No matter what we do in life there are many things that you might not pick up on right away and that’s perfectly fine.
Did you know that Thomas Edition failed over 1,000 times before he was successful in creating the lightbulb?
Let that sink in for a moment.
Personally, for me, I haven’t failed nearly this many times.
However, I have made my fair share of mistakes which lead to me failing at this whole online business thing not once, but several times.
I have been in this business for nearly 7 years now but didn’t really get serious about this until 6 years ago.
Within that time, I was able to build a business online and make my first sale in only 3 & a half months.
Fast forward 6 months later and I was earning over $1,000 a month with this number going up consistently.
Within the following post, I’ll be revealing how I went from earning a consistent income online ($3,000+ per month) for 3 years to losing everything and having to start over from scratch.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, I also had to go out and get a regular J.O.B which is something I haven’t had for over 5 years as I was self employed.
Talk about having to swallow your pride and face reality!!
As you can imagine this really sucked, but it’s something I had to do if I wanted to keep a roof over my head.
I’m sure that many of you guys & gals can relate to what I was experiencing at the time, right?
I’ll also be showing you guys how I was able to eventually get my new business up and running and starting to make sales like before.
If you have a similar experience that you would like to share about your experience in the online world, I would love to hear all about it in the comments section below.
Without further ado, let’s get right into things, OK?
A Little Insight Into My Online Journey
Like I said earlier, I entered the online world back in early 2012 while I was researching another MLM opportunity that I had just joined.
I was doing further research on the program as I was still pretty skeptical about it and curious to see what other people had to say about their experience with this program.
To be quite honest with you guys, what they had to say about this program wasn’t good!!
Needless to say, I eventually ditched this company and joined another one, which is where my online journey began.
If you would like to read more about my story and where I’ve been, feel free to check out my About Me page for all the details.
I’ll be revealing the name of this company next, so I highly advise you guys to continue reading for all the details.
How I Made My First Sale In Under 4 Months
The name of this company is Wealthy Affiliate!!
After I had a chance to sit down and go over this training in detail and put it into action, I was able to make my first sale in only 3 & a half months.
However, now that I think back, I had even failed with 2 other niche ideas that I had.
It wasn’t until I discovered the MMO niche (Make Money Online) that I was able to finally find my true passion which was helping other people learn how to make money online.
Unlike my 2 other busted niches, this didn’t require much narrowing down and it was on a topic that I have quite a bit of experience with so I thought, why not?
Due to my previous experience with other affiliate marketing scams in the past, I felt I was more qualified to pursue this niche and go at it full force.
Also, at the time, I was collecting unemployment & didn’t have a job so I could dedicate more time to this in hopes of achieving results faster than someone who works a full time J.O.B.
I can remember spending anywhere from 12 to 16 hrs per day learning as much as I can about this business and taking massive action on what I had learned.
After months of hard work, dedication, and a fair amount of writing consistent content, I was able to generate my first sale in a little under 4 months.
Take a look at the screenshot below to see just how quickly this had snowballed in such a short amount of time.
How I Was Able To Go Full Time, 6 Months Later
As you can see from the screenshot above, I wasn’t exactly earning a full time income just yet, but I was definitely headed in the right direction.
I was learning new and exciting things each day and I had finally got through the training and by this time, I was getting a pretty constant flow of traffic to my website daily.
I was also writing on average a minimum of 3 to 4 posts a week and was really starting to get the hang of this whole blogging thing and loving each and every minute of it.
I was averaging at least a sale or 2 a day and things were really going great for me.
As a matter of fact, 2014 is the year when I got to go to 2 concerts back to back (within 2 weeks apart) and this is something I have NEVER been able to afford to do before.
Back in the day, I would do good to be able to go to 1 concert, let alone 2 simultaneously.
Which concerts did I go to you may be wondering?
If you must know, lol it was Lil Wayne & Drake & Eminem & Rihanna.
Both concerts were a blast!!
Anyways, as you can see all of my hard work was starting to pay off and I was pretty stoked about where my business would take me next.
This is when I did something really stupid that literally dropped my traffic in half overnight!!
I’ll be revealing what I did next that nearly ruined my business and eventually led me to have to start over from scratch and rebuild everything I spend so much time building before.
How A Simple Theme Change Destroyed My Business
A couple of years had passed and it was now April 2015.
I had been trying my hand at design here lately and was looking for a theme that offered me more customizations than the one I was currently using.
Over the past several weeks I started to do some research on a few themes as I was wanting to give my site a better look and feel and change things up a bit.
I had just had an amazing $2500 month and I was now ready to invest this money back into my business.
I had my eye on Elegant Themes for a while now and was testing out a few of their themes on a test site of mine to see how well they performed before switching it on my main site.
I decided to go with Divi as this seemed like the best theme out there in the package so I activated it on my site.
