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Ask and You Shall Receive

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Lately, I’ve been having a hard time coming up with ideas to make money online. I keep throwing things at the wall, but nothing sticks. After a particularly fruitless session of brainstorming, I decided to say ’screw it’ and beg the Wickedfire crowd for advice.

I created a new post that basically enumerated my many failures and asked where to go from there. The first reply suggested that I not quit my day job (thanks Nickycakes). From there, I got a lot of replies telling me to not give up, keep testing, etc. Stuff like that is nice to hear but hard to implement when doing PPC (my budget is pretty tiny). Then, many replies later, I struck gold. One of the board members offered to give me a campaign he wasn’t doing much with. He sent me keyword lists, information about the niche (which is amazingly unsaturated), and told me to figure the rest out for myself. That was exactly what I was looking for. I don’t know how he found such an excellent untapped niche, but I jumped on it immediately. Two hours later I had a site up and an Adwords campaign going. I’m going to be watching it closely over the next few days.

That wasn’t the only thing I got out of that thread. I was also made aware of two affiliate networks that I hadn’t heard of before: LinkShare and ShareASale. Both of them contain a lot of offers that I haven’t seen on other networks, and I’m going to spend a lot of time over the next few days looking them over. To top it all off, I got some other valuable advice out of the thread (longtails = win, apparently).

My point for all of this is simple: Don’t be afraid to look like a newbie. Sure, you’ll probably get told to GTFO by a few of the jerks, but you might just get something valuable out of it.

Like a campaign. Jeez, I did not see that one coming. Can you believe my luck?

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One Response to “Ask and You Shall Receive”

  1. Matt Says:

    Good luck with you new campaign. Just remember that persistence is key and you only fail if you haven’t tried hard enough.

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