I'm just looking for guidance.
I don't have the capital to sustain a website's traffic which would not be free if I wanted to see real results. I've gone down the free SEO route but success was limited.
I haven't earnt a penny via internet marketing but I have earnt money online though. Overall I'd say I've earnt around $500 in 2 years mostly via Domain selling and freelance article writing. These gigs were few and far between though.
Right, I need to clear some things up.
People have asked me to document in detail everything I've done in IM for the past 2 years.
Here is a detailed timeline:
January '11-June '11 I read up on IM, SEO sporadically. I wrote some articles for
June '11-September '11 I set up Wolverineuniverse dot com. I would post an article a week on X-men movies, episodes and merchandise. I set up social media accounts with Facebook and Twitter(these weren't set up well). The site was 'monetized' via points2shop and Swagbucks ads on the sidebar and header. Traffic was around 10 UVs a day. TBH this was my best I've achieved with SEO. I managed to rank on the first page for keywords like 'wolverine and the x men episode 1' etc. Not big keywords but it was a start.
I scrapped the site because I didn't feel I'd be able to sustain creating content for that niche.
September '11-December '11: I created a few blogspot blogs promoting Points2shop. One of these blogs was centered around the TV show Entourage and how I managed to get a DVD of the TV show for free via Points2shop. Generating traffic for this was horrific, but I tried via a youtube video for proof of getting of the DVD. I also tried spamming Twitter with the blog/video.
December '11-February '12 I created Casanova review dot com. The aim was to build a dating site that's traffic is 100% derived from google alerts. I got this from a popular method on a certain IM forum(I'm not allowed to promote other forums, but I think you guys should know what I'm talking about).
Basically I'd set up G alerts for the keyword e.g 'get my boyfriend back' as soon as there was a forum topic made on that subject, I'd sign up to the forum and post a long reply trying to give that forum member advice on the topic.In my forum signature I'd have a link to my website. I was creating around 15 forum accounts doing this.
On the website, there were not articles. Just clickbank reviews. The unethical part of the method was that I copied/pasted old reviews that real-life users had submitted.
The idea was that the forum member would feel I provided them with enough value to go to my site, check the products I reviewed and actually go and buy them on clickbank.
In terms of site design, this was my best effort by a long stretch. Problem was traffic and I scrapped the site.
February '12- August '12- This was a period where I did not own a blog or site really. Well apart from a freelance writing blog I tried to use to get clients.
Now, during this spell is actually where I made the money. People ITT have questioned why I said I made $500 but also made $0. I don't consider freelance writing and domain name selling as Internet marketing, but I may be wrong?
Anyway, I made around $60 on Fiverr over those 6 months. The gigs varied from article writing to drawing. My first gig took off but the orders started to dwindle down
I attempted to work for Leapforce as well. Which is basically reviewing google searches. I didn't get accepted.
I pitched my article writing on many forums. I got gigs here and there. But I was lucky to find two clients that paid the majority of my money made.
This was around the time where I was desperate because I HAD to pay off something. I was searching around for literally every little avenue online.
I also made a few dollars reffering people to points2hop via forums.
Then my most successful online venture thus far. Domain name selling. I registered the domains cognacreviews dot com, populartechno dot com and latesttrance dot com. Sold them for $100, $25 and $125 respectively. I bought 5 other domain names that didn't sell
but I made a good profit within the first week.
I stopped because I felt I just got lucky and wouldn't be able to hand register domain names like that every single week.
I had a system for finding good name via google keyword tool but it became harder to find good ones.
Money made $250
That brings us to now.
I thought that I should start making us of my physique and create a fitness blog in the vein of fitness black book dot com. Obviously it didn't pan out the same way. It took 2 weeks to design everything, set up social media accounts. I bought fake likes and followers to boost social proof.
To start the blog off I studied Corbett Barr's blog startup course and what I did was round up 5 top experts in the industry of fitness. I got their opinions. I received 3,000 page views for that article because they all shared it on their facebook accounts.
I set up an email submit that day as well. I got 25 subs from that.
The monetization I had in mind was email signup>free ebook>autoresponder series leading up to live launch of ebook.
I planned to sell the ebook for $47. I got a guy to do the sales page for $50.
Right now the site is still up but I haven't updated it in a while. UVs per day is around 15 still, mainly because of the post that all the experts shared.
That's basically it.
My Internet marketing timeline.