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I've got a wife and 2 kids to feed and these bastards are making deals just for the hell of it. Money talks, people do not matter. I hate corporate America. I hate having a boss, I hate worrying about where I'm going to be in 6 months. SO screw it. I'm committing myself to AM as much as I can. I intend on replacing then doubling, then tripling my joke of a salary. All I need to do is $100 per day. I've got the experience, I've now DEFINITELY got the motivation and I'm going for it.
So, if anyone wants to offer any advice on getting to $100 per day within 6 months, I'm all ears. I do not mind PPC, I do not mind content sites, I do not mind building 100's of mini sites. Any and all advice is appreciated. In return you'll have my gratitude and I promise when I make it I will pay it forward helping the next new guy get up to speed.
And away we go!
But mostly, I want to tell you best of luck, and I really hope it works out well for you.
One thing to remember -- ever after you have acheived your goals, keep significant savings in reserve. The rewards here can be great, but it's a volatile market and you need to be prepared to weather a storm.
I was made redundant with one month's warning at the end of 2001 after the trade newspaper where I had worked for eighteen months as a staff reporter bought out its major global rival.
Less than four years later, I am earning four times what I used to earn working for that newspaper, working fewer hours, going on holiday more and only writing about what I enjoy.
Right now, I can't ever see myself going back to work for someone else's agenda, working the hours they want me to work and settling for the pay that they decide to give me.
Life as an online publisher is immeasurably better.
I'm in a similiar situation. My 5 year consulting contract at a major bank came to a close at the end of May. So I'm taking a shot at doing this as a career. Already been home a couple of weeks and have been working on getting more links and adding more content for my existing sites.
So far no significant increase in earnings but I'm still hopeful. If that's still the case by August, then I'll going to look for another contract and continue my web work part-time.
I have a wife, 2 kids and a mortgage too so I know how you feel. Save as much money as you can before your job ends. Otherwise it'll be too stressful on you and your family and that's not a great way to get quality work done.
Good luck again.
Hang in there. You are in the right company. And there's no limit here. =)
I'm a 7 year veteran programmer so to speak in the silicon valley, I learned about AM last august 2004 and I started fulltime AM in march 2005.. and in april 2005 after a month I resigned I was able to almost double my 8-5 salary through AM using mostly PPC... although I do find it difficult to sustain it... it's well worth the risk just don't stop on one program always look for a new one...and also be sure to keep those cash reserves around.. you'll never know when you're gonna need it.
As for the last question, no $3,000 is not enough for a family here. Fortunately my wife has a good job paying about $4,200 per month. I'm just trying to replace my crappy salary first. That equates to $100 per day for me. My family could not live on this though.
It took me a few evening hours a few days a week for about 1.2 months to get a large affiliate site up (with AdSense too).
I am being indexed by all the biggies now (Google more slowly though). Technically my site is 90-95% complete. Despite that, I am getting about 50-80 uniques per day and about 200-500 page views. Haven't made much off the affiliate side of things but AdSense is paying a little under a dollar a day. I have been up for about 1.5 months.
My recommendation: get a small site up and running immediately so the search engines start to get familiar with your site. Then add content like crazy. Pop on AdSense once you have some content (even if you only have a couple pages). You can get approved for AdSense quickly if you start a blog at the blog site owned by Google.
Good luck. You and I are both in the same boat for the most part.
I'd recommend you find some recommended affiliates, set up a site and try and sell the crap out of things. Don't try too many things at once, you need to fine tune 1 thing at a time, find out what works and then exploit it until it dries out.
I started off 1 site at a time, spending about $20/site/day and then kept using the same techniques to get to about 15 sites and spending about $70/site/day.
If you want to go the pure SEO route, good luck. Took 11 months for me to reach the top of google, 4 months to get to the top of yahoo out of 17 million results, not too shabby).
It can be done, do your research and don't give up.
Regarding the mini sites and cookie cutter sites, I'd make sure firstly that you create a flagship, quality site. Something that is updated contantly with fresh, unique content. Make that your main aim, as that will be an asset long into the future. A quality site attracts unreciprocated backlinks, and these sites have the staying power.
If you haven't already, read Brett's guide to a successful site in google.
Then I'd experiment with smaller sites in different niches, and also experiment a little with PPC.
Best not to have all your eggs in one basket.
Also try and host each site with a different quality host, that offers you a dedicated ip. Also register each new domain for more than just 1 year, I'd go for 5 at least.
Hope that's of some help sir.
If you want to do this seriously, you'll have to put in a hour after hour, day after day for a good few months. Once you're rolling though, just 2-3 hours a day maintenance.
Been in your shoes! Ran over my Marketing manager in a meeting... got my walking shoes within an hour. Oh well.
My advice? Stay connected. Don't isolate thyself.
What to do? Think of things you've always wanted to do... knew you could do...
I've swam those waters and ended up on an island paradise for over 4 years running.
Best 'o luck