How did you get started?

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Last week, I happened to read a blogpost on Hubpost where 9 famous marketers answered one simple question.

How did they get started?

The answers were amazing. For example Rand Fishkin's mom had a consultancy way back in 1980 where she would make logos for small businesses.

After dropping out from college, he went to work for his Mom and Moz as you see it today is an extension of that company.

Ritesh Shah, co-founder of CrazyEgg and Kissmetrics, started his first company with Neil Patel because they had one client who paid them 3500 bucks for SEO.

Mark Traphagen was a middle school teacher and Dharmesh Shah of Hubspot used to design brochures.

Now, it's not only these big marketers that have a story to tell. I know all of you have something sparkling inside you. I would like to hear your inside story.

As for me, I started a blog and 6 months later found that if I had to keep it hosted somewhere I'd have to make some money. I did freelance writing for 4.5 bucks and off it went like a roller coaster ride.

Still learning.

It's your turn now!
#getting started #started
  • I started off doing a mixture of Fiverr, freelance writing, and offline marketing.

    When you get that first gig sale on Fiverr, your first $20 writing a few articles you haven't even written yet, or a $200 payment to PayPal .....it's quite amazing.

    I also got started with Clickbank when I very much first began, but it took awhile to get my first check. When I saw that $13 in my CB affiliate account for the first time, it changed my life and how I saw the Internet.
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    • Profile picture of the author seekdefo
      Originally Posted by JosephC View Post

      Really interesting post. It looks like most people get started by offering a service of theirs.

      I got started by looking for a way to sell my music online. I read a couple of ebooks and articles and two days later I had my first site. That next day I had my first $100 day. I was lucky enough to hit $100 a day almost right away. This was because I am passionate about music and know the niche very well.

      Very interesting method, never heard of it before.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        This very recent thread may also interest you: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ey-online.html
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        • Profile picture of the author seekdefo
          Originally Posted by JosephC View Post

          Never heard of what? Selling music online?
          Oh you said selling your own music online. Yes, that's possible, but how did you build an audience quickly?
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            • Profile picture of the author seekdefo
              Originally Posted by JosephC View Post

              I didn't. I wasn't selling itunes music or anything, I was selling the rights to my hip hop beats. No audience needed, just rappers who needed some good beats. I made previews with a "music watermark" (a background noise) that was removed with a purchase. That way, people were sure they wanted them. I always hate 30 second samples
              Wow, that sounds great. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    I started by providing SEO/SEM services, building websites for customers and helping them.
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  • I started by attempting to sell ebooks. I didn't want to create my own so I started to look for how I could sell ebooks created by others. I then found myself in the world of affiliate marketing and building websites. I had no idea how to do this so I spent an entire Saturday just learning HTML code. I then joined various affiliate marketing programs and made a few bucks.

    My first $.18 check arrived by mail! My first $300 month came by selling two $300 products at 50% commissions. I don't know why I didn't see that selling high-ticket items is the business model I wanted to be in, but I did not. I continued to not stick to one thing and struggled for the next several years because I still didn't really know what I wanted to do or was really interested in. After a few more years, I finally made my first $1,000+ month with Adsense.

    Now that I knew how to build websites, I built hundreds of one page crap until Google took that game away. I continued to struggle again, looking for a business model that would work for me. I finally came back around to selling high commission, high ticket items through affiliate marketing after I finally learned that that's what I should have been doing in the first place - or never stopped doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke Dennison
    I started in content locking. It's a kind of CPA marketing method but it's pretty greyhat and fleeting. It was good though because it made quick money with little investment, which showed me that the money was out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    I started with paid surveys and project payday. I made my first $30 check filling out surveys and I made my first $50 in a day by using project payday. After a few years of struggling I got into affiliate marketing and I made my first check of $300 with Clickbank. Never looked back since then.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy P
    I started doing micro jobs and the most valuable thing for me is not the money but the experience. This experience made me able to do a lot of things that I never thought of possible back when I was starting out.
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  • Profile picture of the author JessUBotNinja
    I joined a company's marketing team whose main market was with IMer's so in order to understand who my target market was and what they needed I started taking some of the advice I read on forums just like this.... created a free mini e-book to get people to opt in to my mailing list... its still a work in progress, but I am happy with it so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    I started out publishing articles on article directories doing something similar to the bum marketing method. Then I graduated to web 2.0s that give you your own subdomain like wordpress.com. After failing to make any money, I started writing articles and making some money.

