I never woke up one morning and decided that I wanted to start making money online. It literally just happened. My first activity of making money online was a result of me doing something that I loved.
My cousin and I purchased our first investment property together in 2005. By the start of 2007 we owned 24 rental units. Since my cousin traveled extensively with his day job, I had to step up and be very hands on with property management, rehab, tenant selection and evictions.
As the number of our investment properties increased people started to ask us questions to help them get started or to provide advice. We started being invited to speak at real estate investor meetings. After the meetings people would come up and say they wanted to buy our book. The only problem was that we didn’t have a book.
Making my First Dollar Online
So I wrote a book about investing in real estate using creative financing methods. The book was a compilation of different methods that we had used to purchase some of our 24 rental units. The book is only about 130 pages long. I published it for the Kindle on Amazon. People started buying it and that was the first way I made money online. The book is called 8 Ways to Purchase Real Estate With No Money and No Credit and you can buy it on Amazon here.
Once I cashed my first couple of royalty checks, I was hooked. I started looking for other ways that I could make money online. That is when my cousin told me about the warriorforum.com. I was all over that website looking at the many different ways people were making money online.
Failing at Internet Marketing
The reason I failed at internet marketing was that I started to purchase every single method on how to make money online. Even though I was spending money out to wazoo on products I was not actually taking the time to implement any of them. I bought my first WSO in November 2010. Between November 2010 and November 2012, I spent $1,478.69. I purchased 112 WSOs in just 24 months. I was averaging buying one WSO a week for two years.
Don’t believe me? Here is exactly what I spent and when on WSOs for this 2 year period.
|Item Name||Price Paid||Purchase Date|
|Inner Circle Solo Ads||$8.17||11/10/2012|
|Outsourcing With Lyfe||$9.83||11/10/2012|
|Keyword Bonanza: Amazon Edition||$10.43||10/18/2012|
|3 Minute Sales Videos||$26.80||8/25/2012|
|SEO Cash Cow||$8.20||8/10/2012|
|Azon Deal Alert||$13.12||8/8/2012|
|The Power of Squidazon||$17.40||7/26/2012|
|Amazon Blog Riches||$9.03||7/20/2012|
|Press Release Traffic Code 2.0||$9.95||7/11/2012|
|Azon Attitude Adjustment||$8.20||7/5/2012|
|Ninja Curation Profits||$8.10||6/26/2012|
|Azon Stock Checker – Multi Site License||$17.00||6/6/2012|
|Quick ScreenCast Profits||$9.45||5/8/2012|
|Your Own Edu Blog Package 2012||$6.35||4/26/2012|
|5 Bucks a Day Revisited||$5.00||3/20/2012|
|0 t0 1000 Subscribers in 30 Days With Adswaps||$1.00||3/16/2012|
|CJ Tactics – Commission Junction Unleashed||$11.65||3/7/2012|
|10 Pinterest.com PLR Articles||$5.65||3/7/2012|
|HOOK PIGEON LIVE||$9.47||2/27/2012|
|AmaSuite Software Tools OTO||$21.12||2/23/2012|
|AmaSuite Software Tools||$21.27||2/23/2012|
|WP Business Bundle V3||$9.97||2/22/2012|
|WSO Pro – Single Listing||$19.00||2/16/2012|
|Amazon Affiliate Garden Power Tool Chest!||$7.60||2/16/2012|
|WSO Auto Members Developer||$24.19||2/8/2012|
|Azon Affiliate Crusher||$17.00||2/3/2012|
|$100k In January 2012||$27.00||2/2/2012|
|Middle Man Profit Plan||$17.13||1/30/2012|
|Mining Video Gold||$12.90||1/30/2012|
|Marketing Graphics Toolkit V3||$9.95||1/28/2012|
|SE Analyzer Developer Upgrade||$9.97||1/27/2012|
|SE Analyzer WordPress Plugin||$9.97||1/27/2012|
|SEO Knock Out: 22 Real Deal Case Studies||$9.97||1/26/2012|
|Kindle Cover Design Kit||$9.90||1/19/2012|
