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Build Your Tribe and Don’t Feed the Trolls !!!

Hey there,

 

I hope you are doing well.

 

I don’t know about you but for me the time seems to flying away these days.
It has already been over a week since my last Blog post.

 

I am still working away on my sales funnel adding the final touches and tweaking it.
This has included ordering graphics and adding sales videos too.

 

I think I definitely need some more practice shooting videos LOL.

 

 

So…. what else has happened over the last week?

 

Well…a topic which I noticed has surfaced a number of times this week is related to putting yourself out there in the public and the possibility of gettig trolled in the process.
Fortunately it hasn’t happened me yet but I am sure it will….because it happens to everyone who puts themselves out there.

 

If it does happen however you should not get disheartened or give up.
The fact is that not everyone out there in Internet land is going to agree with you or like you.
Let these people go and move on.

 

I also touched on this topic before in relation to getting unsubscribes in your autoresponder account.
If these people don’t like your style then you don’t need them on your list or in your audience anyway.

 

People on your list who are never going to buy from you anyway are just costing you money.

 

The other type of negative person you may end up with as I mentioned already are trolls.
Sometimes these people can get nasty which can go as far as to hurt your feelings.

 

There are a few things you should keep in mind when dealing with trolls.

 

First is that it is easy for some people to be brave from behind their computer screens and say things that they would never say to you face.
The fact is that these people are the ones with the problem and are more than likely just jealous that you are achieving more than they are….

 

or that you at least have to motivation to try and get out there and make a better life for yourself…. something they wish they could do too but aren’t.

 

The best way to deal with these people is to simply ignore them.
Whatever you do, do not let them drag you down to their level.

 

In most cases you are the one in control,, whether its your email list, Facebook Page or Group or Youtube channel.

 

You can unsubscribe them, remove their posts and block them.
Just remove the negativity as that is the last thing you need when you are trying to build your successful online business.

 

So on that note …. get out there and get yourself known and fearlessly build your own tribe….

 

…and in the meantime…

 

We will catch up next week.

 

Peace, Love and Success,

 

Donal

Missing In Action but Back On Track !!

Hey there,

 

I hope you are doing well.

 

Its been a few weeks since my last Blog post so I need to get my act together and get back on track.

 

To be honest the last few weeks have been hectic for me.
Sometimes life has a funny way of throwing everything at you at the same time.
I must admit I got somewhat overwhelmed and at times a bit down and lethargic and even when I had some time to do things I just couldn’t seem to get myself to do anything.

 

 

I guess the thing to take out of this is that there will be times when we all go though periods like this.
Sometimes you just have to take a short break to relax and recoup.

 

I am back now with renewed enthusiasm and will endeavor to get back to my one Blog post every week.

 

Having said all of that, I have managed to progress somewhat in continuing to build the foundations of my business.

 

I have still had my weekly calls with Andy and that has motivated me to produce something each week, little and all as it may be.

 

Again the accountability factor I keep talking about makes a massive difference with this.
Without it I probably would have achieved nothing at all over the last few weeks.

 

I am scheduled to have a call with Andy in just over half an hour now to go through the first draft of the various sales pages in my funnel.
I have to say that I have struggled somewhat with the copywriting part of all this.

 

Copywriting is not easy…

 

However, I do recognize that it is one of the most valuable skills you can learn as a marketer, be it online or offline.
Whether it be a Squeeze page, a sales page or an email you are sending out, being able to write copy, even to a basic level will make a huge difference to your results as a marketer.

 

With that in mind I have also started to read one of the many books I have on the subject.
The one I am reading at the moment was recommended by Andy… The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert W. Bly and I have to say I am impressed so far.

 

No matter what though, getting good at copy takes practice and will take time so the more you practice and test the better you will get.

 

Learning to build and maintain a profitable online business is a continuous learning process and I do enjoy that even though it can be frustrating at times. 🙂

 

There are a few other important things I have realized about writing copy ….

 

First is you really need to have a clear picture of who your prospective customer is.
You need to know what their desires and fears are and what makes them tick.
I could write a whole Blog post on this topic and will do at some stage.

 

If you know this then it makes your copy so much more easier to write.

 

A second thing which makes a big difference is having a swipe file of copy.
This can and should include headlines, squeeze pages, sales pages and emails etc.
Having a swipe file gives you something you can refer to when it comes to writing copy.
It means you are not starting off with a blank page which is very difficult to do, especially as a beginner to writing copy.

 

You should start building a swipe file as soon as possible.
Anytime you see a piece of copy that resonates with you and makes you want to take action you should take a copy for yourself and add it to your swipe file.

 

This is something I have just started to do myself as I start my journey to becoming the next Gary Halbert LOL.

 

Anyway, lets see what Andy thinks about my latest attempt in the next 15 minutes :).

 

Until next week.

 

Peace, Love and Success,

 

Donal

Yaaay….Content Finally Finished !!

Hey there,

 

And yet another week gone by….
Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun 🙂

 

I hope you have been doing well yourself over the last week.

 

Well… its been another busy week for me and things are progressing nicely.
I finally finished creating all of my training videos this week.
Doing over the shoulder videos definitely takes more effort (and editing) than simple slideshow videos.
It is at times this I am glad that I invested in Camtasia.
Not the cheapest video editing tool on the market I must admit, but well worth the investment I have to say.

 

 

From my point of view I consider it an investment in my business.
The problem with many people is that they look at everything as a cost and don’t take into account that investing in tools can save them both time and money in the long run.

 

I totally understand though that some people might not have the budget available to purchase all of these tools.
However, I would certainly say that in this case they should make some money online first and then use the profits to
re-invest into their business. After all, an online business is still a business.

 

Yes you can start an online business for a lot less up front investment than a traditional brick and mortar business…
and that is exactly the reason you should be willing to invest a little to start off.
If you think it is a lot, then just think about how much it would cost to start a traditional business or even a franchise.

 

I am fortunate in so far as when I started this coaching with Andy and Richie, I already had most of what I needed in terms
of web hosting, domains an autoresponder and page builders and lots of other tools I don’t even need yet 🙂
That is a result though of me being a buyer in this market and not seller.

 

This is one of the first things the guys tried to hammer home to me. They said …

 

Donal …..STOP BUYING STUFF !!!       …And start creating and selling.

 

Become a VENDOR and not a BUYER !!

 

This is exactly what they have been guiding me to do over the last 2 months or so and finally I am at this point with all of the content for my funnel created.

I will be the first to admit that it wasn’t easy at times and I procrastinated and they had to give me a kick
up the behind on a number of occasions but finally I made it and am both relieved and happy to have it all complete.

 

The next part of the process now it to setup my Squeeze Page and the rest of the funnel behind it.
I finished the first draft of the Squeeze Page this evening just before starting on this Blog post.
Again, as I have a number of Page Builders, it makes this process a little easier but there is still the copywriting aspect to it and ….

 

I am definitely not a copywriter LOL.

 

But Andy is confident that he can get me to create reasonably effective pages for my funnel….lets see if his confidence sticks around 🙂

 

My autoresponder sequence is half complete and I also started loading emails I had already written into it this evening, so I am getting there slowly but surely.

 

As I have said a number of times before, it is important to stick to it even if one doesn’t really feel in the mood.
Mind you …the prospect of Richie sending me endless messages asking me where my Squeeze Page is also helps LOL.

 

Annnnyywaaaaay….that is my progress report for this week.

 

Stay tuned to see how my crash course in page building and copywriting goes 🙂

 

Until next week….All the Best!!

 

Peace, Love and Success,

 

Donal

Progressing Slowly But Surely ….

Hey there,

 

I hope you have had a great week!!

 

Well, here we are again, Sunday evening this week..the blog posts are getting later and later every week 🙂

 

It has been a lazy weekend for me, not helped by a late session on the IM Pub on Friday night.
You see, it starts at 9pm UK time on a Friday night but I don’t live in the UK or anywhere near it for that matter.

IM Pub last Friday night (before I joined)

 

The IM Pub starts at 3am on a Saturday for me so I eventually went to sleep at 10am Saturday morning.
Another great IM Pub with lots of great knowledge being shared but it completely wiped out my Saturday.

 

Damn.. I have to start skipping it some weeks, although I have been saying that for week now LOL.

 

So…what have I been at for the last week?

 

Well, arriving back from my break in Bangkok shortened my week this past week so I have been mainly focused on finishing the content for the various courses in my funnel….almost there now 🙂

 

Once the content is finished I just have to create the squeeze page and other pages in the funnel and then its time to start sending traffic to see how things work out.

 

I must admit there are times when I think it is taking me a long time to get to this stage, but as Andy and Richie pointed out on our call this week, I have a lot more to show now than I did less than 2 months when I started on this journey.

 

I guess the important thing to keep in mind, and what I have been trying to do, it to keep my mind on the final goal and my WHY behind doing all of this.

 

There are times I feel demotivated or just plain lethargic and end up procrastinating, but when I keep in mind that this is just the beginning and there is learning curve involved and things will get easier as I keep at it, my motivation increases again.

 

As I have said before too, the accountability factor is also a huge help as I do not want to get on a call with them at the end of a week and say I have not achieved anything.

 

Another thing you hear a lot in the Online Marketing space is that you have to GRIND and there is no doubt that there are times when you will have to do that, but it is also important to keep in mind that you should also have some quiet time for yourself.

 

If you do nothing else but continually GRIND, you will just burn yourself out and actually in addition, you won’t be very productive with all those extra hours you are working anyway. You will also get tired and demotivated.

 

I had great plans regarding what I was going to achieve this weekend but in the end I ended up taking some time out for myself to just relax.

 

The weekend is not over yet though so I am still getting through some of that to-do list, a little more relaxed now 🙂

 

So basically I think the lesson to take away from this is to find a balance.

There is no point eventually reaching the success you have been striving for only to find out you have lost your health.

Just my 2 cents worth and feel free to disagree if you like 🙂

 

So ….I have my next call with the guys on Wednesday by which time I have promised to have all of the content completed for my funnel and also have a squeeze page or two created for the front end.

 

With that being said I am going to get back to work and wish you a great week ahead.

 

Until then…

 

Peace, Love and Success,

 

Donal

Sometimes You Just Need to Take a Break

Hey There,

 

Another week gone by and I am a little late with my blog post for this week so apologies for that.

 

I have been very busy with many things recently and ending up worn out.
Therefore I decided it was time to take a timeout and relax and rejuvenate….
I am writing this blog post sitting in my hotel room in Bangkok so it will probably be a shorter post this week.

 

Its damn humid here at the moment and there are plenty of thunder storms around, but it is nice to just get away for a while and relax.

 

 

Chris Hitman made a very good point last Friday night on the IM Pub.

 

He said that the nature of the work we do causes us to spend long periods of time sitting in front of our computers and this is actually a totally unnatural environment for us. Continuing this for long periods of time is unhealthy and can eventually lead to all sorts or issues so you should get away from your computer for at least an hour or two a day and also take a few days off now and then.

 

I have found more and more over the last couple of weeks that I was finding it harder to keep my focus and also finding it more difficult to be creative because I was getting tired. That is why I decided to take a break for a few days and will hopefully be all refreshed and eager to go again next week.

 

incidentally Chris did an interview with my friend Gareth Daine last night which I recommend you check out here.
Chris gives away and ton of valuable free advise in the interview relevant to people at all levels.

 

So….

 

What did I accomplish this week if anything??

 

Well…I did get some of my over the shoulder videos finished.
Up to now I had only created videos with Powerpoint presentations.
Over the shoulder videos take a bit more planning and preparation.

 

So I ended up behind schedule a little this week as a result.

 

Also, when you plan to show someone how to use a piece of software or a plugin, remember that you need to spend a bit of time to learn it yourself 🙂

 

Sounds obvious I know but I did forget to factor in the time during this past week.

 

Anyway…. I plan to get the rest of those videos finished before my call with Andy next week.
I might even have a landing page put together too 🙂

 

My main goal over the next few days though is relax time so that takes priority right now.

 

And on that note I shall say goodbye for this week and go out on the town for a while.

 

Until next week ,,,

 

Peace, Love and Success,

 

Donal

Wow, What a Difference a Week Makes !!

Hey there,

 

Wow, another week gone by. Feels like WARP speed these days.

 

It has been a crazy busy week for me working silly hours and going to bed when everyone else is getting up but…..

 

In fairness it has been a pretty productive week and I have achieved quite a bit and have a few tips and lessons to bring you this week.

 

On the creating the videos for my course front, I actually managed to get all the videos finished, believe it of not.
I was a bit slow to start with. I must admit I struggled a little creating the slides for all of the modules and I think Andy and Richie were thinking I was slacking out again.

 

 

But….

 

Once I got got the slides finished I was determined to just get those damn videos done.
10 minutes each I thought to myself….7 videos …. an hour and a bit … and then I am done … Fantastic.

 

And then I procrastinated again. i start playing around with something I will get to in a minute.

 

Eventually I started the 2nd video for the course I was supposed to create…and you know what…

 

Its wasn’t that bad.

 

I recorded it from beginning to end and I didn’t even edit it afterwards. It was ok as it was.
Andy and Richie both told me that they could see I was a bit of a perfectionist and that I should just do it….no editing too…just get it done Donal !!

 

Forget about the Ummms and the Ahhhhs because in the end of the day nobody really cares.

 

Well, that suited me fine…means I don’t have to edit them. Soooo….

 

2nd video 15 minutes…Really ?!?!?…Did I really manage to talk for that long?

 

Ok, so I can do this then..onto the 3rd video and then the 4th and 5th….

 

Damn…..they are are all turning out to be 15 minutes long and then the rendering time too….there goes the hour and a bit estimate out the window 🙂

 

Crap…Getting late now…or early (depending how you look at it)

 

6am and getting pretty bright outside and I am starting the 6th video…almost there and then ….

 

That damn neighbors dog who always insists on barking his head off at 7 in the evening and 6 in the morning stuck to his usual schedule.

 

 

After 2 attempts and now 7am in the morning I gave up and decided to get some much needed sleep.

 

To cut a long story short I finished the rest of the videos the next evening (after the neighbors dog allotted barking time) and uploaded the last videos to Dropbox for review from the guys.

 

To say I was surprised by their reaction would be an understatement….You see….

 

I had expected some criticism and pointers on how to improve the videos …but no…nothing…except…

 

They are fantastic Donal…Is that really you ??!?!?

 

Well I was really happy although I don’t take praise easily (which Richie noticed on my coaching call on Wednesday and slagged me off about a bit).

 

So…1st takeaway this week…..is….. We all tend to be hard on ourselves and also be perfectionists and that stops us from doing stuff.

 

We are our own worst critics, and stuff we do that we think isn’t good enough, is actually good enough….and more….and  other people will think is absolutely fantastic….so

 

STOP listening to those stupid inner voices telling you that you are not good enough…YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH…and BETTER than good enough.

 

The other thing they told me was that it doesn’t matter if you are making a course that 1000 people have made before….

 

Your course will still be unique because it was made by YOU, nobody else….only YOU and you will bring your own character and angle to that training and people will love the course for that.

 

Will everyone love the content you create? Hell no. Does that matter? Hell no.

 

Like I said before, not everyone is going to like you, but you will build a following of people who will, and they are the people you should care about, not the ones who don’t.

 

Damn, I am going on a bit now so I have a feeling this is going to be a bit of a long one …Sorry.

 

So what was I playing with when I should have been shooting training videos you may ask??

 

Well…..

 

I have gotten more interested in playing around with video recently.

 

And there is a guy I have been following for a long time, Mark Thompson (The English one), and recently he has been doing a lot of free training videos in his Facebook group, The Lifestyle Marketer, about doing video.
He had posted some great videos about doing Green Screen videos which I had heard about before but always thought took lots of expensive equipment…. Seems it doesn’t.

 

For those who don’t know you will have no doubt seen Green Screen videos before. It allow you to be in front of any image or video you choose in the background, even if you just choose the background to be plain white or whatever color you want  (except green maybe LOL).

 

So.. I realized that with a piece of green material, which is what I set up with the help of my wife, and some free software, I could do the same with my webcam. And the results for a total cost of $15 dollars spend on the material (and something to hang it up behind me)….well see for yourself..(Not perfect because I need some brighter lights but not bad eh ??!?!)

 

           

 

Video is becoming really big these days and it is only going to get bigger so I encourage you to give it a try even if you don’t do live video….I have not built up the courage to do that yet myself either, but who knows what might happen in the near future :).

 

A few of my fellow Society 11 members such as Phillip Lopez and Gareth Daine (Gareths site is under construction right now so depending on when you read this it may not be available yet) are doing a lot of live video on Facebook and giving great value for free to build their audiences and it has also got me thinking about giving it a go.

 

But like I said, just start getting comfortable with even just recording videos yourself and looking back over the recordings to start getting used to it. It will make a big difference as you progress with your business.

 

Ok…I know…I am harping on a bit too much this week but I am excited about getting those videos done with such great feedback and also learning that Green Screen videos are not that hard or expensive to do.

 

Onwards and Upwards we go…..

 

I look forward to checking in next week with my next update….

 

Until then..

 

Peace, Love and Success,

 

Donal

I Had Done Nothing This Week and Then This …..

Hi there,

 

How are you doing? I hope everything is great for you right now.

 

So…another week gone already…Damn those weeks are passing by too fast!!

 

Another week for me too and I had my call with my coach, Andy yesterday….A call I wasn’t looking forward to…because I had achieved nothing at all in the week….except 1 Blog post. I guess at least I had managed that, but that is 1 promise I had made and stuck too.

 

I had a very busy week and was away for the weekend when I normally manage to get stuff done, and although I had planned to get some of those videos done for the course I was supposed to create, I had in fact done nothing. Truth be told I was going to message Andy the night before our call and reschedule it, because I saw no point in having a call if I had nothing to show him. But I decided it would do no harm to have the call anyway and I didn’t want to look like a chicken, avoiding the call. Also, to be honest, I think he would have chased me anyway to find out why I hadn’t done anything.

 

Well….we had the call ….and initially it was just me and Andy talking and I explained that I had done nothing that week, and we discussed for a few minutes why, and how maybe I could make some time to do what I needed to do. Andy gave me some good ideas how to use some of my small bits of free time to at least progress a little bit. I will share some of those ideas in another Blog post.

 

And then……

 

Richie joined the call. Damn….he wasn’t so easy on me. Where are you at now Donal ???

 

Hmmm.  Not doing so well now Riche….been a tough week for me Richie.

 

So he tells me he is a bit disappointed that I am not where he thought I’d be. To be honest I was disappointed too but it was my fault.

 

So Richie asks me, Is your free product done yet?  …. Yes I replied.

 

So whats the issue with doing the videos he says….

Haven’t had the time I replied and I need to do the slides too Richie….

So he makes me send him the pdf for the first module and as we are talking (unbeknownst to me) he is creating a basic Powerpoint presentation for me….

 

And then he says …..Done !!!! WHF (What the hell is done I am thinking to myself)

 

I am sending you this now. Shoot the video now and call us back when its done and you have sent it to us.

 

Crap!!! Really !!!

 

I still hadn’t eaten all day and this was 7.30 pm and now I have to shoot a video !!!!

 

Ok, I know what he was doing and why, so I reluctantly shot that video….all 16 minutes of it and then…

 

When I tried to replay it, no damn sound. I screwed up the settings.

 

More hungry than I was 16 minutes ago I had to shoot the video again (After some colorful language that they didn’t hear and I won’t use on this Blog 🙂 )

Finally got it off to them and we resumed our call. They both liked it but pointed out I didn’t sound all that excited while I spoke on the video (maybe 2nd time around and hungry didn’t help 🙂 ).

 

But…..

 

It did show me I could do it in a very short time. So they set me the task of 1 video a day for the next week and the course would be done then. I agreed, but leaving thinking how I could make myself sound more excited. Sorry, but sitting in front of my PC, I find that a bit difficult as I am sure most people do.

 

Anyway, this morning I wake up and my first task is to fix up those messed up slides. I actually re-did them completely. Then time to record the video.

 

But…. I was hungry so food first,

 

Ah yes….feed and full now…..time to just do that damn video….

 

But I wasn’t exactly feeling like ….enthusiastic so how can I make myself feel that way to sound better on the video I just had to create ???

 

Ah….Some music that gets me going. So I put on one of my favorite house tracks (sorry, I know its not everyone’s cup of tea) but it worked.

 

I recorded the video. 1st take and no edits because Andy and Richie told me not to worry about that occasional ah and um. So I just did it, sent it to them and ….

 

Well I was surprised by the feedback… Bloody good job Donal…. Slides fantastic Donal.

 

I must admit I was surprised by the feedback but it did show me that we all tend to under rate ourselves. We can be more and achieve more than we think.

 

I know this post is going on a bit, sorry…. But here are my take away’s this week.

 

  1. You have time even if you think you don’t (That is what Richie deliberately thought me by making me shoot that video [I hate you Richie 😊])
  2. We all think we are not good enough even when we are and we have more value to give than we think
  3. We can all do the things that we think we can’t.
  4. Having a Coach or at least an Accountability partner makes a huge difference.

 

I now have 6 more videos to do over the next 5 days to I look forward to sharing my experience to you next week and some more tips I’m sure.

 

Peace, Love and Success,

 

Donal

 

P..S. I lack motivation sometimes as I am sure you do too so I have setup a post on my Blog with some motivational videos to help you during those times.

Please go have a look and bookmark it if it helps you….Motivational Videos

 

 

Motivational Videos for you !!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRMogDrHnMQHi there,

 

I have put together some motivational videos for you here if you are feeling unmotivated or just not in the mood.

I will be adding to these but just feel free to watch the ones you want if you need some inspiration or motivation…

I hope they can help….

 

Happy New Year !! :)

Hey there,

 

Here we are again and another week gone by. It’s hard to believe that it is the send half of the month already. So….what have I accomplished in the last week? To be honest not so much.

 

While many of you were probably celebrating Easter and running around in rabbit suits looking for chocolate eggs in the garden LOL, here in Thailand they were celebrating Thai New Year, known as Songkran. The Thais celebrate New Year by going to temples and paying respects to elderly relatives and friends……and also partaking in the biggest water fight in the world. Much alcohol also tends to be consumed :). If you have ever been in Thailand over Songkran you know not to expect to stay dry.

 

 

For, me after joining in the Songkran celebrations for my first few years here I generally choose to stay home and dry in recent times. I thought therefore that I would be able to progress well over the weekend with my various tasks. Not so it seems as friends called over and I still ended up celebrating the alcohol part of Songkran anyway. 🙂 So much for my wishful thinking eh!

 

Anyway, I did manage to get the first 9 days of my Autoresponder sequence finished together with the first 3 modules of the free course and also the associated Blog posts. I submitted them to Andy for review and he told me that they looked good and that I am on the right track. As I mentioned last week, having a coach makes such a difference. I don’t have to sit here wondering if I am doing things right …or if they look ok.

 

Richie also contacted me to give his total seal of approval on what I have produced already, so that also made me feel good and gave me more confidence in myself.

 

That’s where I would like to point something out. You see …trying to figure all of this stuff out on your own can be difficult enough as it is. But on top of that, if you are like me, then you are probably at home working on this alone too. That can get pretty lonely at times and can lead to self-doubt, lack of confidence and finally quitting.

 

As I mentioned last week, it is through the tougher times that it helps a lot if you are clear about your WHY.

 

However, there are also other things that you can do to help you and improve your chances of success…

 

One of those things is to get yourself a Coach or Mentor as I have. This helps to keep you on the right track and offer encouragement and reassurance with what you are doing. There is also the accountability aspect of having a Coach which has made a huge difference to me. The fact that I know that I have to get on a call each week and explain what I have done and if not, why not, is a major motivator. And I also know that if I don’t stay in contact, that Andy and Richie will come chasing me to see whats happening.

