Do You Remember Your First Sale Online?

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I was reading a post from a member that had just made his first sale online and I could almost feel the excitement in his words as I read his post. This got me thinking...Even though it was over five years ago I still remember the first product I ever sold online. It was a antivirus program marketed through Clickbank and I used a PPC Google ad to make the sale.

Knowing nothing about PPC at the time I think I made less than $1 profit but the feeling of making that sale got me addicted to IM!

Do you remember your first sale?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Gable
    You bet I do. Mine was 2 months or so in the making because I created my own product (ebook, which I still sell regularly today) and I wrote the sales copy.

    It feels great doesnt it! But there always more thing to look forward to, like your first $100 day, then $200, and so on. But I dont think anything compares to that first sale.

    Probably because it is when you realize that it really can be done.
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    • Profile picture of the author VinnyBock
      My very first sale earned me over 100$ in commission. It was article sumission software, a refund was requested less than 24 hours later... LOL
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      • Profile picture of the author TheKeys
        Originally Posted by VinnyBock View Post

        My very first sale earned me over 100$ in commission. It was article sumission software, a refund was requested less than 24 hours later... LOL
        Ha, thats life! But sad
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      • Profile picture of the author scsheldon33
        Originally Posted by VinnyBock View Post

        My very first sale earned me over 100$ in commission. It was article sumission software, a refund was requested less than 24 hours later... LOL
        Oh man...that was not a good experience but I'm sure you'll be getting another 1 which probably you already have
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    • Profile picture of the author BlueCollar
      Originally Posted by Ashley Gable View Post

      You bet I do. Mine was 2 months or so in the making because I created my own product (ebook, which I still sell regularly today) and I wrote the sales copy.

      It feels great doesnt it! But there always more thing to look forward to, like your first $100 day, then $200, and so on. But I dont think anything compares to that first sale.

      Probably because it is when you realize that it really can be done.
      I also went on to produce my own product which I marketed through CB for four years before selling the site early this year.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Allard
    I made money from article writing for a while before making my first product. It was a dating guide and I sold it for $5, only sold one copy lol. But seeing that email made my week!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adharna
    lol, my first sale is dvd on amazon, $0,23
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  • Profile picture of the author salamony86
    My first sale was making a review site for a product in CJ. It made me about $200... however, the site still drives traffic yet does not make any more money!
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    • Profile picture of the author DaveWildash
      Sitting in a cinema about to watch The Phantom Menace I received a text from my wife saying I had made my first sale.

      It was almost enough to distract me from all the plot holes!
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  • Profile picture of the author ColinChia
    HaHa! AWESOME thread...

    Definitely remember that day - sweeet smell of success a mere $3.54 at the beginning of November many, many years ago on a Christmas affiliate site I made - I went on to make my first $350 that season.

    Never looked back since

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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    Sure do...July 1st, 2011

    Actually had 2 sales of $19.97... it might have well been a million!

    The relief of knowing it IS real...Priceless!

    Unfortunately, after buying 4 domains, busting my butt to learn SEO and get the site on page... the creator pulled the product! (So, I basically broke even...LOL)
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    • Profile picture of the author Ashley Gable
      Originally Posted by art72 View Post

      Sure do...July 1st, 2011

      Actually had 2 sales of $19.97... it might have well been a million!

      The relief of knowing it IS real...Priceless!

      Unfortunately, after buying 4 domains, busting my butt to learn SEO and get the site on page... the creator pulled the product! (So, I basically broke even...LOL)
      You should of created your own similar product, and sold it just like you did his. Of course you would of needed a new sales letter, but still.
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      • Profile picture of the author art72
        Originally Posted by Ashley Gable View Post

        You should of created your own similar product, and sold it just like you did his. Of course you would of needed a new sales letter, but still.
        No argument there ^^^^

        The sales letter being the easy part, the "tech stuff" is where I am a bit green. I believe to have tackled SEO, and a good deal of the tech stuff, but still a ways from 'what' I want to produce/present. (*Credibility factor)

        There is always the option to outsource and pay others, and yet I am determined to learn enough to be self-sufficient all-around, before exploring (or better still... employing) such options.

        You absolutely right, the product was a simple eBook, with a video package upsell, and 100% commission on the front end, 50% commissions on the backend. (*Made it an easy sell, and opened my eyes to 'what' I need to do next!)

        The only difference was the book was written by a "Best Selling Author" -working on that too...

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  • Profile picture of the author t0mmy
    yup i remember it like it was yesterday....

    thing is a lot of people dont make a lot at the start or make nothing for a long time and this discourages a lot of people from keeping going in this business, the key to success in this game is to keep trying and trying!

    I was fortunate to see results quite early in my IM career, I made my first money with cb products promoting a mystery shopping offer on classified websites lol hey i was new! but anyway it worked almost instantly... I was hooked! the rest is history as they say.....
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  • Profile picture of the author bizlinkx
    Sure the easiest way to make sales online is probably on e-bay. That's how I got started, and its probably the easiest way to learn the art of selling.


    Look for great selling items for cheap and get your feet wet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Digital Empire
    My first online sale was for $10. Best feeling ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author mysteryleaves
    it was way back in 2000 l made an affiliate sale l think it was about $10 lol how time flys
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  • Profile picture of the author BabyMama
    My first sale online was when I first started out with MLM. I remember getting my first sign up to bring me $25 monthly commissions I was so excited I celebrated with my husband with a bottle of wine!

    I stopped with MLM a while back as I moved on to much easier internet marketing ventures lol but I still have the contact details for that subscriber and she still buys products from me every now and again lol
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  • Profile picture of the author WebMomentum
    Oddly enough, my first sale online was a domain name back in 1999. I'd be designing websites for a few years by that time and ran across afternic and saw what some domains were selling for. I registered a few domains. I sold one of them later that week for low to mid 4 figures. I thought it was easy money and spent about $2000 on more domains and didn't sell one of them - haha!
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  • Profile picture of the author IMWinner
    Very well, since that is my first time to receive my first payment from making some money online. And man, the feeling of having a first income online is a feeling of complete satisfaction at that time, and it was great. I earned $12 from writing articles, although I couldn't exactly remember how many articles I was writing at that time, but my client paid me $12 for my articles.
    Since that time, I always kept moving forward and have been using that experience to really improve on my IM business. If I already earned $12 from that time, I could earn more than $12 this time around. I have been setting that mindset that if I could earn $12, then I could earn $24, then if I could earn $24, then I could earn $48.
    It was a words of wisdom shared to me by my uncle which I really applied in my life. Never settle to a limit if you know you could do more than that.
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  • Profile picture of the author charlieboy61
    I have yet to make an online sale
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Sustar
    I remember it so vividly ... and to think it was more than 5 years ago, huh. How time flies.

    I was selling ad space on a couple of my websites before that, so it wasn't really the first time I made money online, actually I was already living off of my online income back then. However, it was the first time I actually put a product on the market, and the first sale felt absolutely amazing.

    I remember it was a $30.00 sale. My friend was just picking me up to go somewhere, and I made him come in and look at PayPal's email about the sale. I must've been glowing.

    @charlieboy61: The best of luck, IM is the most wonderful business on the planet once you get the hang of it. I have my fingers crossed for you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary McCaffrey
    I think I still have the cheque from my first ever sale in my parents house somewhere. I never cashed it. I remember taking it out with me and showing it to people who doubted me.

    That was back before paypal existed, I could only accept cheques in the mail.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jman9912
    I still haven't made my first sale yet. I'm working on putting up my first review site now. Hopefully, I get some kind of revenue pretty quickly to keep me motivated. Either way, I love the process so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author supershoesclub
    It would be a interesting topic, I think everyone remember the first sale clearly.my first sale is two years ago.which i sell on ebay with the fashion handbags. which bring me 50USD for the first time. it is really very excited to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alonzo White
    Absolutely!

    I made my first sale at the age of 17 (I'm now 23).

    It was for a guitar lessons product on Clickbank.

    I was promoting it using Google Adwords. I made $17.13 from the sale.

    That was the moment that I really started taking internet marketing seriously.

    Looking back now I wish I kept the check, but at the time I was pretty broke

    Anyway, nothing is like that first sale (even your first $500/day IMHO).
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    • Profile picture of the author WikiWarrior
      Great thread. I remember my first affiliate sale about 5 ot 6 years ago, it was for a World of Warcraft leveling guide. I put up a crappy landing page, bookmarked the bejesus out of it then never touched it again. At the time I was still running my mail-order business so I wasn't really focused on pushing the guide and quickly forgot all about it. About 3 months later I got a check through from Clickbank for just over $100. Took it down to the bank and they wouldn't let me deposit the damn thing (I'm in the UK). Long story short, I still have that Clickbank check to this day, gathering dust in one of my files and grossly out of date

