.  You know that your message will be current.

Follow Up Email- Content

So what do you write to your list?  Obviously, you will send them offers because that is how you make money from your list.  But don’t overdo this.  If all you do is send offers to them everyday then they will unsubscribe.  If you are honest with yourself, you will admit that you tend to unsubscribe quicker from a list that just ends you one offer after another without ever sharing anything useful or insightful.

There are basically three types of follow up emails you will be sending:

1. Sales offers as discucssed above.

2.Information- Send emails with link to articles or videos you provide on how to help your list with some problem

3. Personal stories- Try and let your list know a little bit about you and how you approach things.  Build a relationship by sharing personal stories.  Ideally, these stories will have some overall theme that you can relate to the business or niche that you are in.  For example if you are in a niche like dog training and your dog does something to embarrass you share that story and then maybe what you hope to do to fix the problem.

Always remember that your follow up emails are your primary way of communicating with your audience.  You already know that they are slammed with email from all sorts of sources.  So make certain that you are sending high quality content that they will find valuable.


Thank You Page Best Practices

As simple as a Thank You sounds, there are certain thank you page best practices you need to be aware of.  We have already covered one best practice in our article about the Redirect page.  That is you don’t follow up an opt in with a Thank you,  You follow up an opt in with a redirect page.

Say where does the Thank You Page come into play?  According to our best practices you will send an email which has a link to get to the Free report or whatever they opted in for.  That link on your first email to them will go to your Thank You Page.

This is a good idea for several reasons.  The first is that you are asking people to click on something to get their free report which starts to get them into the habit of clicking on emails from you. This is a habit you want to cultivate to make money later.  The second reason is that your Thank You Page is one more opportunity to sell.  Your Thank You Page does not just say “thank you, here is your free report”  Your thank you page should say “thank you, here is a link to your free report and… here are some other things you might like.

Here is a sample of Thank You Page Best Practices.

Thank You Page Best Practices

Use Your Thank You Page To Make Some Other Offers

So here we have easy access to the Free Report they signed up for and then two offers that may be of interest to someone who signed up for an affiliate marketing report.  Don’t over do this.  Putting 6-8 offers on the age may seem like a good idea because you think they might pick one.  But our testing has shown that too many offers leads to less clicking on the offers.

But make sure the offers make sense to your audience.  For example, if above there was a link to make money by investing in Forex Trading that wouldn’t really make sense for this audience,  Even though they want to make money online they have not said they were interested in trading online.  They signed up for affiliate marketing.

One final note, these offers should be modestly priced.  You are not trying to make a big ticket item sale here.  You want to keep your audience saying yes to you so make it easy by putting up offers that are not too costly at this point.



Make Money With Your Redirect Page

The redirect page is very often overlooked as a means of making money.  We all know the money is in the list but you have to get the money out of the list.  One of the biggest money leaks that many online marketers have in their marketing funnels is immediately after opt in.

When someone chooses to opt in to your list they have just said “Yes”.  They want more of whatever you have been talking to them about.  They have volunteered at least their e-mail address so they are open and in the mood to hear about other promotions.

Unfortunately, most online marketers at this point send them to a “Thank You” for signing up page.  You are probably giving them a free report or something of value or they would not have signed up with you.  So you don’t have to say thank you.  Let me repeat that, you don’t have to say thank you.  I’m not being rude but you need to put an offer in front of them.

So here is how you leverage this situation.  I use a very simple redirect page.  You can see it right here.  It is this simple.

Redirect Page

Make Money With Your Redirect Page

I have a page that looks very much like this after every opt in I set up.  It tells them that I just emailed directions on how to get their free report and gives them a few seconds to read this page which offers a bonus. Then this page AUTOMATICALLY Redirects them to an offer.  It is a perfect fit if you can give them a real one time offer.  But sometimes you may not have that ability, it is still ok to just send them to an offer that is closely related to why they opted in to your list.

