Since I had no money, no job and nothing, I spent most of the time on the computer. Internet still worked. I think we started to move furniture into
storage because it was also obvious we couldn't hold that apartment for any longer.
I remember the PC sitting on the floor because we already put the desk away.
Remembering back those days (I think it was 2006) - I think I was so desperate I typed "How to make money" into Google.
I somehow got hold of a book which was called "The Rich Jerk". In this book, there was this guy claiming all those things how people can make money
online. Most of the things I didn't understand. He was talking about things like "affiliate marketing", or how someone can make websites and then
become very rich just by people visiting the sites, clicking on ads or buying stuff from the site.
This entirely intrigued me because you will remember I had a background as a software developer, so i was familiar with making websites. And the
internet was part of my life for many years already. I also did odd jobs for some others making sites, but it never crossed my mind that it would be
possible to do was that "Rich Jerk" said in the book.
So, unemployed and so poor I didn't have $5 in my wallet, I started to make my own website(s). I was so poor I couldn't even buy a domain name (which
is usually $9 bucks per year) - there was a site where I had to fill out tons of surveys and the reward was a domain name. And there were hosting
providers where you could host any site for free.
I was *extremely* excited when I had my first own website and domain, It didn't cost me anything.
Of course, I was entirely stupid since I had no experience whatsoever, I thought that now since I have this site money should "automatically" come
in....but boy was a wrong
Needless to say, the site was extremely pathetic looking at it back now, I just slapped some ads on the sides and thought that money would be rolling
But this is all not important. Whether anyone EVER visited my first site, I don't even know.
What happened was that I learned a lot. I learned there were so called "internet marketing" forums and I literally read every thing I could about
those mysterious ways how someone can make money on the internet.
In the meantime..things got so bad financially that there was no other way for me than flying back to to Europe to my dad. My GF kept back in Jackson
at her parents.
Not a nice time. I missed her, she missed me. I was back in Europe. I couldn't even talk German anymore. It was an entire different world for me after
such a long time in the States.
After a few weeks at my dad's I got a nice little ("little" in the literal sense) apartment - the first thing I got was Internet..and I got even more
into making websites and internet marketing.
To make this short: After about 1 or 2 years I learned anything from making sites, selling as an "affiliate" to making my very own product (ebooks
etc.) from scratch, then make a site around it and selling it. On some days i made $1000 from selling my own product. I got bi-weekly checks from a
bunch of sites.
I was not "rich" by a long shot, but I didn't have to worry about any bills anymore. I bought a big-a$$ 3D big screen TV, new computer etc.
I convinced my GF shortly thereafter to come here to Europe. And yes she came and we married a few weeks after in a very, very unspectacular
Life was wonderful. From someone broke as hell I now didn't have to do anything because the sites I had made money automatically and I got checks all
I realized that THIS IS IT and thought to myself that anyone else who is actually really "working" is a poor guy. I saw all the sad faces in the
morning in rush hour sitting in their car, grouchy faces, going to work. I made money while I was playing video games.
Yes, me and my wife, we both were BIG into World of Warcraft, she even more than me. It's a great thing to have someone who shares such a hobby like
video games - seeing that my old wife was the entire opposite.
With my wife we spent LOTS of hours online with our friends back in the US where we joined their "guild" and played WoW for hours on end.
Back in Germany, we did pretty ok and did not have any worries about anything. However, after so long in the states and in particular for my wife,
there was some issues with Germany:
1) The weather (which is plain s*** for 10 months a year)
2) She didn't speak German
3) My fellow Germans are "grouchy people which are only nice when they are drunk at the next beerfest"
Courtesy of my wife.
One of my dreams was to go to a sunny country, with plenty of Sunshine.
I looked at some sites and saw that apartment and houses in Spain were incredible cheap. For €300 one can rent a nice place with ANYTHING, pool
included, 15 mins to the beach etc. Just awesome
We packed all our cats in carriers and flew to Spain, We got a great apartment and the greatest landlords one can even imagine. This is were we live
When there is is internet, it doesn't matter whether I am in South Africa, Zaire, Timbuktu, the US or Spain. This is the great thing. So i continued
with what I was doing,maintaining my sites and learning how to rank them in Google etc.
But not everything is always so rosy.
There was some changes last year at Google which affected many website owners negatively. Their site visitors and income got less and some businesses
were hit very hard. So was I. But I am also providing other services like writing and it's very easy to find jobs, get paid etc. on the internet. Life
is tougher than, say, 2 years ago, but I embrace everything. Last week I landed new clients and projects. New clients, even if it first might start
out with some dinky job, very often mean more potential opportunities and projects. For example, someone might contact you they only "need 5 articles
written"...and then next week they want you to do 20 complete websites from scratch. Things like that happen all the time.
What does that all mean - why did I even write all that?
In the last weeks I read here on ATS about how a lot of people are frustrated because of the economy (which was already bad back in 2000, just as a
side-note) - or how the outcome of the election makes it impossible for them to do this or that.
This is why I think my story should also give some people hope. The worst thing you can do is give up.
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