My CPVLab was down …

I’m using CPVLab as my tracker, with Beyond Hosting to host all my website. I’m using VPS to handle my traffic and I do not expect or allow any disturbances to my sites.

However, recently I encountered lagging from my CPVLab. Not too sure why, and since it was still running fine, I just ignored it.

My worst fear finally happened yesterday. While I was editing and adding new campaigns, but CPVLab couldn’t load and finally, “500 Internal Server Error” occurred. It was bad. My traffic was running and I was losing money every single minute. I imediately open a support ticket to Beyond Hosting. The person in charge (Kyle) replied almost immediately saying he would checked the issue. I could only wait and prayed.

After several attempts to bring my site back, including reinstalling my CPVLab, Kyle told me I had to wait for their Tier 2 admin to come as he did not have enough access rights to continue troubleshooting. I felt lost. This was the first time I felt completely helpless. There was nothing much I could do except to pause all my traffic.

Since everything’s down, I made use of the time to play with my daughter, brought her to our library and playground. It was then I realized I focused too much on my biz, rather than on my girl. Feeling pretty guilty ;(

At night, around 1030pm, beyond hosting staff replied asking me to try again. He (Jesse) said he had removed some files that were jamming my server.


I tried, but failed. I could login this time, but wasn’t able to edit my campaigns, or checked any stats. I emailed Jesse back again. He checked, and within 5 min, he told me it was settled. The root cause was because my database and CPVLab version were different, and therefore unable to sync. He fixed that by upgrading my CPVLab. Indeed, it was fixed magically! I couldn’t say happy I was at that time. It seems like a part of me suddenly revived from the dead. Lol.

I resumed all my traffic immediately. It was late and I was tired. I was hoping everything would be settled and by tomorrow morning, I could see some traffic reflected on my CPVLab. I knew my earnings would be affected, but right now the most important was to get the problem fixed.

The next morning, I login to my CPVLab before I even brushed my teeth (familiar anyone :p ). Finally, things were back to normal. My stats were healthy. Earnings were back and biz was back as usual.


Although my traffic and earnings were dropped, I was still happy with what I had. Online business was really a push button business. I pushed the button to resume my traffic, and traffic started running.

I’m not sure if the problem is settled. I have to login with my iphone regularly to make sure my site is up. But I’ve learned several lessons:

  • I depend too much on CPVLab. I must spread my traffic and campaigns to either more accounts, or Voluum. At least if 1 site/server is down, I still have the rest running.
  • Always get worldclass service such as BeyondHosting. You need immediate response when things happened, and they are giving you that attention. Don’t go for cheap sources.
  • Relax. When things are down and beyond your control, take the time off to do something meaningful. No point keeping it to heart and make your day miserable.

So have you encountered any sudden disturbances in life? How do you react or overcome it? I’ll like to hear.

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Sweet April 2015

I’ve been really busy for the month of Apr to May. Things were going well for me, especially my online business. I’ll talked about it later.

Work is still taking 75% of my time. I love my job, and that’s why I’m still an employee. But right now, some circumstances changed, and I am seriously considering if I should pursue my business full time. Not really urgent, but decision has to be made someday. I guess it’s a good problem to have 🙂

As for my online business, it was doing quite ok for the month of Apr. I was able to hit USD20k for revenue. My ROI was close to 170%, which made my profits closed to SGD20k. Pretty sweet for someone who was doing part time.

 Ps: I’m not showing off my earnings. I can easily name 10-20 super affiliates earning way more than me. I’m trying to show my readers it’s definitely possible to make money online, part time, if you choose to.

How I Did It?

I do not consider myself successful or good, but I do have some tips to share on how to achieve this.

1. Mentor

I found this to be the most important factor. You could learn everything yourself by going through the forums, websites and ebooks, but nothing compariable to having a good mentor. You can shorten your path to success from a few years to a few months. Find a good mentor, follow exactly what he is doing and replicate.

