First $100 day with affiliate sales! Here is how you do it.

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Back when I started this last November, my goal was to make $100/day. Yesterday, I hit that goal for the first time, selling 24 products through Amazon for a total of $102 in commissions earned. I’ve had a lot of days around $70-80, but this was the first time I hit $100 – and I’m very happy.

The best part is that I didn’t do anything work-related at all yesterday. I took the Saturday off, and I was playing video games all day and made $100 for it.

I'm not writing this to sell you something. I'm writing it as motivation for people that were in my shoes last year. This forum has been the basis for all of the success I've had, and I want to share a little information back.

If you read my earlier posts on the Warrior Forum, in March of this year I made a similar post about how I got my first Amazon cheque… which was for about $100 for an entire month. You can read that post here. 6 months later, I have made that amount in a single day. This is with one single income stream, too. I can't even imagine the possibilities when I branch out into things like list building, which I know I should have been doing long ago. There are also things like AdSense, ClickBank, and a million other ways to make money online.

Want to know how I did it? No matter which method you go with, the basics are the same. Here's how:

  1. Provide value: At first I just wanted to sell items. If you work in a way that you’re providing valuable info to people, you will see the benefits.
  2. Work hard: You aren’t going to make money overnight unless you’re extremely lucky. It took me an entire month of work to make my first sale and commission of 97 cents. If you want to make a good, steady income online, you have to tread it like a real job. You have to be willing to put in the work every single day. I am sitting here 8+ hours a day working, researching, etc. If you aren't willing to do that, you're going to have trouble.
  3. Be okay with making mistakes: I’ve had a lot of missteps in getting to this point. You’re probably going to make mistakes all the time, and that’s okay! If you learn from them, it was not a mistake at all; it was a learning experience that you can apply to to future work.
  4. Disregard the "make money overnight" sellers!: I can almost guarantee that anyone selling a product that guarantees you quick/easy/overnight cash is outright lying to you, or their method relies on something that will not work long term. Making money online takes actual work and effort, and it's a long-term thing yo u should work toward.
Once you apply these things, you will see results. My income figuratively exploded when I started to work hard at providing value to my visitors. It’s easy to throw up a trashy, 1-5 page thin affiliate site. You’ll probably make a few dollars, but is this really a long-term income stream? Are you really providing any kind of value to your visitors?

If you set out with a goal of providing great info, you will go far as an affiliate marketer. I’m sure this will apply to those that are creating their own products, as well. If you are providing information, or a good answer to a problem someone has, you’re 75% of the way there. The other 25% is working hard in the correct direction.

On "taking action": People in the internet marketing world often say that “taking action” is the most important part of making money on the internet. While I don’t entirely disagree with this, it is a complete waste of time to take action in the wrong direction. While it’s important to avoid the “paralysis of analysis” trap that almost all new internet marketers fall into, it’s equally important to make sure you understand what you’re getting into before you start railroading down a track. It would be incredibly demoralizing to work on a website for 3 months only to find out that you were trying to sell freezers to Eskimos, or had never heard of Search Engine Optimization before. Taking action is extremely important, but you have to strike a balance between that and making sure you know what you're doing, first.

There are so many people that come here with questions like "I need to make $1000 this month to pay my mortgage! Tell me how!" - this is impossible. This isn't how making money online works if you have never made a cent before. The lucky might be able to pull it off, but the real dough is made over time, and you build yourself up to that point. There are no "get rich quick" schemes to make money online. The sooner you understand this, the better.

I’m posting this not only as a future reminder to myself to how far I’ve come, but also as a motivator for others. Work hard, and provide value, and you’re 3/4 of the way there. I wish everyone here success, and I hope that I continue to have it, as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Cohen
    Congratulations! Keep up the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaverickUK
    Nice read dude, should provide some vital information to marketing newbies out there. Out of curiosity, how are you providing value to your visitors? It could provide some extra useful information to the readers of this post
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
      Originally Posted by MaverickUK View Post

      Nice read dude, should provide some vital information to marketing newbies out there. Out of curiosity, how are you providing value to your visitors? It could provide some extra useful information to the readers of this post
      It's very simple, really.

      No matter what your marketing strategy is, there are ways to provide info.

      If you're writing an eBook to sell (or any other type of product creation), you need to answer the questions someone might be looking for an answer to.

