When did you have your first 200$ month?

by Ooze
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Hey guys,

I've recently started my first Amazon review website with the goal of making atleast 200$. I'm very motivated and time isn't really an issue when it comes to improving my sites/reviews.

I would like to know how long it took you to get your first 200$ month and about how much hours of work this took you.

Nathan.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark-Dickenson
    Hello

    I made my first $200 in Jan 2008

    I was using the popular Niche Marketing on Crack method...and made that with my very first site without knowing what I was doing

    Only problem was, instead of scaling, I went method hopping

    Dumb mistake that cost me thousands of dollars

    Moral of the story?

    If something is making you money, rinse and repeat and quit reading all of those sales letters that promise instant riches

    -Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
      Originally Posted by Mark-Dickenson View Post

      ...

      If something is making you money, rinse and repeat and quit reading all of those sales letters that promise instant riches

      -Mark
      That's crucial advice.

      Success doesn't come as a single event - it's the accumulation of effort, time, skill, knowledge and experience.

      I used to make a similar mistake - I would say "Nah, this will only make me $X in the next three months. Let me look for something better."

      Then I would spend three months looking for the magic pill and make nothing!

      HAHAHAHA! That's funny looking back.

      You are looking for motivation maybe, but remember it's always about what you put in and how dilligent you are about it.

      It's not just about putting in the hours - it's about constantly creating more value.
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      • Profile picture of the author Anthony W
        Originally Posted by AdwordsMogul View Post

        That's crucial advice.

        Success doesn't come as a single event - it's the accumulation of effort, time, skill, knowledge and experience.

        I used to make a similar mistake - I would say "Nah, this will only make me in the next three months. Let me look for something better."

        Then I would spend three months looking for the magic pill and make nothing!

        HAHAHAHA! That's funny looking back.

        You are looking for motivation maybe, but remember it's always about what you put in and how dilligent you are about it.

        It's not just about putting in the hours - it's about constantly creating more value.
        +1

        I would also add that you shouldn't ask others how long it took them to make $XXX.

        When I first started IM, i had NO idea what I was doing. All I had was the Rich Jerk's affiliate marketing book (anyone remember this? lol). I made $400 my first or second month.

        Then, when I started actively studying this stuff... aka reading the forums and buying new products... i couldn't make money anymore for some reason.

        It was only when I went back to what I knew and focused on that, that I started making money online again.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ooze
          Originally Posted by Tony W View Post

          +1

          I would also add that you shouldn't ask others how long it took them to make .

          When I first started IM, i had NO idea what I was doing. All I had was the Rich Jerk's affiliate marketing book (anyone remember this? lol). I made $400 my first or second month.

          Then, when I started actively studying this stuff... aka reading the forums and buying new products... i couldn't make money anymore for some reason.

          It was only when I went back to what I knew and focused on that, that I started making money online again.
          I agree that i shouldn't ask how long it took them to make $200 with the idea of expecting it will be the same for me.
          However, it would be nice to get some kind of idea of the learning curve so i see if im doing okay .
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    • Profile picture of the author Ooze
      Originally Posted by Mark-Dickenson View Post

      Hello

      I made my first $200 in Jan 2008

      I was using the popular Niche Marketing on Crack method...and made that with my very first site without knowing what I was doing

      Only problem was, instead of scaling, I went method hopping

      Dumb mistake that cost me thousands of dollars

      Moral of the story?

      If something is making you money, rinse and repeat and quit reading all of those sales letters that promise instant riches

      -Mark

      i agree that you should stick to what you should be doing if you started it.
      'fortunatly' i don't even have the money to buy eBooks so i never thought about method hopping, i want to focus on just amazon review sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Russel Mogul
    About two years ago, when I was promoting a credit report made about $247
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      About 3 years ago. I acquired a .info domain and forwarded that to a clickbank product and wrote a bunch of articles to direct traffic to it.
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    • Profile picture of the author HazeBlazer
      Originally Posted by Russel Mogul View Post

      About two years ago, when I was promoting a credit report made about $247
      Did you promote offline or online? if online, how?
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    About 2 years ago..
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    4 years ago on eBay!
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by Ooze View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've recently started my first Amazon review website with the goal of making atleast 200$. I'm very motivated and time isn't really an issue when it comes to improving my sites/reviews.

    I would like to know how long it took you to get your first 200$ month and about how much hours of work this took you.

    Nathan.
    It doesn't take much to make $200 a month. In fact, I was still using Hubpages and Squidoo to do review pages back then. I didn't have a sel-hosted blog or anything of the sort. Once I began making $300 on a consistent basis without having to do much of anything (was really lazy and a newbie at the time) and the free sites started cracking down on what you could promote and what not, I started a blog on my own domain. All I'm trying to say is that's it's very doable.

    Good luck,
    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author webfighter
    My first $200 month came the same month I did a couple of $200 days. It was my first year in high school (around 2-3 years ago), so things were going nice. That was short lived though. I saw one complete year of no online income after that (involved myself into studies).
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  • Profile picture of the author mrinternational
    I made my first dollars drop shipping and that went really well I guess I got lucky I made 100 dlls a week of just checking my email once a day and the forwarding the orders but that dried up in about 2 months since then I have tried many things and still haven't made any real progress of course I focused on my school but now that I graduated college I realize I could have made more money online as I am still looking for a job.
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  • Profile picture of the author kennykjtan
    I made my first $200 selling facebook fans. It's fun though. thinking about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Gomez
    I made my first dollars in 2005 selling an ebook on ebay.....never looked back since.

    Only secret you need to know is persistence and dedication, if you have this then the rewards will follow.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Mine was back in 2001 I was selling an ebook :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    My best day was $3,400.

    Man I wish every day was like that.
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    • Profile picture of the author joekoffi
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      My best day was $3,400.

      Man I wish every day was like that.
      If wishes were horses
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  • Profile picture of the author David Raybould
    Summer 2006.

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    crazy, I think I got something like $600
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    Didn't stop smiling for weeks.

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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    Bah, I don't know.

    However, I do remember one specific "review site" that I started mid-September 2009, monetised initially with AdSense and then later Amazon Associates as well. Worked on it on and off, on a very part-time basis, over a week or so; probably less than about 9 hours invested in total, so let's just say about one day's work.

    Then I lost interest and moved on, only building a very occasional relevant backlink here and there whenever I came across a chance opportunity. Barely did anything at all. By the end of September I'd only earned about £3-4, and the next month, when I began ranking low down on Page 1 on Google UK and US for my main keywords, that jumped up to around £50; the month after, now bouncing around positions #2-5, that jumped up to about £130-£190/month. That was essentially just with time and some very occasional backlinking to the 5 or so pages of which the site comprised, mostly the homepage. Eventually I expanded that site out a little bit and it's remained a nice little monthly earner ever since, with some good spikes in the summer months and around Christmas. I haven't touched it for over a year.

    In all, all the work it entailed to get it up to ~$200/month could've been completed in a long working day, quite easily.

    This kind of thing, however, is obviously a bit hit-and-miss. And in any case, I absolutely don't recommend relying exclusively on search engines for traffic.

    But you asked, so I thought you might be interested.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ooze
      Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

      Bah, I don't know.

      However, I do remember one specific "review site" that I started mid-September 2009, monetised initially with AdSense and then later Amazon Associates as well. Worked on it on and off, on a very part-time basis, over a week or so; probably less than about 9 hours invested in total, so let's just say about one day's work.

      Then I lost interest and moved on, only building a very occasional relevant backlink here and there whenever I came across a chance opportunity. Barely did anything at all. By the end of September I'd only earned about £3-4, and the next month, when I began ranking low down on Page 1 on Google UK and US for my main keywords, that jumped up to around £50; the month after, now bouncing around positions #2-5, that jumped up to about £130-£190/month. That was essentially just with time and some very occasional backlinking to the 5 or so pages of which the site comprised, mostly the homepage. Eventually I expanded that site out a little bit and it's remained a nice little monthly earner ever since, with some good spikes in the summer months and around Christmas. I haven't touched it for over a year.

      In all, all the work it entailed to get it up to ~$200/month could've been completed in a long working day, quite easily.

      This kind of thing, however, is obviously a bit hit-and-miss. And in any case, I absolutely don't recommend relying exclusively on search engines for traffic.

      But you asked, so I thought you might be interested.
      very motivating to hear this!
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  • Profile picture of the author jordans9
    it was 2 years ago from CB
    but i did put in some advertisement tho.. daily PPC $100 converted to $1200 product sells
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Ryan
      My first $200 month was a couple years ago. It was my first time promoting CPA offers. I built a few sites around one of the offers and one of them ended up ranking well and bringing in the traffic and sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dominis Marketing
    Started in 2008 but it was over $200 per month. Recently I made somebody $5,000 in just about two weeks. It involved doing a micro-launch of 2 new products in a hot niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kris79
    Very nice stories
    I made my first money online about 10 years ago on some auction site, it was long time ago, in a galaxy far away

    But the real question shoud be:
    how much time does it take to make first 100 or 200 USD in IM business?
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Faber
    In July, 2004, with my online store. Unfortunately, it cost me about $500 in PPC to achieve that. As I learned how to get free traffic and optimize my PPC campaigns, that turned around, to the point where within 3 months, I was selling $5,000, and it was only costing me about $3,500. I started to cut back on PPC as I got more free traffic after that.

    This was before I learned the virtues of VAs, which I should have employed to handle customer service issues, which will always arise when you're selling hard goods online. Another side of the affiliate/vendor debate.

