5 Things You Must Focus on in 2013

RoadAs another year begins most of us make plans for what lies ahead. I have no major plans myself as Im just going to keep doing what I was doing in 2012. Here’s the 5 main things I will be focusing on in 2013, I suggest you do the same.

1. Product Creation.
I have been stating the importance of creating your own products since 2004 and nothing has changed since then. If you truly want to be successful you simply must be creating your own products. Yes, you can make money in other areas such as affiliate marketing but if you create products of your own with an effective affiliate program you will have other people driving traffic to your offer. Behind every successful marketer is a collection of products they have created, the more products you create the more successful you will become.

I plan to release quite a few products this year just as I did last year.

2. List Building.
Everything you do online should work towards building your mailing list(s). This means having opt-in pages on your blogs, (I actually have 4 opt-in forms on my blog, can you find them all?) your sales pages, your affiliate pages and your thank you pages. Just about every single page you create should give the visitor the option to enter their name and email to connect with you.

Every day you put off building your mailing list is another day of wasted opportunity.

3. Funnels.
This is one of the biggest things I learned in 2012, product creation is not just about creating a product with an upsell or an OTO, it’s about building a comprehensive funnel. However, not only do you need to build a comprehensive funnel that makes your customers want more from you, but you also want to build a funnel that makes affiliates want to promote your products. When you create a product you should have a funnel planned for both affiliates and customers, a typical sales funnel will consist of:-

  • The main offer – Price low for maximum sales
  • A higher priced upsell – Usually an enhanced version of the main offer
  • A recurring upsell – Usually a monthly membership site
  • A backend offer – This can be a live webinar that offers coaching

If you get the funnel right you will have affiliates climbing over themselves to promote your offer and your customers begging to buy more from you.

So many people thought I was crazy to sell Simple Traffic Solutions for only $5 but they didn’t see the funnel I had in place. A funnel that has just under 1000 monthly paying members that will probably generate over a million in sales in 2013.

One thing I did with Simple Traffic Solutions what most marketers don’t was offer 50% commissions throughout the whole funnel, including the backend offer. This made the offer so appealing to affiliates they were coming to me to promote my offer.
You can check out the whole funnel here.
My plan is to build more funnels like this and to incorporate them into more of my launches in 2013. While all of the time rewarding affiliates for their efforts.

Remember, the more money your affiliates earn the more affiliates you will gain.

4. Relationships.
This is something a lot of people don’t focus on or tend to neglect. So many marketers operate online and all they think about is themselves. Remember that the connections you form are the building blocks to a successful business, you will need affiliates to help with launches, you will need help from other people from time to time but also remember that other marketers are building their businesses too, so be there for them when they need you because if you don’t you’ll find the online marketing world a very lonely place when people see you don’t reciprocate and choose to work with other marketers.

I have many plans for 2013 that involve working very closely with other marketers and my students, this is something that will never change.

5. Learning.
I will continue to learn more in 2013, I will continue to look for new trends, new methods and new ventures. I will continue to learn new things, try new tools and educate myself further. You need to realize that you need to continue to learn new skills, to evolve and move with the times because if you don’t you will get left behind. So keep learning and make yourself a wiser marketer because the more you learn the more you earn.

Most people will say ‘I can’t’ when all they have to do is learn. Never ever say you can’t when you have the biggest learning tool at your fingertips. The Internet.

What plans do you have for 2013? Feel free to share.

Is Success Really So Simple

Simple Success SystemsI’m sure you have heard the term ‘never store all your eggs in one basket’. This is so true if you run your own online business. There have been a lot of changes and updates over the years which has crashed so many business virtually overnight. Take the eBay digital delivery ban for example, this put literally 1000’s of digital product sellers out of business within a matter of days.

When the money is rolling in it’s very easy just to sit back and watch your business flourish. But what about when the money stops? Were do you go? What do you do? What are the next steps? This wouldn’t happen if you had more than one business and multiple streams of income.

The key to generating sustainable wealth on the Internet is a simple success system or simple success systems offering a whole range of products and services generating multiple forms of online income. This way if one business doesn’t cut it one day, it’s easily replaced with another income stream. This way you avoid crashing and burning your business venture.

My good friend Dave Nicholson has kindly provided a simple success systems you tube video for you to watch today which I have posted below. It’s only on for a few minutes, and does provide some good information for what you need to do to survive.

Take a look Here:


Writing For a Living

I’m often asked if writing for a living is as easy as it sounds or is it simply one of those hyped up methods of making money that looks good when it is being described on a business opportunity sales page but when it comes to reality you will be literally banging your head against a brick wall.

