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Top 5 Freebies to Add Subscribers to Your List

Recently, I realized I’ve used a variety of incentives to get new subscribers.

In fact, my email list has grown from 6,000 to 24,000 in three years.

I believe it’s because of the many freebies I’ve used.

Top 5 FREEBIES to grow your subscriber list - they really work ~ from StephenBeck.com

Here are the Top 5 Freebies that worked for me:

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How to Promote Affiliates Without Hype

Over the next few weeks, my wife – Kerry, is going to share some ideas to make money with a blog. She’s been doing just that for the past 5+ years.

Let’s face it, earning affiliate commissions helps support your blog and your family. But, most readers do not want to read blogs with a lot of hype about buying products. They want to know more about you & read stories about your life or your niche.

So, how can you include affiliate links without a lot of hype?

Basically, I recommend writing posts that are helpful to your readers. Show them you care about them and want to let them know what is working for you & your family. Here are 3 ways I’ve included affiliate links that are very natural.

Hyperlink Products in a List

One of my favorite type blog posts are lists. Lists of our favorite books to read aloud. Lists of my favorite homeschooling books. Lists of our favorite activities.

Each list includes items that are available on Amazon. I hyperlink those items with my Amazon affiliate link. To be honest, I haven’t made a lot of money. But a few clicks here & there add up over time.

Tell Your Story

When you review a product, tell your story. Include ways you are personally using that product.

• If you are reviewing a curriculum, show how it helped your family in your homeschool.
• If you are reviewing a book, tell stories about the impact the book had on your life.
• If you use the product, tell stories how you’ve used the product.

As you tell your story, be sure to include images that “show” your story. Hyperlink each photo with your affiliate code.

The Advent Calendar, Table Runner & Flip Chart worked well for me during the holidays. You’ll see the advent calendar on our refrigerator and the flipchart next to our centerpiece. Click on the image to see how I shared ways to use these items.

how to use affiliate links in  blog posts

Or, click here to see how I told my story about the Easter Countdown Puzzle that had an affiliate program.

Videos Share Affiliate Links

Videos work like a charm for me. Yesterday, I had a homeschool mom message me from eBay about a writing resource. She mentioned Bryan, Texas and I replied saying we used to have a curriculum store in Bryan. A few hours later, she left a phone message asking about more writing resources.

I called her back and shared my thoughts about the three resources. During our conversation, she told me she had been watching this lady on youtube talk about the writing resources. In the middle of watching the videos, she realized it was me.

The videos on my website are also on youtube. I earn money when people buy from those videos. It doesn’t matter if they are on my site or on youtube. I still get paid. Here’s an example of one of my video reviews:

Best Affiliate Marketing Tip Ever

In closing, let me share one tip. I try to call my affiliate products, resources. Resources sounds like an item that will help you. Products sound like an item to be sold. It is a subtle difference, but people are more accepting of resources than products.

As you plan your next blog post to promote an affiliate item, remember to be natural & encouraging. Your readers will be glad & you’ll make more affiliate commissions.


.Question: What is your best affiliate marketing tip? You can leave a comment by clicking here.


Skies of the Cross - Easter Family Bible study from HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com
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How to Integrate Autoresponders In Your Business

An autoresponder can be a valuable time saving tool when promoting online business opportunities. The challenge is that most business owners simply do not know how to maximize autoresponders to their best use possible and as a result lose out on golden opportunities to generate more sales and work more efficiently.

Email Signatures

For instance, you can use an autoresponder by attaching a signature at the bottom of your emails. What this does is brands your message. They work just like business cards. In the signature you should include your name, the name of your company, contact information and send out a quick message.

Your signature should be including in every email that you send out. What this does is continues to remind the reader of who you and what your business is all about. Each time they see your signature that creates another impression of you and the online business opportunities that you promote. In addition to building impressions a signature at the bottom of your email also has the added benefit of making your emails look more professional.

A good email signature is typically anywhere from four to six lines and is no more than 70 characters per line. Check your text and make sure that it does not get cut off. Your signature should consist of your name, the name of your company, email address, phone number and other methods of contact such as fax numbers.

Finally you want to make sure you also include a brief message about the online business opportunities that you are promoting. Focus on the benefits your products and services offer and the credibility of your company. You can include this message in the PS section.

Importance of P.S.

PS is a good idea to include in your signature. The reason why this is a good idea is that some readers skip the message but read the PS. Include a great call to action in the PS.

