Welcome to Leave the Corporate World Behind

Leave The Corporate World Behind

Hello! I am Adrienne Dupree. I am an author a full-time entrepreneur and have an ecommerce business.  Specifically, I am an online and affiliate marketer. I am a former Program Manager that left the corporate world  behind in October 2015.

My book, Leave The Corporate World Behind, chronicles the stories of online marketers who have left corporate America and now have a full-time online marketing business. It also includes part-time online marketers who still work in corporate America. I am also a contributing author to What Is Your Why? and Positioning Yourself as an Expert: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Become Credible Authorities.

Welcome to Leave The Corporate World Behind. My mission is to teach people in corporate America who want to get out of the rat race how to start an online internet marketing business. The goal of this online marketing business is to replace their income. It will also allow them to control their own destiny and stop trading time for dollars.

Leave The Corporate World Behind has developed various products that can assist you in developing a successful business. How To Create An Amazon Store is step-by-step video training will show how to create your own Amazon aStore that is fully integrated into your WordPress site. How To Create A Sidebar Widget is video training that will show you step by step how to create your own image for your sidebar widget. You can create sidebar widgets that can be used to promote your own products or affiliate products. Top WP Plugins For Business is a product that I created with Connie Ragen Green that introduces the top 20 WordPress plugins for your online business.  The 15 Day Analytics Challenge provides an introduction to Google Analytics, gives you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Google Analytics account as well as step-by-step instructions on how to run the various reports. And lastly, Affiliate Niche Site will teach you how to set up your own affiliate niche sites for another stream of income.

I added selling physical products on Amazon to my business 2 years ago. If you are interested in this business model, check out How To Get Started With Amazon FBA. You can even sign up for a free e-course.

Leave The Corporate World Behind will equip you with the tools and knowledge that you need to get started online whether you have a technical background or not. Leave The Corporate World Behind can help you to start realizing your dreams of controlling your own destiny and developing a successful online business. Even if you have to start part-time, I can help you because I know how to juggle a demanding corporate career and an online business.

What Affiliate Marketing Programs Can I Use On An Affiliate Niche Site?

Affiliate Marketing ProgramsWhen you are creating an affiliate niche site, there are many affiliate products that you can promote. There are many affiliate programs that you can use. Most affiliate programs require for you to apply for their programs. Once you are approved, you can start promoting their products. Five affiliate marketing programs that you can use for your affiliate sites are Amazon Associates, Target, Walmart, Clickbank and LinkShare.

Each affiliate program determines how long you will be paid once someone clicks on your site using cookies. Cookies are small text files stored on your computer’s browser. They are created when you use your browser to visit a website.

Affiliate Marketing Programs #1 – Amazon Associates

The affiliate program for Amazon is the called Amazon Associates. Amazon has thousand of products in a variety of categories that you can promote on your site. Once you are approved, you are given an id that is added to your product links. With this program, you display links and pictures that link back to the Amazon.com site. Amazon has a 24 hour cookie which means if someone clicks on your link, anything that they buy within that 24 hour period will be credited to you.

Affiliate Marketing Programs #2 – Target

Just link Amazon, Target also has an affiliate program where you can earn up to 8%. They have a 7 day cookie. You can learn more about the Target affiliate program by visiting their Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs.

Affiliate Marketing Programs #3 – Linkshare

Linkshare is an is an affiliate marketing service provider. They are the affiliate marketing provider for many programs. Once your Linkshare account is approved, you can then apply for the companies associated with them.

Affiliate Marketing Programs #4– Walmart

If you want to apply for the Walmart affiliate program, you must first apply for the Rakuten Linkshare program. Once you are approved for Linkshare,then you can apply for the Walmart affiliate program. Walmart also has a chrome extension that will generate ads while you are on the Walmart.com site.

Affiliate Marketing Programs #5 – ClickBank

Clickbank also has an affiliate marketing program but unlike the other programs that were discussed, these products are digital. Once you have a Clickbank account you can search for the types of products that you want to promote. They have products in a variety of niches. It can hard to find profitable products on Clickbank so I use CBEngine. CB Engine lets you analyze historical ranking data, see graphs for rank, gravity and earnings per sale as well as review a product’s refund rate. To learn more about finding profitable products on Clickbank, check out my article

As you can see, there are many options for products you can use to create an affiliate niche site ranging from physical products to digital products. My recommendation is to get approved for the five affiliate networks that are mentioned so you have to best selection. If you would like to learn how to build your own affiliate niche sites as well as learn a quick way to create content for your site then you should check out the Affiliate Niche Site course.

5 Ways To Use Private Label Rights (PLR) On An Affiliate Niche Site

Affiliate Niche SiteIf you are building an affiliate niche site, then you must fill your site with content. Gone are the days where you could just create a one-page site with minimal content and links to a lot of products. You must build a real site that contains some content. This content can be original or you can use Private Label Rights or PLR. Here are 5 ways you can use PLR to build out your affiliate niche site.

PLR Use #1 – Blog posts

Adding blog posts to your affiliate niche site is a great way to add content to your site. These blog posts can be related to your niche site. Instead of creating all of this content yourself, you can buy PLR articles related to your niche. I recommend that you add your own twist to these. You can also add links to affiliate products in the post.

PLR Use #2 – Videos

Videos attract a lot of traffic to your site. You can also post your videos on Facebook and YouTube to drive traffic back to your site. You can create your own videos or buy Private Label Rights videos. It is possible to buy videos that are about your niche topic or even videos that are product reviews of items you are promoting on your site. I was able to find some Halloween costume videos that were perfect for my Halloween niche sites. Also, it is very easy to create your own videos using PowerPoint.

PLR Use #3 – Free reports

Including free reports on your affiliate niche site is also a great way to attract people to your site. You can either have them directly on your site or you can have them behind an opt-in form. I prefer to use an opt-in form because not only are you building your list but you have another opportunity to contact your prospects in the future. If you do not have a list, once they visit your site and leave, you have no way to entice them back.

PLR Use #4 – Product reviews

Adding product reviews to your affiliate niche site is very helpful to your potential customers. They can learn about the features and benefits of the products to determine if this is something they want to buy. I also recommend doing a comparison of similar products as well.

PLR Use #5 – Product in a box

Sometimes you can buy a PLR product that contains everything you need to set up an affiliate niche site. It contains the products, an opt-in box, a free report and reviews. All you have to do is buy a domain name, get your hosting and install the product.

As you can see, PLR can be very helpful in providing content for you PLR site. If you are interested PLR that can be used for your sites, then check out my PLR Resources. If you would like to learn how to build your own affiliate niche sites as well as learn a quick way to create content for your site then you should check out the Affiliate Niche Site course

What Is An Affiliate Website?

Affiliate WebsiteThere are many ways to make money online and one of the best ways is with passive income. With passive income, you do something once and get paid over and over again. One way to earn passive income is with an affiliate website. An affiliate website is a site that promotes affiliate products. These products can be digital or physical but most of these sites promote physical products.

Unlike selling on eBay or Amazon, you do not own these products. You promote other people’s products through affiliate links and earn a commission. The commission for digital products is usually 50%; however, it is much lower for physical products.

Typically, these affiliate websites are not in your main niche. They could be related to a hobby, a holiday, a product or even a group of related products. It is best to create a niche site around something that people are passionate about and are willing to spend money. For example, model trains is a very popular niche. If you search for model train sets on Google, there are more than 1 million results. There are also hundreds of model train shows so this is a great niche.

You can also create an affiliate website around holidays such as Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc. The site can be generic or you can break down the niche even further. If you create a generic Halloween niche site, it can promote Halloween costumes. Or, you can make it more specific such as a site that only promotes Halloween costumes for babies.

You can also create affiliate websites around certain products. You can search for products that are popular on Amazon and create product review websites. If someone is interested in this product and they purchase the product, they are purchasing through your affiliate link and you get a commission. For example, you could create a review site around blenders. You would recommend a few different types of blenders on your site. You would give the pros and cons of each blender and maybe even compare them against each other.

So, what are the steps to create an affiliate website:

Step 1 – Do your research and find a popular niche

Step 2 – Find a domain name

Step 3 – Buy hosting and create your affiliate website

Step 4 – Add content to your site

As you can see, there are many possibilities for building affiliate websites. If you would like to learn how to build your own affiliate niche sites as well as learn a quick way to create content for your site then you should check out the Affiliate Niche Site course.

Tips On What Your Email Subscribers Want

What Your Email Subscribers WantEffective marketing boils down to this: Find an audience, figure out what they need or want and then deliver it. Email is one of the best mediums to help you do just that. And it isn’t always about selling them on a product. In fact, that isn’t at all where you want to start. Check out these tips on what your email subscribers want.

What Your Email Subscribers Want Tip #1 – Build A Relationship

First you want to build a relationship with your readers. You want them to get to know you. You want to help them out so they start to like you and trust you. Only then will you be able to make an offer and have them pull out their wallet and buy it.

What Your Email Subscribers Want Tip #2 – Review Your Website Statistics

Pay attention to your website statistics. Programs like Google Analytics can give you a lot of information of where you’re readers came from, what page the landed on and where they were on your site when they joined your list. That data along with demographical information will tell you a lot about your audience.

What Your Email Subscribers Want Tip #3 – Pay Attention To Your Replies

As you start to email your readers, they will reply and get back in touch with you. Pay attention to what they’re saying. And don’t forget to read between the lines. Let’s say you’re in the parenting niche and you noticed that some of your readers are asking for suggestions on being a more patient parent. They complain about being short temperate and freaking out about little things. The real issue may be lack of sleep because the baby or toddler isn’t sleeping through the night.

What Your Email Subscribers Want Tip #4 – Ask For Suggestions

Dig deep and see what you can learn about your market. Sometimes what they tell you they want isn’t the real issue. On the flip side, it can be helpful to ask them for suggestions. Keep the questions open ended if you want a lot to work with.

What Your Email Subscribers Want Tip #5 – Develop A Survey

Or consider having your readers fill out a simple little survey. It’s quick and easy to do with Google forms. You get some good data and you get your readers to interact. Having them contribute builds a sense of community even via email.

What Your Email Subscribers Want Tip #6 – Review Past Emails

Finally, go back and look at the past emails you’ve sent. Pay attention to open rates, click through rates and unsubscribes. If a large percentage of readers opened the email, that’s a good indication they were interested in the topic. If they clicked link to additional content, that’s even better. If on the other hand you got a lot of unsubscribes, that might be an indication that either the topic was wrong or your language and overall message didn’t click with your audience.

Use all the data and information you get back to learn more about your target audience and connect with them on a deeper level. The more you know about your subscribers, the more effective your email marketing will be.

As you can see there are many ways to determine what your email subscribers want. If you want to learn more about email marketing, then Really Simple Email Marketing is a great resource. This four-module course teaches you all aspects of email marketing.

Email Deliverability Tips

Email Deliverability TipsYou’re spending a lot of time each week crafting emails to your subscribers, but none of that will do you any good if you don’t have a decent delivery rate. If those emails land in your potential customers’ spam folders, you don’t have much of a chance of making a sale or building a relationship with them. Here are three email deliverability tips that will help insure that your emails make it to your subscribers’ inboxes.

Email Deliverability Tips #1 – Use A Reputable Autoresponder Service

Using a reputable autoresponder service is the single best thing you can do to improve your chances of avoiding spam folders. Companies like Aweber, MailChimp and GetResponse work hard at making sure they are white listed with the big Internet Service Providers and email providers like Gmail. If you are going to include affiliate marketing as part of your business, you may want to stay away from MailChimp. I personally use Aweber.

Most autoresponder companies will list their delivery stats. In addition, the good ones will make sure your emails are compliant and keep you out of hot water.

Email Deliverability Tips #2 – Set Expectations and Keep Them

Your chances of staying in the main inbox are high when your subscribers regularly open your email. The best way to ensure that outside of providing great content that your subscribers are looking for is to set expectations from the beginning. Let your subscribers know early on when and how often they can expect an email from you.

You can even use “foreshadowing” in your messages. For example, toward the end of your current broadcast email, mention that they can look for another email from you next Tuesday.

Once you’ve set those expectations do what you can to meet them. Yes, things happen every occasionally. In general, do your best to keep your promise and email when your readers expect it.

Doing this regularly will improve your open rates and thus your overall deliverability.

Email Deliverability Tips #3 – Clean Up Your List Regularly

Another good habit is to clean up your list regularly. If subscribers haven’t been opening your emails for the past six months, chances are good they are no longer interested in what you have to offer.

Check your autoresponder services manual or help files to see how you can go about deleting anyone that hasn’t opened an email from you in the past six months. If that freaks you out, or you have a seasonal business, start by deleting anyone that hasn’t looked at your emails in the past year. Also, some autoresponders charge you by the number of people on your lists so that is another incentive to clean up your lists.

Following these three tips and keeping an eye on email deliverability in general will make sure your emails are being read by your subscribers which is the point of email marketing.

As you can see from these three email deliverability tips, to get your message out you have to make sure your emails are getting delivered. If you want to learn more about email marketing, then Really Simple Email Marketing is a great resource. This four-module course teaches you all aspects of email marketing.

5 Email Frequency Tips – When Should You Mail

Email Frequency TipsWouldn’t it be nice if there was a number or a schedule you could follow? While it would be great if there was research that suggested that mailing exactly every 5 days gets you the best results every time, there is no such thing. And there’s a very good reason for it. Every market, every niche, every audience and every person is different. While you’ll never make everyone on your list happy, there is a lot you can do to make just about any email frequency work. Check out these five email frequency tips.

Email Frequency Tips #1 – Don’t Let Your Readers Forget Who You Are

Let’s lay the ground work first. You don’t want to have too much time in between emails, or your readers will forget you. Anything less than once a month is not a good idea. In most markets and for most business models you don’t even want to mail less than twice a month.

Email Frequency Tips #2 – Don’t Mail More Than Once A Day

On the other end of the spectrum, you don’t want to go any higher than one email per day on average. Yes, you may have days when you have a good reason to send multiple emails, but on a weekly or bi-weekly average, you don’t want to email more than once a day.

Email Frequency Tips #3 – Research Your Current Habits

Start by looking at what you’re doing now. Then figure out how often you want to mail. Do you grow a closer connection with your market by emailing more often? Do you want to drive more traffic back to your site by emailing them links frequently? Do you want to grow your income by making more frequent email offers?

Email Frequency Tips #4 – Make A Plan

Once you know where you’re at and where you want to be, you can start to make a plan for getting from point A to point B. What you don’t want to do is to go straight from emailing once every few months to daily emails. It’ll get your readers clicking the spam button like crazy. Instead, start with monthly emails for a couple of months, then let your readers know you have more to share with them and start mailing weekly. Then a few months later, ramp it up to daily emails.

Email Frequency Tips #5 – Find A Good Reason To Email

Or find a good reason why you’re mailing them daily. For example, while you usually publish a weekly newsletter with the occasional promotional email in between, running a 15 or 30-day challenge for your readers is a great excuse to hit their inbox daily without seeming pushy or spammy.

Listen to your audience when you get feedback on email frequency but also realize that there will always be someone complaining. Look at data like open rates to get a better feel for what frequency is working best for you and your audience.

As you can see from these five email frequency tips, there are a lot of things we need to take into consideration with mailing our list. If you want to learn more about email marketing, then Really Simple Email Marketing is a great resource. This four-module course teaches you all aspects of email marketing.

Top 4 Tips For Creating Great Email Subject Lines

Email Subject Line Tips

The first thing you need to get right when it comes to email marketing is the subject line. If you can’t get your subscribers to open your emails, it really doesn’t matter how good the actual email is. It’s easy to spend a lot of time crafting a great message and then just slap a subject line on it at the end. Spend some time writing them and see what type of headline gets you good open rates. Here are four tips to get you started. Check out these 4 email subject line tips.

Email Subject Line Tips #1 – Keep It Short

You want your readers to see the entire subject line before they click it. You also want to make it easy for people to scan through their emails. Try to get your point across in 50 characters or less. Pay attention to how your subject lines look on your own devices.

Another great idea is to keep a swipe file of subject lines that grabbed your attention. Even if the emails are on a very different topic, you can adapt them for your own needs.

Email Subject Line Tips #2 – Avoid “Spammy” Words

Stay away from using any words we all associate with spam emails. Words like “sale”, “discount”, “coupon”, “free”, “limited time offer” and even “reminder” are over used and even if they don’t trigger a spam filter and actually make it to your reader’s inbox, chances are high they’ll get ignored. Instead of free I use complimentary.

Instead, start by using the emails you’re saving in your swipe file and then go back and see what subject lines got the best open rates. Try to analyze why they worked well for your market. Not everything will work well in every niche. Find the types of subject lines that get your readers to open your emails and tweak from there.

Email Subject Line Tips #3 – Personalize It

While personalizing emails with someone’s first name has been overused in some markets, it still works well for many of us. Give it try and see if it works for you. Don’t overdo it, but use it when you really need them to open the email.

Depending on what data you collect when your readers sign up, you can personalize other things like their location for example. Seeing the name of your state or even city in an email subject line is sure to get your attention.

Email Subject Line Tips #4 – Pique Their Curiosity

We are all nosy and it’s hard to ignore subject lines that sound intriguing or only tell part of the story. Using “…” at the end of your subject line will also work.

The idea here is simple. You want them to click and open the email to find out what the heck you’re talking about or how the story ends.

Frankly the best tip when it comes to crafting compelling subject lines is to keep a swipe file of examples that got you to open the email.

As you can see from this four email subject line tips, make sure that you are paying close attention to your subject lines. Sometimes we spend so much time with the actual email that the subject line is an afterthought. If you want to learn more about email marketing, then Really Simple Email Marketing is a great resource. This four-module course teaches you what to write in your email messages.

10 Tips On How To Stay Focused

How To Stay FocusedOne issue that plagues all of us today is distractions. It’s harder and harder to stay focused. Also, most people think they’re great at multitasking. I know I thought this. However, science does not back that idea up. In fact, some test results suggest that multitasking is an illusion and stunts productivity more than you think.

Follow these 10 tips on how to stay focused. Remember, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. You’re not special. But, you can be special by acknowledging that, and finding ways to focus on one thing at a time.

How To Stay Focused Tip #1 – Eliminate Distractions

Facebook, social media, Television, Netflix, your telephone, the doorbell and kids can all be a big distraction from accomplishing your goals, following through, and staying motivated. If you think you can do more than one thing at a time and do it well you’re fooled. You can’t. Find a way to eliminate distractions when you’re focused on a task. Even if the task is watching a movie, you’ll enjoy it more, get more out of it, and feel more relaxed if you only focus on just that one thing.

How To Stay Focused Tip #2 – Take Up Meditation

For some reason, it’s hard to make their mind focus on one thing at a time. Studies have shown that meditation can help. If you can meditate for even five minutes before doing the task, it will help you become more focused on what you need to do. Even just staring at one object without any distractions for one minute can help you focus on what you need to get done.

How To Stay Focused Tip #3 – Get Healthy

Sometimes a lack of focus is directly related to not being healthy. Try to eat right, drink plenty of water, exercise, and sleep enough hours at night. If you’re not doing that, you will tend to peter out faster and lose your focus. You may as well give yourself the best chance of success by staying healthy.

How To Stay Focused Tip #4 – Stick to Your Task List

 Once you set up your task list you should be able to open your calendar and see what you need to do that day. Your list should include work, family, and leisure activity. The task list should include everything you’re going to do that day. That includes cooking dinner, cleaning up, working, and everything else. For some, it helps to go so far as to include cuddle time with your spouse or kids.

