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How I Got Free Stock Photos, Royalty Free!

Hi! How’s it going? What’s on your agenda today?

I got a slow start, again. It seems Friday’s I really need a kick in the butt to get going, you know? But really I think it’s my body telling me I just need time to reflect, think, get quiet a bit. So off I went to the lake again today to journal. This time I took a pic:

Isn’t it awesome?

I LOVE incorporating real pictures into my business and marketing. It makes it all real, it shows proof I’m practicing what I preach and it really builds the relationship between you and I.

But sometimes, I need a stock image. Sometimes I need something that really represents my business and my brand.

Now I don’t know if you’ve priced out stock images, but the GOOD quality ones can be really pricey. And if you want them big, even pricy-er (is that a word?). It’s been YEARS since I’ve looked because I’ve been a spoiled brat getting my stock images free of late, but when I did you could easily pay $20 for a good quality, large sized image.

So… here’s how I get them FREE, no-charge, nada:

Please Note: As of right now I have confidence this will work, but there’s no guarantee of that (I have no control over it) and I’m sure it won’t work forever.

1. First I got myself an account at AppSumo.

AppSumo is a site that offers deals from really cool sites that help online marketers. You should have an account because you can promote their deals and earn free credits. Those free credits get you free offers…. You see where I’m going with this?

You can get your account here. << That IS my referral link FYI.

2. Next I waited for the Deposit Photos Deal

Deposit Photos is where I get ALL my stock photos from. I’ve gotten HUNDREDS upon HUNDREDS of free photos from there. I have zero hesitation when I go there and I always know I’ll find something that fits perfectly for my business.

The deal is usually 100 photos from Deposit Photos for $33. It’s CRAZY-low even if you just buy them but as I said I don’t need to because I get them free.

Again… no guarantees here but get on the AppSumo list and get your eyes PEELED for this deal. You do NOT want to miss it!

3. I told people about the deal

I emailed my list (you and other peeps), I posted it on social media, I told my friends. I quickly earn the credits to get free images for my sell because this deal is a LITERAL no-brainer. If there is a business owner I know who does NOT buy this deal I’d personally need to have a talk with them because stock images and business go hand in hand. You NEED images for your business… why not get them for a crazy-good deal (or free hey)??

So that’s how I’ve gotten 1,200 stock photos totally FREE (I just counted and I have twelve 100-pack purchases)! I really, really, REALLY hope they bring the deal back because I’ll keep doing this forever, lol. Seriously you can’t get too many free stock photos . OH, and the credits, once loaded into Deposit Photos, don’t expire.

So, in summary…

Do step one now: Get your AppSumo Account
Then, wait for the deal.
Then, tell your peeps!

 

 

p.s. This tip is ONE LESSON from the daily lessons you’ll find in the newest program I’m releasing on May 1st, Business Branding Graphics Masterclass.

I just updated this course TODAY with an entire four module series that I think you are going to stinking love. I am so excited to share with you the techniques, tips and short-cuts that I’ve learned over my fifteen years of running an online business!

Look… I know graphics are pretty EASY. The free, online tools are pretty awesome. You can whip up some stuff pretty quick. But the thing you can’t do without some time, talent or know-how is to pull it all together to create a consistent, impressive and client-attracting BRAND.

Branding does not need to be a scary word. It is actually so fun and even exciting when you just “get it”. I know because I once that the idea of creating a “brand” to be dull and boring! I’m talking about your PERSONAL BRAND, you image and the whole bundle of graphics and images that make up your business.

In this course, I’ll teach you to rock this in a way you never knew you could, in a way you thought you’d have to pay a designer thousands of dollars to do FOR YOU, when you got to that point.

Nope, you can do this now. You can elevate your business NOW so that you get to the point of growth sooner rather than later.

As you can tell, I’m pumped! If you looked at the salespage before today I encourage you to take another look because you’re going to see, point by point, some exciting ways to use images and graphics to boost business like never before.

Just to entice you over there, here are the new modules I’m so proud of:

MODULE 1: Creating Stunning Graphics For Social Media with FREE Tools

In this module we are going to focus on using incredible free tools to create social media posts, images & covers so that you can attract the attention of the IDEAL potential customers you are looking for! By the end of this module you can expect to go from snapchat slowpoke to social media sorcerer!

    • EFFORTLESSLY CREATE social graphics to build your following and get more clicks.
    • My BIGGEST TIP for creating image-based social posts, FAST.
    • My SECRET INSTAGRAM TACTIC that gets TRIPLE the likes and follows every single time!
    • My super-sneaky way to get incredible quality STOCK IMAGES for FREE!

MODULE 2: Business Branding Photoshoots Where YOU Are the (Comfortable) STAR!

For most people, stepping in front of the camera to do a business photo shoot is NOT the most comfy thing in the world, at all. You’ve likely been avoiding it until… (you get smaller, your skin looks better, your hairdresser gets it right, etc, etc). Trust me, I get it! I was waiting, too. Then I said to hell with it and went for a photoshoot. I’ll admit, the first one was really uncomforable but the pics turned out GOOD. The second was PERFECT. I’ve got some hella tips and techniques to share with you in this model to make you go to your shoot feeling like a “Supa-Star!”

By the end of this module, you’ll discover:

  • Why you photo shoot will TOTALLY SUCK if you get this key piece wrong, and how to get it right.
  • How to find a photographer who will GET YOU & get you the BEST shoots!
  • Getting ready for your BUSINESS PHOTOSHOOT tips you probably wouldn’t have thought of.
  • The motivation to stop WISHING you could have awesome business photos and just DO IT.

