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TheFreshPrince's Journey | One Guy, 2 Years, $100k, and Multiple Streams of Income

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by TheFreshPrince, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. TheFreshPrince

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    I would like to personally that you the reader for taking interested in my journey; it's going to be a long one so make sure to subscribe. If you don't know me I am TheFreshPrince, and you can read more about me in the link below:
    TheFreshPrince's Re-Introduction Thread


    Some of you are wondering why I have decided to take two years to complete this journey and there are multiple answers:
    1) I am a sophomore in college. I'm not the busiest kid on campus; however, I do like to enjoy myself, so even though I will be slaving away at these projects I understand the importance of "ME" time.
    2) Let's be realistic, starting from scratch and making 100k is hard work. I'm not expecting overnight profits, so I have given myself a pretty decent cushion of time.
    3) It I finish early, I can use the remaining time to push the limits and see what I can make at the end of two years; not to mention I would feel like a BAWS.


    Projects: Lifestyle Business For years I have been planing to start a clothing company, and now that I am living in Boston I finally can...but with a twist. I decided that the best approach would be to build a HUGE lifestyle account on Instagram. In conjunction with that, I will build a lifestyle/entertainment blog that I would drive traffic to via Instagram. After a month, or three, I would launch the clothing brand online and if everything goes right it'll be a huge success. FB Ads/Media Buying/CPA I recently got accepted into a CPA network and the owner has agreed to mentor me. I was given access to some locked offers and I am in the process of setting up my landing pages. This whole concept is very new to me; my mentors approach is for him to tell me what to do and for me to do it until I get it right. I know that once you understand the basics, FB Ads+CPA could be extremely profitable. MORE ABOUT INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS BELOW

    Lifestyle Business IG ACCOUNT: 154 FOLLOWERS Growing this account has been EXTREMELY SLOW. I don't have it in my budget to grab a copy of FollowLiker at the moment, but I will when I can. Another point I should make is that I want all my followers to be interested in what my business is all about; I am not just following randoms at this point. Website: I am in the process of setting up the website. Before I look into the looks of my website, I want to have writers in place, so when I decide to make the site public, there will be QUALITY content waiting for my visitors. Company: I need to register as an LLC in MA; I plan to do this within the next 30 days. Secondly, I have done the math and to fund the whole clothing/marketing/website redesign I have planned, I will need around $50,000. I have begun the process of writing a business plan I can show to potential investors.

    FB Ads/Media Buying/CPA CPA Network: I managed to get into CrakRevenue, BlackFox.io, AdscendMedia, Peerfly, and Maxbounty. I have been apart of the last three for YEARS, and I only made $4 when someone I knew on xbox live filled it out for me. Offer: I have a dating offer that pays about $7/Free Signup and I can target a few popular countries. It looks good so lets hope it works out. Landing Pages: I've learned the whole point of this CPA and MediaBuying thing is "Data Collection," once you master that, you are ten steps ahead of the game. For my offer I am targeting Males that are 30+ years old. So to start collecting Data and Testing I am making 20 different landers. All are the exact same thing but they go to different domains, for example: "dating domain.com/30yo","dating domain.com/31yo",...,"dating domain.com/50plus" By doing this I hope to learn more about who is clicking my ads and gain valuable data.

    Short Term Goals: IG: -1,000 Followers -2,000 Followers -5,000 Followers -10,000 Followers Website: -10 Articles Up -50 Articles Up -100 Articles Up -100 Visits/Day for One Full Week -500 Visits/Day for One Full Week -1,000 Visits/Day for One Full Week Company: -Register LLC -Start Clothing Brand FB Ads: -Get Ads Running -Make $20/Day for One Full Week -Make $50/Day for One Full Week -Make $100/Day for One Full Week

    Long Term Goals: IG: -100,000 Followers -200,000 Followers -300,000 Followers Website: -1,000 Articles Up -2,000 Articles Up -5,000 Visits/Day for One Full Week -10,000 Visits/Day for One Full Week -1,000,000 Visits in One Month Company: -$50,000 in Clothing Sales -$100,000 in Clothing Sales -Donate $10,000 FB Ads: -Have a $500 day -Have a $1000 day - Save $50,000

    Revenue: $0 Expenses: Domain (company)- $1 Domain (LP) - $1 Hosting (company) - $.01 Hosting (LP) - $.01 LP - $7 TOTAL - $9.02 PROFIT (Revenue-Expenses=Profit) ($9.02)

    I love feedback; leave your comments below.
    I want to be as engaged with the community as possible to ensure success.
     
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  2. popbradley

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    Good luck on your journey. You have everything layed out nice and neat. I am sure you will succeed with a little hard work. :)
     
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    Dat is some nice details you got there bro...peace.

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    Good luck man! Have you considered a Kickstarter campaign instead of saving up the $50,000 for your clothing line?
     
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    Best wishes for your journey...
     
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  6. TheFreshPrince

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    Thanks Popbradley, I hope you stick around it's going to be a long journey.

    Haha you know me very well for using that GIF, thanks for following.

    I am considering it a lot, however before I do that I am going to need to have everything set up and my plan has to be concrete; I want people you to look at it and be like, "Oh shit, this kid knows what he is doing."


    Thanks so much I hope you follow the journey, It'll be a long one.


    Today I want to get stuff done in both projects. By the end of the day I want to have 200+ Followers on the IG account.
     
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    Good luck mate, do PM me again if you keed any help. I'll be sure to follow your journey, very interested in seeing the results. Good luck!
     
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    i'd bet in favor of this being an outrageous success
     
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    This looks like an AWESOME journey!

    -II
     
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    Rooting for you!
     
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  11. TheFreshPrince

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    Thanks LostConnection, I appreciate your offer!

    That's music to my ears, thanks for following!

    It will be truly "AWESOME", stick around ;)

    Thanks ezlivin, I am glad I have some friends on my side rooting for me along the way.


    UPDATE:
    I mentioned earlier that my goal for today was to break 200 followers; I would like to announce that was a HUGE success. As of 11:45 PM EST I have 225 Followers, a jump of 71 today without the use of a bot.

    Today I worked on a few things:

    • Posting pics to Instagram.
    • Cleaning up the website and adding a few pages: Legal, Contact, Menus, etc.
    • Installed some of the plugins but not all.
    • Set up a FB page and shared all my IG photos on it. (8 Likes in 1 hour)
    • Checked out my competitors and how they started
    • Read for school until my head hurt haha
    • Worked out (important to maintain a healthy lifestyle)

    Tomorrow I hope to:
    • Grow my IG account to 300 Followers
    • Have 100 Likes to the FB page
    • Add Google Analytics to my website
    • Add an "About Us" page with a picture of me on it to connect with fans and look more professional

    As you can see the stuff tomorrow is fairly easy, I do have class from 12-7PM but I will not let that be an excuse for getting this stuff done.

    Short Term Goals: IG: -1,000 Followers (225/1000) -2,000 Followers -5,000 Followers -10,000 Followers Website: -10 Articles Up -50 Articles Up -100 Articles Up -100 Visits/Day for One Full Week -500 Visits/Day for One Full Week -1,000 Visits/Day for One Full Week Company: -Register LLC -Start Clothing Brand FB Ads: -Get Ads Running -Make $20/Day for One Full Week -Make $50/Day for One Full Week -Make $100/Day for One Full Week



    Long Term Goals: IG: -100,000 Followers -200,000 Followers -300,000 Followers Website: -1,000 Articles Up -2,000 Articles Up -5,000 Visits/Day for One Full Week -10,000 Visits/Day for One Full Week -1,000,000 Visits in One Month Company: -$50,000 in Clothing Sales -$100,000 in Clothing Sales -Donate $10,000 FB Ads: -Have a $500 day -Have a $1000 day - Save $50,000



    Revenue: $0 Expenses: Yesterdays TOTAL - $9.02 PROFIT (Revenue-Expenses=Profit) ($9.02)
     
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    Good luck with your goals!
     
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  13. TheFreshPrince

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    Thanks mate!


    UPDATE:
    I just wanted to let y'all know that I just woke up apparently as I woke up I met my IG Follower goal of 300 for the day, an increase of 75 while I was asleep. I am at about 303 now so I want to change that goal and make it 400 Followers by the end of the day.

    Today I hope to:


    • Grow my IG account to 400 Followers
    • Have 100 Likes to the FB page
    • Add Google Analytics to my website
    • Add an "About Us" page with a picture of me on it to connect with fans and look more professional
     
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    What Instagram methods are you using? Just simply tagging and targeting an audience through that?

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    I will for sure follow your journey! Keep the awesome work up buddy! :)
     
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    Awesome growth for your IG account! I have to tell you, I am in a completely different niche but my growth is terrible!
    I am at 3.4k followers and I manage to get around 10 new followers a day.

    So I have to ask you: how you do this? The good old follow-unfollow method, using good tags or some insanely good method that you want to keep secret?

    Anyway, best of luck and only the best!
     
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    I would LOVE to know this myself!

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    Your goal is really inspiring, I wish you the best of luck! Just be sure to lay out the little day-to-day steps in your plan, otherwise you can get lost in your journey!
     
  19. TheFreshPrince

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    Thanks mate, I appreciate the advice.