    Then I bought and mapped my first domain to one of my wordpress.com blogs, after which I made my first dollar via an Amazon affiliate product I was promoting. Since then I've been building and ranking sites and, of course, earning money.
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    • Profile picture of the author seekdefo
      Originally Posted by SEO Power View Post

      I started out publishing articles on article directories doing something similar to the bum marketing method. Then I graduated to web 2.0s that give you your own subdomain like wordpress.com. After failing to make any money, I started writing articles and making some money.

      Then I bought and mapped my first domain to one of my wordpress.com blogs, after which I made my first dollar via an Amazon affiliate product I was promoting. Since then I've been building and ranking sites and, of course, earning money.
      Hi SEOPower, so you had no problem with all the updates that are going on? How did you change your strategy to fit to the times? Plus, did you ever use private blog networks?
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  • Profile picture of the author Gh0zt
    As a teenager I used to design graphics and websites as a hobby - then I got banned from a door-to-door marketing company and a boss there took me on 'off-the-books' and called me his "Ghost".

    Since then I've written a few books and done some pretty big launches online under different pseudonyms and made quite a name for myself in the underground marketing scene.

    My next ventures are my most ambitious yet - so at the moment I'm taking my time with a big project and enjoying the views

    Gh0zt
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    • Profile picture of the author oadvantage
      I started off with Adsense and then moved onto Article Writing and SEO. I still work with free properties. After a few years, I started working with websites.

      SEO will be good to you. You will just need to avoid all of the "latest tricks" for ranking. Not meaning PR networks,(this is old) but the latest trends because they don't last too long.
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      • Profile picture of the author seekdefo
        Originally Posted by oadvantage View Post

        SEO will be good to you. You will just need to avoid all of the "latest tricks" for ranking. Not meaning PR networks,(this is old) but the latest trends because they don't last too long.
        What are the tricks you are talking about? All I know are private blog networks which people say work.
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    • Profile picture of the author seekdefo
      Originally Posted by Gh0zt View Post

      As a teenager I used to design graphics and websites as a hobby - then I got banned from a door-to-door marketing company and a boss there took me on 'off-the-books' and called me his "Ghost".

      Since then I've written a few books and done some pretty big launches online under different pseudonyms and made quite a name for myself in the underground marketing scene.

      My next ventures are my most ambitious yet - so at the moment I'm taking my time with a big project and enjoying the views

      Gh0zt
      Any hints on what the project is about?
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  • Profile picture of the author elusian
    I started off years ago with adsense back when it paid a higher revenue percentage. As soon as I saw those first $3000 months I was hooked. I then went on to create click bank products, create blogs, learn seo and internet marketing and started consulting. I left law school to do this and have never regretted it.
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    • Profile picture of the author seekdefo
      Originally Posted by elusian View Post

      I started off years ago with adsense back when it paid a higher revenue percentage. As soon as I saw those first $3000 months I was hooked. I then went on to create click bank products, create blogs, learn seo and internet marketing and started consulting. I left law school to do this and have never regretted it.
      Glad to hear that. Even I completed engineering but blogging pays me 10 times more.
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  • i started with a small blogspot site, and i had lots of problems within it especially traffic problem, so i've gone ahead and started building my list of subscribers, after that i've been doing some fiverr gigs! i love this IM world!
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    • Profile picture of the author seekdefo
      Originally Posted by experting facebook View Post

      i started with a small blogspot site, and i had lots of problems within it especially traffic problem, so i've gone ahead and started building my list of subscribers, after that i've been doing some fiverr gigs! i love this IM world!
      I too started with Fiverr and my first gig was that of book reviews.
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