Are you a Buyer or a Seller?

The title says it all…

Are you a buyer or a seller?

If you are an Internet Marketer or run your business online, this is probably a question that truly matters.  If you are like most people in the Online Marketing niche, you are probably tempted to buy product after product, or join various membership sites on a daily basis.  The products you buy may or may not even be relevant to what you are doing.  Most of the time they are a waste of money and well, time.

Buying is fun, but that also means you are not generating the income that you are looking to make. And truth be told,  you are moving farther away from hitting your income goal.

So the next time you are tempted to buy, think twice…

Instead, read the offers carefully and study why you feel like buying…

Is the product you are looking at relevant to you and your business?

And most importantly, why does it make you tick?  (If it gives you the feeling of urgency to buy, other people are likely to feel the same way).  And that is a good thing from a marketing stand point.

Well crafted sales letters are tailored for conversions.

It is is what we call the irresistible offer. People hate missing on deals, it is as simple as that. So if you reverse engineer this part,  you will have your own sales letter and funnel that convert.

Here are the top three questions that matter in your business, and these are the questions that will help you become a better seller:

  • HOW can you bring more leads to your funnel?
  • HOW can you turn your leads to customers?
  • HOW to automate the entire process as much as possible?

There is a major shift when you start thinking from a selling perspective. You will no longer be in the “buying mode”. You shape the way you think to become a better seller and marketer in this process.

My suggestion, focus your time entirely on how to be a better seller (ask yourself the three questions above daily). Don’t waste your time buying on the next information product or activities that don’t produce results.

The money and the income you desire will come to you when your mind is focused on becoming a better marketer. This is in fact the only one thing that will produce results.

The next time before you buy, ask yourself ” are you a buyer or a seller ?”







5 Things That Guarantee You To Be Successful Online


I want to break down the five things you need to focus on if you want to make money online month after month, year after year, for the rest of your life.

Here they are:

1) Build your list.
2) Identify who your audience are. Research their problems and come out with the solution (i.e. you and products you promote).
3) Learn copywriting.
4) Do videos.
5) Network with other successful people.

I’m going to break these down for you.

I’ll start with #1 – List building. This is your only asset in your online business. This is the only thing that you can take with you anywhere you go (even if you jump into another biz op).  SEO changes all the time and you must follow the white hat rules to stay in Google’s game. Social media constantly change too. Take Facebook for example, just within the past 10 months alone, they’ve changed the algorithm on fan pages, and just in the recent weeks, they changed the algorithm on personal profiles. Many social media marketers were affected by this. This is why the only thing that matter is your list (email & SMS).  You have full control on your list.

As a side note, you can’t be cheap when it comes to auto responder. If you go with a cheap unreliable service, you’re going to kick yourself when something happens.

#2 – Identify your core audience. I got this wrong when I first started.  You can’t market to everyone. For example, if you’re in the body building niche, you can’t market to people in the golf niche. You just don’t speak the golfer’s language. Does that make sense?  Once you figure your target audience, tailor your content to fit your target market. Come up with a solution for them, because it’s all about giving your market what they want.

#3 – Learn copywriting. One of my mentors actually told me the importance of copywriting. It’s one of those things that most marketers don’t care about. Let me ask you. If you’re an online marketer, what industry are you in exactly? 😉 Wouldn’t it make sense to learn how to write properly so that you can easily convince your prospects to work with you? Everything is associated with copywriting; From sales funnels, sales pages, online ads, to your daily email newsletters.  You won’t become a good writer overnight, but I can promise you this is the one skill that you can take anywhere, and make you money. There are full time copywriters, and great copy writers can charge anywhere between $10k to $25k per one writing gig.

English is my third language, and I hated writing throughout high school and college.  You may even write better than me and notice all my grammar mistakes. 😉 It didn’t stop me from writing.

#4 – Do Videos. Many people avoid doing videos. They don’t want to be anywhere near the cameras. They simply hate seeing themselves on videos. I didn’t like being on videos before , I’m not going to say that I love being on videos now either. I challenged myself because I wanted to stretch outside of my comfort zone. Was it easy? Heck no lol. I deleted my videos over and over again until I ‘semi approved’ myself.

Let me just tell you this, videos convert very well and they’re free. No matter what your niche is, your audience is already hanging out on video websites like YouTube, Vimeo, etc. You don’t always have to show your face, but you must be willing to do videos if you want to be so much more ahead than your competitors. I’ve done videos in different niches and here’s the best part. They convert to free super targeted traffic. I lost counts how many times I’ve gotten buyers from videos that I put up 2+ years or so ago, and these leads turned buyers without me having to talk to them. This is true passive income.

