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My first journey in IM - In at the deep end

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by epicurus, May 15, 2011.

  1. epicurus

    epicurus Registered Member

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    Hi

    I thought that I would start to record my journey into IM. I have been reading threads on BHW for just over a week now and downloaded some ebooks which I have been reading in the evening, at work and on the bus.

    I didn't want to just read and read and not do anything so started to look for a product based niche, check it out and dive in and learn as I go. Is this a good idea or bad idea? Guess we will see. I like to learn on the go :)

    I wont be setting high goals for myself as this is my first try and I know I have lots to learn. If it works I will be happy, if it fails then I look at lessons learned and move on.

    I will try and document as much as possible within the rules on this forum.

    I have a full time job (Mon-Fri) weekends are free so time will be spent there learning and developing. I am lucky that my job also allows me to research and learn.

    Goals & Targets

    Short term less than 1 year - Setup site & learn about IM. If I make $10 a day (approx £6) and then use the knowledge I have gained to start other MN sites and build up a steady income.

    Medium 1-3 years - 1 year on I should have gained enough knowledge to expand on what I started and hopefully build quality sites.

    Long term 3+ years - If I could give my job up, retire early and make this my full time job then that would be great, but that in the future and I have a long road ahead of me and anything could happen

    Back to today.

    Budget for this project - Cost of setting up hosting and domain £36. At the moment I am using G Keyword tool to search. Using my keyword I have found a niche that has 1.8mil global searches and 135,000 local (uk). Competition is medium and my domain would be keywordrestofthewords dot com (4 word together) I have looked in the download section for some tools and any that I use and find useful to me that I will buy with what I make from my first site. I don't want to go spending lots of money on tools that don't do what I want. Micro Niche Finder put my keyword difficulty at 40

    I will be setting up my domain today and so my Journey begins.

    Thanks for reading
     
  2. thetraveller

    thetraveller Senior Member

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    Good luck, and as you said you will learn on the go. And don't try complicated plans at first, try to keep your steps small and simple.

    When results will come (even small) you'll become better.
     
  3. Wendetta

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    Good luck mate, and keep informing us about your site and stuff :)
     
  4. epicurus

    epicurus Registered Member

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    Quick update: Site registered :) no going back now
     
  5. dalcacio2007

    dalcacio2007 Newbie

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    good luck! there's way too many of this kind of posts though
     
  6. breakpoint

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    Will you be attempting only Whitehat or Blackhat? Do you look to become a premium member here?

    Any idea on what type of affiliate marketing you will target initially? CPC, CPM, CPV, CPA :)
     
  7. epicurus

    epicurus Registered Member

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    Thanks. I did think about that and yes there are, but what I hope to do is document this from the point of someone with no experience jumping straight in at the deep end and see how it turns out.

    I want to do this all whitehat as I am looking to make some extra steady income long term. I hear stories about people losing there adsence account, not sure if this is because they use Blackhat techniques or not so I will stick with whitehat.

    For now I am going with CPC.

    Update. As I am starting small I also wanted to also keep it simple. I have a total of 6 pages with just over 500 words on my home page. I have used Traffic Travis (free version) to analyse my site which gives me and A+ so I am using this as my indicator. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing at the moment.

    I am going to start looking into backlinking and Article Marketing now.

    I have also added some adsence to each of my pages.
     
  8. epicurus

    epicurus Registered Member

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    Small Update + a couple of questions

    I have now submitted 3 articles to 3 different article sites and have made some backlinks from there to my site using the keywords. They have all now been approved. I have also registered on a few forums and in my sig used keywords to link back. I have not posted anything on these sites.

    Questions if anyone could help answer.

    1. Should I post on the forums that I registered on or is the link in my sig enough

    2. I know that its too early to say as my sites has only been up since Sunday (4 days) but how long does it take approximately to start registering on Google so that I can check its rank? Also when I check on Google's Webmaster Tools i see no crawler activity. Is this again just because my site is so new.

    Thanks in advance for your advice & help
     
  9. epicurus

    epicurus Registered Member

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    Hi,

    not updated this thread for a while so thought I would give a little update with some good news (well good for me anyway). I have been working on my site over the past month now which is 38days old.

    I have made a few $4 from it but this is mainly down to the Adword campaign voucher I used. Not great I know and this finished last week.

    I recently installed piwik to monitor stats as google is always a few days behind. Over the past few days I have had a few clicks on my ads which has made me about $1 and this morning when I checked my stats I noticed that someone had done a search which resulted one of my pages popping up on position 8 on page 1 of google. Was quite please with that.

    Just wondering if I should SEO that page a little more for the KW that they used..

    Looking in googles web tools I see some of my KW and KW phrases ranging from Avg Position 11 to 480. When i search on google I can never see my pages :( not sure why.

    But at lease one page is on page 1 :)
     
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