How To Break Through The $100,000 Income Mark

Looking back, I’ve taking some big risks to make it to where I’m at today – $285 a day. That’s almost $150,000 a year from my internet marketing work. Hey, it’s nothing to mock, there are a lot of you who are hoping to get to where I’m at. Is it a million? Not yet, but it sure does keep the steaks on the grill and gas in the new car.

I remember spending money on almost every product that came across my email inbox, day after day, working like a coal miner and wondering when the mining shaft was going to cave in on me, or if I would wake up and find diamonds in all those IM courses. Unfortunately, many of them ended up collecting dust on my hard drive, and leaving a big hole in my wallet. Guys I was lucky to have made $1.00 with any strategy or technique I tried. Ten years later I’m happy to say I am finally making money online.

Here is what I have learned.

There was no one internet marketing product that actually made me the money I desired or that was promised.

Finding My Yellow Brick Road

Today, I am currently making about $285 in ClickBank sales a day, from one blog. Now I know that $285 is not a big deal to a lot of people. However, when you have spent as much money as I have over a ten year period, that is a massive accomplishment for me, and a major step in the right direction. I’m hoping this is a goal that you find to be reasonable and something you can relate with.

I’m making money in a way that is often overlooked. No, I don’t have some hot new bot creating social media accounts, posting to Yahoo Answers, no magic “Google loophole”, and believe it or not, it’s not even the result of having a large subscriber list. I am making money by simply being REAL with my visitors. The best part is, I’m having a blast doing it.

Up until this year I did not even know what it felt like to get a good nights sleep. I was working around the clock. Yet, I wasn’t getting anywhere, I was losing money and was not breaking even. The worst part, I was having to sacrifice family time so that I could make my dreams come true.

It was then I realized that my approach just wasn’t working. I needed to get away from all the hype and fluff and find the real people that were actually succeeding online. I checked out people like John Chow, Zac Johnson, and other famous bloggers.

I then realized, what making money online was all about. Listen closely…. it’s about quality, building a relationship, gaining your readers trust and most importantly being passionate with whatever it is you are doing. This was a massive wake up call for me. From that point on, I decided I wasn’t going to purchase another product. I even unsubscribed to all the marketers email lists.

I decided I was going to be focused, and give it 110%. I had a site registered since 2009 but never really did anything with it. I then created my main blog which is focused on Making Money Online. This blog was born again less than 6 months ago. It is in one of the most competitive niches on the internet.

Today it makes money on the front end. More money then I ever dreamed possible, however my approach has been different then most of the blogs on the internet today. You know what the cool thing is though guys, I’m having a ball!

I’m going to share with you just how easy it can be.

Before I tell you what has worked for me, Let me tell you what led to pure failure, and threw me in a massive debt.

  1. Never be dishonest, your readers will see through this. Yes, I understand all the hype and fluff involved in the IM world, but remember you need to become an authority figure in your niche. Treat your website like a business. Treat your viewers as you would like to be treated.
  2. Never promote something that you wouldn’t buy or use yourself. Along the same lines if you tell your readers that you have experience with a product, then make sure that is the case. Your readers will learn to trust you, and they will come to you for advice time and time again.
  3. Don’t take someone else’s content and sales letter and use it for your own. I know that sounds crazy. It is against everything the IM world stands for. It’s a very common practice to sign up as an affiliate and be provided sales letters, blog posts, and even swipe emails.I don’t use these, it might be the most effective sales letter ever written, however I prefer to write my own review. I also like having 100% original content on my site.
  4. Don’t hire article writers. I know you can hire article writers for about $4.00 an article. I’ve done it myself. Here is the downside to that. Your readers will adapt to your style of writing. They will recognize your posts by your personality, sense of humor, sarcasm, or whatever else you bring to your readers. When somebody else tries to take your place, it will very obvious, and you will loose your position as an authority figure. The one exception is allowing others to write guest posts for you.

Tecnhiques that have made me daily sales, and left me feeling like a million bucks, Literally!

