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My intended IM journey and whatever follows!

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Alchemist Malta, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. Alchemist Malta

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    Ok guys, I hope you are all well and good and not suffering too much from the festive period!

    I joined a couple of weeks back after being a mid term lurker and thought that I would lay out my plan here. Please bare with me while I explain the 'plan' :)


    Im writing this for two reasons, firstly so that I have done something and there will be some pressure to actually start, motivation some might say.

    Secondly, some people may find the info and the journey useful for what ever purposes.


    So, I am a father of two, a young boy with Autism and a baby girl. I have a 'failed/dormant' retail business, I now have a regular 9 – 5 job that covers the bills.

    My background comes from public relations, sales and marketing but particularly in lead/sales generation. My passion is for writing and film making and I do charity work when I can, tending to be in the fields of mental health, cancer research and autism.

    My goal, for a long time is to be financially stable, and be able to provide whilst spending time supporting the family.


    I had been looking into IM and affiliate marketing for sometime with a good interest from around a year or so back and have put in solid 'research' over the past 6 months.

    I feel now is the perfect time to start as I have a base knowledge, at least to start, and have the time and confidence to now apply myself.


    I would like to get some feedback, advice and even criticism from others here to see if I can make the target I have set for myself.


    So, the meat:

    My target in one year from now is to be earning €4500 per month in the pocket.

    Now reading through I don't know if this is an ambitious target or too small! There are so many stories from one extreme to another where I see people earning €50pm all the way to €50kpm! So maybe you guys can tell me to pull my head out of my ass or to go for it!

    My plan for now is to concentrate on 4 main sites with any small opportunities I can fit on the side.

    I plan for two mainstream sites and two adult sites. The mainstream sites would be focused on Autism and the other on Malta. Both subjects I have quite an extensive knowledge on and could happily write about all day.

    The Autism site is more a labour of love as it will contain my son and his/our struggles with autism and all related to it, with added YouTube videos and Instagram accounts, etc with a daily blog and tutorials/guides.

    I thought the Malta one would be good for several reasons. I love it and I live here, it is a major tourist destination, there are lots of subjects to delve into – the history and culture is immense. Also our capital city, Valletta will be the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Hence there will be lots going on EU wise.
    The adult sites are simply for cash, so my wife thinks ;)

    I plan to focus on CPA and CPL as I feel they are the strongest where I can utilise my skills better. Join a network that fits, I plan to use links, affiliates and product reviews as the base with anything else that will give a ROI.

    I have accounted for 4-5 hours an evening to start with and obviously increase/decrease accordingly. My target is to bring home €4500 pm after the first 12months. Again I would like some feedback on that whether it is an achievable target in your experienced eyes :)

    As for motivation, my sons therapy bills are racking up and only going to increase, I have debts on the offline retail business that need to be paid and have no real solid friends or family for support, at least financially. I came from a pretty rough background and managed to get this far so anything I can do more to make sure I can sleep at night and support the family, all the better


    Timeline and investment:

    So, I have spoken to several people regarding this and the majority think it is impossible to do this kind of thing, but all due respect to them they have not done the research, they are just going off 'scam' knowledge. I was looking for some small investment or partnership to start and thats where we I received the fiercest feedback! The only guy who wanted to 'back me' doesn't have much to his name either! So far we have this 'arrangement' in place – for a €4k investment he will be eligible for 10% a month on the profit for 3/4 years. I am willing to give this as it gets me going comfortably and allow me to purchase new equipment and have more than enough left for services such as you guys provide and to keep things running smooth with minimal pressure.
    He has two more weeks left to raise the cash.


    I do not think that this is going to happen so the alternative and probably the reality will be:

    To use what I have, currently I have a small Acer notebook which is family (kids shared) not ideal but still doable. I have purchased a coding book that focuses on Website building, CSS HTML5 etc.

    I will create the websites myself from scratch and every payday invest what I can in the services needed. And the rest just seems a time/money trade of therefore I will add 4/6 months to my target and work more hours.


    So, there it is guys. In two weeks I will know which route I will have to take and I think I will be starting with the website on Malta as the content will be easier to write and publish quickly. I will also start creating all the social media accounts needed and implement the usual marketing techniques.

    I will update weekly with the progress and any help, resources that I have received. This way I hope that if I am going down the wrong lane, someone here will be kind enough to point out a better one. And for any user who either enjoys the read or would find help in the journey laid out in text in an orderly fashion.


    So many thanks in advance, I am very motivated and looking forward to this 12/18 month journey and blasting the targets set!



    Have a good day and great success to all!
     
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  2. Vic Sage

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    Hoping you will reach your goals mate. Stay strong. Sent you a pm as well that might help you.
     
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  3. Alchemist Malta

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    Many thanks Vic, for all the information and advice in the PM. And for the encouraging words, much appreciated :)
     
  4. Braxton Bragg

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    Okay, I would love to encourage you, it seems like you are a tough guy and quite dedicated to succeed. Having a 9-5 will at the same time make this job significantly tougher but you need to keep it because you need to pay medical bills as well as everything else. Balancing between these two will require you to have some serious motivation and this is where you may fail. Most people can't sustain keeping and working on the both sides at the same time because, let's be honest, this line of business requires being productive and full of energy all the time.

    Though, I still think you can pull through. I wish you all the best to you and your family.

    On the side of building websites and a business, it is tough to make such projections. No one can tell you whether you will make that kind of money in that time frame. What I would suggest you is to create all of the websites using WordPress and not building them from scratch. This will save you weeks of work and your websites will turn out to be even better looking because learning how to build them from scratch takes a lot of time and on that journey, you may fail incredibly. This is me speaking from my own experience. Nowadays, you can build awesome websites just by implementing some WordPress themes that cost around $40-$50.

    Other than that, you will learn everything by going through different obstacles you will encounter on your journey. Writing your own content and generating traffic will drive you crazy at times. Be prepared.

    Good luck!
     
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  5. Alchemist Malta

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    Hey Braxton, thanks for the cold hard truth! I am prepared for it and to work hard, lets face it hardly anything comes for easy and/or free!
    Once again thanks and much appreciated.
     
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    Watching the thread! I seriously encourage you, just like Braxton, to use WordPress. It will save you loads of time and if you want to dive into the code you can change the code if you want to. I tried coding websites myself and - although some succeeded - it's way too much work if you are working alone. All the best and keep us posted!
     
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    SERIOUSLY? Another girl with 1 message asking for more info? Yo mods, we are getting targeted by some interesting bots over here... @BassTrackerBoats
     
  8. Cray

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    Sounds interesting. Just one question: How do you plan to drive traffic to your websites? Only through social media?

    Also, I'm interested to hear a bit more about the two adult sites that you're currently planning.

    I wish you all the best on your journey.
     
  9. Alchemist Malta

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    Hey guys, should have specified that I would be using Wordpress but wanted to be able to optimize it to different settings if and when needed so thats what the coding book is for.

    In relation to what traffic, was going to go for social media, SEO, backlinking, blogging and see how it goes from there. In referral to the adult sites, Ill let you know when I know for sure!

    Thanks for the best wishes all, appreciated.