This is the first Guest Post in this IMT community. Tapha got my attention as he has an online business creating iPhone App template. I am always amazed how others have courage and motivation to continue working on their business online. While I am hit by penguin and re-working on my online niche empire, let’s get some motivation charge together.
Have you ever looked at a high achieving individual and wondered how they had so much motivation to do what they do? Wondered why they have this ridiculous drive to achieve that could not matched by you? Or more importantly, wondered if you would ever have such a high level of motivation to do what you want to do?
Most people think that people of high motivation are born with it and have always had it. This is furthered by the fact that most of these people themselves tell others that they have always had their motivations.
I don’t believe this to be the case.
I think that ambition is something that you can create, craft and grow to be something that resembles the drive of the high performers. I think that ambition is a muscle that can grow. And i don’t think that its out of reach for anyone. To illustrate this point, i’ll share a short story (true) from my childhood:
I remember when i first decided that i wanted to be an entrepreneur. It was a tiny little pinch of a feeling, that made me think to myself, ‘i want to make some money’. There was no big revelation or overwhelming desire. Just a small, harmless pinch of a feeling. It was on my desk in North West London, as i wrote up my plan to sell name tags in my high school playground, the following day.
I was 11 years old (High school here, starts a 11) and at first i didn’t know how i was going to get the name tags printed. But i kept my eyes peeled. Eventually i found what i needed. I was with my Mom, shopping at a Staples store, when i stumbled across the Dymo Embosser. It was a simple, small, but very effective gadget that printed indented name tags onto small, 3d label tapes. I looked up at my mom and asked her if she would buy it for me. Having no idea what an 11 year old would want to do with such a gadget, she obliged. She probably thought that i wanted to make a pencil case label or something.
The initial pinch started to grow.
The next day as i made my way to class, i met up with two of my closer friends at the time. I told them about my plans and asked them if they would help me out for a cut of the profits (i sold each name tag for 10p). They agreed.
The next day i brought in the Dymo. Loaded with 3D label tape and along with my two friends, we started on the task of winning customers. We asked people everywhere. On the playground, in the classroom and even on the way home. People loved it. The pinch started to become a little more intense. And it grew with intensity with every person that replied to our question of whether they’d be interested, with a yes.
Within a week we had sold over £10 worth of name tags. Remember that this is a product priced at 10p, so we sold quite a few. I was ecstatic. But i wanted more. I could feel the pinch turning into a tight grip.
I decided to double up my efforts and purchase another Dymo. I also went around asking other friends if they would join my entrepreneurial enterprise. I was seriously pumped at this point.
Unfortunately, this time around, we barely made a cent. We had pretty much saturated the market. Which consisted of a whole 1000 students in my high school playground.
I decided to let the business go.
Everybody else that was involved went back to their normal lunch time routines, no longer interested in pestering their fellow students about ‘the unique name tags they could put on their pencil cases for just 10p’.
I did not.
Something in me had changed. The tiny, innocent pinch that i had felt when i first got that inkling of idea, backed with a sliver of desire for money, had transformed into a permenant clutch. Infinite in its intensity. I was never the same after that. That desire slowly pushed me towards that first purchase of the Dymo, which led me to action that only further increased my desire. Crafting it, with every action.
The little flicker of ambition that i had when i started, became a roaring flame and that has only grown in intensity, to this day.
And it is still growing.
Do you think Ambition is important in your journey? Do you have any stories to share with us?
Let us know in the comments!
“Hi Kent, My name’s Adam and I’m a 23 year old affiliate. I’ve been affiliating for a little over 2 years across the gambling and finance industry and have gone from $0 up to more then $7,5000 per month.
Recently I’ve been diversifying into non-affiliate streams of income (pre-paid advertising and adsense models) in addition to developing my own affiliate blog at AffiliateFYI.com.”
“During my 2nd year of University I found some summer work writing news and reviews for other affiliates. By the end of summer, I earned $2,000+ from writing and my employer motivated me to set up my own affiliate website.
For the first 6 months, I really had no idea what I was doing. I went for the typical “large portal” approach in affiliating, only to find out that I was targeting a poor niche with zero conversions. Eventually, after around 1 year, I started developing a couple of other niche websites which started to make me a little bit of money (e.g. $500 per month) and I went on from there.”
“ First of all, I really enjoy managing my own business, being a creative and developing new projects. It’s really fulfilling when you see a new project start to make money after working with writers, designers and coders, not to mention the research required to start a new project and find a new domain to develop.
