Multiple Millions Later…

by Max on June 13, 2011

14 months ago I embarked on my Internet Journey when I started this blog and the Internet marketing course with Alex Jeffreys.

14 months and multiple millions later…

Wouldn’t that have been a success story worth writing about! I wish.

What happened?

Did I make my fortune?

Did I bomb out completely?

Would you like to know?

The fact that I am back on my blog is proof, I guess, that I am still at it. As a matter of fact, and let me put it on the record here and now, I am here to stay and will reach the top. Perhaps, because I simply don’t know how to give up.

So, let me come clean. I did not make multiple millions. I didn’t even make one million. I earned what in the great scheme of things can be called a few pennies.

Yes, I made my first dollar online, even a few hundred dollars. But nowhere near what I had envisaged, planned or hoped for. That is still to come.

Would you call this failure?

I call it a steep learning curve.

In the ten months since the end of the coaching course with Alex Jeffreys, I learned a lot about the nuts and bolts of Internet marketing, in particular affiliate marketing. I put up multiple sites and know how to fill them with content. I learned a lot about On Page SEO and Off Page SEO, enough to get a few sites to the top of page 1 of Google in fairly competitive niches.

The most important lesson in affiliate marketing that I learned, however, was that you absolutely have to get your niche and keyword research spot on, and that it is simply not worth going for low commission rates. Now what does that say about building Amazon review sites? :-)

You see where I had made my mistakes?

Another lesson: keep a firm grip on your time, plan your day and stick to it. Like so many of us, I am a master of the tangent. Do you know how easy it is to get stuck in a discussion about a miniscule point on how to construct your link and anchor text? Five hours later, I was back where I had started and left things as they were, much the wiser, mentally exhausted and having just lost … five hours.

Economists have a saying about throwing good money after bad and that you shouldn’t do it. Time, indeed, is money. Having just spent five hours on nothing and a few days getting there, I couldn’t just give up on the site, so I spent a few more days polishing it, crossing i’s and dotting t’s (yes, this is what you do when you become obsessive). Ten days later… Time flies like crazy.

Finally, about two weeks ago, I had yet another site ready to roll having avoided many of my earlier mistakes. I started implementing traffic generation measures… and then I blew a fuse. Actually, I blew a whole circuit board and then half a power plant with it. Nothing worked the way it was supposed to do! (Ahem, my exclamation mark tells me that the embers are still smouldering.)

I took a deep breath, a creative breath. I realised what I had done. Don’t do it if you can avoid it. I’ll tell you the details in one of my next blog posts.

Here is the short of it: I had fallen in love and given it up. Bad move. Epic fail, as my daughter is wont to say. Whatever.

During Alex Jeffreys course, I had listened to his webinar with Maria Andros, the Video Queen. Who wouldn’t fall in love with Maria? Actually, it was more the ‘Video’ bit than the ‘Queen’ that had turned me on. I threw myself into video, and then stopped again. Sure, I kept creating a few videos on and off, but I abandoned my video project in favour of going the affiliate marketing route.

Now, I’m back and freshly in love again. This time, it’s the Video Boss. Yes, you guessed right, it is again more the ‘Video’ bit than the ‘Boss’ that had turned me on again. His stuff is simply awesome. Click here and check it out while it’s still available, and, as I advised you in my last blog post, download the freebies. They are superb and packed to the rafters and beyond with information.

So, here I am, wiser and even more… let’s say, cheesed off with the push button gurus, ready to roll out Phase 2 of my Internet marketing journey. It will be different. This time, it will rock.

Next stop, my video ebook.

Enough about myself.

How did you fare in the last year? Did you realise your dreams? Are you closer to reaching your goals? I’d love to read your comments here. And if you have any questions about video, I’ll do what I can to give you a mini-boss answer without the Big Boss price tag; in fact, without any price tag.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Brandon@I have a major announcement June 23, 2011 at 19:31

It sounds like you may need another push in the right direction. Affiliate marketing is just one of the ways to make some decent money. Have you tried CPA on niche sites as well?

Reply

Max June 23, 2011 at 21:01

Sure, that’s both next and already in the works. Most importantly, though, I am finishing off my own product right now. More fun, to say the least.

Max

Reply

Bolaji O | WhoIsBolaji.com June 22, 2011 at 13:00

What’s up, Max!

Great introspective post.

