Apologies, New Introduction, and Career Questions

by Domenick DelBuco 22 replies
Hello WF
If you logged in and saw my post yesterday titled "Infinite wisdom, guardian of the SEO, the vessel in the Genesis flood" I am truly sorry.
I was on a blogging binge only fueled by strong starbucks coffee.
I don't believe in excuses, but whenever I talk digital marketing, people have never even heard of these strategies that are so basic to you and me. I did some research and checked out some threads this morning and have realized this is a community of people who are just like me, but waaaaaaay better at what they do. So much better, that they actually made a career for themselves with absolute freedom.

I'd like to introduce myself again, I'm Dom. I live in Gainesville, FL. I consider myself extremely tech savvy, ambitious, and pretty good at digital marketing.

I feel "cucked" by the huge success that everyone here is having, and need some advice on what to do next. It's been my lifelong dream to become independent.

I understand how to make email campaigns, I understand how to run good Facebook ads, I can make a pro website in no-time flat, I have great executive communication, I've shook Perry Belcher's hand and even drank a beer with Ryan Diese at the Infusionsoft Icon event this year. I went through digitalmarketer.com's trainings , and I was the only marketing director for a multi-million dollar growing company for a year.

What's the next step? I tried shopify stores 3 times, I tried affiliate marketing, and I attempted going to local stores and selling marketing consulting. Yet, cucked by the huge success of this community. I need to know the next step. Thanks

*PS* I also stopped writing that book I was talking about in the "Infinite wisdom, guardian of the SEO, the vessel in the Genesis flood" thread because you all had great points.
Thanks for the read
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    You've impressed me - something you didn't do yesterday. Now you are talking more like a marketer - and an adult. Good for you!

    What's the next step? I tried shopify stores 3 times, I tried affiliate marketing, and I attempted going to local stores and selling marketing consulting. Yet, cucked by the huge success of this community. I need to know the next step. Thanks
    One thing - please - stop the sexual references. Low class, social site babble, unnecessary to get your point across here. OK?

    Lots of shopify and ecommerce store experts here. Same is true of affiliate marketing and there is an entire 'offline' section.

    Always remember the person telling you what you want to hear - may not know any more than you do about the subject. Read enough to recognize some of the experts in various sections here - and follow their advice. You're smart and outgoing and those traits will serve you well.

    Ryan Diese
    That would be 'Ryan Deiss' - always something to learn here

    Seriously - good luck. I think you'll do fine.
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    • Profile picture of the author Domenick DelBuco
      Thanks a lot Kay!
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    • Profile picture of the author johndetlefs
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      Always remember the person telling you what you want to hear - may not know any more than you do about the subject. Read enough to recognize some of the experts in various sections here - and follow their advice. You're smart and outgoing and those traits will serve you well.
      Awesome advice.

      Also, sounds a tiny bit like you're skipping around trying to find the pot of gold.. In my experience, the market research at the beginning, and I'm talking about talking to real people and getting real answers as opposed to search engine traffic research, is the biggest point of failure for most new online business.

      I'm running a couple of businesses now, and for all of them I had customers with credit cards out before I even started.. because the research had already been done, with those same customers.

      EDIT: I should add, I tend to focus on corporate customers, so the sale value is usually relatively high and the lead time to develop a product can be up to a year or more. I haven't ever really had success doing the online marketing thing, and all of my agency customers are also corporate.
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      It can happen to all of us.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    This is your 3rd introduction here. So welcome, welcome, welcome.

    Sounds like you're jumping around trying different things, which is a good way to find what you enjoy, but a bad way to build a business.

    Choose the thing you enjoy most, stick to it, and don't stop. It's gonna take a while before you see significant results.

    The secret to success is work.
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    • Profile picture of the author Domenick DelBuco
      Thanks Michael,
      I agree, I do bounce around like crazy, but, all of my bouncing is contained in the internet marketing world with no true self-success. I don't know if it's because I don't have enough startup money or what.
      The thing is - I personally know 2 angel investors that would probably give me around 10k-50k to start, but, I'd like to have a small win before I take that and fail like every other attempt.
      But, I truly think the fails are because I've had such small time limits with trial campaign creators and small ad budgets. But, then again, it's hard to invest without a win.
      IM IN A MIND-PICKLE here, Michael, what's the next step?! Lol
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
        Originally Posted by Domenick DelBuco View Post

        IM IN A MIND-PICKLE here, Michael, what's the next step?! Lol
        Shift your focus from what you can get, to what you can give.

        Figure out what value you can contribute to people's lives and how you can improve things for them, even if it's just a little bit.

        It's not fancy or glitzy, but it's what works.
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        • Profile picture of the author pawandave
          Welcome buddy, look some great advice already poured
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        • Profile picture of the author Steve B
          Originally Posted by Michael Meaney View Post

          Shift your focus from what you can get, to what you can give.

          Excellent advice Mike. Internet marketing is all about satisfying and meeting the demands of the marketplace customer. It's not about you.

          The thing that stands out about your posts so far, IMO, is this: here I am, I already know so much, I am a pro, I am bold, confident, I'm going to change the world . . . yada, yada, yada. No offense is meant to you personally; it's just that your self-introduction on this forum has seemed rather arrogant, egotistical, conceited, and bombastic. That's all I'll say about that. Let's move on.

