What skills will be valuable in 10 years?

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Im just getting out of high school meaning I will have all the time in the world to devote to learning new material. There are so many different ways to attack internet marketing and competition is only growing. I was curious what the community thinks the most valuable skills I can learn to start making money near term and long term are. As I said, there is an infinite amount of ways I could start making money online. What would you suggest when it comes to making a reliable income?

P.S- I really enjoy passive income
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  • Profile picture of the author NeedBucksNow
    website,squeeze page or video design and being a good writer will help you out alot. In fact you could probably make some good money on here and in fiverr. I would recommend starting a niche website as well but that is more of a long term way to make income
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    Traffic generation and conversion of that traffic into leads, sales, publisher revenue, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    Sales & Advertising... Understanding and communicating with your audience... Only that...

    The platform will always change from websites, to smart phones and soon to holograms. Google's magic leap tech:
    But understanding your audience and how to communicate with them effectively will always trump the rest.
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    • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
      Originally Posted by aizaku View Post

      Sales & Advertising... Understanding and communicating with your audience... Only that...

      The platform will always change from websites, to smart phones and soon to holograms. Google's magic leap tech: Just another day in the office at Magic Leap - YouTube

      But understanding your audience and how to communicate with them effectively will always trump the rest.
      Exactly. Don't worry about technical skills like a squeeze page for a 10-year plan. You can pay someone minimum wage to do that. Rather, in 10 years the same selling skills that were important 10 years ago will still be important

      Coming out of high school I wish someone had told me to read every marketing book from all the top marketing experts.

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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    Ive never attacked internet marketing, but I have been attacked by a drunk guy with a beard and a few angry lesbians after I called their leader sweetheart
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    I'm betting on automated quality content right now, still months away from going live but when I do it will be thousands of webpages focused on a single niche/subject. Possibly multiple domains each with thousands of webpages.

    The end goal is hands free recurring income in an evergreen niche.

    My advice is:
    • Create something traffic wants.
    • Pick a single niche & hammer it like there's no tomorrow.
    • Be creative in how you generate traffic.
    • Keep things as simple as possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author slammer81
    Writing always endures. As NNT says, what endures is more likely to endure in the future.

    There's just something about it that can't be replaced. Doing it for hundreds of years, and will be doing it in a hundred years from now.

    Writing skills will always be valuable.
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  • Profile picture of the author mizza rose
    every skill will be helpful to you.gather your skills together ..you never know which of them will come in handy.
    what about learning a language?
    with a language,there's always going to be speakers,so therefore there's always an open market.
    just an exsample
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Since the begining of time and until the end of time.
      • Niche Marketing - How to Separate Yourself From The Competition.
      • Copywriting - How To Convince People Buy.
      • Product Creation - How To Develop Products People Want To Buy.

      The Good News? They are all skills you can learn.
      Bonus Good News? Most people ignore mastering those skills, so you'll have far less competition.

      Look at any successful business and all those qualities is what drive sales ... the lifeblood of all businesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author freemen14
    Relevant content will always be king.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Imo the best skills you can have are being versatile and being able to adapt, I would have likely been out of this industry many years ago if I couldn't adjust to the rapid changes
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  • Profile picture of the author SouthSpawn
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    AWESOME QUESTION!!!

    A lot of people don't realize how much artificial intelligence and software is going to be extremely important. Robotics with deep machine learning is going to be huge. Big data is another important element of this.
    Internet of Things integration is going to be pretty big as well.

    A lot of marketing data will be put in large databases.
    Where smart intelligent software algorithms will help make decisions.
    I am actually working towards this in the medical field right now.
    Where doctors can use software to help predict what's going to happen to a patient based on large amounts of data.

    I strongly suggest thinking about getting into code, software design, database design, hadoop, big data, etc. This field is going to be extremely important to the future.

    Because once you understand this. You will be able to do a lot for "ANY" field out there.
    Not just marketing.

    Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author Manuelcrc
      I absolutely agree with you...We live in an increasingly data-driven age and data will only keep increasing. But the most important thing will be to discover relevant parts of the ocean of data.

      Also, as previously said, content and writing skills will always be important. In an incresingly automated world, original content will always be king.

