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What a long, strange trip it's been!

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by d1129, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. d1129

    d1129 Registered Member

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    Hello again!

    TL:DR - member since 2011, failed at almost every method posted, made a decent amount with one. Got lazy, applied what I learned here at a "real" job. Grew the company, made bank. Realized that knowledge from here is way more important than any individual method and here to get more.

    I've been a member since way back in 2011 but haven't been active here for quite some time so I figured it might be time for a new introduction and to share my experience with bhw and what it brought me.

    When I first joined the forum I knew absolutely nothing about IM or marketing in general. Before I even knew what affiliate marketing was I had an idea for a website that would sort Warcraft gold sellers based on price - paid a local guy $200 to write the php for the site and had a pretty terrible website up shortly after.

    I stumbled across this forum while searching for SEO tips to rank my site. I ended up learning enough to get my site ranked for a few keywords and made a little more than my money back, but definitely not the kind of money I expected.

    I was amazed by the amount of knowledge being shared and felt like I was around a group of like-minded people here!

    I tried almost every method I came across that made sense. Most of them didn't work out, a few made a little money.

    About a year or so after being on the forum I finally had something that worked - I was banking on YT+CB - posting review videos (with my own twist). I had one video alone that made me over 50k that year.

    I was set (or so I thought). Being a lazy 20 something year old I put up a bunch of videos, ranked them and chilled for about 2 years.

    I had some side hustles (local SEO business, Adsense, AdWords, niche sites, etc.) during that time but I wasn't thinking long term. I did actually purchase a brick and mortar business, but it is more my wife's gig.


    I was kinda living the dream, no boss, no schedule and some money in my pocket, but unfortunately that also made me extremely lazy.

    My niche dried up and I realized that I hate working with clients. I wasn't really sure what I was going to do.

    Being married and having a child I had to go to work. The though of going back to a regular job made me sick, but not as sick as the thought of being broke!

    So I went out to get a job.

    Sitting down to write my resume I realized the amount of knowledge I gained from here. Despite the failures I had actually amassed a pretty large marketing tool box.

    Graphic design, web design, social media, AdWords and how to sell online.

    This was gold when I went to go interview. A lot of owners and managers are older and not very tech savvy.

    I had a hell of a lot of job offers. I ended up taking a marketing manager position at a company for about 80k a year. This is where it gets interesting.

    They had been paying an arm and a leg to outsource everything, but didn't even really know what they were doing, so having me there in-house was like a god-send.

    I applied everything I learned from here and my IM journey to helping this company. I redid the branding, website, print material, everything, but from an IM perspective and focusing on conversions. Their profits doubled my first 12 months there.

    I was given a decent raise and brought in as a "partner" for a small percentage of the gross profits.

    Unfortunately, I was extremely bored. I began automating most of my job with the plan to quit. I went in to the owner to quit and walked out retaining my profit sharing and the ability to work when I want. I average about 2 days a week and bring home more than a full time income now.

    I also expanded our brick and mortar business and am opening up a second business next week.

    I know it's discounting to keep failing, and wonder why these methods work for other but not for you. It's the skills you learn that are the most important regardless if you fail or make money. Nothing is easy, IM and real life both take hard work to be successful, but that hard work doesn't need to go on forever.

    Going full circle - I'm back here to learn more and get to that next level.

    Looking forward to being part of the community again!
     
  2. goesen

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    Very inspiring read! Thx!
     
  3. Costello

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    Wow! great story. Like the poster above said, really inspiring. Welcome back to BHW and I hope you find what you are looking for.
     
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    That was a longass story. It's hard if you have a wife and kids which you need to provide for because IM is taking risks and taking losses sometimes which is hard when you got responsibilities like that.

    As your CB product dried up, could you tell me what product that was?
     
  5. d1129

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    Yeah, luckily between IM and a couple other things I was able to work from home for years - didn't go back to a job until my kid started high school, so that was nice.

    It wasn't my product - the main money maker was Tao of Badass, last time I checked there were about 40 copies of my video for that one on YouTube.
     
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    hey bro, now I am in the first part of your story , good luck :)
     
  7. d1129

    d1129 Registered Member

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    Thanks! Thankfully I'm past the luck part now! Just looking for some new ideas and ways I can contribute back to the place that helped me get where I am now - decent job, two brick and mortar businesses, AdWords Partner and a few good websites - just not making enough to be where I want to be yet!