The Ultimate Keyword Research Resource – Available Now!

by Alex on August 5, 2010

alex whalley's ultimate keyword research resource

This post marks the official launch of ‘Alex Whalley’s Organic Traffic Jam – The Ultimate Keyword Research Resource’

I’m not even sure why they call it a launch, it’s not a boat. I guess it makes sense especially now that I am in the moment. The culmination of all the work that has gone into creating a resource, no matter how small deserves a climax, and calling something a ‘launch’ is always going to have more impact than ‘ oh yeah I discretely slipped it into the mainstream on such and such date’. But now that I have created what I feel is ‘The Ultimate Keyword Research Resource’ for bloggers and internet newbies at least, what should I do now? This is a little post I put together (ok edit, just finished and it’s like 1600 words) to show you why I did what I did and what I plan on doing immediately to market my ebook and build my list. I will be writing another post to share my experiences of the actual process, including what I learned along the way, and of course taking the time to give credit to those amazing bloggers who helped me along the way.

So without further ado, let me introduce (drumroll please) …

Alex Whalley’s Organic Traffic Jam
The Ultimate Keyword Research Resource.

Living under a different roof

targeted trafficThe first thing you may have noticed if you have decided to download the eBook is that I have created a separate domain for the offer and download. The squeeze page was put on a separate domain for a number of reasons, both advantages to SEO and Marketing. Here is a quick couple of reasons why you should set your offer up like this

  • Optimise the page for the search engines, drive organic traffic to the site based on 3 or 4 specific keywords that are TARGETED to the offer itself, as opposed to your blog which is competing for a trillion keywords by now.
  • Free up space on your own blog – opt in forms take up a lot os valuable space in your already cluttered sidebar. An image of your ebook linking to  your page is much more efficient, and it looks nicer too!
  • Remove distractions and exit points that your blog provides in abundance. This is the whole point of a squeeze page after all, and it has been proven time and time again to work, so why not take advantage of it for your offer too?
  • Take part in Giveaways. A massive way to dramatically build your list is to take part in giveaways – but for that you need a squeeze page as well as your gift. (see Giveaway section later in this post for more details)
  • Utilise the power of email marketing services. There are hundreds of services that provide you with the ability to mail your offer to thousands of other marketers – for free I might add, but again, without a squeeze page accompanying your brilliant offer, you can’t fully utilise the service.(see more in marketing section below)

There’s a whole myriad of advantages to having your offer on a separate domain, although a lot of these advantages still apply if you are able to create squeeze pages on your existing theme, which I know some will allow but all in all, to take full advantage of a lot of the SEO and marketing tools out there you really need to have your offer living under a different roof to you.

Email Marketing – building a list

email marketing building a listList building is the initial lesson I learned when I started my foray into internet marketing, so I understood the principles at least, but it wasn’t until I actually had my book live and started setting up the aweber email that I realised there was still so much I had not even taken into consideration…Gulp/

The thought of the email followup is currently driving me crazy and I would actually really love your thoughts on this whole process.

The Idea was…
The idea was for me to try and send out one email each week, with any really relevant or awesome posts being broadcasted when I wrote them. I was going to stick with three emails of value for every email that tried to sell them something. This was the initial idea.
But realistically…
Now I’m thinking of leaving no emails in the followup at all and just emailing the list once a week with a really good tip, offer, post – whatever comes to mind. This second option seems like the better one because it would be

  • less time consuming (by a long shot) and
  • the email would always remain timely and the affiliate offers current and relevant.

What do you think I should do?

Do you have an email list, and if so – What do you currently do in regards to email marketing?

Marketing my ebook NOW

Now that I have finished my ebook I want to start building my list. Technically I could have started building my list from the get go but since I now have the eBook finished I may as well leverage it to assist, I mean that’s the whole point to the free gift right? So here are the first two things I will be doing to leverage my ebook and attempt to grow my list. Keep in mind that both of these methods do not require any presence online what-so-ever, just the knowledge that these methods exist.

The Great Blogging Giveaway!

Giveaways are a great way to build your list. I don’t know anything about them, and I don’t profess to either, but I know they work and so I am jumping on the bandwagon too!

the great blogging giveaway

How they work is that anyone and everyone can give their gift away to build their list, and the whole thing is promoted, people get free stuff and in the end, everyone wins. Lately I joined and became a contributor at a Giveaway called ‘The Great Blogging Giveaway’ I joined because it was the first one I heard about after I finished my ebook, but admit that the name made me happy – knowing I was in the right niche with my offer. Part of the promotional process necessitates that I get others to join the giveaway too, and if I don’t I get ‘downgraded’ or in other words, I lose the ability to give MY gift away. I can’t have that, well I really don’t want to have that so I am asking you directly to go and sign up under me as a contributor.
I am asking as a favour to me so I can give my gift away, but I also genuinely think that if you are in the blogging niche and you have something to give away, that this is a tremendous opportunity for you too to build your list too. So check them out through my affiliate link (if you could call it that) and sign up to give your gift away and help build your list. Here is my link to the giveway (in case you missed the first two :) )…and thank you!

List Joe Email Marketing Service

pointless activities in internet marketingI will be utilising the services of LIST JOE, which is one of hundreds of email marketing services that are available to use for Free, although they do offer an upgraded paid service that allows you to send an email to 10,000 random people every week or so, which is not bad. But let me give you a quick idea of what LIST JOE is and how email marketing services work – because I still liken the whole concept to slapping yourself in the face with a dead fish, that is: really really pointless.

See my post titled Affiliate Clone Wars for the full story but basically what happens is you are put into the system and in order to build up points each week you need to open email from other members and look at their offer. As you open pages you get points (around 20 per page) and you can have a maximum of 4000points per week. Each point is a person you can email so each week you have the potential to email your offer to 4000 people, all for free! Brilliant right. Well here’s the problem. The only reason every other member in the cycle is looking at your offer is to get the points. Just like you are doing, they are not interested in the offer, they just want the points so they can email THEIR offer out. Something to note here is that for every 20 pages you look at, 8 will be the same offer! It’s all really pointless…UNLESS

Now that I have a unique gift (I have not seen something like it around lately) and what I think is a decent squeeze page, I might stand a chance in this system, because even though they only want their points, they still want to succeed online and my offer looks different from all the others that endlessly cycle through.
I’ll keep you posted as to how this goes :)

! UPDATE ! LIST JOE IS USELESS

I emailed over 3500 people my offer and got 2 sign-ups as a result. 1 hour clicking buttons = 2 sign ups!

