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My "Back from the dead" Story. BH success NEVER GIVE UP!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by satyawrat, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. satyawrat

    satyawrat Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I usually don't post much here. I am lazy when it comes to typing. I don't type unless my post has any significant value. Anyways, lets come to the topic.

    In March 2011 I was making $2k/month, which eventually increased to $3-4k in next couple of months. I had just turned 17, 3-4k$ was a lot of money as I didn't have anyone to support. I got too comfortable. Started spending carelessly, didn't save much.

    By September all my websites fell down due to panda. I was sad, but not afraid. I was over-confident at that point and thought "I would setup bunch of new sites".

    I bought a car on loan [$3k downpayment and $8.5k finance] before I was hit by panda.
    My biggest mistake: I didn't change my lifestyle. Soon I was staring at a $3k credit card debt with only $5 in my bank account. I was back to zero. I continued going to clubs every week. Increasing the debt to $4k.

    At this point, I was really disgusted with myself. I borrowed little money from my friend [$200 to be exact]. Bought 3 domains, annual hosting.
    I had sold off my new computer so that I could party at night.

    I worked my ass off on my Pentium 4 desktop. The only way I could cut competition was through content. I wrote articles, wrote and wrote. I wrote till my fingers hurt.

    I began to rise in SERPs only to be thrown down to 500+ position because I made shitty direct links to my site using AMR. Stupid mistake, I know. I kept working my ass off for good two months... and finally...

    My site is making $50/day. Hopefully I would buy a better desktop soon :p.

    What you can learn from my mistakes:
    • Destroy you credit card, thats not your money.
    • In this business if you are not scared you cannot survive. By the time you realize you fucked up, it too late.
    • You never really need to buy the next shiny thing you see. Our lives are very simple, we don't have to chase the next big car or the latest gadgets. We don't really need half the shit we buy.
     
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  2. talkmeow

    talkmeow Regular Member

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    Good story, glad to see that your persistance paid off.
     
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  3. kirajx

    kirajx Junior Member

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    Great story :)
     
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    Good motivation for those that need it.
    A few years back I was in a similar position, I served 12 years in the forces and racked up some enormous debts through one thing and another.
    Basically was declared insolvent but never gave up, started doing SEO work and built up a company that is doing ok with some great prospects over the next few months. Everything through things I learnt from people here and from a mentor who showed me the ropes for everything and I still work with now.

    As long as you keep your head and are not afraid of hard work (and are not searching for a push button road to riches) then you will succeed.

    Well done man.

    Rudi
     
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    cyrsss Regular Member

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    Hmm

    Thats the spirit .Never Give up !!!!
     
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  6. OldSalt

    OldSalt Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Great story and trust me, I know of where you've been... Congrats on crawling out of the hole and working your way back up - now just stay hungry and get back to your previous success and DIVERSIFY!

    Don't rely on Google cause we know what it will do to you when you least expect it.
     
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  7. cecle

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    Lol you must have generous friends...:)
     
  8. axus_auto

    axus_auto Power Member

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    Very sure there is a typo there.
     
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    That's a very good lesson. Thanks!
     
  10. satyawrat

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    lol yes thats a typo. Drop the "K" at the end lol.
     
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  11. satyawrat

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    Yes. If you are afraid of hardwork there is no way you can be what you want to be. Nobody is 100% productive, but you have to atleast do what is required.
     
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    Great turnaround!

    Whats the niche of that site you make 500 from?
     
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    why would he disclose his niche?

    anyways nice job OP, glad for you
     
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  14. xdontmessup

    xdontmessup Newbie

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    how do you get loan when you are only 17?
     
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    It was from a friend... not a bank.
     
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  16. xdontmessup

    xdontmessup Newbie

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    i am talking about the car loan, must be from bank right?
     
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  17. satyawrat

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    its not 500 but 50/day
    its a software download site.
     
  18. satyawrat

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    Yes, it was a bank loan. I got my father to agree getting the loan on his name as long as I pay him every month in advance.

    I had to battle his taunts during my bad period for not paying the EMI.
     
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    I appreciate your story bro. I've had something similar happen to me.

    Had to sell half my sites to pay off debt. But still bleeding money away. Now I am back to zero.

    Half the sites I got rid of I was glad to anyway but some I really missed, I worked on them for 3 years and wish I had never sold them.

    But now I've been regrouping. I think things are looking up. And I'm going back to black hat ways too. White hat is nice but there are too many variables, you can work your butt off and like happened to you, one tiny mistake and you're screwed. Plus in white hat, there is no guarantee of rewards for hard work and patience - Google can screw you and deliver you no traffic for being a good boy and doing nothing but write quality content.

    With black hat methods, I can do volume and diversify much better over hundreds of accounts. Google can never wipe me out in one go. And if I can make a ton of money, my plan is to buy white hat sites instead of building them from scratch. Much easier.

    I am trying to lower my expenses. That is the one thing I spend far too much on still, it's hard to change your lifestyle when it already changed so much that you already never go out, don't buy video games and all the stuff people already have. Now I need to change my food and eat only ramen noodles :D
     
  20. eng152

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    Good lesson. This story gives a motivation to build up.
     
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