I'll start with my check and the subsequent cash that came out of it. My first plight online was writing tiny 100 word "blurbs" for 1.00 each. They didn't even have to be factual, actually written like a small rant on a blog site or a tweet of 100 words. It was beautiful and I was more than ambitious to do it. The beauty was there wasn't any end or ceiling to earning potential. If you could physically write 3,000 blurbs a month you got paid for it!
The Above money is the result of writing 2,173 blurbs- exactly. Making money online didn't hit home until that first check hit for $2,173.00- that was more than I made offline at 3 jobs and it definitely paid all my bills!
The company I started writing for came around after I'd been writing on Hubpages for about 4 months. I was trying to make a living on HP but at the time had no clue how the whole thing worked and that it took time. Meantime I sought out freelance work and a friend of mine sent me to a site called Linkvana. The site utilized these blurbs to create artificial backlinks to raise ranking on a given page. It eventually evolved into an article (400 words), mini-post (200 words article), and blurbs (100 words first person story format).
Not a year after I started working there as a blurb writer the guy who owned the company sold it. He had bigger better fish to fry with a new content site he envisoned and launched. By that time I had worked my butt off and literally chased down the opportunity to work as a manager for the company.
I eventually got their attention with my work ethic and writing even improvements suggestions that helped the site and writers alike, and they hired me to watch tickets over writers, at the time about 50-100. After a few days I proactively started to read tickets from customers (on the same system) and developed the knowledge base needed to manage customers too- I brought this to their attention and not long later I was hired to manage writers and customers as a tech support rep.
Working for this guy was one of the most amazing serendipitous moments in my life. It lead me down the path I was already on- how to make money online and leverage online resources to generate an income from home.
I'd been working at home and for this guy for almost 4 years (when this was originally written and posted on HP, I had been there for over 6 years when writing this article (now it's 8 in 2015). My hubpages portfolio had risen to almost 1k articles and my income, well let's just say it was a lot. It didn't happen overnight, it took time and patience, perseverance, and consistently learning and growing but listening was my best asset. I became much more than just a support technician and the guy started to have me do his treadmill work in SEO such as building pages, wordpress sites, articles for promo, and a great deal more.
These opportunities presented themselves to me in the form of open untapped opportunities. Had I not tried to impress them, (building skillsets I didn't have that I knew they needed) had I not written like crazy and proved my writing skills, they'd not of found me. I made my presence known in the best way possible- good work and proactivity- doing things before I'm asked or told to...