From time to time…I really feel like writing… and tonight…is that time… I can’t sleep…Why?
My kids are not home right now and whenever they leave…I struggle with sleep… I tried to work… And did some of it… but my mind is elsewhere…
I know you are used to seeing posts of successes Internet Marketers have…And how great our lives are…
Keep in mind…all of us still have challenges to overcome…Both on the personal and professional side…
So here is something personal…
Just 7 years ago, my life was not in order. Actually, it was a total mess. I did not know where to begin with changes…
For the past 4 years I’ve been working on making changes to my mindset… and working on personal development…and about 2 years back… things started to change…
WHY/HOW? I made a decision to start fixing one thing at the time…Fixing it all at once was not possible…
And slowly my life has gotten to the point where I am happy with it.. and where I am at now in my life, with my kiddos and it is great to see them turn into wonderful human beings, and finally with my business…with the direction it is moving to… and overall…things are good…
Why am I saying this…
In our industry…or at least people who are coming into the industry expect quick fixes.
Most people get disappointed quickly and blame others for their problems and lack of success.
YOU are the only person who can change the outcome of your life… And it won’t happen overnight for sure…
So if you are starting out… and everything feels overwhelming… Start taking small steps… Don’t expect miracles overnight to happen, but with small steps, consistent action working toward your goals things will change for the better…
I know you are use to seeing review posts from me…but today you are getting something different…It is actually very late my time…but I got inspired to write this…
Today I have spent 3 hours with a mom of 5 who has just gone through removing a tumor from her neck…Who is in a really bad financial situation…and her life is a total mess – to say the least… My heart really goes out to her…I know that what she is dealing with is not easy and I hope the outcome of the results will be positive so she can start working on improving her life for the better…
Now…the reason I am writing to you today is to reflect on huge changes I’ve made in my life over the last 4 years…And talking to her actually reminded me of the growth I’ve gone through…and how much my life has changed for the better…
What I share with you below is written in hope that if you are reading this…And if you are struggling, or having a hard situation in your own life…that at least one word or suggestion will help you make the change for the better…
YOU are the change!
Most people in life expect change to happen…Dreaming of better days… BUT in most cases they are not willing to make any changes in their lifestyle to see the change… IF you want better life..YOU have to start getting YOUR life in order… Wishing for it is just a wish… Dreaming about it just a dream… Doing something about will make the change!
How to begin?
One problem at the time… Sit down at your desk…Take out a piece of paper and start writing all the good things in your life and all the bad things… Make it kind of like a to do list… Organize your problems as goals… Meaning… List them in order that you can start fixing one at the time… Set real goals with dates next to it… Prioritize them in order that you can start scratching off one by one as you turn them from problem to resolved issues.
Fill up your brain with GOOD stuff!
Reduce your TV time to a minimum. Instead, read inspirations and motivational books… Talk to people who are uplifting. Watch inspirational videos on YouTube. Get a life coach if you are fighting with fears and cannot seem to get yourself in order. Be selective of who your friends are. It is ok, to make new friends and get rid of some old ones who are not good for you any more. I know I’ve gone through that…
Respect your body!
Most people start eating healthy when they gain way too many pounds… If you want your business and life to function, respect the body YOU are inside of and give it what it needs…Lower the junk food intake to the minimum, and replace it with veggies, fruits and organic meat.
Now, you might wonder why am I listing all of this here…What that has to do with the Mom of 5. As you don’t know me… Here is the story…
About 8 years ago I got divorced…and a lot of health issues happened due to the stress I’ve gone through… My kids were just 3 and 5 at the time… My business was just getting off the ground and I became primary provided for my family…I was actually getting sick ever 3 weeks…I was on so many antibiotics that my stomach could not handle those any more…Slowly from the demand of it all, I was getting depressed and losing the will to keep on going…
Fast forward to today…I am a successful business women working on expending my business… I am still a single parent and truly proud of it… Three of us have a very good life…I am able to provide for my kids. We live in a great city… My kids are turning into great people and it is awesome to watch them grow.
