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Today's episode was sent in by Kimberly on rachelrofe.com/questions.

She asks,

"Hello Rachel, I love all the cool things you do. I bought something from you and it came through JV Zoo. Afterwards, I was bombarded by JV Zoo emails. I have a product that I need help promoting but I hate the idea of putting my clients through that. What are your thoughts on JV Zoo did it work well for you and can the email onslaught be avoided with Clickbank? Thanks for Being You!"

Notes From The Show:

- It depends on what you're selling

- JVZoo is great for IM products and for finding affiliates.

- Clickbank doesn't send out emails but not as easy to find affiliates.

- JVZoo and Clickbank are best for non-recurring fee options

- Shopify can also be used to sell digital products and there are affiliate apps. They don't send emails.

- I personally use Shopify for physical products, Nanacast, JVZoo, and Clickbank.

Links and Resources Mentioned:

JVZoo - No upfront fee, sends out emails if people don't un-check the button

Clickbank - $50 fee to list a product, no emails sent out

Shopify - No emails sent out, recurring fee (use that link for 20% off though)

Nanacast - Complex to use, offers lifetime commissions, recurring fee

RachelRofe.com/questions - If you'd like me to answer a question, post right there.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:07am EDT

Today’s show is for you if you feel like you don’t know your “purpose” yet and that makes you feel bad.

Notes From The Show:

– Being stuck on finding a “purpose” can make us feel horrible.

– Not everyone necessarily has a specific purpose that has to be monetized and made into a business or has to help a zillion people.

– Do what feels good as often as you can

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Anthony Lemme – This is the person whose post I found.

Facebook post – This is what I read aloud.

Danielle LaPorte – I am pretty sure Desire Map is where I read about Danielle’s example with using core desired feelings at work.

Get a 9-5 that lights you up – This podcast is another resource to help you love the job you’re working in.

RachelRofe.com/questions – If you’d like me to answer a question, post right there.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Today's episode was sent in by Ruchi on rachelrofe.com/questions and is all about legacy. The question was about the legacy *I* want to leave behind, but I invite you to answer this for yourself, too.

Ruchi asks, "Hi Rachel! Hopefully this doesn't come across as morbid, but here's my question to you, you do a lot of great things for the world, from everyday angel bombs where you unexpectedly brighten up someone's day, to huge things like helping raise 50k in less than a day for a school in Brazil. My question for you is what legacy do you hope to leave after you're gone, and what would you like to be remembered for?”

Notes From The Show:

- I usually think in terms of "will I be happy on my death bed?" and/or what values can I instill in future kids?

- Made a difference (without parameters).

- Pleasure

- Use gifts

What about you? I'd love to hear!

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Top 5 regrets of the dying - This is so helpful to know.

RachelRofe.com/questions - If you'd like me to answer a question, post right there.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

Would you like to have your content featured on major sites like MindBodyGreen, Huffington Post, and other major websites?

If so, you can - it's TOTALLY do-able - and you don't even need to have some major following or credentials first.
In today's episode I'm going to go over exactly how you can get featured on MindBodyGreen and other sites, even if you're starting with zero online presence.

This show was created thanks to Stephanie submitting a question on rachelrofe.com/questions. She asks, "Hi Rachel! My potential podcast question is ...How can one get published on a site like MindBodyGreen? THANKS!"

Please feel free to submit your questions, too!

Notes From The Show:

Step 1: Make sure your niche makes sense with whatever site you'd like to submit to.

Here were the articles I submitted to MindBodyGreen even though I am known for personal development *and* biz advice.

10 Tips To Improve Your Morning In 5 Minutes Or Less (1.6k shares)
10 Ways To Fit Fun Into A Busy Day (676 shares)
7 Reasons You're Not Living The Life Of Your Dreams (3.5k shares)
7 Ways To Get Anything You Want (13.1k shares)

Step 2: Look at what’s already doing well on sites.

Most places will tell you exactly what their most popular articles are. See if your content can mold to it a little bit. Look for key words in titles, headline formats, certain lengths of words in headlines, etc.

You can also search for something like "mindbodygreen.com productivity" or "forbes.com beauty" and manually open up a bunch of articles to see what has done well.

If nothing in your niche is doing well, it may mean you don't have the sexiest topic.

Step 3: Write your article (if a site requires it upfront).

Make sure to adhere to the submission requirements of a site. Different sites like different word counts, topics, etc.

Make it easy to read with short sentences and deliver exactly what the title offers. Don't be too verbose or self promotional.

If the site allows, have a resource box that tells people where they can sign up to get more from you, preferably with a gift that has to do with whatever your article's about.

Optional: You may want to have friends or a coach proofread your article before you submit.

Step 4: Submit your content following submission guidelines.

Most people who are on sites like MindBodyGreen or HuffingtonPost are there simply because they asked to be.

Just do a search for ‘site name + submission’ or ‘site name + submit article’.

