Back in those days I wanted cheap and easy solutions to succeed. Like many internet marketers want today.
I paid $14 for my domain. I paid $3.95 for web hosting each month. That was it.
I quickly learned that being cheap made the journey terrible difficult, then, impossible to succeed. As my blog traffic increased, my $4 a month hosting solution ensured my site loaded slowly and crashed 60% of the time.
I gradually spent more and more money on my blog, not being cheap, and things did get a little easier. Now I pay for a VPS, use a CDN and have a custom theme. Readers can easily (see that word) access my site. Because I am no longer a cheapie with my blog.
I recall looking at bloggers who seemed to do things easily. Like a fool, I assumed skills came easily to them. After studying them in depth, for years, I learned these folks practiced honing skills for years to make things look easy.
My friend publishes a rocking podcast. We have chatted on his podcast for the prior 6 episodes.
After a 4 month break, we just released the 6th episode 2 hours ago. It already has 2,000 plays in 2 hours. Many new marketers see these numbers and want the cheap, easy way to get 2,000 plays in 6 hours. Or they want to know the way to get nearly 700,000 plays/listens because the 6 episodes we did, with each podcast being a YouTube video as well.
Those numbers are impossible to attain easily, and cheaply. 2 guys with 10 years of experience building large, loyal tribes, practicing their butts off, creating and building their friend networks 1 human being at a time, and investing a significant amount of money in their businesses, these are the reasons why we are getting some pretty solid plays and listens.
I'm writing this because so many newbie marketers search for a cheap and easy way to make money online out of fear, masked as desperation or greed, or both emotions. No cheap, easy way exists. All veteran Warriors know this but like many of us established pros when we were newbies, new marketers hopping online today for the first time want a cheap, easy solution.
You have to pay up to play up.
If something appears to come easily to an internet marketer, they practiced developing this skill for years.
Many folks believe I am a natural and joke about me circling the globe as a pro blogger, believing I am lucky or had rich parents, but for me to write over 100 bite-sized eBooks and to live this life I wrote millions and millions of words. Both for practice, and for publishing.
You give years of your life to service and a substantial amount of your income to make things look easy and to build a successful online business.
Remember this new folks, before you ask for a cheap, easy way to make money online.