I originally took a gap-year after Uni (graduated June 2010) just to see what I could accomplish in 12 months as an affiliate. I set a target of $1,000 per month by the end of my gap year, however I quickly achieved this after just a few months.
By the end of my gap year, I was earning close to $5,000 per month, which is around £38,000 per month in the UK. I think the average graduate salary is around £25k, so I made the strategic decision to continue working on my business and see what happens. ”
“I’ve made a lot of my money in the gambling industry, which includes online poker, casinos, bingo and sports betting.
In the last 6 months, I’ve diversified more into finance niches including Forex, banking and precious metals. Although I’m still growing my gambling affiliate network, I’m making a conscious decision to try and develop high quality, information sites on premium domains on more of a CPM/CPC business model. Sites such as StudentBanking.co.uk are an example of this.
Recent niches I’ve made some domain acquisitions in include mobile gambling, mobile recycling (selling your old mobile phones) and binary options.”
“ First of all, SEO is a very new industry in which a number of young, ambitious people are making a lot of money online. I’ve seen pretty big growth in income over the last year or so, and I like to think that this will continue if I work hard.
I’ve also seen what other affiliates my age have accomplished – some of them on my Skype earning $20k – $50k per month. There’s literally no limit to what you can achieve or do online.
Of course, I think it’s wrong to be solely motivated by money, but I just like managing projects and being in charge of my work day.”
“I rely on competition analysis and my existing contacts for the bulk of my SEO campaigns. This is what gives me an edge over my competitors. Never underestimate the value of making contacts and friends in this industry. I like to think I’ve built links where others can’t.
Most of the time I look for very high quality sites to source links on, mostly in blog posts. I also outsource a small bit of SEO to a close friend who runs his own SEO Company. I don’t use any automated link building methods or tools. I’ve always found these a very unsustainable, short-term form of SEO.”
7. What was your biggest success online?
“It’s hard to track down my “biggest success” because my revenue growth over the last 12 months have been divided pretty evenly across 10+ sites.
The single, biggest turning point in my opinion was when I bought an exact-match domain for $300, which I developed, added some content and links to, and was then making $300 per month just a month later. This is the first ever-decent income stream I was making. Since then, this site has gone on to earn me more then $10,000 in the last year and I haven’t even updated it or touched it in the last 12 months.”
“I’ve had plenty of failures in internet marketing, ranging from website penalties, sand boxes and investing $x,xxx on premium domains, only to find they were penalised when I bought them.
I’ve also developed my fair share of sites that didn’t make any money. Sometimes it’s just a bit of luck whether a certain site will go on to make you a lot of money. There’s one site I recently developed and invested probably $2-$3k (eBookReaders.co.uk) which has barely made me $20 per month.
I justify these failures by having success elsewhere that makes up for them.”
“It seems like a lifetime since I first got into affiliating, lol. I wouldn’t know where to start!
I was quite fortunate because I was still studying in my final year at University whilst I was developing websites and learning about SEO. By the time I finished University, I had the confidence to take a gap year developing my own business and apply everything I’d learned without any financial pressure. By the end of that 12 months, I was doing OK for myself and could justify continuing for another 12 months.
My top tips would be to develop a high quality site with excellent content in a growing niche with high CPAs and little competition. But make sure you still have other sources of income before you delve straight in to the affiliate industry – and try to get affiliate mentors to help you out. I know it usually takes brand new affiliates around 12 months before they start earning money from their websites, so you need to be patient and not be tempted by the short-term solutions that black hat SEO offers.
SEO is definitely starting to favour high quality white hat websites more then it ever did, and a lot of people are going to get left behind in future Google updates.”
“I don’t think the SEO industry is ever going to die and I think links will always play a huge role in the Google algorithm for the next 5-10 years, which should give some people confidence.
I’ve seen plenty of affiliates my age start to make a good living (e.g. $60-$100k per year) after just 2 years. Some of the people my age I know are also making $250k+ per year. One of my previous writers from 2 years ago is now working with a partner and is making close to $1 million per year. This just goes to show that there IS money in SEO and affiliating. You just have to be patient and be willing to put in the grind, and then make smart re-investments in your business in order to get to the next level.”
“I keep in contact with lots of other affiliate marketers, coders and designers daily on Skype. Like I said, I think good contacts and relationships are a key part of affiliate marketing. I went to my first affiliate conference at the LAC last January, which was really fun and interesting too.
In the past I havn’t been active enough in social media, and this is something I am definitely making my target for the rest of 2012. The problem is that I think getting a core following, or list building, is more important then social media per say. For example, would you have rather build active list and following of 500-1,000 customers, or 500 likes on your Facebook wall?”
“These recent Penguin updates hit a few of my sites hard, and have taught me a very important lesson. From now on, I’m going to be working with a partner in London, just as a form of insurance (e.g. having experience as a Marketing Director and managing writers on my CV) and extra-diversified income. I’ll still be developing my own business at the same time. ”
“My short term plans are to get settled in London and work out of my partners office in London. My other plans are to either restart or fix my penalised sites.
My long term plans include a complete overhaul in strategy (focusing on building an authority site, investing lots of excellent content, high quality links and list-building, rather then small sites with tons of low quality links).
I also want to write a quick word about SEO and internet marketing post-penguin. It’s very scary when you lose some of your sites overnight, but I’ve realised that I always had this coming. SEO is by no means over and there are some great opportunities now that a number of big players in the industry have gone. Build a great site focusing on content and long tails, avoid buying low quality links, and you should have a lot of success. Investing in high quality content and high quality links is also a zero risk strategy.”
It was very inspring to meet Adam. I wish I learned about IM when I was in college 10 years ago. 🙂
I admire his energy, out-of-box thinking, and willing to take risk and dedicate to try/test out (like taking a year off college). Also being patience is the key. You can’t just buy a “PUSH-button” software to make millions online.
Thanks so much, Adam! Your story is very inspiring and motivating to all of us. Get working on your Online Business today, it’s never late!
Do you have any comments and questions for Adam? Please feel free to leave here.
After the Panda Update 3.4, my main money-making site traffic sank to ~150 daily traffic. It was about 300 daily 2 months ago.
I’m back to Zero.. Learning and on Action Taking Mode these days.
Also, I just grabbed this Azon Classroom training for $20. The training video quality and content is awesome. The core value is in the forum and community that I am pretty active getting involved with. I could have direct access to Jeff and Dave, who are making great Affiliate income from Amazon. Also I picked up some new tips that are new to me and I could execute on my Amazon Niche Sites.
I treasure education a lot as they help me become a better niche blogger and marketer. I run and take actions with some tips that I have learned recently. They will make me money..
Also I buy plugins and services. They not only save me time, but also make me extra money. For example, I bought an Amazon plugin and I just checked recently. It made me $200 Amazon Commission last couple months. ☺ Crazy enough, if you don’t try, you never know if it works or not. $20 was an awesome investment as an education. I am making way more than that from Amazon some days.
Regarding to free education, these are the guys that I look upon on regular basis. You could learn a lot of great tips and improving your business. These are something that I had love reading last couple weeks.
These guys are making their full-time income from home. Although they have different scale and time working on this business.
I have been following him since 2010. It’s awesome to see his growth. His income reports are always inspiring to me. I hope I could grow my brand as great as SPI.
I got to know Spencer from Pat’s Niche Duel. Spencer has been providing a lot of great and free values on his blog. His LongTail Pro is my favorite keyword research tool and is running on my Desktop most of time.
Joe and Justin are rocking and I love their podcast shows. They are very strong in their progress – outsourcing in Philiphiss. I have been learning so much on growing my Adsense niche site with their tips. Check out their recent release FREE
Building a Niche Site Empire guide here. It’s in high quality and one of the best FREE ebook you could have online.
Chris is my first mentor making money with Amazon Affiliate. His NPC has helped me to make my first $10K online. He has various online business and I’m following his footprint on building Amazon Affiliate niche sites.
These are Niche Site Buddies that I contact, follow, and learn practical tips from them. Their income reports keep me motivated too as we are walking along together. The list is growing, join the band!
Wesley is a real deal and I’m excited to see his Amazon Affiliate income growth last couple months. His dream house is very motivating.
Recently, he had an interesting post about what type of links convert the best? For me, anchor text and product image links convert the best. I love to test out those “Buy Now” buttons too.
Eric is an tax consultant and has been working on his “4 Hour Workweek” since Feb, 2010. He has many interesting case study for Amazon and Adsense that I have been following. Passive income is hard work and you could get some insights following his blog .
This is an interesting one that he “unveiled” some of his top earning niche sites.
3. Andre Garde
Great to get to know another Online Daddy and Family Man – Andre Garde. Awesome to see your Adsense growth in March. Hard work pays off.
