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[Journey] Is 28 years old too old for IM nowadays?

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by lionshades, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. lionshades

    lionshades Newbie

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    I'm Lionshades, 28 years old from a country far far away.

    I have a steady day job (that I hate for the life of me) and I earn a lousy 2.5k USD per month.

    Been into IM for a while and built a few adsense blogs, all of which failed miserably at making money because of their poor yet highly competitive niche (soccer) and non-targeted audience/ads.

    I generally think I have some theoretic grasp of IM but not REAL experience, which I'd like to have.

    I've been inspired enough to make a serious attempt at this, though hopefully I'm not too old :amish:.

    So let us begin.

    The goal: Make roughly 30$ a day online so I could seriously contemplate quitting my job with no remorse.

    The method: Create ONE content rich authority website and monetize it via Google Adsense, ClickBank products, Amazon Links and the like.

    Total Budget: 250$


    My Niche: I found a niche which I think would be good for a beginner like myself:
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    3,600 exact global searches
    2,900 exact US searches
    1.62$ Average CPC
    Google shows around 218k results overall in 83 pages.
    Allintitle: "Keyword" = 3,490 pages
    Allinurl: "Keyword" = 2,490 pages
    Allintitle: "keyword" + Allinurl: "Keyword": 1,700 pages
    Traffic Travis rates this keyword as "relatively easy" to rank for, with the average PR for the first 10 result being PR2 and median backlinks to page at 9.

    So my first act was to buy the EMD (for 9.79$).

    And this, kids, is how our journey begins.

    Visitors: 0
    Money earned: 0
    Remaining Budget: 240.21$
     
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  2. BigFatWallet

    BigFatWallet Power Member

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    No, 28 isn't old by any means :p

    Good luck with your journey man.
     
  3. Th3T3chGuy

    Th3T3chGuy Senior Member

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    With 4k GMS, your site wouldn't be considered an authority site, imo.
     
  4. ok888

    ok888 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    its never to late to start IM

    "tips" G just rolled out EMD algo so not a good idea to start with
     
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  5. Raven13

    Raven13 Power Member

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    U're missing fixing a deadline An objective without a deadline is by default a dream. 28 years is not old at all! I'm 29 and still learning :) HARD LUCK bro!!
     
  6. clyde

    clyde Elite Member

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    28 is NOT old at all.

    Go for gold bro!
     
  7. xSwag

    xSwag Junior Member

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    There is no age limit in IM. Good Luck with your journey!
     
  8. sirgold

    sirgold Supreme Member

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    28 old, lol ;) Go for it man, IM is for the brave doesn't matter your age bro
     
  9. KeyzDT

    KeyzDT Power Member

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    maybe too young...

    IM is about commitment. something younger people have a problem with ;)
     
  10. g_b_c

    g_b_c Newbie

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    I hope 28 isn't to old, as I'm 42 and just starting my blackhat adventures.
     
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  11. huser21

    huser21 Regular Member

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    28? really? Im 37 brother.
     
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  12. mraudi

    mraudi Newbie

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    i'm just starting and i'm 27! so i wouldn't say you're too old man. keep up the good work!
     
  13. worlddating

    worlddating Regular Member Premium Member

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    I dont know, is 41 to old? im making more money here then in a normal job :)
     
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  14. Blakester

    Blakester Power Member

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    Of course it's not late. There is no age limit in IM. Anybody with an internet connection, basic computer knowledge and BHW can try IM.
     
  15. talkmeow

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    28 is not too old
    2.9k exact is really low, I'd go for 20k+ if you want a long-term authority site.
    EMD is a really bad idea after the latest update

    Good luck
     
  16. PandaDomo

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    Actually, if he's just starting, why not use low competition keywords? I'm doing the same. Especially with a learning curve and a low budget, it would be incredibly difficult to rank 20,000+ global monthly exact searches.

    As for the EMD thing, that would be up to you. Although I would say about 60-70% of people have had it affect them negatively, I've still heard of others that say their EMD gave them a boost.
     
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    partymarty4870 Elite Member

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    28 is not too old at all.
    I gave up SEO at 27 and took it up again at 36
    Now I'm 40 and working 4-5 hours a day earning twice what I'd earn in a "real" job.

    (good to see a few other old farts popping up in this thread)
     
  18. MachineLord

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    Im 31...and i just started...so :)
    Good luck!
     
  19. Resolute

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    Good luck mate, dont give up!!
     
  20. Tensegrity

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    I started at 28. I now am doing very well. It took a few years to truly get the hang of things, but I'm someone who refuses to give up and refuses to work for anyone else. I had absolutely no budget to work with, dead broke and living paycheck to paycheck at a job I hated. Eventually, you figure out a way to make the transition to going solo if you just stick with it.

    Here are some pointers that may help speed up the process for you (based on my experience):

    1. Work with one method at a time and try every possible variation on it before giving up

    2. Don't start with SEO. It's not dead, but it will be a frustrating uphill battle for someone who is just starting out.

    3. Don't buy traffic, create it. Too many people selling garbage, and PPC and media buys are bad for noobs. Social Networks are the best place to start.

    4. Treat your Adsense account like gold, i.e. read their TOS and do not break their rules.

    5. Don't expect to make money from clickbank off the bat. Not only is it an extremely saturated market, it's for people with serious traffic who are selling their own products and using clickbank for affiliates. The worst part about it is that clickbank has a 60-day money back policy, which kills your profit margin if you happen to select a product that is either outdated or just plain sucks (or if your market is full of refunders)

    6. Choose Amazon products $100 and up so that you can actually make some money from it

    7. Make your site as easy to navigate and clean as possible. That doesn't mean leave adsense off of it, just keep it as less annoying as possible on the user, otherwise they won't come back -- remember, returning users click and buy.

    8. Fill your site with useful info. Don't do an autoblog untill you've had a lot of experience.

    9. Don't cheat CPA networks, just drive more targeted traffic -- you'll eventually find a traffic source that converts, then you can scale it.

    10. Don't give up.

    This is all off the top of my head, I'm sure there is more, and this is probably sounding like regurgitated stuff from other posts in this forum, but I figured it might help someone who's just starting out see yet another person backing up these claims. These 10 points alone are a basic philosophy that me and my friends stuck to and it has paid off in the long run.

    Remember too, it's a journey, and you're probably going to lose that $250 very fast. I wish there was a perfect way to spend it, but no one is going to tell you something that you a) totally believe will return a profit and b) can do right the first time around.
     
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