Where to start…?
at the beginning I guess!
I’ve been “messing around” with websites online since around 1996, although I didn’t start making money online until 2000, and then started making a living “full time” online in 2005.
I started with simple affiliate Niche SEO based websites which I had a fair amount of success with, as I spent a lot of time researching everything I could about SEO and building links to my sites, which gave me a good understanding of how to get free “organic” traffic from the search engines.
I started to make AdSense Sites in late 2003, and was lucky enough to get in when it was still “easy money”.
In the process I learnt a LOT about the “Black Hat” side of SEO and site building, with cloaking and other sneaky techniques for building backlinks to sites.
I also bought the membership site TopKeywordLists.com from Keith Baxter in 2005, which was then mentioned in Joel Comm’s New York Times Bestselling book, The AdSense Code.
By 2006 I had hooked up with 3 fellow UK “AdSense site builder” to automate the process of mass building AdSense sites and we got to the stage where we were building out 10-12 thousand sites a month, unfortunately the “Giigle” police then caught up with us and I had 4 different AdSense accounts closed over a period of 6 months, including 2 that were totally “White Hat”.
It was a painful and expensive “learning” experience, but ultimately my business is better because of the lessons I learnt and I still work with those ex-business partners when the we get the chance.
After that I decided to take a fresh look at my business and where I wanted to go with it and ended up writing the LazyGitMarketing.com ebook based on a simple method of making recurring commissions that I’d been using for several years, but had pushed to one side while I was concentrating on the AdSense sites.
LazyGitMarketing.com launched in April 2007 and was a far bigger success than I’d expected, as it was my very first “internet marketing” product, although not my first info product, having written and released a book for The World of Warcraft a month earlier, partly as a test run for LazyGitMarketing.
As I’d been in the background of “internet marketing” for a while, having a reasonable subscriber list from TopKeywordLists, I knew a few of the big players in the business and managed to get some great JV partners on board, like Neil Shearing, Joel Comm, Phil Wiley, Jason James, Eric Rockefeller and Ewen Chia, which kind of helped… 🙂
It was late 2006 when I got in to blogging as a serious part of my business, partly to help with the build up for LazyGitMarketing.
I’d got some “niche” blogs which I’d previously used for linking to my AdSense sites and figured I should do something with them, so I started learning everything I could about blogs and specifically WordPress.
In the process I realized I might as well set up a blog to share videos of what I learnt and BlogTactics.com was born, followed shortly by IMTesting.com, where I share the results of different stuff I test out for my own business.
The time I’d spent learning about blogs obviously paid off, as both started getting reasonably good traffic very quickly.
I now use 4 or 5 main “IM” based blogs to back up my affiliate marketing and list building efforts, and it works very well, having helped me build a subscriber base of around 10,000 people and a relable 5 figure+ (USD) monthly income.
Some of my current sites include: –
Mat4.com => articles and “how to” videos
Mat7.com => useful & free resources, ebooks and tools
BlogTactics.com => blogging “how to” videos
IAMAdSwaps.com => Internet Marketing AdSwaps Forum
IMTesting.com => My testing results blog
IAMUncovered.com => where I publish my newsletter
lazygitmarketing.com => my first “IM” ebook
WarcraftDomination.com => my first non “IM” ebook
tadk.com => my fisrt facebook application
CopyDefender.com => a site scraper protection script with
PLRTutorials.com => “How To” videos showing exactly, step by step, how to use all that PLR stuff sat on your hard disk to make some money.