The Bragging Thread - Inspire A Newbie

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I used to be an affiliate. I had like 6 or 7 accounts like this ... annual numbers.... And unlike most, my proft was high. I had a killer azz system. However, had some life changing moments that took me out of the game for a while (used all my money and time) and I lost it all.............

BUT....... i usually do have to re-invent myself time to time and I felt it was a timing thing. I did what was right to help others, lost it all and now I'm onto something new.



My friend was doing product funnels on FB ads and other methods, which I told him always... He needed to build a brand and when it' peaking heavy... get it aquired by a larger name/brand. Well he tipped me off on something and I found out it sells well.

I branded. And i'm using my own idea. Building a store and brand that I can either sell or get aquired. If i get enough sales, i'll keep building brands under an umbrella to get aquired.

I'll feel amazed If I push this whole idea/concept through. I've got a 2nd product, thats' totally new i could push already as well. Just need more gains.

As you see, i'm praticaly a bum compared to where was at before. This is my sales total from my new site/store (YTD). However, If i can get to front page of search with my 2 brand sites, these numbers for the year will turn weekly. I was front page for a day, tasted the promised lands.

(i've made 4 figs in ebay sales earlier but I was banned for drop-shipping)




Car wise... i got my favorite car... a Jeep Wrangler UNLTD and it came with the built in waterproof Alpine System.... removable front 2 panels.. i love it........ like this pretty much (but this is a Sahara):



I mean, i know everyone posts what they have but My next goal is to a home like this:


Las Vegas............................ my favorite city in America.
 
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I'm so sick of these Entrepreneurial Motivational Speakers making claims like "Make $100,000/year with my step by step method" when, if you sit down and calculate their economics, they really meant "Make $273 in revenue in one day, do not count expenses, and believe that it'll last for 365 more days so that you can claim that it's a yearly income even though the daily income will fluxuate grately."
For your enlightenment, this is a real earning's report. Don't be fooled.

Now, stop socializing on an online forum and get back to work.
edit: also, photos of a lavish lifestyle isn't proof of earnings either. That individual could have rented those items or used debt financing. This shouldn't have been needed to be said but it needs to be said.
 
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Jesus christ some of the guys in this thread are making bands. It's both inspiring, humbling, and reflective to look at where everyone else is.

Might as well throw one of my screenshots in:

Not much compared to some but still not bad for how much of it I'm able to save.
 
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I'll just share some traffic boners and some key info on how they were achieved.



After this site got hit by pretty much every update, I knew something drastic had to be done. After below changes, it saw a ~75% increase in organic traffic overnight after the March update and is still steadily climbing.
  • Link detox
  • Complete re-design with a better WordPress theme (in terms of size, quality and performance of code)
  • Moved to faster hosting setup
  • Dropped silo menu structure in favor of lower click-depth
  • Pruning of pages that didn't perform well or cannibalized with pillar pages
  • Added ~20 decent guest post links on tier 1 + PBNs on tier 2
That's all actually. The content was already pretty decent before (WDF*IDF optimized and all), which didn't keep the site from getting hit.



This is just a relatively new niche site where just everything seems to go well. Usually seeing a decent and lasting boost with each update.
  • WDF*IDF optimized content
  • Only very relevant pages linked contextually - always linking back from each page I link out to
  • Link building solely relies on guest posts with PBNs on tier 2 and some manual outreach for insertions
  • Pretty much money content only. 20% or less purely informational types of pages.
  • Fast hosting + Google CDN + Google DNS
  • Some traffic from Facebook (ads)
 
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What do you use to do your WDF*IDF analysis?
WebSite Auditor for WDF*IDF in round 1 and then fine tune densities with Surfer in round 2.

What kind of speed increase did you see using the CDN? How much of a factor do you think this has played in your rankings?
Answer to both questions would be "a minor one", because my site speed was well above page 1 average previously already and I only moved the site like 2 weeks ago. Been using and still using LiteSpeed web server + LSCache plugin + Lazy Load by WP Rocket. Best combo for WordPress along with a decent theme of course.
 
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I don't drive any fancy cars... Although I have a pretty interesting Jeep wifey and I have built and literally lived in for a few months because we like road trippin.
Holy poop, Miles!? Never thought I would see you here!
 
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Some great success stories in this thread I think.

I am def. still a newbie in the affiliate game, but I am pretty chuffed about the nice growth my affiliate site saw in the relatively small Scandinavian market. Started it with my 2 younger brothers (who were aged 15 and 20 at the time) and it took us 9 months to get any sort of organic traction, but after that we got there.


I would say some contributing factors were:
  • Acquiring non-paid for links through things like
    • Unlinked mentions (of my name)
    • Asking for links from places where I've contributed with content in the past (guest blogged)
    • Getting interviewed or featured in some kind of community style "meet the contributor" post (and then getting a link from that post)
    • Getting links from friends in the industry and from the blogs of the companies I worked at
  • Being "first" in a low-competition and fast moving affiliate niche.
  • Creating content that is well optimised in terms of on-page SEO + knowing what keywords to focus on.
What's encouraging is that we are beating our affiliate partners (larger Swedish e-commerce retailers) for commercial search terms around the products we are promoting. I think this is largely because they are not very good in terms of their on-page....

Where to from here?
Sadly I've had less time this year to spend on my site and the site has consequently "dipped" since mid-June. Not sure if this related to Googles update or not actually.

Anyways, being on this forum gives me a ton of inspiration to pick things up again. Will be getting back to producing some fresh content sooner rather than later.
 