      Originally Posted by SouthSpawn View Post

      AWESOME QUESTION!!!

      A lot of people don't realize how much artificial intelligence and software is going to be extremely important. Robotics with deep machine learning is going to be huge. Big data is another important element of this.
      Internet of Things integration is going to be pretty big as well.

      A lot of marketing data will be put in large databases.
      Where smart intelligent software algorithms will help make decisions.
      I am actually working towards this in the medical field right now.
      Where doctors can use software to help predict what's going to happen to a patient based on large amounts of data.

      I strongly suggest thinking about getting into code, software design, database design, hadoop, big data, etc. This field is going to be extremely important to the future.

      Because once you understand this. You will be able to do a lot for "ANY" field out there.
      Not just marketing.

      Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author aminaamerica
    Originally Posted by AverageBro View Post

    Im just getting out of high school meaning I will have all the time in the world to devote to learning new material. There are so many different ways to attack internet marketing and competition is only growing. I was curious what the community thinks the most valuable skills I can learn to start making money near term and long term are. As I said, there is an infinite amount of ways I could start making money online. What would you suggest when it comes to making a reliable income? P.S- I really enjoy passive income
    Its a good idea to think for future. I really welcome to you. According to me, you can learn the Web design, Graphics Design, SEO. These all work will more attractive day by day. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    Internet marketing is a valuable skill that will take you a long ways in life if understood correctly and used correctly. If you have internet marketing skills you can do consulting, run a marketing firm, have your business set on autopilot where you don't have to be in front of it 24/7. So if you take your time to get a proper education in internet marketing they will no doubt be valuable skills 10 years from now. The key however is applying your knowledge and making money out of your knowledge. Applying your skills is the only way you will become profitable.
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  • Profile picture of the author doug111
    I had lots of careful plans when I was in high school and college for the future. But you cannot predict the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author cititoru
    Graphic design will still be as important if not more important.
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  • Profile picture of the author affiliolabs
    Affiliate Marketing is on the come up
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    What skills will be valuable in 10 years?
    Writing copy that sells. 10 years, 100 years 1000 years ad infinitum...
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  • Profile picture of the author Afiqfikri Daud
    My personal opinion is - content marketing. If you're a great writer, can write good copy or a content that give a lot of value to the readers, it can be considered as a very crucial skill to have.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nirali
    Quality Content Creation skill is essential element for digital marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author garyt
    I think it is not skills but an entrepreneurial mindset that is most important. If you can develop that mindset, then the rest is all about outsourcing and managing your finances.

    Good to have some skills like email marketing, copy writing, website development, advertising, etc. but not absolutely essential as everything can be outsourced except your own decision making process.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesDean07
    knowledge on 'Paid Traffic' would be the most valuable imo.

    As more and more people are shifting towards the internet, it's gonna become a targeting central for avertisers so you can cash in your knowledge,'

    Just my 2 cents
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    I think being a good seller is everything. Like aizaku mentioned, sales and advertising is what brings in the money. For all the rest, there will always be people you can hire to help you out.
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  • Profile picture of the author SandraGenJobs
    I'm not really sure which skills in particular will be popular or valuable in ten years, but I'm sure any skill that you master will bring you money if you work smart.
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  • Profile picture of the author heruma
    Listening Skill

    Being Observant. Asking Question.

    By listening to others, you can find out what they problems are even though they never said it loud. If you know what people's problem are, you can create a product offering solutions for their problems.

    By listening to others, you can find out what their skills are. Whether they have a solution for a problem that you know exists.

    Ability to influence people. No Explanation needed.

    My suggestion, read Dale Carnegie book "How to Win Friends, and Influence People."

    Skill to adapt to change is also very important.

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  • Profile picture of the author marax
    Learn how to write sales copy in Chinese.
    That is a skill that will make you untouchable.
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  • Profile picture of the author anyaantonia
    There are works, which will be more attractive than now, I think. Such as Marketing, SEO, Graphics Design & Webdesign or, some thing like these. You can learn these items. I hope you will gain much for your better future. Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Why is ten years a factor?