    Thanks Bricabrac!



    Thank you for your support in this journey to $100k. At the start, I was uploading pictures and in the descriptions I'd write a comment, "Via @source", and my tags. Nowadays, I comment and add the source then post the picture. Once posted, in the comments I list all my tags. This looks cleaner; followers appreciate it. I do ad one, or two, tags in the main post; however, they must relate to the content directly.

    ex. Picture of Lamborghini Aventador, I use #Lamborghini #Aventador

    @SirMattheww
    I'm doing the follow-unfollow method; however, I am only following those that will appreciate my content. I have a criteria I follow when following. It WORKS! When I had 200 followers, one picture got 96 likes in just 6 hours; that's almost 50%!!! I don't care about numbers; I care about QUALITY, that's the only thing that matters.




    UPDATE:
    Today was a long day; I had back-to-back classes from 12-7pm.

    This is what I got done:



    • My Instagram account reached 400 Followers as of 10:55pm EST.
    • I got 20 Likes to the FB page, this is okay because my main focus is IG for the time being.
    • I added Google Analytics to my website.
    • Added an "About Us" page; however, I didn't add content to it because I'm getting it written by a professional writer.
    • Added a "Write For Us" page and made the application using "Contact Form 7"
    • Added a "Contact" page and form.
    • Added a "Legal" page; it protects me when posting pictures that may not necessarily be mine.
    • Added an "Instagram Feed" page; it displays my Instagram Feed and looks dapper as fu*k.
    • I added categories to guide writers.
    • Today my friend and a Journalism major were talking about fashion, one of my categories, and they knew their stuff. They both LOVE to write. While they talked, I had a brain blast; I told them about my site and they were hooked immediately, both applications have been submitted.
    • Apart from them, there is one member on BHW I am hiring as a long term writer; currently, he working on my "About Us" page.

    Tomorrow I hope to:

    • Reach 500 Followers on Instagram
    • Reach 50 Likes on the FaceBook page
    • Finish the "About Us" page
    • Talk to potential writers, look through applications, and get samples written.


    I am a firm believer in:
    1. The golden rule: "Treat others the way you want to be treated"
    2. Giving back
    3. Making someone else's day better

    Making someones day better whether it be through a compliment, a meal, or spare change sends out good energy that others will absorb and release back to you/themselves/others. I'd like to introduce the new section of every post called "Good Deed of The Day."

    Good Deed of The Day:


    • Monday Sep. 15th, 2014 - I was dropped off early and decided to grab a bagel. Seven dollars was my total, I gave the cashier $15 and asked her to pay for someone else's meal later that day.
    • Tuesday Sep. 16th, 2014 - En route to the gym. I drank one gallon of water and had to pee; I was desperate and ran to the first place I found: McDonalds. Outside McDonalds was a homeless man, I asked him if he was hungry, he said "Yes sir I am." Minutes later I came out with a Big Mac,Large Fries and a 32oz Soda. The man was extremely grateful for something that I never stop to think about, that makes me sad.
    • Today I was going to buy a homeless man Chipotle; however, a mix up a my bank made my account $-700 (fixed now btw), I only had the cash to pay for myself. I decided to do next best thing, I noticed a girl looking sad, we made eye contact and smiled, I said to her "You know what-? You have a beautiful smile; it's one of those smiles that just radiates positive energy." After that comment she was all smiles, whatever was bothering her disappeared.


    Short Term Goals: IG: -1,000 Followers (415/1000) -2,000 Followers -5,000 Followers -10,000 Followers Website: -10 Articles Up -50 Articles Up -100 Articles Up -100 Visits/Day for One Full Week -500 Visits/Day for One Full Week -1,000 Visits/Day for One Full Week Company: -Register LLC -Start Clothing Brand FB Ads: -Get Ads Running -Make $20/Day for One Full Week -Make $50/Day for One Full Week -Make $100/Day for One Full Week



    Long Term Goals: IG: -100,000 Followers -200,000 Followers -300,000 Followers Website: -1,000 Articles Up -2,000 Articles Up -5,000 Visits/Day for One Full Week -10,000 Visits/Day for One Full Week -1,000,000 Visits in One Month Company: -$50,000 in Clothing Sales -$100,000 in Clothing Sales -Donate $10,000 FB Ads: -Have a $500 day -Have a $1000 day - Save $50,000


    Anyways y'all, I am sorry about the quality of my writing today. I got a lot done today and my brain is fatigued; still feeling effects from the concussion 10 months ago. Have a great day wherever you are, I look forward to updating you soon.

    -TheFreshPrince
     
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    Following your Journey closely mate! Cant wait to see how things turn out.