This is timely considering that around the time you made this post, I was wrapping up my first-ever Nocrastinator’s 7-Day Challenge. :)

It acted as a kickstart for a LOT of people. I think you would really well in the next one. :)

http://www.WhoIsBolaji.com/7days
http://www.whoisbolaji.com/dare-mighty-things (Review of the challenge)

Keep at it. Let me know how I can support your journey.
Find me on Skype or email.

Bolaji O – The Nocrastinator
Bolaji O | WhoIsBolaji.com recently posted..Dare Mighty ThingsMy Profile

Reply

Max June 22, 2011 at 15:07

Hi Bolaji,

Cool. Thanks for stopping by. I just hopped over to the MWA forum and saw your posts – it seems we own it for now ;-)

Well, I just uploaded a video to Youtube in preparation for my next blog post that will go into some of the detail I promised here. Gimme 20 minutes and it will be posted.

I’ll catch you over at your site.

Max

Reply

David Taylor June 16, 2011 at 05:58

Hi Max,
I am also in the same position. I am not giving up either and am moving towards my goal of working from home. My first baby is due in September and I want to be a stay at home dad.
I am working on a project with a fellow marketer I met through John Thornhill and it should be ready soon.
There don’t seem to be many MWA 3.0 students left so I’m glad to be part of the ‘still here’ group. Hope to keep in touch.

Best wishes,

David
David Taylor recently posted..You have entered… The Comfort ZoneMy Profile

Reply

Max June 16, 2011 at 09:06

Thanks for stopping by, David.

It is a long and winding road and at every turn lurks a tempting tangent. Something like that. Good to see that you are still at it. I hope you get your product out before your baby’s arrival. You wouldn’t want to miss these sleepless nights just because you have to work. ;-)

Yes, it’s one of those mysterious things, the dwindling of a once vibrant MWA group of people. But those of us who are still around are simply bound to succeed. Let’s keep talking until we’re at the top and beyond.

Best of luck

Max

Reply

Sally June 15, 2011 at 19:32

Hey Max,

Have you recovered from London yet? Hope so.

I have not made millions either, but I have had a good level of success and I think if I keep pushing forward I will make a decent living online.

So yes I think I am closer to my goal, which was never to make millions, only to be more comfortable financially and spend more time with my daughter Jade.

Working for Alex helped me a lot, but it also put my own “stuff” on hold so now I have more time, I think this will be a much better year for me, when I can actually get some products of my own finished.

Like Gary said I am glad you are not giving up, we both know this takes time, and I know you can do it! So many mwa3 students have disappeared, only a few of us left and we gotta stick together.

You always loved videos, right from the start, I remember how passionate you were about them so I really do hope you pursue it.

Best of luck and gimme a shout if I can help,

Sally :)
Sally recently posted..Instant Profit Seminar – I Finally Believe In MEMy Profile

Reply

Max June 15, 2011 at 22:09

Hi Sally,

My goodness, you put in a lot of work immediately after the weekend. Your blog post is quite an achievements. And you’re no mean hand at video either. ;-)

Thanks for your encouraging comments. Yes, that’s it, no more giving up video. Inspired by the Boss and the Queen, what more can I ask?

Don’t worry, I won’t forget your offer. I’ll shout as soon as I finished updating my ebook, hopefully this weekend.

To all our success.

Max

Reply

Gary Simpson June 15, 2011 at 07:13

Hi Max,

I’m so glad you haven’t done what most people do – that is, GIVE UP!

Nothing good is ever easy. Unfortunately, so few people want to do anything more than push a couple of buttons to get RICH online! Personally, I have NEVER known anybody to be successful doing that. And yet…

… one useless “product” (and I use the term EXTREMELY loosely) after another is released and devoured by the penny-hopefuls. And there are enough sales made after the tsunami of refunds has washed away to make it worthwhile for the shysters to keep pumping this garbage out to the unsuspecting public. A pox on them for continuing to do this.

It’s a vicious circle. But some people (who you know) are trying to do something about it by presenting an alternative – a step-by-step method that works.

Hang in there Maximus Ultimus.

Gary Simpson
TEMPLE

Reply

Max June 15, 2011 at 08:42

Hi Gary,

Cool. Thanks for stopping by again.

I agree with your take on push-button hawkers. It’s sad. And, yes, I know who is doing what and have not forgotten. I’ll finish updating my video ebook today, then I’ll hop over to the aforementioned beta site again for another read and will be in touch with the authors.

Oh, the tease and suspense… :-)

See you later, Gary.

Max

Reply

Leave a Comment

*

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: