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Well....Kinda. After a 6 weeks of being in affiliate marketing, I've failed, gotten pissed, tried again, failed again, gotten more pissed, spent money, researched my arse off, read some more, tried again, failed again, read more and tried again and finally when I published my third site, I was able to reach #5 on google broad search 6 million results and #1 on yahoo broad search 115 million resuts after only 17 days of having the site up!

With that said, I've hit the big time cause I just made my first .11 cents yesterday. Woohoo! That's almost .02 cents a week I'm bankin'!

I know. I know. It's not much, but I feel like alot of hard work is behind me by just breaking the ice and getting the basics down. I can now, buy a domain, create a website, monetize it, add content, promote it, and use tools to analyze the traffic. I didn't know anything before 6 weeks ago. I have an adsense account, an amazon account and I was just accepted into three cpa networks. So it looks like this is just the beginning for me!
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    Congratulations!

    As you said, it's not too much, but it's great for someone who is just starting. It took me 2 years and more than 30 sites to make my first penny online, so you must be happy with your results!

    Now, keep up the hard work and you will have your first $100 day soon!


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    Haha, Suuuuuuhwweeet! Way to go on sticking in there. If only people understood that persistence and perseverance are the "real" avenues to success. Coupled with consistent tweaking and learning 'til you find that sweet spot which makes money, all thats left to do then is rinse and repeat.

    It is all downhill from here and I wish you the best of luck!

    ..and just think, if you build 100 sites that can get you the .11 each, thats $11 whole dollars!!

    No seriously, that first hump is the newbie killer. Once you get over it and bank a little, things seem to just open up. Keep it up and congrats!
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    • Profile picture of the author MarksExtra
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      "seriously, that first hump is the newbie killer. Once you get over it and bank a little, things seem to just open up"

      Thanks man. Ya. That's exactly why I posted this thread. It's just like you said. It seems once I get over the whole first hump I can see the light ahead now. I mean, now that I understand and am able to complete the process of getting a site up from nothing to making first dime, it seems like I can now just make more sites, try different niches and start backlinking. See what happens, test, and test and then move on.
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    • Profile picture of the author williamrs
      Originally Posted by MeghanK View Post

      30 sites to make pennies after 2 years.... really?
      Unfortunately, yes.

      I started the wrong way, used traffic exchanges and lost a lot of time and money with MLMs and other schemes. Also, I'm not a native english speaker and had no money to hire writers to create content for me, so everything was hard! I could also mention my financial situation (I'm from Brazil and I used to earn in R$... US$1 = R$1.75...), but then this post would be very long...

      However, after 2 years I found out a system that allowed me to start making some decent money and in few weeks I was earning a very good income. It then allowed me to hire a freelance writer to rewrite my sites and also buy a few good IM courses. For me, the first $1 was much harder than the first $1K.


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        Originally Posted by williamrs View Post

        Unfortunately, yes.

        I started the wrong way, used traffic exchanges and lost a lot of time and money with MLMs and other schemes. Also, I'm not a native english speaker and had no money to hire writers to create content for me, so everything was hard! I could also mention my financial situation (I'm from Brazil and I used to earn in R$... US$1 = R$1.75...), but then this post would be very long...

        However, after 2 years I found out a system that allowed me to start making some decent money and in few weeks I was earning a very good income. It then allowed me to hire a freelance writer to rewrite my sites and also buy a few good IM courses. For me, the first $1 was much harder than the first $1K.


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        First Congrats to the OP MarksExtra. I think being able to go from knowing absolutely nothing to creating a website that making something in just 6 weeks is great and shows your level of dedication and will to succeed.

        Compared to my example your a rocket ship. I've been in and out of MLM and Online marketing for years but have never really succeed at it. Yet. There's several reasons for this but the main one is probably that I've made pretty much every mistake in the book. And I'd say the prime one has been program and info jumping like a mad man. Being so eager to 'make it quick' I was a perfect sucker for every offer out there. I bought and downloaded everything I could get my hands on and then of course quickly became overwhelmed and never ended up reading or using even a quarter of it. And after spending a boat load of money I got dispirited and quit.

        I have just recently come back into the game and am determined not to make the same mistakes of the past. However focus has always been one of my challenges so it is something I have to continually struggle with. I did make some money in the past and I am making some now but no where near what I know is possible. At the very least though I know I have amassed a Ton of experience and knowledge on what Not to do and so will be able to pass this on when I am ready for my own 'guru hood' some day ; )

        The reason I quoted the post above though is that the line "I started the wrong way, used traffic exchanges and lost a lot of time and money with MLMs and other schemes" really caught my attention as traffic exchanges is what I have been getting into. Is it really impossible to make money with them, or MLM online? If the Warriors here tell me that it is, I will believe them and move in another direction. So any word on this will be greatly appreciated.

        I apologize for the thread-jack MarksExtra but your honesty inspired me to share my own story. Maybe I should make this into a separate thread though?

        Regardless, Thanks for a great and inspiring post Mark! I say you've for sure got 'The Right Stuff'

        Best of Luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author N4PGW
      Originally Posted by MeghanK View Post

      30 sites to make pennies after 2 years.... really?
      At least he started 30 sites in two years. From what I have been reading, Gurus think 25-50% of readers of this forum will not have a site up in two years.

