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Free Tips :: Making Money Online :: Part 3
Making Money Online
I know, these Hubs are starting to look a lot alike. This is why I said on day one, you do NOT need a website. You need to choose a logo, use that logo consistently, and then when people see that logo they will automatically know it's you. You have branded yourself, given yourself a name and a logo. Mine is Free Tips : Making Money Online, with a big pile of cash next to the first paragraph. Once I finish this series it might be Free Tips : How to get animals to like you and have a picture of a big scary dog. Once you have chosen your Niche market, keep your titles similar, your logo or "First Image" the same, and whenever someone opens a Blogger, Wordpress or Hub Pages Page, they will KNOW it's you.
This is tenacity. It doesn't start out easy, it doesn't start out looking as though you will make money. Ironically I looked at my account page when I started this series. On day one I had about $1.19. I know that doesn't sound like much money, but when you take into account that money is for 112 Hubs I wrote two years ago and then left alone except to respond to comments, it's pretty good. Now today, two articles later and two days, I have $2.26. That's almost twice as much. My traffic has increased not just on the two articles I wrote, but also on those two years old. I haven't promoted those, I haven't linked to them. The only thing I have done different is publish a new article for two days in a row and promote them. To be honest, if I'd have known it would mean this striking of a change I'd have done screen shots!
This is tenacity. Two years ago I lost mine. I was told by my family that I was wasting my time here. You will be told the same thing. I was told to go back to work, forget my Electrical apprenticeship and just take any job I could get. I didn't listen to that part, I had a dream, I was tenacious about finishing my education. In a few months I finished school and went on to earn almost $50,000.00 in the first half of 2011, working as an Electrician. 40 to 70 hours per week. I was tenacious about that too. I bought three pairs of work boots costing me $300.00 because my feet hurt so badly and I needed to keep working. I went to a podiatrist to see if he could help. I was tenacious enough to live away from home for several months which meant staying in a hotel. It was seedy, it held some pretty scary types. I'm a woman. I was tenacious.
I came home afterwards and went to my doctor to find out why I was in so much pain. I have three herniated discs in my neck. One was completely shutting off the nerves in some part of my spinal column every time I laid down. I had surgery because they said I needed it to stay out of a wheel chair. I went to 8 weeks of physical therapy that didn't work. I've since been to two additional specialists to try and regain full use of my hands and arms and legs. I am tenacious. I will beat this.
In all of my dark despair over my ruined life I had kept my tenacity, but I was fighting a losing battle. I re-upped my efforts in finding a way to earn income from home. One day when I was cleaning junk mail out of my e-mail I stumbled on one from PayPal. It said that HubPages had deposited money to my account! I checked my account, they didn't start paying me for my work until September of 2011. For me to receive a check from them for work I gave up on two years ago stopped me in my tracks. They deposited the money a few months ago, but since I wasn't looking at my PayPal account I didn't know. I still wasn't sure, I requested the deposit and waited. I looked over my old work and beat myself up for stopping when I did. I wondered if it was too late for me. I worried that maybe I was past my prime. I was afraid to come back because the people I knew might be gone, or they might think less of me because I gave up. One day I found a hub posted by an old friend and after reading it decided it was time to come back and do what I do best. The only thing I have ever gotten paid to do from home. Write what I know and research what I don't know yet.
Now I am tenacious about Hub Pages.
What Are You Tenacious About?
Where is your tenacity? I watched a Lady Gaga concert on HBO during my convalescence. She sang a song "Show Me Your Teeth" which was about giving your best shot. I loved the song because it gave me some inner strength. Watching the show strengthened me so much that I looked to see when it would be on again. I think I've watched it all or in part at least five times. Why? Because everyone seems to think she came out of nowhere, but that's just not true. She has been working towards this moment in her life all of her life. Just like the athletes in the Olympics, the people who seem like an "Overnight Success" work all of their lives for it. Yes even the people who get stigmatized for becoming a YouTube or MySpace success story, and the ones who get the most votes on America's Got Talent. If you aren't tenacious about this then you need to give up now.
I hate to say it but you won't become a success even if you buy one of those "Internet Miracles" in a box. Just hang it up now. You Must Write Every Day. This should be a sticky note on your bathroom mirror, your PC or laptop screen, and your refrigerator. Be ready to write every day. It is the single most vital component to earning money on line. In addition to that you must be willing to respond to comments, answer e-mails, approve your fan mail, make Hub Pages your Home page if you must, but do not skip this vital step.
Ironically, back in February of 2010, I wanted to make money on line. I had been researching jobs and ran across an amazing article. The guy had worked for two years to build his business. He had started at Hub Pages. Now he has a regular web site, pays for hosting, does a newsletter and he still wrote a blog post Every Day! He had already replaced and surpassed his former income as an investment broker. If you want to see what he's doing now you can find him at ChristianPF.com. I actually found the original pages that I read in that search! You don't have to sign up for the newsletter, just click topics or use the search box. He has amazing content and without it I wouldn't be here.
A last word about tenacity.
I know that tenacity and determination sound like the same thing but here are the actual definitions to illustrate the difference.
de·ter·mi·na·tion (d-tûrm-nshn) ( courtesy of http://www.thefreedictionary.com)n.
- a. The act of making or arriving at a decision. See Synonyms at decision.b. The decision reached.
- a. Firmness of purpose; resolve: approached the task with determination and energy.b. A fixed intention or resolution: returned to school with a determination to finish.
- a. The settling of a question or case by an authoritative decision or pronouncement, especially by a judicial body: The choice of a foster home was left to the determination of the court.b. The decision or pronouncement made.
- a. The ascertaining or fixing of the quantity, quality, position, or character of something: a determination of the ship's longitude; a determination of the mass of the universe.b. The result of such ascertaining.
- A fixed movement or tendency toward an object or end.
te·na·cious (t-nshs) ( courtesy of http://www.thefreedictionary.com)adj.
- Holding or tending to hold persistently to something, such as a point of view.
- Holding together firmly; cohesive: a tenacious material.
- Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive: tenacious lint.
- Tending to retain; retentive: a tenacious memory.
Now you can clearly see the difference. When I started at Hub Pages I was determined. I had mad a decision and was planning to act on it and follow through. I was NOT tenacious. Another definition I found for tenacity included stubborn and obstinate. While those are characteristics I have been told for years that I possess in abundance, I was afraid to apply them to Hub Pages. I was afraid of looking like a fool. When you are tenacious you will not care what it looks like to others.
Yes, you guessed it, Go Write Another Hub! Once again, if you post your hub link in the comments section I will read it and share it with my readers, Facebook and Twitter. My homework today is to go set up my Pinterest account and then I'll be able to Pin your articles as well. Please do not skip this step. Write it and post it for me to read.