Well, if you are interested in earning money in this way you actually have to work. No getting away from that fact so if you are one of those people who are looking for a way to make money which involves not actually doing anything then you would be well advised to look elsewhere.

Now that we have got that out of the way let’s look at the writing opportunity itself. To start with, many people feel intimidated and think that their writing skills will not be good enough to be able to sell their services so let’s put that into perspective before we go any further.

Let’s say that you begin to offer a writing service and you charge $10 for a 500 word article. I always recommend that you start off by writing about subjects that you are familiar with and please don’t tell me that you are not familiar with any subject well enough so you can write about it because you are.

Think of your job if you have one, your interests, your favorite TV programs, football team, etc, etc. There is a massive demand for all types of writing and it would be a safe bet that you will be able to write about various subjects with ease. By writing about subjects such as this you will cut down on any research time which will equate to you earning more money.

Now, at $10 per 500 words you are not expected to write a literary masterpiece but as long as the article is spelt correctly and is correctly formatted you will find that the service that you offer will be in great demand.

The main thing to remember when you offer your services as a writer, apart from checking that your work is OK, is to always deliver on time and keep in contact with your clients. Something might happen which will cause a delay, family problems for instance, but instead of hoping that your client will not notice that you are late with the order, let them know what is happening. You will find that the vast majority will be grateful that you have told them what is going on and will not have a problem with it.

So, now all of that is out of the way, is writing for a living as good as it sounds. The answer to that question is a resounding ‘Yes’. You do a job and you get paid for it, as simple as that. If you are writing about a subject you are familiar with you can easily earn $100 before lunchtime.

With a little practice you can push that up to $200, five days a week with the afternoons off and you have earned $1000. What’s more, as long as you have an Internet connection you can work from anywhere in the world and you will be truly living the ‘Internet lifestyle’

This is a guest post written by Gary Tomlinson, creator of Writing For a Living

If you would like to be considered for a guest post please contact me.

Stop Chasing The Autopilot Income Dream

There is hardly a day goes by when your inbox is not flooded with offer after offer from Internet Marketers promising you ways to make easy money on autopilot while sitting on a beach sipping a cocktail.

As far as I know there is not a program that exists that allows you to make a easy autopilot income while doing nothing or if there is such a program it is a very well kept secret. This is actually one of the biggest reasons people fail online. They get sold promises of easy riches for doing very little work at all when the truth is there are no easy ways to make money online.

I’m sure a lot of people will be able to relate to this problem, you can be casually surfing the web and you come across a program online that looks like it could be perfect for you, it promises you overnight wealth and success and it requires hardly any work on your part, all you have to do is pay this product’s creator some of your hard earned cash and he/she will reveal to you the secret to easy wealth, so you decide to buy it. Only to find out things were not as they seemed and in fact there is a ton of work involved and things were not as easy as you thought, so you give up and keep searching.

The next day another offer lands in your inbox and the whole process starts again, and again, and again and before you know it your hard-drive is full of hundreds of products you’ve barely even glanced at, but worse still, you find you’ve wasted thousands of Dollars. I bet if you look at how much you’ve invested in these ‘get rich quick while sitting on the beach’ products and then look at how many hours you’ve invested in these products doing real work the cash would far outweigh the effort.

This is a vicious cycle people can easily find themselves caught up in, they chase the dream of easy riches and will buy into almost every program that promises them easy cash. If you find yourself in this situation you need to stop as you are doing yourself more harm than good. Just remember, there isn’t a product out there that can make you rich overnight, to become successful you must work hard and put the effort in.

The secret to success contains 4 letters.


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Masterclass Case Study – Kathy Dobson

Name : Kathy Dobson

Niche : Internet Marketing

Blog URL : www.kathydobson.com

Website URL : www.crazycashmembershipsites.com

As with many people visualizing a successful Internet business, I was reading everything that came my way, emails to my inbox, numerous sales pages. There is no doubt that I was on information overload! But the one thing I wasn’t doing the one thing that was missing was the most important element to my success. That element was ACTION!

It is not surprising to me that the word ACTION is actually contained and in fact is the last word within ‘Law of AttrACTION’ Until we take action in life no matter what our dreams are, nothing happens. Action is what completes the Law.

For two years I played around with the idea of pursuing Internet marketing. During that time I received notice about many coaching courses some charging figures as high as $10,000. These were simply out of my reach and I thought I would never get it! Then one day I received notice about John’s course. The first thing I noticed was how reasonable the course was in comparison to similar courses being offered. So, I did my homework. I studied John Thornhill, his blog and his reputation. I could not find one negative thing about this man or his coaching course, so I finally took the plunge and signed up for John Thornhill’s Marketing Masterclass. I have not regretted this decision one time. It is the single most effective and important action step I took to create a better life for myself in 2009.