      MarksExtra, you must have taken my approach..."Get something up even if it is wrong!"

      My first year and a half was spent learning about black-hat techniques which were slapped by Google about the time I was ready to start building them. I spent a year too gun-shy to start anything else. Last year, I changed my approach and setup a site that made $25 in Adsense revenue its first year.

      It's the learning curve that will get you! Every time I think I know everything I need to know to put up a site, I hit an unexpected problem I have to go research to find the answer, learn how to do it and then implement it. Of course, by the time I find out it's a problem, I have already spent an hour or more trying to get it to work.

      Hang in there, Mark! You will make it! Congratulations!

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          Originally Posted by HOMELESS BUM View Post

          WoW that's something to put in the archives.

          OP great job. I hope to get where you are one day!

          Keep sticking with it, you'll get there!

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      • Profile picture of the author MarksExtra
        Originally Posted by N4PGW View Post

        MarksExtra, you must have taken my approach..."Get something up even if it is wrong!"



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        I took exactly just that approach. I mean, first I did alot of research to figure just what I was supposed to be doing. After that, I decided to leave the forums that suck so much of your time and I figured, take some action, what the heck, why not try to put up a site. It got sandboxed I think. So I put up another, then another. I just kept going at it, and getting more used to the whole wesite thing. I figured that failing wasn't any worse than not trying. I think it took about two hours to up the site that's ranking well. Now, I'd like to try to pick a little more competitive niche, where there's a llittle more money and put up a site to see what happens. Exciting stuff.
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        • Profile picture of the author N4PGW
          Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

          I took exactly just that approach. I mean, first I did alot of research to figure just what I was supposed to be doing.
          Same here, it wasn't my first website, but it was my first success at setting one up with IM in mind.

          Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

          After that, I decided to leave the forums that suck so much of your time and I figured, take some action, what the heck, why not try to put up a site. It got sand boxed I think. So I put up another, then another. I just kept going at it, and getting more used to the whole website thing. I figured that failing wasn't any worse than not trying.
          Talking about failing, check out my last two posts on my blog (see signature).

          I assume you are setting up blogs. You have the right experience, now you just need the right content.

          Keep at it, my friend!
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      Originally Posted by MeghanK View Post

      30 sites to make pennies after 2 years.... really?
      Hey man keep up the hard work, and I am glad your seeing some results!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    And now you know it works, Mark, and you can build on that. It won't always be pennies your adding up, but dollars instead. Take what you've learned and build on it, keep learning, and set your aim high. Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author bay37
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      And now you know it works, Mark, and you can build on that.
      Wouldn't call $0.11/day "what works". Seriously now...

      edit: it's funny to see so many people congratulate him on "sticking it out" and "making it". I can tell you now - $1/day takes exactly 8 hours of work (once). You may even get to $3/day if you're lucky. That does not mean that the "hard work is done". Not by a long stretch.
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      • Profile picture of the author N4PGW
        Originally Posted by bay37 View Post

        Wouldn't call $0.11/day "what works". Seriously now...

        edit: it's funny to see so many people congratulate him on "sticking it out" and "making it".
        From what I can tell, Mark had to learn the bare-bones basics, how to setup a site, host it, etc. That takes time. That learning curve can kill you. It is very discouraging to spend one hour getting to a point where you need help and then spend the next two days looking for the answer. Then one hour later, you are back there again. Yesterday, I experienced a similar fate. It is really discouraging.

        I don't congratulate Mark on making $.11 (if you want a laugh, just try to calculate his per-hour income), it is for sticking it out while he was building a sand castle during the incoming tide.

        I can tell you now - $1/day takes exactly 8 hours of work (once). You may even get to $3/day if you're lucky. That does not mean that the "hard work is done". Not by a long stretch.
        I believe you are absolutely right, Bay! Now, just exactly what 8 hours work? When he figures that out, he will cross another threshold -- hopefully that never has to be crossed again!

        Hang in there Mark, and you too, Bay.

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        • Profile picture of the author bay37
          Originally Posted by N4PGW View Post

          From what I can tell...
          That's a very classy reply. I like that kind of attitude - have your opinion, communicate it to others in a professional way, and don't try to force your beliefs on other people. Awesome.

          And yes, you are absolutely right about everything you've said in your post. perhaps my bitter reply wasn't really called for... it's just that I'm a doer, not an attention seeker. I die a little bit inside when I see threads like this.
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        • Profile picture of the author TimG
          Originally Posted by N4PGW View Post

          From what I can tell, Mark had to learn the bare-bones basics, how to setup a site, host it, etc. That takes time. That learning curve can kill you. It is very discouraging to spend one hour getting to a point where you need help and then spend the next two days looking for the answer. Then one hour later, you are back there again. Yesterday, I experienced a similar fate. It is really discouraging.

          I don't congratulate Mark on making $.11 (if you want a laugh, just try to calculate his per-hour income), it is for sticking it out while he was building a sand castle during the incoming tide.


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          Agreed, and that knowledge that he gained represents way more then .11 cents in value because now he has a tangible skill he can use to help others that are willing to pay much more in order to receive access to the information he has learned.

