The Minimalist Guide to Selling Digital Products With Zaxaa

A few months back, I started selling digital products with Zaxaa. Prior to migrating my business to Zaxaa, I was a huge proponent of Clickbank. But that changed when I received a sobering email from the CB staff mandating that I install a goofy looking “trust badge” on all my sales pages.

Suffice it to say, I decided to find a new shopping cart solution.

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Selling Products Online With Zaxaa

While the idea of avoiding heavy handed shopping cart services seems obvious, my decision didn’t come easy. When I first got into selling products online, I simply needed a way to take payment, deliver digital products securely and communicate to customers via my auto-responder.

This basic setup is fine if you create your own information products. But as my business grew, I started co-authoring eBooks with partners. If you only have a few partners, you can manage your own accounting. But as you add more products and more partners, tracking royalty payments becomes a nightmare.

One of the reasons I loved Clickbank is because the software allows you to easily split your revenue with your partners at the point of sale. They also manage all the stupid tax stuff, like sending out yearly 1099s to your partners and affiliates. This is a major benefit and the primary reason I stuck with CB so long.

Outside of Clickbank, there are only a handful of shopping carts that perform “split payments” and Zaxaa is one of them. But unlike CB, with most other solutions, you will need to manage your own tax paperwork. In my case, the increased sales conversions more than paid for my accountant.

Getting Set Up With Zaxaa

In addition to splitting payments, Zaxaa also allows you to easily set up sales funnels, membership sites, digital product delivery and affiliate management. So it seemed like a great solution.

There are three ways to get started with Zazaa. You can pay a yearly fee, a monthly fee or set up a free account. With the free account, you pay Zaxaa a commission on each sale. And because I wanted to test out Zaxaa, I opted for the free account.

Once you sign up, you’ll get step-by-step training, including this video:

Zaxxa is robust. I was able to quickly upload an eBook and modify my thank you page. I was then provided with a “buy now” link that I promptly added to my sales page. And after some basic promotion, I made a sale. After several sales, I decided to fully migrate away from CB.

From there, I added mutiple products, one-time-offers (OTOs). When creating one-time-offers, you will have the option to create and host the pages via Zaxaa or provide your own URL. I chose to host my OTOs on my own site.

For example: I started with my 7 dollar eBook, then offered the 17 dollar eBook I wrote with Scott, then offered the 27 dollar eBook I wrote with Jared. And then the proceeds are split accordingly!

What About Membership Sites?

Membership sites were another challenge. While Zaxaa provides their own membership plugin (which you can download here), most of my sites are set up using the Wishlist Member Plugin. I was initially worried I’d be forced to migrate my memberships. But after some noodling, I was pleased to find out Zaxaa also supports WishList.

My only headache with Zaxaa is their checkout page limitations. While Zaxaa does provide you with multiple templates, you do not have the ability to change or spit test colors. With this said, while analyzing sales stats, the shopping cart is a clear winner (for me) over my previous.

Suffice it to say, I got so excited with my own results, that I became an affiliate and now promote Zaxaa. So in addition to providing an awesome ways to sell and deliver digital products, they also created a free report full of practicable tips on how to get more sales. Hopefully your experience with Zaxaa will be as awesome as my own.

How Dennis Becker’s 5 Bucks a Day Changed My Life

If you’re like me, the whole idea of posting stuff online and getting paid for it is seductive. This sentiment is reinforced by a gazillion websites promising fame, fortune and the freedom to do anything you want, seemingly overnight.

The problem is, most of the “gurus” running those websites have never actually grown an online business. If they had, they would think twice about the promise of fast riches.

While blogging success is possible, I can assure you it doesn’t happen overnight. For the first year of blogging, my results were mediocre. To make my situation worse, I remember attending internet marketing events where other bloggers touted the fact they were making thousands of dollars in their sleep.

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How Dennis Becker’s 5 Bucks a Day Changed My Life

5_bucks_a_dayAt the time, I was lucky to make a hundred dollars per month! This made me feel discouraged and I often thought about quitting. Then one day, I stumbled upon 5 Bucks a Day.

Unlike all the other hype-filled training, Dennis Becker’s book recommends that you simply focus on one goal: Make 5 bucks a day!

As soon as I read that, everything changed. I started worrying less about other bloggers and focused on one simple goal – Could I make 5 bucks a day online?

This simple question set the tone for my day. It forced me to plan out valuable activities that generated results. In time, my revenue eventually hit and surpassed 5 bucks per day.

