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From £0 to £X with Tumblr - My Journey

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by joeemslie, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. joeemslie

    joeemslie Junior Member

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    Hello,

    I have been an avid member of this forum now for a while and recently have been undertaking a new venture to try and make my first set of IM cash.

    Background:
    So I am going to tell you a little bit about me, if you don't want to read, fair dinkum' skip over it and read on below with my plan.

    I have always been a self confessed computer geek, currently only 20 (and the detectives out there will see I am from the UK with the use of the £ signs in the title.) I have, in the past, made websites > SEO'd them all through white-hat means, got them to the top of Google and made a fair bit of money through Affiliate Marketing. I was in the line of, "collect 10 referrals and get a PS3" that sort of thing...I did pretty well out of it, then the market got saturated and boom down I came, back to earth with a THUD. (Something we can ALL relate to!)

    So I stand before you know as a "noob" always willing to listen and learn about new techniques, I have my past skills which will help me, but am going to "start from scratch" as it were.

    Plan
    I love the idea that Tumblr is a free to use website and opens you up to a huge amount of people. After reading a few threads on here I have decided that I am going to start a Tumblr blog, in a certain niche (which has already been determined) and will use the images I post as a link to my Amazon Associate account.

    I know this method is a slow burner, as the title says, I am not setting myself a "set goal" in cash to earn per day. I would like to develop a blog where residual income (of any form) is present.

    Today:

    > Make Tumblr Blog
    > Post AT LEAST 40 Images
    > Make a Youtube Video to link to my Tumblr blog

    Questions?

    > I would prefer to keep this pretty kosher, so was thinking about not using a "bot" to follow people, do BHW think this is a good idea? Keeping the "Following" to a personal level?

    Statistics:

    Day 1:

    Traffic: 0
    Clicks : 0


    * I will try my best to update this thread regularly, as I attend University and have important exams coming up, my attendance may drop here a little, but please "Keep Calm and Carry On" without me!*

    LET THE GAMES BEGIN
     
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  2. Nemizr

    Nemizr Regular Member

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    If you're going to post many pictures, you might want to pin them at pinterest too for extra traffic. I you need an invite, shoot me a pm.
     
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  3. joeemslie

    joeemslie Junior Member

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    Thanks sir. I did think about using Pinterest too to combine them, I luckily, already am signed up to the site. But thank you for your generosity!
     
  4. Nemizr

    Nemizr Regular Member

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    No problem. Good luck on your journey though (forgot to say in first post :))
    Most important thing is to be constant and update your blog regularly (preferably every day) and to keep being motivated.
     
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  5. joeemslie

    joeemslie Junior Member

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    Thanks Man. Appreciate it. :D
     
  6. raghav

    raghav Power Member

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    good luck....
    are planning to add textual content as well?
     
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  7. joeemslie

    joeemslie Junior Member

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    Well, currently my niche is pretty restricted to photos. BUT, after 500+ images i can start to add text. Would this be beneficial to me, do you think?
     
  8. Nemizr

    Nemizr Regular Member

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    Yes. If you add text you can add adsense. Your content will also seem more trustable --> more sales.
    I'd recommend writing about how you took the "photos" (come up with some bullshit, this is BHW after all) and with what camera (AFFILIATE LINK to Amazon WOOP).
    That's just an example. Don't add in too many affiliate links if you don't have an adsense account and are going to apply with the tumblr site though. Adsense don't like affiliate's..
     
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  9. CriticalError

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    Good luck on your journey.
     
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  10. Ewan-L

    Ewan-L Regular Member

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    Good luck with this, I'll be following along! :)
     
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  11. joeemslie

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    Thanks. The only issue there is I might have been banned from Adsense...long story involving me being a bell-whipper! But, I may well try again, diff address of course! ;)

    Day 1:
    *Thought this should be a little more comprehensive, so I am upping what I say*

    Day 1:

    Traffic (using Analytics): 12 visitors
    Clicks : 7
    Orders: 0 (To be expected...I am in it for the long haul!)
    Followers: 9


    All in all not a bad day as this is a BRAND NEW blog and is obviously finding its feet. Amazon is notoriously hard to get conversions from using this method, but as they say "stick with me and this time next year we will be millionaires!"

    To do today:

    > Post more photos
    > Poss another YT video

    Peace.
     
  12. joeemslie

    joeemslie Junior Member

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    Day 1:
    *Thought this should be a little more comprehensive, so I am upping what I say*

    Day 2:

    Working, in the real world today...so have to be quick!

    Traffic: 179 visitors (This was mostly due to a Reddit post by me)
    Clicks : 26
    Orders: 0 (Again, this will be tough to convert, I am waiting for awhile before switching tact.)
    Followers: 19


    So all in all not a bad day, stuff is growing and going in the right way...so bring on the next few days!

    To Do:

    > More Images
    > Pinterest Boards To Be Made
    > More YT Videos
    > More Reddit Stuff

    Peace.
     
  13. Nemizr

    Nemizr Regular Member

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    Your traffic is getting higher and higher. It's just a matter of time before someone buys something.
    Keep up the good work!
     
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    himanuzo Supreme Member

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    Do you use the Google as your main traffic source for your Tumblr?
     
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  15. joeemslie

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    Well, I have been focusing on using Tumblr, Youtube and Reddit as my main traffic sources. Am also thinking about branching into some "blackhat" pinterest traffic!
     
  16. Nemizr

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    Did you read my PM? :)
     
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    You're focusing on one tumblr blog as of now? Do you plan on expanding blogs to cover other niches/sub-niches in the future?
     
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  18. joeemslie

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    Hello mate. Thanks for the question. What I hope to do is get this niche started, hopefully generating traffic, and if sales come within that traffic GREAT, if not I know that when I do expand I need to re-think my strategy. I am already thinking about Content Locking on a different niche, still using tumblr, as multiple blogs can be made. :)

    Day 3:

    Traffic: 187
    Clicks : 12
    Orders: 0 (Still no sales, not even a bite!)
    Followers: 21


    So, still advancing in the right way. Still have about 200+ more pictures to upload, so when I am home later I will set to work!

    Then its:

    >Youtube pushing!
    > Thinking about a youtube bot to comment and rate!
    > Possibility of a CPA Offer instead of Amazon Associates.

    Cosmic.
     
  19. joeemslie

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    Read and Replied!
     
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    I think this is something that will only work if you scale it up, ALOT. I mean you have to think about it on a personal level. Would YOU buy something from amazon if you saw a picture of it on tumblr or pinterest? I would expect you would get 1% conversion, if that. At the most you will be getting 8% revenue, so on a £10 item, you would get 80p. PERSONALLY, I would go with adsense on a blog, but a blog with a purpose, such as recipes. These things work VERY well with Pinterest and Tumblr, as they are more female orientated markets. Now think how likely is it that you would rather click on an ad, than buy something on Amazon. That's my 2 pence :)
     
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