You Don’t Have To Be A ‘Rhino’, But You Do Need To Get Started…

Last Friday was one of the ‘biglyiest’ in American history as ‘The Donald’ took over the reins on the other side of the pond. I do of course wish America the best of luck over the next four years –… Continue Reading

Be prepared for the surprise ‘ramifications’ of your success…

I think I should start this rather curious tale by mentioning that the rear lawn area of Lowe Towers is bordered by a field on which I allow a local lady to graze her sheep. This is not usually an… Continue Reading

Yes, I’m Going To Use The ‘P’ Word…

Boxing Day may only just be behind us, but I am willing to wager we all know someone who has already bought next year’s Christmas Cards in the sales, and possibly one or two presents as well. They will also… Continue Reading

If There Really Are At Least 221,000,000 Ways Of Making Money Online … Why Do Many Of Us Seem To Find It So Hard…?

Here’s the question …. If There Really Are At Least 221,000,000 Ways Of Making Money Online … Why Do Many Of Us Seem To Find It So Hard…? No, really – see for yourself… Open up your search engine (I… Continue Reading

Why it’s not all about doing it like a ‘Pro’…

Clearly there’s a couple of messages here – firstly that assuming you’re doing something properly because it’s same way you’ve always done it, though something I know we’re all guilty of some times, is not really the way to be doing things… Continue Reading

Don’t You Know Who I Am…?

Despite being quite a distinctive and hopefully memorable chap, I usually can walk around without anyone batting an eyelid (a situation I don’t mind at all) … yet, in less than 30 hours at this hotel, surrounded by various oligarchs, retired footballers and the occasional ‘what’s-his-name’ from TV, no less than a dozen people I had never spoken to in my life said ‘hello Tim…’ Continue Reading

If You’re Paying For Your Traffic, You Need To Read This…

A couple of months ago, you may remember I told you about an office debate regarding the virtues of SEO versus just buying your traffic, and found that in a majority of cases, you would be better off spending the time you might spend on all but the most basic SEO working in the pub and then spend the resultant wages on buying traffic. Continue Reading

A Tale Of Two Sofas…

Of course these issues are in the process of being sorted out, but the lesson for us here is to always make sure that, unlike this bunch of rudderless buffoons, what you deliver in your business is every bit as good as whatever it was you showed them prior to taking their money. Continue Reading

‘Mix It Up’ for Maximum Impact…

Here at HQ, we are often asked when the optimum time is to send that email, or that piece of printed mail so it gets the best response and for maximum impact – or to put it another way … to get the greatest number of sales and make the most money ?

Well … the answer, I’m afraid, is not a short one. Continue Reading

Do You Have a Pop-up Profit Plan?

Don’t be alarmed by the use of the word ‘pop-up’ … I’m not going to start advocating the use of those dreadful things that irritate you while you’re browsing … but actually a different kind of ‘pop-up’ altogether – one that’s entirely more popular… Continue Reading

Social Media or Socially Medieval…?

With the increasing trend of young couples announcing their wedding or the impending birth of a child ‘officially’ on Facebook … and the fact that if you want to have a ‘proper’ argument with anybody these days it just has to be done on Twitter … you may be forgiven for asking that if you’re not on every Social Media platform in existence, are you missing out…? Continue Reading

Our Research Suggests…

I always cringe slightly when I see a news story containing the phrase ‘new research suggests’, because I know that over the next five minutes I’m going to be told that whichever fad, gadget or lifestyle choice that was going to help me live forever only six months ago is now just as likely to make my head explode… Continue Reading

Don’t Be Guilty of Premeditated Stupidity…

The ‘Pièce de Résistance’ of utter daftness though, is when we see something that not only inconveniences the customer, serves no purpose whatsoever AND potentially costs the company that makes it both customers and money… Continue Reading

This Shocking Fact Surprised Even Me…

It has to be said, most things do not surprise me. Least surprising of all is that when I travel abroad, ‘things’ tend to happen…

For instance, nearly getting in a massive amount of bother for apparently secreting a ‘deadly weapon’ in my luggage (actually, that one takes a lot of explaining so I’ll have cover that next time) now seems to be merely par for the course, as did finding yet another grumpy French Taxi driver… Continue Reading

It’s 2014 … do You Even NEED A Website ?

Which did, of course, start the debate here at HQ … with all the other platforms around (principally Facebook) that you can display & communicate on, usually for free … why would you go to the time and expense of actually having a website? Continue Reading

Could Your Problem Be Solved By Using A Little ‘Italian Common Sense’…?

It was during a recent cruise that ‘She Who Must…’ and I stopped in Livorno in Italy and ventured forth towards Pisa (of leaning tower fame) and then over to Florence with the intention of learning as much about these two cities as we could in the shortish time available. To do this we had the benefit of a witty, charming and intelligent local chap called Ignatius (English spelling) who ensured we didn’t miss a thing … and at the same time also introduced me to the concept of ‘Italian Common Sense’ Continue Reading

Why ‘Hyperspace’ Isn’t Necessarily Better Than A Snail’s Pace

It seems these days we can have pretty much anything we want, delivered or downloaded to wherever we happen to be, in just a matter of moments … my question today is – because we can do things ten times faster than we could five years ago… does that present just as many issues for us as when things arrived really slowly – quite literally, bit by bit…? Continue Reading

Ignore This Simple Rule And Watch Your Customers Just Fly Away…

What’s the lesson here? … when you mess up badly, (something we all do occasionally) and the customer comes up with a simple way to make it ‘right’ … then just do it an don’t try and be clever. Continue Reading

Why it’s Better To Be Occasionally ‘Lightweight’ Than Permanently ‘Lite

I have just returned from a short break with ‘She Who Must…’ port tasting somewhere nice and warm, and while overall I had a splendid time, It started with me thinking the natural order of things had been thrown into chaos and the world had, quite simply, gone mad… Continue Reading

Exactly How Much Information Is ‘Too Much’ Information…?

Seminars … Meetings … Bootcamps … Workshops. Call them whatever you want – I have been there at literally hundreds of them.

At some point, usually just before the first coffee break … somebody will be talking about the challenges we all face in this business and utter the phrase ‘there’s too much information out there’ or complain about ‘information overload’ … and nearly everybody else in the room will nod sagely. Continue Reading

Go On, Be Original – It Will ‘Take Their Breath Away’…

Regular Lowedown readers will know that one of the things I believe in very strongly is that to be successful, a key factor is injecting some of your own personality into everything you do … as this will make you memorable in your customers eyes, and stand out against a backdrop of what are often faceless, identical alternatives. Continue Reading

Why You Should Never Try And Second Guess Your Customers…

When you’re putting together a particular product or a system, I know that often there is a minimum requirement regarding time, financial investment or prior knowledge involved . This will of course limit how flexible you can be and will inevitably exclude some people.

You’ll agree, then, that whenever possible, you should try and offer a variation of options to cover as many different levels of time, investment and knowledge as you can … in short – giving the buyer what they want. Continue Reading

Is This A ‘You Too Can Have A Range Rover’ Kind Of Ad?

It turned out that the most liked, the most clicked, the highest converting ad over the testing period was not happy, attractive people sitting round a laptop, or some abstract graphical representations of success, but the one which sported a picture of me dangling out of my Range Rover. Continue Reading

Sore Paws, and Pause For Thought…

Now, I’m not a big one for talking about things like Karma … but it is not unreasonable to suggest that if you are fair and honest in the way you go about things, that in the majority of cases, you will be treated honestly and fairly yourself … and if you are repeatedly dishonest and underhand, word will get around and nobody will do business with you. Continue Reading

Time to Reflect, Assess & React

for some of you reading this, that news might be a painful reminder that all those big plans you were saving until ‘after Christmas’ are still sat there untouched and gathering dust and that ‘getting a move on’ might be the next thing on your ‘to do’ list…

But for others who have taken action this year, it’s already the ideal time to reflect on what you’ve done so far this year … what worked well, what went not so well – and things you won’t be trying again… Continue Reading

How Simple Changes Can Bring Huge Results…

For instance, simple changes to your your routine – strict timetables are great for self discipline, but if you keep them the same it’s easy to get too comfortable … try answering your emails at a different time of day, or trying to ‘hit’ that long term problem first thing in the morning rather than in the slightly drowsy hour just after lunch when you never seem to get too much done. Continue Reading

How Dinnertime Disappointments Can Lead To Online Success

So I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that it’s not so much the amount of things that go right for you that define your level of online success (although they are important) … it’s how you react to, and deal with, the amount of things that go wrong. Continue Reading

Should You Really ‘Copy Success’…

“If you wish to be successful – copy success” … and while this of course is wisdom of a sort, you need to also apply some common sense but make sure you are actually copying the right things. Continue Reading

‘Ten Buck’ Offers … Genuine Value Or Just An Expensive Squeeze Page ?

So, instead of it being like ‘the old days’, back before Google took a rather dim view of squeeze pages and a ‘free report’ was just that … you are now paying a fiver (more, if you buy the Upsell) for practically the same standard of content – which seems to me to make as much sense as buying that hotel Coke… Continue Reading

Is It Time To Stop Getting In Your Own Way…?

Nobody ever started an online business because they had to ‘fill’ four hours a day … our lives were already full of family commitments, our full time jobs (if we had one) and not forgetting the things we actually want to do … all before we tried to shoehorn in some time to make a bit extra online. Continue Reading

When It Says VIP … Make Sure It Is VIP (and NOT like this)…

One of things that I found interesting about my latest trip to New York was that nearly all of the VIP type upgrades I made actually added something to the experience, whether it was less time spent queuing, a slightly different area to stand-in which afforded a better view, or more access to tour guides or staff to give you more information, or provide anything you wanted. Continue Reading

Make Money Online The Ant & Dec Way (Talent NOT Required)

When it comes to the content you need to attract the right amount of traffic to make this pay (a niche site can be a real ‘slow burner’ of a way to make money online) the dilemma is usually whether to go for quality or quantity… Continue Reading

This is SO Unfair … I Hate You! (some useful tips on how to avoid becoming a business teenager)

This person, we can only assume, must be going through what I can only describe as the online business equivalent of a ‘teenage phase’ … and I’m afraid there’s quite a lot of it about.

Metaphorically speaking, we all start as babies in this industry, then we learn at our own pace and eventually have some degree of success, and that’s when it can all go a bit wrong… Continue Reading

Testing, Testing 1 2 3 …. 4 5 6 7 8….

It was for this reason, of course, that I ‘assembled’ my ‘Minions’ (their choice of name, not mine) 😉 to help with things like this, and since they started last year, have helped hundreds of Lowedown readers (and a few followers of their own) with their various queries and problems.

However, there is one common problem you won’t need myself, a Minion or anybody else to help you with, and is one I had myself just the other day… Continue Reading

She Was Only a Grocer’s Daughter … What’s Your Excuse?

Yes, I’ll agree, it’s a slightly provocative way to start … but something occurred to me as I stood there watching the funeral procession of Baroness Thatcher that really could provide a wakeup call to those who might feel they are stuck in something of a rut… Continue Reading

In Three Months Time You Could Be Kicking Yourself … If You Don’t Do This Today

One of the many things I was mulling over earlier was the way some of us manage to talk ourselves out of succeeding and how, when given enough time to ponder, will carry on asking more and more intricate and convoluted questions until we finally get a negative response … or instead of planning how to succeed will sit there and work out how it is ‘impossible’ to make something work (despite the fact that others might actually already be doing it). Continue Reading

Why The Next Three Days Could Be The Most Important of Your Year…

I read a number of years ago that it was during the Easter Holidays that the most DIY was done in Britain’s homes, which is why I’ve always found it a good idea to book a short break around now to somewhere nice and warm, therefore putting as much distance as possible between myself and anything likely to need rubbing down, nailing up or painting back at Lowe Towers… Continue Reading

I Can Almost Guarantee You Weren’t Expecting This…

Now, during in my decade or so as part of our online community, it’s always been this way – there is always someone richer, faster or cleverer than you – and there always will be. Despite all this, the number of people making a living (if not a fortune) online increases every year. (and yes, some of them are the ones with the slick and shiny videos) Continue Reading

Honour Has Been Restored … Normal Service Has Been Resumed…

..and that, really, is the way it should be … after all it’s probably no secret that I go into everything with the real and genuine expectation that things will all work out very much as I had planned … and anything that doesn’t go to plan, like that rather unfortunate episode with the steak a week or so ago, is just a temporary glitch. Continue Reading

Some Good News … And Something That Shouldn’t Be News At All…

Last week of course we had the news that Will and Kate were expecting their first child… and whist congratulations are undoubtedly due to the proud parents to be … and yes it is really good to see good news in the papers … the actual reporting of the event had very little to comend it… Continue Reading

Don’t Use A Dozen Different Ways To Say Nothing At All…

This week saw me taking a trip to Glasgow, for reasons that had absolutely nothing to do with business and everything to do with attending a very good friend’s party. Those of you familiar with Glasgow will know that architecturally it is quite like Bath in places … and rather like Beirut in others Continue Reading

Don’t Turn Yourself Into a ‘Failure Magnet’

It can also feel like that with some things we do online, when something can go horribly wrong due to an almost unbelievable set of coincidental circumstances that leave you scratching your head, wondering if your efforts are somehow destined to failure due to being cursed from on-high… Continue Reading