16 Oct 11 12:54 am
Just to say Hi !
I’ve just joined Affilarama after an awful experience with buying a readymade affiliate website and being abandoned by the seller.
I've been trying to make a living online for literally years now. My home is littered with products and e-books, frantically purchased before ‘the last 20 copies are sold’. What an idiot. I've felt out of sync with having a regular job for a long time now. I've been very lucky in as much as I've always had a very rewarding career in the caring profession but I now want a better lifestyle for both myself and my family. Apart from my immediate family who have always been amazingly supportive, the few people I have told about my ventures online have barely contained the urge to pat me on the head, such is their patronising !!
To try and make a very long story short, six months ago I bought a website from Flippa.com. I bought a site in the health and wellbeing niche as myself, my husband and our son eat healthily and exercise regularily. I explained to the seller that I had never owned a website before and had no idea how to manage one but would work as hard as necessary to make it a success. He assured me that he would work with me one to one for 30 days in order for me to achieve this. In fact he asked me if I would test the software he had devised and used to build the website, before he marketed it. Being inexperienced, I could highlight any problems a newbie might encounter and he could then make any changes, all at absolutely no cost to myself. I couldn’t believe it and was excited to be given this opportunity. He even gave me his cellphone number to speak to him if I needed to. He then suddenly disappeared offline completely for four months !! I was absolutely gutted but at the same time felt something was genuinely wrong as I trusted him 100%. So I waited............ NINE weeks ago he appeared back online. I emailed him and he replied a few days later by apologising and said that he had to take time off for family issues. He asked if I had performed certain tasks since communication between us broke down. I responded by wishing him well, answered his questions and was looking forward to working with him again.............that was SEVEN weeks ago. I emailed him again six weeks ago and made it clear that I had purchased the site in good faith, wished he and his family well but was very disappointed that he had not responded and could he please let me know if he was unwilling or unable to help me as promised, so that I could look for help elsewhere. Again, I have received no response. He is still tweeting and marketing his business. In fact, he is promoting MY WEBSITE as 10 days old (as recently as a few hours ago) and having 100 page one rankings which it has not. I think that potentially I have a great affiliate website. http://www.HealthyLiving-Today.com
Although it has had zero input from myself, from June to September the unique visitors have gone from 214 to 551 and from 2,982 visits to 7,373. However, as far as I know the affiliate links are all still linked to him but I have found out how to change them and have started doing so. I’m starting to receive requests to exchange links and also receiving a few subscribers but I don't know how to make a newsletter and I feel I'm doing visitors to the site a great injustice. He promotes it as built by himself which is true but also as still owned by himself. There are also links to his other websites and products which I have to get rid of. Fortunately, I am familiar with my control panel and I can find my way around worpress.
I know it’s going to take a lot of work to make this a viable site and at the moment I'm feeling pretty deflated but I’m even more determined to make my dream a reality and reading many of the posts on this forum has helped to restore my faith in humanity. Everyone seems so friendly and supportive of each other. I’m looking forward to sharing advice and experiences with everyone. If there’s one saying that keeps me going, it’s...............
Winners never quit and quitters never win !!!!