When I entered John’s course, I had no website (blog), no product to sell and frankly not enough knowledge to put it all together into a working machine. When I reflect back from where I started to where I am today after finishing John’s course I marvel at what I’ve accomplished in 9 short months.

Simply put, John’s course not only taught me what I needed to know to succeed online, but more importantly, it connected all the dots for me! How important is that? It took all the pieces that I had been reading about and connected them into a fine tuned working machine for me.

Is John’s course perfect? No, there is no such thing. But, no one knows Internet marketing like John does and his ability to teach this to others and his willingness to teach it at such a fair price is a blessing.

Without John’s course I would not be where I am today. He has provided me the tools, videos and support that I need to move forward confidently in the Internet marketing world. It is up to me to consistently work towards my goals with these newly taught tools.

One last word about John. I honestly believe that John is a person who cares on a personal basis about each one of his coaching students. Our course was to last 36 weeks, but here we are in week 42 and John is still teaching! This shows how much pride and integrity this man has.

If you have the opportunity to participate in John’s coaching course I cannot recommend it enough. Don’t sit on the fence any longer, take action and make it happen! You won’t be sorry.

Thanks John Thornhill.

Sincerely with Gratitude,

Kathy Dobson

Proof It Works – Stuart Turnbull

The video below shows you how successful one of my Masterclass students have become. This shows what can be achieved if you see the course right through to the end. Enjoy!

Masterclass Case Study – Steve Wilkins

Name: Steve Wilkins

Niche: Internet Marketing

Website: www.steve-wilkins.com

Product: www.buildyourebizwithresalerightsandplr.com

Where do I start With John Thornhill’s Marketing Masterclass Programme?  A better question would probably be: Where was I before John’s Masterclass programme?

It was around 2 years ago in 2007 that I started my money making adventures online and after doing some dabbling on eBay without any real success I tried my hand at the Internet marketing game. Unfortunately after trying various products and different opportunities for the first year the sad fact was that I wasn’t actually making any kind of real money and I realised that without the rights skills and knowledge it was very unlikely that I was ever going to make any real money online.

I realised I needed a mentor to show me the way. Someone who had been and done it all before so I searched google and that’s when John’s name popped up. I hadn’t heard of John before so I checked out his blog and was eventually led to his marketing masterclass programme. He was offering to mentor me and a group of students for 36 weeks solid and gave the guarantee tat is we worked hard and followed his course through to the end that we would have our very own business set up and our very own product for sale online by the end.

Needless to say I didn’t hesitate as this sounded like the very programme I had been looking for to finally get my online dream off the ground. Each week John would send me and the other students a set of videos that clearly explained the steps we needed to take and what order we needed to take them. We simply had to watch, copy and implement, which is the exact way all mentoring should be done!

Before I enrolled in John’s Masterclass I had no idea of how to set up a blog and the importance it can play in building you online presence, not to mention your business. I had no idea how to set up a Google AdSense campaign, how to build a profitable mailing list or how to research a niche in the correct way.

There are now so many people trying to build a business online but the unfortunate facts are that 95%  of these people will most probably fail and then give up as they do not have the skills required to take them forward and they lack the direction and knowledge to make even their first dollar online.

If there was one piece of advice I would give to anyone new to online marketing or online business in general, it would be to get themselves a mentor to show them the way forward. Find a mentor who has successfully built an online business empire and get them show you how you can do the same.

Before I enrolled in John’s Masterclass, I had never even heard of HTML, back- linking or even JV proposals. I was missing so many key elements and skills that were required to make me a  success at online marketing.

In the 36 weeks that I was enrolled to John’s Masterclass, I leant how to:

  • Build a blog where I can interact with my customers and build a name for myself
  • Set up a Google AdSense campaign that makes me money from advertising on my blog
  • Build a mailing list using opt-in forms and squeeze pages
  • Register a domain name and transfer it to my webhosting
  • Research profitable niches
  • Create a digitally downloadable products that I can sell over and over again on autopilot
  • Create professional sales pages for my products
  • Create a professional affiliates pages and download page sfor my new product
  • How drive traffic to my websites and products

These are just a few the key elements I learnt during the 36 week programme. John also offered a ton of high ticket resources for free that helped me expand and grow my business to a new level as well as support via email and the Masterclass helpdesk.

So 36 weeks on and I am now in a position where I have my very own digital information products  for sale online, see Build Your eBiz With Resale Rights and PLR. My own business blog and mailing list which is helping me build my own online business community and a list of targeted customers that I can sell to again and again and the training is still coming well after the 36th week has finished. John has gone far and beyond here and is still providing training to his students for free!

