Here’s a great visual aid my long-time blogging colleague Darren Rowse just published.
Can Ordinary “Real” people Make Money With a Website?
Well the answer is absolutely yes. Many of you reading that sentence may say, “Yeah yeah, talk, talk, do you have any proof Dave”?
Well, I do, actually.
- 0.1 Well, I do, actually.
- 0.2 But wait, What About This Darren Rowse Guy?
- 0.3 Most Important Step For Any venture — I Did Something
- 0.4 From little acorns might oaks may grow.
- 0.5 Why Am I Telling You All This?
- 0.6 Why Would You “Get a Job” When You Could Be Free?
- 0.7 So Many Ways:
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Tears ago, long before the Internet, I remember reading advice from many successful entrepreneurs that told a virtual fool-proof way to find a viable “niche” or specialty to set up a business around.
In those days one of the easiest ways an “ordinary” person could start a business in was mail order sales … commonly called “Direct Mail” in the business. The advice was to go in the back of widely circulated magazines such as Popular Science or Popular Mechanics and look at the small,fine print classified ads in the back of the magazine and pick a offer or two which interested you.
Write down the business name and then go to the public library and dig out some back issues of the magazine, preferably at least 4 or 5 years old. Look in the classified section of those “back issues” and see if the same companies had been advertising the same product some years ago.
Since those ads were all paid for, in cash, month after month, an ad appearing 5 years ago (60 monthly payments) ago that matched up with the same offering currently would mean, almost with 100% assurance, that the business advertising the product and services was making money, and most likely legitimate too, because if they were defrauding people, surely in 5 plus years, they’d have been “taken down” by the authorities.
I explained this in some detail here: Online Business Philippines — Comments and Closure (and if you haven’t read that article, you should, because it’s an interesting story of how one man supported himself and his family for years mainly by selling a little cheaply printed pamphlet about repairing hydraulic jacks, of all things. I know this story is true, because for years my own mother was part of his hired staff who helped handle the mail orders and (importantly) banked the money that came in. (she used to show me the deposit tickets and wonder out loud how so many people from all over the world were ordering this little “how to do it” booklet)
Today this exact same business model works, and it works like gangbusters because you can use the Internet to run the same sort of enterprise much more easily … no trips to the post office, no printed forms and products, and no dealing with paper checks. More than 40 or 50 years of “proof”, actually.
Using Tools Like The Wayback Machine you can easily see if a website was in business 1, 2, 5 or even 10 years ago.
But wait, What About This Darren Rowse Guy?
Well back in mid 2005, about a year after Darren had really started his “Problogging” career, my wife, “The Unofficial Cook”, whom I readily admit is the smart half of our partnership, happened across this article Rowse announces 6 figure AdSense income and said to me, “hey, are you using that AdSense stuff on any of your web sites? I see it all over the Internet and he’s a guy who is making real money from it”.
Well I went and looked, cautious it might be some sort of scam or “make money quick” scheme. Instead I found this fellow:
Immediately Darren’s helpful attitude and low-key manner impressed me.
What’s more important is, he made a lot of sense … and banking more than $100,000 USD per year from those ugly little web advertisements kind of fascinated me.
Most Important Step For Any venture — I Did Something
Using mainly the excellent and free information Darren provided, I read up on Google’s AdSense program, joined the program (took all of 5 or 10 minutes), and set up what Google calls an ad unit on a little site I was running to advertise and get sales leads for my wife and my little “real world” (dirt-based) business where we sold and serviced GPS tracking units. (you can see my website as it was back in 2005 here)
Looking back I see that my application to become an AdSense publisher was approved on 15 October, 2005, my first ads went “live” a few days alter, and something rather “life changing” took place on 2 November 2005. 15 people viewed the site (wow, a lot of traffic, eh?) and one of them clicked on the Google AdSense ad unit. Bingo. I made $ 45 cents!.
From little acorns might oaks may grow.
Many years have passed since then, many, many thousands of dollars have changed hands, and I have made money (still do today) from AdSense and from many other methods of earning from a blog or website.
Why Am I Telling You All This?
Simple. I am a “double dropout” — high school and then college — my only degree is from the School of Hard Knocks. I am not any sort of guru or “rocket scientist. I didn’t’ go to any special schools, I can hardly do math in my head, I am a horrible speller, a very poor (and slow) typist (and more than a little bit dyslexic, too) and my neurologist says I have a Task oriented Tremor which makes writing and filling up a form torture for me .. and “hen scratching” for the poor folks who try to read it.
Plus,for many of you reading this, I’m old enough to be your grandfather.
If I can morally, legally and reliably earn money anywhere I live, and even when I sleep, there is absolutely no reason that you can not too. “I Don’t Know How” is a lame, invalid excuse.
Why Would You “Get a Job” When You Could Be Free?
Instead of trying to “get a job in the Philippines”, or to scratch out a living here trying to operate a ‘bottom feeder” type business, like an Internet café or a sari-sari store, or any of the other desperation themes I hear some many people asking about, why not invest in yourself and learn to do something you can do anywhere you live, any time you want to .. and even continue into “really old age”, even when you get so old you are wheelchair bound?
Do you think so little of yourself that you would work in illegal, unreliable and ‘slave labor” style jobs in schools teaching English to Koreans “on the cheap” and “under the table”, looking over your shoulder every day, waiting for the Bureau of Immigration inspector to arrest you and deport you? Or sitting up at 2 in the morning fielding phone calls from angry customers?
Go read my recent post on Bob’s Philippine Living magazine, Get That Philippine Job You’re Looking For Back in the States? and pay special attention to some of the comments. Real world people who (in my opinion) sold themselves short and did exactly what I advice against … wasting themselves making someone else rich in the Philippines, instead of investing in themselves and the future by being their own boss/business owner.
So Many Ways:
This illustration and the article m6y Darren point out in so many ways the paths that are open to you,l if you o0nly think enough of yourself to take action, instead of following the lemmings
like everyone used to do, back in the last century. There’s a whole new year ahead of you .. will it be as frustrating as last year, or will you make a move?
More on this subject follows in 2014. Meanwhile, have a very happy (and prosperous) New Year and read Darren’s article if you want 2014 to be better for you than 2013 was.