From $7,00 to $40,000 - My Top 30 Tips For Newbies

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Hey,

I thought i'd write this post to give something back to the forum. I'm still learning and still growing but have taken my sales from $7,000 in 2010 to just under $40k this year. My aim is for at least $250k next year so fingers crossed.

Okay so here goes - this is what I've done and my advice. Feel free to offer your own tips if you're at a higher level, I'd love to take something from this as well as inspire newbies.

1. I had about three or four sites I had running, so, I quit the ones that weren't making me money and concentrated on my money maker, The Lunch Box Diet.

2. Quit my daytime PT job once and for all, 100% time spent on IM.

3. Added upsells. I've now added another upsell and exit redirects.

4. Switched to optimize press - it's the bollox.

5. Implemented $1 trial (just ask clickbank) and sent that out to my list. It converted, so I then added it into my autoresponder. If you do a promo that works, slip it into your auto, simplez.

6. Got over the mental block that i couldn't promote other products to my lead list. Get over it, just promote stuff you believe in and that will help your customers or leads.

7. Seperated leads from buyers in aweber

8. Took all offline media coverage and put it on the site.

9. Added facebook fan page box to site.

10. Started split testing - outsource on elance if you can't do it.

11. Got goal tracking setup properly, so now i can see which are my buyer keywords.

12. Gave more value to my list - give cotent, then pitch at the end, so for example, if i have a recipe pack to sell. Give 3 recipes from it, then an offer at the end.

13. Comitted to blogging at least 2 x times per week.

14. Listen to Tim Ferris.

15. Cut back on courses, apart from ones i know I will complete full and implement straight away - if you do a course, it's important to literally, get the tip, and then bang it out on your site, right there and then.

16. Used survey monkey and added in customer survey to my list to find out why they didn't buy, offering coaching call as prize, then using those calls to 'listen' and then write down 'power words' that they feed back to me, so they might talk about a 'signature comfort food'. I'd use that in my copy.

17. Screen shooting praise on facebook and putting it on my sales page.

18. Search for 'internet marketing button creator'. Use that for the belcher button - great tool.

19. Surveyed my list and found out why they didn't stay on my diet. Found out the problem, then created a new product to fill that void of the problem of motivated - which is why www.weightlossmindpowerforlife.com has been just born -a new higher priced product. Kern teaches it's just as hard to sell an ebook as it is an audio or video course priced much higher. So true.

20. Took ebook and made into a audio system to increase pecieved value and so i can increase my price point. Will be doing video next.

22. Stopped making changes so much just after i made them and then putitng them back becuase i didn't see sales - ie, wait for the split test to give you the results.

23. Repackage differently - here's something good i picked up from alan sugar's book - somoen'es selling a load of women's product at a market, they're all nicely lined up but nobody buys them... Then the same market, but they're all piled up on each other and people flock to them becuase they think there's a bargain. If your sales page isn't converting... change the offer or the headline first. Don't split test too many variations if you have little traffic.

24. Learned from Brendan Buchard the model about, give value, give value, give value, then sell - buy his stuff, it rocks. If you're not an implemented, don't buy any ****, none of it will work.

25. Used more vidoeo - put my face to the brand more.

26. Just did the FB Influence Course for my facebook page, is probably one of the best I've done, but I put into action everything within 48 hours pretty much. Follow what i get upto and 'model it'. Started studying insights which completely rocks and gives you awesome demographics.

28. ****, I'm still going... right, erm... Don't worry that you have no mates (a girlfriend, or boyfriend), worry about that when you're rich. Other than that check out the 'Entreprenur Shrink' peter shallard and read his free ebook when you feel like a freak, it works.

29. Got off my ass and flew from the UK to network.

30. Went to bed, you need to do it to refrsh you know ;-)

One day I want to do a course spefically on how i did everything from scratch including getting a book deal and all the media coverage, all the way to $1 million. I won't release anything until I get there though!
#$40 #newbies #tips #top
  • Profile picture of the author owenlee
    Great step by step tips you have listed here...since you have a sale funnel..what you need to do now is drive lots of traffic to the websites...you can consider using the money that you have earned and re invest..cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    Great post and you must be congratulated. Again it all comes down to your niche and hard work.

    Oh and number 4 tripled our income when we incorporated that. Its killer. If you have a product just make sure you give them ways where they find it hard to say no. $1 offers are great, and it does not make you sound cheap. Its pure marketing.

