The Under Priced Idiot

Don’t offer cheap price for your service, increase it, multply it and profits from it. There is no reason for you to offer cheap service if you BELIEVE you can do it.

Learn how to take advantage on your clients. I am not saying that you should charge ridiculously high but offer them certain objective to entice them to pay you more. “I will give you what you want, you give me what I want”.

Off-topic but I wish to tell everyone why I choose to make John Doe as my alias. John Doe symbolise someone who does not have any identity and I should be like that. (Although I am not 🙂
Abdul Rahman / John Doe / Strongblur

How Much Do You Value Your Words?

Care to tell me how much your words are worth for in dollars, ringgits or any currency (if possible, please provide exchange rate)? I know I don’t value my words as I only charge few dollars for 2 page sales and lead letter.

I recently come to believe that I have to value every single word I write to make myself look professional in front of my prospects as well as audience. If I don’t they will say I am just another cheap copywriter waiting for job to come by. I do not want it to happen because I planned to be a millionaire in the next five years! It’s impossible for me to be rich while making me looks inexpensive, low quality copywriter/writer.

Do you value your words?

How do you write your post?

I just found an interesting article in Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox (April 16, 2007) which states why it is better to use “23” instead of “twenty-three” in your blog post (or websites).

One of the reasons given is that it will enable visitors to quickly scan your site for facts and number usually represents data or facts. Instead of copy pasting the whole thing, you can visit Alertbox for more information.

Now You Know How Hard It Is To

Now You Know that Being a Pro(Blogger) is Not as Easy as Eating Cakes

I believe most of you do not know how hard it is to find a specific focus for your blog. Probably, I am the worst blogger I have known so far. I know what are the necessities of being a good blogger (or problogger, some called) yet again, I am not able to achieve it. I have read Killer Flagship Content (Chris Garret) and I know the importance of having a flagship contents for my blog. Unfortunately, I do not have the real and specific purposes to do so. I created this blog basically to be a public diary on what’s going on in my freelancing life and now it’s breached that limit. I am talking more and more about inspiration, motivation and things which doesn’t really have specific links to freelancing (although it’s necessary for freelancers to have one).

So, I am now going to find my purposes and I hope with that, I am going to be a better blogger and better service provider from this day. Hopefully. I will announce when I decides what is the purpose of this blog and I hope my action shall do no harms but more excellent reading for every readers of this blog.

Abdul Rahman a.k.a John Doe

What Inspire You? – Part II

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner. – Anonymous

Sometimes lack of motivation is used to make excuses on the lack of success. Is it true that lacks of success is because we don’t have enough motivation? I doubt that should be the case.

We know that success doesn’t come easily to great people, they face adversity and setbacks way worse than what we are going to face. They are ridiculed for their ideas which soon be great assets in our lives. They face them and you can as well. It is not critics that we should care about, the only person we should care of is ourselves. You must not let critics silence you from doing things you really wants. What they want to say is for you to ridicule or amuse yourself later – after you succeed.

You have the power to choose and choose wisely what you want to do, either making the lack of inspiration, motivation or anything as an excuses for your own failure or making the lacks of it as a motivation to be more successful than what you used to be before.

Later, I will tell you what you have to do to develop necessary traits of successful person and it shall be a good lesson for both you and this blog’s reader.

I believe the first trait to be successful entrepreneur is to strive against all obstacles.

Just remove the word adversity out of your lives and you are one step forward to your own objectives.

Abdul Rahman a.k.a John Doe

How You Can Double Your Profits Easily

Imagine after you downloaded and read all stuffs I am going to give away will make you two times higher paid than what you used to be?

Is that possible? Yes, I bet you canif you apply everything I am going to give away.

The first thing you need to increase your online online sales is to have effective headlines, in your blog post, sales letter, newsletter and such. For this, I recommend you to read: Why Do Some Headlines Fail?

This report is made by Sean D’Souza which famous with his copywriting blog, Spider Secret. From this report, you will get tips on how to make an effective headlines, thus making more profits from it.

Second thing I want to recommend is Michel Fortin’s blog. A blog? You might be asking but I believe this blog will help you improve the way you write your overall letter and improve your persuasive skill along the way.

Third resource which you should read is Brian Clark’s Copyblogger. Another blog about copywriting but with all only three resource, I doubt you will ever need more. You will learn how to make a powerful post opener, how to magnetise (to make your blogs attract visitors, audience like a powerful magnet) your blog, and many, many other interesting things.

That’s three for now, do you need more? I think you should. Read more and you will learn more although with just above resource, you could jump start your copywriting/online business…

If you’re wondering why I say you can double your profits with 5 words, it’s about headline. Without a good headline, your audience will not look at your sales letter more than 1 seconds before browsing to more persuasive websites. Will post more resources later on.

Are You Inspired Person?

