Do A Little More Work
Easy ways to make money – It’s the beginning of the new year. Are you still in high spirits and fully motivated about what you can achieve this year, or are you already beginning to give up (yet) again like you have the previous years?
People are always looking for easy ways to make money or solve whatever problems they are facing. The problem with that is you are just like everyone else out there. You don’t stand out.
Let’s say you have a lot of niche blogs and you put content there by copying and pasting articles from article directories and blogs (of course leaving the author resource box intact). Most people do that. Most people also use an article spinner to make the copied content unique (even though most of the time the content is gibberish that is only meant to be read by search engine robots and not humans).
That is what most people do.
If you do what they do, you’ll be like them. Sadly, most of them fail at making money online. That means you’ll have a high chance of failing as well if you follow their footsteps.
Why not do a little more work than them? If they simply copy and paste their content as is from some other blogs or article directories, you make them more unique by adding in your own introduction paragraph and ending paragraph, like I’ve shared in this content marketing training post.
Better yet, in the ending paragraph add a link to your squeeze page (or even directly insert your opt-in box) or add an affiliate link for a related product.
If you are looking for respectable JV partners (who is somewhat “famous” in your marketplace) to promote your product, stop asking them to promote all the time. Do you even know them in the first place?
If you don’t and you blatantly ask them to promote, you are going to be utterly disappointed because they are not going to promote. Period!
You can now do 2 things:
1. Find someone “your own size” to cross promote each other’s products and stop chasing the top guns in your marketplace
2. Impress respectable JV partners (the top guns) by giving first instead of receiving (doing a little more work than most people)
Provide value to them without seeking anything in return (even though you are actually seeking for something in return). What skills do you have? If you have design skills, design their website for them for free. If you have programming skills, offer to do programming work for free. If you are good at creating content, provide unique and quality content for their members. Unique means the content is exclusive to them and you have not and will not use it anywhere else.
Since most people don’t want to take the trouble of doing these, you’ll have a really good chance to stand out and impress these top guns JV partners, provided your work quality is great.
While everyone else is busy chasing after and buying the next flash in the pan, push-button, magic traffic software that is selling for $37 and supposedly in “limited quantity”, you avoid them like the plague and you understand you need to put in real work and hence work harder than them to generate visitors to your site.
Most people drop spammy blog comments, give low quality forum answers, write sub-par articles.
While everyone else is looking for easy ways to make money and easy ways to generate traffic, you do a little more work and make your blog comments more relevant, provide higher quality answers in forum discussions, write better articles, etc.
I live in a country where heavy traffic congestion is part and parcel of daily life (lucky for me that I work from my home and don’t have to commute).
There is this popular getaway rural city called Puncak, some 2 hours drive from Jakarta (the city I live in). So just last week I celebrated new year by hanging out with a few close relatives and family members for 2 days and 2 nights there.
I knew there was going to be unbearable traffic if I go to Puncak just like everybody else on the 30th and 31st of December during the day. So I went there on the 29th at 11 pm when most people are getting ready to sleep.
The road was very clear. Awesome.
Then when it was time to return, I also knew that most people would return home on the last day and 2nd last day of the holiday – meaning 1st and 2nd January – during the day. So we packed up our bags and headed home on 1st January at 4 am (when most people are still snoring). Yes, a bit extreme. But I really don’t want to be stuck in traffic for 10 hours when I can return in 2 hours just by doing a little more work – and that is to wake up earlier than most people.
Yes people do get stuck for 10 hours every single year. I am not exaggerating. I know because I have friends and other relatives who go through the exact same thing year after year, and yet they never change. They expect the traffic conditions to change, but they themselves don’t want to change. They leave their fate unto other external factors.
Yes, some things are uncontrollable. We can, however, control other things to counteract these uncontrollable circumstances. As the saying goes: “Don’t try to change the wind, change the sails”.
Do a little more work than the most people and you will achieve BETTER results. Stop looking for easy ways to make money because that is what most people are searching for. Please leave your comments below as I look forward to hearing them…