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I Got My First Sale!

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sonelt
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I Got My First Sale!

This is great!
A little back ground. When I first started I barely knew how to write and send E-mail. I started researching ways to make money on line In April 2009, I bought a couple e-books that really didn't do me any good. So I started searching deeper into the subject though forums, blogs and alike. Well one day I happened to find a thread in Yahoo Answers, (I think it was) and there were these two people debating which was a better place to learn affiliate marketing- Affilorama or WealthyAffliliate- needless to say I chose WealthyAffiliate. I would have still been there if someone hadn't stolen my credit card information forcing me to cancel the credit card I had on file with WA. After 5 months of trying to sell something on line I opted to take what I had learn' t, lower my expenses as much as possible and keep at it. In effect canceling my membership to WA.

After a couple of months of going down several different roads to make this darn online money start coming in, I was getting traffic and some of the original idea's that I started with, started to get more traffic but no sells.

Two things kept going though my head, and they were both sayings by potpiegirl. ( If you haven't heard of potpiegirl you can check her out at potpiegirl.com she has a great blog on how to make money online.) anyway she said "If you can do something for a year what many people won't, you will have something you can do for a life time what others CAN'T." She also said something along the lines..."People won't take the pain of change until the pain of not changing becomes too painful." I'm sure I messed that up but you get the point.

To bring my story to an end, I was of course on potpiegirl's list and she introduced me to Mark Ling just before Affilorama's Premium launch, which I obviously bought.

From the start I zeroed in on the affilo blue print, because of my experience I skipped the first couple weeks and focused on building a niche site. I had already had a domain that had maybe 20 back links and getting little traffic and not any ranked key words. After revamping my website to match Mark's blue print I started getting a much more targeted traffic.

So, in about the 6 weeks that I have been a member at Affilorama I have gone from a chicken with his head cut off running after every idea that someone told me was the best way to make money to having two very focused web sites ranking in the search engines with consistent traffic leading to my very first sale!

-Tools that I highly recommend: -Xsite Pro ( simple to use web site design with great customer service!)
-uniquearticlewizard.com (an article spinning and directory submitter- get your back links)
-HostGator
-Traffic Travis(free tool From Mark Ling)
-Keyword spy(free tool from Firefox)
-My Brain!
-Affilorama video lessons
I know all you gurus out there are thinking "He should have links to all of these products and start making more sells." I was just too excited, I had to get this out there as fast as possible!:)

Keep going never stop!
Sonelt
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Congratulations!!!!!
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Yes well done Sonelt,
Thanks for sharing your experience.

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Great job, Sonelt :)
We're glad Affiloblueprint was able to help you.
Just keep on doing what you did and build several sites like this.
Rinse and repeat :)
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mack45
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Hi this sounds very much like how I arrived keep it up Congratulations!!!!!
I am just looking for motivation like this. How soon until you quit your day job.
Just because that's my first short term goal.
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sonelt
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Hay Mack,
Call me crazy, but I am one of those people that couldn't stand the pain of working for someone else any longer and had to make a change. Once I had a good grip on how IM could work for me and all of the different avenues I could take, I quite my day job before my first sell.

After 20 years in my field I decided to invest my saving in me, right now!
As Will Smith said, "There is no plan B, plan B takes focus off of plan A!
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Well done mate,

Hopefully I will be making a similar post in the not too distant future.
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Yay! Great to hear. Thanks. Your story is totally familiar, almost identical to mine as well, good to hear about light at the end of the tunnel.
- Caoimh
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digiblue
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Awesome! The first sale is always the hardest. Now you have the belief that you can make money online and it will just add fuel for you to put in more and get more out.

All the best
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faradina
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Great job, Sonelt!

Keep it up :)
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Great story!

Keep up the good work. now, you need to make more sales.
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Thank you everyone for their kind words and encouragement.
It is very true that that first sell really lights a fire under your but and validates your belief in what you are doing.
Never stop! Find a way to take action every day.
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congrats buddy
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Sonelt,
Am very new to IM and Affilorama but stories like yours inspire me so much.
Congratulations and hope you share with us as you progress to greater heights!
Cheers,
Zenji
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Hi Soneit,
You have created a wonderful post, I like the momentum that you are building up, please keep us posted on your successes, its great to see the first sale come in and I know that you will have many more , just keep going with the only plan which is plan A...

Again Congratulations
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jhangora
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Congrats sonelt! I am making about $ 100 per month right now. In India so even $ 1000 per month by the end of this year wud be cool.

I made a post about Jupiter Jack in April last year and 4 months later was approached by the Optimal Fusion network to join their site and replace the links. Didn't know about my first sale till I got an email a couple of months later saying the first check is in the mail.

I understand the first sale/check is always exciting, keep sharing your experiences and success. What was the product which resulted in ur first sale?
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protrader
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Really inspiring story Sonelt. Very inspiring for a affiliate newbie such as me. The tools you mentioned are very helpful and yes, I will never stop!
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ronrich61
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Hi Sonelt,

Congratulation on your first sale. I am new in IM although I am a member for 2 years. I was looking for a right niche, for a way to build a web site and so on, but what I should do is just start doing it. Now you are motivating me.

Thank you for sharing and all the best in future.

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Hey everyone,

Once again thank you for your kind words and I am so happy I could inspire you, that really makes me feel good!

I just want to say that if you have been trying to make your way at IM and you are not seeing the results you had hope for don't quit!

