Open Letter To New Warriors

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Note: Of late, we've had a large number of new members joining the Warrior Forum. With the economy in the state it's in and many losing jobs right now, it's easy to see why many want to start making money online. But, there are numerous pitfalls - so this letter.

Dear New Warrior

If you've come here to become an Internet marketer, you've found the right place. This forum is frequented by a number of very successful Internet marketers, many of whom started right here. The Warrior Forum can be an incubator for new marketers, with access to and help from senior Warriors who can provide a large wealth of Internet marketing knowledge.

However, coming into the Warrior Forum without any guidance can be as dangerous as heading off on a trek through the mountains without a trail map. It's far too easy to be dazzled and led astray.

Don't Be Dazzled & Led Astray

First, there's all the talk of big money being made in a very short time. Seeing senior Warriors talk about making over $10,000 a month – and seemingly while doing very little – can give you the false impression that Internet marketing is a route to quick & lazy riches. A deadly misconception that leaves many new Warriors frustrated and broke. What you need to understand is that senior Warriors who are generating large incomes from the Internet did not attain such a level overnight – they worked hard to build a good, solid business. It still takes work!

Second, it's easy to be led astray by all the “latest & greatest” programs and “secret tactics” that you'll see being discussed. Sure, many are great programs and tactics, but only if you consistently apply them. If you merely jump from one idea to another – giving this one a try and then jumping to that one, without ever giving one a chance to bear fruit – you'll never make money with any of them. You need to select one and stick to it, without being distracted by the next “latest & greatest”.

Most important is to use common sense here at the Warrior Forum. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Internet marketing is just another vehicle for marketing goods and services, it's not a magic bullet to fill your bank account while you lounge around in your bathrobe.

Don't Be Discouraged

You'll also see a lot of threads started by frustrated Warriors who haven't been able to make much money online. They have come to the conclusion that the Internet dream is not for them, and they are ready to quit. Some are convinced that “gurus” have lied to them and they can't make any money with all the e-books, courses, and programs they have bought – just lots of their hard-earned cash down the drain.

The real problem is that they ran afoul of one or both of the things I discussed above. They were dazzled by all the “easy money” and thought they would soon be rich, without investing some sweat equity into building a business. They ran around gobbling up programs and WSOs, convinced that each one was the one that would “really make money”. Unfortunately, they never gave any of these enough consistent effort to ever see a profit.

You Can Create A Fantastic Income

The truth is, there are many Warriors making a very impressive income from the Internet, and living life the way they want. But none of us successful marketers did this without some work. So, don't come here expecting instant riches, apply yourself consistently to building a real online business, and you will create a very good online income for yourself.

To your success,

Kevin Riley
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  • Profile picture of the author jitendrakbharai
    Hello Kevin,

    That was a great post.And you can bet your bottom dollar ---the way to internet riches is like everything else in the physical world---a lot of hard work and ofcourse intelligence and common sense.

    That was honest and excellent advise especially to newbies.

    Thanks.

    jitendra
  • Profile picture of the author Brian Robinson
    Kevin, great post.

    Speaking from experience, boiling everything down, the bottom line is TAKE ACTION.

    For good or bad, doing something is better than thinking or planning about doing something.
  • Profile picture of the author Doug McIsaac
    I agree that taking action is important. I would also add FOCUS. Too often people waste time chasing one "hot" thing after another. Focus on thing that you are good at doing and do that.

    The other key to making money online is the same as making money offline -- create value. The beautiful thing about online marketing is that value can be created out of thin air simply by taking action and writing that post, article or ebook.

    Doug
    • Profile picture of the author eCovers4uGfx
      Thanks for this post Kevin, still in my noob status I appreciate what you have tried to get across to us so called newbies, I agree so many people can be misled with all the products being released & countless testimonials stating this person is better than the other etc etc.

      Since coming to WF I have been enriched with a wealth of information for which my small yet busy design company has benefited from.

      Once again kudo's for the letter!
    • Profile picture of the author centextkt
      Originally Posted by Doug McIsaac View Post

      I agree that taking action is important. I would also add FOCUS. Too often people waste time chasing one "hot" thing after another. Focus on thing that you are good at doing and do that.
      Just curious, if you are a newbie, how do you know exactly WHAT you are "good" at?
  • Profile picture of the author indexphp
    Either you're gonna do it... or you aren't. Don't be that guy.
  • Profile picture of the author Anna Johnson
    Wonderful post Kevin! The only thing I would add is this: build an Internet marketing business because you love Internet marketing and you love business. If you're in this to make money fast, not only will you probably be sorely disappointed, but you'll miss out on the joy that comes from the journey. The joy that comes from overcoming the inevitable challenges, the joy of growing as a marketer and as a person, the joy of making new friends, and the joy of accomplishing things you may never have thought you'd accomplish.
    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Cooper
      Originally Posted by Anna Johnson View Post

      Wonderful post Kevin! The only thing I would add is this: build an Internet marketing business because you love Internet marketing and you love business. If you're in this to make money fast, not only will you probably be sorely disappointed, but you'll miss out on the joy that comes from the journey. The joy that comes from overcoming the inevitable challenges, the joy of growing as a marketer and as a person, the joy of making new friends, and the joy of accomplishing things you may never have thought you'd accomplish.
      Excellent points Anna. I would also add: Love your Niche.

