If you have followed me over the years you have seen me connect, connect, connect, connect over and over with the biggest players in our industry. My email list is huge and full of executives, owners, investors, and movers and shakers in the internet business world.
One of my best ways to connect with these folks is using niche events. Today I am going to go over exactly how to do this..
Back in 2007 when I first went gung-ho networking and building my list, people were not even using the term opt in or lead gen commonly.
I wasn’t trying to be a laser effective internet marketer, but instead just did what seemed natural. I cared about the people in the industry and wanted to connect with them.
So naturally when I held my first big poker tournament at Pubcon, I used a Survey Monkey survey to find out where they wanted the tournament, what they wanted to drink, what was important in terms of prizes, when it should start, when it should end, and even the design of the t-shirt.
Here is a walk through on how to use Wufoo to create a survey in literally a few minutes.
As a result I developed what became one of the first, most popular, and longest lasting events in the internet business world.
We chose survey monkey at the time because it made so much sense on so many levels.
The funny thing is that I recently heard about a course that teaches you how to use surveys like this for lead gen.
As soon as someone fills out a survey, if you get their contact info, they become a lead.
If you are reading this post, and have been to Pubcon in the past 10 years, there is a high chance that you ended up on my email list because of this.
More about the Pubcon story and how I used wufoo and survey monkey.
Lately we have been experimenting using the Survey Monkey Alternative WuFoo. I can only describe it as being lighter, and more agile than Survey Monkey, but very powerful, and easy to use. (Full Disclosure, Survey Monkey is partnering with us but everything I am saying here is exactly true.)
I find now when I am making a survey that I am putting more thought into, and where I want more control of things like urls, and how the results are going to be processed in the final analysis I tend to use Survey Monkey.
When I want to get up a survey really fast, or if I want to embed the survey on a facebook page, or on a webpage such as wordpress, I grab wufoo.
A few months ago on Facebook and Youtube I saw people becoming really alarmed about the Japanese radiation spreading to the U.S., especially into the fish supply. I asked people I knew, and there were people who seriously were really concerned about radiation and our food supply.
Whenever there is a crazy fear in the world I look to see if there is something I can do to fix it, provide people with real information, and alleviate their fears.
It suddenly occurred to me that the solution to worrying about radiation, was to know if your food was radioactive.
Being a doctor, and having a strong science background, the obvious solution to me was a Geiger counter.
Turns out your average Geiger Counter will not work with food. Since the amount of food you would measure is so small, you need an antenna that surrounds the food to pick up the random particle that would shoot out from the food in an unpredictable direction at unpredictable intervals.
This meant we would need to have these Geiger Counters custom built. I checked around, the technology was all there, and it would just require an investment to get a few thousand of them built.
Decades ago I had learned to test my marketing before building the product.
So I put up a page with a WuFoo form on a wordpress page to gather information from the visitors. If this worked, this also could end up being my lead generation page.
I ran a few hundred dollars of facebook ads to the form.
We got some clicks. We also got a few form fills on the Wufoo form of people requesting more information.
I had expected a possible flood of interest on this, but got an average responses and not a flood.
Another big project jumped in front of me, so I dropped the Geiger Counter idea, since it did not fly immediately.
The moral of the story is that I saved tens of thousands of dollars to get the Geiger Counters produced, and the time it would have taken me to perfect ads, and maybe then would have made a small profit.
I have been solidly sold by all my influencers on launching quickly and cheaply, and then seeing what the results are. The amount of money I have saved by not committing to a new product until it has been tested is enormous.
Like the idea?
Go get a great idea, a free Wufoo Account, a facebook page or a wordpress blog, a facebook account with your credit card in, and you can be testing your idea within the hour for ten bucks worth of ads.
I just sat down at a new Vietnamese place in San Diego. LOL, now their yelp review will rank well in Google, and they will never know why!
The place is awesome, just opened 3 months ago.
I was talking to the owner about Facebook ads. 5 Minutes later I had an add up and running to his facebook page.
Such a powerful technology. I don’t think any of us have even begun to grasp the power of this thing.
I am proud to have been part of it since the very early days of facebook advertising. (Even though Harrison Gevirtz literally beat me by years at the age of 15!)
Welcome people who live in the Zip, are between the ages of 30 and 45! Enjoy your dinner!
So a year ago hostgator forced us to change dedicated servers. That story was documented then. Over time we have been working to move our websites to new hosting companies. So far all of that has gone well. We still have some sites hosted on hostgator.
Tonight I needed to get access to my WHM. I have been on the phone with Host Gator for 22 minutes, and they have been unable to change my password to give me access to my server.
This is no exaggeration, about the 6th time in the past year we have had a similar conversation with them.
They are very nice and apologetic, but somehow can not get the most basic function of the server, the ability to log in and out of it, to work.
Really the only reason I am writing this, is a hope that someone there will finally take enough responsibility to fix this for us.
