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This lesson provides helpful tips depending on where you are on the journey to meet YOUR goals and reason for taking this course. Everyone is at a different stage of knowledge and skill when they start. Therefore, what to do FIRST really depends on where you’re at NOW. So, this lesson is a discussion and evaluation of your current skill and knowledge level – and “NONE” is a perfectly acceptable (and in fact MOST common) answer. But for those with some skill, experience and knowledge, there are some courses and lessons you may not need or want. You’ll better know which courses and lessons are appropriate for you after taking this lesson.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is simple and complex at the same time. If you understand its core elements, understanding it becomes MUCH easier. This lesson shows you those core elements which is why you MUST take this lesson before taking our SEO courses. I would have saved myself YEARS of time if I had this lesson before I started learning how to make money online.
Although SEO has many moving parts and can be daunting at first, there’s a very core element you need to master before getting too much into your training. It’s described by two simple words. Learn what they are and how to apply them in this lesson.
A full 81% of all brands represented online are attached to an Affiliate program. Ergo, Affiliate programs are one of the PRIMARY methods of monetizing websites and making money for YOU. This is your primer on Affiliate programs.
By the time you’re done with this lesson, you’ll understand the basics of Marketing Automation. It’s one of those buzz words that’s thrown around but which many people have no idea what it really means. This is a vital primer lesson.
Long-term income from your online activities is the goal of most people, whether you’re just trying to build and promote your own website for an existing or new business, or whether you’re simply trying to build a side-hustle that can morph into a full-time professional income. For long term success, you MUST expect it will take some time; like most of a your first year before you start seeing any results.
BUT, if you need income RIGHT NOW . . . we do provide a very specific path for you to earn money as soon as the first DAY and actually receive your money within a week or less. If you’re in that camp that needs IMMEDIATE income, pay close attention to this lesson!
Choosing a Profitable Niche
The Internet is so vast that the opportunities to earn money using resources you’ll find here are almost limitless. However there are some guidelines. This lesson gives you options regarding choosing betweeen e-commerce, blogging, Affiliate income, platforms, being a developer (yes you can do this WITHOUT being an engineer!), and more. A “Niche” refers to the category or sub-category you choose regardless of your function (blogger, e-commerce, Affiliate, developer, etc.).
Search Phrase Analysis
Find out why I believe the term “Keyword Research” is out of date. I’ve got a much better system that the traditional research STILL used by the majority of “gurus” out there.
Your category of business is a personal choice. There are some very important considerations you must take into account since this forms the basis and foundation for your financial future.
I have said many times that promoting a website with SEO is more about art than science. This lesson focuses on how to come up with the ideas you need to bring visitors to your site.
Creating a list of articles to write on your site is vital to launching your site and building monthly page views. We call this a Punch List. Equally important is writing the titles for those articles. This lesson deals with those topics
Analysis is not a one-and-done thing. It’s a constant and continual process. So, you need to do your analysis with your future in mind. Learn how to do that here.
Ranking Trainer 360 Review
This is the “Reader’s Digest” version of the full Ranking Trainer course. By the time you reach this course, you will have already gone through the above material and have a very good idea where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. This course gives you a good review and sets you up for the full training course which is designed to last 16 weeks. This one is available the moment you register. You should go through ALL these lessons before staring the FULL RT 360 Course. Here’s a list of the lessons you’ll get when you register:
- Intro to Internet Income
- CMS, Hosting and FTP
- WordPress and Plugin Basics
- Common Sense SEO
- HTML Boot Camp
- Landing Pages and Forms
- Email Lists & Database Management
- E-Commerce: Getting Paid
- How to Create Original Content
- PC, Mobile & Web Security and Backups
- The Role of CRM in Modern Marketing
- Email Marketing & Automation
- Effective Bulk Email Strategy
- Effective SMS Strategies
- SMM (Social Media Marketing)
- Mobile Marketing
The Full Ranking Trainer 360 Course
After this lesson you will know the following:
- How these proprietary lessons will empower you to earn money using online resources in nearly any industry, and
- How to post a simple landing page and/or squeeze page begin building your marketing list and begin promoting your website. You will also learn how to instantly generate income as an Affiliate of Ranking Trainer.
