I am kicking off my niche sites success story series on the blog with inspiration from Doug Cunnington. I love to read the series on his blog and decided to “borrow” his idea and share the success stories of people I have met. Some questions are pretty similar and of course, I have sought his permission to do so. Thanks Doug!
To start off this series, I have invited Colton, a full-time affiliate marketer, whom I have been following for a couple of months in Wealthy Affiliate. His story is pretty inspirational and it shows that niche sites still work! So, enough of my rambling, let’s move on to the interview.
Latest update: Colton had a $10,000 month in December 2015! 5 months after my interview with him! Congrats Colton! Click here to read his blog post about it.
1. Can you introduce yourself to everyone?
Hello all, my name is Colton and I’m 20 years old. I’ve been trying to create income sources on the internet for quite some time now and it hasn’t been until recently when I discovered my unique way of finding success in this massive online world that we live in today.
2. How did you get started with internet marketing and how have you been doing since you started?
I was first into general marketing within the network marketing industry. After failing A LOT and not finding a way to make it work, I started doing my own research into becoming my own boss on the internet. Once I started seeing and connecting with people who made it happen… that’s when I knew that I could.
3. What was your first website ever that you developed? What was the process like for you?
My first website is a website where I help people build computers, I absolutely LOVE computers, it’s one of my deepest passions. Building them, talking about them, the future of computers…anything computer related, I could talk your ear off about it! The process of creating this website was actually really fun, I didn’t have a clue at all when I was first building the foundation of the website but once I started seeing what was working, what people could connect with, I then took more massive action. I started multiplying my efforts after seeing how to make it work, and now I’m just trying to scale to higher levels.
4. Tell us about one (preferred) or multiple of your successful websites. What is the URL and what niche are you targeting? If you are not willing to publicly share your domain or niche, that’s just fine.
My first website that I mentioned is in a computer hardware niche and I’ve been working on that website for about 8 months now. My other website, which is only a few months old now, is http://theinternetwealthjourney.com this is where I share my journey thus far, what works, what doesn’t, and I help other people achieve their goals when it comes to creating internet wealth.
5. How much money do you make from this successful website(s) each month?
I am roughly making $2k per month on my PC website, that’s where most of my income comes from and although I wish to not disclose my current income on the other website, let’s just say that it is growing! 😉
If you would like to check out Colton’s income proof, click here!
6. What is the reason for your website’s success?
The reason for my personal success with my internet venture is strictly from the massive, massive action that I took. I knew EXACTLY what I wanted, I demanded it. I demanded that I would work hard until my visions came true. And although it took a bit of time, it was well worth the time investment that was required.
7. Can you briefly share your overall strategy for finding a niche, getting traffic to your site, ranking in Google, and making money from niche sites?
When it comes to finding a niche, it’s really all about what you are super passionate about. When you build a website about your passions then you can basically create unlimited content. Content is the current king for getting ranked in the search engines and it will be for years to come. As far as actually getting ranked, it takes time. Just keep creating blog posts until you start seeing what gets ranked. Once you do that then you will get a general idea of the type of blog posts that you should write in order to get ranked. Then you can add things to create income from your affiliate links and advertisements on the posts that are getting ranked.
Do you use any tools or software for your websites and how do you use it?
I use the Wealthy Affiliate keyword tool that is provided free with the premium membership to find great keywords to rank.
8. What advice would you give to someone who wants to get started with internet marketing?
Just go. Take action and don’t give up. My success came strictly from the action that I took. Before I was doing this full time, I was lucky to make a mere $700 in a month at my old gas station job and I used that as motivation for myself to keep going, to keep grinding. Because blogging from home sounded a lot better than working for someone else at this gas station, barely making enough to survive.
9. How has the success from this website impacted your life?
The success from my websites has absolutely changed my life. It’s crazy having the time freedom to work whenever, wherever. Now I can spend quality time with my family/friends and I can professionally develop myself the way that I’ve always wanted to, at any time that I deem necessary.
10. If you have to start over again from ground zero with $100, what would your plan be?
If I had to start all over with $100, I would start at Wealthy Affiliate instead of the multiple other “programs” and “systems” that I tried out for hundreds and hundreds of dollars. That’s the beauty of WA, it is the fraction of the cost of most internet money programs and it is absolutely cheaper than any college classes that I’ve taken on internet marketing, that, and I’ve learned SO MUCH MORE inside of WA than in my actual college classes.
That’s great, thanks for the introduction to WA. Can break the process down your plan into baby actionable steps for beginners so they can start today?
I follow the training behind Wealthy Affiliate and used the WA keyword tool and used keywords with a buyers intent, my only goal was to turn the site into an income asset and that is was the best way in doing so.
11. Do you have a blog or other place that people can following along with what you are doing?
You can follow my website! http://theinternetwealthjourney.com
12. What are you currently working on and what are your plans for the future?
Right now I’m scaling my current efforts on my computer website and I am also getting my foundation set up on my internet wealth journey site. As I go forward, I look forward to helping thousands of people to complete their goals when it comes to internet business and life in general. I also wish to provoke change and innovation with my computer website, but we’ll have to see how that all turns out as time goes on.
Thank you Colton for sharing your tips with us! If you are interested to find out more about Wealthy Affiliate that Colton spoke about, click here to read my honest review.
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