Making money online is not complicated but it most certainly isn't easy. While I don't know all the factors that make a marketer successful, I'm certain I know a few that will trip you up and today I'd like to talk about the number one pet peeve of mine; misery through inaction.
Misery is not when you wake up early in the morning and start hacking away at a batch of articles. It's when you wake up early just to feel like sh*t for not starting to work right away.
Misery is not when you're dead tired after a long day of building links. It is when you're dead tired and can't show anything for it.
You can't just 'kinda wish' you got out of your situation. You must be willing to go all out. Ever heard of a pole vaulter, who didn't dash as fast as they could because they were concerned that the pole might snap?
I don't claim to be a know-it-all. I consider myself to be a lousy motivator at best, but there is one thing I learned through all the opportunities I missed and all the days I've wasted. Yes, I spent days at times looking at my keyboard; petrified that it might not work out.
You won't make it unless you've had enough to a point where you'd rather die trying than continue tiptoeing.
There were times when I smoked cigarettes I rolled from butts of cigs I smoked earlier and put in my backpack. They made me gag. Not because they tasted sour or the smoke was heavy, but because of the depth of misery they represented. I was low and didn't do everything I could against it. I wasn't going for it. I won't live another moment if I ever have to do it again.
My girlfriend sometimes buys those 'yellow label' items in the supermarket. Those are the products discounted because they're close to their expiration date. I utterly despise eating food only because of it's price and not for nutrition. She saves money wherever she can and I love her for it, but I can't live a day longer with the taste of stale bread in my mouth.
I coded on the theme of one of my sites for three days straight, and I can't write PHP to save my life. My HTML and CSS are rusty at best. I had to do it because I simply had no money to buy a properly written pro framework and the ones I got free needed the extra work. I was hurting my business by not having the money to do what I can do. I'm not going to live a day longer doing what I can't do properly.
I know I'm effectively wasting money by doing everything about and in my business, including article writing, keyword research, design, coding. You name it, I did it. Not a day longer if I can help it.
I went full time nearly two years ago because I couldn't stay a day longer at my workplace, and have been living on what my fiancée makes as a professional web-developer ever since. And I can't live a day longer being the man and having to ask for pocket money so I can keep the servers running.
I've had some moderate success, but the money doesn't come rolling in as fast as I make it. If you ever made it to $100 on Amazon you know that about two and a half months pass until you can hold the check and it takes just a while longer to cash it. Yeah, not living in the US and working with US based companies is kind of a drag. But it's not as big of a drag as not having enough money to buy yourself a coffee, and then proceed to work with a massive migraine for the rest of the day due to caffeine withdrawal.
Yeah, I know it sounds grim for a first post, but here is what I hope you'll take away from it: no man has ever faced a fate he did not deserve.
I deserved mine through inaction.
Once you're entirely sick of those things you can't chew another day, you will take action to avoid them.
That's when you'll start seeing success.
And not a moment earlier.