My first success in IM ! $1,400 in 18 Days :)

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Hi Everyone

I am just happy to report that after trying for so long I have finally made some money online. So far I have made about $1400 in roughly 18 days. It is not much I know but it affirms to me that it is definitely possible to make money online.

In a nutshell here is what I did:

1. Found a hungry market with little competition.

2. Created my own product to sell

3. Created a free ebook giveaway and set up squeeze page to build list.

4. Created a blog with some useful articles to establish trust and credibility

5. Drove traffic to squeeze page. ( used paid traffic via ads )

6. Set up autoresponder with 8 messages going out spaced out 2 days apart.

7. Each message included useful tips with soft sale linking to my product page

8. Used e-junkie + paypal to collect payments and deliver product

9. Have sold 14 products at $97 each in about 18 days.

Valuable lessons I have learned along the way:

a. Research your market carefully before going in and doing all the hard work. Wrong Market = Destined to failure.

b. Create Your Own Product. I repeat... Create Your Own Product .. if you want any chance of making reasonable money.

c. Use email marketing / list building ... it works! Use other forms of marketing to drive traffic to your squeeze page first.

d. Create a blog and post useful tips on it to establish credibility. People only buy online if they trust you enough.

e. Be persistent even if the going seems tough in the beginning.

f. You have to invest money to make money. Yes - it is like running any other business. That's been my experience and I'm sure a lot of successful marketers will agree with me.

Well, thanks for reading ... I hope this at least helps inspire someone ...
#400 #days #success
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    Wow gratz man

    thanks for the story!
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    • Profile picture of the author jrichy88
      It's just about sticking to the fundamentals, not being distracted by all the latest hyped up products that you get delivered to your inbox every day promising you the earth, and rolling your sleeves up! I love a good success story, I hope it continues to go well for you, i'm sure it will.

      I'm curious, which method of paid traffic are you using?
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      • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
        Originally Posted by jrichy88 View Post

        It's just about sticking to the fundamentals, not being distracted by all the latest hyped up products that you get delivered to your inbox every day promising you the earth, and rolling your sleeves up! I love a good success story, I hope it continues to go well for you, i'm sure it will.

        I'm curious, which method of paid traffic are you using?
        So true man .. only after i started focusing and actually doing some real work ... did I start getting results.

        I've used craigslist ads and niche blogs where my audience is located.

        Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author Ouroboros
    Congratulations Nick!

    You just outlined a simple and tested system that has worked for ages and is the subject of a lot of ebooks and WSO's.

    Perhaps you should do a short report about your success and sell it to others as your second product!

    Congrats again.

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    • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
      Originally Posted by Ouroboros View Post

      Congratulations Nick!

      You just outlined a simple and tested system that has worked for ages and is the subject of a lot of ebooks and WSO's.

      Perhaps you should do a short report about your success and sell it to others as your second product!

      Congrats again.

      Steve
      Hi Steve .. you are right ... it requires going to the basics and working hard at it. About the report .. I don't know I may just do one but give it away free of charge here on the forum ... after all I belive in karma and this forum has helped me alot.
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    • Profile picture of the author Edie47
      That's great news, Nick! I agree that you should put this information into another report. There are a lot of hungry newbies that would appreciate learning from your experience.

      Sounds like you are on your way to a great online career!
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      • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
        Originally Posted by Edie47 View Post

        That's great news, Nick! I agree that you should put this information into another report. There are a lot of hungry newbies that would appreciate learning from your experience.

        Sounds like you are on your way to a great online career!
        Thanks .. I will certainly consider putting out a detailed report ... my hands are full right now but when I have the time i may write up an ebook with full details
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  • Profile picture of the author Brianne
    Congrats! By the looks of it, your determination is bound push you towards even further success. And thanks for the advise. I think everyone can use some inspiration from time-to-time...I know I certainly did after the day I've had.

    Good luck and keep it up!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author owenlee
      Hi,

      Is your blog also the squeeze page or they are on separate domain?

      Thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author Deedee11
        Awesome!! Now don't rest; use the momentum You just proved that preparation + opportunity = LUCK.

        Glad you posted your process and results for all those lurking in the wings wondering if "this works". :rolleyes: It works if you work it, right?

        Success & Abundance to you!
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        • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
          Originally Posted by Deedee11 View Post

          Awesome!! Now don't rest; use the momentum You just proved that preparation + opportunity = LUCK.

