Looking Back – How I Started to Make a Living Online?

Thesis WP theme, WordPress, blogging tips, video blogging, Video traffic, 100K page views success etc etc these things all over the online are blowing your head often. Aren’t they? Take some time to read this series of posts. This series may remind your past experience or can help you to survive online or can guide you set your future goals.

If you don’t know who I am then here it is. I am Pascal, I have been known as a blogger behind Fourblogger.com. I know I’ve made certain good impression on Fourblogger in short span of 5 months. Thanks for the support, personal help, feedbacks and comments.

Due to the splendid response I’ve received, I feel I must do something return to you. I am not a blogging guru. But I will do my best for you, Yes, definitely for you. I never before write about who I am, what my experience in make money online etc. But it is the time to open my heart about my life, online living and Y factor.

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“Y” Factor

I accept I do all these with the expectation of something I would like to get back. But I bet, you will be wrong if you guess what I expect. I’ll let you know what it is at end of this series. Until then we will keep it as “Y” factor (X factor has been reserved by many folks. So I go for “Y” :)).

You can read my short history without any fear of wasting your time or brain wash thing. You will get great ideas that you’ve not triggered till now in your mind. Those ideas will walk YOU through SUCCESS.

What will you know about me from this series?

  • My 5 years of online experience – (Do you want to make a living ONLINE? If yes then LOTS of opportunities for you to learn how to make a living or at least you will know whether YOU can make a living or not, in online?
  • What had I done to make six figures? (Not in US dollars, but in Indian rupees)
  • Why am I blogging now? ( I am using “blogging” for “Y” factor)
  • What is my future plan and how you can make use of it for your growth?

If you really want to learn from me then I am ready to share my experience with you. If you think we are same then come, let us join and do something big together. If you think you are better than me then I really want to learn a lot from you so that I can share those learning with my readers who want to learn from me. In any case, I believe, we (You & I) will have close relationship.

Ok. I admit, I am not really that much good at writing. But I am knowledgeable; I don’t know what other people know about me? At least I believe that I am knowledgeable. So here I start my online history. If you feel I am wrong at any point then stop me at that point.

How I entered into online?

No mystery. Like almost every human being I wanted to live better so I wanted to make more money. It was my 3rd year of college at 2005. Before 2005 there was 20 years of my life crossed, a lot of happenings on those 20 years but that story is not to write here, that is not even for another blog post series but that is for a million dollar best selling book. I don’t want to add smileys here. Because I am serious.

It was my 3rd year of college, the year was 2005. Day by day my pocket was melting. One day I was in dire need of money. I got money from my friend and pushed the moment. Very sooner again I was in dire need of money. It happened to me again & again.

Due to this, I could not concentrate even on my mysterious college study and also I could not dream for my future. Finally I wanted to become financially freedom so that I could work on the things I wanted to, without any mental stresses.

Started with Money Making Keywords

Then I took Rs.20 (I remember that’s what the only balance I had in my hand) less than half of a dollar and entered into a browsing centre, this was the very cheap one in my nearby living place and there I was going to watch my semester results for every semester.

I entered into Google and started to type different keywords “part time jobs”, “part time online jobs”, “make money online” and different combination of such money making keywords.

I felt upright & I imagined as I was doing something big that was unknown to my friends, families and my surroundings. I was given plenty of money making programs in Google SERP. Those programs were enough to ruin my next 6 months. It may take lesser time to someone to know what it is. But as I was getting very few hours (3 to 6 hours per week) to browse, I had taken 6 months to become aware of about those false programs.

First Time I pawned my ring

In between these 6 months, I had fallen in two fake-cheating-money making programs. One was earn-money.co.in & another one was kmchat.com. I have lost my money. The money may be low now. But that was very big at that time as I had been struggling to get money for even my monthly expenses & studies.

Make money online Fake program

In fact, I did not have money to pay for those fake programs. I pawned my gold ring that was given to me by my most lovable woman (grandma) to pay for those two programs, I didn’t decide to pawn it EASILY, it WAS really hard, but I did, because I believed, “I can”.

Even though I had experienced those two happenings, I was not afraid to continue my journey in online. Rather then I was feeling better as I could find such type of fake programs at first glance.

