What do you struggle with in Internet Marketing?

by Gee S
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Hi everyone,

Just wondering if I can pick your brain.

So everyone struggles with some aspect of making a success of themselves online. But is there anything specific that you would need help on?

I know some stuff that people need help with are:

- trafifc generation
- Increasing conversions
- SEO


Are there any other things that would make your lives easier online? Could you share some specifics?

This goes out to newbies, intermediates and advanced IM'ers.

Thanks for taking the time to share you thoughts.

Gee
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  • Profile picture of the author Louise Green
    Appearing on camera.

    That's my biggest hurdle. I can record my voice without problem but seeing myself on cam makes me shudder.

    Too self-analytical I guess.
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    • Profile picture of the author Melani
      Originally Posted by Louise Evans View Post

      Appearing on camera.

      That's my biggest hurdle. I can record my voice without problem but seeing myself on cam makes me shudder.

      Too self-analytical I guess.
      That's one step better than me - I hate the sound of my own voice. Bleugh. That and I stutter and stumble over my words the whole time - and yet in real life, face to face, I could talk both your years off! :p

      The biggest thing for me would honestly be guidance. A big brother / mentor person or persons to go to with the 101 questions I have, usually on stupid little things. Being able to ask "is this ok" or "how does this look" knowing you are getting an honest answer back etc.

      I realise this forum is great for getting help, I can attest to that so very much this past week or so... but it would still be nice to feel like someone is working alongside/with you while you learn.

      Does that make sense?
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      • Profile picture of the author dbarnum
        Finding time to keep up with all the change
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        • Profile picture of the author Gee S
          Originally Posted by dbarnum View Post

          Finding time to keep up with all the change

          Hey buddy,

          Do you mean keeping up with the changes in IM, or looking at time management skills/ keeping organised?

          Gee
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          • Profile picture of the author dbarnum
            A couple things here:

            1) Finding time to keep up with all the change. Back to Franklin (Covey) Planner system and prioritizing.

            2) Taking enough of the right time to choose the most trustworthy, promising solutions to online issues - -a possible huge time (money and effort) killer.

            For example: One thing I struggle with is internet marketers who have to know better, i.e. big name internet marketers, who simply refuse to supply support for their product - -mainly some sort of software script. These people not only have one product on the market, but more, that simply has bug after bug - -major ones - reported, yet no help via their "support" channels. And they charge monthly fees that do say they include support.

            Results are entire programs you have established with them becoming meaningless while insults are piled on with "silence" from any support channels posted on their sites that do not even bother to email you back in weeks, months, ever. That's actually criminal if you look at what you've purchased, but not an attorney, so won't go there deeper here.

            Internet marketers need to realize that the web evolves and scripts need to have support for this evolution when they are charging monthly fees and promising support. The old saying, "Silence is golden" does not apply here.

            If you do not intend to offer support, don't say support comes with the purchase, and make it a one-time sale, because it will need support later on to keep up with the web's evolution.

            So tackle that (how to use time better to choose better internet marketing solutions from the get-go) and you have a best-selling solution. I attempted to do this and wrote about it on my Warrior blog, "Before You Buy Content from Someone, Note These 4 Things... " but still have to iron out rough spots with some purchasing decision-making issues. Hope that helps
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    • Profile picture of the author maxglobal
      Hey Louise,

      You look OK to me - but it is a bit of a shock when you're there on screen!

      But,I have to say don't worry about it just do it! - Because I believe YOU (eg REAL people) are the very best marketing there is for 2010,and beyond,because ordinary people are taking to the 'net and want to connect with 'real' people.

      To Your Success,
      Phil.
      PS Look, I do it and I'm an old goat with a funny northern accent - OK?
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      • Profile picture of the author MJ Sterling
        I can't stand phoning people I don't know or that I've only spoken to via email, I get really nervous about it. Silly I know.

        Originally Posted by maxglobal View Post

        I'm an old goat with a funny northern accent - OK?
        I'm just up the road from you.
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    • Profile picture of the author craigc1980
      Originally Posted by Louise Evans View Post

      Appearing on camera.

