Something Really Annoying Gives You The Chance To Win $100

March 5, 2009 by · 15 Comments
Filed under: General Chat 

Hello everyone, and welcome to this very unique blog post. It’s unique because I’m from Yorkshire, I’m a farmers son, and I’m giving away money :-0

But I’m not totally stupid, you do have to do something in order to get the $100 prize, so I’m going to run a little competition for you all. Anyone can enter, there are no restrictions apart from the work has to be your own. Anyone found to be using copy/paste will be thrown down a well.

So then, what’s this madness all about?

Well, it all started a few weeks ago when I found something more annoying than my ingrowing toe nail.

I was looking through my auto responder follow up mails that get sent out to you guys after you’ve signed up to one of my mailing lists.

If you are reading this blog then there’s a good chance you will have experienced these follow up messages first hand, and for that I’M SORRY…really…SORRY, they are incredibly badly written and to put it bluntly, they suck big time.

Take a look at the following example that gets sent out promoting a top quality product that I have an exclusive $100 discount on, you’d think the email would write itself wouldn’t you?….Nope, take a look:

Email Subject: [$100 Discount]

Email Body:

Hi {!firstname_fix},

I hope that you have enjoyed your e-books.

Just a quick email to let you know that after months and months of
nagging my good friend John Thornhill has agreed to give you (my
subscribers) a massive $100 discount on his award winning membership

This discount can’t be found *ANYWHERE* else on the Internet so it’s
definitely worth checking out:

(If the link wont load please copy/paste the URL into your browser)
Hope you enjoyed the email,


All emails sent out using

What you have there is an example of what not to do, why would anyone want to join the site after reading that email? All I’ve told them about is the $100 discount, how do they know what the site is about, why should they know who John Thornhill is – and why should they care?

And I only have myself to blame, I WROTE THE EMAIL!

I have no idea what I was thinking when I wrote it, but I do cringe with embarrassment when I look back at it now.

So now we get to the competition part.

As you’ve already guessed the email needs rewriting, but instead of me doing it, and instead of hiring a Ghostwriter, I thought I’d give you guys a chance to get some experience and earn some decent money in the process.

So here are the “Rules” for my $100 Email Rewriting Competition!

What you have to do:

1. Write an email (and a Subject line for the email) promoting the exclusive $100 discount for John Thornhill’s eBook website business membership site.

2. Send it to me via this blog – Click on the “Contact” link at the top of this page.

3. The closing date for entries is a week today – Thursday 12th March, 5pm GMT.

4. The winning entry will be chosen by me and the prize money ($100 USD) will be sent via PayPal

And that pretty much covers it! I know there’ll be loads of questions so rather than trying to think of them all and answer them here, please post a comment and I’ll reply to the questions as they come in!

If you need to find out more about the product the email is promoting, you can view the sales page here:

Good luck to everyone that enters, fire away with any questions!


John Thornhill’s Marketing Masterclass

January 27, 2009 by · Comments Off on John Thornhill’s Marketing Masterclass
Filed under: General Chat, My Offers 

I’m afraid to say that I have a confession to make – my timing sucks!

With the whole broadband (or lack of!) fiasco that happened last week, one of the biggest launches that I’ve ever been involved in almost passed me by.

I actually thought it was this time NEXT week, so you can imagine my surprise when I checked the page and noticed the launch was actually TODAY, to say my heart sank a little would have been an understatement.

I had some great plans to sneak loads of information to you in anticipation for the launch, I was going to make a couple of videos, and then get you all to send in questions that I could ask on your behalf so you knew exactly what everything was about.

But with the Broadband situation as it is (it’s all on the blog if you fancy reading almost 250 comments!), everything came to a stand still.

So what I suggest is this….

Despite the program launching today, I still think there’s time for my “questions” idea. So what I want you to do is check out the product, and if you have any unanswered questions, leave a comment on this post with your question by this time tomorrow and I’ll have them all answered in a blog post either tomorrow or Thursday.

Sound fair enough?

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what the product is, you will probably have heard about it already, but for any of you that are uncertain about what I’m actually talking about, here it is…

“John Thornhill’s Marketing Masterclass”

I’ve already told you about my history with John Thornhill a million times, but to put it bluntly – if it wasn’t for meeting John Thornhill 4 (or maybe 5?) years ago then I wouldn’t be writing this post today.

John was the person that introduced me to Internet Marketing. All of the things listed below couldn’t have been achieved without the help of John Thornhill:

– My mailing list of just under 10,000 people

– My hosting company that I run with my business partner (who I also met through John!); we are responsible for hosting almost 1,500 domains for clients all round the world

– My Boomerang List Builder Product

– My 20+ Websites

– My blog that has thousands of readers each and every week

To put it bluntly, John is the reason I’m able to make a very good living working full time on the Internet from the comfort of my own home.

If it wasn’t for John who knows what I’d be doing today.

I know that sounds like a really soppy, stereotypical thing to say but it’s 100% true. The day I purchased his “Own eBook Business” all those years ago was a defining moment in my life so far, and I genuinely mean that.

Jeez, I just read that back to myself and I think I need a sick bucket, I’m from Yorkshire, I shouldn’t be saying those kind of things! 🙂

But I’m going to go against my better judgment and leave it all in because I don’t know how else I can convey to you what he’s done for me, and I’m not just saying this because he’s launching a new product today, read back through all the posts on my blog over the years and you’ll lose count of the amount of times I’ve credited John with getting me where I am today.

And believe it or not, I’m not the only person that John has helped break away from the 9-5, I know loads of people from all around the world that have benefited from John’s guidance. (You might be one of them already!)

The person that I work with every…single…day…Paula Brett is a good example. Paula and I met on John’s forum many years ago, and we formed D9 Solutions; a group that provides hosting and website solutions to businesses and individuals – without the help of John we wouldn’t have been able to do this. He has been directly responsible for generating us thousands of dollars in income over the past 18 months.

I could go on, and on…and on, but I have my reputation to think of so I don’t want to go too sentimental on you 😉

There is a reason for me telling you all of this though as it’s related directly to the product he is launching today. (Tuesday January 27th)

John’s new “Marketing Masterclass” course is the follow up to his incredibly successful coaching program that he discontinued last year. I know a lot of you took part in his coaching and had great success, but this is a step up – sort of like “John Thornhill’s Coaching on Steroids”!

The Masterclass is a lot more personal than the coaching and takes place over 36 weeks, by the end of the course you should have been transformed into a successful Internet Marketer! (Assuming of course you are willing to follow his guidance and give it your all)

I’m struggling to find the words to describe how useful this will be to you if you are an Internet Marketer, so what I suggest you do is head on over to the website, have a good luck around, and then if you have ANY questions, no matter how big or how small, reply to this post via the comments section and I’ll put them to John and then publish his responses on the blog in a couple of days:

The actual site won’t open until 5pm EST (10pm GMT), but if you visit before then, do watch the video on the home page and enter your email address in the form provided. And don’t use a bogus email address, there are times when I’d actually recommend using one but this certainly IS NOT it!

So as I said, check it out, and if there are any questions let me know and I’ll put them to John for you!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll hopefully be back with another blog post sometime next week when my Broadband connection returns to normal 🙂


P.S. I really would like to thank all of you who are reading my emails and blog posts, and I am very sincere when I say that. John Thornhill has played a huge part in making my online business a success, but so have each and every one of you that are reading this, I couldn’t do it without you, so many thanks for coming along on the ride!