First of all, I would like to thank the spammers
The only way that I ever got involved in Internet Marketing in the first place was the persistence of spammers sending "make money online" emails to me. One night curiosity got the better of me and I started doing some research and was hooked from that point on
Enough of that though. For my one year anniversary I want to lay out something here - a map of my progression in the hopes that people that are starting at ground Zero right now can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Trust me, if I can do this, so can you.
When I first started, just like most of you probably, I started promoting clickbank products. I had and still have no technical skill so everything I did was set up on sites like Squidoo and Blogger and it worked great for me. Within about 45 days I think, I had made my first $2,000 promoting the following niches:
- Video Games
- Yeast Infection Cures
- Hypnosis Product
I am still somewhat involved in these niches to this day and am still earning income from them even though I have not touched them for the most part in 6 months or more.
All I did was set up as many of these free sites as I possibly could and link them all to a Squidoo page and the money started rolling in. Now, many of you might say that you have tried that and it hasn't worked, right? Here are some keys to why I think this worked for me.
1. I wrote my ass off. Seriously, I was determined for this to work and I was a writing fool. I was putting out a minimum of 3 articles per day per niche consistently day after day. If you get enough content out there, you have no choice but to make money.
2. I did good keyword research. You have to understand that if you are not paying for traffic, that the keywords that you pick can either make or break you.
3. I didn't jump on every new fad that passed through. I had my plan laid out and I was going to work it until it panned out.
4. I paid attention. After the first sale came in, I was able to look back and kind of trace the process. Once you are able to do this you can sit back and realize just how simpl the process is.
5. I learned from my mistakes. I made mistakes along the way. Things like not writing good titles and resource boxes - thinking that as long as I wrote an aritcle the rest didn't matter.
Skip ahead a little bit and things make a change for the better. I soon realized after a beat down from Chris Rempel that I needed to start reinvesting back into my business. I was basically doing everything myself and was stuck at an income ceiling of about $4,000 a month. The things he said to me made a lot of sense. So, I started purchasing products and services that would make a difference to my business. And what a difference they made.
To this day, I still can not make my own webpage, but I can certainly afford to pay someone else to do it when I have to and I do sometimes.
As I gained more knowledge and "perfected" my system, I then started creating products. So far I think I have released 1 product on my own and 2 with my partner (zerofill) and the combined total of products sold is pushing the 3,000 mark which has been great.
But, what makes it even better is along the way, I have set up several streams of income that just don't seem to let up. I think it is important that anyone doing this for a living diversifies. So far, these are the income streams that are being maintained.
1. Affiliate products
2. Recurring affiliate products
3. Membership site (owned)
4. Product creation
In the new year, I plan on adding at least 3 more streams to that list.
Now, here is where I need to thank Allen Says and the Warrior Forum. I firmly believe that if it was not for this place that I would not have been able to get to anywhere near the level of success that I have over the past year. Chances are good that I would have gotten myself caught up in the cycle of failure that seems to happen in the IM niche.
I have asked some extremely newbie questions, but the great thing was, no matter how newbish they were, I was always able to get an answer that pointed me in the right direction. Here are a couple of the questions that I asked that make me shake my head now....
How do I make anchor text?
Do I have to use FTP to connect to Squidoo?
Seriously, that is where I started. With that being said, I don't think that there is anyone that has a desire to succeed that can't. The important thing to remember is to push through the days of no sales and picture yourself getting that first sale and more importantly, that first check
In the time that I've been here it has been a ton of fun to progress from a no nothing to someone that is actually able to contribute to the community. More importantly, someone that has been responsible for numerous people actually making their first sales and recieving their first checks.
So, again I thank everyone in this forum that has helped me along the way. You have no idea what a difference it has made in my life.