Since the passing of my mom, I’ve been doing some soul searching when it comes down to my current path for income and making a living. I recall that a few months ago, someone made a comment that I might want to reconsider Internet marketing as a profession. He seemed to think that I didn’t demonstrate what it takes to be an Internet marketer. How strange, I didn’t consider myself to be an Internet marketer, just someone who dabbled in web sales as an affiliate and selected niche markets to promote. I had hoped in the process that I would incur affiliate sales which would lead to a respectable income.
Now that I am the executor and trustee of my mom’s estate, I have really focused on that job at hand, which in turn has caused my web business to slide further down the hole because of the lack of time and dedication I have put into it lately. Consequently, I feel like an online failure. And I have missed so much with things now hopping with Dean Holland’s iPro platinum membership program shifting into second gear. I could focus the remainder of my week with what has happened and would still be behind.
And just before this all happened, I was in the process of purchasing solo ads to drive traffic to the iPro offers and getting ready to do some PPC advertising. But just with a few weeks off course, I am finding that I almost have to start from scratch. My site’s web traffic is down, I haven’t had time to post either on my sites or on forums that I had become involved with. Once you stop, even for a moment, it is amazing how quickly you are forgotten and people move on to other things.
But I am dedicated to keep on with my online business finding new ways to keep my site fresh and visitors interested. I have at times benefited from a lot of visitors to my sites, but have done poorly with conversions. I even signed up with AWeber, have developed and loaded a series of emails (36 at last count), and took advice about the best way to get visitors to sign up for my free affiliate marketing webmail eCourse (see right sidebar). So far, two initial sign-ups with only one confirming and receiving those emails. And of course there is the fee that I pay to AWeber to help me make money with my list. So far, it is another losing proposition.
My greatest detriment currently is my lack of focus. I am all over the place with business, my mom’s estate, and my own household to take care of. One of the reasons for me selecting an online business was so I could be at home, and then take care of other matters as they came up. I didn’t think it would take away so much of my time, especially with my business. Distractions don’t help and I am seriously considering renting a small office space so that I will feel as though I am going to a place of work and help me take my business more seriously.
I have set plans, written goals, even put down on paper why I want to do this. But no matter how much planning or goal setting I do, life comes along and shows me differently. Some call him Murphy who makes sure whatever can fail, will fail. I’ve already kicked him out of my house several times, but he seems to always come back and ignore my pleas to stay away!
Since I know that doing nothing results in nothing, I am taking another step by writing this article and taking another look back on what I have done, and what still needs to be done. I might have fallen down, but I am not out for the count.