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About my personal life …

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.

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!

Adventure In Rome

After my tired yet exciting day in Florence, we moved on to our next destination – Rome. I’m a huge fan of Spartacus series (currently watching season 4) and very eager to visit this 3000 years old ancient city.

Me and my gang took high speed train from Florence. It was only 2 stops away, yet took us around 1.5 hours. Upon reaching, we immediately snapped tons of photos, while moving towards the metro.

There were lots of people at Roma train station, and it was where our “real adventure” began …

While waiting for the train to arrive, my group of 5 were busying taking photos and chatting. All of us were very excited. Our day was fully planned and we had to rush in order to see more. By the end of the day, we would be going back to Venice.

The train fully arrived and just liked Singapore, every body pushed hard to squeeze in. We were trapped right in the middle, with people pushing us from behind. We just followed the crowd in.

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Finally the train door closed and off it went. One of my friend suddenly looked at me and said “I lost my wallet!” Initially I thought he was joking as it was totally unexpected. Another friend who was besides us told us the same thing, “Mine was gone too!” My third friend touched his pocket and shouted “Same!”

We were totally stunned! 3 out of 5 people were pickpocket at the same time, without knowing! Out of the blue, someone touched my friend and pointed to the floor. His phone was lying there. He quickly picked it up and was very glad to recover it back. I guessed the pickpocket just interested in the money.

Once we reached our stop, we alighted and made police report. My friends had to call the credit card companies to deactivated every single card. What a memorable way to start our day!

Although it was impossible, we tried not to think about it and continue with our journey. We walked slowly, and along the way we joked about how we could prevent it from happening. I knew the moods were low, and the loss was huge. Nevertheless, we still reached one of our destination – the Colosseum.

The whole Colosseum was made of rocks, and part of it was already destroyed. Based on the story, Spartacus burned it down while rioting. Despite that, the Colosseum was still one of the grandest building ever built, and remembered, it was 3000 years ago!

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Due to the time constraint, we could only see one more attraction, and we’ve decided to visit Vatican City.

Walking there took us around 1 hour, and in between we stopped by for lunch, and allowed our legs to rest. Vatican City was a place where pope lived, and currently, Pope Francis was there.

When I reached there, frankly I was slightly disappointed. I was expecting a huge and nice city, but it was plainly a big church with St Peter Square outside for the audience. The rest of the city was filled with garden. Maybe if we had the time, we would to get into the building to see the paintings, but we did not. We did not want to miss the train to Venice and therefore, we left early for the station.

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On the train, everyone was relief. Rome was indeed beautiful with the ancient ruins and buildings, but we were still traumatized by what had happened earlier on. Maybe one day, we’ll come back with more caution, but right now, we did not want to step into Rome again.

So what about you? Any exciting experiences to share?

Maranello – Ferrari Factory and Florence Tour

During the past weekends, I’ve encountered one of the most amazing incident so far in Italy. Before that, let me bring you to Maranello, the Museum of Ferrari.

I’ve to admit Ferrari is one of my dream car ever since I’ve seen one during my younger days. However to be realistic, I know I don’t have the ability to own one, or maybe not yet 🙂

In order to fulfill my dream, my friends and I traveled to a small town called Maranello. This town is quiet and peaceful, roads are small and narrow, but the cars are fierce. It’s the factory of Ferrari!

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Can you see how excited I am?

After the Ferrari tour, we proceed to Florence. To me, Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. The buildings and bridges are simply astonishing!

People said when you went Florence, you had to see David, the finest sculpture in the world. Too bad the real one is lying in the museum, but nevertheless, it’s still amazing.

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We’ve ended our day with nice, big Florence steak. Wonderful day!

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Milano – First City in Italy

My plane landed in Milan Airport, and I’ll be spending a night here. From the airport, I’ve hired a private van to send me to my Hotel – Michelangelo Hotel.

The car ride took me around 40 minutes. Along the way I could see the countryside, which I could never see in Singapore. The temperature was cold and the whole journey was very comfortable.

Some thing I’ve noticed about Milan was the Graffiti. It was everywhere, on almost everything piece of wall. The streets were dirty too, full of leaves and rubbish. My impression of Milan was a fine, modern city where designers were born and it should be a very high class city, but it was totally the opposite. The buildings were old, streets were dirty, giving me a sense of insecurity.

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I’ve chosen Michelangelo Hotel because of the location. It was 3 min to Central Train Station, where I’ll take one high speed train to Venice the following day. Michelangelo Hotel was cosy, not very grand, nor magnificent. But the staff was friendly, and I must mentioned the breakfast was very nice.

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Without further delay, after checking in to my hotel, off I went for a city visit. The first place I went was – San Siro Stadium. Being a soccer fan, this was one of the popular stadium in Italy, shared by 2 famous football team – Inter and AC Milan.

From the outside, the stadium did not look magnificent. I guessed the skills of the cameraman must be very good, giving me the impression the stadium was grand and huge.

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The next place I went was Duomo. I’ve heard it’s where all designer brands are located. True indeed, the place was nice! There’s a famous Milan Cathedral there, and it was huge! The wall sculptures were simply amazing! I really wonder how much time and people had worked on this building to make it such an attraction.

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If you’ve never been to Milan, I suggest you just stay a day or two, definitely not more. There’s nothing much in this city. Spend your time on other places.

Ok I’m preparing myself to my next destination – Venice. I’ll be spending a couples of days there. See you!