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Diary Of An Internet Marketing Blogger #2 – Week 1 Of A Brand New Funnel

How much can you do in a week from scratch? Quite a lot if you focus on one thing at a time. At the beginning of the week I decided to build a new funnel and list from scratch starting at ZERO.

Psychologically the beginning can be the most exciting, but also the most daunting part of any project or endeavour, so it’s important to go in there with the right mindset and have a vision of what you want to accomplish.

Here’s what I achieved between starting at ZERO and the the beginning of day 6:

ACTION STEPTHE HOW - SPECIFICS
Set up new funnelIf you don’t know how to do this go through the training below this table
Set up new listEasy to do – just set up a new list in your autoresponder
Started driving traffic to the new funnelfree and paid – think social media/youtube/bing ads/solo ads/blog if you have one)
Wrote an email campaign (30 mails) for the funnelThis part can be time consuming but you don’t need them all written right away. Just do one at a time until you have at least a 21 day campaign.
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Week 1 RESULTS (Building a List & Generating Sales):

* Added over 270 Subscribers to a brand new list. Edit: It’s now day 7 and it’s now 325 Subscribers as we go into Week 2.
* Generated 10 sales. Edit: On day 7 it’s now 14 sales.

So How Did I Add 270 Subscribers and generate 10 sales with a brand new list in less than a week?

(it’s actually 297 325 at time of updating this blog post)…

This is locked content so if you’re seeing this now it means you’re already a subscriber. Welcome!

Here’s more interesting updated stats including income from the funnel:

Week 1 New Funnel Stats

Subscribers Added Week 1:325 subscribers
Sales: 14
Income From Sales Week 1: $111.38
Traffic Expenses: $143
Profit Week 1: -$31.62

Note: Before I continue, I want to share how I created the table above since whenever I read blogs it’s rare anyone actually says how they did it so I spend ages figuring it out myself. Perhaps you can relate? So, rather than scratch your head wondering how I did it (or even if you didn’t) just search for a free plugin on WordPress called TablePress and you can quickly create tables with rows and columns as well as adding or deleting them etc as you fancy. Then you just put a quick shortcode into your post and you’re done. Let’s move on…

Now although that’s only just over $100 in week 1 it’s good going as it’s completely from scratch and the subscribers are only just being added to my new campaign. I invested $143 into traffic as well in the first week so although the funnel/campaign is currently in minus figures week 1 it doesn’t concern me in the slightest as I’ve got over 300 subscribers on a brand new list.

I’m happy with the initial results and I expect more conversions over the coming 2-3 weeks plus I’ll also be driving more paid and free traffic to the funnel on a consistent basis.

At that point I’ll be able to work out how everything is converting with some meaningful traffic running through the funnel over time.

To get new subscribers to a brand new funnel I called upon my existing resources including:

* Facebook Page & Group Updates
* Twitter Posts
* Paid Traffic (Marketplace Solo Ads)

Side Note: I’ve learned the following the hard way. NEVER rest on your laurels. Don’t stop to congratulate yourself for too long and make sure you keep the momentum going by sticking to the fundamentals and being consistent, especially when it’s all going well. That’s the time to push your foot on the pedal flat to the floor (not to do what you naturally would do which is to possibly ease off). It’s very easy to get distracted when you’re working online, so get the most important things done first that you know will make the most difference.

I recommend using a tracking tool (ClickMagick is the best one – Click HERE for a FREE 14 Day Trial) so you know which traffic is converting and where it’s coming from.

As the vast majority of the work in terms of funnel and campaign is now already done (subject to tweaking and additions), I now have to  focus on driving targeted traffic through the funnel. I’m getting new subscribers and generating sales with it so it’s an encouraging start. Over time I will split test a new funnel alongside it and tweak the email campaign. I’ll ditch non performing follow-ups or rewrite them. I may even move the campaign sequence around depending on how it performs.

I’ll also keep my eyes on the numbers with regard to traffic and I’ll introduce new free and paid traffic methods into the mix. See how much more you can achieve if you stop over analysing and just get on with putting the fundamentals in place.

Target For NEXT 7 Days

* Build the new list up to over 500 subscribers
* Generate 20-30 sales total (minimum)
* Buy More Paid Traffic and Track Results

By the end of next week I should have over 500 subscribers on this list because I’m laser focusing on one thing and doing each step without getting distracted by shiny objects. By that time my new funnel should have generated somewhere in the region of 20-30 sales minimum.

Now remember this is early days. Imagine how much momentum it will have when it’s got a few thousand subscribers in the new funnel and I’m re-investing more of it into traffic. If you’re wondering what kind of traffic I’ll be buying next week, I’ll tell you here upfront: Solo Ads!

You can learn more about buying solo ads by following my training and clicking HERE.

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If all this sounds relatively simple, it’s because it’s not rocket science. The problem some people have is thinking they need to know everything before they pull the trigger. You don’t!

Robert De Niro has the following advice for you, “Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait“.

There’s a man that knows a thing or two about a ‘thing or two’.

If you are paralysing yourself into inaction, do yourself a favour – jump off your ‘needing to be perfect pedestal’ and take a seat on the ‘taking imperfect action chair’. You’ll have more fun sitting there, trust me!

What you do need to do is take consistent action and not be afraid to experiment with traffic sources as well as spend some money. I have heard many excuses as to why people don’t have money, but the truth is you can always raise money one way or the other. Got no money? Sell the stuff you don’t need on Ebay! Now you have money.

Let’s continue…  

It then becomes a momentum machine and the snowball I’m rolling now by hand practically takes care of itself as it grows larger.

The key, especially when you’re in the ‘building phase’ (and you should always be doing a certain degree of building) is to re-invest a percentage of your profits back into traffic so your leads don’t dry up and your list remains responsive.

You’re probably wondering how much you should re-invest? Initially as much as you can afford to. 50% is a sensible figure but even 70-80% would be a good idea until the profits become meaningful.

So, for example, if you made $100 in profit with your funnel you should look to re-invest a minimum of $50 back into traffic. This is painful for some people to do but it’s absolutely necessary or you won’t progress as quickly as you otherwise would have.

Over time and with some tweaks here and there your funnel will reach the point where it should make you more income than you are investing into it in terms of paid traffic and ongoing costs.

At that point it becomes what is known as a self-liquidating funnel and you can really scale things up.

I know some people reading this will be saying, “What if I don’t have a paid traffic marketing budget to begin with?“.

No problem – start with what you already have. Drive as much FREE traffic as you can from places like social media, forums, instagram, YouTube videos and then when the profits start rolling in you should also invest into paid traffic (you can and should be doing both).

I hope you’ve enjoyed my second diary update and gained a tidbit or two of useful info from it. If you have, I’ll put you on my cool wall and give you a high-five if you would share this on social media or let anyone you know that may benefit from anything in this diary entry. Much love.

Stay tuned for my next update on this blog.

If you still haven’t got started with your own affiliate marketing business or you’re not getting the results you’d been hoping for I highly recommend going through this FREE Affiliate Marketing Training which shows you how you can build your own affiliate marketing business with 10 passive income sources and even how you can have it all done for you so that all that you need to do is drive traffic and start earning a growing passive income online. You’ll also discover the tools and services I use to achieve results like this in my very first week of setting up a new funnel

 

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  • June 8, 2019

Why You Should be Building an Email Marketing List in 2018

Build Your List
Todays lesson is called…
 
BUILD YOUR OWN ASSETS FIRST
 
What do I mean by that?
 
Well, before you can start building your own assets, you first of all need to know what that asset is and which ones are important.
 
When we’re talking about online business, specifically, that’s all about building your brand and assets you control. Arguably the number #1 asset you can build in Internet Marketing in 2018 is your list.
 
It ISN’T:
 
Your Facebook followers
Your YouTube Channel subscribers
Your Instagram following
Your Friends List on Facebook
 
All those things are GREAT and you should be doing them but they are owned by 3rd parties. They should never be your number #1 priority because you do not own these platforms.

However, one asset you do control, regardless of EVERYTHING else is your list. One of the great myths in internet marketing is that email marketing / list building is dead or that it is dying. If that was true, you would not see top internet marketers (that you probably buy products from yourself as a result of reading an email) building and marketing to their lists.

What is the number #2 thing I would do after building my list? Again, that comes back to assets you control (your products/your blog etc) and both of my choices would include building a list as well as growing that asset. So, for avoidance of any doubt all of that comes back full circle to BUILDING YOUR LIST.

So that should be your main focus. The truth is, for some reason, a lot of people would rather do ANYTHING ELSE other than make lives easy for themselves, so they avoid building a list because they perceive it to be difficult in some way or that they are not ready for it yet.

That, my friend, is a HUGE MISTAKE!

Want to promote another affiliate program? Build your list first.
 
Want to sell your own products? Build your list.
 
Want to make your income more stable and predictable? Build your list.
 
There’s absolutely ZERO excuse for not building a list.
 
* Not being technical ISN’T an excuse
* Not wanting to write emails isn’t an excuse.
* Not having a website or a blog isn’t an excuse.
* Not knowing how to construct a squeeze page isn’t an excuse.
 
