I was a teenager with way too much time on his hands. It was summer break and I had just finished middle school. I used to spend hours browsing the web mindlessly, which is something I still occasionally do. In one of my browsing sessions I decided to see if there was any way to make money online. I didn't want to get a job. After all, I was a teenager who was scared of having to do any kind of work. But I also thought that it would be nice to get some extra cash to buy a few more beers, or whatever else I thought would make me happy back then.
I knew almost nothing about making money online. A friend of mine had tried clicking on ads for a while, and that earned him less than a dollar per week. I wanted to know if there was anything more profitable, so I joined a forum about making money online. There were a lot of people who said that making money on the internet was impossible, and a few more who claimed to have easily made about $1000. I focused on the second group, and I soon found out that they had all made money from sports betting.
What? How is sports betting supposed to make you any money?
Even if there is a way to make money from gambling, there surely must be a lot of risk involved. That's what any reasonable person would think. However, I soon found out that it's possible to make money from bonuses that bookmakers give to their new customers without any risk. To keep a long story short, you bet on all outcomes of a sports event so that you're guaranteed to keep a fraction of the bonus no matter which team wins.
It took me a while to wrap my head around the concept, but once I did, it all made perfect sense. The only problem was that I was only 15, way bellow the legal age of gambling. And I had no credit card, of course. I still don't know what arguments I used, but I managed to convince my mother to give me one of her credit cards for matched betting.
I started with less than $100, and within a few short weeks I managed to turn my investment into about $1000. It was a huge sum for me at the time. My weekly allowance was around $10; the median wage in my country was about $500/month. And I wasn't working a lot. The actual betting only took me about 30 minutes per day. The rest of my time was spent waiting for games to end and for money to be transferred so that I could bet again.
Within two months the profits started to diminish. I had already signed up for most of the big bookmakers (you can only get a bonus once per customer). At the same time my mother was getting concerned about my gambling addiction. I think she still believes that I was just getting lucky all the time and that one day I would lose it all. So she decided to stop me before it was too late, and she took away her credit card.
As I celebrated my 16th birthday, I had more money than I had owned in my entire life. But I had no way to replenish it once it was gone. And I knew that it would't last forever. The only problem was that having a part-time job for $2/hour (or any job for that matter) no longer seemed like a good idea. My mind was forever spoiled with the idea that one could make easy money online. So I started looking for shortcuts to making money. I had already found one, so there surely had to be more.
I found out that most people who were serious about online income were doing internet marketing. I was eager to learn more, and I spent a lot of time and energy devouring all internet marketing courses I could find. In fact, I spent so much time studying them that my English improved a lot. But I never really found what I was looking for. There simply wasn't another foolproof system that could tell me exactly how to make big bucks online. Turns out that there's a lot more uncertainty in the real world than there is in matched betting.
My betting success had turned into a curse. The money was long gone, but my spoiled mindset was still with me. I kept looking for shortcuts, but I never found one again. I spent five years jumping from one opportunity to another, without ever working on a project long enough to make it success. I was unsure whether what I was doing would work, and I always gave up when I didn't get immediate results. Had I stayed with one project for all the years, it would surely be a success by now.
Sports betting had been a success from day one, and I knew exactly how much money I would make before I even placed any bets. I thought that any business could be like that. And I was so wrong. Don't look for shortcuts. There might not be any.
Work had to maximize your chances of success, and sooner or later it will come. Don't give up just because you don't see immediate results. Work smart, keep improving what you're doing, but make sure that your efforts add up over time. Instead of starting a new blog every month, keep writing better posts and promoting your old blog. That way your work will accumulate over time. You don't want to be going back to square one again.
Finally, don't pass on an opportunity just because it seems too good to be true. When I started making money from betting, I thought that all of my friends would be doing that as well. It was very easy and very profitable. Who would want to miss that?
Despite my best attempts to explain matched betting to everyone, nobody I knew ended up doing it. I even offered to show exactly which buttons to press until they could do it on their own. But nobody was interested. I kept hearing "it's too good to be true" or "you just got lucky once" from people who were too lazy to understand the system. And those who did understand it never used it. They were either too lazy or too scared.
Tynan's friends were equally passive when he started making money from gambling. Maybe it's a universal tendency to pass on the greatest opportunities in your life. Maybe people are just stubborn, or maybe they are too scared from a change. I don't know. But don't just reject opportunities because they seem too good to be true. Use reason to make up your mind instead.
Thanks to people like me bookmaker sign-up bonuses have become less generous over the years. However, matched betting still works for the residents of UK and Ireland.
I created a website about matched betting two years ago, which was subsequently sold. If you want to learn more about matched betting, this is the resource you should use.
This is an awesome post man. I've made money from matched betting as well through a friend. I wish I understood it so I could do it more often.
I can help you understand it.
Check out the website I mentioned in the post. I think it should get clear if you carefully read all sections of Matched Betting Guide there. If not, just leave a comment here and I'll try to help you.
Ignore the links to freebets4all that. The new owner put them everywhere.
How is it sustainable once you've used all the free bets once? I had a friend that used to order new debit cards with his bank so he could keep doing it!
You can't do it with your own name again. They'll probably find out and block your account.
You'd have to find a friend who's willing to trust you to do this for him in exchange for a share of the profits. All the details that could identify you (especially IP and contact details) have to be different every time. In theory you could keep going forever, but it's not really a long term business.
There are also some good bonuses for existing customers, but there aren't as many of them.
Two weeks ago I lost my part-time job. My contract was due an extension, but I wasn't offered one. Instead the company chose to hire someone else the same month they let me go. They said I wasn't fired, but it's hard to use any other word for this.
I asked them if it had anything to do with my performance. They said that my performance was great. Indeed, I worked harder than most other people in the company. Including my boss.
I asked them if it had anything to do with my personality. They said of course not. I'm not so sure about that.
Then I asked if there was anything at all that made them choose someone else instead of me. They avoided the question.
I don't think they were just throwing dice when deciding who was getting fired and hired. So I pointed that out. That kind of pissed them off.
I had never gambled before and knew nothing about it, but I'd gotten too many e-mails like it. I was at my parents house for winter break during my first year at UT, and I was bored.
"Free $50 just for downloading our casino!"
Hmm. That doesn't seem very risky. I might as well download to see what it's all about.