7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Internet Marketing

by Brad Spencer 9 replies
1. The Less You Buy The Better- one of my biggest struggles early on was buying every product that promised the world. So many times I would be excited and "follow a plan" and quit within a week. Luckily I am smart (or dumb) enough to stick around after getting kicked in the face a few times.

2. Actions Speak Louder Than Words- writing tons of emails, checking stats, doing "research" (reading everything possible w/ no breaks) and being "busy" don't mean s***. Taking specific action steps to get specific results brings home the bacon so to speak.

3. Reading Emails All Day- This is why I was doing #1 so much. Buying, buying, buying is a problem. So many newbies to IM buy every product. They do this b/c they read emails all day and the copywriters know how to push the buttons and make you impulse buy. Read 100 emails from good marketers and you're bound to buy something.

4. It's Much Simpler Than You Think- PPC, SEO, ABC, XYZ...IM can be an alphabet soup sort of thing if you read too much. Simply providing the solution to a problem people have is enough to get started in this biz. Learning the basics shouldn't take more than a few weeks. After that, doing, testing, tweaking will provide you ALL the info you need. You'll also have more fun this way.

5. No Day But Today- dreaming of retiring to Tahiti is a waste of time. If you don't follow a plan and DO something TODAY, the tomorrow you want will never arrive. Hate writing articles? What if writing 1000 articles over the next year would provide you the lifestyle you choose? Is it worth it? Something that simple should be jumping at you and saying YES THAT'S WORTH IT. Well, GET WRITING

6. Is This Really For You?- this question will save you time. If you're new to IM, asking yourself this question will prevent you from spending days reading and deciding that it's not for you. You could have improved your skills somewhere else that would be more suited to your goals. If you don't enjoy learning everything about this business...get out and find your passion.

7. This is Work...and I Don't Care What Anyone Else Says- if you're not willing to work to set something up...then get the f*** out now. Sorry for being blunt but this industry is full of people looking for the Holy Grail of income w/o work. Well, maybe on Mars but on Planet Earth, we work for our money. Granted, "work" is usually different than it is everywhere else. But it is still work. So work your ass off today and then you'll be moving on up to achieving whatever goals you want in IM.


Hopefully a few newbies are reading this and got something about it. Feel free to PM me with any questions. Hopefully I, along with the other Warriors, can help!


Cheers,


Brad Spencer
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  • Profile picture of the author SpicyRobby
    It's especially hard to get used to NOT doing the number 3 thing... I'm currently getting used to cut this bad habit of checking the mailbox every half an hour.

    And you know - it makes a HUGE difference! You just focus on the given task, and don't do anything apart from finishing it. But if you check mail every 20 minutes - even half an hours task can take you a few hours.
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    • Profile picture of the author GailTrahd
      GREAT list Brad. You pretty much covered most of the mistakes that new marketers make. I think you could also add that once the income begins do NOT try to do it all - outsource what you can - and the business will grow faster. Trying to burn the midnight oil for too many nights only fries the brain.
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    • Profile picture of the author MaskedMarketer
      Originally Posted by SpicyRobby View Post

      It's especially hard to get used to NOT doing the number 3 thing... I'm currently getting used to cut this bad habit of checking the mailbox every half an hour.

      And you know - it makes a HUGE difference! You just focus on the given task, and don't do anything apart from finishing it. But if you check mail every 20 minutes - even half an hours task can take you a few hours.
      I've notice this problem alot. I here they even have rehab for people addicted to the internet.

      Also one must learn self discipline in order to become more productive if they see themselves wasting too much time on things that won't produce results..
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    • Profile picture of the author Brad Spencer
      Originally Posted by SpicyRobby View Post

      It's especially hard to get used to NOT doing the number 3 thing... I'm currently getting used to cut this bad habit of checking the mailbox every half an hour.

      And you know - it makes a HUGE difference! You just focus on the given task, and don't do anything apart from finishing it. But if you check mail every 20 minutes - even half an hours task can take you a few hours.

      Ain't that the truth

      Checking email is still one of my worst "anti-productivity" habits. However, I'm MUCH better.

      I find that when I'm checking it constantly, I haven't built a "high quality" to do list. What does that mean? It means I don't have enough business growing (or chore eliminating) tasks that take me closer to my goals.

      However, one of my favorite things to do is leave my inbox alone and then eliminate like 100 emails. Read em, archive em, or pitch em...3 choices no other option.

      Just an idea...

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  • Profile picture of the author RetireVerySoon
    That list about sums it up. I remember I really got caught up with #1 just spending way too much money and not doing enough of #5.
    Great list!
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  • Profile picture of the author napoleonfirst
    For a newbie, the best is coming here every day and read posts. Learn, read, post, ask and have fun. Also a subscription to Internet Marketing Center is really good.
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