How long did it take until you turned a profit?

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Regardless of what you do: IM, MLM, Affiliate Marketing ect.. how long did it take you before you actually turned a profit? Meaning made your initial investment back and still had money?
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    I think it was about 3-4 months. This was a few years ago mind you.
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    • Profile picture of the author CpvGuru
      Do you think that is the norm or the exception?
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      • Profile picture of the author dbeeiii
        I believe that it is normal to lose in the beginning especially the first couple months because based off many newbies experiences they're looking from the perspective that you can "get rich quick" from doing the bare minimum when it's so many factors that you have to consider and learn. 6 months to a year is a learning process in my belief..

        I believe I went wrong when I stayed with one strategy for so long instead of finding another strategy. I had to change my mindset behind why I was doing it and get focused. Learn where your strengths are and start there and from there how can you merge whatever specific sector you decide (IM, MLM, affiliate marketing, etc) with that to be successful. It is a journey not a sprint but you can be successful.
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    • Profile picture of the author CpvGuru
      Originally Posted by ChrisBa View Post

      I think it was about 3-4 months. This was a few years ago mind you.
      Wow 3-4 months that's pretty amazing. considering most business take 5 years if they do last that long.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I started internet marketing in December of 2002. Took me 5 YEARS to make any money let alone a profit. Yes, it took me that long.

    Most people quit after 5 days. That is the sad part.
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  • Profile picture of the author dbeeiii
    I started about 2 year ago, the first year I made nothing and lost a lot of money in the process. However, the second year after getting help it took 3 months to get an consistent flow of income...
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  • Profile picture of the author RefuseToLose
    Without much experience it took around half a year. Mainly because I didn't commit much when I was losing money so the process took longer.

    Now that I have over 9 years of experience under my belt I can generally get a campaign into profit within a week if results are good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Marrs
    As I currently also have a full time job I focus on my IM stuff at least breaking even, all profit is then put back into it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam JTB
    I like that the majority of people are actually saying how long it took - a few months seems very realistic.

    Too many times I see, "Make this much money in one day!"

    It's a grind and it doesn't happen overnight.
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  • Profile picture of the author Help Desk
    I'll say about 6 months to be profitable. I started my company in 2014 and have now grown to more than 600 visits/day with at least $600 - 900/day in sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author oiDoubleD
    This isn't your normal story, but I started in 2008 and was profitable the first week I launched my affiliate campaign. I did thorough research, made everything look great, borrowed and invested my first $150 into Google AdWords, and started making commissions right away. I grossed over $650 in revenue my first week (from that $150 in advertising alone) which allowed me to pay back the investor and reinvest. I did research daily and was building my site for about four weeks, so if you start it there, it took me four to five weeks to be profitable.
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  • Profile picture of the author winebuddy
    9 years in total honesty. I started before there was any type of search engine - just directories.

    But yeah - 9 years to finally get into the real coin.
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    • Profile picture of the author CpvGuru
      Originally Posted by winebuddy View Post

      9 years in total honesty. I started before there was any type of search engine - just directories.

      But yeah - 9 years to finally get into the real coin.
      Man that is some persistance! Did you ever feel like giving up?
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  • Profile picture of the author brutecky
    The first thing I ever did was write a software and sold it as a WSO. I got a sale the first day. It took me about 2 weeks to write the software.
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    • Profile picture of the author Raiser45
      Originally Posted by brutecky View Post

      The first thing I ever did was write a software and sold it as a WSO. I got a sale the first day. It took me about 2 weeks to write the software.
      The first 6 months I tried to promote my own product but it didn't worked very well.

      So I started promoting affiliate products and that was a huge success for me.

