Well what do ya know, this stuff actually works!!

by AFI
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I'm 2 months into my mainstream IM career and I'm starting to see results! I got 13 sales at Amazon this month and am kicking butt with some Adsense. So this CAN be done, I thought all of you guys were just lying and exaggerating.

So if you are a newbie, I want to give back. Ask any question below and I will try to answer, if I don't have the answer, maybe someone else will jump in and provide it.
#stuff #works
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    what sort of site got you that much traffic in two months, generally speaking? and what SEO got you there?
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    I am building review sites and authority sites that are based on an exact keyword phrase domain (which ranks faster) and then using related keyword phrases as sub pages of the site.

    I use lots of both on page and off page SEO. On page I use H1 tags, bolded keywords, italics keywords, underlined keywords and naturally fitting the keywords in but not really focused too much on density.

    Off page I've outsourced a guy from Pakistan for $3.33/hr to backlink for me. Since I am still not making thousands of dollars, he only works one hour a day for me right now, 5 days a week. It's less than $20/week to outsource backlinking. I got him on ODesk.

    Hope that answers your questions.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Brian
      Congrats on your success.

      What kind of backlinks does your link builder do for you and do you teach them how to do it or do they already know?
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      • Profile picture of the author AFI
        Originally Posted by Mark Brian View Post

        Congrats on your success.

        What kind of backlinks does your link builder do for you and do you teach them how to do it or do they already know?
        He already knew, I had to teach him nothing. He subscribes to the Paul and Angela's lists and is building from that. All I do is give him my URLs and anchor text. And I'm having him not only link to my main page, but nested pages within my site.
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      Originally Posted by AFI View Post

      I am building review sites and authority sites that are based on an exact keyword phrase domain (which ranks faster) and then using related keyword phrases as sub pages of the site.

      I use lots of both on page and off page SEO. On page I use H1 tags, bolded keywords, italics keywords, underlined keywords and naturally fitting the keywords in but not really focused too much on density.

      Off page I've outsourced a guy from Pakistan for $3.33/hr to backlink for me. Since I am still not making thousands of dollars, he only works one hour a day for me right now, 5 days a week. It's less than $20/week to outsource backlinking. I got him on ODesk.

      Hope that answers your questions.
      Congratulations on sticking in there and finally reaping the rewards of your labor, Jennifer. You seem to be doing everything right, and as I always like to stress, just picking the right exact match domain name is enough to get you halfway there, and it certainly looks like you've been following that cardinal rule!

      It's great that you're picking products above $100 as well (very important), since Amazon commissions are pretty paltry especially in comparison to digital products.

      Keep pressing on, reinvest some of your profits into building more sites and also select higher-priced items to promote. If you can just rinse and repeat what you're doing while adding small tweaks and enhancements along the way, you'll have a veritable website empire that will keep generating you passive income 24/7!

      Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author ankitsharma
      I believe rather than putting your money on Backlinking if you are concerned with traffic you can go for PPC specially on Social media that would fetch a loat more traffic and even Desired traffic. And if you work on articles,blogs and social media sites you will see great increment in ranking and traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    Gad to hear it AFI....CONGRATS!

    Always like hearing about success, keep up the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Originally Posted by AFI View Post

    So this CAN be done, I thought all of you guys were just lying and exaggerating.
    No, it's all your imagination. Nothing to see here. Move along. IM is a made up fairy tale. Please stop trying. Obama will give you money if you quit. Take the sure thing.
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    • Profile picture of the author AFI
      Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

      No, it's all your imagination. Nothing to see here. Move along. IM is a made up fairy tale. Please stop trying. Obama will give you money if you quit. Take the sure thing.
      HAHAA YOU have been one of my biggest supporters, Brian....thanks for all of your help in answering my questions.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kory Pearman
      Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

      Obama will give you money if you quit.
      Best part of the thread.

      Congrats AFI, keep us updated!
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      • Profile picture of the author Ken
        Isn't it amazing how hard work and persistence create
        the miracle of success.

        Great stuff AFI. You're one of the few that 'Get It'.
        Keep it up.

        Ken
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        • Profile picture of the author gekko2.0
          Originally Posted by Ken View Post

          Isn't it amazing how hard work and persistence create
          the miracle of success.