      Success in anything be it business, sport, whatever, is always 90% Mind, 10% Application.

      Expect Success.
  • Profile picture of the author ken_p
    thank you all. that was a very encouraging letter.
  • Profile picture of the author Frank Murphy
    Fantastic post Kevin! This post is definitely a great guide to new warriors coming in lately. Maybe it should be put up as a sticky? Thanks again!
  • Profile picture of the author elle56
    Good inputs. Thanks, Kevin. I know that its hard work to be earning six figures every month. But as Anna said, if you love internet marketing, you won't give up easily.

    All the best to us newbies.
  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Good post. Sometimes i work so long on my PC my eyes are getting red...i am not even kidding. No matter what "system" you buy or use...it will ALWAYS require work and consistency.
  • Profile picture of the author Ian Clifford
    I just have to say that it was regularly visiting the Warrior Forum and seeing positive remarks that made me take action, and it's that that has brought me my first few sales.

    I did buy a lot of stuff and read a lot, but coming here was how I got over the obstacles.
  • Profile picture of the author Simo
    Hi Kevin,

    I always enjoy reading your posts and this one is no different. Thanks for taking the time to impart your wisdom to fellow warriors. It is crucial to find a strategy and keep on "bulldozing through those barriers" (sage advice you have given me in the past).

    Thank you (and this post should be a sticky!)

    Andrew
  • Profile picture of the author michaelpotter
    As a newbie 10 months old I can say that i have done evrything that Kevin has pointed out. Purchased untold WSO's jumped here there and everywhere looking for the HOLY GRAIL. Hence so far I have failed. BUT now i am just putting all my efforts into 1 thing, And will not buy anythinguntil until i have finished this project.
    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Cooper
      Originally Posted by michaelpotter View Post

      As a newbie 10 months old I can say that i have done evrything that Kevin has pointed out. Purchased untold WSO's jumped here there and everywhere looking for the HOLY GRAIL. Hence so far I have failed. BUT now i am just putting all my efforts into 1 thing, And will not buy anythinguntil until i have finished this project.
      Good - everyone discovers this sooner or later.

      Your Mind is the Holy Grail - use it well.
  • Profile picture of the author cow194234
    As a somewhat "new" warrior member I can say that honestly its all about taking action.

    If you buy a product, FOLLOW THAT GUIDE FROM STEP 1 TO PROFIT. You may fail and lose money but it is a lesson learned.

    You learn nothing going from product to product doing nothing, at least try each one all the way through.

    Experience is the only reason I make money now, the mistakes I learned from have carved my path.
  • Profile picture of the author mimisido
    Great post by Kevin. This is true both for Affiliates AND for the Merchants as well. Or Just like any other business in the real/virtual world.

    BTW - I have spoke to a few "super affiliates" lately, and most of them said that they did not expect huge riches when they started affiliate marketing. They started because they like to be online, understood the nuts and bolts of it, many said it was supposed to be a temporary gig, and once they stuck with it, the money started rolling, and that helped too -BUT this was not the original motive to start affiliation. (they started around 2003-5).

  • Profile picture of the author pearlydean
    Great post Kevin, very positive and informative and not a "newbie bashing rant"!

    I am fairly new to IM but have been in business a long time and realise that it takes time to build a business - there is no get rich quick system.

    One of the things I have learnt is to do the research in an area that you are interested in and then ensure that there is a "hungry crowd" wanting what you have to offer. Then it takes a lot of work to produce something of value.

    Thanks again Kevin this will help and inspire new people to the forum.

    Cheers Keith
  • Profile picture of the author TelegramSam
    The OP is very good advice.

    One can make money on the internet. One can make money selling flowers in a shop. One can make money in a job or being a taxi driver.

    The internet often seems more attractive because you can "do it from home" or work in your underwear etc...

    However, and this isn't meant to be negative, some people are just not cut out to be able to make money on the internet. For some people, it isn't the way. It can sometimes be too technical, complicated or just seem so overwhelming.

    Yes there are tools and shortcuts and all sorts of promises, but be honest with yourself. If you aren't willing to put in the work, the long hours and often many fruitless projects, then don't beat yourself up about it and find YOUR way to make a good income.

    I hate to read about folk who have spent many months and even years and haven't made at least some income. That is very sad and sometimes it's best to cut your losses, or at the very least don't put all your eggs in one basket (the internet).

    The internet is just one of MANY ways to make money and support your loved ones.

