Spoiler small disclaimer then, everything mentioned in here is based on my personal experience and observation. Results, feelings and emotions may vary You read it right! Now what I should be doing is be like most of these guru idiots all over YouTube preying on people like you which will make more money but I can't stand those guys so I rather give some tough love, maybe get some hate here and there and try to make you understand things better. If you are offended by this thread or take things personal, good! It probably struck a nerve so you already know I'm right. Still offended? Bro! Why you posting this man?! As said, I could prey on all the people sucking in IM as there are plenty but instead it annoys me! Why? Because I know the majority of you can do better!! And even though a lot of you are thinking you are taking IM seriously, your actions speak otherwise. A lot of you are lazy, laconically and playing dumb! Yeah I said it! Hoping and waiting that one guy comes along that will spoonfeed you. Here is a nice life lesson that will help you along the way which I already said many times; expect NOTHING from ANYONE ! Will save you a lot of disappointments in life. So..why you still want to help then? Well..some of you already know a bit about my past by now and I guess I just like to see the underdog doing better!! But how can you do better if no-one tells you straight up what you're doing wrong? All that these guru idiots do is make you believe how easy IM is and show off their sportscar, vacations, villa's, customized personal items..how the fuck is that helping anyone but themselves? When I will hit YT and reveal myself I will make a video about exactly this. I already know I will get a lot of haters and probably a couple on BHW after this thread but shit, IDGAF U mad? Also, I get many PM's of people asking for advice/help and I just don't have the time to do these things personally so every now and then I drop a thread on BHW so I can address more people at the same time and give a little back to the community. So here are some key points you need to keep in mind!! I will write down some general ones and then specific ones. I already know a couple of you will think this is about you due to recent posts and examples but there are/were plenty just like you I've witnessed so it's not targeted at you or one specific person, aight?! General - First off, I have said this already tons of times. Internet Marketing is not easy!!! If it was that easy, don't you think everyone you know would do it? Yeah I know a lot of people that do IM but in RL in my surrounding I haven't met one personally and I also work at a gym when I want so I speak to a lot of people. Again IM is not easy! - Secondly, when you start out and you really want to succeed in this world, especially when you're young and/or on a minimum budget, be prepared to give up your social life for a while. I already explained it in this thread what some of the pitfalls are but 4 for real man! While your friends and family are going on vacations, parties, be social at festivals or whatever, say goodbye to that lifestyle! You can do all that once you're successful but till then, either go for it 110% or just don't start in IM man. It's so much easier to just have a normal job!! - Which brings me to nr 3: Stop half assing this shit and start realizing that this is A. alot harder than a normal job and B. you need to work your ass off, it's pretty much the same of running your own company, would you half ass that too?? IM is hard, takes time, disappointment, failure, fucking money you certainly in the beginning don't see back and on top of that, instead of a regular job where you get paid monthly, in IM it could take months before you can live of it and in some cases years. Took me 2 years of fucking up, being lazy, procrastinating, getting drunk AF, battling depression, all the good stuff! Now ofc my case is extreme but life can just get in the way as many already experienced. I also read a lot of posts and get PM's how people are almost broke and made no ROI. Again, NEVER spend what you can't lose!! Especially in CPA/AM/ADS, you will lose money 99.9% when you launch your campaign. Why? Because it's all about data analyzing and then use that data to tweak your campaign till you find the right formula. NEVER Start CPA with small budgets because most likely you will lose everything on data and then when you want to tweak stuff you don't have enough left. Specific pointers Now some pointers are based on tons of threads this year already like "No-1 is following my IG, I'm failing in FB ads, No1 buys shit on my webshop, no1 is visiting my niche site" etc etc. Let me make something clear straight away, the days from easy to do methods, setting up easy profiles, landers, ad text all that is OVER!! Despite what any of these well-known YT/Marketing Guru idiots say!! Most of their flashy videos are outdated and on top of that, like the guy that put up the porn reupload method on BHW, they ain't making shit with their own methods 9 out of 10 times! They are making money of YOU! Watching their YT ads, buying tools through their AFF links, subscribing to their referrals and getting on their mail list. Now I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with all these things IF only what they "teaching" would actually help but how many of them you see talking like me? Laying it down how it really is, not many! Most of them are pro bullshitters! Anyway, gheghe damn these guys can really get on my nerves! Back to the specific pointers. Facebook Ads I have monitored many that are doing FB ads as I also have a spytool for it but talking about people here. More than not I see zero creativity! Let me quickly make an ad how a lot do it (slightly exaggerated) Spoiler Travel toothbrush Get it for 50% off www,thisadsucks,com Are you fucking kidding me?? Ads is all about psychology! Triggers, emotions. If you are going the photo way have a photo where someone is using it or even better a video where someone is packing their backs and show how this is saving space. Ad text, unless you have something supah dupah hyper viral which almost no-1 have advertised yet you can't get a way with a shitty ad text like that. You need to trigger people so for this ad you would type something like: Spoiler Know that feeling when packing your bags and you always short on space? (the emotion/trigger) We do too! We at Billy Batts Wonder Emporium have made it our mission to save space when travelling and have years of experience creating the best products to do just that. For a limited time only we are offering 50% off our best selling travel toothbrush. Which conveniently also works as a vibrator! (bwhaha