Using Your Research to the Fullest, Simplify Research for Your Writers, Migrating EpilepsyMoms.com, Paper.li, and Much More

"LIVE" Q&A with James Martell

To begin tonight's LIVE Q&A James begins by discussing the value of really diving in and giving your all when researching a topic. When research is done well you can use it for a variety of things like podcasts, website content even your backlinking efforts. He explains when your research is done right it can work for you a long time.

Next James shares a simplified way for researching topics for your writers. He offers an inside look on how he uses podcasts he knows are of value to provide his writer with a detailed amount of research to craft high quality well designed articles. [Read more...]

Successful Affiliate Marketing While on the go, New and Improved Start Page, Customizing Header Graphic, Organizing Your PAD Distribution, Paid Advertisement Limits, Trademarks in Your Domain Name

"LIVE" Q&A with JamesMartell

James kicks of this LIVE Q&A by sharing a sneak peek at CarrieAndJohnathan.com, a website owned by two successful affiliate marketers who are traveling the globe while managing their business online. After a recent Coffee Talk interview James shares how this couple can help motivate anyone working online.

Next James talks about customizing header graphics when using themes, either free or purchased, in Word Press. He shares tips on how to identify how the individual theme you've selected functions when it comes to header graphics as well. [Read more...]

Lesson 06 – PageLeap

It’s time to talk about PageLeap; a free internet start page that can help you get organized at a much higher level. I remember back in 1999 when I got started online when I wondered how I was going to manage all of the sites that I needed to frequent in order to run my online business.

It seemed there was an infinite number of control panels that I needed to continually access and I was forever looking the website address that I needed to go to next. When I found it I then would need to type it in manually, http://www.websiteaddress.com. It was incredibly time consuming, especially since I was very slow on the keyboard.

I needed to come up with a better way to manage my links. I tried bookmarking them in the browser but that didn’t work for me. One day I ended up at Excite.com and I was using their free internet start page, which is what you are looking at in front of you on the screen right now. This is similar to what I used back in 1999/2000.

It gave me the ability to edit the page where I could bring in my own links but I really didn’t like it so much because it was too cluttered and I didn’t have enough control over where things went. In addition I also wanted a place to be able to display my goals. You are probably very aware, as am I, that if you ever want to obtain something and you are goal oriented one of the things we need to do is get it in front of us so we can continually work towards achieving it.

I worked with Excite for about a year. It did the trick a little bit but it really wasn’t quite what I wanted so I eventually constructed my own start page manually through HTML. This page displayed my goals and all of the links that I needed to frequent often.

Now, fast forward to today I have created a free service called PageLeap for anyone who is interested in using it. This start page allows you to do what I had hoped to do way back then and it’s very similar to the manually developed start page that I had created many, many years ago.

Tour of PageLeap

What you are looking at here is the free PageLeap service and it has three areas to it. Across the top is where you can display an image of your goal. If you’ve ever tried to keep your goals in front of you by posting them on the fridge, the mirror, in the shower and all the other places that I’ve tried over the years, that didn’t work for me, but I found that an internet start page solved the problem automatically. As long as I took the time to put the goal on the page they are right in front of me every time I open a browser.

I actually credit a lot of the success my wife and I have had over the years to having our goals in front of us continually. I have a 1965 Shelby Cobra replica in the garage, we’ve traveled all over the planet, we’ve had a great time with our online business and I attribute a lot of it to the start page and the fact that we’ve had the ability to keep our goals right in front of us.

I’m not going to get into a long tutorial on how to set this up because I have a link on the site called tutorials where you will find little videos on how to change your images, how to change the skin, how to change the categories, how to add links, change the rotating text and how to increase the number of links in a category, etc. It’s all very simple and you can see they are short little videos. The longest video is 3 minutes and 13 seconds. The shortest one is 44 seconds. It won’t take you long to organize this and get it all set up.

Let me show you how this works, you can see we have the goals across the top. We have all of the links that I frequent, and this is just a mock up. It isn’t actually my start page. I just mocked this up so that you can see it. Obviously my original goal when I got started in 1999 was to build my business to $100 a day. This may be where you are if you’re just starting out. I was able to meet this goal in a very short amount of time and again I attribute that to having it in front of me all the time.

