I’ve been noticing an error from my readers lately, especially after displaying my latest income report.
One thing I noticed is that displaying these income reports boosts my credibility and also encourages people to keep on spreading the word about me and my blog but I have also noticed a misconception in most of the emails and comments I get. My main reason for displaying my income report is not to get traffic but to impact my readers’ lives and I will only be deceiving you by telling you the way to succeed is by copying the exact same thing I’m doing. You wouldn’t believe it if I told you that I’ve gotten over 20 “emails” from readers looking for a company/individual to be writing for and I’ve gotten several other comments and the truth is, markets get saturated; if I start giving people the name of the company I’m working for or things of that nature they will be bombarding these companies with requests thereby decreasing the possibility of people getting results from this model and increasing the possibility of people seeing what I say as impractical.
Why Then Am I Displaying my Income Reports?
The question now is, when I’m not ready to display the details of those I work for and I’m not ready to recommend clients to people why then am I displaying my income reports? I’m not displaying my income reports so that you can copy me but so that you can know that making money online is truly possible and so that you can make efforts to start achieving results for yourself.
If you take a look at most of my posts (especially in relation to my income, blogging success, traffic etc.) you will notice that I usually emphasize the number of guest posts I have written. This is intentional and my main reason for doing this is not to brag or to make you look inferior but to let you know that online success takes hard work and that success doesn’t come overnight. It took no less than 8 months before I started seeing anything I can call results from my blog and it has been estimated that it takes most people more than that period of time, it doesn’t matter what formula you have, you should be ready to work hard and wait patiently to truly achieve blogging success.
When it comes to making money online by offering your services (which is what I do) it is all about positioning yourself as an expert and letting people know that you truly know what you’re doing. I wrote over 300 personal guest posts in 2010 and this alone proves beyond anything that I’m capable of making a living by writing for others; I wasn’t paid a dime for any of these guest posts yet I kept on writing them, I never even expected to be earning my living by writing but I knew one thing for sure, and that is I wanted to position myself as an expert when it comes to guest blogging. I knew this takes hard work and I had to distinguish myself, the funny thing is, the numbers are now bringing in results.
Start From Somewhere
I can sell you how many products I love, I can recommend as much products as I think you will buy and I can offer you months of coaching and collect thousands of dollars from you (it makes me richer;) )but the truth is I have little to nothing to do with the results you get. It doesn’t matter how great your knowledge of a subject is you can’t go far if you don’t do something.
My point: Instead of trying to copy what I do or looking for ways to start writing for a living you should try to discover yourself and know what is it that you do best. Once you’re able to locate yourself and know this special thing about yourself you can start positioning yourself as an expert at it and the results will begin to come.
Aren’t You Doing it For Fun?
Most people (myself included) believe I am a writing machine, and whether you believe it or not, I can write as much as 15 high quality articles in a single day. To me, writing is fun, writing is a habit and I only write whenever I feel like I want to. I have seen a lot of people who are also working as a freelance writer but couldn’t cope, they also saw the big figures but they just can’t go far because writing isn’t their thing. Yes, you can easily come up with the first few posts but sooner or later you will find it difficult to come up with anything and you will eventually be tired of the income you were working for in the first place.
I’m also so poor at some things and I believe I can never be better at some of these things but those things are what another person loves most. Success in life is not about trying to copy somebody else because they have results but by trying to look for what is special about you, what you really enjoy doing, and how you can make a killing from it.
Social Proof Works
If you are a company looking for someone to work for you and you had the opportunity of employing two people, the first person is a professional who has years of experience in the job you need a worker for while the other person is someone who’s never done the job before but is only looking for a way to make some quick bucks, which one will you choose? I bet I don’t need to tell you the answer.
It really pains me to tell you this and sometimes telling the truth might be difficult but I believe showing you how much I earn isn’t what will bring me the best results but you earning something yourself. When it comes to marketing there is what we call “weight“: if I convinced Bill Gates to become an entrepreneur and he eventually became an entrepreneur he will be able to get more quality people to my side compared to someone who is only impressed with my results because Bill Gates is highly successful as a result of my influence and anybody he refers will carry this weight: This also applies online, if I recommend someone to you and I told you the person is really making it online and the person was the one who helped me make this much online you will give the person more weight than if he/she is being recommended by some random person who is only impressed by his results.
My Final Words…
Try to look for what you’re best at, focus on positioning yourself as an expert when it comes to this and look for ways to make money out of this.
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