dean hollands quick start challenge

Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge

Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge is a course designed to get you up and running with Internet Marketing in just 4 weeks.

It was developed by Dean Holland (a successful Alex Jeffreys’ student) and the course was recently launched just a few days ago.

But before jumping on anything else, first let me tell you a few things so you can understand what I’m doing on this update.

Are You On The Right Path To Success?

I realized a few weeks ago, that if I didn’t have a product of my own I was never going to be able to make any REAL substantial money online so I started working on something to offer but to my bad luck, I’ve got completely blocked on several steps while creating the content.

I was getting confused with what came before what, started having second thoughts over the most dumb things you can imagine and I just ended up being completely lost.

Now, on my latest post (a review I did on Daniel Sumner’s Product Development Control which I think it’s an AMAZING training btw) I told you I was going to be off for the weekend with no internet connection whatsoever.

I had a quick weekend trip to La Riviera Nayarita (México) with my girlfriend and her family.

We ate a lot of tasty seafood, drank many beers and I was so happy about it as I was craving for some “me time” away from the Internet for a while ago.

The fact that I spent three days with zero internet access, gave me enough time to think about everything I’ve been doing online for the past months.

And I had unanswered questions like these:

  • Am I progressing as fast as I can?
  • Am I doing everything right?
  • Am I selling products online?
  • Do I really have an online business?

After swallowing my pride, I saw there was room for improvement everywhere and that lead to product creation and a complete lifestyle revamp but keep on reading…

When Did You Start Making Money For Real?

This is the million dollar question and I’m going to answer it for you in the mouth of several partners, fellow students and close friends of mine (all very successful Internet Marketers).

patrick griffin

1. Patrick Griffin

I first met Patrick at a List Building course from Sterling Valentine.

After a year of that training, several blog posts and trying to descipher how to make money online, Patrick joined forces with Justin Ledvina (a highly successful online entrepreneur) and they published their first book together: Motivation Beyond The Quotes.

They recently published their second book Leadership Beyond The Quotes (must read books!) and they are even working on the third and fourth books!

Now, Patrick is not rich (yet) but he may have found that what he does best (writing, connecting with people, incredible sense of humour) is what’s actually making him money!

benjamin jacques2. Benjamin Jacques

I met Benjamin through the facebook group for Omar Martin’s training course: My UnFair Advantage (high-level marketing training).

He created his first product about Facebook Timeline’s (Facebook Timeline Domination) and before that, he was struggling and in debt.

Benjamin is no longer in debt and he has been producing great quality products like there’s no tomorrow. Definitely an example to follow.

His secret?

Listening to Omar Martin‘s advice: “Yo, sell something!”

Benjamin has an incredible talent for art & graphic design so he exploited that skill. Now he creates products about self help, graphics for marketers and the last update I saw from him, he was selling iPhone art covers.

The guy is clearly on the right path!

mike artime3. Mike Artime

Mike is a very young guy from Florida.

Still in school but he is clear about what he wants from the internet marketing industry.

That would be success and oh boy, he has achieved some already.

I met Mike through a members-only Skype group from Marc Milburn’s Online Wealth Blueprint course (high-level marketing training).

I don’t know if he struggled before or how much time he had been online trying to find his cup of tea but he first created a wordpress plugin and oh my God… I think he made about $1,400 – $1,600 on just ONE day (don’t quote me on this since this happened several months ago).

After that, he finally knew what it felt like to start getting some money in exchange for his efforts so he created a list building course and then he hired Dean Holland as his coach, and then he hired Dean Holland’s coach (Alex Jeffrey’s) and well the rest is history.

Mike Artime is no longer a newbie and I can tell you that in all these three scenarios (Patrick, Benjamin and Mike) the only thing that was separating them from making money online was having something to sell.

Alex Jeffreys Students

alex jeffreysAlex Jeffreys

In case you don’t know who Alex Jeffreys is, he is a very successful Internet Marketer from the UK, a success stories creator, keynote speaker and Las Vegas incredible party event’s host.

I won’t tell you his entire story since you can just google his name and I’ll bet you will find better stuff about him all over the place.

For fun, you can check out what Alex had to say about this blog right here: Achieving Blog Commenting Stardom

So when I first came online, I didn’t know much about who was making money or who wasn’t (or how) I didn’t know where to hang out, didn’t know any marketing forums, didn’t belong to any special group or anything at all.

marc milburn1. Marc Milburn

As I started doing my own due diligence, I’ve found Marc Milburn (and also after wasting a LOT of money on several other people, programs and all you can imagine).

