As I sit here in my rented office in Koh Lanta, Thailand I realize just how far things have come when it comes to my internet marketing career and how much I am actually starting to take it all for granted. It's good to reflect on the major struggles that I had in school, college and the 9-5 workplace when I used to work for the man all those years ago.
Hi, my name is Fergal and I am the host of the aptly named, Fergal's Internet Marketing Show.
First off let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I came to become a full time internet marketer and digital nomad.
When I think back to my school years I know that I was never a dumb kid but I just had absolutely no interest in school. I always had an entrepreneurial mind and I knew that I never wanted to work for someone else. I can think back to when I was about 8 years old and wanting to set up a furniture company all by myself. My parents laughed it off but when they heard hammering and sawing out in the back garden then knew something was up.
I put together something that resembled a bench for people to sit on and it was then that I thought the furniture business wasn't for me.
My first “big break” came when I learned how to make free websites online at the age of 12. I sold one of those websites for… wait for it… £13. We are going back to around the year 1999 – 2000 now. When dial up was slow and napster ruled the discussion at school.
I remember getting the check in the mail and my mother being amazed at how her 12 year old son could produce money from nothing by doing some work on a computer.
So after that “massive success” (sarcasm) I went on being a terrible student in school with my mind more on sports, music and girls than Shakespeare, algorithms or the history of modern art.
I scraped through school and went to college to study personal training and sports nutrition which I loved. I loved interacting with new clients multiple times per day and teaching various fitness classes. Fitness was all I thought about until the recession hit and people no longer had money to pay personal trainers or gym instructors and eventually I left the industry.
I then went into telesales and it was at that point I began to hate my job and the entrepreneur in me began to show its face again. So in an effort to get the hell out of that terrible job I started buying internet marketing training courses to learn how to make money online. I knew once I finished my first course that I had found the dream job for me.
I could be an entrepreneur, my own boss, work from anywhere in the world and make a tonne of money while doing it.
I made my first $22 sale after just 8 days and if anyone saw me jumping with excitement around the sitting room they would have thought I was crazy. I rang all my family and friends and told them I was going to be a millionaire and told them all about internet marketing.
Unfortunately I spoke too soon. That sale was a fluke, a bit of luck and for the next 2-3 years I struggled to make more than $1,000- $2,000 per year. I was about to throw in the towel and start looking at other avenues to be my own boss.
It was at that time that I started reading a book called “Think and Grow Rich”. Which mentioned that you need 3 things to be successful in any business.
- Overwhelming desire
- The right mentor or coach
- I stopped reading the book and within a couple of days I was working with an internet marketing coach and things finally started to change for me
Here is a video that I made recently that talks about my experience with getting an internet marketing mentor.
So since I have been a full time internet marketer for about the last 3-4 years now I have really caught the travel bug. I now spend the summers in Ireland every year and once the winter weather starts approaching I pack my bags and head south like a migrating bird to either South East Asia or the West Coast of the U.S.
Here are some pictures of my travels so far.
My goal for this website is to provide you with the latest up to date knowledge on internet marketing as it comes to me and to interview some of the brightest minds in the internet marketing world to get them to dish out their secrets to success.
I will also be reviewing the best online internet marketing tutorial courses that I have found for anyone aspiring to become an internet marketer but is lacking the knowledge or the guidance to know how to start their internet marketing career.
I hope you enjoy what my site has to offer and hope to see you back here again soon.
To your success,