          That's more then evident by the mass amount of offline opportunities that folks keep talking about/promoting.

          The next step is to harness what he now knows and leverage it in order to make more then .11 cents, which I'm sure he is more than capable of doing.

          Respectfully,
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          • Profile picture of the author Vanessa Reece
            Originally Posted by TimG View Post

            Agreed, and that knowledge that he gained represents way more then .11 cents in value because now he has a tangible skill he can use to help others that are willing to pay much more in order to receive access to the information he has learned.

            That's more then evident by the mass amount of offline opportunities that folks keep talking about/promoting.

            The next step is to harness what he now knows and leverage it in order to make more then .11 cents, which I'm sure he is more than capable of doing.

            Respectfully,
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            Well said Tim! I totally agree. If I added it up I've probably been making small change for like 6 years but you know what my experience has allowed me to charge a lot to coach and consult (not in affiliate marketing cuz that is not my forte haha - hence why I'm here to learn more) but in other online traffic, lead building ways. They are never mistakes they are learning curves. Ones as Tim said you could actually teach people not to do. Your honestly is a big pull. It's working for me. Congrats Mark! and keep on keeping on! V
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by bay37 View Post


        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill
        And now you know it works, Mark, and you can build on that.
        Wouldn't call $0.11/day "what works". Seriously now...

        edit: it's funny to see so many people congratulate him on "sticking it out" and "making it". I can tell you now - $1/day takes exactly 8 hours of work (once). You may even get to $3/day if you're lucky. That does not mean that the "hard work is done". Not by a long stretch.
        I didn't say "what" works, I said "it" works, meaning Internet marketing. That's the biggest hump for many. They work and work and work and see no money at all. Most give up, claiming it doesn't work, or that it's a scam. The OP made it past that point.

        Who said the hard work is done? The OP is sharing a moment of happiness with us, there's no need to rain on his parade. He obviously knows more work is needed because he outlined his plans. Perhaps you need to be more supportive and less about nitpicking.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          MarksExtra and Williamrs - Kudos to you both. You stuck with it and kept trying - and "it" does work. It doesn't matter how much you earned in the beginning. That is proof that you CAN earn.
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        • Profile picture of the author bay37
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          I didn't say "what" works, I said "it" works, meaning Internet marketing. That's the biggest hump for many. They work and work and work and see no money at all. Most give up, claiming it doesn't work, or that it's a scam. The OP made it past that point.
          My bad, quoted the wrong poster.

          Originally Posted by TimG

          and now that you know what works you can improvie upon your third site, or the other 2 sites or an additional site.
          ....
          Perhaps you need to be more supportive and less about nitpicking.
          Meh, we're all different. I just find the whole situation funny in so many ways, but hey - to each his own!

          You may think I need to be more supportive. I believe that more people should be realistic about what they're doing here. We are all entitled to our own opinions.
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          • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
            Originally Posted by bay37 View Post


            You may think I need to be more supportive. I believe that more people should be realistic about what they're doing here. We are all entitled to our own opinions.
            I agree with you, actually. Your timing just sucks. A person doesn't need a "reality slap" the moment he wins a victory. Let him have his moment of joy. Reality never strays too far away.
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            Originally Posted by MeghanK View Post

            30 sites to make pennies after 2 years.... really?
            Guess what we all have different factors to deal with its easy for you to sit behind your pc and knock someone else but it's wrong if you do not know the full story try n be a bit more constructive next time.

            Originally Posted by bay37 View Post

            Wouldn't call $0.11/day "what works". Seriously now...

            edit: it's funny to see so many people congratulate him on "sticking it out" and "making it". I can tell you now - $1/day takes exactly 8 hours of work (once). You may even get to $3/day if you're lucky. That does not mean that the "hard work is done". Not by a long stretch.
            What matters is he finally broke the ice, and you know what he feels confident about it confident enough to share it with us . His determination and confidence means he will definitely succeed, in fact he has succeeded already.
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          • Profile picture of the author NicheMayhem
            Originally Posted by bay37 View Post

            My bad, quoted the wrong poster.


            ....


            Meh, we're all different. I just find the whole situation funny in so many ways, but hey - to each his own!

            You may think I need to be more supportive. I believe that more people should be realistic about what they're doing here. We are all entitled to our own opinions.
            The reality is that many people do exactly as Dennis pointed out, they operate on a level of complete skepticism. Not only seeing Internet Marketing as only theory but also that they themselves may not be able to do it, but why not try.

            The OPs mindset has obviously changed. This business is 30% technique and 70% mindset in my opinion. You got to believe in it and the more positive and invested you are in yourself the better your results will be.

            When you are going in circles inside your head needing to see a little proof before you are willing to truly commit, that mindset is reflected in your efforts which in most cases translates into struggles and downward spirals. Or in other words jumping from this to that and never fully giving a certain purchase or idea the proper chance.

            If though you are able to see a small success as an avenue towards the bigger better dream life you have always wanted, you are well on your way to putting in that extra 10% that could be the difference between success and failure. That adds up to 110% by the way, most people quit after only giving 20% of their potential so BIG TIME kudos to the OP!

