Sorry But I Need Some Encouragement

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Hey Warrior,

thanks for clicking on this thread. Although it might come across as another "can I make 1000$ in 4 months"-thread ... to be honest: I just need some emotional support right now ...

I'm going to launch a new website which will be my first step in curation.

From my previous project I know that success is more of a marathon than a sprint. Yet, now and then (actually: especially now) I get pretty disencouraged.

The goal I've set is to make 5000€ a month in december 2013 (yes, 13).

Other than before I'd like to build traffic mainly through social media and blog commenting instead of playing the google game again. Yes, SEO works. But 1) I don't enjoy it at all and 2) I believe that my time will be spent more wisely in relationship building. Beyond, I don't want to be dependent on income from ads again.

So that's 23 months to reach 5000€ a month with affiliating and product creation. I'm going to invest 20-30hrs a week.

Do you think this is possible? (please don't say no - remember the thread title ) ...

Have you done something like this before?

Thanks!
#encouragement
  • Profile picture of the author BrashImpact
    Not only is it possible but realistically achievable. Unlike most, you are giving yourself a reasonable amount of Time to make the transition, tweek, build, execute and implement.

    The biggest key here in my opinion, is creating a strategic action plan, sticking too it, and being consistent in your actions on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

    If you stay consistent in your activity your results will measurable and consistent.

    Keep a daily and weekly log of your accomplishments no matter how trivial they may seem... Do this and the end result will be achievable.

    To Your Continued Success and Yes You Can Do It...
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  • Profile picture of the author eastwest97
    Of course you can achieve your goal. You are being realistic and best of all, you are looking to build relationships, which is the best practice of being successful whether online, offline, in a business OR social setting. You've got your head on straight.

    You will do it and I hope you will report back to let all of us know how you did it! Best of luck to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

    that's 23 months to reach 5000€ a month with affiliating and product creation. I'm going to invest 20-30hrs a week.

    Do you think this is possible?
    I know it is.

    Well, I haven't tried "product creation" yet, but it's possible as an affiliate.

    Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

    Have you done something like this before?
    Yes.

    I started off slowly and badly and made every mistake you can make and earned almost nothing for 3 or 4 months, but another 2 or 3 months after that I'd got to over 5,000E per month, and just gradually built from there. It's definitely possible.

    (I don't know if it's possible through an SEO-based business model, though - and I wouldn't want to find out: that's a different matter.)

    Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

    I'd like to build traffic mainly through social media and blog commenting instead of playing the google game again.
    I don't know anything about social media. I do get some targeted traffic from blog commenting, certainly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Borja Obeso
      How do you do it? i only do seo, do you do list building and adwords?
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    • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      I know it is.

      Well, I haven't tried "product creation" yet, but it's possible as an affiliate.
      You have the perfect product. I have been in some type of marketing before you were born and ... I await your content syndication with great anticipation. I know you can teach me more than the bucket full of nuggets I have already gleaned from your contributions here and put into practice in my own traffic funnels.

      Can I have a review copy





      I don't know anything about social media. I do get some targeted traffic from blog commenting, certainly.
      Poor little thing doesn't understand social marketing .... about like this fat boy doesn't understand a cheeseburger.
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  • Profile picture of the author Spock1
    It certainly seems possible, though not easy. Sounds like a 24/7 affair.
    Good luck. It is good to set one's goals high.

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  • Profile picture of the author Daret
    Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

    Hey Warrior,

    thanks for clicking on this thread. Although it might come across as another "can I make 1000$ in 4 months"-thread ... to be honest: I just need some emotional support right now ...

    I'm going to launch a new website which will be my first step in curation.

    From my previous project I know that success is more of a marathon than a sprint. Yet, now and then (actually: especially now) I get pretty disencouraged.

    The goal I've set is to make 5000€ a month in december 2013 (yes, 13).

    Other than before I'd like to build traffic mainly through social media and blog commenting instead of playing the google game again. Yes, SEO works. But 1) I don't enjoy it at all and 2) I believe that my time will be spent more wisely in relationship building. Beyond, I don't want to be dependent on income from ads again.

    So that's 23 months to reach 5000€ a month with affiliating and product creation. I'm going to invest 20-30hrs a week.

    Do you think this is possible? (please don't say no - remember the thread title ) ...

    Have you done something like this before?

    Thanks!
    Yes buddy, That is absolutely possible.

    I would suggest, keep your options open, I definitely believe social media and blog commenting would help, but dont ignore SEO altogether, it is an important part of the journey to reach your goal.

    If you can not do it yourself, it would be a good idea to outsource it.

    Also, in social media, having thousands of real followers on twitter, or having thousands of fans on facebook would definitely help, Build your empire from now itself....

    All the best !
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  • Profile picture of the author David Raybould
    Yup.

    Definitely possible.

    Probably even, if you do the right things,
    consistently. Truth is, you can even do
    some of the wrong things (and probably
    will), to find out what those right things
    are.

    Consistency is the key.

    And remember - five or ten grand
    a month in 23 months might seem
    like it's not doable, but you'll get
    there gradually. You're not going
    to wake up on December 1st 2013
    with an extra 5 grand in the bank.

    You'll likely get there a little at a
    time. $100 a month first, then $200,
    and so on.

    If you work smart and consistently,
    my bet is that about half way to your
    goal you'll realize you should have
    aimed higher, and adjust your target
    accordingly.

    My 2 cents anyway.

    Good luck with it. Now go take that
    first step.

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  • Profile picture of the author Christian Little
    Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

    Other than before I'd like to build traffic mainly through social media and blog commenting instead of playing the google game again. Yes, SEO works. But 1) I don't enjoy it at all and 2) I believe that my time will be spent more wisely in relationship building. Beyond, I don't want to be dependent on income from ads again.
    I'm with you there. I'm at the point where I'm basically ignoring SEO and focusing on other efforts that have a better result for us (not social networking or blog commenting like you are doing). Though I've had a lot of success in the past focusing on SEO. SEO is one of our lowest-priority initiatives right now.

    Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

    I'm going to invest 20-30hrs a week.
    That is a lot of time, do you have any idea how you are going to use it? I.e. do you have a plan of some sort? Procrastination is one of the biggest enemies of internet marketers.

    Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

    Do you think this is possible? (please don't say no - remember the thread title ) ...
    Absolute, if you work smart and hard you can.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurenceh
    It's 100% possible.

    Like others have said, you've given yourself a sensible timeframe to reach your goal.

    Now you just need hard work, and show determination and consistency.

    You also need to make sure you don't get discouraged. Even during times when things don't look like they're going so well.

    I'm sure you'll make it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Mace
    SEO can be a pain. That's for sure. But if you do on-page SEO properly and pick the right keywords, it becomes a lot easier to get google traffic.

    But if you're looking for traffic generation in other ways. I wish you the best of luck. I've never had success trying to get visitors through anything other than organic traffic. But it appears as if there are many than can....
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  • Profile picture of the author tjcreation
    I believe you can do it. Just don't count anything out. You may not want to do SEO, yet it would be helpful to pay some attention to keeping up on SEO on your pages. It may not be your main focus, but you should probably consider do a bit of work in this area along the way. Stay focused and organized and there is no reason why you shouldn't achieve your goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jwil1025
    good luck,, you have a plan.. Make sure you stick to it..

    Jeremy
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    • Profile picture of the author aaronchen1
      yeah its def possible. i think you've set yourself some very realistic goals. seo is slow and can be a pain, but 2013 is 12 months away which makes it a realistic target.

      why don't u try paid advertising if you have the budget? you'll prob hit your goals faster.

      never give up. this internet thing takes a while. u can do it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You'll need an aggressive internet marketing strategy if you want to see your goal develop into reality. Keep getting traffic, sell to backend customers, hold seminars, and start your paid monthly newsletter ($10/month).
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  • Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

    So that's 23 months to reach 5000€ a month with affiliating and product creation. I'm going to invest 20-30hrs a week.

