What's your #1 Mistake as a Internet Marketer

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I am doing a poll to see what is your biggest Mistake in your
Marketing Career. Everyone share so we all can learn

I would say mine is not being focused enough. Most of the time I am
doing everything but making money some days

Thanks for the input
#coach or mentor #focus on one thing #internet #marketer #mistake #mistake or assumption
  • Profile picture of the author secrets2010
    My 1 mistake was not capture the name and email adress of the visitors for a long time...

    If I had started building my lists before I would have so many more subscribers...that I could contact them whenever I want to do some money...

    but better late than never...
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    • Profile picture of the author jmacleod
      Originally Posted by secrets2010 View Post

      My 1 mistake was not capture the name and email adress of the visitors for a long time...

      If I had started building my lists before I would have so many more subscribers...that I could contact them whenever I want to do some money...

      but better late than never...
      I would agree with this...capture emails wherever you can. I have missed out on thousands I'm sure...and that's a BIG mistake...
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  • Profile picture of the author Damien Roche
    BIGGEST mistake without a doubt: not realizing that i have everything in front of me to make this work.

    Seriously, what else do you need but a keyboard and mouse?

    On that note - spending too much time and money chasing every dream they sold to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    No question - waiting too long to start building a list. I've got a permanent bruise on my forehead and a dent in my wall from banging my head against it once I realized what a fool I was to wait so long.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    The biggest mistake I believe you can make
    is actually giving a damn what most people
    say that sways you from making your own
    decisions. (this forum being one of them)

    In fact, you'll find that almost every failure
    here, and those around you, are people who
    follow the herd THINKING they're being bold,
    when in fact they change their minds every
    time someone tells them "No, that don't work"

    Only leaders in life get what they want,
    because they take it. More Dates, More Money,
    More Adventures, More Life, More Friends.

    More everything.

    If your going to listen to anybodies opinions,
    learn to have a mind of your own first before
    you JUMP at the next WSO, and make sure
    the person your buying from know's what
    they're talking about.

    This sounds harsh, but this is the BIGGEST
    lesson I've learned.

    Learn how to be a leader, and opportunities
    fall in your lap
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  • Profile picture of the author RockmanX3
    Trying PPC as my first method..
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    • Profile picture of the author jmacleod
      Originally Posted by RockmanX3 View Post

      Trying PPC as my first method..
      Ya...that would be a big mistake! I hope there's still room on your credit card...

      - John
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      • Profile picture of the author Dean Jackson
        Going from sales page to sales page thinking I would find something that would solve all my problems. I kept getting sucked into OTHER PEOPLES offers!

        I came better prepared this time. I had a clear plan for what I want for my website and had the technical (most, lol) from my previous attempt to save some money. Still meandering at all the different ways to advertise the website lol, but its much better that I have a product and website now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Russell Turner
      Originally Posted by RockmanX3 View Post

      Trying PPC as my first method..
      What he said.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Tee
    Well, my #1 mistake was not taking ACTION crazily enough, not believing entirely that internet marketing can make to the riches.

    If I had believed it enough, I would achieve the success I have today much sooner. The thing is now when I look at successful websites, I know what works and what don't work - which can help to grow faster. In the past, even though I've come across successful websites, I have no idea what works and what don't.

    It's only when you take action, learn and believe it, then you are able to grow fast in your internet marketing business.
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  • Profile picture of the author susinggih
    1. Laziness. Especially in link building and article writing
    2. Buying an ebook that turns out to be related to ewhoring. One thing to learn from this, don't buy any ebook > $7. Most of the quality ebooks that I bought were all < $7
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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by susinggih View Post

      2. Buying an ebook that turns out to be related to ewhoring. One thing to learn from this, don't buy any ebook > $7.
      Hmm.

      Biggest mistake: Not selling a $7 ebook on ewhoring
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    My #1 mistake was not outsourcing for most of my
    14 years online... thinking it was too expensive.
    Since, I tried to do everything myself I bogged
    down on many projects, and never finished many
    of them.

    Now, I'm moving towards outsourcing 90%+ of
    the work on many of my projects, and acting more
    like a CEO. That's providing tremendous leverage.

    It's much more expensive when you try to do it all
    yourself!

