My first sale actually came from selling an ebook, and this is my story of how I made my first sale online. If you have been struggling online to make or get your first sale, I can relate wholeheartedly, as it seemed to take me forever to get my first sale, and nothing I did seemed to work..
Here’s the story of how I made my first sale online…
I got started marketing online in the beginning of 2003 end of 2002.
So I have been marketing online now basically over 18 years, and the first two and a half almost 3 years, I made nothing.
Yep a big fat goose egg!
It was a real struggle let me tell you..
I went from one make money online opportunity to the next.
I basically spent those first years joining opportunity after opportunity and posting my affiliate link all over the net, well anywhere I could get away with it. (I might have been even a bit of a spammer)
I also used a lot of traffic exchanges, you can read more about them here.
Problem was I knew nothing about how to market successfully online. So I made -0- sales from all of my time and effort.
I went from one make money online opportunity to the next, I figured the opportunity must not work since I made no sales, so maybe the next one would, and so on. So I just kept joining opportunities and doing the same things over and over again..
Guess you could say I was like a hamster on a wheel, I just kept going, and going, never stopping to think about what I might have been doing wrong or what I should be doing to make sales.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” –Albert Einstein
All the while, I kept hearing about email marketing.
As I was running around like a hamster on a wheel, I kept hearing about email marketing, but it just sounded too complicated, and back then, it was quite a bit more complicated than it is now.
And I let fear of technology scare me, because I was the guy who did not know how to program a vcr..I am an outdoor person, I like to build things, I like to fish, hunt, go camping..
Technology and me were not friends..
So in my first years of trying to make money online and get that first sale, I let fear stop me from learning the one thing that would have made that first sale happen.
I avoided email marketing like the plague..lol
Eventually I got an email from someone that hit me in the head like a ton of bricks..
It was my “light bulb aha moment”!
Well my thinking changed and it was that email I received that got me to understand how important email marketing was for making sales online and how you could build repeat buyers with no extra effort, because some of these leads on ones email list would buy more than once from you, and might remain on your email list for years..
Customers for life.
And it is true, here I am 18 years later and have people who have been on my email list now for 15 years, and they are still buying from me.
That is the power of email marketing..
When it finally sunk in through my thick skull, I made the commitment to my self that I would learn and master email marketing.
I purchased a $5 ebook on email marketing.
Also in that email I received, was a like a $5 ebook to buy, that would explain in more detail of how email marketing worked.
Once I made the purchase of the ebook – I devoured it, I couldn’t get enough!
There was a link in the ebook as well to purchase a system that had some done for you email marketing aspects.
So I purchased the email marketing system set up and got started.
A couple days later it happened!
As I started email marketing and my first 50 leads came into my autoresponder, I made my first $10 sale!
It was not much, but it was finally a sale, I actually cried.
Almost 3 years of struggling to make that first sale, yep I cried..If you have ever read my personal story, it will make more sense to you as to why I cried.
You never forget getting your first sale..
You know where the path to $1 million starts?
…with your first sale.
Previously, I tried for almost 3 years without email marketing, and I made nothing.
For me, it was so impactful, because I now KNEW that I could make a living selling things on the internet.
I now knew HOW to make sales online.
All I had to do was repeat the actions I did to make the first sale, so I did..and I quickly made my first $1000.
I was now getting sales and making money online every single day.
I knew this was what I was going to do for the rest of my life.
It all happened due to that email marketing ebook I bought for 5 bucks, had I never bought it, who knows where I would be today…I shutter to think.
It was truly my “aha light bulb moment”.
Don’t procrastinate as I did.
If you have been putting off doing email marketing as I did, or letting fear stop you from learning knew marketing skills, you are missing out big time.
There are fundamental marketing skills that you must learn and implement if you are ever wanting to make money online. The throw some mud at the fence and see what sticks attitude will not work..It didn’t work 18 years ago, and it certainly does not work now.
I have been doing this marketing stuff online now for over 18 years, 15 years of building my email list, and my son John Weberg has been doing it now for over 11 years.
We have done millions of dollars in sales online over the years, all due to email marketing and it all started with me finally making that first sale.
I tell you this story of how I made my first sale online, because I want you to understand that no matter where you are at in life, you can do this. If you have never made your first sale online yet, you will. Do the right things, learn HOW TO sell stuff online, and never give up, that is the most important.
“It is not the product or opportunity itself that will make you all the money, it is the marketing that will” -Richard Weberg
It will not come without a few sacrifices, but it will be worth it!
Our lifestyle is amazing, and would not trade it for anything..
Nobody tells us what to do, or when to do it, our time is our own. We work when and where we want, all we need is an internet connection to do so.
There is nothing like the dotcom lifestyle and making sales while sleeping or on vacation, it is truly freedom..
Master the marketing and you can write your own success story my friend. Here is the perfect place to start.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments section below or just say hello, would love to hear from you. 🙂
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Great post Richard, it's true…people very rarely buy on a first shot. They have to get to know who and what you are before buying. So if you don't capture them some how, how can you begin to tell them you are someone they can trust and have their best interests at heart? So email marketing is the answer.
Thanks Dale for your feedback my friend, I appreciate it very much! You are doing some awesome things Dale, been watching some of your lives in Facebook, great job! Email marketing will always be one of the kings of the hill as long as people open and read email! Much love brother