Two Checkbox Options On Order Page

Today our team worked on a project where an online membership course has two options to signup. One option is for a one-time payment and the other option is for a monthly recurring payment. The objective was to offer the consumer the option to include or exclude the recurring service with purchase of main front-end product.

There are many ways to do this, but the technical aspect involved depends on how you’re taking payments. In our case, we’re using Office Auto Pilot (Ontraport) order forms, which aren’t exactly shopping carts to have simple options. So we needed a way to change which order form the consumer saw depending on which option he or she chose, this being our checkbox options:

checkbox options Two Checkbox Options On Order Page
Checkbox Options on Order Page

For high-quality programmers, this kind of task is usually a piece of cake, but me and the other team member assigned to make this work were determined to find our own way to make it work without having to hire another programmer.

After doing some searching and fiddling around with code for a few hours, we came to this working coding.

We first included a call to javascript code at the top like this:
javascript1 Two Checkbox Options On Order Page

Then we added some CSS styling to hide the two forms from initial view, identified as #ffl and #noffl, the #noffl being the version of the form without the recurring membership subscription.

sfb css Two Checkbox Options On Order Page

The next set of javascript really defined the functionality, which was to show the #ffl div section if the consumer clicked to ‘Include’ the coaching program and hide it if unchecked, and to show the #noffl div section if the consumer clicked to turn down the recurring coaching program and hide it if unclicked. This code worked for us, with one small bug: if both boxes are checked, it will show the form of whichever was checked second. Since the instructions clearly explain to check just one, however, it felt like a small bug not worth pursuing (due to our own programming limitations…)

javascript2 Two Checkbox Options On Order Page

The next section begins the actual form code with the check boxes, seen here:

checkbox form Two Checkbox Options On Order Page

Note that the form and fieldset tags remain open, so this code is insufficient on its own. The rest must be included.

The next section includes the two versions of the order forms, set to appear/disappear depending on how the boxes are checked.

hidden forms Two Checkbox Options On Order Page

I removed the actual order form code as it’s way too long to show here for example sake, but using those identifiers should be good enough for you to do a test on your own to make sure you’ve got the forms displaying correctly depending on which option is checked.

Once those codes are complete, you must include the closing tags for the form and fieldset as seen here:

closing tags Two Checkbox Options On Order Page

The actual order page is for a product called Six Figure Blogging, and this is the way our order page looked when we were done:

sfb orderpage Two Checkbox Options On Order Page
Six Figure Blogging Class

Dear Google: Become Compatible with Paypal

Geez it gets really frustrating to try and navigate the internet with my current favorite browser, Google Chrome, but have is ‘crap out’ every time I try to use one of the most trafficked sites in the world: Paypal.

Google logo 300x187 Dear Google: Become Compatible with PaypalIf I could grab a Google employee by the ear and let ‘em have it, here’s something somewhat maybe like what I’d say:

Dear Google,

For many years we’ve maintained a symbiotic relationship where I use your tools, and in return, fill the internets with quality content, living up to your ideal of a good clean web. I even started using caching on my websites because that’s what you claim to better, even though it makes me want to shout profanity when I can’t figure out why my website doesn’t update only to have to ‘clean my cache’. I do that for you, Google.

But lately you’re awfully jealous about an old friend of mine, Paypal. I don’t understand why the two of you just can’t get along. I’m also using Google Wallet, but not all vendors accept it, so I still rely heavily on my old friend Paypal for the vast majority of my transactions. But hey, I use Google Wallet for my Android apps, so there’s no need for all this jealousy.

It would go a long way to improve our relationship if you would make just this one little commitment to ‘us’ – make your wonder Google Chrome browser function inside of Paypal the way it’s supposed to. Stop giving me stupid 400 errors that we both know are bogus attempts to make Paypal look bad. You can do it, IE and Firefox have no problem with it, so stop being a brat. 

Until then, however, I will continue SWITCHING TO FIREFOX EVERY DAY just to use Paypal.

Update: Google Chrome has since begun working well with Paypal, several months after publishing this.

SEO Recovery from Google

Today I admit to being pretty satisfied with my own work. I started a new project at the end of March with the pure intention to rank #1 on Google for specific (money-making-related) keyword phrases. I built the website, populated it with good, unique content that I wrote myself, and went to work with the off-page search engine optimization.

seo 300x225 SEO Recovery from GoogleI was content with my initial success because I worked my way up first #9, then up step-by-step until I reached #4. I seemed to hit an invisible barrier at #4 for a while, but I continued casually working the way you should (the white hat SEO way) but was disappointed near the end of May when my website completely disappeared from the search results.

At first I was totally p*ssed, but it wasn’t the first time this had happened, so I was like “must be the sandbox, or the panda, or the penguin” or any other vaguely named system Google has implemented to impede the ability of professional SEOs to obtain results.

1) Patience. This was key, you can never lose your head when obstacles appear.

2) Adapt. Don’t desperately go off machine-gunning different strategies in every direction, do a conscious re-evaluation of your SYSTEM and make minor modifications that are sure to improve it. In this case, I removed a large number of backlinks to the website which might appear to be ‘spammy’ for a small, new website. NO reconsideration request was sent to Google.

3) MORE patience. Things take a while to go into effect. Trying to rush results usually slows it down more than it helps. It’s like the guys who jump into the safety lane on the freeway during a traffic jam to try and bypass all the stopped cars. A highway patrol officer often catches you, fines you, and you get slowed down much more than if you had simply been patient and waited for the results to happen naturally.

These activities were enough, because this week Google restored my website back into the rankings, and instead of coming back at #4, I came back at #1.

SUCCESS!

How To Redirect Unwanted Web Traffic

These last couple of weeks we were talking about how to handle unauthorized sharing of the information products our team sells.  These include Blue Collar Millionaire among others.

If you visited that link, you were probably met with a surprise.

That’s because since it’s impossible to stop all sharing, what we decided to do was redirect all traffic that was coming from popular sharing websites. I did the test by redirecting traffic that came from this blog to those product websites, and PRESTO – it works.

If you would like to do something similar, here is the code I added to my .htaccess file. Note that you should only do this if your server is setup to do it correctly and if you know what you’re doing. You can mess your site up pretty quick if you make changes to this file without knowing what you’re doing.

So here’s the code:

RewriteCond %{http_referer} ^http://([^.]+\.)*(tylerellison)\.com
RewriteRule ^$ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0 [R=302,L]

What it does is detect the referring domain, and then redirect the visitor to a URL of my choice, in this case, the unwelcome visitor gets Rick Roll’d!

Don’t ask me anything more about this if it doesn’t work for you, it works for us – and we think it’s hilarious.

 

The 3 Things All Affiliate Marketers Need To Survive Online

Now every affiliate marketer is always looking for the successful market that gives the biggest paycheck. Sometimes they think it is a magic formula that is readily available for them. Actually, it is more complicated than that. It is just good marketing practices that have been proven over years of hard work and dedication.

plan 300x199 The 3 Things All Affiliate Marketers Need To Survive OnlineThere are tactics that have worked before with online marketing and is continuing to work in the online affiliate marketing world of today. With these top three marketing tips, you will be able to able to increase your sales and survive in the affiliate marketing online.

 

What are these three tactics?

1. Using unique web pages to promote each separate product you are marketing.

Do not lump all of it together just to save some money on web hosting. It is best to have a site focusing on each and every product and nothing more.

Always include product reviews on the website so visitors will have an initial understanding on what the product can do to those who buys them. Also include testimonials from users who have already tried the product. Be sure that these customers are more than willing to allow you to use their names and photos on the site of the specific product you are marketing.

You can also write articles highlighting the uses of the product and include them on the website as an additional page. Make the pages attractive compelling and include calls to act on the information. Each headline should attract the readers to try and read more, even contact you. Highlight your special points. This will help your readers to learn what the page is about and will want to find out more.

2. Offer free reports to your readers.

If possible position them at the very top side of your page so it they simply cannot be missed. Try to create autoresponder messages that will be mailed to those who input their personal information into your sign up box. According to research, a sale is closed usually on the seventh contact with a prospect.

Only two things can possibly happen with the web page alone: closed sale or the prospect leaving the page and never return again. By placing useful information into their inboxes at certain specified period, you will remind them of the product they thought they want later and will find out that the sale is closed. Be sure that the content is directed toward specific reasons to buy the product. Do not make it sound like a sales pitch.

Focus on important points like how your product can make life and things easier and more enjoyable. Include compelling subject lines in the email. As much as possible, avoid using the word “free” because there are still older spam filters that dumps those kind of contents into the junk before even anyone reading them first. Convince those who signed up for your free reports that they will be missing something big if they do not avail of your products and services.