Let me show you how simple this works, especially if you are tired of typing in URLs or you can’t find your links and you’re feeling a little bit clunky on the keyboard and you want to become more efficient online. So, work with me for a second here; we have the start page open and I would like to show you how I use this every single day. First, there one thing I want you to take note of; I’ve had a button installed at the top of the page that will return me to PageLeap every time I click on it.

Using the Links and Categories

I’ll be working along in the day and may need to head over to FaceBook. I simply click ‘FaceBook’ on the PageLeap start page and that takes me right to FaceBook. If I’ve already logged in earlier in the day I am now instantly in FaceBook. I can come in here and share what I’m doing, “Demoing the new PageLeap free internet start page service.” Then I hit share on that and maybe spend 10 - 15 minutes to a half hour in FaceBook. I’ll look at my friend requests, read through my messages and so on.

Now once I’m done all I need to do is click the PageLeap link at the top of the page. Next if I want to head over to Twitter I simply click that link on the start page and that lands me in Twitter where I can do a little message in here, spend a few minutes to manage my Twitter account, read the tweets other people are sharing and so on.

Next, let’s say I need to go to the hosting account to work on one of my sites. Normally I would have to go find the information for the hosting account and then type it in. Not anymore. Now I just hit PageLeap at the top of the page, scroll down and hit the BlueHost link. That takes me directly to Bluehost.

Now if I need to get over to one of the service providers at Commission Junction I simply go back to PageLeap, find Commission Junction and click on it. Once I’m done here I hit the PageLeap button again and I can get into my gmail account by clicking that link. Over to the right I have links for my websites if I want to maybe do some work on JamesMartell.com with the Affiliate Buzz podcast I simply click the Affiliate Buzz link and off I go.  I can log in to do some work, check on things to make sure everything is running okay  and so on. When I’m done I just hit PageLeap and I’m back on the start page.

You will find that if you take the time to set this up your friends and family are going to look at you and think you are a wiz on the keyboard because you’re no longer clunking around on the keyboard trying to find things.

A basic rule of thumb, if you find yourself typing in a website address any more than once or twice and know you are going to go back there come in here and click on modify, select links and then select the category and then you can add a link under that category. For example if you use gmail you can click on the Google category and then add the gmail link there. Once you are done you click on start page and you are back on your start page.

You can have up to 20 links under each one of these categories and you can have unlimited categories. If you click on this more link over to the right the whole section will slide to the right and you can see more categories. You can put your entertainment stuff in here like local theaters, YouTube or chat forums you belong to. You can name your categories yourself.

Affirmations

You can also see in the middle here we have some affirmations. If you’ve ever worked with daily affirmations and you kind of got away from it, or you know the power of it but never got into it this is your opportunity.

You simply click on the modify link, select rotating text and then you can add as many as you like. You can delete the ones that are there. You can edit them and you can add to them. Once you are done you simply click on start page and you are right back to the beginning.

So you can see how this can help you work more efficiently. I’ve just visited about 10 sites and I haven’t had to type the address in once and I rarely have to type addresses in anymore, especially for sites that I frequent.

I encourage you to take the time and go to PageLeap.com, sign up for the free service and get your start page set up and organized. Once you have it set up the way you like you can scroll to the bottom to learn how to set it up in Internet Explorer or Mozilla FireFox or Google Chrome.

This is very simple to set up. It will save you tons of time, make you more efficient and get your goals in front of you every time you open a browser. This page will get your affirmations scrolling in front of you and you will find this will help you tremendously.

Lesson 05 – Getting Organized

Now that you have had a flavor of what it takes to use Google Alerts to find suitable chat forums and blogs where you can join in the conversation to gain backlinks, build traffic and begin to build social media buzz about your website I would like to show you how to increase your overall efficiency by sharing with you a few tools to help you get and stay organized.