2. Mastermind Group

Besides having a mentor, you need to have your own mastermind group, some like minded people who can work together with you. These people will be your inner circle, who’re willing to share their successes and failures with you. You will learn and progress faster from other people’s mistakes. 

Facebook is a good place to start finding. Seminars and previews are good too. Start finding yours.

3. Seminars

Last week, I attended Anthony Robbins’s seminar. It BLEW my mind! There were close to 6000 people, from 12 different countries. I met many friends there, shared our tips and experiences. If you asked me, it was totally priceless! 

I made a promise to myself – Attend at least a seminar every year. I need to keep improving myself, and seminars are good way to achieve it.

 
So how about you? How do you intend to change and upgrade your life? What are you doing right now to achieve it? Write down in the comments below. I’m very interested to hear from you 🙂

Fear Of Making More Money

The feeling of making money is good, especially when the income just roll in days after days, weeks after weeks. Every time you clicked refresh and “Ka Ching”, another sale came. You feel like you are at the top of the world, and life is good, or is it?

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Last month, my new CPA business hit my first goal of making $10k per month. That’s a common goal for most internet marketers. $10k is a comfortable figure, especially when you are living in Singapore like me. Everyday, I’m ecstatic to see my commissions come in. I just continue to do what I’m doing now, and I’ll be alright.

However, since I’ve been in this field for many years, I know things will change very fast. If you are new to Internet Marketing, especially CPA, do take note, every offers WILL die. No offer will last forever. 3 main reasons why offers die are:
– advertisers pull out,
– competitions are so fierce in the bidding wars that your CPC>EPC,
– banner/LP blindness.

Most of the time, it was due to competitions, or advertisers stop the offer. Therefore, when you are earning money, scale fast and furious, reap whatever you can before anyone else. This is where the bulk of money is.

When I started out, I set myself a small achievable target of making $100 revenue a day. I found several small offers generating $30-70 a day for me. Add up everything and I cross my $100 day. Soon, $100 revenue becomes $100 profits. I set my next goal of achieving $10k a month. This goal is huge, but achievable. Breaking down into days, all I need is to hit $300 profits a day. I’m already hitting $100 plus daily, so what’s stopping me from hitting $300? Nothing!

There were tons of things I could do to scale up my earnings. I tracked and saved all my ideas in Evernote. Whenever I came out with something new, I would quickly saved it, no matter where I was. Soon, I had a long list of to-do items.

It was important to keep a journal of what you had learned daily, as well as things you could do. At times when I was lost, or ran out of ideas, I would refer to my to-do list for new things to test, new angles to try. These would continue to push me forward. Before I knew, I hit my $10k goal within 6 months!

Just when things seems to be fine, conversions keep coming with minimum work, I started to get worry. I was worried about not hitting $300 a day. I was stress. On one hand, I was happy to earn this income without much work. On the other hand, I was afraid this would disappeared overnight. I told myself ALL offers would die, and soon I would see my income dropped. All I had to do was to relaunch new campaigns. Easier said than done, I was unhappy.

I worked even harder than before, more anxious than ever to maintain my earnings. I knew I had to stop. This was definitely not healthy. I started to look for a solution.

The main reason I was upset was due to fear, the fear of making more money and not making anymore the next day. The fear of losing everything overnight and start all over again. I asked myself what’s wrong with that? Every Internet Marketer goes through this phase, over and over again. Top affiliates can make 6 figures a month, or even a day and their campaigns die. It was perfectly normal.

Still not convince, I listened to an audio podcast. The speaker mentioned that he too, fear to check his email as he had received tons of emails previously telling him either his leads were not of good quality and he had to stop, or they banned him. So … I wasn’t alone 🙂

I certainly do not like the volatility of CPA, and I plan to work on my old ebooks project on the side to have a stable income. This keeps my confident high and soon, I’ve overcame my fear. I’m comfortable to run more campaigns. I’m able to spend more money on testings without the fear of losing money. I’m able to let go and start enjoying life without monitoring my campaigns every minute.

