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Hello -

I literally just found this site yesterday. I can tell it's going to be worth my time to be here. The reason I found this site is because I was (still am) on the fence as to where I should sign up for the Authority Hacker System. I was pretty much ready to until I found this site - now I'm not so sure.

I'm a noob on a budget - Paying $600 for the course, and another $$ for a KW tool - well, like I said I'm on a budget.

I've got a weak affiliate site now. Its +1 year old, and only generates between $15--$50 a month. Its my own fault - feels a bit "too niche" and frankly I haven't touched it in over a year.

I wouldn't have even bothered, except out of nowhere, it started getting hits and getting some sales. I'm ranked for a couple of keywords even.

It basically got me thinking, may I should start this over, with a better study and better tools ---

Thus circling back to perhaps enrolling in the Authority hacker system. Then I found the crash course here, and the LAB - looks awesome and has got me jacked.

Anyway - thats why I'm here and I hope to learn and make my second site work.

Matt
 

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I literally just found this site yesterday. I can tell it's going to be worth my time to be here. The reason I found this site is because I was (still am) on the fence as to where I should sign up for the Authority Hacker System. I was pretty much ready to until I found this site - now I'm not so sure.
Don't do it. Take the $600 and invest in content and Tailwind or stick it in a bank account until you've got a system that works and use that to scale when the time's right.

TASS is basically (and I could be wrong as I didn't buy just logged in under a friends account) write 10 info posts, write 10 money pages and link the info posts to the money pages and then use outreach to get links to those info pages which trickles juice to the money pages.

Apparently the podcast has 80% of the stuff covered with the remaining 20% being on setting up a wordpress site.

I've got a weak affiliate site now. Its +1 year old, and only generates between $15--$50 a month. Its my own fault - feels a bit "too niche" and frankly I haven't touched it in over a year.
What you've got there is a site with 1 year of age. If you go the SEO route then that counts for more than you'd think - a new domain is another year of waiting to start properly.
 

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Welcome, @Sarge85. I've looked into the Authority Hacker course after a friend got access, just to take a gander and see what the deal was.

The attraction for newcomers would be that:
  • It's a lot of surface area to medium depth info all in one spot and organized
  • You'll feel confident following an outline provided by someone you feel you can trust
  • You save some time from reading and experimenting, since they've filtered out the crap
The reality is... all of that info is not only publicly available (hell, I've seen them rewrite some of my own posts from this forum days after I pressed 'post'), but it's available for free.

Another thing is that, though you'll feel confident by following their methodolgy, they aren't the end-all-be-all. Tons of their students fail, few become winners. Those winners would be winners anyways. That's not a knock on their method, but just pointing out the nature of winners and losers. Nothing will change a person and nothing can take credit for a winner's accomplishments.

To deal with the 3rd point, there's a lot to be said for only dealing with information as you need it and confront that need in your actual work. You can read a course and follow what it says, but you won't understand exactly why it's being said or needed, and most importantly you won't understand why it's supposed to be better than other alternatives.

Failure and re-iteration is a huge learning device and no amount of money paid can shortcut that cycle.

Again, this isn't a knock on the Authority Hacker guys. I'd say the same thing about the Income School guys. I've seen their course too. I've seen them all.

My suggestion is, if you want to pay for a course like that, pay for one with a community and use it as an excitement factor and accountability partner rather than a teaching tool. Sometimes having spent money is the kick up the butt people need to feel committed. You have to decide if that's you and if you need to trick your brain like that.

If you want those things without spending money, that's what this forum and our Crash Course is for. I'd also recommend you discover every SEO and Internet Marketing blog you can and build up an RSS Feed reader and follow the posts every morning. You'll skip 90% of them but it'll help you understand the lay of the land and let you know when anything important is happening.

Otherwise, NOTHING can replace you being in the trenches and doing the work. You'll learn 100x more doing that than any course, including our own, can teach you. Combining that with our free course is better than a paid one though.

The reason is is that they tell you what to think. We tell you how to think. There's a big difference, because if you're just doing what someone tells you, you don't have to think at all. You're just following a recipe and end up with the same product everyone else has (which isn't special). You can turn into someone's cookie-cutter protegé clone, or you can develop into your own unique special offering which has a chance to stand out in the crowd, in the SERPs, and in the industry.

Anyways, regardless, we're here to talk with you and support you and learn from you at any time. All you have to do is post.
 
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Thanks guys - two replies right away - I know this site will be useful.

I'm printing the Crash Course now - btw- if it hasn't already can someone condense this into a .pdf.... or point me to where it has.

I'm big on having tangibles - like the crash course for instance, which is why i'm drawn to TASS. The templates and checklists seem like a good jumping-off point for me. They've got a $99 money back guarantee offer for the first 30 days, and I'm finding a hard time finding a reason not to sign up for it.

@mackem - I just read your Laboratory post and I'm lapping it up - I'm extremely interested in your Pinterest tactics as I go forward with my new site.
 
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which is why i'm drawn to TASS. The templates and checklists seem like a good jumping-off point for me. They've got a $99 money back guarantee offer for the first 30 days, and I'm finding a hard time finding a reason not to sign up for it.
@Sarge85, Just go for it. If you're new, you'll get a quick understanding of the basics. A lot of it is "ABC 123" but you'll have a single spot to learn it all very fast instead of wading through forums and blog posts. It's not exactly hard to understand, but time is money and saving time is important.

You'll save more time doing that then spending the $600 on content, which won't get you a ton. Maybe 7 - 10 articles at good content prices and 20 articles at "eh" content quality prices. You can write 20 articles faster than you can learn all that stuff while having to hunt it down.

Although you don't have to hunt it down because it's all in the crash course here.

You seem decided though, and it's better for you to learn the lesson that paid courses aren't worth it now than to wait around and learn it later.

All of the bloggers with courses get their information from the forums anyways, and this one has been getting plundered lately. What you're paying for is for them to arrange freely available information into an outline for you. Maybe that's worth it to you.

If you're hoping to find some secret methods or something, you won't find them there. Those barely even exist any more. Nowadays the secrets are more about hurting competitors than boosting yourself.

What you've got there is a site with 1 year of age. If you go the SEO route then that counts for more than you'd think - a new domain is another year of waiting to start properly.
This is true. If you've not done much to the site and Google is ranking you for terms, then find out what those terms are and write more content related to those terms. Usually when they decide they like you for a certain type of topic, you can double down on it and get a lot more traffic fast. And you can interlink all of that stuff to boost the whole batch.

I don't think you should give up on the first site. It's showing momentum and favor in Google's eyes. Starting a second site would be fine, you'll learn a lot more that way, but don't give up a good thing either. Improve it.