Want to thank Hannie for the encouraging comment. You are definitely one of my role model. By the way, for those who don’t know her, you can find her at http://platinum-cash.blogspot.com/. She is one person I know who has improved so dramatically in her Affiliate Marketing skills. Definitely someone who can learn from.
Anyway, abit of update, I am still down with cough and flu. It started since Xmas and I have still not recovered. But in between this time, I have been asking for advise and I found someone who is quietly successful and is willing to reply my emails too. Thanks Craig from http://www.websitetrafficbuildingtool.com. He has been giving me some advise whenever I email to him with my questions on how to improve my online business.
Previously, I was doing an experiment on a niche (nothing to do with internet marketing but highly competitive) . I was first using a opt-in page (collected 18 leads) , then I changed the page to a review page (no longer capturing opt-in), and driving traffic to the page via article marketing.
My efforts was that I have almost 2000 over unique visitors over the course of September, October, November and December. And my conversion rate pretty suck because I have been getting 1 sale a month. I was not happy and I decided I really needed help.
On 30th Dec 2007, I send an email to Craig and receive his reply on 4th January 2008. I quickly made the necessary changes and on 15th January 2008, I change my main website into a opt-in page and the whole point was to capture leads.
Leads = 30 opt-ins within 15 days. Conversion sucks cause I have much more traffic but at least I understand why everyone “must” build a list. Products I offer was from other affiliate websites, emails I sent out belongs to other affiliate as well. What was truly developed by me was the website.
Sales: $40.18 In Jan 08. Only 1 sale.
But this one sale was different for me. Because at last count, I have a total of 48 leads in total with 1 sale. I was afraid that since my emphasis was no longer on promoting affiliate products immediately, I figure my tradition of having 1 sale a month will be broken.
But lo and behold, that one sale (I think it was an up-sell) was enough to make me happy that efforts have been bearing fruits. Like Ewen Chia always say “The money is in the list“. Finally agree.
Time to make some tweaks to the opt-in page and next target will be to increase the leads to at least 150 by february for this one website and see if i can increase sales by developing more value of my own products and not taking the free stuff from other affiliate marketers if possible. Though I am spending more than I am earning, I have confidence that I will convert this one website to a profit making website.
I am not sure who is usually reading my blog but thanks to Donald, Hannie and especially thanks to Craig as well. And yes, thanks to all the article writers who I have out-source to.
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