Saturday, December 27, 2014

Drive Traffic to Your Website by Sharing Other Websites- Say Whaaat?

Need a better way to market your product or business without looking like a "douche bag" for shamelessly self promoting? 

You're in for a pleasant surprise because I've found the answer!

I recently found an absolutely amazing app that will revolutionize what you share on the internet!  What I mean is that you can attach an advertisement for your business, website, or product to everything you share on the internet, whether you share on Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or other websites.

Basically, if you find an article that you want to share, you can attach your advert to it with this super easy to use app. You can even attach your advert to a Youtube video... how awesome is that?! I've used the free version, and tech support has been great at answering any questions or issues, even when using the program for free. They seem to continuously strive to improve as well.

This website has created a complete 360 degree win-win scenario. Not only do they have a free version, but they have an affiliate program where you can make 20% from referrals. So here is the quick and dirty version of the benefits:

(1) Everyone get's to go around sharing useful info from other websites, (2) which in turn advertises their product, (3) while making money as an affiliate for sign ups, (4) all the while making money to support Sniply.. Say what?! Not to mention that it's super simple to use.

This is something that EVERY business that markets online should have in their arsenal!

In my case, I found an article on and Shared it on my G+. Now when someone clicks on it, they will see an advert for my book.

Check out the ad I made in a matter of minutes in the screenshot below:

My ad on
If you want to see the above snip live in action, you can see it here:

Then, when your friends click the "share" button on this article, the people who click it will see this ad too. How awesome is this?

Below is a screenshot of the Sniply dashboard. It's easy to create the ad and they have detailed instructions on how to do it. In the dashboard, it's very easy to see stats such as: how many clicks, bounce rate, conversions, average time on site, and other great stats so you can keep track of what's working.
Sniply Dashboard

I should mention that with the free version, you are limited to 1 ad creation, however, you can use that same ad over and over with different websites.

The paid version isn't that bad either at $16 per month for the pro version and $85 per month for the business version.

You can now self-promote without having to self-promote... It's a win-win any way you look at it.

Why I'm a Little Creeped out by Click Bank University

Source: ClickBank University

Considering Click Bank University?

I was seriously considering it too, and I almost bought into the program at the irresistible price of $47, but I had some questions, so I attended the webinar. After getting about 45 minutes into it, I realized the webinar was not live, as they advertised. The fact that I was lied to was probably the first thing that was a let down. I know the webinar was fake because:

  1. It was the day before Christmas Eve, and during the webinar, not one thing was mentioned about the internationally observed traditional holiday. Not a "Happy Holidays". Not a "Merry Christmas". Not a "Seasons Greetings". Not one thing mentioned.- By the way, why would two wealthy men be doing a webinar right before Christmas instead of preparing for the holidays, visiting relatives, or being with their families?
  2. Their timing was off: They would ask questions, I would reply to them in the chat box. But they would pause as if they were waiting on responses coming in and then read off "someone else's" answer. 
  3. Some of the responses that they were supposedly getting from people seemed unrealistic.

Even if the webinar was just a video, Click Bank may still be legit. That's why I almost clicked the "buy now" button and bought into it before I went to the webinar.

The link to the video was sent to my email. They had a really good introduction video to the program. That video was pretty good. What they were saying made sense, and I knew that pitch was a video, so there was no prob there.

I can't say that I know exactly how well the program works because I didn't buy or try the program, but what I can tell you is my strange experience at the webinar that creeped me out.

The things that creeped me out were:

First, I thought it was kind of weird that I couldn't see the responses of other people in the chat box (only mine and the moderator's), but I was being optimistic, so I started writing in the chat box, asking questions about the things they were describing in the video.  They had no problem replying and answering them. But then I started asking some questions that they apparently didn't want to answer. So here is how the chat went down:

Me in Chat: I asked if there would later be something else to purchase within the program (an up-sell)

Them in Chat: Their response was, we have so many people in this webinar, we can't answer all the questions. There is a 60 day money back guarantee.- Mind you they had no problem answering my questions prior.

Me in Chat: In so many words I said, "That's why I'm asking now, so we don't waste my time or yours with having to get my money back if there is an up-sell just to finish the program. I also said, "Maybe I can get my money back, but time is irreplaceable, and my time is very valuable to me. I will just do a google search to find some answers."

Them in Chat: Crickets...

Video: They then said on the video (supposed webinar) that the program was $1,300.

Me in Chat: "I thought the program was $47 to join."

Them in Chat: They then replied in the chat box with another link to join for $47.

Video: They said they would mark the program down to just $800, and supposedly they had all kinds of wealthy people who happen to have $800 to spare on this program, right before Christmas.

Video: They finally got to the end of the program and marked the program all the way down to $47. They asked what's holding you back?

Me in Chat: I started typing "I'm thinking about waiting until after Christmas", but then erased it and did not send the response. 

Them in Chat: All of the sudden, they put a quote up that  directly related to what I was saying. It something to the effect of "While others lounge, you make money." or something like that.

I said: Well damn that was creepy. I didn't tell them that, lol, but that's was what I was saying to myself. I felt like they were spying on me, and more than likely, they were.

I suppose I should mention, they kept repeating in the chat box: 60 Day Money Back Guarantee, Give it a try!

So this is why I'm creeped out by Click Bank University. I was a little disappointed that I adjusted my schedule for a webinar that I thought was live, and limited to a specific date and time only to find out that they recycle this webcast regularly. I felt lied to, stalked, and patronized all at the same time. I didn't it was  possible to feel like that from a webinar, but apparently it is. Maybe that wasn't their intention, and I could be totally wrong about everything, but this is just how I perceived it. - Maybe I'm just paranoid about getting suckered and wasting more of my precious time on a useless venture that won't work for me, and I am a fairly optimistic person. You be the judge. Look em up, watch the intro video, go to the "live" webinar; watch for the things I told you about. Come back and tell me how it made you feel, I would love to know your thoughts.

There is a more in depth review from someone who actually tried the program at One More Cup of Coffee if you want to have a look. From what I gathered, the person says that Click Bank University is legit, but there are some things that aren't so great about it, like the fact that they withhold training modules. So the program seems legit based on the things they said in the videos, and some of the reviews I read. You can see more insightful reviews from the people at the Warrior Forum.

I should also mention that the webinar wasn't a complete wash, despite me being creeped out. I was able to learn a couple of interesting pieces of info, like a brief synopsis on how Click Bank works, and like how to create another way to make money as an affiliate using Youtube.

Either way, I'm unsure as to how great the  program would work for me, because of that minor detail of Click Bank University holding training modules hostage until they want you to do them. So essentially, they won't let you go at your own speed, unless you pay them $800 bucks- Maybe that's the plan... I'm only speculating and making assumptions, but maybe, they take forever to give you the info so you will go past your refund period and continue to pay a monthly fee, and then finally end up having to pay for the higher program later, after you've already paid over $500 once a year is up? And then maybe they will later present you with something else that is incredibly high priced, so you can buy into that too? Maybe it's the same old game as the marketing group schemes, with a free offer, then a product/membership to buy, then an up-sell. Only, this is just a different product? Maybe they will even have you sell their program as an affiliate... (People are starting to know this pattern, so this sales technique may not be as good as it once was). We can only speculate, or we could ask CBU, but we may not get an answer since there is no contact information for people who haven't bought the program yet.

 For me, when I get an idea and make a commitment to it, I will go full speed and don't get burnt out easily. I guess my biggest hindrance to buying the program is that I don't like having limited access to something that I've paid my money for. - Not cool.

I can't help but wonder: if this program is legit, why do they feel like they have to lie about having a webinar instead of just telling the truth (seriously, I would have understood the truth a lot better and may have even bought the program), and why do they sell so hard, and why are they so resistant to simple questions like the ones I was asking? Actions always speak so much louder than words. Therefore, I think I'm going to "hold my horses" for now and marinate on it because that webinar really did creep me out.

If for some reason I decide to try it out, I will report my findings. If I find out about, or try out some other program, I will let you know that too.

Feel free to comment with your thoughts about this program. If you're using this program, I would really like to know how it's working out for you.

Friday, December 26, 2014

So You Got a 1 Star Review on Amazon- Now What?

So you've got a really crappy review and don't know how to take it. I understand because the same thing happened to me. It eventually happens to every author, so don't feel like the lone ranger.

Every great book has 1 star reviews. Yes, bad reviews can hurt like a punch in the stomach or be a blow to the ego, but personally, I can't find 1 great, or best-selling book that doesn't have some pretty mean 1 star reviews. Even J.K. Rowling has some pretty crappy 1 star reviews- and she's awesome. There will always be people who are mad at the success of others. So don't feel bad when someone comes along and tries to strip you of your hard work. If anything, take it as a sign that you're doing something right. Why else would someone take the time to attempt dragging you down- unless they really feel like you ripped them off. However, in most scenarios, that is not the case. 

For example:

There was an author that I didn't know personally, but apparently was threatened with my book that took 3 years to write, and had quite a few 5 star reviews; so she did one of the worst things imaginable and gave me a 2 star review telling people not to buy my book, along with several other lies. I couldn't understand why, but after doing a little research, I realized that her actions were speaking much louder than her words. I took a look at her books and book ranking, it looked like her book sales weren't going well. I suppose that is why she took the time to attempt destroying someone else's hard work.

But here's the thing... If someone feels compelled to write a review (good or bad), feel honored that you had an effect on them, and then keep it moving. I would more so worry if there was no reviews. A few 1 star reviews won't make or break you if you don't let them. Use the info given in the reviews to advise you on how make your book better, and make you stronger. Then come back at it again, better than before.  You can then try some new promotional methods. Perhaps, go to an event or convention that relates to your books topic, not just for networking, but to inspire, be inspired, and maybe learn something new. Bring some copies of your book. You also could visit some online forums and advise or talk with some people there. If they like what you're saying, send em a copy of your book. Who knows? You might get a good review to counteract that negative one, not to mention all the inspiration you can get from being around other like-minded people.

Getting a 1 star review is not the end of the world, but wallowing in someone's negative feedback and giving up will end the possibility of your success. Yes, when someone is completely rude or mean in their review, it feels like crap. I'm sure when those bestselling authors got bad reviews, it didn't feel good to them either-but do you think those authors of bestselling books let 1 star reviews stop them from their success?... If they didn't give up, neither should you.

Naturally with a bad review, we get hurt or defensive, but instead, take it as a compliment that someone felt the need to take the time out of their schedule to post a review about your book, good or bad. Don't let these little distractions deter you from your goal. Think tunnel vision and stay focused. 

If I wanted, I could have done the same to that author and gave a horrible review to her 2 indie books that probably aren't all that anyway. I could slander her name right now on this blog, but what's that going to do for me? How is that going to make me any more successful? I would much rather spend my time being productive, building something great, and helping others do the same- as opposed to wasting my time hating on someone else.

"A wealthy man can buy a lot, but he can't buy back time."~ Unknown

Something that has helped me get through the bad reviews, and life in general is this fact: — You can't control the actions of others, the only thing you can control is YOURSELF.

Here's a couple of inspiring quotes for you:

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”~ Jim Rohn

 “To get something you never had, you must do something you never did.” Thomas Jefferson

"I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be." - Joyce Meyer

“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” ~ B.F. Skinner

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I really hope this helps you get over that 1 star review slump.