    Good stuff, and keep up the good work. Love hearing these stories.
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    • Profile picture of the author pamivey
      Originally Posted by celente View Post

      Oh and number 4 tripled our income when we incorporated that. Its killer. If you have a product just make sure you give them ways where they find it hard to say no. $1 offers are great, and it does not make you sound cheap. Its pure marketing.
      Hmmm... sounds like I better learn OptimizePress. I bought it a few months ago but got overwhelmed with it. I'm off to buckle down and make it work!
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  • Profile picture of the author Melissa82
    Wow thanks for putting in the time to share.
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  • Profile picture of the author caseycase
    Spectacular tips for the newbie or the seasoned marketer. Here's to you grabbing that $250K plus more this next year!
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  • Profile picture of the author jgant
    Heard about your product a while back and was impressed. I'm glad to hear it's going well for you. You'll no doubt hit $1 million soon. Thanks for sharing your methods.
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    thanks for all the nice words, i'll be updating the tips as I go!
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    Thanks for sharing the great tips. Wish you success in making your goal come true
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  • Profile picture of the author Eddie Titan
    Great information here.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Great tips. Thanks for the share. Keep on achieving in 2012.
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  • Profile picture of the author lunchboxdiet
    Would be interestsed to know everyone's biggest takeaways and if anyone had any tips on how to push it forward
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Fantastic info Simon - thanks for posting.

    And put my on your list for when you write your success story.

    Will
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    Wao! this way, you are soon going to hit your target. It really pays to be focused
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  • Profile picture of the author MattCatania
    Excellent tips. The two most important factors IMO are to:

    - Take "focused" action
    - BUILD A FREAKIN' LIST!

    You can only do #2 by implementing #1. People always wait for the 'perfect time' to start building a business, and, the truth is... NOW is the perfect time!
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    • Profile picture of the author CarolSmith
      As mentioned above, focus is #1 for everyone from the absolute beginner on up. I would also mention organization.

      Be able to find the information you need. You can't carry it all in your head.
      Learn in an organized, logical sequence. Otherwise -- information overload.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Very nice indeed, loved your post.
    Number 4 & 24 are what made a difference in my business.
    You also show that focus is key to success along with a positive MINDSET.


    Kal...
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  • Profile picture of the author Smiling1
    Great stuff. Really concise and actionable - no wonder you've done so well. Kudos!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Landro
    Great tips for the newbies... Good luck on achieving your $250K goal. Hope you do better than that.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Great post. However, I do think you need to fix the numerous spelling errors.
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    Congrats. Way to take action
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  • Profile picture of the author 3000
    Great tips I also liked your sales page with the intergration of Facebook. I saw that you have about 9,000+ likes for the Lunch Box Diet. Shows a lot of social proof and acceptance.

    I bet your conversion rate for that page is pretty good.
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  • Profile picture of the author lunchboxdiet
    oh I just wanna add a couple more to this as I go:

    31. Implemented autoresponder madness system with 'The Heroe's Journey' principe to build confidence and tell the story over 7 emails.

    32. Started selling on Kindle am doing between $1000 and $1500 a month on that at the moment.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      I must say congrats on your success with this. Although I personally do not like the structure of the Website and think it could do much better with less clutter in the Header. Also, it could use a complete make over in general with the site. Make it less generic looking and less Corporate looking and make it more of a 'real person' type theme to it. It just doesn't hit me as being this ! What I mean by 'real person' site is one where visitors know there is a real person behind all this who has real authority on this subject and hits them with this fact right from the git go when they enter your Site !!
      And with the 'real person' theme you tend to attract people who are more loyal and more long term buyers of your products in the future !

      Its just too much of a splash page and this is becoming old and outdated in IM in my opinion. Attract readers with long term unique, content that will keep the readers coming back for more and more info. and buying more and more products. On top of this , unique and frequent content helps you in the SERPs.

      But on the other hand I do like the 'About' section as it really identifies the person, Simon , and makes it more personable with the video for visitors and gives a good bit of Authority.

      Anyway, keep up the work and the great success because it seems you are doing quite well. Opinions are like a-holes, everyone has one !!
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    Good stuff my man!
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    @lunchboxdiet good work , i wish to earn more this year too.
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      Hi thanks you can get me on Skype!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Gomez
    Nice one mate, great to see someone getting results from taking massive action.

    Nice site, I would split test the video with different backing music as not everyone is into classical but nicely done nonetheless.
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    Thanks for this. I'm posting to stay in the loop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cash37
    Best advice was to focus on what makes money. Still hard for me to do with so many "pet projects." I need to sell a few more sites lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author aeri
    Thanks for sharing this I will take into consideration of your tips when and if I get back into affiliation marketing so I can eventually make that squeeze page!

    My one problem right now is probably that I'm on 2-3 different projects right now when I should be focusing on my main or 2 projects at least...
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  • Profile picture of the author Damielle
    Great tips for newbies and even the more advanced among us. These pretty much all have one thing in common & that is to take action.

    Loved #30: Get some rest. If you're tired and desperate to make money you'll probably make bad decisions. Just start fresh the next day
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    • Profile picture of the author lunchboxdiet
      Originally Posted by Damielle View Post

      Great tips for newbies and even the more advanced among us. These pretty much all have one thing in common & that is to take action.

      Loved #30: Get some rest. If you're tired and desperate to make money you'll probably make bad decisions. Just start fresh the next day
      very true, i still find it hard - plus if you're in front of the computer until late it's quite hard to get to sleep and turn off, i find anyway
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    For #28 whats the title of that free e-book?
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    • Profile picture of the author lunchboxdiet
      Originally Posted by kevbo22 View Post

      For #28 whats the title of that free e-book?
      Seek and Destroy i think - its the main opt in one on his site
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    You might make a few more conversions if you correct the grammar mistake on the first word of your copy. I believe "one" should be "once".

    Great tips though!
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    Inspiring tips. Would you also like to share your initial investment? Like how much money you needed as capital, effort exerted, etc. That would also help people understand what needs to be done when entering into IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author Reebz
    Great list of tips mate! Big thanks from a newbie. I took a lot away from it.

    If you don't mind me asking, how did you come about creating the Lunch Box Diet?
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    Great job on the increase in income level!

    A great take away from your post is that it is important to implement techniques while it is still fresh in your mind. Too many of us keep it off to the side then say we'll implement it later. It ends up becoming just another dusty book in the corner of the room!

    Keep it up
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    This is seriously useful stuff... Thanks for sharing...
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  • Profile picture of the author Russel Mogul
    This is one surefire way to become a successful clickbank vendor from scratch. I hope newbies are taking notes, and i'm taking notes as well. I hope you achieve you quarter of a million goal by next year.

    If you could explain further the 'stack them up' technique you used when you referenced sir Alan Sugar I would appreciate it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Cornfield
    Awesome post man! Thank you very much. Already knew most of them , but some tips are very interesting Thanks
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    This is a great post for the end of the year. It inspires me to start 2012 with a successful mindset.

    Thanks,

    chemo38
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  • Profile picture of the author Lena
    Wow, Thanks for sharing!!!!

    I have to print out your list and just follow your rules. Very useful

    BTW, I love your site
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    Awesome tips! Many great thread popping up these days!
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  • Profile picture of the author edwardlobo
    Thank you very much. I am struggling for the past year to start something. I like the way you have done your product - Could you be so kind to guide me on how to create a product such as yours in a different field? Did you outsource?
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      That's a mighty fine list you have there.

      I'm checking out Entreprenur Shrink right now!

      Thanks!
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    Bravo! I commend you for sharing all of this.

    More power to you, mate.

    Cheers,
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    • Profile picture of the author steppinonup
      Thanx for your input.
      Really liked the survey's idea, find out what they don't like and do some adjustments.
      Giving your list valuable content is always a wining move.
      Thanx again for the detailed overview.
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    Thanks for sharing your tips
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    Thanks for the tips. I'm having a look at "Entrepreneur Shrink" now.

    What is the conversion rate for your product?
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    Didn't know about Peter Shallard | The Shrink for Entrepreneurs , thanks for the heads up.
    I knew about your diet system. I believe you will reach better results with it.
    Great business tips. I wish you the best
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    Great story there...getting offline media coverage does definitely help a lot
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  • Profile picture of the author FrankieTP2
    Great tips! Thank you for sharing your inspirational experience with us.

    How did you get the media to cover your product?
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    • Profile picture of the author lunchboxdiet
      Originally Posted by FrankieTP2 View Post

      Great tips! Thank you for sharing your inspirational experience with us.

      How did you get the media to cover your product?
      Start building relationships position yourself as an expert and offer them case studies.
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    thanks for all the compliments!
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  • Profile picture of the author AJ Smith44
    Thank you for this excellent list. I especially like the tip on how you listen to
    Listen to Tim Ferris. Good job! Keep it up and make it to your Million.
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    INSPIRING!
    I need to build a better list...thanks for the motivation.
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    Thanks and happy holidays
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  • "Got goal tracking setup properly, so now i can see which are my buyer keywords"

    how can you set the goal in google analytics to find the exact buyer keyword.
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Awesome post about building a real business from scratch.

      If you spend the next few months learning how to do media buys and other paid traffic effectively you can hit the $1 million mark and beyond next year for sure.

      Cheers

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