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FeroXs' $2000/month journey to support my family

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by FeroXs, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. FeroXs

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    About me

    I've been a member of this forum for a couple of years now, testing things out here and there very casually, due to working full time in a contract that was secure until 2016. 2016 is almost here, and you know what? I don't want to work for anyone except for myself (which is the main dream of IM right?).

    Not only that, but I'm expecting my first child in less than a month, so there's even more pressure financially than before. That and providing for my gf, who also wants to live the IM dream with me. She'll be able to work on whatever is needed, but will likely help out with just writing.

    Why $2000? Well, I earn slightly more than that now but when I go full-time in IM I'll have less outgoings as I won't be travelling for work, so it'll actually be a pay increase with the added factor of it being a nice rounded number for a goal.

    My plan

    My main aim is to create an authority website/blog in a specific niche which will have adsense on most of the pages, but will also promote Clickbank products. This is a niche both myself and my gf have some sort of knowledge on, but I'll still be outsourcing some of the initial articles to make sure the site starts off high quality.


    Side projects

    I'm already making a small amount of money through some of my IM 'tests'. One of which is a very specific niche gaming forum, for a game that isn't due to be released for several months. If all goes well, this site could actually boom and be very profitable, as it's already being recognised as the 'go-to' forum for the game. Adsense money on this is very low at the moment though, due to traffic.

    I have also created an adult-tube site myself, and using Twitter (and another method which unfortunately I think I've sapped dry) have promoted it to generate almost $800 since May. Most of that income was made within the first 4 weeks, which is annoying. If the site indexes on Google fully, this could potentially make a bit in the long run too.

    Updates

    I'll update this thread as often as I can, and hopefully inspire people along the way, as journey threads are the main thing I read when I lose motivation with IM.

    Thanks for reading.
     
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  2. mrtwister_65

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    Good luck, OP! How many hours weekly you will be committing to IM? You've got plenty of time to make it work.
     
  3. quietlearner

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    Good luck! Treat it like an investment, take care of it and you'll see the payoff.

    Just to be a damp rag, you mean $2,000 net or gross? At that level it's no longer a hobby and will eventually get noticed by the tax man so your goal should be $3,000 or more depending on where you live. Incorporate, get an accountant and treat it like a full time business.
     
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    Congrats on your first child that's on the way. And good luck on the authority site.
     
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  5. VincentVega

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    I'm on my way doing the same. Good luck man! :)
     
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    Good plan, best wishes to your journey.
     
  7. FeroXs

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    I can quite easily spare 4-6 hours a day mon-thurs, and spend the whole day if needed fri-sun. That's not including hours that my partner can do.
    Net. Thanks for bringing that up actually and I have been thinking about it a lot. I guess I'll take more action when I start to produce a constant amount but I definitely think an accountant will be the way to go.
    Thank you very much :) and thanks for all other comments so far!
     
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    Good luck with the journey
     
  9. jak19

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    good luck with the journey and more luck with the the baby
     
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    Apologies for lack of updates - only want to update the thread when there's something significant to post. I have a few weeks off of work soon so will be spending a lot of hours in August to make the journey successful.

    Due to CrakRevenue changing my PPL programme to a PPS I'll likely stop working on the adult niche for now, but as my tube site auto updates, it'll be interesting to see if it ranks somewhere on google (over 2000 pages are now indexed on it though).

    Main niche site: I've started to post articles on my main site, and will post another 4-5 on the weekend. Each article is around 800words long and is targeting easy keywords. I also plan on changing the theme as I don't like it.

    Secondary niche site: I accidentally found an untapped niche for one of my main hobbies, which made me very excited! I checked out all the related keywords and they have around 1,800 - 5,500 US searches a month. I have build about 75% of the site and plan on finishing it this weekend. The site is already ranked between 40th-70th place for all main keywords, and 10-20th for secondaries already!

