In a new series of articles comprising interviews, product reviews, and actual progress reports based on his own efforts and experiences trying to generate a genuine virtual income, Blogcritics writer Christopher Rose starts to explore the true potential, the good guys, the liars, and the charlatans of the online moneymaking webiverse.
From affiliate marketing to making and selling your own digital or physical products, Christopher is going to put his life and his own personal future on the line to tell the truth and report on the best and the worst online marketing people and products out there.
To launch the series, Christopher presents the first half of a two-part interview with one of the more interesting people out there, one Chris Carpenter, a young American who has gone from working as a waiter in Salt Lake City to living his fantasy beach bum freestyle life in Mexico through his clever take on using Google Adwords.
His first product was the highly respected and reasonably priced Google Cash e-book, which came out about four years ago, and his latest product is the rather more expensive and just a little bit controversial Google Cash Detective, which draws upon the work of his e-book and makes the whole process easier to implement.
Tell us about your background. Where are you from and what did you do before getting into the virtual income lifestyle?
I grew up all over the world. My father was a diplomat in the Foreign Service. We moved from country to country every three years or so.
I've always enjoyed the outdoors and have been an adventure nut since I was a child. I worked all sorts of temporary jobs and night jobs to try to keep my days free so I could do my adventure activities like skiing and surfing and mountain biking, etc.
As an adult I lived in Salt Lake City Utah at the base of the Cottonwood Canyons, working night jobs so I could ski during the days. I worked as a waiter, as a bus boy, as a bartender, all sorts of service jobs. The good thing about the service jobs is that it frees up your days for skiing and mountain biking, etc.
When and why did you start to look to the web as a way of earning a living?