It is end of another year and I am thankful for many blessings. This last year was best year ever business-wise. How many can say that? I am not in same league as people like Robert Blackman, Terry Dean, Cory Rudl among others. At least not yet. How about you?
By sheer volume of email I received during year, I know there are many frustrated people trying to make a few bucks in hottest, latest affiliate, network marketing, home business idea launched during year. I've read about frustration on home biz forums and in group clubs. I even started recognizing same names of people promoting newest programs. I've been tempted several times to write and ask how they are doing and what's happened with programs they've joined.
Before looking forward to next year, it's important to look back and analyze what worked for me and what didn't. One of my favorites quotes is by Albert Einstein who said, "The definition of insanity is doing same thing over and over expecting results to change."
One of things that most sticks out in my mind that contributed to my successful year is learning new skills. I believe learning is never done so one of my goals last year was to read books by successful people. Two books that had biggest impression on me were Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" and Richard Brooke's "Mach II With Your Hair on Fire."
I also learned new skills by subscribing to and reading several good newsletters.
Phil Wiley's All My Secrets - http://www.ozemedia.com Cynted Chronicle - http://www.cynted.com/subscribe.html Boogie Jack's Almost A Newsletter - http://www.boogiejack.com Jim Rohn's Weekly Ezine - http://www.jimrohn.com Big Al's Recruiting Newsletter - http://www.fortunenow.com GROKDotCom - http://www.grokdotcom.com Slight Edge Newsletter - http://www.yoursuccessstore.com Dirtsmart Netrepreneur - http://www.dirtsmart.com Achieve USA Home Business Journal - http://www.achieveusa.com
I attribute my successful year to ability to track my advertising campaigns to find ones that worked. Having a limited advertising budget, it was critical to get "most bang for my buck" when it came to advertising. To that end, one of most useful suite of web promotion tools is ROIbot (http://www.roibot.com/r.cgi?R33095_2002). Because of quality of program, ROIbot reseller program also contributed to my profitability.
Running ads in newsletters was my most successful form of advertising. However, not all newsletters are created equal. My most effective ads were run in newsletters that focused on home businesses. I was least successful running ads in newsletters that were primarily ad sheets or those that run separate classified ad issues.