Day 1363 – Mike Iser Died?
Wow, has it really been over 2 years since my last update?
Anyways, I haven’t died, I’ve just been busy enjoying life 🙂
Having worked some 400 odd days straight to develop this passive income stream of about 5k/month, I didn’t have to do very much to maintain that, so for about 1 1/2 years after my last post, I just focused on other things, other than making money…
The whole IM game was an afterthought…
I totally detached myself from it. I stopped regularly visiting IM websites and stopped checking in on my own website(apologies to those who left notes here!)…as long as the bank deposits kept coming in, I was happy to pursue my hobbies/passions with my new-found time freedom.
life was good…
But, as you’re all aware, Google Penguin came about in 2012.
At first I wasn’t too worried, but come summer of 2012, I started realizing I’ve got to get back into the game…
It’s amazing how quickly the IM game can change. I was completely unaware of the current state of SEO, what worked, what didn’t work….I was also completely unaware of what all the latest backlinking programs/memberships/strategies were, what the “latest and greatest” products were, what the popular WSO’s of the day were …
I had a LOT of catching up to do.
But one thing I realized was that I could either continue battling against the Google algorithms and try and get all my sites ranking again, or I could just focus on another method of making money all-together. I decided on the latter.
Instead of fighting to get my websites ranking once again, I turned to video. I noticed Google was valuing video and allowing them to rank high with relative ease, so I decided to implement a WSO I had read on ranking Youtube videos for Clickbank products.
I went all out with this method and in about 2-3 months time, I took my Clickbank income from about $0(yup, all those CB snipers died out) to $1,000/month:
Now while that income was all well and good, the problem was it was not something consistent. Videos were constantly getting taken down by Youtube, so it was a constant battle to re-upload deleted videos, hence, the struggle to find another means of increasing my income continued…
So What Happened Next?
I went through a phase of looking through many WSO’s and trying to figure out what methods I should be focusing on to bring in some money. I wanted to find at least one method which would produce results relatively quickly and one which was more long term.
As far as long term was concerned, I knew that I no longer wanted to mess around with SEO, I had decided my main focus for long term results is going to be paid traffic/media buys. There is never going to be a shortage of advertising on the Internet and as long as you can get good at generating a good ROI on your investment, just scale up your winning campaigns and you’re golden.
To that end, near the end of the year I picked up a course by Vick Strizheus called High Traffic Academy (HTA). It was pricey, but it contained an abundance of great info on various paid traffic methods. After getting through it, I had a short stint with Solo Ads. I built a list of about 850 people in 1 month before I decided I needed to lay off of paid advertising, for a while, and revert back to free methods of traffic generation…
Where I’m At Now:
Back around the middle of December, Vick introduced HTA members to a system he was working on called “The Big Idea Mastermind” (BIM). This was a system which he intended to roll out in connection with Empower Network.
For those of you who don’t know about Empower Network, I’ll briefly explain it.
Basically, you can get in at a $25/month level and get access to your own blog on their PR 4 domain which has an Alexa Ranking of 228 in the US and 521 worldwide. Once you’re in at that level, you can then sell that $25 product for recurring $25 commissions where-in you get to keep 100% of the commissions you earn, minus some merchant account fees and “pass-ups”(every 2nd, 4th, 6th and thereafter, every 5th sale are sent to the person who signed you up to the program)
There is also a recurring $100/month product, the “Inner Circle” audios, a $500 “Costa Rica” product, a $1,000 “15k Formula” product and finally a $3,500 “Masters Retreat” product.
In order to get the commission for selling each product, you need to have purchased it. Otherwise, if you sign someone up while you’re at the $25 level and they upgrade all the way to the $3,500 product, you “pass-up” all those commissions ($100, $500, 1k, 3.5k) to whoever is above you that has all the products and is thus eligible to receive those commissions.
As for BIM….
The Big Idea Mastermind (which isn’t out yet) is basically additional training which is given to you free only if you sign up to Empower Network with someone who is a Big Idea Mastermind Founding Member. So if you sign in at the $25 level, you will not only get access to whatever Empower Network gives you, you will also get the associated BIM basic level. If you get the $100 package, you will also get the BIM silver level. There is then a gold, platinum and finally diamond level. Each BIM level comes with separate training…The platinum/diamond levels will come with a 30 day plan to 10k/month (If you’re at the Masters Retreat level/Diamond level, you have the potential to make 4-5k in one day which would make it that much easier to attain this income goal).
SO…ya…I have gone “all-in” with the Empower Network/BIM program and this is now where my focus lies for long-term success in the IM arena 🙂
As far as blogging is concerned, I’ve recently started blogging a bit on my Empower Network blog, so for the few who look back on this site once in a blue moon, that’s where you’ll be able to find me 🙂
I’ve recently gone to the Empower Network Event in Austin TX (January 18th – 20th), it was quite the experience and I got a bit of footage I’ll be releasing on that blog 🙂 I’ll also be sharing any nuggets I come across in my reading/listening of audios that can be helpful to anyone in the Internet Marketing arena.
As far as how much money I’ve made thus far, I’m just getting started, haven’t really done much, however THIS post here is a vlog on my first $1,000 day 🙂
To Those Who Followed The Blog:
If any of you guys who used to read this blog or post here stop by again, I hope you’re all doing awesome in your Internet businesses! No doubt by now many of you are ‘living the dream’ and enjoying the fruits of your labors 🙂
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