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Go From Beginner to $1,000 a Month: Build Your Content, Offer Pitches, and Giveaways

What would I do if my back was against the wall and I had to make $1,000 a month, each and every month within the next 30 days?

 

Well, today, I’m going to show you exactly what I would do, and walk you through everything so you know what you need to do.

 

Now, I got to tell you, this is a business. It takes some work. There’s some little tweaks that need to be made. Not every niche, not every customer, not every affiliate offer is the same.

 

What you can expect is real-world information on how I run my blogging business and how I’ve helped many other people do the same. I’ve helped lots of people get financially free over the years by learning this simple stuff.

 

I think if you follow along and you really dive in, you should be able to get some results.

 

Build Your Content, Offer Pitches, and Giveaways

 

We have to build our content, our offer pitches, and our giveaways.

 

What Are Your Target Market’s Needs, Desires, and Wants?

What is it that people desire? What is it that they want? Figure it out. You have the keys to the kingdom.

 

Figure out what people want. I know what you guys want because you tell me all the time. Very cool. You guys want to make like $1,000 to $10,000 a month or more. That’s what you want.

 

Find Other Offers and Flipper Markets

 

You have to look at other offers and see what’s out there.

 

What are flipper markets? These are markets that you can start with one niche and flip the audience into a related niche.

 

Set Up Follow-up Messages

 

Next, you want to set up follow up messages. You should have 5 – 10 messages to send out to your mailing list. These can also correspond to 5 – 10 blog posts for your blog.

 

You can send these to people when they opt in in your list. Very basic, very simple.

 

Add Direct Calls to Action on All Pieces of Content

 

You should add a direct sales call to action on all your pieces of content. Tell your audience to download this, fill out this form, whatever it is. Don’t be afraid to be direct.

Differentiate Traffic Content and Sales Content

 

Make sure to differentiate your traffic content from your sales content.

 

What does that mean? That means the content you use to get traffic is going to be different from the content that you use to sell.

 

When I do these webinars on YouTube, the purpose of them is to sell. You guys usually know who I am when you watch my long webinars.

 

Some of the smaller videos I have on YouTube, like my recent rap video, are used primarily to get new people. They’re different types of content.

 

Usually, when I do sales stuff, I do long-form videos, where I talk for an hour and half. When I do traffic-getting videos, they’re shorter. On the sales webinars, I sell hard, and tell people that they need to buy my stuff.

 

I’ll say, “You need to go get a high-ticket niche right now at www.HighTicketNiche.com, because not only is the domain almost worth what you pay for the niche, but you’re also going to get a site.

 

“We’re also going to teach you the market. You’re going to get all the plugins installed. You’ll get some content. We’re going to tell you the offers to run. We’re going to give you 90 days of support to walk you through everything on Tuesday calls, so you can ask questions to your heart’s content.”

 

I’m going to sell hard, because that’s what this is for.

 

On traffic content, I might not sell that hard. I might just be like, “Hey, opt in, or check out my next video, or whatever.”

 

To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.

 

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AD: anything designed at getting people to your offer or website

– facebook post / adwords ad / banner ad / solo email ad / text ad

Dont Try To Blaintantly Sell In Your Ads

AFFILIATE: someone selling on behalf of another company

AFFILIATE LINK – tracks clicks and sales

AD – WEBSITE – PRESELL AFFILIATE OFFERS

paid per click, per lead, per sale, per trial, per call, per download

ACQUISITION COST: how much does it cost to get a (lead) customer

CLICK FLOP: direct to offers no lead capture

ADVERTORIAL: advertisement that is designed to look like content

ADVOCATE: / Reporter / Reviewer: your writing or content style

goal of your sites and ads – is to get read!

AVATAR: a snapshot of your visitors or ideal customers

SRDS – buy lists of people who _________________

(40-60 looking to supplement income) 3rd world

reverse mortgage (60+) own thier house

DIRECT RESPONSE MARKETING – cutting out the waste

BACK-END: how much do you make off the lead or sale

100 email optins $4,000 per year ($40 per year per subcriber)

FRONT END PROFITS (1,000 * 39 = $39,000) $3.33

$8.75 Lead – $300 40-70 KNOW YOUR BREAK EVEN POINT

BENEFITS VS FEATURES: (FLAT BENEFIT / EMOTIONAL BENEFIT / PRACTICAL BENEFIT)

car goes 0-60 in 5 seconds

outrun any car on the road… look good while doing it

500 hp

FLAT BENEFIT: benefit with no emotional appeal

EMOTIONAL BENEFIT: appeals to emotions

PRACTICAL BENEFIT: never buy gas again

buy a cure but not a prevention

sell them what they want give them what they need

COPY / COPYWRITING: the copy your visitors will read

– know your avatar / know thier hot buttons

SPECIFIC (How I Paid $51,321 In Visa Debt In 3 Years)

HEADLINE – get people to read your next sentence

SUBHEAD – GET people into the body

BODY – bulk of your copy (skim rather than read)

BREAK-EVEN: the poing where you get your money back

CTO: contribution to overhead

CALL TO ACTION: asking for the sale, lead, action

AD call to action (click here)

SALE call to action (buy this thing because)

CLOSE: closing the sale

COLD VS WARM: cold traffic who doesnt know you warm traffic is traffic who knows you

CONTROL: your starting point ad or content

download free bible verses (1% ctr)
free bible study tools (3% ctr) control

landing page squeeze page (10% opt in)
free report and video (30% opt in rate)

CONVERSION: someone doing the action

DEMOGRAPHIC: who ya got

E-MAIL LIST: list of people who want to hear more

you can follow up with them with other ads and offers

GUARANTEE: i guarantee after going thru my Direct Response trainings for just $97 you will learn exactly what you need so you can write ads that make money starting today… yes this skill can be used the same day you learn it to profit bigtime (by record was $3,000 in 13 minutes)

INFORMATION MARKETING: (ADVERTORIAL)

biased – what pays me (affiliate disclaimer)

INTEGRATED MARKETING: where you are piggybacking on other marketing

LANDING PAGE: the page your visitor lands on

LIMITED TIME OFFER: this is only availible on this call or in this report or for the next 48 hours

SOCIAL PROOF: the last people who were on my webinar loved it

MARKET: demographic (weight loss)

NICHE MARKET: (lose 20 pounds in a week)

OFFER: give us 11 minutes and we give you the world

pizza in 30 minutes or its free

your first $100 is on me

buy my Direct Response Marketing Training and ill give you everything you need to start writing ads and making sites that pay

buy a preius and never pay for gas again

OPT-IN: when someone enters theier name and email for more info

PERSONALIZATION / PRE-POPULATE:

separate links (10 100 20 50)

pre-populate (carry something to the next page automatically)

boost conversion

PERSUASION: the art of getting people to take action

POSITIONING: selling in a different way (how are you going to position your product)

PROFITS: all the money left after advertising

QUALIFIED PROSPECTS: someone who has the desire and means to buy your stuff

REASON-WHY COPY: get my direct response training BECAUSE you will learn the same skill responsible for making me over $10MM on the internet

SQUEEZE PAGE: opt in page (page designed to get subscribers from your traffic)

SHORT COPY / LONG COPY: whatver gets the point across

RESPONSE RATE: number of people responded / total reach

RETURN ON INVESTMENT: amount made from an investment ($100 – $1000)

SPECIAL REPORT / FREEBIE / INFO GIVEAWAY: get people to subscribe

SWIPE FILE: collection of good ads

USP: unique selling proposition

Go From Beginner to $1,000 a Month: Start an Opt in / Sale Blog

What would I do if my back was against the wall and I had to make $1,000 a month, each and every month within the next 30 days?