      If you're selling products as an affiliate, you have to give them all the information they need to make a well-informed purchase. If you're selling "beat making" software, is it actually good software? Is it something people would want to use? Are you giving them valid, objective information on the product?

      I have only experience in affiliate sales, so I can't speak much about the other methods of making an income online, but to me it basically boils down to supplying the information I think people would be looking for when they're on my website.
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  • Profile picture of the author tonyalves
    Congratulations!..

    Not many can achieve the level you did in such a short period of time.

    I think that your post is truly inspiring and I am sure that it will inspire newbies to take action.

    Again, congratulations

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  • Profile picture of the author Kieran Gracie
    Thank you, mattward, for these really sensible pointers. I totally agree that there is no overnight money maker online, and that you should simply 'unsubscribe' every email that tries to promise that. I have no problem these days writing what I think is good content, and I am slowly seeing results. But we need to keep stressing to all newbies that this business is like any other - it takes hard work and dedication over years to see real results. Your words are spot on!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Z
    Wise words for sure, very good advice. How do you get your traffic? I'm assuming all thru Google search? How do you pick your products that you sell on Amazon? I'm looking to branch out into Amazon a bit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Snow_Predator
    Some excellent advice there Matt, thanks. It's nice to be reminded that the key lies in providing value. It's all about reciprocation, or the 'God Father Method' as coined by Frank Kern. Help those around you as much as you can and they will feel compelled to help you in return.

    And if they don't, the universe somehow will.
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  • Profile picture of the author harryhumph
    First off, congrats on your accomplishment. The 100/day mark is truly something to remember. I even remember the exact date i crossed that mark, january 16, 2011.. Thats how much it means to me. But thats a nice little guide you got going there. Very helpful
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Congrats!!! This is great advice for a newbie as well because taking action is the most important step.

    Benjamin Ehinger
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    Appreciate your insight, thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Ryan
      Congrats! Providing value along with consistent,focused work will definitely help in getting people to where they want to go.

      I'm sure within the next few months with the holiday season coming up you'll see quite a few more $100 + days.
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  • Profile picture of the author DrewBru75
    Matt,

    Love what you have to say! I think this is really great info and it definitely keeps me going!
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  • Profile picture of the author masterjani
    Nice post. This will give some motivation to all.
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  • Profile picture of the author blogworker
    Provide value: At first I just wanted to sell items. If you work in a way that you’re providing valuable info to people, you will see the benefits.
    Work hard: You aren’t going to make money overnight unless you’re extremely lucky. It took me an entire month of work to make my first sale and commission of 97 cents. If you want to make a good, steady income online, you have to tread it like a real job. You have to be willing to put in the work every single day. I am sitting here 8+ hours a day working, researching, etc. If you aren't willing to do that, you're going to have trouble.
    Be okay with making mistakes: I’ve had a lot of missteps in getting to this point. You’re probably going to make mistakes all the time, and that’s okay! If you learn from them, it was not a mistake at all; it was a learning experience that you can apply to to future work.
    Disregard the "make money overnight" sellers!: I can almost guarantee that anyone selling a product that guarantees you quick/easy/overnight cash is outright lying to you, or their method relies on something that will not work long term. Making money online takes actual work and effort, and it's a long-term thing yo u should work toward.
    very good sharing. thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    Great Reminder that all it takes is...

    commitment + hard work = success
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    Great post dude! Action is must to succeed
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  • Profile picture of the author EwanRPark
    Good positive comments - Get rich quick only happens at the Race Track! And that naturally has inherent risks!
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  • Profile picture of the author giddu
    Congrats.. and keep posting your success stories. This realy helps newbies to take the right path in internet business. Is your earning from only one website?
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  • Profile picture of the author Aviator Joe
    congrats on your success!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Filsaime
    When I started with AdSense I read that it is prohibited to lead the buyer into clicking the ads. In affiliate marketing, is it ok to talk your way into selling the linked products to your visitors? How do you do an effective affiliate marketing campaign without breaking the terms?
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    • Profile picture of the author Anish
      Originally Posted by Mark Filsaime View Post

      When I started with AdSense I read that it is prohibited to lead the buyer into clicking the ads. In affiliate marketing, is it ok to talk your way into selling the linked products to your visitors? How do you do an effective affiliate marketing campaign without breaking the terms?
      Of course. When you become an affiliate of a product, you're free to promote it in any manner you like, as long as it's ethical. Affiliate marketers earn thousands by "asking" people to buy from their link. That's what it's all about. I suggest you get a good affiliate marketing course to help you get started in the right direction. I'd recommend Sean Donahoe's, or Andrew Hansen's stuff. Search around. It's worth the investment.

