I've been going through the online marketing world now for about 3 years, i've been slowly learning but I always refused to pay for products. I only ever bought a few to start with but found out most of the paid information wasn't helpful. I turned to free blogs and compiled all the free information that people gave out together to be able to get to where I am now.
I currently work as a graphic designer on the warrior forum designing sales pages, banners, headers, advertisements etc that internet marketers need.
But I've always wanted to try my hand at Adsense, Affiliate Marketing, Flippa etc and all these exciting websites that have massive potential. I'm currently building up an adsense site which is slowly giving good results.
One thing I realised is that I'm making it more complicated than what it needs to be. So many ideas and methods to make money were flying for my head, I had all these plans but wasn't implementing them. So I literally hit the delete button on everything to help me focus
How I made $2000 in 2 weeks
So, I focused on clickbank. I still work in a Job and from the earnings of my graphic design online I put a small investment into creating a wordpress blog and outsourcing a bit of work - as I'm not a professional at writing for example, so I outsourced that to make sure my blog / website was quality.
I got a free theme - outsourced one BIG blog post about 1500 words and made it a one post blog, included a few adsense advertisements on the website (Nice idea, however I didn't make much through adsense)
I created the blog based on a product I had found from Clickbank, I went for the health and fitness niche as back in December when I created the website, I thought of new year resolutions and people trying to loose weight / gain muscle for the new year. So I took a weight loss product, got a 'review' post written for me in great detail including images, videos of fitness training etc and things related scattered with lots of my affiliate links, being a graphic designer I also created a few nifty advertisements to go on the side.
From this I put £200 into my adwords account and did some keyword research to target the people who would want to buy this product. After finding the keywords and setting a budget, I let my adsense account run dry from £200 to £0 and see whether I could at least break even.
Being christmas I was really really busy so didn't actually look for 2 weeks, until just before christmas I took a look at my adwords account to find it had dried up, then checked my clickbank to find I had made over $2000 on a 75% commission and I also had a small form of passive income from 'recurrent billing' subscriptions that people had taken out on the product, I couldn't believe it.
After all the confusion, I took 1 idea and went with it. I believe that without investment of your time and partly your money you won't be massively successful. I may reinvest this money into SEO now to get more natural traffic.