Here is the little bit of html code you need to add to your page to make it automatically redirect to an offer:

<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”4; URL=YOUR DOMAIN OR AFFILIATE LINK HERE”>

Insert this just before your “Title Tag” for the page.  Where it says content = 4 that is how many seconds your page will be up before it redirects.  From personal experience I use 4 seconds. If you decide to add a lot of copy to this page (which I don’t recommend) you may have to make this longer.  Where is says URL= you should put the address of where you want to take them, it can be an affiliate offer.

This will take them right to an offer directly related to why they signed up for your list.  When you do this correctly you will get sales.  The percentage of sales will not be high but you will make some money while building your list this way.

This does require a little html know how and assume that you have your own website to and can create websites etc.  You can do this on a wordpress blog page.  Make sure when you add the code above that you are editing under that tab that says “Text” and not visual so the code will work.

Next we will cover an actual Thank You page where you have the opportunity to make some more cash from your list.

The Best Opt In Page Designs

You really can’t overstate the importance of having the best opt in page designs working for you.  The reasons for this should be obvious but just in case let’s be clear.  Your opt in page design has a lot to do with your opt in rate. The better your opt in page design the more sign

Best Opt In Designs

Is This The Best Opt In Design?

ups you will get.

Obviously if you are paying for traffic directly by paying for solo ads or Facebook ads or whatever you will get this right away.  But even if you are driving traffic through SEO or other “free” forms of traffic you should want to maximize your sign-ups. If every person on your list is worth at least $1/month then it stands to reason that you want as many people on your list as possible.  One of the ways to maximize your opt ins is by using the best opt in designs.

The Best Opt In Designs-What Are They?

It was not that long ago that the best opt in designs included a lot of copy that included an enticing headline, lots of product benefits, social proof etc. Of course all of these had flashing red arrows pointing to where you should enter your email address.  I’m sure you’ve seen tons of these.  They still work but they aren’t necessarily the best opt in designs.

Recently, marketers have discovered that the best opt in designs are actually much more simplistic.  There are two main types of opt ins being used now with great effect.  The first opt in type includes a big panoramic visual that usually has an ocean scene like the picture above or something from the sky with nice clouds.

Typically these opt ins will have an intriguing or enticing headline and a big opt in buttons

Best Opt In Designs

Best Opt In Designs- Affiliate Marketing

but that is about it.  Here is the opt in page you may have seen to join one of my lists. I certainly didn’t invent this style but I use it and here’s why.  The opt in design you see here gets me an over 40% opt in rate.  Until I can beat that I will keep using it.

The other big idea that is happening with opt in pages is making them look like they go with the initial sales page that you redirect to.  The idea is that you as an affiliate can create an opt in page with an offer that makes it look like you are directly connected to the sales page.

Here is an opt in page I’ve use for the dog training segment. You can see the same big

Best Opt In Page Designs

Best Opt In Page Designs Reflect The Product Landing Page

panoramic picture idea with a simple opt in box design.  The report offered matches the graphics of the actual products imagery when you are connected through to the sales page.



Here’s part of the landing page for The Online Dog Trainer. You can see the same blue graphic layout as the Free Report offered on the opt in page above.

Best Opt In Page Designs

The Landing Page Will Look Natural If Your Opt In Page Is Done Right

Interestingly I found an opt in page on The Online Dog Trainer website and it looks like the product owner has learned about the best opt in page designs.  Look at his own opt in page.


Best Opt In Page Designs

Everyone Is Catching On To The Best Opt In Page Designs

Notice he is using a nice beach scene and still got a dog into the image.  (Coincidentally the same kind of dog we used.) He shows a product imagew, has one simple headline that conveys urgency.  Finally, a nice big opt in button.  These kind of opt in pages are getting the highest opt in rates.

Note that he did not include a long list of all the things this Free Report will cover or do.  He doesn’t have arrows all over the page pointing to the opt in box.

The best opt in page designs work because they create a sense of confidence.  These pages are not trying to hard or overselling.  They look nice and professional and treat the reader as an intelligent person that they are trying to help by giving them a solution to one of their problems.  No wonder than that the opt in rates are so high with this type of design.


