It’s as simple as that.
If you want to make money online, you have to first believe that you CAN make money online.
If you think everything out there is a scam, or only works for the “gurus” or [insert negative outlook here] then you’re probably right. It probably won’t work for you. Go back to your j.o.b., continue hating your boss and get off my website, get off my mailing list.
In fact, there are so many ways to make money online I’ve got notebooks full of to-do’s, ideas and potential products all waiting in the wings for me.
Take blogging, for example. There’s all kinds of tutorials on how to make money blogging (perhaps I’ll review my favorites in the future). The biggest mistake people continue to make, despite being warned over and over not to do this, is to write a crappy blog on making money online when you’re the biggest n00bie on the block.
That’s nothing against being a noobie, it’s just apparent in reading a newbie’s writing that they don’t know what the heck they’re taking about. So no one is going to buy from you. Plus, you site won’t rank well since the site is new, you’re new and no one gets any value from your writings.
That said, I’ve seen newbies do interesting stuff along the lines of, “I’m new to internet markeitng and will be sharing my journey.” Nothing wrong with that, and one can develop a great community of people starting out together with a blog like that. But if you’re trying to appear as an expert when you’re not, people will see right through you.
So, if you want to make money online by blogging and you’re new to IM, pick a topic that’s NOT internet marketing. Then update frequently, establish yourself on a social network or two as an expert in your niche and go to town.
Don’t get involved in multi-level offerings that sound too good to be true, despite all the “proof” you’re shown. MLM really only works if you’ve already got some clout. So don’t set yourself up for disappointment.
Spend some freakin’ money. You do need to invest in your business. Tools make things easier. Don’t go buy every whiz-bang you see mentioned if it doesn’t fit in with your current objectives, but get some good web hosting (don’t rely on free sites or Squidoo or MySpace or whatever to host your page, although they should be a part of your overall strategy) and a reputable ebook or software that really fits in with what you want to do online.
Do not expect the world to be handed to you on a silver platter. Expect to do some work and expect to have to figure things out on your own at times. Expect frustration. Then fix it and be proud of yourself for what you’ve accomplished.
But most of all, believe.