It will still be some months before we are finished migrating all of our sites off of hostgator.
They have with no exaggeration caused me an extra 40 or more hours of work this past year, all because of the forced server migration when I was traveling, while begging them not to do it.
Now I bet Brian is going to tell me that this was updated 9 months ago and I missed it.
I normally never go on their site, but we are trying to sort out some issues that come up when local listings pop up in Google sometimes, and then are not seen later, so I was called in to figure it out.
Authority labs is doing great on this, it is just Google that keeps changing whether they show the local listings or not for this client.
If you have not seen the new interface go check it out.
You guys did a really good job on it.
Super clear. Sharp self explanatory logos. Easy to find your way around. No unnessesary options, just the things you need, and an easy way to get to support for the things not described. I know from the past that they get back to you lightening fast.
Brian and Chase, I am imagine how much work went into the design. Love it!
I have been a huge fan of Naked Juice for decades.
I have bought probably tens of thousands of dollars of their products and consumed them over the past decades.
They even worked with me to help the San Diego firefighters when the City of San Diego could not supply the firefighters with enough food the first few days of the big fires. For this they are still appreciated.
I have promoted them.
I had not seen Naked Juice around as much as I used to the past year.
I had thought they just were not selling as well.
According to multiple reports in the news, Naked Juice got popped by mislabeling their juices.
They were using additives as sweeteners and bulking agents that are genetically modified, and made in factories.
I feel betrayed. Not cool.
Another one of my allies that I have done deals with Whole Foods has been selling this stuff for decades. This tarnishes their reputation. Whole Foods is one of the most ethical companies in the U.S., and have saved an untold number of lives. I have known many of their executives. The guys at the top of Whole Foods are there for real to do good for the planet. One of their executives from Follow Your Heart, has been living what they say for almost half a century now.
Many of us spend an enormous amount of time and energy to put the healthiest things possible into our bodies.
The exact items they are reported to have used were Archer Daniels Midland’s Fibersol-2 (“a soluble corn fiber that acts as a low-calorie bulking agent”), fructooligosaccharides (an alternative sweetener), and genetically modified soy.
I am hitting 50 years old in a few months, and have more energy, enthusiasm and am more mentally quick than most 25 year olds I know.
Not a small part of this is due to my eating very clean food since I was 16 years old.
Virtually no artificial flavors, artificial colors, or preservatives. I eat organic when possible, and take the best vitamins I can find.
I don’t drink, and I don’t take drugs.
Do not mess with my food supply.
If a company wants to make crap and sell poor health to the masses, that is their choice, and the choice of those who buy them.
But you best label your products accurately. If you tell me it is made with fruit and fruit juice it better be.
If Gypsy Boots were still alive right now he would throw a football right through your window.
Next week we will be doing our thing at Leadscon.
If you follow what I do, you will know that after Shoemoney’s Elite retreat, and our own thinktank, Leadscon is one of the absolute best events of the year. If you haven’t been before I highly recommend it. It was started by a friend of mine named Jay Weintraub. Jay hit the nail on the head in terms of figuring out a niche to build an internet conference around.
The guys who go to Leadscon are for the most part serious about what they do. Leadgen is not a hope and pray method of marketing, but a very measurable game where most of the people know their numbers.
You would be shocked at how many large companies I work with who really don’t know what a visitor is worth, what a lead is worth, or even what the long term value of a sale is. The guys at Leadscon have this data down cold.
Leadscon is now being headed up by Cory Smith whose company, Access Intel purchased Leadscon. This is their first year running it, and Jay is still heavily involved. I expect it to be a great show and I am excited to go next week.
One of my favorite subjects is how much some people complain about small things, while others laugh about things that would make most cry.
There are hundreds of sayings about the difference attitude makes, but there are a handful of people you meet who live them.
Last year I ran into a guy in San Francisco, who does web design, and internet marketing. That’s not so uncommon, right? But what about the fact the guy is blind. I mean like with a dog guiding him around the nightclub in San Francisco blind? Not being able to see other than very up close and doing webdesign takes some real cajones, and Jason has them I am impressed.
In my interactions with Jason, he has been nothing short of professional, and a great guy to chat with.
I asked Jason to write a little something for my readers, and here it is:
Some of you may have heard of marketers like Adil Amarsi, Viv Craske, Paul Barrs and Kris Whitehead. These are just a few of the people I either have worked with or am working with. You see I take pride in the work I do for my clients. I take special care to ensure each client get what they want and have paid for. It truly makes me happy when I receive testimonials like the one below.
“Jason is a breath of fresh air when it comes to working with web development. Not only is he an expert in his field, he is punctual and polite, as well as willing to communicate in a non-technical way to really connect with his client’s. I recommend Jason with upmost enthusiasm, because he produces results…on time, and on budget, period.”
