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5 Steps To Make $200 a Day Online

by PotPieGirl on October 29, 2008 · 35 comments

How To Make $200 a Day (or more) Online


$200 a day – sure would be nice to make that online, wouldn’t it? I know for myself, as with a lot of people, that kind of income made from home can really be… well, it can be life changing. Sadly, too many give up on internet marketing before they get there. They let their heads get filled with ideas like “easy” and “fast” and “simple“. It’s not easy, fast, and simple – BUT… it IS DO-ABLE. This is how I got there.



My Five Steps To Earning $200 a Day Online (and beyond….)


Below I am going to talk about the 5 steps that took me from $0 a day online to $200 a day and more online. I know this is the part where I should show a screen shot of my earnings to prove it, but ya know what? I’m not going to.

First off, we all know screen shots can be a bunch of crap. Secondly, I have been sick as a dog and I’m a tad bit cranky from sinus pressure (sorry, too much information? haha!). If you read here at PotPieGirl.com enough, you already know that I take serious issue with this perceived need to flash my account earnings on the internet in order to have credibility to prove that my info is worthy. So, I’m not doing it. :)


However, I will give this. Here is my cb-notify alert that sits at the bottom of my browser window and updates as I make sales each day. This is the total of my sales for today:





As you can probably tell, I took that screenshot from right here inside the admin area of this blog as I was writing this post. And that screen shot matches todays bar graph earnings at Clickbank:





So… now that we have THAT out of the way….

Wait, I know what’s next…



The questions :)


Good! Ask Questions!!!



Q. How much of those Clickbank sales are from your own Clickbank product?

A. About half… Some days more, some days less, but half is a good average.



Q. Do you use PPC? How much daily PPC costs can be deducted from that?

A. Yes, I am now using PPC on my more successful campaigns. I’m still starting and have about $40 in PPC costs each day.



Q. What other costs are associated with those sales?

A. Other than a few bucks a month for domain names and hosting – nothing. There are no other direct costs associated to make those sales.



Ok, NOW can we move past that?

Nope…. forgot the BIG question…



How Did You Get To Earning Over $200 A Day Online?


If someone wanted me to tell them exactly what learning steps (and DOING steps) to take to get to $200 a day online, I would say this:

Before anything else – get the words “easy”, “fast”, and “simple” out of your mind. You are building a business. You need education. You need tools. You need support. But you do NOT need “pipe dreams” standing in your way. If you want to learn how to make money online starting with very little money to invest, these are the things you do. As you make money, you reinvest into your education, your tools, and your business.



Step One -Get the basics


Learn the basics of all this online marketing stuff. Learn about keyword research, and article marketing, and Squidoo, and search engine rankings. There are tools you will need to do these things so you will need that, too.

You will also need support and a community you can count on for help and feedback. Working online can be a bit lonely at times and it can also be VERY over-whelming when you feel you are going at it all alone. Community is important as you move through this stage. It will help keep you motivated, involved, and also help you build a network of marketing peers that will be able to help you (and YOU help THEM) through-out your entire career.

I have found all of those things at Wealthy Affiliate. Beyond the endless tools, resources, and tutorials, the community there is flat out amazing.

Step One – Join Wealthy Affiliate



Step Two – Get a Plan Of Action


As time passes, you will find you have a lot of knowledge in-between your ears, but feel a lot lost as to what to DO with it all. It is time to begin a daily plan of action so each day you have focused goals and can see yourself being productive… AND you get to see RESULTS. This is crucial…and this is the part where 95% give up.

Whats the saying? Fail to plan and plan to fail? Something like that…lol But you need a way to put it all together using free online methods and get some money coming in. You also will want an action plan that is also a strong root system for your entire online business that you can build on.

That is what my One Week Marketing Action Plan is.

Step Two – Get One Week Marketing



Step Three- Amp Up Your Squidoo Lenses


If you’re using One Week Marketing for affiliate marketing, you will eventually be ready to really amp up your lenses and make them more effective to create affiliate commissions for you. The very best thing I read on this is Squidoo Cash Machine.