      You can still make a lot from trends moving with the times.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarksWineClub
    Writing! I'm not talking about sales writing, or squeeze pages....but simply writing. Knowing your audience and forcing them to take action based on what you've written-there's a ton, ton of value there and more coming soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author affiliolabs
    Sales in general. Getting good at sales ( all aspects, including copywriting) in general is probably the most valuable tool you can give yourself.
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    Growing your own food, escaping the cities and ever increasing crime rates/terrorism, homesteading, divesting yourself from worthless paper currency, developing a network of local bartering partners.

    And depending which way things go - killing zombies.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisNosal
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    Originally Posted by AverageBro View Post

    Im just getting out of high school meaning I will have all the time in the world to devote to learning new material. There are so many different ways to attack internet marketing and competition is only growing. I was curious what the community thinks the most valuable skills I can learn to start making money near term and long term are. As I said, there is an infinite amount of ways I could start making money online. What would you suggest when it comes to making a reliable income?

    P.S- I really enjoy passive income
    Copywriting.

    Whether it's your affiliates, customers, yourself, or whoever deals with your business, you want a good reputation, and an ability to convert at a high rate that produces profits.

    What it comes down to is, when people land on your page, the more compelling your marketing is, the more customers buy, and the more customers buy, the more you're a good investment for affiliates, and the more as your traffic grows you continue fueling your success.

    It all starts with marketing and creating content.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Originally Posted by AverageBro View Post

    Im just getting out of high school meaning I will have all the time in the world to devote to learning new material. There are so many different ways to attack internet marketing and competition is only growing. I was curious what the community thinks the most valuable skills I can learn to start making money near term and long term are. As I said, there is an infinite amount of ways I could start making money online. What would you suggest when it comes to making a reliable income?

    P.S- I really enjoy passive income
    Self Discipline and work ethic as always.

    And the ability to communicate effectively through writing and also through direct conversation.

    i.e. Not writing one word sentences to communicate with people when a whole paragraph is absolutely required

    I think many of the young people today have resorted to English 101 using Tablets, and I think that is a huge ongoing mistake .

    Really learn to write and take joy and pride in doing it.

    The written word will NEVER become obsolete


    - Robert Andrew
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    Ad Creation, App creation will have a great future.
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    • Profile picture of the author ireshsl
      Having a good knowledge in some of other non technical industries (ex: travel, real estate, fashion and etc,) will be very useful for you when you work on those niches.

      Further it's required know web design (at least to customise a WordPress website), SEO, PPC, Social media marketing and email marketing.
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    Originally Posted by AverageBro View Post

    Im just getting out of high school meaning I will have all the time in the world to devote to learning new material. There are so many different ways to attack internet marketing and competition is only growing. I was curious what the community thinks the most valuable skills I can learn to start making money near term and long term are. As I said, there is an infinite amount of ways I could start making money online. What would you suggest when it comes to making a reliable income?

    P.S- I really enjoy passive income
    Being able to create the best value in your industry, and being an expert at whatever you do - otherwise you've got no chance with all the competition today.

    Start learning, work hard, and revolutionize your industry with a breakthrough.
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    • Profile picture of the author healthreview
      Originally Posted by ChrisNosal View Post

      Being able to create the best value in your industry, and being an expert at whatever you do - otherwise you've got no chance with all the competition today.

      Start learning, work hard, and revolutionize your industry with a breakthrough.
      I agree with Chris.
      Learn right method and strategy; be a giver n' over deliverer and finally, be an action taker.
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    landing drones on tiny things.
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  • Profile picture of the author hilear
    Copywriting!

    You can have a great idea but if you cannot explain it or promote it you not going anywhere today or tomorrow!
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by hilear View Post

      Copywriting!

      You can have a great idea but if you cannot explain it or promote it you not going anywhere today or tomorrow!
      Absolutely !

      And NOT just conventional Copywriting with a sales page. Also, email copywriting and producing content on blogs and websites that command attention from others


      - Robert Andrew
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        the most valuable skills
        Communication is at the top of the list - writing/speaking skills will always be needed in business.