      @OP, thanks for the motivational post! I'm yet to hit the $100/day milestone, but I'm sure I will achieve it very soon. I used to keep dreaming and dreaming, and when I did start taking actions, I went in the wrong directions. Heck, I had even started doing unethical stuff. Needless to say, I regret it. But now I have very clear and specific goals and know exactly what and how I want to go about affiliate marketing. I bookmarked this post and I'll read it whenever failure strikes me in future. Thanks a lot.

      Also, it's interesting to know Amazon is your major platform. I haven't considered it much. The payouts are pretty low, but the products are so good and seem easy to promote... I wanna jump into that too. So I'm just wondering, what kind of products are you selling? Like, are they REALLY expensive ones? For example, washing machines worth hundreds of dollars... computer servers worth thousands, etc. Obviously, you can't really make a living easily by selling books off Amazon as affiliate. :/ I'd be quite thankful if you could point me in the right direction here - I'm quite a newbie when it comes to Amazon. The "$0 commissions" when I log into Amazon keeps mocking me, LOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymakerz
    Congo mate.........
    Motivational stories coming out real life expriences are valuable
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    Awesome! Keep up the good work. And I agree with everything you said. There are no get rich quick ways to make money online. You have to put in the work. And if you do, you will reap the rewards.
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    thanks for sharing this info. It is really helpful to me at the moment as I struggle to make an income.
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  • Profile picture of the author LiftMyRank
    Well done, now just rinse and repeat daily!
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  • Profile picture of the author madmmd
    Congrats mate. I know how great it feels. You are ready to fly. 1000$ a day is not that far. Just be focused.
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    Great Job. Thanks for sharing your success story and keep up the hard work!
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    Thanks a lot, all these kinds of stories are incredibly motivating
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Y
    Originally Posted by mattward View Post

    1. Work hard: You aren't going to make money overnight unless you're extremely lucky. It took me an entire month of work to make my first sale and commission of 97
    You just gave away the secret of marking money online

    Congrats on your success.
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  • Profile picture of the author WilliamsDan
    Only working hard every single day over time you can see real results. This is a real business and like any other business you need to invest time, work and money to make a good profit. Also helping people to find exactly what they want is the key.

    Very inspiring post matt, and motivating! Keep up the good work and waiting for your $1000/day post
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  • Profile picture of the author happykate
    Fantastic well done
    I agree about the 25%/75%.....most things are 20% strategy, 80% psychology so having that mindset of work hard, be consistent and focus on the goal is probably much more responsible for your success than the strategies used!

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  • Profile picture of the author rosie34
    Matt, thank you so much for your honest post. You are giving me hope again! I too pluck away at it every day (though I don't have 8 hours available for this) at affiliate sites, and its slow going. The learning curve is high, and I am not seeing results yet. But either way, I approach this thing with enthusiasm each day, and I believe it will pay off eventually, and I'll get better at it and quicker. I am learning new things all the time and I love it. Thanks for the reality check that I have to put in the time first. That's just how it works.
    Keep up the great work!
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  • Profile picture of the author caion
    Nice! Make your first 100 (:
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      Congratulations, great start to your IM career.

      Now that you've solved the first two big mysteries of IM - work hard and do not sell freezers to Eskimos, now time for you to replicate what you did and scale the next new height - $200 per day - and so on. Just make the next milestone and meet it, with an overall picture of the bigger milestone in mind, and you shall make it big.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmontalto21
    Nice job. What was your keyword that you were trying to draw your search results from?

    I am able to get websites up on page 1 of Bing and Yahoo pretty quick, but google seems to take a longer period.
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    Good advice, if not a bit obvious for anyone doing this for some time.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobBritt
    That is really awesome Matt. I know my first day over twenty dollars was a milestone. With effort I know I'll get up to 100 and beyond. I have some of the same questions as others on here. What sort of products are you involved with at Amazon? and how are you doing that? I've not had any success with Amazon. my income is pretty much all from adsense on my sites. I've written some product reviews and linked to amazon, but no bites. could you share a link to a product review or a page where you have amazon links? Thanks! and again congrats on passing the daily Benjamin plateau!
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  • Profile picture of the author wordydiva
    Congrats on the success OP! Also, the very practical advice is appreciated. There are so many people who get discouraged when getting started with affiliate marketing. Reading your story is doubtlessly helping encourage others to keep working.
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  • Profile picture of the author DominiquePrentiss
    This is an empowering post and a good reminder of how persistence combined with action will take you far.

