How I made $11,285.00 with just ONE eBook - Screenshot, SEO advice, and the one mistake I made.

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Without further ado:



Just a few points I want to make before I get into the nitty gritty details of how I did this and how you can mimic what I did, I want to make a few things clear:

This requires:

-NO special SEO software
-NO insider SEO secrets
-NO affiliates
-NO Clickbank
-NO gimmicky products or services

This DOES require:

-A desire to learn
-A desire to succeed

That's about it.

So if you have both of those requirements (and hopefully in very high amounts), read on...

The Start Of My Journey

I started my SEO journey back in late 2010 with a tiny idea that if I could just finish writing my eBook, maybe I can sell enough copies down the road to pay for life's little expenses--a random gift for my sister, that extra bag of chips, maybe even an iPod.

Little did I know it would end up paying my rent! By moving on...

I devoured every bit of SEO knowledge I could get my hands on, including this forum. I scoured this forum. Got invaluable SEO knowledge from the likes of Terry Kyle and Joseph Archibald (anyone remember that famous thread?). But even though I was receiving great knowledge, I was simultaneously receiving incorrect information from wannabe SEO experts.

Problem was, I didn't know how to tell them apart.

Then, came epiphany #1:

Fact-check the gurus.

Yes, all of them. Oh, feel free to read their material as food for thought. But never, ever take what they say as automatically true. Remember that gurus got to be gurus over months and years of reputation building--but over those months and years, SEO has changed so much that the products and services they're selling are usually OLD NEWS.

Some of the "gurus" give completely legit SEO advice. I'd venture to say that even most of them do. But regardless of what they say, you need to go out there and see for yourself.

Take a look at top-ranking websites. Look for the big money terms and see what they're doing to get ranked #1. Whatever it is, it must be working. And what you find may not be at the tip of every guru's tongue, but it's clearly working for the biggest guru of them all: GOOGLE!

Oh, and that reminds me of epiphany #2:

Some of the quietest, most unassuming members of this forum are also the ones cashing in the biggest checks.

I mean think about it: if you're really raking it in, would you be spending all your time posting on internet forums? In fact, it's when I got AWAY from the WarriorForum that I finally started making good money.

I started DOING instead of learning. And by doing, I was learning, too.

One of the most valuable lessons I learned was the value of the right tools. Now, I did mention that you don't need any special SEO software to be successful in this business, and that's true. I don't consider Open Site Explorer to be "special SEO software," so I'm going to vouch for it right here:

Open Site Explorer is the most valuable tool an SEO can have.

More than any other tool, OSE has helped me determine WHY sites are ranking where they are and also how to get my own sites to rank.

Pay extra close attention to the Page Authority and Domain Authority values listed there. Just those two stats alone will tell you most of what you need to know.

Go ahead, do the testing. Go and see which sites are ranking and which ones arent. More often than not, OSE will back you up.

Now, I know you might be curious about the eBook that has made me over $10k in just over a year. I won't go into the specific niche details here, but I can tell you a few pointers to live by:

1) Don't think you have to tackle the biggest niche out there to make money.

Take a stab at how many people search for my target keyword every month for the eBook I'm selling.

10,000?

5,000?

500?

390.

Most SEO gurus would tell you that's pathetic and a complete waste of time to go after.

Most SEO gurus don't think outside the box.

Just indulge me for a moment: if a keyword's search volume is that low, achieving a #1 ranking won't be too hard, right? And importantly, keeping that #1 ranking shouldn't be too hard either, right?

Right. I've been #1 for this keyword phrase for about a year now. The keyword also tends to be informational in nature ("how to..."), so writing an eBook about it was a natural step.

Oh yeah, here's the other little thing: I have zero competition.

That's right. I'm the only player in town and I'm right up at the top whenever anyone searches for my keyword. And as soon as they click on my listing (and oh, they will if I'm #1), my eBook is staring them right in the face.

The thing is, the conversion rate on my site is phenomenal. I invested the time to design the site professionally. I took my time while creating the content. I dotted ever I and crossed every T to make sure this site was absolutely top notch.

So more often than not, when someone checks out my site and previews my eBook, they buy.

And they have practically no choice but to buy. There's no one else offering an eBook for my niche, and I priced it at $39 to ensure that it's affordable.

