I read a thread last night about a woman who made her first affiliate sale for $20 after 7 months. Everyone was congratulating her, of course. Your first sale is always a big mile stone. And she's admittedly one step ahead of me. I haven't made jack yet . . . and after reading that thread, the fear of not making jack for another 6 months, especially with the financial situation that I'm currently in, is a bit disappointing.
Since I've been on the Warrior Forum I have taken in A LOT of information. I go to bed almost every night with a headache from information overload. I have a hard time sleeping. I am an internet marketing zombie at this point. It's all I ever think of . . . day and night. I really think that this was made for me, that this is what I'm supposed to do with my life. And I don't intend to stop until I'm successful at it. And of course, even then I don't intend to stop. :p
The moral of the story though is that I want to get the ball rolling . . . NOW, not 7 months down the line. I try not to read a bunch of threads because I find it counterproductive to me actually working on my marketing strategy. But when I'm feeling a bit crappy I always stumble back to the forum to look for advice or inspiration. Last night I stumbled on a thread from this guy who was completely down on his luck and needed money FAST. Someone suggested 7 Dollar Secret.
I strongly believe that there's no information product I can pay for that I won't eventually learn the information from for free if I keep researching.
Last night when I was looking at the 7 Dollar Secrets sales page I was thinking "Tomorrow I will spend $7.50 on a movie ticket to see Land of the Lost. I will also spend $15 eating at Chilis. None of that money will ever pay me back." So, I bought into it, 7 Dollar Secrets that is. What did I find? Nothing I didn't already know for the most part, honestly. But the motivation for what I'm about to do next is what made the $7 worth the spend.
I got into internet marketing knowing that it was a slow process. Everyone I've read about that actually makes the sums of money that I'm interested in owns their own websites and products. I now realize that bum marketing is not going to get me where I want to be in the time frame that I want to get there.
After I read 7 Dollar Secrets, I looked at a few forum threads about it. Most people are asking if anyone has ever tried it. Maybe I didn't read long enough, but I didn't find anyone that has tried it. So, here it is people. I am going to try it. And if anyone wants to try it with me, more power to us.
Disclaimer: I am a complete noob. I am not hoping for $3,000 in one week. I don't have a list, and therefore setting my expectations up that high are incredibly unrealistic. If I can make $500 within a month after setting up my website, I will consider this campaign to be a success.
Since I am a complete noob, I would really like suggestions, comments, encouragement, advice from the more experienced marketers out there. I am going to outline my plan of action so that you guys will know exactly how I plan to go about doing this. Please feel free to add or take away from what you think I should do.
I'm estimating that the expense is going to range around $30. Around $10 for a domain name. $20 to sign up for aweber. I already have hosting for a social networking website that I own, so I am just going to use that same hosting package since I have unlimited domains with them.
Here is the outline of my plan:
I will first spend 1 day creating a product.
Since I am an ebay PowerSeller, my product will be about ebay. I realize that the market is oversaturated with these types of products, but I'd rather start this by writing about something that I actually know about.
As 7 Dollar Secrets suggests, the size of my report will be between 30-35 pages and I will be selling it for 7 dollars.
The next 3 days will be spent putting together my sales page. Why 3 days, that's a lot of time for a small sales page? You're probably thinking. I know zero about website design, setting up a list, putting ebooks for download on a website, or creating ebook cover design. Noob, remember. You probably wouldn't think that since I own a social networking site, but my site runs on a script, and when I had a good paying job with money, I paid someone else to work on it for me. I'm now kicking myself for not paying attention to webdesign class in college. I will be using Chris Farrell's Create Your First Website By 3:45 This Afternoon ebook along with whatever other free resources for website design I can find. So, yeah, 3 days for the learning curve.
Also, during that 3 days I would like to send a free copy of my product to anyone who is interested, in return for a review for my website. So, anyone who is interested, please let me know.
My next 5 days will be spent writing 50 articles to post on Ezinearticles.
After that I will spend one day posting backlinks to my site and a choice article with Angela Edward's backlink package.
That is my game plan. Please chime in where you think it needs work. Also, let me know if you think $500 for one month is a realistic possibility with this strategy.
I'd also like to encourage any noobs who have been interested in this to give it a try with me.
I will try my best to keep posting my progress on this thread, so that others may follow along and know where I'm at in the process.
I will start creating my report tomorrow, Saturday June 06.
As always, thanks in advance to anyone willing to help me or give me advice on this project.