I have a few websites and I get by from AdSense, a bit of affiliate marketing, and some advertising income. But I'm not a millionaire Internet Marketing guru. So I wondered what I was doing wrong, and compared how I go about things with some of these rich guys.
1. I don't do sales.
Yeah, I know that you have to sell to make money, but I can't seem to bring myself to thrust products or services at people. Maybe they can't really afford them. And if they really want or need something, then they'll buy it anyway without me ramming it down their throats.
2. I don't bullsh!t people.
If I like something, I say so. If I don't like something, then I say that too. I don't tell people to buy something because I'll get commission for my recommendation. If I personally recommend something it's because I've tried and/or use it myself.
3. I don't like hype.
Have you ever seen a get-rich-quick or MMO product which didn't say, "This is not a get rich quick scheme"? For me, this is all part of the hype. I have never felt the need to deny things in that way.
4. I'm useless at conning people.
Most successful conmen are very charming and believable. I am a grumpy, argumentative old git. I just don't have the right personality type for that kind of stuff.
5. I find it distasteful to try to grab as much money as I can.
Sure, I have bills to pay too, but I like to do business in an honest and ethical way. Much as I would like to be rich, I wouldn't feel comfortable raking in the cash by flogging snake oil to newbies and wannabes.
6. I don't exist just to "help people".
Show me someone who makes money online by telling others how to make money online, who doesn't say they're only doing it to help people. You see, they're not doing it to make millions for themselves. Oh, not at all, they're doing it to help you. Well, I'm probably a little bit odd because I'm in business to make money. Perhaps being honest about that is where I'm going wrong.
7. I don't pimp myself around telling people how much money I've made.
I don't earn a fortune from speaking at conferences or on webinars etc, telling people how I got rich and thus attracting an army of followers who want to be just like me.
8. I am too old-fashioned.
I don't jump on every latest craze or fad to game the system. I just plod on in my own way trying to provide content that'll be useful to people and hope to be rewarded for doing that. I'm often not rewarded at all.
9. I believe in Karma.
I have this completely irrational belief that you reap what you sow. Somehow, if I give a lot, then the rewards will flow back to me. For example, I think I've given a lot to EP but I've also gained much more. This place has been a great education for me. But elsewhere often the rewards don't come. What I give is greedily gobbled up by takers who swiftly move on to see what else they can take for free.
10. No calls to action.
I've realised that I'll tell people about something, but I rarely give any calls to action. BUY IT NOW! That's a mistake which I'm currently addressing. I am comfortable with calls to action.
So, let's see if just that one change will make me rich.
Please share what you're doing right or wrong in making money online.