  1. Find products that are related to your site. It is one of the most critical parts of this whole process. If I were to try to promote a Forex product on my site, it would not do very well. Instead I’m able to focus on Internet Marketing, SEO, Traffic Generation, and making money online.
  2. Don’t pitch your products. People are used to the fluff and hype. They relate those two things to failure. It’s what they know. Instead be real with them. Speak to them as if you were talking to your best friend. Your goal has to be to help them first. Trust me: if you want to build up a trust and make sale after sale then find a solution to their problem.
  3. When reviewing products, always let the reader know what the strengths and weaknesses are of the product. If the product has a downfall then be honest about that. I have found over time your readers will believe what you tell them.
  4. If the product is good, you should promote it time and time again. You can promote products in a very discreet manner. I’ve got certain products that have been promoted on over 30 pages of my site. However, you would never know the promotion was even happening. You see I have become very familiar with the products I promote. I know their usefulness and I know when to apply them. Once you have the knowledge you would be surprised how easy it is to throw them into a post, without having to sell them.

For instance, I’ve got one course that teaches you about keyword research, SEO Strategies, WordPress optimization, plugins, and so much more. Now if I’m writing a post teaching people how to get ranked with YouTube, I can very easily say:

“Oh by the way… I started using this program that taught me gave me a ‘fresh’ perspective on keyword research. and threw my rankings through the roof. You can check out the link below.”

That’s it guys. I don’t have to say anymore. I don’t even need to get into details about the product. I’ve got some pages that have got three or 4 different recommendations that all lead to products I promote. Now the link that I redirect them to. Is it the sales page? Absolutely not. Instead I will link them to one of my own reviews for that product. The purpose of that page is to pre-sell them, before they get to the sales page.

You can do this time and time again. It will happen naturally. I find that I’m writing a post I will almost always talk about a problem or a struggle. All I need to do is provide an answer to that problem, and if my solution is a product I am promoting, then I’m getting paid, and being somebody’s hero all in the same breath.

This has worked out perfectly. My sales are going through the roof, and the best part I am becoming an authority figure for my website.

The sales just keep on coming!

Much to my surprise, when you become a trusted authority figure, you don’t even have to work for the sales. I have people that email saying how much they appreciate my brutal honesty, and then in the same sentence ask if I have an affiliate link for another product they are interested in buying.
I receive emails from people all the time. People ask me if I would be willing to do a product review, if I have banner space for sale, JV partnerships, and so many more opportunities I never thought could happen to me.

After failing time and time again, I came across John Chow, and he inspired me. John’s “Ultimate Blog Profit Model” was a life changing event for me. I suddenly realized, the reason I failed all these years was because I had “Gold Fever”, and was an easy target for every new technique, program and strategy.

I decided to take John’s advice. Instead of creating blogs for money, I decided to blog about something I was extremely passionate about, and have fun doing it. Much to my surprise he was right, and success just fell into my lap. It gets better every day.

The same can happen to you to, if you just put your nose to the grind stone and give it your all. Stay focused, be honest, build up trust with your readers, and most importantly be compassionate with your writings. Cheers!

This post was guest blogged by Chad Nicely.


111 thoughts on “How To Break Through The $100,000 Income Mark”

  1. Hi Chad Nicely, I guessed the most important point here is that you have came across John. I wake up my day reading his blog and ends my days reading his blog too. I am not really so much into Internet Marketing for now but reading his posts makes me work harder each day. Quite a long post from you but overall I quite enjoy reading it because you teach people not to give up, which is the essence of every success.

    1. Whitney says:

      I agree…it was kinda long, but sometimes things need to be long to get the point across. It was an awesome article. No one should ever give up!

      1. Gift Ideas says:

        You agree this but I am confused that how can possible?????????

    2. Chad Nicely says:

      Hi There,
      Yes! John is a character. I did his style and how he talks with his reader! We all need to keep reaching for the stars! If it wasn’t for people like John I’d be bored half to death. Thank you for your kind words

      1. One thing which I learned from this story is …

        If you want to show your success than start with your failure

        This is really working … what do you say guys ?

