Anyone who has noticed my absence may imagine I have just quit – but I haven't. Far too stubborn for that! However, I have been “away” for various reasons.
- A mountain of paid work in my “day job” – this is good
- Family time – some good and some problems, but all more important than blogging
- Disillusionment with progress, which led to a change of plan / detour
I had so many technical challenges with this and my other blogs that I tried a Plan B. Also, I had to admit I didn't actually know what this blog was supposed to be promoting! Yes, I know it's supposed to be branding “me”, but I couldn't work out to what purpose!
That's all changed now – more will follow over the weeks to come.
Plan B Progress
My original “plan B” was a move to Empower Network because that gave me a “continuity product” to promote, for residual income. The one off sales I have been making in Internet Marketing are good, but I needed something that gave me a regular monthly income and I was attracted by Empower Network for two main reasons: the monthly income and farming the technical problems out to someone else!
Once I joined I really enjoyed the trainings – you'll either love them or you'll hate them, like Marmite, but I loved them. (Apologies if Marmite is a UK-only-ism!)
However, it soon became apparent that promoting Empower was way beyond my skills and pocket! There are just so many people “out there” trying to do it that – without putting your hand very deeply in your pocket for paid traffic etc – you (i.e. me) didn't have a cat in hell's chance. I introduced a few people but they must have found the same and quickly left.
Another problem was that the training webinars are so LOOOOONG that, for a part-timer like me, by the time I'd watched the latest training event my marketing time was all used up!
Then just as I was getting the hang of their blogging platform (a very cut-down WordPress), Empower brought out a version 2 blogging platform. This much hyped-up release was, frankly, a disaster and a marketing embarrassment. They moved to a custom developed platform, and all the enthusiasm in the world couldn't hide the fact that it was full of bugs and inadequacies. 6-months on it has improved, but for someone who had hoped to leave “challenges” behind, I had more fights with version 2 than I'd ever had with WordPress.
It was a short step from that to decide to eliminate Empower Network and come back to this blog.
Regrets About Empower?
I didn't enjoy the version 2 blogging platform, and I didn't enjoy the fact that I found it so difficult to promote. I didn't enjoy the hype that was behind it all.
However I learned a lot from the self-improvement and marketing training and still have access to it.
Back To Plan A
Sooo…. after that diversion, I am back here, but with a revised strategy.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2016
You may remember (above) that one of my biggest problems with Empower Network that I just couldn't drive traffic.
Well whatever the product or service you're promoting – traffic is essential. I have now found the perfect combination of products and training…. Check out this video here.