what's your true story? How did you make your first dollar online?

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Share your true story and how you got started online. What were the difficulties and 'heart aches' you faced to earn your first dollar online?

Our story might help newbies to figure out what it takes to achieve success online and there are no push button magic pills that will make you a millionaire overnight.

Here's my true story...

I was 17 years old when I learned about search engines, a wonderful tool that gives information about any dam thing present on this planet earth.

And just like everyone, I was passionate to make tons of money quickly and easily. So I started hunting for ways to make money online on search engines.

I spend thousands of hours researching and testing number of ways to make dollars right from my bedroom.

I tried MLM's, get rich quick schemes, reading emails, surfing for cash, surveys and lots of other stuff I could ever recollect.

But all that I received in return was a truckload of frustration, disappointment and on the way I wasted hours of my valuable time and money trying all this stuff.

Sounds similar, Right?

My first website bombed severely. I put in around $1000 and approx. 6 months developing that site.

I was really really frustrated with this internet thing, I just can't express, and once the pressure increased to such an extent that I had severe pain in my heart and I was hospitalized for the same...

- Cardiologist told me to have a cup of coffee and relax if I had pain the next time. That was simply an overload of stress showing its face in the form of severe heart pain that I had at the age of 17.

But my passion towards succeeding on the internet far exceeded than the problems that I faced, this really forced the circumstances to change for the good.

I created my second site loading it with few resell rights products and finally I made my first sale of $24.95. That was the MOST exciting day of my life.

I combined the power of article marketing, list building, resell right products and now PLR products to make my first sale.

From that point in my life I got a way. I kept learning and improving and my next site made me over 20k.

It was a wonderful but painful journey.

Lets hear your story and how you got started online. Probably this thread will be a motivational factor for newbies...
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  • Profile picture of the author FileRev
    I started off with content gateways :3
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    • Profile picture of the author IMWinner
      I started making money online about 3 years ago; I started writing articles online which pays for only $.75 with 300 words per articles. It was quite demanding for I still have other job to attain too. The most difficult thing is that some articles need much attention and research for most of the article assigned to me is not familiar to me or I don't have any idea about it. Earning my first $ 60 within 3 months from writing articles from different employer is not bad at the time. It's not easy to earn money online especially if your new to this business. It takes time and effort!
      Start doing what you love to do, everything follows. But of course try to explore and don't stop learning new things.
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      • Profile picture of the author murtuza
        Originally Posted by IMWinner View Post

        I started making money online about 3 years ago; I started writing articles online which pays for only $.75 with 300 words per articles. It was quite demanding for I still have other job to attain too. The most difficult thing is that some articles need much attention and research for most of the article assigned to me is not familiar to me or I don't have any idea about it. Earning my first $ 60 within 3 months from writing articles from different employer is not bad at the time. It's not easy to earn money online especially if your new to this business. It takes time and effort!
        Start doing what you love to do, everything follows. But of course try to explore and don't stop learning new things.
        thanks for sharing. I too used to write articles for other marketers to make some quick bucks in my initial days online. It is a great source of income and can support you till the time you are making money from your website...
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        • Profile picture of the author IMWinner
          Originally Posted by murtuza View Post

          thanks for sharing. I too used to write articles for other marketers to make some quick bucks in my initial days online. It is a great source of income and can support you till the time you are making money from your website...
          Until now, I am still writing articles since I haven't left my daytime job yet as a university faculty but I am on the transition period of being a full time faculty to a full time Internet Marketing boss. I was introduced to this IM world by a friend and I don't have the knowledge or any idea about the things to do. I had no money to start and no idea what and where to start. He had told me that I could start by providing my services as an article writer.
          It all started there and had even helped me paid my bills and other things I need until today, aside from my daytime job and a site that I started to create.
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  • Profile picture of the author That Guy
    I'm still taking my baby steps in internet marketing but I made my first dollar the same day I got my first adsense click. I'm 18, finished my first year of uni, and started because I wanted to change my hobby of video games to a more profitable activity.