    Willie
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    • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
      I concur 100% Willie! That was also my biggest mistake. But once I saw the light, I've set up my IM business for: outsourcing and automation.

      Even to point of buying required software applications for my VAs.

      My mission and objective is to get to the The 4-Hour Workweek and Timothy Ferriss



      Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

      My #1 mistake was not outsourcing for most of my
      14 years online... thinking it was too expensive.
      Since, I tried to do everything myself I bogged
      down on many projects, and never finished many
      of them.

      Now, I'm moving towards outsourcing 90%+ of
      the work on many of my projects, and acting more
      like a CEO. That's providing tremendous leverage.

      It's much more expensive when you try to do it all
      yourself!

      Willie
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      • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
        Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post

        I concur 100% Willie! That was also my biggest mistake. But once I saw the light, I've set up my IM business for: outsourcing and automation.

        Even to point of buying required software applications for my VAs.

        My mission and objective is to get to the The 4-Hour Workweek and Timothy Ferriss
        My goals are similar. I'm very inspired by people like John Jonas
        who has has outsource workers build entire $10,000 - $15,000 per
        month businesses for him.

        It is a challenge to not want to learn how to do every new
        process that comes along, but there really is no need to when
        there are so many talented people who can do it better, faster
        and cheaper than I can!

        Willie
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    • Profile picture of the author cheece2001
      Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

      My #1 mistake was not outsourcing for most of my
      14 years online... thinking it was too expensive.
      Since, I tried to do everything myself I bogged
      down on many projects, and never finished many
      of them.

      Now, I'm moving towards outsourcing 90%+ of
      the work on many of my projects, and acting more
      like a CEO. That's providing tremendous leverage.

      It's much more expensive when you try to do it all
      yourself!

      Willie
      time is money
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  • Profile picture of the author DrewClement
    Buying into the dream too hard a number of years ago. Assuming that I needed to spend money on software and reports and that success would come within a month or two or hard work.

    Regretfully, I spent a lot of money trying to get into this industry and also gave up on some of my first ever projects far too quickly.

    I see those projects making money for other people now, while the ones that I kept and put far less time and money into are actually doing well. Simply because I FINALLY learned to be patient.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Russell
    Not sticking to single plan soon enough. If I could have back the years I spent flip-flopping between different strategies, I'd be a heck of a lot richer by now!
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  • Profile picture of the author reynoldscorb
    Taking on too many projects.

    Every time I lose focus on something that's working, I pay for it.

    Lesson: Stay Focused!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    Procrastination. Period
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
    A lot of things come to mind (ha, ha).

    But seriously, not leveraging the resources of others to my own benefit.

    Whatever you are trying to do online, there are others who are further along the line than you. They were where you are now, but now they are far beyond that. Find their assets. It may be their reputation. You could interview them, build a relationship with them, and leverage that relationship down the road.

    It may be list building. There are people out there in your niche with huge lists. If you are growing your list by a dozen people a day, you need for find people in your niche and convince them to let you leverage their list to your benefit.

    A simple example would be to offer a player in your niche a free, high quality report and give them the exclusive right to distribute it to their list as a bonus freebie in a mailing. On the last page include a very short blurb about yourself and a link to your site or blog. I have done this with some fairly big name people and it works. But it doesn't work if you just think about it, you must operationalize the thing.

    Find big guys who have something you want and give them a compelling reason to let you access it in exchange for something of great value you give them.

    In my opinion, the who thing is about leverage. With a big enough lever you can move the world. With the proper marketing leverage you can move the Internet marketing world! --Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author Prawn
    Paralysis by over analysis.
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    • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
      Originally Posted by Prawn View Post

      Paralysis by over analysis.
      This one has to be my worst mistake also. I still do it. It is hard to overcome.
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    • Profile picture of the author davidfern76
      Originally Posted by Prawn View Post

      Paralysis by over analysis.
      man, I'm doing right now, lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Focus on "new" stuff while older opportunities have been forgotten and dont get the attention they deserve.


