The very best online business – money will come pouring in

Believe it or not this is not actually a joke clickbait headline, I really have worked out the best way to make money online and I will share it with you in due course.

But first we need to talk about the elephant in the room, the thing that is only ever talked about in the fine print of all these courses offered online by any number of slick looking Gurus “results not guaranteed”, I started looking for a way to make money online around the same time as I started this blog, in fact it was part of my mission statement when beginning and introducing myself to the wider world, I shared a belief (that I still hold) that everybody should endeavour to be the best they can be, physically, mentally and financially, and in fact it is really common to see that you do not find one of the trio without at least one of the other two, this isn’t to satisfy Instagram or to be able to put two fingers up at people that teased you at school or a parent who told you you were worthless, no it is because you deserve it, as does everybody else, you deserve to live the best life you can and be as happy and comfortable as you can be, and having at least two of the three points means that life is easier and achieving the third is all that more possible.

That was four months ago, and I am still no closer to receiving penny one of any online earned money, because nothing has ever proved to be worthy of investment, I have attended “live” webinars, I have followed adverts to the very end to receive the free guide to email marketing or whatever and I have always found myself in the same familiar loop of an upsell to another course, usually in the thousands of dollars, it really is no wonder that these people are millionaires, but absolutely nothing that was anything more than selling the course that I was buying.

There are some who say that the Internet has provided more ways for people to become rich than there has ever been before, and I guess in a way that is probably right, but you need an idea, you need something of value and use the Internet to sell that something of value, simply paying for somebody to teach you how to do affiliate marketing is not going to make you an affiliate marketer anymore than shouting fuck a lot and wearing a woolly hat will make you Gary Vee, and frankly some of the ideas that people try and sell are just dangerous, from hijacking peoples buisness adverts to re-directing there business calls and then asking for a percentage, creating cheap knocked up video adverts and getting ranked first for a video search on google then phoning and asking for money based on this achievement.

All these and many more equally stupid ideas are broadcast hourly into our consciousness by YouTube and Instagram and even Blogs, like this one, they are noise, complete and utter noise and worse than that they are scams and costly ones, I did have a moment though where I thought what if? and I watched a video by a guy claiming that you could make $3 to $5 dollars and hour “hands off” watching videos at a website, I tried it, I even added it to a blog post and invited people to go and have a look, you see 3-5 Dollars is not a great amount but if it is per hour and you can earn it without having to spend time doing something then it is not to be turned down, that would be like me calling you and saying I would like to give you $4 an hour (for arguments sake) for doing nothing at all and you saying no, you just wouldn’t, I don’t think anybody would it is money for nothing, however it was not without it’s issues, firstly the 3-5 was more like 6 pence, in fact it was 6 pence, the video makers suggestion that you could open many tabs also fell flat on it’s face as the website detects you are doing this and cuts the video streams, in fact you could only open 10 at most, and the mathematics just does not add up, because 10 times 6 is 60p and that would have to be one hell of a conversion rate to make that work!

No this was another example of offering something free to simply upsell based on a feeling of established trust with the provider, you see he offers you this for free, it won’t make you rich but if you have no money at all you can do this right now to make some and then try the big money making idea that he has later with all your passively earned income , accept it doesn’t work out you are still skint but everything he said was true, well it was true-ish, I mean you didn’t make the $4 an hour but you did make some, and yeah you can cash out by PayPal but only after you have taken $50 in vouchers or some such rubbish first, but he was honest and he did say he was making a lot of money doing this other thing, you have a look and get out the $599 dollars it costs for that course because he is a good guy.

The pitch is as old as the hills, as is the self deprecating pitch, “don’t believe me? I wouldn’t either after all you don’t know me but…….” is also everywhere reeling desperate people in because they empathise with your natural cynicism, this is what has bothered me the most and prompted me to write this post, hopefully making people think twice before supporting the lifestyles of these most useless of members of society.

It Must Work for Some, Surely?

