I've finally decided to join this forum. My name is Tom. I said to myself the best way to introduce a new face around here would be to bring an awesome story with it. So, here it goes...
I've had an Internet business for about 8 years now. It has changed over the years. Since 2008 my business has mainly been around 30 high volume sites that bring in most of their traffic from SEO. It was all affiliate based income, which was nice because I had no overhead. The business was doing well, earning well into six figures each year, and because of the little overhead I only needed 1 extra person to work for me.
Long story short... Panda/Penguin crushed my business. I mean crushed.
I lost 80% of my earnings over a 3 month span from April - June. I was devastated and frustrated. Almost even thought about getting a J.O.B.
Over the summer I began to diversify my traffic more. Mainly using paid traffic, things like PPV, PPC, and Media Buying. I studied successful campaigns and copied them to the T, put my own twists on them, and came out on top. I moved away from an affiliate based income, and started to build my own products that I could control.
This was the best move I have ever made.
Now with my new paid traffic skills and my own products I'm bringing in 100% of that commission. I'm happy to say that 6 months after my devastating destruction that Google caused me, I finally replaced that income that I worked so hard for. Moral of my story, don't give up, don't put all your eggs in one basket, and keep your head up throughout the trouble times.
I'm Tom, and I'm a Trafficolic.