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I chose unemployment over slavery… but now I need help!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by kenayu, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. kenayu

    kenayu Newbie

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    A couple of months ago I received a call from my boss to tell me some "great news".

    After 3 years in the company, working 9.5 hours per day (some days even more) he gave me a promotion: "You will earn $150 more, overtime will NOT be paid, but I expect you to work more hours and maybe you will have to come on Saturdays". I was like "WTF! you call this great news?"

    Maybe it was not the wisest decision but I declined his offer. I told him that I was going to quit the job on January 2012 because I was going to start my own company. I know, I am crazy!

    I began with this IM dream on December 2010, but I decided to turn that dream into a goal, set on January 2012.

    Two months have passed by since the announcement to quit my job. I work every day on IM but I have only made $8 in adsense revenue, so I finally understand that I need help to achieve my goal since time is running out... 6 months until I am unemployed...

    I ask for help to the BHW community, because I don't want to become a slave to another company if I cannot achieve an income from IM before January 2012.

    I know how to do basic keyword research, onpage and offpage seo, but I don't know what I am missing in the formula. Any help will be greatly appreciated, because I feel that time is running out and I am not making much progress :(
     
  2. MojoSoDope

    MojoSoDope Regular Member

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    You should have kept the job and learned SEO and read
    a lot of info that's found here on until you found a method,
    that way you wouldn't be broke.
     
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  3. p0532673

    p0532673 Registered Member

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    Well i'd say what's missing right now is action, try to browse less of bhw and do more actual work that's the advice that helped me most initially.
     
  4. 1337WuLF

    1337WuLF Senior Member Premium Member

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    Same boat as you dude, although I was fired around a month ago.
     
  5. Tamarind

    Tamarind Registered Member

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    Read the threads in BHW. I've been learning about IM for about a year now, and I have learned more about IM in the one month I've really started posting on BHW then the previous year, and I'd signed up for Wealthy Affiliate, Affilorama, the Challenge etc.

    I have a notebook that I keep and anytime I come across something I don't understand I write it down then research it. I make use of the "Subscription folders" and organize threads using that. I made four folders with different topics, that I put threads in to read. Slowly you start to build your knowledge. I've gotten so many good ideas here and love thinking up "twists" to methods.

    Take you unemployment time and read, study, then DO. Try and implement a method a week. You'll start to learn what works, and doesn't work. Good luck! I wish I could quit school and focus on IM.
     
  6. ibmethatswhoib

    ibmethatswhoib Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I feel your pain, here is a thread I did after a few drinks last night http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/blackhat-lounge/330418-revenge-bad-boss.html ... I'm over that and just moved on or else it will eat me up.

    My best advice is to just focus on one method and become an expert at it, I wish I would have done that to start. Read less and do more. If you want to do SEO and websites it will take longer but is good long-term. Trust me you probably won't make much for months with websites and SEO. I'm trying to do both cuz I'm unemployed right now. So I work on websites in the morning and the rest the day I try and do youtube stuff and social stuff. Just look around the money making section find something and don't get down or give up if you don't make money right away. I'm not making that much yet but it's slowly building and I know I can do well eventually. You just got to keep the motivation when shit doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Good luck man!
     
  7. orbit

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    Trust me: Start looking for another job.

    IM has a fantasy lure, but IM sucks right now and you will get in a bad place with no income.
     
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  8. dizz

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    First thing.. You have to get creative, otherwise you wont make much money.. Some of the best money makers are the stupidest things you hear at first.... And I can give examples... Like the chick who invented a pony tail thing that did a little flip thing... Yeah, everyone has that place in the world....

    Pull out some paper, or pull up notepad, and start writing ways to make some money, from the cheap ass jobs to hard to do stuff... Remember, you have to crawl before you walk, and walk before you run... Dont just try to run before you are done crawling...

    Anyways, you are off to a start... You have a goal... And you are wise enough to realize that you jumped into the deep end of the pool...

