14 Nov 2008 @ 2:01 PM 

I despise negative, doom and gloom articles.  So please don’t condemn me for this one. You will see that there is hope at the end of the tunnel!

I am part of larger teams, I have many friends who are affiliate managers, JV brokers and product owners.  Being in the place I am now, it is really interesting to watch. The problem seems to be that product owners are having difficulties having affiliates and JV partners who will promote their product with any kind of effort.

Of course, it is not all the affiliate’s fault.  Look at the current launch landscape.  My calendar is booked up until mid December for products to promote.  This week alone, I had 3 products to promote, and 10 others launched at the same time.

I am not getting invited to some of the parties, while I am getting invites from a lot of people that don’t have a product I can stand behind.  That is important, because many JV partners look at what you have done for them before they will do something for you.

That is an observation, and it IS human nature to only help those who have helped you in the past.  I got an email where one of the product owners jokingly said “If you don’t promote this, then unsubscribe from my JV list and don’t ask me to ever promote your products!”

I took it the wrong way and emailed him, telling him I had never asked for his promotional help, and that I had promoted many of his products in the past and tha tI didn’t appreciate the threat.  He replied back that he had been joking, but that illustrates the state of the affiliate marketing game.

Product Owners are tired of looking for people to promote their stuff.

Meanwhile, affiliates are overwhelmed with products to promote.  The folks who post their products in the Joint Venture networks at least one month ahead of schedule usually have better luck having some of the bigger “rockstars” of the affiliate marketing world get behind their project.

If you aren’t on these networks, you are left on the outside looking in, so to speak…  You only find out about products when the products are launching, when you don’t have time to prepare and get a review of the product ready or a bonus to help you sell more copies.

Wouldn’t It Be Great If You Could?

  • Uncover the EXACT products that successful affiliate marketers are already promoting. If they’re making money promoting a product, you’ll be able to as well!

  • See trends in whatever market/niche you want to promote. You’ll be able to see which products are being promoted by more and more people. If a product is slowly being promoted by more and more people each day, the chances are very good the product converts and is making their affiliates money.

  • Find products that not only convert extremely high for their affiliates, but also pay incredibly high commission payouts. Making $100+ a sale on a product is not uncommon.

  • Uncover products that will pay you recurring commissions where you’ll make 1 sale and be paid each and every month for that initial sale. This is great for establishing a longterm, stable business.

Isn’t that what affiliates are looking to do?  Find the products that can make them more money right away, so they can promote them in their niches without having to spend a lot of money being on JV Broker’s Lists!

I was going to suggest getting Affiliate Elite from Brad Callen, but that software is $176!  You can set it and it will tell you what products are selling in a niche and get you the stats… but you might as well sign up for jvAlert for $75 a month at that price…lol.

Brad did have a deal where he was giving a $4.95 trial of the software for one month and then you just pay the monthly maintenance fee to keep using the software.

http://nexurl.com/affiliate-elite-trial

There were only a few spots left for this free trial, so it the page says “Sorry You Are Too Late” then I apologize for getting your hopes up.

Bernie Dorman wrote a tongue in cheek parody of Affiliate Elite when he was not invited to promote it. He called it Redneck Affiliate Eleete! He basically gives you the step by step manual way of doing what Affiliate Elite does, without paying a lot for it.  It is time consuming, but it does work.  If nothing else, it is hilarious, with pictures of rednecks throughout the book.

http://berniedorman.com/redneck

With tools like that, affiliates can find products to promote and be able to stick to a niche without broadcasting it all of creation and add to their competition.

There Is Something Nichey Going On Around Here!

The thing is, product launches in IM are only getting the big guys to promote them successfully, because they control 70% of the market’s lists!  If guys like Mike Filsaime, Ian Del Carmen, Russell Brunson and Keith Wellman all promote a product, you can be pretty sure that most of your list will have seen the product before your email hits them.

It is becoming less likely for affiliates to jump on a new product in the Internet Marketing Niche with that kind of competition.  More likely, finding products that the big guys are no longer promoting is the best way to make money, because you will get some of the newer members of your community who may not have heard of that product to take a look.

Calling All Affiliates!

Sometimes a marketer will get a large group of affiliates excited about promoting their products by holding a contest.  Contests usually require some minimum number of sales, but they do motivate affiliates to get out there and promote.

I used to jump on these and promote daily, 2 or 3 emails, about all of the exciting products that were available for sale!  While I did make a lot of sales, I felt bad about the number of emails I was subjecting my community to and I stopped doing that.

Now I use my blogs to inform my community about what is going on.  I can post multiple products based on the topic of my post, and it really makes a big difference to the amount of email going to my community!  But you must remember that most people will not come to a blog to be sold to, they want to be informed.  Your content must be solid to keep people coming to your site and sticking with you!

