Sounds strange, but it’s something I was thinking about this morning, too often we spend so much concentrating on the cause of an issue, were we conned, was we treated unfairly and so on, and we lose sight of the symptom, just a thought but maybe this is wrong.
So try this, the cause is in the past and anything in the past can be dealt with at a slower pace, symptoms however, are in the present and will directly effect the here and now, take for instance debt or repossession with a bailiff at the door, you must deal with the symptom and not the cause because of all the people in the situation you are the only one that cares about the cause.
By clearing away the symptoms you are addressing the cause and you are healing from whatever has happened.
This will be the start of what I hope will help me to post more regularly, smaller post series that just goes through what I am thinking and feeling about the state of business and making that money to get out of the Rat Race, my two cents worth is not advice, it is not a prescription for wealth or greatness, my two cents worth is literally the observations of somebody trying (and ultimately failing at the minute) to create the business model we all crave.
Passive income = Bullshit!
Images like this are meant to depict the laptop lifestyle, when in fact she is most likely talking to a mate about going on holiday.
Investments are passive if somebody else does it, business is passive for you if you have employees and a management structure, any proper enterprise from selling rubber dog s**t to brokering huge real estate deals is ACTIVE I can’t stress this enough.
Real Passive Income
I promise you that this is real passive income, become a con artist, Jon Crestani, Jon Pemberthy and good old Alex Becker are all examples of people who are genuinely making passive income, they spend an inordinate amount of time creating content (like this lol)
This content, once created is then published to every video sharing and affiliate site on the internet, the invites go out and the pre-recorded “live seminars” run 24/7.
Payments are processed by automated payment companies and the money drops into their accounts like clockwork.
Nobody else will make that happen without doing exactly that.
Coffee Smells Divine
I am a humanist, one of the very few still left, I want people to succeed because I have worked out something that these morons have not, once you create a vacuum of wealth, money of itself becomes worthless, if there are no people left at the bottom of the pyramid to feed money to the top then all the money you have ceases to be a reality it is just a memory of days gone by, if you choose to make yourself some and sit down to study you will fine that the coffee really does smell devine.
Worked really well for the supplier that supplied us, and the 1000’s of other privateers that are vying for the space on instagram trying to peddle the same stuff with a different label, see the only way to make money is to find a way to scale beyond the one man one sale model.
This is not Rocket Science, Hundreds is More than One Right?
People this really is not difficult, look at any business opportunity and the first question you should ask is IS THIS SCALABLE? if it is worry about how to accomplish it after, if not walk right by, anything saying just watch videos to make 100 dollars a day forget it you can’t and you won’t, I know I have tried, and I even cheated through scripts and multiple hosts.
Build Something to Walk Away From
This should be your goal, if not then just get a job, because if you can never walk away from it and still receive money then that is all it is, a job, and believe me it is a job with more hours more more responsibility and a lot more risk.
Well that is it from me so stay safe and scale to the max, that is the only way to get rich in time, remember money is an idea it is thought that can never be realised, be spending that promise to others you can purchase back the precious hours of life and happiness that to this point you have given to others for a fraction of the promise of an idea that most of us cannot live long enough to realise.
Of course you can’t learn anything totally in 45 minutes, that would be crazy talk, I have seen courses claiming this and more however!, but what you can do is train yourself to learn anything and the way to start is in 45 minute sessions.
Is This A Course ?
Hell no, the only thing I will ever sell on here is advertising, and between you and me that is not even worth it, the point to this is that I have found a way that I have successfully used to pass three industry exams in four months from scratch, without cheating and without sacrificing any more time than I had to.
Start with learning how to Learn.
In healthy adults the average attention span for an untrained mind is 45 minutes, this is the window during which you can focus on the subject in hand, after which your mind will start to wander of it’s own accord, there is very little you can do about it, apart of course from training through practice to focus for longer.
What does Focus actually look like ?
The first thing to do is to define what focus looks like, it is not reading a document with one eye on the TV or whilst upgrading a system, or picking what you are going to have for dinner, focus, my friends is stopping all that you are doing and concentrating on one task, stream of information or text to the exclusion of all else for the period of consumption.
The human brain is a sponge, able to soak up as much information as we can find the time to put into it, when we see people that are able to perform great feats of intellect all we are seeing are people that have opened their minds to the reality that they can learn anything at will and retain like a steel database for future reference.
