I promised last week a follow-up blog post on “Not Everyone Succeeds, But Anyone Can”. So here it is.
I’ll share with you two stories from my beginnings in online marketing.
Back in the summer of 2014 I think I was still a free member in most sites I used. But… something clicked for me. I realized that if I continued like that all I was doing was wasting my free time (as much as it was), because that won’t lead anywhere.
Then, during only a few months time, I took action and subscribed to a few select services to which I never stopped being subscribed almost 3 years later (though I changed a service provider once). They were all on a monthly basis at first and a high burden for me. In time, I managed to get long-term deals where they were available, and even a lifetime offer.
If I wouldn’t had taken the decisive action back in mid-2014 (decisive for my online endeavors afterwards), I probably wouldn’t have written a blog post for you right now or grow Adrian’s Hub in the back-end as I did.
When I subscribed to an autoresponder service, I already had in mind my first campaign. Nothing fancy, in fact you see it at many “first timers”: an email series about the internet marketing tools I used. With my words, my choices and my mistakes.
During that period or soon after, I had a talk with a friend of mine who was a skillful marketer (“was” because I haven’t seen him use his marketing skills online for a long time). I remember asking him how many subscribers he had. He avoided to answer my direct question by saying something like this: “100 engaged subscribers are much better than 10000 inactive ones.”
As you can see I remember what he said, maybe because I heard it repeated in various forms by others who know what they are talking about. But right then, I probably only heard the number “100” which translated into my first goal about my list size.
That list never grew past 60-70 subscribers, so it never reached my self-imposed 100 subscribers mark. Partly because in the meantime I launched my blog and shifted my interest to it.
The blog started out with 12 subscribers. But I was excited and persevered and promoted it and it kept growing. This is important: I have promoted primarily my blog/program since the beginning, for over 2 and a half years. Not for a day, a week, a month, 3 months or even a year! And I probably haven’t promoted it enough.
When I first started with the blog, I never thought to turn it into an affiliate program. Or to develop PTD offers or ‘your picks’ which are unique to Adrian’s Hub. They just seemed natural additions, in time.
And at least for a year if not longer, I write one blog post every week. Don’t laugh if you write daily posts! But also don’t think it is easy if you write a post every three months.
Now the blog has over 500 subscribers/members and I paid out over $1000 commissions (including prizes). Slow, but steady growth.
My stories should be read in order. The second story relies on the first which relies on the fact that it was the right time for me to take action for growing.
There are many such stories, some much more successful than mine. All they should be is a motivation source for those who seek such a stimulus. The learning, the grinding, the focus, the failures and successes are all yours, if you choose to take a similar road. As they were and are mine at my turn. I believe in one finding his or her own path; sharing success is an illusion.
Let’s wrap this up with the memorable words of Jim Rohn:
Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom.