I started and operated a successful home based tent rental business back in 2001. I was making good money for himself and his family, life was good.
From 2001 to 2008 business was booming and he moved his family into their dream home; a four bedroom, three and half bath family home.
Then by late summer 2008 the economic recession hit his business hard and his monthly income took a turn for the worst. My average monthly business profit of $7K a month simply evaporated into thin air.
All of the major financial companies around the world had basically collapsed and money was tight for everyone.
It was good bye to the annual family vacations, birthday dinners, and everything else in between.
Customers simply did not have the luxury dollars any more to host events due to the downward spiralling economy.
The monthly mortgage payments on the dream house was still due, his three children still had private school fees to be paid.
Failure was not an option for him at this point.
In late 2008, early 2009; I looked to the internet for ideas on “making extra income during a recession”, (and by the way those are the exact keyword terms he used) and stumbled on a You-Tube video about a guy stating he was a truck driver but was making an extra $12K a month online with an affiliate company.
2009 was the beginning of his online career.
Early on I struggled to make a penny online and spent thousands of dollars of his families savings on online products, software and courses that simply did not work.
Simply put; I was scammed out of $10K from a period of 2009 to 2010 trying to make this internet thing work.
However I had a dream of making money online and did not give up.
Since then I has promoted many affiliate programs and built huge down-lines by driving targeted traffic to his offers for two years straight.
And my online income surpassed the monthly income I was making from his traditional brick and mortar tent rental business for two years straight.
Life was good again.
However; I realized in 2012 that many people in his down lines struggled to make sales simply because they did not know how to duplicate or how to drive targeted traffic to their opportunity that they were promoting.
So my income dwindled to literally $0. It had to be another way.
I did not want what happen to me in 2009/2010 to happen to anyone he was helping.
It was painful being scammed out of $10K.
Since then I turned to blogging as a way to educate new people on ways to drive targeted traffic to their offers, no matter what program or offers they were promoting.
I realized that blogging + affiliate marketing was the ultimate gold mine.
Hence my journey have brought me to the Wealthy Affiliate family.
Founder - ProfitLikeCrazy.com