Since I'm new around here I though't Id share a little bit about myself and what works for me when it comes to IM...
I have been involved in Internet marketing since I was 15 years old...(I'm 18 now) I had no success for the first two years, I simply bought course after course and wasted my time trying to find a system to work with.
I started providing writing services about a year and a half ago and it was the first "real" money I had ever made. My dad (RIP) was a businessman and always taught me one thing... "Don't work for money... make your money work for you"
I love writing... But it wasn't fulfilling and I didn't make much money from it either ($1 for 100 words was simply not enough) So I decided to quit writing for content mills and write for myself instead.
I knew quite a bit about affiliate marketing and started building authority niche sites (I still provide writing services to fund my project, But now I charge no less than $12 for 500 words or sometimes even more, I know my punctuation is not up to mark...and honestly, I don't care:p. Because at the end of the day I still provide readable, quality content that gets syndicated over and over again)
I am now making approximately $50 a week from 2 sites. I know it's not much, but its a start.
I get my traffic via SEO and article marketing and Plan on expanding once I can afford to outsource the whole process. I still have a LOT to learn and have recently started writing copy for a few of my clients.
I always wait for some random person to ask me what it is that I do for a living, because its fun to see that look of disbelief on their face... Heck, I've even picked up a few offline clients from the gym I go to.
I love doing what I do and Its a very surreal feeling
Well, that is all... I hope many of you that are just starting out can draw a little bit of inspiration from this and work hard towards fulfilling your dream. I know its very hard to do so sometimes...But remember that all you have to do is take that first step and slowly start working towards your goals.
When you finally get "there"... You'll discover that going through all that trouble was worth it.
To your success,