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I hear you’re looking for money making online systems. Yes that’s right, I can see you… I’m only joking, actually it was Google who told me.
Well you’re not the only one, let me tell you what i did!
You see I discovered the internet about nine or ten years ago and was overwhelmed and I guess excited by the huge numbers of emails I would get telling me how I could make money online, thousands of dollars in fact, from all sorts of fantastic ways.
I was particularly excited by one particular email. Who wouldn’t want people sending them money when all you had to do was email them the information on how to get people to send them money…
Sounded like a winner to me (I admit all I was thinking was about the money making online). Legislation in the US put that project on the garbage heap.
I then got introduced, to what was in fact a pyramid scheme, where you deposit money to read ads and your account balance would increase with the more ads you view. So you would deposit more money and view more ads. Do you think I made any money on that one?
Yes I’m a slow learner, but after that episode I steered clear of pyramid schemes and looked for legit programs.
It was a matter of good timing when I saw an email about the World Internet Summit. It was just what I needed at the time. Tom and Brett are experts at running reputable internet businesses for money making online and use various methods to teach others the same.
Thinking back though, I wasn’t ready to take in the information at the time. I still want to make money fast.
But I digress, back to the World Internet Summit. I was taught at the summit that you need some basic things to run a successful internet business – ‘A hungry market’, a ‘Solution to their problem’ and a way to give it to them.
There is some technical knowledge needed such as how to create a website, get traffic and a payment system.
With my new found knowledge I turned a camcorder tutorial program I had into a digital product and used AdWords to get traffic to my webpage, simple!
Not what I expected. My AdWords knowledge was very limited and couldn’t get it to work as I had imagined so I dumped that campaign feeling I was losing money when I was supposed to be money making online.
Free traffic! The holy grail.
Sitebuildit was the buzz program at the time. Optimised pages that would rank well on the search engines meaning free traffic. I got it, it worked as promised but…
PGI Insider was the next big thing. Same thing, but supposed to be better.
Affiliate links and AdSense was how the money was made, but I was impatient and building a page at a time was slow, so…
New day, new program, SEO Site Builder. All I had to do was give it a bunch of keywords (thousands of words if I had them) and it would automatically create optimised webpages for each word. But you know me by now, time to try a new program called easy web page generator. The money making online with these programs was mainly done with AdSense (quicker and easier, another bad habit).
Somewhere in there I tried a program called I-rater. You looked at peoples photos and gave them a rating. I was going for the viral traffic element (I later heard that a site called ‘facesmash’ did it so much better!) once again this was monetized with AdSense.
See a pattern forming? What’s the next program? Next came Frank Kern and Ed Dales ‘Underachiever’ system. You survey customers and create an e-book by answering their questions. Sell the book by putting the sales copy page up where the survey was. I liked that system and stayed with it for longer than most.
This was a good money making online system, but… So I needed to know more, more about internet marketing in general.
I bought the Corey Rudl Internet Marketing Course from the Internet Marketing Center. ‘Butterfly marketing’ a program by Mike Filsaime and the Warrior Forum are another couple of ways I learnt more.
I heard a John Reese webinar and got into publishing online books with Amazon Kindle and was able to make some money there.
Even though they were working, something was off.
Could you see it? Did you pick up on what I was doing there? How many programs in that timeframe? I’m not very good at following through a project.
Bad habits made me lose focus before any real money could be made.
If money making online is your goal, but you are running around chasing the next big thing or every ‘shiny object’ that catches your eye you are diluting your effectiveness to get to where you really want to be. It may be a habit in all areas of your life too.
And what did I learn from all this ‘chasing my own tail’…
Firstly – Accountability, you need to recognise that everything you do, everything that happens to you in some way, you played a part in it. So if something didn’t work out the way that you wanted it to, ask yourself “what part did I play in this event and what can I do differently to make sure the result is different and better?
Second – Learning, everything you do whether you see it as good or bad is an accumulation of knowledge. And at every opportunity you should endeavor to furthering your knowledge if it by books, audio, courses, training or just by having a go at a project and seeing what comes of it!
Finally the concept of focus. To put it another way, you need to take the one pony, train it well and then it can win some races for you!
It’s not about working harder, but working smarter!
A goal is great, but you need to plan out the steps to your goal so you can stay on track.
Steps To Goal Achievement
After ensuring you have the right mental attitude, it’s time to lay out the practical steps that will be simple and easy to follow.
Step 1 – Set a goal. You need something to aim for. A money making online goal that is both achievable and practical while at the same time being a stretch or a little out of your comfort zone. Something like “I will earn $200 a month from my online business by next June”. Remember that along with a monetary figure it’s important to assign a date to its achievement.
Step 2 – Make a plan. If you were planning a trip from Los Angeles to New York, your goal in step 1 would be your destination, the plan you put together in step 2 is like your road map.
An example of your plan could be laid out in a format like this: “I will make one webpage a day, one blog a day and upload one article online a day. Adding targeted video uploads to YouTube and a post to my Facebook fan page every other day in order to gain 500 subscribers in two weeks.”
Step 3 – Act out your plan!
Step 4 – Review your progress, thoughts, slips etc. each day/evening.
Step 5 – Go back to Step 1 and repeat.
Money making online is about listing these steps and making yourself accountable for their achievement. Something I took note of the second time I went to the World Internet Summit!
“Don’t do as I do, do as I say!” That’s what my dad would say. So now it’s my turn to say “don’t do as I did, make steps, follow these steps to your goal and do as I say!”
write by Amory