Saturday, May 27, 2017

3 Biggest Benefits of Using JVZoo



JVZoo is a website like ClickBank that makes it easy for marketers and publishers alike to take advantage of affiliate programs. Whether you choose JVZoo or another options like ClickBank, this is a fantastic way to make a huge profit and to drastically increase your sales. Read on to find out three of the biggest reasons why.

Benefit One: You Make More Sales

From the point of view of a publisher, this means that you can create a digital product such as an eBook and then allow affiliates to sell it. What this means, is that others will be able to direct traffic to your landing page or your checkout page and then when someone buys your product, you will have to pay a commission fee to the affiliate and a percentage to JVZoo as well.

At first this might sound like you're essentially giving away your profit to a bunch of third parties after spending months working on it. The reality though is quite different. What is really happening here is that your extending your sales hugely by creating an army of marketers who will all be pushing your products to audiences that otherwise wouldn't have seen them. This means your profits will grow hugely and more than cover the cost of the fees.

Benefit Two: You Carry On Selling

More to the point though, you can do all this while carrying on selling your product directly from your own landing page. In other words, any money you make through JVZoo will be made on top of your existing profits so there's literally no downside. Even if you only make one extra sale and you pay 60% commission, that's still 40% of one sale that you wouldn't have made otherwise.

The only risk here is that your affiliates may be so good that they start to cannibalize your own sales meaning that people are buying from them instead of you directly. The web is a huge place so this rarely happens but if it does then you can always just take your product off of JVZoo – you stay in complete control the entire time.

Benefit Three: You Get Free Exposure

Another point that often gets overlooked is that you get completely free exposure by using tools like JVZoo. In other words, when an affiliate promotes your product, they will also be promoting your brand. Then, even if they don't make a sale, you'll still be increasing your brand recognition and absolutely free of cost!

Friday, May 26, 2017

HostGator Web Hosting Control Panel Tutorials



HostGator is one of the most popular web hosting provider for beginners and online marketers. It offers a wide range of hosting packages to suit your budget. Here are some tutorials to get you started.

How To Buy Web Hosting From HostGator



HostGator cPanel Introduction



How To Point Your GoDaddy Domain Name To Your HostGator Account



How To Create An E-mail Account in HostGator



How To Create A Forwarding E-mail Account in HostGator



How to Edit your Error Pages in HostGator



How to Create a Redirect URL in HostGator



How to Configure your Index Manager in HostGator



How To Setup Your MySQL Database In Your Hostgator Web Hosting Account



How To Delete or Uninstall a Fantastico Script Installation in HostGator cPanel



Enjoy!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Free First Aid & CPR Course with Certificate



FirstAidForFree.com offers free online training on First Aid and CPR. You never know when the skills you obtained here might be useful. The site is American based but the first aid skills taught are the same. You will get a certificate e-mailed to you once you have completed your course.

Hope you find this useful!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

5 Benefits of a Digital Product Business



If you're looking for a business model that allows you to generate genuinely passive income and to make a lot of money in the process, then a digital product business might just be right for you. Digital products are products that exist solely in a digital format and include the likes of software, eBooks, e-courses and computer games. They also just so happen to offer perhaps the best business opportunity of any type of product, so read on to find out what makes them such a great choice for making money online.

1 No Overheads

Right away, with a digital product you have no overheads. That is to say, you might have overheads initially while you're developing your product but from that point on you will then be able to sell as many copies as you like with no need to pay for materials or anything else. Every sale will be 100% profit which can't really be said about any other business model.

2 It's Truly Passive

Of course some services are also like this. If you are a writer or web designer for instance, then you probably won't have to spend any money to make money and that means that you can keep 100% profit.

But where a service business falls down is in the fact that you will be exchanging your time for money. This in turn means you'll need to constantly be available at specific times of day and you might even need to travel.

A digital product though is truly passive. Once you have set up an online store and you have people visiting your site, you can make money while you sleep or while you're on holiday somewhere sunny.

3 No Stock

With a digital product you require zero digital space for stock and that means you don't need to rent a warehouse or fill your front room with books.

