Welcome to iAmAttila –affiliate marketing blog devoted to paid traffic sources like Facebook Ads, Google Adwords, Mobile, and Native.
If you want to learn about affiliate marketing, get tips and tricks on how to make money online as a performance marketer you’ve arrived at the right place.
I’ve created this blog many years ago, and continue to update it as often as possible. Writing to me is relaxing, creating helpful content very rewarding, and since my passion is technology and computers I am living my dream.
FACT: I’ve quit my 9-5 a long time ago, and been my own boss since 2005.
When I was 15 years old, circa 1998 I started a web design company named Wilike New Media. The domain was www.wilike.com, you can check it on waybackmachine if you wish. It was pre-dot com bubble era, and I got a lot of freelance work creating websites and logos for people; as well as Flash presentations. Back then FLASH was new and huge, I first heard about flash when Kim Dotcom had his megacar site created and his own kimble.org. I was blown away.
Anyways, sadly my design company came to an end in Grade12. I became interested in a girl, lost all interest on the computers and that was that. After high school, I attended university while working full time as a Tech Sales Guy at Netnation selling dedicated and shared web hosting. This was fun, but I quit after 2 1/2 years and went to work as an ad sales consultant for Yellowpages.
While working at Yellowpages, I got into organizing EDM parties, and they grew into a real business. I was living the dream life, throwing parties, hanging out with DJs and making crazy good money doing so. One day, the city of Richmond decided to ban these events; so it was time to pivot.
Decided, why not try to organize events in Serbia – the country where I was born (No, I am not Serbian, the part I am from has a large Hungarian population that is the results of the Treaty of Trianon).
This was 2006, when I met my wife, Dora. She was just 18, turning 19 years old! Wow.. long time ago..
In Serbia, organizing parties the way I was used to in Canada didn’t bear fruit. I lost over 60,000 Euros (around $80,000USD) on the first event, around 33,000 Euros on the second. It was a total disaster, something was wrong, something needed to be optimized. Luckily, Dora knew what to do; she cut all the extras out, optimized and set fixed budgets for things, and we worked, we worked for 3 months straight, spending 14-16 hour days on the event, driving everyday from Subotica to Novi Sad and from there to Belgrade with the promo team to hand out flyers, and at night driving around to stick posters everywhere. (Yes, we were young, inexperienced – these days I’d just delegate everything).
Anyhow, our 3rd event made around 10,000 euros profit, but if we calculate how much we earned for our time per hour, it worked out to half a euro! We thought that’s crazy, our janitors make more cleaning the bathrooms at the parties!! So we had two options
Option 1) Move back to Canada, and get a job.
Option 2) Figure out something fast, and stay close to her family (Dora’s very family centric, that’s one of the two things that made me fall in love with her – the other, she’s my complete opposite, director & analytical)
Dora had an idea, she heard about my buddy Konrad (www.mechbunny.com) who was a super successful internet entrepreneur, that I knew from Vancouver. He moved back to Poland around the same time as I came to Serbia too. Dora suggested I look into WTF he does online! This is how I came across AskDamageX forum and GFY.com
I quickly learned that he is a super in demand coder, and since I can’t code – fat chance I can just do what he does. BUT, I discovered something awesome!
I discovered webmasters earning shitload of money building blogs about different adult niches, SEO-ing them and making crazy commissions.
I knew I had to try this, it might be my break to stay close to Dora’s family and follow my dream to be super successful so my kids can be very proud of me.
I remember my first ever blog was about vintage porn; i picked this weird niche because it was so freaking weird, and in the world of Internet Marketing, I heard weird/strange niches work awesome. So I registered my domain on some free subdomain , and went to work. In the process, I was chatting with guys online and made some friends who gave me some tips. I remember Antonio (I am still friends with this crazy fella today) told me to add a CTA on the top of my blog as that will bring crazy sales) I followed his advice. He saw how awesome I wrote (he told me) and asked if he can pay me to write. And this is how my company www.contentpimp.info was born, a copywriting company charging 1 cents per word.
This company took of really well, and also my SEO blogs. So much so I was able to buy my dream car a BMW 5 series back then, my wife her dream car, an A series Mercedes, and build our dream house worth close to $500,000 all for cash. ZERO DEBT, ZERO MORTGAGE. This is why i LOVE Affiliate marketing!
Then the fun ended; google’s crazy ANTI-SEO tactics killed off SEOing. A lot of writing clients started to fade away. They were dropping like crazy; I knew I had to pivot yet again (pivoting is a huge part of my success) Affiliate marketing was getting HARD!
This is how I came to PAID MEDIA BUYS. Now I heard about these things before, and I was turned off and scared by the insane cost. A guy named BAKO was telling me he’s spending $20,000+++ per month on media buys. I was like holy shit, I could not comprehend. I knew I couldn’t risk doing that.
BOY Was I clueless!!! It wasn’t a year after I was spending a MILLION a year on media buys. WHY so much you might ask? Here’s what BAKO didn’t tell me – you will spend crazy money when you see the crazy profits it brings!!
My first campaign was adult dating with the help of Tuan. I was newb, I didn’t get when he told me “its your banners man, you need to test more banners!” i was like wtf, im testing what I think are hot chicks but they arent making me money… so I gave up adult dating stuff and moved to CPI.
CPI was app installs, Clean Master, DU Speed Booster, they made me six figure profit in a few months. I was like HOLY SHIT! We’re back in the game!!
While emerging myself in the world of affiliate marketing, I kept hearing/seeing that the ‘real ballers’ are NUTRA guys. WTF was nutra, so I learned that it’s diet, skin, ed, muscle offers. Decided to try that, and for some reason specialized in skin care, because of my mother in law. She’s obsessed with anti-aging creams so I picked that and still run it today. Mastering the vertical really paid off, first it was trials, then it was COD offers, and CPS offers. COD is cash on delivery style, CPS is cost per sale where customers pay full price, there’s no tricks in the end.
I’ve learned a lot over the years, one of them as I got older was that you need to delegate, you shouldn’t do everything yourself just find really good people and pay them well so you have more time to do more.
That’s basically the story till now, today we do a lot of lead generation, skin care, I continuously work to grow my real brands – BannersLanders, Transey, Anglesaurus and make new brands (like my new and upcoming Video Ads service similar to AdZombies).
I moved from Serbia to Budapest, Hungary and just celebrated my 10th year wedding anniversary with Dora (together since 2006, married November 2008), have an 8 year old son and a 2.5 year old daughter. Built another killer house in the Buda hills again 0 debt, 0 mortgage, 0 loans and invest in real estate.
Living the dream life of having to answer to NO BOSS, taking days off whenever I want to, and not having to follow a 9-5 schedule and give my life for the ‘company’ — ALL thanks to persistence, adopting to change quickly and learning new skills and networking with new awesome people every single day!
If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments.
Wishing you the best luck in the world of affiliate marketing, it’s not easy but if you are like me and battle hard you can build a very nice life for you and your family!