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It’s Been a Long Road!

I’ve seen that look in the mirror.

That whole, “I’m gonna crush it with my new blog, my new YouTube channel, my new whatever starting today!”

I love that look!

The reality? While I still love Internet marketing for so many reasons, mainly I just like getting my own opinions out there, the reality of Internet marketing is that there is always a LOT of work to do and a LOT of changes that are going to take place in a very short period of time.

Once you start marketing anything, whether it’s you and your own brand, a business opportunity, an affiliate product, or a service, you have to understand that what you are doing that may be working today may not be working in a few months…

…or even a few weeks!!!

Yes, the Internet can change that quickly.

And once you believe that you have made it to the top get ready, because you are about to be knocked onto your ass!

My Crash of 2011-2012

My own crash began around 2011 and I couldn’t be honest with you or myself for that matter without talking about the Google algorithms and how they affected me and my businesses back in 2011.

Let me set this up.

First, I was awesome….yep, I was a “guru,” or so pe0ple thought.

I had a large following of people on my blog.

I was teaching a lot of classes about blogging and how to rank your blog posts on google.

And I had many first page results, which also promoting my business opportunity and specifically resulted in me generating a lot of cash.

There were days when I would earn $800 per day and I just thought I was the bomb!

I had arrived.

Unfortunately, Google’s infamous penguin update arrived not long after I did.

I woke up one morning and had gone from #1 on page 1 with many of my key phrases to page 26 somewhere in the middle of that page.

I was devastated to say the least!

With one little update, my rankings tanked right along with my income.

And when I say my income tanked, my income stopped immediately!!!

I Hate Everything and Everybody!

With the penguin “crash,” I decided that I was done with Internet marketing and making money online.

I hated the Internet with it’s false promises of “Rock star status and money.”

A pipe dream to be sure, I had busted my ass to get where I was and got knocked down hard.

I had a family to support and a wife to keep happy (she wasn’t) and so, like a good little lamb, I went back to work.

But I missed being online…in the same way a heroine addict misses his bump.

It was inevitable that I would be back!

On the Road to Recovery

About a year ago, I decided that I would start to make that trip back, but…

…I wasn’t about to let Google or anyone else have so much control over my potential income.

I was going to learn paid marketing! To hell with organic marketing!

I learned about fb advertising and although I have quite a bit to still learn, I have had some decent results.

I have also looked into different online business opportunities and feel that I am moving away from many of the “get rich quick” programs that I was attracted to in the past and am looking more into the world of e-commerce.

Yes, there are still some programs that I promote, including the American Bill Money program….which I Love….but I am more interested in finding something  seemingly more tangible.

I still like the digital products that so many business opportunities build themselves with, but I see a lot of opportunity right now with building a shopify store or becoming an amazon fba seller.

To be honest, there are tons of opportunities out there ripe and ready for those that are willing to take a little initiative and action to make something happen.

What I Have Learned

While I have still “paying” for my education it would seem, I can also tell you that there are some very specific lessons that I have already learned about marketing anything, tangible or not, online.

#1 – Be Consistent!

This is probably the number one thing that most people miss.

It doesn’t matter if you are promoting a postcard marketing opportunity like American Bill Money or a new shopping site with cool camping gear, you must be consistent with your marketing efforts.

If you need to develop ads on fb and instagram then that is what you do until you are satisfied with your ROI

If you need to send out 200 postcards per week to achieve the results that you are looking for then do that – and do it EVERY WEEK for AT LEAST 120 days!

#2 – Stop trying to be perfect, rather get out there

So many people sabotage themselves by not getting anything out there until it is “perfect.”

This is stupid. Nothing you do is going to be perfect.

Nothing you do will please everyone, nothing you do will please you 100% of the time.

The most important thing is that you get out there.

Take action. Do it today! Procrastination will kill you!

#3 Never stop learning

Never, ever, ever stop learning.

