The internet is a strange and wonderful place. Truly, it is a part of the world that changes nearly as fast as we can learn, and an internet year is something like five years in the pre-Xerox days.
Or so I’ve heard. I’ve never worked in an office without the internet.
Think about it, though. You can find just about anything you want, and quite a bit of what you don’t want in this world. Shoes, houses, dates for next Thursday, an old beat up bookcase, and a myriad of information products.
Some people are here because they want to learn something. Some people are here because they want to make money.
I’m here to tell you, it is entirely possible to make money on the internet. Heck, I know people who make their livings creating virtual things. But first, I want you to know one internet truth.
The answer to the question, what’s the best way to make money on the internet? Is to teach people how to make money on the internet.
So, if you get yourself caught up in someone’s sales pitch, beware. This is a new scheme. That’s not to say that all internet products are sleazy, not by any stretch. I recently purchased a six month marketing course, and as soon as I am able, I will report back honestly.
My best advice for those of you who do not yet have an internet presence is to go get yourself one, and start building your platform. Then, start creating. Get comfortable creating and writing and stretching yourself week after week, and set a deadline.
Is it six months? Is it a year?
You’ll know, once you find your voice.
It took me a year to be comfortable here, and yet, I still don’t think I have a platform. Sure, I’m frugal, and I live in Portland, but I go off-topic as much as I stay on topic, and I still don’t know which direction I’d like to take this piece of the internet.
But I have learned so much just by jumping in, diving headfirst into this, and I can say that starting FrugalPortland was probably NOT the best way to make money on the internet. But that wasn’t my goal. I wanted to build a community. I wanted to make friends with people all over the country.
And by that definition, I have been wildly successful.
Friends, if you wouldn’t mind leaving a comment, can you tell me if there are topics you’d like me to cover? I have a bajillion ideas, but I’d love your advice. I’ll continue to chart my progress on operation: save half, since that’s something that really interests me, but I’ll expound on anything — so let me know what you’d like to see!