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Earning Money With My Websites

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In January of 2006 I set a modest goal for myself to earn enough money through my own website projects to cover my monthly Internet expenses (a mere $25/month.) My 'real goal' is to figure out a way to earn a full time living online. (This works out to be a goal of $274/day.) But, I'll get into that a bit more in a moment. First, a little background. My personal history is what I now know to be a fairly typical scanner story. I have been widely curious about a lot of things: flying, computers, drawing, painting, writing, film-making, animation, web design, business, personal development, theater, directing, acting, photography, marketing, promotion, psychology, programming, etc. I've done a little of everything on that list - several things I've done very well at and many of these activities have earned me money. But, I have almost always worked for somebody else and had a deep down feeling that my knowledge and experience isn't really valuable enough for anyone to pay for. There has always been a fear that if my bosses find out that I'm really not that good of an employee, they'd fire me and no one else would hire a scatter-brained person like me. I married an amazing woman and came home one day to find that she had surprised me with a copy of Barbara's book \"Refuse To Choose.\" \"Refuse To Choose' opened my eyes and gave me a specific vocabulary to discuss what I knew about myself. One of the things I realized is that traditional businesses are not setup to take advantage of my skills and that's part of why I have never felt like a good employee (even though my direct supervisors have always given me excellent feedback and support.) The book also opened my eyes to some of the new possibilities of creating income that would benefit from my scanner tendencies. With all that in mind, rewind to January 2006. I realized that whenever I answered a question for a friend or colleague, I was dispensing the sort of information that people would pay for. The problem was that I had no system in place to capture it and make it available to anyone else. I needed a system that would make it easy to quickly write down the information and also organize it. Over time I wanted to be able to sort through my writing and find 'collections' of related items that might serve as the foundation for a larger project. The answer was a blog - http://www.AndrewSeltz.com I had owned that domain for nearly 6 years and finally figured out what to use if for. I wrote an article about the process: http://www.andrewseltz.com/2006/07/18/p ... he-stream/ I also spent a lot of time exploring legitimate strategies for earning income online. (Separating the good information from the garbage was almost a full time job there for a few months.) I placed some advertising on my site and promoted a few products that lined up with the content I was posting. During this whole time I was also writing about all the things I was learning and participating in a few online forums like this one. Over the course of the past year the traffic to my blog has steadily increased. I have posted well over a hundred articles and am working on a couple of publishing projects. I have even been approached recently by a member of one of the forums to be interviewed about my blogging experiences (my experience is starting to be recognized!) In November 2006 (less than 12 months from when I started this journey) I passed my first goal - I earned enough money online to cover my $25/month expenses. I have earned more than that sum every month since and have raised my goals higher. One of the biggest surprises along the way was finding that a simple little tutorial I wrote became one of my biggest traffic draws. It was about how I printed and bound a book I had downloaded from a website. The project was done because I was curious about how to bind a book and wanted a physical copy of that electronic book. The whole process took a few hours - including writing the tutorial. And, that one page continues to bring me visitors every day: http://www.andrewseltz.com/2006/05/26/d ... k-binding/ I recently read an e-book that seems like a perfect fit for a scanner wanting to build an online business. It is called \"5 Bucks a Day\", by Dennis Becker. In it he recommends focusing on one project per week that has the potential to create an ongoing income of $5/day and can be completed in 7 days. A year's worth of these scanner friendly projects would result in a daily income very close to my big goal of $274/day. http://www.andrewseltz.com/2006/11/02/r ... is-becker/ So, my new plans for this year are to develop a bunch of '5 Buck' projects and write about my successes and lessons learned (there is no failure if you learn something new!) I have a special project in mind for scanners who want to build a freelance business from writing articles and reports about the things they are passionate about. That one will take a little more than 7 days, but will be well worth the effort in my mind. Thank you, Barbara, for creating a space where I can go on a bit about the work that I am doing. The last year has been very exciting (I also now have a 2 1/2 week old baby girl and I really want to learn how to make a living as a scanner because I'm pretty sure she'll take after her mother and me!) Regards, Andrew Seltz The Go-To Guy! http://www.AndrewSeltz.com
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HI Andrew, I enjoyed reading your post and hope you keep achieving those goals. A lot of inspiration for all the forum readers that are interested in online work. All the best with your projects.

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Urszula, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. It is nice to be able to look back and see some progress being made. I'm a long way from being a veteran at this, but I invite anyone who has questions about the subject to send me a message or leave a comment. Helping others always improves my level of skill and knowledge faster than trying to do my own thing. Andrew Seltz The Go-To Guy! http://www.AndrewSeltz.com

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Really interesting; thank you, Andrew!
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Andrew, Congratulations on your new daughter and your success! I too am a scanner and am interested in earning money on line. I'm looking forward to reading about your experiences! -- Mannix

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I appreciate your comments. Mannix, if you have any questions or would like to bounce ideas off of someone, send me a message. I'm looking for more opportunities to meet people in the online business world. Andrew Seltz The Go-To Guy! http://www.AndrewSeltz.com

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Thanks, Andrew. I'm not really in the online business world now, but would still like to talk. Will drop you a line soon. -- Mannix

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Thanks for the tip about the 5 Bucks a Day report... By the way, he's made it cheaper -- you can buy only the report, 5 Bucks a Day \"Jr.\" (for less than $8 ) and not have to pay to join the forum. If you like the book you can then upgrade to being a forum member and get other reports, etc. I just bought the report and am about to go read it.... Good luck with all your online ventures!

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Victoria, Dennis just recently announced the low-cost e-book only option about a week ago and I haven't had a chance to update my review accordingly. This should give a lot more folks a chance to learn about the 5 Bucks a Day strategy. I've really gotten a lot of value from the forum. There are some really great folks there who are very willing to answer questions, give encouragement, and add a little inspiration every now and then. Plus, Dennis keeps buying new training materials and posting them, at no additional cost, for members to use. With the audio interview he posted today he's up to 25 bonuses. (I've earned money as a direct result of what I learned from some of these materials.) Regardless of whether you get the book or join the forum, I think the approach of creating one project per week that can be completed in 7 days is a good fit for the scanner personality. It has helped me. Andrew Seltz The Go-To Guy! http://www.AndrewSeltz.com

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I just had to post an update as I've had a very exciting month. Several of my little '5 Bucks a Day' projects are really starting to blossom. This afternoon I did a quick check of all of my online business accounts and discovered that I have earned over $200 this month from my website work. It's not full time income, but its 4 times what I earned last month and 10 times what I earned in November. I made a very conscious effort to become involved in the '5 Bucks a Day' members forum and try to offer as much value as I could in my comments. A side benefit of this work has been that many new opportunities have opened up from people who have appreciated my advice. I can't say enough good things about the philosophy of giving first. When I did that with my blog, I started to get advertising revenue. When I was generous with advice on forums, I found customers and partners approaching. I can't wait to see what happens next month! Andrew Seltz The Go-To Guy! http://www.AndrewSeltz.com

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Congratulations on making good progress on your goals! And a big congratulations on being a new Dad! (I somehow missed that important information the first time I read your post) I read the $5 Day report you recommended ... I like the idea. I'm new to computers except for basic email and browsing, so the first thing I learned was that I have a lot to learn about the internet. His report let me know where I should start... Thanks for sharing your information.

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Thanks Andrew!

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I just came across this site and read your post. I am much like you - a scanner who is interested in lots of stuff! I am also trying to build an online business, too. I love that you reviewed the book $5 bucks per day. I signed up for his freebie tips and am considering his book. I like the idea of doing small projects that build up over time! Wish me luck (as I do you) :D Dr. Tricia http://www.therapistbusinessschool.com

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Hi, Andrew. I'm impressed with what you've done. While it takes a lot of work, it's work on your own terms & your own schedule! By the way, I was already pretty sure I wasn't a scanner, and reading some of your articles on your blog confirmed it. Thinking up so many different topics to write on, in order to attract repeat traffic by keeping your content fresh, sounds like a horrible burden to me. :-) I have friends who are scanners, though, and I can tell they would love being able to jump around like that. Good luck with it! $200/month will be a big help now that you've got diaper expenses. -Celia
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Victoria: Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed Dennis' 5BaD book. Since you are still learning your way around the web, take it slow and don't spend money on ads. Everything you need to do to learn how the Internet marketing world works can be done for free or very cheap. Beyond buying a domain and paying for web hosting - save your money! There is plenty of very hyped-up oversold junk content out there and no good reason to pay for it. I have posted a bunch of e-books that I have acquired on my site (only ones I felt had some information of value in them.) You can download and read until your fill. But, I'll warn you, the useful information is sparse. http://www.andrewseltz.com/my-bookshelf/free-e-books/ Enjoy the books and please send me an email if you have any questions. Dr Trishia: Glad to know you are enjoying the 5BaD information. Also, thanks for picking up a copy of the Write That Report!!! report that I mentioned on the forum. I think you will find it as helpful as I did. The idea of writing those $7 reports and the marketing system that the author devised is really exciting. I think my next big jump in business will come from this. Celia: You couldn't have illustrated the difference between a scanner and a non-scanner better. The idea of writing about whatever topics excite me now is my version of heaven. I have another blog that is just focused on film and video production (something that I do regularly and is interesting to me) and I have a hard time motivating myself to write new posts for that one. It's work. But, the world loves specialists too! Tightly focused blogs in a popular niche can actually be very successful. Because my site is so diverse, many people don't surf around once they land on one of my pages after a Google search. But, visitors will read lots of pages when they visit a single topic site. The longer they are there, the more likely they will click an ad or buy a product. The blog is my playground! I really appreciate all of the great feedback. It is encouraging to know others are enjoying my work. Cheers, Andrew Seltz The Go-To Guy! http://www.AndrewSeltz.com

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Progress Update I just wanted to share a little more good news progress on this topic. Yesterday, I logged into my Google account to check how my Adsense income for my websites was doing and got a pleasant surprise - I passed the $100 mark again :) and will be getting another income check next month. This might not seem like a big deal, but it took over 13 months for me to earn enough income from the ads on my site to qualify for a check the first time. This second check took less than 3 months! The beauty of this income is that I don't actively work to earn it. I have 3 sites that generate all my ad revenue with my blog being the biggest contributor by far. I just go about my normal business and keep posting new content to the site and, over time, the traffic builds and the ad revenue increases. I have plans for a few new sites that will add a little more monthly income, but it is already a nice addition to the income I am generating online. If anyone has questions about what I'm doing, post a comment and I'll be happy to explain in more detail. Andrew Seltz The Go-To Guy! http://www.AndrewSeltz.com
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