This Article Will Set You Free
If you let it, the words and sentiments, and in fact even more than that the intent behind this article will set you free, you do not need to buy anything from me, or subscribe to some paid for feed, simply try the following suggestions and see how quickly you can learn something, the world is full of knowledge and knowledge truly is power.
Phases of Enlightenment.
Clear your mind of distraction, this may mean for those among us that have children that this is done when they are asleep at night, do not shut your children out, the glory of achievement will pale in the pain of a strained relationship with a child that feels abandoned, any tasks that you cannot get done before sitting down to start focusing can wait 45 minutes, it really isn’t that long, the world will not end, but get this right and it may just become a nicer place for you and yours.
DO NOT USE A MOBILE PHONE TO TIME THE SESSION, you will be tempted to check how much time you have and if you light up that little devil in disguise you will end up looking at pictures of cats!
I use an hourglass sandtimer, they are cheap and available in 45 minute configurations as well as others for when you extend your focus time.
See it through to the end, seriously, don’t be tempted to stop at anytime and do something else, don’t get a coffee, tea or a reefer the size of a tree stump, just sit it out and finish at the 45 minute finish line.
when you have finished do something else immediately, something completely different from what you were doing, do not be tempted to keep on, your brain will have stopped learning without you knowing, only when you are completely comfortable that the information is all going in should you start to extend the time of your focusing.
Why Do This ?
If you can learn to do something to a competency that allows you to fulfil the function of a third party then the cost of that third party is no longer an expense, if you can learn anything in 45 minute bursts then you can effectively learn the vast majority of things within a week, this means that if you have supporting technologies for your business or need to understand the flow of money and investing more, give yourself a year and you will master it.
The internet has it’s faults, it is full of porn, hatred, mis-information and generally bad people trying to take your money and that of the uninformed, but among this is the largest repository of information the world and the human race has ever had access to, if you choose to do it, the line between the fantasy of Neo sat in the chair on the Matrix learning things at the speed of light and you trying to grasp a concept to further your business, career or finances blurs to almost insignificance.
Knowledge truly is power, it is the key to freedom and it is the only way you will beat the people that are trying to climb to the top on your shoulders, if you can learn to learn anything in 45 minutes, you are only ever a week or so away from being better than whatever rival is in your way.
This is what we are all looking for, a future filled with beautiful landscapes and no worries, but we will not get there without thinking for ourselves.
In recent weeks this blog has grown to over 300 subscribers, and for context that has taken me over two years to get there, additionally it has been in previous weeks that I have had so much to do that I have not posted a single thing, however when I was following all the recommendations about how often to post and what to write, I struggled to get over 150 subscribers, but I was tired, and over worked trying to complete my day job as well as the blog on a regular basis, I forgot why I started ironically by pursuing the goal with more and more dedication.
OK so I have noticed as well that a lot of people that have started subscribing are online marketers or people involved in affiliate marketing and such, while this is not a bad thing I challenge you to think of this, if you are following another GURU’s advice and working on it every night religiously to the cost of your freedom haven’t you just actually given yourself another drain on your time and another way to spend money?
And we all fall into the trap of thinking if we just spend a little we can get that extra hit that will create a sale and the viral sales avalanche that will make us rich, problem is for most of us that will never happen, and by most I mean literally 99.99%
I want to propose another way.
First Time Bullshit
Anybody Recognise this ?
The other day I was looking through Linkedin and I noticed a post from the owner / starter of the above brand, talking about how he built the company from nothing and how he stayed up all night packing parcels and printing t-shirts, if we ignore the fact that basically the brand is simply just that, a marketing exercise, the fact is that he was the first person to try social media marketing, that is a fact, they sent some of their clothing to people that had established youtube channels and they basically sold the product for them.
This can never happen again, I am not bitter or stressed by it, I just want people to stop chasing the advice of people that got there first, if you do not believe me then just look how many clothing brands are out there trying to be Gymshark, you don’t see their CEO’s on Linkedin talking about how much money they have because they don’t have any.
So to listen to how this guy did it should be a lesson in how to spot a gap in the market, or get lucky, or simply just for the entertainment value of listening to somebody who has what you want flaunting it in your face and charging you for the privilege of sitting there being told they have more money than you.
All the time you spend listening to the Bullshit is more time that you could be building your business.
Two Ways to Freedom
So there are only two ways, unless you have made it and are just here for a laugh, the first is of course to come up with an original idea, by original idea I do not mean just a new product or a new way of selling, this can mean (and often does) just a new way of approaching advertising.
