From Corporate Grind to Internet Marketing

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I want to make the jump. I need to make the jump. I make money online through a variety of sources (e.g. Etsy, Adsense, dropshipping products, etc.), but not enough to generate full-time income. A lot of the things mentioned above 'work' to generate passive income, but I have had a difficult time scaling efforts.

Any recommendations to scaling up your online income while working the corporate 9-5? Where would you focus? Build an audience from scratch with content? Pay for traffic and promote affiliate products?

Lots of ways to go with this... and looking for some help on focusing what is working best out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raiser45
    Originally Posted by dc53123 View Post

    I want to make the jump. I need to make the jump. I make money online through a variety of sources (e.g. Etsy, Adsense, dropshipping products, etc.), but not enough to generate full-time income. A lot of the things mentioned above 'work' to generate passive income, but I have had a difficult time scaling efforts.

    Any recommendations to scaling up your online income while working the corporate 9-5? Where would you focus? Build an audience from scratch with content? Pay for traffic and promote affiliate products?

    Lots of ways to go with this... and looking for some help on focusing what is working best out there.
    I would focus on promoting affiliate products because there is a huge market for it.

    And you can scale your business as big as you want!

    So try to promote some affiliate products and if it works well you have to scale it up.

    I hope this comment was helpfull
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  • Profile picture of the author dc53123
    Yes, that was helpful, thanks.

    One question though... I'm in a niche that is related to religion and there aren't many affiliate products in that niche (there are products, which I do sell).

    When promoting affiliate products, do you recommend only products in my niche specifically or do you have experience cross-selling into other niches. For example, I have thousands of religious moms in my community... should I promote products for middle-aged women? I've tried some of this, but with terrible results.

    My problem is that it doesn't seem there are enough offers specific to my community. Perhaps I'm over complicating?

    Thoughts?
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    • Profile picture of the author TrickyDick
      Originally Posted by dc53123 View Post

      Yes, that was helpful, thanks.

      One question though... I'm in a niche that is related to religion and there aren't many affiliate products in that niche (there are products, which I do sell).

      When promoting affiliate products, do you recommend only products in my niche specifically or do you have experience cross-selling into other niches. For example, I have thousands of religious moms in my community... should I promote products for middle-aged women? I've tried some of this, but with terrible results.

      My problem is that it doesn't seem there are enough offers specific to my community. Perhaps I'm over complicating?

      Thoughts?
      Do this....

      Brainstorm on what products or services "thousands of religious moms" would want or need....

      Home schooling related products or services?
      "Healthy kid" related products or services?
      "Safe kid" related products or services?
      "Religious" t-shirts or apparel?
      Devotions guides?
      "How To" guides?
      "Marriage enrichment" products or services?

      You could market thousands of products and services to them.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by dc53123 View Post

      For example, I have thousands of religious moms in my community... should I promote products for middle-aged women?


      In this case you would have access to the answer.

      You would need to run polls on your site and let the traffic tell you (literally) what they want/need/expect from you.

      If you integrate Facebook those same women will show you their lifestyle.

      BTW, that combination (religious women) should be extremely profitable.
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  • Profile picture of the author darrenmonroe
    Originally Posted by dc53123 View Post

    I want to make the jump. I need to make the jump. I make money online through a variety of sources (e.g. Etsy, Adsense, dropshipping products, etc.), but not enough to generate full-time income. A lot of the things mentioned above 'work' to generate passive income, but I have had a difficult time scaling efforts.

    Any recommendations to scaling up your online income while working the corporate 9-5? Where would you focus? Build an audience from scratch with content? Pay for traffic and promote affiliate products?

    Lots of ways to go with this... and looking for some help on focusing what is working best out there.
    12 years ago I started from a FEMA paid for hotel running away from hurricane Katrina. I worked at Clear Channel Radio now known as
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    Since then I have publicly and privately sold over 100,000 products programs and services across 100 countries plus.

    ONE THING I learned and tell anyone who asked me what you just said is this...... no matter what direction you go in it is going to take 12 to 18 months hustle to set up a business actually making money legally ethically and consistently.

    So if you are going to work that hard and YES your butt will be working
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  • Profile picture of the author shmol
    If it was me, if you are already having success with adsene--to a degree.

    You can either take the site--and or sites--you have now and just grow them bigger by adding more content.

    Or you can build an new site from scratch and build up so that it becomes an authority site in its niche.

    With this approach you can integrate adsense, affiliate products and eventually when the site get big enough and starts getting good traffic, you can sell ad space.

    Of course, you can--and should--also give something away to your visitors to build a list, so that you can sell to them over and over.

    However, the big key , at least in my opinion, with growing a massive site, is that, you can eventually sell it--for good money.

    Hope this helps, in some small way, so that you can go full-time online.
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  • Profile picture of the author markhimeb
    Your next step should be to create your own product and sell it without having to pay commissions to anyone
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    Something to consider is that there is a big world outside of IM / MMO and selling products in general.

