First month in IM - only earned $18 - disappointed - whats wrong?

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hi everyone,
I am new to IM. I recently signed up in clickback and I started promoting Cyber Sequencer which is a music production software. I choose that niche because i am interested in that field and I have some experience in that kind of software.

I created a "review" page ---> Beat Making Software
I created some backlinks and wrote about 10 articles (in hubpages.com, goarticles.com, articlesbase.com)
I even bought some backlinks (I spent about 13$)

I get about 5 visits per day.
mostly from youtube (I uploaded a video) and last.fm (from some comments i wrote).
Less than 1 visitor per day is from google. I rank in 21st place in google for the keyword "beat making software" but I expect i will be in the first page after a while.

It's been a month now and here are my stats:
318 visits
159 hops
1 sale
total month earnings = 18$

Maybe i need more time to see earnings but only 18$ a month?

what's wrong?

Maybe I am not working hard enough. The truth is that I am afraid I will get nothing in return no matter how hard I will work in promoting my site.
#$18 #disappointed #earned #month #wrong
  • Profile picture of the author DebbieD
    $18. your first month is golden, xthon! Many people don't make a penny their first 6 months.

    Keep on doing what you're doing - send traffic to your landing page and keep on building backlinks to push your site up Google's rankings.

    Disappointed? You should be elated! You're doing something right. Just keep doing what you're doing, try new ways, learn from your mistakes and don't give up until you hit it big!
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    Ramp it up!

    You received 1 sale out of 318 visitors and 159 hops?
    That is a 50% turn over rate of the visitors!

    Split test your sales page using different head lines, sub titles, bullet points.
    Test, Test and Test some more till you have it fine tuned.

    To get 50% of your traffic through to your sales page is very good.
    You need to work on the actual offer and make it convert better.

    More traffic wouldn't hurt either.

    If you multiplied the traffic by 10 you would have 3,180 visitors,
    maybe 1,590 hops and maybe 10 sales!

    Just saying,
    Test, Test, Test!

    Have a Great Day!
    Michael
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    • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
      thanks for your comments.

      Originally Posted by DebbieD View Post

      $18. your first month is golden, xthon! Many people don't make a penny their first 6 months.
      no penny for 6 months? I would be VERY dissapointed.

      Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

      If you multiplied the traffic by 10 you would have 3,280 visitors,
      maybe 1,590 hops and maybe 10 sales!
      I wish it was an easy way to multiply my traffic by 10 .except paid traffic, PPC. but i wont try paid traffic at least for the first months. i will stick to SEO.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
        Originally Posted by xthon View Post

        I wish it was an easy way to multiply my traffic by 10 .except paid traffic, PPC. but i wont try paid traffic at least for the first months. i will stick to SEO.
        1. Why isn't it that easy?
        2. Why can't you duplicate what you've already done?
        3. Think about 1 and 2 above a minute...
        4. Ok, Pull my Finger! Yeah, Thanks!

        Why can't you replicate what you have going on now!
        A. Costs to much?
        B. Not fast cash?
        C. Need money Now?
        D. None of the above?
        E. Let me explain

        What's Holding you back?
        1. Answer the questions.
        2. Pass Go.
        3. Collect $200.

        Hope That Helps,
        Have a Great Day!
        Michael
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        • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
          Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

          1. Why isn't it that easy?
          2. Why can't you duplicate what you've already done?
          3. Think about 1 and 2 above a minute...
          4. Ok, Pull my Finger! Yeah, Thanks!

          Why can't you replicate what you have going on now!
          A. Costs to much?
          B. Not fast cash?
          C. Need money Now?
          D. None of the above?
          E. Let me explain

          What's Holding you back?
          1. Answer the questions.
          2. Pass Go.
          3. Collect $200.

          Hope That Helps,
          Have a Great Day!
          Michael
          you are right. i will make more sites like this. thanks for the motivation.
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          • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
            I really love your anwers
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    • Profile picture of the author Sumit
      Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

      Ramp it up!

      You received 1 sale out of 318 visitors and 159 hops?
      That is a 50% turn over rate of the visitors!

      Split test your sales page using different head lines, sub titles, bullet points.
      Test, Test and Test some more till you have it fine tuned.

      To get 50% of your traffic through to your sales page is very good.
      You need to work on the actual offer and make it convert better.

      More traffic wouldn't hurt either.

      If you multiplied the traffic by 10 you would have 3,180 visitors,
      maybe 1,590 hops and maybe 10 sales!

      Just saying,
      Test, Test, Test!

      Have a Great Day!
      Michael
      this is the golden rule just test... this is the only way to find out
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  • Profile picture of the author CoverGraphix
    It is human nature to be down about such a small amount of money, but instead you may want to approach it as, wow, I made $18 appear out of thin air in my first month. Now that I know what works and what does not, I can repeat this and make a whole lot more.

    What took you month to make can take you week.
    Then it will only take a day to make $18
    Somewhere down the road you'll be making $18 a hour.

    and if you are really good, $18 a minute.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan2008
    Alot of people dont make anything in their first month, so you are doing well. Just keep at it and try to scale up your traffic. Get some good quality backlinks to boost your search engine rankings
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  • Profile picture of the author MissLauraCatella
    The truth of the matter is, if you've earned even $1 online you are more successful than most... You've climbed one of the most important hurtles.

    Now it's only a matter of refining what you've got, and scaling up and adding more.

    I couldn't visit your site so I can't give any specific advice, but test what you've got against longer, shorter, more graphics, less graphics, etc. Tweak and test everything you can.

    Drive more targeted traffic to your site by using SEO, Forum Posting, Video and Social Marketing.

    Also -- start building a list. Having an e-mail list of people who've bought your affiliate offers before is only way to turn the Internet into an ATM... Want to pull out some cash? Write an e-mail.

    Then, scale up by creating more sites and promoting different offers.

    Keep acting and you cannot fail. You're already successful online. Congrats!
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  • Profile picture of the author Vanessa Reece
    That's 18 bucks more than you had a month ago.

    Patience. Testing. And some pats on the back is what you should be doing.

    The cup is half fall and not half empty - each month you can work toward filling it to the brim!

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  • Profile picture of the author ladywriter
    I think at this point you upscale what DID work. I'd put more vids on youtube, I'd leave more comments and create more backlinks.....are there people you can guest blog for? Etc.

    Like most people are saying, $18 means you're showing a profit, anyway. That's great.
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  • Profile picture of the author dreadpiraterobby
    wow.. 18 dollars that is brilliant.. I made 18 off ebay if you wanna count that.. but via seo tactics much much longer... Id be patting yourself majorly on the back sir
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  • Profile picture of the author ballhogjoni
    I actually think your doing great...I didn't make $18 for like 5 months into IM. Take everyone's advice here, you'll get it! It's actually alot of work to make money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
    I still remember how incredible my first month of earning money online was - it wasn't much I'd guess that you made more than me.
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  • Profile picture of the author HigherPrThanGod
    Originally Posted by xthon View Post

    hi everyone,
    I am new to IM. I recently signed up in clickback and I started promoting Cyber Sequencer which is a music production software. I choose that niche because i am interested in that field and I have some experience in that kind of software.

    I created a "review" page --> www(DOT)beatmakingsoftware.tv
    I created some backlinks and wrote about 10 articles (in hubpages.com, goarticles.com, articlesbase.com)
    I even bought some backlinks (I spent about 13$)

    I get about 5 visits per day.
    mostly from youtube (I uploaded a video) and last.fm (from some comments i wrote).
    Less than 1 visitor per day is from google. I rank in 21st place in google for the keyword "beat making software" but I expect i will be in the first page after a while.

    It's been a month now and here are my stats:
    318 visits
    159 hops
    1 sale
    total month earnings = 18$

    Maybe i need more time to see earnings but only 18$ a month?

    what's wrong?

    Maybe I am not working hard enough. The truth is that I am afraid I will get nothing in return no matter how hard I will work in promoting my site.
    You've built the first domain that makes you money, now do it again for a different sponsor or product and just keep doing that over and over again.

    I don't recommend falling love with and obsessing over 1 domain. I prefer to take a quantity approach if you can afford the domain names.

    I also don't particularly recommend anything other than .org, .com and .net. Not everyone will agree but my way of looking at is that it will take more money in back links (good ones) to get those .tv's and .us's as high as a .org will be from early on.