        1. Hey Chad …

          Just visited your blog and I must say that you got some eye catching and awesome articles.

          1. Abhik says:

            Indeed he has.. I also visited his blog and I find it really amazing.

    3. Raj says:

      Yes i totally agree with you. People should not give up, which is the essence of every success.

      1. Lalit says:

        Yes Raj, I fully agree with you. It is the hardwork which provides the fruitful results at the last.

  2. Dane Pymble says:

    Great article Chad! I can definitely relate to buying every IM program that hits my Inbox! Some very useful advice. Thanks!

    1. Whitney says:

      You must be rich to buy all that stuff! lol.

    2. Chad Nicely says:

      Yes,
      Well, that was back in the day. I really don’t have a need for most of that stuff anymore. I think it is just there to distract you into buying the next new thing. Thanks!

  3. Buy a Blog says:

    Really long story and i appreciate your patient and many thank’s to share your experience here. I have learned a lot reading your line and actually you inspired me to do something to earn by internet marketing.

    Thank you very much

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      It is a lengthy story, however I hope it was one that you could relate with. I loved sharing it with you, and want to thank John for giving me that chance. Thank You!

  4. Wao! Chad, your story is so encouraging to some of us who are newbies and are facing real hard times online. This is one of the rare blog post I print out. Thanks for sharing

    1. Whitney says:

      I agree it’s very encouraging. I’m not a newb, I have made some money, but I could stand to make a whole lot more! Chad is awesome for sharing this with us!

    2. Chad Nicely says:

      You printed it out! Man that is great. What an awesome feeling. If I can even help you please don’t hesitate to ask. Cheers!

      1. Why not Chad! Sorry for coming back late. I was out of town. I just read the post on your blog on how you got your article here. That’s another post I print out and I’m happy I did

  5. Dan Thorley says:

    Great story. My own story is very similar, I tried many business opportunites until I found something that worked for me. I am consistantly changeing and testing new ideas because the internet is changeing so fast, you can’t stay in the same place for to long. I think it is really fresh hearing from people who have not made it straight away but had to work at it before they find a successful formula that works for them. Too many success stories from top gurus put you off rather than encourage you because they read as if they woke up one morning had an idea, worked hard for a few months and made a fortune. Its far more encouraging hearing about people who ended back at square one a number of times first, because that is what uaually happens when the man on the street copies the guru. Great stuff.

    1. Yes Dan I agree. Some so called gurus make one thing it’s a matter of 3 clicks. It doesn’t work like that. One has to catch something, work it out real hard before making consistent earnings from it.

      1. Whitney says:

        Yea as with anything you have to work hard to see results. Success can come over night in some cases, but for most people we have to work really hard.

    2. Chad Nicely says:

      “The internet is changeing so fast, you can’t stay in the same place for to long.”

      Isn’t that the truth? Here is what will never change. If your real, sincere, truthful, and humble with people I think you will always come out on top. Thank you so much for your comments and good luck to you mate!

  6. Good work Tchad, it takes time and patience to become good blogger, but the result will sooner or later and you do everything right what you have done.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Time and patience, is not bad when your “passionate” and “love” what you do. I love relating and teaching people. Take care

  7. Pam Britton says:

    Failure, and fear of failure drives many people exactly where they do not wish to be — to a place of unrealized goals! I appreciate your sharing, Chad, about what NOT to do and which led to you falling into the failure zone. Yes, honesty is the best policy. Blogging for business applications requires originality, perseverance and commitment…when we stick with our original plan, having faith in ourselves and what we have to offer others, that $100,000 per year mark is much more do-able!

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Fear of Failure kept me on a loosing streak for so long. It wasn’t until recently that I started reaching for the sky. It is true that positive thinking will take you beyond your wildest imaginations.

      Originality, perseverance and commitment… and you have to be passionate about what your writing about!
      Stay True!

