Clickfunnels Alternative

Clickfunnels Alternative – How To Save Up To $3236 Per Year On Your Sales Funnel

Your online sales funnel contains 3 to 5 of your most valuable web pages you will ever create.

“Click Funnels” is being aggressively marketed for reasons we will discuss later as the only solution available to quickly and easily create sales funnels online.

As you'll learn in this post… That is not true.

There are simple and effective click funnels alternatives available that can save you hundreds of dollars per month and thousands of dollars per year which you are able to invest in Facebook advertising instead.

Why am I interested in sharing with you my ClickFunnels alternative?

Simple… Clickfunnels did me wrong. 

I bought into the hype around ClickFunnels that's being portrayed by their affiliates who all earn 40% commissions.

Those affiliates are not telling the full story and paint click funnels as a “bug-free”, stable solution with great support… Which it is not.  And their support is less than helpful…

With Click Funnels' decision to pay 40% of monthly fees in affiliate commissions, that also makes them overpriced by at least 40%…

Then you take the companies cut out and you are overpaying by literally 60% plus compared to investing a few hours in building your own sales funnel.

Are you prepared to throw $3236 down the drain every year to save a few hours???  

My time is valuable, but not THAT valuable, which is why I choose to save that money and use the DIY option you are about to learn here today.

Because it is more valuable to invest that $3,236 per year in more Facebook advertising!

Which brings us to an important question that you are probably asking: “How much does this DIY sales funnel cost?”

I did a full price comparison between Clickfunnels and a WordPress funnel here.

But as you are about to learn it will cost approximately $300-$500 per year to operate…. Whereas Clickfunnels can cost upwards of $4000 per year to operate, again with 40% of that going to pay for affiliate commissions.

In the video series below where I detail how to build your own sales funnel as a click funnels alternative at about a 90% reduced cost to you…

Yes, I am forgoing large commissions from ClickFunnels by not promoting Click Funnels, but I cherish my integrity and could not promote an overpriced and sub-par solution simply for the money.

That is simply greed… And I'd rather be honest and be of service to you in showing you a better way.

Instead, you will learn about the exact system, tools, and software I use to run my successful sales funnels and my businesses that have generated over 1 million dollars in revenue online that my wife and I built from the ground up with zero investment.

Whether you are a bootstrapped entrepreneur, a complete noob to Internet marketing, or a small business owner who wants to leverage the power of sales funnels but appreciates the concept of a lean startup…

This ClickFunnels alternative DIY sales funnel video series below is designed with you in mind.

I cover every single step from installing WordPress and the theme, to configuring the theme your autoresponder in your merchant account, and ultimately to creating your membership area your product delivery pages your products in your checkout pages.

The DIY Sales funnel video series will continue to evolve as I add on new videos explaining additional functionalities that click funnels has that are easily replaced with this WordPress sales funnel.

With that said, the core sales funnel creation process is complete and it took for videos approximately four hours of videoFor me to explain every step in the process and every option you have.

Ready to get started building your own funnels alternative? Great!

I'm here to walk you through the process, step-by-step…. So let's jump in!

Video One: Install WordPress, Build your basic funnel and integrate your email service provider.

In this first video, we build a fully functional affiliate marketing funnel that we evolve into a membership funnel or sales funnel that sells an online course in the future videos.

I walk you through every one of these steps in the video above so you can follow along and be guided through the process to guarantee you are successful at setting up your sales funnel.

The first step is to get your WordPress hosting set up: http://www.milesbeckler.com/hosting

Once the hosting is set up we configure the WordPress platform for security, search engine optimization, and compatibility with our theme and funnel building software.

The second step is to obtain and install our theme: http://www.milesbeckler.com/thrive

Third, we add the funnel building plug-in from the theme company and begin to actually create the sales funnel.

Fourth, we set up your email service provider: http://www.milesbeckler.com/aweber

Then we configure your email list with your funnel so your leads are able to receive your autoresponder emails.

I don't cover exactly how to create your free giveaway or the theory behind the copy I'm using in this affiliate marketing funnel because I have covered those in depth in other posts and videos.

By the time you have finished this video you will have a complete affiliate marketing sales funnel created that is ready to run Facebook advertising or other traffic to it.

Video one and a half: Setting up your custom email address at your new domain name.

It is important to use a custom email address at your domain name in order to get the highest deliverability rates in Aweber. Also, your subscribers will feel a more personal connection with you when they receive your automated follow up emails from yourname@yourdomain.com

Video two: Content marketing and WordPress customization.

In this video, we take a  quick step beyond the funnel to look at how WordPress can be an effective foundation for a powerful content marketing campaign.

My wife and I drive nearly 1 million visits per month from our WordPress websites from the content marketing efforts over the last several years.

For someone on a bootstrap budget, content marketing is the least expensive and most powerful traffic option available to you.

If you are simply wanting to run Facebook pay per click advertising and that's all, this video is optional… But I still recommend that you watch because you will learn the basics of customizing WordPress which is important to understand even at just a theory level.

By the end of video two, you will have your core pages and your first blog content published and optimized for the search engines.

You will also have begun the process of customizing the look of your website and theme through word presses customization feature.

Additionally, you understand how to manage the menus, the widgets, the sidebar, and more.

Video three: Creating your member's area and product delivery pages

In this video, you learn how to leverage one of the themes most powerful and underutilized functionalities to build out your own members area or product delivery pages.

Whether you are creating a modulated course, a fixed duration membership program, delivering an e-book as a product or creating a monthly coaching program…

This video shows you exactly how to build the members area where you deliver the products you will sell from your sales funnel.

