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Old 04-28-2001, 02:01 AM   #46
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It has been a very interesting thread.

I started out two years ago releasing a utility (WinTasks 2000) with some friends. The first year we didnīt make a single dollar. After our product was reviewed in PC World it all changed. We started to sell products and bought a new domain (http://www.liutilities.com) We felt that we would never make any big money from WinTasks so we opened a site with a larger audience (http://www.liscreensavers.com). We are developing all the screensavers we publish on our site.
The first month we recived around 5000 unique vistors/day and this was a big change from litilities where we recieved 200-300 visitors/day. But still we didnīt make any money from the new site. We thought that we could make banner from advertising but this didnīt work out. So now we are selling some of the screensavers and releasing the rest for free. This is working better. But, we are still not making enough money to work fulltime with the site. We are running out of ideas how to increase the income. But it is still a lot of fun.

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Old 04-28-2001, 06:31 AM   #47
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What has Internet done for me?

* make me spend more time on-line than with my girlfriend, family and friends
* make me spend more time on-line than with my own daughter (shame on me!)
* gave me RSI

And all this for a lousy $150 a month!
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Old 04-28-2001, 12:25 PM   #48
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RSI?
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Old 04-28-2001, 03:36 PM   #49
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Repetitive Strain Injury: spending too much time behind a computer and always moving the mouse in the same way day in day out.

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Old 04-28-2001, 05:22 PM   #50
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Since December when I started my websites, the internet has enabled me to give up my part-time supermarket job and instead make more from my advertising revenue.

I'm not a big player like some of you, but what I do earn is important to me. I don't have enough for extravagant purchases like cars etc, but I have enough to pay hosting and get out a couple of times a week to a club or the cinema or something and treat my girlfriend.

I have my exams in the comming months, and I will work fulltime for most of the summer on my sites and aim to develop them and build several more in time for when i attend univertsity the following year!

Not to be pedantic, but I think (sorry xuniverse http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif) but "what has the internet done for you" to be wrong!!! The only real thing the net has done for me is help me with my school assignments and download some free music. I made for myself what I've been rewarded from the internet (mainly with the assistance of forums like this, SI and netezines)

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Old 04-28-2001, 10:44 PM   #51
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Very true Mike!

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Repetitive Strain Injury: spending too much time behind a computer and always moving the mouse in the same way day in day out.
And it damn hurts, for a few hours... then it goes away... luckily. http://geekvillage.com/ubb/wink.gif

These stories are great, please keep them coming... http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif
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Old 04-29-2001, 04:31 AM   #52
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Hello everyone, very interesting topic! http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif Well I started about two years ago with a page about Anna Kournikova (http://www.megakournikova.com) and although I'm not driving a BMW yet, I managed to pay University and a trip to Europe last year and next year I'm doing an exchange program in Poland that will be paid with my internet revenues also.

I moved my page to Rivals.net in February and have been very satisfied so far, everything going great there..

This summer, I will be working full-time on building an entertainment network which should be fun and hopefully start making money in mid-term...

The internet has also brought be the nicest job in the world, contacts all over the globe (I visited a few last summer) and a great experience for my future job (I'm studying administration in University..)

Oh, and I'm 20.. http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif I guess that's a bit old.. http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif haha
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Old 04-30-2001, 02:15 AM   #53
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It screws MY LIFE!!!!!!!!

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Old 04-30-2001, 09:11 AM   #54
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Care to elaborate?

Curiosity killed the cat....

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Old 04-30-2001, 10:29 AM   #55
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WOW a very interesting post and lovely true stories ... congratulations all the rich and happy geeks out there http://geekvillage.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

i am 23 and have been working on websites for more than 2 years. now i am working full time online and further my studies part time. the internet has earned me good money, new computer, new hardware, college fees and more!!!(definitely not as 'good' as most of the geeks here) until the down turn ... from last december until march 01 i lost all my major sponsors and my revenue reduced by 90% http://geekvillage.com/ubb/frown.gif ... but i am still happy about that, as my traffic has increased by 300% http://geekvillage.com/ubb/biggrin.gif. currently i am and will be happy if i can break-even every month and do my best to survive until things get better ... hopefully http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

best of luck fello geeks http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif
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Old 05-03-2001, 03:48 PM   #56
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Hi http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif
This is my first posting in this forum.

The Internet has been a great thing for me http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif I am btw 40 years old http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

I bought my first computer in January 95, and made my first page later the same year.

In 95 I had a boring job at a post office, and my english was bad. In December 95 I left my job (I had noticed there were aother life than inside the post office http://geekvillage.com/ubb/wink.gif, I became a student at the University of Oslo, Norway, and the next year I started working as an volunteer on the net (support).

I've now got several domains, and my main interest, a card site, I started working on about one year ago.Still I can't live on what I earn online, but I'm positive this will change soon http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif I'm nowadays a web design student (never dreamt this would happen 6 years ago), and I will start my own company later this year.

I love the freedom that working on the net gives me. The fact that I can work from whereever I am, and that I do not have to take **** from a boss I may not like too much http://geekvillage.com/ubb/wink.gif I've been over to the USA and Canada several times visiting "online" friends... what a thrill it has been http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

Still have not found love on the net, but I'm working on it http://geekvillage.com/ubb/wink.gif

It's very interesting to read the other postings on this board, and I've learned a lot this way http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Old 05-03-2001, 04:26 PM   #57
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Welcome to Geek/Talk, NorthernLight.

If all those smileys are anything to go by, you seem to be having a ball. Keep it up! http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif



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Old 05-03-2001, 04:41 PM   #58
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So pleased to hear that some of you are doing so well http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif It's nice to hear some positive upbeat stories!

I, too, have met plenty of nice, friendly people over the net and have enjoyed much of my experiences.

Sorry to put a downer on things, but I'm afraid I, like many affiliates, have been a victim on the less benevolent side of the net and its users.

I have been defrauded by a number of unscrupulous affiliate merchants who, through creative accounting, managed to wriggle out of paying me my hard-earned cash. A number of merchants such as Books.com shut up shot without paying me my commission. Several others changed their terms and conditions in such a way to ensure they had to pay us as little as possible (e.g. DealPilot/Evenbetter.com - promised lifetime residual income, so I spent a year promoting them heavily on all my sites; then they dropped the residual aspect of the commission - lost thousands as a result).

I'm currently owed thousands of dollars by two affiliate programs, both of them run by multi-million dollar companies, and will be visiting a solicitor tomorrow to file legal proceedings to recover money.

In all, the lack of morals and accountability on the part of affiliate managers has cost me several thousand dollars in the last three years.

Some companies, such as Amazon, BlackStar UK, and Smart Shop, have been wonderful in how they deal with me and have always paid on time and responded to my emails.

The majority - yes, majority - have not. I reckon only about 40-60% of my emails to affiliate managers get responded to. Wastes a lot of time.

Overall, I'm afraid I've become rather cynical about affiliate programs and the people who run them. Doesn't matter whether the affiliate program is run by a small store or a multi-billion dollar multinational.

Sorry to put a damper on things, like I said before http://geekvillage.com/ubb/wink.gif But I'm stating a fact: there are a lot of people in e-commerce who project themselves to be genteel middle-class professionals but would be happy to ***** over the small guy (me) at the first possible chance. They themselves are on $60,000 per annum, but it takes me 20-odd emails and threats of legal action to obtain my $500 from them.

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Old 05-03-2001, 05:36 PM   #59
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Old 05-03-2001, 07:27 PM   #60
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If only I'd discovered the Internet in 1995...
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