    And you're right...there's no get rich quick schemes, but you can certainly make a great living online day in and day out if you take right action.
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulV
    Congradulations! Isn't it nice to see the hard work pay off?

    And hopefully the income will continue to roll in for you on auto-pilot. Then, that is just sweeet.

    All the best,

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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
    I've had a number of questions here and via PM asking about specifics. Unfortunately, I don't want to identify any of my websites or niches, and really don't have time to respond individually to everyone; I hope that's understandable. Also, I'm not quite in a position to be able to mentor people: I'm still insanely busy with my own stuff so far. On top of that, I am by no means an expert at all, and certainly don't claim to be. Every day is a learning experience. You can read my first posts on this forum from last November, and I had almost no idea of what I was doing. I know infinitely more today than I did last year, that's for sure, but there are millions of things I know I need to learn, and a million things I need to learn that I don't even know about yet. Just learn a little at a time; don't try to learn it all at once. I am very excited about the future possibilities when I reach the level of knowledge/experience that some of the really successful people on this forum have.

    Find a need -> fill it

    That's all there is to it. As an example: look at all of the successful IM products like Market Samurai, ScrapeBox, Article Marketing Robot, etc. Each of these are successful because they fill a need that existed. If you can identify a niche/need that doesn't have a solution/answer online, and then create the best solution/answer to it that you can (with some way of monetizing it, of course) you'll make money and be helping people in the process. You don't have to create a solution (product creation) but you can create a resource that points the user to the solution (affiliate marketing). There is obviously a lot more money to be made in product creation, but you gotta go with what suits your strengths and abilities.

    Of course, you need traffic to your site, or affiliates to sell your product, etc. That's a whole different ball game that you could read about all day. There is a ton of info to learn in order to be successful. Don't try to learn it all at once. Learn enough to get started, and then learn along the way. Hell, I'm learning new things every single day, and I guarantee you everyone else that makes money online is learning daily, too.

    There are probably successful people here that read what I've said and find it laughably stupid. Again, I'm no expert at all, but what I've outlined here has worked for me. I'm sure there are people making a great income online in ways that I haven't even though of.

    Motivational posts like this were extremely encouraging to me when I started in IM, so I'm glad that this post seems to be helping encourage others, too.

    Anyway, I really should be getting back to work.
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    • Profile picture of the author larkykid
      Well done mate, I know how difficult it can be to become successful as an affiliate for Amazon so kudos to you. You must have got really good at traffic generation as that's one of the things I'm struggling with in terms of getting customers to my sites.
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      • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
        Originally Posted by larkykid View Post

        Well done mate, I know how difficult it can be to become successful as an affiliate for Amazon so kudos to you. You must have got really good at traffic generation as that's one of the things I'm struggling with in terms of getting customers to my sites.
        Honestly, I get what I consider to be very few visitors. It's just that it's very targeted traffic. My CTR (site -> Amazon) on the $100 day was 50%, to put it in perspective. I know there are people that are doing much better than that (or so I've read here, anyway), so there is always something better to strive for.
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  • Profile picture of the author nataliah
    Thank you for your post, Matt, and for taking the time to share your experience. I kept nodding my head thoughout each paragraph! :-)

    Your solid no-nonsense advice is what I needed to hear today! Thank you!

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    Congratulations!!! It's all about adding value
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  • Profile picture of the author Diegan
    Congratulations, every once in a while a post like yours helps us newbies to keep trying
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    • Profile picture of the author Joey Babbs
      Congrats! but if you sell 24 products in 1 day you should be making a heck of a lot more than $100.....you might want to explore better affiliate programs.,...
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      I think everyone is overlooking the fact that there is 2 powerful word in OP's post.

      "WORK HARD"

      Yes!

      You knew i was going to say that didnt you!

      But unfortunatly it is true!!!