MODULE 3: Pro-Quality Business & Marketing Graphics, Created at Home

Most of us can create “OK” graphics with the awesome-possum tools available to us online these days, but in this module I’m going to show you some of the BEST tips & tricks I’ve developed over the last 15 YEARS to create high-quality graphics at home. I’ve never taken a photoshop course IN MY LIFE and you can rest-assured that YOU can do this, too, without graphic designer skills. Take your free tools to the next level by making pro-quality graphics for your business and of course teaching your team to whip them out for you as you get your systems in place.

By the end of this module, you’ll discover:

  • Deliver BEAUTIFUL REPORTS and document covers for your business.
  • Present a HIGH QUALITY professional appearance on your products, programs & services.
  • Adding quality & ATTENTION-GRABBING graphics to your emails and newsletters.
  • Creating Marketing Materials & Advertising that are stunningly EFFECTIVE.

MODULE 4: Branding Your Website Like a BOSS

YOU are a boss. A momboss, a ladyboss, a badass boss with a badass website to prove it. Right? No? That’s OK because this module has got you covered. We’ll get your website into badass, kickass business boss mode in no time with some easy to implement tips that you can do fast (many in 15 minutes or less).

No website is EVER finished and you’ll be sure to attract your ideal customers the more you dedicate yourself to presenting the image that FITS with you. I’ll help you do that.

By the end of this module, you’ll discover:

  • How to create a website header to ATTRACT PEOPLE instead of send them running away.
  • One simple website tweak that will improve your chances that people will STAY on your website.
  • The biggest MISTAKE people make with website images and how to fix it for good.
  • A complete checklist of key website graphics, and how to use them to GROW YOUR BUSINESS.

So there you have it… that’s what it covers. You should know this is a go at YOUR pace. It’s a masterclass so you’re going to learn a lot and I know sometimes that takes more time.

This is not something you should wait on. Graphics and images will make a HUGE impact on your business and marketing.

Here’s where to go…hope I see you on the other side:

From “OK” to “Blown Away” Graphics. Go HERE

Oh and FYI – Your BEST deal is to sign up for the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club linked under the buy button, VIP Membership, and then you’ll get your program ($297 value), your insider report, your Action & Accountability club and more for only $97.

You can cancel anytime but I think once you join you’ll see that you just don’t WANT to miss the monthly program (that is yours to keep for good), community, training and accountability. It’s RARE (if not unheard of) to get this much support for your online business for this kind of price.

Extra Note and official disclaimer: I used my affiliate/referral link in this email. That means if you sign up to AppSumo and buy anything I will earn a $10 credit that I can use to buy stuff, like more stock photos 😉

If you’re frustrated with marketing, do this…

I had a meeting with my Action & Accountability group yesterday and in answering one particular question a member had about basically switching her business model from coaching to affiliate marketing I had some advice I think YOU might want to hear, too.

In this video I’m talking about why focusing on the VEHICLE (ie. your marketing method) and switching vehicles after you’ve already gotten settled into one is not the key to making progress. I’ll share what IS more important than your vehicle and why you need to figure it out FIRST or you’ll be sitting there going nowhere.

Have a watch!…

And when you’re finished watching consider joining us at the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club. We have three levels of membership. If you join the VIP or the Action & Accountability memberships you’ll get access to meetings like this one every week.

All the details are here.

Join us!

Because Life Can’t Wait.

How to use beauty to inspire people to take action…

I’ve been on a journey of self-development over the last couple of years. It started with my dedicating myself to getting my body fit and healthy, and soon developed into working on my MIND, as well.

One of the things I’ve heard can be AMAZING for developing an incredible mindset is… journaling.

I’ve tried to do it.

I found quiet morning time to write but it didn’t feel inspired.
I tried to visualize my life but it didn’t feel real to me.
I waited for the flowing words but I could barely write half a page.

Yesterday I tried again. I went to Chapters and browsed the awesome selection of journals. They were all so BEAUTIFUL! I had such a hard time choosing:

I picked the two top journals… I couldn’t pick just one!

I was very purposeful about picking the ones that spoke to my heart, the ones that just pulled me in based on first impression, on gut instinct. I wanted it to come straight from what appeals to me EMOTIONALLY, not practically.

The “follow your heart” one is the one where I’ll write my dreams, my goals, my affirmations and whatever else flows. The “Don’t Stop. Get It. Get It” (<< love that!) is the one I will use when I talk with my Beachpreneurs coaches Nicole & Kelly (Sooo excited that I just started coaching with BOTH of them now, not just Nicole who was alone the most awesome of awesomes ;). The purple one is also reusable. The purple is a sleeve that comes off and can be put onto any other coaching books I buy!

So… beautiful things? check!
Inspired? check!
Excited? check!
Taking action? CHECK!

I sat down and wrote out FOUR PAGES of stuff while surrounded by books and coffee at Starbucks & Chapters:

 

What happened?

Why did I suddenly become capable of taking action and creating and doing, instead of being STUCK?

Well… what I had hoped would happen, happened. I decided to INVEST in my own success and spend money to create a result. I actually had three empty dollar store journals at home but I wanted something BEAUTIFUL to motivate and inspire me. I wanted to FEEL moved to write, to tak e action, to do.

I didn’t stop there, either! By the time I went to bed I still had more to write, so I did:


The journals were no more capable of holding the thoughts than the ones I had at home, but they did three things the others I have at home didn’t do:

1. They were soooo visually appealing they made me FEEL (happy, treated, special).

2. They were/are spiral bound, making it easy to fold over and write on both pages (so, they’re practical in use).

3. They cost me good money. An investment. I paid $25 for both which is not a big deal but it’s certainly more than the $6 I spent on two at the dollar store.

Visual appeal is important.

Making people FEEL causes them to take action.

First impressions matter.

Talk soon,


Angela Wills

http://LaptopLifestyleBlogger.com

p.s. These are lessons to apply to business, too. And I’m so excited to share with you how YOU can apply these lessons to YOUR business and create a beautifully branded business that attracts your ideal people, makes them FEEL and gets them to take action.

