(That’s me with the baby wolf. I was John Snow for Halloween. And yes, I look like a bit of tool.)
[HUMBLE BRAG WARNING] People (happily) pay me $20,000 to $100,000 to work on their sales funnels. ($20,000 up front. An additional potential $80k based on performance.)
[QUE CHEESY STORY INTRO] But it wasn’t always this way…
See, my sophomore year of college I was living in a mobile home in Santa Cruz, CA. My next door neighbor was a 400 pound woman named Ape. She had a mullet and a handful of teeth.
But it was in this dodgy little mobile home that I got on the path that would change my life forever.
I was transferring colleges and had a lot of free time and very few friends in the area. So I spent most of my time clicking on s*** on the internet. I got into affiliate marketing, MLMs, and even sports betting. (Which is ironically the only one that made me any money.)
I bought a bunch of courses and barely actually did anything. I would just buy them and return them.
Then junior year rolled around and I got a marketing coach. He told me to get an email marketing course. I bought it…and I never would’ve thought it would lead me to where I am now.
I devoured and it and actually started writing. Then I got my first paid gig. I was in Brazil for the summer and did a bit of writing for a couple of weeks and it paid for my whole trip.
I was only getting paid about $5 per email…but I was stoked just to get paid to work from my laptop. (I now charge $1500 per email PLUS a performance bonus of $5,000. Things have changed a lot, but you have to start somewhere.)
After that I decided to write a book on how to pick up women. Yes, that’s true.
And I will never forget the first sale I ever made.
I wrote a pre-sell page, my friend bought some bing ads to the page, and then someone bought the product I was promoting.
I opened my clickbank account one afternoon in my little college apartment…and freaked the eff out. $113.84. And I wasn’t even working!
I literally ran around my apartment screaming and spanking my own ass like a horse jockey.
You never forget your first sale.
It's a beautiful moment because it's more than you've ever made, you're not comparing it to anything, and it proves to you that this whole world is REAL. You actually CAN make a living from the interwebz.
The next sale I made was almost just as amazing as the first because it happened during a final exam. I walked out of class and checked my phone.
I just got paid to take a test.
This was the life I dreamed of.
Then college ended and I started a masters degree…in Netflix and Procrastinate. It was a tough job, but someone had to watch the entire series of Game Of Thrones for the third time....until one day I couldn’t take it anymore.
I was trying to do everything online.
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Long story short, I wasn’t making any money. And I noticed a pattern emerging amongst the people in the forums online.
They were all trying to do everything too. And they were broke. (My guess is they still are broke.)
So I decided to stop doing everything and just focus on one skill.
I chose writing.
So every single day I woke up and hand copied a sales letter for an hour. I didn’t miss a day.
One month later I got a job working with an internet marketer in the personal finance space.
We had an email list of over 1 million people and I wrote all the emails. I learned a TON. I was only making about $4,000 to $5,000 a month but to me that was AMAZING.
Towards the end I was working about 10 hours a week. In fact, one month I went to England and Scotland for 30 days and I worked about 10 hours total.
That’s about $500 an hour. Not too bad.
But that was just the tip of the iceberg.