    I spent the end of April learning all about internet marketing, SEO, and all that, so on May 1, 2011 I decided that it would be time to finally take action. My plan was to work on internet marketing as best I could after my 9-5 job, but of course life gets in the way of that. Otherwise, everytime I was home I would open my laptop up and get to work/ browse this forum.

    Found a niche I thought was truly amazing since it had VERY low competition on first page and had 3000+ local searches a month. Soon found out about the "exact" option on Google Keyword Tool. Turns out it only gets 590 exact searches/month. I still stuck with it because it was my first site and I figured that since the competition was so easy that I'd be able to make my first attempt at getting to rank #1 on Google, especially since I got the exact match domain.

    I created four other related keyword pages and started my backlinking campaign to get them all ranked. Since I didn't have any software at the time, I went with just blog commenting using a free list of do-follow blogs listed on this forum. I found myself going up in the SERPs for 4/5 keywords as well as getting some consistent traffic.

    Near the end of May I got my first click and to my surprise it was for $0.97. That was a day of triumph. I was going at a much faster pace than I initially anticipated. I didn't even expect to reach my first click until the second or third month from all of the "Making 0 Dollars!!!- Quitting IM" threads. June was an even better month, but July I took a "huge" hit from what I was making in June. But now in August, I get a steady 1-3 clicks/day and seeing some actual progress. (although my CPC is went down from the initial ~$1/click)

    By the way, I'm still not even ranked #1 for that site I was talking about. I recently was bumped up to #3 which was also exciting. Most traffic comes from long tail keywords. Also I made four more micro niche sites and hopefully in four months they'll grow to become an equal or better site than my first one.

    Basically that's my ENTIRE internet marketing story!

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    • Profile picture of the author murtuza
      Originally Posted by That Guy View Post

      I'm still taking my baby steps in internet marketing but I made my first dollar the same day I got my first adsense click. I'm 18, finished my first year of uni, and started because I wanted to change my hobby of video games to a more profitable activity.

      I spent the end of April learning all about internet marketing, SEO, and all that, so on May 1, 2011 I decided that it would be time to finally take action. My plan was to work on internet marketing as best I could after my 9-5 job, but of course life gets in the way of that. Otherwise, everytime I was home I would open my laptop up and get to work/ browse this forum.

      Found a niche I thought was truly amazing since it had VERY low competition on first page and had 3000+ local searches a month. Soon found out about the "exact" option on Google Keyword Tool. Turns out it only gets 590 exact searches/month. I still stuck with it because it was my first site and I figured that since the competition was so easy that I'd be able to make my first attempt at getting to rank #1 on Google, especially since I got the exact match domain.

      I created four other related keyword pages and started my backlinking campaign to get them all ranked. Since I didn't have any software at the time, I went with just blog commenting using a free list of do-follow blogs listed on this forum. I found myself going up in the SERPs for 4/5 keywords as well as getting some consistent traffic.

      Near the end of May I got my first click and to my surprise it was for $0.97. That was a day of triumph. I was going at a much faster pace than I initially anticipated. I didn't even expect to reach my first click until the second or third month from all of the "Making 0 Dollars!!!- Quitting IM" threads. June was an even better month, but July I took a "huge" hit from what I was making in June. But now in August, I get a steady 1-3 clicks/day and seeing some actual progress. (although my CPC is went down from the initial ~$1/click)

      By the way, I'm still not even ranked #1 for that site I was talking about. I recently was bumped up to #3 which was also exciting. Most traffic comes from long tail keywords. Also I made four more micro niche sites and hopefully in four months they'll grow to become an equal or better site than my first one.

      Basically that's my ENTIRE internet marketing story!

      -Mark
      Thanks for sharing your story. I would advise you to stick with one niche and be an expert within it.

      Study all the top products within that niche, grab all the info out there, create top notch products and build a huge product line, pick up the best affiliate products, setup a series of follow up emails and start building your list and finally test everything out there to drive tons of traffic within that niche.

      The HUGE benefit to stick with one niche is that you will gradually grow and build an authority at one point of time, this is where BIG money lies. Adsense is good but I personally feel BIG money is made with high ticket products in the range of $500 to $1000 and high ticket monthly coaching programs in the range of $200 to $1000 per month. To reach to this point you have to be an expert, no short cuts...
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  • Profile picture of the author manny2513
    ohhh I remember my first buck like it was yesterday. I was so exited. Actually it was $247 from promoting CPA on Craigslist when it was still allowed on most networks. I have come a long way since those good old days.
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  • Profile picture of the author ultimates
    lol I posted the same type of thread as this a couple days ago. If anyone wants to read mine they can just search it. But love hearing success stories.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheSEOWizard
    I made my first bucks online at the end of 2006. To be frank, I was just bored the hell out of my new internet connection. I kept chatting and orkutting (orkut was brand new and quite popular especially in India in those days) and got bored due to the wastage of time. I had also left my job for a few months as my finals were coming near and so I did not have much to do. Then I saw about ethical hacking and a few websites where you could practice it. It was interesting as it was mainly hacking games and there I first learned about HTML etc. Then I realized that it might be more interesting if I used those html and coding for building websites as that would be constructive work. So, I built my first webhost on a free host and a couple of more free ones. Those were plan html pages websites and were on crappy subdomains which I took like nearly a week to build. I also got my adsense approved from that site. Then I expanded and gradually bought paid hosting, domains and have never looked back. Experience has made me successful and there is no shortcut to experience in the field of websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mac the Knife
    Mine started on eBay.

    I bought a $37 book, HOW TO MAKE MONEY ON EBAY! Was about '96 I think. Anyways, of course the book told you how to set up an account, sell your existing junk, put some money in your pocket, etc. Then it went on to talk about wholesaling and how to buy stuff cheap and sell it for more...you know, how a REAL store does! Well, that is where I wanted to make my dough...

    Instead of trial and error and wasting a ton of money, I just contacted the dude who wrote the ebook...I told him how much I liked his info, and that I wanted into the action where HE was (based on what he said, he was already making a killing in the wholesale game and he was a POWERSELLER and I verified his auctions via ebay...he was selling A LOT!) Anyways, by taking this action, turns out my timing was spot on. As it so happened, this guy had locked into a HUGE stash of ab rollers-he said they were $8 each if we bought a few hundred, but he was sure he could sell them for upwards of $45. His problem was...he had no storage space and this company wouldn't drop ship...ENTER: My garage.

    At the time, I was in my early 20's, and still living with mom and dad. Without checking with them, I told the guy "Tell you what...you ship them here, you sell them, and I will receive the money and ship them out." I SWEAR ON MY LIFE...the guy sent me 300 ab rollers...he didn't know me from Adam, nor did I pay a dime. The deal was struck over the phone and through email...he trusted me thankfully and we were in business.

    Well, when my dad went into the garage after work and saw those palettes of ab rollers he said "Linda, I think Mac robbed a truck full of exercise equipment!!!" He was concerned, to say the least. He did not for one second believe I struck the deal I did, but as the checks started showing up in the mailbox (not a one was done by Paypal although it was around, checks still ruled the day on ebay) he changed his mind. Anyways, I made a little over $5000 on that deal and I realized the power of the internet. Since that time, I have been making money via the internet in one way or the other...thankfully, my income has steadily gone up and I haven't had a boss for quite some time.

    The deals and opportunities are out there...don't be afraid to ask for what you want, and it is often up to YOU to make it happen. If you really want success via the internet, it is absolutely possible!!!

