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#1208086 - 05/29/09 02:03 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: eweiss]
Seaside_Lee Offline
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That's just what I need Edward

thank you


I shall check it out over the weekend and try and get it to work? LOL


Lee laugh
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#1208648 - 05/30/09 02:04 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Rickster]
Gyro Offline
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When marketing this, remember that image sells.
You need a catchy name for this (don't call it
"tutorial," because that word has unpleasant
associations), and pictures of women in alluring
outfits playing the piano, etc., and a product will
sell, even if it is technically worthless.

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#1208657 - 05/30/09 02:18 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Gyro]
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Gyro, you mean something like this...



Seaside Lee Taught Me How to Play Piano!

I seem confident don't I? That's because of Seaside. You see, I couldn't play a lick before. Now ... I can play. Really play. grin
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#1209093 - 05/31/09 07:52 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: eweiss]
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Thanks Gyro - pictures of women in alluring
outfits playing the piano rather than tutorial - got it! laugh


Edward I think that's PERFECT!!! wouldn't matter if she couldn't play a lick really would it? ha


Lee smile


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#1209638 - 06/01/09 08:06 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
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Okay folks

Drum roll...

It is finally here the world premiere

of my first "ultra-sexy" piano tutorial

Learn to Play "I Dreamed A Dream with Seaside" TM

[Click Here] to Visit my site smile

The first 250 customers will get it for $4.95 so that should cover everyone here who wants to add to the "get Seaside Lee back on his feet after all his disasters!!" fund

Seriously though please if you do purchase it let me know if it works (fingers crossed) I think I need a good lie down now (this has been so hard to put together I can't believe it!!)

I am trusting you guys to give me good feed-back on the video, the ordering page, the ordering process etc etc


regards


Lee
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#1209714 - 06/01/09 10:29 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
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Lee, you are brilliant. I just ordered. The ordering process was a breeze. Your homepage is EXCELLENT!

Is this the same Seaside Lee who didn't have a clue as to how to go about this just a little over a week ago?

You have made GREAT progress. grin yippie

Good luck with this.

Barb

PS - I just received the confirmation email. Now, how do I download the 40 minute tutorial?
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#1209720 - 06/01/09 10:48 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Swingin' Barb]
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Hi Barbara you should have been sent back immediately to the download page once you bought it (grrr!)

The first person has successfully downloaded so I don't understand why it didn't do it for you?

I shall PM you the page to go to

yes it is the same Seaside LOL (Edward has helped me a lot so props to Edward smile )


Lee
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#1209723 - 06/01/09 10:55 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
Swingin' Barb Offline
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Lee - It is downloading now. My mistake in that I did not click the "Return to Merchant" button. Once I clicked that, it took me to the download page. smile
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#1209729 - 06/01/09 11:01 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
R0B Offline
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Loc: Australia
Hi Lee,

First of all, congratulations! That is a stunning website you have there. :-)

Just one question. What was the procedure for obtaining permission to teach this song on a commercial basis?
I would like to do something similar, but possibly for guitar.
I have done some private videos for students, but wary of going public, without the required permissions.

Once again, congrats, and I wish your venture, all success.

Rob
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#1209738 - 06/01/09 11:17 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: R0B]
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Hi Rob

It may be different in Australia but you have to get a PRS licence over here and then I will have to pay about $0.15 per download (so I'm hoping I have to pay about about a million dollars in commission by the end of the year ha)

There is some good advice earlier in this thread

this has been the steepest learning curve I have ever known to get things working as they are now and there still needs some tweaking but, I'm giving myself a gold star for effort! ha


Lee


Edited by Seaside_Lee (06/01/09 11:18 AM)
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#1209743 - 06/01/09 11:24 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
rosa2009 Offline
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Registered: 03/07/09
Posts: 37
Loc: Hong Kong
Lee...just got your email and darn it....I didn't make it to be your first customer.

I'm downloading it..... it says it takes 9 hours, maybe I am on the wrong link. LOL!!

Anyway, kool page you have there and also quick and fast too. Hey, you should be proud of yourself! I am.


Rosa

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#1209745 - 06/01/09 12:07 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
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Edited by rosa2009 (06/01/09 12:13 PM)

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#1209746 - 06/01/09 12:12 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Feedback I'm getting at the moment is telling me its taking hours to download its a huge file over 500mb so it may take a few hours so best leave it downloading overnight or something?

So, I could do with help on how to reduce the size of the file without losing the quality (cheeply or for free) and I need to get this file hosted at my own site (which is proving tricky??)

Lee
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#1209749 - 06/01/09 12:16 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
rosa2009 Offline
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Posts: 37
Loc: Hong Kong
Lee, you can try this free open source 7-zip software.
It will reduce your size greatly for faster downloads.

http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

(If you want to, you can even put in a password).

You won't lose any quality in the video.

Rosa

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#1209756 - 06/01/09 12:27 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: rosa2009]
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Loc: Beautiful San Diego, CA
Hi Seaside,

First ... congrats on a great concept! This should sell well. Second, if your file is too big, you can break it up into smaller videos. 500 megs is huge! You can even use that as a selling point, i.e. in these 10 unique videos...

Let me know if I can help any other way.
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#1209771 - 06/01/09 01:00 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: eweiss]
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Thanks Edward

I thought it was a really good idea (came to me in a dream a few weeks ago actually and its been on my mind ever since)

I have always hoped to be an inspiration to all adult beginners that if I can do it so can you...even the logo is down to a certain member (Liverpool Poet) here and its all in my story in my blog (kinda cool huh?)

thanks Rosa I have downloaded the zip thing and I shall try and get it zipped tomorrow and available for download from the order page

actually Edward that 10 video thing you mention makes a plus point out of what I was thinking maybe be a negative! - brilliant actually thanks


Lee
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#1209872 - 06/01/09 04:47 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
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Registered: 06/03/06
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Loc: Spokane WA
Hey, Lee. Glad to see you up and running.

My download only took 10 minutes plus.

Now that I own it, how come I still can't play it on the piano? Your add did not mention that I must also practice.....

Good luck buddy. I hope to see many more as we go.

Mike
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#1210006 - 06/01/09 09:13 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: gmm1]
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Loc: Blackpool, UK
Hi Mike

10 minutes?? thats amazing you must have some zippy connection smile Rosas is taking 9 hours!!


Oh yeah duh! forgot to mention you have to practise ha


Thank you for buying it and the feedback so far!


If its successful I've got loads of ideas smile (so fingers crossed)



Lee smile
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#1210108 - 06/01/09 11:59 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
Alene Offline
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Registered: 09/03/05
Posts: 78
Loc: Oregon
Hi Lee: It also only took 10 minutes for the download on my computer....not bad at all. I wish you luck and yeah, why didn't you tell us we had to practice, LOL! Nice tutorial!

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#1210177 - 06/02/09 05:58 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Alene]
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Registered: 06/19/04
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Loc: Blackpool, UK
Hi Alene

10 minutes that's brilliant but, it is taking someone 19 hours so I am going to have to do something about it today

Rosa has mentioned adding a .pdf file too so as soon as that is ready I shall email it out to everyone who has purchased

yes you have to practice (no scales or hanon though with me! ha)


Lee
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#1210225 - 06/02/09 09:54 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
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Loc: Blackpool, UK
UPDATE:

I have successfully compressed the full video lesson down from 580MB down to 99MB and that file is now available for download once purchase is made.

There is only a slight loss of quality and its still very watchable

However, you are welcome to download both the large file (say over night if its going to take hours) and the compressed file also to get you going straight away laugh


Lee smile
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#1210280 - 06/02/09 11:58 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
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Posts: 111
Loc: Raleigh, NC
Lee, Downloading as we speak (I mean post).

Lots of luck with your new enterprise.

BTW, took 16 minutes to download (the big one)

Lenny


Edited by TryingToPlay (06/02/09 02:42 PM)

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#1210444 - 06/02/09 04:37 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: TryingToPlay]
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Hi Lenny laugh

16 minutes that's brilliant I can't understand why its taking 16 hours for others though? (and they say they are not on dial up either!)

Hopefully the reduced size file will help the situation for anyone struggling smile


regards


Lee
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#1210452 - 06/02/09 04:48 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
Dr. J Offline
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Congratulations Seaside Lee. I know ALL the work involved in producing your first piano tutorial. I've just done the same thing based on the pentatonic method. If you'd like to check out my first venture into teaching via online piano tutorials, please check out my new site http://www.playpianosongstoday.com

Thanks much and again congratulations on all you've learned producing and marketing your tutorial.

Dr. J
http://www.playpianosongstoday.com and my blog http://www.playpianosongstoday.com/play-piano-songs-today--the-blog.html
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#1210488 - 06/02/09 06:08 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Dr. J]
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Thanks Dr J

To be honest making the video was easy compared to figuring out how to make a cool website how to get the order now with clickbank button working properly so it returns the customer to the order page and how to store the video so it can downloaded from my website (still not got it sorted properly yet)

Oh yeah and how to reduce a 500MB video down to 99MB!!


But I get ya drift ha


Lee
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#1211512 - 06/04/09 05:40 AM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Further update:

I have now added links to the pianoworld forums and to Edwards new age piano course (as a thanks for all his help in this thread so, I hope he likes it?) on my page.

And seeing as a few people have found the download has taken hours aswell as the alternative smaller file I now have the video streaming directly from the page so you can watch is straight away if you wish.


Lee
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#1211657 - 06/04/09 12:16 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
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Loc: Greenport, New York
Hi Seaside,
I went to paid via Paypal, and I'm not sure if I actually downloaded the file Something came up, if I recall Index of Bingo. Actually, I thought some thing would come in the mail.
If you could email me what to do next, I would appreciate it.
Dot
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#1211697 - 06/04/09 02:10 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: salzdt]
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Hi Dot

I have sent you the link via email. Can't understand why paypal didn't redirect you back to the download page. Anyone else had that problem?

Lee
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#1211701 - 06/04/09 02:17 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
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I get this sometimes. You might have to let people know they have to check for the link to your "video page" before they leave PayPal. That way you can sidestep those who miss it.
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#1211704 - 06/04/09 02:23 PM Re: Advice needed on how to sell a tutorial [Re: Seaside_Lee]
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I ran into that problem a few days ago. Then I noticed the "Return to Merchant" button. I clicked that and it took me to your download page.

Originally Posted By: Seaside_Lee
Can't understand why paypal didn't redirect you back to the download page. Anyone else had that problem
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