A 7-Phase Plan for Total Internet Domination

  • March 16, 2011 by Corbett Barr
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Total Internet DominationToday is the 2nd anniversary of the day I started this blog.

(Note: I’m going to share with you intimate details of my business plan here, from day one through a day many years from now. You won’t want to miss this post, even though it’s a little longer than normal.)

As I mentioned in my post about my new quest to be f*cking awesome, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and business planning over the past couple of months.

I have to say, things are going very well. I’m doing what I love, making a very comfortable living doing it in a way I’m proud of and I have the freedom to live and work wherever I want.

Life is grand.

I suppose I could stop here and enjoy myself for years to come doing exactly what I’m doing. What’s not to love about living this charmed life that the Internet only recently made possible?

I love every minute of it. Working with smart and ambitious clients, sharing my soul with you, building businesses, connecting with awesome people and making new friends, all of it is absolutely fantastic.

But, I don’t feel like I’m done with this particular journey yet. I’m a guy who likes to work and I like a challenge. I feel like there is much more for me to do on this adventure.

During that existential examination I went through recently, I thought about my past and what I’ve accomplished over the past two years. I thought about the goals I’ve had and how they have changed over time. I thought about how fortunate I am to be in the position I’m in now. What can I say, we just returned from a 10-week winter residence in Mexico and it was the perfect place to consider all of this.

I then started setting goals for myself for the future. What do I want to be doing a year from now? Two years? Five years?

And then I thought, why not set the goals for my business high? I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the progress I’ve made so far, so I can probably surprise myself even more.

Thinking back on the milestones I’ve passed, and the milestones I’ve set for myself, seven distinct phases became clear. I call these the 7 phases of Total Internet Domination™, and I’m going to share them with you here.

These are my phases, and yours might look much different. Keep in mind, my goal is to build a lifestyle business that I retain complete control over and that provides for the life I want to live now, not some future “retirement” scenario.

I never anticipate having more than a handful of partners or contractors in this business, and I doubt I would ever have more than one or two true employees.

I’m actually technically on phase 5 of this plan. As the plan progresses, I think each phase takes longer than the last, partly because the bar is set higher and higher each time.

Alright, enough prep. You’re here for the plan.

Here is my 7-phase plan for Total Internet Domination:

Phase 1: How do I get people to visit my website?

I’m going to present each phase of the plan here as the questions I ask myself along the way. Those questions are indicative of the goals I set for each phase.

In phase 1, you’re just starting out. You have a brilliant flash of an idea for a website or online business. You spend days or months developing it.

(Side note, I’ve spent both months and days developing various web projects prior to launch over the years. When you’re just starting out, try projects that take less time to develop up front. It sucks when you spend 9 months developing something only to find out you were wrong about the brilliance of the idea.)

You launch the site, and then it hits you, how do I get anyone to visit my site and care about what I’m doing?

Congratulations, by the way. At least you made it to launch. So many people get frustrated along the way and never make it this far. You’ve already made it past average.

Your goal wasn’t just to launch though, right? You want people to visit your site and tell you how great it is, or maybe that it sucks. Either way, you want feedback so you can make it better.

For me, growing a significant audience that proved my idea for this blog was compelling (I’d say about 3k visitors per month proves that) took about three months. For you it might take just a month, or a year, it really depends on who you are and what you’ve built.

Once I attracted that initial audience, I started asking myself a new question.

Phase 2: How do I make any money from my site?

If you’re planning to build an online business, I would hope you’d ask yourself this question before building out your idea.

It’s embarrassing to admit, but I actually didn’t have a clue how I would make money from a blog when I first started. Maybe that’s why it took me the better part of a year to make any money from my site(s).

At first I just thought, I’ll launch this blog and if it’s popular enough I’ll find a way to make money from it.

Luckily that turned out to be true, but I suspect if I had understood more about how to make money from a blog it wouldn’t have taken so long.

