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3 Questions for the 90-Day Challenge Participants

Hi everyone! So have you decided to participate in our next challenge – 90 days of product creation? I hope so. Even if it’s small and uneventful, I hope you’ll go through the steps with us and “git er done” as we say here in the South.

Okay today I want to ask you three question so that I can help people prep for the challenge. Here’s a vlog with some text below:

So here are the questions I have for you:

1. Do you have any fears and if so, what are they? 

When you heard what the challenge was, what about it made you uneasy? (if anything) Was it the time involved? The fact that no one might think you’re an expert? That you don’t know HOW to create a product?

For me, I always worry about not having anyone promote it – which I always do – but this time, I want to go after a few big listers. And since I won’t play the back-scratch game, I don’t know if they’ll say yes and then I’ll be disappointed.

2. What format are you thinking of working with?

For me, I like creating PDFs and videos for my products. Even if you don’t have a niche or slant yet, what format do you think you’ll create in and why?

I’m a writer by trade but I like video for the personalization factor of what it does to connect me with my buyers.

3. What tutorials are you thinking you might need?

When you think of things you don’t KNOW how to do (not talking fear here), what are those in regards to product creation? Is it a technical thing? Is it how to create an eBook outline? Is it how to set up a course on ClickBank? Write sales copy? What is it that you need to learn?

I’m hoping that we can support each other with video tutorials that walk people through the process.

Okay I want to share this with you – because this little girl is SO me! It’s a toddler and she has one of those boxes with shapes in it and you pour the pieces out, put the lid on, and try to get the pieces back in by matching shapes. Well this sweetheart can’t match the shapes up … so no problem, what does she do? She lifts the lid off, throws the freaking piece into the box, and slams the lid back on. LOL!

Watch her in action here (opens a new tab). I LOVE her! I do this kind of stuff all the time – rig up my business however I can to get it operational. Don’t know how to do graphics? No problem – open Paint and PowerPoint and create it like that. Ha ha!

Okay I’m off to get the stuff to make my son his favorite meal tonight 😉

Tiff 😉






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57 Responses to “3 Questions for the 90-Day Challenge Participants”

  • Mary Kathan says:

    Hi Tiffany

    A question I have is how to find the best people to promote in a niche subject… and how to find the most ethical promoters.

    Mary Kathan

  • Well I am not worried yet as I don’t know what I’m gonna do so what’s to worry about. lol.

    I would like to know about putting a squeeze page together.

    I think my product will be text based but we shall see. 🙂

  • Marsha says:

    3 answers:

    1. I don’t know how to create and I fear that no one will give a rat’s behind about what I create.

    2. Probably PDF – but that’s something I have to learn too.

    3. Honestly, since there is so much that I need to learn that I don’t know what I need to learn yet – if that makes sense. I’ll follow along with whatever is provided and not be afraid to ask for more — once I really know how much I don’t yet know.

    🙂

    It’s been a frustrating week. Sites aren’t doing what I’d hoped for and trying to figure out how to make that happen. Working real hard to not get into a negative mind-frame, and simply keep doing what I should be and not give up. Doing the Freaking Fantastic again is helping to keep me busy and active on blogging in some fashion.

    • Tiffany says:

      Sorry you’re flustered Marsha. Anything we can help you figure out?

      • Marsha says:

        Sorry for being a whiny little girl. *puts on the big girl pants* I’ve gotten comfortable enough in this community to just say what comes to mind and not censor it.

        I’m not doing as much follow up as I should be and that is something that I simply have to do and stop being afraid to attempt.

        It was a day of seeing nothing but spam comments on every one of my sites and… I let it get to me. The moment passed and now it’s back to work on the things that will help me produce the results I want.

        • Tiffany says:

          Hey Marsha everyone has that initially. Don’t sweat it – look at it this way – spambots are seeing your site as worthy for traffic and backlinks! 🙂 There, I put a positive spin on it for you 🙂

          • Marsha says:

            Thanks Tiff – that’s why I love you and this place. Butt kicking when needed and encouragement as well.

            Okay, I just did a major thing for me – put my picture up on my About page (a work still in process) — but how do I make that pix into a gravatar to show up here. I’m sure there is a “how to” somewhere 🙂

            Forget the baby step – I just took a leap of faith.