      Even met a rich business tycoon or a millionaire who got rich by sitting on their fat arse all day. (Paris hilton is not included )

      Hard work, will pay off.

      When you work smarter and harder, that is how you can create yourself a multimillion dollar empire. Just make sure you are hanging out with people that have already gotten there. chances are their success will rub off on you. Actually its almost imopossible for it not too.
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      • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
        Originally Posted by celente View Post

        I think everyone is overlooking the fact that there is 2 powerful word in OP's post.

        "WORK HARD"

        Yes!

        You knew i was going to say that didnt you!

        But unfortunatly it is true!!!

        Even met a rich business tycoon or a millionaire who got rich by sitting on their fat arse all day. (Paris hilton is not included )

        Hard work, will pay off.

        When you work smarter and harder, that is how you can create yourself a multimillion dollar empire. Just make sure you are hanging out with people that have already gotten there. chances are their success will rub off on you. Actually its almost imopossible for it not too.
        Yes, that is absolutely the key. I was making some money every month when I was half-assing everything, but when I buckled down and worked hard for an entire month (8+ hours every single day), my online income multiplied, literally. $100 weeks became $100 days. I can see even $1000 days being possible now; it's all just a matter of putting in the work.

        Another thing that really helped me was to set small goals and keep track of every success. My first goal that I made and was really excited to meet was to make $100 in one week. Of course, that's very little, but that was an attainable goal made at the very beginning when I was still figuring things out. After you meet your first small goal, make one bigger and better but still attainable.

        There's definitely something to be said about the old "work smarter, not harder" cliche, but that doesn't mean you don't have to work hard, too. It's especially important when you are new to IM and aren't making much money yet. I've been doing absolutely everything myself, and I'm excited about having the income now to be able to outsource things.

        (btw, I think I said this before, but celente was one of my inspirations when I first joined this forum. I hope I, in turn, can inspire someone else. :p )
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    • Profile picture of the author Jesse M
      Congrats on your success and thanks for the helpful tips
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      • Profile picture of the author breathclean
        been having some comparable success as well, looking to start really being productive...difficult. hoping i can get this week off to a good start tomorrow
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    • Profile picture of the author Marian
      Congratulations!

      From my own experience it's bettter to plant a seed everyday than to skip a few days or a week. The harvest then will be of a good surprise!

      To your further success,
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    • Profile picture of the author bjd461
      Congratulations from here also - very well done.
      I love to hear these stories, proves to us all that yes it can be done, just roll up the sleeves and get stuck in.
      To your first $200 day
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    Nice one Matt!

    It's one thing earning the money and it's another showing how it's done!

    Great post.
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    • Profile picture of the author AnneE
      I'm so glad for your success. Really a $100 day in less than a year of internet marketing s pretty good (I think). My only $100 day would be a single $500 commission. I've had a couple that might have been $70 or $80 days, but don't think I've hit $100. That is my goal.

      Today I've been going through some training videos on a new concept. It's building on a conept hat I've had some success with. It's kind of boring going through the videos alone. There was some live training but I missed the last part of it.

      I'm going to go take a quick walk with our dogs, but then I'll come back and I'll remember your point and your example that this is possible with hard work and persistence.
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    Congrats and thanks for the motivator...

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    Keep working on it so you can hit your first $1,000 day!
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    • Profile picture of the author eb219
      Well said ... you nailed it on the head! Value is the secret ingredient.

      If any sense of true success is to be gained - much less deserved, it
      starts and ends w/ valuing others as highly as you value yourself
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      • Profile picture of the author gjd6599
        Hi Matt, I have also been doing some Amazon sites, with reasonable success. If you don't mind saying, what template do you use, and do you have one Amazon site, or multiple Amazon sites? You can pm me if you prefer.

        Thanks Glenn
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        • Profile picture of the author arkhamindustries
          Originally Posted by gjd6599 View Post

          Hi Matt, I have also been doing some Amazon sites, with reasonable success. If you don't mind saying, what template do you use, and do you have one Amazon site, or multiple Amazon sites? You can pm me if you prefer.

