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Simple Sales Funnels Score Big

Simple Sales Funnels

Simple sales funnels can help your blog score big profits for your business, enterprise or professional practice.

The problem is that too many bloggers believe that sales funnels have to be complicated and high-tech.

Not so.

In fact, some of the most successful sales funnels are so simple that you might be fooled into thinking that they can’t really work.

But if you’re looking to score big on your bottom line, and make your blog become a true asset to your business, then consider using a simple sales funnel to make it happen.

What is a sales funnel?

A sales funnel is a portal to your business.

It’s a multi-step process you can use to take people from being casual visitors to your blog, and convert them into long-term loyal customers and clients.

In order to make that happen, you need to get their attention.

You need to disrupt their complacency and make them take action.

This is done by making them sit up and pay attention.

You have to let them know there are benefits to staying on your blog.

And even more, there are benefits to stepping up and taking action.

Now, this action should be something very simple.

But it comes with a commitment.

In order to gain the benefits you offer, people have to be willing to make a mini-commitment.

For instance, they’ll have to join your email list.

Well, that shouldn’t be too difficult if you’ve got a solid sales funnel.

The disruptor

It begins with them spending a few moments to carefully consider what you can do for them.

The time they spend thinking about what they might gain by doing what you suggest is already a mini-commitment in and of itself.

If you tell them you can give them something that will benefit them, and they actually look into what that is, then you’ve made enormous progress.

You’ve stopped them from thinking about what’s for dinner or what’s on television for just a moment.

And you’ve got them to focus in on you… and your offer.

That’s why I say that a sales funnel dirupts your readers.

The benefit

Now, once you’ve disrupted your readers, you need to show them why.

Why did you disupt them from their passive, casual browsing, and get them interested in paying attention to you?

Well, the answer is clear.

You’ve told them you have something that can benefit them.

If they really want the benefit you mentioned, then they’ll want to know the details about how they can actually obtain it.

This is what I call “the offer.”

You’re telling people something like this.

“I’ll show you how to get a big Facebook following.”

Now, a big Facebook following may be exactly what your readers are looking for.

I don’t know what your niche or business is, but I can guarantee that people reading your blog post want something.

Maybe a Facebook following; or a better marriage; or more money; or a new career; or how to write an ebook.

I don’t know what they want, but I know they want something.

And when you tell them you can show them how to get it, they are likely to become very interested.

The offer

Next, you make your pitch.

This is when you actually tell people what you will give or sell them.

It might be an ebook.

Or it could be a video.

Maybe it’s a training course, resource list, cheat sheet, or anything else.

Whatever you’re giving or selling them, it’s almost always a digital product.

But it could be anything at all.

Just make sure it will give people the benefits they’re looking for.

If they want to learn how to write an ebook, make sure your digital product gives them exactly that.

And, for that matter, it should give them even more.

If you have an item that shows them how to write that ebook, maybe you add some extra training or information on how to market your ebook.

Always strive to give people more than they expect, never give them less.

The CTA (Call-to-Action)

Finally, give people your Call-to-Action, or CTA.

Let’s say you’re offering a free ebook, for instance.

Then your CTA would be to ask people for their email address where you can send them the ebook.

In this case, your CTA is: “Give me your email address, and I’ll send you the ebook.”

But if you’re selling the ebook, then give them a “Buy Now” link.

In this case, your CTA is: “Pay now, and I’ll send you the ebook.”

Remember, you offered something that would help people obtain some benefit.

So, if you’re going to sell them something at this point, just give them a sales offer.

But, if you’re giving it away for free, this is your opportunity to build your email list.

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The delivery

Either way, the key is to keep people in your sales funnel.

So make sure to get their email address.

That’s where you’ll deliver your digital product.

Once people are on your email list, you can always stay in contact with them.

So however they enter your sales funnel, you want to keep them continually engaged through your email messages.

Your first email message will be to deliver their product.

After that, you need to send emails that will 

  • build back-end sales
  • foster engagement
  • grow your relationship
  • build trust

Anatomy of a simple sales funnel

This whole process seems very intricate and complicated to many bloggers.

And it can be.

But it doesn’t have to be.

You don’t have to be a marketing genius to create a great sales funnel that will bring people into your business and keep them there for a long time.

So now that you see how a sales funnel operates, let me show you how to build a simple sales funnel that will accomplish all of those things.

But, by keeping it simple, you can develop this kind of funnel without having enormous technical skill, resources or experience.

The disruptor

First, you need to come up with a good disruptor.

Let’s use an example.

Say your offer is an ebook called “Overcome Procrastination.”

Your blog is about personal development, and your end goal is to get clients for your personal development coaching program.

So you write a blog post called “How to Be a Success.”

The disruptor you use to get people to learn about your coaching program is your procrastination ebook.

You see, to be successful, you must learn to take action and not get paralyzed by procrastination.

So it’s a perfect disruptor.

It seemlessly transitions the discussion about success into one about procrastination.

The benefit

You capture your blog post reader’s interest about your ebook by listing a few of it’s key benefits.

So, list the key benefits.

Things like this…

  • learn to how to get past the biggest roadblocks to your success
  • accomplish things you never thought you could
  • move things forward just when you’re convinced you’re going backwards

The offer

Now present your offer.

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Describe your ebook briefly, but powerfully.

Use a few bullet points to illustrate exactly what information your ebook contains.

The CTA (Call-to-Action)

Give your reader a clear Call-to-Action.

If your ebook is for sale, then tell them to “Buy Now.”

But if it’s free, first require people to enter their email address.

Then, tell them to “Subscribe Now” in order to obtain it.

The delivery

Finally, you email the ebook to people who either purchased it or opted in to your email list to get it for free.

