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Lazy mans journey to $500,000 on autopilot

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by ZeeX4, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. ZeeX4

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    How much is a half a million dollars, anyway?

    It's 500K a year,

    Or 250K biannually,

    or 125K a quarter,

    Or 40K a month,

    Or $1300 a day.

    I wondered for awhile why it was so easy to process these big (or small) numbers, but so hard to actually produce them. And more importantly, why were my friends, and people that were no more intelligent that I was, making 10-20x the amount I was. I worked harder, spent months, years banging my head against the wall trying to figure things out, and moving inch-by-inch up the income totem pole, and everyone else seemed to breeze by me, and succeed almost instantly.

    If you look at these people making millions, or even high six-figures, yearly, they always give the same advice: Just be a good person, relax, be yourself, try harder, and you'll succeed. They make it seem like it's easy, and I believe they do this to take away from the real solution to massive wealth: Letting go of your ego, and doing whatever it takes to succeed. Some of the most wealthy people on the planet have been sued, had their names dragged through the mud, and had their reputations damaged. Yet, they still continued to move on, and start over. They didn't stop once they hit a bump in the road, and they didn't let little things get in the way of making millions - the least I can do is rake in 500K.

    Lazy mans journey to $500,000 on autopilot: Backstory

    Long story short I'm a 20-something female marketing consultant that's tired of working for a living, and wants to have their income on autopilot. Even though I've never had a regular 9-to-5 for anything more than 3 months, and have been supporting myself through the internet since I was 18, I still have no gotten tot he point where I make money in my sleep. Money has always been something that I put effort into getting, and I get a low, or difficult pay-off.

    This is my journey to consecutively make 500K on autopilot.

    Lazy mans journey to $500,000 on autopilot: PT 1: Idea

    The idea to create an online identity has been lingering in my head for quite some time. When I say "identity" I mean a blogging identity. Sort of like a pen name, or alias, but on a much larger scale. Instead of having one alias, I'd have several, each with their own following, and in their own industry. I'd use these identities to sell info products, and services to the audience that's created by my marketing efforts, and I'd hire individuals to "man" each blog or website - they'd schedule posts, try out different products for review, and act as the face of the blog or website for a somewhat minuscule amount of money.

    Since I do best at social marketing, this is what I'll focus on mainly to build an audience.

    Why info products?

    Mainly because they're easy. Gather a bunch of industry-specific knowledge, package it nicely, and put up a for-sale sign; I don't have the energy to focus on 100 money-making tactics, so I'm keeping things as simple as I can, and within a system I know well (Been a digital brand + marketing consultant for years) I have worked with several people running million-dollar blogs, that profit solely on info products. I know it can be done, and I know how it's done.

    Lazy mans journey to $500,000 on autopilot: PT 2: The plan

    I've already started creating my first identity, and am currently working on content creation by myself, since I have limited funds. Ideally, when I start making a decent amount from this singular website, I can use that to fund the next two.

    My plan breaks down into three sections:

    1: Identity creation
    • Web/brand design
    • Web content pages (About, bio, ect)
    • Social media/pinterest profiles

    2: Content creation (The hard part)
    • Writing a years worth of blog posts
    • Create other resources to share on social media
    • Making pictures that agree with pinterest (The right width/height)
    • Creating images for twitter and facebook
    • *Create content that feeds into funnel

    3: Scheduling (The boring part)
    • Blog posts (once a week)
    • Newsletter (Once a week + *sales/promotions)
    • Twitter (10 tweets per day, 2-3 days a week)
    • Pinterest (3-5 times a week, constantly updated with site content)

    4: Sales for info products (The money part)

    • Create 3-5 info products to be released along with the content (2-3 months in)
    • Schedule regular "sales" of low, mid, and high-priced products
    • Create pre-sale resources for new traffic/email subscribers

    5: Traffic
    • I plan to get traffic the old fashioned way. Nothing special, or shiny here. Produce content, watch for hot keywords, evaluate SEO, ect, ect. I do however plan to use pinterest to milk as much traffic as I can from there; the traffic you get from pinterest is usually highly-concentrated, so it's the focal point.

    That's the short version of my plan. I didn't include strategic points, because it's unnecessary - the basic plan is enough to get an idea of what's going to happen. While this seems like a straight-forward plan-of-action, I do have some reservations about pinterest. From my tests, it's best to pin constantly. Pinning may be something that I outsource, and possibly something that I do myself weekly, since I don't want to excessively automate.

    Lazy mans journey to $500,000 on autopilot: PT 3: Identity creation

    1:50PM 7/3/2015 - update


    • I've done the bulk of the work in this section + put up a squeeze page. I'm drumming up interest on several social networks, though this doesn't matter as much as getting the content scheduled, and putting a detailed content marketing strategy into motion. The easy parts done.


    2:26 PM 7/3/2015 - random thought


    • The amount of people I know that have used this same system, and are millionaires (or close) is fucking insane. I think the biggest part of why I haven't found large success is due to my introversion, and my wanted to hide under a rock/not interact online. Something those people have is extroversion, and willpwoer (there's a reason this is the lazy-mans journey).
     
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  2. iJonnyx

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    Very ambitious goal.

    You seem to have a very detailed plan written down, which is a fantastic start. It's surprising how many people dive straight in and wonder why nothing is working one month down the line.

    I've had the feeling for a few years now, that extroverts (generally speaking) have better lives than introverts do. Almost everything comes easier to them and there seems to be very little draw backs. Having said this, it's important to let go of it and prove the theory wrong. After all, it's just an excuse to not succeed.

    Hopefully this thread will still be active in 6 months. I'll keep checking in.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. lion1978

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    Interessting journy.

    If I may suggest maybe you'd consider sending out the newsletters more than just once a week, I am asuming your talking about aoutoresponder series right?
    Let your subscribers get used to the awesome content you share with them and they'll beg you to take their monneys.
     
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    Your SEO plan sucks honestly "Nothing special, or shiny here. Produce content, watch for hot keywords, evaluate SEO, ect, ect."

    If you think you can make $0.5M with pinterest GOOD LUCK.
     
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    I'm going to enjoy this journey. I also read a book somewhere that also broke down a millionaires income, which in all reality is about $2500-$2600 a day. Which in all reality, isn't a whole lot. But even half a million at $1300 still seems entirely obtainable, and once you break it down like that, the idea of making 500k a year, or being a "millionaire" suddenly doesn't seem impossible. It's this kind of positive thinking and hard work that brings success.

    It looks like you have a solid game plan, I wish you all the best. :)
     
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  6. ZeeX4

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    If you think that's detailed, you don't want to see my notes!

    I've seen introverts be successful, but sadly they were all putting on a disguise. They were incredibly uncomfortable in theri day-to-day lives, and their businesses suffered because of the social awkwardness.

    I consider myself an "extroverted" introvert, but I still find myself falling into some fo the same traps. I naturally dislike being around unknown people, so alot of networking events are failures for me because I can't deal.

    I have close to a year's worth of living expenses paid, so for the first 3-6 months Im just going to focus on monetizing this operation exclusively. Since the bulk of the work is being done now, I think I'll have enough will power to keep going strong for at least the first 26 weeks.

    Thanks!
     
  7. ZeeX4

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    Yep, autoresponders.

    The weekly ones will just be maintenance. I'll be mailing them more than that during sales, promotions, or JVs.
     
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    Thanks so much!

    I'm such a loner that I don't get much feedback, or criticism. I appreciate it!

    The impossibility factor wore off once I started working for legit "millionaires". In society we're taught that the hardest workers, and the most determined people should make the most money, but in reality it's the opposite: The smartest workers, and the laziest people often make more, regardless of their personality.

    That actually gives me hope, because my personality isn't too appealing.
     
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    good luck man!!!
     
  10. ZeeX4

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    My plan isn't really contingent on SEO entirely.

    I'm not looking to be the best - I'm looking to be good enough.

    Most of my traffic will ideally come from social networks such as pinterest, so my focus is there. It's my specialty, so while I appreciate it, I don't think I need luck. I need a way to stay motivated, and a way to not fall back into my lifestyle as a consultant. The money's not good, but it's good-enough to pay the bills, so me reverting to old habits is a real concern.

    I see it as more of a "me" problem, than a strategy problem.
     
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    Hard to theorize a plan to make a ton of money with SEO, because Google is not your friend. The strategies and methods that work today will be exploited and targeted by Google. Even if you go full whitehat, you can wake up on the bad end of an algorithm update and lose most of what you've worked hard for.

    Attaching "lazy" as a prefix will most likely result in "that will fail" as a suffix.

    Pinterest is not your friend, you might wake up one morning and discover all your accounts are gone. And if you're just building one account ...

    http://digiday.com/platforms/pinterests-new-monetization-rules-inflict-pain-pinfluencers/

    Above is an example of Pinterest, seeing its top users making too much money, and getting ticked off because it should be Pinterest making all that cash working with brands (and not the peon marketers like us), and in one fell swoop -- zapping someone's income who has a 2 mil follower account, from $5k a month to "a trickle".

    I'm not saying don't do it. We're all doing it. I'm saying ... welcome to the mole club. Put your helmet on and get ready to start dodging hammers. Sling a ton of mud at the wall, see what sticks and run with it until it stops working. Don't put all your eggs in one basket, or if you do ... keep some savings because that method will eventually crash and burn.
     
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  12. dizz

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    OK now you have the bones of a plan the will to do it so what will be the next step.The one thing that has to be done is take action and just start.This is your thread start the journey so we made read of what is to come.
    Dizz
     
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    Just following this cause OP is a female. :rolleyes:
     
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    That's why im not focusing on SEO entirely. It's more of an afterthought, really.

    I know people making millions that get 90% of their traffic from sources other than search engines.

    For me, it was an after thought. There are better ways to get traffic, they're just paid or harder to attain. So the free option would 100% be considered, and planned for before any other option.

    I'm lazy, and Im also relatively cheap.

    I didn't invest any money into my consulting business, until I was steadily making $6,000/month. So a new idea, that requires alot of my time certainly won't make me reach for my wallet, or empty my bank accounts.

    Pinterest isn't anyone's friend, but it works. And 99% of the time, if you use social networks correctly they wont ban you. Making 300 pinterest accounts, and re-pinning all of my articles would probably get me banned, which is why Im taking a more natural approach.

    I was born into social marketing, so the natural method is what I understand the most, and comes easiest to me.


    And I'll probably get a few hammers, but Im ok with that. It's a part of the gig.

    Thanks for the support.
     
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    Building a reputable persona can make good money. Look at King Human. He makes all his money through affiliate marketing. People will pretty much buy any product he promotes.
     
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    Keep us posted.

    I'm a lazy individual myself, but after some work, progress will be made, and you'll get to your goals.
    Just don't get too lazy ;)
     
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    Sounds good. I wish you all the best. Will be following this journey.
     
  18. ZeeX4

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    Thanks.

    By the way, until I hit 15 posts I can't message anyone so Ill put my response here:

    Thanks for the support/message. It can be hard for us introverts, and we've gotta stick together when we're not in hiding. If it's all the same to you I'll add you on skype (Rather than connecting on FB), and maybe we can throw around some ideas sometime.
     
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    Mhh, is he/she now? ..


    Good luck on your journey
     
  20. john franky

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    Very nice journey, Happy to follow. But one thing, how many hours we want to spend per day?