The fallacy of making money on the Internet

@pillusch (1149)
Mexico
September 22, 2009 8:14am CST
A couple of years back, when I started on my endevaour to make a living from the Internet, I was told by a (honest) sponsor that making money on the Internet would be the most difficult thing I would EVER do in my life - and boy, was he right! First the facts, I've been at it for three years now, and I'm making between 5 and 10 dollars a day. But I worked, and am working, my butts off. I´m a persom of average intelligence, hard-working and disciplined, so please, all of you who make thousands per month and only started a couple of month ago, stay away from this post. I, like most people, started with a lot of enthusiasm, and I must have spent a couple of thousand dollars, buying into the promises of riches. Until it hit me that no matter what I do, it will take 3 to 5 more years before I can actually live from my Internet income - and that's just fine by me. But mind you, 95% of the people QUIT at that point, AFTER having spent their money. And that's where the business lies for the other 5% - they simply stick to it. So the promises of riches still hold true for me, please just don't buy into the idea that it' going to happen over night! What I do is I focus on where it will eventually leave me - it will give me financial independence and with it the freedom to do as I please. What are your experiences?
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10 responses
@scheng1 (24800)
• Singapore
22 Sep 09
Hi Pillusch, I admire your "never-say-die" attitude. I'm sure you will make enough to live comfortably soon. I'm just at the beginning stage, and it's pretty hard work. Since I write articles, there is no need to spend money. However, the hard work comes from writing itself. It's mentally exhausting. The passive income is just a dollar a day at the moment. Still, it's an improvement over the 1 cent per day in March.
@pillusch (1149)
• Mexico
22 Sep 09
I thought about, and have written articles. But there I was interchanging my time for money, like a five to nine job. I want to have an income in the end WITHOUT having to switch on the computer. Thanks for responding.
@scheng1 (24800)
• Singapore
23 Sep 09
Hi Pillusch, that's the goal of most of us. Some writers can get more than a thousand dollars passive income from their articles every month. If they write and submit new articles for upfront payment, that's additional money for them. I will be very happy to have five hundred dollars passive every month. It's still a long way!
22 Sep 09
I have to agree there is no get rich quick way of making money via the internet. I started about three or four years ago and lost a lot of money by stupidly joining up to various get rich schemes. I have learned from those mistakes and I am now earning enough per month to pay some household bills. It is a gradual process and I am hoping that within the next couple of years I am earning enough per month to do it on a more full-time basis. Patience is definitely the key to earning money online.
@pillusch (1149)
• Mexico
22 Sep 09
And patience definitely is not one of my virtues, but I HAD to learn it. Thanks for responding.
26 Sep 09
As long as you learnt from your mistakes it is a lesson well served.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
22 Sep 09
I agree with you that success or rich don't happen over night. Make money online the same as starting your own business, you really have to put your mind and your time into it. That's true you can work in your pajamas, but the rest you have to work your butt off. I found out already that I can't just stuck at home and sit in front of the computer. I need to 'see other people'. I still have couple online source that bring money on the side, but Last year I finally got my off line job. And couldn't feel better.
@pillusch (1149)
• Mexico
22 Sep 09
Well, I will continue to pursue my dream, I can be pretty stubborn. Thanks for responding.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
22 Sep 09
Hey, don't stop. Just because it's not 'work out' with one person doesn't mean it won't work for you
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
23 Sep 09
short and neat. yes, indeed earning from net is a work of patience and you cannot rely on it to earn a living. it is very easy to get lured by fancy offers, but the keyword is to stay focused. my first six months went to learning (by being scammed), next six months went into building a strategy and now i think i am on the right path but still cannot say for sure. i guess we all share the same experience, thanks for sharing and good luck.
@pillusch (1149)
• Mexico
23 Sep 09
And all the best to you! Thanks for sharing.
@livewyre (2455)
22 Sep 09
you cannot make money from the internet the easy way, it takes a lot of work - in fact more work than working in an office for a regular wage. I reckon I make about $100 a month from blogging and then probably another $100 or so from other online stuff. I have never 'bought into' any online schemes, I have ploughed my own furrow and most of he schemes tell me what I already know, but then they want to charge me for it! Trouble with the internet is that it shifts all the time so you can't really rely on long term plans too much - last year I could easily make twice as much from blogging..
@pillusch (1149)
• Mexico
23 Sep 09
That's a VERY important point you make, that's why I don´t promote biz ops in the exchanges, I promote the exchanges, through various downline-builders (some with cash incentive), themselves. I hope THEY (like trafficswarm) will still be around for a couple of years - I believe so.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
22 Sep 09
My experience is that you get used for your time. If you see this a being viable and you can see the end of the tunnel, then that's great ! But the fact is you get used for your time. I, personally, find internet working a joy. I love it. But I really cannot attempt to earn a living here. Its too indefinite and it takes too much of your time to do anything substantial.
@pillusch (1149)
• Mexico
23 Sep 09
I can see where you come from, thanks for sharing.
@dUKe0912 (98)
• India
22 Sep 09
I've been trying to make some money off the net for maybe 6 months now. I've never invested, because I never found anything worth investing. All I've spent is for the internet connection, which I do anyways. Obviously, I haven't earned much, just about 25 USD, which after PayPal charges got reduced to 23.something USD.
@pillusch (1149)
• Mexico
22 Sep 09
But the connection isn't really part of your costs, is it? It´s like having a tv, nowadays. Thanks for sharing
@mommaj (22770)
• United States
22 Sep 09
I think you are totally correct. I am still working on mine. I mostly write articles. It is okay money, but I want something I can support a household on. It is funny the person was honest with you. I don't think very many people are about making money online. When you question what they do to make so much money they won't tell you or they can't clarify. To me that means they are either lying or doing something illegal. LOL
@pillusch (1149)
• Mexico
22 Sep 09
I guess it's both. Thanks for sharing
@roadki11 (34)
• United States
22 Sep 09
I started writing articles a few weeks ago and have only made 50 bucks total. I think you've got the right attitude. Don't give up. Don't let failures or difficulties ruin your enthusiasm.
@pillusch (1149)
• Mexico
22 Sep 09
Thanks for responding, mate.
• United States
26 Sep 09
I just started out trying to make money on the internet. Im Making around 30 cent a day now. It isnt much but im sticking with it cuz i know it will increase if done right. I have run into so many scam sites tho that its REEEEALLLY annoying. I wish there was some way i could just make all the scam sites dissappear, but thats life. Theres just a lot of idiots out there. Im not going to stop tho, im going to stick with it forever and hope i can make a really good steady income.