The first time I decided to take a look at Internet Marketing was after I saw a video on YouTube, from the Black Hat Millionaire – Chris Canos, showing how Chris had made millions online and that it was so easy even I could do it too.
Chris had set up an auto-responder that ran into about 10 days…which was when I caved and joined his membership site. This was my first experience of WordPress, even back then when I didn’t have a clue, I thought the site looked great.
It was also my first time I had been sold to online.
This was a big thing for me for two reasons:
- I was very, very skeptical about paying money online as I thought it had to be a scam
- I come from a sales back ground and I thought I would spot a sales pitch from a mile away…guess not!
The Black Hat Millionaire was all about breaking the rules and making cash as fast as you could. It sounded great!
I got lost in my first attempt at a resellers hosting account at Host Gator…at this point I wasn’t even aware of what a host account was or what it was for. From memory I paid more money for my membership than I should have, didn’t understand most of what I was being shown…but somehow I was very interested in finding out more about the online world.
For the rest of the year I bought a bunch of ebooks or reports that promised lots but in reality cost me my time as well as my money.
For the first time I was hearing about sites like Host Gator & GoDaddy – I didn’t have a clue what a domain was.
The only real value I got from 2008 was that I learned about SaleHoo and Drop Shipping, which seemed legitimate…albeit a bit tricky to find a decent business to trade with, with out losing my shirt…I paid for another bunch of eBooks and didn’t take action with any of them.
Not because I was lazy or stupid, but because they were missing the key ingredients. It was like doing a 10,000 piece jigsaw without a picture to refer to. It was pretty demotivational and very frustrating.
I’m not programmed to quit – I just hadn’t found what I was looking for – trouble was I didn’t know what I was looking for.
2009 had to be better…right?