How is it going guys, Becker here…
So recently during a private coaching session a student asked me
“Becker, how much money are you currently making online and how long will it take me to get to that point”
Frankly, I was a tad embarrassed because at that moment I realized I have no clue EXACTLY how much money I currently make (paying taxes this quarter is going to be fun….) The funny thing about all of this is that since the ball has started rolling, I have never really taken the chance to count up the money. I live a pretty frugal lifestyle and rarely check my bank account so it has never really been an issue
I realized this was a huge issue and started looking into hiring a Tax guy right after the session. I found one and after sitting down with him we were finally were able to piece together exactly how much I am making.
All I have to say is wow…I never thought I would reach this level. When I first got into Internet Marketing my goal was to simply making $1,000 a month to help when I got out of the Air Force so that I could be a full time college student.
If I had seen these numbers a year ago, I would of been like the guy below
Before I get into this though, I want to say that I really am not keen on sharing my income. I will not be doing this often on the blog. However, I want to share it this time to enforce the reality that ANYONE can do this and hit success. I am not extremely smart. I do not have a College Degree. I created my first site only a year and a half ago.
So, in short. This is real, if I can do this YOU CAN TOO
One thing I would like you to be aware of though.
I am not including ANY of the income I have generated from teaching people online. AT ALL. (this blog, courses, private coaching)
While this is a substantial amount, I am here to show you how to make money online, not how to make a business coaching people online (two very different things). I do not consider that income to be a good example for anyone getting into this.
My November Income Report
(If anyone would like screenshots or proof of these statements feel free to use the contact form and I will be MORE than happy to share it with you)
Source Of Income #1 : Flipping Websites
One thing I have started to fall in love with is simply ranking and flipping websites. If you are reading my current case study I am sure you know how fast I am able to rank sites, and most of the time I target far less competitive niches. The awesome thing about flipping is that MANY of my sites are worth far more to others than they are for me. Take one look at Flippa.com if your curious about just how much some sites go for!
(By the way this was an above average month for me)
Total Profit From November : $15,500
Source of Income #2 : Local SEO
As you guys know I recently started a business doing local SEO (Surge Wolf Marketing). As of right now I have a good sum of clients. The current income was not as much as the first month because they are all on the recurring payments now (which is cheaper). Overall though, I am VERY pleased with how things are going
Total Profit from November :$ 2,750
Source of Income #3 : Clickbank Sales
I make sites. I rank them. I sell click bank stuff. Pretty simple! (This is not including affiliate products on the Link Back)
Total Profit From November: $1,128
Source of Income #4: Selling My Own Products
How To Draw a Horse and College Flirt are a good example of this. We had a book launch on College Flirt this month as well. I allowed the author to get 100% of the profits, but I want to include that income since it was generated from my site and email list
Total Profit From Novemeber: $1,237
Source of Income #5 Adsense
I hate adsense. I do not use it much. A lot of this was from Turkey Burgers.org…lol
Total Profit From Novemeber : $224
I would also again like to point out, that unlike many “make money online” blogs, I did not include income I have made from this blog or courses I have released on the subject. This is ALL pure online income
What I Learned In November
This is about the third month in a row I have made around 5 figures from online ventures. If you had told me a year ago I would be seeing these numbers in my bank account I would of started dancing, spent all my money, and quit everything.
Honestly though. I am glad it did not happen like that. For the first year of my whole “make money online” adventure the only thing I saw in my bank account was negatives. Ironically, I never really saw this as a problem. At one point I remember looking at my bank account with only $1,000 left in it with no job and not even being worried. I just kept on working and learning regardless.
Over the year of zero success I literally learned to just blindly ignore the results I was getting and keep pushing
The funny thing is, I have learned my numbness to results goes both ways. Since my first 5 figure month awhile back, my life has changed very little.
- I still stay up all night working (all the Australians I have coached at 4 am can attest to that!).
- I still am constantly thinking of new ways to make money and still buying courses all the time
- I still spend very little money on luxuries and often feel like I am poor (I actually sat at the liqour store this week trying to decide if I should buy the $9 or $12 bottle of vodka..what a loser!)
Simply put, always striving for more and never counting my chickens has been so ingrained in my head that it has simply became who I am. But because of this
- I constantly am evolving as a person online and offline
- My brain keeps crafting more and more ways to make money with very little work
- My happiness is based on growing, not the amount of money in my pay pal account.
My Plans For Next Month
I am really excited about this next month for a ton of reasons. Here are some of my highlights
Alex Cass and myself just launched a Internet Marketing Webinar site called Source Wave. I have HUGE expectations for this. I will be holding a ton of the free value webinars from it and want to kinda turn it into the Tonight Show of internet marketing..lol Do not worry, this is a totally different type of venture than the Link Back and I will still be more involved than ever here.
