My Wife Said I Couldn’t Make Money Online – She Was Wrong

“You can’t make money online!”

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This is what my better half told me when I first said I was going to start in Internet business.

I had just moved to Japan and gotten married, and I wanted a way to earn money that would also give me the freedom to travel to and from Australia. An Internet business sounded like just the ticket.

My wife didn’t see the opportunity as clearly as I did though. I was DETERMINED though, so I had to boldly but politely say ‘Honey, I’ve got this’. I went for it.

I spent a couple of thousand dollars getting coaching (I was a complete newbie!) and the basic tools I needed to start an online business together (autoresponder, website, advertising, etc.).

Then it was up to me to PROVE HER WRONG! To be honest, that was a big part of my motivation. I didn’t want to let her or I down.

I was on a mission to make it work. I gave up TV and social events. I would stay up late, tapping away at the keyboard, making it work into the wee hours of the morning…

Slowly but surely I was chipping away.

I would get a few subscribers every day through safelists and free traffic from articles and feeder pages. Slowly but surely I got more and more subscribers. I got more and more order buttons up online for selling digital products I thought my list would buy.

Eventually, my hard work paid off. I started to make a sale a week, then one every two days, then one everyday.

The snowball effect start kicked in. My small successes added up to big successes.

I was seeing PROOF that this was working and I could turn this IM business thing into a serious income.. Now I just needed to keep it up! So I did.

Today, I am making a fine income from my online business, and most of it on autopilot. I was (and still am) building a business, not just making money.

It sure as hell didn’t happen overnight though.. there were days when I thought I’d never see a penny come my way!

“This isn’t working!”, “What’s the point?!”

Did I ever have doubts and come close to throwing in the towel? Of course. I don’t think there is any Entrepreneur who hasn’t had doubts and though a million times “Is this gonna work?”

I would ask myself almost daily “What’s the point?”

What’s the point of setting up this product? What’s the point of writing this blog post? What’s the point of making this video? What’s the point of writing this many follow-up emails?”

But do you know what?

I COUNTED MY SMALL SUCCESSES

Like feather’s on a camel’s back. Eventually, one too many will break it.

In my IM career, it truly was a case of starting slow, placing feathers on the camel’s back.

Results came in so small at the beginning. I could hardly see the rewards. But they were there.

Each new subscriber, each new blog post, each new video, each product launch, each JV connection, each email broadcast – were ALL a little success, progress – and it all added up.

Each small success was proof that I could do this.

Each small success was a boost in my confidence.

I AVOIDED NEGATIVITY

I just wouldn’t accept anyone’s dumb statements like “you can’t” or “you’re wasting your time”… Those kinds of comments can break you.

The skepticism comes because they simply do not understand what an ‘internet business’ is. They fear it. They don’t believe they could ever do it, so they try to smack down anyone who thinks they can. Don’t allow yourself to be brought down.

If you think you’ll get some negative backlash from someone, just don’t tell anyone your plans or ideas. You don’t need to tell anyone. Keep your dream and your activities secret from your family or friends who just don’t understand.

Avoid negativity at any cost if you want to succeed. And that includes the voice in your head.

Whenever someone (including your brain) says something negative, change the subject quickly. Go somewhere else or think positive thoughts. Think about the reasons WHY you can do it.

You don’t need to convince anyone but yourself that you can succeed. You will be able to convince other people when  the dollars start rolling in. How can they argue with you then?

Soak Yourself In Positivity

With the internet, digital and physical books and audios, it’s easy to feast on positive and motivating material. In fact, it’s a MUST!

Even though I didn’t have a lot of support from my spouse, I was surrounding myself with others online (particularly my coach) who were also doing the ‘online thing’.

I was also reading a lot of books and training courses. A book that changed my life was “The Magic Of Thinking Big” by Dr David Schwartz. I realized my potential to achieve anything I set my mind to.

If you can get your non-supporting spouse to read some books like that or meet some of your friends who are already successful online, then you can watch the skepticism wash away.

In fact, socializing with other successful business owners has huge benefits. Head over to Meetup.com and search for ‘entrepreneur’ or ‘business’ groups in your area.

Start mingling with like-minded people. That will bestow even more confidence in you and give you ideas, not to mention your network will grow and the possibilities of joint venture deals.

