My name is Bryan Cork, I’m 34 years old and I’m living in London right now. At the end of 2013 as a late result of the financial crisis, I lost almost everything I ever owned, including my wife and my house. I had my own brick and mortar business (which accounted for roughly 70% of my families’ income) for almost 7 years until I had to file for bankruptcy at court, sell the majority of my private assets and eventually woke up just to find a goodbye letter from my wife in the kitchen which was not exactly the kind of breakfast a man in my situation enjoys.
I can still taste the bitterness of that very moment. That day was the worst in 34 years and if it was easier to spot a reliable handfire weapon in the UK rest assured I wouldn’t be here anymore to tell my story. Well, instead of putting my life to an end I eventually went for an hours-long walk through Hide Park reminiscing and thinking about what to do with my somewhat destroyed life.
The business me and my wife Jessica had back then wasn’t exactly what I was dreaming of as a college student but for seven years it paid the rates for our house and enabled us to go on holidays twice a year so I never really thought about quitting it – not with that many debts to pay off and not with a wife I had to take care of as well. However, a few years ago I became interested in internet marketing after watching a documentary about Clickbank and since then worked as an affiliate but most times exclusively on the weekends or for an hour or two in the evenings when our store was closed anyway.
That way I earned a second income for me and Jessica. Although in very good months I’ve been making around 1.000 dollars with way fewer work than if I had earned that amount standing in our shop all day I never really thought about switching to affiliate marketing full-time as the swings in revenue simply didn’t allow it. Some months I got lucky and made 2-3K, other months I worked twice as much and barely made enough to pay for hostingor even wasted a few hundreds if not thousands if one of my “great ideas” didn’t pay off (Media Buying, anyone? You get the point, hehe). Not exactly the best preconditions to negotiate variable loan repayments with the bank, let alone my wife whose demand for security has always been a pain in my ass. Let’s hope her new boyfriend’s Porsche is already fully paid, otherwise good luck to that guy, she’ll soon drive you nuts!
To cut a long story short: Now that I’m single and free again, with no noteworthy monthly fixed costs to settle anymore, I decided to enter the biggest challenge I ever had in my life as my only goal left boils down to one thing:
I’ll work as an online entrepreneur 24/7 and either get rich by doing so or end up as a homeless on the streets. There’s no excuses left since there won’t be no better chance to turn my life around ever again. I’m giving myself 24 months time to earn 200.000 USD solely from online marketing since that’s pretty much the amount I need to leave the UK, buy a better car than my wife’s new douchebag boyfriend (if I happened to make even more I’ll buy a tank and visit that idiot) and buy the house of my dreams in Thailand. This means I’ll need to earn around 2K for my private expenses, depending on how fast my business will grow at least a few hundreds for further investments and another 5K on top for the savings.
To some of you guys that might sound like absolutely nothing while others may consider it a lot of money. However, right now the affiliate accounts I run are mostly on revenue share basis which means that I’m already making around 1K per month which is enough to pay for food and rent, although I’m planning to get out of my 15 square meter apartment asap… Keeping track of my finances will be my top priority and there’ll be a dedicated section to show you where exactly the money comes from, what expenses I need to settle, what I invest into what etc.
Please note: As I’m doing everything I can to be as straight and honest to my audience as possible, the only thing I can’t reveal is my real name. The need for privacy ain’t due to nothing else but the very fact that I saved 15K without my wife ever knowing. Now even if you’re not familiar with the process of divorce in detail, you might be aware that getting divorced generally means your wife will not only take your pride and your favorite car but also half of your money. In my specific case it’s actually not that bad since I already had a large part of that 15K before I got married. However, I’m still not interested in receiving any more letters from my wife’s lawyer.
Futher note: As mentioned earlier, the affiliate accounts I created over the years are making around 1k per month which pays at least the rent. As much as I’d “love” to have this blog started completely from scratch, that would mean at least an additional 6 months of full-time affiliate marketing which I simply couldn’t do. The idea behind seoteachings.com and the only purpose behind it is documenting my journey to 100k in savings until 2017* while youngsters can profit by following and copying what I do and – hopefully – the guys behind those agencies making six figures a month might join the discussion and maybe help me out with some tips and hints as well. Anyway, I’m looking forward to making lots of friends while not only having the teaching but also the learning experience of my life!
* I you wonder why the headline states 200k instead of 100k; the latter is the minimum amount of savings I definitely must have on my bank account in 2017 while the remaining 100k will be the amount I’ll need to re-invest over time to ensure stable growth. If I didn’t mention these additional 100k it would be inaccurate. Let me give you an example why:
Let’s say you make 10k gross revenue from a CPA network. Before calculating income / corporate tax or VAT of course you need to deduct all related expenses, let’s say for hosting, backlinks, design and whatnot (nope, strippers don’t count, I’m afraid!). Now let’s say you were about to cross-finance a long-term project as well which won’t generate any reasonable revenue within the next six months but is 100% sure to do so in future. This would mean that at the end of the 2 years of my journey, I’d probably not only have 100k in savings but also long-term projects worth another 100k. Therefore, it would simply make no sense to tread them as if they were worthless.
Sounds too complicated? Maybe you’re right, I didn’t sleep for quite some time. For the sake of simplicity, it pretty much boils down to having not only 100.000 USD in cash but also 100.000 USD in assets that I can turn into liquids whenever I want
Ethics? Been there, don’t care.
I’ve always considered the whole advertising industry as a bunch of dumb hypocrites dedicating their lives to selling more or less useless bullshit to even dumber people and if someone told me ten years ago I’d end up loving advertising and everything connected to it for sure I wouldn’t believe it. Well, as time goes by I realised there’s actually a lot more to advertising and marketing than crappy sales page or brainwashing TV commercials. And yes, not everything that can be advertised is automatically crap, though most products that one needs to stimulate artificial demand for clearly aren’t products that anyone needs to survive. Back in the days I felt like a product that needs to be advertised simply ain’t important enough to buy it. On the other hand, ten years ago I was somewhat of an anti-capitalist punk rocker that couldn’t afford anything but bread and water anyway. Let’s say that over the years, my attitude kind of changed a little bit. If for better or for worse – I’ll leave that question to my readers.