Just wanted to give back a little. And share some tips I've learned from my own experience. I do think the Warrior Forum is a great investment for your internet marketing business and education. So, in no particular order, here's some thoughts when using this forum, and specifically mining the knowledge here to pick up some skills. And, also some advice for when you're trying out what you're learning here.
1. This forum is a wealth of information and connections. Don't take it lightly. Take it seriously, invest some time here focused on growth. Be committed long-term. Treat it like a side business, not a side hobby. Hobbies don't pay. Businesses pay.
2. Use the search features. Most questions and topics have already been covered. So type in some keywords and see what others are saying on that topic.
3. Be open to learn, but don't believe everything someone says. Lots of people here just puking out posts don't know what they're talking about. Follow some good folks. Read the sticky posts. Don't give spammers your time.
4. Learn from some WSOs, but don't collect WSOs. Over buying and collecting courses won't make you money. Best to buy one course and then implement what you learn before buying another one.
5. There is no magic bullet. Period. Everything takes time and work. So spend a few minutes a day here, and grow your knowledge over time. Don't waste time searching for the secret pot of gold. The guy who's selling that just has lots of OTOs to sell you.
6. If you want to hide online, fine. I get it. But, at some point it's best to just be who you are. Put yourself out there. Use your name, real contact info, and promote yourself. Don't be scared to post under your name or business and let people know how to connect with you. It's the relationships you meet that will be the biggest transformation in your life. Psuedo names are hard to connect with. And ultimately, people want to do business with other people.
7. Ask Questions. Even if they're stupid questions. Everybody has to start somewhere. And nobody knows everything. So ask. There's no penalty for asking. Sure, you might get a little sarcasm, but if you're afraid of that you won't succeed online anyway.
8. Don't worry about trying to get backlinks off the forum. Those techniques will get you banned. This forum is for learning and collaborating, not for your own personal SEO.
9. Get involved offline if you can. Find a local warrior meetup, or go to a conference. I understand not everyone can, but try to connect with people offline too. It's great to have a few friends you actually shook hands with. Down the road, that will mean more to you than any online forum.
10. Play to your strengths, and shore up your weaknesses. There's lots of ways to make money online. But do what you like, and what you're good at. Focus on getting better at what you have a natural talent or inclination for. Yes, learn new stuff and get new skills, but if you suck at programming don't beat your head against the wall trying to be a programmer. You're time is precious. Invest it wisely.
11. Don't get sucked into spammy methods. There's always some guy claiming he's killing it with digg or Instagram or Pinterest or PBNs or whatever is the newest thing. Stick with proving methods and the most popular social media sites. Don't worry about learning some autoposting technique on Craig'sList if you haven't build up a following on Facebook. Market where the people are. And play by the rules. Getting accounts banned or shut down just sets you back. So learn the rules and culture, grow slow, build for the long haul.
12. Always do a common sense check: Ask yourself "Are lots of people making money doing this?" If so, then it may be a good method to learn. But if it's a weird niche or spammy technique, then unless you just really really like that area, don't waste your time. Big markets are where it's at. Don't worry about saturation. There's no such thing. Big markets have lots of buyers, and there's always room for you to sell stuff and find customers.
13. Focus on Value not on Sales. Sure, we all what to make money, and usually that means selling products or services. But you can't convince anyone to buy if you're only focused on just getting them to buy. Focus on giving value. Focus on their experience. Make sure you're over delivering in value so that people can't wait to buy your offer. Then you'll have good testimonials and feedback. That's the real currency online. Offer a genuine value + good price + great testimonials = profits.
14. Don't get stuck on small things. If you're wasting time struggling with a paypal checkout process, then hire someone else to set it up for you. Major on the majors. Minor on the minors. Don't let something frustrate you and stall your business because you want to figure it out yourself. There's plenty of outsources who can fill in the gaps for you. Minor issues will hassle you and become major issues if you let them. So don't let them.
15. KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid. Man is this so true. And especially when you're starting out. Don't over complicate or try to do too much. Just because some guru recommends a 7 stage upsell/downsell funnel doesn't mean you have to have one too. Just start small. Start with a free offer and and optin form. Get good at that. Then add follow up messages with an affiliate offer. Everyone can do that. So you do that. Get that profitable, and then add to it. Complication is the best way to work hard, get frustrated, and never actually get your business off the ground.
16. Positive thinking is not junk science. It is real. Period. Even professional athletes learn that they have to train and discipline their minds just like their bodies. So make sure you're spending time feeding your brain positive messages and pictures which will motivate you and fine tune your subconscious. You don't have to be a Tony Robbins groupie, but you should listen to your own words and thoughts and ask if you're sabotaging your own success. If you're negativity is preventing you from seeing the successful path, then you're wandering around in the dark. Positive thinking will shine a light ahead and help you find a solid path to success.
17. Avoid dog fights. You'll see some people arguing with each other, and sometimes it gets nasty and personal. Sure, the mods will take care of most of it. But it's not worth your time and energy to get involved. In fact, it will distract you if you let it. Everybody's got a belly button, and everybody's got an opinion. So what! Don't get sucked in to thinking your opinion matters, or someone else's opinion matters. What matters is your business. Are you learning? Are you growing? Are you spending your time here wisely?
18. Finally, take action. Yeah I know, everyone says that. Well it's true. You only learn by doing. Reading doesn't count. Webinars don't count. Buying another info product doesn't count. Chatting on Facebook doesn't count. What are you doing today that is building your business? Are you learning Wordpress? Are you creating a landing page? Are you shooting video for your own info product or course? Are you creating graphics or salescopy? Keep track of the time you spend just sitting at the computer. And keep track of the time your spend actually working on product creation. You might be surprised at how little percentage of your time is actually spent on building your business. That's the ruthless honestly you need in order to focus, be more disciplined, and get better. Yes, if you work at it, you will get better. So start today. Do something now. Do something every day. A year from now, you'll have built something, and learned a lot.
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19. Shiny Object Syndrome. Don't get sucked into buying the latest wizz-bang software this week. They'll be another even better shinier software next week. And you'll have to buy that too. At some point, you learn that the only guys making money with it are the guys who are selling it. The users aren't usually getting the results they claim.
Some software is good. But most is just a waste of money and time. You'll waste more time trying to learn it, get responses from the support desk, and generally having lackluster results. And in the end, realize that if you'd just invested your time developing core skills and creating more content you'd be farther ahead. Truth. Like it, or not. It's your money.
20. Sticky posts: Why would the moderators spend time picking out the best posts and put those at the top for you? Uh, maybe because they're that important. If you want to use this forum, then don't ignore the stickys. Most of your questions have already been answered there. Stickys are designed for one reason: To help you. They make your life easier. They shorten the learning curve. They get you the answers faster. They save you time having to post a question. Basically, they're sticky for a reason.
21. Rules: Life is full of rules. Even the WF has rules. But they're not meant to curtail your creativity. The rules are meant to help keep the WF productive and meaningful for all. The rules, like it or not, do create a better experience for all members. What would happen if there were no rules here? The forum would get so overrun by spam and scammers it would be quick death. So read the rules, respect the rules, and then we all enjoy the benefits of this community long-term.
Life is short. So just go for it.