          Thanks Glenn
          i would also like to know how many amazon sites you have set up since november if you dont mind me asking

          im not trying to find out the niches you used or see your sites.
          im just curious how many sites that number is spread over

          also, how many of your sites are on the front page of google for that sites targeted keyword? do you find this is a big factor in your success?
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          • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
            Originally Posted by arkhamindustries View Post

            i would also like to know how many amazon sites you have set up since november if you dont mind me asking

            im not trying to find out the niches you used or see your sites.
            im just curious how many sites that number is spread over

            also, how many of your sites are on the front page of google for that sites targeted keyword? do you find this is a big factor in your success?
            To be totally honest, the number of websites you run isn't an important factor. It's all about driving traffic to what you have: for example, you could have 100 sites that get 10 visitors a day, or 1 site that gets 1000 visitors a day: no difference. But, yes, the vast majority of my traffic comes from being all over Google page 1 for various keywords, but I also am making a half-assed attempt at driving direct traffic through various outlets (forums, etc). Almost all of the traffic is SEO traffic, so yeah, that's a big part of it.

            I want to stress that Amazon is not really the important factor here. I wouldn't recommend anyone build their entire online business around a single thing (Amazon, SEO, whatever).
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    Congrats on the $100 a day, if you find that winning formula and scale it up then the possibilities are endless
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon74
    Congratulation Matt

    Hard work + focus+ determination= success guaranteed!

    I call mistakes "feedback" that will improve you

    All the best and well done.

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    • Profile picture of the author geoffstu
      Inspirational for a newbie like my self. I will certainly take on board the advice in this thread.

      Thankyou all

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  • Profile picture of the author slowdriver
    Thanks for you post Matt. Great job
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    • Profile picture of the author jinjinjk
      Congratulations!

      I recently just started IM 3 weeks ago and all these success stories really make me feel that it is possible to make real money online. Hope things continue to get better for you!
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    congrats !!! ~ that is awesome !

    I love reading these success stories ... thx for sharing

    ~ tamalee
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    Absolutely beautiful post, thank you for sharing this with us pal, very enlightening and insightful. Keep it up, you're a real inspiration

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  • Profile picture of the author dee4d
    Thank you Matt, I have read your initial post, the comments by warriors and your reply. This is so helpful, and I'm grateful for sharing your experience. The ideas here are great, especially coming from real life experience. It gives us the strong will and passion to do affiliate marketing and make targets for us, targets that are achievable.
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    • Profile picture of the author FivestarHB
      Great Story Matt. You have identified the key ingredients taht we all need - a reasonable (good/excellent) product and a relentless pursuit towards achieving your goals - hard work followed by more hard work. Well done.
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    paralysis analysis...that is the phase currently i am..please someone kick my butt. I need to take action NOW!
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    That's great inspiration and would help someone surely. Thanks for sharing, Matt.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
    So... yesterday I smashed that $100, especially since I barely squeeked into a higher pay bracket on Amazon. I almost went into shock when I looked at my stats this morning.

    Don't give up, guys. I started my first website 11 months ago, and it's taken me this long, but I'm finally making some nice income. I didn't expect to have fast success, and I didn't, and neither will you. Once you can crack the egg and make your first legitimate $20 in a method that isn't sketchy, understand EXACTLY how you did it. Understand exactly how you got the person to your website, and sold that affiliate product, or got the lead that hired you to build them a website, or whatever it may be that made you the $20. When you know exactly how you did it, run with it. Do it 100x over, because if you can make $20, you can make $200, $2000, etc.

    There are tons of ways to make money online, and you don't even have to touch things like Amazon or other affiliate programs. There was another newbie on the forum that started around the same time I did, and was struggling with affiliate sales: they started to build websites for other people and made a killing with it. There is a ton of money in providing services for people if you have a skill like web design, writing, graphic design, or anything like that. That would be a super quick way to make money today. I would avoid sites like fiverr, though: advertise on a place like this website where you'll get much more money for your time and skills. I've made a bit of money providing services for others, but found it's not really my thing. It definitely could be for you, though; if you have a marketable skill like the ones I mentioned, I guarantee you can make money with it today.

    My main goal right now is to separate myself from Google and build an authority site with e-mail list, etc. A lot of the successful people here keep talking about the absolute necessity of building a list, so I probably should have done that long ago. Better late then never, right? I will probably be kicking myself for not building a list sooner, but oh well.