  8. Initially you sound like you are bragging, but you close this article in a very pro manner. Some good points there, couple of years ago i sent an affiliate product promotion mail to my list, someone replied back “Hey Shanker have you bought this product, I heard it’s not that much good as you have mentioned it”

    I got my answer, i never sent a single letter afterwords about a thing in which i do not believe.

    1. Whitney says:

      Yea, I don’t really think he’s bragging..he’s just trying to help us. He’s just saying what he did and how we can do it too.

    2. Chad Nicely says:

      Hi there,
      Wasn’t trying to brag. I was trying to relate to people. I do think it is extremely important to test out products before you promote them. There are only a handful of products I do promote. However, I am actually able to promote them over and over. When you know your products that well, it’s not that difficult. Thanks for your comments!

    3. No bragging, pure blogging technique that can help me and you a better blog and income.

  9. fas says:

    Very well said by Chad, you need to be real and associate with the readers.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Thank you much πŸ™‚

  10. Erwin Miradi says:

    It’s well written by Chad. Thanks for sharing the story.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      You’re very welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

      1. Erwin Miradi says:

        Oh yes. That’s one long article you wrote there πŸ˜€

  11. Hey Chad,
    Congrats on your online earnings. You must be psyched. I found that building trust and authority in your niche works the best for me.

    After a while products begin to sell themselves.

    1. Whitney says:

      Yes, building trust and authority is no easy task, but it can be done. Once that is done, you’re on the road to success.

    2. Chad Nicely says:

      You know I would have never guessed that but it’s true. I wish I had figured this out ten years ago. I always learn things through trial and error. Thanks for reading.

      1. fazal mayar says:

        yes you have to try and see the results thats why we learn

    3. Chad Nicely says:

      I couldn’t of said it better myself. Thank you!

  12. Whitney says:

    Hey chad…awesome article buddy! You make it sound so easy. I want to accomplish what you have. I know with hard work and dedication it is possible. I think staying focused on a niche definitely helps when it comes to blogging. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Hi Whitney,
      Thank you so much. It’s easy when you can just be yourself. Hard work, dedication, and and short term goals, will ultimately get you to the end of your rainbow. Stay focused, and make sure your writing about something that you absolutely love. Thanks again.

      1. Your niche and expertise in a subject makes your blog… The more you can – the better are your articles, you must burn for your interest.

        1. Chad Nicely says:

          You know, I don’t know if I would call myself an expert. I really try hard to let people know I’m just an ordinary guys I’m not scared to share my failures or my success. The same goes for my niche. It’s not as perfect as all those “Gurus” lead you to believe. There is good and bad. Let people know this, and they will come to trust you and see you as an authority figure.

          1. Authority and respect is something you get through humility and knowledge, a gift that you have.

  13. Great articles Chad. I start blogging because I came across John Chow’s blog through a friend. His blog is one of the mine’s top 3 blog to read. I definitely learned a lot from John Chow’s website. Your article is great Chad keep up the good work.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      I’ve watched John’s blog for a long time. It just took me a while to get the whole picture. From the outside it doesn’t look like much. However, when your doing this for yourself, there’s a lot to it. My hats off to John for his accomplishments, and thanks to you.

  14. Rakesh Kumar says:

    It is my favorite blog where i can always find something special which can be implemented on my attitude.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      I’d be lying if I told you it wasn’t one of my favorites! One of the few people that can make me laugh and I can relate to.

  15. Oke Bos says:

    Hi John, We appreciate your contributions over the web / blog that you’ve made, so it is very useful for many people, good luck for your future and continue to develop your creativity, long life bloggers

  16. fazal mayar says:

    nice stuff chad, i wish to make 150k but its not that easy, lots of work and need to own quite a few domains too πŸ˜€

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Fazal,
      You might be surprised. You don’t have to have a lot of domains. You just need one good domain, a good marketing strategy, and a very loyal following. It can be done

      1. fazal mayar says:

        thanks chad, thats what im trying to do at the moment πŸ˜€

        I have one domain and I think its enough haha but I need lots of work

  17. Larry says:

    Great article Chad! As long as you write about something you truly enjoy, then it doesn’t feel like work. I just started writing about things I’m interested in and it doesn’t feel like a chore. I also get to help people. Such a great concept that many people seem to miss.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Correct and when people start to interact with you, and start contributing to your site, it is awesome! I am not even sure if it should be called Internet Marketing. Trust me when I say I have done the “Internet Marketing” thing, and building an authority blog is completely different. Thanks for your comments.