    Good luck. (I also recommend you learn WordPress Multisite and use it, it's indispensable! Worse than a crack habit.)
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    • Profile picture of the author IMWinner
      That's a building block to a a house you are building. You have to plant to reap. People don't like the process of growth and development but the fruits. At least your business is showing signs of budding and flowering. Maintain your crop and you will see great harvest!
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    • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
      Originally Posted by HigherPrThanGod View Post

      You've built the first domain that makes you money, now do it again for a different sponsor or product and just keep doing that over and over again.

      I don't recommend falling love with and obsessing over 1 domain. I prefer to take a quantity approach if you can afford the domain names.
      That a good idea. thanks.

      Originally Posted by HigherPrThanGod View Post

      I also don't particularly recommend anything other than .org, .com and .net. Not everyone will agree but my way of looking at is that it will take more money in back links (good ones) to get those .tv's and .us's as high as a .org will be from early on.
      I wanted to rank for the keyword "beat making software" and since only the .tv was free i registered it.
      I think its better to have an exact match domain since domain extensions don't affect SEO as far as i know.
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  • Profile picture of the author BenFromSoMo
    Don't worry so much about your monitization right now. If you had earned $100 it still would not have been worth your month's work in time. Focus on driving traffic and driving up the search rankings. $18 dollars from 318 visits is really pretty good. Just scale that!
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    • Profile picture of the author WorkSatisfaction
      If you had been doing something wrong, chances that you would have made any money at all are close to zero. As many have said, it usually takes far longer than 1 month to see an income of any kind, let alone to break even.

      An online business, much like a brick & mortar business will always need an initial cash injection to succeed. However, having an online business truly gives you distinct advantages over having a physical brick & mortar business in that your cash outlay will be significantly smaller everytime (when I feel my motivation flagging, I always try to remember this and it gives me new strength to persist). If you are patient and consistent in what you have been doing, chances are that your online business will flourish far sooner than a brick & mortar business would have. This means that you are already far ahead of many others out there who are trying to be successful in business.

      I view every 'investment' in my online business as a significant investment in my very near future when all the hard work will start paying off and I will truly start reaping the rewards of my efforts far beyond my conservative calculations! I however have to remind myself daily that creating anything of quality does take time and I would rather take some time to create something of quality from which I can benefit indefinately instead of rushing after a quick sale once off.

      The key is not to loose your momentum. Keep doing what you are doing and keep celebrating every single win. Also, never lose your passion for what you do as it is one thing which can truly drive you to keep setting the bar higher.

      You have gotten off to a running start due to your own choice to take positive action which is great! If you continue to take positive action, things can only get better from here on out. Here's wishing you amazing success!
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      • Profile picture of the author viryabosmith
        Originally Posted by WorkSatisfaction View Post

        If you had been doing something wrong, chances that you would have made any money at all are close to zero. As many have said, it usually takes far longer than 1 month to see an income of any kind, let alone to break even.

        An online business, much like a brick & mortar business will always need an initial cash injection to succeed. However, having an online business truly gives you distinct advantages over having a physical brick & mortar business in that your cash outlay will be significantly smaller everytime (when I feel my motivation flagging, I always try to remember this and it gives me new strength to persist). If you are patient and consistent in what you have been doing, chances are that your online business will flourish far sooner than a brick & mortar business would have. This means that you are already far ahead of many others out there who are trying to be successful in business.

        I view every 'investment' in my online business as a significant investment in my very near future when all the hard work will start paying off and I will truly start reaping the rewards of my efforts far beyond my conservative calculations! I however have to remind myself daily that creating anything of quality does take time and I would rather take some time to create something of quality from which I can benefit indefinately instead of rushing after a quick sale once off.

        The key is not to loose your momentum. Keep doing what you are doing and keep celebrating every single win. Also, never lose your passion for what you do as it is one thing which can truly drive you to keep setting the bar higher.

        You have gotten off to a running start due to your own choice to take positive action which is great! If you continue to take positive action, things can only get better from here on out. Here's wishing you amazing success!
        This is good advice. Over the past couple of years that i've been working online, a similar advice like this kept me going. And the joy that comes with seeing some results everyday is worth the hard work i've put into it.

