Finally! I lost My Virginity!

Last Update: February 01, 2018

Hi WA'rriors and WA'rrorettes,

Finally I did it! and it was darn amazing! and I now know what that awesome afterglow feels like after pounding and working away for what sames like ages..exhausted, tired and, yes a little sweaty!!

boom!!!

What a truly joyful fabulous feeling.....truly, there is nothing quite like it on earth

...........I checked my stats!

I crossed the $1000 in earning in a single month!

I had just lost my $1000/month virginity!..

What an amazing feeling!

It may have taken 2 years but hey, it is not how long you take to complete the race that counts, its is finishing the race!, getting there and achieving the goal that counts.

Must say after reaching that goal (and earning $350 in half a week). I am absolutely vibrant about what can be achieved this year and in coming years.

for example, and as an example of how a blog can grow over time

year 1 (2016) I earned something like $1800 in total

Year 2 (2017) over $5700 (just over triple)

Year 3...well.. I'm off to a flying start already and January is usually one of the slower months compared to 2017..(this January well, just over 4x the $260 of January 2017).

Whats more, I doubled my clicks from December 2017 to January 2018 (one month) and improved conversions slightly and earnings per 1000 visitors. I do attribute this reaching out to my sponsor and very experienced niche marketer Nathaniel (thanks buddy) in a email conversation and making just one of a few changes suggested.

And boy! I'd have never guessed or though I'd double my clicks in a single month by just having clickable affiliate links behind the photo of the products I was reviewing. Ever so simple, and yes, I do feel a little like a dufus for not having them in the first place.

Naturally and I think forward and keep up with and increase my content strategy to posting 25x per month I am very excited about what can be achieved with a site that relies solely on SEO for traffic (currently 18.5k sessions monthly and growing).

More exciting thing is I only work on my site for one hour per day, outsourcing the creation of content to freelacing writers, and there is still a couple of other tips that Nathaneil suggested that I have absolutely zero doubt will further improve my clicks and sales, thus improve my rather low EPM (Earnings Per Mille, (1000 visitors)).

Onwards and upwards and now gunning for first consistency and hitting $1000 at least every month and a very achievable $3000 for Q1 2018.

Nothing, quite beats the feeling of breaking your income record in two consecutive months...and losing your $1,000/month virginity.

Your's

Derek.

P.S..If you though the opening and introduction was about something else, you really need to clean out your mind! haha!

Join the Discussion
Write something…
Recent messages
SantaFez Premium
Well done! That is so great to hear and gives hope to the rest of us!
Keep on "flying"...
Orion
Reply
Chrislk Premium
Question for ya. Did you put links behind *every* photo in your post/page?
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
No, Chris, just the review articles and of photos of the product I was reviewing.

Rule of thumb is if the image is something that a genuine buyer would be interested in clicking put a link behind it. For what its worth I make my affiliate links no follow.

There is no additional SEO benefits doing that, no absolute advantage. I just do it for a bit of cleaner SEO as I do have 4/5 reference links in my review articles and 3 do follow. All of which are of course relevant to the topic/product,
Reply
furkan2665 Premium
Hi man, congrats, I hope you can be even more successful :) But I could not understand something though you said just having clickable affiliate links behind the photo. You mean that clickable images or did you place a button below the image?
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Yes Sir, Clickable images.
Reply
furkan2665 Premium
thanks man have a great day : )
Reply
JerryHuang Premium
What an awesome progress! Congrats Derek!!
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Terima Kashi Jerry,
Reply
fleurallen Premium
Congrats Derek well done thanks for sharing inspiring
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you.
Reply
VeronicasLuv Premium
Outstanding, Derek! Thanks for sharing a peice of your success with us. Doubling your income is exactly what came to mind when I read your title...what else could it have been, lol.
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Hahaha..ohh nothing else...obviously! haha!
Reply
ManikaHenn Premium
Wow Derek that’s amazing! Truly am happy for you :)) Wishing you continued success!
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Terima Kashi!
Reply
NatNiches Premium
Haha ;) That's brilliant Derek, congratulations!
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thanks! Love the Users name NatNiches!
Reply
NatNiches Premium
lol thank you :)
Reply
Skydancer1 Premium
Derek,

Congratulations. I'm truly happy for you. I hope to get there myself soon.

Keep plugging away and keep smashing those records.

Nice work.

Cheers

Todd

PS I'm intrigued by the Affiliate link in photos thing. Curious.
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Yes, at the bottom above my main CTA I had product photos with no link behind them. That one thing of adding an affiliate link behind it doubled my clicks!
Reply
Skydancer1 Premium
Probably helped with conversions as well.

Nice work
Reply
TaniaHersel Premium
You have had me in hysterics!
Congratulations on your new status and may your success exceed your wildest expectations.
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you. I wanted to be a little risque and entertaining as well as inspiring!
Reply
TaniaHersel Premium
You have me in fits of laughter, what a character you are.
Congratulations and may this new status in your life grow beyond your wildest expectations!
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
I hope so!
Reply
skmorrow Premium
Wow, just awesome!
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you.
Reply
Defiant6 Premium
Wonderful news and very inspiring to the rest of us! As Nathaniell said, you're well on your way to hitting $10k!
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you. Hopefully, yeah 3-5 years - who knows!
Reply
nathaniell Premium
Ha. Nice headline. Congrats man! $10k coming up soon!
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thanks, hope so!
Reply
MozMary Premium
was that the ED site ?! :D

well it looks like you are on track to lose your $3000 virginity soon then..
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
yep. Thank you.
Reply
JulietAA Premium
Congratulations Derek.
This is inspiring news!
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you.
Reply
Alan Hocking Premium
Excellent Derek kudos and thanks for sharing this with the community I love success stories like this! :)
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you Alan,

Success stories, no matter how big or small, are easy to write.
Reply
mbouteiller Premium
Hey Derek, Wow... great success story! Congratulations! Lol... love the heading!
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you..captivating huh!
Reply
Calmkoala Premium
Hi Derek, wow... your little yearling has definitely done you proud! Really well done, here's to a great 2018, Sue :)
Reply
CHellberg Premium
Wow! Good for you! A very inspiring post - and nice to know it took you as long as two years. ;-) Continued success to you!
Chris

P.S. Way to grab your audience with a headline! ;-)
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you.
Reply
beachwood Premium
Wow that's an awesome update! Gives me hope that if I consistently take action that I get there as well! Thank man!
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
You might even get there quicker than I did! Took me 2 years!
Reply
HalimNajm Premium
Congrats
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you.
Reply
Avecita Premium
BOOM!! I'm really happy for you! Here's to more! :)
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you kindly.
Reply
SondraM Premium
LOL. I was concerned that I was about to get an excerpt from a steamy romance novel.

Congratulations on breaking the $1,000 a month mark. It is exciting when members feel comfortable enough to celebrate the signficant milestones in their business journey.

What is next the next big milestone? $5,000 a month?
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Hi Sondra,

I'm not one for hiding numbers or figures. Real numbers, real results real inspiration for others to follow suit.

Besides, money is only relative to your location and of course lifestyle and out here in Vietnam $1000 is more than double what a university professor earns and 3x what a university graduate but in LA, Manhattan or Dubai..its not much.

Next big milestone is $3000 - It's a clean $100's a day average.
Reply
SondraM Premium
I like the next milestone.

The $1,000 month is a lot in Vietnam. However most of us with newer businesses would be thrilled to making that each month regardless where we live.

Thanks for the inspiration
Reply
littlemama Premium
Love this Derek! Congratulations and may you continue your 4 digit income! :)

All your hard work is definitely paying off!
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you kindly Grace :-)
Can't wait to meet you at Vegas,,2018????
Reply
sheikave Premium
That is what brings happiness success.
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Indeed yes.
Reply
MatthewLS Premium
This is good to hear you are making some I come keep it I hope the best for your goals and dreams
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Thank you kindly, You too young sir.
Reply
roamy Premium
Well done you,true, it does not matter how long it takes to get there as long as you`re willing to hang on in there to get the results you want.
Keep on working and things will only look better.
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Great advice, Thank you Roamy.
Reply
midhunvm Premium
Congratulations! Derek

Is your site niche or bootcamp one?

Btw I have to clean out my mind, lol :)
Reply
derekmarshal Premium
Niche site.
Reply
midhunvm Premium
Wow! that's amazing.

Love to see you make consistent $1000/month
going forward and full-time income eventually.
Reply