I hope you enjoyed the reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
This site is to help you start an online business and succeed. This site is not for just online businesses, though.
This site can help you if you are simply starting a blog. Or a hobby website. You see, starting an online business encompasses the skills needed to start a blog or a hobby website.
What you will learn here are the skills needed to run a website. There is not a lot of business or marketing information yet, simply because I do not know how to market online.
What I do know is how to create a website and do various tasks that many people do not yet know.
What to know how to set up a mailing list? How to get a free product to your views after they have double opted in? What to know what double opt-in is, and why you want to do it?
What to set up a print on demand store and sell mugs? How about an Amazon affiliate business? I will show you how.
What makes this site unique is that I am a rank beginner in the online business phemonmena. I literally have no mailing list.
I will tell you what I know, even though I am not an expert yet. Note the word yet. Hence, there are no promises or implying that you might make $45,000 in a few weeks. Nope. You might make nothing. You may even lose money. Maybe a lot of money. Online businesses are low-risk, so try to keep your losses small.
Here is where I will put in the standard disclaimer that your results may be different from mine and that individual results may vary. I make no income claims at all, etc. I have yet to start actively marketing; so, far I have only lost money.
In fact, I will make the opposite claim. You lose a lot of money. As with any business venture, be careful.
You are completely responsible for your decisions and their aftermath. This is an educational website only. Use at your own risk.
Also remember that 90% of all startups fail. I have read that the first four online businesses a person starts, fail. That does not mean that business five or six will succeed. You may never make money.
With that out of the way, I will tell you what I know. I will try to provide good and useful resources for you to use.
There is no “Rah, rah, you can do it!” here. I try to keep it to practical advice.
Scott Adams, in his great book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life, says to have about 10 different projects going at once and one might take off. He said that Dilbert was just one of ten projects he had on the go at the time. It was the one that took off and made him rich.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life, is one of the few practical success books I have ever read. Another is John T. Reed’s Succeeding. Another is The Millionaire Mind These books are aware of this thing called reality and do not preach the “everyone can do everything” nonsense. They also tell you that working harder than everyone else is needed to succeed. These books are for doers.
I will attempt to be straightforward about the good, the bad, and the ugly that I encounter in my quest to run online businesses.
Because I next to nothing about marketing, this site will at first emphasize the practical, behind-the scenes, stuff like setting up a website, WordPress, setting up an Amazon affiliate store, etc.
Eventually, I hope to learn online marketing for one simple reason. Without marketing your website, you will not succeed! For me to succeed, I have to learn it. And I want to teach you how to succeed.