The Naked Man in the Sauna

 * Why I won’t recommend today’s bestselling product…

Hi,

I had intended to start the day today with a nice quiet sauna at my health club. Delia was off doing aqua exercises in the pool with a couple of dozen other ladies and my reward for driving her there was a half hour of peace and quiet.

Sadly, that wasn’t to be.

I had just settled in and was warming up nicely when a stark naked man came in to join me. Although the sauna is male only (in the men’s changing room) almost everyone wears swimming shorts or at least wraps a towel around themselves.

Not this guy. He didn’t care who saw what, even if ‘what’ wasn’t much to write home about. He was also one of those most annoying of people – a compulsive talker.

Within a few seconds my peace was destroyed and my one-word answers to his incessant and increasingly personal questions didn’t deter him in the least.

Eventually he finished telling me about himself and wanted to know what I do for a living. I hoped that ‘retired’ would deter further questions, but it didn’t because then he wanted to know what I was retired from. So I gave another one-word answer: ‘writer’.

Big mistake.

I will spare you the confusion as he got his head around the fact that I don’t write fiction, don’t work for a newspaper and that he won’t find my work in a bookstore or library. When I mentioned that I write on the Internet his head almost exploded.

I desperately wanted him to shut up so I could enjoy my sauna in peace, but instead found myself explaining about online newsletters. He wanted to know what subjects he could write on – because by now he had decided that it sounded easy so he would have to have a go himself.

I told him that a newsletter can be on any subject, that I write in general about Internet marketing but I have a friend who wrote a newsletter for violin teachers. (Shout out to Howard.)

If I thought his head had exploded at the mention of making money via the Internet, that last fact really agitated him.

“How does he get readers? Surely it must be difficult to find them.”

“Not too hard,” I said, “I’m sure there are forums and online support groups to tap into.”

“But why don’t the police shut them down?”

“The police?” Now I was confused.

Then the penny dropped. “I said violin teachers – not violent teachers.”

On Friday I’m going to a 3-day IM seminar in London. I will be my first in 5 years. Curiously, after paying via their website I got an email confirmation, which was basically a Q-code ticket, but since then, nothing.

I hope it is still going ahead!

The Friday after, October 26th, is the next London Lunch. If you are in the UK and fancy an afternoon (and possibly half the evening) chatting about making money online, it would be great to see you.

All the details are at All About the London Lunch

Incidentally, Sarah Staar will be there, so be prepared to learn loads because she is always testing new ideas!

I bought a product this morning that I hoped would be suitable to recommend to you. It is called Velocitii and comes from a guy called Mosh Bari. I have yet to assess the product, but even if it turns out to be good, I wouldn’t feel right recommending it. Why? Because before I even got to it, I had to endure 10 upsells!

Ten!

I am a marketer, I understand upsells. They are the way most marketers actually get to make a profit from their promotions. Two or three are acceptable. Maybe even four. But to have to wade through TEN hard sells before you can get to the product you have just bought is waaayyy over the top. In fact it makes you (well, me) dislike the product and the name behind it.

Also, the fact that it is today’s top selling product on Warrior+ makes me think that most of the affiliates promoting it haven’t bothered to buy it themselves.

Speaking of names behind it, I have already found myself on two people’s email lists as a result of buying this one product. I wonder how many more will get my email address?

And speaking of email lists, I got a ‘newsletter’ today from someone called Richard Christopher (no, never heard of him), which started out with:

“Hey guys!

“You are getting this mail only because you have been part of one of our products Conjuregram, Socivideo, wptheme, vidcurator, wptheme.”

I don’t think I have been ‘part’ of any of those products, or even bought them. So another one to report as spam, I guess.

If I sound a bit grumpy it is because I am writing this from a hospital waiting area, where I will eventually get to see a urologist about my appearing/disappearing kidney stone. Time goes so slowly when you are waiting to see a doctor, but at least the NHS has decent WiFi broadband.

So, from a product I won’t recommend, to one I certainly do…

A few weeks ago I recommended a really good PLR product, which almost 100 Kickstart readers bought.

PLR can be so variable. Most of it is unutterably awful, but every once in a while someone comes along who understands that junk doesn’t cut it. That quality is the secret to success in the PLR world.

I recently found another PLR creator/vendor who I really rate highly: JR Lang.

The product in question is billed as a ‘Giant Content Pack with PLR rights’ and giant it certainly is – there are over 300 pieces of high quality and diverse Health content. That’s a direct quote from the salespage, but I wouldn’t repeat it it if it wasn’t true.

The pack contains an ebook, reports, videos, articles infographics, sales materials and more.

Take a look for yourself at
Life Strategies PLR

Warning: the sales page is really busy – I guess it has to be to explain all 300+ items in the pack! If you don’t want to read every word, just scroll right to the end of the page for the Buy Button.

Upsells: No, there are NOT 10! There are 3 upsells, all of which are for different – and equally good – packs of PLR content. And any one of which I would recommend if it were the main product.

A great PLR product that I DO recommend

Have a great day!

Best wishes,

Martin

How I built an audience by accident…

* How I built an audience of 10,000+ in under 30
days – more later…

Hi,

The last time I wrote to you we were on holiday in
the lovely island of Jersey. Since then things
have been manic.

One day after we got home, Delia complained of
really severe stomach pains (to be accurate, under
her right lower ribs). As it showed no signs of
abating, I took her to hospital where, eventually,
they admitted her. Lots of test, scans and several
doctors later, it was decided that she was
suffering from pancreatitis – a very painful
inflammation of the pancreas. There was no sign of
infection, so the cause was a mystery, but the
doctor’s solution was to put her on a saline drip
and have her nil by mouth for 4 days. The thinking
was that without food or drink, the pancreas would
have a chance to settle down.

Luckily, it did. After a truly horrible 4 nights
in a 2-bed hospital room with a woman who cried
all day and sang all night, wet herself and threw
up, Delia was very glad to come home. And I was
glad to no longer have to visit her in the chamber
of horrors!

This year has been a nightmare, health-wise, and
both of us are hoping to return to full health
very soon.

