What a year that was. Our first year of having a laptop each, our first year of using tools and networks to make an incredible difference to our productivity. Our first year of making some frankly scary cash.
I hope it treated you all well too.
And if not then this is the year to get where you want to be. Internet Marketing is getting harder every day so get busy and get your sites ranking and jam packed with kick ass content that no one will be able to catchup with or compete with.
I have a proven strategy that is guaranteed to make you some decent money on the Internet.
This is not a hit and miss approach, this is a guaranteed way to earn great money writing content that others find on the Internet. We all want to earn from our endeavours and many seem to think that it is impossible to earn great money. Those of you that have been reading this site for a while know that I have a goal for monthly earnings to be made by me and the Wife.
Well, for November the goal was blown out of the water in a big way. And by December we had reached so many thousands by the 4th of the month that it seemed like we were being given noughts to add on just for fun, just on Amazon!!!!!!!!! In fact December was so good that we actually made more than we payed for our first house a little over 10 or so years ago! It boggles my brain that this all comes from just 2 years of learning about this game. But it all adds up. Inspired by Tracey I wrote 7 Squidoo lenses which made $1000. Numerous others sites all added up to many many thousands, good converting sites made lots of money with absolutely no work done to them at all. But a few main sites were worked like they could get lost tomorrow and it payed off big style.
I am, if I am honest, amazed and dumbfounded. You all know I don’t know any technical stuff, I don’t hardly look at keyword tools. Rather I use the drop down box on google when I type a term in, if that is what peoples options are then I damn well better rank for them, hadn’t I. What comes up on Amazon when I type a product in? Better rank for that too.
Anyway, yes, we made a bloody fortune. At least 2 or 3 years worth of money that could easily mean we did not have to type another bloody word for 3 years. It amazes me and it also makes me sad. I know that many of you are still struggling to make enough to call it a living. I will get to what we have been through for the latter part of 2010 in a mo, but first I want to open your eyes to what you can do, and how to do it, even if you know nothing about what you are actually doing.
How do you mean Dave?
An Interview With Dave’s Mum
Hey Mum. Um, can you explain how you made $200 on Hubpages in November, and nearly $500 in December and exactly what you did to achieve this. (Bearing in mind she wrote all her Hubs in October)
Basically I did what you told me. I wrote 50 Hubs and then the ones that were getting some Google I wrote all those articles for that you put somewhere. The ones with the backlink things in them.
Anything else Mum?
No, that’s it. When will the rest get a google?
There you go dudes, (My Mum likes to call a visit from the search engines a google). This is not rocket science and if we get too bogged down in all the little tweaks we may end up getting nowhere. Just write your content and backlink it every day. My Mum made some cash and she really does know nothing but the basics, and I think that may well be the best way. You just have to put in the work.
So, new year and a new opportunity to get serious about this here game we are all involved. in. One thing I want to ask you all though is how serious are you about it.
Increase Your Earnings Online
If you have a site than earns money, and I have one site that earned xxxxxxxxxxx over the Christmas period then there is one way to both guarantee that you earn about double next year and also protects you from getting the slap:
build another one.
Next year I am going to do exactly that. Build more sites the same, on a different hosting account and clean up. Either do that or put all your best keywords as Hubs and Squidoo lenses.
I would love it we got some real success stories this year, now that the audience for this blog has grown from 2 to at least 5!!!
Focus and forget the rest
Write backlinks all day to a single site or a few pages on that site
Get rid of that bloody niche that does not convert. Forget it and move on……NOW
This is something that we have begun to do and are going to do a lot more of it for 2011. Now that there is no doubt that some very serious money is to be made around Christmas time I am seriously thinking of building more sites covering the exact same topics and getting someone to spend a whole year backlinking them.
If you can afford it then beginning to outsource is definitely something to be considered. If you are earning and have sites that make money and convert well then you really do want to have more than one position on page 1 if you possibly can. Use reseller hosting to get up a few new sites and totally dominate. Use http://www.onlinejobs.ph to get some low cost outsourcing and really attack those converting niches with gusto.
Why hunt around for a new niche if you already have one that you know converts well? Build another site the same and really flesh out the first site to make it the must go to site online.