    I'm sorry for rambling on... this website is responsible for almost all of my success so far, and I still consider myself a newbie at this. There is always something new to learn, and I'm learning from this website every single day. I want other newbies to know that it's definitely possible to make great money on this stupid internet thing. :p The thing is, it takes work - and LOTS of it. There aren't any push button solutions. You have to put your nose to the grindstone at first, and be prepared to do a lot of work without knowing that it's going to pay off or not.
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    congratulations
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  • Profile picture of the author 3bagsfull
    thanks so much - I am working on a niche affiliate site right now and this is perfect timing!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author breathclean
      Hey matt,

      sounds like we are in a pretty simlar boat. if you want to share some more details and hear some of mine, pm me your email....
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  • Profile picture of the author Inspired, Inc.
    So great to read about someone making realistic income from realistic effort. It's all about consistent action.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author J Cohen
    Hi Matt

    I am new to this forum and it is great to see success stories coming through.

    Your work ethic is spot on.

    All the best

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  • Profile picture of the author maryland168
    Thank You for sharing - Great inspiration...

    keep up the good the work ...

    All the best,

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  • Profile picture of the author keepgoin
    Wow, congrats Matt - and great advice about what we need to focus on as internet marketers.

    Andy

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  • Profile picture of the author 2d0k
    Very good job Matt! And congratulations.

    If I may ask, what backlinking method do you think have greatly influenced how you ranked your site? Could it be article marketing, forum profile linkbuilding, blog commenting, etc?
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  • Profile picture of the author Writing Warrior
    Good for you! I love Amazon too and it only gets better the longer you keep at it.
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    thank you for taking your time and that write-up. It prompts to stay committed to something you do, and some day it will pay off.
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  • Profile picture of the author KentChow
    Congrats. One of the best IM tips I have read recently.

    My summary is:
    Be persistent, work hard, and take actions in the right direction. Right on!~
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  • Profile picture of the author World Marketing
    Good post...A lot of newbies expect to make all this money right because they fall for the get rich quick schemes...IM is an art that one has to master...It will never just come overnight...Hard work+Dedication/Persistence = Success
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  • Profile picture of the author Kieran Gracie
    My problem is getting consistent sales. I have had a $200 day and several $100 days, but most days it is much lower. I track conversions which, doing organic SEO, tend to be much larger numbers than perhaps PPC would yield (eg 500, 600 or even 700 clicks per sale) but am not sure how to improve things. Slightly off-topic, I know, but I would welcome any suggestions.
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  • Profile picture of the author DanVsWorld
    Hi -

    Yes, thanks for all your insight and information...it really is helpful and motivational for us that are still in the starting gates! Hope to catch you soon!

    Best to you -
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hersh
    Congratulations Matt!

    Keep up the good work mate.

    Hard work always makes the difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author IdrisSG
    Thanks Matt this is very motivational.

    I've been dabbling with affiliate marketing here and there and I've made fistfuls of sales.

    Its only in the recent weeks that I've created traffic generation systems that runs on it own (traffic is way important).

    In fact it was less than 3 hours ago that I gave my outsourcer the green light to take hold of the traffic generation system I created.

    We'll see how it goes!

    Thanks again Matt.

    P.S.: $100/day with affiliate products, that's my first level goal too.






    Originally Posted by Matt Ward View Post

    Back when I started this last November, my goal was to make $100/day. Yesterday, I hit that goal for the first time, selling 24 products through Amazon for a total of $102 in commissions earned. I've had a lot of days around $70-80, but this was the first time I hit $100 - and I'm very happy.

    The best part is that I didn't do anything work-related at all yesterday. I took the Saturday off, and I was playing video games all day and made $100 for it.

    I'm not writing this to sell you something. I'm writing it as motivation for people that were in my shoes last year. This forum has been the basis for all of the success I've had, and I want to share a little information back.

    If you read my earlier posts on the Warrior Forum, in March of this year I made a similar post about how I got my first Amazon cheque... which was for about $100 for an entire month. You can read that post here. 6 months later, I have made that amount in a single day. This is with one single income stream, too. I can't even imagine the possibilities when I branch out into things like list building, which I know I should have been doing long ago. There are also things like AdSense, ClickBank, and a million other ways to make money online.

