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Hi. I thought I would document my Journey. I will update this thread each month on my progress. I only started In January so it's a good time to start this thread and keep updating it on a monthly basis. My name is Michael. I am building a list around the weight loss niche. I am a complete beginner so hopefully you guys can watch me go from beginner to somebody making an income online. I am going to be honest and say that I don't have a lot of money to invest so this might take longer than usual but I'm totally committed to making it work so it will be a long journey for myself. However, I'm not giving up until it's paying off!

I will update you guys on how my first month went.

I chosen my Niche. I went with the weight loss niche. Many people say don't go with that as it's saturated but i went with it because i know it's profitable and that's a good enough reason for me to go with it. I am in no rush to make sales over night. If i want to make an income then i am in this for the long run so i want to choose something that i know works.

I got myself a squeeze page builder (I pay for a subscription) and i chosen aweber email service. So i have the tools to get things rolling.

So far i have built my list up to 52 subscribers in 26 days purely on Instagram. The only investment I made was $20 on hashtag research so that my posts would be targeted towards people wanting to lose weight. Anyways, this has helped me get to 52 subscribers. I will continue to use this method on the upcoming month.

I have 14 written emails that some are written by myself but the majority are email swipes. I would rather outsource this work to get some good emails done but funds are low at the minute so this would have to be a future investment for myself that I WILL look into.

I have created my squeeze page and feedback on it would be much appreciated I posted below.

I am currently promoting 3 products and using clickbank.

So far have I made 0 sales.

What I plan to do next month:
  • Explore Pinterest
  • Reduce the number of products i promote and find a really good one
  • Keep using Instagram
  • Invest In one professionally written email
  • Double my list size
  • Research/Study More
  • Work Harder
  • Make 1 sale


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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Originally Posted by Listbuilder1 View Post


    The only investment I made was $20 on hashtag research so that my posts would be targeted towards people wanting to lose weight. If you want to know more about this, just private message me and I can direct you to them,
    Why not just post this information in this thread. Because you know it is against forum rules to solicit private messages.

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    • Profile picture of the author Listbuilder1
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      Why not just post this information in this thread. Because you know it is against forum rules to solicit private messages.

      al
      I honestly thought vice versa would get me in trouble. I fixed it. Thanks for just picking that out of everything else I said, was a nice message bro.

      Anyways, back to work.
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  • Profile picture of the author dana67
    Best of luck Listbuilder1. Choosing a niche is important and it sounds like you are focused and have a plan. Keep working at it and don't give up. It may take some time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Noorani
    Right now just in the U.S. nearly 240 million people are suffering from obesity/overweight and over 100 million people are focused on either trying to lose weight or maintain the weight they've already lost.

    Your message lose up to 10 pounds in 3 days without exercise IS NOT BELIEVABLE! And even if you get opt ins more than likely these are people who are curios not people who are really wanting answers!

    If you are already on Pinterest look for pins that are getting a lot of views and use that as a template message for your opt in page!

    Also there is book on Amazon which has really good information on the latest medical discoveries on how to lose weight and keep it off permanently that may be something you may want to read and then use some of its information as a free pdf give away to get people to opt in!

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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by Noorani View Post

      Your message lose up to 10 pounds in 3 days without exercise IS NOT BELIEVABLE!
      Apparently you are under the impression that this matters. Just how familiar are you with this niche???
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      • Profile picture of the author Darrell Hagan
        Originally Posted by Noorani View Post

        Your message lose up to 10 pounds in 3 days without exercise IS NOT BELIEVABLE!

        Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

        Apparently you are under the impression that this matters. Just how familiar are you with this niche???

        Well it SHOULD matter, especially if his subscribers want good, healthy, proven ways to lose weight.

        My day job for the last 11 years is as a certified group fitness instructor at the YMCA and other places and I see people everyday who want the magic weight loss pill/diet/scheme.

        What ALWAYS happens - it doesn't work so people lose interest quickly and give up altogether - that is if they don't permanently damage their bodies with such nonsense.

        Sad really.

        OP - Please don't help to perpetuate this crap. Sell good, proven healthy information and methods which really work and the money will follow.
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        • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
          Originally Posted by Darrell Hagan View Post

          Well it SHOULD matter, especially if his subscribers want good, healthy, proven ways to lose weight.
          Well, there are lots of things that matter in the world, that unfortunately, never will to most people. How many of his subscribers want, "good, healthy methods to lose weight?" I'd guess not many. They want, 'The Dream."

          My day job for the last 11 years is as a certified group fitness instructor at the YMCA and other places and I see people everyday who want the magic weight loss pill/diet/scheme.
          And I see people everyday that want to sell them something along those lines. This will NEVER change. Like they say, "There's a sucker born, every minute" and as long as the have a credit card, well, nothing else matters.

          What ALWAYS happens - it doesn't work so people lose interest quickly and give up altogether - that is if they don't permanently damage their bodies with such nonsense.
          Yes, but they'll soon return to buy the latest scam and as long as they do, this niche will flourish and continue to be one of the most profitable, albeit, competitive niches going.

          You are tilting at windmills.

          Sad really.
          Yes. having once lost 114 lbs. and sadly, having to do that for a second time, I know all about this struggle. That, said - I have never bought into any crazy dieting regimen. The worse I ever used was a brief stint with Atkins, and that's dangerous in its own right.

          OP - Please don't help to perpetuate this crap. Sell good, proven healthy information and methods which really work and the money will follow.
          Seriously? The money will flow? The only thing flowing from that statement is abject delusion. You'll go broke, believing that. Real fast, too!
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          • Profile picture of the author Darrell Hagan
            Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

            Well, there are lots of things that matter in the world, that unfortunately, never will to most people. How many of his subscribers want, "good, healthy methods to lose weight?" I'd guess not many. They want, 'The Dream."



            And I see people everyday that want to sell them something along those lines. This will NEVER change. Like they say, "There's a sucker born, every minute" and as long as the have a credit card, well, nothing else matters.



            Yes, but they'll soon return to buy the latest scam and as long as they do, this niche will flourish and continue to be one of the most profitable, albeit, competitive niches going.

            You are tilting at windmills.



            Yes. having once lost 114 lbs. and sadly, having to do that for a second time, I know all about this struggle. That, said - I have never bought into any crazy dieting regimen. The worse I ever used was a brief stint with Atkins, and that's dangerous in its own right.



            Seriously? The money will flow? The only thing flowing from that statement is abject delusion. You'll go broke, believing that. Real fast, too!
            Unfortunately, you're right but I still believe that there is a good niche for people who are able & willing to commit to & practice the necessary lifestyle changes to make it happen and invest in long term health. I have people in some of my classes who've been working out with me for years and those are the ones who pay a monthly fee year after year and truly get benefit from it. I'd rather have 10-20 solid customers who collectively pay me a good amount of money with a smile than sell to hundreds or thousands of unknowns a load of crap that I myself wouldn't use.

            But, as I said you're right and the reality is that there will always be a market for this stuff cuz everyone wants the magic .

            And, CONGRATS on that 114lb. loss!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Listbuilder1
    Hi!

    I thought i would give this an update now before i forget to do it. Well a lot has happened since my last post. I have been focusing on purely, Instagram. However, not as much as previous month as i have got myself a job as a warehouse voice picker. I work 3pm-11pm every night so finding time around this is extremely hard to focus on my online ventures. It allows me to build up some funds to allow me to invest more into this though and that's exactly what i need.

    I would get onto Instagram in the mornings, afternoons and on my work breaks doing a bit of work. I have expanded my list from 52 to 72. I know it's not a big ordeal and things are going slowly but any growth is good for me. Rome wasn't built in a day and i will keep pushing on.

    I did mention that i would focus on pinterest. I have setup an account and set up some boards but in terms of building anything on there properly, i am yet to get around to that.

    Some of the things that i have got done this month.

    I have invested in some writers to write me 5 emails for my funnel. However, they where from iwriter and hirewriters so i didn't pay a lot of money for this. I did opt for the quality writers but i know i can get better work elsewhere. I had a budget that i had to work with so i had to opt for this for now. So i have a funnel setup. In total cost about $20.

    I changed my landing page completely. I got rid of the ugly e-book i paid somebody to do on fiverr and researched top email marketing guys and checked out their landing pages and copied their style (why not). Plain and to the point is what i went for.

    I completely re-thought how i was delivering my emails and landing page and went for something completely different. You guys may call me crazy or say what im doing is wrong but im trying to find my own way to find a way that works for me. I am not promoting as myself. I have completely made up 2 girls names and i have invested money on girls called the adtwins. I thought this is a good marketing strategy to grab peoples attention. I have paid them to make me a video for my thank you page just thanking them for signing up and encouraging them to click below to check out a product and i also sign off every email from them. I am just running with it to see how it goes.

    Anyways, this video cost me about 20$ to make and i designed the image on the landing page myself. I am not happy with the colour that i have chosen i would preferably have opted for red or purple but the current landing page i am using doesn't support those colours so i will have to look into this.

    Again this is all just using Instagram. I have 3 separate accounts. All focused around the same niche but different categories for example i have one straight to the point. ebook title, quotes and food pictures all of them direct them to my landing page. I have gotten one upto 505 followers, the other 2 are 250 followers. However, they're all organically grown. Every follower is somebody interested in the niche. I block accounts that are fake or bots. I want to keep it as real as possible.

    Subscribes list growth.


    Landing page update



    I intend to keep promoting with Instagram maybe go a little harder again this month with it to try hit the 100 subscribers target.

    I will also look into pinterest this month and actually get things flowing with it now that i have everything setup.

    I will look to invest some money into a paid advertisement of some kind.

    April will be interesting. Any tips, feedback or constructive criticism is welcome and appreciated.

    THE BIG QUESTION IS... DID I MAKE MY FIRST SALE?

    Yes i did.


    Thanks for reading. I'll be back next month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Listbuilder1
    It's not a huge amount but this is all from free traffic on Instagram alone and I haven't even been as effective at it as I should have been! My list only has 85 subscribers but it's very targeted! And I have yet to send them out a broadcast, this is simply from the followup.

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  • Profile picture of the author fantomknight
    any updates on the progress ?
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