The Truth About The September 25th YouTube Change

Beginning on September 25th, 2018, YouTube is making two changes that affect every one that embeds videos on optin pages, sales pages or websites.

Please keep in mind, these changes only affect YouTube videos that are embedded on your web pages.

But, these changes can seriously degrade the user experience you want your visitors to have on your sales pages or websites.

Change #1 – Related Videos Will Always Be Shown

Typically, when YouTube videos are embedded on sales pages the rel parameter is set to 0 to prevent related videos from being shown at the end of the video.

This is done to keep the sales page experience clean, and to avoid having competing videos show up in the related videos.

On or after September 25, 2018 this behavior changes as detailed below:

The behavior for the rel parameter is changing on or after September 25, 2018. The effect of the change is that you will not be able to disable related videos. However, you will have the option of specifying that the related videos shown in the player should be from the same channel as the video that was just played.

To be more specific:

  • Prior to the change, if the parameter’s value is set to 0, then the player does not show related videos.
  • After the change, if the rel parameter is set to 0, the player will show related videos that are from the same channel as the video that was just played.

Having related videos at the end of a video on any web page creates a distraction for the viewer, and can entice them to click away from your site.

It’s nice of YouTube to allow us to force the related videos to be from our channel, but the change still detracts from the clean, distraction-less sales pages we’re used to and that we want our visitors to experience.

Change #2 – Video Info Will Always Be Shown

Here’s a direct quote:

The showinfo parameter, which indicates whether the player should display information like the video title and uploader before the video starts playing, is also being deprecated. Following the change, the channel avatar and video title will always display before playback begins, when playback is paused, and when playback ends. The avatar being displayed is new behavior that will be consistent across all embedded players.

Again, YouTube’s change is messing with the experience we are trying to create for the visitors on OUR websites.

So, what are marketers and business owners to do to protect your websites from these changes?

I created a video talking about it, have a look…(or skip to my conclusion below)

In conclusion, here are 2 ways to avoid being affected by the September 25th YouTube change:

  1. Don’t use YouTube as your video host. Host your videos on Vimeo or Amazon S3 or your web hosting.
  2. Use a video player that can overcome the Sept. 25th changes, as well as help with the video autoplay issue that Chrome and Safari have cracked down on.

One thing to note, if you mainly use YouTube embeds as a means of boosting the rankings of your videos (SEO) then you definitely want to keep using the YouTube embed codes. Just make sure you utilize the rel=0 or whatever the new parameter will be to force the related videos to be videos from your channel.

If you want to keep using YouTube as your video host AND want full control over the video experience on your optin pages, sales pages and websites…I recommend using a video player.

Explaindio Player is a simple, cloud-based video player that returns control of your website’s video experience to you.

Click Here To Check Out Explaindio Player

Another popular video player is Monkey Playr.

Click Here To Check Out Monkey Playr

Questions? Leave them in the comments below…

Source: https://developers.google.com/youtube/player_parameters
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What Are Done-For-You Sales Funnels And Are They Right For You?

As soon as you dip your toes into the wonderful world of “Internet Marketing” you are introduced to “sales funnels”.

Click Here To Register For A Special Webinar About Done-For-You Sales Funnels

Sales funnels are those series of offers you’re presented with when you opt in or purchase products online.

Sales funnels are used to upsell people when they are already in buying mode.

It’s not devious, it’s the same principle as being offered fries, a larger size or a dessert at your favorite fast food restaurant.

The biggest challenge for most new marketers (heck, and many established marketers) is putting together sales funnels that actually work…meaning they convert…meaning they actually make money.

Sales funnels require strong copywriting, web design and sales platform skills and can be very time-consuming to create and perfect.

That’s why done-for-you sales funnels have become so popular.

They take much of the guess-work out of online product promotion.

For a price, newbie and experienced marketers can buy access to existing sales funnels that are proven to convert without having to do all the sales-funnel-perfecting themselves.

Many of these done-for-you sales funnels consist of low-priced offers that upsell to high ticket offers that can pay upwards of $1000+ per sale.

Pros Of Done-For-You Sales Funnels

  • No need to spend countless hours creating and perfecting your own sales funnels
  • 100% commissions for many of the low-priced offers within the funnel
  • Primary focus is driving traffic to the sales funnels

Cons of Done-For-You Sales Funnels

  • Price for some of these done-for-you systems can be out of reach for many
  • You don’t learn the skills needed to become a self-sustaining Digital Marketer
  • You put yourself at the mercy of the DFY Sales Funnel provider and any changes they chose to impose…including shutting down the program

 Are Done-For-You Sales Funnels Right For You?

What’s interesting about these DFY systems is that I see both newbie and experienced marketers utilizing them.

For both newbies and experienced marketers, the allure of the high ticket commissions is powerful.

Think about it…sell one high ticket offer and make $1000 OR try to sell 100 of those $10 offers…

Which would you rather do?

Obviously, we would all rather make the high ticket sales.

And with DFY sales funnels, the majority of those high ticket sales come by introducing people to the low ticket introductory offers and then letting the sales funnel do its job.

Seems easy enough, right?

Well…maybe.

This is definitely where experienced marketers that know how to drive traffic have a head start.

But, if you’re a newbie…and are willing to spend time getting really good at one or two traffic methods…you can keep a steady stream of sign ups flowing as well.

Maybe the bigger question is this…

How likely is it you will make your money back or, better yet, profit from Done-For-You Sales Funnels?

Well, that one is harder to answer…even if you’re an experienced marketer.

There are no guarantees in Internet Marketing, or in business in general.

There’s risk when investing in DFY funnels…just like there is with paid advertising, SEO link building and thousands of other business investments and activities.

I’ve seen people make multiple $1000 commissions in a day, while others only make low ticket ones.

Everyone is different…some will buy and push until they make a huge profit…others will buy, try for a few days or weeks and give up.

Which one are you?

My best advice is to educate yourself on Done-For-You Sales Funnels and see if you think they’re a good fit for your abilities and your business.

To assist you, I’d like to invite you to a special webinar being held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 8pm EST where one such DFY Sales Funnel opportunity will be revealed.

Click Here To Register For The Special Webinar

If you have any questions, please a comment below…

 

 

What Is Mass Marketing And Is It Right For You?

A couple of months ago I was introduced to a totally new concept…

…Mass Marketing.

What is Mass Marketing?

Maybe the simplest analogy is this…

You can fish with a net, or you can fish with a pole. In both cases you will catch fish, but with the net you will catch a ton more fish with a lot less effort!

The goal of most SEOs/Marketers is to create a perfectly optimized page with the perfect backlink profile so that their page will rank number 1 for a keyword phrase that gets 10,000 visitors per month.

They fight to get that ranking, then they fight to keep that ranking.

And when they lose it (which they most certainly will), they will repeat the cycle to try and get it again.

With mass marketing the “goal is volume, not perfection”.

Mass marketers “understand that landing 10,000 longtail listings that each produce only one single visitor per month is far faster and easier to achieve”.

Because these “longtail listings” are spread out across 10,000 non-competitive listings, the chance of losing them is much less likely. And even if you do lose a few you still have thousands more to keep your traffic flowing.

Starting to make sense?

Is Mass Marketing right for you?

I will be completely honest with you, Mass Marketing is not for everyone.

Mass Marketing requires an initial investment in software, domains and web hosting, as well as consistency and patience.

The software I recommend is Cliff Carrigan’s Organic Traffic Platform (OTP).

Click here to Check Out Organic Traffic Platform

OTP is a Windows-based software that enables you to quickly produce tens of thousands pages of content by simply supplying a few primary keywords, some longtail keywords and your target URL.

All of this content is configured to redirect to the URL of your choosing…which could be an affiliate link, rotator link or link to your main website.

