What is your "WORST" moment in your online business?

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Hey All,

Every successful person has experienced failures and bad times here and there. I wanted to start a thread and ask what has been your worst moment in your online business?

I wanted to do this to show newbies that failures are inevitable and every successful person experiences them. Most of the time, moments that seem like they are our worst are actually our greatest moments in disguise.

For me my worst moment online was early on in my IM career, I created my first info product and used Google Adwords to run traffic. I made 6 sales of my $47 product but spent $1800+ dollars to get those sales. I spent money I didn't have and was sick about it, I still remember the feeling. I look back at it now and although at the time it was one of the worst feeling moments in my online venture it turned out to be a very pivital one. I learned from my mistakes and didn't quit and now enjoy the freedom that I have always wanted. That moment and how I handled it was a big part in building the business I have today.

So what is your "worst" moment online?

"Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do."
- Napoleon Hill
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  • Profile picture of the author nicnac03
    My worst moment online was 2 years ago when I had a website that was making about $50 a week until Google Panda came along and wiped everything out.

    6 months of hard work vanished instantly. I had just bought a $500 course that had just become obsolete.

    Made me realize SEO is too volatile and takes too long to see results. Now all my traffic is from paid methods.
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    • Profile picture of the author mogulmap
      Originally Posted by nicnac03 View Post

      My worst moment online was 2 years ago when I had a website that was making about $50 a week until Google Panda came along and wiped everything out.

      6 months of hard work vanished instantly. I had just bought a $500 course that had just become obsolete.

      Made me realize SEO is too volatile and takes too long to see results. Now all my traffic is from paid methods.
      Man that stings yea building a business that is dependent on google isn't good. I learned that lesson myself the hard way.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    Three year ago. I used to own a freelance website, just moved it to a new hosting, and my hosting company got hacked, costed me a lot of customers and down time but people moved on.

    I would never host a site over there servers ever again
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  • Profile picture of the author fated82
    Early last year when Flippa shut me down. I was literally doing 2k profits a week but one 'violation' and they banned me (that isn't event my fault).

    It was devastating but I pulled myself together and started a copywriting business. Lol
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    • Profile picture of the author mogulmap
      Originally Posted by fated82 View Post

      Early last year when Flippa shut me down. I was literally doing 2k profits a week but one 'violation' and they banned me (that isn't event my fault).

      It was devastating but I pulled myself together and started a copywriting business. Lol
      Pulling yourself together and refocusing yourself is the moral of that story! Great Job
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  • Profile picture of the author SaveSaveSave
    I had one customer from hell. No matter what extra service, extra attention I gave him, he was abusive, sent 10 emails a day and wrote everything in capitals. When he said he would take his business elsewhere, I was so incredibly happy. Nobody needs customers that are never happy no matter what you do.
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  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    Last year, when the Penguin update hit....

    I had lots of blogs on the 1st page of SERPs, but almost every one vanished into the nether-regions of the SERPs after Penguin.

    Lost lots of $$$ but learned my lesson the hard way.
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    • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
      I had a very lucrative youtube channel of almost 100 videos, nuked without warning or explanation.

      Took 48 hours to build it over from back-ups.

      Not what I had planned at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author ecoverartist
    This isn't specific to my business, but one of my clients. His host completely vanished - after about 5 years of good, reliable service. I guess they didn't pay their bill, but all his sites - GONE. I had an older backup so he was lucky in some sense, but it's as if all his income streams dried up overnight. The host never did come back online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
    My worst moment online was actually when I first got started online and failed to build a list from Day One. All of that traffic that I wasted back then.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anne0521
      My worst moment in online business happened a year ago. I work so hard to improve my site's ranking then Google Panda came and I lost everything! I have to start from the beginning AGAIN but have no idea really how to start.

      What SEO strategy is still effective and safe? The moment Panda came I don't know what to do anymore! I'm on a limbo! But,..I didn't gave up on quality contents. Continue to posts good quality contents,..contents that are useful and offer information to customers. Of course, Don't forget social media. The current internet world made social media one of the most effective means to succeed in online business.
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      • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
        Originally Posted by Anne0521 View Post

        My worst moment in online business happened a year ago. I work so hard to improve my site's ranking then Google Panda came and I lost everything! I have to start from the beginning AGAIN but have no idea really how to start.

        What SEO strategy is still effective and safe? The moment Panda came I don't know what to do anymore! I'm on a limbo!
        My advice : Forget about SEO for now and learn about paid traffic methods.

        Solo ads, PPC, banner ads, paying people on Fiverr to post your links on Facebook, other blogs, posting ads on Backpage and Craigslist, Press Releases, put videos on YouTube, Dailymotion and other video sites, etc.

        I was almost a Master at SEO in March of 2012, then Penguin came and humbled me. Time to learn new stuff !
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    Losing my adsense account due to using autoblogs.

    Although it paved my way into List Building and Product Creation, so maybe it was the best thing that happened.

    I would still like an adsense account, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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    Worst moment for me didn't have anything to do with online business per se, but it had everything to do with my entrepreneurial journey. Suffice it to say, I know how easy it is to burn over $15,000 in a very short amount of time on some very bad business decisions...and no, it wasn't a night at Vegas...I wish it was though.
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  • Profile picture of the author papuanac1971
    My worst moment was when I create my first webpage, put lots of effort and time in it and than suddenly my laptop blocked and needed to be shut down and restart. Unfortunately I did not save my project so I lose all data.
    But this was good school for me. Now I save all from time to time during project creation and always do backup file.
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  • Profile picture of the author devonm
    Personally, it just happened. FORTUNATELY, the silver lining is he paid despite not having the best English and grammer. This was to do with article creation. Could possibly be that I am better of coding mobile pages.. dunno yet. Just getting my skill sets sharpened. Mebbe I am coder and not writer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Joseph
    I think the worst time for me had to be nearly 2 years ago now. It was when I quit a stable day job to persure an online business with a biz partner at the time who later turned on me.

    Now I am in a better place, I forgive him and have moved on. I have learned a ton from that experience. I believe we are here to learn, grow, love, and inspire people.

    I suggest that anyone be very careful and aware before getting into a business partnership. Have the proper agreements written up, your roles established, and always think ahead and seek advice from "outside" of your partnership, with a few close people that you trust.
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  • Profile picture of the author chasnsx
    One of the worst was when my flagship site got hacked while I was in Vegas celebrating my birthday. A few days later I got it back up and running, and then someone hacked it again, and this time they wrecked all my permalinks and I lost my Google ranking on all of my best internal pages.

    I decided to start over from scratch, and rebuilt the site from the ground up, starting with far more robust security features. It took me a month to fully rebuild the site, and two more months to recover my Google rankings and then some.
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    banned from adsense...
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  • Profile picture of the author mshajid
    I'm 19 years old guy from sri lanka (Asia) well my worst moment is when i ready my arsenel therefore i don't owe the ammo also known as "Money" to invest
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  • Profile picture of the author twister85
    My worst Moment online was when I was NOT ONLINE.

    I mean me and my client was having a video conference and She had done the payment for my service ($180) and when I was Explaining her about to use it and was giving her the documents, suddenly there was a short circuit in my CPU and that lead to a Power blackout at my home. I called the electrician and her saying i will back with her shortly.

    That night my PC was just not turning on. next morning when i open my CPU, I was just crazy to find My Hard disk and CD-Rom where burned partly. I went straight to my friends home to find out my hard disk was not getting read by his PC.

    I told her to wait for a day And Went to the HD manufacturer to recover my data back. I paid $30 for it and he said it will take 5 days to recover the data as he had many customers in line. I told the same to My client.

    After 5 days, When i got to the Shop he said he has done it and when I checked the files The documents and many of my files were not there. I asked him where are the files and he said the tracks or something i don't know from the C drive where brunt badly so He was not able to recover that data.

    I was shocked, all i got back was My games, which were in my D drive and lost all the data of the C. I also lost My book which i was writing that days. It was never published as I never completed it.

    I have to give refund to the lady and have to start with all again. Thanks i got hosting to keep my website online.

    So that was My worst moment online since today and yes I would recommend you guys as The shopkeeper said me, never keep your files in C; drive as it is the first location and first reaching track on you Hard disk because when Pc gets a shock or moved heavily. Affects the C drive first.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    My worst moment online is being contacted by the creator of a product that I thought I had properly licensed from an authorized distributor to be told that I really don't have the license that I thought I did because I did not purchase it direct from him...

    Just after I made several thousand dollars in sales.

    Luckily I was able to buy the correct license right on the spot.

    In that case it was truly a misunderstanding which was actually the fault of the original author who provided a license that explicitly gave more rights than he had intended. Still I paid the license fee (which was quite expensive) and was able to resolve the issue and make a nice profit.

    Unfortunately the same is NOT true for MANY warriors including some of the most respected names in internet marketing who have over the years sold resale, plr, and master resale rights to products that either in whole or in part were pirated and then licensed to them illegally.

    Some corrected the issue by contacting their buyers and informing them of their mistake and providing replacements or refunds.

    Others quietly pretended nothing happened (even after they were informed of and acknowledged the copyright issues they were proliferating) which means that many customers (many warriors) have been put in this exact same situation and may not even know it.

    The moral of the story is to always verify in writing permission from the copyright owner of ALL components of any work that you are licensing for resale or other form of distribution.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I had many worst moments from the beginning. I was attacked, robbed, and I had numerous very strange problems online. I had to rewrite my books in the English language. Someone clicked on my Adsense ads at my first website and I lost my account, without being able to have it back.

    I was heavily attacked by my competitors, who were very strong while I was a newbie. I had so many problems online that anyone in my place would have abandoned the idea to work online.

    However, I trust the value of my work, and besides all the problems I had since 2007 I’m surviving and going ahead. I got adapted to the demand I found and I changed the business model I was following. The Warrior forum helped me learn internet marketing and understand many things I ignored.

    I’m always learning something interesting here. I’m still a student.

    I had to adapt everything I had learned to my business. My main niches are not related to internet marketing, while all the information you find online works basically only for those who are promoting internet marketing products.

