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But that is a very condensed version of my true story, and many folks have asked for the unedited, somewhat shocking version…
So here it is:
The *Shocking* Story of How I Made 8 Figures Online, in Detail…
This is where I come from, and what I went through, including all of the juicy details… and some of it ain’t pretty.
Including how I grew up dirt poor, ended up as a pretty successful actor in Hollywood, and how I threw it all away and eventually created an 8 figure success called “The Rich Jerk”, and made tens of millions of dollars in the process. I guarantee you’ve never read anything like this…
This is as transparent as it gets…
December 9, 2013:
For the past 10+ years, I’ve tried my best to remain a mysterious, behind-the-scenes, Internet marketer. Throughout that decade I’ve had several six, seven and even eight figure businesses.
During that time, I created an Internet marketing company called “The Rich Jerk”, which sold the # 1 eBook on Clickbank.com for several years. It was a great experience overall, and I learned so many lessons about running a big business. I was also fortunate enough to meet a lot of interesting people, many of whom I’m still friends with today.
But to understand how and why I’ve achieved such great success online, I think it’s important to start from the beginning and mention a few personal things that I’ve rarely shared with anyone…
Okay, here goes…
First of all, I grew up on a farm in a very small town called “Roy”, about 100 miles outside of Seattle, Washington. We had a mule, a horse, 2 donkeys, a miniature bull (only 32 inches tall), a llama, a goat, geese, peacocks, pigs, and chickens. I made money as a child by selling eggs to the local town folk. A dollar a dozen!
My dad was a parts manager at a Chrysler dealership and my mom was a print model and actress in commercials (I always got a kick out of seeing her on TV). To this day I have no idea what the purpose of our farm was, or why my parents purchased it, but we had one nonetheless. If that weren’t strange enough, we also lived amongst many wild deer…and they would follow me home when I got off of the school bus, and I would feed them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in my backyard right out of my hand – I kid you not.
Anyway, enough about the farm…
At the time (1987), my mom was always good about buying me the latest Nintendo game when I got straight A’s in school. I turned this into my first business venture. I made money as my elementary schools’ lone entrepreneur; I had the Nintendo games that other kids’ parents wouldn’t buy for them. Then I would rent my games out to the kids for $1/day. I basically ran my own Blockbuster inside the school!
When I was 10 years old, I used my first computer. It was 1988. I was in a gifted program in my school with one other kid named Chris Meyers. We both apparently did well on an IQ test. So once a week, the two of us were bussed to a larger school about 30 miles away. I always felt a bit strange about having a whole bus for just us.
At the gifted school, we were surrounded by the smartest kids from every school in the district, and to me it was a bit intimidating. I felt smart, but these kids were exceptional.
There were around 20 of us or so. We would come up with inventions, advertising campaigns for fictional companies, play quiz games, solve puzzles, etc . We also had access to a few Apple 2E computers and IBM PS2’s. The whole situation was like a playground for brainiacs. The teacher used to tease me because I was never really interested in anything in the class except the computers. I always had to be pried away from them.
One day we were asked to write a letter to someone influential in the world. I wrote to Bill Gates. I thought he was the coolest guy in the world because I was obsessed with computers. Being a bit precocious, I warned him to watch out because I had plans to take over his company someday. I never got a reply, but my mother still has a copy of the letter and I get a laugh out of reading it every now and then.
Back on the farm, things began to go downhill, and eventually I found myself in the midst of a nasty divorce/custody battle. I recall several visits to a mental institute to see my mother in a straight jacket. She was not coping well with the situation, to say the least. That was rough. But over time she got the help she needed. And eventually she met someone else. And when she did, I had to make a choice of who I wanted to live with – my alcoholic father, or my mother and her new husband who were being relocated to a place I’d never heard of – Mobile, Alabama.
I chose Alabama, and unfortunately I’ve only spoken to my father a handful of times since then.
I was a teenager now, and down south I quickly learned that being a “white boy” was going to cause me a lot of problems. In order to get by, I did a complete 180. The straight-A student became a rebellious, fight for my life kind of kid, frequently having issues with violence, drugs, and the police. I went from farm living to having guns pulled on me a few times. And I was no stranger to juvenile hall. I think the 7th time was finally my last. I still often wonder how I made it through those years alive.
I didn’t realize it at the time but we lived in poverty. It was the early 1990’s and our house cost $20k. Dirt roads and dirt yards. I worked at least 20 different jobs throughout high school – Kmart, carpet cleaning, making bagels, washing cars, pumping gas, fast food, etc. But none lasted very long, as I had developed a problem with authority.
When I was 16, I remember purchasing the only infomercial product I’ve ever ordered – by Don Lapre. He claimed to “make millions using tiny little classified ads.”
Here’s the commercial that convinced me to buy:
I eventually returned the program and got my money back, but it did spark an idea. I owned a book about how to make a cable tv descrambler (which would get you free cable), using a few supplies that could be purchased at Radio Shack. I re-wrote it into a short manual with pictures, had some printed up, and sold the plans in the local newspaper using my own little classified ads. I ended up breaking even and eventually gave up, but I was amazed that someone had actually mailed me a money order.
Around that time, my stepdad was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Unfortunately there’s no cure for this disease, and it’s very painful. Surgery after surgery, and more pills than anyone would ever want to take in a day. We had some good times watching his favorite football team, the 49ers, but they became few and far in between as his condition worsened.
One night I came home and found him very drunk & angry, stumbling around yelling. This was an often occurrence, as alcohol was his only escape from the pain. But this time was different. He was an ex-cop, and this time he had his 9 millimeter Beretta in his hand, and he put it to the back of my head. I instantly ran as fast as I could to my room, slammed the door in his face and locked it. I called 911 as he banged on my door. Seconds later I heard a shot. I slowly crept out of my room to find my mother crying on the floor and my stepdad laying there lifeless. He had taken his own life. I remember it like it was yesterday.
You may be wondering why I’m mentioning some of these things. I don’t bring them up for sympathy, or to show you how hard I had it. This isn’t a pity party. I realize many people have had it much, much worse. But I think it’s important for you to see where I came from, and to see where I’m at now…because basically anything is possible. As cliché as it sounds…it’s true.
Fast forward a few years to age 19. I was going to college at the University of South Alabama, majoring in computer science, and failing miserably. When I was supposed to be learning C++ code and Novell Networking, I tended to play around with Windows 3.1 and get online to explore the coolest thing I’d ever seen – the Internet. It was 1997 and it was the first I’d ever seen of it. Writing 12 pages of C++ code that would calculate a phone bill didn’t seem very interesting to me. Why not just use a calculator? But I always wanted to be around computers. They fascinated me. The only PC I had ever owned was my stepdad’s old IBM PS1, circa 1984. It had 256kb of RAM. All I could do was run DOS, play the text-based game, “Escape from the Titanic”, and eventually upgrade to 512kb so that I could play “King’s Quest”, which came on 5 ¼ “ floppies!
At around this time, the strangest thing began to happen – as I continually accessed the Internet during classes, my perspective began to change. I realized there was this huge world out there that I knew nothing about. All of these websites from all over the world, and I was talking to people on IRC (internet relay chat) from the U.S. to China. I began to feel like I was possibly meant for bigger things than small town Alabama had to offer. Absolutely none of my friends had any real interest in ever leaving. It seemed their highest aspirations were to work at the local paper mill, or the Pepsi distributor, or in construction. I found that so odd. At the same time, I had no idea where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do – I just wanted a REASON to leave. And just about any reason would suffice.
So this is what happened:
I’m 20 years old. I’m sitting at home watching “Dawson’s Creek”. And I had a huge crush on Katie Holmes. I wondered how I could meet her…until…voila! It came to me – I needed to get on that show.
I Needed to Meet Katie Holmes
Now I had never been an actor. Never considered it. Nothing. But I instantly wanted to be an actor…so I could meet Katie Holmes. Makes sense right?
The next day I called u-Haul and soon I was headed to Los Angeles – la la land. I didn’t know anyone there, or what the future had in store. But I had a u-Haul with all my earthly possessions, a 92 Toyota Celica in tow, and $5,000 in my pocket, which my mother gave me as a parting gift. I’m only guessing, but I’m pretty sure it was everything she had.
A buddy named Dennis L’Orange rode with me. Actually he drove most of the way while I slept. And when we finally arrived, there was a problem. You see, I had used “ye olde” Internet to rent an apartment in Los Angeles, sight unseen.
What I failed to realize was what part of town the apartment was in. It was $500/month, which was 3 times the cost of an apartment in Alabama, so I assumed it would be nice. But as I walked up to the building and brushed my way through a gang of unsavory characters to get inside, I felt sensory overload. The smell was almost unbearable. The “manager”, who was apparently drunk, led me up to my new apartment. I didn’t even get inside. The door next to mine was open, and the resident was repeatedly punching his female companion in the face while he screamed obscenities. That was enough for me. I quickly exited and found a cheap motel an hour outside of LA. My friend decided to take a bus back to Alabama the next day. He had had enough.
That night I felt the most alone I’ve ever felt in my life. I was a young kid in Los Angeles and didn’t know a soul. I had no clue what I was doing. I remember listening to “Mayonnaise” by the Smashing Pumpkins on repeat as I cried myself to sleep.
Over the next month I stayed at the Wilshire Motel in West LA until I found an apartment I could afford that was livable. On move-in day a really nice guy saw me trying to lift my refrigerator up the stairs and offered to help. If not for him I probably would’ve had major back problems my whole life! His name is Fernley Phillips. He went on to write several movies in Hollywood, including “The Number 23”, starring Jim Carrey. We still talk every now and then. I’m so proud of him and his success. We used to go to McDonalds together on 25 cent hamburger Tuesdays and load up. We were so broke. We also frequently snuck into theaters for double features.
Fernley introduced me to a woman named K Callan, a famous Hollywood writer/actress, who then introduced me to her acting agent Martin Gage. Martin signed me on as a client for the following reason: He was openly gay and thought I was cute! LOL. Hey, whatever works – as long as I wasn’t required to, ehem…do anything in return. Now I was one step closer to Katie Holmes!
I started going to Santa Monica College and taking acting classes, because I figured if I was going to be auditioning for TV and movies, I should probably know a little bit about acting right? I also started taking HTML classes as well because I still had a burning desire to understand how websites were made. I was majoring in theater with a minor in computer science. Interesting combination?
Over the next few months I crashed and burned dozens of auditions for shows like Gilmore Girls, Touched by an Angel, That 70’s Show, the movie “Dude Where’s my Car?”, etc. I was going up against guys who had done this their whole lives, understood the industry, and had booked major roles before. I was very intimidated, and I actually developed an anxiety disorder. I would throw up before every audition…
Then one day I got the call – I was officially auditioning for Dawson’s Creek! How crazy is that? Less than a year prior I was sitting at my house in Alabama watching the show, and now here was my chance to meet Katie!
Now I’d love to say that I got the part and my dreams came true, but… in reality I was a terrible actor. I had no idea what I was doing, and the casting director didn’t hesitate to remind me of that fact. Sufficed to say, no Katie for me.
Now with my dreams a bit dashed, I went on to stink up another 50 auditions or so for various shows/movies such as the lead role in Spider Man (Tobey McGuire’s part), the lead role in Star Wars (Annakin Skywalker), and many other roles I had no business competing for. I’ve gotta say, my agent, Martin, was really awesome. He got a complete unknown into all of these huge opportunities. I think I got around 60 “no’s” before Martin finally sent me packing. No hard feelings, I just wasn’t making him look good, OR making him any money. After all, it’s a business.
Now I didn’t know what to do. I landed an administrative job at a small investment banking firm because acting wasn’t paying the bills, and my $5k from mom was long gone. My job was basically to set up the faxing software to spam fax businesses all night, every night, promising to take their private company public for $100k via a reverse merger into a public shell, helping them raise capital, blah blah blah (we would later be investigated by the SEC). This glamorous job also included perks like cleaning the owner’s house, his car, doing his dry-cleaning…that sort of thing.
But one day while I was dropping off some things at his house, I noticed something. His tax return was laying out on the kitchen counter. I admit it, I looked. And my jaw dropped. He had made $374,000 in the last year. It was amazing to me because I obviously knew people made that kind of money, but this time it was up close and personal, and I could see it and touch it.
This simple event re-invigorated me with the desire to get out there and put a lot more effort into the things I was passionate about, because I wanted to be as successful as my boss. You’d think I would just decide to be an investment banker and follow in his footsteps to get rich. But I just wasn’t passionate about investment banking. I was passionate about 2 things – acting and websites. And I would no longer settle for half-assing either of them.
This was a major turning point in my life, and what I was about to learn over the course of the next year has shaped my professional and personal life ever since.
The first thing I decided to do was figure out the best possible way to gain an unfair advantage over other actors. They obviously had several advantages over me – whether it was more experience, a better resume, a better look, more confidence, more connections, etc.
So what could I do to figure out EXACTLY how to book auditions over them?
I needed to get direct access to the people who were the decision makers for every acting job – the casting directors.
Almost every actor tries to get an “in” with casting directors, but they do it by sending gifts, or postcards informing them of a show they just booked, or by sending pictures with clever packaging. But since everyone was doing it, and only a few were successful, I was suspicious of those tactics.
Then it hit me – I needed to be in the room during auditions, not as an actor, but on the other side of the camera as the casting director’s assistant. That way I could get raw feedback about what other actors did in the audition room, and perhaps more importantly, what the casting director says about them after they’ve left the room.
However, I quickly found out that casting assistant jobs weren’t exactly easy to attain. First you have to intern as an office “gopher”, basically getting treated like garbage while you tend to each person’s personal needs. Then you work your way up slowly over time. So it would take a major time commitment, and I would have to be willing to work for free.
But I was willing to make the commitment in order to get the answers that I needed. And, I figured that even spending time as a gopher would probably allow me to chat with the casting directors occasionally, or overhear their conversations from time to time. I needed to get inside their heads any way I could.
After applying at several offices, I finally got “hired” as an intern at the office of Victoria Burrows, who had been the casting director for The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver and about 100 other shows/movies. I was stoked to be in the company of such a legitimate casting office!
Long story short, I didn’t stay employed long enough to become a full fledged assistant because I couldn’t handle being berated every day by the other assistants. BUT, I did stay long enough to get the feedback I needed. You see, occasionally the assistants would be busy, or unavailable, and the casting director would need someone to “read” with the actors who came in.
A reader simply reads the lines of the other characters in the script that the actor is supposed to be talking to. This was EXACTLY what I wanted, and I was more than willing to be a reader anytime they needed it. I actually got to read with many people who I recognized from other shows. They weren’t big-time A-listers, but they were “working” actors. Guys like Peter Graves, who has done tons of movies, and Kristoff St. John, who has done 700+ episodes of the Young & the Restless.
Actors would come and go, and some would really be great, and others not so great. And to my surprise, the best actor in my opinion almost NEVER got the job. After they left, Victoria would say things like “ Wow he seems like such a nice guy”, or “That guy reminds me of my father”, or “Wow that woman really seemed like she was having a bad day”.
It finally became clear to me what they were looking for. They weren’t looking for good actors. They were looking for someone who already “was” the character.
In other words, they don’t want to see someone come in and “turn-on” their acting ability. They want to see the character come through the door. If they want to cast a bratty kid, they want to see a bratty kid come through the door, and when they inevitably talk to him and ask him questions before the audition even starts, he should answer like a bratty kid would. So ultimately when he leaves the room, they would be thinking, “Wow, what a brat!”… “He’s perfect.”
Once I realized this, I quit the job and sought out another agent. I ended up signing with an agent named J Michael Bloom, who was pretty well known. I just sent in my picture, got a call, went in for a meet and great, and he said “What the heck, I’ll give you a try.” I felt pretty lucky.
In any event, now I was ready to audition with my new found knowledge.
I booked my first 6 auditions. I did a national Hot Pockets commercial, 5 episodes of a show on MTV called “Undressed”, small parts on shows like Young & the Restless, 7th Heaven, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Power Rangers, and a few other shows on the Sci-Fi channel. I felt like the king of the world.
Here are some of my gigs (I wasn’t the greatest, but I knew how to get hired!):
But what I also realized was that although I enjoyed getting the parts, actually working as an actor wasn’t my cup of tea. 6am call times and 12 hours of sitting in a trailer waiting to say 5 lines was miserable to me. And I felt like I never got to do the part how I thought it should be done. Directors will have you do it their way, and the version that actually airs may be one that you absolutely hated, weirdly enough. The whole thing just wasn’t fun for me. I only enjoyed booking the part, and getting the satisfaction of being the one they picked, not doing the job itself.
During my hot streak I was up for a major role on a soap opera called One Life to Live. It was down to me and 2 other guys, and they wanted to fly me to New York to “test” for it. Testing is when you actually go on the set and film a real scene, so they can see exactly how you would come across. It paid $2k a week, which might as well have been a million dollars to me at the time.
At exactly this same time, I had done something equally amazing to me – I had my first website making money – $300/month. And I’ll tell you exactly how I did that in a moment. But because I was succeeding online (even on a small scale), and because I was quickly losing my interest in acting, I decided to turn down the soap opera. I also called my agent, thanked him from the bottom of my heart, and let him know I was quitting the business altogether.
My heart just wasn’t in it anymore, and the website was much more exciting to me. And Katie Holmes was engaged or something anyway.
So here is how I created my first profitable website:
After I made the decision to deeply investigate how to become a working actor, and I began to see success, I decided to try the same thing with websites. In other words, I would create a website about something I was passionate about, but also look much deeper, in order to get the raw feedback and knowledge necessary to set myself apart from the rest, just like I had done with acting.
At the time, one of the greatest struggles in my life was bad credit. I had several maxed out credit cards that I couldn’t pay back. Many had already been “charged off”, which means the credit card company wrote it off as a loss, and subsequently reported that on my credit report. A charge-off is terrible for your credit score, and I had several of them. And according to my credit report, they would remain there for 7 years, making it nearly impossible for me to get any other credit card, loan, etc. during that time.
I had FINALLY gotten my own computer, so I was able to spend a countless amount of time online. And I typically found myself looking for a solution to my bad credit. I had heard of credit repair, but didn’t really know what it was exactly. So I investigated everything I could find on the subject.
Most websites simply made claims of what they could do. For example they would say they could remove a charge off for $500. But I wanted to know HOW they removed it. It seemed like a closely guarded secret.
I finally came across the most pathetic looking website I had ever seen. It was completely amateur, and was selling an e-book on how to repair credit yourself. This was the first time I had ever heard the term “e-book”.
The one vital thing about this website that struck me as odd was that the bottom of the site had a visitor counter that said there had been 70,000 visitors to the site. This completely blew my mind. I started doing the math. In my opinion this guy HAD to be making a decent amount of money. (Keep in mind that this was before I knew counters could be faked, etc., so I believed what I saw.)
It was shocking to realize that a website so pathetic looking could get so many visitors and possibly be making money selling a do-it-yourself credit repair e-book. I bought the book and it basically told people to write letters to the credit reporting agencies denying/disputing everything. Not exactly great content, but he was probably making money nonetheless.
After taking a few HTML classes, I was sure that I could make a website that at least looked a little better than this one. But that wasn’t enough. I wanted to be able to create a REAL do-it-yourself credit repair guide, with REAL examples and step by step instructions. And I wanted them to be backed up by PROOF.
So what better way to do this than to use myself as an example?
And instead of relying on the countless ebooks and services out there, I decided to go straight to the source – The Fair Credit Reporting Act itself. (FCRA)
I wanted to read the actual law, and see exactly what was true & false.
The document was over 100 pages, and I read the entire thing. While reading it, for some reason I got the feeling that very few people had done this. In any event, I narrowed my focus down to 2 sections – both regarding how & when negative items must be removed from a credit report.
Without going into too much of the boring legal details, let’s just say I discovered a loophole.
So here’s what I did:
I disputed all of my debts – all 11 of them – credit cards, phone bills, etc., anything that was on my credit report as having had a late payment.
They all came back as “verified”.
So I went down to small claims court, paid $20 per case, and filed a lawsuit against all 11 of them for violating federal law.
9 of them caved and sent me apology letters, deleted my bad credit, and some even sent me a check for “damages”.
The other 2 met me in court, and I destroyed them.
I was 11 for 11. I found a loophole and exploited it to my advantage, all while acting in accordance with the law. It was an exhausting, frustrating experience, but I had prevailed.
Now I had “the goods”. I had 11 case studies showing that my methods clearly worked, and I had more than enough knowledge to write a competent e-book about it. I also had the ability to create a decent looking website to promote it, since I had taken a few HTML classes.
I hope you can see the two parallels of what I did in both acting and with websites; I went deeper than the rest of the crowd and got real-life, raw feedback, and used it to my advantage.
I wrote my entire story into Microsoft Word, including a step by step guide. I then converted it into a PDF file, and now I had my first ebook. I was officially a published author… well at least self-published.
I made my first website at http://www.CreditProvide.com using a very basic WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) website builder that came with my hosting plan.
You can check http://www.archive.org to see how it looked in 2001. I wasn’t exactly an award winning graphic designer.
But what I did was learn “enough” to make it look decent.
I wasn’t the greatest copywriter in the world either. But again I did “enough” to make it compelling and different from the rest.
When I’m working on a project, I’m a firm believer in being able to do at least one thing great, and being “good enough” at everything else required to complete it. In this case, I had a great product (the ebook), and very mediocre programming/designing skills, copywriting skills, and marketing skills.
I think it’s important to note that I also didn’t hire one single person. No outsourcing at all.
I had been reading WarriorForum.com for months (this was 2001). I learned how things worked -how to sell the book through a merchant account and how to promote it using Google Adwords. That was about the extent of my knowledge at this point. I wasn’t anywhere near being ready to tackle SEO, affiliates, banners, etc.
I started off slow, simply using Google Adwords to target cheap long-tail keywords related to credit repair, and I began spending $300/month, which resulted in $600 in revenue. A profit of $300/month. I was absolutely ecstatic. It was working. People were buying my stuff because it was flat out different than everything else. I answered every email inquiry myself and was genuinely glad I was helping so many people in financial trouble. I received so many emails from people thanking me. It felt great.
After a few months I had gotten up to profiting $600/month. And that was exactly equal to my rent. I now had an online business on autopilot paying for my living expenses. That was so amazing to me. Unfortunately I just didn’t have the cash flow to go bigger yet, and I also didn’t realize how much bigger I could go, if at all. I was actually pretty satisfied at $600/month. But that was all about to change very soon.
One fateful day:
I checked my inbox one morning and I had received an email from a company called Virtumundo. They had seen my site and said they were interested in sending an email out about it to their list of subscribers. In exchange we would share the sales 50/50. I had no knowledge of this type of thing but they were willing to do everything, so I said sure! I asked how many people they would be sending it to. They said 12 million… and I couldn’t believe it.
The next day:
I knew that the email had gone out. I went about my day and in the evening I checked sales, hoping to see a spike. What I saw still sends chills down my spine.
Total sales for the day: $90,000.
I was floored. If my math was correct, this 21 year old kid had just made $45,000 in one day. I really can’t describe that feeling and do it justice.
From $600/month to $45k profit in one day. I instantly knew online marketing was the life for me!
Virtumundo would go on to promote several more times over the next few months, and I felt like a very, very rich young man.
Now that I knew this was possible, I scoured the internet looking for other companies with lists to market to. I made a few more deals with similar companies and before I knew it, I had a $250k company on my hands. I bought my first brand new car – an Audi A4, and a 1 bedroom, 600 square foot condo in Tarzana, CA for $78,000.
I had received a lobotomy in marketing. I now realized how much money was out there for the taking – and all the while I was helping people who were desperate. It was win/win situation, and it became addictive. I wanted more.
Now I wanted to learn SEO and get my site ranked highly for more traffic. More, more, more.
At the time, getting a link back to your site that was from a PR9 (PageRank 9) website was like the holy grail. It was almost impossible because only a handful of sites had that status. Sites like Yahoo.com & Microsoft.com. And good luck getting a text link from them! It was nearly impossible. They just didn’t offer it. But if I could find a way, I knew it would instantly make my site a PR8. And as a PR8, I was almost a lock to be # 1 for my most coveted keyphrase, “bad credit”. There were over 100 million competing websites.
One day I was reverse engineering another website that ranked # 1 for a credit related term. Their Google PR was 8. I researched where they were getting links from and found out that one was from FoxNews.com, which was a PR9. And low and behold FoxNews.com had 8 text links on their home page. I immediately inquired with their advertising department and they told me one of the 8 spots was coming available soon for $2,000 / month. At that price I only had one question – “Can I send you the money today?”.
That was an unbelievably low price for a PR9 link. I immediately negotiated a one-year contract with the option to renew, and locked in my spot for a year.
30 days later, I was # 1 in the world on Google.com for “bad credit”. This resulted in revenues on average of $20,000 per month. I can only imagine what the revenue would have been if I really knew how to monetize my site better!
Over the next 3 years I remained # 1. I was on top of the world. I left that site on autopilot and created about a dozen other websites that sold various ebooks about anything I was interested in. I learned about www.Clickbank.com, getting affiliates, and how to do better at Google Adwords.
I built these sites up to maximum profitability and anytime the sales started to slip due to competition, I would sell the sites on eBay.
One of my sites was ForeignPharmaciesOnline.com (which no longer exists). I had been taking anxiety medication ever since my auditioning days, and it was expensive, even with insurance. So I researched foreign pharmacies that would provide medicine to people in the USA without a prescription.
I scoured forums, chat rooms, etc. where people would report on the legitimate companies that would not only send them the meds (more than half just took your money and sent you nothing), but also those that actually sent you REAL meds – meaning they were still in the original manufacturer’s packaging, not a zip lock bag filled with God only knows what.
I bought from several of them myself. And those that turned out to be legit, I asked if they would be interested in letting me be an affiliate. To my surprise, several of them were willing to give me 25% of all sales referred.
Not only that, but I realized that a list of legit, SAFE overseas pharmacies would be worth money itself.
So I made my website a members only site where you had to pay $19.95 for access to my updated list of overseas pharmacies. Now I had a front end (membership sales), and a back-end (commissions from people buying the medicines).
I advertised again soley on Adwords. The first month revenues were $180,000 and I spent around $90,000 in advertising. Another big winner.
Unfortunately I got into the game too late though, and only enjoyed this run for 4 or 5 months. It was 2004 and the government began cracking down on sites that had anything to do with getting medicine without a prescription, even though all I was providing was information – I wasn’t actually selling pharmaceuticals.
The U.S. pharmaceutical industry doesn’t like when people can get their stuff overseas for 10 bucks, when they can charge $100 for it in America. So they lobby to the government, and somebody important finds extra money in their pockets. And the next thing you know I’m being strong-armed by the government to take my site down. They kept shutting down my hosting accounts, merchant accounts, sending threatening letters, etc. Even though I wasn’t breaking any law whatsoever.
And they had gotten to Google too. No more ads about foreign pharmacies were allowed.
So once I’d had enough, I sold the site to someone for $100,000. It still had value because it had some good organic rankings in Google, and that was still allowed. It also had value because a new owner could re-incorporate the company/website in a country like Gibraltar and not be exposed to U.S. government pressure.
I sold the site on eBay and openly told prospective buyers of the risks. Oddly enough, someone who lived 2 blocks away from me ended up buying it. His name was Ryan Kaltman – and that’s how I met the guy who would later become my right hand man at the Rich Jerk company. Ryan later told me that he made his money back on the site, but ultimately gave up on it because he was getting threatening faxes, and he was becoming very paranoid anytime he saw a black towncar drive by his house! LOL.
Another site I had around the same time had made about $900,000 in the past year. And once the sales started slipping due to increased competition, I sold it on eBay for $379,000. That was in 2005, and the sale generated a lot of buzz in marketing forums. Everyone tried to figure out what the site was and who owned it (I had kept the URL private during the sale and only shared it with the buyer). The site was www.TopSiteReviews.com (it doesn’t exist anymore but again you can check it out on archive.org to see what it looked like).
With all the buzz, I wanted to parlay that into something. I was encouraged by many people to become a “make-money guru”, basically teaching people how I had been so successful online.
The only way I would agree was if I could somehow be completely different than everyone else, and I also wanted to keep my anonymity as much as possible.
I found all of the other gurus so funny – such as Tom Vu and Don Lapre – how they flaunted their success.
Check out an old infomercial from Tom Vu here:
So I decided to create a caracature of them, in an over the top, mean, Howard Stern-like character who shoved his success in your face and looked like Leisure Suit Larry.
His name: The Rich Jerk.
This “love him or hate him” character created a HUGE buzz because he was so unique. And the ebook was pure gold at the time, if I do say so myself, because I actually showed proof of my businesses and what I had done. The character may have been ridiculous, but the material was the real deal. And the earnings and testimonials were legit.
According to my research, one of the most respected online marketers was Yanik Silver. I sent him a copy of the ebook and asked him to look at the sales letter, and to consider giving it his stamp of approval. He replied that he didn’t think this thing would fly.
I was a bit deflated, but I went forward and approached another marketing guru – iconic marketing legend Gary Halbert. I spoke with Gary on the phone and told him my whole story. I was so nervous. Sure I had been successful, but this guy was a legend. And being judged by my peers was nerve wracking, especially after Yanik had already given it the thumbs down.
Gary not only liked the whole thing, but he also said he would give it the first and only G.H.S.O.A. (Gary Halbert Seal of Approval). You can see what he wrote here:
After Gary vouched for the me, the forums went nuts, tons of affiliates jumped on board, and sales went through the roof.
$10,000 a day in profit was a “bad” day, and I had another big winner on my hands. But this time, I wanted to take it to a whole new level. And over the years, through many joint ventures, it became a multi-million dollar behemoth.
Unfortunately though, after several successful years, the old adage “more money, more problems” came around and bit me. I had brought on partners, family members, etc. And the situation became far from optimal. Unbearable really.
Fortunately there were people standing in line to buy the company when I put it up for sale.
I took a 7 figure buyout for my share, and I “retired” for a couple years.
But doing nothing got old too.
So I decided to “give it another go” at teaching online marketing. But this time, anonymity be damned!
I’m just me, doing my thing, trying to help others better their lives financially and creatively, so they can spend more time doing the things they love.
I admit, running the Rich Jerk company, I actually became quite a jerk. I lost respect for money, people, customers, and even myself. I went on ridiculous spending sprees for things that don’t matter in life. I rented out the Playboy Mansion for $250k for one night, lived in ridiculous homes, had a garage full of ridiculous cars, and spent money like it was going out of style. And it was all just an ego trip.
I cared more about money and possessions than I did about the things that really matter, like the people who care about you no matter what. The people who stick by your side. Not even necessarily family, because some family members can flat out be no good for you. I’m talking about the people you would probably think about most if you were taking your last breaths.
When I finally couldn’t accept the person I had become, I made my great escape. I sold all of the fancy schmancy stuff, and moved from LA down to a sleepy beach town in San Diego. I called up my friend Mike Long, who has had his own share of ups and downs, and asked him if he wanted to start over with one thing in mind – helping people.
I had always gotten a lot out of my conversations with Mike Long, so he flew out from Virginia and we decided to just start recording conversations between us to see what would happen. Four months later, BringTheFresh.com was born!
Mike helped out for a few years and eventually went on to do his own thing as well. But BTF is going better than ever!
And now, I couldn’t be happier. I get testimonials every day from people who have gotten their first site to # 1 in Google, and received their first paycheck from it. People are digging in and changing their lives.
And I enjoy chatting with my customers often. While I don’t consider myself a big dog on the porch anymore, I have a nice core group of 17,000 people along for the ride. People who appreciate me, and who I appreciate in return. I chat with my members daily, whether its by phone, skype, email, etc.
But before this starts getting all mushy, its not all snowflakes and dandelions.
I’m nowhere near the smartest, coolest, nicest, richest, or best internet marketer out there. Sometimes I make mistakes. I get frustrated. I make bad decisions. I’m just a normal dudes, and I’m teaching the simple stuff that works, the best way I know. And I’m learning from my members just as much as they’re learning from me.
While I love to stay positive and encourage our members, its ultimately up to them to make the choice to dive in 100% or not.
If you’re in, awesome!
If not, I’ll be at BringTheFresh.com waiting for ya. (I’m in the private forum there every day, and we’re 17,000 members strong!)
And by the way, if you made it this far on the page, you are a ROCKSTAR. I really appreciate you taking the time to read this entire post, and I hope that it has helped you or motivated you in some way.
Lastly, I’ve received so many great comments and direct messages from people who enjoyed this post, saying it really resonated with their own belief system. This has led to some great relationships. If you feel like this post resonates with you, and you’d like to explore the option of working with me personally, go ahead and check out this page:
I just watched a webinar with SEO Braintrust – I like those guys. It motivated me to make this post. Its sort of a combo of my thinking and theirs (as I understand it)…
If you’ve received an unnatural links notice from Google recenlty, remember you haven’t necessarily been penalized. It takes a manual review by a person to de-index you. BUT, if you have been relying on a bad link network, those links have now been nuked, so obviously you have less links to your site now… so naturally you would lose rankings.
Now if you have ALSO done a lot of good linking practices, those links will still count, so you may only drop a few places. It depends on how heavily you were relying on the naughty links. And keep in mind, during this time, your competitor may have been doing things right, so it makes sense that he now passed you.
Google’s TOS says you cannot use the automatic distribution of poor quality content in order to inflate anchor text and links. So everyone knows what they’re doing. If you’re playing on thin ice, you know that ice may crack at any time. Its up to you. You may get lucky. You may stay under the radar.
Keep in mind, when google finds a forum that has 5 posts in the past month but 100k new profiles, its pretty obvious that they will either slap a “don’t trust” label on that forum, or they may de-index it altogether. Either way, your links are nuked.
You may get links from directories, profiles, forums, blog comments, sponsored reviews, guest posting, social, press releases, videos, etc – but if you go overboard on any one, they may go away and you’ll fall.
If you seriously never want to worry about rankings dropping, here is what you would need to do… now keep in mind on some sites I still personally use tools like UAW and some profiles, blog commenting, guest posts, sponsored reviews, etc, but I diversify so that if any of those things get killed overnight, I don’t drop too far. But when I do those things, I always try to add value – my articles dont suck, my comments are relevant to the post, I use my profile to leave decent comments in the forum, etc. (this may be considered by some as grey hat – whatevs)
But here’s what you do for real staying power, completely white hat:
Do press releases about stuff that is actually interesting on your site, not BS. If you aren’t interesting, get interesting.
Become facebook or twitter friends with similar sites, retweet for them, fb like them, converse with them, engage with them, advertise with them, follow the people that follow them, etc. Make these people like you.
Make cool youtube videos and share them… link bait.
Run contests and polls and share the results… link bait.
Give away ebooks, videos, the results of a case study, or do a hard hitting, controversial review of a product, anything of value. Link bait.
Try to get links from the same places as your competitors. Stalk them. Do what they do, while continuing to make them look good at the same time, and conversing with them.
An example at my site BringTheFresh.com is Greg Morrison – this guy has done nealy $1mil in the past 8 months or so, using our advice, and he’s given us plenty of proof and testimonials – he makes us look good – obviously we’d do just about anything for him at this point… and the same goes for others who are doing the same, whether or not they’ve mad $5k, or $500k. If they make us look good over and over, we want to help them. Don’t you think it works the same with SEO?
Many seo companies don’t have a “link building” division. They do marketing or events for their clients that lead to organic links like press releases, polls, events, case studies, a controversial opinion piece, etc. Even if its just a meme photo that gets shared. Its all legitimate link bait.
Think about the site “Cracked.com“. Take a look at their articles and tell me if they get backlinks all day. Its an obvious yes. Take a look at a company on facebook called Dayuum. They get huge interaction from just posting cool pics for guys.
Like Dan Thies says, he would pay $100+ or more per article for world class writing – because people will link back to it. LINK BAIT.
Think about what Google wants – they want stuff that they don’t already have in their index. They want unique value. Sure they screw up, but thats what they ultimately want. They don’t want less value.
If content is awesome, it will get links. Obviously, this is a much slower process than most people who want to get rich overnight or rank #1 overnight… which is why I do some greyish hat stuff on some sites. But if it stops working, I move on… I never have my stuff depend on any ONE thing too much…
Its not just SEO – your email list management company may dump you tomorrow, your merchant account may close your account without notice… STUFF happens. You need to be ready with a backup plan at all times.
If you don’t think you can create good content or hire someone for it, consider “content curation”. You can use a snippet from the original source, and/or a link, and just add your commentary. As long as your commentary far outweighs the original content, it now becomes original content, and its also an easy way to get inspiration for your writing. Adding in related youtube videos, etc can also be a good idea, or better yet, create your own.
Good content, participation, and link bait builds you an AUDIENCE. And your audience gets you links.
But if you wanna go the fast, risky route of 1000 profile links, an exact match domain, little competition, and little content, thats fine. Just don’t think the site will last forever, and don’t whine if it disappears. Just be thankful for the time that it was ranked and any money you DID make. Thats why launch jacking is so cool. By the time the ban hammer gets around to you, you’ve already cashed out.
Now carry on, and remember the sky is always falling… (if you remember the Google “Florida” update of 2003 then you understand)
I don’t know about you, but up until about a year ago I knew nothing about Gold, Silver, or precious metals in general. I’ve been told by very smart people to get into precious metals for years and years. But I never really knew what they meant, or why. I’d just say “yeah, yeah” and go on about my business.
I’ve always thought the best investment was investing in myself. After all, I know what I’m capable of. I can predict with some certainty what will happen if I seriously put my time, money & effort into something.
I’ve seen people get devastated by investments and I’ve seen people make millions. But the risk always seemed too great to me.
Then a year ago I met a guy who changed all of that. His name is Tyler Gallagher from Regal Assets.
Its really amazing who you can meet when you focus your time & energy on helping people, and only spending time with people who feel the same. Without getting weird, the universe just seems to have a way of making it happen.
Its almost serendipitous too, because around 18 months ago I was talking with my friend and fellow internet marketer, Mike Dillard, and he was really excited about getting out of MLM and getting into investment advice, because he was doing so well with precious metals.
Just to give you an example, if you put $10,000 into gold in 2002, it would be worth over $60,000 now. Thats a 600% return on investment… and obviously that is HUGE. Especially when most folks who had their money in stocks, mutual funds, etc. were taken to the cleaners.
Mike went on to create a very successful financial advice membership site called the Elevation Group. His members are blown away at his content, and so am I.
So anyway, back to Tyler and Regal Assets.
I met him through a mutual friend in Los Angeles. Tyler clued me in to the VERY interesting history of the American monetary system. The shady backdoor dealings that have gone down over the past few hundred years blew my mind.
Once I started to “get it”, I became excited. After all, if I didn’t know about this stuff, how many others don’t know it?
I strongly believe there is a real opportunity to help a lot of folks here. People who don’t know what to do with their savings. Those who have their money invested in the stock market, and fear it will disappear every day. Or people whose 401k has taken a major hit, especially since all of the banks went belly up.
Gold has worked for 5,000 years. And now that the Federal Reserve and self-serving politicians have been called out by folks like Ron Paul and Peter Schiff, for printing money out of thin air, public awareness is growing.
When we see a $14 trillion dollar deficit, its hard to ignore the facts.
And the fact is, things cannot continue at this pace. It will all fall apart.
I don’t consider myself a “doom & gloom” sort of person, or a conspiracy theorist. But I can do math.
And the current math just doesn’t work.
You cannot have an independent organization (the Federal Reserve) printing money whenever it wants, while being run by a few elite private citizens (whose names are not revealed), out of the jurisdiction of any U.S. laws. Any logical person knows that is a horrible system, susceptible to fraud and special interests.
And it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that when you print more money, every dollar in circulation becomes less valuable. I don’t want to wake up one day to realize my money in the bank is worth 50% of what it was worth when I deposited it. I don’t even want it to be worth 10% less. I want it to be worth MORE.
And the only way I know how to do that is Gold and Silver.
Check out this video from Regal Assets to see what I mean:
I’m so passionate about this industry that I’ve partnered with Regal Assets.
I have created their gold affiliate program and its like no other affiliate program in the industry. Our payouts are 10 times what other companies pay. We offer revenue sharing deals, as well as paying per lead.
We can give you a high converting form to place on your site, and you can follow your leads in real time to see who called them, what the outcome was, what the next step is, when/if a sale takes place, and all of the notes regarding that potential customer. Nothing like this has ever been seen in this industry. In fact, most gold/silver affiliate programs pay less than 1% of the total sale, and many end up closing the affiliate program altogether (like Apmex recently did).
I’m willing to work with every affiliate personally, because I want this to be a WIN->WIN->WIN.
A win for you, a win for us, and a win for the customer.
This is the kind of project that will have a profound affect on the lives of many people, in a POSITIVE way. If you’d like to get on board, check out our gold affiliate program page, and we can get started right away. A recent affiliate made $2100 on the very first lead he sent us.
Of course if you’d like to secure your own precious metals to hedge against stock market or dollar collapse, I think that would be a wise move as well. Check out our homepage for gold bullion.
Another smart move may be to roll your IRA or a 401k into precious metals. Check out our Gold IRA page for details on that.
Some folks won’t take this seriously and will end up kicking themselves later.
Others will make BANK, and it will have REAL value, not just manipulated paper money.
Which one will you be?
P.S. A handy-dandy site I have that gives hourly updates on the price of silver and a recap of the daily fluctuations is at SpotSilver.net
I’ve begun to realize that our forum has so many success stories which would probably be very encouraging to those who aren’t inside BTF. If nothing else, they should serve as proof that making money online is not only “possible”, but quite a lot of folks are already doing it, from all walks of life. Some make a few hundred bucks, and are thrilled. Others are making tens of thousands of dollars, or more. Heck, many people I’ve worked with, either directly or indirectly, are making a lot more money than I am! And I couldn’t be more happy about that.
The feeling you get when you help someone change their life for the better… AND to have them publicly testify about it… well it just doesn’t get much better than that. Money is great and all, but knowing you’ve sort of changed the world in a small but positive way, that’s just killer.
Anyway, before I start sounding like some sort of positive affirmation fanatic, I’d like to just share one of the recent success stories I received, and let it speak for itself.
Just a quick note that dozens of people replied with words of congratulations to Greg, and several asked additional questions. So I’m posting Greg’s answers to those as well (while leaving out the dozens of replies – or this post would take up my entire blog!)
by melovemoney » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:13 am
Hey all, just wanted to share my success story with “ya’ll”. I’ll try and make it a short version so I don’t bore anyone.
Well yes I just made $16,000 in 6 hours of work over the last 3 weeks, but I’ll get to the details of that after going to the beginning.
For me the beginning starts with “The Rich Jerk” days. I had the same forum name I’m using now if you want to look me up! Unfortunately I can’t get on that forum anymore because it doesn’t let me login or reset my password (well it does let me reset but the new pw won’t work).
BTW…As I started in RJ I was actually heavily addicted to some hard drugs and working for $9 an hour – boy I don’t miss those days.
Anyways, yea I started with the RJ. Basically I was making a little of money until I got into MySpace marketing. I basically mastered MySpace marketing – made a product on it – and then turned and taught the Rich Jerk forum how to market on MySpace for free. Back then survey sites were really big, so a partner and I made a survey site. I asked the members of the RJ forum to promote my site in turn for showing them how to market on MySpace (I was actually the creator of “The MySpace Bank” which turned into “SpaceBankers” – which was later sold to Ryan Moran for $10k – it’s still around somewhat I think).
Anyways, having a forum of people promoting your product through MySpace back then was extremely profitable (from what I know it’s much harder on MySpace now – I don’t mess with it). My partner dropped off (won’t go into that – but some of you may know Ruck – who now owns Convert2Media which is a CPA company). So the site became solely mine. It shot to #1 selling product on PayDotCom.com (site\product name was OnlineBestSurveys.com).
I was basically making around $15,000 a month, pure profit, doing absolutely nothing. For some reason about 6 months later I got a feeling that the whole MySpace thing was coming apart as it was getting harder and harder and spam complaints were becoming more and more common for my site – and I was starting to have issues with Paypal which was who I was using to sell. So I decided to sell the site.
I sold the site for $200,000 on Flippa. Well, actually it was $177,500 (gave the guy who bought it a $2,500 to travel over here, for travel expenses and lawyer fees as we met with a lawyer). And then the deal was he’d give me $10,000 a month over the next two months if the site continued doing over $12,000 a month profit. It did the first month, so I got that $10,000 (well actually it ended up being $7,500 – forget why). After that his paypal account got put on hold and MySpace marketing crashed and the site\method that people were using to market completely tanked – which I had that weird feeling was going to happen. So it was a good thing I sold.
So now I had a bunch of money sitting in the bank, and I was living GOOD. I was SET for a WHILE, right? At least I thought.
Basically I sat on my lazy ass for the next 3 years doing pretty much nothing, like an idiot.
To make a long story short I went through the money pretty quickly and learned a valuable lesson.
Anyways, 6 months ago (when I was just about all the way through my money) I decided enough is enough and I was going to get back into internet marketing hardcore. Except this time I’m NOT going to STOP like an idiot when I make a bunch of money.
Over the last 6 months I have been totally busting my ass. I got a nice income going and have around 50 different sites I’m working on right now.
So now lets get to the $16,000 in 6 hours of work.
About 3 weeks ago I had a guy contact me telling me he wanted to buy a site of mine. This was a site that I hadn’t touched in years, and was doing like $4 a day in adsense. He said he’s buy it for $5,000. I said SOLD.
After that he asked if I had anymore sites on the same topic, for different keywords. I didn’t – but I told him to send me over keywords he is interested in and I will make sites on them and have them ranking in the top of Google shortly. He gave me a list of about 15 keywords.
That was 3 weeks ago. Over the last 2 days, 3 of those sites have already reached the top 5 in Google for their main keyword (which is where he wants them, and said he will buy when they reach their). I sold those 3 sites for a combined $11,000 ($11,000 + $5,000 = $16,000). Yeah you could say I made $11,000 in 6 hours of work, but the original site he found took me only a few hours to make and SEO. So I consider it $16k.
But that’s not the end of this success story. I still have 12 more sites that I am working on for this client now, 8 of which are already either on the bottom of page 1 or the top of page 2. Mind you, each of these sites are being sold for anywhere between $3,000 and $7,000. So although I made $16,000 in 6 hours of work, there is much more to come – from ONE client.
I know some people are going to want to know how I did this in only 6 hours so I’m going to explain – and hopefully some of you can get something out of it.
Basically for each site I contacted my article writer and had him write like 12 articles for each site. And by the way, I pay my article writer $2 for each 500 word article. This is a little off track – but you don’t need to pay a lot for good articles, you just need to find the right person. It took a lot of spending money to find the right person, but it was well worth it to me.
That’s something that I think is very underestimated – outsourcing to the right people. Sometimes it takes time and money – but finding the right people to outsource to can be pivital. I pay this guy only $2 per article, but he writes them as well as most people who charge $10 per article. And I order like 300 articles a week as I am working on tons of sites – do the math of how much more it would be if I was even paying $5 per article instead of $2. So finding the write people to outsource to is definitely really important.
Anyways, so again I had him write like 12 articles for each site. I used like 6 or 7 articles for the actual site. I then used the remaining articles for promotion. I used 3 for UAW (I don’t re-write my articles in UAW that takes WAY too much time – I just have him write 3 similar articles and copy and paste – why spend all that time re-writing when I can spend $6 to have it ready to go?). I used 1 article for the link juicer. And then I submitted 1 or 2 to ezinearticles. And I just did a couple other basic SEO techniques that I usually do for my sites.
I think I also ordered profile links from Tabish for a few of the sites (not sure if it was for the ones I already sold or not). I have my own profile guy, my own commenter, my own social bookmarker, etc – so I outsourced a project or two for each site to mostly my guys I use for SEO (remember taking the time and spending the money to find the right outsourcers is pivital – I pay very little for very good results).
All in all the 3 sites I sold so far took me about 6 hours of work, and I spent maybe $400 or so for the articles and SEO outsourcing. And that’s my $16,000 in 6 hours.
So I want to give a special thanks to Kelly Felix. I probably would never be in this business if it wasn’t for his Rich Jerk product and the Rich Jerk forum. Although I knew most of what was in BTF from when I was in the business earlier, I did learn some great things from BTF – particularly the power of exact match domains. I always knew they were powerful but Kelly made me realize just how powerful they are – and that helped me with the sites I am doing and have sold to my client. And of course there are a couple other great things and ideas I have picked up from BTF.
Honestly, Kelly if it weren’t from you I might be back in my days of heavy drug use and getting payed $9 an hour still. Succeeding in internet marketing brought me out of drug use and made me want something more. I usually wouldn’t share this in public – but I heard Kelly say he loves hearing success stories from what he taught and how he has impacted people’s career – and I think I owe it to him to share my success story. And not just how he impacted my career, but my life.
And Kelly you have taught me a shitload about this business. I can tell you all that good guidance is definitely another very important for success – and you all got one of the best in my opinion. I don’t think a lot of the members know just how crazy good BTF is if you REALLY go through all the information and even more importantly REALLY implement all the information (especially SEO). One things for sure, a lot of the “gurus” out there are some money hungry bitches – and teach you some bull shit. Kelly is NOT teaching you some bullshit – trust me – I have learned most of what I know from HIS products.
So make sure you understand and comprehend that you have one of the VERY few products out there that REALLY teaches you how to make REAL money in this business. Take advantage of it, especially if you aren’t making money online yet. There are very few people making money like Kelly that will take you inside their business and show you EXACTLY what they do. I mean come on – you can’t get better guidance than that.
And this success story isn’t just the $16,000 in 6 hours – or the 12 other sites that I will be selling over the next 2 months for an estimated $50,000, it’s the whole package!
Hopefully some of you got something out of this, and if anyone has any questions feel free to ask. Whether it be about my passed, about methods I use or used, or whatever else – ask away.
Also I think you can get some great ideas from this – contacting webmasters and letting them know you can do sites for them that rank highly in google (like me one site could turn into 15, which could turn into a lot more off referrals). Kind of the same thing with local marketing – except you are getting out there and contacting people through the web. Why can’t you just research and find people who might need sites in the top of google (think company’s\businesses – but think outside the box). Hope this helps.
And remember, feel free to ask questions about whatever you want, if you want to know anything at all.
Follow up post:
by melovemoney » Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:33 pm
Jack – a lot of the traffic for the survey site was from MySpace. As I explained in the post I showed a bunch of people in the Rich Jerk forum how to market on MySpace and in return they promoted my site. That got the site started. That got the site to raise in the PayDotCom marketplace – which naturally got me more affiliates. By the time I sold the site, PayDotCom showed me having over 90,000 affiliates. Of course it was no where near that amount promoting.
So the traffic was coming from affiliates – a lot from MySpace.
Martin – UAW is Unique Article Wizard. It’s a service that takes 3 versions of an article and “spins it” into unique versions and automatically submits to hundreds of blogs & directories. Basically used for link building and a tiny bit of traffic. Doesn’t work as well as it use to but it still works and is still worth it to me.
Let me tell you as a newbie you are extremely lucky to have this place as a resource. Even though the Rich Jerk was a good product and had a great forum, it is\was no where near as in depth as BTF. BTF just gives you such good step by step. And they are so right when they say forget all the bullshit and just do what they tell you (well they say it somewhere along those lines).
If you just follow what they tell you to do you will eventually succeed. The most important part is the research phase. If you can find a non-competitive niche that has good traffic that converts your golden if you implement the SEO methods they outline. Even a niche that is semi-competitive. I just say non-competitive because I think that’s a good place to start as a newbie.
One thing you have to understand is that most people are coming online for quick and easy money. They attempt to make money for a few days, quit, and fail. You have to stick with it – this is not a quick money business (as a beginner at least). It can be a VERY quick money business if you know what you’re doing.
As a beginner\newbie you just have a learning curve, that’s all. Stick with it and learn your shit, you will get it down. Trust me, when I first started I made nothing for a couple months. And I was putting in 12 hour days after my job. I just wanted it so bad, and I didn’t give up – that’s so crucial to succeed here. Not to mention I LOVE working online – I love it. It makes it so much easier to succeed.
So my advice is to start with a niche that you are really interested in, as that will help you REALLY like what you are doing.
Hope this helps.
Follow up post:
by melovemoney » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:10 pm
Martin, let me tell you something – you are going to make it.
You’re going to make it because of the way you think.
You’re 2 weeks in and you have done more than a lot of people do in their first 6 months.
And you understand the concept that even though you may not be making money now – “you’re work can be working for you” (as I like to say) in 2 moths or 4 months or 6 months or whatever the time is. As the way that we are taught to do things in BTF – these types of incomes make us money on AUTO PILOT in our sleep, 24 hours a day – just as you said.
I have sites from 3 years ago I haven’t touched doing a few dollars a day in adsense. And although that isn’t much, if you have 100 sites all doing $5 a day in adsense that’s $500 a day – and THAT is very possible. And these types continue to make an automated income.
And I can tell from your post that you understand this concept. You will be one of the few that really does well, I really believe that – and it’s because of the way you think. You will, as long as you keep it up, don’t give up, and keep on moving forward.
You know it’s nice that I made $16,000 in 6 hours of work, and I’ll probably end up doing like $65,000 for like 50 hours of work – but my favorite incomes are the ones that are from sites that are completely auto-pilot that continuously make money month after month, year after year without even touching it. Those are the sites that I love the most – and that’s currently what I am working on the most right now (hint hint).
And I’m glad my story inspired some of you. If someone addicted to drugs can start an internet business – you can definitely start one. You just need the drive and the right mind frame.
I really believe in the theory of the “law of attraction”. If this is something that’s constantly on your mind – it’s going to come. Because if it’s always on your mind you really want it, and you’ll go get it.
Follow up post:
by KellyFelix » Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:11 pm
Wow, what a story. Thanks so much for taking the time to write it, and in so much detail. I think you really helped a lot of folks with that post, whether you ever find out about it or not. Thats what I love about this section. Its so motivating to see people actually succeeding.
I remember Spacebankers. One of my employees (Cam from the RJ forum) wouldn’t stop yapping about it lol. Also remember Ruck, CashTactics, etc.
Don’t feel bad about sitting around and wasting away after getting a fat payday. I think we all do that at some point, on some level. That money usually turns into a great lesson, if nothing else. As you know, if you don’t stay on top of your game, the internet / SEO / whatever will pass you by. And the money will go bye bye.
I’m stoked that you have carved out a nich in such high demand, and you’re bascially able to rank the sites at will. This just goes to show that your buyer is one of the 99.9% people out there who think that SEO is a black box, and we are basically magicians. Lets allow them to continue believing that!
BTW, I still talk to Ryan Moran.
Can’t wait to hear your next update!
Follow up post:
by melovemoney » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:55 pm
For all the people who said stuff like they should delete their success story or they don’t feel as good about they’re success story – I know you’re half joking – but please make sure your proud of your success so far because you have been more successful than 99.9% of the people who attempt to enter this business – so you’re part of the select few.
You have to understand I have been in this business for 5+ years, even though 3 of those years were spent doing like nothing – I still kept up with the business those 3 years I wasn’t active.
And understand that I REALLY want this – and I have spent and do spend a lot of time working.
And if you work hard you can make whatever you want. The more you put in the more opportunities that come your way. Just work SMART, hard, be creative and just keep trucking forward. I know I’m no where near where I want to be yet, I’m not going to be happy until I’m doing about $10,000,000 a year – that’s my big picture goal.