Yes it does, or more accurately yes it did, you see there is a myth that the Internet is infinite, and as I have discussed before while that is far from true it also doesn’t mean that you cannot still become mega rich from it, so lets take a case of Pewdiepie, he started in 2006 when YouTube had just 65,000 uploaded videos and 10 million users a month, and he now earns 8 million a month, so it can be done right? what if I told you that YouTube now has 300 hours of video uploaded every minute 24 hrs a day 365 days a year, with 5 billion viewed a day between 30 million users, you see no matter how big something is you can fill it, and Mr Kjellberg is not going to step aside to allow you to make a name for yourself, and don’t look to Google to shoot one of their Golden Geese to help a struggling YouTuber, it doesn’t seem quite so attainable now does it ? in fact it is not, despite what people will tell you, why shouldn’t Pewdiepie tell you just to be yourself and you will get the views, what has he got to lose? to be honest 8 million a month if he is right!

Avoid These Like the Plague

  1. Survey schemes – there is no better way to waste your time for no gain at all than taking part in 99 percent of online-surveys, they are useless at best and just information gathering at worst, and there is never any money at the end of it just gift cards or points that can be exchanged when you have a hundreds of them.
  2. Watch videos/ads for money – think about it for a minute advertisers pay like $5 for a thousand views, so how much is the company likely to pay you to watch them ?
  3. Live webinar invites – So far I have not seen a single genuine one, honestly not one, they are all just pre-recorded and sitting on a server making the true definition of “passive income” for the Guru that snares you to watch it, if only one or two out of the hundreds that go on to watch it sign up for the equally pre-recorded course then that is possibly as much as 2 or 3 k every hour and a half of nearly every day, not bad for spending a couple of hours making a video.
  4. Anybody that starts by saying this not a get rich quick scheme – if they don’t have enough respect for their potential audience to think that they already know that, then it is simply a pathetic attempt to make you think they are being genuine.

There are more, people claiming to make millions each week but sitting in their mums basement on a cheap webcam, bundles of cash lying around a crappy office that looks like it is falling down, or when you can just see the edge of the green screen that the Lamborghini is being CGI’d in with.

And for the ones that have got the money, I would love to know if they made their millions before or after they filmed the courses, you see it really isn’t that difficult, and the course content for the most part is simply, find something to sell, create and advert, put it in front of customers and make money, you then wrap a lot of screenshots and lengthy vague explanation around it all tied up with a disclaimer and you are good to go, price it at an outrageous price but offer it for half that and of course there are limited places because of the demand and that they want to retain the integrity of the system.

So the Money Making System ?

Simple, have a think, come up with a plan no matter how insane or unlikely to succeed and document it either with an ebook (easy to sell) or a YouTube channel and charge as much as you want for it, spend a little on advertising and it’s all good.

This may all sound a little bitter but I have spent an inordinate amount of time going down these various rabbit holes and I actually resent it, after all it’s my time, and I am trying to create more of it not piss it away listening to these snake oil salesmen, and to be honest I could have spent it learning skills or creating a business that can actually grow, I will be removing the advert for the video watching because it is worthless and I hope that this blog at least stops somebody from giving time or money to these parasites.

Main Photo by Sebastiaan Stam from Pexels

Grant Cardone’s The Millionaire Booklet – How to Get Super Rich

https://millionairebooklet.com/free

Now, hear me out on this one, I know that sharing this seems to go against a lot of my values but it is totally free, there is no cost and despite what anybody thinks about the showmanship of Mr Cardone’s seminars and his demeanour in general, it is undeniable that the man has money and lives the lifestyle that we all are striving for.

I did not actually get the ebook as suggested here but rather I listened to the audiobook on audible and to be honest there is a lot that got me thinking, and a good few challenges to the way most people see money that make sense.

It certainly helped me re-align a lot of my thoughts and as a result changed my path a little, you should give it a read or a listen because taking on new opinions is never a bad thing, if you dont agree then it strengthens your resolve in your own thoughts and beliefs and if you do agree then you have learnt something new and can adjust accordingly.

Tired of procrastinating To overcome it take the time to understand it |

https://ideas.ted.com/tired-of-procrastinating-to-overcome-it-take-the-time-to-understand-it/

Another amazing article and possibly one of the most valuable lessons of all, without the ability to control procrastination we literally wont get anything done, ever, period.

I agree largely with a lot of the points raised and want to share it so we can all challenge ourselves, and see if we are standing in our own way.

Don’t start doing, just DO because the alternative is years of reading stuff on the internet trying to decide which path to take, meanwhile days months and years will tick by, others will advance, some will fail, but you will do worst of all because you will stay still.

