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My Journey to $25 a day

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by strykerff, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. strykerff

    strykerff Newbie

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    Hello fellow IMers,

    I was originally going to write about my progress in a personal journal, but I figured it would be a good idea to post it here. Maybe it will help me hold myself more accountable. I plan to make daily updates in an attempt to force myself to consistently work on my site. It would be embarrassing to report no progress!

    So, here's my story. I've had several projects in the past that have mostly failed. In the last few years, I've accrued a whopping $10.64 in my adsense account. :) My only successful projects have been web development for a few work associates on the side. I already have a job that pays me well enough to live comfortably. I love my job and don't plan on leaving it for IM.

    Even though a little extra money from the Internet would be great, for this next project, I'm not in it for the money - I'm in it to be successful. I feel like the Internet has beat me and it's important for me to prove that I am capable of reaching my goals. Let's talk about goals - the title says $25 a day and that is the goal. I know I said I wasn't in it for the money, but I'm using the money as a measure of success. Some may say that's too low, but I feel like it's a good starting goal for myself.

    So, without further delay - here is the project:

    Project:
    I'm going to make an authority site in a niche that I am fairly knowledgeable in.

    Method:
    Completely whitehat SEO. I will be producing my own quality content and releasing it slowly over time.
    To acquire backlinks, I will be analyzing the competition, producing a better product/information than theirs, and then asking their backlinkers to consider replacing them with my new and better content.
    Since this is my first real project, I hope to accurately collect data on every step of the way in hopes of having enough information to improve my methods.
    Finally, I am going to take my time so that I can truly produce great content, but I will be constant. I plan on devoting a minimum of 2 hours a day.

    Learning from past mistakes:
    Here's a non-comprehensive list of my past mistakes
    • I half-assed all of my previous projects. I was in the mindset of getting rich quickly. For some reason I figured that I could outsmart my way into some quick money on the internet. I've learned a lot along the way and I now know that this simply cannot be done.
    • I have had a hard time maintaining motivation. Previously, I had gotten into the habit of spending a week completely dedicated to a project. I'd work for hours and hours hoping that it would pay off in the end. That kind of work was unsustainable for me and I burnt out quickly. This time I will be pacing myself, as well as managing my expectations.
    • I focused too much on the SEO aspect and not enough on the content aspect. I know, the 'content is king' slogan is getting old and I agree. Content isn't king - he's like a co-ruler in the internet kingdom. Anyways, I want to spend an adequate amount of time on both content and getting links/optimizing my site, etc.

    I'm a week into my project right now. Tomorrow I will post what I have done so far.

    Thanks to anyone who took the time to read this!
     
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  2. Kaizenn

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    I get the impression you're a good writer, that will definitely be useful in creating an authority website. Will you be outsourcing any of the work that lies ahead?

    Good luck and subbed.
     
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  3. turbopugsleylx

    turbopugsleylx Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Good luck on your journey bro!

    Remember this: Its hard not to succeed at whatever you put your mind to when you don't know how to quit!
     
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  4. strykerff

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    Thanks for the kind words. To start, I plan on doing all the work myself. I picked a niche that I have genuine interest in, so doing the research is fulfilling for me. When the site starts to make money, I may start outsourcing content as I transition into including other projects.
     
  5. TeKn1qu3z

    TeKn1qu3z Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Good to know that you will outsource the content when it is making money, as per me still I use to write myself instead of outsourcing.
    Building links yourself or asking to make links on the sites where it matches your niche is good way to get links.
     
  6. DearSanta

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    Sounds like a great plan. Please keep us posted!
     
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    I hope you reach your goal soon. You've got almost everything figured out, the rest you'll do while working. ;) Good luck on your journey mate :)
     
  8. strykerff

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    Progress Report ? 3/3/2015
    Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement. This has been a really great community!


    Before I post what I?ve done today, I?ll give a summary of what I?ve done so far.

    ? I have written 3 1000 word articles and 2 2000 word articles covering various aspects in my niche.
    ? I?ve set up my domain, hosting, and wordpress installation. For the first time I?m using a premium WP theme, which I got on sale, so that was nice.
    ? I already have an aged adsense account, and I recently signed up with the amazon associate program.
    ? I?ve set up a social media presence with 9 popular social media sites.


