Are You Hurting Your Own Progress?

One of the biggest challenges we face as marketers is managing the most time consuming aspect of running our online business – the email inbox.

Managing this little sucker can save you countless number of hours and allow you to do things in your business that actually move it forward.

One of the recommendations that I have made in the past is to unsubscribe from email lists that don’t add value (i.e. why are you on a ecommerce list if you don’t do anything in ecommerce?).

I pruned the number of lists that I was on years ago and that has saved me at least 45 minutes a day now.

But here is the biggest mistake I have made in the past managing emails and I’m curious to know if you did or still do the same thing.

Whenever I received an email from a marketer I knew provided good information, I would tuck it away in a separate folder with the intention of going back and reading it.

If I received an email from a marketer who provided little value, I would quickly skim it and see if could get out any value.

So I was wasting my limited time reading emails that provide little value and skipping emails that did by moving them into a saved folder with the intention of reading them some day.

Did I ever go back and read the saved emails?

Nope.

Emails that could have helped me in building my online business faster.

Time got in the way or sometimes I just forgot about those emails.

Basically I jeopardized my own online learning by never reading the quality emails.

Since mid-2015, I have changed the way I prioritize my email reading now and always start with the emails from quality marketers rather then saving them for a later time.

It’s time you do the same.

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Gauher Chaudhry


Top Ten Things I Would Do Differently To Grow My Business Online

Looking over the last 17 years online and after generating millions of dollars, I have to admit that I still have a lot of regrets about the way I have done things.

If I could turn back time, here are the top ten things I would have done differently.

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1. Stop Doing Everything And Outsource

I thought that I could be the “Wal-mart” to every aspect of my business. That was dumb. There are thousands of talented people online that can get things done for you and for cheap. Just check out Fiverr.com where you can get full-blown radio commercials done for as little as $5.

I can’t believe I actually bought a book a few years ago to learn how to do my own XML coding. {Duh!}

Building a business online is not only about achieving financial freedom, but also the freedom to do what you want to do with your time.  If you want to do “everything”, kiss goodbye to time.

2. Start A Continuity Program

There is nothing better than recurring income. I started IMstealth.com a few years ago, but should have started it much sooner. Having a continuity program in your marketing funnel allows you to make recurring income every month without having to worry about doing a new product launch. Product launches are not a business anyway, they are simply a short-term promotion.

3. Promote Only High-Ticket Items

I made a decision to only promote high-ticket quality programs in the future and I now laugh back looking at the emails I sent in the past to make a measly $7 commission.

It is much easier and profitable to sell one product that pays a $1750 commission then to sell 250 units of a $7 commission program to generate the same commission payout.

From now on, I have decided to try and only promote products that pay at least a $90 commission.

4. Stay Focused

Ah yes, the classic “shiny-object” syndrome that almost all of us have suffered from. I can’t count how many webinars I have attended touting the next greatest thing online when those hours could have been put into working on what was already profitable for me.

Don’t expect to see me attending any “Bitcoin” webinars anytime soon.

5. Upgrade Your Computer

I was one of those guys who believed that you run your computer to the ground. Every time I upgraded my computer to a faster processor and more memory, I couldn’t believe the increase in my productivity. Sure it can be expensive to upgrade, but you will make if back with the increased efficiency.

6. Create Systems

Almost everything can be documented into a system. I wish I had done this earlier so the transition of a task to an employee or outsourcer would have been much easier.

7. Trying To Please Everyone

I like to be a people pleaser, but it can be time consuming when you have to deal with negative people all the time. There used to be a time when I used to reply to every single negative email trying to help people.

The reality is that some people can’t be helped and it is a more efficient use of my time to work with people who have a positive outlook on growing their business and life in general.

8. Email More Often And Get More Personal

I personally believe that I don’t email as often as I should. Sometimes two weeks will pass between emails and I feel I lose touch with my “tribe.”

A few years back, it got real bad and I hadn’t mailed out for five months. When I did, I got those “who are you again” replies.

