self-confidence vs successHave you ever struggled with low self-confidence?

It seems that some people always seem to have an overflowing amount of confidence to tackle anything that life throws up at them. While others amongst us find that self-confidence does not come so easily.

How about you? Where do you fit in? Do you find that your confidence levels are almost always high? Or do you sometimes find it difficult to believe that you can do the tasks that are before you?

Self-confidence is not something that has come easy to me. In fact, I would say that I have had minimal confidence in my abilities and myself for most of my life.

Now as I quickly head towards my 50th birthday I want to change that as much as possible. I may not be the most talented person in the world, but that is okay. I can still walk in my passion of helping and empowering others.

The reason that my blog even exists is to help and empower those who visit this website. My desire is that you can learn from my experiences and even my mistakes to shorten your own journey to success in your life and your business.

So do you think that your success in generating an income online could be at all connected to your own personal level of self-confidence?

Well for me, I believe our confidence level is an important part of being successful in all areas of our life!

Over the recent weeks I have found my confidence in myself has plummeted. Circumstances have been challenging and stretching me and I have found myself drained and struggling. I have had days where I wondered if I had anything of value to share with anyone (through my websites or in my day-to-day life).

But on reflection, I have come to the realization that we each have value that we can add into the lives of others that we come into contact with (online and offline). This includes me too!

Over the coming weeks I will continue to share my online journey with you. This will include how I over come challenges and the steps I am taking to achieve my goals in my business and also personal life.

One thing that I am doing is changing my mindset by reading some helpful books. You can check out some of the great books by John C. Maxwell here.

One very good book on this topic is “How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

John C Maxwell - How Successful People Think

I truly would love to hear your thoughts and own experiences. Please leave your comments below and tell me what you think.

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Your Friend in Life and Success,

Leanne Annett :-)

If you have been online working in the Internet marketing arena for any length of time then it is likely that you have had this question directed at you.

When are you going to get a real job?

I personally have had multiple family members (both on my side of the family and also my husband’s family) as well as friends ask me “So are you thinking of finding a real job?”

Each time I hear this asked I feel my heart beat drop with a sense of sadness. I also feel like I need to defend myself and explain myself to them.

I guess that in the mind of the average person they think that the only way to bring in an income is to go out and find a job and be employed by a boss. To these well meaning loved ones it is not possible to make money without having regular employment and working for someone else.

Have you been asked this type of question? If so then how did it make you feel? What did you tell them?

From my own personal experience with still being asked this after seven years, I think it will take a bit more of an increase in our online income to begin to change their minds. I truly hope that once we are consistently bringing in $10,000 a month that we will not hear this painful question any longer.

Once we are making $20k and above surely our family and friends will see that there are indeed other options these days to support the family and bring in money to pay the bills! At least that is my hope.

I personally know without a shadow of a doubt that it is possible to earn a good income while working from home (or anywhere in the world for that matter) on the Internet. It just requires focus, commitment, a good mentor to help shorten your road to success and a good plan.

Please share your personal experiences with questions from your family and friends during your own online journey. I would love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Your Friend in Life and Success,

Leanne Annett :-)

So last time in our Internet marketing journey we left you with our first website. As we mentioned previously this was a site that we purchased already built with its own customer management and email auto-responder system.

Now let’s step forward a few months into early 2009.

We were spending more time online and heard that an Australian man, named Ed Dale, was offering a free program called the 30 Day Challenge. The object of Ed’s challenge was to show beginners to Internet marketing how to set up and build their own website. The end goal of the challenge being to make their very first dollar online.

So it was with some excitement that my whole family of four jumped on board and each signed up to the challenge. We began by learning how to research and find a niche that we were interested in that was also full of ‘hungry’ buyers.

Our son decided on a website in the photography niche and built a site aimed at teaching digital photography basics. He wrote several blog articles and added them to his website.

Our daughter loves gardening and so she decided on a website that revolved around raised gardens beds. She was also happy to add multiple posts to her garden blog.

My husband searched for some niche ideas and came up with the forex (foreign exchange) currency market. He was very excited and set out to build his site with loads of articles about fx robots and different forex auto trading systems.

I struggled to find a niche. This was something that I just could not seem to get my head around. It needed to be a topic that interested me so that I could stay motivated and write about it and also something that had the prospect of making sales.

In the end I built a website around pregnancy and getting pregnant as that was something that I was hoping for at that point in time. Out of the four websites that my family created mine was the least successful. I just found that I really struggled finding good ideas to write content on.

One of the criteria for the challenge was to ensure that there were quality affiliate products or services that we could write about and promote on our sites. Hence we each added in affiliate links to our blogs and also a couple of banners with links to the products that we wanted to promote.

At the end of the 30-day challenge my family had created four new websites. This in itself was a great milestone, as we had never known how to do this previously.

We were not successful however in making our first dollar during the 30 days. But we did have the skeleton that we needed and the basic knowledge to move forward.

Over the coming weeks we began to bring in affiliate commissions from my husband’s forex website. These sales even continue till today (some 6 years later), but have dropped off since we are not really doing anything currently with the website.

Over the past 6 years we have also made a couple of hundred dollars in sales from the digital photography website.

