The Bragging Thread - Inspire A Newbie

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After hours, days, and weeks of sweat I finally did it. I was able to finally get my flood lamps - got it in RED! Most come in yellow, but I always want to stand out from the crowd.



Sorry for the potato image, I was too excited. Another angle:



This model is from when Craftsman meant something! Notice the tri-rubber grips - and you can set the lamps to almost any angle. It's a got a nice tripod stand, so it'll balance if you have to put it on grass. What a time to be alive...
 

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I don't know what's going on in here, but I moved the car because I feel like you guys are concentrating on the wrong thing. This is a GENUINE Craftsman Flood Lamp - Rare Red:


They don't even make these anymore!
 
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I don't know if I'd call this inspirational to a newbie, but I got a job offer this week for a company in my industry that does pretty well. A guy I used to have as a writing client ended up switching to this company, and he was looking to hire me to manage a group of about 16-18 nerds. I'm not going to take it because it would require me to move overseas (US to Hong Kong), and the pay is decent (very low six figures) , but not enough to justify quitting what I'm doing now and uprooting my family's lives, etc.

Pretty sure I'd get fucked on taxes too.
 

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If there is one piece of advice I could give my old self, it would be to save, save, save. In the 11 years I've been doing this, I've seen quite a few $100K+ months, as well as tons of mid 5 figure months, but I never saved for the lean times, and let me tell you, they will come for most who are in this business. I was doing stupid shit like buying Range Rover Sports, and M3's cash, then traveling all over the place, living it up to the point where I spent literally $200K in a 2 year span traveling (seeing my accountants face was always priceless when I tried to write it all off). I would wake up in the morning and tell the wife...get up, we're heading to Vegas, or Mexico, or Jamaica..with zero fucks given. In retrospect, if I even cut down on half of what I was spending and put that energy into my work, I'd be a multi-millionaire.

I still do well now, but I'm learning with my old age not to spend like a retard, because the slim times will come if you aren't careful.
 
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Yep this is the end of Wickedfire personified. Balling out all the damn time is unnecessary and what we need to do is build fucking brands.

Idk maybe i just got tired of rolling so many sketchy aff. sites at once but I would rather just build big brands / software then dick around slanging bs on the interwebs.
 
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Views on the first video I uploaded to a project's YT channel:


This is the result we are all after: compounding interest, compounding attention, virality. This result when tied to $ is the key to changing your financial future.

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Also, to chime in with @jstover77 above - save save save.

I'll never forget an uber ride to the airport where the conversation with the driver had him describing his 6-figure paychecks, ex-wife's spending habits, and simply over extending. I asked him what the one lesson he learned was and it was simply to live within your means and be extremely conservative when you begin to earn more and want to increase your lifestyle and luxuries.

I feel fortunate to have self control when it comes to spending. Saving comes naturally and I can tell you from experience that it makes all the difference to have a financial backing when things dip. Everything comes in waves, nothing is permanent.

Also - debt is poison. It works against you every minute you carry it. It doesn't care if you're beaten and battered - it will kick you when you're down. FIGHT to get rid of it. Paying an extra $100 of the principle of your home won't give you the dopamine release like blowing $100 on something you don't need, but in the long run this mindset creates amazing results.
 
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One of my newer sites tanked in March due to the google update - I have spent most of the year trying to bring it back to life and only just seeing proper signs now with an upturn in ranking - still a long way to go.

As a result, I paid more attention to paid advertising as I had some success there but never really pushed it. For December so far I have made around $15,000 profit. I had my first day over $1000 in November and have had many more since then. I always maintained on here that I never felt any sort of achievement when I reached certain income goals - I just kept going through the motions. However the first $1000 day came as a big shock to me and actually made me feel really awesome. I feel pumped! So I guess maybe a certain level of income is what it takes to feel it and for me it was the $1000 a day!

I am still working to bring back the site (more of a I have put a lot of time and effort into it and want it to succeed sort of thing more than anything) but it was a blessing in disguise really because I doubt I would have given as much attention to paid if I hadn't. Thing is though - paid is so much more enticing because the return on investment has been very quick where as I have had a site reach $100 a day consistently but that took a lot more effort than the paid did. Having said that - could never have properly funded paid without building sites first.
 

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Since we've talked about save, save, save and debt already, I just want to leave this thought out there because some people take debt lightly.

I don't care what kind of debt it is ( because I've had all and every kind ), debt makes you a slave twice.


First, it makes you a slave to whomever you are in debt with.

Secondly, it makes you a slave to whomever and whatever gives you/earns you your money to pay the holder of your debt.


Every example works out this way.

Example one:

You take out a car loan for $30k or a mortgage for $300k. Maybe it's a second mortgage or just braces at $5k for one of your kids. It could just be credit card debt or school loans.

You're a slave to the bank or whomever financed you. You won't be bankrupting out of your obligation. You're a slave for more than you borrowed more likely, adding more time on to your sentence so to speak. Missed a payment or rates went up? More time added.

You're now more of a slave to your employer who gives you money each month to pay your new bank loan ( and other bills ). Or you're self-employed and now can't escape those clients ( bad or good ) and feel compelled to sit at your desktop for longer hours to make sure the revenue comes in to pay that new loan ( and other bills ). In either situation you can't just up and leave for 30 days to enjoy a month on the beach or to start writing the next great screenplay. Well, unless you're working the whole time on the beach that is...

Maybe you can pull it off to where you can, but most can't. In some way that new debt will restrict something in your life.

Example two:

You have a bricks and mortar business that is doing well, around $2M a year in revenues. You get an opportunity presented to you that you can't pass up, but your cash flow right now doesn't allow you to jump in, so you dip into your line of credit at $300k.

Cash flow is still tight, but now you have $300k in debt and a new monthly payment you need to make. You are already working hard to run this business and pay all the salaries and overhead you had before the loan. Now you need to work harder to ensure you can pay the loan too.

Maybe that means longer hours, new employees ( overhead ) to handle more tasks like sales, maybe it means you have to develop and manage a new strategy in the coming months, maybe the new opportunity means a pivot in your business that has to be cared for like a new baby.

No matter what, you are more married to that business now to ensure you can meet the demand of that new payment.

My stepson told me the other day his real father said to him, "You need loan's to have the nice things in life".

Whoa, what a crock of shit.

I told my stepson if he took out a loan for $4k to buy a truck ( he is 17 years old ), he now has to pay that loan. He understood.

Then I told him, he had to keep a job for as long as needed to pay off that loan. He somewhat understood this.

I told him in order to pay the loan, he needed an income stream. Either a business he owned or working for someone else. More than likely working at the local grocery store bagging groceries or putting food on the shelves at midnight.

At those pay rates, it might be a full 12 months before he pays off the loan, which equals possibly giving up his weekends and nights playing video games, going out with friends, and possibly hurting his grades for college. It for sure means no long and easy summer vacations now too. He for sure wouldn't be able to go with us on trips we take as a family now.

Basically, his next 12 months are somewhat taken away from him when it comes to him deciding what he wants to do.

Now he got it.

You want to know what's nice? Not being a slave. Especially not being a slave 2x.

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I just want to leave this thought out there because some people take debt lightly.
Especially Americans. Mind boggling casual to attitude towards debt. I've seen threads online where the guy says "oh yeah, just $450K in student loan debt; any ideas on how to reduce it?". My response is generally "yeah, don't be a fucking masochist idiot in the first place". Doesn't really get a warm response though :smile:
 
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I got awesome feelings from the screenshots here. I'm secretly wishing that Tavin will come and do a case study here. His case study is buried in paid section of Wickedfire -- that website though :/
 
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Great stuff in here! I'll leave my 2 cents on (Amazon) affiliate niche sites.

When I started my first niche site in 2016 I managed to work on it with focus and dedication for about 3 months and then got distracted by other people's success. I believe that was the time when 10Beasts appeared on the radar and I thought:

"Holy smokes, this guy is doing $40k 6 months after starting this niche site and you're sitting here with under 1k/month. You certainly niched down too hard. Go do something bigger."

So I did...and I now know that wasn't smart. (I started a multi-niche site just like 10Beasts, put around 1.5k and countless hours into it only to realized that I couldn't rank the product reviews - mostly because I didn't even like the site as it was so broad and I had nothing really to contribute when reviewing those products.)

Lucky me, the work that had put into my first site payed off and before I knew it December came around and that 4-month old site made me about $4k. So I figured, niching down might be a good thing after all.

Since then I've really only casually worked on expanding the site, but because it's so niche, it ranks easily and doesn't require a lot of maintenance work.

And voilà, this December surprised me yet again:



So my point is:

Yes there are people out there that do theses numbers in a day or even afternoon. But when you're starting out the problem right in front of you is making your first buck and getting a foot in the door...

...and more often than not niching down will get you there in terms of (Amazon) affiliate sites.

And from there things that you thought were far too small and insignificant will expand into opportunities that you had never thought possible.
 
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Yes there are people out there that do theses numbers in a day or even afternoon. But when you're starting out the problem right in front of you is making your first buck and getting a foot in the door...

...and more often than not niching down will get you there in terms of (Amazon) affiliate sites.

And from there things that you thought were far too small and insignificant will expand into opportunities that you had never thought possible.
Good post. You mention niching down several times, but you don't really give an example of how far down the rabbit hole you're talking? (are you saying covering a topic so tightly, you target terms with no search volume and clean up??)

Just curious, as I've had success with the exact opposite... Going broad. Interested to learn where we're all leaving money on the table!
 
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I'm totally new to online marketing. I started this little amazon niche site three months back. It seems to be doing well given that I had no prior experience in SEO or digital marketing. This may inspire some newbies who have not yet earned any income from their sites.

 
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Good post. You mention niching down several times, but you don't really give an example of how far down the rabbit hole you're talking? (are you saying covering a topic so tightly, you target terms with no search volume and clean up??)

Just curious, as I've had success with the exact opposite... Going broad. Interested to learn where we're all leaving money on the table!
Hey chanilla,

Yeah, sorry for being a little unspecific there. I don't target terms with no search volume! (But I would love to hear for somebody who's been doing that systematically: do you get traffic?)

Rather, the "niche" I am in was virtually non-existent in terms of affiliate sites before I entered it. There were many sites who reviewed my class of products along with several related classes - but only one site that focused on only that one class. So I took that as my cue.

I guess that's not a very practical answer, but this is why I think people often encounter problems when selecting a niche - you can't really define what it is in general terms. Instead, you'd need to see what's already on offer and go from there.

What do you mean by "going broad" :-)
 
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My first sale on Internet was back in 2002.
I sold a php script for 99USD.

It was an open source, modified by me.
First attempt, direct sale for 99USD.

Unfortunately that was the only sale I made for that year but it kept me motivated and opened a new world for me. It was a proof that it is possible to sell something on Internet.