My Amended Backlinking Strategy
Remember I have stated numerous times that if you are going to write content then backlink it. If you are not going to do this then you are a fool. I have done it so many times I dread to think of the time wasted. I have been saying previously to spend at least 90% of your time backlinking. Scrap that. Make it 99%. Seriously. I am not kidding. Write a post on a blog or site and send it 99 or 100 links. Ones you write by hand, backlinks philippines, the bloody amazing Build my Rank. Mix it up. Never stop.
Of course you need to build out a site first. 20 posts to to get the site going and then begin to slowly build up backlinks to it. After a while you will be able to be building links all day to the site and you will be dumbfounded by the difference in earnings this will equate to.
We made a very good years wage in November. Yep, that’s right. I know, bonkers huh? It amazed me and I find the numbers hard to deal with. It is getting like Monopoly money.
I can’t get my head around the numbers and it makes little sense to me.
Many know my background. Just over 2 years ago we were skint and in debt so I turned the crappy old laptop on and set about looking at ways to make money online. I did paid surveys for a few bucks, I came across Squidoo and blogger. I spent about 6-8months writing stuff no one could make money from. I didn’t know about keyword backlinks and the like.
Then it clicked. Target buying terms and terms that convert to sales. Tracey talked about Amazon and last October 2009 we began to try to make money with Amazon as well. It is still not our main focus but we now do well from it.
And here we are 2 years later. Really we are looking at a year and a half of work as I had no guide to teach me what to do and how to do or install anything. But that is in the past.
The latter half of 2010 we sat down every day and worked on just a few sites. I would spend many weeks working single sites and simply write backlinks all day adding an odd page of content as a new product appeared that I fancied. By the end of the year much of the content had hundreds of backlinks, all manually written plus forum profiles and the like.
The results speak for themselves. We made a killing. If you begin slowly with your backlinking then ramp it up in a few months you can be full bore. You spend all day writing links for a single site or a few pages on it. No one else is going to put that work in and if you do then you will make a lot of money.
There is no magic guide or formula, just write the content and backlink it until you are number 1. It sounds easy but most people are simply not going to write backlinks for a post every day for months. I did, and I ranked number 1 for many popular items in my niche, beating Amazon, Walmart and many others. In fact my site is now one of the big players for many terms and it reflects in the earnings.
Can you do that?
You will have to.
Big sites are in favor and you need to be one to compete.
Simple Affiliate Marketing Strategies
The main thing is simply staying motivated. Once you have a niche that converts well then you really do need to stop looking for anything else. Forget all the other sites and really work the site that makes the best money.
Spend a year doing that and doing some work on a few other sites and the results will be frankly amazing.
If you want 2011 to be the year that you give up the day job or buy that sports car, or like me simply have money in the bank to secure your future, then you need to stop treating this like a hobby. More and more people try affiliate marketing every day so you better be building out a few larges sites that are simply going to be so far ahead of the competition that they will leave you alone.
Forget sending a few links to a post and then moving on. You need to get really serious about this. The rewards are immense and we are very lucky to be in this position. But for it to be a real wage, and a very good one, then think about each article you write as more akin to a whole website.
By that I mean that you will be sending it at least 100 links. You will send a good number of them for the main term you want to win for. You will also send a mix of click here type links and also a number of related terms that you have as H2’s in the article. And when you see what google is sending you traffic for then you will send backlinks for that term as well.
This kind of attitude is going to give you a site with massive authority. In a year you will find that basically anything you wrote on a site that has had this kind of attention is going to rank well. It then means you will not need as many backlinks to rank well. But you need to put in the work first.
Some Cool Stuff
I came across a few things you may be interested in. You should be able to have some great fun with this free graphics creator. I am certainly going to put it to use in the new year. For anyone that is hard up but wants to get the benefits of spinning their content then there is a great free article spinner that has a lot of peeps giving it positive reviews. Use the free spinner and submit content to article directories (including Ezine), Infobarrel etc. You know the drill.
Get creative with your approach. Find sneaky but honest ways to get that coveted cookie. Some people will go to a lot of effort to get a cookie, but it shows that there are plenty of ways to get a great cookie for the day. Try using large and really rather small images as well that link to affiliate products. If it is for an item that has a lot of detail then visitors will click on a small image for a closer look. And then you get the 24 hour or 30 day cookie, depending who you are affiliated with. But try to think outside of the box a little of you can.
But mainly you just need to rank number 1 for everything in your niche. It really is as simple as that. And you are not going to do it unless you put in proper work.