3. Get the kind of traffic that is targeted to your product.

Just think, if the person who visited your website has no interest whatsoever in what you are offering, they will be among those who move on and never come back. Write articles for publication in e-zines and e-reports. This way you can locate publications that is focusing on your target customers and what you have put up might just grab their interest.

Try to write a minimum of 2 articles per week, with at least 300-600 words in length. By continuously writing and maintaining these articles you can generate as many as 100 targeted readers to your site in a day.

Always remember that only 1 out of 100 people are likely to buy your product or get your services. If you can generate as much as 1,000 targeted hits for your website in a day, that means you can made 10 sales based on the average statistic.

The tactics given above does not really sound very difficult to do, if you think about it. It just requires a little time and an action plan on your part.

Try to use these tips for several affiliate marketing programs. You can end maintaining a good source of income and surviving in this business that not all marketers can do.

Besides, think of the huge paychecks you will be receiving!

Nobody Can Say It’s Tough to Make Money Online

I admit that I get a little irritated when I hear people complaining that making money over the internet is difficult.

Every time I hear that I just think: I can go bid for jobs at Odesk.com, Elance.com and a series of other freelancing websites and have a paid project in a couple of hours, which will be sure payment.

Now, it can be difficult to make thousands of dollars over the internet without doing much work – which is what most people seem to make their only objective.

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Easy to Make Money Online

I stayed alive in this industry through ups and downs because I never considered myself ‘too good’ to take on a paid project as outsourced labor once in a while.

When money got short I’d take on a job writing articles or doing basic websites. There’s all kinds of other freelance work I could have taken on as well, and nowadays with fiverr.com you can make a few bucks doing all kinds of crazy stuff.

Can you actually do well at fiverr.com?

Don’t you see people that have done a gig a couple thousand times?

fiverr 300x164 Nobody Can Say Its Tough to Make Money OnlineLet’s see, you get paid $4 for each gig – if there are no addons which you can make as expensive as you want practically.

So, if that person has done a gig 1000 times and received $4 for each one.

They’ve made $4000 online, doing little jobs on fiverr.com.

That’s why I guess I get irritated when people tell me that it’s ‘impossible’ to make money online or ‘they’ve tried everything for X years and have never made more than $200 or so’

If your strategy isn’t working to build passive income, take on a project to get ‘active’ income from the work you do until you can find (or buy) a better solution. At least you’re assured a return for your investment in time.

I think to myself so many times: If this person really has spent hundreds of hours ‘working’ this business and hasn’t made any money, I wonder how much they would have made if they’d applied those hours as a freelancer?

The answer is: Quite a bit.

In my opinion, the best way to get going in this business seriously, full time, is to take on enough freelance jobs that you’re rewarded for your time, then invest that money into your own projects which will bring you passive income.

Flippa logo 300x76 Nobody Can Say Its Tough to Make Money OnlineIf you still have a job and can keep your bills paid with your salary, use your free time to do freelance work, save every penny you make with it, then go to Flippa.com and buy a website with an existing passive income. That way you don’t have to do the hard creative work of the entrepreneur, you just show up as an investor and buy them out.

You can usually buy a website for about a year’s worth of income. So let’s say you want a site that makes $100 per month like clockwork – be prepared to spend $1200 for it (even though you can usually get it for half that)

If you want a website that makes $500 per month, have at least $6000 on hard to buy that income.

Would an extra $500 per month that you didn’t have to work for make a difference in your life?

And what if you could make some minor adjustments to the site to improve its return? Either through more traffic or sales, etc?

A money tree that pumps out $500 per month with little to no effort on your part is definitely worth $5000-$6000

Especially considering that so many people spend that kind of money on stuff that gives NO return for investment (like a used car).

And what if the deal was really good but you didn’t have quite enough for it?

For example, say, I close the deal for $5000 for that $500 per month website but I’ve only got $3000 on hand?

Well, if I have a (moderately low interest) credit card with limit available to cover it, I can use it to get the website, then use the income from the website to pay off the credit debt over the next few months – so technically it still cost you nothing since no out-of-pocket expense was needed to cover the difference. It’ll take you longer to get your ROI – but the crazy thing is that it’s still way faster than investing in real estate or the stock market.

Stock market investors consider a 10% annual return to be good.

With your website you can get a 100% annual return, or even 200% or 500%. It’s crazy isn’t it? So it’s totally worth a little risk with credit if you’ve really got a good deal. (Just be responsible – don’t put off paying that off. You want it back in case you find another one!)

So even if you fail at: affiliate marketing, list building, SEO, web traffic, Google Adsense, whatever etc. – It’s still not fair to say it’s hard to make money online. It may be hard to make money online THE WAY YOU’RE TRYING TO but if that’s the case, give it up and do something that actually makes some cash!

Top Three Reasons I Must Avoid The Warrior Forum

Disclaimer: This is no knock on the Warrior Forum itself. I like it, and actually recommend that internet marketers join it here.

warrior forum Top Three Reasons I Must Avoid The Warrior Forum

Let’s go in reverse order, from the third biggest to the first…

Number Three (the bronze medal winner): Kills My Productivity

I have to make myself avoid the Warrior Forum because it is incredibly big and there is some really good marketing advice posted. If I wanted to, I could literally spend the entire day just reading what very experienced and successful internet marketers post to the Warrior Forum and review old past posts as well.

There are several areas of the Warrior Forum that only more advanced marketers visit. Many of the better posts can be found in the Copywriting forum and of course, the private paid-only section The War Room.

Getting into the Warrior Forum gets me really interested in a lot of what else is going on throughout the internet marketing industry. I’m up to date on latest trends and strategies, but I don’t accomplish much of anything practical related to my own business. And that’s why it can be bad. It’s like being addicted to heroine or something like that, because I’m excited and motivated to do all kinds of things, but I’m distracted from my carefully planned business tasks necessary to meet my daily/weekly/monthly goals.

Solution? I have to limit my usage, but just like a drug addict, once I’m involved I stop acting rationally and get caught up in all the great content – losing track of time.  The only really sure solution is to avoid the Warrior Forum.

Number Two (silver medal winner): The Plugin Profit Site

The second reason I avoid the Warrior Forum is because it makes me feel guilty for my past mistakes.  I see a lot of posts from people associated with the Plugin-Profit Site by Stone Evans, the first ‘make money online’ program I ever joined. I learned a lot from this program, and my affiliate link to the program even still works...but during that initial phase I made so many embarrassing mistakes that it’s a page in my professional journal that I’ve ripped out and burnt to nothing. I don’t like mulling over all the money I lost during this time, (among several different programs, about $6000 lost) and it demotivates me to work to mope over how big a loser I was.

The PIPS program still encourages its members to join the Warrior Forum and participate, making posts with links to their sites in their signature.  The forum members themselves have long become blind to any kind of advert for the PIPS system, but I confess that I joined and even ‘kind of’ spammed forums in the past just to try and get people to join the program under me. I do NOT recommend it as a good online wealth-building program.

I do, however, recommend it as a good training ground to learn basics about internet marketing and a lot about what does NOT work. PIPS helped me make lots of mistakes to learn from and allowed me to fail fast so I could move on until I arrived at what worked. The 30 days to success program is worth following, Stone Evans has evolved the program over the years to keep it up to date and change some of the affiliate programs over the years, but it was an excellent starting point for my digital marketing business.

Number One (gold medal winner): I Become Too Generous

One of the real reasons hanging out on the Warrior Forum becomes a time and productivity killer for me is because there are so many new and less experienced internet marketers and entrepreneurs who use it, that I have a lot of answers to questions. Eight years in the business has taught me a lot and I’ve seen the landscape evolve. The specific tools and technology has changed but the principles have not.

I actually see myself becoming more like the marketers I looked up to when I was first getting started. The top affiliate marketers were the subject of my envy, but it all seemed so impossibly to obtain at the time. I know now that it isn’t actually very difficult, if it’s done the right way, and most of the advice I give now is the same stuff I heard before I left my last job as a janitor.

The economy went sour, and lots of people turned to the internet to solve their financial problems. This huge influx of internet marketing hopefuls created a lot of opportunities to be generously helpful, but the problem is that I still have work to do and a business to run. Projects and team members need managing, campaigns need creating, content needs creating, etc. I don’t do it all personally, but I do supervise and coordinate it all personally, plus the time I spend working directly with clients.

I believe I have a lot of positive karma for the help I’ve given others, and I can attribute 80% of my current business to being helpful in forums in the past. It worked for me but we can’t all take the same path, we don’t all have the same aptitude, time, talents, and abilities.  Needless to say, it can become easy to lose a lot of time with the ‘tire-kickers’ who just waste your time and don’t do any actual work. So the top reason I avoid the Warrior Forum is so that I don’t become helpful to others at my own expense!