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    Hi
    Thought it would be a great idea (based on theinspiration from other posts) if those who have been in this game for a year or more posted a where was I this time last year, and this is where I am now thread.

    Watcha think. This time last year I was thinking of buying a porn site and getting rich. Today, having been scammed twice by cheap porn sites offering riches, I am making $10 a day in affiliate programs. OK, there. I have started the thread.

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    A year ago for a lark I decided to put up one little affiliate link. It took 2 months to make the min.

    Then I started reading the boards on CJ and thought I'd try to put up some more.

    Then the CJ boards closed down and I remembered ABW. Came here and kept on learning.

    Now with a LOT of hard work, many flops, a few goodies - I am making some money.

    My advice - read, read some more - work hard, dont get discouraged!!

    Vicki [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    A year ago I was trying to make money out of click banners or some nickel leads..I ask myself where was my mind before? I wasted my time with moron nickel and dime leads and stuff for about 1.2-2 years..I would be in a different place right now If had started selling real products for real people [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] But I'm content with my state right now, could have been better tho :rolleyes:

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    Although I was fulltime with sites I was really frustrated not being able to talk to others in the business .

    Friends and family used to get that blank look when I'd start on about something!
    It can get pretty lonely when no-one understands what your talking about.


    Although I'd been a member of cj for yonks I didn't check out the cj forum until mid last year, what a revelation that was...people actually on the same wavelength, but I always felt guarded talking about cj merchants in a cj forum!

    Then came the big move here, the best thing that could ever have happened!

    Being able to share and compare has been a blessing to my sanity and shown me ways to increase my income.

    perfectg,in 97 I looked at starting up a porn site, but couldn't look at the pictures or products, must be the convent upbringing lol!
    But I did learn a lot hanging around the adult webmasters forums, those guys really know how to squeeze an extra dollar out lol!

    You have a fantastic resource here, I wish there was something like this when I started, hey I might have been a 900lb gorilla by now lol!

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    Aha !

    This time last year, exactly this time last year, I was all too excited about launching my big site. I did & it earned a bit from CJ but 10 times lesser than what was realistically expected !

    Anyways.... that was the 1st major site I ventured into...(into affiliate marketing I mean ; )and it was successful, but not worth the sweat put in.

    In progress 12 months hence launching another thing that looks like making big news around.
    ; )
    Shizit, only if Clickbank could offer a good upper limit on selling stuff. Another affiliate prorgam requires more work !
    Boo....

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    Ahhhh, looking back just a little over a year ago was when CJ made their big change. They decided to get rid of most of the smaller lead programs by cutting themselves a big fat raise. Now I could of just dropped CJ at that time seeing how they pretty much got rid of most of the income I was making at the time. I whined, I *****ed just like alot of others did. Butttt!!!

    I also decided to give the new system a try and put some effort into sales. For me this was a completely new venture because I have always made my income from smaller lead programs and just a few sales. Although sales were very slow for the first few months, it was nice when one came in. Instead of lots of .50 cent and $1.00 leads it was great to see a $10.00 commish on just one transaction. Don't get me wrong, I still have my smaller lead programs that are at least half of my income and always will as long as I profit from them but moving into sales oriented programs was definately a right direction for me to take.

    Now I have both sales pages and my game pages which are both doing pretty good. When I say pretty good I mean that almost every month the income goes up. Am I at the point I would like to be right now. No! But when I started this and set my goals I am about 5 times more than where I expected to be right now. I started it as a hobby and it is turning into a living.

    Another good thing and I should thank CJ for it is that a year ago they forced me to diversify. I already used several company's over a year ago, but when CJ made their changes they forced me to try a lot more company's and take a risk. It paid off well. I was surprised that CJ didn't want to earn their percentage off of me but hey, other company's were more than willing to.

    Ummm, what was the question??? Oh Yea! Well to sum it up, things seem to be going pretty good. I've already surpassed what I made all of last year and hopefully it will continue the way it's been going. Thanks to all who have shared some of their ideas, merchant programs and info here. I've been doing this for quite some time now but I am always learning something new. My advise is not to be afraid to try new things and most of all don't be afraid to take some chances. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon7.gif> I'm not one of the bigger affiliates but the drive is there to become one. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon7.gif>

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    'bout this time last year I ambled onto the old CJ discussion board in an idle moment. I'd joined CJ 3 months earlier and earned about 12c. Once on the discussion board I thought whoa, some of these folks are making real money! And that's about when I decided to get serious about affiliate marketing. I put everything else on hold and started to work my butt off.

    By Christmas I was still struggling earning very little but since about Feb '02 things have been really looking up. There have been setbacks but at last I'm beginning to reap the rewards of all those late nights slaving over this trusty computer. Long live affiliate marketing [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    This time last year I'd made 1c. And that was after I'd tested a PPC link.

    Gave up the day job around November.

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    [ 07-10-2002: Message edited by: Icicle ]

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    Actually July is my "one year" anniversary for affiliate marketing! I started a little bit before that but I didn't get serious about it until July. I actually joined CJ.com in July.

    If I remember correctly my first month earnings were about $550... It's been a year and I am now up to around 3500...
    I am not pulling in $20,000 a year but give it time! You all should better watch out. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    And for those of you who are just starting... Hang in there and keep working at it. I still have A LOT to learn about this stuff.

    Core

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    Core, sound like you had a good first month earning. My first pay check was $520 or so (cannot remember exactly) but that was because the Gods made someone buy $3500 worth of stuff from Sivietski collection and we got over $500 commission. After that, the cheques were small or none in some months. I would dearly love to be at 3500 on my first anniversary (October), but doubt it unless Google does something spectacular with my new pages.

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    Like I said, just keep working at it. I have good days and not-so-good days. Sometimes it gets depressing and I need to stop checking my stats all the time. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    Core

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    This time last year I was in a Senior Management position at a billion dollar a year company, handling their corporate web properties. I made a pretty good chunk of change, but the time came where it was more sensible to leave than stay.

    I left. Had enough money that I didn't need to GET ANOTHER JOB IMMEDIATELY. Got a nifty job offer anyway. Turned it down. Did some art. Watched daytime TV (it SUCKS, but the Munster re-runs are still a favorite). Went to lunch with friends.

    And one day tripped into CJU. Saw a post by Jada that included some dollar figures and that made me think, "now this is a possiblity" (I'd only been doing affiliate marketing to keep my content site afloat -- and was KILLED when CJ switched tactics).

    Did a LOT of research, started my ecom site in late October and nearly panicked when they shut down CJU -- thank you Haiko, for keeping me from panic. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    It doesn't take much money to make me happy and I thought if I could make about 35% of what I made in the corporate world, I'd be a happy camper and stay home.

    In May and June of this year, my affiliate salary was MORE than my previous corporate salary (July probably won't make it, but I'm not worried about that). I did NOT believe it was in any way possible that in my FIRST year I'd be making this much money.

    Now, I've stopped working 16-18 hour days, seven days a week (which I did pretty much through mid-May). I work about 40 hours a week now -- something I was RARELY able to do in the corporate world. I go on vacation when I want, I take days off, I run errands when I want, and I DON'T GO TO MEETINGS.

    It's been a VERY good year. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Jada and that inspirational post, I will always be indebted to Haiko for this board, and I will never be able to suitably thank all the people of this board for their contributions to my success.

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    This time last year I was finally figuring out Google. I had been promoting several merchants with satisfying success using pay-per-click search engines, but wow, was it ever exciting when some of my pages started ranking well in a few free search engines. Things have been humming ever since.

    I'll just smile and say that as long as Google likes me I make more in a week now than I used to make in a month as a college instructor. My fantasy is to have a single day where I could say that! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    For now we're in the same house, driving the same vehicles, sitting on the same furniture. We've been using the new cashflow to become debt free, and to increase our family's charitable givings. The one big lifestyle change on the horizon is that hubby is thinking of quitting his job to go back to school, just because he wants to.

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    This time last year cj changed the way they operated. I had been earning $300-$500 a month on leads and clicks, but that changed when cj changed.

    thanks to cju and help from many of you, I learned how to make sales pages, optimize and rank well in the free search engines, and how to use ppc.

    The first few months of sales I made next to nothing, but by Sept. $1000/month, Dec $1500, Jan $3000 and June was $9000+

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    a merchants view:

    this time last year, Tiger's affiliate program barely had a pulse.

    then, we hired Andy in August 01.

    then - some guy named Mike from EComCity kept complaining about our program.
    Sometimes, the "constructive" criticism can be a good wake up call.

    then, Andy found this board & all the great resources it provides.

    since then, our program has grown by 10x & there really is no limit to growing it even more!

    you all believe in affiliate marketing, well-Tiger is a believer, as this is one of our best performing marketing channels.

    Much thanks to all on ABW, special thanks to Haiko, & last but not least - kudos to Andy for the "day to day" legwork to make this successful.

    bruce
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    ps - Mike, don't ever change! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>**sales pages, optimize and rank well in the free search engines, and how to use ppc. by msmarysunshine<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    This is an area I still need help in.
    As mousejockey said:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>frustrated not being able to talk to others in the business .<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Sometimes I just need to pick up the phone and say "help"!