    Forum: My forum was ranked first place for about a day, and is sitting on 2nd place at the moment. This is bringing in a tier 1 adsense click every couple of days, which is something. Again, I'm relying on this bringing in proper money once the game is released. Also to note, the site is ranked about 40th of the actual game title keyword, which is searched about 100,000 times a month. Whether ranking this is achievable is another thing altogether though!
     
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    Quick overview of some of the keywords I'm targeting over all my sites (although this isn't all of them). Really exciting is the one in 27th place, which is my brand new site! Spent most of last night posting my site in places that was relevant to my niche (facebook groups, reddit, blog comments), to gain exposure and hopefully some SEO link juice.

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    Good luck on your journey, just wanted to ask are you building links as well, please share your link building experiences as well as your journey moves forward. will be following :)
     
  13. hrs678

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    Good luck man... You have a plan so it should pay off hopefully
     
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    (Mini update, seeing as I updated a day or so ago) I went a bit crazy last night, and ended up staying up till 4AM finding places to post my new site. It seems to have worked though, as it's now 15th for main keyword, and in the 20s for secondaries. Of course it's still google dancing badly, so it'll be interesting to see where it ends up. I also changing the keyword density on my homepage, as it was wayyy too high.

    My 'link building' strategy is nothing special at all, and is a mixture of a few guides from BHW.

    - Posted relevant, non-spammy(ish) posts onto 30+ facebook groups. Each group was anywhere between 300 and 10,000 people.
    - Again, posted relevant, non-spammy posts as comments on blog posts which were to do with the niche. I even got some replies to some of them already. I didn't use buzzbundle or anything like that, I literally typed in my keyword normally and then checked out all the pages that ranked for it for the first 10 or so results.
    - Three posts on reddit, in different sub-reddits. This gave me LOADS of traffic, but unfortunately due to the nature of reddit it doesn't really convert well. It did earn me £1.30ish though, but I had almost 4000 visits to the site in that 24 hour period.

    I'm really optimistic about this new site, as I'm almost on the first page of google within less than a week.
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    going in the right direction still, keep at it
     
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    Great "link building" strategy, it is a good mixture, I also get a mixture it with blog commenting, facebook, but you site rank faster then me. How about your keywords search volume?
     
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    Seems like things are moving quite well, congrats for that and good luck with your journey!
     
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    Didn't mean to crop search volume out from my last screenshot! For the main keyword of my niche site, Serpbook is saying it's searched 5400 times, but longtailpro is saying 7000+, so I'm guessing is somewhere around there!
     
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    Good one op, all the best.
     
  20. FeroXs

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    As you can see, I'm not very good at this 'journey' thing haha. My child was born last week, so that's kept me pretty busy/tired!

    Ok, now for the update.

    Main site

    I've uploaded 6 articles so far. 5 are adsense based, and the 6th is for an email submit affiliate programme. 2 of the articles are bouncing around SERPs as we speak, but the others are nowhere to be seen. I've been publicising the articles via a Facebook page (which i completely forgot I had, and is 100% niche relevant) which has several thousand likes.

    Secondary

    SERP movement is about the same for this site, which I still can't complain about seeing as I got to the second page within 3 days, and I'm still slowly building links on this. Due to the niche, I am finding it hard to find new places to build links though. However, I've started building web 2.0s for the keywords myself, so hopefully that helps out.

    Tertiary

    I made another niche site, for a keyword I am suspecting with be searched for more in the coming months. There isn't much to write about it, but it's currently bouncing between second and first page. Hopefully this will be easy to rank top for. This site has an affiliate offer which is exactly the same topic, so hopefully this site produces some good money.

    My Forum

    Nothing else to note here, this is still bouncing between first and second place.

    Adult

    More and more videos are indexing, and clicks are slowwwwly increasing to the site. I haven't touched this site in weeks.

    Earnings

    I figured I'd tally up my WEEKLY earnings from all sources, so I can show my progress better.

    Crak: $2.24
    Plugrush: $0.15
    Adsense: $3.12
    G2A: $26.33

    Total: $31.84 (Fairly depressing, but it's still early days.)
     
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