Within these 7 months, I’ve grown much faster than before. I’m able to handle the pressure of work, family and business. I’m ready for more now.

So what about you? Are you afraid of losing, or have you overcome your own fear? Tell me about it in the comments below.

I’m Back In 2015!

Wow, I can’t imagine I’ve not blog for almost 9 months, and so many things have happened since. First of all, my dearest daughter has grown up, and fast. I still remember the moment she came into our lives, and now she could walk, talked and called “Daddy”! Priceless!

2015/01/img_7265.jpg If you read my previous post, you would have known that I went for Ivan Ong’s CPA Course. I signed up in Apr 2014, and attended the course on 13th, 14th and 15th of June. Why do I remember these dates so clearly? Because they are life changing! As you know, I’m making to make a few thousands here and there, from my ebooks and stuff, but nothing comes close to what I’m earning with CPA! The course was nicely constructed in a way to suit newbies, and frankly for me, it was kind of basic. First 2 days were to learn what CPA and Traffic sources were, and I just walked around chatting with people as I already knew these at the back of my hands. It was until the 3rd day when they started sharing strategies that really blew my mind. I did not know internet marketing could be so powerful!

2015/01/img_5926.jpg Right after the course, I started launching my campaigns with the techniques taught by Ivan. I studied closely, read tons of materials and tested lots of offers. It seems like a door was opened right in front of me, waiting for me to go through to the promised land. I was excited everyday, especially when I launched new campaigns. I wanted to get the data as fast as possible so that I could plan my next move. Things looked good. I started making profits by the 2nd month. When I started making money, I started to launch more campaigns, and tested with bigger bigger budgets. I signed up with lots of paid forums such as AffPlayBook, PPVGuru and STM. Without knowledge, I can excel 🙂 Right now, after 7 months, I can say I’ve made the right choice by signing up for the course. My eBook business is making me thousands a month passively without doing anything. My CPA business is making me 5 figures a month now. And I’m still holding on to my full time job! I make a deal with myself to sign up for at least 1 course a year to improve myself. For 2015, I’ve already signed up for Tony Robbins’s course. I just want to progress, make more friends and have fun.

2015/01/img_7171.jpg So what about you? Have you start taking actions for your 2015 goal? Let me know about it. PS: If you want to sign up for Ivan Ong’s course, remember to tell him Vanson recommends you, and ask him for a free DVD.

CPA Affiliate Marketing in Singapore

While I’m running my eBook businesses on Lulu, Kobo and Google Play, I decided to keep exploring new ways to make money online.

Recently while attending a seminar, I came to know a guy (Singaporean) doing Internet marketing as well. He is way more successful than me, already making millions online and he’s only 27! Of course, he is Ivan Ong.

His main core business is CPA marketing, and that’s something new to me. I’ve heard of CPA, but never really go deep into it.

The timing was just nice. I’m getting bored with my online businesses and eagerly seeking new sources of income. CPA … Perhaps I can try as well.

First of all, what’s CPA? It stands for Cost Per Action, which means you’ll get paid if your leads do something. The common actions are filling up forms, submit zip codes/emails, download an app/software, etc.

Once your leads competed the action, you’ll be paid. The best thing about CPA is, these actions usually don’t involved payment. They do not need to pay, and therefore the conversion rates are much higher. The bad point is the payment. 1 successful email submit payout can be as low as $1.20 only.

However, don’t think that this small amount is nothing. Imagine you can capture tons of leads per day, these small amount can add up to a huge sum.

So how am I going to tackle this? Right now, I’m still a newbie, and eagerly learning as much as possible. I’ve signed up for several CPA Networks, and was approved for 2 major networks:

MaxBounty
PeerFly

So if you are new, and will like to try on CPA, get approved in these 2 networks first. Next post, I’ll share more how I’ll start doing CPA Marketing. As usual, I’ll share all my wins and losses, what I’m going to do, and what I’ve done that is not working. So stay on this blog.

