What was it like to make my first million dollars?

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Stubjj844 – Where did you learn to do….whatever the hell it is you do lol?? Do you remember your first million and what was that like?

Long story short – I started fucking around with a website where you could upload ringtones and the site would convert them into any phone format.   I didn’t know dick about making websites I just downloaded some books on html and then found a bunch of code online I copied or hacked away to make it worked.

Then I lost my job cause all I really did at work was work on my website.

2 weeks later Google called me and said I can make money installing their adsense product.

The next month I went to the bank and cashed an unemployment check for $350 and also a check from Google for $136,994.37.  That was my last unemployment check.

From there I really learned how to make money online studying the revenue models with donations,  affiliate marketing, arbitrage, selling dropshipped products, and even subscriptions.

The next year I did almost 3 million in gross revenue I forget the profit but it was a pretty high profit marin somewhere around 80%.

Honestly I always felt like it was going to go away at any day so I never blew money on anything.

The funny thing is I took a picture with that check cause I thought well when this goes to shit maybe I can sell a book about how I went from unemployment to making 130k/month.   Little did I know that would be the last month Google would send out paper checks over 10k (they only do wires) so nobody else has a picture like that.

My book is called Nothing’s Changed but my Change which is really super true.   Yea I put away a lot of cash but I still remember what it was like to be flat ass broke and I never want to feel that again.

Having money is not everything but not having it is.   Been on both sides of that shit.

The most rewarding part is I take 15% of my earnings every year and donate it to charity.  I also take a percentage and try to help my friends back from my home that need help.

One year I gave my mom 10k
in $1 bills like one of those glass containers that you would win on a game show.

Thats really the best part,  being able to really change people’s lives.  Sorry that sounds sappy.

I have friends with new ferrari’s and lambo’s and pickup 30k tabs and shit.   Blow 10k on hookers and blow in a night.

That wont be me… ever…

Don’t get me wrong I have picked up a few 4 figure tabs on very rare occasions and ONE time blew 8k at a strip club in North Carolina.  I wanted to shoot myself in the face for like a week.

Anyway hope that answers your question.

17 thoughts on “What was it like to make my first million dollars?

  1. André

    Did I get that right: You made $136,994.37 with Google Adsense in the first month you put in on your website?

  2. Dino

    If only more bloggers would be straight up honest like Jeremy, I would have read their blogs.

    Always love your honesty Jeremy.

  3. Darin Carter

    @Andre – Yup you read that RIGHT !

    Great post Jeremy, I still never get bored hearing your story, its such an inspiring one, and I’ve known you now for 8 years (wow we are getting old) and you always just shoot straight, I think that’s why you have been so successful, You’re not full of BS …

    Darin

  4. Trent Carter

    Haha, I can only imagine what you felt like the day after you dropped $8K at the strip club, but I’m sure it was a memorable night for sure.. :)

    Like many others, your infamous AdSense check photo motivated me when I first got involved in affiliate marketing, so thanks for that!

  5. Vahid Chaychi

    Hi Jeremy, That part of your story that you lost your job because you worked on your website only, and that you knew nothing about making sites and… is like my story. I was the same. But the difference is that I have never received a $130k check from Google. However, Adsense has been one of the biggest source of revenue for me for years. Anyway, congratulations for your excessive success. You are brave and genius.

  6. Hunny Yadav

    hey jeremy :)
    Great post man !
    I’m still in shock that you made this much as a newbie in Adsense .
    Well done

  7. Robert

    A photo of that check has been above my desk ever since I first started following Jeremy’s exploits years ago as inspiration. Also one from the plenty of fish guy. Jeremy, do you know anyone who has started out from nothing with a simple website and idea and is making it pretty big now? The wild west days of the internet seem long gone.

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