            It is not about the next big system or latest greatest tool when within yourself lies the problem because many systems and many tools work for many people in many ways. Those who stick in it deserve the credit though not the system or tool because they made it work...for them. Do you see the difference?

            Way to be a Negative Nancy. :p

            EDIT: Geez I should have refreshed the thread lol sorry to bust on you bay37 and well done on showing you got class as well as a high standard for your own success ratio.
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            • Profile picture of the author 1387
              Originally Posted by NicheMayhem View Post

              The reality is that many people do exactly as Dennis pointed out, they operate on a level of complete skepticism. Not only seeing Internet Marketing as only theory but also that they themselves may not be able to do it, but why not try.

              The OPs mindset has obviously changed. This business is 30% technique and 70% mindset in my opinion. You got to believe in it and the more positive and invested you are in yourself the better your results will be.

              When you are going in circles inside your head needing to see a little proof before you are willing to truly commit, that mindset is reflected in your efforts which in most cases translates into struggles and downward spirals. Or in other words jumping from this to that and never fully giving a certain purchase or idea the proper chance.

              If though you are able to see a small success as an avenue towards the bigger better dream life you have always wanted, you are well on your way to putting in that extra 10% that could be the difference between success and failure. That adds up to 110% by the way, most people quit after only giving 20% of their potential so BIG TIME kudos to the OP!

              It is not about the next big system or latest greatest tool when within yourself lies the problem because many systems and many tools work for many people in many ways. Those who stick in it deserve the credit though not the system or tool because they made it work...for them. Do you see the difference?

              Way to be a Negative Nancy. :p

              EDIT: Geez I should have refreshed the thread lol sorry to bust on you bay37 and well done on showing you got class as well as a high standard for your own success ratio.
              I had the term Negative Nancy typed out for that dude, but changed it at the last second. 4 Minutes difference. If 3 different people say the same thing about you, I think it means its true.
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          • Profile picture of the author Jason101
            Congratulations

            Just keep improving and don't give up.
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              congrats, I'm trying to learn about IM and this is lets me know it can work
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      • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
        MarksExtra, I'm happy for you. I'm sure those first cents will be the start of many to come.


        Originally Posted by bay37 View Post

        Wouldn't call $0.11/day "what works". Seriously now...

        edit: it's funny to see so many people congratulate him on "sticking it out" and "making it". I can tell you now - $1/day takes exactly 8 hours of work (once). You may even get to $3/day if you're lucky. That does not mean that the "hard work is done". Not by a long stretch.
        Is there anyone that said that the hard work was over? I think not. Everyone congratulated the OP because we can still remember how good we felt when we made those first cents ourselves.

        I can still remember the first money I made with one of my sites. Yes, I believe it was a couple of cents too, and yes I was very pleased with myself. Not because I made a big load of money, but because I made money. Even if it was a little bit. It proofed that it was possible to make money online. Believe me, working and not making anything is worse. Once you made those first cents most people will change their attitude, from believing to knowing it is possible, and that is what makes those first cents very valuable. At least in my mind.

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        • Profile picture of the author Elmer Hurlstone
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      • Profile picture of the author 1387
        Originally Posted by bay37 View Post

        Wouldn't call $0.11/day "what works". Seriously now...

        edit: it's funny to see so many people congratulate him on "sticking it out" and "making it". I can tell you now - $1/day takes exactly 8 hours of work (once). You may even get to $3/day if you're lucky. That does not mean that the "hard work is done". Not by a long stretch.
        You misread, hes simply alluding to the fact that a lot of people see this as "easy money" that you can't really make. He's seen a cent and now he knows its real. Leave it to the English to be naysayers
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      • Profile picture of the author tomw
        Originally Posted by bay37 View Post

        Wouldn't call $0.11/day "what works". Seriously now...

        edit: it's funny to see so many people congratulate him on "sticking it out" and "making it". I can tell you now - $1/day takes exactly 8 hours of work (once). You may even get to $3/day if you're lucky. That does not mean that the "hard work is done". Not by a long stretch.
        Despite years spent in the advertising world and being at the point of already owning a company or two, I will never forget the feeling we had when one of our crazy experiments with this new fangled thing called "affiliate marketing" generated its first commission.

        Even as pretty heavyweight marketing professionals, it presented us with an astounding "eureka!" moment. That one little £30 sale led us to build a mini empire over the course of the next decade.

        If I told you how much revenue our companies now generate through online affiliate income amongst and compared to our more traditional advertising and marketing income streams, you'd probably say I was full of it.

        This was all made possible because of the belief instilled by that very first result.

        The OP has had his. He deserves the congratulations bestowed in this thread.

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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
    Congrats ! Keep up the hard work..

    Its not that you made a few cents, its the fact that you see the possibilities of what could be with hard work and dedication...
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  • Profile picture of the author Lutz80
    Great work and congratulations, as you said.11 may not be alot but is for you when you make your first money online that is a great accomplishment.

    The most important part is that you never gave up and continued to research and learn and it paid off. This is a great lesson for any newbie not to give up.

