What Is The First Guide You Ever Purchased?

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Hey guys,

Just wondering what was the first ever guide on making money you purchased and did it live up to the sales page hype.

Thank's,
Ste.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    The first one I ever bought was "Desperate Buyers Only" by Alexis Dawes.

    It's really very good. It didn't have a very hypey sales page, and it more than lived up to its claims, and was really useful to me in starting off.

    (I just downloaded the Fiverr Guide from your sig-file - thanks very much, Ste!).
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    • Profile picture of the author krankxl
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      • Profile picture of the author davidjames42973
        The very first one I bought about affiliate marketing was Revenue Domains Exposed by Brian Johnson. It was an excellent guide and actually got me started in making money with niche websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oscar D
    The first guide I ever purchased was a course by Steve Weber and it was amazing!! It lived up to the sales page and taught me the basics of what I know today.

    It over delivered
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    • Profile picture of the author jimmymc
      Instant Internet Empires... or was it Enterprise... I can't remember by Frank Kern.

      I could look it up it's on a drive around here somewhere.

      jimmymc
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hlatky
    Profit Instruments.

    Taught me a great deal about Internet Marketing. I wasn't a big fan of the cost though :p
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  • Profile picture of the author bravo75
    Niche Profit Classroom. Kind of taught me the fundamentals of market research, keyword research and building basic content sites. Valuable info.
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  • Profile picture of the author rhinopower
    Traffic Secrets 2.0 by John Reese. Worth the money.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Squeeze
    Hey guys thanks for sharing, nice to see most of you made the right purchases and the guides delivered the goods.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by NEW-GUY View Post

    Just wondering what was the first ever guide on making money you purchased and did it live up to the sales page hype.
    Don Lapre's "tiny classified ads" system.

    It did not live up to the hype. It worked, but I sure as hell didn't make thousands of dollars a day.

    While the system could have been used to make thousands of dollars a day, the margins got thinner the bigger you got - it would have taken a small army of employees and two floors of office space to scale it up to that, with a profit margin in the 2% range.

    So for every $1,000 a day I would put in my pocket, the business would have to generate $50,000 that day. Basically, to put $2,000 a day in my pocket, I needed an annual revenue of about $40 million.

    That said, I made about $10k with it in half a year. I just hated the amount and kind of work it took, so while that was enough for me to quit my day job, I just plain liked the day job better.
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    • Profile picture of the author davidjames42973
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      Don Lapre's "tiny classified ads" system.

      It did not live up to the hype. It worked, but I sure as hell didn't make thousands of dollars a day.

      While the system could have been used to make thousands of dollars a day, the margins got thinner the bigger you got - it would have taken a small army of employees and two floors of office space to scale it up to that, with a profit margin in the 2% range.

      So for every $1,000 a day I would put in my pocket, the business would have to generate $50,000 that day. Basically, to put $2,000 a day in my pocket, I needed an annual revenue of about $40 million.

      That said, I made about $10k with it in half a year. I just hated the amount and kind of work it took, so while that was enough for me to quit my day job, I just plain liked the day job better.
      I always forget about Don Lapre. Actually this was the first product I ever bought way before I owned a computer. I bought it from a friend of mine for $20. It was an excellent course, but I never applied it.
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      • Profile picture of the author PhoebeSmellyCat
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        I made my first $58 with it and it's still earning a few cents here and there even though I haven't touched that site since.

        So my verdict is that it works. I really should scale that up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Midnight Oil
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      Don Lapre's "tiny classified ads" system.
      This was my first offline guide, as well. And, yeah, it worked somewhat. I learned early on, though, that I hate packing and shipping stuff.

      My first online guide was Jeff Gardner's "The Ultimate Million-Dollar Idea Generator". This worked in a lot of ways for me. It was a nice wake-up call in that I learned how to "think outside the box" in my early internet days. I also learned how to put together ebooks because of it. I still have it on my computer and open it up from time to time.
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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by Midnight Oil View Post

        I learned early on, though, that I hate packing and shipping stuff.
        LOL, you too, huh?

        I did do one thing with his stuff that I just thought was incredibly awesome: I put some stuff up for sale on consignment. That was great. I dropped it off and set the price, someone else sold it for me, and then I just went and picked up my money. I should do more of that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Laurie Rogers
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      Don Lapre's "tiny classified ads" system.

      It did not live up to the hype. It worked, but I sure as hell didn't make thousands of dollars a day.

      While the system could have been used to make thousands of dollars a day, the margins got thinner the bigger you got - it would have taken a small army of employees and two floors of office space to scale it up to that, with a profit margin in the 2% range.

      So for every $1,000 a day I would put in my pocket, the business would have to generate $50,000 that day. Basically, to put $2,000 a day in my pocket, I needed an annual revenue of about $40 million.

      That said, I made about $10k with it in half a year. I just hated the amount and kind of work it took, so while that was enough for me to quit my day job, I just plain liked the day job better.
      LOL we were just discussing him a few weeks ago .. as in "whatever happened to him" .. too funny. Anyway back to OP, first book/guide I ever bought was Make Your Site Sell (original version) and don't think I slept for about a week reading it. It did wonders for me creativity wise, however pitching was not my gig (still isn't), but luckily for me, Terry Dean gave my website a once over (which brought me 5K a day) and I landed a book writing gig with Jimmy D. Brown.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamjar919
    I never actually bought a guide *SHOCK* *HORROR*

    I learned it from here
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  • Profile picture of the author gareth
    Google Cash - Ive been insane ever since
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  • Profile picture of the author scott33
    it was the rich jerk i believe..

    i was skeptical at the time and didn't take it seriously so it just got deleted from my hard drive
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    • Profile picture of the author Kory Pearman
      Originally Posted by scott33 View Post

      it was the rich jerk i believe..

      i was skeptical at the time and didn't take it seriously so it just got deleted from my hard drive
      Yup.. same for me

      THE RICH JERK! WOOO
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  • Profile picture of the author johnyeo90
    Google Slapper 2.0 where Kim Roach have put ger testimonia on it..that why i purchased..but the guide wasnt that great..=(
    Luckly purchased it using trial mode.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sarah S
      The first internet marketing guide I ever bought was "Social Networking on Squidoo" by Tiffany Dow. It was well worth it, no fluff, and extremely informative. Since then I've bought a few other ebooks by Tiffany and I'd recommend any of them- she's terrific and really over-delivers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve Neville
        Originally Posted by Sarah S View Post

        The first internet marketing guide I ever bought was "Social Networking on Squidoo" by Tiffany Dow. It was well worth it, no fluff, and extremely informative. Since then I've bought a few other ebooks by Tiffany and I'd recommend any of them- she's terrific and really over-delivers.
        I'm intersted in reading more from Tiffany. What ebooks have you read and which do you recommend.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce Wedding
    "Private Posts" by Allen Says. Well worth the money. I bought it in 2006 and was actually browsing my bound & printed copy less than a month ago. I'm not sure if Alan still sells it but a lot of affiliates do.
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  • Instant Internet Lifestyle by Lee McIntyre. Excellent product that well and truly over-delivered
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce Wedding
    Wow, some people don't value their participation and access in this gold mine very much.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Squeeze
    Hey guys thankyou all for your contributions, hopefully this thread will help a lot of newbee's who are looking into purchasing their first guide.
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  • Profile picture of the author evelyng
    OK, so I might date myself here, but I think it was the Internet Marketing Course (IMC) Really good at the time, I don't think it's sold any more though. . .
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  • Profile picture of the author Brukhar
    Technically it was free, but it was Michael Dunlop's blogging beginner guide.
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  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    My 1st was Corey Rudell (died in 2005) The insider of Internet Marketing secrets in 2 big and heavy volume. Still have it and read for inspiration, he also was my mentor.
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  • Profile picture of the author lonniewa2
    Google Cash back in the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Google Cash - did it live up to it's claims??? It was good but I didn't make any money from it - that is one topic I've always struggled with. I ended up getting a refund, not because it was a bad product but because the support was terrible and he actually had his support at a high value on his sales page - so the support certainly didn't live up to it's claims!
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  • The Rich Jerk was the first guide I ever purchased. It was a good guide I thought.
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    • Profile picture of the author lonniewa2
      I take that back. I purchases the courses below before I purchased the Google cash but I do not remember in what order. Yes Google cash was a good program but I never made any money with it.

      Carleton Sheets No Money down
      Don Lapre Tiny Classifieds
      Collecting Judgments Course
      Hud Refunds

      LOL
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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by lonniewa2 View Post

        Carleton Sheets No Money down
        I have that one too!
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  • Profile picture of the author Slyknight
    I've never purchased one before. But I did follow ed dale's 30 days challenge. So, I guess that's my first guide
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  • Profile picture of the author Pusateri
    Some booklet I bought out of the back of the National Enquirer in 1983. About making big money as a business consultant. I was 14 and wanting to get rich so I could quit school.
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  • Profile picture of the author satrap
    I never bought any guide, but warriorforum was my very first serious place that thought me real stuff about making money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    First online was Corey's course, back in 96 or 97, I think.

    First offline was from Dean Duvall. It was probably 30+ years ago. The first one that was more than a few bucks was a set of tapes by Gary Halbert, in 1988. I saw him and Les Brown at a seminar, and Gary was just crazy enough to get my attention. Paid $200 at the back of the room.

    Bruce,
    Wow, some people don't value their participation and access in this gold mine very much.
    Ain't that the truth?

    For those who missed the point, it's a Very Bad Idea to endorse certain things here. Piracy is one of them. It will get you banned as often as not.


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  • Profile picture of the author Franck Silvestre
    I think I bought Secret Affiliate Weapon ($9.95), or The super affiliate handbook ($47 or so). Not sure which one I bought first.

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