FIRST Profitable Month! YAY! Very Exciting!

Last Update: December 01, 2016

Very EXCITING news for me. Last month, Nov 2016 was my FIRST PROFITABLE MONTH!


I've actually been earning commissions etc. within the first month I started with WA (although it was only $0.08 from Adsense at the time) and that alone proved to me that this works. Just have to follow through with the training and keep writing great content.

I was skeptical like most of you beginners are but decided to take the plunge and go yearly early on and make the full commitment and see how it goes after a year. (You can read about how much financial sense it is to go yearly here: Going Yearly Makes Financial Sense). If you want to make money here, definitely go on the yearly plan, you'll save a ton of money and you won't have to make as much profit every month to break even. On the yearly plan I end up paying just under $30 a month ($29.92).


First Profitable Month!

Anyway, back to my joy! I made $57.86 in the month of November from Amazon. That alone covers my expenses for my sites for the month. I'm still having trouble getting organic traffic to my site and I must admit I haven't been writing as much as I used to but I'm still getting traffic from Twitter and they've been converting well. As you can see I only got 95 clicks (less than 4 clicks a day) but my conversion rate is 18.95%.

I guess it takes time but I've been able to increase sales the past few months and hopefully the upward trend continues as I get more traffic (Note that I started WA in March and didn't have my website fully built). I've hit $100 total earnings for the first time so I should be getting my check in a few months. Very exciting!


As for Adsense, because I'm not getting much traffic (less than 20 visits per day) I'm not earning much. I made a whopping $3.83. Better than nothing I guess but hopefully I can get that number to increase once I start writing more articles again and get more traffic.

For those of you starting out I suggest you add Adsense to your site. Even though you'll only be earning pennies at first, you'll see results almost immediately. Like I mentioned, I made $0.08 the first month I started at WA and my site wasn't even completely built yet. Even though it's a really small amount this proved to me that this works and gave me motivation. This is key to success. You may have times where you think this isn't for your or it's "Taking too long" or it's "Not working" but if you see results and get motivated it'll definitely help you push through to keep going. This isn't a race and often takes at least a year to see results if you put the work in so do things that'll keep you motivated.

Although Amazon commissions are great it often takes awhile to get your first sale, which isn't very motivating until you get it, so I suggest you add both Adsense and Amazon on your site.


Twitter is Awesome!

For those of you who are wondering how I get so little hits and yet convert so well I mentioned that I use Twitter and that is my main source of sales. I don't get much organic search engine traffic so I rely on other sources like Twitter to get me traffic. The great thing about it is that your post gets a lot of exposure when a user takes an action like "Likes","mentions", or "Retweets". I use a variety of free online tools that help me automate some of the stuff I do on Twitter. There's just WAY too much info to talk about here.

To learn more, check out the training I made Ultimate Guide on How to Use Twitter

Basically the whole point of promoting on Twitter is to interact. After all, Twitter is a social media platform so you have to be social in order to be successful. People are looking for solutions so what I do every morning is do keyword searches on Twitter. For example I have a bed bug site (I recently had the horrible experience of dealing with the for the first time so I wanted to use my experience to help others) so I search "bed bugs" on Twitter to see anyone complaining about bed bugs or asking for help on how to get rid of them. Then I reach out by providing them useful tips and solutions as well as providing a link to specific pages in my site that would help them. This is the key to getting high conversions. The people you are providing the link to are already interested in what you are providing.

This was one thing I DID NOT do early on and something I started to do in the past 2 months and it shows in the yearly Amazon graph above. It makes a world of difference so I suggest you start doing it too!


Final Thoughts

I really have been lazy and haven't been writing articles for my sites as I've been busy with my full time job as well as taking freelance gigs on the side but I definitely have to get back to it. My organic traffic is very low and I need to get that up so I can get more sales.

I'm pretty happy with my progress so far especially with my first profitable month! I hope the upward trend will continue and I can share more success stories with you all.

I need more traffic to my sites. What methods are you using other than writing high quality articles? Do you do guest posts? Post links in forums? Have link exchanges on your site?

That's it for now. Wish you all success!


