How To Avoid Getting Scammed

Hey,

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I was recently scammed. The sad part is that I’ve known of this guy for a while and he really seemed like a stand up dude. I’m really disappointed about how he’s treated me.

Anyways, I paid him for his mentorship and access to a course he created. The course was crap and I’ve yet to get anything but excuses out of him. Much less any useful mentorship…

Before I paid him he gave me every assurance that he would happily refund my money if I wasn’t satisfied and after several very direct refund requests he has stopped responding to me completely.

In the grand scheme of thing’s it’s not that big of a deal but honestly it really pisses me off. I don’t like it when I’m lied to. And I really don’t like looking like a fool.

If I lived within driving distance I would probably go there and smash on him with a baseball bat or stick a gun in his mouth.

Well… probably not… it’s not worth going to jail, but that’s how pissed off I really am.

To be clear, the above statements don’t constitute a threat of any kind. I’ll be handling this matter through the courts, not by force.

Ok, now that I’ve got that off of my chest, here’s how to avoid being scammed:

1. Never pay someone in a way that you can’t force a refund through a third party. Paypal is great because they have a pretty hassle free refund process no matter who you paid or what you paid them for. But if you paid through some other payment processor you can still file a chargeback through your credit card company.

If someone asks you to send a check, money order, cashiers check, western union etc… that’s a huge red flag that they might be setting you up. They know their product/service is shit and they’re trying to make sure you can’t get your money back.

Even if you sue them there’s pretty close to no chance that you’ll ever get your money back. If you win a law suit you still have to figure out how to collect. You can garnish their wages, put a levy against a piece of property, etc… it’s not like you win and they sign you a check on the spot.

2. If it seems to good to be true then it probably is. 95% of everything you need to know about making money on the internet can be found for free online, and the other 5% won’t matter until you’re big enough to make friends with people who will teach you for free like affiliate managers, vendors, and maybe even other affiliates.

3. Stop looking for a magic bullet. Never get desperate. This is why I failed. I violated rule #1 because I was desperate for a solution. I eventually figured it out on my own anyways. Whenever you notice yourself getting desperate or emotional in general about spending money it’s probably time to take a step back and sleep on it for a few days or even talk to someone about it before pulling the trigger.

I sincerely hope you never have to go through something like this. It really sucks. No matter what, never give up, never stop fighting for your personal freedom.

 

 

3 Steps To Becoming Wealthy

What follows is my best advice for becoming wealthy.

1. Make a lot of money

You’re going to have a hard time becoming wealthy making less than $200k per year. It just isn’t possible to become wealthy making less money that that.

If you don’t make very much money at your job, that’s ok, just start a business of some sort and work on it when you’re not at work. I know that’s easier said than done, but it is what it is.

Obviously I think affiliate marketing is a good place to start, but instead of being a lazy marketer relying on traffic arbitrage I recommend building out a website with good content that promotes more than one related offer.

Creating compelling content is a valuable skill now you’re becoming wealthy.

Review sites and ‘how to’ sites work really well. Sign up with an affiliate network and look through their most popular offers asking yourself this question: “How are people using this product/service? What problem does it solve for them?”

http://www.lifestyleaccountability.com/ is a great example of this strategy. They’re one of the biggest Venus Factor affiliates.

You’re goal is to find something that you can become a salesman for by showing people how to use it. Something you can create content for and also buy traffic for.

After you find something like that just create the content and buy the traffic.

The model I follow is this: Create a front end offer that can be profitably advertised. For example, create a how to video or article that solves a problem but requires the visitor to buy an affiliate product as part of solving the problem.

Then, find other related affiliate product, preferably at least one subscription that pays residuals, to promote in a similar way. Ideally, it should be a natural extension from the first offer.

Ie.: Step 1: buy a widget and do whatever with it, step 2: buy a thingamajiggy and do whatever else with it.

2. Save most of it

Becoming wealthy is impossible if you spend every dollar you make. No matter how much money you’re making.

Making money seems hard until you finally figure it out. Once you’ve got a functional scalable business started and growing you’ll find out that it’s much harder to save money than it is to make money.

Your goal should be to live an abundant lifestyle, but don’t be a complete asshole. One sportscar is plenty. You don’t need 3 or 4 of them. If you have a spouse and 2 kids you only need 4 bedrooms in your home. Maybe 5. But definitely not 10.

