Well, today I’m going to write about something that might be a bit controversial, but it will be the hard cold truth that some people might not want to hear and others won’t say.
I read 2 post today, different blogs, in the space of 1 hour that said “blogging is easy and you can make thousands of dollars from it quickly!”
Sorry, but that is an untruth and needs to cleared up!
To Blog or Not to Blog – Is That The Question?
Most people come online to make money usually with a MLM, direct sales or some business and are told to blog, sell their products and make money. OMG, if it were only that easy! That was me and I had no clue!
I was so confused. I was in an MLM and thought if I built a website and started writing that clients would come and money would fall into my lap. That’s what everyone was saying, right? Sooo wrong!
That’s why so many people walk away from their start-up business on the Internet disappointed and think that everything they were told was a scam. Because we are set up immediately for failure because we don’t have all the details for success. Let me tell you why.
As soon as I came online I immediately learned that it was not that easy.
I didn’t know anything about blogging. I was pushed into the realm of Internet marketing: brand yourself, provide good quality content, auto responders, backlinks, SEO, build a list, etc. so customers could get to know me, like me, trust me and eventually buy from me!
What?? Eventually?!! Really? 😯 Does that sound like ‘make money fast’ to you? But I came online to make money now! I’ve got college tuition to pay! Gotta pay the mortgage, bills, etc!! 🙁
I believed blogging was easy! I figured if anyone could do it, I could since my career involves technical writing. So I could write, right? 🙂 Wrong! Not the way I needed to in order to be a skilled Internet Marketer.
Immediately I learned it takes an inordinate amount of time to:
- Learn how to blog and blog effectively.
- Learn attraction marketing so that you can attract customers who will buy from you.
- Learn how to create a website or get one created that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
- Learn SEO to get to the first/second page of Google
- Learn WordPress – what’s the difference between a Genesis and a Thesis anyway?
- Learn how to monetize your blog (make money – I didn’t even know what that word meant – but everyone kept saying it.)
To Blog or Not To Blog? If you are going to blog online and make money, be prepared to make a time commitment. The learning curve is high.
I’m distressed that people promote blogging as the easy and fast way to make money online! It is not!
It is a legitimate business, but not easy nor fast! That is what you need to know! People are making money online but there is no instant money-making formula!
Now, for me and some years later and with a wealth of knowledge that goes with a B.S.B.I.M (Bachelors of Science in Blog & Internet Marketing), I feel like I’ve accomplished something!
If you came online to blog and you’ve bought every product offered, blogged ’til you’re blue in the face and still haven’t made a penny…You are NOT alone!
I spent thousands (you’d drop over near death if I told you how much) to purchase products and tools to help me make money on the Internet by blogging! And one day I asked the question ‘To Blog or Not To Blog?’ That’s when I got smart.
How’d I get smart?
Changed my mindset.
No explanation needed. Went from a non-entrepreneur to thinking like an entrepreneur.
Didn’t Give Up.
I didn’t give up and that’s the first thing that happens when you are not seeing success. You think “It’s not working” and you think it’s a scam or some such. That’s why I wrote Journey To My 7 Successes. See how I started changing my mindset and changing my fortune.
If you are honestly working toward the goal of blogging and learning how to market online, don’t give up. Your results will get there. I know because I was there in that same place, a lot!
Get A Coach or Mentor
Get a coach or mentor, even if you have to pay for it. It will be the best investment you ever make as you learn everything you need from someone who has your best interest at heart.
There are some very talented ‘non-millionaires’ quietly making money and living well – all around you – that can help you. Ask me and I’ll tell you who some of them are. Each is an expert in particular areas and you will learn what you need – no bull!
These people are no nonsense kinda people with Doctorates in Internet Marketing through the Internet Marketing School of Hard Knocks! and they willingly share their knowledge to those who are serious about learning.
When I started working with my Mastermind group all the pieces that I had learned started falling into place like dominoes!
Soon…I started with oh yeah – that’s how that works; oooh nice….that’s what that means; oooh man – that’s what that is…until finally, the pieces actually fit. Now people are coming to me for that same information and voila…I monetized my blog. It works…but it wasn’t instantly!
Think Outside The Box
Even when it finally happened, it was not quite the way I thought I would be making money online.
If what you’re doing is not working for you, don’t give up – think outside the box. Do something else that may be different from what you originally planned. That’s what happened to me even though I resisted it. But you will still get your end results!
Thinking outside the box requires a mindset shift as well. Figure out what needs to be changed and change it; change you, change whatever you need to get to your goal. Acknowledge it’s time to make it happen and just do it!
Everything Takes Time
ANYTHING you do is going to take time and some investment in order to do it right and make a living. There are NO free rides to success or financial freedom unless you’re born into or marry into a rich family.
You have to invest time and money (even if it’s as simple as buying a domain name) for your business.
Get the picture? Now why did I write this? Because it’s about honesty. I really don’t like that I was not told all this up front by ‘someone’, ‘anyone’!
Then I could have set myself up for success by understanding what was necessary and not set myself up for failure, feeling disappointed that it wasn’t working.
I was not given realistic expectations and that is a setup for failure instead of success. Less than 10% of the population make money fast, but for the rest of us there is no such thing.
Here’s the end…sorry it’s so long. But all this to say – you can definitely make a living on the Internet, blogging. Just be prepared and follow the steps above to keep your mind on the right track and set yourself up for success! My goal is to help others who need help like I did.
So what things were you told prior to getting started in Internet Marketing? Were they realistic? Are you making money online now? Be truthful to yourself. Honest answer.
If not, what can you do to change it? I have references to help you if you need help. I sincerely hope this helps you towards your success and changes your luck, fortune and life.
Good fortune to you!