I have joined this forum over six years ago in 2007. And for the last six years I have been on a quest to make a full-time income online. I was so excited about this goal of mine that I even quit my job three years ago in order to finally make this dream of mine a reality!
I thought by working full-time on my goal I will certainly make it in the IM world and make a full-time income!
The sad part is I didn't....:-( I'm at a point now where I have eaten enough into my savings that if I don't find a job soon I will be in dire financial straits.
I was so confident that with three years of savings I would certainly make it online!
I would like to share with you my IM journey the last three years and I would love any suggestions and support as my confidence is now at an all-time low and I have considered throwing in the towel on IM several times now:
-I purchased a number of WSOs making claims of "easy money", "easily make six figures a month", "this one-hidden trick will make you $5,000 a month". And the list goes on and on. None of them delivered on their promise.
-I entered the world of CPA marketing and for a while made some money. But thousands of CPA affiliates were promoting the EXACT same programs I was promoting and before I knew it profits started to dwindle and before I knew it I was facing losses.
-I entered the world of media-buying promoting clickbank products. For a while I did OK and made a profit. Before I knew it thousands of affiliates were promoting the EXACT SAME product I was promoting and using the EXACT SAME banners like me in fact they were using the same banners I was using and my profits started to dwindle.
-I used Facebook Ads to promote affiliate products including WSOs and there were times when I made a bit of money and times I broke even but more often then not I would make a loss. I noticed a lot of people where doing the SAME THING like me.
-I paid for a very expensive solo ad coaching program that promised me the world. I joined an "inner circle" that would make be the best solo-ad seller. I was expecting to make thousands each month. I noticed there are many people selling solo ads and the market is getting saturated. In fact it seems to be selling recycled clicks. Again like with the other projects I was involved this is full of people doing the EXACT SAME THING and selling the EXACT SAME THING.
-I was trained by an IM product development coach and he also promised me the world and said all I had to do was make my own IM product. I did that. I noticed thousands of people were doing the EXACT SAME THING.
-I entered the world of Kindle. And was coached by a Kindle "expert". I was also promised thousands each month. For a while a made a bit of money then a lot of people were doing the EXACT SAME THING I was doing. Soon enough Amazon started cracking down on Kindle as it was flooded with IMers using similar tactics and selling similar stories.
-At one point I was told article marketing was the golden nugget. I did that for a while and invested in a lot of articles. However, my income with article marketing took a significant hit and now is almost non-existent.
-I also tried list-building in a number of niches (IM and others). I noticed the open-rates and click rates are getting lower and lower. I didn't have much success with list-building either.
I'm losing hope as after three years of doing this full time I haven't been able to achieve my objectives. I spent a lot of my savings trying to achieve my dream lifestyle of gaining a full-time income online.
I spent so much time (not 4 hours a week, more like 60 hours a week) trying to build an online business. But nothing was every sustainable or long-term.
This was supposed to be easy. I wasn't suppose to work so hard and make so little. If I knew this was the outcome I might as well have stayed at a paid job.
I beginning to feel this is a game of musical chairs and it is goes round and round. Every now and then you get a seat if you know how to play the game.
I did meet some good folks here though who are extremely helpful and genuinely wanted to help. And it is those people who pointed me in the right direction and I am thankful for that.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
I really want to be able to make a full-time income online and it is not that I want an easy way to get there. I worked very hard the last three years. It is also not because I am cheap and want a free way to get there. I spent over $30,000 in the last three years trying to get there. Just nothing seems to pan out the way I expected it to .
Looking forward to your feedback