Meanwhile, the doctors gave Delia a stern warning
about the dangers of alcohol – almost amusing
considering that two glasses of wine about once a
month is her limit! Now she is frightened to even
have that.

Still, on the bright side, my pancreas is fine, so
I’m happy to finish the bottle for her.

Then a weird coincidence happened. Our youngest
cat, Poppy, went off her food, started throwing up
and generally showed signs of being rather poorly.
A fast, late-night trip to the vet resulted in an
initial diagnosis of suspected pancreatitis! As it
happened, that diagnosis was soon superceded by
utter confusions as none of the tests they did
have shown any definite cause. So, poor little
Poppy spent a week in ‘hospital’ and is only now
showing signs of her old self again.

�3000 later.

Thank heaven for pet insurance.

Oh, the sublime logic of children.

Our granddaughter spent the day with us today and
was watching some cartoon on TV. I said she could
watch one more and no more, and we both held up
our index finger to make sure she got the point.

At the end of the cartoon, she said, “Another one
please Pappy.”

I said, “We agreed one more and no more, didn’t
we.” And held up my finger again.

Quick as a flash she said, “Oh, but I have another
one on the other hand.” And to prove it, held up
her index finger on her left hand.

I’m sure I wasn’t so clever at three.

Mind you, she was pretending to do magic and tried
to say the magic word Abracadabra. Imagine how we
laughed when what she actually said was
Africadabra.

Then later announced that her daddy’s car had to
go in for a cervix.

Just been shopping for a pair of casual trousers.

Who knew it would be so frustrating.

It seems that ‘Slim Fit’ is the new normal on the
High Street. Sadly, slim fit I’m not, nor have
been for many years.

Tapered Fit was an alternative, but in the fitting
room I struggled to get my feet through the oh-so-
tiny tapered opening.

What I wanted was good old Regular Fit, but not
only were such anachronistic beasts harder to find
than fresh dinosaur tracks, but when I did
discover some covered in dust at the back of a
shelf, they were all inside leg sizes fit for
someone far shorter that one of Snow White’s seven
friends.

I can just about understand that the chain stores
that cater for callow youths might wish to ignore
fossilized ancients like myself, but Marks and
Spencer – the go-to store for the over 50 market –
was just as bad.

Speaking of ‘good old’ M&S, I also wanted a new
dinner shirt. What a miserable selection! The only
one that was half-way decent in my collar size
had, as standard, a sleeve length that is a good 2
and a half inches too long for me. No other
choices.

Apparently they cater mainly for ultra skinny
knuckle grazers nowadays.

Another customer forced to shop online, and
another nail in the coffin of the soon-to-be
extinct High Street.

Since my vacation I have been sorting out my email
accounts. I have three main accounts and each one
had well over 10,000 emails sitting in its inbox.
What I needed was a radical unsubscribe and delete
session, so that’s exactly what I’ve done.

First I set up new filters to move emails I want
to folders I recognize. Then arranged them within
those folders to I could easily and quickly
identify emails from people I want to hear from.

Next I tackled all the hundreds of ‘newsletters’
(more often than not badly written ads) that I
seem to have managed to subscribe to. Most of
these were from people I have never heard of, so
how I got on their lists I have no idea.

I know I buy more IM products than most, but even
that doesn’t account for the volume of lists I
seem to get on – or the fact that the senders are
completely unknown to me.

Unsubscribing was quite easy, but I noticed that
the vast majority – probably 90% or so – came via
an autoresponder service called ConvertKit. I
don’t know much about ConvertKit, but since most
of the emails I have received via their service
seem to be either spam or borderline, perhaps
that’s for the best.

It will be interesting to see if the unsubscribes
are actually honored. So far I have had a few
emails from people I have already unsubbed from,
so I am diligently reporting them as spam.

The overall result has been that all three inboxes
now have fewer than 500 emails each, and the
numbers are still dwindling. Perhaps inbox zero
won’t happen, but I’ll get close!

A few years ago my friend Phil Wiley said that the
next big thing would be Pinterest. I couldn’t see
it myself. Lots of people posting random pictures
didn’t interest me and I thought it would turn out
to be a here-today-gone-tomorrow site.

Wrong.

Pinterest has grown to over 200 million users and
the ease with which you can grow an audience is
staggering.

As an experiment, I put myself on it a few weeks
ago and just repinned (Pinterestese for reposted)
other people’s stuff. I concentrated on two areas
I like – cakes and succulents for no other reason
than I found lots of ‘pins’ that I liked in those
categories.

With absolutely no effort other than repinning
stuff that interests me, my ‘audience’ has grown
incredibly fast.

Over the last 7 days Pinterest tells me that on
average my pins (or, at least the pins of other
people that I have reposted) got 546 daily
impressions from 385 daily viewers.

Even more impressive, apparently my total audience
over the last 30 days has been 10,000!

But, that is just a passive audience for me. By
repinning other peoples’ stuff, I am building my
own audience, sure, but I’m mainly putting other
peoples’ stuff in front of more eyeballs.

It is, however, proof that Pinterest IS a force to
be reckoned with and a GREAT way to build an
audience fast.

Up to now I hadn’t seen much in the way of info
products that explain all the detailed ins and
outs of Pinterest, and importantly, how to harness
its enormous audience-reaching potential. I have
seen a few pretty rubbish PLR ebooks, but they
were very basic and largely out of date. Pinterest
is still in its infancy and so changes quite
often.

Then I stumbled across an ebook that was launched
a couple of weeks ago called The Pin Code 3.0 by
Amanda Craven. I suspect that the 3.0 indicates
that it has been around for a while and that
Amanda has just updated it.

It has blown everything else I’ve seen and read
about Pinterest out of the water.

Armed with the knowledge that Amanda imparts I now
feel confident to take my Pinterest activity to
the next level – and build a rabid, responsive
audience for myself.

She tells you how to do that and far more.

I think the sales page had three upsells, all very
relevant to the main product, and, unusually for
me, I bought two of them as they were exactly what
I wanted and not at all expensive.

I recommend The Pin Code 3.0 for anyone who wants
to harness the huge opportunity that Pinterest
offers to build audiences, drive traffic and
generate sales.

