Before I started making a living online, I was all over the place.
I’ve bought more ebooks, coaching courses and membership programs than I care to disclose.
I’ve spent thousands of dollars on things that I have never even used.
I’m going to make a guess and say that 90% of the things I bought would’ve worked if I just put in the time and effort.
By time and effort I mean 6-12 months of working hard. The internet is both a curse and a blessing. The opportunities to do what you want are virtually endless.
I’ve helped a few people behind the scenes and the problem I see the most is trying to bite off more than you can chew.
If you want to make money as an affiliate marketer, pick one program and stick to it until it works.
If you feel like blogging is better suited for you – because you want to share your passion, connect with others and maybe make your own products – then do that.
Fear of Missing Out
I’m well aware of the feeling when you’re looking for the best program out there. You don’t really want to commit because what if there’s something better that gives you faster results? This leads to pure insanity, because you end up browsing a bunch of sales letters that promise you fast results in just X days.
It’s all rooted in fear.
All sales letters are like that, so it will just end up confusing you more. On top of that, you start reading reviews and what other people think, and of course they are mostly positive, because most of these courses and programs work. You just have to commit. Stop jumping around and just pick something.
The good thing about the internet is that once you’ve worked hard on one thing for 6-12 months and started to make money, you can often leave it and it will produce income for you with little to no maintenance. You can then try something else if you want.
Dealing with Overwhelm
I learned this the hard way. I tried managing 5-10 websites. It didn’t work out well at all. Most of those websites are now sitting somewhere in cyberspace collecting dust. I was completely overwhelmed with all of the tasks I had to do in order to keep the alive, so I just left them.
I now work primarily on this blog. I have websites in the background that bring in passive income, but they aren’t the sole focus for me anymore. I worked on them before I started the Wake Up Cloud. If you try to launch 2-3 blogs at once, you are most likely going to fail.
It’s tough enough taking care of one blog. You have to post 3-5 times a week. You have to promote it through comments and guest posts. You have to be social. You have to connect with others. There’s no way you can do that properly with several blogs. Start with one and see what happens after a year.
Eliminate and Prioritize
Eliminate everything that you don’t need. Prioritize and make sure the most important and rewarding tasks come first. If you’re trying to build a popular blog, don’t try to start your day by commenting on 100 blogs. Start by writing one article for yourself and one guest post.
We only have so many hours in one day, so make the best of them. If you don’t have time to comment, then minimize it. Comment as much as you have time for. If that means commenting on one or two blogs per day, then so be it.
You have to be ruthless. If you want to succeed in anything it’s all about taking action and doing what brings results. When you’re starting to see the results you can start widening your focus.
New distractions are bound to pop up. In the beginning they are different programs and memberships promising you a brighter future. Once you become more popular you’ll start getting requests for things that aren’t worth your time.
This is something I’m starting to notice more and more with my blog.
It’s tough, because I truly want to help people, but I also have to prioritize and focus, otherwise nothing would get done and I’d end up helping even less people.
In the end it all comes down to focus.
Don’t try to pack your schedule full of things.
If you want to succeed and do what you love, less is more. I’ve noticed that working at 80-90% capacity and focusing on as few things as possible works best for me.
You have to choose what you want. It’s tough, because we don’t want to miss something cool somewhere else, but know that there will always be an endless amount of opportunities. If you try to chase every one of them, you will miss them all.
Follow your feelings, make a decision, find someone who knows what they are doing and follow their instructions.
That is the easiest way to get started.
Once you’ve had a taste of success, you can branch out.