Like the Amazon’s and Gymshark’s of this of this world you can find a way to do something that people have never seen before and then work at it till you are blue in the face, you see I don’t say that the people behind those brands (and many others like them) didn’t work hard, they did and they also worked against great adversity, being the new person on the block is always harder because people seem to actively want you to fail, you only have to look back at when Jeff Bezos started Amazon to see the ridicule that he got in the press and on the internet that in a twist of irony he now just about owns.
if you manage to find something like this then for gods sake keep plugging away at it because it will succeed (with a few caveats obviously)
The second way is the way that most of us will need to achieve in order to succeed, that is to take something that somebody is already doing and throw enough money at it so you can ram it down peoples throats 24/7 until they start buying, best example is Bang energy drinks, that guy just kept appearing like a bad smell and threw millions at advertising in an already saturated market, he succeeded where others had failed because he had money to throw at it.
However for most people who are on the internet trying to make money that is simply not an option, drowning slowly in debt, barely keeping up payments, we have become exactly what the establishment wants us to be, drones.
F**K You I Won’t Do What You Tell Me!
Now I am not some crackpot radical that believes that we don’t need money to be happy, and that the path to true happiness is to shed the bonds of commercialised consumerism, hell no! I am as materialistic as the next person, but I believe in wealth not credit lifestyles with glass floors just waiting to crack.
What the Establishment Want
I have said this many times before and I will say it again, the establishment, governments, law enforcement, societies, the rich and the famous, need to keep people like us moving through the meat grinder process.
The steps that keep the rich rich and the poor short lived are obvious if you look long enough at the people around you.
BORN – Be born and start on your way down the path of servitude, enjoy this time because it is the only time you are truly free as an individual.
GO TO SCHOOL – Education is essential, you need to learn to read and to write, without this you are at a constant disadvantage, however the education system is designed condition you from the outset and teach you what you need to be a good productive cog, here you learn enough to know what you want and that you will need to finance it to get it.
GET A JOB – Ever stop to think when you clock on in the morning why you are picking up the shit and the guy that owns the company is on a beach somewhere not giving a damn if you live or die, even leaders like Richard Branson showed is true colours during the pandemic when he made the decision from his private island to lay off loads of employees due to budget issues, this job is your prison it is your ball and chain that you begin your productive life with.
GET A MORTGAGE – Mortgage (Death Contract) a house built with financed money that does not exist is given to you for a payment each month until you die or pay it off, there is no value to the house, there is no value to the contract but you will give earned money to the bank making your liability their asset.
PROGRESS – Just through the job market though until you can pay as much tax as you can earn while huge corporations delay tax payments for years and then pay only what they see fit.
TAKE OUT LIFE INSURANCE – Pay the same institutions that you are paying for your house to insure you against the ultimate end, providing more money for them to lend to others and make more interest on, and when you die they simple wipe the debt based on the insured amount, pursue your family for the rest and then somebody else comes along and “buys” the house from them as they are the ones that can provide the Mortgage.
DIE – And don’t forget to pay for your funeral upfront because if you don’t and your family don’t have the money it is a bin bag for you!
Screw the System
Screw Robert Kyosaki, his first successful business endeavour was the book he wrote on becoming rich, the man is a puppet of the banking system, in fact I will go further it is people like him that rely on us mere workers to live their lavish lifestyles, in previous posts I have fallen into the trap of thinking that may be the way, if you look back you will find them as I do not delete anything, this blog is about a learning path, not me trying to claim I have the answers, before you start and indeed where I have started and am continuing to progress through is clear your debt.
If you owe money on something then it is not yours, you only have to stop paying for a month or two and see, so here is the first really harsh lesson, however you choose to do it, through working extra jobs or doing some low paying online stuff, take that money and pay off your debts, own your life, take it back from the establishment and start to live.
Once your life is yours you will have started the journey, don’t invest money when you have debt as you will never get a return that is higher than the debt you are paying out, in the worst of scenarios, you could actually be making yourself more poor by having investments.
This weeks Takeaway
I encourage anybody who has taken the jump to buy their life and the lives of their children and partners back from the establishment meat grinder, however you are doing that, but please think carefully about the way you are doing it, anytime you owe money you are owned, stop being owned, stand up and be your own person, you only need to make it through the first year or son before you amass enough money to be able to purchase the people that are required to really make money, once you make that money you get the power to stand at the devils right hand as opposed to being in his path.