Wow – Cam – yeah he is one of my Facebook friends I think but I haven’t talked to him in a while. And Lance Groom was another good guy, he actually gave me a site DataPCJobs.com for free for a payback for something I did for him, forget what, and I turned that into like $100,000 – so he was another guy from your Rich Jerk days that was really a good guy.
Ryan Moran is just a horse, he’s very smart and active in this business and has come a long way. He’s very good at networking – something I don’t really do. I’m more of a keep to myself type of person (I’m not into all the internet marketing seminars and all that shit) which probably hurts me.
It’s hard not to feel bad about the last 3 years though, because I know where I COULD be right now if I didn’t stop. With the capital I had especially, I would have millions – I’m very sure of that. But, I’ve regrouped and I’ll be there within a year hopefully.
But one more time – thank you again Kelly. I can’t tell you how much your projects have helped – and you have probably helped so many more people without even knowing it (Ryan Moran is one of them and he’s very close to millions). I want you to realize that because you deserve to feel good about that.
To everyone else I can just tell you again, if you want it bad enough you’ll get it. I know I want it really bad. I got my first baby on the way and that just pushes me even harder. So just find what motivates you and get to work, and don’t stop.
Once again thanks to Greg for sharing his awesome story. There are literally hundreds of others inside of BTF, and I will continue to share them as often as I can.
It’s really nice for myself and my biz partner Mike Long, to see that all of our hard work every day is paying off for good people.
So over the past 18 months or so, I’ve been running a membership site at BringTheFresh.com – its a community for people interested in making a living via internet marketing. This basically means you create your own products (software, info-products, etc) and sell them online, or you create websites that sell other people’s products, as an affiliate.
I run it with Mike Long, and we try our best to be unlike any other internet marketing site out there.
What I mean is:
1) We don’t lie.
This is VERY difficult to do as a marketer. Lies and hype are what this industry is built on. Preying on people’s hopes. Trying to influence them with psychology, to buy something they don’t need. To make them feel like they DO need it, and to convince them that if it doesn’t work, its THEIR fault.
The most prevalent lie is false statistics. These are fake results, or results gained by using a different method, such as selling the very “system” they are trying to convince you to buy. Commonly, someone will sell an ebook or marketing course, and do a “launch” for it, where they get a lot of friends and partners to promote it. They may make $100k, or even $1 million in just a few days (before gigantic refund rates). But no matter what, they net a nice payday.
Then with their next product, they will convince you that you can use their amazing new course or software they created, and it will make you $100k – $1 million dollars. They fail to mention that the only way they really make money is by selling “how to make money”, via product launches. This is frequently referred to “fake it til you make it”. Selling a course about how to make money online, by selling a course about how to make money online. Very rarely do these people actually make any money online by “doing” anything. They just teach you how to fake it like them.
Many marketers feel this is a grey area, and hang around others who do the same. That way they find solidarity, and feel less guilty about it. There is a common excuse that, “Hey the product has some good stuff in it, so lying to get them to buy it isn’t really a big deal.” Its kinda like if you bought a car that was said to get you 100 miles per gallon on “autopilot”, but after you buy it, you only get 10 miles/gallon. But hey, it does have some nice cupholders, leather seats, and navigation, so the salesman wasn’t really THAT shady was he?
Again, its just really tough to get someone to buy an online info-product or course without making it sound like the greatest course out there. The only guaranteed way to do that is by ACTUALLY making it the greatest course out there! And then relying on your customers to get the good word out for you.
That is a great way to do it, but it takes a lot of time & effort. And while we’ve spent 18 months doing this, others have launched 4 or 5 products during that time, and made millions of dollars. And many use fake names, so they are dis-associated with it. There are little groups of “players” and they all promote each others’ stuff no questions asked. They only care about numbers. They have zero interest in what the customer actually gets.
Right now Bring the Fresh converts pretty well, but not near as well as some of the latest launch products built on hype and lies of “push button” success. As a marketer I’m jealous of their numbers. As an empathetic person, I’m not.
When we work on our own sites, its very hard for us to balance what is hype and what is real, AND what is typical. We edit our sales letter almost daily, to try to find the sweet spot where we can tell the truth and optimize conversions at the same time. Its an ongoing, frustrating thing. Sometimes a few words can change everything. But many times the best words are misleading. And don’t get me started on false scarcity! (fake countdown timers, or “only 7 copies left”.)
For certain audiences we need to “dumb down” our approach. For others, that’s not gonna fly.
2) We don’t sell our customers down the river (filled with piranhas).
The bread and butter of most internet marketing products/courses is lead generation. Many times an offer can afford to pay $100 to acquire a $50 customer, because they are going to sell that customer’s data to a boiler room in Utah. The boiler room will pay 25%-35% of whatever money they make from the leads, and these guys are good at selling over the phone!
That boiler room is gonna call you with promises of making thousands of dollars a month by working with one of their “success coaches” on a weekly basis. Nevermind that your “success coach” has never made more than $15-$20/hr himself… as a success coach. And before that, he was a frustrated wannabe marketer like you. He knows a few catch-phrases like SEO, squeeze page, optimization, ROI, etc., so at least he sorta sounds like he knows what he’s talking about. But ask him for an example of one of his own sites. Then check it out on sites like Compete.com, and you’ll see that his only “success” is the paycheck he gets from his boss at the boiler room.
They promise everything from setting you up with a website, to helping with your taxes, to helping you setup a corporation. And charges go from $1k to $20k. The difference in price really only depends on how much money you have available on your credit card. If they ask and you say you have an $8k credit limit, well then the price of their service just happens to be $8k.
These coaching floors and boiler rooms are seeing more and more scrutiny, and some get taken down by the FTC. Others just disappear when leads dry up, and conveniently forget to pay commissions, or provide the service to the customer that they were paid for.
I know a lot about this sort of thing because as I’ve said before, I sold my leads to these coaching floors back in 2007. The money was great. The whole customer getting no value thing pretty much sucked.
Again, trying to compete with guys who use boiler rooms is tough. They typically see an increase of $100-$300 per customer when they sell their leads down the river. We don’t have that luxury, so we have to resort to other high quality offers of our own to try to make up the difference. These would include offering additional products or services we create, or those our friends have created.
But our competitors do this as well, in addition to selling leads, so we need to compete even smarter.
3) We don’t burn & churn our prospect and customer lists.
I see this so many times and believe it is the most short-sighted thing a marketer can do.
Its very important to build trust with your lists and provide them value. Yet many marketers mail them every day with the next shiny object they MUST buy. But mostly, this is the marketer paying back the guys who helped him do so well on his launch. Lots of guys won’t mail their list for you unless you promise to mail their next offer (whether its good or not). So after the launch, you have to hammer your list as a thank-you to all of the guys who mailed for you.
Its unsubscribe city, and reputation game over. (if you used your real name)
I get joint-venture offers daily, asking me to mail my list to someone’s next great converting product. But its always an appeal to my greed. They never tell me whats in it for my customers. Call me old fashioned but I want to know what it is, what it does, see some proof, and try it myself. Otherwise my list will hate me.
Even when I do end up promoting an offer I think will be good for people, I cover my ass by giving a bonus that will make it worth the customer’s while, even if the product ends up being a nightmare. And I let them keep the bonus even if they refund. I want my customers to stick around for 10 years, not 10 days.
In summary, this post is just meant for food-for-thought. I’m no whistle-blower, and I don’t consider myself holier than thou, or someone who should judge others. I’m still tempted to this day to return to my grey area ways of 2007, but in the end I can’t do it. It just doesn’t feel right. I just have to live with a bit of a lighter wallet!
I’m still friends with many of the guys who do things the grey way. I think a lot of them are very bright, and I actually learn quite a bit from them. And some of them are just damn fun to hang out with!
If you find yourself in a similar situation, where you want to be known as one of the “good guys”, I’d love to hear from ya.
I’m open to working with anyone who has similar views, good products, real testimonials, and consistent results. I think a good group of like-minded individuals, with good products, and good intentions for the customer can make a difference, AND help us compete with everyone else!