HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT (QUICKLY)

There was a time when I was massively overweight.

Obviously I wanted to do something about this.

(After all, no one wants to be FAT).

But, like most people, I found it extremely difficult to lose weight.

Despite starting a serious exercise program I struggled to make progress.

Then I read one of those stupid, “5 tips to burn fat” articles that are plastered all over the web.

One of those tips was keeping a food journal.

In case you don’t know, this is basically a diary where you write down what you eat.

I did this for a month then looked back over the entries.

After reading these I was both stunned and appalled.

The amount of food I ate was incredible.

Not only that, almost everything I ate was junk food.

I basically lived on garbage like chips, pizza, hot dogs and fast food.

At this point I immediately changed my eating habits.

And from there on out started steadily losing weight.

What’s the point of telling you all this?

Simply that if you want to change something start tracking it.

Whether this is spending less money, losing weight or learning a new skill.

By tracking your habits you will immediately take control of them…

…and start to gradually improve things.

After all, to quote management guru Peter Drucker…

“What gets measured gets managed.”

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

REAL LIFE DON DRAPER SHARES HEADLINE WRITING WISDOM

The headline is probably the most important part of your sales letter.

To quote advertising legend David Ogilvy:

“On average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

This makes sense if you think about it. 

But what it also means is that nothing is more important than writing a great headline.

If you’re struggling with this here are 6 tips that will help:

1. Keep it short.

Most people try to do too much in their headline. They write headlines that are far too long. The only purpose is to get attention. This means your headline should be short, sweet and to the point.

2. Make it punchy.

Use power words and phrases. Remember, some words are more powerful than others. Think about how the words you use make the reader feel. For example, instead of kill say slaughter.

3. Be credible.

Your headline needs to be credible and believable. You must give readers a reason to believe your claims.  Also try to quickly establish the credibility of the person who is talking to them.

4. Include benefits.

The headline should contain at least 1-2 product benefits. This gives people a reason to read the copy.

5. Use curiosity.

Curiosity is the most powerful human motivator. Use it as often as you can in your headlines.

6. Ask a question.

This is by far the easiest way to write a headline. The question should be something your market desperately wants to know the answer to.

Until next time.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

P.S. One final tip I can give you is to write LOTS of headlines. You should honestly write at least a 100. Use every possible angle and keep going until something leaps out at you.

HOW SOCIOPATHS MANIPULATE PEOPLE

Many years ago I knew this guy who was (I’m 100% convinced) a real life sociopath.

This person was unbelievably shady and manipulative.

I could tell you hundreds of stories about the sketchy things he got up to.

The funny thing about this guy is he always, always had a sob story.

These stories were endless.

And after dealing with other possible sociopaths I realized something.

Elicitation of empathy is basically the primary form of manipulation used by these people.

From the get go they will attempt to tug on your heart strings.

There’s always a story they use to make you feel sorry for them.

And once you give in that’s when they pounce.

Another good example of this is homeless people.

Now, I’m not hating on the homeless.

Many of them have genuine problems and cannot fend for themselves.

But what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t be naïve.

A lot of these people are absolute predators.

The guy who tells you about his pregnant wife who has to turn tricks so that they can survive…and…who incidentally also has brain cancer…well…there’s a good chance he’s lying.

The bottom line is that you should be careful around people with sob stories.

Always keep your guard up.

Yes they may genuinely need help.

But a lot of the time you’re dealing with a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

P.S. The elicitation of empathy is the primary technique used by sociopaths to manipulate people. If you’re dealing with someone who always has a sob story…well…there’s a good chance they may be bona fide sociopath.

OLD SCHOOL YOUTUBER FINALLY WAKES UP

Toby Turner is an old school YouTube megastar.

In case you don’t know this guy is one of the original kings of the platform.

These days his channel is all but dead.

(Being accused of sexual harassment may have something to do with this).

He recently made a video where he shares some serious wisdom.

BTW, in case you want to check it out the video is titled: so I got this email from YouTube…

In this video he claims to receive an email from YouTube apologizing for treating him poorly.

Now, the video is a prank.

He didn’t actually get this email but there is a lesson here…

You see, towards the end he mentions – with great bitterness – the fact that he used to have more than 7 million subscribers. He goes on to say that he now realizes this means he basically had a mailing list with millions of people…and that if he still had this list he could simply email them every time he has a new video…

…and wouldn’t be at the mercy of the algorithm.

This guy is absolutely right.

Your most valuable asset is your list and you should always be growing it.

This is especially important if your entire business is based on a platform like YouTube.

No matter what you do you should always be building a list.

You never know when things could go wrong.

Or you’ll fall out of favor with the algorithm.

Or even get banned.

But with a list you can survive anything and carry on going.

Start building one now.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

WHY YOU NEED TO CREATE “TOP OF MIND AWARENESS”

There are dozens of great reasons why you should send daily emails.

One of the most important (IMHO) is because it creates, “Top of mind awareness.”

Here’s what I mean:

When I say the word JEANS you probably think LEVIS.

If I say the word COLA you probably think COCA-COLA.

This works because Levi’s and Coca-Cola are the most famous brands in their category.

This gives them, “Top of mind awareness.”

To achieve this you need to continually put your product in front of prospects.

They need to see it over and over again until it’s burnt into their heads.

This way, when they need that product you will be the first person that comes to mind.

In my experience, daily emails are one of the easiest ways to do this.

When you send daily emails it’s like touching base every morning.

