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ROI from the KOA

Financial FreedomIf you had told me ten years earlier that I would be running my business from a KOA campground, I would have told you to anaylize what’s in your morning coffee. It’s a beautiful day in this Montana KOA, as I type into my laptop, sitting on the porch of a tiny 3 man Kabin. I can hear the sound of birds chirping, children playing, and the faint rushing noise of highway 93 high above. My wife is having a shower as I start my daily blogging, and I have to say that at this very second life could not be better.

As of 11:00 AM this morning my income breakdown is as follows:

– Adsense clicks = $175.87
– Affiliate links = $75.00
– Donation links = $24.00
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Total in at 11:00 AM = $274.87

This tells me that traffic levels are higher than normal for a Friday. My guess is that I will break $600.00 in total income today. My total cost on the gross will be around $160.00 – when I add up all the hosting, domain fees, and PPC (pay-per-click) for all my sites and blogs. As Larry David would say, “Pretty, pretty, pretty good”. When you add it all up at the end of the month, I’ll gross over $20,000, with a total cost of $5,000.00 for PPC, hosting, and domains. A total net income of $15,000. I’m not a rich oil baron by any means, but for a guy with a grade 12 highschool education (barely), and basic computer skills, I would it call it amazing.

The only real investment I made in my internet business was my time. Time seems to be the hardest investment for people to make, and yet the most important investment to make. As you can see by the numbers above, the return on investment (ROI) is massive. I have a buddy who owns a construction company and his net profit is $7,000 per month. That’s great money of course, but he works 12 hours a day, and it seems like he is always at work. He’s never up for a golf game or a fishing trip. He’s never happy about the amount of time he has with his beautiful wife and three kids (very little) When I talk to him about business his eyes glaze over. He is still baffled by my ROI and the whole Internet “thing”. I’ve helped him setup a blog, but he never has enough time to post an article, let alone write one.

I’ve encouraged countless people offline and online, to begin their own Internet business of some kind. I’ve even been paid by new hopefuls to get them on their way. I would say so far that 2% of the students I have helped actually succeed. This makes me look like a pretty bad teacher and I’ve often thought I let my pupils down, but the truth is they don’t have the time. To be successful with an internet business such as a blog or web site, you need to be able to write. You need to enjoy writing, typing, learning, reading, using computers, and interacting with people digitally. I would say that the perfect mind for this business is that of a writer. Some people are natural born writers and some just learn it through choice of vocation. This is why you will see a high number of web sites founded, managed, owned, and operated by journalists. Don’t be intimidated by this fact though – there are many successful netrepreneurs who hail from very different backgrounds. (including your humble narrator)

As I sit here in this Montana KOA campground, it brings back memories of my childhood growing up in northern British Columbia. My Mother and Father were avid outdoors people and I climbed mountains, paddled canoes, played lake hockey, played golf, played tennis – the list is to large to complete in an article that is suppose to be about ROI. (those visitors who read my blogs come to expect digressions) I was a pathetic student and many years I think I was given passing grades out of sheer pity. I had no sense of time, no sense of committment, a bad sense of humor, and of course no common sense. All my teachers assumed that I was dumber than a sack of stale sunflower seeds, and the odds of my holding a job as an adult were worse than buying a lottery ticket. Only one teacher recognized a talent I had. I could write fairly imaginative lyrics and poems on the bathroom walls and my desk. He promptly failed me for the year and made sure I had his class the following. I’ll be writing a piece all about those days, but not here. My point is that I came from a background that was not technical, or academic.

What I’m getting at is; you don’t need to learn how to write if you want to have private Internet success. All you need to do is find your topic of passion and start blogging about it. If you are passionate about your point of topic, you will learn to type, learn to use a computer, and learn to write. The pay off for your persistance is financial freedom.

My favorite method of Internet income is blogging due to ROI (Return On Investment). My return on investment is the highest on my blogs because I only pay for my domain name and hosting services – which is very inexpensive. With all other online business ventures I spend thousands of dollars a month on pay-per-click and writers. A mature blog can easily make $10,000 a month, and that income is more secure than any job or any self employment venture. You don’t have to answer to anyone except yourself, and the money just keeps coming in. You’re not relying on the mercy pay-per-click companies either, which is very important. As the PPC outfits change their rules, and more competing web sites enter the fray, it will be harder and harder to net a profit using a pure PPC business model. Your best form of security online is growing large packets if high quality content. They can’t ever take that away from you, and the search engines will fall in love with your web site or blog.

Anyway, just sort of rambling today, and I will write more on all of these topics. My wife is ready to go exploring. I was just thinking about the freedom we have in our lives because of the Internet and the amazing ROI you can attain by using it to your advantage. As your humble narrator, I bid you a productive day.

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