Sharing What You Have Experienced

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Awhile back a lady member of this forum asked me how long it took me to go from being a student of online business to then teaching others what I knew and profiting from it. It's a fair question I guess, but it highlights one of the great and prevalent misconceptions floating around here about being an Internet marketer.

First, I assured her that I was still a student and that I planned to be one for the rest of my life. I don't think any of us can afford to stop learning and begin to feel that we know all we need to know to be successful from here on out. Technologies change, niches change, market sentiment changes, trends and consumer buying preferences change and you will need to stay abreast of at least your own niches if you plan to have long term success in online business.

Next, I mentioned to this aspiring "IMer" that there was no set "apprenticeship" time requirement - that she didn't need to wait for X number of months or years before she would be qualified to teach her own audience of subscribers in her niche. I think she was concerned about "paying her dues" before she took the plunge into the ranks of Internet instructors. I told her that many people wanting to do business online had already served their internship in IM during the course of their lives and they had already acquired valuable and marketable knowledge and skills that could be sold online.

Personally, I think too many new people coming online to make money believe that the best way to do so is to become just like the marketers that are selling "make money" products to them. I think that's a big mistake.

The Internet is huge and there is good money to be made in most niches. I'll even go out on a limb and suggest that the "make money" marketplace for a newbie is one of the toughest nuts to crack there is. A much better direction for a brand new marketer is to go where you already have a head start, where you know the language (jargon), where you have some life experience, where you can share with others what you have personally experienced and know to be true. Passion for the niche is a great bonus but not a "set in cement" requirement.

When you find your online business niche, don't ever rest on your laurels. Make up your mind that you will always keep it open (your mind) and willing to learn all the new and wonderful ideas, methods, strategies, and trends that the marketplace comes up with.

You are not the center of the universe . . . or even the center of your marketplace - that would be so unfortunate and limiting. Learn from others of authority and contribute what you can to your niche -- it's truly an example of the rising tide lifting all boats in the harbor.

The better you are at gathering an audience and presenting them with valuable help in the areas of importance to them, the more money you should attract.

The very best to all of you,

Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

    Personally, I think too many new people coming online to make money believe that the best way to do so is to become just like the marketers that are selling "make money" products to them. I think that's a big mistake.
    Yup, yup, yup.

    If a marketer / blogger / entrepreneur / whatever, hasn't demonstrated they know how to build a business outside the IM niche, I (generally) don't trust them too much.

    There are many exceptions to the rule, but it's often like the blind leading the blind.

    Side note:
    When we start documenting our experiences, it's another way to start storytelling. And we all know how powerful that is.
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  • Profile picture of the author helisell
    Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

    Awhile back a lady member of this forum asked me how long it took me to go from being a student of online business to then teaching others what I knew and profiting from it. It's a fair question I guess, but it highlights one of the great and prevalent misconceptions floating around here about being an Internet marketer.

    First, I assured her that I was still a student and that I planned to be one for the rest of my life. I don't think any of us can afford to stop learning and begin to feel that we know all we need to know to be successful from here on out. Technologies change, niches change, market sentiment changes, trends and consumer buying preferences change and you will need to stay abreast of at least your own niches if you plan to have long term success in online business.

    Next, I mentioned to this aspiring "IMer" that there was no set "apprenticeship" time requirement - that she didn't need to wait for X number of months or years before she would be qualified to teach her own audience of subscribers in her niche. I think she was concerned about "paying her dues" before she took the plunge into the ranks of Internet instructors. I told her that many people wanting to do business online had already served their internship in IM during the course of their lives and they had already acquired valuable and marketable knowledge and skills that could be sold online.

    Personally, I think too many new people coming online to make money believe that the best way to do so is to become just like the marketers that are selling "make money" products to them. I think that's a big mistake.

    The Internet is huge and there is good money to be made in most niches. I'll even go out on a limb and suggest that the "make money" marketplace for a newbie is one of the toughest nuts to crack there is. A much better direction for a brand new marketer is to go where you already have a head start, where you know the language (jargon), where you have some life experience, where you can share with others what you have personally experienced and know to be true. Passion for the niche is a great bonus but not a "set in cement" requirement.

    When you find your online business niche, don't ever rest on your laurels. Make up your mind that you will always keep it open (your mind) and willing to learn all the new and wonderful ideas, methods, strategies, and trends that the marketplace comes up with.