In 2018 it is EASIER than ever to build a list. Heck, I even sell products at very low prices to help people build a list.
 
For example, this package I just made available includes 7 killer done for you funnels with squeeze pages in hot areas of internet marketing for less than $5.

7 Done For You Funnels With Squeeze Pages for LESS than $5 – Click HERE

To get started building a list all you need are:

* A Squeeze Page (Get 7 funnels with squeeze pages at the link above)
* An Autoresponder Account (I recommend AWeber – Click HERE)
* A High Quality gift you give away (see the link above for 7 of them)

I also recommend getting a domain name ($10.98 from Namecheap) and inexpensive hosting ($5.95 a month)

Let’s quickly run through the costs involved with getting started building a list – your most important asset in your online business and REALLY how inexpensive it all is if you are serious about doing this.

Squeeze Page – Create your own for free or buy 7 of them from me for less than 5 bucks.
Autoresponder – You get the first 30 days for FREE. After that it’s $19 a month.
Domain Name – $10.98 for a year.
Hosting (so you can upload your squeeze page to your domain etc) – $5.95 a month (go with the plus package)

Overall Cost In Month One: $19.90 (Domain Name + Hosting + Squeeze Page Kit – less than 20 bucks and you’re in business)

Average Monthly Cost Year One: $24.53 per month.

So for less than $25 a month you can run the essential basic framework of your online business which includes building a list. Whichever way you look at it if you’re serious, that is DIRT CHEAP!

I hope this post drums into you the importance of building a list and if you aren’t already doing so, get started RIGHT NOW.
Have a great day.
  • July 26, 2018

Where To Buy Solo Ads That Convert & Make Money

If you want to build a responsive email list in your niche, you need to find one or more HIGH quality sources of traffic. One of my favourite traffic sources for building a responsive list in the internet marketing niche are solo ads. You can also purchase solo ads for other niches including health, make money online, weight loss, finance, forex trading and more. The first issue, to tackle then, is where to buy solo ads that will actually convert into subscribers and make you money.

In a hurry? When you join Udimi via this page for free you will automatically get a $5 discount on your first order and receive details of sellers you can buy traffic from on there that I have had good results with.

 

At this point you essentially have TWO choices. You can either use a solo ads marketplace which is frequented by a large number of solo ad vendors that have to abide by the rules of that marketplace and is essentially a one-stop shop or you can buy solo ads off individual vendors outside of a marketplace from social media, forums or their individual website if they have one.

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  • April 7, 2018

Diary Of An Internet Marketing Blogger

Although my internet marketing blog is going to contain reviews and info on the latest internet marketing products and services, while I’m putting together the foundations I thought it would be fun to document some of it for anyone who is also starting out.

This is what I’ve done so far:

1) Choose Domain – Bought a domain name (I know, obvious right) – Cost: Under $10

2) SSL or not to SSL? I got SSL certificate installed on this domain so it’s https:// with a nice green padlock next to it. When you’re keen to get going it can seem like a bit of messing around getting this set up but it’s worth doing. I had to set up a separate mailbox for this purpose also. Cost: Around $40

 

 

3) Choose a Theme – Once that was done the next step was to decide on a theme. You can basically go three ways when you’re deciding upon a theme and it’s best not to think too much about it other than choose one you like the look of. If you’re super strapped for cash you can go down the FREE route or you can get a paid theme which usually includes a year of support. The last option is to have a custom theme made which can set you back hundreds of dollars. I chose the middle option (paid theme).  As I said in a previous post, more on the subject of themes in a future post. Cost: <$60

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  • April 3, 2018
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Welcome To My Brand New IM Blog

Wow – how exciting is this, a brand new blog by me, Dean James in the Internet Marketing niche…

… and this is my very FIRST brief post.

So, “Why the new blog”, you may ask?

Well, there are few reasons for that:

  1. I fancied a fresh start with a new IM blog. Just… BECAUSE 😉
  2. Times have changed. More and more people are using mobile phones and handheld devices to access content these days. If you don’t have a mobile-optimised website or blog then you are not reaching your audience as effectively as you could be.
  3. I wanted to start out with SSL from the outset.  It just makes sense if you’re starting a new blog from scratch.
  4. I can do stuff with a brand new blog without getting stressed about the consequences of breaking anything.
  5. I like this theme. More on that in another post.

I also want to connect with you, my audience, in more ways including social media, discussion comments and I’ve even added a handy-dandy contact form if you have any pressing questions. In fact…

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  • April 1, 2018
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