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    How to THRIVE on Google instead of damning it everyday

    Hey everyone, sorry for replying late. Tonight I'll reply quickly to David and to the rest of you later this week. David, while Google does often pack the first page with ads, you still have a decent chance of getting a decent amount of clicks IF your website is more relevant than these ads...
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    How to THRIVE on Google instead of damning it everyday

    Google gets a very bad press on this forum and in MJ's books... especially Unscripted, where he even says "To hell with SEO!" (Though I hope it's just a misunderstanding.) One of the biggest fears many Fastlaners have is that Google can simply kill your business overnight with an algorithm...
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    INTRO [Introduction] Hello from a former slowlaner from France

    Hello s'hab, and welcome! And congratulations on your marriage. May I ask where in France you live? Myself, I'm based in Lyon. If you've got strong IT skills, I guess you're already well-prepared to start a successful business in the Internet era... If you want to discuss e-commerce and SEO, or...
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    Commandment of Control: Violations

    I agree 99% with you. Here in Europe, though, there's even a BIGGER risk when you rely primarily, or wholly, on Amazon for your sales. Namely, that these days, many Amazon buyers (at least in Europe) order stuff, sign proof of delivery (POD), then, after being delivered, they initiate an A to Z...
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    NOTABLE! What book are you reading? Right now. Post up!

    These days, I'm reading a huge book titled Le Grand Livre de la Vente (The Great Book on Sales) by Nicolas Caron and Frédéric Vendoeuvre. It covers all aspects of sales from research and prospecting to the actual sales meetings/pitching, closing, and maintaining positive customer relations. It...
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    Need help with cold outreach

    Oh my gosh, your prospecting emails and LinkedIn DMs get ignored ?!!!!! UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE !!! How on Earth could that happen? After all, you proposed such valuable services to people who may very well need them! Here's why: Because email and social network DMs are utterly ineffective as...
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    Anybody cold emailing in Germany / EU?

    This is a very important thread to me, as I'm planning on prospecting German wine importers (by phone and email) during and after the summer. When it comes to France, where I live, to my knowledge, cold prospecting by email and phone is legal, except that: 1) Email prospecting (almost) never...
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    How to obtain more appointments by phone

    Hi everyone! In this thread, I'd like to ask all experienced entrepreneurs/salespeople here for specific advice. You'll be surprised to see me ask for THIS type of advice, given my past statements on this forum, but I'm convinced I need that advice. Here's the subject: How to obtain more...
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    NOTABLE! What would you tell your 18 or 25 year old self?

    Oh my goodness! If I only had the possibility of going back in time and talking to my 18-year-old (or even 25-year-old) self... I'd tell him this (I've learned several of these concepts from TMF) : 1) The world doesn't give a damn about your interests, hobbies, passions, or about you - except...
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    GOLD! Getting Rid of Cold Calling Anxiety Using Brute Force

    @Tony Tony, @Everyman, and @CROJosh, you are dead WRONG. I know, I know, you don't like hearing the truth. Facts are stubborn things. But that doesn't make them any less true. According to multiple independent studies (sources: here, here, here, here and here) : 90% of buyers NEVER respond...
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    GOLD! Ask me anything about eCommerce (Ongoing)

    I have a general question: how can I succeed in the e-commerce of wine and other alcoholic drinks in China via WeChat and e-commerce portals like JD.com, Alibaba.com, Tmall, and Taobao ? (Leaving aside the obvious fact that my sales offers will have to be published in flawlessly correct Chinese...
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    GOLD! Getting Rid of Cold Calling Anxiety Using Brute Force

    The problem with cold-calling is that, in the REAL world, it simply DOESN'T WORK. It is BY FAR the most ineffective and at the same time the costliest way of acquiring new customers. According to two separate studies, one by the Harvard Business Review (IIRC) and another one done for a Canadian...
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    GOLD! Is This Idea/Business/Blah Blah Fastlane? (Uh, no, it isn't.)

    Hello everyone, I'm preparing my future business these days and I'd appreciate your feedback on whether you think it can be Fastlane. My business project is to sell Western AND Eastern European wines in China, in a 2nd-tier or even a 3rd-tier city. First, what problems am I going to solve...
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    HOT TOPIC How to tell my slowlane parents about fastlane without making them sad about their wasted life?

    To the author of the thread : I feel for you. But you can't change your parents (or anyone else for that matter) or their way of thinking. Sure, you can tell them about the book and what its author says, but don't even bother trying to convince them that they're wrong. People DON'T want them to...
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    GOLD! I have a problem with MJ DeMarco (Follow your passion gets a beatdown)

    Hey everyone, Been studying at a business school here in France since September. By now I've passed almost all exams, except Business English and Internationalisation. Anyway, I'd like to return to this subject and share with you what I've learned. Firstly, the lecturers here (many of whom...
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    Idea : Carbon Capture and Transformation biz

    Hey everyone ! After a long pause, I'm back. I've been busy (hell, I still am :) ) studying Entrepreneurship in France, of all places, and I'd like to ask all of you for opinion on the following business project I'm working on with several colleagues. This is a significantly altered version of...
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    Idea Evaluation (Oil and Gas Industry)

    Hi everyone, I'd like to ask what you think about the following business idea, which a colleague of mine has come up with several scientists here in France : 1. The problem that needs solving : Fossil fuel prices are spiking up again. The OPEC oil cartel has recently agreed to limit oil...
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    OFF-TOPIC Black Friday thoughts.

    Like MJ (who has already spoken about this on YT), I can't, for the life of me, understand why would people wait for many hours in pitch dark to get into a store to save a few measly bucks. Myself, I almost always buy at cheap stores, but I don't wait in long lines. I just do my groceries every...
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    GOLD! I have a problem with MJ DeMarco (Follow your passion gets a beatdown)

    You're right, and IMHO your graph nicely sums up what is necessary for entrepreneurial success : one must be highly skilled at and passionate about doing something that other people want you to pay generously to do. If any of these three conditions is not met, you won't get paid. The key for me...
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    GOLD! I have a problem with MJ DeMarco (Follow your passion gets a beatdown)

    Thank you everyone for your replies, especially MJ DeMarco. I will clearly have to take them into account. Will do.
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