    Some people try to make Internet marketing seem so easy and like there is no work involved. But honestly I have failed with more sites than I can remember and I think if everyone was being honest they would tell you the same thing. But with lots of trial and error as well as learning from my mistakes and continuing to learn and scale up my work I have created a system that works for me and my business model. And IM is a business just like any other business it takes work and yes you can save yourself from a lot of work through outsourcing but I think you should know how to do everything yourself before you outsource it or how are you going to be able to tell your people what you expect of them.

    Anyway congrats great work keep it up and you will make even more money.

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    Keep going at it and persistence will pay off.

    Think of how much you have learned and what you can capitalize on.
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  • Profile picture of the author thehobbster
    Hey, congrats no your .11c! I know it feels awesome every time I get a click, even when it's one of those 1c clicks from one of my very old websites. I wish the best for you and hope you find a way to financial freedom through your work. I'm steadily seeing my adsense double every month. I think you'll find close to the same if you keep putting in a consistent effort. Congrats again.
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  • Profile picture of the author abednego
    Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

    Well....Kinda. After a 6 weeks of being in affiliate marketing, I've failed, gotten pissed, tried again, failed again, gotten more pissed, spent money, researched my arse off, read some more, tried again, failed again, read more and tried again and finally when I published my third site, I was able to reach #5 on google broad search 6 million results and #1 on yahoo broad search 115 million resuts after only 17 days of having the site up!

    With that said, I've hit the big time cause I just made my first .11 cents yesterday. Woohoo! That's almost .02 cents a week I'm bankin'!

    I know. I know. It's not much, but I feel like alot of hard work is behind me by just breaking the ice and getting the basics down. I can now, buy a domain, create a website, monetize it, add content, promote it, and use tools to analyze the traffic. I didn't know anything before 6 weeks ago. I have an adsense account, an amazon account and I was just accepted into three cpa networks. So it looks like this is just the beginning for me!
    Congrats!

    If you want to share your work, I'm sure many of us would be more than happy to offer our suggestions on how to improve upon things!

    For me - getting my first sale was what got me started... it made me realize that this was "real"!
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    • Profile picture of the author MarksExtra
      Originally Posted by abednego View Post

      Congrats!

      If you want to share your work, I'm sure many of us would be more than happy to offer our suggestions on how to improve upon things!

      For me - getting my first sale was what got me started... it made me realize that this was "real"!
      I'd love to share what I've done, honestly, I could use the feedback, but the site is a little....well....ugly. I need a new header and I've got some logistics to still work out. feeds,social buttons,etc....it's kind of embarassing. I have noticed that the most dificult thing out of all the things I've been confronting has been the logistics of website design. I know what I want but transferring my thought to the page has been challenging. I have tried to outsource but honestly, at the end of the day, if you're going to do split testing(and you should) how are you going to keep contacting your outsourcer all the time and paying more and more? So that leaves me with having to learn WP and Xsitepro. Ugh.... I'll push forward but until I can get those down, my site still looks unrefined. So to sum up, even with advice on what I should change(and there are things that need changed) I'm stuck in the mud.

      For me - getting my first sale is what it is all about too. It makes the whole thing real. It makes you believe. This could really happen.
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      • Profile picture of the author abednego
        Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

        I'd love to share what I've done, honestly, I could use the feedback, but the site is a little....well....ugly. I need a new header and I've got some logistics to still work out. feeds,social buttons,etc....it's kind of embarassing. I have noticed that the most dificult thing out of all the things I've been confronting has been the logistics of website design. I know what I want but transferring my thought to the page has been challenging. I have tried to outsource but honestly, at the end of the day, if you're going to do split testing(and you should) how are you going to keep contacting your outsourcer all the time and paying more and more? So that leaves me with having to learn WP and Xsitepro. Ugh.... I'll push forward but until I can get those down, my site still looks unrefined. So to sum up, even with advice on what I should change(and there are things that need changed) I'm stuck in the mud.

        For me - getting my first sale is what it is all about too. It makes the whole thing real. It makes you believe. This could really happen.
        There is nothing to be embarrassed about.

        If you want the truth, 90% of people who try IM don't make any money at all... you're already one step ahead of them.

        Its not where you're currently at - its where you're going. Its important to keep an open mind and accept constructive feedback from the credible ones here.
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      • Profile picture of the author N4PGW
        Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

        I'd love to share what I've done, honestly, I could use the feedback, but the site is a little....well....ugly. I need a new header and I've got some logistics to still work out. feeds,social buttons,etc....it's kind of embarassing.
        Don't let the appearance bog you down. Just find something simple and not too flashy. If you have good content, unless you setup a distracting theme, your visitors will come and hang around.

        Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

        I have noticed that the most dificult thing out of all the things I've been confronting has been the logistics of website design. I know what I want but transferring my thought to the page has been challenging. I have tried to outsource but honestly, at the end of the day, if you're going to do split testing(and you should) how are you going to keep contacting your outsourcer all the time and paying more and more? So that leaves me with having to learn WP and Xsitepro. .
        WordPress is easy. It just takes a bit of practice. Check out newipod4you. com, it made $11 in May just like it is.

        Keep on keeping on!

