Hey guys, just wanted to write up an update for what’s been up the past couple months.
I started getting into a “real” office at long last and it did make a heck of a difference as it made me (more or less) stick to a schedule and kept myself disciplined.
Tons of good shit happened which resulted in some epic numbers by my standards. I never liked to put up specific numbers on the blog but suffice it to say, I probably made the equivalent of the annual income of a typical grad in my last couple months.
Here’s some of the things I’ve learnt from these and my plans for the rest of 2012.
I was part of an epic mastermind group where 6 of us threw around ideas and I learnt a ton of these guys. (Hint: Hunger games. You either understand it or you don’t.)
The ideal group for a mastermind is really between 4-7 I would say. This number allows for a good mix of folks with different opinions, and everyone gets to contribute their bit to the conversation. Admittedly due to time zone differences I didn’t get to talk to everyone as much as I’d like but when I did, boy, I learnt so much!
I’ve been in so many large “masterminds” where a few talkative members just sit there shooting the shit and nobody dares to say anything really useful because campaigns are obviously very valuable to just give away to large groups. The only people who actually say anything that’s related to money are unfortunately people who don’t know what they’re talking about so
Offers come & Offers go
I was looking forward to an even larger month but 2 of my biggest offers went down in the middle of the month which really hurt my earnings alot.
After crying my heart out for 2 days, I came back with full force and built new campaigns in a couple new traffic sources I’ve been wanting to explore for a long time, and with a venegance.
I’ve always read threads on forums about affs getting offers and thus incomes going down overnight but just never thought it would happen to small-time me.
Well, it has, and while tears have been shed, life goes on, and what didn’t kill me has indeed made me stronger.
The client-work side of things also saw quite abit of progress as I’ve finally got a new virtual assistant (UPDATE: this VA didn’t work out AGAIN) who’s going to be helping out with both the client work and my internal site development campaigns.
In the process of fulfilling these projects, I myself have learnt many new things about design and logistics.
With my aff campaigns taking off and all, I’ve more or less decided to really let this local consulting gig go for awhile, and until I manage to hire some good help, the ROI from these gut-wrenching campaigns are just taking the zest out of my soul!
Despite the flurry of activities, I’m happy to announce that I have finally dived in and made progress on an iPhone app for the local market I’ve been wanting to build for like the longest time.
I now have a demo on hand and am just waiting for the developer to finalize things and for myself to get some graphics and the website up and ready for beta launch.
Once this is done I’m going to put in more time and effort in getting multiple apps up on the app store and “own my traffic source”!
While I’m glad to report that my income is now derived from a couple different offers over different traffic sources, I seem to be getting along much better nowadays with this one particular difficult beast.
A $40k daily budget wasn’t unheard of back in the heyday of direct linking of Facebook, but to be honest, I haven’t heard many people boasting about such high daily budgets nowadays.
In the long run, legit is still a very viable route bros.
I have been harping on getting a VA since forever.
I have only had ONE last for more than 6 months.
The rest always disappear within a couple weeks.
My conclusion is that I have been too much of a miser. This time, I’m determined to find one for the long term so I’m willing to put up a more enticing salary.
Locally I’m also involved in a car and furniture business (family stuff), and with aff biz nicely coming into place, I’m happy that I now have more time to devote into these 2 businesses.
It’s a shame that as an online marketer, my offline businesses don’t have a solid web presence!
I intend to change that big-time with brilliant websites and buying traffic and building customer lists.
We also have expansion plans in the pipelines for the furniture biz, so things are coming along nicely indeed.
Affiliate Summit West 2013
2 years ago, I did harbour serious thoughts about heading off to ASW, at the expense of a very significant portion of my bankroll, and negligible daily aff income.
You go bro!
The ability to churn out solid content has always been more or less reliant on having a good VA to take care of my other matters.
With my determination to really get a VA up and running, there is finally hope for vibrancy on epicskillz.com.
I know I have let you guys down again and again lol, but I hereby COMMIT to growing the value of this blog and getting to know each and everyone of you more!
Stay tuned guys.
Good stuff coming up.