And even if those aren’t your current focus, I
still recommend it simply because Pinterest is a
really important part of the Internet right now
and the more you can learn about it the better.

Amanda has emailed me to say that her initial
launch period ended a week or so ago (I’m coming
to this rather late in the day) and that she will
be raising the price very soon.

http://kickstartrecommends.com/pincode3

Incidentally, don’t just take my word that Pin
Code 3.0 is a really good product. I just checked
its sales stats at JVZoo and so far it is showing
500+ sales with ZERO refunds. That is almost
unheard of!

Have a great day!

Best wishes,

Martin Avis
Kickstart Newsletter

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I’m giving away money…

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Who wants to win $20?

Let's have some fun.

Andrew Hansen's free report has got a lot of people excited. I have had loads of emails from people saying how much they have enjoyed reading it and how inspirational it is.

"Great knowledge and excellent reading."

"Thanks for that gem."

"Thanks Martin, great report, most informative."

I couldn't agree more.

Which is why I don't understand why every Kickstart reader hasn't downloaded it!

I mentioned yesterday that only about 30% of readers who had gone to Andrew's page had actually downloaded the report. That figure is up over 50% now, but that means there are still hundreds missing out.

And that's a huge shame.

Don't be one of them!

Today Andrew has just released a second free report. This one is a bit shorter (just 19 pages) but it is still packed with jaw-dropping info that you will love to read.

It is a case study of one of Andrew's students who is making over $2500 a month (some months five times that) 'working' just a hour a month on his site. I just downloaded and read it myself and it is a really good read.

Download - Case Study: $2500 a Month, Working 1 Hour a Month

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Here's where we can all have a bit of fun.

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If you haven't got the first one yet, you can still get it from

Download - The 5 Steps Digital Asset Process

Now, read both reports and answer the following two easy questions:

A...Report 1: On page 43, what is there nothing prohibiting you from getting in 2018?

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Send me your answers (they are really easy) to competition@kickstartnewsletter.com with COMPETITION as the subject line.

All the correct answers will go into a prize draw and on Sunday I will award $20 to each of five lucky winners whose names get pulled out of the hat.

It is as simple as that. Just download and read two FREE reports, answer two very simple questions, drop me an email and you'll have FOUR chances to win $20, which I will send to the lucky winners by PayPal.

I just wish I could enter myself - after all, I've read the reports and I know the answers!


Have a great day!

Best wishes,

Martin Avis
Kickstart Newsletter

 

Don’t open this if…

...you've already read it.

This is a resend of yesterday's Kickstart sent only
to readers who have not been flagged as having opened
it. Open statistics are notoriously unreliable, so
apologies if you are getting this in error.

On the other hand, only about 30% of those who DID
open it actually went to get the free report that
is mentioned down below, so if you haven't got it yet,
now is a good time.

The report will only be available for a short time,
and as it is so incredibly inspirational, it would
be a real pity to miss out.

-------------------------------------------------


There is nothing for you to buy in today's Kickstart,
but there is something for you to get for nothing.
More on that in a minute.

-----

Sorry about the poor formatting of today's edition -
I'm writing this from a hotel bedroom and don't have
access to my normal HTML editing software.

We are staying overnight in a lovely boutique hotel
near Worthing, Sussex (along England's south coast)
because we are about to visit with family who are
over from their home in Japan. Delia and I are great
uncle and aunt to their children and we haven't seen
them for about 4 years. I expect they have grown - and
that their English will put us to shame!


Tomorrow we are visiting with more relatives - Delia's
cousin and her husband - so it is a packed trip.

-----

Define 'Soon'.

19 years ago Delia and I both read a paperback novel
that had, emblazoned on its front cover, "Soon to be a
Major Movie".

That was great news, we thought, because it was an
action-packed story that just begged to be seen on
the big screen.

Hollywood moves in mysterious ways though and the
promised movie never came. Over the years we have both
commented that it was a pity.

But the Hollywood 'soon' was, apparently still alive.

Two nights ago we went to the cinema to see the movie
The Meg - the film version of the 1999 book, 'Meg', and
the one we had been waiting for all these years!

Was it worth the wait? Was it just another take on Jaws,
only with a bigger fish?

Yes and kinda.

Despite the trailors making the film look rather hammy
(but then Jason Statham is always rather hammy), it
turned out to be rather good. In fact, it was a real
knicker-gripper. No toilet breaks permitted.

And yes, it is a bit of a Jaws on Steroids. But then,
Jaws was pretty exciting and multiply the size of the
shark by three and there are all kinds of added
possibilities for it to bite through.

"I think we need a bigger boat" doesn't quite cut it!

We both loved The Meg, but still can't quite get our
heads around 19 years being 'soon!.

-----


He doesn't come out to play anymore...

Over the years my London Lunches have attracted all
kinds of people - from absolute beginners to high-income
Internet experts. The one thing that is common is that
almost without exception, everyone who has attended
over the 13 years we have been meeting has been pleasant
to meet and generous with their time and knowledge.

One person who typifies that generosity is a guy by
the name of Andrew Hansen. You may remember me talking
about him before. He has been super successful for over
ten years and his methods have always been based on
sound principles - no flash in the pan hype and
nonsense for Andrew.

Andrew doesn't come to the London Lunches any more though.

Thankfully that's not a reflection on the lunches, but
more on the fact that he has gone off to live in Australia.

Mind you, he IS Australian, so I guess he has good reason.

It has been a sad loss the UK Internet marketing community
because Andrew has always been at the forefront of sharing
his knowledge and expertise.

Well, we can all benefit from that expertise now, no
matter where in the world we are, because Andrew has
recently produced a free report called
'The 5-step Digital Asset Process That Took a Simple
Content Website From $68 per Month to $17,968 per Month.'

I have to say that inspirational and educational though
it undoubtedly is, Andrew's skill at writing a concise
title leaves a bit to be desired! 🙂

However, to quote Ronseal, it does what it says on the tin.

Andrew covers...

- The kind of markets you should enter to maximise
profits
- How you can create one piece of content that earns
$76 per month and then scale it up to create a
full-time income
- The kind of sites you should build - and live
examples of how those sites can earn 4 or even 5
figures a month
- How you can make site that you then sell for up
to 30 times their monthly profit. In other words, how
you can build a site that earns $1000 a month and then
sell it for $30,000.