Wednesday – Half way there or half way back?

So we are half way through the week and how have you done? have you sat on everything that you said you were going to do and it is still there waiting to be picked up?

Humans suffer with what I call drift, in my industry we have an issue with logging, devices log events and issues and the logs have a timestamp on them, this then allows us to go to the log collector and search for events around a certain time to see if we can work out what device may or may not have failed, problem is that you can have 10 switches or 6 routers all made by the same manufacturer and all identical with the same chips as their stablemates, and unless you synchronise the clocks with a central source, in this example an NTP server, the times will drift, and when this happens it makes it much harder to work out when an event actually happened and if there is anything significant in the logs.

In human terms this is best summed up by saying that, when we have an idea or we formulate a plan, we need to see the end result to get truly excited about it, in fact when you attend seminars and watch motivational videos this is literally what we are told to do, I am sure I have said this before and I will bang on about it in the future, think back to the last lottery ticket you bought, I would be prepared to bet that you had the money spent before you even got home, but then you have to wait and waiting is boring right? damn straight it is, and what happens when we get bored, we become disinterested we start to look for things to entertain us, and we move on, in 2012 “The Telegraph” a newspaper in the UK reported that more than £1.4 Billion of lottery prize money had gone unclaimed in the 18 years since the competition began, because in the short time between buying the ticket and the draw, the owners of the tickets had misplaced them of forgot to check and the ticket had been thrown out or put through the washer, the world has taught us to demand instant gratification and anything less it would seem is to boring to contemplate.

So we start with our idea, our plan and we run at it, we start watching YouTube videos about what we are going to do or if it is sorting out our lives we start making phone calls and talking to the people we need to solve our problems, then guess what ? Nothing happens, maybe a few quick wins, a debt cleared here or an account opened at Amazon associates, but other than that it all stops as the next part of any dream starts, the hard work for absolutely no return, and it stings, and it hurts and you get all upset and start whining to the Mrs or Mr, ultimately you stop, because it’s been a week and you are still not a millionaire, or you are still drowning in debt.

Sounds like I have an idea what I am on about? that’s because I do, even this blog I am writing now had this particular logic applied to it, I was really excited about starting and got it setup, tried a few different things and earned 18 cents so far ! where is my Corvette, my Mustang and that really cool house in the hills ? still very much in the showroom and the estate agents window that’s where.

I left it behind for a bit and got out of the habit of writing, then got out of the habit of thinking about writing and ultimately instead of sitting down and building the blog, I just had a Chicken breast or can of Tuna and sat in front of the TV doing absolutely sod all about my future, and I have only been doing this for around 4 months! then I watched a video and it triggered me (mostly by anger and jealously) and I wrote again, this time with a little more vigour and with a little bit more of my personality coming through.

If I had started my Blog and WordPress had sent me a Corvette and the keys to the house as part of the welcome package instead of a blank page and a credit card bill I would have been all over it because my dreams and my goals were realised, at that point I am not trying to change my life, my life has changed, and the time to build has been bypassed, I am no longer bored I am fulfilled.

You have to halt the drift, regardless of what you do to make this happen for you it is going to take time, and you are going to have many many frustrations along the way, but if you are completely honest with yourself about what your goals are when you get there it will be like heaven and it will be better than you ever imagined, and I don’t mean you have to shoot for billionaire status, or owning skyscrapers, if your dream is financial independence and freedom, you will know when you get there and you finally hand your notice in at work, if your dream is simply to get in shape and be able to run around with your kids at the park, the effort and the sweating and nearly passing out in the gym will not even be a memory when you see the smile and hear the laughter from your children as you play in the park.

Own your Dream, fix it in your mind and if need be tell me your dream and I will send you reminders every week or month or day if you need it just to keep it fixed there, because if you are focused and if you truly believe you will make it and you do not forget why you are doing what you are doing you will make it, if you forget to chase your dreams they will fade and you will stay exactly as you are now, keep enthusiasm and enjoy the journey.

Affiliate Marketing Deep Dive – Starting out

I am not an affiliate marketer, yet, I have looked very closely at several types of online business and after a while this is really where I settled for a variety of reasons, some of which I suggest you consider too.