The one thing that makes me unique against a sea of developers is that I am legally blind. Yep, I was born with and diagnosed at six months old with optic nerve hypoplasia – under developed optic nerves. The best way I can explain it is as follows. What someone with normal 20/20 sight can see at 400 ft, I can see the same thing from about 20 feet away. Where most can focus in on something far away that’s virtually impossible for me unassisted. My vision works best up close, and thanks to a macbook and software like Adobe CS and web based software like WordPress I’m able to easily create beautiful works of art geared toward my clients businesses.
From an early age of 8 I knew that I was going to have my hands deep in some form of programming. Initially it was games and over the years that dream has transformed into web development thanks to an aunt of mine. She suggested I take a look at a continuing education class for web development. After more classes on the subject and several jobs I had made the decision once and for all that I’d work for myself!
The time for me to strike out on my own was after I had a job as a deli clerk. Over worked and underpaid I would work tirelessly after the day was done and on days off. Finally after realizing that it was pointless to be building websites if people couldn’t see them, I decided to delve into IM.
Since then I have been on a mission to work with the worlds leading marketers and everyone in between. For my portfolio and more testimonials like the one above visit http://jasonbakerwebconsultant.com Will you be the next marketing genius I work with? Well, we won’t know unless you set up an appointment with me.
Click this link to schedule your 30 min appointment now…
A whole new level of egregious link spam/removal has begun.
We are in the midst of removing a penalty from an important site, and I took a sample of the bad links to look at myself for a little quality control. I cam across a site listed below called, gimmewealth.com. This of course is a funny name, but with a sting when you figure out what they are doing.
The site I am working on had hired an Indian firm to build links for them. The client at the time thought they were writing articles, and then posting them in different places as a way of getting links. The client had no idea that there was anything wrong with this at all.
So we are helping them to remove these links, so that they may get the penalty removed.
This site shown below may have been a link built by the Indian company, or possibly was something even more evil which I will explain below.
Google has told us that bad links should be removed. When you search for bad links, you come across pages like this.
This bad link page, which is a pile of crap to start with, has actually put an automated payment system in place to have you pay them to remove the link.
They are smart in that they set the cost at a point, where most people will actually pay it.
Now here is the question?
Did the links on this site end up there because of Indian and other shady SEO companies building the links? Or did this company build this site, and put the crappy links on their site along with the paypal button as an entire business concept of it’s own.
Step 1 – Build a Crappy Site
Step 2 – Build Crappy Links to your site from porn, gambling and pharmaceutical sites.
Step 3 – Link out to millions of legitimate websites.
Step 4 – Put an automated button for people to pay to have your link removed.
Bad Luck? Or Evil Genius?
Sean Rasmussen (The name listed as owner of this domain), if you see this post, please comment so we can hear the whole story?
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Open Letter To SEO Community + NDA talk at Wynn Casino This Week.
“Link Building That Won’t Get You Penalized”. The number one thing on the mind of Pubcon Attendees per our newest survey. READ ALL OF BELOW
NDA talk, discussion, and private party at my suite at the Wynn on this subject below, but please read all of this first.
Matt Cutts has said for almost a decade (this is me paraphrasing) that he wants quality, white hat, links from sites with a real gate keeper evaluating the links.
Every bit of research we have done the past year, confirms that the number one factor Google is still using to rank a site, are the number of unique domains of real websites that link in to a page.
Google is demanding white hat links or they are spinning your site into outer space.
Our fortune 500 clients are demanding white hat link building.
We have been working our tails off this past few years, and especially the past 3 months developing enterprise level software and methods for doing this.
Also, some people in this industry are Matt Cutts and Google haters, while they make their living off of this company.
I personally am grateful for the friendship and help that Matt has given me, and for the work that Google does. Google never asked me to spend the past 8 years figuring out how they rank sites. The didn’t ask me to make software to reverse engineer what they are doing. That is my choice.
If Matt Cutts or Google decides to change the algorithm, or stop giving me keyword data, god bless them. That is their choice. Google has made my and my clients sites tens of millions of dollars. I thank them for this. But Google owes me nothing.
In our surveys over the past weeks, in our discussions with our large clients, with talks with the agencies that work for these big sites, and in our own minds for our own sites, the major focus at this second is how to build links that won’t get your site penalized.
I am putting together an NDA talk and private party on this exact subject, link building that won’t get you penalized, so we can stay on top of what is new.
We have our own enterprise level link building techniques that are working great and we want to compare notes with others to see what is working well for them.
I am going to spring for the penthouse at the Wynn, food and drinks.
Please fill out the survey to help us figure out the what and when on this, and apply for an invitation.
Survey and Invitation Request.
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Also, this past year we have dedicated ourselves to reverse engineering Google’s
algorithm. We made a ton of money for our own and clients sites this past year.
I am going to be sharing at my invite only back room talk during Pubcon.
Also, if you care at all about high quality, white hat link building. I will just say this bluntly.
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We have been putting out facebook ads, emails, blog posts and more to promote
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We need a few more sponsors.
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