There is something to an aged website that seems to pick up visitors from places you never thought of. I have one site that I was totally neglecting for months. Then I finely went back and check the Google analytic and I was getting a fair amount of traffic for a term or phrase that I hadn't written about but in passing.

Well I wrote a 500 word article on that phrase, added 3 or 4 back links to that page in my website and more than doubled my traffic with in 3 days. Turns out that there are 2,500 people per month searching that phrase with little compilation.

Just remember 2 things, sometimes (and know you don't want to hear this, I know I hate hearing it) a website is like a fine wine, it needs to age before it builds legs. Second, check your analytic s, find a pattern, your fans or customers will tell you what they want, then all you have to do is give it to them :)
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Congrats

The first one is the sweetest!

Way happy for you!
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Hey there! Thanks for your story......I will succeed too. Ive just started but theres absolutely nothing that will bar me from achieving my dreams. Except one that is......time! I just hope i have enough time and thats what Im making right now. first I see my self in that realm atmosphere in wich Im a winner. If I can only see that in the end of the tunnel than I know i can make it. Discipline and motivation x time and focus are the only recipy for victory. if we only plan to succeed then we wont fail by not planning to. every minute every hour every day is a great day to be successful. measure your victories in very short terms and youll take frustation and negativity off your plan. nothing is easy. hard work and focus is king
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smp063
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Well Done!!!!

Always great to hear, gives me the motivation I need when things start to drag.

And thanks for those last few tips too.
Steven :))
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Great work! :) Congratulations!
This is a motivation to just keep on going.. like what they say "when the going gets tough..the tough gets going.."
It's great that you are harvesting your hardwork. Sometimes its just a matter of time before you reap the fruits of labor.
I hope everyone will soon find their great news too!
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abeja_reina_1989
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It's always nice to hear the success stories! I have been through so much online and been cheated out of money and such.. as I'm sure many of you here have too. It's nice when you get to a point where you know what you're doing and you start making good money with it :)
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abeja_reina_1989 wrote:It's always nice to hear the success stories! I have been through so much online and been cheated out of money and such.. as I'm sure many of you here have too. It's nice when you get to a point where you know what you're doing and you start making good money with it :)


Welcome to Affilorama, Abeja_reina_1989 :) I hope you'll find our community helpful in building your IM business.

See you around ;)
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It is truly an inspiration whenever I read some stories of success. People need this motivation to strive hard and be successful like you. More power to you!
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I would add to those two quotes you mentioned one more: "Successful people are people who do what ordinary people wont do." Most people know what it takes to succeed at something, but they're too busy trying out the next golden tip that will take them from nothing to everything fast. Good work in being diligent, it will pay off.
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congrats!
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Congrats Mate!
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smilika
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Its always motivating to read this kinds of posts, especially when I am feeling down about my work.

Thanks for helping me keep my motivation up!
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The first time I got my first sale, I didn't even know I made one. In fact, I found out two months later. I was like "I made sale???" hahaha

So CONGRATS!!!
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My first sale was a commission of 99$ ... I couldn't believe.
I said I will do seo ( what I do ) until the next sale.
After a month I couldn't take it anymore .... to much work. I abandoned it. In 2 day after I made another sale. :D
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So much good news on these forums! Keep it going.... soon you will be making more and more!
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Congratulations SoneIt. You'll always remember your first one.
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If I can catch one, I can catch more!

GOOD STUFF
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Woop - Woop! Well done - keep up the good work! :)
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I love reading that there are others who have gone from struggling to successful in Affiliate Marketing. Right now, I am in the struggling phase trying to get traffic, but I knew it wouldn't be a get rich quick scheme and certainly would take a lot of effort, at least in the beginning. Thanks for sharing.
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Driving traffic to your site is the most challenging aspect of affiliate marketing. Before turning to paid forms of traffic, make sure to fully explore the free methods first like forum posting, article submission and blog commenting. We have several posts in the Affilorama Blog on driving traffic to your websites. Make sure to take a look at our lessons on SEO as well.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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Big congrats Sonelt!
So many people quit too soon.
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Wow, after 2 years Sonelt is still getting congratulated on his first sale! I wonder if he's made his second sale yet.
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Same here, theres a lot of trial and error when you first start off, but if you stick to it you'll figure out what works and what doesn't. Its a big relief once you get to that point.


abeja_reina_1989 wrote:It's always nice to hear the success stories! I have been through so much online and been cheated out of money and such.. as I'm sure many of you here have too. It's nice when you get to a point where you know what you're doing and you start making good money with it.Image :)
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That great!)
Wish all the best,
Will be looking for the new thread coming up -My second sale ! ; )
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congratulations. so many success stories on here, keeps me motivated to continue doing what I do (even if I haven't made any money yet)
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Congratulations!!!!!
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LOL Still waiting on my first sale on either of my sites.... Patience is a virtue I have been told
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Great job, good for you. I'm new here and I'm really willing to learn how you guys achieved it.
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Great job ! Hey how is things going now ! How about about a update?
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First sale always boost our confidence.Congrats.
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Congrats. Keep up the good work, perseverance kills the game! :)
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Congrats... that first saleā€¦ I know how exciting it is :)
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I am very happy to know that Affilorama lessons have helped you make your first sale. Keep up the good work.
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Congratulations!
I still remember my first sale as an affiliate. Was one of the happiest days of my life :)
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