In March of 2012, my friend and I launched wsotesters.com. We spent days researching how to build and rank microniche websites in Google. After a few months we had it down to a science. We were seeing “residual income” and our online real estate value was pushing $70k. And then it hit… Google released a change to their algorythm called the EMD update. We had survived the penguin and panda updates, but this one was different. In the course of one night, 90% of our sites lost their ranking and their monthly income. Technically we didn’t drop all the way to $0, but it sure felt like it! In the wake of the rubble, we were forced to look for another source of income. We searched, but ultimately we were not able to find any online income sources that could sustain our cost of living.
Before I go further, I’d like to offer an apology to any of our old followers who have been waiting for an update from me. I should have posted earlier, but with bills coming, I put 100% of my focus into other things and I completely neglected this site and it’s followers. I am very very sorry about that…
What has happened since October of 2012?
First of all, I no longer have a partner here on WSOtesters. I am now the sole person running this site. Also, I can no longer call myself a full time entrepreneur. Yep, that’s right folks…I am back in the 8-5 world working in a corporate office. The interesting part though is that the company that I work for is a company that has a prime focus on internet/digital marketing. This means that I’m able to receive pretty good pay while I continue to learn and put my skills to work!
As you can see, I’ve finally been able to get a grip on things and I can once again put some focus back on this website. I’ll be taking on a new direction from here on out and I will no longer be focusing only on microniche sites. Instead I will be moving this site more towards the direction that it was initially intended, which is towards testing and diversifying income. In the past, I was able to make thousands of dollars using various methods. Many of these methods had a short lifespan, but while they lasted, they were pretty much goldmines. Even though I would rather have long term sustainable income, I don’t mind cashing in on a few temporary goldmines along the way.
How will this benefit all of you guys?
Well, have you ever seen a product that showcased testimonials and great reviews about how well an ebook was written? Or how about those reviews that raved, “This is the best course ever! I’ll test this out next week…Buy this NOW!” Weren’t you frustrated when after hearing all those amazing reviews, not a single person came back to really share their story? Well, I’m here to break that trend! I plan to show you the good, the bad, and the ugly of internet marketing. I’ll dedicate my time and money to reveal which methods actually work, and which ones are just there to eat up your hard earn dollars. Although I will do my best to pick winning products, I can guarantee you that I’ll run into duds as well. After each experiment, I’ll rate the methods based on their start up cost, amount of work/difficulty, income potential, and income sustainability. I’ll then give an overall score and I’ll either continue the project on the side, or i’ll kick it to the curb and call it “busted”. At that point it’s up to you take and do what you want with the info.
Goals For 2013
My goals for this year are simple. I want to get WSOtesters back and running stronger than ever before. I’ve learned a lot from the past and this time I won’t let myself become victim to a single income stream that can be blasted off the map in the blink of an eye. There’s going to be a lot of work ahead… so If you’re up for it, then join me while I embark on huge successes or epic failures 🙂
All the Best!
Josh @ WSOtesters.com
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