What We Are Doing to Make Money Online in 2016

Yes I know, I haven’t been adding much to this site lately and I only came into it today to update WordPress and various plugins and such. But I like to keep adding content to the site even if it is only every now and then. It’s one of the first websites we created and one I still enjoy writing for.

So I thought about what to write for this post and decided on discussing what we are doing this year to make money online. It’s been evolving over the years but it has to if we want to continue working online. If you rely on Google, Amazon, Pinterest, Twitter or any other external business in order to make your money then you have to be prepared for them to make changes that could alter your income….sometimes in a big way.

It’s so easy to give up when those changes happen. We could have easily given up when Google hit our review sites hard but it never occurred to us to do so. Neither of us wanted to go back to a regular 9 to 5 job so we just assumed that it would work out in the end.

So after we got hit, we spent a lot of time working on this and that, just managing to hang in there by the skin of our teeth sometimes, but we just kept going and eventually we settled in on creating authority sites. But it wasn’t so much that one day we decided that we should create authority sites – it was more of an evolutionary process as what we really wanted was to be working on something that we had an interest in. We had created all of those Amazon review sites on topics, which for the most part, we really had no interest in so we wanted something we could work on long term that sustained our interest.

What this meant is that we started to build sites based on ‘our interest in the topic’ rather than ‘how good the niche was’. However, we also knew that the we couldn’t just build a website based on our interests if no-one else was interested. Nor could we do so if we couldn’t make any money from it. The reality is that if we want to work online, we not only need to think about what interests us but whether we can generate an income from it.

So we ended up creating a couple of authority sites – but we really only have one that we have been placing most of our focus on lately. It is a craft site and it is something the both of us really enjoy working on. We love the topics we write about and we love the people who follow us. It’s a nice community to be in so it was a good choice for us.

We have been building up a presence on YouTube and that has been a great way to get traffic to our website. Creating videos for YouTube can be a lot of work but we make sure we do the best we can with the equipment we have and we have improved so much since we first started recording for YouTube.

Our main focus this year has been on creating our own products. As many of you know, some years back, we released a manual called the ‘Amazonian Profit Plan’ which provided a step-by-step plan on how to create review sites and make money with Amazon. This was extremely successful and we were amazed at how much money we made from that manual – we honestly weren’t expecting it to do so well. But it taught us that creating your own products is the key to making money online over the long term.

We create downloadable graphics and crafting files as well as full training programs for various topics. We will continue to do this for at least the remainder of this year and probably on into next year.

We have also been selling physical products for over a year now on eBay and although it is doing better than we expected (we are a Top Rated Seller) , we don’t want this to be our main focus. We like the freedom of working online so that we can get up and go at a moments notice if we want. However, eBay doesn’t lend itself to that as you have to be in one location in order to stock and post the items. This is why we have started to reduce the amount of items we have on eBay and eventually we will most likely close up shop.

We still of course use Amazon quite extensively. We link to it wherever we can plus we still make money from the old review sites we have, but we don’t want to have to rely on it exclusively.

So that in a nutshell is what we are doing online now.

Are You Living an Extraordinary Life?

I remember sometime back listening to a conversation I heard at work between two colleagues who were discussing what they would do if they won the lottery. I listened with interest to this conversation as each told the other about all the great things they would do if they won a large sum of money. And as the conversation progressed, I could see that much of what they wanted to do, they could do right now if they really wanted to. They didn’t really need to win the lottery to achieve it.

So often you hear people discussing what they would do if they won the lottery or had the time to follow their dreams. In fact its something you hear constantly from people around you and it goes a bit like this…”when I win the lottery” or  “someday I’ll do it” or “when the kids are a little older” or when the “kids have left home” or “when I retire”.

You know when it all boils down to it, each of these statements is simply an excuse for not taking action because taking action may require a bit of effort or it might involve taking some risks. So, it’s much easier to just continue on day after day doing the same things over and over until eventually you get stuck in a rut and come to accept that you will never do all the things you really want to. At some stage you may even reach a point where you don’t even dream about doing these things anymore.

We are creatures of habit. This is both a good and a bad thing. Good because it means that a lot of those regular tasks we do can be done without even thinking about them. It’s like when you get in the car – you don’t think about how you are going to drive the car, it’s an automatic process because you have had years of practice. Unfortunately though, the bad is that your life can settle quite comfortably into a rut.  You know how it goes –  you wake up, get the kids ready for school, go to work, come home, make dinner, get the kids to bed, watch a bit of tv and go to bed.

Even the weekends become  a routine, you take the kids to soccer practice, go grocery shopping and if you are lucky maybe do something different like go to a movie or to dinner. Then on Monday you wake up and get the kids ready for school, go to work, come home, make dinner…and so it goes, on and on, day after day until the day you retire. And at that stage, your life has settled into its daily routine and as you are older you are not ready to take risks, so your retirement isn’t happy because you have lost the enthusiasm or the will to try new things and perhaps follow those long lost dreams.

Would you call this an extraordinary life? I wouldn’t. And don’t be blaming your kids here either, you can have a mundane life with or without kids.

If you want to have an extraordinary life then you need to start taking risks. The most successful people in life are the risk takers. This doesn’t mean taking stupid risks. Obviously you still need to do your research before taking on any risk but don’t go too crazy either….you can get bogged down with too much analysis and then you will start to focus on the negatives and that becomes scary, so eventually you decide its safer to stay at home and you never go anywhere or try anything new.

Now I am by no means an expert at this but I do have a tendency to take risks…  I’ve thrown in my job before I was making a decent income in order to work from home, I moved to a new city where I had no family or friends, I’ve gone overseas when I barely had enough to feed myself while I was away, I bought that ebook when I knew nothing about making money on the internet and it cost a staggering $197 and it could have all been just a scam.

Even as business partners, Wanda and I take a hell of a lot of risks – we have been overseas countless times, even though there have been times when we really weren’t making a huge amount of money from this business and funds were tight. We didn’t dwell on where the money was going to come from – we just booked our fares and off we went.  This is something we still do and now we only book our return airfare and book all other travel as we go when we are overseas. We  both have a can do attitude and truly believed  that we were going to succeed and so we live life accordingly. We could have said “someday we’ll go to Affiliate Summit” or “someday we’ll see the Colesseum” but instead we just did it.

Wanda has a quote from “The 4  Hour Work week” by Timothy Ferriss, on the wall in her office that sums it up nicely:

SOMEDAY

Is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.

If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually’

JUST DO IT

and correct course along the way.

Taking action and taking risks go hand in hand with being successful and having that extraordinary life. This doesn’t mean that you won’t fail. Failure is a part of life but the difference between those that succeed and those that fail is that those who succeed see failure as just being part of the road to success.

Don’t settle for less in life. We decided early on that we each wanted an extraordinary life, we don’t want our lives to be mundane and boring. We don’t want the 9 to 5 grind that most people take for granted and ultimately why we know that working online is the ultimate lifestyle…at least for us.

Don’t wait to win the lottery in order to do all the things you want to do. Take action now to live an extraordinary life – it’s fun, its risky, its exhilarating but most of all its fulfilling.

My internet business gives me an extraordinary life and I am more than happy to take whatever action is required to keep it this way.