Hi, and welcome to Day 3!
In Day 1 and Day 2 I introduced myself, and the concept of internet marketing. We signed up for the Wealthy Affiliate Online Business Community, and took a brief look at what they have to offer internet entrepreneurs.
Today we are going to move away from the specifics of how internet marketing is done, and get into YOUR head.
What do YOU think about making money online?
Unfortunately, this phrase has been abused by tons of people on the internet, so much so, that the topic is banned in many writing communities because the mere mention of making money online brings spammers running by the dozen.
TRY MY PRODUCT!
I CAN SHOW YOU HOW TO MAKE MONEY!
BELIEVE ME! I'M A MARKETING GURU AND WANT TO SHARE MY SECRETS WITH YOU!
For some reason, the general public has the impression that making money online is easy…that there's some kind of magic formula, quick fix, or secret strategy. By confirming this assumption, liars, cheaters, and scammers are able to take advantage of innocent people. It happens all the time. Has it happened to you?
I'll tell you right now,there isn't a super-secret formula to making money online.
Sorry, if you were looking for easy money, you won't find it here.
You have to work, just like any other successful person, in any other industry on the planet.
Wait! Don't run away yet!
Remember, you'll be your own boss, so you can take as many coffee breaks as you want. You can start any time of the day and work until any hour. You can take a 3-day vacation from Monday to Wednesday. It doesn't matter, because YOU call the shots
But please know that you are going to have to put in some hours eventually.
And it's going to be tough learning how to do things we mentioned in the last lesson. Things like
- Keyword research
- Customizing your website
- Building an audience
- Writing articles
- Social marketing
- Email marketing
- …and more!
But I want you to get the idea of EASY MONEY out of your head right now.
Instead, let's ‘get real' for a second.
How long will it take you to build a full scale business so you can quit your job (or stop looking for one)?
There are a lot of variables, so unfortunately, I can't give you a clear answer. It took me two years. I know a girl that did it in a year, a guy that did it in 6 months, and one other that did it in 4.
In fact, one person I know from Wealthy Affiliate said he build a 6-figure online business in 1 year. Another one sold a website last year for $60,000 dollars.
Amazing things can happen, and your story will be unique.
There are three things that I can tell you though – things that will increase the speed at which you achieve your financial goals.
1. Take Action
Again, with the take action thing. You've got to be doing something. Reading and pondering will not make you any money. Period.
2. Ask Questions
It's natural to feel like everyone knows more than you. But you need to remember that we all, at one time, started as a newbie. Ask anything you like in WA. No one will make you feel stupid. Remember, it's the internet, you'll never have to see these people in real life, so please, ask as many dumb questions as possible!
3. Believe in Yourself
I love the saying, “The only people who fail are the ones that quit”. Some people struggle at internet marketing for a few years before it “clicks”, and they suddenly see the big picture. What if they had quit six months in? Would they have had the financial power to quit their jobs and go into business for themselves? Nope!
You never know when success is right around the corner. It could be a day with a bunch of sales, or it could be a video that inspires you. You might find a secret keyword that makes you a boat load of cash next month. There are a million possibilities for success. Quitting only leads to failure, and failure only means that you go back to status-quo.
Don't stop believing in yourself, and never quit.
Before we go today, while we're on the topic of scams and internet marketing hype, I want to address your concerns about Wealthy Affiliate.
I know you're skeptical at this point. You've probably read a lot of material from other marketers, and maybe even bought their products. No doubt their ‘systems' fell flat on their face, leaving you $97 poorer and them $1 million dollars richer.
Perhaps you didn't sign up for Wealthy Affiliate in Day 1 because of this fear of getting scammed.
Remember, you do not have to pay to enter Wealthy Affiliate. You do not have to give any money to anyone to build your first website, or to get live support in chat, or to ask questions in WA Classrooms. Many of the training resources created by the community are also 100% free. There is no credit card or any payment information needed to sign up. This just like Facebook, Twitter, or Gmail; all you need is a username, password, and basic profile to get started.
Wealthy Affiliate is not a scam. It does not get you high on empty promises of fast or easy money. Do not consider it an affiliate product. Think of it as a training resource and a support community. It was the most important step I took to starting my internet business, and anyone who participates in the community regularly will surely agree.
I hope you will find WA as helpful as I have.
With that being said, here are your tasks for today. Tomorrow we'll be talking about some specific business models in the internet marketing arena. We'll also take a brief look at the Wealthy Affiliate Internet Marketing Level 1 Certification Course.
Tasks For Today:
1. Complete Lesson 1 in the Online Entrepreneur Certification course. Lesson 1 will give you an introduction to the site, and ask you to complete your profile. That should be pretty easy. If you have the time, you can also do Lesson 2. It will teach you how to make money in affiliate marketing, and ask you to make some goals.
*Let me know if you can't find the lessons! It should be pretty obvious inside WA, but if you are not sure, leave a message on my profile and I can help you find what you need.
2. Read a few blog posts from other members inside. You can view them in the Activity Dashboard of WA. Check out what people are saying in their WA blogs. Are they giving advice? Are they asking questions? Are they simply talking about their personal lives? See what's happening in the WA community!
Don't forget to check out some success stories as well! I'm sure the navigation is a bit confusing, so here's a quick map of how to find these things.
3. Ask a question in chat. This question can be anything. You can ask something you've really been wanting to know, or just introduce yourself and see what everyone is talking about. Sometimes people chat about their businesses and share ideas, other times they just joke around and have fun with other internet marketers.
See what's happening and join in. Pretty much everyone is friendly and happy to help.
Are you ready for Day 4? We are going to look at SEVEN different business models that can be used to make money on the internet. Look for [OM2C] in your inbox!