roughly compiled from 5 plus years of blood, sweat and tears. This is not a
detailed step by step approach. This is more like an overall battle plan. The
details, you'll have to fill in.
As you know, or don't know, I have recently begun making some major
changes to my business plan. What I am doing today is going to save me a
lot of time and make me much more money.
Having said that, I would NEVER have attempted to do what I am doing now
when I first started. I would have never been prepared for it. So I still
wouldn't change one thing about how I got to where I am. I might have
just sped up the process a little bit and not procrastinated so long on
moving on to certain stages.
So here is the overall battle plan. You will need to fill in the details.
First thing first.
As somebody first starting out, unless you have a great off line job, you
probably don't have any money to invest in your business. So you need
to start making money on the real cheap.
Best way to do this, and how I started, is by freelancing. If you have a
skill, head on over to Elance or some place like that and hawk whatever
skill it is you have. Don't worry about how much you're going to make.
Right now, you're just trying to make a few bucks in order to invest in
your business. I wrote articles for $5 a piece. I did 3 a day and made
$450 a month.
Next step is to take some of your money, get a domain and hosting. You're
going to get into affiliate marketing. You don't have to worry about
product creation expenses or anything like that. You can do dirt cheap
affiliate marketing with a blog. Hosted at your own domain, which you
now have, would be the best solution.
Find a product, review it, put the review on your blog with your affiliate
link to it. Write articles about the subject matter. Submit them to Ezine
Articles. They're the top directory. Don't bother with anything else. I made
5 sales the other day from one affiliate product ALL from articles I sent to
Ezine Articles using the blog review process. Pick the right niche and it's
gold. Write an article a day. Keep doing your 3 articles a day freelancing.
By now, you should easily be making over $1,000 a month just 2 months
into your IM life.
Okay, you've become a successful Internet marketer doing something
OTHER than selling make money products. You have REAL credibility
outside of the IM niche. So now you can cross over to this niche with
your credibility and make money IN the IM niche legitimately. None of this
fake it till you make it crap. That's how I made my first product. I talked
about how I made money doing other things. That first product sold over
200 copies monthly for a year.
Okay, next step is to build on your success. You've got some real success
to show now. You're making about $4,000 a month. Time to come out
with more products. Okay, here's where the problems of time come in that
I didn't learn soon enough that I am learning now.
Don't do it all yourself. Don't continue to kill yourself writing articles all
day. Get other people to do it for you. Outsource whatever you can.
When creating products, get as much help as you can. JV with others.
You've got quite a bit of credibility so it shouldn't be hard to do. They key
to getting others to work with you is to not be such an opinionated SOB
like I can be. I've killed more JV opportunities than I can think of until I
finally figured out you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
At this point, increasing your income is simply a matter of getting as much
done for you as you can. That includes product creation, promotion,
everything. Make sure your products have back end offers. Create a
membership site in your niche if you can. Again, don't do all the work
yourself. You have money now...spend it.
Within 2 years tops, you should be making well over 6 figures.
I apologize for this being so short, but it's hard to condense 5 years of
work into a post. But use this as a guideline. Start small. Take baby steps.
As you progress, invest in your business. Spend less time making more
I wish I had done this 3 years ago.