I was in a bad place in my life 4 years back… TODAY, I am back to being myself again… Enjoying life and its challenges…but without the steps I took above…I wouldn’t be where I am today…
Some people want to go on…some don’t… But if you want to live a better life… Start making the necessary changes! Remember…YOU are the change that needs to happen!
Thanks for reading…I hope it will help you…And if you feel someone would benefit from this post…share it…
p.s. For some reason, people expect life to be easy… Life is not easy…In my opinion, it was never meant to be easy… It was meant to serve you with challenges that you need to overcome…Every time you do get through one…YOU grow as a person! You become wiser… So if I may say so myself… STOP complaining… Get your behind moving and start getting your life in order! In the end…all the hard work is worth it!
This morning I woke up to additional $91.07 in my PayPal account from affiliate commissions. Considering that it took me just 30 min yesterday to generate it…that is really NICE! Right? This commission is from a product called Mobilee!
Total from this campaign in the last 2 days is at $202.05
Now you are wondering…How is this possible? Right?
Let me explain!
When it comes to online marketing YOU need to understand there is NO magic bullet. Actually it takes some effort or if you don’t want to put in an effort, you need to pay people who will. For most newcomers, they prefer and can afford to put in an effort.
So here is the effort I put in for this campaign.
Total work hours are at 5 currently so that makes me earn about $40 per hour
Here are the steps I took to make it work!
Step #1 – review the product – around 30 min.
Step #2 – create just the right bonuses to go along with this strategy – 1 hour of of work.
Step #3 – create graphics for bonuses and pre-selling page for my promotion with video – around 1 hour of work.
Step #4 – create special teaser message with image on my FB wall and in few groups I manage – around 30 min of work as I’ve explained inside of Viral FB commissions.
Step #5 – Wrote set of 8 e-mails to go out. Scheduled my notification broadcast and sent messages (followed up with people) to my FB teaser message for people who were interested in it. Which amounted to 2 hours of work!
Just to show how my teaser message looked like:
Now, keep in mind, that does not include any other product promotion or my own product sales, this is just from Mobilee.
Why was this campaign a success?
There are multiple reasons for it.
#1 – I really liked the product and felt good about recommending it.
#2 – Pre-selling it helped a great deal to turn visitors into buyers.
#3 – Custom bonuses helped pushed interested people into buyers!
#4 – I drove traffic from 3 sources which boosted my sales.
And to end this little tutorial…
The problem with MOST people coming into Internet Marketing world is this. They don’t have a guide on what they need to do… If you just follow what I explained inside of this little tutorial, YOU are going to make sales 100% sure thing…
BUT yes, you do need to get going with building that list and following.
It is 10x easier to sell to someone who knows you and trust you…than it is to sell to someone who is coming to your site for the first time.
And to end this post… Last year I’ve pulled in $134,280.41 in revenue which means…I run 6 figure business. And if you want to see how I do all of this. Sign up for a free version of my blueprint right here!
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I’ve decided to make this post for couple of reasons… One is…I feel, most fights occur because people don’t understand both sides. In addition, there are few ways to prevent this. And as you are about to read this whole story, I hope you will get an understanding of both ends.
Recently, I’ve had a customer of my message me saying how one particular vendor was really rude towards him. (Vendor I know personally, so I was actually shocked that it went down like that.) Vendor is very nice, I spent 4 days with him, and he genuinely loves helping people. So imagine my surprise when I heard about this whole issue. However, at the time I was busy with my own work, so I said, I would look into it a bit later, and discuss it with that vendor.
So here is what happened. Vendor has a support group designed to help with the software. Customer was asking gazillion of questions inside of the group and this made vendor upset. They started arguing, cussing at each other and it ended up getting to them completely blocking each other on Facebook and vendor issued a refund to the customer.
Customer felt like he was badly treated. I am sure, vendor feels the same way… What is worst here… Customer actually loved the product and wanted to use it in his business.
Here is my personal opinion on the whole situation. And here is where I hope understanding will happen and this post might help someone and solve frustration on both ends.