    Do you think this is possible?
    Absolutely YES! In fact I think you are selling yourself a little short. I think you will find that if you focus, you will get there much quicker then by December 2013.
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  • Profile picture of the author kfm24
    you can do it you must write out a clear plan of how you plan on making, the $5000 dollars follow your plan, learn from the big name successful marketers and be consistent and do not give up
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  • Profile picture of the author vvsingh
    If you can invest even around 15 hours daily on a consistent basis following a solid business plan then you can earn more than 5K per month. Its good that you want to focus on relationship building but I would suggest not to ignore SEO. Its my personal experience that you can earn more than $10K or even more by just using SEO. Read this
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    It's good to see you are giving yourself an entire year to achieve your goal, rather than a lot of other people who tend to expect things to happen rather quickly. I definitely think it is achievable, although you will need to stay focused and determined over the next year to achieve this.

    People have achieved similar goals in this time period, so there is absolutely no reason why you wouldn't be able to do it. The only factor that could hinder it is a lack of business plan, so just make sure you plan your next year out realistically, and try to stick to that plan as much as possible, of course adjusting to any external shocks as they come along.

    I'd advise you to look up success stories on this forum - they can serve as a great tool for encouragement,t and you'll be able to believe that anything is indeed possible. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author tbc41
    I think it's great giving yourself all that time, but don't forget to stay at it. Consistent, fresh and original content is king...even if you don't like seo, if you stay on target, identify your niche, you will most likely be incorporating seo without even knowing it...Good luck and I hope you stick with it!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

    Hey Warrior,

    thanks for clicking on this thread. Although it might come across as another "can I make 1000$ in 4 months"-thread ... to be honest: I just need some emotional support right now ...

    I'm going to launch a new website which will be my first step in curation.

    From my previous project I know that success is more of a marathon than a sprint. Yet, now and then (actually: especially now) I get pretty disencouraged.

    The goal I've set is to make 5000€ a month in december 2013 (yes, 13).

    Other than before I'd like to build traffic mainly through social media and blog commenting instead of playing the google game again. Yes, SEO works. But 1) I don't enjoy it at all and 2) I believe that my time will be spent more wisely in relationship building. Beyond, I don't want to be dependent on income from ads again.

    So that's 23 months to reach 5000€ a month with affiliating and product creation. I'm going to invest 20-30hrs a week.

    Do you think this is possible? (please don't say no - remember the thread title ) ...

    Have you done something like this before?

    Thanks!
    Yes, and it's very possible. Back in early 2001, I posted my first quarter of making $1,500 a month. A lot of time has passed, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears were invested, and I've managed to build a corporation that does business in over 44 countries and have a staff of 18 people (that's growing), with 25 new products coming in this year in over 3 markets.

    I'm not sharing this information to brag; quite the contrary, people who know me in this forum know I'm a very private person, but I'm sharing this to impress upon you that if a guy like me can do this, then virtually anyone can. There were so many times that I wanted to give up. I gave up a successful financial practice to go into IM and my first year was horrible. Though, it was mostly my fault because I was young and full of ego and that only got in the way.

    I started my first business when I was 15 years old. It was a mail order company that flopped. When I was 19 years old I started a window-washing business, it did pretty well until we broke our first window and learned about insurance and being bonded. I started thinking that I wasn't cut out for being a business owner. But I kept on going.

    There have been a lot of tough lessons throughout the years, so many that it would fill a trilogy. And if there's anything I've learned it's this: that mindset is absolutely paramount if you want to succeed at being your own boss. Offline or online, it doesn't matter. Business principles seldom change and one of the very tenants is your mindset because you're the one that has to make the decisions, you're the one that has to come up with a business plan, you're the one that has find motivation from within, you're the one that has to fight through adversity, etc.

    Train your mind to view obstacles such as discouragement as a sign that you're getting closer to your goal. Why is it that someone can come from another country, not know the language, and in a few short years they are able to become a massive success? While others with much more advantages fail?

    Many people in history have tried to explain this: Dale Carnegie, Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Jack Welch, Suze Orman, etc. and many of them have come to similar conclusions.

    A great book to read for motivation is called UNSTOPPABLE by Cynthia Kersey. I read the short stories in there at least a few times a year. Not because I need motivation because I'm very self-motivated now, but because it also gives me perspective. You'll also learn that quitting is easy. Millions of people quit every day. Don't be one of them. Dare to be different.

