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$7 Secrets Under New Ownership

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Well, this is big! As of September 10, I am the new owner of the $7 Secrets brand. Under the terms of the sale, I have purchased from Jon Leger the full rights to the $7 Secrets report, the $7 Secrets scripts, and the and domains.

I am really excited about this opportunity to expand (pun intended) the reach of $7 Secrets and to see that the scripts continue to be maintained.

I want to first thank Jon for the incredible service he has done the internet marketing community by making these resources available. He has shown that it is possible to put your product out on the Internet at a low cost, without an expensive e-commerce system, and make money—sometimes lots of money—while doing it. It seems that everywhere I turn I see a new report or product or service being sold using the $7 Secrets model and/or scripts; Jon can be proud of the difference he's made in this industry.

So, what's in store for $7 Secrets, or, more specifically, the scripts? Well, there are definitely some changes coming. Some I can't mention now, because I've not worked them out yet. Others have not even entered my mind yet. But here are some things I can let you know about:

  1. After being down for 100+ days, is up and running
  2. More than anything, the downtime has contributed to the appearance that report is flawed and that the 7 Dollar Secrets Scripts are not a viable e-commerce platform. Nothing could be further from the truth! Thousands of Internet marketers have purchased the report and many of them are using the scripts to sell their own products and services with absolutely no problems.

    However, there were issues with PayPal that precipitated Jon taking down the site and I want to avoid a repeat occurrence. To that end, I have removed the verbiage that promotes my $7 Secrets affiliate program and I have also removed the Master Resale Rights one-time offer for $7 Secrets. This does not mean you cannot promote $7 Secrets! Existing affiliates may continue to promote $7 Secrets through their existing affiliate link, e.g., . This simply means I have changed how the report is promoted at

    For more information on this issue, see John Counsel's free Seller Beware! report.

    Existing MRR rights owners would do well to take notice and and take steps to protect themselves.

  3. Version 2.6 of the 7 Dollar Secrets Scripts is once again available
  4. Version 2.7 of the scripts was announced on July 23rd, but initial reports indicated that there were some bugs that made 2.7's new features unusable and other bugs were carried over from previous versions. Even so, 2.7 was left as the default download and new purchasers of $7 Secrets would find themselves with a script that did not work as they expected. This, of course, is a support nightmare.

    I have made version 2.6 of the scripts available as the default download when you click on the link in the $7 Secrets report. No changes have been made to 2.6 -- this is still the version released on May 1st.

  5. Version 2.7.1 of the scripts is still under development
  6. Three new features were introduced in 2.7—conversion tracking, sales limiting, and zip/postal code collection—but bugs in those features still need to be worked out. Version 2.7.1 should fix those bugs and the outstanding bugs in version 2.6. Look for it to be released by September 20th.

  7. The support address for $7 Secrets has changed
  8. Don't bother Jon any more! :-) The new location is Before using that link, though, please do these things:

    • If you purchased $7 Secrets at and you didn't receive or you lost your download link, file a support ticket
    • If you're having a problem with installing the scripts, read or reread the installation guide
    • If you're still having a problem with installing the scripts, or you need to hire someone to install them for you, visit the $7 Secrets Forum. Search the forum first—someone's probably already answered your question. Then, if necessary, post your question, request, etc. in the appropriate area.
    • If you think you've found a bug, check the forum. If it's truly a bug, it's probably been reported and there may even be a work-around.
    • If you have a feature request or suggestion,... you've got it: check the forum.

    If it seems I'm trying to put all of the support on the forum, well, you're right. Nearly every question that could be asked about the scripts has been asked and answered there. With over 9200 posts in 1200+ topics, the forum is a wealth of information not only for installing the scripts, but also for using them to market your products. Experts in every subject—copywriting, affiliate marketing, joint ventures, programming, content creation, and more—regularly browse the forums and answer questions. Use them!

In closing, let me thank you for supporting; I'm looking forward to supporting you with $7 Secrets.

Updates and 2.7 Compatibility

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I just wanted to check in briefly and let you know about some minor updates to my 7 Dollar Tools expansion products. Also, because the $7 Secrets Scripts have been updated, I've gone through each product to ensure compatibility with version 2.7.

To determine the versions you are currently using for the following products, log in to your admin panel. Use your original download links to update your products.

Admin Expansion Lite — current version: 1.1.2, 2.7-compatible: YES
- v1.1.2: Various changes for future expandability
- v1.1.1: Various changes for future expandability

(Use download link for Expansion Pack, Sell-Out Expansion)

Admin Expansion — current version: 1.1.1, 2.7-compatible: YES
- v1.1.1: Various changes for future expandability
- v1.1: Updated Test Mode to work with 2.7's "gather zips" feature

Expansion Pack — current version: 1.0, 2.7-compatible: YES

Sell-Out Expansion — current version: 1.0, 2.7-compatible: YES

The $7 Blacklist — current version: 1.0, 2.7-compatible: YES

Although these products are 2.7-compatible, I do NOT recommend that you update your 7 Dollar Secrets scripts installation at this point. I am currently beta-testing version 2.7.1, which appears to correct the issues I noted with 2.7; hopefully that will be released soon.

