CARL OCAB – TO COOL FOR SCHOOL NIGHT
Carl Ocab is one of the most successful teenage bloggers on the net. But remarkably, Carl was just 13 years old when he rose to fame with his hugely popular “make money online” website: www.carlocab.com
When I first heard that there was a 13 year old making blogging waves, I had to check it out, and I am glad I did. I contacted Carl and helped get one of his interviews on the Digg.com homepage with the headline: “Mommy, can I cash my Google Cheque yet?”
We really hit it off since, and I have been keen to interview him here at DeanHunt.
Despite being 13 years old and not a native English speaker, Carl has proved that if you are passionate enough, then no obstacles are too high.
Today I am going to speak with Carl, and I will be trying to find the secrets to his success.
Carl, thanks for agreeing to this interview, I have become an avid reader of your site, I think my favourite page is this one: http://www.carlocab.com/dean-hunt-interview/
Before we get started though… you are aware that this is a school night aren’t you? Are you sure you should be up this late doing interviews? – Seriously though, what is the secret to your success?
*Blush* Oh c’mon Dean, you know that there’s no secret to success!
No, I don’t treat internet marketing or blogging as a school, I’ve had too much of those. It’s a playground. Where you can learn from other kids’ mistakes by looking at what they’re playing with. You learn while you enjoy.
I am just joking Carl. From our chats and from reading your blog, you are way ahead of many people who are three times your age, how long have you been interested in making money on the net?
You made me blush again.
Well it started 2 years back when AdSense was on full-throttle and everybody was trying it – including me. That’s where my first sites came in. It was made from blogspot blogs, concentrated on high paying keywords ( i.e. the popular “Mesothelioma”) and was plastered with ads.
Of course, like a racecar driver without his map, I got lost and failed.
What age were you when you bought your first domain?
I was 13 when my dad bought me my first domain. It’s about an online game that my cousin and I were playing at that time.
When I was your age I was asked what I wanted to be when I was older, and I said a rock star or a tree. Is being a webmaster and entrepreneur something you see as a long term career?
All kids dreamt to be a rock star, my faves are Queen and Led Zeppelin, they rock!
Entrepreneurship will go long for me. I was a businessman since start. At the age of 9 I was affiliated with my mom, I sold her candies and chocolates at school then I get 20%ish of the gross. At the age of 10 I was selling pokemon cards. I bought them in packs and sell rare ones in a higher price. Then lastly, I the age of 11, my internet venture began.
How long do you spend working online per week?
About 3 hours on school days and 4-6 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Wow, I can’t believe I’m working that hard. I guess I need to get that book with two brown coconut trees on Amazon.
What do your parents think about your site?
They love it! Although I doubt that my mom visits it regularly. Heh.
Your age is certainly a unique selling point for your site. Is this something you have purposely used to your advantage? And do you ever get tired of people focusing on your age?
You got me, the “13-year old” thingy is truly one of the best marketing strategies that I constructed (With a little help of my dad).
No, of course I don’t get tired. I actually wanted to get that kind of attention. So whenever someone criticizes my blog, I laugh saying “Got ya, you fell in my bait”
Do you have any mentors or people you look up to?
My mentor is my dad. I’d recommend all your readers and friends to get one. They will be your map on this race.
What do people at your school think about your website?
My main blog, probably boring, but I’ve been seeing some of them using my MySpace related sites everyday.
Didn’t take it personally though.
Is there one piece of advice you would give to anyone looking to be successful online?
Have a clear vision. Plan then Act.
What is the single biggest mistake that most webmasters and bloggers make online?
Most of them don’t do my tip up there, as a result they jump from one project to another and they fail to do the plan to completion (action!).
What does the future hold for Carl Ocab?
Next Dean Hunt, but younger? Haha, Kidding.
Well in the next months, I’ll be launching my first product (You can subscribe to my newsletter in my blog to keep updated) on how I become successful online and how you can to faster than I did. That’s future
Thanks Carl, is there anything else you would like to add?
Ahh, I’ve got nothing else I guess. You dissected everything I know in those questions!
Ok fine, the key to making money or even everything is to – ACT. Act requires the most hated W word “work”.
Dean’s Pointless Questions
Carl, thanks for taking the time to do the interview, there is loads of info thus far that people will surely use to inspire and inform. But you know me well enough to know that I am not going to let you off that lightly, so if you don’t mind? I would like to really test your knowledge by asking you “Dean’s pointless questions”.
Here goes… good luck!
Just want to inform you Dean, I did not searched Google for this answers. Haha.
What do sheep count when they can’t get to sleep?
First thing that came in my mind was money, but after a while maybe they count other sheep that goes first before they get slaughtered!?
What hair color do they put on the driver’s license of a bald man?
N/A probably. No bald family members here.
Do clowns wear really big socks?
They wear big shoes, not socks.
Do jellyfish get gas from eating jellybeans?
Honestly, I don’t know. Can a jellyfish even eat a jellybean?
Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?
Yes, a world where I don’t have to answer this question.
How do you write zero in Roman numerals?
There’s no zero in roman numerals. There were no zeros back then.
Carl, you are a great sport. Thanks so much for your time. I have enjoyed speaking to you, and I am certain you have a very bright future ahead of you.