I’ve created Easy Business Graphics 101 to deliver one of the easiest ways ever to brand your business, top to bottom, with online tools and quality images, like I’ve done with LaptopLifestyleBlogger.com and LaptopLifestyleBusiness.Club

It used to be that you needed Photoshop or a tool like Gimp (which I have taught to hundreds of people), but NOW it’s easier than EVER to use online tools that take nothing more than a bit of motivation to create top quality images for your business.

I want to show you a sneak peek of all the images I’ve created in my own business but that would make this email far too big and graphics heavy so just go check out this info page to see all the different images I’ve made to brand my business, get leads and get a lot more sales… and how you can do it, too!

I’m talking images like:

  • website headers and other graphics
  • report covers
  • eCovers
  • social media covers and images
  • graphics for images and newsletters
  • marketing materials
  • advertising images
  • and more!

You can do this to grow your business, with zero design skills. We’re starting on May 1st and we’ll go all month, making awesome graphics for business.

Here’s what you get:

  1. Business Graphics 101 Training Session & Recording – We will meet live (if you can make it) and I will teach you all the basics you need to know to create awesome graphics for your business. Things like formatting, fonts, colors, image types and more. No worries if you can’t make it live… it will be recorded.
  2. Daily email lessons & assignments – You will get EASY to apply daily lessons and assignments. Look, I’m not a slavedriver and I know that not every lesson will apply to every person but I have created a series of carefully thought-out lessons that build on each other and lead you to both immediate and long-term results.
  3. Q&A Webinar – At the end of the month you’ll get a live Q&A webinar to attend so we can wrap up and get any questions you have answered.

As I mentioned I’m not new to teaching graphics. I’ve taught hundreds of people how to create great results for their business using graphics, you’ll see some of their testimonials on this page.

There’s nothing more rewarding to me than to help people achieve results in their business. If you sign up for this course we will focus on how YOU can move your people to FEELING… that’s not something that happens without purposeful action. I’ll show you how!

Sign up here.

Note: Early-bird pricing is in effect. You can sign up now for $200 off the regular price OR you can join as a member of the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club and get it for no extra cost. Details on the page. No coupon code needed.

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Warning: Girl chatter in the background courtesy my three year old. I was just soooo geeked about this new product that I had to jump on video, girl in the background or not ;). You’re going to LOVE this if your people need to learn WordPress!

By the way, it’s not just videos. They are giving you emails, a landing page AND training on how to turn this into a complete funnel for your business. Get it here, it’s a no-brainer price that you could make back many times over with one hosting affiliate sale.

Dream clients want to work with YOU

I was just thinking I haven’t posted many pics of my Ella-girl lately. There have been some, of course, but not like when she was a baby and I was sending you pics on the daily of my little bundle of joy. 

They grow so fast! Time flies I tell ya. My first baby is almost 15! Ella is just over 3. Here we are at the play place she LOVES the other day. She got me to color with her, played around lots and served me a delicious, yet plastic, lunch lol. 

We go to the play place because she loves it there, plain and simple.  

Oh to be a kid again, right? To do only the things you love and pick only the things that are fun “just because”. 

What a life, right?

Wait. Hold up… we can do that, too.

Matter of fact, I do. 

I only work with the people I love.
I only do the things that I love.
I only pick the projects I love.
I only teach the topics I love.

No forcing myself into working with someone who is absolutely NOT an ideal client because I need the money, at least not anymore! 

No working on projects I think I need to do for some reason I made up in my mind.

No formatting my work to create the kind of work I don’t want to do. 

Choice is amazing.
Working with the right clients is amazing.

But how do you do it?

How do you literally get your DREAM clients to seek you out and inquire about hiring YOU. How do you get dream client after dream client contacting you and waiting anxiously for your reply to whether or not you can work with THEM?

When you can do that, the tables truly do turn. 

People will know it, too. 

The wrong people will be ATTRACTED to if you’re desperate. They can smell it. They can sense it. And without realizing what they’re doing they show up in droves to drive you looney-tunes. 

So… I’m going to tell you. 

I’m going to tell you the KEY that had me getting on calls with the most amazing potential clients I could imagine, clients who were wanting to work with ME and closing the sale on almost every single one.

I’m going to tell you right now, too. This isn’t locked away in my coaching program… though it could be.

The KEY to Attracting Your DREAM Clients & Customers.

It’s your website.
It’s your words.
It’s your thought process.
It’s your leverage.

The internet is HUGE (as you know). There are people out there, all over the place that could be your clients or customers. 

You can’t be everywhere. You can’t tell everyone what you have to offer and how g-d amazing you are. You just can’t.

But guess what – your website CAN.

Your website can talk to one person at a time while talking to one hundred (or one thousand) people at a time! 

Your website can convey the exact message you need it to, anytime of the day or night, 24/7. 

Your website can attract the most amazing, top-quality, fun and joy-filled people for you to work with… or it can attract the opposite. It’s up to you.

It’s up to you to leverage your website for good, not evil.
It’s up to you to use the tools at your disposal.
It’s up to you to grab the attention of the RIGHT people.
It’s up to you to motivate people to FAST ACTION.
It’s up to you to get them on board.
It’s up to you to turn one sale into a LIFETIME CUSTOMER.

You can do ALL this with your website and more. The trick is, knowing what to do and when to do it. 

You can get clients, customers and leads with your website day and night, without ever speaking personally with anyone until AFTER they hire you if you set your site up right. 

It’s not about the perfect colors or the most expensive logo or the prettiest WordPress theme. 

It’s about you taking the time to leverage your website, put yourself into it and communicate all the best things your BEST clients and customers need to know to make the smart decision and hire you or buy from you.

Start with one step at a time, do one thing at a time and you’ll get there. 

Focus on creating a site that leverages the tools, the content, the traffic and the sales you ALREADY HAVE and you’re have one powerhouse website ready to create you income for years and years to come! 