The OTP version I linked to above is called OTP – Static Swarm, but when you buy it you actually get access to a ton of Cliff’s software, including the latest evolution of his OTP software called OTP – Hybrid.

Where Static Swarm only produces HTML pages, OTP – Hybrid creates both HTML pages and WordPress posts/pages that link to your static pages in order to help get all of your content indexed more effectively.

And as I mentioned above, when you pick up OTP – Static Swarm you get access to Cliff’s complete set of software tools that will help you get the most from your OTP networks.

You also get access to Cliff’s private forum and private Discord group where questions can be answered and tons of training is available.

Cliff’s team is even doing periodic webinars where they dig deeper into how to best utilize the OTP software and the Mass Marketing method!

In addition to Cliff’s software you also need to register domains to be used within your mass marketing network.

In most cases, it is recommended that you buy between 5 – 10 domains to be used in your traffic network. These domains will only be used for hosting the OTP content and not for your main website or other offers.

I highly recommend using NameSilo to register your domains because they offer free lifetime WHOIS privacy to protect your domains from snoopers.

Click Here To Register Your Domains With NameSilo

The third thing you need is multiple hosting accounts for your sites.

Why do you need multiple hosting accounts?

Because you need to diversify your IP footprint so that all of your OTP sites are not seen coming from one IP. If Google sees that it will adversely affect your indexing and rankings.

The hosting recommended by Cliff and his team is Hosixy.

Hosixy offers low-cost shared hosting plans that work beautifully with OTP, and you can request that they put your hosting accounts on separate IP networks to get the IP diversity you need.

Click Here To Check Out Hosixy

The last thing you may want to invest in is Marty Bostick’s OTP Case Studies.

One of the biggest challenges with Mass Marketing is NOT OVER-COMPLICATING IT.

The training provided is great at giving you guidance on how to use the software and setup your campaigns, but Marty has taken the time to document his complete thought process for designing and building OTP networks.

Marty has been a beta tester and power user of Cliff’s OTP software since its inception, so he knows exactly how to design and build these organic traffic networks.

He includes several case studies that are making him consistent money in several different niches.

If you decide to go down the Mass Marketing road…I highly recommend you pick up Marty’s Case Studies so that you avoid some of the newbie mistakes I (and many others) made when we first got started.

Click Here To Check Out Marty’s OTP Case Studies

The final two things you need if you decide to try Mass Marketing is consistency and patience.

One of the mantra’s with OTP is to always be building.

Cliff’s OTP software makes Mass Marketing highly automated but you still have to spend time researching your keywords and building out your hosting/WordPress infrastructure.

You should make sure your OTP software is always building so that you can build out huge organic traffic networks that drive massive traffic to your offers/sites.

And lastly…and most important of all…you have to be patient.

Getting Google to index a single video or web page is one thing, allowing time for Google to index tens of thousands of pages takes time.

In many cases, it can take a few weeks (or longer) before you start seeing organic traffic flow through your networks.

You have to keep the long game in mind…be patient with indexing and always be building.

As I mentioned above, Mass Marketing is not for everyone.

But, I hope this post helps you understand what Mass Marketing is and how you can get started with it…if you so choose.

I plan to share some of my results in future posts.

Questions? Leave them in the comments below…

The Truth About Ranking Videos On YouTube and Google

One of the things I’ve noticed about the Live Event Blaster 2 (LEB 2) re-launch is…

…there’s a lot of HYPE!

I guess there always is on these product launches…and I’m guilty of doing it myself. 😦

But, in this particular case it bugs me for two reasons…

1. The hype makes LEB 2 sound like every other overly-hyped software that’s been released over the past few years. But in reality, LEB is one of the most solid pieces of software I’ve ever used and it actually does it what it says it will do!

2. There is much more to video ranking than simply scheduling a live event or streaming a video.

The truth…

1. YT Live Events typically do see a ranking boost over uploaded videos. Sometimes those rankings stick and sometimes they don’t…just like with anything else.

