What was the first thing you did to make money online?

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Im just curious what the very first thing you did to make money online was? How much did you make?

Personally for me, I made a website for a nursing agency and I got $350.

Not too bad for my very first time
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Good for you.

    Now go do that once every day for a year.

    You'll have a six figure business.

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    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      Back when google adwords was less strict about affiliate sites I promoted a clickbank product and made a nice $47 sale.

      That was back in 2009 and made for an exciting start
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      • Profile picture of the author cborgrx
        I built a bunch of mini adsense sites. Boy oh boy, if only I knew better back then.
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        • Profile picture of the author NathanKruz
          hahaha, I know what your talking about
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            I also wrote articles for people, briefly, in 2008 ... until I got curious about why my customers were paying high prices (they felt high to me, anyway: I'd never done it before and I was only 18) and still coming back with re-orders.

            So I decided to find out how they were using them to earn more than they were paying me for them.

            And once I learned that, I decided to stop writing them for other people and start writing them for myself. But my first ever income online was as a "writing service-provider".

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        • Profile picture of the author MskIM
          What happened with those sites that made you feel this way? I do have adsense on my site.
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        • Profile picture of the author jayroller
          Originally Posted by cborgrx View Post

          I built a bunch of mini adsense sites. Boy oh boy, if only I knew better back then.
          I know the feeling..lol. Is that something that you still do? Been experimenting with Google Sniper and am considering whether or not to pursue this model
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          • Profile picture of the author jayroller
            I have built a number of blogs without much success mainly due to some limiting factors among them an inability to transact online in the country I lived. Had to always look for work arounds and it didn't place me on the same playing field as others. I guess in a way it saved me from losing money from purchasing crappy products but it also robbed me of some opportunities. Things have changed around somewhat now but there are still some limitations. My first "online" income didn't come online at all but was a spin off from a blog I started to help people in my country overcome some of the challenges I went through making an income.

            I have learnt a lot from these experiences and am now reaping the rewards.
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  • I started out like so many other providing services...still doing it. Writing was my game.
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  • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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    I sold licensed images in 2002. The first image I licensed was for a rights managed image of a fish for $250.

    Cheers

    -don
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by ForumGuru View Post

      The first image I licensed was for a rights managed image of a fish for $250.
      That sounds quite a good deal from your perspective, Don? You can be served your own fish (all ready to photograph) at some of the world's best restaurants for less than $250.
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    • Originally Posted by ForumGuru View Post

      I sold licensed images in 2002. The first image I licensed was for a rights managed image of a fish for $250.

      Cheers

      -don
      I have a photographer friend who buys his photography equipment this way. He puts his throwaway photos on sites like iStock and Big Stock. He usually upgrades his equipment every couple years this way.
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  • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
    I wrote articles for $5 to $10 a pop.
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  • Profile picture of the author faisalmaximus
    I first tried with some blogs, then I failed and joined oDesk, that was my first work to earn money online. Later I created my own website and started selling services through website.
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxjay
    This is actually true, I served almost 8 months in prison back in 1999. Before I went in to serve my time I put a couple links to some adult pay-per-click programs on my personal AOL page they had way back in those days. when I got out I had $90... I haven't looked back since or gone back to prison, so it's worked out well for me
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  • Profile picture of the author RichardF
    I was, ehm, "bulk posting" on Yahoo! Answers, back in 2007 I think it was. It wasn't the first money I made online, but the first big money for sure. Was a lot easier to make money with similar schemes in those days
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    • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
      Originally Posted by RichardF View Post

      I was, ehm, "bulk posting" on Yahoo! Answers, back in 2007 I think it was. It wasn't the first money I made online, but the first big money for sure. Was a lot easier to make money with similar schemes in those days
      Lol that's not too bad, we were blasting AOL chat rooms back in the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gopalji
    Create adsense blog and some blogs to promote affiliate link from clickbank and amazon.
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    • Profile picture of the author jayroller
      Originally Posted by Gopalji View Post

      Create adsense blog and some blogs to promote affiliate link from clickbank and amazon.
      Does this still work with all the Google algo changes?
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  • Profile picture of the author Greatnessbaby
    blogging and google adsense
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  • Profile picture of the author Hunnyyadav
    I created review sites last year and made some good amount of money
    Enough to invest in a personal mentor
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  • Profile picture of the author saini1shop
    Promoted CB products in 2005-06 and went on to make 4 figures in sales a month. The problem was I picked on worst possible niches. Still regret the decision on bad niche selection, else I would be a happy camper these days.