I really didn’t even know what to think about Marc, I mean, c’mon… the guy has RED HAIR!

But I was able to sign in to his list and it was weird since he wasn’t sending pitch after pitch, he was actually sending great content so I was loving it!

That made me trust him more and then I had the opportunity to check out a training from him that was so ridiculous cheap called Fast Profits Formula and I was completely HOOKED on the quality of his trainings.

james francis2. James Francis

This is embarrassing but I can’t remember how I found James (sorry man! LOL)

The only thing I do remember is that I was in LOVE with the quality of his teachings as well.

He always had this very relaxed attitude, he shared a lot of great content and I was always puzzled in not being able to imagine how much could these guys be earning online since they looked very young to me (both Marc and James).

Then I found out James also had coaching and some high level products and as both of them (James and Marc) were from the UK, I was wondering what was happening over there that they had all these young fellas being completly awesome online.

matt wolfe3. Matt Wolfe

I found Matt through his Business & Blogs site (which I believed he changed the domain name at some point) and Matt had a very different approach for monetizing his content.

He has this membership site The WordPress Classroom (amazing training) where he charges a recurring fee.

I had the pleasure of being a free member for a while until I decided to invest to see what was really inside and man I was blown out.

Matt has already built a huge community around learning wordpress and I have seen how he has been improving more and more in everything he does online.

dean holland4. Dean Holland

I’ve met Dean mostly on videos from people like Alex Jeffreys and pictures on facebook from other marketers.

A fun thing about Dean is that he speaks FAST!

Any time I listen to him, he reminds me a LOT of Alex Jeffreys (must be that they work together a LOT or maybe he is from the same geographical zone as Alex in the UK? lol I’m clueless on this!)

Anyway, I first visited Dean’s blog a while ago and I honestly didn’t see anything that grabbed my attention but there was something unique about Dean and that was his transparency.

Whenever you listen to Dean or read what he writes, you can practically tell he is writing over the top of his chair, with an ear to ear smile almost wanting to stand up and jump.

At some time, he also had coaching available but he was doing Internet Marketing at least since 2008 (I came online on late 2010 I think) so I never saw that training door open and to be honest, I don’t remember hearing much from Dean when I got started.

Alex Jeffrey’s Success Stories

As you can see, what these four guys have in common is that they all have been mentored by Alex Jeffreys.

And if you’re interested in checking out Alex’s course, you can check out Marketing With Alex.

Note: I also know many stories in which people were mentored by Alex and they didn’t succeed.

Obviously, a program can’t make you successful just because you bought it!

You have to go through the program and sadly, not many people do that.

I have heard of people who have bought courses up to $1,997 only to log in once to the member’s area and never to come back again, I mean how crazy can this get?

Dean Holland’s Blogs

Something I did before buying my way in for Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge course, was to visit his blogs.

I believe I visited three blogs in total but right now I just found these two (you can click on the images as well):

dean holland's blog

Internet Profits Limited (Dean Holland’s New Blog)

Dean Holland's (old blog)

Dean Holland’s Old Blog

If you prefer to click on the links to check out Dean Holland’s Blogs, you can do so in the links down below:

So I first checked out the old blog, went all the way back to the first page and read every single post right to the latest one, I’ve also read every single comment and visited every single commenter’s site.

You may think that doing that was a bit over the top but I like to know who am I dealing with whenever I’m going to buy something from someone I’m not familiar with.

Anyway, what do you think I found in the comment threads?

  • Dead blogs
  • Abandoned blogs
  • Domain names for sales
  • Blogs with just a few posts from years ago (no updates)
  • Blogs with one post
  • Blogs with no posts at all

And even though that scenario is pretty normal for a training that was done two or three years ago, not everything was bad, as I also found:

  • Great looking blogs
  • Blogs with really cool content
  • Marketers that had their own products
  • Marketers that have their own coaching courses
  • And yeah, more people successful like Dean!

This means that Alex Jeffreys mentoring worked like a charm on Dean Holland and now Dean has been creating a lot of successful stories himself.

My Recommendation

Okay so now you know what my relationship with all of these guys is, you know a little bit about their background and hopefully you understand that having a blog with some posts on it, doesn’t equals to having a business online.

You need a blog so you have that as your central hub but I believe that your final destination is to create something you can sell to others.

It is my strong (but humble) opinion on what makes the difference between someone who struggles and someone who succeeds online.

I really wanted to get Dean’s course because I want to get to know him and his work a little bit better since I really like the energy he injects into what he does and a little extra advice won’t hurt me at all right?