There is even more good stuff covered, but you'll
soon see for yourself.

If you bought either of the affiliate marketing products
I have recommended over the last week, or downloaded
my own free ebook primer, you'll LOVE Andrew's free report.

And if you didn't, but still think that Internet marketing
is a good idea if only you could find REAL, ACTIONABLE
advice, you'll LOVE Andrew's free report.

Grab it here: http://avisc.dgworth.hop.clickbank.net/?x=launchreport

Sorry about the ugly URL.

Now Delia and I are off to meet the family.

Best wishes,

Martin Avis
Kickstart Newsletter

He doesn’t come out to play anymore…

There is nothing for you to buy in today's Kickstart,
but there is something for you to get for nothing.
More on that in a minute.

-----

Sorry about the poor formatting of today's edition -
I'm writing this from a hotel bedroom and don't have
access to my normal HTML editing software.

We are staying overnight in a lovely boutique hotel
near Worthing, Sussex (along England's south coast)
because we are about to visit with family who are
over from their home in Japan. Delia and I are great
uncle and aunt to their children and we haven't seen
them for about 4 years. I expect they have grown - and
that their English will put us to shame!


Tomorrow we are visiting with more relatives - Delia's
cousin and her husband - so it is a packed trip.

-----

Define 'Soon'.

19 years ago Delia and I both read a paperback novel
that had, emblazoned on its front cover, "Soon to be a
Major Movie".

That was great news, we thought, because it was an
action-packed story that just begged to be seen on
the big screen.

Hollywood moves in mysterious ways though and the
promised movie never came. Over the years we have both
commented that it was a pity.

But the Hollywood 'soon' was, apparently still alive.

Two nights ago we went to the cinema to see the movie
The Meg - the film version of the 1999 book, 'Meg', and
the one we had been waiting for all these years!

Was it worth the wait? Was it just another take on Jaws,
only with a bigger fish?

Yes and kinda.

Despite the trailors making the film look rather hammy
(but then Jason Statham is always rather hammy), it
turned out to be rather good. In fact, it was a real
knicker-gripper. No toilet breaks permitted.

And yes, it is a bit of a Jaws on Steroids. But then,
Jaws was pretty exciting and multiply the size of the
shark by three and there are all kinds of added
possibilities for it to bite through.

"I think we need a bigger boat" doesn't quite cut it!

We both loved The Meg, but still can't quite get our
heads around 19 years being 'soon!.

-----


He doesn't come out to play anymore...

Over the years my London Lunches have attracted all
kinds of people - from absolute beginners to high-income
Internet experts. The one thing that is common is that
almost without exception, everyone who has attended
over the 13 years we have been meeting has been pleasant
to meet and generous with their time and knowledge.

One person who typifies that generosity is a guy by
the name of Andrew Hansen. You may remember me talking
about him before. He has been super successful for over
ten years and his methods have always been based on
sound principles - no flash in the pan hype and
nonsense for Andrew.

Andrew doesn't come to the London Lunches any more though.

Thankfully that's not a reflection on the lunches, but
more on the fact that he has gone off to live in Australia.

Mind you, he IS Australian, so I guess he has good reason.

It has been a sad loss the UK Internet marketing community
because Andrew has always been at the forefront of sharing
his knowledge and expertise.

Well, we can all benefit from that expertise now, no
matter where in the world we are, because Andrew has
recently produced a free report called
'The 5-step Digital Asset Process That Took a Simple
Content Website From $68 per Month to $17,968 per Month.'

I have to say that inspirational and educational though
it undoubtedly is, Andrew's skill at writing a concise
title leaves a bit to be desired! 🙂

However, to quote Ronseal, it does what it says on the tin.

Andrew covers...

- The kind of markets you should enter to maximise
profits
- How you can create one piece of content that earns
$76 per month and then scale it up to create a
full-time income
- The kind of sites you should build - and live
examples of how those sites can earn 4 or even 5
figures a month
- How you can make site that you then sell for up
to 30 times their monthly profit. In other words, how
you can build a site that earns $1000 a month and then
sell it for $30,000.

There is even more good stuff covered, but you'll
soon see for yourself.

If you bought either of the affiliate marketing products
I have recommended over the last week, or downloaded
my own free ebook primer, you'll LOVE Andrew's free report.

And if you didn't, but still think that Internet marketing
is a good idea if only you could find REAL, ACTIONABLE
advice, you'll LOVE Andrew's free report.

Grab it here: Get Andrew's Report Free


Now Delia and I are off to meet the family.

Best wishes,

Martin Avis
Kickstart Newsletter

Guess what made me the most money ever…

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I've said it before, and no doubt I'll say it again ... the way coffee is sold in coffee shops and cafeterias is soooo frustrating. I just had to wait 15 minute in line to get a bowl of porridge and a black filter coffee at Sainsbury's. They insist on selling weird and wonderful 'coffee' that takes ten minutes per cup to 'craft' and then put the least experienced dimwit in charge of the coffee machine.

Filter Coffee

Why do I have to queue for so long behind people waiting for their sugar-laden caffeine-based designer creations anyway? Surely people who just want a filter coffee poured out of a jug can be fast-tracked to their own barista? Barista. What a silly word to describe someone who froths milk and gets a whole line of people agitated.



Did you download the free book I gave away recently? It is a decent primer on affiliate marketing that I have bought the rights to. There is no obligation - I won't even ask your name. Just think of it as a bonus for reading Kickstart.

The link, which you can find on the new Kickstart Archive blog at This Post will be deactivated in a day or so, so make sure to download it while you can.



Phone ScamI wrote on Facebook the other day about the slew of phishing phone calls I have received since having a minor accident in my car. Every day some parasitical scumbag phones me up saying they are from one official-sounding company or another. For the most part they are easy to spot as frauds and easy to dismiss. However some of them seem to know a little too much private information and so can appear quite convincing.

The kind of info they know can only have come from one of three sources: the insurance company, the repair shop or the loaner car hire firm. Of course, all three deny that they would ever pass on customers' information to third parties.