ok not that last part, man I'm good at making myself laugh) At www,bbwonderemporium,com you will find many more items that will make your bag packing experience a lot easier and the best part of it all, shipping is included on all orders. [buttontowebsite] Something like that, be fucking creative for a change, stand out! This was text I came up with out of the blue, obviously I wouldn't sell a toothbrush or any other generic item you can buy anywhere for a dollar and do more research but you get the point. Facebook CPA or CPA on any SM platform Another classic one. I've seen the videos on YT, a lot of them outdated but you still have these wannabee nitwit guru's that still posting them in the hope a newbie will buy something of them. So the setup most of the time is explained like this. Get a CPA offer , something like, get a free quota on some insurance. Then they quickly make a FB page, with often some dumbass name, then place maybe 1-3 post with some text about insurance, then boost a post to a lander on Wix or any of these free shitty services and then the visitor clicks through some questions (according to the video) and then land on the CPA offer page, enter their details and ching ching money money.. Right? Wrong! Again, this is halfassing it!! Ok, maybe you can find a fool who falls for it but you could do a 100 times better if you do it properly. Not going into too much detail because yeah, I'm too saving some knowledge but make your page and site look like an actual insurance advice blog/company? So get a domain that fits the offer. If you target locally for instance a state you would go with NYinsurancegroup, if you target a country, unitedinsuranceusa or whatever, you get the point. Get a nice logo, make a nice banner, fill in interesting info in the page settings, make your site look like a company, get some good articles that you will repost on FB, get some fake recommendations spread over the days, likes, comments. Yeah, it takes fucking time and effort, NO SHIT!! what are you expecting when working on your own?! You need to work twice, tripple as hard than a regular job. But what you think will convert better and has trust. Half assed FB page, couple posts, no info, no likes, no review, shitty logo, banner, shitty lander, no site or a page with a brand logo, banner, likes, reviews, several articles, a pro website, pro lander? Plus you can always reuse the page for other insurance offers because yeah, naturally you are the nr1 Insurance adviser on FB Put in the effort damnit!! eCom sites I'm still amazed of the shitty sites I see come by. Seriously!! Again, thinking too easy, not paying attention to details nothing. Not going to say too much about it as I thought I was quite clear in this thread. Ecom is even more work than the other ones. You have to deal with customers, shipping, Social media, webdesign, offers, coupons, events, nice brand name, logo, finding the right niche, items, good images, fast site, advertising, backlinks, articles, SEO and yet some people obviously still think it's easy.. Probably again to one of these YT guru's making a video on top of a fucking mountain with a chopper in the background saying how eCom made this possible and how easy it is because he did it too. What this guru forgot to mention is he had a very good job and had a significant amount of money to invest plus selling his courses, yeah for him it was easy but for most of the people it's fucking hard!! That's all I have to say about ecom, bookmark my ecom thread and keep checking if your site complies to what I explain there, it has more info for free than some of these hundreds of dollar guides Good! Not done yet! I offended anyone yet? Spoiler Niche sites Another one that takes a shitload of work! I'm personally working on some niche sites so I know how much work it takes. Sure you can buy a niche site and then? You think just because it's setup already and will rank for some KW's you will earn shitload of money? I already know some of you do but if you just let it sit and rot, you will earn jack shit! Reason why some of my sites are taking months is because you better do it the right way or just don't do it. Here a sum of things I have/had to set up: Coming up with a nice name Design logo's and banners for the site and SM that A. look sweet and B. fits the brand Coming up with a nice site layout Setting the right theme colors that fit the brand AND work together Come up with categories Setting up all the pages and categories Create a proper contact form Setup and connect mail list Create, setup and configure a dozen social media profiles Connect em all Design the right popup Get the SEO right The right Keywords Create some backlinks And after all that shit I need to come up with content Keep SM up to date and keep people interested Make my own videos I also host my own servers on a selfmanaged cloud so I have to configure all of these also so everything is protected, works fast and setup and configure the mailserver, all things I had to figure out on my own but totally worth it. So as you can see, it's a fucking lot of work!! And sure I can outsurce a couple things here and there and that's probably my flaw but I want to be in control and I need things to have my style and feeling in it. IN CONCLUSION So stop the lazy easy thinking shit!! IM is NOT EASY!! It's fucking hard, it gets easier with experience but you won't have experience if you don't learn from your mistakes and keep trying the same BS over and over again. As a wise old man once told me @BassTrackerBoats there is gold everywhere, I'm providing you the tools, you have to work for it but hey, if the ways I explained takes too long or is too much work keep half assing everything and see where it will bring you. For me, it's a win-win. If you change your ways and will do better I've helped at least one guy/girl so that's a win for me, if you fail and give up, more room for me Spoiler I hope one of these YT guru's will read this, kinda tired of seeing the same people that cover each-others BS while BSing newbies over and over again. Enjoy it while you can because once I take the stage on YouTube I will go full SS on your ass and tell people some reality about IM. Anyway, less"I'm failing, this isn't working" threads and more thinking outside the box, researching, testing and not giving up aight!! Start grinding and put in the effort, time and dedication it really takes to succeed in this branch. Ps: Please, if you got questions, drop em in any of my threads instead of PM'ing me so I can then multi-quote you guys and answer multiple people in one go as with PM's I miss a lot of them or just forget about them cuz I'm pretty much always busy.