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Making Money Online: Yes, It's Tedious, But Slog Through It Anyway

Mar 3, 2008
When you're new to internet marketing, you're setting off on a journey of opportunity to seek your fortune. The internet is this big, open community where you can literally make your dreams of changing your lifestyle for the better come true.

Along the way, lots of people will tell you how easy this internet marketing thing is and that you'll be quitting your job and buying a beachfront condo in no time. It all seems like magic. You put up a website or create a blog, and a steady stream of cash will fill up your bank account with little or no effort on your part.

Well, I'm here to throw some cold water into your face. This ain't no picnic and if you're really serious about making money online, you'll have to face the reality that there's no easy money here, either. Those that tell you different are lying. Of course, those lies are making some opportunistic types a lot of money. They love preying on the uninformed internet marketing newbie.

Once the newness wears off, you'll quickly realize that whatever it is you choose to do online to make money will most likely involve lots of boring and tedious tasks. Yeah, the same kind of boring tasks you may have to do at your day job. The only difference is you're working for yourself.

First of all, you'll have to learn how to write half-way decent content. This in itself is a major chore for some people.

Whaddy' you mean I have to write?

The internet runs on content and you'll often hear marketers saying "Content is King". The search engines love content and you'll have to learn how to grind out plenty of content to feed those hungry engines in order to get the traffic you need. Websites need content. Blogs need content. Forums need content. Article Directories need content.

Everyone who is getting lots of traffic to their sites, blogs and forums is putting out a lot of content. You have to sit there and figure out what you're going to write about, write it, then post it online. You must do this again and again.

Wanna promote affiliate products using pay per click advertising or PPC?

Great. Now you're gonna be learning how to write short, powerful ads that get people's attention. No one starts out being a good ad writer, either, so you're in for a steep learning curve. You'll be grinding out countless ads and probably rewriting them over and over again, until you find a few winners that actually make you some money. There's also the daily monitoring of your click through rate, ad budget, etc.

Planning on starting a blog on a topic you really like?

Fine, but realize that if you want your blog to gain any kind of popularity, you'll need loyal readers and lots of traffic. You can attract readers by posting interesting stuff on a continuous basis. A blog is a major commitment because you have to keep posting fresh content. Top bloggers know this and are dedicated to always finding something to talk about. If you feel you can't do this, then maybe a blog isn't the right choice for you. It can be a major drag when you feel like you just can't come up with some unique content.

Posting to popular forums and networking sites is a proven method to drive traffic to your site, but if you have seven forums and ten networking sites that you have to post on to constantly keep the traffic flowing, this can get really tiresome after a while.

Gonna sell stuff on Ebay?

You'll need to create a winning sales pitch and constantly monitor numerous postings. There's also customer questions and problems to deal with, not to mention, product delivery.

Are you ready to do this every single day?

Pretty much everything you do online that can earn you a decent income will involve doing repetitive tasks on a regular basis. This stuff isn't fun, but it's definitely necessary if you want to achieve any kind of success online.

So when the everyday grind gets to be a little too much, just remember why you're doing this in the first place. You wanna make a better life for yourself.

Slog through it - someday, you'll be glad you did.
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