Blogging is great, as long as you give your readers a reason to follow you! But not all affiliates can be blogging for you, and not all of them can mail for you!  So that leaves you with the dilemma of finding great affiliates who will help you get the word out about your product!

If you are new to the IM circuit, then I recommend attending events.  It is critical to getting your face associated with your name.  But you won’t find events every weekend, and you can’t continually spend cash on events, because the plane tickets, hotel rooms and restaurants really cut into your profits.  So you should be a part of some online groups where you can meet other people.

Twitter is a great place to do that, because you will meet a lot of amazing people.  You must take your time and get to know the people before jumping in with the pitch about your product.  I still don’t have a comfortable enough relationship with John Reese to tweet him about my latest project and ask him to promote it.

You will find some folks who find it easy to start with the sales pitch after a couple tweets, but they do not typically have a great following.  A lot of pitching is a good way to get a reputation that is very hard to lose.

Forums are great places, and everyone in the IM niche knows about the Warrior Forum.  I avoid it, because it has become a little cliquey, in my opinion.  If you are more outgoing than I am, you will find it to your liking.

My own favorite is The Internet Marketers Inner Circle, because the people who are on there have paid to be there, and they are looking to partner with people on projects.  You will find out about launches, product beta tests and even be in on the ground floor of a product from the planning stages all the way through to launch!

I really loved when I was asked to participate in the 20 Ways To $100 A Day ebook, where a group of TIMIC users each wrote a chapter and some of the members did graphics, sales page and design for the whole ebook. In less than 2 weeks we had a finished product because we worked together each using our strengths!

So if you are needing to get your product promoted, I would start by getting connected, and find the most reachable people to follow.  Learn as much from them as you can, and then ask for recommendations as to who else you should be learning from!

Have an amazing day!

Micheal Savoie
http://twitter.com/michealsavoie

PS – If you have tips and ideas that my readers would be interested in, feel free to comment.  Tell your friends about this as well, because you are showing that you value them when you pass on good information to them!

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 16 Sep 2008 @ 2:21 AM 

Where Did I Go? Wrong!

Punctuation makes 5 words different from a common phrase.

So does our influence on the people around us and how we are influenced by the people with whom we associate. I was on a mastermind call on my way home from work. I was telling everyone what I was struggling with. One of the comments was to not focus on the where, but the fact that I can take action and get past all of that! And that you can… because if I can do it with the load of baggage I chose to carry on my arthritic shoulders for the last 6 years, then you can take this and knock it out of the park!

It is truly a miracle. First of all that I can find people who love me so much that they are willing to put up with me, tell me what I am doing wrong, point me in the direction that I need to be going and encourage me all along the road as I am running, walking when I am winded and crawling at the roughest of times. My last blog post was an example of the winded post, and the post where I was unsure of what I was doing a few weeks back is a good example of a crawling period.

My wife is such a saint that she can live with a person who is in such transition as I have been over the last twelve months. She understands how fragile a person can become because she is a leader of a Celebrate Recovery group at our church, and when I am finally free, I intend on joining her there to take my steps to recovery from my own issues. But I exhibit such a variety of emotions at times that I can’t see how she can take it.

I am elated during successes, mine or my friends’! I can sink into a depression when things are tough… I can be inexplicably comedic at the wildest of times and it amazes me that I don’t scare her away!

But think about it. If I can take a chance at the Internet and make it work, then you should be able to go whizzing past me, too!

Your story is important to me. I want to be able to share with others how it is possible to overcome huge obstacles (mine are probably small compared to yours – hey don’t go there…) because of the dream. What is your dream?

Picture Yourself In A Boat On A River…

Remember, my dream is to have the biggest bonfire in Citrus County with my mobile home as the kindling. I will videotape the entire process, and allow the local fire company to use it for practice in keeping forest fires from happening. Immediately after that bonfire, once the embers have been completely doused and only the faint smell of the charred wood is still in the air, a construction crew will arrive and flatten all of the dangerous pines in the yard, and then begin building a home that will be able to house my wife and I, my three daughters (each with their own apartment so that they don’t have to move out when they are married) and an office where I can have meetings, workshops and seminars.

The garage will be large enough for my cars, my wife’s car and a car for each of my daughters and a workshop for me to mess around in when I want to feel constructive… What kind of car do you like? Lately on twitter, John Reese was discussing a GTX that he was thinking of buying. I think the fun is in the decision to get the car and then messing with the salespeople’s minds when you slap the cash down in front of them and say this is how much I want to pay for this car!

Who cares about slipping through some silly cracks once you are driving a car that you want to be driving, and being able to drive it when you feel like driving it…

Spinning Your Wheels?

You aren’t alone! I have spun my wheels for a long time before I had some friends throw a little sand down for me to get traction. Like Jimmy Morrison said, “Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel!” You have to have the vision to know where you are going and the steady hands to keep your vehicle facing the right direction.

