eMillions: Teenager Investigates Internet Millionaires

Perhaps the single greatest thing about the Internet is that it does not discriminate. It really doesn’t matter who you are, so long as you are determined to make money online. Your physical location, your current financial situation, and your age simply don’t matter. Stanley Tang has taken this philosophy to heart and he’s already managed to do quite well for him. That said, he’s not quite satisfied just yet.

Even though he is “just” a teenager, Stanley takes this whole “make money online” thing pretty seriously. He is so serious about his budding career that he ordered Blog Mastermind and earned the right to this free review. The young Mr. Tang runs several sites on the ‘net, but the one getting the most focus these days is the eMillions Blog. What’s the deal with eMillions?

Who is Stanley Tang and Why Should I Care?

As you can probably surmise from the header image embedded above, Stanley Tang is a 15-year-old who wants to become a best-selling author by harnessing the power of the Internet.

Reading a little further into his About Page, you learn that he is from Hong Kong and he has created numerous websites, launched multiple products, and made a ton of money online. That’s pretty darn good for a 15-year-old! When I was 15, I was too busy playing video games. When John was 15, they were still fascinated by the horseless carriage.

It’s unfortunate that there is a glaring grammatical error in the opening paragraph of Stanley’s bio (“Ever since I began online”), but I’ll let that slide. Reason being, if you read the rest of his material, including the book that he is trying to promote, you’ll find that he is quite the eloquent writer.

A Best-Selling Author in the Making?

And that’s where the book comes into play. Even at the young age of 15 and working from half way across the world in Hong Kong, Stanley Tang has managed to chat it up with a number of notable Internet marketers and entrepreneurs.

The book, eMillions: Behind-The-Scenes Stores of 14 Successful Internet Millionaires, is comprised of a series of transcribed interviews with these dot com moguls. We hear about college dropouts who suddenly strike it rich online. The story, of course, isn’t quite so simple and Tang dives right into how they got their start and what these guys do to stay successful.

Interviewing the Best in the Business

The fourteen Internet millionaires featured in the book are Mark Joyner, Jermaine Griggs, Tom Beal, Gary Ambrose, Willie Crawford, Michel Fortin, Yanik Silver, Stu Mclaren, Joel Christopher, Jason James, Rob Cowie, Rosalind Gardner, Jeremy “Shoemoney” Schoemaker, and Andrew Fox. You may recognize a few of those names.

The format of the book is strictly a series of interviews. Each chapter opens with a brief introduction of the person being interviewed and then it’s a transcript. Although this may sound mildly boring, the in-depth information and candid responses are well worth reading.

To get a sense of what to expect, you can read his three part interview with Jeremy Schoemaker. It’s like getting a chapter for free.

Counting Down to a Launch of…

The eMillions Blog is meant to provide a “behind the scenes” look at a best-selling book in the making, but many of the posts found within are of interest to Internet marketers and entrepreneurs in general. You can read about doing what you love and getting endorsements, for example.

Going through the archive, I really didn’t find all that much that spoke directly about the process of getting the book written, published, and promoted. That’s too bad, because I think many of us would be interested to hear a first-hand report on how to get a book published.

Interestingly, there is an “official countdown” on the blog, but there is no explicit explanation as to what it is counting toward. I learn in the Q &A post that the book is launching in November, so I guess that’s where the countdown comes in. I’d like to also note that there is no field for email RSS subscription. It’s just blank, followed by a form to subscribe to the VIP pre-notification launch list. Those appear to be separate things, don’t they?

Order eMillions on Amazon

You know how I said that Stanley Tang’s book would be officially launching some time next month? Well, it seems that the book is already available for purchase through Amazon. The list price is $19.95, but Amazon is selling it for $13.57.

Considering that people pay way more for lacklustre e-books, I’d say that eMillions: Behind-the-Scenes Stories of 14 Successful Internet Millionaires is worth a $14 investment. I’m not quite as sure about the value of the accompanying blog, but you may want to check out the book.


80 thoughts on “eMillions: Teenager Investigates Internet Millionaires”

  1. Matt says:

    Hey John, how can you fault the kid for his grammar? I think I’ve seen a grammar mistake out of you a time or two! 😉

    Pretty inspiring to see young people embracing the net and learning how to run a business and make money. At 15 I was too worried about getting a pimple and talking to girls to give business much of a thought.

    Kudos to Stanley!

    Matt

    1. John Chow says:

      I didn’t fault him. Michael Kwan did! I don’t fault anyone for grammar! 😛

      1. Ben Pei says:

        lol evil evil…

      2. mr nice guy says:

        We can’t eat our grammar. The most important here is that the kid really made it big online. There are lots of grammarian bloggers who aren’t even earning a hundred dollar a month. Shame on them.

