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What kind of background are you from? What made you choose Internet Marketing?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by 2011nfl, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. 2011nfl

    2011nfl Supreme Member

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    I'm just wondering what brought you all to the world of IM. And I feel like I need to share my story with my friends here. I don't talk too much about it with my local friends because I try to maintain a professional appearance, but I figure I can talk about it here.

    The first half of my childhood I was raised very well, and was a respectful and well behaved child. Then my father died when I was 12..... And thats where things started to change. I didn't know my mother, and my grand mother was too old to care for me, so I went to stay with a foster family. Even though they were a good family, it just wasn't right and I started getting in fights at school, and hanging with gangs and so on. I got to be too much for the foster family, so they found my real mother. By this time I was 16 (my 16th birthday actually) And I moved to orlando florida to stay with her. And thats when things turned real bad! I couldn't stand her for walking out on me, and that combined with the fact that I was already used to big city life took my whole teenage years into a spin. I became one of the bad influences in my school, along with other kids who migrated from larger cities like nyc and chicago and miami. During my 9th grade and 10th grade year I managed to pick up 2 first degree felonies, 2 second degree felonies, and 17 class a and b misdemeanors. I ended up sitting in "Pahokee Juvenile prison" near miami for 6 months, and then 6 months house arrest and 3 years parole. Anyways, even though I was acting bad, inside I really had a good heart and was just lost at the time. It wasn't until I was 19 that my life would change for the better forever. At that time I found out that I had my first daughter on the way (and as some of you know about me, thats just the very beginning lol). She was born when I was 20 years old. And in the next 12 years I would go on to have 7 more, to total 8 kids (5 girls and 3 boys)! I got into IM when my 4th child was just a baby, because I wanted to be able to make enough money to take care of them, but also be able to spend plenty of time with them. It took me a while to get to that point where I could, and even though I can, I still work the tobacco shop every day too. I guess I just want them to have a 10 times better life than I did. I have to say though, IM has changed my family's life in a way that can't be described. I have a few longtime friends on here, such as Dumper, Bestbuyfoam, greywolf, and a few others, and even though my bipolar disorder tends to bring out the temperative and disrespective side of me sometimes, I like to look at everyone here as my friends. So now friends, I would like to know what motivated you to get into the world of IM :D
     
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  2. sapo

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    Ill tell people I make money online and they dont believe me, they think I sell drugs and that way more believeable then making money online where I from, so that my background pretty much
     
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  3. bashhunter

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    You should divide your post into section

    Like this

    Or this

    For better comprehension

    LOL.

    My father thinks I am crazy for doing IM.

    He said that I am too stupid to do anything.

    That why he pushes me to get a college degree first.
     
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  4. brainstorm1

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    I'm like you, my friend. I made some mistakes in life and I knew I was going to have to make myself successful without anyone else's help (i.e: company infrastructure). I might still be hire-able, but I think it is up to me now.

    My passion is history, travel, and foreign cultures. I love to travel and IM can allow me to work from anywhere so I guess that is another natural fit.
     
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  5. 2011nfl

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    And you are actually one of my newer good friends on here. Thanx for commenting on my thread :D
     
  6. marusia

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    I had a very rough upbringing (won't go into too much detail as it's pretty depressing, not to mention personal...glad to talk about it through PM though). Went to school for a few things. First one was Carpentry (weird for a girl, I know)...then went to learn Business Tech. and went on to MOS Expert (Love spreadsheets, designing, and databases) but realized I hated doing anything in office admin as people tend to think of you as their bitch (I hate answering to people). Went back to college for database administration (still have 6 more classes before my degree). Then I started a business selling high end beauty products. It did nicely, but when I dumped my child's father, I quit doing it and looked for a job instead. Since I had a lot of experience in MROS (Maintenance, Repair, and Operating Supplies), I found a decent job in procurement for maintenance parts in a local factory. A few months into that, I realized, like always I hated working for others. So, I started looking at blackhatworld again and read all the people doing IM and I was sooo jealous. I too, wanted to work for myself. So I had the bright idea that I would quit my job and sell wholesale and everything would be butterflies and roses! Quit my job November 15, 2011. It took about 2 weeks to realize what a dumbass I was for doing it, so I got on my grind. I'm a hustler by nature, the only thing different was this was on the internet, instead of out on the streets. Worked 18-20+ hours a day, 7 days a week. Made hardly ANY money until the beginning of the year.