By utilizing these steps you will be well on your way to maximizing the benefits of an autoresponder. A signature can be set up very quickly. Therefore set yours up today and maximize the profitability of your online business opportunities.

Create Mini-Courses

When you start a consulting business an autoresponder is also a great tool to help you create courses that promote your business. You already have a topic that you are an expert at because you are a consultant. The course that you design should deal with a specific topic within your area of expertise. You can offer the mini-course as a free bonus for visitors to your website. The autoresponder is the way you deliver the mini-course.

After selecting a topic of interest, divide the topic up into several sub-topics. Give anyone that visits your consulting website a 5 or 7 day course where you cover each sub-topic on each day of the course. Day 1 should consist of an introductory message letting the reader know what will come next. The key is to build interest, clearly communicate your points and offer information of value so that the reader feels that he or she is getting quality actionable information.

In the mini course you use when you start a consulting business, make sure you include the lesson number, topic title as well as information about your company. Conclude with a sneak peak of what the next lesson is about.

The key to creating a good mini-course is to provide valuable information and build curiosity. If you fail to do this, the reader will unsubscribe and will not read your mini course the next day.

As far as how you create the course, there are several ways you can do this. I suggest that you create it in a word processing application or a text based program so that you can have a central location for all of your content. After creating it and reviewing it, the next step is to transfer the course over to your autoresponder application. You are done!

Now the mini-course works on your behalf. Visitors to your website automatically begin to build rapport with you and have a greater level of trust in your abilities as a consultant while you continue to build your business. As a result, you will find that it will help you land more clients as you start a consulting business.

Stephen Beck

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Alligator Sausage & What It Taught Me

A few years ago, my daughter played in a softball tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  Although we homeschool our children, Idaho’s public school system welcomes home schooled kids into their sports programs. It’s been a wonderful experience, and our children have been warmly welcomed by their teammates. Of course, it helps that they are great athletes!

The stakes were high – whoever won the next game would play in the State Championship!  When my daughter came to bat, she nailed the ball, a real screamer to right field.  She made it to home plate, scoring the tying run as she went.  Our team went on to win the game.  Gentry came home with MVP honors… we couldn’t be more proud!

That evening, I learned a valuable lesson.

After watching seven hours of softball, we were hot, sticky, tired, and badly sunburned.  We didn’t feel like going out for supper.  We decided to order pizza, and asked the front desk if they had any suggestions.

pizza schmizzaBoth front desk clerks immediately and enthusiastically suggested the local Pizza Schmizza (honest, that was its name). They both began to rave about the wonderful pizza, great sauces, and gourmet toppings.  Not only did Pizza Schmizza offer traditional pizzas, they even included spicy Thai options, even alligator sausage!

“How did you hear about them?” I had to ask.

They responded, “Each week, the owners bring us pizza for our break.”


Front desk clerks at a hotel are often great sources of information for weary travelers.  They are often asked for recommendations on restaurants, local entertainment, and more.  By giving free pizza, Pizza Schmizza increased sales. Your lesson? twoFind out who your prospective customers connect with, and reward the middleman.

But I can hear the objections now.  “Why should I give my product away for free?  I need to make money like everyone else, so they should pay like everyone else!”

You are thinking too small.  Free samples do not cost much in the grand scheme of things.  That small cost will be meaningless once your product gets into the right hands.

Now, I am sure that Pizza Schmizza has given away dozens of pizzas to front desk clerks in the area.  But what a marketing strategy! Sure, not all the front desk clerks will recommend Pizza Schmizza.  But some clerks recommend them, and very highly too.

There is a risk that someone may copy your product, then present it as their own.  The copycats are everywhere.  But your business isn’t just about the product… you provide great follow-up, and even offer higher-end merchandise to customers who want more (or, as we say in the biz, you’ve got a “killer back end”). That will keep your loyal customers coming back!

So learn a lesson from Pizza Schmizza on business promotions and marketing ideas – offer free samples to strategic people who will spread the word.  Your business will grow and prosper, and you’ll be happy you did!

Stephen Beck


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Everything you need to start making sales today!

If you want sell a product, you need two things…

1) A good quality product.
2) A product that is in demand!

It’s not always an easy combination
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You will see that the “Real Guys” have included pretty much everything you need to start making sales today!

This product comes with a reseller license and was created for a niche that has a massive potential market. It offers help for pretty much ANY person in any niche who could use a website for their business (A massive niche with millions and millions of people in it).

