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What do you guys like/dislike about running an internet marketer.

I'm only a newbie starting out, but off the top of my head I can imagine liking...

- running my own business
- ...potentially from anywhere in the world, hence freedom, flexibility and autonomy
- unlimited upside potential


and disliking...

- the loneliness and lack of f2f interaction
- boring tasks such as link building etc

Over to you guys that have actually done it
#dislikes #likes
  • Profile picture of the author Eric Kimathi
    most tiresome thing is to get website visitors
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by Smokester View Post

    What do you guys like/dislike about running an internet marketer.

    What does "running an internet marketer" mean?


    Are you talking about running an Internet business?

    Or being an Internet marketer?

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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    What's the point of this thread?

    Anyone can bitch and moan about their job.

    If you don't like it, change it. Every role has downsides. You think it's fun to be the president?

    Here's an article I wrote awhile back about the potential price of success. I'd link to it, but that might be self-promotion so I'll just paste it in here.

    Gnaw on this when you have a moment. Even if you "win", it's not all it's cracked up to be.

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    How Badly Do You Want It: A Lesson from Saturday Cartoons

    Originally Posted on February 22, 2014 by Jason Kanigan




    It's Saturday morning. So I'm going to talk about cartoons.

    One cartoon, actually, and the antagonist of that story. Oh boy--I've wanted to write about this one for a long time.

    The big 4-0 is staring me in the face and that means I was a kid in the early 80s. In 1984 a show came out promoting a line of toys that changed shape from humanoid to a machine, vehicle or something else. In English it was called The Transformers.

    Our antagonist is a gravelly-voiced megalomaniac named Megatron. He is a strategist, though of the low animal cunning kind. His plots are not elaborate. But in a show for kids, should they be? He leads a police force-turned-banditos from the legitimately ruling group of the planet Cybertron, down and out for several million years or so after chasing rebels to a mutual crash landing on Earth.

    Upon wakeup, a central computer reforms all the Transformers' non-humanoid forms into things that should blend in to our society: cars, trucks, jets, and the like.

    Megatron, the epitome of naked force, is naturally given the alternate form of a handgun.

    The rebel team--called Autobots--determine that while they need to find alternate sources of energy to power a return to Cybertron, they ought to be nice to the natives about it. And protect the humans from Megatron and his followers if they can.

    The bad guys--called Decepticons--have never felt a higher emotion in their collective existence. So nothing gets in the way of their idea of enslaving the Earth. Then they can drain the planet dry of energy to crush the Autobots and triumphantly return to Cybertron and end the civil war.

    Got the story so far?

    What Megatron Has to Teach Us About Answering "How Bad Do You Really Want It"

    Here's why we're talking about it: the only character I find really interesting in the series is Megatron. The Autobot leader, Optimus Prime, is represented with a cowboy mask over the lower half of his face. So you can't even see him emote clearly. But Megatron's face is bare to the world. There's nowhere for him to hide.

    Decepticon society is based upon power. That power can be founded in strength, but it also has a big dash of perception. Starscream, a hyperactive teenager of a lieutenant, is perpetually scheming to remove Megatron and take his place; however, he's too often afraid to take the first shot and simply grumbles from the sidelines.

    And here's the rub: Megatron doesn't get to take a day off.

    Why Megatron Can't Take the Day Off

    Other Decepticons can disappear into the background and sulk. Autobots can do the same. Even Optimus Prime can go hide in the control room of his base with the supercomputer Teletraan I. And it won't make a difference. When he pops out again, the other Autobots will still respect him.

    But Megatron? He doesn't have such luxuries.

    He needs to be visible.

    He needs to be leading.

    He needs to recover quickly from setbacks.

    If Megatron is not visible to his followers, they will begin to doubt him. They will suspect he is weak. And in such a perception and strength-based society, that will soon lead to overthrow attempts. He must constantly appear before them, showing a state of ultimate power.

    Should Megatron not be leading with some new stratagem to capture energy, destroy the Autobots and effect a swift return to Cybertron, the other Decepticons will look for someone else who will. Regardless of their moral alignment, this group is highly motivated. They do not want to sit around and wait for something to happen.

    And if Megatron is emotionally crushed by the failure of his latest plan, that loss of faith will immediately trickle down to his followers. Adult criticisms of Megatron include the observation that he is too quick in the face of real resistance to shout, "Decepticons, RETREAT!" and get the heck out of there. (All of the Decepticons can fly, though most of the Autobots cannot; this makes an exit to Stage Up an easy option to take.) But he is always back with a new idea and refreshed enthusiasm.

    Again, if Megatron--and he alone of all the Transformers is in this position--did not do these things, he would quickly be killed and replaced. Megatron does not get to take a day off.

    How Badly Do You Want It: Megatron's Lesson for You In the Real World

    Now take this to the real world.

    Many leaders are in a similar predicament. Call it obsession, call it knowing their true purpose, call it a bad idea. Whichever you like: they have worked themselves into a position where they are symbolic as well as active, and they cannot disappear without consequences. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of these people, for example. I'm sure you can think of others. People who stand for a cause or an idea and stick with it. Their commonality is that after a point, they cannot publicly behave in a manner inconsistent with the world's perception of them. They cannot vanish for awhile. They have a place to hold. Ground to keep covered. Ideals to uphold.