This phase is a tough one for some people. It’s one of those phases that can really make you want to give up entirely. I thought about quitting a number of times during this phase. Instead of quitting completely, I launched a bunch of new sites and projects that I tried to earn money from. Most of them failed. A couple succeeded.

I jumped on those early successes and rode them like a harley on a bumpy road. I strongly suggest you do the same. When you find something that works, chase down that lead with vigor.

My savior in this phase turned out to be affiliate marketing. I sold other people’s products and made a commission for the sale.

Once I started making some regular sales, it struck me that this crazy dream of building a lifestyle business online might just be possible. So I started thinking bigger.

Phase 3: How do I make a modest living from my site?

A modest living for me was the amount I’d have to make to pay all of my bills and stop living off of my hard-earned savings account.

For me at the time that was about $5k per month. I live in San Francisco. It’s expensive. Maybe you live somewhere else and your definition of “modest living” is much less. Maybe you have a family and it’s more. Either way, welcome to Phase 3.

Like I said, when I found a vehicle to make sales with, I pursued those avenues with everything I had. I built out several small niche affiliate sites and I started making bigger affiliate sales through my blog.

By this time, we’re about a year into my journey. I was still having thoughts of quitting, but I felt like there was a visible path to success (that modest living I mentioned earlier).

The affiliate marketing was going well for me, but I hit a plateau around $3k in income a month, a little shy of my goal.

I decided to try selling a product through my site as well to make up the difference. I took the knowledge I had gained from affiliate marketing and launched my Affiliate Marketing for Beginners course.

Boom! Phase 3 complete with the launch of my course.

“Hmm, this thing is starting to work out,” I thought. “What’s next?”

Phase 4: How do I make a comfortable living from my site?

Once you’re making a modest living, you have a choice to make. Either you can skip to Phase 5 (see below) and then come back to Phase 4, or you can go the way I did: seek comfort.

There’s income and then there’s automation. I’m after both ultimately, but at first I wanted to earn a comfortable living, even if it meant working 50 hours a week. I still love what I do, so working a lot isn’t a big deal.

Earning a modest living is great, but it still means sacrificing. I had spent the better part of a decade making a great living, being able to travel when we wanted, saving money each month and not having to count every penny in and out. I wanted to return to that place.

For me, that meant doing more of what had already been working, and adding a little extra on top.

One year ago today, I launched my second blog Think Traffic. This time around, I planned things out better from the start. I decided to add consulting work to the mix and a second product, my flagship product called Traffic School.

Once I added the consulting, the continued sales of my product plus my increasing success with affiliate marketing all added up to earning a comfortable living.

I’m actually making a little more than a comfortable living at the moment, on the heels of a sell-out launch of Traffic School a couple of weeks ago.

You might not decide to pursue so many revenue streams. There are decent arguments on both sides. If you focus on just one revenue stream that focus might lead to faster progress within that one area. By focusing on all three revenue streams, I pursued the “low-hanging fruit” in each area to grow quickly.

But like I said, all that effort has led to 50+ hour weeks. Not exactly the dream lifestyle I’m ultimately after. Yes, I spent much of that time working from fabulous locations, and yes, I’ve been able to take six weeks or more off on vacation. But it’s still a lot of working time overall.

Which brings us to the next phase, the one I’m currently in.

Phase 5: How do I focus on the right activities and automate others so I don’t have to kill myself to make a comfortable living?

Automation, systems, outsourcing, passive income – there’s a reason people spend so much time focusing on them. What good is making a comfortable living if you end up with little free time to enjoy it?

This is where I’m at now. How do I continue bringing in the income while accomplishing a couple of other things:

  1. I want to be able to take multiple weeks off without having to check in daily and handle housekeeping tasks. Right now when I take a vacation, I still have to check in nearly every day. I also can’t take off more than a couple of weeks in a row or else I fall behind significantly and it takes me weeks to dig from the aftermath.
  2. I want to work a little less during an average week, and spend more of my time focused on the activities I enjoy most and less on basic maintenance tasks.

