Christian Carpeso on Affiliate and Network Marketing Techniques
Christian Carpeso lives in Dubai working as an “Overseas Filipino Worker.” He is also a successful internet marketer and blogger. Here’s his story.
Thank you so much for taking time to do this interview, Christian.
Let’s get started!
What was childhood like for you and what did your parents do for a living?
My father worked abroad ever since I was 1 year old and I was able to be with him for 1 to 3 months every 2 to 3 years and that greatly affected my childhood since I grew up with only my mother raising me and my siblings. You could say that I almost literally don’t have a father present when I was growing up.
Was there any Entrepreneurship in the family, and what was the mindset and beliefs of your family about money?
There was a time that my mother put a small retail store and I believe that ran for about 3 years and when we move to a new house she decided to not continue.
You can describe the family’s mindset about money that way Robert Kiyosaki describe it in his book Rich Dad Poor Dad, “Go to school, get good grades so you can have a high paying job that will take care of you when you retire.” The irony is I didn’t finish college. 🙂
What did you want to do when you ‘grew up’ and what were some of the jobs you had: from worst to best?
I lived in a period where the personal computer and computer games are really popular so I fell in love with things that involves building computers and that really conflicted with what my parents want and what I wanted.
They wanted me to take Electrical Engineering, which I did, but since my heart was not there, I failed miserably on my third year in college. That started the time that I was changing from course to course which ended up me not finishing any at all because I decided that I just go out there and work so I can help my parents with the expenses.
All of the jobs that I was in all circled around manufacturing, from textile to soap to food and the one I’m in right now which is filtration.
I can say all of jobs that I have been can be qualified the worst because working as a labor is really hard especially when you’re lifting heavy objects combining with the hot weather.
The worst is on Saudi Arabia, you are literally sweating on all parts of your body. When I got promoted in the quality inspector position, which I consider the best job I have, things began to change as the burden of lifting heavy objects was replaced with mostly paper works.
What is the “Overseas Filipino Worker” program about and when did you start it and where have you worked abroad?
The term Overseas Filipino Worker is not a program, it’s just a term for people from that Philippines that decided to work abroad.
You see our country has dispersed a total of 10 million Filipinos on many countries of the world and we are one of the revenue sources of the Philippine economy.
Being an OFW runs in the family as my Father spent 30+ years of his life working in Saudi Arabia. Both me and my sister are here in the United Arab Emirates. Have few cousins and aunts that are here also. I worked in Saudi Arabia from 2005 to 2012 before I transferred here in Dubai, UAE.
When did you discover internet marketing, and was it network marketing or affiliate marketing?
I discovered internet market on 2012 when I got involved in my first network marketing company. I was really struggling that time because me being an introvert I have really poor communication skills.
I don’t know how to approach people or how to start a conversation. That’s when I ran into Ann Sieg and the Renegade Network Marketer and ever since I’m more inclined to do internet marketing.
What was the first couple years like and what was the biggest struggle you had?
To be exact, I struggle for 5 months in my first network marketing company until I stumble upon Ann Sieg’s information and another 13 months before I was able to sign up my first downline.
I think the biggest struggle is fitting my personality with what the industry require. I have to find the strategy that will work for an introvert like me and the time to implement the strategy that I’ve found.
I like your blog. I see that it was started around 2013. How many posts are on it and what kind of traffic does it get daily?
My blog has 173 posts and currently getting organic traffic as I’m not actively promoting any of the content there.
What are some of the best ways to promote your blog and get free Leads?
A couple ways that I promoted my blog before was through a Facebook Group blog syndication group where you the members are forced to read your blog post and leave a comment on it because if you don’t do so you cannot promote your blog post on that group. Another way is posting on Facebook groups.
I saw your “blog commenting” post. How should one use blog commenting properly to get traffic and backlinks, and what is the wrong way to leave comments?
The truth is unless you’re involved in a blog syndication group it’s very hard to get genuine comments. Unless you have built a huge list of followers that know, like and trust you that’s the only way you can get real comments.
Other than that you cannot really utilize blog commenting to get traffic let alone backlinks. Unless of course you’re either using white hat or black hat SEO.
How has video marketing helped your online marketing?
It did but not that much (for now, I still believe in its power to build you as a brand and only a few marketers have the courage to be in front of a camera and do a video). Most of my success in online marketing are from the articles that I’ve specifically researched and put an effort on it.
What would you tell someone to do if they wanted to make money online?
First they should have realistic expectation. Second, have a vision of who they want to become. Third, know that it takes time, money and effort to make money online just like any business so they need to at least dedicate 6 month to one year of dedication, a marketing budget at lots of patience.
Lastly, plug into a system that has premium offers, pay high commission, converting offers and a solid marketing system.
What are your goals for 2017?
My goal is to least earn $10,000 per month so I can quit my job and do things that I love the most and be with my family.
What is your favorite book and why?
The Renegade Network Marketer because this book is the reason why I’m heavily invested in online marketing. It’s the first book that has been the foundation of putting up my blog.
What is your favorite quote and why?
We are what repeatedly do, excellence is not an act but a habit – Aristotle
The reason why this is my favorite quote is that in my online marketing journey taking action on the things that I have learned has been a struggle. This guided that what I needed is to create good habits not any outside influence so I do and get the things that I wanted in life.
Thank you so much, Christian!
For more info on Christian, please visit his Blog HERE.
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