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A Modest Journey to $32.87/day - a Student Journal

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by AmarLuis, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. AmarLuis

    AmarLuis Newbie

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    I'd like to start by thanking Siekk. His thread inspired my roommate to inspire me to do this and I am using his first post as a template for my second post.

    I'll start by addressing the most obvious question: how did you end up with $32.87/day?

    Well, $32.87 a day is exactly $12,000 a year or $1000 a month. I'm graduating in 6 weeks and at that point if I'm making $1000 a month I will not need to get a job and can focus full time on building my own businesses. Hence, $32.87/day is my primary goal.

    As stated above, my roommate, a juniorVIP member, thought it would be a good idea for me to do this journal. He'll be the motivation for me to keep writing this as well as to add content to my personal blog http://www.amarghose.blogspot.com.

    And the journey begins...
     
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  2. clyde

    clyde Elite Member

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    Pop quiz, how much money would you make in February of 2012.
     
  3. yoyoyo

    yoyoyo Newbie

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    That's very achievable target ... you gonna achieve it soon!

    Cheers
     
  4. frontman

    frontman Registered Member

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    what's your field?
    adsense? affiliate? cpa?
    if you aim that amount with adsense it's very achievable
    what you have to do is find some good HPK
     
  5. AmarLuis

    AmarLuis Newbie

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    I've always thought journals like these help me grow as a person but I've never really seriously committed to one and I'm making the leap of faith at this junction.

    I got psuedo involved with internet marketing back in Novemeber, 2009, Thanksgiving weekend, to be exact. It was with my friend, who became my roommate in January and is a JuniorVIP here, and we decided to build microniche sites, following the popular 300 adsense sites thread on this site by HotBoy.

    So, lets go over where I currently stand...

    Toolbox

    - Market Samurai
    - The Best Spinner
    - The Free Blog Commenter
    - Scrapebox
    - My roommate and his knowledge base and resources
    - The 4 Hour Work Week

    Skills
    - None. Basic backlinking knowledge and other stuff I've picked up since November. No real skills that can't be learned by anyone reading this in a very short amount of time (I'll explain how if people have questions).

    Websites
    - 5 affiliate product based domains. All 5 have been up less than 3 weeks and are currently making me $0. One is number 4 on Google however and I shall be writing about that plan of action shortly.
    - 17 adsense microniche sites with profits split 3 ways. Currently earning $3 a day or so total on these. More to come.

    Plan

    I will briefly go over my plans here. I'm working on multiple projects at the same time and will allocate my time and resources accordingly. I will start separate posts about each project with more details.

    Adsense

    - Our financier is in charge of backlinking and is not allowing us put up any more sites until we see profits so this project is essentially on hold.

    Product Pages

    - My focus is on getting my top ranked site (#4 on the big G) to #1. I already have a 12 spoke link wheel of web2.0 sites that I am scrapeboxing around the clock (just got scrapebox up and running this morning).
    - If I get this page to number 1 I'll get approximately 130 visits a day and I am hoping to convert at a 1% rate. I prefer to lowball all my numbers and at this rate that would calculate to maybe $10 a day.
    - Around this website are multiple other keywords I can rank for and plan to rank for. Ultimately, I'd like to get this site to about 1000 visitors a day, at which point I would likely be converting at a rate of $40/day (lowballed, $70/day is more realistic)

    - To conclude, I plan to focus my energy on getting my top site to #1 then working my way through other keywords. To get the site to #1 I plan to scrapebox the hell out of my linkwheel urls.
    - To rank for my secondary keywords I plan to build 12 spoke link wheels of high page rank web 2.0 sites and to adjust from there. I am looking for input here if anyone has any thoughts.

    4 Hour Work Week

    - I'm also allocating some of my time to work with my friend Joe on a more legitimate business. I've read the 4 Hour Work Week a few times and have decided to also take the plunge in that and try to start up my own business.
    - I'll be starting by brushing up on the book then by starting my market research with my business partner. I will post about it at that time.
     
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  6. callmelucid

    callmelucid Regular Member

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    good luck! i'll subscribe to your journal.... be sure to update it regularly!
     
  7. AmarLuis

    AmarLuis Newbie

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    False. I will be dead.

    That's what I'm hoping! Thank you very much!

    The main sites I'm working on are monetized through amazon affiliate links. I might work out a plan to try to get adsense sites up to $33/day on my own here very soon, we'll see. Also, I have email submits on my primary money page, not sure if that'll make any money though.

    What is HPK? And what do you mean by "field"?
     
