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I've left my job and never going back!

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I've left my job and never going back!

Hey everyone... I had a quick look around but can't really find anyone who used to be around back when I was here (2011-2014).

Anyway, I wanted to briefly write my story and share a thank you to the team here for the success I've had.

I started in this internet marketing game as a 19 year old kid back in 2011 and the first course I ever purchased online was AffiloBlueprint.

I followed it religiously, creating 8 websites, and within 6 months made a few hundred bucks per month. I grew that to a maximum of $1k per month but then with some of the Google Panda / Penguin updates by 2012 it quickly became nothing. I hadn't really structured the sites, content, etc. for long term success.

During that time, and continuing into 2013 I did utilize my network on Affilorama and outside, selling article writing services to other IMers. You could check out my posts to find old threads where I was the #1 article selling service here on the Affilorama Marketplace for a long while!

This was bringing in some money which was great, but eventually I got quite sick of it because most of my customers would be after cheap articles and so my margins were quite slim. At the time I had a solid writing team located in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia that I was outsourcing this work to and then I'd clip the ticket anywhere from 10-20%.

Once I closed this down, I backpacked around the world for a while not really making much money (maybe $40-50 a month) from my niche websites that would still get very very little traffic.

When I came back (in late 2013/early 2014) I used the skills I learned from the previous years of making websites to find local small businesses that advertised in the Yellow Pages and pitched them on why they needed a website. I started to build $250 websites for local businesses!

After about 20 clients, I realised it was a lot more work than I thought, and parked that too. But the great news is I continued to improve my skills around creating value online!

Anyway, with my love for "making money online" in 2014 a mate of mine who used to do a lot of eBay selling while I was doing affiliate marketing emailed me and said he was making 10k a month selling courses on Udemy. And that he was now expanding into self publishing on Amazon.

I quickly learned and self-published my first book on Amazon. I didn't really know too much and didn't consider myself an expert in much except for what I had achieved online. One of these things was running a successful eBay store for 2 years during high school (before my IM days).

So I wrote a book about selling on eBay. It made 2k in 2 months! I was hooked! I then expanded into a topic that's more popular and wrote a second book on budgeting and money (something I had a degree in). This made 4k in 3 months!

Long story short, in 2015 I made $85k online from self publishing! This was also the year I got into full time work as a graduate. Six months in I was very tempted to quit, but had many friends and family telling me not to :-( And I was too afraid to do it. My partner had also moved from the US to Australia, and didn't have a job yet.

So I stayed at the 9-5... this sucked time and energy away from me and that same business now had less of my time and only made $40k online, so I technically "needed" the job still (keep in mind standard of living in Australia is high, our average salary is $81k per year).

Grinding through in 2017 my company laid our team off, and after only being around for 2.5 years I got offered a very small pay out to leave (and 4 other job offers inside the company since I was so young, cheap and great at my job of course). I took the pay out.

That was June 2017. In July 2017 I doubled my publishing income, and in August 2017 I doubled it again.

I am now making $17k per month - expanded things FASTER than ever before, BIGGER than ever before, and I am so happy. I am free. I left the 9-5 and don't plan on EVER going back.

Things are looking so good that my partner has ALSO quit. We have another business we are working on - Bath Box (bathbox.com.au) - and she's on that full time.

Life is great and we are hustling, REALLY hustling.

I wanted to post this to say thank you to everyone here (if the same people are here), the staff, and Mark (if he's around still). I haven't been on here for years because I was out in the world making it happen!

Don't EVER GIVE UP. NEVER. Took my 6 years haha... But it happened and now it's happening bigger and faster than I could have imagined.

And do you know what the craziest thing is? Every little thing I learned from AffiloBlueprint I STILL USE TODAY. Going back to the days I sat down and went through the course, I never would have thought learning about building websites, buying domains, connecting hosting, SEO, etc. would change my life.

Today I am building community websites around each niche that my books are in, as well as email lists (sending affiliate products to the list), and all that good stuff!

So if I could leave you with anything... don't underestimate the value of each little skill you are learning by going on this journey. And even if this journey fails (like mine), there WILL be a way to revive it. You never know when a little thing like building an opt-in page or email list might come in handy! (Not to mention how SUPER valuable it made me to my large corporate company as a 9-5er).

Good luck and stay hustling. It's not IF, but WHEN you succeed.
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Hi there!

Wow, your story is really incredible and inspiring and I must agree that giving up is never an option, especially if you want to really earn money online.

Thank you for sharing your story with us. It means a lot for everyone here, especially for starters who are doubting themselves of whether this can work for them or not. Your story is very inspiring and motivational.

Keep it up!
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kurt
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Nice to hear success stories, thanks for sharing.

If I'm understanding your correctly, you made most of your money from publishing books on Amazon? Do you have to do anything else after publishing it on Amazon such as driving traffic to it or get it to rank well in Amazon?
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belivenutrition
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Wow. That's great! I'm actually thinking of quitting my full time job to work at home. I'm hoping i'm as successful as you!
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wow, you made the right choice) That is really great, cause not all people can do that
I hope, everything will be great)
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elzasiya
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You story is amazing. It really motivated me. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Thanks for sharing your good news. I am still hoping I will be successful one day.
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harrisondaniel87
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Fantastic story and motivation, well done!