|Amazon Goldmine IV||$17.00||1/19/2012|
|EXACT BluePrint to $15,434 – 500 Sold In 4 Hours!!||$12.78||1/10/2012|
|WSO Launch Code OTO 2 – Option C||$1.00||1/8/2012|
|WSO Launch Code||$24.55||1/8/2012|
|Amazon Goldmine III||$17.00||1/5/2012|
|Amazon Presell Mastery||$7.20||1/4/2012|
|Road To The Million Dollar Product||$9.49||1/3/2012|
|Amazon New Years Resolution Bonanza OTO||$7.00||1/1/2012|
|Amazon New Years Resolution Bonanza!||$7.00||1/1/2012|
|Amazon New Years Resolution Bonanza!Vol2||$9.90||1/1/2012|
|Amazon Commercial Style Videos||$14.20||1/1/2012|
|Warrior+Plus Treasure Map||$9.95||12/23/2011|
|WSO Pro – Single Listing||$19.00||12/22/2011|
|Niche Profit Course||$18.80||12/17/2011|
|The Amazon Goldrush||$5.83||12/9/2011|
|Amazon Goldmine II||$17.00||12/8/2011|
|Amazon PLR Video Domination||$9.00||12/2/2011|
|Commission Explosion Report Dimesale||$9.10||11/28/2011|
|WarriorPlus Silver Membership||$3.99||11/26/2011|
|WSO Super Affiliate||$9.90||11/1/2011|
|Lifetime Membership Amz Training Academy||$27.00||10/17/2011|
|Lazy Autopilot Profits OTO||$16.55||10/14/2011|
|Lazy Autopilot Profits||$9.90||10/14/2011|
|Affiliate Product Comparison Tables||$6.85||10/12/2011|
|Amazon Book Bomb!||$19.00||9/28/2011|
|Niche Predators + SEO Smackdown||$9.90||9/20/2011|
|EDU Exterminator OTO||$27.00||9/20/2011|
|Adcenter PPC Domination||$27.00||9/9/2011|
|Ultimate Facebook Challenge||$7.00||9/9/2011|
|Pingback Optimizer OTO||$7.00||9/2/2011|
|Amazon Video Profits||$1.50||9/1/2011|
|Get Your First Sale – Amazon Coaching WSO||$12.09||8/31/2011|
|.EDU and .GOV Backlinks Goldmine||$8.70||8/26/2011|
|Autopilot SEO Wealth – PLATINUM||$17.00||8/24/2011|
|Autopilot SEO Wealth||$9.95||8/24/2011|
|Amazon Siphon WSO||$5.00||8/16/2011|
|WSC from Shawn||$9.90||8/9/2011|
|\Super Simple Amazon Product Selection||$9.90||7/26/2011|
|New – Your Own Edu Backlinking Site||$7.00||7/23/2011|
|New – Your Own Edu Backlinking Site||$7.00||7/22/2011|
|CLICK TWISTER Package||$9.95||7/21/2011|
|How To Supercharge Your Blogs Speed||$9.00||7/11/2011|
|PLR Audio Clips Version 3||$6.50||7/10/2011|
|PLRAudioClips Package #2||$8.27||7/10/2011|
|PLR Audio Clips Package #1||$7.47||7/10/2011|
|Ultimate Review Themes – Limited PLR Offers!||$37.00||7/6/2011|
|FB Viral Video Amazon Shop Machine||$11.95||7/4/2011|
|Ultimate Review Themes||$19.95||6/28/2011|
|Leapfrog Review Theme||$14.00||6/27/2011|
|$10K/ MONTH Amazon Sites||$19.00||6/18/2011|
|AMAZON CONVERSION BOOSTER PACKAGE||$8.00||6/18/2011|
|Colleen Slaters Amazon Treasure Chest OTO||$17.00||6/14/2011|
|Colleen Slaters Amazon Treasure Chest||$9.97||6/14/2011|
|Muz Azars Golden EDU Links||$37.00||6/2/2011|
|Ultimate Review Themes||$19.95||6/1/2011|
|Video Sales Firestorm||$19.00||5/25/2011|
|Anatomy of An Amazon Sale||$7.00||5/22/2011|
|Connor & Ricky Product Creation||$1.00||4/24/2011|
|Deadbeat Super Affiliate||$27.00||4/21/2011|
|Content Creation Frenzy||$9.00||4/12/2011|
|Iron Fist Backlinnks||$9.00||4/4/2011|
|Amazon Affiliate Hot List||$10.00||3/30/2011|
|Fan Page Tsunami||$17.00||3/14/2011|
|$953 in TWO DAYS! Step-by-Step Guide||$5.00||3/6/2011|
|100 Subscribers Per Day||$6.05||2/15/2011|
|Video Traffic Blaster||$27.00||12/21/2010|
|$24,800/Month Running SEO Business||$26.97||11/18/2010|
Avoid Shining Object Syndrome
If you look close enough you will notice that I even bought the same product twice! What an idiot I was. And I never read either copy of that product. If you want the best advice on how to succeed with Internet Marketing it would be “DON’T DO WHAT I DID.” Pick one method of earning money online and implement that one strategy. Avoid the shinning object syndrome by buying the latest tactic that someone is selling. Pick one method and take action.
