Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. In February I had an amazing opportunity presented to me that resulted from 18 months of preparation on my part. That luck allowed me to earn online almost double my day job income.
Most of you know that I have over 50 websites promoting different products on Amazon. Once I am able to escape from the rat race I am going to split the income from these websites between my two sisters.
This will provide them with a healthy passive income stream that they can do whatever they want to do with it.
I am working on my building my own passive income stream that will allow me to escape the rat race that does not depend on my Amazon affiliate income.
I am on the verge of escaping the rat race. My birthday is April 8th and if everything goes according to plan I will submit my resignation on that day. Happy Birthday to me – BIG TIME!
When I submit my resignation I am saying my last day at work will be May 15th. Only because I am the Project Manager on two very, very critical projects for my company. One goes to Pilot in April and the other one must be finished by May. This allows me to gracefully leave without leaving the company in a bind during this critical time period.
Why no posts in past three weeks?
As I mentioned above I was presented with a great opportunity in February. Someone contacted me and wanted to purchase five of my Amazon Affiliate websites.
I did not realize this but you can find out every website that is hosted on a single IP address at host gator. If someone knew any of my Amazon affiliate websites then they could easily uncover ALL of them. And this is how the opportunity was presented.
This person found all of my websites. Evidently he spent some time researching each and every one of them. Then he picked the ones that he liked the most.
One day I got an email from this person offering to purchase five of my websites. Of course he offered to purchase five of my most profitable websites.
As you can imagine I was not interested in selling almost 25% of my Amazon affiliate income especially when I am so close to escaping the rat race myself.
So after multiple back and forth emails this person said they liked the format of my websites and how the information was displayed from Amazon. Basically what he wanted to buy was “how” I was building my affiliate websites and not really the income from those websites.
My Amazon Affiliate income “Secret Sauce”
About two years ago I had a custom plugin built for me. It pulled information from Amazon and formatted it according to my specs.
No other auto posting plugin on the market formatted data like my plugin. For that reason I was able to get organic rankings in Google for my websites for many long-tail keywords.
For that reason these websites would auto post one or two new products each and every week and I would get commissions from them.
He wanted to buy my “secret sauce” which was my plugin.
So what we agreed upon was to sell two of my existing sites and give him unlimited domain usage of my plugin. He could go out and start creating multiple websites like me and generate income from them.
Sold Two Amazon Affiliate Websites
By giving him the keys to my kingdom I was able to reach an agreement and sold two of my Amazon affiliate websites.
It was a win-win deal. He got my plugin and two profitable websites that will generate income from day one. I got seed money to make improvements to my custom plugin.
In addition I agreed to fund the cost of making additional changes to my custom plugin that only he would have access to.
The purchase price was $4,000.
My books on Amazon just keep plugging away each and every month generating income.
If you write a book I highly recommend that you publish it in both paperback and Kindle format on Amazon. Why deny yourself a income stream by only publishing in one format only?
As soon as I quit my day job I am going to spend quite a bit of time in writing new content. I am going to take a strategy that I learned from attending NAMS to re-purpose some of my articles. (Read my review of NAMS here)
My first step is to take the wealth of articles that I have written on real estate investing and property management and combine them into a series of short books on Amazon.
By having good analytics data I know what are my top 10% of the 200+ articles that I have written. I know which ones are read each and every month.
I will be focusing on these top 10% and converting them into my series of short books.
My last step is to write my ultimate guide to landlording for real estate investors.
In February 2014 I earned $32.94 from book royalties.
Adsense is another great way to monetize your websites. You can just place the adsense code on your website and then sit back and wait for someone to click on the ad. Then you collect a check from Adsense for all the clicks.
Well it is not exactly that easy. Adsense has a minimum of $100 threshold before they send payments.
I recently received a check for $100.73 because I finally reached that $100 threshold for payments.
I have used adsense to monetize my niche hvac website. This website has generated some income each and every month since I installed Adsense.
I added Adsense code on just two of my most popular posts on my real estate investing website. They immediately started to produce income.
When I quit my day job then I will spend time to make sure every post on my real estate investing website has Adsense added to it.
I am also going to try adding Adsense to my Amazon affiliate websites. Not sure how this will turn out but I will never know until I try it.
In February 2014 I earned $9.95 from Adsense.
In February I did not hustle as much in selling my solo ads.
There is great potential to make money with solo ads. One of the people that I have followed closely in learning about solo ads is Lewis Turner.
He claims to make over $15,000 per month with solo ads. Like any claim you have to take it with a grain of salt but I think he is very successful but I question whether or not he is earning over $15k per month just from selling solo ads. I think he includes coaching and selling custom funnels in that monthly price.
Regardless of the skepticism on my part, there is no denying that he is successful with solo ads.
Recently he started doing these webinars sharing how to get started with solo ads. His recent webinar opened the kimono and showed the “secret sauce” to his legendary “Turner Funnel”.
The “Turner Funnel” claims that if you purchase a 100 click solo ad that it will generate 180 subscribers to your email list.
Luckily for me he records the webinars and you can listen to them at your leisure. He charges $10 per webinar. I have listened to two of them.
As a result I have made some changes to my system and tested it on three very cheap 50 click solo ads that I purchased.
If you wan to watch any of his webinars, here are the links. Remember that they cost $10 each so watch the one(s) that are pertinent to your situation.
Sell More Solo Ads with Less Work
Solo Ad Business Overview – 0 To Hero Marketing
If you don’t want to pay to listen to over an hour long webinar, then check out these articles I have written about solo ads.
2 ways to make money with solo ads without a list part 1
2 ways to make money with solo ads without a list part 2
11 experts share their best solo ad tip
Even with selling s0lo ads as a reseller I am still able to generate a reasonable income considering the lack of time that I spend on the business.
I try to keep my head down at work and not spend time surfing the internet, chatting, or sending text messages. Because of that I am blocked from 9 hours each day of working on my solo ad business.
Once I quit my day job I will have the necessary time available to focus on this income stream.
In February 1014 I earned $182.50 from solo ads.
I am proud to report that I made my second sale from promoting safe ride 4 kids. I also made multiple sales from my stand up paddle board website.
Because I am running into a deadline here to leave the house I am just going to cut to the chase.
In February 2014 I earned $1,829.40 from Affiliate Marketing.
Sorry but I have to finish this real quick to run out.
In February 2014 I earned $136.25 from product sales.
My February 2014 Online Income Report
Here is the total from my February 2014 online income report.
$4,000 sale of two Amazon Affiliate websites
$32.94 Book Royalties
$182.50 Solo Ads
$1,829.40 Affiliate Marketing
$136.25 Product Sales
$6,191.04 total February 2014 Online Income Report
Want to buy my new and improved custom plugin?
My custom plugin has been my “secret sauce” behind my Amazon affiliate websites.
Right now I am working on improving it. I found a new programmer in Malaysia. He is currently programming these improvements to my custom plugin.
I got an email from him this morning and I will have it available to beta test Tuesday of next week. But we all know how programming goes so it maybe Tuesday or later.
When I have the plugin finished and tested, I will be selling it to the public.
Yes that puts my websites at risk since everybody and their brother will be able to exactly duplicate my success. But I do know that nobody is going to put in the effort needed to surpass me. Plus come May 15th I will have 24 hours a day to dedicate myself to keeping my online income stream intact.
Right now I am planning on selling the plugin for $47. You will be able to use it on unlimited domains that you own.
This allows you to go out and build 50+ websites like me to promote Amazon affiliate products.
I haven’t decided how to handle flipping of domains and whether or not you will be able to flip domains with it or have a different price point for people that want to flip domains.
Let me know in the comments if you are interested.
Congratulations Jennifer, You’ve worked hard and really deserve it.
I for one would have an interest in your plugin, a developers version would be what I would be after.
Having the time to concentrate on you online work fulltime will give your online business a great boost as well.
I will keep you in the loop as soon as I start testing on my plugin. I will probably let you beta test it also. And I agree that having 40+ hours a week to work on my online business vs my current 10 hours a week will result in some dramatic improvements.
WOW WOW Very Well done you deserve it you worked hard to get there 🙂
As for the Plugin yes please but can I have it so that I can use it on a Developers Licence so I can use it when building out sites for other people and also for flipping.
In the intrim can I Beta Test for you.
Sam 🙂 x
Thanks for the feedback about wanting a developer version of the plugin. I figured people would want to flip or sell websites that they created with the plugin. I will put you down on the list for potential beta testers. Thanks again.
NICELY done Jennifer!! I’d be very interested in trying your plugin as well. I’m starting to see a lot more success with Amazon doing YouTube video reviews. It’s time consuming and I actually get in front of the camera but I just hit the $1000 mark this month which is pretty exciting to me 🙂
I love the idea of your plugin though as it sounds much more automated. Do you think you’d put together a tutorial of sorts to outline basically your system?
I’m very excited for your success— again way to go!!
Congrats on your success with Amazon using YouTube videos. Someday you will have to show me what you are doing so I can duplicate that success for myself. Congrats on reaching the $1k mark. Only up from here!
Way to go Jennifer! Definitely interested in the plugin (dev. version). Add me to the list please, and thanks for these posts. Saw you on Matthew Woodward’s blog. Nice.
Glad you found me from Matthew’s website. I follow him quit closely. I will definitely put you down for the plugin. Seems having a developer version is something many people want.
Thank you for the excellent article. I would definitely be interested in your plug in once it is available. I would consider putting out the option to allow people to flip sites as well. That’s just additional income for you from those that want to go that route.
I noticed in your article that you didn’t mention what your income was from your 50 Amazon sites for the month. I would be very interested to see what is possible from have a large number of Amazon sites generating income.
Thanks for the feedback. Seems everyone wants a developer version of the plugin. I will definitely be making one available. You are right that I don’t post about my Amazon affiliate income and if you read my earlier posts it explains why. The goal is to be able to retire from the rat race without having to depend on that income because I want to give all of that income to my two sisters so they can use the income to escape from the rat race themselves.
Hi Jennifer. Congratulations on your success! I am very interested in your plug-in and would like to be on the list when you send out more info.
I have added you to the list. Glad to see you are interested.
Very inspirational Jennifer. I was just talking to my 18 year old son about going the extra mile to achieve success and trying to avoid the rat race, that most of us in society endures. Also looking forward to your plug in. Thanks very much on your transparency.
I would kill to have known what I know now when I was 18. Tell your son to get started today and he can permanently retire before he is 25. I will put you down for the plugin.
Great Job Jennifer and thanks for sharing the February Earnings with us. And also congrats on being in a position to leave a normal 9-5 job (which we know is never just 9-5) and be able to lead the “internet lifestyle” – I am very excited for you.
PLease, Please, Please – I am very interested in the plugin you are developing so let me know when & How I can get my hands on it!
Once again – Congrats!
I have added you name to the list. I will let you know when it is available.
Do you only have duplicate content on the 50 Amazon sites that you are using your plugin on or do you mainly have unique content and a small amount of duplicate content?
Can I see a demo of the type of content that your plugin can generate? Is the content unique in the eyes of Google?
Since it is auto posting information from Amazon it contains information from there. But what makes it unique is that the layout of the information that is pulled from Amazon is unique. You can see what it produces when I have the plugin finished.
Hi Jennifer, great news that you have reached the point of quitting your job – an inspiration to all of us! I too am interested in your plug-in and would like to learn more…
I will add you name to the list about the plugin. My goal is to have it ready in April.
Awesome post, Jennifer! Congrats on the big sale!! I’m learning a lot about affiliate/online marketing. Right now I’m using the advertising techniques in my existing children’s entertainment business and teaching daily webinars to other small business owners. About ready to start monetizing and building new affiliate websites. Will definitely use your awesome blog for resources and but your plug in 🙂 Can’t wait to read your post when you quit your day job!!!
Wow, I haven’t ventured into doing my own webinars yet so you will have to let me know how they are working for you. Does your children’s entertainment business cover children’s books? My mom just wrote her first and second children’s book and the first one was voted Finalist in Children’s Book of the Year in Georgia last year and the 2nd book was just published in January. If so maybe we should talk and partner on promoting her book.
I have you down on my list for my plugin.
It i always great to read your writings I have been following you for sometime,Although IM is kind of new to me, trying to reinvent myself from being a home builder to marketer it has been frustrating at times. Every time I read your blog I get an overwhelming calmness ! I will succeed that I know. So thank you so much for everything and please dont forget me when your plugin goes public.
Happy Trails To Where Ever They May Lead!
I hope you have success in reinventing yourself. Let me know when you escape the rat race. I will put you down for the plugin.
Happy soon-to-be birthday, Jennifer! And congrats on so many things coming together right now. I can’t wait to see (and try) the plugin.
Thanks for the feedback. I will put you down for the plugin.
I only have one Amazon review site at the moment, but I’m planning to build more of them, so I may be interested in your plugin. Currently I am using one called PHP Bay to insert the title, features, product image and buy button from the amazon listing and relevant ebay auctions.
I will have to check out PHP Bay as I am not familiar with it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I will put you down for the plugin.
Hi Jennifer, awesome news, so happy for you. I can still remember receiving your email when you lost a lot of your income and look where you are today. High five and some. Would be very interested in your plugin when it becomes available to the public.
I can remember the day I lost my income very vividly myself! It has taken me almost 10 months to recover and it delayed my escaping the rat race by over half a year. I will put you down for the plugin.
I read your blog all the time and learn a great deal from it. Thank you for being so generous in sharing so freely what you are learning. As a newbie it’s a treasure chest for me. Please put me down for your plugin.
Thanks for the comments. I am glad to hear that you are learning from my blog. I will put you down for the plugin.
Fantastic month Jennifer, excellent work.
I had a $3k sale fall into my lap for a very basic website using the HotelsCombined aff system a few years ago, it was a great feeling (and the website was pretty good too!).
Any plans on for the $4k?
Congrats on earning $3k for your website. Goes to show you never know when you get opportunities but you know they can only happen if you put in the effort to build the website. Right now I am banking all the money for when I leave my day job.
Came across your site through Matthew Woodward.
Your Amazon plugin sounds interesting – I have a couple that I use already but it’s always sensible to try out new options.
I’d be interested in either a multi-site or developer’s licence.
Does the plugin work for all Amazon country IDs – US, UK etc?
I never even though of the multi-site license so thanks for bringing that up. The plugin should work for all countries because that was part of the specs I gave my programmer.
Jennifer – great post and very motivating words, thanks!
And yes I’m interested in the plugin too
Glad to hear you get motivation from my website. I will put you down for the plugin.
I’m another who has come via Matthews site. The plugin is of interest to me as I have some poorly performing Amazon sites which I’d like to try and improve.
Have a great birthday next week!
It has been a great inspiration to me after reading your post. I am just starting to learn about affiliate marketing and hope to have success like you one day. Would be very interested in your plugin and learn more.
Keep working at it each and every day. I spend a minimum of 2 hours a day during the weekday and just as many hours per day on the weekend growing my business for the past couple of years. If you put in the work you will accomplish your goals. I will put you down for the plugin.
I’m interested in the plugin as well. Please put down my name on your list.
Have a great birthday!
Thanks for the birthday wishes. I am going to have a great birthday. I will put you down for the plugin.
“I did not realize this but you can find out every website that is hosted on a single IP address at host gator”…
Jennifer, thank you so much for this. I have 10 amazon affiliate sites, but they each have a different ID. Will that protect me from prying people?
I think you are confusing a couple of things. Each of your 10 Amazon sites have their own amazon id which is what I think you are saying. Now the next question is who hosts your websites? Is it hostgator? If so then all of your websites have the same IP address. That is how this person found all of my websites. There is a website that you can go to and put in an IP address and it shows you every website at that IP address. They showed me and that was how they found my websites.
First off, congratulations on such a successful month! It is very impressive and very well deserved.
I have been following your blog for several now, and I love your honesty Jennifer which is so refreshing, and the sheer volume of information you share.
You are an inspiration Jennifer and you definitely deserve to achieve your goals.
I am definitely interested in your plugin Jennifer.
Thank you so very much for the kind words. I wanted to share My Internet Marketing Journey with others so that they are inspired to achieve the same success as I have. I will put you down for the plugin.
Hey, congrats on having a record month! I’m playing around with Amazon for some time and would love to check out your plugin 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
I will definitely put you down for my plugin. Amazon is a great revenue stream to have in your arsenal.
I host some of my websites with hostgator and they all have the same IP address. If one of my websites gets penalized for overly aggressive link building, does that mean that google will penalize the rest of the websites on that same IP address? Is there anyway I can get hostgator to change my IP address?
I am not an SEO expert but my answer is definitely not. Not only are your domains on that single IP address but you have about 100 other domains belonging to other people that you do not know. If they did something Google did not like and penalized them then it would not drag down your website because of their action.
Hi Jennifer, thank you for your very informative blog, and for all of your transparency. Your sisters are very fortunate to receive a lovely gift from you. I would def be interested in your plugin when it becomes available. Could you put me on your list please? A big congrats to you on all you have achieved.
Kindly, Aly Swan.
Thanks for the kind words. I will definitely put you down for the plugin.
We are waiting March online payment report
Thanks for keeping me honest. I am going to have it published today! I got a little over $4,200 last month.
Found your site through Matthew Woodward’s income reports. Love the site, Congrats on being able to quit the “Rat Race” in April.!! Can’t wait to drive further into you site and read its content. I’ve really been interested in solo ads…
I am so glad that you found my website. I was able to give notice yesterday at my job with my last day of May 30th. Hope you enjoy reading my blog.
Hi Jen, was just browsing and came across you blog. Your Amazon Plugin that you are having designed I’m very interested in. Please keep me informed.
Many Thanks Kevin
I will put you down on the list.
I would also like to be added to your “Plugin List”.
I just found your site from your book, “Amazon Affiliate Bible”, which unfortunately was one of my “Shinny Objects” from last year.
But I am reading it now and there is a lot of great information in there that I will be using from now on.
I really enjoy your honest and objective reviews of things you have done.
I am a fan forever.
Thanks for purchasing my Amazon Affiliate Bible. Definitely read it because it is over 100 pages of valuable information. I will add you to my plugin list.
I followed the trail when I was searching for affiliate site success stories. It is really amazing that you are quitting the rat race soon as I am still a racing rat here 🙂 I would like to be on your list when you release the plugin as I am looking to enhance user experience in my sites.
Have fun. TIA.
I am glad that you found my website. I will put you down on the list for my plugin.
Is the “secret sauce” plug-in available yet.
(posted on may 9, 2014)
It is has gone through the first round of testing and now the developers are working on making changes found during testing.
I am interested in buying your plugin for amazon affiliates. Please get back to me.
I am still working on it. Will let you know once it is available.
Please advise when your plug in is Launched
I will let you know as soon as the plugin is available.
Please let me know if your plugin is available too.
And I am interested beta testing your plugin if available..
I am still working on my plugin. Will let you know when it is available.
Hi Jennifer, I really enjoy reading your site and I also would be interested in your plugin. Regards, Gabor
Glad to hear you enjoy reading my blog. I will put you down for the plugin.
Interesting story about your online income. Inspired me! 🙂
Please include me if your plugin is ready.
I will let you know when the plugin is ready. We are doing the final testing on it right now.
Did you ever release this plugin?
I cannot find any content on your site that is newer than ~end of 2014, or early 2015. Did you drop this site? I Hope you were able to get out of the ratrace!