9 years ago I wasn't a schlub like you, but I wasn't where I wanted to be.
I was stuck in a rut.
I was an entrepreneur but I had basically quit working hard and I wasn't doing too much.
I would hit the gym every day, I would eat my meat only diet with carbs on the weekend, I would bang little misses here and there, but something was missing.
That something was Asia.
I had to get out of the United States and that's what I did.
I spent a year there and during that time I build up the meat and potatoes of this great blog called Bold and Determined.
One day I knew I'd make my fortune from it and I was patient.
I didn't make a dime for the first year and I didn't even try to make a dime for the first year.
Unlike so many of you dumb fucks that try to write a book your 2nd week in business, I waited for one full year until I had an audience.
When I had an audience who wanted what I was selling, here's what I did…
I wrote an ebook called 30 Days of Discipline and I gave it away for free on Christmas Eve.
Can you read that?
I did the work and I gave it away for free.
You know what that does?
It builds trust with your audience.
The theme you may recall with B&D is the theme of building.
Build the business, build the audience, build the trust, and then finally you can build the bank account.
You cannot skip the steps unless you're a dumb fuck who always wants to be poor.
Actually I don't care if I'm poor or rich.
I only care that I don't have to work at a job. Mission accomplished, and I accidentally got rich in the process.
What I care about, and all that I ever cared about, was doing my great work.
And here it is, motherfucker, it is BOLD AND DETERMINED.
Today marks the 8 year anniversary of the Website for Winners.
- 8 years untouched by any competition.
- 8 years of being the greatest blog on planet earth.
- 8 years changing the lives of tens of thousands of men (and even women).
Say happy birthday and say it with reverence.
I've been kicking your fucking ass for 8 years already.
Can you believe it?
It seems as though it were barely yesterday that I wrote 3 Years of Pride.
But good golly gosh, let's take a walk down memory lane…
8 years ago today the BoldandDetermined.com name was registered.
8 years + one day ago the very first article appeared on B&D.
It was a very simple article: 8 Reasons Every Man Should Lift Weights
Here at the Website for Winners I have always stuck with the philosophy of simplicity.
The philosophy of simple self-reliance has served me well.
I said goodbye to paychecks a long damn time ago.
And since then I've been destitute and I've been rich.
Rich is better than broke, but both are better than working your life away in an office like some regular schlub.
I admit that I am not a regular person, I am irregular. You could even call me impractical.
They say great entrepreneurs cannot have jobs and it's absolutely true.
What they forget to tell you is that jobs are for slobs.
Real men create their own business out of thin air, using nothing but the power of their own will.
Did you ever hear of alchemy?
It isn't some bullshit about turning lead into gold, it's about creating something out of nothing.
It is about making your imagination come to life in the real world.
That's what I did, like a magic man, I made my imagination become a reality.
I'm not a real entrepreneur, I don't know a damn thing about business, or accounting, or the myriad tax laws (and I pay way too much in taxes).
I'm not a writer, I can't write for shit and I don't know what semicolons are or what they're used for.
I'm not a blogger, I never wrote a blog article in my life.
I only pretend to be a blogger.
What I am…
Is a deliverer.
“I come to deliver a message.”
The blog is my medium, but my message comes from beyond.
I only pretend to be a blogger to bring the lost message of self-reliance to you.
To do it I had to become an alchemist.
I created this great world of B&D using my imagination and my will.
I willed myself to make a million dollars from a blog, all in the time it took you to dig yourself into debt for a college “education.”
If you don't want to call it alchemy, you can call it magic because is just an illusion of blogging when actually it is so much more.
Like a magician, I snapped my finger and made the rabbit appear (and I made sure the rabbit was holding a check for me).
They say you need a thousand fans to make your mark but I guess I'm special.
I started making money when I had 500 solid readers.
I gave away 30 Days of Discipline for 6 months and then I sold it for $7.
Then I wrote Body of a Spartan and sold it for $7.
I slaughtered the game selling $7 ebooks.
Those ebooks paid for me to live in the land of smiles… BANGKOK.
Then I started Badnet.com so that you could not have a website today and actually have a website tomorrow. Like magic, your website can appear out of thin air.
“But Victor, how do I do it???”
Do the hard work, be patient for a year, and will it into existence at exactly the right time.
What else do you want, a blueprint?