That’s it for now, I have so much I need to look it and so much more to do – and that’s just the blogging side of the business!

My poor niche sites have been neglected and left to rot during this exciting and extremely busy period of my online growth but, I am hoping at least – it will all be worth it in the end.

Thanks for staying with us to the end, and if you are a regular Keyword Research Blog reader, I thank you for sharing this journey with me thus far, there’s so much more to come. Stay tuned for a post of epic proportions, where I look at everything I have learned on my journey so far. It’s been almost 6 months since I launched this blog!

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Dev - Technshare.com August 5, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Hey Alex,

Great Post as always.
I just started reading your ebook and it’s just awesome. You’ve done great job on your ebook man.
Btw. I think you should also try popup domination or subscribers magnet plugin to build your list effectively.

Thanks for sharing this great Post dude :) .

~Dev

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Alex August 6, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Hey Dev!

Thanks mate, really appreciate the feedback – awesome.
YeahI have been thinking about using the popup dom. (had a few blog friends suggest it now) but will wait until next week- there’s too much on my plate as it is! AAAAAAAAARGH! :)

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Sally August 5, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Hey Alex,

Your ebook is excellent.

After I finished reading it, I understood clearly the steps I have to take in order to select the right keywords for maximum effect and traffic.

Traffic is vital for any site or blog, and it’s one of the main challenges any website owner faces.

Even if you have the best site or blog in the world, it doesn’t matter if no one ever sees it.

I challenge ANYONE struggling to get traffic to…

Read your ebook.
Implement the strategies.
And NOT get a ton of traffic.

It would be impossible NOT to get free traffic after reading your guide.

If readers of your ebook use the resources you provide and follow your teachings, they will get FREE TRAFFIC, period.

Good luck with the list building, I am sure that can be your next ebook.

Sally :)

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Alex August 6, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Sally you complete and utter champion you!

I think you are just awesome right now! I know you would not have made any of that up, but at the same time you worded it so brilliantly, and stoked my ego so nicely too! (thank you)

Question: May I copy and paste this as feedback, and credit you with a link of course? or would you rather remain anonymous?
Thanks Sally, you’re a star!

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PurpleB August 5, 2010 at 10:46 PM

My first time here, congratulations and hope your “launch” works out….smiles.

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Alex August 6, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Thanks Purple B!
My Wife thinks butterflies bring you luck – so THANK YOU for stopping by. I’m feeling lucky already!!
:)

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Anna Haller August 5, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Alex,

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so happy for you! I have not had a chance to read it yet but wanted to post this to give my support and I have no doubt it’s going to be a fantastic read and a very useful resource.

I haven’t used ListJoe yet but it sounds like an awful lot that you have to do to be able to send out emails. Another resource you might want to look into is Mail Chimp. They are a great email service provider and they have a free account you can take advantage of while you are building your list.

Take care and great job in putting your ebook out there, you’ll build that list in no time!

Anna

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Alex August 6, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Thanks Anna!
And thankyou for going full speed at your end, certainly made me get a wriggle on :) !!
ListJoe is terrible, as are they all, but I think I will reserve full judgement for a few weeks when I see how it goes.
I probably didn’t explain it very well, LISTJOE is a service that provides you the ability to have access to a list (a horrible unresponsive one, but a list none the less) Mailchimp is more of an auto responder service like Aweber. (I think that’s how it goes anyway)

Thanks so much for your support and encouragement along the way Anna, it did not go unnoticed :)

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Ana @ Targeted Website Traffic August 6, 2010 at 1:32 AM

I found your points on using a squeeze page vs a blog opt-in very convincing, Alex.

I’ve been meaning to split test the effectiveness of posting just your ebook image in the sidebar; your post urged me to consider doing it sooner rather than later.

Haven’t downloaded your ebook yet, but will after this comment. Congrats, by the way – what a milestone! Whatever are you going to do with yourself now? :)

About ListJoe: I like your optimism. Let me know how it goes. I will blown away if you come back and tell me that all the time you spent opening other members’ email pay off! :)

Ana Hoffman

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Alex August 6, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Hey Ana,

I am amazed and honoured to have given the targeted traffic queen some tips, especially after reading more than 200 of them from you recently!
Hope you enjoy the ebook, or at least are impressed by it even a little bit, :) and yes, my optimism is a little misguided but hey – why not, I currently have 4000 credits so can do my first mail out without any clicking, will see how that goes
Thanks again for stopping by Ana, your comments are really encouraging and helpful.

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Michelle Mangen August 6, 2010 at 5:07 AM

Alex:
Congrats on the launch!!!!

To answer your question on Aweber – I like your second idea of sending out one/two relevant tips/tricks each week instead of having a follow up message. Another option would be a hybrid of the two – send out relevant tips as they come up with pre-set sales messages in Aweber for the drip campaign portion of it.

I took a peek at the blogging giveaway thing but declined to sign up right now as I see the event is launching in 6 days or so. And I know all I have going on right now will prevent me from participating properly (site maintenance, newsletters, business planning…blah blah blah).

If I can help in any way with your campaign be it a RT, etc. just let me know.

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Alex August 6, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Thanks Michelle!
You’re really awesome for offering to support me with the social media – definitely will never say no to a RT! :)
Thanks for your input into the email quandary, makes me feel better to hear my opinion echoed elsewhere – so thanks for helping me confirm what I will be doing – oh man, so so much to do, I need a VA! :)
Thanks for taking a look at the giveaway Michelle, it’s the thought that counts after all :)

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Michelle Mangen August 6, 2010 at 1:22 PM

I’ll be around your site often so you won’t “forget” me when it comes time to work with a VA! :-) Don’t misinterpret that as I’ll only be coming here so you remember me.

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Alex August 6, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Too late. Get out.

Hahaha just kidding. I would never think that Michelle, besides my content is just too good (rolls eyes)

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LaTonya August 6, 2010 at 5:46 AM

Hi Alex-

As stated previously, I’m a huge fan of your writing so I know that I’m going to LOVE the eBook.

Now the the incite:

It appears a s though we are at the same stage on our journey through internet marketing. I too, have just completed my first product and will be “launching” it next week (if the Good Lord says the same:-). I will be offering a 52 min interview (with Eric Louviere-my mentor) for free, and I’ve also written a “Blueprint” called The New Rules of Article Marketing (which will be sold as an OTO). Both products are excellent, if I may say so myself, and contain a wealth of highly valuable information.

Here’s my list building strategy:

1)I too will use my gifts within JV Giveaway events. I have about 100 subscribers so far…so I have a long way to go.
2) My mentor has agreed to promote my products to his 5 figure list. Whooray!
3) Once I have 300 subscribers, I plan to do at least one adswap/week.
4) I’m going to begin working on a big mentoring project of my own, which will teach newbies and small business owners about our business. I’ve learned a great deal, and I have some really awesome ideas for this project.

Relationship Building

I plan on creating an auto-responder series, and I believe that you should too. You offer lots of information, that will be extremely valuable to your list! Therefore, one strategy could be for you to create a post for the blog then create an email that gives them a taste of the info within the post, and suggests that they visit the blog to leave comments. This will allow you to “Mann” both marketing vehicles. I would also provide content specifically for subscribers, and market products that you know will help them along their journey to success.

I spoke to my mentor about this extensively, because I don’t like receiving daily or weekly emails…that doesn’t fit my personality. So I plan to create high quality emails, and send them out every two weeks or so. One thing that I will not do is recommend affiliate products that I have not tested. I want to build trust among my subscribers, and potentially weak products don’t fit the bill. You have already started the trust building part through blogging; I trust your opinion and your knowledge.

Lastly, I love this post, and plan on stealing…I mean implementing the following strategies:

1)A new domain name for the blueprint. I plan to interview at least one person per month, so I’ve already purchased http://liveinterviewswithlatonya.com, yet I’m going to follow through with the eBook as well.
2) I also like your header graphic and the banner contained within this post. Who created those for you? They did an awesome job!
3) The photo at the bottom of your squeeze page is a super nice touch:-)

God bless you Alex!

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Alex August 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM

La Tonya!

Oh man, where do I begin, I don’t think anything I write down can justify the appreciation I feel for your comment!
Seriously, hearing what you had to say about the email marketing side of things really struck a chord with me and I feel so much more motivated and driven, thank you for shining a light on the auto-responder path Latonya!
I will pop over to support your launch with great pleasure – it’s the least I can do. Glad you got some good tips from this post, and even better that you are getting your mentor to send it out to his list – that’s just AMAZING! (so jealous right now)
Take care and again, thank YOU SO much for the feedback

PS: love all your plans btw, I think you have areally strong image of where you are going and how you plan on getting there – AWESOME!

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LaTonya August 6, 2010 at 5:51 AM

Ohhh! I forgot.

Offer it on the Warrior Forum, and consider selling it on eBay and Amazon as well.

LaTonya

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Alex August 6, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Brilliant!

That’s it, Im joining the Warrior Forum right now!
No more excuses, thanks again LaTonya~

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Jeffrey Morgan August 6, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Hi Alex,
Ok, I hit the link and signed-up for the Blogging give away. Book looks great and I’m about half way through it.
Oh, by the way. killer landing page! The header worked! I’m afraid I’m not big on long landing pages. I don’t think I have read one yet. I read yours twice! It was clear, concise and too the point.
I’m sorry I’m just not going to spend 25 minutes of my time reading a long landing page. I’ll give you five minutes and I’m out of there. I was able to read yours twice in about two minutes.
Ok, let’s review. Long sales page that takes 25 minutes to read ……… Did not READ AND WILL NOT READ!
Alex Whalley’s sales page takes 1 minuted to read ……. READ TWICE! I wonder which sales page has the greater impact?
Great Work Alex!

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Alex August 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Wow Jeffrey!

Thanks so much for that awesome feedback!
Really, THIS is the reason why people need to build relationships in the blogosphere first. I would never get that sort of honest, awesome and downright invaluable feedback from a stranger!

Are you listening people!? LOL

Thanks again Jeffrey, really awesome of you to take the time and share your thoughts!

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Jeffrey Morgan August 6, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Hey Alex did you check out my response to your comments for “Can You Spell Blogger – Lesson – 27″ over at my site? Wages of weirdness! There goes that C.D.O. again!

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Louis August 6, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Hi Alex,

Great going with the eBook. I’ll be curious to read your outcome with ListJoe.

As I’ve said before, if there are others with big lists that are willing to back you up, then you will get a head start.

Trying to do this online thing with no support, is a no win game.

Cheers and good luck.

Louis

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Alex August 8, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Thanks Louis!
actually email 3000 people the offer through listjoe about 3 days ago and so far have got two sign ups! LOL I think perhaps this is NOT a good method of building your list.
WIll write update soon
I am beginning to wish I was part of some mentoring program now so that I could get some heavy hitters help, but hey you gotta do what you gotta do aye.

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Louis August 21, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Hi Alex,

Been busy with my partnership and mastermind group project with MWA3.0 students.

A mentoring program is definitely the way to go. I have joined a few over the yrs, and have found Alex Jeffreys one to be the most benefitial. Alex coaching deals a lot with relationship marketing, and how to get better outcome from a small list. There are a number of student’s of his that has followed coaching programs of their own based on AJ’s training.

I am unsure if AJ will be doing coaching for the time being, but I would watch out for his followers coaching, and then you can join one. May not be cheap but is well worth the money spent.

Louis

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Alex August 22, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Hey Louis!

All good mate, I know what it’s like. You gotta look out for number one anyway mate!
Look forward to hearing more about what you are up to – and awesome work too I might add!

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Bailey Ing August 6, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Hey Alex,

What can I say? I’ve read the book three times over since downloading it.
What I love about it is how it’s laid out so logically and it’s very clean to read. Perfect for a blog/ niche marketing keyword resource. I really like your writing style: It’s coherent, interesting and you always pay attention to the flow and readabilty for your readers. Awesome.

I’ve been a niche marketer for a couple of years myself and still found the information very useful. I especially appreciated the resources you have recommended and will definitely be trying the tools to help with my marketing.

I never knew about the free tool for UAW, so thanks for the heads up!
Infact would you object if I offered this book to my subscribers?

Thanks once again for this excellent resource and great job Alex.

Bailey

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Alex August 6, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Hey Bailey!

Thank you so much for the AWESOME feedback, really good to hear all that work is being appreciated :)
As far as offering it to your list, I would be honoured my friend, and also really appreciative too, so obviously that’s a big ‘go for it’ :)
The free plug-in from UAW is awesome – once again, thanks for stopping by and sharing your (awesome) thoughts Bailey, chat soon mon frere

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Mandy Allen August 7, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Hi Alex, this looks great and a great strategy too. I’ve learnt a lot from your post, thanks for sharing.

Enjoy the journey.

Mandy

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Alex August 8, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Thank you Mandy!
Really appreciate you stopping by to share your comments.
Have an awesome day!

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Barry Wells August 7, 2010 at 3:33 AM

Hi Alex, I haven’t read your eBook, but judge from the comments left it’s one that i will be reading.

Regarding your Aweber question: As long as the follow up emails are up to date they would free up your time. I have 2 main lists, 1 is for my eBook website aimed at eBay and has a series of follow ups in place the other is for my blog and i have 1 follow up in place to thank the subscriber for signing up.

I have created one product which is on clickbank and i have a second planned, as a give away, I will be starting it when i get out of hospital in a few weeks time. Your guide here is really great Alex and will help me no end, I’ve signed up to your RSS so as to be kept up to date.

Thanks for supplying the tools and of course the tips.

Barry

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Alex August 8, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Barry,

Thanks so much for coming over to say hi! Especially for providing such value ad to my new ebook launch – awesome!
The advice you gave on email followups is great and I will certainly be taking that heavily on board when i decide what I ultimately do.

Thanks again for commenting, and for bringing my attention to that 100 comments challenge – looks like fun

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Matthew Needham August 7, 2010 at 7:06 AM

Mate, there’s too much to read here ! In a good way! Too much to take in. There’s lot of really good ideas and sugguestions.

So, just taking one, as I need to go back and read the rest of the post is the email list. Personally I think the realistic once a week approach is by far the best. I get far too many emails from some bloggers with very little useful information.

Keep up the ood work, seriously this is good stuff and a great post too!

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Alex August 8, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Hey Matthew,

Thanks so much for the awesome feedback mate, I can;t thank you and your site enough for the constant source of information and inspiration.
I appreciate the thoughts on the email followup, I am still at a a quandary over that one, and even if I do choose the fortnightly or weekly follow up, I am already too late for those already on my list…AAAAAARGH

Thanks for stopping by Matthew!

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Randy Smith August 7, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Hi Alex,

Hey – you can ‘ramble’ like me…lol
You seem to have a lot of useful info in your post, but can I add a comment:

You mention ‘space on your blog’ in your post, and I agree with the sentiment.
That said I have a lot of optin forms on my own blog – as I want to ensure people didn’t miss the chance to join my list…but that’s by the by…
What I wanted to mention is that your blog goes too wide in my firefox browser – so I end up missing your right hand sidebar completely….
(Naturally I’m too lazy to scroll left and right as well as up and down… but I believe most people would be the same these days ?

Is this something you have done intentionally – or an error with my browser?

Regards
Randy
http://www.RandolfSmith.com

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Alex August 8, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Thanks for the tip Randy.
My site is around 1100 wide so I assume you have your monitor set extra small or something, have not seen this myself when loading my site anywhere, but again, thanks for the heads up. I assume you are using IE, cause it sucks :)

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Pete Carr-Blogging Genius August 8, 2010 at 12:39 AM

Hi Alex,

Some really useful info there.
I had never thought about seperate domain for a squeeze page.
Now it makes perfect sense.
I am writing 2 versions of my book. One to give away on free sites like free Ebooks and butterfly reports. And then the full version with squeeze page, so I can direct the traffic from the report to the squeeze page. Also article traffic.

Pete

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Alex August 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Hey Pete,

I think you have taken my idea and brought it one step further. I really like what you plan on doing and think I will investigate this options further.
Thanks for the tips on butterfly reports and free ebooks, never knew about those two resources to share my ebook on.

Glad you found value in the post Pete, and thanks again for stopping by and commenting :)

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Lisa August 8, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Hi Alex,
Well after all these awesome comments, I signed up to get your book!
Not only am I going to have to read your new book, I am gonna have to click around your blog for a bit since it’s my first time here!
Have you had much success with the traffic exchange? I find that people only use traffic exchanges to send their own stuff hoping that other people will actually click on what they have to offer. Just a lot of clicking and no reading or opt ins. Do you find that to be true?
Have you put this on the Warrior Forum? Just curious.
Off to read this ebook! thanks for taking the time!

Lisa~

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Alex August 9, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Lisa,

Not only am I going to have to approve this comment, I am going to have to add you to my favourite commentators too! :)
Thanks so much for taking the time to explore the site and download the ebook, I hop you get lots of value out of all of it!
As for the traffic exchance – I sent an email to 3000 people and I think I got two signups, but I am not 100% sure they were actually from the email mailout as I forgot to add a tracking code. anywho – reminds me to post an update on that waste of time fun fun I had
Thanks again for stopping by and for your awesome comments Lisa!

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Steve King @ Weekend Golfers August 9, 2010 at 3:16 AM

Hi Alex
Congratulations on taking the action to complete a great product. I hope your launch goes really well for you.
Once I get done with all the work involved in the challenge I’ll be sure to come back and visit as I love learning new things about keyword research…one of my favourite subjects…I know I’m sad .
Welcome to the challenge, good to have you on board :)
cheers
Steve

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Alex August 9, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Hey Steve!

Your URL is making me sad. I used to be a single figure handicapper until two children arrived…oh well, maybe one day I will play again :(
Thank you so much for taking the time to come over and comment, as well as wish me luck of course! Awesome Steve.
Glad to be a part of the challenge, although I need to find out exactly what I need to do and get involved.
Thanks again for the comments Steve.

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Terry Conti August 9, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Hi Alex, I like what you said about giveaways. I now understand how useful they can be. Thank you for the enlightenment. Terry Conti

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Alex August 10, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Hey Terry,

Thanks for stopping by – If you get a chance I would really appreciate you signing up under me, although as we speak I have someone so it is no longer imperative (perhaps it was you :) )

Thanks again for stopping by

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John McNally August 9, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Well done Alex, you’ve come a long way in 6 months. 8)

I agree with you about separate domains for squeeze pages, and have just created my own a few weeks ago. I also think you should ‘only’ email your list once a week. That’s more than enough in my opinion; – if I get many more than that I simply unsubscribe.

You are a lot further down the marketing road than me Alex; Good luck with this project. :-)

John

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Alex August 10, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Hey John!
Thanks for your feedback on my progress man, that’s awesome of you to say!
And good luck with your own list building and squeeze page efforts John.

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Stan Young August 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Hey Alex
Excellent post, you have set out the process clearly of what one has to do to be successful on line by selecting the correct Keywords. I havent read you E-book as yet but from what you have covered in your post it sounds as though it will be a good read. You are obviously a well established internet marketer from your perspective what do you think the most important aspect of key word optimisation is?
Also what are some of the key points to be successful on line?
Many Thanks

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Alex August 11, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Hey Stan!
Thanks you for your comments and your compliment. I think I am far from being an established internet marketer, but I definitely know A LOT more now than I did when I started 6 months ago (it’s only been 6 months, OMG!)
I think the most important aspect of keyword optimisation is consistency. Like anything on line, it doesn’t matter how well you do it, but how often you do it. and this is especially true of keyword optimisation.
The Key to being successful on line is…. you guessed it CONSISTENCY :) Seriously though, you need to know it takes years to turn this into a full time income, if you arewilling to put in the hours and deal with maybe years of negative cashflow then you will see success.
Thanks for stopping by Stan, hope I provided some insight.

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Craig August 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Hi Alex,

Blimey, I have been away form your blog just a little while and look at it. You have got so much going on now. A new ebook which I will be going over very soon. I only came over to mention a list of Giveaway events as you wanted to know last time you visited my blog.

Well done Alex and can’t wait to read the ebook

Cheers

Craig

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Alex August 11, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Hey Craig!
hahaha, yeah just slightly busy my friend – thankyou for the compliments! (it didn’t go unnoticed – phew :) )
Thank you so much for remembering about the giveaways. I am actually taking part in this blogging one coming up, but will definitely pop over to see what else is on offer – the more the merrier I say :)
Awesome Craig.

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Bryan McHeyzer@The Internet Intern August 11, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Hi Alex,
I need to thank the “Bloggers Gods” for being invited to join the 100 comments challenge.
It has been fun and sooo benefical… met so many new people with such a varid view point and not backward putting it across….so much talent here.
I have to say I have not been here before and I do not know who you are but mate judging from the comments I am glad to meet you.
I signed up for your book but have not downloaded it yet … the challenge sure takes up a lot of my time at the moment.
I have book marked your site and will return.
Cheers
Bryan

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Alex August 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Hey Bryan!
Glad to be a part of the challenge too, what a fantastic way to broaden the blogosphere for each of us!
Thanks so much for taking the time to come across and say g’day Bryan. Also really appreciate the comments and feedback in regards to my blog and ebook – awesome man!
Will pop over to say hi at your blog soon – after all, continuing the conversation is all part of the process – is it not :)

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Cheryl@backlinks August 12, 2010 at 1:56 AM

Wow! Really well done, Alex. I shall be staying tuned and learning from your process. You always provide powerful, easy to implement information. I’m sure your ebook is packed with new ideas that I haven’t tried yet. Whoohooo! I’m happy to join you on the Good Ship Alex!

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Alex August 13, 2010 at 11:06 PM

Thanks Cheryl!

Sorry, for some reason this found the spam queue and I never got a chance to say thanks and pop over to say hi back.
Really love your energy in this comment and I am bottling it for the slower days!

Thanks again Cheryl, you rock!

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LaTonya @ Internet Marketing for Small Businesses August 14, 2010 at 4:01 AM

Hi Alex-

I’m in the process of putting the final touches on my Article Marketing eBook, and I’d like to add a link for readers to subscribe to your list and download your ebook. Is that ok with you?

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Alex August 14, 2010 at 1:06 PM

I would be honoured LaTonya, thanks girl!

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John Soares August 14, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Alex, I signed up with your link and I’m really looking forward to reading your ebook.

Gotta say, I don’t like Stephanie Mulac’s whole one-time-offer, multiple-page sales pitch just to get through to the free stuff. She has the time limits and the whole “you’ll never see this again” thing.

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Alex August 14, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Hey John!
Thanks mate, hope you enjoy the read :)
I agree, so many pages of BS, dont blame me – sorry, but thanks for checking it out and even more so if you signed up. 2 people did so that’s awesome, I won’t lose my gift. (still no idea how it works though LOL)

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John Soares August 16, 2010 at 7:38 AM

I did sign up, and I downloaded your ebook. I’ll get to it soon…

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Alex August 16, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Get what? the ebook, or the message within? :) Just kidding

Thanks John, hope you find it useful

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Jaosn Ser @The Most Powerful Inspirational Quotes Of Your Life August 14, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Hi Alex,
Congratulations for your launch! Your Squeeze Page sure look all nice and “tempting”.

I will need to find time to read later though as I am also very close to my launch of my membership site very very soon and had been busy with Jacinta’s blog challenge. But you know what? I had already learned a few good tips from your post here. :)

All the best and shall see you in the future soon.

Cheers
Jason Ser

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Alex August 14, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Thanks Jason, that’s awesome of you to say man, and I really appreciate you taking the time to come over and say hi – even with a membership site in the wings! Nice mate

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igor Griffiths August 15, 2010 at 5:04 AM

Hi Alex

You have some great ideas and the one about the optin form on your blog took a while to sink in but makes perfect sense.

The idea of marketing is to make them think and take action, by clicking on an image, they have already started the journey, so they might as well fill the form in. On your blog, it just a case of oh yet another form to fill – no thanks.

igor

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Alex August 16, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Hey Igor,

Further to the opt in form idea – this new pop up domination also removes the necessity to have one on your actual sidebar.
However… I LOVE how you have translated this Igor, and it’s so true ( I never thought of it like that – YOU are a genius mate) They are taking action, and thus begins the process…. awesome!

Thanks for stopping by man

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Stuart Turnbull August 16, 2010 at 6:53 AM

Hi Alex

Congratulations on your first product launch!

You should use your follow up sequenced emails to really win your new subscribers trust in the first weeks after sign up.

Send lots of valuable content, tell them about yourself, invite their input, maybe use an online survey to find out what they want (surveymonkey.com is free) don’t be afraid to communicate every couple of days initially then at least once per week.

If you give your subscribers good valuable content regularly they will trust your judgement when you recommend affiliate products in your broadcast messages.

Good luck!

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Alex August 16, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Hey Stuart,

Mate that is some really awesome value add you have provided there and I honestly think you hit it on the head with the answer and the reasoning behind it. SO much so that I think I will adpot that very idea!
Problem now of course is that the 70 people already signed up have been there for whatever time and ….oh well, thy can be greeted all the same.

Thanks Stuart!

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Jennifer@Online Business Making Money at Home August 17, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Hi, Alex

Thank you for sharing your knowledge of Keyword research with us all! I’ve signed up for your book – just haven’t been off to confirm my e-mail – will do so when I’ve finished here.

I’m listbuilding in the Ultimate Blogging Giveaway too. Going nicely. Only problem for me is …
what to send to the subscribers next? I’m completely stumped as to what sequence of e-mails to send … don’t just want to sell, sell, sell – but were do I get interesting informercials :P

Hope your book/launch takes off successfuly

All the best
Jennifer

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Alex August 17, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Hey Jennifer,

Glad you found value in the post, and I hope you enjoy the ebook :)
As far as email follow ups go, I am with you in that I am not sure what to do. The giveaway is another thing – I just dont get it. I mean I do, but what am I supposed to do now?
THanks for stopping by, will pop over and say hi

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Jennifer@Online Business Making Money at Home August 17, 2010 at 8:56 AM

whoops – just to say that my blog post for the 100 comment challenge is
http://jtinternetmarketing.com/internet-marketing-joint-ventures/

(upped the number of comments for you :P But really, sorry)

Jennfier

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Alex August 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM

hahahahha, it’s a bit like that isn’t it. it’s awesome and it’s not at the same time :)

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Daniel Sumner August 17, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Hi Alex,

Just read your eBook, well done some good informative content. Maybe you could have a second offer on your download page?

I agree with Stuart Turnbull in regard to auto responders. Provide info first then offers later. Ensure your offers are evergreen as dated offers don’t sell too well after initial launch periods.

You can always add a key blog post to your auto responder as well. These are called pillar posts and they should be your best content and provide top quality info for the reader.

Not everyone will join your list via your blog, so get them to it and give the best content you can.

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Alex August 18, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Hey Daniel,

Thanks mate!

There is some really awesome feedback there – constructive and positive, really appreciated Daniel.
Thanks for stopping by and downloading the ebook, guess I better up the email response game now that you are on my list. ;)

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Daniel Sumner August 18, 2010 at 2:52 PM

No Problem Alex,

You will find you make a few sales from your auto responders so don’t waste them. I have actually just canned all of mine and I am starting again with some newer material with a different approach which I spoke about in my original comment.

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Fran Aslam @kw LUV August 18, 2010 at 4:37 AM

Hi Alex:

I read your post because I came here to write a comment on your blog post for 100 comments challenge. So far I find your blog an extensive work of article writing, keyword search and list building and lots more. Wow and even this post is so extensive. I am impressed. I have to come here very soon and read more. I have already added your blog to my favorites.
I am glad that I joined with 100 comments challenge to see your work. I wish you lots of success.
Now I will like you to go to my blog and read a simple blog, and post and add a comment to improve myself.
Talk again
Fran Aslam

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Alex August 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Wow Fran

Now that is some really great feedback, and thankyou so much for taking the time to stop by and say so :)
Really glad that you are finding heaps of value within these pages and I hope you continue to get what you are looking for, here and wherever my blog takes you :)

Enjoy the challenge, and thanks again for stopping by and commenting. Will come over and say hi for sure :)

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Tej Kohli August 20, 2010 at 5:58 PM

I will try its soon , Basically I am depending upon Google ad words keyword tool , I am looking for change might be its help me better way

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Kathy Dobson@Outsourcing to the Philippines August 21, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Hi Alex,
Congratulations! Your first product…how exciting!
I need lots of help with keywords….it definitely is not my strength and I need to build a stronger presence with them.

I am going to sign up to receive your book because I need to read the contents and apply your pactices. If Sally says its good enough to read…then I am there too!

As for Giveaways….love them! I don’t think they produce quite as well as they used to…but for a beginner…they are priceless. I do however suggest you look closely at any Giveaway you enter. They really are not equal. This last one I was in was over the top the best I’ve ever joined. On the other hand…the one before that produced hardly anything for me…but, I was still required to promote it.