    PRIME EXAMPLE:

    Right now i own about 100ish sites of all kinds. Still constantly looking for new keywords and niches and wanting to make new sites...but i have quite a bunch older sites which are already established with potential, but i simply let them sit and didn't do anything with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Murphy
    Definitely not sticking to 1 thing long enough...that's seems to be pretty common. Oh the pain we could all save the new folks huh?
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  • Profile picture of the author bluenetworx
    Choosing the wrong keywords!
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  • Profile picture of the author toprahman
    I hear people mentioning leveraged efforts, is there a person or group of people in mind when making those statements?
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by toprahman View Post

      I hear people mentioning leveraged efforts, is there a person or group of people in mind when making those statements?

      You can notice practically any fellow Warrior who has
      things that you need but perhaps can't afford... offer to
      do some type of swap for something you have of value.

      When I use the term, I'm thinking most often of
      outsourcing, since I'm very inefficient at many things
      like programming and graphics. Even things that I'm
      good at, can often be doing cheaper by someone else,
      and I can focus on better uses of my time.

      As far as groups, I've seen a lot of people hold local
      meet-ups with other internet marketers, to look for
      ways to work together. Within 30 minutes of my
      house there are at least 40 internet marketers...
      some who own some very successful major products
      currently on the market, some who've been affiliate
      program managers, many who are writers, programmers,
      etc.

      It's just tapping into others talents and assets, but you
      DO have to bring something to the table too... which
      could be something as simple as a willingness to do the
      "grunt work."

      Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Bon-Bon
    My mistake was not building my list from day one. I have wasted enough time before I realised its potential. My second mistake was doing not doing enough article marketing to promote affiliate products. My third mistake was answering yahoo answers for three months.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ernie Lo
    Not sticking with 1 thing that was making me some money but not the amount I hoped for and thinking it was a failure and quitting and looking for the next idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelPaul
    I would have to say my biggest mistake has been giving up to early... I do something for a while and see little to no results and get frustrated and start screaming that this online thing is a joke and doesn't work... After I have deleted accounts here and there and tear down all my websites ect... Once I calm down and come to my senses I find myself saying what have I done. To late, by this time the damage is done and I have to start all over again. You must stick to your guns and be patient... Let's face the fact that we were born to be internet marketer's and we will not give up... We will find a way to make this work!!! -NEVER QUIT-
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  • Profile picture of the author sunnygal
    Trying to do too many things.

    I have lots of different ideas for projects, but often fail to follow through on them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaarrrggghhh
    Simply not outsourcing soon enough and really just focusing on developing strengths and outsourcing everything else, literally!

    Willie said it best...you simply should not do everything, talk about leaving money on the table - lol!
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    • Profile picture of the author jjay52
      Procrastination and fear.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbento
    Trying to make money without a plan.

    No plan means disaster. Because I had no plan I was an easy prey for all dream sellers.
    Now with a plan is easy. Every time a new product is presented to me, I just ask myself: does it fit in my plan? It will help me achieving my goals quickly? Turns out 99% of the products just don't fit

    Cheers

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    • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
      Originally Posted by jbento View Post

      Trying to make money without a plan.

      No plan means disaster. Because I had no plan I was an easy prey for all dream sellers.
      Now with a plan is easy. Every time a new product is presented to me, I just ask myself: does it fit in my plan? It will help me achieving my goals quickly? Turns out 99% of the products just don't fit

      Cheers

      Jorge
      Jorge, you hit the nail on the HEAD, with this one! There's probably thousands of cliches and quotes on "The importance of Having a Game Plan" but so many IMers have convinced themselves that it's different in the MMO world. It's not! This truism still holds true...

      If you fail to plan; you plain to fail!

      Giles, the Crew Chief
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  • Profile picture of the author Damien Roche
    Think I'll add another HUGE mistake:

    Trying to learn *everything* about *everything* to do with internet marketing and online business.

    Almost religiously studying it as if I had to get my qualification before I could take action. I so wish I took action WHILE I was learning.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
    I delayed investing in information and outsourcing too long.
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  • Profile picture of the author martin b
    so many mistakes:

    trying to start with ppc
    not listening to the right reople
    listening to the wrong people

    trying to much at the same time
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  • Owing TAXES To The Government!


    I know, I know, no body likes to read about the "T" word,
    but please read this as it may save you from some headaches later.

    Even though I could fill this reply with many other mistakes in the past,
    the one that had the biggest impact on me when I started out,
    was not putting a percentage of tax money aside
    for when it became time at the end of the tax year to pay taxes.

