I have recently, well in the last 7 or 8 months, started building a business on the Internet. I have a strong background in Computers, both hardware and software; but when I started this business, I realized I knew nothing about affiliate, or for that matter any type of advertising, on the Internet.
I first thought that I would begin my journey into the world of the Internet Enterprise (beam me up, Scotty!) By selling a product to help you lose weight. I needed to lose weight, so I figured "what the hey". I lost two thing in that venture, weight and interest in selling the products for this company.
I then moved onto eBooks for learning "how to". "How to Make Money.", From pictures you took with your camera, to doing surveys. This phase of my learning cycle cost me a few bucks, but one day, I hope to go back and read the eBooks, and possibly put them to work for "making money".
By now I had read multiple articles, books, or whatever, and had decided I needed help. Then the phone rings. This is Joe Blow with so-and-so, and would like to train you to be a media placement specialist. Well, I needed help, and here it was. What it was not was cheap, but, in the end, it gave me the help I needed.
Meanwhile, why Kime Sobe was at the ranch, Tonto was spending money on promises that did not exactly work out. I guess you have to expect to fall a lot before you walk, so I chalked those unfortunate moments up to the learning curve.
Oh wait, I did not tell you about the cling-on expenses. Cling-on expenses are those that recur every month; such as a domain name, hosting, list building service, tax service, and the list goes on. In the meantime, I am not making any money. What I have made is the list or lists, and become very popular with the scam artists.
I have finally gotten a couple websites set up to do affiliate advertising. One site I built from scratch, the other site I purchased ready-made (another expense, with no income coming in). As previously mentioned, I do affiliate advertising, and have over 100 (soon to be over 200) stores in which I advertise for. I have put tons of time in building and modifying these sites. I advertise a wide variety of items: shoes, sports, medicine, pet supplies, holidays, flowers, movies, even a credit card machine, and many, many more.
Now that I have given the readers digest version of my experience with building an online business, I ask you, "Where's the money?" "When do I get paid?" I have advertised until I am blue. I tried Googles Adwords; no go. Another output without input. I have written articles, sent emails, done HTML Authentication, sent out my address so I can have spiders crawl through my website.
I have heard that it could take up to 2 years before seeing a profit, and I realize I have only been doing this 7 or 8 months, but come on. A few dollars in my business account at my bank would go a long way to making me feel like I am not wasting my time.
I guess it does not really matter, because, here I am, sitting in front of the computer, writing this article, hoping it will help me generate traffic. And asking myself, "Where's the return?" I do not plan to give up, and I will keep putting time into this venture, and possibly money; however, I am still looking for the payoff.