I'm new to the Warrior Forum and I'm glad there's such an active community of Internet Marketers who can help and share thoughts and ideas.
A little history about myself. I started out in Internet Marketing about 2002 - back then I bought a little eBook called MYSS (Make Your Site Sell!) from Ken Evoy. It was a good book and helped me understand the basics - build a good content website, do pre-selling and then put on Adsense, affiliate links, etc.
I went on to buy Site Build It! (SBI) and was a loyal customer from 2002 until today. At its peak, I had seven SBI domains and the total income was about $4,000 a month. Pretty decent.
The unfortunate thing was that I was very dependent on Google traffic. I think 80% of my traffic came from 20% of the keywords in my sites. My content was decent but was not up-to-date. I was just sitting there and cashing in the Adsense checks and got complacent. I created some eBooks to sell and they did pretty well. But then Panda and Penguin hit in Apr 2012, my revenues completely tanked.
I was frustrated and sad. I picked myself up, started new SBI domains, and I had two up and running as of today. They bring in some money, but not near the levels I had in 2011 (which was the peak for me). I'd be lucky if my Adsense makes $100 a month these days.
As you can imagine, there are a few things on my mind now.
1) I refuse to give up on Internet Marketing because after so many years, you KNOW you can make decent money online. You can't make millions, etc. but you can make a couple of thousand a month and that's all I'm after. I believe that's fully realistic and achievable.
2) I know and see the core online business model changing.
Quality - It is clear you can't just slap up a site, throw in 30 articles and expect Adsense cash to roll in. You need to create and deliver value. So that is now my motto. My articles cannot be crappy - they need to be high quality.
Monetization models - it cannot just be Adsense alone anymore. You have to bring up more of you own products, email list marketing and also other channels like Kindle / iTunes bookstand, etc.
3) I also know the platform I'm using must change. I stuck with SBI for more than ten years. It was a good place and I truly believed in the system.
Now, I believe I need to build my own with Wordpress and plug-ins. I'm adjusting all my sites to move towards Wordpress and the learning curve for me is steep.
Also, the SBI community and I are totally disillusioned and I'm looking for new "mentors" to help me online.
If anyone knows of some mentor I can follow, please let me know. I've gone through these Warrior Forums, bought a couple of products but I guess I am still "lost". I'm afraid I will end up losing focus and just spending lots of money on different IM products and not knowing what to do.
Thank you all and I look forward to interacting with everyone here!