  18. Damien says:

    Did I read it right? Re-birthed a domain of yours 6 months ago and now earn $150k? Excellent work. Though I would think that initially you would have been doing less blogging and a heap of traffic generating.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Yes, I have had this domain since 2009. I had a site called JValerts.net. That was actually the site I was putting all of my efforts into. I was doing what everybody else was doing, but I wasn’t making any money. Just when I was about to give up, I found a real mentor, that you can read about on my blog. He helped me more than anybody else has online. Showed me how to really optimize wordpress, I currently have about 70 plugins. He taught me keyword research, and some awesome traffic techniques. From there it all happened. Thank you for your kind words.

  19. Genie says:

    How is $285/day close to $150,000? $285/day * 365 days = $104,025

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Hi,
      Well $285 was minimum. Just because I have a few $500 days, and higher does not mean I can claim that everyday. I’m happy to say since this post hit John’s site I’ve done closer to $400 for the last two days. So $150k should be easier then I thought. However, having said that, math is definitely one of my weaknesses πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for reading. I really appreciate it.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        $150,000/year is a great accomplishment, especially from one single site. Nice work, Chad! I’m definitely going to check out your blog.

        1. Chad Nicely says:

          Thank you sir, much appreciated!

  20. GamesDunia says:

    Is it possible for everybody?

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Hi there,
      I actually do think “Anything is possible when you put your mind to it.” I wish I had came up with that quote. I’m not the greatest writer. I actually struggled with English and writing in school. I’m not the greatest communicator either. I just try to be honest, and actually try to help people, in hopes they will believe in me and have faith.

      – Choose a great niche that your compassionate about.
      – Be real with your readers
      – Learn some great “Honest” marketing strategies
      – Then all you need to do is learn about traffic.

      Yes! You can do it. Good Luck!

      1. GlyphTab says:

        Can you suggest some of the honest marketing strategies? Thanks

        1. Chad Nicely says:

          Well my strategy is very simple. Instead of promoting everything I come across, I have about 100 products so far that I know very well. Now using “making money online” as my chosen niche. I’ll give you a summarized list.

          – Webhosting ( Hostgator,Bluehost)
          – Domain Names (Namecheap,Godaddy)
          – Keyword Tools ( Market Samurai, Micro Niche Finder)
          – Autoresponders ( Aweber, IContact)

          Ok, now if I choose products like I suggested for each category, I need to learn that product well. I need to know when I can use it, and when I can suggest it to my readers.

          Then of course I become affiliates for some of those products, all of them, or maybe other products.

          Now with my blog being focused around “making money online”, SEO, Internet Marketing, etc… Every-time I talk about WordPress or Hosting I can mention (not sell) HostGator. Whenever I write about getting optimized, SEO, getting ranked, I can mention my keyword tool. Make sense? No selling required. Just know when to recommend, apply, and use your products. That is key! Don’t sell something if you don’t understand it, or haven’t tried it.

          By the way, it doesn’t matter what your niche is. You might have a niche in “Acne.” If that is the case make an outline of resources that are helpful and needed and know when to apply them. Most importantly be honest, and be real! People will buy time and time again.

          I don’t want to mention any links on John’s blog. However I wrote a post called “Make Money From Blogging, REALLY!” and there is a video that demonstrates the exact strategy I just showed you. Good Luck!

      2. PPC Ian says:

        Well said, Chad. You couldn’t be more right. This is all very true, and reminds me very much of the strategies discussed at 2CreateAWebsite. I started creating websites back in 2007 and have followed this model for most of them. This model definitely pays off.