        Keep on doing what you are doing. You'll do well as long as, like WorkSatisfaction is rightly put, "not to loose your momentum"

        I'm glad to say that my journey into the on-line world started here at the Warrior forum.

        Wishing you all the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
    i wish there was a way to know how the person who bought that product found my site.
    that information would help me to focus on the best source of traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammed Hammad2
    i wish there was a way to know how the person who bought that product found my site.
    Simple. Use Google Analytic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
      Originally Posted by MidMido View Post

      Simple. Use Google Analytic.
      i use google analytics. i know the source of my traffic. but i don't know which source is more profitable. i mean that not every traffic is the same quality. maybe a visitor from google is more valuable from a visitor from last.fm. maybe not. there is not a way to know which source of traffic converts best.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
        actually i am not a complete newbie in IM
        I've been reading this forum for months.
        but this was the first month I TOOK ACTION.
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      • Profile picture of the author RobertAxelsen
        Great work, xthon!

        Like most people have mentioned already, $18 is great, and more than you earned online last month. You've broken the $1 barrier. Now the $100, $1000, and $10000 barrier awaits. Then beyond!!

        Originally Posted by xthon View Post

        hi everyone,
        I am new to IM. I recently signed up in clickback and I started promoting Cyber Sequencer which is a music production software. I choose that niche because i am interested in that field and I have some experience in that kind of software.
        Did you do any market research? Like how many searched per month the keyword is getting, how many competing sites with exact match keywords, etc? I wouldn't say NEVER base your niche/product decision solely on your interests, but moving forward you will succeed even more if you do some solid market research.

        Originally Posted by xthon View Post

        I created a "review" page --> www(DOT)beatmakingsoftware.tv
        As HigherPrThanGod mentioned .tv is not optimal. I am not saying it won't work well for your current website. Just keep in mind that you want get as much SEO credit from .tv as from .com, .org or .net.

        Originally Posted by xthon View Post

        I even bought some backlinks (I spent about 13$)
        How did that work out?

        Originally Posted by xthon View Post

        i use google analytics. i know the source of my traffic. but i don't know which source is more profitable. i mean that not every traffic is the same quality. maybe a visitor from google is more valuable from a visitor from last.fm. maybe not. there is not a way to know which source of traffic converts best.
        You can also do this in google analytics, just takes a bit more work to set it up. Here is clickbank's info on the matter: Integrated Sales Reporting

        I am not that advanced with google analytics myself, but I am sure someone can point you to a free product on the subject, or you can google it

        Keep up the great work!
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        • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
          Originally Posted by RobertAxelsen View Post

          Did you do any market research? Like how many searched per month the keyword is getting, how many competing sites with exact match keywords, etc? I wouldn't say NEVER base your niche/product decision solely on your interests, but moving forward you will succeed even more if you do some solid market research.
          yes i did some research. i searched a lot of keywords and i picked one with a lot of searches and not too much competition.


          Originally Posted by RobertAxelsen View Post

          As HigherPrThanGod mentioned .tv is not optimal. I am not saying it won't work well for your current website. Just keep in mind that you want get as much SEO credit from .tv as from .com, .org or .net.
          i search about that and most people said that the domain extention doesn't affect SEO.
          i wanted to register a .com i wouldn't be able to pick an exact match domain. and that would hurt SEO.

          Originally Posted by RobertAxelsen View Post

          How did that work out?
          I bought a submition of my site in 300 bookmarking sites from fiverr and a WSO for 25 .edu backlinks (profile backlinks) because i believed that edu backlinks have more value but now i think this is just a myth and i spent 7$ for nothing. In google webmaster tools i can see maybe 3-4 bookmarking sites and no .edu backlinks.

          At first my site was on the 5th page in google and now it is on the 3nd (and sometimes 2nd) page for the keyword "beat making software"
          But i don't know if the money i spent were worth it because i have done some SEO myself. i have also writen about 10 articles and some of them are copied from other websites which gave me some backlinks (although some website copied my article without giving me a backlink).
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          • Profile picture of the author RobertAxelsen
            Originally Posted by xthon View Post

            yes i did some research. i searched a lot of keywords and i picked one with a lot of searches and not too much competition.
            Great!

