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 Dean Holland’s partnership program. 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!