I'll keep this short as I can. Been in IM for 2 - maybe two and a half years. And living a frugal lifestyle I have actually been living from it for at least a year and a half.
Very recently I started hitting three figures a day largely from my SEO traffic. I've diversified between content locking, info products and Amazon. I started to look out outsourcing in the Philippines, planning to put money aside for my go at paid traffic. I'd even hoped I might finally get to travel.
Now I know a lot of people are worse of than I am, and in that respect I have nothing to complain about.
But after spending the last two years chained to my desk I thought I was finally getting somewhere. For a month now I was making a bunch of sales a day earning more than I would in a day job.
I've sacrificed a lot to get even this far. Maybe I didn't have to but I've given up any sense of a social life and while I long to see he world - most days I barely see past my front door.
But this was going to change. I was earning, I was outsourcing and I've already got half a dozen new websites with content and links building. I think I let myself believe I was actually getting somewhere.
But after a month of three figures the last few days have just been bad conversions after bad conversions, with a little traffic drop thrown in for good measure. Maybe it's just bad luck or the new years buying increase extends half way though the month. But I've been making less than I did a year ago, I've been making less than I would in a part time job.
Now I tried the normal day job I really did. Four years of university followed by a shirt and tie. And when I first found IM I fell in love. It was freeing, it was creative and I was accountable for my own success. I could travel, I could give money to my family, I could give to charity and I wouldn't have to wear a tie to do it.
I didn't dream of fancy cars or 5 star hotels. I dreamed of having a bit of a social life and being able to help people.
But after two years I think I've done the legwork. I've poured through case studies, split tested, done 12 hour content grinds and reinvested every cent I made but I don't feel like I've got anywhere.
I'm 24 and already feel like I'm wasting my life away.
So my (very long winded) question is - at what point is the dream becoming a nightmare and when is it time to give up?