Traffic Dundee Launch
The sequel to Panda Dundee is almost at its launch. Again I am expecting big things from this as well.
Some Other Stuff
- Finishing Up SEO Hybrid (yes its almost done)
- Working on flipping another high profit website (I will let you know if it goes well)
- Gaining 2 more clients for Surge Wolf
- Training my dog boots not to piss all over my house
My final thoughts on this Month
When I first got into IM, I had one goal: To be able to purchase a Kirk Hammet signature edition guitar and not think twice about it. If I could do that, then I would know I had made it…If only, if only
There is nothing passive about success, set a goal and make it happen!
nice report, thanks for sharing. what are your goals for the future.how much you want to grow? I’m working on some projects now I’m thinking when i generate a low 4 figure income thats enough. but i know exactly if i will be there in a few years i want more and more. do you think you will stop working hard at some point and lean back?
another question. i’m from germany. what do you think about the german seo market. do you think its possible to achiev a succes like yours?
In the future I want to start buying local businesses and start a big marketing company. Honestly, working for is not so much working, it is basically my favorite hobby. I love marketing and doing business. I really believe my biggest secret is that I love what I do, and it enables every site or business I start to just turn to gold for me. I think if I stopped working I would get very very border =D.
Remember, for most people work is being someones bitch at a place they have no interest in. But for me work is calling my own shots and having a blast doing something I cannot stop thinking about.
Germany is INSANELY untapped right now. I envy you, I was actually about to have a german friend of mine help me with a website just so I could rank it for some untapped german keywords!
if you want i can help you with some german projects. i’m a good writer because i read a lot and want really get into this market. so i think i can learn somthing from you and you get good keywords and articles.if you’re interested just contact me.
at the moment I’m working on a website about auto insurance. there is a very high competition, but think if i create good content and put in a lot of keywords and working constantly on good backlinks, this site can earn some euros.
OMG this is the most hilarious video i saw in a long time!
Haha, ive been trying to find a time to include it in a LB post for the longest time
Great post, nice to see how much money people are making online, it’s such an inspiration!
Say that there is a newbie, who wants to make just 1000$ online per month. He has 1600$ to invest. What would you recommend to him, where to invest his money, to start making 1000$ per month, or 34$ per day as fast as possible?
Honestly the fastest way to get to 1000 a day is doing SEO for local businesses. Now it requires handling customers n stuff but its very easy. Ive seen absolute idiots make a few grand a month doing it.
What i would suggest is Blog Blueprint for your linking, and then reading as much about everything as possible.
SEO does not have the largest investment at first, it is more about time and knowledge
Thanks for your answer Becker! Have you reviewed Blog Blueprint? I don’t see any search function….
He did 🙂
That wouldn’t be an option here. I live in Romania and people work 30 days for $300, I doubt that anyone would have sufficient money to spend on SEO. That’s why $1000 sounds almost ridiculously MUCH.
@dissye – Why can’t you do SEO for Americans from Romania? One of my buddies has 3 pay for performance gigs that gross him around $7k to $10k/month depending on the performance that month – he is currently in Korea and still servicing those clients. All you need is a U.S. base IP Phone / Paypal and some results to point potential clients to. I hope you find this helpful.
hey are you still going to college?
Or full time IM? ^^ where do you live ? ^^
I am from Germany too. Ich koennte auf jeden fall jemanden gebrauchen um etwas
besser im noch ” unbekannten ” Gebiet Deutschland klarzukommen.
Add mich mal bei Skype: MilenRV, und ich bin mir sicher das wird sich SEHR fuer uns beide lohnen!!!Besonders wenn du auch richtig durchstarten willst, 1k sind doch nix haha :)))
haha das stimmt aber, ein tausender am tag wäre besser 😉
Awesome stuff becker.
I appreciate how much you are willing to share on this blog. It really helps us noobs out there.
I’ve been using market samurai to figure out AWV, CPC etc. for keywords. I tried doing that on local search terms where I live. But all it shows are 0’s which can’t be right.
My question is how do you find out how much you can earn cpc for a specific local keyword?
And find out if there are even advertisers competing to put ads on such keywords?
with local keywords, you are much better ranking other peoples websites who will actually benefit from it and charging them.
For example Plano Doctor, wont earn you much but it will own a doctor in plano a ton
Good one, Becker.
Thanks for the clip. Hilarious.
As an Australian, I want to say THANKS. I once begged a very expensive coach to reschedule an appointment (2 am is just impossible if you’re working full time) and she refused and told me I wasn’t committed and that she didn’t really need clients outside of the US.
Too bad too sad for her.
Hey, I was wondering about the Flippa thing. Do you wait until your sites are making a few Adsense $ before you flip them?
haha sounds like she was a real bitch. But on the flip side I am almost totally notcturnal so it is easier for me
On flippa. It realllly just depends. I have sold many a type of site on their (actually just sold a site today that has zero traffic). I usually know how much a site is worth to a person before they buy it , so I sell it as soo
How much would you charge to show me how to sell one or more of my websites on Flippa that actually sell?