I picked up some tips about Buying high PR domain from his post How to buy a high pagerank domain
I’m very impressed with Mike’s aggressive Niche Site expense and his Growth. I was wondering if I shall scale up my niche site creation like that. Anyway, I’m still fine-turning my business process and love to catch up with Mike’s journey too.
How nice! Mike had his $100 Adsense Day recently. Congrats!
Would it be nice to be your own boss and leave work behind? Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy doing software and my 9-to-5. It was nice to meet from UK. He quit his job and working on his online business – a full time writer and various online business.
Also he had a lot of success with guest blogging and growing his blog traffic.
6. Adem from UK
Adem was very cool and I got to know him from my blog comments. He has pretty profitable Adsense profile and he writes the niche site content himself.
From all these follows, I learn that this business is pretty dynamic. You can’t just follow ONE set of how-to and rule to succeed. Everyone has his/her own process, investment, business models, and focus.
I’m trying to figure out my Own way and process too. If you wanna grow big, you should have those in place while figuring out the How-To.
After all, niche selection, keyword research, creating content, driving traffic, and conversion are the CORE of Online Niche Site Business. You can’t go wrong if you master these skills.
I’d say working on this Online business behind the screen could be boring and dry sometimes. Let us motivate and learn from each other along the way.
As Internet Marketing and SEO Landscape evolves, so do my education and keeping up with other IM buddies.
Note: I am behind on my blog post these weeks, sometimes you just need to push the “publish” button and enhance along the way.
Do you know of any Big Niche Site guys I should follow. Are you willing to be my Niche Site Buddy too? Join me at IMT Facebook
I love to share my favorite quotes and mindset motivating and energizing my Niche Site Business. Are you almost giving up your Online Business? Are you frustrated and disappointed by the outcome and going no-where? They help me to think and reflect about what I am doing and why. They keep me going.
Niche Site Business is a dynamic and competitive one. Search Engines on-going optimizes their search engine result for their benefits and end users.
Last week, Google just de-index and sink some blog networks especially BMR for reasons, so do some niche site owner traffic and online income.
Online business could be stressful and hard to start with. I was a newbie a year ago and pulling my hair out just to figure out piece by piece.
Today, I am more experienced than I was.
Hope these quotes help you move forward. This is a fun business!
For me, my niche site business is a dream that I could make extra money for my family. It would be nice making “passive income” when you are in sleep or traveling.
Indeed, there is a lot of work up-front, but it’s a DREAM and I am working on and making it true.
Don’t say “I can’t” to yourself. Nothing is impossible.
Say “I CAN”.
Many times, I say “Wordpress is just too hard”, “SEO is just hard”, “I can’t compete and rank this keyword”.
Those just become part of you. Go and unlearn yourself. Nothing is not learnable.
All of us have New Year Resolution and Goals. I set mine as $100 a day goal for this year.
Goal Setting is great, so what? Take actions and follow through your plan. Sometimes, we need to go extra miles to accomplish some tasks.
All it involves is DISCIPLINE and DEDICATION.
Could I wake up 30 mins earlier and stay late to finish that task today?
Consistently, I am looking for the niche and keywords. You can’t wait when great ideas come.
Who knows, you may have the next big niche site idea making you thousands a month.
Sometimes we don’t know why and what our purpose is doing this damn Online Thing. J
If you haven’t checked out my WHY you make money online post, you should.
Know your purpose and your success will come along..
I have pretty strong “purpose” and why. They keep me working extra hours on daily basis.
Everyone when I build a niche site, I have hope that it will be a successful one with decent traffic and Ads or Affiliate income. Sometimes, we just have guts feeling and go ahead with it. It would apply to any Online Business and life too.
If you don’t take actions, you will never know what will happen next.
What if I didn’t take NPC, what if I didn’t spend time figuring out the steps, I wouldn’t have made my first $10K online.
How many times was I discouraged? Even today, I was “discouraged” by some niche site traffic and income.
Keep moving and Success is there waiting for you.
Don’t Fear to be failed. You failed on one niche site, doesn’t mean that you are a Failure.
Many many times, some of my niche sites just sink and don’t even have traffic. Some are still in the sandbox, ranking at (500+) for my targeted keywords.
So what? Does the “frustration” keep you away from creating the next Niche Sites?
Does your traffic drop keep you away from the next Success?
Problems arise in every business and life no matter where you are. Be positive and solve them as opportunities and guidelines.
Google has many Algorithm updates. Many times, it hurts and sink our niche site traffic; at the same time, they are guidelines about how to drive better and quality traffic.
Sometimes you don’t need to have perfect steps to move things forward. Do what you can together and you will grow through the process.
One year ago, I hated blogging and didn’t even know how I could earn couple hundreds “passive income” on monthly basis.
Does “I can’t” stop you today?
Do what you can today, maybe the publish button to post a blog post.
We all worry about tomorrow. Why not take good care of today first? What you do today matters.
Niche sites don’t grow traffic by itself. What you are working on does.
Above are great reminders and hope they help you to FOCUS and keep going today.
Which one is your favorite here? Do you have any quotes to share with us and help us motivated?
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Do you know your Why and Reasons make money online and want to have your own Online Business? A lot of times, we look for How to make money online. Did you spend sometime to think about your why?
Everyone is different. Your why would be different from me and his/her.
Do you Know Your Why?
I’d like to share mine and hope it could be Inspiring and Interesting to you.
In this kind of bad economy, there were many laid-off in Silicon Valley last couple years. The job market is just bad and more than 10% in the US and around the world. There is no “real” job security anymore. Making extra income for me is a big deal. If I could make couple thousands a month, at least I could still pay my mortgage when I am let go one day.
With Extra income, I could have “more” nice meals and buy some cool toys and clothes for my kids. I could buy more gadgets, huge LED TV, whatever you name it in the shopping mall.
Indeed, not that I don’t have the cash to buy those stuff. It would be even better when they are paid with my extra income instead of my saving.
With extra income made online, I have more saving cash in my saving for rainy days. What I get really sick and need money for treatment. What about family emergency?
You could see I wouldn’t spend all extra income right the way, I do invest and save as I mentioned on this how to spend $1000 extra income.
As Rich Dad Poor Dad said, poor work for money, rich let money work for them.
For me, I’m building and acquiring assets making the positive cash flow. Real Estate could be the “ultimate” assets for me, just that entry cost is high and it’s not truly “passive”.
Many times, I was asking why I wake up like 5 or 6am early in the mornings while the kids are still in sleep. Why do I work on my computers a few hours more each day?
Because I feel great and am proud of my own “business”. It’s awesome to have my own business no matter how big or small it is.
When I was in high school and college, I wasn’t super smart and was a “B” student. I didn’t think much that I could have my own business and empire.
Well, I am doing this part-time so the business scale is very different comparing to those gurus that I look up to. Indeed, I have less worries and concerns; sometimes I just take day off online and my niche sites are still generating passive income that is awesome.
I feel great that my business grows and is still generating income 24/7 even when I am in sleep, eating, and at bathroom.
I feel great that I make myself bonus everyday and every month.
If you work extra hours and even hard at work, it’s for your company and you are making profit for them.
I love my full-time 9-to-5 and I’m not peaching you how to have your own job and quit. Indeed, I hate working from home whole day. I did and it’s boring.
My family is the core reason I am doing what I am doing. I also spend quality time with them so I feel even greater!
I have kids and family, and other responsibilities. For me, it’s not about Life-style Design and traveling around the world while working online. It’s a cool dream and I wish I could do it when I’m in 50’s when the kids are in college. Maybe could be retired and don’t need to work online.
I think working on this business part-time, is that I’m not trading hours for money like working in a pizza store or fast food restaurant. I could work an hour here and there when I feel like it, and around the clock.
This is the “FREEDOM” I’d call. I’m not selling you the dream to be your own BOSS. Indeed, it’s hard and involves dedication and focus. I’m writing up this post 6:30am on Sunday morning.
Trust me. When you have your own business, you get to think and work hard after 9-to-5. Before working on my Online Niche Site business, I think less and just relax on weekends. I was thinking more like where to go and eat, and have fun. Now, I still do, but feeling more “controlled” in my life.
These are the reasons why I make extra money online. They keep me motivated, wake up early, and get moving.
I had some failing months; one month, my money-making sites was in sand-box and no traffic for weeks. (I could share more about what happened later.) It was disappointing and depressing; my WHY reasons kept me up and continue working hard towards my goals.
And you? Do you know your WHY and reasons to make money online? If not, spend some time to think about the WHY down in your heart.
This WHY question is super powerful to keep you moving forward. Mine keep me going.
What are yours? I look forward hearing from you.