Like I said, I’m just starting this phase and haven’t thought through how to make it all work exactly yet. I’ll go into a learning phase soon where I start to unravel all the buzzwords I mentioned earlier and start to reach out to people I know who are experts in this space.

If you have suggestions for me that will help with Phase 5, I’d love to hear them in the comments.

Once Phase 5 is complete (perhaps in the next six months), it’ll be time to move onto Phase 6.

Phase 6: How do I scale up what I’m doing to make a great living (still while not killing myself)?

For me, making a great living equates to the kind of money a doctor or lawyer or consultant might expect at mid-career. It’s the kind of money I might have been making within the next few years had I stuck around in the corporate consulting world.

How sweet is that to think about? That I could make as much as a partner at my old consulting firm does, but without all the bullshit associated with it? Without all the soul selling and sacrificing and working on mind-numbing projects making some giant corporation .01% more efficient?

Maybe phase 6 is on my horizon partly just to see if it’s possible, or to prove to myself that I’m not missing anything from that alternative life path I could have stayed on.

Who knows.

For you, maybe you won’t even go after phase 6. Maybe you’ll stop at phase 4 or phase 5. I can see some very compelling reasons to do that, but the way I look at it, if I’m having a good time and staying true to myself and my goals, why not keep pushing?

Phase 6 doesn’t just involve making a great living, either. To me, phase 6 is also about taking my game to another level, being recognized as a world-class expert at what I do and enjoying the privileges that status brings and walking through the doors it opens.

This plan for me is constantly in flux as I react to what I learn along the way. Money is one measure of how well I’m doing and lifestyle is another. There are others though, like how many people I’m impacting, how much respect I have for what I’m doing and how it all makes me feel.

Now let’s talk about the outer reaches of my plan for Total Internet Domination.

Phase 7: How do I become wealthy doing all of this?

While I’m on this journey and still up for a challenge, why not set my sights as high as I can? Money isn’t my primary goal or driver of happiness, but having more money while still doing what I love and keeping my hours in check surely can’t hurt, right?

Enter phase 7. Phase 7 is a rare place that only a handful of people reach.

Here’s what phase 7 looks like in my mind:

  1. I have complete and total freedom to work on what I want, when I want and where I want and to choose the opportunities I pursue.
  2. I have an incredible ability to help people with my work and to provide insane value to my customers.
  3. All of that value I deliver leads to massive cash flow that I can invest in further opportunities or back into my own business.
  4. That investment builds wealth and security that ensures I’ll be able to continue this lifestyle in perpetuity or to pursue a completely different path and open a new chapter in my life.

Phase 7 is still a little amorphous in my mind. It will become clearer as I get closer, just as the previous phases have.

One thing is clear about Phase 7. “Wealth” to me means the freedom to support yourself and your family without relying only on your business.

For now, I’m incredibly happy with where I’m at in the journey and can’t wait to tackle the next phase and sub-phase along the way.

Thanks for indulging me in this retelling of my adventure over the past two years, and happy birthday to this little blog.

Now it’s your turn, where are you at on your journey? How are your phases different from mine? What would you add or change?

Let’s hear it in the comments.

And as always, if this article has helped you think about things in a new way, I would really appreciate if you shared it with someone who might also like it.

Thanks for being awesome. Here’s to Total Internet Domination.

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Written by . Corbett is cofounder of Fizzle, a place for creative entrepreneurs, writers, makers, coders and artists, all working to support themselves doing what they love independently on the Internet. Follow Corbett on on Twitter.


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Matt Hooper March 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

Great post!

I love seeing these types of posts about plans and strategies, especially retrospectively.

My journey is still picking up steam but I would say that I am somewhere between phases 2 and 3.

Thanks for all the inspiration.

–Matt

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Cheers Matt, congrats on the progress!

wilson March 16, 2011 at 6:44 am

Congrats on the two years!

You’ve opened my eyes a little more here and cleared the path as well. I would have to say I’m still stuck in the second phase. I guess it’s because I can’t seem to put all the focus into one business.