        1. Chad Nicely says:

          It is the one model, that should be around the entire life of the internet. Being honest, real, and humble with people. It doesn’t matter what Google Algorithms take place, or the changes in SEO, we will be safe. We provide value to the end user, and that is Google’s goal. Great work!

  21. MykeTech says:

    For someone who reads John Chow you should listen and get the After the Deadline plugin, it’s obvious you didn’t take the time to look over your post.

    “Never promote something that you would buy or use yourself.”

    Huh?

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Hey there Myke!
      Got to give it to you… Great catch. I love “after the deadline.” I have it on my own site. Those little red lines have saved me on more than one occasion. I did look over my post and changed it quite a few times. I really tried hard to write something that people could relate to. From the comments listed above, it sounds like I was able to reach and inspire a few folks. Thanks for your comment, Cheers!

  22. Jim says:

    I have never met John, but I have met Chad in person. I would say he’s the same in person as he is in his writing. Not many people have done as well as he has and continues to do. Chad seems to help folks in forums and skype rooms that we have in our marketing group. When he settled down and focused on his main blog, he really came out and hit the blog streets running.
    Chad writes as he speaks as do I, it may be a good thing and connect with the reader as John does. Keeping your own style seems to work just fine in this time of algo change on the net. He has tried lots of different methods, experimenting as some of us may have done, just to find the best path to the readers. So far, it’s working Chad. Keep up the good work.

    Jim

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Thank you Jim!

      You have been a very big inspiration and a good friend. I appreciate your kind words.
      Chad

  23. GlyphTab says:

    I don’t mind reading long posts if it really has something to say and I don’t understand why some people are not very comfortable with posts longer than two paragraphs. Chad, your post is great and does carry the point across. Thank you for that.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Hi,
      Thank you so much. When I write short posts, they don’t rank very well. I seem to rank very well when there over 1000 words. I try not to leave anything out, or leave any questions in anybodys mind. I have the same structure on my blog, lots of long content. Thanks again, is appreciated.

  24. Abhik says:

    Hey Chad!!
    That was really a nice read, very informative.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Thank you so much. I am glad it was informative for you.

  25. PPC Ian says:

    One of the best guest posts I have read on JC in a while. What Chad says is 100% accurate. I have tried it all and my sites that make the most $ (by far) follow Chad’s model. Great work, Chad!

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      That is such a GREAT compliment! The response to this post, was way beyond what I imagined. I appreciate John giving me that opportunity!

  26. Utah Saint says:

    Thanks Chad. Interesting post and lots of very good advice!

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Thank you for your kind words.

    2. Chad Nicely says:

      Thank you for saying that. Please let me know if I can ever help.

  27. An inspiring guest post on a day that needs inspiration in any form. And you have hit the nail on the head Chad with how being real and honest is the best policy not only in life, but online. It’s crazy how many surfers still see the Web as a place of deceit filled with scams. Hopefully, as we IM’ers continue to be fully transparent, in whatever niche we are promoting, the reputation of the Web will continue to grow in the right direction, After all, we are not only stewards in the world, but also online as well…:) All the best.

    GALC

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      It is a tough day isn’t it. I’ve actually been trying to write a post on my own blog about this day, ten years ago and it’s very hard to do.

      I think Google is getting a a hold of all these scams, and black hat techniques. In the end the good guys are going to be left standing. People like John Chow, and others who put 110% heart and soul into their sites are going to come out on top. All the best to you too my friend.

  28. Clickbank is really a huge help to get to that mark.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      I do like ClickBank, but as I said just make sure you learn whatever it is you are promoting very well. Don’t promote everything that ClickBank launches. Look at much more than just the gravity and the commissions. There is a lot of crap out there also,

      ClickBank is great but here are some other resources I use on a daily basis:
      http://www.jvnotifypro.com
      http://www.plimus.com
      http://sharesale.com
      http://www.paydot.com
      http://www.cj.com

  29. Sean Donahoe says:

    Nice work Chad. Very cool stuff. I have to say as one of my star students who struggled for so long it is amazing to see how far you have come in such a short time after applying what I have taught you. This post is a prime example of what I have been guiding you to do and you have done an awesome job. Keep up the excellent work and as I have said constantly, stick at what ever you do until you break through every barrier that holds you back.

