This week:

  • Review: The Authority Site System
  • Missing a huge opportunity
  • Freelance writing job boards
  • Freebies for designers and developers
  • Always park at the back
  • Momentos
  • What’s the story, like?

Review: The Authority Site System

Hot off the press 🔥 here’s an in-depth review of the best affiliate marketing course – and one of the best courses, period – I’ve ever seen.

I’ve been following the process detailed in TASS since last December, and it’s largely responsible for the $7,663.93 I’ve earned from affiliate marketing so far this year.

Last month, I spent 20+ hours going back through all the course materials, digging through the members-only Facebook group, investigating all the praise and criticism for the course, and gathering feedback from other members.

I ended up with more than 200 pages of notes, and condensed it all down into this review.

Two things you should know before you check it out:

  • Building an authority site is NOT for everyone. In fact, if you’re brand new to making money online, I recommend you start with freelancing or remote work.
  • I hate it when people say they’ve earned X amount because of a course, but don’t disclose how much of those earnings came from referring that very course! Let me not be one of those people, and tell you that only $676.87 – less than 9% – of my affiliate earnings this year have come from referring people to TASS.

Here’s the link to my TASS review again.

Also, the Authority Hacker guys are doing a big mad giveaway this week, more than $20,000 of online marketing tools and resources up for grabs 🎁

Missing a huge opportunity

A tweet from freelance copywriting superstar Danny Margulies:

In 7+ years I have never not — upon receiving a payment from a freelance client — let them know I received it, and thanked them for sending it.

Every client. Every payment. Even the ones who’ve paid me every week.

If you’re not doing that you’re missing a huge opportunity.

Here are some other “excuses” to touch base with your past or present clients:

  • You saw an article you think they’d appreciate 📰
  • You were checking out their website/copy and had an idea for how to improve it 💡
  • You saw they had a big win and you want to congratulate them 👏

I’m sure you can think of a few more yourself.

The point is that you should regularly touch base with your past clients.

I’d say at least twice a year.

Stay on their radar, and you’ll be the first person they think of when they have need for whatever service you offer.

(Of course, you also need to have done excellent work for them in the past.)

Freelance writing job boards

Location Rebel has put together a solid list of 5 freelance writing job boards.

Complement that with their article on how to become a freelance writer ✍️

Freebies for designers and developers

Freebies.ByPeople is “a professionally curated selection of commercial use resources and tools for designers and developers, conveniently collected and categorized in one place.”

Their freebies include fonts, icons, 3D models, HTML kits, and a whole bunch of WordPress stuff.

Always park at the back

I really enjoyed this blog post from Skyclerk, about small, subtle things that shape the business you build, and how your customers experience it.

Key excerpt:

My father was an insurance agent with his office in a big 3 story office mall. The parking lot for this building must have had room for 500 cars and almost never completely filled up but my father made a point to always park as far away from the front door as possible. Even on 30 below zero days with 3 feet of fresh snow on the ground, he would not waver and park any closer to the front door.

At a young age, I asked him why he parked so far away and he told me the experience his customers have while visiting him was very important to him and it started when they pulled into the parking lot. In his view, they should have front row parking.

Momentos

My latest batch of personal ramblings went public on Patreon this morning.

What’s the story, like?

#27 from that batch of Momentos:

Seth Godin says good marketing is just telling a good story, compelling and authentic. My no-fly trip was a good story. Might be time to tell another. The new one could also be about a journey. Not to circumnavigate the globe, but to earn $1K per day from my site.

I came across a great example of a blogger telling a story recently.

His homepage read: Watch me build a $1M blog.

Then he had an email sign-up form.

What struck me was that there was no evidence that this guy had actually done anything yet.

But that didn’t matter. His story was compelling. I signed up to his email list.

Some of you reading this have been on my list since 2010 when I quit my 9-to-5 job, or since 2011 when I began the no-fly trip.

I hadn’t actually done anything yet, but my story was interesting enough that you wanted to follow along.

Think about that for your own business: even if you haven’t done anything noteworthy yet, is there a compelling story you can tell about the journey you’re on?

If you already have one in mind, hit reply and let me know.

I’d ❤️ to hear it.

That’ll do it for this week.

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Niall Doherty – Ubud, Bali
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