What was your first ever IM product?

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Im interested what everyone out there started marketing.

Anyone keen to share?

I have been looking at a few things over the last few months and I think I am ready to add an extra product to my offering (apart from blogs and eMarketing services) and I would love to hear what you all started out working with on your websites/blogs.

Look forward to hearing your suggestions.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    these type of questions are asked over and over here. I would say not to put your focus on what others have done in the past but what you are going to do in the future. Ask relevant questions to get your own business to the next level

    al
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    • Profile picture of the author CabaMate
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      these type of questions are asked over and over here. I would say not to put your focus on what others have done in the past but what you are going to do in the future. Ask relevant questions to get your own business to the next level

      al
      Why isn't this relevant? I am interested to find out more.

      You don't need to answer if you don't want to - hopefully others will if they have stories to share. I am learning and I am interested in the responses.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      these type of questions are asked over and over here. I would say not to put your focus on what others have done in the past but what you are going to do in the future. Ask relevant questions to get your own business to the next level

      al
      lol. Yes Al's right. What anyone else did (or is doing) won't make any difference for you. Look into yourself and find a product that resonates with you.

      For me I sold gasoline pills (a fuel tank additive that was supposed to help your fuel mileage).

      Not every product, niche or even marketing strategy will work for everyone.

      Everyone is 'unique'.
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    • Profile picture of the author chooseyourself
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      these type of questions are asked over and over here. I would say not to put your focus on what others have done in the past but what you are going to do in the future. Ask relevant questions to get your own business to the next level

      al
      I don't agree with you at all agmccall.

      What's wrong with asking this question?

      Something someone did here may help someone else get started.

      This is a forum: "a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views
      on a particular issue can be exchanged."
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      • Profile picture of the author kilgore
        Originally Posted by chooseyourself View Post

        I don't agree with you at all agmccall.

        What's wrong with asking this question?

        Something someone did here may help someone else get started.
        Because the products that one sells have to be targeted to the type(s) of customers that one has and to one's business model.

        Al's example about selling golf clubs is perfect. How does that help anyone? It doesn't. Can you make money selling golf clubs online? Sure. But you can also make money selling kitty litter, ebooks on home repair, or vacations to Zanzibar. Sure, some opportunities have more potential than others, but the way to run a business is not to ask, "What do I want to sell?" Rather you should be asking, "What do my customers want to buy?"

        Given that we know nothing about the OP's customers there's no way we can say with any degree of certainty what his customers want to buy. And even if we did know something about his customers, he'd still know them far better than we ever could.

        Setting up mechanisms for customer feedback and actually listening to your customers is about as basic a business skill as you can get. If you've got a business and can't think of 154,593,853 related products that your customers might be interested in, you've got a major problem that posting here isn't going to solve.

        I'd also add that asking about the "first ever" product is a particularly bad idea. Most businesses don't get everything right on the first try. It takes time to set up and utilize those customer feedback mechanisms that I mentioned above. Clearly I know much, much better now what my customers want than I did when I started my business four years ago. But of course, my business is almost nothing like the OP's -- so again, even saying what I'm selling now would be of very limited value.

        P.S. My first sale was for a book. Helpful, right?
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        • Profile picture of the author CabaMate
          Originally Posted by kilgore View Post

          Because the products that one sells have to be targeted to the type(s) of customers that one has and to one's business model.

          Al's example about selling golf clubs is perfect. How does that help anyone? It doesn't. Can you make money selling golf clubs online? Sure. But you can also make money selling kitty litter, ebooks on home repair, or vacations to Zanzibar. Sure, some opportunities have more potential than others, but the way to run a business is not to ask, "What do I want to sell?" Rather you should be asking, "What do my customers want to buy?"

          Given that we know nothing about the OP's customers there's no way we can say with any degree of certainty what his customers want to buy. And even if we did know something about his customers, he'd still know them far better than we ever could.

          Setting up mechanisms for customer feedback and actually listening to your customers is about as basic a business skill as you can get. If you've got a business and can't think of 154,593,853 related products that your customers might be interested in, you've got a major problem that posting here isn't going to solve.

          I'd also add that asking about the "first ever" product is a particularly bad idea. Most businesses don't get everything right on the first try. It takes time to set up and utilize those customer feedback mechanisms that I mentioned above. Clearly I know much, much better now what my customers want than I did when I started my business four years ago. But of course, my business is almost nothing like the OP's -- so again, even saying what I'm selling now would be of very limited value.

          P.S. My first sale was for a book. Helpful, right?
          Whether they are targeted or not isnt really what I was asking, it was more of a general question. Call me green, but I didnt realise it was such a personal question.

          I like seeing this diversity that IM offers. The fact that Al sells golf clubs, another one on here sold petrol pills, some have some eBooks, others are doing weight loss all says to me that there are so many ways to start.

          I am not asking if everyone got it right or not, thats not my question its just a simple discussion.

          Phew, seems like a did hit a nerve, apologies if thats the case put it down to me being new to this forum.
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          • Profile picture of the author chooseyourself
            Originally Posted by CabaMate View Post

            Whether they are targeted or not isnt really what I was asking, it was more of a general question. Call me green, but I didnt realise it was such a personal question.