Needless to say, this is the biggest mistake that I have ever made as my traffic had gone from nearly 600 to 650 a day down to 300 or below overnight.
What I Did To Try & Fix The Situation
I can remember staying up until 5 am or later trying to fix all the formatting issues that go along with changing your theme.
Unfortunately, I spent the better part of a year trying to learn this theme and how to successfully use it to get great rankings in Google like I used to before the theme change.
I was bound and determined to learn this theme if it was the last thing I did.
This was also another mistake as it seemed like no matter what I did, I was just digging my hole deeper & deeper.
My traffic dropped as low as 150 at one point and whenever I posted content it wouldn’t rank in the first 10 pages of the SERPS.
This was really starting to get to me & depression started to set in.
At one point, it seemed like I was wasting my time writing content as none of it would rank anywhere close to the first page as it would before.
As if matters weren’t already bad enough, I decided to dig my hole even deeper by changing domain names!!
I’m not sure if this really hurt me, but I can tell you that it didn’t help the situation out any at all.
I’ll be revealing how I was finally able to dig myself out of the hole I was in and get myself back on track.
How I Finally Got My Business Back (Slowly)
It’s now 2018 and 3 years have passed since I made these many mistakes.
At this point, I’m willing to do anything to get back to where I was before and continue growing my business.
Needless to say, by this point in time my finances were really getting low and I needed to do something if I wanted to keep my apartment and avoid being homeless.
As much as I didn’t want to I had to go out and get a J.O.B I didn’t really have much of a choice.
My plan was to work a part-time job and start over with a fresh clean slate and build an entirely new website from scratch.
I had already purchased my domain name so I was ready to start working at getting my business back one post at a time.
I would let my J.O.B pay the bills for now and slowly work on rebuilding everything little by little.
This is actually easier said than done as there were several nights I would come home drained.
After working all day, I just wanted to come home & relax.
Do you guys feel me?
After finally finding the motivation to put some serious work into building an entirely new website from scratch and writing until it felt like my fingers were gonna fall off, I started to see results.
This took me nearly a year before I was able to see any results and just like when I started out 6 years ago, this depended on how consistent I was with writing content.
I still haven’t been able to get things to the point that they were before.
However, I can definitely tell that things are looking up & I’m almost to the point where I can quit my job and do this full time again.
Things I Have Learned Over The Years From My Many Failures
They always say that you need to fail several times before you get things right and are able to succeed at anything in life.
This especially holds true for the online business industry!!
Now that I think back, If I had never failed at the many things that I listed above, I wouldn’t have learned from these mistakes.
This was bound to happen at some point in my career and I guess it’s better to learn from it early on than to wait till I’m earning a couple hundred grand or more and lose it all.
Here are a few lessons I’ve learned from my mistakes over the past 6 to 7 years
1) Don’t take anything for granted- Doing something as simple as changing your theme can wipe out years of hard work overnight.
What took years of blood, sweat, tears, as well as a ton of dedication, motivation, and hard work on your part, could be gone in no time.
If you fail to properly research this like I did and learn the proper way to go about this without it affecting how your website performs in the SERPS, you could have years of hard work wiped out within seconds.
2) Keep It Simple- 1 of the main reasons why changing my theme had such a drastic negative impact on my website is due to the fact that I went from a simple theme to one of the most complex themes.
Now that I think back if I had gone with something similar to the theme I originally had then things would have been fine.
It seems like people like to make things are a whole lot harder than they need to be (myself included) and this is why most people fail before they even get started.
If you keep things simple and try not to overcomplicate them you’ll find that you’ll be much more successful a whole lot quicker.
3) Don’t Be A Fanboy- This is something that I struggled with as well as I’m a very passionate person.
When I like a particular product or service, I usually take things too far and lose track of my vision and what my job is as an affiliate marketer.
I have lost out on a great deal of credibility as well as potential income opportunities as well by being a fanboy and I have paid for this dearly in more ways than one.
My Closing Thoughts
In order for you to grow as an affiliate marketer and learn the do’s as well as the don’ts, you need to experience these for yourself.
To do this we all need to fail several times before we can make it to the top and experience true success within the online business world.
Failure is tempory and without it, you won’t be able to grow your business and take things to the next level & beyond.
Trust me, as someone who has experienced this before I know first hand how frustrating this can be.
If this post resonates with you and you’re looking for some help either getting started or getting your business back on track I would love to help you out.
You can join me over at my favorite online community where I help people out on a day to day basis and offer my help and assistance.
Other than that I really hope this post has inspired you and given you hope that no matter how bad you have screwed up, you can get your business back if you’re willing to work hard enough at it.
Questions, comments, or an experience you would like to share with everyone else?
I would love to hear all about them and answers any questions you have in the comments below.
Until Next Time
~Your Friend, Scott~