 

Well, today, I’m going to show you exactly what I would do, and walk you through everything so you know what you need to do.

 

Now, I got to tell you, this is a business. It takes some work. There’s some little tweaks that need to be made. Not every niche, not every customer, not every affiliate offer is the same.

 

What you can expect is real-world information on how I run my blogging business and how I’ve helped many other people do the same. I’ve helped lots of people get financially free over the years by learning this simple stuff.

 

I think if you follow along and you really dive in, you should be able to get some results.

 

Start a Simple Opt in / Sale Blog

 

Something you want to do is set up a simple opt in or sale blog.

 

You can learn how to set up a blog at www.GoHubSite.com. It will show you how to get hosting, set up a test site, and then build it out. It’s very cool.

 

Here are the steps you can take to create your simple blog.

 

Get a Good, Targeted Domain Name

The first step is to get a good, targeted domain name.

 

Make sure you’re getting a domain name that has something to do with your niche.

 

You just go get it, it’s very simple. I buy domains every single day for our high-ticket niche customers.

 

And if you say that all the good domains are taken, then you haven’t looked hard enough. There are always ones you can use.

 

Focus On Your Traffic Method

 

Before you build your site, you have to know your traffic method.

 

Why? You’re going to build a different site for paid traffic than you would for free traffic. You’re going to build a different site for social media than you would for YouTube.

 

I can teach you all of this stuff. If you want to learn it, you can go to www.SimpleSitesBonus.com and get my course. It walks you through everything in videos, and it even shows you how to determine what your best traffic method is.

 

And if you need help, we help you. Every Tuesday we have a call that you can join, if you’re in the Simple Sites course.

 

Create a Hard-Hitting Sales Message

Notice that I said “hard-hitting”. You don’t want to go out there and just waffle it. You want to sell.

 

If you want to make money, you have to ask the people to do what’s going to make you money. What do you want them to do that’s going to make you money? If you don’t ask, then you won’t get it.

 

Ask for the sale. Tell people where to sign up. Show them how to sign up.

 

Build Your Site / Blog Flow

 

Next, you have to build your site or blog flow.

 

What is a site or blog flow? It’s pretty much what it sounds like. It’s how your site flows.

 

Some people use things like ClickFunnels or Builderall to build their sites. Those are decent software, but they’re not magic. They’re just building platforms. If you want to use them, go ahead and do it.

 

As for me, I recommend using WordPress. We have plugins that do everything you need to do on WordPress.

Right now, I’m running a seven-figure business with WordPress and my plugins. That’s it. I don’t even use all 12 of my plugins, I just use 2 of them.

 

Here’s what this looks like.

 

You have your site. On page one, you want people to opt in. Your goal is to get them to put their name and email in the box, and click “submit.” When they click “submit”, they’ll go to the thank you page. On your thank you page, you want to have some offers.

 

Let’s say that you have a site about belly fat. People come to your site, and you tell them they’re going to get a free report on belly fat and how to lose belly fat. Maybe you have a video on your site telling people how they can get the free report (by opting in). You tell them that they’ll learn the top 10 tips to lose belly fat. Or maybe you just have an image on your site.

 

Either way, once people opt in, they’ll go to your thank you page.

 

On that page you can tell them thanks for joining, and they’ll get an email shortly that’s going to have the belly fat report. But for now, here are the top three things that help get rid of belly fat. (Here you can give affiliate offers.)

 

Then, behind your blog, you have all these blog posts. These will be emailed out with offers on them.

 

This is exactly what I do.

 

If you look at the main site for this business, it’s Affiliate Marketing Dude. You can see it at www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com. You’ll see the main page, where people can enter their name and email. On other pages, people can opt in as well. It’s basic. That’s what we’re doing.

 

You’ll also notice that I have other stuff that gets picked up in Google, stuff that I can mail out and send to people.

 

I have my ads and my content. It’s the same exact kind of blog as I’m tell you to make.

 

In my opinion, this works better than some kind of fancy funnel building software. Why? Because it ranks in Google. It’s easy. It’s fast. It’s adaptable. I like that.

 

I want to be able to change something at the drop of a hat. I want to be able to go in there and not log into some complicated software. I just want to be able to type a word, or put an image up, or put a video up, or whatever it may be.

 

WordPress makes it extremely easy. When you pair it with our plugins, it’s ridiculously simple and easy to do, if you really focus.

 

Once you build your site or blog flow, you’re going to want to build your mailing list. That will be the key to getting the numbers fast. You can use the tools that you find in the MarcusMentor.me program. And if you need help, you can join our Tuesday calls.

 

You can get our plugins, and a book, and a t-shirt, and all kinds of cool stuff at www.MarcusMentor.me.

 

To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.

 

From Beginner to $1,000 a Month: Breaking Down the Numbers

What would I do if my back was against the wall and I had to make $1,000 a month, each and every month within the next 30 days?

 

Well, today, I’m going to show you exactly what I would do, and walk you through everything so you know what you need to do.

 

Now, I got to tell you, this is a business. It takes some work. There’s some little tweaks that need to be made. Not every niche, not every customer, not every affiliate offer is the same.

 

What you can expect is real-world information on how I run my blogging business and how I’ve helped many other people do the same. I’ve helped lots of people get financially free over the years by learning this simple stuff.

 

I think if you follow along and you really dive in, you should be able to get some results.

 

Breaking Down the Numbers

 

First, you have to ask yourself this question.

 

If you are not making money online, it’s because you’re not asking the right questions.

 

You’re probably sitting around saying, “How do I make money online?”

 

But there are so many ways you can make money online. Shopify. eBay. Affiliate Marketing. Pay-per-call. Pay-per-click. SEO. You name it, there are just tons of things.

What if you refine it, and instead of saying, “How am I going to make money online?”, say, “What is my niche and how fast can I get traffic?” And, “Who am I trying to target?”

 

You want to target a group of people, because the more you know about your target, the more money you’re going to make.

 

You need to make it to where you really understand them.

 

It might be something simple, like a market for refinancing a house. How many of you have ever refinanced a house?

 

If you have, great. You can help all the people who haven’t yet refinanced their house.

 

How many of you have ever cleaned your carpet? Great, you can help people with that.

 

Or how many of you don’t know anything about anything? If that’s the case, you can go learn stuff on the internet. There are no excuses.

