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Get Rich Quick Is A Lie

 

Get Rich Quick

I have been working with many newbies coming into the blogging world. 

 

The one question they have asked me is how long will it take for me to make money?

 

Well, there is no answer to that question.  If you have been around for a while, you have learned that already, but if you haven’t there is  “No Free Lunch!”  

 

 

When I’m asked about making money online, I like to give people some concrete information they can relate to.  

 

So, I’m telling you now that building a business online is just like building one offline.  

 

If you decided to open a store, for instance, what would you need?  Rent a space, design the interior, fill it with display cases, and then stock it with your stuff.  How much would that cost you?  Regardless of what you want to sell, it would have to cost a pretty penny!

 

Then comes the advertising.  Even if you are in a prime location, people have to know who you are and what you are selling. You cannot just depend on the folks that just happen to pass by your front door.  So there is more money spent there.

 

Are you with me so far?  Well, in this video I’ll explain the truth about what it takes in terms of time and money to build a business online.

 

So, you see, if you are just coming on board or you have been here for a while, you need a home base, which is your blog.  That’s where your friends and visitors will come in and take a look around. 

 

If you are giving good content, and your readers come back repeatedly, you’ll do fine.  People visit their favorite food store or boutique because of the quality of the products, the pricing and the service.  They’ll visit your blog for the same reasons.  But it takes time and effort to build a dedicated following.

 

With so much information on the internet, people are understandably confused about where to start.  Too often, they’ve been told how “easy” it is and how quickly they can start banking substantial profits. 

 

But seasoned and professional bloggers know that it takes patience, persistence and some investment.  The facts are that you will have to put some high quality “meat” on your blog, and you will need to outreach to others.

 

So my friends, when the next shiny object pops up, take your time and evaluate it. If someone is telling you that business will flourish easily and it will cost tons of money to do so, take a step back.  Is it a reputable company or individual offering this promise?  Are they trustworthy?  Do you know others who are already involved, or are you going it alone?

 

Remember, there is no get rich quick business.  If you still don’t believe me, check out the hottest trending marketers.  Dig around and find “their story.”  If they are honest, and many are, they will tell you about the rugged obstacles they had to overcome to get where they are today.

 

I’d love to have your comments below.  Have you found a get rich quick business online?  Have you tried some out?  What was your experience?

 

After you leave a comment, please share this article on your social sites.  

Thanks for stopping by, and for sharing your input!  

Thanks!

-Donna

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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100 Responses to Get Rich Quick Is A Lie

  1. Sue Price
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    November 11, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    Hi Donna

    Great advice and yes that is the truth. I loved seeing you on video too – awesome.

    I wonder how this whole idea that people can make money fast online started. People who do go into regular brick and mortar business do not seem to have that expectation.

    There is an enormous learning curve for anyone and that is just the way it is.

    Great advice Donna.

    Sue
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 12:05 am #

      Hi Sue!

      Thanks so much for watching the video…I needed a haircut but did it anyway he he.

      Yes, I wanted to stress that people don’t expect this to happen offline, so why do they expect it to happen online?

      Just another nudge for people coming into the internet world!

      -Donna
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  2. William Butler
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    November 11, 2013 at 3:45 am #

    Hi Donna,

    You offer sage advice for new people entering the online arena.

    Keeping one’s life in alignment to reality, online as much as they do offline, is essential to success. Otherwise, one could easily become discouraged and greatly disappointed. I like to remind people that I coach that all progress is a process. So yes, it certainly does take patience and persistence.

    Like Sue, I think you added value by including your video. 🙂

    Have a great week!
    Bill
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 12:07 am #

      Hi Bill,

      As so many new clients come in that are “newbies” I am on a mission to be blogging about things like this.

      When I started I spent countless amounts of money for my learning curve, and I sure don’t want it to happen to anyone else.

      I guess I’m on a mission!

      -Donna
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  3. Lisa
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    November 11, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Donna, great topic! I’ve already read that it takes 5 years for a small business to make money. It takes a lot of time, effort and some money. I’ve tried some out through the years and you are right on target. I’m going on 3+ years with an online business and the profits are small at this point. Too many people give up before the 5th year. I’ve tried other things over the years like Amway and Jafra, but I didn’t do them for more than a year or two.
    Have a great week ahead Donna.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 12:10 am #

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for your candid input! When I started my off line business, I was told that it would take two years to get ahead. As I went along, I kept pouring money into the business, and was blessed that I had a good enough salary I gave myself to live on.

      But after those two years of working so hard, the business took off by itself and was pretty predictable…it it still is thank goodness.

      Now when it comes to online business, it does take a longer time. Those of us who hang in there will eventually see our profits grow. We do need patience and persistence and we need to tell all those coming in not to expect to get rich quick!

      -Donna
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  4. Harleena Singh
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    November 11, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I couldn’t agree more with you here 🙂

    I’ve also heard so many people wanting to find quick ways to get rich, and some of them go to the other extremes and try ALL possible ways, even if they are all wrong, just to become rich. I wish they’d realize that Rome wasn’t built in a day!

    Just as you mentioned, everything takes time and if you are patient and go the right way, you do achieve success at the end of the day eventually. Yes, for some people it might take a little more time than the others because of various reasons, but it does happen.

    Speaking of myself, I think like most people I’ve tried out a few very early in my blogging career when one tends to come into the phase of listening to others, but I’m glad I learnt things fast and was quick to let go of such options. I think hard work and patience is what works best here, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 12:13 am #

      Hi Harleena,

      Yes, Rome was not built in a day. I too started to learn things fast but after spending time energy and money.

      The main point we can share with others so they won’t leave their business is that it does take hard work and patience.

      -Donna
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  5. Carol Lynn November 11, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Amen, Donna! It’s amazing to me how many headlines and products you see out there promise success fast, easy, quick… and six figures, of course. There also seems to be this common delusion that “if I can do it, so can you.” I hate to say it but NO YOU CAN’T… I mean, everyone has a different audience, a different style and personality and ability and drive. Some people will work for it and some won’t. Just because “I” or YOU (or anyone else) worked for it, doesn’t automatically guarantee someone else will achieve success. Plus we can hand out all the advice in the world but ultimately everyone needs to tailor that advice to their own needs and purpose. There’s no “one size fits all”.

    Then you always have that one person who says “Yeah, but I did THIS and I made a ton of money…” So everyone flocks that way.

    But there are always edge cases and how common is that, really? If it were so easy then what’s the excuse for people who are unemployed or struggling to pay the rent? Shouldn’t they just be doing the EASY and FAST thing? It’s so silly.

    Anyway, I’m with you 100% on this. The whole world needs to get on board, too!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 12:19 am #

      Thanks so much Carol Lynn,

      Yes, it irks me when I see those sales pages promising that “If I can do it you can too” Yes, there is no such thing as one size fits all because we are all different and work in different ways.

      Because of many people I have been encountering asking me how to blog, how to market etc. I feel like a broken record. But the FIRST thing I tell them is that it is a business and needs to be treated as one.

      You are going to put time and energy into it plus you are going to need some start up cash!

      When someone says they made money overnight, it may be true, but that’s like winning the lottery! lol.

      Most “gurus” in the field of internet marketing will tell you all the time and energy and especially the mistakes they have done in order to show the fancy car, or the tacky big check!

      -Donna
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  6. Arleen
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    November 11, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Donna- It was great seeing you in a video. I think alot of us like quick fixes but it doesn’t work that way. In any business there will be ups and downs, but the best advice I can give is to stick with you and don’t expect the get rich fast scheme. I have been in business since 1991 on the internet selling promotional products. I have to work at it everyday. It did not come easy but I stuck with it and I am happy say I have a thriving business.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 12:21 am #

      Hi Arleen,

      Ahhh another great testimony of the TRUTH! You have been online for a long time, even before the blogging craze.

      You do work at it every day and that is why your business is thriving. It does not come easy. Hey nothing does!

      Glad you enjoyed seeing the video.

      -Donna
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  7. Jon Patrick November 11, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Hey Donna,
    Simple and Powerful message. We we look at the high attrition in many home-based businesses, I think this is one of the major problems out there. Unrealistic expectations because so many are yelling that you’ll make a fortune in just 30 days.
    Better to think about your own business like a career change. There are going to be tons of things you need to go out and learn and grow into, and it won’t happen overnight. But get started and be flexible and persistant!

    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 12:26 am #

      Absolutely Jon!

      We do have to think of it as a career change. When taking the leap of doing business on line, it is just that…business!

      Yes, there are going to be tons of things to learn along the way…and never stop learning.

      As long as we don’t give up, it will work!

      -Donna
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  8. Lorraine Reguly
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    November 11, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Looking at an online business as an offline was is the smartest and best concept – and most honest – that I have ever heard. Kudos to you for having the guts to point this out to people. The world needs more people like you – especially online! 🙂
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 12:33 am #

      Hi Lorraine,

      Thanks so much. Yes, it took some guts to to it because of all those who are on line promising others the get rich quick scheme. I may have pissed them off, but oh well, truth has to be told!

      -Donna
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  9. Rebekah Radice
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    November 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    So much great advice here Donna! There is no such thing a great rich quick or an overnight success. Blogging, just like anything worthwhile takes time, patience and commitment.

    I listened to an excellent podcast with Pat Flynn this weekend talking about focus and shiny object syndrome. It’s so easy to get up in the next great idea, but the reward is actually in working one project until the end.

    It’s easy to get distracted, so extremely important that we stay focused on what matters most and the steps it will take to meet (and even exceed) our goals.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Hi Rebekah,

      Absolutely! Those shiny objects keep flashing in our face every day. Once we start something, we do have to keep on track and go to the end, and then some lol.

      I learned a long time ago not to get distracted. Even though the next best thing came to me, I had to refuse and stay on track.

      Business takes time and there is no free lunch!

      -Donna
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  10. Corina Ramos November 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Yes ma’am, we need to treat our online business as we would an offline business. As you mentioned in your video (which I loved by the way), if we were to have an offline business we wouldn’t just shut the doors and quit when the going got tough. It’s the same thing with an online business. It’s the mindset.

    I’ll admit I had high hopes in making money sooner rather than later. But I also knew what it was going to take and didn’t to into it blindly.

