I get it, y’all. I really friggin’ get it.
Not all of us have much (if any) money to invest in our online success.
The times, they are a’changin’.
Unfortunately, that just means you’ve gotta work a little harder. But success can still be had, my friend.
I was just telling a student some of my story…
When I first started online, I was beeee-roke.
Couldn’t even afford to pay my rent or buy food for my family.
We did food bank and welfare type stuff.
Had to pawn my computer because online success wasn’t happening quickly enough.
No car. No job (nobody was hiring in my town). No income.
Shit was bleak.
So here’s what I did…
- I got my dad (halfway across the country) to send $100 to my Paypal account.
- I bought a USB flash drive… and some food. 😉
- Each day, I brought that flash drive to the public library.
- Using the library’s computers, I wrote articles for bloggers at about $5 apiece.
- I simultaneously wrote an e-book.
- I gave the e-book away for free, via a squeeze page.
- I built my list with FREE forum marketing.
- I sent a promotional email each day, making about $20-30 daily.
- I got my computer out of hawk.
- I continued writing articles from home.
- Because we had no internet, I brought my computer to the library each day.
- I kept writing articles, posting in forums for traffic, and sending emails.
- Eventually, when I could afford it, I started buying solo ads.
- I deepened my funnel.
- I launched my first WarriorPlus product and won my first DOTD award.
- I started coaching.
- I moved into a nice place and bought a nice Lincoln Town Car.
- I kept launching products, building my email list, and promoting to it.
- I never stopped.
It Wasn’t Easy. It’s Still Not Easy.
But It’s Not Supposed to Be Easy.
Now, I have more money to invest.
Now, I have an email list of 7,000 buyers.
And now I have food. 😀
It all started with a $100 loan from my pops, plus a whole lot of hard work and determination.
I’m like a low-scale Donald Trump. Maybe someday I’ll become president… of my own fan club. 😀
I Hope That Helps. Now, a Product Review!
I promised you a review of the new James Renouf and Jeremy Kennedy product, Lead Vakuum.
So let’s make it snappy…
Do I Recommend It?
Sadly, I don’t. (By the way, stick around, and I’ll tell you what I do recommend.)
I like both of these gentlemen. Seemingly both nice gents who have their heads screwed on straight. But I’ve noticed a pattern with them, and I just can’t personally get behind it.
They seem to engage in something that I call “Revelation Marketing.” (Where’s my trademark symbol, damn it?)
What I mean by this is that their products generally do little more than reveal a resource. The content is minimal. They basically do less than what the tutorials of the products they’re promoting do for you.
Brass tacks: They promote an affiliate program within their product. Hell, the promotion of the affiliate program is their product! They sell a product that does nothing more than sell another product.
In Lead Vakuum, the duo is simply revealing a service called GetEmails.
And what, pray tell, is GetEmails?
It’s basically a service that captures leads who don’t opt in to your list.
Let’s say that you send 100 people to your squeeze page. 40 of them opt in. 60 of them don’t.
Well, as long as you have the GetEmails script installed on that squeeze page, you’re still getting a portion of those 60 disinterested people added to your autoresponder ANYWAY.
Yeah, as long as they live in the U.S. (because our laws haven’t YET prohibited this), then they will be added to your autoresponder as your new lead, even though they didn’t opt in.
I dunno. Seems kinda shady to me.
And it’s not just about squeeze pages that you’re sending traffic to. If you have a blog that’s getting TONS of organic traffic, all of that traffic (provided it’s from the U.S.) will end up on your list and start receiving emails from you. There’s no way this can remain legal… right?
I mean, if it’s capturing blog visitors into your autoresponder, and you’re getting 100,000 visitors per month, your list will be MASSIVE, and yet nobody ever opted in. I smell an angry mob.
Or am I just trippin’?
Is this not quite as blackhat and questionable as I’m making it out to be? GetEmails does brag that their open rates are high, and that their complaints are extremely low. That may be true. Even so, it still just feels wrong. Again, am I just trippin’?
Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I’d appreciate getting your perspective.
Anyway, that’s where this review ends.
As I’ve said before, I have no aspirations of being a consumer watchdog. I don’t go around blasting other marketers and their products because:
A) I’ve got better things to do with my time.
B) I’m not trying to take food off of another person’s table.
C) Hey, even if their product sucks, at least they took initiative.
D) Snitches get stitches. 😀
E) Do unto others, etc.
But I promised you this review.
And I was optimistic. As I said, I like these guys. I had drinks with Jeremy in San Diego.
Really nice dude.
Again, I’m not looking to cause him (or James) any damage.
Also, I judge on the merits of the product… not the marketer.
Unless somebody is a serial launcher who is 100% hype and provides zero value with EACH AND EVERY LAUNCH THEY RUN, over an extended period of time, I’ll give the benefit of the doubt.
So I may recommend James’ or Jeremy’s next product(s) whole-heartedly.
Good shit is good shit, no matter who created it.
But for this one, I’m advising you to steer clear.
So What Do I Recommend?
I recommend Mark Barrett’s and James Fawcett’s new product, The Breakout Code.
Because, while it’s nothing new, per se (nor SHOULD it be… I only want you doing stuff that’s proven time and time again to work), it is different.
It’s all about aggressive list building, coupled with aggressive marketing, and performing value-exploding autoresponder tweaks, that have earned James… get this…
$150,000 in just his first 3-4 months!
And so far as I can tell, this was from a standing start. I may be wrong about that. Don’t quote me. But given his traffic source, I’m making that assumption on my own.
Bottom line, I believe that you can replicate his results.
You’ll need to put your big boy or big girl or big gender-neutral pants on…
But I bet you can do it!
It’s similar to how I got started online, but to MASSIVE SCALE!
Anyway, check it out here.
Let me know what you think.
I hope this article has been helpful.
All the best,