Still Wanting My Toys is the Key to Happiness!

Hello My Friends, I hope you enjoyed the holidays with family and friends and were grateful of the past year.

Now that you have assessed your last year and put down all of your New Year’s Resolutions, if you have kids or know of someone with kids, I want you to pay close attention to them and the gifts they have received during this holiday season. Have you ever notice how during kids birthday, holidays or whenever toys and presents may be given out, how excited our kids are. They tear through the giftwrap and boxes to get to the prize they want so bad. Even with a house full of other kids, you may notice how they may even grab their toys away from others and not share. Fast forward one month later and what happens; those same toys are stacked up in a corner somewhere no longer the object of our child’s desires. Six months before the holidays every time a commercial with a certain toy come on TV, all you would hear is how bad the kids would want that toy. Try taking a stroll through the malls without stopping at the toy store and see how far that will get you. However for some strange reason, as soon as they receive it and get through the holiday season, it is no longer wanted. Is it merely child’s play or something deeper than that.

We can learn a thing or two from our kids when it comes to our grown up toys and many possessions we have at our disposal. Oddly enough, we as adults display similar behavior in many aspects of our lives when it comes to our Grown-up toys or gifts. Think about you or someone you may know when it comes to relationships, careers, new cars or houses, etc… and ask yourself is it the thrill of the hunt to think about the item over and over until we finally get it? Or do we actually use the item to its full use and get the maximum thrill out of it once we attain it. Some of my friends is always giving me a hard time about having over 200k+ miles on my last 3 cars. What can I say,  I love driving and I want to make sure that I am getting the full use of my vehicle.

A BIG Question to ask yourself is how do you keep the excitement and enthusiasm going after you get what you want?  To keep toys and gifts in perspective, I noticed a quote by Dale Carnegie that reads, “Success is getting what you want but happiness is wanting it after you get it.” This may not be the complete answer to being happy however it is a good statement to recall and a way to at least maintain some sense of valuing the things we want, get and maintain after the “newness” wears off.

Before you go out and get that new shiny toy that you just have to have, remember to keep it in perspective of why you want it. Go ahead and take inventory of all of the toys you have earned, bought or were given to you and see if there is still some happiness left over with it, before you buy the new “toys”. Remember to get the full use of it so that youwill not leave any stacked up in the corner somewhere.

Enjoy your toys,

P. Jackson

Affiliate Marketing 101

Hello my friends, I wanted to share with you a business platform that I champion on a day to day basis, and I want you to read and give some serious thought to this business model.

One of the easiest and fastest way to make money online in through affiliate marketing. This is when you send visitors to someone else’s product sales page, they make the sale and deliver the product, and you get a percentage of the sale price as you commission (usually 50% or more for digital products).

The benefits of this are

  1. You can get started almost immediately because you don’t have to create a product, write the sales page, design the website, develop marketing materials, or set up the ordering, billing & delivery system.
  2. You have almost no investment of time because you don’t have to do the customer support or deal with billing or technical issues.
  3. You have nearly zero risk because you already know the product sells. So if you send visitors you will get paid.

Looking at these benefits, it’s clear that affiliate marketing is the way to go!

The downside is…

After all your hard work of generating traffic to the sales page, you will never see any of those visitors again. Most of them will not buy on their first visit, which means you’re losing over 90% of the traffic right off the top. And of the 10% or less that do buy, the product owner will be able to sell to them again, but you will not.

What’s the solution?

Simply put, you need to capture the name and email of your visitors *before* sending them to the product sales page. This way you can follow up with them and keep sending them back to the sales page to increase your chances of making the sale. And if you’re really on top of your game, you’ll then send to a pre-sales page in between.

Here’s what these affiliate marketing strategies will do for you:

  1. You’ll be building your own list of potential customers that you can market to again and again.
  2. You’ll be pre-selling them by providing valuable information and then casually linking to the product sales page in the context of this information.

In order to set a system like this up, you will need the following affiliate marketing tools:

  1. A Video Squeeze Page (with video)
  2. One or more content-rich Pre-Selling Pages
  3. At least a 5-Part Email Followup Series

The video squeeze page is where you’ll direct your traffic instead of directly to the product sales page. It captures the name and email of your visitors and puts them into your autoresponder, which then begins sending out the 5-part email series. Then it redirects them to your pre-selling pages after they subscribe to your email series.

All of this together increases your chances of making the sale by up to 500% so it’s well worth the effort of setting it up. And once it’s set up, it runs automatically – you just keep sending visitors to the squeeze page.

If you don’t have the time or expertise to set it all up yourself, you can use something like Affiliate Silver Bullet. Services like this design the enter system (the video, the video squeeze page, the email series, the content pages, etc). The benefit is that it’s much less expensive then you could do it yourself, and it’s instantly set up. The downside is that other people will be using the same affiliate tools as you. But the internet is pretty big, so this isn’t much of a concern.

The other route you can take is to hire people on Elance to create and implement the various aspects for you. Either way, it’s an important step that you need to take if you’re going to be serious about your business.

F_C_ the FEAR – Mission Accomplished!

Hello my friends,
FACE the Fear – Mission Accomplished! C’mon people, what did you have in mind when you saw the title of this post? You must admit, it did catch your attention right? FACE the fear and accomplish your mission! Anytime you have a dream, an idea or goal you want, fear and doubt sometimes creeps in and causes you to be a little timid when going after it. At a recent affiliate marketing (clickbank) conference in NYC, I made up my mind not to leave without accomplishing the 3 things I set out to accomplish.

