Category Archives: Aweber

Phase 1 Wrap Up

blogworldI have finished Phase 1 of Partnership to Success (building the foundation).  Overall, I would say that the training and videos are very well done.  I thought the tasks during the 8 weeks for Phase 1 could have been accomplished easily in 6 weeks by anyone.  I finished it in 4 weeks because I had done similar things before.  Thank goodness you can go faster by asking support.  As I said at the end of my last post, I still don’t know what is in store for my website but I am fairly certain there is more to come.

I feel I understand and can use WordPress functionality without any major problems.  I did learn when I had to search for specific functionality that people have no problem diving into the code and making changes.  I don’t think I really want to know WordPress to that level; plus, I would have to learn PHP.  On the other hand, I have just scratched the surface of Optimize Press functionality.  The P2S videos have used just a few features of Optimize Press so far.  Since I was ahead of schedule with the training, I played with some of the other OP features (elements).  What I learned from my “playing” with OP and several support tickets is that I wish that OP was a theme instead of a plugin.

I say this because when OP elements are used on WordPress posts and pages they are added as shortcodes (like HTML).  The elements look fine when viewing the blog but are not editable.  The OP elements are only editable when using OP’s Live Editor.  Using Live Editor is no harder than using WordPress but, to have “blog functionality” in OP, it has to be the theme not a plugin.  As a plugin, you can create pages but no sidebar functionality.  There is probably more that is missing from OP as a plugin but I haven’t found it yet.

Aweber was a pleasant surprise.  If you remember, I didn’t want to join Aweber since I already had TrafficWave as an auto responder.  Now, I am very impressed with Aweber.  I need to learn more about Aweber since I am sure I have only scratched the surface of its capabilities.  But, Aweber’s interface with Optimize Press and form creation capabilities impressed me and I will bet there is more to come.

There were 4 minor glitches during Phase 1.  The first glitch was becoming a member of the P2S Facebook Group.  Paula on P2S tech support was very diligent in getting this resolved.  It turned out the problem was Facebook didn’t like my inbox.com email address.  Changed it to a gmail account and that fixed the problem.  The second glitch was the lack of “comment capability” on my blog.  This most likely happened because defaults in WordPress have changed since John made his blog settings video.  To fix this problem, I watched the video again.  When John was scrolling past the comment settings saying nothing needed to change, I stopped the video and set my comment settings to match his.  Problem solved for new posts.  The existing posts all said “comments closed”.  The fix for that is a check box; allow comments, on each post found under “Quick Edit”.

The third and fourth glitches were associated with the creation and testing of the optin form that slides when you come to the blog.  When John created the optin form on the videos, the button fit perfectly on the form.  When I did the same things, the button was too big and spilled over the edge of the form.  This problem gave me the opportunity to learn more of Aweber’s capabilities.  I learned I could change the font size, move the titles, move the location of the optin form.  Finally, whitelisting on ClickBank is required to get credit for signups to P2S that came from my blog.  There was some problem on ClickBank’s side which delayed me getting whitelisted for 5 days.  John eventually found out about the problem and fixed it the same day.

The final video of Phase 1 proved to me John is a man after my own heart.  The final video is “Test, Test, Test”.  John is a strong advocate of EVERYTHING must be tested.  I could not agree more.  Internet applications have so many pieces, it is easy for something not to work the way intended.  So I agree – TEST, TEST, TEST!

In summary, I give the training 4.5 out of 5 stars.  The .5 star deduction is for the length of the phase, not the minor glitches.  I believe that anyone regardless of technical knowledge can complete Phase 1 and have a good-looking blog up and running.

Week 8 – List Building

sky-blogWeek 8 is the end of Partnership to Success Phase 1.  Phase 1 was all about getting my blog all set up.  I will freely admit I am glad Phase 1 is ending.  I think my blog is acceptable, not great but better than some I have seen.  I also have to admit that I still don’t fully understand what the purpose of the blog is.  I am sure that will become apparent eventually.

This week added a couple more features to the blog.  First, I added a product called Link Supercharger.  Link Supercharger allows me to change affiliate links to customized links.  For example, the following link

http://a9fd24k-8ggj07mws3jg74o2t.hop,clickbank.net/?tis=XXXX

can be changed to

http://bobcaine.com/recommends/P2S

I think the new link is more likely to be clicked.  Installation of Link Supercharger could not be simpler.  Download to your computer; add a directory (‘recommends’ in my case) to the site; ftp a file to the new directory; enter the file location in your browser; enter a user name, password, and email; and you are done.  To produce the example above, copy the affiliate link in the space provided, enter the desired name, P2S, and click the create button.  That’s it.  The new link can be cloaked or uncloaked.   A cloaked link remains the same on the link’s web page.  An uncloaked link changes back to the original link.  Some vendors, like ClickBank, do not allow cloaking so make sure you check.  Link Supercharger has other functionality as well but I haven’t used any of those yet.

The finishing touch to the blog was the opt-in form that greets a visitor upon arrival at the blog.  The opt-in form was created with Aweber.  I sure couldn’t create that form with TrafficWave.  John walking through the creation was a necessity.  First, I would not have even known the capability to create a form that complex existed.  Secondly, the positioning of the actual form on the background was at the pixel level and would have required a lot of trial and error.  Aweber allows the setting of the delay, how it appears and how frequently it appears.  I was definitely impressed.  I need to take time and learn all the Aweber functionality.  I am sure there is a lot more there.

Week 7 – Essential Techniques

Legal StuffWeek 7 is about getting my blog ready for the world.  The first part of this is to add “legal stuff” to the blog.  Guess what?  There is a plugin for the legal pages.  The plugin is WP InstaLegalPages.  It contains the following nine legal pages.

  • Affiliate Disclosure
  • Amazon Affiliate Disclaimer (multiple countries available)
  • Anti-Spam Policy
  • Contact Us
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice
  • Earnings Disclaimer
  • Medical Disclaimer
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use

When activating the plugin, creates all nine pages as drafts.  The pages are fully editable as needed and published when ready.  I used all the pages except the Amazon Affiliate Disclaimer and the Medical Disclaimer.  Once published, seven new, boring pages appear on my menu.  Not the best result for a good-looking blog.  The solution is to create and publish a page called “Legal Stuff” or whatever you prefer.  The “Legal Stuff” page is the main page for all the legal pages.  Making the legal pages sub-pages to “Legal Stuff” is done through Appearance, Menu.  The Menu page allows you to drag and drop, up and down, your pages to create the sequence you want.  To make the legal pages sub-items to “Legal Stuff”, you drag them to the right.  Click save, view the blog.  Now, you see “Legal Stuff” with a down arrow on the main menu.  When the cursor is on “Legal Stuff”, the list of the legal pages displays.  Clicking on one of the legal pages displays that page.

Week 7 also taught how to add images and videos to a post.  I have added images to several posts but still have several that need images.  I am hoping to find a site to get decent free images.  No luck so far. I haven’t added a video yet but I will just for the experience.  I may even get adventuresome and create a video.

How to schedule publishing a post and emailing broadcasts to your lists at a future date and time is the last topic of the week.  This functionality is useful if you are unavailable when you want the post published or the broadcast sent.  This is definitely a handy feature for both WordPress and Aweber.  I am starting to see why Aweber costs a little more than other autoresponders.  It has more functionality.

Please leave comments to help me improve and return soon.

Week 3 – Opt In Form

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This week is about adding an opt in form to my blog.  Unfortunately, this means I need to join Aweber.  I say unfortunately because I already subscribe to TrafficWave.  I don’t think I really need 2 autoresonders.  I have 2 paid lead campaigns running with TrafficWave that I would have to throw away if I left.  Also, if I want to continue to pursue Team Atlantis, I need to stay with TrafficWave.  Aweber is integrated with products that are used with program.  I won’t have to struggle as much and will be able to do everything if I just join Aweber.  I guess I will just have to have 2 autoresponders for now.

I registered with Aweber through my affiliate ID.  Maybe I can get a commission but probably not.  Aweber walks you through creating the first list which follows the videos.  I customized the confirmation message but am sure I will tweak it at least once more.  I also added a follow-up email thanking the person for signing up in the email series but that is the only email in the series for now.

Creating the sign up form was straight forward.  Again, Aweber pretty much walked me through it which matched the video.  I am really not sure if creating a form in Aweber was necessary or not.  I say that because OptimizerPress interfaces with Aweber and I designed another form in OptimizerPress.  I just went back and watched the video again.  The HTML code for the Aweber form is copied into OptimizePress but some of it must be changed since the final form is designed and edited in my blog.  This is one of those details I just have to accept because I am sure I will never know exactly how it works.  It just works.

The week 3 checklist concludes with

“add an optin form to your blog, you will then be ready to start building a mailing list.”

That is true but we still need to drive traffic to the blog.

On to week 4