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

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by GoonerboyFoze, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. GoonerboyFoze

    GoonerboyFoze Junior Member

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    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. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    Have you tried adsense on your fitness blog? That might help you make some quick immediate revenue. Also you could join affiliate program and discuss the supplements you use and link to them.
     
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    i made my first month in IM 150$, and it have grown every month, now 5 years later im doing several 100 per day so maybe better quit IM man
     
  5. t5o1m

    t5o1m Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    you should quit..
     
  6. race2go

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    After awhile you will a be able to to see a common answer on this forum and that is don't spread yourself to thin,meanning stick to one thing and DON'T GIVE UP no matter what, because if you do give up, the end results is what you really don't want.
    Just keep trying friend!
     
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    Gyuman82 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Why don't you write articles for $$$
     
  8. GoonerboyFoze

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    I did that.
     
  9. SEO_Alchemy

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    The fitness blog is a great idea man, especially if you know about the niche already. Your marketing ideas are sound, but it's a huge endeavor in terms of SEO. Those keywords are high high competition. You can obviously write, so use those skills to make $$ as you have on iWritter, Odesk, Elance, BHW, etc. Use that money to finance a CPC and Media buying campaign. You'll get your traffic, you'll have your submits, and if your product is legit and well though out/presented, you'll have your conversions and your $$$. Put it up as a Clickbak/JVZoo product and have affiliates market it for you. At that point you'll have some reviews and numbers to sell them on it. Good luck. Never give up.
     
  10. Daniel0cean

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    you're not doing IM, you're trying to ...
     
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  11. Gogol

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    This what the pro members say here:
    1. Get a 9-5 job
    2. Do IM at night
    3. Concentrate on One method. Don't try to do everything.
    4. Never Give Up...


    I think they are really good points :)
     
  12. t5o1m

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    This is a better strategy for sure. When I first started I focused on 1 niche that I knew could make some money. In the first month I made 600 bucks profit and now a couple years later I have 10k months every month and some have been 20k+. Just focus on one thing and don't expand into other things until you comfortably can.
     
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  13. Annah

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    The niche is over saturated... Health niche is like hell. Same as IM niche. No matter what you will come up with during this time there will be 1000's products launched and a lot of affiliates promoting retarded products... so do not try to kill a bear with a stick. You won't!
     
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    Where did you sell your domains?
     
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    Quit... become a fitness trainer instead.
     
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    Lol, great minds think alike :D
     
  17. kasheshe

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    I tried once to drink a cola, icecream, creamy donut and all I got was a head freeze.

    IM has not been bad for you, you have been trying too many things too fast. You already have done some things that brought you some money. Scale on those ones.

    As for the health site. It already has credibility. Go back to work and in the evenings work on that site. Honestly 1 article a week is not IM. It is trying to fail very fast in IM.

    Go back and look at yourself critically. Do the things that succeeded and scale on those. Then give yourself reasonable expectations. This is especially to keep you from setting up 100 websites with different IM processes. You will be surprised how a silly idea such as write one article a day on a niche that you love and promote it only in directories can work better than having 10 websites with 100 marketing ideas.

    Good luck. The good thing is that you have decided to take a deeper look at your activities. In there is your gem.
     
  18. weepingwillow

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    That's got to be the record. Well done. You must be proud?

    GIVE UP!
     
  19. GoonerboyFoze

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    Isn't every profitable niche over saturated?

    It was actually domain names and I sold them to website owners via google search


    Very proud of my record sir.
     
  20. GoonerboyFoze

    GoonerboyFoze Junior Member

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    thank you. btw I started this when I was 16, I'm 18 now so there is a lot more I can do.
     
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