What are the 3 most important skills for an Internet Marketer?

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Hi Folks

I'm just wondering what YOU think would be the Top 3 skills in IM.

Mine would be...

1. Generating traffic to your site.

2. Copywriting (i.e. writing sales material, and converting that traffic).

... although at times I feel it's the other way round.

3. Building a list.

With...

4. Product creation.

... only because you can use (1), (2) and (3) even if you don't have your own product.

But I wonder if I'm missing anything obvious, which is partly why I'm asking.
And also, I'd be curious to know what other people's priorities are.

So what do YOU think are the most important skills for internet marketers?
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  • Profile picture of the author Raygun
    I totally agree with what you are saying here, some other important factors...

    1. Get a mentor--have someone that you can turn to for answers, even if it is this forum. You will same so much time by asking the right questions.

    2. Stick to 1 thing at a time---So many of us are guilty of starting something and then getting distracted by something else. When you figure out what you want to do, make sure that you eliminate all distractions and get it done.

    3. Have a plan---Going along with the previous point, make sure that you have a definitive plan of action. Know what it is that you need to do next after each step. So many people get something done and then lallygag around not getting anything done. Get a plan and make it happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrenish
    The only skill I think that would be necessary for a Internet Marketer would be to FOCUS.

    IM niche is a niche like a open sea there are tons of ways to make money online in IM niche. In today's information age we are loaded with wide variety of information and finally everyone is struck with information overload and being confused in which direction to take.

    I suggest every Internet Marketer to stick to one action untill you make money.

    Don't loose your FOCUS.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Hancox
      Originally Posted by mrenish View Post

      The only skill I think that would be necessary for a Internet Marketer would be to FOCUS.

      IM niche is a niche like a open sea there are tons of ways to make money online in IM niche. In today's information age we are loaded with wide variety of information and finally everyone is struck with information overload and being confused in which direction to take.

      I suggest every Internet Marketer to stick to one action untill you make money.

      Don't loose your FOCUS.
      Thanks for your comment, and I absolutely agree that FOCUS is very important for an Internet Marketer.

      I'm not so sure it's the only necessary skill... :p
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      • Profile picture of the author KidKota
        1) Ability to drive traffic
        2) Ability to transform that traffic into buyers

        Now, coming from someone who has hardly any experience in Internet Marketing, I honestly believe with a field as open as this we all have to think outside of the box. I believe everyone has that one great niche, it's just a matter of discovering it.

        Be patient, and be concrete about your work ethics.
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  • Profile picture of the author InternetM39482
    As an Internet Marketer, my top three would be more or less same as yours: copywriting, driving traffic and creating products. And research, too.

    Apart from that, I don't know how to classify this, but building relationships, focus and concentration are some very important skills to succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lilach
    Hi there

    Some great points here, which I completely agree with.

    I would also have to add discipline. Being disciplined with your time (especially when you work from home!) is crucial to getting everyone done. I think that I can be quite ruthless with my time, if I wasn't I simply wouldn't achieve a successful consultancy business, my opportunity and juggle working school hours whilst looking after a young family!

    As everyone knows running a business is hard work and can be time rich, especially using free marketing methods (whilst they are free, they cost you your time).

    I also think it's important to have the right mindset. This business can be a bumpy journey but for those who are proactive and have the right mindset and treat it like a business will do well.

    Looking forward to reading other people's comments.

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  • Profile picture of the author butters
    Here my top 3...

    - Research, saves a boat load of time, money and effort.
    - Traffic, obvious reasons.
    - Converting, also obvious.
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  • Profile picture of the author innocent07
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    Originally Posted by Paul Hancox View Post

    Hi Folks

    I'm just wondering what YOU think would be the Top 3 skills in IM.

    Mine would be...

    1. Generating traffic to your site.

    2. Copywriting (i.e. writing sales material, and converting that traffic).

    ... although at times I feel it's the other way round.

    3. Building a list.

    With...

    4. Product creation.

    ... only because you can use (1), (2) and (3) even if you don't have your own product.

    But I wonder if I'm missing anything obvious, which is partly why I'm asking.
    And also, I'd be curious to know what other people's priorities are.

    So what do YOU think are the most important skills for internet marketers?
    is building a list a skill? or more an action?

    building a targetted list of subscribers might be a better way to put it
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  • Profile picture of the author Nic Lynn
    Selling, selling and selling!

    That is the most important skill, by a long shot! It's much harder to build a list, or to get traffic or any of these other things without the fundamental ability to sell.