That’s not the end of the sales funnel, though.

Yes, it puts people on your email list.

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But then you need to create email messages to keep them engaged, and promote other products.

And if your biggest goal is to build your coaching program, then you’ll offer it to your subscribers very often, and maybe even inside of each message you send to them.

That, after all, is the most important part of your sales funnel.

How to create your simple sales funnel

There are certain things you need, of course, to create a simple sales funnel.

But, remember, you want to keep it as simple as possible to avoid getting lost in the weeds of impossible technical challenges.

So here are some suggestions.

Your ebook

If you already know how to create an ebook, then fine. 

But if you don’t, and if you’re afraid you can’t manage it, then here’s a simple solution.

Don’t call it an ebook.

That can be a scary thing to create.

So, instead, just call it something different.

Maybe it’s a “guide,” or a “report” or even just an “email series.”

Since it’s not an “ebook” it doesn’t need any fancy formatting or images or anything else people might expect from an ebook.

And you don’t need to put it into a zip file, pdf or anything else.

Simply write it as a Google Doc, as a series of emails, or just a private page or post on your blog.

Then email people the link to wherever it’s located.

Now, keep in mind, that an ebook doesn’t really need to be any longer than 7 pages or so.

And if you don’t call it an ebook, then it can really be any length at all.

The key is to give people valuable information, not bury them in thousands of words of fluff. 

Landing page

Now that you have your digital information product figured out, let people know about it.

When you tell people you can show them how to “Overcome Procrastination,” you need to give them a link to obtain that information or training.

Where will that link send them?

You only need a single web page for people to see your offer and take action to obtain it.

That web page is called a landing page.

Your landing page can be a “squeeze page” to solicit an email address.

Or it can be a “sales page” to sell it to them.

So, how do you create your landing page?

Again, to keep it simple, you can just create it in Google Docs or in a private page on your blog.

CTA (Call-to-Action)

You can sell your ebook through many platforms.

But the simplest way to make a sale is to create a sales link on Paypal or some such payment service.

Then add that link to the “Buy Now” button or even just a text link that you put on your sales page.

For most bloggers, though, it’s really best to just give your ebook for free in order to build up your email list.

Once people are on your email list, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sell them other things.

And remember, if your key goal is to build up your coaching program (as in the example I’ve been using in this article), then you really want to use your email list to accomplish that.

Most people won’t buy from a sales page the first time they see it.

But if they’re on your email list, they’ll see it repeatedly over a sustained period of time.

This will vastly improve your chances of building a strong coaching program, or whatever else you want to promote.

Simple Sales Funnels score big

I hope you can now see the advantage of keeping your business simple, and not overcomplicating it.

Don’t spend months of your precious time, and large amounts of money to try to create a lucrative sales funnel for your blog.

Just get it started as fast and simply as you can, and build things up from there.

Now, I’d like to hear from you.

Leave me a comment below.

Are you ready to build a good sales funnel?

Or do you have one in place already?

What sort of simple sales funnel makes most sense for your blog right now?


PS: Please share this on your favorite social sites. I really appreciate it 🙂

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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9 Responses to Simple Sales Funnels Score Big

  1. Gaurav Kumar
    February 4, 2023 at 3:14 am #

    Creating an effective funnel is understanding different stages and planning for each step. For example, 3 significant parts of a sales funnel are reaching the audience, generating leads, and the conversion or sale.

    You can then decide on each part in sub-parts and determine what you want to do and how you plan your content and marketing strategies.
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    • Donna Merrill February 6, 2023 at 9:56 pm #

      HI Gaurav

      Yes, a sales funnel is made up of stages. And you must coordinate each stage carefully.

      But it’s your overall content strategy that will actually bring people into the funnel, and ultimately convert them into customers and clients.

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  2. Aadiv S
    February 1, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

    I loved this article! It provided such a clear and concise explanation of sales funnels, and the examples you shared were so helpful. Your tips on keeping the funnel simple while still being effective were especially valuable. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise!

    • Donna Merrill February 6, 2023 at 4:22 pm #

      Hi Aadiv

      Sales funnels really are simple in concept, but you could certainly complicate things if you get away from the basics.

      But I guess that pertains to just about everything we do.

      When we remind ourselves of what outcome we’re trying to accomplish, then we just have to stay consistent with that goal.

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  3. Ryan Biddulph
    January 21, 2023 at 3:22 am #

    The CTA allows sales to grow organically Donna. But we need to get really, really, really clear and confident on the call because the world and its customers respond to our mind. Our intent-feelings in calling to action influences sales or lack thereof, over the long haul. Excellent points my friend.
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    • Donna Merrill January 21, 2023 at 10:22 am #

      Hi Ryan

      You’re right about the intent.

      People intuitively understand what the intent is behind your call-to-action. So we do have to really work at getting that clear in our own mind first, and then conveying it well enough to have people take the next step forward.

      Thanks for the input.

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  4. Lara Dickens January 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm #

    Great post on understanding the concept of a sales funnel. I particularly liked the way you explained the different elements such as the disruptor, benefit, offer, and CTA. The anatomy of a simple sales funnel you provided was also very helpful.

    It’s clear that having a well-structured sales funnel can be very effective in driving sales and converting potential customers. I also appreciated the tips on how to create a simple sales funnel, including creating an ebook or lead magnet, a landing page, and a clear CTA. Overall, an informative and well-explained post on the subject. Keep up the good work!

    • Donna Merrill January 26, 2023 at 8:05 am #

      Hi Lara

      I’m glad you got some value from this article.

      To build a good business, you will want to master the use of each of these elements.

      Keep in touch as you progress along your journey 🙂

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