Wow, it is still hard for me to grasp that we have started another new year. I am excited to get cranked up and get moving for 2014. I feel confident that this year will be much better for me, my family, and my business than 2013. It’s time to move on.
Sadly 2013 was a hard year for me and my family. Both my wife and I each lost a parent and a close relative. There were numerous health scares and concerns throughout. Also rough financial periods including my wife losing her main job at the beginning of 2013. No healthcare insurance or other financial aid.
Then after my mom died in July, just about every thing I did, whether online or off, would take 4-5 steps to complete that normally took 1 or 2 steps. What took hours, now took days. What took days, now took weeks. Talk about frustrating!
And my online business suffered as well, where I experienced mixed results. It seemed to work as follows during the year: whenever I would try, things seemed to get worse. Then when I backed off to do something else; I would suddenly get unexpected results from those relatively dead websites that out of nowhere began to make sales. I couldn’t explain it.
I also became an enthusiastic partner of iPro in April, worked diligently up until my mom’s death in July. Still remained active, just not as focused with little to show for it all. I almost threw in the towel it got so bad. And no matter what I did or how hard I tried to improve things, they either got worse or stayed the same. I became upset with myself, my situation, and the program that I had risked a sizable investment into.
But I didn’t give up or quit. During that time I had iPro members and others who helped me along with support, care and concern. I especially want to thank the following online colleagues who made a difference and kept me in the game. They are (in no particular order): Glenn Shepherd, Dita Irvine, Jerry Handy, Sandy Halliday, Paul Henderson, Chetz Togom, Sue Fleckenstein, Patti Stafford, and of course Dean Holland along with a number of others.
Then towards the end of November, I became productively unproductive. I created 19 articles and one video since my last blog post I published on Nov 23th, but didn’t post or publish a single one of them. They were either unfinished or I sat on them, some were time relevant and now the opportunity is lost. Time to move on.
I also ran the largest grouping of solo ads I ever had to date during the month of December. Signed up with 6 providers contracted for a total of 900 clicks. Unfortunately, the one I chose to deliver the largest bulk of the clicks stiffed me (300 clicks). After contacting him numerous times with no response, I filed a formal dispute with both the service I placed the order, and with Paypal that processed the transaction. After several weeks, I finally got a full refund. I still like solo ads, just need to pay more attention to whom I do business with.
Reflection and results
I then used the holiday season as a time to reflect, take a break, become refreshed and help me regain my focus. I also discovered that I made 95% of my 2013 income off-line than online, something I had hoped would have been the opposite for all the time and effort I had put in. Seriously, off-line I averaged about $15 per hour; online it was so low that it would be in the hundredths of a cent per hour. I would have made more working at McDonald’s!
Time to move on
But now it is 2014 anew year and refreshed beginning. I am back on track with a bucket full of hope for this year. Already my affiliate commissions have improved with another solo ad run currently underway. I have budgeted this year for more solo ad runs each month including both iPro and for my own business. Each time I have a go-a-round, I keep improving my online business by adding another element that has been missing, and by adding it, makes a positive difference. Here is to great success for 2014!