Your Life Worth – Time Wasting and Using.

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 ?

Money

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.

Till next week……

An Honest Update – For Your Sake Read This!

So it has been six months since we started the businesses, the supplement company, and the t-shirt business on the back of that, so it is high time we injected an honest update into the internet and please for your sake read this, not for my sake as I have already made the best choice I think for myself and my goals.

Supplement Company

As you may or may not recall the business I started was a supplement company, called GFPharma, I found the suppliers and paid the money just before covid struck and we began,

So far the company has cost us more money than it has made, in fact, without going into the actual financials (I am by trade a network security engineer so I am paranoid about what is and isn’t shared) we have lost that much money that if you count the initial purchase as a loss (which it becomes should the company cease) then we have DOUBLED our loss.

Marketing Strategy

A word of mitigation, when we started we both accepted that neither of us were experienced at online marketing so this would be a slow burner, however the actual experience of doing the marketing was as soul destroying as it can possibly get.

Methods we Tried

  1. Facebook Advertising (unpaid)
  2. Facebook Advertising (paid)
  3. Instagram Posts (unpaid)
  4. Instagram promotions (paid)
  5. Contacting “Influencers” on Instagram (more on them later)
  6. Google Advertising (unpaid)
  7. Google pay per click (paid as name suggests)
  8. Traditional Advertising (at local gym)
  9. Product Placement (at local gym)
  10. Merchandise
  11. Free Giveaways
  12. Free Giveaways (to product testers)
  13. Starting a Facebook page for engagement
  14. Creating Fitness Blogs

The Result

More money loss, we increased visits “clicks” to the Shopify shop but no sales, as a result of this we underwent a massive re-design of the site and had it assessed to check that it looked and felt professional, it has to be said at this point that Shopify do a really good job on the whole providing both the shop fronts and help and assistance when it is required.

No sales, No sales, No sales, this is the only message I have from this, the product is good the quality is on point and the website looks good so what was missing?

Before we discuss the truth, a word about my favourite subject, Instagram “Influencers”

Influencers

The news and the media have always buzzed with the downfall of stars from all walks of fame and fortune, from young to old they fall at an alarming rate as the reality that they are no more important than the next agents paycheck and that they are not the people that the admiring public hold on a pedestal.

The human mind craves reassurance, we seek out acceptance and the approval of peers constantly it is the way we are made, and when you “normalize” fame by allowing the greater population to become famous the problem does not dissipate it just gets worse.

When reaching out to these people the response when we got one was lacklustre and non-committal, the sums of money that they wanted based on an amount of people that had the potential to see their post on the feed that they scroll through at the speed of light was annoying to say the very least.

Here is the the thing, these poor pathetic bastards with their meagre following of 14k people or even 100k cannot handle the fact that they are not worth any money at all to advertise with, but they will ask because to them 100k people that have clicked follow seems a lot, as a way of justifying my statement here are some follower counts of actual famous people that can command money for who they are.

  1. Dwayne Johnson 200 Million Followers
  2. Justin Bieber 127 Million Followers
  3. Salma Hayek 14.7 Million Followers
  4. Rihanna 87.6 Million Followers

Our company was not big enough to even be of interest to them on the whole, as you can tell I am bitter but I also find it fascinating that they cannot see the comparison between themselves and their social desperation and the fact that fame and fortune on any platform has the same has it has always been.

Motivational Speakers

If you were to believe all the bullshit on youtube and the internet as a whole you would believe that there is just a method you can follow and that it will make you rich, the fact is that there isn’t, I do not want to destroy any dreams that may be bolstered by these utter pieces of crap, unless you have money you cannot make money that is an evergreen fact.

Awkward Truth

You need money to make money, all these videos and courses will always leave this out, sure you may be able to con people into selling your course for you like Jon Crestani, or try and bore people to death by releasing video after video on youtube telling people that success comes from not masturbating like Project Life Mastery, or even listen to the inane rantings of Alex Becker shouting at you after you have watched the adverts that pay for his very affluent and comfortable lifestyle.

