I have a personal story to tell you that I feel will help inspire, and also show you exactly how my business took off. Also, I will also tell you about some huge mistakes I made along the way.
As many of you know I have been earning income online since 2003 when I was in high school. I even had my first paying SEO and traffic client at that time. It has now been 10 years that I have been making money for myself from my computer.
Since 2006 I have been earning a full time living online. To clarify I will be the first to tell you that I wasn’t actually “killing” it online at that time, but I was making enough to where we could pay our bills, and I was making as much for myself as I was at a regular salaried job.
Before I started college my goal was to be self sufficient, and I achieved that goal.
I made some money through a pet business I had, with paid SEOclients, and with affiliate marketing the hard way! Yes, I say the hard way because I wasn’t building a list. I didn’t start doing that until 2008, and it wasn’t until 2009 that I really realized how important list building is!
Now, this is not going to be an email telling you about list building because if you have followed me for any amount of time you know just how important it is to your success or failure online.
It was 2007 when I remember having my first real success with video. I recall having my first video reach over 10,000 views. That was a huge deal for me, and in the description was a link to my pet website at that time. That video still generates a tons of views to this day!
Also that same year I started to earn over $300 per month extra income as an affiliate for eBay. I remember making several videos to promote the hot Christmas product of that time the Nintendow Wii and the Nintendo Wii Fit the following year. Video was responsible for about 90% of that success. At Christmas time each of those years I cleared over $1,000 in commissions.
For someone who up to that point had made most of his money for clients, it was a big step. In 2008 things really started to change for my business in a big way.
My success with that prompted me to create a course on affiliate marketing to help people learn how to make a few extra hundred dollars per month.
I decided to create a course called “No Money Down Affiliate System”. It was a 30 video course teaching people exactly how to setup the same affiliate systems I was using with completely free methods.
I have completely revised and updated that course since that time, and it is now called No Cost Income Stream.
Back to 2008 when I created that course I used Camtasia’s screen capture software to make the course step by-step, and easy to follow. I also decided to sell private label rights to the course to increase my sales.
I launched that course on the Warrior Forum, and was blown away at how much I made.
With that first video course of mine I was able to build an email list of proven buyers. So after that success I got to work on another course, and sold that to them. Then I started using my list more aggressively for email marketing.
In 2010 I had my first six figure launch. It wasn’t a traditional launch, but was one that I rolled out throughout the year, and had various affiliates promote it.
The course was my IM Guru PLR which consisted of 5 of my video courses all bundled into one offer. I of course built an even larger list at that point.
Around that time I had my first $1,000 day as an affiliate by promoting my now business partner and good friend Eric Holmlund’s course. Eric was doing a 7 day firesale for a great course with rights. I pushed that product, and generated over $13,000 in commissions. I was completely floored, and haven’t looked back since.
I continued to promote Eric’s future launches with my business partner Jeff Wellman, and we soon got his attention. That led to a business partnership that includes 3 six figure launches, and monthly membership program called our Real Coaching Club. You can get full details of that coaching club on this page:
So far I have created over 20 successful full video courses, hundreds of individual videos, and I have reached people from every part of the globe. Also, because of videos I have been able to build my email list to over 40,000 people.
Without the use of video with my business it is legitimately scary to think where I would be today in my business. I am fully blessed to have the opportunity to do what I do on a daily basis. The freedom and lifestyle this business has brought me is unreal.
Let me know what turned your business around.