  8. AmarLuis

    AmarLuis Newbie

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    April 30th Update

    Obviously just started the blog today but I thought I'd start a daily post in the beginning of each day with what I'll be working on.

    For Today...

    I've been scrapeboxing my 12 spoke link wheel all day and just purchased my own proxies which should speed things up a ton tomorrow. Other than that, my focus for the day is to continue working on my personal site as well as brainstorming new things.
     
  9. biks

    biks Power Member

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    Wadda ya know...I hit your $32.87 mark this month. I made a little more than $500 with adsense and another $500 on Amazon for my niche product sites. What I like about including Amazon into the mix is if adsense decides to fuck me in the ass, at least I've got the Amazon income to fall back on.

    Where'd you get that number? (130 visits a day) Did you do this:

    Exact search # for my keyword = 4,000 searches a month?

    From all my niche sites that rank #1 for their keyword, I'm getting (on average) 25% of the traffic for that keyword. (You can't possible get ALL of the traffic) My numbers say for you to get 130 a day, Google has to say the keyword gets 15,600 LOCAL exact searches a month. Is that the number you researched?

    I agree...if your highly targeted and it's a buying keyword, 1% conversion should be do-able.
     
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  10. AmarLuis

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    I use market samurai which gives me everything by day. At 266 searches per day for my keyword, I expect to get half of them to come to my site = 130 visits per day. At number 4, I'm getting like 10 visits a day max, its a very top heavy niche.
     
  11. C0DeZeR0

    C0DeZeR0 Junior Member

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    I Bookmarked It

    Waiting For Regular Updates
     
  12. IcedCube

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    Odd way to phrase an answer... also, why would you be dead? That would be most unfortunate, as you wouldn't be able to see the world end in december. Oh, well.
     
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  13. Siek

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    Hey man.. Glad my journal helped you out. Keep pushing it and you'll make it there. Post everyday... but don't waste too much time.. thats all i gotta say. GL
     
  14. biks

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    I use Market Samurai too. I've built over 40 niche sites and many are right on the 266 per day mark. I've also got a bunch sitting at #1. THEY get around 25% of the total number.

    What I'm trying to tell you is your not going to get 130 a day. Don't plan your future income/count your chickens on a theoretical number.

    Once at #1, 66 per day (high average) is what you can expect. 10 visits per day farther down the page sound right on the money.
     
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    bookmarked
     
  16. moose88

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    its 3am, and i was just about to go bed when i found this thread. fuck it, who needs sleep.
     
  17. hoot33

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    sleep when your dead.
     
  18. AmarLuis

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    I feel it really depends on the other sites in the top ten. I'll post the SEO competition from it soon. I'm competing in this particular niche with nine other pages that are all product pages for authority domains. In other words, my site is the only site that offers an "unbiased" review of my product niche. I'm hoping this will lead to me getting 50% of the clicks when I hit number one. I am going to keep your numbers in mind though because I definitely thought I'd cut a bit more of a profit on this.
     
  19. AmarLuis

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    May 1st Update...

    I didn't work at all today, took a day off to be a regular college student. Now that I'm back in my office I have scrapebox up and running and currently backlinking my "silver" sites.

    This is how I have my backlinking set up for the product keywords that are my current focus...

    Many "Tin" pages -> (points to) a 12 spoke link wheel with 12 high quality web 2.0 profiles -> MONEY PAGE

    I'll post an image later but pretty much doing this should push my number 4 site into the top 3, hopefully to number 1.

    My ranking for this site according to Market Samurai was actually 6 when I post yesterday and had been for some time. I said it was 4 because that's what it shows up at on my search in California. Today the MS ranking actually moved from 6 to 4 despite my site not showing up any higher.

    Adsense

    The backlinking done by my financier appears to be working as multiple backlinks showed up on a large amount of our adsense sites and their rankings reflected it immediately. While most sites have not yet moved up to top 3 I'm quite happy with the results of seeing sites move from 12 to 8 on the big G because of a couple backlinks. Hopefully they continue to move :)
     
  20. biks

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    The other variable is the actual text in the description meta tag that Google uses. I've run adwords campaigns and have read a ton on crafting and selecting text within an ad block. Because you have so few words, it's vital to nail it and stick with what works. (get attention, call to action, etc)

    What's nice about ranking organically is the fact that your "ad" (description) has room for much more text and a much longer headline (the title). By using the same principles that one uses to create an adwords ads, you should be able to make a description that dominates the page.

    There's a lot to be learned from building adwords campaigns - even though your ranking organically. There's a ton of info on this stuff strewn all around here.