My path to internet success

by Ashera
44 replies
Here's my story, I hope it's not too boring, and not worthy of any tl;dr.

I'm a 26 year old college graduate with a degree in Communication Studies. I graduated early, at the age of 21, and immediately landed a job at a prominent commercial insurance brokerage. The money was decent- but I hated doing it. I was however grateful to even have a job while many of my peers struggled to find work. I never was quite comfortable working a 9-5 job (which actually ended up being more like a 9-7) but unlike the majority of people in this world I became willing to do something about it.

Growing up I had always loved the internet, messing around with basic html websites on my parents Windows 3.1 computer. I remember my favorite piece of code was <blink>Hello!</blink>. Since my ultimate goal was to try to find a way to work for myself, but I didn't have a large start up capital to start my own official business, 6 months into my insurance job I started looking into legitimate methods to make money online.

Around the same time a close friend was starting a small local business and was looking into hiring a web design and SEO firm (I didn't even know what SEO was at the time). I told him forget it, I would design him a site and do whatever this so called "SEO" was. I had no idea what I was getting myself into!

I spent that entire weekend reading everything I could about current web design trends and learning as much about SEO as I possibly could from simply "reading", which I would find out in the future only goes so far compared to true experience. I found out Wordpress seemed to be the most user friendly platform so I delved into it, learned some lines of code to manipulate a theme to my liking and created his website within 24 hours. Granted, it wasn't amazing, but it was a website nonetheless and it was decent.

I was lucky that he had owned his domain for a couple years and from what I had read "aged domains" were much easier to link build for. I spent about $300 in various SEO software tools for keyword research and other bare essentials.

Within a matter of 2 months I got my first call my friend telling me he had just landed a new client from his website. I was shocked, surprised, and exhilarated. Soon he started landing multiple clients a week from his site and my hard work had paid off.

What did I do for his site? A. I wrote a ton of great unique content- granted this was almost 4 years ago but that holds true today even more than ever.

Time WARP wooooosh Flash forward to today.

I now run a small SEO and web design firm, with one employee. I work less than 25 hours a week, and I am my own boss.

I build about two websites a month for clients, and average about 8 or 9 monthly SEO clients paying between $400-$2500 a month.

I own about 40 domains of my own, with about 30 of them ranking 3rd or higher for their keyword. These sites are 80 percent amazon affiliate and 20 percent Adsense. They don't rake in tons of cash but each site makes between $3-$40 a day. It's nice supplemental income with minimal effort.

NOTE: I am not sharing any of this to brag. I do not think I am better than anyone else. I know there are TONS and TONS of members on this forum who have had much greater success and know much more about internet marketing, SEO, and web design than I do. And for those wondering, I quit my insurance gig 3 years ago this September

I just wanted to share this to communicate with anyone frustrated or unhappy with their current job situation that if you continue to constantly learn, better yourself, and work hard, you can achieve whatever goals you have in mind. Just always keep an open mind, stay teachable, and stay focused. Don't take shortcuts and the results will come, in time. It's a quick road for some and a long journey for others. Just don't give up hope.

To your success,
Ashera
#freedom #journey #success
  • Profile picture of the author liindsay
    Wow congratulations!
    I'm new here and just starting out, but your story is inspiring.

    Great work. Hopefully I'll have similar success in the future
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    • Profile picture of the author Ashera
      Originally Posted by liindsay View Post

      Wow congratulations!
      I'm new here and just starting out, but your story is inspiring.

      Great work. Hopefully I'll have similar success in the future
      Thanks Liindsay, just keep it at. Feel free to email me if you ever have any questions max[at]50media.com
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  • Profile picture of the author MoneyMunchies
    Awesome! Very nice to hear success stories!
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    • Profile picture of the author kickar
      Originally Posted by MoneyMunchies View Post

      Awesome! Very nice to hear success stories!

      I totally agree with you )))
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Congratulation for making it online.

    it just shows you that anyone can make it online. There are so many way to make a great living and one of them which people may not like is network marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Parker
    Ashera, that's great! Congratulations on your success. Very inspirational story! I wholeheatedly agree that unique, high-quality content still plays a major factor.
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    • Profile picture of the author Legit SEO
      Good read thanks for sharing this.
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  • Profile picture of the author slomo
    Nice one

    When did you start with the affilate websites for you?
    How many domains did you have at all?

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Ashera
      Originally Posted by slomo View Post

      Nice one

      When did you start with the affilate websites for you?
      How many domains did you have at all?

      Thanks
      Hi I started building affiliate sites nearly 3 years ago. I made a lot of mistakes and bought a lot of terrible domains and went into niches I had no passion about. I've let many expire since then and purchased and built many new ones.

      I do tend to stick to about 10 niches within all my 40 sites as I feel comfortable around them. For instance I have 8 sites that are Amazon Affiliate vacuum sites, all focusing on different types.

      I now own about 40 actual sites, and a bunch of other domains that I still need to build on.
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  • Profile picture of the author dsouravs
    Hi.
    Wow awesome story
    Does your company does static HTML designs

    Thnx
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Wish I had of started as young as you.

    Good work man.
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  • Profile picture of the author prasanth5
    Good inspiring story. It gives a lot of hope to the fresh IMers. As you have pointed out unique content matters the most when it comes to making sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author catscreek
    Thanks for the inspiration.I am new here and trying to get my affiliate website paying off,but it is a lone road to hoe.
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  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    great story.......i still want to add that i ran in circles for over a year until i came back to the list.....money is in the list...............
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  • Profile picture of the author Austin357
    Nice job and thanks for sharing your success on here. Keep going and you are on your way to bigger things!
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  • Profile picture of the author watto123
    You are living the dream - perhaps there is hope out there for the ones, like me that are struggling...

    One day, One day....
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  • Profile picture of the author IMHunter
    Congratulations on your success man. It is good to hear success stories. Keep working man.
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    • Profile picture of the author Damian Kitchen
      this was a great idea for a thread post, im still trying to make
      it online myself and WILL quit my day job for IM soon.

      i too am looking forward to the day i can leave my success
      story.

      thanks for writing this thread Ashera
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  • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
    Thanks for sharing your story! Congratulations to your success!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashera
    Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone, it keeps me motivated! I just hope it can inspire some of you. It's not really easy to sum up the entire journey in one post. It wasn't all easy and there was many trials and tribulations along the way. At times I got frustrated.. I was scared and confused even. However the one thing that I did was persevere and worked hard.

    I am truly a believer that the internet is such a large and growing market that there is never going to be a limit to the amount of people who can succeed through its means. It all comes down to your level of motivation, your desire to learn, and your ability to truly work hard.

    Positive thinking can take you a long way as well.

    "All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world" - The Buddha
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  • Profile picture of the author Exel
    Around the same time a close friend was starting a small local business and was looking into hiring a web design and SEO firm (I didn't even know what SEO was at the time). I told him forget it, I would design him a site and do whatever this so called "SEO" was. I had no idea what I was getting myself into!
    It would seem that you took the step into the unknown. It is one of the most exciting things
    in the world. You don't really know much about something, but you delve into it fullheartedly
    to explore, to achieve, to conquer. Step out of the comfort zone and amazing things can happen.

    Such simple approach that yields amazing results, gratz and good work.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ashera
      Originally Posted by Exel View Post

      It would seem that you took the step into the unknown. It is one of the most exciting things
      in the world. You don't really know much about something, but you delve into it fullheartedly
      to explore, to achieve, to conquer. Step out of the comfort zone and amazing things can happen.

      Such simple approach that yields amazing results, gratz and good work.
      Thanks! Exactly. That first step is scary, but the benefits most definitely outweigh the risks in my opinion!
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  • Profile picture of the author gasman
    Congratulations. I love hearing stories about other people who have become successful as well in marketing. When I was a newbie it was stories like these that kept me motivated to get to where I am today. I'm sure that newbies today will find this story very helpful and motivating too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hattori
      Another inspirational story!! Congrats on your success man!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author anahita56
    Not boring at all! very inspirational and proof that you can do anything if you set your mind to it. Thank you for sharing your story. with that mindset, persistence and determination there's no limit to what you can achieve.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oliver Williams
    Great post I don't think o you are bragging I think you are being honest and open which people always appreciate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Des Lau
    Great work, congrats on your success.

