Reaching out for some advice please as am running around in circles, have tasted a drop of success but am now dying of thirst!
2009 and I first entered the IM game without having any idea about anything! Didn't even know what Google was or what it did. Started off somehow finding and then going through the Mike Profit Lance course and then moved on and through Niche Profit Classroom, Google Sniper, Gary Gregory's MOBS system and most recently Rapid Profit Formula. In between them I also bought and went through programs like Google Snatch, Commission BluePrint, Niche BluePrint, CB Pirates, The Clickbank Code, stuff by Ewen Chia, and probably a few others I have forgotten.
I have settled my sites format now on a combination of what I have learned through NPC, MOBS and Rapid Profit Formula. I mainly focus on affiliate offers through ClickBank but have recently had a crack at Amazon products and dare I say it, Adsense sites! Can't add the links in here but please check my sig for a sample of a few of my sites...
In 2009 I made one affiliate sale for Turbulence Training and I think about $1.29 in Adsense!
In 2010 I made just over $500 and year to date for 2011, I have made $1200.
It would seem that I at least have steady progress and am on the right track but things have gone pear shaped. I had about $1000 of that $1200 by March and things have slowed to nothing now. Panda looks like it has all but wiped me out even though I believe and feel that my sites are well set up, well written and contain unique content without being overly advertorial.
I used to have quite a lot of page one rankings and even some page 1, rank 1 rankings for quite a few of my sites and some of my best performing sites were averaging around 200 unique visitors a day.
I thought I had finally made it and looked forward to a bit more tweaking and then rinse and repeat my work but alas, all my highest ranking and best sales sites have been decimated receiving a mere trickle of traffic compared to what they used to.
I just don't know what to do... my only thought is that I just don't have enough of the good old backlinks but I just have never seemed to find a way, method, software or routine that looks and feels right. Things are either too spammy, not valuable, not effective, black hat, too time consuming etc, etc. And that is just thinking about one site. To build our online empire, we need stacks of sites all making that steady, passive income. How on earth do I make effective and useful backlinks to 10, 20, 30 and even more sites?! I have looked at Social Monkee, ActuallyRank and various thread on the WF such as the current Backlink Bulldog but something keeps telling me they wont properly work and actually have the potential to cause more harm to my sites.
Again, I just don't know what to do as every time I check my sales or work on my websites, I start to feel angry and frustrated and question whether I really know what I am doing.
Sorry for the long rant but I am desperate and just don't know what to focus my energy on. Any advice out there please?