          Great stuff AFI. You're one of the few that 'Get It'.
          Keep it up.

          Ken
          I couldn't have said this any better myself!!
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          • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
            Good on you Jen,

            You were sounding a bit down about things the other day so I'm glad you're seeing results after such a short time. Took me wayyyyy longer to get even my first dollar so you're definately doing something very right. Very decent of you to start giving back a mere 2 months into your new career as well.

            Bravo!
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmorgan
    Well what do ya know, this stuff actually works!!
    Blasphemy!

    Who paid you off to tell these lies?

    BTW... congrats, keep up the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    Originally Posted by robharrisonline View Post

    Hopefully I'll be making a similar post in a few months.

    Question: how did you decide on what niche(s) to go into? I've heard "go where the money is", "go with what you're interested in" and "go with these proven niches on this xyz.com plr website", so I haven't decided and I'm stifled!
    And how many websites do you have set up? Did you set one up and make money and then outsource and do it again?

    Thankyou! Rob
    Well I picked my particular niches just by looking around me and seeing common objects (without mentioning my exact niches) that would cost more than $100 on Amazon. Or you can look at their best sellers list or go to Google Trends and see what is trending right now that would cost more than $100.

    It turns out that I failed on my first two sites because I wasn't doing keyword research properly, but on my latest site I'm really starting to see revenue.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
      Great to hear you're doing so well after just 2 months - it probably took me 2 years to get to that stage!

      They always say the first $100 is the hardest, and now that you've achieved that it looks like 2011 might just be your year.
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      Originally Posted by AFI View Post

      Well I picked my particular niches just by looking around me and seeing common objects (without mentioning my exact niches) that would cost more than $100 on Amazon. Or you can look at their best sellers list or go to Google Trends and see what is trending right now that would cost more than $100.

      It turns out that I failed on my first two sites because I wasn't doing keyword research properly, but on my latest site I'm really starting to see revenue.
      In reference to proper keyword research, can you recommend a resource for learning to do it properly?

      Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author Spartacus
        Congrats

        Didn't Amazon have a cap on 25$ per sale?
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      • Profile picture of the author AFI
        Originally Posted by TheCG View Post

        In reference to proper keyword research, can you recommend a resource for learning to do it properly?

        Thanks!
        I recommend using the Google Keyword Tool (obviously) and then SEO Quake to determine competition. And also to check out Google Trends to make sure you have local search interest.
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        • Profile picture of the author TheCG
          Originally Posted by AFI View Post

          I recommend using the Google Keyword Tool (obviously) and then SEO Quake to determine competition. And also to check out Google Trends to make sure you have local search interest.

          I am aware of those and use them both but I am really looking for a resource to learn how to use them properly.

          Thanks for any insight.
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  • Profile picture of the author phpnetpro
    Congrats on your success this month - it really is possible

    I'm still waiting on Amazon to update my records for yesterday so I can see what my month ended at.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Eliott
      Pat on the back AFI and gracious of you to share how you achieved your early successes.

      The 'hundred buck or more' mention, great tip.

      Continue strong,

      Bill
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    Excellent.. Great job..
    I'm glad to see someone making it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    Good going.

    As you've just found out, it takes some trial and error before you begin earning. Plus, the ability to just stick with it and keep plugging away. Now, you are part of the online money makers club.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimbob88
    Did you have to set up a amazon related site first then have it approved by amazon.
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    • Profile picture of the author ANonnaMoose
      Congrats, AFI! I wish you continued and glorious success.

      What kind of Adsense sites are you putting up? John XFactor type?
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    • Profile picture of the author DrMeg
      Originally Posted by jimbob88 View Post

      Did you have to set up a amazon related site first then have it approved by amazon.
      Oh no, not at all, just go to Amazon Associates, sign up for your account, then you can promote anything from Amazon you want, wherever you want, like on Facebook, an email to your family, my husband doing his Christmas shopping ...........your blog, etc etc...

      Of course what many affiliates do is set up a micro niche blog site around a certain product or product line and then drive traffic looking for those products to your site!
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    yes forget autoblogs and other junk....this is what happens when you start creating a real online business.

    congrats and keep up the good work. Not more traffic more traffic....cause what doest hat equal = yes MORE SALES!!!