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To Your Success!

Stephen & Kerry


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Blogging Ebook Bundle

Last week I recommended Tabitha’s Pinteresting ebook.  You might wonder why I recommend a book about Pinterest on a business blog.

For the past several months, Kerry’s homeschool site has received more traffic from Pinterest than any other site.  That’s right Pinterest is the number 1 driver of traffic. So take note.  Learning Pinterest is well worth your time.

Tabitha messaged Kerry today and let her know that her ebook is available as the weekly ebook bundle about blogging.  So, we took a look at the ebook bundle and have to say, it is great.
BundleoftheWeek.com, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

I haven’t read the other books, yet.  However, I do know some of the other authors and they can help you improve your blog so it makes sales.

So, why should you grab this bundle of ebook?

The price is right at $7.99.  (5 ebooks for $7.99, that’s $1.59 each)  If you bought these ebooks individually, you would pay $25.95 – Grab the bundle by clicking here & you’ll save $17.96

The content is excellent.  Take a look:

Learn the secrets of successful bloggers and take your blog to the next level with this week’s ebook collection. From balancing your blog and family and setting boundaries for your online presence to monetizing your blog, writing an ebook of your own and using Pinterest to grow your brand, this bundle is packed full of resources for bloggers. And it’s available for 70% off this week only!

Blogger Behave, by Laura Booz
At the end of the day, your blog is just one part of your life, and Laura shares the secrets that have helped her blog well and live well. Learn to develop a vision statement for your blog, strategize blog content that benefits your life, blog authentically without regrets, gain control over blogging time and much more!

Pinteresting, by Tabitha Philen
Pinteresting: Pinterest Strategies for Brands and Bloggers is a step-by-step guide for understanding Pinterest from Tabitha, a professional blogger and Pinterest expert. You’ll learn how to create a show-stopping Pinterest profile page, keep your account fresh and inviting, build a solid community of followers who are actively engaged, develop solid strategies for your Pinterest account, optimize your website by making it more Pinterest-friendly and find the tools to help you manage your Pinterest campaigns.

Blog at Home Mom, by Christin Slade
Christin offers both practical and encouraging tips to help moms balance their life at home with their blog or online business in Blog at Home Mom. You will find ideas for organizing and prioritizing your blog and writing time, as well as setting goals and keeping balance with your home and children.

25 Simple Steps to Make Money Blogging, by Tara Ziegmont
It is possible to make money from your blog, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! In 25 Simple Steps to Make Money Blogging, Tara shows you how to monetize your blog through increased readership, ads (including the pros and cons of various different types of ads) and paid writing opportunities. She even shares what works (and what doesn’t work) on her blog.

30 Days to Make and Sell a Fabulous Ebook, by Angela England
In 30 Days to Make and Sell a Fabulous Ebook, Angela draws from her own ebook publishing experience (earning five figures a year!) to speed you on your way toward producing, marketing and selling an ebook. You’ll find 30 bite-sized daily lessons, daily challenges, additional resources and quotes from experts to help you create and publish a successful ebook!

The Blogging bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 5/13. Get yours today right here: Bundle 19: Blogging Bundle

Stephen & Kerry

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Start Book Club Starts Today

Our first online book club starts today. We’ll cover the 1st chapter of the book. If you copy hasn’t arrived, you can download the first chapter for free right here:  The Start Book

jon acuff start book from How to Homeschool My Child.com

If you still need to get a copy, here’s a link to Amazon.


Let’s get on to the questions…Feel free to post your response as a comment on this post. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

1. What stood out the most as you read this first chapter that introduces the Start book?

2. Jon relays a story about his girls thinking they have lots of imagination & they are awesome. How can we encourage our kids to continue thinking they are awesome?

3. How can we help our teens to realize the statements below? (Teen & Adult question)

    • Retirement is dead
    • Hope is boss
    • Anyone can play

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Pinteresting {Book Review}

No matter what your reason for opening a Pinterest account (personal, business or blogging), you need to read Tabitha Philen’s book, Pinteresting. I’m amazed. I’ve still got lots to learn, but let me share what I’ve discovered so far.

pinteresting from How to Homeschool My Child.comRight now, I’m headed to a blogging conference in Florida where I’ll be with fellow homeschoolers. I’m excited to meet some of my blogging friends in real life. I decided to read Tabitha’s Pinteresting ebook on the plane while eating dinner. I’ve just started reading books on my ipad…this is the 2nd one so I was excited to read it in the dark.

I had to make myself slow down & not skip the basics of Pinterest. I’m so glad I did because I’ve already learned some advanced strategies & techniques in using Pinterest. I’ll be implementing them tomorrow after I get to Florida.

I’ve been on Pinterest 14 months. I started pinning after the Houston Quilt Show last year and was immediately addicted…you know what I mean! I’ve read a few articles about using pinterest more effectively, but Tabitha goes over & beyond you online articles or blog posts about Pinterest.

  • Did you know there were secret boards on Pinterest?
  • Do you know how to organize your boards to promote your brand?
  • Should you have one or two boards?

Whether you are using Pinterest for personal organization, to drive traffic to your blog or promote your business, Pinteresting is for you. I guarantee you will learn something new about Pinterest.

Right now, you can grab Pinteresting  for a mere $2.99 by clicking here

Question: What tips do you have about Pinterest? You can leave a comment by clicking here.



Jon Acuff Book, Start – A Review & Giveaway

A month ago, I attended a blogging business conference & received a galley proof copy of a new book by Jon Acuff – Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters

I highly  recommend reading Jon’s book and here are a few reasons why.

There were several concepts that struck me about the book, but this keeps coming back to me.

All you can control is the starting line.

You can’t control the finish line or what goes on between start & finish, but you can control whether or not you take action … and get going on your business, project or dream.

jon acuff start book from StephenBeck.comBy starting, you’ll move from “average” to “awesome” and Jon shows you how in the Start Book

One thing I truly appreciate about Jon’s book is his honesty. I’ve read many other motivation & self-help books. They tell you “if you can dream it, you can achieve it”. This might be true, but they forget to mention you must work to achieve your dreams.

After coaching many people who want to start a business, be a better mom or fulfill a dream, I agree that the first step is getting started.

You’ve heard Stephen & I say it often . . .

Taking action is essential
Work is necessary

You must start and that’s the number one action you can control.

Move from average to awesome. Start today.

  • Start a side business
  • Start working on your business consistenly
  • Start being a better parent or spouse
  • Whatever it is you want to do…Just Start

Jon’s examples are honest & down-to-earth. Sometimes they go against the self-help propaganda out there…and I appreciate that because they are honest. His examples cover a wide range of topics: business, marriage, parenting, life-growing, spiritual.

Jon Acuff knows there are surprises along the way.

jon acuff start book from StephenBeck.comHe discusses your little voice inside. What is that little voice saying to you?

Maybe they are fears.
Maybe they are lies.
Maybe they stop you.

We all have a little voice that tells us we can’t do it.

Ever have a hard time focusing? That little voice doesn’t want you to focus.

When you get unstuck, you are unstoppable!

The progression Jon takes as he describes getting to the finish line is excellent.  He explains what you should be doing in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. You can see him explain this in a short video by clicking here.

jon acuff-start - free online book club from StephenBeck.com

For these reasons, I’m hosting an online book club to discuss this book.

A book club for homeschoolers, teens, moms, dads, singles, married, business people, dreamers.

Anyone can get unstuck & our online book club can help you get unstuck & be unstoppable.

We’ll discuss one chapter each week. I’ll post 2-3 questions on my blog – How to Homeschool My Child. I haven’t written the questions yet, but my plan is to include an overall Christian perspective. I also plan to have a question each week for your teens to discuss.

Even if you don’t want to be in our book club, please take a moment and look at Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by clicking here. You can get the 1st chapter for free at that link.

Be sure to watch both videos!

A 1 minute video about his NYC book launch with a mom sharing how she will apply this book to her life.

A 2 minute video with a fantastic overview of how to go from average to AWESOME (overview of 20′s-60′s)

This book is for everyone…

Grab a copy while you’re there. It’s on sale here. (Amazon has the best price & Amazon Prime members get free shipping)

PS. If you are unsure about investing in Start, grab the first chapter for free by clicking here.

PPS. I know anyone can be changed by applying concepts in this book, so I’m giving away 2 copies. Enter to win below.

Question: Will you join us for our online book club?
What questions would you like us to cover in our online book club?
You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Vlogging {Guest Post}

I was guest posting at The Beech Retreat blog, but they are transitioning to another site & took down their blog.

If you’d like to see my video on vlogging (video + blogging), here it is: