I hate beginnings.
Because for each beginning, there is an ending.
I’ve been spending way too much time behind this computer.
I love it.
I love my job.
I love that it brought me home.
Dave’s right, the afternoon nookie is pretty amazing.
Three years ago I got started by writing articles on infobarrel. “The Keyword Academy” was still a useful place. BMR made people very wealthy. The legendary Grizz would still show up occasionally in forums around SEO . And Pandas still ate bamboo, not websites.
Time’s have changed. And so have I. When I started, I wanted to be the next Pat Flynn — A guru who leads the way.
I’m finally there. I’m a bona-fide “make money online guru”. I could cut my own $27 WSO. Or start my version of the Keyword Academy (Not a half-bad idea, actually).
The LostCyclist’s 5-Step Guide To Making Money
1. Buy Fresh Key. Use it to find long-tail keywords
2. Run those keywords through Long Tail Platinum and pick your winners
3. Build a carefully silo’d site around your 30 best keywords
4. Create supporting blogs out of expired domains to help “strengthen” your main site.
5. Wait 4 months for your 1st paycheck. While waiting, build more sites.
I Don’t Want To Be A Guru
A Guru would take those steps I laid our and provide intense, repetitive detail on how they work.
They’d build a demo site, too.
Then the guru would patiently reply to the long list of questions in the comments (If LTP says it is a 26 instead of a 25, should I still go after the keyword? What if there is no traffic in Google Keyword Planner? What if Google updates and takes out my sites?).
As a thank you, they would get to see their demo site slammed with crappy links by some reader.
And I’ve figured out, that I really don’t care about your worries and your fears all that much.
Build a friggin site. It will win. It will lose. You will learn.
I’d way rather sit in anonymity, writing about curling irons for hamsters, cheering on the real gurus, than building up a “training” blog.
And, there is nothing wrong with that.
Besides, there has never been more truly legitimate gurus our there. Spencer, Pat, Becker, Hayden, Chris, Andrew, heck even Ryan. Wanna learn something? I’ve learned everything I know from these guys. From The Pond.
I’ve learned even more by doing.
All you’ve got to do is copy what these guys are doing.
I don’t need your money for you to do that.
I kept doing the income reports because I wanted to inspire people.
I’ve had so many people who sounded like they wanted to come along with me on this journey.
I give them assignments. I hold their hand
Nothing. They always back-pedal after a couple of weeks.
(Except for this 1 dude who, ironically, isn’t even desperately interested in IM. He’s just following the 5 steps and seeing pretty darn good success.)
These readers don’t want this lifestyle. They want to whine about why Long Tail Pro is too expensive (Thanks, Spencer, for the
$30k $40k-ish check your machine has written me so far), or whatever other pansy excuse they can come up with.
I get it. 10% of you actually comment on the blog (mine, Spencers, whomever’s). And 10% of the commentators actually do IM work. But only 10% of those who do IM work are ever going to actually find success in IM.
10% x 10% x 10% = .001
Pareto’s principle is a bitch.
Frankly, my blog is ” inspirational” to you the same way that porn is.
I mean it. A lot of you want the excitement and the high and the momentary relief from your misery, but you don’t actually have the initiative to take a shower, lose some weight, take some risks, and go get a date.
You just don’t want it badly enough. You want to pretend to want it so you can keep fooling your mind and help it stay trapped in your limiting beliefs.
The people who are going to be a success in IM, don’t need my income reports to do so.
It killed me when Skeffling stopped doing her income reports. (Thanks, girl, for showing it can be done).
But then I started making my own.
I’ve showed you it can be done. No outsourcing. Just these two biceps. And a lot of prayer.
Watch this video and then ask yourself “What is my definition of success?”
Your definition of “success” may be Ramen Noodles and a Playstation. Kudos. For once, go get your dreams, and quit pretending.
Create your own freaking income reports :p
Yesterday was my birthday. And I’m sitting here looking at another terrific income report that is nearly 3 month’s worth of dough from my old gig.
A year ago I was bent over a toilet in the men’s room, dry-heaving. Thirty minutes of verbal abuse by some stranger on the phone (customer) had finally cracked me…. for about the 9th time in the 4 years I’d worked there.
I’ve paid my dues. Years of working overtime to pay off debt. Passing up on vacations to put money in savings. Pulling all-nighters to build my IM business, and staring down the stress of Penguin, Panda and the friggin Hummingbirds.
And I’m here.
But, to what end?
The end goal for me is to have the time to ride my bike again. To teach my kid(s) how to hunt, fish and garden. To learn how to code. To take up fencing. To figure out soldering. To go back to Africa and start Christian Schools. To run for state rep.
To get to the end of this life and go “heck yeah, that was awesome.”
A $10k month is a tool.
It’s to be used for God’s glory.
The Future Of LostCyclist.me
I’m not going to disappear, yet. But a year from now, most of you won’t be reading me. I’ll be blabbering on about language learning, missions trips and how I burnt myself whilst soldering.
Maybe I’ll discuss marketing.
Maybe I’ll do a case study.
Maybe I’ll cut a really crappy video of me playing guitar.
Maybe I’ll lose everything and end up in a call center.
It’s all about pedaling down the roads that I find interesting. Getting lost.
And leading that life well-lived.
(Which, incidentally, interests all too few people)
Thanks for riding along on the IM journey. I made it! You can too!
It’s time for me to get lost in something new.
Welcome to the beginning.
(Thanks to Freedigitalphotos.net for the stock images.)