What took you from beginner to full time?

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Here's my IM experience thus far...

I've learned how to create a blog and drive a decent amount of traffic to it. My list isn't nearly large enough and the niche I'm in doesn't have nearly enough products for it to be a full time income. Bottom line, just don't have quite enough traffic even though I am converting visitors pretty well through Clickbank products.

So I want to ask full time IMers if there was something they did differently that brought them into a full on career making money online. Were you in my shoes at one point?

It's been crazy thus far. I've had weeks where I've made 400 dollars and this past week I've made almost none, so I don't know when I should quit my day job.

Just wondering if any full time IMers have any advice as how to get past the in between full and part time phase of business. Let me know if anything inspires you.
#beginner #full #time
  • Profile picture of the author Troy Trump
    What did it for me was creating my own products instead of selling someone elses. And also having a partner that I could trust to mastermind with helped me to get there faster. It still took several years of obsessive study and testing. There's lots to learn if you want to get to the top of your game and be the best.
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    • Profile picture of the author birdie28a
      Originally Posted by Troy Trump View Post

      What did it for me was creating my own products instead of selling someone elses. And also having a partner that I could trust to mastermind with helped me to get there faster. It still took several years of obsessive study and testing. There's lots to learn if you want to get to the top of your game and be the best.

      Troy is correct, once you start creating your own products or having someone create them for you is when I saw my money go up. Affiliate marketing is still good but owning your own products you will start to see that money instantly.

      I don't care what anyone tells you, there is a learning process that you must go through and you have to have a drive out of this world and stay focus on one project at a time. I'm sure my family thought I was crazy for a couple of years because I just stayed focused and all I thought about or talked about was IM, but it does pay off in the end if you just hand in and keep learning and doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    If you ask me, and you did, it would be foolish to give up your day job until your internet business has proven itself to be a reliable, steady income over time, AND you have 6 months of living expenses saved up in case things go south.

    Like Troy, developing my own products led to a lot higher income. Income a person can live on and have enough to save and invest.

    There are others that do the same thing with affiliate products though, and there are other income possibilities as well. There are many paths through the woods, they all require one thing...


    ...consistent energy applied to an action plan with a set goal in mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    What made me money was by going directly to suppliers, instead of dealing with all of the middlemen, and chasing down products myself instead of waiting for them to be presented to me for a higher price. Instead of spending $17 on a product, I was spending maybe $3.50. It was a lot more work, but I make much more money now than I did years ago.

    As far as selling digital products... it was product creation, and not over spending on things I thought would help me. So many times I've wanted to spend $500 for someone to write me a salespage, but ended up doing most of the work myself and finding someone to fix and tweak small things for just a couple bucks. If I went in full force acting like I had thousands to spend, I wouldn't have got far.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    What took me from beginner to full time?

    Cojones.

    I decided I was going to go full time, sink or swim, and whatever happens happens.

    Things haven't gone so well - Dennis is spot on about it being foolish - but I haven't given up yet.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post


      Things haven't gone so well - Dennis is spot on about it being foolish - but I haven't given up yet.
      You're someone I have little doubt will make an above average income in time. Hang in there, Caliban.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmcg084
    Interesting thread you have started here. I am still part time myself, but I believe the best time to switch to full time is when an hour of your time at home is at least more valuable than if you were at work.
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    After 3 months of learning Internet Marketing online, I went Full Time. There wasn't a magical moment, it did revolve around making sales and becoming more confident. This all happened in 2007 and been full time ever since. Good luck !!!
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    1) I stopped screwing around with affiliate stuff and made my own products, then used affiliate stuff to back it up with. Nothing satisfies you more when people buy stuff that you have created with your own 2 hands. Pure euphoria!

    2) Build that list. I know you hear it time and time again, but when I finally did it, I went from bread crumb profits to 5 figures..... yes $XX,XXX per month. Funny thing is that i dont feel like I have made it yet...until I get a $XXX,XXX month....hmmmm I am working on that.

    Anyway just my 2 cents. Best tips, build lists, create trust, treat them like gold...then they will give you the gold stuff back.

    Now get off here and start taking action.
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  • Profile picture of the author werner77
    I am also not 100% full time yet, but getting there and the definate game changer for me was getting a mentor. find somebody who has been there and done that. Will make your yourney much much faster!
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  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
    Originally Posted by Cataclysm1987 View Post

    What took you from beginner to full time?
    Poverty.

    No job, no prospects, poor health and a car that broke down.

    I HAD to figure out how to make a living wage online, fast (or end up on the streets). There was no safety net, no guaranteed paycheck, no savings. That was exactly the kick in the pants I needed to get serious.

