I have been on this forum for a long time and have always respected the help I have got from everyone on here. So it is my turn to give back a little.
While most of what I am about to say, most on here would have heard, I hope I can either help or motivate people who are still struggling online.
And everything I say works for me here, works for me, and everything I say didn't work for me, didn't work for just me and I'm sure there are plenty of other people who have been able to make those techniques work.
First of all, I know that when it comes to internet marketing, $10,000 is a drop in the bucket, and that isn't everything I have made online, I have made upwards of $30,000, but $20,000 of that is spread over 6 years and this post is specifically about what I now have working.
When I was 15 I created a website, basically an article website, I thought I was going to be a millionaire via Adsense. I mean, why wouldn't I be? I make a website with something for EVERYONE then EVERYONE will want to come to my site right?
Well I built it, then realized.... How the hell and I going to market this thing?
Crash and burn......
I decide to create a Search Engine.... I'm thinking, Google are killing it, I just need some of their users to switch and I'm on my way. I invested hours, again, making a site for everyone that no one wanted to use. I realized after building an extraordinarily big website with everything on it, that the reason why Google is so popular is because on the main page, you can only do one thing, search...
I build this search engine up to the point where I had some advertisers jumping on board, but soon after that......
Crash and burn......
All in all these two mega fails taught me a lot, I learned how to build and set up websites through trial and error but was dedicated enough to stick through it. Taught myself HTML by reverse engineering websites. Wow.... I spent a lot of time on two projects that got me nothing in return.....
So, I've freshly turned 16 and I join a website called The Warrior Forum...
Next step was that instead of trying to market to the world, I went down to something super small, I could play guitar fast, very fast, so I wrote a simple ebook with audio tracks on guitar exercises.
Over the next 6 years that would bring me in $20,000, which sounds great, but is not much when you think of that $20k spread over 6 years. But I did that with 100% free advertising.
I did link swaps to improve my search engine rank, but mainly I did article marketing.
I couple weeks I made $500, I was over the moon.
But after writing a tonne of articles, I really wasn't getting the response I wanted. I would say to not do article marketing unless you are very, very patient. There is so much content out there these days, I think you really have to know what you are doing if this is going to be how you are going to advertise.
ALRIGHT... - This is where things changed....
I thought to myself, a tiny ebook that took me a week to set up (including website etc), if I create a kick ass product then I should make a lot more money.
So I spent 3 years (yes THREE years) creating a Guitar instructional product. Now after everything I have learned after this, I would never spend three years creating a product before selling anything every again, but it has put me in a nice position haha.
I had an old email list from my first product, so I sent them into my product launch sequence to test it out, I did also have one affiliate who is a fellow Warrior. From these two sources I got 1,000 opt ins, and from those opt ins I made $4,000 in a week once I opened cart.
After this I shut down the cart and went out to recruit affiliates, of which I only ended up with 2 (which was fine, wanted many more but oh well).
I finished another sequence of the launch today, and this week I made $4,000.
So really, I can say....
I MADE $10,000 IN 2 WEEKS
Plus 3 years of product creation and website set up..... But I won't mention that
So my advice to people who are not sure what to do, not sure why everything they are doing it not working and why some people are making heaps of money and you are not.....
1. Create a product
I have tried to do affiliate marketing before, and I know many people are every successful with it, but I never made any money until I created a product of my own. I'm not saying not to promote other peoples products, I'm saying that your mindset changes once you have invested blood sweat and tears into building something from the ground up.
2. There is no easy way
I mean, you have to work hard, there's a reason why there is a saying that goes "Hard work pays off", because it does. I have been working through till 5am, 6am sometimes 7am quite a lot lately. It comes down to how bad you want it. I don't think internet marketing is for anyone who wants things to be easy.
3. Test, Test, Test
I would always be hearing this from every angle when I was younger, but I thought, meh, this will do...
I would have lost thousands of dollars just by not doing simple tests on my opt-in pages, sales pages etc.
Learn how to do experiments in Google Analytic and you will be away
4. Provide Value To Your Marketplace First
Give stuff away for free. I always use to think... I don't want to give this thing away or else they won't want to buy my other thing. That's simply not correct.
People these days want results in advance, they need to know you can deliver, so show them you can deliver by improving their life before you ask for money.
5. The Guru's might just be right...
I seem to see a lot of people saying that the 'Guru's' are scam artists, full of crap and you should never listen to a word they say. I have listened to advice from both sides, the Guru's and the Anti-Guru's. The advice that ended up making me money came from.... You guessed it.... The Guru's. I won't name names but all those guys that are at the top of their games. Listen to them and invest in their products, if they don't deliver the content they promise you can always ask for a refund so I would suggest to not be scared of purchasing a high ticket product. I have never regretted it.
6. PAY for advertising
Again, only my experience....
There is a reason why you have to pay for it, BECAUSE IT WORKS.
Don't be scared about spending money on advertising. Find a way to make the paid advertising work and you are sorted!
Do this in ways of testing, remember what I said before? Test, test, test....
7. Don't expect it to be easy
Because the ideas are easy, executing takes sacrifices and time. But if you want to be an internet marketer, you will find the motivation.
8. Go small to go big
Best advice I have ever got. Don't market to the world, find a niche, then find a smaller niche within that niche, then go for them. It makes everything easier from product creation to marketing.
Another huge thank you to everyone who has given me advice on this forum. I will continue to ask questions and learn from you all.
Hope this post helps someone!