Hardest part of internet marketing

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Im new to internet marketing, 2 months now and I have not made a penny. HOWEVER, I understand immensely that rome was not made in a night yada yada yada. Experience is everything. What I want to know though is, what to you, is the hardest part of internet marketing. Right now, I am hard pressed to find a niche. Maybe it's because I'm a newbie but those are my 2 cents. It's daunting to just "jump" in to this race. How did you feel and cope with internet marketing when you first started out?:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author Raygun
    The hardest part is making sure that you make each and everyday a success. After awhile they really start to add up. Just make sure that you are always staying positive and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anthony K
      I just cant seem to find a niche. Ill start to think about it and then I will go slack. How do you get in that mind set!
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      • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
        The hardest part of internet marketing for ANY newbie will be two things:

        1) Management.

        Time management, focus, setting goals, making steps on how to choose this goal, how much to pay yourself, how much to reinvest. People often forget that this is running a business.

        2) Wading through the complete bull****.

        This forum is a double edged sword. Theres a ton of awesome top notch information, but you have to be very careful about which advice and stuff you buy. Lets face it, a ton of people are selling WSO's on Theory, not Experience. Pick products that offer logical advice, and realistic outcomes. Most people here are salesmen, not marketers.
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        • Hello, if you have been working for 2 months and haven't made a sale then something is wrong. That is my humble opinion at least. Start from the ground up,with the right product or at least something that you like so the marketing process wont feel like work.

          If you haven't found a niche then stop and find your niche before you waste any more time. Time really is money and if you consume another 2 months without results it may be your last before you throw in the towel.
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  • Profile picture of the author matrix1989
    the most important thing about picking a niche is having a passion for it. Gary Vaynerchuck gave a great speach about this. Were fastly approaching a time when you can monetize just about any passion you have. Even if its eating cheetos

    check out the video, i think it will help you. (its a tad bit long but atleast watch a couple minutes of it, its very powerful)
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  • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
    Originally Posted by Anthony K View Post

    Im new to internet marketing, 2 months now and I have not made a penny. HOWEVER, I understand immensely that rome was not made in a night yada yada yada. Experience is everything. What I want to know though is, what to you, is the hardest part of internet marketing. Right now, I am hard pressed to find a niche. Maybe it's because I'm a newbie but those are my 2 cents. It's daunting to just "jump" in to this race. How did you feel and cope with internet marketing when you first started out?:confused:
    First, I was excited about starting my online biz. Finding a niche
    is easier if you have something in mind that you know something
    about.

    People I meet, say but I don't know about anything. BS What
    are you doing for a living now? Go to Google and research, see
    what kind of products, services etc are saleing.

    Go to Clickbank and see what kind of products you can promote
    and start making money.

    You didn't say how you were trying to sell anything so we might
    be able to add tips.

    How are you driving traffis, do you have a small list started. Etc...

    You have to be your own cheerleader ' go out an make it
    happen for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Derek Allen
    Finding the niche and all the other i.m. stuff comes easy to me. I have been in the game for awhile, though. The hardest part for me is actually staying focused. It is so easy to get sidetracked when you work from home. Between the wife, the kid, the t.v. and all the other stuff going on. I always seem to find my way through it but I could do better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Lee
    The hardest part, in my opinion (which applies to me), is to actually buy a domain and get a hosting account.

    Both the domain and hosting adds up to quite a sum where I live (to compare, it's about 8 Large McDonald meals). After I bought my first ever domain and hosting, everything starts to come into shape.

    So my advice is get a domain name and hosting account, or in other words, take action. It doesn't cost a lot to Americans, and "I'm not sure if I'll use it..." is not an excuse.

    Shaun
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  • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
    Originally Posted by Anthony K View Post

    Im new to internet marketing, 2 months now and I have not made a penny. HOWEVER, I understand immensely that rome was not made in a night yada yada yada. Experience is everything. What I want to know though is, what to you, is the hardest part of internet marketing. Right now, I am hard pressed to find a niche. Maybe it's because I'm a newbie but those are my 2 cents. It's daunting to just "jump" in to this race. How did you feel and cope with internet marketing when you first started out?:confused:
    Hey Anthony,

    First of all, don't give up !

