Everybody loves shortcuts and I am no exception.
Here are 3 little “tricks” for you that I use on a regular basis. They are not only very quick and easy to do but can also save you a lot of time once you put them into practice.
1. Behind The Scenes Of A Product
How many times have you clicked on a link in an email and been sent to a sales page which might look something like this?
The problem is that there are no controls on the video to fast forward or rewind and you aren’t even told how long the video is!
Very annoying 🙁
So instead of sitting through 20 minutes of over-hyped video about the next get rich quick scheme, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Look for a link which says, “JVs” or “Affiliates”. Something like this:
Click on that link and you’ll usually be taken to the affiliate page where the product owner will give you more information on the product about what it does, the conversions, any upsells and so on.
For more hypey internet marketing products (which I generally recommend you don’t purchase anyway) the JV page will nearly always tell you more about the product than the actual sales page does!
2. Use Google To Search The Pages On Any Site
Have you ever gone to a website and found it extremely difficult to find the information you are looking for? Maybe there isn’t even a search function to use or if there is it’s pretty hard to use.
If so, you can use a special function in Google to solve this problem.
Say you were on gothamgolfblog.com (a random example) and you wanted to look for advice for beginner golfers.
Simply go to Google and do this:
So you’re just putting “site:” and then the web address of the website you want to search. It works for any website that is indexed in Google.
Extra tip: This is always worth doing for sales pages you are sent to – it’s amazing what you can find sometimes! 😉
3. Find The Theme Of Any WordPress Sites
Many times I go to a website which has a rather nice design and layout.
I scroll to the bottom and see “Powered by WordPress” and then immediately start wondering what Theme that site is using.
Here’s an easy way to find out.
1. Right click on the page and select “View page source” (or similar):
2. In the horrible looking code hold down the CTRL button and tap “F” on your keyboard to perform a search.
3. Type “themes” into the search box and look at the result.
See the bit of text after the “/themes/”?
In this example it says “freshnews”. That’s the theme!
For more details on it, go to Google and search for “freshnews wordpress theme” (without the quotes) and you can see if it’s free, premium, the features it has etc etc.
I hope these little tricks help save you some time as they do for me! Please Like, Tweet and drop a comment below if you enjoyed this. I’d love to hear about any tricks like this that you use yourself as well… 😉
or just use this website and copy/paste the url to find out what theme it is
Great tip – thanks for sharing!
Cheers – Rob.
Thanks Rob. I often wondered how I could fast forward the over hyped sales videos. That will save a lot of time. All the best, Laurie.
It’s a pleasure Laurie, glad you found it useful! 🙂
Thanks for the tips Rob.
I already use #3, but I REALLY like tip #1
It’s very interesting what you find sometimes John! Thanks for your comments. Cheers, Rob.
Thanks for the tips, Rob.
I didn’t know about the Search into the page source, and the clicking on the affiliates link is useful, although some affiliate info a bit hyped up.. it is a much better alternative than being faced with a video with no controls and no way of knowing how long it will play for.
In the past I have sometimes just let the video play through in a different browser and with the sound turned down. A link often comes up towards the end of the video and so I can just click on that to see what comes up
Another good tip there, thanks for sharing and glad you found this useful.
Great, useful content as usual!
You’re welcome Paul, thanks for letting me know 🙂
Thanks for all these tips. I have just finished off my main book will get ebook cover from fiverr. Then its’ all systems go.
Well done on the action David – good job! Cheers, Rob.
Great info Rob, very useful.
Thanks John – Long time no speak, I hope you are well and the projects are coming together nicely! Cheers, Rob.
Very good – thanks 🙂
Esp. liked the method for finding WordPress themes and also the website contributed by Dave.
Another tactic I have used for those annoying hypey videos (if there is not an affiliate link – which I have also used) is to try and close the page soon after the video starts playing and see if you get any “stay on this page” special offer pop ups. They will often give you a discounted price and more information. Sometimes you have to attempt to leave more than once to get the “bottom line” offer. If I decide it’s worth watching the video I can always go back to the original url and/or go thru the funnel again if the offer looks good enough.
Also – when you try to close the page on some of the sales videos you will get a text version which I much prefer since I can scan quickly.
Excellent tip on the exit pop, thanks for sharing!
Great to see you here on the blog too – welcome along 🙂
Neat trick with the over hyped video, I will be using that in the future.
Yep – works a treat Joe 😉 Thanks for your comment. Cheers, Rob.
Really great tips. So useful, and I’m sure most people wouldn’t think of them or know how to do them. But they’re so useful once you know them.
Thank you very much.
You are very welcome – glad you found this useful!
Thanks for the content – glad to hear that the weekend went well! If I recall correctly, Chris Farrell used to advocate utlising the page source view to access keywords – very useful when you’re not sure what to use in your own blog!
Yes, it’s a useful thing but not much talked about as people know that people don’t generally like looking at code. Easy really though!
That’s one of the things I admire about you Rob. Never any pointless ‘Hot Air’, No ‘Waffle’, just straight to the point.
You are very kind – thank you and very pleased you enjoyed the “tricks” 🙂
Nice tips Rob,Thanks, They will come in handy.
You’re welcome Gary, they are very handy indeed 🙂 Cheers – Rob.
Liked that 1st tip – those videos always annoyed me. I generally refused to watch them.
Agreed Mike, especially when you don’t have a lot of time. I tend to turn them off too! Cheers, Rob.
I liked the tips and am sure going to save time.
Thanks Ismail, glad you found them useful 🙂 Cheers, Rob.
I hope you enjoyed Godfather 2.
Certainly did Brian – I am told it’s the best one although believe it or not I haven’t seen Part 3 yet so I shall reserve judgement!
Nice one Rob, useful tips cheers,
Nice to see you here on the blog Paul, I hope the projects are moving along well! Cheers, Rob.
Rob, I think I may have to stop following you now I’ve discovered you’ve never watched Godfather 3 … disgraceful!
Good job your info is so good … you maybe redeemed 😉
Haha – I was a bit embarrassed about admitting that actually. Seems I’m the only one!
Thanks for commenting 🙂
Great to see you again at the KISS workshop. Thanks as always for the handy tips.
I havn’t seen 1 or 2 either !
Nice relevant info – thank you Rob
Generally , the longer the video the more useless the info. The purveyors substitute length and hype for good content. I just don.t bother with them
Cheers Colin and thanks for your comment!
Useful tips, these. I’ve often wanted to know which WP themes were used, and now I can find out.
About those videos without controls, I am annoyed with marketers who do this and close the browser window immediately I am not interested in anything offered by persons who do not respect me and my time.
Great to see you here on the blog. Yes, it’s a funny one as the tend to use this because it obviously works but at the same time they repel many others. I’ve never done it and don’t think I will.
When I get a sales video, I click on close ( red “X” ) and get a question do I want to stay on the page or leave the page. I select “stay on page”. I don’t get the video back. I get the transcript of the vid plus other info that I can quickly scan through.
That is known as an “exit pop” – a way to recover traffic exiting from a webpage. Quite often you’ll get something as you describe or maybe even a discount or different offer as well!
Great tip there and thanks for commenting!
Cheers – Rob.
Thanks for the tips – especially the video one!
Great tips. Love ’em.
Thank Virend, glad you like them 🙂