There are patches of ice, curves and potholes along the way, I can attest to that. But the path that those before us, people like John Reese, Jim Daniels, Ken McArthur, Alan Bechtold and Declan Dunn, blazed in front of us! They started with shovels first and when they figured out how to get a bulldozer and they blazed a bigger trail, then they found that earth movers could do an even faster job and the next generation of marketers (like Frank Kern, Yanik Silver, Jeff Walker and Mike Filsaime) started using the earth movers and then they got the pavement laid out so that the path was now an information highway…

Now we have Eben Pagan, Gary Ambrose, Keith Wellman and Jeff Johnson turning it into an information superhighway for a whole new group like Ross Goldberg, Anik Singal, Dr. Mike Woo Ming, Lee and Robin Collins, and Erik Stafford who are showing us how to climb into a car instead of walking so we can zoom along that superhighway even faster. Then Rick Raddatz, Howie Schwartz, Jack Humphrey and Joe Clayton created the tools we need to make our work faster and simpler.

We have it easier than anyone has had it in the last ten years, because we have more tools and knowledge at our disposal than anyone has ever had in the history of the Internet! Our highway is already paved and roadsigns are at every crossroad! You want to get to Teleseminar Street? You need to turn here and see Bob The Teacher and his Teleseminar Formula and grab Instant Teleseminar from Rick Raddatz so you can host some of the most professional calls possible.

What many of us realize as we get started on this vast highway is that it is not a major undertaking to make money online, it is finding the motivation to keep going when the hot water heater falls out of the closet or your insurance gets canceled because you just booked a ticket to an event that you absolutely have to attend…

That is where your dream comes into the picture. It strides in like a cowboy walks into the saloon and everyone stops what they were doing… they can see it in his eyes that he isn’t going to take crap from anyone. Your dream will tread over the bodies of the obstacles it has defeated to clear a path for you back onto the superhighway, so you can drive like your tail is on fire!

I Dream Of Jeannie

You can’t blink and get your dream just like that. You need to search your soul. You need to know who you are and who you want to be.

Who you want to be?

Yep… you may not like to hear this, but you will change.

On your way to your dream, you will undergo some pressure, feel some heat and get sliced and diced. Those are exactly what a diamond goes through to become the valuable gem on the ring on someone’s finger. It was originally some carbon that made a decision to get from Point A to Point B…

Life throws many a challenge on us. As we live life, we settle into habits that cause us the least discomfort as we dodge branches that might have slapped us in the face just a year ago, but now we know that we have to duck when we get here, or we took a more friendly path instead of the one with the slapping branch. Soon we have a comfort zone that we live in.

Jeff Wellman once told me that his comfort zone was actually not very comfortable. But it was something he had been used to, because it hurt him the least out of all the other things he had done. Then his son turned his life upside down by helping him put together a 6 figure launch… It got mighty uncomfortable as he interviewed Heather Vale when she proceeded to answer every question he had written down in the first 5 minutes of what was supposed to be an hour long interview. He felt like he was under serious pressure and the heat was definitely on. He took a step, then another. He followed up on her answers, one at a time and he built up a rapport with Heather, until he was asking her questions that he never planned on asking and he was getting answers out of Heather that he did not even think he knew he wanted to get.

He took action under pressure. Funny thing is, the pressure eventually subsided. Simply because he kept on taking action.

Where Are You?

Are you at the bottom of the pile of crap? Are you swimming around in it? Have you made your way to the ladder and climbed your way out? We are all at different places in our struggle to live our dream. Your location is not important. The only important fact is that you are in motion. Before power steering was invented, turning the wheel on a parked car was difficult. You had to put the car in motion to be able to turn the vehicle. Now that we have power steering, it may be easier to turn the steering wheel, but you still get the same results if you aren’t moving as you got when you were straining without power steering. The motion is what matters, because you can’t turn a parked car!

Where’s Waldo? Who Cares!

Where are you? Don’t worry about answering that. Instead close your eyes. Open them back up, you can’t read this if you close your eyes, silly.

Imagine yourself not having a care in the world, your success has already happened. You have made it to the place you want to be. Describe that place. How does that make you feel?

Before you allow your mind to drift back to reality… remember the feeling you had when you saw your success all around you. Imagine that the feeling you are feeling can be framed like a photo. You place that photo on your wall. Now come back to where you are, but don’t take your eyes off of that photo on your wall. Can you see your surroundings if you are looking at your framed photo? Peripherally, maybe, but the bulk of your vision is that picture in the frame. As you work on your projects, keep that picture of the what you were feeling in your mind.

Notice how you feel like you already possess that goal, that victory?

Obstacles can no longer affect you because they can not make you feel like that picture on your wall makes you feel. You only have to glance up at that framed image in your mind to feel the victory surge back into your body and you can take action, regain focus and keep on working when you know you need some rest. Or maybe it is calling up that person you met at the seminar last month to see about cross promoting to each other’s lists. You can take action now because your obstacles are powerless over you!

So from now on, don’t worry about where you went, forget about worry in general, just enjoy the journey and your life will be much more enjoyable as you create your dream one step at a time.

Have an amazing day!

Micheal Savoie
http://twitter.com/michealsavoie

PS – By taking action in a big way, you defeat inertia and you build yourself up. Find the people who are a natural fit with your beliefs and join them in a mastermind. With 5 or 6 people in various levels of success surrounding you, you can achieve much more than trying to use the shovel when a backhoe would make the job a little easier. A strong mastermind group is like having the backhoe, because you have the people to increase your levels of energy and attitude with the added benefit of having someone point out what works and what to avoid.

So let me help you find the right people to work with. Leave a comment, letting me know what you would want to accomplish if you didn’t have to worry about where the money came from to make it happen. Also, include who the top three people with whom you would like to mastermind. Finally, list what day of the week and time you are most likely able to get on a call for on hour.

PPS – Tuesday at 7:00PM Pam Ragland will tell us about shifting our thoughts from the negative to the positive in a way that gets you succeeding much faster than you believed possible! Sign up now for the thought shifting call so you can get a reminder.

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 02 Aug 2008 @ 5:29 AM 
Today I head to Orlando to spend some time with some of my friends
at the Gateway to Wealth Seminar. Mike Filsaime is flying in (I think
he heard that Jeff Dedrick was having another one of his parties...)
so you know this is going to be an action packed weekend!

Think about the networking possibilities!

Community Sites are a great way to network with people, too! You
simply create a community site in your niche and start inviting people
who are interested in your niche. If you do it right, you can have a
thriving community that takes on a life of its own!

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Those who are serious about their niches are going to want to have
a community site for people to congregate, and if you are the site
owner, you have the chance to have your affiliate links and adsense
ads sprinkled around in the community to make your community site
pay for itself!

What about products? Do you need products to sell to make some
extra money this summer? Thank goodness gas prices dropped,
but everything else is still rising to catch up to the runaway fuel costs!

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As you can see, you have a lot of ways you can make a business
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that you aren't capable of creating a business for yourself.

The best time to create your own online business is when times
are tough, because most people are looking for ways to increase
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these days! People are hurting and they need a way to escape the
pain!

If anyone is interested in my coaching program, to have me be able
to answer your questions, help you brainstorm new business plans,
or just help you get "unstuck," I have a coupon code for you to get
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I am also still offering it as a bonus for Traffic Secrets 2, but here is
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The coupon code is good until August 21, because I want to give you
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at a discount. The price will be going up once I go through the boot
camp, because I will have a lot more on my plate! Once the boot
camp is over, I will be formally launching my Offline Business System
to bring the Brick and Mortar companies kicking and screaming into
the Information Age! As my clients, you will get first crack at the
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selling my system to local businesses!

If I can help you in anyway, feel free to email me, I want to serve! The
worst thing a marketer can do is hide from their community. It may take me a few days to get back to you, but I do respond to all emails.

Have an amazing weekend!

Micheal

PS - If you are in Orlando, shoot me a tweet on twitter...

http://twitter.com/michealsavoie

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 15 Jul 2008 @ 11:17 AM 

“Happy Birthday Erin Savoie!”

At exactly Noon EST today (Tuesday, July 15th) John Reese will
*finally* release his long-awaited “Traffic Secrets 2.0” training
course.

Unless you’ve been living in a small cave with no Internet access for
the past few months then you know there has been tremendous ‘buzz’
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Many people have already made the decision to get their copy of this
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But you’ll need to ACT FAST and get your copy of the course right away
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And know that you are helping me show John Reese that he chose
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Have an amazing day!

Micheal

PS – If Traffic Secrets 2.0 is a little more than you wanted to spend for
getting all the traffic you could ever want for whatever purpose, then I
recommend my best friend ever – Ross Goldberg. He has repackaged his
Traffic Manifesto with some amazing videos to make it that much easier
to make the connection to your brain so that you can be doing the right
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And to make it an even better deal (hard to imagine being able to make
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PPS – In a followup to yesterday’s post about my wife stabbing me right in the heart about my business, she has flip flopped on the issue and has again decided to join me to Chicago, providing I don’t bankrupt the household paying for the ticket… Gotta love that confidence in me, right? LOL.

Good thing I have a higher power to look up to for the help I need and the support to give me the confidence to continue creating a million dollar business… only 176 days remaining til the bonfire!
(If you want to know about the bonfire, you will have to call me…)

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