    Awesome advice Donna! Hope you’re having a great Monday. I’m so glad you found your furbaby!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      Thanks Corina,

      I think weather off line or on line we all hope to make money pretty quickly. But the reality is, it takes a good learning curve, putting out great content and persistence.

      I think we all thought we would be making money sooner when we first came on line. But marketing is a huge part of the lesson. Marketing online is so different to me than off line.

      But as long as we are following our passion and having fun doing it, the days fly by!

      Thanks…I found my furbaby and she is doing well!

      -Donna
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      • Corina Ramos
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        November 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

        You’re definitely right about that. I would love to make more money than I am now but I’m enjoying the ride it’s taking to get there and I wouldn’t change the experience for the money.

        I have learned the difference between marketing online versus offline. It’s a whole different rodeo, lol.

        I can only imagine how frightening it was to have lost your baby. I’m glad you had a happy ending!

        Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday! Have a great new week!

        • Donna.Merrill
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          November 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

          Thanks Corina,

          Yes that was a harrowing 2 hour experience when my dog ran away. So glad there are police around here that care!

          As long as we are enjoying the ride, what else matters? We make money and as long as we are not overspending it, we are ok.

          Of course there is always more that we want to make, but it comes when it comes! That’s my motto!

          I am enjoying my Sunday Corina…. I planted garlic in my garden, purchased some local foods and cooking them….waaa hooo I’m a healthy girl today.

          -Donna
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  11. Adrienne
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    November 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    I’m embarrassed to even admit it but that’s what lured me to the internet in the first place. I was a sucker because I wanted out of corporate America so bad but I made a darn good living there. I needed something that would get me to that same level a lot quicker then me starting over from scratch. I was desperate for a change and those are the people they’re able to rope in so easily. We’re idiots!!!

    Like every one else though I soon learned this hard lesson too. I had always been an “employee” so I had no idea what it actually took because trust me when I say, they weren’t helping you understand this at all.

    Is it worth the time and effort? Well hell yeah it is so I do hope that the newbies will take your advice and know that this will be the most rewarding journey they ever take. Slow down and smell the roses all while you build an amazing business.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Hi Adrienne,

      I was in the corporate world way back for a very short time. I couldn’t take being an employee, so that Entrepreneur Spirit of mine took off. I did many things before I got to the internet.

      All were profitable and kept me going. But the difference was that there was no hype involved.

      Here in the internet world, there is too much hype! Just give it to me straight is my motto, and at the beginning, I didn’t get that.

      This is why as newbies are coming to me, I’m giving them the lowdown. What actually happens when you come into the internet world. I guess that’s my new mission in life. I love it!

      -Donna
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  12. Jeevan Jacob John
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    November 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Agreed, Donna 🙂

    But, for some reason, people still tend to fall prey into these schemes; they listen to their greed (or maybe want?) instead of thinking about it.

    I did fall for it (fortunately, I didn’t spend much money on those schemes, and I always make sure I got a refund for my purchase, so it wasn’t too bad. Many of the systems I purchased do work, but they aren’t quick rich schemes, they require time and effort, unlike what the promo video claimed).

    Even scamming people takes time and effort – no easy ways 😀

    Anyways, thank you for sharing, Donna 🙂 Hope you had an enjoyable weekend!

    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

      Hi Jeevan,

      I think people fall for the get rich quick allure because they are desperate to make money. Maybe they lost a job, or want to create a new one.

      I’ve met so many people coming into this crazy internet world and I still am surprised of what people have told them. Especially in network marketing. OMG!!!

      There is a huge learning curve to do that one correctly.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      -Donna
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  13. Sylviane Nuccio
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    November 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    A long time ago I used to believe those people that it was possible to make quick money online. I really thought it was true, but over time I realized that it was all some type of hypes to sell their products.

    I know for a fact now that no one can make such guarantee, because even what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for everyone.

    Have great week!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      Hi Sylviane,

      I think we all thought it was true Sylviane, until we jumped into it. Then we started learning as we grow.

      No one can make that guarantee because people are all different and all work differently.

      -Donna
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  14. Ryan Biddulph
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    November 12, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    Donna, we get what we put out there. Most of us put little out there in the beginning because we lack experience, so money usually eludes us in the beginning.

    A tipping point occurs down the road. All the value you shared begins flowing back to you in the form of money, or friends, or prospering ideas. Keep at it until that point.

    Great post!

    Ryan
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      We do get what we put out there. It’s all a journey to me. And a fun one at that! I could give someone 5 steps to marketing and they don’t lift a finger, they will get nowhere.

      However, if they follow the plan..Boom there they go! The tipping point does come down the road. It is experiential learning. As long as we are enjoying it, yes, so many things come back to us.

      I always say that more than money, I love the people I meet. It fascinates me that I can talk to anyone at any place in the world just from my living room couch. Hey, it doesn’t get better than that!

      As a world traveler you know what I mean.

      -Donna
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  15. Dare
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    November 12, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Honestly, making money online is a serious business. People taught it is damn easy, however, it works the same way as if you are running a live business with facilities, staffs, rented space e.t.c and most important is the time factor that needs to be invested on.

    You have really pointed out important points worthy of note. All successful online bloggers and marketers I have come across all worked very hard for their level of success. Making money online is not magical.

    Thanks for sharing…and its important for starters to just take note of this.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

      Hey Dare,

      Absolutely! All of those successful marketers have worked their way up to where they are now. The best thing is that I found that the ones I have encountered will tell you the truth about how they reached their success.

      The stories of their persistence were always a good example for me. Their struggle, pain, etc. Makes me feel like my life is a piece of cake sometimes.

      Yes, I am writing a lot for starters in the business, because I’m receiving a lot of them and there are many questions that need to be cleared up.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Donna
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  16. Babanature November 12, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Getting rich quick online is almost impossible except your brother or father is an internet marketing guru :).

    Many new aspiring bloggers do ask me this same question. But the truth is, you just can’t make money that quick and as you said online business is exactly like offline business…

    Thanks for this lovely post and do have a wonderful week ahead…
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      Hi Babanature,

      Thanks for sharing that new aspiring bloggers ask you the same question. It is sometimes difficult for them to understand this concept because there is so much out there in the internet world telling them that they could!

      -Donna
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  17. Vijesh November 12, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Well said Donna,

    Its true that making money overnight with blogs is not that easy. If any one says making money online is easy, then I strongly oppose that statement. I personally make $100+ on an average in a month in spite of being online from 5+ years but I still know the struggle behind each and every penny my income contains. Initially I also thought making money online is easy but now I tell may be it works for some but not for all.

    Its true that until and unless we don’t serve good meat, people won’t flock and even while we bring in posts we should do it out of our own personal experience but not of others experiences.

    Nice facts Donna…
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      Hi Vijesh,

      Wow..you have been here for 5 years and you must certainly know how much work it takes to stat a business.

      Yes, there is a struggle behind every penny we make and as long as we love doing it, to me, it is worth every cent.

      We do have to provide good content, but there is so much more to the puzzle.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      -Donna
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  18. Barry Wells November 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I’ve seen so many people jump from one thing to another trying to find that magic button, only to see them give up on their dreams and go back to whatever drove them to want to start online in first place.

    We’ve all seen people claiming that they earned ex amount in 30 days and some of them probably have. What they fail to mention is the 3-5 years of study they had to put in to gain the knowledge, then work on building subscribers and generating relationships online before that 30 day period started.

    I’ve bought products that promised the earth, opened them up and thought “what the hell are they talking about?” and if we can’t understand them how are we going to put them into practise?

    It really does break my heart when I see people start, struggle and chuck it all in because they’ve been suckered into buying product after product because it’s what someone suggested in their email.

    When it comes to buying something I ask myself: Do I NEED this NOW, or is it for the back burner? If I need it I’d look for it and if it’s for the back burner…. well lets just say the rings are full of previous items bought for that place and I haven’t done them yet.

    My advice to others would be: Save your money there’s no magic button, invest in your time and how you apply yourself. Above all be patient and willing to learn and apply.

    Great post Donna,
    Barry
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      Thank you Barry for your wonderful input!

      Yes I do agree that some people do flash around their 30 day success stories, but forget to mention the years it took them to get there.

      A good leader will, and I’ve seen many that are honest and will tell you their story. I’ve studied under many of these folks and they are up front and honest. That’s what gives me the drive…their honesty.

      I hope I could do the same for others just as they have done for me.

      Oh yes, I know what you mean about purchasing some products. I too have things in my back burner but I eventually use them because I do stop and think about it and know it will be part of my “master plan” in time.

      My heart goes out to those who come in with false promises and then either walk away and give up their dream, or worse, keep on spending their money without anyone to be beside them.

      -Donna
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  19. marquita herald
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    November 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Oh man I am so glad to see you post this Donna because the whole “get rich quick” thing is such a hot button for me. Just yesterday a new post by a well known blogger popped up in my Feedly feed and it was “Become a Successful Blogger in Just Weeks!” That was bad enough but when I checked it out (couldn’t help myself) the blogger was pitching a paid course to set up a blog and promised success if you just follow her directions. I was SO tempted to leave a comment, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do it without losing my cool so I decided I’d better pass. You are so right about it taking time, patience and commitment. As frustrating as the false promises are, the reality is they are being made because there is no shortage of people looking for the quick fix to everything in life.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Hi Marty,

      Yes, Its one of my hot buttons too. I work with a lot of newbies and they insist that they were told that it takes a short time to make money on line. I tell them it is like playing the lotto. Maybe you will win, but look at the stats.

      I tell them the reality of it and how it all starts with a blog, giving themselves the time it takes to put some meat in it. Meeting other people on their blogs or on social media, etc. You know the deal, you have been here a long time also.

      So I tell them the truth and then if they do want to follow the methodology of marketing great..we can work together. If not, we are just not a good match!

      No one can be a successful blogger in weeks. It is just not possible. They can however set their blogs up and have all the tools they need in weeks but then comes the work!

      -Donna
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  20. Kumar Gauraw
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    November 14, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    There is no free lunch here and if anybody else tells you there is, they are lying. Aha! This is awesome Donna! I love this post because everyday I meet people who are having or looking for that magic bullet.