2. Live Event Blaster 2, in my opinion based on using other tools, is the simplest tool for creating YT live events and streaming pre-recorded videos to populate those live events.

3. Proper keyword research and proper ‘on page’ YT optimization is crucial for ranking success.

4. The strength of the COMPETITION for a given search phrase MATTERS, especially in Google results.

5. Google WILL NOT show video results for all search phrases, so trying to rank for certain search phrases WITH or WITHOUT LEB 2 is futile.

To be completely honest…

I haven’t used LEB 2 as much on my Rave Review YT channel lately because I’ve been testing other ranking methods that require me to upload the videos instead of stream them.

I have continued to use LEB 2 with some of my other YT channels, especially ones that target local search phrases.

But, I’m being extremely sincere when I say that Live Event Blaster has been, and will continue to be one of the most used tools in my video arsenal.

My top 3 most used video tools are Camtasia, Content Samurai and Live Event Blaster 2.

A proven tool using a proven method…

Live Event Blaster has been around for a couple of years now and version 2 makes it even better. The Blaster Team is well respected for producing quality software, as well as providing great support and training.

And the proof of higher rankings with live events has been proven for several years now, and does not appear to be going anywhere any time soon.

My exclusive bonus…

In additional to the bonuses the Blaster Team is providing, I’ve created a 7-video training on how to do the keyword research, the importance of good thumbnails, guidance on optimizing your Title, Description and Tags and more.

Between the proven software, the proven method, the training the Blaster Team is giving and the exclusive training I’m providing you will be well equipped to succeed with Live Event Blaster 2.

If you do anything with YouTube video marketing, Live Event Blaster 2 is a great tool to have in your arsenal.

Read my review here or head on over to the sales page here.

Questions? Leave them in the comments below…

Patience, Hurricane Prep and An Exclusive Bonus

Here in Raleigh, NC everyone is running around preparing for Hurricane Florence.

Yesterday, I ended up in long lines at both the gas station and the grocery store.

That was definitely a situation where exercising PATIENCE was the best course of action.

Unfortunately, when it comes to ranking videos…I have no patience at all!

That’s why when I see one of my favorite video ranking tools go on sale I have to let everyone know about it.

The tool is Live Event Blaster 2 and it utilizes Google’s preference for live events
to help you rank videos faster…sometimes almost instantly!

I know you may have heard that claim before.

And in reality, there is more to it than simply streaming a video as a live event.

You also need to make sure your Title, Description and Tags are optimized for your target keyword phrase.

And of course, some keyword phrases are going to be much harder to rank than others due to competition.

But, with proper keyword research you can rank for some amazing buyer keyword phrases using Live Event Blaster 2. (I cover keyword research in my exclusive training bonus.)

Now you should also know that there are a couple of free YouTube streaming alternatives likes OBS.

But if you’ve ever tried using OBS you’ll know exactly why I recommend spending a little bit of money to grab what I think is the simplest YouTube live event streaming software available.

You can watch my review below…

Please note, the Blaster supplied bonuses have changed from what’s in the video. The new bonuses are listed below…

  • Google Ranking Training Webinar
  • Rank Events for Local Businesses Webinar
  • Launch Jacking “Blaster” Method

You also get my exclusive training bonus that includes 7 videos that show you my exact ranking strategy.

If you’re looking for a battle-tested free traffic method I highly encourage you to check out Live Event Blaster 2.

Click Here To Learn More About Live Event Blaster 2

Questions? Simply leave a comment below…

Just Follow The System

Ever feel like week after week you do the same things…that produce little results?

If so, today is a great time to change things up.

Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to Jeanne and Sue, two local marketing experts who have been serving clients since 2010.

When most people their age are thinking of retiring – they’re ReFiring!

They’re managing DOZENS of clients, and even turning some business away (more on their client-getting tactics later).

