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Big day for me

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by regmant, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. regmant

    regmant Regular Member

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    Today is a big day for me as it marks the moment when I made more money online than I did for turning up at work (£111 to be precise).

    When I started this venture around March this year, i knew very little about SEO and the catalyst was finding this forum, all the advice and services have been invaluable.

    The plan for the future is to continue to grow my sites (I'm not even top of Google for any of my keywords yet!), start saving up and eventually give up my work (web developer) and go full time with IM. I want to have at least 3 months salary saved up before I do that as I am well aware of how things can go tits up overnight in this business.

    Anyway, this was just meant to be me showing people that it is possible with some hard graft (I'm on this forum for hours every day reading the threads).

    Thanks BHW!
     
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  2. GunzZ

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    Congrtatulations! If BHW help you for the success, share more info with us. How did you earn your first $, give us some details. Transform your thread in useful information for all bhw members
     
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  3. AutoBlogger

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    According to Wiz,"Action Takers are The Money Maker" :)
    Congrats and keep growing it :)
     
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  4. regmant

    regmant Regular Member

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    Income is split over adsense sites and Amazon sites.

    I have probably about 20 sites in total, but only two of the adsense ones are making the money at the moment - I will focus on the other ones soon.

    I had a -50 penalty from the big G on my main Adsense site (i.e. if you put my domain name into the search engine, then my site only appeared on page 5) - this was due to my gungho early approach to link building. After reading various threads on the subject on BHW, I realised that the best thing to do was to continue building links to it so keep it looking relatively natural. Four weeks ago it popped up on page one for the main keyword, and is now in positions 2 and 3. It gets around 200 visits a day and also has an Amazon shop attached to it. Makes about £30 a day in all.

    So, that's my advice if you ever get a similar penalty - worse thing you can do is to stop all linkbuilding completely IMHO.
     
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  5. cash202

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    That's cool, man. I know how you feel. It's good, right?
    I salved away in the office for 10+ years. When I made
    in a day more than I made in a fortnight on a job I was
    like holy crap, why didn't I do it earlier.

    The funny thing is, when I killed my job, things started to
    happen for me faster than I though possible. So, keep on
    doing that. You can make it.
     
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  6. regmant

    regmant Regular Member

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    yeah cash202 that is the dream. If I can do this in my spare time, then with a bit more rigidity and treating it more like a full time job, I really hope I can make it work. It is my passion at the moment and I think that helps.

    Just want to be 100% sure before I make the leap though as I have a mortgage, wife and 16 month old daughter to think of, hence wanting lots of financial security before I hand the resignation in.
     
  7. mccullum

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    Congratulations. You are doing the right thing by focusing on monetization methods other than adsense as well.
     
  8. Peter Shaw

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    Congratulations on your success! Just keep working hard and earn more and more!
     
  9. appleproducts

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    Congratulations for your succes
     
  10. cash202

    cash202 Elite Member Premium Member

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    I am married and have a daughter too. No mortgage though. The thing is
    when you jump ships the following happens. You have NO security anymore,
    NONE. But in exchange you get the real FREEDOM.

    Fair exchange IMHO.

    You will never be 100% sure when you jump ships. That's 100% true.

    Just think about it, this "security" you have in a job is not real anyways.
    I got laid-off a few time unexpectedly, so I had to juggle credit cards
    a little to get by. What sort of security is that?

    The real security if what you built yourself.
     
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  11. davidosman55

    davidosman55 Registered Member

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    well done mate keep focusing and your dreams will come true.It will be great for you to be able to work from home one day with the little one around as well.
     
  12. regmant

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    Thanks for the comments guys - really excited, hard to stop myself getting too far ahead of myself!

    The freedom is one real big attraction for me, I can save money in other areas as well (nursery fees, petrol (I travel 40 miles a day for work - petrol is £1.40 a litre in the UK too)). I'll see how it's all going in early 2012 I think, then make a decision.
     
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    Congratulations man!
     
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    Awesome, yet another job taker turned into a job maker by the good ol' boys at BHW Great job man. Inspiring keep us posted.
     
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    this forum is too epic :)