    For the past 16+ years, I have been promoting PPL (pay per lead...lead generation) offers.

    The reason is really simple, and that is because there is no credit card / purchase required to complete an offer. All a user has to do is fill out a form, so the conversion rates are typically much higher than offers that require a sale to be made.

    It's simply far easier to get someone to fill out a short form, than it is to get them to take out their credit card an make a purchase.

    I favor offers that have a make, get or save money benefit to them. This is what has overall worked the best for me and they tend to have the greatest mass appeal (will be of interest to a large general audience). So the potential to generate large volume exists and they are fairly easy to cross promote.

    Some of the verticals that I have done extremely well with are: insurance, loans, credit, education, debt, mortgage, assistance, homeowner offers, etc...

    Most people have no idea how big the lead generation industry is, but there a tons of companies that rely of getting leads to grow their business. Financial oriented leads like I spoke of is where the money is.

    To drive traffic I do things different than most here. I buy fresh / targeted data (email) and then based on what the target is, I send a relevant offer. So if the data is for car insurance, then I send a car insurance offer. If it's for education, then I send an education offer, etc...

    I also get rev-share data, which is basically the same, except it costs $0 upfront for it, and then I split the revenue generate from sending it with the list owners / providers. I also generate real-time co-reg that targets a specific PPL offers. Lastly, I buy aged / domain targeted data, but it requires additional tools / resources to do profitably.

    Granted, you could use more mainstream marketing to generate the traffic, which is what most marketers do. However, by acquiring data it is very scalable, and I'm building assets that I then own and can market to over and over at low cost.

    Basically, I monetize the data by promoting PPL offers to it, because it offers the path of least resistance to generating conversions and converting the data to cash producing assets. Which is really more of a business model, where it is the combination of the two (data + PPL offers) that make it work so well.

    Anyway, at the very least it's something to think about.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    Concentrate on building your email list by creating a few squeeze pages

    ( seeing which one converts the best based on testing. )

    Advertise on Facebook and Youtube test, test, test.

    You can also go the free traffic route on both as well as paid.

    Regardless build that list and get a high converting funnel in place to monetize your opt-ins.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    Well done with your online efforts - my suggestion would be to expand the Etsy and selling on platforms like this, my niece buys loads of stuff from Etsy and there are some Etsy sellers in this niche with 8000+ sales!

    However, scaling up online hustles to a full time income is hard, so you could do what I do and bank all of your side income while doing the 9-5.

    I've invested every cent of my online income into stocks and property. Eventually that income will exceed what I make from online hustles.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Adsense is good and can make you some decent extra money but eventually if you want to expand you have to go beyond that.

    Like others have said Building a List of responsive Subscribers is definitely a route to consider.

    Building your Site , doing some Forum Marketing, YT videos are some avenues for you to concentrate on.

    The Adsense stuff is tempting i.e to keep building the Site and adding more Content producing more and more Adsense income..
    But sooner or later that can be your downfall with the way Google is so unpredictable with Traffic.


    - Robert Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan S
    It's really hard to do internet marketing while working 9-5. If your other half is working and willing to help you or if your average income from internet marketing is enough to pay your bills (mortgage, etc.) and won't put you on negative eventhough it's lower than your corporate salary, then ditch the damn 9-5 job now and concentrate on online business. You can double or even quadruple your income if you are doing full time. You own your time and you can do more, you'll have unlimited options and opportunities. Goodluck.
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  • Profile picture of the author matteomatt
    If you are in religion, try becoming an Amazon affiliate. You can get commissions possibly promoting other people's books on Kindle, and there are tons about religion.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by dc53123 View Post

    I want to make the jump. I need to make the jump. I make money online through a variety of sources (e.g. Etsy, Adsense, dropshipping products, etc.), but not enough to generate full-time income. A lot of the things mentioned above 'work' to generate passive income, but I have had a difficult time scaling efforts.

    Any recommendations to scaling up your online income while working the corporate 9-5? Where would you focus? Build an audience from scratch with content? Pay for traffic and promote affiliate products?

    Lots of ways to go with this... and looking for some help on focusing what is working best out there.
    Since you already have a few online income streams, I would start by seeing if you can scale those. Can you add more traffic to your current sties? Can you expand them in any other way?

    Sorry this may be a little vague but without knowing more details its hard to help.

    If you want to go another direction, I'd strongly recommend looking towards the affiliate products/cpa offers path, it can be very lucrative and a good starting point.
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  • Profile picture of the author unlimitedoptions
    Hi;

    Sounds like you are dabbling in several areas. Google Adsense will require tons of traffic clicking on your site to make any real money. Determine which of the other sources of income you like most. Concentrate most (80%) of your efforts on that source for 3-9 months to see if it starts to get more traction.
    Keep your 9-5 until you have enough money saved up and your new venture equals or surpasses your day job consistently. If your side income goes up one month then down the next and keeps that up then you need to stay at your 9-5 until you figure out how to keep the income steady or growing.

    Good Luck,

    Dan
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