I already have a good number of articles (blog posts). I have 6 total eBooks written, two of which I give away for free in order to build a list. The other 4 are low-cost eBooks, and I give package deals as well. I have a donations button, and I have a small Adsense ad in the top of my left sidebar widget (Wordpress). I also have some affiliate links interspersed throughout my one free eBook. I'm signed up and approved to 6 different affiliate programs.
A year may seem like a long time, but I actually was idle for almost 9 months, and then I just got the bug up my ass to start busting my ass and actually make some s*** happen. Over the last three months I have accomplished a ton in getting the "income generating" platform set up just how I want it... All my eBooks displayed for sale on the right side (all relevant to the thereof the site), a nice archives page, a million ideas for all types of free content... Basically I wanted to have a good "base" of content before I started hardcore promoting.
Now that I have that base, I just setup a Facebook fan page. My advertising methods are going to be geared towards building an audience by constantly supplying them with free content every single day...I'm going to use YouTube and my Facebook page as my primary methods of communication. However, I will also use forums and commenting as well.
Someone recommended to mean another post to do some guest blogging as well.
It would be safe to say that at this point, I essentially have no following (unless someone knows about me from organic google searches), but I do feel that I have a very attractive overall "product", which is my website as a whole...that's as opposed to any one particular eBook.
Now, is there any additional suggestions that anyone has?
I do have money in my savings account , roughly $10,000....but I'm also self-employed with a mortgage to pay, so I'm very hesitant to dip into that unless absolutely necessary. I don't want to piss any money away if I can build up a following for free.
My financial goal is to achieve about $3000/month via. the Internet. I know this is a very achievable goal, and I feel that my work thus far is a decent start into a nice niche. However, I still don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to the actual "making money" part. I've gotten very good at creating a very nice site with all income-generating avenues in place... Now, I just need to figure out how to generate the income...I'm thinking getting traffic may be a start .
I will be providing a pretty cool service on my site too as another "freebie".