Anyway this was a site-building program with an interesting twist and I wanted to learn how to do it. His pitch: “I put these together in 2 hours, have about 75 of them, and the majority make me money every day.” (To the tune of about $15,000/mo now, pretty much on auto-pilot.)
I started the program about 12 days ago. Working an average of four-five hours per day, each day. So – about 40+ hours so far. I am not quite finished with the first ONE of these sites. (I have not yet done all the promoting activities, for which are are another 5 videos – like pinging directories, etc.) Right.
In this program, there were about 50 15-minute videos, each full of step by step instructions. Of all the steps in those videos, I have done NONE of the things before – e.g. set up accounts with Hostgator, get DNS, transfer MX files, create an entire site from scratch including selecting a theme…Because I ‘ve had a programmer do this kind of thing all these years. It’s has taken me all of my working time to write the best content I could.
I live online. On Internet matters, I am neither gifted nor maladroit. I just stepped through his videos and activities, hour after hour, day after day.
I’d guess my second site might take me 20-25 hours, and the third, 20. I’d predict no matter how fast I get, each site will likely take 10-12 hours. Because it takes me that long to write good content. And you need a few posts, too. I don’t farm that out, since I’m writing about stuff I care about.
So did I get scammed? Since it takes me 20 times longer than it does him? Was it “quick”?
Here’s what it was: The journey of 12,000 steps. About 11,000 more than I had expected.
Was it “easy”? Well, each step I could do, yes. With constant help from his video instruction. But I could do the steps only if I focused on nothing else. Some steps took several hours (none of them involved writing a single word of content yet.)
The bad: I am learning a process which had about 11,000 steps more than I had expected. The time is about 6-7 times more than I expected. All with zero compensation. And like everyone else, the bills at my house don’t stop coming.
The good: I want to learn to do this so I am going through with the process. (Tonight I got my first glimmer of light. The first site, though not completely done for the promo part, ranks first in Google for one of the keywords in the site. THAT was a big attitude booster. But it’s also after some 40 hours of excruciating type of nitty-gritty work, with no guarantee I’d even finish, much less rank in Google. No earnings yet, but at least it ranked for one of the keywords so people searching for that see it first (!).
The discovery: The fact that a seller of a “make money on the Internet” program can do something in 2 hours (or any amount of time we could ‘endure’ doing whatever, to make the money they’re making) is deceiving. HE can, yes, but not me. Einstein could do physics formulas in 2 hours that most physicists could not do in an entire lifetime of work.
Some people are way more adept at certain kinds of activities than others. OK, let’s grant that. But here’s the big question for you: Do you want to learn to do ‘it’ (whatever the activity is) so you can eventually get good at it? Maybe even master it? Does it fit who you are?
If not, find a partner who loves it. And let them master that while you do something you love and want to get really good at. If you love the thing enough so you can enjoy the learning process – even if it’s 12,000 steps, then for me, it was not a scam.