    Mac the Knife
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  • Profile picture of the author Sumdor
    My first check arrived in 2010 when i decided to begin blogging. It was AdSense and since then i've also received payments from Chitika, Infolinks, etc. However, never been able to make money from ClickBank or affiliate marketing schemes
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  • Profile picture of the author blink77
    Last November and December 2010 I started selling ereaders on line. Using Google adwords I advertised and sold 22,000 in Color Nooks from Barnes and Noble. My commission was 6% and advertising cost 7% so I did not make any money in the end but the things I learned and excitement along the way was worth the 1% expense. Since then I have focused on SEO and other means of free advertising with my other websites. It's been a slow process but I am selling.


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  • Profile picture of the author EugeneA
    I started off with a pre-built site, bad idea lol. I made no sales.

    But back then It seemed smart. I soon started blogging and became good with WP.

    I added some Ads and made a few dollars.

    From there I decided that I knew enough to build my own site. I found some one to

    help me out and everything just went from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author XYZcontent
    I made my absolute first dollar on a PTC site called Neobux, a long time ago..
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I started 15 years ago by offering a resume writing/editing service. It was what I knew. That's my first tip to those struggling to come up with something to make money online... start with what you know really well. I had been a recruiter and trainer for a large corporation. I'd probably seen over 1500 resumes and I was trained in what to look for and what to ignore. So I offered that kind of service through networking on AOL and on many BBS boards. You younger folks won't even know what a BBS is, but it was a great way to drum up business for a service back then. That's my second tip... go where the people who need your service or product hang out. Meet them where they already are. Don't expect them to come to you or you'll go hungry.

    Now I'm in the IM niche. That's why I hang out here.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author Warrior X
    Services, services, services.

    For me, it was writing content and copy for the web.

    Still is actually...thought I'm selling more products now, mostly thanks to WF.
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  • Profile picture of the author Earl Smith
    I made my first dollar online 4 years ago when I first started doing video production, a few of my buddies had an office downtown & I went in one day to show them what I came up with for a video project I was doing & from right there they wanted me to do some work for them online. Now this wasn't my first online gig but I seen what they where doing & I wanted in so they showed me how to apply my skills online & turn it into a full time business. The first buck I made was right here in the warrior forum for a graphics service I posted, I made 175.00 off my first gig online & haven't turned back since. Now I have more than a few projects in the works on a daily basis & I plan on staying like that for a long while.
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    • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
      I made my first money by offering a video service for sale here on the forum almost 2 years ago. I lost my day job and I'm doing that full time offline and online now. That's as far as I've gone although I do have some plans for next year.
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  • Profile picture of the author rrm
    Mine was WAY different than most. Sold inservices to long-term care facilities in my state that help caregivers to be in compliance with state rules and regulations. Still do that, among other things. I advertise totally offline with postcards. They buy and download my inservices online.

    That site of mine is proof that you can make money in a niche that has absolutely abysmal search engine results, virtually no online competition but no demand, either. Something that no one actually wants to buy and only very few do. But it's made me several thousand of those little green papers.

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  • Profile picture of the author granolagangsta
    I made my first dollar as an affiliate for an online casino. Back when they paid out huge upfront cpa's just for a new customer. I made this website that would match there deposit which was less than my commission and it made it risk free for them to gamble. It didnt last long though because they changed there payment structure into a % of what your referred customer lost gamblng...

    Ive been through many products on my journey to making money online. Now I create websites about things that I am passionate about and those seem to convert better and maintain better rankings in the engine. No homeruns yet but I wouldnt trade it for any of the jobs I've had. Creating sites and products around what you like makes it fun and thats when the magic happens. Keep trying and never give up!!
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  • Profile picture of the author PatrickP
    what's your true story? How did you make your first dollar online?

    Online gambling 11 years ago. What a wild ride it was back then. Unfortunately you can't do it like that anymore.

    Edit: I just saw the post above mine. Do you remember Casino On Net? How about fatbonus?




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  • Profile picture of the author Christi
    I made my first money online with my affiliate website.
    The very first sale actually came from my mother-in-law who bought a few books from Amazon through an affiliate link on our website (before Amazon dropped California affiliates). That gave us a commission of about 36 cents ,only for Amazon to take it back a couple days later because they don't pay commission for purchases made by you or family members (she and hubby had the same last name and the same address, so they figured :confused. Lol!!
    A few days after that we made another sale on CJ which gave us a commission of $1.28. I was so over the moon that we had our first "real" sale, meaning not from someone who's family or friends with us. Unfortunately the next day we realized it was my husband's uncle who had made that purchase - ugh!
    Another bummer but at least we got to keep the commission, lol!!

    Fortunately all our sales nowadays come from people we don't know and who don't know us
    Our first sale from a non-family member was actually quite high for affiliate marketing - it was for a commission of $17.70 on Linkshare.
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    • Profile picture of the author murtuza
      Originally Posted by Christi View Post

      I made my first money online with my affiliate website.
      The very first sale actually came from my mother-in-law who bought a few books from Amazon through an affiliate link on our website (before Amazon dropped California affiliates). That gave us a commission of about 36 cents ,only for Amazon to take it back a couple days later because they don't pay commission for purchases made by you or family members (she and hubby had the same last name and the same address, so they figured :confused. Lol!!
      A few days after that we made another sale on CJ which gave us a commission of $1.28. I was so over the moon that we had our first "real" sale, meaning not from someone who's family or friends with us. Unfortunately the next day we realized it was my husband's uncle who had made that purchase - ugh!
      hahaha that sounds lil funny... you had to struggle alot seeing your first dollar
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Gable
    I wrote an ebook.

    Only did "SEO"cause I thought paying for traffic was "stupid" : )

    And a few months later had my first sale. It was an incredible feeling, as everyone says.
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  • Profile picture of the author mayan21
    I think i have posted something in this debate but i cant see me post now :O
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  • Profile picture of the author Peachy23
    For me. I went to Hyip I've got profits. But when I stuck with it I've lost... A lot!

    That's how I gain my 1st dollar.

    Ps. I quit it a long time.
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  • Profile picture of the author 2011
    oh...that nice topic,

    my 1st dollar was from adbrite but soon after that i have changed my ad service to google as they approves me and i am currently earnings 3 figures only from adsense

    this is my story!
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    • Profile picture of the author MIRENGE
      To be very honest i made my first dollar online from ad sense. As the saying goes do not despise a humble beginning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Donne
    after promoting clickbank products till i was blue in the face, with no success, I made my first money with CPA and continue with it several years later, and make a lot of money. Its simple and its quick. Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author artistic
    wrote article for just 1$ per 500 words. And earned 200$+ in next 2 months
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  • Profile picture of the author Damian Kitchen
    My first adventures into making money online came from selling concert tickets (i was evil back then) on ebay about 6 years ago, then i moved onto trading smartphones and accessories. I soon realised that although i did ok, it was harder and harder to find good suppliers, worrying about delivering physical goods, will they get there in one piece etc...

    From the money i made on ebay i went on a backpacking trip for a few months, then came back to the real world got back into the daily routine but i always knew i was destined for something better, with more freedom.

    So a month ago i started looking into the "digital products" instant download kind of products and now i'm trying to build a solid foundation for a long term business in the I-M niche. Going to be tough long road ahead, but i LOVE A CHALLENGE and the rewards at the end will be well worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    I think I made my first ever dollar online by writing for associated content. Too bad they suck now. I still get like $40-50/month from them on performance payments, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author PhodM
    Well am quite new and am glad to have seen my first few dollars..

    It was July 2011(YES THAT RECENT!) and i was fed up with the wheel screeching. I got on Fiverr.com, posted a gig and hoped for the best..

    Well...about 3 weeks later some guy wanted my Gig, so i promptly did it for him(as you can imagine i was super excited) and he liked the work..and he ordered again..and again..and another guy and another guy..

    i'll be honest with you folks, i Have not made more than $100 yet,but what I have done is break my mental disbelief that MMO is not for me..Sure Fiverr is a super slow way to go about it,but it is certainly a lot better than hoping and wishing that one day Manna will fall from the sky and help you get extra cash!

