1.) You start a blogger blog, start making money, and then it gets banned.
2.) You start making 2 to 3 sales a day and then nothing for a long period of time.
3.) You begin getting a ton of traffic to your website's, and then all of a sudden, the traffic disappears.
4.) You consistently submit articles to directories and experience success (CTR, sales, e-mail sign-ups, etc.), and then the article directory either goes down, they ban your account, they demote your account, there is a sudden increase of competition, etc.
5.) You swear you have the greatest product known to man once you launch it and then it ends up being a flop.
6.) You hold first page rankings on Google and then your site/article disappears.
7.) Big companies that affect an internet marketer (search engines, article directories, web directories, web 2.0 sites, etc.) make constant changes that usually end up having a negative impact on your business.
And that's just a small sampling of what can occur with running an Internet business in my experience!
Now, what I have learned from all of this is that you have to:
A.) Diversify... Diversify... and DIVERSIFY!
B.) Never depend on a 3rd party source of traffic, sales, etc.
C.) Never give up if crap hits the fan.
D.) Focus more on running this as a "business" as opposed to something that makes you money.
E.) Focus more on long-term business models (such as e-mail marketing).
F.) Stay humble and always be willing to learn (even if you think you have all the answers).
Bottom line, it has been a crazy up-and-down experience for me running a business online (I originally had a full time offline business), but, I wouldn't trade it in for anything! The freedom, the fun, and the potential to make an obscene amount of money are the things that keep me going!
Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience with everyone and to hopefully help someone else deal with the frustrations of running an online business and to make it known that it CAN be a very rewarding and exciting venture.
Have A Great Day!