          Being self-confident, bold, aggressive and all the rest can be very positive traits in marketing; however, that's not a concern of those people that you hope will be your customers. Their concern is themselves. What can you and your products or service do for me? That is what's been missing from your posts so far . . . what are you going to give to your audience?

          Since you already know much about marketing, I'm sure you know WIIFM and how crucial it is to focus on understanding what your niche market is wanting (the demand) and how you might provide the solution or desire (the supply) within a product or service in an effective and reasonable-cost way.

          Marketing really is pretty simple . . . but we all make it difficult and elusive if we don't focus our efforts on the right thing as Mike has suggested.

          Welcome to the forum Dom,

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      • Profile picture of the author tritrain
        Originally Posted by Domenick DelBuco View Post

        Thanks Michael,
        I agree, I do bounce around like crazy, but, all of my bouncing is contained in the internet marketing world with no true self-success. l
        Speaking from personal experience, bouncing around is a bad idea in the end. However, so is putting all your eggs in one basket. The second bit of advice is that, whatever you do, you need to make your own product or service. It's not easily done, but I've found that it can be the difference between winning and losing.

        You're outgoing and articulate, which I think is a great combination for some form of sales. I don't know of your spoken word, or if you have a face for radio, but I suggest that either writing and/or podcast or video be your vehicle.

        *There are very few people who land on a "get rich quick" scenario that works for them. Most create something and the money trickles in. But there is a tipping point, and at some point you create your own momentum.

        Good luck my friend!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gabriel
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    What is your main goal?

    Forget about "the job" or "the gig"

    What do you want to achieve in life...

    and I agree with Kay.... the sexual reference is not required
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    • Profile picture of the author Domenick DelBuco
      My main goal in life is to make a huge impact on everyone's lives by changing the schooling and education system and the justice system.

      I believe that the schooling system is truly not for everyone and drives kids alike that can't succeed to a group of people who do no good.

      I also believe the justice system is horrible in many ways, one of the biggest things I'd like to change about the system is criminal background checks for job interviews. I think that it is unfair and keeps the "criminals" back on the streets. Why would they strive for a great job when they know they can't get it because of their past? They're stuck.

      I've never personally had a criminal record, but I was "left behind" in school, and I would have been like everyone else in my situation and dropped out if there wasn't an extra "kick" from the new principal. She took me aside, told me I was smart and that I could do it, whispered in the teachers ears the first day of school for 11th and 12th grade and told the teachers writing me up was not an option and that at all costs I needed to graduate. If it wasn't for that, I'd probably have no dream and strive for greatness. I think everyone young deserves something like that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Domenick DelBuco
      Also, Gabriel, it is a pleasure to have you reading and responding to my thread. Thanks for creating the Warrior Forum. I hope to one day have funds for your "War Room" program, it looks really exciting!
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  • Internet marketing is best..
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Originally Posted by Sharif Hossain Anik View Post

      Internet marketing is best..
      Wow that was very helpful. Why is it the best? Best at what? Can you describe in detail how you determined it was the best...
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Originally Posted by Domenick DelBuco View Post

    What's the next step? I tried shopify stores 3 times, I tried affiliate marketing, and I attempted going to local stores and selling marketing consulting. I need to know the next step. Thanks
    "Tried" and "Attempted" appear to be a running pattern. It didn't work after three weeks so I gave up is probably closer to the truth.

    Online success is a journey.. its not something obtained tomorrow or the next day. Its a grind.

    I suggest taking all of your small success' and abilities and focusing on one thing, and not giving up til it works. It could be a few months... it could be years... Success is just a series of goals... but the JOURNEY is the collection of those met goals that you take with you towards your next one!

    A quick quote "Patience is rewarded with Patience" - Confucius

    Some suggested reading - "Jab Jab Jab Right Hook" by Gary Vaynerchuk will give you an understanding of the GIVE, that posters above mention.

    Best of luck
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    Everyone can have a bad day bu it is good that you apologized
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  • Profile picture of the author shmol
    It sounds as if you have tried a lot of things,

    But, let me ask you a question.

    What do you actually like doing online?

    Forget about how much money something is going to make you.

    Sit down and think, truly think about what you like to do--what is your hobby.

    Now that you have that, think about how you would like to make money form it.

    If you like writing--start a blog, if you are saying, I do not like writing, O.K. then try making videos.

    Don't like that, try podcasting.

    Once you find the way you are going to market your hobby online, then get started and do not stop.

    Learn all you can about the method you are using--and keep working at it--until you make it.

    Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi Dom,

    Great to meet you.

    Passion, passion, passion passion....passion. Pick a niche you feel passionate about. Then, pick a business model that you feel passionate about. Or that seems super fun, something that makes you feel alive.

    Trying Shopify 3 times shows you are not following your passion, but profits. Turn that around, and you will start your venture with the right energy....the same energy that will inspire you to spend the next 2-3 years:

    - studying
    - practicing
    - creating
    - connecting

    every single day, to lay the foundation for a successful venture. Even if you don't get paid for months, you won't care, because the work/study/practice/creating/connecting will be the reward.

    Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author Ash2994
    digital marketing is the best way for career
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