I know the Super Affiliate Guy.
The first time I heard Andy speak he said something so brilliant, so simple – I had a “light bulb moment”.
Or in Homer-speak: “d’oh!”
Andy is a top 100 Clickbank affiliate. He knows a thing or two about making money online.
If you are a little bit jaded about making money online, then your first question is probably along the lines of “how much money does he spend” to make money.
It’s one thing to be a top affiliate, but at what cost?
Back in 2005, in what I like to call my heyday for “making money” using Adsense, I could put up a site using RankingPower (anyone remember that one?), post some links on Blogger and be making money in days.
The only cost was the site hosting, domain, and RankingPower script. And very little time.
To be specific: $8 for domain, $60 / month for a VPS, RankingPower script ~$50. It took about an afternoon to setup – and that includes “research” at the grocery store magazine rack (serious).
This one site was running along smoothly until my credit card didn’t pay the bill automatically (ouch!).
My wife and I were biking along the Pacific coast in Oregon, USA for 8 days when this happened.
As soon as I figured out what was going on, I made the payment.
By then, it was too late. The site had seen better days.
Moving Right Along
A year later, in the summer of 2006, I could knock out a “farm” of blogs and run it up to $100 / day in no time.
A hundred blogs on cheap .info domains, a self fulfilling linking system (i.e. – more blogs), and BOOM! – off to the races.
Cost for this setup is: $120 worth of domains, $60 / month VPS hosting + $30 / month of additional hosting. Timewise this took about a week part-time to setup (much more complicated setup).
Of course, like a lot of things built on a foundation of sand, it quickly crumbled.
(it didn’t even last a month!)
See What’s Going On
In a one year time frame, the cost (money + time) to generate Adsense money had gone up significantly. The return on investment had shrunk considerably. Especially, using a foundation made of sand.
It didn’t take a rocket scientist to see where this was going.
The writing was on the wall – no more “lazy” money.
Back To The Here & Now
Then you have someone like Andy, building simple little blogs that make $300-$5000/month on autopilot (Adsense is a tiny component of his money making strategies).
Instead of building on a crappy foundation, he builds sites focused on what people want using methods that work (and require W-O-R-K = time + money).
His methods involve a little lateral thinking.
… it refers to solving problems through an indirect and creative approach. Lateral thinking is about reasoning that is not immediately obvious and about ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic …
(emphasis is mine)
This perfectly describes Andy’s methods.
And once you see what he does, it is obvious …
P.S. – Watch this video for your own “d’oh!bulb moment”.