 

You might say that you’re not passionate about anything. But if you say that, I don’t give a rip. I wasn’t passionate about, like, 90% of the niches I went into. I was passionate about making money, and marketing, and understanding what makes this stuff work.

 

That let me to go and learn things. You have to go and learn what you need to know.

 

And I have to tell you, if you spend eight hours learning something, really learning it, you’re going to know more than 90% of the marketplace anyway. Very important.

There are some main questions you have to ask yourself here.

 

What is Your Niche, and How Fast Can You Get Traffic?

 

What’s your niche? What’s your market? How fast can you get traffic?

 

Now, this is important because you have to go in and figure out who you’re trying to reach.

 

What I do is a trigger word method, or I try to find out what people are searching for. They might be searching for something like “How to put AdSense on a blog”, or “how much does it cost to have a wedding”, or “signs of pregnancy”, or something like that.

 

If they’re pregnant, you could promote offers for health insurance, or maybe get people to download a baby name book, or maybe promote a pregnancy book, or whatever it may you. You go through and learn about people, and you get them stuff.

 

How, how fast can you get traffic? This is a loaded question, because you can get traffic right now.

 

People ask me all the time, “Marcus, how long does it take to make money online?” You could make money online right this second.

 

You could go on Facebook and get into a group, and you can share some things with people that are helpful, and then you can sell stuff.

 

Now, notice I didn’t say spam. There are a lot of people who spam the hell out of Facebook and all kinds of places, right? They do make money, but it’s unethical. It’s short-lived. They’re probably not going to live very long in terms of the market, and they’re going to end up with nothing.

That’s the trade-off. If you provide content with good value, good information that people want, then it lives forever. If I make a good post on Facebook and people buy from it, I can then turn that into a PDF, and I can then turn that into all kinds of other things.

 

How fast can I get traffic? I can get traffic right now. I can go and take my credit card, I can buy an ad right now and get traffic right now.

 

What’s stopping you from getting traffic?

 

What is the Best Offer and Commission Payout?

 

The next question you have to ask yourself is, what is the best offer and commission payout?

 

Let’s say you’re going into the belly fat market. You want to teach people about belly fat and how to get rid of it.

 

You can go out there, and you can find an offer. You want to find something related to belly fat, and something that pays well. You could go to OfferVault and look at the ads for “belly fat”, and you might find offers that pay $37, or $47 for commission. Or they might be $80 or $90 per sale. Or perhaps you could look for “abs”, since they’re related to belly fat.

You have to be very, very proactive with this. You have to go get what you want.

 

So many people come to me and say, “Marcus, I’ve been following you for years, and I’m not getting any results.” And I say, “What did you do?” They say, “Well, I set up a hub site.” And then I say, “Yeah, well, you need to go out and market it.”

 

Because if you don’t get out there, you’re never going to be found. You have to get proactive.

 

You have to get the people that want to look at your stuff.

 

There are people on the net, they’re out there. They’re searching for belly fat. We know that. They’re doing it right now. We also know that someone will pay us $62 for a sale.

 

Now, do you see the two sides of the coin? There’s a guy out there searching for belly fat, and there’s a guy willing to pay us. Your job is to link them together, plain and simple. Everything else is just filler.

 

How Many Clicks Will It Take to Get a Conversion?

 

You might be someone who’s still waiting for people to convert. If that’s the case, you’re probably getting the wrong traffic.

 

You could say, “Oh, I’m getting 1,000 clicks a day.”

 

If no one’s buying anything, your traffic is wrong, or your site isn’t very good, but I’m guessing your traffic is probably wrong.

 

If you’re getting 1,000 clicks for a $1, chances are it’s really crappy traffic.

 

It’s 2019, guys. We’re past the days of all the junk. We have to focus on what really works. We have to get the right, targeted traffic.

Let’s look at some scenarios where you can make $1,000 a month.

 

Imagine you find an offer that pays $61 a sale. Out of 100 clicks, you get 2 sales. You’d be making $122 over 100 clicks, and that means you’d be making $1.22 a click.

 

If you know that, on average, you’re making $1.22 for every click, $1.22 a click, then how many clicks do you need to make $1,000 a month?

 

Well, you need to make roughly 600 or 700 clicks.

 

If you’re averaging 10 cents a click, then you need 10,000 visitors every month, or 300 visitors a day. 10 cents a click times 10,000 will get you your $1,000.

 

Or imagine you get 25 cents a click. You need 4,000 clicks a month, or 133 a day. Are you going to let 133 clicks stop you?

 

If you average 50 cents, that would be 2,000 visitors a month, or 67 a day.

 

If you average $1 a click, that’s $1,000 clicks a month, or 30 per day. 30 a day comes to 1.2 clicks an hour. Anyone can do that. You just have to focus.

 

If you make $3 a click, you need 333 visitors a month, or 11 a day. That’s 1 click every 2 hours.

 

You could just go post on Facebook, say hi to people, and get one person to click every two hours. And that could be while you’re watching TV, eating chips, and being lazy. Seriously.

 

Note that some of my higher front-end traffic has been around $10 a click.

 

And remember that we’re just talking about front-end traffic. This doesn’t include what you’re going to make residually, what you’re going to build up to, what you’ll make off your mailing list.

 

Here’s the deal. It all depends on what you’re selling, or giving away, or whatever it is. You could sell stuff, you could give away downloads, you could do all kinds of stuff. Whatever gets you paid that’s ethical, and good, and right, and serves your market, I’m all for.

 

If you have an offer that has a lower payout, or a lower conversation rate, you’re going to need more traffic. With a higher payout and conversion, you’ll need less traffic.

 

How many little clicks are you letting stop you from reaching your goals?

 

To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.

 

Seven Lessons Learned from “The Loudest Voice”

Seven Lessons Learned from “The Loudest Voice”

Today, I want to show you seven crucial business lessons that you can learn from “The Loudest Voice”, the new TV show on Showtime.

 

These seven lessons will fundamentally change the way you look at making money online or offline, with anything you want to do.

 

1. Everyone Has a Reason Why Something Won’t Work

 

There are all these reasons why things won’t work.

 

Back when I started my business and internet marketing, everyone looked around and told me, “Hey, this isn’t going to work.”

 

And I said, “You know what? Get away from me. I’m doing this because I know it’s going to work. And all I need is one reason why it will.”

 

And after teaching entrepreneurs for years, everyone comes to me with their excuses of why things won’t work.

People say that a one-page website doesn’t work, and it can’t happen in the real world. But you know what? It actually does.

 

And the people that make it happen are the people who believe it will happen, and take the action to make it happen, and educate themselves on the things that they need to make these things happen.

 

So you have to look at that and say no to excuses. Say that you’re going to focus on what does work.

 

2. Cater to an Underserved, Unheard Market

This lesson is very important. What’s in your market? How can you go into your market and look for something that’s underserved?

 

If you’re going into the weight loss market, instead of doing what everyone else does, why don’t you go where people feel unheard? Maybe there’s a group of people that want to lose 100 pounds or more, and there’s nothing serving their needs.

 

Maybe there’s a group of people that only want to lose five pounds.

 

Whatever it is, find that portion of your market that’s not being heard.

 

I would rather dominate a small market than flounder around and try to make something happen in a big market. Hands down, no questions asked.

 

3. Focus on Getting Shit Done Fast

 

This is like number one, where most people have a lot of excuses.

 

You have to look at this and say that you’re going to focus on getting things done.

 

How can you get your website done? How can you get something for sale? How can you get something ready for the market now? Instead of delaying and waiting and putting all that tape on everything, why don’t you put it out there and see what the market has to say?

 

There’s nothing that’s going to give you a better business lesson than putting something in front of the market and seeing what they have to say.

 

4. Focus on the Right Stuff

When you’re getting things done, you need to make sure you’re getting the right things done.

 

What kind of things are you doing? Are you doing the right stuff in your business? Are you doing the right stuff in your education? Or are you constantly struggling, going from thing to thing to thing, and never getting anything worthwhile or meaningful done?

 

You have to focus on getting the right things done, and getting them done now.

 

5. Execute

 

You have to be executing on your plans. And you have to remember that not everything is going to be perfect the first run, but you still have to get things out.

 

You have to test them in your market.

 

That’s not to say you should put something out that’s unethical, or shady, or weird. But if you constantly wait for everything to be perfect, you’re going to constantly be waiting.

 

Remember that this is a growth process. You start with something small, and you grow, and you learn, and you roll with the punches, and you keep on going.

Now, there are a couple of negative lessons that you’re going to get from this show as well.

 

-1. Don’t Be a Jerk and Misuse Money, Power, and Influence

 

As you can see, there’s a lot of misuse of money and power and politics out there. A lot of people playing in this field are not good people.

 

You never want to misuse your power. You never want to misuse your trust.

 

You always want to live an authentic, ethical life. It’s going to make you seep better at night, and probably live longer, too.

 

-2. Don’t Put Profits Over Lifestyle

I have a lot of friends in the industry, and when they put profits over lifestyle, their lifestyle suffers.

 

But we forget that the reason we got into this was to create a lifestyle.

 

I set out 20 years ago, and I said I want to make enough money for my kids to be home, and me to be home with them, and to live at home. That’s what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to have to go to work.

 

And 20 years ago, when I set that goal, I never thought I would make eight figures or more on the internet, which I’ve done now, which is really cool. I never thought that would happen.

 

But I can look back at those time when I put profit over lifestyle, and I focused on dollars in the bank rather than the life it provided, and that’s when I got off base.

 

You guys have probably heard the story where I became an alcoholic, and all kinds of crazy stuff happened, and that was because I was putting profits over lifestyle.

 

Remember why you’re getting in the business.

 

Maybe it’s so you can spend time with your grandkids, or get your wife home from work, or stay at home, or whatever it is. Focus on that first, because numbers in the bank don’t matter. The way you live matters.

 

To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.

 

Pay-Per-Call and Affiliate Marketing

Pay-Per-Call and Affiliate Marketing

Today we’re going to talk about pay-per-call.

 

Pay per call is a lot like affiliate marketing, only instead of getting an affiliate link, you get a custom phone number.

 

So when you log into your account, and you choose to promote a pay-per-call offer, the network will ask you how you’re going to promote it. Obviously they want to make sure you’re legitimate.

 

Then, they’re going to generate a custom number for you. And this is a special number that’s unique to you, for as long as you’re promoting the offer.

 

So all you have to do is put this phone number on your website, or in your promotions (obviously following their terms and conditions, not just spamming it everywhere), and you’ll get paid when a certain person calls the number and stays on the line for a certain amount of time.

 

Now, these can be leads for anything from rehab to health insurance, to quotes on carpeting or plumbers, or anything like that.

 

And these companies will pay you anywhere from $1 to upwards of $1,000 for a lead. That’s what I’ve seen at least.

 

Now, a lead is determined by a legitimate call that lasts a certain amount of time. So it could be anywhere from 30 seconds to 60 seconds, to 90 seconds, to upwards of 2 minutes or more.

 

When a person calls the unique number, there is a custom tracking software that says who a call came from and how long they stayed on the line.

 

Once they stay on long enough, you get paid in your affiliate account.

 

I like to go on OfferVault to search for pay-per-call offers.

 

You’ll notice it has several different tabs to help you search, and if you’re only looking for pay-per-call offers, you can select that tab.

 

 

And if you search by payout and see the highest payouts first, you’ll notice that some of these offers pay really, really well.

 

 

Let’s think about why this happens for a moment.

 

These are a lot of the things that are advertised on TV. And when people advertise these on TV, they spend a lot money, and they don’t know if they’re going to get any calls.

 

So when they come to people like us, affiliate marketers, these people are guaranteed a call for a certain amount of time.

 

There are lots of different ways to promote these offers.

 

I’ve seen people promote them on Facebook groups and Instagram and things like that.

 

You can also market them on your blog or your website.

 

You can even do videos and drive your traffic to your site.

 

When you’re looking for offers, you want to try and find the ones that are low competition. But even ones with high competition can work well, because they pay so well.

 

The key is to find words that the advertisers aren’t thinking about, and build a good site around how to help people with the offer you’re promoting.

 

There are a lot of people making a lot of money with pay-per-call offers, and it’s not that hard to do. This is exactly what I’ve been doing for many years with pay-per-call.

 

And here’s another tip for you:

 

You can make a blog that has good content for people, and when you’re promoting your affiliate offer, you want to create your own banner for it.

 

So you would go in and create a new image. And instead of typing the phone number on your site, you’ll make a banner that’s pretty big. You’ll keep the background the same color as your site, and you can add a message related to your offer.

 

Then you would add the phone number that the affiliate company gives you.

 

 

The reason you want to do this is because rather than typing it out on your site, when it’s done as an image, all you would have to do it change the number on everything on your site is to change the one image, instead of going in and changing every single link.

 

You just go in and change the image, and everything on your site changes to reflect if the offer changes or something like that.

 

And you can make this as catchy as you want, using the stuff that I teach you in the Simple Sites Big Profits tool.

 

So if you want to get into pay-per-call, what you should do is head over to www.SimpleSitesBonus.com, pick up a copy of my Simple Sites Big Profits software, and use that.

 

Then hop on our calls we have every Tuesday, and tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll help you out with it. We’ll show you how to get more leads, and drive more, traffic, and make more money.

 

To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.

Create a Content Marketing Empire

Create a Content Marketing Empire

Want to learn how to build a content empire and make a bunch of money, put it in your bank, and live happily ever after? Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to show you.

 

If it’s structured the right way, and if you put in front of the right people, content can make you a lot of money.

 

A lot of people say that “content is king”. People put a bunch of reports and articles and stuff out there, and they think that hopefully they’ll make money.

