How did you make your own product?

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Hello everyone

I'm having a hard time thinking on what to make for a product.

First thing that come to mind now, make a product that tells you how to make a product. lol

To tell you the truth I have been thinking on writing an eBook on IM itself.

Some of you my have seen my first free eBook: The Truth About Internet Marketing

I was thinking on making it a full step by step guide on every thing you need to know about IM. Well not every thing but as much as I possibly can.

Some ideas would be great.
Like, should I pay some one to do this so its more professional?
Should I write the book and pay some one to design the cover?

Im kinda lost on what to do. I was wondering what did you make for your first product and did it sell?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    I made $1K on my first product. In one day. And nothing in the 10 months since, although I'm revamping something and preparing a relaunch for it.

    That product was a WordPress plugin that was SEO-related. I was in an SEO forum (not here on the WF) and I got to know a guy who had a really good technique. The only problem was that it took 5 hours to teach someone and then 1-2 hours per site to make it happen.

    I broke it down into programming modules then outsourced it to vWorker for $50 and had it built. My buddy added subscription and security to it and we had a plugin. Then we just opened it up to the forum and everyone who wanted it bought it the first day.

    You have to look for two things:

    1) What are need that people have.
    2) Out of those needs, what's interesting to you and something you can fix.

    Instant product. I have 3 more in development now...one for June, July, & August.

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    • Profile picture of the author adsassist
      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post


      You have to look for two things:

      1) What are need that people have.
      2) Out of those needs, what's interesting to you and something you can fix.

      -- j
      That's my problem. I look and see at least one person having a problem in every IM category. That's why I thought of making a book on every category. Or I could make 1 book for every category.

      Now I'm not an expert in any of this. I do understand it and have been taking action with it. This is what I am infatuated with. I will spend hours every day researching, learning, and applying on all of it.

      SEO would be my weakest but its not going to stop be from learning it.

      So what would you suggest I do?
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      • Profile picture of the author RyanLeonard
        I would suggest tackling ONE specific method, strategy or solution. People are generally looking for a solution to a specific problem, or a simple method to make money. For a myriad of reasons, most folks dislike encyclopedia type courses that try to cover too much.

        K.I.S.S is is where it's at

        Good luck

        Originally Posted by adsassist View Post

        That's my problem. I look and see at least one person having a problem in every IM category. That's why I thought of making a book on every category. Or I could make 1 book for every category.

        Now I'm not an expert in any of this. I do understand it and have been taking action with it. This is what I am infatuated with. I will spend hours every day researching, learning, and applying on all of it.

        SEO would be my weakest but its not going to stop be from learning it.

        So what would you suggest I do?
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      • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
        Originally Posted by adsassist View Post

        That's my problem. I look and see at least one person having a problem in every IM category. That's why I thought of making a book on every category. Or I could make 1 book for every category.

        Now I'm not an expert in any of this. I do understand it and have been taking action with it. This is what I am infatuated with. I will spend hours every day researching, learning, and applying on all of it.

        SEO would be my weakest but its not going to stop be from learning it.

        So what would you suggest I do?
        There are two ways to look at this in my opinion:

        Viewpoint #1 - Do you really think the president (any president, not just the current one) knows every single detail of running the US? Notsomuch. He has advisers that fill him in on every single thing he does. He makes the final decision, but he has people who give him reports on reports reports that were compiled about other reports which were created from studies on even more reports...you get the idea. Obama, Bush2, Clinton, Bush1, Reagan...none of them were experts in anything. They all had good advisors to give them the knowledge.

        Viewpoint #2 - Learn it yourself. In my example above, I had never even heard of the technique that my friend showed me. I had NO idea at all what he was talking about. I'm a quick study most of the time, though, so I was able to really study his sites and learn how it worked so that I could get it made. Then I approached him with the business idea and we went forward with it.

        Whichever way you choose, you have to move with 100% confidence in what you're doing. Whatever you do, DO NOT "fake it until you make it" because you will completely ruin yourself. You will utterly destroy your online reputation and then you will never make money online without recreating yourself, and most people can't do that.

