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OK - Here's My Success Story (Money, Cars, Women, Booze, Pizza)

Discussion in 'Success Stories and Bragging' started by badboy_nick, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. badboy_nick

    badboy_nick Affiliate affiliate

    Hey guys

    OK, I guess it's time to share my little success story which might be quite a read:

    I used to work in a private bank and it really, really, REALLY sucked. Every night I thought there had to be a better way to make some dosh, considering the place I worked at had loads. Obviously starting a bank was a bit far fetched and out the question ... but I was always interested in computers and the internet, so I figured why not try to make some pocket money there.

    So I tried pretty much everything that most of you probably have tried promoting as well: zip submits, free trials, dating offers, surveys, gambling, clickbank, some low key CPA, amazon, retail products, ebay and online courses. I've also blasted through quite a lot of "marketing courses" from so called gurus.

    In a nutshell, I didn't make a lot of money! I must have tested every traffic source under the sun, from PPC, PPV, Facebook ads, Classifieds, Email Autoresponders, Article Marketing, Youtube ... you name it, I have tried them. I even tested parked domain traffic! Yeah, that's how far out I wandered, lol. Anyway, I would say 99% of all these "get rich" courses and "make money online" tips were are a waste of my time. Maybe they work for other folk out there, but for me ... they just sucked. Period!

    I did make some profit with a few products but it wasn't anything earth shattering, maybe £1k - £1.2k max in one month at best. But what I truly wanted was enough to quit my shitty job in that bank.

    So after loads of grueling nights in front of my computer screen at home, munching pizza and drinking beer ... the financial crisis happened. The credit crunch was everywhere, people panicking, big downward spiraling graphs on every newspaper. It was mayhem. But when everyone was going ape I thought to myself: whenever there is chaos, there is opportunity!

    So I looked at this whole finance thing again! The one thing I was really good at was creating compelling and attractive squeeze pages (you know, these small micro-type websites that only collect personal information like Name, Email, etc ... but NOT your credit card). I seem to be able to convert traffic into "signups" quite easily.

    Then it hit me: Would this work in Finance? I already worked in a bank, so I pretty much knew all the products that were swarming around like mortgages and all the different types of insurances, credit card applications. I had to have another look at this. So in the midst of the financial crisis, I fully concentrated on Financial CPA. There were actually quite a few products out there you could promote, like Life Insurance, Secured Loans, Debt Management, etc. All you had to do was get a person to fill out a form on your site, which is then sent to a broker who pays you for the lead.

    One of my favourite movies was "Glengarry Glen Ross" with Al Pacino and Kevin Spacey, so I knew EXACTLY what this was about. I built out a few micro-sites and ONLY concentrated on throwing solid PPC Traffic at it from Adwords. Payouts were around £30 for a simple Insurance lead, so the margins were actually quite big to be able to compete on Google PPC.

    After a few weeks of hammering at this I made a whopping £3700+ in profits in ONE MONTH! (What is that, like over $6.2k USD). It was like love at first sight when you get butterflies in your stomach. After all that crap I tried promoting, all them silly courses I read ... I finally found something that ACTUALLY WORKS! Don't get me wrong, it was hard work and I invested a heck of a lot of sweat, blood and tears into this. But the system worked! Micro-Sites with PPC in the UK Financial Market. And that was in the middle of the credit crunch as well.

    After a few more months of this I quit my job at the bank and made this my full-time occupation. That moment when I handed in my notice and my bank supervisor asked where I was going to work, it was epic! I don't think he quite understood the meaning of being a Super Affiliate ... but working from home, in your underwear, munching cereal from the box while sitting in front of a computer, and most of all: making more money than he did he understood instantly. It was absolutely priceless!

    Well, I now make a lot more than back then and all from my own finance campaigns and micro-sites. I only concentrate on the UK market as that's what I know and the payouts are a lot higher than anywhere else. I've diversified into 4-5 products, still only stick to PPC traffic and I still don't get up before 9:00 am :) My favourite thing to do is get up in the morning, check up on my campaigns for a bit, then drive to the gym for a few hours to lift some weights, then grab a pizza (I know, I know!) on the way home, watch a movie (while alt-tabbing to check my campaigns of course lol) then maybe go out later if it's a weekend to a pub, club or a private party. Let me tell you, being a Super-Affiliate does make some great chat when you are out - especially with the women :) Oh the women, I don't think they have the slightest clue what I'm talking about when I tell them what I do, but they are all fascinated by the fact I actually make money with a computer. And before you ask, YES, it does make you more interesting and attractive in their eyes ;)

    So yeah I do have the fast sports car, the flat and a lot of the other gimmicky toys now ... but the thing I still treasure the most is the fact that I've ACTUALLY made it! No bull, no hype ... I've done this all by myself! Has it changed me? Oh yeah, but in a good way and I still think I'm the same person like before ... just with a couple more digits :D

    Anyway, I hope I could inspire a few people with my success story to never give up, keep on trucking and that there really is a light at the end of the tunnel!

    If you have any questions or comments whatsoever, don't hesitate to ask.

    Last edited: Aug 8, 2014
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  3. K

    K Administrator Administrator affiliate

    We want pics!

    Oh, and hit me up on Skype!
  4. badboy_nick

    badboy_nick Affiliate affiliate

    There ya go ;)

    Added ya on Skype, I'm popping out for the afternoon - other half wants to go shopping (yikes!) but will be back later on.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2016
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  5. azgold

    azgold Moderator moderator affiliate

    Terrific story, Nick!

    Now, I understand why you specialize in the financial sector. I can only imagine how satisfying it was to tell your boss you were quitting and why.

    When I read the part about your profession making you a hit with the ladies, I had to chuckle. Roger Moore as James Bond, a martini in one hand, the other hand tucked into his blazer pocket. You're probably too young to know who that is but it's the first thing that came to mind. It's a compliment, by the way. Meant to be, anyway. He was smooth, popular with women.

    Thank-you for sharing all of this. It is inspiring and I think a fantastic example of picking one vertical, geo and traffic method and making it work. Sounds to me like you have perfected it! :)

    Pretty car, too. :)

  6. komplexed

    komplexed Affiliate affiliate

    Congratulations! I have just read such a great success story mate. If you work hard, think out of the box and don't quit i'm sure everyone can make their own way to the success..
  7. blazko

    blazko Affiliate affiliate

    Well very motivational story of success. I must say that I joined your Affiliate program but I would need a lot of money for testing the keywords for PMI :)
    So far I made 100$ with PMIs.
  8. joshuaharwood

    joshuaharwood Affiliate affiliate

    Sick ride dude. Burnout next time? Kidding... Internet rocks, doesn't it!
  9. razrus5

    razrus5 Affiliate affiliate

    Good deal. Glad to know ppc is going strong with minisites.
  10. rcchang

    rcchang Affiliate affiliate

    Inspiring story. What's your skype?
  11. internalsoul

    internalsoul Moderator moderator affiliate

    Very inspiring story.get it going and njoy life to the fullest.
  12. zaki titou

    zaki titou Affiliate affiliate

    very inspiring story for us the newbies . thank you:)
  13. tourist

    tourist Affiliate affiliate

    I like read these success stories! that might make stimulate
  14. Nirali

    Nirali Affiliate affiliate

    Awesome and Inspiring.. :)
  15. donar

    donar Affiliate affiliate

    great work , would love to know more, , australia so would not be in conflict with you, donar
  16. donar

    donar Affiliate affiliate

  17. Jancy

    Jancy Affiliate affiliate

    Im curious what you used to build out these micro sites?
  18. Edge

    Edge Affiliate affiliate

    wow, you had me having butter flies in my stomach.

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