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  • Profile picture of the author MassiveMarketer
    Good for you. That is a good start. It's not much but it's a start! In this business, you shouldn't really give up easily. Congratulations!
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    Mark,
    As a new addition to this forum
    you are one who comes off completely honest
    and not blowing smoke.
    Your honesty will be a great asset as you grow your business.
    Your clients will see that and stay with you
    because you just tell it as it is.
    Best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author TimG
    Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

    Well....Kinda. After a 6 weeks of being in affiliate marketing, I've failed, gotten pissed, tried again, failed again, gotten more pissed, spent money, researched my arse off, read some more, tried again, failed again, read more and tried again and finally when I published my third site, I was able to reach #5 on google broad search 6 million results and #1 on yahoo broad search 115 million resuts after only 17 days of having the site up!

    With that said, I've hit the big time cause I just made my first .11 cents yesterday. Woohoo! That's almost .02 cents a week I'm bankin'!

    I know. I know. It's not much, but I feel like alot of hard work is behind me by just breaking the ice and getting the basics down. I can now, buy a domain, create a website, monetize it, add content, promote it, and use tools to analyze the traffic. I didn't know anything before 6 weeks ago. I have an adsense account, an amazon account and I was just accepted into three cpa networks. So it looks like this is just the beginning for me!
    It is definately the beginning for you and now that you know what works you can improvie upon your third site, or the other 2 sites or an additional site.

    Also, if you continue to work this the .11 cents will begin to grow into a much more sizeable amount.

    Heck, I remember back in 2001 when I got tickled pink making $5 a day because it was an extra $150 a month which was almost my Jeep Wrangler payment.

    Respectfully,
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  • Profile picture of the author Luis Medilo
    Congratulations! I hope I can succeed also. ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author davewebsmith
    Well done ... Things can only get better now on your IM Journey ...
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    A little bit of light at the end of the tunnel better then just darkness.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Gordon
    2 years without a penny. That's guts man. You are on my hero list. I read 95% of IM don't make it. I love every post about someone that sticks it out.
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    congratulations marksextra, hope to get there also.
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  • Profile picture of the author Grace26
    Well done, keep it up. Perseverance pays at the end!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tomwood
    The key to success in life is persistence and learning from your mistakes and it looks like you have got that cracked. Congratulations now the only way is up. I would wish you good luck but with the winning attitude you have demonstrated so far you don't won't it.
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    lol ... congratulations. I'm happy for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan1911
    It's great to hear honesty, battling along eighteen months later and $50 in the bank does not pay the bills. Keep going, stay grounded and slowly the parts start to fall into the right places. Good luck and keep going - I am.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cris Cato
      Congrats on earning your first money online! Just keep doing what you're doing and build more sites. Even if you only build two sites a month, that's 24 sites in one year and even if they each site only made a couple cents each month, all that still adds up and I'm sure you'll get better and faster as time goes by.

      Good job and don't ever give up.
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  • Profile picture of the author leotuzi
    If you figured out how to make 11 cents then you know how to make $1, $500, $20,000.
    The concept is the same. Tweak and scale up.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gordonb666
    Well done! The important thing is to keep at it, a little bit here and a little bit there can add up to a lot. Multiple streams of income even in small amounts soon add up.
    Best of luck for the future. Gordon
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  • Profile picture of the author ivanadee
    congratz...
    what a good start...
    keep learning, winner ^_^
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    That's a good start. Kept working & improve on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author David McKee
    Congratulations on your affiliate sites starting to get traffic and actually pay you money.

    Don't listen to the nay-sayers, I saw a story yesterday about a guy who started a store that has nothing but items that he sells for 99 cents. Everyone told him he was nuts because "We already have Dollar Stores!" Well, long story short, he is worth 600 million dollars now. He did the hard work and kept at it. You do the same.

    As been said a thousand times or more on this forum, Affiliate marketing is simple... but it sure aint easy.

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  • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
    Makes me wonder if you immediately made a full time income when you started out

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    • Profile picture of the author jlucado
      Congratulations Mark.

      The key is just don't give up! And don't let naysayers pull you down.

      Any sale, even 11c, is validation that you can do it. Learn what works and ramp it up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      I am a huge supporter of anyone who has the guts and the persistence to teach themselves what they need to know to start earning a living online.
      I'm self-taught. I know it's a long hard road. There's nothing wrong with that...In fact, it's proof that you have some of the stuff needed to be successful.

      Don't give up and don't let anyone ever steal your dreams, because they'll try and they'll label it "being realistic".
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

    Well....Kinda. After a 6 weeks of being in affiliate marketing, I've failed, gotten pissed, tried again, failed again, gotten more pissed, spent money, researched my arse off, read some more, tried again, failed again, read more and tried again and finally when I published my third site, I was able to reach #5 on google broad search 6 million results and #1 on yahoo broad search 115 million resuts after only 17 days of having the site up!

    With that said, I've hit the big time cause I just made my first .11 cents yesterday. Woohoo! That's almost .02 cents a week I'm bankin'!

    I know. I know. It's not much, but I feel like alot of hard work is behind me by just breaking the ice and getting the basics down. I can now, buy a domain, create a website, monetize it, add content, promote it, and use tools to analyze the traffic. I didn't know anything before 6 weeks ago. I have an adsense account, an amazon account and I was just accepted into three cpa networks. So it looks like this is just the beginning for me!
    It's the difference between theory and realism.

    I would say that's not much, I would say it's PRICELESS!

    Way to go!
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  • Profile picture of the author rajivkumar900
    Congratulation for first step towards online success, I still remember when i got my first sale.. I was bit excited and was keep refreshing my clickbank account just to see some more sales..lol
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  • Profile picture of the author John Piteo
    Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

    With that said, I've hit the big time cause I just made my first .11 cents yesterday. Woohoo! That's almost .02 cents a week I'm bankin'!
    Yeah sure you made .11 cents, that's what they all say! I want to see PROOF of INCOME!

    LOL, just kidding, great job! Going from making nothing online to making something is a big hurdle. You've done it so keep on going.

    Nice car by the way, looks like about a "67" Chevelle.

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    • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
      Congratulations! I missed when your first post about the .11 cents profit and just now read the whole thread. Good for you and thanks for posting. I remember my first profit many years ago was from eBay so it was not as exciting. Even now I am happy even with the very small amounts. They not only add up it means you are going in the right direction.

      Originally Posted by John Piteo View Post

      Yeah sure you made .11 cents, that's what they all say! I want to see PROOF of INCOME!

      John P
      That has to be the funniest post in this thread. Thanks for the laugh.

      Also thanks for the updates MarksExtra. Keep up the good work.
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  • Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

    Well....Kinda. After a 6 weeks of being in affiliate marketing, I've failed, gotten pissed, tried again, failed again, gotten more pissed, spent money, researched my arse off, read some more, tried again, failed again, read more and tried again and finally when I published my third site, I was able to reach #5 on google broad search 6 million results and #1 on yahoo broad search 115 million resuts after only 17 days of having the site up!

    With that said, I've hit the big time cause I just made my first .11 cents yesterday. Woohoo! That's almost .02 cents a week I'm bankin'!

    I know. I know. It's not much, but I feel like alot of hard work is behind me by just breaking the ice and getting the basics down. I can now, buy a domain, create a website, monetize it, add content, promote it, and use tools to analyze the traffic. I didn't know anything before 6 weeks ago. I have an adsense account, an amazon account and I was just accepted into three cpa networks. So it looks like this is just the beginning for me!
    This sounds refreshing! And let me tell you: For 6 weeks you did great...Keep it going, your attitude is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarksExtra
    First, let me say "thank you" to all of you have given me words of encouragement. I really appreciate them all. For weeks I just kept saying to myself "I can do this" "I can do this". Wow. And now it's actually happening. Weird.

    Second, I never intended to spark any kind of debate in this thread. I only meant to spread a little happiness. That's it. As I mentioned in my first post, I realize it's not alot of money, but the great thing about my accomplishment is the fact that I was able to conquer alot of completely foreign steps, tools, and concepts that got me to this point. At this point I know for a fact I can put up a website. That is one sweeeet thing for me.

    I know I have a long way to go. Hard work? Sure. But let me tell ya, I don't mind hard work one bit. I'm used to it. You see, I'm a concrete mason by trade. Yup. Just a grunt that's been bustin' his back for a long time. Worked my way through college, then grad school. Still bustin' my back doin' masonry to get the bills paid. Masonry; to me; now that's tough work. I actually like the IM industry. You know what they say. "Find a job you love and you'll never work another day in your life" or something like that.

    On another note: I quadrupled my earnings. I made .49cents today! I know. Go ahead and laugh; but like I said, it's about the knowledge. The way I figure it, I'm on my way to earning my first dollar in internet marketing! Maybe tomorrow will be the day. Maybe the next. Who knows. The sky is the limit.
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    • Profile picture of the author TimG
      Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

      On another note: I quadrupled my earnings. I made .49cents today! I know. Go ahead and laugh; but like I said, it's about the knowledge. The way I figure it, I'm on my way to earning my first dollar in internet marketing! Maybe tomorrow will be the day. Maybe the next. Who knows. The sky is the limit.
      Very cool - I visited this thread again in the hopes that you would be providing another update and that the amount earned had increased.

      Glad to see it did.

      Keep at it buddy, there are plenty of people that made their initial post in this forum and other marketing forums when they were just getting started out and sveral years later they are doing extemely well.

      Granted some achieved success quicker then others and some better then others but the point is we all started with a dream to earn money online.

      Respectfully,
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    Your persistence has paid off, keep it up! Great job!

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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I quadrupled my earnings today. I made .49cents today!
      Exponential growth - the dream of every marketer!!!

      That's over $178 a year - keep going and it will be a lot more!
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  • Profile picture of the author NikkiS
    Thanks for sharing this Mark. Well done and keep going!!!
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    lol... awesome man. Congratulations

    Continue to learn everything you can about your method.. take action.. and scale up
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  • Profile picture of the author bizfox
    Congratulations! Preserverance like yours is what will separate the real winners from the wannabe winners
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  • Profile picture of the author Mac Milky
    Congrats, - and thanks for sharing!

    And every journey starts with the first step, keep up with the good work
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  • Profile picture of the author LondonPaladin
    I still remember my first adsense dollar. Of course I never made enough adsense money to get an actual check from them. I switched to better ventures....

