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Starting from the bottom, going to reach the top [JOURNEY]

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by TheArticleMan, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. TheArticleMan

    TheArticleMan Power Member

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    Hi guys,

    Over the past few years my IM career has taken many twists and turns starting from the age of 12 I started up a teen forum which managed to gain hundreds of thousands of members and my first adsense cheque. However I was young and dumb then and didn't utilise this membership base and I let my forum die, which is rather sad because it was my baby :(. I then took a few years out dabbling occasionally in IM with my next major success coming from a method of wowhaxor (I think that's his BHW username) which basically involved tricking the user into clicking adsense ads (I know, I wouldn't do this now, but again at the time I was young and dumb lol) this method did quite well and brought in approximately £6,000 over the course of a few months which is not bad, but obviously my Adsense was banned.

    I now move on to the last 4 years of my life - I started university then and it soon caught up to me that I NEEDED money, so again I came back online to see if I could make anything. At this time facebook marketing was HUGE and for some reason going viral for me was very easy. It started off with just simple pages which were the " like to see " type with a content locker. This method brought in thousands of dollars. As facebook got smarter so did the marketers - this is when things got really interesting. Firstly came the javascript codes - the first one being the " control C " pages (anyone who did facebook will know what I'm talking about). These obviously went viral as it was just a money printing method due to the fact everytime a user completed the steps it would invite ALL of their friends to the page - a snowball effect. This continued for a month or two and money was good, all of the earnings were from CPALe@d and their chat system provided connections with other marketers doing similar methods and meant there were a lot of JVs happening which again brought in some serious money. When FB launched their opengraph API external sites were made and more virals were created and more money was made. Then there was a lull in proceedings for a few months until the summer of 2009 when APPs were the new viral method. This is when I saw huge amounts of cash. At my peak I was making $9000/day, $50,000 a week and so on. This continued for a few months with 2-3 virals a month.

    At this stage I was much smarter and wanted to sustain a good level of income so decided the best solution was to create a content locking network - thus keeping more profits from my virals and providing a sustainable income from affiliates. I used hasoffers and set up my content locking network, got a content locker coded in javascript and I was ready to go. I got a few of my JV connections to join and within the first weekend the network did over $50,000. However this is when things started to turn bad. The networks where I got my offers from decided not to pay out and thus I had no other option but to close the network down :( - this was a mistake I still regret. I should have continued!

    Now comes the final part of my facebook adventures - XXS exploit - this came about in around March 2011 and was HUGE. People were making $50,000 a day!! Of course I learnt the coding and method and jumped on. I got a few sites viral, made about $30,000 in 3 days before CPAle@d decided to hand over my information to FB. Another low point about to come up - lawyers were involved, long story short I lost all my money and I'm never touching FB again.

    I then decided a service was they way to go so set up an article writing service here at BHW - which started off really well and brought in a sustained income for a while until workload got too heavy and deadlines were missed. Clients were unhappy - they had every right to be and I lost quite a lot of respect and thus my orders dried up.

    I move onto the summer of 2012 now and with no methods or a successful service I decide to try my hand at making websites. The setting up of the site and content were the easy parts for me but the SEO was a hassle. I created a few sites which did pretty well with SEO services bought from BHW and fiverr. I got my 2 sites at #1 position and I was getting a total of 1,000 unique search engine hits a day, but without Adsense (banned from years ago if you remember) I used infolinks and was making around $5-10/day (imagine what that could have been with adsense!!). The final blow came in Autumn when google updated and my sites were no where to be seen. This is when I gave up.

    I worked hard at uni this year and have my exams next month so I'm back at home revising. However, I have until the end of September off from uni from next month so I want to EARN! So I thought to myself during this month I'll revise hard but I'll also work on a passive income. Even if it's only $200/week (£130/week or ~$30/day) that's A LOT for a student lol. So that's my aim.

    My problem however is the following: I'm overdrawn to the max, so I currently have 0 start up cash. I will have to earn this to invest in bigger ideas.

    I do however due to my degree and revision notes have a lot of unique medical (information about rashes, head lice, hayfever etc) articles which I have written. So my idea was to create some sort of site which deals with common medical problems with signs and symptoms along with treatment plans. I have had a look and I think all the different medical problems combined can bring in a decent amount of monthly visitors. I'll have to use infolinks and add some CPA banners to the site as Adsense isn't an option.

    My first goal is to make $20 to buy a domain and hosting for the year. So that is where I will start. I'm going to look through some threads now and pick a method try.

    I WILL update this thread at least once a day and I'll tell you exactly what I do. End of the day there is plenty of money for everyone so you'll know exactly what works for me and what doesn't.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask.

    Thanks for following my journey :)
     
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  2. TheArticleMan

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    Right I've come up with a sort of method which I want to try out. I'm going to post exactly what I'll be doing here, heck I urge you guys to try it, hopefully it works:

    The method:

    Basically here in the UK at the moment there is a massive trend of printed t-shirts/jumpers/hoodies of celebs/quotes and generally anything that stands out a bit. Now normally setting up a site like this would take time and promoting it would be a hassle, but theres a way around this both:

    Firstly there is a site called: http://www.zazzle.com where you can set up your own store, design your own prints and earn commission on each item you sell. You can also set the amount of commission you want to earn - the price to the user is dependant on the commission you take. It also handles with the printing/delivering of the items so literally all you have to do is make some good designs and sell them.

    Here is a design I'll be using (I'd appreciate it if you didn't steal it lol):

    kaynet1.jpg

    Now it printed on a sweatshirt for example:

    sweatview1.jpg

    I'll presume you understand what I mean now. You can just create a ton of these will popular celebs and quotes etc.

    Now you set up your store (follow the easy steps that zazzle.com shows you) and create a brand. I've called my brand " # Hashtag " and there is a reason for that. I'll be promoting this via twitter.

    Promotion:

    Now you have your store and products you need BUYERS! This is the clever part of the marketing, we will be using twitter. Twitter has NUMEROUS other " clothing brands " already on their platform with a large client base, and thanks to twitter we can access them for FREE.

    Firstly you have to create a twitter profile for your new clothing brand (this step is self-explanatory). Once you have done that, you'll want to sweet images of all your products onto your twitter feed. Now all your stock is available for all the twitter users to see without leaving twitter.

    Now you go onto one of these popular established clothing brands and you go through their followers and you begin to follow them. You should start to receive followers (if your designs are good). All you have to do is continually keep following more and more people and interact with the followers you do get. You can offer them incentives to retweet your products etc. to get brand recognition.

    Now as the days go buy you should start to see some sales come through. At this stage what you should do is ensure everyone who has bought one of your products to take a picture of them in their new t-shirt/hoody and tweet it - again free promotion. Ideally if your designs are good and catchy there is no reason why you shouldn't begin to see a decent amount of orders come in everyday. And if they are really good, your brand could snowball into thousands of followers and a nice little business.

    Try it out guys and enjoy.

    I'll be post my results of this method in the coming days!
     
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  3. Bribebox

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    If you will update your thread - I will follow your journey ;)
    Good luck! :)
     
  4. nakamura

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    thats interesting! I'll follow and wish you good luck !!
     
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    Looking forward to your success and wish you best of luck
    As a content writer you can make some adsense amazon review sites to earn some passive income
     
  6. jackydaniels14

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    Hey man, i'm impressed with your progress so far. If you had 10k days, i'm sure you can have those and more again. Just remember that Donald Trump went from a few billions to a few billions debt and again to 2 billions. I like that you take action and work hard.

    Though, i would recommend to think out the box now, like you did with facebook, to bring back the 10k days. Good luck and i will follow the progress.
     
  7. BHServices

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    I'll be sure to be checking this on a regular basis.

    Very inspiring!
     
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    Jup inspiring enough to post my first post.

    Really curious about upcoming results.

    Hope you keep us posted.
     
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    Hey op, nice to see another fb spammer, but damn u made tons of $$$. pm'ed you
     
  10. TheArticleMan

    TheArticleMan Power Member

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    I'll be updating it everyday. That I assure you of!

    Thanks. I'll need it lol.

    I've never really gotten into the amazon game. I guess I'll need to do some research on that. Thanks!

    Hey man! Thanks for the kind words. It's true, I WILL build this back up again!

    I hope it makes you take ACTION!

    Wow! I'm honoured. Do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have!

    Haha, that was a long time ago my friend, in another life :)
     
  11. BHServices

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    Already have. Could we maybe exchange contact details?
    I'll PM you once I get 15 posts :p

    I hope you keep this up to date!
     
  12. rashow

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    Good luck man :D
     
  13. TheArticleMan

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    Sure thing bro.

    Thanks man!

    UPDATE:

    So it's been an eventful 12 hours or so lol. Basically zazzle.com is not the one. Don't use it for this method, I'll provide a better solution tonight.

    I've gained 60+ followers (all real) and have a potential sale already which I'm just waiting for a response before the customer buys.

    I have a lot of ideas to develop this and I think if I play this right this can easily be a £50-100/day earner.

    I'll post an update tonight. Right now I have to revise :(.
     
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    keep updating. Quite interesting man!
     
  15. Krypt

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    Very interesting journey, i'll be following this... maybe use some ideias, if you don't mind :)
     
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    Very interesting, good luck!
     
  17. BHServices

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    Is skype cool?
     
  18. TheArticleMan

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    Yup got you buddy..

    UPDATE:

    Right, so here's what has happened today:

    While I was sleeping last night zazzle were taking down my items because of using images from google. So I did some research in the morning and changed over to spreadshirt.co.uk which I actually find easier and nicer - AND if your account is over £70 you can request payment at ANY time.. If not its quarterly (if you are not making £70 in 3 months then your doing something wrong anyway).

    So I set up the new store and added an item and then had to work. Every so often I would go on a competitors twitter page and follow as many people as I can from their followers before I got bored. So far I've followed around 400 people and have 150 followers in return with some people tweeting me and 1 guy DM'ing me about placing an order (which he hasn't replied to yet).

    The twitter account is building up pretty nicely in less than 24 hours having over 100 real followers isn't too bad. I'm hoping to add a full range of products tonight before I go bed and tweet about all of them. I'm then going to follow around 200 more people and call it a day.

    Hopefully by the end of tomorrow I can have around 300 followers and may be a sale or two.

    I'll keep you posted. I'm also going to look at another method too, which I'll explain tomorrow when I have more time, but at the moment I've got to make some designs and get the store filled up with products.

    Feel free to leave any questions :)

    Day 2: $0
     
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    i have a question

    What is your profit margin ? For example you sell a t-shirt of 25 dollars, how much you get of this ?
     
  20. TheArticleMan

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    You can set it to any amount you want - it just increases the price for the customer.

    I've set it at $4 per t-shirt. (This is a long term earning prospect, it will take time to develop I think - if at all lol)