The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Well Monday I took my first step with solo ads by placing my first order for 100 clicks. Clicks is the term used to describe a solo ad. A vendor will sell ads with a guaranteed minimum number of clicks.
The most common order size is 100 clicks. Some people starting out (like me) will offer smaller ads with just 20 or 50 clicks. People with very large email lists will offer 250 to 1000 click ads.
When you order a solo ad you can expect to get 40-60% of the subscribers to sign up for your email list. If you order a 100 click solo ad then you can expect to get on average 50 subscribers added to your email list. I have ordered a grand total of 7 solo ads. At the time I am writing this post 2 of the ads have completed and 2 more are currently in progress. The remaining 3 will run tomorrow and the next day. As of right now I have 101 subscribers in my email list. Nice start to get that many subscribers in just 48 hours.
I placed my first order with Steve Brodsky who is the guy that I have been following. My last post Making Money Online Cant be This Hard Can It shared a link to a free report that Steve had published outlining how he went from nothing to earning $100/day in less than a month and I highly recommend everyone grabbing a copy. I placed the order Monday evening about 6:30 PM when I got home from work. He said that he could run my ad the very next day. The only problem was that I had not setup my “funnel” yet.
Creating My Funnel
The above diagram shows exactly what my funnel will eventually look like. I am almost there but not quite. The very first step is to create a squeeze page. In my previous post I shared the 3 squeeze pages that I am considering using. More than half of the votes were for the Amazon Affiliate Secrets report squeeze page. This is the one that I chose to use. Step 1 DONE!
The next step is to create an OTO or One Time Offer Page. After a person enters their email address on my squeeze page they will automatically be directed to my OTO page. An OTO page is where you offer something for sale to the new subscriber to your list. Most people will purchase a PLR product and will sell that on their OTO page. The best PLR products to purchase are ones that offer MRR or Master Resell Rights. MRR gives the buy the right to sell the product on their own squeeze page and pass on the rights for the buyer to turn around and sell it on their list. A PLR product allows you to sell it to your subscriber but the subscriber cannot turn around and sell it to someone else. This is why MRR is much more desired when purchasing an OTO.
I picked a PLR product from Best Quality PLR called Quit Your Job. I figured this would be a topic that would speak to just about everyone. I like Best Quality PLR because the quality of their work is just better than any other PLR product I have purchased. To give you an idea of how good the quality is the Quit Your Job product is over 150 MB of data that includes a report, website, ebook cover designs, audio and videos. So I copied the sales letter that came with the product and created my OTO page. I went to paypal and created a buy now button. Most OTO offers range in price from $7 to $17. I decided to split the difference and priced my OTO at $12. Step 2 DONE!
The next step is to create a number of emails in your autoresponder. I am using Aweber as my autoresponder. An autoresponder allows you to setup a series of emails that will be sent to your subscribers on specified days after the subscribe. I have created 45 days of emails that are sent anywhere from 2 to 7 days apart. The advantage of using an autoresponder is that if someone subscribes today then they will be sent the initial email message and the next email message 3 days later. If someone subscribes to my list 3 months from today then they will get the same initial email the day they subscribe and the next email message 3 days later. I can have thousands of people on my list that are automatically sent the next email in the list based on the date they initially subscribed. Step 3 DONE!
What is Missing in My Funnel
I will be honest and tell you that setting up this much of my funnel was NOT EASY! I needed to have something in place immediately because my first solo ad was going out the next morning. I worked non stop from 6:30 PM to 1:37 AM to create these first 3 steps. I spent quite a bit of time googling how to do certain steps to get things setup correctly. If you are well versed in setting up an autoresponder, a squeeze page and an OTO page then you will probably be able to do the same amount of work in much, much less time.
What I am currently missing is steps 4, 5 and 6. Step 4 gives you a chance to still get a visitors email address if they read your initial squeeze page and decide to pass. This is accomplished by using an exit popup that redirects the user to a different URL when they try to leave your squeeze page. This would be a completely different squeeze page offering something completely different. I had 3 squeeze pages that people voted on and I could have picked the second most popular squeeze page for step 4. That is the easy part. The hard part is trying to figure out how to create an exit popup on a straight html page that is not a wordpress page. If you know how to do that then leave me a comment below.
Step 5 is the downsell that anyone who has ever purchased a WSO is familiar with. The downsell will always be priced lower than the OTO. In my example my OTO is priced at $12 so when I get my downsell it will cost less than $12. Most likely it will cost about $7. There are two tactics that you can take with a downsell. The downsell can either be a subset of your OTO or a completely different product. I have seen both methods used and I am not sure which one I will be following when I get around to creating my downsell. Feel free to leave a comment below about which path you think I should take.
The last step 6 is a series of emails that you put into your autoresponder. This series of emails should be different than the emails that you send to someone that purchases either or both your OTO and your downsell. These emails will provide value to the subscriber and then will try to sell them an affiliate product after sending quite a few emails that offer value. Right now I only have one set of emails so I will need to work on this and will probably occupy my time this weekend to get it setup.
What I Have Done Wrong
I was smart enough to give each of the solo ads their own tracking URL. I am using the pretty link plugin. With this plugin I can create a unique url for each solo ad that gets redirected to my squeeze page. Pretty link will tell me how many people have clicked on that link and how many of those links are unique. The biggest mistake I have made is not to have an accurate track of the number of subscribers I am getting from each solo ad that I purchased. Everyone who subscribes on my squeeze page is being added to the same list in my Aweber account. I have no way of knowing if that person can from Jane Doe or John Doe solo ad.
What I should have done was just made 7 copies of my squeeze page. Then created 7 different lists in aweber. Then change out the email signup form on each of the 7 squeeze pages to point to one fo the 7 lists. I can easily see how many subscribers I got from each of the 7 solo ads by looking at the number of subscribers in each list. If one solo ad vender sends me 60 subscribers but another vendor only sends me 20 subscribers then I know who not to buy from again.
This weekend I have already penciled in time on my schedule to correct this mistake and setup multiple lists in Aweber. Then I can purchase another half dozen or so solo ads to go out next week and be able to accurately track how well they are doing.
A Quick Change that Made Me $51 in less than 2 Hours
At the bottom of my Amazon Affiliate Secrets squeeze page I have the required FTC information that includes a link to my Amazon Affiliate Bible website. It appears one enterprising subscriber clicked on that link and saw my sales page for my Amazon Affiliate Bible product and purchased it.
I was at work when I got the email that the sale had come through. It took me all of about 3.2 seconds to realize that I had a much better OTO to offer than the Quit Your Job PLR product. Since my squeeze page was promoting Amazon Affiliate Secrets report then why in the heck not offer my Amazon Affiliate Bible product as my OTO. Can you say duh on my part for not thinking of this from the beginning.
I jumped on my website when the boss was not looking and spent about 3 minutes putting together a copy of my Amazon Affiliate Bible sales page on my website and included the buy button. Then I changed out the link to the OTO page to point to the new sales page that I just created. Well in less than 3 hours I made my first 2 OTO sales. With the initial sale I have 3 OTO sales totaling $51!
Most 100 click solo ads sell for $40 to $45 so I have made enough money to cover one full solo ad and part of the second solo ad. If I can make more sales on the 2 solo ads that are in progress as well as the 3 solo ads that will run in the next 48 hours it would be great. The best solo ad is one where you sell enough OTOs to cover the cost of the solo ad meaning you are able to add all those subscribers for FREE!
What Are My Next Steps
The simple answer is to complete steps 4, 5 and 6 of my funnel. The other things I will be tweaking will be to start creating a second version of my squeeze page and split testing the two to see which one converts the best. Another trick with your autoresponder is to setup automation so that every time someone signs up for one list then you automatically add them to your master list. I mentioned earlier about creating 7 separate email lists for the 7 solo ads that I purchased. I would then have a master list so that everyone that subscribes to the 7 lists would be added to my master. When I start selling solo ads then I will send a single email to my master list instead of sending out emails to the 7 lists.
The other thing I am learning about is click banking. This is a great technique to grow your list for free. In general terms is when you send the initial email to a new subscriber thanking them for subscribing and then saying you need to check out this great offer. Well the link to that great offer would be someone else’s squeeze page. With click banking you agree to send x number of clicks to a person squeeze page. Once you have sent that number then they will send the same number of clicks to your squeeze page.
That way you get subscribers without having to pay for a solo ad. You have to have a list first before you can start doing this. I am going to get there quickly so I can take advantage of using free methods to grow my list. Plus if someone purchases your OTO from a click bank click then you make 100% profit from that sale. This is one of the ways you can make money with solo ads besides just selling a solo ad.
Well that is it for right now. My next post will show you my finished funnel and what I have done to optimize my list.