I Suck At SEO, Now What?

Yesterday I wrote about the poor results one of my affiliate websites achieves in the search engines result pages: Check Out My Google Stats.

Here are more stats for that same site:

Commissions Earned This Month: $191.25
Amount of Sales: 32
Avg Commission/Sale: $5.97

This is a straight affiliate product site – no contextual advertising of any kind.

Simple, low key, under the radar, thin affiliate, non-scraped content, non-datafeed, less then 10 pages, hand built affiliate site. One of my first (I think it was my 2nd affiliate site). Very low maintenance, very basic and hands free.

Basically a site that anyone, at any level, can build.

I realize many affiliates and webmasters make $200 an hour through one of their websites instead of just $200 a month. But hello – I’ll take it.

It all comes down to numbers. Build and maintain ten of the same results websites – that’s $2,000 a month. Twenty – that’s $4,000 a month. Not everyone needs to be a rock star online with 10 million visitors a month to earn money.

Funniest part: I’ve lost interest in building any new straight affiliate sites and am focusing on spreading my wings a bit online.

But although I’m not building any new strictly affiliate websites – that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped building up and maintaining what I have. Trying new marketing methods for one to see what kind of traffic I can drum up outside of SEO. More targeted vistors = more cash.

Trying new affiliate products. More $ per avg sale = more cash.

Trying new onpage factors. Strive to earn more $ per visitor.

Develop relationships with other targeted webmasters. More visitors = more $.

Never said I wasn’t crazy. But there definitely is money there for all levels of affiliate marketers – super affiliates and not-so-super affiliates. I think my sad, sorry numbers reflect that very well.

Keep plugging away and give it your best shot :).


I've been trying to find my way online for more years than I care to admit.

3 thoughts to “I Suck At SEO, Now What?”

  1. I think we all start out in this business with stars in our eyes. We’ve all read those stories about how people make $1000’s a day just doing stuff online. We think this won’t be too hard – and then try it. Realize that it isn’t as easy as it looks – that there are many factors that make us successful online – the trick is to figure it out.

    I think what you’ve earned this month is great! Like you said – build 10 like that and you’re laughing… build more – I’ll see you in Hawaii ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m really glad that you wrote about it. I’m glad that you’re open to trying new things – but sharing what you’ve learned – thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Procrastination is my hardest thing to overcome. Like you I’ve seen results from sites I’ve built and rather than going “Wow” and busting ass after seeing success I tend to sit around for a month or two only doing “just enough”.

    Maybe I need to set a new goal or something, like “when I make $X a month for the first time I get to do X, and until then I don’t get to do X”.

  3. ITA with you Digger. For me last year was a mad rush – get as much up asap. Problem is I have a handful of sites that just haven’t gotten the attention that they should. Traffic is loooow and yet their conversion rates just rock.

    Instead of focusing on ‘new’ and basic maintenance this month, I’m going to set aside a good chunk of time to focus on building up what I have.

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