My Search For Easy Ways To Make Money Online-Continued…
I my last post I began to tell my story about how I came to be looking for ways to make money on the internet. (If you haven’t read it already you can find that post here).
I told of how I’d seen something on TV that introduced me to new beliefs about the potential of making money online.
I told you how I thought initially, like so many people do, that it was going to be super quick and easy, and then how I realised after launching my first website that I’d made a slight error in judgement and it actually wasn’t going to be that easy…
And I wrote about how I discovered the WordPress platform which opened up a whole new way of creating lots and lots of websites quickly and easily!
You want to know what happened next huh? Oh, the suspense of it all… 🙂
Well. Then came the teachers!
So, as I searched the internet for information about how to make money online, I came across lots and lots of internet marketers that were sharing tactics that they’d learned, and tools they’d created, to supposedly make the job easier.
I signed up for their free information and I bought lots and lots of paid products, jumping at each new shiny thing and trying to learn how to make it all work.
…and my mailbox over-floweth…. 😉
So many emails!
But anyway. Most of these people were selling techniques and information that was supposed to make it quick and easy to make money on the internet.
They said they had ‘the thing’ that would help me make thousands overnight! That’s the sort of promises that were rife, and admittedly, some of those tools and techniques were pretty clever. A lot of money and effort had gone into the development of some of this stuff and so there was some nifty stuff available!
For example there were automated tools that auto-posted products from Amazon, Ebay, or other affiliate programs onto my websites at set times to make Google think the sites were busy and cared for and loved by their owner, and there were other tools whose job it was to trick Google into ranking my websites well by creating backlinks in all sorts of random places.
But sadly none of the results from those techniques or tools lasted the distance.
One of those internet marketers that I learned a lot from was a guy named Stephen Pierce. He was a pretty well known internet marketer a few years ago it seemed, and it appeared at the time that he was well respected in the industry, however, Google his name these days you get a somewhat different picture…
So anyway, I signed up to Stephen’s ‘Make Real Money On The Internet’ course and paid about $60 a month to do so.
I was excited!
I soaked up all the stuff he shared, all the PLR products he gave away and I jumped into his techniques with gusto! I was certain that Stephen Pierce knew what he was talking about and that I’d soon be bringing in big bucks just like him.
The main idea that Stephen taught in his course, was having lots of WordPress websites, all running on auto pilot, selling products from Amazon and other affiliate programs, while at the same time using various ways to trick good ol’ Google into seeing our sites as being worthy of a top ten ranking.
And it all seemed to be working – for a while….
Then along came Panda and Penguin and the rest of the Zoo
What do Pandas and Penguins have to do with making money on the internet? Don’t know? Well neither did I until they happened!
Google Panda (and others) were weird, techno-geeky names for changes to Google’s search algorithms. These changes were implemented in stages, to swiftly and successfully, clean up the search engine results.
This action was implemented by Google to create a better search experience for users, while at the same time, successfully getting rid of all the shit that was finding its way to the first pages of Google’s search results, due to the trickery of internet marketers such as myself, and culminating in a bitter end to the black hat and grey hat techniques that had been loved, used and shared by those of us trying to make a quick buck online.
Gradually as each Google update happened, it became harder and harder to earn any money at all using the tricky little internet marketing techniques that I’d learned and been using.
My thirty plus websites were now just cyberjunk, floating around in the far off background of the internet somewhere, still making the occasional sale, but pretty much dead in the water.
I did manage to sell a couple of my better sites for a few dollars – those that had a bit of worthwhile content on them, and those that were still getting some occasional love from Google, but I let the rest go. I let the domains expire and I deleted the sites from my hosting account.
The only site that I kept was my very first site. It had good content on it and although I’d done some damage in Google’s eyes a number of times by experimenting with various black or grey hat techniques, it managed to rise from the ashes again and again.
But my first site never really did very well, and now, much further into my internet marketing apprenticeship I know why (but that’s another blog post).
And so there I was. A whole lot of work and learning out the door.
What should I do next? I wasn’t sure. I didn’t know who to listen to, what to do or how to do it. I didn’t know how to start again.
The rules kept changing!
It seemed that every time I learned something new, Google just turned around and changed the playing field. It was seriously frustrating!
The rules just kept changing and I didn’t have enough knowledge or experience to adapt.
I got frustrated and I wanted to quit so many times.
I got sad and I got angry, and sometimes I was convinced that it was all a waste of time.
But I didn’t quit. I kept on going.
I’d come too far to quit.
I knew that success was possible
I knew that there were still ways to make money online. Other people were doing it! And if they were doing it, I could do it. But I just didn’t know how.
While many of the internet marketers that I’d been following had disappeared, I knew that others were still going. I knew that others were still making money on the internet and that they either understood or had somehow adapted to the new rules.
My problem was that I didn’t understand for quite some time what the new rules were.
But I kept on searching, and eventually I found the answers I’d been looking for and I began to learn how to play by the rules.
Not only Google’s rules, but the rules of something much more powerful.
Continued in the next post so click here to keep on reading…. 🙂