    And whoever said "FOCUS" is on to something as well!
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    • Profile picture of the author James Clark
      To the OP. In my opinion one of the most important things is personally. I have family members ask me about the business. Honestly, the ones who ask me have a very dry sense of humor. When you translate that in to the skills that you spoke about above it could be a problem.

      This stuff is not going to just come to you like you have a pork chop tree in your back yard. You have to work at it some. You have to find someone to work with you and show how it's done. You did not mention that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raygun
    I also forgot to mention the importance of sticking to one thing and making sure that 1 thing gets done. Don't get caught up on the next bright and shiny new thing to come along. When you know what it is that you want, do something to make it happen.

    I think that a lot of people do something and don't get the results that they want or they figure it is too hard, so they just move on to the next thing. Stick to your plan and keep tweaking it until it happens. The secret is not what you are doing, but how tactfully persistent you are at doing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkAse
    I'd say it's simply writing in general. Being a good writer not only makes it possible to share your thoughts and build backlinks efficiently, but increases conversion rates once people find your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ricci Cox
    Originally Posted by Paul Hancox View Post

    Hi Folks

    I'm just wondering what YOU think would be the Top 3 skills in IM.

    Mine would be...

    1. Generating traffic to your site.

    2. Copywriting (i.e. writing sales material, and converting that traffic).

    ... although at times I feel it's the other way round.

    3. Building a list.

    With...

    4. Product creation.

    ... only because you can use (1), (2) and (3) even if you don't have your own product.

    But I wonder if I'm missing anything obvious, which is partly why I'm asking.
    And also, I'd be curious to know what other people's priorities are.

    So what do YOU think are the most important skills for internet marketers?
    I totally agree with you Paul, my top 3/4 would be exactly the same, but I would also add a number 5... TAKING ACTION!

    Unfortunately, far too many IM's fail to do this it seems...

    Ricci
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      • Profile picture of the author Preben Frenning
        Originally Posted by Andrew Maule View Post

        1. Persistence
        2. Creativity
        3. Passion
        That about sums it all up in my opinion!

        Unless you focus/take action, none of the mentioned "skills" apply.
        You'll just have lots of theory left, and no money,no list, and nothing really.

        The skills/talents Andrew mentioned is probably the hardest ones to learn.
        You can't read much about being creative,passionate or persistent in the same way you can learn traffic generation. - It needs to happen inside of you by itself, or you need to have it from the beginning.

        SEO? Read,apply,test. Not rocket science,but you need a good sense of logic, and it takes time.
        Traffic generation? If you try everything you read about here on the forum, you can be 100% certain you will get traffic.

        But the thing is to actually do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JEL0221
    I would have to say the 3 most important skills/traits for an internet marketer...

    1. Being able to write premium articles. This applies not only to article submissions, but blog posts/info. product creation. With superior writing ability you can generate tons of traffic, optimize seo on a website to drive traffic. You can make your content engaging/enjoyable for your products/content you send to your lists.

    2. Copywriting. I think many are able to learn how to drive traffic effectively, but it is converting that matters. If you are an ace copywriter and are able to prove it, not only will you get great conversions for your own stuff, but you will be able to do some freelance jobs for others in order to make extra cash.

    3. The most important trait I think an IMer should have is creativity. You can outsource article writing, seo, blog commenting, copywriting, etc. etc. etc. You cannot outsource the gift of creativity. With creativity you are able to have ultimate brainstorms and come up with truly unique ideas for your business that cannot be matched.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doug
    Hi Paul,

    What ever your business model I would add to your list the skill of identifying the next offer you can put forth. Studying other marketers and adapting their methods to yours versus just throwing things out there hoping something sticks.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Paul, here's my top three. It will be interesting to go back and see how my list compares with what others have posted...

      1. Selecting profitable markets/niches
      2. Generating traffic
      3. Effectively monetizing that traffic

      Since you specified such a broad category (Internet Marketer), I tried to keep my answer as broad as possible...
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    A lot of newbies ignore technical skills completely and are at a real disadvantage because they cannot

    1. upload a file
    2. build a blog or simple website

    In addition, many are at a loss when it comes to applying to ad networks.

    And lastly, they don't know how to do niche and keyword research, so they jump into huge, competitive niches like Make Money Online, when they actually know nothing about making money online.