Talk soon,

Angela Wills
http://LaptopLifestyleBlogger.com

p.s. It’s not a tiny task to get your website creating wealth for you and your business. It’s not a tiny task but it is a VERY doable task! I’ve been working online for myself, earning my full-time income solely from my business (ie. WEBSITE) for ten years this year

I can help you with this. 

I’ve created my newest program, Website Wealth, to help you BLAST through the most common things you need to do ASAP to create a website that does the heavy lifting for you. 

As I said you can’t be there talking to thousands of people at a time but your website can. You can’t know who’s your ideal client by talking to every random person over the phone but your website, it can FILTER those who are not ideal right off your radar so you never have to have any communication with them at all, ever. THAT’S what a well-created website can do. 

My course is set up to be delivered in a way that you really can do this! 

This is for the doers, the action takers, the result makers. This is for the people who never want to have a boss telling them what to do. This is for the people who want choice. This is for the people who want the Laptop Lifestyle and know their website is THE major tool they need working to that end. 

When you sign up you’ll be taken through four modules with DAILY doable tasks and lessons via email (and/or facebook). You’ll get to attend my LIVE training session at the beginning of the month and Q&A session at the end of the month. Both will be recorded! 

When you sign up you’ll learn from these modules:

Module 1: Leverage Your Website’s Tools

  • The pages you need to EFFECTIVELY sell from your website.
  • The simple tool that will help you MAKE MONEY ON VACATION so you don’t always have to be present to make money.
  • The most OVERLOOKED feature to help you leverage your most engaged website readers.
  • The easiest way to make sure you don’t MISS OUT on a lot of visitors who WANT TO BUY from you.

Module 2: Leverage Your Website’s Content

  • How to make your content GO FURTHER than it ever has, reaching MAXIMUM people.
  • The easy method to creating content to HELP the PEOPLE who need what you’ve got FIND YOU.
  • The technique you’re either not using or not using enough to LEVERAGE content profits.
  • How to use your content to BUILD YOUR EMAIL LIST in less than obvious ways ;).

Module 3: Leverage Your Website’s Traffic

  • Understanding your statistics and using them to YOUR ADVANTAGE.
  • How to MONEY-UP your most popular pages, to make sure that traffic doesn’t just show up and disappear again.
  • How to leverage your traffic by inviting them to spend more time with you.
  • How to BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with your traffic so they get to know, like and trust you!

Module 4: Leverage Your Website’s Sales

  • How a simple thank you can MAKE YOU MONEY.
  • How to turn one sale into THREE.
  • How MAKE SURE YOU DON’T LOSE sales and customers.
  • Why you should get your own CUSTOMERS to SELL for you.

Oh I can’t wait to get started on this with you. I can’t WAIT to see what happens when your website is working for you, instead of being a bump on a log on the net. 😉 

When you sign up you’ll also get access to WordPress Website Bootcamp ($147 Value), a private facebook group where I’ll give you detailed advice and answers ($97 Value), my personal list of plugins and tools AND you’ll have the option to upgrade to daily private email coaching if you’d like.

No more waiting for clients to come to you. 

No more taking on clients that don’t fit with you.

No more wondering how to make your website work.

This is it! Click right here to join us for Website Wealth and finally leverage your website to get more leads, multiply your results and boost your profits once and for all. 

Tip: Join my email list below to grab your exclusive discount on this course, just for subscribers.

What did you do to Make Money Today?

We’re having a great discussion right now in my private membership club about money tasks. It started with this question:

money-tasks

Then, due to the quick thinking of a member we moved on to brainstorming actual money tasks that can be done:

money-task-brainstorming

So… did you make money today?

How about yesterday?

Will you make money tomorrow?

Or are you too busy updating your website, checking facebook, tweaking your branding, writing blog posts, creating training, planning products, redesigning your website, buying a new domain name and on and on…

Some of those things are VERY valid business tasks, but they are not priority number one.

If you’re interested in running a profitable business then priority number one is making money every single day.

That won’t just happen.

People won’t suddenly realize how awesome you are and start paying you what you deserve.

People won’t hear about all the hard work you’ve been doing on your website or brand and come running.

NO – You Have to do the Money Work.

That means avoiding the time sucks, the things that just eat away at your day until there’s nothing left.

Today I got up early to email my list. That’s priority number one. I had a lot of stuff with deadlines so I popped it all into one email. You can read the email here.

When I work up I decided on an income goal of $1000 for the day. Do I expect to hit every single income goal every day? No, not really, but I sure as heck will try. The thing is, if you don’t sit down and THINK about a big goal for your day you’re not likely to stretch yourself to reach high, or do anything different and achieve the same (or worse) results as you’re already getting.  By setting that $1000 goal I forced myself to think about the things I could do to achieve it. It sets your mind up to a challenge that it almost always NEEDS and WANTS to resolve.

In the email I sent out this morning I had three deadlines to talk about, each one could get me closer to my $1000 goal:

Deadline 1 – My Protege Program. Anyone signing up to this could be paying $300 for six months or $1697 all at once. So one sale and I’d hit my goal.

Deadline 2 – All Access VIP for Coach Glue. Two sales of this program would get me to my goal for the day.

Deadline 3 – 21 Day FIX Fitness Challenge. Now this one I only make about $30 or so. I’d need a whole lot of sales to get to my $1k goal for the day and I really didn’t expect that from this email. I did, however want to see if I can get a few people into my challenge so I threw it in.

Do you see how this works?

Set BIG goals. Do the things you need to get them.

You can’t just tweak stuff on your site with no idea how it’s going to get you results.

You can’t just write blog posts that don’t really go anywhere and are just glorified journaling.

Get to the money work, first!