    Everything is very different if you are in a field like mental health. There are many complications that don’t exist on internet marketing. So, I also had to deal with this difficulty.

    However, I'm used with having difficulties in life, and finding solutions for them. I’m strong because I had many adventures and complications to deal with in my life, before working online.

    The real reason why I never give up is exactly the fact that I’m so strong (after facing so many problems in life) that I’m not afraid of anything. I learned how to keep solving problems, without fainting.








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  • Profile picture of the author Raimundas M
    I had my hosting account suspended for 3 days. That was worst 3 days in my life..
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Lim
    My best moment was I started IM from $0 to 5 figures now.

    The worst moment which I had was, believing all kinds of hype some random guy post.
    I treat them as golden information and actually wasted almost 6 months of my time researching and testing, but in the end. I end up wasting my money and time I spent.

    Just be clear on the situation you were on, and stay focus on what you're doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author sarahAttkinson
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    I did not have the guts yet to invest that much money on online business, so I can not talk about the worst moment...yet.
    But it is inevitably to fail at the beginning. You lack experience and sometimes knowledge. You can turn your failure into an advantage by learning from your mistakes. And in the end, this is called SUCCES :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author flipfire
    Worst moment in my online business was "Not taking action" once i took the plunge and took action, i reaped all the rewards for all the hard work that i put into it.

    Saying that, this was like 5 years ago.

    Regards,

    Lee
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  • Profile picture of the author DerekGann
    About 1 year ago I was doing great with adsense. It was generating about $600/Mo but due to some fake clicks my account got ban. it was one of the worst moment so far me.
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    • Profile picture of the author mogulmap
      Originally Posted by DerekGann View Post

      About 1 year ago I was doing great with adsense. It was generating about $600/Mo but due to some fake clicks my account got ban. it was one of the worst moment so far me.
      Hard hit Derek, but keep on keepin' on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I had started selling on Amazon and within 2 weeks was making $100 a day. About 5 days later after this milestone, my entire Amazon account got suspended, and they held my money.... and i had already shipped the product out to customers. That's why i dont promote any kind of Amazon products till this very day.
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    • Profile picture of the author It Is Me
      1)My all the emails, Godaddy account and HostGator account were hacked,
      2)My Paypal account was banned!
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Oh I can answer this one.

    I had a lead gen site for local home improvement keywords raking in some impressive cash with a bunch of keywords on page 1. Then we got a hurricane and I started seeing profits like I've never seen before in my life. Like an oil well that had bursted and started spraying money everywhere. It wasn't just SEO, but my youtube videos, my flyers, all of my marketing started "working" about 100 times better. I will probably never get to see something like this again for the rest of my life (I do feel like an asshole for saying that btw).

    The problem was, the majority of these leads were coming from my site.

    2 weeks in, my site gets hacked and spammed to death with links. I try to take out the links, destroy the site, google puts a spam filter on it, and my ranks drop for all my keywords.

    I knew I'd burn several grand a day just by having it down. But I never had this happen before so had no idea what to do.

    I paid a guy to try restoring the site. Didn't work. Tried rebuilding the site, didn't work. After 4 days of the site being down, I realized that my host was "flagged" (who didn't even f##kn tell me when I spoke to them on the phone). We moved the site to a new host, but it took 2 more weeks for the site to gain its rank back.

    I lost a ridiculous sum of cash in that period of time. So we resorted to guerilla marketing in the local community as we knew everyone would be looking for this line of work.

    However, when the site regained its rank, I was still able to continue profiting for an addition 3 months. A lot of the work has slowed down now, and things are back to normal somewhat. But it was definitely the best/worst/most exciting time of my life.

    -Red
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    • Profile picture of the author mogulmap
      Originally Posted by RedShifted View Post

      Oh I can answer this one.

      I had a lead gen site for local home improvement keywords raking in some impressive cash with a bunch of keywords on page 1. Then we got a hurricane and I started seeing profits like I've never seen before in my life. Like an oil well that had bursted and started spraying money everywhere. It wasn't just SEO, but my youtube videos, my flyers, all of my marketing started "working" about 100 times better. I will probably never get to see something like this again for the rest of my life (I do feel like an asshole for saying that btw).

      The problem was, the majority of these leads were coming from my site.

      2 weeks in, my site gets hacked and spammed to death with links. I try to take out the links, destroy the site, google puts a spam filter on it, and my ranks drop for all my keywords.

      I knew I'd burn several grand a day just by having it down. But I never had this happen before so had no idea what to do.

      I paid a guy to try restoring the site. Didn't work. Tried rebuilding the site, didn't work. After 4 days of the site being down, I realized that my host was "flagged" (who didn't even f##kn tell me when I spoke to them on the phone). We moved the site to a new host, but it took 2 more weeks for the site to gain its rank back.

      I lost a ridiculous sum of cash in that period of time. So we resorted to guerilla marketing in the local community as we knew everyone would be looking for this line of work.

      However, when the site regained its rank, I was still able to continue profiting for an addition 3 months. A lot of the work has slowed down now, and things are back to normal somewhat. But it was definitely the best/worst/most exciting time of my life.

      -Red
      Glad to see you kept rockin', thanks for sharing your story.
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