The internet has changed the way we find information and that has also produced new opportunity for people to make money.
In fact, one in four Americans make money from the online economy. Now internet marketing is an interesting subject.
Especially for those who has never been involved in the marketing scene. In this article, I’m going to discuss: Can Internet Marketing Be A Career?
The Misconception Of Making Money Online
Before we begin, I would like to state that internet marketing or more importantly making money online is a process. And a process takes time.
You might have seen from other websites that you can make money really quickly and easily. But, I’m going to tell you right now that it’s full of bull-crap. It’s not true.
To have a profitable career online, you’ll have to treat your work as a business. So if making money fast is your goal, then internet marketing is not for you.
It takes time to develop authority, rankings, traffic, and more.
Now we got that out of the way, let’s focus more on whether internet marketing is a viable career.
The Horror Of Being An Internet Marketer
I’ve had friends who questioned my decision in becoming an internet marketer because they don’t see it as a career.
It’s definitely not the same response that you would get as a doctor, lawyer, or an engineer.
So before you even become successful as an internet marketer.
You’ll have to overcome the negativity that this career will bring you in the early stages.
The Plus Side To Becoming An Internet Marketer
The internet contains over 3.8 billion users as of 2017.
It’s a place where people spend millions of dollars every year shopping and it’s only going up according to statistics.
Living in the technology era, I am noticing more and more young adults using the internet as one of their every day essentials.
In fact, even young kids are getting their hands on mobile devices such as iPads and iPhones.
I feel old thinking about it since I used to have a flip phone from grandma.
The good news is, as the internet grows, so does the opportunity to make money online. I used to spend a lot of time at the shopping mall to buy clothes, games, and other accessories.
Ever since I gained access to the internet, I started shopping online instead of visiting physical stores.
Prices found online are often cheaper and you don’t have to make the trip to visit an actual store. (Yes, I’m a lazy guy… it’s what technology has turns us into).
It used to be that if you want something fast, you’ll have to buy it from the stores.
But retailers now offer next day shipping, so shopping at the physical location is no longer that big of an advantage.
Affiliate Marketing Introduction
Let me share a short story of how I discovered affiliate marketing.
I was shopping for a new video game to play on my PlayStation 4, but I didn’t know which one to choose.
I’m a huge zombie fan and I remember playing Left 4 Dead on my PlayStation 3 with my younger cousin.
I wanted to buy a game that is similar, but on the PlayStation 4, so I decided to do some research! I typed on Google, a similar game to Left 4 Dead for PlayStation 4.
I was provided with a great number of search results and ended up clicking on the one that caught my attention.
Somewhere in the article, the author mentioned something about affiliate links, which caught my attention. I wondered, what are affiliate links?
I decided to pause and look up affiliate links and learned that the author was an affiliate marketer.
If I clicked on their unique link and purchase a video game, he or she would earn a small commission.
Long story short, I didn’t buy the game because it wasn’t close enough to Left 4 Dead to get my attention.
But, this encounter did spark a new light and encouraged me to do more research on making money online. More specifically, affiliate marketing.
The Differences Between Internet Marketing and Traditional Careers
The truth is, whether you pursue in internet marketing or a traditional career, not everyone succeeds. Many people pursue a traditional career because that’s what we’re told to do.
Here is a common example question when growing up: Do you want to be a doctor, lawyer, dentist, firefighter, police officer, nurse?
You’ll notice that internet marketing is not usually a career choice. In fact, I was never told about this career while attending school.
But how come most people fail in either traditional or internet marketing? It can’t be that hard, right?
Reasons Why People Fail In Traditional Careers:
- Most people never finish school.
- People are not guaranteed a job even after obtaining their degree.
- Most people choose careers that pay well, not because they like it.
- Most college graduates carry huge student loans even after they’ve found a job.
Reasons Why People Fail In Internet Marketing:
- Most people don’t know where to start.
- Most people give up too soon.
- Most people expect to earn money fast.
As you can see from my comparison, both careers are not perfect, so whichever path you decide to take, you should expect to invest in time to succeed.
Internet marketing is a great career path for those who failed at school, want to earn extra money in school, recently laid off, stay at home moms, retired personnel, and more.
Did you know internet marketers can earn more than doctors, engineers, lawyers, and dentists!
As an internet marketer, you can also enjoy the luxury of working from anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the internet.
It can also provide you with the flexibility to do things you enjoy such as spending time with your loved ones.
Building Your Own Or Help Build Others
I was once content with working for an employer because I was guaranteed a paycheck as long as I showed up for work.
But the drawback is, I had no control over my own personal time. Life is short and I just didn’t have the time nor flexibility to live.
Why I Decided To Pursue Internet Marketing
Unlike the traditional career path, I can be very flexible with internet marketing.
In school, I made a few career changes because I thought it was the right choice but later changed my mind.
This cost me a lot of money and time.
I realized that I could start my internet marketing business on the side while working at a regular job.
This ensures that I have money to pay for bills and other expenses in the very beginning.
I couldn’t afford to drop everything and work on my internet business full time because I would lose my house, my cars, and much more.
While my friends would spend their days off and free time watching videos on YouTube, playing video games, or going out and spending money.
I chose to stay home to work on my online business.
For a short period of time, I will be losing time with friends, time on YouTube, time on video games! But, that’s the price you pay to be able to live the dot-com lifestyle in the future.
I always remind myself, if I am not working on my online business, I would be wasting time watching YouTube and playing video games anyway.
I rather try and fail than not trying at all.
My Final Thoughts
You can be very successful no matter which career path you choose.
You can make much more with internet marketing if you are serious about it, but expect some negative responses from your peers.
I’ve talked to a lot of people about internet marketing, but the majority of them don’t even know what it is.
They have no idea that you could make money online or how to start an online business.
You should take these negative responses and turn them into positive encouragements like me.
There are so many people who succeeded in creating a full-time online income and you can too!
Forget about those get rich quick schemes that you’ve probably come across while searching for ways to make money online.
My recommend methods will work only if you are willing to invest in yourself and invest in time.
If you are interested in learning how to build your own online business and make it your career. Please check out my course on how to start a blog for affiliate marketing today.
If you have any questions, please let me know by leaving a comment down below and I will try my best to help you out.