      3. Abdul says:

        The first article I read on this blog was a review (I suppose), and the only thing pointed out in it was the faults of a website including its grammar. I have been very careful with that stuff ever since.

    2. James says:

      That was Michael Kwan writing that, not John Chow.

      But yeah, I was too busy conquering the SC and CS servers back then.

      1. That’s a pretty nice review actually. I might buy this “inspirational” interview book..

      2. Tushar Dhoot says:

        Aah,

        SC….

        The good old days.

    3. Torley says:

      Heh, if you’re going to be a stickler for spelling and such, Stanley should be more consistent about using “15 year old” vs. “15 year-old”. I prefer “15-year-old” myself, but the real meat of the matter: hats off to Stanley’s courage for being so bold and open!

  2. Ryan McLean says:

    Stanley sounds like the man….I wish I was where he was at 15…I would be rich now…
    He sounds awesome.
    Great review John….given me an idea for a book also which I can sell on my awesome blog 😉

  3. Ryan McLean says:

    Speaking of becoming a best selling author. That is my dream as well.
    In fact I just wrote my first ebook titled “Make Money Commenting”. I think you and your readers will like it.
    It is super cheap ($7) and you can get it from http://www.smarterwealth.net/2008/10/make-money-commenting/

    Let me know what you think. What can I do better? I am determined to be a best selling author before I am 25

    1. Chad says:

      For one…calling your book “super cheap” doesn’t create a very high perception of value…

      …in all honesty, becoming a best selling author is 50% about writing and 50% about marketing.

      1. Stanley Tang says:

        I would probably say with my case, it’s more like 10% writing 90% marketing 🙂 You’re right, the whole point of writing a book instead of an ebook is the higher perceived value.

        Stanley

        1. Chad says:

          I was going to say 70/30…but I didn’t want any writers picking on me 🙂

          1. Tushar Dhoot says:

            Lol, we get it.

            Marketing is a big part of it.

            Maybe say “High-Value” ebook or something of the sort? I usually give mine away for free, so I wouldn’t know.

  4. Stanley Tang says:

    Thanks for the review Michael (and John). Appreciate the feedback. I will definitely be making those changes and hopefully provide more content on book publishing for you guys. And yeah, I did change the grammatical error 🙂

    Stanley

  5. thatwashot says:

    wow. a 15 year old! when I’m 15 i never even made a hundred. Maybe someday when I had my son, i will not put him in school, i’ll teach him how to blog, as early as possible.

    1. Abdul says:

      I’m a 15 year old blogger too, But still I go to school and make money at the same time!

    2. My kid is only 18 months and she already is learning to type on the computer. She’ll be blogging by 3, and making millions by 5.

      Then the wife and I can retire because of child labor! 🙂

  6. Keral Patel says:

    Being a 15 year old and thinking about earning online is a great move.

    Very inspiring story.

    1. I’m glad I wasn’t worrying about making money at 15. I say enjoy your youth while you can. Worry about making money when you get older.

  7. Nathan says:

    Well that is pretty impressive, although there is something to be said for enjoying being a kid as long as you can. There is plenty of time to make money.

  8. Josten says:

    i wish him the best of luck

  9. Josh Law says:

    michael,
    I just wrote an article on my blog detailing how anyone can publish a book and distribute it online thru amazon and B&N for very little cost, even for just a single copy.

    check it out at: http://lawsmoney.com/2008/10/16/how-to-self-publish-your-own-book-on-a-shoe-string-budget/

    josh law

    1. thanks for the link….man that permalink will wrap around your finger over and over again.

  10. Shally says:

    Wow.. I remember when i was 15 i’ve been playing games all the day..
    He’s great..

    1. Abdul says:

      Dang, that’s what everyone did?
      There couldn’t be a better way to waste time!

  11. Avon Blake says:

    Just like the Four Hour Work Week (which I’m giving away for free on my blog right now) this is yet another ‘give me money and I’ll help you get rich’ scam. If that guy really did make all that money he wouldn’t be wasting his time showing other people how to do it – he’d just continue doing it! Why do so many gullible fools fall for this crap over and over again.

    1. Uh, couldn’t the same be said for any blog about making money online? On top of that, I think it’s pretty obvious that most people don’t give EVERYTHING away.

      1. Or even blogs that give away books to attract viewers. You only give away books like the 4 hour work week to loyal subscribers. You give away ebooks that point back to you and show that you are an “expert” in your field. Giving away a book that you didn’t write that people want just means that they’ll come over to your site, milk the cow and head back to the barn. But I could be wrong. Avon, let us know what the retention rate of those who get the book for free.

        Also, this kid was very smart and took the suggestion from “networking with millionaires” by thomas stanley. This kid now has access to these 14 millionaires. WHY!!! because he focused on their needs!!!!! Wouldn’t be friends with someone who wrote a book that included how cool you were. I would. I don’t know if chow is in it or not but kwan is writing about it for chow. (I know, free review) however, the point still stands, This kid has done more in networking than most do going to 10 blog conventions.

        My niche is not emoguls so let me give you guys some ideas to do the same as the kid. Go out and do some interviews of people in your related fields and post them on your blog with plenty of links back to them. Don’t focus on your needs but the needs of others first!!!!!

        1. Stanley Tang says:

          woah… respect man. Well said. I actually wrote an entire series about interviewing on my emillionsblog:

          http://http//www.emillionsblog.com/why-you-should-do-interviews/

          BTW just followed you on twitter 🙂

          Stanley

          1. Okay Boys and Girls Hope you just took some notes and I hope that Stanley doesn’t mind. I gave SOME AUTHENTIC PROPS (again I say, AUTHENTIC PROPS) to Stanley about what he did. Many people twice his age are too scared to go at it. Although a 30yr old person has a whole lot more responsibilities to deal with and thus has less time for interviews. Anyways, I focused on the needs of stanley. PROPs and more PROPs. And return he let everyone know that he appreciated what I had to say with his link to what he wrote about doing interviews and then let everyone know that he is following me on Twitter.

            Question: how many of you who made comments about those that chow wrote about started a connection with you?

            BTY, I already made a comment on his blog and followed him on twitter as well. NEtworking is Awesome!!!!

        2. I agree with everything you just said.

  12. Minal says:

    Heyy!! You need to be on that list :P. Ask him to change that title and make it Behind-The-Scenes Stores of ’15’ Successful Internet Millionaires !!

  13. IDoBlogs says:

    I’m selling an ebook too about how a part-time 31-year-old blogger made $7.52 on Adsense yesterday!

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Lol I will be the first to get it!

    2. Tushar Dhoot says:

      Oh my gosh, is it you Mr. Gates?

      J/K

      Nice comment though :p

  14. angelin says:

    🙂 Thanks John 😀 .. Check my First Blog: http://www.you-v.com

  15. Wow, he’s as old as I am, but I don’t make anything close to what he does! I should get back to work!

    1. Hussein says:

      Really? How old are you?

  16. eGruve.com says:

    Great start vision at that age, awesome way to go . Let put this way there is no excuse today…the world is flat.

  17. Andy says:

    Wow!! Great for this kid!! I give this kid so much credit for doing this at 15 years old. I was thinking about games and sports at this time in my life.

    Andy

    1. Abdul says:

      This is the new generation I’ve been doing small businesses since I was 9 and now I used to trade stocks until the whole thing crashed like a bomb!

  18. Sherry says:

    I am always impressed with children (anyone under 18) can have the tenacity to create projects that blosom into successful financial ventures. I suppose I’m also impressed with any age person that can do this. In talking with Zac Johnson at the Blog World Expo, I was just stunned. I can barely remember what I did when I was under 26. Thanks for the inspiring story.

  19. Kok Choon says:

    So good to be young and success, I wish I can be younger… 😛

    It seems like Stanley just visited your blog, I saw it on MyBlogLog Recent Reader…

  20. It’s great to see young people getting serious about their future oin business instead of thinking about where they’re going to work for the rest of their lives.

  21. Catie says:

    Thats motivational right there. If a 15 year old can get his life on track, still do all his school stuff and make tons of money, why can’t we? Well most of you do already, but thats besides the point. Thats pretty good for him and he should be very proud. I’ll have to check his book out.

  22. MLRebecca says:

    What an impressive story. To be only 15 years old and to have achieved so much is quite an undertaking. I am so amazed by Stanley’s passion and drive. His success just goes to show that you can never quite start too young.

  23. MyDomains says:

    Impressive….there is no stopping..go for more $$$

  24. izzat says:

    when this kid start making money i just start to know what the blog is, when this kid start making thousands of money i put my first adsense.. now im old, still dont know where to start.. very different!

  25. mr nice guy says:

    This guy is amazing. At 15 he is already an excellent internet marketer? What an achievement.

  26. Young Che says:

    Great Job Stanley for being way ahead of the curve. Your approach showed great insight recognizing that you could benefit from all of the expertise available from the online money making community by simply being a good student. Learn from the best and then share it with the world. Keep doing your thing.

  27. BloggerTests says:

    Congrats to Stanley, you gotta appreciate a young guy who knows what he wants and is willing to work hard to get it

  28. Chris says:

    What an amazing idea. good luck to stanley from germany. Someday i have a similar idea and make a lot of money.

  29. cool
    congrats to the winner..
    great blog

  30. Stanley congratulation for your success in blog world. I don’t know how much you will make by the time you reach john age.my guess probally more than a million a year. because you learn from millionair for sure you will be millionair 🙂

  31. Michael says:

    wow… Stanley is absolutely amazing. Definitely going to purchase his book. Watch out guys, he’s a rising star in internet marketing

  32. CoolProducts says:

    Great story. I will definitely have to keep an eye out for this book, his story seems incredible to me.