    I'm not going to say how much money I make now and the future prospects, but I'll say in hindsight...even though it was probably the stupidest thing I ever did (quitting my job with no savings)...it was also the most rewarding thing I've ever done in my life. I will say that I make a lot more than I ever have or would have working for someone else and being able to say, "Oh, I don't feel like going to work today...I think I'll just go travel out of state and explore." lets me know I've "made it".
     
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  7. 3CardMonte

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    I went to college for digital filmmaking and media production. I got a pretty decent first job at an international advertising agency straight out of college. The recession hit and I lost my job and my apartment and became homeless. I was hopping from couch to couch and being fed by others.

    I spent all my time in libraries and online learning this stuff. All legitimate, all whitehat stuff. I wrote my first eBook on paper in a notebook, translated it to text via an old broken phone I had, then Formatted it on a library computer using power point, saved as a PDF.

    I spent $8 for hosting for 3 months on godaddy, set up my website, and used the promo codes they gave me to advertise my offer on Bing, Google, and Facebook.

    I'm a few months in, can afford credit card processing, an email list, a shopping cart vender, make between $50-$75 via adsense monthly, and a few hundred in book sales monthly. I'm hoping to land a few big affiliates to turn this into 10k/month business. 2.5% of targeted page views turn into sales so hopefully I'm not setting my sites too high.

    I'm now experimenting on spinning black hat tactics into white hat tactics... Hoping to increase passive income and decrease long term work load. Hopefully I'll be able to do so.

    But yeah IM was a last resort. I know I can't depend on a job long term, or depend on anybody but myself... So by default this is the thing to do. No-cost way to start your own business. Not like anybody was going to give me a loan with my 100k in student loans.
     
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  8. dog-tag

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    Nice thread OP, and I like your last post Marusia!

    For me I always wanted to be rich but never knew how. I studied business and finance books since I was about 15. I got into replica when I was 16, then into importing cars when I was 17... I kept having to look at the time I put in versus the money I got back, and I realised that cars etc aint gona make me a millionaire with the way I was doing it.

    Instead of going to college I joined the army for 5 years, and learned how to work like a donkey, for zero praise and still have pride in myself. I ended up hating the army because I couldn't get the courses I wanted, and the people I worked with were low life. Also my wages were constantly being cut, and it was hard to afford anything before I left.

    Before I left the army, I studied IM more and more out of just a genuine interest. At the time I was making a car import website, so ended up reading about SEO etc etc and one thing just lead to another. I made small money after leaving the army. A good friend spent 18 months doing IM with me, but when he didn't see big dollars, and was un-willing to change our methods he ended up leaving. He's now in a mine in Australia I think.

    I then emigrated to Thailand for the better quality of life, and cheaper living. Now I'm doing very well for myself. I'm pretty much spending 2012 protecting myself from going bust, so I can remain here. The money I save out here, I re-invest all the time, so I feel as if I'm building on something, and not struggling.
     
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  9. 2011nfl

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    Lol, that has always been one of my problems too :D
     
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  10. BigMarcusStud

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    I had an amazing childhood. I'm one of those privileged kids who had their own car as a teenager. I had the finest things in life and I had (still has) the support of an amazing family. However, I was very grounded. I never took things for granted and I gave importance to my family.

    My dad is in the Air Force. But even back when I was young, I never imagined myself following his footsteps. I took up Business Management in College in an exclusive school simply because I hated Math and I figured that it doesn't have as much Math as the other courses. Even in College, I didn't know what I was going to do with my life.

    After I graduated, the Philippines started attracting BPO companies and I jumped in on the chance. The pay's high compared to other entry level jobs and the pay's more than enough to support my privileged lifestyle. I got promoted eventually. But after more or less 5 or so years, I got sick of it.

