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Confessions of a Noob

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by crefugee, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. crefugee

    crefugee Newbie

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    By day, I am a fairly good technology writer who has authored many magazines articles, some blogs and a few books. There's a deeper, darker side to me though that few know of. I have an addiction. Knowledge is my high and education is my drug. I am just about to complete my second bachelors. As soon as I'm done, I am enrolling into a masters-to-PhD program. The problem, like with most addictions, is that this costs money. If you are educated in the US, a lot of money. I read that the average PhD graduates $170,000 in debt. I needed a way to feed my addiction. A way that would allow me enough free time to put into the research and internship time required of a PhD student.

    I decided that blackhat methods may provide a means. I did a lot of research, and quite honestly, took a lot of tips from BHW member Leith. Here is what I have tried since the beginning of May and the results I have seen:


    1. I've written about this is other posts, but to recap, I have had a good amount of success writing for the Amazon Kindle. Kindle books of about 50 pages priced in the $5 range targeting the "make money" crowd have done well. Be forewarned - If you're book is crap, it will not sell. Amazon gives people the opportunity sample before buying. I've read some pretty awful KDP books. So bad that I almost wanted to demand payment from the author for wasting my time. Keys with the Kindle are 1) enroll in KDP for 70% royalties, 2) provide a free promo period of 4-5 days to get some buzz going, 3) if you are doing fiction, turn it into a series
    2. Dating affiliate is another I've tried and have used some of the top names like AFF, DG, and Loaded Cash. Whatever the reason, I have not been able to convert even a single free sign-up. Using methods like the sexy model video from Fiverr, I've been able to drive thousands of people to my link, but no one has converted.
    3. Reselling Fiverr gigs is another that I have put to work. The only marketing I did with this is through Scrapebox commenting. Surprisingly, it actually resulted in some sales. I was able to charge $30 for .edu backlinks using a Fiverr provider who delivered in under 24 hours. Definitely could be scaled.
    4. Content locking has been a tough one. I have a niche site that brings in a few hundred visitors per day. I only ever built up this traffic to learn the ropes when it came to SEO. I decided I'd try to lock certain portions of the content down with Blam Ads. My traffic dropped off almost immediately. Even the traffic that still came was not converting. I eventually dropped the content locking, and traffic went back to normal. Even better, Adsense earnings started to pick up due to some keyword optimization I did after removing the content locking.

    I'm still exploring the best ways to monetize, and have some ideas about turning my KDP offerings into affiliate programs. I feel like I am still quite far from earning a full-time income through IM, but the last couple of months have been valuable experience. Certainly, none of what I learned would have been possible without the valuable input from the members here on BHW.
     
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  2. LBrown

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    Great write-up. You have a knack with words which is probably why you're doing well with kindle writing. If you like writing stick to the method of kindle books and don't waste time with methods that aren't for you.
     
  3. TopRapperEarrner

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    i love the fact he killed the dating affilate link..its total garbage man never works
     
  4. madtong

    madtong Newbie

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    And let me talk about those sites with online naked chats... I´m working with Chaturbate and guess what : 1786 hits on my link so far... $0,00 earned... I know i´m a bad marketter but boy, this is ridiculous... The only thing that is really working with me is my PTP account, but not much because i also sucks in getting me some traffic...
     
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    blackcatcharacter Newbie

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    Nice confession! I confess that I'm still learning and I will keep working at the ultimate goal.
     
  6. UndeadCircus

    UndeadCircus Junior Member

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    When you're writing for the Kindle, do you have to pay anything to get your book put up? I've thought about writing some short fiction stories and turning them into a series, but everywhere I look, you have to pay a lot of money just for a stupid ISBN.
     
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    First off, congrats on getting some awesome research - you can tell you actually tested the method, and that is worth a lot! Secondly, it is possible to make money in the dating niche, but the best one I knew of got shut down by the FCC a few years ago LOL...I would recommend focusing on what is working and scaling up! You're really way ahead of most of the "newbs" here. Congrats! - DG
     
  8. crefugee

    crefugee Newbie

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    Thanks for the kind words. Obviously though I still need help with my editing after consuming 3 beers. I missed plenty of typos in my OP :p
     
  9. crefugee

    crefugee Newbie

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    No, it's entirely free to publish on the Kindle.

    If you want to do a hard copy with an ISBN, you can use CreateSpace (also Amazon owned). They will assign you one of their ISBNs for free, or you can get one through them for about $10. They have pretty minimal costs to get a book printed and for sale on Amazon and some other sites. I never bothered with the hard copy route though because publishing these 50 page booklets really doesn't justify the expense of printing you'll incur.
     
  10. crefugee

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    Thanks also for the encouragement. I really am surprised about the dating stuff. I originally thought it was the affiliate program, like maybe AFF was saturated. Then I tried a few different programs, all with the same results (which means no results).