      That's my biggest hurdle. I can record my voice without problem but seeing myself on cam makes me shudder.

      Too self-analytical I guess.
      Im totally with you on that one Louise.

      See i have always been kind of self conscious of my weight.

      As you can see im pretty darn skinny.

      Trust me i have tried the whole camera thing and they say cameras put 20 pounds on you.

      Thats bull because my cam took 20 pounds off of me instead.

      I have been sticking to doing audios but one day i would love to do a video.

      So if theres ever someone clever enough to build a software to add weight to a vid let me know.

      Ill buy it.

      Craig
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      • Profile picture of the author Gee S
        Originally Posted by craigc1980 View Post

        Im totally with you on that one Louise.

        See i have always been kind of self conscious of my weight.

        As you can see im pretty darn skinny.

        Trust me i have tried the whole camera thing and they say cameras put 20 pounds on you.

        Thats bull because my cam took 20 pounds off of me instead.

        I have been sticking to doing audios but one day i would love to do a video.

        So if theres ever someone clever enough to build a software to add weight to a vid let me know.

        Ill buy it.

        Craig
        I've just gone to elance to get someone on it!
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by craigc1980 View Post

        Im totally with you on that one Louise.

        See i have always been kind of self conscious of my weight.

        As you can see im pretty darn skinny.

        Trust me i have tried the whole camera thing and they say cameras put 20 pounds on you.

        Thats bull because my cam took 20 pounds off of me instead.

        I have been sticking to doing audios but one day i would love to do a video.

        So if theres ever someone clever enough to build a software to add weight to a vid let me know.

        Ill buy it.

        Craig
        That software you speak of is called GYM. Smash yourself at the gym and eat every 3 hours. Ive gained 45kg over the last 14 years.
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    • Profile picture of the author santella
      Hey Louise,

      If you are not comfortable in front of the camera, just relay your message via screen capture software for the core of your work, I know many successful marketers who do this. Just remember most people I more concerned about what you have to say as apposed to what you look like.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gee S
    Melanie,

    That totally makes sense. It'd almost like having a bit of security.

    Ok so far Louise and Melanie have kind of mentioned confidence is an issue, and something they would like to improve on. Thanks for the input ladies.

    Anyone else got anything to add?
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  • Profile picture of the author Glassjaw009
    I literally hate writing articles. I don't mind anything else in regards to Internet Marketing. I'm not lazy, and I'm a pretty decent writer but I just plainly hate writing articles. I think I'd make more money if I just bit the bullet and wrote them instead of outsourcing them....but....god I hate it =)
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  • Profile picture of the author Gee S
    That totally makes sense. Be honest and do what you say you will do. So some type of guidance on buying products would help, like receiving honest reviews, and not "Affiliate reviews". Thanks for the input.

    Keep the ideas coming everyone. Just post what you think no matter how large or small the issue you have.

    Gee
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  • Profile picture of the author VilPietersen@
    My biggest let down for myself is never actually finishing what I was doing, I think that's why I wasted so much money in the beginning. Buying product after product and never actually sitting it out to see the results. I think the new year has come in time for some good new year resolutions.
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    • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
      I used to fight doing videos, now I love doing them, it takes time to get used to seeing and hearing yourself on the camera. I like writing articles but do outsource them.

      I do struggle with following up with some of my warm leads. It requires phone calls and would prefer them calling me or e-mail contact. Going to get better with that in 2010 !!!
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    As for me, I struggle with what I call "Warrior Forum Addiction".

    This forum is so filled with some astonishing information that you may end up not doing anything else apart from trying to learn from one thread to another.

    One of the negative implications is that you may become confused as a result of being overloaded with information.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    I get the feeling this is a survey for a potential product

    For me its joint ventures. I have some great products, but it seems when approaching large forums theyre not interested.

    Id love to improve in this area big time.
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    • Profile picture of the author craigc1980
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      That software you speak of is called GYM. Smash yourself at the gym and eat every 3 hours. Ive gained 45kg over the last 14 years.
      Hey Ramone trust me i been working out for 3 years now and i eat tons of food., But all i seem to do is rip up and lose weight. Any suggestions besides tons of peanut butter and creatine. LOL

      Originally Posted by Gee Sanghera View Post

      I've just gone to elance to get someone on it!
      Thanks Gee. LOL
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by craigc1980 View Post

        Hey Ramone trust me i been working out for 3 years now and i eat tons of food., But all i seem to do is rip up and lose weight. Any suggestions besides tons of peanut butter and creatine. LOL
        Peanut butter and creatine????

