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How Many Times Have You Heard “I’ve Been Marketing Online for Years and Still Haven’t Made Any Money?”

Profile photo of Gordie Chase Submitted by Gordie Chase March 13, 2017

I was recently in a discussion on a private membership forum and one of the members asked a question that basically shocked everyone who read it. It wasn’t like they had never heard the question before, but they had never heard it on a forum that provided real case studies of actual campaigns on how to make money. They couldn’t believe there was a guy who paid money to join a forum with real case studies that made money, asking it’s members why he couldn’t make money.

Well needless to say he generated a lot of conversation and a bunch of confusion. The problem wasn’t the fact that he was on a forum designed to help him make money, not at all. Most members were confused as to why he never asked for help. They couldn’t understand why you would pay for a monthly membership that was designed to help you, yet you never asked for help. Of course there was also skepticism as to weather or not his claim was even true and even more skeptics saying it”s doubtful that he even tried.

Personally I wasn’t shocked at all, I’ve heard this at least a thousand times. Most of the people who have claimed they’ve been marketing online for years and still can’t make money aren’t lying, they just never learned how. A lot of marketers out there believe they’ve made decent attempts at setting up there business for profit, but never actually put in the work.

Now in this particular case one of the most successful forum members (a seven figure marketer) wanted to help so he asked a series of questions to see where this guy may have went wrong so he asked him some questions.

His first question was, “What have you tried? and like most responses we receive, the guy replied “Everything”…..

So he attempted to narrow it down and asked: Do you have a website with content posted on it? No Reply.

Being the seasoned marketer that he was he already knew that the guy’s problem was himself, so he just fired off a series of questions to verify whether or not the guy had tried “Everything” as he stated.

So he asked him:

Do you market on your Facebook group?

Can you show me your squeeze pages and the ads you’re using to drive traffic to them?

What product are you selling?

Do you have a YouTube channel where you market your products?

What groups / forums related to your niche have you joined and actively participated in?

His answer: ” Well I haven’t tried everything”.

We all knew why he hadn’t made a dime yet and so did he. To make money online requires you to take a lot of action. Starting a Facebook Group and not posting content or refusing to advertise your group is not taking action. Having a You Tube channel with no videos or joining forums and not participating is not taking action. Even if you just chose one of these methods to concentrate on it wouldn’t take years for you to make a profit unless you’ re just not taking action.

The only marketers I’ve ever meant that hadn’t made money after years of trying suffered from one of two things. They either never stuck with a method long enough for it to work or never put in enough work to make it profitable. If you’re stuck and don’t know what to do there are just too many people willing to help for you to remain stuck. If you need help in any area of your marketing there are forums and plenty of websites with members who are willing help you, all you need to do is ask. If you’re shy and afraid to comment for fear of sounding stupid, you can actually Google ” How to set up my Internet Marketing business” and get exact strategies. Iv’e seen step by step instructions on a variety of subjects from sites like Forbes, Entreprenuer and even Wiki How, but none of them will work unless you take action!

Sure, there’s plenty of people who actually believe they’ve taken action, and some are probably even reading this article. But the truth is when you ask them the specifics of the actions they ‘ve taken you always here excuses for the actions they didn’t take. They may have a website with great content but don’t advertise it because they claim they can’t afford to. Or they have a Facebook Group stacked with content but claim they don’t have the time to be social or the money to boost a post. The truth is if you have your marketing set up correctly and you’re driving traffic you’re eventually going to make money.

Internet Marketing is like every other business it requires work and a lot of it. Would you open a business and run it for years without making a profit or at least break even? Of course you wouldn’t. The fact is if you do anything for years and still get no results it means you really have no knowledge of what you’re doing and you may need learn.

So the next time someone tells you they’ve been marketing online for years and haven’t made a dime, your first question should be How and your second should be why. And if you happen to be one of these people you need to ask yourself these same two questions:

1. How can you market your products better? (i.e, Improve the methods you’re using)

2. Why you refuse to get help with the process if you don’t know how?

If you don’t have an answer for these two question you’ll probably never make any money online. But don’t worry there is an answer to your dilemma, all you need to do is Take Action and find out what thousands of others that make money online are doing that you aren’t. Just ask them, believe me they’ll tell you.


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I'm just here to help! I served 18 years in the military and have raised 3 wonderful kids. I've been in Internet Marketing for about 4 years and have made a few pennies here and there. My journey is not about making quick money on the internet it's about learning, discovery and building a business on a solid foundation. I get excited about helping others and meeting new marketers focused on developing their own businesses. The energy created by helping others has not only motivated me to learn more but has also given me more advice and resources to share. I'm here for all marketers so don't hesitate to ask me for help, and never give up on your dreams.

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3 Responses to “How Many Times Have You Heard “I’ve Been Marketing Online for Years and Still Haven’t Made Any Money?”” Leave a reply ›

  • Profile photo of John A Karnish Profile

    Hi Gordie,

    Interesting article. I think another thing that prevents people from making money is that most marketers are on many lists and they are constantly barraged with the latest so-called, “easy” traffic techniques.

    They might try Facebook but then someone is selling a course on SEO, so they give up and try that and before they learn the SEO someone is seeling a course on PPC and they give up on learning SEO… and around and around it goes.

    Everyone is distracted by so many products that they never “fully” learn a traffic technique.

    You do need a lot of hard work but I think consistency is key too.

    Nice article my friend, look forward to reading more.

    Take care,


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