David Jones on the Friendly Marketer, Affiliate Marketing, and MLSP
David Jones has been through alot, but has always come out the other side better. He always knew he could make money online and now he has. His story.
Thanks so much for doing this interview, David! You have a lot of history on the internet that I’m excited to learn more about. So, let’s get started!
Where were you born and raised, what was childhood like, and what did you want to be when you ‘grew up?’
I was born and raised on the island of Barbados several years ago. 🙂 My childhood was normal I would say. My first two years were spent living at relatives of my mom until dad got our future home completed.
I have one brother who is just two years younger than I am and two sisters, one five years younger, the other ten years younger. I’m the eldest of the tribe.
All my siblings came after we moved to our new home two years after my birth. Our home was located in Christ Church,the second largest parish (county) of the island.
Sometimes my brother and I would try to get our sisters in trouble and it worked too. Other times it backfired. But overall I did have lots of fun back then. I also played a lot with other children in our neighbourhood as well.
My dad was as strict as they come, but he was also approachable and fun too. My mom was more the quiet type, but always nurturing and supportive. I came from a middle class family.
Growing up to be honest I can’t remember what I wanted to become. I did have dreams of one time being a pilot, then a doctor, but as time passed I didn’t give it much thought.
What did your parents do for a living and was there any Entrepreneurship in the family?
My dad worked for a global company called Cable & Wireless back then, while my mother worked in the Government service.
Because of the demand of their jobs, a maid was employed and she became instrumental to a point in my upbringing as well.
My dad was the one who became the entrepreneur. He had a thing for houses and was always good with his hands in creating things. He followed the well known building contractors of the day and soon he decided to give it a try.
He started out by renovating the existing houses of the managers at the company where he worked. This bought him the time and exemption needed to work on his housing projects as they were already impressed with his work ethic on the job and he was reliable.
My dad soon became so popular and in demand that he had an opportunity to leave his job, although they didn’t want to see him go and he quickly launched his building contracting business.
Kind of a personal question, but I had hard times with my father as well, what was your dad like and did you guys ever find resolution?
I’ll answer the second part of that question first. I cannot say that we ever found resolution. In fact we have not even to this day.
My dad was a control person. He had us under tight management. This became more apparent as I got older and was better able to understand things. He was gone most of the day and returned sometimes late at night.
So he didn’t have much of an interaction with me as in those days when he was the employee instead of now being self employed.
Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand what dad was trying to do for us as a family, but this is what he wanted.
He never asked us what we wanted. All that was expected of us (the family) was that we fall in line. I began to fear him as he had changed. I knew my mother feared him too.
When did you start in banking, what was that like, and what was missing in your life at that time?
I started banking right after what is known as high school in the US. I didn’t leave school with the certification that my dad wanted for me, so I had to find work.
Initially though he had gotten me to write to a college in Toronto (Humber) which had accepted me, but they took so long to answer, that my dad being the impatient sort, on meeting one of my former teachers who now worked at one of the leading banks on the island, got me an interview and I landed the job.
I got my start in banking at age 18 years. It wasn’t bad and I soon grew into it. I started out as a teller. I worked at the main branch in the city. I got along well with everyone, but something was missing.
I say something was missing as I had been made to feel like I was a failure because I had not done better academically. My father was one who always made his feelings known regardless of the feelings of others.
Up to this point, he had been caught up in his own world of building and clients and no longer had time for either myself or my other siblings. I lacked in my estimation proper direction. I worked at the bank for eighteen years before resigning.
When did you discover internet marketing, and what was your first two years like?
I discovered internet marketing much out of desperation I guess. It was December of 2013, and I was now married for the second time, but much happier.
I had moved back home to help with my parents, both being diabetic and requiring insulin injections and medication every morning.
This was also a way to get things together for myself as well financially, since I would be living at the family home and not having to rent .
Things did not go well and my father was up to his no good tricks again so having a heated confrontation one night, my wife and I were told to leave at once.
I had no place to go, but was able to get a lodging at an acquaintance of mine whom had owed me a good sum of money but was unable to pay. So we struck a deal.
It was there in December of 2013, that I came “home” one evening and went on the laptop looking for an answer.
I noticed my wife spent a considerable amount of time on Facebook playing games and I ventured on there as well, but soon found out it served other purposes. It was a haven for marketers.
I began to do research and figured that if they were so many persons using the internet and I could come up with a way to get them to do business with me I could strike it big.
I met a guy from the US called Rick and he began to kinda mentor me. I followed him into a program around April 2014, and while that venture did not last long, I had made US$2700.00, $1500.00 of which was profit. Boy was I hooked.
I however had to move from location to location as I had outlived the monies owed to me and my limited internet access had been barred. I could no longer chase my dream, but there was still hope.
I was able to get another lodging at the home of someone I had helped out of a very trying situation and his mother had a place so she put up myself and my wife.
I had internet access again and by now also had my own automobile. I went back to doing research online learning all I could about the industry and it was now 2015.
I joined another business and this time was able to come away with US$3800.00, but I was still missing the mark. Even though I was making small amounts here and there, I wasn’t experiencing success like I had seen others doing. Rick had by this time moved into drop shipping so I was on my own. It wasn’t until 2016 that things began to change.
What are the three best tips you have for new internet marketers?
Well based on all that I have learnt I would have to go with the following:
- Have a strong and solid reason (your why) for wanting to become involved in the marketing industry. So strong that when the going gets so tough that you feel like you might want to quit, and you will feel this way, you won’t give up because of your reason for being here in the first place.
- Ideally, get a mentor. Someone who has walked the road before and can give you both the direction and motivation you need, notwithstanding the training. If you can’t afford a mentor, then you will have to do what I did. Find a platform that can teach you all you need to know about the industry , the tools, and marketing know how. Read a lot to gain knowledge and follow known leaders, copying what they do. In this way, you will get to learn what works, how it works and what to avoid.
- Read. There are many books written by highly skilled and influential people which will serve to develop in you the kind of mindset required to make it in this industry. You will also learn that to truly get ahead in this industry, you must be prepared to serve others. As you do this, you will not only be helping yourself along, but will gain the respect and admiration of your peers and will attract others to you.
You became a Supreme court Marshal, but then became homeless. Can you tell us about these conflicting scenarios?
After banking I was jobless for about four years. I even tried a hand at working with my dad in his construction business, but that did not last. He was not the person I thought him to be and when I really learnt who he was I had to quit.
I was not married at the time, but being in the right place got me a chance to engage the attention of a certain individual who got me into the public service arena. I got the job and was on my way to becoming a Supreme Court Marshal.
Being out of work four years however had created quite a heavy burden of debt on me. While working with my dad I was able to get a friend to sell my dad a piece of property in a prime location at a really good deal. The plan was to build a house,sell it and with the proceeds liquidate both my debt and some my father had.
But after the sale, even though the property was in both our names, my dad was able to get the proceeds without telling me anything and by the time I got to the lawyer to find out what was happening, my dad had already collected the cheque and I was left in the cold.
I had to go out and fend for myself after getting the job of Court Marshal, but with the enormity of the debt around my neck so to speak, I could not manage my finances properly and I hadn’t been paid for some three months after getting the new job.
I had to start from scratch, first getting some place to stay, furniture and appliances and this only increased the debt. My pay as a Marshal was good, but not enough to stave off what was coming because of being so long in debt.
You found a system called MLSP, can you explain what that is and who is it for?
MLSP or My Lead System Pro is a Lead Generation and Attraction Marketing system designed to equip the user of the platform with in depth training on every area within Internet Marketing as well as access to the tools to get the job done.
The system also provides training on Branding and Attraction Marketing techniques to teach one how to create authority and attract leads on autopilot. The MLSP blogging platform is also second to none. Like I said MLSP has everything you need and more.