 

And what happens is this:

 

They forget that the whole idea of content is to do something.

 

You want to write content for a specific purpose, a specific idea. You’re not just writing content to get ranked in the search engines. You’re writing content so that you get people to do what you want.

 

You don’t ever want to put pen to paper without knowing how you’re going to make money in a very specific way.

 

When dealing with your content, you need to have an agenda.

When there are political debates going on, people spin their ideas into whatever they want. And after the debates, they go into something called a spin room. That means that they literally tell you what to think about what you just saw.

 

As marketers, we want to do the same thing. What we want to learn is mastering the art of the spin.

 

We also want to think about the concept called categorical reference. People are constantly fitting new data into old folders, with old ideas and old beliefs.

 

And since there’s so much new data, we’re constantly deleting  and filtering information. We often feel overwhelmed.

 

What does this have to do with marketing?

 

Your customer, your visitor, your reader is doing the exact same thing with your content.

 

And the key is to find things that people don’t know they’re looking for, and spin it into what you want.

 

People just write content to try to get people to look at it, and they don’t focus on what they’re going to do.

 

Because if you just write articles and put ads on them, or put affiliate links, or whatever it is, that’s not going to cut it. You have to spin people. The article needs to be designed to sell what you’re offering. So whatever you’re trying to push, it needs to be made in a new way.

Always be ethical, always be honest. Always share the truth. Always give good offers. But with that said, you can spin your content to what you want it to be. Very important.

 

I do this all the time. Here’s an example.

 

One of the videos I’m going to make is about using credit cards to fund your business. This isn’t necessarily something I would normally create, because that’s not really my bag. But people are looking up using credit cards to start a business. And I’m like, “Hey, I could spin that into affiliate marketing by showing people how inexpensive and how risk-free affiliate marketing is.”

 

On my webinars, people always sat that you can’t just set up little sites and make money, but that’s absolute BS.

 

People think that way because they’re focusing on what the majority of people are doing, which is making some content, and  hoping and praying that the search engines pick it up, or get shared, or whatever the case is.

 

But this is exactly what I’ve been doing for 19 years, and it works.

 

It’s all about spinning the marking to your point of view.

 

When I got into the multi-million dollar market of smiley faces, cursors, and background downloads, I didn’t market them as “background downloads”. I marketed them as “make your MySpace profile awesome.” See the difference?

 

If I had gone for “backgrounds” or “layouts”, I probably wouldn’t have gotten much traffic. It probably would have been a lot more competitive.

 

But because I went the other route and spun it, it was very successful.

 

Spin marketing plus market flipping plus anticipatory marketing equals big success.

 

If you can spin your market, flip them into what you want (the stuff that pays), you can make it work.

 

If you want people to follow you and support you, you need to keep them reading. You need to keep them looking. You have to keep them on your site.

You can’t just write a crappy article or get some article outsourced. Your content needs to do something. It needs to get them in.

 

You can build an empire focused on creating good quality content, and not just content that talks about stuff.

 

We don’t want to be Wikipedia. Wikipedia is always begging for money, because they’re not flipping the damn market. Do you know how much money is sitting on Wikipedia?

 

If they allowed two ads, it’d be insane. But they always send emails asking people to support them because they’re going to go broke.

 

And you’d think, why are you going broke if content is king?

 

It’s because content isn’t king. If content was king, Wikipedia wouldn’t need your money. Plain and simple.

 

So many people think that content is king. But the truth is that content with a directive is king.

 

If you do this in the right way, you could literally sit at your house all day, and just write content and put it in front of people.

But there’s another key element. You want the money to get people to your site. And the cool thing is that this traffic can cost pennies. People are literally paying pennies a click for their ads, and everyone else is fighting for expensive traffic.

 

Guys, this is what I’ve been doing for a long time. The key is that you have to do it in an advertorial style. Your content is written to get people to take action on what you want them to take action on.

 

Do you know what one of my number one keywords is for the “make money online affiliate marketing” niche?

 

It’s not really related to affiliate marketing, but it’s my number one highest converting keyword.

 

The word is “AdSense”.

 

People are always looking to put AdSense on their website. I tell them, “Here’s how to put AdSense on your website. By the way, did you know you can make more money with affiliate offers?”

 

That’s super non-competitive.

 

The keyword “affiliate marketing” is really competitive, around $10 a click, but “Adsense”, “put ads on blog” or things like that are really cheap.

 

If you get this, your marketing is about to change. It’s going to start to make sense. But you can’t waffle it, you can’t mess around. You have to go through and have a good hook, and suck your people in.

 

To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.

How To Make $1,000 A Month FAST With Affiliate Marketing

What I Would Do If I Had To
Generate $1,000 A Month
Within 30 Days

Part One: Breaking Down The Numbers

a. what is your niche and how fast can you get traffic
b. what is the best offer and commission payout
c. how many clicks will it take to get a conversion (that is your focus)

$0.10 per click = 10,000 visitors per month or 300 per day

$0.25 per click = 4,000 visitors per month or 133 per day

$0.50 per click = 2,000 visitors per month or 67 per day

$1 per click = 1,000 visitors per month or 30 per day

$3 per click = 333 visitors per month or 11 per day

NOTE: higher front end traffic has been about $10 per click (this isn’t even including long term mailing list profits)

It All Depends On What You Are Selling…

Lower Payout / Conversion = More Traffic

Higher Payout / Conversion = Less Traffic

How Many Little Clicks Are You Letting Stop You From Reaching Your Goals???

Part Two: Start A Simple Opt In / Sale Blog (gohubsite.com)

a. get a good targeted domain name
b. focus on your traffic method
c. create your HARD HITTING Sales Message
d. build your site / blog flow

Use Tools Found In MarcusMentor.me / SimpleSitesBonus.com

 

Overview Of The Sales Funnel And Direct Marketing (don’t pussyfoot when it comes to asking for sale / lead)

Right Now There Are People With Half Ass Sales Skills Getting Traffic And Making Sales On Social Media – Why Not You???

Part Three: Build Your Content / Offer Pitches / Giveaways

a. what is your target markets / needs / desires / wants
b. find other offers and flipper markets
c. set up mailing list follow up messages 5-10 with blog posts
d. add direct calls to action on ALL pieces of content
e. differentiate traffic content / sales content

Use Tools Found In MarcusMentor.me / SimpleSitesBonus.com

Part Four: Start AGGRESSIVELY Getting Traffic (ethically and non spammy)

a. email
b. banner
c. contextual
d. search
e. web
f.  social
g. mobile
h. incentive
i.  banner
j.  native
k. video
l.  forums

Go To DownloadMyNotes.com For A Printable Version Of This Task List
(go to simplesitesbonus.com for tutorials on how to do each one)



Part Five: Run Traffic And Analyze

a. how many impressions
b. how many clicks
c. how many opt ins
d. how many sales
e. where can you improve

Part Six: Bonus Fast Profit Tips

a. solo ads / direct banners
b. direct email questions and answers
c. live chat and or phone number
d. run webinars and trainings

Part Seven: Creating More Content And Giveaways

a. find new angles and new niche keywords (who else wants it)
b. repurpose and syndicate your content
c. create little giveaways and reports

Part Eight: Cash Your Checks And Grow!