    I think they should start with basics and roll their sleeves up and learn how to do these things.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Dalangin
    Here's my top three:

    1. Product Creation
    2. Effective Management
    3. Building list of Buyers, Affiliates and JV partners

    Ross
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    • Profile picture of the author deertrail
      1. Self-discipline. Ability to work steadily and systematically despite multiple setbacks and disappointments.

      2. Content-creation. Ability to find out what players-with-money are looking for, then create copious amounts of unique, consumable content that solves those problems in simple, elegant, intoxicating ways.

      3. People skills. Ability to demonstrate authority in the niches you work. Ability to prove that your products will do what you say they will. Ability to attract and retain high-quality and high-volume traffic partners. Ability to find and conscript top-drawer talent employees and outsourced talent.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeHumphreys
        1. Copywriting. It's the most expensive part of any business to outsource because it's that important.

        2. Self-discipline. Setting your goals and working on them every day, even the days you don't feel as motivated.

        3. Develop your own team of experts. I outsource alot of tasks for my online business. I also have developed a network of business allies and friends. When I have a question, I don't always have to go hunt down the answer myself. I have the option of calling a business ally or friend who already knows the answer and asking them. When they have a question, I gladly return the favor.

        Honorable mention: Product creation and traffic generation. When you're starting out with little or no money, you need to know how to do both of these. Once you have monies coming in, you have the option of outsourcing either one of these (or both) to freelancers who can do it as well or better than you.
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      • Profile picture of the author mrdomains
        This is always a interesting type of thread.

        Most has been said and I agree with those pointing to focus, persistance, passion.

        For those just getting into the biz it is often like trying to swim up a vertical waterfall of information. So this is for them:

        Three survival skills for newbies:
        1) Realism. Accepting that magic bullets do not exist.
        2) Energy. Being able to put in work, often alone.
        3) Seriosity. Staying away from shortcuts. Building to last. Business-mindset.
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    1.Focus
    2.Persistence
    3.Time Management
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  • Profile picture of the author Recession_Proof
    1. A strong internet connection

    2. A focused plan of attack i.e. you are going to create an ebay, business, blog, search engine, twitter application. And you need to stick with it.

    3. You need to constantly be involved in the forums and blog sites. You can pick up tips from any and every type of marketer. Even if you knew the information already, I consider it reinforcement.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Well, I guess I'm the contrarian here, but I reject the premise of the question. I don't think there are any three most important skills that apply to IM. For example, if you make your money advertising through Google Adwords, managing an advertising budget may be one of the top three skills needed. If you're proficient in generating free traffic to your sales pages then an advertising budget isn't even necessary.

    The premise of the question could lead newbies to believe they have to learn all these "top three" things people say are important. But some people are never going be good at some tasks, such as copywriting, for example. If they think they have to be good at copywriting when it just doesn't fit their skills and innate talent, they could become discouraged and quit when they can't get it, but you can hire someone to do anything you're not good at.

    Just my 2 cents, don't hate me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Hancox
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      Well, I guess I'm the contrarian here, but I reject the premise of the question. I don't think there are any three most important skills that apply to IM. For example, if you make your money advertising through Google Adwords, managing an advertising budget may be one of the top three skills needed. If you're proficient in generating free traffic to your sales pages then an advertising budget isn't even necessary.

      The premise of the question could lead newbies to believe they have to learn all these "top three" things people say are important. But some people are never going be good at some tasks, such as copywriting, for example. If they think they have to be good at copywriting when it just doesn't fit their skills and innate talent, they could become discouraged and quit when they can't get it, but you can hire someone to do anything you're not good at.

      Just my 2 cents, don't hate me.
      I hate you, Dennis.

      Just kidding

      I think you make a very valid point. In fact, this entire thread has shown me just how many skills we take for granted, and it's also fascinating to see how different people prioritize different skills.

      As you and Mike said, you can always outsource the parts you're not good at.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by Paul Hancox View Post

        I think you make a very valid point. In fact, this entire thread has shown me just how many skills we take for granted, and it's also fascinating to see how different people prioritize different skills.
        You got that right, it is a very interesting thread. I find it fascinating that many folks are citing character traits as more important than skills. A good argument could be made that some character traits are more important than skills.

        I'm also surprised no one has listed keyword research as one of the most important skills. If they did I missed it.
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    1. Intestinal Fortitude
    2. All or Nothing Attitude
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicola Lane
    I would say that the biggest skill needed is to be able to learn and adapt. The internet is a fast moving marketplace. If you don't learn about new techniques, and learn how old ones are changing you will get left behind and your ability to do things like get traffic and write copy will degrade over time rather than improve.

