I did this, you should too.

Last week I professed several do’s that you should
…err…DO…this month!

So while you’re shopping online for Christmas presents
here’s what you can do between Amazon.com orders.

Pull your sales records, contact lists, and lead charts and
TARGET THEM! Target by sales, target by opens, target
by product, target by niche, target by location, target by
how many times you’ve talked to them and don’t want
to talk to them anymore…J

It’s a bit of a pain, and might not seem ‘worth it’ unless
you have a big list or multiple products, but TRUST ME
when I say that targeting is important.

Take me for instance…I have a huge contact list of people
in the trading niche who market for others, or might at some
point. Some only market options products, some futures,
and others who will market anything. It’d be a WASTE for
me to reach out to people on my forex list for an options
product for them to promote…right?

I don’t even have any forex products for my forex list to
promote…but that doesn’t mean I will NEVER have anything.

So target them so YOU can target them better in the future.

Second, access the strengths in your business so you can
focus on the weaknesses!

Again, I’ll be the example J…

After doing this a few months back I realized I STINK at
setting up appointments and keeping my calendar organized.
I’ve missed calls, forgot about promises, and lost business.

Well I corrected that with an AMAZING assistant, Diane J

She’s helped me fill several holes, and helped me turn the
blog into an actual blog…not just a quarterly blab fest! In
fact she’s been a big driver in my NEW SITE…coming soon!

If you’ve not talked to her to set something up with me, you
can email her at Diane@bradstafford.com, and just watch her work!
Honestly, put her to the test…she loves spontaneity!

So take some time to do the above and report back…

Yes that’s an order!

Cheers,
Brad

Couple of interesting reads…

Normally I’m selfish with my traffic (kidding of course) but I’ve been following some things over the past day or two regarding Seeking Alpha and monetizing your site/blog…

First let’s look at Seeking Alpha and their recent decision to pay contributors for their articles. Felix Salmon pulled back the curtain (and saved me a LOT of writing). Read his article here, then come back to me… Why is Seeking Alpha…

First glance…it seems like an AWESOME idea!!

Second glance…meh, doesn’t sound that great.

Third glance…it could be improved, as this turns people off.

I saw the value of SA years ago as affiliates who were able to get (squeeze) their affiliate links into their SA articles could get huge traffic. I ALWAYS though they should honestly open it up, allow it, partner with main affiliate marketing sites, and let the passive income come in. Let the contributors make them affiliate money…but then you realize their ad supported. That’s not a bad thing, it just is what it is. Most times ads and affiliate marketing don’t play well and that’s mainly because ad people know affiliate stuff siphons their paid ads…sorry ad guys you need to step it up 😉

I personally think there can be a HEALTHY and PROFITABLE solution of mixing both the affiliate and paid model. But I’ll hold off sharing here as I’ve chatted with David Jackson a few weeks ago…and think he’ll be touching base again soon!

OK so what are YOUR thoughts on Seeking Alpha’s new paid model? Do you think an affiliate and paid model can be mixed? Comment below…if you dare 😉

Second, my good buddy (and frequent lightening rod) Tim Sykes wrote a great post talking about how to monetize, and NOT to monetize, your site as a blogger. It’s a long read, and you might not agree with it all…but it’s worth it. Read Tim’s article here!

So there you have it, some interesting stuff happening in our world and I’m looking forward to your take!

All my best,
Brad