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Building An Online Business

Building An Online Business

I assume your blog is your business.

You put a lot of effort into creating your blog content, and then sharing it across the internet.

You need to gain some reward for this effort, of course… and that’s when it becomes your online business.

So, what business blueprint do you work from, as the architect of your blog?

Here are some typical business blueprints

Network marketers work hard to get people to join them in their “primary business.”  As company representatives for one opportunity or another, their blueprint is to leverage their blogs to build “downline teams” for their business.

Affiliate marketers share links to products that somebody else has built, but products that they have rights to offer for a commission.  The rights to affiliate these products are given freely, but the commission is either low, or limited.  Limited, in the sense that it does not extend to the owner’s higher end offers that buyers are aggressively marketed for.

Affiliate marketers use their blogs to encourage people to purchase affiliate products they offer or review.  These can be digital information products like Clickbank offers, or they can be physical products most commonly associated with Amazon sites.

Affiliate marketers can even purchase licensing rights to sell an entire group of digital products (a so-called “sales funnel”) for very high, sometimes 100% commissions for front-end products.  They usually earn far less for back-end, high ticket items.  And, they have to buy those rights, which is not usually cheap.

Some bloggers focus on promoting their own digital products and services.

They might have a course on Facebook marketing, or a training membership site.

They could be offering services like social media consulting, SEO coaching, legal services, graphic design or almost anything you can think of.

There are many types of blueprints that bloggers can refer to when constructing their online business.

Those described above are the most typical ones you’ll see.

So what’s the secret to building an online business?

I don’t think there’s any “secret” or “hidden code” or such thing.

There are definitely key things you need to know and master, though, if your business is to be successful.

Let’s take “personal branding” for example.

I know people talk about branding all the time, and everyone seems to agree that it’s an essential element of blogging.

In addition to having a compelling “About Me” page, and letting people understand what you’re all about through your blog content, there are some more subtle methods for branding.

I don’t see these being used a lot, though.

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For instance, I click links all the time that route me directly from someone’s blog post to a sales page for something they’re affiliating or to a company site for their primary opportunity.

On the surface, this makes sense.

If I’m blogging to get people to buy my affiliate product or join my MLM opportunity, don’t I want them to click a link to a sales page or company site?

That’s where they can buy the product (and I earn a commission) or join my company as my downline (and I earn commission).

But am I really building an online business with this method?

I may be earning a commission.

But even if my sales link gets an extraordinarily high 25% conversion rate, I’m still losing 75% of my prospects when they click away without buying or joining.

And what about for the people who do buy or join.  Has this process left them thinking of me as a leader?

Probably not.  They’re probably not even thinking about me.

You see, when I sent them to a sales page or company registration page, I disappeared.  They’ve left me, they’ve left my blog and now they’re dealing with the vendor or the product or company.

Consider this simple branding strategy

Somebody clicks my link to “digital product x” and instead of getting the “Product X” sales page, they land on a squeeze page featuring a video of me.  In the video I say something like this:

Hi… I’m David Merrill.  I’m really glad you’re interested in “Product X” because it’s going to be just what you need to accomplish…. etc etc. Now just enter your email address in the box on the right to Learn More.. instantly.

Now, instead of rushing my prospect to the sales page, I slow her down, ask her to opt in to my email list.  So I brand myself as someone who can help her achieve what she wants, and build my list in the process.

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The results are that…

  1. I’ve added a high quality subscriber to my email list.
  2. If they buy “Product X”, they’ll get an email from me thanking them for their purchase, and offering more great value from “Me”… in the form of my newsletter.  So I not only earn a commission (short-term benefit), but I gain a valuable subscriber to my list (long-term benefit).
  3. If they don’t buy “Product X”, they’re on my email list and I can continue to remind them to buy “Product X”, but I can also interest them in many other things.
  4. Because they’re on my list, either way, I now have the opportunity to frequently give them value, build a deeper relationship with them, gain their trust, occasionally promote offers to them, and have them be part of my business.

I think you can easily see that by inserting my personally branded squeeze page between the affiliate link and the sales page, I’ve gone much further toward building an online business rather than simply try to get a sale.

If you’re a network marketer, just modify this process toward your end.

Before sending someone to the company site, ask them to join your list.  In that way, you’ll brand yourself, making them more likely to want to join “your team.”

In addition, you’ll have them on your list from which you can continue to build a relationship with them.  All this, even if they didn’t join your primary opportunity… yet.

How else can you build a successful online business?

Funny you asked.

It just so happens that I’ll be co-hosting (with Donna) a webinar that will go over many great strategies like this for building a successful online business.

So, if you’re new to blogging and don’t have a clue as to how to build an online business…

Or, if you’re already blogging but the business end of it is not getting you the results you’d like…

I think you’ll benefit greatly from this webinar.

Learn more about how you can build a successful online business by clicking here:

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Are you getting the results you’d like in building your online business?

What kind of obstacles stand between your blog and your dreams?

I’d love to hear about your journey.

Please leave a comment below, and join the discussion.

(PS: don’t forget to share this article on your favorite social sites… thanks!)

David Merrill 101
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48 Responses to Building An Online Business

  1. Siphosith October 31, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Wow David this makes it very clear on how to brand myself to build my business. I like the way you have explained, so many times I have redirected prospects somewhere else. Thanks for sharing.
    Siphosith´s last blog post ..The Basics Of Work At Home Business

    • David Merrill 101 November 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

      I hope this puts you on the right track, Siphosith.

      You don’t want to be redirecting your prospects anywhere except back to you, your services, your products and your leadership.

      Redirecting them anywhere else is the surest way to lose them, and to ultimately lose your business to someone else.

      Nice to see you here again.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..List Building With Video | Introducing Breakthrough Video

  2. Chery Schmidt October 31, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

    Hello David, This post made so much sense to me! I do need to take some time and get this all figured out. I do see how having a video letting someone know exactly what the next steps are going to be can be so helpful,

    Yeppers I do know it makes sense yet don’t really know the steps to make it happen LOL

    Thanks for the wonderful post, it is something I do need to work on.. Chery :))
    Chery Schmidt´s last blog post ..How I Developed A Successful Mindset!

    • David Merrill 101 November 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

      Thanks for checking here, Chery.

      The steps to making all this happen require an understanding of how to put sales funnels together.

      After all, even if you’re a network marketer, there needs to be a sales funnel in place. People often think that sales funnels are only for product creators or affiliate marketers. But anytime you try to move people along into your business, you need to have a well-designed funnel to put them through.

      In the case of network marketing, means getting people onto YOUR blog, onto YOUR squeeze page, onto YOUR email list… these are all the critical vantage points from which you can build a business that is YOUR business.

      If you don’t do it, your competition will and your company certainly does every single day.

      If you don’t know the mechanics and substance of doing this, it’s a good idea to team up with a good mentor who can guide you along the way.

      Best of luck, Chery.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Mentoring For Online Success

  3. Sue Bride November 1, 2014 at 4:47 am #

    One off affiliate sales earn you a bit but nothing sustainable. You often don’t know who bought it and can’t contact them. On one of my blogs, I have a sign up link to a free webinar hosted by one of the businesses I’m involved with. On sign up the person is directed straight to the webinar. I was delighted by the response I got until I discovered most of them were spam or throw away email addresses. No sign up confirmation was needed so I can’t tell who’s genuine and really interested.

    When you sign up people through your own funnel because they’re interested in you as well as what you’re offering you get the genuine email addresses and a double optin let’s you know who’s most interested. As you say you then have chance to build a deeper relationship with them for ongoing sales or sign ups.
    Sue Bride´s last blog post ..Easy Team Site Traffic

    • David Merrill 101 November 15, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

      You raise some really important issues here, Sue.

      Sending people straight through to an affiliate purchase, or a webinar registration is a really short-sighted way of doing business. As you point out, they get lost in the process and never end up on your list. If they do, it’s with a bogus email or contact.

      Now there are many ways to intervene, to make sure you capture these folks into your stream, but the average marketer is not aware of these tactics, and so they spin their wheels building somebody else’s business… but not their own.

      As you point out, filtering traffic through your own sales funnel instead of your company’s or your vendor’s is a great way to go. But it does entail a real understanding of the mechanisms involved.