There are a plethora of ways to earn money online, and given enough time and effort I am sure that for some the rewards are there and huge no matter which one you choose, if you spend some time looking through YouTube the evidence is startling, I watched a couple of videos just the other day that demonstrated the runaway success that some have had, but I, and you have to be practical, Gamers that started casting their gameplay early on have made a mint, and when you look back over some of their videos you can see the evidence of how much money they are making just in the surroundings, the houses some of these people have would make Grant Cardone jealous! but at the start they were mostly sat in their bedroom in their parents house, now this is where the practicality comes in, are you any good at games ? I know I am bloody useless and I have not got the time to sit and play for hours in the hope that I get better, now if you are good then crack on just start, get a microphone, as voice overs add so much value to these videos and record your gameplay, but be warned this has been going for sometime now and I would suggest that to get to the top would take as much luck as effort, but for me it would be pointless, a handful of subscribers that felt sorry for me and a couple of views a week will buy sod all!

I am not outgoing enough to spend enough time in front of the camera, or have the time to post every five seconds on Instagram to become an Instagram star so that is out, but again if that is you then don’t read any further, close this s**t and get on Instagram, fortunes large and small are being made by people that command huge followings and there is no reason in hell why you would be any different, content appears to be content and if you are comfortable producing it people will watch, humans are voyeurs, it is in our nature, so if it is something you can do, do it, I can’t so I won’t.

Whereas Affiliate marketing looks to be perfect, it is formulaic, and crucially doesn’t rely on my personality, which is good cos if it did then I may as well hang up my laptop now!

First Decision

First decision is which affiliate program to go with, well I chose Clickbank this was a fairly easy decision actually as pretty much every program that is advertised on YouTube mentions Clickbank, names like Stefan James and John Cristani talk almost exclusively about it and it is as far as I am aware the largest one, the time and effort that is going to be required as well as financial investment means that I do not want to pick a program or platform that is going to screw me out of the money I make, and I doubt that appeals to you either.

In fact when you sign up for Clickbank there is a lot of information to help you, they have videos and written tutorials and so on all geared toward affiliates from starters to experienced looking to increase their sales.

You will also notice that the link to Clickbank above is NOT an affiliate link please feel free to look around yourself but Clickbank is simply a suggestion based on the reputation and popularity it seems to enjoy among affiliate marketing course providers and protagonists alike.

Second Decision

What to sell? What is your niche? well it would be so tempting to pick whatever you think is going to be the best seller and what has the highest percentage commission, but how are you going to design a landing page or create sales copy for a product you don’t use or like or a potentially completely unfamiliar with? whereas (and this has been the focus of my reasoning) if you pick something you are passionate about, or a product you use, it will be so much easier to create an engaging advert, because you will have seen and responded to adverts yourself for these items, I have made no secret of the fact that I will be using affiliate links in places on this blog and website, these will be centred around the things I discuss, so health, fitness, mental health and strength, and making money, these are my passions and these things form my goals so it follows that I will find it easier to promote products that I can get behind personally, and the good news is that the vastness of the internet and the diversity of the user base means that you could pick any niche and with the right effort and techniques make your fortune with it.

Consider this as well, the side hustles as you make your way through this journey you will be forced to learn new skills, copy writing, SEO, web design, even how to obtain and configure hosting, all of which once you are proficient you can sell as a service to people like yourself looking to shortcut the learning curve.

And of course that is something you can do too, fiverr is an awesome resource for people that will set up your hosting and web site to driving traffic to your site, usually the cost is not exorbitant but you do have to take your chances that you get someone who knows what they are doing.

So I hope this has been useful and given you a direction to head in, please feel free to comment any questions you may have below and if I can answer them I will, but for me I am going to start by researching my niches and creating copy and sites to direct my advertising toward.

Write your own success story just by feeling good about yourself

How can you expect others to love and respect you if you do not love and respect yourself ? so many people walk around with their heads down staring at the pavement, feeling so down on an aspect of themselves that they are almost apologetic.

I am not talking about whether we take pictures of ourselves on Instagram to prove we are not ashamed of an increased waistline, or we stand next to an expensive car and take a sneaky selfie to prove to our followers that we have money, I am talking about how our inner dialogues create such whirlwinds of thought and emotion that it spills out into the ether and taints the way people deal with us.