The internet moves way to fast for you to sit on your butt and do nothing.

Yes, you can develop systems and implement those systems and achieve remarkable results, but…

Do you know how to set up a sales funnel?

Do you know how to write good, or even average sales copy?

Do you know how to persuade people through a video?

Do you know how to build your instagram following?

Your YouTube subscribers?

Your email marketing lists?

There is ALWAYS something to learn….ALWAYS!!! Get off of your ass and learn it.

There is also always something new just around the corner that could launch your business into outer space, so keep your eyes open for the opportunity to learn something that your competition does not have time for!

#4 Don’t ever quit

This is something I should have headed 5 years ago. I should have never stopped what I was doing.

You see, the one thing that doesn’t change over time and the fact that the more content you create, the more content there is out there online.

And people are always looking and will find much of that content.

The more you have out there, the more people that there will be to “stumble” across something you have created.

Just make sure that you are creating content that you will be proud of one year from now or ten years from now.

The Internet is still just in it’s toddler stage and there are more and more people coming online everyday looking for answers, looking for opportunities.

Are you going to fill the void?

Are you going to be there with an answer, a solution to their everyday problems?

That’s where I will be.

 

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Getting Started with American Bill Money

I made a video yesterday about getting started with the American Bill Money program, or ABM.

While you can bring a horse to water, you can’t make him drink is the adage that plays in my mind when I am promoting work from home opportunities, this one especially gets to me.

Why?

Because people SAY that they are looking for an easy opportunity and this, by far, is one of the easiest residual programs I have EVER seen.

*Approaching 15 years in business….15 years!!!

*The company does the selling

*You do NOT need to possess computer skills

*Send out postcards weekly to build your business

*Easy, Easy, Easy!!!

Check out the American Bill Money getting started video on my YouTube channel by clicking HERE!

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American Bill Money | Promoting ABM Online

american bill moneyHow to Promote the American Bill Money Program Online

In this blog post, I am going to talk about how we promote the American Bill Money program, or ABM, online. Now I have been promoting and marketing things online for a long time. Some times I have been successful with my campaigns and at other times I have been left wondering, “What the hell happened!”

While things have changed and evolved through the years, the one thing that has never changed is the fact that we always get what we give and giving is the name of the game when you are wanting to get any type of traction when it comes to online marketing.

What in the world does that mean?

I just started working the American Bill  Money program…actually started in the middle of August, but am just now able to really start promoting it…so…

…what all of that junk up there means is that when it comes to starting a campaign or getting something off of the ground online, is that you want to put out as much “stuff” as you possibly can to show people what it is that you are doing.

Now, admittedly, I haven’t been the best blogger in quite some time…and I could give you a host of reasons or excuses, but I’m not into that, so let’s just say that I’ve been tied up…

Anyway

I have not been a great blogger, but am now back to promoting using my Mark Graham Marketing site.

With that said, the question how to promote the American Bill Money program online will go something like this:

Promoting ABM Online: Develop a strategy!

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

I don’t know who said the statement above first, don’t care, but it rings with a bit of truth.

The first thing we need to do when marketing or promoting our ABM program – or any program – is to develop a plan.

I will first decide what “free” things I will post information to….such as press releases, free classified postings, free video postings, facebook postings, etc.

Now comes the “real” stuff…the paid stuff.

My plan is to create a webinar using my webinarjam software and advertising that webinar with using fb ads and YouTube advertising.

Now, I have conducted many fb advertising campaigns and feel pretty good about all of that, but I have NOT paid for any YouTube advertising so I’m sort of excited about that and ready to give it a whirl.

I think with those two platforms, I should get enough visitors to the webinar…my goal will be 100 participants!

I will also mail out invitations to ever single person on my mailing list…about 1200 people (yes, I was slow to the idea of making a list)

So…can I get 100 people to watch me on this webinar?

I hope and think so, but we shall see….It doesn’t matter.

I will be able to use the replay version of this webinar for a very long time.

AND

For other folks on the team that want to promote the American Bill Money program, they will be able to use the replay video as well.

However, I do want to make sure that I can put some new things out there as well.

Bottom line.

As always, with ANY program, you must be very aggressive in your marketing. I don’t believe in a subtle, tippy toe approach. If you believe in something you shout it out to the world. If you are unsure…well…why are you doing it in the first place?

I believe in the American Bill Money opportunity and will make sure that everyone I come into contact with knows it!

First things first, we must take action and get some things a goin’.

See you at the top!

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Just a Nice Guy Violating Community Guidelines

That’s right…I am now in the business of violating YouTube community guidelines. That’s what I do…I am a bad, bad boy.

Seriously, I did apparently violate one of YouTube’s guidelines and they have punished me with a “strike” against my account, which super sucks!

Anyway, how did I do this???

I really don’t know. And that’s the problem!

You see, if they would have let me know what I violated then I could have fixed the problem right away, although I’m not sure that would have done anything to satisfy. To me, that is one of the problems of this whole community violation….well…community.

Nice Guy Rewarded and a Process that Works!

However!

YouTube has a process now where you can rebut the charge and, I am assuming this, have someone from YouTube itself review your video to find out if there really is a violation or not.

This is fantastic news for many 0f us since before there was never a way to find out, or as in this case at least get your video back online.

And since I have been dealing with the hall monitor trolls again on YouTube and elsewhere, (see my blog post: http://markgrahammarketing.com/online-scam-busters-aka-self-righteous-know-alls/), I am starting to wonder if one of those pond scum dwellers flagged my video.

Why?

Because just today YouTube has re-posted my video!

Wanna see what the fuss was about?

I’ll put it in below….See you at the top!

 

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How to get 1000 subscribers to your YouTube channel

How do you get 1000 Subscribers to Your YouTube Channel?

1000 subscribers to your YouTube channel is….well….awesome I would assume

OK, the truth is that I have not hit 1000 subscribers on YouTube, but…

…as always I love a challenge and so my next little challenge, while I’m doing this 90 day challenge, is to get 1000 subscribers in this next 90 days.

Develop a Strategy for 1000 subscribers to my YouTube channel

So first, let me  develop a strategy for generating the sub list.

Hmmmm….where to start….I know….YouTube!

As always, I love a little YouTube research and getting 1000 subscribers to my YouTube channel will start with a search of that topic on the site itself.

And after watching one or two….or maybe a few more….I’ve come up with a little bit of a game plan.

My strategy for Getting 1000 Subscribers to my YouTube Channel

Now, first of all, I will post daily for AT LEAST 90 days!

Second, I will submit my videos to my facebok page and personal account. I may even boost the posting just to get some more love!

Third, I will comment on other peoples videos WITHIN my genre – work at home business or home business opportunities.

Fourth, even though some of this material is stale and can be boring….I will do what I can to make it interesting. I’ll always try to be me…was given a hell of a compliment today by someone that simply said, “I can see you have integrity and honesty…”

Love that!

Fifth, ASK for your viewers to subscribe! This may be the easiest way to get some YouTube love, but so many times people, including myself, miss the boat here.

Must be a pride thing.

My girlfriend would say it’s a “man” thing.

Whatever!

Bottom Line

To be honest, I would love to build up my YouTube following and subscriber base, but what is really important to me is that my content get better and be more relevant to those looking to start or build an online business from home.

It’s always been my goal to develop systems and opportunities for the average person to make some money and to make that process easier and easier to implement for the AVERAGE person.

With that in mind, while I would love to get 1000 subscribers to my YouTube channel, I first want to make sure that those folks that are coming and checking things out get what THEY need first.

But…

….if you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube channel go ahead and do so now.

Make sure you click the “like” button and leave me a comment either below or on one of my videos!

If there is something you would like to see then let me know.

Until then…see you at the top!

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