If you are struggling dont give up - I hope this helps and inspires you.

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Hi There
My name is Mark and I have been in the IM game for a good few years now.
If you are starting out or have been plugging away for some time with little success have a read of this and I hope it inspires you to keep going.

When I initially started I had great hopes of jumping into IM and giving up the day job and living the life I always wanted to with enough money to give me the time to spend with my family and do the things I wanted to do. There is always a trade off in life between having lots of money and having lots of time and getting both money and time is everyones holy grail.

Well I jumped in both feet first and like everyone got completely overwhelmed and suffered like everyone at first with the "Shiny Object syndrome" i.e. I bought WSO after WSO and every get rich quick scheme out there I could find.

What did that get me - a big credit card bill, a hard drive full of crap and lots of unfinished projects - sound familiar.
The bottom line was I was losing money. So I took stock. I made a list of all the things I had learned and what I was good at. I made a conscious decision to get out of the IM sphere as such (i.e. trying to tell other people how to make money when I couldn't do it myself).

One of the things I was good at was producing Videos, so I created a course to show people how to create their own videos using all free tools such as Open Office, Jing and youtube.

This was my first real success and I actually sold a product and made a little bit of money. I was not showing people how to make money but showing people how to create something that they could use to make money.

It was like the difference between being a gold miner and being the guy who sold them the shovels!!
I then set up a service providing a whiteboard Video creation service and again this went well and I made a bit of money.

Anyway fast forward two years (yes this is how long it took me for the real penny to drop) I was talking to a good friend of mine who told me he had just paid £1200 to go on an internet marketing course, my jaw dropped

I couldn't believe he had spent all that money.
But the difference between what I had done and what he had done was this course he had attended was not just about IM but it was IM specific to a particular niche and that niche was horse racing - bam the penny dropped.

We had both been avid horse racing fans for many years and doing IM in this niche really appealed to me. So we got together and produced our first product - that was 18 months ago.
Now we have 3 websites that turned over over £120,000 in the first full year of trading and we now have a passive income coming in of over £5,000 a month before we sell anything else.

One of the main reasons for our success is we went out and found an authority in the market place and teamed up with him - he was a brilliant horse racing tipster with a great track record but had no clue about IM

Now I am not telling you this to brag (don't forget it has taken me nearly 4 years now to get to this stage) but to show you that by sticking at it you can succeed. I have had plenty of times that I have nearly thrown the towel in and given up.

In a rambling sort of way the main take away from this part of his missive is find something you are interested in and enjoy and its far easier to keep producing quality content and products and them go out and find an authority in the niche, be it a local Golf professional who you could team up or a football coach - just a couple of examples.

Now how did we do all this.

1) Our first product was the hardest. We had no list, no money, no website and no traffic. So we sat down and produced two products. Product 1 was a high quality free product for list building and the second was a paid product to generate income.

2) We built a Wordpress site using all the knowledge I had gleaned from all my earlier failures with a simple Video squeeze page ( see all that learning about Video finally paid off)

3) We then went out to the market place in our Niche and contacted everyone we could find who we thought may have a list. We offered them the free product for their list and a very large percentage of the sales value of the paid product. (We were scrupulous on tracking all JV traffic by using WPaffiliate and made sure that they go credited with all sales commission.)

4) We did a launch with a limited number of JVS we managed to sign up and generated a list of over 2,500 in the first week - wow were we happy with this!!

5) We then nurtured the list for a two week period and then hit them with the paid product.

6) We made over 100 sales at £99 with this first promotion. and we now had our first 2,500 on our list.

7) We then developed related products for the horse racing niche and just repeated the process, but now we had a track record with JVs, plus we could show any new prospective JVs conversion rates etc.

8) We then set up a membership site and plugged in the authority I mentioned earlier and made this a monthly membership site and again pushed this to our growing list and JVs

9) As our reputation grew in our market we were then approached by a Horse Racing Club who syndicate race horses. We did a deal and started promoting shares in race horses for them to our list and via JVs. Horse Racing has rabid fans and everyone has a dream of owning a racehorse - well now they can at an affordable price through us. Along the way we now have shares in 9 horse that have cost us nothing!!

I know this is a very broad brush overview of what we have done and don't get me wrong we have worked our little socks off to get where we are. If anyone tells you there is a magic solution to printing money on the Internet they are liars - its all down to hard work and having a plan about where you want yo go and how you are going to get there.

I just wanted to let you know that you can succeed in this game and I am now living a life I never dreamed of 4 years ago. I work from home we do everything by skype and email, I get to go racing on a regular basis, I mix with like minded people and I own shares in 9 race horses.

So dont give up, learn all you can but make sure you actually apply the knowledge to something that you enjoy.

Good luck and I hope you have been inspired to shake off any doubts you have and start building a plan of where you want to go

Cheers
Mark
#give #helps #hope #inspires #struggling
  • Profile picture of the author harrydog
    As a postscript to all this if anyone wants help in any particular area just post here. I cant guarantee that I will have the answer but I am sure that more able warriors than me will be able to hep
    Cheers
    Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author blueclcl
    Really good post Mark and congrats on your success!

    One quick question:

    Any tips for tomorrow?

    Joking of course..

    This is a very inspiring story.
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  • Profile picture of the author Javisito
    First of all I want to congratulate you to your success.

    I am happy that there still are people out there to inspire others. I was buying WSO after WSO until I finally got my breakthrough as well. Unfortunately a lot of people do that.
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    • Profile picture of the author harrydog
      Originally Posted by Javisito View Post

      First of all I want to congratulate you to your success.

      I am happy that there still are people out there to inspire others. I was buying WSO after WSO until I finally got my breakthrough as well. Unfortunately a lot of people do that.
      Something that you really have to be careful of is that the WSO section can be addictive.

      It offers solution after solution on "How to make Money" but if you take a step back and stop clicking that buy now button ask yourself "is this something that I really need? Will it give me a skill, method or solution to a problem I am trying to solve. Will it help me get to where I want to get to?"

      9 times out of 10 it will be a distraction and may take you off in another direction and there you go again down a dead end with a half built website or half baked scheme that just drains your energy.

      Only visit the WSO section when you have a particular need and then do a search on a keyword or phrase to find something that will help you along your journey i.e. do you need to learn how to create a squeeze page or how to build a list etc.

      If you break it down IM in essence mirrors normal businesses.

      1) You need to sell a product or service - this can be your own product or an affiliate product

      3) You need a shop front - can be a simple 1 page website to start with

      2) You need customers to sell this product to - generated by either paid advertising, JV traffic or search engine traffic

      3) You need to build a customer database and look after them and nurture them. Be fantastic at customer service, always over deliver

      4) Re invest in your business and build a solid foundation

      5) Work your Bo**ocks off!!

      My Dad had small businesses for most of his life and he told me
      Year 1 you pay for the business
      Year 2 the business pays for itself
      Year 3 the business pays you

      Now in IM you can reduce these time-scales down

      What he meant is that you have to work at things and be prepared to nurture it along until it can start paying you back.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vincent Abrugar
    Very inspiring post. There are obviously many Warriors including me who are struggling
    right now and your success story indeed gives us encouragement not to give up.

    I wish you to attain many more success!
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  • Profile picture of the author gamestoenjoy
    I had a similar story with my game site.
    I started it five year ago without any knowledge about websites and how to promote them.
    It was very hard at the beginning, and I thought about giving up, but eventually the site started to get traffic.
    Now I have 5,000 daily visits and I earn lot of money from the ads found in site
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  • Profile picture of the author skyro
    Congrats on your success man. Story like this one makes me think as well why it's so important to stick with one thing as well. Many of us when we first get started doing im, especially joining the warrior forum, we buy product after product after product. It's important as well to learn the fundamentals , stick with one thing work with it until we see results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brenda Trott
    Great post! Two things I noted from your story:

    #1 You made some money when you noted your skill.
    #2 You made more money when you monetized your passion (or hobby)

    If someone reading this is upset by shiny object syndrome..its OK, you'll notice lots of us didn't know where to start. It took all those shiny objects to feel around until we founds something that stuck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sebastian Gomez
    Hey Matt! Really inspiring thread. Actually, yesterday I started reading "Think and grow rich" by Napoleon Hill and I've learned exactly just that.

