My blog is ranking 1-2-3 for 3 of the biggest keyword in niche and the (90% organic) traffic is bringing the money with it. I started this journey almost 2 years ago without knowing anything about how this all worked. And truly I have to say, if it wasn't for WF and all the helpful members here, I dont think I could have gotten here today.
This thread is not to brag, but I am hoping it will motivate others, as I know when I was beginning, these kinds of threads would push me for a few more weeks, then I would kind of give up, but then another success thread would get me going again.
Here are a few things I have learned that I think have played a major rule in my however small success:
1-You don't need to spend any money to make money.
Yes, buying tools and outsourcing will help you get there faster in some cases. But you dont need to shiny tools to make it. The only money I ever spent was for my domain name and hosting and one automation tool that I used once and never even looked at it again. If you are willing to work hard, you can find all the information and (free) tools you need to success on the internet.
Take warrior forum, I learned so many important things just from reading threads here and asking questions, that I know I could have easily paid hunderds of dollars if I were to pay for ebooks to learn them. This forum is a treasure chest!
2- Build as many backlinks as you can if you wanna rank.
If you wanna rank high, my personal experience shows its all about backlinks. Yeah content is good, especially after you rank and have traffic coming in. Good content will keep that traffic coming back for more. However, good content alone isn't going to get you there. Build backlinks as much as you can. Don't worry about dofollow, nofollow, low PR or high PR. Of course dofollow high PR backlinks are better, but every backlinks helps. Don't miss any opportunity to build backlinks.
It really wasn't easy to get the blog to rank for such a highly competitive keyword. I spent weeks submitting articles to article directories manually, commenting on blogs, submitting to web directories, link exchange, guest posting, forum posting and any other method you can think of. You just have to do it. Its a lot of work and lots of disappointment. But dont give up!
3- Pick one method and put 100% into it.
I used to jump from one method to another. I would read about one method on WF today and I would go crazy trying to do it. A few days latter, I would find another one and would do the same. Of course, I never got to anywhere.
Until I realized I should stick with one method. So I did!! I put all my focus and energy into my blog and trying to get it to rank for my keywords. It took me a year and half to get there. After I was set with the blog, I started to spend a bit time on the side to find other ways to make money (below).
So, pick one method and work until you succeed, then when you get there, you will have a bit less work to do whcih then you can use that extra time to diversify and work on other income opportunities.
4- Diversify your income streams.
My blog is my main money earner. But even there, I am using different methods to monetize it. Right now I am making around $500 a month with adsense, $500 a month with CPA offer (working with maxbounty), $400 or so a month selling ad space on my sidebar. The good thing is, earning from each one is growing every day.
Of course, my blog may fall of the wagon and lose its position. So, I started doing other things to make extra money as well. So, if one day that happens, I can have other income streams to help me get through. So, I started with offering services on Fiverr. And after a few months, now I am making around $300 or so a month from Fiverr and also clients that I have gotten from Fiverr.
I know there are lots of people out there, who think they can't do it. Believe me, I was there. You can get there. But, its not easy or quick (some case may be I guess). It takes a lot of hard work and commitment. Take action and you will get three!
Also, don't quit your day job! It will take some time to make enough money to sustain yourself. While I was doing all of that work, I had 2 full time day job working 16 hours a day and I still do! I still work 2 day time jobs and I have no intention of quitting them (I am a bit workaholic though). My points is you have to do what you have to do to pay your bills. Yeah we all want to work and make money online. But, it wont happen over night. It will happen eventually IF you take action and put whats required of you into it!
I hope this thread can give motivation to those who are lacking behind a bit. I will be more than happy to answer any questions if any one has any question.
Also, thank you to all warriors who have helped me and many others here to finally get here.