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My short lived success story

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by jjhann, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. jjhann

    jjhann Newbie

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    Back in 2006 I stumbled across and individual who introduced me into making money from Craigslist. This was first attempt at making money online and I was pretty excited. The method he taught me was online dating/personals ads. It seemed kinda low and I was unsure how it would go over.
    The very next day I sat in front of the computer and started running these "ads". I waited, and waited for a email saying I generated a lead for a dating site. Soon, I got 1 email, and then another and another....the emails kept pooring in. I was shocked at what I was seeing. I logged into my affilalite account and saw a growing number of leads generated from my ads.
    I couldn't beleive it, I called the wife at work and she could even hear the email notifications coming in on the computer. I had gotten so excited I turned up the sound and enjoyed the sound of money being made. I had hopes and dreams and thought I would never work a day in my life again.....

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    .......so i thought.

    Eventually, the wife even started helping me out. We were both doing ads manually, no software, except for autoresponders via email. We were both working and staying up all hours of the night posting ads. She hated her job, and was asking me everyday if she could quit her job. Being cautious,I said we better let this run ahwile and see how it goes. Within a month we were devasted. The leads slowed down, the impressions slowed down, and we eventually quit posting ads. Back to the 9-5 for the both of us. :(
    We figured CL got saturated with the same ads and it died off.
    I'm a very hard worker and very dedicated, But I've tried other methods such as blogging with no success, and I gave yahoo answers a try, but not much with that either. Craigslist was the big earner for us. If anyone would like to discuss surefire methods please feel free to pm me. I know I'll probably get bashed for this post,sorry.
    :eek:
     
  2. ukescuba

    ukescuba Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    i think your story is a good one - imagine if you had quit your jobs! it must be a lesson learnt for the two of you for sure... cant rely on online trends as they change so quickly!

    My fiancee is always asking me if she can quit work so we can both do this stuff - but i tell her no, she hates her job too, but personally i would rather pay for her to go back to school and do something she enjoys, i do this in addition to web development, and from it i have few ideas for some projects i am about to launch! :)

    this is a great place with some great information, and pretty much people tell you the way it is! :)

    good luck! :)
     
  3. exodusms

    exodusms Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    so how much did you make typically?
     
  4. ukescuba

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    without adding it all up the image looks like an overall average of about $100 a day? right? over 30 days...
     
  5. Professor

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    it's a nice story... surefire methods? just read this forum, you'll be surprised with what you can find. Do you need real time answers instead of waiting for the thread to update? Go on IRC, people are very helpful here... if you'd like, send me your email address and I'll give you an invite to thevault (a place full of torrents on how to make $)

    In the meantime, keep reading and don't give up... you already had a taste of success with craigslist so you know what to expect, but there are many other venues available to make money online... read read read and apply. Too much reading will get you into a state called analysis paralysis (where you read forever until your hair gets grey and you die ;0 )
     
  6. kushmoney

    kushmoney Junior Member

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    Great story, I have not had that type of success yet but I will keep at it. Keep at it you will find something that will work for you.
     
  7. revax

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    I've been through something similar (though not even close to $100 a day). You did have an "early" advantage being that you started this in 2006 as this was spread all over dp in 2007 and got saturated. You could try this in other niches not just dating, not sure how much it could bring in.
     
  8. mike330

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    jjhann, I'm in the same boat as you. The funny thing is that my short lived success was in 1996. Weird....
     
  9. 101010

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    Get into PPC and Affiliate Marketing, that is where the money are in my oppinion.
     
  10. gekahop

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    You could still try marketing through craigs list just put up different kinds of ads not just dating ones. Once you have success with one thing don't get lazy and put all your eggs into one basket diversify into other markets.
     
  11. jbizzle

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    I used to post in the free section on CL giving away ipods, etc..., made $200 to $600 per day, this was about 2 years ago, it was great, lasted about 3 months.
     
  12. duddle

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    I guess a lot of BH money ideas are just for quick cash and get probably saturated...or some are just a method/technique but not business i.e. torrents. if you are not really that super successfull, i doubt it makes sense to quit his own normal job career.
     
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  13. blackrain010

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    One way to avoid this is to keep looking for ways to make money even if your making good now.:flybye: These opportunities last only so long...so keep digging for them all the time.:cool:
     
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    Congratulations on resurrecting a thread that has been dead for over 6 years
     
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    malimnahi Newbie

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    Great story thanks for sharing
     
  16. systematic

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    Reminded me of this scene from Middle Men.
     
  17. vd123

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    Here are some things I look trough when I need some inspiration:
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/black-hat-seo/516740-golden-threads.html
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/making-money/525415-newbie-awesome-methods-you-have-try-compilation.html