My IM success and failures...and success..and future success

by Adie
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I thought this worth sharing...

I started making money online on 2003 and created my first SEO blog via blogspot.com. The blog was earning around $120 a month for 2 years before I decided to migrate the content to wordpress platform with a new domain. The earning increased and after a year with more than 200 blog posts, I sold the blog for $4K+ via sitepoint marketplace.

2005 - I created 2 authority sites. 1 promoting Commission Junction products and the other was dedicated to promoting tripadvisor affiliate. Both sites were doing good. The CJ site was doing pretty well earning around $700/month when I got problem locally. I was having difficulty cashing out CJ checks. I sold the site for more than $6K.

Laziness and procrastination hit me and the tripadvisor site was left unupdated for several months. The sales hit the rock bottom. I sold the site for less than $3K via flippa. I stopped maintaining sites for a year and offered niche blog creation service.

I was employed since then until 2009. I had no plan to get employed again so I started from scratch again. I created a clickbank authority site and post an average of 3 product reviews a day (until now). My time is not enough writing articles for my own use so I hired 1 writer. He is so fast with high quality so I offered writing service and hired 10+ more while maintaining my CB affiliate site at 3 review articles a day.

After almost 3 years, my CB site become huge and is now promoting most of the products with above average gravity while having dozens of pages holding significant positions in Google pages. The earning is enough to support 4 college students locally.

Sometimes I thought, If I maintained those previous authority sites (CJ and tripadvisor), I can't imagine how much money I am earning right now. Ahh, not to mention that CPA site I sold also through flippa... the site was averaging $50/day though email and zip submit..

Future plans:
Create a couple of more authority sites for other affiliate programs (not adsense neither amazon).

Lots of people fail (like me before) because they can't maintain what they have started, and always tempted by new suggestions, ideas, systems, etc. A number of warriors I know who started 10 but finished nothing.

Sometime in early 2003, someone asked me to moderate his 1-month old webmaster forum. I was a newbie then and interested in doing everything inside my capacity and time. After a year, I left her forum and dedicated my time on my own activities. Today, that forum has more than 250K members and the owner is just sitting pretty waiting for her monthly earnings from advertising sales.

I learned that the big hindrance to success is not the system but ourselves. Most system works but not most people work. A dedicated someone can make money without the need of expensive marketing materials (except promotional and seo software which is optional)...

I remember someone from another forum quit his college after a year of studying business management. His reason "I can't make more than $5K a month after 4 years in college, while I can make even more after 3 years of consistently doing IM".. And he is right. That kid is now the owner of a big moneymaking blog sitting on top 5 of Google for the keyword "money making online".... Although I am not saying it's bad to go to college, it depends on one's circumstances....

Well, it's taking longer so I think that's all for now....

My final words:
Once you started something, analyze it thoroughly and don't stop. Don't start many things that you can't maintain (unless you have enough resources to outsource). Be consistent. Time pays sacrifice at the end so throw away that idea of "fast and easy way to make money online" because that's a myth. Work hard and see the result later.

Have a nice day to everyone
#failuresand #future #success #successand
  • Profile picture of the author Thomas W
    Great story.. I tell others the same thing. Find a routine and stick with it. Too many people take the shot gun approach or wanna chase that new shiny object method
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  • Profile picture of the author asiancasanova
    true that. too many people use the new methods and abandoning their old effective methods. they forget that old ones may be less effective but at least they are stable.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      Great post and what you say is so true. So many people start out trying to do way too much or going in too many different directions. Start off with one thing and stick to that until it becomes successful and then you can start something else.
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      • Profile picture of the author agmccall
        Finally a success story that does not start out

        "I was homeless, living in a van. I didn't even have enough money to buy a pack of gum for my nephews birthday"

        Thank You

        Al
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      • Profile picture of the author dadadada
        Excellent points.

        I am one of these people who started too many things.

        I have seven blogs in the works, but I am only interested and have time for three of them. And no, I don't want to outsource writing because no writer will have my voice. I think author's voice is getting more traction lately because there is already a cow pile of "content" out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nics
    Great story. Persistence is key. The grass is almost never greener. Pick your method and work it, work it, work it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    (Shrug).. I'd been a moderator in a biggest HYIP forum before I discovered IM and it hurts my butt seeing my previous posts and threads there.. Well, at the end of the day, t'was just another bad experience.... lessons learned 10 folds. Thank you for taking time to read btw.
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  • Profile picture of the author vCr8
    Excellent point, these are the most common fate of people in the IM industry who are not focused on their goals and tend to get attracted to the next shiny thing. Whats worse is the fact that most would start getting lazy after getting quite a sum of money from a site, instead of working harder to get more from it, they start to ignore it and start from scratch again. ... I know your post will remind new IMers on how struggles, success and failures should be handled.
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  • Profile picture of the author icykalimu
    very inspiring.
    so don't stop before you're success.
    failure is only for those who stop.
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  • Profile picture of the author DWaters
    I must admit that I am guilty of trying too many different things and going in too many different directions. The post and this thread will help to keep me focused. Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by DWaters View Post

      I must admit that I am guilty of trying too many different things and going in too many different directions. The post and this thread will help to keep me focused. Thanks.
      I really believe more than 50% of us here experienced such thing....
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  • Profile picture of the author Ethan Zammit
    Sound kind of the like the road I am on. I am currently working on building an authority clickbank site. To offer many reviews and promote my own rep as a seller.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor
    Thanks Adie for this great post. Your extensive experience is a lot to learn from.

    Indeed, sticking with one thing and not jumping around is the way to go. You'll never get too far if you want to do all types of IM at once. And on top of that, you'll never master one.

    P.S.: Your article writing service rocks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Arief Ramadhan
    Thank you Adie for the great story. Really inspire and turn me on again. lol.

    Alright, so now I have to make my goals more clear so I can focus to my goals. Great.
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  • Profile picture of the author ganero
    i always hesitate when choosing IM work to focus with..
    if i work on adsense.. then i start to think that it won't last long since google can do whatever he want.
    amazon.. hmm.. i never try but some told me that it only gives you small earning
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    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by ganero View Post

      i always hesitate when choosing IM work to focus with..
      if i work on adsense.. then i start to think that it won't last long since google can do whatever he want.
      amazon.. hmm.. i never try but some told me that it only gives you small earning
      Here's a bit of some points when running an authority site.

      1. adsense - hard to control, you can get your account banned anytime for some unexplainable reason
      2. amazon - small earnings
      3. clickbank - products come and go so select only popular products
      4. cpa - offers come and go and it's hard to maintain an authority site having old pages offering specific products. You have to check your product offers links from time to time whether they are still active offers or not.
      4. independent affiliate programs offered by individual companies - mostly solid programs.
      5. Your own product - you have full control but not easy to launch.

      Just focus on something you can handle and work hard....
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  • Profile picture of the author Beverley Boorer
    Why people stop when they have started to succeed and then start from scratch again is often because they love the challenge of doing something. When they start to make money they feel like it is 'done' and there is no challenge there for them to make life exciting.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by Beverley Boorer View Post

      Why people stop when they have started to succeed and then start from scratch again is often because they love the challenge of doing something. When they start to make money they feel like it is 'done' and there is no challenge there for them to make life exciting.
      While challenging yourself is good, there is no guarantee that you will always be successful.... Yes, challenge is one reason but most are just tired...
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  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    Great Post, really good inspiration to stay on track and focus on building one project into a monster rather than doing lots of small projects that never get finished.
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  • Profile picture of the author headmaster211
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    I found it very motivational. Thanks for sharing your experience Adie.
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    • Profile picture of the author curly sue
      Thanks for sharing your story Adie, am always inspired by peoples' journeys.; consistence is the key to success
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  • Profile picture of the author therichb
    I have faced a couple of failures that made me learn how to cover them with new innovative strategy & come up with success factors with the niche I am working on.

    The tactics revealed great experiences which I learnt from several IM's & my today's success is a result of several dynamic failure which actually enabled me to derive various benefits.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    Although the more you read, the more ideas and knowledge you could develop but you must refrain yourself from doing all of this new ideas and techniques. Just read and absorb and select only the best for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew74
    Great post thanks mate
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    Cheers,

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