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Hi

Has anyone here ordered Jeff Walkers, "Launch Course"? What do you think of it, is it worth doing, in your opinion.

I listened to podcast "Podcast 374 - How to do a kickstarter - part 1" https://permies.com/t/65954/Podcast-kickstarter-part#990091, in it Paul told Erica to read the book Launch by Jeff Walker. Well I figured if it was worth telling her to read it, it was worth reading myself, so I ordered it and read it, actually still reading it.

Now Jeff Walker has a Launch for his 2019 course going on, and the cart closes on Friday, open cart was on Monday, Luckily I didn't have the cash right then,  because I was totally sucked in to buy. Okay in the comments I asked Paul if he had taken the course, so he directed me here to this forum. I couldn't find a thread that seemed to match. I am getting frustrated here, so I just going to put what I already wrote to Paul. I don't know how to do the little inset thing so please don't laugh.

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Did you ever buy Jeff Walkers course on Launching, or were you able to get what you needed from his book?

I got the book "Launch" and reading it "Wonderful recommendation" thank you.

Jeff Walker is having his Launch for this year "2019, September" now. I went through the Free Master Class, totally excited to join. But also totally scared, a lot of "what if's" are creeping in. And he is a master at selling, I am usually pretty immune to this kind of stuff, but he hooked me. I'm glad I didn't have the cash ready by the end of his open cart video. I've got 'til midnight on Friday now to decide.

I have a small website for box patterns that I totally broke and am way frustrated over, so I've been just paying for it's space until I can fix it and reignite the spark that got me started. You can still get on the site and look around. I am totally lost with the constant changes that happens in a WP website, every time I think I understand whats going on they update it, or a plug in updates, and make it hard to understand again. So all I'm doing is figuring out how to fix it rather than using it. By the time I have it put back together I'm totally deflated, and all my creativity has been sucked right out of me. It also feels so bulky, it's the only way I know how to describe it, like I can't breath when I'm working on my website.

I get tunnel vision when I start working on stuff, nothing else matters, so if I get sucked into a detailed problem I'm in trouble for days because nothing else gets done.

A Launch, might work for my little website. It'll likely never be a site to retire on but I figured if I launch twice a year, once for jewelry crafters (July) and once for Christmas shoppers (early December), it would be a nice little up-tick in my finances at the right times of year.

I never thought to post it here in Permies because it's not about permaculture, but here it goes, www.giftboxesnow.com

Well, if you can comment that would be appreciated but I totally understand if you don't.

Thank you
Evelyn

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Thank you guys too.
 
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Hi Evelyn

Can you find a web hosting service which might not put you through so much trouble? Also, sometimes simpler is better. I'm not familiar with the website market at all, but if it's like most industries, I would expect to find quite a few different offerings out there. It doesn't sound like you really want to spend a lot of time messing with your site every week/month/year. Can you buy a site design including everything for a one time fee which gets you the stuff you need? I guess that would be a list of products, a page with pics for each product, a button to "Buy" or "Cart" or something and maybe an email so people can contact you if they need to. And any one or two other things which you think you need.

A lot of marketing is word of mouth, and in the digital age, one form that takes is links to your site. That happens slowly as people find you and have something good to say about you. IOW, it's not _all_ website optimization. Showing up on forums talking about what you do and helping others gets karma moving. Whether that helps you in the way you're concerned for, I don't know, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

Hope your search and work brings you good.


Regards,
Rufus
 
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I hated working with wordpress. I wish I had an alternative to suggest, but I haven't played with this stuff for...a decade? Jebus, I'm *old*!

So, the ones I used are probably obsolete or awful by now.. but I liked text based editors with a WYSIWYG interface to watch the result. BlueGriffon and Kompozer off the top of my head. Maybe something in this vein would be less suffocating..


Not what you were really asking for, but there are certainly going to be alternatives to your current setup, other than 'launch'. Haven't read the book, but his site is.. well, I really don't like being sold things. Doesn't mean it's bad, I just am not into it.
 
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Dillon and Rufus, Thank you.

I want to give this my full attention but it's so late I'm having a hard time thinking so I wanted to let you know I am grateful for your advice and want to explore it further.

As for the Launch thing I've decided against it. I did some other digging on the internet and found out whats behind the dazzle. I'm officially awake now, I was really drawn in. So glad I didn't have the money when the cart opened. It'll stay open 'til Friday but I'm good. I got some really good information from his free stuff, and I will reconsider at a later date. I'm not into the scarcity thing as a means to get sales, unless it is an organic scarcity.

I do need to change a lot about my website and I do like the wysiwyg type web building I had one in earthlink way back when. I haven't heard of BlueGriffon but I did hear about Komposer.

I do think it's time I jump ship from my hosting site too, they were very helpful back 6 or 7 years ago, really great back in 2008. Not so much anymore.
 
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I found WP to be very hard to use. If $ is tight, I really like freewebstore.com. You can host small stores for FREE. They were awesome when I was starting out and didn't have extra $ for webhosting.
 
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You can host websites for free using github pages and Jekyll (which is easy to use). If you want to hide the actual code repository, you will have to buy a subscription on Github. There may be even better/free-er alternatives.
 
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