Monday, November 19th, 2007

5 Questions For Ruck

I logged in this morning and saw Chris over Money Making Scoop tagged me with a 5 Questions post. If you haven’t visited Chris, you really should. He writes everyday and is an active member over a number of forums online. I personally have got to interact with a lot over the RJ Forum where I consider him one of the most trusted members there. I saw Chris has his book out “Discover How I Make $500 a Day!”, which is located on the top far right sidebar on his blog. Check it out :)

So here we go…

How long have you been blogging?
I think it’s been close to two years now. I have only been blogging here for about 4 months. Some of the people that know me a little more closely can remember a time when I was blogging with blogger. Actually, I would refer to this as “splogging”. Those blogs were only meant for one thing and it wasn’t social interaction. Anyway, most of the people know the tragic end to that story but if you don’t, I am not allowed the priviliedge of utilizing the blogger services anymore or ever again. I guess 3 million+ splogs is enough to get you in trouble.

What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors?
Hmm, that’s kind of a tough one. As far what inspired me to start my blog was because I am a regular in a number of forums around the net. I found myself repeating methods, tactics, and ideas everyday which was cutting into my time to explore new posts and ideas, so I figured I could cover a lot of ground by only stating it once here. As far as mentors, I don’t feel that I have any. I am not looking for a “successful blog”, I’m just looking to cover some of the things I have done or am doing online and if you like it and can use it, then it will save me a ton of time without repeating it in a dozen other places.

Are you trying to make money online, or just doing it for fun?
I am not trying. I am doing it. I make a comfortable fulltime living working online. I also like to have fun though. A lot of people consider me insensitive and often times I get called an A-Hole. It’s pretty damn easy to see who is making a lot of money and who isn’t by the attitude they show. If they can’t take a joke, chances are they might be having a rough time. Most of it is in good spirits, but if you can’t even take a joke (or a bunch of them), your going to have a helleva time dealing with the pressures and things that can happen when working online.

Tell me 3 things you LOVE about being online

I love the fact that it doesn’t matter how big a company is, or how deep their budget is, I always have the chance (and love doing it) to knock them out of the SERP’s or Paid Listings.

I like the fact I don’t punch a time clock. (or 3 of them, 7 days a week)

I love meeting new people, finding out new information and just the freedom working online brings.

Tell me 3 things you STRUGGLE with in the online world
Actually getting off the computer and leaving the house. It’s a constant struggle for my Fiance to get me to go out and do something “fun” for a change. When you enjoy your “job” as much as I do, there really isn’t anything else you want to do :)

Prioritizing my big projects. Right now is my best two affiliate marketing months of the year, and I have 3 large projects I had scheduled to be done before the New Year. I already have 3 people helping me, and we still won’t make it. Prioritize.

This last one was something I wasn’t going to say but I guess I will. I struggle on a social level in my town. Since I am a hermit and I work online, this is very different in the place I am from. There are less than 700 people in my town and every time I go to the bank, it’s like a mob asking “What do you do”, “Can you teach me” type of questions. Most of the time I find myself changing conversation and such, but I can’t even have a normal conversation without the “you work from home” coming up. I realize most people are curious, but it annoys me a lot. Nevermind the fact I went to school with most of these people, let’s just find out what he’s doing. That’s a small town for ya.

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8 Responses

November 19, 2007

ahh… tell me about it… ever since i have started getting paid working on the internet, i am having a hard time leaving my computer… it is just so much fun especially when knocking out somebody in the SERP’s …lol..

also, the socializing problem… i tend to get a lot of questions like “teach me man!” “dude u just watch movies all day.. where’s the money coming from??” and blah blah…

i guess that’s pretty much most netpreneurs life wen it comes to being a part of a small community.. hehe..

good luck to you mate… i’ve learned many things after i found your blog… hope you do great in your project…

November 19, 2007

I really like your response to the “Are you trying to make money online” question. It made me think of that thing Yoda said “do or do not; there is no try”.

LOL …the socializing thing must be some kinda contagious IM disease. I really don’t talk to people about my IM projects. Had a slip of the tongue one day about making money on eBay and got a lot of “third eye” looks. Now I keep my mouth shut.

Ruck you’ve got a unique, personal style that comes accross well in writing. That’s a gift. A lot of cats want to do that, but can’t. Keep up the good work . See ya on the BlackHat forum.

November 19, 2007


Thanks for the compliment. My writing style is a reflection of my personality. I get asked about Ebay quite a bit myself. Although I just recently started with them, I have tried explaining PPC and SEO in the real world, and I was promptly told to shut my mouth and drink more beer.

As interested as some people may seem, they surely turn their attention elsewhere as soon as I start yabbering on about it.

Sometimes I do it on purpose, just to get a look at their face…It’s hilarious.

November 23, 2007

I always love to come to your blog and see what you are up to. You share so much of yourself here it is enlightening. I could not agree more about loving what you are doing (even with the frustrations). I was already a hermit prior to starting an online business. I feel more connected to people online than offline. As sad as that may sound, it is my reality. Even if I were to become super wealthy I would still remain reclusive.

January 22, 2008

Totally sympathise with the hermit situation.

I am fortunate enough to be able to make a living from internet marketing, but since having left my 9-5 job 6 months ago, I have barely left the house.

As soon as I get up, I power my computer up and its straight to work. When my girlfriend gets home, she will want to do something ‘fun’, but usually the day ends with me sneaking back onto the computer for a few more hours. Sad.

January 22, 2008


In a way sad, in a way no. I am always slacking on time with the MS. but who knows how long a good thing lasts right?

We are all risk takers. We would have to be trying to get an upperhand in this business or even living the good life after we figured a few things out. With risk comes reward, but it’s still a risk.

January 27, 2008

one has to work hard to earn money online.

November 1, 2008

Love the post! Haha great questions.