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What did you accomplish in 2012?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ButcherPete, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. ButcherPete

    ButcherPete BANNED BANNED

    Jan 10, 2012
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    Just hours left until that ball drops and 2013 is here! (looks like we survived that Mayan apocalypse) I made up a few questions that we can all answer, and learn from each others' experience, and make even more money in '13....

    What are your main IM projects?
    I actually discovered IM on January 1st, 2012. So this is actually about my one-year point. I read and learned for about a month, then I started one website in late January. I started up another one in April and later sold it for $300. I started up two in July that are still running. I started up another one in late November, but I haven't had much time to work with it yet. That leaves me with four websites total (all my sites promote Clickbank products) I also did a little work with Adult FriendFinder.

    How much money did you make?

    As of right now, my profit is $436.11. I actually got paid $1,119,23 total, but I had to spend quite a bit on servers, domains, IM products and services, etc.

    What were your biggest mistakes?
    • I probably did not need to spend as much money as I did. I got frustrated with basic things like on-page SEO and just not getting enough traffic, and I assumed that throwing money at it (via SEO services) would solve everything. Nope. I should have worked harder on creating great content and basic SEO before I spend money on something like that.
    • Selling that one website. It was making a nice steady stream of cash for a few months, then it slowed way down. I thought it had run it's course and was dried up. But due to recent world events, that niche is booming nowadays. The guy I sold it to is probably making a killing.
    • Being lazy. There were so many times I had a week off work or something, and I partied and slept in instead of using that time to bolster my IM empire. I guess not doing my 9-5 job throws my whole schedule off. I need to get in the habit of treating IM work as something that I have to do, like exercising. I've exercised every single day for about two years now. I never skip a run or a workout. I just need to develop that habit with IM.

    What are your plans for 2013?

    • Spend less money. Take more time in deciding if I really need a product or service, and whether or not it will help me.
    • Not be so quick to offload projects that seem to be faltering just a bit (like that website) If something looks like it's not working out, I'm going to find out why and try to fix it.
    • I'd like to do more paid article writing. I've always been good at writing and if I put my mind to it, I could probably crank out several good articles in one day.
    • Do some CPA. I got approved by a large and popular CPA network months ago, but it was not as easy as I thought. My latest website is a landing page for a CPA offer, and I just need to get my ass to work promoting that site.
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  2. thetraveller

    thetraveller Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Mar 9, 2009
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    HQ social media accounts
    Eastern Europe
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    2012: figured out how to make good money.
    Mistakes: some laziness.
    2013: will figure out how to scale up making lots of money.
  3. healzer

    healzer Elite Member

    Jun 26, 2011
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    Somewhere in Europe
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    my first full year in IM
    realized mistakes: Fear of investing money ; trial & error
    (will post in 2014)
  4. Wealthy Wisdom

    Wealthy Wisdom Power Member

    Dec 15, 2011
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    Taking $$ from the G Pie
    Seattle Space Needle
    Started reading in Dec. 2011... took action in Jan. 2012

    Managed to make $1k + a month within the first year.

    2013: Scale it up... go for the big $$
  5. deviatus

    deviatus Power Member

    May 25, 2007
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    Wow, when I first learned to read I was still playing with coloring books. :p