        I just finished listening to the podcast from last month of Spencer Haws & Pat Flynn. It's around an hour long and I think it'd be worth your time listening because Pat talks about how he got started. Here's the link for it. I never would've gone heart & soul into IM if I hadn't first discovered Pat Flynn 18 months ago, so I recommend that EVERYONE start with him.

        What else do you want to know?

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    My first product was a really slap-dash video course about SEO.

    I made bullet points covering pretty much everything I know about SEO... ended up with about 30+ slides.

    Then recorded myself talking about each bullet point. Every slide became a separate video.

    So my advice would be, take something you know a lot about and imagine your customer is a complete newbie.. and take him from A-Z.

    To my surprise, my first product was a home run pulling in regular $1000 dollar days - without any affiliates, email list or backend.

    I didn't even think to build a buyers list.
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  • I found the fastest way is to do an event live or online (workshop or webinar) and record it
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    Better buy PLR
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    If you are not a successful affiliate you will have issues marketing it. When you become a product owner you are actually going to need to build a funnel. Advertising is expensive. It costs money to obtain customers. The reasons product owners have funnels is to be able to average more in profit per customer. In the funnel that I am using I can make up to $1720 per customer that I obtain. If I was selling some $30 e-book I wouldn't be able to spend money on paid advertising because it can easily cost way more then $30 to obtain a customer. Does that make sense?
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    • Profile picture of the author adsassist
      Originally Posted by jamesrich1 View Post

      If you are not a successful affiliate you will have issues marketing it. When you become a product owner you are actually going to need to build a funnel. Advertising is expensive. It costs money to obtain customers. The reasons product owners have funnels is to be able to average more in profit per customer. In the funnel that I am using I can make up to $1720 per customer that I obtain. If I was selling some $30 e-book I wouldn't be able to spend money on paid advertising because it can easily cost way more then $30 to obtain a customer. Does that make sense?
      That makes sense.

      So to make it big, you need to pay for advertising? I know, good product and what not.

      I thought people where making big bank with free traffic. Was I wrong?

      I may be thinking differently on making a funnel. Could you elaborate on this more?
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    Here is a example of a funnel. I will describe the funnel I use. The front end of the funnel is to capture the lead. It can cost $1 to $4 per lead. Free traffic is possible but paid traffic allows you to be a scientist who can leverage your time. So the first step in my funnel is free. I can actually make money from someone taking action. Its CPA (cost per action) Steps 1-3 are the 2nd step in my funnel. If a person takes the bonus step 4 which many do then that leads you to the Empower Network funnel.

    The Empower Network funnel starts with the lead capture page. It then goes to the sales video. If a person decides to buy it goes to the buy page for the front end product which is $25 per month (residual income). If a person buys the blogging platform the next product is the inner circle which is $100 per month. So far we are at $125 monthly potential. If they buy the first 2 products the next product is the Costa Rica mastermind intensive for $500. If they buy that the next product is the $15k formula which is $1,000. By the way in this funnel I make 100% commissions and recurring income as well as leverage.

    Does that give you a better description of a funnel?
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    • Profile picture of the author adsassist
      Originally Posted by jamesrich1 View Post

      Here is a example of a funnel. I will describe the funnel I use. The front end of the funnel is to capture the lead. It can cost $1 to $4 per lead. Free traffic is possible but paid traffic allows you to be a scientist who can leverage your time. So the first step in my funnel is free. I can actually make money from someone taking action. Its CPA (cost per action) Steps 1-3 are the 2nd step in my funnel. If a person takes the bonus step 4 which many do then that leads you to the Empower Network funnel.

      The Empower Network funnel starts with the lead capture page. It then goes to the sales video. If a person decides to buy it goes to the buy page for the front end product which is $25 per month (residual income). If a person buys the blogging platform the next product is the inner circle which is $100 per month. So far we are at $125 monthly potential. If they buy the first 2 products the next product is the Costa Rica mastermind intensive for $500. If they buy that the next product is the $15k formula which is $1,000. By the way in this funnel I make 100% commissions and recurring income as well as leverage.

      Does that give you a better description of a funnel?
      Yes it did.
      Is this what the majority of people do?
      Did you plain this or fall into it?
      And can you teach me this? lol

      This seems very interesting. My idea of an funnel was not that.
      This sounds more like a business instead of driving free traffic to a squeeze page.
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  • Profile picture of the author smallbiz
    @Jamesrich1 Are you saying that you need to have that sort of funnel in place just to start, or that this is the longterm plan that you work up to? As a newbie you've scared me somewhat there.
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  • Profile picture of the author CashAdsLLC
    I wouldn't necessarily make a guide with everything you know about IM. Too many people have done this and this market field is completely saturated for the most part (not saying you cannot make any money with this guide), just not a profitable margin that would suit you the best. Obviously this depends on your own profit goals.

    One of my first products was a business opportunity package. Real opportunity but I included a lot of goodies with the opportunity in order to calculate a financial profit. For the price of $59.95, it took only 2 months to generate 8 sales a day.

    You have to be very creative and if you find that you have a lot of knowledge within the IM field; then why not create an online IM magazine and sell the ad space on it once you have enough traffic. In the meantime while traffic is being generated, grab a few affiliate banners and place some contextual links on the site to get some beginner cash. You could easily gain profit going this route and could even put your own ebook section on the site of where you sell your own personal written ebooks. Collect your user base emails and market to them again with affiliate offers.

    Feel free to PM me to chat more. I've got a ton of ideas.



    Originally Posted by adsassist View Post

    Hello everyone

    I'm having a hard time thinking on what to make for a product.

    First thing that come to mind now, make a product that tells you how to make a product. lol

    To tell you the truth I have been thinking on writing an eBook on IM itself.

    Some of you my have seen my first free eBook: The Truth About Internet Marketing

    I was thinking on making it a full step by step guide on every thing you need to know about IM. Well not every thing but as much as I possibly can.

    Some ideas would be great.
    Like, should I pay some one to do this so its more professional?
    Should I write the book and pay some one to design the cover?

    Im kinda lost on what to do. I was wondering what did you make for your first product and did it sell?

    Thanks
    Justin
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    Originally Posted by adsassist View Post

    Some of you my have seen my first free eBook: The Truth About Internet Marketing

    I was thinking on making it a full step by step guide on every thing you need to know about IM. Well not every thing but as much as I possibly can.
    I'm not sure such a broad topic is a good idea. Maybe it would be better to narrow it down a bit - like focus on one particular area of IM such as affiliate marketing, email marketing, Adsense etc. I don't think you could possibly write a step by step product on everything to do with IM. What area have you got most experience in?

    I always write my own products but I hire a graphic designer to do graphics as that's something that I definitely can't do myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProServices
    Always choose a topic you know well and enjoy e.g CPA marketing. You will then put your heart and soul into it. The secret is to give value to your buyers and this is normally done if you are passionate about the topic
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
    I design my own products. I have so many that I am not able to get them out fast enough. The hardest part for me is the marketing side, promoting them.

    The great thing about being a Graphic Designer, and Web Designer is that you can produce products all day long..... because you produce it all yourself. No middle man..... and can search the forums for what people want, and what people are buying.

    Of course to be good at making graphics and stand out above the rest, you would more than likely need formal instruction or lots of study of design principles and other graphic design related knowledge and products.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    smallbiz would you rather market knowing each customer could be $30 or $1700?
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  • Profile picture of the author smallbiz
    Oh I totally get why you want to end up in that position jamesrich1, I just wondered if you were saying you shouldn't start till you have the whole shebang in place? My thoughts were that I would start small and build into that type of funnel. Everyone's gotta take step one, right? I feel like I'd never get there if I had to build all that before I even started.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    adsassist The majority of people promote $37 dollar ebooks and quit within 90 days from not making much. I learned alot from having a never quit mentality. I decided when I begun internet marketing that this was my way out of the rat race. People who succeed in internet marketing invest in their education and take massive action to make valuable mistakes.

    I have a lot of experience so I see a bigger picture. The successful rare group of people who make money online either use leverage from a list, and/or they use a deep funnel to be able to know they can use paid marketing strategies. adsassist click on my signature and see my funnel in action. My contact info is at the bottom of the screen on the main page after the lead capture.

    Everybody who is successful at Empower Network has invested all in to do so. I only talk to people who are serious about success. Most people online have a employee mindstate or a broke mentality meaning they are not willing to invest in their business. I look at Empower Network as the best funnel system. Creating your own funnel takes years of learning multiple skillsets or will cost a good amount of money.

    You are given a complete funnel with Empower Network that I have described above. They require you to invest in the product to be able to sell the product. They pay 100% commissions. If you want to make $1625 per person you must first invest in the system. The products that you are investing in are top knotch.

    I have years of marketing experience and I will honestly say that Empower Networks products give the most comprehensive marketing education that I have run across. adsassist if you need help click the click here link and contact me if you need to have a discussion before making a big decision. I am here to help people.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    smallbiz I invested in all of the products so I can make $1720 per person off of my funnel. I can make that unlimited times. What is the most you can make from one person going through your funnel? If its no where close to that amount it sounds like we need to get you started so you have that capability. Not only do you get paid 100% commissions, you get a full basic to advanced marketing education from David Wood and the gang. David Wood gives away so much value he should be charging $1,000 per hour he talks. Its that good inside Empower. Do be afraid click my link and talk to me. My contact info is at the bottom of the main page after the lead capture page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zults
    Are you good at finding undiscovered niches?

    To make a product you shoudl first start with the niche.

    Find a niche thats missing something, then fill in the gap thats missing, may it be a education program, a application, or an ebook.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peach
      I barely finished my first product. It's a 40 page ebook. Ebooks are not dead. More people are reading ebooks because of tablet pcs. Maybe you could write an ebook to start. As you write the ebook you might start flowing with more ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    My first product was an ebook about flipping sites. Since I had been doing that for years, it's something I knew a lot about. I recommend creating products about something you're good at and know a lot about rather than just rehashing info you can find anywhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexandru
    I have quite some experience when it comes to creating products both for myself and my clients.

    What I can tell you for sure is that no successful Internet marketer succeeded by offering an all-you-need-to-know-about-IM guide. They all focus on one tiny niche and make money from it.

    It's also very hard to market such a guide, so think about how you would market something like that.

    In my opinion the best way to learn is by analyzing what other marketers are doing. Check out the WSO section and see what WSOs are successful and then come up with tiny niche that you think could be profitable and that you can cover well. I also recommend paying attention at the sales funnels of the WSOs. You can learn a lot from that.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author adsassist
    Thanks guys for the tips.

    I think I'm going to ponder on this for a while.

    You guys make it look so easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author eshoppingez
    I've been thinking about writing Ebooks on my some topics. You can do the same. Select a topic you're an expert at and write an Ebook. It won't take much time.
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  • Profile picture of the author nikesair2012
    I think this article was probably a good kick off to a potential series of articles about this topic. So many writers pretend to know what they’re talking about when it comes to this topic and in reality, very few people actually get it. You seem to grasp it though, so I think you ought to take it and run. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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    I think everyone else has already shared their best practices and thought-of ideas on the subject matter. I'd like to share mine, too.

    When it comes to ebook writing, there are two things that can choose from.
    Option 1: You may write 1 short (about 15 pages) and 1 long (about 30 to 50 pages) ebooks. The short ebok can be a teaser towards buying the long ebook.

    Option 2: Write a long ebook (probably nothing less than 100 pages depending on what topics you'd like to cover).

    Nonetheless, if your plan is to sell ebooks, it would be best to have one short and one long ebook. The short one is a freebie to your potential clients. Make sure that it is packed with very powerful information that your readers couldn't resist buying the other ebook.

    This idea is coming from our clients who have been ordering ebooks and reports. I'm not sure if what I've shared is a common idea already but I won't lose anything if I'd share this though.

    -John
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