Making Money Online is Easy – NOT!

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How often have you seen a sales page, a video, or other media with someone touting how making money online is easy? Then when you purchase their ebook, video series, or whatever and follow it to the letter, your results are still nothing… zilch. You even put in much more time then what they say it takes, and still reap a big fat zero!

Here are the recent facts about active online marketers. 76% of them, which is the majority and most likely you, make virtually nothing (0-100 dollars per year). Another 16% of Internet marketers make less than $100 per month, which now brings us up to 92% of those who “actively” seek a living online. Just 8% make more than $100 per month, and only 0.8% making a real living reaching into the 6 digit figures (a rare few even reach into the 7 digit figures). Shocking? You better believe it!

Just within the past few months have I started to make money online (becoming one of those within the 16%). However, I have been at it since 2009. And the sad thing about it is that the active coaching program I am currently working with is not the source of that revenue yet (which it should be, since I paid an arm and a leg for it). It has been coming from 5 of my Amazon affiliate sites that I have ignored after setting them up earlier this year (before the current partnership program I am currently in).

Even though I am an Amazon affiliate, I really hate their stingy program. Their payout percentage is terrible at only 4% (until you sell more than 7 items in that month, it slowly starts to climb until the month ends, then starts back at 4% for the new month).

The other ironic thing about my recent Amazon affiliate success wasn’t related to a specially paid “done for you” site that I bought for $140. Even though the keywords for this site rank on page one of Google, one of them even in the #1 position, I have gotten zero sales from it! The sites that are producing the income are a batch group of premade sites that I had bought for seventeen bucks and uploaded to my server. Heck, 4 of them don’t even have registered domain names, just extensions from my one registered domain.

So much for the wisdom of the gurus and SEO experts!

Now don’t get me wrong, without any guidance what-so-ever, I would have never made it at all. And even though I still stumble my way around the Internet, things are beginning to come together. I have begun to put the pieces of the puzzle together, have come to some conclusions that have helped to improve upon my success which I will share with you now.

1. Stop going after the next latest and greatest offer, with their dazzling graphics, persuasive sales copy, impressive sales – revenue graphs and charts results.

2. Be persistent and consistent with what you do and how you invest your time.

3. Develop a system and keep working the system, making improvements and tweaks along the way.

4. Follow just one or two experienced Internet marketers as mentors who have proven that they know what they are talking about. Then take action on what they say.

5. Keep going and don’t give up. Often times success comes from a number of failures before the light bulb comes on.

With all that said, I don’t regret any of my attempts at making money online for a living. I also don’t regret my decision to be a part of a partnership program called iPro from Dean Holland. Even though Dean appears to be just another ordinary guy, he does know how to make a living online. And the other members in the group are great to work with, too. Often times it is one of their insights or shared experiences that really help, something that you really don’t find anywhere else!

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About Michel

Michel has been actively involved online since 2009. He started Glowball Web Network in October of 2011. He has broad experience including what he achieved from many of the online training programs he’s taken over the years. He’s knows what works and doesn’t work and is willing to share his knowledge with you on this site and partner sites. More importantly, he continually to stay updated since it’s always changing!
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6 Comments

  1. Steve Denness

    Hi Michel,

    It’s important for any online marketer to get a mentor, like you, people need to invest in to their futures.
    The stats that relate to how many people actually are successful is frighting, makes getting the right help even more crucial to anyone’s success.

    Nice post, keep going you will make it I am sure.
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    • Michel

      Thank you, Steve, for visiting my site and leaving a comment.

      I agree with you that having a mentor who knows what they are doing and is willing to share it with you is key. Also taking action by being directly involved every step of the way is essential for success.

  2. Hi Michel,

    Thanks for the interesting and informative post. It can be a bit frustrating, to say the least, to have invested in something and to not see any direct ROI and it’s somewhat ironic to make money from another source!

    I try to look at things this way: although it’s certainly possible to make four figures right off the bat by being in iPro, the chances are that this isn’t going to happen. But I have no doubts that it will happen eventually. One of the reasons for that is the training, mentoring and support of not only Dean, but also the other members.

    I’ve seen results that I never would have imagined before getting on board with Dean and iPro. Sure, I’m not making thousands or even hundreds yet, but I’ve invested into more than just a ‘system’ – it’s a business and it’s an education. I’m sure that I could do much better than I currently am (my fault entirely) but for the first time I actually feel that, dare I say it, I know what I’m doing (well, almost)! And I’m gaining invaluable experience along the way that I likely just wouldn’t have otherwise had.

    The five points that you list above are essential for us all to follow. Number 5 is especially important: keep going and don’t give up.

    We’ll get there, Michel. You’re doing awesome my friend, especially considering all you’ve been through in recent times. Keep going! 🙂

    Kind regards,
    Glenn
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    • Michel

      As always, it is good to hear from you, Glenn!

      One of the main reasons I like and stay with iPro is the people like you who are involved with the program and help make it worthwhile. Also Dean is enthusiastic which rubs off on others including me that helps those involved to stay the course. The online facts I found just goes to show that being online and working to make a living at it is no piece of cake as many are lead to believe. But with work, dedication and being involved with the right program that has an active mentor, I too believe that it is only a matter of time before we turn the corner to monetary success!

  3. Hi Michel,

    I enjoyed reading your article. Interesting point about Amazon. The payout really sucks but if you are lucky, when a person gets into Amazon through your link and even if he buys an unrelated product you will get a commission. But, I have not had much luck with Amazon.

    I think that one has to diversify when you are trying to make money. One cannot simply depend on one product alone because as you get more and more visitors a single product is not going to suit them all.

    All the best,

    Dita
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    • Michel

      Thank you, Dita for your comment.

      I agree with you that diversification is important. That is why I have 11 active sites. Some focus on Amazon products, others Clickbank, and some with other vendors. One site is close to being ready to introduce it own product which I am excited about. It does take time and sometimes it takes away time from other matters that need attention. Maybe someday I will become big enough to have employees to run those other sites.

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