However, just because the corporate entities won't, doesn't mean that one of their staff is immune to the odd back-hander.

On Monday I had six fake calls and frankly, it is driving me crazy. It isn't possible to block them because they withhold their number (a sign that the call is fake anyway!)

So here is what I have done. I called up the insurance company and told them all about the problem. The guy was very sympathetic, but said there wasn't really anything they could do.

There is something, I told him. Here's what...

I instructed him to contact each of the companies I must legitimately deal with - the insurers themselves, the garage and the car hire firm - and to inform them that I will not speak to them, or answer any of their stupid data protection questions, unless they can first provide me with a password that I told him to set up.

He agreed, and even said that other customers have asked for the same thing.

Yesterday (Tuesday) I had three fake calls. Each time the first thing I said was 'Before we say anything else, what is the password?' All three hung up immediately.

It may not stop the pond-dwellers calling, but it stops me getting riled up and giving them more information about myself by accident.




A few people have asked me if I can recommend a video course on affiliate marketing. To be perfectly honest, I do own the rights to a couple, but they are pretty awful. Not only would I not offer them for sale, but I wouldn't even give them away.

Bad information is corrosive. Such video products can only serve to put people off what is a genuinely real business option. And a potentially easy-to-run and highly profitable one at that.

So I went searching.

As always I bought several products that made huge promises, but found the reality to be far less. They tended to be rehashed, out-dated and not worth the money they cost.

I had almost given up hope of finding a really good video course on affiliate marketing until I stumbled on one that bucked the trend.

It is called Affiliatio and comes from Trevor Carr, Jonas Lindgren and Bauke Vreeswijk.

Affiliatio


Get Affiliatio Here

Affiliatio launched back in June, so it is very recent (and hence up-to-date) and has enjoyed really good sales. More importantly, the refund rate of just 1% is incredibly low, so you can be sure this is a high quality product.

There is another reason you can be sure: I am working my way through the 32 videos (across 4 main modules and a bonus one) and am here to tell you that it is very, very good.

After the massive sales of Affiliate Marketer's Little Black Book, and the many emails I have received as a result, one thing I know that Kickstart readers are particularly interested in is the upsells. It is a fact of modern marketing, both online and off, that most sales will be followed by a number of upsell offers. Unless the upsells are completely off topic, I tend to see this as a good thing because it gives you an opportunity to get really good products at much reduced prices. And, even if I'm not interested in them, clicking the 'no thanks' link (usually conveniently at the bottom of the page) isn't really a bother.

Affiliatio has three upsells. The first is an opportunity to buy giveaway rights to two of the teams hot selling products. In addition, you get a commission boost (to 75%) on all the upsells each product offers. You can make your money back in no time with theses, simply by giving them away.

The second upsell is a low cost course on how to profit from using Facebook ads. Considering how many people struggle with FB ads, this is a cheap way to pick the brains of someone who really knows their way around this medium.

Finally, you'll be offered the Licence rights to Affiliatio, and its entire backend, so that you'll get 100% commissions on the entire funnel.

I didn't personally buy any of the upsells, and you don't need to in order to get full value out of the Affiliatio video course. However, these are three excellent offers and worth considering.

Bauke is a super affiliate on a variety of networks, including Warrior Plus and JVZoo. However even on ClickBank - which many affiliate tend to ignore these days - he made over $55,000 last year!

If you want to learn the affiliate marketing ropes, these are the kind of guys to learn from. People who really understand and do it - not just write about it, like so many product vendors do.

One important thing to note... just because we are online marketers there is a tendency to see affiliate marketing as just an extension of that. In other words, a lot of affiliate marketers focus on selling to the Internet marketing crowd. BIG MISTAKE! The Affiliatio course covers affiliate marketing to all kinds of niches.

I'll let you into a secret... although affiliate marketing in the IM niche is a big part of my own business, here are three facts about my income that I don't normally share:

1. My biggest EVER single commission was for a boat!

2. The product which I have sold the most units of in my entire online career was a Clickbank ebook on weightlifting!

3. Although I own quite a few IM-related domain names, the non-IM ones I own outnumber them by 4 to 1.

All of which shows that affiliate marketing is huge and that there is a niche for you (or, once you are up and running, many niches!)

The Affiliatio course will get you up and running fast.

Get Affiliatio Here

 


Best wishes,

Martin Avis
Kickstart Newsletter


 

Addressing Some Questions

So many people have bought The Internet Marketer's Little Black Book in the last few days that I thought I would address a few issues.

Questions about The Affiliate Marketer's Little Black Book...

1. One or two people have had problems getting the product. If you don't get an immediate email, check inside your JVZoo 'Products Purchased' account and it should be downloadable from there

In all cases where this has occurred that I am aware of, an email to support got the problem resolved really fast.

2. Yes, the price is going up. When I first wrote to you it was $7, but now it is $8 - and rising all the time. Apart from the incremental increases, which add a cent for every few sales, at midnight tonight the price is set to rise again. I don't know yet by how much.

The solution is to buy it now while the price is the lowest you will see it at.

http://kickstartrecommends.com/IMLBB

3. I've had emails asking if there are upsells. Yes there are. I can't think of a single marketer these days who sells anything without trying to sell you more!

In the case of The Affiliate Marketer's Little Black Book, there are two: a really useful membership site and a handy piece of software. Neither are necessary for you to buy, but either of them could make life easier for you.

Yes, the OTOs can be annoying, but when they are for decent products in their own right, they are also an opportunity for you to pick up something really useful for a lot less than the regular price.

Personally I think that clicking the 'No Thanks' link at the bottom of every upsell page is a small price to pay to get great products cheap. Think of upsells like TV ads - a necessary evil!

4. A few cynics have asked if I really stand behing the book or if I'm just promoting it for the money.

Well, in today's marketplace I can understand why the question might be asked. But the truth is that I would never promote anything 'just for the money'. No amount of quick cash is worth me spoiling my reputation - least of all a book that is just $7!

The Affiliate Marketer's Little Black Book is, in my honest opinion, one of the best ebook on advanced affiliate marketing techniques that I have ever read.

