So, what does that really mean? Okay, okay. Here's a little overview of "my story," which I'll share more of down the road, as time permits.
I started my first online venture in 2000, after the birth of my first child. I was determined to find a way to make money online and spend more time at home with my growing family than I would be able to do with a regular 8 to 5 J-O-B. I had already dabbled in network marketing (Amway and Melaleuca), so I knew that face-to-face prospecting and/or sales wasn't for me. Plus, my "list" of real in-person people that I could call and show "the plan" was pretty limited. It seemed the internet was the way to go.
My first few websites were a bust. I've used pretty much every free type of website builder that has ever existed, from Geocities to Wix. I've purchased almost all of my domains over the years through Go Daddy, since they have appeared to be the cheapest. Yes, that confirms I am a cheapskate at heart.
While some of my websites experienced a modest success, none of them generated enough income to allow me to go full time. At one point, I was earning just over $100 a month through the Google Adsense program through about 1/2 dozen websites that were up and running, focusing on current events / news within a specific niche or three. That all came crashing down when Google kicked me out of the program for "suspicious traffic," despite the fact that everything I was doing was absolutely above board, 100%. There was no specifics given, no rebuttal allowed. That's when I learned one of the most valuable lessons in internet marketing: never put all of your eggs into one basket. We all know this, in theory, but how many of us do it anyway?
Well, by 2007 I had discovered a few websites where I would write content as an independent contractor and make enough to replace my current salary. This still took up a lot of my time, but I was able to set my own schedule, write when I wanted to, and didn't have to ask to use the bathroom or take days off. It was definitely one step closer to my dream of true freedom. I haven't looked back, and I still work as an independent contractor today. I haven't held a regular job in over 8 years, and I don't plan to any time soon.
Today, I primarily work with a company performing SEO services for a group of franchisees and I develop new content for them as well. It's still pretty much a full time commitment, but the pay is good and the schedule is still up to me. But after eight years I still desire the one thing I haven't been able to achieve in working from home ... less time commitment and residual income. That's why I'm here at Wealthy Affiliate. I'm hoping the system that is here and the advanced training will cover something that I'm not aware of, something that I've missed over the years that will make the difference.
If you've read this far, thanks for listening. Sorry for the book. I look forward to your comments. :)