      And now with the money I made i'm gonna improve my product page.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedark
    10 years ago, I build my own website providing free tools. The investment was minimal ( domain and hosting gift from a friend ). I invested a lot of time to promote the website. Made few dollars from adsense in the first few months. After about 6-8 months, started to make hundreds of dollars. I think it can be considered profit. The amount might look small, not I am making a lot more from it. This is why you need patience. I have a lot of friends who tried and quit in less than 6 months while making few hundred of dollars per month. They completed the first step, getting it to make some money, and instead of trying to get it further, they quit. Some of them tried again and again. Same story every time.
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  • Profile picture of the author TechNewsArticles
    If you want make some good money then first of all you should start getting the attention of people. That's how everything starts. If you work every day and if you work hard enough in the different sectors which are needed to rank up your website then you will be earning money in no time. But by no time i mean a few months or so . But you shouldn't lose hope you should always fight with what you have!
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  • Profile picture of the author amuro
    Originally Posted by CpvGuru View Post

    Regardless of what you do: IM, MLM, Affiliate Marketing ect.. how long did it take you before you actually turned a profit? Meaning made your initial investment back and still had money?


    To be honest, I do not have a definite answer to this one.

    I will say it depends on you as in how much time and effort are you willing to put into your business everyday until you ACTUALLY made profits.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Bridgen
    Great question The first thing that I done was to stop spending any money. That was a plus for me. But I was making small amounts $5 every now and again. It took about 2+ years before I could say I was making money regular. I started with Video Marketing and Affiliate Marketing now I also make my own products I am happy just plodding along But the key is to not give in.
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  • Profile picture of the author profitboss
    My first week online I turned profits using PPC and CPA Marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author kahlir
    Took me 8 months to see my first income. I was patience though
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  • Profile picture of the author garyl2k
    I started back in 2001, I am part of the "Rich Jerk" era when we had just good old Google Ads as our main PPC platform. I'd say I started making money within my first month, it was easy to rank on Google back then, after mastering the skills needed I was making decent profits within the first year.

    Many peoples issues though is getting the right mind set, its easy to follow steps from A to B but it's not so easy to look at what you do as a genuine business and to treat it as such.

    So after few years doing affiliate marketing I kinder fell back into my old 9 till 5 job, was only till I took it seriously that things really took off.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Originally Posted by CpvGuru View Post

    Regardless of what you do: IM, MLM, Affiliate Marketing ect.. how long did it take you before you actually turned a profit? Meaning made your initial investment back and still had money?
    I made a profit of $1200 in my first month on RentACoder.com back in 2009. I consider that a stroke of luck since I had no idea what I was doing.
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    • Profile picture of the author CpvGuru
      Originally Posted by YasirYar View Post

      I made a profit of $1200 in my first month on RentACoder.com back in 2009. I consider that a stroke of luck since I had no idea what I was doing.
      That is awesome, have you stuck with it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Since I offer a service I started making money within the first two weeks. But it's not passive income. I work hard in my writing business while also working on creating my own products.

    Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    Originally Posted by CpvGuru View Post

    Regardless of what you do: IM, MLM, Affiliate Marketing ect.. how long did it take you before you actually turned a profit? Meaning made your initial investment back and still had money?
    It took me 3 months. Cost was $500 and made a tinsy winsy commission of $50 after selling 2 of these puppies.

    This was back in 2006 and I made this fifty bucks using Microsoft Ad Center now called Bing.

    However I don't think any of the info that you get on this post will do you any good.

    Your results are yours! Everyone else will be different.
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  • Profile picture of the author Edwin Torres
    It took me a couple months to realize "Oh shit you can actually make money online!"

    So I put some Adsense ads on my blog one day and made a total of .30 cents.

    12 year old me was super happy at the time... and that was all I needed to fall in love with IM.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by Edwin Torres View Post


      12 year old me was super happy at the time... and that was all I needed to fall in love with IM.
      Wow, you sound like that Kid Blogger What ever happened to him ?? Carl something
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    I started my own software business in 2002, but it wasn't until 2008 that I had my best week of sales ($825).
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan S
    It actually depends on what business model you are in. If you are selling on Amazon or eBay, you'll make money straight away if you have good products to offer. If your are selling other people's products through affiliate marketing, it might take a bit longer to see the money rolling in. However, if you have just created a blog or website that relies on income through Google Adsense, Chitika, Amazon Ads, etc. it might take months or even years or could be forever depends on your traffic and as we all know, targeted traffic in internet marketing is just like gold - precious but rare.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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    I'll be sure to let you know on the day it happens. Shouldn't be long.

    Frank
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