    Keep up the great work.
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  • Profile picture of the author mattbaehr
    Jennifer -

    I am curious about your Adsense sites. Where do they rank for their keyword? Is all the traffic organic? What kind of numbers are you seeing traffic-wise?

    I am a fellow noob trying to figure out which way to go: Adsense, affiliate, product creation, etc.

    Curious about your feelings on it all.

    Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Congrats again Jen. I would see you posting here on the forum late at night still working on your business when most people are fast asleep. That's when I knew you'd be a success soon.

      Sheer will power got you to this point. Most people would have given up after a few sites flopped but you pushed through it and learned from your mistakes. That's what makes you a winner and you'll go on to do very well in your new found career.

      Cheers
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      • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
        Well done AFI
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  • Profile picture of the author DrMeg
    Originally Posted by AFI View Post

    I'm 2 months into my mainstream IM career and I'm starting to see results! I got 13 sales at Amazon this month and am kicking butt with some Adsense. So this CAN be done, I thought all of you guys were just lying and exaggerating.

    So if you are a newbie, I want to give back. Ask any question below and I will try to answer, if I don't have the answer, maybe someone else will jump in and provide it.
    Hey Jennifer,

    I know isn't it exciting?! When I made my first 78 cents on Amazon I was dancing all around the house and my husband thought I'd lost my mind!!

    Now, everytime I earn a dime I'm waving it at him and now he's really quite supportive of my obsession.

    I love your backlink solution. I'm going to look into that. Congrats to you.
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Originally Posted by DrMeg View Post

      Hey Jennifer,

      I know isn't it exciting?! When I made my first 78 cents on Amazon I was dancing all around the house and my husband thought I'd lost my mind!!

      Now, everytime I earn a dime I'm waving it at him and now he's really quite supportive of my obsession.

      I love your backlink solution. I'm going to look into that. Congrats to you.
      Glad to know I'm not the only one that did the "SALE DANCE"

      I still do it sometimes mind you..

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author wassnerwone
    Congratulations. I am 1 week deep in this and my goal is to make 500 a month by next august. so soon i will be putting up a thread just like this to show what i have been able to do.

    Its gota feel great after 2 months of work
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  • Profile picture of the author solarskier
    Jennifer, Thank you so much for sharing. As I complete newbie, it is encouraging and re-assuring to hear your story.

    Question: is it possible to register multiple domain names based on several of the most targeted and lowest competition keywords for the product you're promoting that all re-direct to a single review/authority site? In other words, will google follow the redirect to get content from the landing site to use in its search results ranking?

    If not, do you recommend creating multiple copies of your review/authority site, one for each exact keyword match? Or will google penalize all your sites as the content would not be unique?

    Thanks in advance for your (and anyone else that chimes in) reply.

    Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author JeffLam
    Awesome possum. I feel inspired myself. Congrats again!

    And 2 months is REALLY quite fast! Must have been a great mentor somewhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author Racquel_McFarlane07
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    Congratulations!

    Did you find anything in particular that you did differently from when you first started out that helped in your success? Or was it all trial and error and making tweaks here and there? Was there one defining thing that helped you out?
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  • Profile picture of the author altoro80
    congratulations!! i still have hope that it will happen for mi too
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  • Profile picture of the author Alfred Shelver
    You see Jen all the books and sales pages are right its so easy make money in a few months while you sleep.

    The only thing is I cannot Imagine from the hours I see you on here the Graphics you do and how hard you work on your sites that you could get more than 6 hours sleep a night.

    Your work ethic is exemplary and I have loved being around to witness the results that hard work has brought it was just the other day you were a brand newbie WOW and now you are up there with the best.

    Any newbies out there read Jennifer's posts and threads on the forum and see how she asked question and implemented them and followed through learning form her mistakes.

    Actually not just newbies, I need to do the same thing.

    Thanks again
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  • Profile picture of the author Nancy Radlinger
    Congratulations and this is great news to hear for newbies - very encouraging - thanks for the post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
    When you say mainstream does that mean you used to be in a not so mainstream industry?
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  • Profile picture of the author EA
    Jennifer I've been watching you on this forum and all I can say is ONE DAY you'll be a huge success keep working on your dreams and I want to wish you the best of the best.
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