I am sure that without this course I would now be another statistic of those who did not make it online and would not be on the great position that I am in now- working from home doing the job that I love. In 36 weeks I have gone from a complete beginner to being a confident Internet marketer with my very own product for sale online and on ClickBank.

I would advise anyone who is struggling online as a marketer, to check out John’s Masterclass Programme, I am so glad I was one of the lucky one’s who got a slot and have now furthered my Internet marketing career.


Steve Wilkins

Masteclass Case Study – Jacinta Dean

Name: Jacinta Dean

Niche: Spray Tanning

Blog URL: www.creatingmybusinessonline.com

Website URL: www.spraytanningsuccess.com

Well where do I begin! My name is Jacinta and I have been a student of John Thornhill’s for the last 18 months. My story is probably like most, however maybe a little different. I am from Australia. I am in my very late thirties and a stay at home mum learning how to create a business online while my 2 year old sleeps. (Well she is nearly 3 now!)

For many years during my early adult life I worked in many different jobs, studied different certificates, I even owned a couple of small businesses (lost a lot of money too!) I was never really one to stick at things, I would get bored too easily, not only that I really didn’t like being bossed around and told what to do just to earn some money. Life had its ups and it had its downs however everything changed when I fell pregnant with my child.

During my pregnancy I had to give up work due to gestational diabetes. I had no other income coming in so I decided to dabble in eBay. I had been teaching spray tanning at the time at a local beauty college and figured I could sell the machines and how to kits on eBay. This did work for a while except when I was 9 months pregnant trying to carry large boxes into the post office!

After my baby was born, I knew I wanted to create a business from home so I could be there for my child and earn an income at the same time. I didn’t know where to begin. In answer to my questions I received an email promoting a seminar called “World Internet Summit” I was curious, however with my little one only 6 weeks old at the time I knew I couldn’t go so I sent my father in my place.

My father took heaps of notes and came home very excited telling me a business online was the way to go. I was excited and curious all at the same time. For the next 12 months I researched and researched, bought product after product, got scammed a couple of times by people selling me junk. I must have wasted thousands and thousands of dollars. I was an internet marketers dream! All this time I was still trying to sell on eBay, however my market was getting saturated and it was becoming very hard to make a profit in my niche.

Everything shifted for me in April 2008. I was sitting at a hospital with my daughter when she was diagnosed with a condition that may have needed surgery. (She is fine now and all is well). I was in shock for a few days. My daughter had just turned 1, I had no money, no job, I don’t own a house and nor do I own a car. I took a big long look in the mirror, I cried for a couple of days and knew I had to make a change. I had to do something but I had no idea where to begin.

A couple of days later, yes the world works in mysterious ways, I was contacted by a lady who had a website dedicated to spray tanning. She asked me if she could promote my training manual from her site. I said fantastic and how do I do that? She told me I needed to create my own website and set up an affiliate program. I said OK how do I do that! She told me I had to learn how or get someone to do it for me.

Hmmmmm……No money to pay someone so second choice, I had to learn how! I started reading some of the stuff I had bought, but I ended up with information overload and completely confused. I knew I had to be taught how, but by whom?

One of the products I had bought was John Thornhill’s “90 Day PowerSeller”. I decided to have a read. Something clicked when I started to read John’s book. I liked his style of writing, I liked his honest truth. Being an Aussie we like straight up honest people who will tell you how it is and John is exactly that! This was June 2008. After reading the book I knew I wanted to learn from John and would you believe I received an email telling me about a coaching program John was doing starting the first week of July.

They say when the student is ready the teacher will appear……………..

I remember the 3rd of July 2008 very well. I was sitting up a 4 am in the morning, my eyes hanging out of my head from lack of sleep, but I knew I had to get a position in the training. It was a good thing I did stay up as the coaching program sold out in a matter of hours! I was lucky. I got in! I spent what little money I had and signed up for the 16 week coaching program. This was my beginning, however truthfully I only managed to complete half of that program, life got in the way and I only had very little time. I kept making excuses.

Christmas 2008 was difficult for me, we did not have a lot of money and I was only able to give my daughter a couple of gifts, and once again I knew I needed to kick my butt into gear. In January 2009 John was promoting his new program Marketing Masterclass. This was going to be a 36 week program. After the experience I had with the 16 week course I knew I wanted to be apart of this one so once again I was up early emailing John trying to get a position.

Again I got on, but this time things were different. I was determined, I was focused, and I knew my back was against the wall. I want a future for my daughter. I want to be able to buy a house one day and maybe even a new car, but most of all I want to be able to provide for my child as a parent should.

From the first week of February 2009 I became a very good little student. I studied hard, did most of my exercises and followed John’s program. Some weeks were easy and some weeks were hard. Sometimes I fell behind in the program and other weeks I caught up. I kept at it even if I could only do a couple of hours or even one hour per week. I kept the momentum going and never gave up. This time I did not let the excuses of life get in my way. I had many an insomnia night, and when I wanted to give up I would take one look at my sleeping daughter and get back to it again!

My perseverance paid off. I now know how to build a website, create a blog, and create a product, set up an affiliate program, drive traffic, market and so much more! Thanks to John’s Masterclass program I now have the tools to create a future for my daughter.

John is like the teacher that teaches you how to fish.

If you are reading this and are unsure about whether you want to sign up to John’s program or not, I can honestly say John is one of the most humble, truthful and genuine approachable marketers you will ever come across. He is real!

This program is not a get rich quick thing, and success will not happen overnight. You need to be focused and you need to treat this program as if you are studying at school. John teaches you step by step the very basics of how to create a business online. He has a “take you by the hand” approach and helps you every step of the way. If you want to find out in more detail about what we have learned this past year I have detailed summaries on my blog.

In the course were we given videos and checklists of tasks each week that we had to complete. Not only that we were also given access to some fantastic programs for free, however one of the best parts about this program would have to be the forum. Being able to communicate with fellow students was awesome. We have become a little internet family in there and we are all encouraging of each other and will always help each other out. I have met some amazing people that I know I will be friends for life, even if we are half a world away!

John Thornhill’s Marketing Master Class Program was the best decision I even made. If you are looking for a mentor that can help you set up a business online from scratch well here he is!

Thank you John for being an amazing mentor and thank you for being true!

Now I can look forward to my future and smile because of you.

Kind Regards

Jacinta Dean

(An Aussie mum trying to create a business online while her nearly 3 year old sleeps! J )

Masterclass Case Study – Stuart Turnbull

Name : Stuart Turnbull

Niche : eBay & Internet Marketing

Blog URL : www.stuart-turnbull.com/

Website URL : www.printsmakeprofits.com

My story starts some years ago when I discovered eBay, this site opened my eyes to the huge money making potential of the internet, here was a global marketplace that anybody could enter with minimal upfront costs.

I built a niche business and made a good second income on eBay but I developed a burning ambition to use the internet to earn all of my income and in doing so free myself from the 9-5 corporate jungle I had inhabited since I left school.

In the course of my eBay research I came across John Thornhill and began to follow his ideas.

In January 2008 John launched his first coaching course and this proved to be a turning point in my online ventures.

Through John’s easy to follow tutorial videos I created my first eBook www.printsmakeprofits.com which is a step by step guide to my eBay niche business methods. I built a blog at www.stuart-turnbull.com to record my progress and I began building my own subscriber list, this was a major (and steep!) learning curve for me as my tech skills were minimal so I relied heavily on John’s support.

Prints Make Profits proved to be a huge success and when John launched his Masterclass program I was keen to take my fledgling internet marketing business to the next level using John’s tried and tested methods.

Fast forward to today I now have a second eBook www.twitmasterclass.com on the market and I provide a weekly newsletter to my subscribers through www.stuartturnbullnewsletter.com. My subscriber list is growing steadily and so is my online income!

Writing this case study has prompted me to look back and assess my progress. Before John’s coaching I knew nothing about domains and hosting, I didn’t know what an autoresponder was I had no idea how to create and market information products or how to drive targeted traffic, in short I was a complete internet marketing beginner.

As an indication of how far I have progressed under John’s guidance, before I sat down to write this case study I was working on coaching materials for my own students, yes, I’m now passing on my knowledge to my own subscribers!

So, as you can imagine my life is very different now to what it was like. I feel like I have completed my internet marketing apprenticeship and I now have the right tools and a road map to realise all of my ambitions.

John Thornhill’s coaching and Masterclass programs have provided me with these tools and more importantly John’s personal advice, guidance and assistance have given me the belief and confidence to realise my online potential.

It is a great feeling to know that no matter what problems I encounter as I move forward and build my IM business John’s expert help is only an email away.

I don’t use the phrase ‘life changing’ lightly but John Thornhill’s Masterclass coaching has been a truly life changing experience for me.

If you have similar aspirations to my own and you ever get the opportunity to enrol in John Thornhill’s Masterclass I urge you to grab that opportunity with both hands, I promise you you won’t regret it.”

Cheers, John