The Top 3 Reasons I Discovered Why Filipinos Don’t Start Their Own Online Business

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I discovered three things that pushed back most Filipinos from starting their own online business. Here’s their common excuses:

1. “I don’t know where to start!”
2. “I don’t know much about computers. Internet marketing is just for computer geeks!”
3. “The cost of setting up a website is too expensive! I can’t afford it.”

Sounds familiar? Good news! You have come to the right place. I’ll give you quick and practical advices on how to turn down those excuses and convert them as “driving forces” to start your own internet business now!

“I don’t know where to start!”
I heard this many times and seems valid as an excuse since most of us tend to have someone do the work for us and let them show us on how they’ve done it (silly you! ü). When I started my online business I was like lost in the tall grassy field finding my way through. Not seeing what’s ahead of me, I keep cutting those tall grasses and moving forward – testing a LOT of things in my online business. Fortunately, I was able to find success on doing business online. How did I do it? NOT simple. I lost $$$ on the way. As a valued reader of my blog, you don’t have to go through where I’ve been especially the pits and falls on doing business online. I’ll give you my story so you’ll know how to start right:

I first learned about internet marketing by “Googling.” If some of you still haven’t known the word ‘Google‘ is now included on some dictionary meaning to search for a definition of a word or topic by typing the keywords(or phrases) at Yes, that’s how I started. I spent countless hours doing research in Google(I thank Al Bungabong who first introduced it to me). However, the problem with finding information on Google is MOST information are lousy. Indeed, you can find GREAT information from Google for free but its only a few compared to thousands of scams out there.

More about Google on future articles.

My online business had a BIG turn when I met Fred Gleeck who has a Filipino half-brother. Its quite a long story on how we met but the short story version is he was looking for a webmaster and I offered him my services through his half-brother(who informed me about the job) then luckily I got to work with him! My first breakthrough in my online venture is when I started to work with him. Fred is the real deal in information marketing – if not THE best, one of the top best. Besides he knows his topic very much he can teach it well! I acknowledged that he has become my father in internet marketing. I then “contextualized” his material to fit in the Philippines’ internet marketing industry.

If you wanted to learn about internet marketing I suggest you start with the ebooks he wrote. It has various topics and choose which fits you. This is more than a $100 gift for you since I’ll give you the link to access his 5 ebooks for FREE. You can download the free ebooks at

Where to start? Get the ebooks now and read it. Keep checking my blog for more advices on how to do business online. Better yet, subscribe to my RSS feed via email so my articles will be delivered to your email once they are published.

I’ll post more of my story on future articles so you’ll have a bigger picture on how to do business online – “contextualized for the Filipinos.”

“I don’t know much about computers. Internet marketing is just for computer geeks!”
To tell you frankly, internet marketing is not easy BUT you can learn it. Its a SKILL. 

Here’s the diagnostic test for you to know if internet marketing is for you:
1. Do you know how to copy-and-paste text?
2. Do you know how to follow instruction?

Easy? Extremely easy! If you answer ‘YES‘ to all the questions above then internet marketing(or online business) is for YOU! If you don’t know how to copy-and-paste text in your computer then ask a Grade 1 pupil to teach you. If you can’t follow instructions then I can’t help you.

Again, check out my blog regularly or subscribe to my RSS feed to get to know the “skills”.

“The cost of setting up a website is too expensive! I can’t afford it.”
Gone are the days where only big companies can setup a website. The days when you need to spend Php 50,000 for just one website has now ended.

Let me give you an overview of the cost in setting up a website(AS A STARTER):

1. Domain Name (ex. – $10 annually (about Php 500.00 per year)
There are 365 days in a year so do the math! It’s only 1.40 pesos per day!  Check out for this cheap rate.

2. Web Hosting – $2 monthly (about Php 100.00 per month)
There are 30 days in a month so again lets do the math! It’s 3.30 pesos a day!

3. Web Designer – $0. PHP 0. NADA!
Why ZERO? As a beginner, I don’t want you to start big. Learn it yourself. It’s not that difficult. If you are really technically-challenged then ask for relatives to teach you or build it for you. I think the cost for lunch will do(big smile). Besides, we, Filipinos are closely-knitted. We can ask even our neighbors to help us out for free. Pay them later when you have earned your BIG BUCKS online.