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p.s. It would be pretty silly of me to write a post about doing money tasks and not make it a money task. So let me point out the spots here where I could make money:
1) Link to my membership group – it’s indirect but it’s possible you’ll be impressed and sign up,
2) Link to my deadlines email – you might like to read that and make sure you don’t miss those deadlines 😉 and finally
3) this p.s. which would normally be focused on just one thing… Inviting you straight out to join our rockin’ awesome membership club with weekly live HELP via webinar, a busy facebook group with smart ladies who are taking action and taking names, a full library of marketing training AND a monthly topical training assignment. Join here, you’ll love it! 

An Open Letter to Angela, From Future Me…

The internet has always amazed me… I remember hearing about it sometime around high school and then by the time I came home from college getting my first dial-up connection. I was 19 and living with my parents but they weren’t that interested so I went out and paid for it myself.

Thinking back that was my FIRST ever “adult” bill… so fitting that it’s now my living!

I immediately became fascinated with the ability to CONNECT with people online. To share. To learn. To find out new things about new people I’d never have had the opportunity to EVER meet without it.

It only seems natural that I’d eventually end up making my living from the internet, looking back now.

And this post is about looking back… and looking forward.

I really wish I could get a note from future me, the one who’s just about to break through on high six-figures into a million dollar business. The one who’s doing things her way. The one who’s so comfortable with who she it shows in everything she does.

Yes I’d love a little note from future me with some tips.

But since that’s probably not going to happen ;), I’m going to give past me some tips.

I’m well aware past me isn’t going to get to read this piece but maybe it’s something YOU need right now.

I ALWAYS share from places I’ve been, things I’ve experienced and struggles I’ve had.

I talk to many people in my business who are experiencing the same issues I had when I got started. This is for the person who is working SO DAMN HARD and believing something’s gotta give. I am writing to past me and I’m writing to YOU, because I have some gentle, useful advice that I think will help you make sense of the immense work your doing that’s literally getting you no where. I have advice that can make things turn around if you listen close and take action (YES, more action) in the direction I’m pointing you.

An Open Letter to Angela of the Past, Angela of 2008-2010-ish:

“Angela, girl, you’re working SO HARD.

Too hard. Or I should say too hard for the lack of results you’re getting… which is almost none.

Angela..you are SO determined, so persistent and so after your goals that you think you just need to keep working hard, keep doing more of the same and then one day the damn will break and things will work. Oh how I want you to listen to this letter carefully because that’s not true and if you really take in what I’m saying I’m going to save you YEARS of frustration, literally (and I know because I’m future you I know what happens 😉 ) 

You and I both know it takes work, hard work, to establish a business online and make it a success but sweetie you’ve gone too far in the wrong direction.

I know you’ve heard that you need to get content out there. To market your business. To let people get to know you. 

And you’re doing all that. 

You listened.

You paid attention.

But you missed something. It’s a big thing but it’s a little thing. Little because it’s something you don’t know you missed and it’s creating so much work for you. Big because this one thing is THE THING that needs to happen in order for all this work to really mean anything.

I know how hard you worked to create those 184 articles you posted on Ezine Articles and did nothing else with.

I know how much time you spent writing and publishing over 400 blog posts in hopes that people would flock to read them.

I know how many helpful emails you wrote to your list waiting for them to respond by hiring you or asking to buy a product.

But here’s what you missed:

People WANT to buy from you. They do. You’re awesome. You know stuff they don’t. They LOVE to hear from you. They loved those Ezine Articles. They loved those blog posts. They love those emails you write.

But you’re not giving people a CLEAR OPTION… STRAIGHT LINE… EASY way to say yes!

You have to make the offer.
You have to lead them to the next logical step.
You have to tell them WHY they should buy from you.
You have to make it SIMPLE for them to buy.

Angela, you are missing the money tasks.
You didn’t include them in your articles, your blog posts OR your emails. They didn’t LEAD people to the next step, the place to purchase, the part where they pass you money to pay for your valuable contribution to helping their lives. 

You are not asking people to buy enough.

It should be YOUR JOB to get the sale.

Content is not your job.
Social media is not you job.
Blogging is not your job.
Email marketing is not you job.

Your job as numero uno in your business is to get money in the door.
Every day.
As many times PER DAY as possible.

While delivering that awesome value.
While providing the help your people want.
While serving in the most awesome of ways.

Angela there’s no blueprint.

Be you.

Get yourself in your creative mode. You can do this. YOU ARE CREATIVE! We all are when we are thinking like a person who wants nothing more than to serve the people we’ve chosen to serve.

I believe in you.

I KNOW you’ll do this.

I just wanted to give you some advice to get you there faster.

You’ve come so far! You quit your job in 2007 (yay you)! You’ve not looked back. You’re only going forward.

I’m so proud of how far you’ve come.
How you’ve turned an internet connection into a career.
How you’ve been a literal pioneer in an industry that most people didn’t even believe EXISTED or was REAL when you got started.
How you kept working when people thought you were crazy or you could have been making more money as a single mom on welfare.

But you had a plan.
You had a vision.
You knew it was real and you made it happen.

The next stages are waiting for you.

They ARE as awesome as you dream.

You WILL get there.

Keep going. You’ve got this.

Love and Hugs!

Future Angela xoxo ♡ “

This says it all.

I’d say it all to YOU… too.

I thought I shouldn’t end a heartfelt message with a sales pitch and that was just dumb. This message IS from the heart and so are the products I create and the membership I run.

The Laptop Lifestyle Business Club is more of the same, but better.

It’s better because we are a community.

When it’s lonely being on the internet and working alone, we’re there to connect with in a way a random facebook business group just can’t be.

When you need an answer to a question that is driving you TOTALLY BATTY, we’re there to give you help and new ideas (cause there is ALWAYS another way).

When you want accountability because you got distracted by a shiny object even though you know you can create a kick-ass product you just gotta get at it, we are THERE with all new weekly accountability that REALLY keeps you accountable by naming YOU and YOUR JOBS for the week so you can tell us when you’re done (no sneaking off not doing shit).

