27 Aug 10 4:01 pm
I Did AffiloBlueprint for One Year
My name is Clayton and I have been doing AffiloBlueprint for one year.
Not to copy Jackson's post from about 2 weeks ago (I've actually been planning to post this for about 2 months), but I just wanted to share with you guys, especially since I've been busy lately and haven't had much time to pop in over here.
I started the AffiloBlueprint program on August 26, 2009 and I've been working on it full-time (more or less) for the past 12 months.
At the time I started, I had recently graduated with a masters degree in architecture. Due to the economy, I didn't stand a chance of getting an architecture job (my old company laid off over 50% of it's staff and other offices had a similar trend) and I am too "over educated" to get any other kind of job.
I had plenty of free time on my hands to work tirelessly at AffiloBlueprint.
Now, I was poor and didn't have much money when I started (thanks a lot, grad school), so I opted out of the PPC part of the course and relied for the most part on pure SEO.
In the first 3 months, I built 4 websites and made only 1 sale from SEO.
Then near the end of November I started to make about 1 sale a week and things slowly started to improve.
All in all, I made 6 websites over the past year (and helped my girlfriend make one of her own as well). I probably could have made many more, but I chose to add extra content to my existing sites and turn them into authority sites.
I was chronically depressed and frustrated for a good portion of the past year. SEO is slow and results don't seem to come as fast as you want them to. I was struggling financially and could barely cover rent and a few bills with my earnings. I racked up some hefty credit card debt buying groceries, other essentials, and making ends meet. I used to lay awake at night dreading the thought of running out of money and praying that this whole internet marketing thing would work out.
Now, one year later, I'm making just shy of $2000 a month from niche sites.
This isn't as much as other people have made in much less time using AffiloBlueprint, but I'm happy with it. I'm not going to be buying a Ferrari any time soon, but I make more money than I spend and most of the work is outsourced or automated now. I achieved my goal of being free from having to work a tedious soul-crushing full-time job.
I'm very happy about that.
I probably could have seen better results faster if I had more money for outsourcing or PPC, or a job to give me at least some income. When you start out with internet marketing, people have time and money. It's best to leverage whichever you have the most of to start your online empire. I had pretty much no money and more than enough time.
If anyone out there is thinking of jumping on board with AffiloBlueprint, I'd strongly recommend that you give it a shot.
I'm not particularly bright myself (a masters degree in architecture requires a high tolerance for suffering, not smarts), and if I can do this pretty much anyone can.
Anyway, I documented most of my journey with AffiloBlueprint on my blog:http://www.journeyofmyown.com/website-building-update-week-52/
It has a lot of lessons I've learned over the past 12 months, some shortcuts, and some of the biggest bonehead mistakes I made while I was slaving away.
I wanted to thank everyone here at Affilorama for helping me.
Thank you, Mark Ling and Aletta for putting the course together.
Thank you, Sean Morrissy, Adrian, Jem008, Jmpruitt, DigiBlue, Renato, and Jackson for inspiring me and helping me believe that I could actually make a full-time living online.
Thank you, Corrado, Amanda, Keith, Dennis, Huddson, Vincent, Javier, Dennis, Justin, and everyone else that was down in the trenches with me for your advice and camaraderie.
As for me and my girlfriend, she's quitting her job, and the two of us are going to travel through Thailand in October for two months. Then we'll be spending our time alternating between affiliate marketing and traveling the world.
Thank you again, Mark. You've truly changed my life for the better, and I hope I get the opportunity to meet you in person when I inevitably travel to New Zealand some day. You've shown me how to make a living when it seemed like other opportunities were scarce.
AffiloBlueprint is the real deal. It is, without any exaggeration, the single best purchase I've ever made.
Take care everyone and good luck with your affiliate adventures!
Talk to you soon
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