Should I Leave WA or Just Change My Approach?

Last Update: June 13, 2017

Okay, so I may not actually leave WA (but I might), but I wanted to write a title that would get you interested. I am definitely at a crossroads now. I've got some thinking to do, as I need to consider which way to go next.

Some background...

You may or may not remember a month ago I wrote How Are My Sites Doing? What Should I Focus On?, in which I said that my niche sites had not earned me much money so I was going to focus on my Earn Money with Marcus website. But now I'm not so sure.

You may also remember how I had decided to really try to get into social media. But I've quickly lost enthusiasm for that. I don't think this is the fault of social media itself, but much more to do with me being unsure about continuing to work in the Make Money Online niche.

I go on social media and I've really got no interest in the whole money making and website niches. Bored with it, really bored with it now. A lot of people are either pushing scams (yawn), saying how great WA is (yawn yawn), or giving WordPress tips (yawn my head right off my shoulders).

I recently wrote an in-depth analysis of the SBI review of Wealthy Affiliate. My intention after doing that was to actually try out SBI for myself and write an honest review of that. I thought there was a 30 day free trial of SBI for WP, but they seem to have recently changed that. Now there is a 90-day money back guarrantee, but I'm just feeling unsure about really diving into it.

The problem...

I've got to a point recently where I currently don't feel any enthusiasm for working on my Earn Money with Marcus website. I don't want to write reviews of other products without trying them (because I've come to understand it's a lame way of doing it), but trying them out and writing full reviews potentially takes up a lot of time, and may cost some money.

I've grown tired of running a website that has the aim of showing other people how to make money online, when I haven't even yet earned enough money online myself. It seems rather fraudulent really, to be trying to show other people how to earn money online if I've not yet properly succeeded at it myself.

This is the one big flaw with the Bootcamp course. People are trying to make money telling other people how to make money before they have even made any money themselves. It's a bit like someone without a driving license trying to teach people how to drive, an overwight person giving diet advice, or a naked person trying to sell clothes.

The solution...?

So I'm left at a crossroads, wondering which way to go. Here some possible ideas for how I could proceed:

  • Turn my failed Top Laptops Under 900 website into an authority website about laptops (there's probably money in this but it doesn't really interest me much).
  • Start a new niche site about something I'm genuinely interested in
    • Meditation, mindfulness, etc.
    • Autistic spectrum, personality types, the mind, etc.
  • Take a break from affiliate marketing for a while to do one of the following:
    • Write articles for Textbroker
    • Sell my skills on Fiverr
      • Photoshop skills
      • Music making skills

It's worth pointing out that I do have other part time work. I work 10 hours per week managing websites for a company, so that brings in some money and takes up some of each work day. That's actually my #1 priority because I like the people I work with and it pays reasonably well per hour, so anything else has to fit around that and not jeopardise that in any way.

So many possibilities...

It's actually liberating to have a total rethink of all of this, to consider all my options beyond any confines. I don't necessarily need to stay at WA, or stick with affiliate marketing. There are many different possible options open to me.

There is also the possiblity of a combination of approaches. For example, if I did manage to get some success doing Photshop gigs on Fiverr, I could also have a website about it which promotes my Fiverr gigs.

But it would actually be nice to be NOT doing stuff with websites. If I'm totally honest, I've never been particularly interested in websites in themselves. They've always just been a means to an end. I first started playing around with websites about 9 or 10 years ago, when I first started trying to make money online.

That's how I got into websites, as a possible way to make money online. It wasn't like I was interested in websites and then I tried to find out how to make money from them.

In fact, I'm not even necessarily that interested in technology really. Although I studied IT at college in the mid-to-late 90s, that was only because I couldn't think what else to do. I actually found most of it boring. I mean computers, they are like trains or planes. They are not really interesting in themselves. It's the places they can take you that are the fun part.

I suppose this is what makes WordPress so great. It makes it so easy to manage a website that most of the time you don't need to worry about anything too technical.

So I actually like the idea of doing something different when I'm not managing the websites for that company. Variety is the spice of life, after all...

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viyee Premium
If I were in your situation, (and no I am not,) I would be looking at getting some expert advice. Not advice on how to make money, advice on what I really wanted to do and to be in life.
You have expressed interests in Music and Mindfulness and so I feel you are a creative, expressive person.
I am not a life coach or anything. I had some terrific help from a friend who works in that field some 15 years ago and it really made and makes a difference now.
I sincerely hope you find your direction and find that "job-satisfaction" again.
Marcus1978 Premium
Thank you
Balloons29 Premium
If you aren't passionate about your chosen niche, your time is being wasted. It becomes just any old job. This I have learned the hard way. Good luck.

Marcus1978 Premium
Very true, thanks Tracy.
5-qpq Premium
The world is your oyster and only you know what's best for you.

Good luck Marcus!

Becky :)
Marcus1978 Premium
Thanks Becky, that's very true.
Marcus1978 Premium
Anyone got any thoughts on this?
Rbobejr1960 Premium
I myself because I am considering this. like the idea of selling your freelance skills on a website you own and have built. For several months, for example, I have been taking courses at Udemy gaining freelance skills in web development, logo design using Illustrator etc. Maybe develop a course in photoshop teaching folks the basics and writing an ebook and selling that on your site, Feature your designs, and Art produced with Photoshop on your site things like that sell yourself, not others products.
Rbobejr1960 Premium
Look at W.A. this way the hosting services and the freedom to build up to 25 sites on domains you own plus 25 free sites you can experiment with. The cost per month is worth the price because of the freedom you have. Then add on top of it the guidance and knowledge you can gain and leverage. A cheap site at Bluehost which is an excellent hosting service but a site you can monetize is going to cost 180 plus a year so if you have two sites you have spent what W.A. costs for a years membership.
Marcus1978 Premium
Good ideas, thanks.
MozMary Premium Plus
I see part of your answer in this part of what you've said
"Start a new niche site about something I'm genuinely interested in
Meditation, mindfulness, etc.
Autistic spectrum, personality types, the mind, etc.
[Computers] They are not really interesting in themselves. It's the places they can take you that are the fun part."

But it depends on how much passion you have, unless doing research into something that interests you can also earn you money. If you look at the other websites on these areas out there do you still want to go ahead, you know it takes a lot of work to keep posting content 3-5 times a week, and you nailed it on the head with the being interested part.

Looks like your skills give you good money for 10 hours, your current make money websites seem to bring in enough to cover your hosting fees and some extra expenses, personally I wonder at the amount of work fiverr takes to earn decent money - but only one way to find out. Sounds like none of the options available to you will trap you, there is a lot of freedom to try this or that and see if you enjoy it?
Marcus1978 Premium
Good points, Mary. Thank you.

It's interesting you ask the question about the possible amount of work Fiverr takes to earn decent money. I suppose the same could be said for an affiliate niche site, at least in the first year or two until it becomes residual.

You could be right that the best approach may be to try a few different things and see how I get on. Maybe I should try setting up a few Fiverr gigs and writing a few articles for Textbroker and just see how that all works out.