It seems everywhere I go see an optin monster box popping up at me. I really wanted to review it. I wanted to get a good look. I was amazed at all the options that are available. you have an INSANE amount of control on how your optin forms appear. You can customize it down to the category, post, category and more. You can even set it to only show up on the SECOND time a person visits your site (As well as the expected configuration options as to how many times it shows up and how frequnetly it shows up).
The feature that everyone seems to be raving about is the Exit Intent feature. This means that when you go to click on the X to close a tab, the option box appears. This is really cool. There are even cool effects you can use to have the optin come flying in with all sorts of eye catching flare.
The one thing I liked about this plugin is there is a large amount of customization that you can put together, but I never had to reach for documentation (not for the record I’m familiar with wordpress plugin installations). The only thing that threw me for a loop was I had to allow aweber and optin monster talk to each other. So when I was told that (it mentions it in the configuration area) they had a direct link to explain how. This was an aweber thing, and not an optin monster thing. The cool thing was it took me next to know time to install, and create my first optin.
You then get stats on how many times it was viewed, and how many signs up you get. You can have an unlimited number of forms, and the with canvas option, you have some very powerful tools to create some stunning looking optin forms.
We all know what the optin forms look like, but what does the back end look like? Here is a quick video to help you.
Udemy and Skillfeed are two sites where you can create courses to sell. It doesn’t cost you anything to list your course and there are people making a fair amount of money with these sites. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. In my case I don’t promote my courses (so any money made came from being found on the site). Here is how the money is broken down.
You keep 100% of the revenue (minus payment fees) when you bring new students to Udemy. For every student Udemy brings to your course through our marketing efforts, you keep 50% of the sale. Udemy handles all customer service, payment processing and hosting fees, and gives you access to the complete feature set of Udemy including the mobile version of your courses all for no additional cost. You can see more information on our revenue share here.
How should I price my course?
Some instructors use a metric of around $10 – $30 per hour of course content. Most courses on Udemy are priced between $29 – $99.
Each month, 30% of Skillfeed’s revenue is allocated to instructor earnings. The remaining 70% is used to invest in Skillfeed’s mission to help instructors reach the broadest possible audience, with the primary focus being on marketing instructors’ courses and building and maintaining a platform that makes it easy to discover and enjoy helpful instructional videos
When I first launched my Planning Your Podcast Course I did some promotion at Udemy and made almost $80 (4 sales). That was a while ago. I make one or two sales a month ($5 – $15 take home). I’ve just started using Skillfeed and in the two months I’ve used it I’ve made around $35.
I went to a conference and saw a presentation from someone at LeadPages. It was really good without being a giant commercial for LeadPages. At the end of the presentation, I asked the rep if he had 4,000 email lists if you are giving away all these ebooks and other incentives for people’s email address. Then the lights came on.
You can have your list in Aweber (or whatever provider) and LeadPages delivers the incentive, and then adds them to your main list. This way you can have a ton of pages with different incentives, and still noly have one central list (or as many lists as you want). Originally I thought emailing my list after I gave away all these incentives was going to be a nightmare, but after some time with the rep I now see the advantage of LeadPages.
Pricing starts at $37. I chose the $67, and there is a $99 package (all per month) if you want to be a super user. Here is a quick video .
The people who made the Google hangout plugin have come out with a new version with tons more features. You can capture leads, export your attendee list, schedule webinars to run at any time. It really does everything all those big name webinar systems do, except there is not monthly fee. It’s amazing. This video has a brief introduction and then goes into a demonstration. It looks very cool. Check out runclick.com
When this was previously released as the Google hangout on Air plugin , it made Hangouts on Air Super easy (from a single dashboard) . This new version allows you to do evergreen webinars, and you can have them scheduled through the day. It now has a built in chat feature and the ability to have optin pages on screen, as well as live polls (Google Hangouts doesn’t have that). It’s very cool. Right now it’s $27, but with no monthly fees, it is a bargain at any price.