Progress short and sweet – read on

Ok so from now on I am going to keep these post really very short and sweet for a couple of reasons.

The first is simply that I am not convinced that anybody actually reads the lengthy posts that go into detail, preferring instead to read posts going over the same tired old ideas of how to make a successful blog by doing nothing but holding an audience.

Instead of this my plan is to simply continue on the path I was on before which is to try and help people that are trying to make money online to do just that by avoiding all the pitfalls that we make while launching our supplement company .

Shopify So far

Well we haven’t sold a goddamn thing! this is not shopify’s fault however so a couple of things that are far more important than you give them credit for are.

Bounce Rate

Holy Moly this one is a nightmare, being successful online is never going to happen while this number is high, pay really close attention to the design of your website to make sure that people stay on it.

Tutorials

Are you too busy to use the tutorials that are on the site? then you are too busy to make money online simple!

Don’t waste traffic

We did and it really stresses me out, after generating traffic to the shop we left it til the traffic dropped off before asking why nobody was buying.

If you knew it all you’d be rich

If something doesn’t make sense ask for god’s sake, in this instance I cannot praise Shopify enough, they have helped me through every issue I have had from the really counter intuitive right through to the down right idiotic fat fingered mistake.

100% Free Training to make money, NO BS!

In my previous post I spoke about the importance that I place on Google as a way to advertise your business or your service.

However, it should be noted that when you start looking at adsense, AdWords, Analytics, it can all get very very confusing very very quickly, in fact actually just looking at the dashboards alone can leave you wondering what to click and where to look.

The purpose of this post is not to provide any kind of training but simply to point you in the direction of free training, 100-percent free training is provided through Google, to help you navigate all of the applications and services that are going to help you ultimately build your business.

The training is from skillshop and is, as I say through Google, believe me if you are ever going to take part in any free training this is the place to do it,  very few people actually have a vested interest in your business succeeding over theirs and this is no different, where this differs from the hundreds of YouTube videos, Instagram posts, so-called gurus that want to charge you $2,000 for a one-hour course,  is that it’s in Google’s vested interests that you succeed, the more you succeed the greater their value as a company.

I have spoken at length about my disdain for the marketing gurus of this world, and I do realise that some of my readership are marketing gurus or are on my market is and that’s fine, within this industry, and by this industry I mean the advertising industry more specifically the online advertising industry, there are really only two or three groups of people there are the people that have made it, the people that are trying to make it, it and the people that don’t stand a chance.

People that have made it

I’m always a little suspicious of the people that have made it, they always come across as just a little bit trying to rub your nose in their extreme wealth.

That isn’t to say they’re bad people, it’s simply to say that I’m unsure of the value of seeing someone who has the money and the time that money brings, extolling the virtues of what you need to do to make money.

A lot of the advice often seems to centre around meditation, yoga, relaxation and a whole host of other things that take a long time to do, fact is there is only 24 hours in every single day so when these millionaire  gurus are suggesting that you spend every waking hour working on your future, the one thing they are missing is the fact that the majority of people sat watching their videos don’t have the time, the most time that the average person is going to be able to spend pursuing a second source of income, is probably nearer 4 or 5 hours a day,  this is because the vast majority of people that have decided that they are going to need a second source of income and are therefore searching on YouTube for these people’s videos are probably around about middle-aged, probably have children or other dependents and probably have a job, you can’t quit your job, this literally something I wouldn’t suggest although it does seem to be the basis for the amount of time that these groups suggest you can spend pursuing your business ideas.

The People trying to make it

The people that are trying to make it however, are an interesting Bunch because these actually fall into two subgroups there are the people that are genuinely trying to make it and the passing on information as they go, and there are the people that know they’re not going to make it however, they are still looking for that YouTube Fame that ultimately they believe will provide fortunes, we all know about Ryan’s toy review and we all know that it potentially brings in millions each month, that isn’t going to be you and me, it is a harsh lesson to learn, but it’s something that you need to pick up on now and get over,  so whilst again not all these should be viewed with suspicion the fact is you need to have a good look at the videos, if you have videos that have a constant background that’s usually got a Lamborghini or a Ferrari or something else in it it never seems to move the chances are it’s a blue screen and it’s been fake, one of the things the internet has provided to a lot of people is the ability to manipulate their audience into believing of variety of things, what used to be the exclusive right of TV and video and film was the ability to have blue screens have sound over the top, it was a world of make believe, these systems and software abilities have now fallen through to normal people and by normal people I mean that are not in those Industries, I’m not saying their advice isn’t worthwhile what I’m saying is be careful of somebody who is trying to tell you how to make money when they haven’t managed to do it  themselves.