Recently I’ve been building an affiliate site, but I don’t know the correct steps to get consistent traffic and sales. The site has made it to the 3rd page of google for the phrase I’m trying to rank for, but it seems to be stuck there.

Anyway, having a lifestyle in the next year or two similar to you or Chris Guillebeau would be a dream come true. You guys seem to be following an ethical path online, unlike the typical marketers promoting get rich shit.

I don’t believe there’s much to add, I would say that a lot of us amateur want to reach similar lifestyles, that’s why we are here every post, hoping to learn more from the pros.

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I’m happy to share every bit of strategy and tips I can. If there’s something in particular you want to know, don’t hesitate to ask.

Lisa March 16, 2011 at 6:56 am

I love how you just following the path! I make every so complicated. :( I think you pretty much covered the natural progressions in designing your lifestyle and business. I wonder how much living off of your savings put the burn in you to make it happen and to not quit?

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Great question, Lisa. Living off of savings can be a double-edged sword. It’s nice to have the freedom to pursue something full time, but it’s also scary to think you could go broke in the process. Sometimes hanging on to a part-time job is a smart idea so you can keep paying the bills. It depends on your stomach for uncertainty.

Daniel | ZAGG invisibleSHIELD March 16, 2011 at 7:04 am

@Lisa Things doesn’t need to get completed (plan out your blueprint / phases) and watch them go from start to completion, making a decent income over the course of every phase. :)

Congrats to Corbett too on the amazing 2 years! Cheers – Daniel

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Cheers, thanks Daniel!

Shenee March 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

Wow! This is my first time and what a crazy place to start! : ) I like the fact that you have it laid out very clear what your path will be. I launched my site March 1st but I view my blog as just the beginning and not really everything I want my little web presence to be. I am developing a little web app for creatives and I have my design and writing work too. I also wrote a free e-book and hope to write another one to get paid from : ) I am gonna try to break my own path into stages and hang it up somewhere to check back to. Really great, thanks!

It’s a hard balancing act but I try to have this master action list and I pick from each category and attack everyday.

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Hey Shenee, welcome here. It sounds like you have a solid plan. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll get somewhere.

TrafficColeman March 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

Set your goals and follow through with them..plan a plan of a attck and go for it..

“Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

ayngelina March 16, 2011 at 7:50 am

I’ve just hit the one year mark for my blog and have the traffic part down pat as I have 10K a month and traffic has been doubling every 3 months.

But like you, I started the blog without thoughts of monetization and now that I have the traffic I think crikeys how can I make money from it.

I’m also going to start with affiliate to test the waters and see if the audience is willing to buy from me.

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm

When you start testing affiliate marketing offers, don’t be thrown off by poor results in the beginning. It can take a while to dial things in and learn how to approach your audience with those sorts of things.

Dave March 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

Cool post! And congrats on the 2-year mark.

After 4 years of travel blogging, I’m currently around Phase 4-5. I’m relaunching my (first and only) membership site next week, and trying to put what I’ve learned over the past year into use. I can already see signs that it’s paying off, just based on the prelaunch listbuilding.

It’s funny how much you can learn before you even launch a product, and like you said, even putting something out in the public domain is a big victory. Learning to do it well so you can earn a comfortable living from the process takes time and practice (despite all the reading you can do on the topic, and courses you can take from internet marketers).

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Congrats Dave! You’re absolutely right, some people make it sound way easier than it actually is, and I think that does damage to some people by setting the wrong expectations. It’s definitely not easy to make a living online as a writer / marketer but it sure is fun, and I still believe that anyone who wants it badly enough and is willing to work at it for years can succeed.

Philip Powis March 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

Great post Corbett! I’m still deep in phase one, trying to figure out “who I want to be when I grow up” as far as where I hope to take my blog, and who I want to reach. This article should be very helpful in trying to come up with some guidelines for laying out a plan to DOMINATE!

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Awesome Philip, let me know how it goes!

Jen Gresham March 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

Corbett,

I’m taking Brendon Buchard’s Expert Academy and I really like it. He talks about how to sync multiple roles (and thus income streams) to get to your Phase 7. A lot of the basic material would probably be too easy for you, but the overall strategy seems doable.

Jen

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Cool, I was wondering how that course turned out. Brendon seems to know his stuff. I recall some of the pre-launch material where he was talking about multiple income streams. I think that’s what got me thinking bigger, actually. Let me know how the course turns out for you.

Jeff March 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

Keep writing posts like this and you’ll have no problem.

A lot of people focus on “lifestyle design” but more people should focus on “business design” too.

Business design is building a business that fits your life. Do you want clients? Do you want full automation? How much annual income is enough?

The 7 Phases you give are great for designing a business that fits who you are, and anyone can go through the same process to design a business that fits their wants needs and desires.

Congrats on 2 years.

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Well said, Jeff. All the focus on lifestyle in the world won’t get you anywhere without some serious business planning and development.

jules March 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

I’m in phase 3.

Thanks for the post and the 2 blogs, it’s exciting looking ahead.

jules

Nate March 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

Wow! Thanks, Corbett! And happy birthday, CorbettBarr.com!

I’m at the beginning of Phase 1. Yes, the beginning. I’m new, green, scared shitless. The latest post on my blog started some good discussion, which is exciting; but, with that discussion, I started getting my first negative feedback, too. I’m working on being thick-skinned, but I guess I’m not there yet. I’ve been really discouraged this week. I’ve felt like quitting. But, this post really encouraged me. I can do it! Thanks again, Corbett.

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Ah, don’t get thrown off by the negative feedback. It’s usually either actually a good thing (you struck a chord), or simply a crazy person taking out some other frustration on you. Hang in there and you’ll learn when to ignore it and how to use certain criticisms constructively. Good luck!

Philip Powis March 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

Nate – That sounds like exactly where I am in the process – although I’m still trying to get some conversation started! Good luck with everything, I’ll be sure to check out your blog…

Mary | A-List Blogging Bootcamps March 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

This post is very interesting. After 3 years of blogging, I’m now making a comfortable living, mostly through the A-List Blogger Club and A-list Blogging Bootcamps that I run together with Leo Babauta.

One of the problems I encounter is that I’m so busy maintaining and building the business – that I don’t have enough time to develop residual online income. I’ve got a clear plan of how to do that, but I need time to action the plan.

The other caution I have about building an online business is that developments on the Internet can move very fast. I mean, what works today may not work tomorrow.

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I hear you Mary, it’s always hard to set aside enough time to keep the lights on while also improving things for the future. That’s something I’m currently working hard on.

C.E. Steinfeld March 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Corbett,

While I’m new to your blog, I’m not new to “lifestyle” nor “business” design. I have launched multiple health and supplement websites that continue to make nearly automated (modest) revenues and I have entered the blogosphere due to encouragement from you and others like you (Tim Ferris, Ev Bogue etc.). I’m still getting the hang of it but I refuse to give up or be deterred by failure.

I find the way you outlook failure to be extremely relevant to my life as an entrepreneur.

Keep on bloggin’, surfin’ , livin your dream! I will certainly do the same.

Always going for glory!
Craig

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Awesome Craig, thanks for stopping by and sharing. Cheers!

marianney | A Life Set Free March 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Happy Birthday to your blog Corbett! I wish I had been following all along, but better late than never!

Thank you so much for posting this, this was exactly what I needed right now. I am all over the place when it comes to planning my business(es), which is why I haven’t even gotten to phase 2 yet! I think this will definitely help me to get more on the right track.

I think I’ll be content at phase 5, but you never know. Once I get there, I might want to keep going, lots to think about!

Corbett March 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Best of luck Marianney! Keep plugging away. Don’t get stuck doing too much analysis. Action is the only thing that will move you ahead.

Diana March 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I’m in Phase 2 – with ideas of how to get to phase 3. But I still need more of Phase 1. I like this post – thank you for breaking it down! It’s nerve-racking but I come of the mindset that I can absolutely do this.

Corbett March 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Keep that mindset strong and you’ll do just fine Diana.

Shaun @ Money Cactus March 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Completely stuck at phase 1 – 2…. can’t convert traffic, even when I get it!

Great post though Corbett, inspired me enough to keep going :)

Benny March 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Well I’ve gotten started and I’m in the getting traffic phase right now. The progression you laid out is a great map for me to reference moving forward.

Have you thought about hiring a virtual assistant? It seems it’s becoming more and more popular with bloggers who have many projects going on or just want help with some of the administrative tasks.

Corbett March 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Yeah, I’m not convinced yet that a virtual assistant would help me very much. I’ll be researching the options shortly.

Shane March 17, 2011 at 12:37 am

Hey Corbett,

Thanks for the Phases. Ive grown my affiliate blog to over 11,000 per day and am now going to teach othters how to do it…so not sure but I’m in phase 3/4. I’m also quitting my full time job to put all my efforts into this.

In my mind, it’s worth it. I’d love to make more friends that are lifestyle entrepreneurs and taking risks as I am.

I have no doubt you will get to phase 7…then there may be a phase 8…the exit strategy ;)

Corbett March 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Damn! That’s some impressive traffic. I’d love to see this blog you mentioned if you’d be willing to share a link. Cheers and congrats on going full-time.

Lance March 17, 2011 at 9:41 am

Stuck at phase II also, although much of that is me not putting in the work do take it to the next level.

Corbett, could you describe your tipping point for affiliate marketing, like how you got it from making a tinyt trickle of money to an appreciable revenue stream, and what went into that? That seems to be a big sticking point for many of the commenters.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Corbett March 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Hey Lance, great question. The tipping point for me (and for other people I know who have become successful with affiliate marketing) was when I stumbled onto a niche that I could make sales in and combined that with tactics that worked for better conversions. Once you find those initial successes you need to build them out and keep refining your process until it works better and more consistently.

Lewis LaLanne aka Nerd #2 March 17, 2011 at 10:03 am

I loved Corbett that all of your questions above, except for one, strictly focus on what you want.

You’ve might’ve noticed before that the majority of people focus on the negative so they never ask high quality questions like…

How can I build a business from scratch and allow myself to enjoy the process of doing so?

Instead, they’ll ask something like…

“Why can’t I catch a break? Why is god punishing me? Why does my boss have to be such a douche canoe?”

Thinking is nothing but the process of asking and answering questions and the better quality question you ask, the better the result.

I’m glad I’ve dropped in today and feel lucky, as do all of your other fans, to witness your quest to be fucking awesome because we reap all kinds of great benefits from your mission!

Corbett March 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Hey Lewis, thanks for putting things in your own perspective. I guess I do tend to think in the positive sense (and actually notice that I don’t succeed when I think negatively). I strongly believe you can create your own luck with determination and hard work.

Chris Alta March 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Corbett Barr you son of a squash! haha nah dude just read your post and it’s a dope little 7-phase plan, definitely digging it. Here’s the knowledge I have to drop on you yo..

You: If you have sug­ges­tions for me that will help with Phase 5, I’d love to hear them in the comments.

Me: As far as automating one thing brotha it’s all about outsourcing. There are only soo many hours in one day and only 1 Corbett Barr, so if you have other tasks that need to be handled then outsource them by hiring a full time virtual assistant or just a job to job type of outsourcing depending on what you need done.

Stop playing farmville, get off of facebook, and check your email between this time and this time. This way you’re maximizing your time and efficiency, cutting out those little steps really helps the process of GETTING SHIT DONE.

For your product that you launched, did you have affiliates? If you didn’t have affiliates then throw those in there next launch! Offer some great incentives! Maybe a brand new iPad or a one on one coaching session, your a big boy you can come up with some rad ideas. The more incentive you give to your affiliates the more they’ll mail for you and promote the shit out of your stuff, that’s always a great way to leverage your time and do less work while maximizing your results and over all productivity.

