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Hi warriors,

I am just curious, what was the biggest mistake you did since your are a marketer? Be honest, many will benefit from it, even if it doesn't sound like this!

Darius Vaduva
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  • Profile picture of the author blueclcl
    I have made quite a few mistakes over the years.

    My biggest mistake was not building an email list sooner, but another mistake I made was reading to many guides and not taking the appropriate action.

    I spent a lot of years doing nothing really and this when looking back was a big mistake of mine.

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    • Profile picture of the author SarahL
      Originally Posted by blueclcl View Post

      I have made quite a few mistakes over the years.

      My biggest mistake was not building an email list sooner, but another mistake I made was reading to many guides and not taking the appropriate action.

      I spent a lot of years doing nothing really and this when looking back was a big mistake of mine.

      blueclcl
      This exactly. Plus starting too many projects at once and ending up not making any money because I struggled to get them to the point where they would actually start generating profit.
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  • Profile picture of the author cianci1129
    My first mistake was not really building a relationship with my list, setting up a makeshift auto responder series and purchasing solo ads as fast as I could click the mouse button, thinking I'd wake up to tons of profits.

    Boy did I learn fast after that!
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      I made 10 or 12 big mistakes, when I started.

      It didn't matter
      which was the biggest mistake, because any of them was enough to stop me from earning any money worth talking about.

      I mentioned most of them here.

      Internet marketing is a like a hurdle-race: you have to clear each individual hurdle successfully to complete the round and get paid. The difference is that when you get to the end of this course, and don't get paid, with internet marketing there's usually nobody to tell you (accurately) at which you hurdle you had the "accident": you get to work that out for yourself - if you can.

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  • Profile picture of the author MWatson
    I think the problem with most beginners is the "shiny object syndrome" jumping from one big thing to the next without actually taking the time to follow the instructions properly and give it the time it needs. This is becoming more and more popular ( due to the level of actual "newbies" portraying themselves as experts. so it's important to only take guidance from people who actually have had success - they can only steer you I'm the right direction...


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    • Profile picture of the author savidge4
      I would say that there are 2 mistakes I have made over the years. #1 is Branding. Basically WHAT you are selling over the months and years may change, but WHO is selling it doesn't. All of the years that I was selling this that and the other, and then moving on to the NEW this and the NEW that and the NEW other. I never once thought I could have migrated the following from the old to the new. OR selling "this" to "that" and the "other"

      My #2 mistake would be not focusing on the consistencies of what I do. This one I actually figured out pretty early on in my career. but there was still a wasted 4 or 5 years in there.

      What I mean by "Consistencies" is developing a working system. Internet marketing requires us to use a great many pieces together in order to make a sale. We build websites, and we build mailing lists, we develop traffic, we construct funnels... Each piece is a key element of a synergistic model. If one part fails it all fails.

      I thought that with each new thing I was selling, the pieces would be different. The reality is once you have a working model, the product may be different, and the target may be different, but how the system works remains the same.

      If you simply focus on your chosen path to getting traffic, draw that traffic to a funnel, and sell your product, AND learn how to do this SUCCESSFULLY. You can replicate this system over and over and over.

      Mistakes are a dime a dozen, Success is one in a Million

      There are 3 basic steps to selling. There is getting your offer in front of somebody. Then qualifying that somebody as someone that will buy your offer. Then there is actually selling the offer.

      I think looking at it like that, it looks pretty simple. Again its having a system in place that will follow through with each of those steps that is the secret to success.
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      • Profile picture of the author dariusdarius
        Originally Posted by savidge4 View Post

        I would say that there are 2 mistakes I have made over the years. #1 is Branding. Basically WHAT you are selling over the months and years may change, but WHO is selling it doesn't. All of the years that I was selling this that and the other, and then moving on to the NEW this and the NEW that and the NEW other. I never once thought I could have migrated the following from the old to the new. OR selling "this" to "that" and the "other"

        My #2 mistake would be not focusing on the consistencies of what I do. This one I actually figured out pretty early on in my career. but there was still a wasted 4 or 5 years in there.

