What Were Your Biggest Newbie Mistakes?

by Verena
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We've all been a newbie.

When looking back, what were your biggest mistakes?

Here is my list:

- Bought too many "make quick money" courses.
- Facebook ads: lost $200 in 1 hour without knowing what I was doing.
- Didn't build relationship before asking for the sales.

Verena
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    When looking back, what were your biggest mistakes?
    Not focusing on one niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author gianbizz
    - No keyword research
    - Create low quality articles, even copy from another site
    - Spamming
    - Waste money on facebook ads and adwords without knowledge of adwords strategies
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  • Profile picture of the author Tonny Robb
    - Bad keyword research (too high competitor, too general)
    - Waste money on facebook ads and adwords without knowledge of adwords strategies
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  • Profile picture of the author danieldesai
    There are several big mistakes I made:

    - I kept buying multiple products but didn't implement what I learned from them for long enough so I never gained any momentum.

    - I didn't focus on any one business model or any one traffic source enough.

    - I didn't take the time to appreciate that building an online business requires lots of sacrifice and commitment (both with time and money) just like any offline business.

    Regards,
    Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    Not recognizing the vast majority of people cannot handle an entire how-to course.

    Erica Stone set me straight there - my offer in 2011, Max Your Holiday Profits, had a 25 day how-to plan for getting the most sales during the month of December.

    "Too much content and too many things to do!" was one of the main complaints about it. 25! whole! days!

    Erica pointed me in the "one problem/one solution" direction and it made a world of difference.
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    • Profile picture of the author Verena
      Originally Posted by barbling View Post

      Not recognizing the vast majority of people cannot handle an entire how-to course.

      Erica pointed me in the "one problem/one solution" direction and it made a world of difference.
      This is interesting. How do you tackle this? Produce "smaller'' products?

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  • Profile picture of the author susanlisa
    Don't have complete knowledge on adwords
    Blindly created a campaign with 300 $
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    • Profile picture of the author ZanyZebra
      My biggest mistake as a newbie was not realising that...

      ... the best marketer wins!

      For way too long I assumed that the best product would win. Wrong.

      Good luck with your venture.
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  • Profile picture of the author profitdaddy
    Didn't START, just read article after article. Afraid of failing.
    Didn't focus (still is a problem sometimes ;-) )
    Didn't asked for help.

    #1 lesson learned. Belive it's possible!
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  • Profile picture of the author jamescanz
    It will always be the same answer...

    Not getting a coach, or more so not getting one fast enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    By easy it was not sticking to one thing. I jumped around from product to product realizing that it takes a lot of traffic to make any real income.

    I was dizzy datling around sending some clicks here and there but until I set aside a marketing budget the results were very low.

    Now with a marketing budget I get all the traffic I need.

    well...
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  • Profile picture of the author reachintan
    I guess third one is the most critical of all.

    You need to "BUILD TRUST" before "CRACKING SALES".

    This requires you yourself to use the products and tell about the pros as well as cons.



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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    When I first started online, I just bought too many courses. I spent money here and there and never made a penny. Took me 5 years to start making an OK full time income online.
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  • Profile picture of the author chyan007
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    Lack of Action Taking is the biggest
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  • Profile picture of the author Project Sniper
    Originally Posted by Verena View Post

    We've all been a newbie.

    When looking back, what were your biggest mistakes?

    Here is my list:

    - Bought too many "make quick money" courses.
    - Facebook ads: lost $200 in 1 hour without knowing what I was doing.
    - Didn't build relationship before asking for the sales.

    Verena
    Project Hopping/Not working on one website.
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  • Profile picture of the author globalexperts
    My biggest mistake was probably not taking action when the niche was still new and hot!
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    • Profile picture of the author svetod
      In my opinion the biggest mistake that people make is to quit after their first failure!

      Th most important thing is to lear from your mistakes and think of your invested time and money as gained experience rather then lost money and time!
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  • Profile picture of the author Edwin Torres
    These two are probably my biggest mistakes:

    -Not focus on building my email list properly from the beginning
    -Making the mistake of switching from autoresponder to autoresponder and losing out on tons of subscribers each time I switched services
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Lotter
    Starting 3 projects at once in 3 different niches, all while dabbling in 5 new WSO's at a time and running through 10 other ideas in my mind.

    In a nutshell, lack of a clear plan and focus.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexGill
    Not investing in paid traffic to build my list as soon as I knew how, I learned from my mistake!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    My biggest mistakes were quitting and restarting constantly, not having a backend marketing funnel, creating only 5 emails as my whole email sequence, and relying heavily on free marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author wkriski
      1. Deleting mailchimp subscribers who didn't open/click emails to keep it under 2000 (so it was free) and not emailing my list regularly (once a week or more).

      2. Spending too much of my time answering questions in the various groups, getting into debates - ie dogging it on social media, and watching too much tv.

      3. Creating videos or content without a purpose in mind just to keep pumping out videos with no call to action.

      The good things I've done is to be patient and consistent, building a following that knows, likes and trusts me over the past few years so when I did offer ebooks for sale (plant-based diets) they snapped them up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Sammut
    Jumping from method to method, and having no perseverance. Business is hard, whether online or offline, you need to accept it may take a while to start succeeding.
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    • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
      Guess a lot of us encounter before.

      been scam before, yup those MLM stuffs etc.

      Buy too many products in the end ' All tactically talk the same methods , they just twist , rephrase the words like hey look here new Product version 2.0 "

      cannot focus, doing this suddenly see another attractive offers , stuffs go for it in the end not sure which and how the results are.
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  • My biggest newbie mistake was focusing my energy on quantity instead of quality traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
    I listened to the wrong people. Consequently, I hadn't seen any results for a while, until I found out who I should really listen to.

    I think finding the right people whose advice to follow is crucial, especially in the world of IM where there's no path and everyone seems so do whatever they think works.
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    • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
      Originally Posted by Lucian Lada View Post

      I listened to the wrong people. Consequently, I hadn't seen any results for a while, until I found out who I should really listen to.

      I think finding the right people whose advice to follow is crucial, especially in the world of IM where there's no path and everyone seems so do whatever they think works.
      Yea, agreed on your part that mention " where there is no path and everyone seems so do whatever they think works "

      just for an example having E mail list.

      A lot claim is a MUST but there are some IM which they even build or having e mail list yet managed to earn.

      So yup ...these people perhaps find another method that works for them instead building up list.
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  • Profile picture of the author jordorules
    All excellent comments and being new I'm trying to focus on one project, not hop around to the next shiny object, learn from others mistakes, treat it like a business not a hobby, and having fun. Thanks for the comments! J
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