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The journey to living the ultimate lifestyle

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by NotSoAverageJoe, May 13, 2015.

  1. NotSoAverageJoe

    NotSoAverageJoe Junior Member

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    This is post is long overdue... I wanted to start my own journey thread for a while but I've always been occupied with other things, but I actually found some time today so here goes!

    Introduction

    Let me introduce myself to you. I'm NotSoAverageJoe, a guy in his early 20's looking for a way to live the ultimate lifestyle. The ultimate lifestyle for me is getting enough money so I can do whatever I want, through the internet of course. It's your standard passive income dream I guess. I would consider myself rather new to IM, I've been doing it for less than 6 months. I don't have any previous experience related to business either, so it's all a long and tedious trial&error journey for me.

    I'll start by telling the story of how it all began and continue on til present day.

    The Beginning


    I started my journey by looking for ways to make money online, I stumbled upon microjobs and stuff like that, tried it and it sucked. Read some more and stumbled upon affiliate marketing, started my first site a couple of days after. A tech/gadget site built around videos/tutorials that were around 3 years old. I thought I did enough keyword research, but I quickly realized I should've probably spent some more time on it, like way more. I didn't even check if there were other sites in the same niche.

    Originally my idea was to create one of those shutupandtakemymoney sites, you know, those sites that list various cheap gadgets from Amazon with 300 words description? I worked on it for about a month and got bored because I didn't see any results. Fast forward two months, I get the urge to work on it again. I redo the whole site, read up on SEO a bit and try optimize my page. I also decided to ditch the whole review site idea and go for a news/top list website instead. Worked on it quite hard for a couple of weeks, trying to figure out how I could rank it on Google and get that $$$. I read loads of old threads that told me to do comment posting, article submission, forum posting, post on tumblr, pinterest, twitter, facebook g+, etc. You could say I got information overload, I was confused as hell, all these choices, what were I to do?

    I decided that social media could work, I knew how to use it so I thought that would be my best bet. Created Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook accounts. I got a couple of hundred of followers (still getting them) on twitter, tweeted daily but saw no results, almost no one were clicking, retweeting or liking my posts. Got discouraged quickly and moved onto Pinterest. At least on Pinterest I got a couple of repins and likes, but from nothing of that converted back to my site. Had no success with Facebook, found it hard to get followers and get them to interact with my content.

    So I had tried all kinds of social media but with no success. I didn't know what was I doing wrong. Did my content suck? Was I not working hard enough? There were a lot of unanswered questions and some of them are still unanswered to this day.

    Valentines day was coming, as a last desperate attempt I wrote a gift guide for valentines day. I posted that guide on Yahoo questions, quora and some other similar sites, literally spamming my links there. I checked my Amazon account every day, hoping I would see some other number than 0. But it said 0, day after day.

    The Turnaround
    It was like a day, just like any other day. Feeling kinda hopeless about affiliate marketing and what to do with it. Checked my Amazon account like I always did, except this time there wasn't a 0 there anymore. It actually said 1. I had gotten my first order, what a fucking rush. I think I wrote to all my friends and family that day, that I had made my first affiliate sale online. One of the best days in my IM career I think. A couple of days went by and I got a couple of more orders. As a last desperate attempt to squeeze more money from my list I tried Facebook ads, because I read somewhere that they usually work. Spent around 15 dollar on advertising, my CTR was really low, think I got 1 or 2 orders from a couple of thousands impressions.

    Even though my Facebook campaign was a fail I was motivated, I had after all managed to sell something. I continued to read forums and do my research. By accident I found this forum and joined a skype group, this group was dedicated to Reddit upvoting. I joined and hang out there for a while, not doing anything with it really.

    The first 100$
    One day I got together with my friend and we spent some time writing a 500+ article about some cool gadget we had found (By this time my friend wanted to join me along the ride so I let him write some articles for me). We decide to see what Reddit could do in terms of revenue. We submitted our article to Reddit and posted it to the Skype group, went to bed shortly after. Woke up the next day and checked my Amazon account, fucking 300+ orders. I couldn't believe it, I freaked out, 300+ orders! If my first order was a rush, then imagine this. All I can say is daaaaamn, I was filled with adrenaline. Now I was convinced I could achieve something with internet marketing. Dunno how much I made that day, must have been around 50$ or so, it was mostly small orders so no big cash there.

    I kept doing the same thing for a couple of weeks, wrote news article about something tech related and posted it to Reddit and got some cash from it. Not all articles were a success on Reddit, some failed, some got a couple of hundred visits and some were of course very successful.

    Somewhere along the way I installed AdSense onto my site to see if I could get even more cash, turns out I was right. One night I submitted an article which became a hit, the next day I saw that I had made more than 100$ with AdSense and Amazon combined! Hooray, another milestone!

    I quickly realized that I couldn't keep doing this forever as some people became suspicious, so I started to lay low and started planning my next step...

    I'll continue my journey some time later this week. Forgive me for any spelling mistakes I've made, it's getting late and I'm tired.

    I hope you people will enjoy reading about me and my journey, maybe it will help you get motivated again, maybe not. Hopefully you'll get something out of it.

    Take care!
     
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  2. Snatch2014

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    Good luck mate! Will be following :)
     
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    Interesting read I must say.
    Good luck to you and I will definitively follow your journey, I think I will learn something from this.
     
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    This method is great. I will try to do like you. Hope I can make money like you. thanks
     
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    Which method are you actually talking about?

    Please tell me more
     
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  6. NotSoAverageJoe

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    It's simple, write an article that is worth spreading around on social media. Usually news about a special niche is what gets shared the most. Submit that article to Reddit and get the upvote group to upvote it for you, if you have a good enough article and a little bit of luck you can hit the front page of reddit. Which in turn can give you huuuuuge amount of traffic. I think I got around 300k visitors in one month through Reddit.
     
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    Nice read I wish you all the luck. :)
     
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    Good luck with your final destination dude, It would be come true!
     
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    Interesting background you got there man! I remember the rush I got when I got my first Affiliate sale like it was yesterday... I will for sure follow this journey!

    Lycka till/good luck! :)
     
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    Best of luck. Subscribed
     
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    Good read, but still strange what amount of traffic got you 300 sales? as honestly I do many tests. last week with few Big tests I got 40-60 Orders on amazon with around 1300+ Target traffic. So am not sure that just few Reddit votes ups can get you that much target traffic? or am I missing something in your journey? some trick which you not sharing?
    still congrats on your Success, keep Good work.
     
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    Good luck on your journey dude! Keep updating this thread.
     
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    Gud luck OP. Gud to see so much traffic from Reditt but would be good if you put the missing pieces if any together. People would like to know :)
     
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    Looks interesting Good luck op.
     
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    Good luck to your journey..!
     
  17. NotSoAverageJoe

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    The Next Step
    People had noticed my threads constantly hitting the front page of Reddit and I got accused of SEO spam and other stuff. I managed to play it off though but still decided to lay low. I was planning on what to do next. I decided that I wanted to create another site that I could get to front page, in other words I was thinking of scaling it up. I brainstormed with my friend and decided to go for the food niche. The website would revolve around a food product that is well known and loved, our idea was to use that product and create all kinds of recipes with it.

    We created the site and started filling it with recipes, quickly realized that creating this website will be an investment, buying ingredients and creating 100s of recipes will cost a lot.

    I submitted some of my recipes to Reddit, some became successful but due to the subreddits I posted in, I couldn't link directly to my website. Which is why I believe that I didn't get any big $$$ from it, think I got around 2 dollar or so, if even that. In other words, Reddit wasn't working out very well for my new website, I decided to see if any other social media would give me better results. While I worked on my new food site I kind of stopped working on my first site, more about this later.

    Playing Around With Social Media
    I started with Instagram, because I knew food was a popular subject amongst the users. I didn't following any specific schedule for posting or anything, didn't use any bots either, all done "manually". I don't know if it's usually like this, but I got followers without following people, I just liked their pictures. I searched for #product and liked all the pictures in that feed, did this every hour, did this for about 2 weeks. After 2 weeks had passed I had around 1k followers, while I myself only followed around 10 people. I think I had around 9 pictures at that time, some of the pictures had 300+ likes. All in all I think my Instagram adventure went pretty good...

    There was one problem though, the CTR was terrible. Almost none of my followers went to my actual website, even though I had linked it in my profile and constantly reminded people that they could find the link to the recipe in my bio. I guess it could be several reasons to why, bad copy, not enough followers, lack of engagement. I still use my Instagram and post pics, I believe that I'm building my brand this way and it will pay off sooner or later, plus it doesn't take a lot of effort.

    I also played around with Facebook at that time, even ran a contest with a rather nice price. The result was a lot of likes on the actual contest itself and a couple of likes to my Facebook page but nothing more than that. Nowadays I seldom post on my FB page, but rather post my recipes in various groups etc.

    Fast Forwarding To Present Day
    I'm going to skip ahead a couple of weeks, not because I'm lazy, but because I'm kinda confused on what I did and when I did it. So instead of giving you guys a half true story I choose to give you a TL;DR version instead. I also much rather write about my current progression than what I did the past few months.

    This is what I have going on right now.


    Tech site, earning me around $1 a day:
    Currently redoing menus.
    Researching more long tail keywords for future articles.
    Writing at least 3 articles a week.

    Food site, getting me $0 at the moment:
    Figuring out how to use Pinterest to my advantage.
    Brainstorming recipe ideas.
    Getting more followers on Instagram.
    Building backlinks.

    Fiverr, earning around $100-200 a month.



    I will update later again tonight with today's progress. From now on, each update will contain progress on each site/fiverr and I will probably add in a misc section where I post my thoughts and other boring stuff. Let me know if you have any suggestion for improvement!


     
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    Update#1

    Accomplishments for today

    • Written a 500+ word article for my tech site
    • Increased my Instagram Food account. Followers: 1246 Following: 75
    • Repinned, followed and tried to get into several group boards with my Food account. Followers: 450 Following: 569

    Thoughts
    A lazy day, hungover and tired from 3 days of partying with a friend of mine. Not much engagement from my side.

