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Journey to treating my IM income like a business (10 k$ mnth)

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by eveneven, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. eveneven

    eveneven Regular Member

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    Hi,

    I've been a member here for some time, and have over the last year or so made a decent income online. Now I'd like to scale things up, making it consistent and treating it like a business. I set a goal of 10k$ USD, but my long-term goals is to expand past 20k euro/mnth.

    What I've done so far:
    - Registered a llc (sl in Spain), paid for one year of accounting (incl. tax filing and everything ... I used to do my own accounting, which is a pain), company formation etc.

    I have a day job which pays pretty well, so this is a way of keeping my earnings away from being taxed at my income tax rate (and keep it all legal and nice) -- we're talking 20% vs. 50% here, as I will invest the profit anyways.
    - Starting reinvesting more money back into the business.
    - Treat it like a job, clock in, manage time etc.
    - Get better at outsourcing ... now I do everything myself ...

    My tools:
    - GSA SER+CB
    - Semi private proxies (works well with GSA IMO)
    - TBS
    - Scrapebox
    - A lot of smaller bots, scripts ++
    - A small VPS, I don't scrape with GSA, all nice and optimized, so running 250 threads which works great.
    - A few paid verified lists, I scrape some myself too if I want high relevancy.
    - A MacBook Pro where I do all my work

    My plan:
    - Rank sites with tiered link building, paid posts, PBN, manual elbow grease and some secret sauce. Once I make good money with SEO, I'd like to expand into PPC and media buying -- but for this journey, let's stick with SEO. I use many of the major affiliate networks (from Clickbank to CJ) and some smaller ones I can't reveal (as their tied to one product/service). I have a JV with a guy doing SEO for a living, on some sites, so when I quote earnings here, I quote my share (50-50).

    A lot of the sites are being ranked now, only 2 of them are ranking well on p1 ...

    This journey:
    - Monthly earnings updates. I'm no guru, rather a newb, and I don't sell anything -- but I will answer questions (except for some secrets, niches, sites and all that). I encourage people to read the thread before asking. Ask questions here and not on PM.

    I will write some more about my sites in the coming days.

    Earnings:
    - January:
    ----Clickbank: 2792 $USD (net after refunds)
    ----Sum small networks: 1457$ USD
    Grand total (Jan): 4249 $USD

    Grand total (ytd): 4249 $USD
     
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  2. LleixG

    LleixG Senior Member

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    Good luck on the journey, nice to see someone from Catalonia. (I'm from there too)
     
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  3. eveneven

    eveneven Regular Member

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    Thanks dude. I'm actually from Norway, but I moved to Barcelona years ago -- I realized the only reason why I stayed in Norway was because I was born there, and that it wasn't a good reason at all ... And a few weeks later I moved. I definitely feel more at home in Catalonia -- I love this place.
     
  4. smartboyhere

    smartboyhere Power Member

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    All the best for your journey , may i know where do you buy the premium list for GSA?
     
  5. eveneven

    eveneven Regular Member

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    Thank you. Right now I use one from a friend, through Dropbox. I've heard great things about Loopline's (from BHW) list -- I'm actually considering that one myself atm.
     
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    i just wanna ask you how many sites and how many of them are ranking on first page ?
    earnings look good and i wish you good luck
     
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    Funny how my IM stuff is my business, so naturally I treat it like that. Just a thought :D
     
  8. eveneven

    eveneven Regular Member

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    Exactly!

    Thanks. Atm I have 12--15, depending on what you consider a site. 2 of them are ranking well: p1. One driving in 300---800 UVs and one 50---70. The others are between 0---10, but the amount of SEO done is varying. Most of them are 'siloed' properly, so they rank for long-tails with practically no links, and drive highly targeted visitors.
     
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    TheArtOfDrowning Newbie

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    Good luck man, you sound like you are taking this journey very seriously and professionally, your going to go far with that attitude!
     
  10. serpmover2014

    serpmover2014 Regular Member

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    I think you will definitely be successful in your endeavors. Some ppl have it others dont. But you have it. It takes someone who has it, to see someone else who has it. Success is waiting for you buddy. Reach out and grab it.
     
  11. eveneven

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    This week has been pretty good week on Clickbank, closing in on 2k$ if tomorrow will be as good as today. I haven't done much work this week, just continued to juice up my t1 links with GSA -- so this isn't bad at all, considering it's 97% hands-off earnings. Anyways, we'll see once February is over.

    I'm currently converting 1 of 10 hops I send, and roughly 1-8/1-11 of my readers click through from my site to the offer. It has been very predictable throughout.

    My bump in earnings seems to correspond well with this "bad weather": http://mozcast.com/, but I really haven't done any research into it ... Once my sites are ranking, I only meter traffic and not individual serps. To me it's all about long-tails and question phrases.
     
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  12. John.

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    This looks like it will be an epic journey. Good luck with it! Roll on 20K/m
     
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    How much time do you put into this a day? I always thought tiered link building and everything was dead.
     
  14. eveneven

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    Thanks





    I have no idea really. I make a to-do list in the evening, and get it done the next day. 0--16 hrs?

    That being said ... I've spent the last month or so between California, Belize, El Salvador and Guatemela. Just traveling around with my wife. Only been checking my earnings every few days, responding to some emails, that's it. I'm at Paris CDG now, waiting for my flight home. Once I get back home, I'll start working more.

    This is pretty cool though, one of my sites ... Rising like a phoenix.

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    I will follow this thread . The only thing I dislike is that bloody Independentist flag you wear as avatar:rocketwho .

    Do you mainly work with organic traffic for Clickbank?
     
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    eveneven Regular Member

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    For Clickbank I do only SEO traffic, except for the occasional tire-kicker from Stumbleupon, Twitter, Pinterest etc. For all practical purposes, my money traffic is solely from SEO.
     
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    With those current levels of success, I'm sure many of us would love to know the strategies you currently employ. Sure $10k/month is great, but being at half that already means you've done a ton of work that others could gain incredible value from assuming you would reveal a bit of your approach. Cheers though, and good luck reaching the $10k goal. It seems with all your tools, resources, and income - it should be pretty doable for you.
     
  18. eveneven

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    Not much "strategies" really. I make legit looking sites, with focus on copy. I won't write a guide here, as it's all old and available here, i.e. through PHPBuilts thread, and BTBs journey. It's easier to answer specific questions though.
     
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  19. Golonzo

    Golonzo Junior Member

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    Good stuff, all the best with reaching your goals. Your halfway there.

    About your click bank sites, Are each of the websites focused on one product or do you build websites around an audience and review products?
     
  20. eveneven

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    Thanks. My sites for CB are niche relevant blogs built for a certain audience, not review sites.

    Close to 600$ today on cb, and still 8-9 more hrs.