Terry Didcott is back after something of a break from his own blog! Ok, I have a lot to do online and most of it involves earning money as that’s a reasonable priority!
Well of course it is! As the Internet is my sole source of income, it makes sense to make sure that it keeps doing that. When everything is chugging along nicely, then I’ll have more time to write fanciful blog posts and irreverent musings that don’t actually earn any cash but are for enjoyment only. So here’s why that’s a bad idea right now.
Anyone who has ever tried to make their living online knows that at first it is not easy. In fact it’s bloody hard and most people give up out of frustration and the fact that the wads of tenners don’t come falling out of the sky for them.
But for every person who gives up, another starstruck newbie takes their place. After seeing all the amazing claims of how you can make several thousand dollars practically overnight if you just buy this latest foolproof ebook for $97 , they get their credit cards out and buy into the dream. Three months later, when they haven’t made a red cent, they go back to stacking shelves at the local supermarket…
Its the same old same old. Most Internet marketers who have been around for a while can see this as clearly as mud because they’ve been there and done it and bought the tee shirt along with the odd ebook or several. Then they fall into line with the big marketers who are flogging all this crap to noobs and making a small fortune and try to copy them. That doesn’t really work either, because the big marketers have got most of the traffic sewn up and all that’s left are the dregs.
Well, you can’t live on dregs.
There is another way and its the way I’ve been working for a while. I started out writing articles and that generated an income online. Something that most noobs don’t see because it involves work. Why would they want to work when the dream promises them thousands of dollars if they buy this ebook? Working is for dorks who are too stupid to see that if they just follow the instructions in this great ebook, they will be millionaires overnight. Or something like that.
Well, us dorks might be working but we’re not starving! The upshot of all this is that while writing to make money to eat and pay the bills, I’ve been building up my portfolio of websites, mini-sites, blogs etc that are now making pretty good money. That money comes from the ads that my sites serve, not from flogging some crap ebook that promises the world and delivers nothing but a headache.
And this stuff works!
It really works and it is a passive, residual income that continues to grow as I continue to build more sites. So to anyone out there who is looking at the latest hyped up ad selling a non-existent dream for $97, or $67 or whatever, do yourselves a favour and think twice before getting your credit card out. There is a catch, there always is. Think about this:
If the person who wrote that ebook really did know how to make the huge amount of money they claim they can, why the hell would they share it with anyone else and create a load of competition?
Exactly, they wouldn’t!
I’ll leave you with that thought while I go and eat out today… because I’m really making my living online and I do it through my own hard, honest work. So I can afford to!