I’ve been with my company for a few months now. I recently noticed that haven’t blogged nearly as often as I would like. And since I’ve cleared this blog of all of the old content, this site has become mighty bare. I’ve wanted to kind of follow my progress through the business world, but by the time I’ve learned something I’m moving on to a new little bit.
I have been learning a ton.
So, the company I work for does internet marketing. This has become my field of study, my playground, my obsession. The internet has been one of those things that my family got when I was around 14. It was already well on it’s way to being the crazy beast we see today. AOL chat rooms, forums, email chains. Text based mmo games. I even remember setting up my first online community in order to post and share homework.
I’m sure everyone my age can remember the Myspace experience. I remember those crazy people that started become famous on it. Bands, musicians, artists were one thing, but then you had people like Dane Cook, Katy Perry, and my favorite Tila Tequila who could be said to really have gotten their fame over developing followings on myspace. Youtube was a game changer. There are YouTubers that make millions.
As the amount of people using the internet continues to grow, and the opportunities to make money online along with it. Now the title of the post is “how to get rick, quick.”
The secret is this: you can’t, without like winning the lottery or building something that explodes because it’s just that awesome, get rich quick. But you can, slowly. There are a lot of different ways to do it too. But I think they all start with a basic understanding of how things work.
The internet is huge. Like, like really really big. There are millions of websites two billion people use every day. Just think about that for a moment. They are reading thing, clicking like, buy, check out. They are spending money across the world.
I often think of the internet in terms of our water cycle/ ecology. I’m sure they analogy will break down moments after I start writing about it. But it involves clouds, and flows, and gravity. In this analogy water is money. Topography dictates where the water flows, as well as falls. Some regions get more rainfall, and others less.
Mountains form huge barriers that cause rainfall in some regions, which then is driving by gravity into streams and creeks. Those are funneled into rivers, or sink into the water table, or hit lakes, or go back to the oceans.
The ecosystem, the life, is sort of the internet. Forest retain water, and actually increase rainfall by keeping the air over them cool, which leads to precipitation. Givers give rise to ecology, and irrigation is artificial and effective- so long as you maintain it.
Channels in which water flow grow deeper, unless they are filled with silt. The bigger they are the more likely they to spread out and create marshes. All of it is connected.
We want to build a system that has weight, and collects water, and retains it. It has is vibrant and provides a habitat for our families, friends, family. You know what it reminds me of? Beavers. The trick is to be a beaver. Beavers build dams that force the water to slowly flood an area, which then causes natural wetlands that are entirely unique and vibrant ecosystems. Over time, they become stable, but initially they take a ton of work.
Here’s a full length documentary on beavers from animal planet.
If we have a ton of funding, we could perhaps build synthetic damns. Perhaps eventually we should, but initially we can start by using soft materials. I think of that as content online. I have another blog that I don’t really post much at anymore. It does have something like 80 posts. With out any effort, the site gets around 20-50 visits per day. And it’s entirely personal, entirely benign, and yet it is something. It’s like the random debris that forms at bends in creeks. Eventually, if I keep writing and adding to it, the the sheer amount of crap I put there will pool water. Money.
The difference between a debris dam and a beaver dam is very little, and primarily focuses on organization. Putting up a bunch of content is one way to make money, but putting up a very organized bit of content will also make you money. Both require quiet a bit of work.
Most people are like fish, they just swim in the stream. They pump water in and out of their gills, but that’s it. So let’s leave the analogy- because it’s beginning to wear thin. 😛
It seems to me that in order to money online, without building a actual company like Etsy, or Amazon, or what ever, is to build up good content. I’ve been working on this online advertising thing and I’ve noticed a HUGE lack of actual content that is relevant to the subjects I am interested in. Which is primarily online marketing. I have skimmed through forums, read countless blogs, signed up for news letters. I’ve watched youtube videos.
And most of the content it is itself is marketing for marketing. The weird thing is that apparently the only people who know how to do this stuff are doing it, and they don’t want to create competitors; but want to make money off of the competition by creating the feeling like they are about to reveal the secrets.
And I’m no better. I’ve learned a lot in the last few months; but I signed a contract to keep it on the DL. haha.
But the truth of it is this: Do it. Just do it. Like Shia LeBouf said in that crazy video.
And I will. I plan on bringing you what information and knowledge I can, and am allowed to. I’ll try to do it in an organized form, nothing like this post. I’ll try to be more consistent with it. And I’ll try to do lots of it. I’m going to work hard at it, while gaining benefit from experience and actual revenue ; hopefully.