Enstine Muki is an online marketer and programmer who hails from Douala in Cameroon. If you’re not aware of Cameroon it’s a Central African country that borders Nigeria. Cameroon was formerly a French colony, and the French influence lives on – as it does in all former French colonies (as I write this I’m in Cambodia, another former French colony).
OK back to my subject for today…….
Enstine started out as a computer programmer but in recent years also turned his hand to marketing and blogging. Today he has a unique combination of skills – technical/ programming skills combined with marketing skills which he channels through his blog.
Enstine generates income in a number of different ways:
- As An Affiliate. He receives commissions when someone buys one of of his recommended products.
- As a Product Developer. He develops products that help bloggers and others become more productive. Two examples of products he’s developed are Viralbird Traffic Script and CashDonator wp (WordPress) Plugin.
Enstine is a ‘happy dad and husband’ since 2008. He’s been working in the online space since 2005, and generating income by creating websites and web applications.
Recently I conducted an interview with Enstine and here are his answers to the questions I posed to him…….
1. When did you start working in the online space?
I started online in 2005, creating websites for local clients. The Internet was a luxury in my country in those days)
In 2009, I discovered Internet Marketing and made my first $33.33 commission from promoting a Clickbank DIY Solar Energy product. I got boosted and registered for an Affiliate Marketing course online.
It ended after a few weeks because Internet services and online payments were just in their infancy in my country. I couldn’t continue the online journey so by the end of 2009, I stopped Internet Marketing and every activity to earn money online.
3. How long did it take for income to flow?
In 2011, I came back with much more determination. That was when I started seeing income and made about $29,000 that year. I wrote this post for details how I generate the income.
4. What has changed since then?
A lot has changed. One of these changes is the fact that I have become a better blogger. I started my first blog in 2012 after reading consistently JohnChow.com. I was also encouraged by many other bloggers who used my tools and worked closely with me.
5. Why did you start your online business?
I started in 2002 as a PC technician and of course, this cannot work without the Internet. With time, I found out that there are more opportunities online. With these opportunities, one can generate income and live in freedom. Despite the difficulty in working online from my country, I wanted to grab these online businesses and be one of the first in my nation.
6. What has been your greatest success?
I think my greatest success was my first product I created and sold out in 2011. Though I have made more money since then, that product alone generated a handsome amount and laid the foundation for my blogging career.
7. What obstacles have you experienced?
The main obstacle has been the poor Internet Services in my country. It’s still quite expensive as we speak. Currently, I’m paying over $55 per month with just 700mb of limited bandwidth per day. That means I cannot even do videos online.
The second obstacle is payment. It’s difficult to get paid from online business in Cameroon. Paypal hasn’t opened that option for us. I remember I just got an expired affiliate check from Shareasale.com. It took about 3 months to get to me 😉
8. Where do you see your business heading in the future?
There are so many opportunities online and I see endless growth. Being one of the first full time bloggers in my country, I see a virgin land. Though the infrastructures are still poor, they are gradually being improved upon. I see my business heading to impressive growth and success. That’s while I’ll end at nothing to see this success
9. If you had your time over again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I don’t think I’ll do anything much differently. I may consider blogging in another niche but as a serial entrepreneur, I will still keep creating products and moving on.
10. Is there any advice you can give to newbie marketers?
The Internet is crowded and can easily confuse anyone. So many bad guys struggling to make money at all cost. Newbie marketers must do a lot of research before investing in any opportunity. There is a lot of scams. Secondly, they must focus in order to make it. There are so many opportunities but few of them can be your real gold. Choose wisely and focus on one at a time.
Invest in training and get the right materials. If possible, get a coach.
Thanks Enstine! You can connect with him here: