I love to save money and time while I’m blogging. When I first started working from home I tried to save money on everything so I could afford the cost of hosting and everything else. I enjoyed getting my stuff delivered instead of driving off to buy it because then it saved me time while I tried to build business.
That is why I joined Imperfect Produce. What I get with ordering fruit and veggies from this company is a 30% to 50% discount on ordering fruits and veggies. I also get to laugh when I see deformed produce. I mean, not all of it deformed. It’s not old, moldy or anything gross like that, but it might have a piece growing in a weird direction or a different color or there might not be anything wrong with it at all because it was just a part of the over production that probably would have gone to waste instead of being on the grocery store shelf.
The box I order is all organic, but you do get a choice. You also have a choice of size and frequency which means for 1 person every two weeks might be perfect or for my family of 3 very healthy and large boys (men) then once per week makes more sense. Not that all of them eat veggies, but hey at least I try, right?
The company will first try to buy local and then if local is not in season or available they will expand in other areas. I love this idea because I really enjoy supporting our local farmers, I just don’t have time to visit the Farmer’s Market every week nor is it on all year round. I’m very happy to support local produce and help our California economy.
If you use this link to order your first product then you should get $10 off your first order. I will also get $10 off one of my next orders. Then you can show your friends and offer them the same deal. It’s so cool! I don’t know how long the offer lasts so make sure to do it soon.
Oh, and another thing, if you are on a serious budget and you normally collect food stamps they have a discount for you. I don’t know all of the details because I don’t use it, but since they cannot take foodstamps or SNAP online due to restrictions they have a system to honor your purchase. I don’t know how that all works so please check their website for details.
Why am I mentioning this here? Because if you are starting an online business then you are going to need some time and money. This saves you both!
Broke? Don’t have a lot of money after the Christmas holiday but you would like to save money for next year and possibly have a profitable online business and start it now?
Here is an idea you can run with. I’ve done it before with pretty good results. You can get a free tumblr.com page and use it as an affiliate marketing site. It’s really simple:
- Start a tumblr account.
- Find an appropriate topic.
- Create a free mail list on MailChimp
- Create an affiliate account somewhere like amazon.com
- Create a tumblr site (you can create more than one with one account)
- Write a bunch of articles and schedule them on your new tumblr site for every few days so there are 2 per week.
- Add links to your affiliate site within the text of your verbage.
- Add your mail list to your tumblr site.
- Start following people on tumblr and commenting on their related topics.
- Tumbl some other topics from other people with a note about your stuff. Don’t make it spammy.
- Share on social networks.
- Create a YouTube account and release videos related to your topic.
- Share those on social networks.
- And that’s it! It is pretty easy once you start a few blogs.
I’m going to be quite honest with you, it is better to get your own domain name and buy your own web hosting. A domain name is only about $12.00 per year and the web hosting starts around $3.95 per month. The affiliate marketing is free as is the social networking and YouTube.
The pros of creating a tumblr site is the obvious: It is free. It is also easy to get a tumblr page popular on tumblr if it catches on. Tumblr posts used to post easily on google, but I haven’t seen a lot of articles lately from tumblr post high on google. It is also nice that you will have a mix of pictures from others and verbage of your own.
The biggest problem with creating a tumblr site is that tumblr can take it down at any time. Save your prose if you blog using tumblr. They used to not be friendly to affiliate marketing, but since Yahoo! bought them they have become a bit friendlier.
Just don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Know what I mean?
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If you’re already using Aweber or GetResponse then you’re probably not aware there is a free autoresponder available for your blog. Today I had the opportunity to see the ARGWA Free Autoresponder in action and I was pretty impressed with the capabilities.
ARGWA is easy to install and setup. It’s a plugin for WordPress so all you really need to do is to use the plugin installer and then setup the software. It took me about 10 minutes to set it up and test it.
There is a free version and a retail version. At the time of this writing, the price of the retail version was $67.00. Obviously, the retail version has more features than the free version that I haven’t been able to check out and the retail version does not include the “power by ARGWA Free Autoresponder” on your list sign up form.
The pros of owning your own email autoresponder is that no one can take away your email list. I learned the hard way. I absolutely love Aweber, however, if you have an emergency and your can’t make your payment then Aweber will remove your list completely and you will be forced to make a new account. In the beginning I didn’t have a lot of cash to run my site yet I was able to sign up a lot of people. LIST GONE.
