Imagine you are a typical American worker. Or don’t bother imagining, since if you’re reading this, you very likely are already a typical American worker.
You make $615 per week, which works out to around $32,000 per year, generally accepted as the average annual salary for an average American worker. Sure, there are huge variations in the cost of living and local salary (you could not find a place to sleep lying down in Manhattan for $615 a week let alone have any money left over for food), but let us say overall your salary before taxes is $615 a week. Hopefully that is low for many of you.
You work hard in the coal mine or farm or Walmart (can you make even close to $615 a week at Walmart?) or gas station or factory or whatever for your $615 per week. That’s before taxes, so don’t go spending it all.
Now imagine someone tells you how you can make $800 per week working for them by spending half the time you used to at work in much nicer working conditions by sitting in front of a computer doing legal simple jobs that require little skill. So you do it and find out that not only is it true, but it’s fairly easy to make $1200 a week by picking up some extra work, and then fairly easy to make $2000 a week or more by striking out on your own and hiring some people to work for you.
Sound like a typical make money online pitch? Sounds like it will cost you $49.95 to find out? Sound too good to be true? Well, for 99% of you that live in the Western world, it is too good to be true. And that’s the problem.
It’s really hard for most people to make even 1/10th a real US full time salary through basic online techniques such as running a website, creating content, affiliate marketing, or blogging and here is why.
In the example above, trade the US average weekly salary of $615 for the average weekly salary in Thailand of $20 or the average Indonesian salary of $15 a week. If you can get access to a computer and an internet connection in those countries and can learn third grade English, you’re golden. One can make $20 a week easy selling 20 original content articles for $1.00 a pop to an article service, or making backlinks in forums, or rewriting sentences on the Mechanical Turk. Even if you can’t speak english and have zero technical skills, you can likely learn how to spend 50 hours a week solving captchas at $0.001 a pop. It has to be better than working in a mine for the same or less money. And you can easily out earn a typical worker in your country.
Sure, there are a very small number of individual people making a large US type salary using white hat non scam online methods (like the people who made Commission Blueprint) and a larger number of people doing it with grey hat scammy methods (I’m looking right at you Rich Jerk). But for the majority of online work, it’s $20 a week, $50 if you work hard, because that’s what the marketplace pays in the world economy for work that can be done anywhere in the world.
This is why it’s so hard to find a decent paying work at home job in the US. Because there is someone in a country with a far lower standard of living willing to do it for 1/10th or even 1/100th of what you can afford to do it for.
This is certainly not a rant against globalism or foreign workers, they have as much right to work as you do, (possibly even more so considering their general living conditions), but it is a rant against wasting your time trying to work for someone else online, or to start any online business half assed. You have to work hard, go that extra mile, differentiate yourself, and most of all STICK WITH IT. The difference between blogs/sites that make it and gain subscribed readers and Page Rank and backlinks are:
1) CONTENT: Those with original compelling content.
2) TRAFFIC: Those who worked hard to build traffic and subscribers.
3) LONGEVITY: Those that stuck with it for more than 12 months.
Go to any free blog site. For every blog that has “made it” and is obviously pulling in more than $500 a month, you’ll see that they followed those 3 steps. Content. Traffic. Longevity. For every site/blog with the above three qualities there are 100+ where the person tried it for a few months, only posted once a week, didn’t get any Google rank or readers and gave up. Sometimes they’ll come back to it a year later, try again for a few weeks then give up again.
Don’t be that person.