So even though my keyword may not get 10,000 exact searches per month, the 400 that it does get is extremely targeted, they have no other options to choose from, and they're impressed by my site design. Let's just say that most people are pulling out their credit cards.

But as with everything else in life, I did make one big mistake that I regret. And that is:

I took my site too seriously.

Don't get me wrong, I'm proud as hell of my little site. I call it The Little eBook That Could. But I took it much too seriously.

I spent months designing the site. I should have hired someone else, or hell, even just bought a $47 template and slapped it on.

I spent months writing the eBook. I should have hired someone else to write it for me.

I spent months writing the content for the site. I should have hired a writer to spend the time to write the posts instead.

90% of my buyers are buyers because they found me through Google and had practically no choice but to buy (if they wanted to receive their information). And although Google is smart, it is an algorithm in the end.

It can't tell Stephen King from Don King. As long as the content is unique, that's good enough for them.

I could have created and ranked this site, from concept to first sale, in less than 2 months. Instead the whole process took me 6 months to complete.

It's paying major dividends today, but looking back, I could have done just about the same thing for much less time.

And oh, my last epiphany:

They got it wrong: time is NOT money. Time is much more valuable.

What's money? Just write another eBook, just post another WSO and you'll see your Paypal account fatten up a bit. Money can always be made. Time, well, can never be made back, so make sure you spend it on the things that matter most to you and outsource everything else.

If you know that paying someone $100 to develop a Wordpress plugin will save you 2 months of PHP frustration, DO IT.

If you know that spending that extra $49 on that Wordpress theme will fix all your web design problems, DO IT.

If you can pay someone on fiver $5 for a video transcription instead of transcribing it yourself, by God DO IT.

These products and services exist for a reason. The best kinds of internet marketers are those that chase after time, not money. Money is just a tool to buy you time. That's it.

Most marketers think, "If I just had more time, imagine all the money I could make." The smartest marketers realize it's the other way around altogether:

"If I just had more money, imagine all the time I could have."

Both sentences are true, but keeping your mindset on the second one will keep you grounded and ultimately, will help you make better decisions.

Now, I understand that I haven't exactly revealed every detail on how I made $12k on this eBook, but that's what this thread is for. I'm opening up this thread to any questions you may have--about internet marketing in general or on how to convert a .doc into a .pdf. Literally, anything you'd like.

Every once in a while I like to give back to the WF for helping me achieve what I've achieved. I know there are a lot of people out there who need help as I did when I first started out.

I hope this post helped improve your frame of mind and maybe even taught you a thing or two.

Best of luck!

Brandon
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  • Profile picture of the author Nikolas
    Very inspiring post. Using other people's work is good for another reason as well: Two minds are better than one (this is an old greek saying)

    So now what's the next step for you? Will you look for a new low competition keyword and nail it, or you will go in deep waters?
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    • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
      Originally Posted by Nikolas View Post

      Very inspiring post. Using other people's work is good for another reason as well: Two minds are better than one (this is an old greek saying)
      Thank you

      Originally Posted by Nikolas View Post

      So now what's the next step for you? Will you look for a new low competition keyword and nail it, or you will go in deep waters?
      Well, I think the most important lesson I've learned is as I said, time is the most important asset. So keeping that in mind, I'm looking into getting deeper into affiliate marketing. But not Clickbank--dear God no.

      I'm in love with the idea of affiliate marketing in the sense that it allows you to put all your effort upfront and then reap the rewards forever after that. Much like selling an eBook, but without all that writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeffyman
    This is a very logical post and very smart thinking!
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    Congratulations man! $11k+ sales in just one eBook with great imagination and twists is truly possible. This is a good example for those people who are struggling to make money with their eBooks.

    I'm sure this is going to be a wake up call for them!
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  • Profile picture of the author StoneWilson
    No I know why so many people dive into C2C business, selling stuff really make more money than work based on affiliating networks.
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  • Profile picture of the author jr1228
    Fantastic post! This is the kind of stuff I'm looking to get into in 2012. I have one ebook under my belt and would love to write more.

    Was the topic you wrote on a very technical topic or was it just something you had experience with?
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Congrats! Since your conversion rate is phenomenal start adding Adwords and Facebook PPC campaigns to make even more money with this book!

