This September marks my 10th anniversary with online marketing. I started my journey into digital marketing in September 2003 when I registered my first website, my first .com domain.
I had started few months before September but I don’t count that. During this journey I have worked on all kinds of programs, started from Get paid to clicks but moved to AdSense in September when I started my website. It was a journey full of surprises and learning. At that time Internet wasn’t very popular in Pakistan where I lived, and when I told my family and friends that I will earn online they laughed at me that how can this ‘box’ (computer) earn money for you and here I am 10 years later and I am thankful that I didn’t back down because of their laughter and I pursued my goals.
During my career I have gained some very vital experience, which has shaped me into what I am today. I have seen many people come and go and many gurus get famous and then forgotten. Many people ask me you have been in this industry for so long, why haven’t you come out in the open, published courses or eBooks like many other IM’ers who have been in the industry only for few years. My answer is my nature and personality, I’m the kind of person who doesn’t want to be known much, I like to work from behind the scenes, I don’t enjoy people thinking I’m larger than what I really am and I don’t like to exaggerate things like my so called ‘Gurus’ do. I have a circle of friends and students whom I have trained, who ask me for advice and that’s what I give them. My path and goal is to better myself, increase my skills and gain more & more experience rather than making eBooks or courses that might not deliver on the promises not because I won’t be able to teach my methods but because the most important and constant thing I have seen in my career is that people don’t take action and then blame it on the person who taught them. They feel Internet Marketing is some sort of gold mine that mines itself and they just need to start some machine and money will start flowing in.
I have been in this industry for long enough and I can tell you safely that it doesn’t happen, online marketing takes efforts, time and patience then only do you succeed in freeing your life from financial difficulties. If you have the will to work hard I can assure you that Online Marketing is large enough to pay everyone. If you are just starting out keep one thing in mind that you’ll have to work your way up the ladder, stop looking for shortcuts, loopholes and tricks. The only trick to make money online is the same as in every industry and that is having the necessary skills and working hard. The eBooks and courses you see promising money are just fluff and rehashed stuff. Most of the Gurus promising to teach you to make money online are just making money by selling such eBooks to people like you. When I started in 2003 there were less than 10% people in this industry then there are now. Nowadays everyone you see is trying to make money online, this is good as well as bad. Anyone who fails in other aspects of life or their career turns to the Internet thinking this is some sort of cure all medicine that can cure all their financial woes. I’m happy that the industry I choose 10 years ago has helped hundreds of thousands of people to achieve financial freedom and created thousands of jobs but people need to understand that this is also some industry like other fields. Only come here if you are dedicated and have the necessary skills don’t consider it as the place to come after failing everywhere. Most of the people who are big success in this industry ‘Choose to work in it’ they didn’t end up here.
When I started back in 2003 with AdSense and Get Paid To Click/Read websites I had already made the conscious decision that I’m going to convert this into a profitable career and since that day I have never doubted my choice even when I wasn’t earning anything. I self-learnt everything and worked hard to understand the ins and outs of this business. This has allowed me to adapt to the ever-changing scenario and methods. I have since then advocated practical learning to everyone, no one can teach you shortcuts or loopholes you have to learn and understand it by yourself. Having a mentor greatly helps as he/she can guide you through the obstacles but never expect anyone to reveal any methods to you and don’t worry, once you start learning the business, methods will come to you automatically and learning from the roots is always beneficial in the long run as it will allow you to adopt to this ever changing industry.
During my career I have worked on countless verticals, with several programs and on a huge number of methods. Not every method is a winner so never get disappointed or loose hope if you worked on something and it didn’t work. You have to keep trying and one day you’ll hit the jackpot, which will cover all your expenses that you incurred during your trail and error phase. I tried several methods and techniques before I could earn online and today too I have to do a great amount of trail and error before I can find money making niches or methods. But I believe that each failed method is also a lesson about how you can do better and learn ways, which don’t work. I might not be the most successful Internet Marketer but I have my share of success. Without Internet Marketing I don’t know where I would have been, 10 years down the road now I’m living in Dubai and enjoying my life in this desert shopping mall city. People here value my insights and anyone I meet I have the ability to build my rapport, why? Because I have spent countless days and nights learning everything, gaining experience and trust me the hard work pays off, so today make the decision that Internet Marketing and the Making money online idea is your CHOICE not your Option. Once you have made that choice work towards it, don’t buy any course or eBook just read the wealth of information out there by many successful Internet Marketers and just have the passion to work hard and succeed and trust me, it might take some time but I assure you if you work hard and remain committed this industry will pay you very well!
If you are stuck or feel you need some help with Online Marketing just shoot me an email or reply to the comments below and I’ll be more then happy to help.