    But still it is a great feeling. Wait til you sell your first ebook. Or have your first $100 day....
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    • Profile picture of the author Island Girl
      Congratulations! I know exactly how you feel. I am a newbie too. When I made my first CB sale about a week after I started I saw that it could work and I knew I was on the right track. I was over the moon too. After you know that whatever you are doing is working so just continue learning and doing. I'm keeping it simple for now and that's working for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarksExtra
    Well, after all the comments, I started reflecting on my site a bit and I think that a couple of the reasons I'm not making enough money are: first, I don't think I have the right niche. For example. A niche like penis enlargement, acne, dieting, are niches where the customer really wants/needs something and would rather purchase it online and will find the money to buy it. Niches like boats, watches, gambling, vacations etc. are luxury items where the customer obviously has money to spend. My niche does not fall into one of these categories. Second: I'm just not getting enough traffic. I could promote my site in other ways, but I'm not sure I want to spend the valuable time to do so if it doesn't qualify as a site where people want to spend money.
    What made me think about niche selection? Well, I got a message from EZine articles saying I made platinum author status. Very cool I thought. I'll go check it out. Well, when I get there I got to looking at my articles and see that I had submitted a concrete article amoung the many others. The concrete article was the only black sheep article; meaning it was the only off-topic article. Funny thing is; that article has been read by twice as many people than my other 9 articles combined! huh? It was just a stupid filler article I wrote one day because I didn't know what to write about and I had some knowledge about concrete. The point I'm making is that who would have thought that a concrete article would have sparked so much interest? You can find the article here:

    http://thesealersite.com/2010/07/05/...ers-explained/


    Now, besides talking about specific niche selection. Another factor to consider is luck. You never know when you might find a winner. With all that in mind, I think I will take my knowlege and apply it to a better niche and see what happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claudiu Baciu
    congratulations, even if what you've earned so far seems little...you should know it's more than a lot of other people who try IM ever do...so hold on, keep it like that...and trust yourself...anything is possible...
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  • Profile picture of the author Owen Smith
    You now need to check if this was a one iff or if you can make this the next week. If it works, multiply your production of what you are doing. I made 1400 dollars in one sale last week. It took me 4 years to start going online through click bank and websites, although I did used to own a successful hosting company before that. It's all about persistence and love. But do remember as soon as the spark with a website has gone, sell it off. If you don't have the love for it you won't get the love back.

    Best of luck in the future and if you need any help on reaching your goals, please do give me a shout.
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    Congratz! One day you will make $1000/day.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarksExtra
    Ok. up to $2.93 with adsense and $19.50 with cpa. It's working, little by little.

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    If anyone wants to make me up a header for the site, I'll gladly pay you for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    I'd really love to even get pennies at this moment.

    Great post.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarksExtra
      Originally Posted by rmolina88 View Post

      I'd really love to even get pennies at this moment.

      Great post.
      Keep at it. I realize it's easier said than done, but I just keep pluggin away. One of the things that keeps me going is this: If I was working any other job, where would I be in 5 years of working that job. The answser is inevitably the same......nowhere or the same place I am now. Then I look at Affiliate marketing(AM). I think of where I'll be 5 years from now with AM. The answer to that is a lot more optimistic. I do the same thing with my education. I could work for 5 years and at the end have the result of having worked for 5 years. OR, I could work and go to school for 5 years and have the result of having worked for 5 years plus a degree. Yes, 5 years is along time when you're on the front end. But looking back at how fast time goes. 5 years is nothing. If that makes sense, I hope that helps.
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    Great work! Every win counts! Congratulations!
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  • Profile picture of the author MarksExtra
    Ok. Back from the dead. I just wanted to give a quick update. So, yes, I've actually stuck with it. Who would have thought.

    I've made my mistakes and made some progress in the last couple years. Probably started and lost 20 sites. But some have succeeded and I've passed the $1000 dollar mark in passive income. I'm heading toward the next level. It's been a roller coaster, but it sure has been fun.

    I'm here to tell ya, if I can do it, ANYONE can do it.

    To this day, I'm no webmaster. I still have trouble transforming ideas onto websites, but I've learned to just outsource the design. Once I get the base down, I can then tweek things myself. It makes the process go quicker.

    Lesson learned: Find something you're passionate about and start an authority site. It's always easier to stick with it if you like the subject.

    Thank you .11cents! LOL
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    • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
      Originally Posted by MarksExtra View Post

      Ok. Back from the dead. I just wanted to give a quick update. So, yes, I've actually stuck with it. Who would have thought.

      I've made my mistakes and made some progress in the last couple years. Probably started and lost 20 sites. But some have succeeded and I've passed the $1000 dollar mark in passive income. I'm heading toward the next level. It's been a roller coaster, but it sure has been fun.

      I'm here to tell ya, if I can do it, ANYONE can do it.

      To this day, I'm no webmaster. I still have trouble transforming ideas onto websites, but I've learned to just outsource the design. Once I get the base down, I can then tweek things myself. It makes the process go quicker.

      Lesson learned: Find something you're passionate about and start an authority site. It's always easier to stick with it if you like the subject.

      Thank you .11cents! LOL
      Congrats! You've made quite a bit of progress in the past few years.

      I didn't realize I posted in this thread around that time too and now I'm making my full time living off all this.
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    Well done - you gotta start somewhere
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