But for the more morally gifted amongst us you still need MONEY FIRST, this is why.

  1. Advertising Costs – A lot, and when I say a lot I mean it, the internet is a numbers game and a budget of 1k just won’t cut it, bank on spending a lot more.
  2. Adverts Cost – Different from above because unless you are in advertising you will not be able to put together anything that is remotely enticing, I spent hours and hours and it still looked shit.
  3. Algorithms – You will always be at the mercy of algorithms unless you more than satisfy point one.
  4. Products – We started with a physical product, and that is why we failed, we did not have the money to buy in enough quantity to compete with the prices and insane discounts that the industry leaders employ to keep small companies down.

You Can Make Money

But do your due diligence first, market research is easy, just google whatever you are going to sell and look at your competition, that will give you an idea of what you need to do to compete.

And there is a really nasty home truth that is sometimes the business you want to do just won’t work it is as simple as that, with the majority of people getting their information and advertising from the internet these days you have to have enough money to convince the social media companies, which let’s face it is really only one company Facebook, you will not get any customers.

I will give you what I have learned so far absolutely free.

  1. Save Money First – Sort out your personal finances before beginning, you will need a lot more money than you think.
  2. Don’t think that you can have a side hustle that will make you rich – listen closely to all these people that make these videos, they all started with nothing, no distractions which means no side hustle, they could focus, and a lot of them had nothing to lose.
  3. Focus – as above if you do have distractions, you can still make it but it will take much much longer, and cost a lot more money in the long run.
  4. Learn Social Media – not hoe to take the best picture of your arse, or “accidently” show to much cleavage to get likes, but understand how they manipulate your posts and your exposure.
  5. Remember that Money Talks – Always has and always will.

Conclusion

I hope this has been helpful and I also hope that you succeed where I so far have failed, and that I can at some point in the future add some content to this blog that indicates I have cracked the code, I apologise if you have found any of this controversial but the fact is that the truth is often controversial and all this is purely my own opinion any way.

Gfpharma.co.uk goes podcasting

Well, friends it’s like this, I haven’t posted in a while because I, like everyone else has been trying to get my head together with this covid nightmare, so as the title suggests gfpharma.co.uk goes podcasting in a bid to generate traffic and interest.

I will be putting a summing up of how the business has gone so far quite soon and suffice to say it doesn’t make for light reading, but I think that it is a message that needs to be put out there.

Spoiler alert, there are lies and then there are online business guru’s

So far we have made a minus balance and the trend looks to be consistent, so if you do not have the appetite for my next post then just take that as a warning, always assume bullshit until proved otherwise.

Valuable lesson

However all the money we have spent has not been wasted, the experience has taught me more about online marketing and life in general than I could have learned anywhere else, this I have carried into my podcasts, it is time for the bullshit to end and I hope to do my part to bring about that end, so please have a listen (or not) and I will catch you very soon, be lucky everybody.

Check out my podcast, GFPharma Fitness, on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/gfpharma

You are everything at first !!

I wanted to point out some of things that are missed by the Guru’s, you are everything at first, and what I mean by that is that you are marketing, sales, picking/packing customer relations, social media, and purchasing, the buck really does stop with you.

You are probably thinking YAWN I know!

But unless you are doing it you don’t know, listen the fact of the matter is, unless you can have all your products sold through Amazon Fulfillment Which cost a fortune in stock initially,

You will have to be the person that is responsible for purchasing marketing picking packing and selling,  the problem this presents is never addressed in any of these marketing Guru videos, these millionaires telling you how they did it and how you should be doing it, and the people that are apparently making $10,000 a second from selling rubber dog poop,

My working days have extended from the 10 hours daytime working, to around 18 hours on an average day and that’s 7 days a week,  this is because there is no start your site and become a millionaire, there is no no fast track to getting your goods to the top of the Google search engine,  and although shopify YouTube all these are brilliant places to sell Amazon is fantastic you’ve got to bear in mind that you are there with hundreds of thousands of others all trying to do exactly the same thing.

