Jim Cockrum's Silent Sales Machine
Jim Cockrum has released a newly updated 2011 version of his Silent Sales Machine ebook. Here's my Silent Sales Machine 7th edition review. I've been telling my readers to get his book for years. It's that good.
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What's A Silent Sales Machine?
A "Silent Sales Machine" is Jim's name for online income streams. Each stream of income churns out sales and profits 100% on autopilot (or nearly 100% autopilot). Many of these operate by siphoning traffic off large websites.
Basically the ebook explains how to use inexpensive tools and slightly creative strategies to get a piece of already proven, popular markets. Once this is done, the system is automated and repeated in another market.
Now, you don't have to work in more than one market. In fact, I've been using a lot of the techniques Jim explains in The Silent Sales Machine for years, and basically only operate in two markets.
The original name for Jim's book was 'The Silent Sales Machine Hiding On eBay." This new version doesn't talk much about eBay, and the reference to eBay has been removed from the title.
The BENEFIT Of Reading The Silent Sales Machine
The Silent Sales Machine is not a technical book. By that I mean Jim doesn't explain step-by-step how to set up a website or manage a newsletter list. Instead the book concentrates on showing you how to build an audience.
Back when I read the first edition in 2002, it changed the way I looked at my business. I stopped thinking in terms of selling products, and started thinking in terms of building an audience.
Instead of chasing buyers for my materials, I began building relationships with people. Many of those people became buyers. And as a result of knowing the people, I was able to tailor my later products to my audience.
Jim's writing skills have improved over the years, and he has a lot more examples of success to draw from. This means it will be easier for you to learn the material.
The Silent Sales Machine is the only item I have continually recommended to my readers for all these years.
My History With Jim Cockrum
Shortly after I released my How To Buy Antiques and Collectibles package in 2002, Jim Cockrum sent me an email introducing himself. Jim then became the first affiliate to promote my materials. He's been promoting them ever since.
A few weeks later, Jim sent me a copy of The Silent Sales Machine and I wrote a review for my readers. In the nine-and-a-half-years since then I've continued to tell my readers to get a copy of The Silent Sale Machine.
Jim's the only marketer left that I met back when I was starting IWantCollectibles. Some failed, some were washed away in a series of ethical lapses, some were just fakers and couldn't stand up to scrutiny.
Speaking of ethics, in almost 10 years I've never heard so much as a rumor about poor conduct on Jim's part. (I don't think anyone has ever accused me of misconduct either, but I'll let someone else tell that story.)
Additions To The Silent Sales Machine 7.0
In this update, Jim's added a whole chapter on using Youtube videos to build a list. This is an area I don't do much in because I don't want the hassle of editing videos. Jim says I don't need fancy videos and his explanation makes it sound easy so I just ordered the video camera he recommends. This means you'll see more videos from me in the future.
There's also a new chapter on outsourcing. Outsourcing doesn't interest me, but you might want to gain some insights from Jim's experience. I do agree with Jim that many people tend to get caught up in learning skills that aren't needed. (I know one person who spent six months trying to put an audio recording online. He wasn't trying to save money because I told him where to get it done for $30, his pride was involved.)
The section on working with others has been revised so much it might as well be called newly added. Working with others is vitally important. I mentioned earlier Jim is the only person who was teaching eBay skills when I started who is left today. Granted he's moved a bit away from eBay, but he's still active.
This is because he works well with others. Back when Jim first introduced himself to me, he didn't step up and ask me to promote The Silent Sales Machine. He promoted my materials, and then suggested my readers would benefit from his book.
Jim explains much more about working with others, but it all starts by providing value to the audience.
Things I Don't Like About The Silent Sales Machine
I think Jim should add navigation to the ebook. The book is really designed to be read from start to finish, but I like to jump around, and having navigation would make it easier for me to go back to sections I want to read again.
On page 28 Jim says to write short newsletter articles instead of long ones. He says for a longer article you should summarize it and then include a link. I agree with the summary part, but still send out long articles to my readers. If you are just starting out shorter articles will be better, but once you learn to capture and hold the attention of your readers longer, more informative issues are better.
Silent Sales Machine Ebook
Reviewed by Terry Gibbs.
Rated: 5/ 5
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