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My Journey to my first $1000 in Affiliate Marketing

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by R3negade, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. R3negade

    R3negade Registered Member

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    Hey guys,

    Back at this again and this time I'm back with a vengeance. But first, a little about myself:

    I'm going through some tough times in my life and balancing it all has led to nights where I even wondered if it's all worth it.....and I KNOW IT IS.

    So I'm going back at this 100%. I'm balancing a full-time career in sales and I'm a daytrader as well. For those of you guys who know how the stock market and daytrading works, I would be even more committed to my daytrading if I wasn't locked into the PDT rule. So affiliate marketing will help me get past that PDT rule and I can focus on daytrading fulltime.

    I have basic experience with affiliate marketing, I've made a few hundred bucks off of Amazon Affiliate alone and that is with poor websites and links on Yahoo that I had posted 4 years ago. I'm still getting clicks to this day!

    So this time going forward I am making a blog based on a niche I have good knowledge about. It will be monetized through several different affiliate programs and possibly Google Adsense though I have ZERO knowledge on Adsense so I will take some time to learn that if it proves a viable option.

    What you guys will see in this blog are these main things:
    • Day-to-Day Recap and Goal Setting
    • Daily Revenue (won't see any real revenue until a few weeks out)
    • Daily Expenses if any
    • Tools and Plug-ins
    • etc

    I am doing this journey to hold myself accountable and disciplined. Through my years of experience, DISCIPLINE and the POWER of HABIT are 2 of the most important things to get you where you are going. Motivation is bullshit....anyone can be motivated but that fire of motivation can die out when the going gets tough or you become jaded with the other things going on in your life.

    Some days you will see me rant on a motivational tangent. I do it to inspire myself as well as to inspire those of you guys who wonder "Is this really going to work."

    I have work in 3 hours...but I'm going to get started on this blog. I have already mind mapped out my plan and I am ready. I will NOT lose....I wasn't meant to fail and I will not allow myself TO fail.

    I WILL work hard at this everyday.

    and

    I WILL succeed.

    -R3negade
     
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  2. Neon

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    Good Luck with your Journey !
     
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    Good Luck with your Journey :)
     
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  4. Richnhappy

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    Good start, as you said keep working hard you will succeed one day. All the very best.
     
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  5. JimBean04

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    Good luck man you're gonna make it
     
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  6. R3negade

    R3negade Registered Member

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    Thank you all for the kind words!

    Day One:

    Goal: To establish the layout, branding, and vision for my blog

    Tasks

    • Draw out Logo (Completed)
    • Color Scheme (On-Going)
    • Word Press Theme Selection (On-Going)
    • Fiverr Logo Design or DIY - i have former experience with photoshop (On-Going)

    Expenses: $0
    Revenue: $0
    Time Spent: 2 hrs
     
  7. Cryogenesis

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    For theme,just go with Genesis or Schema. They're perfect for a site like the you're about to make.

    Good luck! :)
     
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  8. cashneversleeps

    cashneversleeps Newbie

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    That''s awesome love the enthusiasm R3negade. I am setting a similar goal as well. I have played around with some Amazon Affiliate programs, as well as experience in Facebook Ads, Google WebMaster Tools, etc. One tool that I used back in the day was Prosper202. Now that I am getting back into the game, I would love to hear some recommendations for good tools to use. Right now I am investing in SpyFu to get some keyword research under my belt and basic understanding of competitors. What niche are you planning to get into?
     
  9. R3negade

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    Good to hear brother, just stay focused and you will accomplish your goal!
    For privacy reasons I cannot give out my niche but it is something I'm very passionate about and can write good content on.
    For anyone starting a blog, FIND that passion. It doesn't become work anymore when you are sharing what you know with others. I enjoy speaking about my niche and can go on for days about it.
    I remember 2 years ago when I was here, I was always wondering "what should my niche be"...I finally came across it this year. Experience life and your niche will come to you. (of course your "passion" isn't a necessity to write a blog...just make sure you keep disciplined in your blog posts or outsource)
     
  10. HoneyHelper

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    good luck for your journey brother...keep updating :)
     
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    Wish ya all the best in your journey. Develop a habit of doing something every day and in no time you will enjoy small or big victory. :)
     
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  12. R3negade

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    Day Two:

    Goal: To establish the layout, branding, and vision for my blog

    Tasks


    • Draw out Logo (Completed)
    • Color Scheme (Completed)
    • Word Press Theme Selection (On-Going)
    • Fiverr Logo Design or DIY - i have former experience with photoshop (Completed - going to user Fiverr)
      • Sent out logo/branding to designer on fiverr (Completed)


    Expenses: $0
    Revenue: $0
    Time Spent: 1 hr
     
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  13. R3negade

    R3negade Registered Member

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    Day Three:

    Goal: To establish the layout, branding, and vision for my blog

    Tasks



    • Draw out Logo (Completed)
    • Color Scheme (Completed)
    • Word Press Theme Selection (Completed - was looking for a paid theme but I found the perfect theme for free! gotta love it)
    • Find a Fiverr Logo Designer (Completed)
      • Sent out logo/branding to designer on fiverr (Completed)
    • Register Domain Name from Name Cheap (Completed)
    • Get a HostGator Package (Completed)

    More Completed Tasks


    • Transferred Nameservers from NameCheap to HostGator
    • Installed Plugins
      • Akismet
      • Google XML Sitemap
      • Redirection
      • WP Sticky
      • WP Super Cache
      • All In One SEO Pack


    Expenses: $20
    Revenue: $0

     
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  14. R3negade

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    Day 4:

    Goal: Focus on the technical aspects of my blog

    Completed Tasks



    • Sent in logo request (will be completed by designer within 48-72 hours)
    • All-In-One SEO Optimization
    • Google Analytics Set Up

    Revenue: $0
    Expenses: $20
     
  15. R3negade

    R3negade Registered Member

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    I'm back guys! Been busy with work and another project I'm actively involved in. Don't even think for a sec I forgot what I'm about to accomplis here! Had to take care of my other priorities and fully dedicate myself so that now I can pour my heart and soul into my work...so leGGGGo!

    Day 5:

    Goal: Create Menu, Headers, and BASE posts (About me, privacy policy, disclaimers)

    Completed Tasks


    • Uploaded Logo to website
    • Finished About Me Page
    • Finished Terms of Use Page
    Things to think about

    I'm still trying to figure out how I should categorize the posts of my niche. I have a general idea but I need to just get to the grindstone and type up some articles....yes (typing out loud lol) I'll start typing up articles on content I feel is important (valuable to my readers + profitable for me) and THEN I'll categorize it.
    Time to go into crazy rant mode and type up some shit up!!!!!!!!!!!

    Revenue: $0
    Expenses: $62
     
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    Good luck, will keep an eye out for some results :)