Until January of 2009 I was happily running my websites completely oblivious to the wider world of Internet Marketing. Ironically, I was actually making money with my websites, and I knew there were other people out there making a whole lot more, but I was content with where I was so never looked further.
After moving away from my niche at the time, I started to investigate IM and became very intrigued. Possibly the worst place to start, I began with PPC. I was lured in by a great sales pitch that convinced me I only needed $200 to start (like the creator of the training program did) and I would soon be making thousands.
Oh thousands was right... it was just leaving my bank account, not entering it. Once I reached the $5,000 loss mark, I stopped completely. There was obviously something I just wasn't getting.
Since then I've tried everything including manually blogging with adsense and other affiliate offers, fake review blogs, review websites (where you compare 3 products), auto-blogging, article marketing, Twitter and social bookmarking to get traffic, etc. None of it I liked, enjoyed or succeeded at.
Middle of last year I fell for a self-proclaimed guru trap and handed over $3,000 for a "JV" deal that turned out to be nothing but a rip off. The only positive out of it was it resulted in an ebook I wrote. Only problem with that was, I couldn't sell it.
I've had affiliates find it on Clickbank and send hops though, no sales. I've pushed it, no sales. Nothing.
So, I decided to go back to what I know well, do best and love the most - membership sites. I've really enjoyed getting everything together and had really high hopes for the sites success. Then of course, four days before I went live, someone else released the exact same idea only this guy is a"big name" in the industry, has hundred's of thousands of people on his mailing list and... I'm a nobody.
Thanks for the support of the wonderful Warriors here, I picked myself up again and moved forward launching my site. Given my sites aimed at those involved in the Internet Marketing niche, I followed advice and launched a WSO here. It got ignored. I got feedback on why it was being ignored, tweaked and relaunched it... again, nothing.
So I think maybe my price is too high, I lower it and try again. Nothing. So now, I offer it for free, and I get one bite. :confused: Part of my package offers completely free advertising for any product you wish (owned or affiliate) and all sorts of goodies which, to me and maybe I'm odd in my thinking with this, is something that everyone would want.
Oh yes, and I also took the advice of another guy and offered up my original ebook (the one I wrote for the so called JV deal) and offered that free just for signing up too.
So now, I have a site that's free to join, offers promotion capabilities and the ability to make affiliate sales, and gives away a free ebook that's 100% written by me (as in no PLR / rehashed stuff) and I still can't generate any interest.
I'm so close to throwing in the towel today that I just don't know what else to do. I've invested every last cent of my savings into this new site as I fully believe in it's concept and what it can provide for people. And I know this might sound silly, but I really love the site. I want to go back to helping people like I did before I passed my other sites over.
Someone please tell me, what am I doing wrong? Is IM just not meant to be for me? I feel like I'm banging my head against a brick wall and not even making a crack. :confused:
P.S. I purposely left my signature off this post so it's not seen as self-promotion.