Step Three- Read Squidoo Cash Machine



Step Four – Your OWN Websites


Now you’re really cooking with gas – really rolling along! WTG! You’re creating free online campaigns and finding the ones that convert. You’re ready to amp up those earnings with… with… with WHAT? How can you beef up a campaign so that it works even better for you and makes even more sales?

Simple. You now create your own niche site to go with it. It’s time to own your own piece of the internet real estate market. Creating your own niche sites is NOT hard – especially if you use WordPress to do it. This is the best guide I have read on how the whole WordPress niche site system works.

Step 4 – Learn for Free at 6StepNicheSites.com


Get These WordPress Niche Site Instructions



Step Five – Time To Pay For Traffic


Yup, that’s right! When you’ve got a free campaign that converts and then add a niche site that converts, all you need is more targeted traffic to make more sales. This is the point I reached not too long ago. I have all those One Week Marketing campaigns out there….and all those niche sites out there… all they need are for me to learn the right way to pay for additional targeted traffic and get that traffic there.

Works like a charm!

However, PPC has a BIG learning curve to it… AND it costs money to use PPC. You do not add PPC to your business until your business is making a profit that you are ready to reinvest back into the business. I’ll also add this – PPC is MUCH MUCH easier when you are working in a market you are already familiar with.

While you learn and network on Wealthy Affiliate, you will also have a LOT of great information and PPC experts right there at your fingertips. You will get a great deal of free information and learning right there. However, for me, I needed to take it one step further. I went and bought this FANTASTIC PPC system.

Last week, before this nasty cold kicked my butt, I watched the videos and read everything in this package from beginning to end. I took notes… LOTS of notes….AND I printed everything out (I rarely do that anymore). I was very impressed with this PPC learning system and the way it is all presented and put together is just superb.

Step Five – Get Advanced PPC Education



It All Fits Together


Can you see how each of these steps lead to more growth and more sales? That is the beauty of it! The One Week Marketing Action Plan and the 6 Step Niche Sites give you campaigns to grow your business on. While you are working through those steps and learning (AND earning) you will be coming across great campaigns that YOU created that are ready for more targeted traffic. AND, you will be READY to learn how to do that!



How Long Will It Take?


That is a really tough question for me to answer. After all my own trial and error, I have isolated the steps down to these five. I know that if I had just joined Wealthy Affiliate when I was first starting out that I could’ve cut 4-5 months off the learning curve of my own painful self-education.

I didn’t have One Week Marketing available to me so I had to develop it myself. I did, however, cut a lot of learning curve by getting the WordPress Niche Site instructions. That system is awesome.

It took me about a year – give or take. I fumbled my way around and made my way thru all the junk and empty promises just to get to these basic five steps.

How long will it take YOU?

I have no idea. How long WILL it take you? We’re all so different – we each have different schedules – time restraints – different levels of determination. How fast do you WANT to get to $200 a day online – or more? How hard are you willing to work for it? We all know by now that no one is going to sell us the “magic system” that just hands it to us, right? (however, if there IS a magic system, please use my contact form to tell me about it! hahahahaha!)

The education you need to get to $200 a day online is right up there in those five steps. Regardless of any “hype” on the sales pages, I pinky-promise that they are all high-quality programs that I have not only read, but I USE (or I wrote it…. ;) ).

Everything you need is there. I know they work – I’m absolutely positive that when you work these things, these things will work for you.



What Can Hold You Back?



1) Getting distracted by “shiny things” – The goal is to spend the least amount of money as possible to learn to have a profitable online business. Each time you stray off path and get distracted by the newest, latest-and-greatest super system (ie, the shiny things), you are setting yourself back.



2) Insisting on promoting “Make Money Online” type products - This one is a killer. I didn’t even realize how bad it was until I had a Clickbank product of my own. Unless you have some amazing bonuses to offer someone who buys thru your Clickbank link, you very well might lost that sale.

When you are promoting “Make Money Online” (MMO) type Clickbank products, you are marketing to fellow marketers. These folks have Clickbank accounts and they will replace your id with theirs. As I watch my own stats for my product, I am amazed at how many visits I see come in on one affiliate link – and end up buying with another.