This is the exact system my wife and I use to manage our membership area that contains nearly 300 lessons in dozens of modules under eight main categories.

This system works perfect for simple product delivery and can be leveraged for very large courses with a complex module and lesson structures like the one we have built.

This functionality is more than a click funnels alternative… The unlimited functionality and customization of this membership area is 100 times better than the functionality you receive with click funnels' membership area.

Video four: Adding your shopping cart, Receiving payments for products and protecting your paid content.

In this video, you learn how to protect the content you structured in video three, for your member's area…

Since that content is for paid customers and members only, you need a way to protect or hide that content from public's view…

So people who did not purchase can not find and download your course materials.

Additionally, you will learn exactly how to install and configure your shopping cart so you can sell products, memberships or services.

You do have multiple choices when it comes to the shopping cart system and membership plug-in that you choose for your WordPress sales funnel.

The beginning of this video covers the four main options that are worthy of your consideration.

These are the 4 mentioned and be sure to watch this segment to know which is best for you!.

  1. eStore – http://www.milesbeckler.com/estore
  2. MemberMouse – http://www.milesbeckler.com/membermouse Recommended
  3. Thrive Cart – http://www.milesbeckler.com/thrivecart
  4. Sam Cart – http://www.milesbeckler.com/samcart

At approximately 19 minutes into video 4, I help you understand why Member Mouse is the most likely to work for you and we begin the process of installing and configuring that shopping cart.

You will learn how to set up your main checkout pages, login pages and other core pages that make sales funnel function.

You will learn how to create products and integrate with payment a way so you can charge users for the products and services you sell.

You also learn how to protect your content that is for paid customers and paying members so that your website visitors who have purchased an item can automatically receive access to the item…. that visitors who have not purchased the

Also to make sure that visitors who have not purchased the item do not have the ability to see or access the downloads.

Video Five : Testing Your Funnel!

Before running paid traffic you need to be sure that your funnel, your shopping cart and payment processor are all working correctly.  This video shows you how!

First, you will learn how to put both your shopping cart and your payment processor into ‘Test Mode' so you can run a test and see what the user experience is like.

Then you will learn how to put your funnel back into live mode so you can test with a real transaction on your credit card which I highly recommend you doing to be sure everything is working and is configured correctly.

Video Six : Setting Up Your One Click Upsell

Adding on a one-click-upsell is one of the most powerful ways to increase your average order value allowing you to increase your budget for paid traffic.

In this video you see exactly how to set up a one-click-upsell so you are able to add on membership programs, high ticket offers, personal coaching, etc. after the user checks out for your front end product.

Video Seven: Setting up your Facebook Tracking Pixel & Custom Conversions.

In this video you learn how to add Facebook's tracking pixel to your site and how to set your funnel steps up as custom conversions.

This is a required step if you plan to run paid Facebook advertising.

Once you have that tracking in place, if you want to learn how to advertise on Facebook, click here.

The next step in the process is to setup your split tests so you can improve conversions on your landing pages and sales pages.

Video 8 : Setting up and running your split tests:

Clickfunnels claims to be the only sales funnel building tool out there which is nonsense.  As you have seen here with these videos there is a clear Clickfunnels alternative that can save you money while giving you all the performance and functionality you need.

If you have followed along you will have a complete sales funnel operating on WordPress and your total investment ( depending mainly on whether you chose annual or monthly billing for the different tools) will be between $300 and $500.

This is the exact setup my wife and I are using successfully on multiple websites.

If you found this click funnels alternative post and these DIY sales funnel videos helpful, please let me know in the comments below so I know to create more of them for you in the future.

If you have any questions specific to the or steps covered in any of the videos above please leave me a comment and I will reply as quickly as possible.

Thank you and I hope you have found this video series and blog post helpful… It took an insane amount of time and energy to create these videos and this post for you 😀

That said… I'm happy to be of service,

Miles

About the Author Miles

Miles is a full time internet marketer who sells information products and a niche membership program with his wife, Melanie. Together they have created a lifestyle business that allows them true location independence and this blog where you get to see behind the scenes and see how they have built their online business from scratch.

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129 comments
joshlenz@gmail.com says May 12, 2017

BALLER!!

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    Miles says May 13, 2017

    Hahahah…. #BallinOnABudget 😀

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Kim says May 15, 2017

Watched your video series, super valuable info. But I’m confused with regards to what software to use. You don’t recommend ClickFunnels in this blog post, but you do recommend CF on your Recommended tools page. Suggestions?

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    Miles says May 15, 2017

    Simply not a matter of updating that page in a while and honestly forgetting that was up there… For most people, WordPress as setup here is a far better solution especially if budget is of any concern. I’ll be updating that recommended tools page here today. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

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Why I Left Clickfunnels - And Why I'm So Glad I Did - Miles Beckler says May 15, 2017

[…] Since then, I have migrated my site over to this Clickfunnels Alternative. […]

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    YT says July 11, 2017

    Great stuffs! . Thanks so much for detailing everything!

    Was about to switch to clickfunnel from Shopify but was intermidated by the price. Though our sales all happen on other market places but we still plan to have our own Econmmerce site.

    Q1 Do you still suggest WordPress then?

    Q2 which auto responder do you recommend ?

    Thank you!

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      Miles says July 15, 2017

      I don’t do anything in the eCommerce space beyond a few products on Amazon. WordPress has a great plugin system for eCommerce called Woo Commerce that is a solid Shopify alternative. Worth checking out and that is probably what I’d use.

