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Day 365 – 1 Year Of Updates!

So today is the 365th day and also marks 1 year since I started doing the daily updates on this site…I started back on May 6th 2009.

For that month of May in 2009, I had made $1,158.80.  Prior to that in April(which is when I started building Clickbank snipers), I had made $795.19, in March it was $622.44(all from 3 authority sites) and in February 2009 it was $325.17…Now 1 year after being at the $300/month mark I reached 4.8k/month in February 2010 …. this past month of April it’s now up to 5.4k/month.

Now out of the 5.4k, 4.6k is from my network of sites(not including this site)..I never intended on this site being a source of income, and had I not done all these daily updates/answering questions and instead spent that 1-2 hours/day on my business, I know my network of sites would be bringing in at least the same level of income, most likely more.

Here’s a look back at where I was:

Day 1 + My welcome post

Before that, Dec 2008 – April 2009 I was doing daily blog entries on another forum… here’s an excerpt of 2 of those updates to give you an idea of where I was at back then..At the time I was focused on building authority sites that had 60 posts each..as you can see, back here I was working at least 3 hours a day on my business while at the same time working a regular job..I was also at the $250/month mark:

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Here’s my status update for today:

Sun Jan 4th 2009
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-I wrote up and queued 14 posts for Site#3, bringing the total queued up to 20 posts, 40 more and I’ll move onto a new niche.

Earnings For Today
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-My Site #1 made a $26.38 sale
-Adsense total of $0.31
-My Amazon commission from yesterday registered at $0.45

I try to at a minimum get 10 posts done each day…the time it takes me to write them up and queue it on my site is usually around 3 hours…I think it’s a realistic goal to achieve so long as you know the content you are writing about well enough.

What I do before I start writing on a new niche is take some time out to learn as much as possible about it(read Ezine Articles and do Google searches for info) and I compile a “swipe file” of different key points I can write down as “tips” in my articles.

I go through Ezinearticles and I look through all articles in my niche, cutting and pasting all the key points and pasting it into my Word document swipe file.  I prefer copying and pasting numbered lists(1., 2., 3.) or bulleted points, but if I cut and paste a paragraph, I just Bold the key points.  I separate each key point with a line break…After doing this for a while I eventually have a HUGE list of 20-40 points that I can pull 2-3 tips from to write each article(in my own words)…

Then, I just write a basic intro paragraph, and then make 2 – 3 paragraphs which are each tips, then the final paragraph usually discounts the previous tips a bit and suggests my affiliate product.

ex: While these tips may help you shed a pound or two, if you’re serious about shedding those extra Christmas pounds, you’re going to need a solid plan.  In my experience I have found XXX to be the most informative and structured plan to follow.  You can check it out for yourself by clicking on this link. (“clicking on this link” is the link).

Hope that helps anyone who’s having trouble writing enough content :>

-Mike

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Ok, stayed up late tonight working…here’s what I’ve done:

Friday Jan 16th, 2009
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– Wrote up 15 articles for Site#4(have yet to post them up though)…this means I have 45 articles written for this new site…I’m planning on getting another 15 done Saturday so I can be finished queuing up and start working on a new site…

One thing I’m working on doing right now is progressively pushing my comfort level…I remember a time not too long ago where I felt like queuing up 10 posts was a huge deal and enough work for a full month!  But by pushing my comfort level and writing a bit more than what I was comfortable doing before, I was able to bit by bit, get up to the point where writing 10 posts a day is the norm.

I CLEARLY remember thinking 10 a day was excessive and would be a pain to get done….but guess what?  If you want to make it in this business you gotta get content out there and a lot of it, so I figured if this is what it takes, this is what I’m going to force myself to get used to….

So if you’re currently only doing say 2 posts a day and want to see results faster, I would suggest you set a higher goal for yourself, not too much higher, but maybe something like 4-5/day.  The first time you try to achieve that you will struggle and it will be hard to stay focused….your mind might wander….you might end up surfing Youtube or doing something else  Grin But…once you’ve done it once, you get a feeling of accomplishment…feed off of that for the next day and aim to meet it again, the 2nd time around will be substantially easier!

After about 3 days of doing it at the new level you’ve set for yourself, you will be quite comfortable with it and be able to shoot for a higher goal(up your work-load bit by bit and you won’t encounter the state of overwhelm).

We all can *MAKE* time to get a little extra work done each day…the only issue is getting over that initial hurdle of not wanting to escape that comfort zone.  But you HAVE to go through that initial pain barrier to reach the next level…

My earnings for today:
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Adsense = $1.46

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I’m pretty happy with where my income is now after a year of hard work and am finally able to relax a bit more after having ‘paid my dues’…If you’re just starting out on your own journey to make a full time income online or even if you’ve been at it for a while, this blog now has literally a day-by-day blow of everything I did on a DAILY basis over the course of 1 year to reach that full-time income…I don’t think this is something you can find anywhere else and hopefully it shows you that not only is it possible to go from being a ‘newbie’ to making a full time income, but also gives you an idea of just how much work is involved to get there.

