I would like to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me. I'm a business management major with a focus in marketing. I did well in my classes and thought I learned a lot at school. When I graduated I started an online retail clothing boutique with my wife. I worked really hard on it thinking I already had the skills I needed to succeed and only then found out how much I really knew about marketing in the digital age.
Apparently not enough! After the money ran out for our venture and the products were gathering dust I was forced to pursue other paths. I worked hard at a VoIP firm doing customer service, then on to technical support helping people fix various things over the phone.
I've been here before but only to lurk casually on a specific topic and then I raced off to chase the golden arrow again and again. Each time it was a different arrow, but it held the same promise. I'm not scared of hard work and I can set goals and follow directions but each time following the "fool proof" schemes I bought into I lost my way.
I didn't come all this way without minor successes. I had a few nice drop shipping sales from ebay drop shipping products that were discounted at major warehouse clubs (while they are in stock). I've setup blogs and focused on creating content with relevant adsense ads (yay 3$). Setup amazon stores for targeted niches. I've tried clickbank affiliate sales and sold a few products (never enough for a payout though). I've created review sites with marginal successes here and there. I bought "optimized turnkey businesses" on ebay. I recently bought some domains hoping to land a winner (look another golden arrow!).
I've done things to try and market my sites I didn't think were right. I'm not proud of it, but I did. The guru even sold me the system so I could make XXXXX$ a minute just like he did! I now realize that even a small win with these tactics isn't nearly worth it in the long run. I realize that I was wrong.
I marketed things I had no interest in.
I ignored the rules.
I thought I knew.
I was marketing for ME not YOU.
And I failed.
I'm coming to you as a failed internet marketer. One who is determined to figure it out. I know it's my fault, and I realize that the success in every failure is learning from your mistakes. So I'm here to learn. I'm really going to do it the right way this time and figure it out.
So for now, before I market more I'm learning to speed read. So I can keep up with this forum and stay ahead of the curve. I'm learning about how to create quality content. I'm familiarizing myself with software and basic coding.
I'm starting over, but it's going to be different this time. Thank you.