        What I mean by "Consistencies" is developing a working system. Internet marketing requires us to use a great many pieces together in order to make a sale. We build websites, and we build mailing lists, we develop traffic, we construct funnels... Each piece is a key element of a synergistic model. If one part fails it all fails.

        I thought that with each new thing I was selling, the pieces would be different. The reality is once you have a working model, the product may be different, and the target may be different, but how the system works remains the same.

        If you simply focus on your chosen path to getting traffic, draw that traffic to a funnel, and sell your product, AND learn how to do this SUCCESSFULLY. You can replicate this system over and over and over.

        Mistakes are a dime a dozen, Success is one in a Million

        There are 3 basic steps to selling. There is getting your offer in front of somebody. Then qualifying that somebody as someone that will buy your offer. Then there is actually selling the offer.

        I think looking at it like that, it looks pretty simple. Again its having a system in place that will follow through with each of those steps that is the secret to success.
        Hi,

        Great reply!

        That was exactly what I am thinking. The entire sales game is an airplane that cannot fly if a piece is not working. It might make a little noise, and seem like a plane, but the reality is that that is not a plane. It is only the body of the plane.

        The actual soul of the plane is the system as an entity, not as separate parts.

        And I think this was my biggest mistake:

        CREATING FRANKENSTEIN BUT NOT GIVING HIM LIFE.

        I will improve my system and make sure it all works as an entire.

        Darius Vaduva
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  • Profile picture of the author Coach Comeback
    Biggest one for me.... Google sniper lol

    That sent me down the rabbit hole of useless SEO, adsense, affiliate marketing and trying to make "easy" money on quick gimmicks. All of which never actually build your own solid business and reputation.

    I wish I had started out in product creation and building MY OWN buyers lists. All other methods rely on you sending your traffic to someone else and hoping they are good enough to sell them something and they pay you pennies... BLEEECHT!!!

    Wasted years on that crap
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Not buying the domains I should have bought.

    Do me a favour: if you get a killer opportunity to acquire a domain, don't pass. It actually pains me to think of the missed opportunities. LOL

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  • Profile picture of the author dariusdarius
    Awesome shares, keep them raining guys!
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    I think one would be too much reading without acting on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author dannygnenerate
    Hmmm, I'd have to say not building my list first. Everything outside of building a very targeted list is secondary. It's much like buying furniture for a house that you "may" get in the future. So, if someone out there is reading this stop creating your product, and start building a very target list of subscribers (leads).

    Why do this first?

    Because, much like an offline business you don't want to rely on the traffic from affiliates (which may be 0). You can always rely on traffic that you can send directly to your offers (without commission sharing). I'm not saying don't get affiliates, what I'm saying is targeted traffic that you have control will equal sales and we're running a business here. Think forward.

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    Jumping project to project.Try to stick to one thing at a time.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      My biggest mistake the first couple of years in IM was not only not building a relationship with a List but NOT even concentrating on building a List in the first place.

      I got too side tracked with things like Adsense and CPA.

      And I am not saying those are not viable, it is just that I needed to diversify more from the beginning. And I should have made Email Marketing my primary focus from Day 1



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  • Profile picture of the author Christian Swift
    I think my biggest mistake was over-spending on marketing in the early days, before I had proven my system.

    Will certainly never be repeating that experience lol!

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  • Profile picture of the author akmaliskandar94
    the most biggest mistake in IM industry is your mindset. People need to know, if they want to build a business they must have patient. Everything is not gonna work if we do not put any effort
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Not focusing on a niche, a brand or positioning. You'll have a lot less competition when you do that. Because few Internet Marketers bother with it, especially all three
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      • Profile picture of the author oWEN tEBB
        Making mistakes is part of the learning process. In order to grow we as people have to accept that we will make mistakes and as long as we learn from them then I have no problems with making mistakes. None of us are perfect.

