Getting past the “Is it worth it?” stage

I have to admit, not for the first time, that I am approaching that thought of “Is it all worth it?”. I set my self a target of 2 posts a week, which is not excessive and I should have plenty to write about, even if they’re just product reviews, but since I’m not really cracking on with earnings I really have to wonder am I just wasting my time. My wife certainly thinks so and tells me in no uncertain terms. I read and study some of the material that I’ve got over the years and I’ve even deleted a few gigs worth that is no longer relevant, not because I need the hard drive space, but to save me looking at it again in a few months or years time.

I know I wasn’t expecting instant wealth when I started this site but I was expecting a build up of readership and possibly revenue. I’ve tried helping people, but obviously the help I was giving (for free) wasn’t what the recipients wanted, which was instant gratification of their wealth dreams. Something I tried to put over that if you want a recurrent, sustainable income, wasn’t going to happen overnight. I didn’t have the answers they wanted to hear, so they stopped listening.

This is the time I know a ‘live’ mentor would be telling me to buck my ideas up and have I completed the last project he gave me to do, but although I know I can’t afford NOT to have a mentor, I also know I can’t afford the subscription fees to take on with one. I know some of my problems lie with the limitations of how much I get done compared with how much I should be doing. Making 25 comments a day on other blogs shouldn’t be difficult, or even finding them, but the inspiration is lacking. Writing 500 to 800 words, twice a week isn’t really that hard but I sometimes feel like the get up and go just went without me.

I’ve set up squeeze pages with free products and put links for them in relevant places – my usual are IBOToolbox, ApSense, and Twitter as well as through some safelist sites. I know all these are low quality, freebie seeking traffic but they should give better results than Adfly and Clicksense and although my list has grown from 55 to 163 it’s taken me 3 months and when you see people claiming getting thousands per day onto their lists, it does bring you down a bit. The list I have got is totally unresponsive, but that’s not surprising given the sources. I suspect that double opt in may be the key here as it forces subscribers to validate their email and gives you a chance to remind them to add you to their contact list, so you at least stand a chance of being in their inbox as opposed to being caught by their spam filter.

So it it all worth it? Tell me in the comments how you get through these sort of periods. Do you have a friend, mentor or business buddy to help you through. Have you ever just given up for another year, to start again another time?

Otherwise I have about 250Gb of data that might be the only money maker I do. A USB hard drive half full of all the IM stuff I’ve accumulated, along with some domain names that have some age on their side and might be good to someone. The next post might just be asking for offers, if I don’t get some serious self-backside kicking done!