Spend this year or more if needed buying your freedom, then once you have done that spend another year making that freedom exactly what you want it to be, and don’t fall for the meat grinder.
What is your life worth ? have you ever stopped to think ? how much time are you wasting and what will it cost you in the long run ? how much time are you using to forward your goals and dreams and what do you see as reasons that you haven’t got there yet ?
All valid questions but how honest are you going to be with the answers ?
Most peoples primary goal is money, it was certainly mine and I wish I could tell you that it is not but the reality still is that the amount of power you have directly relates to the quality of life that you have and the easiest way to get power is through money, this being said how much money do you actually need ? and what are the goals with that money ?
For instance take Bill Gates, a multi Billionaire, money does not have the same meaning in his world as it does ours, when he makes another million tomorrow he will likely not even realise it, let alone react, for you and me of course this is not the case, unless you have already made it then a million tomorrow would illicit a much different response.
I started several businesses with the goal of becoming wealthy, egged on by the videos on YouTube, the Guru’s and the sheer fact that there is so much money to be made on the internet that surely some of it could be mine, the whole reason for this blog was to make money, but as I went further into the void that is internet marketing this blog took on a different purpose.
The Desperation Trade
For the majority of us on the internet looking to start a business we need to change the financial climate that we have usually mounting debt or the realisation that we have no money for our future stirs us into action and we start casually surfing for online businesses and see the purported wealth of others through Social Media and through advertising campaigns.
But we are desperate to change our situations and that of our families so that makes us a target for con men (and women) and there are plenty out there taking up aim.
Important First Questions
Ask your self this, when was the last time you saw a millionaire or billionaire on YouTube or on Instagram selling you a course on how to become a millionaire ? say Bill Gates get Rich Quick Scheme, or Richard Branson explains Amazon Marketing for a six figure income ? never and I tell you right now you never will.
So when you look at these schemes just think for a minute how do I know they are really a millionaire ? how do I know that they made their money before they made this course to sell to me?
If you can’t qualify these two questions then walk away because if you can’t see that these two questions have valid answers that make sense then the person you are seeing is a fraud.
All Guru’s are Frauds ?
Well in a word yes, if anybody wants to claim they are a Guru and they can make you millions then I would be suspicious, human nature just doesn’t work that way, and when it does it is a very rare thing, look at the people with enough money to fix the vast majority of problems around the world, do they do it ? no, there are Billionaires that have amassed enough private funds to fix poverty and still be multi millionaires but they don’t because it is their money, and why should they give their money away.
Some DO have a lot of money though ?
Yes they do and to be honest anybody at the start of something they make work will make money, and probably a lot of it, but if what they started was a course on how to make money then it is still useless to you, there is only a few things to remember when trying to make money and buy back the time in your life from the establishment.
1. You can Make Money
Yes you can, if you are able to use a computer and you have an idea that you see through then you can make money, how much depends on way to many factors to list in this article but we will discuss this later.
2. Do One Thing and be the BEST at it
If you are the best at anything then you will make exponentially more than the others in the same field, cake makers for instance, most are just small bakeries that turn a profit but never really make enough to have the owner quit work, and then there are some who truly go the extra mile and are the best who make it onto telly and have the rich and famous queuing up for their cakes, how many things you are good at however is down to your capacity, but if you make sure that you never do anything in a mediocre fashion you will do fine.
3. The Internet is a medium not another World
Often forgotten this one, the Internet is so all encompassing that we tend to think that the laws governing our physical world do not apply when we are on the internet, this is not true, the internet is STILL the medium it has not become the platform and it never can be, what I mean by this is the advertising and the sales are all virtual sure, but the humans that interact with the stores and the adverts are still human and respond to the same human wants and desires.
Your First Steps to Wealth
To get back to the title of this article I would like to draw your attention to the cost of your time, conventional lifestyles are, born, educated to serve, serve, retire, die.
Your first step is to see that you are worth so much more than that, the only thing in life we cannot get back that we spend without thinking is time, the time to write this for instance has to be balanced with a reward or it is not worth it, the time you took to read it has to mean you gained something from it or it was not worth it.
So before checking into the next “exclusive webinar” (yeah right) ask your self, would I be better off watching this or instead looking at my finances and working out how I can save money and put it toward buying my life from the world.
If the answer is yes look at your finances then great I will see you next week, if however you sit down with a cup of coffee at the webinar and start taking notes I wish you good luck, cos you will need it.
Does anybody read posts these days, did they ever for that matter? I tried to find out in my previous post by putting a free offer in the lower part of the post should anybody choose to comment, nobody did I have look at why I think that is and fill you in the latest GFPharma news!
Discovery of issue
In my previous post I put, at the end, as an experiment, the offer of a free bottle of vitamins from my new supplement company, this was done essentially to see if anybody actually read all the way to the bottom and so far nobody has taken me up on my offer,
So what does this tell me? it tells me that the vast majority of people that read the posts aren’t actually reading the posts, of course it could also mean is that nobody really wants to take me up on my offer of free vitamins from my company, however I’m hoping that’s not the case because if it is that does not bode well for any future business.
I still Appreciate the views and the likes!
While I appreciate the views and the likes the problem with this is it indicates the vast majority of posts that are published on to WordPress (at least in my case) and I venture any other social platform for that matter are hardly ever read, now whilst this may sound like I’m taking this personally and that I am complaining people aren’t reading all the way to the bottom, it is something that we need to be aware of in marketing, because the same will be for my posts as yours and the ones that you read, if the generally recognized action is to simply skim over the title and then like the post in order to get onto the the list of people that have liked the post to promote your own profile, it doesn’t really benefit anybody, I get some views but I don’t get ad impressions because nobody was actually on the website so I don’t get any revenue I don’t get to pass on what I’ve said through all my message and ultimately I don’t get too forward what I’m doing the blog for.
This isn’t going to be some long rant about how we manage to get people to read all of our posts, it is simply observation of the fact that I could probably have made any offer on that post in the secure knowledge that it would never be taken up.
Persistence is the Answer
However, I will happily continue to create posts and share as much knowledge as I can, I am assuming (rightly or wrongly) that the reason for the lack of full attention from many readers is basically due to my lack of authority within the consumer space, what I mean by this is with my very small amount of followers currently at 220 I believe, I am happy to accept that I am not seen as an authority on anything where as people with more followers say 2000 or 3000 will be seen as worth reading all the way through.
And following from the previous post, not the earn $1,000 a month post, this was another experiment based around checking to see how many people are looking for the quick route as opposed to working for the successes online, and to be fair that last post actually garnered a lot more views and likes in a shorter time frame than the one prior to it, I will provide an update.
The plot unfortunately, with GFR Pharma thickens, one problem we appear to have is the absence of the ability to accept payments through PayPal, we set up a PayPal account previously for the company but for some reason something has gone wrong, given the recent events around covid-19, it is becoming very difficult to contact any support within PayPal unless I wait for 5 and 1/2 hours on the phone, this is of course something that I haven’t got the ability to do due to time constraints.
Marketing Tip Shopify
There are are multiple sales channels available within Shopify, but they all have their own unique dependencies and one of the unique dependence specifically for eBay, is the ability to accept payments through PayPal, I believe this is based around eBay’s rather aggressive returns policy and PayPal’s equally aggressive refund policy, wherein essentially eBay will refund the customer and then follow up on the arbitration as to who was actually to blame for any issues that were raised as part of the purchase.
Onward and upward
We will carry on and we will work out the problems with PayPal and ultimately get that sales channel working my advice, is to not expect everything to go completely smoothly for What It’s Worth, I think the sales channels within Shopify are brilliant they work really slickly when they work, they provide a “ single pane of glass” view into Facebook, Google, eBay, and other social networking sites, allowing you through the use of API’s to construct and deploy marketing campaigns to the sites, the linking in the background can be a little finicky and it has to be admitted has taken myself and my partner a few attempts to get right, the biggest single piece of advice I can give anybody is to completely document what accounts are linked to what and where the permissions lie, during the course of setting up the sales channels we opened several accounts using the credentials we thought we needed to use, and ended up almost in a cycle of things not working because certain permissions were in place, if we had documented it from the start we would have been able to follow our documentation going back over the things we have done to see where the problems were, this literally was a case of not planning well enough.
Plan as if your life depends on it – it does!
By planning what I mean is don’t just run headlong into starting an online business it is not as easy as the gurus on YouTube will tell you, the people that make it in online businesses don’t simply sit on sun loungers on a beach in Mexico tapping away at the keyboard making millions, it really doesn’t happen immediately, as I am so fond of saying, I’ve said in many previous posts the ability to actually do that, to sit on that beach in Mexico, to make millions, and to enjoy a relaxed life where you are living as I see everybody should, by which I mean free of money stress it takes a lot of planning in a lot of groundwork,
Plan everything from the start, plan what you want to sell how you want to sell it where you want to sell it who you want to sell it to how they are going to see it where they’re going to see it what they going to do to interact with it how you’re going to get billed for that interaction, because absolutely nothing in life is free and don’t ever think for a second that it is, is and write it all down so that you can reference it as in when you need to because once you’ve done that you’ll find it working forward progressing your business advertising to your customers will be a lot quicker more efficient and provide a bigger return on investment based on the fact that you don’t have to completely reconsider every time you do something what you’re doing it for trying to reach and how.
As always good luck with all your endeavors, I will be back with another post tomorrow hopefully and hopefully good news, but meanwhile I’m going to continue on with trying to work out all the kinks and the problems and one day, just one day maybe I might just make it.
I have been as guilty as some of claiming all the time that Google is your friend, and in some respects it is, but crucially not in this case, and I will explain why, and at the same time try and convince would be entrepreneurs to stop using ad blockers when they are surfing the internet and other peoples blog posts on this subject, so without further ado if you want to know why I think google is a tool and not your friend, read on.
Google is the tool you need
No doubt about it, if you want to stand a chance of getting your products out there and start selling then you have to master google, that is where the vast majority of customers will find out about your products, and of course we all want to be on the first page results of a google search.
The problem comes in when you try to comply with Google’s requirements, to draw a parallel, have you ever sat at a computer and it has failed to do something and given you an “unspecified error” or simply say “oops, something went wrong” well this appears to be the case when setting up the Shopify channels to Google,
Now it is possible that the implementation of the channel is at issue and to be honest I currently have a support ticket open with them, to investigate this.
But for now rest assured that google is a beast that will need to be tamed if you want to make a success of any of your endeavours.
The problem with Google
Ok so, speaking specifically about my issue with Google and the potential for frustration is that I have complied with all the requirements for my store in order to be able to use the free version of Google’s product sync service (one has to wonder if I would be facing the same issue with the paid service) and the message I am getting is that Google has notice my site does not comply with the terms of service.
I have no idea what this could be, frankly I have been over the site with a fine tooth comb and there are only a handful of requirements to fulfill.
Add a Valid Payment Provider, so you have to remove the dummy gateway that is used for testing purposes.
Create the store, not sure why this is second as really it would be only possible to complete the above if you had completed this step.
Confirm that there is a refund policy on the site, now we have refunds included with our terms of service, I am thinking as I write this that perhaps as this has been an almost instant message that the initial crawl is definitely a bot, this means potentially that I need to add a page titled refund policy or at least signify a section using an HTML header for the bot to see, I will do this and update the post to reflect the results.
Confirm that payment providers are displayed on the website, yes they are.
Confirm that you have contact information visible on your website, I do.
These are the main criteria, and so far, with the exception of the revelation I shared in point 3, I have fulfilled all requirements, so we will see what the results are later today, I will keep the post updated with any movement.
My point with regard to the above is that although the terms are set out quite clearly the error message that you get back is a little vague, it simply is.
Now you may very well be thinking that if I press learn more that all my problems will be solved but sadly no, it simply takes me to the channel configuration page that I saw previously.
You did previously bang on about Google free training, what about that?
Well, yes I did, and frankly I have not completed anywhere near as much of the advice that I gave in this post and so I cannot say if the answer to the question lies within, I would suspect however that it probably does.
So I will start looking at the training material and see if it comes true, but bear this in mind, if you are starting a business that requires stock, as ours does, there is an investment that is sitting in your house/warehouse/Amzon Shelving, that is losing money, in our case particularly these are perishable items, they need to be sold and consumed within a finite amount of time, Ok this is quite a lot of time but still….
Work Hard not Fast
So in complete contrast to the above statement, I want to say that the chances are the majority of people starting these types of business have been sold a lie and are desperate for a change in lifestyle,
The lie that is sold is by thousands of marketing online guru’s that plague the internet selling their wares like an old west snake oil salesman, you cannot make a million overnight it just won’t happen, and give that I am now some months into the process most of them advocate I can assure you that it is far from easy or quick to get to where they are, but that info just isn’t glamorous is it?
You do have to keep plugging at what you are doing, blog writers such as myself keep writing knowing that the chances of anybody reading this far down are next to zero, in fact the first person to comment in on this post will receive a free bottle of vitamins from my company with the greatest of pleasure, but only the first lol, I am trying to make money not give it away, hehe.
Don’t let the apparent lack of progress stop you, if you keep trying it may not work, sure but if stop trying it will definitely not work.
Shameless product placement
You will have noticed all the product placement all over this post (and many more to come) it is shameless, I simply am promoting my products, and even if nobody clicks on them here I still get the link backs from this site, seriously build a huge presence and you will change your life forever, I wish everybody good luck in all their endeavors, till next time!
So I’ve been experimenting today and yesterday with varying ways of advertising, you could have literally the best product in the world but if nobody knows it’s there or they can purchase it well you know they ever gonna make any money, so listed below are the top 5 ways I drive traffic to my site read on!.
Oddly, Actually in order!!
Facebook.com – has to be the first one, however it should be noted that it isn’t a panacea, frankly the ways of getting Facebook advertising into Shopify were so complicated and convoluted that it literally took the longest time of everything here, the linking of ad accounts, business accounts, that it wants to know who’s going to pay the bill (obviously) it is massively over complicated, and if I’m going to be completely honest 48 hours later I’m still actually no further forward, not strictly true but I haven’t set it up completely yet.
Google – These two should have been joint first place, and it could be argued that they do go hand in hand, but where they are similar mainly, is the fact that they are literally the go-to for their particular reasons so exactly the same as vacuum cleaners becoming known as hoovers because that was the familiar brand, social media has become Facebook, and searching for stuff on the internet has become known as Googling which of course I don’t need to tell any of you, this actually was fairly simple, you add the sales channel, then you add it to an account, you are given a merchant account and it then syncs all your products to google shopping search, this takes between 24 to 36 hours to start coming into effect, so don’t expect to set this up and suddenly make a million and one sales, there are also two ways of doing this, there is the unpaid version, which is simply referred to as Google Sync, and this simply syncs your products to Google pages to be suggested along with other purchase suggestions when people look for products, and there is a paid version, Which is called smart shopping, and this is as I say paid for and you require a budget and for that see my last post.
Additionally specifically through Shopify you can setup a sync to an eBay account, of course this requires an eBay account and as at the time of writing my business partner is sound asleep and therefore I can’t get the account details to link it so when he calls I will update this post with those details as well, but I would imagine and then it’s going to be simply using eBay’s API to pass advert and products across to their site on your account eBay again is a huge resource as far as selling products is concerned because it is one of those go-to sites for consumers.
Instagram – The old favourite, this is where things start to get a little complicated, because you end up in a situation where you almost have a reciprocal and cyclical advertising loop, when you link to Facebook you have to remember that Facebook is inherently and natively linked to Instagram, my advice really is to make sure that you are not paying twice or setting up multiple advertising campaigns, inadvertently replicating each other, be aware that your business account on Facebook is also going to offer you the ability to advertise on Instagram and vice versa, so when creating the sales Channel in Shopify bear that in mind.
Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Mix – and indeed all the other photo and lifestyle sharing sites, Although last on the list, they are of massive importance, however I don’t regard them as directly and purely marketing applications, the one thing we’re all trying to achieve, is brand awareness we all want people to know what our brand is, Where it can be found and indeed how good it is, it also doesn’t hurt to have many people using it and speaking about it at length.
Now I have bored you to death!
As I stated previously the social media Revolution has allowed anybody and everybody with the right tenacity and patience to make a lot of money online, it is now no longer the mutual domain of big companies with investment plans and a huge loan from the bank that can go on and make the money, the only thing you require is the ability to keep pushing when it looks like you’re getting nowhere, this business and indeed any online business is simply a matter of figuring out the Mathematics and equations, literally if you build it and you tell them it’s there they will come.
So very short post this time just to keep people updated, hopefully enough people care, I appreciate the fact that a lot of my advice appears to be to not take people’s advice and to learn for yourself, the reason I say this is because there are too many people who have failed or who have tried to run a business and haven’t made it then go on to sell the process they used for great profit, and I personally don’t like that.
That being said, if there is anything you think I can help with other is anything that you think you want me to try and clarify that I haven’t put across particularly well, please by all means leave a comment, and I will reply as soon as I possibly can.