Why I Think Rainmaker Is the Future of Websites

I’ve been helping business owners and marketers build websites and a more complete online presence for years now.

I pushed clients into blogging as far back as 2004. I urged people to get serious about email lead capture – even as others claimed email was dead. I’ve shown clients the power of landing pages for every possible initiative and I’ve practically been a raving zealot for all things WordPress.

Many of the tools and integrations required technical expertise or at least the patience and curiosity to learn, but they were and are that important.

So, that’s why I’m thoroughly behind the launch today of a new tool called Rainmaker.

Rainmaker is the genius and proven test work of one of the most trusted marketers online today – Brian Clark and the Copyblogger team – and it brings together many of the parts and pieces that I’ve held at the center of the Duct Tape Marketing Point of View.

Rainmaker is so powerful we plan to integrate it as the primary website tool we recommend and use with clients. Copyblogger and Duct Tape Marketing are a bit like the Peanut Butter and Jelly of the small business world in my opinion – they just go better together!

Think of Rainmaker as a completely re-engineered WordPress core that also includes the entire Studio Press theme library built on the Genesis framework, SEO tools, landing page creation tools, forum, a podcast module, A/B split testing, and a membership module all locked down with bullet proof WordPress hosting.

With Rainmaker, you can:

  • Create powerful content-driven websites on your own domains.
  • Build membership sites and online training courses.
  • Sell digital products like software, ebooks, and more.
  • Perform sophisticated online lead generation.
  • Optimize your content for search engines and social networks.
  • Absorb cutting-edge tactics and strategy with included training.
  • Avoid a patchwork of plugins, themes, and complicated code.
  • Forget about upgrades, maintenance, security, and hosting headaches.
  • Take your site and content elsewhere at any time if you so choose.


Oh, and did I mention Rainmaker comes with access to the entire totally awesome Copyblogger Authority training that includes ebooks, tutorials, and live webinars and Q and A sessions.


Rainmaker is jumping in and filling the void for businesses that want and need a high-end, full featured marketing site at a fraction of the cost it would take to build on their own.

In addition, Rainmaker removes the need for set-up, updates, plugins and add-ons that constantly require attention.

Duct Tape Marketing and Copyblogger are forging a significant strategic alliance in an effort to take the Rainmaker toolset and marry it to our practical marketing system. This truly is, in my view, a perfect partnership and I can’t wait to start bringing this piece of the puzzle to the world of small and mid-size business.

You can get a small sample of the power of Rainmaker by taking a look at the first site we built on the platform for our own efforts. Ducttapemarketingconsultant.com is the home of the Duct Tape Marketing Network. This site acts as our marketing and recruiting tool, but, thanks to Rainmaker, it also houses all of the tools, training and resources we make available to members of the network.


Members of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network are also currently receiving special training, perks and integration tools as it is our intention to act as a major value added reseller of the Rainmaker Platform.

While Rainmaker is, even in it’s early launch stages, a powerful tool, Copyblogger is far from being done. Future, planned iterations include marketing automation tools, email, learning management tools and affiliate tools.

Rainmaker is sold on a monthly fee basis and during the initial launch customers can lock in a promotional price that won’t increase as new feature sets are added.

I believe this is the future of the web for small and mid-sized business and it’s the direction I’m urging my readers and customers to explore and embrace.

Check out the Rainmaker platform and take it for a test drive starting today! – Introducing: The Rainmaker Platform by Copyblogger Media

As a Rainmaker partner we’ll be offering services to help Rainmaker users get the most out of the platform as an integrated marketing system.

7 Examples of the Power of Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is a powerful tool.

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Photo courtesy of Sally Hogshead

Being invited to contribute content to an established blog is an opportunity to be introduced to someone’s network. When you share useful information and demonstrate command of a subject in this environment, it is a chance to create referrals and even clients.

But more than anything else, writing guest content and inviting others to do the same for you is one of the most potent forms of digital networking available today. Despite Google’s recent moves to crack down on “junk guest posting,” done organically it is the best way to generate valuable links and social signals. It is how you begin to develop strategic content and traffic partners that often lead to co-marketing and joint venture opportunities. It’s how you turn content into an authority building asset.

There’s nothing easy about it, you have to produce content people find valuable, you have to establish relationships with people who want to publish your content and you have to work equally hard at building a reputation for sharing and promoting other people’s content. But the payoff, over time, is substantial.

Below are seven examples of guest posts that members of my “network” ran in support of my book launch last week. This is small demonstration of how the power of networking online pays substantial dividends.

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Instead of sitting back and waiting for just any lead to “request more information,” you can significantly increase your chances of growing your business with the right customers when you understand how to define and attract ideal leads. By narrowly defining what makes a prospect an ideal lead, you can create processes for finding and attracting more of those. Read the rest at SuccessNet by BNI

Building Your Content Tool Box

Content is one of the most important (if not the most important) tools for marketing and sales pros today. Essentially, from a marketer’s point of view, content is about writing for the purpose of turning interest into purchase. There are many forms of content that must come into play to accomplish this. Content that creates awareness, trust, education, engagement, and conversion. Read the rest at Convince and Convert

Projecting a Great Customer Experience a Half Year Ahead

The hunt for new customers often starts with an attempt to make the phone ring or generate a click on a website. Yet the best way to generate calls is to focus on making an existing customer thrilled. What if your first thought in designing a new marketing campaign were to be about what you want the customer to think, say and feel about the product 180 days after purchase. Read the rest at Entrepreneur

How Salespeople Can Build a Superstar Online Reputation

If we’re being honest, we all prefer to do business with people we know, like, and trust. In today’s online world, however, trust building means something very different than it once did. Reputation and trust building used to be controlled by marketing. Now the Internet and social media give customers a bigger say in the creation and communication of how a company is viewed by the rest of the world. Read the rest at Salesforce

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