    Read a news article about a cool gadget, rewrote it in my own words and added a couple of affiliate links to it. Took me around an hour to do it, a little more than 500 words. I really need to learn how to write faster and more fluent. Going to try to write an article every day this week, see if I go insane or not.

    Also decided to see if following/unfollowing on Instagram will give me more followers than just liking pictures. I'll do it the whole week and report back to you.

    Read a little more about how people use their Pinterest accounts, I really believe that my food site will get the majority of its traffic from Pinterest soon enough. Just need to figure out how to do it. My Pinterest strategy so far is to repin, follow people, post my links into group boards. The hardest part for me is to get into the group boards. The group boards with huge activity are never group boards, which sucks!

    Goals for this week

    • Increase the number of articles/posts on my tech site. Try to optimize my site a little more, go back and optimize old articles for long tail keywords. Hopefully I can manage to write an article a day this week!
    • Keep at it with Instagram, get followers just to build a brand. I still want to believe that some day my Instagram account will convert a shitload of people, if not I can probably use it for something else.
    • Get a new recipe up for my food site. Gotta buy ingredients, photograph, edit photos and post it. Takes a lot of time but in the long run it's going to be worth it.
    • See if I can figure out how to work Pinterest, can I get into several big group boards yet? Hopefully I have more than 1k followers by the week, should be a walk in the park.
    • Downloaded a couple of e-books that covered copy writing, planning on reading these to develop my writing skills.

    Traffic

    Tech site: 52 sessions

    Food site: 16 sessions

    Earnings so far

    Adsense:
    Today:$0.02
    Total:$300

    Amazon:
    Today:$0.9 (1 order)
    Total:$399.79

    Fiverr:
    Today: $0
    Total: $428

    In total: $1128
     
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  19. NotSoAverageJoe

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    Update #2

    Accomplishments:
    • New 500+ word article
    • Submitted to social media sites
    • Completed 1/1 Fiverr orders
    • Instagram/Pinterest game
    • Blog commenting as SEO for my food site

    Thoughts:
    Recieved mail from a guy who wanted to guest post on my tech site, happens every so often, but only a handful people have followed through with it. We'll see if he responds.Thinking about offering guest posts on my site for $5 each.

    Started the day with some article researching, realized that this part takes a lot of time, more than it should. I have to look through an endless sea of boring and unrelated news regarding my niche. After one hour or so I found something worth writing about. This article took me a little bit longer to write, mostly because I got distracted by other things around me. I finished it and submitted it to social media sites. If anyone has a suggestion for good sites where you can submit your articles I'd love to hear them!

    Also got an order on Fiverr for $20, done in less than an hour. Easy money, if I could get orders like this everyday I would be a happy man. I should probably figure out a way to advertise my gig more, I've attached my fiverr profile in various forum signatures but I can't tell if they come from the forums or just finding me through fiverr. All these problems maaan!

    I continued to hustle on my Instagram and Pinterest accounts. The same old, liking/following people to grow my account. I'm thinking of getting myself an Instagram bot to do the liking for me, it would save me so much time. Kinda curious how big the ban risk is though.

    Also decide to see how blog commenting will help me SEO wise, really have to build some backlinks to my site so I can rank it in Google. Will continue dropping a couple of links throughout the week, don't want to spam my site everywhere and risk of getting it banned from Google. I should really focus more on offpage SEO.

    Noticed that I have gotten more visitors to my food site, it doesn't say where they come from though so it's hard to tell if it's Pinterest/Instagram/commenting. When I check where they come from I only see a "/" mark.

    Goals for this week:

    • Increase the number of articles/posts on my tech site. Try to optimize my site a little more, go back and optimize old articles for long tail keywords. Hopefully I can manage to write an article a day this week! 1/7 done
    • Keep at it with Instagram, get followers just to build a brand. I still want to believe that some day my Instagram account will convert a shitload of people, if not I can probably use it for something else.
    • Get a new recipe up for my food site. Gotta buy ingredients, photograph, edit photos and post it. Takes a lot of time but in the long run it's going to be worth it.
    • See if I can figure out how to work Pinterest, can I get into several big group boards yet? Hopefully I have more than 1k followers by the week, should be a walk in the park.
    • Downloaded a couple of e-books that covered copy writing, planning on reading these to develop my writing skills.
    • Build links to food site.

    Social media

    Instagram
    Followers: 1293 (Increase of 47)
    Following: 4 (Decrease of 71)

    Pinterest
    Followers: 538 (Increase of 88)
    Following: 812 (Increase of 243)


    Traffic

    Tech site: 237 sessions

    Food site: 44 sessions

    Earnings so far

    Adsense:
    Today:$1
    Total:$301

    Amazon:
    Today:$0.0
    Total:$399.79

    Fiverr:
    Today: $20
    Total: $448

    Todays total:$21
    All time total: $1149
     
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  20. LoftPower

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    Following along with you. Wishing you the best of luck.