  33. Jesse Grant says:

    sounds like a very inspirational story for people around the world , his age or location does not matter

  34. Zak Show says:

    To be honest, it’s not the big deal, it’s not that much inspiring and I think it’s all about affiliate!
    Seriously John, how can a 15 years old kid helps you with your business? Do you think that he have enough experience? He claim that he began online since 2001 ( he was only 7 years old at the time C’mon! )

    1. John Chow says:

      Well, my daughter has been online since she was born!

      1. Zak Show says:

        Yep it may be true, learning basics of computer not blogging and programing + it’s almost 2009, the world changed a lot since 2001!

        1. Zak Show says:

          No offense John, just giving my opinion!

    2. Stanley Tang says:

      I guess you can’t do your maths. I was 9. I’m actually turning 16 in a couple of weeks… it definitely has changed a lot. Back then when I was first playing around with the internet, there was no such thing as blogs (they weren’t common), rss, youtube, wordpress, facebook, digg, web 2.0. I was using sites like angelfire and geocities to basically set up sites using HTML for fun with one of my friend. And to make a very very very very very very long story short, I discovered Adsense (it was 2006) and basically inserted them onto my sites (I was using blogspot now). Then I discovered internet marketing, list building, affiliate marketing and all that good (or bad) stuff. There still wasn’t thoughts of using digg, youtube or facebook to generate traffic. I think this whole “generate traffic using web 2.0” thing came about in 2007. Anyways, I sort of gone off-topic now lol.

      Stanley

  35. Mike Huang says:

    Hmmm, so he’s taking a shot at fame without actually having to write the book. If it’s just purely transcripts and some short introductions, would that still be considered as a “book”? It is probably too late for him to edit the book since it’s for sale already, but he should add in more in depth writing about millionaires, making money, etc.

    -Mike

    1. Stanley Tang says:

      Hmmm… Chicken Soup For The Soul (the bestselling book series of all time), The Secret. I wonder how much of the book those authors actually wrote.

      Other bestselling books like Conversations With Millionaires, Founders At Work, The E-Code, Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars, Blogging Heroes, Online Marketing Heroes… all of which where interview books like mine.

      You must haven’t read my blog series on “Instant Content Creation With Interviews” and you probably don’t read too many business books…

      Plus, my book isn’t about making money online so why should I be writing about stuff like “how to become a millionaire” and “how to make money”… I was simply profiling the STORIES of internet millionaires. Not tactics. Not strategies. Not the latest tips and tricks. Not magic pills. Not cash-making formulas. STORIES.

      1. ElectroGeek says:

        @ Stanley, Your book sounds interesting, congratulations, however I would be more interested to see some of the online blogs, websites, etc. that you designed which you actually made you money online. Can give out the url of one of your most successful websites/blogs? Much success to you. Regards, ElectroGeek

  36. Tushar Dhoot says:

    Nice post Michel.

    I’m interested in seeing how this book does, because it will tell a lot of the power of web entrepreneurs and if we are powerful enough to send a book to #1.

  37. Edhitok says:

    Oh God. 15th Years old. Are you serious Mr. John.
    He just a half of my age, how can he do that?

  38. izandi says:

    wow, younger than me just 2 years old
    great achievement, inspiring me 😀

  39. I think that he made all of this up. I think that his book is fake.

    …so I checked Amazon…

    …I’m really sorry about all of that….

    Great book. I love the interview format, it makes for an easy read that is more personable.

  40. I steel maked speelin errorrs.. moostly in yur blogg commentses, nott mine!

  41. pearlin says:

    I think what Stanley Tang has done is great…and he’s only 15! I wish I was that enterprising when I was 15!
    It is always inspiring to read about succcessful people and more so when you interview current people in hot jobs that readers can relate to. That is why I wrote my first book, Boss of Me! which profiles 20 successful entrepreneurs in Singapore, and my follow-up book, Sleep & Get Rich! where top 10 passive income earners share their secrets.
    I’m not a fan of an interview transcript though as it can get boring and a tips sheet (which I did for my second book) is always good.
    Will definitely get a copy of eMillions to have a read.
    Btw John, there is a spelling error in the book title – The book, eMillions: Behind-The-Scenes Stores of 14 Successful Internet Millionaires…should be Stories not Stores 🙂

  42. Kage says:

    Countdown is not only for his release, it’s also for getting it to the best seller list if I am not mistaken, and I think the pot should not call the kettle black with the grammar mistake comment (even if it was Kwan, such a comment on JohnChow is uncalled for unless this whole brash media mogul image really sells well :-/).

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