Is This Mistake Keeping You From Making Money Online?
I know it held me back for nearly two years before I finally saw it. You don't need to take that long :-) Learn from my mistake today and succeed. I wanted to title this article The Ultimate Secret To Your Online Success. But I suspected that not many people would actually believe the claim. As I wanted as many people learn from it as possible, I settled for a less catchy but more believable title. I consider what I 'discovered' the ultimate secret not because you can't find it anywhere.
You can. In fact many successful people talk about it quite openly. I do consider it a secret because it took me almost two years online to discover. It stared me right in the eyes the whole time, yet I couldn't see it. As far as I was concerned it was hidden from me.
Then after two years of struggling to make any decent income online, it was time for some deep soul searching. I had my back against the wall: It was either turn it around and start making money online, or go back to my old career. For a while I also considered selling one of our homes, but my wife and I decided that this was a dumb idea. Selling a house was not going to solve my problem. It would only prolong my online agony. What I really needed was to discover what I was doing wrong for the past two years, and change it. Otherwise, I was quite prepared to go back to my successful computer programming career. (But I just didn't like the idea of working for someone else again.) It didn't take me long to discover what I was doing wrong. And this brings me to the ultimate secret: LASER FOCUS If you have been trying to make money online and haven't been very successful, you can probably relate to some of the following.
While still at my old job, I discovered the world of the online marketing. Got quite excited about the possibilities. I did some research and have invested in what I considered to be the best ebook on the subject. Few months later when the opportunity came up (or so I thought at the time), I decided to become a full time online marketer. I also decided to specialize in affiliate marketing. I really applied myself the first couple of months or so. Then I discovered another great book on affiliate marketing. Bought it. Then I discovered this great tool that would help you not only create great looking affiliate websites, but would also tell you what you needed to change on each page in order to make it optimized for search engines. I really liked the idea, so I bought the tool.
Slowly but surely, I was becoming more and more confused. Which guru do I follow? All three approaches worked. But I had to know which one worked better (I'm very analytical by nature ;-) . Instead of following one, I began to follow them all. I lost my focus. As I lost focus, my search engine traffic stopped growing. As my traffic stopped growing, my income stopped growing as well. I started becoming more and more frustrated and searched for other, "better" ways of making money online. Then I discovered that another affiliate marketer got quite successful buying ads on Google. I had to find out how.
Bought that ebook too :-) It only started getting worse from here on. Over the period of little more than a year, I managed to spend thousands of dollars on various Internet marketing ebooks and courses. Most of them were really good. I always do a pretty thorough research and rarely am unlucky enough to buy rubbish (although it does happen occasionally). The problem was not with the materials I bought, the problem was that I didn't apply any of them long enough to see the full results. I wasn't following any one expert for long enough to give myself a fighting chance. I was too distracted. In short, I lacked FOCUS. Affiliate marketing is one of the greatest opportunities on the face of the Earth.
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