They’re in a position to only accept the kind of clients who are a joy to work with and pay well.

It wasn’t always this way – in fact, the first few years found them BURIED in work and trying to keep up with all the moving pieces of managing a growing agency.

You know the cycle – accepting any clients to keep income going, and then spending WAY too much time fulfilling…all the while not leaving much time for prospecting.

Some have called it the CYCLE OF DOOM!

It has been said that insanity is doing the same things while expecting different results.

Well…Jeanne and Sue KNEW they weren’t insane, so they decided to STOP the cycle and put some systems in place.

They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams!

They are now each managing dozens of clients in just a few hours a day.

How, you ask?

Just click on the link below and get a peek at those systems that they’re now sharing with all of us.

Check Out Jeanne and Sue’s Local Client Systems

Nothing is left out – you get the whole enchilada!

Look at what some of the beta testers had to say…

“As someone looking to get into local marketing, I found this course to be the paint by numbers system that I was looking for.” – Jay (not me)

“I have been handling local clients for some years now, helping with web presence, reputation, website design. After going through this course, I wpndered how I could manage without this vital information.” – Garey

“The sample documents/proposals/forms are worth the price of admission alone!” – Christopher

That’s some impressive feedback!

What do you think?

Are you ready to change up things this week?

If so, click the link below to see whether Jeanne and Sue’s blueprints can be your blueprint to success.

Grab Jeanne and Sue’s Blueprints To Systematize Your Local Marketing Business

Have any questions? Leave them in the comments below…

My Single Worst Mistake In Internet Marketing

It seems that almost every day I see posts on Facebook from Internet Marketers that tell a sad story of how much they’ve spent on IM products and training…

…and in many cases have made little to no money online.

Unfortunately, I have my own sad stories of wasted money and time on software, methods and training that just flat out DO NOT WORK!

But, today I want to focus on the single worst mistake I’ve made…well, so far.

I’d been trying this online marketing thing for about a year and I was desperate to make it work.

I’d had some success, but nothing consistent and nothing that made a dent in my family’s expenses.

Out of desperation I hired an IM coach that I thought would take me by the hand and get me to my income goals.

The price tag…$5k!

Now maybe my expectations where a little out of whack, but for $5k I expected a lot and I was willing to put the time and energy in to making it happen.

Unfortunately, my coach was clearly not as invested as I was.

The promised training was never completed and honestly…the one-on-one coaching I did receive was average at best, and not of much more value than some of the $7 products available today.

I’d like to say I raised hell and got my money back.

I didn’t.

I signed a contract saying I wouldn’t and that I wouldn’t name names.

Like I said, it’s the single worst mistake I’ve made in IM.

To top it off, I helped my coach on a product launch and never got paid my share because PayPal locked his account after complaints about the product.

Did I mention…this is the single worst mistake I’ve made in IM?

So why am I sharing my embarrassingly sad story with you?

Because I don’t want you to make the same mistake I did!

If you’ve been trying to make money online for a while and are starting to feel yourself reach a point of desperation…

…take a break…for as long as you need to…and please don’t act out of emotion and desperation.

If you want help, consider much more affordable “coaching” options…

Like group coaching from Barb Ling and Dennis Becker,

or quality IM memberships like Andy Brocklehurst and Curt Crowley’s Society 11.

Both of these are very affordable and offer a wealth of guidance, tools and group interactions that can help you get on track to your online goals.

And if you don’t mind sharing…

Let me know in the comments what your worst “make money online” mistake has been…

 

 

Click. Publish. Profit.

Something really cool was released today…

It’s about Kindle Publishing.

Have you heard of it?

Kindle is the world’s largest ebook marketplace, with millions of downloads every single day.

It’s an untapped goldmine for internet marketers, as well as offline marketers.

Think of it…

With Kindle, you can quickly release a laser-targeted e-book that includes affiliate links (internet marketers) OR contact info (offline marketers), both of which can drive sales.

And if you’re already blogging…you can simply reuse the content you’ve already created as your e-book content. (I did this with my Cloud 101 for SMBs e-book.)

Would you like to learn how to implement this method…and do it quickly?

Check Out Speed Publishing With Kindle

The cool part is that this training comes with PLR rights so you can choose to resell this content or simply use it for yourself.

Either way…it’s a great method to expand the visibility of your business.

Questions? Leave a comment below…

How to Price Your Services and Stop Wasting Time With Tire Kickers

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a super power (like mind reading) so that you could get into the heads of your potential customers?

Imagine if you already knew what your potential prospects were willing to pay and…

What they were looking for from your services…

Who they were comparing your service to…

What their expectations were…

Your ability to ask and GET HIGHER FEES would be striking, wouldn’t they?

Thankfully, long-term quality client acquisition doesn’t require superhero powers.

It starts with getting the most detailed information early on and using it strategically for PROFIT.

Not sure how to accomplish this?

Well Tom Gaddis and Nick Ponte do…and they have a created training AND a cool WordPress plugin to help you with…

  • Pricing Psychology
  • Pricing Presentation
  • What to Do When A Prospect’s Budget Is Too Low
  • Pricing Templates & Worksheets
  • Creating Simple In-take Forms to Gather Information (WordPress plugin handles most of it)

Tom gave me access to the video training and plugin and they look great.

I absolutely love what Tom teaches in the Price Pre-Conditioning Module!

This training + software combo is called Local Fee Finder.

For a short time you can grab Local Free Finder for a big discount.

Click Here To Check Out Local Fee Finder

As a special bonus I’m giving you my FB Chatbot Secrets guide that teaches you step-by-step how to build simple Facebook Chatbots to easily engage your Facebook audience on autopilot.

Questions? Leave them in the comments below…

Dominate This Growing, Desperate Sub-Niche

First off…

Did you grab the FREE Facebook Monetization PLR I gave away earlier this month?

If not, click here to get it.

If you did grab it earlier, have you done anything with it?

If not, one of my favorite PLR creators, Arun Chandran, has a free training that
teaches you how to get the most out of your PLR.

Click here to Access Arun’s Free PLR Training

Speaking of Arun…

Arun just released his latest PLR that enables you to quickly tap in to one of the HOTTEST sub-niches online – The ‘Online Marketing for Seniors’ niche.

Check it Out Here

Every single day, thousands of seniors come online hoping to generate an income to pay their bills or enable them to enjoy retirement.

Outstanding home loans, inflation, health care expenses, etc. are very real burdens that millions of seniors have to deal with.

Whether we like it or not, age discrimination – especially for higher paying jobs – is a real issue and many seniors are unable to find work that they are qualified to do.

That’s why many turn to the Internet to try and maximize their earnings potential.

Seniors starting out will need products and services such as hosting, autoresponder, domain registrars, tools, etc. – just like all other marketers.

All of these are opportunities for you to not only help these seniors, but also earn commissions by pointing them to reliable products/services that will help them succeed online.

In fact, if you have a soft spot in your heart for senior citizens this PLR can help you become an authority to this sub-niche, which the vast majority of marketers will ignore.

Click Here to Check It Out

This PLR pack includes 25 500+ word articles that can easily get your senior-focused blog started, or could easily be converted into videos to get your senior-focused YouTube channel started…OR BOTH!

If you really think you want to go after the senior market you’ll probably want to pick up
Arun’s first upsell as well, which is 5 Persuasive Online Marketing for Seniors lead magnets.

These lead magnets can help you start building your senior-focused email list.

My advice…

If the senior sub-niche looks appealing to you…take time to research non-IM products as well, so you can help your audience market to their peers….who understands seniors like seniors themselves!

Also, make sure you recommend the easiest and lowest cost autoresponder, page builder and other tools to keep their learning curve and expenses at a minimum.

If you have any questions, simply leave a comment below…