It creates a powerful bond between you and the reader.

Think about it:

Who are you closer to the person you see every day or once a week?

Bottom line:

Sending daily emails puts you firmly in the minds of prospects.

It also makes it very hard for them to forget about you.

And when they are ready to buy you will be the first person they call.

What’s also great about this is that people start talking about you.

Even better they refer you to others.

(And as I’m sure you know, referrals are by far the easiest source of new business.)

More tomorrow.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU ABOUT PROCRASTINATION

Did you know there’s a mythical land where all achievement and attainment lies?

This land is called TOMORROW.

You see, what most people don’t realize is that you absolutely cannot afford to put things off.

Especially in today’s frantic, fast paced world.

In my experience it’s not a case of simply waiting until tomorrow.

The reality is that you actually might not get a chance to do it tomorrow.

If you wait until tomorrow the entire landscape may have changed.

Tomorrow you’re going to have to deal with new challenges, difficulties and problems.

And what you put off today will simply end up being put off again (and again and again).

This is why minor problems can end up dragging on for months and sometimes years.

Bottom line, never put ANYTHING off.

Do what you have to do and do it NOW.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

THE ULTIMATE TWO STEP FORMULA FOR MAKING MONEY ONLINE

Is there an ultimate formula for making money online?

Turns out there is:

It’s actually really, really simple.

This formula has two parts which are TRAFFIC and CONVERSION.

Making money online is as simple as driving traffic to an offer that converts.

To most people this sounds far too simple.

They want to overcomplicate things and that’s why they never get anywhere.

And yes, maybe I wasn’t specific enough.

So let’s break it down a bit more.

When I say traffic, I mean paid traffic. Don’t waste your time with things like SEO. It takes far too long. You need on demand traffic which you can scale up instantly. If you rely on hit or miss traffic methods you’ll never get anywhere. Conversion comes next. When I say conversion I mean everything that goes into converting your traffic. First and foremost this refers to your copy. That being said, copy is only a small part of conversion. It’s not everything. There’s also the type of traffic you’re getting, the design of your website and what you’re actually selling.

Bottom line:

If you want to make money online these are the only two things you need to concentrate on.

Master paid traffic and learn how to convert as much of it as possible.

It doesn’t get any more complicated than that.

For more ideas check back tomorrow.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

IS THIS THE GOLDEN AGE OF COPYWRITING?

“No one reads long copy anymore.”

“You don’t need a copywriter.”

“Copywriting is DEAD!”

Raise your hands if you’ve heard any of the above.

It’s not surprising.

More and more people are starting to think that copywriting is in terminal decline.

That copy really isn’t important.

But in my humble opinion, we are actually entering into the golden age of copywriting.

Here’s why:

In today’s society, people are more jaded, cynical and stressed out than ever before. We live in a high tech world and are surrounded by almost limitless distractions. Getting (and holding attention) is becoming more and more difficult. This means that bad copy is no longer an option.

Your writing needs to grab readers by the eye balls and hold on for dear life.

And it’s not enough for them to simply read the copy they HAVE to take action.

If you cannot do this prospects will simply tune out and go back to Facebook.

Which is why you have to become the best writer you’re capable of being.

Everything you put out needs to be A-Grade.

Do that you’ll always be one step ahead of the crowd.

More tomorrow.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

HOW TO BUILD A HIGH QUALITY ULTRA-RESPONSIVE EMAIL LIST

Listen up:

You’ve probably heard that, “The money’s in the list.”

While this is true, list building is becoming progressively more difficult.

Finding high quality subscribers is tough.

But there is a way around this.

You see, one day I was looking through the names on my buyers list.

What I noticed was that there was one difference between them and people on my, “Free” list. My buyers would use their real names while people on the free list would enter pretty much anything. What’s more, people on my buyers list would actually read my emails.

But there’s a good reason for this.

When people sign up for something that’s free they usually couldn’t care less.  

In fact, most people use throwaway email addresses for that kind of stuff.

On the other hand, if you’ve paid for something there’s a lot more at stake.

You’re going to enter your primary email address.

Not only that, you’re more than likely going to READ those emails.

This made me realize that getting people to sign up for free stuff is a complete waste of time.

Problem is, not everyone is ready to purchase a $47 product the first time around.

So what you need to do is have a really cheap front end product.

Something that goes for under $10.

What you’re basically doing is making them pay to be on your list.

Meaning only the most qualified prospects sign up.

From there you can start sending them high ticket offers…

…and should immediately see a boost in conversion rates.

(Plus you’ll get a far better quality of customer.)

More tomorrow.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton

HOW TO MAKE $22,000 IN ONLY 3 WEEKS

Want to know how to make $22,000 in only 3 weeks?

Here’s how:

This isn’t some super-duper SEO hack or marketing loop hole.

It’s far more powerful.

What am I talking about?

Greed glands!

You see, here’s something I know for sure.

The headline of this message more than likely grabbed you by the eyeballs.

Like a moth to a flame you started reading.

Why?

Greed.

$22,000 is an incredible sum of money.

Making that amount of money in 3 weeks is even more incredible.

You had to know the secret and that’s why you’re still reading.

Bottom line:

Your first step is to get the prospects greed glands going.

Get them salivating and hungry.

Whip them up into a frenzy.

Promise the moon.

Be outrageous.

Then once you’ve got their attention you can gear things down a little.

Yes, this may seem simple but it works like magic.

And if you’re still reading then you have to agree it’s effective.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton