October 2, 2007
This year was my first serious attempt at affiliate marketing. In January, I told myself that I would spend 2007 and test. That was my goal. Not to retire, not to succeed, not to make thousands of dollars, but to test and understand strategies. I know individuals like Darren from ProBlogger and Jeremy from Shoemoney will often get asked “what’s the secret”, and they’re answers are always the same – ‘test ideas’, ‘work hard’ and ‘just do it’. I can’t imagine how annoying that must be to say on a daily basis, but the words are extremely wise.
Taking these into account, I wanted to test what works for me and what doesn’t. I wanted to have at least three different directions for revenue. Not three different web sites, but three different strategies. The three initial strategies are as follows:
1. Commission Junction (store fronts)
2. Paid subscription banners
September 23, 2007
First off I want to say that I’m very new to the area of making money online via passive income streams. I’ve been in the field of web development over the course of 8 years, and my primary source of income is designing web applications for clients. So I’m not new with the web… just the enterprise of affiliate marketing and professional blogging.
When I started, I stared with Google AdSense on a community site resource web site I stared in 2000. Earnings were incredibly meager, approximately $5 – $15 per month. Nothing to get excited about, but as the months went by and my education of this field grew, earnings have been steadily increasing. My sites have grown, and I’ve joined multiple networks to help understand what pays for me, and what is not working so hot. Now, I’m breaking the $1000 per month threshold. Still nothing to get too excited about, but I’m seeing trends, and I’m starting to understand the ‘game’.