Day 3

The content of Day 3 is the third and last of my homework (mandated) posts for this week of the course.

I haven’t come very close at all.

Since the “Day 2” posting I don’t seem to have made much progress with the homework assignment. My reading of “Bloggers Roadmap” has only progressed to page 62.

I have not viewed any more “OptimizePress” tutorials since the last post, and viewing “Niche Experts Secrets Exposed” has now only covered videos 1-6 inclusive.

The three more videos viewed were:

  • Break Down of Niche Experts
  • What Happens to Niche Experts, and
  • How to Become THE ‘Go To’ Expert in YOUR Niche.

The content of this last video is somewhat daunting since it recommends reading a minimum of five books, and preferably 30, in the coming 30 days  meet the standard of “Expert”.

However, to expand my education in the vital area of defining the niche for this blog and my Internet Market, I have read “The Niche Report” by Terry Markle, a collection of unique articles written on niche marketing. In addition, I am a series of articles by Neil Patel on blogging. Since so much emphasis  on this subject in the current lessons from Partnership to Success I felt it a worthwhile shift of focus away from the core subjects of the course.

Neil is the London born, Seattle Washington-based entrepreneur, angel investor, and analytics expert. He is best known for his work in digital marketing, and as the cofounder of the analytics companies KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg, and Quick Sprout. The sequence of blog posts in Quick Sprout certainly make for informative and educational reading, and worthy of deeper study.

 “Day 3” of the Partnership to Success has just arrived in my mailbox. I have been seduced away from writing this content to have a sneak peek at what lies ahead. Most of it makes reference to using Aweber. However, since I already have an account with GetResponse it looks like I can skip Step 1. The rest of the steps will keep me very busy, especially since it is only two days before we go away for our Christmas holiday, and “Day 4” will await me on our return. I know, too, that two of my virtual business clients will have material for me to deal with before Wednesday.

Perhaps, by the time I make my next posting I will have decided upon a niche in which I can become, or am, an expert.

Day 2

This is the difficult part, for me. Writing suitable content that won’t be boring, that relates to me, and will be of interest.

The second week of the Partnership to Success course has provided some extra threads for me to follow. For example, OptimizePress is providing a video series to teach me how best to use it. When I tried to view the videos on Google Chrome, my default browser, I got the same result as when I wanted to view the OptimizePress Welcome video. This was the following:

Unable to view video

After some research, because the OptimizePress help desk merely suggested using another browser, I found that I could view them in a Google Chrome page if I opened them in an “incognito window“.

Of course, viewing these takes time away from the core elements of week 2, but I felt that since OptimizePress would be used, extensively, in this course then the more I understood how to use it, and what options it had, the better.

Another item dragged me away from deriving content for this blog, and reading the “Bloggers Roadmap“. This time, after installing a number of plugins I was unable to get access to my WordPress system using wp-admin. A request for help sent to the hosting organisation, D9, provided the information that the installation of the “Woo Commerce All-in-One SEO pack” was causing the problem. D9 deactivated it, thus solving the problem.

When I purchased the “Bloggers Roadmap” I was given, as a bonus, access to the “Niche Expert Secrets Exposed ” course. A total of  ten videos, two pdf’s, the “Content Creation for Those Who Can’t Write” course (another few videos), and the “Niche Domination” course (seven audio files).

It has been a difficult exercise to schedule everything into the one week so that I felt I was getting on top of everything. To summarise what I have achieved out of all this, so far:

  • OptimizePress Videos
    • How You Can Launch NEW Sites in Minutes
    • Skyrocket Your List Building, and
    • Your Fastest Route to Getting Help & Support

(While I’m writing this another video has arrived from OptimizePress)

  • Niche Experts Secrets Exposed
    • Introduction
    • Breakdown of Niches, and
    • Breakdown of Niche Expert
  • Bloggers Roadmap – page 31/80

All these, of course, need fitting into a 24-hour day when I am still running my service business, and preparing for Christmas when we will be spending five days at the Dunsborough Wyndham Resort in the south of Western Australia. It looks like I will have to revise my targets before week 3 of the course arrives.

Read Day 3, when I publish it later this week, to see how close I have come.

Internet Marketing Course Progress Report

I’m now well into the second week of the Partnership to Success course, which has concentrated on setting up this blog using OptimizePress. I had used an earlier version of this specialised software in a previous, unsuccessful, foray into internet marketing so I was reasonably familiar with it.

OptimizePress makes the creation of marketing sites a breeze. It enables the semi-automatic creation of:

  • Blogs,
  • Sales pages,
  • Membership portals,
  • Landing pages, and
  • Sales funnels.

The tasks in the course this week focussed on the basics of installing and activating OptimizePress, and the addition of a number of plugins to WordPress, namely:

  • All in One SEO,
  • JetPack,
  • Links Manager, and
  • ShareBar.

Additionally I was shown how to obtain the blog header you see proudly shown at the top of this page, and install it. I just had to specify a few parameters and forward a photograph to GFX-1. By being enrolled in Partnership to Success I was able to get a reduced price. I received this header banner within a day.

Two lots of homework this week:

  • Read the Bloggers Roadmap, and
  • Make at three post creations of a minimum of 400 words before the end of the week.

As an added benefit of obtaining the Bloggers Roadmap there is a set of training videos which of course I had to start watching in addition to making a start on reading the book.

I installed the Bloggers Roadmap in my PC Kindle using a piece of software I could not go without, although it has nothing to do with internet marketing. It’s called “Calibre—E-book management” and is an open source e-book library manager which can be installed on Linux, Macintosh and Windows (later than XP) platforms.

Calibre features the following categories:

  • Library Management,
  • E-book conversion,
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices,
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form,
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer,
  • Content server for online access to your book collection, and
  • E-book editor for the major e-book formats.

I used it to convert the Bloggers Roadmap to a Kindle format, the big advantage now being that because PC Kindle synchronises with the versions of Kindle installed on my laptop and smartphone, I can read this book wherever I happened to be.

You can download it, if you wish, from http://calibre-ebook.com/ . I don’t get any advantage from your downloading it other than knowing how useful it would be for you.

Now to clean up this blog by deleting all the short posts made in the last seven days.