1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

TorbenC's Journey in Internet Marketing

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by TorbenC, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    Hello everyone, my name is TorbenC.

    I have been doing internet marketing in it's most primitive form for the past two years (very much on and off). I have spent the last full year learning C++ programming and working on various projects with that, but now it is time for me to start seriously doing IM. I am turning 18 in 3 months and I do not want to get a 9-5 job, so I decided it is time to treat IM as a full time job and hopefully I will have enough income daily to extinguish the need for a job.

    My long term goal is $50.00 per a day, enough to live but hopefully it will grow larger than that once I start learning new methods, etc. I am currently a complete newbie at IM even with the knowledge I have (which is a fair amount, but not much). I am working with a partner, teaching him what I know and having him help out, half the work for half the money you know?

    I do want to foreshadow a bit, this will not be a fast moving thread. I will update daily but don't expect every update to be immaculate progress with ooohs and ahhhs like on many other journey threads. This is mainly just for me to log my adventures so in a few years I can look back and have a good laugh.

    Alright, so... About what I am doing. I am currently just finishing up my first referral network for a GPT site with my partner. This was a project to teach my partner the ropes and get me back into IM. I know that referring for a GPT site is somewhere around the slowest and lowest paying forms of making money in IM, but it serves a good purpose in getting back into the flow of things and provides a good "platform" to teach my partner what I know (not much).

    For this small referral "network" we are creating 4 one page sites and 8 external articles. All the article writing and minor keyword research is done, 3/4 sites are created, now we are just releasing them all at certain times to in a sense leak it out to Google (also testing a little SEO method I came up with). A Facebook page has also been created and is used for backlinking and getting all articles and sites on Google rapidly.

    So, that is where I am at right now (a few days worth of work due to the teaching aspects). It is late so no more progress will be made today however.

    My first goal? $1 a day. It is a step in the right direction and a small enough goal so I may be able to reach it fast and feel very good about the progress I'm making. I am very motivated (the lack of desire in getting a 9-5 is one of the primary aspects of that motivation) and I know that I can do this.

    So, starting tomorrow I'll probably do two update posts a day. One update post in the morning outlining my plan for what to do that day, and one update post in the evening stating what I had done that day. I'm going to try and keep it organized.

    If you have any tips or questions on what I'm doing please don't hesitate to post, pm, or contact me on Skype. Like I said this is probably going to be a semi-slow moving thread so don't expect me to be making $20 by tomorrow! I'm still learning.
     
  2. WayneInc

    WayneInc Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    1,178
    Likes Received:
    1,099
    Best Luck for your Journey ..

    $1 Per day is starting goal and you will easily achieve it and $100 per day will definitely Achieved men.. Just try and try never give up..

    Keep updating this thread.

    Best Luck,
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  3. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    I figured I should go into a tad more detail before my first outline.

    I am starting this with no funds at all, it is a complete $0 to $50 a day thread. I don't have any tools at my disposal other than my knowledge and the internet. My assets currently are as follows:

    * An account on a GPT site for referring to.
    * 4 Websites in a niche, used for referring to the GPT site (created and hosted with Weebly, hopefully I'll be getting off of Weebly asap)
    * 8 External articles in the same niche as the sites, used to help funnel traffic and rank the above sites

    So, now that this is out of the way, let's talk about my plan for today.

    Kind of a late start, slept in 'till noon for the first time in a little while. But today here is the plan:

    6/11/13:

    What I Will Be Doing:

    • Creating the Final Website in This Referral Network (partner will be doing this)
    • Finishing All Articles (all that is left is links need to be added in)
    • Publish One of the Three Remaining Websites
    • Start Planning for the Next Strategy

    I will report back later this evening on what has been done. Hopefully there will be a few extra things I do seeing as this list is tiny.
     
  4. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    6/11/13 - Review:

    Today was a good day, everything on the checklist got done except for actually coming up with a strategy to use. I figured my best bet would be to come up with some kind of traffic driving strategy to drive traffic to this referral network that has been created. I'm doing SEO on it with this method I came up with, not sure if it will work, but because of the low competition on these keywords I'm fairly positive that the sites can be brought up to the top regardless.

    So for the rest of the day I'll be thinking of a traffic driving strategy and getting it all mapped out in my head to execute tomorrow. I may make preparations as well if the time is available.


    Tasks Completed
    :
    • My Partner Finished Creating the Final Website in This Referral Network
    • I Updated All Articles to Contain Proper Links
    • I Published the Second Website in This Referral Network
    Tasks Remaining:
    • Come up With a Traffic Driving Strategy
    Tool Kit:
    • Four Websites, Two Published, Two Awaiting Publishing (All Created With Weebly)
    • Eight External Articles, Two Published, Six Awaiting Publishing (All Created For Triond)

    Edit: Corrected the number of published and unpublished articles.
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2013
  5. thekingmaker

    thekingmaker Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Messages:
    271
    Likes Received:
    271
    Good luck and never give up!! And i hope you will reach your first goal soon as it isn't that hard :)
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  6. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    6/12/13 - Update:

    Alright folks, today, since I couldn't think of a traffic driving strategy last night, will be focused around creating more content and testing another platform for marketing (Squidoo). I've used Squidoo before, but never for marketing (though it was a later intent with my old account that never saw fruition). Therefor... here is the list of tasks today:

    To-Do List:
    • Come up With a Traffic Driving Strategy
    • Publish Two More Articles of the Six Remaining Drafted
    • Do Minor Keyword Research for Content Creation Today
    • Create Four Articles Using the Keywords Found
    • Create a Squidoo Lens With One of These Articles

    Edit: Added one more 'To-Do List' task, publishing two articles. I forgot to add it when posting earlier. I've also corrected the spacing in the 'To-Do List'.
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2013
  7. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    6/12/13 - Review:

    Well, today was pretty good. Everything on the checklist got done, but my partner skipped out on me without telling me so I was left with some crunch time at the end to get the two articles I asked him to do done. But overall everything is going great! I have a feeling this is all really going to pay off, if only in experience, so be it, I'll use that experience with the bigger networks! The strategy I came up with for traffic driving involves the use of Twitter and Tumblr to drive traffic, I'm going to leave a question at the bottom of this post. If possible, please hit me back if you have an answer. Thank you!

    Tasks Completed:

    • I Came up With a Traffic Driving Strategy
    • I Published Two of the Remaining Drafted Articles
    • I Did Minor Keyword Research to Find Keywords For Content Creation Today
    • I Created All Four Articles Planned
    • I Created a Squidoo Lens Using One of the Above Mentioned Articles
    Tasks Remaining:
    • None
    Tool Kit:
    • Four Websites, Two Published, Two Drafted (All Created With Weebly)
    • Twelve External Articles, Five Published, Seven Drafted

    Earnings: $0.00

    Q/A:
    • Q: Does Anyone Know of a Tool or Bot/Macro to Make Following on Tumblr and Twitter Easier/Faster?

    Edit: Added in an Earnings section. This will be in the daily 'Review' posts only.
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2013
  8. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    Day 3 - Update:

    Hello everyone! Last night my internet went down and I just got it back. It's still kind of shaky so I hope I'll be able to get all my work done with ease. Well, today I'm going to startup my plan. It is just the foundation for it today, it'll scale in the coming days as I do more and more, today is all about learning. I'm setting low limits to my amount of subscribes for today because I'm not sure how many I can follow in a day without getting banned from Twitter/Tumblr. Wish me luck!

    To-Do List:

    • Publish One of My Two Remaining Drafted Sites
    • Create a Tumblr and Twitter Profile For Use With Generating Traffic
    • Make Both Profiles Follow/Subscribe to Twenty-Five People in My Niche
    • Create a List of Twenty-Five or so Funny Posts to Make, These Can but Don't Have to be Related to My Niche (to Look Like a Real Person)
    • Look for a Bot/Macro/Tool to Speed up This Process for Tomorrow
    Q/A:
    • Q: Does Anyone Know of a Tool or Bot/Macro to Make Following on Tumblr and Twitter Easier/Faster?
    • Q: Does Anyone Know The Maximum Amount of People You Can Follow in One Day on Either Tumblr or Twitter (or Both) Without Getting Banned?

