How much do you make a month and how?

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by larslarson123, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. larslarson123

    larslarson123 New Member

    It'd be great to hear how much you make and what systems you use! I'm sure this is a topic of interest to many of you :)

    Last month for me:

    Affiliate Links: $68 (clickbank)

    I'm sure this is modest, but I'm just getting started! I imagine some of you have fantastic success and it'd be useful to see your main sources of income.

    Please reply even if it's the only post you make all day :)
     
  2. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    Between Clickbank, eBay, and some other odds and ends, I'm earning about $1,000 a month. At one point, I was at almost $1,700 in profts, but things have dropped off a bit in recent months...
     
  3. mountainmom5

    mountainmom5 Gold Member

    Same here - between Clickbank, Ebay and a few other odds and ends, I, too average between $800 - $1500 a month.

    I have seen months with much more but things had slowed way down for me and now are picking back up again, but I agree... those sales in Clickbank are what keep my juices flowing! [​IMG]
     
  4. larslarson123

    larslarson123 New Member

    Neat! That definitely gets me excited to keep pluggin away at it. My day job gets less and less interesting every second.

    Do you think the economy slump has left people a little less motivated to buy? causing the slow period for you guys possibly..
     
  5. whocares

    whocares New Member

    More people lose their job every day. That means some will look for income elsewhere (online) which will make competition even harder.
     
  6. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    whocares: More people lose their job every day. That means some will look for income elsewhere (online) which will make competition even harder.

    Hi Whocares,

    True, but we all have a nice, juicy head start [​IMG]

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  7. larslarson123

    larslarson123 New Member

    I hope we all jumped on the boat at the right time! Do you think that one day soon there will be too much competition to obtain organic first page Google listing? I would hate to get a great start and then slowly make less and less until it's useless...
     
  8. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    larslarson123: I hope we all jumped on the boat at the right time! Do you think that one day soon there will be too much competition to obtain organic first page Google listing? I would hate to get a great start and then slowly make less and less until it's useless...

    I seriously doubt it.

    Quality + Longevity=Happy Google
     
  9. larslarson123

    larslarson123 New Member

    That makes a lot of sense. Is it true that you can put in a lot of effort up front and reap the benefits for months or even years? I hear this claim in almost every ebook but it seems like it's probably sales hype...
     
  10. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    Actually, that IS true, but perhaps not exactly as you are thinking.

    You do have to put a LOT of work in up front. The benefits/rewards tend to start very small and gradually build, but the amount of effort needed decreases in many cases to a type of "maintenance" mode.

    I think of it like building a house. You put in a lot of work preparing the land and building the house. You get the benefits of living in the house for years to come. BUT, if you never do any maintenance, housekeeping, etc., the house is going to get dirty, infested, leaky, etc., and eventually condemned. [​IMG]

    With general upkeep, the house will serve you well indefinitely, but you'll never have to put in all the work that was required in building it in the first place.

    Make sense? You still need to put in some work, but the amount is greatly lessened compared to the beginning, but the profits are usually more.

    Blessings,
    Angie
     
  11. Quinn

    Quinn Guest

    I average about a thousand dollars at the GPT site I'm a part of. My largest check was over $1700, but I worked my butt off!
     
  12. larslarson123

    larslarson123 New Member

    happywife: You put in a lot of work preparing the land and building the house. You get the benefits of living in the house for years to come.
    Awesome analogy [​IMG] thank you.

    The great thing I'm finding, is that building your house is not a painful process... it's been really exciting! I can't wait to get to the maintenance phase, but I don't anticipate losing interest in new ideas and new opportunities.

    So am I correct in saying that google rankings are more or less popularity contests? And are your chances of landing a spot in top search engines and directories 'ever-changing'? Can someone come from nowhere and rise to the top over time if done right? Do outdated articles and the like get bumped down the list to make way for newbies?
     
  13. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    larslarson123: So am I correct in saying that google rankings are more or less popularity contests? And are your chances of landing a spot in top search engines and directories 'ever-changing'? Can someone come from nowhere and rise to the top over time if done right? Do outdated articles and the like get bumped down the list to make way for newbies?

    Hi Lars,

    Rankings: Yes - popularity, relevancy, number of unique visits combined with duration of stay and page views, on-page SEO, site structure, and a number of other things Google won't share with the public that they use in their ranking algorithms.

    Landing a spot: Yes, the SERPs placement is technically "ever-changing", however, see the Rankings reply above to understand how a site can hold a rank for a long period of time. It means that you can overtake spots depending upon how well everything comes together for you and/or improves over time.

    Rise to the top: Yes, see both Rankings and Landing a spot above. Other things are taken into account as well such as domain age.

    Outdated articles bumped down: Yes, they can and do. However, see all of the above to understand how and why.

    In other words, understand online marketing well and do your best. There is a chance for everyone if you just do your proper footwork first and remain committed. Take care not to enter saturated markets in a generic fashion.

    If you must compete in a saturated market, find a good side door (phrases with reasonable demand but relatively little competition). You can't take take on the big boys head-to-head right out of the gate.

    You need high page rank (authority) on your home page, so keep that in mind when picking a name and url for your site.

    Do use SEO basics and a little back link action, but don't waste too much time gaming the system. Your time is better spent creating new content and improving your site.

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  14. molyda

    molyda New Member

    I think so too. And I also hope that they know that it is possible to make money online legitimately!

    A lot of people out there would rather do work offline than spending time on the computer.
     
  15. jschuman

    jschuman New Member

    Between $8K-$10K a month with multiple streams of income including affiliate products, article writing, email marketing, blogging, and a couple of joint ventures in personal mentoring. It is a nice life and the money is getting better.
     