How To Choose Your Affiliate Marketing Niche

It can be easily overlooked but perhaps the most important thing you can do is spend time learning how to choose your affiliate marketing niche. Nothing is really more important. You must choose wisely. If you do not choose wisely then all the great marketing techniques in the world cannot help you. Conversely, if you choose wisely then you know that your market is viable.

So how do you choose your affiliate marketing niche. Here are some questions to ask yourself about your affiliate marketing niche:

  • Do you have any competitors?
  • Are there lots of products available for your niche?
  • Is your niche willing to spend money for the products/services you can offer

You may be surprised that we are looking for competitors.  But the truth is if your niche has absolutely no competitors there is a reason.  Unfortunately, the reason is that you can’t make any money in a niche that doesn’t have any competition.  Other marketers would have discovered you niche by now if there was a way to make money in it.  (Unless of course you are some sort of product development genius and have created a brand new category all together.)

Here are two videos that show you how to see if your niche is viable.  The first video uses magazines as a way to check out the popularity of your niche.  The second video uses Clickbank to show you how to determine if your niche has any potential.

Check them out and let us know what you think.

Choose Your Affililiate Marketing Niche- Clickbank

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Choose Your Affililiate Marketing Niche- Magazines

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The Best Affiliate Marketing Strategy

It is pretty easy to get confused about the best affiliate marketing strategy with all of the information out there.  Everyone is throwing what I call “try this ideas” at you.  Typically these are approaches that are ok or work if you already have a sound affiliate marketing business.  But if you are just getting started it isn’t really going to help you  in the long run.

Over the years I have purchased a number of very expensive online marketing courses.  Even this year I have purchased a few.  What I’ve discovered is that at the core they all promote the same model as the best affiliate marketing strategy.  Here is the best affiliate marketing strategy in a nutshell.

Best Affiliate Marketing Strategy

The Best Affiliate Marketing Strategy Has 5 Steps

As simple as it seems, this is it.  Courses charging thousands of dollars distill down to the plan posted above.  Obviously, there is a great amount of detail that can be expanded upon for each of these 5 different areas.

Best Affiliate Marketing Strategy

One of the best pieces of advise I have ever heard about affiliate marketing is that you have to just do a little more than your competition.  There are thousands of affiliates out there, trying to promote many of the same products and services as you.  To stand out you have to do just a little more than all of them.  You can’t just send people to your offer.  Here are the 5 steps that make up the best affiliate marketing strategy.

1. Niche Selection

Make sure you pick a niche that has a large audience willing to pay for the products and/or services that can help them.

2. Opt-In Page

You need to develop a compelling opt-in page that gets a very high opt-in rate for your target audience..

3. Thank You Page

Once someone is opted in you say “thank you” while simultaneously “selling” them something right away.  Nothing big, just something small to try and cover your advertising costs.

4. Follow Up E-mail

Once you are getting people into your list, you need to communicate with them on a regular basis about things that are important to them.

5. Content Development

When you communicate with your audience you need to deliver quality content through articles, videos webinars and seminars.

In the next week or so I will go into more detail on each of these topics. But if you just get this outline you will be way ahead of most affiliate marketers who just send their traffic directly to an offer.

Remember as an affiliate marketer you are in the business of helping connect people with a solution to a problem they have or filling a need they have.

The Easy Way To Make Money Online

“What is the easiest way to make money online?” is one of the most frequently asked questions I get.  In the past I’ve always said affiliate marketing.  Then I go on to tell people why I think affiliate marketing is the easiest way to make money online.  But I have to admit that there is Talentan easier way for most people to get started making money online.

From now on the answer to that question will be “selling your service” is the easiest way to make money online.  Here’s what I mean.  There are lots of websites that are set up for people to offer their services for sale online.  I have three favorites:

  1. Elance.com
  2. Odesk.com
  3. Fiverr.com

Just recently Elance and Odesk merged so they may become one site at some point.  At any rate all of these sites are set up so that you can register and offer your services and then someone hires you and you get paid.  Everyone has some skills or talents that the already have and can offer on at least one of these sites.

Maybe you are an ok writer so you can offer to write research or SEO articles.  You may have some programming or coding skills so you can offer that.  You may have some artistic talent or photography skills.  All of these are things that people will pay money for help and they come to these sites all the time looking to hire.

Personally I use Elance to buy articles.  I go to ODesk when I need to buy some programming work and I go to Fiverr for well …just about anything you can think of.  If you don’t think you have something that people would pay for go to Fiverr.com right now.  Take a look at what people are offering.  Here is a picture of the home page as I’m writing this.


Look at the range of things being offered: Voice overs, photo editing, accordion player, face decal, paper flowers, buttons and tattoo messages!  Surely you have some talent to add to this list.  Plus you are only charging $5 so you don’t have to be great at it.

Personally, I don’t have any artistic talent as you can tell from this blog post.  But I like setting up websites and doing things like that.  So I posted a job that I would host a website and install a wordpress blog for $5 since I do that stuff already.  I just did it as a test for this post and I got two jobs already.

That’s $10/day and could happen 7 days a week. That adds up to the $50-$70 a week that so many of you have asked me to help you start making online.

So this really is the easiest way to make money online.  Go and sign up with these sites and offer your services.  You will get some jobs and start to make some cash yo can put back into your online business.

By the way if you want me to host your website and set up your blog for $5 I will.  Just let me know at support@timfuhrman.com  You will have to buy your own domain name but I can help with that as well.  Let me know.







Inbox Blueprint Review – What Is It About?

Inbox Blueprint Review

Click here for Inbox Blueprint

This is our Inbox Blueprint Review.  If you’re looking for the official Inbox Blueprint site, click the link below:

Inbox Blueprint- Official Site

Inbox Blueprint Review and others have certainly noticed the increase in unemployment and the overall lack of any job stability in the traditional world.  However, the past few years have also seen a number of online marketers hit the skids.  Changes to Google, Facebook etc

Inbox Blueprint Review

Inbox Blueprint Review Loves Anik’s Videos

have all contributed to this.  However, it brings up the question of online job security.  Inbox Blueprint Review takes a look at one program that seems to be promising or at least promoting

Inbox Blueprint Review – What It’s About

Inbox Blueprint is a complete course from A-Z.  This Inbox Blueprint Review will just cover the major chapters.  However, through bonus materials our review noted that there is material for those who need help buying their first domain name, hosting and how to install a wordpress website etc.

Inbox Blueprint Outline

There are 8 major chapter to Inbox Blueprint in addition to a variety of Inbox bonus materials as discussed elsewhere:

  1. Addiction Meter
  2. The Bait
  3. TYP Method
  4. Email Machine
  5. List Relationship
  6. Payday Secrets
  7. Easy Traffic
  8. Unlimited Success

The course actually start at the beginning so Inbox newbies can even learn some great lessons about niches and how to pick them.  Anik has some great rules that you have to memorize so you’ll always know if you are dealing with a good niche or not.  The Bait is basically the opt-in page and basically outlines what will get you the most and best responses on your opt-in page.  How do you maximize signing up buyers.  The Inbox TYP method is priceless and in our opinion a real cornerstone and value of the Inbox Blueprint course.  It is all about how to set up your Thank You page. (Hint: Everyone is doing it wrong) The Inbox Email machine is all about autoresponders and how to set them up.  Then we get into your list relationship and the different types of emails you should be sending. (Hint:Don’t just send promotions everyday) It also covers how often you should be staying in contact with your list. Then we move into how to get people to buy.  What are the key things you need to do to bring someone along so that they develop trust in you and will buy from you.  Finally, Inbox Blueprint goes into the best forms of traffic for list building both paid and free.  Finally, Inbox Blueprint unlimited success talks about how to manage your business. You learn what to measure, what is important and what to do when you run into problems.