      Thanks for challenging everybody to move in that direction, Sue.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Mentoring For Online Success

  4. Monisha Kapur November 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Hi David,

    Great post!!
    As I’ve learned through your webinars and this post, it is so important for your potential client to get to know you and once the client knows you and relates to you he / she are more inclined to do business with you.
    A much better approach than constantly “selling” a product.

    Thank You for sharing this valuable information.
    Best,
    Monisha
    Monisha Kapur´s last blog post ..What to Wear When You Work From Home

    • David Merrill 101 November 15, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

      Nice to see you here, Monisha.

      I’m glad to hear you’ve benefited from this article and from our webinars.

      Keeping yourself up front and center for your readers, visitors, followers and prospects is not the easy way to do things… but it’s what really works, and really propels you into the authority and leadership stance that is the backbone to a successful online business.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..The Shortest Path To Online Success

  5. Joan Harrington November 1, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    Great post David!

    These are some very smart ideas and tips for building an online business 🙂 Thanks for sharing your awesome valuable content !!
    Joan Harrington´s last blog post ..How To Convert Your Visitors into Customers.

    • David Merrill 101 November 15, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed this, Joan.

      Of course, ideas and tip are only as good as the person putting them to the test.

      It’s only by moving these ideas from the chalkboard and into action that you’ll see a real difference in your business.

      I wish you great success in your implementation!
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Do You Want To Rank Page One On Google?

  6. Carmine November 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    Great advice David. I wrote a couple of articles on the importance of identifying a personal brand and , more importantly, staying true to it. Your tips on strategy are spot on! Good luck with the upcoming webinar with Donna.

    • David Merrill 101 November 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

      Personal branding really is the key to building a successful online business, Carmine.

      That’s what makes blogging, in my opinion, the best path to follow. There’s simply no other medium for really branding yourself as the authority, expert or leader that people will want to follow and connect with.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Do Shiny Objects Drive Online Entrepreneurs Crazy?

  7. NT Izuchi November 2, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    You’ve hit quite a few points here but the point about hyper-linking directly to a product or service you are trying to sell resonated the best. I see that often and it puts me off. Rather than an affiliate link, this really should be linking to more content that drives home your marketing message. This is more appealing to for someone to know what you are offering. Great read my friend!
    NT Izuchi´s last blog post ..The Best Email Marketing Experience To Convert Your Leads To Thrilled Customers

    • David Merrill 101 November 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

      Spot on, NT!

      Never link directly to a sales page for a product, unless it’s your own. And even then, you need to send people to a squeeze page first in order to build a list.

      You’re right, too, that you need more time to drive home your marketing message. A direct link that requires somebody to make an immediate “yes” or “no” decision will usually end up with a “no.”

      Think through the process very carefully to make sure that when people click a link or a banner, they get even more value from you… not just a sales pitch.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..8 Steps To Create Your Digital Information Product

  8. Mark November 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Excellent and extremely informative post David!

    It does seem strange,but for sure a person could active online earning income, but still not actually be running a successful online business!

    Primarily because of the classic mistake that are constantly making.

    And that being, simply linking over to vendors sales page an perhaps only earning a small to modest front end commission.

    While the lion’s share and all future back end sales of more expensive products and services goes to the far more experienced marketer!

    Great points! And thanks for sharing how to avoid an all too common mistake and mindset among too many marketers!
    Mark´s last blog post ..How I Accidentally Killed My Best Friend! (A Tragic True Story!)

    • David Merrill 101 November 16, 2014 at 12:26 am #

      You’ve got it right, Mark.

      The lion’s share of profits, as you put it, will got to whoever controls and optimizes the back end.

      That raises another important issue.

      If you’re bringing people onto your list to sell them a front end offer, or to join your MLM business or whatever… what is the back end to your business?

      What are your follow up sales?

      Do you have a high-end offer so you can get some big profits and commissions?

      These can be other people’s products and services, or your own. But if you don’t have a well developed back end to your business, your success will be very limited, and you’ll have to work harder to earn less.