So to recap, I want you to be very receptive about this…

If you don’t go through the entire course, you are not going to have any success.

That applies to ANY training you buy online.

Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge Video Tour

Buy Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge

If you’re ready to buy this, I believe it is still $15 something.

You can either check it out by clicking here Buy Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge or you can just click on the image down below.

dean hollands quick start challenge

Check out Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge

There’s no bonus to get this, either you get it or you don’t.

I already spent two days creating this post, that should be enough for you.

Conclusion

What I’m sharing with you here is the result of what I’m doing myself and recommending to others who are still struggling online.

I will always, ALWAYS recommend you do your own due diligence first as you should always be the one with the final word.

Dean Holland and everyone else mentioned on this article, are people that not only I believe are TOP NOTCH guys who have helped me in many different ways but some of them happen to be very good friends of mine as well and I do speak regularly to them.

You are entitled to have your own thoughts about this.

Peace out!

Sergio

About The Author

Sergio Felix

Hi, I'm Sergio Felix, founder of Marketing With Sergio. I work full time as a digital marketing expert for the retail industry managing a team of experts in departments of SEO, SEM, front-end web development and conversion rate optimisation and in my spare time I love conducting offline digital marketing workshops and teaching other entrepreneurs how to build and maintain business oriented websites with WordPress. I'm highly passionate about blogging, writing, music, jogging, entrepreneurship and personal development.

56 Comments

  • Bruce Hoover

    Reply Reply June 13, 2012

    Wow you hit it out of the park with the week 1 Quick Start assignment. From the look of your blog you didn’t just start this so when is your break free of a job date?

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 13, 2012

      Hey Bruce,

      It’s funny that you say that because that’s exactly what I thought about your video presentation on Dean’s course but thank you for the kind comment man, I really appreciate it.

      As for breaking free goes, I already gave up taking gigs (I’m an IT guy so I normally work on projects that have a start and end date) and so far, I am still struggling but I feel it so near already.

      I think it is happening this year, what about you, are you doing good online already?

      Bummer that I wanted to know more about you and there’s not much about you on your blog but I can tell you may have a plan for that so I’ll be patient.

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out on me, I really appreciate it Bruce, take care and speak soon! ;-)

  • Patrick Griffin

    Reply Reply June 13, 2012

    Hi Sergio,
    I love your blog posts.
    I am not surprised you spent took two days writing this post.
    It is well researched, informative and a joy to read.
    Quality stuff from start to finish.
    Patrick

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 13, 2012

      Thank you Pat!

      I always try to provide the best information I can and reading your comment just made my day bro.

      Really hope this can open a few more eyes for the beginners, that would be a better reward than an affiliate commission.

      Take care and speak soon man.

      PS. I have a looot of stuff to share here, I can’t wait! ;-)

  • Sherwood

    Reply Reply June 13, 2012

    Hola Mi Amigo!
    Sorry if I am a bit presumptuous LOL but I wanted first to say that you have done a great job so far as I can see…:)
    Further, your self posed questions are spot on except for me #2 was a roadblock until I changed it to “Am I taking action no matter what??” It may not be exactly correct or may not get “Ohs” and “Ahs” but I have seen some pretty ugly websites that were making tons of cash LOL
    Keep it up, good luck on the Challenge and hope to see you on SKYPE (if someone will only start a group LOL)
    Sherwood

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 13, 2012

      Hey Sherwood,

      Nice Spanish and thank you for the compliments too!

      I think your question is better than mine… since I wasn’t taking action because I always felt something wasn’t right.

      Doing stuff “no matter what” definitely contributes to be making progress. I think that marketing is something that either you embrace it and roll with it (along with all the punches) or you don’t do anything and finally quit.

      Hope to see you around (you have the drive so I know I will) and if you ever get stuck, feel free to come over and give me a shout.

      Thanks for the good wishes and stopping by Sherwood, all the best! ;-)

  • Keith Sneed

    Reply Reply June 13, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    I just want to say that your site is legit my friend. You seem to have a lot of wisdom for not being a “guru”. lol I actually found myself reading most of this post. It was well written and informative, obviously intriguing enough that I read almost all of it.

    Anyway I just wanted to say thank you for your kind words and for dropping by my site. I look forward to working along side you in this field. Down the road I can easily see promoting your products. Keep up the good work man.

    To your continued success,
    Keith

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 13, 2012

      Hey Keith,

      Thank you for the great compliment and I’m definitely far from being a “guru”. ;-)

      A good relationship starts with a great comment and you have just done that so if you ever need anything just give me a shout man, I’m always around and willing to help.

      Take care and speak soon Keith! ;-)

      • Keith Sneed

        Reply Reply June 14, 2012

        Thought you’d want to see that you got some spotlight action on Marc Milburn’s new bonus wordpress plugin. Haha
        I saw your name come up first on his list of students (sounds a lot like Dean’s blogroll, huh?) and then he clicked on your site in the video. Just thought it was pretty cool that your blog got a little more attention from the Online Wealth Blueprint group. :)

        • Sergio Félix

          Reply Reply June 14, 2012

          Oh man, I wasn’t even aware you were also an OWB student, that’s very cool!

          I just watched Marc’s video and saw exactly what you said, now I owe Marc one! haha

          So you are on Marc’s coaching class and also on Dean’s hmmm I think you are already prepared for success with these guys.

          I loved the idea from Dean’s blogroll, in fact I actually wrote it on my whiteboard as a to-do thing because that’s something I could definitely program. (I’m not a programmer but I know a bit of php and databases so maaaaybe I can attempt to start writing software)

          Thanks for letting me know and man, I’m already starting to get hooked on your blog, if you need any help give me a shout!

          Speak soon and to your success! ;-)

          • Keith Sneed

            Reply Reply June 14, 2012

            Yeah I didn’t know you were on Marc’s OWB either until I saw your post. lol Pretty cool that we’ve come from some of the same training.

            I love Marc’s content, it’s very well done and complete. My only complaint (which is an odd complaint) is that he explains almost too much… lol By that I mean his videos are very long because he usually goes over every detail twice. Great information, but after an 80 minute long video, I’m exhausted. ;)

            I’m trying to implement both Dean and Marc’s systems because they’re so similar. By the way, do you know if/when Marc is going to finish the modules?

            That’s very cool that you know a lot on the technical side. I want to learn more but I know it will take a lot of time. Being able to program would be very helpful.

            Thanks for the offer, I’ll definitely be in touch if I come across a problem in the IT realm! I’m not sure all of what I can offer, but I’d also be happy to help with whatever I can.

            Will talk soon,
            Keith

            • Sergio Félix

              June 14, 2012

              Oh man, I am totally clueless about when is Marc going to finish the rest of the OWB modules.

              I know he had a very rough time moving to his own place and now that he is finally moved, I believe he has a major product launch coming very soon (including about $10,000 in cash prizes) so I have no idea.

              I can ask him though ;-)

              About Marc’s style, I actually like it because he leaves no space for mistakes but I agree the videos are really long too.

              And for not having something to offer in return, don’t worry, I know you will have plenty when you start doing your own products and stuff.

              Take it easy and don’t forget to set your twitter and facebook handles on your site. ;-)

  • Munir Nathoo

    Reply Reply June 13, 2012

    Hey Sergio, I am also on Dean Holland’s QSC and very new to online marketing. I was checking out all the participants sites on the blogroll after today’s webinar and I think I spent most of my day on your site! There’s a lot of good info for a newbie like me and your blogs are very well written. Great site! Hope I can build one like it soon…

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 14, 2012

      Hey Munir,

      Great to have another fellow student here!

      I have written everything you need to have a blog looking exactly like this one (or even better!) so I hope you can learn a lot from this place and if you have any particular questions, just give me a shout and I’ll be more than glad to help.

      Thanks for stopping by and the kind comment as well, speak soon Munir! ;-)

  • Michelle Stevens

    Reply Reply June 14, 2012

    Hey Sergio, great looking blog. I’m thinking you’ve not just started it?
    It’s great to see someone else sinking their teeth into Dean Holland’s challenge and taking massive action!!!
    Remember “action takers are money makers”

    Speak son
    Michelle

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 14, 2012

      Hello Michelle,

      You’re right, the first blog post is from October 2011 although I also had another blog a bit older than this one but it hasn’t been that long or maybe time flies! ;-)

      “Action takers are money makers” I loved that!

      Thanks for the great comment and I wish you all the best with DH’s course. If you need anything let me know.

      Take care and speak soon Michelle! ;-)

  • Craig Blair

    Reply Reply June 14, 2012

    Hi Sergio, You know, we (in DHs QSC) have been instructed to post on everyone’s blog… and I tried, but like my Daddy told me “if you can’t say anything nice…..” but there ARE some gems amongst us… and clearly, you are one of them.

    I appreciate your blog, your intro the marketers that you know, and your willingness to share.

    You also made a point that I wholly believe in: You Gotta Sell Something!

