I am a fairly new member at warriorforum but definitely not a newbie anymore, and I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience in online marketing, if possible help the newbies out there and/or at least give them the motivation to keep trying!
I've been involved in the gambling niche for quite a while and decided about 2 months ago to give product launches a try. I started from scratch with a dormant domain name I had (doolder.com) and built a wordpress blog with optimized on-page SEO, just the basics really:
>> Change the permalinks structure to have your keywords in your URLs
>> Add a sitemap and submit it to Google Webmasters to help Google crawl the site
>> Change the Wordpress theme to one of the free "SEO optimized themes" you can get from a basic Google search
At the time obviously I had absolutely no pagerank and 0 backlink, traffic was really poor as you can see below:
I then went to jvnotifypro to pick 3 products to work on. I decided to give myself 3 weeks to get ready for the launches at the end of march. I just created basic review posts with product names in the title saying pretty much that I was going to review the products, just a few lines and a picture.
The idea here is to get your pages indexed in Google quickly so that you can start building backlinks and move them up the ranks in Google. Once I had created these posts, I bookmarked them on digg, jumptags and reddit (the most powerful ones), created a few high PR forum profiles with my links and pinged all the URLs with ping-o-matic.
After a couple days my links were showing up in Google, sometimes even surprisingly high in the rankings, that's the number 1 advantage of starting working on your product launches a few weeks in advance. Then I started a daily backlink building plan based on the following:
>> Article writing and spinning. I would just take an existing article on internet marketing from ezinearticles and rewrite it completely, then add 3 variations to each sentence. That's enough to bring your article to 35-40% uniqueness. I added 2 links in each article. All the spinning work was done with the free online spinning tool at crewriter.com.
>> Submission to article directories:
==> Ezine Articles ==> Amazines
==> Article Base ==> Article Alley
==> Article Dashboard ==> Go Articles
I know there's plenty more article directories but only submitted to these ones. Note that I was doing this manually so I couldn't just blast my articles to 1000 article directories, and I don't think it's necessarily a good thing to do anyway.
>> Submission to Blogs I had created on:
==> Blogger ==> Wordpress ==> Diaryland
==> Hubpages ==> Tumblr ==> Blog.com
==> Squidoo ==> Weebly
Once again, you could find more blogs to post to, but these are really the most powerful ones by far, meaning that they get indexed quickly by Google and produce quality backlinks.
>> Submission to free press release services:
>> Social Bookmarking for all the article blog URLs on:
==> Digg ==> Delicious
==> Jumptags ==> Mixx
==> Reddit ==> Mister Wrong
I social bookmarked each URL to only 1 social bookmarking site.
>> Pinging of all the URLs on:
Doing this manually everyday might sound like a lot of work, but you can optimize your time. The initial setup takes a few hours because you have to create a new account to each and every site.
Once I was done with the account creation, I used the free tool iMacros to login automatically to each site, so that I basically just had to take the content and post it... Once you have a nice setup, you can easily go through all these steps in about an hour.
Writing an article and spin it to 35-40% uniqueness can be done in 1 hour if you don't get distracted. So overall it took me 2 to 3 hours a day for a few weeks. I know there are a LOT of other resources and ways to create backlinks (forum marketing, blog commenting...) but I'm only talking about what I did.
Now the interesting part, my results on traffic 3 weeks later:
As you can see I went from an average of 3 visitors a day to an average of more than 200 unique visitors on the week of my first launch (400 unique visitors on launch day), which I think is quite an interesting results in just 3 weeks.
I was ranking Top 3 in Google for the 3 products I launched, which I thought was quite surprising considering that what I did seemed pretty standard and more importantly it was my first try in product launches.
Overall profit was $2,124 in 5 days and then an additional $1,000 over the following 2 weeks, not that bad a result for a first shot. I got a lot more to say about that whole product launch experience but no time right now so I'll leave it for later...
Nothing really new in what I said but it's just a proof that you don't need state of the art technology and highly developed ideas to make money online. I hope this will be a good read and a source of motivation for most newbies.
All the best to all of you,