    Want to know how I did it? No matter which method you go with, the basics are the same. Here's how:

    1. Provide value: At first I just wanted to sell items. If you work in a way that you're providing valuable info to people, you will see the benefits.
    2. Work hard: You aren't going to make money overnight unless you're extremely lucky. It took me an entire month of work to make my first sale and commission of 97 cents. If you want to make a good, steady income online, you have to tread it like a real job. You have to be willing to put in the work every single day. I am sitting here 8+ hours a day working, researching, etc. If you aren't willing to do that, you're going to have trouble.
    3. Be okay with making mistakes: I've had a lot of missteps in getting to this point. You're probably going to make mistakes all the time, and that's okay! If you learn from them, it was not a mistake at all; it was a learning experience that you can apply to to future work.
    4. Disregard the "make money overnight" sellers!: I can almost guarantee that anyone selling a product that guarantees you quick/easy/overnight cash is outright lying to you, or their method relies on something that will not work long term. Making money online takes actual work and effort, and it's a long-term thing yo u should work toward.
    Once you apply these things, you will see results. My income figuratively exploded when I started to work hard at providing value to my visitors. It's easy to throw up a trashy, 1-5 page thin affiliate site. You'll probably make a few dollars, but is this really a long-term income stream? Are you really providing any kind of value to your visitors?

    If you set out with a goal of providing great info, you will go far as an affiliate marketer. I'm sure this will apply to those that are creating their own products, as well. If you are providing information, or a good answer to a problem someone has, you're 75% of the way there. The other 25% is working hard in the correct direction.

    On "taking action": People in the internet marketing world often say that "taking action" is the most important part of making money on the internet. While I don't entirely disagree with this, it is a complete waste of time to take action in the wrong direction. While it's important to avoid the "paralysis of analysis" trap that almost all new internet marketers fall into, it's equally important to make sure you understand what you're getting into before you start railroading down a track. It would be incredibly demoralizing to work on a website for 3 months only to find out that you were trying to sell freezers to Eskimos, or had never heard of Search Engine Optimization before. Taking action is extremely important, but you have to strike a balance between that and making sure you know what you're doing, first.

    There are so many people that come here with questions like "I need to make $1000 this month to pay my mortgage! Tell me how!" - this is impossible. This isn't how making money online works if you have never made a cent before. The lucky might be able to pull it off, but the real dough is made over time, and you build yourself up to that point. There are no "get rich quick" schemes to make money online. The sooner you understand this, the better.

    I'm posting this not only as a future reminder to myself to how far I've come, but also as a motivator for others. Work hard, and provide value, and you're 3/4 of the way there. I wish everyone here success, and I hope that I continue to have it, as well.
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    • Thank you, Matt. It's incredibly motivating to hear someone become successful in such short order.

      It certainly is true that you must give something of value in order to receive something of value. I guess that I am just a firm believer in the Law of Attraction.

      I'm still excited about $100 months at this point, but I hope to get to those $100 days soon!
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  • Profile picture of the author Maurice365
    Congrats Matt! Feels good to hit that $100 a day mark huh?!
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  • Profile picture of the author nadal619
    thanks for sharing with us , I really feel so happy when i hear such news ,
    as an internet marketer I feel isolated as I work online , so it is really excite me and make me feel I can do it too .

    thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author VinceReed
    You know what I love about this post.... HARD WORK!

    If there was an easy button we'd all line up to press it. My only recommendation is that you seriously think about improving the profit margin per product. It took you 27 people saying yes to a product to make $100. Ouch! And 6 months is a long time to get to $100 per day.

    Dude you have some friggin' persistence.

    A lot of affiliate products are garbage and once you sell a garbage product you've lost a customer for life so be careful.

    My hat goes off to you, but I'll be upset if you aren't making $200/day in the next month or so. Honestly, take it to the next level brother!

    AND CONGRATS to your success! I love that feeling when you win and when other people win.

    Winning.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    Awesome Matt, now make your own product and you can make that much in 3 sales instead of 24!!

    What an inspiring post! Bravo!
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Koch
    my goals are starting to flourish again after losing all my sites awhile ago to a server crash this inspired me
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  • Profile picture of the author solado
    Thoroughly enjoyable read, I have just started to explore the Amazon affiliate route to and I have to say that I agree with everything mentioned. Hard work and dedication does in fact pay off.
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    • Profile picture of the author IK
      Great post Matt! Very motivational. Thanks for sharing.
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    Great post bro, keep it going
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
    You are a true inspiration, Matt. Thanks for posting your experiences and big congratulations on your first $100 day.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Well done on your success Matt!

      All uphill from here no doubt! Great info!


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