            Originally Posted by xthon View Post

            i search about that and most people said that the domain extention doesn't affect SEO.
            i wanted to register a .com i wouldn't be able to pick an exact match domain. and that would hurt SEO.
            Not what I have been reading. But doesn't matter as long as you get results. To be sure, only testing will give the definite answer.

            Originally Posted by xthon View Post

            I bought a submition of my site in 300 bookmarking sites from fiverr and a WSO for 25 .edu backlinks (profile backlinks) because i believed that edu backlinks have more value but now i think this is just a myth and i spent 7$ for nothing. In google webmaster tools i can see maybe 3-4 bookmarking sites and no .edu backlinks.
            Would you mind PMing or posting the fiverr gig and especially the .edu WSO (only $7?!)?

            How much time has it been since the .edu backlinks? Might take some time before they get indexed and linked to your website. Did they provide a list of where the backlinks where posted to? But yeah, not good if the $7 resulted in no actual backlinks for you..

            Originally Posted by xthon View Post

            At first my site was on the 5th page in google and now it is on the 3nd (and sometimes 2nd) page for the keyword "beat making software"
            But i don't know if the money i spent were worth it because i have done some SEO myself. i have also writen about 10 articles and some of them are copied from other websites which gave me some backlinks (although some website copied my article without giving me a backlink).
            Analyze your competition. I recommend the SEO Quake plugin, works with Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. See how many backlinks the page 1 sites have, and aim to beat that number. I am sure you'll get up there yourself
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            • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
              Originally Posted by RobertAxelsen View Post

              Would you mind PMing or posting the fiverr gig and especially the .edu WSO (only $7?!)?

              How much time has it been since the .edu backlinks? Might take some time before they get indexed and linked to your website. Did they provide a list of where the backlinks where posted to? But yeah, not good if the $7 resulted in no actual backlinks for you..
              the fiverr gig is not available now. it was this user --> hintgiver's Public Profile Page

              this is the wso --> http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...rust-rank.html
              they provided a list with the url of all the backlinks.
              i paid $7.5 for 25 backlinks and they actually delivered 30 backlinks: 14 .edu 10 .edu.cc (cc=a ccTLD) 1 .gov and 5 .gov.cc
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          • Profile picture of the author derricks4
            Originally Posted by xthon View Post

            i search about that and most people said that the domain extention doesn't affect SEO.
            i wanted to register a .com i wouldn't be able to pick an exact match domain. and that would hurt SEO.
            I think of registering a domain this way...

            If the .Com/.Net/.Org's are all taken, it's not necessarily game over for those keywords. Check them out to see if they're developed. More often then not, they will just be parked pages which are not indexed by search engines. So, grabbing a .info or .us extension for a keyword that the .com/.net./.org's are taken but not developed, you can still be #1.

            "YourKeyword.info/.tv/.us" > "PrefixYourKeyword.com" if "YourKeyword.com/net/org" is registered but not developed/indexed.
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            • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
              Originally Posted by derricks4 View Post

              "YourKeyword.info/.tv/.us" > "PrefixYourKeyword.com"
              i agree with that
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  • Profile picture of the author JackDawson
    Took 2 months before making my first cent so this is awesome results for the first month..
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidTT
    pff bro id be so happy if I had those results in the first month of IM. I got my first sale in around 2-3 months prior to starting and I didnt even make profit because the ppc cost was more lol.

    just keep working at it dont worry, you'll see that things are gonna change VERY fast and DONT GIVE UP!!!! Those results are great.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmcqueen
    Stick with it and don't give up. You are doing better then a lot of people.

    Take care,

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  • Great Job! Just focus on driving traffic! Create a facebook page round beatmaking software.
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    • Profile picture of the author SuccessMarketer
      That is great, remember that IM is NOT a job, so you do not get paid directly related to the hours or time you put in. But that's ok, cause once to ramp up the campaigns -or outsource it- you'll be getting sales whilst you sleep (a cliche -I know- but true). No other job can offer you the power of IM. basically, you work a lot for very little at the beginning but if you persist you could be in the position where you'll get a LOT for very little effort. Eventually.
      Keep it up mate!
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      • Profile picture of the author King Louie
        Just be happy that you got one sale. It's your first month so don't expect to make hundreds of dollars in such a short amount of time. If I made just one sale with my new affiliate site, I would be jumping for sheer joy.

        Don't equate time with money because this is not a job. This is a business.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Louie
    By the way, that sidebar went flying off to the far right side of my screen. I hope you can fix it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
      Originally Posted by Content Winner View Post

      By the way, that sidebar went flying off to the far right side of my screen. I hope you can fix it.
      which browser do you use?
      in firefox and opera everything is ok
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      • Profile picture of the author King Louie
        Originally Posted by xthon View Post

        which browser do you use?
        in firefox and opera everything is ok
        I'm using Firefox. I have a widescreen monitor.
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      • Profile picture of the author emmajane
        The reason you are probably disappointed is because you've listened to all the hype of most internet marketing courses about how you can make 5 figures in the space of a month. I was sold a course at $1500 and told if I followed its steps I could earn $30,000 in 3 months. Nothing much happened when I did put the steps into action so I gave up. If I'd had a more realistic expectation I probably would have stuck to it.

        Listen to what others have said here, you are doing well, just keep a realistic goal in mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveFinch
    I think you've done a great job for your first month. All I made was 3 cents in my first one, and I was deliriously happy lol.
    You may think it's not too good because of all that over hyped "I made half a million dollars in an hour and a half doing nothing" type crap that fills our inboxes and pop-ups. Ignore all that. It's nonsense.
    As everyone else has said, stick with it mate. You've cracked it in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author tekman
    The good thing about a business is you can make more than the average employee. Once you grow to some good money you are out of the rat race that so many people live in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andreas Quintana
    Thats great for your first month man ^^

    Look at my stats when I started: (estimates xD)


    125 visits
    20 hops
    0 sale
    total month earnings = $0
    total money spent = $20 (for webhosting)


    lol


    Yea, You are doing just fine ^^
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  • Profile picture of the author unkle cortez
    be patient
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  • Profile picture of the author JingQuimPo
    $18 for first month? Manna from heaven.
    Ramp it up 2x, next month 2x again.
    Thats how it is for us IMs.

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  • Profile picture of the author Will Leighton
    I've made one sale at a commission that gave me just 50 cents...in just over 6 weeks of building and working on getting my site on page one, and maybe 60 or 70 unique visits. I was estatic with that sale, considering its dancing around page 2 - 4 at the moment while backlinking is on going and google plays with its place.

    You should be happy with what you have made, as you can only improve on it and test what works and what doesnt. I know I'd be incredibly happy if I had made that in my first month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Net Solutions
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    I made $0 the first 2 months I started..Now I am making $1400 per month online. You are are actually off to a much better start than most of us and you are disappointed? lol
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by xthon View Post

    Maybe i need more time to see earnings but only 18$ a month?

    what's wrong?
    Most successful affiliate marketers have:

    - More than one site. Go start a second site and put a new product on that site, possibly in a different niche.

    - More than one product. Add a second, related product to each site.

    - More than one traffic source. Find a second way to drive traffic to your sites and use that, too.

    You know that your approach works. Do it again. If you do just as well next month with twice the traffic to twice the products on twice the sites, you should make over $100.

    Oh, and by the way, do the following as quickly as possible:

    - Build a buyer list
    - Make your own product
    - Have an affiliate program
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    • Profile picture of the author wzx
      I'd be excited to have made $18 my first month doing IM.
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    • Profile picture of the author Trent Brownrigg
      Yep, I would agree that you should be happy you earned anything in your first month. I'd be willing to bet that most newbies actually lose money in their first few months. You have a great start going!
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    • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
      Your kidding here, right?

      Congratulations on your success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Enis
    You might not just want to use article marketing. If I was promoting some hip hop related stuff, I'd jump over to paid advertising, get some money and advertise on local forums where most producers who need that kind of software would normally be at.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dominium
    Try to advertise your site more - your conversion/hop rates are really good. Put your site in your sig at a music-related forum and make valuable, related posts. Do more blog commenting. Maybe add your link on facebook, in music-related fan-pages. And if you can, do some paid advertising.

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author Simu :P
    Originally Posted by xthon View Post

    hi everyone,
    I am new to IM. I recently signed up in clickback and I started promoting Cyber Sequencer which is a music production software. I choose that niche because i am interested in that field and I have some experience in that kind of software.