      And cause your the only one don't start with affiliates, they will probably steal your idea if its that profitable.
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    • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
      Originally Posted by jr1228 View Post

      Was the topic you wrote on a very technical topic or was it just something you had experience with?
      A little bit of both. It was something I had some experience with but it is also somewhat technical. Honestly, there was very little keyword research behind it. In fact, if I had done any kind of keyword research I would have abandoned the project!

      I just knew a great deal about a topic and I went with it, pretty much blindly! But what mattered was that I became THE authority for this topic online and regardless of how tiny the niche, if you are the authority in it there will be profit to be made.
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    What kind of payment processor stat screenshot is that? I have seen that same
    screenshot type on other youtube vids, is that Paypal screen?
    I
    sold about 225,000 bucks land on Paypal, (about 350 1/4 acre plots of land) I looked at my balance sure but never a screen like this
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    • Profile picture of the author rob1123
      I'm not sure I understand, were you ranking blog posts and then directing visitors to your sales page, or did you directly rank you sales page?

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      • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
        Originally Posted by rob1123 View Post

        I'm not sure I understand, were you ranking blog posts and then directing visitors to your sales page, or did you directly rank you sales page?

        Rob
        Both. I mostly tried to rank the homepage which had a big banner to my sales page, so they were closely tied. And because I had very little competition and did a TON of SEO, my sales page ranked #2 with very little effort.

        For anyone looking to sell an eBook, I do NOT recommend trying to rank your sales page. Look, if someone is going to bust out $40 for an eBook, they need to know that you know what you're talking about, and they won't know this by reading a sales page. Write a blog, flex your muscles, show your expertise.

        Don't immediately hit them with the sales page. Immediately hit them with value. If they like what they read (and they will), they'll be more than happy to voluntarily click on your sales page and happily make the purchase.

        The end goal is the sale, but you need to first win your customer's heart before they take out their credit card.
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        • Profile picture of the author MarathonMan
          Originally Posted by brandonbaker View Post

          Both. I mostly tried to rank the homepage which had a big banner to my sales page, so they were closely tied. And because I had very little competition and did a TON of SEO, my sales page ranked #2 with very little effort.

          For anyone looking to sell an eBook, I do NOT recommend trying to rank your sales page. Look, if someone is going to bust out $40 for an eBook, they need to know that you know what you're talking about, and they won't know this by reading a sales page. Write a blog, flex your muscles, show your expertise.

          Don't immediately hit them with the sales page. Immediately hit them with value. If they like what they read (and they will), they'll be more than happy to voluntarily click on your sales page and happily make the purchase.

          The end goal is the sale, but you need to first win your customer's heart before they take out their credit card.
          Excellent advice - value could add some real staying power to many aspects of IM, and it's not something that's seen as much as it should be!
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          Originally Posted by brandonbaker View Post

          Both. I mostly tried to rank the homepage which had a big banner to my sales page, so they were closely tied. And because I had very little competition and did a TON of SEO, my sales page ranked #2 with very little effort.

          For anyone looking to sell an eBook, I do NOT recommend trying to rank your sales page. Look, if someone is going to bust out $40 for an eBook, they need to know that you know what you're talking about, and they won't know this by reading a sales page. Write a blog, flex your muscles, show your expertise.

          Don't immediately hit them with the sales page. Immediately hit them with value. If they like what they read (and they will), they'll be more than happy to voluntarily click on your sales page and happily make the purchase.

          The end goal is the sale, but you need to first win your customer's heart before they take out their credit card.
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    • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
      Originally Posted by outwest View Post

      What kind of payment processor stat screenshot is that? I have seen that same
      screenshot type on other youtube vids, is that Paypal screen?
      I
      sold about 225,000 bucks land on Paypal, (about 350 1/4 acre plots of land) I looked at my balance sure but never a screen like this
      Hey outwest,

      That screenshot was my E-junkie sales page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Awesomo
    thanks for the informative post!
    "390 searches"... most gurus tell you "there is no market" for the niche. Your post proved how wrong they are!
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    How I made $11,285.00 with just ONE eBook - Screenshot, SEO advice, and the one mistake I made.
    You have a zero competition niche with low traffic, & use OSE (that's it)?

    The part about outsourcing the ebook is low quality IMO. The whole point of an informational ebook is because you have knowledge on a subject, not some random low bidder on Odesk, or fiverr. The guy on Odesk (or whatever) is most likely clueless on the subject, otherwise he would be selling the same ebook, before you sold your ebook, creating competition.

    My advice, don't skimp on the quality of the ebook just because you can. Not saying your ebook is low quality, but I can see that comment being taken as people reading this thread don't have to know anything at all about the subject of the ebook when they can just outsource the ebook for little money.

    Things like outsourcing ebooks to clueless low bidders are the reason why the WSO forum is full of junk.

    I really wish people would stop with taking shortcuts just to get something to market.

    Take your time & do it right (yourself).

    If you've ever been burnt by a junk ebook, you'll know what I'm talking about.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarathonMan
    What software do you use to handle your sales and delivery (aka, where did that screenshot come from)? I'd love to start selling digital products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bambu
    I generally target much higher volume terms, but you have made me reconsider the lower volume terms for e-products. Thanks for the post!
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    Goes against every SEO guru around, but congratulations. Sometimes it doesn't matter if the search numbers are good, it matters if the keyword is quality or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Excell234
    Very inspiring. Did you have knowledge of the niche before or you just read on it.
    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author JBagnas
    Great post, what was your thought process that lead you to your niche?
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    Personally i rather sell other peoples products

    or sell CPA offers, email submit, zip submit etc etc
    that way i dont have to worry about dealing with customers,
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  • Profile picture of the author MonopolyMan
    Did you build a list or just go for the direct sale?
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    • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
      Originally Posted by MonopolyMan View Post

      Did you build a list or just go for the direct sale?
      Hi MonopolyMan,

      This is actually quite a mistake I made. See, I wasn't familiar with how Internet Marketing worked so I didn't even think to build a list. All I did was go for the direct sale. The only way I even collected their email addresses was through my Paypal transactions!

      It ended up working out fine anyway, but what I should have really done was collect email addresses from all visitors, not just buyers. Then I could have sold them on pretty much anything down the line.

      Build a list!
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  • Profile picture of the author jearenas87
    Thank you for the information. There were really great points. Specially when you mentioned that you specialize on something small but they have no choice to buy from you since there is no one else to buy from. Thank you once again.
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  • Profile picture of the author frank07
    Originally Posted by brandonbaker View Post

    And oh, my last epiphany:

    They got it wrong: time is NOT money. Time is much more valuable.

    What's money? Just write another eBook, just post another WSO and you'll see your Paypal account fatten up a bit. Money can always be made. Time, well, can never be made back, so make sure you spend it on the things that matter most to you and outsource everything else.

    If you know that paying someone $100 to develop a Wordpress plugin will save you 2 months of PHP frustration, DO IT.

    If you know that spending that extra $49 on that Wordpress theme will fix all your web design problems, DO IT.

    If you can pay someone on fiver $5 for a video transcription instead of transcribing it yourself, by God DO IT.

    These products and services exist for a reason. The best kinds of internet marketers are those that chase after time, not money. Money is just a tool to buy you time. That's it.

    Most marketers think, "If I just had more time, imagine all the money I could make." The smartest marketers realize it's the other way around altogether:

    "If I just had more money, imagine all the time I could have."

    Brandon
    Great sharing. Last time, I dont want to spend hundreds of $ for SEO and do it by myself. I lose about $4000 money on the table because I do not have enough time. Thanks for your last tip.
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  • Profile picture of the author iamnotfrankkern
    Hey Brandon, really inspiring post! Did you biult a list?
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor
    That's a really great share here. I jotted down a few notes when I was reading through the thread. I'd like to share them with you, here they are:

    1. The niche thing - absolutely, you don't have to go after the largest of niches out there, if you niche down to a good level, it also means less competition to you and my view is it's all about the traffic/competition ratio.

    2. Site designation - I see what you mean, because I was doing this a while back as well. I was promoting rebill CPA offers with my site, which was a place to review similar rebill products of its own kind in my niche and every time a CPA offer was paused or a new was added, I would spend a lot of time re-designing, re-writing and re-structuralizing my site. This turned out to be a waste of time.

