I’m thinking about hiring an online marketing mentor

Should I?

My heart says “yes.”  No, it says, “absolutely, dummy… why wouldn’t you?”

The way I see it, anything that sounds too good to be true usually is.  I’m not into the hype, the gizmos, the gadgets, the push-button promises.  Puke.  No thanks.

Never been tempted by any of that stuff.

But I do believe in paying an expert to train me on what they know.

Think about it.

All pro athletes have coaches; usually several.  Actors?  Same thing.  Vocalists?  Yep, you got it — voice coaches.  Celebs?  Life coaches.

You name it, the elite pay others who’ve already mastered their craft, to share their wisdom and hep streamline their own results.

Coaching may be the only real shortcut that exists.

It’s a big investment, but what’s my opportunity cost of not investing?  Years of time?  Missing out on my kids growing up?  Stresses of bills and grownup stuff?

Arguing and bickering with my husband about how much extra we should put against the house each month?

Don’t get me wrong, we’re not broke.  But average.  Very average.  Like most Americans, we’re barely over the ol’ living paycheck to paycheck cliche.  Just by a smidgen.

Life would definitely be more enjoyable if I could help my family gain some wiggle room.

Gosh, how great it’d feel to get the house paid down and build up a reserve savings at the same time.

That’s what drives me.

But I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever get there on my own.  This trial and error stuff is exhausting.

And I feel as though I’ll ultimately nickel and dime myself to death if I don’t just step up and put some real money into personal guidance.

I just want someone who’s already living the life I want to live to take me by the hand and walk me to Profitville (beautiful town — you ever been there?).

Is that too much to ask?

Am I being unrealistic?

If anyone’s starting to find this blog yet… have you bought into any coaching programs or 1-on-1 mentoring before?

Would love some feedback.

My mind is pretty much made up that this IS the next logical step.  Now, it’s all about finding the right teacher who actually cares enough to give me the support I need.

Potential Coaches

So, my research has led me to a few potential candidates.

First, there’s this Lazy MLM coach (Brad Campbell), who offers mentoring to frustrated network marketers.

While I love his blog content and feel like he’s a cool guy who really knows his stuff, the MLM thing is a big turnoff.  Personally, I’ve never believed in multi-level marketing and I’m not about to start now.  It’s gross.

To be fair, his pitch is anything but traditional — essentially, he says he’ll show MLM’ers how to promote their business opportunity online, in place of home parties, 3-way calls, hotel meetings and all that jazz.

Okay, so that’s better.  But still.  MLM?  Gross.

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You won’t believe this…

Limousine – means of transportation with style.

Aka limo, and how to ride in the lap of luxury.

There are countless ways getting from A to B. If it isn’t far or you want to do sports, you

can go on foot. Courageous might also take the bike.

But it is often easier to get into your own car, to save time or because it is the easiest

option. Local public transport is not really in every place the transportation of choice.

Who does not live in a big city will probably do great or even better without public

transport. And let’s be honest: Who wants to carry their purchases several miles or take

it home by bus?

The car is easy and remains the main means of transportation of our everyday life. We’ll

go to work, go shopping, take our children to school or sports, or ride it in the holidays.

Longer distances we naturally take the plane. We do, however, not every day. It really

is not always inexpensive, even if it saves a lot of time and we sometimes also have no

other option. Visiting Hawaii without airplane is obviously relatively difficult.

The Number One thus remains our own car.

There are a variety of events for which our set of wheels is simply unsuitable or

inadequate. Befitting to the prom you do not want to actually drive up necessarily in

your rickety Honda Civic. Maybe Daddy also has ready a great sports car. But that might

be the exception.

At a wedding, the occasion par excellence in life, you want to make the trip to the church

perfectly. But the car owned suffices that hardly.

Who is organizing a bachelor party needs a special means of transportation, as a rule,

a driver and of course it should always include something special. Not everyone is

immediately hiring a party bus, even though it might be obvious.

There are dozens of occasions for which we need a very special means of transportation.

Renting a limousine is just perfect for it. Everyone can afford such a luxury vehicle

relatively inexpensive, in principle, to all kinds of events or circumstances.

Leave your own car behind if you want to stand out. The big advantage: you can easily

drink alcohol because the driver is already included. In doubt, the chauffeur is even

helping with problems in the organization during that day. Luggage and bags at the

airport or shopping can be carried as well. What else can you want?

But not only for various private events and personal enjoyment limousines can be an

interesting means of transportation.

For particular customers you can simply and effectively offer a special service. These

great vehicles make an impression and attract attention. This is also one of the main

reasons why a limousine is perfect for general marketing purposes. Particularly large

events and fairs are made for it.

Is Local Internet Marketing The Future For Affiliates?

If you’re a struggling affiliate who’s tried just about every type of make money online course, program, tactic, strategy or loophole–and still isn’t making diddly squat–listen up.

First, know that it’s okay.  Totally not your fault.

Second, you’ve been lied to.  More than once.  By ultra greedy gurus who’re pitching you these pie-in-the-sky ideas, and making them too mouth-watering to resist.  So, you buy, they run, and you get left holding what the little boy shot at and missed.  Nothing!

Third, despite the bleak outlook, believe me, there ARE in fact legitimate ways to build a successful business from your laptop.

One of those ways… perhaps the best of those ways… is what I’m about to coach you on right now.

It’s called (drum roll please)…

LOCAL MARKETING

And it’s the ultimate model for internet entrepreneurs who want to take back control of their business.  No more leaving it up to the vendors.  Or waiting around for 3-6 weeks to get paid.  Or forking over 10% right off the bat, to bank-account-gouging payment processors.

Local marketing fixes what’s broken with all the other IM models.

See, when you do it correctly, you’re in control.  You determine how much you get paid and when.  You take the payment.  Nobody can pull the rug out from under you.

Oh, and even better?  This model is sustainable and scalable.  It’s built for the long-term.

Want details?  (Now that you’re salivating at the mouth?)

Here goes:

  1. The value is undeniable: you’re generating leads for local brick and mortar businesses, then charging them for those leads.
  2. The competition is almost nonexistent.  There are thousands of cities in the world, each one with hundreds of local businesses that need our help.
  3. You can actually achieve the fast-lane-friendly principles of obtaining wealth quickly: you can reach scale (sell this service to nearly unlimited amounts of small business owners) and magnitude (charging up to multiple-thousands of dollars) and have a rental system (as you’ll get paid every 30 days, for life, if everything goes according to plan).
  4. You can actually make this 99% hands-free.  Passivity is a huge benefit of starting up an e-business, but, contrary to the pipe dreams the gurus are selling, most strategies are anything but passive.  With local lead-getting, it’s a true set-and-forget system.  No messy customer support; no emails; no product creation or fulfillment; no technical headaches–just press go, sit back, and collect your monthly “mailbox money.”

Does that sound sexy or what?

Now.  In terms of how you go about setting up your first local income stream, it’s actually simpler than you’d expect.  You’re going to cherry pick the perfect niche, in the perfect city.  One that ensures you’ll produce lots of leads with little effort.  Low hanging fruit type-of-thing.

With local, you’d be surprised to learn that even larger cities like Las Vegas, which have huge earning potential, are not all that hard to compete for.  One of my colleagues made this limo rental site, as an example:

limousine-local

Cool, right?  Pro tip: apparently, limousine rentals are white hot right now.  That’s like red hot times three.

Don’t believe me?  Here’s another one I’ve seen go up serving Des Moines, Iowa http://www.dmlimos.com/.  Limo lead generation websites are making a killing right now, but that’s just one niche.

Think about all the other possibilities.  You’ve got salons, dentists, doctors, lawyers, surgeons, taxi companies, tow trucks, veterinarians, cleaning services, window tinting, pool cleaning–the list goes on and on, til the break of dawn.

Take all those real-life businesses and then think about going into thousands of cities worldwide and hand-selecting the very best opportunities.

Crazy, right?

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Picking The Perfect Online MLM Company

So I went ahead and got coaching, just as I said I was going to do, with MLM coach Brad Campbell.

So far, so good.

Brad’s been great and I’ve already learned a ton, just in the first two weeks alone.  Oddly enough, despite entering the mentoring program with a totally anti-MLM mindset, I guess I’ve been served some Kool-Aid because now I’m seeing the light.

I’m seeing that if you run your network marketing business online, through blogging and SEO, you can “go fast and look sexy” as Brad says.  And you can do so without being slimy, scuzzy or awkward.  You can do it without home parties, 3-way calls or recruiting all of your friends and family.  That’s the beauty of being ranked high on page one of Google.

The buyers come to you.

Okay, great, but why MLM, right?  Why not use that same process but do it for something else, like a weight loss product that’s not multi-level marketing?

Well, I wondered the same thing going in, but now I see why: because MLM is wide open.

There’s so much search volume–so many buyers out there–and there’s lower competition.  Crazy, huh?  Add to that the fact that you can (potentially) see leveraged income from your teammates… and now you’re cooking with digital gas.

Stand back.  This fire’s about to blow.

