Hello and welcome to MyPartTimeJob.Org!
Some Background on Me
I became interested in internet marketing about 2 years ago. It began when I heard one of those commercials on the radio where the guy is sitting on the beach and you can hear seagulls and waves crashing in the background. He's sipping a pina colada and talking about how he makes $10,000 a day without lifting a finger. They played a couple of testimonials of other people talking about how they've quit their day jobs and now they have all this free time to spend with their kids. Sounds great!
2 years ago I was 30 years old, living alone in a 1 bedroom apartment that I could barely afford. Working full time at a job that was underpaying me. I was 80 lbs overweight and depressed. I had $21,000 in student loans that I was still paying off, $6,000 in credit card debt, 4 years left on my car payment. Making money online seemed like the answer to all my problems.
So I started my journey in the same fashion that many of you probably did. I typed in "make money online" into Google and found page after of internet marketing gurus promising hundreds of thousands of dollars in bright bold text and fancy looking sales pages. I was hooked.
Internet Marketing is a Science
I signed up for commission junction and clumsily built a couple of sites, kicked back, put my feet up on my desk and expected torrents of cash to come rolling in to my account. Yeah, it didn't work out like that. My first site made $36 in 6 months and I spent hundreds of dollars on Adwords campaigns. I was driving a bunch of traffic, but nobody was buying my stuff. Because my site was crap and it looked like crap. I got frustrated and gave up with the whole thing.
The simple fact is when you build a website (and expect to make any money from it) you need to optimize it for Google. There's an entire industry dedicated to Search Engine Optimization (SEO). That's why there are internet marketing experts who get paid a lot of money to teach you their skills.
Set Realistic Goals For Yourself
I don't want to rain on anybody's parade, but the fact is that 95% of people who attempt internet marketing fail. They fail, because they believe that they can make a 6 figure income without doing any work. Some of these gurus really do make millions every year, but they are at the top 1% of the game. I'll put it this way: Tiger Woods made $90 million last year between earnings and endorsements. If Tiger were to give you personal golf lessons and teach you everything he knows, you'd be at a great advantage. You could probably be the best golfer out of everybody you play with. But you wouldn't be making that kind of money.
I thought if I could use internet marketing as a part time job and get paid like I was working at a part time job then I would consider it a success. I figured; $10/hr x 20 hrs per week x 4 weeks per month would be $600 per month after taxes. That's a very realistic goal. If I could make $1,000 per month, that would be life changing for me. Now, I live in Massachusetts, where a tiny 1 bedroom apartment goes for $800 per month. If you live someplace where the cost of living is cheaper, that kind of money could really be life changing.
Thank you if you're still reading. In conclusion, internet marketing works great as a great part time job. You just have to make sure you're doing it right and use the right systems. If some guy is promising you sports cars, women, vacations and boats, then it's probably too good to be true.
Set realistic goals for yourself. Don't get discouraged if your first websites don't make any money. I gave up at first and now it's been 6 months since I've rekindled my interest. I'm now making over $1,000 per month because I've found some good money making systems that teach you step-by-step how to make money. It's been life changing for me.