    But when I take a closer look, it’s a bunch of hype and there is no foundation underneath. Guess what we should do in such cases?

    RUN AWAY AS FAST AS YOU CAN! (In the opposite direction).

    A great video and by the way, I saw you speaking for the first time through this video. You have a great presence and I I think you should do it more often 🙂

    Thanks again.

    Regards,
    Kumar
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      Hi Kumar,

      Yes run…run fast! I see it every day also and if I cannot research the foundation of that shiny object, who runs it and what it’s all about, I run away.

      Thanks for your kind words about the video. I used to do more of it, but I’m getting back in action.

      -Donna
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  21. Sue Bride
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    November 14, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    I was unfortunate in that I did make money from my first venture into online marketing. I say unfortunate in that it led me to a false sense of security and I started joining similar programs, naively thinking them to be sustainable.

    I would not go any where near them these days and stick with sustainable businesses that have prospects for long term income. I realize that I have to put in time, effort and some money before I can expect to reap many rewards.

    What surprises me is that many of my original contacts still keep going for the quick, easy, money and still fail. Some have given up completely, not willing change and do what it takes which is a shame.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 16, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for sharing your experience in your journey. Yes, win or loose, we can loose focus on what we REALLY want to do.

      I did something similar with network marketing and kept on keeping that mindset until I realized it wasn’t what I really wanted to do.

      I was exhausted! Nothing wrong with it at all, but I rather coach for a living than anything else.

      -Donna
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  22. silviu November 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I watched the video. You are so cute. You have a lot of charisma and people like you and feel attracted like a magnet. I don’t know if this is a natural charisma or you worked hard to build it (probably both) but you have it. Congratulations!

    The biggest lie I have heard is … “you will make money in six months”.

    Actually, it is a little bit more elaborate. The guy (marketer) says: “I made my first money in 6 months. Then two of my students did the same.” Actually, he doesn’t say you will make money in 6 months but the idea is … subliminal. Powerful lie.

    Yes, I fall prey to this lie at least once in my online journey. It cost me hundreds of dollars. Now I know better and I am more careful.

    Well, we cannot know everything from the beginning, can we? We need to make mistakes to have something to learn from.

    Have a wonderful day
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Hi Silviu,

      Thanks for the complement! I’m really very camera shy, but I know videos play an important part of ranking in our blogs. So I just change my mindset from “is my lipstick on” to “this is my business and I need to do it well”

      Back to that get rich quick idea: Yes, I think we all had fell prey to it. But as long as we learn our lesson, it was worth the money spent.

      Then we get more savvy in marketing and dig a little deeper into the offers we see.

      No, we cannot know everything from the beginning and as I always say “we need to skin our knees before we learn how to run”

      -Donna
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  23. Dr. Erica Goodstone
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    November 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    Donna,

    I just left a long comment and received an error page about javascript, so I am attempting again. it is so true that there is no way to get rich quick. Everyone who achieves a high level of success in any endeavor, including making money online, must spend time and energy and money to learn, study, try things out, fail at some things, learn more, connect with mentors and teachers, network, produce and consistently provide value for potential customers and clients.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 16, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      Sorry about that Erica….

      Nothing worse than leaving a comment and the blog has a hiccup! I always copy and paste mine just in case!

      Yes, the only way to achieve success is to do the work!

      -Donna
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  24. PearlyQuah November 15, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Donna,

    Great advise and I thank you for this.

    Patience, Focus and Consistent should not be taken lightly. People don’t understand that there are a lot more to do than just a getting rich quick business. There ain’t no free lunch !

    Thank you so much again for this well explained topic, Donna 🙂

    Cheers
    Pearly Quah
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  25. Susan Neal November 15, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    Sound advice, Donna – it angers me that there are still so many marketers out there peddling get rich quick schemes – it’s a big fat lie – but a profitable one for the people selling the courses, books and software that promise the earth.

    Great video – and I like the way you encourage people to think of an online business in exactly the same way as an offline one, requiring time and investment to get started.

    Excellent share 🙂
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 16, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      Hi Susan,

      Thank you! It angers me also and there is no need for anyone to say one can get rich quick.

      One can accomplish something in a 30 day challenge, if the participate, like a blog challenge or a Youtube challenge. I love that kind of thing.

      But when it comes to that “promise” I get all riled up. Ergo, the reason why I blogged about it!

      -Donna
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  26. Emmanuel
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    November 15, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    There is of course nothing free online. One thing I have realised is that, if something is too good to be true, then the best thing to do is move away from it.

    Hi Madam Donna, thanks as well for this insightful piece! Get rich quick is of course a big LIE!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 16, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      Hi Emmanuel,

      I have been seeing too much of this kind of thing on line. Plus I have people coming to me asking “How to make money online?” Now that is a difficult question depending on the person and what they want to do.

      It all boils down to hard work…just like anything else!

      -Donna
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  27. Shannon November 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    There is definitely a misperception among some people that blogging is easy and a great way to earn money. I don’t know anyone who is a successful blogger who has spent hours on it. Between networking, writing content, promoting content, etc … there is a lot to do. I didn’t believe that I could get rich overnight but I admit that I wasn’t quite as prepared for all the work to get noticed. I spend a lot of time networking with other bloggers and trying to build relationships with readers. The good thing is it’s a lot of fun but it is time-consuming. I guess it’s why so many blogs never make it to their 1-year anniversary.
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  28. corinne
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    November 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Hi Donna, checking in from the I’m Every Woman Blog Hop.

    This post is so true. I know so many people that get into online marketing, especially blogging, with grandeur dreams of making it big. Unfortunately, it’s rarely the case. My latest blog has only been up about 5 months and I’m still working on my “get rich slowly” tactic

    Have a great weekend!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi Corinne,

      I just came from your blog and cannot believe you are only up for five months…you rock girl!

      It’s a wonderful blog and glad we made the connection. We all will get there, but it does take time!

      -Donna
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  29. Arelis Cintron November 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    I think when bloggers first start out they look to see how much those making money make. What perks do they get? Those bloggers are quick to answer because they are proud of their accomplishments. What question is forgotten is what they had to do to get there. Like you said, there is no quick fix formula. You have to work your ass off and I think even starting off and calling yourself a blogger is already a hurdle you have to jump over! It can be very overwhelming for someone starting up!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      Hi Arelis,

      Oh yes, for someone that is just starting up, there are always shinny things being thrown at them. Even seasoned bloggers, have to practice self control.

      If you have ever heard the “real story” of a “guru” they will tell you how much they worked, how much they failed until they reached whatever the heck they think is “rich.”

      -Donna
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  30. Maggie November 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    The truth is harder to swallow, but it is what it is. I have to chuckle at the “Get Rich Quick” books. They are popular for a while, but then reality sets in.

    Fortunately, a person can do well by building step by step. It takes patience, perseverance, and determination. You also have to do your homework! Thanks for giving us a start in the right direction, Donna!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Hi and welcome Maggie.

      I always chuckle at those get rich quick books too. I think they have been around forever. But on the internet when someone first starts blogging, it is a whole new world.

      There is so much to learn and it never ends because things keep on changing.

      When I first came on, I knew how to put up a Google ad, but now it is all about Facebook, and soon that will change. There are always updates and different methods of marketing and we do need to keep up to date.

      But when it comes down to the work plus the learning curve, money does not come quick!

      Thanks for visiting,

      -Donna
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  31. Carol B November 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Hey Donna, Great advice! I didn’t get into blogging to make money, but rather to hone my skills after being out of the workforce for a few years. Though I still don’t make money on my own blog, the skills I gained by writing and publishing it lead to me landing a part time job managing a non-profit’s blog, website and social media!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Hi Carol and Welcome to my blog.

      When blogging we do learn many different skills. That’s what I like best about it!

      That is so awesome that you landed your job by the skills learned.

      -Donna
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  32. Siraj Wahid
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    November 16, 2013 at 1:38 am #

    Hey Donna,

    As far as blogging is concerned many newbies start blogging to get rich quickly but it’s a joke for me. I liked the example of boutique and food stores. People often visit food stores and boutiques because of quality products nobody likes to visit stores which provide low quality products. If you’d provide quality people will visit, just you have to work with patience and good things will happen.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Absolutely Siraj!

      Quality vs quantity is the name of the game. Providing good information and being persistent with your plan of action will get you to reach your goals.

      There is no other way to do it. Doing things quickly will just mess up the road you are on.

      -Donna
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  33. nick catricala
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    November 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Donna,
    great article to expose what it is true in our industry… Thanks so much for doing it so gracefully..

    You shared great advise and for certain I love to thank you my friend.

    Having patience, focus and always be consistent sis part of what I understood it is essential for success.

    For years I could not understand the getting rich quick schemes and so lost a lot of time and money in the process.

    Thank you so much once again for all you do Donna, it is wonderful and so useful for my self and others..
    Thanks again.
    _nickc
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      Thanks Nick,

      I wrote this because lately the people who are asking me how to start a business on the internet or how to blog have been bombarded with so many get rich quick ideas they have come upon.

      I tell them the truth about it. This is what inspired me to write this post. All those newbies that are looking to expand their business or create one.

      -Donna
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  34. Allen Elkins November 17, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    Donna thank you for this post I first started with the same thoughts of getting rich quick, but I was blessed with a couch who keeps everything transparent for me and with post like this I,m sure I will make it work.

  35. Sherman Smith November 17, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    Hey Donna,

    thanks for keeping it real!

    There is so much noise out there telling you that you can make a bunch of money in 30 days, but yet in reality, most people don’t. The only people that I know of that does already have a great following, reputation and rapport.

    Everyone else has to earn it! And that takes a lot of time!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Hi Sherman,

      Exactly. When you hear that make money in 30 days the only people who will is the affiliate marketers that have a huge list.

      The little guy, the new guy, has no way of understanding this.

      -Donna
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  36. Susan Velez November 17, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Hi Donna,

    These are some great tips and loved your video. Most people tend to think that just because they throw up a blog they will make money online.

    Many people also want to get started for free. I think that building a business like you said it takes some money to get started. I’ve never had an offline business but I do know that it does not take a lot of investment to get started.

