After my Affiliate Marketing Flop I Laid Low for Awhile

I figured internet money making wasn’t for me. Of course, I couldn’t get out of the business entirely; I had to get my fix. 

I played with surveys. You know, those online questionnaires where you fill out 100+ questions and it takes up 30 minutes of your life just to earn 10 points which equates to $.001 or, even better, you spend 25 minutes filling out 85 questions just to find out you didn’t qualify for said survey. 

I tried hard though. I was a member of every survey site. I had an email account dedicated to them. As soon as one would pop up that I would supposedly qualify for I would jump on it. I had every survey app on my phone and would check them all of the time — hoping, finally this would be “the one.” Alas, this too ended in failure. 

Perhaps surveys would be for some people, but clearly not for me. I don’t think I fit the correct demographic, as I almost never qualified for a survey outside of the first several you’d receive right after creating an account. I assume those surveys are to get you “hooked.” Make you think, “Ah! Yes! I can do this!” Maybe you can do this, but I sure can’t.  And I really honestly hope that you can do this. With my entire heart, I hope this for you. There would be nothing better than being able to make a dollar while simultaneously relaxing and watching TV, or taking a bath, or enjoying the sunset. 

Hours spent on these surveys left me with not enough money to cash out and a frustration like no other. I still find myself wanting to go back to the surveys. Wanting to give them one last go, maybe this time it’ll work for me, maybe.. maybe… that remind me, I need to check my survey apps. 


I am an Avid Product Review Reader.

Anytime I need to buy anything I read every review I can find. I can often be spotted sitting down in the aisle of Walmart reading about the moisturizing face cream that I have in my hand. “Should I buy it? Let’s find out what other people who have used it think!”

There’s so many consumer reviews to go through that it can take what feels like forever to come up with an answer. More professional reviewers can seem almost biased, plus that’s just one person’s experience. I loved reading reviews and loved learning about new products and that gave me an idea…. 

I was going to review review pages and create a comprehensive review! A one stop shop for people in search of reviews, if you will. I could then post the affiliate link for the product at the bottom of each review and presto! I would be in the online affiliate marketing business. 

I think I did about three reviews before throwing in the towel. It was boring and tedious and I just didn’t like it very much so I couldn’t stick with it.  The time it took to produce the quality of content that I demanded from myself was not worth the time it took. Literally.

The experience wasn’t all bad – I learned one very valuable lesson: in order to stick with it, you have to enjoy it. 

I am a Dreamer, but I am not a Follower-Through-er

I can have big dreams and bright ideas but the reality of what is necessary to achieve those dreams terrify me. I quit. I give in and give up and pretend I never even had that thought to begin with. I always say “If I could sell my ideas to someone who would follow through with them, I would be rich!” This is sad but this is true. 

My first dabblings in online money making was quite a few years ago. I was working the job I loved and I wasn’t making nearly enough money to get by. I researched everything and anything and finally decided affiliate marketing would be the thing for me. I thought, “Hey! I can do that!” and I even had an idea of what niche I was going to be in. 

So I read and I researched and I researched and I read. I watched YouTube video upon YouTube video of these spunky little optimistic stars who would say, “If I can do it, you can too!” They were very convincing. I learned all I could about how to write a blog, how to find your niche, how to monetize your blog with ads and affiliate marketing. I learned about Amazon’s affiliate program and signed up with them. I even signed up for Wealthy Affiliate and watched every seminar and read every class. 

Even all of that didn’t keep me from failing. 

I love my job. I swear I do. 

It’s a great job and I’m extremely passionate about it. I feel like I am making a difference, most days.

But my job doesn’t pay well. My job barely pays the bills and rarely puts food on the table.

“Do what you love and the money will come…” they say…

Sure, maybe. That could be entirely true, absolutely probable, but I’ve given it ten years. I was complacent, I loved my job and I loved the fulfillment that came with doing my job. I tried to look for alternative work to supplement my income but all of those moonlighting gigs would have gotten in the way of my passion — and so I became complacent. Every so often i would Google “How to Make Money Online” or “Real Ways to Make Money Online” or “How to Work from Home” and I would find billions of blogs and YouTube videos crafted by idealistic and inspired characters who were going to give you the secret to making money online. Sure, I tried it. I would stick with a blog or an affiliate marketing scheme for a week or so before losing interest and becoming complacent again.

But then my life changed. I was in a head on car accident on the way to the job I loved. My car was destroyed, and I walked away from the accident scene with nothing more than a black eye, hurt hand, and an airbag burn. No broken bones, no serious physical injuries. But this experience made me stop and think, was the job I loved worth all of the miles spent on the road? Worth all of that risk? I thought it was. Reality hit me in the face though when the motorist who hit me turned out to be uninsured, my insurance was giving me the run around, and I did not make enough money to buy a car – which I desperately needed in order to even do the job I loved. This is when I decided something needed to change.

I’m not interested in quitting the job I love to solely work online, but I want to make enough money to be able to ENJOY the job I love. To be able to pay the bills and feed myself, and for God’s sake be prepared for the unexpected disasters that life will be sure to throw at me; you know it will. 

And all of that is to say, this is why I am writing this, why I am starting this blog: I want to talk about my experiences, what I’ve learned, and where I am going with it. I want to share my experiences in trying to figure out this strangely confusing and overly optimistic money making online world so maybe I can help someone else. Maybe I can bring some clarity to someone else. And maybe I can buy some groceries while I’m at it.