 

I do realize though that not everyone is in the position to take on a Mentor or Coach right now although I recommend you do get one as soon as you can. However, another thing you can do and has helped me a lot is joining some groups of like-minded people in places such as Facebook. There are many communities with both experienced people and also other people learning just like you.

 

They can offer help, advice and encouragement to you and give you the feeling of being part of a community so that you do not feel so lonely and isolated. As I said there are many such groups on Facebook, so I recommend looking around and finding a couple of active groups where everyone seems to be supportive and are helping each other and get involved yourself. It will make a huge difference. Just do not get so involved that it distracts you from what you are supposed to be doing 🙂

 

And don’t forget to check my Facebook group too at The Internet Marketing Den. I will be offering support there and encouraging interaction and accountability too.

 

On that note, I will sign-off for now and catch you again next week…

 

Peace, Love and Success,

 

Donal

It’s Not Always Plain Sailing …

Hey there,

 

Well, well, well, week 4 already. Time seems to be totally flying by and I have to admit that I have been struggling somewhat to manage my time in order to get things done for my online business. This post is a day late also. I promise I will try and do better next week. 🙂 Having said that though, I am progressing and have almost completed the first 9 days of my autoresponder sequence emails.

 

I have decided to send an email out every day. The first module of the free course will be sent out on day 1 and then each module will be sent out every 3 days after that. That means there are 2 days between the delivery of each module where I have an opportunity to send out a follow-up email or an email linking to content on my blog.

 

So….that is exactly what I have been putting together. I have been writing articles for my Blog which will be linked to from the autoresponder follow-up sequence. I have also been finalizing the free course content and will be moving onto creating my first front-end paid course in the coming few days.

 

Oh….and I also shot an intro video for my Blog this week too. Still getting used to the Camera and microphone and the best settings to use. 🙂 ……Let me know what you think..

 

As I said at the beginning of the post I have struggled at times during the past week. I have sat down in front of the PC to write articles and drawn a blank. In an attempt to overcome these moments I have used the method I described in my post from week 2.

At times it feels that there is more to setting up everything at the beginning than I had originally thought. The key for me is to break everything down into smaller steps and work on them one step at a time. As the saying goes….. How do you eat an elephant??  I bite at a time.

 

Now that I have a coach and know that I am going in the right direction it makes it easier to trust in the process and just get the work done. Another analogy I heard used once was that starting your business is like pushing a big rock up a hill…….  At the beginning, it is very hard to get that rock moving. But after a while it gets a little easier. However, it still takes effort to get that rock to the top of the hill. Once it is there though it will start rolling down the other side by itself. At that point all your effort has paid off.

 

Another, thing which is very important to keep you going during though times is your WHY.  Everyone has a WHY or at least should have a WHY. Your WHY should be your main reason for doing what you are doing. My WHY is to build a business offering value to my customers and subscribers so that I can generate an income to look after my family well and to run a lifestyle business where I do not have to sit at my PC all day every day. Your WHY might be to drive fast sports car or travel the world. Whatever it is, identify it and remember it for those tough times,

 

Once you know your WHY, it makes it easier to get through the tougher times when you might feel demotivated or worse still thinking of quitting. And remember….you don’t fail until you quit. At times like this you can think about your WHY and that should motivate you to continue and drive on through the difficult times.

 

Finally, I have setup my Facebook group, Internet Marketing Den. My plan for the group is twofold. First and foremost, I want it to be an accountability group. I would encourage anybody interested to join the group and post your accountability posts and also maybe find an accountability partner. Initially I will be trying to hold people accountable also…… so beware LOL.

In addition to it being an accountability group I will also be sharing links to useful articles and tools relevant to all aspects of setting up and running an online business. So be sure to check it out….Internet Marketing Den.

 

And on that note I will sign off for now and catch you next week….Until then….

 

Peace, Love and Success,

 

Donal

 

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