#5 – Networking with other successful people.  You’ll learn a lot from these people. Go to an event, work with a mentor, connect with other business owners or people in the same industry as yours. Surround yourself with positive people who’ll lift you up and see the potential in you. Entrepreneurs tend to be lonely while walking on this path to freedom, unless your family are entrepreneurs too, no one will understand what you go through. Again this is why it’s important to surround yourself with successful people, you’ll learn from them and you will want to follow their footsteps.

So there you have all the 5 important factors you absolutely must have if you want to make money online forever. This is about building a real business and what it takes to be successful.

Will this guarantee your success though? I can’t guarantee anything, because I don’t know what you’ll do with everything I’ve mentioned. You can run with it or do nothing with it. The only person who can guarantee your success is you.


Val Geerken

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Your Grass Is Greener Than Mine!

Most marketers today , especially newbies are often distracted with the new product or new biz op that comes into the market. There are many new info products, tools, programs, biz ops, that are released into the marketplace everyday. They buy into the hypes each day.

I wish to educate more newbies to become an intermediate and expert, hence I give away my 10 days bootcamp. I realized that many marketers out there only teach others based on theories. I’ve been personally coached by real mentors who’re well known in this industry. Combined that with my personal experience and expertise, I know if people apply just half of the information in the bootcamp … they’ll get result. The vast information I give away in the bootcamp along with the full Facebook group support are what many so and so marketers would charge monthly for.

Some of the things you can expect to learn in the bootcamp… I’m an expert at driving traffic, and keeping my subscribers happy. So I teach both free and paid ads in my bootcamp. I teach how to set up a blog from start to finish,  how to make and rank youtube videos,  how to unleash the power of SMS and Email marketing combination…and so much more. However, there’s only so much I can do if you’re not even applying what I’ve given to you freely.

I’m tired of seeing people coming to me who said they’re not getting results from being in xyz company and blaming their sponsors , then asking for my help. For most marketers, they’d be happy to take these guys in to be sponsored for their business. I’m the opposite. Let me explain why. I don’t want to work with whiners. I know that if they complain about their sponsor in another company, they’ll find a way to complain in a new company or biz op.

If you’re not taking responsibility of your own action, and take the time to truly learn the industry and learn how to be an ethical and good marketer – you won’t succeed online. Nothing will change until you make a decision to be focused and commit to making a positive change in your life.

If you just apply what I teach you in the bootcamp, I know you’ll start making your first dollar within the next 90 – 180 days through your very own online business.

Just recently I gave away a special report to help several subscribers. Here’s the thing, these people I’ve given my report away to were true go getters.  They really proved themselves to me in their applications and how they interacted with me. I’m happy to help people like them.

Set up a goal and work towards that goal. Make a goal so big that people think you’re crazy. Stop looking at what everyone is doing in your Facebook or social media accounts. The grass always looks greener on the other side, but the truth is that the grass is green where you water it most. Be consistent with your effort in one primary business. Multiple streams of income don’t exist for newbies, sorry!

Don’t be lured into jumping from one thing to another. If you believe in what you’re promoting, stick with it. I really mean stick with one thing as your primary business, and promote another thing as a funded proposal (which I thoroughly explain in my bootcamp).

You’re meant to do great things. Everything starts with you making that one decision that’ll make a positive impact for you and your loved ones.


Val Geerken

Ways to avoid negative people

ways to avoid negative people


In life you’ll have people who support you no matter what you do. And there are people who will doubt and criticize your choices. Maybe you want to get married and your parents disagree with your choice of spouse. Or you want to move to another job and your friends think you’re making a big mistake. People can disagree with you no matter what you do.

In business, it’s the same way. Many people aren’t as lucky as I was when I first got started several years ago.   My husband and family supported me and they always believed in me. But there were distant relatives and even some very close friends who thought I made the biggest mistake when I left my six figure job.

Regardless of what you do, there will always be people who discourage you from pursuing the thing you wanted to do. Sometimes it almost seems like these people are happy to see you fail,  that they just wanted to say “I told you so“.  In reality, we should be happy for successful people. We should celebrate their success because entrepreneurs are a rare breed. They walked down the path that’s less traveled.  While most people are afraid of failure, entrepreneurs know that failures are to be celebrated. For this reason alone, I admire my fellow entrepreneurs.

Anywho, I wanted to give you several tips on how to avoid negatives:

1) Find ways to limit your contact with negative people. Obviously this isn’t going to happen if it happens to be your spouse or someone very close to you. The more my business grow the more I distant myself from people who don’t believe in my vision, because I proved them wrong in the first time but people are always looking for something to prove themselves right. 😉

Now here’s the thing, even if you’re surrounded by the most negative people in the world, you can still create a positive environment for yourself if you read, listen and watch any personal growth materials.

2) You’re your own worse enemy. Look at the person inside the mirror. The only person you need to compete with is that person that you see in the mirror everyday. People don’t believe in themselves and I often hear people who say “I hate myself”. Now listen, you must first believe in yourself and love yourself. Quit judging yourself, learn to love and respect yourself, and others will naturally be inclined to follow you.

3) This may sound like a broken record, but you have to remain optimistic and positive. Attitude is altitude. Though I want you to remember this, being positive alone will never produce result. I know people who invest in hundreds of hours of personal development but they remain broke. Why?  Just like a diamond in the rough, you need to polish yourself by taking action to bring your talents and what you’ve learned to fruition.

4) Ignore your haters and the negative people. The more you pay attention to them, the more they enjoy getting the attention they’re seeking. Their goal is to prove themselves right, they’re judging you because their mind has been shaped a certain way. If you want to succeed, you must learn how to ignore that negative noise.  The best revenge to your haters is by show them the end result, a successful person.

5) Invest in yourself. Simply put, if you’re not learning and growing you have no business. The industry is constantly evolving, there are always new things we can learn to improve ourselves and our business. The greatest leaders and businessmen/businesswomen in history are relentless in their pursuit of knowledge.

I want you to know and realize that this business comes down to three things:

– Getting traffic
– Conversion
– Personal development. “Your income can only grow to the extent that you do” – T Harv Eker (Author of Millionaire Mind). Mindset determines your outcome in your business. Hint: Average CEOs read 4-5 books a month. 

With that being said, hone up your skills, read/watch/listen to good materials that can help your business and yourself. Get productive!

How To Be A Successful Marketer

how to be a successful marketer


It’s too crowded at the bottom; hundreds of thousands of people get into the home-based business industry daily. Imagine that for a second, that’s a lot of people from all around the world looking to start a business and work from home.

So How To Be A Successful Marketer?

I’m here to inspire and give you some tips today on how you can be a successful marketer and run a successful business from home.

I want you to keep this in mind; no one started out and became successful overnight. Successful people went through lots of errors and failures. But there’s one thing that you must establish early. The absolute #1 rule you must abide by to building a sustainable online business is: brand yourself early.

People do business with people they like and resonate with. The only way you can get clients to like you is by being yourself. Don’t envy others; don’t be someone else, everyone else is already taken. Just be you.

Branding yourself early will get you the right people who’d follow you and naturally like you. You’ll build a core group of followers who believe in your vision and what you do. And for this reason, you need to be 100% clear on your own vision. Gain clarity on how you want to achieve success, and where you want to be in five years (in case you missed my email yesterday, here’s the blog post).

The next thing you need to do is create a website with you as the brand. Think of a website or a personal blog like a name card. People come to see you and find out what you offer (products or services), and decide if they want to do business with you. Make sense?

I always recommend people getting their own blog and start their own website for this reason. Not in other people’s domain, not a free blog, but your own domains where you have full control of it. This is all part of personal branding effort that can take you far. Many people don’t brand themselves; they brand the company they’re promoting (i.e. if you’re in network marketing /mlm for example). This is a HUGE mistake. While, yes you do need a product to promote, you also need to be your own businessperson. Meaning, everything is customized to you or your business name, down to your very own sales funnel.  If the company you’re promoting goes down, then what happens next? You’re dead in the water. And quite the opposite, if you’re branding yourself, your followers will follow you wherever you go.

Most newbies immediately assume that making money online is easy. Let me be the bearer of the bad news – that’s marketing for ya!

If only it was that easy, everyone would have been a millionaire by now. But why are the failures rate SO darn high in this industry? 98% is not a laughing matter.  Because most people came to this industry with the wrong mindset; they are looking for easy fix to their financial situation, and unwilling to do what’s required to get the result.

It’s just like this, people buy anti aging products, but why can’t they fully get rid of the wrinkles? Even though the advertisement says people can remove all their wrinkles with it?

People buy weight loss supplements but why are people still not losing weight?

I hope you know the answer to why people still buy the products, right?

It’s marketing.

Supplements can help but it’s what you put inside your body that matters.

The same thing applies here with every online biz ops ads you come across. It’s marketing. But the ultimate product is you (not the biz op).

If you want to promote that particular product or biz op, you must first familiarize yourself with the product, believe in it, and use it yourself. If you don’t even believe and use it, how can you know that your product is the solution to people’s problems?

You want to establish yourself as the trusted brand that your audience go to. Because many of them will continue to be your long term loyal followers and customers.

Think of a brand that you personally use and love. Why do you keep using the same brand? From clothing lines, food, soap, supplements, anything really – you already have your own preference.

That’s exactly the same with online business regardless what niche you’re in. When people like you, they’ll come back to you because they know you’re the trusted source regardless how many competitors you have out there.

Bottom line – brand yourself, build your own followers,  you can promote whatever business and people will still buy from you. You can learn more about branding yourself and set yourself apart from your competition on my free 10 days Online Business Bootcamp.

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