Top 5 Funnel Builders

It seems like sales funnel builders are exploding in popularity right now. Sales funnels have always been around the term “funnel” is definitely getting some hype around it.

What is a sales funnel? It’s a process you walk people specifically aimed at generating leads, selling your product, and promoting your cross-sells and upsells.

Even though a funnel can be a website in and of itself it’s a bit different in the sense that it’s focus is to sell a specific product or products vs. just provide general information about your business.

Clickfunnels – This is my go to. Just because I am used to them. It’s not the cheapest option but Russell is a personal marketing friend of mine and he’s an awesome marketer.

10 Minute Funnels – Cheaper than CF which is nice but a bit buggy. I find that all the builders can be a bit slow at times. However, people are having success with 10 Minute Funnels, here’s a casestudy of a guy who did 125k+ in 7 days. Click here for case study

Thrive – Thrive is cool. The whole thing is built on WordPress so you can use a wordpress site to crank out funnels on your domain.

Builderall – Also good.

If you’re building an ecommerce store Shopify is really good.

I like to create a hybrid of Clickfunnels and Shopify for ecommerce initiatives.

If you’re a little more ambitious like I am, you can learn to code your own so you don’t have to pay monthly service fees to a funnel builder to host your code.

Here’s some good courses on learning to build in bootstrap.

Here’s my advice to people.

Use a funnel builder to get launched and when you are making money invest in having a coder turn it all into hard code for you. That way the code is on your servers and when Clickfunnels or any of the servers goes down you won’t lose thousands of dollars in adspend like many people have.

Don’t get me wrong I love Clickfunnels but their service isn’t perfect and their servers are under a heavy load. It’s normal to crash every now and then. You just don’t want to be investing money in advertising that is going to a broken site.

So get your funnel working in a service like Clickfunnels, then have it converting to your own servers. I have some good resources when you’re ready to have this done.

Thanks!

Josiah

 

The Best VPN I’ve Found and 5 Internet “Life Hacks” With A VPN

I recently discovered ExpressVPN and I love it.

  1. Stop your ISP and government agencies from tracking you. A VPN will scramble your data so they can’t understand it.
  2. Access the internet from anywhere – Use a VPN to stop your country from censoring you.
  3. Get better deals online by browsing from different locations.
  4. Encryption – Blocks hackers from seeing your wifi data.
  5. VPN across devices – You can use your VPN across your phone, tablet, etc. That is why I like ExpressVPN a lot.

Check it out here. ExpressVPN

JOSIAHCOLT

How to report custom events with Bing UET Tag

Bing Ads allows you to track custom events on your website, such as when people subscribe to a newsletter or download a white paper, as conversions.

After you’ve installed the Bing UET base pixel code you can start tracking custom events.

JavaScript UET Tag

If you have JavaScript UET Tag, you will need to add the following custom event JavaScript to the UET tag tracking code:

<script>
window.uetq = window.uetq || [];
window.uetq.push({
‘ec’:’Event category’,
‘ea’:’Event action’,
‘el’:’Event label’,
‘ev’:’Event value’
});
</script>

Non-JavaScript UET Tag

If you have Non-JavaScript UET Tag, you will need to update the tracking code with the event parameters values you defined in the conversion goal:

<noscript>
<img src=”//bat.bing.com/action/0?ti=TAG_ID_HERE&Ver=2&ec=Event category&ea=Event action&el=Event label&ev=Event value” height=”0″ width=”0″ style=”display:none; visibility: hidden;” />
</noscript>

My Business Set up To Make Taxes and All That Legal Crap Easy & Automated

Personally I found LegalZoom annoying, complicated, and overly pushy with their upsells.

This was the most effective set up for me.

I had JonesWaldo set up my LLC, file all the paperwork, and get the EIN for my biz.

Then I took that info over Chase and set up a business account.

I got a Southwest credit card which I love. (review here) This let’s me skip the security lines at the airport because it made me A-list. I’ve been able to fly free because of all the points you get for just using the card regularly. I use this card for all my ad spend so the points add up quick.

Then I use Bookly.co for bookkeeping and accounting. They save my life every month. Not to mention helping me catch up on seven years of taxes. These guys/gals are amazing. I recommend everyone with a small biz to use them. It’s like Quickbooks accounting software but you get a personal bookkeeper with it who gets to know you and your business.

After I put all my regular expenses in their proper categories it becomes mostly automated. I recommend getting in there periodically to make sure the random stray charges are in their correct category.

I also use this app called MileIQ that tracks my mileage for taxes. You just swipe left or right to tell it whether your trip was for business or personal. This helps a lot too if you itemize at the end of the year.

JOSIAHCOLT

Google Tag Manager (GTM) and Yahoo Gemini Dot Tag

Ok I’m a little embarrassed that it took me so long to get my Yahoo Gemini Dot Tag conversion tracking/pixel to fire with Google Tag Manager but I’m happy to report it’s working like a dream now and I understand conversion tracking better than ever.

Here’s how to do it.

  1. Install GTM on your site. (Obvi)
  2. Create a new GTM tag for your conversion event.
  3. Add the Yahoo Dot Tag base code as a separate tag into GTM. (The base code and event code will be separate tags)
  4. Create the conversion event in the Yahoo UI.
  5. Add the conversion event as a separate tag in GTM.
  6. Double check for typos/and details of the pixel (this is where I got stuck)
  7. Check to see if it’s firing with GTM pixel helper.
  8. TRACK CONVERSIONS AND MAKE MONEYYYYY

Here’s a video of me doing everything.

 

google tag manager and yahoo gemini tracking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOSIAHCOLT

Before You Start Writing Copy… Start here.

If you want to sell anything to anyone use what Eric Whitman calls “The Lifeforce 8.”

The Life Force 8 are the eight basic human instincts hardwired into every person:

  1. Survival, enjoyment of life, life extension
  2. Enjoyment of food and beverages
  3. Freedom from fear, pain, and danger
  4. Sexual companionship
  5. Comfortable living conditions
  6. To be superior, winning, keeping up with the Joneses
  7. Care and protection of loved ones
  8. Social approval

These are the eight things that people really want…more than anything else. We’re  biologically programmed to follow these eight desires.

Before you start scribbling your mind bending headline ideas (PS here’s my favorite exercise for doing just that), keep these eight basic human desires in mind.

These tips are from the book Cashvertising.

JOSIAHCOLT

How to Track Conversions With Google Tag Manager (GTM) and Facebook Conversion Tracking

Here’s FB’s official guide to getting your GTM pixel set up with FB Pageview pixel and using conversion pixels.

https://www.facebook.com/business/help/1021909254506499

So you’ve got your GTM pixel installed but not sure how to fire a conversion or event…

You need to use something in GTM called “triggers.”

 

Also, here’s a more simple way I’ve found to implement this –

Add Facebook Conversion Tag with Google Tag Manager