When you have a WIN to share and you don’t know anyone in the “offline world” who will have a teensy bit of understand about how much of a WIN this WIN is, we’re there to say holy crapballs you ROCK GIRL!

So… if my message spoke to you and you see yourself fitting into a very supportive, friendly, motivated and encouraging community of people just like me and you then JOIN US.

Go ahead. Click that button. Sign up here  <>>>>> http://LaptopLifestyleBusiness.Club

OH and just for clarity there are THREE levels of membership:

  1. Insider’s Report Club – My INSIDE look at a profitable business (mine) and how I achieve big results in little time. Last month’s topic was Giveaway Events which you can still get if you sign up now. This month’s topic is Writing Emails Naturally, which you can get on MONDAY. So… signing up now gets you two for one on any of the levels. This level is ONLY $10/month! Sign up here.
  2. Community Builder Club – This one is that community I spoke of. You get the Insider Report, you get INCREDIBLE accountability, you get weekly meetings for everything you need to hash out (including the accountability there), you get an active facebook group with lots of awesome people and inspiring businesses, fun challenges, motivating prompts, weekly homework and so much more. This level is an easy $37 per month. Sign up here.
  3. VIP Club – If you are the kind of person who wants it ALL and all at once this is for you. You will get the full library of coaching programs I offer at the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club AND you will get all new coaching programs, free! Then of course all the benefits of the Community Club and of course you get the Insider Report! This is your one “home” for learning to build that complete freedom in your life and business and I would be honored to have you join us. This level is an investment of only $97 per month. Sign up here.

If you ever have any questions you can always email me at angela@angelawills.com

I’d love to hear from you!

Talk soon,

 

 

Making Sales Without Selling

Most people HATE selling.

I get it.

You don’t want to be pushy.
You don’t want to feel like you’re intruding on someone’s life.
You don’t want to be left with that icky feeling like you did something wrong.

But what if you could make sales without selling?
What if people bought from you because they LIKE you and they want to BE LIKE YOU?

Then you wouldn’t be selling, you’d just be sharing…

You’d be sharing what you love.
You’d be sharing what works for you.
You’d be sharing the tips and tricks you’ve learned.

You’d be sharing because you know what you have to share will without a doubt help people and even change lives.

That’s EXACTLY why I do what I do and why it does not feel salesy, sleezy or wrong to me AT ALL.

Matter of fact, to me, it’s a mission I’m on to share with as many people as I possibly can how very real and incredible living the Laptop Lifestyle truly is.

It’s a mission to help people make money online.
It’s a mission to help people have less client-work and more time-freedom, if they want it.
It’s a mission to help people work smarter and get more passive income.
It’s a mission to help every single person love their work so much they SHINE.

And the thing is… when you LOVE what you do you can’t HELP yourself but share it. You want everyone to know it! You want to shout it from the rooftops! (but you don’t because you want to share and not get hospitalized for a mental breakdown 😉

When I think about how good life is when you set your own rules it makes me so proud and so motivated to keep sharing.

That’s why I create programs like my NATURAL Affiliate Marketing training. It covers exactly what I’m talking about right now and lets you share all the cool things you use in your business already in order to add additional income to your current business. It’s such a smart way to break free of some of that hours per dollars income and add in something you can earn high income on or even passive income.

And it’s all about sharing what works for you.

When you’re passionate for something and have HIGH ENERGY people want to know what that’s about. They want to hear what you’re doing or using that’s getting you such great results. And if you’re working with clients and you don’t tell them what’s working for you they might even get MIFFED you’re not sharing your best tips!

So look at selling like this:

Help people.
Share what works.
Tell them why it’s a good buy.
Tell them how it will help THEM.
Save them time.
Save them money.
Save them frustration.

You will NEVER look at selling the same if you take and keep this mindset.

I believe with everything that I am doing good, and I know I am for all the feedback I get from people who’ve changed their lives from my advice.

I feel it is my DUTY to share this!
I don’t want to hold back and have even one less person miss out on this lifestyle!

So I share, and I tell, and I teach, and I ask for payment for my time. It’s fair. It works and everyone leaves very happy. 🙂

Let me teach you this.
Let me show you how you can EASILY integrate affiliate marketing into your existing business and share what already works for you.
Let me give you one on one advice and feedback.

Join the NATURAL Affiliate Marketing training and I will. I’ll show you what I’ve learned over years of doing things wrong to finally get it so right it’s just a natural fit into my business. I earn thousands upon thousands of additional dollars each year just telling people what I use, why and how it benefits me.

I created NATURAL Affiliate Marketing to help you incorporate affiliate marketing into your business so beautifully it just makes perfect sense.

YES!… This is for service business owners, too! For Virtual Assistants, Coaches, Web Designers and more. There are PLENTY of ways you can add affiliate offers to your business and I’m going to show you how.

Here’s what we’re going to cover in this course:

1. Getting Set Up For Success in Affiliate Marketing:

  • How to find the BEST programs to promote.
  • The mindset you need to get yourself in so SALES COME EASILY AND NATURALLY.
  • Creating your affiliate redirect links so you can promote FAST and EFFECTIVELY.
  • The very best kind of program to sign up for and how it can earn you truly PASSIVE INCOME.

2. Create Profit-Pulling Content:

  • My number one ninja secret to making affiliate sales WITHOUT FAIL.
  • The affiliate tools that CONVERT the most SALES and the ones people think work, but don’t.
  • The techniques you should use to show your market the value of the products you promote.
  • The NOT OBVIOUS reason many affiliates don’t make sales & what you should do instead.

3. Affiliate Marketing:

  • The most important affiliate marketing tool you need to be using.
  • How to INCORPORATE affiliate marketing into what you’re already doing.
  • How to spread your affiliate marketing message FAR and WIDE.
  • How to LEVERAGE your business to make more affiliate sales.

