I started in the IM world by getting into a giveaway. I got a few subscribers (like 30) and from there, promoted offers, gave gifts, and managed to get up enough money to run a solo ad. This ad brought me another 100 subscribers, and together with another 3 giveaways i took part in, i now have a list of about 200 subscribers, all in about 2 months.
I have not had one single sale of anything i've promoted for almost 2 weeks now. My list has almost completely stopped growing (0-2 subs a day if im lucky). I've read numerous list building pdfs, received lots of useful advice, and tried implementing ideas to no avail.
I've branched out into offline marketing, trying to sell mobile optimized websites to local businesses. I started with picking businesses that had existing websites, but no mobile version. I made a couple of mobile sites for them, and called them with instruction to check out my mobile site i made for them, and if they want to buy it, its theirs.
The offline stuff is a no brainer, my biggest problem is getting a chance to speak to businesses in person(im about 120 miles away from any REAL city). Thats a whole different story.
Back to the list building... I recently joined yet another giveaway, got an upgrade, and have text ads and gifts all pointing to my opt in page. I also got in on some free advertising, and spent like 200 dollars on facebook ads.
I'm following the guides and books about how to build my list... but it just isnt happening....