I’m not going to go into whether this is “right” or “wrong”. Yes, I have my own personal “code” about it (If I am going to, or considering promoting it, I will use my own link as opposed to asking the vendor for a free copy. If I am buying it to learn from, I use the link I came thru on. If the only reason I found a product was because of an affiliates efforts, I use their link. That is just my own personal code there in case you’re curious). I simply want to remind you that there are MANY MANY other markets you can work in and make great sales with way less link-switching and way less refunds.



3) Micro-managing yourself and your web pages – I KNOW how hard it is to not pay attention to every little detail of every article or lens or blog post you make. It is also a good learning experience to see how things work, when and why things get indexed, why and how they rank, etc etc, but trust me on this…


Do not spend a large amount of your time tracking and fretting over things that are already out there in the free campaign “cooker”. If it fell out of the Google index, it will come back. You watching it will not make it happen faster (voice of experience there…haha!). Keep moving forward.

Once you have a good bit of stuff out there, you won’t have time to track every little detail. Once upon a time, I kept a spreadsheet of every lens I had at the time (not many…about 20) and every single day, I tracked the stats on each one. What a waste of time. I could’ve been spending that time making MORE lenses and articles.

Take one day a week and set aside stat checking time. Pop thru your campaigns, see how things are going… If things fell out of the index, take the steps on Page 56 of One Week Marketing to try and encourage them back in the index. You can’t force Google to do anything (stubborn search engine!), so there is no need worrying about it. Do what you need to do and keep moving forward.

Tonight, I created a new One Week Marketing campaign. I’ve been so busy (and then so sick…ugh) to do any of my fun stuff lately. I made 6 new lenses, got them all set for indexing and then….

And then that’s it. I’m not going to fuss with them. Google will find them eventually. If they don’t, I know how to help them find it. I’ll probably check to see if they got indexed this weekend – do what I need to do there – and then leave them alone for a few weeks (unless I see sales… THEN I pay more attention to them!)



The Value Of Your Time


I am a one-woman show. Many of you are one-woman, or one-man, shows too. All we have of ultimate value is our time. The best lesson I learned was to not spend too much of my time while testing a market. Now, once it converts (ie, works for ME), then I work it to death! :)

It’s the 80/20 rule for this too. 20% of your campaigns will be responsible for 80% of your earnings. Keep making those campaigns and uncover all the profitable little markets you can.

So, there you have it. Five steps to $200 a day online (and then some).

Learn>>>>Get a Plan>>>>Refine Your Plan>>>>Build Your Own Sites>>>>Pay For Targeted Traffic




Cat October 29, 2008 at 8:39 am

Great post Jennifer! I hope you feel better soon.

I’m glad to see you recommending Commission Blueprint – I was looking at it the other week, & was tempted to buy, but I resisted, as I’m not quite ready to start PPC-ing yet. Glad to see my gut feeling about it was right though : )

I joined Wealthy Affiliate recently btw – what an amazing site – wish I’d joined earlier!

Cat October 29, 2008 at 10:30 am

Just wanted to come back & add to my previous comment – I really appreciate how your information (your book & blog posts) gives such a clear plan to follow. I’m not totally new to IM, but had been floundering a bit, wondering what to focus on first. Now I know exactly what I’m doing each day & how it all fits together, & it’s much more fun.

I’m aiming to hit the $100/day mark in about 6-8 months (or less), and $200/day by the end of next year, and actually feel confident that I can do it now.

Hot Christmas Gift Ideas October 29, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Hey Jen,
This is an excellent post. So clear and concise. I think it is really imperative to have a plan. I think having faith the plan will work means a lot, so the fact you are using the same plan is important.

It is so easy to get distracted by the “shiny things”. Geez, I have been doing this for a long time and every time I turn around I see myself doing something else, and have to veer back to the original plan again.

I am going to take your mantra to heart. Next year, focus, one plan, one goal! If you do for a year . . .

Thanks for everything.


Hope you feel better soon. Sending you some virtual chicken soup.

captain squid October 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm

As someone who is quickly approaching the 200 dollar a day level I can vouch that Jennifer has the process spot on. I’ve used different tools and resources to get there, but that only serves to validate the method.