    Thanks for sharing these tips and as you mentioned as long as your persistent with promoting and building relationships, there is no reason why one should not succeed.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      We have to pay to play! Nothing is free if you want a business. Even if you are just blogging, you need a blog, a hosting company, etc.

      People who have expectations that they will make money overnight usually will do one of two things. 1. they will go on a learning curve and keep on learning as they take the necessary steps to build a business. or 2. They quit!

      -Donna
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  37. Michael Belk November 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    I agree Donna, I can say for sure there is no free lunch. I have been trying different niches and I think I finally found something I am more familiar with.

    The topics are much easier to write. I like your video. You did a great job telling people there is no get rich quick scheme.

    I think some people are preying on those wanting to get rich fast.

    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Hi Michael,

      Unfortunately, yes, some people do prey on people who want to get rich fast. Now maybe they believe it themselves. Who knows?

      I am so glad you found your niche Michael. The best to you with it!

      -Donna
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  38. Yorinda November 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    you are so right, it takes time, effort and some money to build a business.

    As we grow and expand through learning how to incorporate the online tools eventually our business may grow.

    Another factor that I personally think has a major effect is our abundance consciousness (or lack of it). The conditioning we have around money and the way we earn it (through things we love doing – or through hard work ???) may or may not support us in being successful in our endeavour.

    Thank you so much for the ‘reality check’!
    Cheers,
    Yorinda
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      Absolutely Yorinda!

      Most of us are conditioned to work hard at making money. Although working our own business, we do work hard, it is a passion so it is not “work” at all.

      We can spend most of our day at our business, but it is a labor of love!

      -Donna
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  39. Donna November 17, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    You are so right. When someone is promising you they can get you rich quick… RUN! People like that prey on people looking to get rich fast, which is a lot of people, I mean everyone is hoping to get rich, so when a smooth talking (or writing) person does just that, sometimes even otherwise smart people get swept up in it.

    Great video. I don’t want to take away from what you have to say in your video, because it is spot on, but I just have to say, you look beautiful!!! 🙂
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      Hi Donna!

      You are absolutely right…Run like hell! I wrote this on behalf of many newbies coming into the marketplace. They have been promised this and when I talk to them, it is sort of re-conditioning them to the truth. Only because I just don’t want to see anyone leave a great opportunity to express themselves and own their own businesses.

      Hey, thanks for the compliment….I’m pretty camera shy!

      -Donna
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  40. Josh May November 18, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    Hello Donna!

    I guess I could be considered what you might call a relatively new blogger. I started last February, kind of let up for a bit, but now I’m getting back in to it. And I can definitely see that persistence, dedication, and thoroughness are ABSOLUTELY key to growing a blog. Likewise, I 100% agree that all of those traits are also necessary if you wish to make a meaningful income online. I really appreciate the post and I look forward to further updates!

    Look forward to getting to know you more,

    Josh May
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

      Welcome Josh!

      Just went over to your blog and I can’t tell that you are a new blogger. Looking good!

      Well you got it…dedication persistence and never giving up is the key!

      Looking forward to getting to know you too,

      -Donna
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  41. Lesly Federici
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    November 18, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    LOVE your video… and telling people like it is .. is vital! Love what you do … so many people think the internet is the answer to their proplems, and it can be, but it takes time …
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  42. Julieanne van Zyl November 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Many years ago, I worked with John Milton Fogg, author of a number of books and a fantastic coach and speaker. At the time, he’d just launched a book called “Get Rich Slow”. It was probably a poor title for the book, because it put some people off. The book was all about building a business through building relationships.

    This was a long time before so many people started talking about Attraction Marketing, and even more people were “trying out” the “Get Rich Quick” way. I likened that to those who blasted out their message to the masses (it was easier those days), and there was much more spam in your email, because there were no controls. A few people actually got rich fairly quickly by blasting out millions of emails. But, their fortune didn’t last long:-)
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

      Hi Julieanne,

      It was easier back then. But when I think of it, was it a lasting business? Hmmm I wonder.

      I like to do things organically and have my clients/customers with me for the long run.

      I see many people going for the new shiny thing and making quick cash, but I wonder how long does this last?

      -Donna
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  43. Chery Schmidt
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    November 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Hey Donna! This is a great article! It amazes me at the amount of people who LIE! Listen to this, I had a few calls this week and they were pretty much on this same line.

    Well, I have been around long enough to know the right questions to ask so when this person told me I was going to make X amount of money just for giving them $1.75 (Yes only $1.75)

    I asked them how long they have been doing this and how much money have they made.

    Get this they both told me they made over $1000 in less than 7 days OK Yes Yes Where do I sign and where do I send the money Right?

    Well Donna I should have sent them here, No there is no quick and easy way to grow a legitimate business. it does take hard work and a lot of time to build But Yes It can be done! Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

      Hi Chery,

      I’ve seen those opt-ins, calls and even people emailing me directly. Because I’m on a path with my blinders on, I cannot stray.

      It takes consistency and marketing know how to make money. Those that do the “get rich quick” stuff usually are big leaders in the industry launching something that they send to their list of a bizillion people.

      It’s a numbers game for them. But there are only a few of them with a list that long.

      It is strategy, persistence and patience!

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

      -Donna
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  44. Cherrie Bautista November 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Totally agree. There’s no such thing as get rich quick. Building a business online seems easy but it does take time and effort to build it. One needs to have structure and consistently perform their tasks in order to see results. It’s just like having an offline business. Every business, be it online or offline needs nurturing so it grows and become sustainable.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      Absolutely Cherrie!

      In order to have a sustainable business, it does need nurturing so it does grow. I learned that in my off line business years ago. It is the reputation you build for yourself that brings in a lot of word of mouth customers/clients.

      Then they are YOURS forever!

      -Donna
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  45. William Earl Amis, Jr. III
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    November 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Donna, you are a star!

    Yes, starting a business offline or online takes courage and everyone needs support from those who have accomplished each steps and still have mastered just the fundamentals of this thing. No one masters the industry that is why personal continued development is key.

    There is a huge difference of establishing resources of revenue which makes a huge part of the foundation you will need to get ready for creating your business.

    Once your resources of revenue are at the level to fund all your projects and personal needs. Then you can establish that company.

    My blog is not my business site. My blog is part of me and tells stories of my accomplishments through all the challenges daily I still face. This is where people can learn who you are and the way you think to accomplish growth, in your business and personal development.

    Learn, love live and grow are the activities you do each day. The end result is changing each day. The journey is what this is about helping others and benefiting from just doing that. Prosperity is different for each one of us yet having a true Entrepreneurial Spirit is a blessing. That is something that can not be learned and you either was blessed with it or not.

    Donna, great wake-up article for me and love the video
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

      Thanks William.

      Your comment is so enlightening. Yes, our blogs are not our business per se, but it is a place where we constantly give whatever we know to our readers.

      From there, we build our own community of people who will know like and trust us.

      Then they usually ask “what do you do?” See…they come to us instead of us chasing them down.

      I really don’t have the stomach for chasing people down or trying to convince them of what I have to offer.

      Cheers!

      -Donna
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  46. William Earl Amis, Jr. III
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    November 24, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Again, Donna love that video and you have inspired me to start to learn how to make them myself. I listen each time with you and your husband my man, David.

    You both have been like a corner stone in my life. That is a good thing and one no one can move.

    The combined experiences you both share are priceless with mindset of being committed to start a real business.

    Due diligence is what I have always consulted as the key to evaluating your positions when about to start a project or establish your business.

    Looking forward in my continued education with you both. Lots of love and enjoy the holidays to come!
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      November 24, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

      Hi Again William,

      You have touched my heart with this comment and I thank you. David and I work so closely together and are committed to our business no matter what.

      Where I fall, he lifts me up and vice versa.

      I am honored you deem us like a corner stone in your life.

      Blessings my friend,

      Donna
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  47. Ngah Benoit December 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    Many people usually fall in the trap of wanting to make money quick. They forget the fact that making money is something which comes with time, investment and hard/smart work. For those who blog and concerntrate alot about money, there are those who will surely end up abandoning their one month old blogs cause they just realize that it wasn’t as easy as they expected.
    Once you have the passion, just keep doing your thing and the rewards will obviously come. One thing I noticed about all successful people was that, they had the passion, and never gave up at any point. Yes, the money part of it was what most of them needed to make, but I realized that none of them concerntrated so much on the money part while their business was still in the starting up process.
    Donna, you explained everything very well and I know every newbie who reads this is going to understand what it takes to make money, more especially online.
    Thanks for the great post. I did enjoy every bit of it.
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    • Donna.Merrill
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      December 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      Hi Ngah,

      Thank you for adding your wonderful comment to this post. Yes, I agree, that if your only focus is on money, you won’t last long in this business.

      If it is a passion and loving what you do, money will eventually flow.

      I think it’s like that in anything in life. Following your passion, never giving up, and most of all being of help to others has it’s great rewards.

      -Donna
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  48. Clare December 19, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge Donna.

  49. Philip V Ariel
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    December 30, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    H Donna,
    A very timely post. I am a bit late here.
    This is a great warning for all who wants
    to be rich in a short period.
    I know some of my friends fall prey to this
    type of promising adds. Yes, reaching to the
    top level there is no short cut like as few
    of them promise thru their writings as well as
    adds. Yes, consistent hard work surely will pay
    nothing else work. Thanks for sharing the video
    as well as the informative piece here.
    Sorry, I have a small suggestion here, Hey, the
    white letters (fonts) in the black background is
    giving trouble to the eys, I am sure people who
    are a bit aged ones will surely ran away from here
    seeing the letters, I am sorry to say this, Hope you
    fix it with a pleasant color and font 🙂
    Have a Happy and prosperous and blessed New Yer 2014
    Philip V Ariel recently posted..50 States of Pray. My Take….A Prayer From IndiaMy Profile

    • Donna.Merrill
      Twitter:
      January 5, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

      Hi Philip,

      Good to see you here. Sorry I’m late to respond. Many thanks for your suggestion of the white lettering on the black background. I didn’t take that into consideration but I can now.

      -Donna
      Donna.Merrill recently posted..How To Make New Year Resolutions WorkMy Profile

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