    If you are going to give it a shot, make sure you are really tough with yourself about your time. Otherwise, months will go by and you will look back and see you have achieved nothing.

    DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN TO YOU.

    Good luck either way.
    Sam
  • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
    Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

    Note: Of late, we've had a large number of new members joining the Warrior Forum. With the economy in the state it's in and many losing jobs right now, it's easy to see why many want to start making money online. But, there are numerous pitfalls - so this letter.

    Dear New Warrior

    If you've come here to become an Internet marketer, you've found the right place. This forum is frequented by a number of very successful Internet marketers, many of whom started right here. The Warrior Forum can be an incubator for new marketers, with access to and help from senior Warriors who can provide a large wealth of Internet marketing knowledge.

    However, coming into the Warrior Forum without any guidance can be as dangerous as heading off on a trek through the mountains without a trail map. It's far too easy to be dazzled and led astray.

    Don't Be Dazzled & Led Astray

    First, there's all the talk of big money being made in a very short time. Seeing senior Warriors talk about making over $10,000 a month – and seemingly while doing very little – can give you the false impression that Internet marketing is a route to quick & lazy riches. A deadly misconception that leaves many new Warriors frustrated and broke. What you need to understand is that senior Warriors who are generating large incomes from the Internet did not attain such a level overnight – they worked hard to build a good, solid business. It still takes work!

    Second, it's easy to be led astray by all the “latest & greatest” programs and “secret tactics” that you'll see being discussed. Sure, many are great programs and tactics, but only if you consistently apply them. If you merely jump from one idea to another – giving this one a try and then jumping to that one, without ever giving one a chance to bear fruit – you'll never make money with any of them. You need to select one and stick to it, without being distracted by the next “latest & greatest”.

    Most important is to use common sense here at the Warrior Forum. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Internet marketing is just another vehicle for marketing goods and services, it's not a magic bullet to fill your bank account while you lounge around in your bathrobe.

    Don't Be Discouraged

    You'll also see a lot of threads started by frustrated Warriors who haven't been able to make much money online. They have come to the conclusion that the Internet dream is not for them, and they are ready to quit. Some are convinced that “gurus” have lied to them and they can't make any money with all the e-books, courses, and programs they have bought – just lots of their hard-earned cash down the drain.

    The real problem is that they ran afoul of one or both of the things I discussed above. They were dazzled by all the “easy money” and thought they would soon be rich, without investing some sweat equity into building a business. They ran around gobbling up programs and WSOs, convinced that each one was the one that would “really make money”. Unfortunately, they never gave any of these enough consistent effort to ever see a profit.

    You Can Create A Fantastic Income

    The truth is, there are many Warriors making a very impressive income from the Internet, and living life the way they want. But none of us successful marketers did this without some work. So, don't come here expecting instant riches, apply yourself consistently to building a real online business, and you will create a very good online income for yourself.

    To your success,

    Kevin Riley
    Great article Kevin and a timely reminder to the increasing new Warriors.

    Rich
  • Profile picture of the author Debbie Allen
    Kevin - great post - wonderful information!

    I have been online for awhile now and I would add that perseverance and dedication have carried me through difficult periods. There were times that giving up would have been the easy thing to do - but I was determined to hang in there and I'm glad I did. Although I am still far from reaching my ultimate goals, looking back at where I started from it is easy to see that I have come a long way.

    Like others have mentioned, sticking with something you are interested in does matter. I have tried my luck at various niches and techniques but the ones that I have had the most success with are the ones that I was interested in long before I began working online.

    My advice for newcomers is to do a lot of self-examination early on. Consider what is important to you and what you like to do. Then work at building a business around that criteria. You will begin with an advantage because your business will be based on things that truly matter to you.
    • Profile picture of the author Muhammad Hassan
      You have to work to make money. It's the same with the Internet also.

      I agree completely with the people above who also said that you have to take action. However, I wish to extend the idea a little.

      Take action - not just any action, but action that is not going to waste a lot of money or time if it dioesn't work.

      Look at the results you get - look at what works and repeat it. Look at what doesn't work, examine why and change it. Put new actions into action, look at new results and so on.
  • Profile picture of the author Didier Faucher
    Agree 100%.

    Should be a sticky in all IM forums.


    However, one of the problem is many well known and respected names in this industry
    sell and promote "get rich doing nothing, no investment, instant success, guaranteed"
    techniques, or use such statements in their sales letters.

    So I'm not sure minds will change, as a rule seems to be "follow what successful people
    do" (in this case: say to prospects no work involved, etc.)

    Not sure too the same people teach their kids that they don't have to work to be
    successful in life...

    Didier
    • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
      A post like that should be required reading for all those who register for the WF ... before their registration is complete. It might help in the long run.

      Kudos to Kevin!
  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Kevin, nice to see senior members taking care of new users the right way.

    Thanks for that, that's inspiring for all of us.

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