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Actor/Waiter's Journey To Financial Freedom [MEATHEAD METHOD]

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by ButterBash, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. ButterBash

    ButterBash Registered Member

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    Here we go again.

    Except this time, I MEAN IT.

    I've been interested in making money online for many years. In my teens, SWIM may or may not have been involved with a shadier side of online revenue generation.. but those days are long gone. I'm now 24, living in NYC, and struggling to balance a a restaurant job, acting classes, auditions (3 this week, yay!), and psychoanalysis.

    I've been here before, planning and promising -- just look at my last failed journey -- but this time I'm determined to Not Give Up. The support I've been observing on this forum is amazing, and users like EnfinDebout and GreenHustler are really inspiring. As are more senior members like Freddyjames, meathead1234, and t0mmy.

    Financially I want to get to a place where I can quit my restaurant job and make $2500 USD / month. That's my baseline. Obviously I have bigger dreams, but if I can get there.. I'll probably cry.


    My Goals
    -Resist the urge to give up
    This will be HUGE for my self esteem.


    -Ask for help when I need it
    Rather than beating myself up or stubbornly feeling like I need to "go it alone", I'll ask for help if I've exhausted my resources.


    -Learn how to help others both by my example and in more direct ways
    I want to grow from a place of gratitude and support. If I'm able to become financially empowered, I'll want to empower others to do the same.

    -Make time when there is none - especially when I'm tired
    It's going to be tempting after a day of appointments, obligations, auditions, sweltering NYC heat, subways, waiting tables in Midtown, to just go to sleep. Or invite a girl over. Or watch YouTube. I want to make a commitment to myself right here and now to resist my urges let myself down. I will ruthlessly put in my honest efforts. Massive action.

    What I've Done
    I researched CB products in the dating niche and settled on 4 (and requested review copies) that I hope will convert well. I'm a little unsure about how to gauge their viability, or, what distinguishes a good lander from a shit lander. A lot of them look totally cheesy and spammy to me, but then again I tend to look at the internet from an IMer's perspective. It has 71 Grav and is the most popular in the niche on CB, but I just can't believe people actually buy this stuff! I can't post links yet, but if you search Tao Of Badass on CB, that's one of them..


    I bought a niche related .com from godaddy for 99c and got it hosted on my ultimate account on hostwinds. I pay $6/month for unlimited shared hosting and have always had great customer support from them. Definitely recommend.

    I installed the newest Divi and got to work trying to make it look nice. Design isn't my strong suit, so while I hear many a veteran say it'd take them an hour to get the whole site with affil links, reviews, and articles all set up.. I've been at it for about 4 hours now and am about 50% done. Still, I'm happy to have taken action after literally months of feeling guilty about not doing so.

    What's Next
    Tomorrow I have to leave my apartment at 3pm for work. It's now midnight.. I plan to be at my computer working 9am-2:30pm, which means I should be able to finish off my website and make it promo ready. I feel like once this hurdle has been cleared I'll feel a lot better and have momentum towards actually getting underway.
     
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  2. gb

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    Awesome, best of luck man!

    Thanks to IM I was able to quit my job in the food biz, hopefully you'll be able to do the same.

    Keep at it.
     
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    Congrats for taking action. That's the hard part.
    Now, just step-by-step stay on track.
     
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    Good luck on your journey. The meathead method is definitely one that works.
     
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  5. ButterBash

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    Thanks for the support guys!

    Day 2

    The Site
    I redesigned placement of website elements including rebuilding a slider, tweaking colors, layouts, etc. Am using the latest Divi theme, which I downloaded for free here. Thanks BHW! The slider is tricky.. It's hard to get my header/button text to stand out on images. The dating site for Simple Pickup has a nice thing going on where someone's edited their images to be kind of dark, so that their white header text really pops. I'm doing the best I can, but I can certainly see why having a graphic designer/ pro site builder on board would be great.

    Reviews
    I wrote my first review! This is big for me as it was another hurdle as far as taking action. I wrote 750 words and included multiple CTA's, cloaked with the free version of the Affl Link plugin. Things I want to focus on in future reviews are:
    • Coming up with compelling hooks (headers)
    • Getting better at using narrative to draw people in and entertain
    • Structuring in such a way as to funnel sales
    • Figuring out where and how many CTA's to include

    Something that I found helpful is the Smart Passive Income Podcast #116 with Kevin Rogers. Kevin's a pro copywriter and does a lot of work for successful IM guys, lots of whom are in health/fitness.

    One thing's for sure: copywriting is a whole INDUSTRY and not just something you pick up in an afternoon. I can see how truly mastering it takes years. I also see now why a lot of people here say to never cheap out on content. I can't imagine a $5 or even $10 article is going to be very compelling.

    What's Next
    I have 3 more reviews to write. Part of me wants to just get them up there so I can start pushing the site. And part of me is dragging my heels. Because the sooner I get the site up, the sooner it's going to fail and the sooner I'll face what feels like inevitable rejection and in-conquerable frustration. Want to know a secret? In my entire life, I've very rarely walked through the fire. I've always been the kind of guy that gives up when things get really tough. It's an emotional roadblock that's been holding me back for way too long.

    On the flip side, I don't want to overcompensate for this tendency by rushing the reviews and churning out content that I know isn't my best work.

    Trying to be mindful here and pick the middle road.

    So tomorrow, I will plan to put out 2 more reviews - quality stuff.

    My review copy template
    Maybe this will be helpful to someone.. for what it's worth, I haven't gotten any review copies yet. But it is the weekend.