        Dude you need a proper diet. Are you doing cardio of any sorts? Playing sport or running?

        This is OT - maybe start a new thread dude and Ill share what I know.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
      Originally Posted by revmyoung View Post

      The big boys don't screw around writing articles or managing PPC campaigns.

      YOUR time is the most VALUABLE resource you have. You can't replace it, you can't get more of it, so you need to be as EFFICIENT as possible to make the most money possible. That is why you work on RELATIONSHIP BUILDING - getting people more established than you on your side...that is why you outsource...let them do the mundane work of your business.

      The big boys focus on RELATIONSHIP building, making KICK ASS products, and LEARNING how to Market And how to SELL!

      By doing those things, they master the art of business, and can make more money than most people make in a life time.

      Tony Robbins. This dude, he makes 500 million a year. He TAUGHT Frank Kern and John Reese.

      Can you imagine that? 500 Million a Year! But he did so through LEVERAGE, in a very SIMILAR fashion to what I'm teaching you now!
      AB - SO - LUTELY!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randy J
    I also am having a hard time writing articles...in the past I have outsourced this task with really not much luck...I find the articles that I have outsourced were not of real good content to my readers so I would have to write them my self which for me takes
    all of my time,leaving me with no time for all my other tasks with my online business...

    Its a total DRAG...
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      INTERNET MARKETING!
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      • Profile picture of the author Matthew Ohms
        Originally Posted by menu item View Post

        INTERNET MARKETING!
        I love this reply! HAHA!

        My biggest problem is FOCUS. With so many ways to make money online I need to just focus on one method, and stop trying so many different things.


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  • My biggest hurdle is perfection and distraction, when I start something I try to perfect it for too long. Might have to outsource so I don't waste my time with it all and instead try to perfect the skill of creating quality products, building relationships and becoming a persuasive but stealthy sales/coach
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    • Profile picture of the author Allurre
      Originally Posted by Jason Perez O'Connor View Post

      My biggest hurdle is perfection and distraction, when I start something I try to perfect it for too long. Might have to outsource so I don't waste my time with it all and instead try to perfect the skill of creating quality products, building relationships and becoming a persuasive but stealthy sales/coach

      I'm on the same boat.
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  • Profile picture of the author master
    For me this scariest thing online is to go deep in the wrong direction. It brings me a lot of frustration and for some period of time I give up all my activity. After such trouble I am coming back very slowly.
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  • Profile picture of the author amaechi007
    I don't have any problem with article writing or video marketing, even though i have an accent. I just don't like the techy bit of this business. I always outsource them.
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    • Profile picture of the author butters
      My problem is focus and I am assuming a lot of new people also have this problem. I thought sod it and wrote down most of the stuff I know on papers, seo, list building, traffic, everything... I know more then enough to generate organic traffic, article and forum traffic. I can fully optimize a site, I knew more then I thought but the main problem I will face is, focusing, its hard unfortunately and I think the only way to break it is by getting out of the house.
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  • Profile picture of the author kunleshina
    Well as for me I am a newbie so I guess my pressing challenge will be how to get traffic to my online business, can you help with this?
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  • Profile picture of the author mahesh2k
    I have trouble with traffic generation. I'm maintaining science related news site(digg like) and i don't know how to bring contributors to this site. Manual posting and paid contributors are not working for me. So biggest problem for me right now is traffic generation and member involvement.

    (Oh and i have that camera fear as well, so most of my howto videos are strictly on topic and not on myself-lack of personal touch you can say).
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    • Profile picture of the author Vixxen
      Struggling? Can we say totally hate IM?

      I'm the creative sort that love to make things - be it from my imagination (scary...trust me) or from ideas or things that I read.

