A little about me. I was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada in a small village by the Bay of Fundy (Morden, Nova Scotia) which had a population of about 500 at the time. At the age of 17, I joined the army where I spent the next 5 and a half years of my life. During my time in the army I went on to specialize as a reconnaissance patrolman and served 2 tours of duty in the Bosnian war before the age of 22. After leaving the army, I wandered from one dead-end job to another for a few years.
In 2001, I suffered a workplace accident that required surgery and left me on workman’s compensation for nearly 8 months of therapy and recovery. This is where I got my first taste of online marketing in the paid-to-read-email industry. I went on to own one of the largest ever paid-to-read-email sites (MikesPaid4Email.com) which made me over $2000 a day profit and had an Alexa ranking in the top 700 websites for over 18 months.
Due to over-saturation of that industry, a 20x surge in competition and a few technological issues that were out of my control, that business went belly up by the end of year 4.
I went back to work again. 🙁
In 2007, I found myself working in the oil patch, in Northern Alberta, Canada as part of a Frac crew. I was making good money, $500 to $1000 every single day. But, it was an exhausting schedule full of 12 – 14 hour days (before driving) and I was absolutely miserable.
I ended up quitting that job and going back to internet marketing to replace that income, because it is one of my very few real passions.
But, it didn’t happen quickly. It took a couple years to do it.
After trying many online network marketing opportunities, affiliate marketing, drop shipping, and just about everything else you can think of, I eventually got to the point where I went full time on the internet again.