    All the best

    Sean

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Thank you Sean,
      It has been extremely cool stuff. I continue to implement the techniques and strategies you have taught me. Everybody needs a mentor like you, I should have touched on that in the post. Thanks for your kind words friend. You have been one of the most helpful, influential, and inspiring people to come around in my entire IM career. I just wish we had crossed paths 10 years earlier. As you can see Sean I’m out here facing my fears. Thanks for your help and guidance.
      Chad

  30. Okay. I take this as my inspiration of the day. Great piece of article Chad! πŸ˜€

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      That is just Awesome! Thank you

  31. Buy a Blog says:

    I’m Trying my best to reach there but the truth is i just passed $100 mark at present.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      You know what I heard my whole life in IM. “The hardest part would be making your first dollar”. Wow, if that wasn’t the truth. It actually took me years to make my first dollar. Why? Because I would never stick with something long enough to make it work. I was always off to the next best thing that hit my email. Once I learned how to make that dollar, it really was just a matter of “rinse and repeat”, “scale and automation”.
      Whatever you did to get to that $100 mark. It’s all about scale and automation. Good Luck to you!

  32. jezza101 says:

    I like the message behind this post but a couple of things don’t stack up for me.

    If people take the advice and don’t invest in products and drop out from mailing lists (good advice imo) then doesn’t that kinda put a big dent in the MMO business model? Most people seem to make money (or try to make money) by selling each other ways to make money!

    I like the idea of a personal touch (which worked for me), but a quick look at the ChadNicely.com website and I see a pictures of someone who appears to me as a sales man, sports car, cash, and plenty of products on sale via glitzy ads. Not the type of site I warm to at all. It really wasn’t the site I was expecting to see after reading your post πŸ™

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Ahhh you do raise a good point. There are great products that come out in IM all the time. However, you have to be selective and figure out what works. My point was this “Get focused, stick with something long enough to make it work.” Don’t do what I did, and just keep buying things over and over, just to collect dust and your hard drive.

      I’m only speaking from experience. I was simply stating what finally helped me get focused, and actually start making money online. Now there are mailing lists I am subscribed to. John Chow hits my mail all the time. Why? He adds value. Same with Ana Hofman from “Traffic Generation Cafe.” I trust them, and when they recommend a product to me, it is usually something useful and of value.

      With that being said, I will tell you their are marketers that used to pound my email box 5 or 6 times a day with crap, and I am no longer subscribed to them, and never will be again. I’m all for buying or selling a product if it works, and if it’s useful. However this new Product launch model that has taken place, with the fake actors, and statistics that have been doctored in photoshop, it just needs to go away. They don’t care about you. Their here to make a quick buck off you, and move on to the next guy. While there draining your wallet, there already scheduled to do another product launch a week from now. Most of the time, they don’t even have the product finished. There just waiting on their outsourcer to finish making their “magic software” for them. Kind of sore subject for me. I hope that clears that up.

      On to the next part of your comment. Ahhh your killing me… I actually just redid my site, and have received a lot of compliments. I used to have just the plain heat map pro theme, and everybody said, your content is great but you need to jazz it up.
      I love photoshop, I do everything myself. I was pretty proud of my site. I’ve received a lot of compliments. I promote just under 100 products in total. However, I use every one of those products myself. I can honestly tell people when they need to apply them. I am very personal with my readers. However, I understand it wont work for everybody. Thank you for your contribution to this post.

  33. That’s why I like JohnChow.com. Articles that describe a situation only very few readers will ever face. $100,000 a year. I’ll bookmark this just in case I get close to this figure.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      You can do it friend. Just give yourself one goal everyday and reach that goal. Once you reach that goal give yourself a bigger goal. This was you don’t get overwhelmed. Have faith in yourself, picture yourself reaching that mark. You will get there. Cheers!