Vendors normally sell 1000+ products in a week. That is 1000+ customers they try to help. Often times, even when they are working with a team…There is very little sleep happening during that product launch week. Vendors get very tired. They don’t mind helping customers and this particular vendor was really on top of it providing support. Now imagine if that vendor had 1000 customers asking 6-7 questions per day… They would go crazy.
NOW, not to sound as I am on the Vendors side…just trying to show both ends. If there is a support group, and you do have questions. Write them all in 1 post and ask it in one setting. Because maintaining 6-10 threads it gets crazy and no reason for that. Also, sometimes you really can get the answer on YouTube or Google. (Of course, I don’t mean those related to that particular product, but for overall questions)
One thing that I personally did not like about that whole WAR between customer and venodor was that their private conversations where shared publicly in the group. I feel that is totally unprofessional. And before you say, you did not have it happen to you…I wanted to share this…
As I just recently launched Commission Drill. I was on the vendors side. As an unadvertised bonus, we also added VIP group for our customers. People often have questions, and we want them to succeed.
I don’t advertise vip group on the sales page… WHY? Simple if the above situation was to happen to me, I have a right to remove that person from the group…
So going back to the situation I’ve experienced.
I had a person message me for the past 6 months, on an off, asking how she can get into Internet Marketing. And there are really so many ways… She was more interested in Affiliate Marketing so Commission drill was a perfect way to get going. This person actually purchased all the funnel products total $133. However, we were just on the first product, she paid for 12.81. She previously wanted me to coach her 1 on 1, but she could not afford it – which I totally understand.
So it is Sunday… she is added to the group.. And she asked few questions. 30 min. later as neither me or my partner responded to her question, she sent me PM. She said, no body responded to my message. I explained that we are not available at the moment, but we will respond shortly.
So I took the moment to see what she asked and responded to all the questions. And left to spend time with few of my friends and my kiddos.
Less than 4 hours after, I got back to find a mile long message. How unprofessional we are, we are not there to help her and that my partner blocked her… I was actually surprised as I saw he had a note to her in the group, that he would help her privately as it seemed like she had many challenges.
I had a talk with my partner, he said, Ivana, she was creating such a bad environment… I had to. So ok…I tried to talk to her… She sent another mile long message and at the end, she said, I don’t think this JOB is for me. And few times already, I’ve tried to explain, that this is NOT a job, it is a business.
The problem was, she wanted to get started and learn it all in 2 hours and generate 1000’s of dollars per month WITHOUT website and she wanted our coaching on top of it – to be there to guide her at moments notice…For a product she paid for $12.86. As the one we were discussing was at that price.
So how did I handle it? I asked her politely to send her e-mail address. I did say that I feel this is not for her. I refunded all, purchases and asked her nicely not to message me again.
You see, if you are totally new, it will take you a bit longer to wrap your mind around a strategy you are learning. IF you don’t have a website, to get accepted into CPA network, you do need one, so you will have to create it. If you don’t know how, learn or outsource. BUT don’t expect to learn to run a full business over night.
If you have purchased any of my products…you do know that I really do care about my customers… BUT anyone adding negativity is not a customer I want to work with. Keep in mind, product sold is the training you have purchased. …Group support is extra help if you need it.
Our group that we have is really a positive group and our members are seeing results already.
Now I know this was a little bit of a long post. I don’t feel we as vendors should publicly lash at our customers or share our conversations publicly. Private is private. But for me personally, if a customer is rude, hostile, negative, it is not a customer I want to work with.
Like I said in my group yesterday… I would rather help 100 people succeed than have 1 ruin it for all!
On that note… have a great day 😉
You see, one of my goals for this year is turn 150 Internet Marketers into a success story. So…over the past 2 day’s I’ve been working on the actual blueprint that is going to make that happen. And when I am in the creation mode…I really don’t have the creativity to write to my subscribers, to review products, or mail for any offers.
BUT that does not mean money stops for me.
NOPE… Today I’ve actually made $97.50 and the day is not over yet!
HERE IS THE PROOF!
So you are probably wondering…How is that possible?
It is about setting up the right following sequence inside of your e-mail autoresponder.
1st step – Focus your list building on buyer traffic!
