I spent a ridiculous amount of time last year launching products
I think all up it was about 11 products from templates to courses to workshops to guides. I tried it all. And I made a fair amount of money doing it as a second income.
Launches are fun (when they work) and they provide a nice windfall of cash for that month that you are launching. But they are also exhausting work and when you are not launching… no one is buying.
This year I didn’t want to have to keep launching new products in order to make money. I wanted a more sustainable creator business that didn’t include me launching something new every month or constantly having to make up ‘sales’ to entice people to buy my products.
So I’ve been working on an evergreen funnel for my content products and so far the results are good. I’ve only done one small launch this year and the rest of my income comes via this funnel.
At the very top of the funnel, I show up every day and create content that makes people curious enough (hopefully) to head to my profile to find out more about what I do.
Profile clicks have become one of the top numbers I look at when I’m analysing my content. Sure likes & comments and shares are all good, but if I can get someone to my profile… the funnel goes into action.
Your profile is not just a pretty shop front, it should work for you in two ways. I spend my time optimising it for just two things: follows & email sign-ups.
If I can get someone to hit the follow button I know they will continue to see my content (if the algorithm gods allow it — blessed be their name).
Secondly, if I can get someone to sign up to my email newsletter I know that about 10% of those people will go on to buy one of my products (as opposed to less than 1% of my Twitter followers)— so building my email list is crucial for this to work.
I use every part of my profile to make these two objectives happen.
I track the iterations I make to my profile and track the follow rate
Make your profile work for you. Not just
When I first decided to start a newsletter I knew it needed to be simple. I already write a lot throughout the week, so I knew if I had to write something extra it would never work for me.
So instead I send. simple newsletter once a week with a wrap-up of my best content published that week. In a year I’ve grown that list to over 2500 subscribers, which is wild in itself.
At the end of the email, I include a quick promo of one of my products and an invitation to purchase. Rarely do I put anything on sale or try to manufacture any kind of urgency. I just show up in people’s inboxes with value and an invitation whenever they are ready.
And 10% of people who are on my email list go on to purchase a product (or more likely multiple products).
And that’s how the funnel works! Produce content that gets people's attention enough to go to my profile, hit follow, sign up to my newsletter and the funnel goes into action.
In the end, it’s a really simple funnel that amounts to a sale most days and an average of about $2k sales every month on existing evergreen products. Sure, I’m not quitting my job with it, but I’m also not busting my butt to launch a new product every month either.
Keep in mind I’m also a second-year creator, so it took some time to build all this up and find what worked. In my experience, your first year as a creator is full of action and a whole lot of work. But as you hit your stride in your second year you can really work at leveraging what you have to build an evergreen content funnel that continues to work for you all year round (as long as you keep showing up at the top).
The best part about all this is that I can focus on what I love to do, which is create content. And then I trust that the rest of the funnel will work its magic as a result of that.
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