    Luckily, I found that “something” and have been selling online for a few years now with good results…
    UNTIL: Panda and Penguin!

    It seems Google believes that one-page sales letters are not valuable, and therefore they knocked me down and my sales plummeted. Now, I’ve decided to jump into the IM niche (which I was always too busy to implement) with the help of Dean and others like yourself.

    I hope that you and I can form a working relationship that benefits us both, and especially those that follow us along this path…

    Here’s to our success and to the success of all of Dean’s students…

    Please keep in touch,

    Craig

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 14, 2012

      Hey Craig,

      First of all thank you for the amazing comment my man and for stopping by.

      I understand your issue with Google right now, in fact everything that has “SEO” in the title, is an instant turn off for me.

      Google has changed so much the rules that nobody seems to know what the heck do they actually want because it is definitely not great content but to benefit more and more themselves.

      The answer for this is to not rely at ALL on them.

      I actually wanted to post an article about this whole Google nonsense for a while ago but haven’t had the time yet but as a bit of a sneak peak maybe, I am not caring for Google or their ranks anymore.

      I’d rather write for people and make the traffic come because they like the site, not because Google decides (or not) to show me on their results.

      I can differentiate tire kickers from action takers from within a mile and I know you’re one of the doers so yeah man, by all means let’s connect and I’ll be around if you ever need me.

      Take care and talk soon Craig.

      Thanks for the kind comment and stopping by too! ;-)

  • Rudy Christoph

    Reply Reply June 14, 2012

    Hi Sergio

    It’s great to see that that you started taking massive action.

    Congratulations with your blog, published posts and your about me page, all good stuff here going on!

    I’m on the same 4 week coaching and it’s a good thing there’s Dean and a few others to guide us.

    My goal is to make $10 and of course finish all the tasks Dean sets us and after that, keep doing what is required until I will be successful like Dean!

    Good luck to all of us!

    Regards,
    Rudy

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 14, 2012

      Hey Rudy, thank you for your great comment my man!

      I like your goals, even if it was just $1 because after that, it’s just rinse and repeat.

      I went over to your site and after reading your About Me page, I discovered you have an IT background so welcome aboard colleague! ;-)

      Having an IT background is sometimes a bit more difficult to get started with Internet Marketing since we tend to question what the heck are we being told to do (at least it happens in my case).

      So if you ever have any questions, just let me know.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your online starting here, I know you are on the right path already.

      Take care and speak soon Rudy! ;-)

  • birman

    Reply Reply June 14, 2012

    I love the style of your blog, it alone has been very inspirational, as well as helpful to me. I couldn’t agree with you more, about having a mentor, but making sure that you are the one with your own last word. I enjoyed your point of view.
    ~Carolyn

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 14, 2012

      Hey Carolyn, thank you for your kind comment.

      Right now I’m super busy creating a product but I will completely stop tomorrow to include a few things for newbies in the menus so people can easily find where to start and be aware of the basic things that need to get done when starting up a blog.

      Thank you for stopping by and hope to speak soon Carolyn!

      PS. Give me a shout if you need some techie help with your site ;-)

  • Nathan

    Reply Reply June 14, 2012

    Hi Sergio,

    You’ve definitely gone the whole 9 yards with your blog, well done, I’m enjoying Deans challenge so far and I like his “Do as I do” style, Good luck

    Nathan

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 14, 2012

      Hey Nathan,

      Thank you for stopping by my friend and your kind comment as well.

      I also happen to enjoy trainings that are “Do as I Do” instead of just theory that is not applied.

      In fact, this blog was built showcasing everything I have done with it on posts but since those are all over the place, I’ll organize that so they are easier to find.

      Thanks for stopping by and speak soon, take care Nathan! ;-)

  • Phyllis Breech

    Reply Reply June 14, 2012

    You looking like a blogging pro here Sergio! Great job on the blog! I too like you style. I am also in IT. I have a software development company. Like you i am trying to expand my online experience.
    Best blessings,
    phyllis

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 14, 2012

      Hey Phyllis,

      Thank you so much for the kind comment and another IT colleague, that’s amazing!

      I was checking out your site for software development and even though I already told you what I think on your own site, I’ll repeat it here: that site freaking ROCKS!

      Congratulations for taking massive action, hope to be part of your success too.

      Take care and speak soon Phyllis! ;-)

      Sergio

  • Kabelo

    Reply Reply June 15, 2012

    Sergio,

    This post will help many a person that have made the mental switch and decided to get a coach. It presents a no-fluff insight into who the real people are that give out money. But of course, this post is minow against the Shiny Object Syndrome so the newbies will still persue the allure of quick riches and skimpily clad girls.

