Too Many Products, Too Little Results

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market88

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Hi All,

To date, I have a handful of projects going on (won't leave links since I think that is against the rules for now):

Consistent social media profiles on YT, FB, IG, and Twitter, with tons of content, but hardly any "true success"

Dropship site - Just started it, no organic visitors.

Blog for Affiliate Marketing Personal Development Products. Have not earned much on there.

My own personal website where I market my books (self-published 6 books), and was aiming to sell products to actors but mostly what I did was give away free information products such as "988 Actionable Ideas for Actors" and "100+ Agency Contact List." I did not get much success, as I basically just tried building an audience by spamming across Facebook to get people to sign up for those "FREE" products.

Quora: I am part of their partner program and ask a lot of questions as another method that I make a few bucks here and there.

I have been trying to learn how to make money online for quite a few years now, and want to have the goal of wanting to figure out where I need to improve.

I've spent quite a lot on different internet marketing courses (don't want to list them on here just yet), and find that I keep pulling myself in different directions: one day I am improving my copywriting, the next day I am starting a new website, then I find the new website is getting no traffic so I shut it down, and test something else, another day I am experimenting with growing social media.

Overall, I can build a website quickly, write decent copy, host my own wordpress pages, create a content product (without good digital design), and implement email subscribers onto a website, create blog posts that have good search keywords. But I can't seem to get any worthwhile results from all these efforts. And by results I mean significant growth in social media profiles, traffic to my websites, or email subscribers, although I realize my tactics may not have been the most effective (i.e. sharing my newsletter across Facebook - but I don't really know where else to share my information products to get sign-ups for a low cost).

I've also invested my own cash into testing out Google ads to sell my books, share free ebooks, and even direct link to ClickBank products which brought some results, but the ROI ended being negative on the ClickBank side.

So my goals: Figure out where I need to improve, make the best use of the skills and projects I have going on right now, connect with some good people on here to work with and learn from, and make money on the internet.

Thanks for reading.
 

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Maybe you should try and re-evaluate your methods. Just keep trying your best! There are a lot of guides and methods here that you can learn from.
 

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There were a couple great posts by @Billy Batts I read recently https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/a...ee-money-making-methods-for-beginners.999534/ and https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/d...or-have-failed-probably-long-ass-read.939866/ these may be of help to you.

What I would recommend you do, from a business perspective, is to focus on one or two core products that could net your the most. Maybe one of them are your self-published books? Build up one or two products then once those are doing well, build off that success by adding in another one or two related products. It's no longer the days of the second character from "Home Improvement" selling an "Internet Store in a Box" on TV that was so simple anyone could do it (yeah, right!). From everything I've read here, this stuff takes a lot of time and effort so it's best to focus on one or two items and not be spread so thin with your focus over dozens of items that none get the attention it takes to flourish.

Just my two cents, YMMV.
 

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The best way and the only way to make one's business work is to do subtraction.
 

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There were a couple great posts by @Billy Batts I read recently https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/a...ee-money-making-methods-for-beginners.999534/ and https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/d...or-have-failed-probably-long-ass-read.939866/ these may be of help to you.

What I would recommend you do, from a business perspective, is to focus on one or two core products that could net your the most. Maybe one of them are your self-published books? Build up one or two products then once those are doing well, build off that success by adding in another one or two related products. It's no longer the days of the second character from "Home Improvement" selling an "Internet Store in a Box" on TV that was so simple anyone could do it (yeah, right!). From everything I've read here, this stuff takes a lot of time and effort so it's best to focus on one or two items and not be spread so thin with your focus over dozens of items that none get the attention it takes to flourish.

Just my two cents, YMMV.

Thanks for the great wisdom and articles.

I looked at the first article and definitely have a firm grasp on the basics, and I've been focusing on Affiliate Marketing but did not even know about CPA. But it sounds like Affiliate Marketing is the better way to go based on Billy Batts post. I already failed using social media because I tend to spam the spammy Facebook groups - but I guess I will pull back on that.

I am thinking Dropshipping is not the best route right now, whereas you said, I should try and focus on a few products including either my books or something else.

I have at least 3 downloadable content products and tried getting an audience for them in the Acting niche, but could not get much progress with them. I tried offering them for free to build up my email list but that only got me about 50 subscribers after spending an afternoon pitching it across Facebook. But even the people who signed up only about 20% of them opened it.

I wonder if I just need to update all my website posts with keywords or what.
 

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Thanks for the great wisdom and articles.

My pleasure! If you're concerned about the on page SEO (keywords, etc.), there are a lot of great tools out there to help you find the best ones to use. Keyword Planner is one and Google's "Auto suggest" feature is another one. There is another great blog here (I do a lot of bookmarking) on how to do an SEO audit for your site. https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/how-to-do-an-on-page-technical-seo-audit-like-a-seo-ninja.1022043/ Also, if you're running WordPress one of the best plugins I've found in the last couple of years is "Asset Cleanup". It has the possibility to break your site if you don't use it right, but it allows you to unload plugins and other features you don't need on a page. For example, I have a static home page with no contact forms. No need to have my forms plugin load there. I used this method to take my site from a 3.6 second load to under 800ms (along with image optimization). GTMetrix.com is a great site to help with that. Site speed is a Google ranking factor, but how much I don't know.

To my original reply about focusing on one or two things, I'm reminded of Amazon. When they started, they just sold books. Once they got good at that and built their brand and reputation, they branched out into selling stuff. Then TV, movies, streaming, groceries, cleaning services...
 

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Hi there, it sounds like you've given lots of things a go and you're motivated but lacking success. It's definitely worth looking at the bigger picture. Short term money making schemes are not ideal if you're planning to make a long term living online.

Blogging, ads, quizzes, affiliate linking, and a a few giveaways all on your site with multiple big social media accounts to drive traffic to your niche should provide a tidy passive income after a lot of work setting it all up and doing the ground work.

I wish you luck and success with your books etc. Maybe build an interesting site around those.
 
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