The history of life has always been written by the winners,  and ultimately the winners in life have always been the people that have got the largest amount of resource,  as much as nobody wants to hear it and as much as it would be lovely if it wasn’t the case, the fact is that resource equals directly the amount of money you have to spend, this isn’t a myth this isn’t me being all upset and sad and bitter that I haven’t sold a million protein powders and now I’ve got a Bentley in a big house and we never have to worry about money again, it’s literally a fact, when you look into the background of a lot of these gurus (as I have said before), normally it is the case that “when I started this business all I had was a dream and 3 million dollars”..

YOU CAN MAKE IT!

But you can make it, the internet as I’ve said many times before, is still a very very fertile Goldmine,  the only reason I have made this particular post, is because it has come as a huge shock to me just how much time this is taking, unless you have a lot of money to invest, the best thing you can do is just accept that for the next 12 to 18 months you’re going to see hardly anything of anybody.

The one comfort you can take is the fact that the vast majority of people that started at the same time as you, will give up before that time, they just will the amount of times I have sat here and so I can’t be bothered if this is literally going nowhere, and nearly given up, is difficult to count, just do what I do always remind yourself why you started in the first place, and actually the further into it you go the further into that reason you wonder, what I mean by this is that you will start to distance yourself from the people around you, they normally the people that you started doing this for, financial freedom is generally to benefit our family,  and these are the ones you’re going to miss during this 12 to 18 months.

So as a final reminder, Work hard realised that it’s going to be hard work but keep going because the rewards are going to be there, this is the only place where the little guy or girl can compete with the big guys and girls with the big budgets we just need a little more patience.

Quora sucking the life from online marketing.

When I started this blog one of the suggestions was that I use Quora to help promote my blog and gain followers, as you can see from my rather poultry amount it clearly didn’t work! seriously though I want to give this warning Quora for marketing is a waste of time.

Problem with Quora

The main problem is the sheer amount of time you will spend answering inane questions that go nowhere, things like “My chest hurts when I bench press, should I stop smoking 100 cigarettes a day?”

And that is before I get the raft of people that just want to see boobs without searching on their own phone by asking “What are some stunning pictures of (insert name of instagram model here)

You spend the time answering these questions and then adding your tagline to help point people to your site and and guess what ? Quora remove the post because it is advertising, What the hell do you think we do it for morons ???

Do something productive

If answering questions to point people at your content is your thing then join the many online forums that exist exactly for this purpose, no matter what your site is about you will find a community that will discuss it at length, from string theory to the erotic qualities of glove puppets.

On a serious note

This is of course, just my two cents, if Quora is your thing then crack on, for me it was just a massive waste of time, and I mean massive, the internet is a place of words, your words and your media sell you and your products, therefore they have value, and just like any investment it matters where you apply that value, if you just flush it down the Quora toilet then it will be for nothing.

So have a great day everybody and keep on trying to make that money, there is a better life out there for anybody who puts in the hours to get it, enjoy!

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.

Google is a tool, not your friend, Read on!

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

GFP Vitamins
GFP Multi-vitamin

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.

These Are

  1. Add a Valid Payment Provider, so you have to remove the dummy gateway that is used for testing purposes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Confirm that payment providers are displayed on the website, yes they are.
  5. 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.

GFP Protein
80% GFP Protein

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

GFP Pre-workout
GFP Extreme Pre-workout

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!

5 Ways I drive Traffic to my site – Read On!

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!!

  1. 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.
  2.  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
  3. 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.
  4.  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.
  5.  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.

Conclusion

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.

STORY SO FAR – READ THIS!

We have launched a new company and I wanted to share here a couple of the things that have become apparent since launching, that I thought might help people who are trying to market stuff online, sell stuff online and generally improve their life, so without further ado, this is the story so far read this.

A plethora of mistakes

The first mistake we made was thinking that advertising or at least paying for advertising, was the answer,  it can be the answer but, it isn’t the only answer, there are plenty of companies who will provide clicks, views and even actual genuine human traffic but these are of little use.

The reason they are of little use is because the only traffic that is worth anything is organically Grown traffic, by that I mean traffic that has come from SEO,  free advertising,  and the judicial use of social media,

Crikey Moses we are old!

We have used social media, in fact, we are learning our way round social media now as we speak but the important thing I wanted to get across is, don’t think that you are going to start your business create your Instagram page do your Pinterest and suddenly you going to be a Millionaire, because it just ain’t going to happen,  the company has now been up and running on Shopify for over 2 weeks we have had just over 200 sessions, to put that in context it is advised on Shopify website that in order to receive your first 10 sales the average amount of sessions is 1800,  so you can see that we are some way off, you could be asking yourself did you not advertise? well we did, we have spent money with Facebook and we spent money with Instagram,  and all (so far)  to no avail.

Marketing is still fundamentals – learn what makes your customer tick!

The reason why, I believe anyway, is because we have failed to learn the fundamental lessons of online marketing, this isn’t an absolute science,  in fact it’s so far from a science it’s frightening if you like, Marketing is no longer the simple study of the psychology of your potential customers,  it is now literally working out who is going to have the biggest influence and asking them to do it for you, likes, follows, comments all the these are the only tools that really count, you can spend thousands on Facebook ads that appear for a second in somebody’s news feed you can literally promote the living s*** out of a Facebook post or a Instagram post all to no avail as nobody has told these people to look at it, the sad reality is you will become a millionaire the moment you become popular or you attach a popular face to your products.

No for less gloom lol

So what I’m really saying is all these products today are the same stuff that people have been selling for years, there are only really a few big companies that are providing this to smaller companies as a white label service for us to go out and try and sell for them, in fact actually if you really wanted to make money the best way to make would be to be one of these big companies, however the reason these big companies are there is because they have the Investment they have the space they have the land they had the knowledge and capital to provide the goods for us to sell,

 So how do we get round it? well, I’m certainly not the person for the job in fact actually as far as that is concerned neither myself nor my business partner are really the people to to market a company such as this as we are both virtual recluses, I love IT I work in it and I sit at home for hours on end on computers that isn’t a social person, and to be fair my business partners even worse so what do we do?

It’s not pretty but neither is failure

We go way beyond our comfort zone, that’s what we do that’s the only thing you can do there are lots of people making lots of money and you look at them, and question their sanity, wondering how they can do the things they do to gain popularity, I have wondered how they just don’t die of embarrassment but I am sure they are comforted by the money they make ,

All is not lost

So now that I’ve bummed you out with a little bit of reality I would like to share with you  my company website So that you may go and have a look for yourselves.

However in order to provide some kind of value which is what I’ve always wanted to do on this site I thought I’d put together a quick list of the things that we discovered since we started, that I think will serve anybody who is starting out trying to make money on the internet a lot better than some over wealthy cretin telling you how he makes £9,000 a second by squeezing an orange or something stupid like that.