Good post. I was wondering how many pages big do you make your sites? Do more pages for the sites you flip or monetize either with Adsense and Clickbank?
I just make as many pages as I need. It is not really a factor
Is there a base amount of content pages that you find you can rank with best? I know some guys say each page they added sometimes helped increase rank. I’ve found it helped sometimes. It’s seems the way G. has tweaked things that there is more emphasis a decent amount of content. I had a 2 page site ranked no. 1 with EMD.com and it and other EMD sites got knocked off of the first page and pages that had little/none onsite SEO with a lot of indexed pages took over very recently.
I think from now on I’ll start off with 5-10 pages before back linking to be safe and add some additional pages as I get on the first page to pull up the rank a bit.
the # of pages is really not important. Both me and Becker have constantly found examples of sites that beat others with less quality pages. Do more pages as “needed” as he said. You have more keywords you want to tackle? More info to give your readers to get them to keep coming back? Do more pages.
Hey becker I think a lot of us could really benefit from an article on site flipping. I’ve been in IM for about 10 months now and that is one of the least frequent topics I hear about. Would love to see how you value a site and what to put in your ad.
PLEASE MAKE A WEBSITE FLIPPING GUIDE
I will be releasing a cheap product on it after SEO hybrid =D
I know you are..but what am I
…okay that was lame but I had too =D
I am looking forward to it Becker! 🙂 Just dont making it too expensive 😉
Haha, dont worry joe. If you can tell from the income report I have enough ways to make money online so I will never be charging a arm and a leg for value here
Nice! Just curious — how many sites did you sell on Flippa in November?
2, I actually just sold another one today for close to five figures. Shame I didnt include it in this report 😛
How do you know how much your site is worth?
does urlappraisal.net give an appropriate reading?
i have some sites worth like 10 grand according to it which i have barely even touched lol.
url appraisal is probably not accurate…: http://www.urlappraisal.net/appraisal/google.com.html
Ya for sure it is not accurate, a site’s value comes from a lot of information a service like that cannot possibly know. Things such as do you have an email list that you are selling with your site and a autoresponder sequence are definitely worth something that a service like that does not know about.
Hmmm – it just told me my sites worth $468.29, which is about how much I make off it every month :-/… think i’ll hold onto it for now
Honestly, just like with the rest of IM
Its not about what you got, its about how much you convince someone it is worth.
Also guys remember, I create authority sites and flip them and sell the rights to a lot of products I create in the process. This is why I do not really talk to much about flipping on here, because My process involves a combination of far more things that just SEO
Becker could I flip this site:
or is this worthless?
Its basically a 3 month old Blog with 7 uniquely written articles about Insurance I don’t have any use for anymore and I would like to melk the most cash out of it if possible somehow
You can flip anything, the problem is for that site unless you have any income proof you probably will get under $100. Personally for that amount I would not even bother with creating the sales template/communicating with buyer to transfer domain/hosting etc. But yes, you could flip it and make some $$, some people jsut make bland websites without any income proof and say “keyword optimized” for SEO and shit and sell a lot of those. They don’t make much but they build/sell websites all day.
Hmmm yea well ill keep it in mind, flipping sites right now is not biggest priority i guess. hahahha if anybody here needs high quality insurance backlinks tell me ^^
By the way, my old school TKA sites right now making 3-4 EU a day. wow pretty cool, but ill not get too excited it could drop again :))))
Turkey Burgers??? Really??? Sometimes, when I’m feeling down, I go to that webpage and have a good laugh.
Anyway, any chance you’ll write an article pertaining to flipping websites?
Okay, nvm just read your responses regarding the flipping. Gonna go eat a turkey burger and hope I don’t get diarrhea.
Do you huys have any WSOS regarding the quality of the website? In Beckers Webinar I realized how much quality is important. I think I could like tripple my CTR ( now 1,8% -.-‘) because I have the biggest Bounce Back rate ever.
I want to improve the quality of the design now and add some cool shit to my site, but I don’t really know how
After SEO hybrid I am releasing a course on how to build authority sites (similar to the link back or college flirt) and really turn sites into huge money makers instead of adsense toilets
okay nice like it
I was also talking about site design and so on. I guess a newb can read about all the greatest website tips but implementing them is another thing ; )
Why your adsense is soo less. I was expecting $4-5k? Well i will be same amount of money next year this time for sure.
I dont really use adsense.
Frankly it ruins my sites money potential. If you know how to convert your traffic you can easily make 5 times what you can with adsense. Remember, people pay 30 cents a click for your visitors because they know how to make money with them.
My logic is if I know how to make money with my traffic, why on earth would I let someone else have them for a fraction of what I can make off them
Lastly, have you worked with google? They are insane and hold ALL the cards. Everyone i know who relies on adsense is constantly fearing a ban or some new change. I love the fact that my websites monetization is based SOLEY. I trust myself and know what my plans are…google…not so much
I do agree, but i don’t want to ignore adsense potential. I am also trying to diversify but it will surely take time. My some amazon niche sites is top 10 now.
Also, it will need lot of money to understand which thing and product converts well with paid traffic. Surely we will be doing that in near future.
excellent becker, for some reason i trust you to an extent but i cant trust pat flynn 😆 🙄
anyways can you tell me do u flip websites every month? 15k from flipping, how many sites u had to sell to achieve that mark? I guess if you are selling a website for 3k, it will need to earn atleast 300-400 ?
Lastly do u use fake screenshots on flippa or not 😉 ?
In November I sold 2 sites. This month I have already sold one.
Honestly the reason I can sell for so much is i get email lists, my own products and rights to them, advanced conversions systems already applied and all sorts of other stuff.
For 3k you would need about 300-400 a month and more importantly potential for growth. Most of the websites I sell are like like bombs about to go off.
No, trust me when you sell a site for 10g the person buying it does their homework and is not new to buying sites
yeah indeed your sites are awesome 😉
thanks for info 🙂
oh you sell the email lists to them as well?
I sell them *sometimes*
300-400 per month i mean, correction there !
Great inspirational stuff! Thanks a lot for sharing Becker.
Two questions please:
1) How many sites contributed to your Clickbank earnings for the month?
2) Any reason why you do not do physical product marketing (Amazon etc.?) Everybody always says that Amazon conversions are so much easier than Digital products.
I have just started to show some profit from Amazon review sites and was very excited to have my first $100 month in November (from 2 sites).
About 2 Neels. I usually make more but I flipped 2 of my earners
2) Honestly, simply because I am inexperienced in it. I really want to get into amazon. My favorite form of marketing is just creating my own products for s search.
Thanks for Sharing Becker! Always motivating to see others having success. Do you play guitar? I started playing live events last week — love it!
hell yes i play guitar
I am no where close to playin live, but its one of my biggest hobbys beside IM
Move to Austin, learn bass the easiest instrument ever, join me in rock and further world domination with my band 🙂
Haha im to much of an attention whore to play the bass!
You might be able to get me to play rythm guitar though!
I play lead guitar! 😛 We must find a way.
Any reason you don’t keep your authority sites? Besides of course this and CollegeFlirt. That’s all I did for some time was run one on AMD.
Because when you have a big authority site there comes a point where you soley focus on it or you let it rust. My main agenda right now is my SEO business and the Link Back. I sell many of my sites for far more than they are worth to me and I simply do not have time to make them work
Oh much props for the tips btw last Sunday! Already putting it into effect.
weird.. i started playing guitar a few months ago as well. F chord literally took me 3 months..
ha same with me. Been playing for about a year now.
Dont worry though, it gets effortless, the guitars becomes as easy to use as a x-box controller. At this point the hardest part for me is learning new things and memorizing movements
hahaha I play some guitar as well.. We all have exactly the same interests hahahahahhahahahhhahaAHAAHHAHAHAHA
Yea I can do all the normal chords and now most of the barre cords as well. Power Chords no Prob too.
I want to be able to play kick ass solos now, but I just can’t -.-‘
Becker, about how long on average does it take you to go from your first action towards making a website to selling it for 5 figures? Is this something you manage within the space of a month or over the course of several? Do you have many of these cooking in the background and you just wait for them to “ripen” for sale?
Hey Becker , i just want to know how much of a effect submitting your site to dmoz has on
ranking websites. I am following you panda Dundee strategy and I may have missed it but
did you go over this?
never used dmoz unfortunately
Okay, I wanted to watch SEO Hybrid and put it into action whilst I watch it, but I can’t wait any longer. Buying my first domain tomorrow…
How very refreshing to find a really honest IM guy
I am from the UK and most marketers here sell their stuff for a lot of money
I am just about to buy your viral pre sold traffic fantastic value
How much is the OTO
Just wondered if youd be interested in some kind of JV with offline local biz ?
I would be happy to take on sales people UK wide to sell it
PS I also work thru the night ITS 3.30 AM HERE just love IM !!
Thanks buddy means alot!
How do you flip, buy sites, rank them, and sell them again?
Long process. I will be making a post on this, however I do not focusing on that strategy until you understand how rank a site, maxmizing its profits and then increase its brand.
Then once you have all that down pat, then you can start learning how to negotiate flips etc.
Flipping is not a fast way to get rich and is not a good area to focus on if you just started IM
What is your Flippa account? lol.
Seriously though, looking forward to the authority sites guide and the flipping websites post.