Want to know how effective this advice truly is? Let me give you a concrete example. In January 2012 I signed up as an affiliate for a company that produces a product in the sports and fitness market. It was real easy to go to their website and signup as an affiliate. I created a free blogger website and wrote several article reviews about their products. I made my very first sale on February 29, 2012. For the month of February I made a grand total of $5.99.
Clearly that amount is nothing to write home about. It won’t come close to allowing me to quit my day job. Heck it wouldn’t even cover the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks. But here is what I did that has paid off in dividends for me – I kept working at it.
It has been one year that I have been an affiliate for this company. In one year I have written 92 product review articles on products for this affiliate. This articles are spread out over my original blogger website, a free wordpress.com website, a free weebly website, a free Tumblr website, multiple free Squidoo lenses and my own self-hosted website and blog. (I setup 2 incidences of wordpress on my website so that is why I say website and blog). As a result, I have anywhere from 3-4 websites ranked on page 1 of Google for about a dozen different keywords.
Proof Taking Action Pays Off
Now that you see the amount of effort that I have put in for this one affiliate in one year, let me show you the fruits of my labor. One year ago in February I made $5.99. In February 2013 I earned $1,774.81. As a result of taking massive action, I can now afford as many cups of coffee that I want at Starbucks.
I will tell you that my growth in revenue with this affiliate has been incredible since November 2012. Yes I can say that I doubled my income in less than a month when you compared February 2012 to March 2012. That is not hard to do when you only needed to make $13 in the month to double from the previous month. It was around August that I reached $1,000 in commissions in a single month. As of today March 15th, I had earned $1,393.55. That is an average of $92.90 per day for every day so far in March!
I was ecstatic with my online income earnings for January and February of 2013 because I earned more than $100 per day for these 2 months. Now I am on the brink of earning $100 per day from just one affiliate program!
I just signed up for the affiliate program at dragondoor.com and roguefitness.com last month. I have written 6 articles for dragondoor in the past month. Two days ago I earned $10.60 in commissions already from this affiliate. I am going to spend the next 8 months putting forth the same amount of effort for this affiliate program with goal to grow it to over $100 per day too. I will also be doing the same for roguefitness.com.
Imagine if I had 3 different affiliate programs where I am earning $100 per day or a grand total of $300 per day. Do you think I could walk away from my day job if I was earning that much online? For those of you without a calculator, earning $300 per day equates to $109,500 per year. I could so easily quit my day job if that happened. Now that I know what is the cost of making my dream happen then I am going out and making sure that it happens.
How Are You Doing in Making Money Online?
If you are not making money online, simply compare the amount of effort that you have put in for the past 12 months to the amount of effort that I have done for this one affiliate program. Are you putting in more or or less effort that I did? Be honest with yourself.
I have seen many people that create one website to promote an affiliate program like Amazon, write 5 product review articles and then do nothing else. Then they wonder why they are not making 6 figures a year as an Amazon affiliate. Rome wasn’t built in a day so why do you put in a day’s worth of effort to build your online income?
The only way to succeed with earning money online is to put in the effort required to succeed. Once you start to succeed then your efforts will start to snowball. It will become more addictive than any drug legal or otherwise. You will WANT to put in the effort necessary to succeed. But you have to stop spending money on buying a product and start putting forth the effort. Until you do that you will be stuck going to a 9-5 job that you probably hate.
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In my next post, I will share how I was able to generate large amounts of content for my websites cheaply.