      I guess that’s a topic for another day. Thanks for raising the issue, though, Mark.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..8 Steps To Create Your Digital Information Product

  9. Lesly Federici November 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi David,
    LOVE this strategy! I can’t tell you how sick I am of sales pages, and the never ending emails I get in my box to promote their products. I now do something similar to what you mentioned and it’s more personal … always enjoy visiting, great posts you have …
    Lesly Federici´s last blog post ..Be Willing To Stop

    • David Merrill 101 November 16, 2014 at 12:30 am #

      Glad to hear you’re developing your own branding, Lesly, rather than just turn people over to the sales page pros… whoever they are.

      Anything that keeps things personal with your visitors and prospects, will go a long, long way to helping you build a true and lasting online business.

      Quick sales, spammy link dropping and all the rest… equates to fly by night business and only short term profits.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..3 Ways Bloggers Make Money Online

  10. David Bennett November 3, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    I’ve heard the two approaches described as the difference between courtship and going for the jugular. Somewhere in there there is a balance. You know how to craft your sentences, and that makes the road easier for the person you are addressing. My hat is off to you.

    One thing, I clicked the link to the webinar and it said to hit the buy now button. I thought that must be an error in the wording so I clicked it and it said to pay $27.00 ?
    David Bennett´s last blog post ..Photographing Burnmouth In Scotland

    • David Merrill 101 November 16, 2014 at 12:42 am #

      Well, David, I suppose the courtship is akin to building a lasting relationship with your prospects, customers and subscribers. The jugular approach would be a proposal for marriage after a single date.

      I’m sure most prospects are more comfortable with a protracted courtship, than a shotgun wedding.

      Good analogy.

      As for the webinar link, there was no error. Our Whirlwind Success “VIP Club” webinars are premium events, so yes, there is an admission fee… in this case $27.

      “VIP Club” members do not pay, as these webinars as well as other trainings and services are included in their monthly membership program.

      Thanks for your interest, David.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..List Building With Video | Introducing Breakthrough Video

  11. Zach November 5, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    The video squeeze is a really good idea. I’m going to give it a go. Now to find a videographer …
    Zach´s last blog post ..Keep the Engagement Ring in Nevada?

    • David Merrill 101 November 16, 2014 at 12:45 am #

      I wouldn’t go too crazy looking for a vidoegrapher, Zach.

      All you need to do is sit in front of your webcam and do a 60 second spot to embed on your squeeze page. It just needs to tell folks to sign up for your free report, or, even more simple… your 3-day bootcamp or training which will equate to the first 3 emails they get from you.

      No need to overthink the process, just start putting something between you and the sales page or company sign up page.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..List Building With Video | Introducing Breakthrough Video

  12. Kyle Holcomb November 5, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Hello David,

    Great blog post! The concept you mentioned by an extremely high converting sales page at 25% really makes you think about all of the business you lost. It makes you think about all of the business and money that you lost. I have learned that an email list is definitely the best route to take and I am currently building mine based on the techniques you and your wife taught me. It will be very valuable in time! Thank you for sharing!
    Kyle Holcomb´s last blog post ..TSU Review

    • David Merrill 101 November 16, 2014 at 12:50 am #

      You’re on the right path, Kyle, and I know you’re dedicated to putting together a killer online business for yourself.

      That instinct and persistence is what matters the most. Everything after that is strategy, technique and tactics.

      You can learn that the slow way by buying courses and doing research, or the quicker way by getting a personal coach or mentor who will cut to the chase.

      Either way, I have no doubt you’re doing the right things to build a great business online, Kyle.

      Good luck with it!
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Mentoring For Online Success

  13. Dexter Roona November 9, 2014 at 2:43 am #

    Great post David and this is something i need to really set up, i have never been much of an email marketer, thanks for the nudge in the right direction

    regards Dexter

    • David Merrill 101 November 16, 2014 at 12:53 am #

      You can create some commissions and income by just sending people to money links, Dexter.

      But that’s a long, hard path to building a business. You always have to find new customers, design new campaigns and find new ways to get them to buy stuff.

      Once you master the art of email marketing in conjunction with sales, you’ll be talking to people who already know you, and are more likely to buy your products and services. It’s like establishing your very own, personal “warm market.” It’s so much easier than always having to knock on doors… so to speak. 🙂
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Building Relationships | First Niagara Bank Review

  14. Monna Ellithorpe November 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Hi David,

    I always enjoy reading your posts and your words of wisdom. I’m not sure what it is but your way of explaining things makes more sense to me than any other person I have followed in the past.