          Glad you posted your process and results for all those lurking in the wings wondering if "this works". :rolleyes: It works if you work it, right?

          Success & Abundance to you!
          Dee
          Thank you so much Dee ... very kind words from you

          Yes IM does work .. it's not easy but it does work .. the trick is to come up with the right product and "hang" it in front of the right prospects.
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      • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
        Originally Posted by owenlee View Post

        Hi,

        Is your blog also the squeeze page or they are on separate domain?

        Thanks
        Hi Owen .. good question

        My squeeze page is located seperately but on the same domain.
        for example: www.mydomain.com/free. This way there are no distractions and the only options are to opt- in or leave.

        However, I have also placed the free ebook giveaway on the blog in case someone ends up there directly.
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  • Profile picture of the author CraigRC
    Nice Nick, what sort of ad strategy did you pursue? Adwords? Media Buys? PPV?

    Good work, now scale it up and watch the $$$ roll in.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
      Originally Posted by CraigRC View Post

      Nice Nick, what sort of ad strategy did you pursue? Adwords? Media Buys? PPV?

      Good work, now scale it up and watch the $$$ roll in.
      Hi Craig

      I actually used Craigslist Ads and ads on a few niche blogs as that is where my target audience hangs out. Hope that answers your question.
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        thank God 4 u.$1,400 is gud start.
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  • Profile picture of the author CraigRC
    If you've done well with Craigslist paid Ads, try Backpage.com Nick.

    I got a sharp email about it from Austin Hilton that opened my eyes a bit on what's possible there, your same creative will likely work similarly at a lower CPM or CPC.

    Excellent work all around, if you can convert Craigslist Ads you can convert anywhere. Bravo.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
      Originally Posted by CraigRC View Post

      If you've done well with Craigslist paid Ads, try Backpage.com Nick.

      I got a sharp email about it from Austin Hilton that opened my eyes a bit on what's possible there, your same creative will likely work similarly at a lower CPM or CPC.

      Excellent work all around, if you can convert Craigslist Ads you can convert anywhere. Bravo.
      Thanks for that tip Craig ... I thought Backpage had much less traffic so did not even consider but will certainly try it .. thanks again
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      • Profile picture of the author CraigRC
        Originally Posted by Nick Desai View Post

        Thanks for that tip Craig ... I thought Backpage had much less traffic so did not even consider but will certainly try it .. thanks again
        It's much lower, but your ROI/net margin may be higher. Something to add to your quiver of arrows...but honestly you could likely scale it up through major media buys right now and it would probably do fantastic.

        That's the beauty of testing paid ads, you never know when you'll hit a niche or funnel that's profitable even from cold generic traffic.
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        • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
          Originally Posted by CraigRC View Post

          It's much lower, but your ROI/net margin may be higher. Something to add to your quiver of arrows...but honestly you could likely scale it up through major media buys right now and it would probably do fantastic.

          That's the beauty of testing paid ads, you never know when you'll hit a niche or funnel that's profitable even from cold generic traffic.
          Hi Craig .. I would love to buy major media buys but am concerned about one thing .. the one blog that I tried in the niche only gave me a CTR of 0.35%. I realized that is about the average for banner ads but my concern is whether it would be a good ROI ... there are many blogs in this niche for me to advertise on but my concern is low CTR ...

          Of course I will have to test out different ones but just naturally scared to spend the money
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          • Profile picture of the author Nick Jolin
            Nice work Nick!

            Sometimes it seems so simple, when you find what works and put the rubber to the road. Thanks for the great advice and wish you much success in the future!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
    Oh I have to mention ... I made $1400 gross and spent about $300 on ads so about $1100 is net profits ... of course this is just an estimate figures but you get the point.
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    • Profile picture of the author Fred1
      Originally Posted by Nick Desai View Post

      Oh I have to mention ... I made $1400 gross and spent about $300 on ads so about $1100 is net profits ... of course this is just an estimate figures but you get the point.
      Congrats, Nick!

      Those are nice numbers. Good luck in building it even bigger!

      Do you plan on setting up your own merchant account in the future?
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      • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
        Originally Posted by Fred1 View Post

        Congrats, Nick!

        Those are nice numbers. Good luck in building it even bigger!

