Looking into my online business

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.

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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4 Comments

  1. Hello Michael,
    I sympathize with you in your loss. Life is so uncertain. We never know when we will lose loved ones, even our own demise can come without warning. Now that you have all this extra work to look after, I don’t know how you can cope with the demands of the business. Don’t let it get you down. You have to look after the estate settlement. If your business slumps you will have to pick it up when you can. I hope you can sort out what you need to do first.
    God bless!
    Merle
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    • Thank you Merle for the kind words. I was just surprised how quickly my website business dropped off with just a short time off. It is much more difficult to build a following than it is to lose one! And I don’t have the time or where-with-all to become celebrity status, not just yet anyways, where taking time off improves interest…lol

  2. Hi Michel,

    I empathise with you, I really do. I went through a similar thing almost two years ago when my mum took ill and it was then pretty much all I could focus on until she died in May last year.

    Immediately afterwards I had to go through a 6-month long headache of battling with my landlord to remain here where I’ve lived for all my life.

    Next up I was diagnosed with depression and put onto medication (hardly surprising after what I’d been through!).

    Add to this my financial worries, difficulties in paying bills and having to sort out my mum’s estate, I found myself in exactly the same situation as you, having to pretty much start from scratch, although I wasn’t very far along as it was anyway.

    I had two choices: call it a day and figure that this is all too hard or take the bull by the horns and go for it.

    Well, the bull sometimes doesn’t like its horns being grabbed hold of, but I ain’t letting go! I am sticking with this, I am going to make it and make it big! Mr Murphy tries sticking his nose in where it’s not wanted but he can just clear off. I will not be beaten!

    Well done, Michel for keeping going and not giving up! Don’t let things discourage you, keep getting up when you get knocked down. You will succeed, my friend.

    Whatever you do, don’t suffer in silence. If you’re struggling with anything or need any tips or help then give one of us in the group a shout – everyone has a different area of expertise and I’m sure that everyone would be more than happy to help if need be.

    You’re definitely headed in the right direction, Michel. Sometimes the crosswind will cause you to veer off slightly, but with just a little course correction you can get back on track and be a step closer to your goal 🙂

    Take care mate,
    Glenn 🙂
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    • Thank you, Glenn, for your encouraging words. I understand that I just happen to be in a rainy season of my life (only this time it is a monsoon) and there will be a day of sunshine again. Even though there are moments I would like to call it a day, I find that I can only walk away for a moment before wanting to return. And I would rather ride the bull than take it by the horns…lol

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