From the desk of online marketer and SEO, Jeroen Waning, I’d like to welcome you to my blog. As of right now, it doesn’t look like much, but we’ll be posting here regularly with tips, tricks, tools, and techniques that will hopefully benefit your online business.
Firstly, let me talk a bit about this domain name and how I found it ha ha! It’s pretty creative right? Well… the credit doesn’t go to me. I picked it up as an expired domain for reasons with which some of you might already be familiar. If you don’t know why someone would buy an expired domain, that’s OK. We will get into this in future posts. For now, just understand that it has to do with SEO, or search engine optimization.
Secondly, let me briefly introduce myself:
My name is Jeroen Waning. I was born in The Netherlands in ’85 and moved to the US in ’94. Let’s fast forward through all the stuff you could care less about and get to how I ended up in the online marketing world.
I have always been business-minded and wanted to be an entrepreneur. After working 11 different jobs since I was 14 years old, I was fed up with working for someone else. I wanted to go out on my own and work hard for my dream… not someone else’s.
However, I didn’t just stumble upon making a living online out of nowhere. After getting my BBA in management from Kennesaw State University, I went to Southern Polytechnic State University to study robotics engineering (well… it is actually called mechatronics engineering). You could imagine how fun that might be – building robots!
Naturally, we liked to video our builds and robotics projects with our smartphones. I uploaded these videos to YouTube to make it easy to share with my classmates, professors, friends and family.
Here’s the point: when uploading these videos to YouTube, they asked me if I would like to “monetize” my videos. After reading a bit about it, I said why not. Why wouldn’t I want to show ads in my videos and get paid?
After making a few bucks here and there with this Google AdSense monetization, it got me thinking. There has got to be a way to systematize this! Was I sitting on a goldmine here? Not so much LOL. But the idea had been seeded in my mind. There was a way to earn a passive income online.
While working full-time at Best Buy as a sales associate and finishing up my robotics degree taking classes full-time, I barely slept anyways. I may as well add teaching myself how to make money online into my daily routine.
I started learning about how to make simple websites with WordPress, affiliate marketing, SEO, PPC, etc. Learning as much as I could for free and swatting scam after scam out of my way, I finally decided to buy into a course that looked legitimate. I was enticed to sign up because of a webinar (go figure LOL… they got me).
Anyways, I was one of the best investments I had made and really accelerated my learning. I don’t want to mention that course here because I don’t want you to think I am just selling you something. No worries. I’ll be sharing all of those secrets here for free anyways
With that being said, I had learned about ClickBank, Amazon affiliate marketing, and… the fact that AdSense was kind of a waste of time and should really be a last resort if your website just won’t convert traffic into sales. AdSense won’t even pay your bills if you want to start a serious passive income business online. However, with that being said, it does make for some great practice and you don’t really need much money to get started online.
Before I paid for domain names and hosting, I created a free blog on blogger.com and reviewed a ClickBank product. It took me three months to make my first affiliate sale online… but I had done it! And… it hadn’t cost me a dime. However, it was not the most efficient way to go forward.
You can make money online without any initial investment, but if you want to do it quickly, you’ll need to be prepared to invest a bit here and there on small ticket items like domain names, hosting accounts, back links, and other stuff with which you may not yet be familiar.
I became very passionate about online marketing and started doing quite well. After I graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University, I was making enough money from online affiliate marketing that I could finally quit my job at Best Buy and work on my business full-time!
I was extremely happy and in the zone. Things just kept escalating from there, and after about a year and a half I had my first $10K month.. then my first $20K month followed.. and it just kept growing.
Still living at my parents house, I knew it was time for a change. I got sick of living and working in a dark and dingy basement (I have a cat that sheds an ungodly amount). It was out in the suburbs… I was never going to meet any new people and things were getting boring. It was affecting my mindset…
I had to move to the city. So I did. I bought a condo in Midtown Atlanta. It’s pretty sweet!
Quickly afterwards, though, I started to get complacent with my passive income. I knew things could always go wrong, but I tried not to focus much on it. I just wanted to live life and enjoy my new house in the city.
Without going into the details of how things in affiliate marketing can just flip on you over night and erase your income (with a big thanks to Google and my crappy beginner blackhat SEO tactics), let’s just say I’m never going to get complacent again.
Now… I am not exactly starting from scratch, but you have to understand that it takes a lot of time and effort to create new websites and rank them in the search engines AND then find out if they’re going to be profitable… at least… the way I was doing it before.
Here is the point of this post. I am going to rebuild my online business… from the ground up… and this time do it right. I have spent the last year learning from some of the top guys in the industry, and I am going to put my new-found knowledge to practice.
If you want to learn how to create a successful business online but don’t have the money to shell out for those expensive coaching programs (the ones that actually work and aren’t a scam), follow me here step-by-step as I will be revealing it all here 100% for free!
Thanks for reading, and please stay tuned for our training!
Rooting for you,
P.S. All comments and questions are welcome below (except spam of course :P)