4 Low Investment

Just as there are no overheads, there is also very little investment necessary. This means it will take barely any time for you to break even and to start generating real profit. In turn this also means that there's no risk so you'll be able to start your business without taking out a huge loan and putting your family in danger.

5 No Delivery

As though all that wasn't enough, digital products don't even require delivery. That means you won't have stock going missing or customers claiming they never received their goods. Digital products are cheaper and faster in every way.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Use Pinterest To Promote Your Business



Pinterest is a virtual board where users can curate images or materials that are of interest to them. It is a growing social media platform and can act as a virtual storefront or online promotion for businesses. You may visit my Pinterest page and also check out the tutorials below how you can register for a business account and also to post your first pin.

Aweber is a leading e-mail marketing and autoresponder provider. The paid service is fully hosted on the cloud and have been one of the pioneers that helped the online marketing industry grow. Here are some tutorial that I hope you will find useful.

How to Create a Free Pinterest Business Account



How to Apply for Pinterest Rich Pins



How to add a Pinterest Widget to your Website



How to Add, Edit or Delete a Pinterest Board



Happy pinning!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

JVZoo vs ClickBank vs WSO Pro



JVZoo, ClickBank and WSO Pro are three tools that allow you to set up affiliate programs for your products. If you have spent time creating (or outsourcing the creation of) your own eBook, then an affiliate program essentially gives you an army of marketers who can help you to get make more sales and gain more exposure in exchange for a percentage of your profits. This is all while you carry on making sales of your own, meaning that you'll gain extra sales at no detriment to your current business model.

But how do you decide which tool to use? If you're going to use something like JVZoo, ClickBank or WSO Pro… which will result in the best profits and most exposure?

The Differences

WSO Pro was setup primarily to sell products on Warrior Forum but have now caught up with times. Clickbank used to be the leader in digital products but have a one off costs for each product launch. The challenger JVZoo have gained popularity since it was launched and has become the favourite of many new marketers.

WSO Pro, JVZoo and ClickBank all work independently of any other site or service meaning there's no limit on how many people you can add. In principle you would think that this would make them easier and simpler to set up, but this is where ClickBank has dropped the ball being a little dated in its user interface and some of its business practices. It's complicated to set up and especially when compared to something like JVZoo which is very easy to get started with and to integrate with an autoresponder. This last point makes it great for e-mail marketers. JVZoo also makes it very easy to create a sales funnel though in its defense ClickBank is perhaps the best known option and thus has the largest number of affiliates. Another factor to consider is of course the price. Each of these services takes some commission, with the lowest being WSO Pro, the highest being ClickBank and JVZoo sitting somewhere in the middle.

So Which One?

So with all that in mind… which one should you choose?

Well, this is going to depend on the nature of your business and your goals. If you are already a Warrior Forum member then WSO Pro is a comfortable place to start out. On the other hand though, for those wanting to create great sales funnels and integrate an e-mail campaign, JVZoo might be a better choice. In fact, JVZoo probably wins out just about as the best 'all-rounder'. Then again though, why not just use all three or the others that I have spoke about in the past? That's the brilliance of having your own digital product, you are beholden to no one!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Quick Tutorials On Aweber To Manage Your Subscribers



Aweber is a leading e-mail marketing and autoresponder provider. The paid service is fully hosted on the cloud and have been one of the pioneers that helped the online marketing industry grow. Here are some tutorial that I hope you will find useful.

How To Manage Subscribers in Aweber



How To Create A New List in Aweber



How To Create A Custom Newsletter Template In Aweber



How To Create A Broadcast in Aweber



How To Enable An Automation Rule in Aweber



How To Understand Aweber Reports



How To Create An Aweber Sign Up Form



How to Install Aweber Web Form



How To Troubleshoot Aweber Web Form



Understanding Aweber Web Form Statistics



How To Create A Follow Up Sequence in Aweber



How To Create A Follow Up Series In Aweber



How To Email Unopens In Aweber



How To Remove Inactive Subscriber From Aweber



Enjoy!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

How To Get Microsoft Office for Mac or PC at £9.95 each



Do you use Microsoft Office at work? It is very likely you will be entitled to purchase Microsoft Office for your personal use at home at a bargain price of



All you have to do is to go to Home Use Program website and put in your company e-mail to check if you qualify. You will usually get an e-mail fairly quickly to your work mailbox with details to complete your purchase online!