    I am still working on my product; taking longer than I thought but very soon to be released.

    Thank you again for your great advice.
    Monna Ellithorpe´s last blog post ..Day One and Two of NaNoWriMo

    • David Merrill 101 November 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

      Hey Monna,

      Nice to see you here.

      I’m glad you learn from the things I’ve shared with you. We all work with our strong points, I guess. Mine has always been to make things clear to people. I’ve been a freelance writer, teacher and professional mentor for some years now. In each case, the most important challenge is communicating complex material in a manner that my readers, students and clients can understand, and take action on.

      I guess that’s why the VIP Club was such a great vehicle for me to move into, along with Donna, who is just a great communicator on various levels.

      If you need help putting together your product, please… let us know 🙂
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..8 Steps To Create Your Digital Information Product

  15. Gillian Wright November 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    This is a really great post David and thankyou for sharing your tips on how to brand yourself online. I never thought about having people see a video of me before they reach my capture pages, great idea,

    Thanks again

    Gillian
    Gillian Wright´s last blog post ..Social Media Academy Online Review

    • David Merrill 101 November 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

      Good to hear you’ve found value in this post, Gillian.

      I’d love to hear back from you when you’ve had a chance to put this strategy into motion!

      Best of luck with it. Let me know if you hit an obstacle. We’ll work it out.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..8 Steps To Create Your Digital Information Product

  16. Sarah Arrow November 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    Many great points David, and I don’t really see how MLM marketers get a lot from blogging unless they’re list-building as well. They need to nurture their leads and build trust before they send them to a company page for an affiliate commission. They also need to take into account how much time they’re going to need to spend with the lead before they get the commission and of course, afterwards. Taking that into account, I can’t see how it would be profitable at all. and therefore a model worthy of building a business around.

    Again, the same with affiliate marketers, how do they earn enough without their own products as well?
    Sarah Arrow´s last blog post ..Don’t puke on my blog bro…

    • David Merrill 101 November 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

      I think both network marketers and affiliate marketers need to be blogging, Sarah.

      However, I agree with you that they won’t “get a lot from blogging unless they’re list-building as well.”

      List-building is the key, especially for affiliate marketers.

      In both cases, though, blogging and blogging well is essential to building that list. With the list in hand, you’ve got the underpinnings for a very powerful online business.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..3 Ways Bloggers Make Money Online

  17. Lily Lau November 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this post with us, David! I always derive so much from your blog, you know your business stuff!
    Lily Lau´s last blog post ..20 animal twins that are tough to tell apart

  18. Gregory Bowen November 15, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    Hello David….You have made some great points here and I really like the Idea of having that video with a squeeze page…..You have inspired me to look into things deeper …..Thanks for your wise words David…..My biggest reason for Blogging Is branding myself ….showing that transparency and letting some one see ME……Adding the video as another step, just makes sense…….I can see some changes coming soon…..ha ha …..Thanks again……Smokey
    Gregory Bowen´s last blog post ..Character, Love, and Compassion

    • David Merrill 101 November 17, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

      Well, Smokey, video is certainly a great way to brand yourself, and also a great way to build relationships. People feel more closely connected to folks they can see and hear. It’s just human nature.

      I’ll be interested to see the direction your blog takes you in.

      Exciting journey, isn’t it?
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..List Building With Video | Introducing Breakthrough Video

  19. NT Izuchi November 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    I loved the quick branding strategy that you mentioned first. I always use video of ME introducing product X. As you mentioned it doesn’t have to be long and elaborate but stamping your face on the opportunity, product, service, etc. goes a LONG way!
    NT Izuchi´s last blog post ..The Best Email Marketing Experience To Convert Your Leads To Thrilled Customers

    • David Merrill 101 November 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

      Absolutely true, NT.

      Stamp your face on the opportunity… or the product, service or anything else you are offering folks.