    Thats me story..not glam..not life changing..but for me, something to be a bit happy about
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  • Profile picture of the author misharuski
    I made my first dollar with my Internet Marketing blog through adsense =)
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguel Oliveira
    Great post with lots of insight.

    My first dollar came from an affiliate website on World of Warcraft. I didn't have any marketing plan, SEO strategy, or even keyword research. I just built a website with lots of tips and guides and focused on delivering content and even though I was in a highly competitive market I got around $500 from that website, before I decided to redo it and start applying SEO - since then I closed the site because it stopped making me money (it can be because that market is dying).
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    • Profile picture of the author Horrid Mischief
      Like many I got started making money online via ebay. A woman I worked with was talking about all the money she was making selling her stuff so I took a bunch of pictures of things to sell, had the photo-lab put them on a CD for me and went online to start selling. (Well before digital cameras were cheap and popular!) I sold a broken plastic cap gun that looked real enough for $37.00 bucks to some guy in California! (Maybe it ended up in a movie or something, who knows!)

      But that was more of an online yard sale than anything else, cuz eventually you would run out of "stuff" to sell. I built my first website after that by hiring a coder who whipped up a classified ad site I hoped to get some advertising money from. I signed up with Commission Junction and put some related banners on there and had someone buy something that earned me about ten bucks. That was cool but no where near covering the expenses of building the site, which never really took off as it was in too small of a niche.

      I eventually moved on to publishing material in PDF/EBook for another very small nich that I enjoy, which makes me several hundred dollars a month on average. I call it "part-time job money" but I feel like I've been playing in the kiddie pool with it so I've recently started expanding my endeavors which led me here to WF!
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  • Profile picture of the author sam12six
    Heh, I made and lost my first dollars at the same time.

    When I first got interested in all things IM, I was that dilettante newbie who read everything and tried everything (but only for a couple of days). My first effort was a crappy little 5 page site for a clickbank product. Having read bum marketing, I wrote and submitted 3 or 4 articles to Ezinearticles. Once this was done, I lost interest and went on to other things, completely abandoning the site.

    I spent a couple of years chasing the bright, shiny advertisements until I came full circle and developed a revived interest in affiliate sales. Reminiscing about that terrible first effort of mine, I decided to check to see if there were any products on CB I was interested in promoting. Logging in, I discovered that that original site, done in an hour and barely promoted had been actually made several sales (the commissions for which clickbank was happy to take from me for inactivity).

    The day I saw that was the day I started getting more serious. I learned a ton of lessons from that first site.
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    • Profile picture of the author murtuza
      Originally Posted by sam12six View Post

      Heh, I made and lost my first dollars at the same time.

      When I first got interested in all things IM, I was that dilettante newbie who read everything and tried everything (but only for a couple of days). My first effort was a crappy little 5 page site for a clickbank product. Having read bum marketing, I wrote and submitted 3 or 4 articles to Ezinearticles. Once this was done, I lost interest and went on to other things, completely abandoning the site.

      I spent a couple of years chasing the bright, shiny advertisements until I came full circle and developed a revived interest in affiliate sales. Reminiscing about that terrible first effort of mine, I decided to check to see if there were any products on CB I was interested in promoting. Logging in, I discovered that that original site, done in an hour and barely promoted had been actually made several sales (the commissions for which clickbank was happy to take from me for inactivity).

      The day I saw that was the day I started getting more serious. I learned a ton of lessons from that first site.
      Thanks for sharing your story, here comes the power of FOCUS.

      Focus on one niche, one site and make it the best, this is my principle.

      Your one niche and one site should have the BEST products, Many products, Excellent content, powerful list building campaign with solid sales funnel, HUGE traffic, lots of content pages on your site with good silo, lsi, linking structure and rankings. In short if you focus on one thing it expands and it will finally end up making you serious income. Just my 2 cents...

      People will look at you as an expert and will start doing business with you and purchase your products. Do what you love and be the best at it...
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    I got VERY lucky. I made about 25k in a few months. The advatage is that I had the money and knew I could do it. The disadvatage is that I thought it was that easy. How did I do it? I found out where the sharks were biting and threw them the chum.

    Note: Sometimes the hard part is finding the right chum.
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    • Profile picture of the author athenistic
      In 2007, my entire department was closed because my boss managed to make $2.5 million vanish into thin air.

      Determined not to have anyone in control of my paycheck but me, I researched making money online. I had no idea what I was doing.

      I set up a website, joined some CPA networks, and started blogging about a topic I really didn't have much interest in. Bad mistake. That lasted about a month, but in that month I made 3 sales for a CJ advertiser that made me a whopping $18, and another $2 from adsense. It proved to me that there was money to be made.

      After that, I started contracting as a web developer, but even with my own business providing services to a select client list I find myself returning to affiliate and internet marketing, because I still don't feel like I'm in control of my own paycheck.
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      • Profile picture of the author netlexis
        eHow articles and then moved on to HubPages for Adsense and Amazon bucks. Since I know it's possible to make money online (hard as it can be sometimes), I'm working on my own sites and earning upfront pay as a writer for others.
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  • Profile picture of the author noahawebster
    I started 12 years ago. I loved the possibilities that I thought the world wide web offered. And at nearly 40 years of age I started over with a totally new profession. I wouldn't call it a career that would be far too grand a term for it!

    I got my first order via my accountant (who promptly took 1/3 of the sale price). I had a friend who knew this new fangled html stuff (he took ages to build the site, and took a 1/3 cut of the sale)

    The site was horrible so I had to learn html, then some javascript (JS shopping carts were all the rage at that time), then PHP & MySQl....

    It took me two years of pretty much earning nothing then I got a lucky break and got a contract that paid me nicely for 10 days work per month.

    I then started up a company with a friend where we grew sales online from 0 to about $25million per year. Then we sold it.

    Happy days. I love the Internet - anyone can do it - everything I learned I learned for free from the many helpful resources on the web. It just takes a lot of graft and a pinch of luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    I had an eBay store selling collector's vinyl and promo CDs, and it was probably '90s
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  • Profile picture of the author Tracey_Meagher
    The first money I earned online was a 0.03 adsense click waaaay back! It was months before I got another one ... this time for 0.01 !!!
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    • Profile picture of the author sethdrebitko
      My first money I made was when I purchased the rights to a role playing game that I love when they went up for sale. I didn't want it to end up in the hands of a company that would tarnish the open feel of things I had grown to love. One thing that was great was that it had a built in community of folks who loved it as much as I do.

      I figured I could ever so slowly earn my money back, and maybe even my hosting, and so I worked adsense into my forum. Less than 2 months later I have around a 25% click through rate and earn around $10 a month. I thought not to shabby considering I'm not trying and I decided to dive into the IM world.

      Now I am just trying to kinda find my place and see what angle is the direction that is right for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I sold my first audio ebook at eBay.

    Later, I wrote more ebooks and I continued selling them from my website.

    I never had any success with affiliate products; only selling my own ebooks.
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  • Profile picture of the author loveis
    Hope I can make dollars tomorrow
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  • Profile picture of the author Rough Outline
    The official first time I made money online was through eBay but to me that doesn't really count, as I never sold on eBay in the business sense, just to get rid of stuff.

    When I was 14/15 I was having a big clear out of stuff, put all of it on eBay and got interested in selling on eBay, I joined a money making forum for eBay, I sourced some suppliers and planned to buy in the bulk and make a tidy profit on eBay BUT I needed a load of money to get started. There was a thread on the forum about ways to make money online quickly and easily, most suggested the same old stuff like selling unwanted items.

    One person said to try this site called DigitalPoint because apparently you could get paid to write, when I first heard this, I didn't know about the many facets of internet marketing, so as soon as I heard that, I just though SCAM SCAM SCAM, you can't make money online like that.