      I like Aweber for people just starting out because it is simple to setup and has the best deliverability in the industry…

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Choosing Your Marketing Funnel Platform - Miles Beckler says May 15, 2017

[…] In my professional opinion, you have two choices. First, there is ClickFunnels and second, there is a WordPress based funnel which is the best Clickfunnels Alternative. […]

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My Six Figure Membership Funnel Hack - Miles Beckler says May 15, 2017

[…] If you are curious about the ‘tech' behind this membership program, I cover all of that along with step-by-step instructions on how to build it, in this post here. […]

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Aryi says May 17, 2017

Now even though this is all new to me. Your site was accurate and to the point I didn’t feel as though it was all over the place. I haven’t brought into ClickFunnels because honestly the videos don’t keep my attention and all the rah-rah is a turn off for me. I’m not interested in being an affiliate I want to focus on building my coaching business and reaching my intended audience.

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    Miles says May 17, 2017

    Great to hear Aryi! Staying focused on helping others has been one of my keys to success, for sure!

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David Shihadeh says May 23, 2017

you are great, I love your videos..

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    Miles says May 24, 2017

    Thanks David!

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c.marshall@hotmail.co.uk says May 24, 2017

Hey Miles
You’ve mentioned that click funnels was great for anyone that has little tech skills, does wordpresss have a similar offer
By the way I’m steaming thru your you tube series right now,
I’m at a point where I’m ready to build my first funnel its crazy cause 2 weeks ago I was planning to hire someone to build out a site but having watched your series It’s all become clear
Thanks you

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    Miles says May 24, 2017

    If the videos in this series here look easy enough to do on your own, I do think WordPress is a far better solution. It really is easy to build out on WordPress… Have seen dozens of readers build funnels with no previous experience… To me, a little effort to save thousands per year is always worth it! lol.

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brian says May 25, 2017

Is it applicable for e-commerce if you have more than 1 product to sell?

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    Miles says May 25, 2017

    Are they physical products? …or digital download products? We sell nearly 100 different digital products from our setup this is modeled after. If you are doing digital products, there is a plugin called ‘woo commerce’ that ties into WordPress to turn it into a full-on e-commerce store.

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      brian says May 26, 2017

      Yes it physical products. Furthermore, what is the advantage of this compare using shopify?

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        Miles says May 26, 2017

        First off… I don’t do much in the ecommerce space. Woo Commerce’s benefits are price and the ability to customize (being WordPress based you have full control)… That said, Shopify is great because it takes a few clicks and you are up and running.

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sekigwa says May 28, 2017

I agree with you, if you’re in budget i think clickfunnels is a little bit overpriced and there are cheaper solutions for that

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    Miles says May 28, 2017

    Funny part is, some of the cheaper solutions offer more customization and better organic traffic opportunities! More value for less $$ seems like the way to go, to me!

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tham keen fung says May 29, 2017

hi miles, you are brilliant and you are generous.

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    Miles says June 2, 2017

    You are very kind… Thank you.

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      allan says December 5, 2017

      hi miles,

      i’m selling physical products online and one of the features of clickfunnels that i like is the post-payment upsell. do the alternative you are talking about have that? if not, do you know of other alternatives that offer this?

      tnx.

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        Miles says December 5, 2017

        Upsells are not unique to Clickfunnels at all… In fact, I think all the carts I show can do one-click-upsells. Can I ask why you are not considering Shopify if you are doing physical products?

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Jesse says May 31, 2017

Wow !
You write some great detailed articles. Thanks alot.
I will be going through this and digging in to get a funnel up and going.

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    Miles says June 2, 2017

    Right on! Taking action is key… I look forward to seeing what you create!

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Peter says June 14, 2017

I don’t know how I got here, but I sure am lucky I did! Thank you Miles! I just don’t know what else to say — thank you.

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    Miles says June 18, 2017

    Glad the content found you! Glad you like it!

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John says June 16, 2017

Hey Miles, first of all thx so much for your many videos and straightforward approach…I am brand, brand, new to all of this and really don’t have a product of my own…I’m a speaker/clean comedian who is looking for a way to supplement income with a flexible schedule until my speaking/comedy bookings are enough for full time pay…my question is do your videos help someone understand how to use wordpress to create a funnel for affiliate products? Since I don’t have my own product/business I need to create traffic for others’ products and earn commissions I think…any advice/suggestions would help.

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    Miles says June 18, 2017

    Video 1 is really the key to an affiliate funnel… the ‘thank you’ page after opting in can offer an affiliate product. It is called a bridge page. This is how most people start, to prove the lead gen system works, and you can convert traffic to leads and then to sales. Once you prove that, you can build your own product to replace the affiliate offer with your own offer (the rest of the videos show how to set that all up). So you can take it in phases!

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Mariella says June 16, 2017

Hi Miles. Your video’s are great. I updated now my plugins after you mention it and then happened the following. I already contacted my host but as I live in Europe they are already closed. Can you have a tip on how I can get my website working ? Fatal error: Call to a member function add_global_groups() on null in /home/serracoaching.nl/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/object-cache.php on line 144

Kind regards

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    Miles says June 18, 2017

    Disable your plugins one at a time and see if you get a different result. If no change, re activate that plugin. Keep going through the plugins one at a time and you will eventually find the one that is causing the error. Probably a plugin.

    You are using Thrive Themes, right?

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Jeremy says June 17, 2017

I’m all about Thrive themes also! I always tell people to pick it over clickfunnels so you’re content isn’t a slave to Russell Brunson lol…

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    Miles says June 18, 2017

    Gotta ‘own the racetrack’!

