How long did it take?

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How long did it take for you to become successful in Internet Marketing? Please share your experience/story.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tocholke
    I've been "online" for probably 3 years now. It's taken all that time for me to finally sit down and focus on one thing. Since I stopped jumping around from one thing to the next I'm starting to get some traction. I'm not seeing huge results yet, but I have a good start now.

    It all comes down to consistency in my mind. Stay focused in one direction and you'll see results.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    It took me 5 years to see any success online. The first 5 years, I did not make any money or sales of any kind.

    The key to success is to never give up and find a good mentor. The challenge is finding a good one because some coaches are no good in my view.
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  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    At the rate you create new threads here it'll be 10 years before you find the time to get any real work done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    What does "success" mean to you? It's really a relevant term, there are plenty of people who consider making $200 a month a success! Others don't stop until they earn that money in a day, it's really all very subjective!
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    I got started a long time ago. It was like shooting fish in a barrel back then!
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    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      As time goes on it gets harder trying to remember the details but I'm pretty sure it took something like 18 months before my first few legit sales were registered. Then another year or so to get everything consistent and working in a way that i was satisfied to rely on for an income.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        Nothing personal to the OP - I'm not picking on you, really . . .

        But threads like this (which have been posted many times) are simply a waste of time and not useful to anyone. Why?
        1. Everyone's definition of what "successful in IM" means is different. There is no standard, no valid comparison. Success for you at $10/day is nothing even close to my definition or goal of success.
        2. It is not motivating to see how many years most people struggle at making money online and a huge percentage of them never ever find the money in this business they had hoped for.
        3. The amount of money someone makes online and the length of time it takes to make it have no relevance at all to what you can expect to do. Every marketer is different, every business is different, every niche is different, your skill set is different, your personality and persistence is different, etc, etc, etc.
        4. Somewhere around 95% of all new businesses fail in the U.S. Are you going to get a truly valid sample size for your survey here at a marketing forum? No. Only the successful marketers and the fakers are going to answer your survey.
        Yes, this post sounds very negative . . . yet I am personally a big proponent of the online business dream! So what gives?

        Surveys of this type typically bring false expectations to the uninformed. Newbies see these threads and figure "how hard can it be?"

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        • Profile picture of the author salegurus
          Steve, you always say it so much better than me. You have a way of sounding positive even when you're trying to be negative...



          Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

          Nothing personal to the OP - I'm not picking on you, really . . .

          But threads like this (which have been posted many times) are simply a waste of time and not useful to anyone. Why?

          Yes, this post sounds very negative . . . yet I am personally a big proponent of the online business dream! So what gives?

          Surveys of this type typically bring false expectations to the uninformed. Newbies see these threads and figure "how hard can it be?"

          Steve
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          Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    It's not like this hasn't been asked before....




    Originally Posted by DURABLEOILCOM View Post

    Please share your experience/story.
    Why? honestly who cares and what exactly are you going to learn from other peoples "stories"? That's all 90% of them are "Stories"...

    If you need a boost, feeling low or just need a friend contact Dr Phil...
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    As entrepreneurs, I think we are always on our grind trying to reach the next level.

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author IMhelper
    Well, I don't know about others but I had got my success within 2 years in IM . I wasn't serious that time though but I have learned many things.
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  • Profile picture of the author DURABLEOILCOM
    Took about three years of learning and taking positive action to get momentum and traction.
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  • Profile picture of the author James McAllister
    I do agree that there are a lot of these threads, but at least they go to show that the people who are still around to talk about it did not achieve instant success, as so many newbies are led to believe.

    As for me, it took me 2 years to start making any decent money. This is largely because I made a lot of mistakes that are very obvious to me looking back. I am certain with a good coach/mentor I would have avoided those mistakes and started doing well a lot sooner.

    That being said, I started when I was 14 and haven't had to work a traditional job or have other responsibilities that took up my time. I was able to work 12-16 hour days as a result. I am certain that if I would've started at 35 with a family to take care of, it would've taken me a lot longer to get off the ground.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    It doesn't really matter how long it took for any specific person. And as Steve said above...Success means something different for everyone who gets started in IM.

    If I said that it took me 1 year or 10 years to become successful, what good will that do for you?

    This thread is useless because it seems to be geared around a typical result 'mentality'.

    Typical results mean...

    Most people in IM really don't get started due to beliefs and trying to get thing 'perfect' before taking any action at all.

    The one's who are successful have done so by persistence, willingness (to succeed), trial and error (tweaking) and lots of consistent work.
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