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All Around Update for DaveNicosia.com

Hello everybody. It’s been a little over a month since I’ve posted last and I apologize.

The reason isn’t due to slacking off, boredom, lack of interesting things to say, or anything like that … it’s because I’ve been so damn busy working on multiple projects that I haven’t had a minute to write about any of it!

I’ve had a lot of people start following me over the past month or so, and I decided I better get something posted! So here’s a quick update on what I have going on that’s taking up all of my spare time. (remember, I work full time at a regular job)

Once again, I apologize for not posting at all in June, but it’s because I have some big things in the works that will hopefully benefit us all in the near future. read more

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The Challenge: From $50/Month to $600/Month in Five Months – May (the challenge is over!)

davenicosia-durkangroup-workspaceI’ve made myself a challenge. I will be attempting to take my online revenue from $50/month all the way up to $600/month within 5 months. I started this challenge on January 1, 2014 and it ended on May 31. 2014. You see in 2013 I started making about $50 a month in revenue rather consistently, and now I’m ready to take it to the next level. I need this to be my full time job and I need it to happen as fast as possible. I’m willing to put in the effort and hard work it will take, and this challenge will help me to jump start my progress.

This goal is Phase One: Seed Money in my overall long term plan to work for myself. After I reach it, I will use that money to fuel Phase Two of my plan, which we’ll get into when it’s time.

* The image to the right is my desk at my day job

May Overall Results

So after a stellar April – May ended up not so good revenue-wise! I’m really glad that I reached my goal last month, because I sure didn’t this month! The month actually started out really good, looking to be my best month to date but then halfway through the month I lost some rankings on my main site. More about that below…

So even though my revenue for May was down, I’m still REALLY excited about everything as a whole. I still made some decent passive income, all my sites are doing okay, and I’ve been investing a lot more money into building out my sites. I’m outsourcing all of my niche site content now (never on this site!!) and I like where I’m positioned. It’s still a large step up from where I was 6 months ago and I’m extremely excited about the upcoming months!

May Revenue -  $321.32 read more

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Amazon Niche Website Case Study: Chapter 1

Man, I just love doing these niche site duels, mastermind groups, and case studies. Well it’s time for another one! I’ve decided to build a new Amazon Affiliate niche website and document the process. I’m building this site for a niche site challenge/mastermind formed by Servando So Yong Silva Sohn over at the Google+ Niche Site Community. The mastermind is being conducted in a private Facebook Group, and if you’re interested in joining head on over the the community, sign up, and get talking with people! While I’m not going to reveal my URL, I’ll document and describe everything in as much detail as I can throughout the process. This will help me when creating my training material for my VAs in the near future, and hopefully it will give you a step by step guide on building your own niche Amazon website. read more

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My Monthly Business, Traffic & Income Report
April 2014

So here it is, my first ever monthly income report! I’ve always been a huge fan of keeping up with other people’s online income reports, I find it very inspiring. Up until now I have not published any income reports for two reasons, lack of time and the fact that I didn’t really have that much to report on until recently. 

Since January 2014 I’ve been posting a monthly update for a challenge I set myself that ends on May 30, 2014. I’ve had a great response from those who are following along with my progress, and decided that just because my challenge is almost over doesn’t mean I have to stop with the monthly updates!

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Hello, my name is Dave Nicosia and I work my ass off every day to achieve financial freedom and to become location independent. I’ve been struggling to make money online for the past few years but all my hard work is finally starting to pay off.  I post my monthly business, traffic, and income reports for the usual reasons – to help hold myself accountable, to build trust with you my reader, to be totally transparent with my online endeavors, and most of all to show others who want to make money online that it really is possible if you work hard, work smart, and never quit trying.

I used to think there was no way that I would be able to make money online – now there’s not a doubt in my mind that I will reach financial independence and become location independent within the next few years.

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The Challenge: From $50/Month to $600/Month in Five Months – April

niche site challengeI’ve made myself a challenge. I will be attempting to take my online revenue from $50/month all the way up to $600/month within 5 months. I started this challenge on January 1, 2014 and it will end on May 31. 2014. You see in 2013 I started making about $50 a month in revenue rather consistently, and now I’m ready to take it to the next level. I need this to be my full time job and I need it to happen as fast as possible. I’m willing to put in the effort and hard work it will take, and this challenge will help me to jump start my progress.

This goal is Phase One: Seed Money in my overall long term plan to work for myself. After I reach it, I will use that money to fuel Phase Two of my plan, which we’ll get into when it’s time.

April Overall Results

Month 4 of my challenge is over already?! Where did the time go! It feels like I set this challenge just the other day yet four full months have passed. At least I’ve entered a stage where I can start reinvesting my revenue to speed things up drastically.

So overall I think I had pretty good results in April. Okay, pretty good is a bit of an understatement since I reached my goal a month early! I’ve had record traffic to all of my sites, I had my first $50+ day from Amazon Commissions, and my grand total for the month of April was $612.66.It’s safe to say I set a new all time record month on all levels. It really feels great seeing all of my hard work form the past two years finally starting to pay off. I believe that all of my progress is due to hard work (even when I don’t feel like it), knowing/understanding/believing on the process, good keyword research/selection, setting SMART goals, doing things my own way,and patience – patience – patience. It really boils down to that for me I think.

The best part of all of this is now that I’m finding some level of success, even the slightest doubt has been erased form my mind whether I can do this or not. I CAN without a shadow of a doubt and now it’s just a matter of hard work, patience, and reinvesting into my business. I’m sure it won’t all be easy, I’ll surely hit some setbacks but I’m ready for them. Bring it on!

My First $400+ Amazon Affiliates Payment!

At the end of April I received my first $400+ direct deposit from Amazon!!! My original plan was to immediately re-invest all of it in May on outsourced content creation, but I decided that want to accomplish a few different things with the money instead. I’ll still be ordering a lot of new content, paying all of my monthly web bills, but I also want to keep some of the money in my business account to pad it a little bit. I’d like to pad my account enough that when I find a great domain name to purchase for my PBN I can snap it right up, cover any other unexpected expenses that may arise, cover 3 months of monthly web bills in case my revenue streams dry up, and I needed to take $75 profit to help purchase a new guitar for a wedding I have to play during June. So overall I think that keeping some of the cash in my account to build up my balance is a great step for my business to take. It will allow me to jump on some future opportunities that may arise if I choose and give me added security in paying my monthly bills. All great benefits and part of building my business.

As for meeting my smaller monthly goals I set last month, for the first time in my challenge I actually met them all! The details are below.

Only one month to go to reach $600 … I’m sooo close ….

April Revenue -  $612.66

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Why All of You Are Wrong about What It Takes To Build and Rank a Niche Site

This post is for those who are relatively new to building and ranking niche websites. I’m no expert by any means but I have been having a lot of success lately and I want to share my thoughts about what I’ve learned. I try to help out as many people as I can over at the Niche Site Duel forum, and I answer a lot of questions beginners have. 

The point of this article is simply this, to get you thinking differently.

The number 1 thing I notice is that most people just starting out tend to take what the “experts” such as Pat Flynn, Spencer Haws, and other say as law. They look at the numbers in Market Samurai or Long Tail Pro and take the numbers as being indisputable. They copy the public case studies using the same themes, plugins, and content strategies. They don’t even have a site up yet and are stressing about page juice links, social metrics, and keyword density. They are overwhelmed with information, strategies, and data. They are concerned too much about whether this is right or that is.

Now I completely understand this train of though … when you’re inexperienced you have to rely on what others tell you since you have not built up your own experience yet. I was there too, which is why it took me over 2 years to feel confident in my niche site assessments and skills. It’s okay to start out mimicking other’s success … but you have to grow from there before you find true success.

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The Challenge: From $50/Month to $600/Month in Five Months – March

20140419_105136I’ve made myself a challenge. I will be attempting to take my online revenue from $50/month all the way up to $600/month within 5 months. I started this challenge on January 1, 2014 and it will end on May 31. 2014. You see in 2013 I started making about $50 a month in revenue rather consistently, and now I’m ready to take it to the next level. I need this to be my full time job and I need it to happen as fast as possible. I’m willing to put in the effort and hard work it will take, and this challenge will help me to jump start my progress.

This goal is Phase One: Seed Money in my overall long term plan to work for myself. After I reach it, I will use that money to fpuel Phase Two of my plan, which we’ll get into when it’s time.

March Overall Results

Wow … March is over already?! It’s really sinking in how valuable my time is and how important time management is. Although it’s looking good for reaching my goal of generating $600/month in 5 months, I really feel like I’m not getting enough done. I know how much time and effort I’ve put into making money online already just to reach the point that I’m at now, and it’s a bit scary when I think about how far I still need to go and how much time/effort it will take to get there. You better believe that I’m sticking with it until the end though!

My results for March were not as drastic as the change from January to February, which is what I expected. In March I made $391.67 which is just a little less than the month before so I’m not concerned. I think this is good considering that I didn’t really add very much content to my sites or work on backlinking very much.

Once again like in February, I didn’t quite reach my small goals that I set last month due to life happening all around me. I’m also trying to attract a few small web development jobs which took up a lot of my time this month. So although this time wasn’t spent on working towards this particular goal, it was spent on growing my overall business.

What is awesome is that at the end of March I got my first $100+ direct deposit from Amazon and it’s re-investment time baby! About half of it will go to paying for my web hosting, email list software, and domain renewals, the other half plus a few dollars from my own pocket will go to ordering my first 4 outsourced articles from a great writer I found on textbroker.com.

What I’m really looking forward to though is my $400+ payment at the end of April and you better believe that I’ll be reinvesting 100% of that back into my business. So in May I’ll be having about 10 new pieces of content written for site #1 and buying a few of the products I review for a big giveaway I’m planning for June. Since I now have revenue coming in to reinvest into content creation, I will be able to focus solely on copy editing & publishing my outsourced articles, backlinking, and higher level tasks like my giveaway.

It’s exciting to reach the point where I can afford to start outsourcing content and freeing up a lot of my time for higher level tasks.

More about that next month though … I’m getting excited and ahead of myself.

(Side note, I had a really good month on another niche site I own which actually had a record month of revenue, making March my best month ever in total, but this site is not counted in my case study)

March Revenue -  $391.67

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The Challenge: From $50/Month to $600/Month in Five Months – February

I’ve made myself a challenge. I will be attempting to take my online revenue from $50/month all the way up to $600/month within 5 months. I started this challenge on January 1, 2014 and it will end on May 31. 2014. You see in 2013 I started making about $50 a month in revenue rather consistently, and now I’m ready to take it to the next level. I need this to be my full time job and I need it to happen as fast as possible. I’m willing to put in the effort and hard work it will take, and this challenge will help me to jump start my progress.

This goal is Phase One: Seed Money in my overall long term plan to work for myself. After I reach it, I will use that money to fuel Phase Two of my plan, which we’ll get into when it’s time.

February Overall Results

February turned out to be a great month in regards to reaching my goal, even though the month didn’t exactly go as planned. I had a record month in revenue and I’m well ahead of schedule for my goal. I did get a ton of work done in February, although not all of it was what I had planned for the month. A strayed off course a bit to start a side project (I know I’m not focusing here, but I’m an experimenter!) with my wife, and did something totally unplanned with my main niche site, but something that will be a huge help in optimizing the site to get the most value.

I’m starting to see that the fact I set a SMART goal is really helping me to stay focused and work on it as much as I can. For those who don’t know, SMART stands for - Specific,Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. Each one of these is important to making the goal effective. Essentially if you string together a lot of smaller SMART goals leading up to a bigger vision, you’ll get it done.

Another thing I want to mention is that I don’t live in a bubble. I have a full time job, have to take care of my household, spend time with my wife, and deal with other matters of life, and only then do I have time to work on my internet marketing business. That being said, I do work on it multiple times a weeks for 2 to 6 hours, depending on how tired I am that night. Thankfully my wife is very supportive and I do a lot of my work on the laptop in the living room while we hang out. I told her to make this happen I’ll be working on it most evenings of the week for quite a while. As long as I’ll take a night off just to hang out or go out once or twice a week she’s 100% fine with it. She just works on her own projects (not web related).

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Part 1: Developing a Custom CTR Tracking System for My Niche Website

This is part 1 of my niche website experiment. My goal is to see if I can increase the CTR on my Amazon affiliate links and make overall improvements to my website based off the data I collect. I am going to be setting up a custom CTR tracking system on my Amazon niche website and running tests, A/B split tests, and making other optimizations based off the data I collect. I will also be data mining my buyer’s guide to find out what brands, models, and features people are the most interested in, and then making further optimizations based off that information as well.

At the bottom of all posts in this series will be a table of contents for your convenience.

To the Drawing Board!

To start out I wanted to figure out everything I need to track in order to get a clear picture of exactly what links are being clicked on, and what parts of the site are performing well or under performing. I figured it would help me avoid making mistakes when I set up everything. Boy was I glad I did this! When I finally had it all planned, I realized that it would now be a lot easier to set up and save a lot of time since I already had the blueprint in front of me.

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The Challenge: From $50/Month to $600/Month in Five Months – January

I’ve made myself a challenge. I will be attempting to take my online revenue from $50/month all the way up to $600/month within 5 months. I started this challenge on January 1, 2014 and it will end on May 31. 2014. You see in 2013 I started making about $50 a month in revenue rather consistently, and now I’m ready to take it to the next level. I need this to be my full time job and I need it to happen as fast as possible. I’m willing to put in the effort and hard work it will take, and this challenge will help me to jump start my progress.

This goal is Phase One: Seed Money in my overall long term plan to work for myself. After I reach it, I will use that money to fuel Phase Two of my plan, which we’ll get into when it’s time.

January Overall Results

January is off to a really great start I’m happy to say. I had one niche site coming into 2014, my main one that earned $48 in December 2013. I also launched all three of the other sites I’m using to reach my goal. Not too bad, launching 3 sites in one month. My main site, Niche Site #1 more than doubled it’s revenue from the month before. The other three sites didn’t make anything but that’s to be expected since they were all just launched this month.

So want to know how much I made in January?

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