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affiliateneur@gmail.com says June 20, 2017

Hi Miles, I am following you on youtube, now here is my concern, I want to build a website for all my affiliate program, Im currently using a clickfunnels today, but we all know we can promote it without being a member (but im a member). Can you help me to start a website where I can add all my affiliates program also to build my list. Im not doing any ecom or dropshipping but planning in the future. For now I want to create my main website. I have a lot of blogs and 2.0 but I want to start to gather all my traffic into one place. thanks

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    Miles says June 22, 2017

    Just follow the steps here… A wordpress site like shown above will work.

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Moyo Onzo says June 24, 2017

Hi, Thank you for your advice but could you please answer my question,

I am 19 years old and I am going to launch my online course very soon within the next 10 days so my questions is ,

I am going to charge $977 for a lifetime access for my online course but I am just a little bit confused with the affiliate networks, so IF I wanna launch my online course in Jvzoo, Clickbank, etc, will the affiliates promote my online course or do I have to contact them ? 🙂

I am waiting for your response and I would really appreciate it if you can reply ASAP ! 🙂

Sincerely :)

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    Miles says June 30, 2017

    To grow a successful affiliate program you will need to put in a lot of work! You do need to nurture the relationship with affiliates to get them to promote your product.

    You also need to be sure your offer converts cold traffic! If affiliates run traffic and your offer doesn’t convert well, they will never run traffic to your offer again… So you need to be sure your funnel is highly optimized first.

    Also, I don’t think you can run a $977 product on Clickbank as a new vendor… they have limits. Never used JVZoo… so they may work.

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Steven Dotsch says June 27, 2017

Hi Miles

I think your videos are great and have given me a much better understanding about the workings of sales funnels.

Will you also develop a video regarding a ‘DIY sales funnel for physical products?

Many thanks

Best

Steven

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    Miles says June 30, 2017

    I think the same ideas apply here… When I get my free plus shipping funnels going, I’ll document that process for sure.

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Shamaila says June 29, 2017

I always thought Clickfunnels was the only funnel solution out there but wasn’t ready to fork out that much money on something I had no experience with and would probably spend time learning a lot about. So, had an idea to google alternatives, and your article popped up!

Thanks for providing us with an alternative, now I can o ahead and stufy funnel building without worrying about the cost of paying for clickfunnels 😀

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    Miles says June 30, 2017

    Right on! Glad you found this blog post and video series! Many people are having great success building their funnels in this manner, I’m confident it will work for you, too!!!

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Martin says July 1, 2017

Hi Miles,

First, thanks for all the great work!

Question…
Is it possible to create advertisement campaigns on social media to drive traffic to others’ products and services without having to create value in the middle such as videos on how to create funnels? For example, create ads on Facebook to Amazon’s books and get a commission for every sales they make through my ads. I don’t presently have something to offer and with the other commitments I have in my life (full time job, 2 children, etc.), I don’t presently have the time to invest on creating such content.

I hope my question gets to you.
Thanks again.

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    Miles says July 2, 2017

    Possible? Sure… Does it have a high probability to create a true online business you could replace a full time job with and support a family on? No way.

    Here is why… You don’t own any sort of asset in that situation. The vendor could cut you off… Income stops. The advertiser could cut you off… income stops. the vendor could copy your ads that work and out bid you… Income stops.

    When you build a list and build an audience… Then develop a relationship with that audience, no one can take that from you…

    Now some hard love for you here…. The ‘I don’t have time’ excuse is bullshit. That is a limiting belief and it flat out isn’t true.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFWniljKqU4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stD9RycSXiU

    If you have time to create ads to direct link to affiliate offers, you have time to build a real business where you create value in the marketplace.

    All you really need is an opt-in page and a free give away… Then you market you.

    Whoever is selling the idea of ‘just run ads to an affiliate product’ is either trying to get you to pay for their advertising and take on all the risk or sell you a rubbish product that is built on false promises.

    If you want to create a better life for your family and get more time, location and finacial freedom for you (and your family) it may take working from 9pm to 2am every night… Or waking up at 4am every morning to find that 3 or 4 hours per day to build this out…

    But you can do that…

    You may not WANT to…

    And that is ok… This isn’t for everyone. But everyone has time if they make it a priority.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fsm-QbN9r8

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      Martin says July 9, 2017

      Thanks Miles for the honest reply. “Hard love” never hurts 🙂
      Martin

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      khiim says October 2, 2017

      Hi Miles..Saw this here…but how do I add value to my subscribers when I am new and just get started out? What sort of content or “value” should i consider to provide to my subscribers? By the way, i am in the “make money online” niche…Thank you!

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        Miles says October 2, 2017

        Teach them how to make money online.

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      Glenn says October 28, 2017

      Good links, and good talks. I’m 57, and finally chose to making a living doing what I Love over a retirement that I could neither afford nor would ever find fulfilling.

      Good stuff, all of it. Thanks again. I’m here doing it, and partially due to your presence.

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        Miles says October 28, 2017

        Right on Glenn… Retirement is bullshit anyways. lol. We are here to create and when you find that blend of passion/service that you can create through, online… Magic happens! Now with that Retirement being B.S. comment, financial independence is absolutely a worthy goal and is possible for you with this kind of business model, but that is a much different animal!