Thanks for all the great info. I loved reading your post!
Kathy

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Alex August 21, 2010 at 1:39 AM

Hey Kathy,

Thanks for the great feedback on this post, and the ebook in general. I hope you enjoy it :)
As for the information you provided, thanks, that was very informative actually – not sure if this Giveaway I am in now is actually getting me anything.
Thanks again for stopping by Kathy

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Martyn Boaden August 21, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Hi Alex

When I started my internet marketing online business, I made loads of blog posts and wrote loads of articles without doing keyword research first. It wasn’t a complete waste of time but I would have achieved much better results if I had done keyword research first and then written my blog posts and articles based on those keywords. As far as I’m concerned, keywords is king!

I’ve downloaded your ebook and will read it with relish. May I suggest that you make the image at the top of your post a clickable link? (My first instinct was to click on it)

I’ve posted a link to this page on identi.ca for you (makes a change from Twitter!)

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Alex August 21, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Hey Martyn

Thanks for the awesome comment man! I would love to take up your suggestion, but unfortunately I dont know how to make it do that LOL (or maybe I do…Ill investigate)

Thanks for the tip, hope you enjoy the ebook my friend

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Alex@first100items August 21, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Hi Alex
Have you ever considered the paid email lists? Might be a time saver and I believe they are addresses to people interested in something new. There are multiple markets in each list resource, like business or personal. I haven’t tried one myself, so I’m curious. I ordered your ebook because I need to improve my keywords. Thanks for that.

Alex

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Alex August 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Hey Alex,

IF you are talking about List Joe, Traffic Witch, Traffic Splash, and all that crap, then yes I Have tried them , AND THEY SUCK.
Thanks for downloading the ebook, hope you get some good tips, and thanks for stopping over and commenting

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Alex@first100items August 23, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Hi Alex
“Thanks for coming over and leaving your awesome comment on my Blog btw Alex,
in regards to the paid email marketing you talk about, is this like ‘LIST JOE and the like? because THEY SUCK. if not, love to know what you ARE referring to.”
I was thinking more of something like this:
http://www.email-list.com/Content/Opt-In-email-list.aspx
It would seem like an over the table approach rather than spam or something like it.
What do you think?
Alex

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Alex August 23, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Hey Alex,

Hmmm – that looks really interesting actually. Granted it would not be targeted at all, but imagine sending your offer to 82 million people! Seriously… for $4000 that’s something to think about…. even 40 people getting together and chucking in 100 each, thats over 2 million people to email EACH. Might start contacting some blogging friends… you in?

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Alex@first100items August 27, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Hi Alex
I’m curious. Where would you send them? I don’t know if you can split the delivery, but I’d be curious. I think they have a $15 package you could try them out on. I believe some of the categories under individual as opposed to business might have something entrepeneurially related.

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Alex August 27, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Alex.

I don’t get it? Please explain…. sorry man, I assume you mean where would I send them apart from the squeeze page… but then you lost me :)

SandyHalliday@Making Money Online August 21, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Interesting about your reasons for putting your eBook on a separate domain. I have been doing exactly that but have just decided to create a new squeeze page with a squeeze page plugin for my blog. It creates a whole page so the opt in does not have to sit in your sidebar.

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Alex August 21, 2010 at 7:29 PM

NIce, yeah its amazing what some of the wordpress plugins can do now.
Is this a free one or a paid one just out of curiousity?
Thanks for stopping by and comment Sandy! Good luck with your new squeeze

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@nutritional cleanse August 22, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Hi Alex

Big congrats on your ebook. I know the hours that this consumes so I wish you every success with sales.
I have just started implementing off site squeeze pages so looking forward to seeing how these work out. Do you know of giveaways in areas other than IM? I have tried some for my non IM site but they don’t work.

Regards
Anne

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Alex August 23, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Thanks Anne, much appreciated hey!
As for giveaways in Non IM markets, I think you should check out this post here from Craig Sowerby listing all the latest Giveaways.

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Andreas @ Free Internet Marketing Tips August 24, 2010 at 12:30 AM

Hi Alex,

Congratulations for your product’s launch! There are product launches almost every day and they work extremely well. They work because they create a buzz in the niche market.

Product launches are the way to succeed online because it’s not about making money by selling your information product but also because you gain new subscribers. To be more specific you are building a list of buyers which is the most profitable list you can have! Also you gain new affiliates (free traffic) and becoming an authority an expert in your niche and the subscribers will listen to your advices.

Considering email marketing now, try to have a couple of follow up messages with useful information and not selling anything. Then it’s not necessary to send a broadcast email every day or every 3 days. Twice a week is ok. Not too soon and not too late. Try to give out really good tips to your subscribers (to email or blog) and every 4,5 emails promote something similar to the information you previously gave away.

Take care,
Andreas

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Alex August 24, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Wow Andreas!
Best first comment ever :)

Thanks so much for the feedback, as well as the really great insight into launches (I Really did learn a thing or two reading that) and also for the advice on email marketing.
Awesome of you to stop by and share Andreas!

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Andreas Spyrou August 25, 2010 at 3:34 AM

Hi Alex!

Thank you for your good comments.
I’m always trying to do my best and its good to hear that you learn something with my help.

Take care,
Andreas

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Darren L Carter August 24, 2010 at 6:09 AM

Hey Alex,

I can’t believe I just now found your e-book!

I just downloaded it and am about to read it. I know it’s going to be good since your site is such a good one. Always enjoy reading what you are up to over here.

Thanks for sharing this with everyone!

Peace,
Darren L Carter

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Alex August 24, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Geeeez Darren, not good enough. God, anyone would think you were, I dunno – hanging with an atomic bomb survivor or something. :)
Thanks for taking the time to comment and support as usual Darren, it’s good to see you again mate.

Enjoy the resource :)

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Daniel M. Wood @ Sales Techniques, Motivation and Success August 25, 2010 at 12:38 AM

I wish you the best of luck with your launches and email list.
Keep up the good work :)

//Daniel

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Alex August 25, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Thanks Daniel!

You’re awesome man.

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Rob Corrigan August 25, 2010 at 1:55 AM

Hi Alex. just signed up for your book and am really looking forward to reading this, I must say I like the layout of your site what theme are you using?

