What Am I Writing This?
I have a long history with internet marketing and trying to make money online, but I'm struggling. This post will contain some of my back story, so obviously if you're not interested in reading through it all, that's fine.
I've broken it up into subsections with sub headings, so you can skim down if you want to. See, I know how to write for the web!
But if you do read to the end, you will understand why I now want to become active on the Warrior Forum...
2008-2012: My Many Attempts at Making Money Online
I first started trying to make money online way back in 2008. I've tried a lot of stuff over the years including:
- Travis Sago's Bum Marketing Method.
- PotPieGirl's One Week Marketing.
- George Brown's Google Sniper.
- Dan Brock's Profitzon (now Deadbeat Super Affiliate).
- Wealthy Affiliate.
I also used various tools such as:
- Various article spinners/posters.
- Other backlink building tools.
Over the years I created various niche websites and earned some money but never very much.
2012-2014: When I Gave Up for a While
Eventually, I got to a point where I decided to give it all up. I had put so much time and work into it all, but it just wasn't bringing me the money I'd hoped it would. So I decided maybe I needed to find a normal job after all...
2015: My 2nd Attempt at Wealthy Affiliate
In January 2015, I decided to give internet marketing another shot. I rejoined Wealthy Affiliate, hoping that this would finally hold the key to my success.
I set up several niche websites, some of which earned me some money, but again still not enough.
I also got sucked into the Bootcamp course and sucked into the whole thing of promoting Wealthy Affiliate by writing reviews saying everything else is a scam. That method actually does work, which is why they teach it. And it's the method that has earned me the most money from Wealthy Affiliate.
But I didn't stay in that mindset forever...
2017: My Falling Out With WA
Over time, I started to drift towards a more honest approach. I started giving my honest opinions about things, whether good or bad. Eventually, this led me to rethink my overly positive review of Wealthy Affiliate, so I wrote a new WA review which contained some negatives too.
Then things went a stage further when I saw there was an in-depth attack on WA by SiteSell, the owners of SoloBuildIt. I decided to take a look at it and write my own thorough assessment of their attack. I was fully expecting it to be full of nonsense, but I actually found that there were a lot of valid criticisms of Wealthy Affiliate.
Not only did I write a thorough article about it all, containing my totally honest thoughts on the matter, I also got into a lengthy discussion in the comments section with the owner of SiteSell. I don't want to post a link to the article I wrote because I don't want to be accused of spamming the Warrior Forum, but if you're interested to read it, just ask.
Anyway, after that, I made the mistake of posting an external link on WA which led to other training. This got marked as spam by WA members, and I lost my write access there. I've never got my write access back. I think this is because the owners of WA saw the things I said in my article and the comments section and decided I was too much trouble for WA. I guess I'm too honest, too willing to question things and criticise.
Why I'm Here
So I'm now here at the Warrior Forum because I realize that this place looks like a damn good replacement for the community at Wealthy Affiliate. Now I'm saying "goodbye" to WA, I want a place where I can talk with other internet marketers.
I used to lurk in the Warrior Forum a lot. Years ago it used to be my "go to" place to find out what people thought of new MMO products and techniques. So now I'm here, ready to be involved properly.
So, What Now?
To be honest, I'm at a difficult point. As the title of this post says, I've tried internet marketing for years but only ever partially succeeded. Sure, I've earned money, but never enough to replace a job. I'm sure that must be true for many other people too.
So I'm now at a stage where I need to reassess what I've done and where I go from here.
Don't worry, I'm not expecting immediate solutions from anyone. I just thought it would be worth putting my presence here in some kind of context.
See you around, and hopefully, we can help each other somehow...
All the best,