You can skip this post if you want – it might bore the pants off you.
It’s 8.37am on a cold Yorkshire morning and I’m going to tell you about ‘a day in the life of an Internet Marketer’ – the glamour, the sex, the parties….
Actually there’s none of that but there ARE bird nuts and filling the dishwasher. This is a potted history because I’ve only been up an hour or so.
7am ish. Wake up to realise my son (9 months old) has slept through the night – a rare happening – rare enough for my wife to listen to the baby monitor and shhhhhh! me every time I breathe in. Rushes to his room to find him beaming happily at her. He just fancied a full night’s kip.
Daughter wakes next and we go downstairs for breakfast, passing my office where I longingly look at my laptops and PC’s brightly lit and buzzing and want to rush in and check the mornings email. Family must come first depsite the fact that THEY won’t have brought in a single sale as they sleep unlike faithful PC’s.
Coffee, waffles and toast later my daughter finds some peanuts we’ve bought for the birds to eat over winter. Depsite being half dressed and it being bloody cold in the garden we go out and put the bird buts on the table. They wait for us to get back inside and swoop.
As brekky continues I escape to my office and start my morning ritual. Plonking my coffe on the desk in a position that could wipe out all three computers with one spill I go to my email page.
I always make sales. Every day without doubt. This is the result of constantly putting up new websites, blogs and recently, lenses. Internet Marketing is all about numbers. The more sites you have out there selling things, the more money you’ll make. So my income comes from my niche websites, my IM-type websites, affiliate sales, royalties and books under license.
I have a target – an amount of money that I like to make in a day – it’s an off the top of my head target but I don’t really relax (if I’m being totally honest) until I’ve pulled that in. This morning I have – most mornings I do.
The ClickBank cheques arrived a few days ago so it’s nice to see the CB receipts starting to come in for the next cheques in 2 weeks time. I get CB cheques every 2 weeks.
In my inbox is a proposal for an ebook partnership. Some are great, some aren’t but this is an ebook I would buy myself. I’ve swapped emails with the author and now he’s sent me the actual book to read. A quick glance and it looks well written. This is a non-IM type book so will be marketed via a blog that I’ll put up today to get indexed ASAP and then it can be changed accordingly when the books ready for market.
A couple of emails from some IM mates – a bit of gossip (didn’t know HE was in trouble!) and some from the mailing lists I’m on providing great content, and some ‘buy me buy me buy me’ ones.
An email from my business partner telling me that a site I promised I’d finish for the end of the week isn’t finished, and another saying I’d had a product accepted for a big ‘giveaway’ type launch done by a well know IM’er. That should bring in a few subscribers to my newsletter.
My wife then walks in and instructs me to ‘shred something’ because she needs some packing for a parcel she’s sending out. She’s also planned a trip for us to buy an antique kitchen rack thing and a new desk for her workroom this afternoon.
Two emails I’m waiting for about meetings next week for new projects I’m involved with don’t arrive. I’ll wait until tomorrow. I write my ‘turd do’ list (dunno why I call it that) and think about a coffee refill. It’s 9am now and I’m wondering whether to actually post this on my blog or does it seem a bit anal?
I’m going to post it because it proves a point – and this is it. I’m 40 years old and I made more money this morning than some people do in a week. Just by waking up and checking my email. Obviously that’s not true – I had to set up an awful lot of websites and do a lot of work to get to this point, but Internet Marketing is LIKE THAT.
Prepare for capital letters – THE MORE WORK YOU DO, THE EASIER IT GETS. Because every new websites piles on top of the last one, and they all keep trickling money into your bank account. And you get to a ‘criticial mass’ stage where you don’t need to do much except take on the role of a gardener and tend to your money plants every once in a while to make sure they don’t die.
I’m not a guru – I dunno how you got to my blog but I bet a fair old percentage of you don’t have a bloody clue who I am. And that is COOL – I like it that way. Gurus work hard to preserve an image and maintain quality. I can sit down and watch the rugby instead.
Non-gurus is where it’s going guys. Quiet, background marketers like me, working in IM and niche marketing and earning a nice amount of money without being an IM rock star. My lifestyle is wonderful. I’ve now done my work for a while. I’m going to go back into the family room now and spend a bit of time with them.
It was a while ago now that I got my business to the point where I could work just a few hours a day and make over $10,000 a month easily. I knew I had to do it before my children were born because I wouldn’t want to work as much once they were here.
I started online with a single website – actually that’s a stupid thing to say because we all start with one – but you see what I mean. Build a website – promote it. Build another. Now build a blog. It’s not hard but it takes consistency. You have to do a bit on a regular basis.
Just got an email from my sis – she’s very successful in medecine. Earns well, lives well. And she drives 100 miles a day round trip and is at her desk from 6.30am until 6.30pm. Imagine what SHE could do in IM with that sort of commitment?
IM is easier than having a full time job…once you get to critical mass that is.
Easy for me to say now.
But it wasn’t always….
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