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kelsey mitchell says July 6, 2017

Hey Miles! I have found your blog extremely helpful! I have a few questions that you may have already covered and just missed:

1. How many products do you promote at one time. Some marketers I see can have hundreds of domains with products they bump, isn’t it smarter to concentrate on a smaller group of say, 5?
2. If you are operating in a single niche, could you technically run multiple funnels on a single domain? Does this make more sense if you are building a media brand?
3. What is the benefit of a double opt in?
4. How many hours should a beginner anticipate to spend per day on launching this business (with a starting goal of $50 a day).
5. Do you find Clickbank or LaunchPulse more valuable in determining what will be a ‘good’ product to promote?

I know that’s a lot of questions! I appreciate any feedback greatly!

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    Miles says July 7, 2017

    1. It depends… There is no ‘right’ answer here… Start with one, if there is a need for more, add more.
    2. Yes! The more relevant your funnel is to what they want the better…
    3. Less fake email addresses
    4. Depends… How fast do you want to see results? …And do you have a day job? Can you do 12 – 16 hours per day? Maybe 1 – 3 years. Part time? 3 – 5 years+ It is different for everyone, honestly.
    5. Neither… Target an audience, figure out what their needs and problems are, then find or create solutions. Doesn’t matter what network those solutions are on.

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Patrick mcguire says July 7, 2017

Very interested in what you created! I just started click funnels a month ago and I feel like it’s very confusing right now and I can’t get any help.

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    Miles says July 7, 2017

    Ya, the ‘reality’ of Clickfunnels is a bit different than how the sales material portrays it.

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Steve OConnor says July 12, 2017

Just wanted to check if you heard of this one at this link: SPAM-Link ? Admittedly it’s an affiliate link to my reseller package – but it’s the first time i ever resold anything – just because i thought it was so good. Have a look and tell me what you think?

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    Miles says July 15, 2017

    Since it seems like maybe you don’t realize your are comment spamming… I figured I’d reach out and let you know that this is totally spam, mate….

    I edited your comment and removed the link… Noticed you put up a similar comment on YouTube, it got caught in the spam filter there, too…

    If you want to be successful online, put in the work mate… Put out helpful content, build a list and build a relationship with that list… Then offer your product. Your current approach is not serving you and will get you blocked on all platforms as a spammer, FAST!

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David Green says July 14, 2017

Hey miles, you are a rockstar. I actually thought this was going to be a sales letter LOL. I’m still waiting for you to try to sell me something. In any case quick question. I get some really nice sales emails from one of my competitors who is using Fusion soft. Any idea if there is any competitive product that can create such nice emails without HTML programming? Basically the email looks like a long form sales letter.

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    Miles says July 15, 2017

    Pretty much all email service providers have point and click email creators… You could do that with Aweber.

    That said, I use simple plain text looking emails so people think it is a friend emailing them… Then getting them to click and read a sales letter if that is the goal, gets them to take a micro-commitment (Cialdini’s Influence book talks about this) and has proven to work well for me.

    An email is not to sell something… An email is designed to get a click… That is all. Have you heard of “Ben Settle”? I’d recommend checking out his podcast (ignore his paid product, not worth it) and learn his take on email marketing… He is one of the best in the world at it.

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Mike says July 16, 2017

I’m looking to move away from WordPress because of all the problems that come with it. Plugin conflicts, updates, backups, staging sites, caching issues. Spend more time troubleshooting and fixing than producing and marketing. Looking at fully managed saas like teachable, Coach, Thinkific, LearnWorlds, etc. What do you think?

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    Miles says July 16, 2017

    If you run your WordPress site lean (only a few plugins) and stay away from the ‘popular’ caching plugins life becomes way easier. Backups can be automated and updates should take 5 minutes per week, max.

    I have friends who use teachable and thinkific, Udemy and even Kajabi but I’m not a fan of those closed systems. Many of them are moving to this type of a system because… They are all limiting.

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Rachel says July 20, 2017

Hi Miles,
Just found this and am super new. Wondering if I can still use this model if my website is on Weebly?

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    Miles says July 22, 2017

    Nope… Weebly can not handle everything we do in this series.

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David Maddox says July 20, 2017

Thank you for this training. I really thought I was going to drop thousands on one if the “gurus”. I heard you on a podcast say aweber was a linear auto responder. Which do you use. We are a Life and Buiness Coaching business just venturing into online marketing. Thanks !

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    Miles says July 22, 2017

    I use Aweber and Active Campaign both… And I am only using Active Campaign in a linear fashion even though it has more potential functionality… I just can’t be effed to put all those pieces together… lol. I love Aweber, it is simple and bulletproof.

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Spencer says July 21, 2017

Hey Miles, I watched another video where you talk about leaving CF for Thrive, Active Campaign, and Active360 Member plugin…have you changed your thoughts to Aweber and MemberMouse?

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    Miles says July 22, 2017

    I haven’t… I think the Active Campaign and Active Member360 setup with Thrive Cart is too advanced and too expensive for most people… I use this exact setup (Aweber and MM) on a different site. Also on my main site (not my membership) I still use Aweber and a different cart/plugin setup. Lol… So I have several stacks running (http://www.milesbeckler.com/three-marketing-stacks-tools-trade/) and made this series to focus on the easiest to implement for most people.

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John says July 27, 2017

Hey Miles, I’ve been a raving fan of yours watching many of your videos since I first saw your video on quitting Clickfunnels. That’s what snagged me back in February in the very beginning. Ever since then, as I’ve watched many of your videos, I’ve hoped you would do a series on this very subject. I’ve been holding my breath waiting for it and trying every other software option I could come up with (all which have left me frustrated). We’re now beginning to implement your course suggestions on our website, changing everything around. What you’re doing is exactly what I want to do so every video you add to this series will be quickly snapped up and followed as closely as we can. You’re The Man! For months I’ve been telling my friends about you as “My Mentor”. Thanks so much for what you’ve done here and please, please add to it, refining your steps and showing the depth you can’t give in the first few videos.

