This is not your usual About Page.
Why? People usually show all their credits on their About Page.
I ain't got no credits to show you! I am starting from scratch!
I decided that I am not only going to solve my own problems, but I will double and triple it and I will help others solve their problems.
Who Am I?
My name is Peter Nyiri and I have created this blog to help people build their sales funnels.
People are struggling to get sales on their websites. I see it all the time. 90 percent of bloggers make no money. However, you can sell anything with a properly built sales funnel.
My blog is called FunnelXpert. I built it on an expired domain that used to belong to an Indian internet marketing company.
I snatched it, because it had a nice sounding name and some backlinks already. I even stole their logo.
I Left My Life Behind
In December 2016 I quit my job and my previous life. Why? Because the work atmosphere was extremely abusive and I just couldn't take it any more.
I literally walked out of my old life, got on a bus in Miami and traveled to another city to restart from scratch.
Since my employer was providing a place to stay, suddenly I was on the street with about $700 and some credit cards in my pocket.
You probably know that finding a job is not the easiest thing in the world and if you also need to find a room to rent at the same time, it can be a losing situation.
I didn't sleep the first night, it was raining, and all I had was an umbrella and a carry-on suitcase with some clothes.
Somehow I found a place to stay and I was submitting job applications, but these didn't even get answered.
The Death of 9-to-5
I originally started to study internet marketing around 2010, when ranking websites was a lot easier. Then I stopped for a while.
In 2017, not having a job, I turned to the internet again. I started a website.
I had no clue what I was doing, but I was really determined. I started to do research on Google, free e-books, free webinars, just like so many of you do.
The first thing I ran into was Derek Halpern's website, Social Triggers. Interestingly enough, in his webinar Derek talked about the death of the traditional 9-to-5 job concept, the fact that it was becoming more and more impossible to live your life from the money you make from your day job.
He also said that more and more people are turning to the internet to get extra income, and he called it the "side-hustle".
You should start your business on the side, while keeping your day job, and one day your business income will replace your job.
The next thing he said was that you needed to start before you were ready. Your website will never be perfect, so just get it going, and you keep improving it.
Derek then went on talking about the fact that people are scared to start an online business, because they don't have a paper saying that they are trained in their field.
He explained that the work you do IS the social proof that you can do it, you don't need a piece of paper.
If someone takes photos as his online business, you just look at his photos and you see that he can take photos. Nothing more required.
I guess, if you look at my site and read my content, that's my social proof...
The next person I really learned a lot from was Matthew Woodward.
Matt started a challenge to build a top SEO blog without any link building.
He didn’t pay for ads, didn’t build links, didn’t pay for traffic. He only used human interaction build up his blog.
He launched his blog in August 2012 and as early as September 2012 his blog made $4,006.88 in profits from 4,518 Visitors.
He is now making well over $10K a month.
I learned a lot from his posts in terms of blogging strategy and tricks, but I also learned how to write an effective blog post.
Starting An eBay Business
My ex-wife paid $6,000 for an eBay coaching program using our credit cards.
I am not going to say the name of the company, because I signed a piece of paper that I won't say anything bad about them...
But in all honesty, I had to search Google and watch YouTube videos to learn all the tricks of selling on eBay.
But I got to power seller in 3 months.
However I don't consider this a success - I had to give it up. I failed miserably, as I wasn't able to find merchandise with competitive enough pricing. The big guys are pushing the prices down to a point where it is very difficult to compete with them.
Our coaching company was trying to upsell and get us to pay another thousand dollars to help us with product sourcing.
They didn't care if we had nothing to eat, they just wanted our money.
But this alone wouldn't have made us quit. We were mainly selling customer return electronics and there were criminals around...
We got robbed twice. We didn't have money to rent another place... I had to leave everything behind and return to Europe.
Going To Europe
Found a job - I was working 12-hour weekends and I was getting paid $500/month...
Your 9-5 job is a dream compared to this... so don't complain!
So I turned to niche websites as a side hustle. I started a site, on the subject of expired domains and it is starting to get organic traffic.
My Crazy Challenge
I learned a lot from Neil Patel's posts.
That's where I read about ranking on the first page of Google even if you are a nobody.
I did some more research and I started to use it on my own site. And I was starting to rank and get organic traffic.
Then I read another post he wrote on internal linking and content clusters. It's basically building topical authority by writing several posts on related subjects and interlinking them as a hub.
My Crazy Challenge
I combined the two and I got a really crazy idea.
What would happen if I used a long-tail keyword in a guest post and, because of the higher Domain Authority, rank it to the first page of Google? The guest post would get constant organic traffic and some may get referred to my site. And if the post went viral...It would attract backlinks.
Therefore I posted a challenge to get my guest post to the top of Google. I didn't know what to expect, but I knew one thing: Even if I failed, it would create enough buzz and traffic and that alone would be worth it.
It took me about 5 hours to write the 2,500 word post. I read it through one time and I submitted it.
I didn't wait until I was ready, following Derek's advice. And this is what happened:
I want to thank Janice Wald from Mostly Blogging for hosting my challenge.
Click here to see my viral blog post. It got over 1100 views in one week and it got shared 250 times.
It went to the top 6 posts of 2017 on that blog within two weeks.
My First Affiliate Commission
I also used the long-tail strategy on my own blog. And I got my first commissions:
Why I Started FunnelXpert
I registered it on 24 November 2017.
I did something really crazy:
I posted a challenge to get this site from scratch to a 5-figure funnel in 4 months.
Obviously, I was naive and I didn't make it. But after 16 months of hard work I had my first month when I made $1,000. Take a look at my further income reports...
I quit my job and now I blog full time.
And now I want to invite you to find out what a sales funnel is and join my challenge.
I will be sharing with you my best tips to help you build your funnel.