Many do not know how 2 Dogs Media came to be, so we are going to share a little story.
It was 1992, I gave birth to my daughter – my career in corporate event planning would have to be placed on the back-burner since travel was out of the question for a short time. I soon realized after having my daughter that travel was going to be completely out of the question since I was not leaving my girl – so I became a stay at home mom.
3 years later I realized I needed more and started a photography studio and loved every minute of it! In 1996 I was offering a lot of really cool photo gifts in our studio that were not readily available to the mass market – so I decided to start a website selling these artisan creations.
I hired a web developer – spent thousands of dollars and wound up with a website I was not at happy with which you can see here.
The following year, 2007, I decided I could do it better…..and having no web experience whatsoever, I jumped in rebranded and custom coded my own website on the domain ilovephotogifts.com which much better suited what we were trying to do. Well, that is when it hit me that I LOVE WEB DESIGN!
That brings us to 2008 – the online store was doing well. I ranked on page 1 for the coveted term “photo gifts” and all was well. Then the market crashed and the studio dried up and we closed shop.
Since then I have sold ilovephotogifts.com – and have built, bought and sold several other websites over the years including my 3 biggest websites:
Coolphotoideas.com (monetized blog)
Outdoorcookingdepot.com (dropship e-commerce)
Outdoorplaytoys.com (dropship e-commerce)
….and a variety of smaller niche blogs that were amazon affiliate or adsense websites.
Now, I have never put a ton of time into any of the sites I have owned because time was never my friend – I was too busy growing my new web development business 2 Dogs Media!
I pretty much built them monetized them and sold them. The longest I owned a site was probably 15 months. Some sites I was making several thousand a month – others a few hundred.
OK, so what does this have to do with a Journey?
Well, I am ready to jump back into the “affiliate/blogging” world and want to invite you along. Having had nominal success in the past not only making money, but with selling websites – I figured I would do it in a more public way so we can learn and test together!
Why would I care about what you are doing!
Great question! Well, I am going to do this whole thing step by step by step in a journal. Everything from finding the niche to keyword strategy to building the site and link-building and more. There will be some tips, suggestions and trial and error situations that you may find helpful for your own website.
OK, this might be interesting – just how much information will you give us?
I am going to track everything and share everything in the process. From resources to tactics to analytics, you will see everything. The only thing I will not release is the actual domain name or keywords I am targeting since I of course do not want to have competitors too soon! But I WILL show you how I chose my keywords and how you can find good ones too! After the 6 months I will release the domain and keywords as well – and income will be tracked throughout the project!
When is this starting and how often will we hear from you?
Because I do work full time this will be a slow process – there may be some weeks I write several posts – other weeks I may only write one. If we are too busy – some weeks there may be none.
BUT – we do have a 6 month goal for steady income generation. So all data will be released within that 6 months and all posts for this journey will be posted in the Affiliate Journey category!
Get ready to learn lots of cool things! See if a website can launch, develop and monetize within 6 months.
Some of the items that will arrive in your inbox will include:
1) Finding a niche
2) Keyword analysis
3) Site development (what to think about for conversions!)
4) Content development
6) Social networking
7) Amazon affiliate marketing – finding products
8) Monthly reporting about traffic, earnings and more!
9) Q&A – you ask questions, we answer!
So, we would love to have you come along on the journey. I have been able to achieve success in the past – can I do it again but on a bigger scale? Can you pick up some great tips and resources to help you monetize and grow your own website or niche?
Join me on this journey – ask questions, give feedback and have fun!
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