I would think by now that you noticed there is a lot of information coming at you from the websites you are evaluating. You’ve heard me mention that you want to continue returning to these sites to continue with the conversations you are now getting involved in.

You’ve also seen that many of the chat forum blogs and chat forums require you to describe, which necessitates the ongoing need to fill in all kinds of sign up forms, some short, others long. All of them are time consuming.

I would like to share with you three things you can do right now to dramatically increase your efficiencies in these areas. One of the things you can do to help increase your efficiencies is to get a handle on the usernames and passwords you will be using at the various chat forums and blogs.

You will notice that many of them require you to subscribe or sign up. A number of them will ask you to pick a username and password. One of the things I have found in this situation is to come up with a username that you can use over and over and over again at all the chat forums and blogs you will be involved with.

Keep in mind this isn’t your banking information so you don’t need to be overly concerned about security by using a different username and password on the different blogs and forums. What I would recommend is to come up with a standard user name and a standard password that you can use with all of them.

Selecting Your Username

I know sometimes we’ll come in and start to set up usernames like daisy or some other common word that we are used to using. While you may be able to find this available on one site it won’t be available everywhere.

Even if you were to add in numbers like 123 or extra letters like abc that won’t guarantee it’s available. Unfortunately, because the internet is so busy these days with so many people selecting usernames and passwords a lot of times the ones you choose are not available.

This doesn’t sound like a big deal except if all of a sudden you’re joining chat forums and blogs and find your username is taken by somebody else you suddenly have to select another username and now you are managing two. If you get to a third or fourth site where the username you were hoping to use is already taken you’ll be managing three usernames. This can start to get confusing and unnecessarily time consuming.

One of the things I recommend instead of coming up with a simple username like daisy123 or daisyabc come up with one that is a little more random. I typically like to have a username that has a couple of letters, 3 or 4 numbers and then followed by a few more letters again, for example ft3497kaf.

I don’t suspect this username would be taken anywhere. If I carved this one in stone for all the chat forums and all the blogs I was going to be doing I would already know what my username is. Again use a couple letters, followed by 3 or 4 numbers and end it with 3 or 4 more letters.

One of the things I’ve noticed is you’ll want to pick a username that has at least 8 characters in it because there are a number of sites that require that. Pick something that is 8 characters or more. If you want to get real fancy you can make one of the letters capitalized to increase your security a little bit more.

Selecting Your Password

The same thing goes for your password. I have selected a password down here below and basically I’ve taken the same letters and numbers and then reorganized them a little. If I were to use the username that I just showed you and the password that you are looking at now on all the websites I would always know which username and passwords to use no matter what site I go on.

This will eliminate a lot of frustration, save me time having to hunt around and figure out which username I used on this site or which password I used on that site. You can imagine if you have 3 or 4 different usernames and passwords being used in different combinations you can spend a lot of time trying to figure out which one you selected for that particular site.

The first thing I recommend in the series of three items I am going to give you today is to select a username and password for yourself. Choose one that you know will be available everywhere you go. Carve it in stone and use it for all of your chat forums and blogs you are now starting to join.

RoboForm

The second thing I am going to recommend is that you download a copy of RoboForm. If you have not done so already I am going to recommend that you spend a little money. I believe it is about $30. If I remember correctly you can download it for a free 30-day trial.

I know there are a lot of free password reminder services out there that will remember it for you. I know Google Chrome does it. Internet Explorer will do this for you. FireFox has a functionality to save your username and password and fill it in for you when you return.

In my opinion none of them hold a candle to RoboForm because it does a much better job at it. In addition to managing all your passwords what happens is once RoboForm has the username and password stored for a particular website and you go back to it all you have to do is click one button. It will automatically fill in your username and password and log you into the site all with one click. When we are looking to become more efficient online this is a great way to do that because it will handle everything for you in one click.

Now as good as that is and as handy as that is it isn’t the reason I recommend RoboForm. To me the real advantage to using RoboForm is its ability to fill in all of the sign up forms that you will be joining with chat forums and blogs, not to mention affiliate programs and anything else you happen to need to fill in a sign up for online. It will do all that for you automatically.

