Internet Marketing 2012: Get Back To Sales Funnel Basics!
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As mentioned in the last few posts here, Internet marketing continues to evolve, and a lot of the tools and resources being released right now focus on small areas of improvement for Internet marketing 2012. This can be really confusing & even misleading for those looking to start an online business, since very little is being said about setting up the sales funnels that make for long-term stability for your online businesses.
Contrary to what those selling certain tools will tell you, basics like an opt-in mailing list and your own affiliate program are crucial, for these are your ongoing sources of qualified leads to put your offers in front of. It’s easy enough to automate a lot of the back end once they’ve signed on to receive info from you – it’s getting them into your funnel that requires your ongoing focus.
If you followed the hosting suggestion and signed on at Hosting4Marketers.com then you have the tools you need already – hosting for your blogs, salespages and squeeze pages, unlimited pro autoresponders and your own affiliate program. If you have signed on there and haven’t yet seen the advantages to having all 3 services tied together in one system, take a look under the ‘Add A New Digital Product’ tab and look at the options, from automatically adding your buyers to any list and removing them from another to the products instantly showing up in your affiliate program for your affiliates to promote. A real time-saver for pros and the simplest setup for newbies, as opposed to having to jump through hoops on three different sites to get it all set up every time you add a product for sale or want to start a new opt-in list!
If you’re new to online sales funnels, the standard setup is a) A squeeze page offering a free download for those who opt in to your list; b) a confirmation page that explains they must click the link in the e-mail sent automatically to them, followed by an upgrade or other offer; c) The download page for the gift, which again presents another offer as well. From that point d) is invoked – your e-zine or e-course followup, a series of instructional & educational e-mails that also contain links to further products and/or services. This can be a pre-loaded series of e-mails or simply your daily or weekly e-zine written live and sent to all subscribers.
When combined with a few links within the free report, audio or e-book, your funnel now has 5 different ways to make money, while still providing good, solid information to your readers. If the free information in your gift and your e-mails is truly helpful, your audience is much more likely to take your advice and check out the other resources you recommend, making them much more likely to purchase products and services from you or through your links in the case of affiliate offers.
Your funnel will be effective just as it is for as long as your gift remains relevant – all you need to do in that area is review the material in your gift & the offers in your follow-up and replace any portion that becomes outdated. Your Internet marketing funnel is now complete, and it’s time to start setting up ongoing traffic sources to attract prospects to it and get your affiliates promoting it as well. Once those are in place you start setting up your next funnel, knowing this one can continue to earn for you as you prepare the next one to add to that revenue stream.
In the next post in this series we’ll take a look at some of the ongoing traffic sources you can set up to keep traffic heading into your online sales funnel to maximize your Internet marketing in 2012 – I’ll see you then!
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