I've been an internet entrepreneur for about seven years now. I had some success early on and it inspired me to continue in this profession.
Until recently, I have completely ignored this forum. The only real forum I spent time at was SitePoint, and that is/was very infrequent.
Up until recently I've felt pretty much alone doing everything I'm doing online. Sure I read blogs, articles, and occasional forum posts at SP. But that doesn't really make me feel like I'm a part of something. I'm just trying to learn a thing or two.
Now I'm not trying to say that I think the internet at large or some web-loving community such as SP should (or even can) make me feel like I'm a part of something. I'm just trying to express the fact that doing this stuff is fun, but it can also have me feeling like it's me vs. everybody else.
Actually I find doing this stuff more than fun, it's a passion that's pretty much taken a stranglehold on my life. In a good way.
It's just incredible when you think about the fact that all of us are a part of something that's bigger than we are. The internet has literally changed the world and continues to do so. And we're at the forefront of all that. More than that a lot of us are the ones pushing the fringe into unknown territory.
Back to my story.
For the last seven years I have literally RUN AWAY from every sales page I have ever seen. Whenever I came upon one of those things I would just think to myself "these people can't be honest or have a good product". And part of me even while writing this has a difficult time understanding how those things work. I'm not trying to say they don't work, I'm sure they work brilliantly. I just don't yet understand how.
So for the last two years I haven't really made much money online. I sold my best site about two years ago thinking I could replicate it's success in a different niche. Then my love for developing websites got me thinking I should create a network of related websites. So for the last two years I've been essentially working on a network of sites, spreading myself too thin in the process. I kept thinking that if I had a network of related sites and got one or two of them to become popular, the magic network bar at the top would get the others to be just as popular in no time.
Now not only did my grand scheme not work, but I now have pretty much nothing to show for the past two years work (monetarily anyways).
So here we are, 2010. And some little voice tells me to visit the Warrior Forum. I had been here before, but never signed up, nor really payed attention to what it was all about. I think I just thought to myself "so this is where all those sales page people hang out".
Actually getting myself to come here wasn't all that easy. But I forced myself to do it. "I have to try something different", I thought to myself. I can't continue to build websites that no one ever knows exist. And maybe I should branch out and away from Adsense. Expand my online horizons a bit. There has to be more to the net than ads, seo, software, and sales letters I run away from.
So why did I continue to run from a lengthy sales page? Because my first site was successful and it wasn't a sales page. I thought that to be successful online you needed a well-optimized forum, blog, or similar, with great content.
So according to my profile, I signed up only 7 days ago. And let me run through a list of things I've done in those seven days.
1. Realized that this forum is absolutely incredible.
2. Signed up for The WAR ROOM.
3. Read almost 2 dozen eBooks from The WAR ROOM. (no joke)
4. Written this post. The longest post I've ever written anywhere. (by a long shot)
This forum really makes me feel like I'm a part of something. When I read these posts I realize that I'm not the only one trying to "crack the code". And the War Room is simply incredible! I can't wait to give something back to all the wonderful people on here that share their time, eBooks, videos, etc.
Why am I telling you all this and what's the moral of the story? I'm telling you this because this forum has given me my missing link. I now see how to be successful online and it's clearer than ever. I now see the big picture and it feels great. I also feel like I found a place where I'm not so alone anymore. We're all in this together. We're fringers - passionate, crazy, fringers.
Thanks for reading. Now buy my product...(hehe) Just kidding, no products yet.