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My IM story

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Orbit143, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. Orbit143

    Orbit143 Senior Member

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    So I decided to put together a few words about my IM ventures, the story is not really accurate (I don't remember everything) and it's shorten, few details are missing but all together it should make sense.

    I got into IM back in 2008, friend of mine mentioned in conversation that he's making some money optimizing websites for search engines and monetizing it by adsense. I already had some experience with creating websites and even adsense but I knew nothing about SEO. I had no idea I could just create website based on keyword research and make money off it, back then I was creating websites just for fun about topics I liked. It didn't take me long to figure out the SEO basics and within a week I had 3(4?) sites up and running, all on wordpress with free templates and mostly stolen and rewritten content. So I started to do some linkbuilding, pretty much all I did was submitting the sites to ~200 directories (all done manually by myself, good times) and the sites started to make some money (like $2-5/day or so). After some time I hit a few gold niches and was making around $50/day.

    For some reason I'm not gonna get into I decided to invest my money into domain parking (registering typos and stuff). During one year I invested close to $5000 into domains, lot of them were making money. Really small money. Like $10/year/domain profit. Which is good, because there were virtually no expenses tied to that, all I had to do was scale everything up.

    That's where it all started to fall apart, I'm sorta not good with organizing things and using multiple domain registrars and parking companies (mostly sedo, namedrive and parked) didn't help that. After a year when my mailbox became flooded with expiration warnings from registrars I was unable to retrieve and sift through all the data from parking companies and decide which domains I should keep, also the profits from individual domains were really low so I let it all go to hell and expire. What a shame, today I'd do it all better.

    The next chapter was registering on BHW (don't even know how I got here) and learning about blackhat. I made shitload of autoblogs and started comment spamming with scrapebox. Also I was selling some blog commenting gigs on fiverr. That was good, I was making money but handling scrapebox, scanning proxies, spinning comments, it was all boring and I didn't like it very much.

    Next thing I did was buying Tweet attacks. After many beginner's mistakes and losing accounts I finally got a good grip on everything and started making few bucks daily which I really liked because I saw the potential to scale it up. That I did and in no time I was making close to $100/day (hardware limit, more threads in TweetAttacks my piece of shit computer couldn't handle). Right when I was really happy with everything and in process of picking components for a brand new kickass computer for my twitter marketing it all went to shit. Tweet Attacks servers were shut down by court order and TA creator disappeared. (anybody knows what he's up to these days?). That was March 2012.

    In the fall of 2012 (approx) I decided to buy Tweet Demon because I believed my twitter methods are still sound and I could pick up where I left. The good thing was that I had over 20.000 twitter accounts from Tweet Attacks era. Not bad, right?

    So I tweaked my methods, the suspensions were much worse than I remembered but I was doing good, making decent moeny (not gonna disclose the number) and I burned through all accounts sometimes in June this year. And I decided to take a break from all this, focus on finishing my studies and some other stuff.

    Yesterday I decided to give it another try, just for fun, so I created a few accounts (fresh), today I sent out some replies and made almost $30. It still works. I'm checking the accounts right now and no suspensions. During this summer I should be able to scale it up a little and make a few bucks again.

    What's the moral of this story? As you can see I tried quite a few things and failed many times. Made some money and lost some money. And I'm not giving up, IM is a lifestyle for me. I'm probably gonna get a dayjob so I wouldn't be so bored all the time (also I should cut down on my drinking) but IM is something I wanna do for the rest of my life.
     
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    I'll tell you what's the moral of your story, which is that whenever you literally take action, you'll end up make money, more or less, and whenever you stop taking action, you stop to make any money from that point, and all the money that comes after, are from your older projects, fooling you into thinking that you are making money when you instead don't do anything. (I'm also speaking in general a bit, not about you)

    My question is, what have you done between the months that you worked? :) Nice journey btw, it's good that you're still on the track, never giving up, but you need to think of the big jump!

    For everyone, remember, mind-set is your best instinct!
     
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    elschlongo Junior Member

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    So how do you burn through 20,000 accounts, and in the next month turn a $30 profit from just creating an account on a whim? Maybe I don't understand what happened. It took 20,000 tries to find a good way to make money?

    maybe you could elaborate a little bit for the slow folks like myself.
     
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    How did you made the $30 yesterday? Created twitter accounts and than what? Because they are fresh you had no/very few followers. Would be great if you explain a little more.
     
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    Those accounts were slowly getting suspended as I used them for sending spam replies. Until none of them were left :D

    Of course I made quite a lot of money in that process, which is mostly the reason why I can afford to take a break now.

    Yesterday (I think) I made some new accounts, renewed my landing pages and sent some replies just to check if it still works. And I made a few bucks which is nice because I know I still have an edge and can come back to twitter for some more money when I want to.
     
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    Sending replies and monetizing the traffic.
     
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    I'm not sure what I did, I drink a lot :D
     
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    Congratz man, great to hear another success story :)
     
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    lol good excuse! xD
     
  11. DeniX3

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    So you spammed each twitter user? xD
     
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    What? I was sending replies based on a few keywords, getting targeted traffic and monetizing it through my website. Untargeted spam doesn't work, you just lose your accounts and make no money off it.
     
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    I love IM... it's a challenge with the whole world, no other activity allows you to earn money with 0 or > budget just sitting in front of a computer... time after time you learn so many things about business.. It's amazing
     
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    What was the IM ..?
     
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    seriously ?
     
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    Instant Messaging :D
     
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    IM = Internet Marketing