Step 5: Put it in your calendar to see if you get accepted.

Most sites will tell you when they’ll let you know if you’ll get accepted or not by. Put the date in your calendar and take appropriate action. You may want to clean up your article and re-submit, or maybe use your article as content for your own blog, other sites, or for guest blogging.

Links and Resources Mentioned:

- RachelRofe.com/questions - If you'd like me to answer a question, post right there.

- MindBodyGreen - This is the link to my author page.

- iReport.cnn.com - This is where you can publish anything on CNN.com.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

Today's show goes over how you can use GetResponse's new web forms and apps to increase the subscribers on your mailing list. I go over which apps I've been using and how I use them to build my mailing list.

If you have a topic request or a question you'd like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Notes From The Show:

- GetResponse.com is an autoresponder service you can use to grow and communicate with your mailing list. I've tested out 10 or so comparable systems and this has been my favorite.

- This is a sponsored show. I seeked GetResponse out as a sponsor because they're a company I know, love, and have been using for nearly a decade.

- To access forms, go to Forms, then Create Forms, then the List Builder Wizard.

- There are 11 different form options including a blank one + one where you can search for size dimensions. Everything is customizable, no cheesy stock photos.

- Split testing is now an option. Make sure to use it. Unless you get a TON of traffic, I'd test 2 forms at a time and keep cutting the weaker ones and replacing them with new variations. Test out colors you use, headlines, and the amount of things you collect (for example, try just collecting email versus name and email addresses).

- Web apps are my favorite. To access these, log into GetResponse, go to Forms, then Create Forms, then click on List Builder Apps.

- The scroll box app is one I've posted on RachelRofe.com. It's a form you put on your website that collects names and email addresses. It stays on the page the whole time as people are reading and is particularly beneficial for places where you have valuable content. It reminds people that they can get even more from you.

- The exit pop up app has been the best-performing app that I've implemented. It's a form that pops up when people are trying to leave your website and isn't annoying or invasive. I've put this on 2 places:

- KinstantFormatter.com - This is a software I have that converts documents to Kindle-ready books. If potential customers try to leave the website without buying it, they're offered information for free on how to market their books.

- A blog post in one of my niches about a particular type of tutorial. When people go to leave the blog post, I offer them a signup to get more of those types of tutorials.

The reason why this particular app is so beneficial is because people are already showing interest in a particular type of content. By offering them similar content, you're giving them what they've expressly shown interest in.

This is a win/win because people get more of what they want, plus you get extra opportunity to get in front of people. People often need multiple exposures before buying something.

- Out of all the apps this one is doing the best conversion-wise so far. It's also the best one in terms of converting signups into sales.

- The Shake box is a great one to capture peoples' attention. A signup form comes on top of the text and it jiggles back and forth to capture peoples’ attention.

- The Fixed app will post a horizontal form on the bottom or top of your page. I have something like this on rachelrofe.com/products and have gotten several hundred sign ups from it.

- GetResponse has integrations with Facebook, Wordpress, PrestaShop, Joomla, or WooCommerce, you can do that very easily under the same section in Create Forms.

Links and Resources Mentioned:

GetResponse - The email autoresponder system I've used for about a decade. This is the site you can sign up with to try out the new forms and apps.

RachelRofe.com - My main site and where I have been testing some apps.

KinstantFormatter.com - One of the sites I have that I am testing the "exit pop up" app on.

rachelrofe.com/products - I've gotten hundreds of email signups on this page using something like the Fixed app.

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Direct download: RRhowincreasedemailsignupsnewforms.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

The holidays are coming up and it’s an great time to be able to sell items online. If you’d like to know how you can sell without spending any money upfront, this show is for you.

This show was created thanks to this question from Matt:

“How can I sell products online without having to spend big money on minimum order quantities? I’ve read about people trying to hire from China and it costs a ton of money. I'm about to be a new dad and would love to jump in to shopify but am still stuck with finding and sourcing a product that sells without losing my shirt.”

If you have a question you'd like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Notes From The Show:

Why I don't like to buy inventory upfront:

- You don't know if inventory will sell - it's a big risk. 

- May have to spend thousands of dollars.

- Dealing with wholesalers can be frustrating.

UseGearBubble.com:

- 740 of 822 items from UseGearBubble

- Upload design - can design yourself, pay someone on Fiverr, work with designer, split royalties, pick a price, instantly get a site to sell on.

- UGB handles fulfillment + customer service.

- Built for direct marketing.

- Upsell like items, like a mug to a necklace with the same design

- Can sell directly on site or using dropship program. Get ROI on free campaign first.

- Sign up no matter what, you'll get free training from 7-figure marketer. Will help with anything you sell, even if not UGB.

eBay.com:

- Re-sell items for a profit (i.e. sell a watch for $13 that you find on eBay for $10)

- Go to rachelrofe.com/shopify for 20% off.