- The following items are reviewed and explained in this lesson:
- Introduction to Modular Marketing
- Glossary of Terms and Acronyms
- Overviews of the following
- CMS (Content Management Systems)
- Marketing automation
- Bulk Email
- Voifone Bulk SMS
- Voifone Communicator
- Module integrations
- Affiliate marketing
To go beyond simply opening a Facebook account and posting messages, you need to know how and where to publish a website. This lesson gets you started down that path. Long gone are the days when only those with HTML, PHP or similar programming expertise can design and publish websites. There’s a proliferation of CMS (Content Management Systems) software out there that make it possible to create websites, promote your products and services and make money on the Internet.
Although there are many very good CMS programs out there, WordPress is by far the most widely used and popular. It started as just a blogging platform but quickly grew into the world’s most widely used tool for creating, editing and publishing websites. Although it may seem a bit intimidating to the novice, it’s a robust platform and will allow you to publish gorgeous websites capable of almost anything you can imagine. This introduction to WordPress will take the mystery out of using the most common CMS on the planet. You will “learn how to learn” everything there is to know about WordPress. (NOTE: This is NOT a comprehensive tutorial about “how to use WordPress”. It provides the basic concepts and techniques and provides ample links to very detailed “how-to” video tutorials and other online materials.
Forget everything you think you know about SEO. We teach a different and fresh approach to this subject; one the works and one which will not make you the victim of the infamous Google Algorithm Updates. SEO or Search Engine Optimization forms the base of “getting found” on the Internet. Most people think it’s a mysterious thing. In fact, it’s not. The concept is pretty simple. Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines have a vested interest in making sure when people search for something, they find RELEVANT results. So, all the “optimization” activity is geared largely toward achieving this goal. At the same time, Google and other engines search your site for information to check it and ensure certain protocols are completed correctly. By doing the right “things” onsite (and offsite) you’ll wind up on the first page, near the top of the natural search results. You “MUST” be on the Google first page for your keywords or you won’t get enough response to matter. SEO is a VERY COMPETITIVE activity. It’s something that must be done continually to stay at the top position where you likely wish to remain. SEO takes time. Do NOT expect overnight results. It typically takes about 9 months to rank high enough to make a difference. So be patient and do not give up too soon! Traffic is out there; give it a chance to find you!
Although it’s not necessary to master HTML to build modern, sophisticated websites, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND a basic understanding of HTML and the basic syntax under which it operates. The basics of HTML are revealed here, including learn the most widely and commonly used code. You’re likely to at least SOME of this code from time to time as you build your own landing pages and websites. Learning to deal with “snippets” of HTML code is how you “tweak” various aspects of your sites to do exactly what you want. Don’t worry; we don’t expect you to actually MEMORIZE all this technical information. You’re just expected to remember the basic concept, and learn how to FIND the specific code you need, recognize it, and use it at the times when you need it.
A “landing page” can be thought of as a single-page website. It can be a long or a short page, simple or complex – but normally it’s short and simple. Its purpose is to gather information about a prospect who is interested in whatever you’re promoting. This is the basic component for lead generation. It is the “OPT-IN” form which makes direct selling a joy instead of drudgery . . . and makes online sales possible without ANY direct contact with your customers . . .“doable”. We also include very necessary legal language which makes the difference between perfectly legal and successful promotions, and those referred to as scams. (HINT: You do NOT want to be thought of as a scammer or spammer.)
Closely related to landing pages are email and/or cell phone lists. But you must know what to do and exactly HOW to deal with lists to create a successful marketing campaign. “How” you use these lists and the type of lists you use is the key to whether you actually earn money from the leads you gather on your landing pages. Although this is a short description, the knowledge and skills you gain here are invaluable to online marketing success.
If you have no method to accept money on your website, you basically have no method to EARN money. Period. (Except in those rare instances when you receive money in some manually delivered fashion. Although these can be legitimate, they are the exception to the rule.) Modern online marketing, for the most part, DEPENDS on your ability to accept major bank cards. Lucky for you, in today’s online world it’s pretty easy for almost everyone to qualify for an account that will allow you to accept major credit cards (called a “merchant account”). Not too many years ago, it was difficult to qualify for this type of account. Now, it’s not. There are instances where people are declined for a merchant account. As recently as just a few years ago, it was very complex, time-consuming and difficult to set up the e-commerce side of an online store and required the hiring of an expert. The complexities are STILL there, but when using the right tools, they’re all hidden behind special software that makes it possible for the novice to set up very sophisticated e-commerce by themselves themselves and accept payments through their websites. Don’t worry, if you are declined when you apply to get a merchant account there are work-arounds. We’ll make sure you know what they are.
There’s so much content available these days for building gorgeous websites that some people may think they’ll never need to create any of their OWN custom-designed content. You’re likely to NEED this capability from time to time. This does NOT make you a professional graphic artist or designer, but you’ll be amazed at how you can produce high-quality images without any outside help. Everyone has their OWN idea of “exactly” what they want. One of the wonderful aspects of learning to “do-it-yourself” is it allows you full creative control over your masterpiece! You don’t have to be a talented designer to create customized images, art or graphics for your website. In fact, it’s likely that MOST of what you do with original content will be along the lines of converting one format to another or making some small modification to photos or art – like cropping, or changing the size of the file, etc. This lesson shows you how to do it these basic tasks without the need for a professional graphic design staff.
You “MUST” know something about Internet security to wade into these waters. If you don’t it’s not a matter of “if” you’ll get hacked, but “when”. If you know nothing and do nothing, your masterpiece website can be hacked in a matter of minutes or even seconds after publication. If you’ve dealt with computers for any length of time, you’ll know that awful feeling of losing 30 minutes, or an hour, or many hours or even days, weeks or months of work . . . because a file wasn’t saved and/or backed up. This is WHY you absolutely MUST follow one of the strategies you’ll learn in this lesson.
The founder of this company started using CRM’s back in the late 1980’s. The need for CRM’s was well-established BEFORE the term CRM was a “thing”. “Customer Relationship Management” has become a critical component of so many companies, regardless of whether they sell primarily online, or have a storefront, or do direct sales or use some other method of transacting with the public. The CRM gives you a single portal through which ALL communications and transactions with your customers are recorded. In a way, it’s the glue that holds your company together. And Now, Ranking Trainer makes it affordable for even the smallest of small businesses – even for a single individual to have and use one of the most sophisticated CRM’s available anywhere. Most CRM’s are simply too expensive for the average SMB or individual. Ours isn’t.
Marketing can be done WITHOUT automation to be sure. But if you ignore this essential tool, you’re really cheating yourself of TIME. Besides, computers are BUILT to do this sort of thing. We all experience marketing automation pretty much every day. Ever filled out a form online? Did you get a series of emails, text messages or recorded phone calls after that? THIS is one aspect of marketing automation. But it goes deeper than that. Learn all the relevant methods of enhancing your marketing efforts in this lesson.
Nothing is as ubiquitous as email marketing. Sadly, too much of it is SPAM. SPAM is illegal, won’t be tolerated within our system and by our students, and is completely INEFFECTIVE. If you want to lose money, reputation and waste a ton of time . . . do some spamming (and you won’t be in the online community very long). But, if done properly you can get ENORMOUS results from bulk email. If done wrong, it’ll KILL your business because your domain, your website and the email addresses based on your domain will be BLACKLISTED. This is the kiss of death for any kind of online presence or marketing. Just who DOES this blacklisting? Google, for one. And if you’re blacklisted by Google, and don’t get that fixed . . . you’re “done”. Or at least your domain is DONE. Once you’re blacklisted you can correct the problem if it’s not too serious. But if you have been blatantly spamming . . . you’re pretty much FINISHED with anything related to the domain you spent so much time, effort and money on. Pay attention to this lesson. It’s important. Besides, “effective” bulk email is REALLY effective and REALLY profitable! You “NEED” a good email campaign to enhance your efforts.