    Here's are two threads that will definitely help:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...d-i-didnt.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...t-started.html

    So keep at it, make sure you have a business plan (even if it's a simple outline), don't be afraid to reach out to successful members, don't be afraid to ask for references (real successful people who aren't charlatans aren't afraid to give these out), and don't ever give up.

    Regards,

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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post


      I started my first business when I was 15 years old. It was a mail order company that flopped. When I was 19 years old I started a window-washing business, it did pretty well until we broke our first window and learned about insurance and being bonded. I started thinking that I wasn't cut out for being a business owner. But I kept on going.



      RoD
      Dude you are are a trooper and what god deems a true entrepreneur.

      I failed, gave up twice, lost relationships and fights with teh family.

      Now I earn more than all those combined. I used their negativity to drive me. So hope that helps the OP. Use that negativity against you to try harder, do not sleep, if you want it bad enough you will make things happen, and take action.

      I love hearing these stories, make me feel more sane. LOL. :p

      There is no lie to it, the entrepreneurial spirit in some people is too strong.
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  • Profile picture of the author vince wicks
    Yeah, totally. I'm sure that consistency makes wonders all the time. And it'll do it for you if you never give up or stop believing in what you're doing and what you wanna have down the road. And one more thing. Make a specific plan, call it a business plan, whatever. Just make sure that is it extremely specific. You'v got a good start with that particular amount of money that you'd like to make, but it's not enough. You need the same specificity for each month, each week, each day, and even each hour. I'm for real. If you do that and stick to it, being emotional about your dream (or rather aim), I'm sure you'll make it. Good luck and all the best to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
    Wow ... thank you, thank you, thank you.

    I've printed all your very valuable and kind answers to review them on a consistend base.

    @BrashImpact:

    I already have an excel sheet that contains some numbers I'm planning to achieve. Right now those include: articles, comments I've left on other blogs, twitter followers, facebook fans, website visitors, list subscriber, rss feed subsriber, other milestones and revenue. Do you think I've missed something?

    You're right: I need to back those up with a strategic action plan!

    To hold my head up high I'm also going to review my daily and weekly achievements consistently.

    @eastwest97:

    Thanks man - I'm going to report the progress

    @alexa:

    I will read more of your articles on the warrior forum! Since I like writing (in German), article marketing may be a good option for me to get traffic and sales.

    @Daret:

    Well, I guess you're right. I need at least pay some attention to on page SEO. Besides, I'm going to aquire some quality backlinks from the link exchange contacts I already possess. Yet, this will either be a one-timer or .. as you say ... I will outsource it when there's enough money to do so.

    @David Raybould:

    Thanks! In order to stay on track I'm going to work 6 days a week for the project most of the time. This way, I can do some small steps toward my goal nearly everyday.

    @Christian Little:

    I need to get some more clarity regarding the daily and weekly to dos.

    @co2, @tjcreation, vvsingh:

    Yes, I will spend most of my SEO time budget to take care of the on page stuff.

    @Randall Magwood, YasirYar:

    While I have some experience in bringing traffic in, the money making part is the harder one for me. I will definitely have to spend more energy on that part of the business. Right now can see product creation (ebooks, email courses) / JVs as well as affiliating as considerable money making strategies. Guess I'm too shy to charge for the monthly newsletter. But to be honest I've never thought about it and maybe that could be a great way for me.

    @TBInternetMarketing:

    ) - thank you!

    @Rod Cortez:

    I'm going to add visualization to my daily routine.

    And I will have to work hard on becoming more positive.

    Loved the "Why you Shouldn't quit" thread and the 56 lessons which I've already read a couple of times before.

    @celente:

    The biggest source of negativity is myself. Which brings me back to "I'm going to add visualization to my daily routine." and "I will have to work hard on becoming more positive."

    @ everybody else:

    Thank you again for your kind words that really mean a lot to me!
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    • Profile picture of the author David Raybould
      Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

      Wow ... thank you, thank you, thank you.

      Thank you again for your kind words that really mean a lot to me!
      You're welcome dude.

      The funniest thing about Internet Marketing
      is that it's not even hard, really. People fail for
      the same reasons they fail at everything else
      in life - they don't approach it with a sensible
      plan, and they don't work at it consistently.

      Everything is achievable. Just take it a day at
      a time, one foot in front of the other.

      Now go make some money

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      • Profile picture of the author SEO Addict
        It's totally possible for you to reach your goal.

        You've got the first part done: you've set a goal.

        Now it's just focus and consistency (and a bit of SEO)
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  • Profile picture of the author Jim Guererro
    I think you have gotten enough encouragement and ideas from the previous posts already. But don't sabotage yourself and start taking control of your emotional self. You seem to have the technical expertise to navigate yourself through the internet, so there's no reason not to be successful.

    Remember this post in December 2013 and make sure that you help someone else when you accomplished your goal.
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    • Profile picture of the author simranjeet singh
      Sure you will achieve your goal. Atleast you have a good plan, it need to implement.
      Remember, nothing is impossible.
      Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author MaroshIS
    Hi, I can give you some valuable ideas that I've learned so far:

    Since >99% of people will leave your website without taking any action, please focus on list building and get in touch with your prospects ! Talk to them and give them some value. This is super powerful and it works !

    Outsource your SEO to someone skilled (check the Warriors for hire section for example). SEO is good because if someone ends up in search engine, he has got an intention to buy ..Oursource it and it'll be fun watching your site climbs up quickly.

    Besides SEO, focus also on Solo ads, this is most overlooked and cheap source of targeted traffic. Check Directory of Ezines....

    Focus also on paid traffic too if you want to grow rapidly, have a look at media buying with Adwords contextual PPC ads.

    Hire a group of affiliates by directly talking with the blog owners in your niche
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan92
    There is no guarantee, but you stand a much better chance if you just go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikehansen
    You have a specific written goal with a set timeframe to reach that goal, check.

    You've set quite a long time in order to allow yourself to reach this goal, maybe more than you need. Realistic timeframe, check.

    You're dedicated to putting in 20-30 hours per week to build relationships with others. Work ethic, check.

    It sounds like you are on the right track and if you're building relationships and networking with others, then they'll be able to help point you in the right direction to help you reach your goal.

    To hopefully help inspire you to do some good on-page SEO & off-page SEO, let me say this...

    If you're spending time doing social media and blogging, then you're actually doing the same activities that help benefit an SEO campaign.

    Make sure you use the Google Keyword Tool in combination with Aaron Wall's SEObook.com FREE keyword tool, which pulls data from WordTracker, so you can identify how people are searching for your niche. Know what keyword phrases people are typing into search engines so you can simply include them into your content & posts.

    Make sure you are targeting one keyword phrase per post so you can get free traffic from the SEO value you will inherently build into your pages with good on-page SEO. Include the keyphrase in your title and throughout your post to build relevance with Google.

    The rest will take care of itself.

    I wish you all the best of success!

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  • Profile picture of the author robbensalter
    Hey lifeisfree... just a few question's for you.

    1.Are you an affiliate or a product creator?
    2.Are you making money from ads or selling a product?

    Just trying to understand what your business model is.
    $5,000 a month is totally achievable with the right business plan and a clearly defined busines model.

    You need to have a solid plan, and know your metrics
    (I would have to sell x number of y to = $5,000 a month)

    From there you need an action plan on getting to that level of traffic.

    As far as encouragement goes, I recommend you read the book "The 10 X Rule"
    which talks about taking massive action and making a commitment towards your success.

    Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author clean99
    It's very possible. Just concentrate on doing that one thing. Don't jump around too much or you won't get it done. As long as you have a plan in your head, just go with it and you will be successful possibly making more than 5000 per month.
    You are on the right track, good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jothika
    It is very possible. It's good that you have set a clear goal. Now keep your eye on it and work on it consistently. As aforementioned, you'll start by making $100 or $200 a month but don't despise humble beginings. Learn as much as you can and apply it creatively. Be imaginative and maybe even before then you'll be earning more than that.

    Good Luck Amigo!
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  • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
    Hey Warriors,

    just a little update ... in case you haven't read the first post of this thread: right now I'm earning money with a website that covers a topic which i don't love. So I thought about building a second one. One that reflects more of what I'm good at and passionate about.

    Although I haven't put in as many hours as I planned, I have taken some steps:

    It's online now for four weeks, there are 1-2 articles per day already written and scheduled till july.

    Since I've decided not to put too much time into linkbuilding, there are only a few visitors per day right now (which doesn't irritate me).

    Currently I'm writing and writing and writing to create a significant and helpful content base.

    Guess I know your answers to my question:

    Would you start building a list right from the beginning?

    though I'm struggling to do so ... I always think: is it worth my time to create a free gimmick and an set up an email series if there are only two registrants (where one would be my mom for sure)?

    Do you know the feeling, that your site isn't quite worth going forward with yet? That you shouldn't promote it and try to make money off of it as long as you can't proudly tell: "This site gets a zillion visitors per minute"?

    Soooo, what would you do? Focus on creating a great content base in the beginning or focus more on the moneymaking part of it - although you don't feel you've "earned" it?

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

      Currently I'm writing and writing and writing to create a significant and helpful content base.
      For the long-term, this is an excellent approach, as long as you're producing content to which others with relevant sites and/or relevant ezines will want to link voluntarily, and/or which they want to re-publish because they want to share it with their own readers/subscribers - that way you can eventually get floods of targeted traffic without having to do the targeting yourself. This is the underlying basis of "article marketing": it's all about quality and relevance. (Quantity alone doesn't achieve anything at all).

      Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

      Would you start building a list right from the beginning?
      Yes.

      Have a look at all the threads here on subjects like "What's the one thing you'd do differently if you were starting again?" There are plenty of them. They're full of posts from experienced, successful Warriors explaining all their shared reasons why "Starting to build a list right at the beginning" would be the single most productive, most important and most helpful thing they could possibly do, given everything they've learned. There are reasons for that. Failure to start off by building a list is one of the biggest and most significant mistakes you can make.
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  • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
    I know there's a "Thanks"-Button (and I've clicked on it) ... but: thanks a lot, Alexa! I'm going to the War Room now, looking for some further information on list building (never done it before).

    One thing's for sure: I'll go with Aweber.

    Although Big G has been pretty friendly to me until now, I'm aware of the fact that relying on this kind of traffic can be a big pain one day. That's why I focus even more on content quality than before. And that is also another big big reason to start list building today.

    Thanks again, Alexa.
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  • Profile picture of the author wAvision
    Nice to see someone setting realistic goals and not I need 3-5k in the first month type deal...

    hard work and dedication, which it seems you are will to provide will get you there no doubt.

    Also, outsourcing is your friend once you find valuable workers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
    Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

    Hey Warrior,

    thanks for clicking on this thread. Although it might come across as another "can I make 1000$ in 4 months"-thread ... to be honest: I just need some emotional support right now ...

    I'm going to launch a new website which will be my first step in curation.

    From my previous project I know that success is more of a marathon than a sprint. Yet, now and then (actually: especially now) I get pretty disencouraged.

    The goal I've set is to make 5000€ a month in december 2013 (yes, 13).

    Other than before I'd like to build traffic mainly through social media and blog commenting instead of playing the google game again. Yes, SEO works. But 1) I don't enjoy it at all and 2) I believe that my time will be spent more wisely in relationship building. Beyond, I don't want to be dependent on income from ads again.

    So that's 23 months to reach 5000€ a month with affiliating and product creation. I'm going to invest 20-30hrs a week.

    Do you think this is possible? (please don't say no - remember the thread title ) ...

    Have you done something like this before?

    Thanks!
    Your 5k a month goal is very achievable in that time frame... Relationship building is the way to go IMO....but not just with your customers but with potential affiliates aswel.

    If you can network and get some of these other players in your market on board then you won't have to rely on SEO for traffic. Looks like you have your head on straight so all the best with your journey
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  • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
    Thanks, teepee for your warning. Nevertheless, this is my secound project ... got the first one up already ... and at least I don't have to work for someone else anymore.

