You may have heard hints of this tidbit here and there on the intrawebs, but I’m going to try to break it down for you. Online, there are two types of people trying to make money (well, more than that but for this post only two) – those that come up with new ideas (very few) and the hordes who copy them and their techniques into oblivion. When you add that to the fact that the Internet is still changing so rapidly, it can become rather difficult to make money online. It’s becoming harder and harder in fact as ‘the horde’ increases.
Here’s the thing, though. At some point, you’re going to have enough knowledge. Oh, you still want to stay abreast of everything new and never stop learning, but there comes a point where reading blogs and hanging out on your webmaster forum of choice becomes counter-productive. But that word’s not in the vocabulary of those not making money online. There has to come a point where you stop chasing “the magic bullet” or magic formula to make money quickly and easily online because it doesn’t exist. Nope, not even in those very expensive e-books you lust after. (More on those in another post…)
There is no magic button. Once you know the basics, it’s all about hard work and growing your network. That’s it. The secret is to STOP chasing something that doesn’t exist (some magic way to make money online easily) and actually get to work implementing your ideas. Things really started to change for me personally when that lesson finally sunk in. I still like to visit forums and I read constantly, but I’m not chasing that magic bullet.
If you do happen to find someone giving out a step-by-step guide on how to make money online you can bet that technique is already saturated beyond belief. Same for e-book techniques. You need to learn to stop copying and come up with things on your own. Oh, there are the old standbys that will make revenue, but the Interenet is changing at a rapid pace. You have to be able to think on your own or you will not survive.
I saw it with thin-affiliate Amazon sites waaaay back in the day. More recently, look at the flog thing. Someone came up with the idea then it was copied and is not pretty much worthless. Yeah, some got uber rich in the very beginning, but now the pie is spread out among ‘the horde.’ So it’s on to the next one (thanks, Jay Z) for the smart people and waiting for the next one for the horde.
You don’t want to be the horde. The horde isn’t getting rich online. I’m not getting rich online. I’m slowly growing, though, and that’s what is important. To me at the moment anyway.
So there you have it. If you want to make tons of money online, DO NOT READ THIS BLOG.
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