Sure, everybody would like to make money on the internet once they know how great of a lifestyle it can produce. I mean who wouldn’t? Make enough residual income from the internet that you can tell your boss to shove it. It’s the American dream. No more boss, debt, better living, bigger house, nicer car, whatever your flavor might be. But I’m here to tell you a little somethin’.
I’ve been online for about two years now and yes I’ve made some money, so yes it’s possible. You see all the gurus telling you how easy it can be. Just buy this, do this and your bank account will grow. But I’m here to tell you right here that is ain’t that easy. You have to look at this as a business and not a get rich scheme or overnight success, although it has happened. It’s going to take work, many of hours of taking action and quite a bit of time to make it happen.
You can’t just buy a product, put it into action real quick and blamo, money, money, money. There is a ton of shit you are going to have to learn. How do I know, cause I’ve done it and am still doing it. I currently have two sites and one of them is a site I created as a case study. I bought an affiliate product for my case study that gave me “canned” blogs from hidden niches that make money, but not a ton of competition. I picked one from the list I knew I bit about. I bought the domain, got some hosting through Host Gator and uploaded the files. I had an idea, from experience, what I was doing so it took about 30 minutes to set up from start to finish. So in less than an hour I had a complete blog with all the goodies. Here’s where it gets interesting.
I then started my research on how to attract the some REAL traffic to the site. And let’s just get this out of the way. Yes you can use the free stuff like social media and forum commenting to get traffic, it’s free and fun and I do recommend this being a part of your marketing, but not your only funnel. I have found in this new age of new media marketing, that getting into the top page of a search engine like Google for the keywords people are searching for in you niche is where it all happens. And if you don’t have a nice stash of cash to throw at PPC like all the gurus do, your only option is SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. And this ain’t easy either. To rank in the top page, it’s going to take a lot of research and work to get there. I’m not talking just a few hours, but sometimes weeks to figure it all out. Just sayin. So back on topic.
I used Market Samurai to help me with most of my SEO research for this niche case study blog. And what I found was it was going to take some effort to get traffic, but it’s possible. I’m still in the early stages with this so I will keep you in the loop on my findings. The cool thing about this case study is that I’m outsourcing all of it, even blog posts. I’ve hooked up with a site called Fiverr. It’s free to join, but the super cool thing is that everything is $5. Yes only five bucks and you can get some quality outsourcing by doing a little digging.
Now onto the products the gurus are selling you and what you need to be aware of. First there is quite a bit of trash out there, but there are some real winners too. Your going to have to turn on your bullshitometer to siphon through this. I will tell you this, don’t buy a bunch of products that sound like the next big thing and never implement the strategies they give you. Pick one and stick to it. If you keep buying and not taking action, your business will never take lift off. You’ll start getting frustrated trying to learn everything under the sun right away and quit, never a good idea. I’ve seen my share of products out there, but here’s one thing to keep in mind. Sure they are selling you an incredible product that if implemented right could give you great results. But guess which part is hardly ever included…….HOW TO GET TRAFFIC TO YOUR SITE, TARGETED TRAFFIC! I’ve just seen one that has great potential. It was an all in one blog stop shop by a very well know internet marketer and his price was good. It was a point a click system and very easy to get your site up, running and easy to work with, but if you can’t get the traffic to your site, it’s just a pretty site sitting out in cyberspace and nobody knows it’s there.
So what I’m telling you is that you need to be able to get a buttload of high quality targeted traffic to your site to make internet marketing work. People out there searching for answers that you have. Solutions to their problems. That’s all an internet marketer is, you provide a solution to their problem.
I’ll leave you with that for right now. And you may be telling yourself, do I have what it takes to really make money on the internet. Well, you can do this if your willing to put in the TIME.
UPDATE: I talked above about getting ranked high in the search engines. Well, Google’s new algorithm change has been announced and has been nicknamed “farmer”, which could dramatically effect your SEO efforts.