Pay Per Call Affiliate Marketing Programs – Make Money

Pay-Per-Call and Affiliate Marketing

Today we’re going to talk about pay-per-call.

 

Pay per call is a lot like affiliate marketing, only instead of getting an affiliate link, you get a custom phone number.

 

So when you log into your account, and you choose to promote a pay-per-call offer, the network will ask you how you’re going to promote it. Obviously they want to make sure you’re legitimate.

 

Then, they’re going to generate a custom number for you. And this is a special number that’s unique to you, for as long as you’re promoting the offer.

 

So all you have to do is put this phone number on your website, or in your promotions (obviously following their terms and conditions, not just spamming it everywhere), and you’ll get paid when a certain person calls the number and stays on the line for a certain amount of time.

 

Now, these can be leads for anything from rehab to health insurance, to quotes on carpeting or plumbers, or anything like that.

 

And these companies will pay you anywhere from $1 to upwards of $1,000 for a lead. That’s what I’ve seen at least.

 

Now, a lead is determined by a legitimate call that lasts a certain amount of time. So it could be anywhere from 30 seconds to 60 seconds, to 90 seconds, to upwards of 2 minutes or more.

 

When a person calls the unique number, there is a custom tracking software that says who a call came from and how long they stayed on the line.

 

Once they stay on long enough, you get paid in your affiliate account.

 

I like to go on OfferVault to search for pay-per-call offers.

 

You’ll notice it has several different tabs to help you search, and if you’re only looking for pay-per-call offers, you can select that tab.

 

 

And if you search by payout and see the highest payouts first, you’ll notice that some of these offers pay really, really well.

 

 

Let’s think about why this happens for a moment.

 

These are a lot of the things that are advertised on TV. And when people advertise these on TV, they spend a lot money, and they don’t know if they’re going to get any calls.

 

So when they come to people like us, affiliate marketers, these people are guaranteed a call for a certain amount of time.

 

There are lots of different ways to promote these offers.

 

I’ve seen people promote them on Facebook groups and Instagram and things like that.

 

You can also market them on your blog or your website.

 

You can even do videos and drive your traffic to your site.

 

When you’re looking for offers, you want to try and find the ones that are low competition. But even ones with high competition can work well, because they pay so well.

 

The key is to find words that the advertisers aren’t thinking about, and build a good site around how to help people with the offer you’re promoting.

 

There are a lot of people making a lot of money with pay-per-call offers, and it’s not that hard to do. This is exactly what I’ve been doing for many years with pay-per-call.

 

And here’s another tip for you:

 

You can make a blog that has good content for people, and when you’re promoting your affiliate offer, you want to create your own banner for it.

 

So you would go in and create a new image. And instead of typing the phone number on your site, you’ll make a banner that’s pretty big. You’ll keep the background the same color as your site, and you can add a message related to your offer.

 

Then you would add the phone number that the affiliate company gives you.

 

 

The reason you want to do this is because rather than typing it out on your site, when it’s done as an image, all you would have to do it change the number on everything on your site is to change the one image, instead of going in and changing every single link.

 

You just go in and change the image, and everything on your site changes to reflect if the offer changes or something like that.

 

And you can make this as catchy as you want, using the stuff that I teach you in the Simple Sites Big Profits tool.

 

So if you want to get into pay-per-call, what you should do is head over to www.SimpleSitesBonus.com, pick up a copy of my Simple Sites Big Profits software, and use that.

 

Then hop on our calls we have every Tuesday, and tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll help you out with it. We’ll show you how to get more leads, and drive more, traffic, and make more money.

 

To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.


 

I Quit My Job and Made $9 Million on the Internet

I Quit My Job and Made $9 Million on the Internet

Today we’re going to show you what happened when I quit my job and ended up making over $9 million on the internet.

 

I also want to share with you what I learned in my life, rather than just what I learned in business, because I think it goes hand in hand.

 

We’re going to take you back in my journey about 19 years. Because 19 years ago, almost to the day, is when I first started making money on the internet. Tomorrow is the 4th of July, and I’ll never forget it. It was like yesterday.

 

I had first opened my internet business in March of the year 2000. On the 4th of July of that year, I remember I was over at my dad’s house having a barbecue. (And the burgers weren’t that great, because my dad only thinks that there’s a high knob on the grill, he doesn’t know that you can slowly cook things. I’ve taken over barbecuing since then.)

 

I remember driving home late at night after the fireworks and everything. And I got home to my busted up crazy mobile home with a bunch of drug addicts (it was really not a good place to live).

 

And I logged into my ClickBank account and I saw that I had made $21 while I was gone. I had made money while I was out on 4th of July, having hamburgers with my family.

 

And to me, that was a mind-blowing experience.

 

I was like, “Wait a minute.”

 

I had made money online by selling things, but this was the first time I had actually made passive automatic income without having to do anything.

 

This was a site that I had set up months before, and all of a sudden, it made money.

 

And to me, that was a light bulb moment. I thought, “Wow, this really works.”

Have you ever had that light bulb moment in your head?

 

So here’s the question.

 

Do you want to keep struggling in a world of information overload and lack? Or would you rather learn the most efficient and effective ways of creating long-lasting economic freedom?

 

I want to make a commitment to you right now. My commitment to you for the duration of this blog post is to show you the exact skills and methods that are effective in creating a marketing career.

 

Not a job, not a gimmick, not a tactic. An actual career. Not just for me personally, but for many who benefit from the shared prosperity of the internet.

 

And we have to remember that this whole internet thing has a shared prosperity.

 

Many people think that there’s just a handful of people, gurus, and Amazon that are making all the money, and there’s not any left for the little guy. It seems like it’s all going to the gurus, and the gurus are only making money selling stuff, and the regular dude can’t make money.

I want you to know that this is absolutely false.

 

That’s a cognitive bias that has been fed by lots of other things. You’re not the little guy. There’s room left for you.

 

You can make it happen.

 

Because when I first started, I didn’t have a lot of money. I didn’t have a lot of influence. I didn’t have a mailing list. I didn’t even have a website. I didn’t have any skills.

 

And I went out there, and I said, “I’m going to learn this, and I’m going to do it.”

 

And while there are a few fat cats bucking the system, the fact is that there are regular, hard-working, honest people like me and you that are out there making a killing online every single day.

 

I remember being where you are. Sitting in that mobile home, saying, ‘This is gonna be me,” and everyone around me saying, “This ain’t gonna work. You better go get a regular job.”

 

And I said, “Hell, no. I’m going to do this.”

 

Now I want you to imagine being able to live life on your own terms, having the economic freedom to do what you want, when you want.

 

Some people want to make millions, and some people just want to make it work. Some people just want to make ends meet.

