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20k/mo 2019. goal - Digital marketing agency and other magic

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by InWire.Agency, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. InWire.Agency

    InWire.Agency Newbie

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    INTRO:

    Hi, all! I hope you all will have busy and profitable 2019. with good health and a lot of fun.

    English is not my native language, so I am sry if I did some awful grammar errors.

    It is time to start a thread about trying to get to 50k monthly as SEO/Digital marketing guy located in Europe serving local and USA based clients.

    Little preview:

    I am 30 years old, dropped 2x from the university as I was getting more and more work from digital marketing.

    Now I am in digital marketing last 6 years, first did freelancing for 4 years - used that time for reading, testing, getting data and to see how can I improve my knowledge.

    Fast forward to December 2016. and I have opened an agency with a friend with 100 euros starting capital. (I know you will say 4 years as a freelancer and you have only 100 euros - well I had a lot of personal or family problems that needed cash so I used all my earnings to support my family).

    Now it is 2019. and few things have changed during the last 2 years owning my own agency:
    a) I learned a lot in terms how to run a business - bookkeeping, taxes etc. (all the boring stuff)
    b) I had a big-time learning curve on how to sell, upsell, resell, talk and behave with CEOs and owners of companies.
    c) My SEO / Digital marketing game improved a lot, my organization skills also.

    And Yes, we are still alive and running!

    A second active part of my digital marketing career is having a partnership with one USA based partner on 50%/50% split serving USA based clients in local services for his area.

    GOALS:

    1. Get my local agency to 20 000 $ monthly income serving clients from my country (it is a big difference in currencies that is why it is so "low" compared to USA agencies). This is not my biggest goal as I am seeing that more and more time I am spending on the USA logically more money I can earn.

    2. Remove myself from the working position in the same agency and focus only on work organization and closing sales.

    3. Start personal Lead Gen and Whitelabel service with another team.

    4. Start affiliate marketing (for the first time ever) - I have been lurking this and lead gen for quite some time...

    5. Have a steady flow of 15-20k $ per month (maybe unrealistic but we will see).

    6. And the final goal is to position myself better in the community as I don't like to reveal my private stuff too much.

    JOURNEY:

    I will try to update this thread every 2-3 days (depending on the free time I have) and give you all insight in all the good and bad stuff that is happening in my path. Maybe I inspire someone who needs some motivation to start!

    All the best! J
     
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  2. princedapace

    princedapace Junior Member

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    Hi mate, good luck to you. I create videos such animated videos, videos for fb and social media ad, instagram videos, etc. Maybe we could work together for mutual benefits or you could outsource that part of your job to me.
     
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    Its not unrealistic at all. Following.

    Good luck bro!!
     
  4. InWire.Agency

    InWire.Agency Newbie

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    Ok official day one of this journey starts today!

    Client Base:

    Europe: 11 Local Clients
    - the number of working people: 2 (+1 VA)

    USA: 6 Local Clients
    - the number of working people: 2

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    Europe (or my country) has some holiday spirit till 07.01.2019. and many businesses are on vacation, I will use that time to organize processes.
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    Main problems:

    a) too low price for SEO/Marketing for the USA - that is cause I needed to get some international portfolio going so I made mistake and lower my prices when I partnered. Today meeting will change that.

    From 800$ local SEO --> 1200$

    Service website from 900$ --> 1200$ (we are talking 8-page website)

    Create longer TAT - Now I deliver website for a local business in 3-5 days and plan is to make it longer so it is less stressful --> 8-14 days.

    b) boundaries - I need strict boundaries as USA clients like to "add" more and more stuff in same payment level

    c) integrate email support system with a 48h response on low-mid level problems

    d) integrate payment reminder for all clients

    Potential Clients and Meetings:

    This is what makes me happy! I have 4 pending meetings for next week in the USA and 1 Europe. The plan is to sell at least 2 on a higher tier level in the USA. Europe client is not that great looking at the current situation and last year financial report but we will see!

    Next update is meetings and how I close deals and few reminders for myself!
     
  5. Boriss

    Boriss Elite Member

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    What services do you offer?

    You said, you have meetings with clients, are you going to do a live Skype video chat meeting or ?
     
  6. InWire.Agency

    InWire.Agency Newbie

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    I am going to have hangouts (or skype) USA meetings and live Europe meeting.

    Ty for your question!

    Usually, I offer:
    • SEO (white hat most of the time 85/15 %)
    • Facebook and Google Ads
    (no social account managing as I don't have time for that)
    • Email marketing
    • GMB optimization and ranking (I know you know that is part of Local SEO mostly - but I put it as service aside)
    • Consultations
    In the following months, I want to charge for content and have my own or outsourced team for content and want to start using more and more videos in client campaigns.
     
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  7. Frogserv

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    France ?
     
  8. InWire.Agency

    InWire.Agency Newbie

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    Thank you! Today I will probably combine all clients in 1 list for easier tracking and write whole update cause I have been crazy busy!
     
  9. ericshgn

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    I took the same journey, hit 20k/month for 3 months about 8 months into my journey then got banned from PayPal, so watch out, now back to 6k/mo. Will be following this thread :)
     
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    InWire.Agency Newbie

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    Woah, that is crazy. This PayPal is getting out of hand. Ty for following!
     
  11. UNKUT

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    I wish you the best ! I will follow this thread, Im also launching my agency this year.
    Can i know how you find your clients ? Thanks
     
  12. mhtro

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    In the same path as you so I will be following!
     
  13. InWire.Agency

    InWire.Agency Newbie

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    I started locally:
    1. Family and friends
    2. All little companies around me that could / should use SEO and digital marketing - for a smaller fee so I have some stable income
    3. Moved to cold call / cold email
    4. Got few cold email responses - closed them on a live meetings
    5. Went into facebook groups for SEO, went being active, helping people - 1h/per day with free advice in the group
    6. Got a query from one USA based guy and we did a few smaller jobs together
    7. Went into partnership and now we run 50/50
     
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  14. superseo

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    good luck
    Will follow you :) and hope to learn from it
     
  15. InWire.Agency

    InWire.Agency Newbie

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    Sry for delays 2 things happened:

    1. I got a really bad tooth problem - wisdom tooth f,ck that sh.t still not fixed...
    2. BHW connecting people. Just hired (from Monday) a VA that went to being a full time member of the team! Go Go BHW

    All the updates will be added soon in one post after they fix me.
     
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    Array Experts Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Good luck for your bro
     
  17. jonsnow2019

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    Nice journey. I started a similar journey this year but starting from scratch (like you did in 2016) so I might learn a few things from you.

    What would be a few things you'd tell your former self from 2016 if you could?
     
  18. HootSEO

    HootSEO Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    20k a month is a LOT
     
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    For a 1 man show maybe but he has like 2 teams and a partner.
     
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    In my case, Remove myself from working for others and start working for myself lol. Goodluck OP! I am definitely following!