As mentioned above, Inbox Blueprint is a complete course and everything is covered in great detail.

Inbox Blueprint Review – What We Like

There are two major things that this review found very attractive and worth the price of admission.  The first thing and one of Anik’s favorites to is the Thank You Page strategy.  For those of us who already know about opt-in pages auto responders etc. this was a missing piece of the puzzle.  The Inbox Blueprint Review noted that the Thank You Page strategy will immediately bring increased profits to anyone building a list.  

The second favorite thing for Inbox Blueprint Review is the detailed discussion about the different types of emails to send, when to send them and how to write them. It really opened our eyes to a completely new way to communicate with our list.  Again, this will reap huge dividends.

Inbox Blueprint Review – What We Didn’t Like

Anik is a great presenter and the videos with him at the white board are excellent.  Inbox Blueprint Review likes learning this way and there were places where we thought there could have been a little more video presentation. There is a lot of video but some chapters were more printed word.  Inbox Blueprint Review loves his videos so we would ask for more of those.

Inbox Blueprint Review – Overall Thoughts

Inbox review feels like this is one of those products that every serious online marketer has to have.  The fundamentals are so sound that you will always go back to this to review how you should talk to your list no matter what the niche.  Inbox Blueprint Review has purchased this product out of our own pocket and you can see our Inbox video walk-through here. Inbox really is one of the internet marketing classics.  Inbox Blueprint will be around for a long time if Anik let’s it out on the market place. Inbox should be one of those evergreen courses that you will be glad you bought even 5 years from now because you will still be using Inbox methods.

 Click here for Inbox Blueprint

Here is the link to my Inbox Blueprint Video Walkthrough.

Online Job Security

As the chart shows the good news is that we are all living longer.  The bad news is that companies are not lasting very long.  This in not just about some entrepreneurial companies Company Ageeither.  Those are S&P 500 companies.  So a while back we were all going to live a little over 60 years but the company we worked for might be around for 75 years.

So you could get a job, work hard, stay with the company and retire.  But according to the data today we are going to live over 75 years but the company we work for might only be around for 15.  That means everyone will be changing jobs more often than ever.

A ton of people have already experienced this and that’s why they have turned to making a living online.  However, there have been some issues lately with job security online also.

That is because online marketing is largely dependent on traffic. Getting good traffic is increasingly competitive and expensive to get.  Sometimes it may feel like everything is conspiring against you. Particularly as it relates to Google.

The latest Panda, Penguin (insert your animal of choice here) updates have sent a number of online marketers reeling.  In addition, the cost of Google Adwords and the competition for Adsense have made online marketing a very precarious place if you don’t know what you are doing.

But it’s not just Google.  Everyone is looking at Facebook as the traffic savior right now.  So naturally as the competition for Facebook Traffic heats up the cost is going up.  Last year everyone was talking about how to get YouTube Traffic.  Now its Google Plus.  But everywhere you turn there are tons of competitors for your traffic.

What Is The Answer To Online Job Security

The only real answer to online job security is to have your own database of customers that you interact with.   As long as you have your own list of customers you can control your own destiny without worrying about the latest Google update or change to Facebook advertising policies.

I would not have been saying this a year ago.  I spend a lot of money on Google Adwords.  I also do a lot of SEO work despite the constant Google changes.  The truth is I still do these things.  But I’ve discovered that:

The real answer to online job security is having your own data base and doing e-mail marketing.  

This is the only way you can really control your own destiny. You may use some of these other techniques to help build your database but the bottom line is your only ongoing guaranteed success is your e-mail marketing.

This might sound old school but if you really think about it, it makes sense.  Everything else you do to make money online is a variable.  E-mail marketing is the only thing you have complete control over.

So I would encourage everyone interested in making it online to work on growing your database and cultivating it. It will pay you dividends over time and may be a business you can leave to your kids.

I will be talking about this more in the coming days.

Let me know what you think and leave a message.