    I created a "review" page ---> Beat Making Software
    I created some backlinks and wrote about 10 articles (in hubpages.com, goarticles.com, articlesbase.com)
    I even bought some backlinks (I spent about 13$)

    I get about 5 visits per day.
    mostly from youtube (I uploaded a video) and last.fm (from some comments i wrote).
    Less than 1 visitor per day is from google. I rank in 21st place in google for the keyword "beat making software" but I expect i will be in the first page after a while.

    It's been a month now and here are my stats:
    318 visits
    159 hops
    1 sale
    total month earnings = 18$

    Maybe i need more time to see earnings but only 18$ a month?

    what's wrong?

    Maybe I am not working hard enough. The truth is that I am afraid I will get nothing in return no matter how hard I will work in promoting my site.
    Hi xthon

    Frankly, I made less than $1k in my first year. And now, 3 years afterwards, I am doing well over $30k.

    So, I think it;s okay. You will learn a lot.

    I suggest you go for a keyword with less competition, and RANK it on Google exept for Youtube traffic because YT traffic doesn't convert at all.


    Thanks
    Simu

    P.S That's what I am doing!
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  • Profile picture of the author Klemen Znidar
    Whatever made you $18 do that 10x times and you will have $180 (:

    upscaling is the way to make good money in any business.

    -m
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Newcastle
    As many have said above, most people never make a single cent online. So way to go!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Kostic
    In my first month I wasn't even making money. I was probably looking into technical stuff like setting up websites and such. You are way ahead of people who spend years not doing anything and then wondering why they aren't where they are supposed to be.
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  • Profile picture of the author idk007
    Originally Posted by xthon View Post

    hi everyone,
    I am new to IM. I recently signed up in clickback and I started promoting Cyber Sequencer which is a music production software. I choose that niche because i am interested in that field and I have some experience in that kind of software.

    I created a "review" page ---> Beat Making Software
    I created some backlinks and wrote about 10 articles (in hubpages.com, goarticles.com, articlesbase.com)
    I even bought some backlinks (I spent about 13$)

    I get about 5 visits per day.
    mostly from youtube (I uploaded a video) and last.fm (from some comments i wrote).
    Less than 1 visitor per day is from google. I rank in 21st place in google for the keyword "beat making software" but I expect i will be in the first page after a while.

    It's been a month now and here are my stats:
    318 visits
    159 hops
    1 sale
    total month earnings = 18$

    Maybe i need more time to see earnings but only 18$ a month?

    what's wrong?

    Maybe I am not working hard enough. The truth is that I am afraid I will get nothing in return no matter how hard I will work in promoting my site.
    My first adsense site didnt make anything until 6 months, and then only $5 month until almost 3-4 months later when it finally got up to $50
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    Originally Posted by xthon View Post

    hi everyone,
    I am new to IM. I recently signed up in clickback and I started promoting Cyber Sequencer which is a music production software. I choose that niche because i am interested in that field and I have some experience in that kind of software.

    I created a "review" page ---> Beat Making Software
    I created some backlinks and wrote about 10 articles (in hubpages.com, goarticles.com, articlesbase.com)
    I even bought some backlinks (I spent about 13$)

    I get about 5 visits per day.
    mostly from youtube (I uploaded a video) and last.fm (from some comments i wrote).
    Less than 1 visitor per day is from google. I rank in 21st place in google for the keyword "beat making software" but I expect i will be in the first page after a while.

    It's been a month now and here are my stats:
    318 visits
    159 hops
    1 sale
    total month earnings = 18$

    Maybe i need more time to see earnings but only 18$ a month?

    what's wrong?

    Maybe I am not working hard enough. The truth is that I am afraid I will get nothing in return no matter how hard I will work in promoting my site.
    The fact that you made $18 from just 159 hops should let you know you are on to something. Just ramp it up. Write more articles and create more videos. Since it is a beat making software you can play around with the software and record yourself making different beats and then upload it to youtube and refer people back to your review site. There are a lot of people interested in this type of thing so keep at it. I think you will do just fine.
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    • Profile picture of the author treezie
      Yeha I feel the same way. I started pushing IM during mid-May and have only earned $20 so far. I am a little dissapointed with myself, just a little bit...but not discouraged. I do really believe that if I keep plugging at it, it'll happen. I'm learning a lot and I won't be making the same mistakes from hereon that I made. I think keeping on from here is what really separates the winners and the losers.
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  • Xthon, I haven't seen a cent for my first 8 monhts

    The fact that you've earned money in your first month is a very good sign. That means that you are going the right way. Even if you keep failing for the rest of the year ($18/month), you will be earning a monthly $216 dollars / month by the same time next year.