            I like seeing this diversity that IM offers. The fact that Al sells golf clubs, another one on here sold petrol pills, some have some eBooks, others are doing weight loss all says to me that there are so many ways to start.

            I am not asking if everyone got it right or not, thats not my question its just a simple discussion.

            Phew, seems like a did hit a nerve, apologies if thats the case put it down to me being new to this forum.
            Yeah man, no worries lol.

            I think people get stuck in the trying to correct you phase rather
            than the human (making conversation) aspect of a forum at first.

            I guess that's just natural to some and maybe that's why they're
            successful, I don't know lol.

            Oh well, good question man.

            I think you can (I won't say always) learn from others sometimes lol.

            -Phil
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        • Profile picture of the author chooseyourself
          Originally Posted by kilgore View Post

          Because the products that one sells have to be targeted to the type(s) of customers that one has and to one's business model.

          Al's example about selling golf clubs is perfect. How does that help anyone? It doesn't. Can you make money selling golf clubs online? Sure. But you can also make money selling kitty litter, ebooks on home repair, or vacations to Zanzibar. Sure, some opportunities have more potential than others, but the way to run a business is not to ask, "What do I want to sell?" Rather you should be asking, "What do my customers want to buy?"

          Given that we know nothing about the OP's customers there's no way we can say with any degree of certainty what his customers want to buy. And even if we did know something about his customers, he'd still know them far better than we ever could.

          Setting up mechanisms for customer feedback and actually listening to your customers is about as basic a business skill as you can get. If you've got a business and can't think of 154,593,853 related products that your customers might be interested in, you've got a major problem that posting here isn't going to solve.

          I'd also add that asking about the "first ever" product is a particularly bad idea. Most businesses don't get everything right on the first try. It takes time to set up and utilize those customer feedback mechanisms that I mentioned above. Clearly I know much, much better now what my customers want than I did when I started my business four years ago. But of course, my business is almost nothing like the OP's -- so again, even saying what I'm selling now would be of very limited value.

          P.S. My first sale was for a book. Helpful, right?
          Kilgore,

          While Al's (and your) example may not help...someone else's might right?

          And it might not just be that homeboy here is looking to sell golf clubs,
          but maybe (not maybe, there is) there's consistencies in making sales
          no matter what the niche or just something that jives with him that helps.

          I don't think your comment is necessary, just seems a little snarky lol.

          I get it, you're a conceited know-it-all as you say, but you don't have to
          participate in the conversation either man lol.

          Good luck partna.

          -Phil
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      • Profile picture of the author CabaMate
        Originally Posted by chooseyourself View Post

        I don't agree with you at all agmccall.

        What's wrong with asking this question?

        Something someone did here may help someone else get started.

        This is a forum: "a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views
        on a particular issue can be exchanged."

        Agreed.

        I was under the impression we were exchanging ideas too - I'm honestly just interested in what people started working on, I didn't mean to hit a nerve
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    • Profile picture of the author zdebx
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      these type of questions are asked over and over here. I would say not to put your focus on what others have done in the past but what you are going to do in the future. Ask relevant questions to get your own business to the next level

      al
      As much as it pains me to read silly questions everyday that I've seen thousands of time in the past, this is a forum and you will get different people asking similar questions over time - that's what forums are.

      Possibly you should try going out more, instead of reading every thread?
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Well then. I sold/sell golf clubs. Now, how does that help your business.

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  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    i launcehd a product about selling on youtube and then my upsell were 10 great done for you videos. made some money. but better yet, i got buyers on my list
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  • Profile picture of the author norahwhitlow
    Ive started with a product launch. Gotta get another one soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randy McLean
    I started by selling weight loss ebooks (Clickbank) using email marketing. It helps if you get involved with something you're interested in.

    I then branched out into other avenues like Adsense. I've tried to create my own products in the past but always had better luck with affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author chooseyourself
    Originally Posted by CabaMate View Post

    Im interested what everyone out there started marketing.

    Anyone keen to share?

    I have been looking at a few things over the last few months and I think I am ready to add an extra product to my offering (apart from blogs and eMarketing services) and I would love to hear what you all started out working with on your websites/blogs.

    Look forward to hearing your suggestions.
    My first product was an interview product on YouTube.

    I interviewed 4 successful YouTubers (one of them now has almost 460,000 subs!)
    and I might've sold like 5 copies.

    Reason was that I was stuck on the technical BS (landing pages, graphics, website)
    and that made me lose the wind in my sails.

    Great topic, I'm interested in knowing where others got started too.

    -Phil
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    the first product i ever created was not in the IM niche.



    it was in the baby shower niche,,

    i created a diaper cake course..


    this is before all the diaper cake tutorial guides blew up on youtube

    -Ike Paz
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    • Profile picture of the author chooseyourself
      Originally Posted by aizaku View Post

      the first product i ever created was not in the IM niche.



      it was in the baby shower niche,,

      i created a diaper cake course..


      this is before all the diaper cake tutorial guides blew up on youtube

      -Ike Paz
      Holy crap, a diaper cake course?!

      Never heard of that one bro.

      Click Bank product?

      I wanna see what this looks like if it's still around man lol.

      -Phil
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  • My first product was selling an ebook.
    Made my first 100$
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