If there is one thing I have learnt from trying to make money on the internet, it is that there is no such thing as a “Get Rich Quick” system. I have spent a small fortune on a lot of different systems that promise the world and never deliver on those promises. At the onset I can assure you that you will be wasting a lot of valuable time and money if you believe what 95% of websites and “Gurus” promise.
“Work 10 minutes a day and earn $500.00 a day!” This is typical of what most so-called “Gurus” want you to believe. That is not what I will be teaching here. Provided you are prepared to learn and follow what works for me you will be successful. To make a decent living on the internet is possible. It takes a lot of work and investment in time (and some money), and like everything else, dedication to the task at hand will pay off in the end.
What I DO believe, and what I want to share with you, is that anybody can earn a decent living on the internet. As a South African or someone living in Africa you have the added advantage of earning dollars and living day to day in Rand or some currency much weaker than the mighty Dollar, meaning you have an exchange rate that works in your favour as well.
As a background to my journey that led me to where I am today, I want to share the following with you. The reality is that as South Africans many of us have family members living overseas, and it was no different for me. The crime and political situation in South Africa had split my family up. Some of my children chose to immigrate. Some decided to stay. I did not follow, as this is my country and my people. I was born here and I love my country.
Add to this the fact that through Black Economic Empowerment Legislation many a white (and more so male) job-seeker is finding it harder and harder to find employment, and with the economic downturn even those with sought-after skills who previously could walk into a guaranteed position have had to knock on ever increasing number of doors to find a position, I had to start a business 9 years ago to create work for my remaining children and to earn a living for myself. As with all businesses it was hard in the beginning, but with hard work, a solid belief that we would succeed and very long hours we made it into a successful business. This was all achieved with virtually no start-up capital. We would accept jobs that could only be completed on time if we worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We would sleep at work and work in shifts to cope. This has been our family’s life now for 9 years.
Although I was working long hours I have always managed to find the time to dedicate to research and trial and error in getting a profitable internet business going. The belief in a successful online business has driven me to carry on. However, my steadfast belief in that I will be successful online is not the only reason I am successful. There are so many added advantages of running a internet business. Here is a list of the most important ones:-
- You can finally sell your brick and mortar business.
- Once you have put in the effort and the long hours you can work the hours you choose.
- Living in Africa and earning Dollars makes it so much easier to be financially very successful.
- Be your own boss. Really your own boss, not just a glorified manager where every client or your employees are calling the shots, as often happens.
- Wherever you are is where your office is. You can go on holiday for as long as you choose and with a few hours a day, a laptop and an internet connection, keep up to date.
- If you decided to live anywhere in the world it would not effect your business and income.
- You will never have customers standing behind a counter waiting to be served.
- You will not have to buy stock , do deliveries, do stock take etc.
- You don’t have to hire premises. Work from home, a hotel room … the beach for that matter!
- You don’t need to employ people.
- Living the internet life style is within everybody’s reach.
I now own 20 websites. These websites are all different in content or niche and make money. Finding something that works and then replicating it over and over again works for me. You only have to invent the wheel once!
The reason I am telling you this is to explain that to be successful at whatever you do online, it will take a lot of hard work and dedication. “What the mind of man can conceive and his heart will believe, he will achieve“. This is no truer than when creating an online business. You are competing against millions of other websites from all over the world. However, the playing field is level for everybody. Big corporations are competing against small businesses and visa versa, and it is most often not Big Business that succeeds online. It is small and nimble dot com start-ups that leaves the big boys in the dust, because they understand how to leverage the power of the internet better.
My first website I had built in 2005. It took 3 months for Google to find it. This is where my interest in the internet started. There was nobody who could help me or give me advice on how to get my website indexed by Google. I started researching the internet and reading everything I could find about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). The more I read and implemented the easier it became. After a few weeks it took me a few days to have a website indexed. Now it takes me minutes to have a new website indexed. YES, you read correctly, I did say minutes!
As with everything the more you do it and the more work you put in the easier it becomes. I am 52 years old and a grand father and an expert at making money on the internet and will soon be living the internet lifestyle. I just need to sell my brick and mortar businesses.
When I started out on my internet journey I found a lot of self-proclaimed “Gurus”. Some of them were (and still are) very successful, but they all had one thing in common: They wanted to sell their products to me. They all had professionally written sales letters, money back guarantees , testimonials that if you bought this product you would make money – using every sales psychology trick in the book! In short: They promised the world and always fell far short. You had to read through all the hype they claimed worked. The fact is most probably over 90% of them had never earned any money on the web, but were professing to be experts, because the “product” they were selling was virtual “snake oil”; they were on-selling the hype they had bought into through others claiming to guarantee them a system of how to make money on the internet, in the hope of finding the holy grail of internet marketing, and on-line revenue.
I am giving this advice to my fellow disadvantaged country men in the belief that I can help you become successful online, regardless of your present circumstances. I have several successful methods of making money online that I will be sharing with you.
When I started my journey, I was looking for was someone whom was already successful where I could look over his/her shoulder to see what s/he was doing and duplicate it. Someone who would give me sound advice and not make empty promises that never deliver; someone who recommended products that are specific and essential to my success online and who would keep me up to date with the newest developments on the internet both technically and from a marketing perspective. I wish to become such a person to you, with you looking over my shoulder, doing what I do until you understand WHAT to do and HOW to do it.
The way we do business on the internet has changed over the years. It is a lot easier due to plug-ins and outsourcing that replaces hours and hours of essential work, so a lot of what needs to be done can now be done on auto-pilot. I will be teaching you what works for me and what does not, and some of what I will be touching on is listed below:
- How the social media sites work.
- How to drive traffic to your site from Twitter and FaceBook.
- SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).
- Driving traffic to your website.
- Creating back links for ranking.
- Deciding on Keywords for best ranking.
- How to feature on page one for your keywords on Google.
- Where to find the best advice on the net.
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