Sales Funnel Progress, WordPress Migration and Looking After Your Affiliate Earnings
Last Update: Mar 28, 2023
Sales Funnel Progress
I didn't realise it's been so long since I last posted here. It's been a busy month!
Earlier this month I spent time tweaking the sales funnel I built on Systeme completely for free.
I created different variations of the optin (landing) page to test which would get the best conversions.
And, to be honest, none of the variants stand out.
I've been driving free traffic to my landing page and it's converting at less than 1%.
So, either the page and the page variants are simply bad or the traffic I'm driving is so poor (not targeted) that most are not interested in my offer.
I'm writing a blog post at the moment that details what traffic sources I've tried but it's not ready for publication yet.
I wouldn't mind getting some feedback on the two landing pages I'm currently testing. A fresh pair of eyes would be welcome. I'm only looking for a critique of the pages, nothing more:
What I like about Systeme is that they offer a free forever account, not one that's limited to a certain trial period.
Systeme is also at least as good as competitors like Clickfunnels and Builderall but it costs a fraction of what those platforms charge. I have more information about Systeme along with some training videos here.
I built my sales funnel using only Systeme's free account and my funnel consisted of a landing page (to collect email addresses), a thank you page, an email campaign and a free video course as a lead magnet.
Even the videos in my course could be hosted on Systeme for freeWordPress Blog Migration
I also had to move all of my WordPress blogs (35 of them!) to a new web host as my previous host had become unreliable and didn't fix reported issues.
I do some funky things with my sites and because of some restrictions here at WA, I couldn't move them here.
That whole migration process took far longer than I anticipated as there were issues I had to address and fix on the sites once they were moved.
Turns out my previous host was somewhat lax in scanning for malware on sites on their servers and my new web host detected potentially infected files in some Wordpress plugins.
I either had to delete those plugins or find alternatives to use in their place.
I do know that some of the new web host's malware detections were false positives but better that than allowing real malware to exist.
In fact, I'm really impressed with the web security provided by my new webhost. Plus, their servers are faster.Looking After Your Affiliate Earnings
I'm sure you've heard about the problems in the world economy and how that's affecting the banks (yet again).
I just don't trust banks at this stage not to collapse and not to screw their customers over.
So I only keep running expenses in a bank account.
It's simply not worth saving money in a bank when they offer less than 1% interest on savings while inflation is running at 10%.
Did you know that in the USA how inflation is calculated is different today than it was in the 70s and 80s?
Governments manipulate the inflation calculation so that what's publicly reported is less than the actual rate of inflation.
If you've been wondering why your bills seem to be over 10% more expensive than they were this time last year, that's why.
The Dollar is the world's reserve currency but I'm not convinced it will remain so for all that much longer.
So I move my excess money out of Dollars into other assets such as stocks, crypto and precious metals and art.
The stocks and crypto are a gamble I admit, but their long term trends are upwards even if there are significant short-term dips in prices.
Precious metals I buy because they're a store of value rather than being investments.
I don't keep precious metals at home because of the security issue, so I keep them in remote vaults outside of the banking system.
If the banking system should fail catastrophically, then stock prices will be affected as cryptos probably also will, since both require fiat (regular) currency for buying and selling.
Precious metals won't be affected in such a situation. They can be withdrawn as necessary and used as currency in their own right, in the event a currency collapses.
Every currency ever invented as been debased and gone to zero. Let that sink in. They were all pegged to gold and/or silver at one time.
The Romans started debasing their currency by reducing the amount of silver and gold in coins. Then they started shaving slivers off the coins.
As of 2022, none of the world's countries use the gold standard (Nixon took the Dollar off the Gold Standard in 1971).
So all of the world's currencies are backed by...literally, nothing.
Another way to debase a currency is to just print more of it. Since it's not backed by gold, or anything else for that matter, there's no restriction on how much new currency (bank notes) you can print.
Heard of Quantitative Easing? That's where countries print more notes just because they can, but usually because they feel they need to.
And that's what the USA, UK and EU have been doing since the crash back in 2008.
The only things that hold their value over time are precious metals, gems, art and a few other things. But even art will lose its value in a currency collapse.
So I've been moving more savings over into precious metals in vaulted storage.
With a 10% inflation rate, your money is losing 10% of its buying power this year.
And it lost an additional 7.5% in 2021.
Between 1933 and 1994, the U.S. Dollar lost 92 percent of its domestic purchasing power.
Even at its then “moderate” inflation rate of 2.7% back in 1994, the Dollar was expected to lose another half of its purchasing power by 2022.
That means that now, in 2023, the Dollar has only has a couple of percent of the purchasing power of a 1933 Dollar and half the purchasing power of a 1994 Dollar.
So, have you been making any plans on how to protect your own earnings now and in the coming years?
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