What Is the Best Money You Have Spent in IM ?

by 1lov1
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With such an amazing amount of products/ideas constantly being put out I was curious to see what people feel is the best money they have spent in IM whether it was a product/coaching/etc..(preferably only stuff you have implemented and seen results from)

For me I think when I was starting out I found Mike Johnsons Autoblog Blueprint taught me a ton of info about wordpress/seo/how to monetize sites/automation and solid foundation with no hype(no garbage autoblogs) and I saw results from it and I always appreciate his updates.

For something I havent had chance to really implement but that I thought was really unique(and huge value added for me) was Russ Ruffino recent WSO on here Video Sales Firestorm. I think he said it best with something like "So many people get caught up in the minutiae about technical stuff/implementing systems,etc.. and lose focus on marketing/connecting with what the customer is looking for ". It really goes back to connecting with customers/people and the way he lays out it out was great for me.

There are other little things and products I have found helpful and learned from but those products above are what come to mind when I think of great value to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author cravereplace
    The best money I have ever spent is getting a professional to do my copywriting.

    One of the main problems in IM that leads to instant failure is doing EVERYTHING yourself. You have to understand your limitations and although we like to operate on very limited budgets you have to spend money to earn money.

    It never hurts to go with a pro.
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  • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
    This is sad, but Carbon Copy Pro when it first started out.

    They are the main reason that I got into internet marketing, before I was just messing around and wasn't taking it very seriously. I never really made much with them but they taught me a bunch and had a great support group.
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  • Profile picture of the author JennSpencerIM
    The best money I spent...hmmm that is an interesting one! For me though, I'd say my domain name because that's where it all started! (and I don't really buy much besides the basics I need to run my site so I don't have a lot of options to choose from!)
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    Oh that is easy... Peggy Baron's Become a PLR Writer. The course came with so much... the book was full of great information and there was already a simple squeeze page layout for giving away my free sample articles. There was a very useful checklist for coming up with ideas for topics. There was even a WSO layout! It answered all of the questions I had when I decided to start a PLR shop.

    After that it would have to be... the Copywriting firesale I purchased recently. I got a handful of great ebooks and reports on Copywriting. I can't afford professional copywriting and I am not exactly great at it, but the resources are helping me a lot in making sure my own copywriting is quite a bit better than it was.
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  • Profile picture of the author ToniMaltano
    Hiring outsourcers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Banks
      Originally Posted by Toni Maltano View Post

      Hiring outsourcers.
      BINGO. Once I started doing this my earnings went WAYyyyyyy up
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    • Profile picture of the author rickhodge
      You are absolutely right about outsourcing. There is just too many things in creating products if you do everything yourself will slow you down. Fiverr is great for so many things you don't want to do.
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      • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyJames
        Originally Posted by Toni Maltano View Post

        Hiring outsourcers.
        Second this!

        Originally Posted by copywriter View Post

        I have been full-time online for 12 years this month. Have invested well over $100,000 on seminars, books, courses, training etc.

        Five things really stand out to me.

        1. Buying Drew Eric Witmans stuff [ TheAdSurgeon.com ] I made my first $100,000 in the 12 months after I bought his $100 course. To this day it remains ten times better than most $1500 packages. Drew teaches Direct Response Marketing better than any other person I know of.

        2. Outsourcing. I have 2 full-time employees in the Philippines/ They coast $1,000 a month but make life 100 times easier. I actually flew to the Philippines a few times to make sure I hired the right people.


        3. Yanik Silver. Because he stands out as the real deal through and through. His materials always deliver exactly what he claims they do. Plus he has a heart of Gold as this video I shot in China reveals: YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

        4. David Frey. The guy is a shining example of a man with genuine, heart-felt integrity and his Instant Referral Systems package is astonishingly good.

        5. Investing in my own education whilst never losing site that we are blessed so as to be a blessing.
        I agree on the outsourcing... And Drew Witmans info is simply amazingly put together. David Frey, also great information.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy Broussard
    It's not about MONEY SPENT it's about LESSONS LEARNED and you can learn a lot without spending money.

    Not trying to be a smart***, but so many think that success in IM revolves around the "tools" or the "budget" that they have, but really it's about the accumulation of experience - both good and bad - that leads to success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Al
    Hosting and auto-responder.

    I think where ppl are prepared to invest in these basic elements you start to stack the odds in your favour and change your mindset (ie. your committed to working).

    When I started I only did free stuff (ie. blogspot) but I think sub-consciously I was worried about failing and losing money (ie. not committed).
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  • Profile picture of the author Kris.Sm
    buying a vps and using it as a remote desktop and run a few tools and doing seo though it.

    Thats my best investment.
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  • Profile picture of the author MissLauraCatella
    The best money I ever spent in IM (not to be confused with any necessities) was going to a live event, hands down. There are a ton of reasons, but the chance to feed off of the sick entrepreneurial energy of like-minded people has catapulted my productivity to like, unheard of levels.

    Something about seeing success in the flesh that makes you work for it all the more intensely.
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    • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
      Originally Posted by bambii View Post

      The best money I ever spent in IM (not to be confused with any necessities) was going to a live event, hands down. There are a ton of reasons, but the chance to feed off of the sick entrepreneurial energy of like-minded people has catapulted my productivity to like, unheard of levels.

      Something about seeing success in the flesh that makes you work for it all the more intensely.
      Bambii - Out of curiosity, which event(s) have you attended? I just recently moved to the NYC area so any help would be appreciated.
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      • Profile picture of the author MissLauraCatella
        Originally Posted by RevSEO View Post

        Bambii - Out of curiosity, which event(s) have you attended? I just recently moved to the NYC area so any help would be appreciated.
        I actually attended the WF Event out in Raleigh, it was f'amazing, but that's been established on this board a bunch of times already.

        There are a lot of cool meet ups for marketers here in NYC, check out meetup.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    Outsourcing, but with a twist.

    I buy one of the services that I offer to my local offline
    clients for 1/7th what they are willing to pay for it. It's
    something that I could do myself, but only with a lot of
    pain :-)

    The leverage just makes so much sense.

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  • Profile picture of the author xxdksxx
    Just got BTF recently and that was an amazing buy honestly. But before that I would have to say paying for two months of Chris Farrell Membership was pretty amazing I learned a ton from Chris's site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert X
    Seriously,, a real simple course that I bought was Google Sniper. It was cheap, short and to the point, and I really leanrned a lot about getting ranked quickly with Google and it really worked. One of the few products I bought that actually did what it said it would. It's on my blog below,,, check it out. It's some of the best info I ever got. Not all hyped up crap.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jkhurramov
    I think it was when I first time I bought a domain name and hosting.
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    • Profile picture of the author shaunyb1
      Yep, hiring outsourcers is one of the best things you can do. A friend of mine hires a full time outsourcer for around $250 to $300 a month and in 3 months her income from one site went from $80 to over $300 a month so effectively she began paying for herself.

      When people work for an income they can do the work we get hung up on - the sort of stuff we "should" be doing but instead we find ourselves going to the loo, or checking out facebook or making a drink.. anything other than the stuff we "should" be doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Bykov
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    I spent money on domains, hosting and some software.
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    web hosting account
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  • Profile picture of the author jpsilver
    The best money I spent with regards to return on investment was buying Trust Seals and placing them on my websites. The boost in conversions from just doing this was well worth it!

    JP
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  • Profile picture of the author t0mmy
    thats a hard one as I've spent quite a bit since i started IM, anything that has taught me something valuable or has helped me make money well then thats money well spent in my opinion

    besides that id say the coolest little product i've bought in recent times would a keyword research web based tool called itches for niches, class little tool updates with keywords every few hours has a lot of info then on them EMD available or not etc even down to suggesting how to monetize your site lol
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    i will bring two up from the last decade.

    i learned a lot from "million dollar emails" and "autoresponder magic" . these are 2 products from way back in the day, but they really solidified the notion that marketing with an AR system is one of the biggest things you can do to create a long term sustainable income stream.

    but honestly, i would say my aweber subscription.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roan
    I think the money that needs to be spent in order to take some serious action. Spending money on ebooks and courses only and learning alot is one thing. But actually go out there and do something is another. For those actions you will need money too. I believe the money I spend in order to take action has more value to it.
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    • Profile picture of the author t0mmy
      Originally Posted by Roan View Post

      I think the money that needs to be spent in order to take some serious action. Spending money on ebooks and courses only and learning alot is one thing. But actually go out there and do something is another. For those actions you will need money too. I believe the money I spend in order to take action has more value to it.
      i couldn't agree more! you got to actually take a little initiative and get to it, you can spend money until the cows come home but what use is it if you dont get out there and get to work!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheSpokesman
    Mine was pretty easy to identify.

    Buying John Delavera's WSO offering the Delaverian Code with resale rights was an excellent decision. Being still pretty new in the business I learned a great deal from someone who is considered a giant in the industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jager
    Best money I spent was on a domain.

    The rest I've done myself and with online information. I don't know enough to outsource(yet)
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  • Profile picture of the author MMWoodward
    So far, the money that has been spent best have been on hosting and domains. I'm sure I'll probably spend money on other things in the future to get more income, but it's a start. Also, buying membership for the War Room has been beneficial as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author dmason
    For me..Brian Johnson's Commission Ritual in June of 2009. Unfortunately, he followed that up with a very weak Auto Content Cash but came bacl like gangbusters with 300 IM Marketers this year. Greta teacher, very informative, helpful and always available via Forum or webinar.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Armstrong
      Dan Brock's Deadbeat Affiliate course as that's what I started out with. If I had my time again I'd probably go with Jan Roos' course or Wanda and Paula's but it taught me most of what I needed to get started.

      Other than that probably Matt LaClear's guaranteed page 1 ranking service.
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  • Profile picture of the author aldentan
    Probably my blog design =)
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    • Profile picture of the author TheSpokesman
      I agree with that. Mentoring...good mentoring...is always a valuable investment.
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      • Profile picture of the author copywriter
        I have been full-time online for 12 years this month. Have invested well over $100,000 on seminars, books, courses, training etc.

        Five things really stand out to me.

        1. Buying Drew Eric Witmans stuff [ TheAdSurgeon.com ] I made my first $100,000 in the 12 months after I bought his $100 course. To this day it remains ten times better than most $1500 packages. Drew teaches Direct Response Marketing better than any other person I know of.

        2. Outsourcing. I have 2 full-time employees in the Philippines/ They coast $1,000 a month but make life 100 times easier. I actually flew to the Philippines a few times to make sure I hired the right people.


        3. Yanik Silver. Because he stands out as the real deal through and through. His materials always deliver exactly what he claims they do. Plus he has a heart of Gold as this video I shot in China reveals:
        4. David Frey. The guy is a shining example of a man with genuine, heart-felt integrity and his Instant Referral Systems package is astonishingly good.

        5. Investing in my own education whilst never losing site that we are blessed so as to be a blessing.
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  • Profile picture of the author rickhodge
    Is that product still available at auto blogging?
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  • Profile picture of the author BennyP
    Outsourcing jobs. A website like fiverr.com its probably the place where i feel happiest with the money iv'e spent. Its very cheap and very effective =)
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