Associate Programs Newsletter #566 – March 12th, 2014.
Here's the big announcement I promised you last week.
I've finally decided to retire.
All my websites and newsletters have been bought by someone you might remember as part of the AssociatePrograms.com family a few years ago.
He’s set up a brand new company dedicated to growing small online businesses and improving the lives of their owners.
Acquiring AssociatePrograms.com and my other sites is part of his strategy to build the community.
More about that later. First, I'll tell you why I'm retiring…
In affiliate marketing, we're sold the dream of being your own boss, living wherever you want, and working only when you feel like it.
Well, I've been there, done that, and it's been so much better than I ever dreamed when I started. However, after 16 years with AssociatePrograms.com, it's time for a change.
For someone whose normal attention span for a project is three years, 16 years is a very long time to spend on one thing.
My other pastimes – spending time with family, gardening, reading, kayaking, and renovating old houses – are higher priorities now.
So I'm doing you all a favor, handing over to someone who also has your interests at heart, an experienced online marketer who will do a much better job of providing you with the up-to-dateinformation and tools you need to succeed online.
That person is Jay Stockwell who was my business partner for 5 years and left to put all his energies into building software (including the highly acclaimed SpeedPPC) as well as working growing a finance company he’s a shareholder in.
I’m excited to see where he takes things. He had a deep understanding of how to grow online businesses and has orchestrated the marketing strategy for delivering close to $100 million dollars in sales online.
He’s even consulted for multi-national brands like Nickelodeon and Billabong.
Now he’s here to help you grow your businesses.
Over to you, Jay. . .
The 30 minutes that changed my life. .
It’s funny how the seemingly incidental moments can define your life.
I don’t know if I’ve ever told Allan this before, but 30 minutes of his time in 1998 completely changed mine.
I’ve known Allan ever since I was a kid, and both Allan and Joanna used to come and stay with our family when they were in town. It was on one of these trips that I was chatting to Allan and he began to tell me about what he was doing on the Internet.
When he told me how it was fairly easy to set up a website I asked him to show me.
He opened up Notepad and hit a few keys and out came HTML. When he then showed me how the HTML was changed into a visual form you could publish online, my world changed.
That day he ignited a spark in me that has never gone out.
I became obsessed with this online world and started spending night and day building sites that contained more animated gifs than I wish to admit to.
Over the next year or two they would continue to visit and I’d glean more information from him.
It was during these times that Allan gave me something even more valuable than technical skill.
He gave me a mindset and a few key pieces of information that turned my hobby site about BMX dirt jumping into my first business.
The mindset he gave me was that it didn’t matter how good a website was, if there was no traffic it was dead in the water.
The most beautiful painting in the world hung in the middle of a forest that no-one will ever see doesn’t add value to the world.
It certainly doesn’t make any money. :)
Allan gave me a few key pieces of information about SEO that dramatically changed things so that instead of getting hundreds of visitors a month, it got hundreds of thousands. Perhaps just as importantly, he taught me key things about how to turn that traffic into money.
Things may be more complex nowadays, but the opportunities are greater.
I really believe that.
We live in a time like no other and there is no need to fit into the old industrial mindsets of working for a pay check if you don’t want to.
I’ve seen the freedom that having a highly profitable online business can bring and I’m hungry to help as many people as I can make that part of their lives.
To be honest, I reckon that the “Internet Marketing” space is for the most part a joke. Seeing the mindsets and reading the advice on sites like the Warrior forum are soul destroying. I hope I can filter the noise, expose the charlatans and give you clear focused direction.
I’m excited to join this community again and my goal is not to just give a bit of surface, unstructured advice here and there.
My goal is to give you the same growth framework that I’ve used to drive millions of dollars in sales so that you can apply it to your own business.
A framework to help you create a life changing, sustainable business that adds value to the world.
Not working a loophole to make a few quick bucks, but rather building an asset that you can be proud of.
Maybe even something that you can sell one day.
Just as Allan gave to me (and for 16 years to the AssociatePrograms.com community), I hope what I’ll share with you over the coming months and years will contribute to you changing your lives for the better.
Are you going to join me? :)