This website was built using WordPress and it is so easy to use – you can learn it quickly. Again, if you have passed the diagnostic test above then you’ll definitely learn WordPress. Click here to see an example of how to quickly and easily setup a blog/website. More about WordPress on future articles.

Going back to the cost of the website, let’s say you really have to pay someone to create a website. Hiring a computer science student would cost you at most $50(about Php 2,500.00). That is about Php 6.90 per day.

Adding up all the cost mentioned above you’ll spend Php 4,200 for one whole year. That is ONLY Php 11.50 per day! You only have to spare 1 bottle of soda per day to get started with your business online.

Are websites affordable? Absolutely! Don’t be fooled and ripped off again with tech-geeks who charged you with tens of thousands of pesos!

By the way, don’t be confused with some of the terms above or the processes that it involved. I’ll explain that in future articles. Also, I’ll be posting my Million Dollar Rolodex soon so watch out for it.

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Enjoy life and God bless you!


10 Responses to “The Top 3 Reasons I Discovered Why Filipinos Don’t Start Their Own Online Business”

  1. What Every Filipino Ought to Know About Internet Marketing | Pinoy Internet Business Marketing on August 18th, 2008 4:51 pm

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  4. Wally Pike on January 26th, 2010 7:46 pm

    The Internet Business Income System ( IBIS ) – A guide showing how anyone can start a business online, was designed and refined over a number of years by the president of Network Marketers Incorporated and is protected by copyright. The goal is to generate internet income. It will show you the path through the maze awaiting all aspiring entrepreneurs on the information highway.

    You want to start an online business, but you’re not sure how to get started…

    Right? Okay, so let me ask you a question…Do any of these describe you?

    I have no web design knowledge.

    I have no product to sell.

    I have no one to sell to.

    I have a limited budget to begin.

    Sounds pretty bleak, doesn’t it? But, did you know that’s how most people start? In fact, that’s how most of the online marketing giants started…with very little. It’s true! So, you see…There’s hope for YOU to earn an income online. And, you can get started now!

    If you were to start a traditional business, you would need a premises, an inventory and customers. The development of each would be extremely costly and would come at considerable risk.

    In the new realm of internet business, your premises is your website. The products you sell through your website go directly from the supplier to the customer (at no cost to you). Search engines are the doorway through which your customers will come.

  5. Anne on March 7th, 2010 2:21 pm

    Hi. Which webhost are you using for only $2 a month?

  6. Stanley Dumanig on July 5th, 2010 5:07 pm

    Hi Anne!

    Sorry for the delayed response. See my recent post on why. Anyway, a friend of mine is the one offering that $2 a month hosting. She is at but I think she changed her domain name. I’ll try to get her contact you.


  7. Understanding Internet Marketing on February 21st, 2011 7:01 pm

    “1. “I don’t know where to start!” — \
    Certainly, something that I can relate to. I just encountered this term by chance, while looking for a job. Somehow, I find the subject quite interesting. Although, just like some starters, everything begins with being voracious for information. And that’s what I intend to do. I hope it’s never too late to learn the business.

  8. Maurie Tarlac on December 27th, 2011 6:43 am

    Another question I have in mind is that – does an online marketing require DTI and BIR registrations as it is a “business”?

  9. salvie on July 26th, 2012 12:20 am

    Hi Stanley, I am grateful I found your page. I just wonder if you can do one-on-one coaching and how much it cost for your coaching. I want to learn internet marketing and earn at the same time. I am thinking that it would be a short cut if I hire coach on internet marketing rather than enrolling myself on Computer Course. Can you send me a reply. Me and my husband would like to have a personal coach can you mentor us. We are willing to pay for the training. By the way, I am living in Manila. How much is the cost. Pls. kindly reply. Thank you…

  10. Future internet marketer on July 26th, 2013 6:07 am

    What are the tax laws that every internet marketer should comply? I don’t want to be chased later on by the BIR. I hope you can help.

    Please understand why I have to make my name anonymous.

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