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You Can Have A Profitable Online Business

You Can Have A Profitable Online BusinessYou can have a profitable online business if you have 2 things, and if you do 1 additional thing.

Because I coach people, I hear a lot about the trials and errors and struggles of trying to get an online business that can actually bring in profits, and that can help you replace your day job, or supplement your retirement income.

You are not alone in this quest.

There’s a lot of help out there for you.

There are courses, software, and personal coaches to guide you along the way.

Some are better than others, of course.

Unfortunately, some will attempt to take advantage of you by selling you things that could, but probably won’t help you along.

I come from a background of being in the trenches every day.

I’m constantly showing folks how to build a profitable online business.

I’d like to offer you a 3 step approach that can help you get up and running.


Here’s something that there is no training, teaching, tutorial or course for.

You must have a very strong sense of commitment to having a profitable online business.

I think one of the tell-tale signs of someone who won’t make it is when they tell me “if this doesn’t work…”

Or they say things like “I’m going to try this for a short time, but if it doesn’t work…”

These are people who do not “have what it takes.”

Here’s the very first thing “it takes”… the very first thing you must have.

You must have, not just a sense of commitment, but a very strong sense of commitment.

If you are going to be successful, you can’t ever wonder what if you fail.

There is no “fail.”


There will be failures, but they will not add up to failing.

They will simply be stepping stones to success.

There’s also no such thing as a “Plan B.”

There is only one plan… to succeed.

The reason you will not fail is that you are driven by your “why.”

You must always be reminded of why you need to succeed.

Who you need to succeed for.

Exactly what your ultimate success will look and feel like.

This is what will fuel you daily, unending commitment.


In addition to commitment, it’s critical to have clarity about the actual path to success.

How will you achieve what you want?

What will be your exact strategy?

There are many good routes to take.

One is only better than another insofar as it suits your individual strengths and skillsets.

You can build a profitable business online by doing affiliate marketing.

Learn how to build a following around your niche, then sell them affiliate products and services that they serve their needs.

It’s really that simple.

The details can get quite intricate and there are many many ways you can promote your affiliate products.

But, in essence, you need customers and you must locate products to sell them.

It’s not unlike running an antique shop.

You know that you need to go to auctions and estate sales to find the kinds of things your customers want.

But that’s just one business model… affiliate marketing.

You can also build a content site and sell memberships to people.

Or you can create digital information products and sell them to people.

You can operate and monetize a blog.

You can create multiple niche sites.

You can run an e-commerce site and sell physical products to your customers.

You can become a representative for a company and frequent social media sites to network with people, and have them join your team.

You can offer services… many different types of services.

Maybe you can do copywriting, social media management or something else for your clients.

The fact is, there are many business models you can adopt.

There are tons of different and overlapping strategies you can deploy.

But you must have a very clear plan mapped out so you don’t just meander all over the internet looking for an elusive foothold to run a profitable online business from.

Clarity is of the essence.


Now, for the one thing you must do.

You must take you plan and implement it.

More importantly, you must implement your plan consistently, each and every day.

Too many people come online waiting for an “aha moment” when it suddenly becomes clear what they must do.

Too many think that implementing means waiting for inspiration.

If you decide to hold off implementing your big strategy until you are struck with inspiration, then you’ll probably wait a very long time… and then quit your dreams.

To achieve your dream of running a profitable online business, you must treat it like a business.

That means, you show up at your home office every single day.

I don’t care if you work from your kitchen table, you must sit down at regular hours on a daily basis and implement your strategy.

You can always alter your strategy, your plans, even your niche and your entire business model.

But you can never ever vack away from consistently working through the process you have set up to achieve success.

If you have a full time job, maybe you only have 2 hours a day to put into your business.

Work those 2 hours consistently, daily, without fail.

If you consider yourself full time, then you should plan on putting in 8 hours a day until your business is actually making a profit that you can live on.

Avoid working 12 hours one day, then 2 the next and 4 the third.

Strive for consistency.

Work through the process you have devised each and every day, for the amount of time you have allotted, and preferably during the same time slots each day.

You Can Have A Profitable Online Business

Those are my “3-C’s” to strive toward.

The 2 things you must have are Commitment and Clarity.

The 1 thing you must do is work your process Consistently.

Keep to this structure and you can have a profitable online business.

To the extent that you stray from it, your chances to succeed will be diminished.

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What do you think?

Do you follow the 3-C’s in your business?

Or do you have a different method for pursuing a profitable online business?

Please leave your comments below, and share this article on your social sites if you found it valuable.

David Merrill 101
I'm an Internet Marketer and Online Marketing Coach. My students learn no-nonsense, power strategies and techniques to build solid blogging and internet businesses. David Merrill+

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27 Responses to You Can Have A Profitable Online Business

  1. WILLIAM OTOOLE April 2, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    Consistency is the number one thing I see. If you only do things when you can be bothered or when it suits you then your not being consistent. If you plan to write a blog post once a week at set time then that is what you must do, It reprograms your brain.. It becomes a good habit over time. You make some good points.

    WHY is important
    Commitment and Clarity are also required.

    Thank You


    • David Merrill 101 April 17, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

      You’re certainly right, William, about consistency.

      There are many things that we can be doing online, and those that we stick to consistently are the ones that move us forward the most.

      As you say, the commitment required to keep to a consistent effort does “reprogram” your brain. It creates that “winner” mindset.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..You Can Have A Profitable Online Business

  2. Emi April 3, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi David,
    I agree these 3-C’s are very powerful.
    And they do go together, If you miss one of them things will change very quickly.
    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Mandy Allen April 5, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    Hi David, I love these principles. I had a blogging friends who was constantly changing what and how he wrote and arranged his blog. He was constantly frustrated that I got loads of visits and comments and he did not, but he had no consistency, people did not come over to him because they had no idea what they were going to read there. I believe this is the most important value for me, consistency.

    Enjoy the journey!
    Mandy Allen´s last blog post ..What Difference Will Your Life Make?

    • David Merrill 101 April 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

      I like the example you’ve shared here, Mandy.

      Being inconsistent leaves your followers feeling like they have nothing solid to turn to when they join your business or even just visit your blog or Facebook page.

      It often comes from a lack of commitment, but also can be because someone lacks clarity in their own business objective. That, of course, translates into lack of clarity in the message they try to put out to their readers and customers.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..A Big Email List Can Have Small Results

  4. Donna Merrill April 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    Hey David,

    Love the three C’s I do have trouble with commitment – er…you know but I really do. I can get all excited about something and then see something else that I want to do. This is a struggle and has been for a long time.

    The only way I can stay on this path of commitment is to write everything down on paper for the week, then break it down to days and hours.

    If I don’t have that piece of paper, I would be all over the place lol.


    • David Merrill 101 April 18, 2016 at 10:53 am #

      Jumping around from one topic to another is a big problem for just about everyone trying to run an online business.

      TMI (too much info) out there 🙂

      I like your method for being true to your commitment, and I know you have a Friday Focus Group where you work with others to use Friday for focusing on what they’ll be working on the upcoming week.

      Very cool, and it really does work.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Blogger’s Dream Number 186

  5. Chery Schmidt April 10, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    Hello David! I do agree with you here my friend, we do need all 3-C’s to build a profitable online business..

    One will not work with out the other..

    Great Share..
    Thank You
    Chery :))

  6. Enstine Muki April 11, 2016 at 5:48 am #

    Hi David,
    You are very correct with those 3 Cs. The problem I have in my region is technology. Often, I see some good results and get highly fueled to rinse and repeat but tech here is a big speed break.

    While we struggle with expensive bandwidth, the little we get often times stops one from achieving more.

    In any case, I do like what I do online from here. Comparative, my business is doing well online though I still strive for better results.

    Thanks for boosting me in this post buddy
    Enstine Muki´s last blog post ..Why I Bought Thrive Content Builder ~ Why you too should buy now!

    • David Merrill 101 April 17, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

      You’ve done a great job, Enstine, especially considering some of the tech issues that many people never face.

      Even if we don’t have the kinds of problems you mentioned, though, people have other issues like just not understanding how to do something, or how overcome tech hurdles for lack of knowledge… even when the bandwidth is there.

      The reason you’ve been successful even when faced with these ongoing issues is a great testament to the essential need for commitment.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..List Building On My Mind

  7. ikechi April 13, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    Hi David

    You are so right about the 3C’s and they are the ingredient to any successful business.

    Commitment maks you stay firm to your business no matter the challenges. Consistency helps to stay true to your goal. As you shared, if one isn’t consistent, it is going to affect one’s business.

    I like the topic on strategy. You are right that one should stick with one strategy till it is grasped.

    Thanks for sharing and have a swell week.

    • David Merrill 101 April 18, 2016 at 10:57 am #

      “Stick with one strategy” for sure, Ikechi.

      In fact, I usually tell people to stick with one strategy until (a) they’ve made it work, or (b) they decide it doesn’t work for them.

      The only problem is you must maintain commitment to that strategy. You can’t try something for a week and decide it doesn’t work. You can’t try it starting in January, then in June decide it never worked when, really, you never gave it much of a try.

      Stick with something consistently for at LEAST 3 months (better to do more). Then determine whether or not your consistent effort is paying off. If it is, do more of it. If not, then move on.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..How Do I Drive Traffic To My Blog

  8. Kathryn Maclean April 17, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    Hi David,
    First – what a great opening line 2 things and 1 more – builds curiosity for sure.

    As Yoda said there is no try only do.
    How will you do it, What is your strategy , Where is the route
    Must haves the 2 things and 1 more
    Commitment Clarity and the third Consistency.

    Wonderfully written article, I am saving it, sharing it and one more, recommending it
    Kathryn Maclean´s last blog post ..10 PRO Blogging Tips For Marketers

    • David Merrill 101 April 18, 2016 at 11:15 am #

      Thanks so much for all your kudos, Kathryn.

      I like try Yoda thing for sure… No try… only do.

      I guess that’s really the essence of what I’m saying here, isn’t it?

      At least for the consistency part.

      The commitment and clarity are essential to it, though.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..You Can Have A Profitable Online Business

  9. Manidipa Bhaumik April 18, 2016 at 2:23 am #

    Hey David,

    True indeed. Commitment is one such thing which one can not be trained on. Either you have it or not. Many people fail in achieving success (whether online or offline) because they are not able to commit on a single thing for a longer period of time.

    Making a profitable online business is not an easy task. It needs huge commitment and consistency than one can expect. As there is actually no one to monitor you, you must monitor your own habits and practices.

    Thanks for sharing. Take care and have a great week ahead 🙂
    Manidipa Bhaumik´s last blog post ..10 Quick Tips to Boost your Page Loading Speed

  10. David Merrill 101 April 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    Well, you’re right that now one can teach you commitment, Manidipa.

    It helps to involve yourself with people that are committed, inspired and consistent in their efforts.

    Even though you won’t “learn” commitment from them, it still sets patterns for you to follow if you’re watching carefully, have an open mind and are serious about improving yourself and your business.

    Nice to have you here.
    David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..6 Steps To Affiliate Blogging

  11. Joy Healey April 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi David,

    Great post – I’m part-time in my online business so it has to fit round my main income; but it’s a very rare day if I don’t spend at least a couple of hours working online – usually more.

    Now, I HAD been calling it my “Plan B” – because at the moment the majority of my income comes from my offline business, and I’m building my online business as “Plan B”, to be my “retirement income”. Looks like I’ll have to come up with a different phrase 🙂

    That’s if anyone ever convinces me to retire!!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark
    Joy Healey´s last blog post ..Success Simplified Course Review

    • David Merrill 101 April 28, 2016 at 9:06 am #

      Retire? What’s that, Joy?

      You know, we can talk about whether or not to use the term “Plan B”… but we definitely cannot use the term “retire.”

      What does it mean?

      I hear people say that “in the old days” people made enough money during their working years that they could retire and live off their pensions, life savings, whatever.

      I don’t really think that happened too much in the “old days.” It happened in the 20th century for the first time ever as an economic “norm”, and that was mostly because of special programs that had been enacted to give “retired” folks a lifelong income.

      But before the 20th century, I don’t even think the term existed.

      And now, in the 21st, the economy has totally shifted away from the concept. There’s no more “net.” That’s why (1) most people don’t really retire anymore, if they even have employment to retire from, and (2) the biggest “safety net” we can now create for ourselves IMHO… is working on the “internet”.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..How Do I Drive Traffic To My Blog

  12. Mark April 26, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    Thanks David!

    And thank goodness your three C’s don’t cost
    us one nickel in up front cost!

    It’s more a matter of if we’ve finally
    decided if we’re truly committed to a proven process.

    Thanks for sharing your proven process!
    Mark´s last blog post ..Seven Proven Ways Extremely Savvy Entrepreneurs Make Really Big Money Giving Away Free Stuff!

    • David Merrill 101 April 28, 2016 at 9:10 am #

      So true, Mark.

      You can’t throw money at this thing and figure that’s all it takes.

      The best things in life are free, and the best things you can do to build a profitable online business are too… but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

      The good news is that ANYONE can do it if they make these 3 C’s an essential part of their operation.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..6 Steps To Affiliate Blogging

  13. arpita July 29, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    I do agree with you here my friend. I like your method for being true to your commitment, and I know you have a Friday Focus Group where you work with others to use Friday for focusing on what they’ll be working on the upcoming week.

  14. priya July 29, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    Thank for the sharing the great post. It needs huge commitment and consistency than one can expect. As there is actually no one to monitor you, you must monit

  15. IBPS Clerk August 22, 2016 at 4:33 am #

    The article is very inspiring and made m remember those days which i did the same way. It really matters. You should have strong commitment, consistency and clarify. One more point i thought is very much important. It doesn’t fit in your 3C’s but for getting a successful online business, a strong will is very much important.
    Thank you very much for writing such a beautiful article. I am surfing the website for more content like this and bookmarking the page. When i feel distracting away from my goal, i will read this.

  16. Andy September 29, 2016 at 4:04 am #

    Great post man…Awesome…and Cool blog too… Are using WordPress… If so, which theme?? By the way this is my first time on your blog and loved it…

    Andy from lifefalcon (GIVE WINGS TO YOUR LIFE TODAY)
    Andy´s last blog post ..How to be a Happier Freelancer; TIME TO KILL STRESS

  17. Emenike Emmanuel November 13, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

    Hello David

    I agree with you. These 3-Cs are very important to achieving a profitable online business. Entrepreneurs who ignore them do that at his own .

    We need to be very sure of what we want to achieve in our online business from the outset before spending the first dollapurchase our domain name. It is the absense of clarity that makes most bloggers want to write about everything their mind can possibly fling to.

    To profit online, you must consistently commit yourself and all within you in pursuit of that one clear path that will yield you your desired result.

    – Emenike Emmanuel
    Emenike Emmanuel´s last blog post ..5 Simple Tasks Top Bloggers Do Daily to Grow their Blog

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