Ask your self this, if you were going to have surgery and the surgeon came out and was mumbling, seemed a little restless and when asked a direct question about the surgery he/she was uncertain and spoke quietly and ambiguously, would you be happy about having them operate on you? No of course not, because they aren’t sure of their own ability and therefore you cannot trust that when it comes to it they will make the right and timely decisions needed, you do not trust them.

This example translates to any area of life, sure people are accepting of the quiet shy type, and some people will hire somebody who barely makes themselves heard at an interview, but the best things in life are NOT free my friend and are reserved for those that go out and get them, I guarentee that when you are sat hiding away in an interview the person who owns that company is loud enough to be heard, noticeable and determined beyond the belief of those around her/him that their business is the best and it will succeed.

5 Steps to success

  1. Make everyday a good day, I literally caught myself saying, crikey it’s Monday tomorrow and moaning about it earlier today, Monday boys and girls is the start of the week it is a day to earn another pound / dollar and should be treated as such, it is also the beginning of another week that you can use to better yourself, and make moves to get away from whatever you don’t like about your life now, it is also officially the day that puts last week in the past, so you get a clean slate and the ability to learn from the last weeks failures to make next week even better, so really Monday is an awesome day.
  2. If you feel like shit, ask yourself why, do you not like the way you look? do something about it, any little change can have a massive improvement in self-confidence and self-confidence sells, so maybe you have had your hair a certain way for years just because that is the way it has always been, so change it pick something new and go with it, if you feel miserable the people you interact with will also start to feel miserable, how often have you heard “I love hanging out with Dave he is so miserable I almost cry” just doesn’t happen, make yourself happy and it will rub off on others, careful not to go too far as confidence can go sour and become arrogance which brings me nicely to my next point.
  3. Treat others as you would want to be treated, always be respectful and never drag anybody down for anything, and I mean that, if somebody looks like shit and they ask for your honest opinion then give it, if they do not then it really is none of your business, if a situation is being made difficult by one person be the voice of reason and it will shine through, remember that these situations are very rarely personal, especially in a work environment, people are so scared of losing their jobs these days that they will shout loud and long at anybody who will listen just to try and get noticed, I am not saying shy away, simply do not lose your temper and make sure that everybody knows your opinion and do not gloat when you are proved right, this also works in reverse if you were wrong you end up with measurably less egg on your face.
  4. Remember that you should never apologise for who or what you are, again I am not talking about shoving your insecurities in peoples faces just simply live your life for you and not for the opinions of others, this means doing things how you want to do it, because this is all about inner confidence it should never be about outward conformity for conformity sake, there is a lot to be said for true individualism, you are an individual and should be proud of that.
  5. And lastly work hard, work harder than anybody else, pick up what you are doing and finish it, the second part of that is just as important as the starting, a project, no matter how grand is not worth a penny if it is just an idea on a piece of paper or a half made model or nearly finished email list.

No matter what your goal, be it employee of the month or business owner of the year being happy and comfortable with who you are is the most important qualification, because in the tough times when you don’t feel like getting up and going to work the only person there is you, when the business is having a down time and you need to make certain changes to fix it the only person there is you, so list what it is you want to be and then start making the changes to get there.

Counting the cost of freedom

Without money you are limited to how much freedom you can experience unless you go and find yourself an island somewhere that is absent any form of governmental rule and are happy to live the most simple of lives, if this is the case then I truly take my hat off too you, for me and countless others I am afraid that freedom has a much more commercial look and feel.

This presents a problem, not least of which how to afford it, if you are over 18 I would say that there is a good chance you have finance and if you are over 21 I would say it is almost certain, and the further we go into debt the more we lose sight of true freedom and the ability to live our lives the way we want to.

How much is it going to cost?

This is a really easy calculation, how much do you owe? If you add together all your outstanding finance, including  all  hire purchase so mortgages and car payments that is your buyout price, and at the risk of labouring the point also workout how much money you would have if the only thing that changed was your debt was wiped off.

What am I paying for?

As with anything else in life you’ll want to know what you are buying, to achieve freedom is, for most of us going to be a long drawn out process that is not going to be without one pain, so why bother?

