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Putting It All On The Line: Serious Dire Straits Here - Watch My Journey

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by billyd, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. billyd

    billyd Regular Member

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    As some of you know I posted on problems with my girlfriend where I have had to moved out. Check the history of my other thread but basically she didn't believe in me or respected me even though I made a very decent living with IM, paid bills, cleaned up the house and was an overall pretty good. She said I did everything right. Anyways, I moved out while she was on vacation and we've only talked once since then. I left her the other stuff including my friends (who were our friends).

    During that time my IM took a dive. What I was doing was a derivative business (relied on another business) which tanked and so did my niche. Gone. Their company folded (high high pay outs) so my stuff is less effective. Also, my sister passed away so I've been dealing with funeral costs and all (I live 2,000 miles from my home).

    So now I live in a small room, little to no income, live long from home with no friends and with half of my immediate family gone. I feel shitty, abandoned and alone. Short of living on the street, begging for food, this is as low as I think someone can get. However, I have a plan and going to invest myself 150% into it. It's do or die and I invite you to follow.

    The upside is that I have saved a decent enough to live for run my operations for about 6 months. Rent, food, work expenses are all going to be stretched tight then. The room is a 8x8 with a Dell laptop, small desk and sleeping bag on the floor. I have only a few sweaters, jeans and loads of undershirts, undies and socks. My personal costs are low just $30 a week in food and nothing rationed for clothing or luxury products. Most of my costs are rent and paying for servers. My competition has a 3 months head start on me with tons of more coming. In the last month or so the competition really kicked up. So I'm pouring myself into SEO and social media. Every waking moment until I can get a foot hold or at least get into position. Three quarters of my funds will be depleted in 2-3 months, so I'm really banking on three things to surpass: highest quality content (better than my competition), excellent social media coverage, and moderate SEO foot hold (I can't afford a premium here so I'll have to settle for less). If my SM and SEO is good, I can see a return (yet a loss) and at least the major legwork is done. I'm anticipating recovering server costs and eventually future SEO work. I don't plan to recoup losses until after 7-8 months. I do have an emergency fund (in case I need hospital work, dental or something other dire) a gold watch from my grandfather. If I have to, I can sell it for some good cash to cover an emergency. I cherish it so its gotta be pretty dire to come down to that.

    Anyways, that's where I've been, where I am at and where I am going. Either I die or get rich trying. If folks are interested I can update this thread with specifics on what SEO I'm doing (progress and success), a poor man's diet, and overall life.
     
  2. Tensegrity

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    That's pretty hardcore, bro, sorry to hear.

    It's an extremely competitive industry. A friend of mine actually decided to take a break from it and get a real job while doing a little IM in the evening. Now he has a steady paycheck AND extra income. Not a bad decision if you're truly in dire straits.
     
  3. billyd

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    I've tried applying around and no one is hiring (especially without a college degree). It's tough as shit. I work a weekend job cleaning people's yard and walking dogs but its not steady income at all. If I can find a job to get myself steady - I'll do it but I'm not resting my hopes on it. Since I was self-employed I can't get any state aid.

    I have SEO skills myself (know how to use SENukeX, Scrapebox, AMR, etc.) and know how to set up effective plans with good proxies, excellent content, etc. I'm chucking my resume out there and in the meantime I'm relying on this.
     
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  4. smallgiant

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    Jeeze so many of these threads popping up recently and it really makes me sad. Seems like you are dealing with a ton of problems all at once which sucks. Sorry for your loss as well. Seems like you have a good head on your shoulders though.

    I've been where you are and just wanted to give up on life. Now I'm pretty happy and doing great. Anyways best of luck and keep fighting man.

    Also I recently just added a new program to my own income stream and it is really great. Definitely a long term thing, but if you a little extra money and you are willing, you could be making tons of extra money just a few months from now. Pm me if you might be interested otherwise good luck in your endeavors.
     
  5. billyd

    billyd Regular Member

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    Thanks man! I've been through the 'life is so fucking unfair' thing now and trying to look positive. It really is unfair that all the bad stuff has come at once, it really is not fair at all. But those are the cards I am dealt. It's so very difficult because I want to give up and curl up and call it a life. Honest to God, I've lost the most important things in the world to me (my parents being next) and I've been nothing but honest, hard working, treated people with respect and had fun on the side. And get up is tough and a future that is uncertain is AMAZINGLY scary. Thanks for the offer but I'm pretty gungho about what I am doing now. I'm devoting 6 months of my life to make this work. If not, then I give up. And I don't know what I'll do after that. But I am committed to my current goals right now (and if i can get a job to support it - better). For the most part, I'm standing myself up even though I feel shitty and I'm keeping myself in a logic-check and I've got a plan.
     
  6. Dan Da Man

    Dan Da Man Elite Member Premium Member

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    Yeah. No offense to the OP but whats up with all these "watch my journey to success" threads?

    How about just doing it and less boasting about doing it.
     
  7. smallgiant

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    I think op is not your typical noob poster. Seems to me he is just having hard times compounded by horrible misfortune. Everyone wants someone to talk to, even if it is just people on the internet.
     
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