The people that are never going to make you usually the ones that shout the loudest, usually the ones that are pulling down other YouTubers, other entrepreneurs or shouting about how their scheme works better than everybody else’s, they can make you $1,000 an hour by sitting around and doing nothing, here is the best piece of advice anybody can ever give you, there is no thousand dollars an hour by sitting around doing nothing, you have had to at least put into major work previously to the sitting around, in order for that to happen,  the biggest annoyance and the one that I believe you should take into consideration with these people, is that the one thing they are doing is they are wasting your time by making you watch the video to the end just so that they can get there six or seven advert breaks in between and try and get you to watch it off an advert so they get paid.

The conclusion in this case, is actually fairly simple whilst I have waxed slightly lyrical about my disdain for certain people within the industry what I really want to do, is to pass on the stuff that I am learning as I go,  genuinely,  the company that I am trying to put together GFPharma,  is a genuine company, I have sourced genuine good quality products in order to promote and sell, this is not to provide a training course for people to learn how to market stuff it isn’t to provide some kind of YouTube presence that provides me money, so am I going to put adverts on YouTube videos if I do some? of course I am why wouldn’t I? and if you don’t put them on yours then well you missing a trick, my point is is there are certain people that like to keep these things a mystery and I’m not one of them, the internet is a huge huge Market Place there is enough room for pretty much everybody, as industry shifts times change people gravitate towards different Industries, different ways of making money, different employment, the internet is the one thing that will move faster than society,  all you have to do is keep up, if you do that you will find a way to make a very comfortable living for yourself and your family that will  help to support you during old age. 

Cutting through the Bull and making money

Firstly let me begin buy a couple of admissions, the first one being that I have been away for quite some time, this is because like many other people I have had to stop and and try and work out what I’m actually going to do to make money.

The problem with life is this, whilst money shouldn’t be everything to you it is of course the main driving factor for the majority of us because it directly relates to your quality of life.

Before we go any further, one thing I have learnt and one thing you are going to have to learn is that there is absolutely nothing new to be done,  well that’s not strictly true, but the chances of anybody coming up with something revolutionary and new that’s going to take the world by storm is actually pretty slim, in fact is really megaslim, majority of businesses these days are just simply people advertising the same product and the same services just in a different way to attract different people.

My Point

So that is what brought me to my first point which is this post,  I’m going to attempt to add my “ my value”  to society and to the community of people who are also looking to make money by documenting, to a certain extent how I put together the supplement company and how I ultimately try and make money from it.

This isn’t someone who has made millions and is now trying to sell you the way they did it, this is literally somebody who is trying to make millions documenting what I think are the important parts, the ways to avoid the pitfalls and how you ultimately make money.

My Reasoning

The reason I decided to do it this way and simply because when I do become or if I become wealthy the last thing I want to be doing is YouTube videos rubbing everybody’s face in it turning around and saying, “oh look at me I’ve got so much money this is how I make money” because frankly I find most of them cringeworthy, I mean let’s be honest you’ve got some millionaire shouting at you about how you’re not doing enough you need to believe in yourself more you need to stay up all night and sleep all day and if you’re not? well how can you expect to make money,

How Many of Them Did ?

I would genuinely like to go back some of these people and how they began and see really did they stay up all night I mean the only one I actually believe if I’m being honest is Elon Musk because frankly that guide you just crazy enough to have stopped up all night working on his website and then slept all day.

My first little Pearl of wisdom is, we haven’t all got time to sit down and type out line after line after line of text in order to keep a Blog in fact actually that’s why I haven’t been posting anything recently because I’ve also been concentrating other things, however, Google Docs speech to text, if you can get past it’s obvious shortcomings and realise that you have to do a little bit of editing as well, is a godsend frankly, give it a try set yourself up you can literally write out blog posts in as much time as it takes for you to speak them, it’s easier because  unless you are gifted at typing speech flows a lot easier than typing,  and this is especially true in my case!

