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My Journey (17 year old) - From Rags to Riches (and hopefully happiness)

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Michael_Lee, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Michael_Lee

    Michael_Lee Registered Member

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    Hey guys,

    yeah, another IM journey thread. I am going to start by giving you a little background information about me, it will be quite personal, however i feel that by telling you about myself i will be more inclined to prove myself to the members of this forum.

    My name is Michael, i am 17 years old. I have suffered from severe depression for the last 3 years. A few months back my girlfriend left me and completely crushed me. After making 2 attempts to take my own life i was sectioned for a fair amount of time in an adolescent unit where i wasnt even allowed to sleep without someone watching me 24 hours a day. I grew up in a relatively well off family thanks to a family business. I have always been quite anti-social, particularly because i have no interest in parties, drinking, smoking and all the other things kids my age typically enjoy. All i have ever cared about is having my own family, and being able to financially support them. Being quite anti-social, losing my girlfriend of 2 years killed me, i felt so lonely. This is when i decided to hang myself, unfortunately failing and just leaving a bruise around my neck.

    I am not telling you all of this as a sob story, i do not want your pity. I simply want to show you where i am coming from.

    I have been interested in Internet marketing since the age of 13. At the age of 15 i set up a technology website based around the latest tech, games and gadgets. It was relatively successful earning around $700 worth of review products such as the Galaxy Tablet, and making a small sum of $40 from adsense. Due to my mental illness i was forced to stop work on this website.

    This brings me to my first method, i have re-enlisted the sites domain and purchased suitable hosting.

    Method 1:


    • Restore website to its former glory
    • Add 2-3 posts to the website every day
    • Make website an authority
    • Generate traffic via ranking for hundreds of long-tail keywords
    • Adsense at bottom of each post, Amazon affiliate links for products.
    • Create a group of writers, whom can post to the website daily.

    In return for daily posts, these writers will be able to put their own adsense code inside their posts. Obviously, with several writers posting daily content the site will bloom, ranking for tonnes of keywords and bringing in SEO traffic. The more content a writer provides, the more traffic the website will bring in, the more money the writer can earn from their posts.

    Longer term writers will also be subject to receiving review copies of unreleased products, games and gadgets. As i said i have personally received more than $700 worth of review products.

    The domain name is already a PR 3 due to its previous success.

    Method 2 (Side-Project):
    • Amazon Affiliate sites
    • Rank highly for product keywords
    • Amazon Affiliate links for product on the website
    • Adsense placements in posts

    I already have 3 of these set-up, 2 of which are earning small amounts of money.

    In the last 30 days these sites have made me:

    $5.05 (Adsense)
    $2.11 (Amazon)

    1 of these sites ranks #2 for the main keyword. The plan is to create more sites, and also hopefully rank higher.

    So those are the 2 methods i will be focusing on, primarily method number 1.

    My current weakness is SEO, i suck at it. So maybe i will have to take a look into some techniques, i do not have the budget available to purchase any decent SEO software.
    Tools i currently have:


    • [*=center]Market Samurai
      [*=center]Long Tail Pro
      [*=center]Stealth Keyword Competition Analyzer
      [*=center]The Best Spinner
      [*=center]Scrapebox

    Currently for SEO i have scraped wordpress blogs and then manually posted on them, this however does not give the best or the quickest results.

    I will attempt to update this journey every 1-2 days, so subscribe if you think it will be interesting. Maybe following my journey will be beneficial to you.

    My overall focus of this project is to create a stable income for myself, and that so in the future i can pull up next to my ex girlfriend in a ferrari, roll down the window and stick my middle finger up at her.

    If you have any questions or simply want a chat just let me know.
    I hope this helps some people and inspires you to do the same.

    To our success,
    -Michael
     
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  2. BlackSeng

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    Hey Michael, are you a Singaporean too?
    By the way, good luck!
     
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  3. BigFatWallet

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    Good luck Michael and I hope you stop making attempts to end you life.
     
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  4. Michael_Lee

    Michael_Lee Registered Member

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    Hi BlackSeng,

    i am from the UK :)

    -Michael
     
  5. P.Rice

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    Do you imagine that if you'll do something wrong in IM like if any Google update and bam,your site is again at its knees, you'll be depressed again ?? You should be very carefull ,expect at the unexpected because this is how it is, and never say never!
     
  6. Michael_Lee

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    The way i see it i have nothing to lose, might aswell just go all out. -Michael
     
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    If you see the things like this ,then is all ok :)
     
  8. rulez05

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    oh never do that again take your life it's not cool anyway good luck to your journey :)
     
  9. eternalwarrior

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    Wish you all the best. Keep going :)
     
  10. Winman

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    Good luck, Michael. And don't ever ..ever think about taking your life, EVER. This is like the most precious gift you have.
     
  11. davie9x

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    I'm glad that i see young people who doesn't do PPD, Link shorteners and shit.
    Good luck on future dude! Live like there's no tomorrow.
     
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  12. Pseudonymous

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    Hey Michael,

    Best of luck to you buddy. I'll be frequently checking your journey thread.

    Take care.
     
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  13. Michael_Lee

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    Day 1

    Technology site has been set-up, i have been able to make 6 posts to the site already. Not very lengthy ones but it makes the site look like it has some good content. Had about 4 unique visitors due to long tail keywords already. Its not much but it shows i am on the right path to ranking for the lower competition keywords.

    Unfortunately no earnings today, although i am not expecting much for a long time.

    Adsense - $0.00
    Amazon - $0.00

    Plan for tommorow is to post a load more content to the technology site, aswell as boosting current rankings for long tail keywords.

    -Michael
     
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    What methods are u going to rank your site?
     
  15. Michael_Lee

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    I have been creating some Web 2.0 Profiles for certain keywords, i am experimenting to see the sort of results i will get. More info in my next update :)
     
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    Day 2

    Today i have started a small SEO experiment with the technology site. As i am attempting to rank for long tail keywords competition is not too big. The majority of the keywords i am targeting have little to medium competition.

    So far today i have started the SEO experiment by creating web 2.0 profiles for all the keywords i am trying to rank for with 1 of the posts on my site. The web 2.0 profiles have been made on wordpress.com, each wordpress.com blog focuses on a different keyword, each linking to the post i want to rank for. The wordpress.com blogs each have a different spun version of some content related to the post. I have also used a few generic anchor texts such as "click here", "information" etc.

    I then used scrapebox and set up the automatic poster to generate some backlink comments to the scraped websites. Unfortunately it wasnt very successful and so i plan to do this manually in the future.

    Currently i do not rank in the top 100 for any of the search terms i am experimenting with. The plan is to build other web 2.0 profiles such as blogger blogs tommorow, add 1 or 2 new posts to the website and generate some more tier 2 links towards the web 2.0 profiles.

    -Michael
     
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    mekostryler Newbie

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    best of luck on your journey Michael and my the force be with you
     
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  18. AzonGeek

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    Best of Luck Michael
    Wish You all the best (y)
     
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  19. dpol215

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    You can do it man. No worries just start small with a big ego and you will build your site back up. Good luck bro.
     
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  20. bizarre

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    Good luck and one bit of advice is get one more site to experiment on, and maybe don't put adsense on it (so you can try a little more shady things). It will give you time to be creative with SEO and learn alot more without the time where you feel stuck cuse you don't know what to do that moment on your money site.

    Also don't wait to be happy based on your IM trials, do things you love every day.
     
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