        Do you plan on setting up your own merchant account in the future?
        Hi .. PayPal works fine for me so I do not intend getting my own merchant account.
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  • Profile picture of the author vagabund
    Congratulations..Great tips..Create own product is success....I guess we all struggle with that part create niche product with less competition
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  • Profile picture of the author Kom
    wow that is great story man

    I like to learn more from you!

    Thank
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulMark
    Hey Nick!

    Great job.

    This is what we love about this forum. Stories of REAL success! Keep it up.

    Paul & Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
      Originally Posted by PaulMark View Post

      Hey Nick!

      Great job.

      This is what we love about this forum. Stories of REAL success! Keep it up.

      Paul & Mark
      Thanks Paul and Mark

      Yeah it's a good feeling to have even little success as it has motivated me quite a bit. I'm still learning though
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    • Profile picture of the author CyndiHester
      Great Job Nick!

      You are exactly the kind of stories we love hearing about on
      the Warrior Forum!

      You did not expect to push any magic button for success, you worked at
      a system step by step from the beginning until you got paid.... no
      matter what it took or how long!

      You took Action and Focused.


      Congrats Nick,

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      • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
        Originally Posted by cparker View Post

        Great Job Nick!

        You are exactly the kind of stories we love hearing about on
        the Warrior Forum!

        You did not expect to push any magic button for success, you worked at
        a system step by step from the beginning until you got paid.... no
        matter what it took or how long!

        You took Action and Focused.


        Congrats Nick,

        Cyndi Parker
        Thanks Cyndi .... that's right .. Focus + Action = Results ?
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    Originally Posted by Nick Desai View Post

    Hi Everyone

    I am just happy to report that after trying for so long I have finally made some money online. So far I have made about $1400 in roughly 18 days. It is not much I know but it affirms to me that it is definitely possible to make money online.

    In a nutshell here is what I did:

    1. Found a hungry market with little competition.

    2. Created my own product to sell

    3. Created a free ebook giveaway and set up squeeze page to build list.

    4. Created a blog with some useful articles to establish trust and credibility

    5. Drove traffic to squeeze page. ( used paid traffic via ads )

    6. Set up autoresponder with 8 messages going out spaced out 2 days apart.

    7. Each message included useful tips with soft sale linking to my product page

    8. Used e-junkie + paypal to collect payments and deliver product

    9. Have sold 14 products at $97 each in about 18 days.

    Valuable lessons I have learned along the way:

    a. Research your market carefully before going in and doing all the hard work. Wrong Market = Destined to failure.

    b. Create Your Own Product. I repeat... Create Your Own Product .. if you want any chance of making reasonable money.

    c. Use email marketing / list building ... it works! Use other forms of marketing to drive traffic to your squeeze page first.

    d. Create a blog and post useful tips on it to establish credibility. People only buy online if they trust you enough.

    e. Be persistent even if the going seems tough in the beginning.

    f. You have to invest money to make money. Yes - it is like running any other business. That's been my experience and I'm sure a lot of successful marketers will agree with me.

    Well, thanks for reading ... I hope this at least helps inspire someone ...
    So elegant...so simple...such a refined and complete review of everything I have learned in a year here. People should bookmark this post because it inadvertently highlights many KEY point in a deceptively subtle way.
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    the basics win again! nice job!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
    This is spectacular. Creating products is a great way to make good cash!
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  • Profile picture of the author Snow_Predator
    Almost exactly what I have been doing, minus the list-building.

    List building didn't work for me because I followed the advice of some idiot 'guru' who told me to advertise my product with every email I sent out. The more I learn about it now, it seems that's the wrong idea. I want to try list building again, but I don't want to risk losing any of my current income by going from salespage to opt-in page. Will try it again in the future.

    a. Research your market carefully before going in and doing all the hard work. Wrong Market = Destined to failure.
    This is the single most important step in any business/marketing endeavor.

    What type of product do you have btw? Is it an ebook, or a video series or something? $97 is a hefty price. You may want to test different prices to see if you don't make more money by lowering your price a little.

    Thanks a lot for your post.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
      Originally Posted by Snow_Predator View Post

      Almost exactly what I have been doing, minus the list-building.

      List building didn't work for me because I followed the advice of some idiot 'guru' who told me to advertise my product with every email I sent out. The more I learn about it now, it seems that's the wrong idea. I want to try list building again, but I don't want to risk losing any of my current income by going from salespage to opt-in page. Will try it again in the future.



      This is the single most important step in any business/marketing endeavor.

