Hi - I’m Tim, an online marketer originally from Germany and the founder of Online Business Dude.
Great to see you here! 😊
Personal Welcome Video From Tim
Who Is Tim Ikels?
Writing about myself is weird… But I give it a try anyway:
I’m just a regular guy who made affiliate marketing work, fell in love with creating and marketing stuff, and online business in general, and now I help people do the same:
Making money online.
I believe every one of us should run their own online business so that we can live an independent and fulfilling life, making a living doing work we love.
But it wasn’t always an easy path for me…
A Short Story About Me
After digging in several “make money online” methods for years, I’ve really had it.
I still wasn’t making a significant income and it never was consistent enough to live a relaxed, sustainable, healthy and fun lifestyle.
The same advice was presented to me over and over, but for some reason the described methods of making money online or generating (passive) income wouldn’t work for me personally.
But I Kept Trying Because I Had A Goal
If you still are part of the rat race and employed right now, you know exactly what I mean: Job security is a joke.
And even if you like parts of your job (just over broke), the reality is:
Working for the man - sorry, but it’s just the truth - plain sucks.
My personal goal and why I love doing this: Total Freedom!
That’s why I didn’t want to work full time as a freelancer or remote-worker, because that woudn’t be true freedom the way I see it.
The Solution: A Real Online Business
The ultimate way to generate a consistent online income needed to fulfill the following qualities and attributes:
- A True Online Business - not some gimmick or loophole or hack
- 100% Location Independent - an important, strategic requirement
- Systematic - therefore predictable - I prefer to sleep well at night!
- Scalable - the business must be very lucrative in the long run, with the potential to scale up
- Diversifyable - not depending on any one niche, industry, company, service, or product
- Sustainable - producing a reliable and consistent income, but no recruiting scheme, no MLM or network marketing
- Simple - proven, easy-to-understand business model
- Straightforward / Easy To Implement - so I know exactly what I can and need to do, every day, to move things forward
- Fun - I must enjoy most parts of the work, most of the time - otherwise, it’s not sustainable
No More “Shady, Quick Methods” Promoted By Serial Product Launchers…
I wanted to build a real business and had enough of these shady “quick money making methods” and dodgy “get rich quick”-schemes.
They were presented by people with very questionable backgrounds.
Then, I asked myself: Do they really apply what they teach?
Or are they just creating low-quality, quick products to sell them?
Too many product creators and fake “gurus” have no time answering your questions, because they are already busy again launching the next big best shiny thing!
That’s why I simply couldn’t trust them anymore.
Their “business model” is launching and promoting low-quality products, instead of teaching profitable, scalable and sustainable online marketing methods.
Most of these heavily promoted “make money online methods” were short-lived anyway because they relied on loopholes that would soon be fixed.
But I never gave up, I never stopped learning and over time I learned from the good guys and developed some very valuable skills in the process:
- affiliate marketing
- CPA marketing
- marketing funnels
- traffic generation (free and paid)
- professional media buying
- lead generation (aka “list building”)
- email marketing
- offer & funnel creation
- and much more…
…And Then, One Day, It All Came Together
Suddenly, it all made complete sense.
I clearly saw why I was struggling before.
Finally, I’ve found my way of earning a living online through a profitable, sustainable and scalable business model - ticking all the boxes above.
But you’re probably asking yourself:
Why Would You Share “Your Secret”?
That’s a fair question, I would be very skeptical myself. Here’s my answer:
First, truth to be told: The “make money online” / “business opportunity” industry is an extremely competitive, but at the same time a very lucrative niche.
So, before you even ask:
Yes, I generate an online income by recommending helpful products that get you results.
Now that we have this out of the way, let’s dig a little deeper:
The “Average Guru” In This Industry Is NOT Going To Tell You The Truth
Chances are, he’s making way more money from selling you courses and tools than putting his own advice into practice.
Many of these “gurus” only live in the make money online niche, and they are exclusively in the business of selling theoretical, useless “secrets” and overpriced, low-quality tools.
They show off with a rented lifestyle. It’s a complete joke.
You don’t need any of that garbage to make money online.
For the most part, they don’t put their own advice into practice and oftentimes even don’t use their recommended tools.
Honestly, it’s just shady.
You Can Still Learn From These “Fake Gurus”!
If they’re successful at selling info-products, courses and software for example, watch how they’re doing it.
Don’t pay too much attention to the promoted product itself, but carefully observe how they’re marketing their products.
Of course, the same gurus happily serve every couple of days a “new, super easy, no-work-involved, all done-for-you, just press the button, get-rich-quick and make tons of passive income in seconds and forever”-method to everyone who’s looking for the next shiny object.
Instead of buying into the next shiny product, here’s what I suggest:
Modelling What Really Works
Create a solid, sustainable, value-driven business by learning the basics, developing the necessary skills and building everything on proven fundamentals.
And then: Sticking to it until you make it work.
Sounds easy. And in fact, it is simple in concept.
But you need some experience to make it work.
So you’ve got to take action.
But I digress.
Secondly, and as you can hear from my tone, I just can’t stand the average guru in the “make money online” / “business opportunity” / “internet marketing” world.
Don’t Be Fooled By “Quick And Easy”
We’re building a real business here, and that takes a bit of time.
A lot of fake gurus are shady, many are greedy, and most don’t posess any moral standards.
That’s why I feel obligated to spread the truth and help as many people along the way as I can so they don’t fall for these scams and gurus.
Don’t feel bad if - for a while - you followed the wrong person or the wrong path.
I made this mistake myself, more than once.
Sometimes it’s tough to distinguish between what’s true and what’s complete B.S.
Especially when just starting out.
The Truth Is: There Is No Secret!
But you can learn what has worked for other people.
Learn from them. Learn from their failures. Learn what works for them.
Then model it.
Don’t copy, but model what works!
And thirdly, I simply enjoy documenting my findings, publishing articles and notes, networking with like-minded people and sharing what works for me.
I enjoy reading and listening to business books and everything that has to do with marketing and sales, especially direct response based marketing, traffic generation, media buying, lead generation and conversion optimization.
Now It’s Your Turn!
It’s no secret how I generate multiple income streams online and how you can too.
Quite the opposite: The fundamentals of how to build a business, how to generate profits and the basics of making money online will remain the same for the most part, even when technology changes.
Actually, once you get the big picture, there’s just a handful of activities that you really need to focus on.
In the end, making money online is pretty simple.
Of course it requires some work, but it’s not that complicated.
Reach Out To Me, If You Like To!
I’m just a normal dude, who fell in love with starting and growing online businesses, anything marketing related, especially CPA affiliate marketing, traffic & lead generation, media buying, list building, and email marketing.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to send me a message and I will be more than happy to help you out.
You can contact me here.
Please See This Information And My Website As…
… the exact advice that I’d tell my own children if they wanted to create a life of freedom and make a good, independent living online.
Let’s be real with each other:
There’s zero need for another “me too - marketer” pretending it doesn’t take any work and you just have to push the button…
C’mon. Let’s call a liar - a liar.
Integrity is important to me, as I’m trying to shape our industry (make money online/online marketing) to get out of the B.S. zone and lift it to where it belongs:
The professional business world.
I Want To Protect Newbies From Being Scammed
And instead help them make a living online.
Therefore: If you ever need a helping hand or feel completely lost, simply reach out to me.
All the best for you, and I hope we meet in person one day!
Tim for Online Business Dude
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