    You see, it's not a huge deal when you just start out
    dabbling with internet marketing,
    and you make a few dollars here and there.

    Because if in the end of the year, you only made lets say, $1000
    and lets say you didn't save up any of it,
    and the government then says you owe them around $100,
    most of you would still be able to sleep at night.

    (note that these figures are not accurate, just an example,
    and don't take them as accounting advice,
    I'm just trying to simplify what I mean).

    But if you remain into the "bad habit" of spending your proudly earned income
    right away, (some are forced to due to bills etc)
    without putting money aside,

    It becomes then more of a problem when you start earning $10,000 a year,
    and still operating with the same bad habit of not putting money aside,
    you see the government may then ask you to pay up $1000 ish.

    And the bigger issue comes in when you have an even better year the next online.
    So in my second year when the government said:
    "You owe us $ 8,000, how would you like to pay?

    I realized that even though I consider myself to be a pretty
    crafty, entrepreneurial kinda guy,
    I suddenly didn't feel so smart at the time.

    I guess this "not so smart" feeling balanced out,
    knowing that I was able to quit my full time job
    and work from home full time, on my own time.

    And I just talked myself into knowing that if I owed money,
    then heck, "that means I made money!! yeehaa!!"

    (however I did beat myself up for a while.)

    My advice would be to consult with a knowledgeable accountant.
    One who has internet marketing clients would be even better.
    This way you can set yourself up to operate the right way,
    and know how much $ you need to put aside from either
    every $10 ebook you sell, or from your $1,000 + product.
    before you start earning (fill in your annual big $ goal here).

    You don't want to deal with government people calling you,
    and asking you "how would you like to pay"?

    (when you don't have it).

    Hope this helps.

    Arnold.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Tees
    Not spending money wisely enough and often times wasting it on ineffective advertising. Taking bad advice and generally being behind the eight ball so to speak. When I started to really step up my game, I realized that I was years behind everyone else in terms of what I was doing. An example would be just starting to set up blogs a little over a year ago in spite of being an affiliate marketer for the last six years. Not really doing anything with list building until late in my career and just basically struggling needlessly for most of the time that I’ve been doing this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bicycle Cat
    Choosing the wrong niches...
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  • Profile picture of the author darthtoon
    Not finding this forum sooner!

    A couple of hours on here a few months back could have saved me a LOT of time and money!
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  • Profile picture of the author Pauline60
    I agree with Darthtoon - not finding this forum sooner, although its not a 'mistake' as such.

    Spending months on end looking at courses sold on Ebay about how to make money on the internet. However one of these did lead me to the Warrior Forum so grateful to them for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author asatkuna
    My Biggest mistake that I made was honestly being a perfectionist. Trying to make everything perfect and the "right" way made it almost impossible for me to put out anything. I put in so much work to get the right product, but really wasn't working on getting the product out there. I learned about actually "doing it" rather than "perfecting it" from Justin Blake and Alex Malave. If you want a successful way to go about things check out my blog at rapid money monkey and get Alex's $500 in 15 Days challenge. It worked for me and you gain a lot of valuable information.

    Cheers,
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    • Profile picture of the author Praveen Ben
      If I scan more than two years of my Internet marketing adventure and filter all the experiences I have undergone through my dispassionate consciousness, the following three biggest mistakes are emerged;

      1. The biggest mistake is unable to resist the temptations of bright shiny objects and as a result not able to pursue a single path to achieve the success. WSO section of the warrior forum is a sea of sparkling BSOs. If you can't exercise the discretion, you end up with falling in the trap of get rich mindset. Lately, what I have realized is that the get-rich mindset can never make you rich. The essential quality of a successful marketer is creating the value. If you can pursue your efforts based on the mindset of creating value, the BSO seduction looses its power automatically.

      2. The number two mistake I have made is not focusing on email marketing. During first year of my Internet marketing journey, I have completely neglected capturing emails of potential subscribers. In my second year, I started setting up squeeze pages and lead capturing opt-in e-books. However, I failed to develop a relationship with my list members and thereby could not capitalize the buying potential of my subscribers.

      3. The third mistake I have made is having a wrong belief system of product creation requires a lot of energy and resources. This incorrect belief system not let me exploring my full potential as a writer and marketer. I thought that let me enter into product creation after achieving financial stability through affiliate marketing. Now I have realized what I have lost. It is the big opportunity of value creation by entering into info product creation.