      What type of product do you have btw? Is it an ebook, or a video series or something? $97 is a hefty price. You may want to test different prices to see if you don't make more money by lowering your price a little.

      Thanks a lot for your post.
      Hi there

      1. List building does work done the right way. You have to be very good with your list and do not bombard them with sales messages. Instead offer them useful advice. In my case I offer direct step by step tips on how to accomplish something and my product helps in achieving those steps .. hence the soft-sell.

      2. The product is actually a "kit" which includes ready made tools.. i.e ebooks, letters, templates, etc.

      3. Yes I have really thought about dropping the price ... however, i am planning to build my list to a considerable size and then I will create a 24 hour 50% off sale to entice people to buy ... ( old marketing ploy ... but I've heard it works ). After 24 hours raise price back to $97.

      ps: the other good thing I feel about building my list is that I plan creating additional products in the future which I can market to my already created list.
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    Thanks to you for sharing this information.
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  • Profile picture of the author VOnline
    Great job.
    $1800 in 18 days for your first check!

    Now fix it, smooth out the rough edges and continue to make $100/day. Then extend, expand, duplicate and earn more!
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  • Profile picture of the author mech111
    Great Advice! One thing I would add is to create a good sales page for your product page. Because that is usually the deciding factor.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoman76
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    $1400,- it's not much I know - To quote you MAN $1400 in 18 days is AWESOME, yeah ofcourse you did put work in it, but now you keep making money without having to do much for it anymore, Congrats on that!

    Don't tell me you sell an ebook of how to get rich through the internet
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    • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
      Originally Posted by seoman76 View Post

      $1400,- it's not much I know - To quote you MAN $1400 in 18 days is AWESOME, yeah ofcourse you did put work in it, but now you keep making money without having to do much for it anymore, Congrats on that!

      Don't tell me you sell an ebook of how to get rich through the internet
      Haha .. you right ... for me $1400 is totally awesome :p ... i just said that because i know some people on this forum probably make that in a day or more

      And NO NO NO .. i do not sell any kind of ebook about getting rich online .. lol ... Hmmm :rolleyes: maybe i should .... just kidding
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      • Profile picture of the author BrianTubbs
        Was this your first product for this niche? Did you have a track record in this niche already? or some name recognition previously in the niche?
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        • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
          Originally Posted by BrianTubbs View Post

          Was this your first product for this niche? Did you have a track record in this niche already? or some name recognition previously in the niche?
          Hi Brian ... this is my very first product in this niche and no I had no name recognition at all ... still do not ... trying to establish my trust and credibility on a daily basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author PabloVTB
    Good work man!
    Have you considered adding an affiliate system now? Adding your product to the Clickbank Marketplace?

    Maybe it's time to get to the next step
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    • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
      Originally Posted by PabloVTB View Post

      Good work man!
      Have you considered adding an affiliate system now? Adding your product to the Clickbank Marketplace?

      Maybe it's time to get to the next step
      I have an affiliate system in place with e-junkie and will be approaching some big players in this niche to promote my product ... working on that now
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    Congrats, that's very encouraging news
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  • Profile picture of the author Anup Mahajan
    Thats a wonderful case study. Glad to see that you are making money after your hard work ... Now scale it up

    Good luck
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    Do you think any niche will sell well on Craigslist Ads?
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    • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
      Originally Posted by Alex Barboza View Post

      Do you think any niche will sell well on Craigslist Ads?
      No I don't think so ... you have to advertise where most of your target audience in your niche hangs out. In my case it is partly craigslist.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
      Originally Posted by Alex Barboza View Post

      Do you think any niche will sell well on Craigslist Ads?
      I think that it does not really matter which niche you choose as long as you do it well.
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        • Profile picture of the author SuccessMarketer
          It's a great story to remind ourselves not to overcomplicate things... I think the reason we do that is because most people are afraid to actually put the work to make things work and we keep on chasing the shiny objects that promise wealth overnight. Guess what... if we keep on chasing we'll keep on lacking...

          It goes to show that some good old fashion marketing (no miracle softwares) and the persistance to make it work in an ethical way is the way to go.

