My name is Jay Gumbs and I’ve been doing affiliate marketing since February 2006. I’ve been doing it full time since March 2009 when I decided I was consistently making enough to quit my job as a civil worker.
I’m proof that you can make money online from anywhere in the world because where I come from, a small island in the Caribbean called St. Vincent and the Grenadines, most people don’t even believe that it is possible. Still I get my checks in the mail on a regular basis and deposit them at the local bank.
How I Got Started in Affiliate Marketing
I got started making money online after seeing an ad in the back of Small Business Opportunity magazine. I had been looking for ways to make money because I wasn’t happy with what I was making at the job.
I had tried MLM – you may have heard about Quixtar. That wasn’t for me especially in St. Vincent. I had wanted to do some other offline businesses but they never got off the ground.
The magazine ad would eventually lead me to advertising affiliate programs on Google Adwords where I made my first sales commission of $29.00.
This first sale got me hooked on affiliate marketing and I made it my business to learn everything I needed to know in order to make this a full time gig.
I would say that I failed a bit though in the beginning because I was trying to learn everything on my own and after a while during the first year I wasn’t making any money. There was something I was missing and I didn’t know what it was until January 2007 when I joined an affiliate marketing training site called Wealthy Affiliate.
I’m still a member of Wealthy Affiliate today because I found that missing piece of the puzzle and started making money consistently after that.
Today, I own quite a bit of niche affiliate websites and have even built a website for a local real estate company.
When I’m Not Doing the Marketing Stuff
I’m pretty much a regular guy who loves to have fun. Guess I didn’t mention it before but I’ll be 33 in December.
I hang out with friends on the weekend, hit the clubs or the beach depending on which friends.
If and when I do travel, I usually like to go to Florida around the Ft. Lauderdale area where I have some family. I spent Christmas 2009 there with my mother and my uncle.
As far as hobbies, I love fishing, playing chess and shooting pool but the thing that I love most is listening to music and trying to figure out the samples. My favorite genre is hip hop but I grew up on basically everything from reggae, soca, blues, country and rock music so I pretty much listen to everything.
I’m still trying to figure out how to make money from my passion for sample based music.
That’s me in a nutshell. If you want to know anything else about me, please ask in the comments and I’ll tell you more.