I already gave you the blueprint. It's called Spartan Entrepreneur: Blog Artist.
I gave away that book for free for a year.
I gave away all of my secrets in it and 1% of you listened. The rich 1%, I should add.
So what now?
I guess I'll just keep giving you more secrets.
Secrets after secrets after secrets until you learn the real secret…
It was nothing but good old fashioned great work.
When the morons were on social media pretending to be working, I was actually working.
When they were busy complaining, I was busy building the business.
It all started by doing the dirty work every single day and getting the first 500 ride or die followers.
The plan proved to be effective.
I was able to start making money with 500 daily visitors.
Since then, the numbers have jumped to an average of 10,000 daily visitors.
I made over a million dollars following the steps outlined at Badnet.com.
Over 10 million people have read Bold & Determined.
Bold and Determined is the most copied blog in the history of the internet.
This is with no help from any large media outlet and with no marketing or advertising campaigns of any kind.
Pretty good for a pretender.
Like I said, I ain't no fucking blogger. I ain't no writer. I ain't no businessman.
I don't know shit about shit.
I said to this thing BE and it became.
You want to complicate something that is very simple.
Say to the thing BE and make it become.
No qualifications necessary, no training necessary, no education necessary.
Make it become.
And you can make it become by you yourself becoming who you are.
Don't know who you are?
That's because you are reliant on others telling you what to do.
You have no self-discipline or self-reliance.
You're waiting for a savior to come out of the skies to guide you and make you rich.
Here is the guide from the skies here to show you how to wake the fuck up and get after it.
This guide from the skies is called…
It is the magic that started it all.
Self-discipline created the life I live.
Self-discipline will create the life you want to live.
And it is only self-discipline that will do it.
Odds and ends
My #1 traffic source is still Google. 77% people get here via organic search.
What do they search for? Who knows. Analytics via Google has become garbage. They hide your #1 results unless you pay for their marketing and advertising programs.
96% of my search results are hidden in google analytics. I work basically in the dark, guessing that the reader will have interests that are similar to mine.
Relying on robots is a fool's game. Relying on yourself will always give better results than relying on machines.
Facebook is the #1 social media referral source.
DuckDuckGo rivals Facebook as a traffic source.
YouTube is also a very good source of traffic.
Viva La Manosphere has been a consistent source of traffic for years.
Mobile is the #1 way people view B&D today. By a pretty big margin.
61% is mobile, 33% is desktop, and 5% is tablet.
These are the 9 most visited articles for the past year
- How to Harness Your Sexual Energy
- The Old School 70’s Bodybuilding Routine
- How To Get A Chiseled Jawline
- 18 Things Every 18 Year Old Should Know
- How to Pick the Right Wife
- 33 Ways to Be a Man
- Why You Should Never Smoke Marijuana (and what to do instead)
- Why You Should Never Masturbate Ever Again
- The Old School ‘Steak and Eggs' Diet for Fat Loss, Balanced Energy, and Increased Testosterone
Do ebooks still sell?
People have been telling me over 6 years that ebooks are dead and don't sell anymore.
I've been laughing at these same people for 6 years.
There is a very serious problem that afflicts western people.
This problem is called incompetence.
People who are not in your field believe themselves to be experts in your field.
I've watched the same people who tell me ebooks are dead scramble to do some consulting work.
They're willing to sell their time while telling me, the ebook king, that ebooks don't sell.
Don't make me laugh.
Ebook still sell if you follow all the rules I have laid out and if your ebooks are good.
My ebooks are not just good, they are gold.
Top Cities for B&Ders
- New York
- Los Angeles
Top Countries for B&Ders
- United States
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
The great news is that in this business, it doesn't matter where you are in the world.
This business exists in the minds of the peoples, not in the country of the people.
You can be anywhere and work from anywhere and reach anybody anywhere.
A great deal of B&D was written in Thailand.
Many people find this surprising but business is easier abroad, not harder.
Modern technology makes it easy and practical to do business from anywhere in the world.
Gone are the days when you had to stay in the same place to do good business.
I do business all over the world, so I'm free to go all over the world.
You could be too. If you just…
Make the decision to work every day and to never give up.
Become a magic man and make your imagination a reality.
That's all it takes.
Until next time.
PS – One of these days I'll write a little booklet about the magic.