            • Tiffany says:

              Go to gravatar.com ad sign up free – use the same email that you use when you post on the blog and it’ll connect!

              Good for you! 🙂

            • MamaRed says:

              Hey darlin…if you have questinos about setting up/using Gravatar I wrote a workbook for that. The workbook is longer because I address multiple things…let me know if it would help.

    • MamaRed says:

      You can breathe easy on the PDF part Martha…there are free and paid tools that let you quickly create a PDF. Yeah, there are some bells and whistles you CAN do and they aren’t required!

  • 1. My fear is the fear that I don’t have enough credibility for the product I want to create.
    2. text…but unsure of amazon or clickbank or…
    3. The writing, research, outline and such I have down….but all the technical things like actually launching the product is something I know nothing about. The launch is also the part that scares me.

  • Shan says:

    Hmm…
    1. No-one’ll be interested. That someone will call me a fraud. All that stuff.

    2. PDF, probably mp3.

    3. Doing an outline, writing sales copy, setting something up on Clickbank.

    Shan

  • Robert Mason says:

    Yes, I do have one main fear – and I could allow it to totally sabotage this challenge for me!

    This challenge for me is all about actually producing a product after years of thinking about it, dreaming about it, planning for it – but not actually DOING anything!! And that is great! I am going to produce a membership site.

    But . . initially, I will mainly be producing it to “present” to other member of Tiff’s blog – and NOT to my ultimate audience. Most people here will, almost certainly, have no interest in this and think it is too beginner’s stuff, although a few people might be interested.

    So, my fear is that I might hold back from adding content that I truly believe in, for fear of people thinking it is crap, when they will probably never be the intended audience anyway!

    I realize this is being very thin-skinned (not at all like a Texan guy or gal), but I expect there are other people here who understand this feeling. In fact, I bet there are hundreds of lurkers here, people who follow what is going on, but never post or join in the challenges, because they are frightened of being shot down. What a huge waste of potential talent!!

    OK, having got my one big fear out of the way, my medium is a membership site – and I have masses of tutorials, I just need to put them into action!! Same old, same old story!!

    http://www.flyingwithoutwings.com/manifesting/what-is-your-one-great-dream/

  • Concerns?
    1. That no one will purchase
    2. I’m a good writer but I sometimes write more authoritatively than friendly and I think friendly sells better
    3. Still having issues getting Aweber done right, I’ll be like a 1st grader when it comes to launching. But then I had no clue about WP when I started this biz

    And then when we get there, I’d love to have a product on Click Bank

  • Lisa Oliver says:

    Hi Tiffany

    I have the same fears voiced by others here in the comments – that fear of being considered a fraud or no good, why would people listen to me and that sort of thing. I didn’t complete the last 30 day challenge you are doing because my father died but now I am also plagued with doubts that I would even finish the challenge if I start it.

    But I figure take each day as it comes. I have got an idea for something that I have wanted to create and launch for ages. I am hoping to use a mixture of videos, pdf files and possibly even audio files, and I will also create some checklists and things like that – at least that is the plan today. Launching will be the one aspect that is out of my comfort zone as I have never been able to do that successfully – I like to think that with a bit of support from people here that I might finally overcome that issue.

    You really do suit that blue blouse and you look so nice today 🙂

    Best wishes
    Lisa

    • Tiffany says:

      Lisa I’m so sorry about your dad 🙁 Hang in there.

      Your plan sounds good. We’ll be here to support. And thank you 🙂

  • Antoinette says:

    I have fears too many to name but I don’t care and plan to ignore them whether I succeed or fail.

    My background and experience is in graphic design so I’m thinking of making my product pre-made ebook covers, preferably fiction (non-fiction doesn’t interest). So potential clients can pick and choose and I just need to switch and customize with their titles and author name.

    I don’t even know if this qualifies as a viable product.

    • Tiffany says:

      Sure it does Antoinette! You’ll have sales copy, a launch, etc. I would also have something like a report about the importance of web graphics or something…

      • Antoinette says:

        Oh what great suggestions and what a relief because I have always loved the art of book covers. This has me so excited!

    • MamaRed says:

      Oh love it! Love beautiful covers and haven’t a clue how to make them truly professional. Looking forward to what you birth!

  • Tamsin says:

    Hi Tiff

    It is such an unknown for me and the options seem overwhelming that I find it hard to decide what to do, ‘cos I can’t do everything, but feel I should otherwise I might be missing out on something ……. and then overwhelm takes over and I’d do nothing!!

    Virtually the whole process is an unknown, quite frankly!

    How to prepare.
    How to set up.
    How to promote.

    I’d like “This is an easy option for newbies” It won’t necessarily set the world on fire, but will get me through the process, see that I survived and that will give me the impetus to do something bigger. It’s a bit like doing one’s first vlog – oh, that wasn’t so bad, ok, now I can do more!!

    Make sense? Clear as mud? 🙂

  • These are some good questions!

    1.) My biggest concern is how to set up all the back end things such as taking payments, setting up landing page, more of the backend platform for the actual product.

    2.) I had planned on using a simple PDF format. What other options are out there really?

    3.) How to make sales and for it be success!

    Thanks for these questions,

    Eric

  • Debi J says:

    I don’t have the fear of people not buying from the standpoint of “oh they don’t like my stuff” as much as I do from “if I don’t make sales I’ll have to go back on the truck and then my business will be at a near standstill again” point of view.

    I’m working thru the tech stuff now as far as cart and affiliate set up… having that go wrong wouldn’t be fun, but I’d get thru it.

    I’m thinking product right now (the ones I’m doing) are in PDF format mostly. I have one that will also have mindmap components to it. But I’d eventually like to do video and audio as well to go with what I create, whatever it is.

    Not sure on tutorials needed yet, but certainly have no issues asking as we go! 🙂

    Oh, and I uploaded everyone’s “Things About Me” posts today in a mindmap. The link is below in the CommentLuv. 🙂

  • My fears are based mostly on techie stuff. If I can’t learn it the way my brain can absorb it, I give up. I will google to find the answer which can take tons of time. For example the other day I was looking for a plugin for word press to get rid of spam. I get 4 – 10 spam comments daily. I could not find out where the API key was for akiskit (spelling?) on WP, so I never finalized it. It’s just sitting there popping up asking me on my WP admin page to enter that key. LOL

    Another fear is that because of the potential delay in technical learning, I won’t have my ducks lined up. Here comes my perfectionism. I like that I’m meticulous to detail and have to take the time to get it right, but don’t want to delay.

    I am a determined person searching for answers. That’s not my draw back, it’s my learning curve.

    I have a really good eye for designing, but it’s the techie stuff again.

    I’m a visual learner. Absorbing technical things is easier if I had both a text and visual. Then I get it, probably. 🙂

    I like PDF formatting or Video. I am still not as confident on video as I’d like to be. I have a good speaking voice and would attempt to use audio format. I haven’t tried audio yet.

    I guess the tutorials might be:

    *Detailed outline on how to begin each step of the challenge (presented in visual and text)
    *The follow thru
    *engaging sample work as examples (maybe)to see if we are doing it right or the examples will help others see. Sometimes we learn and get ideas (not steal)by sharing.
    *Ending with promotions (where is our audience, seekers and promoters).

    I really believe this challenge will help me and others take one step further to the continuation of our product creations.

    One step I’d like to know when we start would be, should we start of trying to find out if our audience would like “how to’s” in a niche creation. Example: How to put on makeup (tutorial).

  • Edie Dykeman says:

    1. Probably my biggest fear is putting the product out there and also seeking launch partners. I don’t really get myself out there and don’t really know that many people.

    2. Going with PDF.

    3. Tutorial – I’ve seen hundreds of sales copy examples but freeze when it comes to writing my own. Would love to have a course on ClickBank!
    Sometimes need help with technical stuff.

    Really looking forward to this challenge!!!

  • Minna Bryant says:

    Fears
    Letting my customers down. Letting myself down. Because I got something wrong, I didn’t dig deep enough – blah blah.

    Oh and who the heck is my market? I’m trying to stay focused on one market but haven’t defined who it is well enough to talk to them.

    Format
    No clue. Most likely PDF style with bonus videos or audios. No question though, it’s text based.

    Being comfortable with all three formats, I want to make them more visually engaging. Not too polished – sort of like having that tousled hair look that you’ve had to work for ya know?

    I’m finding issues doing that.

    Needs/Tutorials
    What you already lovingly supply. My biggest, hardest thing here is practicing the art of receiving and using it.

  • Sales Copy. I SUCK AT IT because I LOATHE IT! LOL

    When I get to a sales page, I scroll for bullet points, chapter headings, whatever, and then I scroll to the price. Tacky aren’t I? 🙂

    Do not play on my emotions or my pain. I’m looking for results, not to be reminded of the shit I’m in. Yanno? Just tell me if you’re going to get me out of the shit.

    See, I never would have been good in advertising. I write like a gunslinger and shoot from the hip. I don’t like hype or feeling like I’m being “talked” into something. And that’s the main reason I have never-ever wanted to get good at sales copy, and I haven’t “discovered” a way that works for me other than listing some bullet points and basically saying, “You want it? Buy it!” LOL

    Maybe I need a quick tutorial in no BS sales copy. Maybe I’ll use that in my sales copy–“No bullshit here, just the facts. Buy it or hit the close button.”

    I actually like that. Maybe that’s my signature. 😉

    • Tiffany says:

      LOL I’m like you – but unfortunately, that doesn’t convert as well.

      • I know. {Sigh} I hate to say this, this way, but sheeple have to be *told* what to do. I’m sure it’s in Copywriting 101, only worded differently. 😉

        Sad but true.

    • MamaRed says:

      OMG Patti, ROTFLMAO ‘cuz I’m so with you. This writing copy shit is driving me bonkers…and I hear what Tiff is saying. Honestly, I’m tired of the other type of stuff too! Maybe that’s why I gots no products up for sale. Grin.

      Hugs

  • Buddy says:

    I’m late. Since I want to do an IM product my big fear is what do I have to say that hasn’t already been said? It’s like it’s all been done already. why buy mine?

  • Ann says:

    Hi. I am very interested in this challenge but (and isn’t there always a “but”) I signed up for but didn’t do the blog challenge. I also have doubts about if I can create a product.
    I would like to start the blog challenge and this one but fear I won’t do it. Self doubts again!! Bummer!
    So, should I go back and start the other challenge before even thinking about doing this one?
    We can jump in at any time, can’t we?

    Best wishes,
    Ann (in Spain)

    • Tiffany says:

      You can do both Ann – blog about your product creation if you want. You can do either if that’s more comfortable for you. And yes, jump in at any time.

    • MamaRed says:

      Hey there Ann…what if your blog posts were your “product creation” process … where you sat down with what you want your product to be and each post is reused (repurposed)into content for the product itself? Not sure exactly what the topic is, and wanted to throw that out there.

  • MamaRed says:

    I have many of the same fears as others (who wants to hear what I have to say, too basic, all of it!)

    My strength is actually product layout, structure and all that jazz (as a trainer, tech writer and business stragist have been doing that). I know how to look at a concept or product idea and see at least 21 ways to repurpose it.

    My biggies are:

    Promos
    Partnerships
    Pricing

    Oh, and since I know so much about content repurposing and talk about turning a video into 48 products (true story), why is my website nekked!

    I do better when I’ve got a specific problem to solve and helping others do this. Which is exactly why I’m stepping into this challenge!

    I would love to do a teleseminar for the group on how to plan out a product for repurposing/reuse before you even begin (saves a LOT of time and headaches)

    I love to do training and am noodling on how that could play out for this challenge.

    High probably my products will be delivered as PDF (potentially Kindle), audios or audios with image overlays.

  • Richard Paley says:

    The whole idea of creating a product is terrifying. Though main fear is people not liking it.

    Has to be PDF as don’t want to learn how to do anything else. A tutorial on sales copy would be great.

  • Mary Kathan says:

    Hi Tiffany

    I have another question for the product creation challenge…..

    How do you create the “affiliate tool box”? Especially the banners…..

    Thanks

    Mary Kathan

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