    Here?s what I?ve done today:

    ? I started an ?in-depth? article series for a particular aspect of my niche. I expect this to occupy around 20 1000 word articles. So, 1 down, 19 to go! 
    ? I?ve made the foundation of a simple PHP script that will power one of the main features of my site ? a tool where the user can answer a few questions and specify their budget. The tool will then provide them with a customized series of products to meet their specific needs. The products that will be given to the users will be amazon referral links.
    ? I configured my google analytics to block referral spam. Referral spam is annoying.


    That?s it for today!
     
  9. WonderKid

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    good luck friend!
     
  10. ivorygold

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    Social Networks Auto Poster {SNAP} is a google wordpress plugin for posting to social accounts. The basic version of the plugin is free and it works well. This way you can get some authority backlinks on autopilot and it is effective for ranking low competition keywords.
     
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  11. strykerff

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    Thanks! I'll look into that. I was dreading having to update each of the 9 sites individually!
     
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    good luck on your journey
     
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    I'm so lucky because I'm here and read your sharing. Thank you so much and hope that you'll success more and more in the near future!
     
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    Good luck your Journey. Keep updated .
     
  15. strykerff

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    Progress Report - 3/4/2015

    - Wrote an in depth, 1500 word article as part of a series. I'm pretty excited about this article. I feel like it was easy to write and the information is quality.

    Today started out pretty rough. For some reason I had no motivation whatsoever to work on my site. It was a struggle to start working, but it was an even bigger struggle not to make compromises on my content. In the end, I forced myself to write as if it was a real work assignment. The end result was great and it gave me a renewed sense of motivation.

    Thanks for the encouragement. Good luck to all in their projects!
     
  16. strykerff

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    Progress Report - 3/5/2015

    Pretty boring day as far as updates go. I wrote a 750 word article and majorly improved formatting on my homepage.
    Cheers
     
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    Good Luck with your journey OP :)
     
  18. goblinsystems

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    They say the first dollar (or 25) you make online is the hardest. This is a great strategy to set a relatively low number initially, so that your criteria for success is easily attainable. With similar goal setting and perseverance, you'll blow past this number in no time!

    I look forward to hearing about your success!
     
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  19. strykerff

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    I absolutely agree. Thanks for the kind words.

    It's interesting comparing Internet marking to my current career (healthcare finance.) In my full time job, when I do something well, I get compensated for it relatively instantly. Internet marketing is different. I think it involves quite a bit more patience. I've had to tell myself this week that I wont be seeing any instant results at all. I need to be patient and realize that my hours of hard work aren't for nothing - it just takes time. :)

    Also - Progress Report 3/6/15

    - Connected all my social accounts to SNAP. Thanks again ivorygold
    - Wrote a 600 word blog post
    - I spent an hour or two analyzing my competitors and their link profiles. It gave me an idea of a tool that I can make. I'm pretty excited about it.
     
  20. strykerff

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    Progress Report 3/8/15

    Missed the Saturday Update. :( Here's what I've done so far

    - After analyzing link profiles a few days ago, I found a topic that desperately needed a tool. I couldn't find anything like it, and there were tons of searches for it. I spend the day on Saturday gathering the data for the tool. It was tedious and took about three hours.
    - To make the tool, I decided to hire someone on oDesk. I can program in PHP and a little bit in Python, but the tool needed to be written in Javascript and Ajax. I like to do things myself so that I can learn, but this task felt like it needed someone else. I want to get this tool up ASAP. I think it's what I need to start getting traffic and, more importantly, links. If all goes well, I KNOW people will be linking to this tool.
    - Today I wrote a 650 word blog post. I'm working on another 1k word article that will probably be finished tonight.

    On a semirelated note, was anyone following that post by NapesteR about him guiding 10 people to make money with their sites? I was following that post pretty closely and it seems to have disappeared. :(

    Good luck with everything and I hope you guys have a great week!