What inspire you to work? What inspire you to be better and lose your fatty layer? What inspire you to make the most out of your life? Is it a gorgeous girl you just met recently or things you always love? It is you to decide. I am writing this not to say about things that inspire you but to inform you one certainty I have learned today; it is not things you inspired from that will makes differences but you. Only you can change your life.

You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called “life.” Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them. The meaning of life is different for every individual. Each person has his or her own purpose and distinct path, unique and separate from anyone else’s. As you travel your life path, you will be presented with numerous lessons that you will need to learn in order to fulfill that purpose. The lessons you are presented with are specific for you; learning these lessons is the key to discovering and fulfilling the meaning and relevance of your own life.

You will be presented with lessons in every circumstance that surfaces in your life. When you experience pain, you learn a lesson. When you feel joy, you learn a different lesson. For every action or event, there is an accompanying lesson that must be learned. There really is no way to avoid the lessons you are presented with, nor is there any chance that you will be able to skirt around the learning process. [If Life is a Game, These are the Rules by Cherie Carter-Scott]

Source: Lessons of the Day
Pic from stock.xchng member, Ti

Permission? Come on! There’s NO Permission!

Marketers love to talk about permission based marketing. One of the examples of permission based marketing would be double opt-ins. People are required to validate their email addresses to get the required “free stuff, or newsletter”; thus, a permission to send you an e-mail from them.

I just read Bob’s post on Google’s Contempt for Copyright. It’s great read. Make sure you read it. Back to the point, do people on the internet cares about permission (except many white hat marketers)? I don’t think so. You can find thousands of videos made using musics by many popular singer, especially AMV (Anime Music Videos) I’ve watched this type of video far more than I can remember and I love watching them but, what’s the impact of no-permission based works like AMV and fan made stuff? Will it affect the business the bad way or the good way?

Pics from Wikipedia

Why People Should Hate Blogging for Money

Old title: Why People Should Hate Blogging for Money
New Title: How NOT to blog for money

Sticky Notes: This post have been overwritten thanks to my now-improved style of writing. I believe this will be better than the original post you have seen on this blog. I want and hope you will enjoy the improved post. Enjoy, please. 🙂

Most of the new bloggers are focused on getting the money. They want to create blogs and do blogging so that they can earn money. It is easy, don’t you think? But as with many thousands of new bloggers everyday, it is totally flawed mentality.

This is the cold truth of blogging: You won’t get the money if you don’t have advertisers (or some affiliate programs running on your blog). In order to do so, you need visitors to convince them that you, the blogger are capable of bringing them the money you want. Is it easy to get a loyal, repeating visitor to your blog? I doubt it; that if your mentality is to get money, not to serve the visitors, your audience benefits first.

You need to gave them what they want! The audience need contents which will satisfy their needs or desires. They don’t want to see your intrusive ads or any special offer you want to give them because, they have seen so much of it and they want something else.

Give them that something else and you can get their attentions, to your obtrusive ads and sales letter.

(Still in Progress)

Original post below:
Imagine there are no people in this planet are NOT blogging for money, I am sure Adsense revenue is far lower than what it should be, Blog Ads won’t exist and many other cash machines does not exist. So, should people hate people who blogs only for money?

I am not saying that money can’t be used as side incentives, but I am against blogging for money. Bloggers usually blog things they like (and complaint), right? But what about these money freak people who only blogs if they were given or see the money? What if they have Y number of blogs and all of them are splogs (spam blogs) which is the fastest way to get money? Isn’t that going to reduce the quality of information available on the internet?

I don’t like bloggers who will only blog solely for money… It sucks and the way they writes look dull and plain. Maybe I will write this later, after I finished thinking what I should write. Haven’t write on this blog for quite some times, am I?

Whore again? Second Step to Build Quality Traffic

Just to say this is the second post in Traffic Whore series. You can search for more relevant and quality post by searching for post labelled with ‘Traffic’ and ‘Traffic Whore’ tag.

Do you have any plans on how much do you want for your traffic? Do you want your web stats to register one thousand hits the next time you opened them? How long have you build your blog content? All of them are yours to be answered. I tried to be realistic here. This blog is just few weeks old and I don’t think I can get one thousand unique visitors without a good contents. To be a good whore (e.g no SPAM), you need to make a good contents for your blog. That is your blog, no one else owned it but you. Some people have tendency of making beautiful comments and forget they have blogs to take care.

Care less about others. Make yourself #1 on your own list

Can you help people by not helping yourself? The answer is obviously, NO! You cannot help people if you are in trouble. Peoples who do business in consulting know this best. How the heck they going to help their clients if they don’t have any clues on what their clients are doing? (Thus, they helped themselves by asking politely to their clients what they want, needs, targets, etc.)

You know that you can get traffic from Social Media websites. Stop making an idiotic post and start posting something that will reflect your expertise.

Remember: Google and other Search Engines love Authoritative Sites (optimisation ref: #1, #2). Focus and Fire to your audience on what you are capable of.

Be prepared to invest in building a relationship. Your first communications with the authoritative site may not include a request for a link.