    Consider this with your own business or role.

    Really consider it. Not being able to take a day off can be miserable, I know. But it is the possible price for "success"...when you are known for something and you can't stop. Do you love what you do? Have you staked your life on it? Or are you just playing around?

    Notice how the three things Ol' Megs has to do are the same things you must do as a business owner to stay alive:

    Be Visible

    Lead

    Recover Quickly from Setbacks.

    Curious, no? There aren't right or wrong answers here. I just want you to think about Megatron's situation and compare it with your own. Where do you find yourself? What do you want? How badly do you want it?


    ** LATER ADDITION **

    My thanks to the individual who submitted this to Reddit. I appreciate it!

    One reader commented on Reddit that I was suggesting people be more like Megatron, or that he should be a role model for motivation (and the reader didn't agree). This is incorrect and not the point of the article.

    The article is about the price of success, to get you thinking about what it means to you, and what you're willing to pay for it.

    Paying for success, however you define it, like Megatron does can make you miserable. Not being able to take a day off can make for considerable unhappiness. It's not necessarily a good choice, and I talk about that in the write-up.

    Having been an employment coach and worked with many other coaches, I will share with you that when people find out their "life purpose", they often don't like it. Their life purpose isn't fun. It's a real slog, to get done what they need to get done. The BS sales pitch of the self-actualization dreamers is that discovering your life purpose is going to be all fireworks and leaping dolphins and applause and confetti. Sometimes it can be absolute misery...but it HAS to be done.

    Megatron has his "life purpose." He is fully engaged in it, and *he cannot change his behavior*. If he does, he will cease to be himself. (Why do you think so many people have problems with 'retirement'?) That is a little scary, isn't it?

    This is what I want you thinking about.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    Originally Posted by Smokester View Post

    What do you guys like/dislike about running an internet marketer.
    Smokester, what have you been smoking? Just kidding.

    I think you mean running a successful Internet Business.

    and disliking...

    - the loneliness and lack of f2f interaction
    - boring tasks such as link building etc
    It's all part of this game. There is a price for everything. There is BOTH Good and Bad in everything.

    You have got to learn how to 'love' it all.

    The people who are willing to do the 'boring' stuff (action) while learning and moving forward are the one's who will stick around long enough to see the rewards.

    Everyone else is just pipe dreaming.

    No 'pun' intended. Okay, maybe pun intended.

    most tiresome thing is to get website visitors
    I actually enjoy this part of IM. Maybe I am just off in the head a little but that's just me
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  • Profile picture of the author chyan007
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    As they say Most successful marketers do the most boring tasks on a daily basis ,This ensures consistency and money eventually flows heard this from Matt Carter and eventually it becomes your second nature

    Happy new year ,God Bless

    Chyanit
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    • Profile picture of the author Durell217
      Originally Posted by chyan007 View Post

      As they say Most successful marketers do the most boring tasks on a daily basis ,This ensures consistency and money eventually flows heard this from Matt Carter and eventually it becomes your second nature

      Happy new year ,God Bless

      Chyanit
      You nailed it! This is exactly what I try to tell some of my clients because some think that they would not be able to start an online business because they would not be able to do those essential tasks that are especially important at the very beginning.For example, tasks like marketing and providing customer service are needed to continuously bring in more potential buyers. It all about repetition and these tasks will become automatic to you as you get better and more experienced in the business. The best way to start a business is to be in business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    I really can't think of anything that I dislike it at this point. Anything that I don't want to do, I outsource, but I enjoy many of the seemingly boring tasks... list testing and tracking.

    The thing that I like most about it is the freedom. For example, in the middle of November, I decided that I wanted to go spend 6 weeks sitting on an island in the Pacific, working from my laptop for a few hours a day... when I felt like it... so I did :-)

    The "working" that I've done lately has been mostly posting pictures from my mini-vacation on Facebook, which has actually proven to be a fairly effective marketing technique. The pictures engage and then my friends read some of my other, more promotional posts.

    I've never had another "job" where I could take a 6-week mini-vacation whenever I wanted.

    It of course too time to reach where I am, but even when it was not as much fun, I enjoyed it because of my entrepreneurial spirit.

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  • Profile picture of the author sscot
    Believe it or not, I don't have earned any new friends for last 9 years.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I'm only a newbie starting out,
      ...and like so many 'newbies' you love the idea of freedom and money and easy....but the work part doesn't turn you on at all....right?

      SSDD or in this case SSDY

      Looking at your join date I can only assume you were a member of FL and were added to the WF with that FL join date.

      Otherwise, being a member here since 2009 and being a "newbie" is just sad.
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      • Profile picture of the author chyan007
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        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        ...and like so many 'newbies' you love the idea of freedom and money and easy....but the work part doesn't turn you on at all....right?

        SSDD or in this case SSDY

        Looking at your join date I can only assume you were a member of FL and were added to the WF with that FL join date.

        Otherwise, being a member here since 2009 and being a "newbie" is just sad.
        You always nail it

        Chyanit
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  • Profile picture of the author Kalambur
    the loneliness and lack of f2f interaction
    Start your blog, and you will get rid of loneliness after you've got the first comment ))
    But the lack of communication is the problem for me as well.
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