2nd step – Connect with your subscribers by combination of tutorials + being REAL with them.
3rd step – Remind your subscribers in the proper follow up sequence of the product you recommended.
Seriously…That is it!
The reason I was able to make that money today is because I have the automation in place…
BUT here is what is going to happen now…You may read this… and you are going to say…Great Ivana…you are right…it is simple… I am going to do it…
The next day… you will see some shiny object inside your inbox.
You are going to purchase that… Most likely, you will never take action… and move onto the next product… and one day… you will just give up… You will say…Internet Marketing does not work…
So the 150 I am looking for will STOP buying every shiny object that comes out…
They will implement strategies I use in my own business… Strategies that I will reveal to you soon…
Stay tuned 😉
It is not just that new year just started…Back in 2017, I was actually very unhappy with the direction my business went into…instead…I wanted to build something better and bigger.
Something that will really change lives of people and that is why, I’ve been considering going into recurring business model, offering 1 on 1 coaching and building additional income stream from eCommerce.
I actually enjoy building businesses… And out of all business model’s I’ve been in, the recurring monthly is the best one.
So having said this, Kam is showing you a very simple model he is using to build multiple 1K/ mo income streams mainly using free traffic.
WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE HOW!
Over 3 hours of training is delivered… Including technical aspect of it.
Inside of the membership, you will also see my bonuses.
See you on the inside!
Gush…I cannot believe we are going into 2018… Amazing how fast a year goes by…
Beginning of the year, as many of you, I’ve had goals…and I’ve reached some…and some I did not.
Any regrets? NO… I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason…The good and the bad…
So having said this… I am very grateful for many things that did happen… (good and the bad ;-))
I’ve learned a lot!
I’ve implemented a lot!
I’ve failed few times!
I’ve grown as a person!
I’ve met some amazing people this year…
And when I listened to their stories… What I’ve learned is this: we all go through hard times and those who don’t give up, always succeed.
Remember this the next time things don’t go the way you want them to go!
Having said this…here are few things I wanted to share with you as we head over into the New Year!
#1 – Every “GURU” was a beginner at some point. They all struggled, but they are successful today because they kept on taking action and never gave up.
#2 – Follow the people who are seeing the success in the industry YOU are going in.
#3 – Stop buying every shiny object, and rather reinvest that money into driving more traffic.
#4 – Read books that are written by successful people, those will give you ideas, tips and inspiration to move forward.
#5 – REST as much as you can… When it all gets to be too much for you, take a break. YOU deserve it. Fresher mind works so much better.
#6 – Connect with other successful people in your industry. You will learn so much from each other, and often times get friends for life.
#7 – Don’t just go after money. It is so much more fun, when you do the work you enjoy.
#8 – Spend time with you loved ones. It is the small things that truly make you happy.
#9 – Stop procrastination, and start your day with a to do list!
#10 – No matter what you do and who you follow..In your own business, add a touch of your own personality.
#11 – Don’t let the fear hold you back!
#12 – When you don’t know where you are going, take a moment and write out a simple text you would like someone to read when you leave this world. That will get you back on the right course.
#13 – Remember, success is not based on the money you make, but the life you build!
Having said all of this…
In 2018 (and every year after), I wish you a lot of health… as that is the true wealth. I wish you a lot of fun… May you achieve all your goals…may all your wishes come true!
From the bottom of my heart…
Happy New Year!
There was a period in my life when I was really depressed and moving forward was not something I was looking forward too… I remember at the time that I’ve put my life on hold. BUT one thing that really got me back was reading books!
I love to read…even though I was never really great at school and kind of hated reading as a child…
Today… I love to read and try to read 4 books on average per month.
Most of the books are self help, personal development or business books.
Also, when I see someone recommend a book, I normally write the title somewhere and eventually pick up a copy…
I don’t often buy books…and thanks GOD for library 🙂
I do buy books that I love and know I will read many times more in the future. BUT I don’t want to turn my own house in the library…
Now…Why am I saying all of this to you…
Recently I’ve read couple of great books…One was recommended to me by Ben Martin, young guy who is AMAZING Internet Marketer…And the book is called The Richest Man in Babylon
One of the wisdom of this book is to take 10% of all the money you receive and pay yourself with it. Now… That money should be used for future investments… BUT it is amazing how 10% adds up.
