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I can't seem to get good traffic for a cheap digital product that sells very well.

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Nakota757, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Nakota757

    Nakota757 Junior Member

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    Hey, everyone!

    I have a digital product that I sell for a few dollars. I sold it on ebay for a while, and it did very well. However, after a few weeks, ebay removed the ad as it's against their terms to sell digital products.

    I currently have an ecommerce store set up for these products now, but no traffic.

    I'm wondering what avenue for traffic I should begin investing in to start getting a decent flow of sales again.

    I'm looking at Facebook ads and Adwords at the moment, but I'm not sure if those would be cost effective.

    Also, would paid facebook and twitter promotions be worthwhile?
     
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  2. outscrape

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    If it sells well, you might be able to convince some affiliates to promote it for you. Offer it at clickbank or JVzoo. Write up a JV page explaining how well it converts.
     
  3. Nakota757

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    Sorry, I forgot to mention that it's a sort of grey hat product.
     
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    If it sells well, I would try out facebook ads.
     
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    Can you reframe it so it's not so grey? A lot of affiliate IM products are traffic-guarantee'ing-SEO-method-BS in the end anyway.
     
  6. Nakota757

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    I'll probably start with this, but I also keep reading on BHW that something about FB ads is causing them not to be as lucrative as a year ago.

    I'm pretty sure it can't be done.
     
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    How should you sell it?

    You could try setting up several niche sites around the keywords related to the product and drive traffic to the sales page.

    You could market it in related forums - buy signature space of prominent members.

    You could form JVs with folks who have email lists related to the niche.

    Maybe you could even try offline ads. Drive traffic to the sales page using classified ads in periodicals and newspapers.

    If it's appropriate, hire students to post fliers about the product in their universities.

    Maybe you could list it on amazon??
     
  8. Nakota757

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    I've tried everything, I obviously can't make money. Fuck it, I give up. I've been on this forum for almost 9 years and I still can't do it. I've made maybe $500 from all my research and action. I'm obviously inept in some way. I've tried ebay, adsense, craigslist, amazon, ecommerce, affiliate marketing, cpa, ppc, arbitrage, flipping, gift cards, everything. I can NEVER get traffic, I've paid for tons of traffic and backlinks, but nothing of any import happens. I know so much about internet marketing but I can't put any of it to use. It takes money to make money, and I can't even get a tiny bit of capital to start, due to bills and life events, etc.

    I know it's my own fault for not taking the right steps, but I've tried everything I can so far. I can't even make any money doing grey hat shit like this! It's pathetic. I'm not a stupid person, but obviously I can't figure it out!

    I know if I can find something that makes $5/day that I can replicate it to make more, but I can't even get started! I have VPSs and domains, tons of macro knowledge, but nothing became of it, and seemingly nothing will.

    Fuck.

    Sorry about all this, I just need to vent. I'm not sure what to do at this point.
     
  9. Nakota757

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    Everything I do fails, it always gets cut short just as it's starting to get good.
     
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    Seriously OP, IM is not for everybody. If you really haven't made money online in 8 years then it is probably the right to time to look at other things.
    You could become an employee by getting an offline job or look at starting an offline business.
    Or just take a break from online stuff and come back refreshed and focused.
     
  11. Nakota757

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    It's just infuriating because I know I can do it, I have all the required skills and knowledge. I just can't get anything off the ground for some reason. It's unfortunate, but I've learned that a lot of what ends up being shared is out of date, and by the time I've developed a method, it's useless.
     
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    OP ill give you some advice. Im new to IM , discovered this forum in april 2016. By june i started reading it everyday, doing stuff, thinking about it, being creative. in august i was making $700/month and with 200 total investments( 50% was a miss 50% made everything else). Now i am at stable 4 figures a month which is like 5 figures in US( life quality wise). I know its not by any mean success or victory yet, but this is how your timeline should look like if you are to live online. Why? Because its only going to get harder.

    So many people are living in shit economy countries (myself included) and earning online is a solution for many. Big companies are getting smarter ensuring bigger cut for themselves, governments will make laws to tax everything, to make everything that big companies dont like - illegal . Its the way it is. Clearnet is not a free zone anymore, you can't make a streaming site, you can't resell things you don't have rights to sell, you cant copy pictures anymore!It doesn't matter if buyer and seller are happy doing business, if it hurts some conglomerate say adios to it. Its a big powerplay theater , strong and rich will always dictate rules and lobby laws, and where does that leave YOU as an poor individual . Yea you guessed it - in a shithole. If you couldn't make it in last 9 years when it was extremely easy to earn money (today is still easy to do it), you should just do something else. Do something that evolves much slower, open a bakery, because internet is for very fast learning individuals who understand world around them, and are capable of processing shitloads of information. I mean you don't need to know what BGP or MX record is, or what telnet is. And that is main problem i think. Ability to join IM hype train without knowing anything about internet is what produces weak entrepreneurs. How can you understand post reach and engagement, how every social media individual feed works when you dont know what algorithm is. You can't. Thats why you must throw piles of money into big company to give you your reach. If your pocket is deep enough, and you know what split test is, youll get lucky and find your way. If you don't have cash, you need to be smart.

    Here's example of abusing algos:
    When big christian holiday happens you need to be a big shitty manipulator. Post a picture of Jesus and Maria with "type AMEN if you trust in God" caption. Why? All that 70 iq people will type amen, but will serve as a beacon in your post reach , and every friend of said person will see post if he rolls 5% proc chance ( actual number depends on activity of AMEN user) and since dumb people have dumb friends, they will type AMEN too. Your post can reach people now.
    Or vote this or that , comment/like, emo race , all types of fake choices, false dillemas, hiding true intent of poster.
    That is what IM is today , not antivirus reselling.
    Hope some struggling IMers will use this example to see that applying to ogads doesn't make them marketeer. Knowing algos makes you marketeer. Or having deep pockets to split test everything
     
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    You gave me an idea of a potential facebook reach exploit. Tested and it works..hahaha... thanks.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, everyone.

    I live in the United States, so I have an advantage there.

    It's not a learning problem, I know a lot about computers and the internet. Like I said, I've been doing this for years, just endless reading and learning. It has a lot to do with the fact that I have so much going on in my life recently that I haven't been able to set aside any money to get this going for real. I haven't done anything stupid like getting married or having children or anything, but stuff just comes up, you know?

    Traffic has always been my biggest problem. That's why most of my past success came from ebay, since they have all the traffic I need. However, their fees and terrible policies have caused that to fail for me as well.

    I understand that these days, slow and steady is the way to go. It has been for a few years now. I just don't have the startup capital, and I can't find a method to gain quick capital without any investment.

    I also think working on ALL of this alone is not helping. It's very difficult to find people in the real world who have a similar level of understanding about IM. Of course I could find a business partner online, but that has it's own risks.

    Again, thanks for all the advice. Although the "give up" advice is not exactly encouraging. You can't win by giving up, so that's not an option for me.
     
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    Do you mind sharing in pm what it is your selling?


     
  16. Nakota757

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    PM Sent.
     
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    Ok hope what i sent you at least gets you on your way
     
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    Do you mind telling me what you are selling? I can give you some tips.