“114,585 leads in less than 30 days!”“We collected over 100,000 new subscribers in our first month!”“We gathered 20,000 leads in 14 days!”These are the kinds of claims used to advertise viral giveaway or contest apps. When you read such statements, it’s easy to think that launching a viral contest might be all you need to boost your mailing list to the next level. Well, in true ActiveGrowth fashion, we hosted our own viral giveaway to find out how effective this ...

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Check out any article on any website or blog online and you're almost guaranteed to find some colorful social sharing buttons alongside it. Content creators want to get their content spread far and wide and it stands to reason that prominent buttons help with this.There are countless WordPress plugins to add social sharing buttons to your posts, but how do you decide which one to use?In this post, you'll find the answer to that question.How to Tell Good From BadThe ...

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If you want people to pay attention to you, it helps to be an expert.But as you know, becoming an expert takes time. You must amass knowledge, apply it and then develop a strong record of practical success before the internet will consider you an authority.It’s hard to shortcut that process, but today we’re going to look at a business that managed to do just that.How? By keeping it simple.In our second ActiveGrowth Simple Business Case Study, I'm going to ...

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Whenever people talk about entrepreneurship, they usually discuss groundbreaking businesses. You know, like Tesla, SpaceX and Amazon.It makes you feel like you need to be an Elon Musk level super genius to start a successful online company!The truth is that straightforward products solving basic problems create fantastic business opportunities. In fact, a lot of businesses are successful because they KEEP...IT...SIMPLE.That's why we're going to start analyzing some simple businesses to show that you can succeed through simplicity too! If that ...

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You’ll agree that every time a visitor to your website subscribes, it’s a moment to celebrate.But are you actually treating that conversion with the proper respect it deserves?I mean, are you just lazily delivering your new fan with a one-and-done “Thanks for signing up, here’s your content upgrade” email? Or are you treating every new subscriber like a VIP and dropping automated value bombs in their inbox every few days after signup?Look, if you’re not using automated emails to educate, ...

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The internet isn’t the wild frontier it used to be.When it comes to selling products online these days, customers expect a premium checkout experience and your local tax office gets upset when it doesn’t receive its cut of the action.That means your payment process, digital product delivery system, and tax collection methods are now crucial to doing good online business. Basically, you can’t risk half-assing them anymore. All this is to say that simply slapping a “buy button” on your ...

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So you finally managed to finish your first eBook? That’s great…congratulations! After all those months of struggling to turn your first writing idea into an info-product reality, it’s done and you’re ready to start reaping the benefits of your hard work with some online sales. Now you just have to find a way to accept money from your audience and you’ll literally be in business. The problem is that online payment systems can be complex and tough to integrate smoothly ...

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If you've got a WordPress website, I'm willing to bet online advertisements from generic hosting services like BlueHost and HostGator have targeted you before.How do I know?These companies have massive advertising budgets and capture large swaths of uninformed and unsuspecting customers as a result. To ensure you won't be one of them, I'm not going to waste your time reviewing such big name brands and their dollar store hosting plans.UPDATE: Because I received so many requests to review SiteGround in ...

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How do you move from a Customer First online coaching business to actually selling products online?In the 3rd episode of the Forget Traffic! podcast mini-series, Shane and Hanne are going to show you exactly how to do that.If you missed the first two episodes of the series, you can download the audio and read the show notes here: Part 1, Part 2. In this episode, we lay out a plan you can follow to scale up your business. With the Customer First ...

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In our previous podcast episode – Part 1 of the Forget Traffic! mini-series – Shane and Hanne introduced the Customer First Approach and why it's so important to avoid chasing more traffic – which is ultimately a 'customer last' approach!In this episode, Part 2 of the Forget Traffic! series, Shane puts the customer first approach into action by demonstrating how to bootstrap it through an online coaching business right away.Listen in to discover that getting your first customer takes less tech and a lot less budget than you would have probably guessed. ...

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