I am new as a Warrior (despite my account age) and an Internet Marketer. I finally started investing some money to work toward being successful in marketing. A little about me. So, I'm actually writing this a few days after coming back from the Riviera Maya where I spent my honeymoon. I've been studying and reading up on IM since a while prior to the wedding and honeymoon with plans to get started upon my return. A few days before the wedding my wife lost her job, so now I have even more impetus to get started. She can't get back to work for a while due to dealing with Lupus and Fibromyalgia.
So, I know I have my goals set. My first goal is replacing her monthly wages, around $1500 a month. Due to her condition, a non-monetary goal (of sorts), is to be successful enough to allow my wife time to get healthy.
I bring several strengths to the table. I'm an old time blogger. I got my start back before blogging was cool with a website called Patriot Paradox, that then transitioned to my name. I helped found the Christian Carnival that showcases the best in Christian blog posts which is still going strong today. At its height NickQueen.com was a Page Rank 5 website, and I actually made about $3000 through ads and Adsense and a few Amazon sales. I wasn't even trying really. When I tried a few times since to build and monetize websites I failed miserably. In retrospect I think I tried too hard. I went for a quick buck and fell flat on my face.
My first blog was on Blogspot before Google bought it. I transitioned to Movable Type and then to Wordpress when it was released. Its the best and easiest and I love it.
I also bring strong writing skills to my new business venture. My bachelor degree's are in Secondary Education in English and Social Science, 5-Adult. That leads to the stuff I need to overcome.
I'm currently in my final year of Grad School. I'm at WVU in the Masters of Social Work program. As such I'm also in a 600 hour internship. I also work for Child Protective Services. My time is tight. In many ways, however, this is a relaxing diversion from the stress of my life. My wife is also extremely supportive, and is already asking what she can do to help, from research for products to even learning the stuff along side me and helping to do the time consuming parts.
I have signed up on here, in the War Room and on Wealthy Affiliate. I have just built my first site, and getting some help with the design (the background, banner and such. I suck at that stuff!) I am starting the content tomorrow.
I guess what I am looking for is seeing that people really do have success. I know better then making 20k with simple websites setup with an Etch a Sketch and bubble gum. I'm being facetious, but I think IM is full of hype that leads many to waste tons while chasing false hopes. I feel I have realistic goals. I want to at least make $2000 to $3000 a month eventually. Would it be great to make $20k a month? Sure, but I want to keep it real. I'm not asking for screenshots of bank statements, or affiliate earnings. I guess what I'm looking for is someone to tell me what sort of success can be had while not selling me there 3 day program to earning BIG. Is that too much to ask? Don't get me wrong, I know this site and others like it wouldn't exist if it was all a scam. I guess what I want is realism.
Also, any advice for a new guy in the neighborhood?