      This is an essence of my two years of Internet marketing journey, and hopefully many warriors might reflect on my experiences as well.
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      • Profile picture of the author AlesP
        My bigest mistake and what I regret is that I didn't focus on one single method. I was jumping from one to another method and made few bucks here and there but at the end of the day I was a bit lost.

        So now I'm really focused on one project and I must say that results are quite impressive. I'm really happy that I found what I like. Beginings are always difficult.
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    • Profile picture of the author PazG
      My biggest mistakes were:

      1) Over analyzing due to information overload.
      2) Not treating online marketing with the same seriousness as offline projects
      3) Starting too many projects and not finishing the majority of them

      It's taken me some time and discipline, but I feel that i'm finally shaking off these unproductive habits. This, in turn has helped my business grow along with my profits.

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    • The biggest mistake I have made is lousy time management. This led to fracturing practically every serious effort I made toward IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author oldschoolwarrior
    Spreading ones self to thin!!!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie123
      Biggest mistake was that I didn't need to do niche research to find out what I should be offering. My own knowledge drew a lot of people. Wish I hadn't wasted my time trying to uncover the "perfect niche" when I already had one in my experiences.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Carczak
    I tried to do too many projects and
    never was able to finish them.

    Now I focus on 1 or 2 items at a
    time and it works much better.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dean Shainin
      I'd like to call it a 'valuable lesson' as opposed to a 'mistake'. Trying to learn html and tech stuff when first getting started online when I can't stand that sort of stuff. I was fortunate to wake up from the html coma pretty quick. Now I outsource everything I'm not passionate about and focus on what I love to do...

      Outsourcing is vital. I'm with Willie Crawford on that one. To this day I still should consider outsourcing somethings that I REALLY do not need to do anymore. After being semi-retired over the last 18 months I've realized how to do things in 5 days that used to take 2 months all by outsourcing. And I've realized all the things I love to do paid off way more than wasting valuable time struggling to try and learn things that feel so painful. That's a great indicator. If it's painful I outsource. If it feels great I do it myself...

      Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author contactscape
    I don't know if there is ONE big mistake that i've made in my entire career, but to quote some of them, they would include:

    1. Not capturing enough targeted leads at their First Optin and waiting for the Double Optin confirmation.

    2. Not revising and re-revising sales pages (split-testing).

    3. Promoting products to every niche possible earlier on in my career. Now I focus on one niche at a time, depending on what demand there is for products in that market, and only investing and deploying products in it if the niche has low advertiser and products supply.

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  • Profile picture of the author Daedric
    Reading and buying too many IM products. This will only get you out of focus.
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  • Profile picture of the author rovad
    Starting a "serious" blog on Blogger (you can see it in my signature ), building links to it, just to get it locked by automated Blogger spam-detection bot. I've managed to get it back, but I got my positions harmed and I just lost interest in it.

    Now I focus on doing SEO for new and small offline businesses, building a list of high paying customers (quality instead of quantity, and no, I won't reveal a niche) and a little bit of Facebook when I need money. However, the mistake mentioned above still affects me as what I am doing now I pretty much knew when I was just starting out a year ago, and I could already be making a couple of thousands bucks by now instead of just a few hundred :/.
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  • Profile picture of the author lofiegos
    Jumping from one project to another!
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  • Profile picture of the author kary yucef
    my N 1 mistake was trusting people
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  • Profile picture of the author SurrealPSD
    Taking too long to roll out my product, focusing on traffic before having anything to sell..

    Won't take any of it back though, learnt so many valuable lessons in my first year.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryuchi
    Losing focus is one of my worst mistake. I always try to do everything I can at once not realizing that doing things one at a time can actually speed up my work. I overlooked important parts of my business because my attention was captured by the new systems that pop outs every now and then. Now I knew better.

    Ryuchi
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  • Profile picture of the author butterballs8
    My mistakes are:

    Giving up
    Losing focus
    Boredom
    Overspending on shiny objects
    Scattering my energy on multiple niches.

