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About Us – Here’s My Story


I’m Brad Stephens (for those of you who don’t know me) and I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and lived there for around 1 year before we moved to Botswana, another country in Africa. After 6 years there, we moved to Zambia (yes, you guessed it – another country in Africa). We lived there for around 5 years and finally moved back to South Africa when I was 12 years old. This time to Cape Town and I have lived here ever since!

 

I got into internet marketing a couple of years ago just wanting to make some extra cash. It’s funny, most people seek a way to make money online but this lifestyle actually found me (kinda)! I was browsing a forum that had nothing to do with making money online. It was actually a gaming forum and I stumbled upon a thread by another user who said he was making over $50 per day using this specific method. At the time, I had no idea that making money online was even a viable option to make a living. I was still at school and decided that an extra $50 per month wouldn’t do any harm. It’s funny how your mind thinks when you’re still young right?

 

Anyways – I gave it a go and my earnings started to rise day by day. It was a blackhat method, so it wasn’t sustainable. I was actually one of the top earners on a PPD (Pay Per Download) site for a couple of months. On my best day I made over $400. As the saying goes, all good things come to an end (especially blackhat methods)! I had scripts running for me and everything, I was working 1 hour a day to make over $100 per day which was awesome seeing as I was still at school. Anyways – I left that in the dust to pursue something more sustainable and whitehat.

 

I found the blackhatworld forum and frequented on there for a long time, with little success unfortunately. I even found someone on there and hired him for $1000 to mentor me on everything related to SEO. This was money I had saved up from my previous blackhat venture. Within 3 weeks, I was ranking on page 1 for the keyword “FarmVille Cheats” (yes, this is when FarmVille was blowing up) and I was promoting a ClickBank FarmVille Cheats product. That was bringing in a steady $50+ a day for awhile. So here is when the *facepalm* moment comes in. I was young and naive, and my mentor had registered my domain with his registrar and he forgot to renew the domain. That was the end of my FarmVille cheats income!

 

After that, I took a bit of a break from internet marketing. After all, it was just a hobby for me and I had my last year of school to wrap up. I finished school and went onto university. My first year at university I partied a whole lot… A lot. Nothing quite like your first year of freedom and independence, right?

 

At the beginning of my second year at university (2012), I decided to get back into internet marketing and see what I could do. I’m not quite sure how I got into what I was doing, but over the course of around 1 month I was starting to pull in $100+ on AdSense. I did this for a few months and that is when I came across a thread on the WarriorForum by a dude called Jarrett Stevenson. He was offering training and mentoring on how to create products. He had some solid testimonials and I almost didn’t believe what I was getting myself into. Anyways – I took the leap of faith.

 

One week later I had put together my product on how I was doing $100+ on AdSense (it’s still available somewhere on the WF) and around 4 weeks after that I launched and did around $50,000 on my first launch. I couldn’t believe it (Thanks Jarrett!). I think he still has my testimonial video on his channel with proof of this, if I find the video someday I’ll link it to this page so you guys can check it out…

 

I made the classic mistake (seriously, every success book warns you of this) of taking a break and not following my momentum. I sold off my sites making money off AdSense and took a “break” that ended up being longer than expected. I was still studying at university and the extra money was fun at the time.

 

I got lazy!

 

Eventually, I got bored and had to start doing some internet marketing again. This time it was towards the end of my third year at university and I got in CPA marketing. After 2 months I had my best day of $450 per day. That was when I knew I was onto something!

 

I rode that wave right into 2014. This was my final year of university. I started selling T-Shirts online too and have done well over 6 figures selling shirts over the past few months. I then decided it was time I started getting into software development which I thought would be a fun challenge for me. My first piece of software was amazing, I got an awesome JV partner and the day before we were set to launch Facebook started waving their banhammer and banned A LOT of software developers from Facebook for their pieces of software being against FB’s Terms of Service. We unfortunately had to call off the launch. Months of preparation and money invested – down the drain. It was a tough pill to swallow but it was a lesson I needed to learn. I had created a tool that was slightly against their TOS – and we just couldn’t release it. Now before I do anything I make sure it is within any platform’s TOS!

 

I picked myself up, went to the gym and blew off a whole lot of steam. During that session, I had an amazing idea for a piece of software and that went on to do multiple 6 figures in sales (silver lining?). It was a powerful moment for me. I realised that failure truly is a stepping stone to success. You cannot succeed without failure.

 

Since then I have continued developing my income streams, launched this brand and continued working on other software projects (which is what I love doing)! I’ve made some incredible friends along the way and I have no plans to stop growing!

 

Towards the end of 2014 I was busy wrapping up my degree in my final year of college. Final exams were a massive pain in the ass because they seriously drew me away from my time I would normally dedicate to my business. Never-the-less, I balanced what I could and I now hold a business degree in financial management.

 

It’s a fulfilling achievement (considering I almost dropped out in my second year to pursue internet marketing full time).

 

At the beginning of this year I moved into the city and into my dream apartment and 2015 is my first year doing internet marketing full time.

 

A quick update is as of July 2015 I have reached $1,000,000 in sales in my first year of selling software. I only released my first software last year. Perhaps I can do a breakdown of that at some point for you and how I managed to do so. It was certainly an interesting road 🙂

 

Welcome to SelfMade Mindset!

 

To your self-made success,

– Brad Stephens

 

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23 Comments
Comments

23 Comments

Jan

Truly impressive story! Thanks for sharing it.

Brad Stephens

Thanks for reading Jan! Happy to have you here!

Kenny Roman

Hi Brad, I enjoyed reading your story. I hope you like mine, which is what my website is about.
see ya mate,
Kenny.

Brad Stephens

Thanks for commenting Kenny, went to your site. Congrats on conquering cancer!

Tony Quintela

Congratulation Kenny. I know someone with lung cancer and was wondering what you would recommend…

Brad thanks for telling your story… love this kind of reading as it motivates me to keep trying…

Brad Stephens

Thanks for reading Tony!

Brian

Makes for pleasant reading, it’s nice to know it can be done 🙂

Brad Stephens

Thanks for reading Brian! 🙂

Carl

Thanks Brad for sharing your story … I find it uplifting to see when someone takes ownership of their own journey, at any age … well done and wishing you much continued success!

Brad Stephens

Thanks Carl – same to you!

Jim Thorpe

Your story is inspirational- I’ve been working at it for some time wilh little success but I haven’t stopped; like you, I’ve had efforts that that brought in money but not in a sustainable manner. I just started working with Social Spy Agent and think it will be a powerful tool to help my 2015 be the year that it all comes together.

Congratulations on your successfully gaining your degree in financial management. May it serve you well in your endeavors, online or off. All the best… and thanks for a great software to help the rest of us accomplish our missions.

Brad Stephens

Hey Jim!

Thanks for the awesome comment!

Great to hear you’ve picked up Social Spy Agent and I’m sure it’s going to help you increase your sales online.

orvel sternberg

As Wiinston Churchill famously said : Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.
Enjoyed the background on how you got where you are.

Brad Stephens

Thanks Orvel 🙂

Djuro

Hi Brad,

I have purchased your software and want to say that they are great.
Your offers and programs are realistic.
Thank you and will be glad to continue our cooperation.

Best Regards

Brad Stephens

Hi Djuro – thanks very much!

astara

Hi Brad,

Thank you for the inspiration. Im just starting my internet marketing journey, and there is so much to learn. I bought your targeting inspector n fb training..you seem to be one of the genuine people around..

All the best,
Astara

Brad Stephens

Hi Astara,

Thanks for the dropping by and reading my story, it’s great to hear you’re an existing customer! Welcome to the internet marketing journey – it’s the best decision you could’ve made 🙂

Eleanore Miller

Thanks for your open and informative story. Glad you were able to return to South Africa, a country my neighbor would very much like to return to, but does not believe he could make a go of it as he has here in Sint Maarten (the southern country on the tiny Caribbean island of St. Martin). Because of both age (I’m 65) and health problems, I’ve had a lot of difficulty “setting up shop.” Years ago, I was a mainframe programmer, and just getting into PC programming in 1990 when I got married, moved to Silicon Valley in CA, and realized that computing was an entirely different animal there from what I was used to. I went back to my first love of teaching emotionally disturbed children, only to be uprooted to a small Texas city in a state that did not believe in emotional disturbances and offered little in the way of software development classes. Instead of going into educational psychology, I should have pursued an advanced degree in instructional technology. Now I’ve lost years in software development (which has gotten so far beyond my ken that I’ve given up), have been unemployed for years, and don’t know where to get started. Your story is one of youth and growth, and I wish you much continued success. In the meanwhile, I’d like to follow your blog and see what I can learn from you that will help me find some small degree of financial security to send me into my upcoming legal retirement. Again, thanks for sharing your story. As an oldster, I’m certain that there is much to learn from you–including how to get Audience Drill going, or whether that’s even worth the trouble at this late date.
Best wishes,
Eleanore

Brad Stephens

Thanks for sharing your story Eleanore 🙂

Tim Wright

Hey Brad. Thanks for sharing your story. It’s awesome to see you jumping in and helping people so much right out of college. I appreciate the value you’re providing and look forward to learning more from you and following your success. Keep up the great work.

Brad Stephens

Hey Tim! Thanks for taking the time to comment really great to have you here 🙂

Gabriella Lengyel

Hey Brad! You wrote a very nice and informative letter! Thanks for sharing your story. You´ve done your successes and failures and helping others with their marketing starts. I´m not even there, I´m trying to come off with mine, the videoskins and targeting inspector, but I´ve difficulties to manage many basic issues. And my website is not good, is not properly customized, not optimized, nothing to look at it. I hope and will work with to learn and manage things from the beginning, basic set up, create landing page, URL, tags,synchronizing etc (haha) the whole way to use the video and so on.
We will be in touch
Best wishes,
Gabriella


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