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Take my survey: tell me what you think

Okay, so you know I’m a ghostwriter and I complain all the time that I write ebooks and information products for my clients, but have no time for myself. Well, I’ve been eeking out a little time here and there and came up with an idea for an ebook, ecourse and other products teaching people to create info-products.

I pitched the idea to a successful online Internet marketer and she didn’t like my idea or business title. Ouch! I got depressed for a while. I thought, oh no, back to the drawing board. I’d already bought domain names, designed my logo, planned my product funnel and started writing my ebook through Donna Kozik’s write-a-book-in-a-weekend class.

Finally, I decided to run a survey. I’ve never created a survey before but I’d taken enough of them. I signed up at Survey Monkey which I’d heard about. It’s a free survey tool that allows you to create a survey and drive people to the survey to get their opinions. Then you usually offer a gift for taking the survey.

I set aside 2 hours on a Saturday afternoon, sat in the library (I found out now why people take their laptops to Starbucks, although I prefer my library: fewer distractions, although I found plenty of distractions at the library!). I completed the survey and then turned it over to my VA (virtual assistant) to complete and mail out to my list and post on my social networking sites. I also decided to post it here on my blog so anyone who feels inclined to put in their 2 cents, can give me their opinion.

Basically the survey asks people, who might fit into my target market, if they have ever wanted to write a book, but didn’t, and what was their biggest obstacle and what might help them overcome it. Also I included some potential names for my business to get some feedback on that.

If you have 3 minutes and want to help your busy ghostwriter blogger friend  here, hop over to http://tinyurl.com/dgjja2 and let me know what you think. I have 2 cool free reports you can choose from as a gift.  I haven’t read any responses yet, but my VA tells me I’ve had a high response rate. I highly recommend running one of these surveys if you get stuck anywhere in your creative process.

Happy info-products,
Andrea

Andrea Susan Glass
www.WritersWay.com


 
Learning Internet Marketing From the Best

Andrea & Adam

Well—I’m back from Adam Urbanski’s 4-day intensive Info Profit Success Bootcamp. And what a whirlwind 4 days! If you’ve ever been to a 4-day seminar you’ll know what I mean. It’s like being in an alternate universe where everyone talks the same language, everyone has the same goals, everyone is in this insular environment removed from the outside world. Like I said, it’s an intensive because it’s intense! And I needed a week to come back into the world and integrate what I learned.

Mostly, I gathered a ton of resources and tools to build a successful Internet marketing venture. Then I met a ton of great people with whom I made connections–either to learn from them, do joint ventures with them, or just build a relationship and see where that goes.

I equate an Internet marketing business to a machine with many moving parts. Yet, in order for the machine to work properly, you have to do first things first (so says bestselling author Stephen Covey). But figuring out what to do first is always a challenge.

For me, it’s determining my niche market and niche topic. So I finally decided I’d put together a survey and get some answers. I’ll have that link posted in the next blog if you’re interested in participating. Next I know I have to build a list. First things first means getting a good autoresponder/email program to collect names on my www.WritersWay.com website and put up a squeeze page to collect names for my new Internet marketing business. And the very next thing is to start creating info-products.

After that it’s producing products, selling and promoting products, building traffic, following up, etc. A bit overwhelming for me. But one great success of the bootcamp is I hired a Virtual Assistant to help me with some of the moving parts.

I’ll keep you posted as I progress. And let me know how you’re doing as well.

Happy info-products,
Andrea

Andrea Susan Glass
www.WritersWay.com


 

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