May 2007 – I finally hit my elusive goal of making $10,000 in a month from my Internet home business, which means two things:
- I need to update my Internet marketing journey timeline
- I need to do some house-cleaning and re-adjustment of goals
I actually made it to $10,041, just forty-one dollars above my mark, but it’s still a moral victory. And the mark was hit not without it’s own share of controversies.
While I was away for 5 days in Singapore attending the World Internet Summit, some idiot hacker got access to my GoTryThis affiliate tracking software, and sneakily changed my affiliate links with his. What a jerk…!
This raised some trust issues at first. I try to tell you (the readers) as much as possible about my own Internet marketing journey, so that you can learn not only from my success but also my failures.
However, I failed to realize that this type of information also attracts the wrong kind of people – people who rather just steal from you instead of using their own brains to make something out of their lives.
I estimate that the hacker stole about $300 – $600 from me, and what seems like a solid plan to achieve my four-minute mile started to look like a lost cause. At the end of the month, however, I confirmed that I did it.
So a new chapter in my Internet marketing journey really has to do with security and privacy. I’ll tell you how I scrambled to solve my hacker problem in the next post.
Besides hackers, there’s also this group of inconsiderate people, mostly Malaysians, I dare say, who just don’t have phone manners. One guy called my on my mobile phone number at 10.45pm, and started shooting questions about how to withdraw money from Paypal.
What ever happened to “Is it a convenient time to talk?”. What ever happened to courtesy? In the end I had to tell him right to his face (in a nice manner) that he should only call me at regular business hours, or I wont entertain his call.
This is the reason why I removed my personal email address and contact numbers month ago. If I didn’t, I have to rely on people’s courtesy and most people just don’t have it.
Heck, I don’t even call my best friends at that time of the day without asking them if it’s a good time to talk.