    He says that success is all based on you and your true desire to make it happen. Internet marketing works and is very rewarding. The difference between the top 1% and the 99% is that action you take and the determination you are willing to put in your business.

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    • Profile picture of the author harrydog
      Originally Posted by Sebastian Gomez View Post

      Hey Matt! Really inspiring thread. Actually, yesterday I started reading "Think and grow rich" by Napoleon Hill and I've learned exactly just that.

      He says that success is all based on you and your true desire to make it happen. Internet marketing works and is very rewarding. The difference between the top 1% and the 99% is that action you take and the determination you are willing to put in your business.

      Sebastian
      H Sebastian
      Yes you have hit the nail on the head - ACTION - is the only thing that makes things happen. There is no magic button, there is no easy ride. Its all about believing in your self, finding your own groove and working hard. Anyone who tells you making any business a success is easy is a liar!!
      Cheers
      Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author dariusdarius
    Hi,

    Great inspirational writing,thank you!

    I agree that most of the newcomers will hurry up and jump on every solution to make money and they mostly never will.
    I agree that making a living over internet is a pretty hardcore experience at the beginning but it as a very big payoff when you finally get where you want.
    Taking action, setting up a plan and applying everything you know in order to get where you want to get is the cherry on the cake.

    Darius Vaduva
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    • Profile picture of the author John Marshall
      Thank you for the inspiration! My congratulations to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author OnTheRun
    I've been trying to make money with my websites online for years, but never had any real success. However, it's stories like yours that inspire me to go on Congrats on your success, mate!
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    • Profile picture of the author harrydog
      Originally Posted by OnTheRun View Post

      I've been trying to make money with my websites online for years, but never had any real success. However, it's stories like yours that inspire me to go on Congrats on your success, mate!
      Hi Ontherun
      Don't give up it will click one day - I bet if you look at all the skills you have acquired you could provide a product or service that some people would pay you handsomely for.
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  • Profile picture of the author valley
    congratulations on your success
    great inspiring post
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  • Great Post!

    I struggled for over a year before my first big win came.
    Genius strikes in the most unusual ways, you know? I was frustrated with Craigslist's rampant flagging and all of their ceaseless changes, when I stopped in my tracks and thought, "Damn! There is a sweet product to be had if I can figure out how to stop flaggers."
    After about a month of very creative trial and error (i blew through two verified accounts) I had about 21 ways to not only beat the flaggers at their own game, but also ways to optimize my SEO ranking along the way. That was 2012, and the material is now dated and in need of revision, so I do not sell it any longer, but...that one ebook alone sold thousands of copies.

    Just because I took a very frustrating situation and asked, "yes, this sucks...but HOW can I create a workaround?"

    Hang in there and listen to your hunches!
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  • Profile picture of the author NathanO
    Its always great to read people having success with their perseverance. Really inspiring and im sure that many internet marketers like myself can relate to this.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Freeman
      This is a great and inspirational story. You found something you were interested in. You found an expert and then created a product based on their knowledge.

      Many new marketers always think they cannot create a product because they are not an expert on any subject, but just by finding experts and gleaning their knowledge this shows that we can take that information and create products using that experts knowledge.

      I went to a seminar from Mark Anastasi a little over a year ago and he was a big advocate of doing this. He said to interview experts on different niches create products with those interviews and that information.

      Thanks for the reminder and showing that this can be done.
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      • Profile picture of the author spearmint
        This is a really great post Mark. Congrats on your success!
        Your story is very inspiring for the rest of us who have not made it yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Salma08
    Thanks Mark for posting and for sharing your success here. Your post is very inspirational and motivational for us. Keep Posting!!
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