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StumbleIn To Cash

“Former Sex-Worker shows frustrated internet marketers how to get off on a little-known but hot traffic source”

How a 22 year old girl with minimal online marketing experience is making $12k a month – from an amazing site you’ve probably never even considered tapping

May 20, 2010
From: Amy

I have a confession. I’m not really a “former sex-worker”. But at one stage my Dad was worried I might have been either a hooker or a dope-dealer. Or both! LOL. Let me explain…

“Oh my God – Amy – No!” That’s what my Dad said when he dropped in to see me one day and saw all the cash fanned out on the kitchen table. $12,000 to be exact. Money I’d just taken from my bank account that morning.

“Don’t worry dad – it’s not what you think” I said.

And of course he said “Where did all this money come from?” I just grinned and showed him my Clickbank earnings statement and my PayPal statement (and they’re not “doctored” BTW – they’re real screenshots of some of my online earnings for March and April this year).

“You’ve made all this from your little internet operation?” he said.

“Yes Dad – that and more. My “little internet operation” as you put it, is making me more money than my day-job. It’s taken awhile but I’ve finally cracked it.”

Needless to say, my Dad was impressed. He didn’t acknowledge it, but I’m making more money than he is at the moment. He’d seen me struggling for over a year with affiliate marketing and Pay Per Click programs. He knew I was giving Google half my wages every month. And he thought I was crazy to do that. He kept saying –

“Isn’t there another way of getting some traffic? A way that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Using Adwords is just going to send you broke.”

He was right, of course. Google was sending me broke. I didn’t tell my Dad, but I was in the hole for about three thousand dollars. And some of that was on my credit card. But I was determined to make a success of my online business. I’d put too much time and money into it to just give up and walk away. I’d had some success building blog sites and sending Google Adwords Pay-Per-Click traffic to them and getting commissions on affiliate products.

…until Big G decided it didn’t like my blogs any more and de-indexed some of them. But what was worse was the outrageous click price increase on some of the keywords – keywords I’d been getting for only cents a click were suddenly costing me dollars.

And Google was reducing my Adwords Quality Scores from 7/8/9 down to 3/4/5. Which of course was driving up the click price and playing havoc with my ROI – “return on investment”.

I’m no financial genius but I know you can’t afford to be paying two or three dollars a click for most keywords. It just doesn’t add up. It really doesn’t . Google Adwords can be brutal. Its like playing craps – looking for a “7”. First it’s your friend, then its your enemy. And the Yahoo PPC program is just as bad.


Screw Google?

I got sucked into using Yahoo Search Marketing for awhile. Thanks to Frank Kern and his “Screw Google” method. What a waste of time that was. Yes the clicks were much cheaper but the Yahoo interface was clunky and I just wasn’t getting much out of it. Now they’ve done a deal with Bing, I notice. No idea what its called – “Bingoo” maybe? LOL. But lets face it – Yahoo and Bing? You’ve got to be kidding me. They’re way off the pace. Last time I looked, Google had 71% of the U.S. search market, Yahoo had 15% and Bing 9.4%.

Anyway…the point is…whatever PPC program you use can be hit or miss. And you really need to know what you’re doing or it can cost you a lot of money – I found that out the hard way. And the other thing is – you need to constantly monitor your PPC accounts. It’s not “set and forget” – it’s almost a full-time job if you have plenty of campaigns running. And Google can and will arbitrarily decide to increase your click cost or even refuse to run your campaign. Screw that.

I found a better way

I suppose I should have called my system something provocative – in keeping with my bogus headline above. Instead, I named it for what it does and called it –

What is it? In a nutshell…it’s a walk-through guide that shows you how to build websites that will be accepted onto the StumbleUpon network and how you set up PPC campaigns to drive targeted traffic to those sites.

What’s so hot about StumbleUpon you say? I’ll tell you in a minute. See – I wasn’t thinking of sharing this. It was my Dad’s idea. One day he said to me “You know – you could sell this system…there must be plenty of people who’d like the chance to make this kind of money”.

At first I wasn’t convinced. Why would I want to run the chance of killing the goose that lays the golden eggs by showing everyone how I’m making a killing on StumbleUpon? But then I realised there’s plenty of room for everyone – there are hundreds of niches. I could sell thousands of copies of this and it wouldn’t make any difference to what I’m doing. And half the people that buy and read this system won’t implement it. In fact it’s probably more like three-quarters of the people who buy this won’t do anything with it. Why? Because everyone’s looking for something that’s Instant Results…push-button…no work required.

Well “Good luck with that” is all I can say. The StumbleUpon Domination system takes a bit of work. But nothing too daunting. It does involve building WordPress blogs – but if you’ve never done that, don’t worry. It’s not that hard and I’ll show you how, step-by-step.

What is StumbleUpon?

It’s a toolbar extension for browsers where you pick a topic you’re interested in out of a list of hundreds of categories. Then, when you hit the “Stumble” button you land on a page that other Stumblers have rated as interesting.

StumbleUpon is addictive. Typically, Stumblers will hit the Stumble button quite a few times – looking at dozens of sites. Most of the sites on SU are high-quality sites with unique content and unique design. You won’t see any Acai Berry, Six-Pack Abs or GasFromWater rubbish here. Stumbleupon is a class act – a showcase of some of the best sites on the web.

StumbleUpon is the most addictive website ever – the greatest thing ever invented. The site makes the Internet—and by extension, the world—seem both bigger and smaller, infinite in its possibilities yet totally accessible. Warning: I have gotten lost in the wilds of Wikipedia and have fallen down many a YouTube rabbit hole, but never has a website hijacked my brain, my attention span, and time itself quite like StumbleUpon….like having the entire Internet on carefully curated shuffle-play. Click on as many categories as you like (“Astronomy,” “Beauty,” “Gardening,” “Photography”…) and download the site’s toolbar…and StumbleUpon will begin drip-feeding you an addictive stream of sites.

What Is StumbleUpon? Contd …..

And here’s the thing – StumbleUpon is a relatively untapped market as far as advertising goes. In fact there are less than 2% commercial sites on the network. This is powerful for marketers because SU offers advertising options where you can get your niche specific page or site, inserted into the StumbleUpon browsing experience without the person browsing even knowing.

StumbleUpon has been around for awhile. It was started by a couple of Canadian geeks about eight years ago. In 2007 they were bought out by eBay for for a cool $75 million but last year they bought it back and moved it to San Fran and the Big Apple. And one of the things they did – just like YouTube and to some extent facebook – was to turn it into a Search Engine.

Traditionally, people went to StumbleUpon to randomly flip through interesting pages, but now it works more like a search engine. Except that it only returns pages already deemed to be worthy by the StumbleUpon community…

The Advantages of StumbleUpon Advertising

stumbleupon advertising
  • StumbleUpon Advertising is cheap
    – I mean real cheap – like 5 cents a click – what could you do with 500 highly-targeted visitors for $25?
  • StumbleUpon Advertising creates highly-targeted traffic
    – you laser-target people’s interests by segmenting them into demographics. This is much better than just using keywords. You can select age and sex of your viewers
  • StumbleUpon Advertising creates FREE recurring traffic
    – the more thumbs-up you have – the more free traffic. Even when you’ve stopped a campaign it will still be getting traffic
  • The StumbleUpon crowd don’t realize they’re their being marketed to
    – they just see your money site as another recommended site in the StumbleUpon system. This is completely unique to online advertising. Normally PPC results are separate from normal search results – not so on StumbleUpon
  • It’s hands off
    – you pick your topics, select a demographic and send visitors to your sites. You don’t need to closely monitor your campaigns. No constant monitoring of which keywords are converting and how much you’re spending
  • It’s easy to use
    – how long did it take you to learn how to use Adwords or Yahoo Search marketing? Exactly. Stumbleupon isn’t like that. It’s dead easy to use. Takes about 5 minutes to set up. And the interface is a cinch to use. Even my brain-dead hick cousin could work it out.
  • There are heaps of ways to make money with it!
    – this is the beauty of this system. You can use StumbleUpon to drive traffic cheaply to a blog. You can use it for an Adsense site. You can promote your new product, push CPA offers or Clickbank products.
  • You have no direct competition like in AdWords
    – you don’t have to outbid ANYONE! So its more like a level playing field – you don’t have the Adwords whales with their deep pockets dominating the juiciest keywords
  • Your campaign can go viral
    – no kidding. Recently I paid $25 for 500 visitors and within a day the site hit the front page of Yahoo Buzz and generated almost 10,000 unique visitors from Yahoo alone – and they’re still coming weeks later. I’ve made over $200 on Adsense from that traffic

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