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 sales page and calling it a day probably won’t turn out well for your online business in the long run.
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 with your website. You’re also handling people’s credit card digits so it’s important to get this sales step right.
Read on to learn about the 3 major online payment systems (Stripe, PayPal and GumRoad) so you can launch your eBook now with the payment gateway that’s right for you.
Email is a powerful marketing tool and a mailing list is easily an online business' most valuable asset.
It makes sense, then, to ask yourself which one of the many email marketing tools available is "the best". Unfortunately, this question is difficult to answer. Email marketing tools tend to be highly complex and packed with features. Testing even one of them is time consuming and it's impossible to cover all possible business cases.
In this post, we'll use an 80/20 approach to compare some of the most popular email marketing tools out there. We will look at Active Campaign, Autopilot, ConvertKit and Drip and we'll be evaluating them by asking the toughest questions...
“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 list building method can be.
Read on to see how it turned out for us and what we learned along the way...
A good email marketing automation tool is a complex beast. We want lots of features from something so essential for running our business, but it's also easy to get lost in all the complexity.
For today's review, I want to look at one of the most pivotal features in email marketing tools: A/B testing.
A/B testing can make a huge difference to your business, especially if you do it consistently, over time. So let's take a look at what split testing features are available in different email marketing tools and how they work.
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.
Google Analytics is a very popular tool for tracking website visitors, but it’s not the only solution and certainly not the perfect solution for everyone.
Depending on your business model and your needs, an alternative analytics solution might serve you far better and be a lot more useful to your business. Whether you’re looking for something supplemental or something to completely replace GA, this post has got you covered.
Read on to discover the best Google Analytics alternatives for your website.Continue reading
As a marketer, you know how important social sharing and social proof have become to boosting traffic on your websites.
To meet the growing demand for online social sharing buttons, an entire market of WordPress plugins has sprung up in the past few years to fill the niche.
It’s easy to get lost in the vanity metrics of social media, but you should never loose sight of conversion optimization principles if increased revenue is your goal.
Don’t let yourself be satisfied by a plugin that simply displays the share buttons and layout options you want. The social sharing tool you choose must also deliver fast load times, mobile optimization and avoid inadvertently creating negative social proof on your website.
The goal of this post is to help you understand exactly what features and performance benchmarks you must prioritize in order to boost social engagement and increase your conversions.
To do this, we rounded up six social sharing plugins to give you a clear view of what the current WordPress social sharing landscape looks like.
Comments have always played an important role in blogging and content marketing. If you’re familiar with my product creation process, you also know that for me personally, comments have been an important source of insights into what exactly my customers (and potential customers) want out of a product.
If you have a WordPress website, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a commenting system. Apart from the default comments that come part and parcel with WordPress, you can also choose from these alternatives: Disqus, Jetpack Comments,Facebook Comments, Livefyre Comments and SolidOpinion.
Read on to discover the pros and cons of each solution, as well as my personal favorites.Continue reading
In today’s video, I have a rather unusual update for you: one of the great benefits of running a purely virtual, “all-online” business is that it gives you location independence.
This is a benefit I’ve been making liberal use of in the past few years. Here’s my review of one of my favorite places so far and why I believe long-term travel is an opportunity for yourself as well as your business to grow.
There are many tools you can use to measure your website traffic (see this roundup) and get varying degrees of data and insight about your visitors. For subscription based businesses, apps and some other business models, it makes sense to take things a step further and that's where advanced customer analytics come in.Continue reading
OptimizePress is a very popular theme that transforms a WordPress website into something like a Swiss army knife for marketers. With it, you can easily create sales-pages, launch-pages and lead capture pages.
However, it is not the only theme of this kind and neither is it the newest. Is OptimizePress 2.0 the best option, or is there an alternative that’s better suited to your business?
Read this review to find out which of the following solutions takes the crown: 10 Minute Pages, Authority Pro 3, FlexSqueeze, InstaBuilder, OptimizePress 2.0, Premise, ProAffiliate Theme, ProfitsTheme, PT Instant, SalesPress Pro or WP Enlighten.