1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Been Doing IM For 2 Years and Made $0, what should I do?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by GoonerboyFoze, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. GoonerboyFoze

    GoonerboyFoze Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Messages:
    122
    Likes Received:
    29
    Here is a detailed timeline:

    January '11-June '11 I read up on IM, SEO sporadically. I wrote some articles for
    websites.

    June '11-September '11 I set up Wolverineuniverse dot com. I would post an article a week on X-men movies, episodes and merchandise. I set up social media accounts with Facebook and Twitter(these weren't set up well). The site was 'monetized' via points2shop and Swagbucks ads on the sidebar and header. Traffic was around 10 UVs a day. TBH this was my best I've achieved with SEO. I managed to rank on the first page for keywords like 'wolverine and the x men episode 1' etc. Not big keywords but it was a start.

    I scrapped the site because I didn't feel I'd be able to sustain creating content for that niche.

    September '11-December '11: I created a few blogspot blogs promoting Points2shop. One of these blogs was centered around the TV show Entourage and how I managed to get a DVD of the TV show for free via Points2shop. Generating traffic for this was horrific, but I tried via a youtube video for proof of getting of the DVD. I also tried spamming Twitter with the blog/video.

    Money made:$0.5

    December '11-February '12 I created Casanova review dot com. The aim was to build a dating site that's traffic is 100% derived from google alerts. I got this from Meathead.

    Basically I'd set up G alerts for the keyword e.g 'get my boyfriend back' as soon as there was a forum topic made on that subject, I'd sign up to the forum and post a long reply trying to give that forum member advice on the topic.In my forum signature I'd have a link to my website. I was creating around 15 forum accounts doing this.

    On the website, there were not articles. Just clickbank reviews. The unethical part of the method was that I copied/pasted old reviews that real-life users had submitted.

    The idea was that the forum member would feel I provided them with enough value to go to my site, check the products I reviewed and actually go and buy them on clickbank.

    In terms of site design, this was my best effort by a long stretch. Problem was traffic and I scrapped the site.

    Money made:$0

    February '12- August '12- This was a period where I did not own a blog or site really. Well apart from a freelance writing blog I tried to use to get clients.

    Now, during this spell is actually where I made the money. People ITT have questioned why I said I made $500 but also made $0. I don't consider freelance writing and domain name selling as Internet marketing, but I may be wrong?

    Anyway, I made around $60 on Fiverr over those 6 months. The gigs varied from article writing to drawing. My first gig took off but the orders started to dwindle down
    dramatically afterwards.

    I attempted to work for Leapforce as well. Which is basically reviewing google searches. I didn't get accepted.

    I pitched my article writing on many forums. I got gigs here and there. But I was lucky to find two clients that paid the majority of my money made.

    Money made:$250

    This was around the time where I was desperate because I HAD to pay off something. I was searching around for literally every little avenue online.

    I also made a few dollars reffering people to points2hop via forums.

    Then my most successful online venture thus far. Domain name selling. I registered the domains cognacreviews dot com, populartechno dot com and latesttrance dot com. Sold them for $100, $25 and $125 respectively. I bought 5 other domain names that didn't sell
    but I made a good profit within the first week.

    I stopped because I felt I just got lucky and wouldn't be able to hand register domain names like that every single week.

    I had a system for finding good name via google keyword tool but it became harder to find good ones.

    Money made $250

    August 12'-present

    That brings us to now.

    I thought that I should start making us of my physique and create a fitness blog in the vein of fitness black book dot com. Obviously it didn't pan out the same way. It took 2 weeks to design everything, set up social media accounts. I bought fake likes and followers to boost social proof.

    To start the blog off I studied Corbett Barr's blog startup course and what I did was round up 5 top experts in the industry of fitness. I got their opinions. I received 3,000 page views for that article because they all shared it on their facebook accounts.

    I set up an email submit that day as well. I got 25 subs from that.

    The monetization I had in mind was email signup>free ebook>autoresponder series leading up to live launch of ebook.

    I planned to sell the ebook for $47. I got a guy to do the sales page for $50.

    Right now the site is still up but I haven't updated it in a while. UVs per day is around 15 still, mainly because of the post that all the experts shared.


    I think what I need to somehow generate enough capital to fund this online fitness business because I haven't had enough to invest in it thus far.

    I'd like to get a job to fund that but my current situation won't allow for that(boarding school during the week)
     
  2. Superconservativenes

    Superconservativenes Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2012
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    29
    Your first blogs weren't monetizing because your site advertisements were all wrong. You had GPT ads on an X-men site, that will in no way attract the user.

    You should sign up for adsense, and turn your fitness site into an authority site.
     
  3. Jaykub

    Jaykub Power Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    602
    Likes Received:
    229
    you should (if u dont have already) get a normal job and spend a certain amount of your income for pay per click / (social) media buys. this is where the ballers come from (x,xxx - xx,xxx$ a day) ;) if you get the skill set down in that area you can make money continiously!
     
  4. Aaric

    Aaric Elite Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2010
    Messages:
    1,577
    Likes Received:
    1,121
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    USA
    never mind ! wish you best
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2013
  5. Oz0102

    Oz0102 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2010
    Messages:
    967
    Likes Received:
    284
    Location:
    world wide web
  6. john1444

    john1444 Elite Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2012
    Messages:
    2,559
    Likes Received:
    755
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Marketer
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    Home Page:
    Your title is miss leading, i almost advised you to quite before reading your post lol.

    Making money is like a search affair, once you have found where the diamond are, you don't need much guide the second time other than to expand and grow in it. Focus on what is working for you at the moment and reinvest in other channel, don't forget to experiment and educate yourself all time. It's necessary if you want to remain in business.
     
  7. Dante848

    Dante848 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2012
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    15
    Occupation:
    Web Developer
    Location:
    Sweden
    I say turn your fitness site into an authority site, then make users have the ability to Opt-in to an email list, where you give them weight loss tips as well as throw them an offer or 2 a week.
     
  8. GoonerboyFoze

    GoonerboyFoze Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Messages:
    122
    Likes Received:
    29
    Never really ventured into Adsense but it may be worth a shot

    Can't get a normal job atm.


    I've been told that trying to do SEO for free takes too long and won't get you ranked for the better kws. I say free but time=money.

    Domaining worked for me the best.

    My problem would be getting traffic for listbuilding.
     
  9. Gogol

    Gogol Elite Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2010
    Messages:
    3,066
    Likes Received:
    2,872
    Gender:
    Male
    Why do you keep making the same thread again and again? e.g.

    Code:
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/black-hat-seo/519348-been-doing-im-2-years-made-0-what-should-i-do.html
     
  10. GoonerboyFoze

    GoonerboyFoze Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Messages:
    122
    Likes Received:
    29
    i originally wanted to make the thread in the black hat seo section but I can't delete this thread now.
     
  11. Gogol

    Gogol Elite Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2010
    Messages:
    3,066
    Likes Received:
    2,872
    Gender:
    Male
    PM the concerned Moderator of the section lol..