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A peek at Mailpoet, Learnpress, and Affiliate Marketing

I’ve been looking into building e-mail marketing list and a content management system this past week. I have not been able to make significant progress towards them but have been learning quite a little bit. I did sign up to become an affiliate of Bluehost and Elegant Themes though which are now live in my resources section.

E-Mail Marketing

I attended an online private webinar with Pat Flynn and Nathan Barry this weekend about Converkit. It’s a platform to help create an email list so you can stay in touch with your audience. It’s one of the most POWERFUL forms of social media through the direct connection between you and your audience. However, it was a premium service which I didn’t feel that I necessarily needed just quite yet. I was seeking for more free services like Mailpoet, Benchmark, Mailchimp, or SendinBlue.

After reading many articles and reviews, I decided to go with Mailpoet. There were many problems with the other ones which I didn’t want to deal with. Mailchimp lacked the automation to send out emails to new subscribers, a new blog post, or weekly emails. While SendinBlue does allow automation, it is only available for a 60 days. Benchmark and Mailpoet seem like viable contenders but the only problem was Benchmark didn’t implement with Bloom plugin that I had received with my Elegant Theme package. I wanted to desperately use this cornerstone plugin that Elegant Theme pushed for so strongly (enough to charge for it in their developer’s package versus their basic package).

After creating accounts and installing the plugins and implementing it into my wordpress site, that was about as far as I got. Stay tune in the future for my experiences.

Some useful articles I’ve read that answers some key questions:
Why use email marketing?
When do I send out messages?
What should I put in my messages?
What is MailPoet exactly?

Content Management System

I also took a look at a method to create classes with videos so that I could perhaps offer it to my friends and people visiting my blog. I wanted to offer incentive to my readers so they gain some value when visiting my site. Again, I went looking for a simple model to create courses without having to spend a lot of money. Therefore, I opted for Learnpress versus investing in tools such as Learndash.

I want to create a simple page with a course that people can get access to when they’ve subscribed to my email list. There will be free courses that I’ll produce and put up so that others can benefit from creating websites, hacking productivity, and other topics. There’s a lot of be said and teach. Even if I’m a beginner myself, I still know at least one step ahead of new nomads.

As I was listening to one of the podcast between Pat Flynn and Cliff Ravenscraft about giving away free content (SPI 013: Is Giving Away Free Information Bad? Here Are Some Answers), I realize that it’s a karmic circle that people want to repay you if you offer them something that genuinely benefits them. I concur with this belief as I want to make help others and make life easier for aspiring nomads and my friends. If I wanted to make money, I would have stayed at my six figure job I figured.

I’m still in the process of figuring this out as it’s a whole another beast I’ll have to best. Again, stay tuned for more about this in the future.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is helping other companies promote their products and help convert customers to buy. After being affiliated with a company, they provide you with a personal link that earns you a commission if someone purchases their product through this link. Although the underlying tone is selling, I would rather help people get tools that would be of benefit to them.

I’ve found Bluehost to be a great hosting site. After having used it for 3 websites now, they really do have good features and support. They can afford you more perks especially because they are so big. Divi Framework is also another great product which I’ve used to help me build websites quickly. If we revisit the website I’ve built 7 years ago (here), that took me 2-3 weeks to build. With the use of Divi, I could easily build that website in 2-3 days.

I’m hoping in the future that the additional support of affiliate marketing will help supplement my income from web development as well. I’ll let you know if I find more affiliates as well. Meanwhile, you can check out the resources section to see my affiliate links.


My progress towards lifestyle nomadism:

I’ve met some new friends also on the nomadic groups on Facebook this week. One of them happens to be local to the Washington D.C area which I hope to link up with in the future. I believe that finding friends that will hold you accountable is a great boon. Mastermind groups are also immensely powerful as the sharing of knowledge help gets the whole team up to a new level.

As for my personal development. I’m exploring email marketing and SEO this week. Hopefully, I will gain a better understanding and implement the information quickly to my blog and my language client’s blog as well. Yes, I am still working on that!

Some cool things I’ve seen this past week:

The Ultimate Roundup of Free Web Designer Resources

Tom Ewers shares with us some of the coolest tools out there for web designers! I especially love the section on free images and icons. My favorite link of the week!

Telephone Links: How to Add “Call-able” Links & CTA’s to Your Website

Randy Brown shares some cool tricks to add a call feature from mobile phones! It was a very helpful post.

Live Your Life Like A Damn Hero

Cody McKibben’s of Thrilling Heroics shares an inspirational video about living life on your terms. We have a limited time here on earth, why live someone else’s life?

We Need To Be Lost To Find Ourselves

Jason Silva of Shots of Awe reminds us that the journey is more fun than the finish line. “Once you find the answer, you risk completion…”

How to Become an SEO Freelancer in 48 Hours

Sean Ogle goes over that basics of SEO since that’s how he got started. I’m saving this for the next free weekend I have.

7 ‘digital nomads’ explain how they live, work and travel anywhere in the world

An article that shows the lifestyle of some of the most popular known nomads in all the hemispheres such as Matt Kepnes, Jodi Ettenburg, and a few more.