10 Dec 11 1:49 pm
I think everyone has pretty much given you a good grip on where to focus. I'd like to recommend some threads for you to read in this forum. Plus, I'm going to share with you my personal struggles. Well, briefly, cause they are within a very loooooong story.
Okay, first thread, this is the one I started the day I quit my offline job. And Akhtar, I started trying to make money online since 1998! affiliate-hangout/i-quit-i-quit-my-offline-job-t4969.html
Next, I want to share a thread by someone who made a very smart purchase. He bought an "Affiloblueprint" website that was profiting and he built it into a more profitable site. affiliate-hangout/made-1000-t8068.html
Learning from failure is not a bad thing. This thread is golden Akhtar, please read this one:affiliate-hangout/learning-from-my-failures-how-about-you-t13373.html
I was able to write 4 articles on my site based on this thread alone.
Part of the problem with buying "systems and methods" on how to make money is the missing element that people sometimes call, "fluff". You see, we all just want to have the "meat and potatoes" and we don't want to eat the salad, because sometimes they are just not as exciting.
But it is vital to learn those other things. The things in that last thread are so important. I have struggled so long Akhtar, and I have been so incredibly frustrated and discouraged that I did give up for a short time. Let me give you a summery of my personal struggle online.
1998 - set up and started to learn about the Internet (It was very new then). Bought my site Netwoozy.com in 2000, had a newsletter called an ezine back then, built it to 2000 members. Had no clue how to make money with it. Got really sick and had to quit.
I had built a nice rep. in the Warrior forum, and my readers loved me. But I had to quit due to health.
Came back online in 2005 and decided to pay for coaching at the cost of $2400. Total scam. Really a scam. Like the guys set up office, then after collecting your money and other customers money, they hit the road. VERY VERY discouraged here, but I had also come up with a software design that was not online yet. It was a 3 way backlinking program. Took me 2 years to find a programmer and marketing company to build it. Things were going well, then it all came apart. I won't go into this, but again, VERY VERY discouraged. Cried my little heart out on that one.
2006 was the year of Google Adsense I think. I created an entire series of videos on how to set up a site with Google Adsense. Again, no clue how to really get this off the ground. One very big guru online took a look and poo-poo'd it because while I had earned $600.00 a month in Adsense, it just wasn't enough to "prove" myself according to him.
Okay, NOW I'm totally beat up, really feeling quite small and so I gave up. But I have a highly creative brain and I have to share what's in there or I go nuts so... I came back online in 2008, read, learned, watched, then someone recommended Mark's program here to me. I have tried to make money with affiliate marketing but failed to really make more than a few sales (partly due to not understanding the above issues in that thread I recommeneded).
I think I purchased AB in March of 2009. I opened up my web design program and watched Marks videos. I followed along and created WowHacked.com the EXACT niche that Mark used in his tutorials.
I got distracted with a shinny new program, wait... 2 new programs. 1 was a Pay per click membership site, was there about 30 days, quit after realizing it was not how I wanted to learn to make money. The other program was just a distraction.
Then I woke up and thought, ARG! I need to STICK to AB and follow through, so I did. After finishing the creation of this site, and working on the SEO, I made my first sale 5 weeks later, and this site was the reason I was able to quit my offline job. I sold that site to pay off my credit cards.
Here's the things that I did wrong Akhtar, I made tooooo many AB sites. I could not work all of them, I just didn't have time.
I started to build up an SEO business and made good money with that, but here I am building other people's sites up and my poor Netwoozy site was totally neglected. This year, back in Jan. I made the decision to quit SEO and follow another path.
A friend of mine is really good with business offline so I said, "Jim, could you please come over and help me figure out how to grow my Internet business - the business side?" He said ok and here's the most valuable thing anyone has ever said to me...
Chrisi, STICK to one thing. FOCUS on that. Let nothing else get in the way.
Does that sound simple? He told me that back in the summer sometime. Believe me when I tell you that sticking and focus are NOT easy for me. I had to just about split myself into too people. I'm the only one that can handle ME, my husband has no idea about Internet marketing so I'm it when it comes to paying attention to myself.
I do NOT FOCUS on anything else, but this ONE thing now. Think of me like australian shepherd dog. If you don't work those dogs, they would go nuts. You must keep them on target and in focus. So, I now have a daily Task list, I have a Goals chart, daily, weekly, long term.
I do NOT allow that creative mind to go free anymore. It's hard, but I'm seeing the financial rewards so while I get shaky sometimes wanting to explore elsewhere, I don't let myself go there. Instead, I go for a walk on the river trail or my husband and I take a trip to the beach for a day or two (which I can now afford to do anytime I want)
OH, I forgot. I write all my creative ideas down on my iPad, which I take everywhere with me. It really helps because I know that if I want to use them someday, I can. :)
I now only have 1 SEO client left. I've gotten rid of all the rest. People still want me to work for them, but I am now saying, "No, I don't do that anymore". YIPPEE!!!
I'm now earning double what I was in SEO and it is growing by the week. And now I'm just about ready to pay other people to build other assets for me.
So, last thing I will say is this... Focus - Outsource. Those two things have made my dreams of making enough money to care for my family online come true.
Oh, wait... here's hehe... I do have one more thing to say. Stop buying other methods or anything else until you finish building your AB site. Be sure to follow Marks advice on building traffic etc... and if you make money, if you can, set aside that money you earn online for Outsourcing.
Um... let me squeeze in another thought here.
I have a Paypal account. I use that money for two things.
1. Ousourcing, outsourcing, outsourcing.
2. My husband. lol... well, he just sort of thinks it's his personal stash and spends it on his Dark Room (photography) and his silly online airplane game.
Okay, there you go. I really hope we can help you here Akhtar. This is my favorite forum. Everything you need is either here, or you can ask for it, and we can help you.
Best Wishes to You,
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