Ditch The Junk
This really is the crux of it all. Until you are making some very good money each month, more than you would get with a “normal” job then stay away from anything that does not give you a great conversion.
I am talking about finding a niche that gets 12% of the clickers to buy. I am talking about making a site in a niche that makes a sale for every ten visitors. Strive for that niche and when you find it work on it for a year and nothing else. Do n0t spread yourself thin.
If you find a single post you wrote makes ten bucks a day then you can work on it and it will earn $100 in a day in a years time. And then that is it isn’t it? Get a couple of them and you are earning more than most people who slog it out working for an idiot boss. But you need to put in a lot of work until you get there.
Don’t keep working on sites that convert badly.
Use your time wisely and return to other niches when you have the luxury of having other sites earning your wage. I have made countless sites where I am sure they will make me very rich, only for them to convert like a nightmare. You need to simply get over it.
Only a fool would be foolish enough to not admit they are a fool.
Admit that you made a dud and rather than deciding that you are absolutely going to make the site a winner even though all the signs tell you otherwise simply move on until you find that magic niche or page that coverts like a dream. This is the Holy Grail that you should always strive for. There is nothing wrong with admitting that we got it wrong, it could save you a lot of time and heartache.
Stop Wasting Time
The previous part of this article has been written yesterday and then I spent the afternoon and evening reading a cool book that really brought it home to me what I have been striving for in terms of being productive. Since we had our vacation in Dubrovnik we have worked like demons for the best part of 4 months and the rewards were massive.
And now we have had 2 weeks totally away from writing any content online and feeling ready for some more epic work. But one thing that we have always done is to balance work and rest. We work until 5 PM and rarely after that. 8 hrs a day is more than enough to be sat at a computer, especially if you are being productive.
And in the last week before we had our break it suddenly hit me that I was at my computer for 8 hours a day but not being productive, I was simply being busy. And this is exactly what the author talked about in the book I recommend that you all buy. The 4 hr work week.
The author talks about making the most of you time and cutting out the crap. For a week both me and the Wife were at our computers all day but on reviewing the week and talking about it we realized that because we were burned out we were busy but not productive. I would check emails all day, I would keep taking a quick look at forums, and basically do all things repeatedly that should only be done once a day if that.
It is time to really think about what you actually do with your so called work time. We have become a success because we do actually spend our time at the laptops working. A quick email check and then we mostly work for 8 hrs a day doing backlinks and writing content. This is how to succeed. If you are simply being busy but not actually working then you need to stop fooling yourself.
I mentioned to James on his honest post about his thoughts about the year gone by and the year to come that productivity really doe need to be looked at by us all. We can work less if we work smarter. Set proper daily goals for work to do and then do all the messing about that you are actually including as part of your work time.
For me this means that I am going to try to outsource nearly all my backlinking work this year. We have already made a start, we get 30 Build My Rank articles outsourced daily and I am going to at least double that. It will free up a lot of time and also allow us to make more new projects and really build up the ones we already have. I really do recommend that you buy The 4-Hour Workweek. It will be an eye opener to a lot of you and it sums up a lot of what I believe I have been saying about really actually doing the work rather than pretending that you do.
It also talks a lot about working smarter, and getting rid of projects you spend the most time on that make you the least money. It is what I have been saying for a long time. Just concentrate on a few things that make you the most money in the easiest way and simplify your life and free up more time by never looking back and working only on the best projects. Sure, the author bangs on about traveling the world quite a lot, and some of it is a bit too nobby for my liking, but it really will open your eyes to how to be a lot more successful.
Don’t keep checking emails, forums etc. I found that the last week before we had our 2 weeks off I wasted an incredible amount of time. I probably only actually did 1 or 2 hours of REAL work a day.
Take a break
It is very important to have a rest from this game. 4 months of dedicated hard work left this little team burned out big time. Now we are raring to go again. But now that we have the available funds it is time to step things up in to the world of becoming truly part time. The goal after all is to make as much of this income as passive as possible, isn’t it?
If you know that you are not being productive or simply feel burned out take a week off and it will work wonders. Enjoy what the world has to offer you, a walk in the country is free yet priceless at the same time.
And I can’t wait to build my new super duper kick ass site, I just know that this is going to be the one niche that will make me a million in a few months 😉