    An old officemate introduced me to oDesk. I was still single then so I resigned from my high-paying job so I can explore oDesk. It was a stupid move, but I was rewarded. I was able to establish a good career writing articles for different clients. It was during my freelancing days that I discovered IM. Eventually, I got interested as to what my clients are doing. I explored the opportunity and I figured that it's something that I can do as well.

    I'm not a full-time IMer yet. I still do freelancing because it provides me a steady source of income. I can't give that up so I can do IM full-time because I'm now married with a 7 month old daughter.
     
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    I got laid off from a few different jobs several years ago, and decided to become self-employed. I built an MLM business for a few years, but when that wasn't growing like expected, I decided to start doing shit online.

    Started selling a short ebook that I wrote on eBay (when you could still sell digital products), and gradually started learning about many other methods of making money with IM.

    I haven't hit quite the financial independence that I want yet, but I'm quickly getting there. It will ALWAYS be way better than working a damn 9-5 job :cool:

    Cheers!
     
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  12. 2011nfl

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    I have to say, it wasn't a stupid move, and the reason is what you said right afterwards. It opened up new doors for you that would've remained closed forever if you hadn't made that move, and all of that led up to you getting married and having gods most beautiful creation, (a daughter). Always remember, everything happens for a reason :D
     
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    I guess the proper term is it was a calculated risk. If I didn't do it, I'd probably be two ranks higher in the contact center industry. But I'm sure I'd be very miserable. I probably wouldn't have had the time to start a family.
     
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    Decent family. Father was a stockbroker, later became a trust fund manager; mother taught a bit, but typically stayed home. They both met at a small liberal arts college. I goofed off during high school and barely graduated (my poor parents really didn't know what to do with me), but got my act together in college and earned a bachelor's in finance, then got an mba in finance...worked for a large investment firm, then decided to teach finance and stats for a while. Went back to school and got another masters, then moved to europe to get a phd, and then moved to asia where I'm a prof. Not a perfect life, but God has been good. I'd like to take more control of my earnings and leverage my time by setting up online companies that offer solid products/services at a good price. The allure of being one's own boss is what drew me to im, and in trying to understand how to rank sites, I found bhw. Just became a Jr VIP today, because people here are pretty cool and I've learned a lot, so I feel it is a site that is worth supporting. ;-)
     
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    I am a bit old so this might make a very long story but I promise to make it short. :)

    So I was born in a poor broken family during the late 70's in a 3rd world country in the middle of martial law. Anyway my childhood is full of abuse and it has scarred me quite a bit physically and mentally. I was also an officer in the army for a year during uni but got kicked out due to some trouble I started.

    At 23, i decided to cut off all ties and leave everything behind.

    With only $20 in my pocket and all I have are the clothes on my back, I went to the middle east and got a low-paying job. Took a few years to save up the cash, quit and got another job which I stayed for more than 6 years until now.

    Unfortunately, I am at a dead-end job in this company I am currently at and since I am not a local, getting another job is quite difficult (due to a variety of legal reasons). I decided that I am not getting any younger and I really wanted to pursue things that I love (mainly traveling and writing) unfortunately cash is still an issue.

    So i decided to take the plunge and pursue IM. it is the perfect fit where I can travel, drink lots of coffee, make money and write. Right now I am still struggling to learn as much as I can. My target is to earn at least $50 consistently by the end of this year.

    Well, that is long enough thanks for reading. :)
     
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  16. falconer

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    For me the Internet came along about 30 years to late.....image the cash I could have made in the 1960's....!!

    I'm now 65 but have been involved in websites for the last 10 years......The high point of which was selling my mortgage leads site at the top of the market 4 years ago.....so haven't done too bad I suppose.....

    Like many others here had a tough childhood.....Mum dead when I was 12....left home at 15.....found work as a apprentice sign writer in 1959.....5 years of hard work with a brush and mahl stick (Look it up...!)