Addendum:

-Got 16 Ezines Submitted today

Earnings For The Day:

  • CB = $53.58 – 2 CB Sniper sales, 1 sale for Authority site #1
  • Adsense = $89.86
  • Total = $143.44

-Mike

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  1. May 5th, 2010 at 11:45 | #1

    Wow – I can’t believe it’s been a year. I first saw your updates on that forum as a real newbie, and remember being very impressed. Just want to say thank you for putting it all out here for us, I know it takes more and more time now as your blog gets more and more questions. But it is very motivating and inspiring. Even those forum posts you included there give a great insight into the work ethic we’ve got to have.

  2. Tony
    May 5th, 2010 at 11:59 | #2

    Hi Mike, my question is – have you considered making only adsense snipers, because it seems that these sites are making more money than cb snipers?

  3. May 5th, 2010 at 13:13 | #3

    Happy Anniversary! I can’t remember when I first started reading here but I believe it was only a week or two after you started. Thanks for sharing the journey.

  4. May 5th, 2010 at 15:59 | #4

    Happy Anniversary Mike… quite a feat and we all applaud you ‘cuz you keep us going:

    I ran across this article from a gal who tells about selecting opt- out advertisers for adsense because they are thee lower paying ads and since that is what we are about, I thought it might be interesting to the group. You may have discussed this, but I’ve been here several months and don’t remember seeing it.

    I’ve just been accepting what Goog gives me and didn’t know one could be selective.

    hxxp://www.mooladays.com/2010/01/24/how-i-doubled-my-google-adsense-earnings/

    Cheerss,

    Bill

  5. May 5th, 2010 at 16:05 | #5

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing …

    Great stuff.

    Cheers,

    Bill

  6. May 5th, 2010 at 16:18 | #6

    Hi

    Is there a way we can work on adsense and get it to display the higher paying advertisers and not the lower payers on our sites?
    Maybe you covered this, but I don’t recall seeing it.

    Thanks,

    Bill

  7. Sunshine
    May 5th, 2010 at 16:55 | #7

    Thanks for sharing…Happy Anniversary!

    Continued Success To You.

  8. May 5th, 2010 at 17:50 | #8

    Congratulations! I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already. Will you continue daily updates? I think you deserve a break 😀

  9. Josh
    May 5th, 2010 at 18:15 | #9

    @Bill

    I assume you have heard of smart pricing, where they will pay publishers barely anything if they bring in really low quality traffic and have really low CTRs. It has been theorized that there are several tiers to this and that only the highest tier will receive the $2-$20 clicks. If this theory is true then the only way you can start getting higher paying clicks for a keyword is to get even more targeted clicking and buying traffic.

    Also, one of the reasons people only put a single large adsense block on their site is because the first ads it displays are the highest paying, so its a way to avoid getting low clicks from a second or third block lower on the page.

    @Mikeman

    Congrats man! You have without a doubt created one of the best resources for aspiring Internet Marketers/SEOs.

  10. Tony
    May 5th, 2010 at 20:51 | #10

    your dedication truly shows….congrats brotha…

  11. Mikeman
    May 5th, 2010 at 20:55 | #11

    @Ruth – Web Career Girl

    Hey thanks Ruth, it definitely has started taking more time ever since the new year…and ya, I would always share stuff like that as I figured it out.

    @Tony

    yup..that’s why..

    @Carrie

    Hey np Carrie, thanks.

    @Bill

    Thanks Bill…the only way I can think of is when I talked on my site about entering in a list of sites not to allow the displaying of ads from.

    I don’t remember the post where I discussed that, but even after entering in that list, I didn’t really notice a difference.

    Also what Josh said about only using 1 block of adsense works.

    @Sunshine

    Thanks Sunshine :>

    @Sara

    Haha, ya..I COULD take a break..who knows :>

    @Josh

    Hey thanks Josh..

  12. Mikeman
    May 5th, 2010 at 20:56 | #12

    @Tony

    Tnx man..

  13. May 5th, 2010 at 22:47 | #13

    @Mike,

    I have the flu, and I got out of bed just to say congrats 😉

  14. May 5th, 2010 at 23:08 | #14

    @Kelly
    someone needs a laptop. 🙂 And some Thera-Flu. Yikes. Sorry ’bout that!

    @ MIKEMAN –
    Happy Anniversary! (clinks glass of something really expensive from V. Sattui winery)

    Thanks to you, and John XFactor – this online income trip seems much more accessible. Thank you for taking the time, being down-to-brass-tacks about what it takes, and putting the nose to the grindstone.

    I’m glad Ruth told me ’bout your blog. Rock on, and yeah: take a break! 10 mins at least.