4. Review, Rinse & Repeat (ie. Shortcuts and Extra Money)

  • How to use AFFILIATE STATISTICS to make more money.
  • Setting up your business to include ongoing affiliate promotions on autopilot.
  • How to make more money from already SUCCESSFUL promotions.
  • Creating products, services & programs to promote affiliate offers long-term.

I’m so excited to share all this with you! You’re going to learn what’s taken me MANY YEARS to get down. You’re going to skip so many hard lessons if you follow this and you’ll get yourself positioned to be one awesome affiliate marketer. Whoohoo. Chills.

So… here’s what you can expect to be happening when you sign up:

  1. On Feb. 13th we start and you’ll start getting emails and facebook posts covering all the topics listed above.
  2. You’ll get instant access to my Business Planning Bundle (free)!
  3. You’ll be added to our private facebook group where there is a pre-course assignment waiting for you!
  4. You’ll receive your links to our Celebration and Q&A webinar on Thursday, March 9th (YES it will be recorded and you can send your questions in if you can’t make it live).
  5. MY Affiliate Program List released Feb. 13th. I’ll be sending you the list of all the affiliate programs I make money with and I’ll share why and how I make money with them. This is going to be an insider look and so valuable to see how I get affiliate profits!

I can’t wait to hear about your affiliate results and how much you LOVE earning income without having to do the product creation, customer service, salespages and all that jazz 😉

If you want in you need to take action fast. I have a 35% discount for you for taking immediate action and signing up now. Here’s where to sign up and the coupon code to use:

Make Affiliate Sales Like a NATURAL! >>> NATURAL Affiliate Marketing
Coupon code: benatural

For a limited time that coupon code will save you 35% on the regular and coaching options.

Affiliate Internet Marketing: How I’m getting on leaderboards

Every once in a while I find myself on an affiliate leaderboard for a product I’ve been promoting. Most of the time it’s a surprise. For example a couple of years ago or so I won $300 as an affiliate for Coach Glue. Initially I didn’t even realize they were having an affiliate contest but when I found out I was in the running to win something, I got motivated and gave it a go.

That’s what’s so awesome about affiliate contests and getting on an affiliate leaderboard. It’s motivating. It’s fun. It’s exciting! Of couse that’s a win-win for all involved.

If you’re not familiar with an Affiliate Leaderboard here’s the deal:

Every so often a product owner will hold an affiliate contest. During a set timeline the product owner will offer prizes (cash or other) to top and sometimes random affiliates as a reward for promoting their products and earning sales.

I’m an affiliate for quite a large number of products and programs. Most of the time I just promote programs as it seems to fit with what I’m teaching or talking about at the moment. I don’t pay a lot of attention to launch schedules or big JVZoo events, etc. I’m more concerned about getting the right information to the right peeps at the right time.

One of my favorite “surprise, you’re on the leaderboard!” stories is when I was friended by the owner of eCover Authority, Chad Ejisr. I had seen my friend promote this product and had meant to go check it out. I knew it was something that would be a PERFECT fit to share with my readers and so as soon as I saw the link to Chad’s affiliate contest I knew I wanted to promote it. I signed up as an affiliate right away and the next day started promoting as soon as the little baby girl was napping. I wrote this in September of 2015 when I started promoting but it’s still VERY valid today!

Here’s my day one results:

affiliate-commissions

On day one of this particular promotion I found out that I was at the top of the leaderboard. With a $3000 cash prize up for grabs for the top affiliate I was pretty surprised to hear I was leading!

leaderboard-affiliate-marketing

I have to tell ya I’m not really a competitive type person but being told you’re in the lead to win such a large prize gives you motivation to keep it up!

And keep it up I did. As of day four (yesterday) I had slipped to the #2 spot (which is still a $1000 prize):

leaderboard-internet-marketing

Here’s where I’m going to list out the whole process of what I’ve done to this point to attempt to hold that top spot. As of writing this (Tuesday night) the contest is still running so what I’ll do is come back after publishing and update you with the (hopefully great) news of how it all panned out.

The first thing I did on Friday was email my list. Here’s email one:

affiliate-email1

After I sent this one I got a question about the time zone so I quickly fixed up another email to clarify, which was basically the same as the one above with the time zone of the initial sale added.

Now at 1pm I sent out another email. In my rush to promote this program on launch day I misunderstood that the price was going up in increments to $37, not all at once at 2pm like I thought. So I created a bigger ‘urgency’ than was actually there… and it worked. Obviously I don’t recommend creating any kind of fake urgency as that would be very unethical (like I said mine was an absolute accident) but what you CAN do is definitely take advantage of any REAL urgency built-in to any product sales.

Here’s the email I sent a 1pm:

affiliate-email2

You’ll notice this email is almost exactly the same just with a different subject and a little of the first wording edited.

The next thing I did was create a post on my facebook page and I shared it in my group (now Laptop Lifestyle Business Club):

affiliate-facebook-post

In my original posts I had told people I’d give them a free Look ‘Over My Shoulder’ workshop just for signing up for eCover Authority. I had no details other than that yet and hadn’t even picked a date. I didn’t have anything set up for it so I got to work setting up some details and picking a date.

I created a page on my site to give people the details on the workshop and to invite them to buy eCover Authority. Here’s a screenshot and if you want to look at the page it’s here (while you’re there you should buy eCover Authority) 😉 .

affiliate-marketing-salespage

That page was created with OptimizePress which is my NEW theme that I totally LOVE.

So I’m not going to list out EVERY single move I make because that could take a full report (you’d be better off to get on my email list to see what I do over the next few days). Here’s a screenshot of the emails I’ve sent since:

affiliate-marketing-emails

My email ‘Who Should buy eCover Authority (and Why)’ got great results and some more sales.

I also turned that into a blog post here that I shared on social media. When I create a blog post I always click on the social media share links on the post (feel free to click them on this post or any you like, too! 🙂  ):

social-media-buttons

If you want to see everything I posted on facebook make sure you follow my page here.

After my promo email yesterday I also sent out a second email (later in the evening) about a telesummit I had participated in that people could sign up for free to listen to. Inside that one I made another mention of the program but didn’t link to it (I’m thinking I probably should have for better results):

affiliate-email3
So that brings us up to Tuesday, August 25th.

I set up two facebook ads on Monday and on Tuesday I added another.

Here are the ads:

ad1

ad2

ad3

In total for those three ads I spent $30.13 and they made me nada. nothing. I’m not overly surprised as I honestly have NO CLUE what I’m doing with facebook ads but I figured I’d give it a shot since each sale had the potential to help me win, even if I spent $16 to get the sale it could have been worth it since the commission on each was between $13.50 and $18.50.

Also I created a video review of the software and how I create the eCovers:

Finally today I also added a ‘Foobar’ to the bottom of my screen:

affiliate-marketing-technique

The point of the banner across the bottom of the site is to capture the attention of any blog post readers. That way I can also promote my unrelated content (because I’m sure people are getting a little tired of hearing about eCovers) and STILL get them in front of my offer for a free workshop bonus when they buy eCover Authority.

From Tuesday on I didn’t push my list too much harder. I figured most people who were going to buy up to that point had bought. I did know, though, that doing a final last-minute push is important because people often do want to buy but also will wait until the very last chance to do so.

So I sent out a few emails from Wednesday to Friday night when the contest ended:

affiliate-marketing-emails

I was kinda surprised my email to a blog post about ‘how to get your Mojo back’ got so many clicks. That one had a reminder about the software and a link to the post. My email with a free graphics download didn’t surprise me with the clicks, because my list loves free downloads when I send them (and I like to do that often to give ’em lots of value)!

On the final day I ended up getting another $171 in commissions.. not bad at all.

affiliate-commissions

On Saturday I found out how I place in the Affiliate Contest:

affiliate-leaderboard

Seriously. Thrilled.

I was so happy to be in that position after participating in a contest I didn’t even know about the day before. I literally found out about it only 10 hours before it started!

The implications of this kind of success have really had me thinking hard on my direction and where I want to lead my business efforts in the future. I don’t know if you know this but I actually started Marketer’s Mojo back in 2008 in an attempt to be a full-time affiliate marketer. That attempt DID NOT work out as planned and so I got into group coaching – now the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club. These days I still love my coaching clients but I am going to be putting some serious effort into affiliate marketing again. It is by far the most passive way to I’ve found to earn income.

Even though I put in a hard week of work promoting… I’m done. I don’t need to maintain a product, I didn’t have to create a product, I don’t need to provide customer support and I don’t have to worry about training on that product. It’s all done by the product creator. Leaving me to go promote the next awesome business product.

The final result of my week’s worth of hard work?

$1064.76 in commissions
$750 in prize money

A new-found appreciation that my list LOVES stuff related to creating graphics for their business!

Update: January 2017 – In 2016 Chad decide to do another sale and run another affiliate contest. I was still keeping busy with my darling girl and instead of re-creating all the promotional content for eCover Authority I REUSED almost everything! I reused the emails I had sent, the video, I set up a replay of the training webinar and I of course reused the ads and graphics I had created. For very little time spent I ended up taking the #4 spot on the leaderboard and winning $200 on top of $612.19 in commissions!

angela

p.s. I hope you’ve found this post helpful, interesting and motivational! If you did would you be a super-awesome doll and share it or comment or both?! Hugs! 🙂

p.s.s. If you want to learn affiliate marketing and get my insider advice on how to do what I did, please sign up here!

This Made Me Cry (Vulnerable Post)

So I’m watching this video training called “5 Ways to 10X Your Business in the Next 90 Days“, which is FREE, from my long, long time friends Nicole Dean and Melissa Ingold of Coach Glue… and the tears start flowing.

And I’m like “whoa… what’s this about?!”

Nicole was at the point in the video where she talks about making six figures and how both her and Melissa are past the point of sitting at the computer for hours on end, not taking care of themselves because they’re working too hard. They are making good money that gives them the FREEDOM to be present in their kids lives, really present and not thing about other things, to have time for their spouses, to have time for THEMSELVES.

And for a moment I was crying.

Because I have been working hard for a long time.
Because I need to get better at self care.
Because I’m AFTER that six figure goal and I’m SO DAMN CLOSE (in mindset and in monetary results).

And because I think people should know when they make me cry (hehe!) I emailed Nicole (who is also my most awesome business coach) and told her so.

She said I should look at my growth, at how I’m rearranging things to have my PERFECT people be attracted to my business,  how I’m transforming before her very eyes.

And of course she’s right. I’ve come FAR in the past year.

Plus… let us not forget I have a toddler. She consumes a lot of my time. She’s an incredible blessing and I am so joyed I have that freedom to be with her most of the time.

So… it was a short pity-party.

I have VERY little to complain about and I know that.

I tell you this not to share any pity with me!

I tell you this because you need to know we ALL have those feelings.

We ALL feel like we can do better, and we can!

We also all need to be proud of where we are, what we’ve accomplished and what we are working towards. It’s ALL ok and it’s always a work in progress.

I’ll be going through the entire series of training that Melissa and Nicole are offering completely free of charge and it would be super-cool if you’d like to do it with me, too.

Here’s where you get signed up: >> 5 Ways to 10X Your Business in the Next 90 Days

Talk soon,

 

 

p.s. Did you catch my video on how to incorporate affiliate marketing into your business? It’s here.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. That means if you buy something I’ll earn a commission. It also means I’ve partnered with some pretty awesome people who I believe in and can sometimes get you really good deals, too! 😉

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