You have failed as an internet marketer, and now you're left with a choice.
Do you pick up the pieces and start over, or do you quit altogether?
I'm here to tell you that it's going to depend on how bad you want it.
When I started internet marketing, I was, by far, “not very good at it”. I had many failures, and I almost quit a one point. I was busy with a brick and mortar business (cafe) that I started and I was not seeing many sales from this ‘affiliate marketing' gig that I was trying out.
Interest faded. I rarely worked on my sites. I almost let my website domain subscription lapse. I was ready to quit because opportunities with my brick and mortar business were looking more appealing.
But then my business partner was unable to acquire the loan the was 100% sure he could get. We had plenty of arguments, and the business fell apart.
I was in China, and I wanted out. But I didn't have any better prospects back home. Starting a business in China took only a few hand shakes, an “understanding” (bribe) with the local leaders, and about $10,000. The same was not true in the US.
I didn't know what else to do, so I threw myself into affiliate marketing. I needed it. Affiliate marketing had to work because it was my ticket out of China, into the world of self employment, and on to the relaxed lifestyle that I wanted to bad.
Every time I want to have a beer instead of write articles, I thought about not what I ‘wanted' to happen, but what I ‘needed' to happen.
Eventually it worked. Sales started coming in faster. I was watching daily profit grow, not just by the week or month. I was calculating how much tax I would have to pay to the US government (taxes suck, but at least it's a sign of being profitable). I was hiring people to help me with the work, getting new ideas, expanding projects, and ‘thinking big'.
Now I've been riding on the coat tails of those successes for quite a while, and have chilled out from those intense couple months. Sales have steadied and slowed, projects have become more manageable, and I'm coasting horizontally instead of skyrocketing vertically for traffic. I would like more, but I'm OK where I'm at.
Which brings me back to the point:
You need to need it, not just want it.
Because wanting something means that somewhere down the road, it'll get replaced by a bigger and more important ‘want', or maybe even a ‘need' that you didn't see coming. Your self employment career will be de-prioritized.
Do you feel like an internet marketing failure? You now have a choice.
You can move onto the next thing, whether it be a job, a hobby, or just enjoying your free time. Or you can pick up the pieces of your broken websites, incomplete marketing campaigns, and unfinished knowledge.
What are you going to do? I powered through an almost-failure and turned my business around into a career. At the same time I've seen hundreds of others come an go over the years. Let me know where you're at in your journey in the comment section below. I'd love to hear from you.
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