    I was selling sporting goods, which have lower technical requirements and return issues than most niches, which was one of my primary reasons for choosing it. I'd been an outside sales rep for a large consumer electronics distributor, and saw how returns could really eat into profits fast. Wanted no part of that.

    Even so, customer questions and service issues and my wanting to address them promptly soon made it to where it was interfering with my regular job, and I made the decision to wind down the online store. Even at that growth rate, it would have been some time before the store would overtake my regular income, and I could just not afford to give it up.

    If I had it to do over again, I'd just outsource the all the customer service functions I could. Live and learn. My best day of profit with the store was $800, selling commercial grade power inverters to the Boeing Company. I used a fullfillment center, so I never touched the product, just processed the payment and sent the order to the center after the payment cleared.

    LESSON HERE: I should have focused on the inverter business and targeted commercial and government clients exclusively. They're repeat buyers, and have substantial budgets. While price sensitive, in many cases, they want reliable service, selection, and prompt delivery over price.

    In addition, there would be no worries about CC fraud, something I got stung by selling to consumers, despite having protections in place.

    That was about 6 years ago, but it could still be a great business...anyone, anyone????
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  • Profile picture of the author andynathan
    I sold some stuff on ebay for $1000. Do not remeber the details, but most of it was my old stuff. I did a few storage auctions, but never had the drive to sell "stuff" online. I have always preferred the information and services. Easier and more rewarding.
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  • Profile picture of the author realnetworker
    I love all this - I made my first $200 on fiverr.com this year, offering a few different backlinking services, etc. While that is okay, my fiverr income is not passive income, it is more like a job. I want to increase in my passive income, (on my websites, sales & adsense), and eventually, decrease my active income, to gain more time & freedom.

    I am still within my first year of Internet Marketing, and have just started seeing a consistent amount of clicks in Google Adsense, had my first $20.00 month with Adsense in November. AND, I had my first Clickbank sale ($20) in November as well. Just today, I saw that I had made another, $26.00 Clickbank sale 2 days ago Passive income is starting to build...makes me excited!

    So far, I had no success with any Amazon sales...I calculated what I would have made in Adsense instead, had all the clicks been Google Ads...kinda makes me wonder if Amazon is worth it sometimes! Oh well, I am still finding out what works and what doesn't...Good luck to the O.P. - keep at it! If there is anything you need extra help on - outsourcing to fiverr works well for me... I do it for most of my backlinking.

    I'm in the game to stay!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ooze
    Very nice to hear all those stories!
    Can you also tell me how long it took you to get there?
    i hope i can reach this point within a year, id be very happy ;D.
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    The money comes with effort. If your efforts are true and positive and you put in legitimate work. The money can come faster than you think. Hell, you could do it in a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Russel Mogul
    some really coool and informative posts in here. i'll subscribe and keep reading
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    I did a clickbank rebate thing, but failed because of duplicate content (was a newbie back then)
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  • Profile picture of the author uppergrade
    i got 200$ in this September and it took almost 6 months. Internet marketing needs a lot of time and patience.
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    • Profile picture of the author Fred Young
      Last month. It's an Amazon review site.

      I've already made over $200 so far this month on that site, but I think that has to do with the holidays coming up.
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  • Profile picture of the author JCorp
    I made that when dinosaurs still walked the planet

    It's not that hard, especially if you have your own products and are making 100% of the profits...when I started to make $200/month I was selling a $97 product and made $500 that first month.
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  • Profile picture of the author WiFi
    Over a year ago. Took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. This binds us together like some weird IM fraternity.
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    • Profile picture of the author jhuman
      true about the IM fraternity thing. takes a "warrior" attitude in making things happen and that is just the first step but if you think about other industries the path to success tends to involve similar challenges.

      It's just that the IM industry does a really good job in delivering the product to fulfill those "getting rich" needs in the comfort of your own home.

      Something that should be highlighted is that anything gained in terms of dollars or whatever perceived value is something that is earned through focus, hard work, pushing through, getting help, learning from mistakes, and consistent action.

      If I were to do it all over again which took about 8 months to earn $$, I would reverse engineer one program with one product within a 90 day schedule written out in planned action steps... instead of moving from one product to another hoping it would be easier to do the work...maybe i should put together a product around this.
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  • Profile picture of the author marc7
    My first $200 came back in August 2011 ( yes I'm fairly new lol) but this was my first time trying to earn money from the internet. I participated in a make money online product launch from CB and 2 days after launch day I checked my cb account and there sat a little over $200...
    I kind of knew what I was doing but not really lol...but I ran around my apartment as if I won the lottery lol I was excited!
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanjm
    January of 2011, so about 2 months after first starting.
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  • Profile picture of the author golf69
    a few years back I hired someone to teach me cpa and made 6k in my first month...was a lucky start because it took me another year to get back to that level.
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