Andy

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JooKwang Premium
Great tips here. Anyone has any experience with links in forums? I am in a few forums but it seems rules are quite strict and I didn't want to get 'kicked' out for posting links that seem questionable to the admins. Advice would be helpful! Thanks.
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onmyownterms Premium
Never post the actual affiliate links - always link back to your site.
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JooKwang Premium
Thanks for clarifying! I guess that’s how it is these days. Most sites do not allow direct affiliate links to be posted
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pazalles20 Premium
Most sites do not allow you to post direct affiliate links as you'll be banned if you do so, it happened to me with youtube and a few others. You have to link it back to your sire or you can simply setup a landing page on Mailchimp (or any on any other platform) and share your landing page url. I hope it helps and please let me know how's everything going, cheers!
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CoraMitchell Premium
Very insightful, thanks for the twitter link.
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haroda Premium
Thanks!!! I noticed this article was published in 2016. Wondering if the twitter technique mentioned above still applies for 2018?
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JooKwang Premium
Hi Andy, I really like what you're sharing in this post. Very motivating and your tip for Twitter is what I have been pondering about. With so many tweets going out, I find that whatever I post is just lost in the 'noise' and I contribute to that 'noise' as well. Then, what you said really made sense. Twitter is probably more effective and meaningful when we use it to engage others than just posting our blog posts etc.
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Thank you!
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TheTonalDoc Premium
Hey how many months did it take to get to your first profitable month, thats awesome congrats! Has twitter still been working great for you?
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Nick, to answer your question, it took Andy 8 months. (March till Nov). I can't answer the 2nd part as I haven't seen Andy around on WA for a while. Probably too busy making money on his websites, am sure he'll be back soon. He does have an awesome Twitter training here:
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MelaniLukito Premium
Congrats! Thanks for sharing it.
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This is awesome tips! thanks!
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MrKent Premium
How many twitter followers do u have?
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Lowaikar Premium
Congratulations on your success even though not too much at this time.
Barbara
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vangiemc Premium
Awesome article! I will bookmark the twitter tutorial. Just started with WA and need to walk before I run. I'm from Coquitlam! Nice to see a Vancouverite here!
Evangeline
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TerryKim Premium
thank you for your experience and sharing Andy. I might be able to add my experience in earthquakes for you if you are still looking.
best
terry
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mjdimarco Premium
Well-documented success!
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Lbath5 Premium
Congratulations for success from your hard work!
Linda
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Linda! Really appreciate it
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Lbath5 Premium
You are welcome
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Crittercraft Premium
You have been motivating me a lot lately! Thank you for sharing your story and I will check out your training :) Thanks!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Emma! Let me know if you have any questions about the training.
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nathanpall99 Premium
Great job! Keep up the good work!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Nathan!
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mybiz4u Premium
Congrats, Andy. I love stories like yours. SO motivated by you. Thank you for sharing. Continued success.
Michelle
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Michelle! Hope to hear success stories from you soon!
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AlexEvans Premium
Congratulations Andy, exciting times all the best moving forward.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Alexander! Looking forward to what the future will bring
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jivitaa339 Premium
Congrats Andy !
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yakitori Premium
Thank you! I'm excited!
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debzo Premium
Wow I guess people like twittering away about bedbugs :) congrats
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yakitori Premium
Yeah it's a big problem all over the world. I didn't even think of them until I got them myself and learned what a nightmare it is to deal with them. So i turned my horrible experience around and built the website to help others and make money at the same time =)
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Marcus1978 Premium
YIPPEEEEEEEE! :-)
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yakitori Premium
YIPPEEE indeed! I'm so excited for the future!
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bryonbrewer Premium
Congrats! Send me a PM if you need help with the Amz sites
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Dom! You're actually who referred to WA from one of your sites. I still have a lot to learn. Will message you when I get my thoughts together.
Thanks!
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bryonbrewer Premium
Yep I remember, which is why I reached out :)
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AlanP1 Premium
Well done - onwards and upwards from here!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks! I hope I can keep up the momentum!
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Hondurasboy Premium
GOOD FOR YOU
yakitori
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Nelson!
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kmotte Premium
Awesome, I hope to joing you soon.
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yakitori Premium
You will. It just takes time and hard work but as long as we stay motivated and are persistent we will all get there.
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Megastar Premium
Congratulations Andy!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Leo!
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KatieMac Premium
useful information and congratulations wishing you many more successes
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Katie!
Wish you success as well!
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tjandro1 Premium
Thanks for the helpfull info!
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yakitori Premium
No problem! Hopefully it'll help you grow your business
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kiliwia62 Premium
Awesome post for success, Andy!
Congratulation!!! :)
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Sylvia! Wish you success!
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subra Premium
Congratulations Y. Wishing you greater and sustained success!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks a lot! Appreciate it!
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SRichards1 Premium
Awesome job!
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yakitori Premium
Thank you!
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JewelCarol Premium
Congrats, Andy, well-done! I don't think you are lazy, but I think I am, lol. :)
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Jewel! I see you have a lot of success posts of your own. Good job!
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JewelCarol Premium
Andy, I am learning from the wonderful training here and from you, lol..:)
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MikeyT Premium
Thanks for sharing - inspiring to all!... and here's to the upward trend in the coming weeks and months!! All the best, Mike
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Mike!
Hopefully I've motivated others not to give up and follow through and you'll eventually be rewarded. It just takes time and hard work.
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ElisaDeriada Premium
Hi Yakitori thank you for this ! you are right that this is not a race and this not going to happened over night...but it will , it takes a while ....you gave me hope and thank you for that !!! Yoroshiku !
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yakitori Premium
I'm glad I inspired you Elisa! I was in your shoes and thought this didn't work cuz I didn't see results right away and was discouraged. I'm glad I stuck to it and pushed through because now I'm finally seeing the rewards of all that hard work.
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gala1013 Premium
Thanks for this. You made me keep on going. Seriously.
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yakitori Premium
Glad to hear that because I was in your situation before and felt this didn't work. I'm SO glad I stuck to it and kept going.
Took awhile but this is only the beginning.
The potential gets me excited
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JohnnyA Premium
Very inspiring story. I'm also guilty of not putting in the work time like I should here @ WA due to everyday life demands. Not enough time in the day nor the energy. I'm trying to change that though. Imagine where we would be if we could devote all our time to our online business. Keep on pecking away at it .

To your success...
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yakitori Premium
Yeah that's the problem. Life gets in the way but I think as long as we're trying our best we will eventually succeed. Just might take a bit longer to get there but that's life.
Wish you success!
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BlessusJD Premium
Thanks for informing us of your progress. I try to do a little on my website even though I have a full time job. At least I am doing something everyday. One day I won't need the J-O-B!
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yakitori Premium
Exactly! That day will come. Just have to work hard everyday and stay motivated. Wish you success!
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Epontejos Premium
Congratulations! Am more inspired by your great information.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Ester! Hopefully you can use the techniques I used to get sales as well
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MPollock Premium
Nice work buddy
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Mike! Really appreciate it
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ProlificOne Premium
Hi Andy!

Great information. Very informative. I am going to look into both Adsense and Twitter. Hopefully will have it going by weekends end.

Much success to you ...

Stacey
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yakitori Premium
You definitely should! Hope they will be as good for you as they were for me
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lynnsam61 Premium
That's great Andy! I've been here over a year and have made a small amount on Amazon Associates and the rest on Shareasale through my affiliate connections.
I really need to get involved in Twitter after hearing this. Thanks for sharing!
Erica
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yakitori Premium
Yeah Twitter is really amazing. Go through the training as it walks you through setting up an account and doing the techniques I use and also use apps to help automate most of it.
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LROSE7917 Premium
Your conversation was educational and inspiring.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks! Hopefully others will try Twitter and reap the benefits
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MarseanM Premium
Wow this is Great Man thanks for sharing
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yakitori Premium
No problem! Let me know if you have any questions on the Twitter training.
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BradJ Premium
Excellent work and great info . It is wonderful when you see yourself going in the right direction
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yakitori Premium
Thanks! I'm really happy and excited. This is only the beginning
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littlemama Premium
I love what you did on Twitter, that's so awesome! This post is great too for everyone to know what is possible! Congrats!!! Thanks for sharing!!
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yakitori Premium
No problem! Hope you can learn some Twitter tips and enjoy the benefits as well. Wish you success!
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Jimmyk16 Premium
Hello Andy Great work my friend and fellow Vancouverite. I had a neighbor with a bedbug problem and referred them to your site, but he had already called pest control and $1,500 later to exterminate bed bugs! You mention some interesting things and I will definitely check out your Twitter training. Thanks.
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yakitori Premium
Yeah bed bugs are a real nightmare. I'm glad he was able to get rid of them. Exterminators are actually the best option if you can afford it.

Good luck with your site and let me know if you have any questions on the training.
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DELJAR Premium
I did a guest post, posted a link to Quora as well as back linking to get more traffic. You did very well Andy considering you work full time and does freelance gigs. Keep up the good work!
Adel :)
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yakitori Premium
Quora is great. I use that as well to help others with bed bugs and get back links. I haven't done any guest posting yet so I think that's worth a try.
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arrington6 Premium
Awesome
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yakitori Premium
Thanks! I guess hard work eventually pays off. Hopefully I motivated others to maintain the course and work hard to see results eventually.
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BillyBright Premium
Congratulations this must be a very exciting for you, keep up the great work and keep the ball rolling!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Billy! It really is exciting and I hope I can maintain the upward trend.
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adreyna Premium
Congratulations! Very nice.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Audrey! Wish you success!
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StepChook Premium
Well done, Andy! I have no doubt that your future results will be exponential.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Steve! I hope so too!
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CathH1 Premium
awesome Twitter tip there thanks for sharing it. Think I will see what crops up in my neck of the woods with the right # in the morning ans do the same. Has to be worth a try :-)
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yakitori Premium
Great Cath! You don't even need to use hashtag keywords, it can just be general words like what you type in Google. I usually don't search for #bedbugs because it's unlikely that people would type that so I just type "bed bugs" then it'll come up with results of people just mentioning bed bugs.
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CathH1 Premium
Even easier then ty :-)
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TomasB Premium
The hard work paid off Andy,great news. As far as what methods I've been using to try to increase traffic, I share my posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and G+.
I use Flipboard also, but not as much as the other ones I mentioned. I know this is the most challenging part of our goals for our websites but we just have to keep working on promoting them and keep a positive attitude.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Tomas. I've been sharing on Facebook, Pinterest and G+ as well but seems like Twitter gives me the best results.

You're right. We just have to keep pushing forward with a good attitude to be successful.
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Hi Andy, well done. Irv.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Irv!
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Process1 Premium
Congratulations on your first profitable month!
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yakitori Premium
Thank you! I'm very excited!
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DreamAngel Premium
Congratulations Andy! Thanks so much for sharing!


Barbara
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yakitori Premium
You're welcome Barbara! Hopefully some of the Twitter tips can help you
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Jedi1988 Premium
Thank you. Very helpful information...
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yakitori Premium
No problem! Hope it helps!
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tyrellch Premium
Well done. Profit is the key feature of functional business. Keep on doing the right things and it will grow
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yakitori Premium
Hopefully I can keep the pace going.
Wish you success!
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chluain Premium
Good news. Congratulations.
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yakitori Premium
Thank you!
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Bryced19 Premium
Great news Congratulations. Keep it up
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yakitori Premium
Thanks and wish you success!
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Bryced19 Premium
You are welcome
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Steve1958 Premium
I will definitely be watching your twitter training...
Just what I needed...thanks Andy!
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yakitori Premium
No problem Steve! Hopefully it can bring in some extra revenue
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Steve1958 Premium
I am really looking forward to seeing it!
My twitter stuff is starting to gather some momentum so I want to take advantage of it... :)
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janmar Premium
Thank you Andy for sharing how you keep it going and are being successful despite the demands on your time.
Good motivation for all of us.
Love the Twitter idea! I will be starting to use that regularly.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Janice! You definitely should use Twitter more. It's been great for me and I'm sure it will be great for you too
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It-Is-John Premium
Congratulations Andy! Thanks for sharing your insights. I'm new here and it's encouraging to hear about your experience. All the best! John
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yakitori Premium
Thanks John! I was new just like you too and was skeptical but you'll notice that a lot of people have success stories so you can be just like them too!
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preciousns Premium
Congrats on your most profitable month. Glad to hear your making good progress. The twitter keyword sounds like a really good approach. I think I'll be trying that and see how it goes.

Steph
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yakitori Premium
Yeah definitely try the keyword thing. I boosted my sales and conversions so hopefully it'll do the same for you
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SMartinez1 Premium
Congratulations! It's very encouraging to read about your success.
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yakitori Premium
Great! Hopefully you'll be writing success stories soon
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Cindy624 Premium
Very nice! Thanks for the insight!
Cindy
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yakitori Premium
You're welcome Cindy!
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JamesLM Premium
Great Job Andy! 18.75% is an AWESOME conversion rate. Many more profitable months coming your way :)
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yakitori Premium
Yeah but I don't know if it's sustainable. Hopefully I can get more organic traffic so it's not just all Twitter conversions.
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HoraceT Premium
Great job Andy. I will try that Twitter keyword technique also. Sounds good.
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yakitori Premium
Awesome! I hope it works out for you like it did for me
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stephhill Premium
Hi Andy:

Great WA blog. I read the entire blog. I use Twitter too, but I have not tried doing the keyword research technique you were talking about...searching for those who are looking for solutions for bed bugs for instance like you said. I need to try and do that. I will have to check out your training. My two social media platforms I use that get traffic to my site are FB and Twitter. I also use G+ but not as much as FB and Twitter. And I have a Pinterest account with boards and pins, but I am not active on Pinterest.

I think what you are doing is awesome. And yes, it was Google Adsense in the beginning for me as well. It was only a few cents at first but now I have more.

Steph
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Steph! Yeah Twitter is pretty powerful. I know I'm not using it to its full potential but it's been pretty good for me so far.
I have other social media accounts setup but I don't really use them too much as I found Twitter was most effective.
I guess it really depends on the niche as well but for me Twitter works.
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AngelBcn Premium
Awesome! Keep up the good work
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MartyHubon Premium
That's great news Andy, it's really nice for a newbie such as myself to the hear information like this. Getting the real picture about time and effort to rewards ratio is very good.

I for one would like to hear how your progress continues..: keep up the good work.

Best Regards
Marty
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NathalieJG Premium
Andy, you are doing great!
More to come.
N.
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RWaters Premium
What are your web addresses?
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yakitori Premium
battlebedbugs.com
earthquakekitguide.com
freedomhomeincome.com

I don't really work on the last one but it still brings me some Adsense revenue.
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RWaters Premium
Do you remember which template you used for the battlebedbugs.com ?
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patrickali Premium
Fantastic Andy! Well Done! Definitely gives me encouragement and I daresay others too.

ALI
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yakitori Premium
Awesome! That's what I was hoping for. If I can do it, you can do it!
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Douellet Premium
Thanks Yakitori
I like post like yours here, with detail of how to get there, where I don't feel being on Facebook.

DEnisO
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yakitori Premium
Just want to share info so others can succeed as well
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Novella123 Premium
Congratulations and thanks for so much useful information!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks! Like to share my knowledge so others can benefit just like how I benefit from others.
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CM35 Premium
Great Post and Information. Good Job!!!
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Thanks Chris!
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Bimby Premium
Thanks for this post Andy. Congratulations!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks! Hopefully I'll be seeing some of your success posts soon too!
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Congrats man, this is only the beginning.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks a lot! I'm pretty excited
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Loes Premium
Congrats Andy, I totally forgot about your training about Twitter, I tagged it, I will do it soon!
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Thanks Loes! Hopefully it'll help you get more revenue as well
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Loes Premium
Thanks, I can use that:)
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Congratulations and I hope one day I can write blogs like you do!!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks! I'm sure you will soon. Just make sure you go through the training and write quality articles
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Cmann1 Premium
Brilliant News! :)
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Carla! Hope to hear success stories from you soon!
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Nichole1978 Premium
Very inspiring, Andy. Thanks for this post. cheers!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Nichole!
Hope it motivates you to work hard to achieve your goals =)
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MKearns Premium
I remember your first Twitter post. Congrats. Appears to be paying off one tweet at a time!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Michael! Looking forward to the new few months to see if I can continue the up trend
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Congratulations!
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Thanks and welcome to Premium! Smart choice
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RHBarlow Premium
Very encouraging.
Thank you
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Thanks Bob!
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MOHUNLALL Premium
HO Yakitori, COMBAMWA ! Good post to encourage newbies like me. It is better to get pennies than nothing. May be this month I can get a fraction of the penny like you and be satisfied. Yes, no need to get $ a million to get satisfied.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Mohunlall!
Yes, it is always good to see that what you're doing truly works. Keeps you motivated and that'll help you succeed.

Wish you success!
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Congrats! Keep it up
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yakitori Premium
Thank you! Wish you success as well!
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reanna1 Premium
Good for you!
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Thanks you!
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Congratulations, Andy!
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Thanks Marty!
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kasage00 Premium
That's great! I've been with WA for 3 months and I've made a couple dollars with adsense . Nothing through Amazon yet, nor WA referrals. Those will come! However I've gotten a high amount of traffic to my sites.
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yakitori Premium
That's great! You're seeing results and are getting motivated about it. Keep at it and you'll get rewarded in the long run.
Awesome that you're getting a lot of traffic. It's just a matter of time.
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WilliamBH Premium
Great progress and great sharing Andy .. Congratulations. Cheers William.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks William! You shot up the rankings pretty fast yourself. Wish you success!
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WilliamBH Premium
Thanks Andy .. A lot of work to do on websites though .. thanks for your wishes. Cheers, William.
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drjec Premium
You are really doing well. Your work is paying off. Congratulations.
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Congratulations on making a profit! Thanks for the Twitter tips.
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yakitori Premium
Thanks! Hopefully the tips will help you be success with Twitter.
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AlejandraB Premium
Congrats Andy, it's always great to read about success stories here on WA, it's great this time is about you.
Keep on it!
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yakitori Premium
Thanks Alejandra! Looking forward to seeing more success stories from you too!
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