I wanted to share with you that I finally quit my day job and now a full-time Online Marketer. Even though the opportunity I received at my day job was quite good, it was getting dull very quickly, sucking my life energy away and just isn't the same as making money with like-minded people.
I thought this post may guide you as a road map for those who are still trying to live the online dream!
When is a good time to quit your day job?
You can choose whenever you want to quit your job, but it's better if you have some kind of backup. For example, your family, you are so far making a decent amount of money on-line or have money saved up so you can sustain yourself for at least a year. I saved up money for three years, and worked on my on-line gigs at the same time.
How Do You Make Money Online?
Adsense and Affiliate Marketing (CPA, any affiliate products) are your safest bet. However, the competition is fierce. You can make a good living out of your own products, WSOs etc.... but if you don't have a list or a good bunch of marketers promoting your product, then Adsense or promoting other people's product is the way to go. I specialize in Adsense and own a couple of authority sites, so they are very stable and needs regular tweaking to grow even more.
Once your websites become an authority the real fun begins. Because now you can use those authority sites to link to any type of page or a website to help them rank well.
FYI, I only believe in links from a diverse group of PR pages. They usually range from 2-6. Anything else like a fresh link from a page you just published on Squidoo takes time to show any result or doesn't get counted at all, incoming links from high pr pages can show you movement within a week.
How Do You Keep Making Money Online?
Right now, the snow-ball effect I created does not demand too much work from my part. However, in the beginning, I would work 8-10 hours on my online projects alone, and on top of that my day job. So, it was a rough start in the beginning but now 4-5 hours a day is sufficient. I AM ALWAYS tweaking and testing!
How Do You Stop Being Lazy?
I was one of the laziest men alive. However, it all changed when I started to track my results in an excel file.
Apr 1, 2012 Apr 2, 2012
Adsense Earning Site 1 $100.00 $85.00
Adsense Earning Site 2 $120.56 $358.00
ClickBank Sales Keyword 1 $0.00 $20.00
ClickBank Sales keyword 2 $3.99 $45.00
At the end of the week I would review my excel file and graph my earnings, number of subscribers, etc.... This automatically allowed my mind to do something about those numbers. If the numbers were not increasing, I would always do something to bring it back up. This simple trick alone will give you energy, determination, and you don't have to remember to do incantation or find reasons why you should work everyday. Your mind is already convinced that those numbers need to go up because you are looking at them each day and asking for more.
Quit If You Don't Like What's Involved.
The fact of the matter is, you are just not 'online marketer' material! I say that because when you are marketing you need to spend time, research, write, learn new techniques and keep up with the dynamic nature of business. If you don't like change, challenges, fear to take educated risks, or have crazy beliefs like you have to lie to people to make money online, then business is not for you.
Making Money Online Takes Work
Making money online is a dumb phrase. You are building businesses and products (each article, web page, website, products) is a small product of their own with a specific purpose in mind. If you do not study your competition, and pay attention when writing your contents or get someone to create them for you, your results will vary. You must make sure your contents are highest of their quality if you want your sites to be treated like an authority. Studying the competition will give you a pretty good idea of how much the quality a product needs to be, for example, if I sell something for $15 bucks, its quality will be drastically different than something that I would sell for $2,999 USD... even though both could talk about the same thing!
Your Health & Happiness Comes First
No matter what you do in life, you have to make sure you are doing better than average in health wise. If you get sick, you feel terrible and do dumb things! So, make sure you are eating good foods, get a decent amount of exercise and do whatever that makes you happy! No matter what is going on in the world I make sure I wake up early. I eat good foods. I work out, spend few minutes of my time for the family and friends to cheer myself up and then work! Work is no longer a necessity but a choice, that's what I aimed for, and I believe if you have the same mindset it can happen for you too. However, you have to be willing to pay the price by trying, failing and scale up whatever is GIVING YOU RESULTS!