18 May 13 6:14 pm
Rudolf, Mark again. I have gone through many times what you are talking about and although I gave ideas a little while ago I didn't really tell much about myself. I do this for the most part because I feel I don't have any other choice, I lost my job 4 years ago and as of not I have kind of decided I am never going to get a job worth a crap again. I am 57 and if I put on my resume I have over 25 years in management experience I don't even get an interview but if I put only 15 years of experience I get a few, but when I go to the interview I can see the look in the interviewer's eyes that they aren't looking for someone my age. With that in mind I jumped in all the way into this game. At first I spent the first couple months learning what to do from a program I joined, I didn't see marks stuff until a couple years later but the info I had seemed overwhelming and I felt that way for a while then started to learn more and do more. I put up a couple sites that of course I thought were good but were really only poor at best. I started using ppc from a company that was suggested from the program I was using rather then adwords which they also stggested. I wasted over 400 dollars before I knew it and even though I could target my ads and did I was seeing my ads showing up on sites that it should have never been on I didn't see the ads themselves but on the site report when looking at clicks and such. I raised hell with the company for this and they pretty much did nothing but the ads were on the wrong sites to the point that it would be like someone putting mag wheels on a cake baking site.
I dumped those guys and went for Google Adwords and within a few weeks I was making sales. I thought things were going to go great from there but of course it didn't. I would make a sale or 2 for a day or 2 then sell nothing for a week, then I would sell 5 things on one day then nothing for the rest of the week. I kept doing this for months testing different things trying to figure out why in the world the people who were buying things did and why the people who didn't. I did this till I made about 2000 dollars worth of commission which just happened to be just about the amount I spent on adwords.
It didn't make sense to keep doing this for nothing so I decided to put up a site about something I really knew a lot about but at the same time I know it was a very tough niche which was travel and to be specific italian travel. so I lined up about 8 different vendors to promote on different pages of my new site and went to work.
I spent about 6 months non stop writing and re writing articles and put up about 20 pages and about a week after putting them up I decided I needed another 20 pages as well as about a dozen stories so I spent another 5 months doing that. I did all the seo and normal promo stuff to push my site and watched it take at lease a month and a half to even show up in the top 100 pages of google, yahoo and bing then watched it slowly climb to the top of page one for about 12 different keywords. I thin thought things would start happening but of course it didn't.
I knew from planing my own vacations for many years that people don't go to a site and instantly book anything they spend months looking and checking things before booking something but I just couldn't understand why with as many people as I was getting to my site each day and as many off them that were returning that I wasn't booking anything. I asked many people here and on other forums what could be going on and some said the site colors and other aspects of the site.
So after 4 complete site re vamps most people think my site is real good but still not much in the way of sales and when looking at it I understand a little why. It is just very difficult to write copy that compels someone to spend thousands of dollars to book a bit vacation. You don't want to get pushy like we do on other sites like when we say click here to buy this app or product before they are all gone because I don't want to scare them off so I spent the last several months trying to learn how do write the kind of copy I need and have been reading all my pages trying to figure out where to put something to push them into a decision with tactful words so they don't feel like there being pressured.
I also am putting stuff into areas to get the visitor to believe they deserve to go on a vacation like this which is something else I learned along with finding a great site that talks about site layout, color and many other aspects. I am now looking into doing some other little things and signed up for one of the things Mark was pushing in one of his e-mails. I told myself I wasn't going to spend any money but I did anyhow and have learned a few things but don't really know if that little extra is going to be that one things that will make things start to click and make me good money.
I am telling you all of this because I have had at least 3 times where I had periods of months where I didn't know what to do next or times where I thought what the hell am I doing all this for nothing as well as days when I know I wanted to write something I just didn't know what. After doing this for a while I tried turning things into a game or something I wanted to try and accomplish. I often wondered why billionaires kept working and making money and decided because they treated it like a game of how much can I make, of course it is much easier to do this when your making a ton of money and don't have much of anything to worry about but that is what I am trying to do.
I can't tell you that it is working because I still am making very little money but I can tell you that it makes me more focused again and one thing I stopped doing is doing this stuff everyday. I now either do this stuff half days often or take the weekend off. I decided that my mind gets fresh ideas when I am not constantly thinking about this and it works some but I can tell you that I don't feel under the gun much anymore like I need to do this or need to do that. I don't know if this helps any with how your feeling but sometimes it is good to know what others have gone through and are going through in order to get a better view point on what your next move may be. Sometimes it can be as simple as taking a week or two off.
Often for myself writhing something like this sharing what I am going through rather then trying to write something for a site is all it takes to lift my spirits. So relax and let things flow and don't push too hard. Mark