I searched for an answer in the form of an online income stream. If I could make regular money from the internet it would balance out the short falls and quiet times of my other work. Little would I know that it would lead to something even better – a reliable income from the internet.
That was the dream – constant income flowing on tap from automated sources. Unfortunately it took much longer than I expected and I lost a lot of living in the process. I lost some dear friends in the process too. I leaned too heavily on this ‘magic bullet’ of the internet and got burned.
Not that it’s all bad of course. I learned a lot about myself in the process and that’s a good thing. I stuck with it and never gave up – that’s enabled me to continue to learn and earn from the internet.
What Have I learned?
Initially I began with eBay the auction site and I bought and sold items. My room was full of second-hand stuff I had bought from the charity shops and I didn’t shift a lot of it. I was spending a lot of time travelling to and from the post office and standing in queues with my items which needed weighing.
I decided I wasn’t going to get rich by doing this. I was tired and it seemed a lot more hassle than a normal job would have been. I looked into ways of automating product delivery. One way was bulk buying and selling through a single listing on eBay. However this required capital – something which I didn’t have.
I kept buying courses which promised to show me a new and ‘quicker’ way to make money on eBay and the internet! Some of them actually worked but mostly they needed a lot of time and effort. Selling the information was a much better bet until eBay changed their rules about selling digital products.
You used to be able to sell a product on eBay and once you had received payment you could (automatically) send your customer to an automated website where they could download the product. That sounded amazing to me! It meant you didn’t even have to be there in order to take a payment and make a delivery.
Unfortunately eBay changed their rules so you would have to send a physical product rather than simply direct someone to an automatically downloaded product. I started down this line but then discovered affiliate marketing which was basically the same automated process – allowing you to sell digital products online and send customers to a website to enroll in a membership.
Membership products which meant an automated delivery were great products to sell on the internet. When I got my first taste of this working I was very excited! I sent people to a sales page which then converted into a sale. They got instant access to a membership program and I could automate the entire process.
I checked my email the following day after setting up one of these systems and found several sales. It was an amazing moment. Sadly it didn’t last and my AdWords account was shut down. I was devastated and it wasn’t until a long time later, and with another course, that I repeated this success.