So when your spouse or other family member gives you negativity, be strong. Don’t believe them! Say ‘I’ve got this’ and do what you have to do to make it work.

I hope these ideas and tactics are useful for you to build your confidence and get small results, that will eventually break the camel’s back and turn your hard work into a business that provides a great source of income that you (and your spouse) can enjoy!

To your success,

Stuart Stirling

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p.s. Skeptical spouses aren’t all that uncommon. Comment below if you’ve got (or had) a skeptical spouse, and what you’ve done to prove him/her wrong!

 

Free Gift: 4 Letter Killer

Here’s a totally free, no obligation gift for you.

It’s only 12 pages..  a quick 5 minute read… but it could be the best 5 minutes you spend on your business this year.. or ever!

It will help you if you’ve been trying as hard as you can but still have $0 to show for it.

It will help you realize the 4-letter word that is causing you to struggle and reveal a 6 letter word that will allow you to make money at will.

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There is no catch.. no funny business. Just good old fashioned free advice… from one marketer to the next.

Enjoy – and if you found it useful, please share it with your Facebook friends or email it on.

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A Cool Easy Cash Idea Using Fiverr.com

You’ve probably heard me rave about Fiverr.com before and that’s for a good reason. That site is an amazing resource for Internet marketers like you and I. Not only to hire people to get work done but a cool place to make a few easy bucks doing small jobs for others. A great lead generator more than anything though.

You just need a few services to offer and post on Fiverr that you can do relatively easily and quickly. A lot of people write articles or make a video which is a pretty decent gig.. LOTS of demand for it but there are starting to get too many of these gigs around.

Today I want to share a cool little gig and Fiverr strategy that literally anyone can do. It’s quick, doesn’t require any skill or expensive software. Plus there is decent enough demand for it that you’ll have a steady flow o gigs coming in.

Here’s the plan:

You start a graphics design business on Fiverr.com. You set up a range of gigs which offer different kinds of custom graphics for internet marketers.

Now you might be saying.. “I don’t have Photoshop, nor do I have a designers bone in my body!”

No problem!

This is where the beauty of internet technology comes in. You don’t need to be a designer or have any design software installed on your PC.

The tool you can use to create these graphics can be found at www.SalesLetterPimp.com where there is a suite of point-and-click sales letter graphics creators.

In total there are about 7 graphics tools and a few bonus tools which let you create squeeze pages… again, all point and click.

You can create & sell:

…your membership there lets you create – Graphical headlines for standard sales letters and OTO sales letters, headers (for blogs and minisites), guarantee certificates, ‘belcher’ buttons for order buttons, call to action buttons for optin forms and some others etc.

So here are the steps to make this Fiverr cash plan work:

  1. Get your account at SalesLetterPimp.com(under $10)
  2. Sign up at Fiverr.com (it’s free)
  3. Create multiple fiverr gigs for each kind of custom graphic you can make

That’s it! Then wait for the order to start coming in.

The traffic flowing through fiverr should be enough to land you gigs often. Fiverr is free to sign up with and get just 2 gigs and your account with SalesLetterPimp.com is paid for.

An example gig would go like this…

“I will turn your boring text headline into a stunning graphical headline for $5”

Then, all you have to do when someone buys your gig is log in to your Salesletterpimp.com account, go to the page where the ‘headline creator’ tool is and copy and paste their headline copy in (which they supply or you can offer to write for another Fiver ;).

When it looks good, hit the big green ‘Save’ button. The online tool will create the image for you, which you then save and send off to your customer.

Here’s an example headline that took me literally 1 minute..

The whole job (from getting the job description in fiverr to delivering it to the customer) will take you about 5 minutes. Creating the graphics themselves will actually be the fastest thing!

Post similar gigs for all types of graphics that you can create…. the more gigs out there, the more chance for getting orders.

Would You Sneeze At Earning $50/hr?

Get 10 of these gigs a day and you’re earning $40 (coz Fiverr takes $1 for every sale you make)… the total time it will take you is less than an hour. Where else can you get a job this simple that pays you $40 per hour?

Just to be totally transparent, here’s a little disclaimer: I have personally used this exact method and got results but I cannot guarantee you will get the same results or make any money at all by doing this.

But I think you can see the potential for earning some dead-easy cash here.

