I have some really exciting news to share.
(Well… I’m excited about it, you may not be.)
First a very public apology.
In the last few weeks and months:-
- I’ve lost some full time staff that are now part time.
- I’ve had to fire someone (which I felt dreadful about) because he was working “full time” for me and also “full time” for one of my friends. Yeah, we both fired him when we realised… I know this must go on a lot with remote workers, and there are some tell-tale signs.
- I’ve had new staff start, do a week or two and leave.
- I’ve advanced money to new staff who begged for it and had them disappear.
- On top of this it’s just plain difficult and time consuming to find *any* staff, let alone good ones.
It’s been a rough ride. But I guess this is something that happens to a lot of people, and always looking for the positive, I’ve learned a lot about hiring good remote workers.
But this bumpy and frustrating journey I’ve been on has meant that a few things have slipped. I’m now TWO months (well, one month and a week) behind releasing the latest PLAhh material.
I sincerely apologise for that, and I WILL fix this.
I have some new staff. I have both June and July’s packages pretty much complete apart from a little bit of crucial work to sweeten them up. I could release June’s as it is and add the extras later, but I’d rather complete the package and then release.
I’m hoping that all the work will be complete by next Friday 15th and with any luck I’ll have already released the packages before then. Thank you for your patience and to the kind words from people I’ve already explained this to.
Now the exciting part.
A bit of background first though.
A couple of weeks ago when I ran a pre-order sale for Affiliate Click Pal (ACP – will be released this Monday coming), I had a couple of blog comments and a few emails that all said pretty the same thing…
“Will it be able to do PayPal too?”
Now that would be just great wouldn’t it? It’s certainly something I’d like to see in ACP, so yes I’ll get that done in a later version. It will probably take a couple of months to get there is my guess. We’ll see.
What I *have* done is made sure it has some integration in it for sites that use PayPal scripts and the ?e=PayPalEmailAddress method for affiliates.
This then got me thinking.
Something I’ve wanted to do for several *years* now is release a low cost, easy to use, feature rich PayPal script. The PayPal IPN system is awesome – clearly a lot of thought and planning went into its design to make it so very flexible.
So what I’ve done is I’ve hired a new guy just to work on this project. It’s been incredibly difficult finding the right person to do this for a whole raft of “attention-to-detail” reasons. But after 12 months of searching I found the guy and have him on board.
He believes he’ll have the first prototype for me to play with tomorrow. And phase one will be complete by the end of next week.
There’ll then be another load of work to add in all the “feature rich” parts I mentioned above. But this shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks is my estimate.
Once you find the right people, it’s amazing what you can get done in a very short space of time. Ideas have never been a problem for me, but finding good people to implement them is an ongoing struggle that I’m finally getting the hang of. 😉
This brand new script will use the ?e=PayPalEmailAddress method for affiliates I mentioned above, and be totally focussed on PayPal and the flow of traffic both through your site and onto other sites.
It will make it easy to get a sales page type site up quickly and easily and with a built in affiliate scheme. This is something I’ve struggled with myself, so you’ll probably appreciate this as much as I do!
Amongst many things, it’s been designed in such a way as to make it easy to:-
- Install and setup.
- Promote your other (and other product owners) sites.
- Get traffic for free.
- Get new affiliates on board (every customer automatically becomes an affiliate).
- Build your mailing list.
- Administer your sales.
- Do secure digital delivery.
I’ve seen a number of missed opportunities in some similar scripts over the last few years.
Every time I’ve seen one or realised something that would work really well, I’ve written it down in my notes.
I now have a *lot* of notes…
This new script will perfectly complement ACP. I eventually see the two of them working hand in hand together, with ACP being the “step up” to the next level when someone is ready.
It’s my intention that both scripts should talk to each other with this new PayPal script passing customer, sales and affiliate information back to your central ACP site where you can administer everything if you choose.
So my vision is a low cost entry into the world of product sales with this new PayPal script, and then upgrade to the more expensive ACP when it all starts to take off.
If you’re feeling a little bit excited now, then you should be.
I’m all but doing backflips. 😉
And that’s because I finally have the right people doing the right jobs.
The world has been waiting for this.
Okay, that’s enough excitement for today. (Or is it?)
Just a final note to say that tomorrow I’ll be running a couple of low cost sales for a couple of plugins that you may have missed in the last 12 months if you’re new here.
The first is for a plugin I use all the time, in fact I’ll be using it for the sales tomorrow.
It’s called the “Content Replacement” plugin and enables you to schedule small snippets of content in and out of your blog. I use it to display payment buttons at the appropriate time, and then later remove them when the sale is over.
That way I can be out and about and not have to worry about the sale going ahead. It just works.
The second related plugin is called “Subscribers Only” and which allows you to hide content on your blog from non-subscribers.
If a visitor to your blog isn’t a WP blog subscriber, then instead of seeing all of an article, you can withhold small but crucial parts of it. So they don’t see the bit you’ve hidden, instead they see a little padlock symbol and a message saying the content is for subscribers only with link where they can go subscribe.
Both sales will start the same time tomorrow at 6.00pm and will continue over the weekend until Monday morning when the Content Replacement plugin will automatically remove the buy buttons. 😉
More info about the sale tomorrow.