Even though you’re making a lot of money, you don’t need to eat at a 5 star restaurant every might. Once or twice a week is plenty.

I’m not saying that you should live like a poor person, but don’t be like Vanilla Ice or like most of the people who win the lottery.

Live a good life, but don’t go overboard with it. Make sure you’re saving significant amounts of money, or at least reinvesting it to grow your business, like over half of it.

You can live like that eventually, but not until while you’re becoming wealthy, not until you’re already wealthy.

3. Invest your money intelligently

The number one rule of investing is to never lose money. The second rule is to never forget rule number one.

The best place you can invest your money is in something you control, like your business. Or even in starting a new but similar business.

If you made millions of dollars selling affiliate products with paid traffic then focus on doing more of that.

If you made millions of dollars generating leads for limo companies but you’ve tapped that market out then maybe start a site generating leads for attorneys.

Or create some kind of info product for limo drivers. Whatever you do, stay in a world that you understand.

Don’t invest in things you don’t understand. Don’t invest in real estate unless you understand real estate. Don’t speculate on stock picking or day trading unless you are an expert on the subject.

If for some reason you have to get in to something you don’t understand then at least put some serious energy in to learning about it. Get a job in that industry. Make friends with people who already own businesses in that industry.

I’m sorry…

I’m sure you read this article in hopes of finding something more specific about becoming wealthy than what I’ve written, but the truth is, anybody being much more specific than that is probably trying to sell you something.

It’s probably how they’re becoming wealthy. By selling stuff about becoming wealthy.

I’m just here to help. I have nothing to sell you, Except maybe some marketing tools that you’ll need to buy anyways. At least you’ll need to buy them if you want to run a successful affiliate marketing business.

Here’s one foolproof strategy for making a lot of money as an affiliate marketer: find something that people are already buying and find a way to be the one they buy it from.

As described above, I do this by creating a site full of ‘how to’ articles and videos showing people how to use an affiliate product to solve a problem that seems to have lots of search traffic.

Search terms like ‘how can I lose weight, how to lose weight. weight loss diet, best diet for weight loss, lose weight fast’ etc…

Another piece of advice, look for something that businesses buy, businesses have money, easier to make sales. If you can show them that it’s worth more than it costs then they’ll buy it every time.

Anyways, I hope that helped you. Now go do some work!

How to decide what Clickbank products to promote.

Hey,

One of the biggest struggles for new marketers is figuring out what Clickbank products to promote. I felt the same way when I started and I hear that question all the time.

The truth is: its not a big deal. Just fucking pick something already. If other people are making money by selling it then you probably can too.

Below is a little guide I’ve prepared for you to help you figure out what Clickbank products to promote so read it, follow the instructions, and start doing some work.

You really don’t need to spend a lot of time figuring out what Clickbank products to promote. Just pick one already…

There are really only a few  things to consider when deciding what Clickbank products to promote:

#1: Look for Clickbank products to promote that other affiliates are already promoting.

This advice was intimidating to me when I first got started because I was afraid of competition. I thought it would be better to promote a product that didn’t have much competition.

The truth is, it’s much better to promote something that lots of other people are promoting. Pick Clickbank products to promote that are already popular with other affiliates.

There might be some unknown offer out there that converts like crazy but you aren’t smart enough to look at an offer and decide if it’ll convert traffic in to commissions or not. Nobody is.

The numbers don’t lie. The only way to know is to spend a lot of money testing to figure out which Clickbank products to promote or just pick something that other people are already promoting.

The best way to figure out whats converting well is to find something that lots of other people are already promoting.

To do this just go to the Clickbank homepage and click the ‘marketplace’ link at the top of the Clickbank page, click the magnifying glass button with an empty search box to see all of the offers on Clickbank and then sort them by Gravity.

High gravity = lots of promoters making lots of sales

#2: Pick something with wide appeal

You want to pick something that appeals to almost everyone so there’s a lot of traffic available.

Offers that only appeal to a really small group of people tend to be dominated by a few big time affiliates who will just outbid you for the traffic until you give up and go away.

If you pick an offer with wider appeal then you stand a much better chance of finding some direct linking profits so you won’t have to mess around with learning how to build landing pages at first.

You should eventually test out landing pages, but in the beginning just look for direct linking profits. This is also known as traffic arbitrage. But it just means that you’re sending your traffic right to the offer.