    A Favor I'd Like To Ask
    Is there anyone experienced and known to be trust worthy who'd be willing to briefly check out my site/review and give any suggestions? I'm taking action here and would greatly appreciate a knowledgeable perspective on if I'm on the right track. No offense to non-established people, I just don't want to risk having my stuff stolen. THANKS!
     
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    Probably a good thing you've never walked through fire mate, you'd burn yourself. Shit hurts
     
  7. ButterBash

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    Day 3

    Slow and Steady. Today I kicked out a review and am learning about building CTA buttons that'll hopefully convert. Every step of this process has its little idiosyncrasies, and in the case of graphic design / page structuring, there's A LOT to master. I want things lookin' gooood. So I'm giving myself a break on feeling the need to do two reviews. One that should funnel well and have professional looking CTA buttons easily trumps two iffy pages. Slow and steady progress.

    Tomorrow's Goals
    2 more polished reviews, revise my 3 articles and throw in links to my reviews on them, and maybe tweak some other website stuff. I have the day off from restaurant work, so I can devote a solid 8 hours tomorrow :)
     
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    Goodluck Op I hope you reach your goal and can leave that restaurant. I am 23 and from NY also I know the struggle
     
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    Good luck mate.
     
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  10. patkaa37

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    Not sure meatheads method will give you financial freedom but it can give you a healthy little income per week if done right!! One thing I would suggest is start looking at what your competitors are doing with their landing pages and reviews and take ideas from them. As the saying goes "why reinvent the wheel??" when the current one works fine lol. I'm not suggesting you copy it but you can get ideas on how to write a good review!!

    I would start off using web 2.0 tools like blooger etc and write a 5 min review on there, make it small but concise , don't waffle and get to the point!!

    Then I would make a facebook page and start interacting with other pages in your niche, (comment, like ,share) out your link to your review in the description. After you complete that I would open a pinterest account and make several boards on keywords they are searching for your niche. Then use meatheads method too.

    Give it a go anyways and good luck
     
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  11. Methodone

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    2.5k in NYC is possible to live with? 2.5k isn't just a rent? Seriously I live in Israel and the prices in TLV half of NYC prices and I pay 1.5k/m for a 60m apartment. Good luck with your journey! Btw I was waiter/barman until last march, that's was a nice part of my life... and it's a decent money for young students. Anyway anything is possible believe in yourself, keep it real.
     
  12. ButterBash

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    Thanks! Where in NY?
     
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    Well, $100/day might not be freedom for you, but if I'm able to get there and only have to work 2-4 hours/day, I'll feel pretty free!

    Thanks for your advice. I think that's a great idea as far as looking to other site's designs and landers for guidance.

    Why use blogger instead of my own domain?

    FB I'm going to look into doing, but I'd rather automate with MP, like Inception or BTB. Like I said, I'm in the dating/PUA niche, so these guys tend to congregate more on forums, but there's definitely still a BIG opportunity on FB. Nothing going on for pinterest though.. seems to be more of a female-oriented social media platform.
     
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  14. ButterBash

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    Possible.. yes. Luxurious? No way. 2.5k covers rent/utilities/transport/phone/groceries/classes/and a few sandwhiches here and there. 4k would be way more comfortable of course, but for now, $100/day would feel like an IMMENSE accomplishment.

    And greetings in Israel! I'm going to be doing Birthright this Winter.
     
  15. Digitalist

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    Best of luck!

    Ahh Birthright! Now that was a good time :) I still dream of all the food! Make sure you look into a Mobi so you can get a bit of work done on those long bus rides. You'll be surprised how nice it is to have something to do if you can't get comfortable enough to sleep. Think it was about 90 bucks for the duration of my trip.
     
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    You can do it. It's great to have all the role models paving the way, but you'll enjoy it more if/when you are the workhorse motivating others to take action with your inspiring story. Keep plugging away!
     
  17. ButterBash

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    Good idea mate! Noo way will I be able to sleep on long bus rides. Hopefully I'll find a cute Jew to cuddle up with instead ;) How old are you/ when did you do it?
     
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    THANKS Davers! I hope that some day in the not too distant future my story will motivate others and that I'll even be able to share some innovations.
     
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    DAY 5
    Today I started doing posts! For those first timers/ would-be action takers: I felt nervous entering phase 3. If you feel paralysis by analysis, or anxiety over failing, you're not alone. Take it from someone in the same boat though, and just do it. Even if you feel dumb, even if you're afraid. People talk all the time about how when you're scared you need to keep going because something big's around the corner.. Here's to that.


    • Total posts: 15 (12 news/ 2 reddit / 1 YT)
    • Hits: 117
    • Hops: 34
    • Order form impressions: 1
    • Sales: 0
    • Bounce Rate: 63.25%
    • Page Views/ Session: 1.85

    Some stuff actually happened -- COOL!!!

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    A Question To Those Who Know: Are these stat ratios healthy?

    Tomorrow
    I posted a pretty shy 15 posts today.. Tomorrow I'm going to do 50. I also focused mainly on promoting product A and my home page. Tomorrow I'll give product B / home page a go. Maybe I'll spend 30 min and set up a sidebar with click-baity headers to other parts of my site. Try to get that bounce rate down and PV/S up.

    Big thanks to everyone who's along for the ride!

     
  20. patkaa37

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    I would use blogger cos its owned by google and its free, plus you can use your own domain on it too if you want!! NOthing wrong with using your own domain but it takes forever to get it to rank!!

    Good luck anyways!!