Enjoy!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Free Online Image Editors



Forget Adobe Photoshop (well not quite for advanced editing) or any expensive image editors for your promotional graphic updates like banners, adding watermarks or any image posted to your social media sites. Here are some of the online editors I use while I don't have access to my laptop. I am ranking them by most frequent use for my sites. They all do not require any upfront registration and allow you to save the edited images locally. 1. Online Image Editor



It does what it says on the tin and is a very strip down basic image editor with classic interface but gets the job done. No registration required and I frequently use this to add watermarks to pictures. There are limitations on font choices and colour.

2. PhotoPea



This tool allows you to open and edit .psd files online without having to have adobe photoshop install on your machine. It is particularly useful as most ready made graphic packs come with .psd files as a source.

3. Pixlr



Similar to PhotoPea, the sites seems to be more popular as online photo editors but can be used to enhance your graphics especially social media postings. Play with the different filters and be surprised with the results it creates.

There are tons of free online image editors available online including Canva which I shared previously.

Enjoy and happy discovering!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Using SlideShare To Promote Your Products Or Website

Slideshare is a platform where users can host and share their powerpoint or keynote presentations. It is commonly compared to YouTube but for slideshows. You can harness the power of SlideShare Community by uploading your slideshows for it to go viral. Here are some quick tutorials to get you up to speed on SlideShare and how you can use it to promote your business.

What is SlideShare


What Can SlideShare Do For Your Business


Getting Traffic From SlideShare


Happy Sharing SlideShows on SlideShare!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Places To Host Your Product Images For Free

Today, I would like to share how I repurpose free photo hosting sites to host my product images. The ones listed requires upfront registration but are free to use.

They all have generous space and promises of lifetime storage. Here we go!

1. Google Photos



I am a self confessed google fan and have comfortably found myself within their ecosystem. Google Photos allow you to upload as many photos as you wish as long as they are taken from point and click cameras. The auto back up feature using their app was the main attraction when I first signed up for the service but have now used it for hosting most of the images that I used for my sites. The plus side is the ability to get a direct link to share the images. This allows me to post them on other marketplaces.

2. Flickr



Flickr is the big Mama when it comes to image hosting and photo sharing. This is probably my first ever attempt at hosting and showcasing my pictures online. The free storage capacity have grown since to a generous 1TB and you have the ability to link to the pictures individually. There are also add on features to create badges or showcase your gallery. This can be tools to help you share high quality images of your products.

3. Shutterfly



I stumbled upon Shutterfly while trying to find an alternative back up to move images from my hard disk. The thing that attracted me was the proposition that there was unlimited storage and that the images will not be deleted. I was able to use the bulk image upload feature quite successfully and the site allows you to create a free share sites to showcase your images to either the public or groups. There are tons of other features like printing your pictures on products like mugs and t-shirts available for a price. The only downside is that I have not found a way to hotlink to the images individually.

The above are samples on how to repurpose a service to help you start out. I have not checked the terms and conditions of the service in detail but always do be mindful that you are relying on a free service. Do consider self hosting once you have reached a tipping point as free services can have a finite life as we have seen in the past with certain providers exiting the market.

Enjoy!

Friday, April 28, 2017

How To Use Filezilla FTP Client

Filezilla is my favourite FTP client and it is available for free. This will be useful for you to upload the websites you have created to your respective hosting accounts.

How To Login To Your FTP Account On Filezilla


How To Delete and Upload File With Filezilla


Happy Uploading!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Places To Host Your Sales Page For Free


Another week has passed and today I would like to share with you 3 places that I have experimented to host my product sales page for free without any ads. They are as below which I hope you will find useful.

1. Blogger



The service is provided by Google primarily as a platform for blogging. However, with it's reach features of being able to host images, templates and text, it is a great Content Management System platform.

Click Here for a sample page hosted by Blogger. This sales page is used with a blogger theme/template to give it a shopping cart feel.

An alternative option will be to use Wordpress.com which is the next competing blogging platform. For simple sites, Google's equivalent free hosting is Google Sites but does not allow you to upload your own html files.

2. JustPaste.it



This page gained popularity unfortunately due to it being used by terror groups and is an equivalent of an upgraded version of pastebin (an online notepad)

The advance features allows you to copy and paste sales pages on to the site which is a big appeal and makes it quite quick to setup sales pages. The only downside is that you will get the JustPaste.it header on your pages. That is the only form of advertising you will see in exchange to use the free service. You may also chose to upgrade your account for $5/year which will unlock extra features such as a larger quota for hosting your images.

Click here for a sample sales page hosted on JustPaste.it. The downside is that you get a page with JustPaste.it header/branding at the top but was quite simple to set up.

3. NeoCities



This brings back the days before blogging and beyond any content management systems. NeoCities were set up to replicate the glory days of GeoCities when everyone would register to get a webpage on the internet and are able to showcase their basic sites coded in purely HTML with GIFs. This were the equivalent to the modern day social media accounts and blogs.

Well, after signing up, there is a suggestion for some donation which gives you a premium service but utilizing the free account (1GB of space) was sufficient for my review.

There is a build in folder management system which you can use to upload your html and image files. It was a fairly quick and simple process. The inbuilt HTML editor will also allow to edit files in a fly.

Click here for a sample sales page that is hosted on neocities.

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I hope you would have found this post useful and can use it as additional resources for your online ventures.

Disclaimer: Do note that the quality of the location you host will impact the ranking of your pages. So, use the above method wisely and on a need basis. Lastly, do proceed with risk as you are using a free service provider which could disappear without notice.

Friday, April 21, 2017

How To Use WarriorPlus

Warrior Forum is a well known forum for internet marketers and also has a spin off marketplace like service for members to list and sell their digital products. The below tutorials is a quick overview on how you can start to use the services to market your digital products.

How To Launch A Product On WarriorPlus


How To Create Your WarriorPlus Buy Button Code


How To Set Up A Sales Funnel On WarriorPlus


Enjoy!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Free High Quality Stock Videos



Why pay when you can get them for Free? Below are the list of sites that I have procured content from:



Pexels - Pexels don't only provide free stock images, it has a growing database of videos. All videos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license which means you can basically do as you pleased with the videos.



Pond5 - Pond5 released a huge catalogue of Public Domain Videos. Browse through hours and hours of content that you could remix into your new digital product.



Coverr - 7 New videos are published every Monday. You can subscribe to get an alert whenever new videos are published. The videos are also copyright free from this site.

Use the videos from the above mentioned sites above in your projects, websites or digital products without having to pay a bomb.

Hope you have found this post useful and that it added some sites in your repertoire. Have fun and enjoy what is left of your weekend!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Managing a Mailing List with MailChimp Tutorials

MailChimp is an e-mail marketing company that provides customers the ability to manage mailing lists of its customers and stay in touch with them. It operates on a freemium model and allows you to scale up as needed with extra benefits and features. Below are some tutorials which you will find helpful after registering for a MailChimp account.

Using Automation Rules in MailChimp


How to Create a MailChimp Broadcast


How to Create Lists in MailChimp


How to Create a MailChimp Sign up Form


How to Remove Unresponsive Leads in MailChimp


How to Schedule follow up Emails in MailChimp


Mailing lists are a good idea to generate repeat sales from your existing customer base of paying customers. No doubt, there are other ways to stay in touch with your customers (Facebook Feeds, Twitter) but since MailChimp have a free package, why not give it a go!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Avoid Bank Fees when Transferring Money Back to Malaysia from United Kingdom



Being a Malaysian living abroad, there are times when I need to transfer some money back home. I have previously been using HSBC to transfer money between countries but later discover TransferWise and can't believe the improved rates and reduces fees to be paid. It was a no brainer.



How To Get Started?

All you have to do to enjoy the rates is to register for an account, pay the sum that you want to transfer either through your debit card (fastest option), online bank transfer or credit card (attracts an additional fee). Make sure you have the bank account number and swift code of the destination account you would like the money to arrive to in local currency. In this case, it will be your Malaysian bank account. You will get e-mail notifications once your transfer have been processed.