    Anyway I joined Digital Point and low and behold, I started making money online, in about two weeks I made about $200, I was absolutely buzzing and starting to believe you could make real money online. I was trundling along making money, at the time it was big money but looking back I was massively underselling my services because I didn't know their value.

    Then I got into a pretty heated debate with another poster on Digital Point via the PM system, it went from vitriolic insults being slung to apologies then encouraging words of advice. The person who I had been arguing with recommended the Warrior Forum to me, I checked it out and was completely taken aback by it, I didn't have a clue what to do and quickly left.

    Then my uncle who had been involved in affiliate marketing for a few years sent me a few ebooks and I slowly got more into internet marketing, moving away from providing services. This is when I made my come back to Warrior Forum, I looked at everything knowledgable eyes. Before I didn't understand that was being discussed, now I can easily sift through the BS and find the gold.

    Anyway, at this point, I was offering my writing and keyword research services and making real money. I had a few very lucrative clients, one client stood out and was paying me $150 per article. Since then I've moved more and more away from the heavily time consuming jobs like writing and concentrated on more lucrative, less time consuming services like video creation and voice work whilst also building my own sites.
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  • The FIRST dollar I ever made online was on ebay. I had school books to sell and ended up making a nice profit. That was a one-time thing though.

    I've had some success with affiliate programs. But am not focused on creating my own products now.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidG
    I started a few years back with adsense/affiliate sites. I failed miserably and instead focused on my college work.

    Exactly last sept I started back up again - but this time learned all about SEO. On November I made my first dollar selling my SEO services.


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  • Profile picture of the author Arief Ramadhan
    I've made my first bucks at 19 February this year. It comes from my first sales at Fiverr gigs that offering rewrite an article and just like you, it was the MOST exciting day for me

    Till 30th May I've made 6 sales at Fiverr then I decided to move from Fiverr to Web Flipping at Flippa. I build brand new site then flip it for $56, not bad for newbie like me. Then I build another site and it sold for $197! How cool is that ? Till dates I've build 6 site and they are sold 100%.
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    • Profile picture of the author murtuza
      Originally Posted by ariefrizkyr View Post

      I've made my first bucks at 19 February this year. It comes from my first sales at Fiverr gigs that offering rewrite an article and just like you, it was the MOST exciting day for me

      Till 30th May I've made 6 sales at Fiverr then I decided to move from Fiverr to Web Flipping at Flippa. I build brand new site then flip it for $56, not bad for newbie like me. Then I build another site and it sold for $197! How cool is that ? Till dates I've build 6 site and they are sold 100%.
      Ohhh, that's excellent buddy. During my initial days I too tried site flipping and did not have much success. But list building, article marketing combined with seo worked well with me including PLR, MRR and resell rights stuff.

      However I learned you need to focus on one thing and do it best so decided to solely focus on what works for me. All the best with your site flipping dude and thanks for posting...
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  • Profile picture of the author kuangzhuang
    For me,I upload products make dollars
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  • Profile picture of the author Hostpany
    I signed up to a CPA network and earn 500 dollar a month with ease. I used PPC to promote offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gama Seva
    My first $9 was from business plan template I sold on eBay.
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  • Profile picture of the author kudu
    Article writing on freelance websites - just like quite a few people who've already posted. I was most successful with freelancer and vworker. It was difficult landing the first bid. Once I did and completed the project successfully with good reviews, it was easier from then on. I could pick and choose the better-paying projects.

    I then went on to take IM coaching because I had tried so many things and really wasn't making any significant income. My coach is Chris Farrell (voted the best IM service company for 2010) and he's damn good. So that's how I finally moved away from article writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Wrote a 25 page report and sold it for $27 from my website.
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  • Profile picture of the author YourProfessional
    I made my first twenty bucks with payperpost.com I made $500 my first month with them! Back then it was easy to get accepted by them and making money, lol!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe R Piercey
    Offering services on this forum. I made money within 24 hours. I was so happy
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