The only thing I would say is like everything else in life it seems to have an issue with my accent I don’t know why this is, everybody seems to struggle with with my accent and seems to miss what I’m trying to say but in the interest of full disclosure this entire blog post was actually done within 10 minutes, it was done through Google Docs speech to text and it was edited (hopefully not too badly) after, so that is my one tip of the day really if I’m being perfectly honest it’s not much of a tip, frankly you could Google it and find it out yourself.

I would imagine quite a lot of people are using speech to text because I think some of the the rate of content that comes out is shocking and I was wondering how people kept up, of course that is to say that some people will be using it and other people are just really talented at typing content and I’m not gonna take anything away from them I’m not gifted at typing, it has been argued in the past I’m not naturally gifted at speaking either so I’m going to leave this here, please leave a comment if you want to.

I’m going to go back over it now and try and edit it and make sure it makes sense and flows properly and I will be looking to do more of these as I continue building the supplement company which is GFPharma.co.uk  should anybody want to check it out,  I will just leave you with this one comment though.

Final Thoughts

My original thought was too to try and find something different, something that I could sell or something that I could do that was different to everybody else which meant I was going to become a millionaire overnight,  I wasted 2 years looking for this and I mean that I literally wasted 2 years looking for it, my opinion ( and it is just my opinion ) is that’s the wrong thing to do,

if you are destined to create something new that’s going to revolutionize the world you won’t have to look for it, when you look back through history at the people that do this they’ve been doing it since they were they were children that it’s a natural thing,

Making money however, is not a natural gift it’s the application of advertising, that’s literally it, you could have the best product in the world literally the best product in the world and if you can’t sell it it’s not worth anything but people queue up they literally burn the servers down at Wish to buy stuff which is badly manufactured is not what it says in the picture it turns up three-and-a-half months later,

In a world where people are leaving the High Street in order to order from Amazon so they can get it within 24-hours people will sit and wait 3 1/2 weeks, months, years whatever it is for wish to deliver because they sell us the promise of money off the products we really want.

That’s my point, my point is create something good yes,  concentrate on learning how to sell it because that’s where people either succeed or fail.

Good luck all and I’ll talk to you next time I’m hopeful it will be sooner rather than later.

You will make a million online, but not with this guy, Clickbait monkey.

So in a previous post that can be found here I presented a video from a YouTuber with the amazing headline “Make $100 in five minutes” and set about seeing if this was actually the case, there are two parts to the results and a rather sad and cliche ending to the video that he hasn’t even taken the time to remove the comments about that are underneath the video.

For your reference this is the video in question

Currently he has 130k subscribers and runs ads on his videos, so we know he is getting paid, but what about us? what about the reason you watched the bloody video in the first place, well no you are not going to earn $100 in five minutes, without spending some money and having a great amount of luck.

The process is simple you go to a site like Fiverr.com and advertise your services for a wide range of professional people to come and pay you upwards of $70 and $100 for providing them with a quality video advert or a video logo, and you will do this on https://quickengigs.com/ which is the same idea as Fiverr but has (according to our host) zero competition, however on first inspection it also appears to attract zero customers as well because try as I might I could not find a single GIG with a rating or a number of orders associated with it, the first page on fiverr has GIG’s with ratings into the hundreds whereas on quickengigs there are literally zeros after each person, it is as if they have bought the Fiverr site as a whitelabel and just forgotten to promote or launch it, however I have no experience with the site so I will not pass judgement.

So let’s move onto the theory behind the opportunity, well the idea is simple, you advertise that you can do video editing and set a price, say $100 and then just wait, on somebody taking you up on this you would go to the following sites.

  1. https://flixpress.com/ in order to create your professional video
  2. https://videocreek.com/ to make your logo / intro, then you simply deliver these to the client (or string of clients) and all is well.

There are several problems with this, the first and foremost is I do not see why you would not use Fiverr this other site just seems to have no traffic, in fact from the site http://www.siteworthtraffic.com we can see that it is worth next to nothing.

As opposed to

My second issue is the complete omission that this will cost money, I have no idea where he thinks the customers will come from but they are not going to pay $70 for a video that is of poor quality and has a watermark in it, and that is what you will get for free, these places are out to make money and they will not give away a saleable product for nothing, in the case of videocreek for instance, it is free for a 240p video with a watermark in it and then $7.99 for one at 720p and $9.99 for 1080 both with no watermark, bear in mind that the majority of times the customer will require a first draft or a proof of concept before paying for the final product, this could get expensive 3 or 4 revisions down the line.

That being said I have to say that on the face of it the two websites that were mentioned to provide the content looked really easy to use and seemed to be capable of producing very high quality end products, I have no doubt that you could quite easily make a reasonable living on the side with this and a bit of savvy as well as a bit of time to let the money build up through sales.

But I would definitely not follow this video as it absolute rubbish, completely and idea that he has thought up and made a video of to get to his real sell, the fact that he is involved in a funnel scheme himself! oh the irony, the hope is that once you see how good the idea is that you would be enticed in the $10,000 a month from the scam funnel underneath the thinly disguised affiliate link.

Conclusion

Utter Shi* avoid like the plague, this is a good and proven business model on other platforms such as Fiverr but you will need more than the 127 unique visitors to the site to get any traffic, laughable to be honest, but try Fiverr, and think through what you are going to do if you are good enough you can easily take some of the money being spent there.

Still Scraping Around? This Could be Why

So you are working 9 to 5 and you are coming in and spending time with the laptop trying desperately to break the endless cycle of work and struggle, but you, like countless others are still are banging your head against a wall that you cannot see, I know because I have been there and for that matter still am.

In an earlier post I shared the revelation that in order to make money you need money, this is not a huge revelation and I am not trying to get more likes simply by repeating it, rather it need repeating because it is true, you see there is a single global truth about success, if you understand something then you will be successful at it, it is really that easy, sure the occasional person may get lucky and just hit upon a winning idea, but these are quickly surpassed by others who study the early success and formulate a repeatable formula to not only re-create the success but to grow on it and leave the “lucky” ones in the dust.

If you spend enough time searching for making money online, you will find that you literally cannot watch a YouTube video or go onto a website without and AD being run by some desperate entrepreneur trying to hook you into the latest system with this weeks free seminar, here’s the kicker, it’s shit, all of it, and it is wasting your time and mine, they haven’t got the answer which is why they are pushing the same “online live webinars” as everybody else and promising the earth with that identical desperate look in their eye.

but still for the majority of us we have a look and then 2hrs later we realise the whole thing is the same pointless pitch with the upsell at the end for several thousand dollars in some cases and mere hundreds in others, but what I will ask is what if? what if you took that thousand dollars and paid off some of your credit cards, the reduced balance would mean more money in your account each month and more money in your account means more money to pay off debt, it is a vocabulary thing, really it is, when we hear people like Robert Kyosaki talking about using debt to make money he is talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars of mortgage debt paying him a huge dividend at the end of each month as the difference is calculated between the repayments and the rental income.

But for us the hundreds of pounds/dollars each month on repayments that in the main are just paying off the interest is what is keeping us poor and it will never be any different.

Somebody once asked Warren Buffet why if his system worked so well that not everybody followed it, his reply was simple “because nobody wants to get rich slow” and he is right, because every time we turn on the laptop we are bombarded with these jerks selling us exactly that, and it does not exist but taking a long time is not as long as you might think, even on a modest wage if you removed all the outgoings to credit, and I mean Credit Cards, Auto Finance, that huge 50 inch TV pulling your chimney breast down and those 10 days in the sun your boss graciously lets you have once a year, you would soon have enough money to start investing in a way, it may not be the largest way, but a way.

So you need to stop listening to the $200 a day from Google shit, or the $500 dollars a week from simply typing, because it is literally that, your viewing time and clicks are just feeding people as skint as you as they try desperately to find a way to get a video to go viral, or hook enough people into their upsell, stop doing it, instead learn from experts in their field, spend time watching videos on investing, or property development, seek out millionaires or billionaires doing exactly that look for educational development so that when you have the money to invest you understand what it is you are investing in and don’t lose all that hard work, unfollow dreamers and scammers, bloody dropshipping courses that stopped being profitable years ago because now everybody has a shopify store, and nobody wants to wait 6 weeks for delivery from China on a sub-standard product, don’t go down the affiliate route and start picking items to promote on Clickbank, learn a skill and write an ebook and get affiliate marketers to sell it for you on Clickbank, think about it what makes more sense, weeks and weeks competing with people to sell one lousy product and earn a tenner, or write an ebook or course about something you know and get an army of hungry affiliates to sell it for you ?

You, like me owe yourself at least this much, stop trawling through Instagram for inspiration, if you have been there once then you have inspiration enough, stop looking on YouTube for another business idea because the one you tried was either useless or didn’t work in a week so you gave up, literally turn 6 months of your life over to hardship and struggle to put yourself in a stronger financial position and a better mental state with a more thorough understanding of your chosen path, and then hit the internet with your ideas, get affiliates selling your courses, or make your millions investing with your patterns or your system the world is big enough for us all to make fortunes, but sometimes you have stop running in the dark, leaping from idea to idea and pushing other peoples ideas and property, and realise in the world of affiliate marketing the only ones truly getting rich are the content creators.

As always please leave a comment if you have one and I hope that you have every success with whatever path you take, till next time…….

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The very best online business – money will come pouring in

Believe it or not this is not actually a joke clickbait headline, I really have worked out the best way to make money online and I will share it with you in due course.

But first we need to talk about the elephant in the room, the thing that is only ever talked about in the fine print of all these courses offered online by any number of slick looking Gurus “results not guaranteed”, I started looking for a way to make money online around the same time as I started this blog, in fact it was part of my mission statement when beginning and introducing myself to the wider world, I shared a belief (that I still hold) that everybody should endeavour to be the best they can be, physically, mentally and financially, and in fact it is really common to see that you do not find one of the trio without at least one of the other two, this isn’t to satisfy Instagram or to be able to put two fingers up at people that teased you at school or a parent who told you you were worthless, no it is because you deserve it, as does everybody else, you deserve to live the best life you can and be as happy and comfortable as you can be, and having at least two of the three points means that life is easier and achieving the third is all that more possible.

That was four months ago, and I am still no closer to receiving penny one of any online earned money, because nothing has ever proved to be worthy of investment, I have attended “live” webinars, I have followed adverts to the very end to receive the free guide to email marketing or whatever and I have always found myself in the same familiar loop of an upsell to another course, usually in the thousands of dollars, it really is no wonder that these people are millionaires, but absolutely nothing that was anything more than selling the course that I was buying.

There are some who say that the Internet has provided more ways for people to become rich than there has ever been before, and I guess in a way that is probably right, but you need an idea, you need something of value and use the Internet to sell that something of value, simply paying for somebody to teach you how to do affiliate marketing is not going to make you an affiliate marketer anymore than shouting fuck a lot and wearing a woolly hat will make you Gary Vee, and frankly some of the ideas that people try and sell are just dangerous, from hijacking peoples buisness adverts to re-directing there business calls and then asking for a percentage, creating cheap knocked up video adverts and getting ranked first for a video search on google then phoning and asking for money based on this achievement.

All these and many more equally stupid ideas are broadcast hourly into our consciousness by YouTube and Instagram and even Blogs, like this one, they are noise, complete and utter noise and worse than that they are scams and costly ones, I did have a moment though where I thought what if? and I watched a video by a guy claiming that you could make $3 to $5 dollars and hour “hands off” watching videos at a website, I tried it, I even added it to a blog post and invited people to go and have a look, you see 3-5 Dollars is not a great amount but if it is per hour and you can earn it without having to spend time doing something then it is not to be turned down, that would be like me calling you and saying I would like to give you $4 an hour (for arguments sake) for doing nothing at all and you saying no, you just wouldn’t, I don’t think anybody would it is money for nothing, however it was not without it’s issues, firstly the 3-5 was more like 6 pence, in fact it was 6 pence, the video makers suggestion that you could open many tabs also fell flat on it’s face as the website detects you are doing this and cuts the video streams, in fact you could only open 10 at most, and the mathematics just does not add up, because 10 times 6 is 60p and that would have to be one hell of a conversion rate to make that work!

No this was another example of offering something free to simply upsell based on a feeling of established trust with the provider, you see he offers you this for free, it won’t make you rich but if you have no money at all you can do this right now to make some and then try the big money making idea that he has later with all your passively earned income , accept it doesn’t work out you are still skint but everything he said was true, well it was true-ish, I mean you didn’t make the $4 an hour but you did make some, and yeah you can cash out by PayPal but only after you have taken $50 in vouchers or some such rubbish first, but he was honest and he did say he was making a lot of money doing this other thing, you have a look and get out the $599 dollars it costs for that course because he is a good guy.

The pitch is as old as the hills, as is the self deprecating pitch, “don’t believe me? I wouldn’t either after all you don’t know me but…….” is also everywhere reeling desperate people in because they empathise with your natural cynicism, this is what has bothered me the most and prompted me to write this post, hopefully making people think twice before supporting the lifestyles of these most useless of members of society.

It Must Work for Some, Surely?

Yes it does, or more accurately yes it did, you see there is a myth that the Internet is infinite, and as I have discussed before while that is far from true it also doesn’t mean that you cannot still become mega rich from it, so lets take a case of Pewdiepie, he started in 2006 when YouTube had just 65,000 uploaded videos and 10 million users a month, and he now earns 8 million a month, so it can be done right? what if I told you that YouTube now has 300 hours of video uploaded every minute 24 hrs a day 365 days a year, with 5 billion viewed a day between 30 million users, you see no matter how big something is you can fill it, and Mr Kjellberg is not going to step aside to allow you to make a name for yourself, and don’t look to Google to shoot one of their Golden Geese to help a struggling YouTuber, it doesn’t seem quite so attainable now does it ? in fact it is not, despite what people will tell you, why shouldn’t Pewdiepie tell you just to be yourself and you will get the views, what has he got to lose? to be honest 8 million a month if he is right!

Avoid These Like the Plague

  1. Survey schemes – there is no better way to waste your time for no gain at all than taking part in 99 percent of online-surveys, they are useless at best and just information gathering at worst, and there is never any money at the end of it just gift cards or points that can be exchanged when you have a hundreds of them.
  2. Watch videos/ads for money – think about it for a minute advertisers pay like $5 for a thousand views, so how much is the company likely to pay you to watch them ?
  3. Live webinar invites – So far I have not seen a single genuine one, honestly not one, they are all just pre-recorded and sitting on a server making the true definition of “passive income” for the Guru that snares you to watch it, if only one or two out of the hundreds that go on to watch it sign up for the equally pre-recorded course then that is possibly as much as 2 or 3 k every hour and a half of nearly every day, not bad for spending a couple of hours making a video.
  4. Anybody that starts by saying this not a get rich quick scheme – if they don’t have enough respect for their potential audience to think that they already know that, then it is simply a pathetic attempt to make you think they are being genuine.

There are more, people claiming to make millions each week but sitting in their mums basement on a cheap webcam, bundles of cash lying around a crappy office that looks like it is falling down, or when you can just see the edge of the green screen that the Lamborghini is being CGI’d in with.

And for the ones that have got the money, I would love to know if they made their millions before or after they filmed the courses, you see it really isn’t that difficult, and the course content for the most part is simply, find something to sell, create and advert, put it in front of customers and make money, you then wrap a lot of screenshots and lengthy vague explanation around it all tied up with a disclaimer and you are good to go, price it at an outrageous price but offer it for half that and of course there are limited places because of the demand and that they want to retain the integrity of the system.

So the Money Making System ?

Simple, have a think, come up with a plan no matter how insane or unlikely to succeed and document it either with an ebook (easy to sell) or a YouTube channel and charge as much as you want for it, spend a little on advertising and it’s all good.

This may all sound a little bitter but I have spent an inordinate amount of time going down these various rabbit holes and I actually resent it, after all it’s my time, and I am trying to create more of it not piss it away listening to these snake oil salesmen, and to be honest I could have spent it learning skills or creating a business that can actually grow, I will be removing the advert for the video watching because it is worthless and I hope that this blog at least stops somebody from giving time or money to these parasites.

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End of the Affiliate Journey – For now at least

Possibly not the update that anybody was expecting, but life has a funny way of telling you things, small signs here and there that the direction you are taking is not the best path, I have spent some considerable time now with the Affiliate Marketing and the initial idea, which was to use paid for Facebook ads to promote a product and use Clickbank to get paid for doing so.

Things to consider when starting

  1. This is not going to be for free, Websites, YouTube videos and Guru’s sometimes try to push this message and it is fundamentally wrong, this business requires just one ingredient Traffic and this traffic needs to have some value, as in it needs to be directed, simply throwing 1000 unqualified leads at a landing page is highly unlikely to get any result, and traffic costs my friend, either in your time to build up a following on social media or in cash to by advertisements.
  2. The second thing is really an extension of the first point and was ultimately my undoing at this time, you will still need Time and quite a measurable amount too, think about it, you have to create landing pages, creatives and static ads (these can be done for free) and then place them and monitor the spending, as a side note you will notice that the majority of the success stories start with the phrase “I lost my Job” or “when I was eighteen” or some such other narrative that when you scratch beneath the surface implies that they started with a lot of time on their hands.
  3. Nearly all of the videos on YouTube are only half of the story, and in fact I would say it’s not even half more like one quarter, I promise that the curse of the blank page is nothing compared to staring at a video ad looping over and over and not knowing how to make it feel right and professional, and hiring somebody to do it is more money.

One of the conclusions I came to was this, the vast majority of the affiliate programs are centred around selling more affiliate training programs, I actually have a moral issue with this as it adds no value to peoples lives, These are nothing more than pyramid schemes in my opinion and ultimately although they can make money for some they do not for the vast majority of people involved.

I am not saying that affiliate programs are not viable in any way, I have links on this website to books that if anybody bought through me I would receive money, it would not make me rich but it would be earned simply as a by-product of something I enjoy doing, and as the reach of the website increases the scope for more people to see the links and click them also increases, this provides potential return on one time effort, and this is probably as close to Passive Income as it is possible to get.

Summary

In summary I feel it only right to say that the path to affiliate marketing that I started to take is best described as cynical, it would have worked with a larger budget and a smaller moral stance, quick money can be made this is true, but quick money is Small money, along the way I have spent time listening to giants of business and investing and a lot of their words have rung true with me, I understand the need for a side hustle if you have a day job as this is the only way to start on the road to financial freedom as all too often we start looking for money when we have grown out of our current income, and I also understand and would happily advise anybody that has the time and the freedom to dedicate every waking moment to affiliate marketing should do so, success stories are not always a tissue of lies to extract your hard earned money, a good amount of the time they are true and a reflection of what that person managed to achieve with their particular circumstances, just remember that their circumstances are NOT yours and you need to evaluate carefully what you can sacrifice in order to reach your goal, I am going to move toward the side hustle and will happily share any successes I have with you all on here, as well as getting on with the other side of the traineesuperhuman, the fitness and life motivation.

Till next time, run as fast as you can but make sure you have the right road!

Overcome the curse of the Blank Page

You probably wouldn’t have noticed but I have not posted for a while now, this is due, in part, to me not feeling particularly well and having very little energy for concentration, and partly because I just didn’t have anything to say, nothing to fill the page with that I felt would be of any use to anybody that followed me and no interest to anybody who might breeze past looking for something to read.

The problem was that I never tried to write anything, I didn’t open the laptop and just start typing, until now, I read a post by a successful blogger sometime ago that proffered the opinion that nobody really cares what we have to say, it was a bleak picture that ultimately attacked the whole reason why people start to blog in the first place and questioned the motivation of their would-be audience, I personally did not hold that belief then and still do not to this day, but I can see where they were coming from, I didn’t write anything because I didn’t think I had anything to say, But yet here I am now typing furiously (mostly the delete button) and making a mountain of mistakes as the story is drawn out of me.

You see, sometimes your inner voices and personality bursts through, you have something to say and your hands become the instrument of that voice, however it is important to realise that it can be the other way too, by just starting to write you can draw thoughts out of your mind and onto the page a lot like a siphon, and sometimes you can even surprise yourself, so do people care ? well yes and no, but no more or less than people care in your day to day life, if they (and you) were honest you would happily admit that sometimes people seem completely engaged in what we are saying, they look at you intently and laugh in all the right places and they just get it you know? and others they are looking around the room missing the punchlines and searching for a way out, and we are no different, but this does not stop us talking, we make small talk and we converse with people simply by making our way through the day, never stopping to wonder if what we are saying is of interest.

So when the blank page stares at you and you stare back at it wondering what to do and questioning if what you have to say is good enough just start typing, anything just words, the moment you do guess what ? it’s not a blank page anymore you have won!

What happened to the Affiliate Marketing?

You probably didn’t even think to ask, but it was one of my most popular posts to date and I do hope that it was of use to people and helped to demystify the beginnings, my stumbling block if you can call it that is to create good adverts, ones that look polished and not amateur like the one in the previous post, this has proved harder than I initially anticipated and even using GIMP and other open source tools, the learning curve is quite steep, as a side note this is something that is probably unique to me and you should give it a try to see if you can get to the top of the curve before I do! so I have made a decision to hire somebody from Fiverr to complete the advert for me, I m currently just going through the possibles to pick the one that seems to have the best portfolio, and looking at the prices for this work compared to the cost of the average marketing course I am still expending only a fraction of the investment required and I am not sure if any of these courses could actually teach you how to create a good professional advert without being a professional digital marketer.

So once I have done this I will continue my dive into affiliate marketing and hopefully after navigating Facebook advertising see some money rolling in!

So, In summary

Well that is it really, I have stalled on my affiliate marketing journey and I am just getting better from whatever the hell it was that I came down with, and hopefully I have inspired anybody out there who is struggling with the blank page to not give up but to simply start typing and then the page doesn’t seem so scary anymore.

Till next time………….

Work this affiliate stuff out for free (or very little)

So after yesterdays rant, I thought I would continue in the same vein, it has really started to get to me the more I look at it that these millionaires charge so much money to teach our grandmothers to suck eggs! I mean for the love of god…..

So I have put together literally all you need to know about the first stage which is Clickbank, I say Clickbank because it is the one I have an account with and it is one of the oldest and it hasn’t been closed down by any government agency for being fraudulent, however for the sake of balance there is also.

Amazon Associates
Rakuten
Affiliate.com

The above are three of the biggest and all were found by a google search and cost nothing to discover, I would also venture that once you delved deeper they would also cost nothing to join and promote the hell out of whatever takes your fancy.

Menu on Clickbank

However, once you have signed up for Clickbank (I had already done this and I did not think to document it) you make it into your account area and after confirming your email address for what seems like the millionth time you are presented with a screen that has all the basic information you might require in it, and a menu running across the top.

This menu is extremely self explanatory and you should start to have a click around while here to get a feel of the site and how it works.

Once you have done this it is time to pick something that you want to promote so, if you click Marketplace you are taken to another page that has the different Niches listed along the left hand side and these contain the different sectors from which you can pick a product or service to promote, there is a something to be aware of here and that is the Gravity rating again this is a fairly simple concept as it basically is the higher the number the more people are promoting that product right now and making money from it, the internet it would seem does not favour the brave soul selling umbrellas in the height of summer and sun tan lotion in the deep dark of winter, so look for the highest Gravity and start with that.

You can see that in the screenshot above I have ringed the two options you are looking for, namely the Gravity (top left) and the promote button (top right in blue) this is pretty much much what you are looking for, other terms are outlined below.

  • Initial sale – This is the average dollar value to the affiliate that drives the sale, so what you are likely to receive per sale.
  • Avg %Sale – This is the average or a sale including initial and rebill
  • Avg %rebill – The average total dollar value for rebill only

Once you have slid you sliders to where you want to start looking then you can hit the red promote button and be taken to this screen.

Hoplink (Affiliate Link)

This is your link that you must embed in your advertising for the system to track the sales that came from you, there is an option here as before selecting to get your hoplink to add an optional keyword to your tracking that would also be unique to you, this is useful if you want to create multiple hoplinks for the same product and track different advertising methods to see which perform the best.

Then crack on and create your advert !

Here is one I actually did, really quickly with GIMP editor and some free images, as you can see it really is not that good but I will explain why that is not important in a later post, you see it works as well, if you click it, it will take you too a paid survey sign up landing page (not mine).

Now this is literally all there is to starting on your journey, are you now rich, hell no and most certainly not with an advert that looks like that, by the way the advert above is the recommended Facebook dimensions of 1200×628 if anybody is interested.

It has cost nothing, GIMP is free, the image was free and my time at the moment is free, because there is nothing else financially productive I could be doing right now.

I will go into the various advertising programs and so on and continue my quest into affiliate marketing in future posts but for now, know two things, we can make this journey on our own and spend the thousands that we would on courses on advertising and traffic generation, or maybe just our kids and having a good time, and if your ADs suck ass like mine above your click rate will be pants!!!!!!.

Till next time..

Warren Buffett Says This 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else – Inc. – Pocket

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/warren-buffett-says-this-1-simple-habit-separates-successful-people-from-everyone-else?utm_source=pocket-newtab

I am not normally a follower of Warren Buffet because his strategies are almost all long term but, I feel that the message in this is valuable for all.