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How to Test Your Next Big “Breakthrough” in a Snap

I stumbled over this little gem by accident…

I used the Thrive Themes suite of tools to build a little lead-generation page for a plugin I made. The page wasn’t even hooked up to an autoresponder or anything. I only published it so I could get feedback on the copy and the look of the page.

But something interesting happened. People commented (on the page and in the groups where I asked for feedback) saying, “I signed up but didn’t get anything.”

Only 2 people replied but 2 people who speak up can represent 5 or 10 or 15 that don’t. I was feeling a bit stupid for not hooking the page up to an autoresponder. I thought I lost those leads forever.

But a few days later, I found an article about exporting leads directly out of Thrive Leads.

You see, even if you don’t hook Thrive up to an autoresponder, it’ll still save your leads for you!

Which is great when you wanna test an idea without wasting time setting up emails and autoresponders and a whole funnel.

Tim Ferriss recommends this type of thing in his book, “The 4-Hour Work Week”, for testing a market before committing to product research and development.

So anyway, I logged into Thrive Leads and, sure enough, I had a bunch of leads in there. 16 or so.

Not bad for a shitty little first-draft lead-gen page but, most importantly, I didn’t lose my leads and I had VERY FAST confirmation that my idea was a winner.

Okay so how do you do this?

  1. First get the full Thrive Suite here: (aff. link)
  2. When you set up your opt-in form, use code like this:
    <form action="THANK-YOU-PAGE">
    <input type="text" name="email">
    <input type="submit">
    That’s code for a very short form that just asks for an email address.
  3. Change the “THANK-YOU-PAGE” bit of the code to the URL of your real thank-you page.

When someone completes your form, it will load the thank you page (or if you leave that part empty, it will reload the current page) and your lead will be saved.

So if your idea works, you can import those leads into your mailing list later. That’s what I did.

If it doesn’t work, just move on, brother. Test something else until you find something that works 🙂

Hey, it’s not a perfect user-experience but we’re not looking for perfect. We’re just testing an idea, remember?

Have fun!


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Norio De Sousa

I'm a programmer who got tired of other programmers messing up your dreams. So I became an "Assassin For Hire" to save your day, clean up the mess others made, and get it working so you can get paid.