I would like to mention that focus is especially important. It’s okay to be in a bunch of different verticals but unless you finish what you start, it will really slow your project. Several sites I own were launched in haste and I have had to spend hundreds of hours fixing them when if I had done it correctly from the beginning it would have probably only taken an extra day or so per site. The bright side to situations like that is that you don’t make the same mistakes again, just learn how to make new ones :)

captain squids last blog post..Can Squidoo Make you $500 in one day? Yep.

Chris Lang October 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm

I want to warn anyone trying to make a living online they should be very careful how they take their payments.

In August my site was mistakenly identified as a malicious site by Trend Micro, PC-Cillin and immediately blocked globally for no reason.

I have since been cleared of any wrong doing by a formal investigation by Trend Micro. Long before that this happened:

I was blocked by Gmail, Yahoo mail, Microsoft and in all Trend Micro (PC-Cillin) end user anti virus software.

Two solutions:

Call your site host and add a SSL certificate to your site. This is stop most browser warnings from Norton, AcAffee and Trend Micro. It is like $30 a year.

Any payment software, IPN scripts, download protectors or any form that submits to a PayPal product page must use https in the form submission URL. PayPal buttons are fine, they use this.

You can tell this problem is occuring if you have goal conversions set up in Google analytics. Check to see if you are selling any products to visitors using Internet Explorer 7.

If you have some type of block in a database it will be possibly consumed by the IE 7 anti phishing filter database and you will have almost 0 sales occurring in Internet Explorer. At the same time you will have a way higher sales success rate in Firefox.

That is the only thing that saved me was finding that FF had a 14% sales success rate and IE had a 0.26% rate.

This is not guessing on my part. This is the findings of the Trend Micro investigation.

Sudden drops in newsletter subscribe rates, abandoned payments, email click thru rates and sales in general are all indicative of this kind of blocking.

The only reason I got a few emails delivered was that I was highly whitelisted in Gmail due to my Google social network friends list.

Please tell anyone you know to look into this so that this does not happen to them. Tons more documentation is on both my sites.

If I can help anyone do not hesitate to call me.

Still alive and kicking,
- Chris Lang

Timothy Collette November 18, 2008 at 10:37 am

Wow, I’m really new to all this marketing jargon.
It’s refreshing to here it all in a no nonsense sort of way that an average guy like me can understand. thanks for all the insight and free tips everyone else is trying to cash in on!

Ivana - Simple Affiliate Sale November 20, 2008 at 9:01 am

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for the screen shot :) ha ha… I always say, who cares about screen shot, if you are going to show me how to do it, but of course, people believe you more if you show a screen shot.

The value of the time is so important. And I realized this just recently and I had a small talk with myself. :) No more working over 40 hours a week. Find the niche, test it in 5 days, any profit great, work it, and if no profit find another niche! But move quickly!

Entrepreneur Bob December 25, 2008 at 11:56 pm

You have such interesting posts, I look forward to reading whatever you write. I get great entrepreneur ideas from you.

hal February 1, 2009 at 2:08 am

just come on this site now was reading Chris Langs arctical and was wondering how to get a hold of him to ask questions

Paul March 5, 2009 at 12:54 am

Really great post, PPG! I am a relatively new member at WA, and have been doing the “learning” cycle as you recommend by going through all the resources there, but haven’t really started taking action yet. As you said, it can be a little overwhelming. But this post makes it much clearer, in such a succinct way. I like the realistic, down-to-earth tone about what to expect, how long it will take, etc. It is also motivating to know that if one just sticks to the plan and takes action, the results will come. Thanks for sharing all this with us (for free!). I believe there are some products for sale out there that wouldn’t give substantially more info than what you have given right here. Keep up the good work, and get better soon!

Michael Berman March 15, 2009 at 5:48 pm


I’ve been in business most of my life-started 2 successful businesses that ran for many years until i knew it was time to end them. I’ve been in sales(successfully) for over 20 years and right now it stinks. I’ve been searching for over a year and buying get rich quick systems to no avail. I now realize that I’ve had the wrong approach.

I know that i have to find the right one and dedicate myself to it. I finally ended up at WA(less than a week) and feel more comfortable because of the tremendous support from the forum and wealth of information. One of the members told me to start reading your material. I’m very impressed.

I’m overwhelmed with so much information and not sure what to do first. Because of my failed experiences in the internet world,I’m gun shy and very skeptical. i need to see a sale(hopefully more than 1) to show me that I’m heading in the right direction.

I’m considering buying your book(thru the forum member) and I read your e-mail about the five steps.

First-Can I realistically, with your book and WA(following their 8 week program), expect to make a sale in these first 8 weeks without investing any more money. I’m, of the philosophy now, that I want to see some results before I further invest (my skepticism).

Can I learn to do Squidoo Lens myself without getting frustrated or should I buy the Squidoo Cash machine that you recommend?

If I have your book,WA membership for 2 months(will extend if it is working) and the Squidoo Cash Machine, can I see some sales in the first 2 months to assure me that I’m on the right path.

I’m not asking you to be a mind reader. I just want to know if these are enough tools to get started and achieve sales or am I leaving out the big component of driving traffic without a website?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. I just want honesty to determine if my efforts will be rewarded(assuming that I work hard) or are there other factors that I’m not considering?

Thanks so much for your time. I’ve enjoyed reading about you and I look forward to reading your book.


Allyson March 23, 2009 at 1:26 am

Jennifer…Just purchased your One Week Marketing about ah 1 week ago. I’m a Granny helping raise 2 grandkids, have a handicapped daughter living at home, husband out of work AND I own a small massage practice here in Ohio. That said, I’m going to take your OWM, devour it, DO IT, step-by-step, and prove it works! As Yoda said “Do – don’t do; there is no try”.
Here’s hoping your sinus problems get better. I use all natural herbal stuff for things like htat…ever tried a “netty pot?”
DO have a question…when you say you began a new OWM campaign and did 6 lenses, were they all for that 1 campaign??
I’d love to ask LOTS of ?? but know this isn’t the platform to do that.
Be Blessed!

Stephen March 30, 2009 at 3:28 am

Well Jennifer,
After clicking Commission Blue Print, i’m sold on PPC again. I didn’t buy it yet, but i’m sure i will. WA offers article mktg/ppc accreditation, how do you feel about those programs. I go back and forth between article mktg / ppc for my first step. After looking @ Instant Article Wizard / Pot Pie Girls, i thought maybe. I leaning back to ppc. I’m still couple weeks out from getting started. Should have better idea as to which way to go by then.Great Stuff. Thanks again.

Stephen March 30, 2009 at 3:45 am

Well Jennifer,
I clicked Commisision Blueprint and I’m sold on PPC, again. I didn’t buy but I’m sure I wil. Since you recommened it. WA offers article mktg. / ppc cert. how do feel about those info. products and Instant Article Wizard ?Shiney things like the Wiz and Pot Pie Girls have me reconcidering article mktg. I’ll have a better idea as to which way to go in a couple weeks. Thanks again. Great stuff!


Hutoxi Hodiwalla April 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I joined Wealthy Affiliates on April 10, 2009. I have been reading your posts and it is very motivating. I will try to following your blue print. Thanks for all the useful information to get started.

Hutoxi Hodiwalla April 13, 2009 at 11:36 am

Thanks for all the info. Now I have to act.

mimiof3 April 29, 2009 at 3:38 am

Thanks for all the information. I’ll buy your course after I take the course & hopefully make a little money. Right now I don’t have any to invest.

Twinma May 3, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Thanks for the motivating words! Really want to see this through and see what happens. Hoping for the best! Anyone who has posted in months past wish to update us newbies and share their successes?

Ajja Gomez June 15, 2009 at 3:17 am

It is a great relief for people who are new in internet marketing/affiliate marketing as well as those who do not know where to start to have Ms Potpiegirl and this website of information.

I would advice online income seekers and other newbies in this internet/affiliate to make it a habit to visit Potpiegirl.com as you can find a ton of informations that you need to get you going.

I have been a fan of hers because of her generosity in giving out very valuable informations.

I am about to buy her ONE WEEK MARKETING PLAN right at this moment and will follow what I found here in this webpage of hers.


Dilip June 23, 2009 at 9:12 am

Thank you for providing such helpful information…please keep it up! This is excellent “keep moving” inspiration & support! Incredibly valuable info for people like me who has the idea.

Deborah Hezlewood June 26, 2009 at 7:19 am

As usual, great reading material. I just love the way you write, so easy to understand for us Newbies. I have just bought One Week Marketing and am currently going thru A Conversation with Nick and can’t wait to get started. I have one initial question, I keep hearing about Wealthy Affiliate, how does this tie in with OWM?

subramaniam June 28, 2009 at 3:44 am

Mind blowing Articles. I am not an avid reader nor a good writer but your articles kept my eyes glued. I have joined WA Let me first earn money to again invest i am already spending $100 a month getting almost nothing in return . I am using the search engines to promote my affiliate websites both under SFI,GDI,Acme-People-Search &WA. I have made up my mind to succeed. I really want to reduce on my expense and earn money. Let me plan my work using your strategies and then see the outcome.Once I really make $50 a day I will invest on your book to get to do better. Thanks for the guidance

Terry Sahlin July 14, 2009 at 3:29 am

potpiegirl, awesome post! I feel really good about your advice that you give. As you know, there are so many scams out there (and i got suckered into a bunch of them) that I can finally breath a little easier since I found wealthy affiliate, affiliate niche club and you. I know it’s going to take a little time and that’s fine as long as I know I’m getting the correct info. I’ve got to go but i did get one week marketing and started it tonight but I plan on jumping in head first in the morning. Again, thanks for being there and I’ll see you at the top.Terry Moe Sahlin

Catherine Rozanski July 15, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Fantastic post

If your struggling where to Start. This is a must ! Also, following PotPieGirl is an education in itself
for anyone hungry for Success

Much Appreciated

Catherine (xsdosh4u)

McAllen Web Design - Freddy July 31, 2009 at 6:31 pm

This is the first time I’ve read this blog. Very impressive. Potpoegirl, you are a real go-getter. Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing , I’m heading over to Wealthy Affiliate right now.

Penny @ Folding Camper August 11, 2009 at 5:14 am

What’s your take on HubPages? I’m not sure I understand the current drama with Squidoo. I tend to not want to publish articles that aren’t monetized, what do you think of ezinearticles etc?

Jimmy August 20, 2009 at 12:20 am

I’ve been trying to make a go of it with internet marketing for about 3 years now, (you’d think I would have given up by now huh) and been ripped off royally.
I lucked onto your site by accident and am very glad I did. I love what i’ve seen so far. Been reading these posts and think they are great. Read your 5 steps all the while going uhuhuh. Great stuff.
Am about to head over to WA to sign up as soon as I submit this.
Wish me luck. I look forward to sending you some posts about some success soon.

robert August 26, 2009 at 9:40 am

Hi Jennifer, I hope u get well soon, I think your web pages are awsome & so informative, If i get half as good as you. I will be more than happy.


Mike August 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Jennifer – thanks so much for this website and Squidoo Help!!
Really pleased to have “met” you”
Robert says get well – hope you do soon if you’re under the weather
Very best wishes
Bye for now

Richard September 30, 2009 at 9:57 am

Hi Jennifer! I hear you’re not feeling well. Last winter I caught the flu and after taking extra strength Cold FX (American Ginseng), it only lasted 2 days! You might want to give it a try. Here in Toronto, Canada it’s often available at Pharmacies. Maybe where you are, too.

All the best,


fel October 11, 2009 at 7:44 pm

hi jennifer,

you are my hero on my squido lenses. You are the most generous internet marketer i have ever come across online.You give a lot of free info.
your one week marketing have helped me much. Plus i joined Wa. I am learning all the stuff and hope one of these days i can make some money.
thanks also for your very informative site.


Michelle October 24, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Do you ever use usfreeads.com for marketing? Does anyone here use them and have had any success?

Thanks for input

Mark November 24, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Hi Jennifer,

I am brand new to Squidoo.I just started working on my first Squidoo Lens over the weekend. While looking at a bunch of lens to get a feel for Squidoo, I came across you. After reading about a dozen books on SEO, countless hours looking at other web sites and articles, you have quickly become of my favorite sources of info. I just wanted you to know, I appreciate your help, and I am now one of your many fans.

Thank you,

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