In 2004, I started playing poker professionally.
Life was good for a while.
I had freedom
And I had security.
A few years later, I felt empty.
I felt like my time with poker had come to an end, so I started looking for opportunities online.
On October 31st, 2006, I spent close to $10,000 to work with an internet marketing mentor.
I felt excited.
In six months, I would be making a living with websites, or at least that’s what I was told.
A year later, I was $10,000 short. The promises hadn’t come through. I was frustrated, overwhelmed, and confused.
It was partly my fault, because I had put all my trust in someone else.
After this “failure,” I felt devastated and hopeless. I didn’t want to do anything.
I gave up.
Luckily, a few months later, the inner nudge returned.
But Success Didn’t Happen Right Away
Between 2007 and 2009, I spent even more money on get rich quick products, hoping to find the “secret” to success. I wanted to make money without putting in the work.
I fell into the same trap I did when I spent the $10,000. I bought product after product. I didn’t know better.
“There has to be one product out there that can help me succeed,” I thought.
But there were none.
I tried everything:
- Niche websites
- Affiliate marketing
You name it and I probably tried it, but I never made any money, because I never focused on one thing long enough to get good at it.
At least not until 2009.
How I Went from $0 to $2,000+ Per Month
In March 2009, I stopped playing poker cold turkey and I decided to create my first niche website around a topic I was interested in.
I was willing to do whatever it took to make it work. I didn’t know what I was doing, so I found an informal mentor, someone who was making a living with niche websites.
As I went through the process of finding keywords, writing content, and building links, I asked for his help.
This wasn’t a deep relationship. It was mostly me emailing him from time to time and asking if I was on the right track.
Within 3-4 months, my niche site was making $500+ per month.
At the end of 2009, I was making $2,000+ per month online and living in Spain with my girlfriend (and our dog). We did eventually move back, but that’s a whole other story.
I Had Finally Discovered the “Secret”
What was the secret?
To focus on one thing at a time.
Mind blowing, isn’t it?
Once my niche website was profitable, I moved on to article marketing and affiliate marketing. I built up my income there to around $700 per month and moved on to the next thing that interested me.
(Note: Article marketing is nowhere near as effective today as it was back in 2009-2010, so I wouldn’t recommend it for traffic generation purposes.)
Many of my income sources from 2009 are still going strong to this day.
Looking back, the key to my success was being willing to focus on one project at a time. I had many ideas, and there were many opportunities, but I knew that if I wanted to succeed, I had to make one thing work before moving on.
I wasn’t 100% passionate about the topics I covered, but I was 100% passionate about the process of making a living online and building websites.
However, even as I was making a living online, there was still something missing.
How I Accidentally Stumbled on Fulfillment
In November of 2009, before we moved to Spain, I registered the domain name WakeUpCloud.com.
I felt nudged to share my experiences, so I started this blog without any intention of making money from it. I wanted to share what was going on in my life. The good sides and the bad.
On the 5th of December, 2009, I published my first post: The Wake Up Cloud Story.
Note that I could not and would not have started Wake Up Cloud back in 2006, because I didn’t believe it was possible. I had to go through the failures and the niche sites to get to this place.
You might have to do the same thing. This is why I keep nudging you to take one step at a time and let life take care of the rest.
Wake Up Cloud quickly grew from 0 to 1,012 subscribers in 101 days. Once my readers figured out I was making a living online and living in Spain, they wanted to know more.
But I resisted.
The Unethical Nature of Online Business
The reasons were simple: the make money online market is not entirely truthful.
I had first hand experience with what it was like to fall for promise after promise.
Eventually, I realized that the unethical state of online business wasn’t a reason to stop, it was a reason to start.
I value integrity and honesty, and if people like me just give up, nothing will change. I still had doubts, fears, and insecurities, but I started anyway.
I don’t claim to be an expert, nor do I claim to know everything. I simply share what works and what doesn’t.
The Puzzle Pieces Began Falling Into Place
The more I stepped into teaching how to earn money online, the better I felt.
My heart kept saying yes.
My readers kept telling me that I had a knack for simplifying concepts and inspiring them to take action.
I had a different perspective that people seemed to enjoy.
And so do you have a different perspective. Whatever market you want to go into, go into it. Let the doubts be there, but take action.
The fact that you are alive means that you have something to share.
I have no big mission or goal for Wake Up Cloud. I wake up everyday and follow my inspiration. I follow my heart.
And right now my heart is nudging me to help you get paid to do what you love.
I Can’t Not Do This
This is what I’m passionate about. I’m passionate about infusing the make money online space with honesty, integrity, and dare I say, fun.
I happily share my mistakes, because I know that my blunders will inspire you to take action.
I don’t huff and puff to make myself feel good. I share real stories that inspire you and make you feel good, because in the end, what makes me happy is seeing you succeed.
I’ve designed my life so that I have low expenses, which means I don’t have to do any aggressive marketing.
We just moved into a new place (a house), yet our expenses are still quite low. This allows me to unabashedly follow my inspiration and passion, and share things from an honest perspective.
And, of course, spend time with the little one, or at least try to keep him alive.
Your Life is Waiting for You
I teach online business because I can’t not do this.
I don’t apologize for what my heart nudges me to do, and neither should you.
There will always be reasons for not starting, but so what?
If you want to live a passionate, fulfilling, and meaningful life, you have to start anyway.
You don’t have to know where you’re going. You don’t have to be paralyzed by your fears.
I started while not knowing anything. I was scared. I doubted myself. But I kept putting one foot in front of the other, and here I am.
So really, this isn’t about me, it’s about you.
It’s about you realizing that you have to start before you’re ready. You have to be willing to let go of wanting to figure everything out, and you have to just start.
I didn’t plan to teach online business. This is where I ended up.
You don’t have to plan your life, you just have to live it one moment at a time.
Follow your excitement, let go of expectations, and see where life takes you.
That’s what this is all about.