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Hi All,

After lurking for awhile, I thought I would drum up a few words as a means of saying Hi and introducing myself.

I am quite new to IM, not so much to tech. I have worked in software for almost 15 years and my day job is as a software architect, so I know app design, OOP, unix, database design and networking pretty well. I hope I may be able to return some help when it comes to scaling & tuning web applications, database optimization and other unix, techy stuff. When it comes to design, I fall short and don’t have much of an artistic eye, but I can write, so content generation should not prove to arduous a task.

My goal is to eventually generate some passive income as a possible side line to my day job. I figure it makes more sense doing this every evening then whirling away the hours playing skyrim all night. I don't have any get rich quick ideas, and I am willing to work consistently over a period of time by carefully pruning and maintaining. My first goal is to make $100 to pay for hosting / domain registration costs. After that it’s to make $50 a month and from there I plan to scale up, with the prize outcome being me able to live off the income (but I don't believe that will happen without a lot of effort and so my day job is my priority for now). I figure the skills I have should make me some direct money, instead of a corporate.

I now have my first site up:

EDIT: I had to remove link, fair enough I can see why that's the case, will post later.

It’s the only niche I could think of so far. The content is building up and I have a twitter account and facebook fanpage which are the main traffic drivers for now. I don't expect I will have any search traffic for awhile until Google ranks me higher. I have optimised it for SEO and have submitted some articles out there to link back. Other then that I have not done to much more.

I am using Amazon affiliate marketing and I have a sneaking impression that the sales page might suck. I found it difficult to come up with a way of covering a global customer base (so as to provide a local product to each country, rather than offer a US located product to UK customers or vice versa). In the end I used a wordpress plugin which redirects links to the country domain prefix (.com, .co.uk, de etc). But I am sure I can make this better - perhaps I should just use the stock amazon links which render the price, image with an amazon logo?

If anyone has any advice on presenting the page better or how to serve a global customer base better, then please do suggest. Perhaps it may be better for me to consider adsense in time, if and when I get more traffic.

I have so far avoided paying for any tools as I don't want to get caught up in spending money and chasing my tail - I would prefer to understand the ropes better first. I am very much a belt and braces man, so I don't mind trying to crunch the numbers myself so at the least I understand the principles at work.

Anyway thanks in advance, I look forward to conversing with you all and thank you for the help so far.

Luke
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  • Profile picture of the author solado
    My goal is to eventually generate some passive income as a possible side line to my day job. I figure it makes more sense doing this every evening then whirling away the hours playing skyrim all night.
    How wrong you are !

    Jokes aside, welcome.

    You can generate passive income with what you told us already, you worked with software there is a HUGE market open for software developers be it your hired or you craft it your self. Learn IM and develop some software that could enhance a marketers performace in some way and your going to be sailing the passive income.
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    • Profile picture of the author lukedidit
      Originally Posted by solado View Post

      How wrong you are !

      Jokes aside, welcome.

      You can generate passive income with what you told us already, you worked with software there is a HUGE market open for software developers be it your hired or you craft it your self. Learn IM and develop some software that could enhance a marketers performace in some way and your going to be sailing the passive income.
      You've been playing to much too huh Thanks for the tip off, I may well consider that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oswald Luis
    I like the tag
    There are alot of things you can do to earn money online like.
    Create a blog to make money
    Create a website to be an affiliate
    make a list to sell later
    go to fiverr.com and sell gigs
    there are alot of ways,but please dont make threads like this because this forum has a feature called google search,you can search for this question that has been asked alot of times.
    By the way sorry for being like this but you can just use the google search feature,if the question its never asked or its outdated you can come here and make a thread,
    its that simple
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    • Profile picture of the author lukedidit
      Originally Posted by Oswald Luis View Post

      I like the tag
      There are alot of things you can do to earn money online like.
      Create a blog to make money
      Create a website to be an affiliate
      make a list to sell later
      go to fiverr.com and sell gigs
      there are alot of ways,but please dont make threads like this because this forum has a feature called google search,you can search for this question that has been asked alot of times.
      By the way sorry for being like this but you can just use the google search feature,if the question its never asked or its outdated you can come here and make a thread,
      its that simple
      My apologies, from reading the forum so far its seems questions are welcome. Perhaps I misunderstood. Also I did not ask how to make money - I asked about handling multiple affiliate locales which I did actually spend a good 4 hours searching for, and one place was on this very forum.
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      • Profile picture of the author Oswald Luis
        Originally Posted by lukedidit View Post

        My apologies, from reading the forum so far its seems questions are welcome. Perhaps I misunderstood. Also I did not ask how to make money - I asked about handling multiple affiliate locales which I did actually spend a good 4 hours searching for, and one place was on this very forum.
        its my fault,i am bad with english,
        i didnt understand your question!
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  • Profile picture of the author Shawn Lee
    I thought of an idea for you...

    You can make an information product on skyrim. I guess it's the hottest game currently, right... All of my friends are playing it.

    Anyway, welcome to the WF!
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    • Profile picture of the author Oswald Luis
      Originally Posted by Shawn Lee View Post

      I thought of an idea for you...

      You can make an information product on skyrim. I guess it's the hottest game currently, right... All of my friends are playing it.

      Anyway, welcome to the WF!
      that is a good idea,maybe he can make a review of that game and sell some guides for it,it would also be a good idea
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    • Profile picture of the author lukedidit
      Originally Posted by Shawn Lee View Post

      I thought of an idea for you...

      You can make an information product on skyrim. I guess it's the hottest game currently, right... All of my friends are playing it.

      Anyway, welcome to the WF!
      That is a actually a good idea - people on youtube are doing well uploading 'walk through's' for when people get stuck on a game. Skyrim I may have missed the gravy train now, but I am definatly going to try and make use of future releases.
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  • Profile picture of the author brimstone
    Thanks for the introduction. It sounds as if you have the right attitude as far as long term results instead of the get rich quick ideas. hard and smart work definitely pays off in this business, I have found. Anyways nice to meet you good luck and maybe we will run into each other again here or in another forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    You're allowed to put sites that you own in your signature. People can give you better ideas for your site if they know what it is. Sounds like you've got a lot of great skills to work with. Welcome to the forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author lukedidit
    Thanks Suzanne! It should be there now
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    • Profile picture of the author WarpedMind
      Welcome! Fellow geek here. I've got a software development background and moved into design... and now, IM.

      Lukedidit, can you do me a favor? Send me your email and contact info via pm and let's talk offline... I think we could probably put our skills and collective experiences together and turn it into something big. I've got some ideas. ;-)
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      • Profile picture of the author lukedidit
        Originally Posted by WarpedMind View Post

        Welcome! Fellow geek here. I've got a software development background and moved into design... and now, IM.

        Lukedidit, can you do me a favor? Send me your email and contact info via pm and let's talk offline... I think we could probably put our skills and collective experiences together and turn it into something big. I've got some ideas. ;-)
        Hi Mate - "To be able to send PMs your post count must be 50 or greater."

        On the website in my sig you will find a /contact-us page - drop me an email in there, unless of course you have reached 50 posts!?
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  • Profile picture of the author truered
    Welcome to the forum from another noob
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Redcliff
    Welcome, Luke!

    Most of the best Internet marketers out there do not have your software development skills, so you're already armed with a huge advantage. There are all kinds of tools you could build for Internet marketers. Market Samurai is a good example - it's a popular keyword research tool that has sold like crazy at $149 per copy.

    Solve a problem for Internet marketers and you will really be onto something.
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