    3. That's why I love outsourcing. There is only so much time in a day, we should focus on the important things and not spend our lifetimes on the little ones. Now I realize many people don't have money at the beginning (that's how I started as well), but it's always possible to make some money somewhere for "free" - just by spending your time (yes, that's the initial sacrifice) and then investing the money made to your business.

    All in all, this is a great post, Brandon, nice work!
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    Nice tips. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author jtnatoli
    Thanks for the inspiring post. Question: how long is your book and how in-depth does it go into the subject matter? Is the subject matter of a technical how-to nature?
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    • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
      Originally Posted by jtnatoli View Post

      Thanks for the inspiring post. Question: how long is your book and how in-depth does it go into the subject matter? Is the subject matter of a technical how-to nature?
      Hi jtnatoli,

      My eBook is about 80 pages and it goes very in depth into the topic. Actually, I could have made the eBook 150 pages easily if I had double spaced it and added more photos.

      The eBook is one of those "I'll hold your hand and take you step-by-step through everything you need to do in order to make money." It's actually well worth the $40, and that's probably the reason for all the referrals.
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  • Profile picture of the author hossainsrj
    Thanks Brandon for sharing your experience. In SEO Things are really getting changed rapidly.
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  • Profile picture of the author V12
    Great thread - couldn't agree more about the value of time.

    My own business really took off when I stopped trying to do everything myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author yamaha racer
    Would you be willing to help me.create my site I would be willing to pay for your expertise I'm just new to seo and I have a niche which I like and it has 2000-6000 competion I would love your expertise maybe a report on what to do how to start. Please and thank you and well done
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    • Profile picture of the author octavyo
      Thank you for this inspiring post Brandon !

      And good luck with your adventures !
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    • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
      Originally Posted by yamaha racer View Post

      Would you be willing to help me.create my site I would be willing to pay for your expertise I'm just new to seo and I have a niche which I like and it has 2000-6000 competion I would love your expertise maybe a report on what to do how to start. Please and thank you and well done
      Hi yamaha racer,

      I've sent you an email with the steps you need to take. Not sure if it got sent to spam or something. In any case, I am awaiting your response.

      Thanks,

      Brandon
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    What i like about that model is the SIMPLICITY of it!

    Search a highly targeted keyword for your niche, "How to...."... check competition...

    If there is no serious competition, write/let write ebook, make attractive site, put price on it and SELL.

    Awesome! Shows that it can be worth digging in those deep niches even if a keyword/phrase has very little search volume. I like that business model.
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  • Profile picture of the author yamaha racer
    Thanks mate I'm keeping a good look at this thread I love it mate. Could you pm me help to build a good seo site please thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author yamaha racer
    I have sent you an email I can't pm.you yet sorry thank you for your time
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  • Profile picture of the author minicircles
    I really like this post and specially the part about time. I have spent more than 50 hours just to find/fix/tweak a template for my niche site and at the end I'm most likely going to buy one that's SEO ready and that will work just fine for me. I could have made more money in the 50h than I can save with developing/tweaking/fix some other templates.

    And again, great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author adionline
    A 390 term got you all those sales? I don't think so. Targeting a 390 term is not thinking outside the box. I can rank those types of terms over night and if it was that easy I would be a billionaire by now. I rank much higher volume "how to" terms in proven markets that don't generate the type of conversion rates you claim and that's with well designed pre-sales pages.
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    • Profile picture of the author minicircles
      Originally Posted by adionline View Post

      A 390 term got you all those sales? I don't think so. Targeting a 390 term is not thinking outside the box. I can rank those types of terms over night and if it was that easy I would be a billionaire by now. I rank much higher volume "how to" terms in proven markets that don't generate the type of conversion rates you claim and that's with well designed pre-sales pages.
      what if his site is very, very well optimized? i mean, i haven't seen the site but how can you be so sure without seeing it?

      just asking so i can learn something, too
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      • Profile picture of the author adionline
        Originally Posted by minicircles View Post

        what if his site is very, very well optimized? i mean, i haven't seen the site but how can you be so sure without seeing it?

