The Secret to Making Money Online!

The Secret To Making Money OnlineIf there was one thing that separated people who made it from those that didn’t it would be this one thing:

Those who are successful at making money online delay gratification.

What Do I Mean By This?

Well the concept is simple. If you have ever heard of “The Dip”, it’s the time it takes from starting something, to becoming  one of the best at it and the most successful at it.

Essentially, its being able to persevere when results are few and far between.

The people who succeed are the people who carry on making progress towards their goals, without the guarantee of reward.

When 90% of people who start a blog or online business, they start out enthusiastic, they make steps forward, then they realize it’s not going to be easy, then when they make little or nothing for their efforts, their motivation saps and they give up.

Now i am not preaching to you as some guru, i am preaching you to as someone who has gone through what you have gone through. I had all of the doubts like “Am i wasting my time?”, “Will this work?”, “How much money will i be able to make once i’m successful?”, “Is it worth it?” etc.

And the answer to all of those questions is, no you are not wasting you’re time, it will work if you don’t give up and keep moving forward, and you can have an abundance of money if you follow through.

It is most definitely worth it.

The Problem With “Our Generation”

The big problem with our generation is we always want something for nothing. We want the results but are unwilling to do the work.

If you are someone who is capable of taking massive action for a sustained period of time, without any positive results, then you will succeed. Maybe not right now, maybe not in 2 years, but eventually you will succeed.

It is impossible to keep a man down who has a definite purpose and is willing to keep moving forward towards it no matter what.

Feedback will come in various forms. Positive feedback includes:

  • Increased traffic.
  • Increased subscribers/opt-ins.
  • Increased sales.
  • Increased rankings.
  • Positive comments.

Negative feedback comes in the form of:

  • Google penalties.
  • Low/no sales despite massive action.
  • Low/no traffic despite massive action.
  • Poor conversion despite traffic.

The Rewards

Often people do not realize how close they are to success.

Lots of people put their heart and soul in to their websites. But because websites take time to age, links takes time to build, passive income takes time to accumulate, they give up before they start seeing massive positive results.

Right now i am starting to reap the fruits of my labor, 12 months ago i was making very little. Barely over $1000 a month. Now i am doing 5-figures a month.

How did i do this?

Well i am on revenue share deals. My traffic keeps increasing/maintaining and over the last 12 months i have been increasing my referrals.

Right now i am not sending drastically more referrals than i did 12 months ago. Maybe 50% more. However my income has increased almost 1000% from sites.

This is the secret of compounding. What i do, builds up each and every month.

If i increase my income just $100 or $200 each month, its a couple grand a month extra per month over a year. Over 5 years, this is a lot of money.

You have to be in this for the long-haul.

My advice to those who are not making much money right now:

  • Look for programs that can bring you in passive income.
  • Start promoting them and building up your earnings each month.
  • I look at content as bait. If i pay someone £10 to produce me a piece of content that makes me £1 a month. I will do it, and i will keep scaling up again and again. Take this approach to building websites. Put more “bait” in the ocean and eventually you will catch more fish.
  • Just because something is not making you money now, does not mean it will not make you money in the future. It may or may not. The only way you can find out is by taking massive action. Then you will get some form of feedback which will determine whether more action is needed, a change in approach is needed or a completely new approach is needed. Either way you will gain experience and learn valuable lessons. But you have to take massive action in order to get feedback. It’s the only way.

Your enemies in the equation are basically Google.

Although if Google banned all my sites my business would drop virtually all revenue growth overnight, i would still be in business.

My sites get a lot of direct traffic from past Google visitors who enjoyed my site and bookmarked.

My sites get masses of opt-ins. Right now my lists are huge. I send out emails 3x a week and a flood of traffic goes to my site each week.

So although i rely on Google for traffic generation (Basically all gambling affiliates do), i am getting long term value from it (Building a good site + building a big list).

If i decide to exit and sell my sites, it will the difference between me being able to sell for 12 months revenue and 40 months revenue.

Anyway, the way i look at it now is. I am already ahead and in profit. I am playing the long game. I’m building more sites, building more passive income and squeezing the most i can get from my traffic.

Bottom line – People search for stuff on Google and convert. As long as they are doing this i will be trying to game the system in whatever ways i can. There is money out there, the smartest marketers will get it.

Take a long term approach and realize there is a big upside to all of this if you commit to it and work hard. Results may take a while, but they are most DEFINITELY worth it.

You have no idea how much 5-figures a month “passive income” changes your life.

21 Responses to “The Secret to Making Money Online!”
  1. HypeBuzz

    Amazing article. It’s very hard to start, I think, then it’s hard to scale and grow but for sure it’s possible! Thanks for good tips and encouragement. I love to read and sea examples of successfully affiliates!

    • Andy

      Your welcome, i am glad you enjoyed the article.

  2. Stuart

    Hi Andy

    Been on your list for a while I love your no none-sense approach to IM and related stuff. I also relate to your initial struggles. All your advice and guidance is well received from a fellow brit in the IM game that seems to be dominated by the big players over the pond.

    Got loads of questions for you but I know your busy so just 1 for now. If you were to start off from scratch now only with the knowledge you’ve attained where would you start? What software tools Ultimate Demon etc… would you invest in and what angle would you take. Affiliate Marketing? Developing your own product? build an authority site with list and market to them etc.. Keep up the good work

    • Andy

      Hey,

      I havent used ultimate demon, but i hear its like SEnuke but a lot cheaper.