For now, I’ve got to do my research now. Enjoy!

My eBooks New Direction After Lulu

I’ve not been blogging for a while, but that doesn’t mean my businesses or trading stop making money. As usual, I’m looking for new ways to make money online, and to share my learning experiences with my blog readers here. Before that, let’s jump in and see how my ebook business is doing.

eBooks Business – #1 Passive Income

Frankly speaking, I’ve been slightly lazy to keep pumping in new ebooks. I wanted to see what will happen if I stop pumping in new ebooks to Lulu. Will my income drop, stop, or maintain? Of course, the idea case if to maintain my income as long as possible, but I know it’ll be tough, as more competitions are coming up. Nevertheless, below are the stats for my sales. I’ll continue from where I last posted.

Dec 2013 Sales
Dec 13

Jan 2014 Sales
Jan 14

Feb 2014 Sales
Feb 14

Mar 2014 Sales
Mar 14

Well, as you can see, I’m getting consistent sales, despite not adding any more ebooks. I’ve invested some money into making these ebooks, mainly using freelancers as I’ve mentioned in my previous posts. Now, it’s time to get back my investment, passively!

Just within 2-3 months, I’ve already break even (not to mention I’ve already been making some money from Lulu monthly), and everything I’m earning right now is pure profit. This is what I truly call A Passive Income Business. I’m glad to add this stream into my line of businesses.

So What’s Next?

I decided to stop report sales from Lulu, as this is getting boring. The genes of setting up and running this business had been blogged from A to Z right from the beginning. If you want to learn how to make money selling ebooks, just read my previous posts.

So what’s next for me? Well, I’ve figured out something. I have lots of assets right now, with over 300 ebooks with me. If I just sell my ebooks at Lulu.com, am I leaving a big chunk of money on the table? Are there any other places where I can sell my ebooks?

Since I’ve already created these ebooks, and I can see the demands are there, why not try selling at other websites? This idea struck me, and it was a good idea! I decided to explore.

More eBook Marketplaces

After doing tons of researches (as I’m totally new in this industry), I’ve found another 2 good places where I can just copy and paste this system. All I have to do is to self published my ebooks, and let the money rolls. These 2 marketplaces are:

Kobo Bookstore

I’ve heard of Kobo before, when I’m searching for reading apps from my iphone. But I’ve not created any accounts or explore them before. When I was reading up about Kobo, I realized they had acquired Sony eBooks as well, which mean they were huge!

The good thing about Kobo is the simplicity. Self publishing your ebooks is a breeze. Everything’s pretty straight forward (just 4 pages) and within a day, your ebooks will be ‘live’.

My plan is to self publish 10 ebooks per day. I do not want Kobo to think I’m a spammer. 10 is a good figure as I just have to copy and paste everything from Lulu to Kobo. I can do it within 1/2 hour.

I started uploading some ebooks in Mar 14, and I must say the sales are not as fantastic as Lulu, maybe because not many people are using Kobo. Nevertheless, money is still money, and everything’s passive once I’ve done my self publishing. You can see how much I’ve made so far. Take note I’ve just uploaded a few ebooks to try.

Kobo eBook Sales

I’ve uploaded 217 ebooks so far, sold 21 in Apr and made a total of $72. Not that fantastic, but if I can get $100 passively every month, I’m more than happy to do it.

So what about Google PlayStore?

Google Playstore

Google Playstore is huge, with over 70% of smartphones are Android, which means that Playstore is preinstalled into their phones. My target is to get into mobile business, and Playstore can be my answer.

I’m using the same strategy – 10 ebooks per day. Playstore is quite straight forward as well. However, you need to convert your ebooks to PDF version before you can be accepted by Google.