After the 30 day challenge our two young adult kids lost interest as they did not see that first dollar come in. Hence it was just my husband and I who continued working in our online business.

What has been your experience in getting started making money online? We would love to read your comments. So please leave your thoughts and experiences below. We will be sure to reply to you too.

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Your Friend in Life and Success,

Leanne Annett :-)

Our First Website Online

Continuing on from my post “March 2008 The Beginning of Change” we have still stepped back 7 years ago into 2008.

While at the wealth creation workshop we heard from a variety of speakers. Each speaker shared his or her own preferred method of making money. Many of these focused on the Internet.

One of the speakers was Dale Beaumont. He shared about his idea for making an online income through a unique membership website. His program was called the “Mega Success Club”.

Dale went above and beyond. He allowed people to come along to another weekend event where the specifics of the websites were outlined in exact detail. He even threw in a delicious smorgasbord lunch for all attendees.

During this weekend event all participants could decide if they wanted to invest in Dale’s offer. If they decided that they were not interested then they owed nothing.

This really impressed me. In fact, almost all of the attendees decided to proceed and invest.

My husband, our two young adult children and I all attended Dale’s Mega Success Club weekend. We also brought one of our son’s best friends with us, as he was already involved in computer programming. His opinion was also helpful in the decision that we made.

So after the two days of going through what Dale was providing we did decide to go ahead and invest in our own membership website. The cost was several thousand dollars, but at the time we believed that it was the correct decision to make.

[Aside: after seven years in the Internet marketing circle we would have made a different decision, because now we know how to build and set up our own websites. But back in 2008 we knew very little about the online world of making money.]

Dale’s mega success club supplied each purchaser with a unique website fully stocked with a variety of pdfs, audios and videos from leaders in a range of industries related to all areas of setting up and running an online business.

We got to select our domain name and the design that we wanted on our site. Each of our family enjoyed using Apple Macs rather than PCs and this influenced the domain name that we chose.

The domain that we decided on was iLifestyleClub.com. You can see our original website at http://www.ilifestyleclub.com/.

Please note that the website is still visible, but no longer works as it did initially. I plan on updating and reworking this website over the coming months.

 

iLifestyleClub

 

This design was created over the coming week by Dale’s team. Some of the text and features on the website we had control over and could edit ourselves. While other features could only be changed by Dale’s design team. We found this somewhat limiting over the coming months, as we wanted to make changes to the site.

The model was based around driving traffic to the website and offering the visitors five free gifts to get them to opt in.

Once they signed up for the free gifts they started to receive emails through an auto-responder that was built into the website and included with our purchase. These automated emails shared with our visitors how they could take up a $1 offer to get started in the membership site.

After the initial $1 offer they would then be charged $47 each month. We would receive about half of this $47 and Dale would receive the other half to cover his fees. Dale provided website hosting and ongoing support.

Knowing what we do now we could have made a better go of this opportunity. But all those years ago we know absolutely nothing about traffic or driving traffic. Hence we found it tough to get visitors to our website or to get any people signing up to our email list.

Over the following months we did get dozens of people opting into our list and enjoying the five free gifts that we gave them.

A handful people of these visitors even went on to sign up for the $1 trial offer. Then a few of these did join the monthly club and began to pay $47. The problem was that after a couple of months they decided to leave as they had gone through the material and did not want to keep paying.

So after a large investment we really only made back approximately $300, which did not even come close to covering our purchase costs.

Next blog post I will continue with some tips from our own personal experience for getting started in an online business.

Note I have set up a new category named “My Online Journey”. Inside this category you will find all the posts that relate to our journey in our online business since we first got started in 2008.

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Your Friend in Life and Success,

Leanne Annett :-)

Let’s go back in time to March 2008.

Up until this date my husband and I were living the average, ‘normal’ life. We both had jobs outside the home and really had not even considered any other option.

Over the years I have heard a statement a few times now and I believe that it clearly defines our state at that point in our history.

“You do not know what you do not know!”

How true is that? Stop and think about it.

We were working hard for bosses in their businesses. We got paid an average hourly rate, but were just getting by with no real possibility of changing our ‘lot in life’. It was unlikely that anything would really change, but rather we just thought that we were doing what we were meant to be doing.

Waking up each day, working long hours, going to bed and then waking the next morning to repeat it all again. It was like the expected cycle of life that we saw our parents, siblings and friends doing.

But then in March 2008 we received a pamphlet about a 4-day wealth creation seminar. It was something that we had not heard about before.

I think of the saying, “When the student is ready then the teacher will appear.”

It was like that for us. We signed up to attend this 4-day event and even paid a large sum of money to be a part of it. But I am glad that we did, as this was the start of changes in our life and in our thinking.

This event planted seeds in our mind that we could think and do things differently from what we had been told at school and at home. This was the beginning of us walking a different path from many of those around us.

We will continue over the coming weeks delving deeper into the experiences that we then went through. Looking back there were some crazy times and decisions that were made that caused us to trek for years ‘through the wilderness’ as we sought to find what would work for us personally to take us from where we were to where we want to be financially in our lives.

Leave your comments down below and share some of your own experiences in your online Internet journey.

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Your Friend in Life and Success,

Leanne Annett :-)