I am now full time online, by accident more than design!

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I am now starting to make my living online.

But before I tell you how and why I thought you might like to hear my story, my hope is it will serve as a lesson and hopefully a bit of inspiration for those who are grinding it out trying to get a break online.

I have been trying to make money on the internet in some way shape or form for around 14 years.

When my wife was pregnant with our first son we met a couple at anti-natal classes and the husband was a bit of a whizz on the pc.

We got talking and decided to try and make some money from me selling and then him building websites for offline business in the town
where we lived. We started to get things together and were about to go for it, when he and his wife split up and he moved out of the area.
I had no technical knowledge so business number one down the toilet.

Not to be put off, a relatives boyfriend was doing a course in web design so I approached him to see if he wanted to do a similar thing, he agreed. We were going to try our luck with local real estate agents and build a specific site for them, where all agents could advertise their properties.
This was in the very infancy of sites like rightmove etc so we were getting in on the ground floor, here comes the money I thought!!!
Within 6 weeks of us starting up he and my relative had split up and he didn't want to do it anymore.
Business number two down the toilet.

Number 3 - I went looking for dropshipping companies. I didn't research the niche I just went looking for something that was convenient and didn't rely on me having any stock, dropshipping is the future
I thought. I chose oil paintings. I am sure there are plenty of people making money online with oil painting drop shipping and I did it for a few years always just about breaking even. I knew very little about
oil paintings and I knew even less really about driving traffic. Most of my profits went on PPC or ebay fees. Eventually I had to admit I was not going to become a millionaire selling oil paintings.
Business number 3 down the toilet.

Business number 4 came off the back of me having a chat with someone I knew who ran a warehouse full of everything you can think of. I was still into the dropshipping idea. So we set up an eBay shop
selling all the stuff he had in stock. I worked my backside of setting it all up and it was going really well. Unfortunately he wasn't holding up his end in terms of the packing and it ended
up with me not only doing all the stuff my end but having to drive to his warehouse to pack everything too. Not too bad I guess if I wasn't holding down a fulltime job as well. I had to shut this down.
Business number 4 down the toilet.

Number 5 my son is a keen footballer (soccer) and his team had a website at http://www.footskiteams.com. The site was just an experiment by its writers on the uses of Ruby on Rails. When the project was done they shut it down.
I contacted them and asked if I could have it, thinking I could make some money here. They gave it to me, I set up a newsletter, I found a dropshipper of football goods, I set up a kitbag white label affiliate shop and an Amazon shop too. This I thought is it, the national sport, its going to be a winner. I made not a penny from it. I still have it and its a hobby. It has over 190 football teams on it and run it for the love of it
not for the money. I abandoned the newsletter, oh and the blog.
Business number 5 although not down the toilet is now a hobby.

Business number 6 - I paid almost $1000 for a football/soccer betting site. It was supposed to be an affiliate site and it also sold a book that told people the sites they could watch soccer online for free.
It made some money but was a lot of work and when the site was hacked and everything lost, I really didn't have the inclination to set it all up again.
Business numebr 6 going the same way as its predecessors!

We are somewhere in early 2009. A work colleague of mine was just like me, desperately unhappy working for the company we were employed by and looking for a way out. He had heard of a guy called Andrew Reynolds and had bought a course he was selling. We went through every module, we attended a seminar in London in October 2009 and to be honest it was one big sales pitch. There was one guy there though who made sense
an English guy, to be honest I can't remember his name, but he talked about PLR and building a list etc.

This made sense to me and a light went on in my head.

Over the previous few years I had learned a bit to HTML, FTP and had an autoresponder. So I wrote 2 books and gave them away here on the WF along with a sales letter and tons of PLR articles.

That WSO took my list from zero to over 1k in the space of 7 weeks.
I put a couple of other WSO's here and although extremely successful they didn't hit the heights of the first one.

I then read a book about list building, adswaps and giveaway events etc.
I also heard an audio from a very well known list builder who I now am lucky enough to call a friend as well as mentor, Jit Uppal.

I started doing adswaps left right and centre.

All was going well, when as has happened to so many people, I was made redundant. Luckily the company I worked for offered a pretty good package. A package I can make last 12 months.

So this is where my dilemma came. Do I really go for it 100% online or do I still do this part time and get another job.

Well I took the biggest scariest step I have ever taken, also bear in mind I have a wife, mortagage, 2 kids and 7 failed attempts to make money online!!!

I am now doing this full time and I have never been happier. I know I am lucky I have some money behind me, but I am still on the clock and the pressure is on. It certainly focusses the mind.

I also guess I am lucky in that my background has been, albeit offline, sales, training and business development, and I have written training programmes for some of the UK's largest retailers and know
how to train people effectively.

So I am pretty certain once I get this thing working completely I will be in a position to share in a clear and coherent manner all the things I have learned over the last 14 years.

And that's where I am now, a list just under 5k and a growing business and I have just launched my first JV Event, to go along with the PLR Membership site I run.

I ask that you please excuse any spelling mistakes or repetition or in fact any self indulgence, I just felt the need to write this having spent a few hours looking around the WF.

I also need you to know that doing this is so not me it's untrue, I tend to keep my feelings inside and am not a heart on my sleeve type person but I felt a need to type this to try and help anyone out their who feels lost and doesn't know if they will ever make sense online business, and now I can't stop!!!

I wanted to people to know that you never know what is around the corner and even though you may have tried many things never give up.

It always seems that everyone else is doing so well online, they all seem to be pulling in 5 figures a month.
They all seem to know something you don't, they are keeping it to themselves. I have lost count of the number of times I have said to myself "I am missing something here, I must be, missing a trick".

Its funny though in all the other things I have done online even though I wrote maps and plans etc I never felt like I knew where I was going, but now I do I have it all sorted in my mind what I want to achieve and how I am going to achieve and by when. And its starting to work.

I know what size I need my list to be, by when, and what activity I need to put in place to achieve it, and I have made plans in my business that are going to take me at present to March 2011 and to me being able to say I am a full time marketer not just someone trying to start an online business which is what I am saying at present.

I hope this helps someone in some way, and if it didn't and you are making 5 figures a month please spare a thought for those that are wondering what it is they are missing.

Finally console yourself with the thought that every marketer started with nothing, this business hasn't been around long enough for fathers to hand down to sons or mothers down to daughters. They were all lost at sometime or other, they just managed to work out which way round to hold the map


Good Luck & Take care.

Anthony

UPDATE ADDED: 8th October 20010

Hey guys I just wanted to say thanks for all the great comments here and I wanted to (I hope) give a little more encouragement to anyone who feels they need it.

Since writing this post I have continued to actively grow my business, my list hit 8k yesterday and has really started to grow at a pace, I have added 2300 in the last 4 weeks.

I am now mentoring 3 guys, and helping them to build a list and make their first dollar online, we are going through ftp, auto responders, squeeze pages, oto's, sales funnels and relationship building with their list.

At the same time I have also been building a 100% affiliate commission program. All the front end offers are free, which helps the affiliate build the relationship with their list and they get 100% commission on the one time only offer.

I launched yesterday and even with very little promotion its already yielding results for affiliates.

Its a platform that I can build on and over time the affiliates will earn bigger incomes, the ultimate goal is to put my own coaching program in there and pay affiliates a residual income from it.

Things have rocketed for me and I just wanted to add this to try and give some more back to the site that has been so good to me.

If I could give any advice it would be, taken action, don't sit on the sidelines, get in the game, network with other marketers even if they are beginners too or only have smalll lists, they will be your JV partners of the future and get yourself a mentor, it doesn't have to be a guru, just someone who knows what they are doing and has a track record. There are plenty of them out there find the one you like and respect and listen to them and implement what they tell you and you will succeed.

If anyone needs any help, please feel free to PM me and i'll do all I can to be of assistance.

Good luck everyone and God bless.

Anthony
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  • Profile picture of the author Spot the Ball
    Hey, Good Luck Anthony,

    I have a feeling you have cracked it this time, sounds like you have a good viable plan worked out.

    I can certainly relate to failed business but we just have to bounce back and try again when you know deep inside you can do it.

    Keep us up to date.
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  • Profile picture of the author AylaPress
    The best advice is to do whatever you would do if you hit the lottery. (Besides nothing). I know long-term planning is hard in this day and age. Also with the children, makes it harder. I'm in a similar boat. Bests.
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  • Profile picture of the author efex
    Hi Anthony,

    I enjoyed reading your experience. I also identify with your situation.
    Best of luck for you!
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Coleman
      Hey Anthony,

      I think it was similar for me when I first started. It's almost like a personal evolution, finding your groove. Always taking things to a better and higher level. Taking another look, changing things up, improving even upon success. And being more in charge of your life, and even happier.

      Life is good.

      Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Iannotti
    Good luck,

    It tales balls to do what you did..I too walked away from a job, to dedicate 100% of my time online....Haven't regretted it yet, and never will..
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    Good story see everyone the money is in the list lol but very true.... Keep building that list, be good to your list, and your business will flourish for a lifetime.
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  • Profile picture of the author createyouwealth
    Congrads on going into IM fulltime Anthony. I too have tried many things online and failed. Mainly because I wasn't implementing techniques right nor did I know the things that I know now. I wish you all the best and thanks for helping encourage your fellow marketers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Wells
    Congratulations Anthony, its your pure determination that has got you the success you deserve.

    Fairplay to you for not throwing the towel in, it makes people like me more determined to stick with it when the whole road seems to be going up hill.

    Very inspirational Anthony.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony Tilley
    Thanks guys for your kind words.

    Things have moved on a bit in the short time since I wrote this. I have gone and got myself a new mentor; Alex Jeffreys, and already I am benefitting from his wise words.

    One of the things I have done is get my own blog. I have never had a site with my own name as the URL before. I only just set it up, but feel free to drop in and say hello.

    I hope my story helps you in someway.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author forfun_cash
    What a great story. This is an inspirational story to all out there. Never give up!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Helping & Relationship building. That's where the longterm value is. Plus, it makes you look forward to your work.

    Congrats on the success!!
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  • Profile picture of the author russells
    Thanks for an inspiring post! I wish you all the best for the future.

    Russ
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  • Profile picture of the author skoh
    Sorry for my ignorance in this here thread, but i'm very unclear what it is you do. I guess I could search through this website for all the meanings to all the words you posted but maybe you could dumb it down for a newbie warrior laymen? Congrats on your new career.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anthony Tilley
      Originally Posted by skoh View Post

      Sorry for my ignorance in this here thread, but i'm very unclear what it is you do. I guess I could search through this website for all the meanings to all the words you posted but maybe you could dumb it down for a newbie warrior laymen? Congrats on your new career.
      Hi Skoh

      Thanks for asking the question.

      I have a few things I do to make money online, I have listed them below, I hope this answers your question, if not feel free to PM me.

      1. I have a PLR (Private Label Rights) membership site that gives monthly income. Products with PLR, means you have the rights to do pretty much as you wish with the product. Edit it, add to it or take away for that matter, and resell it as you own. Marketers pay a monthly amount for access to the content their that I add to each month. Ebooks, videos, audios, articles, software, graphics and templates. There is also a "Learning Centre" that has many of the above that you can use to develop yourself as a marketer.

      2. I also have an income stream from affiliate marketing. This means I get paid a commission from other marketers for driving traffic to their offers.

      3. I consider myself mainly an email marketer, I am building a list of subscribers (just under 7000 at present). I give them free content and help via emails and my blog (I have a new one, see my signature).

      I get subscribers via squeeze pages, such as http://wwwplrnirvana.com/twittermoney or Instant PLR Author

      I use these for adswaps, which is when I swap email copy with another marketer who has a simliar size list.

      I promote their offer to my list and he promotes my offer to theirs.

      Thus growing both our lists and giving the new subscriber great value with our free offers.

      I also participate in giveaway events, and have recently run my own too.

      This is where a whole bunch of marketers enter their free products on one site and then they all send traffic to the site and give the free products to their new subscribers, thus building their lists.

      Finally I also pay for solo mailings which means I will pay a marketer to promote my offer to their list.

      Those are the methods I use, but there are plenty more I haven't even started with yet.

      I hope this helps, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

      The best bit I find about marketing is helping people like yourself.

      I am no expert by any means, but I making a living from this stuff and my background is in training and business development so I hope I am able to help those who are starting out such as yourself to start making money online.

      Just realised I haven't answered your point completely, here's a break down of some terms used, sorry if you know these but I want to be thorough in my answer.

      WSO - Warrior Special Offer, you can sell or giveaway your own products here at the forum for $20, I think you need 30 posts.

      HTML - HyperText Markup Language, basically the language that webpages are written to mkae them look like they do. The back room stuff basically.

      Autoresponder - Allows you to capture peoples details and stores them for you so you can email them anytime you like. Check out Aweber.com they are the main one I use, I do use trafficwave.net too but not much. Long boring irrelevant story why I have 2 autoreposnders.

      Squeezepage - Small page designed to get subscribers to sign up to your offer, see the 2 mentioned above.

      Affiliate - A person who gets paid by another marketer for sending traffic to that marketers offer. Check out Digital Products Retailer: Affiliate Program & Sell Online - ClickBank for more info.

      FTP - File Transfer Protocol, The uploading of files to the internet.

      White Label - This is a term for a larger company providing all the back end stuff, but the front end looks like your own.


      Apologies if this ends up sounding patronising but I wanted make sure I covered all the bases for you.

      Good luck with your online endevours, if you need help, just ask.

      Cheers

      Anthony
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  • Profile picture of the author macchiavelli
    Great story man!

    I got into IM also by accident when I was 15.
    All I wanted was an ipod, or money to buy one.

    I got scammed into some pyramid scheme and since then got interested in how to make money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author jpaissa27
    interesting.. keep it going.. rinse and repeat!
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  • Profile picture of the author IMBT
    Good story....I think this type of evolution happens
    to everyone along the path of growth.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoesMillion
    Don't put all you eggs in one basket, something will come along and hurt your business. Be prepared.
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  • Profile picture of the author andybeveridge
    Anthony, I can relate to you. I also had a number of business ideas that for one reason or another didn't quite make me into a millionare lol. Seriously though, a few months ago, with one glass of wine too many and a place in the sun on the television. I decided to sell my home in the UK and move to the south of France.
    I had a blog up and running for a while and I can do the basics in most things. What I do have is an intense desire to free myself from my old life.
    I like writing and creating products. I have only just started to build a list. So that is something that I will work on more from now on.
    I think I can see myself joining up with someone else and working together eventually. I do work well that way.
    Anyway, what I really wanted to say was I have about a year to get it right as well.

    Good luck in the future.

    Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    Great Post Anthony - they key is that you never gave up. A lot of people would run at the first sign of failure.

    Also, I'm glad to see that you aren't going into business with people anymore because it seems like that had an adverse effect on their relationships....
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    Good luck. hopefully you´ll do great
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  • Profile picture of the author deuxlai
    It's a wonderful story. Good that you didn't give up. Hope it motivates many other IM beginners.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alfred Shelver
    What I learned is it always seems easier to try rely on someone else who has more knowledge etc...like you did in the beggining... with all the information out there its earsier just to go it alone i think and put your fauith in yourself
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    • Profile picture of the author Anthony Tilley
      Originally Posted by Cathy Shelver View Post

      What I learned is it always seems easier to try rely on someone else who has more knowledge etc...like you did in the beggining... with all the information out there its earsier just to go it alone i think and put your fauith in yourself

      Hi Cathy,

      An interesting point, but I have say I spent years not putting my hand in my pocket to get a mentor.
      I have had 3 this year and I have learned far more in the last few months than the whole time I was trying to learn freebies.

      Lots of stuff like learning html, ftp or how to set up a campaign in Aweber etc can be got for nothing, but its the more in depth things like sales funnel, upsells, downsells and traffic generation tricks that you dont tend to see, certainly not good quality anyway.

      When you have a mentor you also have someone who you are accountable to and someone to bounce ideas of off.

      I am not talking about get rich quick packages bought through clickbank and the such like, but proper marketers who run small programmes just for a handful of people.