The approval takes 1-3 days. Sometimes it can take over a week. So if your ebooks are pending, just be patient. The bad thing about Google Playstore is that they never show you how much you’ve made. You can download your sales into excel format, but that’s troublesome. I’ll just do it once and forget about it. As long as I know sales are coming in, I’m fine with it.

Till today, I’ve sold 49 ebooks, each at $3.99 (I’ve done my research). You can calculate yourself how much I’ve made in less than 4 weeks.

Google Playstore eBooks Sales

I’ll continue to pump my ebooks into Kobo and Google Playstore, and I’m targeting around Mid May, I’ll be able to publish all my ebooks. From then on, I’ll be able to make passive income from 3 major bookstores, month after month.

So what about you? Have you start making your stream of passive income? Let me know in the comments below.

Books I’ve Read In 2013

Reading books is one of the enjoyable tasks I’ve set aside to do daily. I feel so accomplished when I’ve done with a book. Slowly, the list grows longer and longer. Looking back, I’ve read quite a number of books in 2013.

I’ll not mention the books I’ve listed previously. If you are interested in my ebook list, you can go:

Since July 13, I’ve read a total of 30 books + Magazines. My year end target for 2013 is 50. Let’s see if I can hit this target.

eBooks I’ve Read (Aug – Dec 13)

31. Maxim (Jul 13)

32. World War Z by Max Brooks

Totally different from the movie. It was written as if it already happened. More of a history book type where the survivors relate the incident from different country. Very unique angle to view the whole situation.

33. Sky & Telescope (Sept 13)

34. The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

I read this ebook before the movie was out, and after watching the movie, I find that it’s more funny to read. There are a lot of scenes taken off from the movie. This book truly reflected how the super rich are leading a life where money is no longer an issue. Looking forward to read Part 2 in the near future.

35. Popular Science (Aug 13)

36. National Geographic Traveler (Jun 13)

37. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Another good, if not best book I’ve read. The stories for each chapters are very interesting, and keep me going. It’s not the usual stories I’ve read, and definitely allow my mind to open up and view the world differently now.

38. Mac Life (Nov 13)

39. The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook by Ben Mezrich

Maybe it’s just me, but I enjoy reading books that make into movies. If you like The Social Network, you’ll like this book. It talks about how Mark Zuckerberg found Facebook, and I love the author. He managed to write in such interesting and exciting way I was like watching the movie again. Great book!

40. Apple Magazine (Nov 13)

41. iPad & iphone (Winter 13)

42. Apple Magazine (Oct 13)

43. Popular Science (Sept 13)

44. Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography by Sir Alex Ferguson

How can a Man Utd fan pass this book? He talked basically about everything – his winnings, his players, his failures and successes. You’ll get to know more about other players such as David Beckham, Roy Keane, etc … through this book.

45. Maxim (Sept 13)

46. National Geographic (May 13)

47. Iphone Life (Jan – Feb 14)

48. MacUser (Dec 13)

49. FHM Singapore (Dec 13)

50. Popular Science (Oct 13)

51. Bringing Down The House by Ben Mezrich

My 2nd book by Ben Mezrich. I’ve watched this movie (21) before, not knowing it came from this book. Totally exciting and inspiring! Talking about MIT students card counting and make millions of dollars. They are still doing it till this day!

52. Maxim India (Aug 13)

Wow! A total of 52 books and magazines! On average, I read 1 per week. Not bad for my busy schedule, especially after Vilena was born. I don’t really find it tiring, or a must. In fact, I read to keep myself relax, and I’ve mentioned on my twitter that ever since my businesses are on track, I can spend even more time reading.

So what about you? How much have you upgraded yourself in 2013? How many books have you read? If you’ve not started, don’t worry. Start reading your first book and work on it from there. Track every single book you’ve read. For me, I’ll take a snap shot of the cover and upload to my instagram page. Tracking becomes easy by simply checking your history posts.

Ok enough of saying. I’m going for a shower and do some light reading before bed. Good night!