David Jones has been through a lot, but has always come out on the other side better. He always knew he could make money online and now he has. His story. David Jones on the Friendly Marketer, Affiliate Marketing, and MLSP.
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 your 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 mother 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 my sisters in trouble and it worked too. Other times it backfired. But overall I did have lots of fun then. I also played a lot with other children in our neighborhood 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 becoming 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 mom 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. His skill was in construction as 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 he needed to work on his housing projects.
His managers at work were already impressed with his work ethic on the job and he was reliable, so they cut him a lot of slack.
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 have ever found resolution. In fact we have not even to this day.
My dad was a control person. He had us all 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 home sometimes late at night.
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 understood 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) is 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 I left 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 my dad had gotten me to write to a college in Toronto (Humber College), which had accepted me. They however took so long in answering my letter, that my dad sought other options.
My dad being the impatient one, upon seeing one of my former high school teachers one day (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. My job was that of a teller, working at the main branch in the city. I got along well with everyone, but something was missing.
Something was missing as I had been made to feel like a failure because I had not done better academically. My father was always one who 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 were 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 for me to get things together for myself as well financially, since I would be living at the family home and not having to rent.
Things however did not go well and my father was up to his no good old tricks again, so having a heated confrontation one night, my wife and I were told we had to leave at once.
I had no place to go, but was able to get a lodging at an acquaintance of mine who 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 it served other purposes. It was a haven for marketers.
Researching followed next
My research started and it dawned on me that if there were so many persons using the internet and I could find a way to get them to do business with me, I could strike it big.
Subsequently, I met a guy from the US named Rick and he began to kind of mentor me. I followed him into a program around April of 2014. That venture did not last long.
However I was able to make US$2700. of which US$1500. was profit. That was done all in just under a few weeks. Boy was I ever hooked.
Circumstances saw me having 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.
Fortunately I was able to get another lodging at the home of someone I had helped out of a very trying situation. His mother had a place, and 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 my research online, learning all I could about the online industry. It was now 2015.
Having joined another business, I was able to generate and come away with US$3800.00 I had done this after only investing US$175.00. I made US$600.00 each month for 6 months. I still felt like I was missing the mark.
Even though I was making small amounts here and there, I wasn’t experiencing success like I had seen others doing online. 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 (3) best tips you have for new internet marketers?
Well based on what 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 tough, and you feel like you might want to quit, you won’t. You will feel this way, yet you won’t give up. This is because of your reason (your why) 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 the motivation you’ll need, not withstanding 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 the marketing know how. Read a lot to gain knowledge and follow known industry leaders, copying what they do. In this way, you will learn what works, how it works and what to avoid.
- Read. There are so many books written by highly skilled and influential people, which will serve to develop in you the 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, but will gain the respect and admiration of your peers and will attract others to yourself.
You became a Supreme Court Marshal, but then became homeless. Can you tell us about these two 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 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.
It was in a prime location and we got it 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 acquire the proceeds of the sale without telling me anything.
When I got to the lawyer to find out what was happening, my dad had already collected the check and I was left in the cold.
I had to go out and fend for myself after getting the job of Court Marshal. With the enormity of debt around my neck so to speak, I could not manage my finances properly. I also 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 my debt situation.
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. It was designed to equip the user of the platform with in depth training on every area within Internet Marketing, as well as access to tools to get the job done.
The system also provides training on Branding and Attraction Marketing techniques. This teaches one how to create authority and attract leads on auto pilot. 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. The system also provides software tools designed by Industry Leaders.
These tools 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 ago after joining MLSP. It continues to be a work in progress.
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 Details
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 seven (7) pages in all.
The categories listed at the footer area form the second menu. Admittedly, I haven’t been posting as often as I ought to, but that’s going to change for 2017.
As for traffic visiting my blog, I am getting visitors, but it has been slow. I don’t have myself set up to really score how many daily visitors I am currently getting.
However I can tell from a widget I placed on my homepage, how many views I get and from what countries my visitors originate.
Should every Internet Marketer blog and why?
I believe that everyone coming into the online space should equip themselves with a blog. The blog becomes your hub or overall center of activity.
It is from here that your message is broadcast either in the way of articles, shout-outs or by simply getting paid traffic to the offers.
Blogging increases your personal visibility online
Your blog gets your message out to the world. It’s your voice to hyper-space. How else would you be able to reach millions on a daily basis but through your blog.
It’s where people get to know, like and trust you and hereafter your adventures begins, as your prospects subscribe to your mailing list.
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 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 truly call it that. It is the most overlooked way to generate leads.
By daily posting 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.
In going 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 and lifestyle.
In this way I often get 10 to 15 people daily requesting and wanting to know what I do. My Instagram account is no different having jumped from 297 followers to 660 in the past week. I do the same thing there.
More Lead Generation Tips I use
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 will also learn to 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 book, 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 my main business will be my primary focus, I do have another income stream in the works. These will be running on autopilot.
As a result, this 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. ~ Zig Ziglar
The reason so many fail in the industry is because they have not learnt the simple philosophy behind Zig Ziglar’s quote. We are here to serve.
We are here to provide and 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 are welcome Erik.