aweber & getresponse logosWeek 3 of the Quick Start Challenge

Already into Week 3 of the Quick Start Challenge. Can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by – means I must be enjoying it! I can certainly say that it has given me renewed vigor and has been the kick I have needed to properly resurrect the online journey I half heartedly started about 3 years ago.

This week’s challenge is to sign-up with an auto-responder company such as Aweber or GetResponse and to setup an opt-in form in a sidebar of my blog. The point of the exercise is to build a list of subscribers by giving away something of value in exchange for a visitor’s email address. The free “ethical bribe” as it is called, can be anything from an e-book to a video. As long as it is something that will attract visitors and is a more-than-fair exchange for their email address.

Whatever it is can be created from scratch or can be a (re-worked) PLR e-book or such like. PLR stands for Private Label Rights and products provided under PLR can be given away, sold and re-branded as your own work. However, it is important to confirm exactly which rights are allowed for a particular product. For example, some products cannot be given away and must be sold, usually for a price that must not be below a stated minimum, to preserve its value. Other products may state that they cannot be re-branded, re-named or claimed as your own work.

It is in your own interests and important to check exactly what can and cannot be done with a PLR product before it is offered on your site.

I didn’t take the OTO when I signed up for the QSC. It is called “Quick Start Challenge 2.0 Markets Package Pro – Done for You Program” and consists of a large number of products including Squeeze Pages, e-book giveaways, Articles, Graphics packages and much more, up to a total value of $1,212.

The cost is a fraction of the value, but the reason I didn’t take it myself is because in my previous online activities, including my “Bright Shiny Object” phase, I signed up to the PLR site “Resell Rights Weekly” and Dennis Becker’s membership site “Earn1KADay”. So I figured that I’ve already got access to all that kind-of stuff and it was about time I started to leverage what I have already paid for instead of buying even more stuff to fill my hard-disk with.

However, I have purchased the QSC 2.0 Reseller Program and will add it to my blog to hopefully make sales and gain affiliate commissions.

Also over the past 3 years, I have been a regular monthly contributor to Aweber. I say contributor because I have hardly used it as I know I really should. At some stage in the dim, dark and distant recesses of those past years, I did actually set it up and managed to capture some email addresses. But, alas it was really just an exercise in an early training course.

I’ll now have to dig around in the archived storage of my brain and try to remember how to set Aweber up properly.

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Mike Flanagan
In 2014, I retired from Senior Technical Executive post with a top level, global IT systems and solutions corporation. Freelanced in the late 1990's in my own IT consultancy business & rejoined the corporate world 2005. Now decided to go into business again, this time online with an Internet Marketing Company I call CS Marketing (the CS stands for Corporate Survivor). I help others interested in online business and use the technical and business skills gained throughout my professional career.