Dennis recently updated 5 Bucks Per Day. The latest version explains the basic 5BAD strategy for those that haven’t read the original book, but also includes many of the real life marketing lessons Dennis learned growing his online business. In full disclosure, I love this book so much that I have become an affiliate.

Grab your copy of 5 Bucks a Day here.

Here’s the philosophy. If you can make five bucks a day online, you can make ten. And if you can make ten, you can make twenty… This sort if incremental growth is totally possible. And if you work at it, eventually you will surprise yourself. (And just in case you’re wondering, my next goal is to make $500 dollars per day online…)

Create a LeadPages Popup

One of the primary ways you can increase your online business is by getting more targeted website visitors to opt-in to your mailing list. And one of the ways you increase opt-ins is by leveraging the power of amazing opt-in software.

Through the years, I have tried several popular opt-in software solutions. And through my testing, I have found one of most successful ways to increase opt-ins involves utilizing pop-up software.

I know… I know…

As soon as you hear the word “popup,” you might be tempted to think about 1995 when the entire Internet was one big popup.

But I ain’t talking about that useless crap.

I am talking about utilizing an aesthetically pleasing, non-obtrusive light-box, opt-in popup that promises real value for your website visitors.

I am talking about an opt-in popup that provides an irresistible offer… An offer so good, that a large percentage of your visitors have no choice but to happily join your mailing list.

For as long as I can remember, the majority of my leads came from the opt-in popup installed on my sites. This changed a few months ago when I discovered an awesome opt-in software called LeadPages.

LeadPages is a web-based lead capture software that helps you increase the number of people that opt in to your email list. When you sign up, you have the ability to choose from dozens (soon to be hundreds) of proven, highly converting LeadPages templates.

You then apply these templates to your business so you can capture more leads.

Since adding LeadPages to my business, my opt-ins (and thus my business) has increased. And because the LeadPages software is so effective, much of my previous lead capture software has been made redundant.

While I’m happy to remove the old software from my blog, one thing that LeadPages currently lacks is a pop-up solution.

Update: LeadPages Now offers several pop up solutions.

And the truth is, I wondered what would happen if I could put LeadPages in a popup.

Would adding LeadPages in a popup improve my subscriptions?

In the following video, I am going to show you how to combine LeadPages with a Smart PopUp plugin, which is essentially an iframe popup plugin for WordPress.

How To Create a LeadPages Popup For WordPress

For those of you interested, here are the tools I utilized to create a LeadPages popup for WordPress.

Step 1 – Select Your WordPress Theme: You will need to select your WordPress theme. I prefer sites made on the Genesis framework. You don’t need to utilize Genesis for this setup – However I have only tested this scenario on Genesis. Genesis Framework (affiliate link – they pay me to promote.)

Step 2 – LeadPages:  I assume you’re already a LeadPages customer. If not, you can find out more about LeadPages by going here.  LeadPages (affiliate link – they pay me to promote.)

Step 3 – Grab This PopUp Tool: In my example, I show you how to  going to create a LeadPages popup for WordPress by incorporating the Smart PopUp plugin for WordPress.

Please post any questions in the comments below. I will be happy to help you.

How To Fix Your Site When You Get This: The Website Ahead Contains Malware

So you just received the following, dreaded message related to your blog. . .

The Website Ahead Contains Malware!

That’s the message I woke up to today for one of my major websites. And I immediately freaked out. I mean, really freaked out.

What the heck is Malware? And why is my website currently telling people: “The Website Ahead Contains Malware!”

If you’re reading this article, odds are good you are experiencing the same thing. You are probably asking yourself the same questions as me. How did this happen? Who did this?

First of all, I want you to take a deep breath.

Actually. . .

Let’s celebrate a little. In fact, I want you to congratulate yourself. Odds are good that if your website is currently receiving the warning: “The Website Ahead Contains Malware!”

Then you’ve made it. Your site is popular.

Or perhaps you’re just running old software. Or both. And we will cover this in a second.

But back to patting yourself on the back. . .

I mean, your website is popular enough to attract Malware. And if you don’t know what Malware is, you’re not alone.

Basically, Malware is a little piece of nerdy computer code that some hacker fed into your website. And it’s actually pretty common. One easy way bad code gets on your site is through outdated WordPress plugins. Heck, sometimes, you’ll be running more than one site on your server – And the malware will spread from one of your sites to the next. . .

That sounds scary, right? I’m with you.

But let’s hold our horses.

The good news is this. Because there are literally thousands of websites that get slammed with the whole: “The Website Ahead Contains Malware!” stuff – It means there are lots of ways to fix it.