Speed of Transfer

The fastest transfer I have experienced was 2 days to USA and 4 days to Malaysia. This will be dependent whether you initiate the transfer and the number of working days.

The Fees?

You will know upfront the fees and there are no additional cost to be paid by the receiving end. This is deducted from the total amount you wish to transfer. You get a discount in the form of reduced fees on your first transfer.

I am interested to hear about your experience or if there are any other competing service out there.

Have fun and let us rise against hefty bank fees!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

A Quick Overview of Sellfy



I thought I would cover today's post with a quick review of Sellfy which I have been using for a while and the options you have of displaying your products with their tools.

I am reviewing basic options that will come with your free accounts which allows you to host up to 5 products with up to the size of 2GB each. So, let us start to take a look on how your products and store will look like once you have uploaded your product.

Your Storefront/Profile Page



Click here to view how your profile page/store will look like. You can customize it with some text, logo and links to your social media pages/profile. You may also embed your product page on an existing website and it will look like below:

Embedding Your Products On An Existing Page
There is also an option to embed your stores and products on a facebook page.

Your Dedicated Product Page

Click here to view a sample of a sales page for your product. You have the option of adding images and links to sales video from youtube or vimeo to promote your product.

Similar to the above option of embedding your whole store on an existing site, you will also have the option to embed a single product which will look like below:

Embedding Your Product Page



Embedding Sales Button

Alternatively, you may also embed just the buy button on your own site and it will look like below:

Buy now

Instant Payment

Once you make a successful sale, the customer will pay you directly and the sellfy will deduct a percentage of the amount and any fees as a separate payment coming out of Paypal. You will receive the standard paypal notification for those two transactions.

Analytics

One of the plus side of Sellfy is the reporting tool and graphs that comes with it. Below is a sample of how it looks like. As you can see, it shows you the total amount of hits/views on your products and the individual traffic sources. This allows you to have powerful insights.





What I have shared is only the tip of the iceberg on how powerful Sellfy is. There are other features like e-mail marketing, social media discounts and pay what you want feature. I am sure the team will also be building on and releasing new features. If you are from Sellfy and is reading this blogpost, please do give a shoutout!

Friday, April 07, 2017

Wordpress Tutorials For Selling Digital Goods

Wordpress is probably one of the best free Content Management System and a lot of online marketers use it to sell and deliver their digital products. Here are some quick tutorials on how you can make the most out of Wordpress and secure your site.

How To Disable Wordpress Autosave


How To Protect Your Download Pages in Wordpress


How To Secure Your Wordpress Site


There are countless more possibilities and options to customise your Wordpress installation. I will share more video tutorials in the near future. Enjoy the upcoming weekend!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Registering a Malaysian Child Born in the United Kingdom



Congratulations on your newborn. Now the fun begins. Are you aware that you have 12 months from your newborn's birth to get them registered at the Embassy. I am sharing the below based on an application for a child with two Malaysian parents. I am not sure what the variations will be if one of the parents are not Malaysian but hope you will find the below useful based on my recent application for my newborn.

Malaysian Birth Certificate (Borang W) & Passport

Passport Size Pictures (35mm wide and 50mm in length)

- 2 x Passport Size Photographs with Blue Background for Birth Certificate
- 2 x Passport Size Photographs with White Background for Passport

Documents Needed (Original & 3 Copies)

- You will need the full UK Birth Certificate
- Both Parents IC
- Both Parents Current Passport
- Both UK Parents Biometric Resident Permit
- Parents Marriage Certificate

You will need 2 copies for the Birth Certificate Application and 1 copy for the passport application. For documents like your Identity Card and Biometric Resident Permit, you will need to photocopy the front and the back of the card.

Forms

There are no forms that you can obtained online and will have to fill two copies at the embassy. You will not need to fill in a separate form for their passport.


Payment

No card payment facilities are available, so it is best you bring exact change.
Borang W: £10.00.
Passport Application: £21.00

Same Day Collection

One of the thing that deserves praise is the same day collection of the documents. The newborn does not need to be there for the collection of the forms and passport. Make sure you hand in your collection slip over the counter when the embassy re-opens between 1500 - 1600 for collection.

Other Things To Worry About

If you are planning to travel home to Malaysia, do note that you might have issues returning with your child if he or she has not been issue with a dependent visa. So, I would highly recommend that you start any dependent visa application and obtaining it first before heading back.

Disclaimer

Lastly, I don't work for the embassy and this is not an official site. For any up to date information, always contact the Malaysian embassy in London directly. You can visit their official website for their contact details.

Hope you found this useful. Lastly, make sure you check my tip on getting free life insurance cover that will benefit your child.

Monday, April 03, 2017

2017 TopCashBack Easter Giveaway Answers

TopCashBack is a cashback website and it is giving away £10,000 in total prizes till 18/04/2017. All you have to do to is to start solving their daily clues and start collecting easter eggs. Certain multiples of the same easter eggs will unlock some of cash prizes in various denominations up to £100 and there is a mega prize draw for £1000.

To make it simpler for you, below are the answers by dates.

03/04/2017 - Groupon
04/04/2017 - EE Broadband
05/04/2017 - Fidelity Stocks & Shares ISA Cashback
06/04/2017 - La Redoute
07/04/2017 - Plusnet Broadband
08/04/2017 - Marks & Spencer
09/04/2017 - Not On The High Street
10/04/2017 - Expedia
11/04/2017 - BT Broadband
12/04/2017 - Very
13/04/2017 - PlusNet Mobile
14/04/2017 - Hive
15/04/2017 - AO.com
16/04/2017 - Now TV
17/04/2017 - Hotels.com

Good luck!

If you are not yet a member, please do sign up and start earning cashback on your purchases from your favourite online stores including eBay & Groupon. Thanks in advance if you signed up through my link!

Enjoy and good luck!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Favourite Sites For Free Stock Images



Maintaining my mindset of frugality, I try to source everything I use for free. Here are my favourite sites for free stock photos. All the sites below claim to provide pictures with CC0 License.



Pexels - A searchable directory of images free for both personal and commercial use. Most of the images I use to complement my posts are from this page. The search tool here is powerful and I am often not disappointed by the selection



Pixabay - A similar searchable directory of images free for both personal and commercial use.



StockSnap - A growing repository of high resolution pictures with hundreds added weekly. This is perfect for wallpapers.

Use the images from the sites above in your projects, websites or digital products without having to pay a bomb.

Hope you have found this post useful and that it added some sites in your repertoire. Have fun and enjoy what is left of your weekend!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Using Free Online Storage To Host Your Digital Files

Most of online sellers would agree that the cost of storage of your digital files would probably be one of the highest and some hosting companies place restriction on the sites from hosting too many files. Don't worry, with my principle of being frugal, there are countless of free or cheap online cloud storage companies that you can use to host your files. Here are some of my favourite ones and tutorials on how to use them.

Dropbox - Click here to sign up for free account


Amazon S3 - First year free


Mediafire - Free account serve ads and might not be as professional for your customers


There are hundreds more company that I did not have a chance to mention in this post but feel free to do your research. One word of caution is that with many companies offering a freemium model, it is best to stick with the ones that have been around the block for a little bit longer.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Free Life Insurance for a Year



I digress a bit from my usual posts. Just had a one month old baby and thought this is worth sharing. Although the payout is not huge for some, it seems like a good cover for free if you are a resident in the UK. All it takes is a couple of minutes of registering online (no credit card needed, so you don't have to worry about automatic renewal) with the provider and you get a free one year cover for £15,000. Each parent can register for up to 8 child if they meet the age criteria.

So, if you have one child and both parents register with a provider, you will get £30,000 cover and if you have two child, your joint cover can increase to £60,000.

Sainsbury's

This covers the parent for £15,000. You will need to be a parent above 18 years old and your child have not reached their 5th Birthday. This is underwritten by Legal & General and you can apply with them directly.

Post Office

This covers the parent for £15,000. This is only available to children below 4 years old. The insurance is underwritten by he Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited and I can't find a link to directly register with them.

Aviva

This covers the parent for £15,000. Similar to Legal & General, this is only available to children below 4 years old.

After completing your registration, you will usually get an e-mail confirmation and letter sent to your home with the details. Make sure your loved ones are made well aware.

Hope you found this post useful and until next time. See ya!