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7 years on BHW Some thoughts

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by b1step-ahead, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. b1step-ahead

    b1step-ahead Senior Member

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    What's up everyone. So 7 years on bhw, where does the fucking time go? Anyway some thoughts on where I started and where I am now.

    Early days... 2008-09

    I lurked on bhw for 2-3 years before signing up, I honestly didn't know what to say so I just read every post I could. I found bhw in 08 or 09. At the time I founded a startup, it was a online car dealership. I had my dealers license the whole 9 yards. Long story short, the economy crashed and when people don't buy new cars, you get a massive shortage of used cars at the auctions thus driving up prices. Simple supple and demand.

    At the time and prob still now, craigslist ads were king for selling used cars. I was wondering why my ads were never live. I searched for why are my ad's are ghosting and boom!!!! Found BHW... Needless to say a few days later I was getting calls from Big car dealerships asking me how I was able to out post them etc...

    2010-11
    I worked several jobs to keep the startup going, prob putting in 80-90 hours a week. Everyone reaches their breaking point eventually. I lost the car dealership, filed bk and hit a big rock bottom. I was lucky enough to find a decent paying day job and thought my startup/entrepreneur days were over and good riddance.

    After working the day job for 3 years or so, I was like what the fuck is wrong me, why I am not starting a business. I started hitting the franchise circuit and looked for something to do. I considered bouncy houses, taco trucks, stuff that you start for 5k or so. Like I said earlier I was lurking here for a while and never stopped. I thought seo was a bullshit thing and theres nothing you can do to influence rankings.

    May 20, 2011

    The post that changed my life. I was drunk one night scanning bhw for info when I ran into this post.

    https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/h...arning-15-000-a-month-in-three-months.309903/

    I must or re-read it 15 times. I started searching for Internet Marketers and salaries. The online marketing I learned selling cars made me think that I had a decent grasp of this shit already. I thought it non stop for weeks. This time, I was going to get some formal training and found a decent not cheap Online Internet Marketing Course. I was able to get school loans to pay for it. I could keep my savings to launch the new venture. I started the courses in mid july I think and it went for 8-9 months and I got some nice certificate degrees to show off etc... But, that November I officially joined bhw. I was getting 2 eductions, the white hat and black hat. To be honest the info here is 100x better than any online course, but I have no regrets.

    2012

    I officially started my company and had a paying client while taking the Marketing courses. I took the advice in Takitakals thread and went for higher paying clients. $1800 plus a month. Over the next 5 years I've had the highs and lows like anyone.

    2017

    I'ts been about 10 years since I was selling cars, 7 years since I've joined Bhw and things are going good. I was able to buy a house, a new car and enough money to save. My big advice is too keep your overhead low. Save your money and keep learning.

    Special thanks to all the mods, vendors and everyone else.

    ABC = Always be closing

    ABH = Always be hustling
     
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  2. healzer

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    Awesome story man!!! You rock for keeping your head above water and never giving up.
    What are your goals for the next 10 years?
     
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  3. b1step-ahead

    b1step-ahead Senior Member

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    Thanks man. To be honest, I don't know and that's ok. I'm now in family mode with a little girl to raise, so prob being the best dad + husband I can be?
    I'm a big believer in karma, so I've signed up with some local charities. When I'm at business mixers ( good source for new clients) and I run into non-profits, I always
    volunteer to manage their adwords for free. How much work can it be right?
     
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    2010 account ? you got good memory.
     
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    You are doing great man, keep it up, a real man you are!
     
  6. b1step-ahead

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    Sometimes it can be a curse. LOL
     
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    That was hot!! Did you do any upsales to get bigger clients?
     
  9. b1step-ahead

    b1step-ahead Senior Member

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    not really... i have ways to target our ideal clientele. I have a couple of clients that have been with us now for 4 years or so. Provide value and do your best.

    From other dudes here, I've learned to diversify your income. We're looking at side businesses to start. I've even thought about doing a seo profit type thing.

    Go around to failing businesses to see if boosting their marketing will help in exchange for a percentage of ownership. It can be a huge time suck, but being part ownership of

    multiple businesses in different verticals has it's perks.
     
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    Awesome move! Any suggestion on how to start the conversation?
     
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    Moral of the story.....keep pushing forward. Everyone wants to make it, but very few will actually put in the work. Good job man.
     
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    Thanks for your inspired testimony, but anyway you have to celebrate this achievement for every bhw member even if it's a bottle of soft drink
     
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    Inspiring story! People think IM is some get rich quick scheme, when it's actually a job just like any other. Thanks for sharing.

    A old man once told me..
    You Don't Work, You Don't Eat!
    - R.I.P Old Man
     
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    Fucking time does fly mate, inspiring post you got there keep pushing forward all the best.
     
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    You were determined. Thanks for sharing the journey.
    Keep Hustling!!
     
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    Nice read and nice journey you’ve been on. Here’s to the next 10 :)
     
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    well said :) :):):):)
     
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    nice ... congrats

    its a good background if you come from sales i guess :)
     
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    Great journey mate. It's motivating.
     
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    Hey OP thanks for your open words... post like these keeps me motivated:)
     
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