  15. Shelly
    May 5th, 2010 at 23:57 | #15

    Happy Anniversary Mike! I’ve been following your progress since you were posting on that forum. I knew you’d go far!

  16. May 6th, 2010 at 00:01 | #16

    congratulations!!!! :))))

  17. May 6th, 2010 at 01:16 | #17

    A well done online journey. Thanks for share.

  18. Mikeman
    May 6th, 2010 at 01:52 | #18

    @Kelly

    Haha, nice :>

    @JamestheJust on Elance

    Hey thanks James, appreciate it..

    @Shelly

    I remember.. thanks Shelly :>

    @Jorik

    Thanks Jorik :>

    @Yiannis

    Hey thanks Yiannis..

    @Bill

    BTW Bill, regarding that link, ya, that’s what I had discussed before in a post..after implementing that though I did not notice any difference which makes me question how anyone could actually double their income over it.

  19. Tim
    May 6th, 2010 at 02:45 | #19

    Congrats Mike, and now triple your income!

  20. DC
    May 6th, 2010 at 06:19 | #20

    CONGRATS Mikeman!

  21. Manny
    May 6th, 2010 at 08:45 | #21

    Well done Mike I have become a recent devotee because you really tell it like it is, day by day, blow by blow…..The main message I get from you Mike is take action everyday no matter what….there is nothing more important because action leads to momentum which leads to results and more motivation but….. contemplation leads to insecurity which leads to procrastination and inaction…..Chin Chin and lets see you get to $10k day man!

    Manny

  22. All Is Well
    May 6th, 2010 at 11:18 | #22

    Congrats mike… it is inspirational.

  23. Linda
    May 6th, 2010 at 11:40 | #23

    Great work, Mike! I’ve been reading your blog for months, even though I don’t always post. You have definitely been an inspiration.

    Thanks for sharing those old posts on that other forum. I loved the post about how to get yourself to writing a lot of articles a day. I’m definitely going to try that.

  24. May 6th, 2010 at 20:28 | #24

    Your blog has been an inspiration! I have learned so much from watching your progress over the past few months, reading your comments (and others as well), and I’m really looking forward to seeing where things go in the next year. Happy anniversary!

  25. May 6th, 2010 at 22:37 | #25

    Happy Anniversary Mike! It’s really not easy to update progress everyday, rain or sunshine, good days and bad days and endlessly, unselfishly sharing with us what works what doesn’t for a whole year. You have no idea how inspirational your blog is to me and many others out there. I am really happy for you for achieving your goals. And most importantly, you shown us how we need to be flexible when it come to changes and how hard you had worked or rather, how hard we need to work in order to achieve our goals. What I really hope and I think many of your followers are you continually inspiring us by taking on a new challenge, embarking on a new journey/milestone. You defiantly have what it take to achieve much much more then what you are doing now.

    Cheers
    Tinman

  26. Mike
    May 6th, 2010 at 23:23 | #26

    Congrats Mike!!!

  27. Lance
    May 7th, 2010 at 07:54 | #27

    CONGRATULATIONS MIKE 🙂

    You’ve been a massive inspiration to a lot of people over this past year, and you made a change by giving people a boost they needed to start taking action.

    You made it clear, that it is indeed possible to ake it in this business,

    God bless, and may the next year be even more productive.

    Cheers bro.

  28. Terry
    May 7th, 2010 at 16:46 | #28

    Congrats Mike on a truly inspiring 1 year!

  29. Kai Lo
    May 8th, 2010 at 00:05 | #29

    I rarely see people write out their progress for more than a month or two. If you look in webmaster forums with threads like “xfactor progress journal…” they usually don’t last very long. Keep it up Mike!

  30. Tony
    May 8th, 2010 at 02:57 | #30

    are you stopping your updates after u reached your year?

  31. Mikeman
    May 8th, 2010 at 12:13 | #31

    @Tim

    Lol, no problem..

    @DC

    tnx DC :>

    @Manny

    Hey thanks Manny, ya, daily action was definitely critical!

    @All Is Well

    Thanks All Is Well

    @Linda

    Thanks Linda, glad you got something out of those..

    @Michelle

    Hey Michelle, glad it helped you out :>

    @Tinman

    Ya, it definitely wasn’t easy at the start, but once you get the ball rolling with the daily updates, it becomes a necessity/compulsion/something that just has to be done. Of course this was also the case for getting some notable amount of work done each day.

    I do appreciate the kind words man…it’s hard for me to gauge how the info on my site is being perceived through my own eyes seeing as how I wrote it :>

    I am taking a more relaxed approach at this time and it is deliberate. There will come a time when I go back to going all out again though…

    @Mike

    Thanks Mike :>

    @Lance

    Hey Lance, thanks a lot for the kind words :>

    @Terry

    Thanks Terry :>

    @Kai Lo

    Ya, unfortunately that is the case…It usually boils down to people not having a strong enough reason to build the business, thanks Kai :>

    @Tony

    no plans to stop just yet :>

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