Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Using Drupal 8 Webforms with Sendy for email lists


I needed a way to collect email addresses for a royalty free music site that I own.
I use sendy for email and after a little experimenting, got this working perfect. It's not hard, but it is a little counter-intuitive, at least for me.



Transcript

Okay, everybody. This is Jon Griffin. I'm gonna show you one thing that I found out with the Drupal 8 Webforms module.
One thing I wanted to do was have some separate forms that actually go to different lists under my main list. In this case I give away some free royalty-free music and I didn't want that in my general list. I wanted them to be on a separate list.
So in order to get the packet they have to basically put in their first name and their email. Then they get sent to my list with an email back giving them a page to download all that.
I'm not gonna show you how to install Webforms or the basics of it or anything else; there's plenty of tutorials, including what's included with this plugin, which is a great plugin. Beats anything I've seen in WordPress, especially for the price, which is free.
So basically what I want to do is show you in build ... You can see I've got a text field. The email ... I put a CAPTCHA in, of course. And "list" is a hidden field but it's gonna have the actual list that's in my sendy, because this is all related to sendy, which I should have mentioned at the beginning but I forgot. Anyway, so sendy.co is who I use, because I own my data and it's a lot cheaper than anywhere else.
Forgot to put required, so I can fix that. So we're gonna save that. And so basically that sets your form. You can take a view, which you can see here shows that now it's got the email as required.
But the important thing is when hooking it up to sendy is you want to have email handlers. So basically right now when this form gets submitted it goes to this completed URL, and I also send the actual list, which you'll see here. So you'll see what I did. I send the email and I send the actual list as parameters to this URL, slash subscribe, which happens to be my sendy installation. Of course it'll add the question mark and all the URL variables.
That's really all you have to do. It's quite simple. If you don't know how to get the email list out of sendy you basically go to your subscriber list ... and I have only one list far, and I just started it so there's no people. But royalty-free ... and if you go right here, this ID, which you can just copy ... So that's the actual ID that you'll put in when you build. And you'll see when I have a hidden field that the default value's there. Nobody's gonna see it to change it. Really this isn't any high-security thing so whatever standard will work.
So that's all you need to do. Of course, I've blocked out some numbers because there are scammers and spammers about. But hopefully that'll help you out.
And when you're done you can always test it. The nice thing is it'll put up some random name and a random email. Unfortunately sendy will block it as spam so you gotta add some name in there and then hit submit, and you can go to your sendy installation and show it. So basically if you go to "Edit remote post handler" to "Advanced" you can set up the debug mode. And I use that—I don't need it now—just to see what I was sending. So you can actually see if I do a test, which as I said with the fake email address it won't probably take it on sendy because of the spam filtering built into it, but we'll hit it just so you can get an idea. If you just click on this you see what the form parameters are, where it was sent, and it actually gives you the response data which says, "You're subscribed." So in that case it did take it. So the tokens can be used if you want.
There's a lot more to this but that's all you really need. It's a simple thing.
And I hope that helps everybody out. If you have any questions please leave a comment.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Create blog content easily

How to create blog content easily

Just one post per week... it's not that much too ask is it?
Many of the people I talk to about Internet marketing say the same thing, "I don't have time to keep up with my blog." This is especially true in the offline world. Business owners are juggling too many different tasks, and writing an article seems like a lot of work. I would counter, especially to the offline business owners, that you are an expert, it shouldn't take that much time to write an article.
If you make writing an article a week a part of your overall strategy, then it will become a habit, and better yet, easier to do every week. Don't be afraid to change that goal to two articles a week or three, whatever.
Make sure you also put this on your marketing calendar you will be surprised at how easy it is to follow through when you have a reminder and it is written down.
Here are some ideas for those of you who really struggle with articles.

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PLR

PLR stands for Private Label Rights. Many people are confused by this and if you know what PLR stands for, you can skip this section.
PLR is content you can buy which gives you the right to modify and use on your site or anywhere for that matter. Many people think that PLR is an article or eBook, but in reality, you can find PLR audio, video, and programs as well. You can also find PLR in almost every niche, not just Internet marketing
Here is an example using an offline clients businesses niche:
The business is a hair salon. I did a quick search for "salon plr" and came up with 46,000 results. These are obviously not all related, but the first page gave me three good leads, including one I didn't think of, a WordPress theme with PLR rights. Other sites had article packs, and several cheap and free ebooks.
Make sure you rewrite these or have someone else rewrite them. You can also make videos, audios, break the ebooks into articles, make the articles into ebooks, fill your autoresponder (you do have one of those I hope) with the content. You get the idea, just make sure the quality is good, as many of the products may not have the greatest editing. The advantage of PLR is you have the outline for what you want to write about.

PLR providers

There are many PLR providers, but to be honest, most of them are terrible. I can recommend a few, but depending on your niche, you may need to do a quick search with "your niche plr" and try some out. I highly recommend the following providers of great products.