09 Mar 11 6:47 pm
When I saw this post again after someone replied, I almost fell from the chair and laughed ... not because I made a fortune (actually i haven't make any money online) ... but how silly was I over the period of July 2010 till now? There's really no magic bullet and I can bet most of the course out there are almost identical with AB 2.0 fundamentals (just with few fancy rebrands, rehash or you named it - use latest tools, etc). Of course along the line, I met wonderful friends too :)
My objective here is not to throw my emotions or want anyone to feel sad for me here .. or I am trying to build backlinks here (no live link here). But to share my personal thoughts .. which may help the beginners here :)
Therefore, another honest confession (just ramblings) and hopefully the last I made here ...
In fact after everyone telling me the advices before this (including Mark) ... I chose to listen for 2 weeks then forgot about it!
After I promised to work hard with AB 2.0 course .. somehow my little devil in me told me ... "Nah, these people weren't telling me the truth .. there must be a shortcut to all these"
I decided to go for Info Traveling and searched for the truth :) (no offense to the program listed below, not saying their bad either)
I joined almost 9 - 10 top programs recommended by IMReportCard (quite famous well known guru). When I joined them, I felt disappointed as there were no shortcut. All seemed to take massive actions and efforts. But their sales letter seemed to oversold too much. Then I bought a super premium program $1447 (something like that - 6 months installments) .. followed for 6 months .. thought it was some hope :) Guess I was wrong again!
I also bought auto software, you know haha :) aiks! lame!
I still never gave up! I even joined famous guru membership courses (I mean really famous ones), then even more exclusive private affiliate community which I spent roughly $499 (good place though).. still buy tonnes of WSO even I swore not too ... duhhh! I even join spinnable programs $97 per month - paid for 3 months I think (good place, nice people but again I don't take much advantage of them - because I am just 1 man with 3 hours per day).
You can see that I never stay at 1 program more than 1 week. Imagine how much money I wasted .. all went to the drain!
Then i thought buying premium wordpress themes could help me to boost my site ... i bought studiopress lifestyle child themes, socrates themes, optimizepress and elegantthemes (these themes were really expensive as I don't earn USD but RM (1 USD is RM3.1) !). To be honest, till today most of them kept dust in my hard disk drive. I did test out 1 - 2 themes.. but trust me .. the theme itself does no good without SEO & great contents. No magic bullet for themes.
Guess what, my 2 sites that I am running now (1 is up and another one is under progress) are using free themes. LOL :D
Still i didn't give up. Then I bought The Best Spinner .. but i didn't use much ... I also bought Market Samurai & Micro Niche Finder .. cool right :) I know how to use it on the surface but haha, really taking advantage is different story ... so I use Google Keyword tool most of the time now :)
I even bought Scrapebox .. yikes, blackhatworld .. sounds good to auto-comment ... My mind tells me to to play cheat but my heart tells me to be white hat .. so at the end, I did nothing on scrapebox :) So what I did with scrapebox? I just update the software once a while for fun :D
I bought 10 domains ... guess what ... i hardly do much with any of them? All mostly rush decision ... only 2 domains which I really work on :)
2 hostgator accounts which I am still wondering why I got both at the 1st place .. the reason I can't cancel it as my 2 sites (1 running on the 1st account and 2nd on the 2nd account - made the stupid decision ever!).
I almost subscribed into Senuke, lucky i didn't ... else I will be washing plate at the restaurant beside the road! But I do consider joining linkjuice and maybe UAW. Still thinking (as I am learning backlinking now in detail).
I subscribed to Scribe wordpress plugin (got the most expensive package which I also have no idea why), looks good .. but again .. is it really worth it? I am still thinking!
I tried ebay, amazon, clickbank and others. Knowing CPA was so great, i bought numerous CPA courses too .. and managed to join 2 CPA networks :) Sadly, I didn't take any actions ... oops!
Then I even wanted to create my own info product .. which I didn't end up doing much! I outsourced to a so called super famous WSO member .. paid $134 for 2 sales letter .. till now, more than 1 month NOTHING!
