Making Money Online will Change Dramatically in 2018

Hey There, my name is Thomas Witek and I created this website several years ago to document my journey through internet marketing. Over time it turned into more of an internet marketing product review website. I’m not sure how that happened but it led me to abandon the project as product reviews was never my intention.

Now as we approach a new year I’ve decided to revive my blog once again. The idea this time is to introduce a system to my readers that will make them money every day, like clockwork, preferably on auto-pilot with little to no maintenance required. You know, a completely automated income.

I hope this will finally bring the true concept of getting paid all day to many.

What if one day you woke up and realized internet traffic was like the universe? Never-ending and expansive. And that if you tapped into it the right way you could profit… Free traffic can generate real money even if you don’t  understand things like advertising or marketing psychology. Contrary to what many believe the answer isn’t always learning more. Specialized knowledge is no longer required.

Things like copywriting, and mastering ad conversions are no longer needed to earn an income online. In the world we live in today it’s 100% possible to earn a living online with no specialized skills like copywriting, writing code, managing jv partners or any of the other monotonous tasks that most people think they would like to avoid when it comes to online marketing.

How did I get into Internet Marketing?

I was working at Apple. Actually, let me take a step back. I was attending business school and watching this documentary on netflix one night about apple. I was so moved by the marketing and loyalty of apple customers that I was brought to tears. Hard to admit, strange to experience, but I was just so moved by how influential Steve Jobs was, how passionate he was about his product and the changes that he created. It seemed like just a few nights or maybe a couple weeks later I get an email from a recruiter at Apple. Now, at this time I had 5+ years of real world development experience as a programmer but I wanted to expand my knowledge. I was going to business school because I wanted to move up into management.

Actually, my real goal was executive management… maybe at a start-up?

I had no intentions of working at Apple, in fact I never applied, but I couldn’t ignore the opportunity. I did a series of phone interviews and online tests that eventually led to an in person job interview in Cupertino California. I had to pay for the plane ticket without knowing whether or not I would be hired. But I was, about 8 people interviewed me for 5 hours. I went to lunch with my future boss and his boss in the “Piano Room” a special room on the Apple Campus right outside the cafeteria (staffed with chef’s) that was created for the sole purpose of holding Steve Job’s grand Piano. I guess it was his first big purchase after he bought his first mansion. And now it sits in a room as a monument at the Apple headquarters. That’s where I had lunch that day. For the next year I worked at Apple.

At Apple I had a lot of  free time between projects. I worked on Apple.com and products were only updated quarterly. So we had to work really hard for a few weeks before a new product launched then it seemed like we were always waiting on a new project. Little things came here and there, I developed a JavaScript iPhone locator that was never implemented. I worked on some things with the Apple TV related to browser streaming. It was a fun job. But it was a one year contract and the entire time during my free time I was looking for what was next.

That’s what led me to Internet Marketing and specifically product launches.

But Creating Products is Hard…

I find myself feeling like the guy in the second graphic all the time.

I wanted an auto-pilot income and I spent thousands on software products that other people were creating in hopes of finding it. However, it seemed no matter what I tried nothing worked. So eventually I decided to create my own product called “The Blueprint to Riches”. It sold nearly 100 copies on the Warrior Forum which clearly wasn’t enough but it was a start and it was the beginning of my list. I continued to launch Warrior Forum products and grew my list past 5,000 subscribers. This in addition to the income I made as an affiliate was the start of my internet marketing career. To date I’ve made 10,000+ product sales on JV Zoo and thousands more on Warrior Plus. I used to sell a lot of affiliate products too, but that market is pretty locked up now as well, so I’ve moved on to selling more of my own products in other channels. Which leads to me where we are today…

Product Launching is no longer a profitable idea for most of us.

There have been many rules changes about income claims, the lifetime of SaaS applications, restrictions from PayPal. In 2017 I spent much of the year under a PayPal restriction that cost me 20% of my business in addition to the 50% I was paying to affiliates and 10% for payment processors. If you do the math that leaves just 20% to cover expenses and if you’re in the US you’re paying taxes on a good part of that. It’s been a difficult time to say the least. Only recently did I get this restriction removed and now I can’t say if it’s even worth it. There are just much better alternatives out there for generating an income and turning a profit online.

  • Affiliate marketing is going to be just as difficult if you can’t build a list.
  • Amazon product marketing is heavily saturated as well as eCom.
  • We just don’t have the same opportunities today that we did years ago.

If you’re trying to make one of the older concepts work for you it’s going to be a struggle. Some of us are addicted the struggle, but you don’t want to be, you want to be successful. So don’t make things difficult on yourself by continuing to try to force old methods to work for you. If you’re still buying into the idea that you can create a product or start a profitable shopify store with the right facebook ads or Instagram strategy I’ve got news for you… It’s probably not going to happen.

Not anymore. The good news is, there are still plenty of ways to make money.

What should you do to make money online?

That’s entirely up to you. But If you were to ask me here would be my suggestions:

  • Always be looking into new innovative ways to make money online.
  • Don’t struggle to make the same way work if it’s not working for you.
  • Focus on one thing and make it happen before moving on.
  • Don’t buy anything that isn’t directly related to what you’re working on.
  • Work on building your own leads either on social media or through email.
  • Don’t fall into the cycle of being a perpetual learner, or believing that the people who you buy products from are going to somehow make you money.
  • There is no such thing as done for you or auto-pilot income (without effort)
  • If you’ve never made any money online sign up for a Peerfly account and make your first CPA commission as soon as possible. You need to experience the feeling of making money before you go any further (or buy anything else).

Here’s an example of my peerfly earnings from a smaller Instagram account:

You don’t need a lot of traffic to get sales you only need a plan for conversions.

From what I’ve learned over the years this is the best advice I can give you…

Make money now and separate yourself from all the other people out there not making money. I suggest CPA because they will pay you for email leads which is easier than making a credit card sale. Believe it or not you do need sales experience to get a sale. You need the confidence to ask for it and to make it happen. Before internet marketing and programming I did telemarketing which gave me the confidence and experience to make sales. This helped me when it came to making sales videos or even writing emails. If you lack basic sales skills or you feel uncomfortable making or asking for sales than you need to overcome that fear first before anything else will happen. If you don’t, other marketers will just play on it and sell you shit that “takes away all the hard work” or “eliminates any type of scary stuff you need to do”. It’s on you to survive, now go out there and do it!

13 thoughts on “Making Money Online will Change Dramatically in 2018

  1. Thomas Witek Post author

    There was a plugin blocking my comments that I’ve since removed. Please try again if you commented earlier. Thanks to everyone who reported this. New blog new issues should be fun though!

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  2. rob

    Thomas always creates great software products and keeps them up to date, something a lot other developers do not do.
    Cannot wait to see what he comes up with next.

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  3. Kimberly Olsen

    Great post! I completely agree that there’s nothing quite like the rush of that first income generated online. When you get sources flowing continuously it’s even more exhilarating. I have learned a lot from this blog and am looking forward to the turn in direction! To your success!

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  4. Ddwayne

    I was just talking to one of the guys at the gym this morning about generating an income online. He know that I made a living from doing business online and he wanted to know what my business was. I told him i do and have done a multitude of marketing but there is one thing that has always been consistent for me and that’s CPA marketing with paid traffic. If you have a new software that will generate loads of free traffic I’m in.

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  5. Tommie Berg

    It’s great to see this site and read the views of everyone here, I am also eager to gain new knowledge. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.

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  6. David Webb

    I have found your views about the marketing world to be quite refreshing and your advice to help people get some income flow seems very practical. I have bought many of your products in the last few years and feel that you are genuine in trying to help people make progress, rather than using them as a cash machine like the big marketers do. I would like to keep in touch about your plans for 2018 and I feel sure your customers would like to enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship too. Newbies can all too often get discouraged if they don’t see some simple action bringing them modest results and return on their efforts. We are each accountable to ourselves for our progress or inertia. You are a source of encouragement to us. Please keep up the advice and relevant software work. The numbers may not be huge, but they are probably quality contacts – genuine people.

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  7. Mark

    Thomas:

    Very timely article. I’m in the midst of trying to decide which path to go down. I’m leaning toward a WooCommerce store drop shipping products domestically sourced. That said, CPA is not a bad path to go down if you can get cheap traffic.

    I’m looking forward to seeing improvements to LoopVidio and your new software.

    Cheers!

    Mark

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    1. Thomas Witek Post author

      Hey Mark, WooCommerce is a great path or any type of ecom right now really. The new .shop domains open up a lot of opportunity and you can get them cheap on namecheap right now! Loop Vidio is updated, but I need to rebuild the site as some crafty people have taken ownership of my former domain. The software update will be available in the next couple of days and it should be the last one.

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  8. Brian

    Thomas,

    There is one more thing to add to your already great list of things for people who want to be successful making an online living….. and that is “persistence”. Yep, keep going and never give up!

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