    As an example, can you remember when getting good search engine rankings was all about your meta tags? Or when you could put your keywords in white text on a white background at the foot of your page?

    What about a few years ago when Twitter, Facebook, stumbleupon and digg didn't exist?

    There was a time when you could successfully launch a product with just ten articles at ezine with no backlinks and no social marketing.

    Everything else can be outsourced, like copywriting and traffic generation. But you have to know what you are outsourcing, how to pick appropriate employees, how to give your employees good instructions - and most importantly how to tell if your employees are producing quality work.

    Hope that helps
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Hancox
      Originally Posted by Nicola Lane View Post

      I would say that the biggest skill needed is to be able to learn and adapt. The internet is a fast moving marketplace. If you don't learn about new techniques, and learn how old ones are changing you will get left behind and your ability to do things like get traffic and write copy will degrade over time rather than improve.

      As an example, can you remember when getting good search engine rankings was all about your meta tags? Or when you could put your keywords in white text on a white background at the foot of your page?
      Ah, those were the days. < cue nostalgic music >

      What about a few years ago when Twitter, Facebook, stumbleupon and digg didn't exist?
      It's amazing to think how NEW all of those services really are. Twitter... 2006, wasn't it? Incredible.

      Everything else can be outsourced, like copywriting and traffic generation. But you have to know what you are outsourcing, how to pick appropriate employees, how to give your employees good instructions - and most importantly how to tell if your employees are producing quality work.
      Good point.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    At the old Warrior Forum, I started a thread that ended up in Mind Warriors
    titled "The 25 Most Important Things To Being Successful Online" or something
    like that.

    I have no idea where it is anymore but I am reposting it here for anybody
    who didn't have a chance to read it.

    ** DISCLAIMER ** This is only my opinion and not to be taken as fact.

    25. Developing A Positive Attitude - It is so easy to get discouraged in
    this business. So many people expect to start their business on January 1
    and be in profit by January 5. Oh how I wish it was that easy. But building
    a business takes time and it is so easy to start to think negatively.
    Therefore, it is imperative to have a positive attitude about your business
    each day, no matter how hard it gets. Negativity just breeds more of it.

    24. Making Friendships - There is no secret that it's not always what you
    know but who you know. Yes, you can make it on your own, which is why I
    don't have this one up higher on the list, but if you make friendships,
    and you do this by offering of yourself to people with no strings attached,
    you will begin to see that people will be more willing to work with you.
    This will help you succeed that much faster.

    23. Developing Tech Skills - While this is not a requirement, it will
    definitely make your life easier, at least until you can afford to
    outsource some things. Of course if you make friendships, you might be able
    to outsource in exchange for some skills that you DO have. But you will
    ultimately need to develop some skills. Having to depend on people for
    everything technical is going to put a terrible strain on your pocketbook.

    22. Product Creation - You're probably surprised that this isn't up
    higher. While having your own product certainly gives you certain
    advantages, it is not a requirement to have your own product to run a
    successful business. Many affiliate marketers do very well. But I feel that
    to get to the next level, product creation is the way to go.

    21. Record Keeping - So many people spend so much time running their
    business from the standpoint of just "making sales" that they don't
    bother keeping accurate records for tax purposes and paying affiliates. Let
    me tell you, not keeping records can land you in a boat load of trouble in
    so many ways that you don't even want to know. Please keep accurate
    records, not just of expenses and income but of all correspondence or
    anything that has to do with running your business that you're going to
    want to remember.

    20. Observing Trends - If you don't know what's going on around you, you
    can't run an effective business. If one form of promotion stops working
    because Google decided that they're going to slap it silly (take the
    recent problems with Squidoo) and you're not aware of this, you're going
    to be spending time on something that could be spent doing something else
    more profitable. You MUST know what's going on around you.

    19. Branding Yourself - So many people when they start their business,
    especially if they're getting into affiliate marketing, don't take the
    time to really create an identity for themselves. I did this from the very
    beginning by branding myself as the "no nonsense marketer", somebody who
    would tell it like it is no matter how many feathers I ruffled. And believe
    me, I ruffled quite a few. If you don't stand out, nobody is going to
    remember who you are.

    18. Attention To Detail - This may be one of the most difficult things for
    people to do. It's hard enough to get a handle on the big picture, but
    sometimes it's the details that screw up our business. For example,
    putting up a sales page with glaring errors on it, or putting together an
    autoresponder series with missing links in some of the emails. There is
    just so much that can go wrong because of the little details, which is why
    it is critical to make sure each T is crossed and each I is dotted.

    17. Focus - This is another big problem for new marketers. They start on
    one project or "business" and then get sidetracked by something else. I
    see a whole bunch of people laughing right now because they know how true
    this is. Yeah, I know. I used to be that way so I am speaking from
    experience. I can't stress this enough. Focus on ONE thing, complete it
    and then MOVE ON.

    16. Establishing Credibility - The Internet has gotten to the point where
    nobody believes anything anymore. So it is critical to establish as much
    credibility for yourself as you can. This is easier said than done, I
    admit, especially when first starting. But there are ways to do this. When
    first starting out, if you're promoting your own product, give it out free
    to some people and let them try it. Let them see the value in it. If they
    do, most likely they'll provide you with testimonials that will help
    towards building your credibility. It won't happen overnight, but it's
    something you should be working on everyday because the more credibility
    you have the easier it's going to be for you to make sales.

    15. Dedication - So many treat running a home business like a hobby.
    There's nothing wrong with doing this if you want to get a hobby income.
    But if you're serious about making big money then you have to be dedicated
    to your business. This means putting it above watching the TV or going to
    the movies or whatever other pleasures you might rather be engaged in. At
    least in the beginning, until you can outsource your whole business, if you
    ever get that big, you need to be totally dedicated to running your
    business.

    14. Legal Protection - With lawsuits flying all over the place these days,
    make sure you're legally protected with everything you do. That means
    protecting your products, insuring against liability and so on. There is a
    reason why these sites all have tons of disclaimers. It's so they don't
    get their butts sued. So find a lawyer and make sure you're as well
    protected as possible.

    13. Getting Customer Feedback - You can't run your business in a vacuum.
    If you don't know what your customers and potential customers think of
    your sales page, product, web site or whatever, how will you know what to
    fix? You'll be doing nothing but guessing and guessing is a dangerous way
    to run a business. Every bit of feedback you get is a little bit more
    information that you'll have to correct any problems. If 90% of your
    customers in a survey say that your software is too hard to understand,
    then some restructuring of the interface is probably in order.

    12. Market Research - This is a must if you're going to sell your own
    products. The first thing you better do is find out if there is any demand
    for what you want to make BEFORE you make it. This point needs no further
    elaboration. If you don't know what the market wants you can't
    confidently sell a product that has a better than average chance of
    selling.

    11. Understanding Buyer Psychology - Just recently I made a post of 10
    reasons people buy things. Let me tell you, if you don't understand buyer
    psychology you can't write effective ads because you won't know what
    buttons to push. You can't create sellable products because you won't
    know why people buy things and what makes them buy those things. If you
    can't get into your customer's head, you can't make the connection with
    the customer. If a connection isn't made, no sale will result.

    AND NOW THE TOP 10

    10. Establishing A Routine - A lot of you may be surprised that this one is
    up there so high. Let me tell you something. If you don't get up in the
    morning and know exactly what you're going to do from the time you start
    to the time you call it a night, there is a very good chance that nothing,
    or very little, will get done. We are creatures of habit, but first we have
    to get into a habit. Establishing a routine leads to increased
    productivity, which in turn leads to our business becoming profitable
    sooner.

    9. Backing Up Your Work - Ever have a computer crash? Ever have one with no
    backup? I rest my case. If you don't back up your work you are looking for
    more trouble than you can possibly imagine. Or maybe losing 2 years of work
    is okay with you. Backup and do it often.

    8. Time Management - This ties in closely with establishing a routine but I
    feel it is more important for this reason. You can establish a routine but
    it can still be a pretty bad one because you're spending too much time on
    things that aren't productive. Time management, which involves making a
    list of all the things you have to do and then designating how much time to
    spend on each thing, based on priority, will make more efficient use of
    your day. Sure, you can allocate X number of hours to doing something that
    is a waste of time if you don't know it is, but that's taken care of by
    something higher up on the list. Point is, you MUST manage your time or
    before you know it, your day is over and you didn't get the critical
    things accomplished.

    7. Testing And Tracking - You put 20 ads out on the Internet and make a few
    sales. Problem is, you have no idea which ad brought in the sale. So how do
    you know which ad to kill and which ad to keep running? You don't. Testing
    and tracking, with so many variables to running a business, is so important
    that I can't stress it enough. This applies to ads, sales pages, or
    anything where you are deciding between using X or Y. leave this out at
    your own risk.