  16. larslarson123

    larslarson123 New Member

    Thank you for taking the time to put out such detailed answers Newbie Shield :) So at some point, wouldn't every market be completely saturated with competition? It seems like all the good spots are filling up fast, and great keyword phrases are harder and harder to determine. It seems like it'll be very difficult in the near future; maybe I misunderstand the concept as of now...

    jschuman: Between $8K-$10K a month with multiple streams of income
    That's amazing lol. That shows exemplary effort! Would you mind telling how long you've been at it? Sounds like you're living the dream
     
  17. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    larslarson123: Thank you for taking the time to put out such detailed answers Newbie Shield :) So at some point, wouldn't every market be completely saturated with competition? It seems like all the good spots are filling up fast, and great keyword phrases are harder and harder to determine. It seems like it'll be very difficult in the near future; maybe I misunderstand the concept as of now...

    Hi Lars,

    You're welcome.

    Sure, competition is tough in many markets. Some are relatively over-saturated but don't let that stop you or demoralize you if it's what you really want to do.

    Those that know their online marketing and topics will stand the test of time. The rest will fall by the wayside.

    I can see where your observations are coming from and why.

    Learn everything you can upfront and learn it well. Then just pick a topic and step into it.

    Be one of the best and don't worry too much about how you'll stack up against others or how well you will do. Forget about the money. Just focus on providing value.

    Asking questions is fine but make sure you're learning quite a bit every day - starting today ;)

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  18. larslarson123

    larslarson123 New Member

    Thank you for the inspiration! Sounds like a solid plan. Ill start by reading through your HTML Squidoo Tips :)

    I'd just like to say, that I'm getting really excited. Why's that? Because I know I'm gonna stick with it and watch the others fail right and left around me.
    Thanks to everyone in this forum, :) without people like you the internet seems to be a cold, dead place with nothing but sales pitches shoved down your throat right and left.

    It's been kind of like going to college for me... except I actually do the assignments haha! Never before would I have imagined putting out 1200 word articles without being required to.

    Are there any college courses that would be worth taking to learn a bit more about the basics of marketing and web design? Or are the necessary relevant tools already in front of me? I wanna take every step to ensure I go all the way with this.
     
  19. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    Hi Lars,

    I'm glad you're inspired and passionately committed to making it work.

    First thing to do is to identify each aspect of online marketing fundamentals. Then you learn about each.

    One of the best ways to do that is to read and interact on this forum as you have been. You should read from some other sites as well.

    The next step is to take the free 30 Day Challenge:

    www.thirtydaychallenge.com/

    After that you should learn a little more about the concepts introduced in the 30 Day Challenge by purchasing another program such as Honest Riches 3.

    It just came out and I liked Honest Riches 2, especially for the low price (one time payment of $37). I wish I had the time to evaluate Honest Riches 3, but that'll have to wait. I'm confident that it's better than version 2 was.

    Then learn some more on your own with free sites for a few months.

    At this point you can go one of three ways:

    1. If you like to learn things step-by-step while you implement and you want the complete package (aside from HTML and CSS), you can talk to HappyWife about SBI. You could learn HTML and CSS at a later date. Nice thing about SBI is the active forum and everything you need is in one place.

    or

    2. Figure out your own keyword research, competition research, writing style, and give Host Gator or Blue Host a try. They have site builders and wizards too.

    or

    3. Do the same as number 2 but learn HTML and CSS well first to create a unique site either by hacking apart templates, customizing a WordPress blog, or creating a site from scratch.

    Another nice thing about the last two options is that you can host a WordPress blog at HostGator or BlueHost.

    To learn HTML and CSS, I suggest that you buy an Amazon best seller. If you'd like to take a peak at web coding to see what it's like and goof around a bit, take a look at w3schools:

    http://www.w3schools.com/

    First thing to do there is to take the free HTML and CSS tutorials listed on the left nav. You might also take a peak at the PHP and Web Building tutorials a ways down on the left nav.

    That'll give you a small taste if you are curious. They also let you practice in a browser window.

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  20. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Hello Lars,

    larslarson123: Are there any college courses that would be worth taking to learn a bit more about the basics of marketing and web design? Or are the necessary relevant tools already in front of me?
    You can take college courses, or visit your local book store to learn about these subjects, but many of the necessary relevant tools are already in front of you. This thread is a great example. Just look at the depth of information being shared and the people sharing it.

    Plus, in mere seconds using the right keyword search, you can have comprehensive tutorials, ebooks and pertinent sites right at your fingertips.

    There is a quotation I like that is attributed to the famed Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. He said: "You can observe a lot by just watching." That's so true! The clues are always lurking in plain site, often overlooked because of their naked simplicity.

    It's impossible for any marketer to put a product in the marketplace without leaving clues about marketing and web design strategies. You first have to LOOK (recognize) and then SEE (understand) them before they can have any impact.

    When you received an email solicitation about a promotional sales page, you can examine the email to see how it was writen. Notice the subject line.

    - Did it grab your interest?
    - Why?
    - Was the email salutation personalized?
    - Was the opening statement an attention-getter?
    - How did you respond to it emotionally?
    - What were your impressions?
    - What made you click through to the site?

    These are some of the clues I'm referring to.

    Pay close attention to the sales page, layout, colors, fonts, the words and phrases used, and so on. What emotions or thoughts are you feeling when you see and read the copy? These live examples are the best lessons to study and they cost no money.

    Later, when you read an article about the importance of site navigation and ease of use for the visitor, and you can spot the different approaches designers use to accomplish the same things, the scene starts to make sense.

    You get those "Ah-ha" moments. The lightbulb goes off in your head and you're never quite the same again. [​IMG]

    Hermas
     

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