You can put your website behind an “Under Construction” wall and ask search engines not to index it while you’re getting it ready, Bob. You’ll still be able to log in and see the site as it will be when you drop the wall. Be sure to allow indexing as soon as content is ready.
For your autoresponder, each has its own particulars… but you can fill out your own opt-in forms and test each part of the system with them all. Ask support for instructions.
If you’re close to being ready, just go for it. Google take a few days to crawl round most of the time nowadays (Bing are in teenager “later” mode) and then even longer before you start showing in results. If you’re not as close then do as Don suggests or discourage robots but if you do that, remember to set it back when you’re ready.
Autoresponder: there may be a test option for the whole series, that will depend on who you’re using. Or just sign up to your list yourself and check the emails as they arrive – you’ll be ahead of anyone else so there’ll be a chance to correct things.
Thanks, Don and Trevor. I am using “GetResponse” for the autoresponder…I’ll have to check with their support whether or not I can do an “accelerated” test of the “drip”. I’m already signed up to receive the daily content…I just was wondering if there was a way where I would not have to wait the entire 30 days to make sure everything was working as it is supposed to (that links, etc. were coming in via email as well). All of the testing I have done thus far has worked (for the most part – I had to “fix” a couple of things).
I’m going to push through and launch – hopefully by the end of the month, maybe sooner if all is working as it supposed to.
Have any of you used “sandbox” or whatever it is called on PayPal? I’ve tried that on a few other websites and had problems with it. I ended up “buying” my own product just to see if the site’s were working. But from what I understand, PayPal Sandbox was supposed to avoid that…any ideas or experiences there? Thanks again for your input!
Ages since I’ve used Paypal sandbox and don’t have fond memories of it.
Currently I tend to use Warrior+ for most of my products – not ideal as people end up on their mailing list as well. Or for some products I create a Paypal button and just make sure I copy & paste the code correctly.
I don’t know how many products you’ve got but if it’s not far into double digits then I’d suggest just going with the Paypal buttons and making sure that the cancel link is added as well as the paid link (which I tend to set up Sean style as a “please confirm your details” autoresponder signup)
Aweber has a “send a test” link below each email in the follow-up series. I’d have thought Get Response should have something similar. Not as easy as one click to send the whole series but do-able unless the follow ups are too numerous.