NOTHING, and we really do mean NOTHING, gets a higher response rate than a well-orchestrated SMS (Short Message Service AKA text-messaging) campaign. But once again, it must be done properly to get a good response and must be done LEGALLY to continue doing it. You “will” be caught if you’re doing it illegally. So, don’t. Once you learn how to use our bulk SMS system, you’ll wonder why you never did this before.
SMM is a close cousin to SEO and means “Social Media Marketing”. In fact, SMM generally allows you to get results much faster than SEO. So, does this mean you should focus only on SMM and not SEO to start? NO! Do both. You’ll need both. While Google dominates the world of SEO, the combo of YouTube and Facebook dominate for SMM. But did you know that YouTube is giving Facebook and Google Search some serious competition? It’s true, even though YouTube is owned by Google, it still competes for revenue. YouTube actually ranks second now for Internet searches. So, you really MUST have a presence in multiple social sites to be noticed and get the response rate you want. SMM works. Period.
We round out our series of tutorials with a more in-depth discussion of mobile marketing. While SMS (text message) marketing is at the heart of it, mobile marketing is more comprehensive and sophisticated than “just” sending text messages. You’ve likely already experienced some of this sophistication. Often, when you’re in the vicinity of a retail store now, you’ll get a notification on your phone asking something about or offering something from that store. HOW is this done? Can it benefit you? “Maybe”. Mobile marketing in all its many forms is rapidly developing. It’s something you MUST know about to be a well-rounded online marketer.
Video Marketing with YouTube
YouTube can be a complete business in itself. BUT, it’s more commonly used to drive traffic to your website. It’s the BIGGEST driver of RELEVANT, CONVERTING, PROFITABLE traffic to websites. Here, I explain why.
No, I didn’t reverse-engineer YouTube. But I “do” know how to satisfy their algorithm (software) to ensure you get FOUND on YouTube and get views to your video. That’s what this lesson is all about.
I recommend RACING to your first 1,000 subscribers. Why? You’ll know why when you take finish this lesson and you’ll have the knowledge required to do it.
If your content sucks, so will your Channel. It won’t produce for you. I’ll give you some very important guidelines to ensure your content is rich and high quality. YouTube will “know” the difference. I’ll tell you HOW they know that in this lesson.
There’s a very specific formula you’ll need to use if you want organic traffic coming your way from YouTube. The good news: It’s FASTER than gaining SEO traffic from Google searches – but BOTH are neecessary for you to maximize your earnings.
There are many great tools to build high quality, professional looking videos these days. I’ll show you what “I” use, and what others use. Most of them are so good, you can’t really go wrong no matter what brand of software or platform (iOS or PC) you use.
General Business Issues
I cannot cover all countries because I’m only familiar with USA laws and procedures. But most countries follow similar concepts and principles. It’ll be up to you to determine exactly what is required and “best practice” in your own country. The use of a qualified attorney may be needed, depending on your experience.
There are good, legitimate, legal and viable methods to raise money for your business. I have used EVERYTHING I teach about here, so I know they work. My efforts here have resulted in tens of millions of dollars in capital and revenue for my companies during the course of my career. “Nobody” teaches this stuff, yet it’s SO important for entrepreneurs.
Once again, I don’t see ANY of the so-called guru’s teaching vital topics like this. Yet, this is the type of knowledge that often makes the difference between success and failure in business, whether it’s an online business or not.
Governments can and do shut down companies, often for seemingly ridiculous reasons. They can and do ruin lives. Don’t be a victim of government over-reach of power. Make sure you know what you MUST do to stay on the right side of the law.
Sadly, in almost all cases, well-meaning friends, neighbors and family members often say the most discouraging things when they learn you’re working on becoming financially independent. They’ll tell you it’ll never work and give you all kinds of reasons to give up. DON’T. I faced this for decades and build 3 companies, each of which did 8 figures a years in business and employed between 130 and 435 employees. Learn from my experience.