Since I’ve read it… I’ve generated some really cool cash… And reinvested it back into my business…
And the feeling is amazing…You see…every morning when I wake up…I check to see my acct. and 10% I send over to my special investment acct.
I am also very dedicated person… And when I commit to something… I do commit. AND having said this.. Over 3K was reinvested back into my business…
Feeling is great when you pay YOURSELF first… And you can live without that 10% without any problems.
There are MANY other wise things inside of that book…and I strongly recommend you read it…
You won’t regret it…
To your success…Ivana 😉
As you may know… I’ve been marketing online since 2007. My initial start was with eBay and I did very well… But affiliate marketing was something that really caught my eye. So what I am about to share with you is what really changed my own business… and hopefully it can yours too.
Pay Yourself First!
For a very long time I did not get this…Everyone was talking about it…BUT I was not understanding what these people were talking about… Basically, from all the earnings (paychecks, business earnings, even gifts) at least 10% should be put aside to reinvest into your own business… For most people…this is really hard…BUT is should not be… once I started implementing this…my business started growing. And I still manage to pay all the other living expenses I had.
Small tasks that are really time consuming should be outsourced. DON’T do everything yourself. YOU are going to go crazy if you do. Find people who you can call up on to do small task, and train them to do those. Have few people at hand. With one of my businesses, it would not be possible to handle all the orders myself. That is why I hired 2 full time employees to do it. 🙂
Add some kind of recurring income to your back office. It is a lot easier to GROW your business, when you have reliable income coming your way every single month. Be it that you are offering software as a service, or your own services, as long as it is passive, ans as long as you can count on it.
When I started online…I was a member of 2 forums for Internet marketing. One was paid and one was free. After I learned the initial ways to drive traffic, and how to setup my lead pages…I kind of did my own thing… BUT that was a mistake…If I networked more, my business would have grown quickly to 20-30K/month… Knowing people in your industry can really go a long way. Not only can you learn from them, but you can grow your business a lot faster!
Never rely on just 1 traffic source!
Most people are NOT aware, but relying on one traffic source is a mistake… EVEN if it works really well. WHY? Imagine if that traffic source dried up for some reason…Your entire business would CRASH! I am sure you don’t want that… The biggest commissions and sales come to me, when I send people to my money pages from MULTIPLE sources.
The right kind of list building
No matter what you are doing – in any business. You need LEADS! I know there are people who are going to stress the importance of LIST… but NOT ANY kind…Your focus needs to be on buyers list. If you can build buyers list, you can really print out your paychecks each month! So if you are buying solo ads – make sure BUYERS are on that list! If you are driving traffic to YouTube videos, makes sure you are doing so by targeting buyer keywords! Get yourself in front of the buying audience.
One of the hardest things in this business is to focus! This problem has been the worst for me too… So know that you are not alone in it…After all, there are so many shiny objects to buy :D. I personally buy a lot of stuff online as well. BUT when I do buy, I think of it this way… I am focusing on THIS right now… Do I really need to buy that? And if it fits with what I am doing… I move forward. If it does not. I don’t buy.
I’ve gotten a lot better at goal settings. What really helps me is this process. I write out at the beginning of the week everything that needs to get done. Than I break it down into prioritized list by day and that keeps me on track. And of course… turning off social media destruction. I personally use Facebook for business, but I am known to shut it down after I check my messages, otherwise I am not productive.
At the very beginning I was getting into information overload. It was really BAD. I was frustrated and exhausted most of the time and money was not coming in. Things changed when I picked a niche I wanted to work in… and only learned about that method and how to drive traffic to my lead pages and that niche specified blog. When you focused on ONE method, ONE sales funnel, things start to really change. From a struggling $500/month income I easily went to 2.5 recurring in just 3 months.
So take what you can from these 9 factors that really made a huge difference in my own business, and implement it.