How To Delete Malware From Your Website

Step 1 – Call Your Hosting Company ASAP

The first thing you need to do is call your hosting company. I personally use Bluehost for a lot of my websites. Over the years, I have telephoned them countless times with everything from the mundane to the overly complex. . .

In most instances, they were able to help me.

So when I telephoned yesterday crying to my Bluehost helper about how my website was presently blocking visitors with “The Website Ahead Contains Malware!” warning – My guy was pretty helpful.

He was like, “Take a chill pill.”

Actually, he didn’t say that.

Utilizing Site Doctor

My Bluehost technician did reassure me that this stuff happens every day. In fact, Bluehost and most every reputable hosting company out there has several software solutions built into their service offerings.

The one I chose was called the Site Doctor malware removal service. While the service did cost fifty dollars, they guarantee their work for 30 days – And when your sites are down, paying for this service makes all the sense in the world.

Once you get your malware removal software in motion, the next step is to check out you Google Webmaster Tools.

Step 2 – Open Up Your Google Webmaster Tools

I am assuming you have Google Webmaster Tools set up on all of your most important websites. If you do not, you need to set this up as soon as possible.

[Here is a link to Google Webmaster Tools.]

When you log into your account, you will be provided with an overview of your monitored domains.

When, I logged into my account, I was met with this message:

Website Ahead Contains Malware
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When I clicked on the “check site health” link, I received the following description.

Google has detected harmful code on your site. To protect visitors to your site from malware, Google’s search results now display a warning when users click a link to your site. Some browsers like Chrome may also show a similar warning.

If that’s not enough to keep you awake at night, I don’t know what will.

Step 3 – Fix The Issues and Request Google Review

Here’s the kicker. At this stage, there isn’t a whole lot you can do but wait for your malware removal service to finish the job and send you an email. My email from Site Doctor came around 5AM the next morning. Here’s what it said:

Hello,

Thank you for using the Site Doctor malware removal service. Your account is now online.

The exact method that was employed to compromise your account is unclear, but I believe that it was done through one of your outdated installations or one of their themes or plugins. Your account had the following outdated installations:

[They went on to list about a gazillion outdated files.]

At this point, I got super excited. I could finally take the next steps.

Step 4 – Request a Google Review

Once your maleware service cleans and removes all the infected files from your site, your next step is to log back into your Google Webmaster Tools and request a website review.

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Once you check the box and click the button, you’ll be met with the following message:

Before you request a review, please make sure your entire site is clean and secure. If no malicious content is found, we’ll remove the warning from your site. This process will take up to 24 hours.

Google will ask you to explain what tactics you completed to remove the maleware.

For this, I wrote:

Utilized Site Doctor at the request of Bluehost. Received notification that maleware was removed. Please confirm and thank you for your help.

Once you request a review, the ball is once again in Google’s court. They say the review could take upwards of 24hrs, which adds a bit of additional anxiety. And if you’re anything like me, I suggest you utilize this downtime to focus on your other outstanding projects.

Step 5 – Recovering from Website Malware

After your website is live again, there are several things you can do to avoid receiving the dreaded message: The Website Ahead Contains Malware! – After completing the Site Doctor service, Bluehost sent me the following security checklist.

Bluehost recommended that I complete the following actions to help secure my websites:

  1. Change the Admin Email on your account.
  2. Change the Password on your account.
  3. Change the Credit Card on file on your account.
  4. Update and apply any patches, upgrades, or updates that the 3rd party vendor or web developer of your scripts may have available.
  5. Fix any loose file permissions (this may be the most common exploit vulnerability)
  6. Delete all non-system Ftp Accounts that were created, or at the very least, change the passwords to the FTP Accounts.
  7. Remove any Access Hosts by clicking the “Remote Mysql” icon and clicking the Remove Red X by each entry if there are any entries.
  8. Check your scripts for any Header Injection attacks, Sql Injection attacks, Cross-Site Scripting attacks, etc., as well as your php.ini file settings.
  9. Check your home/work computers for any viruses, trojans, or keyloggers.

Suffice it to say, I know what I’ll be doing all day tomorrow!

Conclusion

Not all aspects of running an internet business is fun. But this is true of any business. Dealing with issues without losing your mind is all part of the fun.

When you receive the dreaded message: The Website Ahead Contains Malware!

Don’t lose your cool.

While this is a new experience for you, these issues are pretty common for any successful website. Hosting companies and Google Webmaster tools are your best friend in the fight against maleware.