      I know you use video a lot, and you’ve got this down. You’re a good example of this concept. Keep up the great work, NT.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..List Building With Video | Introducing Breakthrough Video

  20. WILLIAM O'TOOLE November 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Building a business….bricks and mortar can take months and months before you see a return on your cash flow… but when you do it online..something amazing happens.. you can make money from day one..sure some people wont… some will take a little time… but most people will make money online quicker than if they had a conventional business..you just have to want it bad enough.

    William
    WILLIAM O’TOOLE´s last blog post ..Who is William OToole

    • David Merrill 101 November 17, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

      That’s right, William.

      Online business is so much more available and feasible to most people than brick and mortar.

      It amazes me that people complain (as they always do) that running an online business costs money.

      Well, of course, You’re “in business” to make money, so naturally, you’re going to have to spend money.

      Just try building a brick and mortar business for under a couple thousand dollars a month just for rent, utilities and insurance. Not easy.

      How many people come online and think they should be able to spend $20 a month max for a million dollar (overnight) business.

      Amusing… but a bit sad, too.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..The Shortest Path To Online Success

  21. William Earl Amis Jr III December 6, 2014 at 2:59 am #

    David,

    You sure have a way to get my attention!

    Love it and live it. Yes, bringing people to opt in and join your mailing list is a must. You can share who you are on your me page. Yet, giving them quality information and ask their opinion, is a great way also.

    We use a natural approach. Interacting with people and sharing our experiences with natural enthusiasm. They, are excited and hungry to learn more about our attitude. That brings them to interaction and they volunteer their contact information with a request to access a certain area. All based on what they feel a need for and when they want it.

    Thanks David, you have always helped me clarify all areas of business.
    William Earl Amis Jr III´s last blog post ..A Willingness To Change

    • David Merrill 101 December 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

      Thanks for visiting, William.

      I’m glad to hear you found some good value here for your own business.

      You make a good point that people subscribe to our list, read our articles and join our businesses on a voluntary business. They volunteer to do so when we show them consistent value. They anticipate even further value by following us.

      We always need to keep in mind that they are prospects, subscribers, customers and clients because of the value we’ve shared with them. If we fail to continue to live up to their expectations for a continuation of that relationship… they can easily choose to stop following us.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..The Shortest Path To Online Success

  22. Deborah A. Ten Brink December 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    Well David:

    This really opened my eyes to a new way of thinking. I’m working on a little project myself and your post helped so much!

    A couple of my best take-aways: 1) use video to keep “me” in the visitor’s mind 2) add to my list at every opportunity.

    Thank you so much for this post David!

    Deborah
    Deborah A. Ten Brink´s last blog post ..Note-Taking Apps – OneNote or Evernote?

    • David Merrill 101 December 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

      Nice to hear you’re moving forward in the right direction, Deborah.

      To have a successful online business absolutely requires that you continually build your list. And the best way to do that is to be up front and personal with them at every possible opportunity.

      Building a business requires building relationships.

      Good luck with your project. Glad to be of some assistance.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Mentoring For Online Success

  23. Christine Adindu March 29, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    Thank you David! great information. I go some golden nuggets on this one. List building is a non stop, connecting and engagement is so important. One has to be rounded in all areas when it come to building an online business
    Christine Adindu´s last blog post ..Affiliate Marketing A Favorite Among Internet Marketers

  24. Erika Mohssen-Beyk April 19, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    Hi David ,
    Thank you for the great advice ,
    I see that if we direct visitors right away to a affiliate page ,
    does not bring much and the way you suggest to do it
    is much better.Doing video really is good ,because people
    can see and know us ,which is good for building relationship.
    List building is important . Will start to do video as soon
    as I can .Thank you
    Erika
    Erika Mohssen-Beyk´s last blog post ..Intuitive Mind And Creativity

  25. Anant Thakur April 23, 2015 at 4:21 am #

    Wow.. another great piece of info from David.
    The biggest take away for a lot of newbies can take from this article is that ” there is no “secret” or “hidden code” or such thing.”
    It’s really important to understand that there’s nothing harder than finding easy money which most people go after that are starting online. This leads only to failure and frustration.

    For me personally, I just learned the importance of personal branding and listbuilding to provide value.
    Keep up the great work.
    Best!
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