The bad part about owning your own autoresponder is that you have the potential of getting your domain and/or IP blacklisted if you send out too much email. Also, if your database gets corrupted you could lose that list so back it up daily. Using a source like feedburner is okay for collecting emails, but there is really no automation with feedburner unless you make some special blog and incorporate an rss feed with the blog. It sounds like more of a hassle because the blog is out there on the Internet for everyone to see. Feedburner also has the capability of removing all your emails without your permission and backing it up can be somewhat of a hassle.
By installing and using ARGWA, you can keep your own list and use it as an autoresponder that is not seen by the public website. It has an option to join the list on the blog sign up page so your members can easily optin without having to get the RSS feed as well.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see an affiliate program like Aweber uses. It would be nice to be able to resell ARGWA to my potential clients like I can with Aweber or GetReponse. Perhaps the developer of ARGWA could make the product available through ClickBank as well as PayPal so Internet Marketers can make a small cut. 🙂
With those issues aside, I give ARGWA very high marks. I’ve been impressed with it on other blogs that I run and I might be installing it here soon if the $67 is a site license and not a 1 domain license. I’ll keep you updated and I will have a demo soon.
One way to market and get massive leads from facebook friends is to add them to groups. You can have an informational group about your product that isn’t too spammy and add your friends to it. They can always opt out if they don’t want to be a member of the group.
Make it a how-to group or make it do something you know they would be interested in. Don’t do it more than once. Unfortunately, facebook doesn’t seem to tell you if they quit the group so keep track of who you invite. It might be easier to just invite all your friends and then once you’ve exhausted that list just move on and invite new friends as you use your attraction marketing skills to get to know them.
An even better idea is to ASK if they want to be added to the group and make it optional. This is a good way to keep facebook from removing your group from SPAM. It might not grow as fast, but at least it will still be there in a year while you are still marketing. Simply send a message and a link to your group asking them to join. Many people appreciate that better than just being added.
Never just spam.
Add more than just spammy posts to the group. Post topics that are related, but not directly, to the product you are promoting. For example, if you have a makeup group then post makeup tips. These don’t have to be tips using your products, but you can always say later “use this product to create this effect.” People might think it’s a great idea to then buy the product.
I heard a story the other day where someone, a new friend, sent a message to a guy and when the guy refused the “friend” started belittling him for not joining him in business. This is NO WAY to conduct business. So what, someone doesn’t want to join you because of this or that–it’s his decision so respect it, but don’t use it against him. One day the same person might change his mind as you become more successful.
Be sure to check out the free facebook training offered on this page for gaining daily business leads.
How many times have you found yourself uploading photos to Google Drive or to your cell phone so you can share them with Instagram? Isn’t it a royal pain? I love using Instagram with cell phone pics, but I’m also into sharing images that I create or have saved on my pc. Uploading them to the phone is kind of a pain for me so I had to find a workaround.
I tried the emulator with Pokimenu, but it didn’t allow me to run a real Instagram session. I had to run it through a different app and I couldn’t upload or take pics with this app.
I then tried Bluestacks. This is totally amazing. It doesn’t seem to have a huge memory footprint and I haven’t crashed because of Bluestacks as of yet. I am able to actually run Instagram and upload photos from my machine.
I couldn’t get it to upload and publish pics from the webcam. I’m not sure why this is. Perhaps the photo is just to big for Instagram to process? Also, when doing a video session on cam, the sound was distorted and also never completed the upload.
I think I will just probably use it to upload images I have modified through Fireworks or immediate uploads from social sites while working on the PC. I will continue to use my phone for images and videos of all the fun activities in my life.
If you try and it and you are able to figure out why it doesn’t upload the webcam pics and vidz then please comment here. I think it is just because of the file or pixel size.
I’m so bummed. I really liked vid.me. I liked it as an alternative to youtube or another place to market my business. Unfortunately, it will be shuting down on December 15, 2017.
I started using vidme because of the censorship on YouTube then I realized that I could continue to use it even if YouTube stopped censoring certain types of businesses. I could use Vimeo, but they don’t like videos that seem spammy. There are other sites, but youtube and vidme are the biggest and the best.
I’m not happy about this at all. I think what had happened, and this that when youtube started censoring people there were so many who joined vidme they weren’t big enough for the expansion. Of course, that is just speculation and I could be completely wrong.
Either way, I am going to just be using these services to promote my sites because you never know when something is just going to go POOF! or even just censor your data.
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