John

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    Miles says July 29, 2017

    Right on John… Glad you like the content!

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Verra says August 2, 2017

Hi Miles, I like your video series, you’re gold !. I learn a lot from you. What about wix? Since i built online store with wix. I used WordPress for personal blog before.
Thanks.

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    Miles says August 2, 2017

    This is not possible with Wix.

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Matt says August 3, 2017

Why are you not using mailchimp? First 2,000 subscribers are free? Won’t mailchimp work for this? Thanks.

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    Miles says August 6, 2017

    Great question and MailChimp will not work for this on their free plan. Their free plan does not include an autoresponder which is key… I tried MC and did not like their system and am glad I moved on to a more professional service.

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Lewis Dennen says August 4, 2017

Miles,
Why Aweber over Mailchimp? I’ve been using Mailchimp in a business that I own(not online) and I’m used to the way it works, although I haven’t gotten very far with it, other than putting an email together and using MC to send it to my list…I don’t have it integrated with a website…would it make sense to switch over to Aweber, or just keep using MC?
Great videos!
Lew

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    Miles says August 6, 2017

    Mailchimp’s delivery rates were worse… Their ‘free’ plan didn’t have an autoresponder and their system is clunky at best. I switched from Mailchimp to Aweber years ago and am so glad I did.

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Phil says August 26, 2017

Hi Miles – this is the very thing I am looking for to set up and launch my very first training product, so thanks very much for this valuable set of videos! I had been considering Clickfunnels or Kajabi but already know WordPress so will look at the Thrive themes (as you say, it’s better to own your environment).

I flicked through your videos first and will be watching them in greater detail this week, but I didn’t spot any mention of a Jeff Walker-style Launch funnel, with 3-4 training videos, released per day leading up to the eventual sale. This is where, on day 2 for example, you can only watch Videos 1 and 2, whilst Videos 3 and 4 are locked. Is this achievable using Thrive?

I use Wistia for my video hosting, if that makes any difference.

Thanks!

Phil

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    Miles says August 26, 2017

    Totally… Super simple. Each day gets its own landing page… The future videos that are locked are simply images and the past ones link to the unlocked landing page.

    You just build out day 1 to work the way you want, day 2, etc. Then email them the next link each day!

    Wistia is great for hosting these types of videos.

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      Phil says August 27, 2017

      Thanks very much Miles. The challenge I’ve set msyself is now to get the training written, training and marketing videos recorded, and the whole infrastructure set up in 2-3 weeks – speed! 🙂

      I’m going to use MemberMouse, which also links to Paypal as well as Stripe. You mentioned in Video1 using Paypal, for which I already have an account. Would you recommend for a newbie moving over to Stripe? I like the fact that Paypal is simple, but they have have higher charges. Not sure if Stripe is much more complex.

      Thanks,

      Phil

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Yhong Lacson says August 27, 2017

Thanks for sharing this valuable information, I understand everything above. I just started my online business and I do promoting products from clickbank and this stuff here really provides me a lot of great information for me to master my online career. Soon I will also create my own products.

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    Miles says August 28, 2017

    Right on Yhong!

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Shah says August 27, 2017

All this email marketing, optin, companies, auto responders and funnels are so confusing i hate them but it seems like these days you can’t do business with out it. Yesterday I book marked your video on quitting click funnel. I will watch today and see what to do, but I know I cant do anything.

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    Miles says August 28, 2017

    The first time you go through the process it is confusing… But then you have this moment of “Oh, I get it now!” and it gets easier and easier from that point… You won’t get to that point by researching… That comes from doing! Best of luck Shah!

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Shah says August 27, 2017

How to contact you, there is no contact address. I want your personal guidance. any email etc?

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    Miles says August 28, 2017

    I don’t do any one-on-one consulting at this time.

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Dave says September 10, 2017

Hey Miles,

Great article. I’m wondering if I can use the personal license of Thrive since I’m building funnels to generate leads with optin pages and thank you pages where I own the domain. I’m essentially providing a lead service to different businesses. I’ve asked ClickFunnels and heard nothing.

Thanks ~

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    Miles says September 10, 2017

    That is how I’d go about it! If you own the domain and the site and are simply selling leads, that is your website! This is a great business model, by the way!

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Jack says September 20, 2017

Miles,

Can you use just ONE website for all your funnels? Assuming you have an autoresponder and Thrive Themes, can you just set up one domain to handle ALL the affiliate products you want to sell OR is it better to create new domains for each product? Seems like if you could come up with a catchy but generic domain name, you could use just one domain to do all the work.

Thoughts?

Jack

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    Miles says September 25, 2017

    Yes, you can absolutely run all your funnels on one website!

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john hill says September 24, 2017

Hi Miles,

Was wondering if you considered memberpress for membership site or had any thoughts on this plugin?

Thanks,
John

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    Miles says September 25, 2017

    Considered it but never tried it… Some people love it and it can be a solid solution, for sure.

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driverus@mail.com says September 27, 2017

Hi Miles and the group,

Thrive themes question: does it have Amazon US integration to fulfill sales made on my own WordPress store using funnels/Thrive themes?

Rus

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    Miles says September 30, 2017

    Thrive is just the theme, not the shopping cart. You can add any shopping cart in the world that works with WordPress, to thrive, so simply find one that includes the integration you desire!

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Meryl says September 27, 2017

Hi Miles, awesome content and I’m cancelling my CF trial after finding this. I have Shopify store. What is the best funnel service for Shopify? Is Zipify any good? Thanks!

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    Miles says September 30, 2017

    I don’t do any e-commerce or work with Shopify at all…So I’m not sure.

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Brad says September 28, 2017

Hi Miles,

Firstly, thank you for giving of your valuable time to share all you have learned with us.

I am 42 years old, a mechanical designer, and only yesterday did I create my first Facebook account…I’m a real introvert and do not like social media stuff. Now that my job evaporated, I’m now in charge of managing and re-tooling my wife’s online business. I have to be successful or we don’t eat.

I AM SCARED TO DEATH, I don’t even know what some of these terms mean…yet.

I’m not technologically inept by any means, I just have zero exposure to building websites or doing sales. Do you think I’d have a chance at being able to actually learn and apply these concepts myself or am I fooling myself?

Regards,

Brad

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    Miles says September 30, 2017

    You absolutely have a great chance at being able to learn this stuff and apply the stuff. I started with zero specialized knowledge, no degree in this stuff… Just a lot of long nights watching YouTube videos and reading to figure out answers to my problems. It all makes much more sense once you begin building and actually physically creating with these tools and ideas you are learning about, there’s something about just reading that keeps it all abstract. And remember trial and error is how everything’s been built… Run backups on your website and even if you destroy everything you can always roll back to yesterday’s backup and everything will be fine. I know because I’ve destroyed my website hundreds of times at the least opportune moments along this path.

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      Brad says October 4, 2017

      Thank you for your assurances, it’s helpful to know you once were in the same boat as I’m in now.

      Did a little digging and found a potential one-page funnel alternative to Sam cart. Have you heard of paykickstart, if so what is your opinion?

      Additionally, I know you’re not in the physical products side of retail, but in your opinion would a one-page funnel work well for physical products too?

      The answer is probably…”it depends”…to help you answer the question, we sell Spanish curriculum my wife created that has a core course (manual, flashcards, etc.) and supplemental materials. I’d love to do an up-sell bundle, but need to find a cart that can handle physical shipping too.

      I know you mentioned woocommerce in the above posts, I’m curious just how customizable it would be to emulate Sam cart or paykickstart.

      Regards,

      Brad

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Kevin says September 29, 2017

I agree on the CF commission point. Their affiliate commission is crazy. Somebody’s gotta be picking up that check, and I’m pretty sure it’s us. I was a CF user for a while. I always hated their limit on visitors. And, frankly, it’s a bit pricey – at least for what I was using them for.

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    Miles says September 30, 2017

    I think it could have worked if they would’ve invested more in support and developers… But the bugs and that “pass the buck answers” combined with the expensive monthly price was just too much for me to handle

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Denise Downey says October 2, 2017

Hi, Miles,

Thanks for all the awesome info on clickfunnels alternatives!

I am evaluating Clickfunnels now – one thing that is disconcerting is that to integrate CF with Shopify, it seems I have to invest in yet another program called Zapier.

Is there any way to integrate Shopify with a funnel program like you are using with WP that isn’t another additional cost?

I would really appreciate any feedback on this – thanks in advance!

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    Miles says October 2, 2017

    Not that I know of… But you can use WooCommerce on WordPress which is a Shopify alternative… Then everything would be on WordPress… But honestly, I don’t do e-commerce

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khim says October 2, 2017

Hi Miles. First of all, I want to thank you for putting up all these videos despite your busy schedule…Really appreciate it. I am using what you’ve taught to set up my sales funnel. One question I have about adding the one-click upsell to my funnel. If I want to upsell a membership into my Facebook private group, do you suggest I use estore or membermouse for this type of Facebook private membership? And I am new to this, so will there be anything i need to set up to “connect” the sales funnel to my facebook account? If there are some steps involved, do you have a video on this? Thank you in advance!

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    Miles says October 2, 2017

    You have to manually add people to FB group, not automatable, I don’t think… MemberMouse can handle the transaction, or Thrive Cart or Sam Cart.

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      khim says October 5, 2017

      Hey, Miles…Thank you so much for sharing! I am placing my order for the Thrive theme through your affiliate link…You deserve it for your generosity for sharing so much…Keep up the good work! Cheers! 😉

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        Miles says October 5, 2017

        Cheers Khim! I appreciate it…

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Kenny says October 10, 2017

Hi Miles,

I’d say you are doing a great job and the release of this content many persons tend to add as a paid service, I’d say thank you. I’ve been watching your YouTube videos on fb ads and you’ve got the juice.

Now I have been blogging for a while and I decided to start my list building recently. So I started with instabuilder 2.0…now their funnel seems to be a bit confusing for creating OTOs…

It seems you solely recommend Thrive but any hope of having a steady income stream from instabuilder first? And between JVzoo and Click bank, which do you prefer is a suitable affiliate market for newbies?

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    Miles says October 11, 2017

    I don’t use or recommend instabuilder… You are right, I recommend and use Thrive as detailed here.

    The best affiliate program is the one that has products your audience wants to buy.

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Glenn Reuther says October 28, 2017

Hello Miles,

I’ve already viewed the first two vids just following along to get the full picture. Now I’m actually walking through the installation ! Thanks for doing this. It’s really awesome. 🙂

Question\Observation if I may : If we don’t use the exact configuration you show, even just your hosting provider, there are differences, like in the WP plugins. As I begin this process, it makes me wonder whether there’s any impact not having any of the initial set of those included plugins in your A2 WP hosting installation and missing my installation on a different hosting platform (GoDaddy).