    Edit: Added in a forgotten bullet in the 'To-Do List' regarding publishing a site. Also, I'll start saying the day it is in my journey as apposed to the current date.
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2013
  9. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    Day 3 - Review:

    Today was a great day. Okay, so I only got one thing on the checklist done, but I have good reason. I was offered a chance to learn some things regarding internet marketing with a good friend of mine (successful at IM too). So I'm taking him up on the opportunity, hopefully I'll learn more this way than doing all this random referring to GPT sites and such. I'll of course, continue to update the thread. But Just note that a lot of it I may not be able to share. So updates, at least for a little while, may not have a 'To-Do' or 'Tasks Completed/Remaining' lists, most likely not even a 'Tool Kit' list. As I said, this is all until I know more about IM and can actually make a fair amount of money. Also, remember that this thread is for me so I can have a laugh later on in life at what I was doing "way back when" so please don't be upset at the lack of info or taste in this thread. Thank you for the motivational posts so far!

    Tasks Completed:

    • I Published One of the 2 Remaining Drafted Websites
    • I Made a List of Niches I am Interested in
    • I am Now Being Taught Things From a Good Friend of Mine
    Tasks Remaining:
    • None - I Have Cleared the 'To-Do' List
    Tool Kit:
    • I Have Four Websites, Three Published, One Drafted (All Created With Weebly)
    • I Have Twelve External Articles, Five Published, Seven Drafted

    Earnings: $0.00
     
  10. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    Day 4 - Update:

    Hello everybody! Well, today I start learning from my friend so it seems like this journey thread is going to go through a period of... strangeness. As I said in yesterday's review, I will most likely not be able to talk freely about what I'm doing, so in that regard I'll try to say things but at the same time there is a lot that will be left out (even some things only because I don't know i'll be doing them yet). But I will continue to update this thread, if only for presence sake.

    To-Do List:

    • Publish Two of My Four Remaining Drafted Articles
    • Find a Few Articles that Have Been Linked to a Lot
    • Learn From My Friend in Regards to Internet Marketing
     
  11. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    Day 4 - Review:

    Today was... interesting. I got my two articles up, but I've been just waiting all day ever since. My friend didn't get on, but he has his own things to do so I'm sure he'll pop on in a bit. At least I hope... Starting to really need some money.


    Tasks Completed:

    • I Published Two of My Remaining Articles

    Tasks Remaining:

    • None - I Have Cleared the 'To-Do' List

    Tool Kit:

    • I Have Four Websites, Three Published, One Drafted (All Created With Weebly)
    • I Have Twelve External Articles, Seven Published, Five Drafted
     
  12. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    Day 5 - Update:

    Hello everyone! So my friend did indeed hop on last night and, well it was recommended I make another referral network for the GPT site. So I'll finish launching the current one just as I am now, but I will also start working on a new one. This time my friend will be giving me hints and tips too, so hopefully this will work out! I'm super motivated right now, really hoping to reach the $1 a day first goal very very soon. So, to keep things understandable, everything relating to the previous referral network will be called referral network 'A', and everything to do with the new one is referral network 'B'.


    To-Do List:
    • Publish My Final Website for Referral Network 'A'
    • Think of an Idea for a Niche for Referral Network 'B'
     
  13. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    My cousin is actually on his way right now to pick me up. I'll be away for 1-3 days. So sadly I will not be able to update this thread during this time. When I get back, I'll just jump to day 6, so day 5 will not have a review post.
     
  14. extreme90

    extreme90 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2007
    Messages:
    1,135
    Likes Received:
    477
    Location:
    ★☆ Earth! =) ★☆
    Good luck with your journey, Subscribed! :)
     
  15. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California

    Thank you very much. I'm sorry you happened to subscribe just as my family came to town and I have been away for a few days.

    Status update, I'll be back at this in two days!
     
  16. TorbenC

    TorbenC Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2012
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    California
    Okay, very sorry to everyone but my family decided to stay one more night. Meaning that I will be gone tomorrow as well. We all know how these things go. But it is practically guaranteed that they will be leaving tomorrow night.

    Sorry! Just one extra day.