      My first ebook sale was the best though, maybe 4 years or so ago I wrote a short guide for the Zynga poker game, it was for $17 and I leapt out of my chair and did a little victory dance.
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      • Profile picture of the author cooler1
        Originally Posted by YOUniversityLife View Post

        Great thread. I remember my first affiliate sale about 5 ot 6 years ago, it was for a World of Warcraft leveling guide. I put up a crappy landing page, bookmarked the bejesus out of it then never touched it again. At the time I was still running my mail-order business so I wasn't really focused on pushing the guide and quickly forgot all about it. About 3 months later I got a check through from Clickbank for just over $100. Took it down to the bank and they wouldn't let me deposit the damn thing (I'm in the UK). Long story short, I still have that Clickbank check to this day, gathering dust in one of my files and grossly out of date

        My first ebook sale was the best though, maybe 4 years or so ago I wrote a short guide for the Zynga poker game, it was for $17 and I leapt out of my chair and did a little victory dance.
        Why wouldn't they let you deposit the cheque?
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMoney
          I remember when i made my first 14 dollars it was in youtube i was happy..
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        • Profile picture of the author WikiWarrior
          Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

          Why wouldn't they let you deposit the cheque?
          The bank weren't too clued up on affiliate checks back then; I think that's why they didn't offer much helpful advice (their best advice was to send it back and ask Clickbank to send a check raised in £ sterling). My plan was to open an international account but even then there was a minimum opening balance needed or some complication so I left it. Shame really - I might well have got a taste for 'real' internet marketing much earlier if I'd been able to cash that check. Instead it got sidelined while I worked on my mail-order business.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    My first sales online were actually from providing services on forums, i remember i did "SEO analysis" and sold the reports. It did actually quite well, but that was years ago and it was easier to sell/offer services at that time.

    As for clickbank, i honestly dont remember when i started to make money with clickbank, but there was a LONG time where i didnt make anything with it, so i thought CB and all the products offered there are scams. But at that time i still had to learn A LOT about marketing, traffic etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author andynathan
    I am pretty sure my first online sale was on Ebay! I sold some furniture my parents wanted to get rid of on the site. That was around 2005.

    My first product sales was for a real estate ebook I wrote that sold 2 copies back in 2007. It was the coolest feeling in the world. Should have quit real estate right then and there, but I waited another 2 years before jumping into social media and internet marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author inspiredguy
    Mine was from CPA through YouTube traffic. But, it was kinda grey hat and the youtube account got axed. Live and learn!
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  • Profile picture of the author andrej
    My first online sale was when I designed a logo and got $10 for it. Even though it is a very small amount of money for me now, I was excited about making my first money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author purdan
    My first sale will happen in the next few weeks, and I will be posting another reply to this tread as soon as it will happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    My first sales (without profit) was promoting an affiliate marketing course. Then I went into SEO and at the peak I was making something like $1000/month. At the moment I'm selling domain names to raise money to continue my Information Publishing Business.
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  • Profile picture of the author mogulmap
    I totally remember my first online sale, it was back in 2003 I created my first digital product and sold 4 copies at $47!!!! the problem was I used adwords to promote it and had no idea what I was doing and spent $1400 in advertising LMAO you do the math.....

    To be honest I didnt know it at the time but it was the best learning experience ever!
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    • Profile picture of the author art72
      Originally Posted by mogulmap View Post

      I totally remember my first online sale, it was back in 2003 I created my first digital product and sold 4 copies at $47!!!! the problem was I used adwords to promote it and had no idea what I was doing and spent $1400 in advertising LMAO you do the math.....

      To be honest I didnt know it at the time but it was the best learning experience ever!
      While I have seen plenty of "1st Sale" posts, I like the tone of this one, as several people (myself included) relished in the rewards of our efforts, only to later recognize our mistakes...

      That in itself 'implies' growth and potential, for those who don't quit!.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
        All first sales are awesome. : ) It's the starting point where people think "Yes" making money online is possible.
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    Originally Posted by kaif0346 View Post

    My first sale was 30 forum posts I got 7$ for this I was so excited cant forget that energy.
    Amazing feeling. : )
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  • Profile picture of the author murtuza
    yeah, it was a $24.95 and that was a great feeling. I finally believed after 3 years of pain that I can finally make money online. I proved my friends and family members wrong that anyone can make money in $$$ sitting in a bedroom in India with the right determination, plan and a burning desire to succeed...
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  • Profile picture of the author g36
    Of course! Mine was $15. And I was happy although only $15.
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    Originally Posted by Alonzo White View Post

    Absolutely!

    I made my first sale at the age of 17 (I'm now 23).

    It was for a guitar lessons product on Clickbank.

    I was promoting it using Google Adwords. I made $17.13 from the sale.

    That was the moment that I really started taking internet marketing seriously.

    Looking back now I wish I kept the check, but at the time I was pretty broke

    Anyway, nothing is like that first sale (even your first $500/day IMHO).
    It was easy to make money with adwords and clickbank. It's a shame adwords now constantly rejects clickbank affiliate sites. It was even easier when you direct link to affiliate link without landing page. Those days are now gone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alonzo White
    I know man. I miss the days where I could just direct link to a clickbank affiliate offer.

    I haven't used Adwords in over a year (even though I have over $100 in my account).

    It just not as effective as it was in the past.

    It was easy to make money with adwords and clickbank. It's a shame adwords now constantly rejects clickbank affiliate sites. It was even easier when you direct link to affiliate link without landing page. Those days are now gone.
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  • Profile picture of the author rrm
    Originally Posted by BlueCollar View Post

    Do you remember your first sale?

    Yep. Most exciting, and my 100th sale was just as exciting. I love it no matter if it's one of my low end products or a $1000+ sale.

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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    Yes I do it was a 40$ sale on clickbank and I was definitely very excited!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dee Odus
    I remember my first Adsense check from Google, I showed it around few times to prove how easy it was to make money online :-) I didn't want to cash it, but did in the end ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Ridgway
    I do!

    2002, Sold a gracenote windchime via dropship. It was like the stories you hear of someone and their first hit of crack... they're hooked forever. I've been hooked on internet marketing ever since!
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  • Profile picture of the author kitcho
    I think my first sale was the sale of a fishville guide haha, I haven't made anything since but the 7$ or 8$ sale was really exciting! and i'm currently looking for a partner to join me with IM
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  • Profile picture of the author abbyboy86
    I have yet to make a sale. I made a site and a blog around 2 months back, and I am trying to make it popular ever since. It still has got only 26 clicks according to google analytics and no sale yet ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan David
    Yep, my first sale online was back in Jan 2006. I was selling physical products and I made about $15 profit. I was pumped! I think I spent that $15 a few times over celebrating. Ha.
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    • Profile picture of the author jrgattison
      I can't remember my first sale online but I can remember my first series of victories that let me know that I could make money running a business. It was over 11 years ago when I found out about ebay. Prior to that I used to be into hydroponics and I had some plans that I'd bought about how to make different systems. I started making them a few at a time and started selling them on ebay. I believe I made $283 my first week. That led into other products and here I still am today.
      A little while back I finally bit the bullet ad created my own info product and made a few sales. I didn't do it for the money, I did it to overcome some mental barriers I had in believing my information had value.
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    • Profile picture of the author EdBryant
      Does ebay count?

      I sold a book back in 2000 that I paid $14.00 for in the store, it sold on E-Bay for $76.

      I was hooked! Great thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author abbyboy86
    I wonder how long it is going to take, will let you all know if and when I do though
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    I remember mine because it was today... still delighted about it!
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  • Profile picture of the author saif_ag
    No other feeling than your first $1 in your bank account from IM. Changes your whole perspective and makes you wanna work more towards your dream.
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  • Profile picture of the author Owen Mailer
    i do i do !!!
    i made it as an aff to a website developer!!

    $80 remember jumping round my house !! lol
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulV
    My first sale was through a Click bank product in the health niche back around May of 2009. After making a campaign and doing some back linking it finally made a sale. But the sale didn't come through until about 1 month or so after I did all the work.

    This was exciting to me so I tried marketing some more Click bank products and brought in some traffic (mostly through articles) but did not make anymore sales in Click bank. This was discouraging.

    But I went through a WSO course that emphasized the high conversion benefits of CPA offers and joined about 5 major networks.

    After joining these networks I promoted a simple email submit offer in the dating niche. Even though the payout was like 75 cents per conversion it was very exciting for me because I was getting about 1 transaction a day on auto-pilot.

    This auto-pilot income (although small) was exciting enough for me to "scale things up" with internet marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author motive01
    I don't remember I wish I did I sold so many things online I forgot what it was stupid me.
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  • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
    Yup, mine was the Rapid Rewriter software by Matt Carter. It was quite exciting to see the commission appear in my clickbank account summary. It's not so much the money, but the validation that this IM stuff actually works, and so all that is required is to scale up, rinse and repeat.
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    • Profile picture of the author bretski
      Originally Posted by marcuslim View Post

      It's not so much the money, but the validation that this IM stuff actually works, and so all that is required is to scale up, rinse and repeat.
      That is exactly what I felt after my first sale. It wasn't so much the money as the realization that this could be done.

