A little background.
I live in Europe, and i am a graphic/web designer. I've worked as designer for over 7 years now, i still love the whole thing, i love attention to detail, purity in design and i like to build something out of nothing. About a year ago i started to explore IM and wanted to try my hand in this world. I was very very sceptical about making money online, i thought that the only people who make money online are people who sell guides about "how to make money online". I guess there is nothing unique about that - many have been in these shoes i believe. Anyway, a year a go, when i have bought countless guides about this topic, i decided to try this for myself. I didnt want to invest any money, but i was ok in investing a little time. I still had doubts about this. So i created couple of videos, put them on youtube, together with affiliate links, gave some SEO love, ranked them high enough and just left them there. I made about 20 videos - all were ordered from fiverr. I didn't see any fast results, so i tried a different approach - i created various facebook pages for different niches, one of them being Fitness/Muscle building. I Gathered likes for my page, made it look really good and fresh, and i started to promote deals to my followers. 0 results. I was really frustrated about the facebook thing - they blocked my credit card, my paypal, and i was not able to place CPC ads. So i got another credit card and just spent some money on getting facebook likes. This turned out to be worthless, because i can't really reach all my audience - for example if i have an audience of 5000 followers, if i post a fb post, it reaches maximum of 500 people. I did not sell one copy of my affiliate product from facebook. Another thing i signed up for was PLS system, that is another story and a regret. But i won't get into that.
I didn't see any real results so i quit. I still made money from online sales, but they were local - here where i'm from, people buy instantly, and IM is still fresh and not oversaturated. Basic CPC works fine, no need to build a list,people just come from the ads and buy. but again thats a different story.
A year later, yesterday, i got a check from clickbank. My first check worth 100 usd. its not a lot, but it gave me the impulse to go into this thing more seriously. I analysed where the money was coming from and turns out those were the commission's form one product - the one i made all those videos to promote. I get about 1-3 sells a month from that. I know thats not alot, thats why i am now building my niche site for this product.
So here are my plans for the near future.
1) Think of a name for my niche site | done
2) Draw a beautiful logo | done
3) Buy domain, setup hosting, wordpress | done
4) Make everything beautiful on my site | done
5) Set up Aweber autoresponders
6) Write good quality content for my niche site
7) publish some articles, with good seo in mind, include my previously made videos in some articles
8) draw traffic to my site. My main focus is to get traffic from seo. The niche /health btw/ is not too saturated, it is still possible. There are other good ways to draw traffic to my site, that i have learned from the war room and i will apply them as well.
My plan for the points 5 and 6:
I am planning to hire someone from onlinejobs.ph to create content for my autoresponder and write all the articles or at least most of them. Maybe you can recommend other similar sites? I want to hire an assistant that can research and write. I will provide the guidelines for each autoresponder email. I must do this, because my english is terrible, it is not my native language, and i want this site to be perfect. This is the part i am little afraid of...I want the content to be really good quality and truly helpful, and that applies to my autoresponder as well as my blog/site. I am not sure yet what the best strategy for the autoresponder is:
either i go for a long list of emails that are informative and does not sell anything and only after a month or longer i send out the first affiliate offer, or i do this fast say in the third email they receive from me. If you have any tips or useful links i will be honored if you share your wisdom with me.
I am planning to put 2 different auto responders on my site: 1 in the sidebar, other will be placed after each post. I have to figure out what the best approach is tho for the sidebar - i think "subscribe to news" is not so effective.. maybe i should offer a free report or something, i don't know that yet.
I know this will take some time, but this time i am willing to work hard and smart
After this takes off, and i start seeing my first commissions roll in from my list, i will slowly start to build my own product, that will be design related.