    To find success, one must:

    Focus
    Set goals
    Research
    Dedicate time and energy daily
    Never give up
    Set a clear vision how to achieve goals
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  • Profile picture of the author World Marketing
    Taking so long to build a list like others have said....When first starting out it was too overwhelming to build my subscriber list....Boy was I missing out on some serious money!
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  • Profile picture of the author GodMode52
    Definitly wasting 80% of my work day time watching cats videos.

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  • Profile picture of the author ProWebName
    Buying a ton of PLR that I will never put to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author edhuu
    too many reading without do any action..
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    I'll just quote Big Mike on this one. In a topic like this he typed that his biggest mistake "Hands down, was giving my wife my PayPal password."
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  • Profile picture of the author silent11100
    1. no taking action
    2. looking for methods to make money ( not looking for skills )
    3. does not capture users
    4. don't trust their abilities
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  • Profile picture of the author Charanjit
    over complicating things, its much similar than you think.
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  • Profile picture of the author RockNRolla
    My biggest mistake(s) have been squandering the large amounts of money that IM has made me over the years instead of reinsevting it and using it to build my business. Lesson learnt, won't happen again.
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    • Profile picture of the author Plugin Profits
      PROCRASINATION, LAZINESS, NEGATIVE EMOTIONS, DREAMING, DISTRACTION, AND LAME EXCUSES!
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  • Profile picture of the author ijiyemiolayiwola
    I neglected offline marketing because almost all Internet marketers on warrior said they made their money online.

    And now, I make not less than $650 every month running online services as an offline consultant. I don't even do what they want, all I do is just to pay freelancers that do good job for a minimal fee and charge my client very well. What is in between is my profit margin. You can imagine taking a job worth $300 and paying a professional freelancers just $50 to do it and deliver it on time without any complain.
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  • Profile picture of the author wieserd
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    #1 Mistake:
    BEING GREEDY

    To be successful, you have to give first and receive later
    - GIVE tipps
    - GIVE information
    - GIVE!

    Everyone is looking for MORE Money, MORE income. The secret is and always will be: GIVE

    Write something good, attract people and sell to them.
    IF you think about money all the time
    IF you think about an EASY method to get QUICK money, you won't make any.

    JUST GIVE! Built trust.
    Give more.
    Money will come.
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  • Profile picture of the author dndoseller
    My biggest mistakes at first were not focusing on a niche. I had this big broad site that amounted to a big nothing.

    Then I learned to take my passion for creating music to make my royalty free music site.

    Now I know who my customers are: video producers, filmmakers, game creators, app makers, internet marketers, etc. who need hassle free, free music to use.

    I also know allot about what they need and I how my free music helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    Reading somewhere about the... "Build It And They Will Come" philosphy.

    I did, and they didn't.
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    • Profile picture of the author operationbob
      Originally Posted by Tim3 View Post

      Reading somewhere about the... "Build It And They Will Come" philosphy.

      I did, and they didn't.
      Haha, that's so funny.... and so true. I built some great stuff that I'm pretty sure no other human being other than me ever saw.

      I have made just about every mistake that has been shared so far. Hands down, my biggest has to be distraction and time wasted learning this or that method when I should have just been following one plan through.

      But, as most have said - it was all beneficial education.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    When I first started online. I did three of the biggest mistakes.

    1) NOT building a LIST

    2) NOT building a LIST

    3) NOT building a LIST

    haha. I guess you get my drift. But when I did, holy crap did my world and financial security change.

    I think you get my drift.
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  • Procrastination.
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  • Procrastination, basically not taking action. I would read and read but what good is reading if you don't put it to action?
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    My biggest mistake was procrastrinate
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    • Profile picture of the author Julius Minor
      Clearly the biggest mistake anyone could make is not building a list of dedicated followers/buyers.. Obviously you are nothing without Fans/subscribers/buyers/students.. etc.. "As long as you can provide a Solution your Golden"
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexchan338
    For me, it has been not being persistence in one particular thing. ONe should really stick to a particular skill and master it so you can capitalize it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Edwin Torres
    Not building a list sooner.

    Not getting into product creation sooner.
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    Giving up on viable products too soon, rather than spending more
    time tweaking things that we're working.

    I've run several ad campaigns for products,either my own or
    affiliate products, that didn't sell initially. I later went back, made
    a few minor changes, and they sold well. I knew that the
    marketer wanted these products before I created or selected
    them. I just needed to spend a little more time figuring out
    what I was doing wrong with a given campaign.

    Willie
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

      Giving up on viable products too soon, rather than spending more
      time tweaking things that we're working.

      I've run several ad campaigns for products,either my own or
      affiliate products, that didn't sell initially. I later went back, made
      a few minor changes, and they sold well. I knew that the
      marketer wanted these products before I created or selected
      them. I just needed to spend a little more time figuring out
      what I was doing wrong with a given campaign.

      Willie
      Awesome tip willie.

      I actually had this happen to me back in 2007, and you are right, we need to be constantly testing, tweaking and monitoring campaigns. Small things like headline changes copy, and other small things can make a HUGE difference.

      I think this is a good TIP, as marketers we are in this game to test test test. If are you not testing you are not running a business.

      Just think of all the good products that could be out there, however the product creators gave up cause it only sold one to two copies.
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  • Profile picture of the author criniit
    Biggest mistake I made was wasting 2.5 years messing around with random IM methods. 2 months ago I started email marketing and have never looked back!

    Right now making $250-$350 per day!

    My advice, master email marketing then move on to other stuff, it really is the easiest way to make real money online.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by criniit View Post

      Biggest mistake I made was wasting 2.5 years messing around with random IM methods. 2 months ago I started email marketing and have never looked back!

      Right now making $250-$350 per day!

      My advice, master email marketing then move on to other stuff, it really is the easiest way to make real money online.
      Dude, you are right on the money.

      I never thought email marketing was good, and thought every one would mark my stuff as spam.....oh how WRONG! I was, my goodness, still email marketing is suppose to not work even now in 2013.....what a load of dogs bawls.

      I would say in 2013 email marketing is working wayyyy better than it has in the last 5-6 years, as long as you do it properly.

      List building for me is BY FAR the best way to making money in 2013 and beyond. The bigger and better relationship with your list, the bigger the profits. People think you have to have a list of 1 million people on your list.

      NO I have done well even with smaller groups of people on my list. Even made over $20,000 with a list of 937 people. And I would say 937 is a very teeny tiny list.
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  • Profile picture of the author Snow_Predator
    Notifying the Inland Revenue that I was self-employed
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    My worst mistake was to believe that I knew the basics about internet marketing in the beginning of my online adventures, while the truth was that I didn't know what I was doing.


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  • Profile picture of the author Osman_M
    Lack of focus is the biggest mistake I ever made. Jumping for one thing to another. I know that sounds cliche but its the truth.
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  • Profile picture of the author clg21
    I would say that most of the number one mistake in our marketing career does not understand what it truly means. Most of us market without thinking. This leads us to paying more and earning less. Though marketing is an investment, we should always think before we spend so we won't lose our profit.
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  • Profile picture of the author sirkusleeu
    Trying to flog the same dead horse time and time again and getting the same result: nothing... but then not changing what you do and expecting something else to happen.

    Get over a failure. Stand back, relook your approach and go for it full steam.
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    Trying to keep the wheels turning. But why are they all squares?

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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hill SEO
    I entered the IM world through on the quest for passive income. I spent too long thinking that it was going to be easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrJonny
    Surfing YouTube too often. That is a career killer.
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  • Profile picture of the author carnal
    The biggest mistake I made was chasing every new shiny object and not taking action.
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    • Profile picture of the author Julius Minor
      Mistakes are the best thing to happen to Internet Marketers or anyone.. It's all a learning process.. Either you learn from your mistakes or you learn from the mistakes of others.. The reason we all get better is from "mistakes" The biggest mistake I made was letting google control where my traffic comes from (SEO)...
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  • Profile picture of the author Stefan Pylarinos
    Lots of great points here made!

    Some of the biggest of my mistakes were:

    - not testing to see if there was a viable market before creating the product and launching things.
    - not finding a coach or mentor to help me get to where I needed to go.
    - trying to be a perfectionist, this always immobilized me from creating things.
    - focusing on too many things at once, instead focus on 1 and make money with it before moving onto the next
    - depending too much on ONE STREAM of income, as the world of the internet changes so fast you can easily lose a lot of money overnight (Google Penguin)
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    Mistake is to reactive this 3 years old thread...
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