Today I’m going to give an honest account of how LeadsLeap was first created.
It is easier than what you think, and I feel a little ashamed to share with you.
I just hope that it will be an inspiration for you.
In 2007, after having success with my first online business, I had an idea to create an unobtrusive traffic network, a system where members can build an exponential network of leads, yet they do not have to receive floods of emails from other members.
(I’ll share with you in the next episode how I came out with this idea. Look out for it.)
To be honest, the original LeadsLeap wasn’t created from scratch.
Although I had learnt a great deal about PHP and mySQL in my first online business, I was still not confident that I could create everything from scratch.
Like before, I went to hotscript.com to look for possible scripts that I can use.
One mistake that I made in my paid-to-read-email website was that I purchased an encrypted script. This means I had no access to the main ‘engine’.
I often had to bypass the encrypted portion of the script to fix a problem. That was not the optimal way to do things.
So for LeadsLeap, I only looked for unencrypted script. This allowed me to improve any part of the script with no limitation.
With some luck, I found a 10-level safelist script that seemed to do the job.
This script allowed members to email to their downlines 10-level deep. This means each member will receive a maximum of 10 emails from their uplines.
But instead of allowing members to email their downlines, I modified the script to consolidate all their emails into one email.
In the modified script, every member would only receive 1 email from us, and that email would consist of all 10 messages from their uplines.
If you look at the LeadsLeap system today, the original LeadsLeap is basically our Follower Message system today.
All other functions you see in LeadsLeap were added later on.
The script came complete with an affiliate program, a payment system and a mailing system. It was basically a plug and play system. All I needed to change was a function to consolidate members messages into their downlines’ emails.
Being still a rookie in programming, it took me 6 months to modify the script into what I wanted.
With an idea, a purchased script and some modifications, the original LeadsLeap was created.