You know how you come on here and see the gurus claiming they've made 10Gs in a single day and get 7500 unique visitors/day like its nothing? Well, I thought the same thing. Sure. Right. Let me see the Figures and then I'll believe it. Not saying I thought they were lying but just in denial and frankly complete jealously that others have mastered this IM field and I was making 2.10/day on Adsense. (Adsense is another story btw).
Well, over 9 months ago I said to myself: Self, if you're gonna get into this IM thing you need to just grind and grind. Use this forum as motivation. Find a niche you like and know and build build build. I bought a solid IM based website template and mastered it, changed it around for my liking and made 30 different sites to see which ones would actually hold water. I bought probably 10 different WSOs and took bits and pieces from each. I've listened to pretty much every free webinar available from Affilorama (thank you Mark Ling for TRULY getting me started--Mark is someone doing this with great intention and gives real, quality info for newbies) & Offervault (the real gem in webinars IMO--got probably 4-5 GREAT, FREE marketing methods from the various webinars that I still use every day that work). Yes, were some awful webinars in there but you know if its free, you can't ask for anything. Webinars is my #1 piece of advice for those newbies looking for answers (but don't get sucked into buying the end product that each webinar host is selling----in fact, don't EVER buy one unless you have a nice big bankroll)
I've put in roughly 2-3 hrs/night after my 'normal' job once the family is asleep. I can't do this full time as I am the sole provider and need to make more than ends meat. I outsorced stuff that I KNOW I can't do (logos, pics, voiceovers (USE FIVERR FOR THIS STUFF!!!!), used every tool in my book and figured out what worked for me and most importantly for Google. I got some great domain names 1.5 yrs ago (at least in my opinion) which is VERY IMPORTANT---keyword research (Market Samurai is the bomb) and with my hard work saw my rankings go up and up. I did this for 9 straight months! Not days, not weeks, months! It takes time.
Then DDAy: September 3 2011. For one of my main sites, this was it. All things pointed to this day for a potentially big payday in my mind. Would it work? Would it be a dud? I just couldn't wait and well, without a doubt, all of my work was well worth it:
Net Earnings: Over $4000 in one day.
That's not all: I have ~5 other sites that have similar DDay properties. One single day that I built up for 9 months to make a killing on. And yes, this one day was huge but I'll probably get 10-15 more smaller periods of money making for this one site based on traffic surges. Multiply that over 5 sites and you can do the math (at least thats my plan! I know all plans are meant to fail but that's not an option for me).
Bottom line: You can do it too!! Find a niche with a single day or days where you expect a huge surge in searches and traffic. Find keywords that are not competitive, find an affiliate program that pays well, buy the right urls and get moving!! Give yourself plenty of time (you see how much time it took me) to build your site, build your list, test, change, edit and prune. Wait for the day to come, hold your breath and see what happens.
I can't tell you how much joy I had yesterday watching my earnings grow and grow. Its just proof to me that this IM world DOES WORK and you CAN make REAL $$$$ if you put time and effort (and a bit of $$) into it. Anyone who makes a post asking how to make quick cash should be banned immeditely but that's another story. And oh, forget about Adsense. Yes, there are some that have dominated it and make huge $$ but more than likely you're not gonna do it. I tried and failed but that's just my opinion.
So thanks to everyone on here and in my life (especially my amazing wife and two beautiful kids) that allowed me to make $4000 fricking dollars in one day. This is not bs...its real. Go out and do it yourself.