    You are not the center of the universe . . . or even the center of your marketplace - that would be so unfortunate and limiting. Learn from others of authority and contribute what you can to your niche -- it's truly an example of the rising tide lifting all boats in the harbor.

    The better you are at gathering an audience and presenting them with valuable help in the areas of importance to them, the more money you should attract.

    The very best to all of you,

    Steve
    S'funny but I have been making my living full time online for nearly 15 years and it's only now I'm thinking I might enter the mmo marketplace.

    I think I've earned my stripes and I have to agree with you.....the 'make money online'.... 'niche'..... is not the easiest and yet most newbies seem to go straight into it regardless of whether they have actually made any money online themselves.

    The old phrase 'what are you passionate about?' doesn't seem to deter people from starting out by making or promoting 'how to make money online' products.

    There are soooooo many different niches to try out and yet it seems that so few start out this way.

    That may explain why many people fail. Heck, I've been at it full-time for 15 years and I'm only now just thinking I may know a thing or two about it and be able to promote an info product for others in the IM niche

    To any newbie reading this....I started by actually working out what I loved to do (just like everyone is advised to) and that is how I've been making my living ever since.

    I've never been near a 'make money' product, I have no affiliates, I have never promoted anyone else's product.....and yet I've still made a substantial living.

    There are many ways to start up a nice online business that don't involve persuading others how to start up an online business...may be time for those struggling to go back to basics and actually figure out what they love.....do some research.....start talking to others who like this...and busild a business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
      Originally Posted by helisell View Post

      Heck, I've been at it full-time for 15 years and I'm only now just thinking I may know a thing or two about it and be able to promote an info product for others in the IM niche
      Your first testimonial right here! I wouldn't have even started building a list or making info products had I not met you.
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      After 15 years . . .

      Originally Posted by helisell View Post

      I've never been near a 'make money' product, I have no affiliates, I have never promoted anyone else's product.....and yet I've still made a substantial living.
      Congratulations - you are truly an exception!

      I believe that most new online marketer's underestimate the number of people around the globe that would pay for their knowledge and skill or guidance if it was packaged and presented in an appealing way.

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author mikerichardson
    Regardless of the niche you're in for your business, I'd say never stop learning
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  • Profile picture of the author HaDimond
    Your article is very useful for a newbie like me. Therefore, I have also new much oriented to the road ahead. I have a new look on online marketing. Thank you very much.
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  • Profile picture of the author megamind22
    Very good insight Steve about experience online. It falls down to taking immense action really cause many just talk the talk and don't walk the walk if you know what I mean.

    Another important thing is surrounding yourself with positive minded people that have been there and done that and learning from them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamel Hassell
    I live this Article. There are 2 things that you said which stand out to me.

    1 We will Always be students
    2 There is no minimum requirement or qualifications needed In order to reach.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Tacadena
    Sometimes you don't realize it but, when you start helping, even in little bits and pieces, you are actually starting to teach.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    One of the most effective ways (in terms of making money) of sharing what you know is through the use of case studies.

    People are lazy. Get over this fact and spoon feed them the information they need. Do this well and you get paid. Ignore this and you get paid less... or none at all
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  • Profile picture of the author Elizabethlim
    Hi, Build rapport, establish relationships, keep learning, patience, right mindset, perseverance, sincerity in sharing and helping will be the important keys to success in whatever we do. No shortcuts and no overnight results for sure. All have to put in lots of effort and time to see results for long term. Is easier to say then done but always believe there's a will, there's a way.
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  • I've definitely learned alot. Sometimes when i post i talk about life lessons and business lessons learned through my continuing tenure with online marketing, cause i'd hate to see newbies go around the mountain for 40 years before *finally* getting it. And in alot of cases, having success online doesn't have "much" to do with the marketing. I heard a guy say: "Making $1 million dollars was easy for me. The hardest part was actually believing that i could do it." Made sense to me then, makes sense to me now. What have you other guys learned?
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

    You are not the center of the universe . . . or even the center of your marketplace - that would be so unfortunate and limiting. Learn from others of authority and contribute what you can to your niche -- it's truly an example of the rising tide lifting all boats in the harbor.
    Yep and serving others and having a sense of humility can go a long way in this business and pretty much transcends all facets of life !!
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