Once you’ve downloaded RoboForm you can set it up by adding your name, mailing address, billing address, email addresses, usernames, passwords, everything you have that you will ever need to fill into one of these sign up forms. It will store the information for you and then as soon as you land on a page that has a large sign up form on it, no matter how big or small, RoboForm will pop up automatically and ask if you would like for it to automatically fill in the form for you.

You simply push a button and say yes. Now that long, tedious, time consuming form that you would have had to manually fill out is done. Believe me, filling out those forms gets really tiresome after doing it over and over and over again. Not to mention time consuming and time wasting. RoboForm does this for you automatically.

It will also handle things like your credit card information. Instead of repeatedly having to enter my visa or MasterCard to these purchase forms where we are buying things RoboForm handles that as well.

Everything is encrypted. Nothing resides on the internet. It is all stored in your computer. It’s heavily encrypted and everything is protected for you. You can read more about it but RoboForm is hugely popular. It has been around for many, many years now. You can see all the endorsements it’s had down the right hand column here so I won’t get into a big sales pitch on it but it really will save you a lot of time.

You can start a free trial. Let’s take a little peek at how much it costs if you do want to purchase it. It costs $29.95 but right now over the holidays they have a sale going on for $23.95. It’s probably the best $24 you’ll spend as far as becoming more efficient and saving yourself a pile of time.

So the number two thing I recommend you do to help become more efficient is to download a copy of RoboForm. I recommend starting off with their free trial, which you can see right there. Then you can just download it right onto your own computer.

They have lots of little tutorials in here. It’s very simple to use. Take some time to set it up. I think it will probably take you around 5 to 10 minutes to get it set up, then another 10 minutes to watch the tutorials. Go through the video tutorials and you’ll be a master at it. It will save you nothing but time.

Affiliate Organizer

The Third thing I recommend is another little tool I use. It’s one of these tools that I personally don’t know what I would do without it. I’ve used it for literally years. It was put together by John Mills. He was kind enough to introduce himself to me at the Affiliate Summit in 2005. He came up to me and said, “Hello James I’m a student of your handbook and I’ve taken your information in the handbook and created a piece of software to help you manage and track all of your usernames, passwords, keywords, hosting information, the sites you may be members of and so on.”

He was kind enough to send me a free copy of it and I’ve been using it ever since. I would say that pretty much anybody who is a serious affiliate is probably using the affiliate organizer.

To quickly go through it, it’s a piece of software that you download into your computer. You can put an icon on your desktop so you can click on it and open it in front of you. Within the software there is a variety of tabs that you can see in his screenshots down below.

Every one of these folders on the left pops up a new area where you can, for example, store all your hosting information. If you’re with BlueHost this is where you would list all your hosting information; username, password and so on. The same thing with your domain name registrations down here.

You can put in all the keywords that you are using for all of your websites. If you have an AdSense account you can list that information in here. It’s very intuitive. It’s very handy because once you have the Affiliate Organizer opened on your desktop and you want to go somewhere, for example hosting, you simply click on it and it gives you a little button next to the log in url so you can go directly there.

This software is very well thought through. It’s gone through a couple of upgrades and it’s amazing. If you’re looking to have a place to store your information for your autoresponders, any membership sites you belong to, the serial numbers for any software that you’ve purchased, training materials username and passwords, services you’ve purchased that may require a log in, and any information you want to store and keep this software is for you.

You can put your year plan in here, information for blogs or chat forums that you’ve joined. You can set up task alerts if you want to remind yourself this will actually pop up on your computer and remind you. You manage all your writers or anything you are outsourcing. This is one of those pieces of software that I can honestly say I use every single day.

RoboForm is one I use daily and Affiliate Organizer is another. SnagIt would probably be another program I use daily but there are not too many that I can say I have opened all the time being used all the time.

To get a copy of the Affiliate Organizer you can head over to AffiliateOrganizer.net. The cost is $67 in the US. You can select the area you live in the drop down menu to find out the cost for where you live. For example Australia price is $78.09, Swiss is $71.04 and so on down the list.

