The Reality Blog: 3rd Time’s A Charm For My Money-Making Website

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Dear Web Writer,

I’ll be darned – earning a couple extra thousand a month really IS as easy as everybody says! That is, everybody who’s already put together a Money-Making Website.

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a Money-Making Website for most of the year. In fact, I already have not one, but two ideas picked out and vetted. And, twice now, I’ve made serious efforts at getting one up and running.

But somehow along the way … those plans got pushed aside. I felt like I really had to keep my focus on going after new clients and pursuing bigger projects. The result? This about sums it up:

  • I was able to get some new clients and projects — score on my part.
  • I’m starting to get burnt out on certain types of copy — that doesn’t bode well.
  • I have zero passive income right now — that’s pretty much a bummer.

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This Isn’t A Fad … It’s A New Livelihood

I know several web writers who built their sites early on and are seeing returns flow in. Those who started the MMW Program when it was first introduced are really starting to see the financial benefits. (Check out some of their sites in this incredible collection!)

On the sidelines, I’m green with envy. I put my own project on my back burner and eventually forgot it.

Well, that’s about to change. Plus, it helps that I see the concept of Money-Making Websites in an entirely new light:

  • It’s not just a fad. It’s not the latest new thing to experiment with on the Internet. It’s actually a tried-and-true, long-term income source.
  • It’s an education in itself. Building your own MMW gives you pretty broad experience in multiple areas. You end up learning how to structure and optimize your website, set up affiliate marketing, invite and moderate discussions, and how to create an entire social media network that complements your website efforts. You also have the potential to get your feet wet in video marketing and RSS feeds, not to mention getting exposure to site analytics and web traffic patterns. Go even fancier than that and you can build your own list, send out e-letters, and work up an entire autoresponder series. (Nick Usborne wrote about this today – excellent points!)
  • It’s a living portfolio. It just makes sense. For anybody looking to position themselves as an expert, having an entire active site under your claim is pretty impressive. And what better numbers could you possibly get? Imagine being able to tell a client — backed up by your own analytics reports — “I started this site with zero traffic six months ago, but now I have over a hundred visitors a day with a click-through rate that doubles every two weeks…”
  • It’s security for the self-employed. I’m doing pretty well now as far as client projects are concerned, but I rely entirely on others for my income. One of my major, long-time clients is about to go on extended maternity leave. That leaves a hole in my schedule I’ve got to scramble to fill. If I had a working Money-Making Website, I wouldn’t feel so distracted at the idea of my clients going on hiatus. Better yet, it would be something to sustain me should I ever need to take my own extended break from client projects.

Why I’m Getting So Fired Up About This

There’s been a lot of talk around the WWW and AWAI forums about the success of Money-Making Website graduates. Every time I come across one of these discussions, I feel a little bit guilty for not going through with my own goals.

My problem is, I wasn’t looking at it the right way. I saw writing a Money-Making Website as a pleasure project — something that would give me a break from my regular tasks while bringing in a little extra cash.

Now that I’m watching the sites of so many others come to fruition, I realize it’s so much more.

Money-Making Websites aren’t just a form of entertainment. They’re a viable, doable, surprisingly-simple way to make a lot of money while publicly positioning yourself as a web-writer extraordinaire.

It just turns out you get to enjoy yourself a lot in the process since the content is all of your own choosing.

Now, why didn’t I think of that?

Remember Your Support Team Is Key

I’m mega-impressed with the Money-Making Website forum, which you gain access to once you enroll in the program. More than an information source, it’s like a cheerleading squad and support group all rolled into one.

I still get all the emails that show comments made on the forum, even though I’m not an active participant. I’m constantly impressed by the jovial support and free-flowing ideas shared by others.

I’ve recently taken that concept one step further and re-committed myself to my MMW project alongside a friend and fellow web-writer who shares my frustration in wanting to get a site going but not having had a chance to go after it till now.

Making the most of the support I get from my friend, plus the forum, plus Nick Usborne himself (through his weekly teleconferences), is going to be my new secret approach to finally following through on this thing.

This third time around, it’s for sure. By Bootcamp, I plan to be the happy owner of a very productive Money-Making Website. I’ve made a pledge in the forum – who’s with me on this?

Looking forward to hearing about your own progress,
Mindy

P.S. If you still need motivation, take a look at what your fellow web writers have done.

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Mindy Tyson McHorse

Mindy Tyson McHorse

Executive Editor for The Barefoot Writer, Mindy McHorse writes for clients in the biz-opp, alternative medicine, and self-help world.

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