What happens when you blend quiet desperation, an entrepreneurial spirit and a few bitter surprises?

You might just end up with a winning formula for sweet online success…

Four years ago, I was spending 40+ hours every week in a soul-sucking, mind-numbing, life-wasting job. I would sit in my dingy little office that wasn’t even really an office; in my half-broken chair; doing a bunch of mindless, boring work in exchange for an insultingly tiny so-called salary. I was constantly struggling to pay the bills and keep food in the house. There was never enough money left to do or have anything special – ever!

Every day, in spite of the distress I felt, I reminded myself of my life-long dream of owning my own business. I had many failed offline attempts behind me, I suppose just to keep me feeling trapped in that dead-end pit of despair… but, still I dreamed every minute of my work days about getting out of there and being my own boss. I wanted to use my love of food and my knowledge of health and nutrition to help people to improve their lives while bringing in a reasonable income for my efforts.

And, then life intervened to change everything…

First, my eye-sight which had always been very limited, began to further deteriorate. This led to a surgery that was supposed to improve my vision, but which actually resulted in near-total blindness.

Then, as you may be predicting, my full-time job of more than 11 years was snatched away from me in the blink of an eye. Oh sure, lots of politically correct excuses were thrown around having to do with corporate restructuring and similar nonsense. But, obviously, it was because of my blindness and the refusal of the company to even try to provide reasonable accommodation for me so that I could continue to do my work. You may be thinking how terrible this must have been for me and my family… But, it has turned into one of the biggest blessings of my life…

Once I recovered from the shock of losing my vision and my income, I adjusted to the stress and uncertainty that comes with being unemployed, I began to pick up the pieces and search for ways to survive the personal and financial disaster. It was in this apparent crisis that I found several opportunities for generating income online and was delighted to discover that I could share my passion for natural health and great food and make money at the same time.

A few months after my job ended, I bought a course called Inbox Blueprint (Thank You Anik Singal!) – followed by many other IM products, and thus began my immersion into the world of internet marketing. I was the very definition of newbie and made a ton of mistakes to prove it…

Fast forward a couple of years – and believe it or not, I’m actually making this online marketing thing work for me. It has been anything but easy – there definitely is not a button out there that you can push to start filling buckets with money as it falls from internet heaven (believe me, I looked)… But, I am slowly, steadily, sometimes painfully, and with much help from some very talented sighted people, actually making it happen – and if I can do it, anyone can do it.

The beautiful part is that now I get to write about food and healthy living every day and never ever have to call someone else “boss” again. You can see the fruits of my labor of love at: http://www.naturalhealthwiseblog.com

This is a Guest Post written by Karen Mcray, if you would like to be considered for a guest post, please contact me.


    4 replies to "My Recipe for Internet Marketing Success"

    • Donna Merrill

      Hi Karen & John,

      Internet Marketing is a tough place to be, it changes every few months, so it’s gets tough to find out what is working and what is not, so from my point of view, we should always keep experimenting in internet marketing.

      By the way, Thanks for an interesting read.

      ~ Donna

    • Kelly

      Love this post – a real reminder of how important internet marketing can be.

    • Edna Davidsen

      Hi Karen and John

      Just read Karen’s guest post “My Recipe for Internet Marketing Success” on your blog.

      Here’s what I think.

      What I sense in Karen’s writings is the same as I do in your blog posts.

      After going into online business, life has become more purpose driven for both of you.

      In the years to come, I believe we’ll see more people realising the potential in earning money online, and more importantly taking control over their income source.

      This is, as you say in some of your blog posts, not something that’s difficult to do, but it requires we begin.

      I’ve read about so many people who describe the process the same way you do.

      First, shock over losing the old job.

      Later, a much happier life.

      Thank for this guest post and for what you’ve done with your blog.

      Cordially
      Edna Davidsen

    • Darel Long

      Hello John,
      How are you?
      Digital Marketing is a tough field day by day. If you not ready for changes, you can’t survive in internet marketing field.

      Thanks for sharing great article.

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