Stay Focused Tip #5 – Take Breaks

One thing people often forget to put into their calendar is break time. If you fill your schedule so full that you don’t have time to use the bathroom, you’re going to have a hard time staying motivated.

How To Stay Focused Tip #6 – Schedule Everything

This has been mentioned more than once because it’s essential to your success. The better you are at putting everything into your schedule the better you’ll be able to determine smartly whether you have time to do something or not. Looking at your calendar before saying yes will help you avoid distractions that cause you to lose your focus.

How To Stay Focused Tip #7 – Compartmentalize

One thing that some people are good at doing, and others aren’t is compartmentalizing. What this means is that when you’re working, work. When you’re with your family be with your family. When you’re writing the next Great Best-Selling Novel, write. When you’re done, brush it off and move on to the next thing.

How To Stay Focused Tip #8 – Set Up a Good Environment

No matter what you want to accomplish in your life, setting up the right environment to the best of your ability will help you follow through and succeed. Motivation isn’t a magical resource. Motivation comes after you succeed. The memory of that feeling will propel you forward in every goal you have, but first, you need to stick to something long enough to experience that feeling. You do that by having the right environment and following a task list to completion.

How To Stay Focused Tip #9 – Let Yourself Be Bored

Always put some down time into your calendar. Not TV time, not playtime with your kids, but true “there is nothing whatsoever that I have to do in this time slot” time. Having free time when you can choose to do whatever you want is the best thing you can do for your mind, body, and spirit.

How To Stay Focused Tip #10 – Stick to Your Timeline

Once you put something your calendar it should be considered set in stone. The only tie that should change is in matters of illness, life or death.

Being able to stay focused is essential to your ability to follow through and stay motivated no matter what you’re working on. The Fast Track to Getting Motivated and Achieving Your Goals will help you get motivated and achieve your goals. It includes Motivational Blocks and Getting Past Them, Planning for Your Dream Life, Setting Your Goals and Creating a Plan to Achieve Them and Following Through and Staying Motivated.

Why Your Sales Funnel Leak And What To Do About It

Sales Funnel LeakFor a business owner with a solid sales funnel in place, it’s easy to take a look at the number of subscribers at each level of the funnel and predict pretty accurately what the sales are going to be from day to day or week to week.

If you’ve got a sales funnel in place, though, and your numbers aren’t looking great, chances are you have a leak somewhere. Your sales funnel has a hole (or two or three) where subscribers are falling through. There are four common causes for a sales funnel leak and once you spot them, they’re pretty easy to fix.

Sales Funnel Leak #1 – Not Enough Traffic

The very heart of your sales funnel is the traffic you bring in. Without visitors to your blog or opt-in pages, you’ll have no subscribers. Without subscribers, you’ll have no or very few sales. Without sales, you’ll have no business. Yet this is where a lot of people struggle. How can you get more eyes on your content and more subscribers into your funnel?

 How To Fix Sales Funnel Leak #1 – Not Enough Traffic

Traffic generation is an entire industry of its own, but here are some tips: Use good Search Engine Optimization or SEO to encourage search engines to rank your content well. Be present and active in the places where your ideal reader hangs out, whether that’s on social media, in niche forums, or at live events. Use paid ads to drive targeted traffic to highly relevant pages. Recruit Joint Ventures (JV) partners and affiliates to promote your offers.

 Sales Funnel Leak #2 – No Follow-Up

No follow-up is a leaky funnel mistake that a lot of new entrepreneurs make. They spend a lot of time and energy setting up a great squeeze page and driving traffic to it, then they deliver the goods to their subscribers, and then nothing. No follow-up emails. No offers to buy more. No related services or products. Nothing.

How To Fix Sales Funnel Leak #2 – No Follow-Up

Before you spend time building that opt-in page or offer, be sure you have a back-end to promote, or those subscribers you so carefully collected will end up costing you money instead of earning it back.

Sales Funnel Leak #3 – No Call-To-Action

No call-to-action happens most typically at the top of the funnel. Your blog posts, social media content, podcasts, YouTube videos and everything you offer for free must have call-to-action, or it’s all just wasted energy. Your call-to-action can be as simple as “Subscribe to my YouTube channel” or “Follow me on Facebook for more tips,” but it must be there.

 How To Fix Sales Funnel Leak #3 – No Call-To-Action

Every time you write a blog post or an email, as yourself, “What do I want my readers to do when they’re done reading, listening or watching this?” That becomes your call to action.

Sales Funnel Leak #4 – No Product Offers

When you’re just starting out, having no product offers can be a problem. You know you need to be building a mailing list, but with nothing to offer them, what’s the point? The truth is, there are lots of ways to make money in your funnel even if you don’t have a product to sell.

How To Fix Sales Funnel Leak #4 – No Product Offers

Promote affiliate offers. No matter what industry you’re in, there are a variety of tools and products your readers need. Find those tools, sign up for the affiliate programs, and recommend them to your readers. Not only will your readers thank you for pointing them in the right direction, but you’ll earn a little cash, too.

Got a leaky funnel? With a few tweaks and some attention paid to your follow-up sequences, chances are you can fix those holes and increase your profits in no time.

Pages Of A Sales Funnel – 3 Pages Every Funnel Must Have

Pages Of A Sales FunnelAre you confused about what exactly sales funnels are? Check out my blog post, What Are Sales Funnels? You’re not alone. Did you know that the number one reason small business owners say they can’t get their funnels set up? It is because they simply don’t know what to include. Here’s the easy answer. At the very least, there are three pages of a sales funnel: Sales page, Confirmation page and Thank You page.

Pages of A Sales Funnel – Sales Page

This one obviously comes first. You might call it a landing page, or in the case of a free opt-in, a squeeze page. Its one purpose is to get the reader to take action. Whether that’s to buy a product or offer up their email address in exchange for a free gift, this is the gateway into your funnel. Everything that follows depends on this page, so you want to be sure you include a clear call to action. “Buy Now” or “Click here to download this report for free” are good examples. Eliminate distractions. That means there should be no links to other websites or even a navigation bar. Address the reader’s pain points and how your offer provides the solution.

 Pages of A Sales Funnel – Confirmation Page

Here’s where we ask the reader to confirm their intent. For a sales funnel, this confirmation page might actually be your checkout page. It’s where they enter their payment details. For a free offer, it’s simply the page your email management system directs them to next. It’s a holding page, if you will, while you wait for them to confirm their email address.

If you’re setting up a free funnel, this page has great power and you don’t want to waste it. Here is where you can offer an upsell, remind people to follow you on social media or give them a peak at your other products and services.

Remember, though, that they will only see this page once, so don’t put anything here that they will need to refer back to. That’s what the thank you page is for.

 Pages of A Sales Funnel – Thank You Page

This is where they actually collect their downloadable item or get information about how your product will be delivered.  I deliver my products in a membership site using the WordPress plugin Wishlist Member .

Like the confirmation page, the thank you page is valuable real estate, so you want to be sure you use it wisely. In addition to the downloadable item your customer just purchased (or opted in for) you also want to showcase your other offers. You especially want to showcase your products that are at a slightly higher price point. The reason why is because the person looking at this page is a hot prospect. He or she is in a buying mood. You want to be sure to take advantage of that by putting your most relevant offers on this page. To encourage buying, consider including a limited time offer. Scarcity sells, so if you can legitimately limit sales to a few hours or days or number of units, then this is the place to do so. You may also want to include a “no brainer” coupon offer. An insider’s only deal can be a powerful motivator, especially if it’s a fantastic price.

Extra bonuses are also a nice touch. You can give them access to additional products or services if they buy through your link on that page. These should be bonuses that aren’t advertised on the public sales page for that product. Again, insider’s deals are motivating.

Putting together a sales funnel isn’t complicated or at least it doesn’t have to be. As your business grows and you have more products to offer, you can expand your funnel to include more upsells and downsells, but for now, this simple setup is really all you need.