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Hello!

First things first, this forum is great. I can't believe I haven't stumbled upon it before now.

I first got interested in making money online as a teenager, but not until 2 years ago did I take the plunge into the world of website ownership. I made a review site on sex toys (the idea being that people would much rather shop for such things online, as opposed to going to an actual shop).

It made exactly $44 on Shareasale, and then I let it die. My content was weak, my marketing strategy was non-existent, and my niche already had some huge players in the game (not saying that that's a reason to step away. I could just not compete or improve on their work as much as I thought I could)

Since then I've been reading a lot about affiliate marketing. Always preparing and never taking action, and I want to change that. I want to have confidence in my writing, I want to have control over my financial situation, I want to provide a solution to peoples problems.

My strengths:

1. Patience
2. Always willing to learn
3. Conveying my ideas in simple terms (or at least I like to think that)
4. Not afraid to admit when I'm wrong

My weaknesses:

1. ADHD (not a huge problem anymore, but I would lie if I said it didn't affect me in some ways)
2. Time management
3. Confidence (in my writing/decision making)
4. Sometimes concepts don't click for me as easily as I feel they should.

Can I do it this time? I fucking hope so. I need to make a change, and I need to start now. Otherwise, I'll get left behind having never achieved any of the things I dream of.

Now:

I'm a persistent motherfucker. I used to be fat, I lost weight. I didn't like the way I looked after the weight loss, so I started going to the gym 6 times pr. week.

If I can do those things, I sure as fuck hope that I can make a living through affiliate marketing. My current plan is to start selling articles on Fiverr/Upwork (what would be a reasonable price point? considering that English is not my native language and that my writing is mediocre at best)

I will do that for a while until I have the money to start working on my own site. While doing this I will, of course, continue to research my vertical and plan out articles.

I have already read the crash course and I intend on reading it again, taking better notes this time.

Looking forward to hearing you guys' input on my strategy.
 

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Do you need the money from writing articles right now? If not, then you're just delaying your path to bigger money that isn't tied to your time. You'll be trading your time building up other people's websites instead of building your own.
 
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I would say that I do. My financial situation at the moment doesn't allow me to spend a lot of money on getting my own site up and running. That could of course just be my fear and doubt speaking, but my bank account does have a say in the matter as well.

Besides that, I need money right now. And while affiliate marketing can be a profitable business, It's not as immediate a profit as selling services would be. But I will reconsider writing for others because as you say, It's delaying my own venture.


I'm just not sure if my money troubles can wait the 6 months it will take to get the site making money (if it makes any at all)

Very appreciative of your input!
 

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A domain shouldn't cost you but about $10 a year, and you can get going on a single-site shared hosting plan for probably $3 a month.

But yeah, I hear you. Needing money NOW means you should definitely get that stressor off of you. You could write content but when it comes time to write content for your own site after the work day is over you may be too brain dead.

You may do better to get a traditional day job so you'll have the mental energy to work on your own project before and after.

Best of luck with it. We're here to help you every step of the way.
 
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That should be doable. But man, I just feel that there's so much I don't know, if that makes any sense?

And yeah, I get what you're saying. The burnout is very real, and can come very suddenly. I need to fight that. I'm currently on sick leave from my education due to anxiety problems (working on them) which is one of the reasons a "real" job isn't really in the cards right now.

Very happy to hear that help can be found here! I have a lot of questions, and i'm sure I'll have more once the site gets going.


(how do I like peoples replies?)
 
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Can't you just get some neetbux aka welfare in your country?

Consider it "startup help" from the government.

A student loan?

Honestly, I don't think you can make enough from Fiverr to live on right away, unless you live in a poor country. There's a whole lot you said nothing about, your age for one. There's needing money, as in having to feed a family, and there's "needing" money as in being young and thinking that you need some stuff. In reality, you need a place to sleep and food on your table, both of which can be had very cheap if you're young and healthy.