    Of course, I understand that's not the goal you are aiming at, but understand the posibilities

    All I can say is that you must find what's working and you should stick at it. Also, be consistent, because that's the key to IM!

    Happy marketing!
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    • Profile picture of the author 1lov1
      nice site.....i always found it really hard to rank with 1 pagesites for a product or main keyword that has affiliates....i usually had to do multiple pages within a site then the pages linking back internally to my review (aka "money Page") (even for a minisite) to tell google that my page was really important and had multiple posts linking back to that page........if there were other affiliates promoting the product .....or easier method is i would rank for products instead that DONT have affiliate programs
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      • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
        One thing you'll learn the value of in internet marketing is to fail as fast as you possibly can, over and over, until you succeed.

        So this site isn't making money. Try a different design, traffic source, marketing method, product, ad copy, video, anything, over and over, keep failing over and over until something converts.

        My first business online lasted two years and made me around 200 bucks.

        Today I would have spent a month on that business only to watch it fail, give up, and move on to another business.

        In fact, I just spent 245 dollars on advertising costs for an offline marketing method with CPA offers. And you know what? If not for that, I'd have no idea if I could make a full time income at it. If it fails and I lose, I will have failed with all the information I need in an exceptionally short amount of time, because I was all in from the start and committed to success before finding out the method didn't work.

        So, fail fast if you're going to. The quicker your failures, the more quickly they turn into opportunities for success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adili101
    You are doing great! It all starts with the first sale, now you should focus on getting 5, 10, 100...etc. The sky is the limit! One piece of advice is to treat your business like you've invested 1 million dollars instead of 100 dollars! Good Luck
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  • One thing you'll learn the value of in internet marketing is to fail as fast as you possibly can, over and over, until you succeed.
    Very well said! Can I ask the permission to use these words (rephrased) in my information products?
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    18$ is actually a good start, sometimes it takes 6 months to even see a dollar when you first start out. Just make sure to have a good plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    It seems like the product just isn't converting well. Offer them something if they buy it or work on your presell. You should be able to increase the conversion rate to at least 1-2%.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    I rank in 21st place in google for the keyword "beat making software" but I expect i will be in the first page after a while.
    This is very good, work that rank up! With some decent links and SEO you can do it. As far as i recall that is a pretty good keyword, and Google rankings is everything. Just dont get impatient.
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  • Profile picture of the author ricoramiro
    To get $18 in one month is awesome. It just shows you what can be accomplished if you keep working at it. There are a lot of free eBooks on affiliate marketing and SEO.

    So do a little more research to get better ideas. Although it sounds like what you're doing now can work very well if you get more traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaverickUK
    You have no call to action on the first page, then like 3 calls to action on the second half. I definitely suggest a call to action or two on the first half of the page, above the fold. It won't change anything significantly but will definitely help.
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  • Profile picture of the author bankboss
    first of all CONGRATS!

    what you've done is brilliant...it took me three months to make a dime so you're way ahead brother

    all you have to do is scaling up

    take care
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  • Profile picture of the author peakperformer
    You have no idea how long it took for me before i earned my first buck online mate..

    It's definitely a little more than 6 months. $18 in your first month may not seem a lot ot you (if you compare it to a 9-5 J.O.B), but you're building a business here. Some things may start out slow, but they'll eventually get better as you go along.

    Persist and expand my friend. $18 in your first month obviously means you're doing sth right, and you should scale it up!

    Max
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    It's only the first month, whatever you did to earn that $18, scale it up, many people in IM started from very humble earnings
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  • Profile picture of the author Liam Murray
    Don't be disappointed, keep your head up and crack on with it! It takes time! But follow the advise on here and you will gain more.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Know how much I made in my first year of internet marketing?

    Negative $8,000.

    You beat me
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