Freedom to live your life as you see fit and to provide a future for your children that allows them to live life to the fullest, in fact it would not be to dramatic to say that you are working for a legacy your chance to provide a brighter future for generations, as your children have lived so then will theirs and as your values and ethics are picked up and integrated I to your children’s minds so will they be in the minds of their children.

You are paying to no longer shudder slightly when the post comes, especially at brown envelopes, and you are paying you are paying to not have the dreaded financial exodus from your bank account at the start and end of every month.

How to start ?

Look the truth is I don’t know, but I have spent quite a lot of time looking at various things that Won’t work, so from the last time I spoke about this I have still been looking at various ways, and I throw open a challenge to anybody who can prove me wrong, if anybody has used a get rich while you sleep scheme, or make money 24/7 or any of the other attention grabbing headlines, then let me know, if you can prove that you are now a millionaire then I will stop what I am doing and do only what you are doing immediately, I suspect I will be waiting a while though.

Something that got me thinking was a post on Instagram of all places, I forget who the guy was now but his point resonated with me as it is something that I have been thinking for some considerable time.

When you seek advice from people, be very wary who that person is, the scope for mis-representation on the internet is vast, nearly all instagram posts are photoshopped, and people wrap real money around bundles of paper to wave at the camera while they are stood outside a rented mansion with a rented Super car to sell you the latest viral money making scheme that they used to become millionaires, problem being that they aren’t millionaires, not even close in fact some of these people are flat broke and using con tricks to sell you old rope as if it was the finest spun silk ribbon, I as most of you know am from the UK, and it is more difficult here to get access to peoples financial information, however after watching one such pitch from a guy on YouTube selling some viral marketing scheme using YouTube ads I decided to do a little digging, and to my surprise the results turned out to be less than impressive, one of the claims during the pitch is that he and his business partner had spent literally millions of dollars on Facebook Ads, and strangely one look at his declared financials showed that his company was worth £69k, now that isn’t a bad amount of money, but hang on if he has spent literally Millions on Facebook advertising, where is the rest of the money ? either he is selling a product that he only makes half a penny profit on or he may be stretching the truth, there is (as an example) another fairly famous YouTuber that has the same background in all his videos of a Lamborghini parked in a garage, problem is it never seems to be any different, could this be CGI do we think?

Look I am not bashing these people directly, they have their journey in life and they are moving along it at their own pace trying to scratch a living from the millions of people that type “make money online” into google every damn day, my point and the point made in the instagram post was this, why should you listen to these people? they have not made any money, they have managed to get you to watch their video and they will get a couple of cents for this and that is it, is that what you want? it is not what I want and it is not what I want for anybody who has read this far down, you need to look for people that have done it, and if it is money you are after STOP LOOKING AT YOUTUBE AND INSTAGRAM FIRST, I could bang on at you over and over again about how to day trade, how to start an Instagram account that will make you money while you sleep, and how I cleared all my debt and now live a life of luxury, but guess what it would all be Bullshit, and how can you tell? because nobody outside of you guys has ever heard of me that’s how, but if you were to Google Rich Piana, Jordan Belfort, Warren Buffet or Jeff Bezos there will be wealth of information about them and just how much they achieved.

The thing with all of them is that they produce nothing, the same rhetoric each time, create a list blah, blah advertise on YouTube blah,blah, but build a list to do what, sell their ebook ? advertise on YouTube for what their course on how to advertise on YouTube ?, they have no value no substance and ultimately will not make real money think of the business and people that are worth money.

  • Amazon – $134.5 Billion
  • Elon Musk – $19.2 Billion
  • Microsoft – $717 Billion
  • Jordan Belfort – $100 Million

The best Advice you will ever get

I don’t want to get by, I don’t want to just make enough so that I struggle all year to be able to afford a holiday for a week then come back to bills and the prospect of struggling again for another year to go on another holiday, I want to live my life and I want my children and Mrs to live theirs and that means working my arse off now 8 days a week if required, my hero’s aren’t “Dailyincomedave” from surrey or “$1000 a day guaranteed using my system” from broke “millionairemike” from Alabama, they are people who have excelled in their field so much that the world knows their name, either through controversy, or sheer success these people have what it takes to live their lives, and the fact that the houses, cars, boats, planes and islands are part of that is a by-product it is not the goal, so start thinking really thinking about freedom and what it costs, and what that word means to you, and then go and get it and don’t stop till you have.