Since many of the top well known leaders in the industry have all had their beginnings using the MLSP platform, I highly recommend persons new to Internet Marketing to give it a try.
I can safely guarantee you will not be disappointed. This will not only cut your learning curve, but save you hundreds even thousands of dollars as the system also provides software tools designed by industry greats that you can use to build your business and brand without breaking the bank, and you know that you are getting value for your money.
I love your blog! How old is it, how many posts are on it, and what is your daily traffic like?
Thanks very much. My blog is not that old. I started it in October of 2016 a week or so after joining MLSP. It continues to be a work in progress and with the training of my sponsor/mentor in MLSP, Marc Lalonde, I am developing my blog in such a way that persons can easily find what they need and also have my content syndicated.
My blog currently has twenty six (26) posts. The way I have it set up features the pages on the top menu or header of the blog. There are 7 pages in all and the Categories listed at the footer area form the second menu. Admittedly I haven’t been posting as often as I should, but that’s going to change for 2017.
As for traffic visiting the blog, I am getting visitors, but it’s been slow. I don’t have myself set up to really score how many daily visitors I am currently getting although I can tell from a widget I placed on my homepage, how many views get and the countries my visitors are from.
Should every internet marketer blog and why?
I believe that every Internet Marketer should blog as the blog becomes your hub or the center of all your marketing efforts. It’s like your main branch if it were a bank, the central hive of all activity.
Your blog gets your message out. It’s your voice to cyberspace. How else will you or can you reach millions on a daily basis but through your blog.
It’s where people get to know who you are and then hopefully engage, thus liking and trusting you as well. This is a prerequisite for good and proper business relations and can only do well for your business.
What’s the best way to generate leads for you these days, and can you share a technique?
At the moment even though I am focused on mastering Twitter as a lead generation tool, and am getting trained by my sponsor in this area I would have to say Facebook has been generating the most leads for me and that is because of this simple technique if one can call it that, that I will share with you. It is the most overlooked way to generate leads.
I daily post articles of interest on both my Facebook timeline and on my Facebook fan page. I get engagement daily from doing this as I offer value in these posts, but the kicker is this.
I often go through my news feed liking, commenting and sharing not only those posts of my Facebook friends, but anything that is of interest and of value to my niche or lifestyle.
In this way I often get 10 to 15 people daily friend requesting and wanting to know what I do. My Instagram is no different having jumped from 297 followers to 660 in the last week. I do the same thing there.
I’m just sharing what a simple task like liking, commenting and sharing can do for your business and your brand as you become more known in the industry.
As you take the time to engage by liking ,commenting and sharing the posts of others, they will begin to take notice and will reciprocate. In time they will not only come to like and appreciate you, they trust you and will want to do business with you.
What is your favorite book right now and why?
Secrets of The Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker.
If you ever want to get your mind wired for success, developing the correct mindset, then this is the book to read.
By the time T.Harv Eker is done with you , you will never be the same person. I had the privilege of listening to the audio version, so I got to hear it in the author’s own voice and intonation. Priceless.
What are your goals for 2017?
This year to experience my breakthrough. While MLSP is my training and education platform, My main business is a high ticket one, and I am expecting to do well with it. Right now I am finishing up my training and looking to get myself positioned to explode that business.
While it will be my primary focus, I do have another income stream in the works, but that will be running on autopilot and will not take away from the attention that is necessary for my main operation. I hope to help as many as I can experience the success I will have this year and beyond.
What is your favorite quote and why?
You can have everything in life that you want if you would help enough other people get what they want.
The reason so many fail in the industry is because they have not learnt the philosophy behind this simple quote. We are here to serve and to offer solutions to the problems others are facing. Once we take our eyes off self long enough to do this, then we are on our way to achieving our own success.
Thank you so much for this interview David!
You’re very welcome Erik.
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