074: How to Build a $500k Funnel with NO Ad Spend with Akbar Sheikh

On this episode of Build Your Network, Host Travis Chappell interviews Akbar Sheikh; a successful entrepreneur who helps others create six-figure funnels.

Here’s what Travis and Akbar discuss in this episode:

  • About Akbar Sheikh:
    • He became number one international best-seller.
    • Did his first every speaking engagement with Kevin Harrington of Shark Tank.
    • He’s been able to help a lot of people.
    • Entrepreneurs are inherently good people.
    • He’s been able to do a lot of good around the money with his money.
  • What the last couple years have looked like for Akbar:
    • This is the year that changed everything and catapulted him into success.
    • Just got on Facebook and went from zero friends to 5,000 friends.
    • This is the year where he decided to help as many people as possible.
  • How he created his social funnel without spending money on advertising.
    • You can totally do seven figures organically without spending a dime on advertising.
    • The formula is simple, you have to pick one thing and be awesome at it.
      • If you’re not awesome at one thing, you just need to study it and learn from the best people.
      • You can become awesome at something quickly is you work at it.
    • Once you get awesome at something you simply give value and go teach without an agenda.
    • Create Facebook groups that align with your skillset.
    • If you’re teaching, people will magnetically be attracted to you, they will trust you, then they will eventually want to buy from you.
  • What you should and should not have on your Facebook profile/group:
    • Meaningless information on your profile (e. “foodie,” “traveler,” “love cats.”)
    • A better piece of information: “I get people on top podcasts quickly.”
  • Do you believe that what you know or who you know is more important, and why?
    • You are who you surround yourself with.
    • If you hang out with someone who hangs out in coal mines all day, you’re going to be dirty.
    • If you hang out with someone who hangs out in perfume shops, you’re going to smell nice.
    • When you hang out with big players, they elevate you.
    • He bought a Bentley to get into exotic car clubs, like country clubs, to get around elite people.
    • You have to start somewhere and work your way up.
  • Would you say that most of what you know about building funnels was taught to you by another individual?
    • The value of going to a conference, workshop, or reading a book has big payoffs.
    • There are great masterminds and conferences right now that are just a couple hundred dollars.
    • Books can actually be the most under-rated high ROI investment on the planet.
  • How were you able to attract your first mentor when you were broke and trying to get to the next level?
    • It depends on the
    • You can get sales training for free from 7-figure earners.
    • He would watch late-night QVC, take notes and pay a lot of attention.
    • People’s messaging is generally off, copywriting is an art and skill.
      • When he was homeless, it cost $2,000 to be a part of an online business.
        • He sold his car to solve that problem.
      • Now he’s still solving problems, but they’re different.
        • He went from homeless to being able to afford a full-time employee.
      • Start where you’re at, but if you’re not growing and scaling, you’re doing it wrong.
      • Every week should be a growth
    • What’s the timeline for Akbar?
      • It doesn’t take long to go from failing to winning.
      • Once you flip the switch it makes a big difference.
      • What he’s done in this year is a lifetime for most internet marketers.
      • He was homeless just a few years ago, but he’s continuously up-leveling himself.
      • He never saw success until he changed who he was as a person:
        • He was overweight
        • In a terrible relationship
        • Not spiritual
        • Didn’t have a why
          • Once he fixed all of this and saw success, it changed
          • His brother was going through similar problems
            • His brother has fixed his problems and now he’s running a multi-million dollar company.
          • Business and life blend.
            • If your personal life is off, your business is going to be off.
          • The mind and the body are connected.
            • Once he got his body healthy.
            • He got out of his toxic relationship.
            • His mental space became clear.
            • He became more spiritual and changed on a molecular level.
            • It’s pretty simple to fix yourself, the number one tool you need is discipline.

The Random Round:

  • What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
    • Lawyer
  • If you could sit on a park bench for an hour with anyone past or present, who would it be?
    • Gandhi and other pious, humble people.
  • How do you like to learn best, books, blogs, podcasts or video?
    • Different formats based on what he’s doing.
  • One of your favorite books?
    • Anything by Joseph Sugarman
  • Give us a glimpse of your morning routine:
    • Pray
    • Hydrate
    • Takes kids to school
    • Makes sure to eat well/healthy
  • What is your go-to pump up song:
    • Eminem, but not really anything at the moment
  • What are you not very good at?
    • Personal balance
  • Find him online at his website akbarsheikh.com
    • Check out his masterclass.
    • Follow him on Facebook

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “Entrepreneurs are inherently good people.”
  • “You should always be scaling, week over week.”
  • “If your personal life is off, your business is going to be off.”

Resources Mentioned:

Buildyournetwork.com – Podcast website

BYN.media/fb – Facebook Group


Akbar Sheikh – Check him out on Facebook

Akbar’s Facebook page


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