        just asking so i can learn something, too
        It's simple math. A term receiving 400ish searches per month is about 13 visitors a day. Lets assume he gets 10 of those visitors in the top spot. He averaged 150ish sales per month (5 sales per day) from 10 visitors a day? 50% conversion rate while averaging $36 bucks a sale (I smell BS) .Either he's withholding other traffic sources or fabricating the story for reputation so he can later tell you how he did it "step-by-step" in a WSO.
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          Originally Posted by adionline View Post

          It's simple math. A term receiving 400ish searches per month is about 13 visitors a day. Lets assume he gets 10 of those visitors in the top spot. He averaged 150ish sales per month (5 sales per day) from 10 visitors a day? 50% conversion rate while averaging $36 bucks a sale (I smell BS) .Either he's withholding other traffic sources or fabricating the story for reputation so he can later tell you how he did it "step-by-step" in a WSO.
          Hah.

          I almost forgot to mention one of the most important lessons I learned: march to the beat of your own drum because the rest of the world will try to silence you at exactly the moment you begin to find your tune.

          Oh, and I made a mistake: the term actually receives 320 searches per month:



          And just to prove it's only ONE eBook, I've singled it out in my eJunkie page:



          What you're forgetting is the power of long-tail keywords (none of which even register in Google Keyword tool) and word-of-mouth.

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          • Profile picture of the author adionline
            Originally Posted by brandonbaker View Post

            Hah.

            I almost forgot to mention one of the most important lessons I learned: march to the beat of your own drum because the rest of the world will try to silence you at exactly the moment you begin to find your tune.

            Oh, and I made a mistake: the term actually receives 320 searches per month:



            And just to prove it's only ONE eBook, I've singled it out in my eJunkie page:



            What you're forgetting is the power of long-tail keywords (none of which even register in Google Keyword tool) and word-of-mouth.

            The message in your sig is a good one.
            Right... lol. Because all the noobs out here need is more overblown crap with vague screenshots (Where have I seen this before?). Even if you're managing the numbers you claim with the dribble of traffic you're getting then it's the exception and certainly not the norm. Spare the canned inspirational quotes too. You're not as smart as you think you are. Targeting low competition keywords is common sense and it doesn't take a genius to realize that but I am glad those Tony Robbins seminars are finally paying off. Don't worry about me either I am doing fine.

            I feel sorry for anyone who thinks they can pick up a term with 400 searches per month and start making $5,000+. Get real.
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            Originally Posted by brandonbaker View Post

            Hah.

            I almost forgot to mention one of the most important lessons I learned: march to the beat of your own drum because the rest of the world will try to silence you at exactly the moment you begin to find your tune.

            Oh, and I made a mistake: the term actually receives 320 searches per month:
            That means you're getting about 160 visitors a month at best, or 5 visitors a day. That means your conversion rate is about 100%. March to whatever beat you want, I'm calling shenanigans on this. I'm sure there will be a wso any day now to prove me wrong though, lol.
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            • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
              Originally Posted by adionline View Post

              Right... lol. Because all the noobs out here need is more overblown crap with vague screenshots (Where have I seen this before?). Even if you're managing the numbers you claim with the dribble of traffic you're getting then it's the exception and certainly not the norm. Spare the canned inspirational quotes too. You're not as smart as you think you are. Targeting low competition keywords is common sense and it doesn't take a genius to realize that but I am glad those Tony Robbins seminars are finally paying off. Don't worry about me either I am doing fine.

              I feel sorry for anyone who thinks they can pick up a term with 400 searches per month and start making $5,000+. Get real.
              Originally Posted by Black Hat Cat View Post

              That means you're getting about 160 visitors a month at best, or 5 visitors a day. That means your conversion rate is about 100%. March to whatever beat you want, I'm calling shenanigans on this. I'm sure there will be a wso any day now to prove me wrong though, lol.
              My gosh, what is wrong with you people? Have you been so disillusioned by this forum and its share of con-artists that you can't even appreciate a good story when you see one?

              I won't give away my site or keyword because the food on my table is more important than satisfying a handful of naysayers, but if there's any additional "proof" that you need, just let me know. Here's another one, just for sh!ts and giggles:



              Anyway, Apollo-Articles is right. You're forgetting the power of a blog, which is really just a spider's web for incoming traffic. Any niche is going to have 20-30 topics that hundreds of people will type in throughout the year. Add them all together and it will far outweigh your main keyword.

              You're also forgetting, as I said, the power of word-of-mouth. Over 150 people typed in my eBook by name. 150 might not seem like a lot, but I'm willing to bet that half of those were referrals.

              Oh yeah, one other thing: if you sell an eBook, make sure that your eBook PDF isn't hosted anywhere online, including torrent sites. Luckily my eBook is safe in my computer and nowhere else, and this has kept my sales coming. Tons of people have clicked on my site from the keyword: "[My eBook Title] pdf torrent" or something similar to that.

              Anyway, arguing with you guys wasn't the point of this thread. I started this thread as a way to be able to help anyone who wanted to try going down the same path I did. I've already gotten email inquiries and I'm happy to respond to them.

              I have no WSO to release now or anytime in the future regarding this eBook--quote me on that.
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              • Profile picture of the author adionline
                Dude. I am happy for you I really am and I am not doubting the money you're pulling in. My problem was that you left out the part about all the long tails you're getting and claimed a term that receives 320 searches per month is enough to make big money which just isn't true. Why not share your actual traffic volume (visitors per day with a GA screenshot or whatever you may be using) so your whole post isn't so misleading.

                Most people will be lucky to make 1 sale per month from a term with that much volume. Just saying
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                • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
                  Originally Posted by adionline View Post

                  Dude. I am happy for you I really am and I am not doubting the money you're pulling in. My problem was that you left out the part about all the long tails you're getting and claimed a term that receives 320 searches per month is enough to make big money which just isn't true. Why not share your actual traffic volume (visitors per day with a GA screenshot or whatever you may be using) so your whole post isn't so misleading.

                  Most people will be lucky to make 1 sale per month from a term with that much volume. Just saying
                  Every site will have long-tail traffic--my site isn't really unique in that respect.

                  In any case, here are my Wordpress Site Stats for monthly views:

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                  • Profile picture of the author adionline
                    See this makes more sense now and it's pretty clear you have a lot of terms bringing in volume than just the one you mentioned. That one term with 320 searches doesn't even make up 10% of your visitors.

                    EDIT: OOps just realized that's views and not visitors but even if half of those are visitors you're banking of several terms at least.
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                    • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
                      Originally Posted by adionline View Post

                      See this makes more sense now and it's pretty clear you have a lot of terms bringing in volume than just the one you mentioned. That one term with 320 searches doesn't even make up 10% of your visitors.

                      EDIT: OOps just realized that's views and not visitors but even if half of those are visitors you're banking of several terms at least.
                      Well, I suppose this was part of my overall message. Here, I'll add another one to the list:

                      Never underestimate the power of long-tail.

                      The vast majority of big-ticket keywords will have such an extensive list of long-tail variations that the sum of the search volume for all those long-tail keywords far outweigh the search volume of the primary keyword.

                      Don't try to rank one page for too many different keywords. This is the beauty of writing a blog! Every post is like a little spider web, devoted to just ONE tiny little long-tail keyword. But add them all up and you have spiderwebs all over the place, catching visitors left and right.
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                      Originally Posted by adionline View Post

                      See this makes more sense now and it's pretty clear you have a lot of terms bringing in volume than just the one you mentioned. That one term with 320 searches doesn't even make up 10% of your visitors.

                      EDIT: OOps just realized that's views and not visitors but even if half of those are visitors you're banking of several terms at least.
                      If ANYONE reading this post thought that all those sales came ONLY from that 320 search term go jump out the window right now.
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                        Originally Posted by Cosmit View Post

                        If ANYONE reading this post thought that all those sales came ONLY from that 320 search term go jump out the window right now.
                        Yeah, seriously. My point wasn't that my conversion rate was 10%--that would be absurd. My point, rather, was that it's completely possible to make great money on low-end keywords.

                        There was no other keyword that my site ranked for that got more than 320 searches per month.

                        That was my point. Not that it was the ONLY keyword my site ranked for. That would be...stupid.
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                      • Profile picture of the author adionline
                        Originally Posted by Cosmit View Post

                        If ANYONE reading this post thought that all those sales came ONLY from that 320 search term go jump out the window right now.
                        There are noobs here that would think that. It doesn't hurt to be precise.

                        Originally Posted by Cosmit View Post

                        i hate to be that guy but it has to be said: this forum is full of tards
                        Yea and you're one of them. Is there a reason you made 4 posts in a row that added zero value to the conversation?

                        Brandon - Thanks for sharing. I never meant to take away from your success in anyway just felt you left out an important part in your initial post.

                        I am out.
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              • Profile picture of the author ThatAblaze
                Originally Posted by brandonbaker View Post

                Oh yeah, one other thing: if you sell an eBook, make sure that your eBook PDF isn't hosted anywhere online, including torrent sites. Luckily my eBook is safe in my computer and nowhere else, and this has kept my sales coming. Tons of people have clicked on my site from the keyword: "[My eBook Title] pdf torrent" or something similar to that.
                I am really curious about how you do this. How do you make it possible for someone to view an e-book without letting them download it?
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            • Profile picture of the author Cosmit
              Originally Posted by Black Hat Cat View Post

              That means you're getting about 160 visitors a month at best, or 5 visitors a day. That means your conversion rate is about 100%. March to whatever beat you want, I'm calling shenanigans on this. I'm sure there will be a wso any day now to prove me wrong though, lol.
              do you even own a single website that gets traffic?
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOChemist
    I keep trying to do something like this, my problem is my attention span, never do finish a book, and have about 100 500-2000 word docs on Google waiting for me to get back to them. Need to visit a motivation seminar!
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  • Profile picture of the author superlinksworld
    Hi,

    Useful technique to earn big sum of money in short period of time. SEO is the power of internet and gate to earn money.

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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    What is Ejunkie is that like paypal
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    • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
      Originally Posted by outwest View Post

      What is Ejunkie is that like paypal
      To answer your question outwest, E-Junkie stores and automatically delivers my eBook to my customers upon Paypal payment. It's one of the best (and cheapest!) IM tools out there.

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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    I had a hair loss product company back in 96 to 2000, sold about 500k worth of items, which I guess is not much (I made about 200k from that). My family thought I was a genius at the time though
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  • Profile picture of the author Apollo-Articles
    To be fair, if he is writing a blog he probably has a lot content meaning the chances are he's getting a lot of extra visitors from people searching other similar terms. I'm guessing these other terms probably make up at least twice the amount of his visits potentially reducing his conversion rate (albet still a high one but we don't know what other keywords he maybe writing and ranking blog posts on).

    Just food for thought.

    Sam

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    Originally Posted by brandonbaker View Post

    Without further ado:

    The best kinds of internet marketers are those that chase after time, not money. Money is just a tool to buy you time. That's it.

    Most marketers think, "If I just had more time, imagine all the money I could make." The smartest marketers realize it's the other way around altogether:

    "If I just had more money, imagine all the time I could have."
    Probably one of the most inspiring quotes I've read in a while.
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    Thanks for the post & congrats!
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  • Profile picture of the author nvs74191
    Brandon

    Great post and good success. Keep going, pal.

    I don't usually mention my success stories in Forums, as people will be looking to pick holes and prove they are better and more knowledgeable by bashing your success. Suits me fine, let them deal with their theoretical and borrowed knowledge, while I make money with the same methods they say won't work.

    At the end of the day, it is you who has the money in the bank account, not the naysayers.
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    wow bro....very cool info indeed. Thanks for sharing. Just goes to show that you can still make money on the internet with very little traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yeeee Ha
    Hey Brandon,

    First of all congratulations on your success.

    @post

    Awesome, well written and inspiration.

    Thanks a lot.

    Cheers
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      Originally Posted by Yeeee Ha View Post

      Hey Brandon,

      First of all congratulations on your success.

      @post

      Awesome, well written and inspiration.

      Thanks a lot.

      Cheers
      Thank you!
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    Congrats on your success and thanks for sharing it, this information is worth reading
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    • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
      Originally Posted by Rokas92 View Post

      Congrats on your success and thanks for sharing it, this information is worth reading
      Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
    Question: Does anyone know a reliable place to outsource eBook writing? I'm considering starting up another eBook site but I won't necessarily know enough about the topic to write an entire book the way I'd like to.

    Has anyone outsourced eBook creation before?
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