OMG, Thousands Of People Have Disappeared

by Chris Bailey Affiliate Marketer

Wait, wait.  Don’t worry.  We haven’t been invaded by aliens and the Rapture has not happened.

I’m referring to the thousands of people that I have watched disappear from their businesses over the years.

As the owner of Work At Home Network for nearly 11 years, I’ve watched thousands of people come and go from my site.  I’ve also observed this phenomenon on other forums and networks around the web.

Many vanish within just a couple weeks.  Some after a couple months.  And others might make it a year or so.

To be completely honest, I disappeared for a few years myself.  Luckily I found my way back.

So, why is this happening?  And, are you a “missing person” from your business?

There are as many reasons for this happening as there are people who’ve gone missing.  We’re all different.

When many of us started our pursuit of internet gold, we had absolutely no idea that we were embarking on a journey through what is still a cyber version of the wild, wild west.

Instead of ticked off Indians and wild animals waiting to scalp us or devour us for dinner, online we have ponzi scammers, professional hypesters, and charming internet gurus coming at us from every angle looking for the shortest route to our wallets.

Why do so many go missing?

Because they are confused, frustrated, angry,and  lost.

This whole internet marketing thing isn’t what we are typically led to believe as newbies.  It’s not always easy.  There is always more to be learned.  And we all need a chastity belt for our wallets.  One slip and the smooth talking con men have some of our hard earned bucks with promises of easy returns.

If you are reading this, congratulations on not disappearing, or welcome back from the milk carton. :D

If you’ve been around long enough, you may realize that there simply isn’t one magic bullet that will lead all of us to success.

Each of us has to find our own path to internet marketing success.

For some, it is blogging on topics they love/hate and have knowledge of, driving traffic to their monetized sites and earning money from contextual ads and affiliate products.

Others might have a knack for web design and search engine optimization, earning their incomes building sites for those less creative.

Then we have those who are great motivators and love to speak to people, making their money doing webinars, creating videos, pounding out podcasts, and anything else they can do to put themselves in front of viewers.

The web is a huge place and no matter how smart of dumb we think we are, we can all create a niche for ourselves that can be successful.

Don’t disappear before you find or create that niche for yourself.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

Put yourself out there.  We don’t bite and most of the people you meet are just like you.  They are finding their path.

Most of what you need to know can be found online for free at sites like I’ve listed here.  Be wary of those interested in teaching you their “secret” methods.  There are no secret methods.  Those who succeed do so via trial and error and persistence.

Stay focused.  Have goals and make plans to achieve them.  And never quit.

May we never go missing again.

Chris Bailey

About Chris Bailey Senior     Affiliate Marketer

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Joined APSense since, September 5th, 2011, From Gibsonia, United States.

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Philippe Moisan Magnate II   Tutorial videos, writing
You got a new fan, my friend, keep writing, I'll keep on reading. A great mix of reality check, motivation, and humor. Btw, in Canada, only children appear on milk cartons :)
Mar 24th 2012 00:03   
Chris Bailey Senior   Affiliate Marketer
Thanks. Hey, kids are marketing too. Jared Silver's only 15 and he's a little marketing machine.
Mar 24th 2012 00:20   
Philippe Moisan Magnate II   Tutorial videos, writing
He's still 15? You sure? :)
Mar 24th 2012 00:31   
Chris Bailey Senior   Affiliate Marketer
Nope. But he's not an "adult" yet.
Mar 24th 2012 00:41   
Rosyel S. Professional   Financial Advisor, Blogger
Great article! I'm glad too that I stuck it out. Though I can imagine it's not easy for newbies with lots of predators out there. LOL! ^_^ We got to be thankful for patient mentors who took the time out to lead and guide us.
Mar 24th 2012 01:08   
Chris Bailey Senior   Affiliate Marketer
Thank you very much, Rosyel. Yeah, I'm glad I didn't pack my bags for good. I thinks it's worse for newbies now than when I started.
Mar 24th 2012 01:13   
Neville Dinning Professional   Independent Consultant
This article is a reality check that has arrived at just the right time. The reminder to be aware of those who want to share their "secret" is so true. Persistence pays off, as I am starting to experience. There are no shortcuts, except for a very small number of people who are in the right place at the right. Thanks for the encouragement to "hang in there".
Mar 24th 2012 05:04    Edited in Mar 24th 2012 05:10
Chris Bailey Senior   Affiliate Marketer
Your welcome and thanks for the comments Neville.
Mar 24th 2012 06:00   
Philippe Moisan Magnate II   Tutorial videos, writing
A little tweet on this Saturday mornin', and sharing on APSense, FB and SU too. :)
Mar 24th 2012 08:24   
Dinesha R. Senior  business & finance plan consultant
thanks you for opportunities
Mar 26th 2012 11:54   
Felisa d. Advanced  online writer
Wow, your article stuck right through. I am one of those who are still confused how online money making works. I write, I blog, I am still finding my way through affiliate marketing, I joined several traffic exchanges, I also joined pay per click sites and I am still lost up to now. I am very new in APsense and enjoying, Hope to finally find my way here. Thanks for a good read. Keep writing.
Mar 26th 2012 17:38   
Russell Morris Advanced   Entrepreneur and loving it
Excellent article Chris. Tweeted this.
Mar 30th 2012 13:17   
Chris Bailey Senior   Affiliate Marketer
Thanks for the comments Russell and Felisa. The phenomenon is alive and well at APSense as I comb through profiles of the internet Missing In Action. Most profiles I visit haven't had any activity in months or years. :(

All part of human nature I guess.
Mar 31st 2012 05:00   
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