          I'd just like to add that after this success, he could actually try and outsource to buy his time back and ramp it up a bit... or a lot

          Well done!
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  • Profile picture of the author Agep_flippo
    Woow.. Good Job Nick Desai.. You have inspired me. I hope there are a lot of people are like you, instead of turning your experience into a product and try to sell it, you are wisely share it here.. FREE.. I love that, I think not just me, but WE love that.
    I have few questions.
    How old is your blog? and how many subscriber do you have?
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    • Profile picture of the author Nick Desai
      Originally Posted by Agep_flippo View Post

      Woow.. Good Job Nick Desai.. You have inspired me. I hope there are a lot of people are like you, instead of turning your experience into a product and try to sell it, you are wisely share it here.. FREE.. I love that, I think not just me, but WE love that.
      I have few questions.
      How old is your blog? and how many subscriber do you have?
      Hi there .. thanks

      1. My blog's domain name was registered about a year ago... but I only recently posted articles to it before my product launch. So it is very new. In my case the main reason for the blog is to establish trust and credibility. Over time I hope to have it start ranking in the search engines ( I'm hoping )

      2. I currently have about 900 subscribers on my list.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nithiyaah
    Congrats Nick...
    Thank you for sharing with us. I'm really happy for your success. I hope this will be an eye-opener for those who are still wondering whether this will work or not. And keep up the good work...
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim_Carter
    Good for you!

    You learned the lesson exactly right. Your own products will always make you more money.

    The only thing I would add is the back end to your sales funnel.

    Capture the buyers emails in a separate list. If they bought from you before they will again and again and again.

    Also try to think about upsells and downsells.

    Try the upsell first. If they don't take it send them to the downsell.

    Explode your earnings by doing this. It has made me a LOT more money since I started that process.

    Originally Posted by Nick Desai View Post

    Hi Everyone

    I am just happy to report that after trying for so long I have finally made some money online. So far I have made about $1400 in roughly 18 days. It is not much I know but it affirms to me that it is definitely possible to make money online.

    In a nutshell here is what I did:

    1. Found a hungry market with little competition.

    2. Created my own product to sell

    3. Created a free ebook giveaway and set up squeeze page to build list.

    4. Created a blog with some useful articles to establish trust and credibility

    5. Drove traffic to squeeze page. ( used paid traffic via ads )

    6. Set up autoresponder with 8 messages going out spaced out 2 days apart.

    7. Each message included useful tips with soft sale linking to my product page

    8. Used e-junkie + paypal to collect payments and deliver product

    9. Have sold 14 products at $97 each in about 18 days.

    Valuable lessons I have learned along the way:

    a. Research your market carefully before going in and doing all the hard work. Wrong Market = Destined to failure.

    b. Create Your Own Product. I repeat... Create Your Own Product .. if you want any chance of making reasonable money.

    c. Use email marketing / list building ... it works! Use other forms of marketing to drive traffic to your squeeze page first.

    d. Create a blog and post useful tips on it to establish credibility. People only buy online if they trust you enough.

    e. Be persistent even if the going seems tough in the beginning.

    f. You have to invest money to make money. Yes - it is like running any other business. That's been my experience and I'm sure a lot of successful marketers will agree with me.

    Well, thanks for reading ... I hope this at least helps inspire someone ...
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    • Profile picture of the author Edie47
      Originally Posted by Tim_Carter View Post

      Good for you!

      You learned the lesson exactly right. Your own products will always make you more money.

      The only thing I would add is the back end to your sales funnel.

      Capture the buyers emails in a separate list. If they bought from you before they will again and again and again.

      Also try to think about upsells and downsells.

      Try the upsell first. If they don't take it send them to the downsell.

      Explode your earnings by doing this. It has made me a LOT more money since I started that process.
      That is a great idea and one that many newbies wouldn't think to do. I know from my own experience that when I find someone who provides good information, I am more than willing to buy from them the next time something comes out - in fact I am eager to pickup their latest product.
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    Congrats! Job well done.
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    thanks for the good story,
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    Congrats Nick!

    And thanks for sharing! Simple success stories are always motivating
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    Congratulations, Nick. You're implementing a time-tested and realistic IM strategy that isn't a fad, and will work for a long time to come.

    Now what's left to do is ramp up your traffic by spending more on it (after testing carefully, of course) and also building up your product funnel to include upsells, downsells and possibly even a monthly subscription/membership program.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
    I'm pretty much pumped up and inspired to TAKE ACTION on the steps you mentioned in your original post. If you can do it, I certainly can. Nick, what an awe inspiring post you made and showed us that it certainly does work if you put in the focus, determination and hard work!

