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How much traffic do you get?
Is it targetted?
Are you using ppc?
Do you sell stuff or is the site designed for Adsense type ads?
What is the commission rate?
On and on and on.
So, as you can see, without knowing any of this it is impossible to say how long it would take you to earn $250 per day.
anyways.. if you know something works.. make sure you do whatever you can to improve it every month... target 100% increase... if you got only 50% heck.. its still an improvement.. :) aim high..
Dave & tsinoy -
Could you recommend any methods that really helped you?
What sort of sites are you running?
What income streams do you find the best and why?
Our goal is $250/day because there are four of us working on it and when we achieve this, we are self sufficient. We will be pulling in income from other part time & consultancy work too to reduce our own risk as we understand there will be fluctuations in income.
Our skill sets are 1 programmer, 1 marketing/branding guy, 2 writers/researchers.
What is your opinion on this?
Anyone else, please feel free to reply too.
Cheers & thanks again,
Is part of the reason that you are successful so quickly because you pay to advertise your sites instead of pure SEO?
If your SEO matches that accepted by the SE's at the time then it is posible to rank within a matter of weeks. I have a small hobby site I put up less than 2 weeks ago that is now ranking in both google and yahoo.
While I agree it's possible (I started a site 3 weeks ago that's now ranking 12th for a nice keyword in MSN), isn't it also possible (even likely) to be sandboxed by Google? My largest site was in the box for over 3 months before I started getting any traffic from the Goog. I'm sure that it wouldn't be as much of an issue with smaller, niche-targeted sites with little to no real competition, but I tend to target specific facets in more competitive markets. It just seems to be too much of a hit-or-miss with the SE's as far as that goes.
ska_demon: I agree with you. We have a couple of sites which showed up in Google surprisingly quickly. My personal site has showed up in the top 3 for my name in Google since a few days after launching and now is No 1 after about 5 Weeks. What I really would like to know is - is it necessary to launch an advertising campaign to speed up the success of the Affiliate Website?
I don't make it yet, but just started my ppc last night, I do make enough in other areas to know it is possible though.
Just break it down:
1/4 comes from affiliate marketing
1/4 comes from adsense type sites
1/2 comes from ppc
That way when the mighty google decides to change things, your income will not be as badly affected.
Just think of what pays very well and what people are looking for all the time. (that's the only hint I can give...)
Put your head down, and start churning out blogs or whatever you're doing. The money will follow if you're consistent.
Let me clarify. I've been in affiliate marketing for two years. Didn't make too much. Once I KNEW the way to do things right, it took ONLY 3 to 4 weeks to get it rolling. I didn't "get it" right away, it took two years to finally find what works! Some will find the "right" way faster, some slower :)
I have to admit that I am a little green on Affiliate Marketing terminology. So,
Hiccup - you mention that PPC provides 1/2 of revenue.
davewray - are you saying that you gain most traffic from PPC and attribute your success to this?
and now for the real newbie question - Is ppc for revenue or expenditure - or both?
I'm sure I didn't do the ad campaign correctly (not targeting it to proper keywords, etc), but it put me off from trying PPC again because I don't have that much money I can afford to lose. So I guess my question would be, what's your advice for people who don't have much of a bankroll to work with?
Actually, there are great deals out there which convert at 5-15% but each click may cost a lot, but it pays back a lot more :) Work on your keywords, it's pain sometimes, then work more and more until you're exhausted, and then some. It's not easy in the beginning, but then it's paradise once you found your golden program.
Start small and accept losses as part of the 'education'.
You could read 'The Bootstrappers Bible'.
Here's a quote from it:
I am a bootstrapper. I have initiative and insight and guts, but not much money. I
will succeed because my efforts and my focus will defeat bigger and better-funded
competitors. I am fearless. I keep my focus on growing the business—not on politics,
career advancement, or other wasteful distractions.
contact me if you'd like a copy of it in pdf (I have permission from the author to give it to people).
It's possible, but a lot harder and will take longer. I started off without even an internet connection and for two years had to run my business from college, avoiding the guys huddling around the PC next to me looking at porn. Was usually the first person in the computer centre and the last person out, each and every day.
Fast forward a few years of 100 hour weeks and I have several people working for me and am lucky enough to be able to spend thousands of dollars a week on my online and offline marketing campaigns.
You can do it, so keep it up and never get disheartened. Good luck :)