        As for making mistakes the only one I made was not doing this sooner. I'm so glad I took the leap of faith because it has completely changed me as a person but also my lifestyle.
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  • Profile picture of the author azizuz
    Theres some awesome advice here. People will pay good money to get this kind of feedback. Thanks to everyone here although I didn't ask the question I've learnt alot
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  • Profile picture of the author sscot
    For me, I hadn't self confidence about my self and I was fear to getting actions. That was a HUGE wasting of time. Fortunately, I was able to overcome this matter through the stress which was produced by the matter itself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Martin Avis
      I think this is my 2000th post, so I'll make it about a REALLY big mistake!

      My biggest mistake was taking 6 years to realise that making $10 a day is not much different to making $1000.

      All the time I aimed for $10, I was lucky to achieve it. When I started aiming higher - and actually understanding that the principles involved were exactly the same, $1000 (and higher) days became more frequent.

      Don't let your own lack of self belief hold you back. You CAN do it - just believe it and make it happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author SponkICa
    I would have to say...I didn't learn a lot.
    And because of that I didn't know what I was doing,
    what I was doing wrong, how to fix it and so on.
    And i didn't believe in myself and had a wrong mindset.

    So yes mindset does matter a lot!
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    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      Two big things that i kick myself for now...

      1. Not building a list

      2. Not creating authority sites out of my early sites (they could have been huge by now)

      Buuut that's just how things are. I once thought that having a ton of sites in my portfolio would be the best way to keep thing diversified. Imagine having to renew and deal with 200+ domains yearly, most of which didn't even make me profit

      Live and Learn~
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      • Profile picture of the author savidge4
        Originally Posted by heavysm View Post

        Two big things that i kick myself for now...

        1. Not building a list

        2. Not creating authority sites out of my early sites (they could have been huge by now)

        Buuut that's just how things are. I once thought that having a ton of sites in my portfolio would be the best way to keep thing diversified. Imagine having to renew and deal with 200+ domains yearly, most of which didn't even make me profit

        Live and Learn~
        And here I am with Authority sites thinking they are not specifically targeted enough and in the process of developing 200 Targeted sites by the end of the year! ha ha ha

        Here is something to consider, creating pages that umbrella groups of your 200 and start cross advertising the sites within your mailing lists. There is nothing wrong with diversity as long as there is a method to creating unity with in your structure.

        If you look at MY biggest mistake it was right there. Branding all of the many platforms to ultimately fall under one roof.

        Its there for you, you just need to figure out the structure that will make it work. But, without question start cross feeding your mailing lists.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yair Dolev
    Not building a list. Sold 1000 copies without a list or a proper funnel in place (few different products). BIG mistake I made, never to be repeated hopefuly by no one.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberzolo
    Not taking action and being afraid to fail. Plus I realized that focusing on building a list is very important, and I didn't do that in the beginning.
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    • Profile picture of the author sscot
      Originally Posted by cyberzolo View Post

      Not taking action and being afraid to fail. .
      Somebody like me. However, I was able to overcome this matter few years ago but the question what I have no answer yet is why didn't I give up. Wide endurance limit, sometimes....
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  • Profile picture of the author dariusdarius
    So mainly everyone in here is sorry for not being able to start a list of subscribers in the first place. This could be the start of a big thread, START YOUR LIST TODAY.
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  • Profile picture of the author nooman ahmed
    My one was buying too much traffic (in my case solo ads) and not really building a relationship with them. I did not have a clear vision of what I wanted to do with my list.

    Another big mistake was not staying consistent with one thing. Once I saw one thing was not working I would move on to the next thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lizfish
    My biggest mistake has been trying to do it all by myself. Ask questions, get help and get the right people on your team.
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  • Succumbing to information overload and trying too many things at once. So many things look good that you end up chasing things you never get good at. Also, I was too lazy to build a list early on, let alone develop a relationship.