- You can contact sellers and ask to ship without their packaging or for permission to use their pictures. Most sellers are fine since they're getting exactly what they asked for.

- You can use multiple addresses.

- Customers don't always know items are available on eBay - many people don't comparison shop, different titles, plus you're giving convenience of curating for them.

- Can buy your own inventory after proven concept.

- Can do this on Amazon too.

- Make sure to check your emails every day to fulfill orders. People won't want to wait.

- I've sold 26 items of last 822 sales from here.

Stickers:

- Had my sister print out, cut, and send stickers. She fulfilled as orders came in.

- Gave her a design, posted on my store. I made stickers one color + easily cut out, though she has now upgraded her printer so it's not an issue.

- Offered free stickers + $2.95 shipping and handling. $.95 profit + got people on mailing list to re-market to, was very easy.

- Sold 56 stickers on this store, 60+ on another.

- Stickers are excellent impulse buy.

- Hands off if you auto-forward sticker orders to her.

- Can find Jackie right here: https://www.facebook.com/ImaginationsPlus

Links and Resources Mentioned:

UseGearBubble - I used this to sell 740 of my last 822 items.

Fiverr - You can use this site to get $5 designs.

eBay.com - You can re-sell items from here.

https://www.facebook.com/ImaginationsPlus - Contact my sister to fulfill sticker orders for you.

RachelRofe.com/questions - Post here if you have any questions you think I can help with

RachelRofe.com/shopify - Get 20% off with this link.

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Direct download: RRhowcaniseelproductsonlinewitoutspendingmoneypfront.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

Today's show goes over a problem that many of us face: being afraid to be seen.

It covers why so many of us are afraid to let people see the real us, then what we can do about it.

If you have a question you'd like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Sponsored by: http://www.YourGetResponse.com

Notes From The Show:

Part 1: Validation

- Can be very energetically taxing

- Can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, unsafe

- Can be hard in business too: new promotions, programs, etc invites criticism

- It's vulnerable

- Innate fear to go against the tribe

Part 2: What we can do about it

- Talk to your support network first

- Set boundaries around unwanted attention

- Ask yourself, "What's the worst that can happen?"

- Meditate or do EFT

- Start small

- Keep doing it

Links and Resources Mentioned:

How to handle being “energy sensitive” — with Hadley Gustin - This show goes over what you can do if you're very energy-sensitive.

How to build a strong support network around yourself - This show goes over how you can build a strong support network to be vulnerable with.

Change your money mindset and earn more – with Denise Duffield-Thomas - We talk about EFT (tapping) in this show.

RachelRofe.com/questions - Post here if you have any questions you think I can help with

YourGetResponse.com - My favorite email autoresponder.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Getting feedback from other people can (sometimes!) be a fast path to growth.

The problem is, sometimes it can be very hard to get constructive, honest feedback from people we trust.

Today's episode shows you how.

This episode was created by special request. If you have a question you'd like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Sponsored by: http://www.YourGetResponse.com

Notes From The Show:

- Find people you trust to be honest

- Be 100% forthright with what you want (be very specific)

- Tell people that you really want their honesty

- Ask individual people directly

- Offer feedback to other people

- Listen and don't get defensive

- Dig deeper and ask clarifying questions

- Thank people when done
- Take action

Links and Resources Mentioned:

RachelRofe.com/questions - Post here if you have any questions you think I can help with

YourGetResponse.com - My favorite email autoresponder.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:15am EDT

People always say you're the average of the 5 people closest to you. If you'd like to learn how to surround yourself with amazing people and create a strong support network for yourself, check out this episode.

It was sent in by special request. If you have a question you'd like me to answer, please head over to http://rachelrofe.com/questions and ask!

Sponsored by: http://www.YourGetResponse.com

Notes From The Show:

- Be intentional with who you want in your life.

- Look for those people

- Don't be overly judge-y

- Create reasons to connect

- Make it easy for people to connect with you

- Create consistent connection

- Treat people like they're special

- Do things that are uncomfortable sometimes

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Inspired Hustle - My Facebook group.

Start a great conversation and become good at small talk – with Paul Sanders (part 1) - This is a related podcast that you may enjoy.

Make awesome friends – with Paul Sanders (part 2) - This is Part 2 of the related podcast that you may enjoy.

Make powerful business connections – with Honorée Corder - This is a related podcast that you may enjoy.

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Direct download: RRhowtobiuldastrongsupportnetwork.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Today's show is short and sweet. I wanted to get an important message out there. :)

Sponsored by: http://www.YourGetResponse.com

Notes:

Let your faith be bigger than your fear." - the quote I love (and the podcast title)

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Twitter - My Twitter page.

YourGetResponse.com - My favorite email provider.

Take Control of Your Life - I didn't mention this on the show but if you'd like to learn how to create an actionable plan out of making your goals happen, this $.99 book will help.

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Direct download: RRletyourfaithbebiggerthanyourfear.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT