Dogs, Free Groceries & Bees

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Dogs, Free Groceries And Bees

Again, apologies for the rather strange title but this is another update post. I will give you an insight into what has been going on the last few weeks including a much anticipated update to the Labrador experiment, how this led me to make £471 in a completely different niche using the same skills, and a new and very exciting project I am privileged to be a part of.

So, let’s start with Labradors Are Awesome – the Facebook experiment.

For those of you who have not read the previous post on this: Here it is again

The page now has 6,368 (at the time of writing this) likes, and virtually anything I post on there gets shares, likes and comments. So, from that respect it is a success I would say. But the experiment was to see if I could make money out of it, buy driving traffic to a main website/fanpage that would have offers and Adsense code etc….

facebook fans

In theory this is a good system right? Well, no – the people did not really click the links I added to the pictures. Sure, some came over to the site and I started to get a few Adsense clicks here and there but it was not really working as I hoped. I also promoted a few Amazon products and I made 2 sales, so hardly worth the effort.

For it to work using this method I think it would need ten-fold the amount of fans/likes it currently has. So, I have left it alone for now….it is still interactive – I just posted a new picture on the page and it is already getting likes.

Did I learn anything from this?

Yes. I learnt that Facebookers are mostly likers, some a commenters and a small amount are sharers. I guess I knew this already but this confirmed it. And, this is how their algorithm works with regards to your posts appearing across peoples news feeds – I think in the reverse order of importance actually. It’s the shares that you want.

One thing I did learn is that how incredibly easy it is to get a truck load of followers for a relatively small outlay. I would say I spent around $100 or so in total to get all those followers and although it did not make the return income back it did lead me onto another page, and this one made £471. (Sterling)

monetise earnings

How did I do this?

Well, I chose the competitions market – and there are plenty of them. It was all CPA offers. Here is exactly how I done it. I signed up with Monetise.co.uk and then applied to all their “Free Giveaways” and “Free Competitions” CPA offers. After this I made a simple Facebook page called Free UK Giveaways, as all the competitions are UK based. And then, simply posted new competitions daily, sometimes twice a day for about 6 weeks. It took about 10 minutes a day and I made a nice profit.

I was spending about $2-5 a day on paid Facebook Ads so the profit was very good. These figures are correct to the best of my knowledge. It ran for around about 6 weeks – 42 days.

Total spent on Facebook ads (Max) $5 x 42 Days = $210

Total Income from CPA offers £471 converted into dollars = $722

Total Profit $722 – $210 = $512

Not bad for about 10 minutes a day.

Why have I stopped? Well, I think it has run its course this one. I may pick it up again soon but basically I stopped getting fans, the advertising was getting more and more expensive (less fans for my $5) and the links were becoming blocked. This would not have been my fault – somebody would have just reported them I guess. I will leave it for a few weeks.

My thoughts though – Facebook is huge and has massive potential to make some nice additional income. I will be going back, that is for sure. If you are from the UK and fancy a go at some CPA marketing, join up with Monetise here and send me an email. I am sure I can help you get started. As you can see the page I made was really quite simple.

The dogs didn’t work – but the chance to win a year’s worth of shopping at Iceland – well, who can turn that down? 🙂

The next big thing that I am really excited about is my inclusion in the new community site aimed at helping people online in business – BizzeBee.com. I have teamed up with 6 other great bloggers/marketers who I have met through various platforms online but mainly through the blogging world. I am sure you are aware of some of them – maybe all.

Matt Smith, Andi Leeman, Clair Trebes, Alex Whalley, Sam Motteram, Kapil Jekishan and of course me. All great people and well established in their chosen fields of expertise. You can learn about them on the “Meet The Team” page.

bizzebee

We have some great plans going forward with this site and the first post went out today! (5/8/13)

The important lesson if you are just starting out is that all this come about from interacting and engaging with these people in and around groups and via blogs. I guest posted for a couple of these sites and then went on to be invited into a Facebook group with some others. That group was where the idea for BizzeBee was born.

The blogging community is just that – and this is what it is all about. Community.

So, what is next?

Well, I will be fully committed to my blog here and my work over at BizzeBee, I will also still work with my video marketing product and I will certainly dabble in Facebook again sometime.

Please head over and check out the BizzeBee site – I would love your thoughts.

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  1. Well, loved the post. However, I do want to give some advice to you regarding Facebook. The reason results were rubbish is because the more you put in external links, the less Facebook likes your page.

    For example, if you have 3000 fans, then in each post you put up you put a link in it, the less people will see the shares and likes and posts. If you just like and share your posts that do not have external links, then you would get more coverage. Facebook penalises you for external links, massively! They want to keep the traffic on their site, understandably, but annoyingly.

    And I think you would be better off building a list, but you would need the squeeze page software where you can place the optin form as an actual post. But I forget what that is called…

    • Thanks George – yes the results were poor on the dog niche but the Free Giveaways page made a nice profit and that had a lot of links.

      Funny you mention squeeze pages, I have just started a new page in a completely different niche doing just that. List building from FB and promoting from the back end.

      I do like to try these experiments…..

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Hi John

    Intriguing title – I was confident that you had checked for emotional response – the Labradors did it for me apart from the fact that I read everything you write. :0 Off to check the BizBee. Congratulations!

  3. Hi John,

    Some pretty great results with the Facebook ads. Really need to look into using these more myself.

    Can sort of see why the Dog site experiment didn’t quite work, as everyone likes cute dogs but that won’t necessarily mean they’ll visit the site. Does show though that you can get a LOT of fans fairly quickly if marketed the right way.

    Great post John! I’ll look forward to working with you more on Bizzebee 🙂
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  4. Its such an exciting time for us all! 🙂

    Great post, good work on the ability to grow a facebook following too, albeit, not that profitable.

    I like your other idea – what a great money earner! Be interested to see those results when you head back to it.

    🙂
    Clair
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    • I know – its great, bust but great.

      Thanks for the comment Clair – and yes, as ever I will post any results I get. (I am running another campaign on something else as I write this….)

      See you around!

      John

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