Is that clear enough?

http://kickstartrecommends.com/IMLBB

Questions about Kickstart in general...

1. "Why did I get today's Kickstart twice?"

I sent Kickstart out a second time, intending for it to only go to people who hadn't opened it the first time. Unfortunately, the way 'opens' are measured is by your email program reacting to an invisible pixel embedded in the email and this only works if you view the email in its intended HTML version. People who only open emails as plain text (and so don't see the fancy formatting and pictures) don't get tracked.

To stop duplicates from me - and other email senders - look for something in your email program that says 'view HTML' or 'show remote content' or something similar. This will ensure you get tagged.

2. You mentioned 'yesterday's Kickstart', with the subject line, "I was rushed into hospital - and had a great idea". I don't seem to have received it.

As of today I have restarted the archive of Kickstart issues at http://kickstartnewsletter.com

That issue (be warned it is over 2500 words long) is the second on the list at the right of the page.

3. Here is another question that has come up from a lot of readers - who DID get the 'I was rushed into hospital' email...

"In your piece about the Affiliate Marketer's Little Black Book' you said that there are lots of ebooks available that teach the basics of affiliate marketing. Can you recommend one?"

I can do better than that. I can give you one!

I have the rights to an excellent primer on affiliate marketing called Affiliate Rocket. It is a 106 page ebook that teaches you the fundamentals of affiliate marketing from Amazon to Email, with niche websites included along the way.

I would normally sell this book for $7, but have decided to give away a copy free to any Kickstart reader who want it - whether you have bought Raj Riyat's Affiliate Marketer's Little Black Book or not.

Click here to Download with my compliments:

 http://kickstartnewsletter.com/bonuses/AffiliateRocket/AffiliateRocket.zip


Best wishes,

Martin Avis
Kickstart Newsletter

Mammoth Kickstart Part 2 – What I missed out yesterday

One thing I have always enjoyed as a part of what I do
online is playing around with pictures and graphics. I'm not
brilliant at it, and for anything important I use
professional help, but tinkering around with graphics is
rather satisfying.

I'm also dead cheap. I refuse to invest in eye-wateringly
expensive programs like Photoshop. I do use The GIMP, and
very good it is too, but the learning curve is steep. I tend
to spend longer trying to figure out how to do something
than actually getting it done. Most of the time I try to get
by on a very old version of Paint Shop Pro.

But I have to admit that PSP is showing signs of cobwebs.

As a result I have been trying out various online options
like Canva. While they are okay, I still find them limited.
Great for very simple projects but fairly useless if you
want to do anything moderately sophisticated.

I have used freelancer designers, but good though they are,
most of the time I just enjoy doing it myself. For important
graphics, such as ebook covers and website headers I always
turn to a guy called Karl Warren who is reliable, quick and
very good.

Several of my friends know my frustration in this regard and
often recommend new graphics programs, but nothing has
really floated my boat.


Until a couple of days ago when I got an email saying, "Is
this is what you've been looking for?"

The 'this' is a graphics suite called Designa. It is cloud
based, and supposedly drag and drop easy and as versatile as
you could ever need.

And at only $49 (one-time payment) it seemed fairly cheap
too. So I bought it.

What a disappointment. This is a program that has been
promoted like crazy by many of the top affiliate marketers,
but I have to be honest, I doubt any of them used it before
signing its praises.

On the plus side, it is quite easy to use. There are
'modules' for creating regular graphics, an ebook cover
creator, viral quote creator, an ebook layout creator, a
logo creator and a couple of mock up tools (I'm not sure
what they do). Unfortunately, none of the modules are very
sophisticated and the templates supplied are rather
pedestrian.

On the negative side, the program is buggy. It offers
millions of free graphics, but the screen that you get them
from flickers and flashes so badly it is very hard to use.

You can add text to your images, but oddly, there is no
facility to make text bold. Italics and underlines are
covered, but not bold.

When creating an ebook cover you can't save your work - when
you think you are done you go straight to rendering the
graphic. However, if you then want to make changes, you have
to start right from the beginning.

I paid $49 and quickly regretted it. So, unusually for me, I
asked for a refund.

Incidentally, the price has now gone up to $67.

At first I was impressed. I got a speedy reply from the
support email saying that my refund would be processed
shortly.

Then, two days later I got another email from them
apologising for the delay and saying it would be dealt with
'soon'.

It wasn't. I'm a pretty patient kind of guy, but after a
week I emailed them again to remind them. No reply.

So, after 12 days I took a different route. I posted about
the lack of refund on Facebook. I figured that of all my
friends on there, someone must know how to contact the man
behind Designa - Dr. Ope Banwe.

The six degrees of separation principle worked because two
people who read my post were able to reach out to the guy
and ask him to give my request his attention. He did, and I
got my money back a couple of days later.

All good.

Except for the fact that anyone asking for a refund should
get it within 24 hours, and not have to go through hoops to
get the attention of the product vendor.

Also, I had to ask myself, why was the software released
with so many obvious bugs, and why didn't any of the top
name affiliates who had been feverishly pushing it, test the
thing out before saying how wonderful it was?

And one more question, why did Dr Ope Banwe never once ask
me WHY I wanted a refund, or what he could do to make his
product better?

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Delia and I have one of the rarest of things - a weekend
with nothing planned. Bliss! We are normally rushing around
doing 'stuff', enjoying food, drink and company with friends
or family and otherwise being busy. But the stars have
aligned and for the next few days we have nothing that we
have to do.

It does feel strange, and I have no doubt that we will fill
the time. But just for a change, let's enjoy our unusual
freedom.

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A few days ago we went to see two movies: Mamma Mia 2 and
Mission Impossible 4. (Not both on the same day).

Both were excellent films and I would have a hard time
choosing a favorite.

Mamma Mia 2 is very much like Mamma Mia 1 - lots of Abba
music, great scenery, bad singing from Pierce Brosnan, a
cobbled together storyline and loads of smiles. If I wasn't
grinning from ear to ear I was trying hard to stop my eyes
leaking.

The funny thing about the Mamma Mia movies is that they cast
actors who could sing a bit (well actually, the women in
them all sing very well) rather than singers who can act. In
this one they changed things up a bit by having Cher play
grandma.

As soon as Cher opened her mouth to sing Fernando, the
'class' of the movie went up ten notches. Here was a real
singer, making an iconic song her own. It was a wonderful
moment.

I'm tearing up just thinking about it!

Mission Impossible 4 was also amazing. Each instalment of
the story seems to get better and better. I loved all three
of the previous MI movies, but have to admit that 4 is the
best so far. What else can they cram in to these hyper
action films before Tom Cruise's body gives out completely?


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In yesterday's mammoth edition of Kickstart - 'I was rushed
into hospital...and had a great idea' - I recommended a new
ebook by Raj Riyat, called The Affiliate Marketer's Little
Black Book.

http://kickstartrecommends.com/IMLBB

It is a great read. But more than that, it is a complete
blueprint of how super affiliates increase sales and
conversions so that they (and you when you've read it) can
end up with three times the profits that regular affiliates
make. Even when promoting the exact same thing.

The Affiliate Marketer's Little Black Book is a solid 55
pages long. No pictures or fillers. Just pure, golden
content.

It covers seven different ways you can elevate your
affiliate promotions to drive big profits. Some of those
seven strategies include several sub-strategies as well, so
you get even better value.

Now nobody is suggesting you need to use all of those
strategies all of the time. Each one is powerful on its own
and while it is very possible to combine a few at a time,
you don't have to.

This subject is right up my alley (as we say in England)
because affiliate marketing is most of what I do online
these days. I like to think I'm pretty good at it and I
certainly already use some of Raj's strategies to great
effect. But when I read The Affiliate Marketer's Little
Black Book even I was surprised at some of the cool ideas.
Ideas that I am definitely going to use in future.

Earlier today I had a message from Raj himself
congratulating me for being the number one affiliate for his
product so far. Apparently the people (from Kickstart) that
I have sent his way are currently converting at well over
25%, which is very high.

Of course, the book is only $7 (actually a bit more now as
it is on a dimesale) so buying it is not a big investment,
and, anyone can see that it is really something that can
help you make more money. So in a way, I am surprised that
75% of people who read the sales page decided against
buying.

If you were one of them, please let me know why - I won't
try to change your mind, but I am interested in what your
thinking was.

On the other hand, perhaps you'd like to take another look.
The salespage is at http://kickstartrecommends.com/IMLBB

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Best wishes,

Martin Avis
Kickstart Newsletter

I was rushed into hospital – and had a great idea

This is an enormous issue. I do hope you'll find time
to read it all because it has been a labour of love.

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Despite the best of intentions, writing Kickstart has
been very much on the back burner for the last few
months. So if you had noticed that you haven't received
any recent issues, it isn't a deliverability problem,
it is a writing one.

The last few weeks have been challenging and eventful
in the Avis household. First of all poor old Delia was
rushed into hospital for an emergency gall bladder
removal three weeks ago. She is on the mend now and
almost back to normal. Whatever that is!

Then I started to get pain in the exact same place
(below the ribs on the right-hand side), which ended up
in me spending over eight hours in the Accident and
Emergency ward on Thursday. But more on that shortly.

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I know that folks in places like Florida experience
real heat and humidity, but right now this pasty-faced
Sidcup boy is melting. We've had temperatures in the
high 80s, humidity that for us is almost unbearable and
no rain for weeks. The garden is suffering, especially
as we have an advisory to not use hose pipes, and
everyone is moping around like dishrags.

Sunny Sidcup is Sweltering.

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Computers with a terabyte of hard disk space are
commonplace now. Most new laptops come with 1TB built
in hard drives and many have 2TB. That's a number that
I still find incredible. My first computer had an
external hard drive that cost me about #300 ($450) and
it had a massive 5 Gigabytes! I didn't know what to do
with all that space.

Mind you that was also the time of dial up Internet and
that awful screeching noise.

The idea of a Terabyte of storage space was science
fiction. In fact, I remember reading about a 'secret'
US supercomputer that had a terabyte of storage. Only
governments could afford them!

The first commercial 1TB hard drive was released by
Hitachi as recently as 2007. Just 11 years ago.

Today I have just read about a new SD card that holds
128TB!

That's 128 million million, or 128,000,000,000,000
bytes.

Impressive. Until I read on.

The 128TB cards can copy data at a rate of 985 MB per
second, which sounds fast until you do the sums.

Transferring 128TB of data onto one of the new SD cards
would take over 36 hours!

That's a long time watching the little Windows waiting
icon.

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I was rushed to hospital...and had a great idea.

It isn't often that an emergency visit to hospital
turns out to be a positive event, but my recent
'episode' was just that.

A few days after Delia had to have an emergency
operation to remove her gall bladder I started to get
the same pains she had. A sharp pressure-pain just
below the ribs on my right hand side, accompanied by
feelings of nausea.

Surely I couldn't have gall stones as well, that would
be far too great a coincidence. But after a very
uncomfortable night Delia insisted we visited our local
hospital's A&E. I drove, painfully, because it was only
days after her operation and she was still not
permitted behind the wheel.

I saw a triage nurse immediately and was sent to
another department to be attended to. Eight hours, two
blood tests, a urine test, two x-rays, several lengthy
examinations by both doctors and surgeons, and a
comprehensive ultrasound scan later, it was decided I
have kidney stones.

Not as serious as gall stones and not requiring
surgery. However, the passing of them is not something
I am looking forward to.

I must say that the service and care I received at the
Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, London, was
superb. Everyone was super caring, friendly and
professional. I don't think they left a single stone
unturned (pun intended).

Our NHS gets a lot of bad press, but more often than
not they are brilliant.

Towards the end of my visit I was in a room with a
surgeon, a doctor, two nurses, and two student doctors
being debriefed. They explained all they had done, the
prognosis was and what I can expect next. As part of
our chat someone asked me what I do for a living and
when I told them I have been making money via the
Internet for the last 18 years I saw six jaws hit the
floor.

"Is that really a thing?" the doctor asked.

"Are you online 24/7 then?" said one of the nurses.

"Yes and no," I replied. "Yes, it is really a thing. I
know lots of people who do it. And no, it isn't even
close to 24/7. I only work a few hours a week and enjoy
quite a nice lifestyle."