    Now on this thread... I would like to see a realistic goal set... Such as what your progress plan is going to be...

    But your goal is achieveable... It doesn't take much to start a company, it just a piece of paper.. Well, a few pieces of paper, and voila, a company exists... Its the maintaining a business that is hard... As well as being successful... But I digress... You just have to figure out and make money at doing what you plan....

    Dizz
     
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  9. kenayu

    kenayu Newbie

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    I got inspired to quit my job when I read this quote from Jim Rohn: ?Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value?

    I know that by putting myself in this situation I will have to take action. There are no options now, I can only go forward.

    I noticed that most people wait until they lose their job or get into a critical situation to take action, but I was thinking: "This is the time to take action because everything is ok in my life. I have some money to invest, I have health, I don't have any major personal problem"

    This may sound crazy, but I believe that you have to think different than the society's "common sense" to be successful. I keep hearing that the World economy is bad and that there are no jobs, and it is true compared to other times but nowadays people still buy stuff on Amazon, have money to buy those crappy "As seen on TV" products, etc. Money is always there for the people who take the risk and take action.

    If I have to suffer next year to become successful I am willing to pay the price. I don't want to spend the next 5-10 years of my life trying to achieve my IM goal when I know that by dedicating all my time to it I can achieve financial freedom in a year or less.

    I don't know if this is the right decision but who knows what is the outcome of a decision taken today?
     
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  10. Knoxgates

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    First thing is people think a 9-5 job is a slavery. You have to change the mindset. You are getting paid to do that work. If you don't like that job just switch it to someother job. You have not signed a contract with the company.
    I earn around $2000 per month using IM but still i do a $600 per month Job. I still do that job because i don't think i have a stable income. Once i get a stable income i m ready to quit my job.
     
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  11. zebrahat

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    The bad news is you need some form of upfront income (the normal term is "working capital") to sustain you and pay the bills while you build your long term business profit. The good news is you don't have to go to the rat race to get it, because in IM you can accomplish this through freelancing. FL SEO, writing, coding etc, works like a job in getting you definitely paid a little, instead of the if come/when come game waiting for your niche sites to work out. Here is an integrated blueprint I devised a few years ago for leveraging freelance writing into a lot of quick, small time but ongoing cash:

    The Mini-Writing Plan---Aggressive Article AutoLeveraging

    Without much ado, here's my 'AAA' plan to use articles in a combination of ways to fuel affiliate sales, plr pack and ebook sales, and CPA commisions in one fell swoop, using as little as a dozen articles as a starting point (self-created or outsourced). Basic steps are:

    1. Research 2-3 hot, new, monetizable niches/week, with corresponding profitale keywords, and affiliate products

    2. Write 5-6 articles a day (or use offshore outsource writing team to create for you for $1.50 ea)

    3. Get 12+ articles per niche, slap together a blogger blog with relevant affiliate links

    4. Integrated leveraging of the articles:
    a. Package original 10 as a PLR pack, sell on DP et al
    b. Use 2 to set up blogger blog and hub/webpaint/squidoo page, add affiliate links
    c. Re-write the 12 twice (so you have two sets of re-writes--I use MAR and/or DNS)
    I---Submit 12 re-write articles to AC, TB, DS et al writing sites for upfront payment
    II---Bundle 5 into an e-book (or audio file), sell on DP, Tradebit et al, AND free on hub/blog via CPA offer
    III---Bundle 5 into an auto responder series, offer on blog/hub for list building
    IV---4 re-writes of the blog/hub articles, use as PR, article directory, social bookmarking pages

    5. Integrated monetization of the articles---conservative projections:
    a. Selling 20 PLR packs of hot niche, SEOed articles at $5-$7.50 a pack = $100-$150
    b. Selling 12 articles to AC et al at $2-3 apiece = $24-36, which should reimburse any outsourcing expense (and most paid sites pay better than AC)
    c. Selling 10 $5 e-books/audios on trading sites = $50
    d. Making 3 CB,PDC, et al affiliate product sales via blog/hub at $20 apiece = $60
    e. Getting 10 CPA offers completed via free ebook on blog/hub at $3 apiece = $30
    f. Misc longer term blog/hub earnings from auto responder series, CPC and CPM ads, paid links, paid downloads, et al = not calculated for this example

    TOTAL upfront earnings from 5-6 income centers -$18 outsource expense = net $244-$258+ per niche

    Notes: This effort would total over $500 to $750 per week from 2-3 sets of niche articles. The schema assumes you already know how to slap together a decently SEOed site (and index it quickly), submit to a paid writing site, and have already enrolled in several affiliate programs and ad networks.

    The reason for using Blogger is the 'just get it started, clean it up later' principle---once you have a basic skeleton site 'on ramp' or up and functioning using Blogger's easy interface, you can always flesh it out later, to build up traffic and content wise (eg, you can convert it into an autoblog) or reboot it as a TLD or WP blog.

    Milking the articles 5 ways gives you a unified platform for site creation, PLR reselling, CPA projects and long term list building. Do this for six months straight, and you could have 50-75 sites residually pulling in tens of thousands per week!
     
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  12. billbobi

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    It took me around 6 months of hard work, reasearching, learning about seo, facebook, cpa, ppc.... to make a around $150 a day autopilot.

    And when i say hard work, literally sitting infront of the computer 15 hours a day everyday.
     
  13. kenayu

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    Hi Knoxgates, personally I don't believe in stability, since the only thing permanent in life is change.

    You may believe that you are stable with your $600 job, but what if the company closes or if they decide that they no longer need you? At least, I wouldn't call that stability.

    If I were making $2000 like you I would quit my job and use that time to improve my earnings. Maybe I am being a little radical but I believe security is just an illusion.

    I am just saying what I believe but I respect your opinion Knoxgates :)

    These 6 months will be a test for my beliefs. I have to do it. I don't have another choice.
     
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  14. daymond

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    Well, what i learned is the most important thing when you start business is capitalwhich you need to use to start and pay your bills. When you will have some amount you can try biz but remember that you can also start something offline, there are lots of franchising options today which lower risk of failure.
     
  15. agente808

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    If you speak a language other than english, you should look into creating sites in your native/other language. It is generally much easier to rank (less competition, and the competition doesn't know what they are doing most of the time).

    Just make sure you find keywords with high CPC (never under $1) to make sure you are not wasting your time.

    I am finding that I can rank top 10 for some incredible terms in under 4 months, so that would fit within your timeframe, and since you already have a little experience with the adsense route, this fits in with what you have already been doing.
     
  16. Furyx2

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    A 6 month notice huh? I would've just worked on my online projects while I worked. Then When you hit it big online you could give a normal 2 week notice :)
     
  17. kenayu

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    Lol yes I agree with Furyx2 but I am in charge of reporting in the place I work and only I know how to manage a few reports that I created in excel.

    Even though I am not happy with the company I believe it would be mean to leave them without training someone else. Is not because of the company but for my coworkers. I don't want to cause troubles to them.

    Those are the advantages of being a "trusted" employee :p
     
  18. kenayu

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    Agente808: I speak spanish also and I tried that route. I have 2 websites but decided to focus all my efforts in my main english site.

    I put the spanish websites on hold because I am not sure if the same backlinking strategies will be as effective on a spanish website (is hard to find other spanish websites which I can link from). Since you have more experience, do you know if it will affect linking from english websites to a spanish one?
     
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    How much would you like to earn per hour of work?
     
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    I agree with this. With all the great information on the forum, you can easily run into information paralysis. Trying to do too much, getting overwhelmed and not getting any real work done.

    So just focus on something that you're interested and stick to it. This is what has been working for me these last few months. And I'm finally getting my projects completed.