So, yeah, I know you’re thinking I’ve been hypnotically forced into going down Brad’s path, but I’ve done my research and the stats don’t lie.  Working an MLM business over the internet is so much more powerful than simply being an affiliate or selling ad space or trying to launch your own products and services.

Yes, down the road, you’ll generally stand to make more and have greater control if you sell your own stuff; but starting out, what am I really gonna sell?  I’m not into the whole fake it til you make it thing.  So I’m not gonna pretend to be a guru and start selling information.  No thanks.  I want to earn my stripes.

And I’ve decided that a digital MLM business is the surest way for me to achieve that.

Now then… which one?  Which company do I jump into to start this journey?

Top Online MLM Companies I’m Considering

My mentor, Brad, told me about a handful of potential opportunities that would work well online.

He based his recommendations on a handful of things:

  1. Past experience that either he had, directly, with each company or that one of his coaching clients had with said company.
  2. Each company’s terms of service–meaning, are they even online-friendly to begin with?  If not, it’s a no-go, obviously.
  3. Demand.  In our case, search volume.  How many people are out there, actively searching for “buyer keywords?”
  4. Compensation plan.  Just because there’s lots of searchers, doesn’t mean you’ll make much money.
  5. The chances of team duplication.  Simply put, some products and services are harder to sell online, which is why home parties work so well.

Factoring in all of the above, his top picks were AdvoCare, WakeUpNow, and Empower Network.

Although, he did say that Empower Network seemed to be on the decline.

So really, it came down to AdvoCare or Wake Up Now.

He’s got two other coaching clients in WUN, Kelly White and Ken Mabry; and one client in Advo Care, Gregg Kellogg.

All three students are building their business non-traditionally via blogging.

Here’s a snapshot of Kelly’s Wake Up Now blog:

kelly's-blog

And Ken’s WUN blog:

ken's-blog

And then Gregg’s AdvoCare blog:

gregg's-blog

(Nice going, guys!)

Sprinkle some social media marketing, YouTube videos, press releases and word of mouth into the mix, and you’ve got a pretty nice little formula for going faster on the internet; while everyone else goes the traditional offline route.  Make sense?

It does to me… and that’s why I’m super duper excited.

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3 sneaky SEO tips I recently learned

So in my quest to create a successful blog here, I’ve been delving into everything I can get my paws on in terms of blogging, copywriting, sales, persuasion, and of course, search engine optimization (or SEO).

I’m trying to build a baseline so I can hit the ground running when I pull the trigger on my internet marketing coach.  Which will happen by end of this week.  Tee-hee.  So excited.

Anyways…

I did roughly five hours of hardcore research into the latest and greatest search engine supremacy tactics.  Wanted to see what the top guns are doing here in April 2014.

The general consensus was: not a whole heckuva lot has changed.

Google, the 800-lb gorilla of the search engine game, still wants to see one thing above and beyond everything else — compelling, engaging, “sticky” content.

Articles, pictures and videos that your target audience actually loves consuming.

Nothing earth-shattering there.

Every since I first got online, I’ve been hearing that content is king.  And it’s still wearing the crown, more than ever, today.

So, assuming I continually take my blog posts to the next level, what about the juicy stuff?

I’m not into gimmicks and loopholes… so that’s not what I mean here… but I was certainly curious to see what’s fresh in the “gray hat” world.  Meaning, what are the fairly-safe-but-still-aggressive link building strategies those atop Google’s front page are implementing?

Well, after five gruesome (but entertaining) hours of digging, I happened upon some pretty cool stuff.

Today, I’ll share three semi-sneaky SEO techniques that are hotter than ever.

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What is this Ann Hamilton blog stuff all about?

Hello and welcome to my new website…

Being the uncreative person I am, it’s just my name silly.  My name, my blog, my views, my journey through this online business world.

As you’ll (hopefully) read about on my story page, I’m just your average, everyday mom trying to use the internet to make some part-time income to help support and take some of the burden off my husband’s solders.

I’m not a total newbie.

I’ve always loved writing and have played around with this blogging thing for the past year and a half.  So I know the basics.

And I believe I can add value to the ol’ world wide web.

I’ve developed a fascination with SEO (or search engine optimization).  I want to be able to rank at the top of Google for all sorts of words, as I know that skill is worth a lot of money and one that I can “sell” in a variety of ways.

So here on AnnHamiltonBlog.com, I’ll be sharing some of my successes and failures — showing you what works, what doesn’t, and hopefully inspiring other stay at home moms to follow my lead.

I know this can work.  I’m starting to actually believe it WILL work.

And, best of all, I’m finding that I enjoy (read: am totally geeking-out on) the process.

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