      I think my first sale was through Clickbank promoting a product that I still promote today... at the time I had a squeeze page with an optin and I also did direct linking from Adwords to my redirected affiliate link.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Originally Posted by BlueCollar View Post

    I was reading a post from a member that had just made his first sale online and I could almost feel the excitement in his words as I read his post. This got me thinking...Even though it was over five years ago I still remember the first product I ever sold online. It was a antivirus program marketed through Clickbank and I used a PPC Google ad to make the sale.

    Knowing nothing about PPC at the time I think I made less than $1 profit but the feeling of making that sale got me addicted to IM!

    Do you remember your first sale?
    Haha! I remember making my first USD 100 from Clickbank. It wasn't much but thats when everything started getting more addictive..
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    My first sale was from my very own product that I created,
    wrote the copy for and did the graphics as well. Can still
    remember staying up until 2:30am just to see the first sale
    show up in my Paypal account. It was for $9.97 and
    that was exciting.

    That was August 2001. Hard to believe that 10 years
    have already gone by.

    My first online check was in 1999 I think.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kiriakos22
    My first sale was only $1.79 and I got it by promoting a membership site.I only had 31 subscribers at my list and probably one of them signed up for the 2 week trial.

    The funny thing is that when I checked the transactions at clickbank I noticed that 2 days after it was refundedLOL

    But I didn't even care cause at that time I realized that making money online is something achievable!I kept telling my friends about it all day long.

    Nothing compares to that first sale!!!
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  • i used PPC too to get my first sale,i got it through paydotcom with MMO product,and since that i believe i can be successful at IM...
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  • Profile picture of the author johFF
    My first sale was $26.79 It comes after about 3 months of work. And after that everything changed
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  • Profile picture of the author nick1999
    My first IM efforts bought me in cash from the Ebay Partner Network on a niche site, felt good to finally earn money from the Interweb
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  • Profile picture of the author prince007
    My first sale was in April 2006, it was for client, however i did the hard work for PPC, site set up and all.

    My first sale with seo was for affiliate website, Dec. 2008. I was thrilled when i saw my first sale email. Nowi am doing min. 10 sales a day but i don't get feeling which i got on first affiliate sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author user name 666
    the first sale through affiliate marketing - yes.

    that was back when I was still wondering if Clickbank was a scam or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    Yes, it was for $39. An e-cigarette CPA offer. Pretty good sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Mack
    Hi Bluecollar,

    It was a pair of baby monitors giving me a commision of just over 20 uk pounds, never understood why that ones as they were the most expensive available. Perhaps the buyer had taste!

    I was so excited at the sale I had an overwhelming feeling of power and success that at one stage I began to think that I had reached the pinnacle point of affiliate marketing and began to believe that I had became an internet guru!!!

    However once I came back down to earth,after at least 30 minutes, I realised that the months no lets make that years of sitting reading, researching, etc was showing signs of reward but it also showed me I had a long way to go! But it was what I needed and came at the right time, what makes it even funnier it that I never made another commission sale for 4 months!!

    The best 30 minutes of my life (well almost)

    Regards

    Jack

    Ps for those 30 minutes I ruled the world of affilaite marketing, thank god I realised, otherwise I could have lost a fortune!!
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewNeer
    YUP! Could never forget that day!

    It was the day my life changed FOREVER!

    Once you crack that first sale, making a million more becomes possible for the first time!

    I sold one of good ole Jonathan Budds products, a membership to his 7 figure networker system for $1 which turned into $17/mo and ironically, I still have that customer to this day! They have been very loyal and I appreciate it!

    I did it with SEO. Ranked for Jonathan Budd in Google, pulled traffic to a squidoo article I wrote and made the sale!

    A BIG Thank You goes out to JB on that one!
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  • Profile picture of the author DonMarketer
    My first sale?

    It is an unforgettable feeling. It's on the par with having my first kiss plus bonus
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
    I remember my first sale... back in February. That time I had released my eBook which I had worked so hard on (44 pages, 16,000+ words; I was on the computer 7 hours per day for a week...) and I made a sale about 2 hours after set up.

    Man it felt good to receive those $20 .

    Nowadays that's not my main business model and I'm not going after it because it requires a lot of customer care and simply takes up too much time. I have moved onto other ways of making money online that actually involve big cash!
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