    Since then I am into providing services.
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  • Profile picture of the author sathuri
    Getting leads to baazee.com ( $0.5 per Email verified Lead ) which was later taken over by ebay.com
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie123
    Ebay. I wish they were as friendly now as they were back then. I guess too many scammers and fakes. My two sense.
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  • Profile picture of the author gasman
    I wrote articles, then I got lazy and outsourced my own article writing it gave me seed money and with that I went into PPC.
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  • Profile picture of the author natas105
    Oh boy.....uhm...

    Creating SQUIDOO Lenses! My very first pay out was five bucks back then.Thinking about that now, it was actually fun!
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  • Profile picture of the author bennie07
    My very first venture was advertising a Letters from Santa affiliate programs at ShareASale. I made $240.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    I made my first $30 with paid surveys. I made my first $300 with Clickbank affiliate marketing. I also made over $75 with Textbroker. Now I mainly focus on affiliate marketing, product creation, and list building.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy P
    I made my first $50 for doing a smart form on a website. I still remember that to this day.
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  • Profile picture of the author elusian
    In the beginning I started with Google Adsense, back when it paid extremely well. I was earning a few thousand a month for putting content up on one of my websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    I started by providing different type of services, it was hard at the beginning, but then it became easier with time just like anything in life.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    I wrote for content mills and made a few dollars per day. I wasn't a prolific writer and have never been merely because I detest writing, but I had no choice as it seemed it was the easiest way I could make my first dollar online. It worked though. I've stopped writing articles, but I'm still making money online to this day.
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  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    i sold an ebook about outdoor advertising. created a simple wordpress site and sold the ebook directly.
    then i sold the website on flippa
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    • Profile picture of the author femchie2
      eBay - back when you could still sell and deliver digital products electronically while building a list!

      My mentor was Alex Jefferies. Great guy!

      Femi
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  • Profile picture of the author wirriam
    First thing I did to make my first dollar online was making services on Fiverr!
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  • Profile picture of the author Richerace
    My first sale was a (affiliate) penis vibrating ring. A friend suggested it to me, I advertised it on free classified ads sites and that's how my career online started.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisWrok
    In 1998 I was surfing the "internet" and came across something called "The Cookie Cutter".
    It was an ad to make a fortune selling on the internet.
    Well I thought If he can do it, I can do it too...

    the sales page told the exact method,
    which was simply sell the same exact thing to other people and keep the money.
    hence the name, "Cookie Cutter"

    Any way, I basically did the same thing as that guy did
    posted a few free ads and sold 1 copy...lol...

    made $30!
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    • Profile picture of the author XponentSYS
      Originally Posted by ChrisWrok View Post

      In 1998 I was surfing the "internet" and came across something called "The Cookie Cutter".
      It was an ad to make a fortune selling on the internet.
      Well I thought If he can do it, I can do it too...

      the sales page told the exact method,
      which was simply sell the same exact thing to other people and keep the money.
      hence the name, "Cookie Cutter"

      Any way, I basically did the same thing as that guy did
      posted a few free ads and sold 1 copy...lol...

      made $30!
      Ha! You started the same way, with the same product as I did.

      I sold thousands of "cookie cutters" using ezine ads and solos.

      I was very aggressive with it becoming one of their biggest sellers. Bought hundreds of thousands of impressions for"that dumb little ad" each month using the advertising methods I mentioned.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jarrod
    First worth speaking of was selling mobile websites to small businesses. (I wouldn't recommend that as a good place to start today though.)
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    I had a friend over skype who had Pr5 and Pr6 websites and he told me if I sell homepage links for him for around $500-600 id get a cut from it. I spent a summer vacation at my grandmas bored everyday and I was making about $200 per day for 3 weeks!! I used that money for a down payment on a car
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  • Profile picture of the author munstersg01
    The first thing I did to make some money was to take a free resell right product, put up a sales page and sell it.

    I used a free traffic exchange platform to promote and got my first $3.99.

    I will never forget my first sale as I had limited html knowledge yet was able to put up a simple salespage.

    Danny
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  • Profile picture of the author The Rainmaker
    Fitness related blog, wrote (and outsourced) articles pointing to a Clickbank product. Seo'ed the site and that was it. First time making money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Oliver
    GDI(Global Domains International)back many years ago. Several
    of us in the Plug N Profits section of this forum got together and
    built a downline. I got paid over $175 per month for over a year for
    a $10 per month investment. We used traffic exchanges to get our
    leads. Lots of fun at that time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Corina Wise
    I sold coffee.
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  • Profile picture of the author HumanProof
    I tried so much I'm not even sure what the very first thing was. I think it was a quit-smoking blog which made about $1 from Amazon in its first month. Didn't work out in the end, but showed me the possibilities.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexandermadison
    Thanks, very interesting discussion. By too much hard work, I had gotten about USD 25 by freelancing work. Of course it is a small amount now, but it was spoon of gold during that time. I was very pleased after getting this amount by my work.
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  • Profile picture of the author redchillies
    I made an online file storage site way back in 1999. The site went viral and I started receiving thousands of new registrations a day. Didn't know how to handle a site this large and had to shut down untimely
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    • Profile picture of the author oleck
      Originally Posted by redchillies View Post

      I made an online file storage site way back in 1999. The site went viral and I started receiving thousands of new registrations a day. Didn't know how to handle a site this large and had to shut down untimely
      What kind of files were you trying to store?
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  • Profile picture of the author dana67
    For me, it was the free money making niche. I've been with it ever since.
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    • Profile picture of the author oadvantage
      Originally Posted by Bob Watson View Post

      Remember Associated Content? I wrote a good 200 articles for them at around $3-4 each, and a few in the beginning that did $8-10.
      I remember!

      Adsense for me.

      When I began, it is really push button with Directory Generator and TE.

      Funny thing is....there are more Push Button Adverts today more than ever...lol
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    • Profile picture of the author ronny89
      cpa marketing, promoting a business opportunity offer
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    • Profile picture of the author pulkitlawas
      all I did was to click ads, on my first try the site became scam but now on the site which I am currently working on has the potential to make like 2500$ or more, so I am looking forward to it.
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      • Profile picture of the author djn001
        The first sale that I made was from an Ezine Article promoting a ClickBank product.

        I think that the amount was around $37.
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  • Profile picture of the author devenn27
    My journey started with when i first designed a landing page for a local client who was into airport limousine rental service business. Since then i have been working as a freelance web designer and developer.
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  • Profile picture of the author fin
    Built a site in a 'weird' niche back in the days when .com/net/org domain names were king and you could rank with $50 within a few days by buying looped profile links.

    Found a 23,000 searches keyword EMD along with 41,000 and 15,000 secondary keywords and ended up with a ton of traffic after a few weeks.

    Sold the site for $2200 after about a week's worth of work on it because someone bought it for the traffic and I didn't want to stay in that niche.

    Sadly it's not so easy to do that any more lol.

    It was also when I didn't know any better and my content was literally taken from other articles and I just reworded each sentence. In my defense I didn't realize how crappy and unethical that was because I was a complete newbie.
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  • Profile picture of the author qowb
    For me, it was arbitrage from the very beginning and it's still the same as my first priority of making money online. However, I have diversified a lot since then and count on a few other modes of earning too.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesChun
    Thanks for interesting question.

    I did freelancing work and made a few dollars for that job.
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  • Profile picture of the author XsubZeroX
    Good motivation! havent made any myself but hope to learn! Thanks guys!
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  • Profile picture of the author georgeuk
    I set up a mini landing page, used google ads and sold some clickbank product for $10.I was so excited about my first sale 'on the internets' =D As many already mentioned, if only I had the brain I have now.

    btw, I never actually got the money for my first sale.. You need sales from 5 different people to be able to withdraw your balance on clickbank, I didn't even get to that lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamesw85
    I was a freelance writer pimping out my services on all the major freelance sites then I kept noticing that people were ordering like 50 articles and paying me a crap load for them so I started looking into blogging and Internet Marketing and boom I ended up here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary McCaffrey
    Sold a book about magic tricks which I wrote, for $27, there was no such thing as paypal or an easy way to receive money back then, the $27 was sent to me by check in the post.

    I sent the product but never cashed the cheque, I took it out with me to prove to my friends that I wasn't crazy.

    This was about 15 years ago.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by swasmile View Post

      Made my first money online from a paid to signup website program. its was $2.39
      you would be suprised how well membership sites sell.

      We have about 2000 people paying us $9.95 USD per month on one of our sites. yes that is not all profits, but its a great money maker, and most of our clients stay too.

      The monthly residual income is the best thing new marketers should get into. If you get one sale that is great, but recurring they pay you over and over forever, or until they leave.
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  • Profile picture of the author hyzhenry
    Through direct facebook marketing. I started marketing to groups who were directly in my niche. Posted ads in those groups, people started adding me on facebook. Then I talked them into buying affiliate products that could help them. Pretty tedious. But made about $300 over my first month. Now I systemize my marketing and in the process of creating products myself, and getting affiliates to sell for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Lumbergh
    Made a sale on clickbank over a cheap blog that I created. first sale like 60$, feels good man.
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      Originally Posted by Joe Lumbergh View Post

      Made a sale on clickbank over a cheap blog that I created. first sale like 60$, feels good man.
      That's the best feeling, when it costs you almost nothing but your creativity to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author snewlun
    I sold a clickbank affiliate product with adwords and finally made a profit after months of testing and fine tuning. Been having fun ever since.
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  • Profile picture of the author NobleSavage
    Porn. Made good money, but then MindGeek and the tubes came around and wiped out 90% of the industry. Most of the porn gurus are now sleeping on the street. Some are now "media buying" gurus or have some other stick. Lucky, I have a very off-line biz that is stable. I'm itching to start a new project on the web. I enjoy being a webmaster, but I'm not interested in hawking affiliate products.
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  • Profile picture of the author AidenTingley
    Adsense

    Got a blog and made the high amount of £6.76

    Still remember looking at the account and being so happy!

    Then It hit me that I had to make much more before I could get it...
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    I used to dumpster dive for computer parts at a nearby university, then I would sell what I found on a local Usenet group.

    Later, while living near and attending the same university, I signed up for Clickbank, got some affiliate links for "how to get girls" products, cloaked those affiliate links using shorturl.com, then I used the university's printers to print out flyers with the cloaked urls and I hung those flyers all over campus. That resulted in some sales that made me realize the possibilities of making money online.

    I must say something about shorturl.com. My affiliate links that I cloaked almost 15 years ago with Shorturl.com are still working.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert X
    Affiliate websites.

    The first was for a beat making software.

    Great sales and $40 commission per sale.

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  • Profile picture of the author Wildfire Results
    Back in 2001 I used PPC to drive traffic to a make money sales letter and made $100 per sale. Cost per click was $0.01 and I was up to 3k+ per day until 9/11 hit. I forgot the name of the PPC network but Yahoo acquired it shortly after that time period.
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  • Profile picture of the author Self Made
    I started out offering social media packages!
    Basically included a website, facebook, twitter, and I would teach them how to maintain and automate everything. Than I turned to building a list and selling my own products Affiliate marketing is crazy.. The possibilities are endless online.
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  • Profile picture of the author lizzylizard3175
    I tried a lot of random things a while ago and didn't make anything from it. Then my sister and I created a website about the Myers Briggs Personality Test, and then forgot about it. We actually have a lot of traffic, just not sure where to go with it.

    The first money I made was doing transcription work then Fiverr stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Watson
    Remember Associated Content? I wrote a good 200 articles for them at around $3-4 each, and a few in the beginning that did $8-10.
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  • I sold non-tangible video game items from diablo 2 via ebay; made a few thousand from the game in about a year at age 16.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patbinc
    I made my first money online on Fiverr. Cant remember the exact amount but it reinforced my belief that there was money to be made online and I have never looked back.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProServices
    I made $300 from selling iPads from one site to another - dropshipping. Sold 6 of those to make the profit of $300 ( converted from pounds to dollars) and then invested in a project that doubled it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alfred Shelver
    I sold iTunes gift cards to non American iTunes countries ... was massive money as local iTunes store had absolutely. Nothing .yet everyone had an iPhone or Ipad. I made $4000 for 3 months through plimus until it was discovered to be selling illegal iTunes cards when the Chinese had cracked the iTunes algorithm ... but learned a lot in a very short time
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  • Profile picture of the author crackerlolz
    Send an Amazon Link to a friend of mine lol. Got a 3$ Comission for a cheap mobile phone
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  • Profile picture of the author SusanHarrison
    I posted a special offer in the warrior forum in the classified ads section which has made me money while I have been asleep, it's the best feeling when you start getting your first sales rolling in (especially getting that PayPal email in the morning)
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  • Profile picture of the author dejoliet31
    I created an ebook about a method I was using to make money in real estate. I was great for awhile and then the method became too widely known and used.
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    • Profile picture of the author bentanck
      I started doing paid survey... created a gmail acc and join a dozen of sites ... but its too much work for too little rewards.... I am constantly looking out for better opportunity.. anyone have better options pls share...cheers...
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    • Profile picture of the author bentanck
      Originally Posted by scottjohnson View Post

      Find out the best to make money online to become millionaire,check out my blog i hope it will 99% help you.
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      Hey, Greetings, Besides the feel good factor/ mentality, is there any actionable plan in IM?

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  • Profile picture of the author KristofferIM
    My first project was a blog in the travel niche. Managed to get it to $500 revenue monthly before selling.
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  • lol i've tried to do PTC/ GPT i haven't earned a lot and i've passed to creating blogs
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  • Profile picture of the author ukcharliee
    My first money-making venture was uploading crappy videos on youtube of iphone game hacks and then attaching CPA links to them.

    Made about £20 a day with no effort, but I soon got banned!

    Ahh, the good old days
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  • Profile picture of the author NeedBucksNow
    Good thread. Nice to see that people still remember the 1st sales they had online. I think my 1st was a clickbank product that I got $77 for from writing an article. I think that was the only one I made from it though & wish now I had spent more time building up my SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author LGSresources
    Like many others I started writing. I started providing content articles on various sites like elance and then moved into copywriting before deciding to try doing what some of my clients were doing - creating businesses and selling their own products online.
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  • Profile picture of the author stackz9front
    I actually started me an opt-in page and started email marketing. I am doing very well now and i'm making so much progress in this business.

    I am so glad that I started marketing online because this has made me more progress than anything else that I've ever done
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Grossman
    In 1994 I was 9 years old and made a website with HTML tutorials. "Proudly written with Notepad.exe". Within a few years I added a mailing list about building websites where I sold sponsorships for $50/week, mostly to web hosts, and some banner ads to the site through TeknoSurf AdWave (much later became advertising.com). Back then, the web was much smaller and the ad revenue from a small site much more significant. I was able to save up and buy myself a computer, and pay for cable internet for the house before high school.

    By high school I had also taught myself web programming, first CGI scripts in Perl and C, then later PHP and JavaScript. I freelanced for $20/hour to save up money to go to college. I probably put away a few thousand before I gave up freelancing to develop and sell my own products instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennifer Hutson
    Got into freelance writing. It's my main source of income, now
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  • Profile picture of the author ksummers
    I bought a designer top from tk maxx and flipped it on eBay for a big profit. That led to me selling clothes on eBay as a business->drop shipping clothing on a website. Nowadays I make most money from affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Buildyourbiz
    Originally Posted by NathanKruz View Post

    Im just curious what the very first thing you did to make money online was?
    The very first thing I signed up for that I actually turned a profit on was filling out surveys, with a company called survey scout. I did it for a week and made a few bucks, but certainly not enough of a "bang for your buck" experience to keep going with it.

    I have no idea if that company is even online nowadays but that was my first experience turning a profit using the internet. I have definitely come along way since those days
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  • Profile picture of the author nicheblogger75
    My very first method of making money online was article marketing. I started working online in 2007, and article marketing was still a viable method to make good money online.

    I used to write 4-5 articles per day and submit them to all of the top directories. I bought a domain and redirected it to a Clickbank product. It was in the "anxiety/panic attacks" niche. I would pick a Clickbank product and then write 50 articles related to that niche plus one product review and once I got them all accepted I would pick another product and do the same.

    I'll never forget the exhilaration I felt when I made my first commission! It was for $66.39. I remember thinking that if I could make 1 sale a day I would be very happy.

    Unfortunately I don't think this is a viable way to make money anymore. Now I'm into list building and I can honestly say that I like it much better than article marketing!
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  • Profile picture of the author Cris Cato
    I made $37 using Adwords direct linking to a product on Clickbank! Made my first $100 using a blogger blog using Adsense but took months to accumulate. Gone are the good old days!
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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    My first dollars online came from Google Adsense on a site that got free SEO traffic.

    Next dollars came from selling an original ebook that I authored.

    Next came some selling of Amazon affiliate products and a few attempts at selling other affiliate products.
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  • Profile picture of the author BradCarroll
    I made my start right here in Warrior Forum in 2007, selling articles for $10 a pop. That quickly led to ebooks, VA work, site copy, and an a local search company in...Las Vegas? Funny how it all works out.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPlan
      Originally Posted by BradCarroll View Post

      I made my start right here in Warrior Forum in 2007, selling articles for $10 a pop. That quickly led to ebooks, VA work, site copy, and an a local search company in...Las Vegas? Funny how it all works out.
      Long time since then and lots of people are willing to write for $1.00 an article. I'm not saying you can get high quality articles for that price, but some people are just out there spinning and reselling. What worked then might not work now, but good that you got in on the golden days back when.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    I started with my passion (old and classic Buicks). This was back before Google was popular and it would take 6 months to get listed on the dmoz directory. I placed a banner at the top of my hand written (in notepad - way before wordpress was even invented) website advertising car manuals on CD. I received a cheque (check for you Amoricans) for $3.62 and it made my day, week, month and career. It was the first time I realised that money could actually be made online and here I am 11 years later still proving it works.
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  • Profile picture of the author backlinkmasters
    The first real money I made online was by offering services on Fiverr and doing transcription tasks on Amazon's MTurk.

    However, the first real money I made with IM was quite recently, with CPA Marketing/Bing Ads and Clickbank/Facebook Ads!

    That's an awesome payment for a website! Keep at it and good luck with future endeavors!
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnZ
    Like many others, I started out with a free WordPress blog and Google Adsense. I still remember how enthusiastic I was about learning WordPress, SEO and Internet marketing in general. It was a great experience overall.
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  • Profile picture of the author webogist
    I placed a gig on fiverr and i made $4. Lol. that was my first money online... and the beginning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Car0251
    First thing I done was reselling services, Graphic design etc. Then eventually I moved onto CPA, earned a bit more and spent that money running ads. Now I'm hitting the higher paying clients and I still can't believe how I make more than most of my friends and family without leaving the house. (I do leave the house lol, but you know what I mean)
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  • Profile picture of the author younglite
    In 2003, I started selling a 3-ring binder thrift store course on ebay, and made about $200 a month. I've also done retail arbitrage on ebay. After treading water on ebay for years, I switched to Amazon to sell used books. Now I sell multiple products on Amazon full-time.
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  • Profile picture of the author focusedlife
    The first money I ever made ONLINE was for a local offline customer. I was charging him $600/mo (paid via paypal subscription), to help him with local marketing...I think he stayed because he valued my insights more so than I was actually turning him a profit...irony.

    I also sold via ecommerce and affiliate stuff.

    Now working moreso on coaching, building personal proof, and helping others replicate my success.

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  • Profile picture of the author jaudet
    Man, you did more with that 350$ than I did for the first whole 1-2 years I dive into internet marketing.

    1st program I used was something called Profitlance I think which shows you many ways to earn a full time income from the internet. It somewhat worked but that took so energy and at that time I was not able to invest any money so sales were hardly coming in.

    I was making small blogs with unique articles, hoping to bring lot of traffic and monetize from adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author flyingdutch
    The first thing ever I sold online was a mobile phone on Ebay back in 2004. And because that surprised me, I started to sell more and more. And 1 year later I was one of the few powersellers in France. But Ebay doesn't scale so I stopped with it in 2006. And recently I picked up my online ventures again, but now with ebooks..
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    • Profile picture of the author marchenzo
      Sold niche and keyword research, then into google news sites which drove a ton of traffic to CPA/CB offers, then offline arbitrage and bigger projects.

      Not much to compare with seeing that first payment drop in paypal or the first CB cheque you get in the post. Ah nostalgia.
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  • Profile picture of the author VeronicaD
    Lots of interesting replies here! @Richerace a vibrating ring? Oh my... lol

    Personally, I started out getting scammed! But right after that I found my way into article writing back in 2008. I started out writing for pennies on a certain forum that, needless to say, I don't visit anymore.

    It's been a long road. I very much got into "IM" for a while and did OK. But so much of it is hype or just getting others to buy into what you're offering so they can sell the same thing. Not my forte. These days, I mostly work for one client doing a bit of everything... writing, Amazon product management, Photoshop, Wordpress... you name it! But hey, I do it from home, as little or as much as I want and I make more per hour than my hubby who works full time at a name-brand manufacturing facility in town (More than double minimum wage).

    Bottom line - where ever or however you start, keep at it and you'll eventually find your calling.
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    • Profile picture of the author jayroller
      Originally Posted by VeronicaD View Post

      Lots of interesting replies here! @Richerace a vibrating ring? Oh my... lol

      Personally, I started out getting scammed! But right after that I found my way into article writing back in 2008. I started out writing for pennies on a certain forum that, needless to say, I don't visit anymore.

      It's been a long road. I very much got into "IM" for a while and did OK. But so much of it is hype or just getting others to buy into what you're offering so they can sell the same thing. Not my forte. These days, I mostly work for one client doing a bit of everything... writing, Amazon product management, Photoshop, Wordpress... you name it! But hey, I do it from home, as little or as much as I want and I make more per hour than my hubby who works full time at a name-brand manufacturing facility in town (More than double minimum wage).

      Bottom line - where ever or however you start, keep at it and you'll eventually find your calling.
      Great advise. Sad that we often realise this after getting burned a number of times and wasting years jumping from method to method.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mahmoodadds
    the first on line business came in my way was paid to click
    and i made my 1st $ from site called clicksia i think
    and it may be one of the worst businesses ever
    i wouldn't recommend it and hope that i began in something better
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  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    i built a site in the outdoor advertising business. produced a 2 minute youtube video. brought the video to 1st page on youtube (very easy to do in a week in non competiton market).
    sold the website for $1400 on flippa because i had a youtube video that ranked.
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    • Profile picture of the author jayroller
      Originally Posted by tristatemedia View Post

      i built a site in the outdoor advertising business. produced a 2 minute youtube video. brought the video to 1st page on youtube (very easy to do in a week in non competiton market).
      sold the website for $1400 on flippa because i had a youtube video that ranked.
      Sounds interesting. Would you be willing to share your method? I am currently doing a course on Udemy about ranking YouTube videos. How did you incorporate the video into your site and how long did you have the site and video up for before flipping it?

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Javisito
    I was publishing PLR content on sites like Lulu (dot) com and similar sites and was doing get paid to click programs like neobux. Which actually still banks me a lot of money.
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  • Profile picture of the author megalinktraffic
    yes! it was lead generation for which i got $50 that was exciting to see money in my new paypal account very long back....
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  • Profile picture of the author ceenote100
    I made my first $20 sale with the first website I had selling video tutorials on making money with Craigslist.
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  • Profile picture of the author VmaNx
    About 3 years ago back when Beats by Dre were still very popular, I spent $18 for a pair of fake ones, and sold them on Ebay for $200 heh.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    My first income ever came through spamming people with my affiliate offers on SFI a2a.

    I was making around $20+ every 3 days from the PIPs program until i got blacklisted on a2a and the income stopped.

    I waited till i cashed my $100+ and discovered the business was real and that opened my eyes to the huge untapped opportunities online.

    Since then i never looked back and extended my business to adsense and many others.
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  • Profile picture of the author kabeirs
    I worked few hours as an Internet Search Administrator and made about $70.

