An incredible community of online entrepreneurs recently gathered for three days in Louisville, Kentucky. The event sold out in one day months ahead of time, but you can still follow the event by following the hashtag #ces3KY on social media. Join the Facebook group for the event and scroll through to catch a glimpse of the energy.
In the audience of ~550 were some of the most successful, giving, friendly, powerful leaders, students, authors and experts in the world of Internet business.
I can’t hope to express in a simple blog post the mind blowing impact that these kind of event have on every attendee. I feel strongly that we are raising the standard of what an Internet biz conference should look like.
Last year, in his opening comments, our keynote speaker Rabbi Daniel Lapin had us on the edge of our seats – and one of the biggest take aways for most people was the fact that in life as in business and in all other arenas, we are NOT meant to be alone. Solitude is poison, and as Internet entrepreneurs we have to resist the urge to “hide” and try to “go it alone”. Relationships matter in internet business – arguably more than in “real life” because we can be tempted at times to sit behind a keyboard in solitude as online marketers, but that’s NOT OK!
There’s something powerful about face-to-face meetings like CES. Because the core of our audience is made up of such passionate, caring, giving people, the atmosphere is always alive and quite emotional even at times. It’s hard to explain, but from the pics and comments that were posted last year, you can start to get a feel for the impact of events like this.
Please visit this website:
… and click "vote". A friend and active member of our online community is a top ten finalist to get his own Super Bowl commercial – paid in full!
Here’s the back story:
One of the most entertaining success stories in our community of students has been the rise of "Death Wish" coffee. From humble beginnings in his own struggling New York coffee shop he’s now risen quickly to the TOP RESULT on Amazon.com for the coveted search term "coffee". He’s beating the biggest brands in the world (Folgers, Maxwell House etc.)
He keeps on applying what he learns from us – and it keeps working!
Even more exciting:
Mike Brown – the owner of Death Wish (the strongest coffee on the planet) is now a TOP TEN FINALIST in a contest that had tens of thousands of small business entries! His story is so compelling and he’s getting the attention he deserves!
He credits his initial foundational success online a couple of short years ago with his decision to apply my "gatekeeper" strategy of intentionally connecting with thought leaders and popular personalities in your niche. It’s a basic strategy I share in my 101FreeMarketing.com book, and on my blog in numerous articles.
More importantly for now though, we have a chance as a community to "VOTE" Mike into a free super bowl ad all his own! The biz with the most votes wins a paid in full Super Bowl commercial!
What a story we will have if we can make this happen together! Please vote and SPREAD THE WORD! Share the link!
Mike is coming to our live event this week (CES in Kentucky – get details at JimCockrumEvents.com), and I’m excited that he’s brining a bunch of his coffee with him!
Get details on the contest here:
You are allowed to vote daily on multiple devices – thanks for the help! I’ll keep you posted!
With tens of thousands of Amazon selling professionals in our readership base, we are positioned well to keep tabs on bigger trends effecting sellers. Right now, there seems to be a slightly higher than usual number of suspensions happening. It’s scary to get a notice from Amazon saying that they’ve suspended your selling privileges.
While the odds of a permanent suspension are very slim IF it’s handled correctly, it is still a scary process to go through.
If it happens to you or someone you know, we are here to help as much as possible. Please know that the majority of suspension can be overturned if handled properly.
Here’s what we are doing about the suspension trend in our community:
The best selling (and continually updated) book “Silent Sales Machine” has been about online income diversification from day one. Our entire community is built upon the premise that multiple income streams online are better than one because reliance on any single “big boy” website like Amazon is risky. Get the book on Amazon, or at SilentSalesMachine.com
Finally, if you or someone you know is suspended on Amazon please send proof of that suspension to us and we’ll get the suspended seller free access to our latest course from ProvenProductPartnering.com as our way of showing support and helping them be aware of the need for income diversity with Amazon. We’ll also direct them to an expert who can advise them and assist with reinstatement.
One of the unfortunate risks associated with depending on any of the “big boy” websites like google, youtube, eBay, paypal, and yes our much beloved Amazon is the fact that they hold all the cards.
