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What Advice Would You Give Your 17/18 Year Old IM Self?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Yamman, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. Yamman

    Yamman Newbie

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    I'm 17 turning 18 years old soon. I do SEO and have 1 client at $500 and some affiliate sites that are just...meh. I worked on them for 3 months and they're working out of the sandbox at the moment. I currently focus on rank and rent SEO (you can see my thread on that).

    I am exhausted, my emotional well-being as a person is at a 1/10 and I just feel like shit. I started with $3,000 of lifeguarding money and now I'm down to like $800 after sinking so much into affiliate and launching 12 rank and rent sites recently (past 12 days). I want to quit so badly, everywhere I look I see my failures.

    I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel anymore and SEO feedback loops are eating my soul. I work so hard and coming up short hurts. Every strategy I hear I immediately apply and I've learned a lot. Like Alex Becker says, "just throw shit a the wall" and that's what I've done so far...like crazy

    I'm really looking for people who have "made it" (aka are financially free to an extent) and what you did when you hit trials such as this emotionally.

    I need some....perspective on what I'm doing, where I'm going, and why all these tough times are worth it...
     
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  2. blogzandstuff

    blogzandstuff Elite Member

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    You follow Alex Becker lol!
    On a serious note, don't keep jumping from one thing to another, concentrate on one thing at a time.
    Do what you enjoy, you'll be more successful at it
     
  3. Yamman

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    Hahahahah, why do people give him so much flak? I know he is like a genius salesman and misleads sometimes but he has some good stuff. Yeah, I'm going at SEO for a year and will see where it takes me. If local lead gen/rank and rent clicks it's over.
     
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    Damn, just know that you're in a better situation than most 17/18yr old. By being on this forum and taking action in methods sets you up for a nice future. I wish I was around this forum while I was a teenager. By now I'd probably be living on a island making thousands daily.

    Don't give up.
     
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    The first thing you need to do is to have a backup plan and if you have the option to finish a study that you can always fall back on.

    And yeah that sounds boring and corny but believe me, it's good to have because I didn't and life for me has been pretty hard.

    There are many people who made it but I can tell you this out of experience, even though they say in their YT vids or vids on their website or forum that they will help you if you contact them, at the end of the day he is still a marketeer and the help you are going to get will somehow always benefit him.

    So don't focus on those people but focus on the people that failed, read those stories and use them to get better. Those success stories will give you a false hype and they will always "help"you in a way that it helps them.
     
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  6. Yamman

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    Thanks for the advice!
     
  7. Billy_Batts

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    I hate that thought! If never exist but I get the feeling, IF I was paying more attention at IM on the birth of commercial internet in the 90's (when I was a teenager) instead of just partying, using drugs, alcohol and shitload of sex I would have been a fucking king ping by now!

    Yesterday and for some still today was my BD and I turned 37 and now I have to compete with all these modern kids.
     
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    hahah I remember being a teenager, all I was doing all day was smoke weed, party, girls, and video games.
     
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    No one will success with Alex
     
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    I would tell my 17/18 year old IM self "In 30 or so years there will be a medium where you can sit anywhere in the world and use something called a laptop, work 2 - 3 hours a day and make a six figure income with a little ingenuity."

    My response would have been, at that time, "You've finally lost it, old man."
     
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    I too turned 37 a month ago, and have only been doing IM for a little over 2yrs. I remember rocking the chatrooms on my 386! But then got out of it, developed some specialized skills and have a safety job.
    The advice of having something to fall back on is great advice, can't say that enough, because some algorithm change or an ad account ban and your income dries up. But my day job, I turn work away and enjoy some hobbies besides just IM.
     
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    Sometimes I feel like I'm not doing enough. And then I realize that I delegated all of my tasks to other people.
     
  14. Yamman

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    thanks
     
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    You are young so I recommend you invest in your education. Nothing else is more valuable and helpful esp. at your age.

    People say they need cash to build wealth, but cash can be taken away by anyone. Your knowledge can't.

    Your knowledge is your wealth.
     
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    I'd only go into IM today if I had a real world business to promote. Something physically real. So if you do get into IM, make sure you have goals and something you really love that you want to do online and a real business plan. Today online and offline are the same, not like in the 90's when I started where there were castles in the skies and no Google or Facebook controlling everything.
     
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    I can't believe that Alex bozo is still around today, all he does is funnel to his marketing seminars.

    If you still believe in affiliate marketing nothing is stopping you, I'm sure you'll hit success with it. If you don't, then try something different, there are tons of ways to make money online. And if you're low on cash, get a part-time job and supplement the operating costs with your job income.