    Around same time, I worked as a CrowdWorker and made $0.55. Thankfully, they rejected my work and I didn't have to waste my time making nothing in return of time I invested.

    Now, looking forward to start some website.. and possibly make some money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christian Swift
    I started out by helping a local company market their product through Facebook advertising... We made over $750 in 2 days by selling a £1.99 product!

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  • Profile picture of the author aekaplan
    The first thing I did was copy someone's BizOpp landing page about a pipe manufacturer that made money with Google. That earned me $100 profit after 15 minutes of "work".

    Then I switched to email submits on Facebook, and that still makes me a lot of money.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    boy, that is what got me going or should I say kept me going in this industry....

    I had no idea what I was doing. I was using ppv traffic and sending it to adsense ads. I'd spend 20 bucks a day and make over $400. Per day remind you! I went out and bought a nice Audi A6 s-line. Very nice car. I didn't know anything about re-investing or growing it. I just spent it. So I cashed out for a few months and banked some pretty good doe till my account got terminated. I wasn't treating it like a business. I had other things on my mind at the time. I should have kept myself up to date on googles policies. Heck, I don't know if I even read them. Just started sending some traffic and got paid. To me it was as simple as that.

    Anyways... What a learning curve it has all been. After that I really understand the power we have here at our fingertips all based around supply and demand and using this tool of the internet.

    I've never slowed down since...

    This industry has changed and allow me to become the person I want. I learned how to grow and work harder on myself than on my job and once I got that my life and Internet career changed.
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  • Profile picture of the author marks7225
    i made $35 from a website weblo....now weblo.com is down.....but at that time during sign up one can make a celebrity page and sell it to other user...we also earned some money by visitor of that page....it was some can of virtual world where we could also buy cities, properties,etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author saiyadyoctel
    We dont have any Idea, if you have any option then please suggest me.
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  • Profile picture of the author zdivine
    CPA baby, started making 5 figures in the first couple months and have been hooked on online marketing since!
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  • Profile picture of the author tomako
    My first online money was a commission from Amazon for a kids costume I promoted on my blog. It was $1.05 as far as I remember.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    ranked long tail keywords and got clicks to my adsense.


    that was back when Google was still a toddler.

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  • Profile picture of the author sprucevn
    - Create a website first
    - Build your website to become popular to visitor by SEO
    - Then, become an affiliate or do advertisements
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  • Profile picture of the author deehi2130
    I did Project Payday. And I bought a website capture template from this guy online who was making money and I used it and made about $150-200 before I simply stopped using it. People would sign up their emails and I'd make like $1.50 per and it was quick money.
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  • Profile picture of the author hynds
    I use to participate in PTR (paid to read), I read email every to earn some cash
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  • Profile picture of the author lindseysan494
    I used Clickbank and marketed video game strategy guides, and guides on how to cure acne. Believe it or not, it actually worked, I couldn't believe people bought this stuff. Then I realized, there's a customer for every product online.

    This was years ago though, it's a little more difficult these days...a lot more actually,
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hersh
    For me it was my product launch. People got on board and it has generated 6-figures back then. I've been creating niche products since then because that's where the money is. I'd recommend ANYONE who's struggling to create his own products, that's the easiest way to offer VALUE to the marketplace and get people to pay for your knowledge & expertise.
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  • Profile picture of the author katarina1
    My first income was also selling premade websites and I made few 100 dollars on that.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnVianny
    Cold Selling Clickbank Products LOL

    ...BEFORE learning Lead Generation and sales funnel which boost conversions
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Nguyen
    Congrats man, very good job and keep it up!

    I have earned my first $100 after I write down my goal and committed to earn my first $100 in 30th June and after 7 days, I reached my goal!

    Making a commitment is a key to get whichever you want

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  • Profile picture of the author hayeskt6
    I provide marketing services as a contract worker and I earn profit with consignment. I've dabbled in p2p and equity but got involved with some unprofitable deals. I've since moved out of those.
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  • Profile picture of the author jlsh007
    I started with creating a website promoting physical affiliate health product and was ranked on page 1 where SEO was still easy to rank at that time and make few hundreds.
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