Coming from my IT background, I’m always (dare I say ! ) a little paranoid that there could be something different which winds up being a showstopper for the whole lengthy install process. However, I will follow along with your video to the letter in all other aspects than using a different hosting provider.

Any thoughts on that ?

Sincere thanks,
GDR

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    Miles says October 28, 2017

    No show-stoppers… Any hosting can work and you can probably use one of 10 different plugins to do the same thing… Many paths lead to the same destination here, but I had to choose and show just one of many.

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farah2f@live.nl says October 30, 2017

Hi, Miles. Thank you so much for sharing. I want to sell online courses (not membership, so not monthly payments). But the customer has to receive the loging information (password) to get access to the online course. Does the estore plugin deliver the password after the customer bought the online course (via email)

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    Miles says November 2, 2017

    Yes! That is exactly how the estore plugin works! 😀

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Tyler Patterson says November 1, 2017

I have never seen such high quality content all in one place on the internet! I am so thankful for what you have put together!

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    Miles says November 2, 2017

    Cheers Tyler! Glad you like it and hope you find it helpful!

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Geno says November 3, 2017

hi Miles.

Would you mind giving me any input you may have regarding Thrive Membership vs Igloo Reloaded.

I see that Reloaded has a higher entry price point.

Any feedback you might offer would be appreciated.

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    Miles says November 3, 2017

    Never heard of Igloo and would not consider using it for my business… Thrive all the way.

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Kevin says November 6, 2017

You indicated that it could take 1-3 years putting in 12-16 hours a day to get to $50 per day return. Why is it that I read every where on the Internet of 5 to 6 figure months? I don’t have a product, but find there are sites that offer affiliate products to promote, where would you direct someone to find eproducts to promote? Do you offer an affiliate program? Thanks for all the information, I’ve been contemplating using clickfunnels.

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    Miles says November 11, 2017

    Honestly, making money online is more difficult than most people make it seem… Most of the people selling products or courses in this space need to make it sound ‘easy’ in order to sell things that most people don’t need. It is like becoming a professional at anything… Sports, music, etc… It takes time to hone your craft and master the skill. I don’t have anything to sell so I don’t have an affiliate program. I believe it is more important to figure out what audience you can be of service to and then find the products they want/need and become an affiliate for those… Check out this post for more info on how this works: https://www.milesbeckler.com/my-simple-3-step-system-to-making-money-online/

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Abishai Demetrius says November 9, 2017

Thanks a Ton Miles. You are God-Send to folks just starting out and have to hustle bootstrapping from the word go. God Bless Your Heart. Adulation & Respect From India.

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    Miles says November 11, 2017

    Cheers! That is exactly where I was a few years ago… Bootstrapping my business and I had to figure this all out alone. Figured I could give back and share what I’ve learned along the way. Glad you like the content!

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Simon says November 15, 2017

Hey Miles,

I’m just wondering besides using Thrive cart, can I use Woocommerce, Drip and Popup Maker to achieve the same thing?

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    Miles says November 25, 2017

    No clue… never used those. So I’ll say “solid maybe”

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Isaac says November 22, 2017

I’m using s2 member, thrive themes, active campaign, but I’m dying to switch over my content into activecampaing360 or a more updated membership plugin. Who would you recommend finding for help to migrate all my stuff into something better than s2 member. s2 works, but it seems dated and I want more customization at checkout. Thanks!

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    Miles says November 25, 2017

    Dave Wooding from http://www.integratepro.com He is THE BEST! Tell him Miles sent you and use his contact tab to set up a free skype conversation to see if you are a fit.

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Mandy McEwen says December 6, 2017

Hey Miles – thanks so much for the detailed info and videos. So I have a question for you. Would it be possible to export the HTML files from the Clickfunnels landing pages and then import those HTML files into a funnel in WordPress (using the tools you described)? We have a lot of custom templates and landing pages inside Clickfunnels and it would be nice to use the exported HTML files to keep the same design when migrating to your DIY funnel. Is this possible?

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    Miles says December 8, 2017

    I have no idea… Ask Clickfunnels’ support! I rebuilt my custom CF landing pages in Thrive in a couple hours and was just done with CF.

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Jenette Clay says December 6, 2017

Miles, I’m so thankful for this tutorial. I ditched the other route I was taking and am going with this (I’m glad to buy from your affiliate link for all your work on this!)

Even though you made this so recently, Thrive has changed some of how everything looks in their lead generation. I’m looking for the Event Manager etc. and struggling with how to make the button initiate the action that I need it to make. It looks like they have a spot for a URL, but I want to keep the Lightbox that they already have ready and edit it. I’m still looking around and trying out the tutorials in Thrive, but I would love it if, in your spare time (hah), you would do a updated tutorial with the updates to their plugins.

Have a great day and a wonderful Christmas season with your family, Jenette.

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    Miles says December 8, 2017

    Now that I’m back in the states and setting up my home office, updating these videos to include Thrive Architect is a top priority… Construction crews should be finished here at my place next week so I’ll have my full office hours to dedicate towards this soon!

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natasha barber says December 13, 2017

Hi Miles thanks for these tutorials, I have just purchased Thrive and currently going through your first video. You say to download the Thrive content builder plugin… however that plugin doesn’t appear in the list.. Im wondering has something changed since the release of this video? perhaps the name has changed? I cant move past this step currently so will be great to know.. have reached out on the forum but no response yet..

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    Miles says December 14, 2017

    It is now called ‘Thrive Architect’ and looks a little different but is really the same thing… Planning on doing updated videos soon!

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