        Marcus Lemonis says he focuses on 3 things: people, processes and products

        I think he has covered 4 necessities - the 3 P's and "focus"
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  • Profile picture of the author Jouvan Johnson
    Copywriting forget the technical things for now. If you can understand your audience and sell to them via words you will be good to go. You could pretty much write your own pay checks.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    Give value to the community and you will find people will be interested in what you have to offer.
    Learn the basics - blogging, squeeze page to capture emails, follow ups, product design/promotion, traffic generation.
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  • Profile picture of the author workhomeplanet
    The 2 essential skills that will still be valuable in 10 years, in my opinion are SELLING and PUBLIC SPEAKING... if you can sell stuff and do webinars and speak to a big audience, it's gonna be always a good skill for any business...
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Fuentes
    AverageBro,

    Sales skills ...
    Sales experience ...
    Real world street sales ...
    Real world B2C sales (business to consumer sales) ...
    Real world B2B sales (business to business sales) ...

    I think you can't go wrong with those assets ...

    With significant real world sales expertise -- You'd be able to:

    • Accurately identify specific needs and problems of particular groups of people that you want to cater to and can actually serve with your available resources ;

    • Correctly pinpoint fiscal and non-fiscal resources to use for efficiently developing creative solutions that can provide mind-blowing benefits to your target audience ;

    • Effectively package those solutions in ways that will educate and inform and entertain your target audience ; and

    • Strategically position your brand in ways that can grab the attention of your target audience, and keep them interested to pay more attention to your brand than your competitors, and entice them to engage with your content and brand, and compel them to do whatever you want ...

    TIP: If you don't know the six scientific principles of persuasion, then I recommend you start with that ...
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    • Profile picture of the author VinMarketer
      Great question! It's great to see someone thinking ahead.

      As previously stated,
      - sales skills in general (read the classics, win friends & influence people)
      - writing skills (which sadly are not taught in school, you need to hone them with real-world experience)
      - public speaking / presentation skills (so you can meet with a client and sell them on a larger contract).

      PS - love your PS, but passive income comes from something you've built over time
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    If you learn how to market effectively online, you will do really well in 5-10-20 years from today. When you know how to market your website and get sales, you can promote anything you want and still make money for years to come.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eagle07
    Skills that will be valuable forever...not only for ten years from now.
    I would like to emphasize... it is SELLING skills.
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  • Profile picture of the author skyro
    I would start off with learning how to build a list. Having a list will always be a valuable asset. You should learn how to communicate and build a relationship with the people in your list. I would also suggest creating a blog and learning how to write and place good content on it. High value has and always will be placed on sites which provide quality content that your visitors can find usefull. Learning these skills will take you far even with a little budget.
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    Graphic designing is always in demand
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  • Profile picture of the author miamiupballer
    One of the most important skills you must develop in order to achieve your goals is the ability to properly manage your time. You may have been disorganized your entire life, and procrastination may be your middle name, but this can and must change if you are to achieve everything you can. Time management is a skill, just like any other skill that you can learn, practice, and eventually master.
    The first key to time management is to begin with a clear vision and understanding of your long-range goals. You must first decide what you would like to accomplish in the long-term for each area of your life, including family relationships, health and fitness, and career and finances. This is an entire exercise in itself, and we won't go too deeply into it for now. However, the basic idea is really to determine what your eventual goals are for each part of your life, and then to break down these goals into smaller, more easily achievable goals that will be accomplished over the next few months and years.

    If you're just getting started with goal setting, you should probably start with some more short-term goals that are easier to achieve and don't take as much faith or confidence over the long-term.
    Once you know what you wish to accomplish in these areas, both in the short term and long term, you need to develop lists so you can begin to accomplish milestones each month along the way.
    The real trick to time management, if you want to think of it this way, is to learn to manage yourself and not time. After all, you can't do anything about the number of hours you have today, and you don't have any more or less time than anyone else in the world. We all have 24 hours per day, and you must learn to use these as efficiently as possible.
    Learn to identify the tasks that are unimportant and seem to interrupt your day. You may feel like you are staying busy in accomplishing much during your workday, but you might be spending most of your time on low value tasks that do nothing as far as your long-term goals. Instead, focus on the 80/20 rule, which simply says that you must spend 80% of your time on the 20% of tasks that have the most benefit in your work and personal lives
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  • Profile picture of the author christina21maria
    I guess if you're in the right situation it can pay. however, I have a physics degree and can program in C but I never earned a dime from it. At least not yet. Maybe that will change.
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