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    One question I'd like to pose the high earners - how many web sites do you actually operate? It seems that if you're doing 40 hours a week you must have a stack of sites?

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    This time last year I'd been running some CJ links for a few months, and made the princely sum of $21.75

    Then I read a few posts on this board that taught me several things:-

    1. Content sites don't sell
    2. Prequalify your visitors
    3. Promote something people want to buy.

    I'm still not a mega-affiliate or mega rich, but on average my earnings are doubling every month, and I'm working on my next big site.

    Thanks to everyone on Abestweb for advice, criticism and wisdom [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    Last July was the first month out the gate with sales pages and ppc's for me, too. Same as many here, and the earnings were about $42 [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] .

    By December, hit the first month of over $1,000. Been building more slowly this year than others here, but the money has increased.

    Here's to another good year ahead of us!

    Oh, and what Cedric said about the boards, Haiko, and the help here [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] .

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    Is there any way to incorporate revenue or sales pages into a content site where they will convert well? When I started building my site, I was told content was king, the SE's don't like pages with just advertising on them.

    I've tried doing revenue pages as a part of my site content, and some of them perform OK. I just wonder if they're getting buried in all the content though, and would do better if they were stand alone.

    It is encouraging reading this thread, and seeing that people are still able to make money these days, there's been so much gloom and doom on the Internet lately.

    Andy

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>It seems that if you're doing 40 hours a week you must have a stack of sites?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> Is that before or after you count the time spent here at ABW? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    I'd be further ahead if I had made 700+ more pages instead of 700+ posts here! (Plus a couple of other places I hang out!)

    Regarding content pages: they can be well worthwhile, not so much by generating sales directly, but because a good content page can be a magnet for links coming in from outside sites. This increases the page rank of the content page, and that can have hand-me-down benefits to other pages within your site. Well-planned links from a strong content page can help some of your sales pages be more competitive in Google.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Is there any way to incorporate revenue or sales pages into a content site where they will convert well? When I started building my site, I was told content was king, the SE's don't like pages with just advertising on them.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    One more thing - don't forget that (well-written) ad copy is content.
    Oh- and people who buy are usually looking for product, not so much for information. If you take a look at your server logs you will see that buyers tend to put specific search strings for specific product at the SE's (at least in my experience). They're already looking for *stuff* and don't want to wade through a lot of information to get it.


    So while you might do better with SE's on a content-laden site, you will tend not to convert as well. You are just as well off (IMHO) with less traffic and more conversions as the traffic will be more targetted and pre-qualified toward making purchases.

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    Ms. Buckworks, you have it right. In my opinion, content remains king and will continue to be king forever in this game. Its content that brings me a PR6 on Google. All other pages inherit from this ranking.

    While PR isn't everything on Google, and good optimization techniques are a must, a good inherited PR can give that product specific page the boost into top rankings you want to see.

    Not only that, having a good content site allows you to give other sites you construct a decent PR right out of the shoot by linking to them from the higher PR site. Don't listen to those who trash content.

    Its this strategy that's allowed me to shut down another business and concentrate on affiliate marketing which is providing a nice living and is growing.

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    Webmistress once compared content, not to a king, but to a mafia shark who wanted satisfaction before he'd let anything else happen!

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    I think it is brilliant how our initial expectations of this business has been blown out of the water by so many, and much more has been achieved. I missed posting on the thread about targets, and would like my targets posted here so I have something to look back on myself.

    Here is a list of earning to date starting in November 2001:

    Nov 2001 - $2.49
    Dec 2001 - $574.58 (but that was a fluke because of a single $3500 order in which I made over $500 commission and it wasn't reversed).
    Jan 2002 - 24.59
    Feb 2002 - 84.37 (Valentines gifts)
    March 2002 - $38.59
    April 2002 - $50.00
    May 2002 - $103.93
    June 2002 - $328.97
    July 2002 until 10th July - $220

    By October 2002 I want to be making $800
    and By December 2002 I want to be making $3000

    OK, that is my earnings and targts for the future. I hope to look back in October and again in December to check on my progress.

    I am off to UK for a week tonight. May pop in and post (need a few more before I get into the Affiliate forum), but if not, hope everyone has a prosperous week, and cheers (I have wine in my hand and toasting the lot of you).

    Thanks for making my dreams just memories as my dreams are being re-written daily.

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