Why I Haven't "Monetized" This Website Yet
Several members have noted that our tiny house website has no ads on it. This is not only NOT an accident, but something that will continue at least to the end of 2016.
Carla and I decided to make it commercial free to focus on creating the best credibility and highest potential audience growth.There are some links to our WA promotion site, but no banner ads.
Several times a year we sit down and look over our life plans to review, brainstorm and revise as necessary. The last time we did this, WA was a high priority topic. Having looked the online business landscape through WA eyes for about 6 months at the time, we decided on a 2 year commitment.
There are several reasons behind this decision:
1. Having a better feel for how long it takes, to put everything we want to accomplish with our websites into place, it just can't really be done in 1 year.
This includes building a powerful social media presence, having real depth of content, search engine credibility, building out several YouTube channels, an established podcast, a flourishing email newsletter and so on.
2. 2 years is longer than probably 90-95% of people would be willing to go before demanding significant results. To my mind, the vast majority of people who fail, even at a good thing, do so because they quit too soon.
We talk a lot about scams here at WA, but scams work (for the scammers) but not just because people are greedy over money, but just as importantly they are greedy over time.
It can be hard to spot a scam over money...what's reasonable...$500 a week...$1000 a week...$10000 a week...$10000 a day? Where do you draw the line and say it has to be a scam? Hard to know.
But, if a program says you will earn that $1000 the first day, or 10,000 the first week...well, you probably deserve to get taken, if you dive into that kind of "opportunity". But, people do it all the time...often out of a sense of desperation...financial or otherwise.
We decided that if we really wanted to do this, we needed to take a different approach and our tiny house niche was born...(a) be debt free, (b) own what you drive and (c) own where you live.
3. 2 years is our time table for building our new home. We are already on a cash only basis 24/7/365...we already own what we drive (have for years)...we have just about paid off our last debt...and by the end of the 2nd year, we will have enough to buy the land and build our house, not depending on a single cent from WA.
Now, compare that to the average person who needs WA to pay off, and they need it to pay off yesterday! How long are they going to give it? How long can they afford to give it? And, just how big must it pay off for them to "make it"?
Life's circumstances will likely swallow them up before they can succeed...or, maybe they will go chasing after something that promises the sky after 2, 3 or 6 months here at WA.
Well, I've rambled on enough, and you get the picture, by now. It is a matter of timing...the question is: is time your friend or your enemy? Does it not make sense that the less you need, the better your chances of successfully leaving your old life and old job behind?
Just some thoughts for your consideration.
I'm following you all the way to success!