As far as focusing on the right activities only you know what’s right. Now right doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right thing to do, it just means what’s right for you. I look at it this way…we’ve got to pinch ourselves like it’s St. Patty’s day everyday and snap out of our own selfishness. People don’t care about what you care about..just doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to target everyone else’ selfishness and fill their voids and their needs..because at the end of the day the only thing people care about is “ok cool site Corbett, but what can you do for me? What problem can you help me with?”

If you have an invention for the worlds fastest toothbrush then sweet, but if it’s not needed then who cares? Find people’s needs, fill the voids, scale it up, cash the checks.

Be in it to help people though and actually care. So that’s that.

You: where are you at on your jour­ney? How are your phases dif­fer­ent from mine? What would you add or change?

Me: I launched my blog on January 1, 2011 so I’m still in the beginning newb phases. I’ve made a few clickbank sales but still have yet to cash out since I haven’t met Clickbanks 5 different cards rule but it’s all love I’ll crack it sooner or later.

Still undecided on building niche sites but I know I need to get one. However I don’t want to go through CB, I want to create my own little how to DVD and then sell it on my own via a digital file so I don’t have to worry about shipping. The only thing that’ll be a bizzznatch is refunds should they happen.

The next thing I’d do is approach a local news station. I feel that right now is the best time to come to a news station with an idea on HOW TO MAKE MONEY because we’re in a “recession” and people want to know how to make more money regardless of the economic times.

Once this happens I’ll have gotten viewed by at least 100,000 people and I’ll get a surge of 5,000 viewers to my website, collect a ton of opt ins, but most importantly actually help people. Then I can sell them an actual course with me going step by step to show them exactly how I did it.

Then I’ll drive up and down state and get air time with other news stations and continue to build up credibility.

I enjoy and really love helping people, so it’s definitely a passion of mine to be able to travel and just help people financially and mentally.

You could say why don’t you just use social media like facebook and twitter, which is all dope but it’s dumb to see someone on twitter with 40,000 followers but then you see that they’re following 38,500 people themselves. That just shows me that you used the twitter tactic of following to get follows. To me that doesn’t mean a whole lot, how many of those people actually give a shit you know?

So by using the news stations and building up that credibility on the boob tube I’ll get quality followers in small quantities, rather than 40,000 followers of people who are just in it to get a follow back themselves.

I haven’t really started using facebook fanpages that much yet, but in due time.

To stop rambling I’m going to say that I’m in the phase of getting traffic to my website and providing value. I haven’t yet monetised it and I’m in no great rush to do so brotha! Just enjoying the ride for the mean time.

As far as our phases go I would say we’re basically the same, I’m probably at about phase 2.5 (in the middle) since I know how to monetise my website, I just haven’t done so yet because I’m still working on getting tons and boat loads of more traffic.

I honestly right now wouldn’t change anything right now, I like where I’m at and I’m learning day by day from guys like you, pat Flynn, Darren Rowse, etc..

thanks for reading my long ass response, hope it helps yo! We should get together and do an interview sometime brotha, I actually live about 2 and a half hours from San Francisco so when the time is right let’s make it happen. Cheers!

-Chris Alta

Corbett March 17, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Whew, that’s one hell of a comment! Thanks for the tips about automation / outsourcing. I’m already pretty solid on the “productivity” front but definitely need to look into outsourcing or getting some help.

Man, you have a seriously detailed plan all figured out. I wish you the best with it and hope you’ll stop back by and give us a status update or two. Phase 2.5 is a great place to be, it’s only a matter of time before you move on up.

I’d be happy to do an interview sometime. Write me with ideas when you have one.

Carol Tice | Make a Living Writing March 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I think of myself somewhere between 3 and 4 at this point — think this is the year it all changes. Have a lot of great ideas of how to turn the substantial base of great information I’ve created into reliable income streams.

Have gotten the hang of some decent affiliate selling, and some selling my own products…and my consulting. Ready for more! Launching my second site — like you, I’m sure it’ll be a lot less time to ramp.

Great plan! And I love all the people who seem to be able to wander the earth free of children, dogs, school schedules. Not exactly my world…but I have managed to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth for 15 years, so it’s not like I have to ‘get away.’ People come here to get away!

Corbett March 17, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Awesome Carol! Congrats on the progress. It sounds like you’re on the verge of something really big!

We wander the earth a little bit, but also like to be home in San Francisco. It’s one of those places like you described, where people come to vacation.

James M March 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

The one thing that keeps me coming back to this site to read is how authentic you really are. It’s easy to lay down a timeline for when you want to achieve certain goals, but you actually do achieve them – and in a reasonable amount of time. You aren’t looking to make $5,000 / month right away. You aimed to work your way up to it in the right away (traffic first, money second).

I’m a bit hopeful that it takes you a bit longer to achieve your end goal, just so we can continue learning and reading about how you got there, instead of posts like “How to Spend 1 Million Dollars in 15 Minutes.” (but those will be fun reads when you get there).

All the best.

Corbett March 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Haha, I hope it takes me a bit longer as well, just because I’m having such an awesome time along the way. Thanks for coming back James, I’ll try to keep on keeping it real.

Jia Jun March 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Any cake for your 2nd anniversary? Haha~~
Great growth, I wish in the coming year/s, when I look back, I have some interesting story to tell and share with my readers.
From nobody to become somebody. :)

Susan March 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Hmmm…. I’m definitely still stuck in the traffic phase, though I am working on experimenting and writing that which is epic. I’m surprised I’m not seeing more upticks on a monthly basis, but I suppose that’s part of the learning curve.

Nomadic Matt March 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I just want to be on level 7….

Sibyl - alternaview March 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Happy Belated Anniversary Corbett. I loved this post and hearing your story of hitting so many milestones. I think it really shows people how everything proceeds by an orderly sequence of growth. While it is great to take quantum leaps, we have to also see the importance of moving through things in phases and learning as we move through our journey. I have no doubt you will accomplish all these phases and Phase 7 will be the culmination of all your great thinking and hard work. Congrats on the anniversary and thanks for all you do and share.

Laura Lankford March 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

Hi cuz!
Congrats on your blog! I’m so proud of you for having the guts and brains to follow your dreams and not starve in the process! You got me thinking… I am going to share your site with my sons.
Blessings to you and your lovely wife.
Laura Leigh :)

Simon - Web Domination July 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

Great article. Web domination is what it’s all about, especially if you start with the end in mind. Nearly 8 years on I have nearly 3000 sites ranking on front page of google and were about to email c 200k from one database

The crazy thing is that less really is so much more

The options now are endless, just get people that are authentic an aligned

Simon

Simon Hedley
Psi Pi Group

Shane March 18, 2011 at 12:04 am

Hey there Corbett. Absolutely. It’s a branded affiliate blog – I literally learned and built it from scratch and applied good technical SEO along with doing useful and helpful articles based on what I feel people are looking for….it has now been consistent at over 10,000 per day for quite a while and hit nearly 12,000 one day last week.

All I can say is that this is a lot of work and my inclination is to teach others how to do what I’ve done ;)

it’s http://www.tcgeeks.com (tablet computer geeks)

Like you, though, I really feel this need to have a blog where I can write more “epic shit” and this current one is not that place to do that as it’s pretty focused. Yet, it’s a digital asset – especially with the projected sales of tablets, etc.

Corbett March 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

Oh, cool Shane, thanks so much. I love seeing what people are up to in different niches. Congrats on all your success and I can imagine there was a lot of hard work involved. I hope it’s all paying off.

James M March 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I may not be commenting all the time, but I am still here reading your stuff (on both blogs)!

Chris Alta March 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Yeah 2.5 is an exciting phase to be at right now, I’m excited to break through and make it all happen! But yeah dude whenever you want to set something up we can meet up in SF and have an interview at like Haight Ashbury or something, Golden Gate Park, wherever the flow takes the interview.

I’ll come up with some quetions, we’ll set a date and go from there brotha! Cheers!

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