    For me, the hardest part was FOCUSING on one thing before jumping to another task! You see, the internet has zillions of information and it's like a library which is as huge as the whole America... Each and every day, you might be able to study new stuff and wanted to put that into use, but it's almost impossible for anyone to do that. The next statement might shock the heck out of you but it's true...

    I tried to study internet marketing stuff for around 4 years but I HAVE NOT MADE A PENNY FOR THE FIRST 2 AND A HALF YEARS ! Beat me on that

    I did not take action and that's the other reason for us Internet marketers failed most of the time.

    So, if you can stay focus and take action (MASSIVE ACTION, GETTING THINGS DONE AND DON'T BE A PERFECTIONIST), you'll be surprised of what you're able to achieve

    Hope that helps you out a bit.

    Aiden Chong
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  • Profile picture of the author NutrapayAndy
    Consistency

    Spending the time every day working on stuff.. gets tempting to slack
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  • Profile picture of the author DigiCypher
    I'm in your shoes dude. I've only been doing this a few months now, but the best advice i can give is not to overload yourself with information in the beginning. Don't try to run out and learn every detail of each individual form of IM. If you do that, you'll just find yourself in a loop of "learning but never practicing".

    Find a technique on the WF, or purchase an IM ebook from a (preferably) reputable IM guru who knows what they're talking about. Take that technique, practice it, tweak it, perfect it, monetize it. Then if you're feeling adventurous, look into some other techniques or IM fields (such as ppc, cpa, ebay, and so-on)

    But you have to remember... What works for one person, won't necessarily work for another. So find what works for you and run with it. The possibilities are virtually endless. Just keep your head high and your eyes on the goal.

    Best of luck!

    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author VeitSchenk
      DigiCypher is 100% right: there are a gazillion ways of achieving the same thing. (when I started programming in Perl, it was exactly the same ... a million and one ways of getting to Rome...)

      my suggestion would be NOT to buy ANYTHING!

      seriously, find one post that describes a-z how to make the first $, then make a plan how YOU will put this into practice, then do it.

      Do NOT ever stray into the WSO section! (do not look at my signature, it's full of FREE stuff, and guess what, you'll be thinking "oh, free stuff, "just in case...")

      FORGET ABOUT "JUST IN CASE".

      what you need is "just in time": take your a-z plan, work until you hit a roadblock. Spend another 5mins trying to break through, then go ask for help.

      ASK for help!

      do NOT stray into the WSO section looking for 'potential' answers.

      then tick off that point, go to the next.

      the classic reaction to not knowing what to do next is STRESS -- and one of the typical reactions to stress is a behaviour -- typically an avoidance behaviour!

      So: anybody here, please point out a good a-z post, then the OP can commit to it and report daily how they're getting on.

      we'll hold you accountable.

      oh yes, on the topic of accountability: it's been shown over and over again to be the #1 success factor.... when you read something and think "that's interesting" your chances of implementing it are about 10%.

      when you are accountable to one single person, that chance goes up to over 90%. (read "predictably irrational" by Dan Ariely for more evidence on this. Except the OP -- your job is to implement something NOW!)

      OP, find someone to check up on you!

      good luck and let us know

      Veit

      Originally Posted by DigiCypher View Post

      Find a technique on the WF, or purchase an IM ebook from a (preferably) reputable IM guru who knows what they're talking about. Take that technique, practice it, tweak it, perfect it, monetize it. Then if you're feeling adventurous, look into some other techniques or IM fields (such as ppc, cpa, ebay, and so-on)

      But you have to remember... What works for one person, won't necessarily work for another. So find what works for you and run with it. The possibilities are virtually endless. Just keep your head high and your eyes on the goal.

      Best of luck!

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author shaunjamie2005
    Originally Posted by Anthony K View Post

    Im new to internet marketing, 2 months now and I have not made a penny. HOWEVER, I understand immensely that rome was not made in a night yada yada yada. Experience is everything. What I want to know though is, what to you, is the hardest part of internet marketing. Right now, I am hard pressed to find a niche. Maybe it's because I'm a newbie but those are my 2 cents. It's daunting to just "jump" in to this race. How did you feel and cope with internet marketing when you first started out?:confused:
    1. Find some kind of program that teaches you step by step how to do affiliate marketing.

    2. Be consistent. Even if it is writing ONE article per day, just do it.

    3. (as someone else stated)Start with a niche you know. It is so simple for people to jump in and do something just because it pays well (I am guilty). Of course, you want to choose a niche that people are actually buying stuff, but if you choose something you don't know anything about, that is just more work. You will then have to try to learn your niche, how to do keyword research, SEO, how to write articles that convert, and everything else all at once.

    4. Don't spend too much time in this forum (or any MMO forum). It is good to learn, but sometimes you will find yourself spending TOO much time there. Another problem with spending too much time in forums is that it gives you too much information and may confuse you more. Every marketer has their own techniques and theories of how things work. While advice is helpful, too much advice from too many people can drive you insane b/c you don't know who's advice to follow.

    5. Write out a plan. Get a planner or write it on paper or a blank document online if you have to. Just write out the day and put what you want to do for that day. Just remember affiliate marketing is a job. Tell yourself if you don't get it done, there will be a price to pay.

    Affiliate marketing is hard. And sometimes not just because there is a lot to learn but because we have to find it within ourselves to stay focused and motivated. A lot of us (me included) are used to having a boss to keep us in check, so when it comes to being our own boss it can be difficult.
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    stay focused and organized
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Wright
    I always believed that what some marketers find the hardest in internet marketing is actually TAKING ACTION! Sounds basic I know but many people just try to learn it all and actually not do anything with what they have learnt...
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  • Profile picture of the author Nic Lynn
    "Can't find a niche" is really code for "I am scared to fail." It's always easier to come up with execuses or delays. It's a lot harder to focus and take action one day at a time. Taking relevant action everyday is what separates the winners and the status quo on this board. You can pick a niche... Heck, this entire board will HELP you do it... what's your excuse going to be now?
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    • Profile picture of the author JAIDEEP2959
      Hardest part of internet marketing is building reputation for you or your product.

      It takes more time.
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      • Profile picture of the author NancyHill
        Finding a niche hangs up lots of people when they first enter internet marketing. What I'd suggest is looking at your own life, your friends, and your family. What problems/issues/needs are apparent in your world? There are many, many accounts of those personal needs and desires being the breakthrough others found that put them over the edge into success online.

        Sometimes the answers are right in front of us but we get so caught up in all the advice and products here that we never get to the point of decision much less action.
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        • Profile picture of the author kyhell
          I too am new to IM (sort of). I have had success at eBay and things of that nature and have branched out to other things in an effort to create multiple streams of income.

          My approach to it is a bit different then some. I work with-in niches that I know such as restaurant management. My philosophy is that I want to build a solid reputation a foundation if you will. The goal of course being websites that provide a steady revenue stream while providing useful content that real people want or need. I don't really have a mentor but I'm a huge fan of Allyn Hayne.

          Some folks take the rapid fire approach to their business and that's fine but in my case I have the time to wait for my sites to improve and gain popularity.

          The only real wisdom I can pass on is this: when it comes to researching a niche stay away from the IM niche it's over saturated and near impossible to really make a profit with.

          Anyway to answer your question the hardest part for me is to not get distracted. I love the internet and all too often I find myself getting sidetracked. So yea I guess that's it in my business time management is my biggest hurdle.
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  • Profile picture of the author bettersocial
    The hardest part, IMO, is "letting go".

    I've realized this through experience that to be a successful marketer, you have to get yourself "out there".

    That means letting go off of a lot of inhibitions, being comfortable with your name and image being plastered all over the web - as long as its in a good way.

    I now realize that a certain amount of "hype" is necessary to really see some results. But just remember to back up the hype with substance.
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  • Profile picture of the author tweetzon
    anthony i have the same problem with you, still getting the hang of niches im on the way there
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