Lastly, I recently completed an installation for Admin Expansion user, Dylan Loh, who has just released a new product designed to show you how to find JV partners who will promote your products for you. If you want to really break loose, move some product and build your list, you'll want to check out

$7 Secrets 2.7 is...

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After a 35-day absence from the $7 Secrets forum and 85 days after v2.6 was released, Jon Leger has returned -- bearing version 2.7 of the $7 Secrets Scripts! What's new, what's changed, and what does it mean for you?

Here's what's new in the scripts:

  • Added code so ?e= with no PayPal email will clear the affiliate cookie
  • This is great for troubleshooting issues with your installation. Instead of tracking down that affiliate cookie ("aff") and deleting it manually, just use this to clear it. (Just a note: if you try this pre-2.7, you'll get a PHP error.)

  • Added ability to collect Country / State / Zip code information for tax purposes.
  • If you need to track this information for tax on (physical) products, now you can. I'm not sure how useful this will be for users, since the script doesn't ask PayPal to charge tax as a profile override nor does it record the tax amount returned by IPN. If any of you try this feature, let me know how it works for you.

  • Added conversion tracking and the ability to have multiple sales letters for conversion testing purposes
  • Woo-hoo! This has been asked for by many people. Test two or more different sales letters to see which produces more sales. I haven't had the chance yet to put this feature through its paces, but I'll let you know later what I find.

  • Added the ability to limit the number of sales before "closing the doors." (soldout.html)
  • Another popular request, this feature helps you convey a sense of urgency to your buyers.

And what's changed:

  • BUG FIX: Recording payment_amount to ipn.txt instead of payment_gross caused problems for some currencies
  • I reported this to Jon back in May. Basically, anyone using a currency other than US dollars would see "0.00" for the payment in their admin panel, due to a change (some time ago) to PayPal's IPN. The script still operated correctly, though.

    [Update 8/24/2007] Version 2.7 still records IPN variable payment_gross to fraud.txt instead of mc_gross when a fraudulent transaction is detected.

  • BUG FIX: Script would hang after customer redirected back from PayPal
  • Another one I reported to Jon in May. This is the "tries" bug you've most likely seen on the $7 Secrets forum, which returns the customer to the sales page after a successful PayPal payment. Users of Admin Expansion and Admin Expansion Lite have been able to avoid this bug.

All this news about version 2.7 sounds great, but I'm going to caution you against downloading it and using it on a production site. As I began running through the code to see what effects the new version would have on my $7 Tools products, I came across bug after bug that limited the usability of not only the new features, but of the script as a whole:

  • A section of code that made it impossible to place any orders

  • The sold-out feature can cut off sales of your regular product before you expect it

  • If you're testing multiple sales pages, only the first one shows

  • If you delete a sales page you were testing, a customer that had already seen that sales page might get an error when they return [updated 7/24/2007]

  • If you're collecting country/state/zip information, your customers will not be able to buy your OTO

  • If your customer cancels the purchase of the OTO, they're kicked out of the order process and can't download their first purchase (reported in April)

  • A common setting error needlessly keeps customers from downloading their purchase (fixed by Admin Expansion and Admin Expansion Lite)

  • A bug which sends an invalid address to PayPal when using split commissions on the regular product (reported two days ago)

  • The amount received is not reported correctly for a fraudulent transaction when the payment is in a non-USD currency. [Updated 8/24/2007]

Again, I recommend that you NOT download and install version 2.7 of the scripts. Version 2.6, when combined with Admin Expansion or Admin Expansion Lite, will work well for you until these kinks get ironed out. I'll let you know when that happens.

New Release: Expansion Pack for $7 Secrets

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Of course, the main reason for using the information in $7 Secrets is to produce your own product. So, what was I to create that someone would be willing to pay for?

After registering at the $7 Secrets Forum and beginning to learn about the scripts (it's that analytical bent I have), it became obvious to me that the scripts had some short-comings. Part of that is because they are a work in progress. Part of that is because Jon never intended the scripts to do everything. But it was clear that there were things that people wanted the scripts to do—and a light bulb went off in my head!

Why not give them what they wanted?

Why not expand the scripts, if you will, and make $7 Secrets do more?

So, with that spark of an idea, I began compiling a list of things that I saw people wanted, added to them a list of features I would like to see, and have packaged a few of them together into a product that I call "Expansion Pack for $7 Secrets." Not surprisingly, it's priced at $7.

Not only that, it comes with Admin Expansion Lite, which I created to fix some bugs in the $7 Secrets scripts and to help troubleshoot problems that other users were having with their own installations. (Yes, I expect to offer a full version—Admin Expansion—at a later date.) This product alone is worth the $7 price.

Installation is simple: just upload the files, edit some settings, and add a single line of code to your $7 Secrets scripts index.php file. No fuss, no muss. And you can read more about it here.

$54 Down the Drain?

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It's not often that I make an online purchase on impulse; it's even more rare that I do so for an Internet Marketing product. But for $7, how can you go wrong?

Actually, I spent a bit more than that, because -- after just buying Jonathan Leger's $7 Secrets report -- I also purchased the Master Resale Rights ($47) to said report. That's how compelling/intriguing the offer was. My thought after buying the report was, "If I was compelled to purchase a $7 product, how many people could I sell it to?"

It's been a while since I did anything in the IM realm and, if I know myself, I probably won't do anything with this. We'll just have to wait and see.

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