  34. Rob says:

    Hi Chad,

    I’ve just visited your site for first time.
    I read a post about 911, I see pictures and videos of your kids, You have a post about losing a good friend, and then everything else is all about making money online. I really love the videos you did, they are very helpful. I don’t think it gets more personal then this. Your website works for me.

    Cheers Rob

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Thank you Rob. Yes I’m very personal. I try to let my readers know who I am. I’m not that great with writing or speaking for that matter. Somebody just left a comment on my Alexa rating, saying my grammer needs improvement. They’re correct. I just try to be real with people. I learned from John. Thanks for kind words.

  35. GamesDunia says:

    I don’t think it is possible for a Gamer.

  36. Chad Nicely says:

    Hi,
    Well I don’t know why it wouldn’t be? Now I know nothing about games. At least since the Legend of Zelda came out in the mid 1980’s πŸ˜‰

    However, just the little bit I do know like World of Warcraft and stuff like that you have really great keywords with low competition. I’m looking at over 100 keywords here.

    Just the keyword for “Gaming” alone brings in over 13 million global searches a month, with a low competition. Then there is “gaming cheats”, “gaming laptops”, “PC games”, etc. It looks to me like there is a lot you can focus on, get optimized for, bring in the traffic.

    Then start to talk with your traffic and build up yourself as an authority. Just remember to be real. Good luck mate!

  37. Lalit says:

    Thanks Chad, for your valuable advice . I found your comments encouraging and very informative.

  38. Hi Chad,
    This post “How To Break Through The $100,000 Income Mark” is a Great post…and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this one…It opened my eyes 100% and it was the “Aha’ moment for me.
    I really enjoy your writing style, your honesty and no “BS” here approach…that’s the only way to move forward and succeed!
    What I am really thank full about is the fact that I don’t have to do this for 10 years to really start making money online and spending thousands…I have you as a friend, a mentor and a teacher πŸ™‚
    Unique content, honesty, speaking from the heart….and only promoting products that works from a 100% reliable source….you both have my loyal support πŸ™‚

    Kind regards

    Herman

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Hi Herman,
      Thank you so much for the kind words. That was so very nice of you. I’m glad you were able to experience that “Aha” Moment. It’s very Awesome, now you just have to take action.

      I put in the 10 years for you Herman! I’m always hear to help everybody that needs it. That’s what we were put life’s about. Take care.
      Chad

  39. GamesDunia says:

    I’m confused, cause i’m from Asia and i know it is not possible for any Asian.

    1. Chad Nicely says:

      Hi there. You know what I’m not going to pretend to know the answer to this. I am very fortunate being in the USA.
      Just a quick glance on the Internet I came across some very successful marketers in Asia, maybe you can inquire of some of these guys?

      Bob Bastian, Dechen Lau, Edmond Loh, The “Lazy Pig”, Joe Tiew, Joseph Then, Justin Koh, Nelson Tan, Keith Choy

      Sorry, I did not have the right answer.
      Chad

  40. Great Post Chad. I really loved your experience. I am also in the starting stage and I think in the losing money stage. But now getting to earning some money stage…….

  41. Chad Nicely says:

    Hi there,
    That is a great feeling when you start reaching levels of success. Something that I learned years later after spending so much money online. Most of the information you are buying can usually be found for free. Especially, with the way the Internet is working today. Watch for sites Like JohnChow.com, ZacJohnson.com, Joonathanvolk.com, all the forums, yahoo answers, and so much more. I’ve found free content that was the same information I was buying. Good luck friend.

    1. Lalit says:

      Hi Chad, I fully agree with you and I have learned a lot from the famous bloggars like John, Joel, Zac and many more , which is not available or missing in ebooks worths hundreds of dollars.

  42. inspiring post John and motivating too. A lot to learn from you and miles to go.

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