I also recently left a sales position for pastures anew in affiliate marketing as a publisher manager. It's still early, and leaving somewhere that I was comfortable wasn't even close to easy, but I am loving it and am completely sure I have made the right decision.

Would really appreciate to hear what actions you took in marketing yourself / your publications.

Thanks again and well done!
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howididsomething
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First of all, congrats on going from 2K in 2 months to 17K in 1 month.

I also got laid off early in 2017 and plan to get going on self-publishing myself (also online course development like your friend).

However, I need to ask how are you making all this money self-publishing? When I review your 2 books with KDSpy, it looks like 6 USD of monthly revenue.
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root123
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well, your story is really good ,actually when a person find his internal abilities then he got success in every field of life ,your story is much inspiring good luck for your future.
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kurt wrote:Nice to hear success stories, thanks for sharing.

If I'm understanding your correctly, you made most of your money from publishing books on Amazon? Do you have to do anything else after publishing it on Amazon such as driving traffic to it or get it to rank well in Amazon?


As of today, yes most of it was made from publishing books on Amazon. But currently, I'm now 50/50 between that and the ecommerce business I mentioned (Bath Box) that I run with my fiance!

After publishing it on Amazon (with strong keyword targeting, good copy on the listing, a professional cover, researched and split-tested title, etc.), I also have an email list that I promote the books to, and run AMS (Amazon ads) on the books after a few months when they have slowed down a bit.
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harrisondaniel87 wrote:Fantastic story and motivation, well done!

I also recently left a sales position for pastures anew in affiliate marketing as a publisher manager. It's still early, and leaving somewhere that I was comfortable wasn't even close to easy, but I am loving it and am completely sure I have made the right decision.

Would really appreciate to hear what actions you took in marketing yourself / your publications.

Thanks again and well done!


Best advice is build an email list as soon as possible!

I publish on Amazon and leverage the fact that it's the biggest buying search engine in the world. I use strong titles with great covers and a professionally written, emotion evoking, description. This is the 3-hit combo that I've relied on since day 1 and it works.

Now I have the funds to buy ads, turn them into positive ROI, and just continue to scale!
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howididsomething wrote:First of all, congrats on going from 2K in 2 months to 17K in 1 month.

I also got laid off early in 2017 and plan to get going on self-publishing myself (also online course development like your friend).

However, I need to ask how are you making all this money self-publishing? When I review your 2 books with KDSpy, it looks like 6 USD of monthly revenue.


Those 2 books were the first ones I published (under my name). They still make a fair bit of money but not as much as when they first came out. KDSpy is usually flawed, they make about $40-50USD from Kindle (purchases plus borrows), but more than 3 times that amount selling their paperback and audiobook versions.

After I did those 2 books, I expanded quickly into 12 other niches with 1-2 authors in each niche and between 5-10 books per author. Needless to say that I have over 120 other books published in various niches, some doing better than my original 2 and some doing worse. But behind every author is a strong backend; website, blog, social media, and EMAIL LIST!
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Great inspirational story.Hoping to follow your lead.
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Congratulations!Your persistence paid off. I hope to be like you also.
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Wow. Congrats!

That was a brave step! My story is not as exciting as yours, but its similar in some way. I had a full time job, but I didn't like it. I was into internet marketing since I was 16. Few months ago I decided to leave my job to do internet marketing. I've earned some experience and now I work as Affiliate Program Coordinator, so I'm on other side of barricade now.

Good luck for everyone. That proves that internet marketing may give you money, but also experience and self-confidence.
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Great, I think your choice is Awesome. I think this day is an independent day for you. LOL
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didieraubin87
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Your story is so incredible :o, I can not say that you should leave your job but I guess your choice was very good.
You deserve with another better than it. Good luck to you, friend!
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Great story! It's really motivating. You seem to have made a good the right choice. It may be sad to say but some people are just not that lucky especially if you leave your job behind and take risks. You could say that it's a leap of faith but just a word of caution, the risks has to be worth it. I'm not being negative. I'm really happy for you. I just want to say that for others who are thinking of doing the same, it can be risky and some may not be as lucky. So before you leap, you better know how deep the fall can be if you don't make it to the other side. You may need to fall first before you have to climb your way back up.
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Additionally, I got laid off first in 2017 and plan to get going on self-publishing myself (also online class improvement like your buddy ). First of all, congrats on going from 2K in 2 months to 17K in 1 month. However, I need to ask how are you making all this money self-publishing? When I examine your two books with KDSpy, it appears like 6 USD of yearly earnings.
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Great story! It is really motivating. You appear to have made a great the ideal option. You could say that it's a leap of faith but just a word of caution, the dangers has to be worth it. I'm not being negative. I'm very happy for you. I just wish to state that for others who are thinking of doing the same, it can be risky and some might not be as blessed. So before you leap, you better understand how deep the autumn could be if you don't make it to another side. You might need to fall before you need to climb your way back up.
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Thanks for your post! It is a really great success story with a high motivation effect!
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Inspiring! Thanks for sharing your success story. :D
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healthyu
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love your story....ive been here 3 years...still cant wrap my head around stuff....havent made a dime...learned lots though:)
my question to you is would you ever hook an affiliate site up to one of your books ...?
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I like stories with a happy ending. I'm really happy for you. It is really motivating and I believe that your post will help a lot of people. Congratulations!
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