      They might charge a few hundred dollars a month but if you get one with a track record its money well spent as they will get you up and running.

      I know it can be an expense, but it is an invesment.

      Thanks again,

      Anthony
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  • Profile picture of the author Raz IM
    I quite enjoyed reading your post, Anthony.

    I am looking to quit my day job in a year and make enough money to support my wife and daughter and mortgage :-)

    Reading stories like yours really help me think that I can achieve my goal.

    Best of luck to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author grumpyb
    Well Done and All the best for a bright future!
    You certainly show that the saying "If at first you dont suceed try try again" is so true. Its great to hear apositive story Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author bertuseng
    Great to hear your story, Anthony. Having done some things with you in the past I know you have what it takes to be successful in this business. It's a shame that you took so long to make it, but we all ran into some difficulties when building our online business. It is good to see that the main thing that got you to make money at the end was your list, because it is almost the same with me.

    That is why it is so important to start building a list and to treat it with respect from the start. It could be your biggest asset.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dexx
    Reminds a lot of the concepts taught in Think and Grow Rich, way to go!

    ~Dexx
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    Good luck and keep it going mate! Nice article!
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  • Profile picture of the author dejoliet31
    Anthony,

    Thanks for taking the time to share your story. Your struggles and mishaps certainly struck a responsive chord with many of us. So many of who have achieved even a moderate level of success often skip over the struggling part when they tell their story. That does a disservice to the many who are still failing and who need encouragement to not give up.

    Your story is a pertinent reminder the "gain" of making profits is usually after the pain of temporary failure and frustration. I, too, know that reality all to well.

    Best wishes for your continued success in building your online business.
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  • Profile picture of the author mkl3377
    Thanks for sharing Anthony. Your story is very inspirational as many have said. I can certainly relate to the pressures that children, mortage, and jobs bring and on top of that trying to figure out all this IM stuff.

    Like you I've failed many times in the past 10 years and things have just started to take a turn for the better in the last year. Albeit it's not a full time job replacement income yet but I have the confidence it I will get there.

    People always boast about instant riches and hardly ever do you hear of people making it after struggling for years. Yet sometimes that's exactly what some of us need to see to help us through the tough times.
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  • Profile picture of the author peter.max
    Anthony

    My first few attempts at making (some) money online was also less than successful. It took me a while (and many $'s) to figure out what works for me. Having a clear business plan and strategy made all the difference for me as well.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author trafficwave
    Very impressive, Anthony!

    I hope folks catch and are inspired by your story of persistence, never giving up, and continuing to work through the setbacks.

    Well done!
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  • Profile picture of the author KBRMS
    Anthony,

    What an inspiring story. Never give up is also my motto. I am very impressed with your determination and I hope that some of the other struggling Marketers can see your post and feel that if they don't quit that they can achieve their dreams as well.

    Rick
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    • Profile picture of the author madaffiliatemoney
      Anthony,

      Thanks for the inspiration. I am still working the 9-5 and am only able to put about 1-3 hours a day into my IM business. I know that if i could devote 100% of my time, the possibilities of making money online are really endless. I just need one little push and a little help and encouragement to get out of my crappy job.

      I'll never quit!!
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  • Profile picture of the author DuaneZ
    What a great motivational story, thank for the background. I wish you luck in your venture and you have the ambition to make it work.

    I to one day will leave this terrible rat race of a job as I have a 5 year plan at the most. I can not wait but I still need to do more work before I get there.
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    • Profile picture of the author melanieshereen
      Thanks for telling your story. I really felt like quitting today...but you inspired me and I think I just need to take a break and re-focus.

      It helps to see someone who picked himself up so many times and just kept moving forward!

      I wish you continued success
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  • Profile picture of the author ncb1985
    Anthony,
    I'm just new in the forum. I just quit my job last month and now working as a VA to an IM. He is the one who influenced me in trying to get more information about IM as I can so that I can start my own internet business someday. Very inspiring story! I can relate to the story. I have a daughter and another one on the way and bills to pay.lol. You are very nice to newbies and I thank you for that!
    Keep it up! and Goodluck!

    P.S. Can you give me any advice or where should I start?
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