    Thing about this new project is: I want to create a business that fits into my passions - and I'd like to build it in a way that is less dependend on Google and some bigger, but really unpredictable advertisement deals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Yeah you can do it, especially if you sell a relatively high priced product. Realize that there is Yahoo and Bing to rank high for aside from Google. December 2013 is a good goal date. Hopefully the December 21, 2012 doomsday prediction won't rain on your parade lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author gasman
    This is extremely realistic. There is no question about it being a possibility. The thing that you need to focus on is actually doing it. Not everything you set out to do in Internet Marketing will bring you the results you want or even any at all. Learn from your mistakes and keep going, there is no real secret but to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
    Just a little update for those who are interested in:

    3 months have gone since I've asked you for encouragement.

    What has happened in this time:

    My well-established website needed more attention so that I could pay my rent and stay in the position of making my living online 100%. That's not how I've planned it to be and it makes me anything but happy, to be honest.

    Yet, I got some things done:

    - Website design is completed, someone created a nice logo
    - I curated 300 Articles that are scheduled until end of july 2012. These are kind of nuggets for the readers and reasons to come back every day.
    - Currently I'm writing unique "base content" that aims to help people for a long time. Done until now: about 150 articles. Another 500-1000 or something to go. (I aim for an authority site)
    - Site went live about 5 weeks ago
    - Visitors: about 30 per day (until now there are nearly no backlinks + I didn't care about SEO for the curated articles - but I'm going to todo OnPage-SEO for the base content)

    Next steps:

    - getting the base content written
    - starting to create even more syndicatable content, starting to create relationships with other publishers for syndication purposes
    - building backlinks (but only once) with the help of those I've exchanged links with in the past
    - purchasing Aweber
    - creating a freebie
    - writing an email sequence that builds a relationship and may help making some money with affiliating until I have my first product gotten done
    - creating my first product

    Do you have any advice - would you do something different? I'm really looking forward for your answers.

    Last but not least I just wanted to say thank you again for all the encouragement and the great tips.

    Thanks!

    lifesofree
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  • Profile picture of the author folkcare
    Even if you achieve half that amount you'll be doing extremely well. Goals are targets they're good things to aim for and preferably achieve. But you'll do a whole lot better than if you don't have anything to aim for. You've inspired me! Thanks go to you.
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    • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
      Originally Posted by folkcare View Post

      Even if you achieve half that amount you'll be doing extremely well. Goals are targets they're good things to aim for and preferably achieve. But you'll do a whole lot better than if you don't have anything to aim for. You've inspired me! Thanks go to you.
      Thanks (wo)man!

      Tell me how you're doing!

      What do you aim for (i don't want to know your niche )?

      Bye

      lifesofree
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  • Profile picture of the author StuW
    Don't forget to build a real audience through social media, google+, twitter, facebook and pinnacle are all useful traffic sources that won't take huge amounts of time to manage as long as you use the right tools.

    Are you planning any products that you're going to sell? Also, look for ways that you can get any social media followers promoting your stuff for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsm
    It's possible to achieve your goal, I still think that you should work on SEO and I recommend that you outsource your SEO tasks if you don't like doing the SEO yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    What i admire about your goal and setting is the time frame you gave yourself.

    Just like everybody here has said, it is possible to make 5k in a month within a short period of time.

    All you need is understanding of how making money online works and implement it and you will see result. Along the line, you can make a lot of mistake that is not uncommon, it took me 4yrs to make $500 monthly, if i had not been persistent i wouldn't be able to acheive the height i am today.

    Other than before I'd like to build traffic mainly through social media and blog commenting instead of playing the google game again. Yes, SEO works. But 1) I don't enjoy it at all and 2) I believe that my time will be spent more wisely in relationship building. Beyond, I don't want to be dependent on income from ads again.
    I don't suggest you leave out SEO and concentrate on building a branded business for now as you planned. Google make there billions from the search engine and you can tap into that.
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  • Profile picture of the author werpetalpushers
    It is definitely possible, and a very reasonable goal! "Slow and steady wins the race"....good luck to you!!
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