    I'm from a graphic/web background as well so understand the hard work involved. Keep it up!
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  • Profile picture of the author cheyser
    Congratulations!! I do Love Your Story of your success keep it up!
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  • Profile picture of the author WFmarketer
    Nice, say avg $20 on 40 sites, That's $800 per day. You're raking it in.
    Teach us about your IM methods?
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    • Profile picture of the author Ashera
      Originally Posted by WFmarketer View Post

      Nice, say avg $20 on 40 sites, That's $800 per day. You're raking it in.
      Teach us about your IM methods?
      Originally Posted by rajat2k2k View Post

      Very inspiring story! Thanks for sharing. Would like to learn more from you about amazon affiliate sites. Did u outsource a lot of review writing earlier when u were starting or were you working your own articles.

      Right now I just have two website haven't had any luck.

      I definitely do feel like my Amazon sites make me a ton more cash than my Adsense ones. I actually don't even put any Adsense on my affiliate sites because I'd rather have someone buy a $300 vacuum where I take in something like $21 than have 5 people click an ad and make me $8.

      In the beginning I wrote all the reviews myself, now I'm lucky enough that I have a friend who does all my writing for me (and he does a damn good job of it.)

      My 1st piece of advice for Amazon affiliate sites is to first do great keyword research. There's still a ton of keywords out there that are low competition you just have to know how to find them.

      And the most important thing I think I have done is for each site I have developed a "persona" based on the product or niche of products I am promoting.

      For instance, if my site is about vacuum cleaning I have my writer act as if he is a "mom with three crazy kids a pets" and to continue using that writing style throughout the site.

      If my site is about the best types of toolkits or something I will have him take on the persona of a "working man with years of construction experience."

      Doing this I feel lowers the bounce rate, grains trust with your audience, and ultimately gets you a higher conversion rate!
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  • Profile picture of the author rajat2k2k
    Very inspiring story! Thanks for sharing. Would like to learn more from you about amazon affiliate sites. Did u outsource a lot of review writing earlier when u were starting or were you working your own articles.

    Right now I just have two website haven't had any luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author sevaans
    This is fantastic advice (the persona thing), thanks. It will really help the visitors connect to the website and learn more.
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  • Profile picture of the author HappyLuke
    thanks for sharing your story. it is good to hear that quality content is getting you so far. that is EXACTLY what I focus on with my blog!

    thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author JE Publishing
    Such a good story, Congratulations mate.
    Happy for your success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashera
    Thank you all for the kind words and encouragements.
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
    I like reading these sort of threads - gives all of us a little hope

    I'm not in the SEO game myself but I can appreciate the work you put in to get your business going so my hat goes off to you for that! Keep moving forward and hopefully you'll go from strength to strength
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  • Profile picture of the author gallus
    It is a far from boring story Ashera. I love hearing how people have tried online stuff and worked at it until it has becomes successful.
    Too many people looking for push button millions when steady quality works wins through.
    Congratulations
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  • Profile picture of the author Theeban
    Your experience proved that if real passion exists nothing is impossible...!!!

    Even me too had entered SEO by accident, but at beginning I had undergone struggling on learning tricks and following search engine like Google, but nowadays, I am capable of bringing websites to top on Google. Day by day, my learning on SEO with online forums like Warrior, DP and etc as well as some good blogs helped me to improve my SEO Skills...., but still I do not stop learning SEO, as far as, everyday new things are being updated, new things are coming forward - That is the main reason, I used to stick with warrior forum and get most recent updates on IM and SEO
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  • Profile picture of the author thehobbster
    This is very inspirational! We are close to the same. My first computer had Windows 3.1. Fast foward to today and I'm full time at home building my internet empire! I'm still establishing myself but I'm full time and that is an amazing feeling!
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  • Profile picture of the author JKflipflop
    Excellent narration - effort always pays off and that's what even my experiences here at the WF have taught me. To try and make sure you stick to something you like or are good at and never say I quit. A must read for newbies!
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnRozario
    Wow! Amazing story! Thanks for the inspiration..
    How long did it take to make 40sites?
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    Thanks for sharing your success story. Hope your business grows.
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