      Being said, when it comes to the idea of IM I usually look for a rock to climb
      under. It's an odd reaction for someone that used to do advertising and such.
      But that biz I understood...it was mostly the hype, glam and outright lies that made me get out of it. Sorta like the circus - all sawdust and glitter. The stuff that goes on behind the scenes isn't what anyone would want to know about. Just like the magician with the illusion of magic - some don't want to see behind the smoke and mirrors.

      Now I've been in web design longer than I've had it as a business. I'm no copywriter so I didn't have a beef with the content issues. I was just the pretty frame builder. But to get work for my business I looked around to see about the trends.

      Well, that led to the overwhelming discovery of all the gurus, hype, make cash now and everything else. I admit I got sucked in. My email got bombed with free this and that - along with a ton of IM stuff.

      Of all the things that bug me the most - I think it's the fact that most IM sales letters I see are a mile long! I don't want to know about someone else go on about their life story of suffering - then like Cinderella something magical happened and their now rich. If I won the lottery or PCH I'd be rich too - but it only seems to happen in my dreams.

      Frankly, I get tired of the doctored video, the ton of FREE bonuses and all yours for this special price - blah blah blah. Even if the video is live and not one of those touched up ones - they still did a heck of a lot more than they said they did to make those sales and get the numbers up. Who knows! Maybe they went and bought a bunch of stuff or had someone go buy a bunch just to make the numbers spike!

      When will someone who is making a nice steady amount of money, just come and offer this reproducible system for a fair price without trying to sell a ton of rubbish with it...and showing that it really can make money and even shows exactly what they do to generate that income. No hype. No fancy bells and whistles. Just plain and simple. Something I can try it out and it will work. With all the niches out there there has to be something that can be done with a bit of input that can generate a steady and fair income.

      I don't know if rich would fit me...but I would just like to be able to breathe. Not stress all the time, not have to work and worry and deal with the usual headaches.

      I just want to find a way to be able to do something over and over with the same results. Nothing mind blowing - no huge spike...just steady income.

      Is that impossible? If not...where's the one that knows the secret?
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  • Profile picture of the author JennSpencerIM
    Originally Posted by Gee Sanghera View Post

    Hi everyone,

    Just wondering if I can pick your brain.

    So everyone struggles with some aspect of making a success of themselves online. But is there anything specific that you would need help on?

    I know some stuff that people need help with are:

    - trafifc generation
    - Increasing conversions
    - SEO


    Are there any other things that would make your lives easier online? Could you share some specifics?

    This goes out to newbies, intermediates and advanced IM'ers.

    Thanks for taking the time to share you thoughts.

    Gee
    Right now with the site I'm working on it's increasing conversions. Have a good amount of traffic for the niche (2,000 per day) but my conversion rate isn't as great as I'd like it to be. Currently testing out a number of things such as new layout, pop-up on exit, new video, and sales copy. Any conversion increasing tips?!
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  • Profile picture of the author TimG
    I think alot of folks have trouble nailing down the basics such as driving traffic to squeeze page, building a list and than cultivating that list to trust your recomendations and read your newsletters through relationship marketing.

    One thing I've noticed over the years is that if you can build a very responsive list in a niche than you have a steady income stream. Build a few of those reponsive lists and you have multiple income streams.

    Now,here is the sad part - I know all this and yet I''ve been very negligent at building responsive lists. That is one part of my online business I plan to significantly improve upon this year.

    Driving traffic - No problem. Capturing that traffic and monetizing it - An identified big problem of mine which will be corrected this year.

    Respectfully,
    Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author valen42
    Hello,

    My main concern at the moment is how to get qualified traffic to my website. I hear/read of the many clever ways, but they don't really seem to work for me. Everyone who is reasonably successful as an IM claims to have a solution and maybe they do...I don't know...they must of got where they are today somehow. I only know what I have been reading and there are a lot of common threads, but there seems to be a lot of confusion about this. SEO seems to to be very hard work indeed. And Adwords doesn't seem appropriate right now for me. Tried JVs but no one is interested. Viral Marketing seems interesting, but it strikes of the old MLM concept which I don't like.

    So I am still searching for a good sensible approach.

    Any ideas?

    Lawrence
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