I also wish I could have created more personal emails that talked about my life and insights.

9. Exercise More

A healthy body is a more productive body. Article after articles state that you are much more productive when you eat and exercise regularly.

You might feel productive because you worked ten straight hours sitting on your butt, but the reality is that you probably could have accomplished all those tasks in half the time if you took better care of yourself.

I am sure my “Internet lifestyle” is an indirect reason why I ended up in physiotherapy a few times.

10. Focus On Building An Email List

This is my biggest regret. I wish had put more of an emphasis on building my lists earlier and more efficiently.

When I refer to efficiently, I mean by testing opt-in forms and squeeze pages to dramatically increase conversions.

My email list should be at least double or triple the size it is today had I focused on that on Day 1.

Do you have any regrets? List them in the comments section.

Thanks

Gauher


Information Kills

I spent the last few days cleaning up my laptop and moving a lot of items to a cloud server so that I could access certain items on any computer or tablet with an Internet access.

It is interesting because I noticed that I had ton of Internet marketing ebooks, PDFs, mp3s and videos from the last 13 years!

These are items that I said that I would get to one day and review.

That was 13 years ago… lol

stressedI think the biggest challenge that most marketers have these days (especially new marketers) is information overload. I am guilty of suffering from this myself.

This can KILL your chances for success.

Making money online comes down to two factors in my opinion, which is time and focus.

Time is much more valuable than money because it is something that you can’t get back.

In order to make a large income online, you need to balance your time between family and business.

Then you need to balance the time in your business between attaining knowledge and taking action.

Most of us attain knowledge on Internet marketing by downloading reports, reading articles and buying courses. But with so much information out there, you end up in the same situation that most people do.

A hard drive full of stuff that you have told yourself that you will get back to.

Guess what?

You never will, so don’t kid yourself.

So in order to clean up my hard drive and get through the information overload, I simply deleted items that didn’t align with my main focus.

My main focus is paid traffic and really nothing else.

I deleted all marketing materials that were SEO or social media related. Most of this information was over two years old any ways and would probably be out of date.

Any reports or information that was over three years old, I automatically deleted. This literally cleaned up 75% of the Internet marketing content I had sitting on my hard drive for years.

If you want to get past information paralysis, I suggest you do the same and simply focus on items that align with your business strategies.

I feel like I just lifted a load off my shoulders… and my laptop. 😉

What do you do to get past the info overload? Comment below.

Gauher Chaudhry


Spying On What Works In 2013

Below is a recent webinar that I conducted with Leon Krishnayana from iSpionage.  A lot of great information was covered and a special offer was made at the end for a discounted membership to iSpionage.  So make sure you watch right until the end. 😉

The special offer is only available to the first 100 people who sign up (34 so far) or until Sunday, March 3, 2013 before 11:59 pm EST.

Here is the special order link…

Comments?

Gauher


The Greatest Money Making Secret In History

I was cleaning up my hard drive earlier this week after finally switching to a MAC computer from a PC.  Over the last decade, I have collected a large number of marketing ebooks and reports that have been just sitting on my hard drive.

There are many that I have never read and others that I just skimmed in the past.  But there was one book that I remember reading years ago written by Joe Vitale that I stumbled upon.  The ebook is called “The Greatest Money Making Secret In History” and I remember devouring it the same day that I downloaded it from the Internet.

The secret of making money, as revealed in this ebook, is not as obvious as it seems, but in my experience – it works.  I have practiced it for years and have seen huge returns in my own businesses and fortunes.

Some key points about this secret:

1. It’s the one thing some of the wealthiest people on the planet have done and are doing.

2. It’s the one thing written about in various ancient cultures and still promoted today.

3. It’s the one thing that will bring money to anyone who does it but at the same time most people will fear doing it.

The ebook is free to download and I highly recommend that you take some time out to read it.

Download The Greatest Money Making Secret In History

Cheers
Gauher Chaudhry