    I had one woman who once told me, "You have a lot of great things to say. I can tell you paid a lot to learn what you know. If you started a membership site, Id join right away". And since I was not into list building at the time, and was actually afraid of it, I lost that lead forever and only now realize how dumb that was of me. That was someone I had built trust with and could have been part of my "tribe" if I knew that at the time. Those types are your best leads for anything and those are the type of leads you need to be building.
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  • Profile picture of the author ritah
    Doubting myself. If I'd have had the knowledge and outlook on business as I do now, 10 years ago.. well let's just say I wouldn't be working (quite as much)

    Believe in yourself and never doubt your decisions. When you follow through with your own vision you'll always find rewards!
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  • Profile picture of the author IrmaB
    1) Not taking action because of either fear or wanting everything to be perfect before taking a step

    2) Not having a mentor or coach - I do not think that you can go on this journey alone. There are too many pitfalls and shiny objects to distract you. A coach is a must!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    This has turned into an absolutely fascinating thread. I'm pleased to see we're not afraid to admit our mistakes. We all make them. The trick - of course - is to learn from them!
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  • Profile picture of the author yossi yagudaiv
    #1 mistake was to buy 20+ domains as part of the ''shiny object syndrome''. today i have 3 main domains - 1 for each income source.

    #2 mistake is building micro niche sites using seo(the long way of making money) before making fast money - paid ads (i almost gave up - that is why)

    #3 mistake is not branding myself

    #4 mistake is not building a buyer list (there is a huge different) !!!!

    #5 mistake was not understanding that online marketing is not far from offline marketing and that you need only 3 things - traffic -----> asset -----> funnel !
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    • Profile picture of the author suggs
      What a great thread this is.

      I can totally relate to the following comments.

      Originally Posted by Michael J Anthony View Post

      Succumbing to information overload and trying too many things at once. So many things look good that you end up chasing things you never get good at. Also, I was too lazy to build a list early on, let alone develop a relationship.

      Originally Posted by IrmaB View Post

      1) Not taking action because of either fear or wanting everything to be perfect before taking a step
      Originally Posted by MWatson View Post

      I think the problem with most beginners is the "shiny object syndrome" jumping from one big thing to the next without actually taking the time to follow the instructions properly and give it the time it needs.
      I find my self doing exactly this! Reading method after method that other people are earning from and thinking i can do this
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  • Profile picture of the author Carsten Tiensuu
    Bought a gurus (I´ll not name him by name) $1997 course the first i did when I started out. The only way you can earn money with his system is to promote his products. It was not for newbies at all although it was sold as newbie friendly. I´ve bought wso´s that had more value for me personally.

    I have been guilty buying shiny object now I don´t do that anymore...I only buy things if they can help me in my listbuilding or traffic adventure...
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  • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
    One of my biggest mistakes when starting out was following the trend of building sites around keywords and then hammering them with links to get them to the top of Google. I spent money on software that would spam links everywhere and spent countless hours building links.

    It worked great at first and I thought I was on the path to IM riches. Then a Google algorithm change hit and wiped out all of my hard work in one swoop.

    Another mistake I made was not building a list sooner. Now that I've started list building, I wish I would have been doing it all along. You'll hear this a lot, but the money really is in the list!
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    • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
      Originally Posted by miklanderson2 View Post

      One of my biggest mistakes when starting out was following the trend of building sites around keywords and then hammering them with links to get them to the top of Google. I spent money on software that would spam links everywhere and spent countless hours building links.

      It worked great at first and I thought I was on the path to IM riches. Then a Google algorithm change hit and wiped out all of my hard work in one swoop.

      Another mistake I made was not building a list sooner. Now that I've started list building, I wish I would have been doing it all along. You'll hear this a lot, but the money really is in the list!
      This was my story too, but with 1 small difference. Instead of spending money on software, I paid 3 or 4 reliable people on Fiverr to build my links for me. It worked like a charm for a while, and I was making decent money, until the Penguin update.

      And yes, I agree 100% ... build a list !
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    Originally Posted by dariusdarius View Post

    I am just curious, what was the biggest mistake you did since your are a marketer? Be honest, many will benefit from it, even if it doesn't sound like this!
    Not getting a coach ASAP

    Doing that I wasted too much time trying to figure it out on my own...

    No bueno
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  • Profile picture of the author Esteban Gomez
    Mine was not to focus on 1 specific traffic source since the beginning.

    Later on I realized that the only way I was going to master one was by focusing and becoming the #1 expert in that traffic source.

    I'm thankful that I didn't make the mistake of not building my list since the beginning!
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    Back in 2003 I got fed up and abandoned my first subscriber list.
    Just got tired of sending emails. A few members on that list are
    internet millionaires today. One had asked me for the list but I didn't
    think it was ethical to give him.

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    • Profile picture of the author MGEversworn
      To be honest, my biggest mistake was not sticking to one strategy. I would always jump around from strategy to strategy, trying to get quick results.

      I didn't want to put my time and money into something that might not work. I had to realize that in order to get the results I wanted, I had to pick something, put in the work, and run with it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    My biggest mistake is getting stuck in information OVERLOAD and not taking consistent action everyday as I should. I just kept buying product after product, loading myself with information and I felt like I was never getting anywhere. Well guess what? I wasn't because I was stuck in analysis mode and I got more and more confused. So if I got to say one thing, it's to take action with the information you do know. I know it's easy to get distracted with all the B.S online these days, however you must stick to a method you resinate with and never give up, take action each and everyday, and understand that building a real business takes work and in order for you to produce results you must not make excuses and you must go out there every single day and make it happen, that's the only way you will build a business online, it's tough work, but is it worth it? I think you already know the answer to that one.
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  • Profile picture of the author br06269
    not taking steps to succeed.. It's so easy to sit back and do nothing then complain later when your life is in shambles lol

    the sooner you take steps the sooner you'll be in action!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    My biggest mistake when starting was to believe the IM Hype, and get frustrated, angry and dissapointed when an "IM method" I'd bought didn't work as specified.

    Later I learned to treat each "IM method" as a learning experience, and that way I certainly learned a few things from each (even if what NOT to do) and was happy with that,and just kept on learning

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  • Profile picture of the author dariusdarius
    It's been a while, but I'm happy this thread got big and everybody shared their mistakes, because I'm pretty sure someone got help from this thread.
    Thanks guys and gals
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  • Profile picture of the author iangh
    Hi there,

    Most definitely my biggest mistakes made up to now as I know I will make more mistakes naturally are:

    -Spending too much time in my inbox buying products and courses without sticking to any and seeing them through before jumping on the next shiny object to change my life which never did.

    -Procrastination and purposely although sometimes subconsciously distracting myself which is very easily done on the internet in order to put off actually knuckling down and getting some work done.

    There are many reasons for these bad habits and most successful Internet Marketers have and do sometimes struggle in these areas but the successful marketers are the ones who recognize their weaknesses and deal with them in a way that suits them.

    Good Luck

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  • Profile picture of the author Zoumhem
    My biggest mistake was: moving from one project to the other.
    This was something I was doing back in the days, I just couldn´t stand on one project at the time so I made several projects.

    The mistake was, that when one project did not work well, I just ignored it and moved on, instead of trying to make it better.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by Zoumhem View Post

      My biggest mistake was: moving from one project to the other.
      This was something I was doing back in the days, I just couldn´t stand on one project at the time so I made several projects.

      The mistake was, that when one project did not work well, I just ignored it and moved on, instead of trying to make it better.
      Yep, this is just a HUGE problem among many IMErs.

      The really sad thing ?? Its just not only prevalent in the beginner IMer. It's also prevalent in some long time IMers who have been switching from Program to Program for years and even decades without any success


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  • Profile picture of the author LesterRussell
    Starting out in the magical world of internet marketing was amazing. I had the choice to sell almost any product i could think of and so many different ideas were popping into my head.

    I explored clickbank, chose a product and starting trying to sell it on my landing page. A couple of days later, i felt that it was not doing as expected and i tossed it away for a completely new product in a entirely different niche.

    This cycle continued for awhile until i realized the mistake i was making. Instead of focusing on improving my sales process, i was putting the blame on the product not selling well enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
    Like others, I'd say NOT building my own list sooner was my biggest mistake
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  • Profile picture of the author Khondoker
    My biggest mistake was not finding me a proper mentor and spending thousands of dollars and 3 years after tutorials and courses!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Me?

    Make mistakes??

    You've got to be kidding!!
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyFanta
    Some great answers here, i would say one of my mistakes was being too broad in my websites, I should've picked a smaller niche and just stuck with it.

    I now have a process and it takes time but I go through everything step by step.
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