How did you make your first ever $1 online?
Like the first payment you received or service/software you sold?
Bet we all have different stories. :)
Love this question! I did some blackhat stuff with cookie stuffing and Amazon Affiliate links 🎩👀. I felt guilty and quickly moved to niche WP sites that ranked for obscure keywords and had tons of ads on them.
Created a online gift card generator (pdf files) with PayPal integration for a local dance school for the Christmas season in PHP. Never developed a something real with php before, so definitely was a challenge.
As a teenager in 2001 I discovered 'nomorehits', a traffic exchange where you got traffic to your site by visiting other members' sites.
It was pretty dull, so I made a bot in Visual Basic to spawn multiple IE instances and auto surf the sites. I then realised the traffic (and my own site!) was worthless, so I changed my URL to an affiliate link for an online marketing course and started earning commissions. Someone later signed up as my sub-affiliate and I was still receiving occasional $1 cheques from their efforts about ten years later!
Adsense and affiliate revenue for a site called "businessnoob" way back in 2008. Sold the site for £2000 and went to work for the co that acquired it (they shut it down).