Your english is really good and you can communicate with emotion and interest. I'd leverage that. You can do translation on Fiverr if need be, but I suggest you figure out a way to get working on websites instead.

(how do I like peoples replies?)
I don't think you can until some post limit is reached.
 
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I am getting welfare now, but it's not a whole lot. (I know many people are less fortunate, and I am of course very happy to get anything at all)

I live in Denmark, which is a haven for government benefits. I am young (21) and as you ver correctly put it, I don't "need" the money. However, I do need it if we're looking at it from a "pay all of my expenses myself" angle.

You're right. I want to do the fiverr gig because it's safe, and allows me to work on other peoples terms instead of trusting my own. That's a mental thing that I need to conquer, and I can't do that without taking action and doing some good old exposure therapy.

I'm planning on starting a site in the health/fitness vertical (using the knowledge I have accumulated through both weight loss, and weightlifting) The only experience I have with this is writing content for the SERPs (badly, if I may add) so it should be interesting to see what I can achieve with traffic leaks and good content.

Thanks guys, this was the kick i needed.
 
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Weight loss is pretty difficult, particularly in a small market. You need to have your own product to sell too, but if you succeed, it's an evergreen. Just saying, go into it with a goal of selling your own product, be it vidoes, recipes, supplements etc. I mean, you can sell some protein and whatever too.

You'll find all the info you need in the Digital Strategy Course. Just be aware, you'll likely have to wait 6-12 months to make real money. I have a "follow along" thread in the Laboratory section. I went from 0 last year this time, to 4K last month this year. I did have previous experience. My goal is 10K same time next year. And I'm old compared to you. Think about how much money you could be making in 4 years and you'd only be 25! Oh my, I'd like a chance to do 21 to 25 over again and not waste my time studying something I hated.

I'll just say, don't waste your time selling articles on Fiverr if you're 21. Get some kind of fun, outdoors or social job for spare cash (nontaxed). Drive Uber, ride a food service, do grunt work outdoors in the summer. Shouldn't be too difficult to a low living wage. Don't waste your youth on Fiverr, plenty of time for that later.

If you're still around posting in a month, I'll drop you some tips in private message about small language market stuff, which I think will apply to you being in Denmark.
 
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Weight loss is difficult for sure but I don't intend to focus on that, at least not in the beginning. My idea would be to target long tail keywords such as "best resistance bands for glute exercises" and branch out from there. Though there is a good chance I could add info/physical products later on. Be it private label supplements, recipe books, tips and tricks, whatever.


And you're right! I'm lucky that I make some money as a musician, but these are the slowest months for gigs. So I definitely get out, and luckily I'm also fortunate enough to be able to make money that way.
Uber and food delivery doesn't exist here, so that's out of the question.


And that would be awesome! I did initially consider launching this site in Denmark. What turned me away from doing so is that the market is so much smaller, and we don't have an amazon equivelant over here that people trust and respect nearly as much. I fear that I would be fighting bigger authorities for smaller breadcrumbs.
 

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If you've persisted through the weight loss and muscle toning, you've definitely gained some/enough knowledge to put together a site to sell your own product or I'm sure theres plenty of affiliate links for those sort of things that you could push until you figure out how to build your own products.

Yes, there's tons of them out there but I think that might be your best shot in creating a business that you could make money in. Not to mention, it shouldn't be that hard to write about it if you've gained enough to be successful with it yourself.
 
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You're right about that.

My main focus to start out with would be writing content that sells fitness supplies. I also have an MBA (Merch By Amazon) account that I could throw fitness related shirts onto, and promote through the site.

The weight loss offers I have found so far on clickbank are absolute bullshit. All "Tea Detoxes" and fucking "Magic Beans" found in the rainforest. I don't think I could look myself in the mirror if I promoted those things.


Those are unfortunately also the best selling offers. If I were to make my own info product, I'm not sure it would see much success. People want quick solutions to a problem you can't solve quickly. I could be wrong, but that seems to be the case from my admittedly limited research.