first of all, greetings to all warriors. This is NOT a success story. Quite the opposite, in fact.
I've been searching and reading numerous forums for information and knowledge, but most importantly, people who will sincerely help. And just by looking through a few threads, it is obviously to me that this is THE ONE! So, I registered, and here I am. My very first post in the very first Internet Marketing forum I've ever joined.
Before you get mad, thinking that the title is a scam to suck you in, its not.
That newbie is me. Search for "stop animal abuse" in google, and see if my blog comes up. I hope it still does! And in yahoo, its among the top few I think. The blog is stopanimalabuse.blogspot.com
Its a blog I started a few years back, after seeing some pictures of some jerk deliberately setting off a fire on a kitten by pouring Zippo fuel on its face, burning it alive, watching it scream, writhe, and struggle in pain... and capturing the whole process on video. I was so sad and angry. I vowed to do what I can to end such cruelty, and my SAA blog was the result. No ads, no affiliation, just some eye-candy banners and content.
Back then, and even now, I didn't know anything about SEO. Whatever I posted in that blog were real and heart-felt content. I wanted as much exposure as possible for the blog, but didn't know how, so I just submitted the url to some url submission sites which I can't remember, and did some banner exchange stuff. But all those meta-tags (I just followed what the url submission sites said) and banners were long gone after a few blogger template changes.
But after a flurry of posts initially, work and life caught up, and I didn't post much for a while. I got a few others to join as contributors to keep it going, while I chip in every now and then. Then one day, I read about SEO, and decided to try it on the most popular search engine, and to my surprise, my blog came out on top!
That was the beginning of this year, when I got retrenched from my job after 12 years of loyal service. I am, even now, broke, sad, and lost. I thought to myself, is it possible to be my own boss, and make a living out of the internet, like so many others did? So I signed up for some AP at CommJuction and also adsense, and put them up on the blog. I am feeling extremely GUILTY for selling out on my passion, which is to fight against animal abuse. Cashing in on this blog seems so wrong to me. But anyhow, it didn't work. I'm not earning anything from the AP (yet, to be optimistic). While adsense did generated up to $10 on its best days when I had a huge horizontal banner on top of the site, I have since taken it down as I felt guilty that non-animal related ads were often shown. Now, the adsense vertical banner only made me less than 5 cents on a good day. Its stuck on about $53 for a few months now.
I must be doing something wrong.
I've searched the internet and found stuff by Ewen Chia, Vince James, Wealthy Affiliate, Maverick Money Maker, etc. I was so tempted to buy-in or sign up for them, to see if they work, but I don't even have a credit card to do so. And there are so many complaints out there saying that they don't work and are scams. And what's the deal with the likes of WA? You need to pay a monthly subscription to access the forum?
So here I am at WF. Free to register. Lot's of good and no holds barred advice. Nice people who don't just tell newbies to go 'search the forum' when questions were asked. I'm so newb at all these that terms like flipping, backlink, CPA, web 2.0, PLR, etc, are so new to me, and I'm taking up a lot of time searching for what they mean and what they can do.
Well, if you read up to this far, maybe you are the kind of person who is right for me to ask. I need help. Desperately. I'm broke. I have no fixed income now. I have just a few hundred dollars in my bank account. And I've got bills to pay, and medical liabilities for my diabetic dad. It seems depressing, but I refuse to give up and give in to depression (Well I watched 'The Secret' and applying that 'secret' daily is whats keeping me from sinking). I don't want pity. I just need some kind soul to give me guidance and tell me what needs to be done. I'll do exactly what you say. I need help. I need action, fast!
While I will continue to read thru all the threads and absorb and apply as much as I can. I don't know if its right or if it breaks any etiquette to ask for help this way. But I will be forever grateful if any kind soul out there could lend me a hand, by giving me simple step by step guidance, please, post in the thread, email me, or send me a PM, whichever way you think is most appropriate.
Thank You for reading, and please accept my humble apologies for such a wordy post.