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My story

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by OriginalMotive, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. OriginalMotive

    OriginalMotive Newbie

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    W130SN pointed out earlier today that I might be a noob or scammer. It is true that I might be a scammer, same as anyone. I'm not, but y'all have no way of verifying this. Including this post (in the lounge no less), but allow me to tell you a bit about me anyway.

    I got into IM about 6 months ago because of another forum where I've been a member for several years. One user in particular was touting IM at the time, even though it had nothing to do with the content of said forum. He mentioned BHW (this was about a month before I officially became a member: I was lurking and looked up all the terms I didn't understand on G), said it was even more moderated than the forum we were talking over (which is heavily moderated), and gave me a way into the world of IM: the site wealthyaffiliate. I can now say don't go into the site .

    Anyway, at first, I was skeptical. I thought internet marketing (affiliate marketing specifically) was just a way of ripping people off a la Frank Kerns, and told him so. Then he said a couple of magic words which got me really interested in IM, because they had to do with what I was doing at the time: "middle man". I began researching what exactly affiliate marketing was all about, and found that there were in fact several non-scammy ways of making money online: affiliates for clickbank or Amazon, AdSense sites (you advertise but the link between advertising and selling is once removed, you don't get to choose the big G's ads on your sites, etc.), dropshipping, virtual real estate (buying expired domains and re-vamping them, then selling them at auction), any number of ways to legitimately make bank without harming anyone. In short, my soul ain't rotten and I intend to keep it that way.

    I started really studying all of it for 8-12 hrs a day, a rhythm I still keep most of the time except now when I'm on "vacation" (it's a bit more lax, but don't we all know that there's no such thing as a holiday to an IMer). I made notes on all of it. I bought my first niche website and re-did all the copy --- I'm a writer with over 23 years experience (all across the board: formal essay writing, novels, short stories, poetry, and now, copy). I turned copywriter after reading about exactly how it is done through reading other copywriters with experience in several big companies' copy. Yeah, that was a convoluted mouthful, but I don't have to worry about how I write (at least not too much) on this site. I bought lots of national (North American, US and Canada) magazines while paying attention to the structure of their copy, press releases, etc. The transition was much less difficult than I thought it would be. Copy is, in short, the opposite of anything you try to do as a poet.

    The hardest part of it all is all of the technical knowledge needed to become an IMer: not just in terms of content (which I find relatively easy), but all the stuff like buying a domain and your nameservers pointing to the right place, renting a host, putting your website up, changing hosts while keeping your original website unchanged, learning very basic programming (Python mostly, to get those repetitive tasks done with the click of a button) and learning all about Regular Expressions, which was also a large learning curve. In the end, well worth it. And of course learning Scrapebox. I haven't used SB for link building, but for finding expired domains --- just use the Link Extractor, find a particular error (I won't say which in the lounge, but if y'all want which one, say so!!), check out all the websites with that error to see if they're available because often that error is only temporary, then spam-check the hell out of the ones that pass and IF they pass all your filters, buy buy buy.

    People who I think you should definitely pay attention to, in no particular order: Nick Flame (excellent notes on PBNs and Amazon affiliate sites, thank you earnestly Nick), BassTrackerBoats (hats off), seocrab (he has both grayhat and blackhat threads on what he did to rank, they're awesome!), NoHatSEO (off-site, but golden), Techxan and tony_d (who got me to slap myself on image copyright infringement), Sweetfunny (the actual person who's responsible for SB (!!!)), loopline (learn SB from him and you can't go wrong), kvmcable (who gave me an explanation that made sense of SB's whacky VPS antics), lots of others who I don't recall off the top of my head. BHW truly is the best site out there. We have a concentration of great IMers that other sites just lack.

    So yes, I still consider myself a noob in terms of IM. No, I haven't made any significant bank yet, but that is changing. And most of all, I don't make statements about what I haven't experienced in the IM world. Copywriting, I constantly experience, and feel I have something to give back. I want to give back as much as I can, when and where I can, because this site has given me so much in so little time.