And let me tell. It is VERY frustrating, knowing you only have pretty much a year or so before you start university and you must find some way to raise around 20 to 30 thousand dollars before then, while at the same time your A-levels are constantly hammering your head and taking up all your time.
Anywho, I'll save you the silly talk because I know these sorts of 'I'm frustrated' posts must annoy the regulars in here. Let me talk about my story.
Around two months ago I was introduced to internet marketing when I stumbled across Commission Domination. Seeing the sales video, I got EXTREMELY hyped and thought 'this must be it! I'm so lucky to have come across this!' but trusting my better judgement, I started looking up reviews. Yes, product reviews. Pretty much 100% of these reviews were completely biased and every single one of them had an affiliate link. I didn't know at first, but it didn't take me long to find out seeing that almost every single one of these reviews were exactly the same. I have found other products... commission ignition, google sniper, private niche empires, extreme niche empires, bring the flesh etc. I tried to buy as less products as possible seeing that my family is in such a poor budget right now. (It's really difficult to pay for my school fees even though I'm on a 50% scholarship)
I've started doing research. Trust me when I tell you this, I've spent constant HOURS and HOURS doing complete mind numbing research, and most of the research material I found was completely bonkers, and I mean that in the bad way. (I'll tell you why in a minute)
So I've asked a budget from my dad and I started my first web-site. It looks great, the content's great, so far I've hand-written three quality articles in the niche I am passionate about, I've done LOADS of social bookmarking using onlywire, I've submitted articles, I've done off-site and on-site optimisation, and a month or two later my web-site is still sitting beyond the 100th rank on google and I barely get 0-1 visitors every day. 2 if I'm lucky. I've looked and purchased many many guides, and it really frustrates me when they all tell me I must purchase things like linkvana, build my rank, lixboss, article wizard thing, the best spinner, actual rank, senukex, blog blueprint (from the seoblueprint package) etc etc. If I would seriously buy even 3 of these softwares (let alone buying ALL of them) I'd be paying well over 200 or 300 dollars every month. That's not a good investment if I haven't even started making money yet!
I've done a bit of keyword research before making a website, and found an absolute golden keyword that has 60000 global monthly searches where the top ranking web-site only has only around 200 backlinks (and apparently pretty much ALL of these backlinks are from short articles posted at different blog networks, and I'm assuming the guy who made this has purchased some sort of link network automator thingamij like blog blueprint I mentioned above... I'm not sure if that's the case and I have no idea how I could pull off something like that myself). Also using market samurai's 14-day free trial I found out the SEOT for the top ranking web-site would get around 800+ visitors everyday. I've done some calculations... the average conversion rate for clickbank products is an average of 1% right? (I made sure my web-site can convert high after I made the web-site) so 1% of 800 is 8 buyers every day, meaning I'd earn a 27$ commission every time I make a sale. You can just imagine what I looked like when I found out I'd be potentially earning well over 200$ every day!! I was completely baffled! I got super excited and bought a domain and hosting account in a jiffy! Well... here's the kicker. Just today I've found out how big of a mistake I've made two months ago when I did my research. Yeah I think you guessed it right... when I searched for the keyword I didn't search using the exact match type on market samurai and the google keyword tool. The SEOT jumped from a whopping 800 visitors to just a measly 22 a day, and google's keyword tool says there's 1.9k searches every month. And that's only if my website's actually ranked on the top spot. I can't get mine to get anything below the 100 ranking!
I found this pretty neat thread here in the forum: *removed link 'cuz I can't post links here yet. It's just markviduk86's method you can find stickied in the seo section*
but when mark viduk starts explaining his day to day processes, I find it hard to follow since I'm not sure what most these methods mean and how to actually do them.
Well by now you can probably imagine just how frustrated I am at the moment. I can't get my website (that has very little potential in the first place) to rank above the 100th position and I don't know just what seo software I'm supposed to be investing on. Heck, each and every backlinking strategy I found out there always involve purchasing some expensive backlnking product that requires a monthly payment. And there are so many products and bad reviews out there I just don't know what to do.
Oh the depression. According to UCAS I can admit myself to most of the great UK universities without pulling much of a sweat, but just knowing that the only thing standing between me and such a great future in a great university being just 'money' is too bloody depressing. My dad's contract with his day job just ended, and we're practically stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to money.
So please, from a fellow warrior to a frustrated and desperate newbie, I want the best recommendation out there.
What one program should I purchase? What strategy should I follow? Should I start on a new web-site?
I would be absolutely elated if I could someday see some numbers in my clickbank account someday.