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Pofecker - The Truth

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Pofecker, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Pofecker

    Pofecker Senior Member Premium Member

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    A lot of you guys know me. Some of you know of me outside of the Internet and others I?ve conversed with for years without ever really knowing who you are. Before I go into ?The Truth?, I really want to lay out who I am and how I got to where I am now. This is all important considering a lot of you really don?t know how easy it is to get ahead in Internet Marketing and this ?rant? may help some people put things into perspective.

    I?m 33 years old and a father of two kids here in Florida. One child is an autistic 8 year old boy and a product of my girlfriend?s first marriage. My other child is a girl and she turned 3 in April of this year. I live in a quiet neighborhood in a modest home and own a few cars. I?ve got some of the latest and greatest gadgets and really live my life in comfort for the most part. Most of the time I?m not left wanting for anything, but it wasn't always like this.

    Before I started Internet Marketing, I took jobs as a tow truck driver, repo man and pest control. Yes, pest control, lol. I went to school after moving from NJ to FL to get into the IT field. I paid for overpriced IT courses at a nearby ?school? and completed my MCSE training along with a few other various related courses. Little did I know that a huge local company was going to close its doors and flood the market with IT professionals desperate for any IT related job. They had the experience and I had nothing but I certificate of completion from my school. Somehow I did manage to find a job at a local dialup ISP as their network administrator / ?IT Guy?. This lasted until the owner of the company died and I was out of a job again.

    Very soon after, I found a job working for a software developer. All I had to do was software phone support and build computers. This was hardly what I expected to be doing after shelling out all that money for school, but it was a job. To make a long story short, I still work for that software developer and it?s been close to seven years now. Only difference is, I?m no longer an employee, he?s my client. :)

    Like many of you, I started my marketing career making blogs/sites and sticking Adsense on them back in 07. I installed the browser plugin that allowed me to see my earnings in ?real time? and was excited on the days I made over $1.00 from my traffic. I spent countless hours on several forums and read more than I had ever cared to about Internet Marketing. Most of it was pure junk and a complete waste of my time and effort, but I didn?t know any better. This of course put a huge strain on my relationship with all the hours spent with little return. Heck, I never even got my first Adsense check because I read some eBook about ?Getting Adsense Safe Traffic? and ended up getting my account banned. I was a total noob and had absolutely no direction.

    As I continued to work with the software developer, we had a good amount of daily downtime. I used this time to research my ass off online and try to figure out a way to supplement my income; which at that point really wasn?t that bad.

    I bought more domains, made more sites and tried dozens of methods. Some worked for a short time and others failed to launch. It was then that I reached out and started looking someone to point me in the right direction. At the very least, give me access to information outside the mainstream eBook shit. I needed a way in!

    This is was the break I needed... Blackhatworld was starting an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) network. I was on IRC way back when warez and such was popular and offered to host the IRCD for the forum. It?s then that I met HaRRo and Havok. Both of them had their hands in several projects and I was sitting in the front seat watching them work their magic. Finally, I had a way to ask questions and become involved. After reading, asking questions and trying things on my own, my little $1/day projects turned into $xx/days. It was a bit scary at first since CS?ing and such was the big thing back then, but I read and tested and read some more until I got it down. I then brought in a few people I met and they helped me scale it up. We all made money, life was good.

    With being as active as I was on BHW?s IRC network, HaRRo and Havok decided to make me a moderator. I would have only have got the position if I were involved and present. I owe a lot to both of them. They vouched for me during a time when almost no one knew who I was on BHW.

    I moved quickly up the BHW ?ranks? and ultimately became what I am now. (Despite what people might tell you, we don?t get paid. Being an admin here is not a $100k/year job). In fact, it takes time from other projects that actually do make me money. I do it for the love I have for the community that helped get me this far and the people I?ve met along the way.

    I did a good amount of JV?s, started a CPA network, made connections in the industry and now do very well for myself. I owe most of it to HaRRo, Havok, BleemZ and my own initiative.

    If I were to give anyone here advice, it?s to become as active as you can on the forum and off. By ?off?, I mean IRC or anywhere you can shoot ideas back and forth and observe others doing the same. Forums are great, but the real ?secrets? are shared in real time and with real people. I couldn?t tell you how many times someone would get a little drunk and spout off an idea that several people spun into a method and made money with, lol. There?s really no beating it.

    If you want success in this industry, GET INVOLVED!

    Get on IRC, stay active on the forum, open your mind and get others involved in your projects no matter how big or small they are. Ask questions of others and share the wealth you inherit, it will come back to you. ;)

    *Blackhatworld has opened an Official IRC Network and we?ll soon have a web client, but for those of you that know IRC, feel free to join.

    IRC.BLACKHATWORLD.COM
     
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  2. bulldogzg

    bulldogzg Senior Member

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    Am I the only one getting seriously inspired/motivated after reading all this?

    Thank you for sharing pofecker, this truly is a great place to be!
     
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  3. Pofecker

    Pofecker Senior Member Premium Member

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    Thanks for that. I'm not the best writer, but I'm here to help. :D
     
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  4. Jeevs

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    Can't do much than giving thanks n rep :D Cheers pofecker...way 2 go...
     
  5. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Thank you for taking the time to share this Pofecker. This is what makes BHW great! People willing to help others learn and get a good living. This spirit of community is what has made a lot of people get a better life and it 's one of the things that I am for ever grateful for. I owe to BHW 's community the sense of direction and the inspiration to become a better person, both in personal and in financial terms. There are lots of people that are willing to walk the walk, but many fail or lose huge amounts of time without a steer to the right direction.
     
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    great pofecker, I don't know you that well, but if I were to write a profile of you before reading this, it would be far off.

    Keep on rocking.

    ps to everyone- he's been doing a great job since the early days!!
     
  8. jheyslow

    jheyslow Senior Member

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    This Post really inspired me. Thank you Sir Profec
     
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    Thanks Pofecker, very motivating story.
    Thanks
     
  10. ThisDream

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    You inspired me a lot, because there are things similar to mine as of now. Hopefully as time goes by I could look back and say the same thing you just wrote. You deserved it!
     
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    Po, I knew very few about you..But after reading this, its clear you are a perfect guy with passion and hard worker to achieve this position.

    Truly Deserved man...


    P.S. To my fellow blackhatters, use irc wisely.
     
  12. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    +rep - thanks for sharing!

    BHW has also been the sole reason I haven't needed to ever have a "real" job and have not once looked back! Anything is possible :)
     
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  13. wannabie

    wannabie Elite Member

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    I would have preferred a picture of your mansion and Ferrari to be honest ;)

    I know what you mean though, I have pretty much started a career by using the information from this forum(plus some great guys), ok I'm employed but I run a team of 15 SEOs and deal with clients with xxxxx monthly budgets!

    Work hard, learn hard and NEVER shit on anyone and you WILL go far!

    Plenty of time to play later
     
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  14. theMHR

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    Yes! your idea is great to be involved. I am trying this technique and I am sure the being involved will make me notice and that will increase my ranks.

    Thanks for the best idea and for nice introduction about you.

    Leaved rep+
     
  15. Pofecker

    Pofecker Senior Member Premium Member

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    Just goes to show, just because someone is an admin or in a position of authority here, doesn't mean they're rich or better off than you. I do 'well' for myself, nothing more. If I wanted to claim to be a guru or own a fancy car, I would just be lying and for what?
     
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  16. NapsteR

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    bhw is the only reason that I'm in IM too... I think I will be active in irc hereafter...
     
  17. Sauron is Here

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    Hello pofecker !

    You have no idea how well this post you just have shared camed in handy in my life right now as an inspiration of never give up, i just was thinking lately after been on IM since 2007 and have wasted all my money in domains, courses, methods and 1000's of things i bought and not being able to make money in return to quit IM and dedicate my time to the offline world.... but now after seen this i will keep trying, because i don't know when, but one day i will make it... don't give me wrong i'm not wanting to get rich, i just need to make some daily cash i don't need it to be much as i'm from a 3rd world country in South America but i know one day i will get there and this post of yours at least has encouraged me not to quit for now and i thank you for that man !;)

    Many Thanks !
    Sauron.
     
  18. extremephp

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    For people who want to join IRC, this would be the easiest way.

    Go to : chat.mibbit.com

    Click on the server link you see there, which will give you a box to enter the server url : irc.blackhatworld.com

    Put in your nick, and keeping the channel name empty, click connect.

    You are in.

    Or else, you can download Mirc :)
     
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  19. Roparadise

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    I always thought you used to be a clown,before you got into IM.
     
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  20. Pofecker

    Pofecker Senior Member Premium Member

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    I look exactly like my avatar. :D
     
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