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My 14 Year Journey to a Train Wreck.

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by SquirlyNutz, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. SquirlyNutz

    SquirlyNutz Power Member

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    I registered my first domain in November 1998 as i was working at a regular 9-5 job and any free time i had, i would be sitting at my computer trying to figure out if these companies would really pay me for the little traffic i had. At the time that i started, i had very little skills and was using drag and drop websites to build my first couple of sites and posting my links into yahoo groups.

    Back then there was no such thing as captcha and phone verification. You could basicly post your link on almost any site you wanted and it would stick for years without getting flagged or taken down, unlike today. I was quite amazed at how just a few links/day would bring in a ton of traffic.

    Nevertheless, i still continued to post my links everyday and watch my traffic grow but i was still skeptical about these companies that claimed they would pay me big dollars for my traffic. After a few weeks i recieved my first check for the amount of $30. I was a little worried that if i deposited my check, it would return NSF, so i took the chance and was surprised that it cleared.

    After 4- 5 weeks i quit my day job and was working full time from home and making a decent income. As time progressed, i had built a very good network of friends,where we frequently chatted and exchanged links. It seems back then, the people were much more friendlier and open to any suggestions and would never hesitate to place your link on a specific area of their site, where i requested.

    Before i started, i was just a regular guy working at any job i could find to pay the bills, making probably 35-40k year. The first year that i worked online, i made 60k and from then on, i was making between 70-80k dollars/year.

    For the next 10 years or so, my traffic and income grew. It was just too easy. My network of sites were taking in over 4 million visitors/week and growing. I did not care for SEO as google seemed to send 80k/day anyway, and i did absolutely no work with SEO. I was getting better results just by talknig to new people on IM and making new connections.

    By 2010, i noticed that my niche was slowly becoming saturated and my income was slowly dropping. I fought in vain to keep my network going and wroking very long hours everday.Three weeks ago i decided thats it. Its Done. Its no longer working and i need to make change and start off fresh so i sold off my domains and started new projects.

    So here i am, 14 years later going from millions of visitors/week, to staring at my google analytics showing my 20 visitors/day.

    What have i learned?

    Well..to name a few, never put all your eggs into one basket. Never give up and Put all your heart into everything you do. You will nevr be succesful if you put in a lame effort towards your work. A few weeks of work will just not cut it. Make sure to have 1 whitehat site where you could dedicate most of your time and eventually you will see results. Patience and Persistancy is Key.

    Good luck and i wish everyone, including myself, a very profitable New Year.

    All the best.
     
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  2. GiorgioB

    GiorgioB Supreme Member

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    Good to learn from your experience, 4 mill / week.. man, one could only dream of that nowadays but yah.. internet has changed, IM has changed.. anyone can do it now and that's probably why your niche became saturated. What i don't understand is how were you not able to keep everything at least rolling if you were one of the oldest in the niche, surely you had a certain authority over the swarm of newbies.. no?
     
  3. tnhomestead

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    Thank you for the words of encouragement. I am sorry your starting over, but it seems like it wont take you long to be back on top, and it makes me feel better about my decision to keep my day job and slowly build authority sites. Good luck, and may all of us be blessed in this upcoming new year!
     
  4. Valefor

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    goodluck ! wish you luck its hard to earn at that age
     
  5. neo3187

    neo3187 Senior Member

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    If i were you I would have gradually kept investing all that money I earned in actual Real Estate, so that I could give out that space for rent or sell it off later without worrying about google.
     
  6. liquidglass

    liquidglass Registered Member

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    Appreciate you sharing. Similar experience in an offline business here that is starting to see some life again but as a word of encouragement: Napoleon Hill says, more than a few times, most men do not build their fortunes until after 45 and those that have a business collapse will more often than not come back stronger than ever, earning more than ever.

    Good luck, persist, and be fruitful in your undertakings.
     
  7. incognito876

    incognito876 Regular Member

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    Thanks for sharing OP. Was an interesting read.

    My story is not quite the same, but similar. Started in 2000, and within about 18 months I had one of the top selling diet books on Clickbank as well as a few other CB health niche ebooks, which together were making me about $3000-4000 a month.

    It's a long story but these days I freelance for a pittance - can't even afford to start a fresh site right now, as I need to do work that will pay me now rather than in a few months time to pay bills. Can only blame myself for not seeing how things were changing and staying on top of the game.

    Well, hindsight is a great thing, but if I have learned something it is one can't sit back and think the work is done in the IM world. Reinvestment, and keeping a very strong eye on how trends are changing and what your competitors are doing is crucial.