Cheers
Rob

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Alex August 25, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Hey Robert, cheers mate – hope you enjoy the resource :)

Theme is Thesis – it’s the best! I’m not technical at all but this theme makes it so easy for me to play with without that knowledge. It’s also very SEO friendly. Can’t ask for more!
Thanks again for stopping by

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Bill Murney August 25, 2010 at 4:38 AM

Hi Alex,

Congratulations on your first product launch and in only 6 months. You are doing really well Alex, well done. You certainly seem to know in which direction you are heading and your site looks like the work of a veteran.

Your idea of mailing once per week is probably just about right, in my opinion any more and you risk people hitting the unsubscribe button – but hey what do I know I am way behind you.

Regards,

Bill

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Alex August 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Thanks so much for that Bill! Really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and say so :)
I still haven’t started the mailing, but I agree that I will probably go for the weekly catch up if anything. Maybe put 5 or emails in autoresponder though.

Thanks again for stopping by Bill

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Abizer August 25, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Hi Alex

Been around your space for the first time – have come across your name sometime back and always meant to say “Hi” .. so here I am to say “Hi” with the help of the 100 blog comment challenge.

Downloaded your ebook but not started reading it yet. Read Sally’s comment on it and knowing Sally (and as you agree in your response to sally’s comment :-) ) I’m sure she would never make it up and has perfect reviews!

So, definitely will be reading your ebook, thanks for offering it for free. Having said that, your squeeze page is very attractive and the signature/photo gives it a personal touch – nice one!

I have been looking around your website and some great stuff, you have a regular visitor added to your list :-) all the very best.

Cheers!
Abizer

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Alex August 25, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Hey Abizer! Thanks mate, glad you stopped by.
The power of social proof in action :) Glad Sally enjoyed the ebook and shared that awesome comment! Hope you enjoy the resource and thanks so much for your wonderful feedback in relation to, well all of it :)
Look forward to seeing you around the blogoshere Abizer, enjoy mate

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Steve@bookmarking August 26, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Hi Alex, very well done, you’ve covered a lot of territory here. Congratulations on creating a product you’re proud to share. That’s a powerful step in the right direction. I wish you the best of luck in your launch and hope that your boat runneth over with sales. ;-)

I’ve been avidly joining giveaways for over a year and I’m just starting to get it down after a being in a dozen events already. I must add that having a follow up email series already in the queue and ready to roll is a major relief to email marketers. Alex, if you want to create an awesome email marketing system then I highly recommend Jazz Lai’s “Inbox Cash Blueprint”. It’s a complete course and well worth the $27 I’ve paid. Be well, and good luck in the challenge ahead, Steve D.

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Alex August 26, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Hey Steve,

Thanks for the awesome feedback and well wishes, as well as the reference to that system. I would say I will check it out, but I think the last think I need right now is even more options! LOL
Thanks again for stopping by Steve.

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Brian Alcock August 26, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Hi Alex,

Enjoyed your very informative post on my first visit to your blog.

I have to say a big well done to you Alex, you have made progress in leaps and bounds since I first became aware of you on Chris Farrell’s membership site. I know you have now found your niche and moved on from there and all credit to you for this.

I have not had time to read your ebook yet but I plan to soon. Keep up the great work and I shall be back to your blog for more excellent tips and advice.

Regards,

Brian

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Alex August 26, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Brian,

Really appreciate you taking the time to come over and share those kind words and encouraging feedback!
yeah things have definitely changed since the Chris Farrell days, mind you it was like a flashback when I saw him recently teaming up with Mike Filsaime for that affiliatedotcom thing!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting Brian, I really do appreciate it – and I hope you enjoy the resource :)

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Mark Sherman August 27, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Hi Alex,

You have a really nice looking site here. We both use Thesis and you have given me some inspiration to try some new things on my site. I noticed a comment above from Randy Smith where he mentioned the problem of your site being to wide in his browser. I mainly use FireFox, but also use other browsers to see how my sites look. I went with a narrower page to accommodate this problem.

I look forward to reading your ebook, as I like your writing style and your post is very informative. I also think you did a wonderful job on your squeeze page! Do you mind divulging what tool or tools you use, as I like the presentation and clean looking layout? If you don’t want to say, I completely understand and will still visit your site often. Keep doing what you are doing!

Thank you,

Mark

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Alex August 27, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Mark,

Thanks so much for your awesome comments in relation tothe blog and writing too.
Hope you get a lot of value out of the ebook and I look forward to seeing you around :)

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Steve@stevetroutman.com/blog August 27, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Greetings Alex,

Nice Site. Hope the launch of your new product went well. Sounds like a good deal. I like the name as well.
How did you do on it? Keep me posted. I like the idea also of putting the squeeze page on a separate domain.

Interesting idea. Thanks for the cool tips and good luck in the 100 comment challenge.

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Alex August 27, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Steve,

Thanks for the feedback, the ebook is actually free, but it has already been downloaded over 200 times, so I think it’s fair to say that it’s going well :)
enjoy the rest of your blog hopping my friend, and thanks again for stopping by

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Jacinta Dean August 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Hi Alex,

WOW! Congratulations on your first ebook! I think it will be a perfect list building tool.

I have signed up so I am looking forward to sitting down and reading it, although with my work load with this lovely little challenge I created it won’t be for a week yet!

Ooops on that one! :oops:

The challenge seems to be going well. Everyone is slowly getting around to everyone’s blogs. I am doing a table as I go around. I feel like a school teacher again! :shock:

I get the feeling a few people won’t get to all the blogs before the end of August, however hopefully everyone will still honour and complete the challenge as soon as they can.

The challenge has been a very interesting experience, however I had no idea on the workload! oops on that one!

Make it longer next time! :D

Good luck with your book and I will see you back here soon!

Cheers

Jacinta :D

P.S I will give you some feedback as soon as I have read it if you want! :P

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Alex August 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragment Jacinta!
You must be extremely bussy! And tallying it all up like that. You OCD or just like things organised LOL! (I’m worried now because I think I’ve only visited about 40 so far!)
You are right in that the challenge has been interesting – but I have to say that from a blogger with a little experience- this was a BRILLIANT idea of yours – really!

Take care and good luck getting it all done.

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