A Reality Check For Making Money Online

I thought it necessary to give a heads up to those who are thinking of making a go of it in this online marketing business. I guess I just don’t want you to make the same mistakes as I did when I first started.

This is for any kind of digital ‘make money online’ business you’re thinking of getting into. It took me a few years before I found my niche, affiliate marketing, yours may be different.

Firstly, if you have a job and are thinking of quitting for life online, I have a few words for you.

I quit without thinking it through. I thought I did, but, very evidently, I didn’t.

Making money online is difficult for someone new to the arena. You can’t just hope your efforts will work, you have to use plenty of trial and error BEFORE you quit your 9-5.

Yes, we may hate our jobs, but it’s a regular wage and let’s face it, easy money.

I quit in 2012 and it was a huge mistake.

How many sleepless nights did I have to endure? How many second thoughts were had? How many times did I think of quitting? How many times did I feel cheated? How many arguments did I have with my wife? How many times did I think I was going mad?

Many, many times.

2 years of misery, angst, worry, disappointment, frustration, paranoia, guilt, anger, and self-loathing before I made my first real buck. I don’t want anyone to go through that.

Never quit your job without proving you can replace your current earnings.

It’s extremely important for you and those around you. And your sanity.

I tried all kinds of online marketing from the get-go. CPA, Affiliate Marketing, PPC, YouTubing, Facebooking (in fact all social media marketing), blogging, Adsense, Dropshipping, Ebaying, Article Marketing, Banner ads, Domain flipping, SEO, List Building and a boatload of other ways that I’ve easily forgotten about.

I’ve used Black Hat, White Hat, and Grey hat tactics. Forum marketing, Yahoo answers, used Fiverr gigs, and bought endless articles from content marketers.

Bought online courses until I was sick of them and bought shiny objects until the cows came home.

And where did it get me?


It wasn’t until I used all that failure experience that the penny really dropped for me.

I honed into what I liked, and what I could do, then went for it. My niche is Affiliate Marketing. It’s as simple as that.

What I should have done in 2012 is do all the above whilst still bringing in a weekly wage. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve beaten myself up for being so stupid.

My wife had so much faith in me. I told her I was going to make so much money, we would be able to retire in 3 or 4 years…I cringe at how stupidly ignorant I was.

So, 2 years of complete Hell before I made some money. Why didn’t I quit before?

Even though I was going through misery, there was still something saying I could make it work.

Stubbornness? Pride? Belief?

A bit of all three, but you have to understand I have a one-in-a-million wife who kept the fires burning and was able to bring home the bacon. If you don’t have such support – DON’T QUIT YOUR JOB BEFORE YOU TRIAL THIS BUSINESS FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO REPLACE YOUR CURRENT INCOME!

I wrote this in 2019, 7 years after I quit my day job. It’s only in the last 5 years my money has steadily increased. I now earn double what I earned back in my 9-5 and only work 5-10 hours a week.

Sounds great, doesn’t it. (And it is) but are you crazy enough to go through all the madness of online marketing before you can replace your current income? This business turned my hair grey in 3 years. I have broken down in tears twice, (once in front of a long-term friend who was envious of me at the time), I had risked my marriage and got into debt. Although I’m happy now, it has left scars.

To save you all of that, heed my advice.

Take your time, don’t rush, don’t quit your job (just yet), stop buying shiny objects, listen to your head not your heart, don’t procrastinate, DO focus, only continue if you enjoy it, quit if you hate it.

Make sure you are earning whilst trialling this online stuff!

I wish I had listened to this advice in 2012. The trouble is, I wouldn’t have taken any notice.

Don’t be me.

In A Nutshell

  • Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Just Yet)
  • Test and Trial
  • Focus on What You Enjoy Most
  • Stop Buying Shiny Objects
  • Focus on Your Business
  • Do Not Procrastinate
  • Scale Up What Works For You
  • Be Truthful To Yourself and Others
  • Work Hard and Smart
  • Enjoy It – Quit If You Don’t
  • Listen to Good Advice
  • Ask For Help If Needed

There’s a lot more to this, but those points above are the very basics (and sometimes unwanted advice) you need to make a go of online marketing.

Remember, HEAD not HEART.