    I doubted whether what you did will work or not just a day back but now you've restored full faith in the fact that if you do it correctly, selling products online does work.

    I wonder whether you hired a copywriter to write sales copy for your sales letter or you wrote it after learning to write sales copy your self.

    I think it is important for me to start off right away about deciding a niche I must enter into and research it thoroughly before I enter it.
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      Originally Posted by Ronak Shah View Post

      I'm pretty much pumped up and inspired to TAKE ACTION on the steps you mentioned in your original post. If you can do it, I certainly can. Nick, what an awe inspiring post you made and showed us that it certainly does work if you put in the focus, determination and hard work!

      I doubted whether what you did will work or not just a day back but now you've restored full faith in the fact that if you do it correctly, selling products online does work.

      I wonder whether you hired a copywriter to write sales copy for your sales letter or you wrote it after learning to write sales copy your self.

      I think it is important for me to start off right away about deciding a niche I must enter into and research it thoroughly before I enter it.
      I wrote the sales copy myself ... now I am still wondering whether it is good or not ... I tried to avoid the long winding sales letter format as I think that distracts people .. I could be wrong ... so still working on it
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  • Profile picture of the author costi
    Great lesson, you pointed out the exact steps that I want to put in practice these days, I hope I will reach at least 50% of your success!
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  • Profile picture of the author Aemilia
    Congratulations and thanks for sharing
    this is highly welcoming.

    Originally Posted by Nick Desai View Post

    Hi Everyone

    I am just happy to report that after trying for so long I have finally made some money online. So far I have made about $1400 in roughly 18 days. It is not much I know but it affirms to me that it is definitely possible to make money online.

    In a nutshell here is what I did:

    1. Found a hungry market with little competition.

    2. Created my own product to sell

    3. Created a free ebook giveaway and set up squeeze page to build list.

    4. Created a blog with some useful articles to establish trust and credibility

    5. Drove traffic to squeeze page. ( used paid traffic via ads )

    6. Set up autoresponder with 8 messages going out spaced out 2 days apart.

    7. Each message included useful tips with soft sale linking to my product page

    8. Used e-junkie + paypal to collect payments and deliver product

    9. Have sold 14 products at $97 each in about 18 days.

    Valuable lessons I have learned along the way:

    a. Research your market carefully before going in and doing all the hard work. Wrong Market = Destined to failure.

    b. Create Your Own Product. I repeat... Create Your Own Product .. if you want any chance of making reasonable money.

    c. Use email marketing / list building ... it works! Use other forms of marketing to drive traffic to your squeeze page first.

    d. Create a blog and post useful tips on it to establish credibility. People only buy online if they trust you enough.

    e. Be persistent even if the going seems tough in the beginning.

    f. You have to invest money to make money. Yes - it is like running any other business. That's been my experience and I'm sure a lot of successful marketers will agree with me.

    Well, thanks for reading ... I hope this at least helps inspire someone ...
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    Congrats!
    Looks like this classic IM model still works.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    Wow, $1400 for a start is really good. Not to mention that you even sold your own product, awesome! I know that you will do even better next time. Welcome to the world of success!!!

    Andrea
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    It's great when people stick to working methods and they work!

    Congratulations on your success!
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  • Profile picture of the author rekerlolz
    Wow 1400$ in 18 days? That is amazing ...I am inspired from this post. Thanks for the great tips. I agree with you that making your own product for a hungry market is the business! Congratulations on your success!
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  • Profile picture of the author skibbz
    congrats, seems like you did alot of research and background work..based on what you described seems like you have now become an expert :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author martyJames
    Well done Nick- inspiring to read!
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  • Profile picture of the author jt808
    Great post thanks for sharing. I like the part where you mentioned that it takes money to make money, I think that is a point that many marketers don't understand right away.

    The great thing about IM is that a small investment can equal big returns.

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Retziki
    Congratulations !
    Thanks for sharing your great story. I am inspired.
    Keep up the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonny Mulroy
    Well done there mate. A very solid and proven business model you got going that can work for anyone who takes the time and dedication to implement it
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary J Martin
    Outstanding my man.
    If you produce a decent product, have a decent sales letter (optional), have an email follow up in place, and use quality paid traffic, it's not so hard to make a fast amount of profit.
    Just imagine what you can do when you have up sells ready to go!
    Good luck with the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    You success is great.. so you didn't promote any affiliate product right.. what was your product niche..
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