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Where were ya before IM? My story.

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ┼blackrat┼, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. ┼blackrat┼

    ┼blackrat┼ Senior Member

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    Before I got into IM, after resigning the 9-5(which where I live is 8-6!) life, I went through a series of jobs that really pissed the hell out of me. Such jobs always ended up unleashing beasts out of my psyché, where I´d simply absorb stress till I could no longer hang on and wanted out of the jobs.

    Before IM:


    2004-2006(17y) - Started out small in a wood/carpentry store where I´d organize shelves full of items and account for the inventory. Eventually got a higher position, absorbing more responsibility than I would want to handle. Did this b/c it was my first job and I wanted to secure my position. Payment was ok. I was Nuts back then.


    2006 - 2007 - Enlisted to join the army as a volunteer/lowest class soldier possible. Hell if you ask me. But lots of fun when I remember the good times and laughs our entire platoon had. We became good friends, but the job was hard. For instance, Imagine an industrial size exhausting fan just above an industrial size oven that had been used for at least 4 months. It had a real thick fat layer that me and another soldier were ordered to brush off with a spatula. Now multiply this to the "guard" days, where you´d spend the whole day working, the night as a watch soldier(taking turns every 2 hours) and then work the whole expedient the next day, then you´d go home, to start it over again the next day, depending on the amount of available soldiers(the effective number rotated a lot). Was dismissed, along with all of those in my platoon, with no further explaining. Great.


    2008- 2009 - Now this was the cool one. I worked at a "call center" where we´d call indebted people, in the name of the bank they owed to. You can imagine what it is like to call Mr X at his home 7am in the saturday for the 5th time on the week to ask him "When was he going to pay the debt off", and then put on some verbal pressure threatening every way you could. It was like, being called every name on the face of the earth every day eheh. The process was truuuue dirt, and allowed by the upper people. Since it wasn´t me who owed the cash, I was in a relatively confortable position. It was me and 12 other girls at the office room, so it was quite um... pleasurable to work there. Till I fell head over feet for the worst possible situation girl(married, 2 kids, dumb, but hot, damn hot). From then on I couldn´t separate things anymore, and the stress started to build up really fast. I decided not to bang her and screw things up anymore than they were already. Asked for quits in a polite way to my manager, was answered sooner than I thought.


    End of 2009 - May 2010 - Took the money I got from my job quitting and lived on through a stress-free, videogame, beer and pizza life for a little while, and then the money started to run out again. I said SCREW regular jobs this time, not going back, no fucking way!


    May 2010 - I don´t really remember how or why I stumbled across the "Google Sniper" thing(probably good advertising/me searching on how to make money from the web). Got it(tpb), read on the thing twice, couldn´t quite get the handle of it, but the concept interested me a lot! It was basically hunting for keywords and then promoting clickbank through basic wordpress.


    Bought a domain, set up a wordpress website, wrote the content, since it was a topic of my expertise, ranked neatly for it, drove traffic, but it wasn´t a "commercial" domain, so I let it the way it was and started moving on to other things. 1 month later I sold my first autoblog @dp for $30 bucks. $$ popped and shined into my noobs eyes. BHW was still a distant ocean of too advanced techniques, but I could definitely "smell" the future was here.


    July 2010 - Joined BHW(THANK GOD!). and... here I am! Proven, with your help, despite my family´s skepticism and all the negative thinking waves you get when you propose that you can make money from the web, that not only it is possible, but also from anywhere.


    I´m pretty sure there are some funny(or not so) stories from great people we stumble across the forum. Would love to hear them, and make this serve as inspiration to people who want to do IM, but haven´t started yet as well.
     
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  2. ericsson

    ericsson Elite Member Premium Member

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    Worked on 4 different industries here in Sweden.. From 2003 - 2008.

    :) Volvo was one of them.. Volvo Construction Equipment, worked with Assembling.
     
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  3. englandrm

    englandrm Senior Member

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    2006-2009: Economics major in college. Jobs I held during that time were cook, EMT (ambulance person), and a debt collection call center.

    Oct 2009: Totaled my car on the highway. Dropped out of school (2 semesters short). Moved back home for a fresh start.

    Oct-Dec 2009: Odd jobs, such as turning in scrap metal, responding to random CL posts, and selling crap on ebay.

    Dec 2009: Finished Tim Ferriss' book The 4-Hour Workweek. Copied his model, and wrote a speed reading book (originally a 6 page manual). Created a basic software, a basic website and started selling them on Ebay and my website for $10-30.

    March 2010: Expanded the website, upgraded the software, created the 31 page manual, and taught the class at a few colleges at $50/person. (Later 2010, partnered up with a company out of Europe who designed the most amazing software for Speed Reading and Memory Training in existence) Currently sells from $47-147, all digital, all automated, and 0 returns ever.

    April 2010: I realized I could sell websites to small businesses in the area. Taught myself wordpress, and started posting ads on CL to find clients.

    August 2010: Got my first SEO client ($2,200 over 6 months, blew my mind how much people would pay for it). I started reading everything I could about SEO, started testing, and got my software to the first page of Google. Realized SEO was the answer, as I can outsource 99% of the actual work, and live working very few hours a week.

    Nov 11 2010: Joined BHW. Started learning blackhat SEO. Beyond that I learned I was doing some stuff right in my business, but a whole bunch of things were not as right as they could have been. There's a distinct jump in my income at the before/after BHW date.

    Current: I run an SEO business, and have some pretty awesome clients (including a few from BHW). I do a few websites on the side. My speed reading software is still making sales. And I'm in the process of preparing for a nice mini-retirement to... somewhere (still undecided).
     
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  4. mikemeth

    mikemeth Power Member

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    Before IM- was playing online games and football, kid years :)
     
  5. tymillz

    tymillz Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Trapping hard ! All my life.

    Real talk !
     
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  6. LBrown

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    I was a stay at home mom living below the poverty line.

    I'm still a stay at home mom... just without the poverty part.

    I started IM in March 2010, all white hat SEO. I made some good money that way. I came here a few months ago and my income has doubled. I expect it to triple by the end of the summer at least. I put my husband's income to shame. :)