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After this site got hit by pretty much every update, I knew something drastic had to be done. After below changes, it saw a ~75% increase in organic traffic overnight after the March update and is still steadily climbing.
  • Link detox
  • Complete re-design with a better WordPress theme (in terms of size, quality and performance of code)
  • Moved to faster hosting setup
  • Dropped silo menu structure in favor of lower click-depth
  • Pruning of pages that didn't perform well or cannibalized with pillar pages
  • Added ~20 decent guest post links on tier 1 + PBNs on tier 2
Which WordPress theme did you use?

Thanks.
 

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I'm so sick of these Entrepreneurial Motivational Speakers making claims like "Make $100,000/year with my step by step method" when, if you sit down and calculate their economics, they really meant "Make $273 in revenue in one day, do not count expenses, and believe that it'll last for 365 more days so that you can claim that it's a yearly income even though the daily income will fluxuate grately."
For your enlightenment, this is a real earning's report. Don't be fooled.

Now, stop socializing on an online forum and get back to work.
edit: also, photos of a lavish lifestyle isn't proof of earnings either. That individual could have rented those items or used debt financing. This shouldn't have been needed to be said but it needs to be said.
Yessss my eyes are tired of seeing countless "gurus" telling me to buy their course to show me how they made 50k in month blah blah blah and with only FB ads or Google ads.
 

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Yessss my eyes are tired of seeing countless "gurus" telling me to buy their course to show me how they made 50k in month blah blah blah and with only FB ads or Google ads.
Yeah. Scams. Pretty much sums it up. Feels good to see my old post here and how I predicted the weekly sales if I kept active. Definitely did it.

I was at 16 sales during this post:
https://www.buildersociety.com/threads/the-bragging-thread-inspire-a-newbie.171/page-15#post-43069

Today I'm at 227 sales today. 1 product store. :D If i can reach 1000 sales by Christmas, would be great!

I need to hit cave man mode again... go to my cave away from the world... i do best alone.



keep up with my lab:
https://www.buildersociety.com/threads/changed-strategy-team-work-time.4130/page-3
 
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I don't like to brag, so I will post this more like an inspiration rather than bragging.

How I started
Long story short - I started doing SEO + aff. marketing when I was 18 yrs old kid still in high school. I came from a poor background, so all my life I wanted that $$$. My site took off within 1 year after I started.

Some key points that might help someone with motivation:
1) I barley had any money for the domain/hosting
2) I am not a native English speaker, but I still wrote all my articles and with time I got significantly better at that
3) I had no idea what Wordpress is. Yes, I was pretty good with computers as any kid spending majority of time with them, but I had no real prior knowledge like coding, marketing etc.

So, no matter your current situation, you can succeed if you keep going and don't quit. There is no such thing as "maybe it's not meant for me to succeed in this lifetime" - been there, thought that, it wasn't real.

Most people think that way. Only difference is if you will be able to get out of that "mental program" and write a new one in your subconscious mind (yes, I am super into self-growth stuff for the past 2 years - my life has never been the same since).

Where am I now?
Back to the present - I've been doing this for already 6 years full-time and it has given me freedom that most people can't imagine.

Benefits
I work when and where I want. I work how I want. I can take a vacation whenever I want. It can be as long as I want. I can travel the world. It gives me a huge freedom.

My biggest pitfall
But it also comes with struggles - my greatest one is to keep going when there is nobody pushing you. Tbh, getting comfortable with my current level is my "biggest" enemy for years.

I've earned 5-12k/m since I started 6 years ago.. It allows me to live a pretty good life, but somehow it took away that "hunger" to reach 20k/50k/100k a month. Maybe BuSo will give me that extra push or motivation to get out of my comfortable box.

My proudest achievement
Not sure if proudest, but definitely one of the TOP3 professional achievements in my SEO career is that 2 years ago I was accepted for an apprenticeship, to work for a very well-know SEO guy in Thailand. At the end it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, but the fact that I made it there and crushed it, still warms my heart (more like ego haha).

My most profitable day
My story is already too long, so I will keep it like this. I have attached a screen with my most profitable day so far (actually it was more, but I don't have screens from other aff. platforms of that day):

 
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This one is more a THANK YOU than a brag.... we're consistently more productive than 99% of all Grammarly clients week-in and week-out.

Here's our report from last week:



So...nothing too brag worthy, really. Just wanted to thank y'all for giving us the opportunity to hit little milestones like this!
 

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Made a drastic decision to not ship product and make a fresh batch after so much counterfeiting. I own my logo/trademark however, so aiming to cut off the people selling '2nd hand' or nonbranded product. The delay caaused me to lose mys tripe but who cares...I rather have problems on where to recieve money than "no money" problems

I'm actually up to about $36k in sales at this point.... And still not 1 year in. I didn't make the 1k sales goal but I do think it's possible with more pushing. If I can push to front pages of a few keywords.......... Sky's the limit..





And the funny thing is, i was trying to sell this business for $7k just a few months ago ... just struggling with life...............


Stick through the struggle. Stay an owner.

I'm getting a new webste soon and finally adding more product. I'll have at least 4 shortly. Hopefully goes over well.

September was 227 sales, shared the growth here on Buso:
https://www.buildersociety.com/threads/the-bragging-thread-inspire-a-newbie.171/post-45863
 

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Yeah.......... Not a bad growth sine my last post on Dec 26th :smile:

43 days later.

Just hoping I an flip this brand/shop for a healthy lump and pay off some bills and move to my next business phase in life :smile:

Can't lie. If it wasn't for the faithful clients & an aquirement dael I got from this forum, never would have happened. I was living homeless when I started this.

Still not making the money was making doing Affiliate Mrketing 2014-2018... But , i own this whole brand and sky's the limit if i can make the branding next level.