I am hoping this inspires you

by jkiley
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I have a feeling that this will be a long post...at least by my standards...but it won't disappoint you.

I am a software developer by profession, and personally do not know anybody who is in internet marketing world. All my friends/family work for other companies...and I didn't know any better either.

About 3 years ago I bought my domain name, about 18 months ago, I decied to write one application and put it on my site. It was for free...the idea was to give it away for free and eventually I would be able to make money off of advertisement or something. My target was to not even think about money for few years.

I kept on working on my software and made it as good as I could. It was reviewed by few big name sites like pcworld, cnet, etc....and I started to get some decent traffic. My friends used to tell me that I should start charging for it...but no...I wanted to keep it for free...and besides, who would buy it anyway? I have never been able to sell anything in my life.

In May I decided to put adsense on it. Made about 300 dollars that month...not bad I thought.

...and then something happened in mid of May.

I stumbled upon this forum somehow. Even opened the account (I can't remember why). I stuck around, kept on reading here...and made lot of posts too....asked questions....got really good answers/feedback. It made me realise that I should NOT be giving up my software for free.

I eventually took the big step and in mid of july started charging for it. Had no idea what would happen.

In August, I made about 4,000 dollars. Lot more then I could imagine.

I have also setup aweber account and since yesterday I have been collecting email addresses in that account. I now know that it is going to open up a whole new world. I had thousands of email addresses before thru my site but never did anything with them - this time they won't be wasted.

Last week, I was blocked from this forum because I was accused of wrting one sentence in my post which was considered spam. It never was my intention to spam. Visitors of this forum are not my target audiance. As far as I know, nobody from this forum has bought my application anyway. I am here to learn. Sometimes I get too excited and want people to do what I have done, and maybe that excitement makes me do things that people think is spam. I am still a software developer, and not a sales man.

Why am I writing all this? because I want to thank you guys. Really...thank you, especially her - View Profile: TinkerAndPo She is the one who lit the fire in mid of July when I decided to start charging for my software.


I am still a newbie....so my message to all the people who are new here....whatever these guys are saying....yes...all those things work. Just 4 months ago, I was making zero dollars. Now, I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

As a "thank-you" gesture. I am copying (and no I dont mean to spam), three license keys here for my software. Please take one. They are not re-usable so please use them only if you think you need it. They are $37.00 each but I am giving you guys for free.

AA98C24E-CEC0-4198-B7AA-E56BA9942417
D0700380-9237-490D-8A3E-DF1EF62A4D3B
81588333-0A7F-4898-9628-2E892C12DE29

Thanks for reading all this, and hope it wasn't too boring.

ps. if you feel that I can help you in anyway then PM me.
#hoping #inspires
  • Profile picture of the author newBum76
    I think this is a great story. Anything inspirational, motivational, etc. to get newbies to take action is of great value here, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Hackbridge
    I am out and about with two of my children, but I just wanted to let you know I've been very inspired by your story.

    Will check out your software in a while, but thanks for your generosity.

    Brian
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  • Profile picture of the author shekhar
    Thanks a lot for your generosity. I just downloaded and installed the Craiglist Reader. It is really wonderful. Though it is working properly, the number of options has overwhelmed me. Do you also have a quick start guide for it? In any case, thanks a lot !
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    • Profile picture of the author jkiley
      Originally Posted by shekhar View Post

      Thanks a lot for your generosity. I just downloaded and installed the Craiglist Reader. It is really wonderful. Though it is working properly, the number of options has overwhelmed me. Do you also have a quick start guide for it? In any case, thanks a lot !

      Yes, I do...just check the page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    WOOOOHOOOOOOOO! I have never been happier to say "I told ya so!"

    Congratulations congratulations congratulations!

    I know there was a pretty steep learning curve, but I also knew you could do it! Damn, I'm so proud of you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Hackbridge
    I haven't been able to use the activation licenses above. Has anyone else had the same problem?

    Kind regards

    Brian
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    • Profile picture of the author jasonl70
      Originally Posted by Hackbridge View Post

      I haven't been able to use the activation licenses above. Has anyone else had the same problem?

      Kind regards

      Brian
      they weren't reusable - so I think after the first 3 people jumped on them, they were gone.
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    • Profile picture of the author jkiley
      Originally Posted by Hackbridge View Post

      I haven't been able to use the activation licenses above. Has anyone else had the same problem?

      Kind regards

      Brian
      Those keys are already being used and are not re-usable.
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  • Profile picture of the author akasher
    Wow congrats...

    $4000 a month from a software like yours is amazing.

    Grats on the feat
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