    Long hours trying to perfect difficult letters like S and O in different typestyles......Mostly outdoors with frozen hands hardly able to hold the brush.... Makes me weep that my 9 year old grand-daughter can now produce perfect letting at the touch of a PC button........Ah well....progress......
     
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  17. xziler8r

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    For me it was all about the freedom and not being limited to what I can potentially make.

    I'll make a long story short:

    Ever since I got my first job, I could never hold one down unfortunately.. whether it was due to tardiness or just getting bored..I had gone through about 20 JOB's within a few years. Got married, had kids, went to law enforcement academy - had to move out of state due help family out so never pursued that... around that time is when i started working as a "freelancer, IM'er, etc... whatever you wanna call it".

    I had all sorts of jobs working from home... whatever I could find to make ends meet I would do it.. uhaul, surveys, call center jobs, customer service, chat based, etc... I then found BHW and probably read, and read.. and read.. and saw people having success.. and continued to read - and read - you get the idea :) I didn't make much really, did a few things via clickbank and some CPA but nothing to rave about.

    I'm a web developer at heart and found my unique niche in it a good 3 years ago..(been a developer for ~ 12 yrs).. at that time I stopped visiting BHW and just concentrated on my new found path to 'success'.

    During these 3 years I kept hitting a road-block and couldn't pass a certain amount per month.. I got frustrated due to clients not paying on time and being backed up with bills and what not so I came back to BHW and started to read and read.. but then started to take small steps and then more steps, then larger steps...

    and here I am now, lots of ideas, great relationships & JV's going - couldn't have asked for anything better. And I know the rest of the year is going to be AWESOME!
     
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    I was an artist. Like the kind that drew pictures and stuff.
    I stopped drawing and started coding. I have not looked back.
    My art is html/css.
     
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    I'm actually a church leader. I started doing IM because I see the potential in letting me earn money passively which would free up my time from having a full-time job. This would enable me not to worry about the money to feed my family while still do what I would want to do for God.

    Eventually, I became better at it to a point that I started earning thousands so I decided to use the money to fund scholars in my wife's school. This upcoming school year, I'm aiming for 20 grade 1-2 scholars and so far, the money is enough for 3 of them. There is still more than 2 months to raise money though so I'm confident that the goal can be reached :)
     
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    What a refreshing topic :)

    Wow I could talk a ton here but better not.

    I'm from a country that was getting torn up by war when I was young and I must say that education was not really my prime focus. I did enroll in business collage here only to drop out cause I just could NOT relate. It was all so boring and theoretical then.

    I was 17 when I moved out from my mom (my dad never lived with me) and I was on my own from then. Did a hell of a lot of crappy jobs one of them being selling newspaper at 6am etc.

    Pretty broke from 17 to 20ish when I decided to get a degree as a personal (fitness) trainer. I worked my ass off to get the money for school (I literally worked from 6 to midnight often not even having the time to grab some food - lost 40pounds in a year).
    Graduated as personal trainer (did I mention I have serious heart flaw and every single dock told me I couldn't be able to work out let alone lift 100kgs on deadlift and that I'm a girl), got another one for nutritionist and one for a kick box trainer (so guys who work with me double think that bad review you're gonna leave LOL, kidding ofc) and finally went into physical therapy as well. At this point I got a cool gym job and I worked part time in a rehab clinic with one of the best doc's there is here (and ton of celebrety athletes as well).

    Saved some $$ and decided to open and run my own gym. So I did and it was ok-ish till the recession about 2 years back when I was completely broke and then some - again!

    At this point I started to look into "how to make monies online" as I KNEW I had the willpower but not the tools. Again everyone around me said don't do it. Spend about one year learning stuff here and spending a lot more then making (and the don't do it guys were oh so happy) but it was so worth it. I wouldn't change a thing. Not in my life or in my career as everything happends for a reason. Now I'm really happy where I am and like Maruisa here, I too consider being able to travel when ever and where that I made it. Freedom + being able to do what you love = success.

    It's not about how much money you make or what car you got, it's about being free enough to enjoy your life and get up in the morning excited about what awaits you!
     
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