November 2015 Growth Report
There are several reasons I do these monthly reports, but the main reason is so that I’m publicly accountable for everything I do. The way I see it is if I put my report out there to the world wide web then I really have no place to hide. This, to me, is one of the biggest motivators that will enable me to be highly determined to become a hugely successful entrepreneur. I literally have no place to hide!
Another reason I want to do these reports is because I’d like to think that one day I can sit back and read through the journey I took, and the ups and downs it took me to make it.
Lastly, I want to inspire! A huge catalyst for creating this blog was to inspire others into the entrepreneurial route of life. I was just a normal guy from a normal family who worked every hour under the sun as a chef in an Italian restaurant up until a few years ago, but hey, enough about me. Let’s get into the good stuff!
What I Have Done in November
Life is very crazy and busy right now and November just ramped it up another gear.
As you may know by looking at my portfolio page, I currently manage to juggle 3 businesses at the same time. It can be hard, working very long hours, but the rewards outweigh the stress any day of the week!
My main focus right now is to streamline all 3 companies in order to expand them from the top. How am I going to do that, I hear you ask. Well, with several things, but one being launching another business!
Yes, you heard that right. We’re launching a new company.
I’ll touch on that more below, but this new start-up should help streamline our operations and enable us to grow and scale into a much larger identity. The other way I plan to control and manage my time is by hiring more staff. We added another member of staff to FixForums this month, along with bringing in more developers at Landing Page Guys.
So most of November was spent making sure everyone was working together towards our main goals and sticking to the plan.
We had several very exciting investment meetings for our new company and are in the later stages of closing our first private funding round over the coming month. There are some great benefits for starting and investing in UK companies, some of which I touched on in this post here.
So that brings me onto:
If you read the above section, you will now know we plan to launch a new company and business next year. When I say “we”, I mean me and my trusty business partner Andy Haskins.
You may remember seeing this post on my Facebook page several months ago whereby Andy and I locked ourselves in a swanky hotel with no phones, company, or any other distractions and literally thrashed out a complete business plan and brief in 24 hours.
Since that day, we’ve been fine-tuning our figures, plans, and outreach to selected partners, and we finally had our first investment pitch and meeting last week. We’re hugely optimistic that our number one partner of choice will be investing in our company, and I’ve been in and out of meetings with banks, accountants, and solicitors all month to get things ready for the new year.
I’m not going to reveal anything yet, but just be aware something big is happening!
I’ll be referring to this new project as “Project P” for the purpose of my blog.
If you read my post a few weeks back, you would have seen that we officially soft launched our pre-launch competition on Lovecars. Sounds complicated, right? Not so. Basically, we are running a pre-launch competition in order to get early sign-ups and give users the chance to win a brand new Fiat 500.
As you may have read, the first week’s soft launch went very well, and in fact, a little too well! We managed to completely exceed all of our expectations and ended up having to pull the page down for some time whilst we changed a few things and ramped up the resources. Just today, we have now finished making the final changes to the competition sign-up and are ready to get this show properly on the road as of next week!
We also saw an unprecedented amount of traffic and “hype” following our founder’s appearance in the incredible Hyper 5 video, brought to you by the infamous “cupgang” and Alejandro Salomon, aka Salomondrin. This video was the first of its kind, and featured my partner Paul Woodman on set.
This following month is all about sign-ups and mass exposure. We are all planning some great outreach and coverage in order to kickstart this competition’s campaign and put us on the map, before we even launch!
This last month was all about our amazing Black Friday promotion on AffiliateFix.
We slashed the price of our private forum called The Dojo from $147 to $97 and people went mad for it!
After the huge success last year, we planned things properly this year making prior preparations in order to hit the sale with a bang. I had my team at Landing Page Guys whip up a stunning Black Friday landing page, creatives, and email.
I also made sure the forum had lots of great fresh content, tools, landing pages, and more so that new members wouldn’t be disappointed.
We only sent out 2 emails over the period of Black Friday and promoted via a couple of banners on the forum, but that didn’t stop us from having several back-to-back 4-to-5-figure profit days. It’s a great feeling when you’re selling something that has helped so many people and you wake up to stats like this:
We also continued work on our new website for the FixForums company.
