Tonight I was cleaning out my e-mail and noticed that my Old Messages folder was filled with e-mails from businesses like The Coffee Shop Billionaire, Wealthy Affiliate and programs like iTunes Affiliate and Amazon Affiliate, as well as many others. I started to delete these messages then thought maybe I should check out these amazing programs. I mean, who wouldn’t like sitting in a coffee shop and running a multi-million dollar online business? I went back through my messages and deleted the rest of the crap I didn’t need and came back to these “invitations”. (I should warn you before proceeding…First, this is not a review and second, I will probably use lots of quotation marks, indicating sarcasm.) I slowly started reading them, one by one, and really giving them attention in a way I hadn’t before.
Before I get into my response to these “programs” let me educate you a little bit on my internet history and knowledge. First of all I am entirely self taught. Everything I know about the internet I have learned on my own. I can build blogs and websites and I am pretty mastered at most social media. What does that mean? It means I have the basic technological skills of any 16 year old. Basically I’ve come to the point in the internet age where I realize I can’t really fuck anything up so I mess around on my computer and online until I’ve mastered a certain skill. At this point, there’s not much I can’t do.
About eight years ago I started a personal blog based on my musings and things I learn from being a life coach. Since that time, I have started six personal blogs, although all of these links can now be found at my main website petermonn.com. Seven years ago my husband and I started a lifestyle blog called raannt. Within a year, we had changed it to an “online magazine” and were interviewing celebrities and posting daily music and style posts. At it’s highest volume we were receiving thousands of views daily and ranked somewhere in the top 100,000 on Alexa, an Amazon based website for actionable analytics and measurable rankings. (I think today we rank in the US at about 350,000 and we don’t post nearly as often as we used to post.) Both personally and professionally we have a pretty large volume of social media followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Goodreads, Tumblr, Pinterest and YouTube. My personal blog ranks at about 750,000 in the US and I’ve just recently started posting again recently. When I posted regularly, it was ranked at about 100,000 as well. Maybe not super high, but enough to show constant traffic flow.
On top of that we have pretty valuable “sellable” products, including my book and our skills, not to mention thousands of links to Amazon products and iTunes products through their affiliate products. Inn 2013 we had some ridiculous amount of clicks on our iTunes affiliate program but earned something like $1.50 for the entire year. Actually, the most we’ve ever earned was from our YouTube channel and it was when we were posting on a regular basis.
The reason I’m telling you all of these incredibly boring facts about my life is that with all of this as the foundation you would think that myself and my husband are at the cornerstone for making a fortune on the internet, right? I mean, we have a website with lots of traffic plus my personal blog and our social media sites. All of that, not including his PR business and my life coaching business, we should be able to put something together where we can sit all day in a coffee shop and just drink coffee and cash checks. So where is the money? Where are the opportunities?
Every time I go to one of those internet marketing business programs they have a monthly fee of $20-$100 a month to continue with the “knowledge” of the program. We’ve been approached by tons of multi-level business people who have talked with us about their business and how much money we could make. What I’ve realized about these programs is that they have large buy in fees and basically you have to piss off all of your friends by only talking about your “business” and how successful in it so that they can be just as successful. I’ve known tons, TONS, of people who have worked in several different multi-level business organizations and only one who seems to enjoy it and make any kind of substantial money doing it. ONLY ONE!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not dogging or judging these programs…I just don’t believe them. If you can seriously help me become some raging millionaire that can travel the world and enjoy my life while writing books and doing a little business on the side, I’m completely down. But I haven’t seen any evidence of that yet. All I have ever found is that the way to truly be rich is to do something you are passionate about and hope that you either make a good salary from it or realize that it doesn’t matter as long as you’re doing what you like. As a kid, my dad always said to me, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” He always stressed the importance of being a good person and contributing something positively to society. I think I can do both of those things while making millions on an internet business!
Here are my conditions: 1. I don’t want to have to invest a bunch of money in a business I don’t believe in or don’t understand. 2. I want to go to a site or read the paperwork and understand exactly what it is I’m doing. I don’t want to get confused in the first two paragraphs. 3. I want to see evidence that what I’m about to do will work. I’m willing to take risks, but only to some degree.
For a long time I thought I would do weekend retreats in tropical destinations where I would take people through “life changing” journeys over three days. I’ve seen a bunch of these programs and people seem to enjoy them if they are genuine, which of course I am………
Yet again, I have no idea how to set these up. So I’m back to the basics. Are all those get rich quick, internet marketing and multi-level businesses fake? I hope not. I hope someone is getting super wealthy off of them. I guess it’s just not in the cards for me. Otherwise, prove me wrong. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on any of my social media sites! (By the way, aren’t my pictures cute?! I can sell those too…)