    Well, thanks for letting me speak my mind,

    Kabelo

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 15, 2012

      Hey Kabelo,

      Great comment and yeah, a newbie will remain a newbie until s/he decides to step their game up and become more knowledgeable.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, I really appreciate it.

      Speak soon and take care! ;-)

  • Sorina Dascalu

    Reply Reply June 15, 2012

    Hi Sergio

    Yours is probably the best posts I’ve read in this challenge. Thank you for everything, I was really curios about some success stories. And now that I am enlightened, I must confess you something – I bought Alex Jeffrey’s WSO, “Marketing With Alex”, but after a week or so I asked for a refund because the membership site had some problems (the videos were overlapping the sidebar and was impossible to get to all the sections). When I saw that I just thought he was not serious, I imagined a successful person would have paid a good designer to make sure the website is flawless.

    Now I know my first impression was wrong, now I know who Alex Jeffrey is and regret asking that refund.

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 15, 2012

      Hey Sorina,

      Thank you for your really kind comment!

      There were a few problems with MWA when they were getting the course reopened for 2012.

      I know this because I was constantly reading the forum’s thread and when I noticed they already had way more than 1,000+ sales made, I knew the support was going to be a bit crazy to handle.

      They took care of the bugs and I’m not sure how they are doing lately but I know Alex’s stuff is normally over the top.

      My rough guess is that people like Alex, never wait until everything is perfect, they get it going and I have seen the same approach with other marketers too.

      No matter if someone says the opposite, I have seen this happening many times with other marketers and their trainings only this time, the problem was in the site’s design.

      Anyway, glad you liked the article, I really tried to make it easy to read for other QSC members and I just wanted to highlight the good aspects of being working with Dean and that you guys are in good hands!

      Take care and speak soon Sorina! ;-)

      PS. You have a wonderful looking site, good job!!

  • Luca

    Reply Reply June 15, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    Lucas here again – sorry mate, that I return (just responded to your kind comment on my blog). Wanted to compliment you for a) a great site b) the excellent run down of the “guru’s” above. Just gave me another few days of solid research and learnings picking – so thanks!

    I couldn’t agree more about your reference to due diligence. Spot on! The unfortunate truth is that so many WSO’s (and OTOs) are around and so many people jump in blind sided by fantastic squeeze pages only to be lost in wasteland. Real shame. This is in fact exactly what drove me to opt for Dean’s course in that as much as my due diligence when, Dean is for real – which I conclude you believe as well.

    Thanks again Sergio and all the best.

    Cheers, Lucas

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 15, 2012

      Hey Lucas, no problema you can return as many times as you want! ;-)

      Thank you for your support and I really like that you got some important retro from this post.

      The first three marketers I mentioned (Patrick, Benjamin and Mike) are successful already but still building their brand and their online businesses.

      The four Alex Jeffreys studens mentioned (Marc, James, Matt and Dean) are big marketers who are just expanding their businesses now and all of them have very intensive trainings on their own.

      About WSOs and OTOs I tend to buy more products than I should but it’s normally because I am researching how do they market their products and what the content quality is.

      Thanks for stopping by and hope to speak many more times in the near future! ;-)

  • Donald Gadson

    Reply Reply June 15, 2012

    Sergio my man! This is such an awesome post. It’s loaded with history, content, and personality. Thanks so much for sharing with the world!

    Like you said: ‘I really wanted to get Dean’s course because I want to get to know him and his work a little bit better since I really like the energy he injects into what he does and a little extra advice won’t hurt me at all right?”

    I could not agree more!

    I’ m pumped about getting to see and hear more from you.

    Donald

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 15, 2012

      Hey Donald,

      So thrilled you liked the post man!

      Thank you for the kind comment and I can only say the same about your own site, let’s talk soon bro! ;-)

  • Jens P. Berget

    Reply Reply June 15, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    It seems that it’s a good thing to be offline for a few days, it helps us think and when that happens something brilliant usually happens. Like your blog posts and your progress. I’ve been thinking about creating my own product for a long time as well, and now I’m almost done, probably just a week away to finish writing my first ebook for Amazon (Kindle). I have no idea if it’ll be making me any money at all, but this is my first product that I’ll be selling for money (I’ve been giving away some free ebooks I’ve written in the past, that’s all).

    Happy Friday Sergio.

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 15, 2012

      Hey Jens,

      I know the quality of your marketing content and your writing style, I KNOW you could easily charge for your books man so don’t be afraid of that and just go for it.

      You know we are rooting for you!

      Take care and have a great weekend Jens ;-)

  • Jackie

    Reply Reply June 15, 2012

    Sergio – Thanks for this post and raising the question – who are these ‘gurus’ and ‘beomming guru” guys, really? What can we find out about them before we decide if we want to walk their walk and talk their talk? What do we REALLY know, and how much of it is their own marketing?
    It would be so good to just go meet them at an IM gathering somewhere and make a real first impression, but, might not be possible – mainly because how often can you find out about these conferences in time to rearrange your life to go given job and family responsibilities etc.?

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 15, 2012

      Hey Jackie,

      Those are questions that I asked myself all the time before so I know exactly how you feel.

      About physical conferences, I have heard that the best relationships have been built on these gatherings, many don’t like them, many do.

      I’ve never been to one but I do plan to start attending a few as soon as it becomes financially possible.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your point of view, have a great weekend too Jackie! ;-)

  • Shane

    Reply Reply June 15, 2012

    Hi Sergio,

    You win for best site I have seen so far among us student’s of Dean. You could use this blog post part where you profiled successful IMers to create a free WSO to build a list. I would certainly subscribe to read about what other successful people have done to get there.

    Looking forward to checking our your site more. Thanks, Shane

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 15, 2012

      Hey Shane,

      Wow man, thanks for the amazing comment, it just made my day!

      And free WSOs… hmm don’t know how I completely forgot about that opportunity so thanks for the reminder and the tip, I really appreciate it.

      Thank you for stopping by and the really cool comment, hope you have an awesome weekend Shane! ;-)

  • Bibs

    Reply Reply June 15, 2012

    Hi Sergio,

    If I bought a $1,997 coaching program then I’ll take action! I only paid $11-12 for this challenge and I feel that I really need to do what Dean says.

    Good luck to you Sergio!

    Regards,
    Bibs

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 16, 2012

      Hey Bibs,

      Every marketer is different, I have found people that over deliver incredible in exchange for just one dollar (hoping to bank on the back-end) and people who you won’t learn one thing and you could go as high as $4,997 with an up-front fee.

      These are just numbers to marketers so never think that something else (scrupulous) is involved in these kind of transactions.

      Good luck to you too and thank you for your support Bibs! ;-)

  • Adrienne

    Reply Reply June 16, 2012

    What a great post Sergio!

    First off, glad you took some time off and just enjoyed yourself. I know for me it is really needed in order to just refresh yourself. Sounds like you got a lot of questions answered during that time too.

    Ah, the success story guys. I love reading about people and how they got started. I admire those that study under someone and then take immediate action. I was a student of Alex’s as well but with his course I got more out of the blogging which is how mine was able to take off like it did. I still haven’t gotten around to creating a course of my own but I have other avenues I’m building my business so I’m happy.

    I was introduced to Dean through Alex’s course because he used him as a perfect example of taking massive action. I have no doubt whatever he offers will be worth every single penny.

    Thank you for sharing this with us Sergio and I know you’re on the right track. You’re going to be one of these guys they write about soon too. Watch out, it’s coming.

    Have a great weekend my friend.

    ~Adrienne

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 16, 2012

      Hey Adrienne, glad you liked it!

      Taking some time off helped me a lot because I had too much going on in my head already.

      Yeah I remember you told me you were an Alex’s student once and if your blog succeeded that much because of that, then I bet it is a damn good training course then!

      I know you are super busy building your business so don’t worry about the product creation thingy (for now) hosting that webinar you have been planning is going to be a huge improvement and a giant step forward business-wise.

      Thanks for all the continued support Adrienne, I really appreciate the encouragement and I hope your words come true too!

      Take care and have a wonderful weekend as well Adrienne! ;-)

  • Tim

    Reply Reply June 16, 2012

    Hi Sergio,
    Thanks for visiting my website and for the kind greeting. Regarding Adsense, yes they deliver payments by check but I have yet to hit the $50 or $100 payment thresh hold so I haven’t got one yet. I should probably check my account again and pay attention to where these Adsense earnings are coming from, but I am pretty sure they are from the 3 micro-niche blogs I bought from a Warrior in the Warrior Forum almost a year ago.

    Anyhow, I really like your blog! Wishing you the best in the Quick Start Challenge. Keep in touch. What kind of IT stuff do you do specifically?

    -Tim

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 16, 2012

      Hey Tim, thanks for the feedback.

      I’m planning to start a project site soon and I want to do the initial monetization with Adsense, I want to see what happens and if it is something worth my time.

      Specifically IT stuff I do? Hmmm I don’t think I would ever end speaking about that, but if I limit this to the latest things I did (I’m no longer available for hire):

      I used to be a SAP Analyst and developed transactions for the FI, CO, and HR modules.

      I also became Kronos Certified (a time & attendance solution) and there I created mainly interfaces that did complex calculations which interacted with SAP and calculated a 32K employee payroll.

      Possibly the most relevant stuff, is that not long ago I became project manager for a university gig.

      I had to build a couple physical servers (One windows-based for SQL and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for ColdFusion and Apache).

      I had to choose the equipment, install, configure, administer and maintain every single thing involved in those servers (hardware & software)

      The project involved ColdFusion programming, PHP, Javascript, XHTML&CSS, SQL, MySQL, Adobe Suite and some other applications that are not too relevant.

      I had to get certified for this so I became a Microsoft Technology Specialist with focus on SQL Database Administration and Maintenance.

      I have done a lot more crazy things but I don’t want to bore you either haha so yeah, lots of stuff but master of none.

      Thanks for stopping by and hope you rock the QSC challenge Tim as well!

      Take care and enjoy your weekend! ;-)

  • Denny Basham

    Reply Reply June 16, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    Man this posting is amazing. I can’t figure out how the heck you didn’t win the Week 1 QSC. I guess they figured that you were already well on your way since you have so many comments and posts.

    Is this a new BLOG for you and if so has all of the traffic been generated by BLOG hopping and the Warrior Forum? If so, amazing job. I can’t believe how many comments you have. You must have visited everyone in the class by now which is an amazing accomplishment.

    Now I feel like my writing is a little bit banal and not a substantive as your information. I just seem to be writing about things happening in my life but your stuff is quality. I really need to step up my game. Great job!

    –Denny
    Why be different when you can different be?

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 16, 2012

      Hey Denny, thanks for the wonderful comment my man!

      I used to have a previous blog before this one in which I wrote for about three months or so (if I remember correctly) and this one is about 8 months old so that would be around one year blogging.

      The traffic is generated mainly from blog hopping, twitter, facebook and youtube, nothing else.

      But don’t be fooled, it is not a constant stream of traffic at all. If I don’t publish anything the traffic practically drops dead immediately so readers just come when there’s new content I guess lol

      The amount of comments you are seeing right now, is from people reciprocating that I went to their site and left them a comment there.

      If you see my previous posts they all have less than 15 comments including my own so it looks like a really crowded place but it’s really not.

      About banal writing, I think it is okay, in fact, I have seen that people become more interested when I don’t talk about technology than when I do (the posts about wordpress are the articles with less comments in the entire blog) so you can write a mix of things, I really don’t think it’s that bad.

      If you get interested, I am thinking of starting a new project which it will be a blog but zero marketing, more of the things I do everyday (not that I’m important LOL) but as I am starting to like to write more, there are things I can’t just write in here.

      I have a ‘personal’ category but I still don’t think it should be there at all.

      Thanks Denny for stopping by and just keep pushing forward. This game is about not quitting and being focused.

      All the best and have a great weekend my man! ;-)

  • Ely Shemer

    Reply Reply June 19, 2012

    Awesome post Sergio! If you can keep this up (and get more efficient doing it, so you can get more done) you are definitely going places!

    Love your blog my friend :)

    Ely
    P.S. It was nice seeing Marc’s red hair in here :) He’s a great guy.

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 19, 2012

      Hey Ely, thanks a lot for your kind comment!

      And you are right, I can’t be possibly spending this much time “crafting” a blog post. I used to do them in half an hour before but now with all the video recording, research, etc, it always takes at least half a day when I do it “fast”.

      Good luck on Dean’s Challenge, so far it has been awesome to participate on it.

      Take care and thank you for stopping by Ely.

      PS. Yeah Marc is indeed, an awesome guy. ;-)

  • Kaye

    Reply Reply June 20, 2012

    Hola Sergio

    Wow, this is a very comprehensive post. Well done!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

    You’re already miles ahead with the loof and feel of your blog and your tech know-how.
    I had to learn WP in the last 2 weeks.

    See you on the challenge!

    Cheers,

    Kaye

    p.s. Yes, everyone keeps saying my name is Catalan too.

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply June 20, 2012

      Hey Kaye,

      Well I had to start somewhere with WordPress too so don’t worry, you’ll get to master it really soon!

      Thanks for the feedback and I wish you the best on Dean’s Challenge. ;-)

      PS. Catalán, of course! That’s great to know, thanks.

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