    6. Developing Communication Skills - Oh brother. This is such an important
    item that I can go on about this for an hour. Communication involves so
    many things, including ad writing, email communication with potential
    buyers, autoresponder messages, sales copy for sales pages. All of this,
    and a lot more is communication. If you can't effectively communicate with
    your customers and potential customers, you're not going to get any
    customers. That's all there is to it. The person who writes an email ad
    that consists of "Hey, check out this web site" is not going to make tons
    of sales. So learning how to communicate is a must. There is no way to run
    a successful business without this skill.

    5. Education - If you don't know what you're doing, you can't run a
    business. This one little thread is part of your education, and it is just
    a miniscule fragment of that education. There is no such thing as a natural
    salesman. Even if you have the gift of gab and can write, you still have to
    learn how to do market research, how to track ads, how to test and so on.
    There is so much to learn it's mind boggling. So education is another one
    of those things that are a must if you're going to run a successful
    business.

    4. Advertising - I have said it 100 times and I'll say it 100 times more.
    I don't care how great your web site is, if you do not learn effective
    advertising techniques and USE THEM, you are not going to get people to
    your site. That's all there is to it. That's why I say advertising it 90%
    of this business. Sure, if you have a crap product you're probably going
    to get a lot of refunds even if you make a lot of sales, but even with a
    crap product and great advertising, you CAN make money. With a great
    product and NO advertising, you can't.

    3. Planning - I learned this late in my IM career and I'm sorry I did. If
    I'd learned it sooner, I would have become successful a lot sooner. You
    can't just say, I want to make money online. You MUST have a plan. You
    have to sit down and decide what you're going to do and in what time
    frame. Everything for your business MUST be planned out in advance IF you
    want to take the most direct route to success. Sure, you can wing it and
    maybe eventually get there, but after having done that, I can honestly say,
    it was the BIGGEST mistake I ever made. Plan, plan, plan.

    2. Honesty - Surprised? I know a lot of people will be. But my reasoning is
    simple. If you lie to people ultimately you will be found out and your
    reputation, your credibility, everything you worked so hard to do, to
    learn, everything that I've listed before this, will all be for nothing.
    Dishonesty is the one thing that can totally destroy your business. So
    you're probably wondering why it's not number 1. Well, I had a tough time
    with this because number 1 is just as important, with all the honesty in
    the world, if you don't do it, you're equally as dead.

    1. Customer Service - If you don't take care of your customers, and I'm
    talking about on a wide scale, you will be out of business before you know
    it because word will get out. I'm not talking about the occasional pain in
    the butt customer who you probably don't want to deal with. I'm talking
    about something like this. You launch a product, something goes wrong with
    the download process and you've made 500 sales at launch. You also have
    500 emails from people saying that they couldn't download your product.
    Well, you have 2 choices. You can do whatever needs to be done to take care
    of these people while you fix the download problem or you can take your
    good sweet time about it and maybe get it straightened out in a week or so.
    What do you think is going to happen if you choose the latter? Think word
    won't spread around the Internet like wildfire that you had a launch with
    a problem and it took you a week to get people their product? Think this
    won't seriously damage your reputation? Think people will buy your next
    product?

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    Anyway, hope this has been of some help to somebody.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brenden Clerget
    1. Communication
    2. Adaptation
    3. Honest analysis of successes/failures

    If you can do those three, the rest falls into place.
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  • Profile picture of the author amandafrei
    1. Take Action
    2. Not Giving Up Fast
    3. Creating His Own Product
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  • Profile picture of the author GSX Enterprises
    To me, absolute most important skills are persistence. In my opinions, sales mean nothing, list mean, sites mean nothing if you're not persistent enough to keep trying, even through failure.

    You NEVER know when your just around the corner of a breakthrough, and sometimes when it looks hopeless, you're just inches away from success. Persistence is key, and has sure been the most crucial ingredient for me to achieve my success.

    That and the warrior forum!

    -Safe Travels
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    • Profile picture of the author innocent07
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      I find 'copy and paste' an important skill

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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hancox
    Steven, I've used up my official THANKS in this thread... seems like we're limited by how many "thanks" we can issue in a thread.

    So I just wanted to say WOW, as well as THANKS... for that awesome post of "The 25 Most Important Things To Being Successful Online".

    Oh, and you DO realize you have the seeds of another product in that post... don't you?
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    I'd swap 4 and 3, Paul. Even if you can't build a list, if you can create a product, write copy, and generate traffic - you'll make money.

    But for top four things, with order ignored, you pretty much nailed it.
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