Towards the end of September, Google unleashed an update that eroded the income of many Internet Marketers but I still managed to make slightly over a $1000. You can see the proof below.
My second website also did well. It earned close to $100. You can see proof below.
Even though the update was biting, I am extremely happy that I didn’t put all my eggs in one basket. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you’d realise I am always talking about diversification (and that explains why my income comes from varied sources, not just Amazon Affiliate Marketing). So, even though I am affected a bit, I still have newer sites that I never built PBN (private blog networks) to and I intend to use the same method I used to make over $1442 from my first website in December last year. You are all witnesses to the fact that I spent just $5 to build the website to that level. It wasn’t until the middle of this year that I used PBN links and I wrote about it accordingly.
I still know the tactics because I personally administered them but outsourcing has apparently made me lazy. I guess it’s back to basics for me.
PBN Linking Is Not the Only Way to Rank Websites
I have never believed using PBN links are the only way to rank websites and my success with my first website has bolstered my confidence. I wrote the script and all I need to do now, is to go back to it and re-enact it.
Are PBNs Dead?
I honestly don’t believe so. Why? I still see one-page, crappy websites on the front page of Google and I know the only way they could achieve that is through the use of PBN links.
Would I Still Use PBN Links?
Henceforth, my usage of PBNs would be based on Return on Investment (ROI). If I am sure using PBNs can help me make money on a website for 2 years, I would gladly do so and invest that cash in a long term, sustainable business. Reading the articles below would help you get a clearer picture:
My Next Plan of Action
I honestly won’t make any changes to my existing websites. I have decided to let them be. This is because I have suffered a loss in rank twice but each time, the website went back to winning ways. I am not going to take any desperate measures that I would regret later. Rather, I would wait and see what would happen but my new websites would benefit from my original traffic methods. I would continue to grow them and possibly share results in the future.
My Newest Challenge and What Has Kept Me Busy
If you read my income report last month, you’d remember I kept saying I was seriously considering KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). Now, I am glad to inform you that is my latest challenge. I am going head, foot and nail into KDP, that explains why I have been extremely busy (reading both paid and free stuff on the subject). I really want to get my acts right but one thing I can tell you for a fact now is that I am going to do non-fiction. I have a mentor who is doing averagely $45,000 per month with non-fiction and I believe I can make a success with it because I love to write. Will probably share my overall strategy in another post but for now, I beg to go back to my reading, after all, life is about moving and I would go ahead with my plans, no matter what happens. From next month, I would start updating you about my KDP progress step-by-step. If you have ever wanted to get into kindle publishing, you’d probably find my insights useful.
If you have been reading this blog, you’d realise that I first mentioned a kindle publishing challenge in March 2013. Interestingly, I went with Amazon Affiliate Marketing first but I believe it’s high time I do KDP. At least, let me get into it and share results.
PS: I am sorry this post is coming a bit late. I just wanted to read the views of fellow Internet Marketers about the crackdown on PBNs before presenting my own. A couple of you have even called to express concern but this is my official reply. In all, I am grateful to God for my latest venture as I have learnt so much about the trade in just a few days. I officially started on October 1st,2014. The goal, just like that of Amazon Associate Marketing, is to make $1000 a month. Let’s see how things go but one thing you can be sure of is the fact that I am going to be transparent in whatever I decide to share. I made a pact of transparency with you, my readers, the day I decided to share my income, mistakes and successes and I pray the Almighty helps me to stay true to it.
Does This Mean I am Abandoning Amazon Affiliate Marketing?
A capital NO. How can I abandon a business that has made me so much money and is still making and would still make me money? I mean how can I? I am keeping up with it by using freelance writers and virtual assistants but I have never felt comfortable concentrating my earnings on one business so I want to move into something else. That explains my move into KDP. I always like to spread my risk. That way, if anything happens to one of the income streams, the others would cover me.