Seemingly on a whim they’ve been known to press the delete button and flush away a sellers account in a moment. Usually a severe rule infraction has occurred, but not always. Usually justice is done in the end (accounts restored), but not always. In spite of the seeming injustice of it all, we are forced to conclude that it’s just part of the game right?
Sure, playing by the rules doesn’t hurt, but the rules are always shifting about and Amazon (and all the other big boys) are fickle partners at best. It’s a cat and mouse game that many old school eBay sellers from the early 2000’s can easily related to. I know of exactly zero big time eBay sellers from the early 2000’s who slept soundly each night with the secure thought in mind “eBay has my back – it’s all good.”
Our solutions to these issues:
1. The best solution to such risks is to establish multiple streams of income. That’s why our community is built on the “C.E.S.” model (each letter in CES is a different biz model I’ve built, and my team and I teach those models to others.) The three models work great together and compliment each other while operating independent of each other. My $5 “Silent Sales Machine” book has details (sold on Amazon)
2. We have content coming out soon that will show you how to have multiple Amazon selling accounts and ELIMINATE the risk of being “shut down.” I can’t say more about it just yet, but it’s 100% legit. A note about this never before revealed training: No Amazon trickery or policy violations are occurring with this strategy. You’ll have a “why didn’t I think of that” reaction initially, and then the success story of our case study students will blow your mind.
While you may not get the feeling that Amazon, eBay, Google or Youtube have “got your back”, our community, my team, and I sure do. We aren’t a herd to be toyed with – we are tight nit community of creative entrepreneurs who simply roll on when circumstances shift.
Stay tuned for the release of these great training courses and much more of what we have in store for our ProvenAmazonCourse.com community – we are here for YOU.
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UPDATE ONE DAY LATER: In a crazy twist of irony, the same day I published this article my own youtube account was suspended! Get the detail – click here to see how we are managing the youtube suspension.
“So, what do you do for a living?”
How do you answer that question?
As an online “Multiple income stream” entrepreneur, here’s how I answer that question (in general):
“I know how to make things happen online. I can generate leads, grow an audience for an idea or a product, or even liquidate inventory for top dollar. I also teach other people how to do those things for their businesses.”
Answering in such a way has opened up new opportunities for me consistently in each of my three primary online businesses for years.
Or, if I want to keep it simple I’ll simply say, I’m “an internet business author”. Sometimes it’s best to keep it short and send new contacts one of my books if they are interested in more info.
I have been teaching these three biz models since 2000, and I’ve been running these models myself longer than that. To my knowledge I’m the only one who has a business that teaches these three models and also runs businesses that does all three of them actively. The “CES” approach as we call it, is the secret behind the success of so many of our students, partners and my own biz.
A word of caution: Don’t attempt to launch multiple businesses at the same time. Build up one at a time with hard work and commitment, but once you have a working system don’t get “stuck” in a repetitive mode that relies on your daily efforts to keep the system running. Instead, use some of your profits to delegate, hire, outsource and automate the systems you build. We live in an unprecedented age where finding good help and building smooth running systems has never been easier.
I suggest you start where most of our students start- with the “S” model (explained below).
Here are the three models:
C: Consult (teach others what works online). You know more than you think! (We teach you how to ramp this at OfflineBiz.com, or in our free Facebook forum here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/offlinebiz/ )
E: Expand (grow your audience – build a tribe). This leads to affiliate marketing, your own books, products, courses, followers etc. and done right a steady stream of new clients (see “C” above)
S: MOST START HERE! Sell stuff (eBay, Amazon, your own website etc.) This is a great place to start. It’s a biz model that seems like too much work to many people, but it is the starting point for numerous success stories including my own. It scares off the lazy and leaves plenty of room for those of us willing to do a bit of work building a highly profitable online business. We’ve helped thousands of people build businesses with this model.
So where do you start if you want the sort of job description I have, or if you are interested in any one of the three biz models above? I wrote a book about it over 10 years ago – and I’ve updated that book 8 times since. It’s my book titled “Silent Sales Machine” – you can grab it on Amazon here for $5. We’ve now built an incredible community and leadership team around the concepts in this book. Join our free community on Facebook to see for yourself: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mysilentteam/
Here’s a recent screen shot of my email inbox (unedited except to protect privacy). You’ll see income for the “E” and “S” biz segments shown here. The “C” income comes in larger checks from clients.