I started to read reviews and experiences of others for the new programs on which I interested to try before I put my hand on it. I hadn’t done such research for reviews in my previous case. L

I had been learning about the following type of  money making programs.

  • Data entry programs
  • Paid to read email programs
  • Paid to surf programs
  • Paid to download toolbars
  • Email forwarding programs
  • Paid to click on ads
  • Pyramid programs
  • Paid for surveys
  • Paid to fill forms

My six months were passed in the above programs. I spent plenty of my time online in browsing centers.

Fake Money Making Programs

Daily I was seeing something new in online and believed it would be the program which could change my life completely. I was registering my email in hundreds of websites. I was arrogant to see my inbox always full.

I was seeing the paid to surf ads. I was waiting for 30 seconds to see every next ad. My earnings were credited in my login. But they were always just numbers.

I was in dream at remaining hours in offline. As paid to survey & paid to fill forms promised up to $25 per survey/form, I was dreaming everyday how much would I make, if I can do 10 surveys, how much would I make if I can do 20, 50,100….

I could not convert those numbers as cash EVER. I could not reach minimum payout at any of my logins. Even some websites credited my earnings at “My account” area with 100 US $ for every ad I visited. They told minimum payout is 20000 US $. I was seeing ads again and again. If I reached ‘daily visit limit’ then next day I rushed to browse to continue my visits. I believed that I would make 20000 US $ from such paid to surf programs. How big an Idiot I was! I feel shame now.

Today Google better than it was before 5 years

Today I searched on Google for such programs. I could not find the same websites which I visited on those days. I think Google is better now than those times when I fell on such programs. Thanks to Google for helping us to find better results. But still some fake programs are there in Google.

These programs not look like the traditional ones I was seeing. (I will try to mention what are those programs. in coming posts on this series) These new programs are targeted based on the current people’s mind sets (Focusing on mind sets of audience/ clients is the key to blogging/business success).

My next six months (first half or 2006) were going behind the idea……

(Will be Continued in next part, 2nd part)

Hi guys Thanks for the time you put in to read the whole post. If you find it was worth to read then why don’t you TWEET THIS to your followers & SHARE IT to your Facebook Fans?

Have you experienced any of the same fake programs I faced, in your online career? What are they? Type it in comments. You can write even about how big fool I was in my starting days!

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  • Binoy xavier June 3, 2010, 1:24 AM

    Nice post. Covered what you learned and faced during your entire online life. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Pascal June 3, 2010, 2:20 AM

      Thanks for reading. Hope it helps you.

    • Warren February 10, 2011, 10:10 AM

      we have tsame experience also until now im stumble in web finding the best program for me

  • aaslin June 3, 2010, 1:52 AM

    the same experience i had in 2007 during my 12th holidays.I was cheated many times,i worked about 4 months to get 1 us$ in donkeymails.com but i invested that 1$ in a hyip and they cheated me.Lot of programs i joined,surveys,toolbars,surfs,hyips.I

    • aaslin June 3, 2010, 1:52 AM

      I hope all indians make the same start online?

      • Pascal June 3, 2010, 2:19 AM

        Ha. Ha. May be. I am not sure. 🙂

    • Pascal June 3, 2010, 2:20 AM

      Great experiences in online. Isn’t it?

  • Fazreen June 3, 2010, 2:53 AM

    I love this kind of story..the real experience..thank you for sharing with us

    • Pascal June 3, 2010, 3:09 AM

      Hi Fazreen, Glad you loved it.

      I joined in your free course just now. Hope It will be great. Your new blog look is good.

  • Rajeel June 3, 2010, 5:40 AM

    Everyone starts like it…. Btw How do you came to blogging ???

    I am eager to read the rest of your stories

    • Pascal June 3, 2010, 10:59 AM

      Rajeel, Ya. I will be writing how I came to blogging also. Surely it will be worth to read.

  • KS Chen June 3, 2010, 6:58 AM

    A nice living online to be followed. Thanks for your sharing! It is really inspired me. 🙂

    • Pascal June 3, 2010, 11:00 AM

      Hi Chen, Some more niche happenings were there. Hope it will inspire you.

  • Nasif June 3, 2010, 9:06 AM

    Sorry to hear that you lost money…. Btw nice experience… Wish you all the best…

    • Pascal June 3, 2010, 11:04 AM

      Nasif, We have to loss at least something to loss our goals. Isn’t it?

  • Shariff June 3, 2010, 8:17 PM

    Nice and hard experience, you have faced. Hope your life is now full of bliss. Well I have been trying many things since 2007 still nothing is working out, but stayed away from money snatchers programs and still they are available on search. Apart from google there are other search engine which they are targeting.

    I have Just earned 50 dollors from online and also earned 48 dollors from google adsense which is yet to be received. And my quest is still going on since 2008.

    Hoping for good online days. Wish me luck.

    • Pascal June 4, 2010, 2:02 PM

      Hi Shariff, Congrats for your first income 50 dollars. First income is a happiest happening. Isn’t it?
      Until we make our first money online, we don’t how to really make it happen. But once it happened, we will improve exponentially.

      Every upcoming success in your online career will teach you some great experience. Then you will be making more money. If we work on right things then definitely your hope will be true very soon. Best wishes.

  • Harsh Athalye June 8, 2010, 6:17 PM

    Hi Pascal,

    I can understand your pain bro. I went through similar situation, not entirely same but similar. Though I never lost money online, I also initially fell prey to these paid-to-click websites, but soon found they are baseless.

    I guess it takes hardship to rise and shine. Those hard times teach us so many things which are useful in future. Those hard experiences is the reason you have become a successful blogger now. It happens to everybody, nothing to be ashamed of. You have a bright future, keep it up! 🙂

  • Ravi June 12, 2010, 11:39 PM

    Hello Pascal,

    You story is very inspiring. Just downloaded your 3rd free giveway. It was very useful.

  • Jeremy August 14, 2010, 9:38 AM

    Thanks for sharing. Seems like a well-traveled road this one – fail, get back up, rinse and repeat. What gets me are the opportunists taking advantage of a newbie’s enthusiasm and desperation to make it online – selling us dreams and pitches, which are smoke and mirrors.

    I personally have blown thousands on these marketers and their products and services; only now do I realize there are no secrets – just simple methods that take an extreme amount of patience, but also a lot of research and knowledge gathering.

  • Amit kumar September 8, 2010, 11:39 PM

    Ha Ha..

    I did same mistake but never lost money ….like you did ..I catched up in this fake program called http://bux.to,http://awsurveys.com etc . The bux.to is fake because they pay you after 2 years ..really it does not worth it ..what you doin today and getting after two years ..

  • hard drive recovery tools November 12, 2010, 10:25 AM

    I am also from india. I also rcvd daily these kinds of fake emails. Few named as from Microsoft, Google , UK lottery that you won the lottery of few millions pound, to send the amount kindly send your bank details and personal information. Also from these kind of fake make money online programs. Infact we are not making money from these programs who owned these false and phishy programs they are earning the money…. do not join these kind of fool making programs….

    Thanks Pascal for this post and sharing your experience.

  • cocker November 16, 2010, 10:44 PM

    Wow, Pascal, thanks for sharing your story!
    Everyone starts with little steps!
    Thanks for your helping youtube videos.

  • Rakesh @ Wizard Journal January 9, 2011, 3:21 AM

    Pascal, my beginning was a little different and now i am trying to developed niche targeted websites and blogs.

  • Tech Crates February 23, 2011, 9:08 PM

    Nice post. Felt great reading your story of start

  • Raj March 11, 2011, 2:08 PM

    Pascal dear…same happened with me many many cheaters are sitting out there..and i was also cheated many a time but now i have also established an blog to earn some by sharing my knowledge online

  • Ragunath March 29, 2011, 9:34 PM

    Oh pascal,, i had start the same thing what exactly u have done it before, Spent plently of money on it,, Especially on homeworker.org,,,Survey programs and Email sending programs sucked me,, After that i retired from online Programs, Then again i came back one year before, and said to my parents, that am gonna start my career in online, still now i only could able to make 85$ ( from adsense ), Now pressure build on,,, what i gonna do after this… that will be a ???????????