Another benefit of picking a big market is that if the offer you’re promoting goes away then you can just pick a new one. Offers always eventually go away. There will always be competing offers in big markets so you just pick a new one. No big deal.

Sometimes the market gets saturated and the offer stops converting, sometimes the company who owned the offer decided to stop using affiliates, sometimes they just go away. It happens. Just part of the game.

Weight loss, make money, disease cures, dating, anti-aging, and skincare are evergreen. People always want to live longer, look better, get laid more and make more money.

Just pick something already!

Honestly I had planned on giving you a 5 step list because 5 seemed like a good number but I’m really not sure what else to say. Just pick a big market and pick an offer that’s converting for other marketers.

That’s all there is to it. Honestly the offer is the least important part. The important part is what you do to promote the offer. Do your research, set up your tracking, get some traffic and start optimizing.

If you pick an offer that’s converting and you’re not getting conversions it’s you, not the offer. Accept responsibility and start developing your skills. Stick with one good offer until you figure it out.

You’re the magic bullet.

Note: I know there is at least one person reading this hoping that I would reveal the super top secret underground offer that I’m promoting, you know, the one that sucks money out of peoples wallets on autopilot like an out of control vacuum cleaner and then deposits it in to my bank account.

It doesn’t exist. Sure, some offers convert better than others, but I’ve already told you how to find out which ones convert. Just pick one from the top 20 gravity list on Clickbank.

There’s no magic secret system that’s going to make you rich. Stop looking for it. There’s a whole industry around selling stuff to people who are looking for a magic bullet.

I’ve read books about it. It’s called the opportunity market. Don’t be part of the opportunity market unless you’re selling something to those people.

You’ve gotta learn the skills and do the work. Learn to buy traffic. Learn to track your results. Learn to optimize your traffic campaigns. Learn to create pre-sell pages. Learn to split test.

That’s the magic bullet. You’re the magic bullet. You’re gotta become more valuable. You’re gotta become the source of your income. All good things come from becoming more valuable.

Now you know what Clickbank products to promote so pick one and start doing work. No more research, no more fiddling around, just get started.

Bing is a good place to start getting traffic. Check out this guide on setting up and optimizing a Bing traffic campaign.

Direct linking on sitescout? Could it really be that easy?

Sooo… I recently started playing around with banner ads because I realized I had a bunch of money left in a sitescout account and I accidentally got some positive results.

Basically I just picked a high gravity clickbank offer, downloaded their banners and ran then against what I thought was a pretty common sense custom audience.

I set my daily budget to $20 and blew threw it to $55 in less than an hour lol… oops… but I got a conversion. So that’s good. Even better: I overpaid by either $15 or $30 for the traffic because I didn’t have my campaign set up properly so I would have been close to profitable or maybe even break even without even optimizing the campaign at all.

Needless to say I set up a new campaign with some seriously narrowed town targeting so it’ll be easier to optimize.

I went from like 9 audiences and 30 banners (3 different sizes) to 2 audiences and 10 banners (1 size). I’m still waiting for the campaign to be approved but I’m starting to think sitescouts approval committee doesn’t  work weekends because they sure are taking their sweet ass time approving my campaign…

Anyways, I’ll post again when the campaign has been approved and I’ve got some more conversions so I can start optimizing the campaign.

Honestly I’m not sure if I should be optimizing on placements or ads or both? I’ve never done banners before. I guess I’ll just have to look at the data to see if there’s a clear correlation.

It seems like different banners would perform differently on different placements. It’ll take some time to get all of that worked out I suppose.

SiteScout doesn’t have a token for tracking audiences so you have to set up separate campaigns for each audience to track their performance against each other.

The cool thing is that SiteScout lets you track individual ads and placements there’s a lot of room for optimization.

Note: I’m not creating any content for this campaign, it’s all direct linking (AKA traffic arbitrage) so I might be able to create some of my own content and get much higher conversions.

If you look at similarweb.com you’ll see where most of the traffic is coming in from for a particular offer. For the one that I’m promoting, most of it is coming from a few flogs (fake blogs) which means it’s probably profitable to create some content.

If I’m getting in to profit so easily by direct linking some banner traffic then the margins must be huge with some good content.

Well… It’s getting late here so I’m gonna go to sleep,