After adding forum favourite T J Tutor to the staff officially this month, we’re expanding the brand, team, and growth of the company, and I’m excited where it’s heading.
In an article written for the publication, our forum is mentioned as one of the best places to meet fellow entrepreneurs online.
Let’s crunch some numbers:
- Members: 27,002 (26,190 last month)
- Posts: 99,945 (94,880 last month)
- Active Members: 7539 (7704 last month)
- Facebook: 4652 (4526 last month)
- Twitter: 2023 (2016 last month)
- Members: 1299 (1226 last month)
- Posts: 7039 (5546 last month)
- Active Members: 719 (591 last month)
- Facebook: 6201 (6211 last month)
- Twitter: 215 (214 last month)
- Members: 38,190 (37,932 last month)
- Posts: 129,323 (127,237 last month)
- Active Members: 1178 (525 last month)
- Facebook: 8 (8 last month)
- Twitter: 3 (2 last month)
Landing Page Guys
November was the busiest month of the year for the Landing Page Guys.
As predicted, the months leading up to the holiday season are normally the busiest of times for us as everyone prepares their products, pages, and sites for the mass increase in sales.
We also saw a lot of great leads come from my 16 Landing Page Tips article, which is encouraging me to write several more on the subject. It’s amazing how much great feedback the article is getting on the STM forum and Affplaybook and how many times it’s been shared around the net.
I’ve even had someone reach out in order to ask me to speak on the topic at an affiliate event next year, which could be very exciting.
We also managed to have our annual Christmas night away in November. Having been fully booked in December, Andy and I took our other halves and dogs away for the weekend in Dartmoor. We spent the weekend enjoying long country walks in the rainy countryside and then sitting in front of warm pub fires with a pint in our hands.
The place where we stayed was lovely and accommodated our dogs brilliantly. I had to laugh when I accidentally sent the whole venue into a frenzy “accidentally” pulling the disabled toilet cord, thinking it was the toilet flush after having one too many beers. Two female members of staff trying to break into the toilet to “rescue” me didn’t go down too well!
We fully expect November to run into December and continue to be a very busy holiday period for our team and company.
Another good month for the blog as traffic still continues to slowly increase.
I also managed for the fourth month to stick to my monthly blogging target:
- The Money Is in the List!
- We just launched Lovecars!
- Don’t Be an Affiliate!
- October 2015 Growth Report
It’s interesting reading the blogging forum on WebsiteFix, seeing how many times people blog each week and picking up some tips.
The one thing I have been disappointed in on my blog so far is the lack of interaction from my readers. I can see lots of people read my posts from analytics, but the one thing that has me down is the lack of people who comment and interact with me.
I’ll be spending some time in December (if I have any) figuring out why this is, asking some questions, and improving my design and post layout in order to encourage interactions.
If you’re reading this post now, and have been following my journey, say hello below!
I plan to keep up my one post a week in December, but I know it’ll be hard with the holiday season, so I wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year in advance.
It was another busy month for me personally, not having one single weekend free to myself. (That’s a good thing).
I always like to keep busy on the weekends. Otherwise, I just seem to merge them into my weeks and keep working. It’s good and healthy to have a break each week so I like it when we’re out and away from the office.
November had some great days and nights out, including firework night whereby we walked up to our local park and watched a great firework display. We also took a weekend trip to Shrewsbury with Josie’s family in order to watch her brother pick up his British Champion Quad trophy. At just the age of 18, he’s got a really bright future.
We’re still unfortunately waiting on any news about our house purchase. It’s almost been 5 months now and we still don’t have a move-in date due to some issues higher up in the chain. It’s a real shame that we’re not going to have the keys before Christmas, but it’s something to look forward to in the new year, fingers crossed.
I’m also planning on getting a new car when we move, as I’ll finally have a driveway to put it on. I’ve been looking around at the BMW 3 series or the Mercedes C Class. Any opinions?!?! They are very much welcome below.
As far as fitness is concerned, I’m keeping on track.
Though possibly running a little less than the previous months due to other commitments, I still feel and look much better than I did six months ago.
Oh and just to end this post at a high note, the mighty Liverpool won 6-1 last night. They also beat Man City 4-1 and Klopp looks like a beast, so I’m a happy man today!
Right back to the grind, let’s get it!