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

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

The Only Stupid Question Is The One You Didn’t Ask…

There have been some strange arrivals here in the last couple of weeks … First of all, a Scotsman sent me a knife in the post… Normally, I wouldn’t necessarily consider this a good thing … however as it was… Continue Reading

Why We Sometimes Wish Our Online Business Came With A ‘Montage’ Sequence…

I really love a film reference or quote … I am, after all, the one with the in house team who call themselves the ‘Minions’ (after the little yellow chaps in Despicable Me) though I must point out that life here at HQ isn’t quite like that …. though a few casual observers have pointed out that the TV series ‘Blandings’ might not be too far off the mark… Continue Reading

Why The ‘Obvious’ Isn’t Always The Answer – And How You Can Take Advantage of it…

Take for instance online gaming … not my field of expertise, and probably not yours either … but if I asked you to think of a ‘gamer’, you probably would have in mind a male, probably late teens to mid twenties with a poor attempt at facial hair and minimal social skills… 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

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

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

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

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

So, Does Your Product Have the ‘Shiny Wing Mirror’ Option ?

So, I’m sure you’re wondering what all this has got to do with your online business, after all, we’re not selling cars … well, neither, strictly speaking, were the folks at Jaguar – with those little extras and options, they were actually selling individuality and exclusiveness … and you can do exactly the same with your products. 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

Why On Earth Would You Do This To Your Email List…?

To compound the felony, even if you’re only on half the mailing lists I’m on, you’ll probably receive three or four of these emails, all from different marketers, all saying the same thing, all insulting your intelligence … now what does this tell you about the value they place on their relationship with you? 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

To Upsell, Or Not To Upsell, That Is The Question…

It seems to be the agreed wisdom in the ‘make money online’ community that the best time to sell to your customers is “when you’ve just sold them something and they’ve already got their credit card in their hand”. This, on the face of it, seems to make perfect sense … but if you get it even the tiniest bit wrong, you can do the complete opposite and really, really annoy the exact same people you are trying to build a relationship with… Continue Reading

My ‘Approved’ List…

‘The Approved List’ is NOT a list of ‘Make Money’ systems … instead it is a list of resources, websites & useful tools I have either used in building my own business or at least wished were around when I first started … it’s completely free for you to access, and will, of course, be updated as and when I find something I think is good enough to add. Continue Reading

The Logical Answer To All Of Those Annoying Little Problems (And a Couple Of The Big Ones Too)

This was all explained for the rather logical reason that by telling me how the problem occurred, it would also explain why the solution that was proposed was going to work. Now I really like that kind of logic … but it doesn’t seem to apply everywhere…

When things aren’t working out online, but you don’t know what the problem is, you can spend a lot of time (and money) you haven’t got trying find the root cause or end up spending a fortune on a solution that may not be right for your site, or just wasn’t designed to solve the exact problem you’ve got. 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

Would You Like To Get ‘Fifty Shades’ Of Viral Traffic…?

Remember, any viral traffic you get is not only completely free traffic, it is very targeted and has also been ‘pre-sold’ because the person has arrived here on a recommendation … so the more of it you can encourage by providing people with something they are more than happy to tell others about … the better.
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