It’s fairly easy to see how entrepreneurs make their money today: whether it’s through affiliate marketing or YouTube, their business models are often in plain sight. But what about how those same entrepreneurs made their first dollar online? How do we discover that?
As it turns out, the easiest way is to ask them, which is why Ladders asked three entrepreneurs to step into the archives and share how they made their first buck on the web.
In 10 words or less, how did you earn your first dollar online?
I got paid to surf the web in 1999.
Explain your first online venture in greater detail.
In 1999, my computer tech friend told me that I could get paid to surf the web. “No way!” I thought to myself. So I checked out this company, AllAdvantage, and signed up. AllAdvantage paid you to surf the web and shared revenue from the ads that you viewed.
This business model was cutting-edge in 1999. After weeks of web surfing, I received an actual check in the mail for $20 or so. I thought it was great. Then the company went bust. There were no advertisers to sign up to promote when the dot-com bubble happened in 2000. But what an experience!
What are you working on now?
Today, I’m a content creator for multiple brands I own and operate.
What’s the connection between the first dollar you made online and your current business?
I was a high school kid and was a part of a revenue-sharing deal. I didn’t know that term then — I only knew I was getting paid to surf the web — but…