1. Sit on top of the “Charging of the Bull” statue near Wall Street
2. Learn and implement 3 strategies for additional income opportunities
3. Identify and Set up a Joint Venture partner

An idea came to me several years ago after visiting New York City and seeing the “Charging of the Bull” statue. This statue is one of NY City’s top attraction for tourists and it symbolizes the strength and power of the American people. I made a promise to myself that the next time I visit New York, I was going to sit on top of that bull; there was nothing other than going to jail that would stop me. The fear that raised its ugly head was, what would others think or say about me on the bull, if I couldn’t make the climb on the bull’s back I would have to face the embarrassment, or the strongest fear of being led off to by the NYPD. After playing these and many other scenarios of fear over and over in my head, I immediately calculated the risks and assessed the situation and surroundings and when the opportunity presented itself I took my chance: Mission Accomplished!

2. The second mission to go after was to learn and implement 3 different strategies for additional income opportunities. This task  was an “eye opener” for me and not as complex as I thought they would be. There is always a fear of leaving your comfort zone and being open minded enough to try new or different ideas and strategies. I also had to keep in mind the humility factor and remind myself that I don’t know everything and to remain coachable. It is an absolute pleasure to be in a room full of smart and hungry entrepreneurs that are not only talking and sharing ideas but also implementing and creating products from what they learned.

There are many marketing ideas in this marketing industry and to keep it brief, here are my three that I have started to implement heavily in my business operations. These strategies include setting up partnerships with Amazon.com, Clickbank and Flipping Domain names similar to flipping real estate properties. These ideas can be something special if and when you have the right tools, know-how and marketing business coach guiding you along this affiliate marketing journey: Mission Accomplished!

3. Identifying and forming a joint venture partnership is crucial when you want to leverage your time and resources to create more valuable services and opportunities on a larger scale. The fear that comes up with this goal, is  that while networking and meeting new people, you have to open up the communication process about your ideas, business and in many regards who you are as a business person, to make sure there is a right fit for both parties concerned. 

Statistics show that public speaking is one of the biggest fears that many human beings have and many times at different conferences you have to be able to stand and/or sit at the table to present your ideas and business model in a way to attract someone to your team. I am glad to say that I am working with 2 other business people in different parts of the world that are working hard to accomplish the same goal: Mission Accomplished!

To wrap it up, fear is an emotion that is natural to us as humans however no matter what and how the fear presents itself to you, when you have a mission to accomplish, find your Bull and get on Top of it! I know you can do it, just believe you can and take action.
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Patrick Jackson “The Action Online”

Hello my friends,
for some reason I have to make this post irresistible because in the online business and product creation world, this word “irresistible” has become the new buzzword of the day. For those that has been offline or under a rock, this past month the biggest rage in business other than the Economic bailout plan or the NFL lockout, it has been the new product creation by Mark Hoverson called “Irresistible Info Marketing Blueprint.”

Mark Hoverson is one of the most recognizable names and brands in the online marketing and direct sales industry. Just a little over 4 years ago he was qualifying for food stamps and now he is orchestrating his own personal multimillion dollar empire and with this prouct he created and just launched, he is taking his secrets, strategies and creative brainpower and putting it all to work for and with you.

Hoverson starts this product off going into the “Caffeine” product where he shows where caffeine products are products that actually gives your business a generous financial boost.  Then he goes over in detail the strategy behind video sales letters, webinars, etc…

All in all, if you are looking at having a business online, a seasoned online veteran or been online for a while and  just not having the success you envisioned yourself, then this may be the product for you.

At a recent internet marketing conference (where this photo was taken), I had a chance to listen to him talk about his other great product creation, “Solomon CEO” based on King Solomon and it brings a modern view on wealth creation using concepts from ancient history! Mark is a wise person and does his complete due diligence when it comes to product creation and teaching it to others. Study this information and put thought to what product you can create from the wealth of talent you have inside of you. Talk soon,

 

Michael V. Roberts – Business Role Model

This post is regarding one of my business role models who is making things happen on all levels. Michael V. Roberts is the Chairman and CEO of The Roberts Companies along with his brother Steven C. Roberts. They also have a strong reach in the entertainment field with the Roberts Broadcasting Company along with Roberts Publishing. With their portfolio of businesses, they have created thousands of jobs and opportunities for others and are continuing to push the envelope for more to come.

As an entrepreneur myself, I like the fact that they are providing solutions to needs out here in the marketplace and also have developed some multiple streams of income and opportunity to capitalize on. Michael was in Dallas a while ago at the open house of one of his company’s Marriot Hotels and I had the chance to shake his hand and bring up his book, “Action Has No Season.” The main theme of the book is “Taking Action” however there are many, many valuable nuggets and wise words for Personal development and Decision making, that every leader should have in their arsenal. You can check it out here by clicking on the bookcover below:

Enjoy, Learn and Grow!

I had a chance to listen and pick the brains of one of the top marketers online, Aaron Rashkin, and get an understanding on what makes him and his business so successful. He has a simple quote that puts everything in perspective as far as owning and being successful with your own business and I am paraphrasing however it states; to go from working on your business part time to full time back to part time making an above full time income and also being full time with your family and other interests!  As simple as sounds it is also very insightful to say the least. In so many words, this is why I became an entrepreneur, to get paid for bringing to value in my respective business field and to maximize the moments and opportunities that life has to offer.  

 Even though the photo only captured him and I, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention his better half and business partner Sophia. Pretty much at every marketers conference the two of them can usually be found networking or on stage together and that shows a true team. They went from being a personal trainer and real estate broker to becoming the leading home based business professionals that are all about making an impact in the world we live in.

He performs a weekly online training  with Carbon Copy Pro’s training system and also has his own training module, “Skillionaire 2 Millionaire” that is currently out for you to review. I am glad that I can say that I have him as an online marketing mentor on conference calls and webinars and I always leave with another nugget or two to add to my marketing portfolio.

Talk Soon

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