      Basically what i would do pretty much what i am doing now. I had my first £10k+ month last month, and to be honest, it cost me approx $300 in tools+ a lot of hard work. Then once the money started rolling in i purchased link buys and other stuff like that but basically…

      - Start a site.
      - Get authorship. Use authorship as well, post your articles on your G+ profile. Interact on G+, get circles etc.
      - Build out tonnes of content (3+ Articles a day).
      - Build links

      The last part has the most scope really. Because i work in gambling there are no natural links. I started off with a $70 a month vps loaded with tools. I would use SEnuke to create tier 1′s. Then i would blast the fuck out of them with Xrumer and Scrapebox.

      Tools and blog networks are generally useful if you use them smart.

      Really though, it doesnt matter so much what you do, just as long you get on with it and graft. I still have web 2.0 sites ranking for big keywords, they are basically 1 page and a tonne of spam links. I also have one main authority site.

      I am a bit concerned about the risk now because i essentially have a site now making over £10k a month which is basically a huge authority site but its built on layers and layers of spam. My next plan is basically more sites, outsource content with my profits and go a less aggressive route, where hopefully the content ranks by itself.

      FWIW i am seeing a lot of shakeups in the SERPs atm and a lot of stuff that is ranking “doesnt make sense”, i am also certain Google is split testing stuff. Because i am jumping from 1st to 7th on the first page and everywhere in between for my big money term. It really is strange because these results should be somewhat stable. Anyway, good luck man!

  3. Loz James

    Ha! Making money online aside this is a great piece of motivational writing.

    Your quote: “It is impossible to keep a man down who has a definite purpose and is willing to keep moving forward towards it no matter what.”…

    …reminds me of another one I like:

    “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
    - Calvin Coolidge

    Keep it up Andy this is great stuff. You could actually be an even better writer than you are an SEO :-)

    Cheers!

    Loz

    • Andy

      Thanks man, thats an awesome quote BTW.

  4. Mike Buyco

    Very good advice Andy. I’m right now not making that much but when I compare myself 2 years ago. I’m earning a lot more than before. I will never give up until I reach that level that I want. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Andy

      Thats the attitude! Good luck on your IM journey!

  5. adam

    I found your blog a couple of days ago and I like the way you do things and simplify them for others so that they can get a direction. A lot of people think SEO is free or cheap traffic but it needs a considerable amount of investment upfront or you just wont see the results as you want them. I have personally experienced this. Taking it to next level needs a lot of content and constant supply of links ( tools and services ), perhaps that is why most of us want quicker results with our investment or we lose patience and motivation in the middle of it. Google updates or even the fear of losing all your hard work adds to all this.
    I was so pissed off with SEO that i did nt touch it for almost a year after penguin update. Just recently started with it again. Keep up the good work Andy.

  6. Clara

    Glad to see you blogging again! Great post.

    • Andy

      Thanks Clara!

  7. steve c

    I saw your post on the Warrior forum and totally agree, this is why there is such a low success rate in IM, or one of them at least, people give up far to early. Not only that they are seduced by the snake oil salesmen telling them that they will be making $xxxxxxx at the push of a button in a few days.

    Steve C

    • Andy

      Yeah thats pretty much the case. Unfortunately its human nature to want to get as much as possible for as little effort.

  8. Boo

    Hi!

    I believe the hard part is not the waiting, is that moment when you realize that you are closing to bankruptcy because you spend all your money in the online business and after 6, or 12 months you have not money to pay your rent. That is the moment when say “¡Fuck this!” and start looking for a regular job again. Of course, if you can manage that kind of stress, fear, frustration and despair, you will see the results.

    • Andy

      I feel your pain.

      I think its possible to bootstrap your way to success. I started with basically nothing. Make no illusions though, this is very hard work and anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar.

      I strongly believe that you get out of life what you put in to it in the long run. It’s just about having faith that you are doing the right thing and taking action towards your goals. Eventually you will get there if you persevere.

  9. Drew

    Hey buddy, you still big on article wyz?

    • Andy

      Yep :)

      It’s good. Right now my network is around 1000 blogs. You get what you put in to it though. I honestly think you need to do tier 2 links to get the most from it.

      Also running the links through an indexing service on drip like indexification helps.

      • Jayden

        Andy,

        What is your daily drip feed rate for T2 and T3 links?

        Do you create new article wyz blogs for every new website you do or post to the same account?

  10. Drew

    Ya cool, definitely looking into it.. I’ll go through your aff link forsure if I do!

    You do any offline for clients? Or do you just stick to having your own sites and dominating your niches?

    • Andy

      Right now i have a couple of clients.

      I could scale it up if i really wanted to, or launch some link building services and do link building for agencies (I have the infrastructure setup now), but i really don’t want to.

      Honestly, i hate dealing with people on a day to day basis. Nothing would be more annoying to me than dealing with clients emailing me every day asking why their site went up or down one place etc :)

  11. Peter

    Andy,

    I just found your blog through your post on the warrior forum. Really outstanding stuff! I enjoy your writing immensely. Just one question, what is that green stuff you are drinking in your photo? Is that the real source of your power?

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