Hi – My name is Andy, and this is my story.
I grew up loving the idea of making money online. It all started when I was an 8-year-old kid playing an online game called ‘Maplestory.’
Most players on Maplestory would aim to become the strongest, the highest level, etc. As an 8-year-old kid, I was fascinated by the game’s economy. I learned how to trade and earn in-game money.
At the time, I didn’t realize how much this game would influence my future. Learning to trade on this game taught me about supply and demand. It helped me understand the stock market and, eventually – the crypto market.
I fell in love with the idea of becoming my boss. Throughout my journey growing up, I’ve experimented with countless projects. I failed, failed, and failed. Projects right after projects, and you can say the same for religiously following gurus.
I experimented with:
- Starting a T-Shirt Business (as a kid)
- I tried to flip clothing and other items
Remembering my past failures…
- Pokemon Go T-Shirts: When Pokemon Go was trending, I tried taking advantage of the hype by selling Pokemon Go t-shirts. I entered this niche without realizing how saturated the t-shirt business was.
- Kiawa: It sounds like kiwi, I know. I only picked this name because I thought it sounded brandable. I wanted to try dropshipping on car accessories, but that led nowhere. I gave up too soon.
- Water Bottle Business: It was near the end of high school for me during that time. I remember going to a concert, and I noticed how there were many people in coolers selling overpriced cold water bottles. Believe it or not, they sold tons at $5 per bottle. I tested out this strategy by investing in a cooler. What the heck was I thinking of pulling a cooler through a park and seeing if I could sell any water bottles? I gave up on the first day after selling several bottles and decided to give away my cooler to one of my family members.
- First Instagram Project: Before Facebook acquired Instagram, I created one of my most memorable accounts. I’m still bummed out to this day about losing it. When Instagram was still new and gaining hype, I created an account under the username @didyouknow_instagram. Instagram didn’t have many strict rules during the time. You could make an account under any email address and immediately use the app. I was growing this account as a kid in hopes of it creating my future one day. I remember seeing my competitors. After hundreds of posts, I got hundreds of comments and thousands of likes per image and wanted to use it to promote businesses one day. Unfortunately – I took a break from it and forgot the password. Where is my competitor now? The account that I competed against back in the day now has over 1 million followers.
- Jerseys: Around 18 years old, I invested in a sports jersey business. I went through numerous sellers on Alibaba, decided to take the leap of faith, and ordered a sizeable box from China. One of my biggest mistakes was not testing the quality because I was impatient. After all – I waited nearly two months for the arrival of the package. I couldn’t sell them due to their poor quality, so I gave them away to close friends and family.
I realized I failed because I didn’t stick to one thing. Eventually my failure eventually led me to the world of SEO and blogging. After the downfall of my many online businesses, blogging is the one thing that brought out the best in me.
At the time – I didn’t realize how powerful blogging was. The journey wasn’t easy. I repeatedly failed because of my lack of patience and desire to see results quickly.
I created this blog to share these experiences and other knowledge to help new bloggers worldwide. I’m not the master of blogging. I’m just a guy who failed countless times, and these mistakes and experiences are something I’d like to share.
Sincerely, Andy L.