    I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, though.

    Cheers,
    Becky
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  • Profile picture of the author beingki
    woo this an excellent trend, am a total newbie, and words like this keep putting my head above the water
    this are encouraging words for him
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  • Profile picture of the author monitorit
    I would even suggest plr products. I have a site im about to work on thats been doing nothing for ages. I have found a few plr ebooks i can buy for around $20 for the lot and they all compliment each other and i think this tway they will sell better. Its much easier selling 3 or 4 ebooks that work together rather than one that covers everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    A Car accident and inability to work at a 'normal' j.o.b.
    Of course, unable to do this full time either, so takes a little longer to have a consistent income, more interested in helping others, anyway.
    Guess it comes down to the old quote, that if you help enough people get want they want... you will get want YOU want. (It helps if you don't want much )
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  • Profile picture of the author DesktopDayjobs
    This thread is providing some good inspiration for me, as I have lost my job and have been forced to at least try IM full-time temporarily.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by DesktopDayjobs View Post

      This thread is providing some good inspiration for me, as I have lost my job and have been forced to at least try IM full-time temporarily.
      In the words of Yoda - There is no try - only do or do not.

      I'm serious.

      The thing that made the difference for me was when I stopped trying and just started doing.

      It's easy to get wrapped around the axle thinking about link building and seo and which email system etc... but those things are irrelevant until you've worked out how to make money.

      If you doubt your results - they will be poor.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Puddy
    being fired for sneaking home in the afternoons to work on my web stuff.

    It took me just 6 weeks to make up my offline income once I had to do it **** or bust

    I already knew how to make money, if you do this part time, all you get is a part time income
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      Hunger..... and hard work
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    • Profile picture of the author M Thompson
      Originally Posted by Robert Puddy View Post

      I already knew how to make money, if you do this part time, all you get is a part time income
      Robert...that is just so right! I've had several of my forum members take the leap to full time in the last few weeks and they are very happy they did it.
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  • Profile picture of the author badboy_Nick
    Originally Posted by Cataclysm1987 View Post

    Here's my IM experience thus far...

    I've learned how to create a blog and drive a decent amount of traffic to it. My list isn't nearly large enough and the niche I'm in doesn't have nearly enough products for it to be a full time income. Bottom line, just don't have quite enough traffic even though I am converting visitors pretty well through Clickbank products.

    So I want to ask full time IMers if there was something they did differently that brought them into a full on career making money online. Were you in my shoes at one point?

    It's been crazy thus far. I've had weeks where I've made 400 dollars and this past week I've made almost none, so I don't know when I should quit my day job.

    Just wondering if any full time IMers have any advice as how to get past the in between full and part time phase of business. Let me know if anything inspires you.
    What made ME go from the beginner to pro level was a change in strategy. Instead of getting a commission of every SALE (which isnt easy as it requires people to take out their credit card) and you take most of the risk ... I switched to potential customer acquisition and let the merchant take half of the risk.

    All I did from there was capture peoples infos like email, telephone, etc and send it over to the merchant and voila, I was made.

    Getting paid up to 200 bucks for one of these is much more than a measly 20 bucks for a clickbank sale, if you know what I mean lol.

    Any questions just let me know

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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Steiner
      For me, my contract ended and there weren't many prospects for another any time soon. I had a small safety net and had been doing it part time for a while, so I just jumped right in. I'm not back up to what I was making in the corporate world, but I'm getting there...
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  • Profile picture of the author wwesley
    the fuuny thing that took me to full time was when i decided to take it seriously. I mean doing it part time will only get you so far. Just make a decision and go for it!
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanyG
    I just decided that I didn't want to work a job anymore. I didn't have a business online yet. I knew what I wanted to do and I had to find a way. Thats why it worked.
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    • Profile picture of the author BiancaRaven
      The impending birth of my daughter was my motivation. There was just no way I could return to work as an investment banker, working 70-80 hours a week with a new born little girl. So I went full time with IM, freelance writing and basically goofing around the internet to make sure I had all the time my daughter would ever need from me. That was six years ago and I've never regretted a moment of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author orlando cassara
    What has worked for me is article writing and social marketing, they helped me reach my goal in a faster time and allowed me to be where I'm today.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    Wow. Thanks to all of you for everything. I only made a few bucks in IM this past week but I appreciate your stories and ideas, they are helping me stay afloat
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  • Profile picture of the author JonMills
    Focus and rolling up my sleeves and getting on and taking action.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam Mlambo
    Product and service creation. Essentially establishing my own business helped me go full-time. I do affiliate marketing but I also market my own products and services. There's more money to be made (and lost) by marketing your own offers.

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