I’ve been a bit quiet over the last few months, but it’s all going to change! I’ve been busy learning, creating, learning some more and sorting out my business, thanks to the very helpful advice I got when I posted ‘Help am I deluded‘ back in October. Basically everyone was in agreement that although my products/services were good, I was a bit tosh at the whole sales and marketing thing. (BTW, big apologies for not sending out information about the competition winner sooner, who is Rebecca: my ebook is winging it’s way to you now Rebecca!).
I’d basically been watching the X factor auditions and thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, is it possible that the reason I’ve not yet made a profit is because I’m c**p!’. Some people may have been thinking I was, but they missed their chance to be rid of me ;o) So off I went and signed up for a bootcamp program on creating and launching products. Ironically, it was in the same online coaching system that I had just started to use (check it out if you are coach, I really recommend you think about using it, I’ve become an affiliate for it, because I love it), so I have had a taste of what it’s like to be a client of an online coaching program.
It’s been blinking hard work, when the creator (Nicola Bird) said ‘bootcamp’ she meant it! Very soon it did become blindingly obvious that my previous ‘launches’ were basically pitiful attempts. I’d create a lovely workshop, book or service, pop it on my website and send a newsletter about it. I always got some pick up, but never as much as maybe I thought the products deserved.
I’m using my Mummy Whisperer workshop as the basis of the program that I’ve created as that has been tried and tested over the last three years, but because there is a self-coaching package people can buy, I’ve added tonnes more information to it, and learnt more about videos, audios and lots more techie stuff. If I say so myself, it’s looking really rather fab, I just have to stop polishing and adding to it sometime soon as otherwise the perfectionist in me will never finish! I’m also learning about squeeze pages, email lists, teleseminars, joint ventures, oh and the list goes on and on and on. Like I say, it’s now pretty obvious that I just wasn’t making sure people knew about my stuff. If you want to see what the beta version looked like, have a look here on my youtube page.
With a baby I couldn’t do it all, so the gorgeous Violet Posy has helped me out with my blog (lucky thing I’d booked her in advance on a bit of a hunch as she gets booked up months in advance). What do you reckon, isn’t it shiny? It makes me a little hungry as it reminds me of raspberry ripple. I’ve updated my main site to match, and am using my lovely new badges and headers everywhere, so I feel extremely posh! I’m hoping that by having gone the self-hosted route, my blog will start to do better in the different lists etc (you are very welcome to recommend me to people in order to help out this process, pretty please).
Plus I now have a big PLAN! I’ll be telling you more about it over the coming months, so keep in touch, especially as there is going to be a fab freebie as a present for you in January to kick your years off with a boost.
OOOH while I’m at it, if you subscribe to my blog via RSS, you might want to add this new feed (see the RSS button on the top right hand side). I have added an automatic mover from my old site, but you wont see my new blogs otherwise.
So I’ve got another couple of weeks on the bootcamp, then more polishing of the program, and putting into practice everything I’ve learnt. Wish me luck, because I’m hoping that my gorgeous shiny new blog is a sign of success to come in 2011. But from now on, there will be lots more posts coming from me, as I love blogging and have put it high up on my priority list. I’m also going to get the hang of the great theme that got installed and probably have a twiddle myself, so anything you would like to see added to the blog, please do let me know. (Just seen that one of the menus gets cut off when viewing a post, but shows fine on the main page – so will be doing that sooner than expected!).