  1. Everything costs more than you think it is going to,  there has not been a single aspect of this business, and I mean not a single aspect, that has cost as much as we thought it was going to, it is all cost exponentially more, the products cost more the time to receive them was longer, the cost of advertising was higher, the cost of time literally sat tried to workout programs and everything to advertise with was a lot longer.
  2.  You do not know how to use a program until you have tried to use it in Anger, sounds daft I know but the fact is I thought I had a very good grip on websites I thought I had a very good grip on HTML, I thought that Shopify would be a walk over,  I honestly thought that with my knowledge we would be absolutely fine, the reality was many many many nights sat up trying to work out what the hell I had to click what I had to press and what to put where to get this site to look how I wanted it to look and it’s still far from finished..
  3.  Not all advice is worth listening to, sounds daft again for this to be a bullet point at the end of what is a long diatribe of me banging on myself trying to advise somebody, however I do believe it is important, the fact is that there is going to be a plethora, an absolute Avalanche of advice and comments and blog posts and people trying to sell your services telling you that is the only way to go, listen, the fact is that the only way to go is to understand that you are not going to launch your service, business, blog, whatever the hell it is you are doing and next week be ordering your Tesla,  it just isn’t going to happen, but don’t despair, because if you allow yourself the time and you realise that looking at these programs, systems, services that are available to you through Google, YouTube all these places Instagram and so on,  you will soon realise that when you do something your actions have an almost immediate reaction,  what we found was that literally we would post something on Instagram and that post would equal (within the next half an hour to an hour) a certain amount of shop sessions, taking that information you look at what you’ve done, what you said, and who you said it to,  and frankly keep doing that if that makes your site busy, if you get sessions, or you get likes, if you get people starting to follow you then you doing it right don’t keep pushing a dead donkey literally look at what you doing if you ain’t working change it quickly.
  4.  Don’t be shy, Sounds like a really obvious one, and I get that but we were shy we are both shy in fact, that isn’t going to sell anything when Jordan Belfort was selling stuff to people he wasn’t shy, that’s how he managed to make as much money as he did, ok fair enough he did it wrong and he tried to steal money from people, which I hope you’re not going to do and certainly we don’t intend to do either, but the fact is that confidence and popularity sell, in today’s society that is literally it, if you are confident and you are popular enough you can literally tell people whatever you want and a good majority of them will either agree just to be part of that popularity or they will follow,  so if you are shy and you want to sell something then suck it up take a picture, post on Instagram and get over the fact that nobody honestly really cares what you look like or sound like.
  5.  Have fun with it,  if you are not enjoying what you are doing, or what you are selling you will not do it or sell it to the best of your ability, when something is a task to do we shy away from it we stop, we don’t put as much effort in as we should do, and we don’t double check everything because we’re glad when it’s over, if you are passionate about what you’re doing remember what you’re doing it for, if you’re setting up an ecological service or business that’s going to help save the Planet and you want to help save the Planet and you are into green ideology then do it you know you will be passionate about it, but don’t ever lose sight of why you started if saving the planet is what you want to do, then remember every single time you sit at that keyboard or you have to go through yet another zoom meeting the fact is that what you’re trying to do is save the Planet, if you like me are a staunch capitalist and you just want to make plenty of money enjoy your life, not interfere with anybody around you and leave something for your children when you’ve gone then keep that in mind don’t ever let that go always think whenever you think I’ve had enough I want to go home I want to switch this computer off, I want to finish, just remember why you’re doing it because why you’re doing it is what’s going to see you through to the end.

Frankly if you’ve made it this far then I am very impressed and I’m grateful that you’ve listened to my ranting for this long, my intention is not to upset anybody or not to try and act as if I’m some kind of Guru because frankly I’m not I’m far from it I’m still skint I’m still trying to make my way through this world, I’m still trying to build internet businesses and I am not really succeeding frankly, if I was I would have a lot more money and I haven’t, please don’t ever take anything I say as anything other than well-meaning advice, if you sit back and think about what you are doing, if you follow a specific goal that you are passionate about achieving no matter what that goal is, and if you believe in yourself and your own intuition in the face of potentially conflicting advice and instruction you will eventually make it somewhere,  but it isn’t going to be quick,  the links to my website or underneath please have a look and if you have any suggestions any thoughts let me know, we are going to embark on other ways of trying to get people to the site other ways of trying to attract business, looking at prices and that type of thing and as I go through I will fill everybody in as best I can on how I’ve managed to make it work if indeed I do, as I’ve always said I firmly believe the internet is vast enough at the minute (and certainly in my lifetime)  to not have to bow down to the traditional views of competition, we do not need to restrict information from our peers in order to make a vast amount of money we all together and by sharing of information become part of a circular supply and consumption model that the internet has brought civilization for the first time ever,  we can by helping each other, design and build and market businesses for a better future,  that will benefit consumers and benefit ourselves ok sure if everyone becomes a millionaire then £1000000 wouldn’t be a lot of money but I still like it compared to my current situation.

So good luck everybody I hope that whatever endeavors you are undertaking work and I look forward to talking to you in the next  (dare I say) thrilling installment. 

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Some of our products should you choose to have a look.

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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.