If you have the budget for this get subscribed to it. You can do this all in a spreadsheet but I will tell you this will save you a pile of time. You will find this to be a far more efficient way to do it. You just want to get in the habit that every time you get a new username and password or any information that you need to store, open up the affiliate organizer and put it into the right area.

Now you know exactly where all this information is that you will continually refer back to over and over again. I hope you found that helpful. That was the third thing on my list of recommendations.

Set Daily Goals

Another thing just as a reminder it is probably time to set yourself some daily goals. We’re going to be moving into a lot of different areas as we work through these videos and talk about outsourcing and getting content flowing into your websites, Twitter, FaceBook, of course we are going to be heavily invested in PAD and everything that comes with that.

There is a lot coming so now is the time to get some goals in place. One of the things I would suggest is to get some goals in place for daily blog posts and chat forums. Decide how much work you are going to do in the chat forums and blogs that you are looking for and are already subscribed or about to subscribe to.

I mentioned to you in the last video that Paula and Wanda, the two business partners in Perth, who just had their best month ever at $14,600 from Amazon.com. They had originally set their blog commenting goals as 10 per day. Now they don’t do that forever. Like anything this is a blitz mode right now to get this stuff organized and away.

You may want to consider setting your goals for blog commenting at 10 a day. That might be a good goal for you. I don’t think you need to go any higher than that but that may be a great goal for you depending on your schedule, how much time you have for this. I know some of you may be working and busy with all kinds of other things.

Ten a day may be good for you but it might be too much. I don’t think you need to do any more than that but for some it may be too much. If you can do it great, but if you’re pressed for time, set your goal at 5 a day but don’t do less than 5 a day.

I know there are going to be a lot of other things you are going to be working on as we get into the other videos and move through this course but let’s not drop the ball on the blog commenting. It really adds up quickly.

If you’re doing 5 a day and you can stay with me over a 60-day period you’ll have 300 blog posts out there on 300 websites. That’s powerful. You really want to make sure that you do that.

Keep in mind the chat forum goal we mentioned in an earlier video as well where you want to join 12 chat forums. You’re not looking for dozens of chat forums. You’re only looking for 12 because you want to become an active, ongoing contributor on these chat forums.

If you join 12 and you posted a couple posts a day in one of those 12 that would keep you active in all of them in a period of a week. You want to make sure you have that on your lists. Maybe for chat forums you are only going to post 2 posts a day. That is 5 blog comments and then you’re going to go back to the 12 chat forum posts and pick two chat forums to make a comment in. That’s two per day over a period of a week giving you 14 posts a week. That means all of those chat forums have at least one post on it.

Start to put some goals together. Let’s lay the ground work for these two months we are going to be working to promote your websites so you can get the most bang for the buck by the time you are done so you can look at your site and say, “Man I’m proud of this site.” You’ll be able to look at the traffic that is flowing into it, the work you’ve done and the promotion you’ve done over these two months and look at how the foundation is not only built but it’s solid.

Always remember this one thing, all of your competitors for the most part are not doing this. This is the reason this is going to work for you. Most people never do get organized to this level and follow through. Let’s get organized, follow through and leave the competitors behind.

The recommendations for today are:

  1. Set up a username and Password to use with all the blogs and chat forums
  2. Download and start using RoboForm
  3. Download and set up the Affiliate Organizer

Enjoy the rest of your day and we’ll catch you in the next video.

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"LIVE" Q&A with James Martell

During this interactive coaching session James talks about the resources available to both new and old students alike that may be experiencing overwhelm in their business. He talks about the importance of getting organized; learning keyboard shortcuts and setting up your start page to help you stay focused one step at a time. Participants can listen to and review the Coffee Talk 'How To Get and Stay Organized' for practical tips.

Next James talks about the plans to put together a 3 or 4 evening session in the conference room to discuss Word Press and how it works. During this session he will create a simple tutorial for participants that are interested in creating their websites on WordPress and are interested in setting it up but may not quite know how. He walks through a Word Press site he recently helped get set up and demonstrates how efficient and practical this content management system can be. [Read more...]

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