How and when did you make your first profit online?

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I always like about hearing how people got started online. So how did you make your first profit online?
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny Optimo
    back in 99... adult industry... made a killing

    been out of it for almost 5 years though, I really didn't like the lifestyle/industry
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    • Profile picture of the author JamieGirl
      Originally Posted by Johnny Optimo View Post

      back in 99... adult industry... made a killing

      been out of it for almost 5 years though, I really didn't like the lifestyle/industry
      I'm sad to say..that I tried that too a few years ago.

      My first profit was from adsense it was .32 cents
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  • Profile picture of the author zoesmith01
    Adsense... a few years ago That was my first time.
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  • Profile picture of the author ladywriter
    Ebay. Then writing.

    Proper IM? Still a newb. Want to go in a lot of directions but can't seem to charge forward with one thing. Partly because I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket, and partly because I'm so distracted by needing cash that it's hard for me to concentrate on long term solutions.

    Which is ironic, because had I started any IM thing months ago (when I was also in a cash crunch) I'd be making some dough.

    Sorry for the rambling! Short answer-ebay!
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  • Profile picture of the author tayuyaa
    Pay per click!

    From google adwords in 2009, I sold an ebook about weight loss.... I didnt make a lot though...but still, it gave me hope!
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  • 2007 I was making money with forex niche and adsense.

    One day I stumbled upon some stupid incentive website thing called "freebie trading".

    It took off and I made $20k that year doing "freebie trading".

    Thats pretty much all but dead now so I moved on to more permanent online income for offline businesses and CPA.
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    • Profile picture of the author GingerColeen
      I started out reselling Hosting and had about 50 clients on a part-time basis. Then someone bought out the reseller I was working with and everything went south (including my customer's websites with no backups). Needless to say, that was over.

      Then I did a lot of eBay stuff by going to yard sales and the like. That's a lot of work. Best if you can find a niche on eBay and carve out a bit for yourself but I wanted something more hands off.

      Today, I have several autoblogs that still bring in a nice chunk of change each month (also from eBay!). And, currently I'm building a mobile marketing site.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rob P
      Tried for nearly three years to make it online and failed miserably before I started selling a few copies of an ebook I wrote on effective teaching. The sales were pitiful really and it's heart breaking when you put all your time into a project to see only a handful of sales.

      But things took a massive just a few months later - a lady in Singapore picked up my book online and asked me to run a live 2-day training course based on the ebook to school teachers over there. I had a two-week, all expenses paid trip out there with my son plus a very large fee. I returned to the UK and set up behaviourneeds.com. Haven't looked back since.

      Stick in and follow your gut. (not hard in my case, too many pies lately).
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      • Profile picture of the author celente
        Originally Posted by Robplevin View Post

        Tried for nearly three years to make it online and failed miserably before I started selling a few copies of an ebook I wrote on effective teaching. The sales were pitiful really and it's heart breaking when you put all your time into a project to see only a handful of sales.

        But things took a massive just a few months later - a lady in Singapore picked up my book online and asked me to run a live 2-day training course based on the ebook to school teachers over there. I had a two-week, all expenses paid trip out there with my son plus a very large fee. I returned to the UK and set up behaviourneeds.com. Haven't looked back since.

        Stick in and follow your gut. (not hard in my case, too many pies lately).
        Hey that is a cool story. WoW!...love hearing about things like this. Awesome.
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        • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
          Made my first and only money in the Fiverr Community. I am still researching my Niche etc. But I can at least provide services in the mean time to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPC-Coach
    Sold a subscription to a website back in 2003.

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  • Profile picture of the author hikamendoz
    its with adsense in 2007. some cents but it provided a way
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  • Profile picture of the author sachasird
    I started out designing websites and search engine marketing for clients in 1999 and made great income with that for years.

    I had several hundred clients I made websites for and still do and I make good money till today charging them for hosting fees.

    I am also doing fairly well with adsense and affiliate sales through content writing on sites like Squidoo and others and through several of my niche sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author kiwiviktor81
      My first hundred online came from PokerStars.

      Invested that in a hosting plan, bought some domains at the end of last month and now I'm just about up to my first AdSense hundy.
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    • Profile picture of the author fatema82
      Hi

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      Fatema
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  • Profile picture of the author Derek Solomon
    I made my first income from Adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    I made my first profit online when I advertised an offline affiliate marketing opportunity on a job site, and my voice mail box blew up the next day with people wanting to give me money to be a part of my opportunity. So it was hybrid between offline and online.

    My first and LAST clickbank check of $36.00 took me two months and about $1500 in trial and error to make.... Although today I could pull it off Im sure, but I dont like click bank.

    Hmmm... then I tried ebay with a modicum of success... too much like work though...handling physical products, and always having to update listings and manage auctions... Made money but not enough to make it something I wanted to keep doing.

    I have represented large manufacturers online with thousands of units of distressed inventory that they wanted to sell overseas in bulk, after I discovered how badly that service was needed, and since I have made thousands in commissions flipping their deals on Alibaba... and have several manufacturers who contact me when they need to move bulk now.

    Take your pick... What makes you feel passionate?

    Making money can be translated to just "Making a transaction".

    "Getting in on all the commerce, millions of dollars worth, that are ALREADY going on around you, and opening a channel for some of those transactions to flow your way, through your "idea".

    For Surefire Business:

    "Offline" never fails to make money, its as sure as you are ALWAYS, and "Only"... You can always fall back on that, because the principles of selling services never change... people "need" them.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter May
    As with a lot of people it was through ebay when ebay was easy to make money with unlike now.
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  • Profile picture of the author tekman
    Adult with avs sites, then got into email marketing for big money, then adsense. I made good money, but got tired of the roller coaster so I got a job and take classes. Right now I might outsource and try and get back to making money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author kittyluver
    My first profit is through clickbank. The product is a simple product about lovebirds. You can see the product in my blog- Absolutely Adorable Lovebirds
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    • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
      In around 2000 owned an offline magazine and sold copies on ebay for £1 each. The profit came from subscriptions and selling advertising space not the £1s. Around that time I joined the 6 figure income programme and made some money from that from advertising it in my magazine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    From a paid to click site a few years ago. It was nothing big, really. But that have proved to me that it is really possible to make money online.

    Andrea
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  • Profile picture of the author Tylos
    My first online profit was sep. 2007 by seo
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    • Profile picture of the author HN
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      In 1997 I sold a game (Privateer) to some Italian guy for $20. I shipped it on 7 floppy disks. Then I built my own auction website (hand coded in Perl) for selling collectibles online. I had about 200 registered members. Then came eBay and I made a huge mistake and closed the site and started selling on ebay in June 1997. I should have continued to work on my own auction website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Sharp
    I started as a writer. I made my first payment by writing few articles. Right there i got few works online. And later one i started my own online business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zara Marie
    I am active in Ebay before. I used to "buy and sell" mobile phones of any kind. But I do the selling locally because I'm more on meeting my clients than delivering the units. In this case, I can see their reactions face to face and to also double check if the units they got are working fine.
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    • Profile picture of the author jwpdad
      In the late '90's my partner and I developed some opt-in autoresponders and had some success, then email filters got more sophisticated. Shortly after that I did ebay and some pay-per-click, did well for a while but at the end mostly broke even. Have some adsense sites up now that do OK, always trying to find a balance between building more sites and taking time to enjoy life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aubaine
    I sold designer jeans on eBay in 2007, however, that fell apart when the wholesaler I dealt with was bought out and the prices jumped. So I went back to the corporate world... until now :]
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    • Profile picture of the author danr62
      I made $50 writing 50 articles. Too much work for that much money. Now I'm making tiny little bits of money with Adsense, Amazon, and Squidoo. I'm looking to increase those tiny bits to large chunks.
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  • Profile picture of the author wordydiva
    I made my first profit on ebay in 2002, stayed offline for a few years (got married) then ended up needing a way to work from home after having to move (got divorced) so I started freelance writing in 2005. I haven't been forced to deal with a commute for years .
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  • Profile picture of the author tonio79
    Hi there
    Great question and hope you are getting some ideas from this thread now!

    I made cash from creation. Creating videos, creating articles and writing reports.
    The more you love it the better you'll probably do as you will work hard at it and get the job done and stay hungry to make money.

    Keep it up!

    Tonio
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew NY
    I made my first profit online about a year and a half ago by selling information ebooks on how to hack on a hacking forum.

    However, my first legitimate IM income was from about 6 months ago when I started my first CPA campaign. I used article marketing by finding offers in the electronics niche (I am an electrical engineer and a big nerd) and wrote about the offers. I linked my domain redirect to the cpa offer, and just watched the money start slowly trickling in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jaymark
    Started in article marketing promoting some Clickbank products. Took a LOT of hits to my websites but I did make a few hundred dollars in commissions. I'm finding that writing online content for others (like articles and blog posts) is more in demand.
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  • Profile picture of the author bayumaulana2003
    March 2011, Clickbank $56, mens health niche..using 10 article on ezine :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Dzierba
    Spamming Facebook fanpage walls with CPA offers, back when Facebook was spammable. I've slowly migrated to pure white hat techniques, to avoid sue-happy companies like the aforementioned.
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  • Profile picture of the author JennSpencerIM
    The very first day we had our product for sale...on Ebay actually! That was about 2.5 years ago!
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  • Profile picture of the author NiallR
    Ahhhhh I remember it well - it was about 2003. I got a $64 check for selling a piece of software for stopping junk e-mail - well 3 copies of it. I felt like I'd won the lottery because it was proof that affiliate marketing works :-D

    The worst part is that as your income grows you can get really complacent about what you're earning. Never get complacent and NEVER rely on a single source of online income because it can vanish overnight if things change.
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    • Profile picture of the author RemingtonSteele
      I have a story similar to that of NiallR's...My first profit online came in 2002 when I promoted a product called "Millionaire at 31 on the Internet" by Stephan Ducharme. I had doubts about the whole IM thing, but when I logged into my affiliate account one day and saw that I'd made a $75 commission, I thought, "Holy s&%#! It works!" Unfortunately, it was a one-hit-wonder, as I never made another dime on the Internet until some years later.
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  • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
    by writing original articles for an online employer... much gratitude to you sir!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Wilhite
    30 years ago into the mobile industry from being a cheerleader.... and thus now I am the "Mobile Marketing Queen"
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  • Profile picture of the author gskesavan
    Back in 2004 .. first time ever, when I was 14 .. I made a website for a club in Dallas. They paid me 350 bucks. Exciting and unforgettable memories.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony C
    eBay selling certified pre-owned (aka used) computer and networking hardware plus some gov surplus.
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  • Profile picture of the author idk007
    i was 14 spamming aol. i had created a program that would scrap chatrooms and email them adult stuff. made $1000 in a week, got freaked out after my parents asked where i got the money from and then just did programming.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidTT
    PPC with the crappiest way ever! haha

    I would direct link an affiliate link and lets say you had a brand name such as warriorforum, Id switch it to forumwarrior. it would cost me less than $0.05 a click and convert amazingly.

    damn I miss those days when it was so easy to make sales.
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    • Profile picture of the author sonic74
      I made my first profit online back to 2006 selling physical products via e-commerce sites.

      I was promoting products from local companies for a commission !

      I found more easy to sell physical products online than digital products
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  • Profile picture of the author chewmike
    i made my first profit online by using Microworkers and PTC (Paid To Click). It was 2 years back. I'm still continue using them.
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    • Profile picture of the author fudiloveties
      I made first profit on ebay on 2003.
      now ,I am running my own site,which sells high quality silk ties,cufflinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Lawless
    Originally Posted by canhdong90 View Post

    I get first money from articles marketing, December 2010.
    How did you do this Canhdong90?
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  • Profile picture of the author Cam Connor
    Originally Posted by italiandude View Post

    I always like about hearing how people got started online. So how did you make your first profit online?

    I think it was an e-mail submit through MSN adCenter... oddly enough. lol How times have changed.
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