 

This training is going to be all about I got where I’m at today, what the steps were along the way, what the skills were that I learned, and what happened in my mind along the way.

 

Because I believe if I could take you by the hand and walk you through this journey that I’ve gone through for almost 20 years, I think those moments will teach you something.

 

It’s even easier now than it was 20 years ago, and it’s really pretty simple.

 

Back in 1999, I was a magician, and I was trying to make my magic stuff work. I was trying to get more people to sign up, and I was also working at McDonald’s.

I remember one day thinking about how I would make $5 an hour at McDonald’s, and then I was going to go over to Garden Grove and do a school show for a local school and make $600.

 

I remember thinking in my head, “That $600 is more than I make all month at McDonald’s.”

 

So I thought, “I’m going to do magic full time.”

 

And I took the risk.

 

I knew it might not work, and people told me it wouldn’t work. I was losing my guaranteed $5 an hour, and even the manager at McDonald’s called me names and said I’d be back here ‘cause I was a lose and would never make it work.

 

So I took a leap of faith doing magic, and I also took a leap of faith in taking $170 from that $600 and investing in an ad in a magazine.

 

My ad said, “Magic, Balloons, Comedy, and Fun. Magic by Marcus” and then my phone number.

 

Back then $170 was crazy. It was a big risk, especially for me, because when I was 15 or 16 I had actually moved out and had to find a way to fend for myself. My Dad helped a little bit, but not much.

 

So I had to make stuff work.

 

I had that ad, and I was nervous. I thought, “Am I going to get any calls?”

The minute that ad hit, I started getting calls the same day. People wanted to pay me $400 for shows, and $600 for school shows, and on an on.

 

I was able to get 5 or 6 shows a month, and $170 turned into about $1,000. I got repeat business, and I was making more than I ever was at McDonald’s.

 

But it was still relatively low.

 

I was still having a hard time, but I was learning more about this stuff.

 

I had a magic magazine, and I read an ad inside. It said, “Do you want to get more magic bookings?”

 

And I thought, “Yes, yes I do.”

 

It said, “Do this and this, and give me a call.”

 

So I called the number and told the guy that I didn’t have any money, and I just spent my money on an ad. What could I do?

 

And he said, “Here’s the deal. I’m going to tell you what to do with your ad, but after it works, buy my product.”

 

And I said, “Dude, of course.”

 

So he said, “Change your ad for “Magic, Balloons, Comedy, and Fun by Marcus” to “Make Your Child’s Party Unforgettable, Comedy Magic Show, Your Child is the Star. Call Marcus Today.”

 

So I changed it. And instantly, I got 5 to 10 times the bookings. It was the same $170 ad, same magazine, same everything.

So now I didn’t have to go to the budget grocery store (but I still did, ‘cause I liked saving money, and it was right around the corner from my house).

 

Now, I want to show you the skills that I learned along the way, because these skills are things that you’ll need to learn.

 

The big skill I learned is the ability to sell in print and in person.

 

This is very important. It doesn’t matter if you’re good at WordPress, or if you are a good video person, none of that matters.

 

What matters is that you know how to write words on paper that get people to respond.

 

If you learn that, you’ll never have to look for a job, if you do it right.

 

That’s the real magic. That’s where the real money is at. Learning how to write an ad.

 

A year later, in 2000, I graduated high school. I needed to make a little more money, because I wanted to move away from the place I had been renting with my brother for years, and I wanted to be on my own, because I just didn’t like living in the environment we were in.

 

So I moved out, and I took a leap of faith, but I told myself that I had to get out of there and do this.

I made a website for a local cigar company, for which I charged $10,000.

 

And then I thought, “What if I did SEO? What if I charged people to get ranked on the search engines? That’d by pretty cool.”

 

So I used what I learned with the magic business, and I built and built upon everything.

 

I took that website I made and got the cigar company ranking on the search engines. Then I did the same with magic stores and limousine companies.

 

My philosophy was to always find the keywords first, and only get words I could rank for. Because I wasn’t really good at SEO, and I’m still not. But I was good at finding keywords.

 

So instead of going out there and declaring myself as Marcus the SEO guy, I wrote letters on paper to companies and told them I could get more business to their websites.

And boom, the phone rang off the hook. I closed maybe two out of three of those people. I had this thing called the money table, where I’d go and ring people up when they used my services. We were all happy when the money table worked, because it was a loud credit card processor that could be heard throughout my entire house, and people knew I was making money.

 

Then I found a site called PayPal. I had a PayPal account, and I was able to take money via PayPal.

 

And I saw they had a “Shop” section, which I thought was pretty cool. It had all these shops organized by category for people who take PayPal.

 

I saw a site for people who sold gas powered scooters with PayPal. And I emailed them and asked, do you want to get more sales for your gas powered scooters? Call me.” It worked, and I sold a lot of them.

 

Then I got another idea. I was averaging around $100 an email I sent out. And I thought, “I wonder if I can do better?”

 

I was making $100 a call, so if I could email them a PayPal dollar, then they wouldn’t be getting an email from a random guy. They’d be getting an email from PayPal that said, “You just made money.”

 

And then it would say, “Hey guys, it’s Marcus. If you want more dollars, call me.” And it tripled the response instantly.

 

The first skill that I learned in 2000 was to find the people where they are. You can’t expect people to come to you, wanting what you have to offer. You have to go find them. You have to go get them. And it’s not hard to do, because they’re hanging out everywhere.

People really mess this up, because they don’t focus.

 

The second skill is personalizing the message to meet the people’s needs. So many people get into marketing, and they think about what they want, and not what they’re going to do about it.

 

And no one is just going to hand those people money.

 

In 2003, I moved to Oregon. I had my wife and child, and another baby on the way. I was still doing SEO. A guy named Frank Kern called me and said, “I’m going to order three of your most expensive packages.” And he signed up right there on the spot.

 

He said, “I want you to rank my site about teaching parrots to talk.”

 

I thought, “That’s an easy one.” So I took his site, I got him traffic that converted, and he ranked within days. He got tons of visitors and made lots of sales.

 

He asked me, “If you could get all this traffic, why don’t you go through and just rank everything you want, and send people to affiliate offers?”

 

And I said, “I think I could do that.”

 

So I set up two sites, one about cable TV, and the other one about how to get your ex girlfriend or boyfriend back. I thought that was an interesting niche.

I made those sites, and then I drove from Oregon down to South California for a vacation at my dad’s. It was around July 4th.

 

We didn’t have fancy internet, we had a little antenna that was on the laptop, slow as hell, and it only worked like 9% of the time. And so I had to wait to check how the sites were doing.

 

I just set them up, and it took me about an hour and a half. I went on vacation, and at then end of the vacation, I found out that I had actually made about $1,200 on those sites.

 

I didn’t have to do anything, I didn’t have to call anyone, I didn’t have to rank any sites. They just made money.

 

And this was an aha moment for me.

 

This was the same kind of aha moment I had back on July 4th of 2000. Because that’s when I made my first $21 without doing anything. Now, I made $1,200 without doing any extra work.

 

I thought to myself, “Wait a minute. This stuff is real. This can work.”

 

And then I thought:

 

What if I could set something up today that will generate money over and over, even when I’m not working?

 

What if I could figure out a way to make $5 a day, every day, just from what I do today?

 

I could make around $1,800 a year.

 

If I could do that ten times, that $18,000. You get the picture.

But the cool thing about this is that it’s not just $5. You could do this and make $100, or $500, or more.

 

I’ve done this and made as much as $4500 a day passively on a site that I set up in less than a day.

 

So after I had that aha moment, I set up over 300 sites purely on free traffic from Google, generating up to $1,700 a day or more.

 

The big skill that I learned here was seizing on the gap in the marketplace. I was able to see gaps and make them work at whatever cost.

 

I learned how to automate content creation, I learned affiliate marketing, and some basic web skills.

 

There are gaps all over the marketplace. They’re everywhere, and people are sitting there and worrying about the wrong things.

 

There are opportunities everywhere, but you may not have the skills the meet the opportunity. That’s why I’m going through these to show you what it’s all about.

 

In 2008, people told me that I needed to get into blogging. I didn’t like blogging, but I finally learned it, and it was a pain in the ass.

I set up some blogs, and I started teaching affiliate marketing.

 

People often ask me if I’m one of those gurus who teaches stuff but never really did it.

 

But I didn’t start teaching until 10 years after I had already been doing internet marketing, when people were begging me to teach.

 

The only reason I started teaching is because my friend Harris called me one day. He told me he had a teleseminar with hundreds of people waiting to hear from a marketing expert, and his had just bailed on him. He asked if I could hop on and tell people what I’m doing, and I said I sure would.

 

So I hopped on the call. I had just gotten out of the pool, we were at around $4,000 for the day, and I sat in my office soaking wet.

 

I did the teleseminar and taught things to people, and at the end, everyone thought it was awesome. They asked what they could buy from me, and I asked Harris, “We’re supposed to sell something?”

 

And he said, “Yeah, you always sell something on a teleseminar.” I didn’t know that.

 

So I told everyone, “I made a PayPal link, and you guys can have a DVD, and I’m going to teach you this stuff in a book.”

 

Even though I didn’t have any of that stuff yet.

 

And so I committed. I told myself, “I’m going to write a book this weekend, and I’m going to record a DVD this weekend.” I went into my garage, set it up like a little studio, and made my DVD, and it worked really well.

And what I learned there is how to listen to my market.

 

This is a skill that is so important that if you ignore it, you won’t make any money.

 

Your market wants to tell you things, and you have to listen to them. Why do you think I ask questions on my seminars? You guys direct the course of where I go. You guys are in charge.

 

Why? Because you guys are the guys that consume my stuff.

 

If I lean on my own expertise of what I think you want, it’s just going to be a guess. If you tell me what you want, it’s guaranteed.

 

So I learned how to listen to my market. I learned direct selling, and of course, I learned how to teach.

Luckily, over the last 10 years, I’ve gotten a lot better at teach, which is pretty cool.

 

Then 2011 rolled around. I started outsourcing software and tools, and then I thought to myself, “I wonder if I could have software and tools made?”

 

I thought they would cost like 10 million dollars to make. And I found that they only cost like 500 bucks to make a little plugin, or a tool, or whatever it may be.

 

And so I tried it, and I started making money with it almost instantly that year.

 

The big skill I learned there was creating super simple tools, and it was way easier than I thought, and way more profitable than I thought. And that was awesome.

 

In 2012, I started my YouTube channel. I brought it up on a webinar where I was selling people on Simple Sites Bootcamp, my training course that everyone should be in.

 

I told everyone, “I think I want to show you guys how to get traffic with YouTube.”

 

I had found out that I could get traffic right away. I did a test that same year and actually made $3,000 off of a video that only had 140 views.

 

2014 was a tough year for me. I had a nervous breakdown and suffered from alcoholism, depression, and a suicide attempt.

I got really depressed, I spiraled out and it just consumed me.

 

Here are some of the things I learned from that year.

 

One is that money isn’t the be-all, end-all. Money isn’t going to make you happy.

 

I also learned to not hinge my self-worth on my net worth, because they’re not the same. A person is not worth a dollar amount. A person is worth whatever or whoever created us says we’re worth. And that’s how I look at it.

 

I don’t deserve any more than whoever has the least. Anything above that is just a blessing.

 

I also learned that I’m not always right about everything. That philosophy of life is important. If you don’t have a philosophy of life, life is going to create a philosophy for you, and it usually looks something like, “Why is life so hard to me? Why is life so difficult?”

 

And I struggled and struggled with that, until I decided to purposely make a philosophy of life.

 

Throughout all of this, I learned that I really, really liked helping people before I had a hard time, because I was looking at my teaching business as all profit, and thought I had to get it as profitable as possible.

And then, when I got sober, I thought, “You know, we’re making enough to get by, we’re making more than enough, and I think I like teaching people.”

 

And I learned, and I grew, and I really invested in my students. I learned that it’s actually pretty profitable when people are really helped.

 

Last month, I actually hit five years sober, which is an accomplishment above the money that I’m pretty happy about. And I couldn’t have done it on my own. It had to be the switch in life, which is really important.

 

You have to learn that, because every time I see people that put profits above their lifestyle, they struggle.

 

What lifestyle do you want? What do you want it to look like? If you don’t have the life you want, and you’re not living the way you want, then go do it. Figure out a way to get what you want.

 

If your dream is to live on a sailboat, and it costs $60,000 a year, find a way to make $60,000 a year.

It’s not bad to have bigger goals, but don’t let them consume you.

 

(By the way, if anyone struggles with alcoholism, I have another channel on YouTube that’s called Talk Sober, where we go through every Thursday and have a live call about how to stay sober.)

 

In 2016, I started my Talk Sober channel. At the end of 2016, I had 10,761 subscribers. I have more now, and I have around a million views on it or more. And that’s in a market where people are paying $70 a click.

 

Now, like I said, I put people over profits, and this site is not profitable right now. It’s a little bit profitable but doesn’t make as much money as it could. That’s because I want to do my own thing here, I want to help these people more than pad my bottom line. I think it’s very important to do that.

 

It’s very important to say I run my business ethically. I want to run it responsibly. I want to take care of people as much as I can. Sure, some people will fall through the cracks from time to time. It happens. When you have a lot of people and you have a business, it’s going to happen.

 

But we try to take care of as many people as possible.

 

The skills I learned here were to build today what you want to make money with tomorrow.

 

I also learned to repurpose everything.

 

In April of 2015 I set up a little site where I tried to make some money. And we made $245 the first month, which I thought was pretty cool, and since then, I’ve made $145,856 off that one site.

 

The fact of the matter is that opportunity is literally everywhere, all the time. You just have to go find the it and tell yourself that you’re going to do it.

 

To learn more, go to www.AffiliateMarketingDude.com.