I tried to apply Google Adsense via hubpages (recommended by another Adsense course). It didn't work for me as Malaysians are tougher to join these days (got to know from Google Adsense Forum). We are under the 6 months policy thing. Too bad for me! Then I tried with my website (4 posts in there) and got rejected again. Don't blame google, blame myself :(
I even paid super affiliate mentorship $97 lifetime :) Thought he could teach me something solid. End up I need to promote some private lead gens (which I still haven't do much). He is nice though, just I was expecting he could teach me affiliate marketing instead of playing PPC game. I don't have money!
So to give paid traffic a try ... I sign up ppv forums (2 quite popular ones) .. tested out facebook ads, got my ads disapproved. Then I almost wanted to try leadimpact and deposit $200. Some folks recommended me on paid traffic and asked me to allocate $1000 per day, or $100 per day lowest. If $100 per day, that is around RM300 in Malaysia. And being for 1 month, that is around RM9000 per month. That's crazy! Worst some asked me to invest $1000 per day. Some even asked me to allocate $10,000 for PPV testing ... I will be bankrupt if i do that :) So paid traffic is a big NO NO to me.Turning one big round
... My best buddy gave me slapped on my face :) (not really real slap, but quite hurting)...
He told me ... if there are many people like me out there .. there will be many millionaires out there ...Okay, enough for my ramblings ... so what have i learn :)
a) Keep your savings and forget the rest. Seriously, I am not showing off how much I spent .. who cares? But the point here is that if I have just listen the original advices here... i would not have lost a lot of my savings, which I am considered broke! But I learn a good deal of lessons here :) So please Do not be impulsive, AB 2.0 should be sufficient. But do read up in forums for latest news like latest Google change on the algorithm that affects content farms. But ignore the fillers! (to be honest, I am almost there to avoid fillers)
b) AB 2.0 covers all the fundamentals for MOST OF THE COURSES I PURCHASED after this last post (which I spent another $5000 or more for no reason).
c) Be realistic ... I am just 1 man doing part time and can only allocate 3 hours per day. I can't do everything as described above. Duhhhh! Also in terms of goals ... tonne down a lot now :) $1 day sounds a better deal for me :) coool :)
d) There's no way I can earn money so fast. After doing 2 websites, I realise SEO takes time and effort. Same to contents. So I know I won't be seeing results that soon .. but I will be persistent.
e) No actions, no point buying ALL THESE COURSES OR TOOLS.
f) And yeah, affiliate marketing all the way to go for me :) I am tired for losing focus :P
To be honest, I did take actions (only started last September 2010 till today) ...
i did manage to roll out one website www.remediesfortoothache.net
(following BTF approach and I am not putting this site on purpose for backlink - don't get it wrong!) .. quite good, I rank top 10 in google page 1. I outsourced the backlinks to a recommended resource (don't get it wrong, BTF is a nice community but what AB 2.0 covers, are almost identical just a bit different).
2 reasons why my site rank page 1
- exact search super low :) lol .. previously i was using phrase based match, my fault!
- i paid $37 for linkwheel backlinks .. impressed me! Without backlinks, I was on #87 and after backlinks within 2 weeks, it jumped my site into page 1 since September 2010 till now.
What I learned? Sounds good to be high up in page 1 ... but I didn't learn anything about backlinking since I outsourced it and the sites that the guy built profiles on were non related to remedies for toothache or dental or health related. It means he built profiles on adobe site and add a reference to my site. There are over 100 profiles like this if not mistaken. Good linkjuice for a high PR domain to my site (not a high PR page). But inside me, I felt weird though :( i know this is common out there .. but i feel i should have learn how to do it myself before I outsourced and at least backlink to good quality & related sites if possible. Not sure my thinking is a wise decision! Still learning :)
Unfortunately being page 1 is cool, but not being on #1 or #2 .. I hardly get much traffic and NO SALES. Traffic in terms of 10 per month, lol :D or worst 3 visitors per month!
So I am back to square 1 again. AB 2.0 is the way to go :) I will build more sites. Hopefully by 1 - 2 years time I can see better results :)
That being said .. I do owned an apologies to people who shared their advices here especially Mark .. I won't give excuses or another long ramblings ... I will spend time in AB 2.0 forum and upon on-going success ... I will share with the members here :) Can't wait to earn my 1st online money via affiliate marketing :) Can't wait for the day to happen :)
Good luck to everyone. Cheers.