Infact, earlier on in my career I worked out that having a very special list that you treat like gold can bring you as much money as you want. Seriously! I believe this is true but now I can show you real hard core proof, with the little experiment we did below. Please make sure you read if you are struggling to make a dime. I do not put it down to my experience, if you read below. I put it down to hard work.....and getting stuff done.
Anyway, So my mate and I gave a challenge to ourselves....while we were drinking of course (yes, dont get me started!). To see how much money we could bring in a 2 week period starting from scratch. That 2 weeks is nearly up...
The results are pretty good so far. But it shows you how good hard work is...article marketing and building a list.
I will cut to the chase for you, then come back and answer questions if you like. But here are the steps we took.
1) Searched around for a hungry niche, ebay, amazon, and forums using google, yahoo and a special forum searcher tool I use.
2) Got a hosting account, domain, hosting etc. With a keyword in the name.
3) Got my mate to do write an ebook, while I set up a messy squeeze page, and did some very average (maybe even less than average LOL) copy and set links up payment buttons, download pages etc, etc. (you could outsource this if you wanted) This took a few days or hard core work. (What? you mean you have to do some work to make money? ummmmmm YES!!!! YESS!!!!! YESSSSS!)
4) We then spent each day coming up with 10-12 articles and one video to post on youtube. Most days we got to about 8 or so articles done and then burnt out. But we did get some nice videos done, posted them to youtube with the website showing up down the bottomed while it played. That helped with more traffic too.
5) articles : Once our articles were done each day we posted them up on EZ account, and goarticles and in our sig line directed them over to a simple squeeze page for them to opt in. About 37% of people opted in most days when we checked our stats.
6) Once people opted in we directed them to the sale page, which was messy, and they were automatically opted single to our series of autoR messages. We only have a 4 auto responder messages so far spread 1 every day. But we should be adding more onto this soon.
7) Now we are just spending the day writing and adding articles, and posting them up. We want to test this more. Our main aim is just to get more traffic to the squeeze page. The more traffic we get the more optins and the more chance we will have of people buying from the emails they get from being on our list (i.e. the autoresponder messages)
HAVING A LIST CAN BRING YOU MONEY.... WE JUST STUCK TO THESE RULES YOU SEE ABOVE.
LISTBUILDING LIKE THIS IS POWERFUL, AS LONG AS YOU KEEP IT SIMPLE.
Seems like we picked a good niche. Because with your internet marketing it does come down to the very first step. Not picking a good niche,......PICKING A GREAT NICHE OF HUNGRY DESPERATE BUYERS.
Have a look at the clickbank statement below (which is real by the way), we have sales coming in almost everyday....our product is $47 ....so that is why clickbank statement says $42. Like I said we are doing no more than getting traffic from EA and goarticles in the sig line directing them to our sqeeuzepage so they can sign up and get on our list. Then we just get our autoresponder to send them more good info...and one video at the end of the series.
NOTE : The day we brought in $211 was a day when I did a video blast to the list we had. It was just audio and text on screen. And it was just a paraphrased group of three articles that I had already posted on EA. I am really testing this at the moment as it is very powerful giving this stuff away. People love video more than text, as you may as well know.
I love internet marketing. Tis why I gave my boss the finger many moons ago. Tis so much fun. But I love helping the good warriors out on this forum. It makes it much more fun.
Hope this helps you and your business succeed. Now go get em' tiger.
P.s. I guess you could do this and would cost over a little if you signed up with aweber, and outsourced copy and ebook, but still wanted to help those struggling out there. Take action and the world will be yours.