Story by Ayo Oyedotun
The cyber world is vast, online businesses can turn rags to riches overnight, young people easily become successful online, … are the words that caught my attention when I began my online career. For six years, I tried hard to become Online Affiliate Marketer- make huge money one day and become a celebrity the next day. I just wanted to BE A MILLIONAIRE so badly. Unfortunately, the way online marketers promote the ‘Get Rich Quick’ idea did not help matters at all. For me, I was doing everything the wrong way.
How I Made Unproductive Efforts
First, I got into autosurfing (a real scam). I paid a couple of bucks and had to view roughly 15 adverts everyday to earn about 15% of what I paid but lost all the money overnight. Later, I started blogging but didn’t learn anything on how to blog successfully. I posted 10 articles one day and waited till the following month before posting something new. I tried to get my friends (on Facebook) to visit my blog, but they never really visited. Even when they visited my blog, none of them returned. This continued for about six months without substantial visitors to the blog. In short I made many unproductive efforts.
What I Learnt about Productive Efforts: The Law of Growth
Any business at all should follow the rules of nature: the time of sowing, nurturing, growth, maturity, bearing fruits, and new growth.
Eventually, I became a Professional Web Content Provider. How? I followed the laws of nature and it works for every venture.
Sowing of Seeds: Plant your Idea(s)
Seeds must be sown to reap a harvest sooner or later.
After conceiving the ide
a of writing, I decided to find a good platform where I could write and develop my skills within a short time. I chose a forum (forums.digitalpoint.com) and began active writing. Though I had to sell my articles cheap, I had the wonderful opportunity of developing myself. Also, I could always contact my buyers to suggest how to serve them better – I sowed my seeds.
Nurturing of Business
Planted seeds need constant watering and monitoring till they grow up.
As you already know, I didn’t start writing for quick money. So, I treated all my customers with respect and created a personal relationship with them. I got interested in their businesses and how I could help. Also, I began to spend quality time to develop my abilities and knowledge. Additionally, I had to get rid of weeds (competitors for my money) by providing a better service. I secured my space- made sure my customers trusted my service.
Growth to Maturity: Build your Business
Every plant eventually becomes mature and stops growing. Sometimes, the law of diminishing returns may set in.
This is the stage I am presently.
Sorry folks, I can’t tell you the plans I have, but you can always guess: I plan to get more organized and better paid. How? I’ll tell you when I start.
Bearing of Fruits or Seeds: Diversify
As soon as my business grows to maturity, I have to diversify. This could mean expanding
by getting a team of writers or venturing into new grounds.
Starting all Over
Finally, I can apply the same law that helped me grow in the first business to a new business.
What You Should Learn
The cyber world is vast: That means, you can be easily missed among the millions of people online.
Online businesses can turn rags to riches overnight, but they can also turn riches to rag in a day.
Young people easily become successful online, but they are often easily carried away in unproductive ventures; always wanting easier work and more money. Until, you are willing to do the required work, you may not be able to succeed. Ask one of the top bloggers, Brian Clark, and he’ll tell you the meaning of harwork.
“You know what’s a lot of work? Running a bricks and mortar business. 12 hour days, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Maybe after a couple of successful years you’ll let yourself take a weekend off.”
You can save yourself a lot of headache if you:
- Get a mentor
- Get a model
- Have a focus
- Have a target
- Be yourself
Lastly, learn to improvise, adapt, improve, diversify, and start all over until you become what you initially wanted to be.
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