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Podia review (2020) - the perfect free alternative to kajabi

Podia Review (2020) – the Perfect Free alternative to Kajabi

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I started my business journey in 2017, trying to do what I thought would work instead of concentrating on what actually works. Then in 2018 after 17months of minimal sales & interest, I then came across one ray of hope and that was my blog stats.

So I gave a University talk on how to build a high traffic blog site. It was one of the most successful, popular and longest talks I’ve ever done but out of it came a ton of information that would ultimately start my journey into creating digital products.
The main key to success in business, is to find out what people want then give it to them. Yes it’s that simple!

Disclosure:  in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.

The hard part comes into it, when you have to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and you’re just a novice with an idea and a very low budget.

So here's the blueprint to how I use podia to sell All of my digital products, grow my email list and create a steady yet growing online income: Plus the reason why I considered Kajabi but chose otherwise

1. Join wealthy affiliate – I joined and gained two free websites both with professional and reliable hosting and all the tech advice I could stomach. (Without a website and hosting, you simply have no presence online!)

2. I began training with wealthy affiliate to understand exactly how to create content, use the best keywords and build my business for high traffic and search engine ranking

3. I designed my website using a drag and drop builder Elementor free instead of using an overpriced Web designer (this was before I discovered Fiverr services) and its saved me a ton. I then upgraded to Elementor Pro in order to integrate my email marketing and build a more visually enticing website – what do you think?

4. I used Fiverr to create myself a decent logo and a hired a designer to create most of my Instagram graphics HERE

5. I used Canva to create ebooks and course presentations, adverts, youtube thumbnails, youtube intros, etc.

6. I used apowersoft services to record my screen and apowersoft edit to record my voiceover, whilst creating fun and engaging courses for potential clients and students.

7. I uploaded the content to Podia and created some pretty simple but effective email funnels for each product – yes you can do that in podia too.

8. I created a dedicated page on my website for all of my products here, then I linked them all to my podia store and ‘wallah’ podia handles the sale and transaction and I get an email telling me that a purchase has been made.

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What Is Kajabi?

A complete online business platform for serious entrepreneurs, experts, and influencers. A full suite of world-class online business tools.*

Kajabi features:

Website builder

Create a professional website with a drag-and-drop builder that integrates perfectly with your marketing.

One-click marketing sequences
Generate marketing sequence templates using built-in pipeline blueprints.
 
Build your list
Kajabi landing pages make it easy to capture your visitors’ contact information and move them to the next stage of your funnel. Use segmentation to track your leads lifecycle and follow-up with relevant messaging.
 
Integrated checkout
Accept payments from anywhere in the world using Stripe and/or PayPal and give instant access to your content behind a paywall.
 
1-click upsells
Seamless 1-click upsells gives your students and customers an opportunity to buy more from you, and you an opportunity to earn more.
 
Coupons
Run more impactful promotions by offering one-time coupons.
 
Payment plan
Break out your course admission into fixed payment plans and give your students more flexibility to access your training.
 
Monthly Cost: £99 (a great service with a high price tag!)

Having considered kajabi in the past, here’s what I know of them and the reason why I didn’t choose their service:

1. *It’s not for start ups – don’t worry if you are one and you’re convinced they are the best. They are great, the tools and options available are great for an online business. Much the same as services like Samcart and Kartra, Kajabi is great at what it does. The problem or temporary issue is, they do it at a premium and That’s it.

I have only this reason to go on, but in my opinion it’s one of the most important things to consider, as unless money grows out of thin air, finding the funds to cover such a high monthly expense was not an option for me.

Podia Features

Podia has everything you need to sell online courses, digital downloads, and memberships. Get set up and selling in just 5 steps.

Free migration

We’ll move your content from wherever it’s hosted or saved.

Unlimited hosting included

No need to pay for hosting or deal with technical headaches.

Build your website

Add an about page, a contact page, or any other page you’d like your visitors to see.

Custom URL

Make your store your own with a custom URL.

Live customer support

We’re available and ready to help whenever you need us!

Language + Currency

Choose from 11 languages and 22 currencies.

Integrations

Connect Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, and more.

Drip content

Give students immediate access to your online course or deliver it section-by-section over time.

Payment plans

Increase conversions by giving your students the option to pay for your course in monthly installments.

Pre-sell courses

Start selling your course before it’s ready by setting a start date in the future.

Quizzes

Test your students’ knowledge with interactive quizzes at the end of modules.

Pre-launch courses

Collect email addresses before your online course launches to gauge interest before you build.

Memberships

Affiliates

Monthly Cost: £35

Having considered kajabi in the past, here’s what I know of them and the reason why I didn’t choose their service:

1. *It’s not for start ups – don’t worry if you are one and you’re convinced they are the best. They are great, the tools and options available are great for an online business. Much the same as services like Samcart and Kartra, Kajabi is great at what it does. The problem or temporary issue is, they do it at a premium and That’s it.

I have only this reason to go on, but in my opinion it’s one of the most important things to consider, as unless money grows out of thin air, finding the funds to cover such a high monthly expense was not an option for me.

STARTING AN ONLINE BUSINESS IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK

Podia: How To Get Started

So now you know the features of Kajabi, and have every right to choose Kajabi if you can justify the expense at this stage in your online hustle.

In addition you also know the features of Podia but, before you take tthe leap; lets me take you through the process of setting up your Podia store step by step….

Step 1. The sign up process

Signup here this is the typical ignup process, including name, email, password etc. You’ll have to verify your account and will receive an email from Spencer the owner, who will invite you to register for the live walk-through via webinar. (I suggest you take part in this – its valuable. Plus you get the chance to ask questions & listen to others thoughts from the Podia community.

Step 2. The Storefront

Just like an eCommerce store, this is where your online courses, ebooks, memberships and digital downloads will appear. Go to settings, fillin your store name and a tagline ( similar to your website). If you dont have a website you cant get 2 free here 

 

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Step 3. Add A Product

Go to the products section to upload your first product. The content you require will have already been created and stored on your PC, otherwise you can create it and upload it directly – Podia has several training manuals and video walk-throughs to help you do this.

A great feature of Podia is the pre-launch mode. this feature allows you to start gathering email addresses from potential students before you complete your course creation/upload and publish for sale.

Step 4. Email Marketing

Next, I advise setting up a storefront email form which can be customized and displayed to collect email subscribers.

Your email list is your most valuable asset – see why here

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Step 5. Email Drip Campaign

Set up an automated drip sequence, in other words pre-written emails sent to All new subscribers, or to subscribers based on their buying behaviour i.e. they purchased a product from your store. Once set up the campaign will communicate with your subscribers for you, leaving you free to tackle other parts of your business.

Product Sales are one of the top 3 ways for a blogger to make an income online. Meaning, whether you are a blogger or not, digital downloads are essential to online, monetary success. 

If you’re ready to make money from digital product; without the costly upfront fees, head over to Podia

Do you already have a product library or thinking about it? Comment Below

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