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My experience with sales is somewhat limited, but from what I learned by doing some small sales online, I can tell you – If you’re new to sales, your products are going suck so bad that you can’t even imagine.
I’m currently experimenting with this blog, sort of.
I have created some products in the past, some eBooks but I haven’t marketed them at all. So I sell like 5 books per months at the lowest price, so I get a pack of cigarettes for free.
I sold some t shirts, 2 to be exact. And they were online for a long time, just under my Youtube videos. My videos suck from a quality standpoint.
Then I wrote some articles, after my post went viral on medium.com.
But I really didn’t like writing articles, hated it pretty much.
Since, technically I’m a loser – I don’t make real sales online, yet.
But the problem with my products, except writing, is that they suck. Really my products, are bad. I give them away for free, but my writing is worth 15$ per 500 words. I get paid to write garbage, but I hate it.
Being a writer who does requests is the lowest writing class. Unless you get paid to write what you want, when people want your craft the way it is – it’s really good.
If you want to make sales online, you’d better advertise products of other people. Products that do well in the market. If you’re advertising products that are made by millionaires or billionaires – you know those products are really good, because if not – how they became millionaires?
Most of the time, the problem with sales is:
- The product sucks.
- The product is irrelevant.
- The price is to expensive.
- If there’s something else – pop a comment because I don’t know.
As said before, before you’re already successful,as a writer orin other field – your products will suck. I can guarantee it, because if people don’t take what you give for free, they won’t take it for a price…
People used to give me donations instead of buying my crap…
Although my Lithuanian book was good, good very good reviews from people who have listened or read it. But I gave it away for free…
Everything boils down to marketing.
If you want to be a successful blogger, you have to market your blog which markets some affiliate program. This is kind of a funny method – really. No joke.
Because creating your own products is really hard. Producing high quality videos for youtube costs a lot. Gaining momentum in writing is really hard, because after writing for 6 years I got no momentum at all, because I haven’t started a blog, this was a mistake.
Then again, when you get better – you then can create your own products. Because people want to work with rich people, not folks like me.
I know just one thing: you can’t buy respect.
You built respect by being transparent. If you’re poor – you tell that you’re poor. If you suck at sales, you tell that, too. Because being transparent gives you respect.
If your products suck – give them away for free, until you build something that won’t suck.
I hesitated a lot about blogging. 90% don’t make any money, why is that? Because they suck!!! They want to sell their own shit without realizing that their own crap doesn’t have any credibility.
Imagine me creating this big deal for 10 000$, I’m not rich, but if someone would buy I would bank 10k. Would you buy? No you would not, because I have no experience.
On the other hand, this Grant Cardone is doing something for 10 000$, he has experience and he does a lot of sales, he has like 750 million… Maybe even more. Would you buy? Yeah, you would if you could afford.
If someone buys Grant’s gig for 10k I would bank somewhat 5% it’s 500$ from one sale. It’s good for me because I don’t have to do the talking and the anything…
His team does the sales and everything. I don’t do shit, just write my blog and have fun while the banner is on.
The other thing I realized. That it’s better to sell high priced stuff, because you won’t get rich by selling 0.30 cent books.
So before you rush to create your own products when you have zero competence and everything, while you’re not the best writer it’s better to do affiliate marketing.
Some guys say that you need to wait before you monetize until you get certain amount of traffic, but some dudes tell to monetize from the get go.
You actually don’t know who wants to get rich and if you solve a problem of the reader or web surfer – you may bank some cash.
The next thing is that your stuff will build up on your blog.
And then again, when people see Grant’s gig, they already know Grant – you don’t have to market Grant, he is well marketed in America…
The other thing is indirect sales. You do these with Google Adsense. But Adsense will give you somewhat 5$ per 1000 views, so it kinda sucks.
I heard that guys like John Chow, get 100$ per 1000 views. It’s O_O.
I would tell you how to do that but I don’t know it yet.
Increasing your traffic is really hard.
And don’t buy traffic, if there’s no way you monetize it, because people will come to your website and go away. Business don’t grow if you don’t invest into them.
When your website gains traction from the web, you can then sell ads on your website.
No matter what you do, you have to sell…, but if you’re not a professional at sales, give the pro’s to do the sales.
Bloggers have the ability to build audiences and every business wants more exposure because if the product has standed in market for a while and the more it’s exposed to the public, the more sales it gets.
The other thing is persuasion. You persuade people into buying, but if your products suck you won’t retain a customer. You want 100% satisfaction. You always want to underpromise and over deliver…
You want your bargain to be a steal… That’s how the big guys do it…