I wasn't showing off. They were all really interested.

The surgeon, of all people, said "Can you teach us?"
All the others nodded eagerly.

I doubt he needs the money, and they all seemed happy
in their work, but there is something about making
money online that seems magical to most people. And
when you tell them that it can be done by anyone with a
few hours a week to spare, the prospect is downright
exciting.

Sadly, in my half-dressed state, and with a sharp,
burning pain in my side, it was neither the time nor
place for me to go into to full on lecture mode. Even
if a room full of dedicated health care professionals
had had an hour or two to spare!

So we all laughed.

But as I was leaving after I'd been discharged, one of
the nurses made a point of coming up to me and saying,
"We'd all love to learn more about what you do."

So here is what I am planning. My new book, The
Kickstart Guide to Making Money Online, is nearly
finished and when it is I will get a few hard copies
printed at Createspace so I can deliver them to my team
at the hospital to say thanks.

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Let's talk about Internet marketing for a change...

At the last London Lunch I got talking to several
people who are doing things a bit differently and it
reminded me that there is no right or wrong way to make
money online. The Internet is a vast opportunity, just
waiting for you and me to seize our part of it.

In fact, I have often said that if you put 100 Internet
marketers in a room and question them about how they
make money, you'd get 300 different strategies! Sure,
they may use similar methods, but I have found that the
most successful people tend to use existing methods and
adapt them to their own way of working.

That is probably why so many people who buy whatever
the latest course might be get disillusioned. They are
lead to believe that they just have to follow the steps
A-B-C to get the same results as the person who is
selling the 'plan'.

Sadly, precious few will get those same results.

I'm reminded of a story about a man who is lost in the
countryside and stops an old farmer to ask directions.

"How can I get to the farmer's market."

"Well," says the farmer, "if it was me going there, I
wouldn't start from here."

Which route you take to online success depends on where
you've been, what you've done and what make you excited
enough to keep going until you get there.

That isn't to say that the courses and products you are
offered are wrong or in any way dishonest. Well, not
most of them. Simply that to make them work for you,
don't expect to follow the exact same path the author
lays out. Use your own judgement and adapt the plans to
your own circumstances, preferences and skills.

For example, a lot of products these days teach various
ways of using video in your marketing mix. Either as a
part of what you do or, in the case of some strategies,
as the entirety of what you do. Because this is
marketing, the implication is that anyone can do this.
Making money with video is easy. Get yourself a YouTube
account and you'll never want for money again.

What they don't tell you is that video is not easy for
many people. It is actually damned hard to make decent
videos, even with all the wonderful tools at our
disposal. And while learning how to do it right is
probably within most people's abilities, actually doing
so ain't gonna happen. Does that make the 'make money
with simple videos' product wrong or dishonest or a
scam? No. It just means it doesn't 'fit' everyone.

I use video as an example because I struggle with it
myself. Although I've had some successes, they are not
consistent and that's probably because I don't
particularly enjoy making videos and get distracted
easily.

My message here is that anyone CAN make money online,
but only the lucky few do it out of the box. Most of us
read lots of products, try out lots of strategies,
listen to lots of other people and learn how they do
it, ask lots of questions and only then, gradually
evolve a method that works for us.

That's my suggestion to you - keep your eyes, ears and
mind wide open, keep your enthusiasm topped up (by
talking to and mixing with people a step or two ahead
of you), and don't dismiss anything because you can't
make it work today. AS the old farmer said, if starting
from here isn't your best option, wait until tomorrow
when you have learned a bit more, and start from there.

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Not only have I not written Kickstart in ages, but I
haven't recommended anything either.

I don't know about you, but the constant stream of
products from the same few people leaves me feeling
cold. And a bit jaded.

I won't name any names, but you only have to look at
the JVZoo and Warrior+ bestseller lists to see that the
same vendor crop up over and over again. These people
seem to release 'hot' new things with suspicious
regularity.

And they all say the same thing - that this is a
hitherto unknown method/trick/software that is secretly
making them hundreds of dollars every day.

Bollocks. (For my American friends who may not be
intimately familiar with Anglo-Saxon, that's another
way of saying bullshit.)

90% of these pseudo products are simply loss leaders to
get affiliates to promote so that the vendor can make
real money selling the much more expensive OTOs.

As far as possible I try to find the 10% (okay, I'll
admit it, probably less than 10%) of products that
actually are worth buying in their own right. But as
I've been out of the game recently, those goodies, the
golden gems, have been hard to find.

In fact, the best way I have found recently is when
trusted friends recommend things to me.

One such is a low price ebook called The Affiliate
Marketer's Little Black Book by Raj Riyat.

There are already a ton of books on affiliate marketing
and the world doesn't really need any more. After all,
despite all the wild claims made by the serial product
creators, there aren't any new principles.

But Raj's Book is different. He assumes you already
know what affiliate marketing is and understand the
basics of how to do it.

Instead, he devotes the 55 pages of his book to showing
you how to do it better. Much better.

The seven strategies that he teaches are collective
aimed to help you make three times the affiliate income
than you might otherwise expect.

That may not sound huge, but it would turn $100 days
into $300 ones. And if you are already making $300 from
a promotion, doesn't nearly a grand sound better?

This really is a good book. It is well written and
packed with useful, useable information. There is no
fluff and no nonsense.

In fact, the strategies I already knew are well
explained and the ones I didn't will definitely change
the way I do things in future.

This is an ebook that not only delivers, but restores
my faith in the idea that there are still a few people
around making quality products based on sound
principles.

And, as Raj says in the conclusion...

"The 'old' methods of affiliate marketing are NOT dead,
but they are dying fast. If you continue to do things
without making subtle tweaks to your campaigns then
your results will continue to go downhill.

I guarantee that if you use (and become good at!) these
strategies, you will ramp up your results to super-
affiliate levels, FAST."

I'll drink to that!

Get The Affiliate Marketer's Little Black Book today -
it will be the best $7 you'll spend in a very long
time.

http://kickstartrecommends.com/IMLBB

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Best wishes,

Martin Avis
Kickstart Newsletter

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