Day 4: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

Day 4: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

I’ve not been very consistent but promise that will change. I now have people on my case so no more excuses!

Last weekend I attended a 2-day seminar “The Prosperity Power” hosted by Mark Anastasi. If you’re not aware you should know that Mark is one of the best Internet marketers in the world. He’s one of the very few people I follow. When I started out in Internet marketing my older sister exclaimed that “He’s got model looks!” and as of that I should follow his teachings! OK, it wasn’t quite like that but something along those lines 😉

Mark is a former security guard who was £7k in debt and eventually found himself homeless. He later made a fortune as an Internet marketer teaching people how to succeed online.

It was surreal seeing him perform on stage especially that I’ve been following him for years. I was surprised to learn that he has a great sense of humour. Nobody but Mark could get away with covering controversial topics, such as sex, religion and politics all in one! I think it takes a lot of charisma to pull an act like that.

Throughout the whole event I tried to stay out of the spotlight as much I could, however, I still managed to make …. a whole two friends! It’s about quality not quantity (talking of excuses!) I have a funny feeling they’re going to contribute to my growth as a person 😉

Now, about the ugly car I mentioned in one of my earlier posts… I never won it (thank God!) or anything else for that matter (read: severe depression) although my name was listed on yet another leaderboard (now this is new as it was an opt-ins leaderboard and I never got great results in terms of opt-ins)! My initial opt-in rate was over 80%!!!

Overall though, the launch turned out to be a …flop. Sales were scarce (half the sales I made last time), worse still they didn’t even cover my advertising budget so I actually made a loss.

The good thing though is getting great results in terms of opt-ins resulted in getting a new JV partner who contacted me after finding my name on the leaderboard. The only thing stopping me from going ahead with it is my rather small email list of … 130 or so people.

Now, we’re back to square one with list building. I can’t even take advantage of my contacts or JV offers for that matter until I build a list of a least 22k subscribers (that’s how big my JV partner’s list is).

There a few changes in terms of me running my business as I decided to hire an outsourcer! It cost me a total of… $1 for 40 hours of work (talking of bonuses!) So I got my Virtual Assistant, Jake to do 10 hours of online research for my new product. After the initial work is done I’m going to get him to slave for me for another 30 hours doing mindless work (only joking!)

Special thanks to Adam for reminding me to continue with the 30-day challenge 😉

Day 3: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

Day 3: Affiliate Marketer’s Journey Towards Freedom

You might remember that I invested $1,600 into solo ads last month. My solo went out on 11th and 13th December generating a total of 2396 clicks and 334 opt-ins. While I was expecting slightly better results in terms of conversions (0.005%) and optin rate (14%) I still generated two sales (one for $398, one for $198) and 3 more are still pending (they might or might not go through). However, I cannot know for sure that these sales were in fact a direct result of a solo ad as it could have easily been from visitors to my blog. It’s quite unfortunate that Google decided to unsuspend my website at the time when my solo was due to go out.

Either way, I’m planning on using the same solo ad provider for one of the affiliate launches in early January 2016. My goal is to win a JV contest, if not in terms of sales (last time I was at #26) then in terms of opt-ins. I have a pretty good chance of winning in either category. I’d be the happiest if I won a trip for two to Costa Rica… Not sure what I’d do with a first place prize anyway, one of the ugliest cars in the world, a Mini Cooper worth $20k?! Shipping it over continents would cost me a fortune! Harley Davidson is not my cup of tea either. Here’s what’s at stake…

Mini Cooper

I wouldn’t mind winning a cash prize in terms of opt-ins either. In fact, I’d probably be even happier with a cash prize (my credit card is insatiable!)

We already made plans with my boyfriend that we’ll be making a trip  to Canada to collect my ugly car just to sell it on! lol

We agreed with one of my coaching students that I’ll set up a Facebook ad for him for £50. I was wanting to charge him £200 for this service and that’s exactly what I should have done. In my mind this type of service is worth £200 but since he’s a nice guy I offered him a below market price. Now, I’m starting to regret my decision as I should have charged him exactly that! What was supposed to be a half an hour work turned out to be a major effort! All because his payment method was rejected. I’ve already spent a few hours on the phone trying to fix the problem that’s not even my fault. I fulfilled my promise and delivered work on time. In fact, I had to create the same ad 4 times already! It was approved first but because the payment method was rejected the advertising account was deactivated meaning it’s not even live yet. I really do not want to charge the guy more as that’s what we agreed to but I’m really starting to lose my patience with how things are… I’ve already done more work than what I had initially agreed to and we’re not even done yet. If worse comes to worse I’ll refund him the money that he’s already paid. It’s sad because he’s a totally nice guy!

 

Affiliate Commissions: $2,019.60 this month so far (as of 16/12/2015)

Refunds: $413.80 this month

Subscribers: 123 in total

Lessons learnt: charge what you’re worth (don’t charge any more or any less than that regardless of how nice the person is – people will always take advantage of you)