It's time I drop a bomb on you and wake you up from the matrix that many of the "newbies" seem to be stuck in.
I don't know if this has been done before, but honestly, I've been seeing a whole lot of threads popping up about people quitting, getting lost and confused, and insulting our industry by calling it a big ol' sham.
It's getting annoying.
Just because you failed to make some money in a SEA of opportunity doesn't mean you should give up and quit, then try to bring people down with you.
And it's very time wasting to have about a 100 other Warriors jump in and try to give them an intervention...
- "don't give up yet!", or
- "just stick to 1 thing" or
- "it's just information overload, hang in there".
OK... So heres the red pill.
| You make the decision... |
"You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."
1. You're not going to get rich overnight.
Just face the facts. Yeah, there are tons of promises out there for products that will "put everything on complete autopilot", but honestly.
Just keep reading to find out why.
You mean to tell me I'd have to WORK to make money. I thought autopilot means don't do anything, just like those pilots in their big Boeing 777 Jets. |
Oh wait a second, those pilots in those big shiny jets spent years learning to fly, spent thousands of hours in the cockpit getting hours under their belt, competed against thousands of other pilots, all before they could push the autopilot button. I'll bet Internet Marketing is kind of like that.
Are you willing to commit yourself and take it seriously?
Unless you have money to drop on your business, you're going to have to learn a few skills and learn to do things yourself. Whether it's writing articles, salescopy, graphics, or using Wordpress.
You're going to be spending a lot of hours learning the lingo, and learning skills that you need.
When you CAN afford it, it's time to re-invest and do renovations. That means investing in better quality tools, services, and information.
Hint: GOOGLE IT!
|Yes, I'd liken this to learning to ride a bicycle or learning to swim. You're going to get some bruised knees and elbows or perhaps gulp some water along the way, but you'll get there as long as you persist and don't quit!|
3. Prepared to work for free or damn near it?
Look, as if I haven't already made this clear enough... You can't just click a few buttons and expect cash to come pouring into your bank accounts.
In fact, I know a few marketers who are in the 6 figures.
But these guys are the ones slogging it out... On close to MINIMUM wage!
They're in the trenches... Studying, learning, applying, improving...
I'm pretty sure they have dreams about how to get more traffic or improve their marketing approaches
4. Yeah, theres information overload. Suck it up.
Stop hanging out on the Warrior Forum, and start to take action.
You just bought a course?
Double click it, get to the action step, and DO IT!
I know everyones been saying the same thing. But if you keep getting tempted by every offer under the sun, you're not going to get anywhere any time soon.
Heres a tip I learned from a fellow Warrior to beat procrastination:
Just do the minimum amount you're prepared to do. Even if it's just opening up your word processor - It get's the ball rolling.
Also, don't look ahead. Do what you have to do, and don't think about what you need for the next step. That's how you end up with a desktop full of files and folders that you don't know what to do with. And bookmarks .
I'd go so far as to call this a SKILL. Get good at it. Now.
5. Learn to distinguish hype from help
As I said before, you need to get the information or tools, or services you need for NOW and NOW ONLY.
Don't look for products and services on how to get traffic if you haven't finished your website.
Also, don't expect to make tons of cash with some "secret" or "underground" method (They will ALWAYS be around...)
Save your money for ESSENTIAL stuff - Think about it long and hard. I can't tell you what exactly because everyone has their strong suits and weak suits.
6. Have a finish line.
It help to put things in perspective.
Ever feel like you're working hard but not getting anywhere?
That's probably because you haven't planned to finish it.
Write out a detailed plan - and have spaces in between so you can add things that you will have inevitably missed.
It feels great to check and cross things off your list.
7. You're Going To HAVE to cop flak.
It's true. You will have a hard time trying to explain yourself to family and friends. They'll think you're up to some get-rich-quick scheme and try to discourage you.
Because... most marketers are NOT normal people. Realize that.
Why? Because we decided to take a step towards securing our OWN financial future, rather than have someone else have us by the proverbial balls with a measly paycheck.
Do you realize how insane that sounds to people who can't see past the "system" (go to school, get a job, blah, blah, blah). I'm not bashing the educated folks, just saying that being at the top of the chain (having your own business) doesn't even occur to them.
My advice is this: Ignore these people trying to tell you that it's crazy and will never work because it WILL work. When you have that "aha" moment and crack open your first "payment recieved" email you'll start getting momentum... Which leads me to my next point:
8. Get your first sale A.S.A.P.
I don't care if you have to whore yourself out and write articles dirt cheap, research, or whatever. Just do it.
When you get the ball rolling and get your first sale - your confidence will SKYROCKET. I can't tell you how important it is to get even your first $1 on the internet.
It really does create momentum which you can use... It's called "bootstrapping". You re-invest the money you have into your business and create massive leverage for yourself.
Get testimonials, start charging higher prices, start outsourcing tedious stuff, learn some more, take more action, and bada bing bada boom (I just wanted to say that lol) $!
You'll eventually catch onto a cycle which makes you money on a consistent basis. Keep doing it.
---Far enough down the rabbit hole yet?---
But I honestly don't see why I should wait to do that, I try and help out when I can anyway.
If you have any tips, I'd like to keep this post updated so we can keep marketers from falling into the common traps. PM me if it's been a while.
As you can see guys, it's not all it's cracked up to be.