So there you go.. any dummy can follow this simple plan and potentially see some decent pocket money coming in.

I’ll leave it at that for now but if you use a bit of creativity with this system too and you could get this really cranking in the $5ers. (hint: create a few ready-made graphic packs and sell them as instant downloads 😉

Stu Stirling

To your success,

Stu Stirling

p.s. Do you think this could work for you? If you have any questions about it or comments, feel free to contact me or leave them in in the comments box.

Proof Of Real Affiliate Earnings

Is making money online just a pipe dream?

I know sometimes that making money online seems next to impossible, like trying to squeeze blood out of a stone, but I want to show you that it IS POSSIBLE to make money online.

I’m not one to brag or show off about anything really, I consider myself quite the ‘Average Joe’ when it comes to most things, but hopefully the little bit of ‘proof’ below will give you hope and encouragement to keep going after those sales too.

Plus, I want to let you know that I actually do what I teach and teach what I do… unlike those wannabe marketers with their fake screenshots and hypey sales pitches.

Sidenote: This is does NOT include sales of my own products which is where I generate the majority of my online income. This is some of the money I’ve made from selling other people’s products… i.e. Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate Commissions proof

WSO pro commissions

Niche Commissions
Commissions from one of my Non-IM niche sites
Niche Commissions
More Non-IM niche commissions

On top of these, I have my Clickbank account which only has a sprinkle of sales every month (sometimes less), and a few other affiliate programs in which I make a few sales here and there like Hostgator.

I get a couple of these every year from Aweber too

You’ll notice there isn’t a shot of my Paypal account here where the majority of my income goes from sales of my own products.

So again, I don’t show you this to brag, but to show you that earning money online selling OTHER people’s stuff is possible.

I admit, these aren’t breathtaking figures.. but they are real and achievable for anyone IF you put in the effort.

As they say, success is 10% inspiration an 90% perspiration.

Keep in mind that I built my internet marketing business from the ground up 5 years ago and have been working on it nearly every day.. sometimes for only 1 hour, sometimes 10 hrs.

Is it easy? No. Does it take time and dedication? Sure does. But I love the infinite potential of being an entrepreneur, the freedom of being my own boss… and of course seeing my work pay off 😉

Stuart StirlingTo your success,

Stu Sensei

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After reading the report, I was in “awe”, as I gasped, and said to myself…That’s the trick, RIGHT THERE!!!! I finally Cracked the Code!!!”  L.O.L!!! I’m literally laughing hysterically, but very serious, because you put it SO SIMPLE!

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p.s. Got any questions about it? Feedback? Suggestions to make it better? Leave them below.

“I Want To Make Money Online!”

As a teacher of Internet marketing, I get emails very frequently from subscribers and blog readers with a similar theme…

“I want to make money online. Can you help me?”

My reply is always “Yes, of course I can help you!” quickly followed by a question of my own.

“How do you want to make money?”

Imagine walking into a job recruitment agency and telling them “I want to make money!”

They will probably say, “Ok, you’ll need to get a job. What kind of job do you want to find?”

So, when you come up with the idea to start an internet business or start making money online, your first step is to think about “how” your going to go about it.

Here are a few essential questions to ask yourself that will make it easier for you to get closer to your goal of making money online.

  • What business model am I going to follow? (similar to when the job search agency asks “what job are you going to look for?”)
  • What am I going to sell?
  • How am I going to sell/market it?
  • Will I make a blog? Will I build a list? Will I create  a membership site?
  • Will I be an affiliate? Or, Will I create and sell my own product/service?

After you have a good idea of what you want to sell and how you’re going to sell it, you’re ready to move on. You can go and create your business and start marketing it.

And finally, two tips.

1. Research successful business models and borrow ideas from ones that work. There’s no point in re-inventing the wheel.

The same thing goes when you’re playing with ideas of what you want to sell.

2. It might be better to ask yourself “What do people want?” or “What are people already buying?”

It’s a million times easier to sell something they already want than trying to convince them they want it but don’t know it yet. In other words, don’t make it hard for yourself by trying to create a new market for your product/service.

Thanks for reading.

In a future post, I want to talk about and compare some of the best online business models that I’ve used and seen used with success.

Stuart Stirling

p.s. Are you still trying to find a way to make money online or have you got a firm grasp on what business model you want/have? Leave your comment below.