It’s funny… You’re here reading this post on my website right now.
You live in a different neighborhood in a different city in a different state and possibly even in a different country…
But we meet right here, on this screen, today.
There’s about a pretty good chance that you’re here because you share my interest in using the Internet to make money, so let’s talk about that…
How did we get here?
A Quick Version of My Story
The first time I ever got on a computer and took a good look at the Internet, I tilted my head to the side like a curious puppy and thought to myself “There’s a way to make money with this thing…”
As a complete novice, with absolutely no idea what I was doing I started researching how it could be done.
My search turned up a company that promised they would pay you hundreds of dollars a week to install a plugin on your browser that displayed a new advertisement every time you went to a new page. Every time a new ad showed, you got paid.
I got really excited about the opportunity. Getting paid to browse the web sounded like a great idea.
My First “Internet Business”
I installed the plugin on my own computer first and then realized I could make more money if I installed it on more computers. Soon, every computer I had access to had the advertisements running on it.
If someone asked what it was, I told them I was “testing something” and to browse the web normally. Then, I sat back and waited for the money to start rolling in.
My little computer farm browsed the web for 2 weeks and during that time managed to pull down earnings of a few tenths of a cent. I was no math genius but even I could tell that this idea wasn’t going to work.
I decided that making money online was impossible and decided instead to use my very limited Photoshop skills to start making graphics and small websites for friends and local businesses, for few hundred bucks at a time.
I was using the computer to make a little bit of actual money, and that would do for now.
How To Make It In The Music Business Money Online
Several years later I was a member of a “How to Make It In The Music Business” email newsletter. Industry pros emailed out advice to independent artists on how to tour, promote and get major label record deals.
One day they sent out an email about a free 30-day course on making money online. I was definitely interested. I signed up for the free course and started working on it every day.
Losing Touch With The Outside World
I worked every waking hour. I stopped going out. I stopped hanging out with all my friends. I became wrapped in an obsession so great that it took me over absolutely.
I had always known there was a way to use the internet to make money. The first time I saw the internet I saw the opportunity. And now I was going to make it work.
I worked at a frantic pace, disregarding sleep, food and sex. I worked whenever I could and was loving every minute of it.
After many weeks of impossibly hard work and countless hours invested, I woke up one morning to find I had made my first commission…
Now if you understand basic math and run the numbers on 60 -80 hours a week for almost 2 months you’ll see that at this point it was not a high-paying job.
Over the course of that initial 2 month period I was earning about .04 cents per hour. It was nothing… But for me, that first commission was a life-changing event.
The Peanut Gallery
When I tried to share my success with others, I was met with laughter, smug remarks and critiques. The peanut gallery told me I was crazy to “waste” so much time doing something that only paid out at .04 cents an hour. They said it was a scam, or a pyramid scheme and it was never going to work.
But I knew they were all dead wrong. I had seen something. I had seen the future and I was racing towards it, at .04 cents an hour… as fast as I could.
Climbing The Mountain
I continued doing (what turned out to be) SEO campaigns on the side and at night for a few years. At it’s height it was making $2-$3k a month. Still not a major windfall, but enough for me to get by and a substantial pay raise from my original rate of .04 cents per hour.
During that time I didn’t spend the money. I saved as much of it as I could and let it pile up in an account. Then, when the time was right, I used almost all of it to take a shot at my first paid campaign.
The initial results on that first campaign were awful, I lost every dollar I spent while I tried to figure it out. Then, after losing about half of my savings I hit my first big win.
Once I realized the campaign’s potential I switched into high gear.
That’s when things exploded out from under me, skyrocketed me into another dimension and changed my life forever.
I had climbed the mountain. I had won.
This is the short-version of what happened. Some day I’m going to write the whole story of my journey in detail and post it here on the site. It was an insanely fun, wild ride.
OK, Now It’s Your Turn
What about you how did you? How did you discover online marketing and how in the hell did you end up here?
Did you actively seek it out?
Did it find you by accident?
Saw something online?
Share your story and let’s talk about it in the comments below.
P.S. If you’re here for something other than online marketing, I want to know how you got here too. – Malan